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We currently don’t have any tours scheduled to Austria. Please refer to our past tour page to see what we’ve done in the past!

Tulips & chocolate: Exploring the Art & Culture of Holland & Belgium

April 10th-18th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

This spring we explore the gardens, art, cuisine and culture of this tiny nation and that of neighboring northern Belgium – together known collectively as Flanders. We begin and end in Amsterdam, a city built on a network of canals with its tall and narrow brick houses reflected in the glimmering water. We include a guided tour of the world-famous Rijksmuseum, spend a day at the Royal Palaces to the east of the city and visit the magnificent Keukenhof Gardens.  Our travels then take us over the border to the city of Bruges where we will investigate the three main things for which the region is famous: art, beer and chocolate!

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Open: Tours that have availability and are open to the general public
Limited Availability: Tours with 5 or fewer places still available
Wait list only: Tours that are at capacity and only have wait list availability


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The Dalmatian coast: Where the Balkans Meet the Mediterranean

September 19th-28th, 2020 | 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, and ending in the Italian town of Trieste. 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”.

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

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Jewels of Eastern Europe

October 1st-10th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

As scintillating and sparkling as jewels in a Hapsburg crown, the magnificent combination of Budapest, Vienna, and Prague brings you deep into the heart of old-world Eastern Europe. While the Czech Republic and Hungary are two of Eastern Europe’s more recent success stories, much of their charm lies in the history and cultural wealth of their ancient positions in Europe—the former as the capital of the Holy Roman Empire; the latter as the seat of the Hapsburg Empire that stretched around the world, encompassing Austria and the legendary city of Vienna. Their legacies are embodied in grand architecture and fabulous museums. With a mix of city time and train travel through beautiful countryside, you’ll experience both rural charm and urban sophistication. From Hungary’s twin cities of Buda and Pest, on either side of the Danube, we continue to the Austrian capital, Vienna, where imperial palaces meet towering Gothic cathedrals. We then cross from Austria into the Czech Republic, and end our journey in Prague, the “city of a hundred spires”.

Tales of Wessex: Exploring Hardy Country and the Isle of Wight

October 10th-18th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Originally derived from the “West Saxons,” who lived here after the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, the name of “Wessex” for this region of south central England was popularized by the late Victorian novelist, Thomas Hardy.  Though technically not a part of the region, the Isle of Wight is so close, that it would be a shame to miss this opportunity to pay it a visit.  A favorite haunt of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s, their patronage turned the island into a popular destination for English holidaymakers for many decades.  Nowadays, of course, the English tend to forsake their own seaside for warmer Mediterranean shores, leaving the island a very tranquil place, even in the summer – and one that not many American visitors get the chance to explore. Our tour of the region encompasses all its varied aspects; from the ancient to the modern, from the historical to the literary, country pubs to stately homes, charming village churches to great gothic cathedrals, but throughout run the gentle green rolling hills that are the hallmark of this beautiful area.  Please come and join us this spring and enjoy some Tales of Wessex.

** This is a guaranteed departure **


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In search of the corn wall

April 24th-May 4th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Wait List Only

Starting in Windsor, we’ll make our way through the counties of Devon and Cornwall. Join tour guide Gavin Miller for an exploration to his childhood vacation spot, Cornwall.Highlights include Tintagel Castle, Stourhead Garden, Castle Drogo, Highclere Castle (subject to availability), Montacute House, Stonehenge and much more!

*This tour is sold out but if you’d like to join the wait list*


Treasure houses of Southern England: behind the scenes of the stately homes of England

May 3rd-12th, 2020 | 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.


The Best of English Gardens: Including the chelsea flower show

May 12th-21st, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

This spring, join fellow 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 England’s most famous gardens from Vita Sackville-West’s crowning achievement at Sissinghurst Castle to magnificent Stourhead Gardens. We’ll tour the Royal Horticultural Society’s flagship gardens at Wisley, Mottisfont Abbey, Kiftsgate and Hidcote Manor, along with visits to the Georgian city of Bath, the enigmatic Stonehenge, and concluding with a full day visit to Chelsea Flower Show on members-only day. A quintessential celebration of springtime, this tour will plant colorful memories for years to come.


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The Cotswold Hills: Exploring the by-ways & hidden corners of the Cotswold Hills

June 11th-20th, 2020 | 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!


Discovering East Anglia

July 17th-25th, 2020 | 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.


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The Magic of Medieval England

July 31st-August 8th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Medieval England comes to life in a swirl of art, adventure, and architecture that will appeal to young travelers and grandparents alike! From the wonders of York Minster to Robin Hood’s Sherwood Forest to the magnificence of Castle Howard to a hint of Hogwarts, you’ll be swept away to thrilling, dark, and noble days. After a visit to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon and 900 year-old Kenilworth castle, it’s off to Sherwood Forest and the annual Robin Hood festival, where bowmen demonstrate their skills and medieval jousting rules the day. Ghost walks, cobbled alleys and “snickleways”, Dracula’s birthplace, castle keeps and much more make this trip a fantastic adventure for the whole family.


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Victoria & The Crown

August 26th-September 4th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Until very recently, Victoria was the longest-reigning monarch in British History. Born in 1819, she acceded to the throne in 1837, at the tender age of eighteen, and ruled for 63 years. Such was her impact on world history that almost a whole century is named the Victorian Age in her memory. Our tour follows in the great Queen’s footsteps from her birth at Kensington Palace, through her coronation in Westminster Abbey, to her final years in Windsor Castle. We’ll spend two nights on the Isle of Wight, where she and Albert built Osborne House - their “little paradise” – and also visit other country homes and estates with connections to her life and times (several of which were used in recent films about Victoria).


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The Channel Islands

September 10th-19th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Inspired by the wonderful, best-selling novel, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, here is a tour of the Channel Islands. These lovely islands offer a range of experiences, from wildlife sanctuaries to military museums to breathtaking scenery. We’ll see the vestiges of the occupation during the Second World War, in the underground hospital and the old concrete gun emplacements that still dot the cliff tops. It is, however, hard to really imagine the deprivation of those times when surrounded by such incredible natural scenery. And then there are the gardens. There are four Royal Horticultural Society gardens on Guernsey alone! We divide our stay between the two largest islands – Jersey & Guernsey – and take a short ferry ride from one to the other. For logistical reasons and to get our feet on the ground after the transatlantic flight, we’ll begin our tour in London. Join us on an exploration of the history and culture of these unique islands. Gorey Castle, Jersey, The Channel Islands, Covent Garden - The Royal Opera House, and much more!


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

September 18th-27th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

From the ancient city walls of York to the Lake District; here is an adventure in Northern England that takes you behind the usual tourist facade. We meander past ruined abbeys, country mansions, and breathtaking scenery, traversing from 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.


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The West Country: From London to Land’s End

September 24th - October 3rd, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

The southwest peninsula of England, made up of the counties of Cornwall, Devon, and Somerset, is known as “The West Country.” It is an ancient land, rife with myth and legend, and staunchly independent from the “mainland” of England. We’ll visit gardens, castles, cathedrals, and ancient unspoiled towns and villages, and see areas of unparalleled natural beauty. And through it all will run the theme of the Arthurian legends. From Arthur’s birthplace at Tintagel, through the lost land of Lyonesse, and on to Avalon and Arthur’s (alleged) grave site in the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, this ancient tale will keep cropping up on our travels through this beautiful part of England.


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Kent: The Garden Of England

October 22nd-31st, 2020 | 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.

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One Stop Tour:
The Festival of Roses:
a long weekend in the Languedoc

May 14th-19th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Join us for a long weekend getaway to a French Chateau the annual Festival of Roses in the village of Camon. This program will show you the highlights of this beautiful corner of southern France. Enjoy excursions to Carcassonne, Château Comtal, Roquefixade, Montsegur, and the villiage of Mirepoix on market day!

Want to stay on longer? Try this back to back with our Pilgrim’s Way tour!


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Gardens of the Dordogne: bordeaux & the Dordogne

June 4th-13th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Deep in the heart of France lies the Dordogne region which takes its name from the river that cuts a valley through the Massif Central.  This region is blissfully removed from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. Exploring vineyards, historical and modern gardens, cultural history and pre-history of this rich land will be our focus. From our gateway city, Bordeaux, - renowned for its full bodied wine, we will travel to Sarlat-La-Caneda where we will unpack for five nights and take day trips to some of the most beautiful gardens in the region; and end in St. Emilion. Through the smell of fresh roses, the sight of cypress dotted landscape, to the taste of delicious wine, this trip will tantalize all of our senses. 


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Food & wine of Bordeaux

June 26th-July 5th, 2020 | 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. Of course, we can’t forget about the food! During our stay, we will explore both the food and wine of this region. Join us this summer for a journey of Bordeaux wine from its famous appellations, delicious foods, deep history and incredible scenery.


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Normandy, Brittany and the loire: Adventures in Northwest France

September 3rd-12th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

This week marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, with the final surrender of Japanese forces, it seems appropriate to mark the event by visiting the place that saw the beginning of that end. We'll pay tribute to the men that made it happen with visits to the memorials at Arromanches and Pointe du Hoc. Bypassing Paris, we'll spend this trip exploring Normandy and the Loire valley. You will begin to understand why this region became the playground of the kings of France!


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Corsica & Sardinia

September 23rd-October 2nd, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

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.


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Mediterranean Shores

September 26th-October 5th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Nothing in the world conjures up more romantic and beautiful images than the Mediterranean. Azure waters, white sands, mountain villages, and year-round sunshine combine to create a mood of tranquility and contentment that is truly irresistible. Discover Europe’s veteran courier Gavin Miller has designed a tour that explores the areas in Spain and France that he particularly loves and has come to call home. We begin in Barcelona, which, as Rose Macaulay wrote four decades ago, “gives an impression of tempestuous, surging, irrepressible life and brio.” Then, we cross the Spanish/French border, stopping at the ancient walled city of Carcassonne en route, and on into Provence, a region that intoxicates with its light and landscapes. From our base in Arles we explore the grandeur of the Roman Empire. Ancient hilltop villages beckon to be explored and a day in Avignon allows us to dance sur le pont! Our final stay is in elegant Nice, jewel of the Cote d’Azur, a city whose greatest charm is itself: the avenues, squares, markets, shops, and cafes that create an unforgettable buzz of sophistication and excitement.

We currently don’t have any tours scheduled to Germany. Please refer to our past tour page to see what we’ve done in the past!

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A Greek Easter: Exploring the cradle of western civilization

April 17th-26th, 2020 | 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.


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Corfu

October 8th-17th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

We have arranged first-class accommodation for your stay on the island and you’ll get the chance to take a cruise on the Ionian Sea to the Greek port of Parga and the tiny, unspoiled island of Paxos. We will visit many of the sires familiar from the TV series and there will also be plenty of time to relax by the pool or explore Corfu at your own pace. So instead of daydreaming about “The Durrells,” why don’t you come and discover this beautiful and beguiling Mediterranean island for yourself?


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Ancient Islands: Crete

October 15th-24th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

The beauty, culture and food will accompany us on this ancient island. Crete is the birthplace of Zeus and home to the Palace of Knossos and its legendary Minotaur. Knossos is the largest and best-preserved palace of the Minoan civilization, dating from between 1,700 and 1,400 B.C., although the site has produced evidence of habitation from thousands of years earlier.   We will visit the town of Rethymnon, where we’ll visit the 16th-century Venetian fortress and wander the old town around the harbour. We will go inland, to the 3,000-foot-high Lasithi Plateau – green, fertile, and irrigated by white-sailed windmills. We will stop at Psychro to visit the Dictean cave, the mythical birthplace of Zeus, and Seli for spectacular views of the plateau. We visit the Kera Monastery, with frescoes dating from the late Byzantine period, the village of Mohos for a magnificent view of the villages of Chersonissos, Stalis, and Malia. The “wine-dark sea” written about by the poets of many ages is still vividly alive in the landscape of Greece, and so are many remains of the legendary past that have given birth to so much in our language and literature.

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Tulips & chocolate: Exploring the Art & Culture of Holland & Belgium

April 10th-18th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

This spring we explore the gardens, art, cuisine and culture of this tiny nation and that of neighboring northern Belgium – together known collectively as Flanders. We begin and end in Amsterdam, a city built on a network of canals with its tall and narrow brick houses reflected in the glimmering water. We include a guided tour of the world-famous Rijksmuseum, spend a day at the Royal Palaces to the east of the city and visit the magnificent Keukenhof Gardens.  Our travels then take us over the border to the city of Bruges where we will investigate the three main things for which the region is famous: art, beer and chocolate!

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Getaway to Iceland: Spend Valentine’s Day in Iceland

February 13th-17th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Iceland is a place of contradictions. This is where the Northern Lights dance through the dark skies of winter, and the sun barely sets in the summer. Where you can experience the bustling nightlife of Reykjavik contrasted with the jagged lava fields of the countryside all in the same day. Soak in the mineral water of a geothermal spa. Witness the pristine, extraordinary landscape, and dine on the freshest seafood you will ever eat. Discover the history, nature and geological forces that have combined to create the unique culture of this fascinating island.

This tour will explore Reykjavik and its surrounding countryside and you’ll experience the very heart of Iceland. Start and end your days in Reykjavik with time to wander through the vibrant city on your own.


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The Land Of Fire & Ice

March 19th-24th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Get away from the city and explore the best of Iceland's countryside on this long weekend adventure. This newly designed itinerary spend two nights in the capital of Reykjavik and 2 nights in the countryside. This will allow you to experience the natural beauty of the island on a short getaway trip.


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Iceland Panorama

July 5th-12th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

From the capital city, Reykjavik, to the “capital of the north”, Akureyri, this tour covers the north, west and south of Iceland for an in-depth exploration of what this stunning island has to offer. Witness the pristine and extraordinary landscape of this geological wonderland. Explore colossal glaciers, active volcanoes, geysers and cascading waterfalls and dine on the freshest local seafood you may ever eat.

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An Irish Interlude: St. Patrick’s day in the Emerald Isle

March 15th- 22nd, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Set against a backdrop of mythology, deep green fields, literary heritage, and a proud but turbulent history, Ireland is as lovely and lyrical as it is lively. Here at its very heart, in the wonderful old city of Dublin, you’ll experience the full breadth of Irish hospitality, during the ultimate Irish celebration- St. Patrick’s Day!

We’ll explore Dublin before continuing on to spend time in Killarney to explore the rolling hills of the Irish countryside. Along the way we’ll enjoy excursions to Dingle Peninsula, Blarney Castle, Rock of Cashel, Powerscourt House, and Glendalough!


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Island Of Saints And Scholars

April 30th- May 9th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

This trip is for travelers who want to see beyond the tourist façade and explore the deeper artistic and cultural facets of this small complex island. From the literary haunts, to dramatic seascapes, our itinerary offers an experience of the full range of the Emerald Isle. Starting in Dublin for three nights, where we will see the celebrated Book of Kells, we will then venture on to Sligo with a visit to the Neolithic Newgrange, one of the most spectacular archeological sites in Europe; to Galway where we will drive along the Connemara Coast and venture to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. With a balance of guided and free time in the ancient country, you’ll revel in the mystical beauty and literary references as we explore this magical land.

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Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast: Adventures around the bay of naples

November 2nd-10th, 2019 | 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 10-day discovery of southern Italy.

*This tour is a guaranteed departure*


Hidden Treasures of Southern Italy: Exploring Puglia & the Amalfi Coast

April 2nd-11th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

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.” You may have been here before, but if you have, the chances are you’ll be keen to return. Not many people, on the other hand, visit the province of Puglia, also known by its Roman name of Apulia. This is the “heel” of Italy’s “boot.” It is a region that has a long, proud and often tumultuous history, but in modern times has become more of an agricultural backwater, largely bypassed by modern industry – and therein lies its charm. Join us as we explore the hidden treasures of southern Italy!


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The Italian Lake District

September 18th- 26th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

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.


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Corsica & Sardinia

September 23rd-October 2nd, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

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.


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The Italian Kitchen

October 1st-10th, 2020 | 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 in the history of culture of this famed region.


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Ancient Islands: Sicily

October 23rd-31st, 2020 | 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.

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The Magic of Madeira

February 20th - 28th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

How about a trip to the island of eternal spring to rid yourself of the winter blues? Unpack at the Belmond Reid’s Palace, a five-star luxury hotel. This one-stop trip to this romantic island destination will lift your spirits and replenish your soul. Visit legendary garden estates and botanical gardens with exotic flowers in bloom; lunch in colorful fishing villages, visit the Museum of Sacred Art, and 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, 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!


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Luxurious Lisbon: The City on the Bay

February 27th - March 3rd, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Portugal: land of startling contrasts. Its mountainous landscapes, untouched by time and modernization, stand in curious juxtaposition above the jet-setting coastal resorts. On this short getaway, we will stay in Lisbon, a city with a vitality and pulse like none other. 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.


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a Portuguese Panorama

September 17th-26th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

This tiny country between Spain and the sea, known for its traditional agriculture, fishing communities, cosmopolitan bustling cities, and jet-setting coastal resorts, offers a variety of experiences of the senses. We will spend an evening listening to the husky beautiful music of “fado” while sipping port; a day exploring Portugal’s most spectacular religious sanctuary, “Bom Jesus do Monte” with its 18th century giant baroque stairway; and a night at Pousada Serra da Estrela where a log fire and stunning views over the snow-capped mountains greet us. From Lisbon to Oporto, Oliveira and Evora, architectural, historical and cultural treasures await us on this unforgettable sojourn into the very heart and soul of ancient Portugal.

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Skye & the Highlands

 June 25th - July 5th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Few visitors travel over the sea to Skye without leaving at least a part of their heart behind 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. The Highlands are calling! Join us on a road trip of a life time! Starting in Edinburgh, we’ll cross travel north through the breathtaking and rugged Scottish highlands. Explore the Isle of Skye and Mull along with the capital city, Edinburgh as well as the “capital of the highlands”, Inverness.


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Journey to the Northern Isles: The Orkneys and Shetlands 

 September 3rd - 12th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Jutting from the northern tip of Scotland into the North Sea, Orkney and the Shetland Islands have a unique history set within a dramatic coastal landscape. Join us for an adventure to these two fascinating islands off the coast of Scotland to see the famed prehistoric sites of these two islands. Highlights include Scapa Flow, Skara Brae, and the Ring of Brodgar.

Thanksgiving In Mallorca

November 22nd-30th, 2019 | 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.

** This is a guaranteed departure**


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The Canary Islands: A Winter Getaway

March 12th-19th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Although politically in Europe (the islands are a part of Spain), the Canary Island archipelago sits in the Atlantic off the northwestern coast of Africa, and thus benefits from a tropical climate.Our tour divides its time between the two largest islands of the chain of seven – Gran Canaria and Tenerife. There will be free time to enjoy the weather, take tours into the heart of each island to marvel at the incredible volcanic scenery, explore the culture and enjoy Canarian delicacies, such as the local wines and cheeses, and the abundant fresh seafood. Join Discover Europe’s Gavin Miller, and escape the winter for a week in The Canary Islands.


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Barcelona & Mallorca: A Homage to Catalonia

April 16th-25th, 2020 | 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.


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

May 19th-28th, 2020 | 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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Mediterranean Shores

September 26th-October 5th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Nothing in the world conjures up more romantic and beautiful images than the Mediterranean. Azure waters, white sands, mountain villages, and year-round sunshine combine to create a mood of tranquility and contentment that is truly irresistible. Discover Europe’s veteran courier Gavin Miller has designed a tour that explores the areas in Spain and France that he particularly loves and has come to call home. We begin in Barcelona, which, as Rose Macaulay wrote four decades ago, “gives an impression of tempestuous, surging, irrepressible life and brio.” Then, we cross the Spanish/French border, stopping at the ancient walled city of Carcassonne en route, and on into Provence, a region that intoxicates with its light and landscapes. From our base in Arles we explore the grandeur of the Roman Empire. Ancient hilltop villages beckon to be explored and a day in Avignon allows us to dance sur le pont! Our final stay is in elegant Nice, jewel of the Cote d’Azur, a city whose greatest charm is itself: the avenues, squares, markets, shops, and cafes that create an unforgettable buzz of sophistication and excitement.


Madrid y Andalucia

October 22nd-31st, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Join Discover Europe for a journey into the heart and soul of Southern Spain. 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 where we will see the Alcazar (Royal Palace), stroll through the winding streets, taste tapas and see modern day flamingo, 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.

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Venice to Lucerne: Lakes and gardens of Italy & Switzerland

May 7th-16th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Ringed by alpine peaks, the sparkling waters of the Italian and Swiss lakes 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 shocking beauty and extraordinary diversity, where each lake with its own charms and treasures unfolds against a backdrop of semitropical gardens, gracious old villas, and vibrant villages. This unique itinerary highlights the gardens, historic sites, and landscape of this region. The pace is never frantic, yet the days are pleasantly full and there are bound to be some unexpected diversions and adventures along the way. Join Discover Europe on an unforgettable journey from Venice, at (or sometimes below) sea level, up into the Alpine majesty of northern Italy and Switzerland.

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Wales & the Welsh Borders

September 10th-19th, 2020 | 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.