CULTURE + WALKING // FAMILY // MULTISPORT // CULINARY // PRIVATE // 2018 + 2019 CLASSIC JOURNEYS
HANDCRAFTING TRIPS OF A LIFETIME
2018 + 2019 TRAVEL ADVENTURES
TRUE VOICES OF THAILAND Page 26
THE END IS NEAR
ICELAND, A YEAR ROUND MULTISPORT TRIP
6 WINNING FAMILY TRAVEL STRATEGIES Page 56
Feel so refreshed! I love the morning after a vacation ends. I know that sounds odd. Yes, I’m a little sorry that I have to look at the experiences in the rear-view mirror. But with recharged batteries, I feel ready for what’s next. Travel reinvigorates me. More importantly, here at Classic Journeys, we use our own travels as inspiration to refresh our itineraries and our approach to the places we visit. You’ll find two great examples in this issue. Just back from a scouting trip in Iceland, we’ve created an exciting and varied new Multisport vacation. Iceland has become a super-popular year round destination, and this trip gives you a new option in addition to our cultural and family programs for how to experience it. We’ve also completely re-crafted our Thailand trip for the coming season, adding in lots of new personal interaction with the Thai friends we’ve known for years. Looking for a different way to close out the year? Abandon Ryan Seacrest and the ball drop and live your best life on one of our year-end vacations. You’ll find a host of great ideas on page 14. If you’ve been toying with the idea of treating your family to a multigenerational getaway, check out page 56. You’ll find expert tips and strategies for how to make it happen. We’re full of fresh ideas for you, and we love to help you brainstorm and make plans. Just call our friendly guest services team at 833-242-3648.
– EDWARD PIEGZA
President & Founder
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Five Ways to Explore
Hotels + Cuisine
GALÁPAGOS 12 END OF THE YEAR
CUBA 22 MOROCCO 24 THAILAND
ASIA & OCEANIA
PORTUGAL 38 SPAIN 40 TUSCANY 42 AMALFI COAST
ITALY 46 CROATIA 48 FRANCE 50 UK & IRELAND
EUROPE 54 6 FAMILY TRAVEL STRATEGIES
BRYCE, GRAND CANYON & ZION
Solo & Private Travel
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HOW WE TRAVEL
CULTURE + WALKING
A stimulating cultural immersion highlighted by scenic 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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Active fun in amazing environments. Multisport trips offer a spectrum of energetic outdoor activities from body-surfing with iguanas to glacier hiking and zip lining. We partner with expert outfitters and provide you every bit of the gear you need to join in — all at no extra cost. You’ll stay fueled up with unforgettable meals and re-charge every night at luxury inns and hotels.
Fascinating itineraries designed to satisfy the curiosity, energy levels and passions of your multi-generational clan. We include activities to engage the whole family, plus focused events for teens and even younger children. This is a wonderful way to celebrate a milestone, bond with the people you love most, and enjoy the company of other families.
HOW WE TRAVEL
Sensory heaven for lovers of food and wine. 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.
Your vacation, your way. We’ll customize any Classic Journeys itinerary to start on any day you choose … incorporate activities and points of interest on your personal wish list … or create a bespoke one-of-a-kind vacation extravaganza. We’ve created private trips for one to 80 or more guests, including professional and alumni groups.
TRAVELING SOLO? Join us on any Classic Journey. You’ll find yourself in the company of others who look at the world like you do. See page 64 for details.
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HOTELS + CUISINE
Ah, the Creature Comforts FIVE-STAR INNS TO MICHELIN-STARRED RESTAURANTS, WE TREAT YOU TO THE VERY BEST. SUPERIOR HOSPITALITY
When you shop for a trip, the easiest way to compare options is to look at hotels. At Classic Journeys, our accommodations include coveted properties that appear in “World’s Best” and “Top 10” rankings. In most cases, we obtain lower rates than bigger companies thanks to our long relationships with hoteliers. If there’s a fine hotel tucked into an authentic farmhouse, within view of the Taj Mahal or clinging to the cliffs in Santorini, we’ll find it. More often than not, you’ll spend two or more nights in a location for a chance to settle in.
Only Classic Journeys enhances your vacation with a selection of these special amenities you won’t find anywhere else.
UNFORGETTABLE MEALS Food is a foolproof way into the hearts, homes and history of the places you visit, and we prove it with every meal. If we start telling you about the Provençal dinner with endless courses ... the sweet taste of a just-caught trout in Montana ... the homemade spring rolls on our junk in Halong Bay ... we’ll never stop. All of your breakfasts and most dinners are included and many lunches, too. For picnics, we shop local markets and bakeries. We’ll also get you into village cafés and small restaurants that are favorites of our local guides who often know the cooks.
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Invisible Check-in – Your hotel check-ins are arranged in advance. You and your bags are whisked directly to your room. And of course, we tip the bellman for you. Wine on Us – In many regions, we uncork wonderful local wines at every dinner, compliments of Classic Journeys. Perfect Pairings Dinners – A special dinner prepared by one of our favorite chefs with a procession of wines tailored to each course. Privileged Access Events – One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you. Imagine a private visit to Stonehenge, pizza making in a private home overlooking the see, or a jump to the front of the line to see Michelangelo’s David.
HOTELS + CUISINE
• OUARZAZATE, MOROCCO
Riad Ksar Ighnda At the edge of the Sahara in the shadow of the Atlas Mountains, caravans converged at Ouarzazate starting in the 11th century. Today, this traditional palace-style property (riad) is an oasis of its own. A grand inner courtyard, water burbles in pools and date palms cast shade. In classic Moroccan style, the rooms have intricately detailed ceilings, all the modern conveniences and dramatic views. In the surrounding village, you’ll come across local people going about their daily lives.
• HVOLSVÖLLUR, ICELAND
• AMBERGRIS CAYE, BELIZE
• ISTRIA, CROATIA
A Seafood Lunch Redefines “Fresh”
Seven generations of Icelanders have lived on this family farm, nestled at the intersection of sheep meadows and mountains. The white gables echo the nearby peaks. With just 14 rooms, this manor hotel is as cozy and luxurious as they come. After a day outdoors, nothing is so perfect as a hot-tub soak before a locavore dinner focused on specialties from Arctic char to homemade bread.
A day on our friend Steve’s catamaran includes a highlight that comes straight from the crystal-clear waters of the reef. As lunch time rolls, around he dives for lobsters and fish. Then his sister, aka the on-board chef, transforms his catch-of-the-minute into a lazy deck-top meal. How’s that for fresh … and fun?
Shaving truffles on everything from breakfast eggs to chocolate dessert is a habit you can absolutely get used to in Istria. But the best treat of all may be the chance to join a friend of ours as he takes his trained truffle hounds out to hunt down and dig up the delicacy. It’s fun to learn the tricks and history of the truffle trade … and it only makes your next plate of creamy pasta — extra truffles, please! — taste even better.
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Our expert local guides take you inside the places they call home. On every Classic Journey, you’ll travel in the company of our exceptional local guides. Instantly, you’ll be on first-name basis. And because our trip leaders live where they work, don’t be surprised when everybody seems to know them — and welcomes you as the friend of a good friend. Your full-time guide will be the kind of person whose cousin is the llama-trekker. A plugged-in resource 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 Fés with her eyes closed, because it’s where she and her family live.
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With a personal entourage of experts, colleagues and logistical wizards, our guides make sure that you are always in the cultural mix and never at arm’s length from the best experiences a region has to offer. We happily empower them to personalize your trip on the fly, to leap at an unexpected opportunity like a once-a-year festival day or an off-the-cuff invitation into a private home. They are unflappable folk, as genuine and sunny as they are sincere. And really, can you think of a better description of a great traveling companion? Even after your trip is over, some of your happiest memories will be of the shared stories, unfiltered insights and good times that you shared with your new friend in Peru or Iceland or Croatia.
Welcome to my world Vesna
HOME TURF: MONTENEGRO PROFESSIONAL GUIDE FOR: 10 YEARS Asked for her favorite on-tour moment, Vesna says: “DDD – definitely difficult to decide! So I make it all happen. The market in Kotor. Meeting the monks in a monastery. Going to the studio of a mosaic artist who also cooks a homemade lunch for us!” Vesna was the best guide I have experienced in all my travels. She is exuberant, gracious, maintains control in a polite yet firm fashion, fun, accommodating of our needs and desires, a truly lovely person.” — Roz R., Westbrook, CT
HOME TURF: NORWAY PROFESSIONAL GUIDE FOR: 10 YEARS “Glacier walking looks like a big challenge. But helped by our excellent ice guides, I see that my guests have a sensation of mastering something very exciting. It does something good to everybody to be in nature like this.” She went above and above our expectations. Warm and friendly. Always addressed any concerns we had. She accommodated specific requests from the guests. Always pleasant. Exceptional guide.”
— Jonathan B., Fort Washington, PA
HOME TURF: GALÁPAGOS PROFESSIONAL GUIDE FOR: 25 YEARS "It’s a shock to most visitors how fearless the iguanas, penguins, giant tortoises, and sea lions are.” He’s the master at setting you up to go eye-to-eye with the islands’ coolest creatures. “And it’s almost always the human who blinks first!" Alfredo is one of Galápagos/Ecuador's natural wonders — I have never met a guide who so thoroughly makes sure an adventure is full of wonder and excitement — while keeping us safe! He constantly went the extra steps to make sure we enjoyed every second.”
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AT CLASSIC JOURNEYS, WE TAKE PRIDE IN CURATING EVERY DETAIL OF YOUR VACATION, AND THE BENEFITS OF THAT APPROACH START RIGHT HERE. In the pages ahead, you’ll find all of our trip options — Culture + Walking, Multisport, Family, and Culinary — conveniently organized by region. Whether you’re looking for an itinerary in a specific destination or browsing the world for a fresh idea, your next vacation is easy to find. Our small groups average just 10 guests per departure, so whichever one you choose, you can look forward to a rich, intimate and immersive travel experience. Here’s to the start of your trip of a lifetime!
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Galápagos YOU MAY GO THE GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS FOR THE WILDLIFE, BUT THE ACTIVE LIFE IS WORTH THE TRIP, TOO! Even if you weren’t bumping into giant tortoises, sea lions or strutting flamingos at every turn, this would still be a fantastic multisport vacation. The landscapes are like nothing you’ve ever seen, and the climate is great. Too bad for most visitors that they tour the islands by cruise ship. Everybody can get stir-crazy in the limited space. That’s why Classic Journeys pioneered trips on the islands with stays in luxury boutique hotels where you’ll have plenty of elbow room, a seaside pool, and maybe some blue-footed boobies right out the back door. We have easy access to amazing lagoons for snorkeling and kayaking, great trails for hiking and mountain-biking, and white beaches for lounging. All activities and gear are included and arranged for you seamlessly. Want even more fun? Join us for a couple of days in the high Andes of Ecuador.
GALÁPAGOS ISLANDBASED MULTISPORT ADVENTURE
GALÁPAGOS FAMILY ADVENTURE
GALÁPAGOS & ANDES MULTISPORT ADVENTURE
Our island-based itinerary trades cruise ships for boutique inns. You get more naturalist-guided time to snorkel, explore lava tunnels, visit a coffee plantation and meet iguanas, penguins, sea lions, blue-footed boobies — and local people, too.
The coolest active vacation ever. Penguins, giant land tortoises, iguanas, sea lions and blue-footed boobies, of course! Plus guide-led sea kayaking, snorkeling, mountain biking and friendly boutique hotels with pools (instead of cruise ship cabin fever)!
LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: SEP 2, OCT 7, DEC 28, DEC 30 2019: JAN 13, FEB 17, MAR 10, APR 7, MAY 19, JUN 16, JUN 30, SEP 1, OCT 6, NOV 3, DEC 28, DEC 30 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5990
LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: NOV 18, DEC 23, DEC 27 2019: FEB 17, MAR 24, MAR 31, APR 14, JUN 16, JUN 23, JUL 21, JUL 28, NOV 24, DEC 27, DEC 29 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5990
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Giant land tortoises, iguanas and blue-footed boobies are stars of your island-based visit to the Galápagos with stays in luxury boutique hotels. Then settle into a ranch hacienda in the Andes to see rare condors, shop traditional Otavalo Market and more. LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: DEC 30 2019: MAR 24, DEC 27, DEC 29 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5095, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $6390
YO U R W E E K I N T H E GA LÁ PA G O S
GALÁPAGOS & ANDES FAMILY ADVENTURE This trip has it all. In the Galápagos, you stay in luxury hotels and get close-up looks at wildlife from sea lions to land tortoises, with days full of kayaking and snorkeling. On the mainland, you’ll ascend to an Andean ranch where you see rare condors and visit Otavalo Market. LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: DEC 23, DEC 27 2019: MAR 31, JUN 23, JUL 21, DEC 22, DEC 26 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5095, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $6390
SPREAD YOUR WINGS IN LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTELS (INSTEAD OF CRAMPED CRUISE SHIP QUARTERS)
KAYAK TO ISLA LOBOS TO PLAY WITH THE SEA LIONS
SWIM AND SNORKEL WITH SEA TURTLES ON SAN CRISTÓBAL ISLAND
WANDER AMONG THE 500-POUND GIANT TORTOISES ON SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
EXPLORE THE RIM OF A VAST VOLCANIC CALDERA
TAKE A DIP IN OUR HOTEL’S INFINITY POOL BEFORE A RELAXING DINNER
• LEARN THE ISLANDS’ AMAZING STORY FROM YOUR FULL-TIME NATURALIST GUIDE
MEET THE GONZÁLES FAMILY AT THEIR ORGANIC COFFEE PLANTATION
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The End is Near Before 2018 slips away, seize the chance for a no-regrets vacation. What law says your suitcase has to go into cold storage as the New Year nears? Without a conscious thought, it’s easy to shift into autopilot and think: “I’ll fasten my seat belt, make the best of the holidays, and get back to living my best life … later.” To which we can only ask what are you waiting for? Yes, you could attend another countdown party on December 31. You can stay home and watch Ryan Seacrest. Or … you can walk through the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu or swim with the sea lions in the Galápagos or make gnocchi in a Tuscan farmhouse kitchen. Instead of wondering where the year went, let’s get purposeful. Why not figure out how to change your bucket list from unattainable to attainable and, in the process, how to end 2018 in high style. You can absolutely make it happen. Your friends at Classic Journeys have done all of the legwork to arrange soul-satisfying vacations on and around the year-end holidays. Those weeks are a stellar time to get away from it all. ‘Tis the season when schools shut down and many businesses shift into idle. And it’s one of the few times of the year when you can get the whole family together. So it’s especially easy to pull off a family vacation in this timeframe. A lot of our guests look at a year-end trip as the gift that keeps on giving — a fantastic investment that beats spending your good money on stuff that is often forgotten, even before you turn the page on the new year. So break the mold. Defy convention and do what makes you happiest. Indulge yourself in shortening your bucket list. Let the end of 2018 be the start of a personal travel tradition that will be good for your heart and mind.
TOP 10 REASONS TO TAKE A YEAR-END VACATION 10. My unused earned vacation time won’t carry over. 9. I'm tired of sitting at home on New Year’s Eve watching the Times Square ball drop in my pajamas. 8. It's summer in Peru and the Galápagos. 7.
I can almost have Tuscany to myself.
6. Get me out of here! 5. It will be warmer in Central America than it will be at home. 4. After a year like this, I deserve another vacation. 3. I want to kiss the fuss and clutter of the holiday season good-bye. 2. The people I want to travel with all have free time. 1.
I'd rather give experiences instead of stuff.
Where should I wind up 2018? To scout out the best year-end option for you, go to ClassicJourneys.com/dates and scroll to the December 2018 part of the calendar. You’ll see all of the destinations where we offer departures before, during and after the peak holiday season. Want your own date with your own crew? Go to ClassicJourneys.com/private to start planning your own bespoke trip of a lifetime at year-end … or anytime.
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South America MACHU PICCHU IS ACTUALLY IN A JUNGLE. Travel by foot along the Inca Trail to the lost city, and you approach from above. No matter how many years it’s been on your bucket list, you will get the shivers the first time you see it. And if it’s the best-known place in Peru, it is far from the only amazing experience you’ll have on one of our Culture + Walking or Family trips. If you like your Andes spikier and more snow-capped, Chile is for you. Glaciers calve. Penguins mix with flamingos. Vineyards knit mild valleys into a neat green patchwork. In both countries, we’ll introduce you to local cultures from the Quechua descendants of the Incas to the gauchos of The Pampas. Be sure to see our trips to the Galápagos as well (page 12-13).
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PERU & MACHU PICCHU The best way to see Machu Picchu! You’ll get two nights there with the choice to arrive via the Inca Trail or by train. You’ll explore Cusco and the Sacred Valley and meet llama herders with your local Quechua guide. Hotels include several of South America’s best! LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: SEP 2, OCT 7, DEC 27 2019: MAR 31, MAY 26, JUN 23, JUL 7, SEP 8, OCT 13, NOV 10, DEC 27 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4695, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5490
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PERU & MACHU PICCHU FOR FAMILIES
CHILE & PATAGONIA
A multisport take on a Top 10 destination. You get parts of three days at Machu Picchu, with an optional Inca Trail climb. Plus three more days to bike and walk the Sacred Valley. You’ll explore Cusco, meet local school kids, and get a chance to hang out with llama herders. LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: DEC 27 2019: MAR 24, JUN 30, JUL 21, DEC 27 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4895, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5690
So much awesome nature! The Andes, Osorno Volcano and the wilds of Patagonia — not to mention penguins and wild guanacos. Chilean civilization is fun, too, from a gaucho lamb barbecue to lush Maipo Valley vineyards and Santiago. LENGTH 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: NOV 4, DEC 27 2019: JAN 20, FEB 17, MAR 10, NOV 3, DEC 27 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4895, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5790
SOUTH AMERICA ON YOUR SCHEDULE!
YO U R W E EK I N P E R U & M A C H U P I CCH U LUXURIATE IN FIVE-STAR HOTELS IN CUSCO, THE URUBAMBA VALLEY AND AGUAS CALIENTES DINE ON WORLD-CLASS PERUVIAN CUISINE EXPLORE THE COLONIAL BEAUTY OF CUSCO SPEND ALL OR PART OF THREE DAYS AT THE LEGENDARY MACHU PICCHU MEET FARMERS TENDING THEIR HERDS OF LLAMAS AND ALPACAS
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Central America ZIP-LINERS ZOOMING THROUGH THE RAINFOREST CANOPY. Snorkelers facedown over coral gardens and schools of manta rays. Canoers coming ashore in a primitive jungle village. Visitors to Central America are the luckiest species of traveler. Panama, Belize and Guatemala are eco-experiences to the Nth degree — teeming nature with an abundance of super-fun activities. You’ll stay in luxury lodges, paddle into a massive limestone cavern, spot emerald toucans and howler monkeys, and climb Mayan ruins. (Did we mention the part about sipping a cocktail by the pool or getting a massage?) Thanks to our fulltime naturalist guides and an expert team of outfitters, all you have to do on any of our Family and Multisport trips is go with the flow and have the time of your life.
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BELIZE & GUATEMALA
A luxury eco-adventure taken to beautiful extremes! Expert naturalists walk you into teeming rainforests. Visits to Mayan ruins include sunrise atop Tikal. At Ambergris Caye, you snorkel and kayak over the vast coral gardens.
The next eco-tourism hotspot. Paddle a dugout canoe to a rainforest village. See anteaters, parrots and hummingbirds, taste shade-grown coffee, go ziplining. Plus stays at a resort and the country’s finest inn.
LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: NOV 4, DEC 2 2019: FEB 17, APR 7, JUL 7, NOV 3, DEC 1 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4890
LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: NOV 4, DEC 29 2019: FEB 17, MAR 3, JUN 30, NOV 3, DEC 29 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3595, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4190
BELIZE & GUATEMALA FAMILY Super fun for everybody. Snorkel at Ambergris Caye and Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Go canoeing in a huge cavern. Explore ancient Mayan pyramids. And every night is in rainforest lodges or at family-friendly resorts on the white Caribbean sands. LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2019: FEB 17, MAR 24, JUN 23 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4890
PANAMA FAMILY Take a shower under a waterfall. Visit a tribal jungle village. Go bird-watching for the resplendent quetzal. And see the Panama Canal in action. After varied, activity-filled days, you’ll settle into two of the most beautiful hotels anywhere! LENGTH 6 DAYS/ 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: AUG 5, NOV 18, DEC 20, DEC 27 2019: FEB 10, MAR 24, JUN 23, AUG 4, NOV 17, DEC 20, DEC 27 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3595, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4190
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Costa Rica YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A BIRD-WATCHER TO GET A BUZZ WHEN A HUMMINGBIRD LANDS ON YOUR HAND. Costa Rica touches you in all kinds of ways. It’s the most bio-diverse country anywhere, the land where eco-tourism was born. Our spectrum of itineraries takes you from Caribbean coast to Guanacaste on the Pacific shore and include Manuel Antonio Park, Arenal Volcano, and Tortuguero National Park renowned as the breeding ground for sea turtles. You’ll meet the native Ticos and residents of Afro-Caribbean villages, 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.
COSTA RICA: ARENAL & MANUEL ANTONIO PARK You’ll explore a cloud forest, walk the slopes of Arenal Volcano and zipline in the forest canopy. From our luxury hotel overlooking the Pacific in Manuel Antonio Park, you’ll take naturalist-guided walks, go kayaking and taste the brew at a coffee plantation. LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: DEC 27 2019: JAN 13, FEB 24, MAR 17, MAY 19, JUN 16, OCT 27, DEC 27 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3495, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4190
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COSTA RICA: ARENAL & MANUEL ANTONIO
COSTA RICA: TORTUGUERO & PAPAGAYO
From Tortuguero on the Caribbean to Guanacaste on the Pacific, this is the best of Costa Rica. Watch out for toucans, orchids, river otters and more. You’ll go on jungle walks, spot sea turtles, ride ziplines and catamarans … and stay in fine waterfront hotels.
Our top eco-tour, kicked up a notch. Your kids will love waking up to white-face monkey chatter. They’ll zipline through the rainforest canopy, go whitewater rafting, spot three-toed sloths and hummingbirds on fun wildlife walks. And you will all enjoy the comfort of luxury lodges.
See both sides of this amazing country. Start in Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean. You’ll take a plunging raft ride on the Tenorio River. At Guanacaste on the Pacific coast, watch for tapirs and tiger herons and zipline through the forest canopy.
LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: SEP 2, SEP 30, DEC 29 2019: FEB 3, MAR 31, SEP 1, SEP 29, DEC 28 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3295, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3890
LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: NOV 18, DEC 27 2019: FEB 17, MAR 24, JUN 23, NOV 24, DEC 27 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3395, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3990
LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: AUG 5, NOV 18, DEC 29 2019: FEB 24, MAR 10, JUN 30, AUG 11, NOV 24, DEC 28 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3395, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3990
COSTA RICA: TORTUGUERO & PAPAGAYO
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Cuba UNTIL THE MIDDLE OF THE 20TH CENTURY, AMERICANS PUDDLE-JUMPED TO CUBA FOR QUICK GETAWAYS. Now, the door is ajar again. But this time it opens to deep, warm and fun interactions with Cubanos on our one-of-a-kind people-to-people explorations. In the company of expert local guides, you’ll meet a remarkable cross-section of society: school students and cigar-makers, singers and white-magic priests, farmers and chefs. On the streets of Havana, in the scenic Viñales Valley, and in Cienfuegos and Trinidad on the Caribbean shore, every moment is eye-opening. Each of our four itineraries includes meaningful time to explore on your own. And whether you’re snorkeling on the Bay of Pigs or discovering your inner salsa dancer, you’ll get a close-up look at the how’s and why’s of life in Cuba today. Join us now for adventures that National Geographic Traveler included in their 50 Trips of a Lifetime.
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CUBA: HAVANA & THE VIÑALES VALLEY
CUBA: LONG WEEKEND IN HAVANA
CUBA FOR FAMILIES
The very best of Cuba in one remarkable and immersive trip. You’ll meet and interact with the Cuban people, from farmers and cigar rollers to historians and dancers. We explore Havana, walk in the scenic Viñales Valley, chat with classic car aficionados and visit Hemingway’s home.
On this four-day/ three-night hop to Havana, you’ll meet and mingle with Cuban artists, dancers and musicians. Visit Hemingway’s home and a cigar factory. Try out the paladares, fine privately owned restaurants. It’s instant immersion in modern Cuban life.
LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: SEP 9, OCT 21, NOV 18, DEC 16, DEC 30 2019: JAN 13, FEB 10, MAR 10, MAR 17, MAR 24, APR 14, JUN 23, SEP 8, OCT 20, NOV 17, DEC 15, DEC 29 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4595, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5290
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A remarkable exposure to Cuban culture, history and life on a trip including activities for kids ages eight to 18. Meet local students, farmers and artists, cruise the streets of Havana in classic cars from the ’50s, and change the way you see the world. LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: NOV 18, DEC 16, DEC 30 2019: MAR 10, MAR 24, MAY 19, JUN 23, NOV 17, DEC 15, DEC 29 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4595, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5290
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CUBA: CIENFUEGOS, TRINIDAD & HAVANA The colonial Caribbean side of Cuba. Wander in pastel seaside cities. Walk amid coffee plantations and fincas in the Escambray Mountains. Snorkel in the Bay of Pigs and ride classic cars in Havana. It’s an amazing immersion into 500 years of history and culture. LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: SEP 16, OCT 14, NOV 11, DEC 9, DEC 30 2019: JAN 20, FEB 10, MAR 3, APR 21, MAY 12, JUN 9, SEP 15, OCT 13, NOV 10, DEC 8, DEC 29 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4595, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5290
• VISIT THE WORKSHOP OF CLASSIC CAR RESTORERS ... AND CRUISE THE STREETS OF HAVANA IN THEIR VINTAGE MODELS • TAKE A GUIDED WALK IN THE 500-YEAR-OLD STREETS OF OLD HAVANA
• SNORKEL ON THE CORAL REEF IN THE BAY OF PIGS • WANDER THE GROUNDS OF FINCA VIGIA WHERE HEMINGWAY WROTE SOME OF HIS MOST FAMOUS WORKS • EXPLORE CIENFUEGOS, THE FRENCH COLONIAL CITY THAT IS A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
• ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES FOR AN INSTRUCTION WITH A CUBAN COOK • WALK TO A FINCA IN THE ESCAMBRAY MOUNTAINS FOR LUNCH WITH THE OWNERS • ENJOY A PRIVATE CHORAL CONCERT AT A MANSION IN CIENFUEGOS
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Morocco IMAGINE A DAY LIKE THIS: You settle onto a camel, sway into Saharan dunes to watch the sun set, and relax into a Berber encampment to eat and dance around the campfire before nodding off in a carpeted luxury tent. Anywhere but Morocco, that would be hard to beat. But on our Culture + Walking and Family trips, unforgettably exotic experiences fill every day. You’ll walk (or bike if you prefer) in lush oases full of date palms and fields. You’ll meet shepherd families and squeeze past donkey carts as you explore the Medieval maze of the Medina of Fés. In Marrakesh, you’ll haggle your way through the souks and see snake charmers, and have dinner in one of the city’s finest private mansions. All along the way, you’ll stay in lovely hotels, every one with a swimming pool. And the best surprise of all is the warmth with which the Moroccans welcome you and make you feel comfortable and well cared for in this gorgeous exotic land.
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MOROCCO FÈS TO MARRAKESH
MOROCCO FAMILY ADVENTURE
Can you top camel riding in the Saharan dunes with a night in a luxury Berber encampment? You will on this tour with visits to the Medina of Fès, oasis walks, kasbah and palace hotels, cedar-forested mountains, the souks of Marrakesh and more. LENGTH 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: SEP 15, OCT 6, NOV 3, DEC 28 2019: MAR 9, APR 6, MAY 4, SEP 14, OCT 5, NOV 2, DEC 28 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4895, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5790
Our own kids’ favorite trip! Could yours forget a camel ride in the Sahara or a night in a Berber encampment? You’ll bike in an oasis, walk in a 900-foot-deep gorge, see snake charmers and meet the friendly people of this amazing land. LENGTH 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: NOV 17, DEC 28 2019: FEB 16, MAR 10, MAR 23, JUN 15, NOV 23, DEC 28 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4895, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5790
9 DA YS I N M O R O C C O ENJOY THE COMPANY OF LOCAL GUIDES JALIL AND SAIDA, AND YOUR PERSONAL CARAVAN OF MOROCCAN EXPERTS WEAVE THROUGH THE MEDIEVAL MEDINA OF FÉS ON A PRIVATELY GUIDED TOUR
FOLLOW FOOTPATHS THROUGH LUSH OASES AND DATE PALM GROVES RIDE A CAMEL AT SUNSET TO THE 1,000-FOOTHIGH SAND DUNES OF MERZOUGA WALK IN THE 900-FOOT DEEP TODRA GORGE
EXPLORE THE HISTORIC AIT-BEN-HADDOU HILL TOWN ON THE CARAVAN ROUTE OUTSIDE OUARZAZATE LUXURIATE IN OUR PRIVATE LUXURY ENCAMPMENT IN THE SAHARA
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To get Thailand right, listen to the people. The young monk who sat with us in the shade of a sacred ficus tree at Wat Suan Dok had the softest, wisest smile. He spoke of joining the monastery and asked about our lives at home. He couldn’t have known it; but that conversation changed the way we saw Thailand … and how we share it with you on our deeply personal visit to the country. CLASSICJOURNEYS.COM • 27
Thailand’s vibrant public face boasts showy gold temples and Instagram-worthy beaches. You want to see it, and we’ll make sure you do. You’ll start, for instance, at an exclusive boutique beach resort hidden on a private cove in Phuket. But the real secret to Thailand is that if you shift your focus a few degrees to the right or left of the marquee attraction, real life is right there. So we boat out to islands in the Andaman Sea that are uninhabited except for the Moken, a tribe of sea nomads. They live on wooden boats and houses stilted over the waters. Even the children dive deep in the clear water to gather clams and sea cucumbers. In the Chiang Mai region, our local guide Oomi pulls strings with her friends at a small village school so that you get right into a classroom and meet the kids. Shy they’re not. Ask the universal question about what they want to be when they grow up, and you’ll get an interesting earful. Oomi is also your inside track to understanding and participating in the daily alms ceremony. Before dawn, Buddhist monks pad barefoot along the streets carrying alms bowls into which their neighbors place boiled rice. It’s an ancient ceremony, not a folkloric show, and you’re invited to participate in a way that the local people appreciate deeply. At Classic Journeys, we are devout believers in responsible, culturally sensitive travel — an approach that pays dividends for you in Thailand. Near Chiang Rai, we’ve established relationships with the Lahu and Akha hill tribes who invite our small groups to spend time in their villages. The villagers welcome us into their daily lives unlike the “authentic tribes people” who are on display and outnumbered by tourists in commercialized sites. Nearby, you’ll also have a chance to spend some time with the mahouts of Dara Camp. Committed to conservation of local elephants, the mahouts are the pachyderms’ companions. They’ll even invite you to join the elephants for a trek through the forest. All along the way, we make sure you get a taste of Thai culture in all its forms. You’ll have a chance to shop a local market and get a cooking instruction from a respected chef. You’ll zip up the Mekong River on a long-tailed speed boat, take in the awesome views from Mount Doi Tung, snorkel on sparkling waters at Pak-Kard Bay, shop in local crafts markets, and even take a Thai boxing class if you like! But in our hearts, it all comes back to the diverse people you meet. The unguarded insights you get into their lives will reveal Thailand to you in more ways than you ever expected.
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THAILAND Stepping far beyond the temple-spired capital, we’ll visit an elephant camp in the foothills of Chiang Dao, and walk from rice-paddy paths to remote villages where we receive the blessing of saffron-robed Buddhist monks at an early morning alms-giving … glide over rivers in long-tail boats … and are welcomed into one of the country’s finest kitchens. LENGTH 9 DAYS/ 8 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: DEC 29 2019: JAN 28, MAR 4, NOV 4, DEC 27 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5595, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $7590
YO U R W E E K i n T h ai l and • ENGAGE WITH ADULTS AND CHILDREN IN A HILL TRIBE • GO TO MARKET AND LEARN TO COOK WITH A THAI CHEF • WALK WITH ELEPHANTS ALONG RIVERSIDE PATHS • GLIDE OVER RIVERS IN LONG-TAIL BOATS • EXPLORE SACRED TEMPLES • GIVE MORNING ALMS TO SAFFRON CLAD MONKS
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Southeast Asia LAZY JUNGLE RIVERS. Raucous cities crowned by golden temples. Sugary ocean beaches, plains sprinkled with ancient pagodas and some of the 5-starriest hotels and resorts anywhere. The lands of Southeast Asia define exotic travel. Where the languages are inscrutable and cuisine is an endless stream of new and wonderful flavors, it’s all the more reassuring and revealing to explore in the company of experienced local guides. Our Vietnamese friends share their homeland with grace and open hospitality. You’ll be able to talk to the floating farmers of Myanmar, participate in a Laotian alms-giving ceremony with proper respect, and meet hill-tribe villagers deep in the Thai countryside. With Classic Journeys, you’ll experience the cultural traditions you only find if you approach the region like a traveler, rather than a tourist.
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VIETNAM, LAOS & CAMBODIA
VIETNAM, LAOS & CAMBODIA FOR FAMILIES
Between Saigon and Hanoi, spend a night on a junk in Halong Bay and bike amid Mekong rice paddies. In Laos, care for elephants at an elephant sanctuary. Explore Cambodia’s splendid Angkor Wat. And luxuriate at some of Asia’s finest hotels.
Take a bath with an elephant. Explore awesome caves along Halong Bay. Bike along the Mekong, meet rural schoolchildren and rice farmers. Give alms to monks and climb on Angkor Wat. The list of amazing family experiences is almost endless!
LENGTH 10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: OCT 21, DEC 29 2019: JAN 22, MAR 10, MAY 12, OCT 20, DEC 28 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5095, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $6290
LENGTH 10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: DEC 21 2019: MAR 24, JUN 16, DEC 20 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5095, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $6290
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MYANMAR 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 from floating farmers, lacquerware artisans, schoolchildren, and ethnic tribespeople in village markets. LENGTH 9 DAYS/ 8 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: NOV 6 2019: FEB 4, MAR 11, NOV 11, DEC 27 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $6290
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Asia & Oceania WHEN KIPLING WROTE THAT, “EAST IS EAST AND WEST IS WEST,” he concluded that the difference in geography didn’t matter at all when the people of East and West came face to face. You’ll experience the wonderful truth of that sentiment on our Culture + Walking trips across the International Date Line. From the exotic lands of Southeast Asia to sophisticated Kiwi culture in New Zealand and the rich tapestries of India, Bhutan, China and Japan, you’ll go exploring in the company of our experienced local guides. They remove the logistical obstacles to a seductive vacation halfway around the world. With visits to villages, iconic landmarks, legendary cities and the homes of everyday people, you will experience these remarkable and very distinctive cultures like few travelers are privileged to do.
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A revealing look at Japan’s history and modern culture. Explore Tokyo and learn to make sushi. Take in the beauty of Hakone with views of Mt. Fuji. Visit Kyoto’s temples, partake of the tea ceremony, and experience the art of the geishas at an elegant dinner.
This Himalayan kingdom is a revelation with its perched monasteries, rice paddies and rhododendron forests. On guided walks, you meet farmers, wood carvers and yak-herders. And you’ll be immersed in Bhutanese cultural and spiritual life.
Moving beyond must-see China — Beijing, the Great Wall, Xi’an’s terra-cotta warriors, Shanghai — you’ll penetrate the interior, including Guilin and Yangshuo. And finally, living and walking among natives in the Tibetan highlands called Shangri-La.
LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: SEP 10, OCT 1, NOV 25 2019: APR 15, MAY 13, SEP 2, NOV 11 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $6695, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $8890
LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: NOV 6 2019: APR 16, NOV 5 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5895, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $7590
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LENGTH 12 DAYS/ 11 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: SEP 10, OCT 8 2019: APR 8, MAY 27, SEP 9, OCT 7 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $6995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $8990
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INDIA: RAJASTHAN & TAJ MAHAL
NEW ZEALAND FAMILY
An epic journey! Delhi. The Taj Mahal at dawn. One-of-a-kind countryside walks that introduce you to villagers and rural life...as well as descendants of royal families, sari- and turban-tying experts, and eminent naturalists. LENGTH 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: NOV 12, DEC 28 2019: JAN 27, MAR 13, NOV 1, DEC 28 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $8590
A trip full of Kiwi whee! There’s watery fun on a lake crowded with icebergs, an America’s Cup yacht, and jet boats. Four-wheel up into the mountains and cross a wild river on a singing bridge. Go mountain-biking on Waiheke Island, learn about herding sheep, and stay in cool luxury hotels. LENGTH 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: NOV 18 2019: APR 8, DEC 30 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5195, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $6090
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NEW ZEALAND Awesome variety from Auckland to Queenstown! Sail on an America’s Cup yacht and sip wine on lush Waiheke Island. Visit a working sheep farm and go jet-boating. All capped by a glacier walk and a cruise in the fjords of Doubtful Sound. LENGTH 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: NOV 4, DEC 30 2019: FEB 21, MAR 25, DEC 30 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5295, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $6190
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adventure In Iceland, a year-round Multisport trip is an adrenaline high from beginning to end. Any time your traveling companions have Vikings and shark fishermen in their bloodlines, you know that interesting things are going to happen. We just returned from scouting a new Iceland Multisport trip with our friends Atli and Kommi, the local guides who win raves on our Family and Culture + Walking Trips. As one guest put it: “I want to be with them when the Zombie Apocalypse happens.” Kommi and Atli show you the sights like nobody else. But these two Icelanders are doers, not just observers. With them in the lead, you’ll get full immersion into Iceland instead of just driving the Golden Circle the way so many tourists do. Imagine yourself in the most remote setting from “Game of Thrones” or your favorite “Star Wars” planet. That starts to come close to Iceland. Volcanoes and glaciers have done crazy things. Wavy plains of cooled lava flows wear spongy carpets of electric green moss. Geysers shoot up and waterfalls arc down off cliffs. Those glaciers shed bergs like some cosmic ice dispenser. As for the Northern Lights, “wow” isn’t adequate. But just WOW.
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Iceland If you crave a vacation with a variety of activities and experiences, Iceland is nirvana. Whenever Kommi or Atli would say, “Today, you can do this thing or that thing,” we’d say, “Why not both?” And so it will be when you join us on this Multisport adventure. Many times, you’re able to create your own adventure by choosing which activities appeal most to you. For example, one day they ask “flippers or boots?” If you reply “flippers”, you find yourself stepping into insulated wet suits to go “tectonic snorkeling.” At just one spot, a gap between two tectonic plates contains a skinny lake of crystal glacial water. In water that’s as clear as glass, you feel like you’re floating in thin air. If you want to skip the flippers and keep your hiking boots, you can join one of the guys for an awesome walk in Þingvellir National Park. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is bisected by a tectonic valley and is cinematic beyond belief. Untamed as it is, it was also the place where local Viking chieftains started meeting in the year 930 to form the world’s oldest parliament. The lion’s share of another day is spent on top of a glacier, starting with a hike to the glacier’s terminal face. Specialized guides join up with crampons, ice axes and other gear, and then you make your way to the top and across the ice field. You see impressive crevasses and even tuck into the coolest picnic ever. The next day, at the “snout” of another glacier, you climb into Zodiacs and chug in close to where icebergs are calved. This is also the place where you can explore ice caves carved by glacial melt. You can choose to ride shaggy, short-legged Icelandic horses on a black sand beach or walk along coastal footpaths to a nesting colony of Atlantic Puffins. You’ll walk to a waterfall to explore it from behind. (It’s nobody but you, looking out at Iceland through a roaring curtain of water.) And one of our favorite hotels is a manor house on a family farm where trails lead you through sheep meadows to Viking ruins. At the end of another day, the geothermal Blue Lagoon is the perfect spot for a long steamy float. There are other places where you can see fjords and walk on glaciers and visit sheep farms and clamber over frozen lava and eat sensational farm-to-table meals. But nowhere else can you do it all in such a compact geographic area and have so much fun. Your trusty research team did … and you will too!
ICELAND MULTISPORT Think waterfalls, glaciers, black sand beaches and lava fields covered with insanely green spongy moss. For every ice cave, there's a geothermal pool. The Northern Lights curtain the night sky. Activities range from tectonic snorkeling to horseback riding, spectacular coastal and countryside walks to puffin watching. LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: OCT 28, DEC 27 2019: MAR 10, MAR 24, JUN 2, JUL 28, SEP 15, OCT 27, DEC 27 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5395, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $6190
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ICELAND: VOLCANOES & VIKINGS Iceland is wild and ruggedly beautiful. You’ll walk amid lava flows, binge on lobster, visit a puffin colony, go whale watching and meet a shark fisherman. Country inns with gourmet restaurants are in absolutely spectacular settings! LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: AUG 5, SEP 30 2019: JUN 9, JUN 23, JUL 21, AUG 18, SEP 1, SEP 15 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5295, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $6190
ICELAND FAMILY ADVENTURE
IS ICELAND FOR YOU? WHEN ARE DEPARTURES?
DO YOU NEED A LOT OF EQUIPMENT?
Year-round, so you can go any time and in any season.
We provide all of the important stuff for your activities — from snorkeling gear to crampons to Land Rovers!
DO YOU SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS? Scientifically, the Aurora Borealis happens year-round. You’re likeliest to witness it from September to April when the night sky is darker, but we’ve seen them on tour in August!
HOW ARE THE HOTELS? Luxurious and stylish! One is a familyowned manor hotel on a sheep farm. The other is a contemporary gem situated between two glaciers.
DO YOU EAT ICELANDIC COD THE WHOLE TIME? Seafood of all kinds is amazing, but this is an all-round foodie destination with super inventive and flat-out delicious farm-to-table cuisine beyond anything you can imagine.
The perfect outdoor family vacation. Think puffin watching, soaking in a geothermal lagoon, exploring the wild country on Icelandic horses, and walking on glaciers and cooled lava fields. Luxury hotels include a deep-country lodge and a spot in the heart of Reykjavik. LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: AUG 5 2019: JUN 23, JUL 7, AUG 4 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5495, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $6390
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Portugal PORTUGAL GLOWS UNDER MORE HOURS OF SUNSHINE PER YEAR THAN ANY OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRY — quite the useful fact when one is plotting out a Culture + Walking vacation. There’s so much to experience, and so much gorgeous weather in which to soak it all in. The great cities of Lisbon and Porto are rich with imperial landmarks. Our hotels are splendiferous, including a country manor that’s been home to your hostess’s family for a mere 800 years. Of course, you’ll taste the country’s port wines on walks in mountain vineyards and while cruising the Douro River. On a coastal trail, you’ll face the churning surf that Henry the Navigator conquered to explore the New World. And your local guide, will introduce you to Portuguese people from the workers who harvest sea salt to some of the country’s most respected winemakers.
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PORTUGAL: LISBON TO PORTO This gorgeous itinerary traces the Atlantic coast from Lisbon to Porto. Explore Moorish hilltowns, feel the pounding surf on Guincho Beach and taste the legendary port wine in the Douro Valley. And wait until you see the splendiferous hotels. LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: SEP 2, OCT 7, OCT 28, 2019: APR 28, MAY 19, JUN 2, JULY 7, SEP 1, OCT 6, OCT 27 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4495, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5290
• TASTE THE VINTAGE PORT AT A 300-YEAR-OLD WINE ESTATE IN THE DOURO VALLEY • VISIT WITH THE VISCOUNTESS WHO WELCOMES YOU TO THE COUNTRY MANOR HOTEL THAT’S BEEN HER FAMILY’S HOME FOR EIGHT CENTURIES • PICNIC ABOARD A TRADITIONAL RABELO BOAT AS YOU CRUISE THE DOURO RIVER
• STROLL THE COLORFUL STREETS OF LISBON • EXPLORE PENA PALACE, ONE OF THE SEVEN WONDERS OF PORTUGAL • FEEL THE POUND OF ATLANTIC SURF ON A COASTAL TRAIL TO THE PORT OF CASCAIS • AMBLE THROUGH THE HISTORIC STREETS OF PORTO
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Spain PASSIONATE FLAMENCO VS THE COOLING SPLASH OF THE ALHAMBRA’S POOLS. The gleaming simplicity of white-washed mountain villages vs the gaudy Gaudî masterpieces of Barcelona. Vast plains studded with gnarled olive trees vs the soft, decadent beaches of the Costa Brava. Spain is an intense and exciting land full of contrast. Our Culture + Walking and Family adventures introduce you to the people of Spain and immerse you in their diverse lives. From the intricacy of Moorish palaces to stylish cosmopolitan promenades, you’ll get an unforgettable look at country where a thousand years of fierce history and easy-going 21st style blend perfectly in culture, architecture and truly remarkable food.
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SPAIN: SEVILLE, GRANADA & CÓRDOBA
BARCELONA & THE COSTA BRAVA
BARCELONA & THE COSTA BRAVA FOR FAMILIES
Moorish southern Spain is cinematic. First, suave Seville, Granada and the Alhambra with a local expert. Then, vast plains dotted with ruined fortresses, a luxury five-star hotel in the style of an Andalusian village, gnarled olive groves and spectacular country walks.
Our local guide says Catalonia is “like Tuscany, only better!” In Vic, the farmers’ markets, rustic country paths and farmhouse-parador are just right. The “better” part: a private seaside resort at Begur and walks along the warm Costa Brava.
From cool Barcelona, this active family vacation heads to the country and a four-star hilltop parador near waterfalls and extinct volcanoes. From a resort overlooking the Costa Brava, go sea kayaking, cave exploring, and walking amid Roman ruins.
LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: SEP 9, OCT 14 2019: MAY 5, JUN 9, SEP 8, OCT 13 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4895, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5590
LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: SEP 16, OCT 7 2019: MAY 12, JUN 16, SEP 15, OCT 6 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4795, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5490
LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: AUG 5 2019: JUL 7, AUG 4 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5690
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Tuscany SOMEBODY HAS TO SIT ON THE TERRACE OF A TUSCAN VILLA, SIPPING A GLASS OF CHIANTI AS THE SUN SETS OVER A ROLLING SEA OF SILVERY OLIVE TREES. Why shouldn’t it be you? And why shouldn’t life always be like this? Lunch in a 15th century castle. A vineyard walk to San Gimignano. Private kitchens that invite you in to garlic-scented heaven. Famed Portofino and the Cinque Terre — those five impossible villages that lure you down from a clifftop trail to pastel streets that practically spill into the Ligurian Sea. And in Florence, more art treasures per square inch than anywhere on earth (and a jump-to-the-front-of-the-line opportunity to see one of the most famous: Michelangelo’s David). On our Culture + Walking trips and Culinary tours, you’ll discover one of the happiest truths in travel: Tuscany is everything you dreamed it would be, and more.
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TUSCANY & THE CINQUE TERRE
A TASTE OF TUSCANY
Selected as one of Forbes’ Luxury Walking Favorites, this trip to Tuscany includes Florence, San Gimignano, vineyard strolls, a home-cooked lunch in the Chianti hills and more. Cap the week with walks to the spectacular villages of the Cinque Terre and Portofino.
Start with cooking instructions in our friends’ farmhouse and villa kitchens. Add in a visit to San Gimignano, Chianti tastings, cheese-makers and markets. And walk off the calories on three-night forays in both Florence and Cortona.
LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: SEP 2, SEP 16, SEP 30, OCT 14, OCT 28 2019: APR 14, MAY 12, MAY 26, JUN 9, JUL 7, SEP 1, SEP 15, SEP 29, OCT 13, OCT 27 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4695, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5490
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YO U R W E E K i n Tu scany & C i n q u e Te r r e SETTLE INTO AN ELEGANT VILLA WHERE YOUR HOSTS FOR THREE NIGHTS ARE A COUNT AND COUNTESS LUXURIATE IN SANTA MARGHERITA’S GRANDEST SEASIDE HOTEL SAVOR YOUR FIRST SIP OF CHIANTI AT A FAMED TUSCAN WINERY STROLL THROUGH VINEYARDS TO A HOME-COOKED LUNCH ON THE GROUNDS OF A 15TH-CENTURY CASTLE EXPERIENCE THE GREAT TREASURES OF FLORENCE WITH AN ART HISTORIAN
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Amalfi Coast & Capri ON A LAUNCH APPROACHING THE AMALFI PENINSULA, YOU FACE A STARTLING SIGHT. Like elegant rock climbers, 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. In balmy Amalfi, orange trees shade village streets. Seaside footpaths around Ravello and Positano encourage an easy pace perfect for soaking in the atmosphere. You’ll settle in for a stay on the glorious isle of Capri — a luxury the day-trippers can’t imagine. You’ll reach the rim of Mount Vesuvius, too, and explore Pompeii with an archaeologist. Whether you choose our Culture + Walking, Culinary or Family experience, you’ll see Amalfi in the best way — in the company of an Italian friend who knows the ins and outs of life at the edge of the sea.
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AMALFI COAST & CAPRI One of our all-time best-sellers. From Naples, you ferry to romantic Capri for a two-night stay, and then to Positano for three nights. An amazing week includes seaside walks, limoncello tastings, and visits to Mt. Vesuvius, Ravello and Pompeii. LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: SEP 2, OCT 7, OCT 21, DEC 28 2019: APR 7, MAY 5, MAY 19, JUN 2, SEP 8, OCT 6, OCT 20, DEC 28 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4895, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $6090
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AMALFI, AL BUON GUSTO! A fantastic week in Amalfi. You’ll cook in a cliffside kitchen and with a top Positano chef, taste the wine and limoncello, and walk in Capri and Ravello. You’ll explore the streets of Pompeii ... and see the town from the top of Mt. Vesuvius. LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: SEP 16, OCT 21 2019: APR 21, SEP 22 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $6490
AMALFI COAST & CAPRI FOR FAMILIES Together, you walk Vesuvius’ rim, eat gelato, kayak the coast and explore Pompeii. The kids go for a boat ride in the Blue Grotto. The adults enjoy some fine walks and dinners out. And everybody loves the island of Capri and cliffside Positano. LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2019: MAR 31, JUN 16, JUL 14 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5890
yo u r W E E K O N T H E A M A LF I C OAST • HYDROFOIL ACROSS THE BAY OF NAPLES FOR TWO LUXURIOUS NIGHTS ON CAPRI AT THE GRAND HOTEL QUISISANA • WIND ALONG THE LEGENDARY SEASIDE PATHS TO POSITANO • MAKE PIZZA IN THE KITCHEN OF A PRIVATE HOME … AND EAT IT ON A TERRACE OVERLOOKING THE SEA
• TASTE LIMONCELLO IN THE WORKSHOP WHERE IT’S MADE • JOIN AN ARCHEOLOGIST FOR A WALK THROUGH THE RUINS OF POMPEII • AMBLE ALONG THE SPECTACULAR COAST AND SAVOR LUNCH AT AN EXCLUSIVE BEACH CLUB
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Italy VISIT ITALY EVERY YEAR FOREVER, AND YOU’D NEVER HAVE TO REPEAT YOURSELF. Each region — sometimes it seems like each village — is its own utterly unique and totally irresistible destination. From the alpine breezes that cool the villas on Lake Como to sun-warmed Sicily, the culture, climate and terrain couldn’t be more different. For something more rustic and off-the-beaten path, head for Apulia in the heel of Italy’s boot. For the flip side of Italian sophistication, our Family trip to Venice, Florence and Rome is a wonderful introduction to the best of the best. Or hobnob with rural shepherds — and the yacht set — on a visit to Sardinia that also includes the nearby French island of Corsica. Your options also include our best-selling trips to Tuscany (pages 42-43) and the Amalfi Coast (pages 44-45).
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SICILY — ISLAND IN THE SUN
VENICE, FLORENCE & ROME FOR FAMILIES
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The ultimate Italy with its own rustic culture. Our circuit takes in Palermo, Taormina and the olive groves and vineyards of the Aeolian Islands. Wait until you see your hotel overlooking the Greek temples of Agrigento.
Three must-see cities — like most families never get to see them! You’ll discover the best of Italy without feeling like you’re in a rush. Best of all, you’ll meet pizza-makers, art experts and gladiator trainers who will give Italy a happy personal spin for your family.
Rustic. Quiet. Gorgeous. Walking Corsica’s herb-carpeted coast or lunching with a Sardinian shepherd, you’ll step back in time. Nature preserves, country inns, suave nights in Bonifacio, archeological wonders. These French and Italian islands have it all!
LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: DEC 27 2019: APR 28, JUN 23, JUN 30, JUL 7, JUL 14, JUL 21, JUL 28, DEC 27 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5790
LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: SEP 9, OCT 7 2019: MAY 5, JUN 2, SEP 8, OCT 6 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5790
LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: SEP 9, OCT 14 2019: APR 14, MAY 12, JUN 9, SEP 15, OCT 13 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4795, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5690
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SARDINIA & CORSICA
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ITALIAN LAKE RETREATS
APULIA — ITALY’S RUSTIC SOUTH
Como. Maggiore. Orta. Italy’s stunning mountain lakes have lured travelers for millennia. Starting in Bellagio, you’ll walk in extravagant villa gardens and alpine meadows, meet a shepherdess, go wine-tasting, shop for local treasures and more.
You’ll love the sunny heel of Italy’s “boot.” There’s the baroque city of Lecce and cliff-clinging Matera. Plus, fish markets, walled farms, blue seas, snow-white trulli and homemade lunches filled with amazing food.
LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: SEP 9, OCT 7 2019: APR 28, MAY 19, JUN 9, JUL 7, SEP 8, OCT 6 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5790
LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: SEP 23, OCT 28 2019: APR 28, MAY 26, JUN 23, SEP 29, OCT 27 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4695, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5390
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CROATIA IS THE COUNTRY WHERE WE WOULD LIVE IF WE COULD LIVE ANYWHERE. Beautiful doesn’t begin to describe Dalmatia’s Adriatic coastline or Istrian vineyards that Napa should envy. Think cinematic Dubrovnik (aka King’s Landing on “Game of Thrones”), Rovinj perched on the tip of a peninsula, and harbor-side Hvar. This is a country where you can do an artisanal olive-oil tasting lesson, take a country walk a million miles from anywhere, and rest up afterward at your 5-star hotel by the sea, all in the same day. The Croatians are warm hosts and — from vintners to truffle hunters — just about the most engaging people ever.
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CROATIA’S ISTRIAN PENINSULA Istria is insanely authentic with its unspoiled countryside just east of Venice. Think: fig orchards, walking the Adriatic coast, goatherds, truffled gnocchi and walled towns. Highlights include off-shore islands, Rovinj and a stay at a seaside villa in Opatija. LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: SEP 9, OCT 7 2019: MAY 12, JUN 9, JUL 14, SEP 8, OCT 6 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4695, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5390
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CROATIA’S DALMATIAN COAST The grandeur of Dubrovnik. Footpaths above the Adriatic. Wine-tasting lunches and seafood dinners. Lavender fields, olive oil mills, a two-monk monastery, harborside nights in Hvar. This amazing week is a rich, relaxing cultural experience. LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: SEP 2, OCT 7 2019: MAY 5, JUN 2, JUL 7, SEP 1, OCT 13 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4795, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5590
CROATIA’S DALMATIAN COAST FOR FAMILIES Kids love Croatia. Adriatic waters invite swimming, kayaking and snorkeling. Country walks take you to monasteries and olive mills. And there’s great variety with stays in Dubrovnik, at a seaside resort and on the beautiful isle of Hvar. LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2019: JUN 23, JUL 14 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4895, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5590
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YO U R W E E K I N CR OATI A’S I S T R I A N PENI NSU L A JOIN A HUNTER AND HIS TALENTED HOUNDS ON A TRUFFLE HUNT STROLL VINEYARD TRAILS TO SUNNING HILLTOWNS EXPLORE THE ROMAN AMPHITHEATER AT PULA WALK THE COASTAL “OLIVE OIL ROAD,” FOLLOWED BY A TASTING AT A LOCAL MILL LUXURIATE IN A 5-STAR HOTEL OVERLOOKING THE ADRIATIC PROMENADE
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France THE SEDUCTIVE POWER OF FRANCE IS IRRESISTIBLE. You can try to wave off the lunchtime splash of Bordeaux, but the glass always seems to find your lips. When a maman leans out her window on folded arms and cocks her head in that comehere-and-tell-me-who-you-are way, what can you say but, “Of course.” If a breeze heavy with lavender tugs at your senses, it’s almost impossible not to give in. Our Culture + Walking trips go happily with the French flow, whether we’re on a lazy low-tide walk at Mont Saint-Michel or catching the rays on the ramparts of a clifftop castle overlooking the Dordogne River. The cuisine is remarkable, the hotels are magnifique, and with your local guide you’ll slip easily into la vie française.
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A WEEK IN PROVENCE
PROVENCE FOR FAMILIES
BON APPÉTIT, PROVENCE
Lavender fields, vineyards and orchards. Award-winning country hotels and goat cheese on warm baguettes. Avignon, the Pont du Gard, cooking in a friend’s kitchen. It hardly seems possible, but Provence is even better than you’ve imagined.
All ages love our Provence! Everyone will enjoy great walks in lavender fields, river kayaking and climbing around castle ruins. You’ll go winetasting, they play boules and you all mellow out with the full-time help of our expert local guides.
Live the dream during a gourmet week in a château-hotel. You’ll cook with professional chefs and a cookbook author, shop local markets and go wine-tasting. Easygoing walks take you to Sénanque Abbey, Les Baux and the Pont du Gard.
LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: SEP 2, SEP 30 2019: MAY 12, JUN 2, SEP 8, OCT 13 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5690
LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2019: JUN 23, JUL 21 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5690
LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: OCT 7 2019: MAY 26, JUL 7, OCT 6 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5790
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NORMANDY & BRITTANY
BASQUE PYRÉNÉES & BILBAO
BORDEAUX & THE DORDOGNE VALLEY
Make the pilgrimage to Mont-St.-Michel at low tide. Sip apple brandy at your château-hotel. Explore the D-Day beaches. Take a Breton cooking lesson. Deauville to Saint-Malo, this is France at its historic and scenic best.
Explore Basque culture in both Spain and France. You’ll see medieval villages, catch a game of pelota, walk the Jaizquibel, eat tapas in San Sebastián, walk by the Bay of Biscay and visit the titanium-wrapped Guggenheim museum.
This best-selling tour starts in St. Émilion’s legendary vineyards. Then you’re off to wander castle-studded river valleys, go truffle-hunting, see ancient cave paintings and stay at one of our favorite inns.
LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: SEP 2, OCT 7 2019: MAY 13, JUN 17, SEP 2, OCT 7 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4895, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5590
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UK & Ireland IS THERE ANYPLACE ELSE THAT IS SO WONDERFULLY FAMILIAR BUT REFRESHINGLY UNEXPECTED AS IRELAND, SCOTLAND AND ENGLAND? We think not. Images of tiny thatched villages and emerald meadows dotted with sheep are practically part of our DNA. The landmarks from Edinburgh Castle to Stonehenge are nothing short of iconic. As you walk along a Cornish beach straight out of a Daphne du Maurier novel or slather a warm scone with clotted cream, it all feels so … natural. But the lovely little surprise is that life in these lands is full of traditions, history and ways of life that are great fun to discover. From falconers to spinners of blarney to cottage gardeners, the folk you meet on our Culture + Walking and Family trips will change the way you see the places you thought you already knew.
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COTSWOLDS, STONEHENGE & LONDON
ENGLAND’S CORNWALL COAST
Imagine a private visit to Stonehenge at sunrise. We’ve arranged it, plus walks in picture-perfect countryside, stays in Chipping Campden and Burford, meetings with a falconer and a cheese-maker and dinner in a private manor house.
The finest walking anywhere on headland trails overlooking the sea. You’ll follow them to St. Michael’s Mount, Tintagel Castle, a seal sanctuary and Bedruthan Steps. Stays include three nights at Fowey in Daphne du Maurier country.
LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: SEP 2 2019: MAY 5, JUN 2, JUL 7, SEP 1 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5790
LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: SEP 9 2019: MAY 12, JUN 9, JUL 14, SEP 8 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4895, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5790
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IRELAND: THE EMERALD ISLE
IRELAND FOR FAMILIES
EDINBURGH & THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS
The Ring of Kerry. Dingle. Killarney. You’ll see it all with walks on wild coastal islands, in Victorian gardens and across seaside dunes. Stay in a manor house, hit the local pub and get a warm, personal welcome to Irish life. LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: AUG 12, SEP 9 2019: JUN 2, JUL 7, AUG 11, SEP 8 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4295, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5090
Warm, friendly and fun. There’s castle climbing in Killarney. A sheepherding lesson. A cart ride in the Gap of Dunloe. Easy walks to waterfalls and eerie stone circles. And time to kayak, golf or veg out on a leisurely stay in Kenmare. LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2019: JUN 30, AUG 4 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4295, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5090
The highlands you’ve imagined and more. Royal Edinburgh, St. Andrews, a dram at a micro-distillery, heathery walks at Culloden Moor, Loch Ness and dramatic Moray Firth, plus fishing villages, a cashmere mill and sheep shearing. LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: SEP 2 2019: MAY 26, JUN 9, JUL 28, SEP 1 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5890
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Europe FOR MANY OF US, THE FIRST TIME WE USED THAT SHINY NEW PASSPORT WAS FOR A TRIP TO EUROPE. The continent is still a sentimental favorite, not least because of the kaleidoscopic options it offers. Maybe it’s time to thread your way through the fjords of Norway or take your family to Switzerland. Discover the culture and history that links Prague, Vienna and Budapest. Or go a little farther afield to the gorgeous Greek Isles or rugged Montenegro on the Adriatic. The first Classic Journeys were in Europe, so our roots are deep, our friendships are strong, and our connections guarantee you immersive and unforgettable experiences. In addition to these trips, we also offer itineraries to favorite European destinations in Italy (pages 42-47), France (pages 50-51), and Spain and Portugal (pages 38-41).
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PRAGUE TO BUDAPEST
SWISS ALPS FAMILY JOURNEY
Explore the Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary in one compact visit. Between the two bookend capitals, you’ll also visit Vienna, walk in rolling farmlands and vineyards, stay in the preserved village of eský Krumlov, cruise the Danube and more. LENGTH 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: AUG 5, SEP 2, OCT 7 2019: JUN 2, AUG 4, SEP 1, OCT 6 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4695, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5290
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Over-the-top adventure with dog sledding, glacier walking, river rafting, llama trekking and biking. From alpine chalet-hotels, you’ll strike out to walk wildflower meadows, meet cheese-makers, visit the car-less village of Mürren and more! LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2019: JUN 17, JUL 22 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4695, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5290
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MONTENEGRO Start on the balmy Adriatic coast with palm-lined bays. Ascend into wild mounts with sheer canyons and quiet lakes. And all along the way meet olive growers, grappamakers, shepherds and artists in this most beautiful and remote Balkan country. LENGTH 7 DAYS/ 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: SEP 9, OCT 7 2019: MAY 5, JUN 2, JUL 7, SEP 8, OCT 6 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4795, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5490
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Soak up Greek history and culture. Rustic Crete is a rich mix of Minoan ruins, fishermen and olive groves. On gleaming Santorini, you’ll stroll vineyards, visit classic artisans and bask in dramatic sunsets from the terrace of your cliffside hotel.
There is no finer place than the fjords of Norway. Your visit includes Oslo and Bergen, cities that contain more forest than streetscape. Whether you’re cruising the blue waters … walking on glaciers … or exploring remote villages, you will gain a wonderful sense of Norwegian culture.
LENGTH 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: SEP 2, OCT 7 2019: MAY 5, JUN 2, SEP 1, OCT 6 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4795, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5690
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for THAT TRAVEL TOGETHER
Expert advice for planning your next multi-generation trip
From the mailbag. You wouldn’t believe how many emails we get every day from guests who want to plan a family trip of a lifetime. And the questions aren’t only about where to go. They want to know how family trips work, what to expect, even how to “sell” the idea of a multi-generational vacation to all the generations within their own families. Here’s some advice you can really use from the travel-expert parents at Classic Journeys.
Unpack everybody’s stress.
Mix it up to build experiences.
Adults don’t have a monopoly on stress. Over-scheduled kids race to keep up with their schedules, too. School, sports, and lessons from ballet to ACT prep … it all adds up. Everybody needs to re-charge, even if they don’t think it’s true. A night in a Berber encampment in Morocco’s Saharan Desert or sea kayaking off the coast of Alaska re-channels energy and breaks the rinse-and-repeat cycle of everyday life. Muscles relax, smiles widen, bonds grow.
Plenty of families enjoy yearly trips to the same beach or mountain cabin. Nothing wrong with that. Yet, at some point, the summer of ’19 can start to be interchangeable with ’17 and ’15. The remedy is to add in, say, a week in the Galápagos one year, or a trip to explore Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks. The variety spices up life, and the memories you make are more memorable when you step outside your traditional comfort zone.
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Upend everybody. There’s no better time than vacation to try on a new role. Car-pool mom can become zipline mom in Costa Rica. La-Z-Boy gramps can slip into a glaciermelt snorkeling suit in Iceland. The same shape-shifting happens with teens, too, as your tech geek cuts turf in Ireland or a soccer jock participates in a Buddhist alms ceremony in Laos. Family vacations like these are a free pass to try something new (and very possibly life-changing).
5 FAMILY FAVORITES FOR 2019 Peru & Machu Picchu | Pg. 16-17 | Island-based Galápagos | Pg. 12-13 | Morocco | Pg. 24-25 | Venice, Florence & Rome | Pg. 46 | Iceland | Pg. 34-37 |
Turn “heads down” into eyes wide open.
Don’t worry about bumps in the road.
Family travel is an even better idea than you think it is.
Apple just introduced an app to minimize time spent in the blue glow of a smartphone. Travel is an even better way to achieve that goal. While you’re paddling to a rainforest village in Panama or whale-watching in Nova Scotia, touchscreens go untouched. Even if your phone is also your camera, you’ll find that grabbing shots of baby sea lions in the Galápagos is a lot more engaging that checking out cat videos or the Museum of Ice Cream on Instagram. The time you all spend in the same moment is time nobody can take away from you.
Pulling off any vacation requires somebody to keep things on track. It just doesn’t have to be you. Planning a trip with Classic Journeys lets you turn the reins over to a team dedicated to you and your family. Sure, you know the itinerary in advance, but you get to let go once the trip gets going. Experienced, wellconnected and exceptionally fun local guides handle all the logistics. Your flock can skip the endless line to see Michelangelo’s David in Florence or juggle activities to take advantage of particularly fine weather for sailing on an America’s Cup yacht in New Zealand.
We hear all kinds of motives. “I want my grandchildren to understand the world better.” “A cool trip is the only way I can bribe everybody to spend a week together.” “I want us all to have fun with each other like we used to.” Wherever you’re coming from, going on a travel adventure together really does work to make sure the people you love best stay deeply connected. And being the person who makes it all happen is incredibly satisfying.
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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 on our Family and Multisport trips to Bryce, Grand Canyon & Zion. We take care of all of the logistics. Mountain bikes? Check. Mule rides into Bryce Canyon? Check. Timing visits perfectly to canyon rims for sunset, hiking through waterfalls, and great inns with swimming pools? Absolutely! We thread through canyons that are barely 20 feet wide, explore mysterious Native American ruins, and go river tubing. There’s time for gallery-hopping as well as some very fine dining. You can’t get through this week without testing the echoes in awesome, eerie canyons. Best of all, the experiences you have on this action-packed vacation will echo in your memory for years to come.
BRYCE, GRAND CANYON & ZION Three amazing parks on one easy trip. Bryce’s red rock hoodoos. Sunset from our lodge on the Grand Canyon’s rim. A guided visit to Ancestral Puebloan ruins and the Zion Narrows slot canyon. Great lodges keep you in the heart of the action. LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: SEP 2 2019: MAY 26, JUN 16, JUL 14, SEP 1 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3295, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3790
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BRYCE, GRAND CANYON & ZION FOR FAMILIES Take your family national parking with total emphasis on fun instead of logistics. This amazing vacation is about so much more than the sights: mountain biking, river tubing, fossil hunting, a cowboy cookout and more will make your three park visit a once-in-a-lifetime experience. LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2019: JUN 23, JUN 30, JUL 21 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3695, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4190
WALK AMONG BRISTLECONE PINES TO A PICNIC WITH VIEW OF 1,000-FOOT SANDSTONE CLIFFS LET YOUR IMAGINATION RUN WILD AS YOU WALK AMONG OTHERWORLDLY HOODOOS, ROCK SPIRES AND FINS
TAKE IN THE SUNSET ON THE GRAND CANYON RIM
WALK UNDER HANGING GARDENS ALONG THE VIRGIN RIVER
RIDE A MULE DOWN INTO BRYCE CANYON
HUNT FOR FOSSILS IN THE KAIBAB LIMESTONE
WANDER ANCESTRAL PUEBLOAN RUINS ON A GUIDED VISIT
RIDE RIVER TUBES BETWEEN RED WALLS OF SANDSTONE
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United States WHEN YOU CRAVE A VACATION THAT FEELS FAR AWAY BUT ISN’T, THE GOOD OL’ U.S. OF A. IS IT. There’s a region just right for your mood. Kayak with icebergs and chat up the halibut fishermen of Alaska on a Multisport trip second to none. Down in Charleston, the pace is languid and the culture refined. For mountains’ majesty, Montana’s Glacier Park is unsurpassed. (Alpine meadow walks and meet-ups with cowboys are the icing on the cake.) And the list goes on. Just as much as if you were headed for Morocco or Machu Picchu, the idea of seeing America first with a full time local guide and zero logistical hassles makes great sense. Here’s to home turf … and the adventures in store for you!
More ways t o see th e USA NAPA PRIVATE JOURNEY SANTA FE & TAOS PRIVATE JOURNEY
ALASKA’S KENAI PENINSULA FAMILY ADVENTURE
ALASKA’S KENAI PENINSULA
Amazing family fun! You won’t just see glaciers, you walk and kayak right up to them. There are puffins, beluga whales and moose, too. You’ll meet native Aleuts and gold miners, and go river-rafting, spit-walking and tide-pooling together! And the resorts and lodges are very cool. LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2019: JUN 23, AUG 4 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4590
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The walking is wonderful — no “bush” skills required! You’ll step onto a glacier, take paths through the world’s most northerly rainforest and wildflower meadows and spot humpback whales and orcas. You’ll also meet halibut fishermen in Homer and cruise sparkling fjords. LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: AUG 19 2019: JUN 30, AUG 18 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4590
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CHARLESTON & SAVANNAH
MONTANA’S GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Think grand city mansions … barrier islands where dolphins romp … villages where Gullah culture from West Africa is still strong. The moss-draped coastal South is one of America’s most distinctive regions with history, culture and a way of life all its own.
Glacier Park is the centerpiece of a fun outdoor week full of snow-capped Rockies, elk and eagles, walks and picnics in wildflower meadows. Meet local Blackfeet natives and ranchers, boats and gondolas and soak in nature at its amazing best.
MONTANA’S GLACIER NATIONAL PARK FOR FAMILIES
LENGTH 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: OCT 7 2019: MAY 26, OCT 6 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4790
LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: AUG 19 2019: JUL 7, JUL 21, AUG 18 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3895, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4590
A mountain vacation with more high points than you can count! Like a gondola ride up Whitefish Mountain, horseback riding on a working ranch, stargazing in the inky sky, waterfall picnics and cozy nights in classic lodges. It’s a fine outdoor week in our nation’s most beautiful park. LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2019: JUL 7, JUL 21 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4690
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SNOW-CAPPED ROCKIES MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN ANY ALP OR APENNINE. The ésprit of France in Québec. Seaside villages as quaint as the best of Cornwall or Brittany. The provinces to our north aren’t just Canada Nice. They’re Canada Awesome … all the more because these destinations are right here on the continent you call home. From the Bay of Fundy to shining Puget Sound, Canada offers a remarkable variety of scenery, culture and multisport fun. Our guides are all locals who can lead you to the friendliest lobstermen, the best path to a wildflower meadow, Québec’s finest restaurants, and the richest hunting grounds of orcas. If you don’t have a ton of time or just want to squeeze in an extra vacation, so much the better! You can pull off any of these Canada vacations in six fun-filled days.
CANADIAN ROCKIES: BANFF & JASPER
CANADIAN ROCKIES FAMILY ADVENTURE
Experience the wild beauty of Lake Louise and Lac Beauvert. You’ll walk among lodgepole pines, stand in the mist of Takakkaw Falls, spot elk and bighorn sheep and take a guided walk on Athabasca Glacier.
This trip has a high “cool” quotient. Think suspended gondola rides, spotting bighorn sheep, elks and bears, fossil hunting in the Burgess Shale and whitewater rafting on the Athabasca River. Around a campfire or settled into a lodge on Lake Louise, it’s fun for everybody.
LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: AUG 12, SEP 9 2019: JUN 23, AUG 11, SEP 8 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3995, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4790
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LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2019: JUN 30, JUL 21 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4195, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $5090
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QUÉBEC & CHARLEVOIX
NOVA SCOTIA: COASTS & VILLAGES
NOVA SCOTIA FOR FAMILIES
It’s France next door! Explore Québec City on splendid walks. In rural Charlevoix, you’ll spot caribou, gallery-hop in BaieSaint-Paul and taste local cheeses. From La Malbaie, an awesome day cruise of Saguenay Fjord is ideal for whale watching.
A postcard-perfect way to spend long summer days. See the Bay of Fundy, explore Kejimkujik Park, go for a wildlife walk on a deserted island, and watch the whales on a working lobster boat. Stays in Annapolis Royal and Lunenburg immerse you in history and culture.
Your family will be quite the whalewatching, bog-hopping, lobsterboating, sea-kayaking bunch. Based in Lunenburg and Annapolis Royal, you’ll explore a deserted island, canoe on forest lakes in Mi’kmaq country and squeeze a ton of togetherness into long summer days.
LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: AUG 5, SEP 2, 2019: JUN 16, JUL 7, AUG 4, SEP 1 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3595, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4190
LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2018: AUG 12, SEP 2 2019: JUL 14, AUG 11, SEP 1 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3295, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3890
LENGTH 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS DEPARTS 2019: JUN 23, JUL 21 PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM $3595, SINGLE OCCUPANCY FROM $4190
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Traveling Solo? You’re Not Alone.
WE LOVE TRAVELERS WHO HAVE THE SPIRIT AND INDEPENDENCE TO STRIKE OUT ON THEIR OWN. On average, about a third of guests on Classic Journeys are solo travelers. When you join us, you’ll have a singular travel experience in the congenial company of others who see the world just like you do. OUR SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS ARE THE LOWEST.
YOU’LL NEVER FEEL LIKE A FIFTH WHEEL.
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 any extra costs that hotels charge us, instead of marking it up to make extra profit from you.
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, we arrange accommodations that are “doubles for single use” so that you can have as much elbowroom as everyone else. If you like, we’ll invite another solo traveler on the tour to share accommodations with you. “I just feel really comfortable traveling solo with y’all, and I look forward to this trip every single year.” —Susan L. Mystic, Connecticut
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Let Us Create a Private Trip JUST FOR YOU.
DO YOU HAVE A NARROW TRAVEL WINDOW THAT DOESN’T JIBE WITH PUBLISHED TOUR DATES? Is your wish list full of particular activities or special destinations you can’t find on any body’s itinerary? A Private Journey is just what you’re looking for. We will be happy to launch any Classic Journeys itinerary on any day you choose ... massage the activities to match your unique interests … or build in extra days and destinations, whether you’re a party of one or a group of 30 more. Pricing depends on your group size and whether you choose one of our Handcrafted Original itineraries or ask us to customize. Our starting point — the published base price of a Classic Journey — is lower than what many companies charge for their comparable tours. In some cases, we can even offer private vacations for less than you would pay for other companies’ standard tours.
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Pick any original Classic Journeys itinerary you find here or on our website. Then just name the date when you would like your vacation to begin. It’s the simplest way we know to arrange a private vacation. Bonus points because you can align your trip to a special occasion. (“We want our private breakfast at Stonehenge to fall on Dad’s 60th birthday.”)
Custom Crafted Private Trips EVERY MOMENT DESIGNED JUST FOR YOU
The sky’s the limit with a Custom-Crafted trip. A candlelit dinner in the heart of Angkor Wat. An entire villa-hotel all to yourselves. Two weeks in Peru and the Galápagos or a summer-long Grand Tour with your extended family. If you can wish it, our team can make it happen.
Start planning your private vacation here. To get the process started, go to ClassicJourneys.com/Private-Tour-Request or call us toll free at 833-242-3648.
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