Travel & Romance

The Draw of the Mediterranean Sea

What we refer to as our current civilization – from science and democracy to art and culinary traditions – are primarily credited to the culture-rich shores of Southern Europe.

Mediterranean foto The “Old World” is without a doubt a territory rich in history.

It will be difficult to go back home once you've lain on the beaches of Italy and Spain, visited the historical sights of Jerusalem and Greece, and seen the spectacular scenery of the Greek Islands and Santorini. Ancient Rome is still observable in the city’s Pantheon and Colosseum, and the dramatic St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City is a must-see.

Anyone who loves unique architectural design must visit Barcelona to see Antoni Gaudi’s most celebrated work.

Some of the world’s greatest wines can be found in Italy’s Chianti region, France’s Provence, or the city of Port in Portugal. In Croatia, tourists can visit the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik, chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.

Picking the Best Tour for You

Your bucket list may be chock-a-block with fun adventures from hiking Peru’s Inca Trail, surfing the waves in Costa Rica, to horseback riding through the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, or running with the bulls in Pamplona. Try a few of the other adventure tours out there such as an exhilarating drive along the French Riviera in a Ferrari F430 F1 or an extraordinary flight on an Air Combat mission, along the lines of Top Gun, in San Diego. If any of these adrenaline- filled exploits speak to the adventurer in you, make sure they are part of your next getaway.

Exploring the World’s National Parks

You will be witness to some of the most magnificent panoramas 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.

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

Machu Picchu

Considered one of the world’s most significant archaeological sites on earth, Machu Picchu is a spectacular Incan fortress found high in the Andes Mountains.

The power and achievement of the Incan Empire is plainly visible at this breathtaking site.

Yellowstone

In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt declared Yellowstone “absolutely unique in the world” upon encountering the magnificent geological formations and extensive wildlife found there. Declaring that natural beauty was a common social resource, he championed the idea of national parks to benefit all generations to follow.

Serengeti National Park
The famous Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and Kruger National Park in South Africa are bursting with all types of animal species and a wide array of fauna.

Go there with an open mind and a sharp ear to treasure one-of-a-kind landscapes and the sounds of predators looking for their next repast.

Great Barrier Reef
Viewed from up high or far below, you’ll find one of the world’s greatest marvels, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park which includes the largest coral reef system on earth.
Fiordland National Park

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

Special Interest Tours Galore
There are more and more specialty tours on the market. There continues to be an increase in the variety of specialty tours offered to anyone with a favorite hobby or special interest.

For all the Wine Lovers
No matter where you fall on the wine connoisseur spectrum, there's a spot for you in wine country.

Understanding and tasting the result of the intricate process of wine making are a just some of the reasons people go on wine-tasting tours. Wine tasting tours can take you from Napa Valley, to the Stellenbosch Wine Route in South Africa, or to some of France’s most well-known wine regions such as Bordeaux or Champagne.

For the Food Lovers!
Nowadays, gourmets can travel just about anywhere to satisfy their palates. There are numerous reasons for a gourmand to take a culinary tour including getting a sample of local ingredients and artisan products as well as learning how the history and culture of the region affected the evolution of local cuisine.

On some of the top-notch tours, you might even meet a star chef or get classes from a Michelin-starred expert.

For the Yoga Lovers Out There

Yoga tours are yet another type of specialty travel found on the marketplace.

This age-old practice is all about strengthening, and balancing both body and mind through breathing exercises and contemplation. Stylish and charming destinations where you can truly let go and relax are best for these types of tours.

For the Nature Lover in All of Us

Eco-tours are about exploring vulnerable, pristine, and relatively undisturbed natural areas while leaving minimal traces on the surroundings. Eco-tourism is an ideal way to see undisturbed natural spaces, but it is also a good occasion to learn about protecting the world’s natural resources.

Some of the other aspects introduced on this kind of tour entail informing visitors on the necessity to conserve natural habitats and how to improve the welfare of the local people.

For Women Only
The popularity of women only tours is on a continuous rise.

Woman traveling solo want to experience the world in a trusted environment where they can also meet other like-minded women.

Being on a women’s only tour where you can meet other like-minded travelers makes any vacation more pleasurable and fun.

For the Spiritual Seeker
Where can you go to revive your faith and reflect upon centuries of religious history? On faith- based tours you’ll be supported by people who are on the same path to connect with their spiritual self and recommit to their beliefs.

Rest easy knowing that every single tour provides the perfect mix of R & R.

Discover Africa: Its Sights, Sounds and Peoples

Draw recreation A journey along the coasts of the African continent will allow you to retrace the path of early Dutch, British, German, and Portuguese explorers. From aged tribal traditions to colonial influences, you will experience a spectrum of cultures in countries such as Mozambique, Madagascar, Senegal, and Mauritius.

From South Africa’s verdant mountains to the desert landscape of Namibia, there is something for everyone.

Zanzibar, or "Spice Island", is a tropical archipelago off the coast of Tanzania best known for its abundance of valuable spices, including cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg, making it a fantastic place to visit for food devotees.

The Broad Array of Things to Do and See in Asia

Renowned for its sophisticated cosmopolitan culture, Hong Kong is an international trade, style, and culinary hub for Asia. To explore some of Thailand’s most iconic scenery, beaches, and culture, be sure to pay a visit to Phuket, its largest island.

Known as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”, Cochin (or Kochi) in India’s Kerala state, boasts beautiful old cultural icons including a Jewish community with seven synagogues dating back to the 12th century and the Church of St. Francis, built by Portuguese settlers in 1503.

Still another must-see is Petra, the Jordanian city designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is known as “Rose City” because it was made of rose-colored stone.

When you visit the world by cruise ship, you can see bustling metropolises and tiny tribal villages, rain forests and mountains, polar bears and lions, all while delighting in the luxurious comfort of your ship.

Take a Hike: The World's Recommended Hikes

The greatest treks are more than the steps you take, they are about the understanding and impact you receive from the destination - they are about stepping into a destination’s culture and history. Still, walks are no picnics. They will challenge your strength both physically and mentally, leaving you with a lasting impression of the beauty of the planet.

A listing of the planet's very top treks is shown below.

Inca Trail in Peru - 26.7 miles in 4 days
Impressive moments are considerable on the Inca Trail, but incomparable to the instant you go through the Sun Gate and the moment you catch sight of the forgotten city of Machu Picchu. Perfect time to go: May to September

Colombia’s Lost City ~ 5 days and 27 miles

The figure 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 suggested to go from August to November.

Nepal's Everest Base Camp - 38.5 miles - 13 days
The hike will connect you more to the people of the Himalayas while realizing an opening to the top of the planet. Once you view Everest, you will not view the planet in the exact same way again.

It is best to go from August to November.

Tanzania's Mt Kilimanjaro - 21.1 miles | 8 days

Mt Kilimanjaro is Africa's premier crest at 5,895m (19,340 ft). It is no easy task, but unlike other significant summits, it gives those courageous enough to make it to the top. It is best to go from September to March.

Europe: Mont Blanc - 77.7 miles - 8 days

The Tour du Mont Blanc is more than one hundred miles and takes you through 3 countries: Switzerland, Italy, and France.

It is best to go from June to September

Patagonia's Torres del Paine Circuit - 82.6 miles and 10 days
known for its natural enchanting beauty, you will discover remarkable volcanic landscapes, impressive glaciers, and grasslands that expand to the horizon.

Perfect time to go: December to March

Mt. Roirama in Venezuela - 6 days and 21.1 miles
The spectacular mountain of Roraima is almost holy to the region's local inhabitants and is said to have led to Arthur Conan Doyle’s book, "The Lost World." When to go: November to April is the perfect time to walk the Roraima path but anytime of the year is good.

The Camino de Santiago, Spain ~ 466 miles & 30 days
The widely known Camino de Santiago, also known as the St. James Trail, was a significant Christian journey during the Middle Ages, and continues to be a celebrated spiritual trek to this day. The ideal time to travel: You can go in any month of the year but the optimal time is somewhere between the spring and autumn (which is high season).

International Escapes Just Around the Corner

Do you think a three-day weekend isn’t enough time to enjoy an international getaway? Think again. There are various overseas destinations that are definitely doable over a long weekend. The impression Here are some foreign places popular for exciting weekend jaunts.

Montreal, Quebec
French-inspired old-world charm is coupled with all the luxuries of a big city in the lovely Montreal, Canada. You can roam the charming cobblestone streets of Vieux Montreal, popping into the quaint boutiques and stopping for a bite to eat in the tempting eateries. When the weather is nice, head to the enormous Mount Royal Park for a picnic, guided hike, or easy bike ride.

Winter sports are also plentiful in the park, including snowshoeing, ice skating, or other fun activities.

Bermuda
Bermuda is a British territory in the mid-Atlantic popular with US visitors due to the quick two-hour flight from countless east coast cities, its beautiful beaches of distinctive pink sand, and its warm weather year-round. Even if you do not like beaches, Bermuda is fascinating with a long maritime history, fortresses complete with cannon installations, beautiful colonial architecture, and charming cobblestone streets. Brave adventurers could rent a jet ski and ride into the notorious Bermuda Triangle.

Baja California Sur, Mexico

The magnificent beaches of Baja California Sur, Mexico are an uncomplicated weekend escape for surfers and anyone who just wants to lie in the sun and the sand. Cabo San Lucas in the southernmost part of the Baja peninsula has a great restaurant scene famous for upscale local cuisine, an exciting nightlife, and beautiful world-class resorts right on the beach. For a more active weekend, head to Lover’s Beach to see the spectacular natural rock formations, check out the famous caves, or delight in the beautiful crystal-clear ocean.

Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a wonderful tropical Central American destination that can be easily reached from just about any point in the U.S. Its 800 miles of coastline is filled with gorgeous 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; try a thrilling zip-line ride; and soak in the volcano-fed hot springs.

Cartagena, Columbia
Like other places on the Caribbean Sea, enchanting Cartagena has long stretches of beach with white powdery sand, warm water that is a vibrant shade of blue, and beautiful coral reefs. Be sure to wander 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 largest city and is a typical modern-day metropolis.

More than 50% of its inhabitants were not born there, making it a very diverse city in terms of people and culture. Visiting its various ethnic neighborhoods is like taking a fast world tour, with Koreatown, Greektown, Chinatown, and Little Italy all within the boundaries of the city. Whether you are looking for extreme adventure, relaxing on the beach with a cool drink, or something in between, there is an international weekend getaway perfect for you. Anything you want – love, adventure, culinary wonders, history – can be yours.

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