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  • Man Hiking in Torres del Paine

    Top 10 Trips for Solo Travel in 2019

    <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/solo/" target="_blank">Solo travel</a> is more popular than ever. In fact, nearly 20 percent of guests who join a Classic Journeys’ tour is solo! Now, if you’re thinking “singles travel” means adventuring all by your lonesome, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. At Classic Journeys, we prefer to think of travel for singles as a way for people to experience a place and culture with like-minded explorers on a small group tour. So, although you may be traveling solo… you’re never alone. With this in mind, we rounded up our 10 most popular trips for solo travelers to help you choose the perfect destination in 2019:<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9m7" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><b>1. </b></a><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">GALAPAGOS ISLANDS</a></b><br>Your travel companions on this trip include <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a> penguins that dart under your sea kayak, A pod of sea turtles performing their graceful ballet around you. Baby sea lions paddling up for a better look. And the giant land tortoises? They’re close enough to touch. If you go wild for wildlife, you’ve found it. AFAR magazine named our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a> trips “Best Wildlife Encounter”… in the world.<br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">LEARN MORE</a></b><br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Woman at Cabo da Roca, Portugal" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9mC" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal-tours/" target="_blank"><b>2. PORTUGAL</b></a><br>Besides being one of 2018’s hottest destinations, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal-tours/" target="_blank">Portugal</a> also has more hours of sunshine a year than any other European country. Soak in the rays while you and your small group come face to face with the Portuguese people and get a true feel for the unique tempo and personality of this kingdom by the sea.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="View of Machu Picchu" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rFd" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank"><b>3. PERU &amp; MACHU PICCHU</b></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank">Machu Picchu </a>retains the ability to startle and inspire you no matter how many years you’ve thought about visiting. You will get the shivers the first time you see it. And our guide is a native Quechua who’ll make you as comfortable in Cusco as you’ll be among mountain villagers and llama herders.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/chile-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Man Hiking in Torres del Paine, Chile" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9mH" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile-tours/" target="_blank"><b>4. CHILE</b></a><br>Most travelers want to experience <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile-tours/" target="_blank">Patagonia</a> because it’s super remote and not everybody is going there. Just how remote is the pleasant shock. When our local guide Andres leads you off on a walk in Torres del Paine National Park, he doesn’t follow the kind of trail you find in other places… but you will get the best views in Chile.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br> <br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Kayaking in Halong Bay, Vietnam" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9mM" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"><b>5. VIETNAM, LAOS &amp; CAMBODIA</b></a><br>This trip is truly <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank">Indochina’s</a> greatest hits! Though Angkor Wat is a spectacular finale to a 10-day journey that includes Laos and Vietnam, all along the way you’ll have plenty of show-stopping moments that reveal just how different these cultures are.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br> <br><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Positano, Italy" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rF9" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></span><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><b>6. AMALFI COAST</b></a><br>Situated on the &quot;ankle&quot; of the Italian boot, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi</a> has a balmy climate. Orange trees line village streets. Breezy seaside footpaths around Ravello and Positano encourage a nice slow pace perfect for absorbing the atmosphere. We also settle in for two mellow days on the glorious island of Capri—one of our favorite places in Italy.=<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br> <br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Women in a Market, Morocco" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9mR" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><b>7. </b></a><b><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">MOROCCO</a></b><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"> </a><br>You’ll take in the vivid, noisy markets as you travel through <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Morocco&#39;s</a> warm hospitable culture. You may also be surprised to know that the climate is moderate; this is the coolest and most welcoming of the African nations.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Puffins on the Coastline in Iceland" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9mW" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><b>8. ICELAND</b></a><br>There’s nowhere quite like it. We love traveling to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Iceland</a> because it’s still a land of chaotic, supremely beautiful nature. Whether you’re marveling at an endless colony of cartoonish puffins or watching the clouds turn shades of sherbet at sunset, you’ll experience this place with remarkable intensity.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/southernspain/" target="_blank"><img alt="Alhambra, Spain" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9mb" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/southernspain/" target="_blank"><b>9. SPAIN: SEVILLE, GRANADA &amp; CORDOBA</b></a><br>You’ll stay in fantastic accommodations and at one of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/southernspain/" target="_blank">Spain&#39;s</a> finest 5-star hotels. And the walks—in both city and country, through mosques and Spanish palaces—are gentle revelations every step of the way. Our local guides are exceptionally well-connected, so you get introductions to families that own the olive groves and even Alhambra&#39;s resident wood inlay expert.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/southernspain/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br> <br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/prague-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Castle in Cesky Crumlov, Prague" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9mg" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague-tours/" target="_blank"><b>10. PRAGUE TO BUDAPEST</b></a><br>If you’ve ever wondered how it would be to time-travel, this compact visit to the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague-tours/" target="_blank">Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary</a> is for you. In Prague, Vienna and Budapest, you’ll enjoy expertly guided walking tours that explore these one-time capitals of the Habsburg Empire whose spires and castles create the continent’s most inspiring skylines.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE </b></a><br> 

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  • Corsica at Sunset

    6 of Europe's Best-Kept Secrets

    <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/europe/" target="_blank">Europe</a> is known for having some of the most iconic sites in the world. From the picturesque canals of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italyfamily/" target="_blank">Venice</a>, the standing stones at <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/londonstonehengecotswolds/" target="_blank">Stonehenge</a>, to the lavender fields of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/provence-tours/" target="_blank">Provence</a>. It’s easy to find yourself on a merry-go-round of repeating travels. But you can still find amazing places off the beaten path… the places not known yet to tourists. And with the help of Classic Journeys, you’ll find that Europe is full of them!<br><br>Here you’ll find six of the best-kept secrets in Europe. Which one will you visit first?<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/istria-slovenia-walking-tour/" target="_blank"><img alt="Croatia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei9Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rP9" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/istria-slovenia-walking-tour/" target="_blank"><b>Slovenia + Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula</b></a><br>Just a generation ago, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/istria-slovenia-walking-tour/" target="_blank">Slovenia and Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula</a> were part of Yugoslavia. Now, they’re two of the great under-the-radar and off-the-chart destinations in all of Europe. These unspoiled next-door lands sit right at the top of the Adriatic Sea just east of Venice. The scenery is so insanely perfect that you don’t want the walks to end. Think vineyards rolling into olive groves sweeping to the Adriatic and mirror calm mountain lakes reflecting snow-capped Alps.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/basque/" target="_blank"><img alt="Basque" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei9Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rPE" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/basque/" target="_blank"><b>Basque Pyrenees</b></a><br>A museum sheathed in titanium. Wild horses that eat baguettes. Villages with names in three languages—Basque, French and Spanish. Farmers on tractors yield the right of way to fierce but friendly pelota games in village squares. Garlands of brilliant red pimientos dry in the sunlight… then show up on a dinner plate stuffed with seafood. You’ll be surprised at the richness of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/basque/" target="_blank">Europe’s oldest culture</a> that few have had the chance to experience.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/sardinia/" target="_blank"><img alt="Corsica" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei9Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rPJ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/sardinia/" target="_blank"><b>Sardinia + Corsica</b></a><br>Travel between the isles of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/sardinia/" target="_blank">Sardinia and Corsica</a> and you&#39;ll only venture eight miles...but they&#39;re worlds apart. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/sardinia/" target="_blank">Corsica</a>—part of France, but defiantly non-French—is blanketed in fragrant herbs and dotted with quaint villages. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/sardinia/" target="_blank">Sardinia</a> seeks adventure. Travel through the island and see how it&#39;s rustic, mysterious; with a few thousand years of Phoenician, Spanish and Italian blood in its veins. Together, these two gorgeous islands are some of the least-touristed spots in Europe. When you leave behind the yacht-studded harbors for the mountains, pastures and vineyards of the interior, you have the rarest of privileges—to see and experience countryside and culture that seem to have stood still in time.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/montenegro/" target="_blank"><img alt="Montenegro" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei9Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rPO" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/montenegro/" target="_blank"><b>Montenegro</b></a><br>How will you explain <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/montenegro/" target="_blank">Montenegro</a> to your friends who haven’t been (and that will be 99.9% of them)? Do you start with its Adriatic coast, where golden stone villages nestle on secluded, palm-lined bays? You can’t leave out the wild mountains with their sheer canyons and whisper-quiet lakes. You’ll certainly have stories about the hospitable Montenegrins… the olive growers, grappa-makers, shepherds and artists. You’ll fall in instant love with this compact Balkan land because it’s still so undiscovered, unexpected and unforgettable.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague/" target="_blank"><img alt="Prague" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei9Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rPT" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague/" target="_blank"><b>Prague to Budapest</b></a><br>The journey from <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague/" target="_blank">Prague to Vienna to Budapest </a>is one of Europe’s best hidden gems. These one-time capitals of the Habsburg Empire, with its spires and castles, create the continent’s most inspiring skylines. Out in the countryside, the sights are spectacular. Powder-blue cathedrals leap up from the heart of valley towns. Incredibly intact villages are so perfectly preserved that the U.N. recognizes them as World Heritage Sites. Vast farmlands make it feel as though you’ve stepped back into feudal times. This is a rich slice of Europe’s life and history that most travelers never see.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/apulia/" target="_blank"><img alt="Apulia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei9Z&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rPY" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/apulia/" target="_blank"><b>Apulia</b></a><br>When we ask our Italian guides where they&#39;d most like to take our friends who think they know Italy on a walking tour we get one response: <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/apulia/" target="_blank">Apulia</a>. And then they use their hands. To paint a vista of gnarled olive trees silhouetted against a lapis lazuli sea. To express the amazing sunlight. To sketch the saw-toothed skyline of a village comprised entirely of trulli—the conical stone roofs unique to the region. Best of all, Apulia (pronounced ah-pooh-lya) passes the most important Classic Journeys test—it offers fine leisurely walking, elegant accommodations, and a glimpse into a region and culture that&#39;s not quite like any you&#39;ve encountered before.

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  • Charles Bridge over Vltava, Prague

    5 Must-See Places in Prague

    Who better to explore Prague with than a local who’s been guiding there since long before Westerners had ready access to the country. Nowadays, our friend (and soon to be yours too) Karel Schneider is tour leader for Classic Journeys <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague/" target="_blank">Prague to Budapest Culture + Walking tours</a>. As Karel puts it, “Because I grew up on the ‘wrong side’ of the Iron Curtain, my way of coping was to learn to speak English and German. It was almost impossible to get permission to travel to the West, and so, being a city guide provided me with opportunities to meet people from different countries and get information that wasn’t otherwise available.”<br><br>Even though that era is decades past, it’s very visible in the rearview mirror, and Karel offers you a very personal perspective on life then… and how it still echoes in 21st-century life. The interesting irony is that the difficult Cold War years left the country with a lack of resources that prevented the bulldozing of cities and towns. That almost-accidental preservation means that you’ll step in scenes that have changed very little over the centuries. As a proud lifelong resident of Prague, he knows the city and its histories like the back of his hand and these are among his must-see spots that he shows off to our guests.<br><br><b>#1 A Stroll Through Time in Malá Strana</b><br>Here at the foot of Castle Hill, nobles and the wealthy once built their own palaces and grand homes to be close to the soaring seat of power. Today, this historic district is wonderful for a walk. The streetscapes take you back in time and there’s a lively mix of past and present that shows off the modern personality of Prague.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague" target="_blank"><img alt="Mala Strana, Prague" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bm2x&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jUua" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>#2 Private Visit to the Library Halls of Strahov Monastery</b><br>If you automatically connect libraries with quiet, somber places, the private tour that Karel arranges in the library halls will rock your world! Confectionary Baroque ceilings seem so distracting that it’s hard to imagine focusing on the remarkable collection of valuable manuscripts. The hush here is inspired by awe, and it’s one of Prague’s most inspiring spaces made all the more memorable by the privileged access you enjoy. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague" target="_blank"><img alt="Strahov Monastery Library" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bm2x&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jUuf" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>#3 The View from the Petřín Lookout Tower</b><br>Your eyes don’t deceive you. If the tower looks suspiciously like that other tower called Eiffel that’s because it was copied (at a smaller scale) for the Jubilee Exhibition in 1891. The literal high point of a visit to Prague, the views are fabulous. From this vantage point with Karel’s guidance, you really get the lay of the land and see how the Vltava River snakes through the city.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague" target="_blank"><img alt="Petrin Lookout Tower" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bm2x&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jUuk" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>#4 The Treasures of Lobkowicz Palace Museum</b><br>For seven centuries, the Lobkowicz family has played an integral role in preserving Czech culture. The significance couldn’t be clearer than in their present-day museum inside the Prague Castle. It’s a rich reminder of the power and wealth of the country’s old ruling class. If the Brueghel paintings and Haydn manuscripts aren&#39;t enough to impress, step out to the terrace for the princely views.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague" target="_blank"><img alt="Prague Castle" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bm2x&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jUup" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>#5 Gardens of Prague Castle</b><br>“Prague’s gardens are my favorite places of all,” Karel says. Some of the quietest are in Malá Strana, but the grandest are the Royal Gardens strung along the southern face of Prague Castle. First commissioned by the Habsburgs the 16th Century, it’s no surprise that there are fountains and Baroque elements galore.  It’s hard to believe you’re in the center of a world capital…except that the vistas of the city keep catching your eye.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague" target="_blank"><img alt="Prague Castle Gardens" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bm2x&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jUuu" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br> 

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