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Vienna, Austria

One Stop Tour:
Vienna - Mit Schlag?

August 25th-September 2nd, 2017 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Enchanting, Eastern elegance describes this capital of the Austro-Hungarian empire. The proud legacy of the Hapsburg dynasty is embodied in the grand buildings and wonderful museums of Vienna. With day trips along the Danube, and into the Vienna Woods; attendance of a performance by the Vienna Boys Choir and the Lippizaner Stallions of the world-famous riding school; and of course, taking in a show at the Vienna State Opera House, we will immerse ourselves in this old world city. Taking time to taste the famous pastries (with or without whipped cream), and sampling the fabulous coffee concoctions as we walk the grand streets, we will allow ourselves to soak in the history of this European jewel.

We currently don't have any scheduled trips to Belgium. Click here to see what we've done in the past!

Split, Croatia

The Dalmatian coast: Where the Balkans Meet the Mediterranean

April 28th-May 7th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

The beauty of the rugged sea shore, backed by mountains- the Adriatic Dalmatian Coast is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. Starting in Dubrovnik with its wealth of heritage in the arts and culture, we will then travel north to explore the ancient cities of: Split, which lies within the walls of the Palace of Diocletian built between 295 and 305 AD; Zadar, the ancient capital of Byzantine Dalmatia with its many architectural styles; to Opatija, originally a small fishing village turned into a retreat for nobility of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Come explore where Balkan history and the warmth of the Mediterranean people and climate meet to make, as George Bernard Shaw once remarked, “the Pearl of the Adriatic”.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

One Stop Tour:
Wonderful Copenhagen: Land of exquisite taste

June 14th-19th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open 

Copenhagen, can best be described with one simple word, taste. Michelin-starred restaurants seem to dot every corner and award-winning hot dog vendors sell from the bustling sidewalks- as modern architecture is juxtaposed with historic palaces of the oldest monarchy in Europe. This place of contrasts, with waterways and canals, crayon boxes of colored buildings, in a natural harbor on the Baltic Sea, is a city where the old meets graciously with the new. Our long weekend (Let’s Unpack series), will take us by foot, by boat, and by bicycle (the way the locals do) throughout the wonderful and eclectic neighborhoods in search of “hygge,” that feeling of coziness that is enjoyed when relaxing with good friends and loved ones over delicious food. Your Scandinavian fairy tale awaits, come join us as we taste all the Copenhagen has to offer!

Kings College, England

Discovering East Anglia: Hidden treasures with gavin miller

July 21st-29th, 2017 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Windmills and waterfowl, tiny stone churches, rambling country mansions, and vast gentle fens that stretch to the sky. East Anglia is an area of England often overlooked by visitors and it is truly worth discovering. Our guide, Gavin Miller, has designed this itinerary to showcase the hidden treasures of the region where he grew up. Along the way, we’ll explore the cities of Norwich with it’s beautiful cathedrals (possibly in time for Evensong); and Cambridge for a walking tour of the ancient university with 800 years of architecture and tradition.  For the duration of the visit Gavin has chosen a wonderful, four-star country house hotel that is also recognized locally for its excellent restaurant. This summer, come join Gavin, in this special place and share his love of what he once called home.


Rousham Garden, England

The Passionate Gardener: Late Summer Gardens of Southern England

September 7th-16th, 2017 | Maximum Group Size:15 Participants | Availability: Open

This September, join garden blogger, Michael Gordon, (thegardenerseye.blogspot.com) for a stroll through the best that English gardens have to offer. Experience the expression of Britain’s top garden designers who have set the standard for the rest of the world in horticulture for centuries. Our tour will show that a well-designed garden is one that continues to delight through a variety of seasons. From William Kent’s masterpiece landscape garden, Rousham, to Christopher Lloyd’s innovative garden at Great Dixter, to the contemporary private garden at Pettifers, we will see English garden design from the traditional to the cutting edge. With first class hotels and wonderful meals, this trip is designed for the passionate gardener.


Radcliffe Camera at Oxford University

Unitarian England: Exploring the Origins of the nonconformist church

September 21st-October 1st, 2017 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Sponsored

British Unitarianism enjoys a rich history of almost 350 years, and its churches are amongst the country’s finest examples of nonconformist architecture. Beginning in London, with visits to John Wesley’s house and chapel, Bunhill Fields. We then continue to Oxford, city of dreaming spires and ancient seat of learning with a special visit to Harris Manchester College, one of England’s two Unitarian training colleges. We wend our way through the Cotswold Hills to ancient Glastonbury with stays in Bath and Salisbury. This trip is packed with learning about ancient, religious and cultural history of England with plenty of time for lively discussions over a good ale at the local pub with the Reverend Dr. David Usher, your tour guide, a graduate of Oxford University who has spent 35 years as a UU minister in England and United States.


Kent, England

Kent: The Garden of England: Adventures In Southeast England

October 5th-14th, 2017 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

The County of Kent takes up most of the southeastern tip of England, the closest point to the continental mainland. The gentle slopes of its chalk hills and the rich clay soils of its central valleys, combined with the mild climate of the south of England have provided such a fertile environment that the area has been known for centuries as the Garden of England. From the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Hever Castle; to Chartwell, the home of Sir Winston Churchill; with stays in ancient Canterbury and Battle, named for the Battle of Hastings, we have opted for a mixture of sites, ranging from the historic to the scenic, from the literary to the whimsical, that we hope will give an accurate flavor of the region.


Poldarks Cornwall

April 23rd-May 2nd, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

The first BBC television production of Poldark was aired in 1975. Alexandra Messervy, who has designed and will lead this tour, first read the books at the age of 8 during her annual family holidays to Cornwall, whilst staying on the Lizard Peninsula, and was captivated by the stories and the history behind them. Each year she and her father collected the books, sharing the stories and locations as they holidayed in the area over many years. We very much hope this tour will whet the appetite not only to read the whole series, but to watch more episodes if the BBC can be persuaded to make them! Alexandra was formerly a member of the Royal Household of Her Majesty The Queen and was part of the team which organized private family occasions such as the Royal Wedding. She latterly served as Private Secretary to a member of the Royal Family. Come explore Cornwall regarding this beloved series with Alexandra and her deep appreciation of this area.


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Treasure Houses Of Southern England: Behind the Scenes of the stately homes of england

May 6th-15th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

This spring, join Discover Europe and like-minded friends for a look at the history of English aristocracy in the 20th century. Spanning from the Norman invasion to the Victorian era, we will try to understand how the English class system came about and still exists in the legacy that it has bequeathed the nation. With visits to Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn; Oxford, with its treasured buildings dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries; Waddesdon Manor, the home of Lord Rothschild; Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill; and other stately homes of historic significance, we will gain a deeper understanding of Royalty and its history.  With time to stop for a pint in a cozy pub, and picturesque landscapes along the way, we will journey into the tales and traditions housed in the stately homes of England.


Mottisfont Abbey, England

The Best of English Gardens: Including the chelsea flower show

May 15th-24th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

This spring, join other garden lovers for a stroll through The Best of English Gardens. At a relaxed pace, with wonderful meals, first-class hotels, and a panorama of magnificent blooms unfolding before us, we will explore the most famous gardens from Vita Sackville-West’s crowning achievement at Sissinghurst Castle to magnificent Stourhead Gardens. We’ll visit Royal Horticultural Society’s flagship gardens at Wisley; Mottisfont Abbey, Kifsgate and Hidcote Manor, along with visits to the Georgian city of Bath, the enigmatic Stonehenge, concluding with a full day visit to Chelsea Flower Show. A quintessential celebration of springtime, this tour will plant colorful memories for years to come.


Radcliffe Camera at Oxford University

Unitarian England: Join Fellow retired UU Ministers & their
Partners On a Fascinating tour Of Unitarianism in Britain

May 24th-June 3rd, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Sponsored

British Unitarianism enjoys a rich history of almost 350 years, and its churches are amongst the country’s finest examples of nonconformist architecture. Beginning in London, with visits to John Wesley’s house and chapel, Bunhill Fields. We then continue to Oxford, city of dreaming spires and ancient seat of learning with a special visit to Harris Manchester College, one of England’s two Unitarian training colleges. We wend our way through the Cotswold Hills to ancient Glastonbury with stays in Bath and Salisbury. This trip is packed with learning about ancient, religious and cultural history of England with plenty of time for lively discussions over a good ale at the local pub with the Reverend Dr. David Usher, your tour guide, a graduate of Oxford University who has spent 35 years as a UU minister in England and United States.


Snowdonia, Wales

Wales & the Lake District

May 26th-June 8th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Castle ruins, meandering medieval streets, and magnificent Celtic heritage bring the beauty of Wales to life against a backdrop of rolling green hills and dramatic sea cliffs. Past and present coexist in this distinctive part of the world- the Romans mined for gold, the Tudors founded a dynasty, and the Normans built castles whose ancient remains are scattered along windy hilltops throughout the countryside. Our stay takes in several literary locales, Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage and Beatrix Potter’s charming habitat, and will give you an indication why Lakeland poets (Coleridge, Southey as well) decided to make this area their home. This tour, designed and led by Alexandra Messervy, a former member of The Royal Household of Her Majesty The Queen, starts in Windsor and winds its way up to the beautiful Lake District. Castles, manor houses, high teas and botanical gardens fill in the mystery of this magical land. Topped off with a bit of royalty, who could go wrong?


Little Moreton Hall

Gardens of the north

June 1st-10th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Sponsored

Description coming soon!


Cotswold Steetscape

Captivating Cotswolds: a week exploring the by-ways & hidden corners of the cotswold hills

June 7th-16th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Dreamy spires and picturesque villages capture the romance and gentle beauty of the Cotswolds, a corner of England where lush, rolling hillsides meet the horizon. From the soaring towers of Oxford University where we will take a walking tour, to the quaint, tumbling thatched roofed cottages, along the riverside, to the gorgeous Georgian architecture of ancient Bath, we will slow down, stay a while, and dream. We begin and end our tour in Royal Windsor, convenient for meeting the various arriving flights of our group members. From here we will wend our way with stops at Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare, to the beautiful gardens of Sudeley Castle and the romantic ruins of Kenilworth. Come experience the gentle scenery in the full glory of an English summer and be transfixed by the Captivating Cotswolds!


Castle Howard, York, England

Castle Howard, York, England

Treasure Houses Of Northern England: Exploring Yorkshire And The Lake District

September 20th-29th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

From the ancient city walls of York, a living history book spanning from the time of the Romans, The Viking invasion and its Victorian heyday; to the Lake District, an endless inspiration for the Romantic poets; here is an adventure in Northern England that takes you behind the usual tourist façade. We meander past ruined abbeys, country mansions, and breathtaking scenery, traversing form one side of the country to the other.  We will take in several literary locales including Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage and Beatrix Potter’s charming cottage and understand why other Lakeland poets (Coleridge, Southey, et al.) decided to make this area their home. From Castle Howard, immediately recognizable from the BBC television series, Brideshead Revisited, to Fountains Abbey, Britain’s largest and most beautiful monastic ruin, this trip promises to take you back in time exploring the wonderful Treasure Houses of Northern England.

Sardinia, Italy

Corsica & Sardinia

September 14th-23rd, 2017 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Full

These bucolic islands, located in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Italy, are known for their beautiful light, medicinal plants, primeval landscape of rocks, sculpted by the wind and sea, and clear blue waters. They have, for the most part, managed to escape the influx of tourism that has plagued the Mediterranean in the past twenty years. We will visit prehistoric monuments dating from around 1,500-500 BCE; ports of historic importance such as Ajaccio, the birthplace of Napoleon, and ride along coastal roads with spectacular views. You will experience a timelessness, as if looking back through the centuries, catching a glimpse of a simpler way of life connected to land surrounded by sea.


Vineyard in Saint-Émilion, France

One Stop Tour:
Wines of Bordeaux: La Belle Endormie

September 29th-October 7th, 2017 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

As France’s largest wine producing region, the region of Bordeaux has much to offer both the wine connoisseur and the novice alike. This reinvented city mirrors the beauty of the sprawling vineyards that surround her. Staying in the small medieval town of Saint-Emilion, we will be able to unpack, uncork and explore from our first-class hotel. Excursions include the romantic ruins of the Abbey of Sauve-Majeure, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the Chateau de Mongenan, where good quality red and white Graves wine is produced; and a trip to the coastal Dune De Pilat, the largest sand dune in France. The history of wine-making in this region goes back to Roman times exemplified in the town of Montcaret in the Dore Valley where we will see an excavated Roman villa with its beautiful mosaic floors. Join us this fall for a journey of Bordeaux wine from its famous appellations, delicious foods, deep history and incredible scenery.


Chateau De Camon, Camon, France

One Stop Tour:
Chateau de Camon: Exploring the Languedoc From Our Base In A French Chateau

October 6th-14th, 2017 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Set in the south-west of France, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, Gavin Miller has found the perfect setting for a week, The Chateau de Camon. This past Benedictine Abbey where troubadours, crusaders, itinerant knights, Spanish princesses and persecuted Cathars passed through seeking sanctuary, has the authentic historical charm of the 16th century with modern luxury amenities of the 21st century. Four poster beds, beautiful fabrics, exquisite accommodations await us after we explore the antiquities of the Aude and Ariege regions. From the prehistoric cave paintings at Niaux to the medieval grandeur of Carcassonne, it will be impossible to return home without feeling touched by the shadows of the past!


Provence, France

One Stop Tour:
Printemps en Provence: Let's unpack in arles - exploring provence in the spring

May 4th-12th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Come and visit a region that has everything! Stunning countryside full of contrasts, the finest food and wine, beautiful cities, and a cultural heritage that stretches from the prehistoric to the avant-garde. Whether you’re a first-time traveler to France, or have visited many times before, this trip will offer you something new. Provence has been a magnet for painters from Van Gogh to Matisse, a region that never loses its power to enliven and invigorate the traveler with its fragrant lavender fields and its clear, bright light. The Roman city of Arles, with its superb Roman amphitheater will be our base for the week. We’ll explore Avignon, the city of the Popes, the colossal aqueduct - the Pont du Gard - Roman Nimes, ancient hilltop villages, unchanged for centuries, and the elegant city of Aix-en-Provence, a city whose avenues, squares, markets, shops and cafes create an unforgettable buzz of sophistication and excitement.


Normandy Beach, France

Normandy, Brittany, & the Loire

May 24th-June 2nd, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Description coming soon!

Berlin, Germany

One Stop Tour:
The New Berlin: A City Reunited

September 1st-9th, 2017 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Since the wall came down 30 years ago, a whole generation of Berliners has grown up not knowing the great symbolic divide that once separated the city of Berlin. The success of this reunification has allowed it to become a vibrant and economic powerhouse of Europe. Join two of our best tour guides who call this city home- Matthias and Sara Kort, who will bring you a unique perspective on this historic place. With visits to: “Museum Island,” home to the Pergamon and many other famous institutions; Dresden, the “Florence of the Elbe,” with sightseeing including visits to the restored Frauenkirche and the New Green Vault; to the south of Berlin where we will stop at the Allied Museum, and the summer residence built for Frederick the Great, frequently called the “Prussian Versailles.” With plenty of time to explore this fascinating city on your own, we will immerse ourselves in the culture and history of the intersection where the worlds of communism and capitalism once collided.


TV Tower, Berlin, Germany

German Ancestors

April 20th-May 1st, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Description coming soon!


Berlin, Germany

One Stop Tour:
The New Berlin: A City Reunited

May 18th-26th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Since the wall came down 30 years ago, a whole generation of Berliners has grown up not knowing the great symbolic divide that once separated the city of Berlin. The success of this reunification has allowed it to become a vibrant and economic powerhouse of Europe. Join two of our best tour guides who call this city home- Matthias and Sara Kort, who will bring you a unique perspective on this historic place. With visits to: “Museum Island,” home to the Pergamon and many other famous institutions; Dresden, the “Florence of the Elbe,” with sightseeing including visits to the restored Frauenkirche and the New Green Vault; to the south of Berlin where we will stop at the Allied Museum, and the summer residence built for Frederick the Great, frequently called the “Prussian Versailles.” With plenty of time to explore this fascinating city on your own, we will immerse ourselves in the culture and history of the intersection where the worlds of communism and capitalism once collided.

Athens, Greece

A Greek easter: exploring the cradle of western civilization

April 6th-15th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Long ago the ancient poets wrote the first epics of war and love, families and feuds, trickery and revenge, Gods and Heroes. Here, in glorious Greece, you’ll see where theater was born, consult the oracle at Delphi, stand where Paul preached to the Corinthians, and walk under the Lion Gate at Mycenae, just as the blind poet Homer recorded it nearly 3,000 years ago. In addition to history and scenic landscape, we will experience the warmth and generosity of the Greek people at Easter time- taking in flavors of traditional roast lamb, dancing to live music in the local tavern, and hearing the wonderful stories of generations living together in this mythical and beautiful country.

We currently don't have any scheduled trips to Holland. Click here to see what we've done in the past!

Iceland

One Stop Tour:
An Icelandic Valentine

February 11th-15th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Sponsored

Exploring Reykjavik and its surrounds, experience the very heart of Iceland. Start and end your days in Reykjavik with time to wander through the quaint city. Feast on gastronomic treasures that have contributed to Iceland’s reputation for an amazingly fresh and local cuisine. With a variety of museums, you are free wander through the history of Iceland or shop for locally-made treasures, find a small coffee house, or sit by the harbor and watch the ships. Fill your free day with any number of optional adventures. Experience the unique gait of an Icelandic horse or sign up for a snowmobile adventure. Scuba dive across the continental divide or sample your way around the city with tours organized around local food and drink. 


Iceland

One stop Tour:
Authentic iceland: a getaway to iceland

February 22nd-26th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Exploring Reykjavik and its surrounds, experience the very heart of Iceland. Start and end your days in Reykjavik with time to wander through the quaint city. Feast on gastronomic treasures that have contributed to Iceland’s reputation for an amazingly fresh and local cuisine. With a variety of museums, you are free wander through the history of Iceland or shop for locally-made treasures, find a small coffee house, or sit by the harbor and watch the ships. Fill your free day with any number of optional adventures. Experience the unique gait of an Icelandic horse or sign up for a snowmobile adventure. Scuba dive across the continental divide or sample your way around the city with tours organized around local food and drink. 


Tour Guide Svanur as a Game of Thrones Extra

G.o.t. Iceland

April 19th-24th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Legends say that the ancient gods themselves guided Iceland’s first settler, Ingólfur Arnarson, to make his home in Reykjavik (“Smoky Bay”), named after the geothermal steam he saw. Today this geothermal energy heats homes and outdoor swimming pools throughout the city – a pollution-free energy source that leaves the air outstandingly fresh, clean and clear. Small wonder that this “Land of Fire and Ice” was chosen as the location for much of the filming of the spectacularly successful TV series Game of Thrones. Our tour will introduce you to the island and its culture and history as well as taking you to some of the breathtaking film locations used in the show. And you will be guided throughout your stay by Discover Europe’s representative in Iceland, Svanur Thorkelsson – he will regale you with stories and legends from Iceland’s past and, probably, with some from his time as an extra in the show!

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Gardens of Ireland: A Thousand shades of green

May 24th-June 2nd, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Ireland’s climate and persistent landscape designers have created some of the best gardens in the world. We begin our adventure with a tour of Dunloe Castle Gardens; the international collection includes Chilean firs, Australian gums, South African lilies, Japanese maples and North American dogwoods. We’ll continue on to the Ring of Kerry, Muckross House and Gardens, Bantry Bay and the short crossing to Ilnacullin Garden on Garinish Island, the inspiration of a Scotsman who decided in 1910 to turn this gorse-covered rocky outcrop into an Italianate Arts & Crafts garden. We’ll cross the Beara peninsula and visit Derreen Garden, a woodland garden famous for its tree ferns. We will visit Lismore Castle Gardens, believed to be the oldest gardens in Ireland. With visits to Waterford and County Wicklow for a guided tour of Mount Usher gardens, an informal 19th century garden which began as a potato patch and now is home to over 4,000 species of plants, shrubs and trees. With time for Irish tales and the warmth of the people, come experience the magic of Ireland.

Milan Cathedral, Italy

Milan & The Italian Lake District

September 6th-15th, 2017 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Full

Ringed by alpine peaks, the sparkling waters of the Italian Lake District command a landscape where mountains descend to meet the shores and grand hotels rise up in pretty lakeside towns. Here at the convergence of Italy and Switzerland is an area graced with extraordinary diversity, where each lake with its own charms and treasures unfolds against a backdrop of semitropical gardens, gracious old villas, and vibrant villages and tradition. Artists have been inspired by its brilliant light and travelers have come to bask in all that Italy has to offer. From the majesty of Lake Maggiore, to the enchanting vistas surrounding Lake Como, we’ll explore this region, an area beloved of the Romantic poets as well as writers as diverse as Virgil, Goethe, Stendhal, and Hemingway. We’ll spend the final couple of days of our tour in the modern, bustling city of Milan. This is the economic hub of northern Italy, where high fashion and cutting-edge design meet the ancient heritage of the Roman Empire and the Catholic church.


Sardinia, Italy

Corsica & Sardinia

September 14th-23rd, 2017 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Full

These bucolic islands, located in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Italy, are known for their beautiful light, medicinal plants, primeval landscape of rocks, sculpted by the wind and sea, and clear blue waters. They have, for the most part, managed to escape the influx of tourism that has plagued the Mediterranean in the past twenty years. We will visit prehistoric monuments dating from around 1,500-500 BCE; ports of historic importance such as Ajaccio, the birthplace of Napoleon, and ride along coastal roads with spectacular views. You will experience a timelessness, as if looking back through the centuries, catching a glimpse of a simpler way of life connected to land surrounded by sea.


Barolo Vineyard, Barolo, Italy

The Italian Kitchen: gastronomic masterpieces of the emilia romagna and piedmont regions

October 5th-14th, 2017 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

When you think of soul-satisfyingly good food, you think of Italy. Bowls of heaping semolina pasta as yellow as the sun.  Seafood right off the hook, grilled and served to perfection. Vegetables plucked from the earth just moments before they grace your plate. Wine, ever flowing, rich and robust. Take a journey from farm to table in the Piedmont and Emilia Romagna regions of Italy. In a country where food is royalty, these regions are king. From the frenzy of white truffle season, to the majestic grapes that are aged into the Barolos and Barbarescos, and cheese crafted with perfection, we will loosen our belt buckles and explore the gastronomic masterpieces, as we soak up the history and culture of this famed region.


Sicily, Italy

Ancient Islands: Sicily: An extraordinary land apart

November 3rd-11th, 2017 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open 

Although in full view of mainland Italy, even Sicilians talk of “going to Italy,” and consider their island an extraordinary land apart. We’ll enter the life of this gorgeous and mysterious island in the capital, Palermo before moving on to Agrigento and Taormina, a lovely seaside town on the east coast of Sicily. We’ll explore the surrounding countryside and visit a stunning collection of medieval towns that each vies for the title of “Most Beautiful.” We’ll visit Agrigento, with its dramatic ancient ruins, the world-famous 4th-century mosaics at Piazza Armerina, and the magnificent site at Syracuse—all dominated by majestic Mount Etna, looming over the island landscape. With a balance of guided excursions and leisure time to explore at your own pace, you’ll have an opportunity to experience Sicily’s winding medieval streets, glittering beaches, and the rare and unique ecosystem at Mount Etna.


Italy at Christmas

Christmas Markets of Italy: A German Tradition With Italian Flavor

December 1st-9th, 2017 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open 

Whereas Christmas Markets are usually associated with Germany, they certainly do not have a monopoly on the concept in that country. Italy has embraced the idea with open arms - and even taken it to new heights. After all, at an Italian Christmas Market the food is, well, Italian! Christmas is taken very seriously and is widely celebrated in Italy, so when you combine this with the natural Italian love of market shopping, the results are often spectacular. For this tour, we are going to focus on the region of Tuscany, where the Christmas Market tradition is well established, and make a base for our excursions at the lovely spa town of Montecatini Terme, just outside Florence. From here we’ll explore the coast of the Cinque Terre, spend a day in Florence, and visit the ancient medieval towns of Siena and Lucca.


Amalfi Coast, Italy

One Stop Tour:
Sorrento & The Amalfi Coast: adventures around the bay of naples

May 4th-12th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open 

The wonders of nature, from Mount Vesuvius to the azure grotto of Capri; classical landmarks from both Greek and Roman eras; villas and gardens of delightful villages of the cliff-hung Amalfi Coast; the splendid cuisine of the region; and coastal cities suffused with art and architecture all await. Described by Charles Dickens as “one succession of delights”, this dramatic area provides sustenance for both body and soul. The Sorrento Peninsula and the Amalfi Coast have long been a playground for the rich and famous, and with very good reason. The mountains tumble down into the azure waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea providing breathtaking views around every bend in the road. The Island of Capri glistens like a jewel set in the Bay of Naples; it is small wonder that Roman emperors made this their “home away from Rome.” Scenic landscapes, ancient towns, and sculpture filled gardens on this exploration of southern Italy.

Pena Palace, Sintra, Lisbon

One stop tour:
Luxurious Lisbon

October 26th-31st, 2017 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Portugal: land of startling contrasts. This tiny country, squeezed between Spain and the sea, has a long and proud history of fierce independence. Its traditional agricultural and fishing communities continue unchanged beside its bustling and cosmopolitan cities. Its mountainous landscapes, untouched by time and modernization, stand in curious juxtaposition above the jet-setting coastal resorts. We stay in Lisbon, a city with a vitality and pulse like none other, from the chic shops of Chiada to its ancient moorish quarter, the Alfama, to the planned elegance of the Baixa district. A morning sightseeing tour with a local guide will introduce the various districts of the city – often compared to San Francisco – and one evening we will experience the haunting soulfulness of “Fado.” We’ll take an excursion up the coast to the north, where the ruling royal family built their palaces away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and have time in the charming coastal towns of Cascais and Estoril. Food, music and scenery will lull us into the pace of Lisbon, a city like no other.


The Island of Madeira

One Stop Tour:
 The Magic of madeira

February 23rd-March 3rd, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

How about a trip to the island of eternal spring to rid yourself of the winter blues? Staying at the Belmond Reid’s Palace, a five-star luxury hotel, this one-stop trip to this romantic island destination in Europe will lift your spirits and replenish your soul. We will visit legendary garden estates and botanical gardens with exotic flowers in bloom; lunch in colorful fishing villages, visit the Museum of Sacred Art- a bishop’s palace, which houses masterpieces from the 15th and 16th centuries, see spectacular natural coastal landscapes with sea cliffs abutting farm land and of course, we will take a wine tour and taste the delicious Madeira wine. Join us this winter and experience the full flavor of Portugal’s very own floating paradise for yourself!

Donnottar Castle, Scotland

Gunston Hall

September 5th-14th, 2017 | Maximum Group Size: 25 Participants | Availability: Private

George Mason built Gunston Hall in 1755. In 1776 he wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the document which preceded the Declaration of Independence. Mason and many other Founding Fathers of America were greatly influenced by Scottish Enlightenment thinkers, such as Adam Smith and David Hume. This private trip for members of Gunston Hall will explore the connections with these philosophers in the impressive country from which many early American settlers came.


Skye & the Highlands

June 21st-July 1st, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Few visitors travel to Skye without leaving part of their heart in the Highlands. The breathtaking landscapes, the romance of the tales and legends, and the drama of noble and fiercely independent inhabitants, all combine to leave a lasting impression. Starting in Edinburgh “the Athens of the North”; we will travel on to Inverness- “the capital of the Highlands” with a day trip excursion on Loch Ness; Skye- home of Dunvegan Castle and Talisker Whisky Distillery; Mull where we will go to the holy island of Iona where Christianity in Scotland started; and Stirling- the gateway between the highlands and the lowlands. With plenty of time to enjoy a wee dram in a pub or two, join us this summer for this unforgettable northern journey into Scottish culture, history and stunning scenery.

Mallorca, Spain

One stop tour:
Thanksgiving in Mallorca

November 17th-25th, 2017 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open 

This trip has been specifically designed to avoid the tourists and take in the culture of this multifaceted island!  In November the weather is still warm, and the historical sites will be blessedly free of tour buses.  Our base is the fabulous Gran Hotel in the historic town of Soller, set in the beautiful Tramontana Mountains.  Soller is accessible to the capital, Palma, by a wonderful antique electric train that affords incredible views as it weaves up through the mountains and out the other side. We’ll celebrate Thanksgiving Mallorcan style with slow-roasted lamb at a very special restaurant up in the mountains. This year don’t spend all day in the kitchen.  If you like your relatives, bring them along - if you don’t, leave them to it and join us for fun in the sun on an island paradise! Join our most popular tour guide, Gavin Miller, who will take us to many very special places on this beautiful island that he calls home.


Ronda, Spain

Alluring Andalucia

March 24th-April 3rd, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Sponsored

Timeless, sunbaked landscapes surround this region’s vibrant cities, and traditional rural communities continue unchanged beside the bustle of modern-day urban life. The country’s proud history and architectural legacy embrace Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Moors, and the Catholic Kings of Spain’s “Golden Age.” Starting in the beautiful city of Seville we will stroll through the winding streets and sample tapas along the way. We will then go on to Granada to visit the Alhambra, a fortress that captures the intricacy of Moorish culture, and drive up to the Sierra Nevada Alpujarras range, one of the most scenic areas when blooming flowers create fields of yellow. 


Mallorca, Spain

Barcelona & Mallorca: a homage to catalonia

April 17th-26th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

We begin in Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, and Spain’s most visually striking city. As Rose Macaulay wrote sixty years ago, in The Fabled Shore, “…it gives an impression of tempestuous, surging, irrepressible life and brio.” It remains true today. We’ll spend our days exploring the Barri Gotic, the very heart of Barcelona, her outstanding museums and architecture, and take an excursion up the Costa Brava in search of Salvador Dali. Finally, a 4-night stay on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca concludes the trip with a welcome change of pace as we explore hidden villages and monasteries, winding lanes and quiet corners. From the mountains of the northwest to the fertile central plain, there is an abundance of historical and artistic treasure to occupy the discerning visitor. And of course, beautiful beaches that have made the island a haven for European tourists seeking the summer sun.


Astorga, Spain

A Pilgrim's Way: Following the camino de santiago from bilbao to santiago de compostela

May 3rd-12th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open 

Join Discover Europe’s Gavin Miller and explore the ancient route of the Camino de Santiago in northwest Spain. Also known as The Pilgrim’s Way or Way of St. James, it has been travelled a foot by those seeking redemption since AD 1085. Starting in Bilboa where we will go to the stunning Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gehry; we will stay in hotels right along the path to get an idea of what life is like walking the Camino. With visits to the beautiful stained glass cathedral in Leon, Gaudi’s The Bishop’s Palace, and Cebreiro, a traditional Galician mountain settlement with pallozas (thatched houses), we will wind our way to Santiago where present day pilgrims celebrate the end to their 500 mile journey, with swollen feet and big smiles.

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Snowdonia, Wales

Wales & The Lake District

May 26th-June 8th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Castle ruins, meandering medieval streets, and magnificent Celtic heritage bring the beauty of Wales to life against a backdrop of rolling green hills and dramatic sea cliffs. Past and present coexist in this distinctive part of the world- the Romans mined for gold, the Tudors founded a dynasty, and the Normans built castles whose ancient remains are scattered along windy hilltops throughout the countryside. Our stay takes in several literary locales, Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage and Beatrix Potter’s charming habitat, and will give you an indication why Lakeland poets (Coleridge, Southey as well) decided to make this area their home. This tour, designed and led by Alexandra Messervy, a former member of The Royal Household of Her Majesty The Queen, starts in Windsor and winds its way up to the beautiful Lake District. Castles, manor houses, high teas and botanical gardens fill in the mystery of this magical land. Topped off with a bit of royalty, who could go wrong?


Snowdonia, Wales

Wondrous Wales: A journey through the ancient celtic kingdom

June 15th-24th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Castle ruins, meandering medieval streets, and a magnificent Celtic heritage bring the beauty of Wales to life against a backdrop of rolling green hills and dramatic sea cliffs. A place where the Romans mined for gold, the Tudors founded a dynasty and the Normans built castles. From the romantic Tintern Abbey to the peaceful St. David’s Peninsula, we’ll explore ancient market towns and pay homage to the great poets and rich literary history, including a full day on the trail of Dylan Thomas. High peaks and hauntingly beautiful valleys define this diverse ancient landscape. Come join us as we explore where the magic of this Celtic kingdom comes to life.