Category: Europe

Travel Inspiration: All Aboard. A Luxury Train Journey Through Scotland.

Travel Inspiration: All Aboard. A Luxury Train Journey Through Scotland.

Riding Royal Scotsman, a Belmond Train, is one of those pinch-me moments. Ranking among the world’s most luxurious trains, the mahogany-clad cars marry Edwardian elegance with the comforts of a country house. Ten intricately designed carriages, including the sublime Bamford Spa, form a palace on wheels… your home as you traverse Scotland on a three-day [...]
Travel Inspiration: Fact & Fancy. Ireland Done Right.

Travel Inspiration: Fact & Fancy. Ireland Done Right.

The Irish have always been superb story tellers, creating, over generations, the myths and martyrs for which they are so well loved. Stories have poured forth from the Emerald Island as freely and as easily as stout in her pubs. Remember, James Joyce was an Irishman. Ireland herself is a thing of beauty, a place [...]
Travel Inspiration: Romantic Amalfi Coast

Travel Inspiration: Romantic Amalfi Coast

Rome—where so many things began—or Naples are both perfect spots from which to launch into a sublime few days on the inimitable Amalfi Coast. During our 4-day Romantic Amalfi Coast itinerary, we explore Naples, Pompeii, Positano, Amalfi, and Capri. No matter the starting point, it’s essentially mandatory to visit the National Archaeological Museum of Naples [...]
Travel Inspiration: Gently Barging Through France

Travel Inspiration: Gently Barging Through France

Barges were once the workhorses of Europe’s developing nations. Back then they carried everything from potatoes to lumber. Today these boats have been reborn as slender, elegant masters of the French canal for a lucky few who wish to uncover the secrets of the countryside, village by village, in grand style.   During our sample [...]
Travel Inspiration: The Ageless Inspiration of Normandy

Travel Inspiration: The Ageless Inspiration of Normandy

Normandy. What does the name conjure up? D-Day, of course, and American GIs hitting Omaha Beach. But the region’s history reaches much further back—to A.D. 708, when, in more peaceful times, an angel spoke to a bishop and asked that he build an oracle. And to 1066, when the Duke of Normandy set sail on [...]
Travel Inspiration: Winding Through the Best of Burgundy

Travel Inspiration: Winding Through the Best of Burgundy

Prepare your taste buds for an almost indescribable experience. We begin in Paris, then make our way through Burgundy’s most precious terroirs. As we go, educate your palate on the subtleties of reds and whites grown and bottled in some of the prettiest wine villages you’ve ever seen. During our 10-day Winding Through the Best [...]
Travel Inspiration: Essential Tuscany & Unexpected Umbria

Travel Inspiration: Essential Tuscany & Unexpected Umbria

Head for the hills... of Tuscany and Umbria, that is. Where la dolce vita is the only way to go. Where the reds pour freely, and your taste buds hardly have time to recover from your last great meal. Where medieval towers rocket into blue skies. Where the cathedrals are blessedly ancient, and the latest [...]