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Russia’s two greatest cities provide an ideal base from which to explore
the country’s rich and diverse cultural and historical heritage. Moscow is
now the epicentre of the ‘new Russia’, while St...
Created 300 years ago by Peter the Great as his "window on the West" St Petersburg is a city unlike any other in Europe and certainly in Russia. Its grand beauty, its architectural splendour, the...
Second person travels free on selected dates when booked by 15 January 2017
From Red Square and the Kremlin in
Moscow to the imperial palaces of
St Petersburg, join a group of like-minded
solo travellers on a 7-day tour visiting
some of the best attractions that...
Often seen as a pivotal moment in the
German invasion of Russia, the battle
of Stalingrad was one of the bloodiest
campaigns seen in modern-day history.
This 7-day tour combines stays in...
Moscow, the epicentre of the 'new Russia', is where ancient monasteries and churches mix with Soviet-era architecture and skyscrapers. This 4-night break takes in the incredible cultural and artisti...
In the centenary of the 1917 Russian
revolution, travel to Moscow with
expert art historians Andrew Spira or
Monica Bohm-Duchen to explore the
art inspired by the Bolshevik seizure of
As rail tours go, experiencing Persia and the Silk Road on board the Golden Eagle is truly stunning. Combining one of the most important trading routes of ancient civilisation with the remarkable...
Onion-domed churches, medieval
monasteries, traditional crafts and
beautifully unspoilt countryside
characterise the string of ancient
settlements to the north-east of Moscow,
known as the...
This tour explores Moscow and St Petersburg at a leisurely pace with the main highlights included,
allowing you to get your bearings before exploring independently at leisure or by joining one of...
Built over 300 years ago by Peter the
Great as his 'window on the west',
St Petersburg is a city unlike any other.
In between the peaceful riverside
walkways and canals the city is packed
St Petersburg has remained unchanged
since the 18th and 19th centuries.
Conceived by Peter the Great as a 'window
to the west', it is home to sumptuous
palaces, impressive cathedrals...
Travel across the vast expanse of Russia and
then on through Mongolia to China on this
Traversing the expanse of Russia, from Moscow to Vladivostok, the Trans-Siberian Express line covers 9,000 kilometres, passing through eight time zones and 80 towns and cities. Highlights of the...
Often viewed as the ultimate rail journey,
this 16-day itinerary along the Trans-
Siberian Railway aboard the Tsar’s Gold
will take you from the majesty of the Red
Square in Moscow, through the...
This cruise travels along the scenic
rivers, lakes and canals that connect
Russia’s two greatest cities. Explore
the compellingly beautiful upper Volga
region and see the splendid medieval
Travel at a leisurely pace through seven
countries aboard the Golden Eagle Danube
Express. From Hungary to Italy, journey
through some of Europe’s most intriguing
destinations, from enchanting...
Uncover the mysteries of the Bay of
Naples, once one of the greatest centres
of classical Roman civilisation, with
experts Dr Steve Kershaw or Stephen
Nelson. The excavated remains of
Travel to the heart of Emilia-Romagna
with experts Olivia Dobell or Andrew
Spira. Home to the oldest university in
the west and world famous for its cuisine,
Bologna is one the most diverse...
The Mediterranean’s largest island, Sicily,
is as culturally rich as it is beautiful. It
is home to superb Norman architecture,
vibrant Roman floor mosaics, Arabinspired
gardens, and probably th...
From a rich history and long-held
traditions to a remarkable artistic legacy,
picturesque landscapes and superb
cuisine, discover all aspects of this
extraordinary Italian region. Visit...
Uncover the artistic riches of Florence
with experts Siân Walters or Gayna
Pelham. In the 15th century, Florence
was an immensely wealthy and powerful
city state, where the principal...
Stay in a beautiful lakeside location on
Lake Como, surrounded by panoramic
vistas and pristine waters. From here
take a boat trip on Lake Como to the
delightful town of Bellagio; travel on
Picturesque Lake Maggiore, just south of the
Alps, is a relaxing holiday destination with a
temperate climate, pristine mountain views
and splendid villas dotted around the lake.
Lake Como is...
Drive through the southern Italian regions
of Puglia and Basilicata, ending in in the
coastal resort of Sorrento in Campania.
View the renowned trulli houses of
Alberobello, visit the rock...
For centuries, Italy’s scenic Amalfi coast has
drawn visitors for its historical sites, coastal
vistas and small villages and hamlets dotted
around the Gulf of Naples. This itinerary
stays in th...
Known as ‘the heel of Italy’, the region of
Puglia offers some of the country's most
remote coastline and countryside, dotted
with ancient sites and whitewashed
towns. The neighbouring...
Explore Puglia and Basilicata, situated
upon the heel of Italy, with experts Dr
Colin Bailey or Stephen Nelson. These
provinces encompass a wide stretch
of the beautiful Adriatic coastline...
Explore a region scattered with baroque
towns, trulli huts with conical roofs,
bountiful orchards and olive groves. This
self-drive also includes visits to the Unescolisted
sites of Matera and...
Uncover Ravenna's glittering past with
experts Rowena Loverance or Dr Sally
Dormer. In 401AD, the city became the
capital of the western Roman empire
and mosaic-decorated churches were
This tour explores the three main cities of
southern Italy – Rome, Naples and Sorrento
– each of which offers contrasting settings
and attractions. Stay in the capital, Rome,
for 3 nights, then...
Explore Rome's artistic past with experts
Dr Nigel Spivey or Olivia Dobell. When
the papacy returned to Rome in 1420,
after more than a century in exile,
Pope Martin V found the city in...
This is the National Gallery's tour to Rome and leads on from the extraordinary 2017 exhibition Michelangelo-Sebastiano: A Meeting of Minds.
Expert Gayna Pelham will lead the tour to reveal the...
Occupying an important position
between Europe and North Africa, Sicily
has interested many great rulers over
the centuries. Their legacies can be
found in the treasures that they left
This self-drive itinerary starts in Palermo
and visits the Valley of the Temples in
Agrigento, the Roman mosaics at Piazza
Armerina, and the coastal towns of Syracuse
Visit Sicily's fine Greek temples,
exuberant Roman floor mosaics, Arabinspired
gardens and superb Norman
architecture with experts Olivia Dobell
or Thomas Abbott. Visit the island’s
Starting in Italy, cruise along the Adriatic and Ionian coastlines, making stops en route in Croatia, Montenegro and Greece. Explore the canals and piazzas of Venice, the beautiful fortified city of...
Experience the best of the Neapolitan Riviera
with a three-centre stay in Sorrento, the
island of Capri and the tranquil coastal town
of Ravello. From the ruins of Pompeii and
Herculaneum to the...
Starting in the picturesque city of Genoa,
this 8-day self-drive tour travels through
the Italian Riveria visiting the towns of
Rapallo, Santa Margherita Ligure, the
picturesque villages of Le...
The region of Emilia-Romagna has a
fascinating history and is renowned as
the producer of the best Italian cuisine,
from prosciutto, parmesan cheese and
balsamic vinegar to other specialities...
Discover the captivating scenery of Italy, from coastal vistas and verdant rolling hills to medieval cities, all from the comfort of the Golden Eagle Danube Express, a luxury train with panoramic...
The towns of Florence, Lucca and Pisa,
which together formed the cradle of
the Renaissance movement that swept
through Europe between the 14th and 17th
centuries, are home to distinct...
Travelling in the footsteps of
St Francis and the painters of the early
Renaissance, explore and study the
glowing frescoes of Italy’s 14th- and
15th-century painters with experts
The west of Sicily contains a host of
attractions, including the Valley of the
Temples, the Temples of Selinunte and
Segesta, and the renowned Norman cathedral
at Monreale. This 5-day self-drive...
Turkey has played a major role in the
history of the Mediterranean world.
Due to its strategic location straddling
two continents, it has been a crucial
crossroads and staging post on the
This 7-day private journey offers one of the
best city and beach-break combinations,
dividing time between Istanbul and the
coastal resort of Antalya, and focusing on
the cultural and historical...
Combine Istanbul, one of the world’s most
remarkable cities, full of ancient monuments,
awe-inspiring religious buildings and
intoxicating bazaars, with the Cappadocia
region, a spectacular...
This 7-day private journey combines one of
Turkey’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities
with the pretty coastal town of Kusadasi,
while focusing on the cultural and historical
Andalucía has attracted visitors for decades
with the highlights of region including
Seville, Cordoba and Granada. This 7-day
self-drive combines these cities with the
Uncover the riches of Andalucía with
expert Dr George Manginis. Over the
centuries, Moorish Spain has captured
peoples’ imagination thanks to its
strategic location, fertile land,...
This in-depth tour concentrates on
the history, technical innovations
and influence of the movement of
Catalan modernism and its figurehead
Antoni Gaudí. Travel across the vibrant
Travel to the Basque country to discover
its distinctive art, architecture and
culture, accompanied by experts Thomas
Abbott or Dr Anne Anderson. Explore
the modern city of Bilbao where you...
The towns dotted to the north and east of
Madrid contain a host of cultural and historic
attractions. This self-drive itinerary travels
to some of most important towns including
Visit Madrid and its Golden Triangle
of Art with expert art historians Dr
Richard Stemp or Gayna Pelham. Tour
the world-renowned Museo del Prado,
an extraordinary gallery with...
Travel in style through the north-western regions of Spain aboard El Transcantabrico
Gran Lujo. This train transports its passengers back to the golden age of rail travel
while also featuring all...
Travel in style through the north-western
regions of Spain aboard El Transcantabrico
Clasico. This train transports its passengers
back to the golden age of rail travel while
also featuring all...
Combining some of Spain’s greatest
monuments and staying in Paradors –
converted historic buildings that provide
elegant and characterful accommodation –
this self-drive delves into the heart of...
Combine the splendours of the Andalucían
cities of Seville, Cordoba and Granada with
accommodation in rural settings. Stay in
converted farmhouses, finca’s and manor
houses, each with their own...
This round-trip rail journey passes through the stunning scenery of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Andalucía while travelling in 1930s style and comfort aboard the Al Andalus train. Visit the...
Combining the elegant Andalucían cities of
Cordoba, Seville and Granada using the fast
and efficient AVI rail service, this journey
takes in the region’s Roman, Moorish and
Follow the Way of St James, the
pilgrimage route to the cathedral of
Santiago de Compostela, where the
remains of Saint James the Apostle,
the patron saint of Spain, are said to be
Andalucía is one of Spain’s most scenic
regions, strewn with superb Hispano-
Moorish architecture. As well as
including two of Spain’s greatest sites
– the Alhambra in Granada and the
Regarded by wine connoisseurs as one of
the principal regions in the world for wine
production, this 5-day self-drive itinerary
combines visits to some of the finest wineries
with stays in...
This 8-day private journey travels through the Transylvanian and Carpathian regions of Romania, discovering the more remote areas of the country. These include Curtea de Arges, Fagaras and...
Visit Transylvania and Bucovina, two of
the most beautiful areas in Romania,
accompanied by experts John Osborne
or Rowena Loverance. This tour
concentrates on the country’s...
The Prince of Wales purchased his first
Transylvanian property in 2006 – an
18th-century Saxon house in the village of
Viscri – and again in 2010 in the village of
Zalanpatak. The wildlife...
With its wealth of folkloric heritage,
picturesque villages and wonderful
scenery, Romania is fascinating to
explore. This tour discovers the country’s
With an unbeatable mix of magnificent mountain scenery and two of the best road journeys in Europe, this 4-day private journey travels into the heart of Romania. Reopened as a modern highway in 2011...
Often overlooked by travellers to Romania, who tend to concentrate on the central region of Romania, the west of the country has much to offer even the most seasoned traveller. This 7-day itinerary...
Considered the birthplace of western
civilisation, Greece’s influence still
resonates today in the fields of
architecture, science, engineering and
philosophy. Incorporating the classical
Enjoy a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery, unravelling the wonders of classical Greece. Each day you will discover a...
The island of Crete was the homeland of
the Minoan civilisation 4,000 years ago.
The Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Venetians
and Ottomans all left behind their legacy
as well. The rich cultural...
Travel through classical Greece with
experts Dr Steve Kershaw or Dr
Konstantine Politis. This tour focuses
on the classical Greek highlights found
in the mainland, including Delphi, once
Visiting the best of the Aegean Islands, this 8-day itinerary sails to some of the Cyclades best destinations including Santorini, Paros, Mykonos and the capital of the islands,...
This 8-day itinerary visits two of the most
iconic islands of the Cyclades: Mykonos
and Santorini. Mykonos is one of the most
beautiful and well-known islands in Greece,
while Santorini offers...
The Cyclades islands have attracted visitors
for centuries due to their picturesque ports,
coastal scenery and mountain vistas.
This private tour visits Mykonos, the idyllic
island of Paros and...
Highlighting three of the best islands that
Greece has to offer – Santorini, Mykonos
and Crete – this 10-day private tour includes
all private transfers and free time to explore
the various site...
Located in the south-eastern Aegean Sea,
the Dodecanese islands are the meeting
point of Mediterranean Europe and Asia
Minor. With a wealth of Byzantine churches
and medieval castles, these...
The largest and most populous of
the Greek islands, Crete was home
to the Minoans, who established one
of Europe’s earliest civilisations. As
a strategic gateway to the eastern
Discover Iceland with the flexibility of travelling with your own vehicle. Circumnavigate the country on the iconic Route 1, completed in 1974 to mark 1,100 years of settlement, leaving the highway...
This tour combines the sights of both Iceland and Greenland. Starting in
Reykjavik, Iceland's capital, before heading to Greenland and the town of
Ilulissat, located 200km inside the Arctic Circle...
Experience Iceland on a circuit of the island
from the iconic two-lane highway known as
Route 1, completed in 1974 to mark 1,100
years of settlement. This 8-day self-drive
Similar to the Colours of Iceland and Iceland Express tours, the Iceland Grand Circle is a circumnavigation around Iceland on the iconic Route 1. This tour offers the complete experience, giving you...
First settled by the Vikings in 874,
Reykjavik is the world’s most northerly
capital city and one of the smallest,
making it easy to explore on foot. Framed
by the majestic Mount Esja and...
The areas of west and southern Iceland incorporate a host of natural wonders and stunning scenery to explore, all shaped by the country's most powerful natural phenomena, its active volcanoes and...
West and southern Iceland incorporate
a host of natural wonders and stunning
scenery to explore, from the Snaefellsnes
peninsula to the Skaftafell National Park,
part of the largest national par...
This short winter self-drive focuses on the
natural highlights in south Iceland including
hot springs, waterfalls, lava fields and black
sandy beaches. In the evenings, don't forget
to search th...
Since regaining independence in 1991
and joining the EU in 2004, Lithuania,
Latvia and Estonia are flourishing. The
countries’ rich and colourful histories can
be best appreciated in their...
Take in three of Europe's most fascinating capital cities, following the Danube River down from Prague to Vienna and finishing in Bratislava's old town. This private journey visits a region that is...
With an Imperial history dating back to the
Holy Roman Emperors and the House of
Habsburg, Vienna and Salzburg offer ornate
baroque palaces, spectacular castles and some
of the finest opera in...
Combine Vienna, the Imperial capital of the Hapsburg Empire and Bratislava, Slovakia's capital and largest city. Vienna is a fascinating blend of the historic and the modern, with a wealth of grand...
Visiting the Imperial capital of the Hapsburg Empire, Vienna and the Bohemian capital of the Czech Republic, this 7-day private journey encompasses two of central Europe's iconic cities, each with...
Discover Poland’s historical and cultural
attractions with Polish expert and art
historian Lydia Bauman. Start in the
capital, Warsaw, with the principal artistic
and historic sites in this...
Set squarely in the centre of the
Mediterranean, both Malta and its
neighbouring island of Gozo are rich in
natural and architectural beauty. Visitors over
the centuries have been attracted to...
This tour discovers Malta’s rich and
varied historic and artistic legacy with
expert Dr Konstantine Politis. Malta has
preserved all traces of its extraordinary
past, from Neolithic temples...
Often overlooked by visitors to Malta, the neighbouring island of Gozo has a wealth of historical attractions and cultural sites. This 9 day private journey offers a comprehensive insight into a...
Staying in the island’s finest two hotels, the
Excelsior Grand Hotel in Valletta and the
boutique Xara Palace in Mdina, this private
journey offers an insight into the main island
of Malta, whic...
Often seen as the crossroads between Europe and the Middle East, the island of Malta has a wealth of historical and cultural sites, which have attracted visitors over the centuries. This six-day tou...
This itinerary cruises through the islands
of Dalmatia, visiting the cities of Split and
Dubrovnik as well as the islands of Brac, Hvar,
Steeped in history, the Croatian Dalmatian
coast, with the iconic fortified city of
Dubrovnik, a Unesco world heritage site
and beautiful island settlements, is one of
the most picturesque...
The city of Split, the second largest city in
Croatia and home to the ruins of Emperor
Diocletian’s 4th-century palace, is an ideal
starting point from which to visit the many
Travel to Albania and Macedonia with
expert Dr William Taylor to discover
a rich variety of archaeological and
historical sites, along with spectacular
mountain scenery. This tour explores
Known as the ‘Cradle of the Balkans’,
Albania and Macedonia are home to
a wealth of natural and historic sites,
from Lake Ohrid and the well-preserved
Ottoman town of Gjirokastër to...
Discover the impressive cultural heritage
of Lisbon and Sintra through Romantic
palaces, azulejo tiles and outstanding
art collections, travelling with expert
art historian Dr Anne Anderson....
This self-drive perfectly combines a city
break with coastal relaxation. Stay for 3
nights in the capital of Lisbon and then
drive south to the Algarve, where you can
enjoy a round or two of gol...
The Atlantic coast of Portugal has some of
the most picturesque scenery on the Iberian
peninsula. Combine the capital, Lisbon, with
the regional town of Coimbra and finish
with a stay in the...
This tour combines Portugal’s two principal
cities of Porto and Lisbon, travelling
between the two on board the efficient and
fast train service. Staying in excellent city
centre hotels, there i...
Wine connoisseurs consider Porto and the
Douro valley as one of the premier wine
and port producing regions in the world.
This 7-day tour stays in Portugal’s second
city for 3 nights and then...
Begin your 7-day / 6-night fly-drive in the dynamic capital of Norway, Oslo, and wander along the city's most famous street, Karl Johans Gate, known for its shops, bar and cafes including the...
Combining some of the country’s most
beautiful natural attractions, mountains,
fjords and waterfalls, this tour is a superb way
of experiencing Norway. Travel on two of the
Travel the iconic Atlantic Highway that
links the population centres of Molde and
Kristiansund. This dramatic highway zigzags
across low bridges that jut out over the sea
and links together smal...
Combining some of its most beautiful
natural attractions, mountains, fjords
and waterfalls, this tour is a superb way
of experiencing Norway. Travel on one
of the world’s most picturesque...
Start in the city known as the 'Gateway to the Arctic', Tromso, the starting point for many polar expeditions and the world's northernmost university town, before heading north through a land of...
Begin your tour in the city known as the 'Gateway to the Arctic', Tromso. The starting point for many polar expeditions, the city is the world's northernmost university town and has a vivid cultural...
Begin your 8-day / 7-night fly-drive in the dynamic capital of Norway, Oslo, and wander along the city's most famous street, Karl Johans Gate, known for its shops, bar and cafes, including the...
Begin your 7-day / 6-night fly-drive in the dynamic capital of Norway, Oslo, and wander along the city's most famous street, Karl Johans Gate, known for its shops, bar and cafes, including the...
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This itinerary takes in the wonders of
the four capitals of Scandinavia and
Finland, each with their own...
Explore the spectacular highland
countries of Armenia and Georgia, the
world’s oldest Christian nations, with
expert Dr William Taylor. Both countries
contain a treasure trove of ancient...
As one of the first European countries to embrace Christianity, Georgia has a host of unique churches and monasteries that have survived the rise and fall of numerous empires over the centuries, as...
The Golden Triangle of Georgia refers to the capital, Tbilisi, and the regional towns of Sighnaghi, which is located in the far east of the country, and Kazbegi, the northern border town. Sighnaghi...
The legend of Jason and the Argonauts traces its origins back to Georgia, where Jason is said to have led his troops to steal the Golden Fleece from King Aeetes of the Colchis Empire. Remnants of th...
Georgia is a country of outstanding
landscapes, medieval churches and
rock-hewn cave monasteries. This tour
explores the main attractions, including
the Unesco world heritage sites of
Combine a visit to Sweden's capital, Stockholm, built on 14 island's and considered one of the most beautiful capital's in the world, with a stay in Swedish Lapland at the iconic Tree Hotel in Lulea...
The northern lights are a magical natural phenomena that have captivated humanity for thousands of years. The lights occur when highly charged particles from the sun hit gas atoms in the Earth's...
Located in the village of Jukkasjarvi, 200km inside the Arctic Circle, the iconic Ice Hotel is situated along the banks of the frozen Torne river, from which the mammoth blocks of ice used for its...
Finnish Lapland begins roughly along the Arctic Circle and expands north. Known as the 'Wild North', the area is the last refuge of Finland's Sámi people, who have traditionally subsisted on reindee...
Rovaniemi is the official home of Santa Claus, visited annually by thousands of tourists wanting to catch a glimpse of him in his log cabin, located on the edge of the Arctic Circle. Rovaniemi is...
Discover Bulgaria's historical monuments
and mountain scenery with experts
Rowena Loverance or John Osborne.
Begin in Sofia, visiting the National
Historical Museum and its prehistoric
Among the rugged and mountainous grandeur of the remote and isolated eastern coastline, old traditions and practices live on within the region's tiny population. Many of the area's people are still...
The settlement of Ilulissat in western Greenland lies at the mouth of the Ilulissat ice fjord in Disco Bay, from which the town derives its name. With a population of approximately 4,500 people, it...
Armenia offers visitors a wealth of historical monuments, fine mountain scenery and warm hospitality. This introductory tour includes visits to Zvartnots Cathedral, Echmiadzin, and the spiritual...
Discover the diversity of Switzerland
while travelling in First Class comfort
along some of the most scenic rail
journeys in Europe. From the fashionable
Swiss German city of Zürich in the
Explore the paradise discovered by
artists in the south of France at the
beginning of the 20th century with
expert art historians Gerald Deslandes or
Lydia Bauman. Visit Matisse's...
This itinerary visits the spa region to the east
of Ljubljana before heading to the vineyards
of the Goriska Brda region, known as the
Slovenian Tuscany. From the hills of Brda
head to Venetian...
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Luxury: These tours will usually feature 5-star de luxe accommodation throughout.
Standard: Simpler in emphasis, these itineraries typically feature 3- and 4-star accommodation throughout.
Discovery: This type of holiday is best suited to the hardier traveller, as it will typically include some quite basic accommodation, possibly longer and rougher road journeys and, in some cases, more arduous activities, such as trekking.