Visit Portugal

Portugal, especially beyond its cities, has an almost somnambulant air, a country dreamily contemplating its powerful past while enjoying the present, with just a touch of gentle ruefulness. The Atlantic that surrounds half of this tiny nation defines the Portuguese, who used their seafaring genius to build a global economic empire that reached its height in the 1500 and 1600s.

Visit Portugal

Lisbon is a bustling mix of old and new, a place to see elegant architecture in the Belem district (so named for the great Belem tower, a classic piece of Manueline style architecture) and the 18th-century Pombalene downtown. Even modern buildings keep a maritime theme in districts such as the Parque das Nacoes. Sit back in one of its cafes to enjoy its street life, then meander around its old quarter.

Portugal’s culinary influence is huge–the Japanese learned about tempura from Portuguese traders and missionaries. Vindaloo draws upon a Portuguese vinho (wine) and alho (garlic) sauce. Even dried salt cod–the fact that it could be dried and preserved made long ocean voyages possible–fueled Portuguese exploration.

Portugal has good weather year round and its beaches are pleasant well into the fall. It’s easy to get to Portugal; there are airports in Lisbon, Oporto, Faro, Madeira and the Azores. The national rail company, CP (Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses) provides excellent service throughout the country.


Wales, an outdoor adventure

Thinking of planning a trip to England and Wales? Wales is a place for those who love the outdoors, offering an adventure from hiking to paragliding and more. Wales is a country on the western edge of England embraced by the Bristol Channel to the south, St. George’s Channel on the west and the Irish Sea to the north. All of the craggy coastlines, brilliant beaches and magnificent mountains, including Snowdon Mountain, make Wales a great place for you to get outside and enjoy your surroundings. Nearly any outdoor or adventure sport you can name is yours for the experiencing in Wales: walking, hiking, cycling, fishing, rock climbing, abseiling, caving, coasteering, windsurfing, kite surfing, paragliding, land yachting, jetskiing, skiing, snowboarding, paintball, archery, high ropes courses and even more than 200 golf courses.

Wales, on the western edge of England

Populous South Wales incorporates the capital Cardiff, the cities of Swansea and Newport, Carmarthen Bay and two national parks, Pembrokeshire Coast and Brecon Beacons. The Cambrian Mountains and the attractive coastal resorts of Cardigan Bay are highlights of mid-Wales, while the North has popular seaside towns like Llandudno and Conwy. In addition, North Wales boasts the scenic delights of Snowdonia National Park and the Isle of Anglesey.

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Acapulco … Mexico’s Pacific coast

Long before the popularity of Cancun had spiked among tourists, Acapulco was the original Mexican resort town. Still a hugely popular tourist destination, Acapulco sits on Mexico’s Pacific coast and is bordered by the rugged Sierra Madre mountains and stunning Acapulco Bay. Even among the high-rise hotel zone, streets congested with traffic and one million + residents and tourists who visit each year, the city still somehow seems to remain breezy and relaxing.

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While much of the city has turned to tourist-centric hotspots, the town square, Zocalo, exposes more of Acapulco’s local culture. Daytime in the Zocalo is a peaceful place to take a stroll past the fountains, cathedrals and sidewalk bistros, while nighttime brings out a smattering of locals and visitors who take in the entertainment of wandering clowns and street performers who are looking for tips well into the evening. To take in something truly entertaining, a trip to Acapulco isn’t complete without watching the cliff divers at La Quebrada. Since 1934, professional divers have been jumping off the steep cliffs into dangerously shallow water four times a day.

Isla de la Roqueta is a small island off of the coast of Acapulco that can only accessed by water taxi or glass-bottom boat. The beautiful beach, hiking trails, lighthouses and snorkeling spots attract both locals and tourists looking for a reprieve of the bustle of the city. The premier golf courses, pristine beaches and fishing excursions of the day give way to the often raucous and never-ending nightlife. Hillside clubs, bars, discos and lounges bring out the best in Acapulco’s hedonistic side with music and dancing lasting well into the morning.

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New Zealand, stunning natural beauty plus …

Have you ever considered a trip to this fabulous place called New Zealand? It is one of the world’s least-crowded countries, with easy accessibility to its stunning and diverse natural beauty. It is made up of two main islands — North and South islands — and many small islands. North Island boasts year-round temperate weather, sandy beaches, farmland, forests and active volcanoes. South Island is home to mountains, fjords, beech forests, beaches and large glaciers.

New Zealand

Your biggest challenge in New Zealand will be deciding where to go while here. Starting on North Island, Auckland offers all that a big city can, but within a half hour of beaches, rainforest and great island locales including the summit of Rangitoto, a volcanic island or a vineyard on Waiheke Island. In the city, cultural pursuits include stops at the Auckland War Memorial Museum with its Maori treasures, the New Zealand National Maritime Museum and the Auckland City Art Gallery. Otara Market is the largest Maori and Polynesian market in the world.

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New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, is the arts and culture capital as well. It only takes 20 minutes to walk from one side of downtown to the other, so go out and explore. Be sure to stop at the interactive Te Papa Tongarewa, the national museum along the waterfront, as well as at boutique shops, art galleries and trendy cafes.

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Love the Outdoors, then Costa Rica is for you!

Costa Rica is one of the world’s most popular destinations for eco-tourists because of its biodiversity. Both tropical plants and animal species abound in Costa Rica, including huge ficus trees with epiphytes abounding on their limbs to approximately 1,500 different species of orchids. The animals are equally as impressive, including jaguars, crocodiles, and green and scarlet macaws.

Bird watching is one of the most popular tourist activities in Costa Rica, which has more than 800 species. Top bird-watching spots include the Monteverde Cloud Forest, Tortuguero National Park, Santa Rosa National Park, Cahuita National Park, La Sevla Biological Station and Helconia Island.

Costa Rica is one of the world's most popular destinations for eco-tourists

There are also impressive volcanoes, mountain areas, rivers, lakes and beaches throughout Costa Rica. Costa Rica is one of the most seismologically active countries in the Western Hemisphere, and as a result several volcanoes have sprouted over the years — notably Poas, Irazu and Arenal. The most popular beaches are on the Pacific side, but the Caribbean side has many excellent — and relatively uncrowded — beaches as well. Read more about Costa Rica


Destination Barbados

Barbados is located at the Caribbean’s Lesser Antilles, in the western North Atlantic Ocean, east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea, outside of the principal Atlantic hurricane belt. The island nation encompasses 166 square miles, measuring 21 miles long and 14 miles wide. Barbados has a well-developed, mixed economy, and a moderately high standard of living. The island is classified by the World Bank as being in its 66 top global high-income economies. Since the late 1970s and early 1980s, the economy has diversified into manufacturing, tourism, and offshore finance and information services. The island has seen a construction boom, with the development and redevelopment of hotels, office complexes, and homes.

Barbados located at Caribbean's Lesser Antilles

Barbados is also one of the Caribbean’s leading tourist destinations and is the most developed island in the region. It offers everything from inexpensive guest houses to five-star luxury hotels and resorts, many of which line the island’s abundant beaches. The Boatyard is among the most popular of the many accessible beaches around the island. Read more about Barbados


Hawaii… explore your vacation choices budget to luxury

More American visitors than ever are choosing to explore the Hawaiian Islands; the island of Oahu, home of Waikiki Beach, Kauai and Maui with all the beautiful water falls, to the big island of Hawaii. The top 5 reasons travelers choose Hawaii as a vacation destination is the relaxed ambiance, the beaches, sightseeing, natural wonders, and safety. If you are thinking of planning a trip to Hawaii for a week, try adding a few more days to take advantage of two or more islands during your stay.

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Below are all the cruises, vacation travel packages, and tour deals. Visit our Hawaii Deals page to book online or request assistance using our trip request/contact us form and to read more or to request a quote or custom itinerary for any of the Hawaiian Islands. Aloha!

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