AAA Travel transports you to beauty on land and sea.
From elevations of 2,000 feet to nearly 13,000 feet, the vast Colorado Plateau rises through Arizona and Utah in a series of monumental steps rimmed with pink, red, black, and yellow cliffs. On this nine-day tour, travelers ascend from the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, where the Colorado River carved through 2.5 billion years of rock layers, past the castlelike buttes of Monument Valley, and by boat onto Lake Powell, where the mighty river flows into a reservoir ripe for recreation. From $2,099.
In the 1800s, Stavanger was a herring boomtown. Today the giant schools of fish are gone, but visitors can still see and taste herring smoked at the Norsk Hermetikkmuseet, a canning museum. Nearby, a two-hour hike brings you to the top of Preikestolen, a 2,000-foot cliff overlooking a fjord. This 10-night cruise on the Celebrity Infinity then heads deeper into fjord territory, passing through Geiranger, a town of 250 surrounded by waterfalls and cliffside farms. From $1,329.
In 1905, two teens on Bermuda's Main Island lost a cricket ball. While searching for it they found a 140-foot-deep cave that led to two natural halls hung with 8,000-year-old stalactites. These underworld wonders are now part of the Crystal Caves, a must-see for voyagers on Royal Caribbean's five- and seven-night Bermuda cruises aboard the Explorer of the Seas. Even so, you may find it hard to tear yourself away from the pink sand, encounters with friendly dolphins, and schools of tropical fish. From $629.
Dublin & Killarney
The site of Dublin Castle has witnessed Ireland's history from the 10th century, when Vikings erected the first fortress here, to 1922, when England handed it over to the Irish Free State. This five-day independent trip takes in the castle and another Dublin landmark, Trinity College, with its book-lined Long Room. Then head to Killarney, bordering a national park that preserves a slice of the Emerald Isle's ancient landscape: island-dotted lakes and forest inhabited by native red deer. From $1,109.
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