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

The Americas and the Caribbean are comprised of many distinctive countries, each with its own unique culture, lifestyle, and beautiful vistas. The Caribbean is very deserving of its reputation for a laid-back, casual 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. the-palm-962785__340.jpg The countries that make up Central America, which links North and South America, have very interesting histories and gorgeous landscapes.

From the remains of long lost civilizations including the Aztec, Maya, and Olmec to the dense jungles of Costa Rica, there is something for everyone. Sail through the Panama Canal and learn exactly how it functions. In North and South America you will find many extraordinary sights as well as spectacular beauty. In Canada, explore Quebec City and enjoy its French influences, or go back in time to the 11th-century Viking settlement of L’Anse aux Meadows.

Discover the natural beauty of Alaska’s glaciers when you travel along the west coast of the United States, or go to the East Coast instead, if you prefer more cosmopolitan cities. However, there’s a lot more. Head to Brazil and the lively beach city of Rio de Janeiro or visit the rainforests of the Amazon River.

Visit South America’s west coast to stop in Chile, with its jagged massifs and gorgeous fjords as well as the vibrant, colorful hillside neighborhoods of Valparaiso. In Buenos Aires you can learn to dance the Tango, or merely take in a live presentation. Take an Antarctic cruise to the world’s southernmost continent and its almost uninhabited icy land.

Points of Interest of the Mediterranean Sea

From viticulture and art to science and democracy, historians credit the start of modern civilization to the cultures along the southern coast of Europe. You can learn about the history of the “Old World” along its coasts.

You will not want to leave once you have discovered 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.

Go to Rome and its unforgettable Pantheon and ancient Colosseum; or the residence of the Pope, Vatican City, with its Holy Catholic Church of St. Peter’s. Stop in Spain’s vibrant city of Barcelona to discover the unique architecture of Antoni Gaudi. Wine and food lovers will appreciate the opportunity to stop in some of the world’s leading wine-producing regions: Port in Portugal, Chianti in Italy, and Provence in France. `

Navigate the intoxicating ancient canals of Venice.

In Croatia, travelers can visit the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.

You will be inspired to go back and study your old history books when you visit Europe.

Castle Tours: Feel Royal

The castles nestled in many European towns are each worthy of their own story. These impressive structures have withstood battles, fires, countless years and are still here today. From the cliffs of Scotland to the Isles of Greece, every single castle holds a piece of history and may even still have some ghostly residents. cruise-ship-788369__340.jpg And while they were all typically built from the same materials, they are each individual and still attract tourists from all over the world.

Journey through time to these romantic structures where kings and queens once lived and feel like royalty, even if just for one day. No travel schedule should be without these castles.

1.Mont Saint-Michel Constructed on a peak near Normandy, France, Mont Saint Michel is considered a historical architectural marvel. 2.Edinburgh Castle Edinburgh Castle, which rests on Castle Rock, is a historical fortress which reigns over the city of Edinburgh.

Throughout time, Edinburgh Castle in Scotland has experienced takeovers, assaults, changes in power and murder, but has endured.

3. Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle, the 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace, sets high above the town of of Hohenschwangau in southwesterly Bavaria, Germany. King Ludwid II had this palace designed in honor of German opera composer, Richard Wagner and financed it both via his personal money and loans.

4.Glamis Castle Glamis Castle is located close to the village of Glamis in Angus, Scotland. The fortress belongs to the Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and is open to public visitation.

It is also regarded as to be more haunted than any other palace in Scotland. 5. Windsor Castle

The formal castle of the royal British family in Berkshire is Windsor Castle, where you will see a statue of Queen Victoria and a flow of tourists in the foreground. travel-1209515__340.jpg Britain's Windsor Castle is nine hundred years old and is actually the biggest active castle as well as the oldest noble castle around the world. 6.Château de Chambord

The castle of Chambord in France is the most fantastic of the Loire fortresses. It was constructed between 1519 and 1547 adjacent to the river Cosson, a tributary river of Beuvron which streams into the Loire. It was identified as a World Heritage location by UNESCO in 1981.

7. Hampton Court Palace Hampton Court Palace, in Herefordshsire, England, was made prominent by Henry VIII in the 16th century, as it was one of his main properties. These days, sight seers can explore the beautiful gardens and take in the enjoyable weather.

8. Prague Castle

Back when it was constructed, Prague Castle acted as a political and spiritual foundation for a country looking to unite.

9.St. Michael's Mount Owned by the National Trust, St. Michaels Mount, is a medieval castle in Cornwall, England.

It can soley be visited during low tide by trekking over the causeway. 10. Leeds Castle Constructed in the sixteenth century, Leeds Castle was ordered by Henry VIII as a home for his 1st wife, Catherine of Aragon.

Africa is a Region of Remarkable Diversity

A voyage to Africa will take you along the same journey as early explorers from countries such as Portugal, The Netherlands, England, and Germany. From early tribal traditions to colonial influences, you will experience a variety of cultures in countries such as Mozambique, Madagascar, Senegal, and Mauritius.

From South Africa’s breathtaking mountains to the desert landscape of Namibia, there is something for everyone. Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, is a fantastic destination for food devotees, as it is the heart of saffron country and holds the moniker “Spice Island”.

International Getaways That Are Not Too Far

You might believe a 3-day weekend is too short to travel internationally. Not really. There are various international destinations that are easily doable over a long weekend. Below is a list of fantastic places great for a thrilling weekend adventure.

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Picturesque Montreal, Canada boasts enchanting French influence and old-world charm with all the advantages of a larger city (it’s second in size only to 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 interesting to explore. Outdoor lovers will have plenty to do in the lovely Mount Royal Park, from vigorous hikes to leisurely bike rides or relaxed picnics. The park also offers snowshoeing, ice skating and a lot more every wintertime.

Bermuda

Bermuda is a fantastic destination for tourists from the US, as it is just a two-hour flight from many cities and offers gorgeous beaches where you can enjoy the sand and the sun.

You don’t have to love beaches to adore Bermuda; history enthusiasts will be fascinated by the old military forts complete with cannon installations, old-fashioned colonial buildings, and enchanting cobblestone streets.

Bold adventurers might rent a jet ski and ride into the legendary Bermuda Triangle.

Baja California Sur, Mexico
The gorgeous 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.

Cabo San Lucas, at the southern tip of the Baja peninsula, is home to many high-end resorts and upscale eateries that serve savory local cuisine like smoked marlin as well as offering an exciting party scene. Exciting activities for the more adventurous include checking out the alluring caves at Lover’s Beach, taking in the remarkable rock formations, or doing water sports in the gorgeous crystal-clear blue water.

Costa Rica
In Central America, Costa Rica is fairly easy to get to from many U.S. airports and is famous for its beautiful tropical rainforest and jungles.

Its 800 miles of coastline is filled with magnificent beaches and much more. If you like adventure, head over to the Arenal Volcano to get your heart pumping by zip-lining through the beautiful rainforest, hiking in the lush jungle, rappelling down a booming 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 fascinating coral reefs. 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 there today.
Toronto

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and is a typical contemporary metropolis. It is an intriguing melting pot of diversity, with more than half of the current population not born there.

Going to its various ethnic neighborhoods is like taking a speedy world tour, with Koreatown, Greektown, Chinatown, and Little Italy all within the boundaries of the city. There is something for everyone in an international weekend getaway, from lovely ancient architecture to relaxing on a gorgeous beach to hiking through a tropical jungle. These places can make for an especially unique trip filled with love, adventure, or whatever your heart desires.

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