The limelight might shine on Mykonos, Santorini, and the famous names of the Greek Islands. Still, with more than 6,000 islands to choose from, there are plenty of opportunities to escape the crowds and seek a traditional way of life and untouched natural beauty on a Greek Island cruise. Here we take a peek at five spectacular secret islands which fly under the radar and why you should visit them.
The most remote of the Northern Sporades islands, Alonnisos encapsulates the spirit of the Greek Islands. The small isle is blanketed with pine forests, olive groves, and orchards grazed by bell-toting sheep in the picturesque harbor of Patitiri, a cobbled waterfront lined by pastel-colored buildings and quaint cafés. Hora (the Old Village) is dominated by a medieval castle with panoramic sea views, and its narrow lanes are home to ancient stone houses. Alonnisos is pure natural perfection, and its National Marine Park is home to seabirds, dolphins, and the endangered and rare Mediterranean monk seal.
Despite being part of a remote archipelago far off the tourist trail, Fourni has a thriving population and is home to the delightfully vibrant little fishing town of Kambos set around a natural harbor. Yet its true magic lies in its dramatic landscape, where fjord-like bays have been carved between towering sea cliffs, and islets stretch into the horizon like giant stepping stones. It is little wonder pirates from across the Mediterranean were drawn to its grottoes. From ancient windmills to mulberry trees and a freshwater spring, Fourni offers raw beauty and Greek hospitality in equal measures.
A cruise to Alaska ventures deep into one of the world’s wildest frontiers. In this vast realm, nature reigns supreme and promises unparalleled adventure and exploration. The snow-frosted mountains, great calving glaciers, and puffing whales are jaw-dropping when seen from the deck of the ship, but get up close, and you’ll feel genuinely embraced by nature. Here we look at some of the most incredible wild adventures Alaska can offer cruise ship passengers.
Meet the Wildlife
All across Alaska, wildlife thrives, from the vast mountainous inland to the long craggy coastline. Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge is home to the largest brown bears in the world, so where better to watch these magnificent animals as they gorge on plump summer salmon and dig for clams in the coastal shallows? Rugged and remote, Kodiak is the largest island in Alaska and is home to 3,000 grizzly bears, whales, seals, sea lions, and otters. Alaska’s chilly Arctic waters are teeming with marine mammals, and in Juneau, you can hop aboard a small ship and go in search of huffing humpback whales and pods of orcas.
From the port city of Seward, the Kenai Fjords National Park promise a day of unforgettable wildlife experiences. In the shadow of gargantuan glaciers, spot orcas and whales, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, puffins, and majestic eagles.
Copenhagen is one of the absolute most amiable cities in the world. It's full of vibrancy wherever you go. While it is possible to see a lot that the capital city has to offer in just a day or so, you won't want the time you have to spend there to be fleeting. Once you get wrapped up in the city's charm, history, and culture, you may never want to leave. To make sure you take in all that you can during your visit, here is a list of the top experiences you shouldn't miss out on…
A beautiful landscape coated in rolling hills, cobblestoned streets, and centuries-old houses, Saint-Émilion could be your next vacation spot in France! Read on to explore more of what this famed wine-producing region has to offer.
Culture & History
The tourists who pass through Saint-Émilion on their way to other destinations don’t know what they’re missing. Saint-Émilion is the kind of charming little French town where you can chat with the locals or sit down and relax in one of the shaded piazzas.
Outdoor lovers have many opportunities to have unforgettable experiences while on their next trip to St. Lucia. Here are 10 of the most fantastic experience you can have for a unique experiences in the Caribbean.
1: Visit a "Drive-in" Volcano
Yes, you read that correctly – it's a drive-in volcano! While some may have "seeing a volcano" on their bucket list, how many of you thought about driving into one? You can achieve that goal in St. Lucia.
2: Swim at the Toraille Waterfall
Before arriving at the waterfall, a lush botanical garden greets you. You can feel the waterfall's mist cooling your skin or, if you have a bathing suit with you, take a dip in the pool at the waterfall's base.
3: Hike to Gros Piton's Top
At the center of St. Lucia's, you'll find one of the best places in the world to hike—Gros Piton. You'll start at the beach, and the trail requires a guide to accompany you while hiking to Gros Piton's top.
4: Take a Water Taxi to Anse Chastanet Beach
Because St. Lucia has a mountainous terrain, driving is challenging. Locals solve this problem by offering water taxis. That means you can head to Anse Chastanet Beach, where you can find a reef and calm waters that are ideal for snorkeling.
Paris is sweet on the eye, sweet on the romance, and sweet on the palate. It is a sugar lover's dream, and the only problem you'll have with delectable French desserts is which one to choose. To help you navigate that yummy last course, we've broken down the top 10 must-try desserts for your visit to the City of Lights. And if you have to eat more than one a day to get through them? Well, c'est la vie!
When you visit an all-inclusive resort, do you spend time away from the resort? If so, what types of experiences do you enjoy? When I venture off the resort, I frequently visit the UNESCO world heritage sites...
Like many, I’ve been adding national parks to my itinerary where possible. My job requires extensive research since Conversational Traveler also customizes vacations, which led me to some national parks in the Dominican Republic of which I was unaware.
When many people think of the Caribbean, they think of great resorts, Jamaica and Cuba. But what they don't realize is that the most popular destination in the Caribbean is the Dominican Republic.
The Dominican Republic is on an island shared with Hispaniola and Haiti, and it sees over 6 million visitors a year. This results in 2 million more than Cuba. This Caribbean destination has more to offer visitors than your run-of-the-mill resort. The Dominican Republic has a lot more to offer than just resorts.
Here are some scenic locations and national parks to see on your trip to the D.R.:
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