European River Cruises

The Allure of the Mediterranean Sea

It is said that coastal Europe was the birthplace of modern civilization, including democracy, science, art, and wine. Allure re-creation The thousands of years of history of the "Old Country" are visible along its many coastlines.

It will be hard to go back home once you've lain on the beaches of Italy and Spain, gone to the historical sights of Jerusalem and Greece, and seen the incredible scenery of the Greek Islands and Santorini. Ancient Rome is still observable in the city’s Pantheon and Colosseum, and the breathtaking St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City is a must-see. Stop in Spain’s busy city of Barcelona to discover the unique architecture of Antoni Gaudi.

Wine lovers will want to pass time in the world class wine regions of Chianti in Italy, Port in Portugal, and Provence in France.

Those 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.

Choosing the Best Tour for You

The number of adventure tours is as long as your arm from surfing Costa Rica’s legendary waves, hiking to Machu Picchu in the footsteps of Incan travelers to motorcycling through the remote, raw beauty of Patagonia to ascending Mount Kinabalu, the tallest peak in southeast Asia. There are also countless other escapades to be had from a Top Gun and Air Combat Experience in San Diego to a Ferrari drive from Nice to Monaco along the curvy sea-coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

If any of these adrenaline- loaded exploits speak to the adventurer in you, make sure they are part of your next vacation.

Exploring the World’s National Parks

Regardless of the country, there is a National Parks tour that will take you to some of the great wonders of the world.

Here are a number of the greatest national parks in the world.

The Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands is the oldest national park in Ecuador and one of the most visited UNESCO World heritage sites.

Here you might get the chance to swim with some of the world’s smallest penguins and come face to face with its huge tortoises.

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu, the magnificent Incan stronghold high in the Andean Mountains, is one of the most important archaeological places on earth. The power and accomplishment of the Incan Empire is clearly visible at this breathtaking site.
Yellowstone

In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt declared Yellowstone “absolutely unique in the world” upon seeing the extraordinary geological formations and considerable wildlife uncovered there.

In his eyes, developing a national park was the best way to showcase natural beauty as a social resource to be shared by all.

Serengeti National Park
Across the ocean you will come across the famed Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and Kruger National Park in South Africa, both well-known for their wildlife and fauna.

There you will discover landscapes different to any other and also hear the roar of lions up close and personal.

Great Barrier Reef

A definite must on anyone’s bucket list should include the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park situated off the northeast shores of Australia, home to the world’s largest coral reef system.

Fiordland National Park

The nearby Fiordland National Park in New Zealand has sensational fjords galore, enough so as to surpass Norway’s impressive natural wonders any day.

Special Interest Tours Galore
There are more and more specialty tours on the marketplace.

Today, there are all types of specialty tours on offer to satisfy anyone with a special interest. Sea recreation

For Those Wine Lover

Wine country is full of all types of people who have love for this delightful nectar.

Wine lovers know that wine is much more than just a combination of grapes and that the process requires an intricate and delicate process to achieve the perfect balance of taste. With all the choices on the marketplace for wine tasting tours, there is undoubtedly one for you whether in Napa Valley, or the Stellenbosch Wine Route in South Africa, or the most noted regions of France such as Bordeaux or Champagne to name just a few.

For the Food Lover in All of Us

These days, gourmets can travel just about anywhere to satisfy their palates. Even the most proficient gourmand will learn something on a culinary tour because they will not only get to sample local ingredients and artisan products, they’ll also gain insight into how history and culture influenced the advancement of the local cuisine. Some of the higher-end tours may even give you accessibility to a star chef or get you a lesson or two with a Michelin-starred expert.

For the Yoga Lovers Out There

Yoga tours are yet another kind of specialty travel found on the marketplace. Breathing exercises and meditation help to strengthen and balance the body and mind according to this historic practice.

Stylish and charming destinations where you can really let go and relax are perfect for these types of tours.

For Those Nature Lovers

Some of the main objectives of eco-tours is to keep any hint of human presence to a minimum in locations that remain fragile and fairly undisturbed.

Visiting protected natural areas is just one component of eco-tourism, the other is to present nature-lovers with an understanding of how essential it is to take care of the natural resources we have These tours are not solely about exploring unspoiled natural terrains, but also about understanding how to improve the everyday lives of local inhabitants as well as the importance of conservation.

Touring Destinations
Yet another popular kind of vacation is woman only tours. Women only tours are specifically designed for female sightseers of all ages who want a safe and enjoyable travel experience. Sharing experiences of the spots you’ve visited or the adventures you’ve been on is fantastic when you can chat to other travel companions who are just as happy to share their experiences with you.

For Spiritual Seekers Only
Where can you go to renew your faith and ponder upon centuries of religious history? Faith-based tours offer a unique way to reshape your religious viewpoints and also leave you with a renewed sense of faith. There is no question that you’ll never get bored on whichever kind of tour you pick.

The Diversity of Africa

A cruise to Africa will take you along the same path as early explorers from countries such as Portugal, The Netherlands, England, and Germany.

Visits to nations including Madagascar, Senegal, Mozambique, and Mauritius will allow you to witness the forces of colonialism alongside ancient tribal traditions. The diversity of the geography is spectacular, from the gorgeous mountains of South Africa to the extensive desert in Namibia. Mediterranean art Off the coast of Tanzania you'll find the tropical archipelago of Zanzibar, also known as “Spice Island”, a place famous for its bounty of valuable spices including cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

International Escapes Just Around the Corner

It’s common to believe an international getaway is too aggressive for a weekend. Guess again. There are various international destinations that are easily doable over a long weekend. Below are spots ideal for an exciting long weekend you won’t soon forget.

Montreal, Quebec
Montreal is the second largest city in Canada after Toronto and is a beautiful city full of old-world charm. You can roam the picturesque cobblestone streets of Vieux Montreal, popping into the quaint boutiques and stopping for a bite to eat in the enticing eateries. If you prefer being outside, Mount Royal Park offers hiking areas, bike rides, and picturesque spots perfect for a picnic.

The park also has snowshoeing, ice skating and a lot more every wintertime.

Bermuda
Bermuda is a great destination for travelers from the US, as it is just a two-hour flight from many cities and offers lovely beaches where you can enjoy the sand and the sun. Even if you do not like beaches, Bermuda is interesting with a long maritime history, fortresses complete with cannon installations, beautiful colonial buildings, and old-time cobblestone streets.

If you want a little heart-pounding excitement, rent a jet ski and head over to the infamous Bermuda Triangle.

Baja California Sur, Mexico

Baja California Sur, Mexico is a common destination easily do-able in a three-day weekend for anyone looking for fun and relaxation in a magnificent beach setting. Cabo San Lucas in the southernmost part of the Baja peninsula features a great restaurant scene known for upscale local cuisine, an exciting nightlife, and beautiful world-class resorts right on the beach. Adventurers and water sports devotees will also enjoy Lover’s Beach for its gorgeous blue waters, fascinating caves to explore, and impressive rock formations.

Costa Rica

Spectacular Costa Rica is a hop, skip, and a jump away from many U.S. cities and makes a fantastic weekend getaway.

With 800 miles of stunning coastline, it offers fun in the sun, beautiful beaches, relaxation or adventure, and so much more. The Arenal Volcano area is considered its adventure capital where you can rappel down a waterfall; hike in the jungle while watching out for colorful birds, monkeys and sloths; enjoy a stimulating zip-line ride; and relax in the volcano-fed hot springs.

Cartagena, Columbia
Like other destinations on the Caribbean Sea, lovely Cartagena has long stretches of beach with white powdery sand, warm water that is a vibrant shade of blue, and beautiful coral reefs.

The picturesque old walled city takes you back in time to the Spanish colonial era with its typical architecture and unique 500-year-old fortress built of coral.

Toronto

Toronto is as modern a city as they come. It is viewed as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, with more than fifty percent of the population born outside the city. With Greektown, Little Italy, Koreatown and Chinatown all inside city limits, visitors might feel as if they've seen more than a couple of countries after a visit to Toronto.

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

The Delights of the Caribbean Islands and the Americas

The Americas and the Caribbean are comprised of many distinctive countries, each with its own unique culture, lifestyle, and stunning vistas. The Caribbean is a hodgepodge of influences from Spain, Britain, France, the Netherlands, and Africa, although the quintessential Caribbean laid-back vibe is everywhere from Antigua and Aruba to St. Martin and San Juan. Central America, the group of countries found between North and South America, has its own unique history and dramatic landscapes. History buffs will love to study the ruins of ancient peoples including the Maya, Aztec, and Olmec, while more adventurous types will enjoy the tropical forests of Costa Rica.

Travel through the Panama Canal to marvel at its amazing design. A cruise around North and South America will treat you to a wide range of breathtaking landscapes as well as many attractions built by both ancient and modern civilizations.

A cruise to Canada will allow you to see L’Anse aux Meadows, a Viking settlement that dates back to the 11th century, or stroll the enchanting streets of Quebec City with its French influences.

Discover the natural beauty of Alaska’s glaciers when you sail along the west coast of the U.S.A, or go to the East Coast instead, if you fancy more cosmopolitan cities.

Going Down South

Continuing further south, travelers will encounter jaw-dropping ruins, a wide diversity of cultures and peoples, and world music we have danced to on many nights.

Brazil offers a wide range of experiences, from the vibrant nightlife and gorgeous beaches of Rio de Janeiro to the lush rain forests of the Amazon. Valparaiso, Chile is worth a stop to see the famed colorful homes on the steep hillsides and the spectacular natural beauty of the country’s massifs and fjords.

Go to Buenos Aires and have a Tango lesson. Allure icon Take an Antarctic cruise to the world’s southernmost continent and its practically uninhabited icy landscape.

International Getaways Just Around the Corner
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