Grand Voyages

Discover the Mediterranean

It is generally believed that modern civilization began along the shores of Southern Europe – from the start of science and democracy to viticulture and art.

The thousands of years of history of the "Old Country" are evident along its many coasts. Whether you lay in the sun on the beaches of Spain and Italy, study the historical sights of Greece and Jerusalem, or enjoy the wonder of Santorini and the Greek Islands, the memories you make there will last a lifetime. Discover description Ancient Rome is still seen in the city’s Pantheon and Colosseum, and the dramatic St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City is a must-see.

Stop in Spain’s bustling city of Barcelona to discover the unique architecture of Antoni Gaudi.

Wine lovers will want to enjoy time in the famous wine regions of Chianti in Italy, Port in Portugal, and Provence in France. Anyone traveling along Croatia’s Adriatic coast will want to stop in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Dubrovnik, with its ancient walls surrounding the city still largely intact.

What to Do and See in Asia

Hong Kong is one of the most advanced cities on the Asian continent and is a hub for international business and finance. Beach lovers should be sure to schedule a stop on Thailand’s largest island, Phuket, known for its magnificent panoramas and cultural experiences. Located in India’s Kerala state, Cochin (or Kochi) is often called “Queen of the Arabian Sea” and is famed for its history and cultural influences, including St. Francis Church built by the Portuguese and the Jewish Community’s seven synagogues, dating back to 1503 and the 12th century, respectively.

In Jordan, be sure to save time for UNESCO World Heritage City Petra, which was created from rose-colored rock, earning it the moniker “Rose City”.

The diversity of the earth is yours to experience – from lush jungles to vibrant cities, from historic landmarks to breathtaking panoramas – when you travel the globe on a luxury cruise

International Escapes: A Hop, Skip and Jump Away

Perhaps you believe you cannot go international for a quick weekend trip. Think again. Actually, lots of international destinations are close enough to be a worthwhile three-day weekend trip.

Below are spots perfect for an epic long weekend you won’t soon forget.

Montreal, Quebec

Beautiful Montreal, Canada boasts enchanting French influence and old-world charm with all the advantages of a larger city (it’s second in size only to Toronto).

You can roam the picturesque cobblestone streets of Vieux Montreal, popping into the quaint boutiques and stopping for a bite to eat in the tempting eateries. The popular Mount Royal Park is a great place to spend an afternoon if the weather permits, as you can hike, rent a bicycle, or find a lovely spot for a luscious picnic.

The park also has snowshoeing, ice skating and more every winter.

Bermuda
Bermuda is not only internationally-renowned for its stunning pink sand beaches, but this British overseas territory set in the mid-Atlantic is just a two-hour flight from numerous US cities.

You don’t have to like beaches to adore Bermuda; history enthusiasts will be fascinated by the old military forts complete with cannon installations, old-fashioned colonial buildings, and enchanting cobblestone streets. Brave adventurers could rent a jet ski and ride into the legendary Bermuda Triangle.

Baja California Sur, Mexico

Mediterranean image If you’re thinking of sunlight and sand, you might want to go south to the beautiful beaches of Baja California Sur, Mexico. At the southern tip of Baja California is Cabo San Lucas, popular for its exotic resorts, upscale dining, and fun bars and nightclubs.

Exciting activities for the more adventurous include checking out the alluring caves at Lover’s Beach, taking in the remarkable rock formations, or doing water sports in the fabulous crystal-clear blue water.

Costa Rica
Even though its tropical rain forest feels like another world, Costa Rica is actually a fairly brief flight from many places in the U.S.

Its 800 miles of coastline is filled with gorgeous beaches and so much more. The area associated with the famous Arenal Volcano is a mecca for adventurous weekenders, with activities including hiking the verdant jungles and rain forests, zip-lining, climbing spectacular waterfalls, seeing exotic monkeys and sloths in their natural environment, and finally soaking in a calming hot spring fed by the volcano.

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

Toronto

Toronto is Canada’s most sizeable city and is a typical modern metropolis. More than 50% of its occupants were not born there, making it a very diverse city in terms of people and customs. Be sure to arrange a stop in each ethnic neighborhood -- Chinatown, Koreatown, Greektown, and Little Italy -- to really comprehend what Toronto is all about.

Whether you are looking for extreme adventure, unwinding on the beach with a cold drink, or something in between, there is an international weekend getaway ideal for you. Whatever you are looking for – love, adventure, culinary treats, history – can be yours.

Discover Africa: Its Sights, Sounds and Peoples

When you sail along the coast of Africa you will follow the same course taken by early explorers from nations including England, The Netherlands, Germany, and Portugal. The diverse cultures developed by ancient tribal traditions and colonialism are interesting to compare when you stop in places such as Senegal, Mozambique, Madagascar, and Mauritius. Discover the spectacular beauty of the desert in Namibia or visit South Africa’s lush green mountainous land. Chefs and foodies alike will want to stopover on the magnificent tropical archipelago of Zanzibar, also known as “Spice Island” due to its abundance of valuable spices including cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Tours, Tours, Tours

For the venturesome vacationer there are options aplenty from hiking Peru’s Inca Trail, going though the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park on horseback, climbing the highest peak in Southeast Asia, motorcycling through the remote, raw beauty of Patagonia, not to mention running with the bulls in Pamplona. Get in a Ferrari F430 F1 Spyder to ride along the curvy coast of the French Riviera or fly an Air Combat mission, along the lines of Top Gun, in San Diego. If any of these adrenaline- loaded escapades speak to the adventurer in you, make sure they are part of your next vacation.

Visiting the World’s National Parks

You will be witness to many of the most magnificent landscapes on earth at national parks found throughout the world. Read on to see which are some of the world’s most celebrated national parks.

The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands is the oldest national park in Ecuador and one of the most visited UNESCO World heritage sites. The giant tortoises and little penguins that roam the islands are an awesome sight to see.

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu, the spectacular Incan citadel high in the Andean Mountains, is one of the most important archaeological places in the world.

The power and triumph of the Incan Empire is unmistakably noticeable at this breathtaking site.

Yellowstone

Discover description Declaring Yellowstone as “absolutely unique in the world” because of its unmatchable geology and abundance of wildlife, in 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt declared it as a place “absolutely unique in the world”. He considered national parks to be the ideal way to preserve nature and turn them into a shared social asset to benefit all generations to follow.

Serengeti National Park
Across the ocean you will find the famed Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and Kruger National Park in South Africa, both famous for their wildlife and fauna. There you will not solely enjoy landscapes you could never have envisioned, but you will also be very close to the many predators which roam in the dark.

The Great Barrier Reef
Whether viewed from underneath the sea or high in the air, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park off the coast of Australia is the earth's largest coral reef system and is worthy of a spot on any traveler's bucket list.
Fiordland National Park

Nearby is the Fiordland National Park in New Zealand, awash with fjords so stunning that they put Norway's famous natural marvels to shame.

Special Interest Tours Galore
There are increasingly more specialty tours on the market. Nowadays, there are all kinds of specialty tours on offer to satisfy anyone with a special interest.

For Those Wine Lover
Your level of knowledge in wines is insignificant because wine country is always wide open to anyone with a taste for it.

Wine lovers know that wine is more than just a blend of grapes and that the process involves an intricate and delicate process to achieve the perfect balance of taste. Wine tasting tours can take you from Napa Valley, to the Stellenbosch Wine Route in South Africa, or to many of France’s most well-known wine regions such as Bordeaux or Champagne.

For the Food Lovers!

Gratify your desires on a foodie tour. There are a variety of reasons for a gourmand to go on a culinary tour including getting a taste of local ingredients and artisan products as well as understanding how the history and culture of the region affected the evolution of local cuisine. It may well even be conceivable for you to see a prominent Michelin-starred expert if you go on a more exclusive tour.

For All the Yoga Lovers
Yoga tours are an additional type of specialty travel found on the market.

Breathing exercises and meditation help to strengthen and harmonize the body and mind according to this historic practice. A stylish and alluring setting add that additional touch to make a yoga tour a relaxing and enlightening experience.

For Those Nature Lovers

There is great appeal in visiting untouched terrains, however, the central objective of eco-tours is to leave minimal human traces on vulnerable, pure, and comparatively undisturbed natural areas. Eco-tourism aims not only to provide noteworthy experiences for nature-lovers, but also to educate them on the importance of protecting natural resources. These tours are also designed to educate travelers about preservation and how to better the well-being of local peoples.

Strictly for Women
Tours aimed expressly at women are getting to be more and more popular. Woman vacationing alone want to experience the world in a trusted environment where they can also meet other like-minded women. A women’s only tour is a fantastic way to meet other like-minded travelers and share experiences like riding a wave runner on the Adriatic, visiting St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, or taking in the sights and sounds of New York.

For the Spiritual Seeker in All of Us
Are there areas where you can go to think as well as learn about the people who had the greatest impact on your faith? Faith-based tours present a special way to re-mold your religious perspectives and also leave you with a revitalized sense of faith.

There is no doubt that you’ll never get bored on whatever type of tour you choose.

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