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    5 Best Overseas Adventures: Asia & Oceania

    Looking for your next overseas adventure travel destination? <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/asiapacific/" target="_blank">Asia</a> and <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/asiapacific/" target="_blank">Oceania </a>have some must-see locations, and we&#39;ve rounded up our top five! No matter where you choose—whether it be the bamboo forests of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/japan-tours/" target="_blank">Japan</a>, the iconic Taj Mahal in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank">India</a>, or <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/new-zealand-tours/" target="_blank">New Zealand&#39;s</a> cinematic beauty—you&#39;re guaranteed to have a trip of a lifetime with Classic Journeys.<br><br><b>TOP 5 TRIPS IN ASIA &amp; OCEANIA:</b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/japan-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Japan" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehpy&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r3w" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/japan-tours/" target="_blank"><b>JAPAN</b></a><br>A revealing look at Japan&#39;s history and modern culture. Explore <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/japan-tours/" target="_blank">Tokyo </a>and learn to make sushi. Take in the beauty of Hakone with views of Mt. Fuji. Visit Kyoto&#39;s temples, partake in the tea ceremony, and experience the art of the geishas at an elegant dinner. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/thailand/" target="_blank"><img alt="Thailand" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehpy&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r41" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/thailand/" target="_blank"><b>THAILAND</b></a><br>Stepping far beyond the temple-spired capital, we&#39;ll visit an elephant camp in the foothills of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/thailand/" target="_blank">Chiang Dao</a>, and walk from rice-paddy paths to remote villages where we receive the blessing of saffron-robed Buddhist monks at an early morning alms-giving... glide over rivers in long-tail boats... and are welcomed into one of the country&#39;s finest kitchens. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Vietnam" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehpy&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r4B" style="height: 354px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"><b>VIETNAM</b></a><br>Between <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank">Saigon </a>and <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank">Hanoi</a>, spend a night on a junk in Halong Bay and bike amid Mekong rice paddies. In <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank">Laos</a>, care for elephants at an elephant sanctuary. Explore Cambodia&#39;s splendid<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"> Angkor Wat</a>. And luxuriate at some of Asia&#39;s finest hotels. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank"><img alt="India" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehpy&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r4G" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank"><b>INDIA</b></a><br>An epic journey! Delhi. The <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank">Taj Maha</a><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/india/" target="_blank">l</a> at dawn. 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. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/new-zealand-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="New Zealand" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ehpy&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015r4L" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/new-zealand-tours/" target="_blank"><b>NEW ZEALAND</b></a><br>Awesome variety from <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/new-zealand-tours/" target="_blank">Auckland </a>to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/new-zealand-tours/" target="_blank">Queenstown</a>! Sail on an America&#39;s Cup yacht and sip wine on lush Waiheke island. Visit a working sheep farm and go jet-boating. All capped by a glacier walk and cruise in the fjords of Doubtful Sound. 

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    Top 10 Trips for Solo Travel in 2019

    <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/solo/" target="_blank">Solo travel</a> is more popular than ever. In fact, nearly 20 percent of guests who join a Classic Journeys’ tour is solo! Now, if you’re thinking “singles travel” means adventuring all by your lonesome, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. At Classic Journeys, we prefer to think of travel for singles as a way for people to experience a place and culture with like-minded explorers on a small group tour. So, although you may be traveling solo… you’re never alone. With this in mind, we rounded up our 10 most popular trips for solo travelers to help you choose the perfect destination in 2019:<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><img alt="Turtle in Galapagos" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rFY" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><b>1. </b></a><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">GALAPAGOS ISLANDS</a></b><br>Your travel companions on this trip include <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a> penguins that dart under your sea kayak, A pod of sea turtles performing their graceful ballet around you. Baby sea lions paddling up for a better look. And the giant land tortoises? They’re close enough to touch. If you go wild for wildlife, you’ve found it. AFAR magazine named our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a> trips “Best Wildlife Encounter”… in the world.<br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">LEARN MORE</a></b><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><img alt="Woman overlooking view of water in Portugal" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rEk" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><b>2. PORTUGAL</b></a><br>Besides being one of 2018’s hottest destinations, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank">Portugal</a> also has more hours of sunshine a year than any other European country. Soak in the rays while you and your small group come face to face with the Portuguese people and get a true feel for the unique tempo and personality of this kingdom by the sea.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="View of Machu Picchu" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rFd" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank"><b>3. PERU &amp; MACHU PICCHU</b></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank">Machu Picchu </a>retains the ability to startle and inspire you no matter how many years you’ve thought about visiting. You will get the shivers the first time you see it. And our guide is a native Quechua who’ll make you as comfortable in Cusco as you’ll be among mountain villagers and llama herders.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><img alt="Traveler trekking in Torres del Paine" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rEu" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile/" target="_blank"><b>4. CHILE</b></a><br>Most travelers want to experience <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile/" target="_blank">Patagonia</a> because it’s super remote and not everybody is going there. Just how remote is the pleasant shock. When our local guide Andres leads you off on a walk in Torres del Paine National Park, he doesn’t follow the kind of trail you find in other places… but you will get the best views in Chile.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br> <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><img alt="Siem Reap - Angkor Wat Temple" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rFi" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"><b>5. VIETNAM, LAOS &amp; CAMBODIA</b></a><br>This trip is truly <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank">Indochina’s</a> greatest hits! Though Angkor Wat is a spectacular finale to a 10-day journey that includes Laos and Vietnam, all along the way you’ll have plenty of show-stopping moments that reveal just how different these cultures are.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br> <br><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Positano, Italy" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rF9" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></span><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><b>6. AMALFI COAST</b></a><br>Situated on the &quot;ankle&quot; of the Italian boot, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi</a> has a balmy climate. Orange trees line village streets. Breezy seaside footpaths around Ravello and Positano encourage a nice slow pace perfect for absorbing the atmosphere. We also settle in for two mellow days on the glorious island of Capri—one of our favorite places in Italy.=<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br> <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><img alt="Woman looking at colorful plates in Morocco" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rFE" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><b>7. MOROCCO</b></a> <br>You’ll take in the vivid, noisy markets as you travel through <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Morocco&#39;s</a> warm hospitable culture. You may also be surprised to know that the climate is moderate; this is the coolest and most welcoming of the African nations.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><img alt="Puffins in Iceland" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rFJ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><b>8. ICELAND</b></a><br>There’s nowhere quite like it. We love traveling to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Iceland</a> because it’s still a land of chaotic, supremely beautiful nature. Whether you’re marveling at an endless colony of cartoonish puffins or watching the clouds turn shades of sherbet at sunset, you’ll experience this place with remarkable intensity.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/southernspain/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><img alt="Alhambra in Spain" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rFO" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/southernspain/" target="_blank"><b>9. SPAIN: SEVILLE, GRANADA &amp; CORDOBA</b></a><br>You’ll stay in fantastic accommodations and at one of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/southernspain/" target="_blank">Spain&#39;s</a> finest 5-star hotels. And the walks—in both city and country, through mosques and Spanish palaces—are gentle revelations every step of the way. Our local guides are exceptionally well-connected, so you get introductions to families that own the olive groves and even Alhambra&#39;s resident wood inlay expert.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/southernspain/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br> <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague-tours/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><img alt="Cesky Crumlov in Prague" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rFT" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague-tours/" target="_blank"><b>10. PRAGUE TO BUDAPEST</b></a><br>If you’ve ever wondered how it would be to time-travel, this compact visit to the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague-tours/" target="_blank">Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary</a> is for you. In Prague, Vienna and Budapest, you’ll enjoy expertly guided walking tours that explore these one-time capitals of the Habsburg Empire whose spires and castles create the continent’s most inspiring skylines.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE </b></a><br> 

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    5 Reasons to Love Vietnam

    <h5>“THEY SAY WHATEVER YOU’RE LOOKING FOR, YOU WILL FIND HERE. THEY SAY YOU COME TO VIETNAM AND YOU UNDERSTAND A LOT IN A FEW MINUTES, BUT THE REST HAS GOT TO BE LIVED.” – GRAHAM GREENE</h5> REASON 1- IT HAS A MUCH RICHER HISTORY THAN JUST THE VIETNAM WAR <h3><img alt="Vietnam temple" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lH&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002loX" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></h3> <p>American author Graham Greene hit the nail on the head when writing about Vietnam. Laden with a rich, complicated history, it’s a fascinating country that remains a mystery as travel there only picked up pace in the last decade or so. Prior to Vietnam’s independence 40 years ago, the nation endured war, American and Japanese occupations, as well as long French and Chinese colonial rule, all of which helped shape the culture that remains today. What remains to be discovered is <a href="https://goo.gl/u3QRnz" target="_blank">Vietnam’s artistic side,</a> manifested in its food-obsessed way of life, its classic Chinese and French colonial architecture, a burgeoning art scene that’s taking Asia by storm, and its incredible natural beauty. <br><br>REASON 2- YOU WILL HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF IF YOU ARE IN FRANCE<br><img alt="Hotel pool in Vietnam" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lH&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002loc" style="height: 217px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p>Walking around <a href="https://goo.gl/u3QRnz" target="_blank">Hanoi’s colorful French Quarter</a>, you’d be hard pressed to tell whether you are in Paris or Southeast Asia with all of the tree-lined wide boulevards and sidewalk cafes near The Sofitel Hotel Metropole, our home for our stay in Hanoi. The Metropole was, aside from being the hub of French society in Colonial Indochina, the unofficial headquarters for press during the Vietnam War. It continues to host dignitaries and politicians from around the world as it remains one of the globe’s most luxurious hotels.<br><br>REASON 3- YOU WILL EAT MORE THAN JUST RICE<br><img alt="Locals on a boat with food" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lH&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002lom" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>A love of food is something Vietnamese people take very seriously, and you’ll have no shortage of opportunities to try the country’s famed cuisine. Vietnamese cuisine is hard to categorize, but best summed up as distinctly Southeast Asian with Chinese and French flair. Because of this, don’t be surprised if you <a href="https://goo.gl/u3QRnz" target="_blank">fall in love with Vietnam through your stomach,</a> which is only fitting as much of Vietnamese socializing and family life centers around eating. On tour, we walk through Hanoi’s Old Quarter where you’ll be enveloped in the smell of cilantro – and chilies, lemongrass and citrus – wafting through the air. <br><br>REASON 4- IT’S NOT ALL BUSY CITIES AND BUSTLING MARKETS<br><br><img alt="Halong Bay" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lH&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002low" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>Everything you do in Vietnam – whether eating, strolling or taking in the sights – will be done in the backdrop of some truly cinematic locations. Hoi An’s colonial port is dotted with rainbow-colored paper lamps and is picture perfect – fitting as it appeared in the movie adaptation of Greene’s famous book, The Quiet American. <a href="https://goo.gl/u3QRnz" target="_blank">HaLong Bay is legendarily scenic</a>, an emerald-hued bay dotted with Chinese junk boats and dramatic limestone islands covered with lush vegetation. Vietnam’s countryside is connected by dirt roads, bamboo forests, rice paddies and picturesque villages that weave in and out of the country’s many rivers, and not the other way around. Ornate, ancient pagodas and temples are found throughout the country, allowing visitors to get in touch with their more serene side.<br><br>REASON 5- IT BOASTS A CREDIBLE ART SCENE</p> <p><img alt="local woman weaving" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lH&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002lp1" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></p> <p>While in Hanoi, stop in the nearby <a href="https://goo.gl/u3QRnz" target="_blank">Art Vietnam gallery,</a> which has been lauded by the New York Times as the spot to check out the best of what Vietnam’s artists have to offer. The coastal town of Hoi An boasts a vibrant gallery district, located in the picturesque colonial port. You can also visit the town’s plethora of craft artisans, whose workshops dot Hoi An’s port and surrounding countryside.<br>Clearly, there is a lot to experience in this storied country, with its intoxicating sights, sounds, smells and tastes. <a href="https://goo.gl/u3QRnz" target="_blank">Classic Journeys’ guides</a> will take you from Vietnam’s colonial history, through the war and up to present day, where you can experience its organic culture, stunning natural landscapes, varied urban and rural lifestyles, and incredible food.<br><br><a href="https://goo.gl/u3QRnz" target="_blank">READY TO PLAN YOUR ASIA VACATION? CLICK HERE OR CALL US AT 800-200-3887 </a></p>

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