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NEW 2017 travel experiences

Our travelers are always looking for new opportunities for world discoveries. Here are seven new 2017 Grand Circle trips available for reservations now. Join us on our brand-new small ship experiences and discovery-rich Land Tours, from the sparkling seas of the Mediterranean to the great railways of Canada.

NEW Small Ship Experiences

Italy’s Western Coast & Islands: A Voyage from Rome to Valletta BACK TO TOP

Trip Highlights

  • Get swept up in a garden described as the most romantic in the world: Ninfa, a 260-acre English-style park encompassing an ancient Roman settlement. During your exclusive visit, witness vines creeping up crumbling castle walls, rivers trickling under medieval stone bridges, and sky peeking through moss-covered archways.
  • Discover an authentic slice of Italian life in Procida—a tiny island in the Bay of Naples that no other Americans-only company visits. Stroll among the multi-hued buildings, gaze out at the sparkling turquoise waters, and revel an authentic locals-only vibe as you explore at your leisure.
  • Colosseum. Pantheon. Vatican. Rome is home to some of the most iconic sites in the world—described in history books, depicted in film, and ranked among the top can’t-miss travel experiences. See them for yourself during your two-night stay in the “Eternal City”—gain an introduction to the highlights during an in-depth city walking tour, and then continue your discoveries as you wish during free time here.

Italy: Rome, Anzio, Ponza, Pozzuoli, Procida, Sorrento, Paestum, Civita • Sicily: Aeolian Islands, Strait of Messina, Mount Etna, Siracusa • Malta: Valletta, Hagar Qim Temple, Mdina

16 days from $5995
Including international airfare
Single Supplement: FREE

Trip extensions:
Tuscany: Florence & Siena
5 nights pre-trip from $1395
The Langhe Countryside & Lake Orta
5 nights post-trip from $1595

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Undiscovered Adriatic: Eastern Italy, Venice, Puglia & Malta BACK TO TOP

Trip Highlights

  • Uncover another side of Venice when you visit the quieter islands of its lagoon—peaceful, sparsely-populated Torcello and the colorful fishing village of Burano. And of course, you’ll explore the main island—a city enchanted—where waterways replace pavement.
  • Set sail for Isole Tremiti, an archipelago of three islands heralded as the pearls of the Adriatic. Ruggedly beautiful, these uncovered gems offer both spectacular natural scenery and a long, rich history—the two larger islands have been inhabited since the second millennium B.C. But it’s the inviting turquoise waters that will truly leave visitors breathless.
  • Discover two charming port cities, Monopoli and Otranto, and admire the stark contrast of their traditional white-washed buildings against the vibrant turquoise waters. Get to know Monopoli’s Old Town—alive with colorful markets and bustling ports—and explore Otranto’s warren of winding streets, churches, and ancient fortresses.

Italy: Venice, Ravenna • Republic of San Marino • Italy: Urbino, L’Aquila, Tremiti Islands, Monopoli, Alberobello, Otranto, Stilo, Riace • Malta: Valletta, Hagar Qim, Marsaxlokk, Mdina

17 days from $7495
Including international airfare
Single Supplement: FREE

Trip extensions:
Ljubljana & Trieste
5 nights pre-trip from $1495
Rome, Italy
4 nights post-trip from $945

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The Aegean Islands, Athens & Ephesus by Small Ship BACK TO TOP

Trip Highlights

  • Witness the splendor of the Greek countryside from the 600-year-old monasteries of Meteora—perched atop 1,000-foot high sandstone peaks, these religious complexes served as refuges for Eastern Orthodox monks fearing Turkish prosecution.
  • Savor a spirited dinner with residents of Naxos, a picturesque island so renowned for its wine production that the legendary Greek wine-god Dionysus was believed to have resided in its lush forests.
  • Learn how to prepare classic Greek specialties using a variety of local ingredients—and discover the briny, pungent, and full-bodied flavors of the Mediterranean—during our special cooking lesson, an exclusive Discovery Series event.

Greece: Athens, Arachova, Delphi, Kalambaka, Meteora, Piraeus • Greek Islands: Syros, Mykonos, Delos, Naxos, Santorini, Patmos • Turkey: Ephesus

16 days from $6595
Including international airfare
Single Supplement: FREE

Trip extensions:
Ancient Glories: Olympia, Nafplion & Athens
5 nights pre-trip from $1195
Cappadocia, Turkey
5 nights post-trip from $1195

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NEW Land Tours

Trans-Canadian Rail Journey: Toronto to Vancouver BACK TO TOP

Trip Highlights

  • Witness epic landscapes unfold as your VIA Rail train treks into the heart of the Canadian West: Between pink-streaked dawns and starry nights, marvel at sights like the placid lakes of Southern Ontario, unspoiled boreal forest, vast grassy expanses, and the soaring Rocky Mountains.
  • Board the Rocky Mountaineer for an unforgettable two-day ride through the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Wind your way through mountain passes, admiring snowcapped mountains carpeted with colorful wildflowers, crystal-clear rivers, semi-arid deserts, expansive glaciers, and other incredible scenery in full daylight from the comfort of your panoramic dome car.
  • Marvel at the scenic gem of Banff National Park during a trip through the Tunnel Mountain Drive—passing Lake Minnewanka’s calm waters contoured by tree-covered mountains. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Banff is Canada’s oldest national park and spans an array of landscapes, from mountainous valleys to open meadows and glacial hills.

Toronto • VIA Rail train • Jasper • Banff • Kamloops • Vancouver

12 days from $5035
Including international airfare
Single Supplement: FREE

Trip extensions:
Montreal & the 1000 Islands
5 nights pre-trip from $995
Victoria, British Columbia
3 nights post-trip from $695

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Mexico’s Ancient & Colonial Heritage BACK TO TOP

Trip Highlights

  • See, hear, smell, and taste your way through a traditional Mexican mercado, or market. The vendors sell everything from straw hats and black clay pottery to dried chilis and roasted chapulines (grasshoppers). Stop to sample a freshly-made quesadilla or perhaps glimpse one of the artisans at work on their crafts, such as hand-woven baskets.
  • Get to know the vibrant city of Merida. Also called “The White City,” Merida’s Spanish colonial downtown area lives up to its name as all the buildings are white-washed. While there, admire the Monumento a la Bandera, or Flag Monument. Designed by Mexican sculptor Romulo Rozo, it depicts Mexico’s history from the Aztecs through the mid-twentieth century.
  • Behold the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, and uncover the mysteries it contains. Once a seat of power in the ancient world, the spectacular remains have given us extensive insight into the ancient Mayan people. Exceptionally advanced, they were skilled farmers, astronomers, and developed what may have been the first written language native to the Americas.

Oaxaca • Palenque • Merida

11 days from $2795
Including international airfare
Single Supplement: FREE

Trip extensions:
Mexico City, Mexico
4 nights pre-trip from $695
Tulum, Mexico
3 nights post-trip from $595

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Impressions of Italy: The Amalfi Coast & Tuscany BACK TO TOP

Trip Highlights

  • Step back in time as you explore Pompeii, ruins so well preserved you can almost imagine the streets bustling with ancient Romans, horse-drawn carts trundling past, and the smell of bread wafting from one of the many stone ovens that have been uncovered by archaeologists.
  • Share an authentic meal with a Sorrentine family during a Home-Hosted Dinner. Enjoy Italian hospitality and cuisine, from homemade pasta to produce fresh from the local market, as you lift a glass and wish your hosts salute (health), a traditional Italian toast.
  • Discover medieval Siena, and learn about its fiercely loyal contrada, or districts. Each time you enter a new neighborhood, the festive décor—from animal-shaped sconces to waving flags—gives Siena the feel of a city always on the verge of celebration.

Rome • Sorrento • Chianciano • Montecatini

16 days from $3095
Including international airfare
Single Supplement: FREE

Trip extensions:
Rome, Italy
4 nights pre-trip from $745
Venice, Italy
4 nights post-trip from $845

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