International Escapes: A Hop, Skip and Jump Away

wedding-dresses-1485984__340.jpg It’s easy to think an international getaway is too aggressive for a weekend.

Think again. In fact, there many countries close enough to check out for a long weekend. Here are some overseas destinations lovely for exciting weekend jaunts.

Montreal, Quebec

Montreal is the second major city in Canada after Toronto and is a gorgeous city full of old-world appeal. The old-fashioned cobblestone streets of Vieux Montreal take you back in time, and the one-of-a-kind boutiques, cafes, and restaurants are always fascinating to explore. The famous Mount Royal Park is a fantastic 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.

It also has spots where you can ice skate, go snowshoeing, or do different outdoor activities in the winter months.

Bermuda

If you are a beach and sun person, Bermuda is perfect, with its pink sand beaches, nice weather, and ideal location just a short two-hour flight from many airports on the east coast. In addition to the spectacular beaches, Bermuda is a great place to stroll around exploring its picturesque cobblestone streets, imposing forts, traditional colonial buildings, and interesting maritime history.

Of course, Bermuda is also known for the mysterious Bermuda Triangle, and courageous weekenders can rent a jet ski and go experience it.

Baja California Sur, Mexico

If you’re thinking of sun and sand, you might want to travel south to the beautiful beaches of Baja California Sur, Mexico. Cabo San Lucas in the southernmost part of the Baja peninsula offers a great restaurant scene famous for upscale local cuisine, an exciting nightlife, and gorgeous world-class resorts right on the beach.

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

Costa Rica
In Central America, Costa Rica is fairly easy to get to from many U.S. airports and is popular for its beautiful tropical rain forest and jungles.

With 800 miles of stunning coastline, it offers fun in the sun, awesome beaches, relaxation or adventure, and so much more. Adventure seekers will find no end to their exciting choices: hikes through the mesmerizing jungle; zip-lining in the lush rain forest; rappelling down a thundering waterfall; seeing exotic birds, monkeys, and sloths in their natural habitat; and relaxing in volcano-fed hot springs.

Cartagena, Columbia

While you might not think of Cartagena when you imagine the Caribbean, it is in fact located on Colombia’s Caribbean coast and has long stretches of white sand beaches, warm blue water, and intriguing coral reefs.

Be sure to stroll 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 there today.

Toronto
Toronto is Canada’s most sizeable city and is a typical modern metropolis. It is an intriguing melting pot of diversity, with more than half of the current population not originally from there.

Visiting its different ethnic neighborhoods is like taking a speedy world tour, with Koreatown, Greektown, Chinatown, and Little Italy all within the boundaries of the city. 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. Everything you are looking for – love, adventure, culinary delights, history – can be yours.

Customize Your Trip

Thinking back, what was your most memorable trip? What made it the best trip ever? The location was of course a part of it.

But your close friends who went with you made it perfect. Sometimes, a getaway with your friends and family is all you wish.

And other times, you want to get away from your life to meet new people and maybe even find that special someone. heart-2925103__340.jpg

Create your perfect vacation by customizing your travel.
Standard itineraries are always available but planning a distinct one for you takes into consideration your time, interests and budget. However, planning a individualized tour that meets all your desires can be somewhat overwhelming.

This is the time you go to a professional in the field. They can guide you in the right direction when it comes to planning family trips or romantic getaways, meeting people with your comparable interests, the best way to explore the world, and a whole lot more. Individually tailored tour packages are great for those who have unique hobbies.

There are opportunities here that a group tour simply cannot deliver. Travelers looking for a one-of-a-kind, immersive experience, like the adventurers, foodies and historians of the world, will find that an individually designed travel program the best option. Wildlife photography is a great example of this kind of travel program. Waiting for that flawless shot can be very long and tiresome, and tough to get from your typical excursion.

An individualized expedition designed for photographers, however, guarantees you get as much time as you need to get that special shot. This type of organized program is also great for birdwatchers. Novelist Robert Lynd was most accurate when he stated, “In order to see birds, it is necessary to become a part of the silence”. A private tour allows birders, as they are known, to devote more time looking for that evasive bird without being rushed by a group.

Do you have the time?
How much vacation time do you have and how much do you have left on your credit card? Individualized tours are 100% flexible and can be designed to meet these needs. Perhaps there is an event that you really want to attend at a certain time of year?

ski-2341562__340.jpg Travel professionals can help you with all of this. A individualized trip means you can enjoy what you really love to do the way you want to do it.

Planning Your Perfect Honeymoon

Let's face it, one of the best parts about arranging a wedding is that you get to take an amazing holiday after your "I do’s." These days more and more cruise lines and vacation resorts are catering to newlyweds by providing exclusive honeymoon deals with lots of romantic extras. Some of the first experiences newlyweds should share include a place to unwind and rejuvenate, and somewhere to make lifetime memories. Here are some of the best destinations to share those first moments as a wedded couple.

Let's get married!

So, your true love has swept you off your feet and you're preparing your fairy tale wedding followed, of course, by the honeymoon vacation of your desires. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, honeymooners in the US have the privilege of having so many destination choices wherever their interests take them, from mountains, snow covered peaks, to beautiful beaches.

LA & SF, Cali
The renowned Hollywood sign in Los Angeles and the remarkable Golden Gate Bridge are just two of the most internationally recognized symbols that California has to offer.

NYC

New York City's experienced innkeepers know how to host honeymoon couples and other romantics in exemplary fashion. So, get out from under the bed linens to enjoy the sites and sounds of the Big Apple.

Hawaii

The beautiful beaches, extraordinary natural wonders, innovative cuisine and perfect weather make Hawaii one of the greatest places in the world to have an memorable honeymoon.

Las Vegas

And don’t dismiss Las Vegas. For those newlyweds who seek 24-hour excitement and late-night fun more than they want to chill out at some beach, this city is the perfect destination. Europe’s cultural wonders, diverse cuisines and relaxing shores make it an ideal honeymoon destination.

Paris, France
Paris, the City of Love, makes for the ideal spot to honeymoon:; a place where couples can people-watch by day and delight in a intimate walk under the sparkling lights of the Eiffel Tower at night.

The Many Cities of Italy
Neighboring Italy is replete with history, masterworks of art, trend setting fashion, exquisite food, and so much more. Make a stop-over in idyllic Tuscany, a place where you can unwind with a glass of Chianti, visit delightful little towns, not to forget some of the area's famed culture-rich cities.

The crooning gondolieri moving along the canals of Venice are an iconic symbol of the City of Water as are the eye-catching masks worn during Carnival.

Spain
The choice of places to visit in Spain is vast: from the historic, the natural wonder, to the sunny coasts and party islands. The intricate architectural design and folklore infusing Seville make this Spanish city an ideal place for couples to discover together.

By day, enjoy a visit to its extravagant alcazars. Follow this up with a rejuvenating siesta so you have the energy to dance all night long.

Greece

And let's not forget about Greece with its blue waters and vivid whitewashed homes. Its famous ouzo is an excellent accompaniment to its delightfully fresh seafood and other delicacies. You can also experience a fantastic and romantic honeymoon vacation in the South Pacific. Located in the South Pacific, Tahiti and Fiji are recognized as some of the best honeymoon destinations worldwide. bride-and-groom-768594__340.jpg Whichever place you pick, you will come upon miles and miles of peaceful, unspoiled beaches where honeymooners can enjoy some truly amazing digs.

The jaw-dropping over-water suites allow you to view exotic fish swimming under your coffee table.

Experience the trip of a lifetime on an African honeymoon.
If you’re looking a true escapade, then a honeymoon in Africa is just what you're looking for, from great safari walks, great fishing, or fun canoe trips, or maybe just a good read in front of a hippo-filled river. Accompanied by the sounds of the African bush, and the occasional roar of a lion, toast to the beginning of married life by the light of a camp fire and the sparkling of the stars.

Avoid large crowds and experience a real sense of wilderness in Zambia, also known as the “Real Africa”. It has become a popular destination among newlyweds who seek adventure and have a love of nature. Experience the magnificent sunsets and peace in this far off area full of unspoiled wildlife. The entirety of South Africa includes its beautiful Cape Town, Big 5 game reserves, scenic wine routes, pristine beaches and beautiful mountain ranges, all of which make it an a great honeymoon destination. The numerous distinctive cultures which together make up this nation have made it known as the “Rainbow Nation”. One of the world’s most fashionable honeymoon spots, Mauritius is an island located 1,200 miles off the southeasterly coast of Africa.

This temperate island on the Indian Ocean is replete with palm-fringed shores making it the perfect place to honeymoon. Mauritius offers the newly wedded the right combination of activity, leisure, luxury and personal attention honeymooners deserve on such a special occasion.

Intimate Getaways: Something Different

No matter how many years with him or her, going on an anniversary holiday can reinvigorate the relationship. An anniversary vacation promises to combine all aspects love, whether you have been a couple for 5 years or 50. And what about those two people inching towards the 40 year wedding anniversary? In contrast to a honeymoon where couples primarily seek relaxation, an anniversary vacation requires more preparation.

bora-bora-685303__340.jpg The very first thing is to decide on a location and itinerary that is appropriate to your marital landmark. For example, wine tasting in Santa Barbara wine country may be suitable for a 45-year anniversary whilst a skiing in Colorado or going on a safari in Botswana may possibly be better for a 5-year anniversary. Holidays such as these will give you a new understanding of the world as well as your partnership.

And thankfully, we have done much of the work finding these perfect locations for you.

Principality of Monaco
Monaco Ville, also called Le Rocher, is the lone part of Monaco that has kept its old town architecture with small, windy medieval lanes. For some fun and a little gambling, the Casino de Monte-Carlo is a must visit, where partners can dress up and participate in some fun gambling.
Amsterdam, Holland

What could be more intimate for an anniversary than to visit Holland’s famous tulip display? The main tourist attraction though is the original 17th century canal houses in the nation's capital, Amsterdam.

Beaver Creek, Colorado
In Beaver Creek, which is a mere 12 miles west of Vail, Colorado, a couple can stay by themselves at the remarkable Trappers Cabin nestled away in the Rocky Mountains.
Cabo San Lucas
If whale watching is your thing, then go to Cabo to witness traveling humpbacks along the Baja Peninsula from the months of December to April.

Republic of Botswana

Go on a safari in Botswana to the Khwai Private Reserve which comes with unparalleled access to the famous Okavango Delta and is positioned along the Khwai River on the easterly border of the protected Moremi Game Reserve.

Algarrobo, Chile
Does chilling out by the second premier saltwater pool all day appeal to you? Then fly to Chile and stay at the San Alfonso del Mar.

River Cruise Ports of Call

Off-board adventures at ports of call can be as amazing as being on board the ship.

A different variety of adventures comes with each European river cruise. To explore Europe by cruising its famous rivers is to open up new experiences for yourself.

Everyone from committed students of history to extreme adventure seekers, to inquisitive tourists will enjoy the offerings and activities.

You will gain boundless insights into Europe’s dynamic cultural centers, its historic treasures as well as its charming scenery. Sailing on these smaller, well-appointed riverboats, suitable for docking in town centers, close to the important sights, is a great way to celebrate Europe’s most luminous ports.

Famed Rivers of France

Sail one of France’s many beautiful rivers and allow it to take you to some of the country’s most prized areas. From the celebrated food of Lyon and Bordeaux’s most renown wineries, to the elegance of Paris and Provence, to the historic sights of Normandy, France presents a world of experiences. The farms and forests of Aquitaine, once one of the richest places in Europe, are as breathtaking as its well-known wine region and picturesque ports.

Aspiring chefs and food aficionados alike will want to plan a stop in Périgord to hunt for truffles and go to the Camus Cognac distillery. Stop for a lunch of fresh oysters in the seaside resort town of Arcachon. Drink Saint-Émilion, Médoc and Sauternes close to their own ”terroir”. Whichever river you choose for your tour through France – the Gironde, Seine, Rhône, or Dordogne -- the country’s interesting history, spectacular art, and delicious food culture will delight.

Historied Rivers of Germany and Central Europe
Anyone who loves visiting ancient forts and tiny picturesque villages will enjoy sailing down the Elbe River through the Czech Republic and Germany. reef-984352__340.jpg If you like German wines, choose a voyage on the Mosel River, whose French name is Moselle, as it travels through the area of Germany that cultivates world-class Riesling.

In Central Europe, Danube River cruises take passengers to fascinating Old World cities like Budapest where you can soak up the steam in a traditional banya (thermal baths) or Vienna where you can be taught the waltz, a dance which gained popularity in the ballrooms of the Austrian court. Go on to savor Austro-Hungarian cooking at one of the region’s well-known restaurants, or discover lesser-known Central European cities including Bratislava and Passau.

The Waterways of the Tsars
Travel the waterways of Russia and discover for yourself the typical Russian architecture in Moscow’s Red Square as well as the domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral.

Art lovers will enjoy the stunning Hermitage Museum in Russia, which is the world’s second most extensive museum. A visit to the kommunalka will give you a first-hand understanding of how families lived commune-style in the Soviet era, while a stop at the gorgeous Peterhof Palace will give you fascinating insight into Peter the Great’s everyday life. In addition to its world-famous caviar, Russia has many other excellent traditional dishes you should try: blini pancakes, solyanka, borscht, and pirog.

The the historical past of the Dnieper River was greatly affected by Ottoman, Mongol, Greek, Cossack, Tatar, Jewish, and Russian forces. There are fantastic museums and old churches to tour at various places along the way as well as imposing Soviet-era structures, or for a lighter experience get tickets to an entertaining local dance or musical show.

Portugal's Duoro River Valley
The Douro River in Portugal will transport you to the exciting capital city of Lisbon, where you can step back in time in the city’s old town or go to the newer areas filled with vibrant cafes, bars, restaurants, and art galleries. Take in a performance of traditional fado singing, then over dinner have the local culinary delights and delicious wines, including the region’s famous Port.

The Douro River Valley is the world’s first demarcated wine production zone and a UNESCO site.

Nordic Wonders
Experience the gorgeous Nordic region by sea, then move on the the historic river Rhine.

Follow ancient Viking footsteps by embarking in Bergen, visit the breathtaking fjords and the quaint village of Flåm, wander the old town in Kristiansand with its wooden buildings, and finally make your way to the more modern but no less interesting cities of Oslo and Stavanger. Skagen, Denmark is popular for its sandy beaches in the north; Kinderdijk, Holland is the home of the country’s unforgettable windmills; and Amsterdam is the region’s most vivacious and colorful city.

The many sights and tastes of Germany along its riverways
In Germany, sample local beer and visit the spectacular ancient cathedral in Cologne or take a tour of the imposing Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Discover the turreted fortresses, great cathedrals, historic cities, medieval towns and striking scenery of the Middle Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. windmill-1090219__340.jpg Experience France’s multicultural Strasbourg and Germany’s legendary Black Forest before landing in cultured Basel.

What you do on shore should be just as rewarding as all the fun you will have on board. Dive right into the unique aspects of each interesting destination along the way.

Just as each cruise vessel is made to be a distinctive and one-of-a-kind experience, each destination is similarly unique and special.

Memorable Places for You and Your Important Someone

It’s up to you what sort of romantic getaway is best for you, no matter if it’s at some luxurious resort or a more casual place where you can share quiet, romantic moments. Spending a romantic, intimate trip with that special someone is usually more cherished than any gift you could ever purchase.

And, more and more holiday resorts are catering particularly to couples as a get away from the day-to-day routine.

What's your idea of a perfect romantic escapade?
Although brightly colored rose petals scattered on your bed may not be your preference, you will undoubtedly enjoy the fresh cut flowers, delectable chocolates, and bubbly that await you in your suite.

There are many preconceived ideas of which locations make for the finest romantic trip.

For you, that may entail palm trees on a white-sand beach, or cocktails with a view of the sun setting on the Pacific Ocean. Paris or Florence may be best suited for couples with a preference for art and history. If you’re searching for a place to vacation where you can spend quality time with that important someone, here are some of the best ports of call for the romantically inclined.

St. Lucia
St. Lucia is a small island located in the eastern Caribbean Sea and thought to be to be one of the area’s hidden treasures. Couples on the look-out for a place with equal parts calm and escapades need search no longer than St. Lucia which offers first-class beaches and luxury conveniences.

Kauai, Hawaii
Kaui, Hawaii is ideal for couples looking for the right amount of romance and adventure. On this the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, you will astound at the unique landscapes, pristine beaches, and signature vistas. The “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, as it is often called, is a very good place for couples to discover stunning canyons and amazing waterfalls.

Zambia
While this gorgeous nation might not be the first place you think of for a romantic destination, this East African country has all the elements for a amazing couple’s getaway.
Fiji

Couples looking for good times in a super romantic setting need look no further than Fiji in the South Pacific.

wedding-dresses-1486260__340.jpg Comprised of more than 330 islands, this Melanesian country is bursting with fabulous resorts and spas.

With its year-round sunny climate and numbers of opportunities for romantic moments, it really is no wonder why Fiji is such a popular destination for couples.

Patagonia
There are few bucket lists that don’t include a life altering journey through Patagonia, a sparsely populated region shared by Chile and Argentina.

This is a wonderland situated at the end of the globe which has long captivated travelers of all kinds to visit this place of stunning glaciers and wildlife. Patagonia is a one-of- kind wonderland replete with ancient forests, spectacular glaciers, jaw-dropping fjords, and magnificent snow-capped mountains.

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