See Iceland’s highlights and hidden gems on an introductory tour of this spectacular island. Start in Reykjavik, Iceland’s Capital City where you will be charmed by the natural beauty surrounding it and the beautiful brightly-colored rooftops. Discover Reynisfjara’s black sand beach and rock formations that legend has it were formed by trolls centuries ago. Visit the famed Golden Circle including the spectacular Thingvellir National Park, a meeting place of old Icelandic clans. No trip to Iceland would be complete without a stop to the Blue Lagoon, a large man-made lake surrounded by a lava field which is also a geothermal spa.
Uncover the mystique of Egypt and marvel at the Great Pyramids of Giza. See the Sphinx, the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic artifacts and the treasures of Tutankhamen’s tomb. You will also sail the Nile River on a three-night cruise aboard a traditional Egyptian “felucca.” Visit the High Dam, the Granite Alexandria Quarries, Temple of Isis at Philae, the West Bank necropolis and the Funerary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Ending with a night in Alexandria, where you can admire the Roman Catacombs and Pompey’s Pillar, the area’s most prominent remaining Greek Landmark.
On this quintessential Scottish experience, you visit majestic castles, cruise on Loch Lomond, and visit Edinburgh Castle. You’ll sample Scotch Whiskey, learn of Mary Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charles, and the Atholl Highlanders. Ending with the unforgettable Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, this is an ideal trip for first-timers to Scotland.
Contoured by vineyard-clad hills and castles from yesteryear, the legendary Rhine captivates. Experience the allure of France’s Alsace region in its welcoming capital, Strasbourg, and its priceless gem, Riquewihr. Then there is Breisach, rising above the vineyards of the Rhine, and Freiburg, one of Germany’s sunniest cities and gateway to Black Forest. Fabled towns lost in time present you with the chance to taste local flavors—Rüdesheimer coffee and Kölsch beer—and to touch history up close with guided hikes and bike rides. From Amsterdam’s colorful canals to the majestic Swiss Alps, journey into the heart of the destinations you visit.
Experience the deep-rooted holiday traditions of Europe at its most festive time of year. Cologne’s Christmas Market with its impressive Gothic cathedral backdrop; the “Capital of Noël,” Strasbourg, with its magnificent great Christmas tree; and Heidelberg’s Christmas Market nestled idyllically amongst the historic squares of the Old Town; are all timeless traditions handed down through the centuries. Cherish all the glory of the season in grand European style as you cruise along the Rhine.