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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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The Romantic Road: Vienna, Salzburg, Munich & Heidelberg

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!

Currently, we don’t have any programs scheduled for Belgium. Check out our past tours to see what we’ve done in the past.

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.

**This is a guaranteed departure**


The Best of English Gardens: Including the chelsea flower show

May 14th-23rd, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Wait list only

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.

**This tour is sold out and is wait list availability only**


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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!

** This tour is a guaranteed departure **


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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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Shakespeare in the Tudor Age
With OLLI At Berkshire Community College

July 14th-21st, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 25 Participants | Availability: Open

Join us for a celebration of William Shakespeare’s life and times. Together we will spend a week in Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon taking a close look at the Bard himself, and the historical context in which he lived and worked.

We start in Oxford, the quintessential university town with 38 colleges dating back to the 13th century. Our Oxford stay will feature a walking tour, lectures on Shakespeare from distinguished Oxford dons, dinner at the Ashmolean Museum, and an evensong service at Christ Church Cathedral. Next, we move on to Stratford, Shakespeare’ birthplace. Here we will see three Shakespeare productions in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s two gorgeous, refurbished theatres. 

The tour will be accompanied by Philip McKnight, who lectures in "Shakespeare and the Law" at Williams College. 

** This tour is a guaranteed departure **


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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.


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Queen Victoria: Sponsored by Barrington Community School

August 9th-17th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria. 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 resting place at Frogmore in Windsor Great Park. We’ll spend two days 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).


The Passionate Gardener: Late Summer Gardens Of Southern England With Michael B. Gordon

September 5th-14th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Limited Availability

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

**This is a guaranteed departure with limited availability**


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 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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Victoria & The Crown

September 14th-23rd, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria. 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 will be led by Alexandra Messervy and 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 days 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).


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 tour is a guaranteed departure **


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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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 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

September 27th- October 6th, 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 25th- November 2nd, 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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The Romantic Road: Vienna, Salzburg, Munich & Heidelberg

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!

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

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

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.

This is a guaranteed departure with limited space


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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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The Golden Age Of Amsterdam
With Gettysburg College

June 10th-17th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 20 Participants | Availability: Open

Join Gettysburg College for an in-depth exploration of Amsterdam on a program led by Professor Kay Etheridge, who has an insider’s knowledge of the city.

In the UNESCO World Heritage site of historic Amsterdam, we will travel the tree-shaded canals, marvel at the Dutch Master collection in the Rijksmuseum, and perhaps linger in a local pub to sample one of the 100 types of Dutch beer. This program has a good mix of planned activities – including visits to Haarlem for the Frans Hals Museum, the Teylers Museum and the Ship Museum – and free time to explore sites like the Heineken brewery, the Anne Frank House or the Van Gogh Museum.

** This is a guaranteed departure **

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The Land Of Fire & Ice

April 18th-23rd, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Limited Availability

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.

*This is a guaranteed departure*

Wild Ireland: Exploring the Wild Atlantic Way

September 26th- October 6th, 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. Wild Ireland focuses on the dramatic beauty of the rugged West Coast, where the Atlantic Ocean first hits the European continent. Join Discover Europe for an in-depth exploration of the Wild Atlantic Way, stretching from County Donegal in the north down to County Clare.

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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!

** This is a guaranteed departure **


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: An Extraordinary Land Apart

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.

We don’t currently have any tours scheduled for Portugal. Interested in seeing what we’ve done in the past? Check out our past tours here.

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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.

**This is a guaranteed departure**


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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.

**This is a guaranteed departure**


Christmas in Scotland

December 21st-29th, 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.

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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.

**This is a guaranteed departure**


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The 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.

**This is a guaranteed departure**


Mediterranean Shores

September 27th- October 6th, 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

November 7th-16th, 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.

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Scenic Switzerland
With Vassar College

June 20th-29th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 25 Participants | Availability: Open

Join us as we soak in the beauty of the country’s stunning landscape of mountains, meadows, and lakes, as we stay in Lucerne, Geneva, and Bern. Along the way, we’ll ride the Glacier Express, drive the beautiful Corniche de Lavaux, enjoy on a brief boat cruise on Lake Geneva, and be met at the Einstein House Museum by Paul Einstein, great grandson of Albert. 

Throughout the tour, Professor Maria Höhn will offer lectures and invite you to join in conversations about Switzerland’s unique role in European history.  Maria is Director of the Vassar-founded Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement and Higher Education.

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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*