Visiting the Mediterranean

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

hydrofoil-4005106__340.jpg By visiting its coast, you too can bask in its vibrant history.

You will not want to leave once you have enjoyed the beauty of the Greek Islands and Santorini, worshipped the sun on the sandy beaches of Italy and Spain, and seen up close the historical attractions of Jerusalem and Greece.

There is no other place in the world like Rome, with its famous Colosseum and Pantheon, or Vatican City, home of the Pope and St. Peter’s Basilica. Stop in Spain’s vibrant city of Barcelona to enjoy the unique architecture of Antoni Gaudi. Wine lovers will want to pass time in the celebrated wine regions of Chianti in Italy, Port in Portugal, and Provence in France. Discover the mysteries of Venice while navigating its breathtaking canals.

Those traveling along Croatia’s Adriatic coast will want to stop in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Dubrovnik, with its ancient walls surrounding the city still largely there. A visit to the “Old World” countries in Europe will undoubtedly prompt you to brush up on your history.

Cruise around North, South, and Central America and the Caribbean Islands

Journeying through the Caribbean and the Americas means experiencing the significant differences in culture, lifestyle, and natural wonders of each country. The Caribbean is very deserving of its reputation for a laid-back, mellow lifestyle, though each island from Aruba and Antigua to St. Martin and Puerto Rico is distinguished by its own language and culture bestowed on it from Spain, The Netherlands, Britain, France, or Africa. Central America, rich in both natural splendor and history, is the land mass that joins North America to South America.

Tour the ruins left by the Aztec, Maya, and Olmec peoples, or luxuriate in the natural splendor of Costa Rica. Sail through the Panama Canal and learn exactly how it functions. A cruise around North and South America will treat you to a wide assortment of breathtaking landscapes as well as many attractions built by both ancient and modern civilizations.

Heading North to Canada, you can explore Quebec City to feel its French atmosphere, or the Viking colony L’Anse aux Meadows, which dates back to the 11th century.

A cruise along the west coast of the United States will take you to Alaska, where you can see for yourself the magnificent natural beauty of its glaciers, or sail along the east coast to visit the sophisticated cities. However, there’s more.

In Brazil, visit the jungles along the Amazon River or the gorgeous beaches of Rio de Janeiro.

In Chile, stop in the city of Valparaiso, with its colorfully painted houses climbing the steep hillsides, or if you prefer stunning natural landscapes, visit the country’s breathtaking fjords and massifs. Find out how to dance the Tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Take an Antarctic cruise to the world’s southernmost continent and its almost uninhabited icy panorama.

Asia Offers a Broad Variety of Things to Do and See

Hong Kong is one of the most advanced cities on the Asian continent and is a focal point for international business and finance. Thailand’s most well-known island, Phuket, is famed for its spectacular natural beauty, beach life, and culture. Located in India’s Kerala state, Cochin (or Kochi) is affectionately called “Queen of the Arabian Sea” and is famous 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. Still another must-see is Petra, the Jordanian city designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is known as “Rose City” because it was constructed of rose-colored stone.

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

Visit Amazing Castles

The castles spread out throughout European exemplify a considerable part of history. These impressive structures have withstood conflicts, fires, numerous years and are still here today. Every single castle incorporates years of human history, from the Greek Islands to the cliffs of Scotland, and maybe even one or two ghost stories.

And while most are built with stone and brick, they each have their own history and keep visitors going back time and time again. explore these romantic homes of past kings and queens and you will see how the royals once lived. Ever itinerary should incorporate these castles.

1.Mont Saint-Michel Located high above on a point, Mont Saint Michel near Normandy, France is an architectural accomplishment from medieval times. 2.Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is a significant fortress which stands apart in the capital city of Edinburgh from its position on Castle Rock. Though having gone through various sieges, attacks, control for power and murders, Edinburgh Castle has survived through the years.

3.Neuschwanstein Castle beach-562145__340.jpg Neuschwanstein Castle, the 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace, is located high above the town of of Hohenschwangau in southwesterly Bavaria, Germany. Built as a retreat for German composer, Richard Wagner, Ludwig II of Bavaria paid for the palace out of his private fortune and considerable credit.

4.Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle resides near the region of Glamis in Angus, Scotland. It is the home of the Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and can be visited. It is also prevalent for being the most haunted castle in all of Scotland. 5. Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is the formal home of the royal British family in Berkshire, and is adorned with a sculpture of Queen Victoria and holiday-makers from all over the world visiting everyday. At 900 years old, Britain's Windsor Castle is at present the biggest active castle in the world as well as the oldest noble house in the world. 6.Château de Chambord The castle of Chambord in France is the most sizeable of the Loire royal homes.

It was designed between 1519 and 1547 near the river Cosson, a tributary river of Beuvron which streams into the Loire. sydney-225571__340.jpg In 1981, it became a World Heritage location by UNESCO. 7. Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace, in Herefordshsire, England, became famous because Henry VIII in the sixteenth was often there. Now, vacationers can linger in the lush gardens and relish the sunshine. 8. Prague Castle Back when it was built, Prague Castle served as a political and spiritual foundation for a nation looking to unify.

9.St. Michael's Mount

St. Michaels Mount, located in Cornwall, England, is a palatial home bought by the National Trust. It can only be frequented during low tide by trekking over the causeway.

10. Leeds Castle Leeds Castle in Kent, England was built in the 16th century for the first wife of Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon.

International Escapes: Closer Than You Know

You might believe a 3-day weekend is too short to travel internationally. Could not be further from the truth. It’s actually fairly easy to find an awesome weekend getaway doable in three days.

Below are spots ideal for an exciting long weekend you won’t soon forget.

Montreal, Quebec, Canada French-inspired old-world elegance is mixed with all the luxuries of a big city in the lovely Montreal, Canada. In the Vieux Montreal section, tourists can wander cobblestone streets lined with boutiques and eateries. If you like being outside, Mount Royal Park offers hiking areas, bike rides, and lovely spots ideal for a picnic.

The park also has snowshoeing, ice skating and more every winter season. Bermuda Bermuda is not only internationally-renowned for its beautiful pink sand beaches, but this British overseas territory set in the mid-Atlantic is just a two-hour flight from numerous US cities.

Besides the spectacular stretches of sand, you can also study 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’re daring, you can even ride a jet ski into the Bermuda Triangle. Baja California Sur, Mexico The gorgeous 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 features a great restaurant scene famous for upscale local cuisine, an exciting nightlife, and gorgeous world-class resorts right on the beach. Adventurers and water sports enthusiasts will also enjoy Lover’s Beach for its gorgeous blue waters, fascinating caves to explore, and spectacular rock formations. cruising-4057617__340.jpg Costa Rica While its tropical rainforest feels like another world, Costa Rica is actually a fairly quick flight from many places in the U.S.

One of its claims to fame is its 800 miles of coast, so it is a terrific destination for beachgoers who want to enjoy some fun in the sun. The area around the famous Arenal Volcano is a mecca for adventurous weekenders, with activities including hiking the beautiful jungles and rainforests, zip-lining, climbing breathtaking waterfalls, seeing exotic monkeys and sloths in their natural environment, and finally soaking in a soothing hot spring fed by the volcano. Cartagena, Columbia

Like other spots 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.

History buffs will appreciate the architecture reminiscent of Spanish colonial times with its military influence, antique walls still surrounding part of the city today, and fortresses made from coral stone more than 500 years ago.

Toronto As the largest city in Canada, Toronto is a contemporary metropolis ideal for a weekend getaway for anyone who loves big city adventures. More than 50% of its residents were not born there, making it a very mixed city in terms of people and ethnic heritage. After a weekend in Toronto you might feel like you’ve been on a world tour if you checked out its Little Italy, Chinatown, Koreatown, and Greektown.

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 right for you. You can have a memorable weekend full of romance, adventure, history, and/or fun – the choice is yours.

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