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Ålesund is considered Norway's prettiest city, and rightfully so.
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Discover Norway by Train and Boat - 10 Days

This relaxing summer itinerary checks off Norway's three biggest cities, traveling by train, ferry, and fjord cruise for a true Scandinavian adventure. Spend a night in the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund, explore cultural sites and cool neighborhoods with a guide, and take advantage of great hiking, biking, and stand-up paddleboarding along the way.

Florence, Italy
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Highlights of Italy: Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples - 14 Days

Discover the sights and delights of Italy on this two-week highlights tour. Explore the floating city of Venice, the Renaissance jewel of Florence, and the Eternal City of Rome. Ride a Vespa through picturesque Tuscany and discover the beautiful Amalfi Coast. Soak up the culture, food, and wine while you fall in love with Italy.

Tizi n'Tichka pass over the Atlas mountain range
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Grand Morocco Tour: North to South - 10 Days

This 10-day itinerary features a perfect mix of culture, history, adventure, and relaxation. Explore imperial cities, mountain villages, desert landscapes, and coastal ramparts. Begin in northern Morocco in Tangier and Chefchaouen before working your way south to Fes, through the desert, and over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech and Essaouira.

White and blue churches over Santorini's caldera
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Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini & Crete - 14 Days

Delve into Greece's modern culture and ancient history with this exciting itinerary. Immerse yourself in Greek mythology in Athens and Delphi before beginning your island-hopping adventure. Explore the picturesque streets and inviting waters of Mykonos and the volcanic island of Santorini, with a stop at the sacred island of Delos along the way. Then head to Crete for more fascinating archaeological sites, hiking in the mountains, and visiting traditional villages before returning to Athens.

Uros floating island on Lake Titicaca
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Essential Peru - 14 Days

From the Nazca Lines to Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, and Machu Picchu, this 14-day itinerary takes you to Peru's major highlights. Fly over the Nazca Lines - some of the world's most impressive geoglyphs, then spend some time exploring the metropolitan city of Lima before heading out to explore the colonial city of Arequipa. Next, explore Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest canyons, then head out to Lake Titicaca - a place rich with history, culture, and natural beauty. Finally, head to the Inca capital of Cusco and explore colorful textile markets and small towns of the Sacred Valley, and hike the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

A mountainous plantation in Colombia's Coffee Triangle
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Bogotá, Coffee Triangle & Caribbean Coast - 7 Days

Colombia is a nation of vibrant cities, sleepy pueblos, and extraordinary landscapes. This action-packed seven-day tour gives you a taste of the true diversity of this country. Within the span of a week, you'll visit the museums of Bogotá, savor freshly roasted coffee near Salento, and gaze at the sea from Cartagena's ramparts. 

Storm clouds over Arenal volcano
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Best of Costa Rica in 7 Days: Explore Jungles, Volcanoes and Beaches

With a mix of rugged jungles, active volcanoes and world-class beaches, Costa Rica offers some of the best natural sights and experiences in the world, all conveniently packed into one country. Almost a quarter of the land is preserved within national parks, allowing a wide range of animals and plants to flourish, making Costa Rica an ideal destination for ecotourism. With this itinerary, you'll discover the best attractions Costa Rica has to offer in just a week.

Explore Iceland on a road trip of a lifetime
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2-Week Ring Road Self-Drive Itinerary: Highlights of Iceland & the Remote Westfjords

With two weeks in Iceland, you can complete the entire Ring Road and add incredible detours. This grand tour will take you to all the best places giving you plenty of time to hike, explore, and soak it all in. This 14-day itinerary covers all the major regions except the highlands, which you can see with a couple more days or by spending less time in some of the areas below.

Finish this French adventure with a night in Nice
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Paris, Provence & the French Riviera - 10 Days

This itinerary covers a boggling number of must-see places and unique excursions for an authentic taste of French life. Over the course of 10 days, you'll enjoy the beauty of Paris with the help of a local guide before spending three nights in Aix-en-Provence. From here, tour the French Riviera's best seaside towns starting in Cassis and heading east to Cannes and Nice, where you'll complete the adventure.

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5 hours
Private group
Enjoy a day trip to the Berber communities of the Atlas Mountains, passing through El Kelaa Mgouna, the capital of Morocco's famed Rose Valley, along the way. Here the intensely cultivated plots of farmland are bordered by rose bushes, which are used in the cosmetic industry to make rose water and rose oil. In May, a Rose Festival takes place, celebrating the year’s production.You can make a quick stop at a rose collective to see the process of converting the petals into water and oil and sample some of the products.  Then continue to the Atlas Mountains to immerse yourself in the region's unique culture, where you'll enjoy an easy walking tour while interacting with local Berber families. The foothills of the mountains offer a green oasis of vegetation, perfect for quaint towns to thrive. These authentic Berber villages offer a wealth of knowledge about the regional culture, traditions, and way of life. A guide will lead you through the area on an easy walk. Along the way, you'll stop in a few villages to meet with locals. Admire the unique architecture, listen to stories about regional history, partake in fun activities, observe traditional farming techniques, enjoy live entertainment, and more. You'll receive a complete lesson on the Berber people and their lifestyles. At lunchtime, join a local family in their traditional house. While enjoying Berber and Moroccan cuisine, learn more about the history of this unique culture and enjoy an authentic tea ceremony.Discover...
3 hours
Small group
Discover the museums of the Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel with an early-morning tour of the city's incredible art and history. By visiting the Vatican Museums early, you'll give yourself a one-hour head start on the rest of the crowds! A guide will lead you through the Pio Clementio Museum, Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of Tapestries, and Gallery of the Geographical Maps. Learn about the art that has fascinated countless generations and influenced the origins of western civilizations.Continue through the museums to the Raphael Rooms, where you can admire the frescoes before entering the incredible Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. The Sistine Chapel contains one of the greatest and most famous frescoes in history. Michelangelo’s masterpiece tells several stories, and your guide will help you experience the allure of Renaissance art by divulging secret details and untold facts throughout the tour. Your guide will leave you with some free time inside St. Peter’s Basilica to walk around and view the Papal Tombs or climb to the top of the dome for amazing views. Don’t miss Michelangelo’s dramatic statue of the Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica, a depiction of the Virgin Mary holding her dying child in her arms. Conclude your Vatican tour by walking around Bernini’s celebrated Piazza San Pietro.You can extend your tour with a fresco and mosaic-making class! Learn the beautiful craft of mosaics and create a work of art to take home with you. Let the professionals...
Arenal Hanging Bridges
Costa Rica
4 hours
Small group
Explore the thrilling Arenal Hanging Bridges on this popular excursion. The trail system, located inside a rainforest reserve, features suspension bridges that take you high above the treetops before treating you to a once-in-a-lifetime view of Arenal Volcano. Venturing along these spectacular elevated walkways, up to 180 feet (55 meters) above the rainforest floor, you'll have a chance to appreciate this area's incredible biodiversity, including some of the 350 avian species that live here.

Featured Hotels

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Tiziri Luxury ECO Desert Camp is a unique Berber-operated glamping experience in the Sahara Desert. The camp comprises six luxurious tents with hand-crafted furnishings and natural fabrics, providing a tranquil and romantic atmosphere. Guests can expect home-cooked meals made from locally sourced ingredients and served in a softly-lit dining tent. The camp follows eco-friendly principles, utilizing solar panels and natural materials to reduce its environmental impact. Activities include camel trekking, desert trekking, star gazing, and camping.
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Enjoy a contemporary stay in the midst of Venice's history at the Bonvecchiati Palace, a 5-minute walk from St. Mark's Square and Basilica. Take in a performance at the 18th-century La Fenice Opera House, also a 5-minute walk, or cross the Grand Canal on the Ponte di Rialto, Venice's oldest bridge, in the same amount of time. Venice's airport is 30 minutes to an hour away, depending on the transportation you take.The 70 modern rooms follow different color schemes, so consider booking based on your favorite color, whether it's blue, red, yellow, or something else. Bold colors mix with Italian furniture and leather furnishings to create modern spaces that can accommodate up to three people. Rooms look out over the inner courtyard or city, so if you want a view, consider booking an Executive Room or Junior Suite Deluxe, which has a panoramic view of the city or Orseolo Canal. Bathrooms are brightly decorated and include bathtubs with shower heads that you can hold up.The hotel's various amenities offer different ways of relaxing after a day of exploring Venice. The spa area features a sauna and soaking tub, and you can book massage treatments during your stay. There's a gym with picturesque city views, as well as a window-lined restaurant of local cuisine, where you can watch the activity on the canal.
Costa Rica
Sleep in the jungle at Arenal Manoa, with its sprawling grounds complete with dense vegetation, three eateries, a swimming pool, a spa, and several hot springs pools. Each cabin houses two units, each offering a private terrace hidden by tropical plants. Stroll from your room to breakfast along twisting walkways and enjoy volcano views from every unit, plus the pool, hot springs, and restaurants.

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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

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Travel specialist Bryan Leon
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Bryan Leon

Growing up in a coffee plantation area near San Jose, Costa Rica's vibrant capital, I was fortunate to have parents who instilled in me a deep love and appreciation for nature. As a certified...

Travel specialist Abdellah El Asely
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Abdellah El Asely

My utmost desire is to create an extraordinary experience for you during your trip to Morocco. That's why every choice I make, from the places you'll visit to the accommodations you'll stay in, is...

Travel specialist Hakim ALIBOUCHE
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Hello dear travelers, My name is Hakim ALIBOUCHE, your local Travel Specialist in Morocco and your future “Dream Tour” designer. My parents are originally from Midelt, one of the smallest...

Travel specialist Samir Bishara
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Samir Bishara

I have been in the tourism field for many years, long enough for me to become very aware of travelers' needs and requirements. My passion for tourism and travel influenced me to switch my career...

Travel specialist Liz Neal
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Liz Neal

I have been involved in the travel industry since my first job out of college, working for hotels, travel companies and for the last 8 years in Springboard Vacations. I approach my customer's...

Travel specialist Ravi Tickoo
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Ravi Tickoo

World traveller, professional mountaineer and passionate adventure entrepreneur, Ravi has over 25 years of experience conducting adventure, experiential and culture tours across the length and...

Travel specialist Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
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Beatriz De Pablo Rocha

The combination of the two places where I grew up (Madrid and a small village in Badajoz, Extremadura) has made me a passionate traveler almost from birth. Unknown destinations visited by travelers...

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Lorena Huidobro

I believe that those of us who love to travel tend to have a more open mind and free spirit. Being open to experience new adventures, explore the unknown, see the beauty in the simple things,...


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Take on the Class III and IV rapids on the Río Pacuare
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10 Days in Costa Rica - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Travelers with more than a week to spend in Costa Rica have time to experience more of what makes the country so exceptional. These unique 10-day itineraries lead you through the best of Costa Rica, whether you're interested in seeing the top natural highlights or focusing on a specific interest, like adventure activities or wildlife spotting. From a family-friendly tour to a coastal adventure featuring snorkeling and whitewater rafting, there's something for everyone.

Slovenia's Lake Bled
Best Time of Year to Visit Slovenia

Slovenia is quickly emerging as a European gem with fun activities and cultural excursions for every season. Ljubljana and Lake Bled are worth a visit any time of year - but there's so much more to see and do in this small yet versatile country, and much is weather dependent. Whether you're craving sun and sea, powdery snow, or a peaceful, crowd-free getaway, each traveler will find their own perfect time to visit Slovenia.

Reykjavík, Iceland
How Many Days to Spend in Iceland

You can have an epic Iceland experience when you spend five days or more in Iceland. Shorter trips are possible but won't give you enough time to explore beyond the Reykjavík area and the western section of the South Coast. Starting at eight days or more, you can complete the famous ring road and experience Iceland's natural beauty in all its glory, seeing incredible sights most tourists miss, like the Godafoss waterfall, the unique volcanic hotspots surrounding Lake Mývatn and the Westfjords.

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Guide to Italy's Regions: Where to Go for Beaches, Wine, History, and More

Italy is comprised of 20 different regions, each with its own identity and heritage yet all combined to form the Bel Paese (Beautiful Country) we know and love. While navigating these geographical divisions can be logistically challenging, travelers owe it to themselves see as much of the country as time and budget will allow.

7 Days in Greece - 7 Unique Itineraries
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1 Week in Greece - 7 Unique Itineraries

A popular option for a week in Greece is to spend a day in Athens upon arrival and then head out to the Greek islands by ferry or flight. Another recommended option is a road trip to explore the ancient history and mythology of mainland Greece. Or, experience the Greek islands on a yacht. No matter which itinerary you choose, you will experience plenty of history, culture and food. Read on for 7 great 7-day itineraries to make the most of your week in Greece.

Life on the edge, Fjord Norway
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10 Days in Norway - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With 10 days to explore nearly 60,000 miles of coastline, you'll want to make sure you're equipped with a plan to tackle Norway's wide-ranging scenery, wildlife, and culture. Figure out where to start with these 10-day itineraries.

Tayrona Parque, Colombia
Best Time of Year to Visit Colombia

Colombia has tropical weather and a stable equatorial climate throughout the year. High seasons for tourism are December-February and June-August, coinciding the driest weather—expect big crowds and a festive atmosphere. Head to the Amazon rainforest during the second half of the year, when easily-navigable waterways bring more opportunities for wildlife spotting and hiking. And whale-watching season on the Pacific Coast starts in July.

Rabat's incomplete Hassan Tower
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10 Days in Morocco - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With 10 days in Morocco, you can embark on a highlights tour that includes days in Fes, Marrakesh, and Erg Chebbi, or limit travel time and instead focus on the Sahara and the laid-back port city of Essaouira. Hiking enthusiasts will love exploring the Valley of the Roses and Todra Gorge on a mountain and desert adventure, while those seeking a slower-paced trip should opt for a culturally rich itinerary featuring the highlights of Northern Morocco.

View of the famous archaeological site Machu Picchu
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Ultimate Guide to Machu Picchu: Everything You Need To Know

The spellbinding scenery and perfect stonework of the Lost City of the Incas have fascinated historians, architects and tourists alike since the ruins were uncovered from the jungle over a century ago. To make the most of this unforgettable place, use our expert guide to Machu Picchu to plan your trip.

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