People can be divided by how they want to experience a destination; some may enjoy the dynamics of travelling with a group of friends on a guided holiday while others like to take advantage of a floating hotel and only unpacking once.
To make your life a little easier, we’ve listed the best trips that offer you the luxury of both worlds.
Classical culture meets modern metropolis in this exploration of mainland Greece, where ancient cliff-top monasteries and Spartan history mingle with the temples of Olympian gods. Explore the cities of Nafplion, Olympia, Delphi and Kalambaka where you’ll delve into the local way of life with Insider Experiences like dining with a family on their olive oil farm in Olympia. Once you’ve uncovered the history and cultures of mainland, take to the Aegean Sea where you’ll enjoy island life cruising around the Mediterranean Islands of Mykonos, Rhodes, Santorini, Patmos and more.
Eastern Europe and exotic Istanbul
Few destinations are as rich with history and mystery as Eastern Europe and Turkey. Combine the beauty of the European countries situated along the Danube – Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania and Serbia before finishing in the land where East meets West and the contemporary blends with the ancient; Turkey. Uniworld’s 12-day Highlights of Eastern Europe & Istanbul invites guests to go beyond the Iron Curtain and experience the best of both worlds on this unique all-inclusive river cruise experience. Enjoy a walking tour of Budapest offering an authentic city perspective; visit a local farm in Croatia for a home-hosted lunch; cycle past rock-hewn monasteries and ornate churches in Belgrade and soak up exotic Istanbul.
Challenge the usual travel boundaries of land or sea with a fly, stay and cruise package option to South East Asia. Hong Kong’s spectacular harbour offers a number of attractions including the Hong Kong Observation Wheel and ‘A Symphony of Lights’ evening multimedia show. There are also a range of culinary and shopping day tours available that explore the city’s best eateries and popular shopping districts. Creative Cruising’s 27 night Asia to Australia package includes one way economy flights to Hong Kong, three nights pre-cruise accommodation in Hong Kong as well as a Kowloon Foodie Tour, giving you time to see, taste and experience everything the city has to offer. You’ll then board a 24 night cruise from Hong Kong to Sydney onboard Star Cruises’ Superstar Virgo, where you can relax and unwind in style, with first class dining and entertainment included.
The perfect balance of land and sea, you’ll experience the very best of Canada and Alaska like a local on this incredible discovery with Trafalgar. Uncover Alaska’s majestic Glacier Bay National Park on a cruise that travels through the Inside Passage taking in the dramatic Sawyer Glacier at Tracey Arm and the world’s largest collection of Totem poles at Ketchikan. Enjoy the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver and spectacular scenery of the Rockies while experiencing local life with families in Strait of Georgia and Banff.
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