The Wonders of the Caribbean Islands and the Americas

rio-1142548__340.jpg Sailing through the Caribbean and the Americas means experiencing the significant differences in culture, lifestyle, and natural wonders of each country. Relish the laid-back lifestyle of all Caribbean islands, while noting the variety of languages and cultures that speak to the early inhabitants of each island from faraway lands including Spain, France, Britain, The Netherlands, and Africa. Central America, rich in both natural beauty and history, is the land mass that connects North America to South America.

From the remains of famous civilizations including the Aztec, Maya, and Olmec to the lush jungles of Costa Rica, there is something for everyone. Travel through the Panama Canal to marvel at its unique technology.

A cruise around North and South America will treat you to a wide range of breathtaking landscapes as well as many attractions built by both ancient and modern communities.

A trip to Canada will allow you to see L’Anse aux Meadows, a Viking settlement that dates back to the 11th century, or stroll the delightful streets of Quebec City with its French influences. City lovers will appreciate the east coast of the United States with its modern urban centers, while nature lovers might prefer the west coast, which will take them to Alaska’s breathtaking glaciers.

And fortunately that’s not all. In Brazil, tour the jungles along the Amazon River or the dazzling beaches of Rio de Janeiro. Visit South America’s west coast to stop in Chile, with its jagged massifs and beautiful fjords as well as the vibrant, colorful hillside community of Valparaiso.

Be taught how to dance the Tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Farther south, explore the icy natural splendor of Antarctica.

So Many Things to Witness and Experience in Asia

Hong Kong is one of the most contemporary cities on the Asian continent and is a center for international business and finance. Thailand’s biggest island, Phuket, is famed for its stunning natural beauty, beach life, and culture. With a colorful history and cultural influences from around the world including Portuguese and Jewish, Cochin (or Kochi) is part of India’s Kerala state and is commonly identified as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”.

Jordan’s Petra, a designated UNESCO World Heritage City, goes by the nickname “Rose City” thanks to the color of the rock used to make it. The diversity of the planet 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.

Cruise the Mediterranean Sea

What we refer to as modern civilization – from science and democracy to art and culinary traditions – are commonly credited to the culture-rich shores of Southern Europe. By touring its coast, you too can bask in its unique history. When you lay in the sun on the beaches of Spain and Italy, study the historical sights of Greece and Jerusalem, or enjoy the charm of Santorini and the Greek Islands, the memories will last a lifetime. Visit Rome and its historic Pantheon and ancient Coliseum; or the home base of the Pope, The Vatican, with its Holy Catholic Church of St. Peter’s.

Stop in Spain’s cosmopolitan city of Barcelona to check out the unique architecture of Antoni Gaudi.

Some of the world’s greatest wines can be enjoyed in Italy’s Chianti region, France’s Provence, or the city of Port in Portugal.

Traverse the intoxicating ancient canals of Venice. In Croatia, you can visit the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik, selected as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. eiffel-tower-144023__340.jpg Traveling | Touring | Cruising | Sailing} around Europe will no doubt make you regret not studying your history more in school.

International Getaways: Not As Far As You May Think

It’s common to presume an international getaway is too challenging for a weekend.

Not the case.

There are some foreign destinations that are definitely doable over a long weekend. Below are locations ideal for an exceptional long weekend you won’t soon forget.

Montreal, Quebec, Canada Montreal is the second largest city in Canada after Toronto and is a gorgeous city full of old-world charm. The old-fashioned 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 like being outside, Mount Royal Park offers hiking areas, bike rides, and picturesque spots ideal for a picnic.

Winter sports are also plentiful in the park, including snowshoeing, ice skating, or other enjoyable activities. Bermuda Bermuda is a British territory in the mid-Atlantic popular with US visitors due to the brief two-hour flight from many east coast cities, its beautiful beaches of distinctive pink sand, and its warm weather year-round. Even if you do not like beaches, Bermuda is interesting with a long maritime history, fortresses complete with cannon installations, beautiful colonial architecture, and charming cobblestone streets.

Courageous adventurers might rent a jet ski and ride into the notorious Bermuda Triangle. Baja California Sur, Mexico Baja California Sur, Mexico is an uncomplicated weekend trip for devoted sun worshippers and beach-goers. Cabo San Lucas, at the southern tip of the Baja peninsula, is home to many high-end resorts and elegant eateries that serve delicious local cuisine like smoked marlin as well as offering an impressive party scene.

beach-1868047__340.jpg For a more active weekend, head to Lover’s Beach to see the spectacular natural rock formations, check out the famous caves, or delight in the picturesque crystal-clear ocean. Costa Rica Spectacular Costa Rica is a hop, skip, and a jump away from many U.S. cities and makes a great weekend getaway. It has an amazing 800 miles of breathtaking coastal areas complete with really beautiful beaches.

If you like thrills, head over to the Arenal Volcano to get your heart pumping by zip-lining through the surreal rainforest, hiking in the lush jungle, rappelling down a roaring waterfall, watching exotic jungle animals such as sloths and monkeys, and finally relaxing in a hot spring fed by the volcano itself. Cartagena, Columbia Cartagena is on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, and boasts beautiful beaches with white powdery sand, enticing crystal clear blue water, and famous coral reefs for you to explore.

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

Toronto Toronto is as cosmopolitan a city as they come.

It is considered one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, with more than fifty percent of the population born outside the city. With Greektown, Little Italy, Koreatown and Chinatown all inside city limits, visitors might feel as if they've seen more than a couple of countries after a visit to Toronto. There is something for everyone in an international weekend getaway, from enchanting ancient architecture to relaxing on a gorgeous beach to hiking through a verdant jungle. These places can make for an especially unforgettable trip filled with love, adventure, or whatever your heart desires.

Africa and Its Diverse Regions

When you voyage along the coast of Africa you will follow the same journey taken by early explorers from nations including England, The Netherlands, Germany, and Portugal. Cruises to nations including Madagascar, Senegal, Mozambique, and Mauritius will allow you to witness the forces of colonialism alongside ancient tribal traditions.

South Africa boasts beautiful mountainous terrain, while at the other end of the spectrum, the desert landscape of Namibia will leave you awestruck.

Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, is a fantastic destination for food lovers, as it is the heart of saffron country and holds the moniker “Spice Island”.

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