New small-ship cruises, walking tours, e-bikes and the restored Many Glacier Hotel open up unexpected travel experiences
From iconic, historic national park experiences to yacht-style cruising, biking and walking adventures in the most storied destinations in the world, Xanterra Parks & Resorts® brings travelers to the most Beautiful Places on Earth®.While the places and destinations aren’t new, the ways to access and experience them are constantly getting better. Here are just a few new ways to eXplore the world with Xanterra.
Windstar introduces cruises in New England & Canada, Asia and Arabia and the James Beard Foundation Culinary Cruise Collection
Recently announced, Windstar Cruises will be sailing into (and out of) Manhattan on its first-ever itineraries in New England and Canada beginning summer/fall 2018. Windstar’s 212-guest all-suite yacht Star Pride will embark on four new sailings (with five sail dates) that span nine to sixteen days, offering leisurely opportunities to enjoy fall foliage and discover charming New England coastal towns, historic gems like Boston and Newport, and the seductively old world appeal of the Canadian Maritimes and Quebec. Read more Windstar also announced new sailings in Asia and Arabia that will proudly sail into the hub of must-see Asian cities where larger ships typically dock on the outskirts. The new itineraries span cosmopolitan marvels like Dubai, Singapore, Bangkok, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo but also explore the smaller ports and villages, unspoiled islands, and exotic shores of Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, South Korea, Borneo and the Philippines. Read more.For the foodies out there, Windstar Cruises and the James Beard Foundation have partnered to create the James Beard Foundation Culinary Cruise Collection. At a recent event at the famed James Beard House, the organizations unveiled the full lineup for their eight sailings in Windstar’s diverse portfolio of cruise destinations – including the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. Cruise guests will have a chance to interact and taste creations from James Beard Foundation-selected chefs. Read more 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 luxury sailing ships and all-suite power yachts are known for bringing passengers closer to smaller ports and exclusive local experiences.
Country Walkers introduces two new Self-Guided Portugal tours
On the heels of recent press from Afar, Conde Nast Traveler, and Travel + Leisure touting Portugal as one of the top places to visit in the coming year, Country Walkers, a leader in providing active, immersive, and unforgettable walking vacations on five continents, announced two new self-guided walking adventures in Portugal.From wine country to fishing villages to stone villages, Portugal has so much to discover, and on a Country Walkers self-guided tour, guests will enjoy superb local cuisine, fine accommodations, and authentic cultural and natural encounters.
VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations introduces E-bikes as an option for 14 popular biking tours in Europe and the United States
Have you always dreamed of seeing the world from the seat of a bike but are overwhelmed with the prospect of biking for 20-30 miles each day? Or maybe you love cycling but your travel companion is a stronger rider, and you’re worried you may hold them back. Well worry no more. VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, the value leader in active biking vacations, have added complimentary electric-assist bicycles—or E-bikes—to 14 of their most popular vacations to provide that extra boost to those who would appreciate it. VBT has been rated among the “World’s Best Tour Operators” by the readers of Travel + Leisure six times, and continues to find new ways to enhance the experience for their guests. Learn more about VBT’s E-bikes
Bringing back an old friend – the signature spiral staircase at Many Glacier Hotel
Since 1915, Many Glacier Hotel, known as the “Gem of the West”, has been a destination for hundreds of thousands of visitors who were all seeking to find an escape amidst the splendor of Glacier National Park. During the past 100 years, age and the harsh climate of northwest Montana have taken their toll on this building. As a result, the National Park Service decided to complete a rehabilitation project at this National Historic Landmark.The vast majority of the project is complete and the improvements are delightful. One final component of rehabilitation that is still underway is the return of the spiral staircase that will connect the main lobby level with the lower lobby level. This signature spiral double-helix staircase, which some historians say was a “character-defining feature”, was removed in the 1950’s to make room for a gift shop. The restoration of the staircase is just one of the elements to bring the lobby back to its original look, in line with Louis Hill’s vision when he helped design the legendary lodge.Visit glaciernationalparklodges.com to plan your visit to Glacier National Park.