Home to globally influential cuisine, art, and architecture, France is awash with iconic cultural treasures and natural wonders. With an abundance of hidden gems dotted around the country, this ultimate romantic destination is guaranteed to leave you enamored. Join in on an enchanting journey through the top five places to discover quintessential France.

Famous for D-Day and a coastline home to over 80 sites that became prominent during World War II, Normandy is the perfect place for learning about European History and the world’s largest invasion by sea. Nature and culture lovers also have plenty to explore — marvel at…

Vibrant and bustling, Rome is a truly magnificent city, where history and modernity mingle on every corner. It’s so packed full of grand monuments that it can sometimes feel difficult to know which ones to visit. That’s why we’ve put together this essential guide to eight historical sites you need to see in Rome, featuring hidden treasures and timeless monuments that you simply can’t miss on your next trip to the Eternal City.

Rome, Italy

1. Discover the legacy of Emperor Augustus at the Ara Pacis

The Ara Pacis, or altar of peace, was built to commemorate the Emperor Augustus’s military victories…

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In the last decade, I’ve traveled around the world twice, sailed across the Atlantic, explored over 60 countries on five continents and stayed in over 500 luxury hideaways. Among so many incredible travel memories, there is one moment I’ll never forget.

It happened in Greenland, on the edge of a vast ice sheet. I jumped across a crevice of ancient ice plummeting 500 meters below. My heart was pounding so hard I could barely hear the rush of meltwater. But thanks to the calm expertise…

Discover the magical landscapes of Norway on this 14-day adventure through vibrant cities, spectacular fjords, and endless untouched wilderness.

  • Go dog sledding in the enchanted landscape of Valdres
  • Head off the beaten track to the stunning cascades of Turlidfossen waterfall
  • Hike Tafjord for breathtaking views that few people get to experience
  • Discover a UNESCO City of Gastronomy on a private culinary tour of Bergen
  • Stay in a cozy hideaway with impressive views of the Storfjord and Sunnmøre Alps.

Day 1–3: Oslo
Day 3–5: Valdres
Day 5–8: Aurland
Day 8–11: Bergen
Day 11–14: Ålesund

Length: 14 days/13 nights

When to go: late April — early October

Explore Belize’s lush jungles and exotic spice farms before cruising on your own private yacht among pristine white-sand islands and transparent turquoise ocean.

Trip Highlights

  • Learn about cacao harvest and sip on fresh brewed authentic Mayan hot chocolate
  • Visit one of the largest vanilla and black pepper plantations in Palencia
  • Explore the one-of-a-kind island of Bluefield Range
  • Enjoy a magical underwater experience snorkeling in South Water Caye
  • Sail through Belize Cayes exploring and relaxing under the sun

At a glance

Day 1–4: Punta Gorda

Day 4–13: 47ft Fountaine Pajot private charter

Day 13–15: Thatch Caye

Length: 14 nights/15 days

Day 1. Arrival to Punta Gorda

After arriving at Belize International Airport, board a domestic flight to Belize’s southernmost town, Punta Gorda. At the…

Encounter the exotic wildlife, ancient ruins, and underwater wonders of Belize while sailing over azure seas and trekking through lush jungle.

Trip Highlights

  • Witness rare species at Swallow Caye wildlife sanctuary
  • Swim with friendly sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve
  • Encounter a kaleidoscope of marine life at Goff’s Caye
  • Live out your desert island fantasy aboard a privately chartered catamaran
  • Hike to the top of Caana Pyramid overlooking lush rainforest
  • Swim through the natural waters of Rio Frio Cave

At a glance

Days 1–4: Cayo District

Days 4–10: 47ft Fountaine Pajot private charter

When to go: November to April

Length: 9 nights/10 days

Itinerary summary
Discover the natural beauty of Belize during this 10-day exploration of tropical rainforest, smooth seas, and the…

Encounter the awe-inspiring natural wonders of Slovenia, an adventurer’s playground perfect for families with active, curious kids.

At a glance:
Day 1–2: Ljubljana
Day 2–4: Julian Alps (Triglav National Park)
Day 4–6: Julian Alps (Bovec)
Day 6–7: Goriška Brda
Day 7: Ljubljana

When to go: May to October

Length: 8 days / 7 nights

Itinerary summary
While compact, Slovenia more than makes up for its small size with a dynamic selection of unique landscapes, from the warm Mediterranean beaches to the mighty Julian Alps. On this eight-day adventure, experience historic Ljubljana, hike the highest mountain in the country, and white water raft down the emerald Soča River. Phenomenal food, breathtaking sights, and a culturally rich experience awaits.

Discover Peru’s timeless riches, from the breathtaking Machu Picchu and pristine Amazon rainforest to the colonial charm of Cusco and vibrant culture of Lima.

Itinerary summary:

Peru is home to some of the world’s most spectacular cultural sites, and this immersive 11-day itinerary brings you up close and personal with the best the country has to offer. In Lima, trace over 500 years of history on an expert-led tour of grand colonial mansions and discover the legacy of pre-Colombian civilizations. Cradled by the vast, breathtaking Andes, encounter indigenous traditions in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and take part in…

Embark on an unforgettable family adventure to explore the best of Peru, from Machu Picchu’s soaring ancient peaks and to the colonial charm of Cusco and vibrant culture of Lima.

Itinerary summary:

An adventure that will thrill travellers of all ages, this immersive nine-day itinerary takes you to Peru’s most spectacular cultural sites. In Lima, trace over 500 years of history on an expert-led tour of grand colonial mansions, and take a bike ride through Miraflores and Barranco to experience the capital’s unique art and cultural traditions. In the Sacred Valley of the Incas, cradled by the vast, breathtaking Andes…

Immerse yourself in Peru’s ethereal beauty and rich history, from the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu and healing waters of Lake Titicaca to the vibrant cultures of Lima and Cusco.

Discover how nature and history intertwine throughout Peru on this breathtaking 12-day adventure through the country’s most significant sites, from the picturesque Sacred Valley to soaring Incan ruins and traditional Andean communities. In Lima, trace 500 years of history on an expert-led tour of grand colonial mansions, and sample Peruvian specialties at the city’s most iconic market. Learn weaving processes from master craftsmen in the charming Amaru community, and then…

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