Two Perspectives on One Vacation.
Land and sea packages—sometimes called “cruisetours”—give travelers two wonderfully different ways to vacation: by land and by boat. Typically, these are trips that include some time spent on a cruise ship, with all of the fabulous amenities you’ll find at sea: casino, live shows, spa and incredible included meals. Plus, there’s time spent on an escorted tour, where you will stay in one city or town and take day trips from the area, or overnight in several cities, sightseeing in fascinating locales that simply aren’t accessible by boat. An ideal combination!
While some land and sea itineraries are as short as seven days, many last 10 days, two weeks or more. The in-depth exploration from two different perspectives gives travelers the opportunity to truly get to know an area of the world in detail. You’ll immerse yourself in the land, culture, people, history and food of a region. Also, with land and sea packages, all of your arrangements have been made for you. That is, you don’t have to worry about transferring from the tour portion of your vacation to the dock for embarking on your cruise. With land and sea packages, all of your transfers—for you and your luggage—have been taken care of for you.
Finally, pricing of land and sea packages is generally lower than if you combined a tour and cruise on your own. Not only are these types of vacations hassle free, but they are reasonably priced, too, given the amount of ground (or water!) you’ll cover on a land and sea vacation! Here are 2 popular cruisetour destinations:
Two Popular Destinations for Cruisetours:
Alaska by Land and Sea
One of the most popular destinations for land and sea packages is Alaska. You’ll tour the interior of the country, including visits to fascinating Denali National Park, with opportunities for viewing myriad wildlife and majestic Mt. McKinley. Or you might explore the vast wilderness and colorful gold rush history of the Yukon, or perhaps delve even further into the “Great Land” to stay in remote lodges.
This exploration by land is combined with a cruise of Alaska’s famous Inside Passage, where you’ll relax on board a cruise ship and watch fascinating landscapes pass by—from glaciers to untamed wilderness to icy fjords. Your eagle-eye captain and his crew will point out native wildlife on the shores, such as grizzly bears, mountain goats or even moose.
Ports of call on an Alaska cruise are rich in frontier history. Shore excursions in such towns as Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway may include active trips such as kayaking, helicopter tours and hiking. More laid-back land excursions are offered as well: sightseeing by motorcoach, authentic salmon bakes and railroad trips.
Europe by Land and Sea
European land and sea packages typically combine overnights in some of the world’s most fascinating cities—London, Paris, Madrid, Rome, Venice or Florence—and a cruise along the Mediterranean Sea. Especially for first-time visitors to Europe, this type of land and sea package is an ideal way to see many different European locales on one vacation. Key capital-city landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben or the Colosseum are all in reach, plus ports of call on European land and sea packages introduce you to important and historic cities on the water—from Barcelona, Spain to Ephesus, Turkey to Athens, Greece.
Consider, for example, a cruise tour from Celebrity Cruises. The 18-night itinerary begins with two nights at a Paris hotel, followed by a rail trip to London for an additional two nights. After transferring to the ship, docked in Southampton, guests visit not only ports on the Atlantic, but also on the Mediterranean, including Nice, Rome, Florence and Libson, before returning to Southampton. It’s a wonderful trip filled with so many exciting sights, historical treasures and delicious European cuisine!
Holland America, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Celebrity are a few cruise lines that offer land and sea packages. For more details on land and sea packages offered worldwide, contact your AffordableTours.com travel consultant at 1-800-814-8381. Or visit our Land and Sea page on our website: http://cruises.affordabletours.com/search/Cruisetours/