• Yasaka Pagoda, Kyoto, Japan

    5 Best Overseas Adventures: Asia & Oceania

    Looking for your next overseas adventure travel destination? <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/asiapacific/" target="_blank">Asia</a> and <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/asiapacific/" target="_blank">Oceania </a>have some must-see locations, and we&#39;ve rounded up our top five! No matter where you choose—whether it be the bamboo forests of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/japan-tours/" target="_blank">Japan</a>, the iconic Taj Mahal in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank">India</a>, or <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/new-zealand-tours/" target="_blank">New Zealand&#39;s</a> cinematic beauty—you&#39;re guaranteed to have a trip of a lifetime with Classic Journeys.<br><br><b>TOP 5 TRIPS IN ASIA &amp; OCEANIA:</b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/japan-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Japan" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehpy&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r3w" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/japan-tours/" target="_blank"><b>JAPAN</b></a><br>A revealing look at Japan&#39;s history and modern culture. Explore <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/japan-tours/" target="_blank">Tokyo </a>and learn to make sushi. Take in the beauty of Hakone with views of Mt. Fuji. Visit Kyoto&#39;s temples, partake in the tea ceremony, and experience the art of the geishas at an elegant dinner. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/thailand/" target="_blank"><img alt="Thailand" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehpy&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r41" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/thailand/" target="_blank"><b>THAILAND</b></a><br>Stepping far beyond the temple-spired capital, we&#39;ll visit an elephant camp in the foothills of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/thailand/" target="_blank">Chiang Dao</a>, and walk from rice-paddy paths to remote villages where we receive the blessing of saffron-robed Buddhist monks at an early morning alms-giving... glide over rivers in long-tail boats... and are welcomed into one of the country&#39;s finest kitchens. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Vietnam" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehpy&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r4B" style="height: 354px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"><b>VIETNAM</b></a><br>Between <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank">Saigon </a>and <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank">Hanoi</a>, spend a night on a junk in Halong Bay and bike amid Mekong rice paddies. In <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank">Laos</a>, care for elephants at an elephant sanctuary. Explore Cambodia&#39;s splendid<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"> Angkor Wat</a>. And luxuriate at some of Asia&#39;s finest hotels. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank"><img alt="India" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehpy&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r4G" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank"><b>INDIA</b></a><br>An epic journey! Delhi. The <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank">Taj Maha</a><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank">l</a> at dawn. One-of-a-kind countryside walks that introduce you to villagers and rural life... as well as descendants of royal families, sari-and turban-tying experts, and eminent naturalists. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/new-zealand-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="New Zealand" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehpy&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r4L" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/new-zealand-tours/" target="_blank"><b>NEW ZEALAND</b></a><br>Awesome variety from <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/new-zealand-tours/" target="_blank">Auckland </a>to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/new-zealand-tours/" target="_blank">Queenstown</a>! Sail on an America&#39;s Cup yacht and sip wine on lush Waiheke island. Visit a working sheep farm and go jet-boating. All capped by a glacier walk and cruise in the fjords of Doubtful Sound. 

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    5 Destinations Where It's Currently Summer

    With unseasonably cold weather still plaguing most of the country, you might find yourself wanting to take changing the weather into your own hands. Let&#39;s swap those boots for flip flops! Here are 5 destinations where it&#39;s currently summer:<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><b>1. Galapagos</b></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Sea lion on the beach in Galapagos" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y32x&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oSyT" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Your first surprise on our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a> island tours? People live on these islands, too. On our island-based adventure, you’ll get a real feel for how it is to have giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies outside your back door. (It’s easier and more interesting than making forays from a cruise ship.) Our naturalist-guides will lead you to extraordinary wildlife experiences, minus the flocks of tourists. You’ll have abundant chances to walk, kayak and snorkel up-close to marine iguanas, Galápagos penguins and other creatures found nowhere else on earth.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/belize-guatemala-tours/" target="_blank">2. Belize</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/belize-guatemala-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Woman kayaking in Belize" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y32x&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oSyO" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>In <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/belize-guatemala-tours/" target="_blank">Belize</a>, you&#39;ll experience rainforests teeming with keel-billed toucans, ocelots, and howler monkeys on great walks with naturalists. Out of those jungles rise imposing Mayan pyramids, like the one you climb at Tikal. At Ambergris Caye and Hol Chan Marine Reserve, you go snorkeling or kayaking on the world&#39;s second largest barrier reef. Every day, the variety of nature and local culture is truly spectacular, from a soaring cave (absolutely no spelunking required) to a chocolate making demonstration on cacao plantation. <br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank">3. Cuba</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank"><img alt="Classic car driving down Malecon in Havana Cuba" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y32x&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oSyE" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Until the middle of the 20th century, Americans puddle-jumped to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank">Cuba</a> for quick getaways. Now, the door is ajar again. But this time it opens to deep, warm and fun interactions with Cubanos on our one-of-a-kind people-to-people explorations. In the company of expert local guides, you’ll meet a remarkable cross-section of society: school students and cigar-makers, singers and white-magic priests, farmers and chefs. On the streets of Havana, in the scenic Viñales Valley, and in Cienfuegos and Trinidad on the Caribbean shore, every moment is eye-opening.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/new-zealand-tours/" target="_blank"><b>4. New Zealand</b></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/new-zealand-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Lupins by the water in New Zealand" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y32x&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oSy9" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/new-zealand-tours/" target="_blank">New Zealand</a> will take your breath away. If the snow-capped peaks don’t do it, then the beauty and trails of Waiheke Island will. You’re as likely to gasp at the thrill of sailing on an America’s Cup yacht as at the spectacle of a lake where icebergs surround your boat. You’ll sip wine at a vineyard in a setting you could easily mistake for the Napa Valley. Our local guide also arranges for naturalists, historians and experts in glacier walking and jet boating. As you sample green lip mussels...learn about Maori culture...and walk the swing bridge across the Hooker River, you’ll appreciate New Zealand as the most scenically diverse and unstoppably fun destination anywhere.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank">5. Costa Rica</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Costa Rican shoreline" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y32x&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oSyn" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>You don’t have to be a bird-watcher to get a buzz when a hummingbird lands on your hand. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a> touches you in all kinds of ways. It’s the most bio-diverse country anywhere, the land where eco-tourism was born. Our spectrum of Costa Rica tour packages takes you from Caribbean coast to Guanacaste on the Pacific shore and include Manuel Antonio Park, Arenal Volcano, and Tortuguero National Park renowned as the breeding ground for sea turtles. You’ll meet the native ticos and residents of Afro-Caribbean villages, have mind-bending eco-experiences with our local guides and naturalists, and enjoy the most relaxing active vacation ever.

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    Family Vacation: A teen's point of view

    <p>We know teenagers. So we can understand how it might be daunting to plan a <b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/family/" target="_blank">family vacation</a></b> that will make everyone happy. We take extra care to ensure the kids are engaged in activities that they’ll enjoy. Kids and teens with one or more Family Journeys under their belts take on the questions your kids are likely to ask.</p> <h3><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/dates/" target="_blank">DOWNLOAD AN ITINERARY FOR YOUR IDEAL FAMILY VACATION TODAY!</a></h3> <p><b>WILL I BE STUCK WITH ADULTS ALL DAY?</b><br><br>No. We had days in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costaricafamily/" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a> when we were off with our own guide, Gisselle, for three hours. We did a nighttime safari. I was glad I got to do it — my grandmother was just as happy that she didn’t.</p> <p><b>IS THIS AN “EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE”?</b><br><br>Well, I learned a lot, but it’s nothing like school. Alfredo, our naturalist in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagosfamily/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a>, showed us how iguanas spit salt. You absolutely find out things you didn’t know before.</p> <p><img alt="Group in Galapagos" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lw&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oYE" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><b>WILL THEY FEED ME SNAILS AND GOAT BRAINS?</b><br><br>No, but you don’t get the “kiddie menu” either. I ate green-lipped mussels in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/newzealandfamily/?utm_campaign=family-vacation-a-teens-point-of-view&amp;utm_source=sojurn-blog&amp;utm_medium=blog/" target="_blank">New Zealand</a>. Sounded weird but tasted great. I also ate about three gallons of gelato in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italyfamily/" target="_blank">Italy</a>.</p> <p><b>I’M MISSING A WEEK OF SOCCER PRACTICE FOR THIS VACATION.</b><br><br>Don’t worry. You won’t be sitting around. There are plenty of activities, like mountain biking, river rafting and zip lining. Even selfie moments like riding camels in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/moroccofamily/" target="_blank">Morocco</a>.<br><br><img alt="White water rafting" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lw&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oYJ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><b>WILL I LIKE THE OTHER KIDS ON TOUR?</b><br><br>Well, nobody will force you to make new friends. But it was good to have these experiences with other people my age.</p> <p><b>THE PRICE IS RIGHT</b><br><br>We make your family vacation affordable while still offering the same great Classic Journeys experience you expect. When sharing a room with two full-paying guests, kids ages 11–16 receive a $500 discount; ages 7–10 receive a $750 discount; ages 3–6 receive a $1,250 discount; ages 2 and younger receive a $1,750 discount. When sharing a room with one full-paying guest, kids receive a $250 discount.</p>

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