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The Ultimate North Island Experience

Drive the Thermal Explorer Highway that links Auckland and Hawke’s Bay through the center of the North Island via Hamilton and Waikato, Rotorua, Lake Taupo and Ruapehu via the Volcanic Loop.

Journey some of New Zealand’s most spectacular coastal scenery on the Pacific Coast Highway, which traverses the east coast including the stunning regions of The Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Tairawhiti-Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay.

See a myriad of crystal clear lakes, dramatic volcanic mountains, stunning …

Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Special

This 4-day Rwanda trip takes you to see the famous mountain gorillas that inhabit the rainforests of this small but beautiful African country. It also offers you a deeper understanding of Rwanda, with a tour of Kigali opening up Rwanda’s sometimes tragic, but always fascinating history.

Meet your safari driver/guide at the airport, and check into your Kigali hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to shake off any jetlag or sightsee, before …

Mystic Peru Tour

Traverse the Andes on the luxury Belmond Andean Explorer train.

Enjoy overnight lodgings right at the entrance of Machu Picchu and explore the ruins at different times of day.

Discover the Uros Floating islands at Lake Titicaca, and savor the scenery at Taquile Island during a private lunch on the beach.

Itinerary

Day 1
Depart North America – Lima, Peru (LIM)

Welcome to Peru! A representative will meet you in the arrival hall and bring

U.S. National Parks: From Sea to Shining Sea

In 1872, Yellowstone National Park became the first national park in the United States. Today, there are 390 areas under the National Park domain. Every state with the exception of Delaware has some National Park Service land. This land includes national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, lake and sea shores, rivers, trails, historic sites, and the White House.

The National Park system provides plenty of opportunity for a variety of vacations and tours. …

1,000 Places, Plus the Next Top 5 Emerging Destinations

Uncharted territory is a thing of the past, but there are still plenty of fabulous places to visit before they’re overrun by hordes of spring breakers.  And if there’s anyone who can predict the top 5 up-and-coming travel destinations, it’s Patricia Schultz, author of the New York Times Best Seller 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.

Best selling author Patricia Schultz at the Philadelphia Travel Expo

At a travel show earlier this year, …

Ireland Off-Season

Everyone wants to go to Ireland, and it seems that everyone wants to go in the summer. Now don’t get me wrong. There is much good to be said about the warm days of summer on the greenest of islands. However, fall, winter, and spring offer their own special charms, as well as being amazingly affordable times to travel. The scenery is still stunning, the people are still Irish (and maybe more so, relieved of the pressure …

10 Handy Luggage Tips to Make Sure You Don’t Arrive Empty-Handed

Lately I’ve had a lot of bad luck with my luggage while traveling on long-haul flights. My bags were delayed three trips in a row – reaching my destination only 1 to 3 days after I had arrived. After these three consecutive luggage mishaps, I was confident the airlines could not mess up a fourth time.

They didn’t – but my bout of bad luck did not end with that fourth flight. Arriving at Paris …