Touring the Mediterranean
It is believed that coastal Europe was the birthplace of modern civilization, including democracy, science, art, and wine. Learn about the history of the "Old World" along its coasts. Regardless of whether you lay in the sun on the beaches of Spain and Italy, study the historical sights of Greece and Jerusalem, or enjoy the charm of Santorini and the Greek Islands, the memories you make there will last a lifetime.
Step back in time with a visit to Rome and its reknown Pantheon and Colosseum as well as Vatican City and St. Peter's Basilica, one of Christianity's holiest spots. Stop in Spain's cosmopolitan city of Barcelona to check out the unique architecture of Antoni Gaudi. For wine enthusiasts, top spots include France's Provence region, Chianti in Italy, and Port in Portugal.
On the Adriatic coast, see the UNESCO World Heritage site of Dubrovnik, the historic city bordered by ancient stone walls.
The Diversity of Africa
A voyage along the shorelines of the African continent will allow you to retrace the path of early Dutch, British, German, and Portuguese explorers. Cruises to nations including Madagascar, Senegal, Mozambique, and Mauritius will allow you to witness the influences of colonialism alongside ancient tribal traditions.
Experience the spectacular beauty of the desert in Namibia or visit South Africa's lush green mountainous terrain. Zanzibar, or "Spice Island", is a tropical archipelago off the coast of Tanzania regarded for its abundance of valuable spices, including cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg, making it a great place to visit for food aficionados.
Experience Some of The Planet's Best Treks
The greatest treks are more than the steps you take, they are about the insights and impact you receive from the destination - they are about stepping into a destination's culture and history. Still, this type of journey is no simple undertaking. They will make you test yourself physically and test your will, causing an indelible impression of the splendor of our environment.
Below is a list of 8 of the greatest treks around the world.
Peru's Inca Trail - 4 days and 26.7 miles
Special moments are considerable on the Inca Trail, but not like the minute you walk through the Sun Gate and view the forgotten city of Machu Picchu. Perfect time to go: May to September
Lost City of Colombia- 27 miles - 5 days
Voyage through the lush jungle across steams before arriving at the ruins of Teyuna. Make this your primary stop and you will be alone in the Lost City. It is best to go from August to November.
Nepal's Everest Base Camp - 38.5 miles in 13 days
This voyage will bring you closer to the inhabitants of the Himalayas before revealing a window to the top of the planet.
After experiencing Everest, you will never look at our planet in the same manner.
It is best to go from August to November.
Tanzania's Mt Kilimanjaro - 21.1 miles | 8 days
Mt Kilimanjaro at 5,895m (19,340 ft.) is Africa's highest point. It is daunting to say the least, but unlike other tall peaks, it provides those fearless enough to get to the summit. It is best to go from September to March.
Europe: Mont Blanc - 77.7 miles - 8 days
The Tour du Mont Blanc stretches through three countries: Switzerland, Italy, and France and covers the distance of a hundred miles.
The ideal months to go are June to September.
Patagonia: Torres del Paine Circuit - 82.6 miles - 10 days -
It is known for its natural splendor and here you will come across spectacular volcanic terrains, enormous glaciers, and extensive steppe-like plains stretching out to the horizon. The best time to go is from December to March.
Mt. Roirama in Venezuela - 6 days & 21.1 miles
The spectacular mountain of Roraima is sacred to the region's local inhabitants and is said to have led to Arthur Conan Doyle's book, "The Lost World."
Best time to go: You can walk the Roraima trail at any time of the year but November to April is the perfect time.
The Camino de Santiago, Spain ~ 466 miles & 30 days
The respected Camino de Santiago, also known as the St. James Trail, was a relevant Christian passage during the Middle Ages, and is still viewed as a significant religious pilgrimage today. The trail can be walked any month of the year but the ideal time is somewhere between spring and autumn, however it will be very congested.
International Getaways: Closer Than You Know
Do you think a three-day weekend isn't enough time to enjoy an international getaway? This could not be further from the truth.
There are various foreign destinations that are perfectly doable over a long weekend. Here are some overseas destinations popular for exciting weekend jaunts.
Montreal is the second biggest city in Canada after Toronto and is a gorgeous city full of old-world charm.
You can wander the scenic cobblestone streets of Vieux Montreal, popping into the quaint boutiques and stopping for a bite to eat in the enticing eateries. The well-known 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 delicious picnic.
The park also offers snowshoeing, ice skating and more every wintertime.
Bermuda is a great destination for people from the US, as it is just a two-hour flight from many cities and offers gorgeous beaches where you can enjoy the sand and the sun.
You don't have to enjoy beaches to adore Bermuda; history aficionados will be fascinated by the old military forts complete with cannon installations, traditional colonial buildings, and enchanting cobblestone streets.
Of course, Bermuda is also known for the mystifying Bermuda Triangle, and fearless weekenders can rent a jet ski and go take a look at it.
Baja California Sur, Mexico
Baja California Sur, Mexico is a trendy destination easily do-able in a three-day weekend for anyone searching for fun and relaxation in a magnificent beach setting. Anyone looking for some exciting night life should try Cabo San Lucas at the southern tip of Baja California, with its fun bars and clubs, top-notch restaurant scene, and splendid luxury resorts. Exciting activities for the more adventurous include visiting the alluring caves at Lover's Beach, taking in the spectacular rock formations, or doing water sports in the fabulous crystal-clear blue water.
Spectacular Costa Rica is a hop, skip, and a jump away from many U.S. cities and can make a fantastic weekend getaway. Its 800 miles of shoreline is filled with magnificent beaches 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 thrilling zip-line ride; and soak in the volcano-fed hot springs.
While you might not think of Cartagena when you imagine the Caribbean, it is in fact situated on Colombia's Caribbean coast and has long stretches of white sand beaches, warm blue water, and fascinating coral reefs. Be sure to wander around the old walled part of the city with its pastel-colored buildings left from the Spanish colonizers and the 500-year-old coral wall still standing upright today.
Toronto, the biggest city in Canada, is a modern, cosmopolitan center terrific for city lovers.
More than 50% of its residents were not born there, making it a very diverse city in terms of people and culture. Be sure to plan a stop in each ethnic neighborhood -- Chinatown, Koreatown, Greektown, and Little Italy -- to genuinely grasp what Toronto is all about. Whether you are looking for extreme adventure, unwinding on the beach with a cool drink, or something in between, there is an international weekend getaway ideal for you. Everything you are looking for – love, adventure, culinary treats, history – can be yours.
Sail Around North, South, and Central America and the Caribbean Islands
The Americas and the Caribbean are comprised of many different countries, each with its own unique culture, lifestyle, and gorgeous vistas. The Caribbean is a set of islands from Aruba and Antigua to St. Martin and Puerto Rico, each of which has a unique culture, lifestyle, and language left from the early inhabitants who came from France, Spain, Britain, The Netherlands, and Africa; but the famous Caribbean relaxed vibe is common to all. Central America, the group of countries situated between North and South America, has its own unique history and magnificent landscapes.
Explore the ruins left by the Aztec, Maya, and Olmec peoples, or luxuriate in the natural wonder of Costa Rica. Navigate through the Panama Canal and see exactly how it works.
Both North and South America are brimming with interesting attractions both ancient and modern, as well as gorgeous vistas.
In Canada, explore Quebec City and enjoy its French influences, or go back in time to the 11th-century Viking settlement of L'Anse aux Meadows. A cruise along the west coast of the United States will take you to Alaska, where you can see for yourself the spectacular natural beauty of its glaciers, or sail along the east coast to visit the sophisticated cities.
Head On South
Continuing southward, travelers will encounter mysterious ruins, a wide variety of cultures and peoples, and music we all know and love.
A trip south to Brazil will give city lovers the chance to visit Rio de Janeiro with its famous beaches and vibrant nightlife, or nature-buffs the opportunity to see the rain forests along the Amazon. Nature lovers should make a point of seeing the arresting beauty of Chile's massifs and fjords, stopping in the seaside community of Valparaiso to walk its steep streets of colorfully painted buildings.
Discover how to dance the Tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
See the whiteness of the cold, frozen landscape in Antarctica.
Tours, Tours, Tours
The number of adventure tours is as long as your arm from surfing Costa Rica's legendary waves, trekking to Machu Picchu in the tracks of Incan travelers to motorcycling through the remote, raw beauty of Patagonia to ascending Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in southeast Asia. A few more adventure tours out there include an Air Combat experience, along the lines of Top Gun, in San Diego, or a fast-paced Ferrari drive along the windy coastline of the French Riviera.
These make for the perfect trip for the adrenaline addicts out there.
Touring the World's National Parks
You can explore some of the world's finest national parks on a tour specifically planned for those interested in seeing first hand the many marvels of the world. Here are some of the most well-known national parks on earth.
The Galapagos Islands
One of the world's most visited UNESCO sites, and also Ecuador's earliest park, is an archipelago called the Galapagos Islands. The giant tortoises and little penguins that move around the islands are an incredible sight to see.
Regarded as one of the world's most significant archaeological sites on the globe, Machu Picchu is a mesmerizing Incan fortress found high in the Andes Mountains. The power and triumph of the Incan Empire is plainly evident at this spectacular site.
When President Theodore Roosevelt initially came across the wondrous geological formations and ample wildlife of Yellowstone in 1903, he stated that it was "absolutely unique in the world". In his eyes, creating a national park was the ideal way to promote natural beauty as a social asset to be shared by all.
Serengeti National Park
The world-famous Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and Kruger National Park in South Africa are teeming with all types of animal species and a wide range of fauna. There you will come upon wide-open panoramas like no other, and also hear the occasional roar of a lion looking for food.
Great Barrier Reef
A absolute must on anyone's bucket list should include the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park situated off the northeastern coast of Australia, home to the world's largest coral reef system.
Fiordland National Park
The nearby Fiordland National Park in New Zealand has stunning fjords aplenty, enough so as to overshadow Norway's impressive natural wonders any day.
Special Interest Tours Galore
There are more and more specialty tours on the market.
Imagine any hobby or special interest and you'll surely find one that's just right for you.
For the Wine Lover in all of Us
Regardless where you are on the wine connoisseur spectrum, there's a spot for you in wine country.
A wine tasting tour is designed for those who hope to know the complexities that go into making a fine wine. There are plenty of hot spots to pick from when it comes to choosing the best tour for you regardless of whether it's a wine tasting tour in Napa Valley, or one that takes you along the Stellenbosch Wine Route in South Africa, or one that takes you to some of France's most well-known wine regions such as Bordeaux or Champagne to name just a few.
For the Food Lover in All of Us
Let yourself go with all of the choices possible on a foodie tour.
Culinary tours are a fantastic way for the gourmet to get a taste for local ingredients and artisan products as well as to learn the history and customs of the region, and especially how these affected the evolution of local cuisine. It may even be conceivable for you to meet a famous Michelin-starred maestro if you go on a more exclusive tour.
For the Yoga Lovers Out There
Yoga tours are yet another kind of specialty travel found on the market. Breathing techniques and meditation help to strengthen and balance the body and mind according to this ancient practice. Fancy and charming destinations where you can really let go and slow down are best for these types of tours.
Calling All Nature Lovers!
There is great interest in visiting virgin terrains, however, the central objective of eco-tours is to leave marginal human traces on vulnerable, pure, and relatively undisturbed natural areas. Eco-tourism is meant not only to provide memorable experiences for nature-lovers, but also to educate them on the necessity to protect natural resources. Some of the other aspects offered on this type of tour involve informing visitors on the necessity to conserve natural habitats and how to improve the welfare of the local people.
Tours aimed specifically at women are getting to be more and more popular.
In today's world, women are searching for a safe, yet satisfying way to visit the countless wonderful cities, and incredible sights found across the globe. These tours are also a great occasion to share experiences with like-minded travelers whether you've been adventuring, exploring historical sites, or just relaxing by the sea.
For the Spiritual Seeker
Are there areas where you can go to reflect as well as better understand the people who had the most influence on your faith?
On faith-based tours you'll be supported by people who are on the same voyage to connect with their spiritual self and recommit to their beliefs. Rest easy knowing that each tour provides the right mix of R & R.