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    Ten Top Travel Destinations to Fall in Love Again

    <p>After all, what’s more memorable and intimate than that lovely instant when you draw a little gasp, turn to each other, and realize that this is one of those irreplaceable experiences that you will share forever.</p> <p>The love you feel for a place, a culture, or your favorite travelling companion grows unexpectedly. But here are 10 places that reliably win raves from the passionate travelers who <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">explore the world with Classic Journeys</a>.</p> <p><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank" title="India travel tours">1. The Taj Mahal, wrapped in a plush robe</a></b><br><br>That’s you and not the Taj in the robe. After all, your over-the-top room in the Oberoi Amarvilas overlooks the gleaming white monument to love. The comfort is decadent. The view is the stuff of dreams. And it’s you who is living the enviable life that makes such moments possible.<br><br><img alt="Oberoi hotel" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mb&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rwn" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco/" target="_blank" title="Morocco">2. Under a billion Saharan stars</a></b><br><br>By camel, you arrived at your luxury Berber tent in Morocco’s Merzouga dunes. Campfire dinner is over now, and you wander just past the edge of the camp. Firelight is replaced by the dazzle of the starriest sky you’ve ever seen. Holding hands, you look up and rediscover infinity together. Even if you’ve never wished on a star, this night you will.<br><br><img alt="Berber encampment in Morocco" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mb&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rws" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank" title="Amalfi Coast &amp; Capri tours"><b>3. Arm-in-arm in Capri</b></a><br><br>The day-trippers are gone. Capri’s narrow streets are quiet now, except for the sounds of an evening meal drifting out from an open window. The shops seem to belong to you as their glowing windows light the sidewalk. Arm in arm, you amble aimlessly. (You can’t get lost in this village.) Life is sweet, and there’s a limoncello nightcap calling your name.<br><br><img alt="Quisisana outdoor patio" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mb&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rwx" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank" title="Cuba travel tours">4. In the back seat of a ’56 Buick</a></b><br><br>Where else could you be but Havana? The vinyl smells new. Elvis is on the radio. The top is down in the warm air. Even if you’re too young to remember this sweet ride from when it was new, you can’t help feeling happy…and how the world of possibility is just waiting for you, the way it is for Cuba these days.<br><br><img alt="Woman riding in classic car in Cuba with arms in the air" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mb&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rx2" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru/" target="_blank" title="Peru vacation packages">5. Cresting the peak above Machu Picchu</a></b><br><br>The last stretch of the Inca Trail is a tease. It seems like you should be to the ancient city by now. And then you crest the top—and Machu Picchu is actually below you. Your condor’s-eye view takes your breath away. You’re happy to claim a boulder and sit for a while just to absorb it all and truly feel on top of the world.<br><br><img alt="Woman looking at Machu Picchu" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mb&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rx7" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos/" target="_blank" title="Galapgos Island tour">6. Doing the penguin walk in the Galápagos</a></b></p> <p>Of course, you want to be serious about nature in the Galápagos—Darwin, evolution, and habitat preservation. But the penguins. Oh, the penguins. They’re fearless, funny and face-to-face with you. It’s one of those moments when you realize how crazy-wonderful the world is, especially when a couple of the little guys photobomb your selfie.<br><br><img alt="Galapagos penguins" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mb&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rxC" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany/" target="_blank" title="Discover Tuscany"><b>7. On the terrace of your Tuscan villa</b></a><br><br>Notice how the afternoon sun turns your glass of Chianti into drinkable rubies. Watch the breeze send a silver ripple across your grove of olive trees. Smile lazily at the good fortune that led you to this villa hotel. It’s amazing how quickly you discover your were born to live this life—and it’s such an easy life to love.<br><img alt="Villa Le Barone hotel" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mb&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rxH" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/turkey/" target="_blank">8. Floating beside your Turkish yacht</a></b><br><br>The gracious teakwood hull rides the water in a secluded Mediterranean bay. On your back in the calm waters, you look up to the bluest sky. Below, ancient ruins waver ghostlike in the depths. Later, you’ll zag to a coastal village, zig to a Roman amphitheater. But in this sensual moment, you can’t imagine being anywhere else…with anyone else.<br><br><img alt="Gulet in Turkey" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mb&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rxM" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/londonstonehengecotswolds/" target="_blank" title="London to Stonehenge">9. In the silent heart of Stonehenge</a></b><br><br>For you, the legendary stone circle is unbroken. The silence is remarkable. There’s not a tourist in sight, just the pillars of stone—huge, and yet shockingly small in the vastness of the surrounding plains. You don’t need to grasp their ancient mystic meaning to feel the life-changing power of this moment in the Cotswolds.<br><br><img alt="Stonehenge" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mb&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rxR" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyon/" target="_blank"><b>10. Under the hoodoos’ spell</b></a><br><br>Deep in a dreamlike forest skinny red rock spires called hoodoos, it’s as if you beamed off to another planet. It’s only Bryce Canyon. And yet you get that shiver of excitement from exploring someplace utterly new, a landscape that courses through your life.<br><br><img alt="Bryce Canyon National Park" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mb&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rxW" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></p>

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  • Oberoi Amarvilas pool, India

    Immersed in Luxury

    <h2>OUR PERFECTLY SITED, UTTERLY UNIQUE HOTELS PUT YOU IN THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING</h2>   <p><b>DESERT PEARL INN IN UTAH</b></p> <p>A river—the Virgin River—runs through the grounds of the Desert Pearl, just next door to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyon/" target="_blank" title="Bryce, Grand Canyon &amp; Zion walking tour">Zion National Park</a>. The lodge is an utterly natural expression of this place, timbered in historic trestlewood with rooms that open to views of towering red rock and the tree-lined river. And the stargazing is astonishing in the transparent nighttime sky. We love the Desert Pearl for how it brings a day in sun and sandstone to a cool, casual close. It’s a perfect oasis in the gorgeous western desert.<br><br><img alt="Desert Pearl Inn" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7me&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002ry0" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/itineraries/" target="_blank" title="Download an itinerary">We handpick super accommodations for each of our trips. Download a daily itinerary to learn more!</a><br> </p> <p><b>HOTEL RIO SAGRADO IN PERU</b></p> <p>You’ll feel why the Incas held this valley sacred. There’s the rush of the Urubamba River, as it cuts through fertile fields at the edge of Hotel Rio Sagrado. The luxury accommodations are crafted of local materials in a simple tribute to an Andean village. From rooms nestled into the rising wall of the valley, you can’t see any other human structure or any of the hotel’s other rooms. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru/" target="_blank" title="Peru travel adventures">You’ve been to Cusco already. Machu Picchu is yet to come.</a> But in this peaceful place, it’s just you and nature.<br><br><img alt="Rio Sagrado" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7me&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002ry5" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><b>THE OBEROI AMARVILAS IN INDIA</b></p> <p>Prepare for <i>The Gasp</i>. It’s unavoidable as you realize, “This is my private terrace, and that vision before me is the Taj Mahal.” Quite simply, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank" title="India travel tours">this is the view every traveler dreams of and that only a precious few ever see</a>. Anywhere else, the cascading fountains, terraced lawns and pavilions would be attraction enough. But as the only hotel in Agra to offer uninterrupted views of the Taj Mahal from each room, this princely hotel is a wonder in its own right.<br><br><img alt="Oberoi Amarvilas" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7me&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002ryA" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><b>HOTEL VILLA ATHENA IN SICILY</b></p> <p>The mega-star of this 5-star hotel in Agrigento is the 2,500-year-old Temple of Concordia. Just a few hundred feet away from the former 18th century mansion, it dominates the view. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/sicily/" target="_blank" title="Deluxe Sicily waling tour">At al fresco breakfast, its columns gleam white. After dusk, the amber-lit temple casts a romantic glow on the UNESCO World Heritage Site where the hotel is located</a>. Roam the sculpted gardens, slip into the pool, try to concentrate on a glass of Etna Rosso, but the temple won’t let go of your eye. Villa Athena is one of the most remarkably sited hotels anywhere.<br><br><img alt="Villa Athena" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7me&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002ryF" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><b>NAYARA HOTEL SPA &amp; GARDEN</b></p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costarica/" target="_blank" title="Costa Rica vacation packages">If there is a soundtrack for falling in love, it might very well be the relaxing and exotic sounds of the Costa Rican rainforest that surrounds…no, nearly swallows the Nayara hotel. </a>As your hammock sways on the deck of your private casita, you’re serenaded by exotic birds and gentle, tropical breezes. There is no telling where the lush green hotel grounds end and the rainforest begins. From almost every spot on the property, you can look up to see the Arenal volcano that despite its imposing size and proximity has a way of bringing a sense of calm serenity to this beautiful place.<br><br><img alt="Nayara hotel" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7me&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002ryK" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><b>RAFFLES GRAND HOTEL D’ANGKOR</b></p> <p>The doorman is wearing orange pants, which means it must be Monday at the Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor, one time a Royal Palace. As they did when Cambodian kings resided here, the lobby staff wear a different color trouser each day of the week. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank" title="Vietnam vacation packages">At every turn you feel the strong pull of tradition and custom throughout the stately hotel, itself just a few miles from the legendary Angkor Wat temple complex</a>. Uncluttered, minimalistic Art Deco décor accented with Cambodian art and artifacts throughout the common spaces and guest rooms make the hotel—and the people who stay here—feel downright noble.<br><br><img alt="Raffles Grand Hotel D&#39;Angkor" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7me&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002ryP" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><b>IGUANA CROSSING BOUTIQUE HOTEL</b><br><br>What an odd name for a hotel, you think…until you arrive and see the marine iguanas from the nearby wetlands perched along the rocky path that separates the hotel from the Sea of Isabela. Surrounded by a ring of six shield volcanoes and constructed with native materials, Iguana Crossing feels as though it is an extension of its natural surroundings. Ocean-view rooms and a rooftop Jacuzzi are among the amenities that make leaving the hotel so difficult. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos/" target="_blank" title="Galapagos Islands tours">Thankfully, just beyond the property are miles of isolated beaches, mangrove lagoons and wildlife more diverse than any corner of the globe, calling you to play and explore the island paradise</a>.<br><br><img alt="Iguana Crossing" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7me&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002ryj" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></p>

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  • Water view of boats and mountains in Vietnam

    The Most BEAUTIFUL Places on Earth

    <h2>From natural wonders and jaw-dropping vistas to man-made masterpieces, our planet abounds with beautiful travel destinations. Here are a few of our favorites.</h2>   <p><i><b>HALONG BAY, VIETNAM</b></i></p> <p>For the ultimate in serenity, you can’t beat a morning on Halong Bay. Distant sounds of fishing boats gently pull you awake in the well-appointed cabin of a tradi¬tional junk. On deck, you watch the lazy choreography of fishing boats parting the emerald green water against a backdrop of dramatic limestone spires. The sun climbs. The junk creaks gently. Your mug of coffee steams. And it is absolute¬ly amazing to witness this world coming to life. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank" title="Vietnam vacation packages">classicjourneys.com/vietnam</a></p> <p><img alt="Halong Bay" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mo&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002pQf" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><i><b>THE KINGDOM OF BHUTAN</b></i></p> <p>This tiny South Asian nation is the only country in the world to officially measure its development in Gross National Happiness. It’s easy to see why Bhutan’s citizens are among the happiest on Earth, living in the Himalayan highlands in a land carved by clear, swift-flowing mountain streams and dotted with Buddhist temples. Visit the Tiger’s Nest monastery, perched on a cliff high above a verdant valley, and you’ll be smiling in awe, too. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bhutan/" target="_blank" title="Bhutan travel packages">classicjourneys.com/bhutan</a></p> <p><img alt="Tigers Nest monastery" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mo&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002pQk" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><i><b>COSTA RICA’S MANUEL ANTONIO PARK</b></i></p> <p>Every single reason you love about Costa Rica is distilled into a single view in Manuel Antonio Park, arguably the most diverse park on the planet. Your resort is more like a fantastic tree house than an earthbound hotel. Monkeys and a symphony of birds serenade breakfast. Down below, you can see the endless ranks of Pacific waves curving up the crescent beach. And if you think it’s paradise by day, just wait until the flair of a tropical sunset. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costarica/" target="_blank" title="Costa Rica vacations">classicjourneys.com/costarica</a><br><br><img alt="Costa Rica beach" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mo&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002pQu" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank" title="ClassicJourneys.com">FEELING INSPIRED? CLASSIC JOURNEYS VISITS THESE AND MANY MORE OF THE WORLD’S MOST UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL  TRAVEL DESTINATIONS DURING OUR 5- TO 12-DAY CULTURAL WALKING ADVENTURES AND FAMILY JOURNEYS.</a></p> <p><i><b>THE SCULPTED SANDSTONE OF ZION NATIONAL PARK</b></i></p> <p>If wind and water are nature’s most inventive sculptors, then Zion Na¬tional Park is a gallery of their wild¬est works. Look up from the bottom of a narrow slot canyon no wider than your arm span. Scratch your head over how the soaring hoodoos and delicate arches are even possible. Oh, and just watch how the color of the sandstone morphs through a thousand tints of red and orange. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyon/" target="_blank" title="Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon walking tour">classicjourneys.com/grandcanyon</a></p> <p><img alt="Zion National Park" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mo&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002pQz" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><i><b>CRETE AND SANTORINI, GREECE</b></i></p> <p>Sapphire. Turquoise. Lapis lazuli. Ultramarine. Azure. You quickly use up your whole list of adjectives for blue in the Greek isles. And there simply isn’t an ade-quate word for how a whiter-than-snow village looks, teetering on the edge of a volcanic caldera against an endless, cloudless sky. You have to wonder how the local olive pickers and bakers can stop gaping long enough to go about everyday life. Prepare to learn what it means to be dazzled to your very core. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank" title="Greece adventure tours">classicjourneys.com/greece</a></p> <p><img alt="Santorini Greece" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mo&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002pR4" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><i><b>EXIT GLACIER ON ALASKA’S KENAI PENINSULA</b></i></p> <p>Just a few miles outside of Seward, landlocked Exit Glacier both overwhelms and inspires visitors with its awesome size and beauty. An easy trail leads to the face of this slow moving sea of ice, where you can walk along the 3-mile-long and observe its fractured face as torrents of melted ice crackle and stream 2,500 feet down out of the Harding Ice field. Continue up glacier-scoured rock from the moraine to a beautiful vista of the glacier, waterfall and ice fields. It’s a quintessential Alaskan view. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaska/" target="_blank" title="Alaska&#39;s Kenai Peninsula adventure">classicjourneys.com/alaska</a></p> <p><img alt="Exit Glacier" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mo&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002pRE" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><i><b>MOROCCO’S MIDDLE ATLAS MOUNTAINS</b></i></p> <p>Many people think of the Saharan Desert when they think of Morocco, but this diverse landscape is much more than sand and sky. Drive an hour or two outside of Fès, for instance, and suddenly you’re immersed in fragrant cedar forests that line the foothills of the Atlas Mountain. Venture future into the High Atlas and the scenery shifts to tall peaks, deep gorges, and pre-Saharan hills and sand dunes scattered with medieval Kasbahs and clay villages. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco/" target="_blank" title="Morocco travel">classicjourneys.com/morocco</a></p> <p><img alt="Moroccan mountains" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mo&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002pRJ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><i><b>TUSCANY’S CINQUE TERRE</b></i></p> <p>This string of five picturesque villages, perched on rocky cliffs along the Ligurian Sea, was once only reachable by an ancient footpath that connects the village. Perhaps that’s why they are so perfectly preserved. A coastal train and a ferry run the route now, but walking the path is still the best way to appreciate this timeless experience. Begin in Rio Maggiore, the southernmost of the five coastal villages, and follow the Via dell’Amore walking trail through olive groves along cliffs overlooking the sea to the five sister villages of Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany/" target="_blank" title="Tuscany &amp; Cinque Terre walking tour">classicjourneys.com/tuscany</a></p> <p><img alt="Cinque Terre" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mo&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002pRO" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><i><b>ICELAND’S SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA</b></i></p> <p>The Snaefellsnes Peninsula is sometimes called “Iceland in miniature” because it contains so many of the country’s finest sights. Lording over it all is the glacier-capped volcano that Jules Verne used as the setting for “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” Take in views of the mammoth glacier with its deep crevasses and startlingly blue estuary and you’ll see why Verne was so inspired. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland/" target="_blank" title="Iceland tours">classicjourneys.com/iceland</a></p> <p><img alt="Snaefellsnes Peninsula" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mo&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002pRT" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><i><b>INDIA’S TAJ MAHAL AT SUNSET</b></i></p> <p>Of all the man-made wonders of the world, none inspire as much admiration as the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra, India. Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a tribute and tomb for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, construction began in 1632 and lasted decades uses fine materials imported from all corners of the country. The site is impressive anytime, but visit during sunset, when the sun’s rays paint the brilliant white marble façade in soft tones of ochre and pink, and savor a fleeting moment you won’t soon forget. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank" title="Tour India">classicjourneys.com/india</a><br><br><img alt="Taj Mahal" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7mo&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002pRY" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><br>Visit <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank" title="ClassicJourneys.com">ClassicJourneys.com</a> or call 800-200-3887 for more information.</p> <p> </p> <br> 

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