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WALKING ADVENTURES | FAMILY JOURNEYS | CULINARY TOURS | PRIVATE JOURNEYS

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Named the #1 World’s Best Tour Operator by Travel + Leisure!

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KISSING FROGS The fine, fun art of trip scouting

IBERIA IN 4 COURSES Which region of Spain or Portugal will be most to your taste?

FAMILY VACAY TIPS 5 tricks to pulling off a multi-generational getaway with ease

PLACES for 2017 INDOCHINA, ICELAND, MACHU PICCHU & MORE!


FROM LEG ROWING FISHERMAN TO RICE FARMERS AND ETHNIC TRIBES PEOPLE, YOU’LL EXPERIENCE MORE ASIA WITH CLASSIC JOURNEYS. PAGES 42, 43 & 53.


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NOT A TOURIST Classic Journeys itineraries feature small groups and authentic experiences. With an average of just 10 guests per departure, our groups can slip discreetly into the smallest village where our local guides know everybody — from vintners to tribal chieftains to truffle hunters. Their friends become yours as you travel through the scenic countryside and historic villages, staying in the region’s most distinctive inns and hotels. Visit ClassicJourneys.com or call 800.200.3887 to learn more.


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Top 10 Trips for ‘17 See which destinations are trending, from Indochina to Iceland and points in between.

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Frog Kissing Tales Stories from the road as we go scouting to separate the duds from the delights.

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Flavors of Iberia Why Portugal and our three regions of Spain satisfy different travel tastes.

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Family Travel Tricks Firsthand tips for how to plan a multigenerational vacation for the record books.

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A little bragging about our latest awards and recognition from travel experts.

Our dedicated guides are your key to unlocking an authentic experience.

Extraordinary is normal at the accommodations we pick for every trip.

The ultimate locavore experience is a delicious part of every trip.

AWARD WINNERS

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LIVE LIKE A LOCAL

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A stimulating cultural immersion highlighted by easy walks designed to reveal the region’s personality and history. Your full-time local guide will set a casual tempo that offers plenty of opportunities to absorb the environment, sightsee and relax. You’ll enjoy our exceptional lodgings and relish local cuisine, from picnics to gourmet feasts.

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Fascinating itineraries designed to satisfy the curiosity, energy levels and attention spans of multiple generations. We include activities for the whole family, plus chaperoned kids-only events. This is a wonderful way to enjoy the company of other families, celebrate a family milestone or bond with your children or grandchildren.

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Sensory heaven for food-lovers. These itineraries include casual cooking instructions in local kitchens … plus visits to markets, vineyards, bakers, cheesemakers and the like. All offer non-cooking options for companions who don’t want to spend time in the kitchen, as well as walks and visits to sites of historic and scenic interest.

PRIVATE JOURNEYS

MORE INFORMATION ON PAGE 67 Your vacation, your way. We can customize any Classic Journeys’ itinerary to start on any day you choose … tweak the activities to your interests … and even add extra days and destinations. We’ve created Private Journeys for one to 80 or more guests. And we specialize in planning trips for family groups, friends, professional groups and alumni organizations.

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Create deep connections with customers and colleagues on custom trips.

Find departure dates for our itineraries in 82 regions and 42 countries.

Take advantage of the lowest single supplements around.

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IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, PLANNING A VACATION IS an exercise in what I like to call “surprise management.” From the start, you want to avoid unpleasant uh-ohs — the supposedly quaint inn that’s quite a mess, the road repair project that closes the only route to the one vineyard you really wanted to see. On the other hand, you want to be sure your vacation can absorb the happy, fortuitous surprises like the once-a-year harvest festival or an off-the-cuff invite to a village bocce ball tournament. At Classic Journeys, we made our reputation by managing surprises like nobody else. Our handcrafted trips start with intensive scouting, when we kiss quite a few frogs to reveal some princes (page 24). The parents and grandparents who come to us for Multisport Family Journeys (page 48) thank us for refusing to charge sneaky fees for activities and equipment some other companies do. We also love to help you take advantage of emerging travel trends, like the resurgent popularity of Spain and Portugal (page 34) and our Top 10 Destinations for 2017 on page 8. As you browse these pages, I hope you find some eye-opening travel ideas to get you thinking about your next vacation. Please call us if you have questions or want to make a reservation. We promise to exceed your expectations every step of the way.

Edward Piegza President and Founder P.S. You’ll pay 20 to 40 percent less for a small-group vacation with Classic Journeys than for comparable trips from our competitors. It’s just another way we deliver the kind of nice surprises you want when you travel.

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WHAT DO YOU DO FIRST WHEN TRAVEL + LEISURE CALLS TO TELL YOU THAT you’ve been voted a World’s Best Tour Operator for the 10th year? You’d be right if you say there are high-fives, big smiles and some instant social media action. But right on the heels of that, we went immediately to the scoring results to see how many points the voters awarded us. For 2016, we scored 97.15 out of 100 — our highest numbers to date. The thing is, the Travel + Leisure rankings aren’t just a popularity contest where they count votes. If you’ve ever participated in the process, you may remember that they asked you to rank companies you’ve traveled with on six parameters: value, destinations, guides, five-star lodgings, cuisine and activities. We believe we score so well because we handcraft every Classic Journey with the goal to provide every guest a trip of a lifetime. We know, “handcrafted” is a word you’re more accustomed to associating with Etsy.com or the pale ale at your local brewpub. But it’s exactly the right word to explain our hands-on approach to travel, and it’s why our trips always feel personal and never cookie-cutter.

SAVEUR magazine specializes in writing about authentic cuisine, so it’s a big deal that their expert panel says our Culinary Tours are #1. “The in-depth tours put together by Classic Journeys get to the source with visits to markets, bakers, cheese-makers and home kitchens.” If you love to stir great food experiences into your travels, see our Culinary Tours on page 63.

We are proud as can be that our guests consistently vote Classic Journeys one of the top Tour Operators in the annual Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. That ranks us ahead of many larger companies on criteria including staff and guides, itineraries, activities, accommodations, food and value. We would love to earn your vote, too!

mind when planning a family vacation,” writes National Geographic Traveler in its description of Classic Journeys Cuba For Families, “but this itinerary packs in activities designed to engage all ages.” We’re so glad that the publication recognized the immersive, impactful — and totally fun—nature of our Cuba for Families trip in naming it as one of its “50 Tours of a Lifetime.” We know that family groups with kids from ages eight to 18 appreciate the world-expanding aspects of the trip, especially now, as the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba gathers steam. It’s like giving your children the gift of participating in living history as it unfolds. Part of our People-toPeople Exchange Program, Classic Journeys 8-day, 7-night Cuba for Families tour focuses on meaningful interactions with Cuba’s vibrant citizens as they go about their daily lives — from schoolchildren and farmers, to musicians, historians and the owners of Havana’s cool vintage cars. It’s a truly unforgettable trip, and one that means even more now with change underway. Please give us a call at 800-200-3887 to learn more, and turn to page 18 to read about travel in Cuba with Classic Journeys. Read more about the Cuba for Families itinerary on page 50.

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From trend-busting Iceland to eternally amazing Amalfi, our hand-picked Top 10 list comes from the best crowd-source of all: our daily chats with avid travelers like you. Launch your 2017 vacation here. And let us know which of our 82 destinations deserves a spot on next year’s list.

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INDOCHINA Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia tug at travelers who crave the exotic and love to immerse themselves in culture and history. Think Angkor Wat temples, a luxury junk on Halong Bay and alms ceremonies with Laotian monks. Add in some of the world’s best hotels and remarkable food, and it is no wonder Indochina makes the list. SEE PAGES 42-43, 53.

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BRYCE, GRAND CANYON & ZION How swell is it that these three amazing National Parks are neighbors? You don’t have to cross an ocean to feel your jaw drop at the red rock beauty, walk in slot canyons, go river tubing and soak up a Grand Canyon sunset. For travelers who want to stay closer to home, this is a win/win/win. SEE PAGES 44, 61.

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Blarney plus beauty equals Irish charm. Even if so many Americans didn’t have close family ties to Ireland, it would make the list. We love its people, its luxe country hotels and its peat-cutters and shepherds. (The pubs don’t hurt either!) And it’s a happy shock to see firsthand that “emerald” is no exaggeration.

Under the radar and over the top, Nova Scotia is happening this year because it’s near but feels very far away. Spectacular maritime scenery. Some of North America’s oldest towns. Awesome tides, huge whales and the very definition of quaint. More travelers than ever are making the trip this year, and it is absolutely worth it.

The buzz about Portugal is how easy it is to have a unique and complete cultural experience in Europe’s sunniest country. There are the port vineyards of the Douro Valley. Dramatic Atlantic beaches. The fab cities of Lisbon and Porto. We’re also in love with the country’s fine hotels, including our favorite where a viscountess is your host.

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Machu Picchu is one of the world’s top bucket-list destinations. (Our Cultural Walking Journeys and Multisport Family Journeys spend parts of three days there.) But in Peru, other stars shine bright too: world-class cuisine, South America’s best hotels and the cordial Quechua people. You may go for Machu Picchu, but you get so much more!

Cuba is still the most talked-about, brag-worthy place we know. From Havana to the Viñales Valley to Cienfuegos and the Bay of Pigs, history happens every day. The opportunity to see Cuban life, to meet cigar rollers, farmers, classic car fanatics and to be part of epical change is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Since Augustus built a palace on Capri, Italy’s Amalfi Coast has been a magnet for lovers of matchless scenery and sweet weather. And it’s never been truer than it is this year. Sip some limoncello, waken to a view of Positano, wander Pompeii, and you’ll see why its popularity never wanes.

Closer than you think … more other-worldly than you can imagine, Iceland is having its moment. And why not? For all of its glaciers and lava flows, puffins and whales, ancient history and hip culture, Iceland is easily accessible — and one of those rare places where all of your friends haven’t been already.

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THE GALÁPAGOS Baby sea lions. Giant tortoises. Snow-white beaches. Volcanoes. The allure is just about irresistible, landing the Galápagos at the top of the list again. Guests on our island-based trips stay in luxury boutique hotels instead of cramped cruise ship cabins. And make sure you head up into the Ecuadorian Andes before you head home. SEE PAGES 20, 51. 800-200-3887

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THE WARM, BEATING heart of every Classic Journey is your experienced local guide. After all, there is no better way to discover a faraway place than in the company of a well-connected friend. Your guide will be the kind of person whose cousin is the llama-trekker. An insider who knows the opening day of truffle season … and a truffle-hunter who’ll let you tag along. A native who can navigate the maze of the medina in Fès with her eyes

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closed, because it’s where she and her family live. Our local guides are more than map-readers, agendafollowers and spouters of statistics. They are colorful, caring personalities who are unflappable, genuine and as sunny as they are sincere. As your cultural hosts, they are with you full-time — just like a friend should be — to open doors and help you see their

world through their eyes. We know them so well that we happily empower them to personalize your trip on the fly, whether it’s to take advantage of an unexpected opportunity like a one-day festival or an invitation into a private home. And your guide will also be glad to offer ideas that appeal to your special interests. Some trips have

two full-time guides, and on any itinerary specialists in anything from birding to wine tasting to archeology may join you. Best of all, even after your trip is over, some of your happiest memories will be of the shared stories, unfiltered insights and plain old good times that you shared with your new friend in Peru or Iceland or India or ...


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Kiwi pride: “Like most New Zealanders, I’m a bit of an individualist,” says the woman who’s sailed her own boat across the Pacific and Atlantic … twice. Unsurprisingly, she’s ingenious and cucumber cool — the most excellent traits a guide can have.

Home turf: Iceland Professional guide for: 20 years Putting the “I” in Iceland: “I love my country and like to share its harsh beauty and power with visitors.” Atli’s special talent is how he reveals glacial ice and volcanic steam — as well as the warm personality of Iceland’s people. Fun foreseen: “I love watching skeptical smiles turn to surprise when my friend Johanna — radio show host, reporter … and pagan Viking priestess — casts her runes for our guests in the temple on her farm.” It’s for you to decide if her reading is accurate, but the experience is a thoroughly accurate look back at Icelandic culture.

“With our Classic Journeys guides, we never got that ‘who-are-youand-what-areyou-doing-inmy-village’ look from the locals. They treated us as friends and let us see a side of life we’d have missed otherwise.” -Bruce & Theresa R., Kentfield, CA

Home turf: New Zealand’s South Island

Jump right in: “Something about New Zealand just seems to set people free. On one trip, a single guest signed up for the optional bungee jump. En route to the site, five more decided to make the leap. The eldest (72!) went first. It’s not for everybody, but all in the group felt a bit of their own thrill.”

Guide ASIDES A FEW FIELD NOTES ABOUT FOUR OF OUR BEST-LOVED LONGTIME GUIDES

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Home turf: Peru Professional guide for: 14 years PARI

Home turf: India Professional guide for: 11 years Smile-centric: “Even in a small, rural hamlet where tourists don’t usually go, I know that any farmer will smile at us — everyone smiles in India — and go about his hoeing.” Yes, you see the Taj Mahal and tigers in the wild, but Pari is proudest of the unguarded welcome that is India’s warmest surprise. Granny’s favorite: “When we walk in my hometown of Udaipur, I always circle to my granny’s house. At 95, she’s one of the last remaining links between the British Raj and modern India. But first she’s my granny, and she’s happy to meet anyone who causes me to visit.”

Keeping it Quechua: “My people still live close to Mother Earth. Before we sip from a water bottle we tip a few drops to her in thanks.” Marisol believes in making the little rituals that are part of everyday Quechua life a part of yours as well. On the Inca Trail: “Besides the views, there are so many beauties that people never imagine such as the fine Inca stonework and the orchids that we spot. On a day I will never forget, we saw a spectacled bear perched in a tree — the only one I have seen in all my years as a guide. There is always a surprise in Peru!”

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EXTRAORDINARY

IS NORMAL FIVE-STAR PALACE TO LUXURY ENCAMPMENT, OUR INNS AND LODGES ARE THE FINEST EACH REGION HAS TO OFFER.

Aureum Palace Resort

BAGAN, MYANMAR

MYANMAR: LOST IN TIME CULTURAL WALKING ADVENTURE Set amid the ancient temples of Bagan, this expansive resort and luxury spa has 27 acres of landscaped gardens. Antiques, artifacts and art uniquely adorn the property, and bedrooms are spacious. Take an evening stroll on the property's lovely paths.

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WHEN YOU PLAN A vacation, there’s no easier way to compare your options than by looking at the hotels they include. At Classic Journeys, we win that contest time and again. Some nights, it’s because we stay in coveted five-star properties that regularly appear in “World’s Best” and “Top

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100” rankings. On others, it might be an utterly authentic farmhouse or a too-scenicto-believe rainforest lodge. Although larger tour companies can negotiate steep discounts on room blocks because they bring in busloads of clients, they’re often limited to large American-style hotels that lack character and local charm. Our groups are too small to qualify for bulk rates, so we negotiate the old-fashioned

way: We spend years cultivating warm, personal relationships with hoteliers, and, in most cases, we’re able to obtain lower rates than bigger companies. And it doesn’t hurt that smaller inns and lodges particularly admire the quality of our guests — genial, experienced travelers who appreciate the unique character of their lodgings. We choose all accommodations for the way they reflect the style and

hospitality of a region. All rooms include private baths. As often as possible, we spend two or more nights in a location so you can settle in a bit. Often, each room is unique. After all, it’s hard to create cookie-cutter rooms in converted abbeys, ancient castles and Mediterranean villas. If there’s a fine hotel in the heart of a nature preserve, within view of the Taj Mahal or clinging to the cliffs in Santorini, we’ll find it.


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Hotel Ohla

BARCELONA, SPAIN BARCELONA & THE COSTA BRAVA CULTURAL WALKING ADVENTURE & MULTISPORT FAMILY JOURNEY This five-star boutique hotel’s avant-garde interior design is a lively contrast to its historic neoclassic façade. Right in the heart of Barcelona, you’re just steps from landmarks and shopping. Check out the skyline from the rooftop infinity pool.

“I just saw an article featuring three hotels where we’ve stayed with Classic Journeys. I was impressed that we travel in pretty exclusive circles. And what a shock when I saw the high rates they quoted. I don’t know how you do it, but I’m ecstatic that you do!” - Fred & Terry P., Boston, MA

Remota Patagonia

PUERTO NATALES, CHILE CHILE & PATAGONIA CULTURAL WALKING ADVENTURE Remota Hotel is a remarkable blend of sustainable architecture and serene comfort. Its low profile hugs a grassy Patagonian hill amid immense views. The property was named a “Best Place to Unplug” by Travel + Leisure and a TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice™.

The Ampersand Hotel

LONDON, ENGLAND

THE COTSWOLDS, STONEHENGE & LONDON CULTURAL WALKING ADVENTURE Filled with fine collections of art and curiosities, this luxury boutique hotel is in London’s world-famous South Kensington museum district near Hyde Park. The building dates back to the 19th century, but its bold graphics put a lively contemporary spin on Victorian formality. 800-200-3887

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SNACKS PICKED UP IN market stalls and bakeshops. A five-course extravaganza in a Michelin-starred restaurant. A home-cooked lunch in a farmhouse kitchen. We love it all and make sure you enjoy the local specialties in a whole range of fine typical settings. Food is a foolproof way into the hearts, homes and history of the places we visit, and we prove it with every meal. If we start telling you about the pique-nique in Provence ... the so-sweet taste of a just-caught trout in Peru ... the homemade spring rolls on the deck of our junk in Halong Bay ... we’ll never stop. Suffice it to say that all breakfasts and most dinners are included in the tour price. In many restaurants, chefs make an extra trip to the market to prepare special meals just for us. Lunches are also included on many days. For picnics, we stop at local markets or bakeries for supplies. And we’re proud to include complimentary wine with many dinners. We’ll also get you into the kind of village cafés and small restaurants that are favorite haunts of our local guides. And so what if the menus aren’t in English? Your guide is there to translate, point you to the best specialties and pass on your compliments to cooks whose usual customers are neighbors. And, if you’d like to take it one step further and do some of the cooking yourself, be sure to see our Culinary Tours on page 63.

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YOU’LL EAT AND SIP YOUR WAY INTO THE HEART OF LOCAL CULTURE.

In Their WORDS

BREAKING BREAD AT SOME AMAZING TABLES Nadia and Achilles Perry have traveled with Classic Journeys 11 times from Tuscany to Morocco, Costa Rica and beyond. Their restaurant Pylos in New York is the city’s highestrated Greek restaurant on Yelp, so these two know more than a thing or two about a great meal. OR US, A MEAL IN somebody’s home beats a restaurant meal every time. When we come into contact with local people informally around their tables, we always end up talking about all kinds of things. When we were in Tuscany with Classic Journeys, our guide Lisa took us into the kitchen at her 16th-century house. Her two aunts, who spoke no English, were at our elbows while we rolled pasta dough, stuffed it with spinach and cheese, crimped it, boiled and ate it. Some of our ravioli didn’t look perfect, but the fun and communal spirit of that meal made it one of our most terrific food experiences. We had a completely different home meal episode in the Cotswolds. Because we were with Classic Journeys, we were

invited to dinner at a country manor house. Over our meal in the huge dining room, we mentioned to our host John that we’d just been to the Churchill War Rooms in London. As it turns out, his grandfather was Lord Isley, one of the Prime Minister’s closest aides. After dessert, John took us to see a painting presented to the family by the painter — Churchill himself. The extra familiarity and the flow of conversation that happen at a family table are things we like to experience on every Classic Journeys trip.”


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Grape Adventures WE LOVE TO SWIRL, SNIFF AND SIP OUR WAY THROUGH A SPECIAL BOTTLE OF LOCAL WINE. HERE ARE SOME OUR RECENT FAVORITES. OLD BUT NEW

Txakolina Say “choco-LEE-na” and sigh with happiness. A Basque favorite, it has lot of mineral and a little fizz. Essential for prolonged sipping with tapas.

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Sassicaia Watch the Tuscan sun turn ruby through a glass of sassicaia. It’s truly decadent and likely to touch your senses with ripe raspberries, a trace of balsamic and balanced tannins.

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Napa Orange No citrus in sight! Just white grapes aged with skins and seeds attached. The color is coppery, the flavor is bold, the match is perfect with foods like curry and kimchi.

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Kiwi Syrah Stop with the sauvignon blanc (or at least pause) in New Zealand. Their syrah is lush, really fruity and very, very glad to pair with those famous tiny lambchops.

UP & COMING

Carmenere Born in France, these grapes are happiest next to the Chilean Andes. How savory is it? Some experts even recommend it for beer drinkers who love IPA.

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IF YOU’RE LIKE US, YOU THINK OF travel as more than “going places.” When you strike out, it’s because you crave experience and discovery, not just monuments and museums. You want to understand what’s behind the touristic façade that most people never penetrate. You travel because, for at least a few days every year, you want to step outside of your life. That’s what our signature Cultural Walking Adventures are all about. To us, walking is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in local culture. When you’re on foot, the world can’t slide past you faster than you can absorb it. You’ll have time — and proximity — to smell the apricot blossoms or feel the rumble of a glacier through the soles of your shoes. On our walks, you encounter rainforest tribespeople you never would have met and cottage gardens you never would have seen; you experience the tempo of a Mediterranean village in the hour before sunset in a way you never would have noticed if you breezed through in a vehicle. Don’t worry, “walking tour” doesn’t mean you’ll hike, trek or hoof it from inn to inn — only that you’ll spend part of each morning and/or afternoon with your feet on the ground getting up close to the region’s culture and natural history. That usually adds up to two or more optional daily walks. On tour, our local guides will describe walks before they occur; in regions where more strenuous walks are possible, they may be offered as alternatives. When possible, our vehicle is nearby in case you have a change of heart. The outings might include a village tour, a seaside stroll or a local guide’s favorite path through an oasis, vineyard or red-rock canyon. Because we average just 10 guests in each group, our footprint is small. We can take our time and blend in with the world around us.

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You can hardly speak. It’s you, really it is, standing amid the pillars of Stonehenge. The site isn’t open to the public yet. So it’s just you, the rising sun and a moment that you never even dreamed could happen.

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Right now, you could be having an unforgettable day on a Classic Journeys adventure.

WOODLANDS OF CROATIA That snuffling sound is the truffle hunter’s dog, nosing around for a nugget of black gold on the Istrian Peninsula. The hunter explains how it’s done and gives you a fresh-dug whiff. Later at dinner, you ask for extra shavings on your pasta.

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A CAVE IN THE DORDOGNE VALLEY Twenty-five thousand years ago, a painter stood right where you are to puff and brush dye onto the cave wall. Your guide has the keys to the cave. Other tourists in southwest France only see the reproductions. You see the real thing, very close up.

5:36 P.M. THE BEACH AT TORTUGUERO

You’re timing is just right. You got to Costa Rica as the sea turtles were hatching and now, from a safe distance, you see the hatchlings bumble up through the sand and to the water. It’s one of nature’s great migrations, and it’s starting right before your eyes.

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THE CHILEAN ANDES A big cooking fire roars. Sharp snowy peaks flare in the sun. The downslope breeze is the cleanest air you’ve breathed in forever. A gaucho slides a still sizzling steak onto your plate, and food has never tasted this good.

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NEAR QUÉBEC CITY This walk is something you never expected. On Île d’Orléans you take a path through some of the oldest buildings in North America. You get a photo or two of the gorgeous little gardens and keep reminding yourself that this is Canada ... not France.

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SOMEWHERE IN THE SAHARA You got to these red Moroccan dunes by Land Rover and camel. You dropped your bag in a luxury Berber tent and ate dinner cooked by the Blue Men. And here you sit in the sand as your day ends under a billion of the brightest stars ever.

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Cuba: Havana & the Viñales Valley FOR DECADES, CUBA WAS STRICTLY OFF-LIMITS TO CURIOUS American travelers. Now, the door is ajar again. But this time it opens to deeper, more thoughtful interactions on the People-to-People Exchange Program that Classic Journeys has been licensed to offer. In the company of expert local guides, you’ll meet and engage with a remarkable cross-section of the society: school students, cigar-makers and policy-makers, naturalists and artists, farmers, historians and more. On the streets of Havana, in a mountainous eco-village, at the home of Ernest Hemingway or in the fields of a peasant farm, every moment is a meaningful opportunity to absorb and grasp the island’s rich culture. To broaden your perspective, accommodations range from highly regarded Havana landmarks to a hotel overlooking the Valle de Viñales. This is sure to be one of the most enriching person-to-person experiences you’ll ever have. LENGTH 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS DEPARTS JAN 14, FEB 11, MAR 11, MAR 18, MAR 25, APR 15, JUN 24, SEP 9, OCT 21, NOV 18, DEC 16, DEC 23 BEGINS MIAMI ENDS MIAMI AIRFARE INTERNAL AIR & VISA APPROX. $724 PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5095, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $6190 OTHER TOURS IN CUBA A LONG WEEKEND IN HAVANA PAGE 19, CIENFUEGOS, TRINIDAD AND HAVANA PAGE 19, CUBA FOR FAMILIES PAGE 50

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HIGHLIGHTS. Strolling in Old Havana and sipping a mojito in Hemingway’s favorite bars Talking to the artisans at the Patio de Pelegrín Meeting farmers at work in fields surrounded by soaring islands of limestone An inside look at tobacco growing and cigar-making Cruising the streets in a vintage tailfinned car

WE CUT THE RED TAPE FOR YOU As with all Classic Journeys trips, one of the main benefits of traveling with us is that we take care of all of the travel logistics and arrangements. This is especially true when traveling to Cuba. Visa? Don’t worry — we’ll do the paperwork. Flights between Miami and Havana? Your tickets are booked. Traveling under a people-to-people educational exchange license, Classic Journeys acts as your buffer from the bureaucracy so you can get to Cuba legally … and easily. On the ground, we coordinate every detail so you can focus entirely on the people and places without worrying about logistics. Just give us a call. We’ll take care of the rest.


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Cuba: A Long Weekend in Havana IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY, AMERICANS LOVED TO HOP DOWN TO HAVANA for a long weekend, spiced with the climate and culture of the tropics. Now that idea is back with this 5-day/4-night cultural exchange program created to connect you with the irresistible rhythms and vivid art of Cuba. In one concise, complete weekend you’ll connect with the city’s dancers, musicians and artists at an extraordinary level. We’ll chat with the city’s most creative people, sit in on rehearsals, get in a salsa lesson and applaud their performances. We’ll take time to delve into the rich traditions and discuss how the arts and humanities have survived and thrived with the people at the heart of the movement. From our ideally located hotel in Old Havana, we’re close to every essential site — from Hemingway’s home to the oldest cigar factory and the city’s hottest music club. Throughout, we’ll also try some of the finest new restaurants, explore the historic landmarks and hear the firsthand stories about the art of living in Havana — for a weekend you’ll never forget. LENGTH 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS DEPARTS JAN 11, FEB 8, MAR 1, APR 12, MAY 10, JUN 21, JUL 19, AUG 16, OCT 11, NOV 8, DEC 6 BEGINS MIAMI ENDS MIAMI PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $4890 OTHER TOURS IN CUBA HAVANA & VIÑALES VALLEY PAGE 18, CIENFUEGOS, TRINIDAD AND HAVANA PAGE 19, CUBA FOR FAMILIES PAGE 50

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HIGHLIGHTS. Lunch with “The Picasso of the Caribbean” An evening of jazz at Havana’s first privately owned club Sitting in on a rehearsal of Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba The tail-finned classic autos that chauffeur us to dinner at a fine paladar Lunch at Hotel Nacional, 1950s watering spot for Frank Sinatra and Bugsy Siegel

Cuba: Cienfuegos, Trinidad & Havana

ONE OF CUBA’S GREAT SURPRISES IS HOW MUCH OF ITS pre-Castro history has been preserved. This expedition begins in the colorful colonial cities of Cienfuegos and Trinidad, where we explore cobblestoned streetscapes, walk in lush mountains and snorkel on the tropical coral reef in the Bay of Pigs. In Havana, wander the 500-year-old city center and Hemingway’s home. You’ll interact closely with farmers, artists, a Santeria priest, horticulturists, cooks and everyday Cubans. You’ll get a well-rounded understanding of Cuba from its pre-colonial days right up to the latest moment in today’s normalization process. LENGTH 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS DEPARTS DATES AND PRICES COMING SOON! BEGINS MIAMI ENDS MIAMI PRICE PER PERSON: CALL FOR PRICING INFORMATION

HIGHLIGHTS. The walk to a finca in the Escambray Mountains for lunch with the owners Spotting hummingbirds and trogons in a 230-acre botanical garden A private choral concert at our hotel in Cienfuegos Shopping for lunch in Ejido market on a Cuban’s budget Chatting with vintage-car restorers in their workshop

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Galápagos & Andes

Galápagos Island-Based Adventure HIGHLIGHTS. Swimming or snorkeling with sea turtles on San Cristóbal Kayaking to Isla Lobos to see the sea lions and waters teeming with manta rays A dip in our hotel’s infinity pool, then a relaxing dinner A walk among the giant tortoises on Santa Cruz Island Exploring the lava tunnels where pirates hid plundered Inca gold

YOUR FIRST GALÁPAGOS SURPRISE? PEOPLE LIVE ON these islands, too. On our island-based adventure, you’ll get a real feel for how it is to have giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies outside your back door. (It’s easier and more interesting than making forays from a cruise ship.) Our naturalist-guides will lead you to extraordinary wildlife experiences, minus the flocks of tourists. You’ll walk, kayak and snorkel up-close to marine iguanas, Galápagos penguins and other creatures found nowhere else on earth. Then we’ll take you farther — to the rim of the world’s second-largest volcanic caldera, a family-owned coffee plantation and more. Throughout, we stay in waterfront boutique hotels and abide by “Leave No Trace” environmental standards. And with our close ties to the islands, this Classic Journey supports more than 50 local community members and their families. LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS JAN 15, FEB 19, MAR 12, APR 9, MAY 28, JUN 18, JUL 2, SEP 3, OCT 8, DEC 28, DEC 30 BEGINS SAN CRISTÓBAL ISLAND ENDS BALTRA ISLAND AIRFARE ECUADORIAN AIR FROM $745 PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4795, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $5590 OTHER TOURS IN GALÁPAGOS FAMILY JOURNEY PAGE 51

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FOR MIND-BOGGLING DIVERSITY, Ecuador is unmatched. This week begins in the Galápagos Islands. Our naturalist-guides will introduce you to giant land tortoises, sea lions, blue-footed boobies — often in extreme close-up! We stay in waterfront boutique hotels, rather than offshore on a cruise ship. You’ll have abundant chances to walk, kayak, snorkel and meet the people who call the islands home. Then, we return to the mainland and head up into the Ecuadorian Andes. We’ll settle into the hacienda on a 4,000acre working ranch. On walks, we’ll get a rare look at endangered Andean condors and go browsing in Otavalo Market.

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Peru & Machu Picchu

MACHU PICCHU IS ACTUALLY JUNGLE. IF YOU TAKE the Inca Trail to the lost city, you approach from above. And the stupendous blocks of stone in its walls are so finely carved that you could barely slip a piece of paper between them. Believe us, Machu Picchu will 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. On this unforgettable journey, you’ll have two privately guided days at the site, unlike most in-and-out tourists. Plus, we give you leisurely exposure to the rest of Peru’s colorful history, indestructible Inca architecture and spectacular geography. We’re in the Andes, so there are some up-and-down trails, but we also offer easier walking options. 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.

HIGHLIGHTS. Our five-star hotels in Cusco, the Urubamba Valley and Aguas Calientes Lunching at a family hacienda and meeting the children at a remote village school

Walks to Tambomachay and the Temple of the Moon The option to walk a stretch of the Inca Trail Visiting the workshop of Peru’s best known ceramicist

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Chile & Patagonia CHILE IS A GORGEOUS SPECTACLE. SPAGHETTI-THIN, UP to half of its slim width is covered by the stratospheric Andes. Glaciers calve. Penguins mix with flamingos. Vineyards knit mild valleys into a neat green patchwork. Sharp spikes of snowcapped rock bite into the sky. At least that’s what your photos will say. It’s harder to capture how it feels to be wrapped in raw wilderness or to scan the expansive pampas from the porch of a secluded estancia. There’s no better place than Chile to experience the awesome variety of nature … and how humans from ancient Polynesians and conquistadores to modern Santiagans and gauchos live in this remarkable land.

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Costa Rica: Arenal & Manuel Antonio Park YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A BIRD-WATCHER TO GET A BUZZ WHEN A HUMMINGBIRD LANDS ON your hand. Costa Rica will touch you in all kinds of wonderful ways. There’s the decadence of lounging on your casita’s terrace under the gaze of a volcano. And the coolness of ziplining in a rainforest canopy or high-fiving a monkey from your kayak. You can count butterflies or orchids, or just go with the lazy tropical flow. Too many visitors treat Costa Rica like a beach resort, making a beeline past the tapirs for a spot on the sand. But what a missed opportunity! With Classic Journeys, you’ll meet the native ticos, have mind-bending eco-experiences with our local guides and naturalists, and enjoy the most relaxing active vacation ever. Because Costa Rica is temperate and easily accessible from the U.S., you can join us in almost any season — and it’s a fantastic spur-of-the-moment getaway.

HIGHLIGHTS. Exploring a private cloud forest with a naturalist The happy reception from children at a small local school Waking to the monkey chorus at Manuel Antonio Park Spotting three-toed sloths, emerald toucanets, anteaters, and resplendent quetzals Gentle kayaking through a mangrove lagoon and riding waves in the Pacific

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Costa Rica: Coast to Coast THE CARIBBEAN AND PACIFIC SIDES OF COSTA RICA ARE WAY different, and this trip takes full advantage of both. You’ll start in Tortuguero National Park where sea turtles breed…and our hotel is only reachable by boat. Then we hop to Guanacaste National Park where our resort is on the beach. Multisport activities range from volcano walks and whitewater rafting to zipline glides and catamaran rides. You’ll also have the chance to spot keel-billed toucans, orchids, howler monkeys, river otters, and more. Our guides will also introduce you to people from the residents of an Afro-Caribbean village to cowboys. LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS FEB 5, APR 2, SEP 3, OCT 1, DEC 27 BEGINS SAN JOSÉ ENDS LIBERIA PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3095, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $3690 OTHER TOURS IN COSTA RICA ARENAL TO MANUEL ANTONIO PARK PAGE 22, FAMILY JOURNEY PAGE 52

HIGHLIGHTS.  ur riverfront hotel O that can only be reached by boat Walking in a village with no streets or cars to visit children at their school Rafting down the Tenorio River or walking to Llanos de Cortez waterfalls Surfing and snorkeling in the Pacific The zipline ride through the forest treetops


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Belize & Guatemala

THIS IS A CENTRAL AMERICAN ECO-VACATION TAKEN TO beautiful and fascinating extremes. You experience rainforests teeming with keel-billed toucans, ocelots, and howler monkeys on great walks with naturalists. Out of the jungles rise imposing Mayan pyramids, like the one at Tikal where you watch the sunrise. At Ambergris Caye, you go snorkeling or kayaking on the world’s second largest barrier reef. And every day, the variety of nature and local culture is truly spectacular, from a soaring walkin cave (absolutely no spelunking required) to the luxury resorts, deep in the forest or strung along powdery white beaches.

HIGHLIGHTS. Spotting some of 540 species of birds on a nature walk  he hand-cranked ferry across the Mopan River to Xunatunich ruins T Trying the Indo-Chinese-Nigerian cuisine in San Ignacio The “monkey island” on our eco-lodge’s lagoon Going for a guided snorkeling expedition or sea kayaking at Hol Chan Marine Reserve LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS FEB 19, MAR 26, JUL 2, NOV 5 BEGINS BELIZE CITY ENDS AMBERGRIS CAYE PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3695, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $4590 AIRFARE INTERNAL AIR APPROX. $395

Panama

HAVE YOU HEARD? THERE IS A CANAL IN PANAMA. Watching a gargantuan ship rise in a lock on a pillow of water is a real spectacle. But what about the tinier miracle of a hummingbird the size of your thumbnail? Or the whiiiiiish as your dugout canoe slices through a rainforest river? Panama is an awesome eco-destination … easy to reach, friendly and not yet on everybody’s radar screen. From anteaters to howler monkeys, the wildlife is extraordinary. To explore the culture, we’ll take you to a native village and introduce you to our friends along the way. You’ll see things you’ve never seen, in a place most of your friends have yet to visit.

HIGHLIGHTS. Seeing the ships up-close at the Miraflores Locks  addling dugout canoes to a native village on the Chagres River P A walk past waterfalls in a bamboo forest The naturalists who help us spot anteaters and monkeys in the rainforest Kayaking on calm waters among uninhabited islands LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS FEB 12, MAR 5, JUNE 25, NOV 5, DEC 29 BEGINS PANAMA CITY ENDS PANAMA CITY PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3395, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $3990 AIRFARE INTERNAL AIR APPROX. $395

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FROG ON OUR SCOUTING TRIPS, IT CAN BE A REAL ADVENTURE TO SEPARATE THE DUDS FROM THE DELIGHTS.

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HEN OUR FIAT bottomed out on the sharp boulder embedded in the middle of the so-called road, the day’s excursion officially became the Frog of All Frogs. No amount of kissing would turn this foray into a prince. The straightBY STEVE SNAPP shot drive from the Italian villa/inn (wonderful!) to the village with the small private museum in a hilltop castle (sounded like a perfect Classic Journeys place!) went up over a mountain … and downhill fast. At least the rumble of our ruptured muffler shooed the sheep out of the way. Cross another bright idea off the scouting list. You’ve been there and done that, right? Circled a roundabout endlessly looking for the exit that just isn’t there? Knocked on the door of the inn/restaurant/church that appears to have been abandoned since ’62? Heck, those are sometimes the stories you have the most fun telling — but only afterward. In the moment, the lost time

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GREATEST SCOUTING HITS CIENFUEGOS, CUBA Underwhelmed by Soviet-era, florescent lit dining rooms, we stop for lunch with friends-offriends Tony and Mailin. Before it’s over, they invite us to bring our groups to their private finca on a custom-cut trail that overlooks waterfalls and coffee plantations.

SPLIT, CROATIA We remember the day we scouted with Lela. She snagged us a speedboat to Hvar when the ferries weren’t running, tapped into a wealth of local knowledge and provided a sure-fire migraine cure. No wonder the President of Croatia and our guests say that she’s their favorite guide.

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and the frustration are just too much. That’s why we scout. Obsessively. If you only have eight or nine days of vacation, you don’t want to spend any of it scrambling to Plan B (or C). So we bite the bullet and do the work for you. Admittedly, it’s not all lumpy mattresses and street food with suspicious tentacles. Scouting trips have landed us in some of the best hotels on earth (who will forget Hotel Sarai in Morocco?). Along the way, we’ve met a colorful cast of llama-herding, ruins-digging, butterfly-mad, clay-bedaubed, pasta-rolling people who have changed our lives in countless happy ways. But did I tell you about that walk on the Grand Luberon in Provence? The one where the forestry service had altered the trail — so that our hot two-hour walk lasted for five … and we ended up at the ruined castle of the Marquis de Sade? Call it poetic injustice. We laugh still about the local guide who showed up for an “audition stroll” dressed head-to-toe in Chanel that spoke well of her personal flair but said not much about her agility on cobblestone streets. All in fun, we call scouting frog-kissing, but we encourage you to think of it as “intensive curatorial reconnaissance.” You won’t pity us, we know, for the weeks we get to spend with our local guides, handcrafting our itineraries in Vietnam or Iceland or the Galápagos. But we like to believe that you’ll thank us when your trip goes off without a hitch, and the only frogs are of the Red-Eyed Leaf variety that we know just where to find in a Costa Rican cloud forest.

Some of our sweetest scouting trips turned up a perfect Italian village, the hippest hotel in Fes, and an awardwinning family vineyard in Croatia.

Everyone since Darwin visited the islands by ship, but we know the constant Zodiac trips from the cruise ship to shore really limit time on the islands. Working with our local guides, we scouted new boutique hotels —and our island-based trip was born.

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Amalfi Coast & Capri ON A LAUNCH APPROACHING THE AMALFI PENINSULA FROM THE Bay of Naples, you face a startling sight — like oversized rock climbers, gleaming villas cling with no visible foothold to the sheer cliffs. You have to ask yourself how … why? But when you swing open the shutters in your cliffside hotel room, the jaw-dropping view is all the answer you need. Situated on the “ankle” of the Italian boot, Amalfi 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. We get to the rarely visited rim of Mount Vesuvius and make time for Pompeii. And unlike most visitors, you’ll see Amalfi in the best way — in the company of an Italian friend who knows the ins and outs of life on the edge of the sea. LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS APR 2, MAY 7, JUN 4, SEP 3, OCT 1, DEC 28 BEGINS NAPLES ENDS NAPLES PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4695, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $5890 OTHER TOURS IN AMALFI FAMILY JOURNEY PAGE 56, CULINARY TOUR PAGE 63

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HIGHLIGHTS. A scenic walk in a valley dotted with centuries-old ruins followed by a limoncello tasting Looking out to the Bay of Naples from Mt. Vesuvius Making pizza in a friend’s wood-fired oven An afternoon of shopping in Positano’s workshops Wandering Pompeii on a privately guided visit with our archaeologist friend

THE GRAND HOTEL QUISISANA The Grand Hotel Quisisana is the absolute heart of Capri. It's named one of the World’s Top 100 Hotels by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure. You’ll feel paparazzi-worthy by the hugely glamorous pool.


A RENAISSANCE MIRAGE, THE VILLA FLOATS ON A mirror-smooth lake. It’s morning. The mountains that slide into the water are still hidden in deep-blue shadows, except the peaks high above that are tipped in apricot alpenglow. Italy’s Lake District always makes us poetic, and this Classic Journey visits the three most inspiring lakes: Como, Maggiore and Orta. Since the Roman emperors, these alluring waterside resorts have drawn visitors. The climate is mild, loaded with the vibrant colors of alpine wildflowers and lush semitropical gardens. The footpaths we walk sometimes traverse mountaintop meadows and often hug the crystal-clear waters. We spend generous parts of several days on leisurely cruises and visit fishing villages, elegant villas and palaces. Nowhere else does stunning scenery, mellow air and rich history come together with such romantic results.

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HIGHLIGHTS. The formal gardens of Villa Melzi  ur glorious award-winning lakeside hotels O Exploring and shopping in the elegant village of Como Tastings of wine, gelato and Toma del Mottarone cheese A private tour of Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore’s finest baroque palazzo

Sicily: Island in the Sun

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SICILY IS THE ULTIMATE ITALY. IT’S THE SOUTHERNmost province — warm, golden and culturally more like Italy a hundred years ago. Farmers still get to market by donkey against a backdrop of Mt. Etna. Even the bread is rougher and crustier — better to stand up to the distinctive local cuisine. We’ve scouted a scenic circuit that includes Palermo and the rock-clinging beauty of Taormina. From beautifully sited lodgings, we walk among the temples and wild seashores of Agrigento and immerse ourselves in the archaeology of Siracusa. Offshore, we wander the jewel-like Aeolian Islands. And we’re inclined to agree with the poet who wrote: “To have seen Italy without seeing Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all.”

HIGHLIGHTS. A private exploration of the Valley of the Temples The stunning mosaics in the Duomo di Monreale Cooking instruction and lunch in a friend’s kitchen

The hydrofoil to Lipari and walking in olive groves with views of Stromboli Walking Mt. Etna’s lava dunes, followed by a lunch of local specialties

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Apulia: Italy’s Rustic South THE ITALIANS LOVE THE HEEL OF their boot, and it’s easy to see why. Imagine gnarled olive trees silhouetted against a lapis lazuli sea. Picture the saw-toothed skyline of Alberobello, comprised entirely of the conical stone homes called trulli. It’s a land where you’re as likely to find a Baroque city as a family of shepherds tending 500 sheep. And the food? Oh, mamma mia — think sea-fresh fish, pasta kneaded from local wheat and the pepperiest olive oil. Best of all, Apulia passes the most important Classic Journeys test — it offers fine leisurely walking … elegant accommodations … and a glimpse into a region and culture unlike any you’ve encountered before.

HIGHLIGHTS. The village of Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site A homemade lunch at a working farm in Altamura Our remarkable 16th-century palace hotel in Lecce, “The Florence of the South”

Meandering in olive groves with views of Ostuni Taking a remote seaside path to the restored home of our architect friends

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WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU broke bread with a shepherd? Were you sitting at a stone table in his Sardinian garden with a corkwood plate of homemade specialties? That’s just the sort of remarkable event we arrange for you in this amazing week. Sardinia and Corsica are Europe’s hidden gems — two isles that are eight miles and yet worlds apart. Corsica is blanketed in fragrant herbs and dotted with quaint villages. Sardinia is more rustic and mysterious, with Phoenician, Spanish and Italian blood in its veins. From the yacht-studded harbors to the mountains, pastures and vineyards, you’ll experience countryside and culture that have stood still in time. LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS MAY 14, JUN 18, SEP 10, OCT 8 BEGINS ALGHERO ENDS ALGHERO PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4795, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $5590


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Tuscany & the Cinque Terre DRINKING IN THE SUNSET AND THE CHIANTI AT OUR FRIEND MARIO’S farmhouse, we decided that Tuscany couldn’t be improved upon. Since he’s a staunch Tuscan, he surprised us by saying, “Then you’ve never been to the Cinque Terre.” So we went. They’re not far, these five once almost-unreachable villages that grow out of rock along the Ligurian Sea. For centuries, a connecting footpath was their lifeline, but for us it’s the scenic route into a remote and vibrant coastal culture. Beforehand, we spend three nights in the parts of Tuscany we love best … complete with hilltowns that rise out of silver-green olive groves, homemade prosciutto and potato ravioli and the sunny vineyards of Chianti. Throughout, we’ll explore the art history and savor the food and wine. But in the end, will you prefer Tuscany or the Cinque Terre? The good news is that because this trip gives you both, you don’t have to decide. LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS APR 16, MAY 7, MAY 28, JUN 11, JUL 2, SEP 3, SEP 17, OCT 1, OCT 29 BEGINS FLORENCE ENDS FLORENCE PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4495, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $5290 OTHER TOURS IN TUSCANY FAMILY JOURNEY PAGE 56, CULINARY TOUR PAGE 63

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Ireland: The Emerald Isle

IRELAND SIMPLY MAKES US HAPPY. IT’S EVERY BIT AS BEAUTIFUL AS YOU’VE HEARD. There’s the spectacular Ring of Kerry. The fishing village of Dingle. The mountain-ringed lakes. For the name alone, we love MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountain range. We also take easy walks on the high peninsulas and wild seashores. You’ll get a not very useful but absolutely fascinating lesson in how farmers cut peat. The people are even warmer and more good-humored than the cliché. From stately Killarney to sheep-clogged country lanes over-looking the sea, our Irish friends will give you a complete and memorable taste of their lives. And to keep your visit easy, the trip includes a pair of leisurely stays in fantastic five-star hotels. LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS JUN 11, JUL 2, AUG 13, SEP 10 BEGINS KILLARNEY ENDS KILLARNEY PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4095, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $4890 OTHER TOURS IN IRELAND FAMILY JOURNEY PAGE 57

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Watching a shepherd and his dogs manage a flock in the rolling green meadows Ferrying to Skellig Michael Island and its seabird colonies Lunch at Lord Brandon’s Cottage in the Gap of Dunloe The storytelling boatman who sails us across the Killarney Lakes Tasting whiskey at a distillery and singing at a local pub

England’s Cornwall Coast WHEN THE BRITISH CRAVE A COUNTRY WALK, THEY’RE likely to head for Cornwall. Well-established footpaths offer some of the finest walking anywhere. The sea is Mediterranean blue. The headlands offer terrific views punctuated by lighthouses. You’ll find history and legend around every Cornish corner. The quiet coves once harbored infamous pirates and smugglers. There’s Tintagel Castle, according to legend the birthplace of King Arthur. St. Michael’s Mount rises above the bay, drawing pilgrims (and us). And everywhere, cozy villages, warm friends and an essential cream tea of scones, jam and clotted cream always make us feel very at home. LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS MAY 14, JUN 11, JUL 16, SEP 10 BEGINS MOUSEHOLE ENDS BODMIN PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4795, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $5690

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HIGHLIGHTS. The stroll from Land’s End with a geologist to see traces of Stone Age man  performance at the Minack Outdoor Theatre, overlooking the ocean A A leisurely amble in the harbor village of Mousehole Savoring a traditional tea with scones and jam Wandering the sculpted gardens of Lanhydrock House


WE LOVE THE SCALE OF THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS. Heather-covered moors roll into a broad horizon. Ruined castles stand watch over silvery lochs. But for all of that sweep and solitude, it’s the close-ups we remember best. You’ll meet the shepherd whose collies steer a flock with fluid grace. We walk with a naturalist along a windswept North Sea estuary. And we’ll introduce you to cashmere weavers … the whiskey aficionados at an acclaimed distillery … and the groundskeepers who manicure the 600-year-old St. Andrews golf course. Throughout, you’ll stay in lovely country-house hotels, and enjoy a range of walks from canal towpaths to Edinburgh’s High Street.

HIGHLIGHTS.  private tour of Inveraray Castle A Cruising on Loch Ness, overlooked by the scenic ruins of Urquhart Castle Meeting the weavers and shopping at a cashmere mill Absorbing history as you walk on Culloden Moor and on the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle Seeing our friend Neil’s sheepdogs at work on his farm

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Edinburgh & the Scottish Highlands

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STONEHENGE STEAMS AT DAWN. YOU’LL SEE IT AS YOU stand among the great pillars — no crowds, no ropes to hold you back — at the moment when the rising sun first touches the night-cooled sandstone. And it’s just one of several holdyour-breath moments on this journey through Southwestern England. We’ll take you on our favorite paths that wind across sweeping meadows and into honeyed-stone villages. We’ll lunch in our friends’ 11th-century home and visit the tea shop lady as her scones come out of the oven. This isn’t just the superficially pretty England. It’s a rich cultural experience with personal introductions and remarkable access to nonpublic places.

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Barcelona & the Costa Brava WHEN WE ASKED OUR GUIDES HOW TO DESCRIBE Catalonia to you, they said: “Tell them we are Tuscany, only better.” Spain’s easternmost province does easily equal the best of Italy. Olive groves, local markets, ranks of cypress trees and perched stone villages shimmer in the incredible light. But it offers much more, too. The chic avenues of Barcelona … a park full of extinct volcanoes … a dip in the Mediterranean at a private resort on the Costa Brava … the Moorish-accented culture. And did we mention the vivid flavors of Catalán cuisine? If you love Tuscany but don’t want to repeat yourself, make this your next destination. You won’t be disappointed!

HIGHLIGHTS. Seeing La Sagrada Familia and eating paella in Barcelona Our acclaimed parador, a restored Catalan farmhouse A surreal visit to the Salvador Dalí museum

Visiting a potter’s workshop and exploring the Greco-Roman ruins of Empúries White beaches and umbrella pines on the trail from Cap Roig to Llafranc

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Spain: Seville, Granada & Córdoba FOR ALMOST 800 YEARS, THE MOORS OCCUPIED IBERIA — and created Europe’s most exotic culture. Seville is the suavest of cities. In the Alhambra, water in all its gurgling, splashing variety cools the air that whispers through beautiful stone fretwork. The vastness of la vega, the province’s plain, is truly cinematic, scattered with whitewashed villages, ruined fortresses, vineyards, gnarled olive trees and stately poplars. We stay in several of Spain’s finest paradors. And our guides are very well connected so you get introductions to ceramicists, olive-growers and even the Alhambra’s resident wood inlay expert.

HIGHLIGHTS. Strolling to the Alcázar in cosmopolitan Seville Granada, with shopping in the Alcaicería, and the Alhambra fortress Tasting some of Spain’s finest olive oil at a working mill

A walk on the Las Viñas route with a picnic in the valley A night on the town in Córdoba with dinner and flamenco dancing

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PORTUGAL’S WIDEST SMILE

AT HOME WITH THE VISCONDESSA

Our friend, Maria Manuel Cyrne, is a viscondessa, and she bears the title with down-to-earth grace and infectious good humor. You will learn that firsthand as she plays hostess to you at her estate. For a mere 800 years or so, the 444-acre quinta was her family’s home, until social changes led to a forced sale in the mid-1970s. Not until 1994 did she and her husband reclaim the vineyards, orchards, olive groves—and a neglected, roofless manor house. (We’ll leave it to Maria to tell you her other inspiring story of how she became Portugal’s bestknown mother.) From the first choreographed moment, you know you have entered another world. She greets us with a glass of wine produced from her own grapes, and invites us for dinner in the private dining room. The viscondessa also welcomes us aboard a Rabelo boat to cruise the Douro River, complete with a picnic lunch from her kitchen and more of those estate wines. Trust us: You will experience Portuguese hospitality at its kindest extreme, and discover a side of this country that few visitors are privileged to see. And that means smiles for everybody.

Portugal: Lisbon to Porto THIS IS WHAT IT FEELS TO BE ROYALTY. FUNDED BY centuries of discovery and empire, Portugal has more regal grandeur than any other country we know. Of course, the great cities of Lisbon and Porto are rich with imperial landmarks. Our hotels here are distinctive and gracious. But Portugal also has more hours of sunshine a year than any other European country, perfect for exploring. So we taste the country’s treasured port wines on walks in the mountainous vineyards where they’re born. On a glorious coastal trail, you’ll face the churning surf that Henry the Navigator conquered to explore Africa and the New World. And we’ll come face-to-face with Portuguese people, from porcelain makers to fishermen to olive-growers. You’ll get a true feel for the unique tempo and personality of this kingdom by the sea.

HIGHLIGHTS. A guided walk in the colorful streets of Lisbon Pena Palace, one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal Our over-the-top palace hotel on the grounds of a Carmelite monastery Strolling along the river in historic Porto Trails with views of olive groves in the fertile Douro Valley and a vineyard picnic

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FLAVORS IBERIA of

PORTUGAL AND THE REGIONS OF SPAIN OFFER MORE VARIETY THAN YOU THINK BY CORY HAYES

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lindfolded, I can taste one forkful of food from Spain and tell you if the cook is from Andalucia, Catalonia or wherever,” claims our friend Riccardo. “Perhaps,” smiles Frederique. “But some of us can sense exactly which San Sebastian pinxtos [tapas] bar marinated a specific shrimp.” Carla, from Portugal, chimes in: “That is quite nice. But in my country it’s enough that a tomato tastes like the world’s best tomato … not a place.” As the Iberian Peninsula enjoys a surge in popularity with travelers, it’s tempting to imagine that Portugal and the regions of Spain have some interchangeable allure. But when I talked with a trio of the locals who guide for Classic Journeys, they nixed that theory. Enthusiastically. Often. And they all revert to local foods to make the point that Iberia is remarkably more diverse than the map suggests. “Every region is like an entirely different country,” Riccardo explains. Spain didn’t have a single monarchy until 1813. Until then, it was a jumble of kingdoms bound by mountains, and the cultural borders are still strong. With little money or incentive to travel, the people stayed close to home and, to

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a surprising degree, that compartThe senses work overtime as you graze the mentalization continues. The extapas in San Sebastian ception — as in many things Iberian or Barcelona, stroll a col— is Portugal. The Portuguese have orful Andalucian festival, been Portuguese since the sixth or or sip wine in Portugal’s Douro Valley. seventh century. The regional personalities couldn’t be more distinct. “Portugal is patient.” Carla makes the case for her homeland in just three words. The grapes a vintner invites you to taste at his Douro Valley winery? They won’t be perfect Port for 40 years. The workers who gently rake sea salt from the shimmering skim of salt pans? They’ve been at it since Roman times. (When the Vikings invaded to procure salt, they introduced cod, which became the national dish.) “We are calm and willing to wait for the best,” Carla adds as you walk through a 600-yearold forest or relax at an estate hotel that’s been in the same family for eight centuries. In Spain, Andalucia tips to the opposite end of the mellow spectrum according to Riccardo. “Here, every day is a festival. ‘Oh, look! The tomato is ripe! Let’s celebrate!’” Most likely, that tomato will become a bowl of velvety salmorejo — please don’t call it gazpacho — garnished with a sprinkle of Serrano ham and hard-boiled egg. The everyday ingredients are elevated by their simple authenticity. “The rain in Spain does not fall on the plain,” he explains. Thus the drought-tolerant olive groves, which yield surprisingly grassy-tasting oil, sunbaked white villages and the mind-cooling power of the fountains that burble in the Alhambra. On the other hand, lush abundance is the rule in northwest Spain where the Basques fiercely protect their ancient culture. Ruby garlands of pimientos hang from eaves to dry. Near Bidarray, you talk to a family that makes artisanal sheep’s milk cheese on their farm. At the village pelota match, Frederique will seat you in the bettors’ section “because they cheer the loudest.” They practically had to invent pinxtos here because how could you eat only one or two kinds of food for a meal? Ensconced in San Sebastian’s best-located hotel, you can alternate between tapas-crawling and basking on a jet-set beach. Across the peninsula, quirky and cosmopolitan are the adjectives of choice for Barcelona and surrounding Catalonia. A languid evening stroll on La Rambla is about seeing and being seen and more than a little about a glass of nose-tickling cava and silky crema catalana. “To be Catalan is to see the world through a peculiar and colorful lens,” Riccardo explains. In the land that gave birth to Gaudí and Dali, artists such as the potters Riccardo introduces to you carry on traditions different than anywhere else in Spain. Did he mention the sophistication of the beach resorts on the Costa del Sol? Yes, he most certainly did. After all of the guides’ passionate electioneering, I have to declare myself an independent. I’ll concede that every region Classic Journeys visits on the Iberian Peninsula is a land all its own. The question now is which one to immerse myself in next. I’m accepting bribes of Catalan sausages, chicken basquaise, paella and feijoada.


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Normandy & Brittany YOU’LL TELL EVERYONE ABOUT THE DAY YOU WALKED TO MONT-ST.Michel. The monastery floats on water — until the tide ebbs to reveal the causeway to its gate. Then, as the faithful have done for centuries, we pilgrimage on foot across the seabed to one of France’s most glorious landmarks. Brittany and Normandy have their apple orchards and salt-meadow sheep flocks and picture-book medieval villages. And we’ve planned beautiful walks among them. But we always seem to come back to the sea. To explore coastlines invaded by Iron Age Celts and D-Day forces. To stroll in ports that launched the Norman conquest of the British Isles. And to feast in restaurants where freshly harvested oysters and crêpes drizzled in dark chocolate are standard fare. So much beauty in the shadow of so much history makes this a truly unforgettable journey.

HIGHLIGHTS. Exploring Norman dairy farms, followed by a tasting of the local apple brandy Commemorating D-Day, including visits to Omaha Beach and the American cemetery

The remarkable 230-foot tapestry in Bayeux Lunching on the paper-thin crêpes you learn to make A walk on panoramic seaside trails near Saint-Malo

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Basque Pyrénées & Bilbao A MUSEUM SHEATHED IN TITANIUM. WILD HORSES THAT EAT baguettes. Villages with names in three languages — Basque, French and Spanish. Every time we venture onto the western slopes of the Pyrénées, Europe’s oldest culture surprises us again. Fierce pelota games take over village squares. Red pimientos dry in the sun … then show up at dinner stuffed with seafood. Festivals abound, and the scenery is wildly varied from cool mountain meadows to golden beaches. The Basques have a deep affection for Americans, and you’ll experience it firsthand as you explore with our local guide.

HIGHLIGHTS. Strolling in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, a French fishing village A long and leisurely tapas lunch in seaside San Sebastián Visiting a working farmer to see how he makes sheep’s-milk cheese

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Spotting miniature wild horses on a footpath that straddles Spain and France A guided visit to Bilbao’s Guggenheim museum

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A Week in Provence

PRACTICE SAYING “I’M VACAtioning in the south of France this year.” Great as it sounds, it’s even better in real life. Think country trails that wind through rustic perched villages and fields of lavender. A friend (who is also your local guide) drizzles your warm bread with award-winning olive oil she presses herself. The legendary sunlight bathes the landscapes of Cezánne and Van Gogh. The cultural landmarks are inspiring too — from the Roman’s Pont du Gard aqueduct to Sénanque Abbey. And fair warning: You can get very used to lunches that end with ripe figs, goat cheese and a sip of chilly rosé. This is Provence at its purest, and you will never forget it.

HIGHLIGHTS. Walking amid apricot and olive groves in the Dentelles de Montmirail Our classic estate-hotel in the countryside near Noves A private tasting at a Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyard

An amble through lavender fields to Sénanque Abbey and Gordes from St. Remy Cooking with a Michelin-starred chef in his kitchen

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Bordeaux & the Dordogne Valley

HIGHLIGHTS. Exploring Bordeaux vineyards, followed by a meal with pairings of the region’s finest reds The medieval town of St. Émilion Our favorite footpath to Château de Marqueyssac

Ambling in a valley to the fortifications of Domme, Castelnaud and Commarque Castle 27,000-year-old cave paintings not open to the public

EVERYTHING WE LOVE BEST ABOUT FRANCE is abundant in the scenic southwest. There are the great Bordeaux wines that vintners coax from limestone hillsides … prehistoric cave paintings … and the fortifications and châteaux that punctuate scenic walks in the Dordogne Valley. Along the way, we meet artisans, tradesmen and even a truffle-hunter. And just imagine yourself at one of the loveliest inns anywhere, strolling by a 13th-century millpond before dining on a country stew and crème brûlée. If you love to lose yourself in the life of the places you visit, this is the perfect experience for you. LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS MAY 14, JUN 4, SEP 3, OCT 8 BEGINS BORDEAUX ENDS BRIVE PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4595, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $5390

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Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula

ISTRIA GIVES US GOOSEBUMPS. It’s that giddy kind of rush you get when you find someplace so authentic that you can’t believe it’s you standing there. On this triangle of paradise that dips into the Adriatic east of Venice, the scenery is so perfect that you don’t want the walks to end. Think vineyards rolling into olive groves sweeping to the Adriatic. Can’t you see yourself eating an apricot plucked from the orchard of a limestone farmhouse … chatting with a goat herder … sipping the Malvasia before another forkful of truffled gnocchi? Istria is everything we love: unspoiled countryside, seaside towns of near-Venetian beauty, a delightful mix of Croatian and Italian cultures. Travel experts say it’s “like Tuscany 30 years ago.” We think Istria is perfect … the rare kind of destination just about guaranteed to give you the unforgettable thrill of discovery.

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HIGHLIGHTS. Soaking in Venice on foot and by vaporetto Your first glimpse of the red-tiled roofs of Rovinj An olive oil-tasting at our friends’ mill and a winetasting overlooking the sea

Our luxurious villa on the Adriatic in Opatija Walking footpaths on Košljun Island to visit monks at a 15th-century monastery

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Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast

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ON THIS EARTH, WE HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYWHERE more beautiful than the southern coast of Croatia. Even the grandeur of Dubrovnik didn’t prepare us for the simple, sweeping vistas along the Adriatic. We recommend going now, before the growing buzz attracts the crowds. Today, you can still spend an hour or two on a farm trail between the aquamarine sea and a patchwork of tiny fields with a scattering of goats — and never see another visitor. Again and again, you’ll see a red-tiled roof or a gorgeous little bay and imagine for a moment that you’re in Provence or on the Italian coast. But this is definitely Croatia, where the tempo is slower, more peaceful. And you’ll find it very easy to engage with the locals, whether they’re our friends who run a family vineyard or the lace-maker who invites us into her workshop. This is one of our favorite destinations, and we are convinced that you will agree. LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS MAY 7, JUN 4, JUL 2, SEP 3, OCT 8 BEGINS DUBROVNIK ENDS SPLIT PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4595, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $5390 OTHER ADRIATIC TOURS DALMATIAN COAST FAMILY JOURNEY PAGE 58, ISTRIA CULTURAL WALKING PAGE 38


IF YOU’VE EVER WONDERED HOW IT WOULD BE TO time-travel, this compact visit to the Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary 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. Out in the countryside, the sights are just as amazing. Powder-blue cathedrals leap up from the heart of valley towns. Incredibly intact villages are so perfectly preserved that the U.N. recognizes them as World Heritage Sites. Strolling through wide-open farmland, you’ll be forgiven if you feel you’ve stepped back into feudal times. Whether you’re sipping wine in terraced vineyards or cruising the dramatic Danube river, you’ll marvel that these places still exist. And you’ll bring home a rich slice of Europe’s life and history that most travelers never see.

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HIGHLIGHTS. The preserved villages of Tel and eský Krumlov  isiting an artisanal brewery for a tasting V A scenic walk in rolling farmlands near Rožmberk Castle Footpaths in Austria’s rolling hills that lead to ancient Zwettl Abbey Weaving through Wachau Valley vineyards and cruising on the Danube

Norway

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THERE IS NO FINER PLACE TO CELEBRATE SUMMER THAN the fjords of Norway. Whether you’re cruising the blue waters ... walking on glaciers ... or exploring remote villages, you will gain a wonderful sense of how climate and topography influence history, culture and daily life. Along the way, we feast on fish fresh from the North Sea with tart lingonberries for dessert. We wander wildflower meadows — and stroll in the late-night sun. Your visit includes stays in both Oslo and Bergen, cities that contain more forest than streetscape. From the Bergen Art Museum which contains the world's second largest collection of Munch paintings, including "The Scream," this week brings you in touch with an array of Norwegian experiences.

HIGHLIGHTS. Riding the Flåm Railway into snow-capped mountains  private boat ride in Sognefjord to our waterside hotel A Going for a guided glacier walk or kayaking amid ice floes on a lake The spectacular funicular ride to the top of Mt. Fløyen Ferrying to dinner on an island with views lit by the late-setting sun LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS JUN 18, JUL 16, AUG 13, SEP 10 BEGINS OSLO ENDS BERGEN PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $5990

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Iceland: Volcanoes & Vikings WHAT MUST THE FIRST VIKINGS HAVE THOUGHT OF ICELAND? THEY found Geysir (the original geyser) hurtling boiling water 200 feet into the sky. There are great streams of cooling lava ... massive glaciers tower over bays teeming with whales ... and a solitude that must have made the fjords of home feel crowded by comparison. We love Iceland 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. And today’s Icelanders are a colorful, cordial lot as you’ll discover firsthand on our Iceland tours. Our local guide will introduce you to everyone from a shark fisherman to a Viking priestess who looks into the ancient runes to cast fortunes. Travel to Iceland on Classic Journeys’ cultural walking adventure and you’ll dig into a lobster feast, soak in a geothermal spa and stay in luxury hotels that capture the island’s unique vibe. LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS JUN 18, JUL 16, AUG 6, SEP 3 BEGINS REYKJAVÍK ENDS REYKJAVÍK PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $5890

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WILD LUXURY

Towering glaciers and rugged lava fields may be just beyond your windows. Inside, our award-winning Icelandic hotels are oases of warm and soothing luxury. Bubble for a while in an outdoor geothermal hot tub. Dine in the “Mecca of Icelandic cuisine.” Sleep in deep comfort. We love them because they bring each day in the wilds to a very civilized end.

HIGHLIGHTS. A privately guided exploration of Reykjavik  alking the steamy lava fields near Mount W Hekla, Iceland’s most active volcano The glacier-capped beauty of Snaefellsnes Peninsula Roaming in tiny fishing villages on the rocky coast Dine with (and have your fortune read by) a Viking priestess


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Morocco: Fès to Marrakesh HIGHLIGHTS. Your personal caravan of Moroccan experts, led by our beloved guides The Fès medina and dinner at La Maison Bleue A camel safari and walks on paths through lush oases Exploring historic Ait-BenHaddou on the caravan route outside Ouarzazate A lavish dinner in a private Marrakesh mansion

ENTERING A DESERT ENCAMPMENT AFTER SUNSET, YOU SEE ONLY THE GLOWING BERBER tents carpeted with kilims. Cumin-scented stew simmers over a campfire. And the starlit sky is simply amazing. Not until morning do you see in full light how stunning your desert setting is. Morocco is full of surprises and this is just one we share with you. Colossal Saharan dunes. Cool cedar-forested mountains. Narrow gorges with ribbon-like oases in their depths. And the restored medieval Kasbah (fortress) that is one of our hotels. The marvelous news is that, for all its surprises and adventure, Morocco also delivers everything you expect from vivid markets to warm hospitality spiced by Berber, Arab, Jewish, African and Mediterranean influences. You may also be surprised to know that the climate is also moderate; this is the coolest and most welcoming of the African nations. LENGTH 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS DEPARTS FEB 11, MAR 11, APR 1, MAY 13, SEP 9, OCT 7, NOV 4, DEC 28 BEGINS FÈS ENDS MARRAKESH PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4695, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $5590 OTHER TOURS IN MOROCCO FAMILY JOURNEY PAGE 53

New Zealand’s South Island IMAGINE YOURSELF PICNICKING IN A TROPICAL RAINFOREST … at the foot of a glacier. That’s the way real life goes on the South Island, the spectacular setting for The Lord of the Rings movies. We’ll spend a day with a family on their vast sheep station. You’ll sip wine at fine vineyards and stargaze on a fjord cruise. Our local guide also arranges for naturalists and historians to share their knowledge. As you sample the native green lip mussels … learn about the Maori culture … and go on an evening stroll lit by glowworms, you’ll remember this as one of the most unique journeys of your life. LENGTH 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS DEPARTS JAN 6, FEB 22, OCT 17, OCT 31 BEGINS CHRISTCHURCH ENDS QUEENSTOWN PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $5890 OTHER TOURS IN NEW ZEALAND FAMILY JOURNEY, SEE WEBSITE

HIGHLIGHTS. Shearing a sheep and watching the dogs at work on a farm in Arthur’s Pass The reflection of Mt. Cook in Lake Matheson A guided walk on the passageways of Fox Glacier A walk on Munro Beach with a chance to spot dolphins and rare crested penguins An overnight cruise to Fjordland National Park

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Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia MOST TOURISTS NEVER SEE HALONG BAY IN THE MORNING. They miss the fishing junks sliding past limestone spires that thrust from the turquoise water. They can’t imagine how the scent of fresh coffee hangs in the air as eagles float overhead. It’s an extravagant sensory moment possible only because we spend the night on the water ... on a luxury junk. And it’s just one unique event we’ll share with you in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Of course, we visit the great cities of Indochina. But we also stop at the homestead of a rice farmer ... meet the elephants in a Laotian preserve … wander the temples of Angkor with an expert guide … and stay in Indochina’s finest hotels. Along the way, you’ll roam in exotic markets, eat remarkable local foods and experience traditional cultures you only find if you approach the region like a traveler, rather than a tourist. LENGTH 10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS DEPARTS JAN 15, MAR 9, MAY 17, OCT 20, DEC 29 BEGINS SAIGON, VIETNAM ENDS SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA AIRFARE INTERNAL AIR APPROX. $695 PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4895, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $6090 OTHER TOURS IN INDOCHINA MYANMAR CULTURAL WALKING ADVENTURE PAGE 43, VIETNAM FAMILY JOURNEY PAGE 53,

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HIGHLIGHTS. Exploring Saigon on a rickshaw ride and down into the Cu Chi Tunnels An easy bike ride amid the Mekong Delta’s rice paddies Bantering with the shopkeepers at Luang Prabang’s famed night market Offering alms of rice to the Buddhist monks of Laos Meeting the children in a remote village school

INDOCHINA’S IMPRESSIVE HOTELS Ask any experienced Indochina hand where to stay, and the answers are fast and decisive: The Hotel Metropole in Hanoi, the Park Hyatt in Saigon and the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Ankgor in Siem Reap (above). All three are luxurious five-star stars of this Classic Journey. And our inviting luxury junk on Halong Bay is one of our all-time favorite accommodations.


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Myanmar: Lost in Time EXPERIENCE THE RE-EMERGENCE OF MYANMAR. AFTER years of isolation, this exotic land has opened its doors. From Yangon’s gold-encrusted Shwedagon Pagoda to mind-boggling Bagan where 2,000 pagodas and temples dot the plain, you’ll see the country’s essential landmarks. But most of all, we’ll immerse you in the lovely countryside and the lives of the people whose local traditions continue. You’ll lunch with the owner of a stilted house on Inle Lake. We’ll introduce you to floating farmers, lacquerware artisans, schoolchildren and ethnic tribespeople in village markets. Throughout, you’ll stay in an array of fine accommodations — eco-resorts to elegant converted mansions.

HIGHLIGHTS. The silk weaving village of Inn Paw Khone Watching the sunset as you cruise the Irrawaddy River Walking the city walls of legendary Mandalay

Exploring Bagan’s pagodas in a pony cart and the gondola of a hot-air balloon A vineyard walk at the Red Mountain Estate and lunch in a simple village home

LENGTH 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS DEPARTS FEB 14, MAR 14, NOV 7, DEC 30 BEGINS YANGON ENDS YANGON PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $6190 AIRFARE INTERNAL AIR APPROX. $595

India: Rajasthan, Tigers & Taj SUNRISE AT THE TAJ MAHAL? OR WALKING WITH A GOATHERD? As we look back on India, we never can decide which was more memorable. On this carefully curated journey, we visit extravagant palaces and temples. But we also arrange countryside walks that introduce you to rural villagers … as well as descendants of royal families, sari- and turban-tying experts and naturalists. And we pamper you each night in some of the world’s most sumptuous hotels. From jungle safaris to New Delhi to the Thar Desert, India is truly epic. That’s where Classic Journeys comes in to handle the complex logistics, freeing you to absorb a broad wealth of experiences.

HIGHLIGHTS. Unparalleled views of the Taj Mahal from our Agra hotel A sunset camel ride in Pushkar Tiger safaris in Ranthambhore National Park

Personally guided visits to some of the country’s most extravagant palaces and temples Shopping local spice markets with your guide then cooking a meal in a chef’s personal kitchen

LENGTH 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS DEPARTS JAN 28, MAR 5, OCT 24, DEC 28 BEGINS DELHI ENDS DELHI PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $8590 AIRFARE INTERNAL AIR APPROX. $595

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Bryce, Grand Canyon & Zion National Parks WE PLAY THE “PIONEER GAME” EVERY TIME WE VISIT THESE NATIONAL parks. It goes like this: Imagine cresting the hill in your Conestoga wagon to behold these sights. How would you have reacted to canyons so deep, rock this red, bridges of stone and boulders poised on spires? These days, many visitors miss that sense of wonder as they RV past major points of interest. The Classic Journeys approach is different. We partner you with our knowledgeable guides who interpret what you see. (Did you know that the original Grand Canyon may have been created all at once by the sudden draining of an inland sea?) We’ll make sure you get to less-visited areas and experience the richness of the area’s geologic and human history. Yet we do it all without undue exertion. We’ve found easy trails and historic lodges to make certain that this journey is memorable in every way. LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS MAY 28, JUN 18, JUL 16, SEP 3 BEGINS ST. GEORGE, UTAH ENDS ST. GEORGE, UTAH PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3095, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $3590 OTHER TOURS IN THE SOUTHWEST FAMILY JOURNEY PAGE 61; SANTA FE & TAOS, SEE WEBSITE

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THE RIGHT ACTIVITIES, THE RIGHT TIMES We adjust our approach to the altitude and seasons of the parks. Because Bryce and the Grand Canyon are at higher elevations, we plan longer, more comfortable walks for the cooler weather. In Zion, where temperatures are a bit warmer, we escape the heat in the deep, cool shadows of a spectacular slot gorge. You’ll always feel your best as you see the parks at their best.

HIGHLIGHTS. Walking among bristlecone pines to a picnic with views of 1,000-foot sandstone cliffs Sunset from our lodge on the Grand Canyon Rim A guided visit to the Ancestral Puebloan ruins The walk under hanging gardens along the Virgin River Getting our feet wet in the 2,000-footdeep Zion Narrows slot gorge


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Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula YES, YOU MIGHT BE SATISFIED with a cruise to Alaska. But it just seems a shame to float past some of the most spectacular landscapes on earth. The Kenai Peninsula offers wonderful walking that doesn’t require “bush” skills. There’s the world’s most northerly rainforest and remote wildflower meadows … the scenic path to Exit Glacier … the humpback whales and orcas of Resurrection Bay. With us, you’ll see it all — and you’ll meet local fishermen, naturalists and other friends. Accommodations include historic lodges and hotels. Even if we don’t offer allyou-can-eat buffets, we think you’ll be very happy with a lakeside salmon-bake, followed by just-picked blueberries.

HIGHLIGHTS. Walking the Iditarod Trail and taking the hand-tram over Winner Creek Gorge Windsong Lodge, on the Resurrection River near Seward

Salmon bisque and King Crab salad atop Mt. Alyeska Gentle rafting on the Kenai River or a forest walk to the Russian River Falls Shopping and gallery hopping in Homer

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Montana’s Glacier National Park

HIGHLIGHTS. An unforgettable picnic at awesome Avalanche Lake The soaring, timbered lobbies of our historic lodges Learning about the Blackfeet tribe from a native

The wildlife walk to Virginia Falls with chances to see elk, moose and bald eagles Cruising Swiftcurrent and Josephine Lakes on a historic wooden steamer

DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN HEAR THE WINGS of a gliding eagle? Or that deep-sea fossils hide along the shores of high-altitude lakes? There’s so much to Glacier National Park that most visitors never even imagine. But Classic Journeys can show you all its grandeur and solitude in unique style. On easygoing walks carefully chosen so you can glory in wildlife and wildflowers. With visits to mining camps and with ranchers and Native Americans for views of how humans live in this awesome setting. Throughout, you’ll enjoy a fine mix of outdoor activity and perfect lodgings at the end of every exhilarating day. LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS JUL 2, JUL 23, AUG 20 BEGINS WHITEFISH ENDS WHITEFISH PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3695, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $4390 OTHER TOURS IN MONTANA FAMILY JOURNEY PAGE 60

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Nova Scotia: Coasts & Villages IN NOVA SCOTIA, WE KEEP IMAGINING THERE’S A NATIONAL Geographic camera-man nearby. Every moment is so beautiful that it’s hard to believe no one is getting it on film. This is the place of 45-foot tides in the Bay of Fundy, great gatherings of whales and tumbled coastlines. The fishing villages are jigsaw-puzzle perfect … and absolutely authentic. The shops and frequent festivals show off a melting pot of French Acadian, English, Greek and Gaelic influences. Our walks range from candlelit tours of some of the oldest towns in North America, to spectacular coastal footpaths and woodland trails where the native Mi’kmaq (or Micmac) made their home for thousands of years. Atlantic currents make Nova Scotia milder than you may have realized, and its northern latitudes make for extra-long summer days perfect for enjoying it all. LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS JUL 16, AUG 13, SEP 3 BEGINS HALIFAX ENDS HALIFAX PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3095, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $3690 OTHER TOURS NOVA SCOTIA FAMILY JOURNEY PAGE 59

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HIGHLIGHTS. A wildflower walk in the bogs of Brier Island Sitting down to a lobster boil in Hall’s Harbour Strolling in historic Annapolis Royal and Lunenburg The awesome quiet in the old-growth forests of Kejimkujic National Park Our guide’s stories about shipwrecks and seafaring life during a walk to Blue Rocks

A PERFECT MARITIME MIX The Atlantic rules life in Nova Scotia, and one perfect day will show you how. In Lunenburg, you’ll get a lesson from a top chef on how to cook lobster (a food so common here that it was “junk food” for the poor until the mid-19th century). Then, you’ll take to the sea on a 48foot wooden ketch to experience the lighthousestudded coast like generations of local sailors and fishermen.


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Canadian Rockies

YOU DON’T HAVE TO SLEEP IN A TENT TO EXPERIENCE the solitude of the Canadian Rockies. On this Classic Journey, you go deep into this remarkable land without giving up the creature comforts. You’ll see the essential sights like Lake Louise. But we’ll also arrange a guided walk on an awesome glacier and scout out moose, elk or bighorn sheep. We take our walks on gentle or moderate trails. For your comfort, we’ve arranged accommodations in historic lodges and feasts on local specialties. The local Cree people used the word “yoho” — an expression of awe — to describe this land. When you see it our way, we know you’ll agree.

HIGHLIGHTS. Walking a limestone canyon lined with waterfalls  morning walk from our log inn along Lake Louise with views to A Mount Victoria Takakkaw Falls, Canada’s second highest cataract Learning about the fossil-rich Burgess Shale on a walk around Emerald Lake Options for canoeing, fishing or horseback riding LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS JUN 25, AUG 6, SEP 3 BEGINS BANFF ENDS BANFF PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3795, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $4590 OTHER TOURS IN THE ROCKIES FAMILY JOURNEY PAGE 59

Québec & Charlevoix

WE HAVE A FRIEND WHO SAYS THAT WHEN SHE’S IN THE mood for France she just heads for Québec. Interesting advice — but it doesn’t do justice to the New World culture and landscape of this province. True, the first Frenchmen sailed up in 1535, and their influence is still obvious — in the food, language and architecture. As the only fortified city in North America, Québec City might look just as at home on the Dordogne River as the St. Lawrence. The farmland may even remind you of Normandy. The most startling discovery, though, is that the European past thrives so near to home. The Charlevoix region is a UNESCO Heritage Cultural Region. On fascinating walks, we’ll learn why as we visit the villages, the tradespeople and the terrain that make this one of our favorite destinations anywhere. Join us and see how it feels to go to Europe without leaving the continent.

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TAKING A LONG-DISTANCE trip with kids or teens is easy when you join us for a Multisport Family Journey. Thinking about our own family vacations, we created these trips to match the energy levels and attention spans of younger travelers. Our smart and intuitive local guides understand the interests of kids, teens and adults. Together, you’ll do cool stuff like dune surfing, mountain biking on medieval walls, riding ziplines and getting your hands dirty in crafts sessions with local artisans. Suddenly, ancient ruins are for climbing. Alpine cog railway trips turn into joy rides. Bocce ball becomes a blast. On plenty of occasions, kids and teens go their carefully chaperoned way, and you’ll have generous time for adult-focused activities like wine-tastings, longer walks and gourmet dinners. For everybody’s comfort and sanity, you’ll settle in at luxury inns and hotels chosen for their family-friendliness. Your picky eaters will be fine, too. We find the local specialties they love — pizza, fondue, picnic fare — as well as chances to try new tastes. Several of our itineraries can accommodate younger children, so give us a call. Often we can arrange supervision for the littlest ones so that older siblings and adults can maximize their fun. On a Multisport Family Journey, you’ll never have to sacrifice your pleasure to keep the younger generation happy. And you’ll make memories you’ll talk about for years.


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Q& A Kids and teens with one or more Multisport Family Journeys under their belts take on the questions your kids are likely to ask. WILL I BE STUCK WITH ADULTS ALL DAY? No. We had days in Costa Rica when we were off with our own guide, Gisselle, for three hours. We did a nighttime safari. I was glad I got to do it — my grandmother was just as happy that she didn’t.

IS THIS AN “EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE”? Well, I learned a lot, but it’s nothing like school. Alfredo, our naturalist in the Galápagos, showed us how iguanas spit salt. You absolutely find out things you didn’t know before.

Q WILL THEY FEED ME SNAILS AND GOAT BRAINS?

Q I’M MISSING A WEEK OF SOCCER PRACTICE FOR THIS VACATION.

No, but you don’t get the “kiddie menu” either. I ate green-lipped mussels in New Zealand. Sounded weird but tasted great. I also ate about three gallons of gelato in Italy.

Don’t worry. You won’t be sitting around. There are plenty of activities, like mountain biking, river rafting and zip lining. Even selfie moments like riding camels.

Q WILL I LIKE THE OTHER KIDS ON TOUR? Well, nobody will force you to make new friends. But it was good to have these experiences with other people my age.

Need to Work Around Limited Vacation Time? We’ll be happy to price a private departure or create a custom itinerary for you. Just call us at 800.200.3887. You can see a list of all Family Journeys at ClassicJourneys.com/Family.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT When sharing a room with two fullpaying guests, kids ages 11–16 receive a $500 discount; ages 7–10 receive a $750 discount; ages 3–6 receive a $1,250 discount; ages 2 and younger receive a $1,750 discount. When sharing a room with one full-paying guest, kids receive a $250 discount.

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Cuba for Families HIGHLIGHTS. Meeting with artists and salsa dancers in La Muraleando The cannon-firing at La Cabaña Fortress Talking to farm families at work in their fields in the Valle de Viñales Le Patio de Pelegrín, where we try our hands at painting with the students Shopping a farmers’ market on a Cuban family’s budget

TRAVELING IN CUBA WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOUR FAMILY SEES — AND LIVES IN — THE world. Our People-to-People program introduces you to the real people of the island: farmers, artists, school students, orchid gardeners, cigar-makers and more. In the company of expert local guides, you go beyond the touristic to see and feel real life. On the streets of Havana, in a mountainous eco-village, in the haunts of Hemingway or in the fields of a peasant farm, every moment is a revelation — and a truly meaningful opportunity to have unscripted interactions with Cubans from all walks of life. Whether you’re cruising in a tail-finned car from the ’50s or spotting hummingbirds in a mountain preserve, you’ll end every day in perfectly located hotels (all of them family-friendly, with welcoming swimming pools). Best of all, you’ll have the satisfaction of exposing your whole family to experiences that will touch your perceptions of everything from the Cuban Missile Crisis to the cost of putting food on your dinner table. LENGTH 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS DEPARTS MAR 11, MAR 25, MAY 20, JUN 24, NOV 18, DEC 16, DEC 23 BEGINS MIAMI ENDS MIAMI PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5095, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $6190 AIRFARE INTERNAL AIR & VISA APPROX. $724 KIDS' DISCOUNTS SEE PAGE 49 OTHER TOURS IN CUBA HAVANA & VIÑALES VALLEY PAGE 18, A LONG WEEKEND IN HAVANA PAGE 19, CUBA: CIENFUEGOS, TRINIDAD & HAVANA PAGE 19

Peru & Machu Picchu MACHU PICCHU IS ON SO MANY TRAVELERS’ TOP 10 lists. After this trip your kids will recommend it to their friends, too. You see, it’s not just the wonders of Inca culture. This multi­sport vacation includes some real thrills like whitewater rafting on the Urubamba River and mountain biking in the Incas’ Sacred Valley. Our local guides introduce them to llama herders and to a chef who asks them to roll up their sleeves and help cook a Peruvian meal. Just when it doesn’t seem like it could get any better, we ascend to Machu Picchu. Approach it as an archeological treasure or mystery city peeking out of a cloud forest. Either way, you all get a guided tour to suit your age and interest level. As for the altitude, our highest point during the trip is very similar to what you’d experience at a ski resort. LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS APR 9, JUN 25, DEC 27 BEGINS CUSCO ENDS CUSCO PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4695, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $5490 KIDS' DISCOUNTS SEE PAGE 49 OTHER TOURS IN PERU CULTURAL WALKING PAGE 21

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HIGHLIGHTS. Getting to Machu Picchu by train or hiking a stretch of the Inca Trail Spotting 16 different kinds of hummingbirds Our friends’ farm where they raise llamas and alpacas Meeting the students at the school in a Quechua mountain village Learning to cook an Andean-style meal


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Galápagos Island-Based Adventure HIGHLIGHTS. Close encounters with Galápagos penguins, giant tortoises and manta rays Mountain biking through a lava rock landscape Snorkeling in clear waters near sea lions and sea turtles Looking over the rim into the second-largest volcanic caldera on earth Exploring lava tunnels where pirates hid Inca gold

THE GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS CAN REALLY PUSH A FAMILY’S “happy buttons.” The penguins and iguanas and sea lions are almost too cool to believe. The landscapes are like nothing you’ve ever seen, and the climate is great. Too bad most visitors tour the islands by cruise ship. You can get stir-crazy in the limited space. And the fun of ship-to-shore Zodiac rides wears off fast. That’s why we prefer to be island-based. We swim in our boutique hotels’ pools and go sea kayaking from our backdoor dock. We have easy access to lagoons for snorkeling, trails for mountain biking and beaches for lounging. Even if you weren’t bumping into a titanic tortoise or blue-footed boobie at every turn, this would be a fantastic active family vacation. And unlike those tourists marooned on their boats, we hang out with the locals and get a feel for what human life is like among the wildlife. LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS FEB 19, APR 2, APR 9, APR 16, JUN 18, JUN 25, JUL 23, JUL 30, NOV 19, DEC 24, DEC 27, DEC 29 BEGINS SAN CRISTÓBAL ENDS BALTRA AIRFARE ECUADORIAN AIR FROM $745 PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4795, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $5590 KIDS' DISCOUNTS SEE PAGE 49 OTHER TOURS IN GALÁPAGOS CULTURAL WALKING PAGE 20

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GO FROM SEA LEVEL TO THE ANDES — without ever leaving Ecuador. In the Galápagos, full-time naturalist guides give you close looks at giant land tortoises, blue-footed boobies and sea lions. You’ll snorkel, go sea kayaking and flamingo watching. Unlike cruise ship visitors, you’ll stay in luxury boutique hotels with tons of elbowroom and inviting pools. And next comes a new high as we return to the mainland and head for the Andes. From a 4,000-acre working ranch, you’ll take walks with snow-capped mountains in the background, go for a horseback ride, see the rare Andean condor up-close and visit the Otavalo Market.

HIGHLIGHTS. Kayaking over manta rays and white-tipped sharks Walking among giant tortoises Evening walks on beaches past lounging sea lions Going for a horseback ride in a lush Andean valley Meeting a weaver who makes hand-dyed textiles just as the Incas did LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS MAR 26, JUN 25, JUL 30, DEC 21, DEC 26 BEGINS QUITO ENDS QUITO PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4795, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $5590 KIDS' DISCOUNTS SEE PAGE 49 OTHER TOURS IN GALÁPAGOS & ANDES CULTURAL WALKING PAGE 20

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Costa Rica: Arenal & Manuel Antonio Park THIS IS THE TRIP WE OURSELVES WOULD have loved to do as kids! It’s nonstop fun every day. We’ll explore a volcano and go whitewater rafting. There’s a walk on hanging bridges up into the forest canopy. And wildlife? The list only begins with whitefaced monkeys, iguanas, butterflies and crocodiles. You’ll stay in very cool mountainside lodges that feel like treehouses. You’ll be accompanied by local guides and naturalists. Costa Rica is a great learning experience with an emphasis on fun. Whether we’re spotting scarlet macaws … dozing on a gorgeous beach … or kayaking in search of basiliscus lizards, everyone in your family will remember this trip as a wonderful adventure.

HIGHLIGHTS. A trail to five waterfalls, a hummingbird garden and a butterfly observatory Seeing how farmers grow bananas and pineapples Visiting a one room school to meet the students (and play some soccer) A walk on the hardened lava flows of Arenal Volcano Waking up to a howler monkey chorus at Manuel Antonio Park

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THE CARIBBEAN AND PACIFIC SIDES OF Costa Rica are way different, and this trip takes full advantage of both. You’ll start in Tortuguero National Park where sea turtles breed…and our hotel is only reachable by boat. Then we hop to Guanacaste National Park where our resort is on the beach. Multisport activities range from volcano walks and whitewater rafting to zipline glides and catamaran rides. You’ll also have the chance to spot keel-billed toucans, orchids, howler monkeys, river otters, and more. Our guides will also introduce you to people from the residents of an Afro-Caribbean village to cowboys known as Sabaneros.

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LEAD YOUR LAOTIAN ELEPHANT INTO THE MEKONG FOR its bath. Kayak from your private junk to the awesome caves of Vietnam’s Halong Bay. Taste dragon fruit … climb down into an underground tunnel complex ... climb on a temple at Angkor Wat. The list of family activities on our exploration of Indochina is a mile long — and a fine way to widen your horizons. Southeast Asia is totally ideal for multigenerational travel. It’s absorbing, unexpected, full of experiences unlike any you’ve ever had. Best of all, our local guides and a vast support team make your travels effortless. And did we mention the stays at hotels that regularly rank as some of the “world’s best”? Whether you’re chatting with a rice farmer or napping on the white sand of China Beach, this is a vacation none of you will ever forget.

HIGHLIGHTS. Riding bikes, talking to rice farmers, and visiting a tiny village in the Mekong Delta Kayaking in Halong Bay The early-morning alms ceremony in Luang Prabang Exploring the massive temples at Angkor Wat The cool pools at our luxury hotels

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OUR KIDS SAY IT WAS THEIR BEST DAY EVER. LAND ROVERS cruising over the Moroccan plains, swaying on a camel into Saharan dunes at sunset, eating around the campfire before nodding off in a luxury Berber tent. The best day … unless you count hanging out with shepherd families, watching snake charmers or biking along oasis dikes the following day. The terrain ranges from snowcapped mountains to lush valleys studded with date palms. You’ll meet members of our extended Classic Journeys family who welcome us to their farms and homes. We stay in lovely hotels, all with swimming pools. And the best surprise is the warmth with which the Moroccans make everyone feel well cared for.

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don’t know about you, but I can hardly keep track of how fast my family is growing up and spreading out. Text messages are replacing the emails that replaced the phone calls that replaced the time we once spent together having fun. “Our family is really close, but it still feels like the centrifugal force of life is spinning us apart a little more every year,” Bob Scarano told me, as we were putting together his family’s trip this year. “If it takes a vacation in Cuba to keep that from happening, then game on!” These days, I’m talking with a lot of parents and grandparents who want to instigate travel experiences that their families are “powerless to resist,” as one of them put it to me recently. It’s completely doable. Here are five tips for pulling it off:

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“I’m not big on taking votes about our family vacations,” claims Jack Benson “If I just tell everyone where we’re headed and when we’re leaving, things go more smoothly.” That strategy works whether you’re pulling something together last minute or planning a year out. Whatever your personal planning style is, we can make your next family vacation one of the simplest you’ve ever taken.

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The coolest wading ever happens in a redrock slot canyon at Zion National Park. Page 59


Rafting the Urubamba River…it’s just another way that Peru is more than Machu Picchu. Page 50

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The Best Choice for…

3 LET'S SEE THE USA,

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The U.S. — and Canada for that matter — offers great options for vacations that can fit neatly in a week. If any of you have driven together to national parks, you know that the old traditional quick inand-out visits are not going to cut it now. And yet parks like Glacier and the trio of Bryce, Grand Canyon and Zion are great venues for family travel when you visit with local guides who get you past the crowds and into the real fun. (Dune surfing, anyone?)

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SLEEP IN BUNK BEDS?

“Back in ancient times — the 20th century — we took some fairly economical vacations,” admits Debbie Hennekens. “We still could, but we’re all kind of over it.” That’s why she proposed their recent trip to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. “We have more affection for luxury hotels than we used to, and nobody seems to complain about that!” The luxury hotels and inns on Multisport Family Journeys guarantee plenty of comfort.

Shorts, t-shirts, flip-flops, swimsuit. You’re good to go. MOST ENVIABLE VENICE, FLORENCE & ROME

How many families get to share the best of Italy together?

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Plenty of travelers are playing the Safety Card these days. Nothing wrong with that, but it doesn’t mean you have to settle for an overly timid trip. All of the destinations I’ve just mentioned are places where you can cut loose, have a super fun time and feel perfectly secure in the process. Our local guides 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.

SHORTEST FLIGHTS U.S. NATIONAL PARKS

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Venice, Florence & Rome THREE MUST-SEE CITIES … LIKE MOST FAMILIES NEVER GET TO SEE THEM! IN ONE perfectly timed week, you’ll discover the best of Italy without feeling like you’re in a rush. Our local guides know how to get you a ride in the best gondolas, find the creamiest gelato and pull strings to get kid-friendly access to Michelangelo’s David and the Sistine Chapel. Near Florence, you’ll live and play like a Tuscan famiglia at a country hotel with swimming pool, easy access to bicycles and walking paths and a treasure hunt in Siena. We bring sprawling Rome down to size from the Trevi Fountain to the Colosseum. Best of all, you’ll meet pizza-makers, art experts and gladiator trainers who all give Italy a happy personal spin for your family. LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS JUN 18, JUN 25, JUL 2, JUL 9 BEGINS VENICE ENDS ROME PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4895, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $5690 KIDS' DISCOUNTS SEE PAGE 49 OTHER TOURS IN TUSCANY CULTURAL WALKING PAGE 29, CULINARY TOUR PAGE 63

HIGHLIGHTS.

A privately guided visit to St. Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace and Rialto Bridge 3 nights in our own 13th century village in Chianti Biking past olive trees and vineyards in the Tuscan countryside Learning how to milk goats, make cheese, and toss pizza dough with Massimo A Roman gladiator training session that’s fun for all

Amalfi Coast & Capri FOR YOU, WAKING IN A CLIFFSIDE HOTEL ON ITALY’S AMALFI Coast may be a dream come true. For the kids? It’s an eye-popping adventure. This gorgeous region is a feast for the whole family. Together you’ll visit Pompeii ... walk the rim of Mt. Vesuvius ... hydrofoil across the Bay of Naples ... and take dips at spectacular pools and beaches. For the kids and teens, there’s gelato-tasting, sea kayaking and a boat ride into the Blue Grotto. We’ll see to it that you have time for shopping and candlelit dinners overlooking the sea. Yes, you’ll all learn something about history or culture or mythology. But most of all, you’ll share a rich and relaxing experience in truly memorable surroundings.

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IRELAND IS A COUNTRY BUILT ON FAMILY. YOUR CLAN will feel welcome here whether you’re returning to your historic roots or seeking an easy vacation. Our local guide Donal knows how to please everyone — with sheep-herding dogs, story-telling boatmen, kayaking and eerie stone circles. For the adults, there are magnificent estates and local pubs, fine dining and optional golf on spectacular links. Irish footpaths are amazing. We plot a variety of walks that reveal wild seashores, quiet valleys and classic villages. And the trip now includes family-friendly stays at a pair of fantastic five-star hotels!

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HIGHLIGHTS. Clambering the walls of Ross Castle in Killarney  horse-drawn cart ride in the Gap of Dunloe to MacGillycuddy’s Reeks A Sea kayaking on Kenmare Bay and a visit to an artist’s studio An optional round of golf on an acclaimed local course Walks full of waterfalls and peat farms near Kenmare LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS JUN 25, JUL 23 BEGINS KILLARNEY ENDS KILLARNEY PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4095, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $4890 KIDS' DISCOUNTS SEE PAGE 49 OTHER TOURS IN IRELAND CULTURAL WALKING PAGE 30

Provence

HOW MANY KIDS DO YOU KNOW WHO’VE SEEN TOTALLY purple fields? Or kayaked under a Roman aqueduct? Or listened to monks chant in an abbey? This amazing journey will make your family the exception. All ages love Provence. There are exciting walks … an amazing countryside hotel … and memorable food. (Who knew the French ate pizza?) The adults will be welcomed to a fine Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyard. We’ve arranged a Provençal cooking lesson, too. And everyone enjoys exploring the bories, weird circular stone huts that no one can explain. Provence is great for a mellow family vacation because it’s so unique … but so easy that even the least-seasoned traveler has fun.

HIGHLIGHTS. Pottery throwing and painting  ayaking under Pont du Guard K Exploring amazing prehistoric beehive dwellings and the ancient Roman theater at Orange

The easy path through apricot groves to a monastery where 60 monks live and work Seeing how olives are grown and crushed into oil

LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS JUN 25, JUL 23 BEGINS AVIGNON ENDS AVIGNON PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4895, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $5690 KIDS' DISCOUNTS SEE PAGE 49 OTHER TOURS IN PROVENCE CULTURAL WALKING PAGE 37, CULINARY TOUR PAGE 63

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Swiss Alps YOU’VE PROBABLY KNOWN families who vacation in “the mountains.” But it’s nothing like the Swiss Alps! We go glacier walking, dog sledding, river rafting, llama trekking and bike riding. We eat lunch in a revolving mountaintop restaurant, meet farmers and cheese-makers and discover a town so high it can’t be reached by car. We take cool train rides and stay in fantastic chalet hotels, complete with swimming pools. Throughout, we arrange kid-pleasing activities like a chance to try silhouette cutting with a local artisan. And the adults have their moments, too, with time to stroll in a wildflower meadow, dine on your own or attend a local concert.

HIGHLIGHTS. Having fun in the snow in the middle of summer Riding famous Swiss trains, cog railways and cable cars Learning how to mush with a team of sled dogs Rafting through a gentle river valley

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Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast

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Going for a guided bike ride amid lavender fields Hydrofoiling to Split to explore Roman Emperor Diocletian’s palace

COASTAL CROATIA IS JUST ABOUT PERFECT for families. Life is laid-back and low-stress. Let the kids hunt sea glass on the edge of the placid Adriatic while you sip something cold on the overlooking terrace. Together, you’ll go sea kayaking, river rafting and ferry boating. For the adults, there’s spectacular walking and wine-tasting in our friends’ vineyard. The people are as warm and welcoming as the nearby Italians with whom they share lots of culture (and cuisine). You’ll all be immersed in history, quaint rural life and medieval cities that are guaranteed to spark the imagination. If we were to move our family to any destination we explore, this would be the one! LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS JUN 25, JUL 16 BEGINS DUBROVNIK ENDS SPLIT PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4495, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $5190 KIDS' DISCOUNTS SEE PAGE 49 OTHER TOURS IN CROATIA CULTURAL WALKING PAGE 38


NOVA SCOTIA IS A NONSTOP NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC experience — a whale-watching, bog-hopping, lobster-boating, sea-kayaking, coastal-walking vacation your kids will absolutely love. The towns we visit are some of the continent’s oldest. And the rugged coastlines and piney forests are as pristine as when the first settlers arrived. Our local guides enable the generations to go their separate ways once in a while. So while you shop or study the Victorian architecture, they take in a butterfly garden or hear tales from an old salt. Whether you’re canoeing a quiet lake or watching the crazily late sunset, you’ll all have a fantastic time together.

HIGHLIGHTS. Mountain biking or canoeing in Kejimkujic National Park Peggy’s Cove lighthouse and Lunenburg, a fishing village that dates to 1753 Going for a candlelit cemetery walk in Annapolis Royal

Learning how to identify humpback, minke and right whales Getting a chance to see the Bay of Fundy’s 45-foot tides Sea kayaking around the islands at Blue Rocks

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LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS JUN 25, JUL 23 BEGINS HALIFAX ENDS HALIFAX PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3395, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $3990 KIDS' DISCOUNTS SEE PAGE 49 OTHER TOURS IN NOVA SCOTIA CULTURAL WALKING PAGE 46

Canadian Rockies

ALL WE DID ON OUR SUMMER VACATION WAS GO WHITEwater rafting, glacier walking, moose watching and some other stuff. There will be no shortage of great stories to tell after your family vacation to the Canadian Rockies. This tour has a very high "cool" quotient. Think suspended gondola rides over a mountain lake … wildlife spotting … and stories around a campfire. It's great to expose children to a spectacular environment like this. And the adults get plenty of pleasure too. Your stress just falls away on a walk through a limestone canyon or at a sunset dinner overlooking a mirror-smooth lake. And all of you will get a summer vacation you'll remember for a lifetime.

HIGHLIGHTS. A walk to the foot of 1,000-foot-high Takakkaw Falls  he 500-million-year-old fossils of the Burgess Shale T Chances to spot bighorn sheep, elk, moose, eagles, bears and more Star-gazing in the World’s Largest Dark Sky Preserve Going for an amazing walk with expert guides on the Athabasca Glacier LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS JUN 11, JUL 23 BEGINS BANFF ENDS BANFF PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3695, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $4490 KIDS' DISCOUNTS SEE PAGE 49 OTHER TOURS IN THE ROCKIES CULTURAL WALKING PAGE 47

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Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula ALASKA IS FANTASTIC FAMILY FUN. YOU COULD PREDICT THE SNOWY PEAKS, the moose and the salmon-bakes. The best surprise is how easy it is to experience the biggest state without covering a lot of ground. On the Kenai Peninsula, we don’t just see glaciers, we walk and kayak right up to them. Puffins, black bears and sea otters are everyday sights. You’ll meet native Aleuts, fishermen, gold miners and naturalists. We’ve also arranged river rafting, lakeside picnics and spit-hiking—not to mention very civilized resorts and lodges for everybody’s comfort. LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS JUN 25, JUL 30 BEGINS ANCHORAGE ENDS HOMER PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $4590 KIDS' DISCOUNTS SEE PAGE 49 OTHER TOURS IN ALASKA CULTURAL WALKING PAGE 45

HIGHLIGHTS. Watching for white beluga whales in the Cook Inlet Blueberry picking on the forest path used by the Iditarod dog-sled race Kayaking among sea otters and sea lions in a glacierrimmed bay

Going for an awesome cruise into Kenai Fjords Tide-pooling in search of starfish, crabs and urchins End your explorations with an optional bush plane flight to spot bears

Montana’s Glacier National Park SPECTACULAR AS GLACIER NATIONAL PARK IS, SCENERY ALONE isn’t the ideal way to satisfy kids and teenagers. That’s fine with us because, in fact, this region has a rich variety of activities to please everyone. We’ll take easy hikes to see glaciers, waterfalls and abandoned mines. In the company of a naturalist, the odds improve that you’ll see moose, deer and mountain goats. You’ll go horseback riding along the beautiful shores of Lake Sherburne. The grown-ups will enjoy the well-sited lodges … dining on local specialties (while the kids get a night out at a pizzeria) … and exceptional hikes in America’s most beautiful park.

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LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS JUL 2, JUL 23 BEGINS WHITEFISH ENDS WHITEFISH PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3695, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $4390 KIDS' DISCOUNTS SEE PAGE 49 OTHER TOURS IN MONTANA CULTURAL WALKING PAGE 45


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Bryce, Grand Canyon & Zion THREE OF AMERICA’S MOST SPECTACULAR — AND COOLEST — national parks without a single are-we-there-yet moment? You can do it! All of your logistics are already taken care of. Mountain bikes? Check. Mule rides into Bryce Canyon? Check. Sliding down sand dunes, hiking through waterfalls and checking into great inns with swimming pools? Absolutely! We thread through canyons that are barely 20 feet wide, go river tubing and gallery-hopping and get in some very fine dining. Best of all, this action-packed vacation will echo in your family’s collective memory for years to come. LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS JUN 25, JUL 2, JUL 23 BEGINS ST. GEORGE, UTAH ENDS ST. GEORGE, UTAH PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3395, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $3890 KIDS' DISCOUNTS SEE PAGE 49 OTHER TOURS IN BRYCE, GRAND CANYON & ZION CULTURAL WALKING PAGE 44

HIGHLIGHTS. Cool walks amid amazing rock spires and fins Fossil hunting in the Kaibab limestone and visiting Ancestral Puebloan ruins Walking on the Grand Canyon’s North Rim to watch the sunset Tubing on the Virgin River past red-rock cliffs Exploring 2,000-footdeep Zion Narrows slot canyon

EVERY QUESTION IS A GOOD ONE!

Inquiring minds want to know. How tall were Puebloans? Are those layers of stone slanting up or down? How do trees survive flash floods? Is the Grand Canyon still getting deeper? We encourage the kids (and you) to ask, ask, ask. Our expert guides have the answers. It’s always our goal to help you understand what you are seeing, as you see it.

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SATISFY YOUR CRAVING FOR FOOD AND TRAVEL WITH A HANDS-ON CULINARY ADVENTURE.

WHEN HAS YOUR PIZZA DOUGH BEEN tossed long enough? How can you tell if a greenish Provençal tomato is actually ripe? And just how far can sunny walks through vineyards, villages and olive groves go to exercise your imagination and stimulate your taste buds? Join us on a Culinary Tour for tasty answers and unforgettable travel memories. Our local guides use food traditions to open the door to a region’s cultural life and history. Alongside the locals, you’ll forage in markets piled high with produce and fresh-caught seafood. You’ll be invited into kitchens for casual instructions with home cooks, professional chefs and cookbook authors. And just picture yourself talking (and tasting) with bakers and cheese-makers or stalking the woods with a truffle hunter. And, of course, you’ll sit down to indescribable meals from a picnic on a countryside walk to Michelin-starred dinners. Travel never tasted so good!

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A Taste of Tuscany WHICH IS THE GREATER TREASURE: MICHELANGELO’S David or a perfect little gnocchi? We’re only half-joking when we argue that the landmarks of Florence, Siena and Tuscany’s hilltowns barely distract us from the wonderful food of the region. So we’ve given in to our appetites and arranged a culinary tour that emphasizes the tastes of Tuscany. We’ve planned walks so you’ll miss none of the scenic high points. But we’ve also arranged visits to private and professional kitchens for tips on how to cook up Tuscan classics. We’ll have tastings of wine and olive oil. Visit cheese-makers and bakers. Experience firsthand how Italians cook and eat at home.

OUR GUIDE SERGIO IS PASSIONATE ABOUT FOOD. SO when we dreamed of an itinerary that combines beautiful walks with Amalfi’s cooking and culinary traditions, you know who we asked. Imagine it: Waking in pastel Positano or elegant Capri. Soaking in the sights from endless views across the sapphire sea to the back streets of Pompeii. Eating your way to bliss with fresh seafood, huge lemons plucked from pathside trees and fire-singed pizza. Sergio has also arranged private cooking sessions in his favorite cook’s cliffside home and hands-on tutoring with professional chefs. Like a great Italian meal, this week is a long, happy event that you’ll wish would never end.

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HIGHLIGHTS. Exploring and shopping in fashionable Capri Boating from Positano to cook in a friend’s home A lively limoncello tasting after a walk in a scenic valley Sipping wine while making pizza in a friend’s wood-fired oven Going to the rim of Vesuvius and to Pompeii with our archaeologist friend LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS APR 16, MAY 21, SEP 17, OCT 15 BEGINS NAPLES ENDS NAPLES PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5295, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $6490 OTHER TOURS IN AMALFI CULTURAL WALKING PAGE 26, FAMILY JOURNEY PAGE 56

HIGHLIGHTS. Assembling a picnic at San Lorenzo market in Florence  hianti walks to a country house for a cooking instruction C Cortona, the setting of Under the Tuscan Sun Making fresh ravioli together with Alba and Anna at their farm A wine tasting in Montepulciano and a lesson in how to press olive oil LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS APR 23, MAY 21, JUN 4, OCT 15, DEC 27 BEGINS FLORENCE ENDS CORTONA PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4695, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $5490 OTHER TOURS IN TUSCANY CULTURAL WALKING PAGE 29, FAMILY JOURNEY PAGE 56

Bon Appetit, Provence OUR FRIEND GORDANA IS LIVING THE DREAM IN PROVENCE. Now you can join her to soak in the Provençal lifestyle for a week, settled into our 18th-century château. You’ll walk in the thyme-scented countryside, fill mesh bags with produce at the local market and pour an extra splash of wine to prolong an evening on the terrace. Every day, there’s something new as we visit hilltop villages, meet farmers and artisans and walk to a secluded abbey. Among four cooking instructions, you’ll get tips and secrets to Provençal cooking from a local chef … and be welcomed to a private wine-tasting at a fine Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyard. LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS MAY 28, JUL 2, OCT 8 BEGINS AVIGNON ENDS AVIGNON PRICE PER PERSON: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4895, SINGLE OCCUPANCY $5690 OTHER TOURS IN PROVENCE CULTURAL WALKING PAGE 37, FAMILY JOURNEY PAGE 57

HIGHLIGHTS. Guided walks of Avignon, Les Baux and the cloister where Van Gogh lived Cooking with Michelin-starred Chef Alain and pastry making in a private residence Shopping the market in Vaison la Romaine The path to Sénanque Abbey through lavender fields Walking to the Romans’ soaring Pont du Gard

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S O L O

TRAVELING SOLO? YOU’RE NOT ALONE.

AT CLASSIC JOURNEYS, WE APPRECIATE THE SPIRIT AND INDEPENDENCE OF TRAVELERS WHO are striking out on their own. On average, almost a third of our guests are solo travelers. If that’s you, please join us! You’ll have a singular travel experience in the congenial company of others who see the world like you do.

OUR SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS ARE THE LOWEST. Admit it. You’ve learned that you can’t get emotionally involved with a trip until you check out the single supplement. Well, here is the news you’ve been hoping for! To encourage solo travel, Classic Journeys has the lowest single supplements you’re likely to find anywhere. While some companies boost prices up to 50 percent for single travelers, we keep it to just 15 to 20 percent on average. We only pass along the extra cost hotels charge us, instead of marking it up to make extra profit from you.

YOU’LL NEVER FEEL LIKE
A FIFTH WHEEL. For starters, you already have
a friend on the tour. Our local guides are with you full-time
to watch out for everyone’s needs and interests. At the fine restaurants we select, you won’t find yourself at a table for one. And, as often as possible, the accommodations we arrange for you are “doubles for single use” so that you can have as much elbowroom as everyone else. At your request, we’ll invite another solo traveler on the tour to share accommodations with you.

“I want to tell you what a wonderful trip this was. Davy was amazing, and as a group of travelers we got along splendidly (probably the best group of people I’ve had on any tour, Classic Journeys or otherwise). I’ve never laughed so hard nor had such considerate, interesting people on a tour. In fact, some of the guests are thinking about your Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos trip in 2018, as am I, so we plan to stay in touch. – Susan L: four-time traveler (Scotland, Italian Lakes, Prague to Budapest and Cotswolds)

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OUR CUSTOM INCENTIVE PROGRAMS CREATE A WORLD OF DEEPER CONNECTION.

IF YOU WANT TO STRENGTHEN TIES TO YOUR MOST valuable clients, reward top-performing business colleagues or show gratitude to generous donors, a unique and branded incentive travel program from Classic Journeys is the ideal solution. Working with you, our experienced team will carefully curate your program from scratch, whether it’s inspired by one of our 82 award-winning itineraries or the unique business needs and mission of your organization. Instead of a generic, piecemeal package like other companies offer, we

will treat your guests — from a dozen or less to 100 or more — to over-the-top experiences that connect them to each other and to you as their host. From our first conversation, through brainstorming, trip design, reservations and the actual trip itself, we’ll be with you to provide intensive personal service that frees you from logistics and assures your success. You can count on Classic Journeys to leverage our international buying power to secure pricing that suits your budget and assures reliable return on investment.

A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE PROGRAMS... Impressive Memories

“Impress our team to the absolute max” was the request. No problem! Classic Journeys created a one-of-akind expedition from glamorous Venice to earthy Istria. The week included truffle hunting, wine tastings, a sunset cruise on antique sailing ships and taking over an entire island for a five-star gala complete with a private fireworks display.

Making Luck in Ireland

Tropical Sales Building

A mid-size media company wanted to boost sales from their existing client base, asking us to minimize down time to ratchet up engagement. On our Tahitian motu, we went backcountry land cruising and swimming with sharks, and the group bonded during our own Survivor Games, outrigger canoe races, hikes and luxurious dinners under a star-filled sky.

Keeping the Board Un-Bored

After 20 years without A bank CEO asked us to an incentive program, maximize travel dollars one company wanted spent on attending an to create a new pot annual financial conof gold by treating ference by creating key customers to a private adventures for vacation in Ireland. board members and Building on our the spouses outdeep connections side the regularly We’ll use our there, we created scheduled events. A expertise and a rich mix of culture, seamless collection of connections to hand-craft a music and good times. tailored activities rewardtrip of a lifetime Now, instead of turning down ed guests for their attendance. for your VIP lunch invitations, clients and their families By balancing the business demands with stakeholders. have close social relationships with the personalized experiences, the program Give us a call at general manager. enhanced board cohesion. 800.200.3887.

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TRIP CALENDAR 2017 PAGE # # DAYS JAN FEB MAR CULTURAL WALKING ADVENTURES Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula 45 6 Amalfi Coast & Capri 26 7 Apulia: Italy’s Rustic South 28 7 Barcelona & the Costa Brava 32 7 Basque Pyrénées & Bilbao 36 7 Belize & Guatemala 23 7 19 26 Bordeaux & the Dordogne Valley 37 7 Bryce, Grand Canyon & Zion 44 6 Canadian Rockies 47 6 Chile & Patagonia 21 8 22 19 12 Costa Rica: Arenal & Manuel Antonio Park 22 6 15 12 12 Costa Rica: Coast to Coast NEW 22 6 5 Cotswolds, Stonehenge & London 31 7 Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula 38 7 Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast 38 7 Cuba: A Long Weekend in Havana 19 5 11 8 1 Cuba: Cienfuegos, Trinidad & Havana NEW 19 Cuba: Havana & the Viñales Valley 18 8 14 11 11, 18, 25 Edinburgh & the Scottish Highlands 31 7 England’s Cornwall Coast 30 7 Galápagos & Andes NEW 20 7 Galápagos: Island-Based Adventure 20 7 15 19 12 Iceland: Volcanoes & Vikings 40 6 India: Rajasthan, Tigers & Taj 43 11 28 5 Ireland: The Emerald Isle 30 6 Italian Lake Retreats 27 7 Montana’s Glacier National Park 45 6 Morocco: Fès to Marrakesh 41 9 11 11 Myanmar: Lost in Time 43 9 14 14 New Zealand’s South Island 41 9 6 22 Normandy & Brittany 36 7 Norway 39 7 Nova Scotia’s Coasts & Villages 46 6 Panama 23 6 12 5 Peru & Machu Picchu 21 7 5 Portugal: Lisbon to Porto 33 7 Prague to Budapest 39 8 Provence: A Week in Provence 37 7 Québec & Charlevoix 47 6 Sardinia & Corsica 28 7 Sicily: Island in the Sun 27 7 Spain: Seville, Granada & Córdoba 32 7 Tuscany & the Cinque Terre 29 7 Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia 42 10 15 9 PAGE # # DAYS JAN FEB MAR MULTISPORT FAMILY JOURNEYS Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula 60 6 Amalfi Coast & Capri 56 7 26 Bryce, Grand Canyon & Zion 61 6 Canadian Rockies 59 6 Costa Rica: Arenal & Manuel Antonio Park 52 6 12 26 Costa Rica: Coast to Coast NEW 52 6 26 19 Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast 58 7 Cuba for Families 50 8 11 & 25 Galápagos & Andes NEW 51 7 26 Galápagos: Island-Based Adventure 51 7 19 Ireland 57 6 Montana’s Glacier National Park 60 6 Morocco: Fès to Marrakesh 53 9 18 18 Nova Scotia’s Coasts & Villages 59 6 Peru & Machu Picchu 50 7 Provence 57 7 Swiss Alps 58 7 Venice, Florence & Rome 56 7 Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia 53 10 26 PAGE # # DAYS JAN FEB MAR CULINARY TOURS A Taste of Tuscany 63 7 Amalfi, Al Buon Gusto! 63 7 Bon Appetit, Provence 63 7 LIMITED EDITION JOURNEYS (UNIQUE ITINERARIES. LIMITED DEPARTURES. ON THE WEB ONLY!) Bhutan—Cultural Walking Journey WEB 7 Charleston & Savannah—Cultural Walking Journey WEB 6 China—Cultural Walking Journey WEB 12 Loire & Burgundy—Cultural Walking Journey WEB 7 Montenegro—Cultural Walking Journey WEB 7 Napa—Cultural Walking Journey WEB 6 Puget Sound’s San Juan Islands—Cultural Walking Journey WEB 6 Santa Fe & Taos—Cultural Walking Journey WEB 6

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9 16 APR

14 14 7 7 & 28 17 MAY

20 2, 9, 16

8 9

APR 23 16

3 3 10 3

9

2 2 2 & 23

16

6 13

MAY 21 21 28

11 18 25 11 4 4 18 4 18 11 11 11 JUN 25 18 25 11 25

16 16

13 13

9 6 9

6

2 JULY 30 16 2 & 23 23

AUG

2 16

6

25 24 25 30 18 & 25 23 & 30 25 23 2 & 23 17 25 23 25 25 23 18 23 18 & 25 2 & 9 18 JUN JULY 4

28

9 3 10 10 3 3

5

27 27 27

8 8 11

8

6

21

18

16 & 23

1

8

27 28 & 30

24

28

10 10

1

9

7

20

13

7

23

11 11

3 10 3 3 3 3 3 3 10 10 10 3 & 17 SEP

4 7

28 30

5

29 27

17 & 31 1

8 1 1 1 8 8 8 1 & 29 20 OCT

NOV

29 DEC

19 19

27 27

18 19

16 & 23 21 & 26 24, 27, 29

18

27 27

AUG

SEP

2

OCT 15 15 8

10

2 8 8 2

17

18

NOV

7 15 28 15 6

25 4 5

24 29

DEC

5

16

28

NOV

10 10 11 4 4

22 DEC 27


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