There is so much to see and do in Europe. There is truly something for every type of traveler. From rich history in large cities to charming and quaint villages, or coastal havens. Museums and historical sites for history and art lovers or endless natural beauty with outdoor endeavors. You can visit all the "must see" sites or venture off the beaten path. This is your trip so I will help craft a customized itinerary that checks all your boxes and share with you recommendations for experiences you didn't know were possible. Want to experience these countries like a local? We partner with local guides to give you a personalized experience with local knowledge and visits to the places most tours don't go. Let's start planning your European adventure!
France is so much more than Paris! From the lavender fields of Provence, beaches of the riviera, the Loire valley peppered with grand chateaux, alpine villages of the French alps and 17 distinct wine regions you will have no shortage of things to peak all sorts of interests.
I believe one can not truly learn about a culture without understanding their food. Market tours and cooking classes are a great way to do this and bring home your new skills as a souvenir.
The UK is made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This island nation is jam packed with history and scenic countryside and a growing food scene fueled by its melting pot of cultures. If the royals peak your interest make sure to visit Buckingham Palace, Windsor and visit the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London. Scotland although part of the UK has its own unique culture. Edinburgh is a must visit especially for the Royal Military Tattoo. Harry Potter fans will find a variety of activities in England and Scotland to entertain a muggle.
Take a day trip outside of London to visit the neolithic site of Stonehenge followed by a visit to the most well preserved Roman baths and beautiful Georgian architecture in the town of Bath and if time allows stop off to see the picturesque cottages of the Cottswolds.
From Barcelona with Guadi's organic and whimsical architecture and the rich Catalonian culture, to the history of Spains kings in the capital of Madrid, the city of Seville with flaminco dancers, Spanish guitar music filling the streets and a lively array of tapas bars or the charming coastal towns of the Costa Brava. There is no shortage of things to keep you busy in Spain.
If you enjoy diving visit the Museo Atlantico, Europe's first under water museum boasting sculptures 12m deep and artificial reefs that attract an array of sea life.
The colors of Portugal do not disappoint with buildings covered in beautiful painted tiles. It has been growing in popularity over the last several years and has been voted best country/destination for 2 years in a row. Visit Porto & the Duoro Valley and taste the famous Port wine, check out surfers catching the gigantic waves in Nazare or visit the coastal fishing village of Aviero (Venice of Portugal) with its brightly painted houses. Portugals capital city of Lisbon is also not to be missed.
Attend a Fado performance. This genre of music is very expressive and reveals how passionate the Portuguese people are.
European River Cruises
Did you know you won't get seasick on a River Cruise? With smaller ships and less rooms River Cruising feels more like staying in a moving boutique hotel. You can do and see so much on a River Cruise so make sure to bring good walking shoes for exploring ports during the day but make sure to remain flexible because itineraries may change or alternative transportation may need to be arranged due to changing water levels.
Gellert Spa is one of the most famous thermal baths in Budapest. It opened in 1918 and is still serving clients with mineral rich, thermal baths today. It’s decorated with tile mosaics and beautiful balconies.
The Netherlands may be a small country but it is packed with world famous sites. Discover our bulb fields, windmills, cheese markets, wooden shoes, canals of Amsterdam, masterpieces of renowned artists, Delft Blue earthenware, innovative water-management and millions of bicycles.
Take a day trip from Amsterdam to go inside a real windmill, stroll through picturesque fishing villages and visit a cheese farm to learn how they make their famous Gouda.
The hills truly are alive in Austria, but it has so much more than just Sound of Music filming locations. Austria is filled with majestic landscapes, quaint villages, and cities full of fascinating history. Hike through the Alps or take a cable car to the top for breathtaking views and reward your hard work with dinner in an Austrian beer garden.
Visit the salt mines buried deep within the Alps or for history buffs make the trek up to Kehlsteinhaus- Hitler's Eagles Nest.
The culture of Ireland includes language, literature, music, art, folklore, cuisine, and sports. However, one of the best parts about Ireland is its people. Down to earth and friendly are two easy ways to describe the Irish. Oh, and they love Americans. Ready to hit up a local Irish pub and learn from some of the locals? Visit the Cliffs of Moher and the Giant's Causeway for breathtaking views and natural wonders.
Set sail aboard a Viking ship for a Shannon River cruise and Althlone Irish whisky tasting. After the tasting put your Irish dancing skills to the test.
While Greece is made up of about 6,000 islands and has some of the most instagramable beaches with 250 days of sun every year, it is actually about 80% mountains. It also boasts 18 UNESCO world heritage sites including Thessaloniki which just became the first Greek city to be recognized for its culinary heritage. Most trips to the Greek Islands involve a split stay between multiple islands and they each have different things to offer. We can help you narrow it down.
Take a food tour in Athens to experience the multitude of flavors this island nation has to offer.
If you have ever dreamed of visiting Europe at Christmas time check out this guide to European Christmas Markets to learn what they are all about. Think beautiful decorations, twinkling lights, mulled wine, chestnuts roasting over and open fire, ice skating in the square and artisans of every kind selling their work.