The history of Europe is largely synonymous with the history of Western Civilization. Although European culture developed later than those of Asia and Northern Africa, starting with the Grecian Empire and later the Roman Empire, history was increasingly shaped by the events that took place throughout Europe.
The ancient ruins of Rome permeate many countries throughout Europe – from Greece to Spain; from Italy to the UK. The rise of the Northern European Hordes broke down the power of Rome; the advent of Christianity unified much of Europe into a Holy Roman Empire; through the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance unparalleled amounts of inspired and influential music and art were produced. Once again, the influence of Rome and especially of Greece permeated art and culture. Today, incredible paintings, sculptures, and architecture throughout Europe pay homage to these ancient cultures. Even the Romance languages of today’s Western Europe are based on the language of ancient Rome. The tribes and feudal systems gave way to kingdoms and eventually nations. Culture and science developed quickly, especially in the military arena. The various nations of Europe competed for influence and control over each other, over Europe, and over the rest of the world (in attempts to recreate their own Roman empire). Meanwhile, many great castles, cathedrals, forts, and palaces were built. All the while, each region developed its own wines, unique foods, and customs.
Each country has a distinct culture with much to offer the modern traveler. A rich spectrum of great museums, palaces, forts and castles can be found throughout Europe, as well as majestic mountain ranges, beautiful rivers, valleys, forests and vineyards. Whether you want to experience the Coliseum in Rome, Pompeii on the Italian Coast or the canals of Venice in Italy; the Prada, Gaudi’s architecture, or Moorish castles and mosques in Spain; or Shakespeare’s Stratford Upon Avon, Stonehenge, the hills of Scotland, or the changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace in the UK; we can help you get the most out of your travel in Europe. Let us work with you to provide you the best that Europe has to offer.
How Our Europe Tours are Run
Traditionally, when people travel to Europe they have the choice of either taking stock tours on large buses or a “self-drive” in which they basically rent the hotels, the cars and plan the vacation themselves. The large tours tend to skim over the surface of the countries visited, with little time at the main sites and a great deal of wasted time getting on and off buses and visiting the “official shopping sites.” The self-planned trip is a lot of work and can be filled with the stress of getting yourself to every place and the very real possibility of wasting your valuable vacation time trying to get to the sites.
The Semi-Independent Small Group tour
We will work with you to design your ideal trip, organizing visits to the cities and sites that you want. We can arrange small group tours to the more “involved” locations (those requiring special attention due to the relative difficulty of getting there or the added value of having a guide explain the history and important facts of the site) as well as schedule free days as you desire for those sites that are perhaps best visited on your own. On the days that you travel with others you will typically be with 2 – 12 others, and we guarantee your tour and price even if you are the only ones on it. We can arrange your international flights, hotels, and transportation (including rental vehicles, trains, planes, buses, and transfers to and from the airports/hotels). We can also either arrange meals for you or provide you with excellent restaurant recommendations. In short, we can help you maximize your time and minimize the stress. These tours can be surprisingly moderate in cost.
The Private tour
We can arrange your entire trip according to your specifications, regardless of your group size. We can book your desired the level of hotels, arrange all transfers, organize tours with top level guides, and provide you with in-depth experiences in each city and at each site. For private groups traveling, we can organize your entire trip, providing you with a high level travel experience for a surprisingly moderate price.