“It seems that the more places I see and experience, the bigger I realize the world to be. The more I become aware of, the more I realize how relatively little I know of it, how many places I have still to go, how much more there is to learn.” – Anthony Bourdain

The world is boundless, with countless destinations to visit, and an infinite number of ways to see them. Exploring the world through travel types such as tours, cruises, and cruise+tours opens up a realm of possibilities for every kind of traveler. At Empty Nest Travel, we offer a variety of itineraries catering to diverse interests and styles, ensuring that every trip is a unique and memorable experience.

If you are interested in learning more about the types of travel listed below, or if you are ready to plan your next adventure, please complete our travel interest survey or send an us an email. We will be happy to help design the perfect vacation you seek.


Guided Tours

For those who love the thrill of discovery and adventure, guided tours offer an immersive experience into the culture, history, and natural beauty of destinations. Imagine wandering through the ancient streets of Rome, guided by an expert who brings the stories of the past to life, or traversing the serene landscapes of the Swiss Alps on a scenic train ride, where every turn reveals a new breathtaking vista.

Guided tours are perfect for travelers who prefer a more relaxed experience, where all the details are handled by professionals. They are especially beneficial in regions where language barriers, cultural differences, or complex logistics might pose challenges.

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Customized Tours

Many guided tour itineraries can be customized, providing a basic schedule framework which travelers can modify according to their preferences. This option is perfect for those who seek a balance between structured travel and personal freedom. It allows travelers to benefit from the expertise and resources of a tour operator while still tailoring parts of the trip to their specific interests and desires.

Each of these touring styles has its own set of advantages, and the best choice depends on individual preferences, travel goals, and comfort levels. Whether seeking the flexibility of customizable tours or the ease and expertise of guided tours, there's a perfect way for every traveler to explore the world.


Ocean Cruises

Embarking on a cruise is like stepping into a floating paradise where the journey is just as delightful as the destination. From the moment you board the ship, you are greeted with a sense of grandeur and excitement. The vast expanse of the open sea stretches out before you, promising adventure and relaxation. The ship itself is a marvel, often equipped with luxurious amenities such as swimming pools, gourmet dining options, theaters, and spas. The perfect atmosphere for unwinding and escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Another highlight of a cruise vacation is the opportunity to explore multiple destinations without the hassle of packing and unpacking. Each port of call offers a new adventure, whether it’s exploring ancient ruins, lounging on pristine beaches, or experiencing vibrant local cultures. Overall, traveling by cruise combines the best elements of relaxation, adventure, and discovery, making it an unforgettable experience for all types of travelers.


River Cruises

One of the most compelling reasons to go on a river cruise is the relaxed and leisurely pace of travel. The smaller size of river cruise vessels allows them to navigate narrow waterways, bringing passengers directly into the heart of cities and towns that larger ships simply cannot access. This provides an unparalleled opportunity to immerse oneself in local cultures, cuisine, and history without the hassle of extensive travel logistics.

Each day brings a new vista, whether it's the rolling vineyards along the Rhine, the historic castles dotting the Danube, or the charming villages lining the Seine. The journey itself becomes part of the adventure, with scenic landscapes unfolding right outside your cabin window. For those seeking a blend of comfort, culture, and convenience, a river cruise offers an idyllic and enriching way to explore the world.

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Alaska Cruise + Land Tours

An Alaska cruise and land tour offers a mesmerizing blend of breathtaking natural beauty and rich cultural experiences. The journey typically begins with a luxurious cruise through the Inside Passage, where travelers are greeted with stunning vistas of towering glaciers, lush forests, and serene fjords. As the ship glides through the icy waters, passengers can often spot a variety of wildlife, including humpback whales, sea otters, and bald eagles.

The adventure continues on land, where travelers disembark to explore some of Alaska's most iconic destinations. Visits to charming coastal towns like Ketchikan and Juneau offer insights into the state's rich history and indigenous cultures. Nature enthusiasts will revel in the chance to hike through verdant rainforests, fish in crystal-clear rivers, or take a thrilling helicopter ride to a remote glacier for an unforgettable trekking experience.

The tour often culminates with a journey into the heart of Alaska's rugged interior. Highlights may include a ride on the scenic Alaska Railroad, which provides panoramic views of the vast wilderness, and a stay in the Denali National Park area, home to North America's tallest peak, Denali. Here, outdoor activities abound, from wildlife safaris to river rafting. Whether marveling at the midnight sun or the northern lights, an Alaska cruise and land tour promises an immersive and awe-inspiring adventure that leaves a lasting impression on all who embark on it.


Hawaii Inter-Island Cruises

An inter-island cruise around the Hawaiian Islands offers a unique and immersive way to experience the archipelago's diverse beauty and rich culture. One of the primary benefits is the convenience of visiting multiple islands without the hassle of multiple flights or ferry rides. On an inter-island cruise, travelers can seamlessly hop from one island to another, waking up each day in a new location, ready to explore. This efficiency allows for more time to enjoy the stunning landscapes, from Maui's lush rainforests and cascading waterfalls to the volcanic wonders of the Big Island. And if you haven't visited Hawaii before, an inter-island cruise is the perfect way to experience the islands for the first time.

Cruising between the Hawaiian islands offers unparalleled access to remote and less-visited locations that might be difficult to reach otherwise. And with each island boasting its own distinct charm and attractions, the possibilities for exploration are limitless. Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation, or cultural enrichment, the diverse offerings of the Hawaiian islands ensure that every traveler can craft a memorable and fulfilling journey.