• Camels in the Desert, Morocco

    Best New Years Vacations

    <br>What law says your suitcase has to go into cold storage as the New Year nears? Without a conscious thought, it’s easy to shift into autopilot and think: “I’ll fasten my seat belt, make the best of the holidays, and get back to living my best life … later.” To which we can only ask what are you waiting for? Yes, you could attend another countdown party on December 31. You can stay home and watch Ryan Seacrest. Or … you can walk through the Sun Gate at <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru/" target="_blank">Machu Picchu</a> or swim with the sea lions in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a> or make gnocchi in a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany/" target="_blank">Tuscan</a> farmhouse kitchen.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bnpM&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jmTZ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br> <br>Instead of wondering where the year went, let’s get purposeful. Why not figure out how to change your bucket list from unattainable to attainable and, in the process, how to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/dates/none/December/2018/" target="_blank">end 2018 in high style</a>.<br> <br>You can absolutely make it happen. Your friends at Classic Journeys have done all of the legwork to arrange soul-satisfying vacations on and around the year-end holidays. Those weeks are a stellar time to get away from it all. ‘Tis the season when schools shut down and many businesses shift into idle. And it’s one of the few times of the year when you can get the whole family together. So it’s especially easy to pull off a family vacation in this timeframe. A lot of our guests look at a year-end trip as the gift that keeps on giving – a fantastic investment that beats spending your good money on stuff that is often forgotten, even before you turn the page on the new year.<br> <br>So break the mold. Defy convention and do what makes you happiest. Indulge yourself in shortening your bucket list. Let the end of 2018 be the start of a personal travel tradition that will be good for your heart and mind.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bnpM&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jmTe" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br> <br><b>TOP 10 REASONS TO TAKE A YEAR-END VACATION </b><br> <br><b>#10 </b><br>My unused earned vacation time won’t carry over.<br> <br><b>#9</b><br>I’m tired of sitting at home on New Year’s Eve watching the Times Square ball drop in my pajamas.<br> <br><b>#8</b><br>It’s summer in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru/" target="_blank">Peru</a> and the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a>.<br><br><b>#7</b><br>I can almost have <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany/" target="_blank">Tuscany</a> to myself.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bnpM&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000pU3l" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br> <br><b>#6</b><br>Get me out of here!<br> <br><b>#5</b><br>It will be warmer in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/latin-america-tours/" target="_blank">Central America</a> than it will be at home.<br> <br><b>#4</b><br>After a year like this, I deserve a vacation.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bnpM&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jmTj" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br> <br><b>#3</b><br>I want to kiss the fuss and clutter of the holiday season good-bye.<br> <br><b>#2</b><br>The people I want to travel with all have free time.<br> <br><b>#1</b><br>I’d rather give experiences instead of stuff.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costarica/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #212121;"><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><img alt="River rafting in Costa Rica" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bnpM&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jh4i" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span></span></a><br><br><b>Where should I wind up 2018?</b><br>To scout out the best year-end option for you, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/dates/none/none/2018/none/" target="_blank">click here</a>. You&#39;ll see all of the destinations where we offer departures before, during and after the peak holiday season.<br><br>Want your own date with your own crew? <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/private/" target="_blank">Click here</a> to start planning your own bespoke trip of a lifetime at year-end...or anytime!

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  • Woman looking at Machu Picchu, Peru

    There's No Place Like Home For The Holidays (Except At New Year's!)

    <p>Growing up in the Midwest during the 60’s, New Year’s Day morning meant one thing: watching the Rose Bowl Parade on TV. While the wind howled and the snow piled up outside the windows, we could only shake our heads in wonder — and more than a little envy — at all those lucky Southern Californians in their shirtsleeves.</p> <p>Decades later, our horizons have broadened…but that longing for an exotic holiday getaway still makes an annual appearance. So where can you go when you want to escape the seasonal craziness and soak up some history, culture and change-of-scenic beauty?</p> <p>At Classic Journeys, our 13 walking tours departing in late December are a great place to start. By popular demand, our guests won’t be tuning in to see the ball drop on New Year’s Eve; instead, they’ll be singing a rousing chorus of “Auld Lang Syne” from the rainforests of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costarica/" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a> to the isle of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Capri</a>.</p> <p>Rest assured, there’s no shortage of festive glitz…if by glitz, you mean fireworks lighting up the Renaissance skyline of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscanyculinary/" target="_blank">Florence</a>, or a palatial New Year’s feast hosted by the Royal family in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank">India’s</a> Udaipur. And then there’s <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco/" target="_blank">Morocco</a>…where a luxury Berber tent encampment in the Sahara becomes our desert ballroom to dance the night away.<br><br><img alt="Group dancing in Morocco" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7oL&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002sXe" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p>Maybe <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru/" target="_blank">Machu Picchu</a> has been on your list of must-sees since you first saw its picture in a grade school textbook. Or your inner engineer has always craved an up-close look at the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/panama/" target="_blank">Panama</a> Canal (not from the deck of a cruise ship, but through the eyes of the people who live there). Even if you hear the siren song of Southeast Asia, why settle for the same old, same old for New Year’s when there’s an elephant in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank">Laos</a> or <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/thailand/" target="_blank">Thailand</a> who’s trumpeting your name?</p> <p>Like us, kids are always up for a slam-bang way to welcome the New Year, too. That’s why we planned a quartet of family vacations to coincide perfectly with holiday break. From ziplining in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costaricafamily/" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a> and mountain biking in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/perufamily/" target="_blank">Peru</a> to paddling a jungle canoe in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/panamafamily/" target="_blank">Panama</a> or hitching a camel ride in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/moroccofamily/" target="_blank">Morocco</a>, the kids will never forget where they rang in 2012.</p> <p>All 13 trips, whatever your destination, depart the last week in December for seven to 11 days total. For more specifics, including day-by-day itineraries and pricing, give one of our Guest Services Coordinators a buzz at (800) 200-3887.</p> <p>* PS Here’s the $64,000 question: how do you say “Happy New Year!” in Quechua (KETCH-u-ah)? That’s the native language of the Central Andes in Peru, and we admit it had us stumped. Turns out it’s <b>“Allin wata kachun qanqunapaq!”</b> (all-yin wa-ta ka-chun kan-koon-a-pak). In other words, may you soar to new heights in Machu Picchu!</p> <br> 

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  • 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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