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“The Mississippi Valley is as reposeful as a dreamland, nothing worldly about it . . . nothing to hang a fret or a worry upon.”Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi

No body of water in the United States is as storied as the Mississippi River. Traveling along this legendary river and its tributaries is an experience set in a time past and a testament to the ingenuity of the pioneers who first traveled these waters.  The Mississippi’s shores are home to sprawling nature preserves, unique wildlife, and vivid American towns that bring you back to an earlier time.

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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

For many travelers from the United States, the island of Fernando de Noronha off the Brazilian coast is an unknown travel destination. With Marnella Tours, travelers can discover the vegetation-rich landscape and unparalleled biodiversity that makes Fernando de Noronha not only a tropical beach destination, but an island full of adventure.

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Discover Cuban Culture with Celestyal Cruises


Cuba is a puzzle the US travel industry is just beginning to solve. Fortunately we have great cruise lines like Celestyal Cruises to lead the way!

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Paris, France by XL Airways

Paris in the spring, or any other time for that matter, is a joy. This is a city with a history that stretches back to Celtic beginnings, the cultural heart of Europe from practically the dawn of a European identity.

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Patagonia by Aerolineas Argentinas

In Argentina’s south, lies the gorgeous and infamous Patagonian region. Known for its exquisite beauty and breathtaking adventures, Patagonia is a must see to those visiting Argentina.

The Patagonian region of South America also includes Chile, although most of it resides within Argentina. Patagonia was named by Magellan, referring to the Tehuelche people’s large moccasins, which made their feet appear huge. Charles Darwin’s account of the native wildlife in Patagonia is still considered as relevant today as it was back then. This gives an indication of how authentically wild Patagonia remains 170 years later. In the “little known fact” category, Patagonia is also the final resting place of Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid.

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Discover Taiwanese Culture with Super Value Tours

Taiwan is a dynamic and affluently cultural country, apparent to any visitor lucky enough to grace its shores. The natural beauty of Taiwan is still relatively untouched, with soaring cliffs of marble and jade, mineral-rich hot springs, and sparkling lakes where the sky meets the water. Even the largest and most bustling of cities honor the traditions of generations past in their architecture and way of life.

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Savor Sweet Provence with Back-Roads Touring

Provence is not where the traveller goes to run themselves ragged trying to see it all; it’s where they go to experience life at a pace so sedate sometimes it feels as if they’re standing still. And that’s ok with them. The wide open natural spaces, intriguing medieval ruins, and opportunities to stretch their physical boundaries makes Provence as much an excursion of the body and mind as the French culture. But for those salivating for a good glass of traditional French wine and the chance to savor truly authentic Provencal cuisine, don’t fret; everyone will find their pace here in Provence.

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The icy glaciers and natural parks of Tierra del Fuego are almost unmatched in the world for their beauty, collection of unspoiled and free wilderness, and abundant opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast. Since its European discovery by Ferdinand Magellan in 1520, Tierra del Fuego has captivated the world with its frigid wilderness. Tierra del Fuego is a favorite among visitors for its wildlife, including elephant seals, King cormorants, and Magellan penguins. While in the past the area was feared by sailors for its treacherous channels and rough waters, today the archipelago is more accessible than ever to the outside world.

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Take a Breath of Fresh Air in Cape Town with Goway

South Africa is one of the continent’s most cosmopolitan countries, and Cape Town a big city with plenty of energy and buzz. But for many visitors, Cape Town is more than just buildings and sidewalks; it’s a gorgeous natural oasis cohabiting with the urban flair mankind has created. Whether it’s hiking up stunning Table Mountain or strolling through the botanical gardens, Cape Town has never lost sight of its foundation: the one that surrounds it every single day. Read the rest of this entry »

The state of Western Australia holds all the romance and mystique of the old frontier tales: wide open spaces, old colonial and mining towns, and hundreds of thousands of miles of pristine flora. With stunning beaches, deserts, salt lakes, rock formations, and vibrant forests, the state is any outdoorsman’s fantasy come to life. Those looking for a quieter and less strenuous holiday will be well taken care of here as well, from whale watching in Pilbara to wine tasting in Margaret River. Take a trip to Western Australia, and prepare to find enchantment around every tree and rock.

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Soak in the Sun in Hokkaido with Super Value Tours

Hokkaido is a far cry from the technicolor lights and glamour of Tokyo. This prefecture holds 20% of Japan’s land mass but only 5% of its population, leading to plenty of open spaces and untouched natural riches. Sports enthusiasts flock here no matter the season, whether it’s hiking and bicycling in the summer or snowboarding and skiing in the winter. Any visitor looking to take deep breath away from the crowds of the larger cities should look no further than the serene tranquility of rural Hokkaido.

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Escape from Rome and revel in Italy’s southern coastline dotted with tiny, colorful villages clinging to cliffs perched high above the dazzling sea. The area is ablaze with citrus orchards, vineyards and olive groves, making a perfect introduction to Sorrento, Naples, Capri, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello, and to the more casual charms of Maiori, Praiano and Conca dei Marini.  The mild Mediterranean climate invites tourists to visit all year round.

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Find Your Bliss in the Tahitian Islands with Goway

The Tahitian Islands are a lush paradise, brimming not only with sun-drenched beaches and vibrant foliage but also an ancient heritage set to the heartbeat of the rise and fall of the tides. The Polynesian people are warm and inviting to those who come to their shores to explore and bask in the natural beauty of each island. From the Society Islands to the Marquesas, there is only a plane ride between you and a trip to tranquility.

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The Bay of Fundy has one of the world’s most unique boasts: the world’s highest tide. But the rushing waters aren’t the only attraction bringing visitors to this southern region of New Brunswick year after year. From ancient fossils weaving a story into the cliffs to carving out a new identity as a top wine destination, the Bay of Fundy is a fun and eclectic area just waiting for you. Come and see why this humble Canadian heartland is making a big name for itself.

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Stretch Out on the Shores of Naxos with Cloud Tours

Naxos is a stunning island often overlooked for its more well-known sisters, Santorini or Mykonos, even though it’s the largest island in the Cyclades. Despite the snub, Naxos continues to be a popular destination for those looking for an off the beaten path Greek island getaway, full of Mediterranean sun and fun but not necessarily the huge cruising crowds. The island is a foodie paradise, considered the gourmet hotspot of the Cyclades with organic and farm-to-table cuisine, and the perfect place to enjoy it on the long stretches of beach overlooking the deep azure waters. You’ll certainly find the island large enough to accommodate your wish for some solitary exploration or a chance to wander around ancient ruins.

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Delve Into Cartagena’s Colonial Past with Shoretrips

Cartagena is a city that holds fast to its historical roots, and the results are simply stunning. From towering churches to sprawling castillos, the city is tinged with Spanish flavor on its tongue around every corner. Any visitor looking for some of the greatest Spanish colonial sights and structures of the New World will look no further than Cartagena.

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When most wine enthusiasts reminisce about their favorite Shiraz, Merlot, or Chardonnay, they may be surprised to find that many of their favorite brands came from the Land Down Under. Australia, specifically the state of South Australia, is the world’s fourth largest exporter of wine, and 60% of its production is consumed internationally. Wine and vineyard tourism has also exploded in the region, with many visitors to Australia coming to try the country’s signature vintages in both reds and whites.

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Anyone who loves the feel of fresh powder under their skis, the bite of frigid air on their cheeks, and the smell of pine in the air will adore St Moritz. This Alpine resort town is the perfect winter getaway to stretch your legs and pump up your adrenaline, all while enjoying some of the most enchanting snow-frosted scenery in Europe. If you’re not looking to burn calories in the snow, then make sure to check out the delicious local gourmet food scene and the intriguing museums and galleries.

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Crete is one of the many roots of ancient Greece, and a one of the country’s cultural and historical treasures. From museums to ancient ruins to gorgeous natural landmarks, Crete has a site for everyone to immerse themselves in. Between its sun-drenched beaches and its role as the place where mighty Zeus grew up and eventually vanquished his jealous father Cronos, it’s no wonder Crete continues to bring in visitors by the thousands every year.

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Margaret River is one of Australia’s most lush and fertile winelands. This region in Australia’s west country is still relatively quiet in the tourist circles, which has led to the continued preservation of the area’s many natural features and draws. Among these are the stellar surfing coves, smaller Australian towns full of charm and vigor, and the natural wonders that have developed for thousands, if not millions, of years.

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Discover Breathtaking Patagonia with Yampu Tours

While many discoveries and breakthroughs have been made in this scientific treasure trove, Patagonia continues to hold her secrets close. This Argentinian region never stops delighting visitors with its natural wonders, from multiple towering and glistening glaciers, to waddling penguin colonies on the shores, to impassioned experts sharing their knowledge in dedicated spaces. Patagonia inspired awe and myths from the first navigators who set foot here in the 16th century, and she continues to do so today with every new visitor, be it from cruise ship or plane, who disembarks onto her shores.

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