• Kayak canoe on Emerald Lake, Canadian Rockies

    10 Reasons Why Families Should Absolutely Vacation Together

    Every family needs someone like you — the person who dreams big about how memorable it would be to get away together ... and who grabs the bull by the horns to make it happen. Every day, we help folks just like you plan a memorable multi-generation family vacation.<br><br><b>1. Think of it as stress release ... for everybody.</b><br>Adults don’t have a monopoly on stress. Over-scheduled kids race to keep up with their schedules, too. School, sports, and lessons from ballet to ACT prep ... it all adds up. Everybody needs to recharge. A night in a Berber encampment in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/moroccofamily/" target="_blank">Morocco’s Saharan Desert</a> or sea kayaking off <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/alaskafamily/" target="_blank">the coast of Alaska</a> re-channels energy and breaks the rinse-and-repeat cycle of everyday life. Muscles relax, smiles widen, bonds grow.<br><br><b>2. Try something new and different.</b><br>Plenty of families enjoy yearly trips to the same beach or mountain cabin. Nothing wrong with that. Yet, at some point, the summer of ’19 can start to be interchangeable with ’17 and ’15. The remedy is to add in, say, a week in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagosfamily/" target="_blank">Galápagos </a>one year, or a trip to explore, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyonfamily/" target="_blank">Bryce Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks</a>. The variety spices up life and the memories you make are more memorable when you step outside your traditional comfort zone.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyonfamily/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SFj&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BcE" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>3. K.I.S.S. –  Keep it super simple.</b><br>The <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/family/" target="_blank">best family vacations</a> are the ones that are plug-and-play simple. After all, you don’t want to be obsessing about logistics while everybody else is having a good time. Arranging a family trip with Classic Journeys is a surefire way to treat everybody to an active, engaging, out-of-the-ordinary experience that will run like clockwork. This strategy works whether you’re pulling something together last minute or planning a year out. Whatever your personal planning style, we can make your next family vacation one of the simplest you’ve ever taken. <br><br><b>4. Turn “heads down” into eyes wide open. Don’t worry about bumps in the road.</b><br>Apple just introduced an app to minimize screen time. Travel is an even better way to achieve that goal. While you’re paddling to a rainforest village in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/panamafamily/" target="_blank">Panama </a>or whale-watching in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/novascotiafamily/" target="_blank">Nova Scotia</a>, touchscreens go untouched. Even if your phone is also your camera, you’ll find that grabbing shots of baby sea lions in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagosfamily/" target="_blank">Galápagos </a>is a lot more engaging than checking out cat videos or the Museum of Ice Cream on Instagram. The time you all spend in the same moment is time nobody can take away from you.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/novascotiafamily/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SFj&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BcJ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>5. Don’t worry about bumps in the road.</b><br>Pulling off any vacation requires somebody to keep things on track. You can count on <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys</a> to dedicate a team of experts to make sure your vacation runs just right. It just doesn’t have to be you. Experienced, well-connected and exceptionally <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/local-tour-guides/" target="_blank">fun local guides</a> handle all the logistics. Your flock can skip the endless line to see Michelangelo’s David in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italyfamily/" target="_blank">Florence </a>or juggle activities to take advantage of, particularly fine weather for sailing on an America’s Cup yacht in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/new-zealand-north-south-island-family-tours/" target="_blank">New Zealand</a>. <br><br><b>6. Tempt your family into staying connected.</b><br>We hear all kinds of motives for<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/family/" target="_blank"> family trips</a>. “I want my grandchildren to understand the world better.” “A cool trip is the only way I can bribe everybody to spend a week together.” “I want us all to have fun with each other like we used to.” Wherever you’re coming from, going on a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/multisport-tours/" target="_blank">travel adventure</a> together really does work to make sure the people you love best stay deeply connected. And being the person who makes it all happen is incredibly satisfying. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costaricafamily/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SFj&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012Bc9" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>7. Prove that you’re cool enough to matter.</b><br>Rocket Grandma — our affectionate nickname for the leader of her family pack — didn’t just make sure her grandchildren could go zip lining and river rafting in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costaricafamily/" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a>. She geared up, strapped in and went for it herself. If you propose a vacation that sets your family free to set their own paces, you get some serious street cred, even if you decide to hit the spa while they take a roller coaster ride on the rapids. <br><br><b>8. See the USA (but not in a Chevrolet.)</b><br>The <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/usa/" target="_blank">U.S.</a> — and <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canada-tours/" target="_blank">Canada</a> for that matter — offers great options for vacations that can fit neatly in a week. If any of you have driven together to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/national-park-tours/" target="_blank">national parks</a>, you know that the old traditional quick in-and-out visits are not going to cut it now. And yet parks like <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/glaciernationalparkfamily/" target="_blank">Glacier </a>and the trio of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/grandcanyonfamily/" target="_blank">Bryce, Grand Canyon, and Zion</a> are great venues for family travel when you explore with<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/local-tour-guides/" target="_blank"> local guides</a> who get you past the crowds and into the real fun. (Dune surfing, anyone?)<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/glaciernationalparkfamily/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SFj&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BcO" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>9. Luxuriate in your time together.</b><br>“Back in ancient times — the 20th Century — we took some fairly economical vacations,” admits Debbie H. “We still could, but we’re all kind of over it.” That’s why she proposed their recent trip to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnamfamily/" target="_blank">Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia</a>. “We have more affection for <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/hotels/" target="_blank">luxury hotels</a> than we used to, and nobody seems to complain about that!” The luxury hotels and inns on our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/family/" target="_blank">family trips</a> guarantee plenty of comforts.<br><br><b>10. Be smart and safe, but not boring.</b><br>Feeling safe and carefree is important, but don’t let caution cause you to settle for an overly timid trip. All of the destinations where Classic Journeys has handcrafted <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/family/" target="_blank">family trips</a> are places where you can all cut loose, have a super fun time, and feel perfectly secure in the process. Our super-well-connected<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/local-tour-guides/" target="_blank"> local guides</a> know their regions inside out, and they know all of the where’s, how’s, do’s and don’ts you’ll ever need to have a smart and utterly unforgettable vacation together.

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  • Women by Taj Mahal, India

    Top 12 Things To Do in India

    <p>Watching the sun&#39;s first rays tint the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank">Taj Mahal</a> saffron and coral? Or walking with a goatherd on a quiet country lane. As we look back on India, we never can decide which was more memorable. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank">India </a>is fantastical—and we visit sumptuous palaces and temples for the photogenic proof. India is intensely human too, but visitors who only see the raucous cities miss the point. So we arrange one-of-a-kind countryside walks that introduce you to villagers and rural life... as well as descendants of royal families, sari–and turban–tying experts, and eminent naturalists. India is a rush of mind-bending contradictions. (Think: swaying on camelback in Pushkar.) Most of all, our beloved India is epic. And that&#39;s where Classic Journeys comes in with a thoughtful, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank">well-edited itinerary</a> that handles the complex logistics and frees you to absorb an amazingly broad wealth of experiences.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026Scx&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DBo" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank"><b>#1 Celebrate Holi</b></a><br>The Holi Festival is an ancient Hindu festival known as the festival of colors. It celebrates love and the beginning of spring!<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026Scx&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DBA" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank">#2 Explore Delhi</a></b><br>Wander through <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank">New Delhi</a> on a heritage walk past the Jamali Kamili Mosque, medieval palaces, and Bazaars. Later board a rickshaw to explore <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank">Old Delhi</a>!<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026Scx&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DAm" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank"><b>#3 Visit Agra Fort</b></a><br>Meet artisans who carve marble and inlay it with intricate designs using semiprecious stones. Then from the historical <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank">Agra Fort</a> enjoy spectacular views of the Taj at sunset.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026Scx&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DB0" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank"><b>#4 Wander the Taj Mahal</b></a><br>The awe you&#39;ll feel at the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank">Taj Mahal</a> is one of those moments you will never forget. <br><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026Scx&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DBZ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank"><b>#5 Walk through Jaipur</b></a><br>Marvel at the sights of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank">Amber Fort</a> and enjoy a beautiful walk through the old city of Jaipur past the Palace of Winds and the bustling market stalls. <br><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026Scx&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DBF" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank"><b>#6 Ride camels from the Brahma Temple</b></a><br>The Brahma Temple dates back to the 14th century and is one of the city&#39;s most important landmarks. Mount camels for a ride out to the perfect spot just in time for sunset.<br><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026Scx&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DBK" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank"><b>#7 Watch the Pushkar Sunrise </b></a><br>Take a morning walk up Ratnagiri hill to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank">Savitri Temple</a> in time for sunrise. The view from the top is a panoramic 360-degree view of the city, the lake, and the surrounding desert.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026Scx&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DBe" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank"><b>#8 Stay in Deogarh</b></a><br>The city&#39;s main landmark is <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank">Deogarh Mahal.</a> It&#39;s a 17th-century palace with domes and turrets that overlord the landscape... and it just happens to be our hotel.<br><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026Scx&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DBj" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank"><b>#9 Get Lost in Udaipur</b></a><br>Udaipur is a glorious maze of winding lanes lined with tiny shops. Take our walking tour past <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank">Rajasthan&#39;s </a>most ornate mahals.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026Scx&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DAv" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank"><b>#10 Visit with the children at a local NGO</b></a><br>We&#39; pay a visit to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank">Apna Jatan</a>, a great example of how local NGO&#39;s meet the social needs of India. It&#39;s a non-formal education center that caters to school-age children who don&#39;t attend regular school.<br><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/darjeeling-extension/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026Scx&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DAq" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/darjeeling-extension/" target="_blank"><b>#11 Darjeeling (Himalayas)</b></a><br>Enjoy incredible views along the edge of the Himalayas.  Ride on the &quot;toy train&quot; and enjoy a tea tasting, then walk across the Manjitar Suspension Bridge.<br><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india-ranthambore-tour-extension/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026Scx&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DAl" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india-ranthambore-tour-extension/" target="_blank"><b>#12 Ranthambore National Park</b></a><br>While staying at a hotel/hunting lodge, venture out on a safari into <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india-ranthambore-tour-extension/" target="_blank">Ranthambore National Park</a>, the world&#39;s best-known tiger preserve. Other animals in the reserve include leopards, hyenas, jackals, marsh crocodiles, wild boar, bears, and several species of deer.<br><br><br><br>If you&#39;d like to do all these activities, plus so much more, join a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys Culture &amp; Walking trip to India</a>. You&#39;ll have the trip of a lifetime!</p>

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  • View of Cape Point in South Africa

    South Africa Safari... and Far, Far More

    As you may have heard, penguins are nowhere on or even near the list of the Big Five animals that make up the Holy Grail of an <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/south-africa-tours/" target="_blank">African safari</a>. Elephants, rhinos and Cape buffalo would trample them. Any lion or leopard would see a beach full of black-and-white appetizers. But if you’re ready to make your bucket-list safari happen, it’s worth remembering that there’s much more to Africa than the alpha animals of the veldt. Travelers who invest all of their time in the deep wilds only scratch the surface of what the continent has to offer.<br><br>The country of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/south-africa-tours/" target="_blank">South Africa</a> is the perfect place to realize your Big Five safari fantasies and to counter-balance them with sightings that are just as amazing: Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope, vineyard trails that lead to world-class wine tastings, the teeming townships that have risen in the wake of apartheid and—yes—penguins. You can have it all on this new <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/south-africa-tours/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys</a> trip without committing to the weeks of travel time that many safaris entail.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/south-africa-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SeP&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DKv" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Of course, the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/south-africa-tours/" target="_blank">safari days</a> are just what you hoped they would be. You’ll be in the Phinda Private Game Preserve, native habitat for lions, leopards, elephants, Cape buffalo and rhinos... as well as other species such as cheetahs. What’s unique about Phinda is how the Indian Ocean has influenced the climate, creating seven distinct ecosystems in closer proximity than almost anywhere else. The animals you came to see live naturally within easy range. From <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/south-africa-tours/" target="_blank">your luxury lodge</a> within the preserve—complete with spectacular chalets, swimming pools and fine cuisine—you go for drives and walks with the highest chance of success that you’ll witness the animal behavior and get the photos you hoped for. (The big regret of many safari veterans is the endless hours they spent in Land Rovers without ever spotting a leopard.)<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/south-africa-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SeP&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DL5" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>The <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/south-africa-tours/" target="_blank">safari </a>is the climax of this carefully curated trip, but it’s hardly the only high point. You start in Cape Town, rightly known as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, as you’ll see for yourself on the cable car ride to the top of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/south-africa-tours/" target="_blank">Table Mountain</a>. Some of the most important chapters in the history of apartheid were written here. You’ll visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for nearly 20 years. Your expert local guide will be candid about the social impacts of the policy and take you for a revealing visit to Langa, the oldest of the cultural townships erected after apartheid. In the spirit of ubuntu—humanity towards others—you’ll deliver soup ingredients to the kitchen of a small school and meet the children.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/south-africa-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SeP&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012DL0" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>One of the most momentous geographic spots on earth is the Cape of Good Hope where 15th-century Portuguese navigators first reached the turning point around <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/south-africa-tours/" target="_blank">Africa’s southern tip</a>. You’ll see it from high above from a walking trail at Cape Point. Nearby on Boulder Beach, you’ll come face-to-face with the flock of African penguins that nest there. You’ll also settle into Stellenbosch, the town at the heart of the Cape Winelands. World-class vineyards sweep across scenic hills in an endless patchwork. You’ll take a lovely walk on a wine estate in the Franschhoek Valley and enjoy tastings in boutique wineries. How perfect is it that one of the wine trails just happens to intersect with an artisanal bakery, a wine bar and a sweet shop full of traditional Cape desserts?<br><br>From your first glimpse of Cape Town to the ultimate thrill of spotting a leopard draped across the limb of a tree, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/south-africa-tours/" target="_blank">South Africa</a> will exceed your expectations. By all means, go for the Big Five... but plan on returning home with a thousand other great memories.

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