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Exploring Italy from Venice to Florence thumbnail

When former Classic Travel group specialist and my former office-mate, Hannah, asked me to visit during her extended backpacking trip, I knew it had to be Italy. After helping to organize so many Italy trips for clients, I was excited to experience it for myself. I decided to fly into Venice and out of Florence… [Read More]

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

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 you have, you are… [Read More]

Madrid: A Travel Agent’s Perspective thumbnail

Part 1: In Love with Lisbon Part 2: Castles in Spain Part 3: Madrid: A Travel Agent's Perspective After bidding a fond “adios” to the south of Spain, we headed north to Madrid. The capital city is an easy 4-hour drive from Granada nonstop, but we made a couple of stops along the way. The orange… [Read More]

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Part 1: In Love with Lisbon Part 2: Castles in Spain Part 3: Madrid: A Travel Agent's Perspective After four great days in Lisbon, we continued on our journey south into Spain. Let me take this opportunity to give a big shout out to our generous hosts, Globus and Travel Leaders, for the fantastic job they… [Read More]

Traveling While Living Abroad thumbnail

Written by Megan Myslinski (Classic Travel Intern, Fall 2015). Wanderlust is defined as "a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about," a desire that compels wayfarers, cosmopolitans, and globetrotters to sojourn, traipse and gallivant to sights unseen all over the world. I know I’ve had this urge to explore since my tiny tot days… [Read More]

In Love with Lisbon thumbnail

Part 1: In Love with Lisbon Part 2: Castles in Spain Part 3: Madrid: A Travel Agent's Perspective Thanks to Globus and our Travel Leaders affiliation, this September we embarked on a two week Iberian adventure to celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary. We began our trip with five days in Lisbon, what a great way to… [Read More]

Oceania Baltic Cruise thumbnail

Written by Marshall Cossman. From late August, for twelve days, my wife and I cruised the Baltic and North Seas and the Gulf of Finland on Oceania's Nautica. It was our second Baltic cruise, but we went to some different ports. Even repeated ports were interesting as we took different excursions from before. Seeing cities… [Read More]

Cruising the Danube with Uniworld thumbnail

Before starting our 7-day Enchanted Danube River Cruise which begins in Budapest, Hungary and ends in Passau, Germany, we spent a couple days in Budapest. Budapest is a beautiful city in the day, but even more so at night when the city is lit up. Highlights of Budapest include: Buda Castle Fisherman’s Bastion – beautiful… [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]

Exploring Iceland’s Ring Road & Beyond thumbnail

Iceland has always been high on my list of dream destinations. I first saw it in Delta’s Sky Magazine quite a few years ago. They were introducing non-stop service to Reykjavik (Iceland’s capital city), thus highlighting it as a featured “not-to-miss” destination. This was the beginning of Iceland’s tourism boom. All good things come to… [Read More]

Making the Most of Your Trip to Iceland thumbnail

Whether you’re there on a free stopover to Europe or as a final destination, Iceland is sure to amaze you with its dramatic and otherworldly landscapes, Viking history, and interesting culture. Iceland is known as the land of fire and ice and is home to some of the world’s most active volcanos and Europe’s largest… [Read More]

Anniversary Dream Trip to Scotland thumbnail

Written by Jean Southwick. Our Adventure with Haggis, Peas, Plaid, Sheep, Isle of Skye, and Roundabouts! As I write this on a cold wintery day in Michigan I think back to what a wonderful trip our family enjoyed to Scotland last summer. It was about this same time a year ago that I was able… [Read More]

Written by Emily Janik (Classic Travel Intern, Fall 2013). 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! Within 4 weeks, I traveled to France, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and Italy. I… [Read More]

Old World Charm of Budapest thumbnail

Written by Pam Sievers and Kathy Lindahl. If you catch it on a bright, sunny day, you can’t help but be impressed by its grand old opulence – wide, tree-lined boulevards, a majestic opera house, dramatic scenery on each side of the Danube, green parks, and shiny monuments. If you catch it on a gray… [Read More]

Written by Wendy Kushion. We have been back about two weeks and I wanted to tell you how wonderful our vacation was in Italy. 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. Bruce liked the wine tasting afternoon that was… [Read More]

Written by Keith and Audrey Wilson. We flew Northwest business class to Frankfort. It was our first business class trip so I made a lot of notes. First, the new seats were installed that allowed you to recline to a bed level if you wished. I never did get back quite that far but appreciated… [Read More]

Written by Keith and Audrey Wilson. Our second visit to the Mediterranean began on July 6 with a trip to the USA parking lot located immediately adjacent to the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The parking lot is the largest I have seen in some time and I became doubtful we would be able to find our… [Read More]

Written by Keith and Audrey Wilson. On Saturday, June 17, 2006, Audrey and I left home at 10:35 a.m. and arrived at Metropolitan Airport, Detroit, at noon. We met John at 12:30 p.m. as we were traveling to our departure gate for our USAir flight. We found Anita and the three children at the gate… [Read More]

"I saw a group of travel agents drinking pina coladas at Trader Vics and their hair was perfect, ah ooooo….werewolves of London…." Well not exactly, their hair wasn't perfect, but it pretty much sums up the 1999 edition of the Classic Travel annual Christmas trip. For the last Christmas office party of the 20th century… [Read More]

Written by Denny Custer. Yup! That's what the ol' pedometer tallied. Karen and I did 8 walks to come up with that total, equating to 60.58 miles. Arriving on August 8, our first two walks were in overcast and slight to moderate rain. Then we lucked out with 8 absolutely beautiful days in a row… [Read More]