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Vienna- Mit Schlag?: A Jewel in the hapsburg crown

August 30th-September 7th, 2019 | 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 LipizzanerStallions 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.

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

April 12th-20th, 2019 | 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.  Known as the “Venice of the North” due to the many picturesque canals crisscrossing the city, we will investigate the three main things for which the region is famous: art, beer and chocolate! Our travels then take us over the border to the city of Bruges.  Known as the “Venice of the North” due to the many picturesque canals crisscrossing the city, we will investigate the three main things for which the region is famous: art, beer and chocolate! Join us this spring for indulgence of the senses, beauty of the season and insight into Dutch culture and history.

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The Dalmatian coast: Where the Balkans Meet the Mediterranean

April 27th-May 6th, 2019 | 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”.

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 3rd-12th, 2019 | 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”.

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

May 5th-14th, 2019 | 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 14th-23rd, 2019 | 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, Kiftsgate 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.


One Stop Tour:
Let's Unpack In The Peaks

May 31st-June 1st, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

The Peak District National Park covers 555 square miles right in the center of Britain straddling the Pennine Mountain range, known as the “Backbone of England.” This tour will introduce you to the Peak District and the surrounding areas with a special, members only entry to the Chatsworth Flower Show. We have included a fascinating array of visits, from a variety of stately homes spanning several centuries, to one of the country’s foremost industrial heritage sites, the Quarry Bank Mill at Styal.  


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

June 27th-July 6th, 2019 | 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!


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West Country Gardens: Featuring the Hampton Court Flower Show

July 2nd-11th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

In addition to spending the day at the Royal Horticultural Society’s premier summer show at Hampton Court, this is your invitation to see some of England’s most famous gardens. Here, in the peak of the summer season, with our first base in Windsor, we’ll visit the RHS showcase gardens at Wisley before heading down to Taunton in England’s “West Country.”  Here we explore gardens great and small, from the grand estates of Montacute and Mapperton to the personal gardens of Anthony Young and Margery Fish. We also make stops at important non garden-related historic sites as well, from Glastonbury to Stonehenge. All at a relaxed pace with wonderful meals, first-class hotels, and the company of fellow gardening enthusiasts. Why not join us in the garden this summer?


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Discovering East Anglia: Hidden Treasures with Gavin Miller

July 19th-27th, 2019 | 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.


The channel Islands: A tribute to the guernsey literary & potato peel pie society

September 12th-21st, 2019 | 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 13th-22nd, 2019 | 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.


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.


Kent: The Garden of England: Adventures in Southeast England

October 18th-27th, 2019 | 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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Springtime in provence: Let's unpack in Arles- Exploring Provence in the Spring

April 26th-May 4th, 2019 | 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.


The Garden of France: Exploring the Loire Valley

June 6th-15th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size:15 Participants | Availability: Open

The Valley of the River Loire runs from east to west across northern France and is known as the Garden of France. The warm moist prevailing winds blow in from the Atlantic, creating a micro climate that complements the natural fertile soils of the river valley. The fabulous wines that come from this region are the proof. Bypassing Paris, we’ll travel around the Loire Valley and enjoy visits to both cultural sites as well as stunning gardens!


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Cote d’Azur- Sponsored by Barrington Community School

September 19th-28th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Join the Barrington Community School on an unforgettable exploration of the art and culture of the French Cote d’Azur. We’ll make our first base in the city of Hyeres, within easy striking distance of the city of Marseilles and the fabulous scenery of the Luberon, the mountainous National Park that rises above the coastal plain of Provence. We’ll also spend a day exploring the island or Porquerolles, just off the coast, one the Iles de Hyeres. We then move on to the exotic city of Nice, where panoramic sightseeing will introduce the vastly different areas of the city.


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Corsica & Sardinia

September 19th-28th, 2019 | 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.


Mediterranean Shores

October 3rd-12th, 2019 | 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. Beginning in Barcelona, we then 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.


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One Stop Tour:
Chateau De Camon: Exploring The Languedoc From Our Base In A French Chateau

October 11th-19th, 2019 | 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!

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One Stop Tour:
The New Berlin: A City Reunited

May 24th-June 1st, 2019 | 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.


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The Romantic Road

September 26th- October 5th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Magnificent alpine settings and medieval half-timbered houses dot the romantic, winding road from Vienna to Heidelberg. This autumn we’ll journey through old-world charm and jewel-like Bavarian splendor as we explore the remarkable realm of the Hapsburgs, one of the greatest dynasties the world has ever known. From sparkling Vienna, the elegant Austrian capital, we will follow the mighty Danube, before travelling towards Salzburg, a World Heritage site and the birth place of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Ending in Heidelberg, one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, we will take a leisurely cruise along the Rhine with stunning views of Heidelberg Castle and the Old Town embedded into the mountainside. Come enjoy the stunning scenery, deep history and hearty cuisine that this magical part of Germany has to offer!

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A Greek Easter: Exploring the Cradle of Western Civilization

April 26th- May 5th, 2019 | 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.


The Land of Gods and Heroes- Sponsored by Barrington Community School

May 18th-27th, 2019 | 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 St. 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. Join Barrington Community School on an discovery of Ancient Greece. If you have more time- don’t miss the 4-day cruise extension to the Greek Isles.


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Ancient Islands: Corfu

October 10th-19th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

A brand new adventure on our “Ancient Islands” series to the island of Corfu!

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

April 12th-20th, 2019 | 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.  Known as the “Venice of the North” due to the many picturesque canals crisscrossing the city, we will investigate the three main things for which the region is famous: art, beer and chocolate! Our travels then take us over the border to the city of Bruges.  Known as the “Venice of the North” due to the many picturesque canals crisscrossing the city, we will investigate the three main things for which the region is famous: art, beer and chocolate! Join us this spring for indulgence of the senses, beauty of the season and insight into Dutch culture and history.

Iceland

An Icelandic Valentine

February 13th-17th, 2019 | 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. Our tour will introduce you to the island and its culture and history during the week of Valentines Day. 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.


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The Land Of Fire & Ice

April 18th-23rd, 2019 | 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 Reyjkavik 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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The Emerald Isle: A tour of ireland, north and south

May 23rd-June 1st, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

From the Rose of Tralee to Dublin’s fair city, Ireland is an almost mythic land of lyrical folk song, romantic poetry, turbulent history and deep green fields. Join Discover Europe for an in-depth exploration of the Emerald Isle, from the pre-Celtic hill forts punctuating the island to her dramatic seascapes and fabulous formal gardens. Our itinerary offers an introduction to Ireland, both north and south, for travelers who want to see beyond the tourist façade and explore the epic history of this small island. We begin in Dublin, which has emerged from the recent recession more vibrant than ever. We will wander through Temple Bar and the revitalized riverfront with an excursion to Powerscourt House and Glendalough. As we cross the border into Northern Ireland, we’ll visit the Giant’s Causeway on the north coast.  From the warm and welcoming people, the dramatic Gaelic history, and spectacular countryside, this tour of Ireland will send you back into the pages of time.


Wild Ireland: Exploring the Wild Atlantic Way

September 26th- October 5th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Explore the rugged western coast of Ireland called the "Wild Atlantic Way" on this adventure from Galway to Donegal.

Italian Masterpieces

March 28th- April 6th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

As powerfully different as the three famous tenors, the charismatic combination of Rome-Florence-Venice reveals three archetypal faces of Italy. At once sensual, robust, and achingly artistic, these cities and their surrounding villages, steeped in medieval mystery, will stimulate your senses and enliven your perceptions, while rewarding you with glorious vistas and a tantalizing glimpse of La Dolce Vita. Join us for an Italian getaway to these three powerful cities: Venice, Rome and Florence. 


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The Italian Lake District

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

Ringed by alpine peaks, the sparkling lakes of Garda, Maggiore, Como, and Lugano command a landscape where mountains descend to meet water 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 has its own charms and treasures to unfold against a backdrop of semi-tropical gardens, gracious old villas, and vibrant villages. Join us this September for an exploration of the Italian Lake District!


Under The Tuscan Sun- Sponsored By Barrington Community School

May 18th-27th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Join Barrington Community School for a tour through the Tuscany region of Italy. Come experience the sights, smells, and tastes of this fertile cultural, historical and bucolic land. We will take daytime excursions to Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance; San Gimingnano, the “city of beautiful towers”; Pisa, famous for its leaning tower. If you have more time- Join us for an extension to Cinque Terre, five towns that are perched along a stretch of cliffs, an area of such unspoiled natural beauty that it was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1997!


Corsica & Sardinia

September 19th-28th, 2019 | 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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One Stop Trip:
Under the Tuscan Sun

September 27th-October 5th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Let’s unpack in Tuscany this fall! Come experience the sights, smells, and tastes of this fertile cultural, historical and bucolic land. We will make our base in Montecatini where we will take daytime excursions to Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance; San Gimingnano, the “city of beautiful towers”; Pisa, famous for its leaning tower; and the Cinque Terre, five towns that are perched along a stretch of cliffs, an area of such unspoiled natural beauty that it was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1997.


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Ancient Islands: Sicily

October 25th-November 2nd, 2019 | 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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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.

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One Stop Tour:
 Luxurious Lisbon: The City on the Bay

November 1st-6th, 2018 | 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.


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One Stop Tour:
 The Magic of madeira

March 15th-23rd, 2019 | 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!


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 Landscapes of Portugal

May 9th-18th, 2019 | 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 20th-30th, 2019 | 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.


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Highlands by Rail: A Great Railway Journey to the isle of skye

September 6th-14th, 2019 | 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. We’ll begin in the capital, Edinburgh, exploring its intriguing Old Town, an area of winding streets steeped in atmosphere and history. The backbone of the Old Town, the Royal Mile, leads from Edinburgh Castle down to the Palace of Holyrood House. Then its north to Inverness, the “Capital of the Highlands,” and across to Skye. We’ll have two nights and a day to explore the Isle of Skye, soaking up tales of the Lords of the Sea Kingdom. We’ll travel between cities in comfort by train (first class where available) – a wonderful to sit and watch the magnificent landscapes roll past. The ride from Inverness across to the Kyle of Lochalsh is known as one of the “Great Railway Journeys of the World.” Along the way there will be unexpected visits, plenty of time for a wee dram in the local pub, and to appreciate the best of Scotland’s Highland scenery.


Christmas in Scotland

December 21st-28th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

An enticing combination of experiences awaits the traveler who chooses to spend Christmas in Scotland. You’ll have time in both the engaging capital of Edinburgh and the largest city, Glasgow. We’ll begin in Glasgow, where sightseeing will introduce the city from the architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh to the prestigious Burrell Collection. From our central location in Edinburgh at one of the city’s most elegant hotels, you will be a short stroll from Prince’s Street, George Street, and Edinburgh Castle. It’s the perfect spot for exploring historic sites, sampling gourmet cuisine, and browsing the nearby shops.

The Canary Islands: Sponsored by the Barrington Community School

January 31st-February 7th, 2019 | 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. On the same latitude as Orlando, FL, the Canaries have less rainfall and warmer average temperatures than Florida. 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.

*This is a guaranteed departure*


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Barcelona & Mallorca: A Homage to Catalonia

April 18th-27th, 2019 | 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.


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

June 6th-15th, 2019 | 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.


Mediterranean Shores

October 3rd-12th, 2019 | 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. Beginning in Barcelona, we then 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 24th-November 2nd, 2019 | 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.


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.

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

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Wales & the Welsh Borders

September 5th-14th, 2019 | 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.

*This is a guaranteed departure*