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Looking for a winter break? Consider a cruise of Tahiti, a Hawaiian vacation, or a walking tour of Vietnam and Cambodia

Posted by: Xanterra on November 4, 2017

You’ll be embraced by the aloha spirit during this fun-filled itinerary.

As winter starts to chill the air and landscapes turn brown and barren, the allure of a tropical vacation beckons with the power of a siren song. Soft breezes caressing powder-soft sands. The rustle of palms along crescent bays. Azure waters, lush scenery and endless sunshine. Who can resist it?

Here are three tropical getaways — from a cruise of Tahiti to a vacation in Hawaii to a walking tour of Vietnam and Cambodia — perfect for breaking winter’s nasty grip.

Tahiti on Windstar

Tempting Tahiti

Papeete. Moorea. Bora Bora. The names roll off the tongue like whispers on the wind. What better way is there to sample these dreamy places than on a graceful sailing yacht with only 148 guests? Windstar Cruises’ seven-day itinerary, “Dreams of Tahiti,” takes you to one legendary island after another. With the trade winds filling the sails, you’ll glide by Moorea, the inspiration for South Pacific’s mystical Bali Hai; swim, snorkel, or dive in Bora Bora’s iconic crystal-clear lagoon; and relax on the pristine beaches of Papeete.

You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to explore lush rainforests; shop for black pearls and handmade crafts at island markets; try drift snorkeling among coral gardens; and experience the fascinating Polynesian culture — from tikis to taro to tiare flowers. Don’t miss the private Windstar beach party on one of Bora Bora’s tiny motus, followed by a kinetic fire-dancing performance.

All that’s left is trying to catch a glimpse of the elusive green flash before it melts into the horizon.

Hawaii Hike

Heavenly Hawaii

Millions of tourists visit Hawaii every year seeking sand, sea, and endless sunshine. But which of the islands should you visit? Holiday Vacations answers that question with its 10-day tour, “Hawaii Three Island Holiday,” which showcases the best of Oahu, Kauai, and Maui. You’ll be embraced by the aloha spirit during this fun-filled itinerary.

On Oahu, visit such iconic highlights as Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, the golden sands of Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head crater, the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and vibrant downtown Honolulu. Then fly to Kauai, known as the Garden Isle for its lush tropical landscapes. Enjoy an open-air lunch at Kilohana Plantation, a historic landmark built by a sugar baron in 1935, followed by coffee at the Kauai Coffee Plantation, the country’s largest coffee grower. Stroll through the rainforest to Smith’s Fern Grotto. And thrill to a view of the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, Waimea Canyon, a massive gorge of red rock and brilliant-green vegetation. Then it’s on to Maui, nicknamed the Valley Isle for the many valleys carved into its mountain landscape. Stroll through Lahaina, a historic whaling port filled with shops and galleries. Lounge on luscious three-mile-long Ka’anapali Beach considered one of the world’s best, or go on a snorkel expedition. Cap off the trip with — what else? — a traditional luau and Polynesian music and dance show.

Vietnamese Woman at Market

Asian Adventure

A tropical getaway takes a decidedly cultural turn in Country Walkers’ eight-day guided walking tour, “Vietnam & Cambodia: Trails of Indochina.” The beauty and exotic culture of these two countries unfold gently along its sunbaked rivers and waterways.

Start on Vietnam’s golden Perfume River, with its striking fortress and ancient temples, and stroll through Hanoi’s vibrant and historic Old Quarter. Then cruise on a private junk through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay in northern Vietnam, whose deep waters are studded with wind-carved grottoes, 2,000 forested islands, and endless limestone karsts that drop into the bay. Relax on the aquamarine waters and white sand beaches of the Sea of China off Vietnam’s central coast before transferring to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Located on the Seam Reap River, it’s known as the “Great Gate to Angkor” and the legendary ruins of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world.

Enjoy additional cultural highlights such as a magical performance of Vietnamese water puppets, a musical art form dating back to the 11th century; the haunting 12th-century ruins of Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm in the Cambodian jungle; and bustling markets, ancient cityscapes, and traditional dance and music shows in both countries.

How to Explore by Cruise

Recognized by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler on the 2016 Gold List of Favorite Cruise Lines and by USA TODAY readers for Best Boutique Cruise Line, Windstar’s fleet of small luxury sailing ships and all-suite power yachts with 148 to 310 guests bring you closer to smaller ports and exclusive local experiences around the world. Visit windstarcruises.com or call 888-460-5098 for more information.

How to Explore on a Tour

Holiday Vacations is one of America’s most reputable tour companies, with more than 44 years of experience. As a nationwide provider of air, rail, motorcoach and cruise guided vacations to more than 65 destinations worldwide, their packages are inclusive of all airfare, fine hotels, meals and must-see attractions. Expert tour directors handle all travel details, assuring you a carefree and memorable vacation. Visit holidayvacations.com for more information.

How to Explore on Foot

For more than 38 years, Country Walkers has provided active, immersive, and unforgettable travel experiences on five continents. They offer two distinct ways to explore: scheduled, small-group Guided Walking Adventures and independent Self-Guided Walking Adventures. On tour, guests enjoy superb local cuisine, first-class guides, fine accommodations, and authentic cultural and natural encounters. Visit countrywalkers.com or call 800-234-6900 for more information.

For more travel experiences to Beautiful Places on Earth™ available from Xanterra Parks & Resorts and its affiliated properties, visit xanterra.com/explore.


Author

Written by: Veronica Stoddart

Award-winning travel editor and writer Veronica Stoddart was the former editor in chief of the Travel Media Group at USA TODAY. She has written for nearly two dozen publications and websites.

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