Experience the living history of the Old Continent
Where in Europe would you like to go?
The reasons to visit Europe are as varied as the array of cultures you’ll find there. You may dream of handmade pasta by the Venetian canals or a fresh Pain au Chocolate at a sidewalk cafe in Paris. Perhaps you fantasize about following the Viking trail to Iceland or diving into the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean? Enjoy the offbeat elegance that connects the Europe of today to the living history within it—from ancient ruins to pulsing cities, lush vineyards to icy peaks, and cathedrals to clubs—whatever you’ve imagined, you can find it here.
Nordic adventure is the siren call of Iceland—from the auroras of the northern lights to the glacial fields of Vatnajökull. Pull-on your winter coat and hop on a snowmobile to explore the floating icebergs of Jökulsárlón Lake or hike the 200-foot cascade of Skógafoss. Sporty days demand the steaming waters of the thermal baths and some fresh yet hearty Icelandic cuisine. After a plate of charred fish and locally grown veggies, you’ll be ready for a night out in Reykjavic where laid back bars are the name of the game.
In England, you take the kooky and sophisticated hand in hand and wash it all down with a pint of beer. Everywhere you look an iconic image awaits: Here the bearskin hats of the Queen’s Guard at Westminster, there the face of “Big Ben.” Outside the city, explore the mysterious sarsens of Stonehenge or the pastoral lands of the Lake District National Park. Go from medieval castles to local pubs to Victorian manors without skipping a beat. Remember, this land is both the epicenter of the world and a respite from it. Take to the left side of the road and make it your own.
There’s more than just kilts and bagpipes in Scotland. Besides its epic landscapes, age-old castles, and—yes—single malt whiskey, there’s an enchanting quality to this country that will have you returning year after year. Whether walking down the majestic Royal Mile or enjoying the beauty of a 1,000-year-old church in Glasgow’s city center, or going for a hike in the Isle of Skye, you’ll find it hard not to fall in love with the land of the Scots.
Satisfy your inner connoisseur in France. This land is all about appreciating the crème de la crème—whether it be cheese, wine, or great art. After sampling the rich reds and fresh oysters of Bordeaux be sure to feast your eyes on the epic monuments of Paris—champagne at the Eiffel Tower anyone? Luxuriate in the Mediterranean waters of the French Riviera and don’t miss out on the magical gardens of Versailles. Wherever you go, the grand reputation of this romantic land will seem like an undersell—so make the pilgrimage as artists have for centuries to this storied nation.
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