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It’s been said that travel is the only thing you can buy that leaves you richer, so why not make this the year you visit the destinations you’ve been dreaming of. Need inspiration? We've rounded up a list of our top picks and traveler-favorites from around the world. Here's a look at our Top 10 Trips to Take in 2017:
The perfect trip for first-time visitors to Italy, this week-long journey crisscrosses Italy from Milan to Rome, uncovering all the highlights including Lake Como, Venice, Pisa, Florence, and Assisi. This guided tour is a traveler favorite for its laid-back, comfortable pace, making it the perfect way to experience ‘la dolce vita.’
Guests will be immersed in Italian history and culture, with many bucket list experiences to cross of their list. Pose for pictures at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, enjoy epic food and wine, Admire Michelangelo’s masterpieces inside the Sistine Chapel, and glide through the Grand Canals of Venice on an unforgettable gondola ride.
This guided tour also includes an incredible private dinner at the Vatican—a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is sure to be not only the highlight of your trip to Italy but of your entire year. This is an adventure you won’t want to miss.
Take off on an exciting 16-day trek through Spain and Portugal to discover Madrid, Lisbon, Valencia, and Barcelona. And that’s just the beginning. From ancient castles and seaside vistas to incredible works of art and iconic religious sites, this journey reveals the perfect sampling of two incredibly rich and distinct countries and cultures.
Moving at a comfortable pace, the guided tour kicks-off with an exploration of Madrid’s world-renowned art before continuing on to charming Toledo and Golden Salamanca. Later, cross between countries as you enter into Portugal and the home of port wine. Enjoy a day of vintage tastings and exploration before moving on to the coastal capital of Lisbon, where local experts guide you through religious sites and to the monument to the Discoveries. Back in Spain, a quick stop in Seville provides a stop on your way to Gibraltar where you’ll see St. Michael’s cave and greet the sites along the Costa del Sol, where some of the world’s priciest yachts are moored.
At the conclusion of the tour, we make our way through the orange orchards of Valencia, where homemade Sangria is the order of the day, before bidding farewell in beautiful Barcelona.
Now if you’re looking for a fun, fast-paced adventure, this one’s for you. This guided tour of Europe reveals eight countries in 15 days, an experience that might leave you a little short on breath, but richer in experiences that you ever imagined. Perfect for first-time visitors to Europe, travelers enjoy a sampling of the most popular destinations including London, Amsterdam, Munich, Venice, Rome, Florence, Lucerne, and Paris.
Understandably, this trip is ideal for those who are able to move quickly and don’t become over exhausted easily. From the Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace, Bavaria, the Canals of Amsterdam and Venice, Switzerland’s Alps and Rome’s endless list of wonders, this trip promises to show you the very best of Europe, if you can keep up!
You’ll embrace the outdoors on this eight-day adventure through the “Land of Giants.” That’s because this trip, happening only when the Aurora Borealis is most visible, is all about playing witness to Mother Nature’s light show.
During the daytime plan on enjoying an actively paced guided tour that reveals Iceland’s greatest natural wonders. From the Niagara Falls of Iceland, Gullfoss falls, to the dozens of other mighty waterfalls and more than 100 active volcanoes, this trip offers breathtaking natural beauty from start to finish.
You’ll also have the chance to soak in the massive milky blue waters of Reykjavik’s “Blue Lagoon” thermal spas. With a year-round temperature hovering right around 100℉, the lagoons mineral-rich waters are the perfect spot for a relaxing dip as you admire your stunning surroundings. And you choose, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore Iceland’s vibrant music and nightlife scene with peace of mind knowing that Reykjavik is also one of the world’s safest capital cities.
Don’t like the cold? You still might love this trip, as many travelers tell us they were surprised by Iceland’s relatively mild climate. And if you’ve ever dreamed of seeing the Northern Lights, this trip is a must.
Ah, the Emerald Isles. Conjuring up images of bagpipes, misty skies, and heavy fog, there’s no denying this part of the world has an allure all its own. This popular 16-day guided tour sets off in Dublin and moves at an active pace to reveal as much rugged landscape as possible.
Start daydreaming about frothy pints of ale and emerald thickets as you prepare to take in the best of Ireland and Scotland. Highlights of your journey through Ireland include a visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral with a local expert, an opportunity to kiss the famous Blarney Stone—an experience steeped in tradition that’s said to give the gift of gab. Continue on to the ruggedly beautify Ring of Kerry, see King John’s Castle and St. Mary’s Cathedral, and visit the Giant’s Causeway in Derry, an intriguing UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Arrive in Scotland by way of the ferry and take in famed Glasgow, where many films from the Harry Potter series were filmed. Other highlights include the Isle of Skye, where you’ll see the Eilean Castle and sail the Loch Ness. Finally, you’ll spend two nights in Edinburgh experiencing the finest Scottish culture there is while taking in Edinburgh castle and the Royal Mile. To learn more, click here.
National Park Wonders
Head to the land of big sky and treasured parks with this nine-day adventure across four states. No passports or international flights are required for this trip, though you will need an adventurous spirit and a good pair of walking shoes.
The highlight of this trip, as the name suggests, are some of America’s most grand national parks. Travelers will enjoy visits to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, meaning you’ll see iconic Americana landmarks like Mount Rushmore and the Devil’s Tower, in addition to America’s Black Hills, a man-made wonder that takes you to another stone wall carving at the Crazy Horse Memorial.
In addition to the monuments and great parks, you’ll also get a fun taste of the Old West with stops in towns like Jackson, Cody, Sheridan, and Montpelier for an authentic look at life a couple hundred years back. To learn more, click here.
Note: This trip has been so popular, it's already sold out for 2017. If you're looking for a similar trip, we suggest checking out The Trailblazer guided tour, which features several of the same national parks and many exciting highlights.
Sea cliffs that plunge into deep, calm, cold waters make up the allure of Scandinavia and her misty fjords, and this trip reveals the best of them. Moving at an active pace, this fifteen -day trip covers ground in three countries with stops in Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. Sail the route of the Vikings of old as you take in some of Scandinavia’s most famed cities along the way. Explore top attractions in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, and Lillehammer.
Several forms of transportation take you directly to nature’s doorstep—from scenic drives and a soaring train ride on the Flam Railway to a cruise that gets you up close and personal with the fjord’s mossy cliffs. Keep an eye out for waterfalls, both small and large, as you travel the dramatic landscape. To learn more, click here.
If there were ever two iconic cities vying for your travel time, they’d be London and Paris. This trip marries the two mega cities beautifully, allowing you ample time over the ten-day trip to explore the wonders of each city. Despite covering two large cities in under two weeks, the trip’s leisurely pace means you’ll leave feeling like a local.
Enjoy five days in London and three days in Paris. Take in London’s hotspots and top attractions with local experts including Westminster Abbey, the houses of Parliament, Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. Other points of interest include Oxford University, the Roman baths and Stonehenge.
After an unforgettable stay in London, travel across the English Channel and a drive through the heart of scenic northern France. While in Paris your guide will take you to the second level of the Eifel Tower where you will have a bird’s eye view of this glistening city. You’ll also be escorted to the Palace of Versailles, the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde.
If the romance of London and Paris sounds enticing, look no further. You won’t be disappointed! To learn more, click here.
This leisurely 11-day journey explores the highlights of Belgium, The Netherlands, and the tiny country of Luxembourg, revealing fairy tale castles, colorful tulip fields, and the landscapes that inspired famed artist Rembrandt.
This trip is perfectly suited for travelers who enjoy immersing themselves in a city through self-exploration, as each city allows for ample leisure time. You’ll also have the opportunity to take in top sites with local experts including The Hague, Grand Ducal Palace, Ghent Towers, Saint Nicholas Church, the Belfry, and the American Memorial in Amsterdam, a tribute to the more than 76 thousand Americans who lost their lives in the Battle of the Bulge. To learn more, click here.
Guests are transported back in time to the era of Czars and Kings on this comfortably paced guided tour of Europe. Explore the imperial highlights of Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Austria. The route follows the winding waters of the Danube River, with an opportunity to take an evening cruise along the famed river in Hungary. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Budapest as you explore the Castle District, Fisherman’s Bastion and old Chain Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, discover another UNESCO in the Wachau Valley, considered one of the most beautiful river valleys in all of Europe. To learn more, click here.