• The Surin Phuket hotel pool in Thailand

    Gearing Up For Holiday Travel

    <p>With Labor Day only just behind us, it’s easy to linger in the memory of summer. But if you’re thinking of traveling during this upcoming holiday season, you may want to ramp up your efforts. Recent studies have shown that international travel is best booked at least two months in advance. Couple that with the fact that the holiday season is often one of the busiest, and that means the time to book is now to guarantee availability and low-hassle. Are you long on desire but short on ideas? At Classic Journeys, we’re full of options to ensure holiday traveling is fun, exciting and, most of all, easy. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><b>GALAPAGOS ISLANDS</b></a><br>Winter in the northern hemisphere means summer in the southern, which means it’s the perfect time to take the adventure tour of a lifetime. Our <u><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galapagos Islands tour</a></u> is geared towards families, with opportunities to visit giant tortoises, kayak and snorkel in crystal clear waters and relax in the elegant pools of boutique hotels. With three tour options from December 24-January 4 and one near Thanksgiving, our schedules ensure that you’ll make the most of school vacations during a busy time of year.<br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Woman with a sea lion in the Galapagos Islands" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001zCw5&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9Hn" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/new-zealand-tours/" target="_blank"><b>NEW ZEALAND</b></a><br>Skip the globe to another southern hemisphere destination: <u><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/new-zealand-tours/" target="_blank">New Zealand</a></u>. This island nation is so beautiful that it’s shown up in a number of movies--Lord of the Rings, anyone?--which means it&#39;s the perfect backdrop for an outdoors-oriented vacation. Our walking tour dates span New Year’s Eve this year, which means you can ring in 2018 cruising in an America’s Cup yacht, tasting wine on Waiheke Island and trekking trails with snow-capped vistas.<br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/new-zealand-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Overlooking Queenstown" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001zCw5&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9Hs" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"><b>VIETNAM, CAMBODIA, AND LAOS</b></a><br>Spend December 29-January 7 in Southeast Asia this year. Our itinerary to visit <u><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank">Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos</a></u> hits all of the main attractions of this fascinating region, which includes culinary, historical, architectural and natural highlights. Gaze at karst formations in Ha Long Bay from a private junk boat, stroll through Luang Prabang’s night market and climb the temples at Angkor Wat. Along the way, you’ll stay in chic boutique hotels and eat at some of the best restaurants. We can’t think of a better way to pass from one year into another.<br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Monks in front of a Temple" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001zCw5&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9Hx" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank"><b>CUBA</b></a><br>Mix active travel with a good dose of history by taking <u><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank">a tour to Cuba</a></u>. The country’s tropical climate makes it the perfect winter weather destination and our cultural exchange tour is optimized for families, offering trips during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Our unique, educational People-to-People program offers visitors a glance into the lives of everyday Cubans, who are farmers, artists, teachers, cigar-makers and much more. <br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank"><img alt="Cuban Musician" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001zCw5&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9I2" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><b>MOROCCO</b></a><br>Another perpetually warm destination, <u><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Morocco </a></u>should be on any traveler’s shortlist. Both our family-oriented and culture + walking tours offer holiday travel tours for all kinds of adventurers. Guests will wander the labyrinthine streets of medinas, crest massive sand dunes, tour lush river gorges and visit the actual Kasbah. After seeing the sun rise over a sea of sand from a desert encampment, you’ll wonder why you ever chose to spend the holidays anywhere else.<br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Man leading a camel in Morocco" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001zCw5&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9I7" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></p>

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  • Bridge over a Canal in Venice, Italy

    Holiday Gift Guide

    <p>For sheer fun and memorability, you can’t top the gift of travel. The joy of anticipating a trip, the remarkable experiences that happen during a handcrafted vacation, and the memories your recipient will relive for years to come make it the gift that keeps on giving. It’s always a safe bet to choose a destination that you know is on that special someone’s list. Or consider your recipient’s special interests and choose someplace unexpected that gives your gift extra meaning.<br><br>Whatever trip you decide to gift, you can depend on Classic Journeys to make it seamless and turn-key. All you have to do is enjoy the look on their face when you tell them about their upcoming journey.  A $300 deposit is all it takes to secure your gift trip. <br><br><b>FOR FOOD FANATICS:</b><br>Our culinary trips to Italy and France take deep (and very tasty) dives into local food traditions. Every day is a feast with visits to markets, food artisans and, best of all, the kitchens of local cooks and world-class chefs. Just picture your lucky recipient talking (and tasting) with bakers and cheese-makers or stalking the woods with a truffle hunter. And of course, there will be plenty of nearly indescribable meals, from a picnic on a countryside walk to Michelin-starred dinners.<br><img alt="User-added image" src="https://c.na3.content.force.com/servlet/servlet.ImageServer?id=01550000002lsxH&amp;oid=00D50000000JMrK&amp;lastMod=1512670295000"></img><br><br><b>FOR HISTORY BUFFS:</b><br>Bring the past alive… or give your favorite traveler a chance to be an eyewitness to history in the making. It’s hard to top Cuba, where they’ll walk through the 500-year-old cities of Havana and Trinidad or snorkel the Bay of Pigs. Vietnam, Laos &amp; Cambodia offer a stunning blend of culture, gorgeous scenery, and sites that resonate with anyone who remembers the ‘70s. A luxurious trip to Normandy &amp; Brittany includes the D-Day Beaches. Or take it wayyy back in time with a private visit to Stonehenge as part of an Anglophile’s dream trip that also includes the Cotswolds and London.<br><img alt="User-added image" src="https://c.na3.content.force.com/servlet/servlet.ImageServer?id=01550000002lsxR&amp;oid=00D50000000JMrK&amp;lastMod=1512670390000"></img><br><br><b>FOR THE ADVENTURESOME:</b><br>Appeal to their sense of daring with a vacation full of activities that edge outside the usual comfort zone (while always keeping it safe). Imagine telling someone you’re taking them to trek the centuries-old Inca trail, where they’ll enter through the Sun Gate and witness the Lost City of Machu Picchu. Or that you’re going to Iceland to go glacier trekking, catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights from a geothermal hot tub, and walk on wavy fields of lava. Or that you’ve booked a trip to Belize where they’ll snorkel in the world’s second largest barrier reef and climb a Mayan pyramid. <br><img alt="User-added image" src="https://c.na3.content.force.com/servlet/servlet.ImageServer?id=01550000002lsxW&amp;oid=00D50000000JMrK&amp;lastMod=1512670448000"></img><br><br><b>FOR HOTEL AFICIONADOS:</b><br>Treat that special someone to 5-star luxury. Hotel Sahrai in Morocco boasts unparalleled views of the Fès Medina and the New Town, with facilities such as an infinity pool and Givenchy spa. Villa Le Barone in Tuscany dates back to the 16th century, has spectacular gardens, an outside terrace perfect for Chianti sipping, and your hosts are a count and countess! Or, whisk them away to France and stay in the peaceful countryside surrounding Avignon at Auberge De Noves.<br><img alt="User-added image" src="https://c.na3.content.force.com/servlet/servlet.ImageServer?id=01550000002lt1O&amp;oid=00D50000000JMrK&amp;lastMod=1512673959000"></img><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/wine-tours/" target="_blank">FOR WINE LOVERS:</a></b></p> <p>Every oenophile on your list has a file full of must-visit wine regions. Treat them to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank">Portugal </a>where they’ll tour and sip port at one of the Douro Valley’s finest wine estates. Zip down to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile/" target="_blank">Chile </a>where they’ll take a leisurely walk in vineyards and the hosts will show off their whole operation from the vines to bottling. Of course, there’s always <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bordeaux/" target="_blank">Bordeaux </a>where some of the world’s most famous vineyards creep up steep limestone hills and embrace small, impossibly quaint villages.<br><img alt="User-added image" src="https://c.na3.content.force.com/servlet/servlet.ImageServer?id=01550000002lsx2&amp;oid=00D50000000JMrK&amp;lastMod=1512670136000"></img><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/family/" target="_blank">FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY:</a></b><br>Best holiday gift ever? A <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/family/" target="_blank">family trip</a> that brings everybody together for quality time you’ll all treasure. Create memories as you wander in red rock canyons and explore the natural wonders of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyonfamily/" target="_blank">Bryce, Zion &amp; Grand Canyon National Parks</a>. Or gather in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-family-journeys/" target="_blank">Galàpagos </a>for an island-based trip in boutique hotels with amazing wildlife and activities like snorkeling, kayaking and mountain biking. Whether you end up dog sledding in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/switzerland-family/" target="_blank">Swiss Alps</a>, whitewater rafting in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-family-journeys/" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a> or whale watching in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/novascotiafamily/" target="_blank">Nova Scotia</a>, the chance to see the world together always fits!<br><img alt="User-added image" src="https://c.na3.content.force.com/servlet/servlet.ImageServer?id=01550000002lt1T&amp;oid=00D50000000JMrK&amp;lastMod=1512674058000"></img><br> </p>

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