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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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  • Fanari Villas Hotel in Oia, Santorini

    A Stay at the Luxurious Fanari Villas Hotel in Oia, Santorini

    A guest favorite, the Fanari Villas Hotel is a luxury accommodation located in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank">Oia Santorini</a>, nestled in a picturesque hamlet situated on the cliffs above the beautiful Caldera, with an enchanting view of the endless <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/tag/greece/" target="_blank">Aegean Sea</a> and the region&#39;s famous <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/traveling-greece-greek-isles/" target="_blank">volcanic island of Thirassia.</a> Believed to be the last link to the lost city of Atlantis, this ancient place has always had a sense of magic and mystique. With cliffs rising thousands of feet above the bright blue waters, contrasted with the dazzling white houses and azure roofs, Greece is a place weaved of dreams. No better place to take in the mesmerizing views, fresh Mediterranean food, historical masterpieces, and captivating sunsets than from the <a href="https://fanarivillas.gr/" target="_blank">Fanari Villas Hotel. </a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vy8J&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zYzL" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>The traditionally Grecian-styled building with Cycladic features provides guests with a genuine &#39;taste&#39; of Santorini. Shades of white and green details work to compliment the natural setting of Oia. Curves rooftops, arches, charming verandas, and terraces are far and plenty and offer guests the perfect sea and sunset view. Stone-paved paths weave throughout the complex and potted plants line the walkways, with bougainvillea climbing the wish washed walls. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vy8J&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zYzQ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>The host of suite options range from junior suites to honeymoon suites and horizon suites, but all the rooms are distinguished by their charming traditional Santorinian style, with arches, curves, and cool whitewashed walls that contrast spectacularly with the deep blue waters and bright blue sky just outside each window. The suite balconies are the stars of the show and you&#39;ll find it hard to move from the sunbeds overlooking the sea.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vy8J&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zYzV" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>A spectacular pool hidden in a white-washed cave and detailed with stone opens up to a sunny cliffside deck, made complete with wooden pergolas and lounge chairs. A cave sauna, jacuzzi and private massage area in the confines of the cool cave add an element of relaxation, tranquility and romance to the secluded spot. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vy8J&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zYza" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>For dining and entertainment pleasures, head to the on-site gourmet restaurant where meals, snacks and beverages are served all day. Take advantage of the option to be served on your private veranda or arrange a romantic set dinner with the help of the hotel. The restaurant serves only fresh and local cuisine complimented with the personal culinary touch of the team of local Greek chefs. An extensive wine list offers wide selections of Santorini wines as well as selections from the region of Europe. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vy8J&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zYzf" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Classical antiquity and modern luxury blend into an odyssey beyond anything you dreamed it would be. Spectacular islands in vivid blue seas, the finest historical sites, white beaches beyond compare, and time with locals who welcome you with wide-open arms make for a spectacular visit to this romantic and sublime destination. On the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys Culture + Walking tour of the Greek Isles</a>, you&#39;ll meet phyllo bakers, olive growers, archeologists and villagers⁠—the contemporary Greeks who live amid some of the loveliest scenery and finest historical treatures on earth. Head home with a deep and very personal feel for this wonderful culture and the islands that have cradled it for millennia. For a chance to stay at the breathtaking <a href="https://www.fanarivillas.gr/" target="_blank">Fanari Villas Hotel</a> while exploring the Greek Isles, take a look at our upcoming Greece tours!

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