• 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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  • Positano Villa Franca

    Million Dollar Views on the Hillsides of Positano: Hotel Villa Franca

    The famed <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi Coast</a> is known for many things: colorful houses and cliffside villages, overgrowing gardens filled with lemon and orange trees, beautiful hidden beaches, scenic walking paths and of course a crisp limoncello or Aperol spritz to cool off on an Italian summer day. Perfectly situated among some of the best views on the hillsides of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Positano</a>, the<a href="https://www.villafrancahotel.it/en/index.php" target="_blank"> Hotel Villa Franca</a> remains one of the most adored accommodations while visiting the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/tag/italy/" target="_blank">Amalfi Coast</a>.   <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxwp&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zWfT" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>The views from<a href="https://www.villafrancahotel.it/en/index.php" target="_blank"> Hotel Villa Franca</a> are enough to make you want to stay here (and never leave). Upon arrival, expect to swing open your shutters and find jaw-dropping views of the glinting <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Mediterranean sea</a> and two blissful beaches just a stone&#39;s throw away. The ravishing hotel offers the perfect opportunity to check out from reality and absorb the glitz, glamour, and breathtaking beauty of the Amalfi Coast. <br><br>Once a private residence, this boutique hotel was remodeled to share authentic Italian elegance with visitors. Airy rooms and bright luxury suites are spread across two villas. Each unique space is filled with large windows to allow the famous Amalfi sun to seep into your space. All rooms include a balcony or terrace offering spectacular views, where you can enjoy a gourmet breakfast in the morning brought directly to your room. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxwp&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zWfY" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.villafrancahotel.it/en/index.php" target="_blank">Hotel Villa Franca</a> offers a host of dining options for guests, offering fresh fare made from the local Mediterranean produce and product. From local sun-ripened oranges and zesty lemons to freshly caught clams from the neighboring sea, menu offerings mirror the scents and sights you see on a daily basis in Amalfi. Enjoy the Amalfi sea breeze while dining by the cliffside pool, or sit down to enjoy a more luxurious dining experience that embodies sophistication at the<a href="https://www.villafrancahotel.it/en/index.php" target="_blank"> Li Galli Restaurant</a> that has recently collaborated with a multi-Michelin starred chef.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxwp&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zWfd" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>The <a href="https://www.villafrancahotel.it/en/index.php" target="_blank">Hotel Villa Franca</a> is made complete with top-notch facilities and an accommodating staff that works closely with the Classic Journeys team to assure all guests have an enjoyable stay. The high terrace swimming pool surrounded by sweeping views of the ocean and colorful <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Positano</a> is a crowd favorite, however, should you prefer a dip in the Mediterranian, a private shuttle is offered to visit two beaches that are only minutes away. A deluxe spa and fully-stocked gym can be found on-site as well to add a hint of wellness to your trip. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxwp&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zWfn" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Whether dining on the restaurant terrace, taking Mediterranean views from your room or sipping an Aperol spritz by the rooftop pool the Hotel Villa Franca encapsulates Italian elegance and is sure to bring your trip to the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi Coast</a> to the next level. A dream amid sky and sea, indeed!<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxwp&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zWfx" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>View our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi Coast &amp; Capri Tours</a> for a chance to stay at Hotel Villa Franca during your visit. Or, give <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys</a> a call at 833.387.1210 to hear more about our stellar hotel partners and offered tours. 

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  • Girl at Colosseum in Rome Multisport in Italian

    How do you Say Multisport in Italian?

    “Our kids were skeptical about going to Italy. ‘It’s just a bunch of boring museums and churches and old ladies in black dresses, right?’” Mary S. laughs as she remembers her family’s initial reaction to the news that they were headed to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italyfamily/" target="_blank">Venice, Florence and Rome</a> with Classic Journeys. They didn’t get far into a week of pizza making and gondola cruising and bike riding and gladiator training before they changed their tune. “Now, I think everyone in the family would tell you it was all their idea in the first place.”<br><br>That’s because this multisport family adventure includes molto activities that turn into mamma mia moments. It is such a kick to watch your kids and teens encounter Italy’s Big Three cities — and discover how much fun travel can be. If you’ve visited these cities before, get ready for your old memories to take on new meaning and to feel like you’re seeing them through fresh eyes.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italy/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SEl&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BfX" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>It’s true that plenty of tourists spend too many hours staring at dusty statutes and earning blisters on long walks, but not when you go exploring the Classic Journeys way. Consider <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italyfamily/" target="_blank">Venice</a>, your first stop. Lovers of Venice fall into two camps: the ones who never want to leave and those who appreciate how the city’s small size is quite easy to cover. That’s us, and your time here is a just-right blend of mind-boggling sights, gondola rides and colorful history. Before palazzo fatigue can kick in, you’re on a high-speed train rocketing to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italyfamily/" target="_blank">Florence</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italyfamily/" target="_blank">Firenze </a>can be a frenzy. Many tourists think they need days in the city, but that’s because they do things like wait four hours to see Michelangelo’s David. You absolutely should see all 14 marble feet of the world’s most famous statue. But your <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/local-tour-guides/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys guide</a> magically has tickets that let you skip the line — a perfect example of how low-stress a family vacation ought to be. From 23 years of traveling with kids, we know that this is the exact moment when it’s time to break out of city mode and retreat to a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/hotels/" target="_blank">Tuscan village</a> with a pool, a private park and rejuvenating globes of Chianti. The country interlude is a great way to let off steam walking in vineyards, making pizzas, biking in Siena, and ogling at the towers of famed hilltown San Gimignano.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italy/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SEl&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BfS" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>By the time you de-train in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italyfamily/" target="_blank">Rome</a>, you’ll all feel like Italian pros. You know the walks to the Colosseum and the Forum will last just long enough. The Sistine Chapel? Of course you score rare tickets in advance. While the turisti shuffle off to another monument, your family goes for a cool gladiator training session. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italyfamily/" target="_blank">Rome </a>unfolds for you all without overwhelming anyone.<br><br><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SEl&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zURP" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italyfamily/" target="_blank">Italy </a>has so much to teach an impressionable young traveler (and you, too, even if you’ve been there a dozen times). Together, you’ll get lively lessons in how to laugh together and take on fun challenges and see the world through fresh eyes. Feeling totally Italiano, you’ll learn to smile at the world rushing around you, how to live in a 500-year-old castle, and that if you can’t decide between two flavors of gelato then you must have both. <br><br>The first trip to Italy has always been a rite of passage for travelers. Chances are, you have stories to tell about yours. Five years from now — or 15 or 50 — the upcoming generations of travelers in your family will remember the first time, too. Back in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italyfamily/" target="_blank">Rome or Venice or Florence</a> someday, they’ll hunt for the trattoria where you all ate too much pizza together. Even if they can’t track it down, they’ll find a new spot. And you can be pretty sure that they will clink their glasses of Chianti and thank you all over again.

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