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Classic Travel Celebrates Another Anniversary!

CLASSIC TRAVEL
Celebrates 34 Years
!

May 1, 2014 marked the 34th anniversary for Classic Travel! It's hard to believe that much time has passed. Over the years we have been through several buildings, challenges and hair styles but what remains constant are the friendships and memories
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New Reviews of Great Travel Destoinations

Maui – Expect the Unexpected! A Travel Agent’s Firsthand Experience with Travel Insurance
by Julie Schafer
Travel insurance is one of the best investments you can make when booking your trip. >More
St. Lucia – Paradise FOUND!
by Tamara Corrie
Once I saw the view from our walkout room – I knew we had found paradise! >More
Exploring Costa Rica
by Rhonda Brooks
The adventure started with taking the Sky Tram up the rainforest covered mountain in the Arenal Reserve to an observation deck with awesome views of the volcano and Lake Arenal. >More
Eric's Experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda, Africa
by Eric Dobbrastine
Classic Travel intern, Eric Dobbrastine, shares his experience serving in the Peace Corps in Uganda, Africa. >More
Top Ten Attractions in Shanghai, China
by Joy Yin
Joy Yin, intern at Classic Travel, shares her ten favorite attractions and things to do in her hometown of Shanghai, China. >More
Sharon's Jamaica FAM
by Sharon Sinclair
It was everything that I thought it would be and more. The five days were just enough to make me want to go back! >More
My Experience at Me Cancun
by Joy Yin
We had a wonderful vacation with so many memorable moments. Looking forward to my next tropical adventure! >More
Bavaro Runners Tour in Punta Cana
by Linda Dolecki
We all know that Punta Cana has wonderful beaches and amazing resorts, so I thought I would tell you about an exciting tour adventure I did during recent my visit. >More
Hannah's Bahamian Adventure
by Hannah Nowicki
It is clear to me that the Bahamas is one of the top tropical destinations for a reason! What an adventure! >More
Un-Cruising Alaska from Ketchikan to Juneau
by Valerie Tkaczyk
There is no better way to describe it, but no description or even video can do it justice. You really have to experience it to believe it. >More
Spring Break Vacation in Colorado Springs, Colorado
by Linda Dolecki
I could not believe there is so much to see in Colorado Springs and impossible see everything in a week. >More
Health Teams International 2014 Myanmar Mission
by Richard Charlick, D.D.S., M.S.
We had clinics in 4 different places, including mainly a small church and a new church in the Mon State which is the most unreached state in Myanmar. >More
Amazing Trip to the 2014 Rose Bowl
by Rhonda Brooks
The beautiful Pasadena setting, the anticipation of the game, and the fans getting ready for the big game was everything you would expect and more. >More
Pacific Northwest Road Trip from Seattle to Whistler
by Valerie Tkaczyk
We couldn't be so close to Vancouver and Whistler without visiting, so it turned into a road trip. There were a lot of things we wanted to see with little time to see them. It was going to be a busy weekend! >More
My Study Abroad –
6 Countries, 4 Weeks

by Emily Janik
Studying abroad was all that I could ask for and will be a favorite memory of mine from my college years. I experienced 6 countries in one month and I’m only twenty! >More
Enchanting Peru
by Joy Thrun
The jungle walks, night expeditions, and village visits are hard to describe. I hope our photos help tell the story. Tom held a caiman while we drank champagne at sundown and lived to tell about it. >More
China China - Still Magnificent
by Shirley McLeod
Dick and I want to thank you for all you do to help us in fulfilling our ‘bucket list’. We just returned from our second Yangtze River Cruise.  The first was in 2001 before the Three Gorges Dam was completed >More
Fantastic Trip to Italy
by Wendy Kushion
The villa Relais Valle really exceeded our expectations, the food was fantastic every night, the staff wonderful, and the cooking classes were the highlight for me. >More 
Alaska Revisited
Why Alaska is the most repeated destination in the world!
by Joy Thrun
As we left the large ship, we realized we would be given a chance to go places only a small exploration boat could navigate. However, we could not have anticipated the magnificent sights that were ahead >More
What to know if you are considering a Sandals or Beaches property
by Tamara Corri
The most important thing to do is book with an informed Travel Agent. There is no cost to you when you book with Classic Travel, but our expertise can be priceless when it comes to making the right decision for a lifelong memory.  >More

Unique, Special and Romantic– Sunset at the Palms in Negril, Jamaica
by Tamara Corrie
For us it was like a second honeymoon, since our first was also in Negril. But this resort is very different and unique among resorts. >More

Naples Naples, Capri and the Amalfi Coast – The Perfect Trip for a Milestone Birthday
by Joy Thrun
I have owned Classic Travel for more than 30 years, so choosing a milestone birthday location was both exciting and stressful. For this birthday, it needed to be perfect. > More
Fishing the Amazon

Fishing on the Amazon River
By Amy Peterson
The Amazon had been on our wish list since we were kids watching Jacques Cousteau on TV, and reinforced more recently via one of many fishing shows that airs on my TV on the weekend. >More

Cancun My Experiences in Playa del Carmen and Cancun
by Valerie Tkaczyk
The resort in Playa del Carmen and the hotel in Cancun were very different atmospheres, but we enjoyed both for different reasons. > More
Puerto Vallarta Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit - Where the Mountains meet the Sea!
by Jean Southwick
Wow!   My new favorite Mexico destination! After spending 4 days on an Apple Fam to Puerto Vallarta I can’t wait to share my feedback with everyone. >More
Puerto Vallarta Puerto Vallarta- Live it More than Once
by Erin Cardwell
Travel to the same place instead of seeking a new adventure? The concept was completely beyond me. That is, of course, until I visited the beautiful Bandaras Bay and got a small taste of the countless attractions the area has to offer. >More
San Francisco - a perfect place to honeymoon!
By Katie and Jacob Winters
We had such a great time in San Francisco! I cannot imagine a better place for us to honeymoon. It was great to be all the way across the country in such an artistic, diverse, and bustling city.
Las Vegas Las Vegas – From a “NEW” Perspective!
by Tamara Corrie
My husband, Alan, and I love to go to Las Vegas.  The food, the sights, the sounds, the games….everything!  So, even though I severely broke my ankle and sprained my knee about 45 days prior to our scheduled trip with friends for Super Bowl weekend, we decided to still go. >More
Brasov, Romania My little corner of Transylvania
By Tamara Todor-Nits
I have lived for 18 years in the beautiful city of Brasov in Romania, before I came to study in Michigan. Growing up in Eastern Europe gives you a completely different perspective of your home, than most tourists have. >More
Cuba Observations from a (Legal) Cuban Adventure
(Havana, Vinales, Bay of Pigs, Santa Clara, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Havana)

by Roy Saper
We’ve been here just a few hours and can tell this will be quite an adventure of a land that is so close, yet so far away. > More
Italy Travel Journal for Florence, Italy
by Rose Tantraphol
Some visitors to Italy fall in love with Venice. Others fulfill their dreams by making a pilgrimage to Rome. For me and my finance, Scott, the trip of a lifetime took us to Firenze, Italia, >More
Caribbean Cruise Cruising the Caribbean From New Orleans
by Diane Webster
What makes cruising so appealing is that it's so carefree. You unpack once, and your ship becomes your hotel - bringing you to different destinations while you sleep.  > More
Ireland Experiencing Ireland
by Rhonda Brooks

Dublin is one of the top Ten European Cities to visit. We were glad got the chance to experience the country that abounds with natural beauty and friendly people and can now appreciate why it is such a popular European destination. >More
Stratford MSU Friends of the Theatre Stratford Trips
by Linda Dolecki
On September 9-11, 2011, forty people including four MSU students, set out from East Lansing for Stratford, Ontario to attend the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. >More

Alaska
50th Anniversary Alaskan Cruise
by Melissa Wesner

It was a very charming town. It was easy to get off the ship and walk to nice shops, or to get an excursion to the Mendenhall Glacier or whale watching or both!  More >
Santorini Traveling to Turkey & Greece
by Wing Dunham
Once inside we simply gaped at the beauty of the building. You can take pictures, but unless you have an extremely fine camera they'll most likely turn out under lit and good only for memories. > More
California Great Time in California
by Linda Dolecki
The weather was perfect, about 10 degrees cooler than the Los Angeles area, which was nice since it was 95 in LA.  Ventura Beach has a great walking trail that goes on for miles, so we got to see lots of water and beautiful scenery. >More 
Cruising Greece

The Perfect Mediterranean Cruise
by Sherry Schultz
We recently completed a twelve day cruise of the Mediterranean on the beautiful ship Celebrity Solstice.  Wonderful ship, fantastic itinerary. > More

Vietnam

Incredible Trip to Vietnam
A Note From Cindy and Larry Kindel
Larry and I want to thank you for arranging our trip and tour of Vietnam last January.  It was an incredible trip. > More

Incredible Hawaii
by Mo and Cheryl Jackson
It was absolutely incredible!  Honua Kai Resort was truly phenomenal - have never stayed at such a wonderful place, including Grand Wailea in Maui and Grand Hyatt in Kauai where we previously stayed.  Not even close! More>

Costa Rica The Perfect Trip to Costa Rica
by Nikali Luke
We would recommend CR to anyone who loves a little adventure and can handle some heat.  It combines action, wildlife, views and relaxation all into one amazing yet small country. > More

A Great Trip to Mexico!
by Jean Southwick
Our time in Mexico came to an end way too soon.  We arrived home well rested, well fed, and confident that Mexico is still one of the best vacation experiences that you could have.  > More

Costa Rica Traveling to Costa Rica
A Note From Wing Dunham
Off to the jungle by van and then boat to The Pachira Lodge in Tortuguero. Lovely, w/pool, outdoor bar, and jungle all around. We had a small boat tour into the watery jungle and just gaped at how beautiful. > More
Costa Rica The Ideal Trip to Costa Rica
by Tom and Joy Thrun
Pura Vida’ is the Costa Rican equivalent of Aloha. Meaning ‘Pure Life,’ it is a greeting, a farwell and an attitude. The Costa Ricans or ‘Ticos’ are extremely knowledgeable and proud of their country. From its ecological treasures to the high standard of living and the fact that they have no military, Costa Rica is unique to the rest of Central America. > More
Europe Summer Fun in Europe!
by Rhonda Brooks
From the moment we arrived in the Old Town area where we were staying, we were captivated by the grand architecture and bridges found throughout the city and the narrow, winding medieval lanes that connected you from one spectacular view to another. > More

Punta Cana

The Perfect Hotel for a Destination Wedding or Meeting: Excellence Punta Cana Resort and Spa
By Julie Schafer
A Travel Agent’s Recommendation
The service at the Excellence Punta Cana Resort and Spa is definitely the best I have ever experienced at an All-Inclusive resort.  From the moment you check in at the resort to the time you check out, they treat you like royalty.   > More

Hawaii Anniversary trip to Hawaii
by Barb Koonter
As the excitement of meeting was building, we all realized it was our 40th anniversary for all 4 couples.  Another big reason to celebrate! >More
Punta Cana Apple Vacations Fam Trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
by Jean Southwick
I inspected and walked the grounds of over fifteen resorts; all of which are all inclusive resorts ranging from a rating of 4 Apple thru 6 Golden Apple. >More
Caribbean Cruise

The Right Caribbean Cruise
by Diane Webster
The cruising experience is something everyone should try.  The trick is to find the right destinations and cruise line for you.  > More

Alpine Interlude
Alpine Interlude
by Gordon Williams
...our Tour Director & driver were exceptional, and we could not possibly have been happier with the entire experience.  As a result, Elaine and I have decided that we would gladly go on any tour that Tauck hosts.  > More
Alaska Cruise Tips from our Celebrity Cruise to Alaska with Our Family
by Joy and Tom Thrun
Clothes and packing tips: It is a casual destination, so during the day it is battle gear and layering.  It can be 50ish in the morning, at night and when the ship is sailing. Then 70ish pushing 80 and warm if the sun it out. It can always rain or be foggy. > More
Savannah – Georgia’s First City
by Linda Dolecki
There is no other city quite like Georgia’s first city, Savannah. Located in the heart of Coastal Georgia’s Low country, Savannah is a city of rare natural beauty of azaleas in bloom and oaks draped with Spanish moss. >More
Spring Break in Paris!
by Rhonda Brooks
What is most impressive is the array of colors and the presentation of each shop’s display giving you the feeling you were looking at a setting for a portrait. >More

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