• Tourists Hiking Coast of Normandy, France

    Private Tours: Your Wish is Our Command

    A few months ago, a lifelong band of friends came to us with a regal request. We all want to go on your <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/ireland-tours/" target="_blank">Ireland </a>trip, but our fantasy is to only stay in castles and posh country manor houses. Can we do that? They could ... and they absolutely did on the stately <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/private-tour-request/" target="_blank">p</a><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/private-tour-request/" target="_blank">rivate trip</a> we created for them, based on our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/ireland-tours/" target="_blank">Emerald Isle itinerary</a>. <br><br>You may know how they felt. You discover a trip, and the experiences it offers really speak to you. Except that it doesn’t begin and end on dates that match your calendar. Or you’d really jigger the plans so that you could visit the old world village named for your family or satisfy an unquenched urge to sip the Brunello of your dreams at the very vineyard where it’s grown. Our advice: Ask us how we can make it happen for you. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/napa-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SFo&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BeA" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Since our very first month in business 23 years ago, travelers like you have been asking us to curate itineraries just for them with departures on special dates. We do that all the time—but even better, we can kick the experiences up a notch with bespoke details inspired by your particular interests and tastes. You could end up like the quartet of sorority sisters who were determined to celebrate their milestone birthdays together at <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/londonstonehengecotswolds/" target="_blank">Stonehenge</a>—which we made happen with a champagne toast right among the megaliths while the legendary site was closed to the public. <br><br>Last summer, we drove family members right up to the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank">Norwegian </a>farmstead on the shores of a remote fjord where their grandfather was born. You’re forgiven if you envy the group that claimed all the rooms in a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/hotels/" target="_blank">luxury villa-hotel</a> on the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi Coast</a> for a week of what they describe as ridiculous amounts of fun. We’ve even pulled off surprise fireworks displays perfectly timed to cap dinner on a terrace overlooking the sea. Believe it or not, we’ve arranged a private visit to the Sistine Chapel where the guests were invited to lie on the floor for a head-on look up at Michelangelo’s legendary ceiling. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SFo&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BeF" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Your trip could start with a vow to eat at as many <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuisines/" target="_blank">Michelin-starred restaurants</a> as can be fit into a week. If you’re bird watchers, ask us to arrange a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a> trip for peak migratory season. <br>But you don’t need a theme either. It’s enough to ask for our usual handcrafted visit to the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos </a>or <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Iceland </a>on a trip departure just for you, your family or your group of friends.  <br><br>Putting together a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/private-tour-request/" target="_blank">private trip</a> is simpler than you probably imagine. It starts with a phone call on which our experts listen to you brainstorm, daydream and lay out your wish list of places, activities, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/hotels/" target="_blank">hotels </a>and the like. Then we put together a complete program including all of the land arrangements—so you don’t need to juggle hotel communications, track down guides or scratch your head over how to make transfers. Pricing is based on the amount of customization, but prices are often less than you would pay for other companies’ standard tours. <br><br><u><b>2 WAYS TO GO PRIVATE </b></u><br>  <div style="margin-left: 40px;"><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/world/" target="_blank"><b>1 - Handcrafted Originals </b></a><br><i>READY FOR YOU TO BOOK </i><br>Pick any <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/world/" target="_blank">original Classic Journeys itinerary</a>. Then just name the date when you would like your vacation to begin. It’s the simplest way to arrange a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/private-tour-request/" target="_blank">private vacation</a>. Bonus point because you can align your trip to a special occasion.  <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/private-tour-request/" target="_blank"><b>2 - Custom Crafted</b></a><br><i>EVERY MOMENT DESIGNED JUST FOR YOU </i><br>The sky’s the limit with a Custom-Crafted trip. A candle-lit dinner in the heart of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank">Angkor Wat</a>... two weeks in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank">Peru </a>and the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a>... or a summer-long tour with your extended family. If you can wish it, our team can make it happen.</div> <div><br>If you dream it, you can do it ... and it doesn’t cost anything to find out how. To begin your journey, call us at <a href="" target="_blank">800.200.3887</a> or fill out the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/private-tour-request/" target="_blank">private journey request form</a> online. </div>

    Read More »
  • Tahiti

    International Destinations You Can Visit Now + How

    <p>We’ve covered which states are open (read <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/open-usa-states-how-to-travel/" target="_blank">here</a>), and which U.S. destinations offer the experience most similar to a number of famed international locales (read how Alaska’s an awesome wildlife tracking alternative to South Africa and The San Juan Islands’ lavender will have you thinking you are in Provence, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/us-alternatives-to-international-destinations/" target="_blank">here</a>). <br><br>But that’s all within the U.S. What if you cannot contemplate not using the passport once this year? A) you’re not alone and b) it’s actually possible. Our tour operations team is talking to local and federal governments and our local guides in every one of our regions weekly. And we’re seeing border updates and new destinations available every time we check. <br><br>And if some international borders are open, is a culturally-rich, crowd-free experience achievable? It appears to be the case. Look at Croatia as an example. Its National Tourist Board is projecting tourism to be at 30% of 2019 levels in 2020. And with the Center for Disease Control and the Cruise Line Industry Association extending their ‘no cruise’ ban until deeper into 2020 (or possibly into 2021), it means even fewer travelers at the most popular tourist sites during prime visiting times. The result may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to walk the cobblestone streets of Dubrovnik with just locals, or to explore the ruins at Ephesus without ever seeing a crowd of 100 passengers following an activities coordinator with a tall flag leading the masses. <br><br>Even before COVID, the biggest travel trend of 2020 was the continued migration from large group tourism to small group tours to micro-groups and <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/private/" target="_blank">private tours</a>. And now, the driver for this trend continuing is that micro and private groups are adaptable to social distancing, support local businesses, allow for travel within your household or in a very small group of likeminded travelers (who have all been tested negative), so that everyone feels safe and comfortable in their micro group.<br><br><b>We’re keeping an eye on the world and talking to our guides, hoteliers, and local municipalities daily. Here are our favorite destinations you can travel to now.</b><br><br><br><u><b>LATIN AMERICA</b></u><br><br><b>Costa Rica<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Costa Rica Arenal Volcano cloud landscape" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Q6Pv&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001zKP2" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></b><br>Since October 1 <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a> has been open to visitors from to select U.S. states: New York, New Jersey, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Colorado, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, Michigan, and Rhode Island, California and Ohio. <br>Travelers will have to show their driver’s license of state ID that you live in one of the authorized states. <br>As of November 1, ALL Americans will be permitted to enter Costa Rica.<br><b>Do you have to take a COVID-test to enter Costa Rica?  </b>Yes. You will have to provide a negative result from a PCR-RT test, taken within 72 hours of your trip. <br>You will also need a certificate for traveler’s health insurance (either international, or purchased in Costa Rica from the National Insurance Institute or Sagicor). The certificate needs to verify validity during your visit to Costa Rica, guaranteed coverage of medical expenses for up to US$50,000, and minimum USD $2,000 coverage for extending lodging expenses due to COVID. <br><b>Does Costa Rica require visitors take a 14-day quarantine?  </b>No.<br><b>What&#39;s the best way to travel to Colombia? </b>Safe in the hands of your expert local guide, who knows Costa Rica inside out, from its history, to its natural wonders, to how travel has adapted in this &#39;new normal&#39;. <br><b>Which airlines fly direct to Costa Rica?</b>  Delta, United, American, Southwest, Spirit, JetBlue<br><b>When can I travel to Costa Rica? </b>If you live in one of the permitted states, you can visit Costa Rica on any date, whether on one of our scheduled <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costarica/" target="_blank">multisport</a>, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costaricafamily/" target="_blank">family</a> or <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-sea-turtles-tour/" target="_blank">turtle nesting</a> tours, or a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/private-tour-request/" target="_blank">private or custom trip</a> on a date of your choosing. If your state isn’t included in the list, keep an eye on this page, which we will keep updated with the latest information. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/dates/" target="_blank"><img alt="See all dates" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Q6Pv&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001zQBz" style="height: 57px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>The Galápagos</b><br>These isolated volcanic islands burst in biodiversity, and from hundred-year-old tortoises to newborn sea lions, the wondrous wildlife of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">The Galápagos<b> </b></a>is welcoming visitors once again. <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Young sea lion and sleeping sea lions - white sand beach - Galapagos Islands - Ecuador" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Q6Pv&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001yzPt" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b>Do you have to take a COVID-test to enter The Galápagos?</b> Yes – negative PCR test results must be provided, taken no more than 10 days before entering. If you do not have results to provide, you will be required to take a test upon arrival at your own expense, and quarantine while you wait for results. There will also be temperature checks at the airports.<br><b>Do the Galápagos islands require visitors take a 14-day quarantine? </b>No, unless you test positive for COVID.<br><b>Which airlines fly to The Galápagos? </b>American Airlines, Delta, LATAM, United, jetBlue<br><b>What&#39;s the best way to travel to The Galápagos? </b>This is a new normal, but years of running trips to the islands—and guides who’ve been on the ground throughout—are the key to ensuring a trip is socially distant as well as smooth and spectacular as ever. We’ll show you where to eat the best ceviche, which beach has the cutest baby sea lions and the best spot for snorkeling with sea turtles, and take you and alongjungle lava trails with heaps of wildlife but hardly any people. <br><b>When can I travel to The Galápagos? </b>The islands are welcoming guests from the U.S. now, and you can visit on any date that suits you with a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/belize-luxury-tour/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys private tour</a>. <br><br><br><b>Colombia<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/colombia-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Colombia cartagena colorful street " src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Q6Pv&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001zKPC" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/colombia-tours/" target="_blank">Colombia</a> was one of the biggest trending travel destinations before border closures put a dramatic pause on tourism. As of September 21, those closures have now lifted to a select list of countries including the USA.<br><b>Do you have to take a COVID-test to enter Colombia? </b>Yes. Visitors will have to show negative results of a PCR test taken within 96 hours of arrival. You will also need to complete a CheckMig form to enter.<br><b>Does Colombia require visitors take a 14-day quarantine? </b>No, this changed on October 1. As long as your test results are negative, you will not have to quarantine. <br><b>What&#39;s the best way to travel to Colombia? </b>Fly in with your preferred airline, then your Colombian guide will meet you and fill your trip with authentic experiences. Travel in a micro group on one of our scheduled tours, or together with friends or family on a private departure.<br><b>Which airlines fly direct to Colombia?  </b>American, United, JetBlue, Spirit, Avianca<br><b>When can I travel to Colombia? </b>Anytime, as of October 1 all land and sea borders are open. Choose between our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/colombia-cultural-walking-tour/#dates/" target="_blank">scheduled tours</a> or a request a private trip on any date that suits you.  <br><br><b>Panama<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/panama-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Panama rainforest travelers by waterfall" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Q6Pv&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001zKPH" style="height: 358px; width: 500px;"></img></a></b><br>From October 12, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/panama-tours/" target="_blank">Panama</a>’s borders will reopen to all visitors, regardless of the state or country they are traveling from. <br><b>Do you have to take a COVID-test to enter Panama? </b> Yes. Within 48 hours of arrival. If your results are older than this, you will need to pay for a rapid test at the airport, which will cost around $30. Travelers will also need co complete an electronic affidavit declaring that they will comply with the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 safety protocol. <br><b>Does Panama require visitors take a 14-day quarantine?</b> Only if they contract COVID, in which case they will have to quarantine for seven days in a hotel paid for by the government. If they test negative at the end of the quarantine period, they can continue to travel in Panama.<br><b>What&#39;s the best way to travel to Panama? </b>On one of our micro-group tours adapted to social distancing, or on a private tour within your &#39;vacation bubble&#39; of friends or family. <br><b>Which airlines fly direct to Panama?</b> United, Delta, Spirit, American, Copa<br><b>When can I travel to Panama?</b> Anytime from October 12 onwards. Join one of our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/panamafamily/" target="_blank">family</a>, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/panama/" target="_blank">multisport</a> or <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/panama-costa-rica-adventure-vacation/" target="_blank">special edition</a> tours, or ask us to custom make a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/private-tour-request/" target="_blank">private Panama trip </a>suited to your dates and needs.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/dates/" target="_blank"><img alt="View all tours" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Q6Pv&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001zKRX" style="height: 57px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><br><u><b>EUROPE</b></u><br><br><b>Croatia</b><br>For those of us craving Europe’s fairy-tale coastal charm, Croatia’s been a leader in flattening the curve and is now welcoming travelers from America under the category of ‘Third party countries’. <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Europe Croatia Luxury Tour Vacation Classic Journeys" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Q6Pv&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001yKzo"></img></a><br><b>Do you have to take a COVID-test to enter Croatia? </b>Yes, negative PCR test, taken within 48 hours of border crossing. You will need to present proof of your Classic Journeys hotel booking and reservation of your COVID test. Your guide and driver will take you directly to your hotel, and transport you to your drive-in test. Once results are available (same day or morning after), you can freely travel through Croatia.<br><b>Does Croatia require visitors take a 14-day quarantine?</b> No, unless you refuse to take a test. <br><b>Which airlines fly to Croatia? </b>Delta, American, United<br><b>What&#39;s the best way to travel to Croatia?</b> On a carefully curated tour with our Croatian guides, who have been named best in the country and guide the Croatian president and family. Their local knowledge will bring you to the best bits of Dubrovnik, and lovely, lesser-known areas where you can get a truly authentic experience (or even the perfect Game of Thrones photo op). Intimate interactions woven into your itinerary might include exclusive winery visits, the best table of the best restaurant booked on your behalf, or a picnic in a picturesque spot of the Dalmatian coast that tourists haven’t discovered. We will also ensure you have the necessary documents to present at the airport so that you can proceed with your trip.<br><b>When can I travel to Croatia? </b>The country is open now and our Croatia guides have already been hosting US travelers. Our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia/" target="_blank">Dubrovnik to Split Culture + Walking tours</a> depart on September 6 and October 4. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/private/" target="_blank">Private tours </a>put you in charge of whatever dates and details work for you, and for 2020 they don’t cost more than scheduled tours for groups of 6 or more.</p> <p><br><b>Turkey </b><br>Rich in history, rivetingly pretty, cuisine worth crossing continents for. Turkey has shown a steady decrease in cases of COVID and is reopening for tourism along the guidelines of the country’s ‘Safe Tourism Certification Program’, which sets in place standards for cleanliness and safe social distancing. <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/turkey-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Europe Turkey Luxury Private Tour Vacation Classic Journeys" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Q6Pv&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001yKzy"></img></a><br><b>Do you have to take a COVID-test to enter Turkey? </b>No, unless screening on arrival shows a high temperature.<br><b>Does Turkey require visitors take a 14-day quarantine? </b>If tested positive for coronavirus.<br><b>Which airlines fly to Turkey? </b>Turkish Airlines (Houson, LA, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC).<br><b>What&#39;s the best way to travel to Turkey?</b> There’s no need to write off the sensory spectacle that is Istanbul because of crowd concern—not with the total absence of cruise ship passengers who normally flood the capital city and your own local Classic Journeys guide who knows the backroads like the back of their hand and has a plan b and c for every part of your trip, just in case. And you can’t social distance more spectacularly than in your own yacht, cruising the Turkish coast. Sail between secret coves, sleepy villages and stunning islands, stopping to take a coastal walk or visit an ancient attraction—all handpicked and planned to give you the most authentic, crowd-free experience possible. <br><b>When can I travel to Turkey? </b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/turkey-tours/" target="_blank">Turkey</a> is open for US travelers now. Pick your dates, tell us your preferences, and we’ll put together the perfect <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/turkey/" target="_blank">private Turkey tour</a> for your group. </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/reservations/" target="_blank"><img alt="Reserve a tour" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Q6Pv&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001zKRS" style="height: 57px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><u><b>FRENCH POLYNESIA</b></u><br><br><b>Tahiti</b><br>The off-grid gorgeousness of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tahiti-adventure-tour/" target="_blank">Tahiti</a>’s islands is open to all travelers arriving by air, and the abundance of outdoor activities—hikes to waterfalls and blue lagoon bike rides, paddle boarding, canoes—makes social distancing second nature. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tahiti-adventure-tour/" target="_blank"><img alt="French Polynesia Tahiti Island Luxury Private Tour Vacation Classic Journeys" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Q6Pv&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001yL03"></img></a><br><b>Do you have to take a COVID-test to enter Tahiti? </b>Yes, negative PCR test results must be presented, taken no longer than 3 days prior to travel. Then another self-test has to be taken 4 days after arrival (this will be given to travelers at the airport). Each visitor will also need to complete a ‘Sanitary Entry’ form. <br><b>Does Tahiti require visitors take a 14-day quarantine?</b> No<br><b>What&#39;s the best way to travel to Tahiti?</b> With a guide—and local islander—in the lead throughout your trip, you’re in safe hands when it comes to recommending restaurants for the best French cuisine, showing you the best sunset spots and much more. <br><b>When can I travel to Tahiti? </b>Tahiti is open now and<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tahiti-adventure-tour/" target="_blank"> private tours</a> can be totally tailored to your preferences when it comes to the date you arrive and depart.<br><br><br><u><b>THE CARIBBEAN</b></u><br><br><b>St Lucia</b><br>It’s long been legendary for its Piton peaks, but <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/st-lucia-adventure-tour/" target="_blank">St Lucia</a>’s been praised this year for its absence of peaks in infection. The island has seen only 22 cases and zero fatalities and its phased approach for slow, safe reopening is setting the benchmark for travel in the ‘new normal’. Hotels and businesses are having to qualify for certification by meeting several set criteria for sanitization and social distancing, and while reopening only began recently, requirements and restrictions have already been eased (as opposed to increased, as seen elsewhere). The next phase, expected to further ease restrictions by allowing more activities and excursions, begins August 1.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/st-lucia-adventure-tour/" target="_blank"><img alt="Caribbean St Lucia Island Luxury Private Tour Vacation Classic Journeys" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Q6Pv&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001yKzj"></img></a><br><b>Do you have to take a COVID-test to enter St Lucia? </b>Yes, negative PCR test results must be provided, taken within 7 days of travel (formerly 48 hours). All passengers will be screened and temperature checked and must also complete a pre-Arrival Travel Registration Form.<br><b>Does St Lucia require visitors take a 14-day quarantine?</b> No<br><b>Which airlines fly direct to St Lucia? </b>American Airlines (Miami, Charlotte, Philadelphia) JetBlue (New York, Boston) Delta (Atlanta) United Airlines (New Jersey and Chicago)<br><b>What&#39;s the best way to travel to St Lucia? </b>A local guide gives you insider island knowledge you just can’t get from a guidebook. Like where to get the best view of the Piton peaks…which beach you’ll have to yourself at sunset…which fisherman will catch the meatiest marlin for the perfect Caribbean picnic. Plus, they’ll have alternative activities should any plans change thanks to an island-wide network of friends and family. <br><b>When can I travel to St Lucia?</b> Whenever you like. The island is open to international visitors and our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/st-lucia-adventure-tour/" target="_blank">private St Lucia tours</a> can be arranged on your preferred travel dates. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/contact/" target="_blank"><img alt="Reserve a 2020 tour" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Q6Pv&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001yLQQ"></img></a></p>

    Read More »
  • Kayaking family

    Family travel in the new normal

    Families need travel. Kids and teens need it to learn and develop. Parents and grandparents need it to relax away from home and work. And we all need it for quality time together in a new environment. Travel forms many of the memories we cherish the most and is often cited as the best gift that we can give our kids and grandkids. <br><br>After months of stay-home orders, border closures and cancelled family events, all generations are itching to get away more than ever. <br><br>As states and borders begin to reopen, families are looking to add more destinations and more experiences to their travel bucket lists. <br><br>But in this new normal of social distancing, hand-sanitizing and online schooling, what does travel look like? <br><br>Read below for the newest travel trends that we’re hearing from travelers who are actually making post COVID travel plans. <br><br><b>Revenge travel bookings</b><br><img alt="Classic Journeys luxury vacation guided tours Revenge Travel Peru " src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002QHEe&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001yf8H" style="height: 356px; width: 500px;"></img><br>Long awaited graduations, proms, sports events, spring breaks suddenly got canceled. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and birthdays had to be pared down to stay-home celebrations. That big family Thanksgiving dinner may not be the same this year…  <br>Teenagers, just when they’re getting their own sense of freedom, have had it completely taken away from them.  <br><br>We’ve missed out on a lot this year and many families are feeling the urge to make up for it in a big way, taking vengeance by booking trips they’ve always wanted to take.  <br><br><i>If your kids couldn’t walk across the stage to collect their diplomas, plan an equally unforgettable walk along the Inca trail to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank">Machu Picchu.</a>  <br><br>If you couldn’t celebrate a milestone family birthday or anniversary, book a traditional <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/turkey-tours/" target="_blank">Turkish</a> gulet and cruise the Aegean coast together.   </i><br><br><b>Study abroad tours<br><img alt="Classic Journeys luxury vacation guided tours Study Abroad Greece" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002QHEe&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001yf95" style="height: 356px; width: 500px;"></img></b><br>Well versed travelers with children often have that “what if”… What if I took the kids out of school, quit my job, left the family home and set off to see the world. More than a one-week vacation, a longer term, completely immersed experience abroad… <br>Most likely the daydream dissolved at the difficulties of taking them out of school, arranging a sabbatical and saying goodbye to the homestead for a while. Suddenly those difficulties don’t hold the same weight: schools have gone online. Work is remote or furloughed. Time away from home doesn’t just sound nice, its necessary. <br><br>Travel itineraries are being adapted to combine remote working hours and awesome adventure. Get on top of their studies (a change of location is proven to help), add organic lessons in geography, history, culture, politics that naturally come with travel. <br><br><i>Why be in their rooms reading about the Parthenon when they can be at the Parthenon, with a local guide who brings it to life? Teeming in history, culture and natural beauty, the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank">Greek Isles</a> is somewhere schoolwork won’t feel like hard work. <br><br>Inspire their thirst for learning in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/ireland/" target="_blank">Ireland</a>. As one mom told us when reserving her family on a trip to Ireland for next spring, “We’re going to let the castles be the classrooms.” </i><br><br><b>Super custom tours</b><br><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8oDxCOVKjA&amp;t=3s" target="_blank"><img alt="Celebrating 25 years of family travel Classic Journeys" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002QHEe&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001yf9K" style="height: 177px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br>A super customized trip lets you have things exactly as you want them, completely within your comfort zone. <br><br>We’ve suffered long being told what we can’t do this year. No sports. No school. No socializing. A lot of strict structure. We want to call the shots, causing a move from set activities and mealtimes to the adventures and flavors we’ve been craving during lockdown. <br><br>Not just that, each family has their own comfort zone when it comes to social distancing and standards of cleanliness. A ready-made package might not fit in with that in every way, but a trip tailor-made entirely to your preferences will. <br><br><i>If you could take the family anywhere, where would it be? What would your lodging be like? And what are everyone’s dream activities? <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/private/" target="_blank">Let us know</a> and we’ll craft you a custom itinerary. </i><br><br><b>Hub &amp; [be]spoke travel<br><img alt="Classic Journeys luxury vacation guided tours private custom St Lucia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002QHEe&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001yf8b" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></b><br>We want to shelter safely in one place, but at the same time satisfy cravings for adventure, culture, scenery and flavors. It sounds impossible but it’s not, and we’re not talking about virtual travel or cooking exotic recipes at home. <br><br>Pick one solid hub for the duration of your trip (one so luxurious you won’t want to leave it anyway) and pair it with an itinerary of a lifetime. It might be villa, a flat, a rainforest lodge, a converted castle, or even a hotel. <br><br>Not only does it work perfectly for social distancing, it makes family travel far easier (no need to pack everyone up after a night or two, or repeat the “who sleeps where” debate). Unpack, settle in then wake up in the same place each morning for a completely different day. A multi-centered experience of landscape, theme and adventure, without the multi-center mix of hotels. <br><br><i>With a local islander as your guide, see all the different sides of<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/st-lucia-adventure-tour/" target="_blank"> Saint Lucia</a>, returning each night to your own heavenly hub.</i><br><br><b>Family road trips</b><br><img alt="Classic Journeys Luxury Family Road Tour" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002QHEe&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001ynuU" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img> <br>After staring at the same walls for weeks on end, swapping home for a journey with ever-changing scenery—mountains, desert plains, rugged coastlines—is more appealing than ever. <br><br>And while for some, a family road trip would raise a sense of dread, this year is showing it in a whole new light: less “are we nearly there yet?” and more “where are we going next?”<br><br>You’ve gotten used to sheltering in place under one roof, so suddenly the idea of being in a car together for a few hours doesn’t seem so bad. <br><br>If your kids are old enough to drive, everyone can take turns at the wheel—it gives parents a break and kids get a feeling of independence. If you’re the only driver, hire some new wheels to make the drive even more part of the experience.<br><br>You won’t have to wear masks like you would on a plane. No luggage weight restrictions either. <br><br>Technology has evolved since the road trips of your childhood—air conditioning, cruise control, smartphones, and podcasts are game-changers.  <br><br>(We tested this one ourselves, sending Classic Journeys Travel Experience Manager and dog mom, Kristin, on a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/travel-in-the-age-of-covid-us-national-parks/" target="_blank">road trip of US national parks</a>, with her toy poodle Ernie.)<br><br><i>Drive between three of the most amazing national parks in the world, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyon/" target="_blank">Bryce, Grand Canyon &amp; Zion</a>. When you’re not behind the wheel, you’ll have a guide in charge of route planning, restaurant booking, and some amazing adventures.<br><br>Take <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vermont-tours/" target="_blank">Vermont</a>’s captivating country roads in the fall to experience the fiery foliage close-up. With your route, lodgings, meals and activities all planned and paid for in your itinerary.</i><br><br><b>Multi-family tours</b><br><img alt="Classic Journeys luxury vacation guided tours multi family trip" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002QHEe&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001yf8R" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img> <br>Likeminded families have been joining forces to form social distancing bubbles for shared home studies, childcare and weekend activities. And as travel has emerged, so have ‘vacation pods’, fixing our desires to travel, spending time with others and staying in a safe environment. Book a group trip for your family and another on your wavelength for a socially distanced but still sociable family vacation.<br><br><i>All ages will go wild for <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaskafamily/" target="_blank">Alaska</a>, and with no cruise passengers this year, don’t be surprised if your travel-pod has the whole scene to yourselves. </i><br><br><b>Extended trips</b><br>Short family getaways were the growing trend before COVID became a household name. But with the warped sense of time brought about by lockdown—weekends rolling into weeks, spring break into studies—a few days no longer feels long enough. A longer trip lets you explore one place thoroughly, or a series of destinations linked together. <br><br>Leave soon, taking advantage of the change in the usual PTO and school schedule travel restrictions (working and learning remotely is possible anywhere with Wi-Fi), or add up the time you would have spent traveling in 2020, and plan a bucket-list tour for the future.<br><br><i>Take a two-week trip to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tahiti-adventure-tour/" target="_blank">Tahiti</a>, combining home study/work with island adventures and extreme relaxation. <br><br>Combine the most iconic cities, landscapes and foodie experiences on a three-week tour of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/provencefamily/" target="_blank">France</a> and <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italy/" target="_blank">Italy</a>.</i><br><br><b>Spontaneous bookings</b><br><img alt="Classic Journeys luxury vacation guided tours last minute trip" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002QHEe&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001yf8W" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>Other countries and states are already welcoming travelers, our family calendars are freer than ever and with less people traveling, there’s more last-minute availability. As stay home orders continue, the urge for a break away builds. We’re seeing a lot of things with a new perspective and with amazing itineraries ready and waiting, destinations open and with a ‘seize the day’ mentality, more families are taking spontaneous trips.  <br><br><i>Bring the brood to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/belizefamily/" target="_blank">Belize</a> for rainforest and coral reef adventures. </i>

    Read More »

SIGN UP FOR THE LATEST TRAVEL NEWS & TIPS! CLICK HERE »

Facebook Facebook Instagram Instagram Twitter Twitter