• Castle and Sheep in Ireland

    Imagine a Family Vacation to the Emerald Isle

    <h2>Built on the bedrock of family, Ireland is a place your clan will feel right at home.</h2>   <p>Imagine taking the kids to a greener-than-green family farm with nearly 1,000 mountain sheep and their keepers — prize sheep dogs. Think of how much they’ll love the homemade ice cream from a shop in Killarney that is raved about by foodies from around the world including editors from <i>Food &amp; Wine</i> magazine. And <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/irelandfamily/" target="_blank">the awe they will experience at the sight of real castles</a> — it&#39;s just a tad better than that wizarding world theme park.<br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/irelandfamily/" target="_blank"><img alt="Guests with local Birds" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lP&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9GG" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></p> <p>Those are a few of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/family/" target="_blank">adventures the kids will love on this family vacation</a>. They will explore a mysterious stone circle dating back nearly 4,000 years. Spend an afternoon paddling in sea kayaks through inlets and coves teeming with wildlife such as seals and seabirds. Explore the fragrant woodland gardens on the grounds of a breathtaking estate. Visit a local artisan who shares her passion for oil on linen painting and join the kids getting your hands dirty while creating your own masterpiece.</p> <p>Mom, dad and the kids alike will not want to miss the 100-year-old woolen market where you’ll find designer and traditional Aran handknits, Donegal tweeds, Irish linen and Celtic jewelry. Don&#39;t miss your opportunity for this special family vacation. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/reservations/" target="_blank">Book now!</a></p>

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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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  • Family posing at Grand Canyon

    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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