Discover North, South, and Central America and the Caribbean

Touring through the Caribbean and the Americas means experiencing the vast differences in culture, lifestyle, and natural wonders of each country. The Caribbean is very deserving of its reputation for a laid-back, relaxed lifestyle, though each island from Aruba and Antigua to St. Martin and Puerto Rico is distinguished by its own language and culture bestowed on it from Spain, The Netherlands, Britain, France, or Africa. The countries that make up Central America, which links North and South America, have colorful histories and stunning landscapes. Explore the ruins left by the Aztec, Maya, and Olmec peoples, or luxuriate in the natural splendor of Costa Rica.

The historic Panama Canal is fascinating for its impressive effect on world commerce. budapest-3191834__340.jpg Traveling through North and South America will take you through spectacular natural beauty as well as significant man-made attractions. A stop in Canada will give you the opportunity to visit an 11th century Viking colony called L’Anse aux Meadows or wander through the picturesque streets of Quebec City. A cruise along the west coast of the United States will take you to Alaska, where you can see for yourself the dazzling natural beauty of its glaciers, or sail along the east coast to visit the cosmopolitan cities.

Yet there’s even more. Head to Brazil and the lively beach city of Rio de Janeiro or visit the rainforests of the Amazon River. Visit South America’s west coast to stop in Chile, with its jagged massifs and beautiful fjords as well as the vibrant, colorful hillside neighborhoods of Valparaiso. See a fun live Tango show in the vibrant city of Buenos Aires.

Farther south, discover the icy natural wonder of Antarctica.

So Many Things to See and Experience in Asia

Renowned for its sophisticated cosmopolitan standard of living, Hong Kong is an international trade, style, and culinary hub for Asia. Don’t miss Phuket, the largest of Thailand’s islands and one known for its gorgeous landscapes and cultural attractions. With its centuries-old cultural icons, including a vibrant Jewish community with 7 synagogues that dates back to the 12th century, and St. Francis Church built by the Portuguese in 1503, Cochin (or Kochi) in the Indian state of Kerala has earned the name “Queen of the Arabian Sea”.

UNESCO World Heritage City Petra, also known as “Rose City”, was carved out of eye-catching pink stone and is worth a trip when you are in Jordan. To experience the world and all it has to offer, there is no better way than traveling in the style and elegance a luxury cruise offers.

The Extraordinary Diversity Encountered on the Continent of Africa.

A cruise along the coastlines of the African continent will allow you to retrace the path of early Dutch, British, German, and Portuguese explorers. By stopping in diverse nations from Madagascar to Mozambique and Senegal to Mauritius, you will witness the longstanding influence of colonialism as well as tribal traditions that are still around today. South Africa boasts spectacular mountainous terrain, while at the other end of the spectrum, the desert landscape of Namibia will leave you speechless. Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, is a great destination for food enthusiasts, as it is the heart of saffron country and holds the moniker “Spice Island”.

International Escapes That Are Not Too Far

Think that a three-day weekend isn’t sufficient time to have an international getaway? Not true. There are many foreign destinations that are perfectly doable over a long weekend.

Below is a selection of fabulous places great for a thrilling weekend adventure. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

French-inspired old-world elegance is coupled with all the conveniences of a big city in the lovely Montreal, Canada. You can stroll the charming cobblestone streets of Vieux Montreal, popping into the quaint boutiques and stopping for a bite to eat in the inviting eateries. If you enjoy being outside, Mount Royal Park offers hiking areas, bike rides, and lovely spots ideal for a picnic. The park also has snowshoeing, ice skating and much more every winter season.

Bermuda Bermuda is a British territory in the mid-Atlantic popular with US visitors due to the short two-hour flight from numerous east coast cities, its beautiful beaches of distinctive pink sand, and its warm weather year-round. You don’t have to like beaches to adore Bermuda; history buffs will be fascinated by the old military forts complete with cannon installations, classic colonial buildings, and enchanting cobblestone streets. If you want a little heart-pounding excitement, rent a jet ski and head over to the notorious Bermuda Triangle.

Baja California Sur, Mexico The magnificent beaches of Baja California Sur, Mexico are an uncomplicated weekend getaway for surfers and anyone who just wants to lie in the sun and the sand.

Anyone looking for some exciting night life should try Cabo San Lucas at the southern tip of Baja California, with its fun bars and clubs, top-notch restaurant scene, and fantastic high-quality resorts.

It’s also the perfect vacation for those who want to enjoy the water, and perhaps a little romance, with Lover’s Beach offering some amazing caves, rock formations, and strikingly clear azure waters. Costa Rica Spectacular Costa Rica is a hop, skip, and a jump away from many U.S. cities and is a fantastic weekend getaway.

With 800 miles of fabulous shoreline, it offers fun in the sun, awesome beaches, relaxation or adventure, and so much more. The area around the famous Arenal Volcano is a mecca for adventurous weekenders, with activities including hiking the verdant jungles and rainforests, zip-lining, climbing magnificent waterfalls, seeing exotic monkeys and sloths in their natural environment, and finally soaking in a relaxing hot spring fed by the volcano. Cartagena, Columbia

Cartagena is on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, and boasts beautiful beaches with white powdery sand, enticing crystal clear blue water, and famous coral reefs for you to explore. The lovely old walled city takes you back in time to the Spanish colonial era with its typical architecture and fascinating 500-year-old fortress built of coral. ship-1578528__340.jpg Toronto

Toronto, the largest-sized city in Canada, is a contemporary, cosmopolitan center terrific for city lovers. More than 50% of its occupants were not born there, making it a very mixed city in terms of people and ethnic heritage. Be sure to arrange a stop in each ethnic neighborhood -- Chinatown, Koreatown, Greektown, and Little Italy -- to really grasp what Toronto is all about. While some destinations are all about kicking back with an exotic drink and just taking in the views, others offer a wealth of thrilling active pursuits along with the chance to relax and unwind.

These spots can make for an especially unforgettable vacation filled with love, adventure, or whatever your heart desires.

The 10 Very Best Castle Tours

The castles dispersed around Europe each have distinctive features.

These spectacular buildings have outlasted battles, fires, decades and continue to stand. From the rugged cliffs of Scotland to the Islands in Greece, every single castle symbolizes a spectacular time in history, and may possibly still have some ghostly residents.

Though all were created from brick and stone, they each represent history differently and continue to fascinate to this day. Travel through time to these intimate structures where kings and queens once resided and feel like aristocracy, even if just for one day. No travel schedule should be without these castles. canal-839282__340.jpg 1.Mont Saint-Michel

Built on a pinnacle near Normandy, France, Mont Saint Michel is regarded as a historical architectural marvel.

2.Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle, positioned on Castle Rock, is a regal fortress that reigns over the capital of Edinburgh.

Throughout time, Edinburgh Castle has risen above sieges, invasions, government power struggles and killings. 3. Neuschwanstein Castle

The popular Neuschwanstein Castle, the 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace, stands over the town of Hohenschwangau in the south western region of Bavaria, Germany, Built for King Ludwig II, it was built as a getaway for opera composer of Richard Wagner and paid for via personal funds and loans.

4.Glamis Castle Glamis Castle sits near the district of Glamis in Angus, Scotland.

The fortress belongs to the Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and is open to public visitation. It is also popular for being the most haunted castle in all of Scotland.

5. Windsor Castle Windsor Castle is the official home of the royal British family in Berkshire, and is adorned with a statue of Queen Victoria and tourists from all over the world visiting each day.

At 900 years old, Britain's Windsor Castle is at present the largest occupied castle in the world as well as the oldest regal house in the world. 6.Château de Chambord The castle of Chambord in France is the greatest of the Loire chateaus.

It was designed during the years of 1519 and 1547 on the fringes of the river Cosson, a tributary river of the Beuvron which flows directly into the Loire. It was named a World Heritage location by UNESCO in 1981. 7. Hampton Court Palace Hampton Court Palace, in Herefordshsire, England, was made popular by Henry VIII in the sixteenth century, as it was one of his principle properties.

These days, people can appreciate the picturesque gardens and bask in the sunshine. 8. Prague Castle

Prague Castle In the beginning was used as a political and spiritual place for a country desperately pressing for change. 9.St. Michael's Mount

St. Michaels Mount, situated in Cornwall, England, is a palatial home acquired by the National Trust. It can only be visited during low tide via the causeway. 10. Leeds Castle Leeds Castle in Kent, England was constructed in the sixteenth century for the first wife of Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon.

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