Tours with a knowledgeable guide are not just for first-time travelers. And they are not all alike. Escorted tours range from bus tours that show off the highlights, to trips where a local expert tailors the experience to the interests of one or two couples or a family.
Some advantages of an escorted trip are obvious: all arrangements, lodging, and transportation are taken care of without having to use a foreign language and unfamiliar currency. Prices are locked in and little is left to chance. Expert guides are another advantage. For most travelers, just seeing a famous sight is not enough. They want to know more about its history and artistic significance, and they want a taste of local culture that’s difficult to find on their own. And for those with special interests - art, music, ancestry - sharing a journey with like-minded companions not only enriches the trip but opens up new friendships.
In Italy, clients don’t need to count calories to stay trim--and who would want to! All it takes is a bit of
On an 11-day trip to Rome, Florence and Tuscany, my husband, 21-year old daughter and I charted our sightseeing via walking and bike tours and topped off our trip with five days at a Tuscan spa resort. Along the way, we savored the best of Italian cuisine, yet returned home slimmer, fitter and with the intimate sense of discovery that comes with foot-on exploration. We laid the groundwork with a few key guided tours and reserved plenty of time to discover our own version of “La Dolce Vita.”
The only English the young Turk knew was, “Welcome to my country.” Friendliness comes with a medley of sights, sounds and smells plus a unique landscape and history. Turkey is a treasure.
A crossroads between East and West, ancient and modern, its history is diverse. Islam, Christianity and even Judaism can claim Turkish roots. Some say the Virgin Mary died near Ephesus. Greco-Roman cities, King Midas, the Battle of Troy and Noah’s Ark were said to be here.
Scandinavia’s capitals seem to be leading the charge this year, offering intriguing new attractions, restaurants and hotels. With warm springs, summers, falls, and relatively mild winters, Scandinavia is a year-round getaway. Here’s the latest from Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm.
One hundred days of masterpieces from the worlds of art, natural history and science is not a bad introduction to the cultural oasis of Brussels, Belgium. The city, with its signature Art Nouveau architecture and its famed chocolate, waffles and other delicacies, is introducing travelers to the treasure trove of its museums this year in a first-ever promotional campaign, 100 Masters. Combined with the beauty, agriculture and history of the Belgian countryside, and great cities like Namur and Liege, a trip to Brussels and Wallonia offers a diversity of experiences. Start in Brussels with a tour of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, travel through the country through Liege, stopping to buy freshly harvested strawberries and asparagus, and make your way to Bastogne for an immersive exploration of the Second World War’s Battle of the Bulge.
This year is a very exciting one for Poland. Within a few weeks of this publication, and on the heels of the Jewish Culture Festival held in June in Krakow, the same city will celebrate World Youth Day, beginning on July 25, 2016. Every three years, the Catholic Church organizes this pilgrimage for young people of the Catholic faith. The event is expected to bring 2 million people from around the world to Krakow, including Pope John Paul II who will begin his visit at Wawel Royal Castle. His schedule includes stops at religious and historic sites within the region, and there will be events and gatherings of young participants at parks and arenas throughout the city. The celebration will culminate with closing ceremonies on July 31.
History-rich Croatia is the tourist friendly star of southern Europe. With charming cities, a fascinating coastline, and a rich variety of scenery, the only major concern travel planners face is how much can be sensibly included in
It is over 90 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. The amazing Acropolis ruins glow atop a hill in Athens. I stand among them and close my eyes to ignore the sweaty crowds and imagine being greeted by some guy in sandals and a toga. I want him to tell me how these rocks were schlepped up this steep hill and carved into this magnificent, 5th century B.C city.
With two major historical anniversaries - 25 years since German reunification, and the build-up to the 2017 celebration marking Martin Luther’s launching of the Reformation in 1517 - there’s a lot of reason to visit Germany. The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) is there with tourism initiatives and campaigns to help you plan trips for your clients. www.germany.travel
Say “Poland” and it conjures images of WWII monuments, churches, museums and pierogies. No doubt about it, much of the traffic from the U.S. to Poland has been based on geneology in past years. But Poland is a Central European country ideal for family travel and visitors following their own passions way beyond being Polish.