• Horseback riding, Bryce Canyon

    5 Fun Ways to Travel

    <h2>As much as we love walking along scenic footpaths, we’re big fans of other forms of  locomotion, too — especially when they let us see the region from a different angle.</h2>   <p>Check out these fun ways to travel that we take advantage of on any tour we can.</p> <p><b>FUNICULAR.<br><br><img alt="Funicular" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7ln&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rOC" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></b><br> </p> <p><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italianlakes/" target="_blank">Italian Lake Retreats Cultural Walking Adventure</a></b><br>The lake recedes as you glide up the mountainside from Como to the village of Brunate. At the top, we <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italy/" target="_blank">walk amid private villas and the breathtaking views</a> stretch to Switzerland.</p> <h3><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/dates/" target="_blank">DOWNLOAD AN ITINERARY FOR SWITZERLAND OR ANOTHER DESTINATION YOU LOVE!</a></h3> <p><b>KAYAK.<br><br><img alt="Kayaking in Alaska" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7ln&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rOM" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></b><br> </p> <p><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaskafamily/" target="_blank">Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula Multisport Family Journey</a></b><br>Paddle beside <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaska-tours/" target="_blank">sea otters, sea lions and past three massive glaciers</a> that spill right into the waters of Thumb Cove, an area locals call “Little Switzerland.”</p> <p><b>CAMEL.<br><br><img alt="Riding a camel in Morocco" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7ln&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rOR" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></b><br> </p> <p><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco/" target="_blank">Fés to Marrakesh Cultural Walking Adventure</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Climb aboard camels for a memorable ride</a> to the soaring red sand dunes of Merzouga, the highest in the world, and arrive just in time to watch the sun set over the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Moroccan desert</a>.</p> <p><b>BOAT.<br><br><img alt="Whitewater rafting in Costa Rica" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7ln&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rOW" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></b><br> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costarica/" target="_blank"><b>Costa Rica Cultural Walking Adventure</b></a><br>Opt for a thrilling whiter-water rafting <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costarica/" target="_blank">adventure through the Costa Rican rainforest</a>, or explore thick stands of mangrove by canoe or wooden river cruiser.</p> <p><b>BIKE.</b><br><img alt="Group of women bike riding" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7ln&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rOg" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/switzerland-family/" target="_blank">Swiss Alps Multisport Family Journey</a></b><br>The sound of the Simme River is our soundtrack as we cruise along a gentle, slightly downhill path on mountain bikes, before boarding a train for the return trip.</p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/catalog/" target="_blank">CLICK HERE TO REQUEST A CATALOG AND READ MORE ABOUT CUSTOM TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD!</a></p> <p><b>WHAT SHOES DO I NEED?</b></p> <p>Although our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/walkingtours/" target="_blank">Cultural Walking Adventures</a> feature daily walks through beautiful destinations, that doesn’t mean that we’re all about making the miles. We’re all about making the most of the miles. A pair of sturdy leather or synthetic walking shoes or walking sandals should serve you just fine on most Classic Journeys trips.</p> <p> </p>

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  • Italian Lakes water view

    The Italian Lakes are Spectacular from Every Angle

    <h2>“Even the views have views!”</h2>   <p>Fresh home from <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italianlakes/" target="_blank" title="Italian Lakes tour">a week in the Italian Lakes</a>, a friend complained to me that his new digital camera wasn’t up to the job. “In panorama mode, I push the shutter button and sweep the camera from the left to right. It takes a sequence of pictures and stitches them together to form one long shot. But whenever I tried it on Lake Como, I ran out of time before I ran out of view!”<br><br>Gampiero, a longtime local guide for Classic Journeys, has heard it before. “Perhaps,” he says, “your friend looks too much for the big picture and not enough for the small one.” It’s not so much a riddle as it is his philosophy of the Italian Lakes.<br><br>There’s no denying that gorgeous grandiosity is the Lake Region’s calling card. Snow-tipped mountains “jump down into the water,” as Giampiero puts it. Ribbons of deep, azure water ripple into infinity. Glamorous manor houses tiptoe up to the water’s edge. The mild climate caresses an emerald explosion of gardens and forests. You’ll have to choose your own camp as to whether you prefer to take your golden sunrise with an espresso or your long sunsets with a bottle of wine. Either way, you’ll soak it all in waterside (and a bipartisan vote for both is absolutely the best way to go).<br><br><img alt="Mountain View of Italian Lakes" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mU&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oxn" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <h3><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italianlakes/" target="_blank" title="Italian Lakes tour">EXPLORE THE ITALIAN LAKES WITH OUR 7 DAY/6 NIGHT CULTURAL WALKING ADVENTURE.</a></h3> <p>“My heart nearly stopped,” says <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italianlakes/" target="_blank" title="Italian Lakes tour">Classic Journeys guest Cindy Gurmann, as she remembers her first moments in the town of Bellagio</a>. “Every view was what life should be all about. It’s all so natural and perfect that whatever ails you melts away.<br><br>“It’s also a very intimate place; a quiet place,” she says. “One of the nicest parts of the day was lounging on the patio after our afternoon walk with the water lapping and the birds chirping.” There’s no maneuvering required for that ringside seat either—both Classic Journeys hotels and virtually all of the restaurants we dine in are lakeside.<br><br><img alt="Hotel View of Italian Lakes" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mU&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oxx" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>Despite the IMAX-ready scenery, many visitors remember the human scale with equal affection. The sliver of habitable land that rims the Italian Lakes has always limited the population, creating a closely-knit community. And the lakes—including Como, Maggiore and Orta—are not exactly on the way to anywhere. They are destinations unto themselves. Even the plague, though it haunted every other corner of Europe, never arrived here.<br> </p> <p>When he leads walks into the hills outside of town, Giampiero knows that personal encounters will be warm, inviting and absolutely sincere. “On one walk, an elderly couple waved us aside with great smiles and many questions,” he says, adding that the wife was 98 and her husband was 100. “They must never have known a stranger,” he says. “Every time we pass through now, I know the <i>signora</i> will wave us over to talk.”<br><br><img alt="Group photo on Italian Lakes tour" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mU&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oy7" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>Cindy recalls visiting the home of a guide’s mother-in-law. “Her small house had drop-dead views,” she says. “I wanted to talk to her about living in such an amazing place, but she was much more interested in the comings and goings of George Clooney.” If that doesn’t sound like a step into small-town life, I don’t know what does. (On a boat ride to Como town, the group passes the Clooney estate. They say that a white boat at the dock means he’s home.)<br><br>At even closer range, Giampiero encourages visitors to stop and smell the camellias. The lakes are famous for their lordly gardens, from the English-style grounds of Villa Melzi to the grand-tiered confection on Isola Bella, practically swarming with white peacocks, statuary and topiaries. This is what Giampiero means when he says, “Even the views have views.” Anywhere here, even if you turn your back to the lakes, there is something that amazes the eye.<br><br><img alt="Giampiero smelling flowers" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mU&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oyC" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italianlakes/" target="_blank" title="Italian Lakes tour">“A tour is like life,” Giampiero says. </a>It has its indelible experiences and grand-operatic vistas, but most of all it is a collection of wonderful little moments.” A tasting of syrupy sweet <i>balsamico</i> here. A come- talk-to-me <i>ciao</i> from a mamma leaning on her windowsill. After her week in the Italian Lakes, Cindy imagines that “nobody here wakes up with a headache or an ulcer”. True or not, what a remarkable place it is that inspires such a view of life.</p>

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  • Family Jumping on Beach

    Where to catch the most mesmerizing sunsets. Even at midnight.

    <h2>Put down the camera and enjoy the “sundown effect”.</h2>   <p>The sky turns tangerine. A distant mound of clouds goes from crimson to pink. Mother Nature doesn’t make moments better than that. So grab a pic or two, but don’t let the lens stand between you and the bigger experience – what we call the “sundown effect”. Every night, the world changes at whatever-o’clock as dusk deepens. The sounds, the tempo, and even the breezes shift at that moment. The sunsets on these Classic Journeys are more than hypnotically beautiful. Each one is a unique drama that’s worth the trip all by itself.</p> <p>Just click any headline for more details about the destination. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/world/" target="_blank" title="Search tours">Or browse all of our unforgettable vacations in 75 regions located in 35 countries on 5 continents.</a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank" title="Greece adventures">Santorini, Greece</a></b><br><br>Perched above the glass-calm caldera, every spot in Santorini is a ringside seat for sunset. The kaleidoscopic sky goes through a feverish range of color shifts. And watch how the fading sun drains the sapphire from the sea to replace it with warmer, fading hues. Closer in, the blinding white buildings around you are pale violet all of a sudden. Golden lights spark to life as the village slips into evening gear.<br><br><img alt="Santorini Sunset" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mZ&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jdem" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank">Angkor Wat, Cambodia</a></b><br><br>In this legendary landscape of intricate temples, no moment of the day is more spiritual than sunset. Be there as the sun’s descent begins. The cryptic carvings and lacy crenellations go into soft focus as dusk drains the light until your horizon is full of an awesome silhouette backlit by the glorious tropical sky. After 13 centuries, it’s still a moment that inspires quiet awe.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland/" target="_blank" title="Iceland adventures">The Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland</a></b><br><br>This is the sunset that pulled Viking explorers west. To watch the day end here is to wonder where the sun must go. Against an apricot sky, the glacier-capped volcano that Jules Verne called “The Center of the Earth” lords over all. Just in front of you, a meandering estuary glimmers in the fading day. The white peaks in the distance reach up to reflect the last rays before they wink out. And if your timing is right, the Northern Lights flicker and dance as if to replace the sun.<br><br><img alt="Iceland sunset" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mZ&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002p7E" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyon/" target="_blank" title="Grand Canyon Adventure">North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Colorado</a></b><br><br>The Grand Canyon seems to grow deeper as sunset nears. In the shade of the distant South Rim, the canyon looks like a purple sea. Islands of crimson, coral and tangerine – the caps of mesas high enough to catch the last light – float in the foreground. Some sunsets happen in a second. But the Grand Canyon gives up the day slowly. So you have luxurious time for photos and to sit back and soak it all in.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/africa/" target="_blank" title="Morocco adventure">Saharan Dunes, Morocco</a></b><br><br>The soaring Merzouga Dunes are the world’s tallest, with great billows and crests of coppery sand. At sunset, they turn even deeper red as if they’re soaking up the last of the sun. The ultimate experience here is to sway on camelback to a spot not far from your luxury Berber encampment. And then you stop. And watch. As the sun drops it sends waves of shadows across the Sahara, until it disappears in a final flash – and you feel the quick retreat of the heat as night settles onto the desert.in.<br><br><img alt="Morocco sunset" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mZ&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002p7J" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costarica/" target="_blank" title="Costa Rica Adventures">Manuel Antonio Park, Costa Rica</a></b><br><br>Ever watched sunset from a tree house balcony? That’s the remarkable vantage point in this amazing park. Sit back with a glass of wine. Far below, the Pacific washes up to a horseshoe beach as a fiery tropical light show fills the view. You’re surrounded by jungle, and so it’s not just the disappearing sun that makes the moment so special. All around you, the daytime sounds crossfade to the soothing sounds of the night – like the movements of a natural symphony.</p> <p><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/scandinavia/" target="_blank" title="Norway Adventures">Bergen, Norway</a></b><br><br>One of our favorite sunsets is one that never quite happens. Midsummer in Norway, the sun is a tease. It promises to set, but never does more than kiss the horizon. No matter how many times you’re read or hear about it, the midnight sun is a lovely (and disorienting) surprise. The long, soft shadows of endless dusk may lead you to postpone bedtime. And you will certainly be glad you experienced this phenomenon instead of the dark winter months when it’s sunrise that never comes.</p> <p><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italianlakes/" target="_blank" title="Italian lakes adventure">Lake Como, Italy</a></b><br><br>Claim a spot on the terrace. Refresh your favorite aperitivo. Ask for some olives to nibble on for a while. You won’t want to head for dinner until the sunset show is over. Lakeside, the cool shadows arrive early. But Lake Como is tucked among mountains, and long after the sun disappears from your view, you can track its descent as the shadow rises until only the highest peaks are lit in a final burst of alpenglow. It may be the most civilized sunset you’ll ever enjoy.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/myanmar/" target="_blank" title="Myanmar Adventure">Bagan, Myanmar</a></b><br><br>The templed plain of Bagan is extraordinary in any kind of light. From a hot-air balloon, sunrise is magical. At midday, you can best grasp the scale of the site’s 2,200 temples and pagodas. But it is at sunset, as you stand atop one of the pagoda spires that the beauty is most splendiferous. The nearby Irrawaddy River glows like molten pewter. Face west and the spires become jet black silhouettes against the sky. Look to the east, and you see the sun gild the temples in dazzling light as their 12th and 13th century builders must have intended.<br><br><img alt="Myanmar sunset" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mZ&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002p7O" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank" title="Cuba Adventure">The Malécon, Havana</a></b><br><br>Havana’s harborside esplanade is sometimes called “the world’s longest sofa” for how the Cubans lounge along its five-mile length. Sunset is prime time. Waves splash up against the sea wall. As the heat of the day melts away, the music starts and the conversation picks up. At the far end of the arc, the towers of the legendary Hotel Nacional are alight. And all along the boulevard, a necklace of streetlights flatters the faded facades of grand buildings and let you imagine this proud 500-year-old city in its heyday.<br><br>From sun up to sun down, every Classic Journey is a handcrafted mix of wonderful cultural and historic experiences that immerse you in the life of the region you visit. Browse all of our destinations now.</p>

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