The Wonders of the Caribbean Islands and the Americas

cruise-4057550__340.jpg Touring through the Caribbean and the Americas means experiencing the considerable differences in culture, lifestyle, and natural wonders of each country. The Caribbean is a hodgepodge of influences from Spain, Britain, France, the Netherlands, and Africa, although the quintessential Caribbean laid-back feeling is everywhere from Antigua and Aruba to St. Martin and San Juan.

Central America, rich in both natural splendor and history, is the land mass that joins North America to South America. See the ruins left by the Aztec, Maya, and Olmec peoples, or luxuriate in the natural splendor of Costa Rica. View first-hand the remarkable engineering of the Panama Canal. Traveling through North and South America will take you through magnificent natural beauty as well as enjoyable man-made attractions.

In Canada, discover Quebec City and enjoy its French influences, or head back in time to the 11th-century Viking settlement of L’Anse aux Meadows.

A cruise along the west coast of the United States will take you to Alaska, where you can see for yourself the dazzling natural beauty of its glaciers, or sail along the east coast to visit the bustling cities. Then again that’s not all. Brazil offers a wide range of experiences, from the vibrant nightlife and gorgeous beaches of Rio de Janeiro to the verdant rainforests of the Amazon. Valparaiso, Chile is worth a stop to see the famous colorful homes on the steep hillsides and the breathtaking natural beauty of the country’s massifs and fjords.

Go to Buenos Aires and have a Tango lesson. Farther south, enjoy the icy natural beauty of Antarctica.

Castle Tours: Time

The castles distributed throughout European represent a significant part of history. These extraordinary structures have withstood battles, fires, numerous years and are still here today.

From the rugged cliffs of Scotland to the Islands in Greece, each castle symbolizes a spectacular time in history, and may possibly still have some ghostly occupants. Although all were created from brick and stone, they each represent history differently and continue to intrigue to this day.

Travel through time to these intimate structures where kings and queens once resided and feel like aristocracy, even if just for one day. These castles should be added to every schedule.

1.Mont Saint-Michel Built on a pinnacle near Normandy, France, Mont Saint Michel is considered a historical architectural marvel. 2.Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is a significant fortress which shines in the capital city of Edinburgh from its position on Castle Rock. Throughout time, Edinburgh Castle in Scotland has withstood takeovers, assaults, changes in power and murder, but has endured.

3.Neuschwanstein Castle The popular Neuschwanstein Castle, the 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace, stands over the village of Hohenschwangau in the southwestern area of Bavaria, Germany, Commissioned by King Ludwid II, this royal home was constructed for the distinguished opera composer, Richard Wagner, and paid for with his personal funds as well as loans. 4.Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle sits next to the district of Glamis in Angus, Scotland. It is actually owned by Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and can be visited by the public. There is apparently a great deal of supernatural activity here, more than any other castle in Scotland.

5. Windsor Castle

The official castle of the royal British family in Berkshire is Windsor Castle, where you will observe a statue of Queen Victoria and a flow of holiday-makers in the foreground. beach-84533__340.jpg At 900 years old, Britain's Windsor Castle is at present the greatest active castle in the world as well as the oldest noble house in the world.

6.Château de Chambord The castle of Chambord in France is the biggest of the Loire royal homes. It was constructed somewhere between the years of 1519 and 1547 near a bend in the river Cosson, a tributary river of Beuvron which connects to the Loire. In 1981, UNESCO deemed it a World Heritage location.

7. Hampton Court Palace Henry VIII made Court Palace, in Herefordshsire, England, famous in the sixteenth century as he used it as his principle home. Nowadays, visitors can delight in the bright and sunny weather and explore the beautiful gardens.

8. Prague Castle Back when it was built, Prague Castle served as a political and spiritual foundation for a country looking to come together.

9.St. Michael's Mount

St. Michaels Mount, located in Cornwall, England, is a palatial home bought by the National Trust.

It can soley be frequented during low tide by trekking over the causeway.

10. Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle was established in the 16th century in Kent, England, for Henry VIII's first wife, Catherine of Aragon.

Explore the Wide Range of Cultures Included on the African Continent

A voyage to Africa will take you along the same course as early explorers from countries such as Portugal, The Netherlands, England, and Germany. The diverse cultures brought about by ancient tribal traditions and colonialism are interesting to compare when you stop in places such as Senegal, Mozambique, Madagascar, and Mauritius.

The diversity of the land is spectacular, from the gorgeous mountains of South Africa to the extensive desert in Namibia. ship-1578528__340.jpg Chefs and foodies alike will want to stop in Zanzibar, also known as “Spice Island”, to sample its world-famous saffron.

Asia Offers a Broad Array of Things to Do and See

The bustling city of Hong Kong is Asia’s hotspot for business, finance, fashion, and food. Thailand’s most well-known island, Phuket, is famed for its spectacular natural beauty, beach life, and culture. With a colorful history and cultural influences from around the world including Portuguese and Jewish, Cochin (or Kochi) is part of India’s Kerala state and is commonly recognized as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”.

UNESCO World Heritage City Petra, also known as “Rose City”, was carved out of stunning pink stone and is worth a bit of time when you are in Jordan.

When you visit the world by cruise ship, you can see bustling metropolises and tiny tribal villages, rainforests and mountains, polar bears and lions, all while taking advantage of the luxurious comfort of your ship.

International Getaways: A Hop, Skip and Jump Away

You might think a long weekend is too brief to travel internationally. Not the case.

There are various foreign destinations that are definitely doable over a long weekend. Here are some international spots perfect for exciting weekend jaunts. Montreal, Quebec, Canada French-inspired old-world charm is combined with all the advantages of a big city in the lovely Montreal, Canada.

In the Vieux Montreal section, travelers can stroll cobblestone streets lined with boutiques and eateries. Outdoor lovers will have plenty to do in the lovely Mount Royal Park, from strenuous hikes to leisurely bike rides or relaxing picnics. Winter sports are also plentiful in the park, like snowshoeing, ice skating, or other enjoyable activities.

Bermuda

Bermuda is a British territory in the mid-Atlantic popular with US visitors due to the brief two-hour flight from numerous east coast cities, its beautiful beaches of distinct pink sand, and its warm weather year-round.

Besides the stunning stretches of sand, you can also study its rich maritime history, much of which can be noticed among the well-preserved colonial architecture and cobblestone alleys of St. George as well as the old cannon-laden forts. Of course, Bermuda is also known for the mystical Bermuda Triangle, and fearless weekenders can rent a jet ski and go experience it. Baja California Sur, Mexico Baja California Sur, Mexico is an easy weekend getaway for devoted sun worshippers and beach-goers.

Cabo San Lucas in the southernmost part of the Baja peninsula offers a great restaurant scene famous for upscale local cuisine, an exciting nightlife, and spectacular world-class resorts right on the beach. Adventurers and water sports aficionados will also enjoy Lover’s Beach for its gorgeous blue waters, fascinating caves to explore, and spectacular rock formations. Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a fabulous tropical Central American destination that can be easily reached from just about any place in the U.S. It has an amazing 800 miles of breathtaking coastal areas complete with very beautiful beaches.

If you like excitement, head over to the Arenal Volcano to get your heart pumping by zip-lining through the dreamlike rainforest, hiking in the lush jungle, rappelling down a roaring waterfall, watching exotic jungle animals such as sloths and monkeys, and finally relaxing in a hot spring fed by the volcano itself. Cartagena, Columbia

Cartagena is on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, and boasts gorgeous beaches with white powdery sand, enticing crystal clear blue water, and famous coral reefs for you to explore.

History aficionados will love the architecture reminiscent of Spanish colonial times with its military influence, ancient walls still surrounding part of the city today, and fortresses made from coral stone more than 500 years ago. Toronto Toronto is Canada’s largest city and is a typical modern-day metropolis. Diversity is one of its founding maxims; over half of the people who call it home today were in fact born somewhere else.

After a vacation in Toronto you may well feel like you’ve been on a world tour if you checked out its Little Italy, Chinatown, Koreatown, and Greektown. Whether you are looking for extreme adventure, lounging on the beach with a cold drink, or something in between, there is an international weekend getaway right for you. Experience a getway you will never forget; one full of adventure, romance, beauty, culinary exploration, history, or calming beach time.

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