Exclusive Places for You and Your Special Someone

Romantic trips can be as sophisticated or as uncomplicated as you want. More often than not, your precious someone will delight in a romantic holiday much more than any gift.

Vacation resorts around the world now cater specifically to the needs of couples who choose to shake things up a bit.

What's your idea of a perfect romantic escapade?

beach-2858720__340.jpg Although not everybody may like rose petals scattered on their bed, just about everyone enjoys conveniences like champagne, chocolate and freshly cut flowers in their room or suite. The wide array of romantic trips offered these days means you get to choose the destination best suited to what you are looking for.

For you, that may include palm trees on a white-sand shore, or cocktails with a view of the sun setting on the Pacific Ocean. Paris or Florence may be best suited for couples with a penchant for art and history. Here are some of the world's most popular romantic destinations for couples in search of an enchanting, blissful, and carefree place where they can enjoy some quality time with each other.

St. Lucia

The compact island of St. Lucia is the hidden jewel of the eastern Caribbean. 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 deluxe creature comforts.

Kauai, Hawaii

For those that wish to combine adventure with romance, look no further than Kauai, Hawaii. For those seeking a place filled with beautiful vistas, unspoiled beaches and stunning landscapes need look no further than the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands.

Known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” visitors can uncover its breathtaking canyon and 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
Fiji in the South Pacific is yet another ultra -romantic travel destination for couples on the lookout for a fun destination where everything goes.

There are numbers of extraordinary holiday resorts and spas on this Melanesian island country which is made up of more than 330 islands. The year-round warm climate and never-ending opportunities for intimate moments make Fiji a very prominent getaway for couples of all kinds.

Patagonia
The life-altering trek through Patagonia, an expanse of largely uninhabited terrain crossing Chile and Argentina, is making its way on everyone's bucket list.

It’s a romantic quest to what is effectively the end of the earth and a place which has long captivated travelers drawn with to the magic of its spell-binding terrains. Patagonia is one of the most unique places on earth because of its unrivaled, breathtaking fjords and soaring snow-capped mountains as well as its enormous glaciers and ancient forests.

International Escapes Just Around the Corner

You might think a 3-day weekend is too brief to travel internationally. Guess again. bora-bora-3023437__340.jpg There are many international destinations that are easily doable over a long weekend.

Below is a variety of fabulous places great for a fun weekend adventure.

Montreal, Quebec
Beautiful Montreal, Canada boasts captivating French influence and old-world charm with all the benefits of a larger city (it’s second in size only to Toronto). You can wander the scenic cobblestone streets of Vieux Montreal, popping into the quaint boutiques and stopping for a bite to eat in the inviting eateries.

Outdoor lovers will have plenty to do in the lovely Mount Royal Park, from strenuous hikes to leisurely bike rides or relaxing picnics. The park also has snowshoeing, ice skating and much more every wintertime.

Bermuda
If you are a beach and sun person, Bermuda is optimal, with its pink sand beaches, lovely weather, and ideal location just a short two-hour flight from many airports on the east coast. In addition to the incredible beaches, Bermuda is a great place to wander around exploring its colorful cobblestone streets, imposing forts, traditional colonial buildings, and interesting maritime history. Bold adventurers can rent a jet ski and ride into the legendary Bermuda Triangle.

Baja California Sur, Mexico
Baja California Sur, Mexico is an uncomplicated weekend trip for passionate sun worshippers and beach-goers. Cabo San Lucas, at the southern tip of the Baja peninsula, is home to many high-end resorts and upscale eateries that serve tasty local cuisine like smoked marlin as well as offering an entertaining party scene. For a more active weekend, head to Lover’s Beach to see the amazing natural rock formations, visit the famous caves, or delight in the lovely crystal-clear ocean.

Costa Rica

Although its tropical rain forest feels like another world, Costa Rica is in fact a fairly quick flight from many places in the U.S. With 800 miles of spectacular coast, it offers fun in the sun, beautiful beaches, relaxation or adventure, and so much more.

The area around the famous Arenal Volcano is a mecca for adventurous weekenders, with activities including hiking the verdant jungles and rain forests, zip-lining, climbing breathtaking waterfalls, seeing exotic monkeys and sloths in their natural environment, and finally soaking in a relaxing hot spring fed by the volcano.

Cartagena, Columbia

Cartagena is on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, and offers breathtaking beaches with white powdery sand, enticing crystal clear blue water, and iconic coral reefs for you to explore. The 500-year-old coral stone fortifications and much of the walled city are admirably intact and represent some of the finest examples of civil and military architecture of Spanish colonial times.

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 residents not originally from there.

china-1670420__340.png With Greektown, Little Italy, Koreatown and Chinatown all within 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 cold drink, or something in between, there is an international weekend getaway right for you. Anything you are looking for – love, adventure, culinary treats, history – can be yours.

How do River Cruises Differ from Ocean Cruises?

While river cruises and ocean cruises are comparable in many aspects, you will notice some significant differences as well. The ships for ocean cruises are generally bigger than those used for river cruises, and have more amenities in the individual rooms.

Given their bigger size, they are able to accommodate many more people on board. On river cruisers, given that there are not as many passengers, the atmosphere is more personal and you have more opportunity to really get to know fellow travelers. A second differing element is that on a river cruise guests are almost never traveling for a full day at a time, whereas ocean cruises are oftentimes on the open sea for a few days in a row. Every day takes passengers to a new port of call.

The landscape is continuously changing, so the voyage itself becomes part of the adventure.

For those without sea legs, river cruises have the appeal of smooth going, shallow waters and the gift of land that’s always in sight. Yes, ocean cruises tend to offer more upscale amenities like fitness centers, numerous dining options and a range of live entertainment. But most river cruises offer inclusive value, which means your Wi-Fi, water, alcohol and included excursions are covered in the price.

River Cruise Destinations

Your times off the ship can be equally as interesting as being on board the cruise itself. A different range of adventures comes with each European river cruise. See Europe by way of its renowned rivers and get to know the cities and peoples along the routes.

History aficionados, adventure-seekers, and people merely wanting to learn about different cultures will all find something to love. You will have the occasion to view the magnificent scenery of Europe’s most beautiful villages and countryside, visit ancient monuments, and participate in cultural events in the biggest cities on the continent.

These elegant vessels are the ideal size to steer into the smaller harbors and ports closest to the most significant attractions and town centers.

Famed Rivers of France
France’s numerous rivers will take you to some of its most popular spots. Paris is one of the most dazzling cities in the world, Provence delights the senses, Normandy is exciting for the history that took place on its coasts, Bordeaux is a mecca for wine lovers, and foodies will love the famed gastronomy of Lyon.

Discover the harbors, vineyards, farms and forests of Aquitaine, formerly Europe’s most important kingdom. Aspiring chefs and food fanatics alike will want to organize a stop in Périgord to hunt for truffles and check out the Camus Cognac distillery. Stop for a meal of fresh oysters in the seaside resort community of Arcachon. Sip the delicious red blends crafted in the famous wineries of Saint-Émilion and Médoc or sample the decadent sweet wines of Sauternes.

No matter the waterway, the Rhône River or the Seine River, the Dordogne or the Gironde, a France river cruise will immerse passengers in a community rich in wine, art, food and tradition.

Historied Rivers of Germany and Central Europe
If you are looking to see the ancient fortresses and medieval towns of Germany and the Czech Republic, go with a cruise down the Elbe River.

Wine enthusiasts will love a trip on the Mosel River, known as the Moselle in France, which flows through the region in Germany best known for its production of the Riesling grape. In Central Europe, Danube River cruises carry passengers to alluring Old World cities like Budapest where you can soak up the steam in a classic 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 taste Austro-Hungarian food at one of the region’s well-known restaurants, or explore lesser-known Central European cities such as Bratislava and Passau.

The Waterways of the Tsars

Traverse the waterways of Russia and see for yourself the traditional Russian architecture in Moscow’s Red Square as well as the domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral.

Admire the exceptional collections of the Hermitage Museum, the second largest museum in the world.

Imagine Peter the Great luxuriating in enormous Peterhof Palace, then see how multiple families shared living space at a Soviet-era kommunalka.

Russia has some luscious culinary specialties which you will want to try out when you are there: borscht, pirog, solyanka, blini pancakes, and perhaps the most distinguished, caviar.

atoll-2179234__340.jpg Many peoples had a role in the history of the Dnieper River: Russian, Ottoman, Jewish, Cossack, Greek, Tatar, and Mongol. From Odessa to Kiev you will notice monuments left from the region’s Soviet days, ancient monestaries and churches, and enthralling museums, and you can take in performances of traditional dance and music.

Portugal's Duoro River Valley

Cruise on Portugal’s river of Gold, the Douro, to enjoy the renaissance of Lisbon, newly invigorated with trending galleries and restaurants. Wine aficionados will want to stop in the lovely vineyard region to sip local wines, while the typical foods and fado singing will be a delight for all.

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

Nordic Wonders

Experience the beautiful Nordic region by sea, then move on the the renowned river Rhine. Begin your journey in Bergen where the Vikings once roamed, knowing that ahead of you lies the striking beauty of the fjords and the neighboring village of Flåm, the ancient wood buildings of Old Town Kristiansand, and eventually Stavanger and Olso with their modern cultures and lifestyles. Art aficionados will want to stop in Denmark’s coastal community of Skagen, once summer home to the legendary group of Scandinavian artists known as the Skagen Painters, as well as Amsterdam to view the many masterpieces there, before heading to Kinderdijk to see the enchanting windmills of Holland.

The fabulous sights & tastes of Germany along its riverways
In Germany, Cologne’s gorgeous cathedral and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress are landmarks you will not want to overlook. The Middle Rhine is a gorgeous historic region with ancient walled fortresses, charming medieval villages, and beautiful ancient churches, and it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Travel through the renowned Black Forest in Germany, stop in France’s Strasbourg with its magnificent Gothic cathedral, then on to Basel, Switzerland with its enchanting medieval old town. Being on board is enjoyable and engaging, and your excursions should be the same.

bridal-1867900__340.jpg Take advantage of your time at each and every port of call to really discover its unique activities and sights. And just as each ship is a work of art on water, each location you travel to is a work of art on land.

Take Charge of Your Getaway

Do you recall your favorite trip? What made it the best trip ever? Of course, the place played a big part. But your buddies who went with you made it better.

All you wish from a trip sometimes is time to spend with your loved ones. And other times, you want to get away from your everyday life to meet new people and maybe even find that special someone.

Individualized travel is the best way to experience your dream vacation.
Standard itineraries are always available but tailoring a distinct one for you takes into consideration your time, interests and budget.

However, planning a customized tour that meets all your desires can be somewhat overwhelming.

This is the instant you go to a specialist in the field. They can guide you in the right direction when it comes to organizing family trips or romantic getaways, meeting people with your similar interests, the best way to explore the world, and a lot more.

For those who have specific interests, personalized tour packages are the perfect way to go.

Group tours generally do not offer the same options.

Those adventurers, foodies and historians are going to benefit much more from an immersive travel program that will meet their needs.

Wildlife photography is a good illustration of this kind of travel program. Getting that flawless shot is mostly a game of holding out, something that can be hard on your ordinary trip. However, an outing fashioned for photographers ensures you get as much time as you need to get that photo.

Birdwatchers will also appreciate this kind of program. Author Robert Lynd was most accurate when he stated, “In order to see birds, it is necessary to become a part of the silence”. On a personalized tour, birders, as they are called, can dedicate all the time they need searching for that evasive bird without being rushed by the group.

Excuse me, do you have the time?

How much vacation time do you have and how much do you have left on your credit card? Custom-made trips are completely flexible, taking these things into account. Do you want to go to an event or festival at a specific time of the year?

Travel advisors are the best people to help with arranging this. A customized trip means you can enjoy what you really love to do the way you want to do it.

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