• Man with Sea Lion in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador with AFAR logo

    Galápagos: The Best Wildlife Encounter

    On March 3, 2019, we&#39;ll be celebrating World Wildlife Day! And there&#39;s no better place to experience wildlife than in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">The Galápagos Islands</a>.<br><br>When you go nature-watching with <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys</a> in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a>, nature watches right back. And you might as well accept right now that you will be powerless to resist the head-on, whisker-twitching stare of a baby sea lion. You and your sea kayak are reflected in those giant dark eyes. You’re on her turf — or should we say surf? — and she could slip under the surface and zip away in a flash. But your <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/local-tour-guides/" target="_blank">naturalist guide</a> will let you know that the pup and the rest of her extended family are actually happy to hang out with you. That’s what makes this the best wildlife encounter. Ever.<br><br>In many parts of the world, the creatures that attract nature-lovers are simply too rare or skittish or well-camouflaged or nocturnal to assure you a slam-dunk viewing experience. Not so in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a>. The blue-footed boobies and giant land tortoises and penguins you came to see are eminently see-able if you’re in the right spots with the right people. When you’re with <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys</a>, you can relax, knowing that you will get the bucket-list wildlife interactions you came for. That’s what earned us the recognition from<a href="https://www.afar.com/magazine/travelers-choice-awards-2018-the-top-trips-for-every-traveler" target="_blank"> AFAR Magazine</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SE7&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BVc" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>When Darwin first arrived on the Beagle, that was the only way to see the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a>. Today, most tourists still arrive on cruise ships. They head to shore on their Zodiacs (twice a day) and back to the confines of the boat (twice a day). That barely gives them a total of four hours of exploration time each day. By contrast, your island-based group will settle into <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/hotels/" target="_blank">luxury boutique hotels</a> on the islands. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">On a Classic Journey</a>, you get more elbow room and more chances to spot wildlife all day long ... in fact, 24 hours a day!<br><br>Even better, you’ll be in the full-time company of amazingly knowledgeable and fun<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/local-tour-guides/" target="_blank"> local</a><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/local-tour-guides/" target="_blank"> guides</a> who are highly trained and licensed naturalists.  This is their natural habitat, too, and they know the coves and lava tunnels and volcanic slopes where the iguanas and flamingos roam. In a  small, mobile group it’s easier to get to more remote, less-visited sites that the cruise ship flotilla can’t reach. For example, cruisers default to a conveniently located wildlife center to cluster around giant land tortoises. You, on the other hand,  get to go to the highland watering hole where the 500-pound beasts live,  and you’ll get close enough to hear them breathe and chomp on grass.  The face you capture in a ground-level photo could be 150 years old.  That’s history looking back at you, and it’s truly a humbling moment. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SE7&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BVX" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Getting to these encounters is half the fun. (By the way, any and all gear that you need is supplied by us at no extra cost to you.) One day, you’ll climb into a flat-bottomed fishing boat called a panga to explore a cluster of small islets where Galápagos penguins live. The birds are unafraid and even curious. If you like, grab a mask and snorkel to go swimming with them in the super clear water. Of course, they will out-maneuver you,  and you will have the time of your life being in the middle of it all. Another morning, you’ll make the acquaintance of those sea lions. But at the same time, the waters also draw stingrays, green sea turtles, a kaleidoscope of reef fish and marine iguanas. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to look first because the abundance is unlike anything you’ve ever seen out in the wild. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SE7&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CBT" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Like us, you may have ridden Land Rovers in search of a leopard. There’s a good chance you’ve tiptoed through cloud forests to catch a quick glimpse of a resplendent quetzal. In <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaska/" target="_blank">Alaska</a>, you might have even spotted a mile-away grizzly bear through binoculars. But nowhere you’ve been can match the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos </a>for the sheer magnetic excitement of encountering all the wildlife you hoped to see... up close and very, very personally.

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  • Group of Sea Lions on a Beach in the Galapagos Islands

    7 Best Things to do in the Galápagos

    You may go the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos Islands</a> for the wildlife, but the active life is worth the trip, too! Even if you weren’t bumping into giant tortoises, sea lions or strutting flamingos at every turn, this would still be a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">fantastic multisport vacation</a>. The landscapes are like nothing you’ve ever seen, and the climate is great. Too bad for most visitors that they tour the islands by cruise ship. Everybody can get stir-crazy in the limited space. That’s why Classic Journeys pioneered trips on the islands with stays in luxury boutique hotels where you’ll have plenty of elbow room, a seaside pool, and maybe some blue-footed boobies right out the back door. We have easy access to amazing lagoons for snorkeling and kayaking, great trails for hiking and mountain-biking, and white beaches for lounging. All activities and gear are included and arranged for you seamlessly.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">#1 Isabela Island</a></b><br>Take to the water to kayak with sea lions, green sea turtles, and marine iguanas while keeping your eyes sharp for blue-footed boobies in the trees along the shores as well as watching how they hover over the sea and dive for fish.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Kayakers in the Galapagos Islands" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SOv&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CLn" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">#2 Volcan Sierra Negra</a></b><br>The islands are some of the most volcanically active spots on earth. You won’t forget this walk along the rim of 500,000-year old <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Volcan Sierra Negra</a>. Up here, along the six-mile-wide crater, you get one of the most spectacular views in the islands.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Volcan Sierra Negra crater" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SOv&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CLs" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">#3 Las Tintoreras</a></b><br>Board a panga (a comfortable, flat bottom fishing boat) to explore <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Las Tintoreras</a>, a cluster of small islets that are one of the few spots where Galápagos penguins live. Take the opportunity to go snorkeling with the penguins in the clear blue waters of the lagoon. These waters also draw green sea turtles, vivid reef fish and fearsome-looking but utterly harmless marine iguanas.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Snorkeling with sea turtles in the Galapagos" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SOv&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CMH" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">#4 Santa Cruz Island</a></b><br>The island is home to giant tortoises that can grow up to 500 pounds and live for 175 years or more. Follow your guides along a scenic trail to the tortoises’ natural habitat in the highlands at <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">El Chato Reserve</a>. The same rich volcanic soil that the animals love is perfect for growing coffee, sugar cane, and fruit, as you’ll discover afterward on a visit to a family-owned plantation.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Giant land tortoise on Santa Cruz Island" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SOv&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CLx" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">#5 Santa Fe Island</a></b><br>Boat to Santa Fe Island for a day of snorkeling and barbeque, the island is a non-stop photo op with plenty of chances to spot an incredibly wide variety of wildlife, from sea lions and sea turtles to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a> hawks, Nazca boobies and so much more.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="dancing blue footed boobies " src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SOv&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CM2" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">#6 Punta Estrada</a></b><br>Hop into a sea kayak and paddle through towering lava channels towards <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Punta Estrada and Divine Bay</a>. The water is so clear that you can see the manta rays and white-tipped reef sharks gliding below.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Kayaking in Punta Estrada" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SOv&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CM7" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">#7 Tortuga Bay</a></b><br>Tortuga Bay is widely regarded as one of the best beaches in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a>. The snow-white sand is football-field wide and the waters are great for a swim or even a little wave-riding. And as you know by now, there’s always a good chance of spotting marine iguanas, light-footed crabs, herons, and other incredible wildlife.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Marine Iguana in the Galapagos" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SOv&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f7fY" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br> 

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    Top 10 Trips for Solo Travel in 2019

    <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/solo/" target="_blank">Solo travel</a> is more popular than ever. In fact, nearly 20 percent of guests who join a Classic Journeys’ tour is solo! Now, if you’re thinking “singles travel” means adventuring all by your lonesome, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. At Classic Journeys, we prefer to think of travel for singles as a way for people to experience a place and culture with like-minded explorers on a small group tour. So, although you may be traveling solo… you’re never alone. With this in mind, we rounded up our 10 most popular trips for solo travelers to help you choose the perfect destination in 2019:<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><img alt="Turtle in Galapagos" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rFY" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><b>1. </b></a><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">GALAPAGOS ISLANDS</a></b><br>Your travel companions on this trip include <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a> penguins that dart under your sea kayak, A pod of sea turtles performing their graceful ballet around you. Baby sea lions paddling up for a better look. And the giant land tortoises? They’re close enough to touch. If you go wild for wildlife, you’ve found it. AFAR magazine named our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a> trips “Best Wildlife Encounter”… in the world.<br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">LEARN MORE</a></b><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><img alt="Woman overlooking view of water in Portugal" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rEk" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><b>2. PORTUGAL</b></a><br>Besides being one of 2018’s hottest destinations, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank">Portugal</a> also has more hours of sunshine a year than any other European country. Soak in the rays while you and your small group come face to face with the Portuguese people and get a true feel for the unique tempo and personality of this kingdom by the sea.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="View of Machu Picchu" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rFd" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank"><b>3. PERU &amp; MACHU PICCHU</b></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank">Machu Picchu </a>retains the ability to startle and inspire you no matter how many years you’ve thought about visiting. You will get the shivers the first time you see it. And our guide is a native Quechua who’ll make you as comfortable in Cusco as you’ll be among mountain villagers and llama herders.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><img alt="Traveler trekking in Torres del Paine" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rEu" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile/" target="_blank"><b>4. CHILE</b></a><br>Most travelers want to experience <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile/" target="_blank">Patagonia</a> because it’s super remote and not everybody is going there. Just how remote is the pleasant shock. When our local guide Andres leads you off on a walk in Torres del Paine National Park, he doesn’t follow the kind of trail you find in other places… but you will get the best views in Chile.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br> <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><img alt="Siem Reap - Angkor Wat Temple" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rFi" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"><b>5. VIETNAM, LAOS &amp; CAMBODIA</b></a><br>This trip is truly <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank">Indochina’s</a> greatest hits! Though Angkor Wat is a spectacular finale to a 10-day journey that includes Laos and Vietnam, all along the way you’ll have plenty of show-stopping moments that reveal just how different these cultures are.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br> <br><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Positano, Italy" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rF9" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></span><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><b>6. AMALFI COAST</b></a><br>Situated on the &quot;ankle&quot; of the Italian boot, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi</a> has a balmy climate. Orange trees line village streets. Breezy seaside footpaths around Ravello and Positano encourage a nice slow pace perfect for absorbing the atmosphere. We also settle in for two mellow days on the glorious island of Capri—one of our favorite places in Italy.=<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br> <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><img alt="Woman looking at colorful plates in Morocco" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rFE" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><b>7. MOROCCO</b></a> <br>You’ll take in the vivid, noisy markets as you travel through <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Morocco&#39;s</a> warm hospitable culture. You may also be surprised to know that the climate is moderate; this is the coolest and most welcoming of the African nations.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><img alt="Puffins in Iceland" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rFJ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><b>8. ICELAND</b></a><br>There’s nowhere quite like it. We love traveling to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Iceland</a> because it’s still a land of chaotic, supremely beautiful nature. Whether you’re marveling at an endless colony of cartoonish puffins or watching the clouds turn shades of sherbet at sunset, you’ll experience this place with remarkable intensity.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/southernspain/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><img alt="Alhambra in Spain" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rFO" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/southernspain/" target="_blank"><b>9. SPAIN: SEVILLE, GRANADA &amp; CORDOBA</b></a><br>You’ll stay in fantastic accommodations and at one of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/southernspain/" target="_blank">Spain&#39;s</a> finest 5-star hotels. And the walks—in both city and country, through mosques and Spanish palaces—are gentle revelations every step of the way. Our local guides are exceptionally well-connected, so you get introductions to families that own the olive groves and even Alhambra&#39;s resident wood inlay expert.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/southernspain/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br> <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague-tours/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><img alt="Cesky Crumlov in Prague" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rFT" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague-tours/" target="_blank"><b>10. PRAGUE TO BUDAPEST</b></a><br>If you’ve ever wondered how it would be to time-travel, this compact visit to the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague-tours/" target="_blank">Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary</a> is for you. In Prague, Vienna and Budapest, you’ll enjoy expertly guided walking tours that explore these one-time capitals of the Habsburg Empire whose spires and castles create the continent’s most inspiring skylines.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE </b></a><br> 

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