• 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 the 10 best places to kayak around the world. <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><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/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/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/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/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><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/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><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><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>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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    Famous wine and cheese destinations you can visit now

    Wine and cheese. The culinary duo has been enjoyed for hundreds of years and nothing makes them more delicious or memorable than tasting them as you travel.<br><br>Italy, France and Spain—which make half the world’s wine—might be off the menu for the time being. But maybe that means it’s time to turn your taste buds to something new.<br> <br>Craving travel as much as we do good food and drink, we looked into countries near and far, where you can enjoy a full-bodied wine and cheese themed trip, right now.<br> <br><b>California</b><br>The wine:<br>Up from San Francisco, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/napa-tours/" target="_blank">California wine country</a> is home to tens of thousands of acres of vineyards (growing more Chardonnay grapes than anywhere else in the world) and, over 250 wineries. The oldest winery—Sonoma’s Buena Vista—opened in 1857, while others are less than a decade old. Displaying a marvelous mix of architecture (Bordeaux-inspired chateaux, rustic ranches and innovative, industrial-style setups,) they craft a mouthwatering range of wines—from the region’s signature smoky Cabernet sauvignon to spritzy roses. <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/napa/" target="_blank"><img alt="USA California Napa Sonoma Wine Food Travel Classic Journeys Luxury Vacation" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002QA3B&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001ySEv" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br>The cheese:<br>Wine steals the show in this neck of the woods, but cheese plays a spectacular supporting role. With thirty farms and creameries in the Sonoma valley alone, and many more in the wider region, there’s a cheese for every palate. Cow, goat, sheep, even water buffalo milks make a smorgasbord featuring creamy ricotta, sharp cheddar, silky mozzarella and crumbling stilton to name a few. Cheese lovers can attend tastings (the best include local wines, olives and meats), tours and even cheesemaking classes. <br><img alt="USA California Napa Sonoma Wine Food Travel Classic Journeys Luxury Vacation" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002QA3B&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001ySF0" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>The rest:<br>Historic Napa is a must-see, flanked by the Mayacamas mountain range to the west, and the Vacas peaks to the east. The town of Headelsburg, the other side of the mountains, is foodie heaven. In the wider countryside, you can take hot air balloon rides, drive winding lanes, set off for riverside bike rides and watch the west coast sunset over rolling meadows. <br><br>Croatia<br>The wine: <br>An hour north of Dubrovnik, the sunny <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia/" target="_blank">Peljesac peninsula </a>stretches into the shimmering Adriatic, its rolling mountainsides striped in vineyards. Winemaking is an ancient art here, introduced by the Greeks, developed by the Romans and passed down generations of the same families. Though there are notes of familiarity—this is where Zinfandel has its roots—the flavors are refreshingly different. Try the Dingac, Postup and Plaval Mali red wines as you get to know their winegrowers over scenic lunches and intimate tastings. <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Europe Croatia Wine Food Travel Classic Journeys Luxury Vacation" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002QA3B&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001ySF5" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br>It seems a peninsular is Croatia&#39;s secret to good winemaking, because the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/istria-slovenia-walking-tour/" target="_blank">Istrian peninsular</a> is another winemaking region worthy of note. You can’t visit without enjoying the white Malvasia wine—full, fresh and fruity, a little like Sauvignon Blanc but with its own flair.  Try Teran too, which gets its deep ruby deliciousness from Istria’s iron-rich soil.<br><br>The cheese:<br>Nearly everyone knows this nation as a filming location for Game of Thrones—not many credit Croatia for its first-class cheesemaking. Unless they’ve tried the Paški sir, a crumbly, salty award-winner made on the island of Pag, or the Težački sir iz maslinove komine, a hard cheese from Dalmatian hinterland.<br><img alt="Europe Croatia Wine Food Travel Classic Journeys Luxury Vacation" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002QA3B&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001ySFA" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>The rest: <br>Walk along farm trails and through lavender fields, meet lace makers in their workshops, explore the medieval city of Dubrovnik and Roman city of Split, island-hop, eat fresh oysters…and enhance your culinary trip further with a visit to an olive grove or two (Croatia’s olive oil is some of the world’s greatest.) <br><br><b>Washington</b><br>The wine: <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/puget-sound-tours/" target="_blank">Puget Sound</a> in northwest Washington is the state’s only grape growing region, but when it’s this good, you only need one. Its geography (sharing a latitude with France’s fabled Burgundy) allows for a long, dry growing season. Cool climate grapes, particularly Pinot noir, thrive. There are more than three hundred wineries dotted along the mainland and on several of the San Juan islands (San Juan, Orcas, Bainbridge, Whitbey and Vashion included). Meet winegrowers, walk and picnic in vineyards, attend a blind tasting and look for wine pairing menus in many of the local restaurants. <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/sanjuans/" target="_blank"><img alt="USA Washington Puget Sound San Juan Wine Food Travel Classic Journeys Luxury Vacation" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002QA3B&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001ySFF" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>The cheese:<br> Miles of lush pastures, peppered with grazing cattle and sheep means only one thing: delicious cheese. Charming cheese stores and family-run dairies are plentiful in this part of the world. Whidbey Island’s Glendale Shepherd Farm has won awards for its Island Brebis (their Blue Ewe is delectable, too). And if you’re a feta fan, the micro-creamery at Little Brown Farm makes the most gorgeous goat cheeses.<br><img alt="USA Washington Puget Sound San Juan Wine Food Travel Classic Journeys Luxury Vacation" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002QA3B&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001ySFK" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>The rest:<br>Hike to island hilltops, go whale-watching from boat or kayak, visit lavender farms, devour farm-to-table food, and most of all, soaking up that deliciously slow pace of island life.<br><br><b>Turkey</b><br>The wine: <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/turkey/" target="_blank">Turkey</a> knows wine. Archeological evidence shows the country has been creating it for seven thousand years, and locals will tell you it’s Noah we have to thank for that (after the great flood, he docked the arc and planted the first vines there in Ararat). These days, Turkey ranks as the world’s fourth leading producer of wine, and though only a fraction is exported, an emerging trend in boutique wineries looks set to change that. Six hundred indigenous varieties of grapes, grown in regions around the Agean Coast, Marmara and Anatolia create delicious Çalkarasi roses, Merlots and Turkey’s pinot noir equivalent, Kalecik Karasi. Sip them in vineyard terraces, thousands of years old and you’ll soon see why the Turks have been keeping these wines to themselves for millennia.  <br><img alt="Europe Turkey Wine Food Travel Classic Journeys Luxury Vacation" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002QA3B&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001ySFP" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>The cheese:<br>Cheese is a staple in everyday Turkey life. It’s the main course at breakfast, a component of mezes and salads and an accompaniment to meat dishes and fish dishes galore. You’ll come across white cheese (similar to feta, but don’t confuse it with the Greek version!) wherever you go, as a side, filling pastries, in salads and as a snack. If given a choice, choose one made in Thrace and your taste buds will thank you. Try the smooth and creamy Kashar cheese, too— slice it, grate it, melt it or just chip a chunk and devour. Turkey’s cheddar equivalent is Aged Kashar, it’s tangy and bursting with flavor. And its mozzarella equivalent is the seriously stringy Dil. If you’re a sucker for smokey flavors, the Marmara region produces a pine-smoked cheese you’ll want to eat a whole wheel of. <br><img alt="Europe Turkey Wine Food Travel Classic Journeys Luxury Vacation" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002QA3B&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001ySFU" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>The rest:<br>Sailing up the coast in a traditional gulet, hikes to small, sleepy villages, soaking up the sights and sounds of Istanbul markets.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/private/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002QA3B&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001ySG8" style="height: 177px; width: 500px;"></img></a>

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    Where is Your Perfect Family Vacation?

    <h2>3 Easy steps to choosing the best family vacation in North American this summer.</h2> <p><br><b>Start here</b><br><br><b>WHEN IT COMES TO SUMMER VACATION….<br><br>Bring the heat ——&gt; Sand or Sea?</b></p> <p><b>SAND</b><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyonfamily/" target="_blank" title="Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon and Zion"><b>Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon and Zion</b></a><br><br>Ask your kids what they know about the desert, and they’ll probably tell you two things: It’s hot, and there’s no shade or water anywhere. Imagine, then, how shocked they’ll be as they splash along freshwater stream beds; slither through cool, shoulder-width slot canyons; and duck in and out of the shadows cast by 1,000-foot sandstone hoodoos. Bike, inner tube, sand-surf and ride donkeys through three of the most unique national parks in the United States.<br><br><img alt="Bryce Canyon National Park" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mO&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002roZ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><b>SEA – PACIFIC</b><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/sanjuansfamily/" target="_blank" title="San Juan Islands"><b>San Juan Islands</b></a><br><br>You might assume the Pacific Northwest is cool this time of year, but the San Juans sit in a banana-belt microclimate where daytime temperatures are surprisingly warm. This itinerary strikes a balance between culture (exploring an 1800’s British settlement from the ‘Pig War’ and marveling at the masks and totem poles at the Royal British Columbia Museum) and adventure (sea kayaking among Orca whales and  swimming in hot spring pools under waterfalls to satisfy all tastes.<br><br><img alt="Orca Whales" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mO&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002roj" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p>Wildlife sightings range from the river otters and harbor seals in Clayoquot Sound to black bears in Tofino. Think vacations should include a little R&amp;R? How about soaking in natural hot springs and indulging in local wines and fresh oysters? Yep, you’ll do that too.</p> <h3><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/family/" target="_blank" title="Unique family adventure travel">MAKE COUNTLESS MEMORIES WITH YOUR FAMILY ON A 6 DAY / 5 NIGHT NORTH AMERICAN FAMILY JOURNEY.</a></h3> <p><b>GOTTA COOL OFF ——&gt; MOUNTAINS OR OCEAN?</b></p> <p><b>MOUNTAINS ——&gt;</b> <b>Grizzly Bears or Black Bears?</b></p> <p><b>GRIZZLY BEARS</b><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaskafamily/" target="_blank" title="Alaska family journey"><b>Alaska Family Journey</b></a><br><br>If your kids are happiest when they have dirt on their soles and in their fingernails, you’ll be a harmonious family after hiking through temperate rain forests, hand-tramming yourselves across the deep Winner Creek Gorge and frolicking on the ice of Chugach glaciers. Get within a paddle’s reach of sea otters, puffins, sea lions and other wildlife as you sea kayak glacier-fed waters. Culinarily speaking: fresh Alaskan salmon and halibut, just minutes out of the water.<br><br><img alt="Hiking in Alaska" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mO&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002roy" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></p> <p><br><b>BLACK BEARS</b><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canadianrockiesfamily/" target="_blank" title="Canadian Rockies family journey">Canadian Rockies</a> or <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/glaciernationalparkfamily/" target="_blank" title="Montana family journey">Montana</a></b><br><br>The sounds of silence? You’ll find them high in Glacier National Park or the Canadian Rockies. The cool, summer mountain air is unpolluted by traffic noise, ringing cell phones and your kids’ dinging video games. At night, the lack of light pollution means you’ll gaze upon a blanket of stars that seem to outnumber the pine trees. Enjoy hikes on wildflower-trimmed trails, around alpine lake shores and even on frozen glaciers. Scenic gondola rides, a whitewater rafting adventure or horseback riding offer respite for weary legs.<br><br><img alt="Whitewater rafting" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mO&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rp3" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></p> <p><b>OCEAN – ATLANTIC</b><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/novascotiafamily/" target="_blank">Nova Scotia</a></b><br><br>Lobster tastes especially sweet when it arrives at your table just minutes from the ocean. And your appreciation grows even deeper when you sail on a traditional wooden ketch past iconic lighthouses and watch the fishermen hauling in their catch. Maritime life permeates Canada’s east coast. Step right into it—and back in time—whether by roaming the picturesque and historic streets of the country’s earliest settlements or paddling a canoe like the native Mi’kmaqs did.<br><br><img alt="Lighthouse in Nova Scotia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mO&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rp8" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></p>

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