Close to Home, A World Away

At the Xanterra Travel Collection, we roam on foot, by bicycle, on yachts. In our own backyards and to exotic lands far, far away. And sometimes, it’s a bit of both. Hidden gems, desert landscapes, and massive legendary wilderness. Rolling vineyards, soaring mountain tops, exotic shores. Places that feel a world away but are actually close to home.

Experience the cosmic magic of aurora borealis, not in Sweden, but on our own Alaskan shores. Sip the smooth flavors of old vine wines, not in Italy, but in sunny nearby Napa. Trade a European train journey for one aboard the historic Grand Canyon Railway to the heart of one of the natural wonders of the world. We’re always dreaming about all the beautiful wide-open places we long to explore, whether they’re near or far.

As it happens, many of Xanterra’s unforgettable destinations feel a world away but are actually close to home. Iconic destinations we’ve been operating in for nearly 150 years. Destinations we’ve been entrusted with, places we know like the back of our hand. When a destination speaks to you, get closer, discover what it has to say. We’ll take you wherever your adventure leads.

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A Taste for Travel

To taste your way around the world is an experience that truly connects you to the people and culture of newfound places in ways nothing else can. Whether you’re planning your next adventure or dreaming of your last trip, here are some of Xanterra’s favorite destinations to savor, without ever leaving the comfort of your own kitchen.

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Nearby and Far Out: 7 Domestic Vacations That Feel a World Away

Want to feel like you’ve traveled to an exotic vacation spot—without leaving the country? Book a trip to one of these incredible domestic vacation destinations and prepare to be wowed.

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A World Away – Sweden

Wherever you go, you’ll be struck by Sweden’s timelessly beautiful landscape of lakes, forests, channels, and islands and by the country’s modern-day penchant for cutting-edge design, sophisticated modern cuisine, and green living. Travel now or whenever you’re ready: bookings are open for 2022.

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Country Walkers
VBT Bicycling Vacations

Close to Home – Alaska

Alaska is like no other place in the world, and yet it calls America’s backyard home. Experience pristine wilderness, magnificent wildlife, unspoiled tundra, and glacial cruises. The breathtaking scenery and unique culture are once-in-a-lifetime experiences, that have to be seen to be believed.

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Holiday Vacations
Windstar Cruises

Alaska: Getting There

Sit back, relax and let someone else take care of the details. Our tour company partners make flying easy. They arrange your flights, provide your tickets, and monitor for schedule changes and delays. Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing a team of professionals is managing and monitoring your air arrangements.

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Alaska: How to Explore

Relax, breathe in the fresh air, and discover Alaska via our unforgettable cruise, rail, and land adventures.

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Alaska: Things to Do

Visit the home of North America’s tallest mountain at Denali National Park, watch a humpback whale breach off the bow of your yacht-style cruise ship, immerse yourself in native culture at a recreated Athabascan Indian camp, and so much more.

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Alaska: Recipe

Belly up to the bar. Tie on the bib. Roll up your sleeves. It’s crab feast time! Prepare for you Alaskan adventure with Windstar’s Alaskan Crab Cakes recipe.

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A World Away – Italy

Hearty, farm-grown Italian cuisine and nectarous red wine lie at the center of a cultural fabric that intertwines with some of the most stunning landscapes on earth. Travel now or whenever you’re ready: bookings are open for 2022.

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Country Walkers
VBT Bicycling Vacations
Holiday Vacations
Windstar Cruises

Close to Home – California

Visit the legendary vineyards of the Pacific Coast and hike among endless fields of grapes ripening in the California sun. Want to imbue even more of a taste of Europe close to home? Indulge in a journey aboard the historic Napa Valley Wine Train.

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Country Walkers
VBT Bicycling Vacations
Holiday Vacations
Windstar Cruises

California: Getting There

Sit back, relax and let someone else take care of the details. Our tour company partners make flying easy. They arrange your flights, provide your tickets, and monitor for schedule changes and delays. Rather hit the road? We’ve got a little help, a lot of inspiration, and everything you need to plan a Californian road trip and get started on the journey of a lifetime.

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California: How to Explore

Relax, breathe in the fresh air, and discover California via our unforgettable cruise, rail, and land adventures.

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California: Things to Do

Cycle through landscapes of lush vineyards, golden hills, dense forests and dramatic ocean shores, indulge in lunch and a leisurely afternoon on the Napa Valley Wine Train, go wine tasting in Sonoma Valley, and much more.

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California: Cocktail

It wouldn’t be a visit to California without indulging in the incredible wine culture. Looking to shake things up? Try this wine cocktail recipe, courtesy of The Oasis at Death Valley.

The Corkscrew
4oz white wine
.5oz Cointreau
.5oz Cognac
Orange slice
Serve over ice in wine glass

A World Away – Europe by Train

Europe is home to the lion’s share of Western history, art, culture, and cuisine. On these farther shores, explore castles, cathedrals, fairytale villages, and spellbinding landscapes aboard a delightful cog railway journey with Holiday Vacations. Travel now or whenever you’re ready: bookings are open for 2022.

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Holiday Vacations

Close to Home – The Grand Canyon by Rail

Watch a remarkable world go by as you tour the countryside from the comforts a lovingly restored, historic train car. See the terrain change from high desert to prairie, prairie to pine. It’s a view that’s ever-changing until you come across a view so brilliant, it could very well change you.

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The Grand Canyon Railway

The Grand Canyon: Getting There

Need a Change of Scenery? There’s nothing like the feeling you get from a good old-fashioned American road trip. You can make as many or as few plans as you like. We’ve got a little help, a lot of inspiration, and everything you need to plan a Grand Canyon road trip and get started on the journey of a lifetime.

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The Grand Canyon: How to Explore

The historic Grand Canyon Railway has enchanted millions of people from around the world since 1901. Enhance your Grand Canyon experience with an entertaining train ride featuring western musicians and cowboy characters on vintage rail cars, or book your very own private charter—perfect for celebrating a wedding, birthday, anniversary, retirement, class reunion, or other milestone moments.

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The Grand Canyon: Things to Do

A beloved national park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world. Dust off your wide angle lens, lace up your hiking boots, and sharpen your curiosity to learn more about the history that shaped this area and its people.

Your Guide to The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon: Recipe

Along the Southern Rim of Arizona’s Grand Canyon sits a beautiful chalet, built out of limestone and Oregon pine called El Tovar hotel. The salmon tostada is the restaurant’s signature dish, consisting of a salmon fillet topped with fire-roasted corn salsa and lime-infused sour cream, on a bed of greens and baked corn tortillas. Even if you can’t make it to the Grand Canyon, you can transport yourself there by making El Tovar’s salmon tostada at home.

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A World Away – Bali

A graceful yacht is the perfect way to experience the true wonder of Bali. Described as paradise, Bali’s spectacular beauty is difficult to describe in words. Cruise to the calm waters and beautiful white sand beaches, visit Mount Batur, and take home some Batik—one of the country’s most highly developed art forms. Travel now or whenever you’re ready: bookings are open for 2022.

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Windstar Cruises

Close(r) to Home – Caribbean

Candy-colored cocktails sipped in seaside watering holes. Carefree days followed by calypso-flavored nights. Whether you’re cruising through turquoise waters or lazing on powdery white beaches, the glamorous harbors and unknown coves of this area remain a hidden treasure.

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Windstar Cruises

The Caribbean: Getting There

With a single call, your travel professional or a Windstar Vacation Planner can take care of every aspect of your vacation, including air travel, ground transportation, and more.

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The Caribbean: How to Explore

Windstar’s small cruise ships and personalized approach bring you closer to every Caribbean port, so you can see the destination from new perspectives. Share intimate moments away from the crowds, and immerse yourself in local, exotic cultures, all on a cruise ship where surprise and delight are constant companions.

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The Caribbean: Things to Do

Bask on remote beaches, board a private speedboat bound for a private beach, snorkel among incredible sea life, and enjoy all that your yacht-style vessel has to offer, including incredible dining, luxurious amenities, and much more.

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The Caribbean: Recipe

Executive Windstar Chef Gerard shares his recipes for Chicken and Seafood Jambalaya, which is typically served during our onboard barbecue, and a refreshing Ti Punch, a traditional cocktail served in the French Caribbean. If you don’t have a Caribbean voyage booked already, this will definitely transport you there!

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Discover More Otherworldly Close to Home Destinations

Yellowstone National Park

At Yellowstone National Park Lodges, you’re invited to discover or rediscover the magic of the world’s first national park, Yellowstone.

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The Oasis at Death Valley

You don’t come to Death Valley because abundant life flourishes here. Which is exactly why an oasis in the middle of it is so special.

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Glacier National Park

Known for its endless acres of rugged and breathtaking landscapes, Glacier National Park was established in 1910 and stands today as a monument to wild natural places.

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Zion National Park

The name “Zion” means a place of peace and refuge. As a sanctuary with over 146,000 acres of cliffs, canyons, and uninterrupted beauty, Zion is well-named.

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