At Ireland’s School of Falconry on the grounds of The Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ireland, on the shores of Lough Corrib, the Harris hawk named Inca was placed on the leather glove on my left arm and cocked her head inquisitively at me.
As my guide led me into the woods that surround the castle, he explained that when Lord and Lady Ardilaun of the Guinness family owned the castle they planted the thick forest that gives the place its enchanted feeling. I felt transported back in time.
As I flew my hawk and it gracefully moved through the trees and back to perch on my arm, I experienced the grounds in a way that felt like a portal into the lives of those who had made this their home over the centuries.
In Western Europe, the World War I Centennial continues with the 100th anniversary of the day, April 6, 1917, that the United States officially entered the war. Our troops fought only eight months, but they actually helped turn the war’s tide.
France was the largest site of U.S. involvement, though major battles also were fought in Belgium’s Flanders province. From Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy southeast to Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine, France’s Western Front stretched more than 300 miles.
Tourism news in Germany this year revolves around culture and the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation.
When Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of a Wittenburg Church in 1517, he began a religious revolution that changed not only the history of the church, but of his country and the world. In 2017 the cities where Luther’s reformation began, grew and thrived are celebrating its wide-reaching effects on thought and culture. What began in Wittenburg spread through the eastern German states, into Thuringia and Saxony, where Luther was given protection after being condemned as a heretic.
When talking to clients about possible sun and surf destinations, it’s often hard to differentiate one lovely resort island from another - the resorts often seem cookie cutter, with the exact amenities from island to island. The cure for the ordinary island vacation is simple... send your clients to Tenerife. While it might not be quite as convenient as a Caribbean island, it makes up for the slightly longer travel time by offering more...much more!
With a 20% increase in American travelers last year, Portugal has earned its place as one of Europe’s top emerging destinations. Couple that with the jump in the value of the US dollar against the euro and you have lots of reasons to suggest a Portugal vacation to your clients.
For today’s traveler, it’s all about experiences - more what they do than what they see. No longer content with tour-bus overviews of a city, they want to feel its pulse, eat its food, dance to its beat. A museum now and then is fine, but it’s the experiences they’ll post on Instagram.
With multiple award-winning hotels, over 500 miles of Adriatic coastline, world-class gastronomy, quirky and unique museums and so much more, who wouldn’t want to visit Croatia? This historic country in Eastern Europe is now commanding the attention it deserves, and travelers have taken notice. In just the second quarter of this year, revenues from tourism reflected an increase of 5.3 percent compared to the same period last year. Tourism numbers from 2015 were surpassed in September 2016. It’s a hot destination.
So many Christmas markets spring up all over Germany that your clients - and you - may find the possibilities overwhelming. Almost anywhere you suggest will have at least one square filled with colorful cabins fragrant with evergreen boughs, hot mulled wine and spicy ginger cookies.
While you could plan an itinerary that takes in markets in several major cities or regions, your clients can enjoy a richer experience with a lot less stress by visiting one area where there is a wide variety of different markets. Nowhere is this easier than in Baden-Württemberg, Germany’s southwest corner that includes the
To someone who loves to walk, it doesn’t get much better than Turkey’s Lycian Way. It has everything a hiker would want; breathtaking views, secluded beaches, exciting cliffside trails, deep cool forests, ancient history, picturesque villages, and lovely pensions to overnight in. Turkey’s first long distance walking route in the southwest, hugging the entire Teke Peninsula, is truly a bucket-list dream destination. It travels for 540 kilometers (335 miles) between the cities of Fethiye and Antalya, and much of the life along the Lycian Way has not changed for centuries.
With countless cultural and historic sites in medieval towns and modern cities, and thousands of castles and wineries in a lush landscape of forests, mountains and rivers, Germany offers the best of Europe’s city and countryside. In 2015, the 25th anniversary of German Reunification, Germany experienced its sixth record-breaking year of international tourism, with the U.S., Germany’s biggest overseas market, posting 5.6 million overnight stays, a whopping 8.5 percent increase over the previous year. In the first quarter of 2016, U.S. stays were up 11.6 percent as Americans continued to flock to new and restored sights in the trendy capital of Berlin and throughout Germany. In 2017, attention shifts from Berlin to the nearby states of Saxony and Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt for countrywide celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s