by Dayna Engberg


There’s no denying the excitement of a big city, but these days, there’s something uniquely exhilarating about traveling somewhere seldom seen in photos — it’s the pure thrill of discovery. Whether you’ve become accustomed to social distancing or simply want to find a quiet corner to yourself, we share your passion for exploring the hidden treasures of the world.

Three Tour Destinations Perfect for Escaping the Crowds

Nervous about navigating on your own? A Globus tour is a great way to opt out of unpleasant surprises — wrong turns, expensive detours, missed opportunities — and enjoy worry-free days exploring towns without traffic and coasts without crowds. Read on to discover three tours perfect for finding the unspoiled and unexpected, led by guides who actually live there so you’ll never miss the must-dos.

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Witness the Beauty of the Scottish Highlands

Scottish Highlands

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t have a crush on Scotland? With its fairytale castles, verdant rolling hills and dramatic coastlines, the Scottish Highlands are seriously romantic, and the appropriately named “Scottish Highland Fling” tour by Globus is the perfect tour to soak it all in. Making a giant loop from Edinburgh north, ferrying through the picturesque Orkney Islands and winding back south to Glasgow, this tour is a deep dive into Scotland’s famed UNESCO sites, whisky distilleries, castles and gardens to tiny towns and lesser seen wonders. Even better? Globus’ Small-Group Discoveries are limited to an average of just 24 guests, so you’ll have plenty of space to stretch out along the way.

The American Southwest

Quick! Name a canyon in the United States. If the Grand Canyon is the only one you can come up with, we don’t blame you! Arizona’s crown jewel is worthy of all its fame. But with popularity comes crowds, and if you’ve ever attempted to visit it on your own, you know it can be a busy affair. Skip the hassle with the “Lost Canyons of the Southwest” tour by Globus, where you’ll not only get to experience this iconic destination with a scenic rail journey, you’ll also explore Canyon de Chelly National Monument on a 4-wheel-drive tour with a local Navajo guide, marvel at the red rocks of Sedona and take a walking tour of the quirky town of Jerome.

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See the Stunning Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona


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Explore Magical Plitvice Lake National Park, Croatia


European vacationers have long understood the draw of Croatia, even before Game of Thrones put the scenes of Old Town Dubrovnik — the setting of King’s Landing — on the world’s travel radar. But there’s still plenty that’s been kept secret, from ancient Roman ruins to cascading waterfalls, sparkling emerald lakes, windswept coastal cities and towering Medieval castles. On Globus’ “The Croatian” tour from Zagreb from Dubrovnik, you’ll visit UNESCO sites such as the Historic City of Trogir, the Palace of Diocletian, Plitvice Lake National Park and plenty of breathtaking views of the blue Adriatic en route to the country’s hidden gems.

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