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  • Fall in the Italian Countryside

    7 Best Fall Vacations

    With the end of summer on the horizon, don’t get discouraged by the chill in the air as the autumn season rolls in. It’s easy to hunker down in the fall and prepare for the winter season ahead. Instead, put off dragging your sweaters out of storage and opt-in for a fall vacation! Autumn travel offers pleasant weather and the joys of shoulder season with lower prices and far fewer crowds. Here are the destinations on the top of our list to visit this fall:<br><br><b>The Canadian Rockies</b><br><br>Experience the solitude of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canada-tours/" target="_blank">Canadian Rockies</a> away from the crowds and bask in the glory that is the autumn color painted throughout Lake Louise, the Sunwapta River, and Mount Victoria. The Canadian Rockies is teeming with wildlife—whether it be moose, elk, bears, or bighorn sheep—experience the exceptional flora and fauna through the lens of local guides and view the spectacular wildlife at the peak of their activity. Some say that hiking the spectacular gorges, marveling at the rushing waterfalls, and enjoying the snow-capped peaks is even more breathtaking in the dim fall light.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canada-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxkU&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zUvZ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>France</b><br><br>In reality, there is no wrong time to explore <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/normandy/" target="_blank">Normandy</a>, Burgundy or the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/london-and-paris-family-vacation/" target="_blank">City of Light</a>, But we think the fall just may be France&#39;s best season. Bask in the joys of Paris as the city&#39;s parks turn to hues of orange, yellow, and bright red. Admire the Jardin de Luxembourg and <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/london-and-paris-family-vacation/" target="_blank">Palace of Versailles</a> resembling the color and brilliance of an Impressionist painting, giving Claude Monet a run for his money. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/loire/" target="_blank">Burgundy</a> is the perfect blend of classic French villages and rolling terrain with a patchwork of forests and harvesting vineyards that are utter perfection in the fall. Finally, enjoy the classic Norman picture-book villages, the stunning<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/normandy/" target="_blank"> Mont-St-Michel</a>, and Normandy&#39;s massive apple orchards that thrive at this time of the year. There is no better time to explore France than August through November!  <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/london-and-paris-family-vacation/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxkU&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zUpR" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>Greek Isles </b><br><br>Autumn in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Greece</a> is heavenly—with balmy weather, warm water, and harvests of olives and grapes—you’re guaranteed a lovely time without the often-overwhelming crowds of summertime travel. Explore the remarkable ruins of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Knossos and Delos</a>, sample the fruits of cliff-hugging vineyards, and take in the iconic views from your hotel in Santorini all complete with a warm autumn glow that accentuates the charm of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Greek isles</a>. Shoulder season gives you a chance to intimately engage with the local culture and meet the phyllo bakers, olive growers, archeologists, and villagers who live amid some of the loveliest scenery and finest historical treasures on earth. <br><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxkU&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zUve" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>Italy </b><br><br>In the fall, Italy presents the opportunity to enjoy the colorful countrysides of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany-tours/" target="_blank">Tuscany</a>, relish in the local markets spilling over with fresh produce in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi Coast</a>, and take advantage of the pleasant weather in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/sardinia/" target="_blank">Sardinia &amp; Corsica</a>. Skip the usual cathedral-and-cappuccino circuit in the crowds and heat of the summer and visit Italy in the autumn to properly savor the local culture, cuisine, and charisma. September through October is the typical time for the grape harvest in the wine region and towns in Tuscany celebrate the production of wine with festivals galore! Partake in the joys of the harvest season and celebrate with a glass of wine form a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany-tours/" target="_blank">local winery</a>!<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxkU&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zUp7" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>Bryce, Grand Canyon, Zion </b><br><br>Even as adults we play the pioneer game every time we visit this monumental trio of national parks. Imagine cresting the hills in your Conestoga wagon to behold the sights and breathtaking views <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Bryce, the Grand Canyon, and Zion</a> have to offer. Deep canyons, brilliant red rock, bridges of stone, and boulders poised on slender spires amaze visitors year-round. However, the fall provides visitors with pleasant weather, far fewer crowds, great chances to spot wildlife, and <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">colorful leaves that sprinkle Zion’s canyon floors</a> and winding trails in late September and early October.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxkU&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zUpC" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>Charleston &amp; Savannah</b><br><br>The coastal south is brimming with a distinctive meld of history, way of life, and charm that is all the more enjoyable as the autumn season graces <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/charleston/" target="_blank">Charleston and Savannah</a> with clear blue skies, sunshine, and nice cool breezes. There&#39;s no other region in America with such a distinctive meld of history, climate, and way of life! Walk through moss-draped lanes, admire the fine restorations of prosperous homes, visit some of the country’s most unique <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/charleston/" target="_blank">living history museums</a>, and stroll the old city streets under the shade of curvaceous oak trees.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/charleston/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxkU&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zUpH" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>Galápagos</b><br><br>Autumn in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a> is a special time in the archipelago. In September, the Antarctic Humboldt current is strong—bringing hoards of wildlife to the scene. Escape the fall weather at home and get the chance to admire penguins, sea lions, and marine birds at the peak of their activity! The beginning of fall is also a prime opportunity to see <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">humpback whales and their calves migrating</a>, fur seals mating, dolphins playing in the cool water, and giant tortoises laying eggs on the white sandy beaches.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxkU&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zUpM" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Autumn is just around the corner and it truly is the perfect time to explore some of our favorite destinations. If you can, skip the crowds and the heat of summer and pack your bags to revel in the joys of shoulder season! Check out some of Classic Journeys&#39; fall trips <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/dates/none/October/none/none/" target="_blank">here</a>!<br><br> 

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  • 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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  • Greece Dome Santorini

    Traveling in Greece: A Greek Isles Odyssey

    <p>It took Odysseus ten years to sail from Troy back home to Greece. That seemed way too long back when we spent half a semester getting through The Odyssey. Now, though — after having been lured, lulled and enchanted by the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank">Greek Isles</a> myself — I get how that could happen.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Santorini Greece" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATp1&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000fC8B" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Across every emerald/sapphire/aquamarine strait, I’d spot another fine-looking island that I just didn’t have time for. Watching sunset on a terrace in Santorini, my friend Manos would worry that I hadn’t seen Delos. “How could you not see Delos?” On Crete, 80-something George took a break from crafting phyllo dough to half-whisper, “The citron! You must taste the citron of Naxos.” Fired up by all of that sound advice and abundant temptation, we’ve tweaked our itinerary in the Greek Isles to include more islands, the finest sites of antiquity, white beaches beyond compare, and time with our friends everywhere who insisted that we bring you for a visit.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Naxos Island, Greece" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATp1&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000fC8G" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>You start in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank">Crete </a>where the aforementioned George is the last baker on the island who makes tissue-thin phyllo dough by hand. He’s a marvel, and you appreciate every flaky bite of baklava all the more for what he teaches you. In the heart of her family’s olive groves, our friend Joanna waves you in to wander on the farm and taste their prize oils. On the epic side of the equation, Crete is home to magnificently preserved Knossos where an expert guide tells the tales of King Minos and the Minotaur.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Crete Greece" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATp1&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000fC8L" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Next is Naxos. There is a countryside walk here that is a fantastic amble in landscapes that have hardly changed for millennia. The island is famous for its 2,500-year-old kouros, a sculpture half-hewn from the marble quarry where it still lies. Did that sculptor wash down the dust with some citron liqueur? It’s a shame if he didn’t. You get your own taste at a small family distillery where they’ve made the bright green brew from the leaves and fruits of citron trees since the 19th century.<br><br>One all-new day on this trip is just the kind that I love best. It begins with a ferry ride to Mykonos, the Greek isle to end all Greek isles. Vibey, bustling and hip, it’s one of those places you just need to say that you’ve seen. But even better, it’s the jumping-off point for Delos. A<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank"> UNESCO World Heritage Site</a>, Delos was the mythological birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. A private guide waits to take you on an exclusive exploration of what are regarded as the Mediterranean’s most important architectural digs. It’s startling – and absolutely typical – to see the faces of ancient civilization and contemporary culture on a single Aegean day, and it’s the kind of experience that helps you understand the real Greece.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="The Temple of Isis in Archaeological Site of Delos" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATp1&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000fC8V" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>The grand finale of your trip is a jaw-dropping stay in white-washed, blue-roofed <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank">Santorini</a>. Throughout this trip, we find ways to avoid touristic Greece and show you the country at its best. That really matters in Santorini where cruise ships sometimes disgorge scads of tourists all at once. Our itinerary spares you that sight. You actually walk into Santorini on a path through vineyards. During your time here, you take a trip on a small boat into the waters of the volcanic caldera. For the trip back to the top, you can take the gondola or (my preference!) ride a donkey like the locals have for thousands of years. At the end of all of your island-hopping days, you find yourself in luxury 5-star hotels, but I have to say that the villa-style hotel here is my absolute favorite. It clings to the town’s steep slopes, guaranteeing you a ringside seat for views beyond compare. Every evening, I settled there with a glass of wine there to watch the sunset, but the show is so gorgeous that I kept forgetting to drink it.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Santorini Greece" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATp1&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000fC8f" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Simply put, this is the best way imaginable to experience the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank">Greek Isles</a>. You get the impossibly blue seas, the rich antiquities and a variety of island cultures that’s much more diverse than you ever imagined. Layer in the many chances you have to meet local people and be immersed in the lives they live, and I know you will wish your odyssey could last a few years longer!</p>

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