EXPERIENCE THE EXOTIC

If you’re like us, just the mere mention of an exotic vacation conjures up images of postcard worthy, palm-fringed beaches, charming European villages, and lush tropical gardens bursting with color. And no matter how you define “exotic,” there’s a destination and travel experience that’s certain to satisfy your inner explorer.

What makes an exotic getaway so special is that it isn’t your everyday vacation – far from it. Sure, most exotic destinations take a little longer in getting to, but they are completely worth the extra travel time. In fact, your travel professional can help you create the perfect travel experience at the very best possible value. Plus, they have the inside scoop on everything travel and will be ready to assist you 24/7.

To help you get ready for your own exotic travel experience, here are a few of our favorite destinations that are sure to give you plenty of fun, sun, and memories to last several lifetimes…

ON THE NILE

Elusive, mystic, and beautifully ancient, Egypt and the Nile River has intrigued culturally-curious travelers for centuries. And one of the best ways to experience such grandeur is on board an all-inclusive river cruise where you can enjoy a sunset over the water and desert as you soak in thousands of years of rich history.

Whether you are looking to hit the ground running on an active tour, or you prefer to unwind and simply relish the sights at a relaxed pace, your journey through the Nile can be tailored in many different ways. You’ll experience a bygone time by visiting the Valley of the Kings, the ornate burial ground of Egyptian nobility, and enjoy an exhilarating ride in a felucca, a traditional Nile River sailboat. Most itineraries begin and end in Cairo, where you’ll visit the famous Egyptian Museum and bask in the wonder of its immense collection and display of ancient treasures including artifacts retrieved from the tomb of the eminent King Tutankhamun. Of course no journey to Egypt is complete until you gaze upon the mighty ancient Pyramids and the iconic Sphinx.

A TROPICAL PARADISE

Few places are better at unplugging and de-stressing travelers from everyday life than the picture-perfect islands that make up Polynesia and Melanesia. From seeing the sights of New Zealand to taking in the remoteness of Vanuatu and New Caledonia, you will surely be left breathless.

Vanuatu is known for its culture, resorts, and excellent diving. New Caledonia has beautiful beaches, a French culture, and fantastic diving throughout the world’s second largest coral reef. New Zealand’s vast treasures offer everything from the hustle and bustle of city life to great golfing, gorgeous nature reserves, and of course, wine!

Some of the most beautiful and romantic lagoons, white-sand beaches, and magnificent resorts can be found on the islands of Tahiti and Bora Bora. A tailor-made vacation to either (or both!) is ideal for the independent traveler. Stay in an overwater bungalow, dive for exquisite Tahitian black pearls, or relax in a world-class spa while relishing the tropical surroundings. Cruising is another great way to experience more of these alluring islands.

OF MYTHS AND LEGENDS

Rich in history, mythology, and all those colossal ancient architectural ruins, Greece is also home to over 6,000 islands and islets scattered across the eastern Mediterranean, each with its own unique character, personality, and charm, and for many, their own legends complete with magnificent architectural achievements to back them up. Through the islands, history has been on display for thousands of years, courtesy of heroic countrymen and invaders alike, and the rise and fall of their accomplishments and defeats lay in witness to the present, as well as the past.

As you sail along the Greek isles’ coast lines and into their ports, you'll discover white-washed houses with contrasting cobalt-blue doors and shutters dotting the high cliffs of many of the islands. It's an impressive sight, especially around the island of Santorini, with its cliff-lined caldera that formed centuries ago in 1500 B.C., when the mouth of its proud volcano collapsed during a major eruption. It's one of the most popular of the Greek isles and can be found on the itineraries of most cruise lines.


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