If you are an avid US-based traveler, it’s likely that you have already “been there done that” and visited these wonderful places: Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, Europe, our National Parks, Hawaii and Alaska. That’s wonderful! I have explored all of these as well, and could certainly enjoy going back over and over again.
And yet, I suspect that many of you like-minded and adventurous spirits would love to explore our amazing planet even further. Here are a few destinations where you can be taken care of completely; from the planning stage to the home sweet home and sharing all about it with your friends. Or better yet, why not gather them and bring them along?
Imagine yourself swimming in crystal clear waters with thousands of beautiful fish. Learning about and engaging with a faraway culture. A land so magical, and yet sees as much tourism in one year as Hawaii gets in one week. And imagine the luxurious experience of a truly all-inclusive small ship that visits Tahiti, Society Islands, Cook Islands, and the Marquesas. This is Paul Gauguin.
From the brochure: “Scattered like emeralds across the sun-drenched waters of the South Pacific, the islands and atolls of French Polynesia are unmatched in their allure. There is no better way to explore this part of the world than on the award-winning luxury small ship, the m/s Paul Gauguin.” Celebrate a special occasion and treat yourself to AMAZING. I just met with my rep from this wonderful cruise line, and she painted a fabulous picture of life on this ship.
According to a recent February 2019 article by President Terry Dale, the annual USTOA (United State Tour Operators Association) travel survey revealed a list of the “top five emerging destinations that offer travelers distinctly different experiences.” They are below in order of placement. All are group tour experiences, an incredibly easy and always economical way to travel.
Insight Vacations has a tour called “Scenic Iceland and the Northern Lights” beginning October 6, 2019. You will have a chance to see the Northern Lights, majestic Selijalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls and the now famous Geysir hot springs. Of course, you will also enjoy a celebratory cocktail while bathing in the Blue Lagoon! Rates start at $3465 per person.
Avanti Destinations will transport you to the country’s capital, Phnom Penh, on a tour called “Cambodia Discovery”. This adventure includes private tours of Tonle Bati’s temples and floating huts, the Phnom Pchhnork limestone caves, and Hindu shrines. Spend your nights at a seaside resort, and enjoy a day spent in a cooking class in Kampong Som. This one departs throughout the year and 2019 rates begin at $2,049 per person.
On Sceptre Vacations “Essential Croatia” you will walk thru the stunning Pitivice Lakes National Park, Split, Hvar, and Old Dubrovnik. YOu will also enjoy a sailing excursion and a visit to Zagreb. April thru October, rates begin at $2775 per person.
“Experience Columbia” by Explorations by Collette offers a visit to the Bogota Museo del Oro to enjoy the famous collection of pre-Hispanic gold artifacts. You will wander the pastoral beauty of a traditional flower farm, and one entire day is dedicated to exploring the Cocora Valley on horseback, foot or jeep. This tour is available throughout the year and rates begin at $2549 pp.
Intrepid Travel is offering “Vietnam Express Southbound”, and you will truly enjoy experiencing the spirit of this stunning country through its people, scenery and food. Some of the highlights include “cruising on emerald waters, experiencing the colonial charm of Hanoi, and getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. Rates begin at just $1109 pp and are available all year.
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