• Taj Mahal Heritage Travel

    Heritage Travel: Visit the Land of Your Ancestors

    At <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys</a>, we believe the best way to explore a country is through authentic travel experiences that allow you to connect with locals and personally interact with the unique cultural aspects of a destination. What better way to cultivate a connection with a culture than jetting off to the place where your ancestors once lived — where you can explore family history and see your cultural heritage for yourself. If you&#39;ve ever wondered what life was like in your ancestors&#39; cottage in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/ireland/" target="_blank">Ireland</a> or what your distant family used to see when they awoke to a morning in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank">Vietnam</a> or <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/spain/" target="_blank">Spain</a>, then it may be the perfect time to hop on the latest travel trend: <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/heritage-travel/" target="_blank">heritage travel</a>. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/heritage-travel/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxsE&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zVig" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Travelers are increasingly interested in letting their family trees inspire vacation destinations. <a href="https://www.legacytree.com/classicjourneys" target="_blank">At-home genetic testing is on the rise</a>, providing the opportunity to discover your ancestors&#39; lives and making it easier than ever to add an engaging extra dimension to your travel. Getting the opportunity to reconnect with your roots is enriching, rewarding, and has allowed many travelers to reconnect with family members, discover their homelands, and take a step into their family&#39;s past. A vacation becomes a wonderful opportunity to learn more about yourself and your personal history on a journey of self-discovery. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/heritage-travel/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxsE&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zViR" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Past guests of ours have arranged a visit to their <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/roots-on-a-norwegian-farm/" target="_blank">ancestral Norwegian farm</a>, where a local guide pulled a few strings to allow two sisters to tour the actual farm where their ancestors once lived. Others have booked heritage-based tours to show their children and grandchildren family roots on the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/seeking-greek-origins/" target="_blank">Greek island of Lesbos</a> where their relatives lived before migrating to the United States many years ago. Some of our guests have even <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/back-home-to-cuba/" target="_blank">returned to Cuba</a> where they were able to reconnect with family members with whom they&#39;d been out of touch with for more than five decades. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/heritage-travel/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxsE&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zViW" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>You can go about heritage travel with Classic Journeys a few different ways. If you already happen to have knowledge of your genealogical past, we can help curate a private trip that can take you to the very town, maybe even the exact street, where it all started. Alternatively, you can ask us to adapt one of our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/dates/" target="_blank">published itineraries</a> or we can help you create your own from scratch to help create the ultimate personal discovery. If you need help researching your genealogy, <a href="https://www.legacytree.com/classicjourneys" target="_blank">click here</a> to be connected with genealogists to discover the details of your ancestors&#39; life before you arrange a trip to explore your legacy on a deeper level. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/heritage-travel/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxsE&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zVib" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>With heritage travel, you&#39;ll gain eye-opening insights and cultural immersion that can bring your family&#39;s past to life with an itinerary handcrafted to bring travelers into close personal contact with a region&#39;s people and culture. With <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys</a>, your full-time local guides know the farmers, the craftspeople and the everyday folk who can speak of the rich tradition and history that is meaningful to you and your family.  To find out more about private heritage trips we offer, call us at 833.387.1210. <br> 

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  • International Day of Friendship

    International Day of Friendship: Best Trips to Take with Friends

    Today is International Day of Friendship — an excellent opportunity to appreciate your loved ones and cherish the friendships in your life. The holiday was created in 2011 by the <a href="https://www.un.org/en/events/friendshipday/background.shtml" target="_blank">UN General Assembly</a> in order to foster the idea that friendships can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. On this day, the UN encourages a celebration of your relationships and friendships between individuals, countries, cultures and beyond. What better way to bond with friends, create new ones and connect communities than through a friend-inspired getaway. Whether you&#39;re looking to escape to a remote beach, explore the great outdoors, galavant through a big city or take a cultural tour, these locations are guaranteed to deliver a perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with friends. <br><br><b>Tuscany </b><br><br>There&#39;s no better place to spend time with friends than sitting around a dinner table bonding over the perfect plate of gnocchi in butter and sage paired with a glass of house wine—far better, however, if this dinner table happens to be in the hills of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany/" target="_blank">Tuscany</a>. Taking a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscanyculinary/" target="_blank">culinary tour of Italy</a> is a wonderful way to explore the country, delight your tastebuds and learn Italian cooking secrets alongside a group of friends. Chat for hours over <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany-tours/" target="_blank">wine tastings</a> and catch up as you stroll through vineyards. Get the chance to make new friends in the kitchen, as you visit cheesemakers, bakeries and local chefs and experience firsthand how Italians cook and eat at home. (We&#39;ll bet that you make even more friends upon return when you bring back a secret recipe for the best <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany-tours/" target="_blank">crostata di ricotta</a> around town). <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxsd&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zW0V" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>Cuba</b> <br><br>A trip full of cultural immersion to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank">Cuba&#39;s Caribbean paradise</a> may be the perfect vacation for your group of friends if you enjoy exploring the fascinating history, lounging on beautiful beaches and sitting at a streetside restaurant with a <i>Cuba Libre</i> and cigar in hand. Enjoy time with one another as you explore the colorful colonial cities of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank">Cienfuegos</a> and <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank">Trinidad</a> and exchange looks of awe as you tour <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank">Havana</a>&#39;s 500-year-old city center and Hemingway&#39;s home. This destination is the perfect combination for lovers of history who have an appreciation for white-sand beaches and a rich and vibrant culture. Your group will not be disappointed as you ride down the oceanside <i>Malecòn </i>in a vintage convertible as the sun sets.  <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxsd&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zW0a" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>Provence</b><br><br>There is no bad occasion to visit the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/provence-tours/" target="_blank">south of France</a>. But this destination is perfect for a group trip with your nearest and dearest. Think quiet country trails that wind through cherry orchards beneath rustic perched villages. Meander through the ribbons of purple lavender that drape the hills surrounding <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/provence-tours/" target="_blank">Sénanque Abbey</a> and bask in the legendary sunlight as you chat for hours. Lunches will end with ripe figs and goat cheese—all washed down with a sip of chilled rosé. Make sure your group stops to shop in the colorful village markets featuring fresh cheeses, fruits, wines and other local products that make for the perfect midday picnic.  <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/provence-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxsd&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zW0k" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>Dalmatian Coast - Croatia</b> <br><br>The red rooftops of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia/" target="_blank">Dubrovnik</a> and the sweeping vistas along the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia/" target="_blank">Adriatic sea</a> are enough to ignite a desire to visit the stunning Dalmatian Coast. If you and your friends are <i><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/5-classic-journeys-destinations-on-the-game-of-thrones-shot-list/" target="_blank">Game of Throne</a><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/5-classic-journeys-destinations-on-the-game-of-thrones-shot-list/" target="_blank">s</a> </i>fans, this ancient city just so happens to be the setting of the infamous King&#39;s Landing. As you explore the city on this gorgeous bay, imagine for a moment that you&#39;re sitting in the site of the Iron Throne itself. Game of Thrones obsessions aside, this region feels undisturbed and offers a provocative glimpse into the past that will excite your group of travelers. The region&#39;s balmy weather, geography and natural beauty paired with friendly locals and delicious food make this destination one of our most popular destinations for groups. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxsd&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zW0p" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>Santa Fe &amp; Taos </b><br><br>The glories of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/newmexico/" target="_blank">American Southwest</a> have drawn in centuries of cultures and visitors from far and wide. People flock to this enchanting area of the United States for a reason. Every view seems to have a backdrop of mountains, the air is clear, and the sage-strewn plateaus and art-lined streets will keep you and your friends charmed and enthused for days. Explore the architectural wonder of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/newmexico/" target="_blank">Santa Fe</a>, stroll through the streets of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/newmexico/" target="_blank">Taos</a> Pueblo, and marvel at the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/newmexico/" target="_blank">ancient cliff-dwellings</a> of Anasazi Indians. If you enjoy art, architecture and fine regional food—you and your friends will not want this journey to end. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/newmexico" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxsd&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zW19" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Traveling with a group of friends can be full of wonderful bonding moments—discovering common interests, sharing laughs and creating memories you will remember long after you&#39;ve returned home. In the name of <a href="https://www.un.org/en/events/friendshipday/background.shtml" target="_blank">International Day of Friendship</a>, call up your pals and start planning a trip! No better excuse to travel than reconnection with loved ones, bonding with some of your closet friends and creating connections with foreign cultures and communities around the world!<br> 

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  • Quick Trips to Fit your Busy Schedule

    Quick Trips to Fit Your Busy Schedule

    It’s hard to argue with the dream of a lazy month in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi</a>. How could a two-week safari in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/south-africa-tours/" target="_blank">South Africa</a> not have a certain appeal? When the stars align, an extended junket to India or New Zealand is the only way to go. But if your calendar is crowded, those windows of opportunity are as rare as a blue-footed booby dancing on your shoulder. You have plenty of vacation time; you just don’t have time to take a vacation. There’s your cousin’s wedding smack in the middle of June. Soccer tournaments, board meetings, holidays, jam-packed school years, the busy season when your boss frowns at PTO requests. Clearly, it’s time for a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/quick-trips/" target="_blank">Quick Trip with Classic Journeys!</a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/quick-trips/" target="_blank">The Quick Trip formula</a> is elegantly simple, and it comes from years of working with time-starved travelers—folks who are hungry for amazing experiences but who have to fit them into six days or less. Every Quick Trip is a no-compromises Classic Journeys’ vacation, hand-crafted to deliver immersive activities and cultural interactions in the company of full-time local guides. Award-winning luxury hotels and great food go without saying. In short, they’re fabulous vacations that don’t feel short at all. With decades of experience at curating trips around the world, we team up with our family of expert local guides to finesse itineraries to minimize logistics and keep the focus on helping you enjoy your vacation, your way. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vy4y&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zYJs" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>You can choose from right-in-your-own-back-yard destinations throughout North America that keep flights to a minimum so you can maximize your time on the ground. The same holds true for <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank">Cuba</a>, where it’s super easy to pull off a satisfying four-day weekend in Havana. The even bigger surprise is just how close some hot-ticket destinations—Iceland, the Galápagos and even Morocco are from major U.S. gateway cities. So instead of defaulting to a lowest-common-denominator trip when time is tight, you can spread your wings and enjoy the trip of a lifetime.<br><br>If you’ve given up fitting a vacation into that calendar of yours, think again. Or if you’re lucky enough to already have longer getaways planned but wish you could squeeze in just one more, a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/quick-trips/" target="_blank">Quick Trip</a> is the fast and easy solution.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-guided-walking-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vy4y&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zYIu" style="height: 354px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-guided-walking-tours/" target="_blank"><b>Iceland Escape</b></a><br>5 days/4 nights<br>Wild, weird and wonderful Iceland is crazy close. All you need are five well-choreographed days with our local descended-from-Vikings guides. Walk on lava fields, spot puffins and whales, walk along a glacial lake to the face of a glacier, and eat hearty with a local family for a totally authentic look at Icelandic life. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-islands-adventure-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vy4y&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zYJ4" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-islands-adventure-tours/" target="_blank"><b>Galápagos Getaway</b></a><br>5 days/4 nights<br>Due south of New Orleans, the Galápagos Islands are way closer to civilization than most people realize. Five days there with the best guides is abundant time to spot the Big Five animals. And this island-based trip includes snorkeling, kayaking, walking on a volcano rim, sipping coffee at a plantation, and so much more! <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-luxury-tour-package/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vy4y&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zYJ9" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-luxury-tour-package/" target="_blank"><b>Morocco: Essaouira to Marrakesh</b></a><br>6 days/5 nights<br>Process this: Casablanca is closer to most American gateway cities than Rome. Sooner than you’d imagine, you can be riding a camel to a luxury desert encampment, exploring Marrakesh, cooking tagine and tasting wine, meeting village families at work in the oases. Exotic is easy in the extreme! <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba-havana-art-music/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vy4y&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zYJT" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba-havana-art-music/" target="_blank"><b>A Long Weekend in Havana</b></a><br>4 days/3 nights<br>Before the Revolution, Americans hopped down to Havana for the weekend. Today, so can you. At a leisurely Cuban tempo, you can explore Havana’s architecture and history, immerse yourself in the art and music scene, cook with a chef in an organic garden, and meet and mingle with the Cuban people. <br><br>When you crave a vacation that feels far away but isn’t, North America is the way to go. Itineraries for these destinations in the U.S. and Canada are a handy 6 days and 5 nights long. No jet lag required! <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyon/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vy4y&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zYJY" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>United States</b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyon/" target="_blank">Bryce, Grand Canyon &amp; Zion</a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaska/" target="_blank">Alaska — Kenai Peninsula</a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/charleston/" target="_blank">Charleston &amp; Savannah</a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/glaciernationalpark/" target="_blank">Montana — Glacier National Park</a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canadianrockies/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vy4y&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zYJi" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>Canada</b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canadianrockies/" target="_blank">Canadian Rockies</a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/quebec/" target="_blank">Québec</a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/novascotia/" target="_blank">Nova Scotia</a><br><br>Check out an extended <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/quick-trips/" target="_blank">list of quick trips with Classic Journeys</a> to experience an immersive and handcrafted journey you&#39;d expect from us, you just don&#39;t have to pack as many pairs of socks. Let us book your getaway today!

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