Vacation Cruises to the Baltic Countries and Scandinavia

Vacation Cruises to the Baltic Countries and Scandinavia Don’t forget the Baltic states when traveling by sea to Scandinavia, as the region offers lovely Old Towns to enjoy and a rich history that dates back to medieval times and the Hanseatic League. The Scandinavian countries of Finland, Norway, and Sweden have bustling modern cities, some of which have been voted the world’s “most livable”.
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Vacation Cruises Baltic Countries Scandinavia 5924731202870.jpg With its fascinating Viking history and striking fjords, Norway will delight students of history and nature-lovers alike. Other not-to-miss sights include Helsinki’s Neoclassical and Art Nouveau museums, the “Venice of Scandinavia” in Stockholm, and the red roofs and delicate steeples in Tallinn. The northern lights, or aurora borealis, are visible in the region, must also be high on your list of must-have experiences. Russia, the biggest nation in the world, is located at the crossroads between the European and Asian continents. The glorious Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg is a something you cannot skip when visiting Russia. After a tour of Moscow’s iconic Red Square, stop for a meal and sample Russia’s famous caviar and blini pancakes.

International Getaways: Much Closer Than You Know

International Getaways: Much Closer Than You Know Do you think a three-day weekend isn’t sufficient time to indulge in an international getaway? This couldn’t be further from the truth. In truth, there many countries close enough to go for a long weekend. Below is a variety of fabulous places great for a thrilling weekend adventure.
Montreal, Quebec
French-inspired old-world beauty is combined with all the luxuries of a big city in the lovely Montreal, Canada. In the Vieux Montreal neighborhood, you can walk through cobblestone streets lined with boutiques and eateries. When the weather is nice, head to the sprawling Mount Royal Park for a picnic, guided hike, or leisurely bike ride.International Getaways: Much Closer Know 05043167097.jpg The park also has snowshoeing, ice skating and more every winter season.
Bermuda
Bermuda is not only internationally-renowned for its breathtaking pink sand beaches, but this British overseas territory located in the mid-Atlantic is just a two-hour flight from many US cities. In addition to the spectacular stretches of sand, you can also delve into its rich maritime history, much of which can be found among the well-preserved colonial architecture and cobblestone alleys of St. George as well as the old cannon-laden forts. If you want a little heart-pounding adrenaline, rent a jet ski and head over to the infamous Bermuda Triangle.
Baja California Sur, Mexico
The beautiful beaches of Baja California Sur, Mexico are an enjoyable weekend escape for surfers and anyone who just wants to lie in the sun and the sand. At the southern tip of Baja California is Cabo San Lucas, known for its exotic resorts, world-class dining, and lively bars and nightclubs. Exciting activities for the more adventurous include exploring the alluring caves at Lover’s Beach, taking in the remarkable rock formations, or doing water sports in the fabulous crystal-clear blue water.
Costa Rica
Although its tropical rain forest feels like another world, Costa Rica is really a fairly brief flight from many places in the U.S. It features an impressive 800 miles of breathtaking coastal areas complete with really beautiful beaches. If you like excitement, head over to the Arenal Volcano to get your heart pumping by zip-lining through the beautiful rain forest, hiking in the lush jungle, rappelling down a deafening waterfall, watching exotic jungle animals such as sloths and monkeys, and finally relaxing in a hot spring fed by the volcano itself.
Cartagena, Columbia
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 unique coral reefs. Be sure to stroll 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 biggest city and is a typical modern metropolis. More than 50% of its occupants were not born there, making it a very mixed city in terms of people and customs. Be sure to arrange a stop in each ethnic neighborhood -- Chinatown, Koreatown, Greektown, and Little Italy -- to genuinely understand what Toronto is all about. Whether you are looking for extreme adventure, relaxing on the beach with a cold drink, or something in between, there is an international weekend getaway perfect for you. Whatever you desire – love, adventure, culinary wonders, history – can be yours.

The Diversity of Africa

Diversity Africa 093282324.jpg The Diversity of Africa Follow in the footsteps of early colonizers from Germany, Britain, Portugal, and The Netherlands when you choose a cruise to Africa. By stopping in diverse nations from Madagascar to Mozambique and Senegal to Mauritius, you will observe the profound influence of colonialism as well as tribal traditions that are still around today. South Africa boasts magnificent mountainous terrain, while at the other end of the spectrum, the desert landscape of Namibia will leave you speechless. Food connoisseurs will want to visit "Spice Island", the tropical archipelago of Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania, for its much valued abundance of treasured spices including cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

What Makes a River Cruise?

What Makes a River Cruise?Makes River Cruise? 517920043.jpg River cruises are distinct holidays. They transport you at just the best pace, with just the right comforts, and just the right views. Cruising Europe’s most famous rivers, you will have plenty of opportunity to get off the boat to check out the picturesque cities, villages, and landscapes, while your time on board the ship will be equally fun with great activities, impeccable service, and top-notch dining options. All with the advantage of having to unpack merely once allowing you to settle in for relaxing sailing. Aboard one of these ships you’ll travel to some of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities on some of the most iconic rivers used long ago as the world’s first trade routes. It is a enjoyable, immersive experience where you can enjoy the ever-changing vistas along the banks of well-traveled waterways such as the Danube, Rhine, Seine, Douro, Volga as well as many other celebrated rivers. You will have plenty of time to get to see the local culture at each destination. In addition to guided excursions, passengers can roam freely around local stops or arrange optional shore outings. There is no shortage of interesting things to do at each port, from discovering local historic attractions to visiting museums to attending live performances of music or dance. You will also be really comfortable onboard the ship, as they invariably have the best of amenities. Rooms come equipped with hotel-style beds, private bathrooms, individual climate control, refrigerators, safes and TVs. In addition, you will enjoy free Wi-Fi, great bars and lounges, and top-notch eateries on each ship. Many of the more sizable ships also have pools with sun decks, interesting shops, and libraries where you can relax with a good book.
The makings of a perfect vacation
Combine of all this, along with excellent and personalized service from on-board staff, and you have the ingredients for an amazing vacation. No matter what season you travel, you will enjoy the different customs of each destination. Outdoor events and happenings will be more common in the warmer months of spring and summer. To miss the inescapable crowds of tourists in the summer, consider cruising in the fall months, as the cooler weather will mean fewer people visiting each port of call. And in the winter season, you’ll be delighted by fun Christmas markets and enchanted by the holiday customs and celebrations of the locals.
A river cruise is a marvelous way to see the world, particularly if you fancy an uncomplicated and relaxed way to travel.
Anyone who has never traveled on a cruise before will see how effortless traveling this way can be, and they won’t have to be very concerned about getting seasick. What’s more, because river cruises give passengers so much opportunity to visit local places and cultures, they are perfect for anyone interested in art, history, or just seeing new places.
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