Around the World Cruise

Tours, Tours, Tours

Trek Peru's Inca Trail... horseback ride in Alaska... ascend the highest peak in Southeast Asia... surf the waters in Costa Rica... motorcycle through Patagonia… or run with the bulls in Pamplona. Try some of the additional adventure tours out there such as an exhilarating ride 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- loaded exploits speak to the daredevil in you, make sure they are part of your next getaway.

Touring the World’s National Parks

A national parks tour, regardless of the country, will bring you to some of the most stunning landscapes on earth. Tours graphic There are well-known national parks around the globe, so read on to identify which ones are the most interesting to you.

The Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands is one of the most frequented UNESCO sites globally and the oldest national park in Ecuador. On this island chain you will come face to face with giant tortoises and small penguins, some of the island’s most well-known inhabitants.
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, the impressive Incan citadel high in the Andean Mountains, is one of the most significant archaeological places in the world.

It shows what the Incan Empire was capable of accomplishing at its pinnacle of power.

Yellowstone

When President Theodore Roosevelt first came across the grand geological formations and abundant wildlife of Yellowstone in 1903, he proclaimed it to be “absolutely unique in the world”. In his eyes, setting up a national park was the ideal way to promote natural beauty as a social resource to be shared by all.

Serengeti National Park
Both Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and South Africa’s Kruger Park are renowned across the world for its extensive of wildlife and fauna found there. There you will come upon wide-open panoramas unlike any other, and also hear the occasional roar of a lion looking for food.
Great Barrier Reef

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

Fiordland National Park
Not far off, New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park has the most breathtaking fjords, eclipsing Norway’s own stunning natural wonders.
Special Interest Tours Galore

Today, more people than ever are deciding to go on specialty tours. There continues to be an uptick in the variety of specialty tours available to anyone with a favorite leisure activity or special interest.

For Those Wine Lover
You’ll come across plenty of similar people, whether connoisseurs or newbies, in wine country.

Wine enthusiasts know that wine is much more than just a combination of grapes and that the process involves an intricate and delicate process to achieve the perfect balance of taste.

Napa Valley, the Stellenbosch Wine Route in South Africa, or the wine-making territories in France such as Bordeaux or Champagne are just a few of the best wine-tasting locations around.

For the Food Lovers!
These days, gourmets can take a trip just about anywhere to satisfy their palates. There are numerous reasons for a gourmand to go on a culinary tour including getting a taste of local ingredients and artisan products as well as understanding how the history and culture of the region impacted the evolution of local cuisine.

Some of the benefits of taking an exclusive culinary tour might include meeting a celebrity chef or cooking with a Michelin-starred expert.

For the Yoga Lovers Out There

One of the trendiest travel opportunities today include yoga tours. This age-old practice is all about strengthening, and harmonizing both body and mind through breathing exercises and contemplation. Elegant and charming destinations where you can really let go and slow down are best for these types of tours.

For All the Nature Lovers Out There

There is great interest in visiting untouched terrains, however, the key objective of eco-tours is to leave marginal human traces on vulnerable, pure, and comparatively undisturbed natural areas. Eco-tourism is a great way to see undisturbed natural spaces, but it is also a good occasion to learn about protecting the world’s natural resources. These tours are not merely about exploring unspoiled natural terrains, but also about understanding how to better the everyday lives of local inhabitants as well as the importance of conservation.

For Women Only

Another popular kind of vacation is woman only tours. Woman vacationing solo want to experience the world in a protected environment where they can also get together other like-minded women.

A women’s only tour is a fantastic way to meet other like-minded travelers and share experiences like riding a wave runner on the Adriatic, visiting St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, or taking in the sights and sounds of New York.

For the Spiritual Seeker
Where can you go to better understand your faith and also reestablish your connection with your spiritual side? You’ll find that a faith-based tour is the perfect opportunity for you to look inside yourself and connect with your spirituality among people who are on the same journey.

Rest knowing that each tour provides the right blend of R & R.

The Broad Array of Things to Do and See in Asia

Known for its sophisticated cosmopolitan way of life, Hong Kong is an international trade, style, and culinary hub for Asia. Beach lovers should be sure to schedule a stop on Thailand’s largest island, Phuket, known for its stunning panoramas and cultural experiences. With a colorful history and cultural influences from around the world including Portuguese and Jewish, Cochin (or Kochi) is part of India’s Kerala state and is commonly known as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”. In Jordan, be sure to set aside time for UNESCO World Heritage City Petra, which was built from rose-colored rock, earning it the moniker “Rose City”.

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

Countless Adventures Await in the Americas and the Caribbean Islands

The Americas and the Caribbean are comprised of many diverse countries, each with its own unique culture, lifestyle, and gorgeous vistas. The Caribbean is a hodgepodge of influences from Spain, Britain, France, the Netherlands, and Africa, although the stereotypical Caribbean laid-back feeling is everywhere from Antigua and Aruba to St. Martin and San Juan. The countries that make up Central America, which links North and South America, have fascinating histories and gorgeous landscapes. History buffs will love to explore the ruins of ancient civilizations 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 unique engineering. Both North and South America are blessed with interesting attractions both ancient and modern, as well as gorgeous sceneries. In Canada, explore Quebec City and enjoy its French influences, or head back in time to the 11th-century Viking settlement of L’Anse aux Meadows. In the U.S., stops along the east coast will take you to famous American cities, or sail along the west coast to see the stunning glaciers in Alaska.

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Head South
Continuing southward, travelers will encounter incredible 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 option 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 wander its steep streets of colorfully painted buildings.

See a dramatic live Tango show in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires. Farther south, explore the icy natural wonder of Antarctica.

The Diversity of Africa

A vacation to Africa will take you along the same course as early explorers from countries such as Portugal, The Netherlands, England, and Germany. The diverse cultures developed by ancient tribal traditions and colonialism are fascinating to compare when you stop in places such as Senegal, Mozambique, Madagascar, and Mauritius. Witness the spectacular beauty of the desert in Namibia or visit South Africa’s lush green mountainous landscapes. Foodies will want to visit "Spice Island", the tropical archipelago of Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania, for its much valued bounty of valuable spices including cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

International Escapes: Not As Far As You Might Think

Do you think a three-day weekend isn’t adequate time to indulge in an international getaway? Not true.

In fact, there many countries close enough to go for a long weekend. Below is a variety of wonderful places great for a thrilling weekend adventure.

Montreal, Quebec
Old-world elegance is front and center in this second largest Canadian city after Toronto. You can stroll the charming cobblestone streets of Vieux Montreal, popping into the quaint boutiques and stopping for a bite to eat in the enticing eateries. Outdoor lovers will have plenty to do in the lovely Mount Royal Park, from vigorous hikes to leisurely bike rides or restful picnics.

If you can stand the cold temperatures, you can also go snowshoeing, ice skate, or do a variety of other winter sports in the park area.

Bermuda
Bermuda is a British territory in the mid-Atlantic popular with US visitors due to the quick two-hour flight from many east coast cities, its beautiful beaches of unique 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 design, and quaint cobblestone streets. Brave adventurers can rent a jet ski and ride into the notorious Bermuda Triangle.

Baja California Sur, Mexico
Baja California Sur, Mexico is an uncomplicated weekend escape for passionate sun worshippers and beach-goers.

At the southern tip of Baja California is Cabo San Lucas, known for its exotic resorts, world-class dining, and cool bars and nightclubs. For a more active weekend, head to Lover’s Beach to see the spectacular natural rock formations, explore the famous caves, or delight in the beautiful 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.

Tours, picture Its 800 miles of coastline is filled with beautiful beaches and a lot more. The area associated with the famous Arenal Volcano is a mecca for adventurous weekenders, with activities including hiking the verdant jungles and rain forests, zip-lining, climbing magnificent waterfalls, seeing exotic monkeys and sloths in their natural environment, and finally soaking in a soothing hot spring fed by the volcano.

Cartagena, Columbia

Located on the northern coastline of Columbia facing the Caribbean, in Cartagena you’ll find brilliant blue waters with coral reefs that edge white powdery beaches. The 500-year-old coral stone fortresses and much of the walled city are admirably intact and are some of the finest examples of civil and military architecture of Spanish colonial times.

Toronto
Toronto, the largest-sized city in Canada, is a modern, cosmopolitan center ideal for city lovers.

More than 50% of its residents were not born there, making it a very diversified city in terms of people and customs. Seeing its numerous 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, lounging on the beach with a cold drink, or something in between, there is an international weekend getaway right for you. Whatever you want – love, adventure, culinary treats, history – can be yours.

Take a Hike: The World's Very Best Walks

The greatest treks are more than the steps you take, they are about the knowledge and impact you receive from the locale - they are about stepping into a destination’s culture and history. Still, walks are no picnics. They will test you physically and engage you mentally, leaving you with an indelible impression of the richness of our earth. Here, we have shown 8 top hikes.

Peru's Inca Trail - 4 days & 26.7 miles
Extraordinary moments are abundant on the Inca Trail, but not like the instant you go through the Sun Gate and view the forgotten city of Machu Picchu. The best months to go are May to September

Lost City in Colombia ~ 27 miles in 5 days

Voyage through the lush jungle across steams before arriving at the ruins of Teyuna. Make this your principal 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 in 13 days
This journey will make you more familiar to the people of the Himalayas while giving you a view from the top of the world. Once you set your eyes on Everest, you will never see the Earth in the exact same light.

Ideal time to go: August to November.

Tanzania's Mt Kilimanjaro - 21.1 miles | 8 days
Mt Kilimanjaro is Africa's greatest crest at 5,895m (19,340 ft). It is no painless task, but unlike other massive summits, it gives those brave enough to make it to the top.

Ideal time to go: September to March.

Mont Blanc in Europe - 77.7 miles in 8 days
Tours, image 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

Torres del Paine Circuit in Patagonia -10 days and 82.6 miles
Best-known for its awesome scenery, you will experience breathtaking volcanic backdrops, massive glaciers, and vast steppe-like fields leading to the horizon.

Ideal time to go: December to March

Venezuela's Mount Roirama ~21.1 miles and 6 days
The striking mountain of Roraima is sacred to the region's native 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 optimal time.

The Camino de Santiago, Spain ~ 466 miles & 30 days
The prominent Camino de Santiago, also known as the St. James Trail, was a very important Christian passage during the Middle Ages, and is still considered a relevant religious pilgrimage today. The trail can be walked any month of the year but the ideal time is between spring and autumn, though it will be very busy.

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