Ken Burns and Tauck Tours | Travel Weekly

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Burns and his producer and creative partner, Dayton Duncan, have begun working with Tauck World Discovery to design itineraries branded Ken Burns American Journeys. The tours, operated by Tauck, will include guest interactions with experts who have been seen in Burns' films, as well as video narratives that Burns and Duncan have produced to be shown on screens mounted in Tauck tour coaches.

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Ten Awesome Activities in Hawaii for Kids | BootsnAll

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Think Hawaii is just for honeymooners and couples in love?  Or maybe as a parent you’ve never considered an exotic island vacation for the under-12 set?  I thought the same, but couldn’t imagine a two-week vacation to Hawaii to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary without bringing our two boys (ages 6 and 8).  As it turned out, our Hawaiian vacation was the perfect trip for our “keikis.”  With its wide variety of family-friendly activities, Hawaii is the one family vacation my youngest is begging to repeat.

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Unknown Greece: Nine Places to Avoid the Crowds | BootsnAll

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The ancient cities of Thessaloniki and Athens, with their monuments and museums, along with the “sexy” islands like Mykonos and their white-washed buildings and pristine beaches, are classic stops on tours of Greece for their culture, history and beauty. However, some of Greece’s lesser-known natural wonders, authentic towns and archaeological sites are just as stunning – and have many fewer tourists, allowing for a more intimate experience.  Including any of the following nine places in your itinerary will make your trip even more memorable.

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Hawaii for Lovers: Six Ways to Share the Islands with Someone Special | BootsnAll

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You can almost feel it: the plumeria scented breeze in your hair, warm sand between your toes, the heat of the last rays of the sun as it dips into the endless Pacific, your lover’s hand in the small of your back as you walk, coconut drinks in hand, beneath the nodding palms.  Just the name Hawaii tastes as sweet on your tongue as the pineapples grown there.  It’s at the top of the “dream destination” list for many, and if you’re lucky enough to visit in the company of a lover, well, you’re lucky enough.

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Slideshow - Sailing the Galapagos Islands in style - CNN.com

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With its Giant Tortoises, fearless Sea Lions, colorful crabs and endless other vivid and unusual species, the Galapagos Islands maintain an almost mythical status among the world's must-see natural wonders.

And if you're fortunate enough to find yourself in this remote archipelago in the east Pacific, then experiencing it from the deck of a yacht is almost certainly the best way to go.

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How to visit Napa Valley for not much money - USATODAY

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 NAPA, Calif.  No doubt about it, the Napa Valley can be expensive. Hundred-dollar bottle of wine? They've got it. Thousand-a-night hotel suite? Right this way. But there are vine values to be found if you know where to look.

Want to glide up a mountain by gondola? See avant-garde art in a garden setting? Sip sparkling wine on a verandah with a view? You can and all for about what you'd pay for an appetizer at a temple of haute cuisine.

Here are five things to do in wine country that cost $25 or less each.

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Oman to invest $20 billion in rugged beauty to lure upscale tourists - CNN

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As temperatures soar across the Persian Gulf, one oasis is blossoming with greenery.

The summer monsoon season, or "khareef," draws visitors from around the world to Oman's southern reaches. For forty-five days, the coastal city of Salalah celebrates cool temperatures and welcome drizzle with a festival of stars, singers and artists from across the Arab world.

But locals are most proud of what waits outside the carnival tents and market stalls.

Oman's natural beauty remains relatively untouched compared to the Gulf's developed urban centers. Don't visit expecting Dubai's skyscrapers and shopping malls. Oman touts the quiet grandeur of its mountains, deserts and beaches, according to Sultan Bin Hamdoon Al Harthi, head of the Muscat Municipality.

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Last-Chance Beaches - Concierge.com

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Picture the gorgeous beach you spent a week on this summer.

Now picture that same beach next summer, destroyed. Perhaps it eroded so much that there's barely room to spread out a towel. Maybe a colossal concrete hotel is being built where the sand dunes used to be. Maybe it has been coated with a slick of spilled oil. Hopefully, your slice of paradise will remain well preserved. But at many beaches around the world, nightmares like these are coming true (just ask anyone who lives on the Gulf Coast).

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