• Flower Fields and Bell Tower in the Swiss Alps

    Switzerland Tours: Your Friendly Neighborhood Alps

    <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/switzerland-tours/" target="_blank">Switzerland </a>has my name written all over it. At least the village of Biffig does. In traditional style, my family name Imboden is painted in curlicue letters on most of the chalets in town, right under the window boxes that overflow with bright red geraniums. My grandmother came from that speck of a place below the Matterhorn, and she used to tell me stories about riding a buggyup the mountain to school and then sledding home at the end of the day. Yes, I always thought she was exaggerating, but now I’ve seen that it was all true on Classic Journeys <a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/switzerland-tours/" target="_blank">Switzerland tours</a>. Living on an incline, the Swiss have a wonderful way of making a molehill out of the mountain next door, living normal lives in just about the most abnormally beautiful settings you could dream up.<br><br>The best place to see what that means is in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/switzerland-tours/" target="_blank">Bernese Oberland region</a> where the mountains are exactly what you want them to be: jagged and taller than the clouds. They’re natural photobombs in every view. Imagine how it must be to have peaks like the Jungfrau, Eiger and Mönch as real-life screen savers in the background of everything you do. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/switzerland-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Women overlooking Alps in Switzerland" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SeF&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DK2" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Of course, the first farmers who put down roots in Mürren weren’t there for the views. When they left their valley, they might as well have been traveling up to a different planet. Even today, the village is too high to reach by car. (It takes a cog railway and cable car for you to get there.) While you gape at the landscape, you also have to wonder about the people for whom an almost unreachable meadow was plenty of compensation for the isolation it entailed.<br><br>That vibrant green grass and clean fresh air still matter in the 21st century. You can actually taste what I mean at my favorite alpine dairy farm. They not only milk the cows you see dotting the hillside. They also make the cheese that melts into the fondue that you dip into with fresh-baked bread. A few meadows down the valley, our friends Hugo and Angelika have added goats and llamas to their herd.  A visit with them always includes lunch cooked outdoors over a wood fire. As an added benefit, our llama trek provided the 10,000 steps for the day that took away any guilt in taste-testing more than my share of the luscious, locally produced chocolate.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/switzerland-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Bell tower in countryside of Switzerland" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SeF&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DKH" style="height: 247px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>What appeals to me most is that amidst all of that natural awesomeness, human connections matter to the Swiss. A lot. The heartfelt greetings you get from farmers and villagers make you feel like family. The cordial and quiet hospitality that <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/switzerland-tours/" target="_blank">Swiss hotels</a> lavish on you is second to none.<br><br>Of course, you can’t help but gasp at the sights. The thunder of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/switzerland-tours/" target="_blank">Trümmelbach Falls</a> is incredible to feel through the soles of your feet. It’s mind-blowing to eat lunch on top of an alpine peak in a revolving restaurant made famous by James Bond. The crunch of ice under your spikes as you walk on a glacier is an experience you’ll never forget. Ambling through wildflowers on the shores of a calm, high-altitude lake is just as unspeakably peaceful.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/switzerland-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Woman at a lake with arms outstretched" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SeF&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DK7" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Even if you don’t have any Swiss genes of your own, you’ll love discovering the ingenious ways the Swiss people live in a world where the vertical is as common as the horizontal. In <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/switzerland-tours/" target="_blank">Switzerland</a>, the scenery blows you away, and the people draw you in.<br><br>To book one of our <a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/switzerland-tours/" target="_blank">Switzerland tours</a>, call 833.387.1210 or <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/reservations/" target="_blank">make a reservation online</a>.

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  • World tour

    One Day World Tour

    The famous fictional explorer, Phileas Fogg, traveled the world in eighty days. But Phileas traveled before the wonders of technology brought us the Internet.<br> <br>Introducing the Classic Journeys One Day World Tour!<br> <br>Nothing beats traveling in real life. But that doesn&#39;t mean you can’t still enjoy the culture, cuisine, nature and architecture of destinations all over the globe, without having to leave our homes.<br> <br>So, here&#39;s your one day, round-the world trip. A Classic Journeys virtual culture, walking and culinary tour around the globe, from dawn til dusk.<br> <br>Buckle up and get ready to journey from the Amazon rainforest to the Moroccan desert, from Paris to Peru, and from New Zealand to New York, with several other stops in between.<br> <br>No passport necessary, no need to pack...no jetlag!<br> <br>And you can set off as soon as tomorrow morning.<br> <br>Happy traveling!<br><br><b>Arise in the Amazon</b><br><img alt="Around the world luxury tour amazon rainforest Classic Journeys" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002PgNW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000o3Ja" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>Swap your bedroom for Brazil. Set your alarm for this <a href="https://open.spotify.com/track/11xiivtPl95eSly3DTQuyz" target="_blank">recording of morning in the Amazon</a> and rise to the sounds of rainforest birdsong. <br><br><b>A morning stretch in Cambodia: elephant yoga </b><br><img alt="Around the world luxury tour Elephant Yoga BohoBeautiful Classic Journeys" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002PgNW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000o3Ki" style="height: 360px; width: 500px;"></img> <br>In this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eb5dsG7L7lo" target="_blank">Vinyasa Power Flow Class</a>, Juliana leads a 20-minute session from the middle of the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary in district of Anlong Veng. <br><br>As you go through the yoga practice, elephants bathe and graze in the surrounding jungle of northwestern <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank">Cambodia</a>.<br><br><b>Prefer cardio? How about a helipad HIIT in Greece</b><br><img alt="Around the world luxury tour Greek HIIT Bodycoach Classic Journeys" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002PgNW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000o3Ks" style="height: 360px; width: 500px;"></img> <br>Get stuck into some interval training on a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece-tours/" target="_blank">Greek island</a> in this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pup1n9LvolQ" target="_blank">20-minute HIIT workout</a> with the Bodycoach, Joe Wicks. <br><br><b>Breakfast in Paris</b><br><img alt="Around the world luxury tour Paris Classic Journeys" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002PgNW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000o3Ju" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>To prepare your own <i>petit dejeuner</i>, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/london-and-paris-family-vacation/" target="_blank">Paris</a>-style, you will need—<br><br>Juice, orange or grapefruit, chilled.<br><br>Coffee, espresso.<br><br><i>Chocolate chaud</i> (also known as hot chocolate), made your favorite way and served in a bowl.<br><br>Bread and pastries: Popping to a Parisian <i>boulangerie</i> for a freshly baked baguette and pastries may not be possible, but you can certainly come close to that at home.<br><br>Ambitious bakers can try their hand at making their own…or simply add them to your next grocery shop. A lot of stores sell baguettes and pastries that can be baked from frozen, or you can buy the ready-to-eat versions, then put them in the oven for a few minutes for that fresh-bake feel. <br><br>Croissants and pain au chocolat (chocolate croissants) are classic <i>viennoiserie</i>, but pain aux raisins (raisin croissants) and brioche are delicious too.<br><br>Serve with butter—European style—and your favorite jam. <br><br>Sit wherever in your house gets the best morning sunshine and tuck in, playing the <a href="https://gift.mylittleparis.com/bruits-de-paris/" target="_blank">sounds of Paris</a> in the background (sounds of the city recorded before lockdown which transport you straight to Parisian streets). <br><br>To really feast like the French do, dip the bread and pastries into the hot chocolate then devour!<br><br><b>Ride the Swiss Railway <br><img alt="Around the world luxury tour Swiss Alps Classic Journeys" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002PgNW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000o3QW" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></b><br>Take a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfSsP706mR4" target="_blank">virtual train trip on the Wengernalp Railway</a>, part of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/switzerland-tours/" target="_blank">Switzerland</a>&#39;s iconic train network. Hop on in the tiny village of Lauterbrunnen, famous for its sheer cliffs and 70+ waterfalls. Then enjoy a virtual ride past chocolate-box Swiss villages, alpine forest and flowery meadows, up, up and away to Kleine Scheidegg—a magnificent mountain pass at 6,762ft. <br><br><b>Snack and socialize in New Zealand </b><br>Many people associate the word ‘elevenses’ with hobbits, who declare it their third meal of the day in Lord of the Rings. <br><br>So why not enjoy it in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/new-zealand-tours/" target="_blank">New Zealand</a>, where the trilogy was filmed! <br><br>For the snack part of your elevenses, bake Anzac biscuits. These sweet oat cookies were traditionally made for the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps, and fast become a kiwi household favorite. Baking them is simple, takes under 30 minutes and uses staple kitchen ingredients. <br><img alt="Around the world luxury tour New Zealand Classic Journeys" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002PgNW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000o3LM" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>Ingredients:<br>2 cups of rolled oats<br>2 cups of all-purpose flour <br>1 cup of desiccated coconut<br>1 cup of sugar <br>Pinch of salt<br>1 cup of salted butter <br>2 tablespoons dark corn syrup<br>3 teaspoons of baking soda <br>4 tablespoons of boiling water  <br><br>Method:<br>Mix dry ingredients. <br>Melt together butter and syrup. <br>Combine baking soda and boiling water, then add to the butter-syrup mix and watch it bubble! Stir everything together. <br>Scoop dough onto baking sheet. <br>Bake for 10-15 minutes at 350F until the edges are golden brown and crispy.<br><br>The drink part of your mid-morning break has to be a flat white—this fluffy coffee was invented in Wellington. <br><img alt="Around the world luxury tour New Zealand Flat White Classic Journeys" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002PgNW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000o3LR" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>Ingredients:<br>Double espresso <br>3oz full fat milk, frothed<br><br>Method:<br>Pour the coffee, followed by the milk, into a pre-warmed mug. <br><br>With your cookies and coffee made, host a Zoom video catch-up with friends or family and call them using one of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/new-zealand-zoom-travel-backgrounds/" target="_blank">these virtual Zoom backgrounds</a>, which will transport you into gorgeous New Zealand landscape! <br><br><b>Hike the Rockies</b><br><img alt="Around the world luxury tour Canada Classic Journeys" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002PgNW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000o3Jz" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>Now to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canada-tours/" target="_blank">Canada</a>’s Banff National Park, where this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Sp1iQFHvC4" target="_blank">virtual Rocky mountain hike</a> finishes on the shore of Lake Louise.  Whether you pop this on your treadmill or watch it from the couch, you can almost feel the clear mountain air and smell the pine trees… <br><br><b>Take a lunch break in Lima<br><img alt="Around the world luxury tour Lima Peru Classic Journeys" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002PgNW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000o3LW" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></b><br>Put together a Peruvian ceviche, using the traditional recipe of Classic Journeys guide Marisol, who runs some of our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank">Peru tours</a>. <br><br>Follow Marisol&#39;s <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/tastes-of-latin-america-best-ceviche/" target="_blank">favorite ceviche recipe</a>, and listen to this <a href="https://open.spotify.com/album/2rQ0oG3P9Dr6rSesKuOE1g?si=jP7tLT4OQy63DQ5o4H7rqQ" target="_blank">relaxing Peruvian playlist</a> while you’re prepping. Then devour, imagining you&#39;re on a bench in Plaza de Armas, watching the world go by.<br><br><b>Catch some culture: tour the Taj Mahal</b><br><img alt="Around the world luxury tour India Taj Mahal Classic Journeys" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002PgNW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000o3K4" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>With the help of Google Street View, you can take a <a href="https://earth.google.com/web/@27.173059,78.042134,164.25682963a,471.54638365d,35y,0h,59.99245526t,0r/data=CjISMBIgMWNlYzBmZjgyNTA0MTFlN2JlYTcxN2E0Njc3ZDAzZDUiDHNwbGFzaHNjcmVlbg" target="_blank">virtual wander around the Taj Mahal</a>. Soak up the sights of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india-tours/" target="_blank">India</a>&#39;s most marveled-at building from the east and west, explore the garden and Taj Museum, then pause for a while on the banks of the Yamunna river. <br><br><b>Do dinner in the desert</b><br><img alt="Around the world luxury tour Morocco desert Classic Journeys" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002PgNW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000o3K9" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br>You may or may not want to fashion a tent out of scarves and sheets (though if you have kids, they will love this!). <br><br>Cook a traditional Moroccan meal, using this <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/tastes-of-morocco-chicken-tagine/" target="_blank">easy chicken tagine recipe</a> that we make on our Morocco tours). <br><br>Then, watch this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_WMLiz03j0" target="_blank">dinner show performed by Berbers</a> in the Merzouga Desert Camp, where we stay on our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Morocco culture + walking tour</a>.<br><br><b>A night at the New York opera</b><br><img alt="Around the world luxury tour New York Met Opera Classic Journeys" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002PgNW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000o3KO" style="height: 360px; width: 500px;"></img><br>Over to the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/usa/" target="_blank">USA</a>, where the Metropolitan Opera is streaming <a href="https://www.metopera.org/user-information/nightly-met-opera-streams/" target="_blank">free nightly opera</a> until May 3. You can catch it live at 3:30pm PST / 6:30pm EDT, or each one is available to watch for 20 hours after streaming. Performances include Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, Verde’s Aida, Nico Muhly’s Marnie. <br><br>Dress to impress, dim the lights and make New York’s classic Manhattan cocktail (2 parts bourbon, 1 part vermouth, dashes of Angostura and orange bitters). Then sit, sip and enjoy the show!<br><br><b>Before bed, see the South African sunrise on safari</b><br><img alt="Around the world luxury tour South Africa Safari Classic Journeys" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002PgNW&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000o3KJ" style="height: 360px; width: 500px;"></img><br>The Twitch Wildearth channel does a <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/wildearth/" target="_blank">livestream safari sunrise </a>every day from <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/south-africa-tours/" target="_blank">South Africa</a>&#39;s Djuma Private Game Reserve, where you can see lions, leopards, elephants and more on the Sabi Sand plains. Watch it live at 9pm PDT or midnight EST (or catch a pre-recorded version).<br><br>They also show a daily sunset safari—wake up for it at 6am PST or 9am EST and start another day of virtual travel…

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  • Horseback riding, Bryce Canyon

    5 Fun Ways to Travel

    <h2>As much as we love walking along scenic footpaths, we’re big fans of other forms of  locomotion, too — especially when they let us see the region from a different angle.</h2>   <p>Check out these fun ways to travel that we take advantage of on any tour we can.</p> <p><b>FUNICULAR.<br><br><img alt="Funicular" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7ln&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rOC" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></b><br> </p> <p><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italianlakes/" target="_blank">Italian Lake Retreats Cultural Walking Adventure</a></b><br>The lake recedes as you glide up the mountainside from Como to the village of Brunate. At the top, we <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italy/" target="_blank">walk amid private villas and the breathtaking views</a> stretch to Switzerland.</p> <h3><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/dates/" target="_blank">DOWNLOAD AN ITINERARY FOR SWITZERLAND OR ANOTHER DESTINATION YOU LOVE!</a></h3> <p><b>KAYAK.<br><br><img alt="Kayaking in Alaska" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7ln&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rOM" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></b><br> </p> <p><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaskafamily/" target="_blank">Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula Multisport Family Journey</a></b><br>Paddle beside <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaska-tours/" target="_blank">sea otters, sea lions and past three massive glaciers</a> that spill right into the waters of Thumb Cove, an area locals call “Little Switzerland.”</p> <p><b>CAMEL.<br><br><img alt="Riding a camel in Morocco" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7ln&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rOR" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></b><br> </p> <p><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco/" target="_blank">Fés to Marrakesh Cultural Walking Adventure</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Climb aboard camels for a memorable ride</a> to the soaring red sand dunes of Merzouga, the highest in the world, and arrive just in time to watch the sun set over the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Moroccan desert</a>.</p> <p><b>BOAT.<br><br><img alt="Whitewater rafting in Costa Rica" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7ln&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rOW" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></b><br> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costarica/" target="_blank"><b>Costa Rica Cultural Walking Adventure</b></a><br>Opt for a thrilling whiter-water rafting <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costarica/" target="_blank">adventure through the Costa Rican rainforest</a>, or explore thick stands of mangrove by canoe or wooden river cruiser.</p> <p><b>BIKE.</b><br><img alt="Group of women bike riding" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7ln&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rOg" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/switzerland-family/" target="_blank">Swiss Alps Multisport Family Journey</a></b><br>The sound of the Simme River is our soundtrack as we cruise along a gentle, slightly downhill path on mountain bikes, before boarding a train for the return trip.</p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/catalog/" target="_blank">CLICK HERE TO REQUEST A CATALOG AND READ MORE ABOUT CUSTOM TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD!</a></p> <p><b>WHAT SHOES DO I NEED?</b></p> <p>Although our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/walkingtours/" target="_blank">Cultural Walking Adventures</a> feature daily walks through beautiful destinations, that doesn’t mean that we’re all about making the miles. We’re all about making the most of the miles. A pair of sturdy leather or synthetic walking shoes or walking sandals should serve you just fine on most Classic Journeys trips.</p> <p> </p>

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