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Written 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 fiance, Scott, the trip of a lifetime took us to Firenze, Italia, our home base for a seven-night visit that included New Year’s Day 2012. We walked and ate… [Read More]

Written by Diane Webster. As long as I can remember, there was always talk of Malta in our home. It was the homeland of my grandparents, Aunties, and Uncles. After my husband, Bob, and I took our first "roots" trip to Malta with my parents, Speed and Lila Fenech, we couldn't wait to get back… [Read More]

Written by Mary McLellan. When describing my annual tour of England I have always been able to sum it up with "rhododendrons, azaleas and wisteria," "big, really big," "breathtaking," "old or really, really old," "absolutely charming" and "unbelievable." After this year's trip, however, I have had to add "exotic," "subtropical," "exhilarating," and "rain." The gardens… [Read More]

Written by Daniel Suits. One of the most enjoyable parts of our visit in France last summer was a trip to the little city of Bayeux to see the Bayeux Tapestry. This famous strip of cloth depicts the history of the invasion and conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066. Produced just a… [Read More]

Written by Susan Tchudi. We are walking on a logging road in October in the countryside about an hour outside of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The leaves are in the process of changing color in this little river valley, and the rain is making them shiny and brilliant. "I'm sorry the weather's not so good," says Stefan… [Read More]

Written by Joy Thrun. Because we are a luxury leisure travel agency we have seen a steady increase in interest river cruising. I had sailed on the Nile and Yangtze rivers and although the rivers were remarkable the ships were not. So when we were invited to sail the Rhine River I was delighted to… [Read More]

Written by Tom Thrun. Time flies when you have been living in matrimonial Nirvana for the past fourteen years, but here it was again, time for another anniversary travel experience. This year's focus would be Spain and on the actual day of our anniversary we would find ourselves in the capital city of Madrid. Joy… [Read More]

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Written by Tanya Thelen. Paris, the "City of Light", casts a spark to the fires of curiosity for people all over the world. Known for its fashions, theaters, restaurants, and art, it is a city that attracts experienced and inexperienced travelers alike. While the uniqueness of Paris' architecture is breathtaking, its history is equally inspiring… [Read More]

Written by Bob and Audrey Martin. June 6, 1944! Maybe you, a relative, or friends were involved in someway in this historic event…D-Day…the invasion of France by the Allied Armed Forces. Normandy is a must see! This was the third trip for my wife, Audrey, and me. On this trip, we "guided" four friends on… [Read More]

Written by Joy Thrun. That famous phrase went through my head repeatedly as I somewhat nervously anticipated our upcoming trans-Atlantic crossing aboard the famous Queen Elizabeth 2. For as long as I have known my husband, he has spoken fondly about his family's voyages on the original Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary back in the… [Read More]

Written by Angela Brya. As the Brits would say, it was just smashing! I have to say London is one of the most amazing cities in the world. For a visitor from any part of the world, there is an incredibly diverse variety of attractions to be experienced. This densely populated city provides a feast… [Read More]

Written by Diane Webster. Italy is a great place to discover and learn - about culture, history, food and yourself. Our first stop in Italy was Rome. On the way to our hotel, the Excelsior, our taxi driver informed us that we were staying on a “very important" street. When we arrived, I understood what he… [Read More]

Written by Tom Thrun. "You know what ages a man? Boredom. When I was young, traveling, I felt like a lion…but at home I feel eighty." As I stared the celebration of my fiftieth year here on the planet directly in the face, this line from La Dolce Vita was more poignant now than ever… [Read More]

Written by Tom Thrun. I fell in love with transatlantic and family travel all at the same time. It was 1962 and my father had arranged to take our family to Europe aboard the Queen Elizabeth from New York to France and return on the Queen Mary. To this day some 42 years later I… [Read More]

Written by Denny Custer. Hey Karen, quick look at the billboard! We're on the Circumveuviana Railway train from Naples to Sorrento. We go by this large billboard near the track and all it had on it was the word/name "IZZO". Alas, we were too slow in getting the cameras out. Even for a Wolverine, it… [Read More]

Written by Jo Beynon. I recently had the opportunity this past year to take a "barge trip" in central Burgundy with nine other couples, and what a wonderful form of luxury travel to enjoy! If you are looking for a relaxing vacation with fine food and excellent wines, a new destination with beautiful scenery each… [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 Tom Thrun. It's hard to believe that Her Majesty celebrated fifty years on the throne in the year 2002. No, not that Queen, I'm referring to Classic Travel's fearless leader and my beloved partner in crime, Joy. After contemplating numerous exotic destinations in which to commemorate this historic day, the decree was handed… [Read More]

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Written by Julie Schafer. My husband, Nick, and I feel very fortunate that our careers and our love for travel often collide. Recently the opportunity to visit Europe presented itself and we quickly planned a fantastic tour of Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. As our first visit to these beautiful Eastern European countries, we… [Read More]

Written by Amber Feldpausch. As a travel agent, I feel it’s to my benefit to travel. Not just for myself, but for Classic Travel’s clients. Since we do so much travel for others in Europe, I just had to go. The best way to get me there was to surprise my husband by celebrating his… [Read More]