Southern Europe

  The Rhine, Swiss Alps & Amsterdam: Tauck River Cruise

The Rhine, Swiss Alps & Amsterdam: Tauck River Cruise

The Rhine, Swiss Alps & Amsterdam – 2017 This 10-day trip combines a two-night stay in Berne, the capital of Switzerland, visiting the Jungfrau, “the Top of Europe,” and the Swiss Alps with a weeklong castle-rich Rhine River cruise between Basel and Amsterdam.Follow the romantic Rhine River on…
Cruising the Coast of Western Europe: Southampton to Lisbon

Cruising the Coast of Western Europe: Southampton to Lisbon

A Handcrafted Travel Program12 Nights: August 28 – September 9, 2016 From pastoral landscapes to imperial capitals, this trip gives travelers a glimpse of the many sides of western Europe. You will wander amid the half-timbered houses of Honfleur. Glimpse the "Pirate City” of Saint Malo and the…
France: Carcassonne

France: Carcassonne

Carcassonne, France, is the city of antiquity, dating back as far as 3500 BC. The Romans were here, and the Celts, the Visigoths, and much later Charlemagne may have passed this way. The fortress was almost impregnible, and today it boasts the largest walled city in Europe. It looks more like…
French Garonne River Cruise: Crystal Ravel

French Garonne River Cruise: Crystal Ravel

From Bordeaux, cruise the Garonne and Dordogne rivers into the heart of Aquitaine to explore some of the world’s most famous vineyards, home to wines with names like Saint-Émilion, Médoc and Sauternes. Witness spectacular scenery, ancient castles and gothic cathedrals on a voyage of refined…
French Seine River Cruise: Crystal Debussy

French Seine River Cruise: Crystal Debussy

A magical itinerary along the beautiful Seine River boasting four spectacular days in the City of Light to savor both its legendary Parisian cuisine and world-renowned landmarks, enhanced even further by three days in Honfleur and an overnight in Rouen. Steeped in art and history, here is a voyage…
French Waterways: Tauck River Cruise

French Waterways: Tauck River Cruise

French Waterways Savor the French flair for living from Paris bistros and culinary Lyon to Beaujolais tastings and Provençal pleasures on a 10-day trip featuring a 7-night Rhône cruise and two nights in Paris.When it comes to France cruises, it’s hard to imagine a more enjoyable one than gliding…
Greece

Greece

Greece is full of wonderful places such as Santorini, Mykonos, Delos, Thessalonoki, Corfu, Rhodes, Delphi, Corinth, Olympia, and Athens. Greece has the most beautifully crafted jewelry in the world, especially the reproductions of the Byzantine and ancient designs. The archaelogical sites are…
Italy: Bellagio and Como

Italy: Bellagio & Como

Located in the Lake Como region, Bellagio is a fantastic city to visit for a day or to stay for a few nights. Nestled into the mountain, there are lots of little shops and boutiques, many places to get a prosciutto pizza or a cone of gelato, and great people watching. Most of Bellagio is on a hill…
Italy: Cernobbio

Italy: Cernobbio (Lake Como Region)

Cernobbio is located in the Lake Como Region on the opposite side of the lake as Bellagio. Boats to Bellagio run several times a day, including one boat that transports vehicles in case you want to boat over and take a scenic drive back. Cernobbio is a small town with very few American tourists…
Italy: Food and Wine Experiences

Italy: Food & Wine Experiences

Our clients favorite destination this year is Italy, and this delightful country just happens to be a fantastic place to sample great food and wine. Visiting vineyards and wineries is a popular pastime in Italy, a good way to meet the locals, as well as to find out more about winemaking. Sometimes…
Italy: Milan

Italy: Milan

Milano is the hub of commerce for Italy and very different than the other large cities, such as Rome, Florence, and Venice. What makes it unique is its focus on fashion, shopping, and business. The city doesn't have as much of the Italian lackadaisical laid-back "whenever" feel that you get in…
Tremezzo and Lenno

Italy: Tremezzo & Lenno (Lake Como Region)

Tremezzo is located in the Lake Como region, about a 30 minutes drive from Cernobbio and a short boat ride across the lake to Bellagio. It is conveniently located and the lake activities are a big part of the daily agenda. It is also a good place to relax. One of our favorite ventures in this area…
Italy:  Venice

Italy: Venice

Venice is magic. It is rippling water and azure sky and ancient buildings tumbling into canals. It is narrow winding paths and curving bridges. It is speed boats and ferry boats and flat boats of all descriptions. It is gondolas and serenades and strains of Vivaldi wafting through the air. It is…
Monaco: Monte Carlo

Monaco: Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo is an exciting place to visit, with its chauffeured Rolls Royce’s, Maserati’s, and Lambergini’s.  Spectators from around the world gather to see the glitz and glamour of this tiny principality, and to try their luck at the most famous place:  The Casino.  Le Hotel de Paris is the…
Monaco: Monte Carlo Tour de France

Monte Carlo: Riviera & Tour de France

One day our Seabourn ship anchored in Monte Carlo and it was the first day of the Tour de France, with the opening ceremonies in Monaco. We docked and set off to find the festivities only to discover that all the teams were based in the harbor just a few yards from our ship! It was closed to the…
Spain: Northern Spain Paradors

Portugal

Lisbon is located in beautiful Northern Portugal. This region, including the paradors of northern Spain, is known for authentically restored castles, palaces, and monasteries in stunning settings. This venture will take you from Barcelona to the incomparable Pyrenees mountains and end in Lisbon.…
Spain: Northern Spain Paradors

Spain

Spain is flamboyant and boisterous, vibrant and pulsating; it reveals its varied history of conquistadores, Moors, and barbarians who occupied it. Spain is a sensuous place that is filled with delicious scents, vivid colors, and rich fabrics. The shapes and textures of the architecture are full of…

Spain: Barcelona

Barcelona rates as one of the most interesting cities in the world.  Barcelona, a seaport town, offers great food and wine, fascinating architecture, broad avenues, cultural venues, good shopping, and one of the most interesting cathedrals in the world.  In addition to that, Barcelona has been…
Spain: San Sebastian

Spain: San Sebastian

San Sebastian, Spain, has more Michelin star restaurants than any city in the world!   Former playground of kings, the affluent flocked to this beautiful little town by the side of the sea, where their lifestyle was far superior to the rest of their Basque countrymen.  Originating from a race of…
France: St Tropez

St. Tropez

St. Tropez is one of the best places I know if you are looking for any of these things: the most sophisticated individuals strolling, painting, and sailing along the waterfront, gorgeous harbour filled with incredible yachts, the most expensive sports cars per square metre outside of a Lamborghini…
Turkey Canakkale Gallipoli

Turkey: Canakkle Gallipoli

The Lone Pine Cemetery at Gallipoli is an awe-inspiring memorial to the soldiers who fought here during World War I in the Dardanelles.  Visitors stroll among the gravestones which line the beaches, and gaze at the bronze statues so lovingly created.  There are exhibits showing where the major…
Turkey: Istanbul

Turkey: Istanbul

Istanbul is one of our favorite picks and is a city that many people find extremely fascinating. The people are kind and friendly, the summer nightlife on the Bosphorous is unlike no other, and the pastries, salads, baklava, lamb, and fresh fish are to die for. There is also so much history and…
Turkey Troy

Turkey: Troy

The name "Troy" conjures up the vision of the wooden horse with the soldiers hidden inside, and the beautiful Helen who had eloped with Paris of Troy.  This myth was believed by Heinrich Schleimann to contain more than a grain of truth, and armed with his copy of Homer's Odysseus, he set out  with…