Classic Journeys Founder Shares Travel Tips
Traveling the world can be slightly daunting, especially for the inexperienced traveler. To make things clearer, Edward Piegza, founder of Classic Journeys, came up with a list of some of the 10 most interesting traveling destinations with tips and little details to help you have an experience of a lifetime.
Take a glimpse at the list of traveling pointers below.
Machu Picchu – named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, Machu Picchu is on everyone’s bucket list. But most tourists go for a day visit or spend just one quick night at the site, which makes it very difficult to gain any real immersion into the history and culture. Stay two nights and you have an opportunity to explore the famed site when tourists and day trippers are gone, and to explore the tea plantation, orchid gardens and hummingbird sanctuary that are at the base of Machu Picchu.
Galapagos – 98% of the Galapagos Islands National Park is a protected area and access is granted only to scientists and park rangers. In Classic Journeys’ island-based exploration led by expert local licensed naturalist guides, travelers can maximize their time in the islands, and also gain access to wildlife and places that are not reachable by tourists on cruise ships.
Panama – has 7 indigenous Indian tribes. Classic Journeys takes guests on a day-long visit to the Embera tribe. Travel by dugout canoe along the Chagres River to the village for an authentic lunch with a family, and the opportunity to really see what life is like for these people.
Morocco – imagine riding camels to the 1,000 foot-high sand dunes of Merzouga and then to a luxury tented encampment. Then walk in an oasis that is 10 miles wide and 20 miles long. And explore a remarkable clay city on a caravan trail to Timbuktu.
Czech Republic – Explore the Imperial cities of Prague, Vienna and Budapest with exceptional local guides. Enjoy an afternoon cruising on the Danube River. And visit with artisans in scenic country villages.
Siem Reap – Experience the beauty of Angkor Wat at sunrise, Longtime Classic Journeys guide, Roathe (one of the country’s first and most experienced guides,) leads guests on an in-depth walking tour of this treasure, the world’s largest temple, which is believed to the center of the universe in Hindu mythology. Participate in a moving ritual as lines of barefoot monks walk silently along the street on their morning alms rounds.
Switzerland –Vacation in the mountains for non-stop adventure! Hop on mountain bikes with Classic Journeys for a scenic ride along the Simme River. Meet an authentic dog-musher, then get out onto a glacier with his team of Siberian Huskies. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, visit a bakery and chocolatier for the sweetest delights Switzerland has to offer!
Bhutan – Bhutan is country committed to preserving its heritage and environment. Classic Journeys guests visit an arts & crafts school to learn about embroidery and woodcrafting. Travelers also have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to participate in the lighting of 108 butter lamps in an ancient blessing ceremony.
Amalfi Coast – See the famed Amalfi Coast the way only the locals do: staying in Capri and Positano. Classic Journeys leverages its local connections to provide its guests two nights in Capri at the famed Quisisana Hotel in Capri and three nights at perfectly-sited Poseidon in Positano. Staying in these famed places allows Classic Journeys guests to see them as they really are when the day-trippers are gone and it’s just them and the locals.
Cinque Terre – Classic Journeys is the first tour company to re-open tours of the Cinque Terre since its flash floods in 2011. Here you will enjoy a walk to the colorful villages perched along the coast. Expert native guides lead travelers on an adventure to the tiny monastery of St. Fruttuoso; reachable only by foot or boat.