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Romantic Summer Vacation Destinations

If you want a summer filled with romance, you can take your loved one and dash off on a romantic holiday. A variety of destinations await at many different locations. The following are some of the best destinations for a romantic summer vacation.

South Florida

Imagine sitting with your loved one on the sandy shores of the beach holiday. The stars are twinkling above, and the waves are lapping gently at your feet. Romance is often in the air in the breathtaking beaches of South Florida. You will find many different beaches in this area, some of which are fairly quiet. You will find many restaurants where you can dine right next to the water. You will find all sorts of hotels where you can watch the sun rise from your very own private balcony next to your loved one. There is something for everyone in this beautiful palm-tree filled area.

Venice

If you want something very romantic honeymoon destinations, then you can go to the city that is seemingly made for romance. There are few things as sweet as riding on a gondola as you gaze at the beautiful world-famous architecture around you. You can dine at many beautiful restaurants with authentic Italian food. This is an extravagant vacation, to be sure, but one you are likely to remember forever.

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The Wild Alaska

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If you’re one of those to whom all the world is a sea and can afford to indulge the lust for travel, a cruise to remote shores is the answer to your quest for adventure. The most untouched and unspoilt part of America is Alaska and the sheer power of its virgin beauty would make a voyage to any other place pale in comparison. Further, Alaska offers unrivalled opportunities for the seasoned angler and is definitely the destination for those with any serious interest in the sport.

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The best time to travel to Alaska is from May to September, when the weather conditions are more favorable. But those who opt to travel slightly outside the tourist season as it were would find it a better time from the economical viewpoint.

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One of the principal destinations of any cruise to Alaska is Glacier Bay. As your ship gently maneuvers itself through a sea of floating icebergs, you can catch sight of frolicking seals or a humpback whale or maybe some Dall sheep or polar bear on the shores. The view of the glaciers and the scenery can leave one spellbound. From the chilling waters of the Glacier Bay, you could go to the Misty Fjords. From the ship, you could gaze at the lofty mountains covered with tall trees and hiding sparkling waterfalls in their folds. For those wishing to venture further, a floatplane allows you to travel to a remote lake in the wilderness. Along the cruise, you could stop at Alaska’s many ports like the Juneau, Anchorage and Ketchikan. A visit to Sitka in Alaska, provides a valuable insight into the lives and homes of the original inhabitants of this beautiful land.

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7 of the Most Amazing Aerial Tours in the World

Many of us get tired of seeing things eye-level. Few of us, however, realize that there is an amazing view that awaits us: from on high. Just the feeling of going up makes you feel giddy already; upon seeing the view, you feel as if you are in a different plane altogether.

Things indeed look different seen from the top. For many, one of the best ways of seeing things is through an aerial tour. Best of all, there are no crowds in this kind of tour. Whether you are a fan of Mother Nature or you prefer a citys nightlights, joining an aerial tour can turn out be a rewarding experience.

Just make sure that you prepare beforehand, as there are certain things worth considering when joining this kind of tour. Aside from choosing which kind of view youd prefer, things like weather and seasons also come to the fore. Thankfully, many groups now offer this, as it has become more and more popular among tourists.

The Nazca Lines in Peru

7 of the Most Amazing Aerial Tours in the World

Over two-thousand years old, these carvings which are shaped like humans, animals and trapezoidal lines are amazing, seen from above. People have long theorized about what these mysterious lines mean and who made them, which makes it even more fascinating. The tour is a thirty-five minute flight where you can clearly see the distinct shapes. Since the Nazca Desert has a dry climate, you can plan your trip at any day of the year. However, make sure you fly in the morning or late in the afternoon, so that the sight isnt marred by the dusty haze during the midday heat.

The Iditarod Flight in Alaska

7 of the Most Amazing Aerial Tours in the World

Its a 1, 161-mile sled dog race; a contest that tries the strength of dogsledding teams by pitting them against extreme weather and rough terrain. The tour itself is a long, twelve-day trip where you will track the teams, and look at other landmarks around Alaska. The tour is interesting as you will play an active role in it, instead of just being a sightseer. You will drop in at checkpoints so you can see the teams up close, and become a handler at the races starting chute. If you are a fan of the dogs themselves, you will be able to visit the kennels of some of the champion sled dogs. The trip is scheduled on the first Saturday of March.

The Zeppelin Ride over Tokyo

7 of the Most Amazing Aerial Tours in the World

Are you more of an urban person, finding neon lights and skyscrapers beautiful? Then Tokyo is the place to go-and see overhead. Experiencing Tokyo from above is a far more beautiful-and less tiring-experience than touring it on foot. Floating gently away, a zeppelin ride will give you a smooth travel similar to a hot-air balloon ride. Unlike the latter however, one can maneuver the zeppelin, making it go at 45 miles per hour; a slow movement that will give you a floating sensation which will be matched perfectly by the magical view of Tokyo. Though you can take this tour at any time of the year, it is best to catch the view while the sun is setting, and to see the neon lights come to life as the city descends into darkness.

The Serengeti Balloon Safari in Africa

7 of the Most Amazing Aerial Tours in the World

You may have heard of people taking a tour in South Africa to see the wildlife. In East Africa, particularly in Serengeti, a new tour is being offered: a hot-air balloon tour that will give you a vast view of the plains, and the numerous animals that make it their home. From zebras to lions, jackals to hippos, you will be amazed at the tranquil life of these animals. To end your one hour tour, there will be a champagne toast, and you will have an English breakfast under a shade tree. Tours are available all throughout the year, but booking a tour during the wildebeest migration from May to June and November to December is best.

Kaikoura Whale Watch Flight in New Zealand

7 of the Most Amazing Aerial Tours in the World

At the northeastern coast of New Zealands South Island is kaikoura, a place to go whale watching. If you are not one to brave the waters for this magnificent sight, an overhead tour is the best alternative (in fact, the waters are said to be too rough for this particular activity). Below Kaikoura is a three to six thousand-foot-deep canyon attracting squid and fish, which then attract sperm whales. Over five hundred feet above the whales and half an hours flight will enable you to see the whole whales, instead of just a portion. A trip sometime in May and June would yield the best whale sights, as this is the period when they come to breed.

The Himalayas by Balloon in Nepal

7 of the Most Amazing Aerial Tours in the World

If you like an Asian trip, the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal will show you a splendid view of the snow-covered mountains, rice paddies, and monasteries. It is a perfect tranquil trip to take, if you just want to relax and enjoy a stunning view of nature. For an hour or two, you will be transported to a different world. Be prepared for the thin oxygen, and altitude sickness might beset you as you will reach almost ten thousand feet above. Still, the view over Nepal more than makes up for this. Many choose to fly from March to April and October to November, and during sunrise, to see the mountains light up.

Grand Canyon Heli-Flight in Arizona

7 of the Most Amazing Aerial Tours in the World

Two hundred seventy-seven miles long, the stunning, mile-deep chasm is a sight to behold. It took the Colorado River just six million years carving this, and according to the first man who traveled across the canyon in the nineteenth century, its beauty is beyond words. The takeoff is in Las Vegas, and you will first head to Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, before reaching Grand Canyon West, where helicopters are allowed. You will then transfer to another craft and go four thousand feet down to the floor of the canyon. One of the tours highlights is that after landing, you can explore the area on your own-seeing the Hualapai Indians stomping grounds. Traveling can be done at anytime of the year, but be forewarned that it can really be hot during summer.

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Rock the Boat: Top 10 best cruise group shore excursions

Passengers of a cruise ship might be happy with seeing the great views, playing at onboard casinos, or pigging out on the buffet but there is a growing trend today as cruise lines organize exciting, extreme, and even outrageous group shore excursions.
Shore excursions are where people can enjoy the wow factor of their cruise and connect with new friends. Below are some of the most adrenaline crazy group shore excursions that we know of.

Riding a Harley in Alaska and the Caribbean

Cruisers who want to feel the wind against their faces while sightseeing can zoom on the road riding cool Harleys in Ketchikan, Alaska and in the Caribbean. You will need a motorcycle permit but you can also go with a licensed rider if you want to watch the Cozumel sunsets or go to the lush Tongass forest. A gang leader in a black leather jacket with tattoos all over will lead your group. Okay, it will be a local tour guide. J
Holland America, Princess, and Carnival are some of the best cruise lines which can set you up with Harley shore excursions in Cozumel and Nassau all year round or in Ketchikan during summer. Fares may range from $190 to around $369.

Rock the Boat: Top 10 best cruise group shore excursions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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