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    When They Aren’t Guiding: Kommi Tells Secrets to Seeing Aurora Borealis

    When solar winds collide into our atmosphere, layers of gases combine with particles carried in the winds to reveal a dance of chemistry that creates the Aurora Borealis, the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/how-to-see-northern-lights-iceland/" target="_blank">northern lights</a>. Greens and pinks shimmer as layers of oxygen and nitrogen become illuminated in a way that only a natural phenomenon could display—until now.<br><br>Kormakur “Kommi” Hermannsson, a Classic Journeys guide in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Iceland</a>, has engineered real-time displays of solar winds running headfirst into the same gases from our atmosphere. Contained in plasma tubes, Kommi has found a way to track and replicate the entire supernatural process and put it on display for the public. But this was not exactly his intention.<br><br>Kommi, 49, rearranged his life in 2011 when he devoted himself full-time to work as an outdoor guide in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/tag/iceland/" target="_blank">Iceland</a>, after already establishing himself as a top search and rescue person in the nation. Possessing an engineering background of more than 20 years (inventor of the <a href="https://noxmedical.com/" target="_blank">Nox Medical home sleep monitor device</a>), it didn’t take long for him to identify opportunities for improvement in his new industry. <br><br><img alt="Kommi and Classic Journeys founders Edward and Susie" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fjir&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lRyF" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>The most significant opportunity being improving the experience of witnessing the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/wonders-of-iceland/" target="_blank">northern lights.</a> Kommi said that most guides during the winter are involved with the northern lights in some way. But the process to see them can take a combination of time and withstanding the elements of nature, something that can be difficult for travelers.<br><br>“The most surprising factor was how insecure people were in the dark,” observed Kommi. “A lot of people aren’t all that comfortable being cold and alone in the dark while in a strange country.”<br><br><img alt="Kommi and Classic Journeys founders Edward and Susie" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fjir&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lRyK" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>That became the goal and driving force behind the <a href="https://www.aurorabasecamp.is/" target="_blank">Aurora Basecamp Observatory</a> - to create the best possible experience of seeing the northern lights. In December 2019 it was in full swing and open to the public, and already in a few short months, they have delivered the visual masterpiece to approximately 2,000 people.<br><br>“We asked ourselves, ‘where would be the best place to take a guest?’ and that is basically where we started.” From there, Kommi explained, the difference was going to be in the education factor. “Nothing I have seen focuses on teaching people how to experience the northern lights.”<br><br>Three geodesic dome-shaped buildings sit off in the distance of an undeveloped lava field located 15-20 minutes south of Reykjavik. They form a small observatory campus, far away from any chance of urban light pollution. The experience visitors leave with is truly otherworldly.<br><br><img alt="Northern lights observatory Aurora Basecamp" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fjir&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lRyU" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>“I have seen the craziest displays myself, but what you see of the northern lights on time-lapse videos…that is not something that I want to show to people.” Kommi was adamant that he wanted to provide real experiences, not photoshopped versions. “The normal northern lights you see is a nice arc, and if you are lucky you will see the lights dance—that is usually what people are looking for.”<br><br>According to Viking lore, the way to Valhalla required death in battle. If chosen, fallen warriors were then escorted by Valkyries to the heavens, which would in effect create the northern lights.<br><br>According to Kommi, though, the lights are a matter of science. A science that he has managed to not only understand and recreate with plasma tubes, but track and showcase to the public in real-time.<br><br>The <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/how-to-see-northern-lights-iceland/" target="_blank">northern lights</a> are formed on the edge of the magnetic field associated with the North Pole. When solar winds cross that area, layers of nitrogen and oxygen mix with the charged particles in the solar winds to create a shimmer, or dancing, effect. <br><br><img alt="Northern lights aurora borealis" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fjir&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lRz8" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>This was the process that Kommi was able to reconstruct inside plasma tubes. After a curious two years of experimenting with conductors to mix various gases with charged particles, permits were filed and approved to build perfect, protected land. Today Kommi is replicating the magic of the cosmos in front of groups, exactly as he set out to do.<br><br>A brief understanding of the celestial experience begins when people first enter the Aurora Lounge. Around a wood stove, visitors take a seat and enjoy either hot chocolate or tea. This room allows everyone to truly ease their way into the eventually dark, harsh conditions. <br><br><img alt="Aurora Lounge Basecamp Observatory for the northern lights" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fjir&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lRyj" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>Next, you enter the Dark Park, which is a guided experience through various rooms, each set with different images and information. The tour begins with a photo of very weak northern lights, almost undetectable. This is to explain exactly how difficult they can be to spot on your own if you do not know what to look for. Light pollution is the topic of the following area, where you learn how light can either add to or take away from your viewing experience of the northern lights. <br><br>“We have to teach people how to look for it,” says Kommi. “We have to then teach people how to see it.”<br><br><img alt="Northern lights aurora borealis Iceland" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fjir&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lRzX" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>You continue to learn by unlearning everything you thought you knew about seeing the northern lights, with a compilation of the most popular disinformation or confusing information that leaves everyone making the same mistakes. Finally, you come to find six plasma tubes filled with gases and charged particles that artificially display the same show happening outdoors before you exit the building to witness it in nature.<br><br>At this point of the Aurora Basecamp Observatory experience, your eyes have fully adjusted to dark areas and low light. After you exit the dome, you are instructed on how to take the best pictures of what you are seeing. Then, it is up to you to just enjoy the night, with Kommi, and his return customers, which he says most become.<br><br><img alt="Northern lights observatory Aurora Basecamp" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fjir&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lRyo" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>“The northern lights are a natural phenomenon. Sometimes you have activity that produces crazy moments of really nice light,” explained Kommi, calmly, like he does. “That is what makes the northern lights exciting for me as a guide. I can never tell you exactly what is going to appear.”<br><br><i>Skyler Wilder is an award-winning journalist with a Sports Emmy in “Outstanding New Approaches” at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games; a digital producer for the International Surfing Association, Dew Tour, Toyota, Red Bull and NBC; and an independent photojournalist with stories published in Men’s Journal among many publications. Follow him @northwestwilder</i><br><br>Also written by Skyler: <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/vatnajokull-national-park/" target="_blank">Chaos theory explains trolls, French Revolution and Europe’s Largest Park</a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/tag/iceland/" target="_blank"><img alt="Iceland read more" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fjir&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lS14" style="height: 177px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><i>Photo credit: Aurora Basecamp</i>

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    Multigenerational Vacation Ideas: How to Plan a Trip for Everyone

    There’s an old saying: Family vacations aren’t really vacations. Nothing could be further from the truth! <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/multigenerational-travel/" target="_blank">Multigenerational travel</a> – trips that involve parents, kids, and grandparents – offers families the chance to make memories and bond in places other than the Thanksgiving table or a distant cousin’s wedding. Multigenerational family trips are becoming increasingly popular and for good reason. First and foremost, it’s easier than ever before to plan a big family excursion, thanks in no small part to the Internet. Second, air travel has advanced considerably over the past few decades, allowing access to countries that were once extremely difficult to reach. <br><br>Taking your entire family on an international trip will be an unforgettable experience. But it does involve a bit of planning and communication amongst family members. Let’s take a look at the steps you’ll want to take as your plan your first multigenerational trip. And then we’ll look at some great places to take the family.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/multigenerational-travel/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002eBLh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sERH" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>Who’s Paying?</b><br><br>Ah, the big question. There’s no right or wrong answer here, of course: multigenerational trips can be a gift from the grandparents to the entire family, or the costs of the trip can be shared between the adults.  What’s important here is to make sure that everyone is clear on who’s paying for what, from the larger expenses – such as airfare and hotels – to meals, even to souvenirs. It’s fairly easy to figure out who’s responsible for the flights and lodging, but it’s just as important for family members to come to an agreement on food and other incidentals. This will allow everyone to budget for the trip before it starts – and will help reduce conflicts while traveling. And once you’ve decided on a budget, stick to it. Spending more than you want can cast a shadow over a great family experience.<br><br><b>What Are We Going To Do?</b><br><br>The goal of a multigenerational family trip is for everyone to have a great time. Seems simple, right? In the excitement of being abroad, exploring a new location, it’s easy to forget that not everyone in the family enjoys the same things. First, think about the big picture. What do you want the overall experience to look like? Perhaps you’re interested in a cultural immersion vacation, spent wandering through old cities, visiting galleries, museums and cultural sites.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/multigenerational-travel/" target="_blank"><img alt="Grandparent travel" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002eBLh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sER2" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>OR maybe you’re looking for a bit of adventure – a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/south-africa-tours/" target="_blank">safari</a>, a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">desert trek on camelback</a>, a hiking tour of rainforests. From there, you’ll want to figure out what the daily activities will be. And this can be a challenge. The kids might want to go on a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/10-places-to-kayak-around-the-world/" target="_blank">kayaking excursion</a>, but Grandma and Grandpa might not be up for hours of paddling. Conversely, Mom and Dad might want to spend a few hours visiting the local winery – something that the kids might not appreciate. It’s a good idea to plan your activities before you embark on your trip – and make sure that you get ideas from everyone. And look for opportunities that might coincide with each other – if Mom and Dad want to spend a couple of hours at that winery, perhaps the grandparents and the kids can visit a museum, or take that kayaking tour. (Not all grandparents are ready to give up the sporting life!)<br><br><b>Where Are We Going To Stay? </b><br><br>Accommodations are the one thing you shouldn’t skimp on, and there are plenty of practical reasons why. Staying at a world-class hotel will go a long way in ensuring that everyone’s trip is well-balanced. Having a nice, quiet room to take a break in (and get a good night’s sleep) is key to everyone having a great trip, parents and kids and grandparents alike. And if you’re traveling with younger kids, look for family-friendly hotels with amenities for them. Pools, rec rooms, even planned activities for kids can make their experience much better – and give the adults a chance to relax as well. It’s a good idea as well to make sure that your hotel’s restaurants and food service is up to par, just in case everyone feels like staying on the property for a meal. One thing to keep in mind is that the best hotels will always serve a complimentary breakfast – which means that you’ll have one less meal to plan.<br><br>Those are the logistics. The fun part: deciding where in the world you and your family will want to go. Here are some of our favorite destinations for multigenerational trips.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/glaciernationalparkfamily/" target="_blank"><b>Montana</b></a><br><br>Why not start close to home? Although to be fair, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/glaciernationalparkfamily/" target="_blank">Montana</a> probably won’t seem much like your neighborhood. Glacier National Park is one of the crown jewels of America’s national park system; the region’s stunning peaks bear a striking resemblance to the European Alps. It’s a great place to bring the whole family, precisely because you can do as much or as little adventuring as you want, and still have a great time.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/glaciernationalparkfamily/" target="_blank"><img alt="Montana" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002eBLh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sEMb" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>For the active, there’s hiking, fishing, and whitewater rafting. For those who just want to sit on the deck of one of the American West’s finest lodges and watch the eagles soar overhead or look at the moose grazing in the meadows, well, there’s plenty of time to just relax and take it all in.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank"><b>Costa Rica</b></a><br><br>It’s a neighbor to the south, and a relatively close one, but when you step into <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a>, you’ll feel like you’re on the other side of the world. The beaches are warm and inviting, the cloud forests are basically the greatest zoo you’ll ever set foot in, and the people are fond of extending “<i>la pura vida</i>” – the pure life – to their guests. For nature lovers of all ages, there’s simply no better place to be. Some 25% of the entire country is designated as protected land, with over 120 national parks.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Costa Rica" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002eBLh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sEMg" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Here you can snorkel next to sea turtles, go for an easy river paddling trip, or walk in silent awe through a rainforest on the side of a volcano. And there’s always time for a siesta.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/belizefamily/" target="_blank"><b>Belize and Guatemala</b></a><br><br>Less known, but no less incredible, are Costa Rica’s neighbors <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/belizefamily/" target="_blank">Belize and Guatemala</a>. Here you’ll find Mayan ruins, hidden coves, and beautiful lagoons. As with Costa Rica, this is a trip for nature lovers; while it’s not a contest, Belize and Guatemala offer experiences that are wholly unique, from snorkeling on the world’s second-largest barrier reef to climbing to the top of the largest pyramid in the Americas.  <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/belizefamily/" target="_blank"><img alt="Belize" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002eBLh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sEMv" style="height: 361px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/london-and-paris-family-vacation/" target="_blank"><b>London and Paris</b></a><br><br>It’s one of the most amazing feats of modern engineering, and it’s the key to an easy trip to two of the world’s greatest cities. The Chunnel – the underground/underwater tunnel under the English Channel that links France to England – makes a multigenerational trip to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/london-and-paris-family-vacation/" target="_blank">London and Paris </a>a snap. Spend a few days in London, where everyone will enjoy sightseeing and afternoon tea, and then zip on over to Paris, where everyone will enjoy sightseeing and a warm baguette.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/london-and-paris-family-vacation/" target="_blank"><img alt="Paris" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002eBLh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sEN0" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>This is, of course, an oversimplification – there’s a LOT to experience in both cities, from Big Ben to The Louvre, and the easy accessibility to all of London and Paris’ highlights makes this trip an ideal one for your whole family.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><b>Portugal</b></a><br><br>If you want to take the family to Europe, but want to go to someplace different – as in, “no one we know has ever been there” – <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank">Portugal</a> is a fantastic choice. It’s got something for everyone. The history buffs will appreciate being at the epicenter of the age of European seafaring exploration.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><img alt="Portugal" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002eBLh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sEN5" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Active family members will love nature walks, along beautiful coastlines and stunning valleys. And foodies (which will be everyone) will sample some of Europe’s most amazing food, from the freshest fish imaginable to all sorts of sausages and cheeses. And yes, there’s plenty of great Port wine for the parents and grandparents. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><b>Greece</b></a><br><br>There’s history, and then there’s mythology, and when you think of mythology, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank">Greece</a> surely comes to mind. Walking in the footsteps of ancient heroes like Hercules, Theseus, and Achilles will fire the imagination of kids of all ages. A trip through the Greek Isles is a trip through legends; sailing on the still Aegean Sea, you and your family will feel like Odysseus himself (although your trip will be much more pleasant).<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/greece/" target="_blank"><img alt="Greece" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002eBLh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sENA" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Going from island to island, you’ll see ancient Greek ruins, lounge on spectacular beaches, and wander through friendly villages that have stood for thousands of years. This combination of island-hopping, exploring and relaxing makes the Greek Isles a great choice for a multigenerational trip.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagosfamily/" target="_blank"><b>Galápagos</b></a><br><br>For an altogether different island experience, take the family to the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagosfamily/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a>. The warm, sunny islands are home to all sorts of amazing animals – giant tortoises, marine iguanas, manta rays, and even a local band of warm-weather penguins! Staying on the actual islands themselves – in luxury accommodations, of course – makes for an incredible, up-close experience that will thrill and delight everyone. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagosfamily/" target="_blank"><img alt="Galapagos" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002eBLh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sENK" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/moroccofamily/" target="_blank"><b>Morocco</b></a><br><br>Yes, you can ride a camel into the desert, on an overnight excursion to a luxury camp. Yes, the camels are friendly. And yes, it is absolutely as great as it sounds. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/moroccofamily/" target="_blank">Morocco</a> is as exotic as you think, a land of red deserts and snow-capped mountains, but it’s also incredibly welcoming.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/moroccofamily/" target="_blank"><img alt="Morocco" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002eBLh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sENP" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Hospitality is deeply ingrained in the culture, and your family will find it in the markets of Marrakesh as well as among the Berbers who dwell in the wilderness. For those families looking for a bit of adventure, a multigenerational travel experience in Morocco should be high on your list.<br><br><br>The opportunities to take multigenerational trips are nearly endless; the memories you, your kids and their grandparents will come away with are priceless. So why wait? Contact Classic Journeys today, and we’ll help you put together a dream trip for your entire family. And yes, it’ll definitely be a vacation.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/multigenerational-travel/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002eBLh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000sENt" style="height: 177px; width: 500px;"></img></a>

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    March Madness: John Wooden inspires travels at Classic Journeys

    <p>Last year, I watched the NCAA men’s basketball championship game with fellow Classic Journeys’ guests at an <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/panamafamily/" target="_blank">award-winning country inn on the slopes of the Baru Volcano in Panama</a>.<br><br><img alt="Paramonte Inn &amp; Spa" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7oe&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002sqR" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>Many sports fans consider March the best time of the year, as we have three weeks of heart-stopping, jaw-dropping, and stomach-turning action. And this season has been no different, as we enter the first Final Four since 1979 with no number 1 or 2 seeds remaining. It makes for great theater.<br><br>Last week, I heard a quote by John Wooden, the famed UCLA coach who won 10 NCAA titles in a 12 year span and seven in a row. He said, “Don’t confuse activity with achievement.”<br><br>Since my basketball career ended in high school, cut short by an inconsistent midrange jumper, I immediately viewed the quote through the lens of experiential travel. That’s taken me much farther and far afield than my basketball skills.<br><br>So how does Coach Wooden’s warning fit into Classic Journeys’ approach to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/walkingtours/" target="_blank">cultural walking adventure tours</a>, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/culinary/" target="_blank">culinary tours</a> and <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/family/" target="_blank">family vacations</a>?<br><br>Consider your options when you decide to travel to one of the 68 regions in 31 countries on 5 continents where Classic Journeys operates a tour. You can choose to explore on your own figuring out all of the details (what the industry calls FIT), on a cruise, on a motorcoach tour (from low end to high end), or join one of our adventure travel tours.<br><br>On any of the options, you’ll get plenty of activity. On your own, you’ll be the planner, the driver, and the guide (reading from your guide book). On a cruise, you’ll get shore excursions where you can see Tuscany in four hours before your tender picks you up at the port of Livorno to take you back to the ship with brief memories of the David and San Gimignano. On a motorcoach tour, you’ll see plenty of countryside through the window of the vehicle as you whisk from one region/country/city/site to another while local “step on” guides join you briefly to share their packaged delivery of information.</p> <p><br>On Classic Journeys best-selling Bordeaux tour, guests wander castle-studded river valleys, go truffle-hunting and see ancient cave paintings.<br><br><img alt="Chateau de Fayrac" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7oe&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002sqW" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>On a Classic Journeys’ adventure travel tour, you’ll get something different: a complete immersion into the history and culture of a region, with expert local guides who are with you 24/7. These guides include our friend Bart who has been leading our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bordeaux/" target="_blank">tours of Bordeaux &amp; the Dordogne Valley</a> since 2001. He’s probably the most knowledgeable person in southwestern France on its 27,000 years of history. (Famous author Michael Crichton hired him for three months when he was researching his book <i>Timeline</i>.) And because Bart makes his home there year round, he’s also the most-well connected. Want to meet France’s foremost truffle expert? He’s Bart’s friend. And yours too because you are with Bart. So we spend a morning with Eduard learning the art of truffle hunting.</p> On our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/londonstonehengecotswolds/" target="_blank">Cotswolds tours</a>, achievement trumps activity again as we make your visit to Stonehenge significantly less stressful and more impactful. How? By making special arrangements with the British government to explore the site at sunrise <i>before</i> it’s open to the public. So you wander the stones with just your fellow Classic Journeys’ guests and guide, Wendy. Sit with your back to the stones as you enjoy a picnic breakfast. Then escape before the madding crowds arrive.<br><br>Whether you’re <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/solo/" target="_blank">traveling solo</a> or with your kids, with a significant other or a group of friends, Coach Wooden’s advice is still as applicable today as it was in the middle of his title run in the 1970s. I like to think that he’d choose the Classic Journeys approach to travel, where our guides seemingly work magic daily for our guests. After all, he was the Wizard of Westwood.<br><br>If you’d like to challenge us to find the best way for you to get the most achievement from your vacation time, drop us a line at <a href="mailto:blog@classicjourneys.com" target="_blank">blog@classicjourneys.com</a> or call one of our Guest Services Coordinators at 800-200-3887.

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