Travel Guide for Europe

Cruise the Mediterranean Sea

It is commonly believed that modern civilization began along the shores of Southern Europe – from the start of science and democracy to viticulture and art. Mediterranean re-creation The thousands of years of history of the "Old Country" are discernible along its many coastlines. Whether you lay in the sun on the beaches of Spain and Italy, study the historical sights of Greece and Jerusalem, or enjoy the wonder of Santorini and the Greek Islands, the memories you make there will last a lifetime.

Step back in time with a visit to Rome and its reknown Pantheon and Colosseum as well as Vatican City and St. Peter’s Basilica, one of Christianity’s holiest destinations. Design fans will like Barcelona and Antoni Gaudi’s awe-inspiring architecture. Wine lovers will want to take time in the world class wine regions of Chianti in Italy, Port in Portugal, and Provence in France. In Croatia, you can visit the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik, selected as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.

Africa: A Continent of Striking Diversity

Follow in the footsteps of early colonizers from Germany, Britain, Portugal, and The Netherlands when you choose a cruise to Africa. By stopping in diverse nations from Madagascar to Mozambique and Senegal to Mauritius, you will see the significant influence of colonialism as well as tribal traditions that are still around today. From South Africa’s verdant mountains to the desert land of Namibia, there is something for everyone.

Chefs and foodies alike will want to stop on the beautiful tropical archipelago of Zanzibar, also known as “Spice Island” because of its abundance of valuable spices including cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

The Best Tour for You

Trek Peru's Inca Trail... horseback ride in Alaska... climb the highest peak in Southeast Asia... surf the waters in Costa Rica... motorcycle through Patagonia… or run with the bulls in Pamplona. Some more adventure tours out there include an Air Combat experience, along the lines of Top Gun, in San Diego, or a fast Ferrari drive along the windy coast of the French Riviera. If any of these adrenaline-charged escapades speak to the adventurer in you, make sure they are part of your next getaway.

Visiting the World’s National Parks
You will be witness to some of the most stunning landscapes on earth at national parks found across the world.

Here you’ll see some of the world’s most renowned national parks.

The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands is the earliest national park in Ecuador and one of the most frequented UNESCO World heritage sites. The giant tortoises and small penguins that wander the islands are an awesome sight to see.

Machu Picchu

One of the world’s most important archaeological sites is the breathtaking Incan fort of Machu Picchu set high in the Andean Mountains.

It shows what the Incan Empire was capable of achieving at its peak of power.

Yellowstone

In 1903 when President Theodore Roosevelt initially encountered the amazing geology and flora of Yellowstone, he proclaimed the site as “absolutely unique in the world”.

Stating that natural beauty was a shared public asset, he championed the idea of national parks to benefit all generations to follow.

Serengeti National Park
The famous Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and Kruger National Park in South Africa are brimming with all kinds of animal species and a wide array of fauna.

Go there with an open mind and a sharp ear to appreciate special landscapes and the sounds of predators looking for their next repast.

The Great Barrier Reef

A absolute must on anyone’s bucket list ought to include the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park located off the northeastern coast of Australia, home to the world’s largest coral reef system.

Fiordland National Park

Norway’s stunning fjords don’t compare with those seen in nearby Fiordland National Park in New Zealand.

Special Interest Tours Galore
Sea art Specialty tours are starting to be increasingly popular. Imagine any hobby or special interest and you'll invariably come across one that's just right for you.

For all the Wine Lovers

Your level of knowledge in wines is insignificant because wine country is always wide open to anyone with a taste for it. A wine tasting tour is designed for those who hope to know the complexities that go into creating a fine wine.

Napa Valley, the Stellenbosch Wine Route in South Africa, or the wine-making territories in France like Bordeaux or Champagne are just a few of the best wine-tasting destinations around.

For the Lover of Food
Satisfy your urges on a foodie tour.

There are any number of reasons for a gourmand to take a culinary tour including getting a sample of local ingredients and artisan products as well as understanding how the history and culture of the region impacted the evolution of local cuisine. On some of the very top end tours, you may even meet a star chef or get classes from a Michelin-starred expert.

For All the Yoga Lovers

One of the trendiest travel options today entail yoga tours.

enthusiasts of this ancient practice use special breathing techniques and meditation to bring mind and body into harmony thereby achieving a sense of peace. A stylish and tantalizing setting add that additional touch to make a yoga tour a relaxing and enlightening experience.

For All the Nature Lovers Out There
There is great appeal in visiting virgin terrains, however, the key aim of eco-tours is to leave marginal human traces on delicate, pure, and relatively undisturbed natural areas.

Visiting protected natural areas is just one component of eco-tourism, the other is to present nature-lovers with an understanding of how essential it is to safeguard the natural resources we have Some of the other aspects revealed on this kind of tour involve informing visitors on the necessity to conserve natural habitats and how to better the welfare of the local people.

Women Only!
Women only getaways are also skyrocketing in popularity. Women only tours are specifically designed for female tourists of all ages who want a safe and pleasurable travel experience.

Being on a women’s only tour where you can get together with other like-minded travelers makes any vacation more delightful and interesting.

For the Spiritual Seeker
You’re looking for an experience where you can reconnect with your spiritual self and find out more about the origin of your faith.

Mediterranean re-creation On faith- based tours you’ll be backed by people who are on the same path to connect with their spiritual self and recommit to their faith.

Whatever sort of tour speaks to you, there is no doubting that you’ll have lots to keep you busy.

International Escapes Just Around the Corner

You might think a 3-day weekend is too brief to travel internationally. Not the case.

Actually, lots of international destinations are close enough to be a feasible three-day weekend trip. Following is a list of destinations awesome for an unforgettable long weekend.

Montreal, Quebec
Old-world elegance is front and center in this second biggest Canadian city after Toronto.

In the Vieux Montreal area, tourists can walk through cobblestone streets lined with boutiques and eateries.

Outdoor lovers will have lots to do in the lovely Mount Royal Park, from vigorous hikes to leisurely bike rides or restful picnics. Winter sports are also readily available in the park, including snowshoeing, ice skating, or other wonderful activities.

Bermuda

If you are a beach and sun person, Bermuda is perfect, with its pink sand beaches, warm weather, and ideal location just a short two-hour flight from many airports on the east coast. Along with the dazzling stretches of sand, you can also explore its rich maritime history, much of which can be observed among the well-preserved colonial architecture and cobblestone alleys of St. George as well as the old cannon-laden forts.

Courageous adventurers could rent a jet ski and ride into the notorious Bermuda Triangle.

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

At the southern tip of Baja California is Cabo San Lucas, known for its exotic resorts, upscale dining, and cool bars and nightclubs. It’s also the perfect escape for those who want to enjoy the water, and perhaps a little romance, with Lover’s Beach featuring some amazing caves, rock formations, and strikingly clear azure waters.

Costa Rica

In Central America, Costa Rica is quite easy to get to from many U.S. airports and is famous for its gorgeous tropical rain forest and jungles. With 800 miles of fabulous coast, it offers fun in the sun, gorgeous beaches, relaxation or adventure, and so much more.

The area surrounding the famous Arenal Volcano is a mecca for adventurous weekenders, with activities including hiking the lush jungles and rain forests, zip-lining, climbing breathtaking waterfalls, seeing exotic monkeys and sloths in their natural environment, and finally soaking in a soothing hot spring fed by the volcano.

Cartagena, Columbia
Cruise graphic Like other places on the Caribbean Sea, lovely Cartagena has long stretches of beach with white powdery sand, warm water that is a dazzling shade of blue, and beautiful coral reefs. Be sure to wander around the old walled part of the city with its pastel-colored buildings left from the Spanish colonizers and 500-year-old coral wall still there today.

Toronto

Toronto is as sophisticated a city as they come. Diversity is one of its founding ideals; over half of the folks who call it home today were actually born somewhere else. Be sure to schedule a stop in each ethnic neighborhood -- Chinatown, Koreatown, Greektown, and Little Italy -- to genuinely comprehend what Toronto is all about.

Whether you are looking for extreme adventure, lounging on the beach with a cool drink, or something in between, there is an international weekend getaway right for you. Anything you want – love, adventure, culinary wonders, history – can be yours.

Experience North, South, and Central America and the Caribbean

The Americas and the Caribbean are comprised of many different countries, each with its own unique culture, lifestyle, and breathtaking vistas. Indulge in the laid-back lifestyle of all Caribbean islands, while noting the array of languages and cultures that speak to the early inhabitants of each island from faraway lands including Spain, France, Britain, The Netherlands, and Africa. The countries that make up Central America, which links North and South America, have very interesting histories and beautiful landscapes.

From the remains of early civilizations including the Aztec, Maya, and Olmec to the dense jungles of Costa Rica, there is something for everyone. View first-hand the tremendous engineering of the Panama Canal. A cruise around North and South America will treat you to a wide assortment of breathtaking landscapes as well as many attractions built by both ancient and modern societies.

In Canada, explore Quebec City and enjoy its French influences, or go back in time to the 11th-century Viking settlement of L’Anse aux Meadows. City lovers will like the east coast of the United States with its modern cities, while nature lovers might prefer the west coast, which will take them to Alaska’s breathtaking glaciers.

Go Further South
Continuing southward, travelers will find jaw-dropping ruins, a wide diversity of cultures and peoples, and world music we all recognize, and may have even danced to.

Brazil offers a wide assortment of experiences, from the vibrant nightlife and gorgeous beaches of Rio de Janeiro to the lush rain forests of the Amazon.

Valparaiso, Chile is worth a stop to see the celebrated colorful homes on the steep hillsides and the breathtaking natural beauty of the country’s massifs and fjords. In Buenos Aires you can learn to dance the Tango, or merely take in a live presentation.

Farther south, explore the icy natural wonder of Antarctica.

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