• Avignon France

    River Cruising, Reimagined

    What happens when the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/danube-river-cruise/" target="_blank">Danube</a>, the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/rhone-river-cruise/" target="_blank">Rhône </a>or the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/douro-luxury-river-cruise/" target="_blank">Douro </a>runs like a rich thread through the heart of your vacation?<br><br>Standing in the clifftop castle of a lost kingdom you feel the ebb and flow of time. When you walk the path through a near-vertical vineyard you can’t help but appreciate the infinite ingenuity of man (while you build a suitable thirst). As you shop a village market or sit down to lunch in a private home tucked away in the surrounding countryside, you have the rare chance to soak up the tempo and tastes of everyday life like few travelers ever do.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/rhone-river-cruise/" target="_blank"><img alt="Woman in a French Market, Provence" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATPg&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f89s" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/river-cruising/" target="_blank">Europe’s great rivers</a> don’t just connect mountains to seas. They link prehistoric past to the bustling present – and when you explore them with Classic Journeys you’ll experience it all in deeply personal, once-in-a-lifetime ways. Every inch of the way, your fulltime local guide will introduce you to friends and favorite places that give you the insights that you crave as a traveler. You’ll meet the likes of artisans, farmers and schoolchildren, not to mention vintners happy to pour tastes from their premier barrels. And, of course, you can count on chefs to prepare traditional cuisine for you in some of the region’s finest cafes and restaurants.<br><br>Welcome to river cruising the Classic Journeys’ way. Your home base throughout your visit will be a five-star river cruise ship. It’s a real pleasure to unpack a single time in a stateroom where expansive floor-to-ceiling windows mean the views are always with you. In addition, you’ll have unlimited access to all of the ship’s luxury amenities – gourmet restaurants, concierge service, fitness facility and spa, and a top deck where you can settle into a chaise to watch the world slide by or grab a nap.<br><br>Every day, you have the option of choosing your own adventure. Because your Classic Journeys’ guide is with you full time, they’ll lead you on expeditions handcrafted exclusively for your small group of no more than 18 guests. Thanks to your group’s small footprint, you’ll have opportunities that the ship’s other passengers can only dream of. If you or a traveling companion decides instead to take a “day off” to lounge on board or set off for an on-your-own stroll, go for it. The choice is all yours. After all, it’s your vacation.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/rhone-river-cruise/" target="_blank"><img alt="Kayaking under the Pont du Gard, Provence, France" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATPg&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f89i" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>If the idea of a vacation that blends rich cultural experiences with wonderful logistical ease floats your boat, you’ll love these river-based Classic Journeys. Please join us as we launch our inaugural itineraries this fall in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/rhone-river-cruise/" target="_blank">Rhône</a>, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/douro-luxury-river-cruise/" target="_blank">Douro </a>and <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/danube-river-cruise/" target="_blank">Danube </a>river valleys.<br><br><b>GO WITH THE FLOW!</b><br><br>Choose from three new river-based itineraries that blend our award-winning approach to handcrafted trips of a lifetime with the ease of riverboat cruising.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/douro-luxury-river-cruise/" target="_blank">THE DOURO</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/douro-luxury-river-cruise/" target="_blank">Porto to Salamanca</a><br>Through a gentle series of locks, you ascend from <a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/douro-luxury-river-cruise/" target="_blank">coastal Porto</a> up to a scenic land of olive groves, vineyards and medieval hilltop villages. At the highest reaches of the valley, you explore Salamanca and the glorious Spanish countryside.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/douro-luxury-river-cruise/" target="_blank"><img alt="View from a River Cruise Boat" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATPg&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f89T" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/danube-river-cruise/" target="_blank"><b>THE DANUBE</b></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/danube-river-cruise/" target="_blank">Vienna to Budapest</a><br>The Hapsburg Empire still reigns supreme along the <a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/danube-river-cruise/" target="_blank">banks of the Danube</a> as you’ll discover on your exclusive activities that reveal the Austrian countryside, as well as Vienna, the Slovakian capital of Bratislava and gorgeous Budapest.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/danube-river-cruise/" target="_blank"><img alt="Exterior of River Cruise Boat on the Danube" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATPg&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f89d" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/rhone-river-cruise/" target="_blank">THE RH</a><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/rhone-river-cruise/" target="_blank">Ô</a><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/rhone-river-cruise/" target="_blank">NE</a><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/rhone-river-cruise/" target="_blank"> </a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/rhone-river-cruise/" target="_blank">Burgundy &amp; Provence</a><br>Discover the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/rhone-river-cruise/" target="_blank">France of Cézanne</a> and gastronomic thrills. On an itinerary that ranges from the wine capital of Beaune to the Pont du Gard and Avignon, you’ll walk the legendary countryside, meet olive growers, and dine in a Michelin-starred restaurant.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/rhone-river-cruise/" target="_blank"><img alt="Room and View on a Rhone River Cruise" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATPg&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f89Y" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a>

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  • Group kayaking, Alaska

    10 Best Places to Kayak Around the World

    Kayaking is a fantastic experience for all ages and skill sets, especially when you&#39;re in a faraway land! Imagine yourself gliding through the towering limestone islands of Halong Bay; floating under the Punt-du-Gard in France; or drifting on the crystal clear waters of Belize, teeming with wildlife underneath. Grab your paddle and brace yourself for a good time, here are 10 of the best places to kayak around the world. <br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">#1 GAL</a><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Á</a></b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><b>PAGOS ISLANDS</b></a><br>The Galápagos Islands are one of the best places in the world to visit for anyone who wants to see wildlife. Here you&#39;ll be able to kayak with sea lions, green sea turtles and marine iguanas while keeping your eyes sharp for blue-footed boobies in the trees along the shores or as they hover over the sea and dive for fish.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Man and Woman kayaking with seals" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATbi&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9wM" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#2 VIETNAM</b></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank">Halong Bay</a>, considered Vietnam&#39;s eighth wonder of the world, is where 3,000 limestone islands pepper the waters. Exploring the bay in a kayak is an incredible way to easily navigate between and admire the islands.  <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Woman kayaking near islands in Halong Bay" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATbi&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9w2" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#3 NORWAY</b></a><br>Head into the Jostedalen valley, where you&#39;ll kayak and explore the glacier-fed lake – which is tinted a very vivid blue.  <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/norway-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Woman kayaking near a glacier" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATbi&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9wW" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/provencefamily/" target="_blank">#4 PROVENCE</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/provencefamily/" target="_blank">The Pont-du-Gard</a> was built over 2,000 years ago and was both a bridge and an aqueduct. Today it is one of the remaining Roman wonders of Provence. It stands over 150 feet tall, and paddling right up alongside it is one of the most incredible sites you&#39;ll ever see. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/provencefamily/" target="_blank"><img alt="Kayakers in front of the Pont du Gard Aqueduct" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATbi&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9wH" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#5 COSTA RICA</b></a><br>Slip into a kayak for a guided paddle through the lagoons and creeks of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank">Tortuguero River</a>. Along the way keep an eye out for white-faced capuchin monkeys, black river turtles, crocodiles, macaws, and the long-legged anhinga birds.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Group kayaking in a forest" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATbi&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9wl" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfifamily/" target="_blank"><b>#6 AMALFI</b></a><br>Explore the cobalt blue waters and coastal architecture of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfifamily/" target="_blank">Amalfi Coast</a>. From your kayak<a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfifamily/" target="_blank">,</a> admire the gorgeous views of the cliffside village of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfifamily/" target="_blank">Positano</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfifamily/" target="_blank"><img alt="Amalfi Kayak" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATbi&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000fB72" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/belize-guatemala-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#7 BELIZE</b></a><br>Hop into a kayak and head out into the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/belize-guatemala-tours/" target="_blank">Ambergris Caye</a>, which sits adjacent to the world&#39;s second largest barrier reef. While exploring the waters you can see the incredible wildlife and reefs beneath you and even jump out of your kayak for some snorkeling in the crystal clear warm waters.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/belize-guatemala-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Young boy kayaking in clear waters" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATbi&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9wg" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/puget-sound-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#8 PUGET SOUND</b></a><br>Go sea kayaking, off the west coast of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/puget-sound-tours/" target="_blank">San Juan Island</a>. This is prime Orca whale territory and if you’ve ever dreamed of seeing the great mammals up close, you are in for an incredible experience.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/puget-sound-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Group kayaking on calm waters" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATbi&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9wv" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaskafamily/" target="_blank"><b>#9 ALASKA</b></a><br>In <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaskafamily/" target="_blank">Thumb Cove</a> three glaciers spill right into the waters. Here, you can find yourself gliding alongside sea otters and sea lions. If you&#39;re lucky, you might even spot mountain goats or a black bear on shore! For a special treat, beach your kayaks in Emerald Green Cove for a short hike to a hidden waterfall.<br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/alaskafamily/" target="_blank"><img alt="Kayaking in Alaska" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATbi&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000fB7H" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatiafamily/" target="_blank"><b>#10 CROATIA</b></a><br>Kayak in the uninhabited waters of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatiafamily/" target="_blank">Lokrum island</a>. This place is magical! You can explore caves and remote beaches... oh, and did we mention the water visibility is 30 feet deep! <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatiafamily/" target="_blank"><img alt="Group kayaking off coast of Croatia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATbi&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9zG" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Join us for one of these adventures! On a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/dates/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys </a><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com" target="_blank">trip</a>, kayaking is just one of many unforgettable experiences.  

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  • Lavender Fields in Provence, France

    Top 6 Locations to Stop and Smell the Flowers

    Take heart. Even if you are bracing for one more nor’easter, spring is upon us. Not only is warmer weather on the horizon, but our world is about to get a lot more colorful! Soon, flowers will start to blossom all over the globe, bringing vibrant hues and perfumed breezes for you to enjoy. You can celebrate this spectacle in person or vicariously by scrolling down to see six of our favorite places to watch flowers bloom.   <br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/southernspain/" target="_blank">The valleys of Ronda, Spain</a><br><img alt="Valley of Ronda, Spain" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4oo&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oaMm" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></b><br>You might not find a better view in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/southernspain/" target="_blank">Spain</a> than those along the Guadiaro River in Ronda. In season, the whole valley is blanketed with gorgeous wildflowers. Enjoy a cinematic walk that leads you through oak forest, past villages that peek through the branches, and with views of the Benaoján Sierras soaring in the distance. Along the way, you’ll walk past farmsteads with well-tended orchards and fields of produce, before the valley narrows to an impressive red rock canyon where a dense forest is alive with birds.<br> <br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/switzerland-family/" target="_blank">Alpine Flowers of the Swiss Alps</a><br><img alt="Alpine Flowers" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4oo&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oaMw" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></b><br>In early to mid-summer the meadows of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/switzerland-family/" target="_blank">Swiss Alps</a> are ablaze with flowers. Primrose, heather, Bellflower, and buttercup are just a few of the blooms that flourish on these towering slopes. On your Swiss Alps adventure, you’ll join a local expert for a nature walk on a trail from Iffigen Alp down through the lush green upper valley along the Simme River. You’ll get an immersive firsthand lesson in the local agriculture, flora, and fauna. Amidst thick patches of forest and seasonal flowers, you&#39;ll feel like a true mountain villager, ambling below spectacular peaks as cowbells echo from the hillsides.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/provence-tours/" target="_blank"><b>Lavender in Provence</b></a><br><img alt="Lavender in Provence" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4oo&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oaMS" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>From May to August, purple ribbons of lavender drape the hills and valleys of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/provence-tours/" target="_blank">Provence, France</a>. And oh, what a sight it is. As you explore Provence, make sure to visit Senanque Abbey (one of only three Cistercian monasteries in the region still occupied by monks). This Provencal landmark is in an isolated valley surrounded by fields upon fields of lavender–pictures don’t even do it justice, but they sure come close.<br> <br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/japan-tours/" target="_blank">Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto</a><br><img alt="Kyoto Cherry Blossoms" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4oo&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oaMX" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></b><br>It’s said that 20% or more of Japan’s most important national treasures are in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/japan-tours/" target="_blank">Kyoto </a>and they are now recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From March to May the explosion of cherry blossoms wraps the historic city in a different kind of national treasure as visitors from all over the world flock to Kyoto to witness this beautiful transition from spring to summer.<br> <br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Bougainvillea in Amalfi</a><br><img alt="Bougainvillea Amalfi" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4oo&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oaMc" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></b><br>Situated on the &#39;ankle&#39; of the Italian boot, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi </a>has the perfect climate for flowers to thrive, and thrive they do! In mid-spring, bright bougainvillea climb around walls and staircases, and line village streets–making these flowers iconic to this coastal town. These purple blooms decorate gleaming villas that cling to cliffs with no visible foothold. You might find yourself asking how…why? But when you swing open the shutters in your cliffside hotel room, the jaw-dropping view is all the answer you need.<br> <br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/thailand/" target="_blank">Flower Festival in Chiang Mai</a><br><img alt="Flower Festival Chiang Mai" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001Y4oo&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000oaMh" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></b><br>Time your visit for February to enjoy the Chiang Mai Flower Festival that celebrates the beautiful blooms that are in season. This is <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/thailand/" target="_blank">Thailand’s </a>greatest flower show, where floats are decked out with vivid flowers unique to northern Thailand. The plethora of color that this festival brings to Chiang Mai fittingly gives the city its nickname, “Rose of the North”.

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