Europe

From Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress in London to the ancient city of Pompeii, Europe represents a journey through two thousand years of history, culture and heritage.

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We’ll immerse you in the sights, sounds and sensations of some of Europe’s most iconic locations. But we’ll also introduce you to experiences few travellers have the chance to enjoy. Climb Bramante's spiral staircase in the Vatican, normally out of bounds to the general public. Or join us for authentic local dishes with Beatrice, the charming owner of an elegant 17th century château in Villandry, France.

Italy

Steeped in three millennia of history, culture and cuisine, Italy is a country of beauty and contrasts. Discover the little-known Museo dell'Opera del Duomo in Florence. Explore the intricate network of Venetian canals, then walk a few steps from Piazza San Marco and discover a serene, old-fashioned way of life in the Castello Orientale quarter.  

In Rome, take time to admire the painstaking work of Michelangelo as you amble through the Vatican City. Or step further back in time and witness the devastating destruction of Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in Pompeii.

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Britain

Great Britain comprises England, Scotland and Wales, and is a famous island that holds a rich and fascinating heritage. From the castles and kilts of Scotland to the pomp and palaces England, there’s always so much to discover – and our team of insiders are equipped to introduce you to its iconic sights, as well as the hidden treasures.

In London, our Local Specialists will give you the inside story of attractions like the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. A journey into Wales offers the opportunity to enjoy a home-cooked lunch at a local farm, and meet the animals. Or if you join us in Scotland, you’ll get to try – and meet the makers of – Glengoyne whisky, at their family-owned distillery.

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Croatia

In the two decades since the collapse of communism, Croatia has steadily become one of the most fashionable places to visit in Europe. And it’s not hard to see why. Calm blue waters coruscate alongside white-washed seaside towns, where glitzy yachts dock in droves. Ancient castles and palaces tell stories of a past steeped in history. And great wildlife-rich forests with 16 interlinked lakes mark it out as one of Europe’s most beautiful destinations. 

Join us for a candlelit dinner with a family in their ‘konoba’ on Hvar Island. Or meet our Local Specialists in Plitvice, Split, Hvar Island and Zagreb, who’ll make each destination come alive with fascinating tales; both personal and public.

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France

Modern France, shaped by the French Revolution, is a rich and varied country.

Arguably the European centre of haute couture and fine cuisine, France's capital city Paris is teeming with boutiques, bistros and boulevard cafés. Explore Rue Mouffetard, with its street markets, and succumb to the aroma of strong cheeses, roasting fowl, baguettes, crêpes, chocolates, fruit and vegetables. Hop aboard the Métro and catch a cabaret or dine at one of the city’s many eateries with views of the glittering Eiffel Tower.

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Europe winter tours

You can’t beat Europe for its festive celebrations – whether it’s meandering your way through a Christmas market or welcoming in the New Year in one of its iconic cities. 

When it’s Christmas time in Germany, the scent of gluhwein and gingerbread lingers in the air, fairy lights sparkle in Christmas trees and the sound of brass bands resonate in the streets. Christmas markets pop up in nearly every German town, and visiting them is a sure-fire way to get into the festive spirit.

Christmas in Switzerland is also steeped in tradition. There are local festivals and parades throughout the season, and Lucerne’s large Christmas market is great for stocking up on crafts and trying Swiss delights.

Join us on one of our Christmas markets tours and experience Europe’s authentic festive customs and traditions.

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