As well as European travel titans like Paris and Rome, this trip offers alternative highlights: cliff-hanging Sorrento, ancient Colmar and cool Cologne make up for smaller tourist numbers, with huge personalities. Experience true Insider moments like digging beneath the obvious at Pompeii, as you walk around the excavations with our expert, who reveals the stories behind the ‘objects' they found centuries after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.
Get swept off your feet by picturesque views of medieval castles and the foreshadowing of ancient history. Cruise around the canals of Amsterdam and the River Rhine, marvel at the open-air museum that is Rome and relive the battle of WWI in France en route. This a romantic whirlwind that you’ll never want to end.
Smash out the top dogs of Europe; France, Germany, UK, Switzerland and The Netherlands. Smell sawdust in the air as German clockmakers craft cuckoo clocks in front of you, in a fairy tale Black Forest setting that feels like it's straight from a Hansel and Gretel pop-up book. A true smorgasbord bursting with cultures, flavours and new horizons.
It's time to pay tribute to the extraordinary masterpieces of Italy's greats - the captivating talent of Puccini, da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli are showcased in their full glory throughout this exploration of Italy's alluring art, architecture and old-world charm. Get lost in pastel seas of pink, blue and yellow that lap against the Cinque Terre's Ligurian cliffs, feel dwarfed by the towers of San Gimignano and get pious in the city of a hundred churches.
Pop the cork for a sparkling encounter with Paris, the French Riviera, Burgundy's gastronomic talents and the Roman footprints left on the French landscape centuries ago. Take a leisurely stroll along Pont du Gard, soak up the sun-kissed charm of St. Tropez and take a chance in chic Monaco. You even get the opportunity to meet the widow of Pierre Salinger, special advisor to John F. Kennedy, over a home-cooked meal.