Join us on a cultural tour of Britain, highlighted by the centennial Chelsea Flower Show. Enjoy ‘member’s only’ opening day at this spectacular event! Gather together during a welcome reception with your hosts, the Royal Horticultural Society. Visit Windsor Castle, the official residence of the Royal family. Take a locally-guided panoramic tour of London and choose the perfect spot from a “menu” of the city’s great restaurants. Stroll the gardens of Hampton Court Palace, favored home of Henry VIII. Visit Kew, home of the Royal Botanic Gardens - truly one of the world’s most impressive horticultural collections. Complete your trip with a private gala dinner hosted at the RHS flagship garden, Wisley in the world renowned GlassHouse.
This comprehensive tour introduces you to another side of the Emerald Isle. Visit rollicking Dublin, historical Limerick, charming Kinsale, and Galway, “the City of Tribes.” Tour the Old Midleton Distillery and learn how Irish Whiskey is made. Discover Ireland’s ‘wild west’ region of Connemarra. Cruise Killary Harbour, the only natural fjord in Ireland. Visit the Irish National Stud to see majestic thoroughbreds. Learn about daily life with a visit to an Irish farm. Step aboard the Jeanie Johnston, a recreated “famine ship.” Travel to Kylemore Abbey, home to Ireland’s oldest community of Benedictine nuns. Explore Ireland’s history at the ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise and at the Cobh Heritage Centre. Toast it all with a drink in Europe’s official ‘oldest pub!’
Shades of Ireland
From vibrant and history-filled Dublin, across rolling green hills to the dramatic coast, experience all of the charms of Ireland on this 10-day tour of the Emerald Isle. Live like royalty during an overnight stay on the grounds of a castle. Visit the Waterford Crystal facility. See the Atlantic from the stunning 700-foot cliffs of Moher. Experience the world-famous beauty of the Ring of Kerry. Have coffee and scones at a working farm. See beautiful Killarney from your seat on an Irish jaunting car. Journey to historic Blarney Castle, lean back and kiss its famous stone!
Imperial Cities featuring Prague, Vienna & Budapest
Bask in the splendor and romance of Europe’s imperial cities, Prague, Vienna and Budapest with 3-night stays in each city. In Prague, walk the Golden Lane, a delightful neighborhood of tiny, medieval houses, and indulge in your choice of local restaurants during a Dine Around Dinner. Delight in the baroque marvels of Vienna’s Schoenbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Habsburg dynasty for more than 200 years. Visit a 14th century Hungarian castle where knights recreate the days of chivalry. Visit a horse farm on the Hungarian Great Plain and thrill to the skilled horsemanship of the Csikos. Cruise the Danube River through the beautiful scenery of the Wachau Valley.
New York City
Experience the best of “the Big Apple” in this spectacular 5-day vacation. From Little Italy to Greenwich Village, New York City is a destination even the most seasoned traveler can enjoy. Spend four nights in the heart of Midtown close to Central Park and Times Square. Take your seat and watch the curtain rise for two exciting Broadway Shows. Visit Ellis Island. See the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and the United Nations. Explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s two million works. Enjoy plenty of free time to shop and explore this fabulous city on your own. Get ready to “start spreading the news!”
Sip mulled wine and collect unique handicrafts, hand-made ornaments and toys at some of the largest and most famous Christmas markets in Europe. Spend three nights in the traditional Alpine Village of Oberammergau and two in the heart of the Black Forest. Stroll the cobblestone streets of Innsbruck, capital of Tyrolean Austria. Visit historic Nuremberg, Wurzburg and Rothenburg. Explore Strasbourg’s Petit France and its quaint market stalls huddled around the imposing cathedral. Attend a private choir performance in an 850-year-old church in the enchanting Black Forest followed by a traditional Black Forest dinner.
* Overnight in traditional Alpine and Franconia villages.
* Local residents guide you through the streets and cultures of these impressive cities: Munich, Innsbruck, Wurzburg, Nuremberg, and Strasbourg.
*Enjoy ample time for shopping in seven European Christmas markets.
* Experience holiday spirit in Germany, Austria and France, where the tradition of “Christkindlesmarkts” began over 600 years ago.
*Relax and shop for the handmade cuckoo clocks crafted in the heart of the Black Forest.
* Enjoy a traditional Black Forest dinner after an intimate choir performance.
* Enjoy one of Strasbourg's finest restaurants while visiting France.
*Experience the benefits of Whisper headsets, designed for better communication between you and your guides.