European Summer Tours
Leisurely escorted tours with a difference...
- Unique touring itineraries designed for you – the Australian and New Zealand traveller
- Smaller group sizes with a maximum of only 30 passengers so you will enjoy a more personal touring experience
- Leisurely 2, 3, 4 and even 5 night stays with NO one night stops (other than first or last night) - our tours are to be enjoyed not endured
- Stay in charming character hotels in superb locations - feature properties larger groups simply cannot use
- Genuinely inclusive tours with NO additional 'on tour' costs - even your 'end of tour' tips are included
- So many wonderful dining experiences included, often in delightful local restaurants
- Experience many more authentic, regional discoveries - our skilful itinerary planning doubles your genuine sightseeing time
- Expert commentary in the English language only
- Book with confidence with our Guaranteed Group Departure
European Summer Tours 2014
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Great British Heritage - 18 Days
A magical tour with two and three night stays in Bath, Yorkshire, Stratford-upon-Avon, the Lakes District and Scotland. Enjoy numerous visits to castles, country mansions and beautifully landscaped gardens plus unique excursions such as a ‘Braveheart’ tour, exploring the honey coloured villages of the Cotswolds and as an extraordinary finale dine and stay overnight in the glorious Leeds Castle - 'the loveliest castle in the world'.
Magnifico Spain & Portugal - 19 Days
Join us on an incredible journey through the intriguing towns and regions of Spain and Portugal. Not only do we visit classic cities such as Granada, Madrid, Seville, Porto and Toledo but we also visit those wonderful, often ignored cities such as Cordoba, Ronda, Merida, Évora and Salamanca.
Black Forest, Bavaria and the Tyrol - 15 Days
A beautifully paced tour with four nights in the heart of the Black Forest and three nights in the Bavarian Alps amongst King Ludwig’s ‘fairytale’ castles. To cap it all off, relax over three nights in the glorious Austrian Tyrol and three nights in Mozart's baroque city of Salzburg. Explore Innsbruck, Hitler’s infamous Eagles Nest, and enjoy a scenic steam train ride.
La Francaise - 18 Days
Come with us to regional France and immerse yourself amongst those wonderfully preserved medieval villages, sleepy chateaux, manicured vineyards and local fresh produce markets bursting with ripe cheeses, pate and crusty French baguettes. Enjoy three night stays in Normandy, the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Burgundy and the stunning Dordogne.
Provence and Tuscany to Umbria - 18 Days
A totally unique tour with two, three and four night stays capturing the essence and vibrancy of four very evocative regions - each one littered with wonderfully preserved cities, hill top villages, culture, food and wine. Cruise the glorious Calanques of the Cote d’Azur, visit chic St Tropez, explore the fairytale ‘town of towers’ San Gimignano and medieval Spoleto.
The Italian Grande - 18 Days
Imagine… a more leisurely paced tour with four nights in the magnificent Italian Lakes District, two nights in a dreamy Italian castle, five nights touring Tuscany visiting Florence, the Cinque Terre, Lucca, Pisa, Siena, and San Gimignano, two nights in the Umbrian Hills, and as a finale, three nights on the stunning Amalfi Coast visiting Capri, Amalfi and picturesque Ravello, and a last night in Rome.
Italy, the Deep South and Sicily - 18 Days
New for 2014 – This amazing 18 day escorted tour fills a void by plunging deep into the south where Italy intensifies, where the food and wine is richer and more aromatic and the sights so striking and different. Commencing in Rome and ending in Palermo in Sicily we spend 5 nights in the regions of Puglia and Matera - the heel and ankle of Italy, before crossing to the glorious island of Sicily for a further 12 days. Were we stay makes so much of a difference. Avoiding the usual run of the mill hotels, we choose to stay in the white washed, ‘Bee Hive’ Trulli cottages in Alberobello, the extraordinary luxurious ‘Sassi’ caves in Matera, Baglio ‘farmhouse’ hotels and delightful villas.
Croatia and the Adriatic - 14 Days
New for 2014 – This unique 14 day escorted tour was specifically developed to not only take in the major cities and highlights of the Dalmatian Coast, but also the classic Adriatic island of Hvar and the historical cities of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Commencing with 3 nights in the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Trogir before escaping to the wonderful ‘lavender island’ of Hvar for another 3 nights. After visits to Jelsa and dining on the rocks at Milna we reach glorious Dubrovnik where we stay 4 luxurious nights. In Bosnia-Herzegovina we visit the fascinating cities Mostar and Sarajevo before visiting the resort of Makarska and enjoying a river cruise in the notorious 'pirate' town of Omiš. Add to this special winery visits, dinners, sea cruises and a cable car ride up Mount Srd, plus carefully planned time at leisure, and you have a tour that is distinctly different! Really epitomising Croatia at its best, we are offering 6 special departures for 2014.
Turkey, Gallipoli and The Ottomans - 2014 - 15 Days
This tour is perfect for those wishing to combine in-depth commemorative sightseeing across the Gallipoli peninsula with extended touring south to Pergamum, Ephesus and Kusadasi, and inland to the limestone cascades and spas of Pamukkale and the fairy chimneys and caves of historic Cappadocia.
The Spirit of Gallipoli - 2014 - 7 Days
Our unique Gallipoli tour offers the most in-depth ANZAC commemorative touring experience during the European Summer months, when the vast ANZAC day crowds have long disappeared. Following two fascinating nights in Istanbul, we stay three nights in the Gallipoli region to enable our highly experienced Battlefield Guides to unfold in detail the compelling stories on the very sites where the ANZAC legend was born.