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Reasons to Love a River Cruise – Tips from a Travel Agent thumbnail

Written by Joy Thrun. One of the hottest trends in the travel industry these days is river cruising. Born in Europe and growing around the world, almost every major river on the planet features exciting itineraries on beautiful new ships. If you have not taken a river cruise yet, you are probably intrigued and if… [Read More]

Ten Best Things to Do in Dubai thumbnail

Written by Valerie Tkaczyk. Dubai is an over-the-top modern city on the Persian Gulf. This city has grown so quickly that many of the things you see there today did not exist even ten years ago. Dubai is becoming a major tourist destination and for good reason as it has much of what you would… [Read More]

Our First Trip to Europe thumbnail

Written by Bobby and Meghan Koivunen. My husband and I recently spent three nights in Rome followed by 11 nights on the Celebrity Reflection for a Mediterranean Cruise. We sailed from Rome, Italy to Santorini, Greece; Istanbul, Turkey; Kusadasi, Turkey; Mykonos, Greece; Athens, Greece; Naples, Italy; and finished back in Rome. We loved this cruise… [Read More]

Ten Days in Israel thumbnail

Written by Molly Goldsmith (Classic Travel Intern, Spring 2015). Are you looking for the adventure of a lifetime? You will certainly be satisfied with a trip to Israel. This 7,800 square mile country – about the size of New Jersey – is a center of political controversy, scientific advancement, and cultural significance. Israel is situated… [Read More]

Travel in Northeast China thumbnail

Written by Ashley Kong (Classic Travel Intern, Fall 2014). Magnificent natural landscape, enthusiastic local residents, traditional Chinese culture, characteristic local food- all your expectations for a trip can be realized in Northeast China. Similar to Michigan’s weather, the best period for travelling is from May till October. You could spend one week in the three… [Read More]

Health Teams International 2014 Myanmar Mission thumbnail

Written by Richard Charlick, D.D.S., M.S. January, 2014 HTI had its 16th 2-week mission to Myanmar (Burma). We were again invited and cared for by our host Dr. Rev. Robin Seia whose primary goal is the same as HTI’s and that is to share the Good News of Jesus with the unreached, those who have… [Read More]

Israel: Beautiful and Historic thumbnail

Written by Julie vonFoerster (Classic Travel Intern, Fall 2014). When looking into taking a trip overseas, the first place that comes to mind might be Paris, London, or Barcelona. However great these popular cities may be, sometimes it might be nice to try something new. And that something new could be a trip to Israel… [Read More]

Written by Joy Yin (Classic Travel Intern, Summer 2014). The following are her ten favorite attractions and things to do in her hometown of Shanghai, China. 1. The Bund The Bund is a must go place when in Shanghai. It is the area which includes both riversides of the Huangpu River. It has iconic waterfront… [Read More]

Exploring Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan thumbnail

Written by Valerie Tkaczyk. Japan has always been near the top of my travel bucket list and so I finally decided to plan a trip for my significant other and I. We planned to spend some time in Tokyo and Kyoto before departing from Osaka. Before leaving for Japan, we decided to purchase the Japan… [Read More]

Written by Shirley McLeod. Dear Joy, 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, and we wanted to see the changes since the river… [Read More]

Written by Marshall Cossman. A Greek islands cruise! A wonderful trip developed by the triumvirate of Classic Travel, Oceania Cruises, and us. In late August this year my wife and I embarked on the Insignia for a 12 day voyage of the Greek islands. We had a day and a half in Istanbul, our departure… [Read More]

Written by Wing Dunham. Due to the fact that Delta couldn't connect with other flights if they were chained together, we didn't get to our Istanbul hotel (Barceló Saray--excellent) until about 8 p.m. and were too exhausted to do anything but find something to eat and stare out our little balcony at the mosques and… [Read More]

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. It worked out well for our son to meet us there also. We highly recommend vacationing in Vietnam. It’s a beautiful country and the people are… [Read More]

Written by Dr. Puretz. Bhutan is a land of grand mountains and intense Buddhist tradition. Druk Air's flight path into Paro prescribes a beautiful arc into a long narrow valley. This landing is an open window into a land of mountains and hillsides dotted with traditional homes, rice paddies, and ancient Buddhist adornments (temples, monasteries… [Read More]

Written by Bob Martin. John and Jay Bos and I went to China during the SARS problem. Why did you do that you ask? Well we had our plans and we wanted to see the Three Gorges project before they raised the water level so we went. Our group deteriorated to just the three of… [Read More]

Written by Speed Fenech. Looking for exotic treasures, a landscape filled with architectural beauty, a culture that is as rich with history as it is mystifying? Then you should indulge yourself in Turkey. Turkey has some of the oldest structures in the world--with ruins that predate those in Greece. The architecture of the mosques is… [Read More]

Written by Denny Custer. So I sez to Joy, that when we finish with our China trip, we'd like to do Thailand and maybe Singapore, just because we're so close. Sez Joy to us, "Bangkok, the Regent Resort at Chaing Mai, Amanpuri Resort at Phuket and Raffles in Singapore", all for sure. She's been there… [Read More]

Written by Scott McRee. Recently I had the distinct pleasure of escorting a group of 39 people to Beijing, China, "The pearl of the orient". If you have never ventured outside the United States, or to this exquisite country, now is the time! Let me take a few minutes to describe our China experience. Our… [Read More]

Written by Marcia Bethea. To see the Yangtze River as it has been for the last 500 years, you have until 2003!! After that, it will be changed forever!! The Chinese government is constructing the world's largest dam that will affect the beautiful Three Gorges area of the Yangtze River. The water will rise 135… [Read More]

Written by Pam Manke. I had always wanted to go to Beijing and see the Forbidden City. I had seen the movie 'The Last Emperor' and that really sparked my interest. Trying to get someone to go with me in November was not as easy as I had expected, even with the price so reasonable… [Read More]