• 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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  • Lake of the Poas, Costa Rica,

    Introducing Coast-to-Coast Travel in Costa Rica

    <h2>Atlantic to pacific, the diversity is off the charts.</h2>   <p>The <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costarica/" target="_blank">soundtrack of a day in Costa Rica</a> is a crazy mash-up. The macaws caw in a different key than the howler monkeys that are totally out of tempo with the tree frogs. But somehow, all of the twitters, raspy roars, buzzes, hoots, whirrs, howls, soprano trills and chuffs work just fine together until — as if somebody flipped a switch — they fade in unison at dusk.</p> <p>That’s the sound of biodiversity, and there’s more of it in this West Virginia-sized country than anywhere else on earth. That’s what makes <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/coasttocoast/" target="_blank">coast-to-coast travel in Costa Rica</a> so amazing. After all, this is a nation where a “transcontinental” flight takes about an hour. It’s a land with Afro-Caribbean culture and cowboys. Don’t even try to count the keeled-bill toucans, orchids and river otters or the surprisingly different habitats where they live.<br><br><img alt="Toucan" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lV&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rBm" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/coasttocoast/" target="_blank">Coast-to-coast is how we took in Costa Rica’s diversity on our latest trip,</a> and now we’ve transformed our gee-whiz week into the newest Classic Journey. We start on the Caribbean side at Tortuguero National Park, a coastal landscape laced with freshwater creeks and lagoons. On a single kayak ride, you could spot white-faced Capuchin monkeys, caimans, tiger herons and … well, you get the idea. The local beach is one of the world’s most important nesting sites for sea turtles. In season, you may see the hatchlings emerging from the sand and making a break for the waves. In an isolated village (no cars, no streets), we hang out with the locals, visit their school and learn about their Afro-Caribbean heritage.</p> <p>Even a quick morning flight comes with a built-in geography lesson like no other. From the window, you get an egret’s-eye view of the rainforest and a trio of volcanoes … and you appreciate in a way no textbook ever taught you just how skinny Central America is. By early afternoon, you’re in a raft on the Tenorio River near the continental divide, ready to take on Class III/IV rapids or taking a walk to Llanos de Cortez waterfall. By dinner, you’re <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/coasttocoast/" target="_blank">in a Pacific-view room at a resort in Guanacaste National Park</a>, on one of the country’s most pristine beaches.<br><br><img alt="Whitewater rafting" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lV&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rBr" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p>Up there in Costa Rica’s northwest corner, the climate’s a little dryer, and ranches stretch toward the Nicaraguan border. In season, we check out the cowboy and rodeo festival. In these parts, we go for a<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/coasttocoast/" target="_blank"> guided walk near the volcano in Rincon de la Vieja National Park</a>. The forest is ideal for a quintessentially Costa Rican zipline ride through the treetops. And this is habitat for a full cast of monkey species, sloths, tapirs, collared peccaries and even jaguars and pumas. Just in case you haven’t already racked up enough unique experiences, we’ll also head out for a catamaran-based snorkeling trip or, alternatively, you can go for a surfing lesson on Pacific waves.</p> <p>Sound like fun? Here’s a bit of news that will make you even happier. Every activity on the trip is included in the price you pay upfront; you won’t run into a single surcharge or equipment rental fee the way you do on cruises or some other tours. We’re also offering the trip two ways: as a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/coasttocoast/" target="_blank">Luxury Eco-Adventure</a> and as a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/coasttocoastfamily/" target="_blank">Multisport Family Journey</a>. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/coasttocoast/" target="_blank">Coast to coast, Costa Rica has more than enough variety</a> to spice up your life like no vacation ever has!</p>

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  • Sea Lions in the Galapagos Islands

    See More When You Travel in Ecuador

    <h2>A new adventure starts at sea level in the Galápagos then soars into the Andes.</h2>   <p>When you <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/ecuador/" target="_blank">travel in Ecuador, be sure to take in everything from the islands to the mainland</a> to see all this amazing place has to offer including the diverse wildlife. In the world of birds, there are no more unlikely cousins than the Andean condor and the blue-footed booby. One surfs towering thermals in South America’s highest mountains. The other <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos/" target="_blank">dances on Galápagos beaches</a>. A condor is bald, and a booby has electric blue feet. One is a little comical. The other is as stern as a bird can be. About the only thing they really agree on is calling Ecuador home.</p> <p>As the unofficial mascots of the newest Classic Journey, they capture the mind-boggling diversity in culture, environment and history that you encounter when you <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/ecuador/" target="_blank">split your visit between the Galápagos Islands and the Ecuadorian highlands</a>.</p> <p>ISLANDS OF A FEATHER</p> <p>Chances are, you’re acquainted already with the idea of the Galápagos. Marooned on their remote islands, spiny iguanas and giant land tortoises defy time. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/ecuadorfamily/" target="_blank">Sea-lion pups glide up to us in our snorkel masks</a>, not quite sure just what or who are — but totally unafraid of finding out. There are bays to kayak, lava trails to walk and a coffee plantation where we can always score a sip of something freshly roasted. While cruise ships prowl the coast and stage their daily invasions, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/hotels/" target="_blank">we settle into boutique hotels with pools and room to knock around</a>. Of an evening, you can walk barefoot into town on streets paved in sand.</p> <p><img alt="Iguana on the beach" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lX&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oM3" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br> </p> <h3>FLYING HIGH</h3> <p>But get ready for a real re-boot when you <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/ecuador/" target="_blank">fly back to Quito and head two hours north into the highlands</a>. We base our time here at Hacienda Zuleta, a 4,000-acre working family farm. In a way, the hacienda is an island, too, afloat in a sea of Andean peaks. But the fittest survivors here are direct descendants of a past Ecuadorian president or two. The old family spread, parts of which date back to the 17th century, is as cordial an inn as you could imagine. Sprawling organic gardens feed the workers and guests. A 300-cow herd supplies a creamery with all the butterfat it needs to create great cheeses.</p> <p>Life here is rooted in human history, traced back through the Spanish conquistadores, the Incas and even earlier pre-Columbian people. Oblivious to the wars and crumbling civilizations below, Andean condors soared over them all. They are too rare these days, but the hacienda’s Condor Huasi Project fights for their preservation. On foot or horseback, we follow a trail up a valley lined with steep slopes and semi-tropical rainforest to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/ecuador/" target="_blank">reach one of the only places in the Andes where you can see these great birds today</a>.</p> <p>Other symbols of Ecuadorian culture thrive. Take the Otavalo Market. It’s an organized riot of ancient crafts with beadwork and textiles, as well as produce, fish and great baskets of quinoa. The local currency is now the U.S. dollar, but everything else about the scene is utterly Andean: the women in embroidered blouses with their heads wrapped in <i>fachalinas</i>, the suckling pigs with roasted smiles, the mix of ancient languages.</p> <p>Even if the people and places of Ecuador aren’t exactly birds of a feather that is fine by us. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/ecuador/" target="_blank">Nothing beats a week of travel in Ecuador</a> that lets us do a deep dive into natural history and get a taste of high-altitude Andean culture — all inside the borders of a single country.</p> <br> 

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