These are the best options for immersive travel

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The travel world is in a state of constant flux, and modern travel trends include slow travel, multigenerational trips and escorted trips that offer travelers the chance to authentically connect with a destination.

Whether cruising around the world, digging into your family history or RV camping across the United States, these forms of travel let you dig deeper and stay longer, often with better value for your travel budget.

We asked our readers to vote for their favorites across six different travel categories, and the results are in.

Click on each category below to see the full list of winners:

Best Ancestry Tour Company: European Focus

Travelers can visit their ancestral homes in Europe through European Focus private toursTravelers can visit their ancestral homes in Europe through European Focus private tours — Photo courtesy of European Focus

European Focus offers customized private tours throughout Europe, taking guests to the places their ancestors would have frequented in their daily lives. Those who’d rather not spend a lot of time planning can opt for a Favorite Tour to destinations like Ireland, Italy, France, England or Spain.

Full list of winners: Best Ancestry Tour Company »

Best Educational Tour Company: Road Scholar

Winning company specializes in learning adventures around the globeWinning company specializes in learning adventures around the globe — Photo courtesy of Road Scholar

Whatever you’re interested in, Road Scholar has a learning adventure suited to that interest. Some of the most popular itineraries might take you cross-country skiing through rural Vermont, hiking through the cloud forests of Costa Rica, learning about Pueblo heritage in the American Southwest or dancing your way through the music halls of Tennessee.

Full list of winners: Best Educational Tour Company »

Best Group Tour Company: Trafalgar

Travelers can choose from 300 departures across the globe with Trafalgar — Photo courtesy of Trafalgar

Trafalgar ranks as one of the world’s most awarded travel companies, offering 300 trips across all seven continents. Be My Guest experiences create authentic connections between travelers and the destinations they’re exploring, while local guides help reveal each destination through local eyes.

Full list of winners: Best Group Tour Company »

Best Long-Term Cruise: Viking Ultimate World Cruise

Winning cruise visits 53 countries in 245 daysWinning cruise visits 53 countries in 245 days — Photo courtesy of Viking Ocean Cruises

During a Viking Ultimate World Cruise aboard Viking Sun, cruisers visit 53 countries and take 111 guided tours in 245 days. Overnights in 23 destinations offers a more immersive travel experience.

Full list of winners: Best Long-Term Cruise »

Best Luxury RV Resort: Motorcoach Country Club in Indio, California

This Palm Springs RV park offers amenities of a 5-star resortThis Palm Springs RV park offers amenities of a 5-star resort — Photo courtesy of Motorcoach Country Club

The Motorcoach Country Club in the Palm Springs area features scenic beauty and the amenities of a five-star resort. Regular activities and events, like bocce ball tournaments, crafting corners, billiards nights and golf outings, keep the community active and engaged.

Full list of winners: Best Luxury RV Resort »

Best RV Park / Campground: Campground at James Island County Park

This campground outside Charleston wins with its lineup of amenitiesThis campground outside Charleston wins with its lineup of amenities — Photo courtesy of Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission

Just a short drive from Charleston, South Carolina, this county park campground offers access to 643 acres of natural beauty. Sites feature full hookups, fire rings and picnic tables, and other amenities include laundry facilities, ceramic bathhouses, free Wi-Fi and an activity center. Shuttle service makes it easy to get to Charleston for the day.

Full list of winners: Best RV Park / Campground »

Congratulations to all our travel winners!

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