• Girl at Taj Mahal, India

    19 Mind Blowing Travel Destinations for '19

    <p>Go deep in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Iceland</a>. Have a million-star <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank">Machu Picchu</a> moment. Shorten that bucket list. Stretch your imagination. Your options are as wide as the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Sahara </a>and as deep as <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Bryce Canyon</a>. You’ll be on trend and away from the crowds when you follow our experts’ advice on any of these I-can’t-believe-I’m-doing-this experiences.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015snM" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>CLIFFHANGER PIZZA</b></a><br>Toss and bake your own pizza… and then don&#39;t forget to taste it as you have lunch on a local friend’s sky-high terrace overlooking the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi Coast</a>.</p> <p><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015snR" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank"><b>STARRY INCA NIGHTS</b></a><br>Feel <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank">Machu Picchu</a> haunt you as you return to the ruins, lit only by the starry megawatt nighttime sky over the Andes.</p> <p><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015snW" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><b>ICY CAVING</b></a><br>Shiver—from the beauty of it all, not the cold—as you enter the glowing natural chamber of a glacial ice cave in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Iceland</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/japan-tours/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015snb" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>RAREFIED GEISHA</b></a><br>In <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/japan-tours/" target="_blank">Kyoto</a>, accept the elegant honor of dining as the honored guests of traditional geishas who entertain you with samisen and ritualized dance.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/londonstonehengecotswolds/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015sng" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>SECRET STONEHENGE</b></a><br>Enter sacred <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/londonstonehengecotswolds/" target="_blank">Stonehenge </a>for a private visit at dusk, and toast the falling night and mysterious past with a flute of champagne.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015snl" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>PRISTINE BAY OF PIGS</b></a><br>Invade the<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank"> Bay of Pigs</a> in a snorkel mask, the better to see the miraculously rich marine environment under the waves.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015sri" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile/" target="_blank">PATAGONIA TO THE NTH DEGREE </a></b><br>In <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile/" target="_blank">Chile</a>, walk at the foot of the snow-capped Andes, eat with the Gauchos at a barbecue on a remote sheep ranch, and boat up to the sheer face of a Patagonia glacier. </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/panama/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015snq" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>JUNGLE LIVING</b></a><br>Paddle deep into <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/panama/" target="_blank">Panama’s rainforest</a> for a day of interaction with the indigenous Embera Tribe in their riverside village-on-stilts.<br> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015snv" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>PENGUIN PLUNGE</b></a><br>Swim as you’ve never swum before with the world’s only warm-water penguins in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015so0" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>BREEZIER MOROCCO</b></a><br>Compare the sands along the Atlantic coast with those around your luxury desert encampment on a 6-day visit that also includes <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-luxury-tour-package/" target="_blank">Essaouira and Marrakesh</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015so5" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>UP THE LAZY DOURO</b></a><br>Cruise <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank">Portugal’s</a> gorgeous river to a vineyard walk, port-tasting, and a picnic for a perfeito Portuguese day.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany-tours/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015soA" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>TUSCAN FANTASY</b></a><br>Live your dream at a glamorous hilltop villa-hotel with a count and countess as your hosts. Go ahead and go<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany-tours/" target="_blank"> totally Tuscan</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/china/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015soF" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>GREATER WALL OF CHINA</b></a><br>Leave the masses behind and stroll on a beautiful, unrestored stretch of<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/china/" target="_blank"> the Great Wall </a>to truly grasp the imperial will that built it.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015soK" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>ANGKOR WATTAGE</b></a><br>Watch <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank">Cambodia’s </a>legendary temples fade into awesome view on a morning walk in the growing brilliance of sunrise.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015soP" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></b></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank"><b>NÆRØYFJORD</b></a><br>Stroke a silky alpaca at the family hotel where you’re greeted with wide-open arms after a cruise on <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank">Norway’s </a>skinniest fjord.<br> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015soU" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>TOO TAJ TO BELIEVE</b></a><br>Claim ownership of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank">Taj Mahal</a> from the unbelievable vantage point of your regal hotel room that overlooks the pearlescent masterpiece.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/normandy/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015soZ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>LOW-TIDE HIGH POINT</b></a><br>Channel a 12th-century pilgrim as you walk to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/normandy/" target="_blank">Mont-St.-Michel </a>on the firm sandy seabed emptied by the ebbing tide.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/scotland/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015soe" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>COOL COLLIES</b></a><br>Envy the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/scotland/" target="_blank">Scottish shepherd</a> whose team of ridiculously smart border collies respond to his commands with extra-sensory precision.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank"><b><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ej5N&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015soj" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>HOODOO VOODOO</b></a><br>Walk on Mars, also known as the floor of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">Bryce Canyon</a>, where the maze of sandstone spired called hoodoos transports you to a different world.</p>

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  • Anteater

    Meet the Anteater WHISPERER

    <h2>… AND THREE OTHER EXCEPTIONALLY TALENTED LOCAL GUIDES</h2>   <p>A guide can make or break a vacation. We understand the importance of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/local-tour-guides/" target="_blank">having the best travel guides an area has to offer</a>. We have teamed up with the locals who know the area best, are highly personable and have the connections it takes to ensure your trip is the most memorable trip you’ve ever had. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/local-tour-guides/" target="_blank">Meet a few of our very special guides</a>:<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/panama/" target="_blank">BENY</a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/panama/" target="_blank">POETIC NATURALIST | PANAMA</a><br><br><img alt="Beny" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7le&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002s6E" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p>Beny is the kind of naturalist travel guide you dream of: ridiculously well informed and fluent in how to transmit his treasure of information to you. In his own words: “As a naturalist guide I have to help people ‘remember’ the other senses that they have but seldom use. In a normal tour you roughly hear and see things. But out in nature, you have to slow down and use the sense of smell to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/panama/" target="_blank">find the royal palm tree flowers, peripheral vision to spot the chestnut-backed antbird</a>, hearing to detect the silent crawl of the tamandua anteater or thermoception to feel the sudden rise in temperature inside the rubbish pile of the leaf-cutter ants. I help people understand themselves by helping them improve the way they perceive nature.” He’s a very rare bird and one of our favorite naturalist guides.</p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/reservations/" target="_blank">Want to meet our spectacular guides? Sign up for the trip of your dreams today!</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany/" target="_blank">FLAMINIA</a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany/" target="_blank">ART AFICIONADA | TUSCANY &amp; THE CINQUE TERRE</a><br><br><img alt="Flaminia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7le&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002s6O" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p>Flaminia is with Sotheby’s in Rome, an expert in Modern and Contemporary Art for the international auction house. When she steps away from her profession to guide for Classic Journeys, you can be sure she doesn’t leave it behind. Her discerning eye is a huge asset whether she’s helping you see the composition of Lucca’s townscape or interpreting an altarpiece. “Pietrasanta is one of my favorite places, where Michelangelo quarried his marble and still today mining continues. It is history, art and business all at once!” Her <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany/" target="_blank">knack for seeing under the skin of Italy</a> is a skill we treasure.</p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/nova-scotia-tours/" target="_blank">MICHAEL</a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/nova-scotia-tours/" target="_blank">SLOW FOODIE | NOVA SCOTIA</a><br><br><img alt="Michael" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7le&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002s6Y" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/nova-scotia-tours/" target="_blank">Ditch your impressions of Nova Scotia</a> as another icy Canadian province. Moderated by the Gulf Stream, the climate is mild. The soil is rich, and then there’s the matter of all that lobster and fresh seafood. Enter Michael, a talented chef who rose through ranks at restaurants in Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Boston, New York and the Bahamas. He was a restaurateur himself before becoming a guide. Today, he’s a Slow Food advocate who says, “I cook with farmers on their farms in the summertime to have guests experience food where it grows. As a guide, I am able to take you to the best gastronomic experiences through my network of colleagues, and I have so much fun delivering the culinary play-by-play for our meals.” <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/nova-scotia-tours/" target="_blank">And you thought Nova Scotia was only about big tides and whales.</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaska/" target="_blank">ERIC</a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaska/" target="_blank">BACKCOUNTRYMAN | ALASKA’S KENAI PENINSULA</a><br><br><img alt="Eric Kessler" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7le&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002s6n" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>For much of the year, Eric is all backcountry, all the time. “One deep wilderness trip includes crossing the Alaska Range on foot and arriving at a lake where rafts are flown in by boat plane for a trip down a glacier river.” Those skills come in plenty handy, even <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaska/" target="_blank">on the Kenai Peninsula where life is somewhat tamer</a>. “I know how to react quickly and safely with wild animals where guides who only work with book-learning cannot. I can also read the weather to adjust hikes to keep them comfortable and enjoyable. His favorite moment: “<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaska/" target="_blank">Sharing the hike to Grewingk Glacier</a> on a sunny day and having a picnic along the iceberg-studded lake is just about as good as it gets. I love to hear the gasp of awe as guests see such a sight for the first time in their lives.”</p> <h3><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/guest-reviews/" target="_blank">WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY</a></h3> <blockquote> <p>All eleven members of our family from 10 to 72 had a magical experience. Our guides were wonderful and became part of our family … our time together was obviously carefully thought out, but they were flexible in planning things they thought we would enjoy.<br>–LOGAN AND DOROTHY, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">AMALFI</a></p> <p>Our guides were the best! They made the whole trip interesting, fun, exciting and a very unique experience. They also gave great insight into the character, history and culture of the region.<br>–NICOLE, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague/" target="_blank">PRAGUE TO BUDAPEST</a></p> <p>Our guide was delightful! The trip was a good combination of exercise and learning about the local culture.<br>–STEPHEN, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/nova-scotia-tours/" target="_blank">NOVA SCOTIA</a></p> </blockquote>

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    10 Amazing Species to See on an Ecotour Vacation in Panama

    <p>You’ve heard it said that location is everything. In this regard, a vacation in Panama has a lot going for it. We all know about the history-making Panama Canal, which singlehandedly connected trade along Pacific and Atlantic routes. But get this: the country also enjoys an exclusive position as the first stretch of land connecting South America to Central and North America, and the formerly-unique animal populations of each. Today, its dense jungles, highlands, shores and seas are home to 218 species of mammals, 226 reptile species, 164 amphibian species—as well as 125 animal species found nowhere else on planet Earth!</p> <h3><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/panama-tours/" target="_blank" title=" panama=">LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR ECOADVENTURE VACATION IN PANAMA.</a></h3> <p>When planning an <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/panama-tours/" target="_blank" title="vacation packages in Panama">adventure vacation in Panama or considering a Panama vacation package</a>, be sure to include the country’s rich ecotourism offerings in your plans.  Here are the top 10 most-amazing species you won’t want to miss on your  <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/panama-tours/" target="_blank" title="adventure vacation in Panama">adventure vacation in Panama</a>.<br><br><b>Respendent Quetzal</b></p> <p>While macaws, parrots, toucans and all manner of migratory birds can be spotted in the Panamanian jungles, no species inspires more awe than the resplendent quetzal. Look for these regal birds on a walk through La Amistad International Park.<br><br><b>Ocelots</b><br><br>These small, wild cats can be found throughout South and Central America, as well as in Mexico. Nocturnal and territorial, ocelots have keen vision and can often be spotted lounging in trees.<br><br><b>Monkeys</b></p> <p>Several species of monkeys call the jungles of Central America home, including spider monkeys, howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, White-faced capuchin and tamarin. Look for them in La Amistad International Park.<br><br><img alt="Capuchin monkey" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mx&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002siw" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b>Capybara</b><br> </p> <p>The distinction as the world’s largest rodent¬—larger even than beaver and porcupines—doesn’t help the reputation of these highly social animals. Look for them living in groups near bodies of water.<br><br><b>Panamanian Golden Frog</b><br><br>As its name suggests, the rare Panamanian Golden Frog is indigenous to Panama. It makes its home in the rainforests and cloud forests near fast-moving streams in the Cordilleran Mountains.<br><br><b>Jaguars</b><br><br>Jaguars, the largest cats in the Americas, prey on a wide variety of species found in the Panamanian rainforest. La Amistad International Park has a relatively large population of jaguars, but you’ll need keen vision to spot these stealthy hunters among the thick vegetation.<br><br><b>Pygmy Three-toed Sloth</b></p> <p>Panama is home to several species of sloth, but you’ll only find this diminutive, three-toed sloth on Isla Escudo de Veraguas. They live and feed exclusively in red mangrove trees.<br><br><img alt="Sloth" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mx&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002sj1" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b>Sea Turtles</b><br> </p> <p>Of the world’s seven different species of sea turtles, five can be seen in Panama at various times throughout the year. A rare phenomenon know as arribadas (arrivals), when as many as 50,000 olive ridleys come ashore to nest at the same time, occasionally occurs on Panama’s Isla de Cañas during the first and last quarter of the fall moon.<br><br><b>Humpback whales</b><br><br>Migratory birds aren’t the only species that make use of Panama’s central location and tropical climate. Migrating humpback whales can often be seen cruising the protected reefs just offshore, along with sperm whales, bottlenose dolphins and reef sharks.</p> <p>Ready to get going on your <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/panama-tours/" target="_blank" title="adventure vacation in Panama">adventure vacation in Panama</a>? Visit <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/panama-tours/" target="_blank" title="Panama tours">www.classicjourneys.com/panama-tours</a> to learn more.</p>

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