The Perfect Tour for You
For the adventuresome vacationer there are options aplenty from hiking Peru's Inca Trail, going though the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park on horseback, climbing the highest peak in Southeast Asia, motorcycling through the remote, raw beauty of Patagonia, not to forget running with the bulls in Pamplona. Some more adventure tours out there include an Air Combat experience, along the lines of Top Gun, in San Diego, or a fast Ferrari drive along the curvy coastline of the French Riviera. If any or all of these adrenaline-charged experiences impress you, consider making adventure travel part of your next vacation.
Exploring the World's National Parks
Regardless of the country, there is a National Parks tour that will take you to many of the great wonders of the world.
Here are a number of the most well-known national parks on earth.
The Galapagos Islands
One of the world's most visited UNESCO sites, and also Ecuador's earliest park, is an island chain known as the Galapagos Islands. Here you may get the chance to swim with some of the world's littlest penguins and come face to face with its giant tortoises.
Machu PicchuMachu Picchu, the remarkable Incan citadel high in the Andean Mountains, is one of the most important archaeological places in the world.
It represents what the Incan Empire was capable of achieving at its peak of power.
YellowstoneIn 1903 when President Theodore Roosevelt initially came upon the magnificent geology and flora of Yellowstone, he announced the site as "absolutely unique in the world". He considered national parks to be the ideal way to protect nature and turn them into a common social asset to benefit all generations to follow.
Serengeti National ParkBoth Tanzania's Serengeti National Park and South Africa's Kruger Park are recognized across the world for its wide array of wildlife and fauna located there. Go there with an open mind and a sharp ear to truly appreciate one-of-a-kind landscapes and the sounds of predators looking for their next meal.
Great Barrier ReefThe Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, located off the northeastern shores of Australia incorporates the world's most significant coral reef system – a must see on any bucket list.
Fiordland National Park
The nearby Fiordland National Park in New Zealand has impressive fjords aplenty, enough so as to surpass Norway's impressive natural wonders any day.
With its centuries-old cultural icons, including a vibrant Jewish community with seven synagogues that dates back to the 12th century, and St. Francis Church constructed by the Portuguese in 1503, Cochin (or Kochi) in the Indian state of Kerala has earned the nickname "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 visit when you are in Jordan. When you visit the world by cruise ship, you can see bustling metropolises and tiny tribal villages, rain forests and mountains, polar bears and lions, all while enjoying the luxurious comfort of your ship.
When you cruise along the coast of Africa you will follow the same journey taken by early explorers from nations including England, The Netherlands, Germany, and Portugal. From historical tribal traditions to colonial influences, you will experience a variety of cultures in countries such as Mozambique, Madagascar, Senegal, and Mauritius.
From South Africa's verdant mountains to the desert terrain of Namibia, there is something for everyone.
Off the coast of Tanzania you'll find the tropical archipelago of Zanzibar, also known as "Spice Island", a place famous for its abundance of valuable spices including cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
It is universally believed that modern civilization began along the shores of Southern Europe – from the start of science and democracy to viticulture and art. The "Old World" is without a doubt a place rich in history. Regardless of whether you lay in the sun on the beaches of Spain and Italy, study the historical sights of Greece and Jerusalem, or enjoy the charm of Santorini and the Greek Islands, the memories you make there will last a lifetime.
There is no other city in the world like Rome, with its ancient Colosseum and Pantheon, or Vatican City, home of the Pope and St. Peter's Basilica. Design enthusiasts will love Barcelona and Antoni Gaudi's awe-inspiring architecture. Wine lovers will want to pass time in the celebrated wine regions of Chianti in Italy, Port in Portugal, and Provence in France.
Passengers traveling along Croatia's Adriatic coast will want to stop in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Dubrovnik, with its ancient walls surrounding the city still largely intact.