Here are this summer’s hottest international destinations –

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With Memorial Day announcing the start of the summer travel season this weekend I thought it might be interesting to look at where Americans plan to travel during their summer vacations. Here are the top ten international travel destinations from our Virtuoso travel network for 2017. You may want to use this as you build your travel “bucket-list”.

10. Denmark –

Denmark is beloved for its marine culture and I must say the world’s friendliest people. Put Copenhagen on your list for a fun and friendly start to many summer cruises of the Baltics and Russia.

9. Netherlands-

This one surprised me as it does not pop up on our radar screen very often. However, anything in northern Europe is refreshing during the heat of the summer.

8. Canada –

Canada is a very popular choice and is one of the great value vacations this year. For every 3 US dollars you get 4 Canadian dollars. WOW! My favorite city is Vancouver and it is the departure city for many Alaska cruises. Butchart Gardens is just a ferry ride away from Vancouver and is one of the top tourist attractions in Victoria, British Columbia. My favorite tour in Canada is a train ride through the Canadian Rockies from Calgary to Vancouver on the Rocky Mountaineer. Obviously being our next door neighbor that we can drive to makes Canada even more affordable. Plus, I have never met a Canadian that I didn’t like.

7. Ireland –

Ireland is always one of our favorite destinations. Its legendary visual drama, whitewashed lighthouses perched high above the Atlantic, paint-box colorful villages, prehistoric stone-age ruins and fairytale castles are all accented by the music of Celtic generations. You have never lived until you taste a pint of Guinness in the homeland. It is almost like a milk shake. My favorite place to stay is Dromoland Castle in County Clare. Driving the Dingle peninsula is the best way to see the real Ireland. Executive Travel is also launching a great tour to Ireland this year. CLICK HERE for more info.

6. Germany –

Germany is one of my favorite destinations. The food, the castles, wineries and of course the best beer in the world (sorry Belgium). Cruising the Rhine river is also on the “hot list”. Frankfurt is the capital but Munich is much more fun. This is a great country to drive in as you can visit all the cool little towns like Heidelberg and Regensburg, a medieval UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Germany’s oldest towns. Our Oktoberfest tour this fall and Christmas markets tour are always amazing tours. CLICK HERE to see our Oktoberfest tour.

5. South Africa –

South Africa is often on peoples “bucket-list” of destinations, and is especially popular among adventure travelers who like it for its safaris, scenic beauty, and authentic experiences. Once you have conquered Europe then Africa is a logical next travel step. Cape Town is my favorite city to visit and you will be amazed at how much there is to see and do there.

4. Spain –

I was surprised that Spain was so high on the list as it is not usually in our top 10 list each year. However the history, culture and natural beauty is magnetic to many Americans. Barcelona is my favorite city in Spain and you should put it on your list. It is a great city to use to launch your next Mediterranean cruise.

3. France –

France has had a tough year with terrorism and politics. However, it is always one of the top destinations for Americans. I love Paris in the springtime (song) , summer, fall and winter. Paris is such an amazing destination with landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the shopping along the amazing Champs-Élysées. And if you have never been to the south of France it will knock your socks off. The French Riviera is so cool and even better are the medieval towns like my favorite, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, a commune well known for its modern and contemporary art. Normandy is also hot this year and a natural for Americans.

2. United Kingdom –

The recent Brexit has caused the British Pound to drop like a rock and now is the best time in a decade to visit our friends in Great Britain. Despite the drop in the Pound things are still not “cheap” in the United Kingdom. London is of course the giant destination that Americans flock to. It is one of the easiest destinations for Americans to visit as they speak the same language and share much of our history, both good and bad.

1. Italy –

Italy’s is magical. It is always at the top of our list for Americans. Start in Rome and then you add Florence, Venice, Milan and you already have hit a home run. Then you keep adding the amazing places of Capri, the Amalfi coast, Lake Como, Pisa, Naples, and Cinque Terre and Portofino along the Italian Riviera and the list goes on and on. Italy is the one place on earth that once you visit you will always want to come back. My favorite place to stay is Castello del Nero Hotel & Spa just outside of Florence in the Tuscan countryside.

HAMILTON Anyone? –

This is your chance to join a tour that is truly unrivaled! Executive Travel has gotten a hold of a very limited amount of tickets (orchestra seats!) to Hamilton in Chicago. Join usAugust 9-12 as we explore the Windy City in all its glory and enjoy Hamilton, the Second City Show, and a scenic dinner cruise on Lake Michigan. Only 6 seats remain, so book now – reservations are open till May 31st only. CLICK HERE for full details and call our friendly Group Department today at 402-435-8888 to secure your spot! This is really a chance of a lifetime!

CHEERS – Please Attend our FREE Travel NightTonight! –

Please join our fun and FREE Travel Night tonight at 6:30pm, at the Zipline Brewing Company, 2100 Magnum Circle #1, Lincoln, NE 68522. We will present our “Germany Brewery Tour & Oktoberfest“. This tour is hosted by Mike Boden, Head Brewer of Zipline. A trip which will fulfill your dreams of tasting some of the most spectacular beers in the world including a full day at the world famous Oktoberfest in Munich! Reserve your spot tonight by CLICKING HERE or call 402-458-9845 to tell us how many will be in your party. Cheers!