With its Gothic architecture and vibrant green landscapes, it’s no surprise that Scotland played a hand in the development of a certain famous story about wizards, dragons, and castles. To get the U.K.’s ultimate cultural, natural, and even magical experience, we’ve compiled the top 10 places to visit in Scotland.
It’s safe to say that going on an African safari in Botswana was on Christine’s bucket list. When Acanela made her dream a reality, she saw lions and elephants and cheetahs and more in Botswana, then visited Victoria Falls from both Zimbabwe and Zambia. Here’s Christine’s amazing safari story.
While there’s really not a bad time to travel to Portugal, it is important to keep your interests in mind while you’re deciding when to go. Depending on how much you are willing to spend and what you want to see and enjoy, some months provide better options than others. Without further ado, here is our travel guide on the best time to visit Portugal with Acanela.
A beautiful stretch of Italian coastline, nothing captures the heart quite like the Amalfi Coast. With its stunning landscapes, pastel-colored buildings, and small beaches hidden along the entire coast, it’s extremely photogenic. Here are a few of our favorite photo spots and tips for shutterbugs heading to the Amalfi Coast.
Portugal is a nation full of contrasts: sandy beaches against towering cliffs, sprawling vineyards meeting colorful castles, and bustling city centers calmed with warm pastries. If you’re based in Lisbon, it would almost be a crime to leave Portugal without seeing what else it has to offer. So, if you’d like to experience Portugal to the fullest, don’t miss the best day trips from Lisbon.
Located between its large neighbors of India and China, the Himalayan nation of Nepal may be small in comparison — but that doesn’t stop it from offering incredible scenery and authentic cultural experiences. In this guide, we’ll introduce you to the best places to visit in Nepal.
If this miserable summer heat wave has you yearning for cooler climates, you’re not alone! In fact, the summer and fall seasons are perfect times to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and jet off to those cool mountain climes.
Not sure exactly where to go to escape? We are here to help! Scroll down to read about some the world’s top mountain retreats, and get ready to trade in your artificial A/C for that delicious mountain-fresh air!
Seattle resident Nikki Rymer had always wanted to visit Machu Picchu — and thanks to Acanela, she finally got her long-awaited chance to travel to Peru. It was a dream come true, and after she returned home, we loved hearing a little more about her experience. Here’s everything that she told us about her trip.
Welcome to Bhutan! Settled on the eastern side of the Himalayas, this Buddhist nation boasts breath-taking landscapes, historic architecture, and a climate that can range from bone-chilling to subtropical. And with these dramatic seasons and landscapes comes unique cuisine. The food eaten in Bhutan is a mix of Indian, Nepali, Tibetan, and local specialties. If you want to know how to feast in this country, this foodie’s guide to Bhutan is for you!
There’s nothing quite like team travel — exploring faraway countries, competing against international teams, and (most of all) bonding with your teammates. Of course, it can be challenging to pay for your trip, but luckily, there are plenty of ways to subsidize the cost. Without further ado, here are 10 of our favorite fundraising ideas.
Few people realize how much effort goes into building a study abroad program. From planning the logistics to recruiting prospective students, it’s a long process. But luckily, Acanela Expeditions is here to make this process a smooth one.
New Zealand is a country that has so much to offer, from glaciers to beaches, from whale-watching to wine tasting, from hiking to bungee jumping! You might feel overwhelmed when trying to plan your trip to this beautiful country, so here are our recommendations for the top things to do in New Zealand.
With beaches that seem to go on forever, stunning temples, and a friendly culture, Sri Lanka is a hidden gem that many people miss. Unmatched however, are the flavorful dishes that await you in Sri Lanka. From seafood, to curry, to everything in between, there are countless meals to try that will fill you up but leave you wanting more! Without further ado, here is some of the best food in Sri Lanka.
To visit Sri Lanka and not learn about its culture would be a huge disservice to the locals, whose way of life is absolutely fascinating. Acanela emphasizes human connection, and our artisans add the touch of humanity to make any trip unforgettable. Here are just a few of the incredible artisan experiences you’ll enjoy on our Sri Lanka expedition.
With something special on offer every single month, New Zealand is a traveler’s dream come true all year long! This seasonal guide and month-by-month breakdown will help you identify the best time to visit New Zealand, based on your personal preferences.
It’s probably the most secretive and bizarre country in the world — a nation hidden in the desert between Russia, China, India, and Iran — and we thought that you might like to get to know it. Welcome to Turkmenistan!
If you’ve read the news lately, you’ve likely seen a lot of conversations swirling around the Trump Administration’s latest policies regarding travel to Cuba. With plenty of frightening headlines about the new Cuba travel restrictions, it can be really confusingto figure out what it all means. Here, we have summarized the most important aspects of the travel ban and have outlined all you need to know about visiting Cuba. (Hint: You can still go!)
Havana is a place unlike any other! It’s one of Cuba’s largest cities and houses influence drawn from all over the world, creating a colorful, multi-textural place perfect for photographers. And for travelers, Havana has a little something for everyone. This article will help you make the most of your first day trip to Havana.
Old Havana boasts a piecemeal beauty unlike any other place on Earth. And in the early morning, that’s more obvious than ever. Join us for a sunrise walk through Cuba’s capital, and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the city.
A beautiful island nation in the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea, Cuba offers white-sand beaches, warm waters, and a rich culture. With tourism on the rise, many ask, “When is the best time to visit Cuba?” Below, we will answer that question in depth — taking into account everything from weather to festivals to budget considerations!
Best friends Anna and Jillian have always loved traveling with each other. When they found out that Acanela was offering a two-for-one discount on its classic Peru expedition, they jumped at the chance to visit South America together. After their trip ended, Anna told us a little more about traveling to Peru with her best friend.
Shari B. had high expectations when she planned her trip to Morocco — but when she and her friends arrived, they didn’t have any idea how much they would love the vibrant cities of Chefchaouen and Fez.
When you think of Greece, you likely picture breathtaking coastal scenes, like those straight out of “Mamma Mia.” But Greece offers so much more than sunny beach days and lovely panoramas. A country rich in cultural and historical heritage, Greece connects us to the past in a tangible and powerful way. And what better way to discover a country’s culture and history than through its cuisine? After all, what we eat tells us a lot about a place. Feasting on Greek food makes that all too obvious.
Cinque Terre was all that Donna Baird-Horne and her husband dreamed of — and maybe even a little more. Between the cooking classes, train journeys, hikes, and wine tastings, their couples trip was an unforgettable adventure. Donna recently sent us an email saying how much she loved the trip, and we thought we’d share it with you, too.
Known for its exotic islands and mainlands, bright blue water and white stone, modern and ancient architecture, and bustling cities and laid-back countryside, Greece is an easy country to venture to — and a difficult one to leave. That said, it can also be difficult to know what to pack for Greece! Luckily, this guide is here to help.
Not long ago, Hugh Deery ventured to Cuba with Acanela Expeditions, spending time in cities like Havana, Trinidad, and Viñales. For him, visiting Cuba was an adventure unlike anything he’d ever experienced, so we asked him a few questions about his trip. Here’s what he told us.
Florence is one of the most popular travel destinations in all of Italy. But it can be challenging to decide what to do in Florence — after all, there are so many buildings, restaurants, artworks, and gardens that are worth your attention! This guide will help you make the most of your time in this gorgeous Tuscan city.
At Acanela Expeditions, we work with artisans in dozens of countries around the world, making our travel experiences both immersive and transformative. Our talented artisans have taught us about culture, creativity, entrepreneurship, and community — but before our guests arrive to their destination, they’re not always certain what an artisan does.