10 Amazing Places You Must Experience

Live life to the fullest it’s a motto that rings true now more than ever before. For some, that may mean traveling to as many countries as they can in their lifetime. To others, it may be visiting places and experiencing things they have been dreaming about. If you are like me, you may feel like we have just lost 2 years of creating treasured vacation memories and experiencing new places, new foods, and new cultures.


No matter which you relate to, here’s a list of exceptional places you must experience in your lifetime…


African Safari at sunset

East & South Africa

Home to several countries, experiences in Africa are life changing. From climbing Kilimanjaro, going on an African safari, visiting the Winelands and the beautiful city of Cape Town, to experiencing African culture… Africa is the perfect destination for travelers craving to step beyond their comfort zone and to explore places like nothing you’ve ever experienced.


The Azores

These nine islands off the coast of Portugal are still a hidden gem. Each island has its own landscape and magic. Here’s what you can experience in the Azores… Lovely towns with mosaic cobblestone streets, not far from these charming towns you can visit hot springs and float in thermal waters, hike to waterfalls, and marvel at beautiful gardens throughout the islands. Enjoy a myriad of activities such as mountain biking, canyoning, surfing, canoeing, and infinite coastal hikes. Perfect for the lover of nature!


Island of Korčula in Croatia

Croatia

Island hopping in Croatia… with more than 1,000 islands you will definitely find your favorite! The islands are full of surprises with wineries, lavender fields, olive groves, caves, and even a restaurant in an abandoned city of stone houses. Stay in a couple of islands and enjoy private boat trips to neighboring ones. You will love swimming in the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea. Not to mention, exploring the mainland is a must with ancient walled cities, National Parks, and many UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


European River Cruise

I am not a fan of large ocean cruises but from the minute I set sail on a river cruise, I fell in love… Float along in your luxury boutique hotel while exploring charming European villages every single day. European River cruising is magical. It’s like nothing I had ever experienced… it’s intimate (averaging 130 passengers), elegant, and so much fun. You’ll spend your days exploring villages, relaxing, and enjoying fine dining and local wines. Plus, we work with you to extend your vacation with a custom itinerary in cities like Vienna, Prague or Amsterdam.


Strasbourg, France

France

Perhaps only Paris comes to mind when thinking of France but there is so much more to this beautiful country. I am a lover of Paris for its architecture, the Parisian streets lined with bistros and boulangeries, its spectacular city parks and gardens and, of course, the food. But, there is so much more to experience in France… from wine regions, historical sites, the most charming countryside, and the spectacular South of France with hilltop villages and stunning beach towns. France needs to be on your bucket list!


Peloponnese region in Greece

Greece

This spectacular country in the Mediterranean has always been a popular destination for its famous islands. The breathtaking islands of Mykonos and Santorini are a must see, but there is also much more to Greece than the popular islands. The mainland has stunning regions that are less crowded, less touristy, and offer an authentic Greek experience. Or explore off-the-beaten-path islands. Some are quiet and romantic with spectacular beaches and others offer magnificent hiking opportunities. No matter where you visit, you will fall in love with Greece, its people, its food, and the magic of the Mediterranean Sea.


Hawaii

These islands are often overlooked but once you visit you will realize why this is such a special place. The fresh floral air will energize you, the warm tranquil waters will refresh you, and the breathtaking natural scenery will renew you. There is no place on earth like Hawaii. There are 6 islands one can visit and each offers a totally different experience. One thing is for sure, they all offer a multitude of adventure activities, and they all have that unique, laid-back Hawaiian vibe.


Spectacular vineyards in Tuscany, Italy

Italy

A vacation in Italy is much more than sightseeing, it’s a complete immersion into the Italian way of life. And one thing Italians are very passionate about is their food. Italian families share their lives in the kitchen and recipes are passed down from generation to generation. There are so many reasons why this is the most desired travel destination in the world! The entire country is incredibly beautiful… from the countryside, the lakes, the mountains, the major cities, and the breathtaking coastal areas. The warmth of the Italian people guarantees you will have the most memorable experiences in Italy.


Morocco

This country on the northwest corner of Africa is an unbeatable destination offering breathtaking landscapes (the sea, mountains, and majestic sand dunes in the Sahara). Beautiful ancient cities and sweeping deserts make for the vast contrast you will experience while visiting this stunning country. Imagine strolling the colorful streets of Marrakesh before spending the night in a Riad (Moroccan homes converted to luxurious boutique hotels), and spending the night in a luxury tent on the Sahara may top your list of favorite experiences. All our Morocco tours include a private driver/guide to escort you for the duration of your trip.


Beautiful park in Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Variety is Tokyo’s key. Few other world cities are as wonderfully idiosyncratic. International and local influences intertwine in cuisine, festivals, music, galleries, shopping and even accommodations. Tokyo is a city of surprises with ancient temples nestled among modern skyscrapers. And, although it is a highly populated city, you can hear a pin drop as you stroll its streets. Visiting Tokyo in the Spring is often considered the best time as you will be mesmerized by the spectacular cherry blossoms.


Which of these destinations are you dreaming about experiencing?


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