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The Marvels of Asia

The picture Bustling, energetic Hong Kong is a focus for fashion, food, banking, and trade in Asia Thailand’s best known island, Phuket, is famed for its spectacular natural beauty, beach life, and culture. Located in India’s Kerala state, Cochin (or Kochi) is often called “Queen of the Arabian Sea” and is renowned for its history and cultural influences, including St. Francis Church built by the Portuguese and the Jewish Community’s seven synagogues, dating back to 1503 and the 12th century, respectively.

UNESCO World Heritage City Petra, also known as “Rose City”, was carved out of beautiful pink stone and is worth a trip when you are in Jordan. The diversity of the earth is yours to experience – from lush jungles to vibrant cities, from historic landmarks to breathtaking panoramas – when you tour the globe on a luxury cruise

Africa: A Region of Striking Diversity

A journey along the coastlines of the African continent will allow you to retrace the path of early Dutch, British, German, and Portuguese explorers. From ancient tribal traditions to colonial influences, you will experience a spectrum of cultures in countries such as Mozambique, Madagascar, Senegal, and Mauritius. South Africa boasts beautiful mountainous terrain, while at the other end of the spectrum, the desert landscape of Namibia will leave you amazed.

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.

Tours, Tours, Tours

Trek Peru's Inca Trail... horseback ride in Alaska... ascend the highest peak in Southeast Asia... surf the swells in Costa Rica... motorcycle through Patagonia… or run with the bulls in Pamplona. A few more adventure tours out there include an Air Combat experience, along the lines of Top Gun, in San Diego, or a fast-paced Ferrari drive along the winding coastline of the French Riviera. If any or all of these adrenaline- loaded experiences appeal to you , consider making adventure travel part of your next vacation.

Touring the World’s National Parks

You will be witness to some of the most breathtaking landscapes on earth at national parks found across the world.

Keep on reading to find out which are some of the world’s most noted national parks.

The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands is one of the most frequented UNESCO sites worldwide and the earliest national park in Ecuador. The giant tortoises and little penguins that move around the islands are an incredible sight to see.

Machu Picchu
Marvels description The breathtaking Machu Picchu is an Incan stronghold located high in the Andean mountain range and one of the planet's most outstanding archaeological sites.

This marvel provides real evidence of what the urban Inca Empire looked like when it was at the height of its power.

Yellowstone

In 1903 when President Theodore Roosevelt initially saw the amazing geology and flora of Yellowstone, he announced the site as “absolutely unique in the world”. He was a big proponent of creating national parks to promote the idea that natural beauty was a precious asset for all generations to come.

Serengeti National Park

Further afield, Tanzania’s legendary Serengeti National Park and South Africa's Kruger National Park are both home to a huge number of animal species and spectacular fauna.

There you will not solely witness landscapes you could never have imagined, but you will also be very close to the many predators which roam in the night.

The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, situated off the northeastern coast of Australia includes the world’s most extensive coral reef system – a must see on any bucket list.

Fiordland National Park
The nearby Fiordland National Park in New Zealand has stunning fjords aplenty, enough so as to overshadow Norway’s stunning natural wonders any day.
Special Interest Tours Galore

The number of specialty tours on the market continue to be on the uptick.

Consider any hobby or special interest and you'll surely come across one that's just right for you.

For the Wine Lover in all of Us
No matter where you are on the wine connoisseur spectrum, there's a place for you in wine country.

Understanding and tasting the result of the delicate process of wine making are a just some of the reasons people go on wine-tasting tours. There are many hot spots to pick from when it comes to picking the best tour for you regardless of whether it’s a wine tasting tour in Napa Valley, or one that takes you along the Stellenbosch Wine Route in South Africa, or one that takes you to some of France’s most well-known wine regions such as Bordeaux or Champagne to name just a few.

For the Food Lover
Let yourself go with all of the options possible on a food-lover's tour.

There are any number of reasons for a gourmand to go on 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.

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

For the Yoga Lover in All of Us

Today’s latest tendencies in specialty travel are yoga tours. Breathing techniques and meditation help to strengthen and harmonize the body and mind according to this ancient tradition.

Marvels original And you can do it all in style and breathtaking settings.

For the Nature Lover in All of Us
Eco-tours are about visiting fragile, unspoiled, and relatively undisturbed natural locations while leaving minimal traces on the surroundings.

Eco-tourism is a great way to see undisturbed natural areas, but it is also a good occasion to learn about safeguarding the world’s natural resources. Some of the other aspects introduced on this type of tour entail informing visitors on the necessity to conserve natural habitats and how to improve the well-being of the local people.

For Women Only
Yet another popular kind of vacation is woman only tours.

Women only tours are specifically designed for female tourists of all ages who want a safe and rewarding travel experience.

These tours are also a great occasion to share experiences with like-minded travelers whether you’ve been adventuring, visiting historical sites, or just lounging by the sea.

For the Spiritual Seeker in All of Us
Are there areas where you can go to think as well as better understand the people who had the biggest influence on your faith? A faith-based tours are a terrific way to reflect on your spirituality and also gain an improved outlook on how important your faith is to you.

No matter what type of tour speaks to you, there is no doubting that you’ll have lots to keep you busy.

International Escapes: Not As Far As You Might Think

It’s common to think an international getaway is too ambitious for a weekend. Think again.

There are various foreign destinations that are perfectly doable over a long weekend. Below are places perfect for an epic long weekend you won’t soon forget.

Montreal, Quebec
Old-world charm is front and center in this second largest Canadian city after Toronto. The traditional cobblestone streets of Vieux Montreal take you back in time, and the one-of-a-kind boutiques, cafes, and restaurants are always fascinating to explore. If you prefer being outside, Mount Royal Park offers hiking areas, bike rides, and picturesque spots great for a picnic.

The park also features snowshoeing, ice skating and much more every wintertime.

Bermuda
Bermuda is not only internationally-renowned for its stunning pink sand beaches, but this British overseas territory set in the mid-Atlantic is just a two-hour flight from many US cities. Along with the spectacular stretches of sand, you can also explore its rich maritime history, much of which can be observed among the well-preserved colonial architecture and cobblestone alleys of St. George as well as the old cannon-laden forts.

If you’re bold, you might even ride a jet ski into the Bermuda Triangle.

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

Anyone looking for some fun night life should try Cabo San Lucas at the southern tip of Baja California, with its fun bars and clubs, top-notch restaurant scene, and wonderful luxury resorts.

Adventurers and water sports enthusiasts will also enjoy Lover’s Beach for its dazzling blue waters, fascinating caves to explore, and impressive rock formations.

Costa Rica
In Central America, Costa Rica is fairly easy to get to from many U.S. airports and is well-known for its beautiful tropical rain forest and jungles. It has an impressive 800 miles of breathtaking coastal areas complete with amazingly beautiful beaches.

Adventure seekers will find no end to their exhilarating choices: hikes through the tropical jungle; zip-lining in the lush rain forest; rappelling down a thundering waterfall; seeing exotic birds, monkeys, and sloths in their natural habitat; and relaxing in volcano-fed hot springs.

Cartagena, Columbia
Cartagena is on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, and offers breathtaking beaches with white powdery sand, enticing crystal clear blue water, and famous coral reefs for you to explore. Be sure to walk around the old walled part 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 as modern a city as they come. Diversity is one of its founding principles; over half of the individuals who call it home today were in fact born somewhere else.

Marvels figure With Greektown, Little Italy, Koreatown and Chinatown all inside city limits, travelers 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 nice drink, or something in between, there is an international weekend getaway ideal for you. Anything you desire – love, adventure, culinary delights, history – can be yours.

Explore the Mediterranean

It is universally believed that modern civilization began along the shores of Southern Europe – from the start of science and democracy to viticulture and art.

Discover the history of the “Old World” along its coasts. Regardless of whether you lay in the sun on the beaches of Spain and Italy, study the historical sights of Greece and Jerusalem, or enjoy the wonder of Santorini and the Greek Islands, the memories you make there will last a lifetime. Ancient Rome is still visible in the city’s Pantheon and Colosseum, and the breathtaking St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City is a must-see.

Anyone who loves unique architectural design ought to visit Barcelona to see Antoni Gaudi’s most renowned work. Wine and food lovers will treasure the opportunity to stop in some of the world’s foremost wine-producing regions: Port in Portugal, Chianti in Italy, and Provence in France. ` A major destination on the Adriatic coast of Croatia is the stunning walled city of Dubrovnik, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.

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