Europe

Rome
Rome
Rome is the world’s greatest living museum. A wonderfully atmospheric, fabulously beautiful, evocative city overflowing with idiosyncratic personality, energy and romantic charm. Only in Rome will you find a mix of antiquities, monuments and ancient sites so deeply within the fabric of a vibrant living city. The joy of Rome is the way a casual stroll almost anywhere in the city will combine authentic cafes and bars, beautiful Baroque squares and the sudden unexpected arrival of extraordinary sights like the Forum or iconic Rome locations like the Trevi Fountain. The day-to-day streets of central Rome are fascinating at every turn and simply beautiful.
With it's astonishing art and architecture any trip to Rome will want to include the Coliseum, the Forum, the Vatican, the Pantheon and the Sistine Chapel. Rome is a veritable paradise for art lovers, with many Renaissance treasures in their original location. Even the shortest of trips in Rome is long enough to visit the key locations and soak up the astonishingly exuberant atmosphere of this unique city.
With it's terrific cafes and restaurants
Rome is full of delightful surprises. Old-fashioned worker’s cafes rub shoulders with tourist restaurants, and fantastic grocery stores exist side by side with designer boutiques. Rome features a splendid array of authentic cafes, wine bars and ice-cream parlours. There is still a surprising amount of economical, unpretentious restaurants in Rome's city centre and in areas like the Jewish neighbourhood and trendy Trastevere. Rome is fantastic for vegetarians! Mild winters and excellent spring and autumn weather makes the city popular all year round. Rome in summer is imbued with an unforgettably romantic atmosphere, particularly at night, when the entire city is out on pavement cafes and restaurant terraces. visiting in winter, spring, or autumn is highly recommended, avoiding the biggest crowds and the summer heat.
Paris
Paris

Paris is often called the city of lights and romance, and for good reason. Paris is a fairly compact capital city with just over 2 million inhabitants and approximately 6 miles in diameter. It is enclosed by the Peripherique, split in two by the River Seine and divided into 20 ‘arrondissements’. It is without a doubt one of the worlds most beautiful and dynamic capital cities. Paris plays host to numerous exhibitions, shows, sporting events and music festivals throughout the year. The closing stages of the Tour de France, open air classical and jazz concerts are to name but a few that appear in the city. Paris is truly one of the world's great capital cities and happily blends tradition with a taste for the adventurous. For romance there is nowhere in the world quite like Paris. Whether you're planning an engagement, honeymoon, anniversary, or just a special weekend, Paris is the sophisticated yet easily accessible choice. From the tree lined Champs-Elysees, and world class Louvre Palais Royal on the right bank to the famous Eiffel Tower and bohemian St Germain and Latin Quarter on the left, a trip to Paris always offers something new.
Vibrant Shopping & Great Cuisine, takes on a new realm in the city of Paris, with a multitude of elegant boutiques and department stores selling the latest designer labels often at bargain prices. There are many street markets dotted about Paris selling everything from fresh produce to art and antiques and for a short break from the sightseeing, there is a cafe on every corner there is always time to sample not only the famous French cuisine, but also food from around the globe. A city full of delightful food and drink.
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Amsterdam

With a fabulous variety of museums Amsterdam is right up there as one of the most captivating European destinations around. The bustling Dutch capital can claim to have it all, from a fascinating historic core with over 7,000 listed buildings, a legendary night time party vibe and some of the continent’s foremost art museums. There is plenty to see and do in Amsterdam and something for every conceivable taste. For example, a trip to Amsterdam one can visit an amazing number of museums dedicated to such varied tastes as fine art, football, vodka, cannabis and even the sex industry. Major highlights include the incomparable Rijksmuseum for priceless Dutch and Flemish old masters and the inspiring Ann Frank house. Getting around the historic centre is a breeze on foot, but best enjoyed with a relaxing canal cruise or a day of cycling. Take a tour on two wheels around the so called ‘canal ring’ which features mainly 17th century merchant houses and enchanting white wooden drawbridges. Combine it with an evening in the historic and now ever so trendy Jordaan district, with its vibrant café culture, markets and trendy fashion boutiques. It's hard to resist a peek at its notorious Red Light District. While hardly a family friendly place, it is safe to stroll around and features numerous old historic buildings and has a vibrant mix of bars, restaurants and cafes. There are guided tours at the Brouwerij brewery and many of Amsterdam’s diamond factories, free walking city tours, lunchtime concerts at the Concertgebouw and highbrow performances at the Vondelpark open-air theatre, all without spending a penny. Amsterdam weekends are synonymous with a legendary club culture that never fails to live up to all the hype. The city’s nightlife is dazzling to say the least, with something for every taste, be it raging techno clubs, jazz bars, impossibly trendy lounges and everything in between.




London
London

A truly unique city, London is one of the world’s truly great cities. Only London offers such an extraordinary wealth of culture, history, famous sights and popular attractions alongside such an enjoyably vibrant, multi-cultural, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Few destinations worldwide can compete with London in terms of sightseeing: Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Tower Bridge…the list goes on and on. Perhaps only New York can compare with London when it comes to entertainment and culture. London really does have something for everyone. London offers specialist cinemas, world-famous theatre, spectacular long running musicals, and a live music scene offering everything from classical music and opera to rock, pop, world music and jazz. A short stay in London can only hope to dip into the city’s unbelievable nightlife: fantastic traditional pubs, probably the world’s most cosmopolitan selection of restaurants, and a vibrant, eclectic, ever-changing clubbing scene. With a vast array of attractions, London really does offer something for everyone: amazing art collections in The National Gallery and the Tate Modern, outstanding museums like the British Museum and the Science Museum, and a vast wealth of popular attractions. Don't forget the incredible London Eye, Madame Tussauds, London Zoo and the London Dungeon.
Serious shoppers will find London a veritable retail paradise! Famous stores, specialist retailers, characterful street market. Aside from all the tourist attractions and cultural activity, London offers rewarding walks in fascinatingly distinct neighbourhoods like Soho, Bloomsbury, Camden, the City, Brick Lane, Greenwich, Portobello…and the sheer spectacle of London’s unique, constantly surprising social mix. London’s famously changeable weather is hardly relevant with such a wealth of indoor attractions. And when the sun shines, head to London’s beautiful Royal parks or take a cruise on the Thames. Whatever your age and whatever your interests, London is sure to be a memorable and even life-changing experience.




Berlin
Berlin

Berlin is a fascinating mix of tradition and modernity. Berlin is a vibrant city still in the process of reinventing itself as the German capital of culture and modernity. It's a feast for lovers of architecture, with 19th and 20th century buildings reflecting every stage of Berlin’s turbulent history. However, it is the capital’s contemporary building projects that make Berlin fascinating. All trips to Berlin should take in the extraordinary new designs of Potsdamer Platz, Leipziger Platz, Friedrichstraße and Pariser Platz and famous sights like Checkpoint Charlie, Museum Island and the Eastside Gallery. Berlin’s long tradition as a cultural centre ensures every Berlin trip will offer a packed cultural programme. Berlin offers a truly outstanding choice of art galleries and museums and it offers everything from classical music and opera to the most outlandish alternative music, cabaret and theatre. A visit to Berlin will more than satisfy those looking for nightlife, whether traditional cafes and pubs, small idiosyncratic music bars, trendy nightclubs or unusual after hours venues. Berlin enjoys a festive party atmosphere during the long summer, with plenty of festivals, exhibitions and free concerts in parks like the famous Tiergarten. Summer in Berlin will feature lively beer gardens and a huge choice of inviting pavement cafes. Despite Berlin’s reputation as the world’s most fascinating building site, most Berlin visitors are surprised to find an abundance of parks and rivers within the city. Spring and or autumn in Berlin will see far fewer tourists and cooler temperatures for walking. The superb museums and galleries, excellent shopping and the abundance of cozy cafes and fine restaurants all combine to make Berlin a real world class destination!




Barcelona
Barcelona

Barcelona constantly features among the top destinations in Europe. It is not hard to see why Barcelona enjoys such a high reputation. Barcelona has a fabulously atmospheric medieval centre, terrific sights like Gaudi’s truly astonishing Sagrada Familia cathedral, outstanding museums and galleries, excellent modern attractions, classy accommodation, superb bars and restaurants, and a distinctly Catalan sense of style. Barcelona also owes it's popularity to the Mediterranean climate and the presence of the sea. A short weekend in Barcelona is nowhere near long enough to take in all the city has to offer. Barcelona offers a fascinating perspective on Spain from other Spanish destinations like Madrid, Seville, Malaga and Palma. With it's sense of style, Barcelona offers a feast for lovers of architecture both old and new. Few destinations worldwide have combined historic treasures and modernity so effectively. Barcelona offers exceptional variety, with exciting attractions for families, romantic dining, fashionable boutiques, traditional bars, a busy cultural programme and some of the classiest and most cosmopolitan nightlife in Spain. A morning exploring the historic gems of the Barri Gotic can be followed by a trip to Gaudi’s extraordinary ceramic creations in Parc Guel or the modernist architectural gems in Eixample or a look at the superbly re-developed harbour area. Spend the evening exploring trendy bars and swish nightclubs in characterful neighbourhoods like Gràcia, the Born, La Ribera and El Raval. All Barcelona trips will gravitate around the famous Ramblas with their beautiful covered markets and street entertainers. Tremendous variety of sights with excellent public transport enables even short weekends in Barcelona to include the major sights. With longer visits you will have more time to explore old and new Barcelona, visit superb attractions like the aquarium, take a tour of Barcelona’s incredible Camp Nou football stadium or visit the intriguing beach resort of Sitges. A summer trip will no doubt include a trip to Barcelona beaches. The mild climate and plenty of sunshine will ensure a rewarding time in Barcelona for any time of year.





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Prague

Prague is an enchanting city ladened with beauty and grace. Many well traveled call it their most favorite city of all. There are few other cities in Europe that can offer six hundred years of architecture so completely untouched by war or natural disaster. I wonder how many people know that before 1930 and the great Wall Street crash, the former Czechoslovakia was the 4th wealthiest country in the world? Most of that wealth was generated in the area we now know as the Czech Republic. Because of its Eastern European location it is also an affordable destination for everyone. For centuries, the Czech lands have been among the most civilized in the world, with a wonderful legacy of art, architecture, literature and, (above all), music. As for the Czech people, they have been described as friendly, attractive and open-minded.
The Old Town (or Stare Mesto) is a beautiful maze of small streets ideal for getting easily lost and found in. Although it has plenty of new shops, galleries, cafes and bars, the Old Town’s most famous landmark is still the Astronomical Clock. A five minute walk from the Old Town brings you to the Nove Mesto (New Town) where Wenceslas Square is presided over by a horse-mounted St. Wenceslas, the country's patron and his retinue of saints.
The famous Charles Bridge leads you from the Old Town to Mala Strana (The Lesser Quarter) where the quaint old world streets still wind and meander between palaces, churches and gardens. Of course the Prague Castle which overlooks the city is an experience not to miss.
Until quite recently dining in Prague was an adventure – it was hit or miss! – but with tourism hitting new heights, the restaurant industry has rearranged itself to meet, greet and feed its new patrons as they expect. That’s not to say that every restaurant will deliver, but it’s miles ahead of where it used to be.
The trick to shopping in Prague is to seek out the quirky shops in the side streets so don’t be afraid to go off the beaten track – there are many surprises waiting to be discovered. The mainstay shops with their wooden puppets and mechanical toys are simply intriguing and ingenious, although you might feel overexposed to them as there is such an abundance of these shops. The same rules apply to the crystal shops – they’re nice, unique but a few too many of them!




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