• Avignon France

    River Cruising, Reimagined

    What happens when the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/danube-river-cruise/" target="_blank">Danube</a>, the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/rhone-river-cruise/" target="_blank">Rhone </a>or the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/douro-luxury-river-cruise/" target="_blank">Douro </a>runs like a rich thread through the heart of your vacation?<br><br>Standing in the clifftop castle of a lost kingdom you feel the ebb and flow of time. When you walk the path through a near-vertical vineyard you can’t help but appreciate the infinite ingenuity of man (while you build a suitable thirst). As you shop a village market or sit down to lunch in a private home tucked away in the surrounding countryside, you have the rare chance to soak up the tempo and tastes of everyday life like few travelers ever do.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/rhone-river-cruise/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATPg&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f89s" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/river-cruising/" target="_blank">Europe’s great rivers</a> don’t just connect mountains to seas. They link prehistoric past to the bustling present – and when you explore them with Classic Journeys you’ll experience it all in deeply personal, once-in-a-lifetime ways. Every inch of the way, your fulltime local guide will introduce you to friends and favorite places that give you the insights that you crave as a traveler. You’ll meet the likes of artisans, farmers and schoolchildren, not to mention vintners happy to pour tastes from their premier barrels. And, of course, you can count on chefs to prepare traditional cuisine for you in some of the region’s finest cafes and restaurants.<br><br>Welcome to river cruising the Classic Journeys’ way. Your home base throughout your visit will be a five-star river cruise ship. It’s a real pleasure to unpack a single time in a stateroom where expansive floor-to-ceiling windows mean the views are always with you. In addition, you’ll have unlimited access to all of the ship’s luxury amenities – gourmet restaurants, concierge service, fitness facility and spa, and a top deck where you can settle into a chaise to watch the world slide by or grab a nap.<br><br>Every day, you have the option of choosing your own adventure. Because your Classic Journeys’ guide is with you full time, they’ll lead you on expeditions handcrafted exclusively for your small group of no more than 18 guests. Thanks to your group’s small footprint, you’ll have opportunities that the ship’s other passengers can only dream of. If you or a traveling companion decides instead to take a “day off” to lounge on board or set off for an on-your-own stroll, go for it. The choice is all yours. After all, it’s your vacation.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/rhone-river-cruise/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATPg&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f89i" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>If the idea of a vacation that blends rich cultural experiences with wonderful logistical ease floats your boat, you’ll love these river-based Classic Journeys. Please join us as we launch our inaugural itineraries this fall in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/rhone-river-cruise/" target="_blank">Rhone</a>, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/douro-luxury-river-cruise/" target="_blank">Douro </a>and <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/danube-river-cruise/" target="_blank">Danube </a>river valleys.<br><br><b>GO WITH THE FLOW!</b><br><br>Choose from three new river-based itineraries that blend our award-winning approach to handcrafted trips of a lifetime with the ease of riverboat cruising.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/douro-luxury-river-cruise/" target="_blank">THE DOURO</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/douro-luxury-river-cruise/" target="_blank">Porto to Salamanca</a><br>Through a gentle series of locks, you ascend from <a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/douro-luxury-river-cruise/" target="_blank">coastal Porto</a> up to a scenic land of olive groves, vineyards and medieval hilltop villages. At the highest reaches of the valley, you explore Salamanca and the glorious Spanish countryside.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/douro-luxury-river-cruise/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATPg&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f89T" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/danube-river-cruise/" target="_blank"><b>THE DANUBE</b></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/danube-river-cruise/" target="_blank">Vienna to Budapest</a><br>The Hapsburg Empire still reigns supreme along the <a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/danube-river-cruise/" target="_blank">banks of the Danube</a> as you’ll discover on your exclusive activities that reveal the Austrian countryside, as well as Vienna, the Slovakian capital of Bratislava and gorgeous Budapest.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/danube-river-cruise/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATPg&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f89d" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/rhone-river-cruise/" target="_blank"><b>THE RHONE</b></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/rhone-river-cruise/" target="_blank">Burgundy &amp; Provence</a><br>Discover the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/rhone-river-cruise/" target="_blank">France of Cézanne</a> and gastronomic thrills. On an itinerary that ranges from the wine capital of Beaune to the Pont du Gard and Avignon, you’ll walk the legendary countryside, meet olive growers, and dine in a Michelin-starred restaurant.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/rhone-river-cruise/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATPg&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f89Y" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a>

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  • Village on Cliffs in Spain

    5 Best Overseas Adventures: Southern Europe

    Picking an overseas travel adventure can prove to be quite a challenge... especially if you&#39;re looking to explore Southern Europe. There are so many wonderful locations to choose from! So, to make things easier for you, we&#39;ve rounded up our top five <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/europe/" target="_blank">Southern European destinations</a>. Yet, no matter where you choose—whether it be the lavender fields of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/provence-tours/" target="_blank">Provence</a>, the vineyards of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany-tours/" target="_blank">Tuscany</a>, or <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank">Croatia&#39;s </a>cinematic Dalmatian Coast—you&#39;re guaranteed to have a trip of a lifetime with Classic Journeys.<br><br><b>TOP 5 TRIPS IN SOUTHERN  EUROPE:</b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/spain/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehpt&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r3I" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/spain/" target="_blank"><b>SPAIN</b></a><br>Passionate flamenco vs. the cooling splash of the Alhambra’s pools. The gleaming simplicity of white-washed mountain villages vs. the gaudy Gaudî masterpieces of Barcelona. Vast plains studded with gnarled olive trees vs. the soft, decadent beaches of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/barcelona/" target="_blank"><u>Costa Brava</u></a>. Spain is an intense and exciting land full of contrast. Our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/southernspain/" target="_blank"><u>Culture + Walking</u></a> and <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/barcelonafamily/" target="_blank"><u>Family</u></a> adventures introduce you to the people of Spain and immerse you in their diverse lives. From the intricacy of Moorish palaces to stylish cosmopolitan promenades, you’ll get an unforgettable look at a country where a thousand years of fierce history and easy-going 21st style blend perfectly in culture, architecture and truly remarkable food.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/france/" target="_blank"><img alt="France" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehpt&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r3N" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/france/" target="_blank"><b>FRANCE</b></a><br>The seductive power of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/france/" target="_blank">France </a>is irresistible. You can try to wave off the lunchtime splash of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bordeaux/" target="_blank">Bordeaux</a>, but the glass always seems to find your lips. When a maman leans out her window on folded arms and cocks her head in that come-here-and-tell-me-who-you-are way, what can you say but, “Of course.” If a breeze heavy with lavender tugs at your senses, it’s almost impossible not to give in. Our Culture + Walking, Culinary and Family trips go happily with the French flow, whether we’re on a lazy low-tide walk at <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/normandy/" target="_blank">Mont-Saint-Michel</a> or catching the rays on the ramparts of a clifftop castle overlooking the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bordeaux/" target="_blank">Dordogne River</a>. The cuisine is remarkable, the hotels are magnifique... and with your local guide, you’ll slip easily into la vie française.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italy/" target="_blank"><img alt="Italy" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehpt&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r3S" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italy/" target="_blank"><b>ITALY</b></a><br>Visit <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italy/" target="_blank">Italy </a>every year forever, and you’d never have to repeat yourself. Each region—sometimes it seems like each village—is its own unique and totally irresistible destination. From the alpine breezes that cool the villas on Lake Como to sun-warmed <u><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/sicily/" target="_blank">Sicily</a></u>, the culture, climate and terrain couldn’t be more different. For something more rustic and off-the-beaten-path, head for <u><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/apulia/" target="_blank">Apulia</a></u> in the heel of Italy’s boot. For the flip side of Italian sophistication, our Family trip to <u><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italyfamily/" target="_blank">Venice, Florence and Rome</a></u> is a wonderful introduction to the best of the best. Or hobnob with rural shepherds—and the yacht set—on a visit to <u><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/sardinia/" target="_blank">Sardinia</a></u> that also includes the nearby French island of Corsica. Your options also include our best-selling trips to <u><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany-tours/" target="_blank">Tuscany</a></u> and the <u><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi Coast</a></u>.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><img alt="Portugal" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehpt&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r3X" style="height: 354px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><b>PORTUGAL</b></a><br>This is how it feels to be royalty. Funded by centuries of discovery and empire, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank">Portugal </a>has more regal grandeur than any other country we know. Of course, the great cities of Lisbon and Porto are rich with imperial landmarks. Our hotels here are distinctive and very gracious. But Portugal also has more hours of sunshine a year than any other European country, perfect for exploring. So we taste the country’s treasured port wines on walks in the mountainous vineyards where they’re born. On a glorious coastal trail, you’ll face the churning surf that Henry the Navigator conquered to explore Africa and the New World. And we’ll come face to face with the Portuguese people from salt-panners to winemakers. When you join Classic Journeys on a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank">Portugal walking tour</a>, you’ll get a true feel for the unique tempo and personality of this kingdom by the sea.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Croatia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehpt&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r3c" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><b>CROATIA</b></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank">Croatia </a>is the country where we would live if we could live anywhere. Beautiful doesn’t begin to describe Dalmatia’s Adriatic coastline or Istrian vineyards that Napa should envy. Think cinematic Dubrovnik (aka King’s Landing on “Game of Thrones”), Rovinj perched on the tip of a peninsula, and harbor-side Hvar. This is a country where you can do an artisanal olive-oil tasting lesson, take a country walk a million miles from anywhere, and rest up afterward at your 5-star hotel by the sea, all in the same day. The Croatians are warm hosts and—from vintners to truffle hunters—just about the most engaging people ever.

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  • Corsica at Sunset

    6 of Europe's Best-Kept Secrets

    <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/europe/" target="_blank">Europe</a> is known for having some of the most iconic sites in the world. From the picturesque canals of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italyfamily/" target="_blank">Venice</a>, the standing stones at <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/londonstonehengecotswolds/" target="_blank">Stonehenge</a>, to the lavender fields of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/provence-tours/" target="_blank">Provence</a>. It’s easy to find yourself on a merry-go-round of repeating travels. But you can still find amazing places off the beaten path… the places not known yet to tourists. And with the help of Classic Journeys, you’ll find that Europe is full of them!<br><br>Here you’ll find six of the best-kept secrets in Europe. Which one will you visit first?<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/istria-slovenia-walking-tour/" target="_blank"><img alt="Croatia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei9Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rP9" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/istria-slovenia-walking-tour/" target="_blank"><b>Slovenia + Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula</b></a><br>Just a generation ago, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/istria-slovenia-walking-tour/" target="_blank">Slovenia and Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula</a> were part of Yugoslavia. Now, they’re two of the great under-the-radar and off-the-chart destinations in all of Europe. These unspoiled next-door lands sit right at the top of the Adriatic Sea just east of Venice. The scenery is so insanely perfect that you don’t want the walks to end. Think vineyards rolling into olive groves sweeping to the Adriatic and mirror calm mountain lakes reflecting snow-capped Alps.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/basque/" target="_blank"><img alt="Basque" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei9Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rPE" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/basque/" target="_blank"><b>Basque Pyrenees</b></a><br>A museum sheathed in titanium. Wild horses that eat baguettes. Villages with names in three languages—Basque, French and Spanish. Farmers on tractors yield the right of way to fierce but friendly pelota games in village squares. Garlands of brilliant red pimientos dry in the sunlight… then show up on a dinner plate stuffed with seafood. You’ll be surprised at the richness of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/basque/" target="_blank">Europe’s oldest culture</a> that few have had the chance to experience.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/sardinia/" target="_blank"><img alt="Corsica" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei9Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rPJ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/sardinia/" target="_blank"><b>Sardinia + Corsica</b></a><br>Travel between the isles of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/sardinia/" target="_blank">Sardinia and Corsica</a> and you&#39;ll only venture eight miles...but they&#39;re worlds apart. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/sardinia/" target="_blank">Corsica</a>—part of France, but defiantly non-French—is blanketed in fragrant herbs and dotted with quaint villages. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/sardinia/" target="_blank">Sardinia</a> seeks adventure. Travel through the island and see how it&#39;s rustic, mysterious; with a few thousand years of Phoenician, Spanish and Italian blood in its veins. Together, these two gorgeous islands are some of the least-touristed spots in Europe. When you leave behind the yacht-studded harbors for the mountains, pastures and vineyards of the interior, you have the rarest of privileges—to see and experience countryside and culture that seem to have stood still in time.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/montenegro/" target="_blank"><img alt="Montenegro" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei9Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rPO" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/montenegro/" target="_blank"><b>Montenegro</b></a><br>How will you explain <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/montenegro/" target="_blank">Montenegro</a> to your friends who haven’t been (and that will be 99.9% of them)? Do you start with its Adriatic coast, where golden stone villages nestle on secluded, palm-lined bays? You can’t leave out the wild mountains with their sheer canyons and whisper-quiet lakes. You’ll certainly have stories about the hospitable Montenegrins… the olive growers, grappa-makers, shepherds and artists. You’ll fall in instant love with this compact Balkan land because it’s still so undiscovered, unexpected and unforgettable.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague/" target="_blank"><img alt="Prague" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei9Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rPT" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague/" target="_blank"><b>Prague to Budapest</b></a><br>The journey from <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague/" target="_blank">Prague to Vienna to Budapest </a>is one of Europe’s best hidden gems. These one-time capitals of the Habsburg Empire, with its spires and castles, create the continent’s most inspiring skylines. Out in the countryside, the sights are spectacular. Powder-blue cathedrals leap up from the heart of valley towns. Incredibly intact villages are so perfectly preserved that the U.N. recognizes them as World Heritage Sites. Vast farmlands make it feel as though you’ve stepped back into feudal times. This is a rich slice of Europe’s life and history that most travelers never see.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/apulia/" target="_blank"><img alt="Apulia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei9Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rPY" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/apulia/" target="_blank"><b>Apulia</b></a><br>When we ask our Italian guides where they&#39;d most like to take our friends who think they know Italy on a walking tour we get one response: <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/apulia/" target="_blank">Apulia</a>. And then they use their hands. To paint a vista of gnarled olive trees silhouetted against a lapis lazuli sea. To express the amazing sunlight. To sketch the saw-toothed skyline of a village comprised entirely of trulli—the conical stone roofs unique to the region. Best of all, Apulia (pronounced ah-pooh-lya) passes the most important Classic Journeys test—it offers fine leisurely walking, elegant accommodations, and a glimpse into a region and culture that&#39;s not quite like any you&#39;ve encountered before.

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