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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]

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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]

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]

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 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]

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 meant. The hotel is… [Read More]

"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 before. At the Excelsior… [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 Angela Brya. I was fortunate enough to travel to my all-time dream country-Italy. A tour company sponsored a trip to Italy for travel agents to learn more about the destination. Italy was much more beautiful than I had imagined. The first place we visited was Venice-a city built on water. Venice floats dreamlike… [Read More]

Written by Marshall Cossman. Considering a fun, no-hassle vacation? One in which you can cover lots of territory, without driving? Where you can swim in any weather; eat all day, if you're so inclined!? A trip in which you can be pampered, served meals in your room, have a choice of good food without going… [Read More]

Written by Lauren Rebrovich. Well if you are between the ages of 18-34 and want to travel abroad but do not want to go alone then check out Contiki. My friends and I went on the 10 day European Horizon tour and visited 7 countries, London, Amsterdam, St. Goar in Germany, Munich, Austria, Venice in… [Read More]

Naples, Capri and the Amalfi Coast – The Perfect Trip for a Milestone Birthday thumbnail

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. I wanted premium class air, a classic hotel, great food, sightseeing, and ambiance. Naples, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast sounded ideal. Even seasoned travel professionals discourage… [Read More]

Written by Sherry Schultz. We recently completed a twelve day cruise of the Mediterranean on the beautiful ship Celebrity Solstice. Wonderful ship, fantastic itinerary. We flew into Barcelona two days ahead and spent the first day recovering and the next day wandering around the old town, this is called the Rambals area. It is great fun wandering… [Read More]