Assuming you start from a Midtown hotel tours usually go uptown first and downtown second, so by the time you hit downtown they'll see more activity (more traffic too, though).
Uptown: Columbus Circle, Lincoln Center, Dakota, Strawberry Fields, Central Park, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Columbia University, Grant's Tomb, Harlem (125th Street or Convent Avenue/City College), 5th Avenue.
Midtown: 5th Avenue, Rockefeller Center/St. Patrick's, Times Square/Broadway, 7th Avenue/Garment Center/Macy's/Madison Square Garden or from Times Square/Broadway back to 5th Avenue, NY Public Library, Empire State building, Madison Square, Flatiron.
Downtown: Greenwich Village, Washington Square, Soho, Chinatown, Civic Center (City Hall, Court buildings), Wall Street, Battery Park (Statue of Liberty), Ground Zero.
Back to Midtown: Either the West Side Highway (Hudson River, Chelsea Piers, Intrepid Museum) or the East Side (South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Bridge, United Nations (?) )
This is your standard NYC city tour. It can be customized according to clients' wishes, traffic conditions, lunch, number of stops and time spent at each stop, so you can tailor it for 4-8 hours. You could also use some of the time to briefly go to Brooklyn (Brooklyn Heights, River Cafe area, etc.) but usually it's limited to Manhattan.
Tour will start with the Hollywood blvd: following the path of bronze and marble stars along the walk of fame. Continue to the Grauman’s Chinese theater were the passenger’s will be able to compare their feet and hands to with the famous prints already set on the cement. You will be able to see the prints of Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe or Whoopi Goldberg’s dreadlocks, Bob Hope Nose, Betty Grable gams and much more.
Head over to Madame Tussaud Museum will you will be able to witness a numerous amount of celebrities built in wax in all shapes and forms.
Drive down while stopping for pictures of Hollywood blvd and sunset strip to view all the mini mansions located in this area.
Santa Monica Pier built in 1908 for passenger’s and ship cargo. This place will allow you to witness the glory days of southern California. Stop along the board walk and enjoy the beautiful view and beach.
Proceed to Venice beach for an ocean front walk. Encountering a surreal assemblage of street performers, musicians, musclemen pumping serious iron, apocalyptic evangelists, break dancers, stoned drummers, and endless schlock shops.
The Las Vegas strip is one of the most incredible sites in the world. Experience the entire Las Vegas strip with one of our tours.
Start the tour by stopping at the welcome to Las Vegas sign located at 5100 Las Vegas Blvd. Built in 1959 after Bugsy Siegel opened the Flamingo.
Continue to the Bellagio Hotel to witness one of the most complimentary shows in Vegas. This show of water, music and lights thoughtfully interwoven to mesmerize its admirers.
Proceed to Treasure Island for the Sirens show which entailed a group of sensual and tempting sirens engaging with a band of renegades pirates.
Witness the show that ignites the Vegas strip with fire, water and music at the Mirage. The mirage Volcano erupts nightly beginning at 5pm and runs every 30 minutes until 11pm.
Joint the Fremont street experience; a pedestrian mall that occupies 5 blocks of Freemont Street and the area that has been known for years as “Glitter Gulch”. This mall has been designed with a barrel vault canopy While Las Vegas is known for never turning the outside casino lights off, each show begins by turning off the lights on all of the buildings, including the casinos, under the canopy. Before each show, one bidirectional street that crosses the Experience is blocked off for safety reasons.
NASA Space Center: The tour will begin visiting the NASA Space Center. You will experience the history of space exploration and find out how the NASA is pushing the boundaries today. Meet astronauts, view real space shuttles, see the world with an astronaut point of view at the NASA space center. Lunch will be followed after completing the first part of the tour.
Boardwalk in Kemah, TX: Continue your tour with a beautiful boardwalk in Kemah, TX. This is the home to fabulous waterfront restaurants, amusements, charming retail stores, festivals and seaside shows every day. Weather you have the energy to go on different rides or just go for a lazy stroll in the boardwalk this place has it all.
Houston Museum District: If you like history then the next stop will have you very happy. The Houston Museum district is where you have 19 museums with 4 walk able zones where you can view everything a museum has to offer. There’s so much to see and do in this place that you will lose track of time.
Houston performance Art theater is the last stop that you want to make while you in Houston. Experience a beautiful show, great music and dynamic scenery. The Houston downtown theater district consists of 17 blocks and has nearly 13,000 seats in a concentrated downtown area.
Visiting Antwerp is a captivating and rich journey through its cultural past and artistic heritage. The traveling atmosphere provides the good child who enlivens outside life and a cosmopolitan charm that remains eternal.
Beautiful buildings still remain from the city’s golden age in the Grote Markt section providing a plethora of visual delight with many places to see and visit within a concentrated area. The works of painters Peter Paul Rubens and Van Dyck have left their indelible mark as well as the Cathedral built by Jan and Pieter Appelmans, and a book binding business set up by Plantin and Moretus. Touring through the Historical Center dates back to the 15th and 16th centuries while a visit to Middelheim with its modern sculptures and fashion houses of Antwerp’s world famous designers reflects on the 20th century.Itinerary:
Bruges is a perfectly preserved medieval city. Strolling through its winding streets lined with gorgeous buildings along narrow canals is ultimate bliss.Itinerary:
Experience a diverse and bilingual city also known as the capital of Europe which is full of surprises and charm with a new and fresh approach. Discover the soul of Brussels in a vehicle of your choice for either a half or complete day.
The intent of this tour is to the give the visitor a contemporary and historical view of the city which includes districts of architectural gems, cultural traditions, and commercial / residential vocation. It’s a place that mixes politics with comic strips and Art Nouveau with chocolates.Centre:
Experience the sights of Louise Avenue and some of the Art Nouveau houses.
Laeken - Heyzel:
In a vehicle of your choice you will discover the soul of a city and her region.
During a half day or a complete day, Brussels will unveil you her history, her traditions, her cultural and folk wealths and above all...her art to live.
Ghent, the capital of East Flanders, also known as the historic heart of Flanders and a city of all times is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.Itinerary:
Waterloo, the morne plaine of Victor Hugo, thanks its celebrity to the duke of Wellington.
From his headquarters, he drafted the message about the defeat of Napoleon in the battle of Mont - St - Jean or of the «Belle Alliance».
Although most of the fights took place on the territory of Braine l’Alleud and the surrounding places, history commemorates it under the name of battle of Waterloo with the Lion’s Mount.
Celebrate all over the world, 28 iron tons were necessary to manufacture it. He is perched on a cone of earth of 169 meters of diameter that Dutchmen raised presumed right side up where the Prince of orange was wounded.
Of the top of the 40 meters of the mound and the 226 steps you can contemplate the field of Battle of June 18, 1815.
The first confrontations took place June 16, but it is the day of June 18 that was decisive for armies put in presence.Visits:
Visit the Summer Palace, the largest ancient preserved garden in China and a former summer retreat for emperors and the chosen few! The site includes more than one hundred ancient style pavilions, mansions, towers, halls, temples, bridges, and an enormous clear water lake. Then take a Hutong tour, which helps you understand the history and culture of Beijing and to plug into the seven hundred year old narrow streets – hutongs, to visit the old quadrangles by the old fashioned pedicab and to learn about the daily life of ordinary Beijing residents.
This tour starts at Tiananmen Square and China’s more recent history influenced by Chairman Mao and the rise of communism. From there it’s on to the Forbidden City, called Gu Gong in Chinese, and was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It has been the seat of power for centuries and has seen countless battles and reconstruction. The architecture seen today dates from the 1700’s.
Explore two of our most popular destinations north of Beijing into one unforgettable tour. First, we drive to the Great Wall, the very symbol of ancient Chinese engineering. You will have the opportunity to climb up either the north or south face of the wall. From here, it is on to the sacred Ming Tombs, burial grounds to thirteen of the sixteen Ming emperors. You’ll explore the largest of the excavated burial sites, which is divided into three separate, impressive courtyards. A shopping spree takes place at the world renowned Jade Factory our cloisonni factory.
This half-day tour emphasizes the highlights that should not be missed when visiting this city; the peaceful and transcendent Jade Buddha Temple and the Silk Museum. Take a stroll around the beautiful Yuyuan Gardens created during the Ming Dynasty and also Shanghai Old Street which reflects the time period of the Qing Dynasty.
Sun Island Golf Club lies 55km west of Shanghai and is a 160 hectares island resort developed and managed by Singapore based Prime Group International. The golf course is the first in Shanghai designed by Nelson, Wright, and Haworth Golf Architects. It is a 27-hole golf course which includes a 9-hole classic view course, about 3416 yards long, a 9-hole lake view course, about 3465 yards long, and a 9-hole island view course, about 3413 yards long. The China Volvo Open was hosted here in 1998, and in 2001, Sun Island Golf Course was voted Shanghai’s, No. 1 golf course and one of the top 5 golf courses in China.
Welcome to the miraculous Dubrovnik – the medieval town-pearl of South Dalmation, listed in the UNESCO registry of world monumental heritage. This is a town of a long-standing tourist tradition, ready to meet the most sophisticated requests of its visitors.
The town of museums, festivals, taverns, restaurants and the place of mild Mediterranean climate with wonderful landscapes confirms the famous saying of the Irish writer Bernard Shaw: "Those who look for a paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik."
The walking portion of the tour includes visits to the Franciscan Monastery with Europe's oldest pharmacy, the Cathedral with its famous Treasury and Rector’s Palace which once used to be the seat of the government in the Dubrovnik Republic. Our expert guide will lead you through the streets of the old town introducing you to the history and culture of this magnificent city. Other splendid buildings such as Onofrio's Fountain, St. Blaise's Chruch and Sponsa Palace will be viewed along the way. This tour will reveal why Dubrovnik is often referred to as the "Pearl of Adriatic."
Discover Medjugorje and experience the phenomenon that has made Medjugorje one of the most famous places of pilgrimage throughout the Catholic world, attracting millions of visitors. After Mass, you may visit apparition hill where the Virgin Mary first appeared to the children. It is obligatory to carry a passport.
Split is the second largest city in Croatia and the largest on the Adriatic coast with just under 200,000 inhabitants. Emerging from a Greek Settlement found between the 3rd and 4th centuries, the height of Split’s history came in 295 AD when Roman emperor Diocletian ordered a residence to be built there for his retirement. It took ten years to build this magnificent palace and Diocletian lived there until his death in 313 AD. From that moment onward, many Roman rulers continued to use it as a retreat. In the 7th century, when the Roman colony of Salona was abandoned, many of its inhabitants sought sanctuary behind the palace’s high walls and their descendants lived there until the present day.
The city enjoyed a good degree of autonomy between the 12th and 14th centuries before it was conquered by the Venetians in 1420. After the fall of Venetian rule in 1797, Split was ruled by the Austrians, and briefly by the French, before becoming part of the Yugoslavia that was formed in 1918. Much of its development occurred after 1920 when Zadar, Dalmatia’s official capital, became an Italian enclave. In 1941, the city was occupied by the Italians and a very strong resistance movement soon evolved. The city was first liberated in 1943, after the capitulation of Italy, and then finally in October of 1944 when the first people’s government of Croatia was formed.
Versailles: Also known as the greatest palace in the world; is a castle with gardens that symbolizes French grandeur. During the course of the excursion you will be surrounded by 17th century ambiance and the magnificence of French style gardens.
Giverny: We will drive on to Monet’s house in a charming country village where his garden, home, and workshop have been authentically restored. Strolling through the exquisitely colored gardens which inspired his best love paintings and the lily pond with the famous Japanese bridge is a breathtaking experience. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Impressionist American Museum.
Chartres: The tour continues with a wonderful cruise along the countryside through the sweeping plains of La Beauce up to Chartres to visit a majestic and impressive gothic cathedral with famous glass windows dating from the 12th and 13th centuries.
Versailles: Also known as the greatest palace in the world; is a castle with gardens that symbolizes French grandeur. During the course of the excursion you will be surrounded by 17th century ambiance and the magnificence of French style gardens.
Vaux Le Vicomte: The castle which made the sun king jealous, is a beautiful and magnificent masterpiece of 17th century architecture designed by Louis Le Vau and Le Notre who were also the architects of Versailles.
This is a nine hour tour with an English speaking chauffeur. Reims, is the city of champagne and coronations. Start your tour with a visit to the magnificent gothic cathedral where most of the French kings had been crowned. This site presents star features that include the gallery of kings, smiling angels, and the great rose window. Visit a major cellar (Piper Heidick or Mumm) accompanied by fine and heady champagne tasting. Take an afternoon cruise through the Eperny to burrow into the chalky caves and stroll down the Avenue De Champagne with a stop at the prestigious cellar of Moet Et Chardon or Mercier.
Eiffel Tower: You can go up the Eifel tower using the lifts; three lifts North, East and West pillars will take you to the 1st and 2nd floors (115m), change lift at the 2nd floor to go to the top (276m) by foot, meaning you will go up the stairs (704 steps).
Champs-Elysees: One of the most famous Boulevard in the 8th arrondissement of Paris (district), measuring 1.9 Kilometers (1.2 miles) long and 70 meters (230 ft) wide, which runs between the “Place de la Concorde” and the “Place Charles de Gaulle” where the “Arc de Triomphe” is located.
Louvre Museum: One of the world’s largest museum and a historic monument in Paris. Originally built as a fortress in the 12th century under Philip II, still visible in the basement of the museum. This museum is divided among eight curatorial departments: Egyptian antiquities, Near eastern antiquities, Greek, Etruscan, Roman anququities, Islamic art, Sculpture, decorative arts.
Notre-Dame: Roman Catholic Church who receives visitors from all over the world. Tours of the cathedral itself exploring its architectural design, sculptures, painting, stained glass and history will take you about an hour to complete. The cathedral towers are also open for visit giving you a breath taking view of Paris. An archeological Crypt located under the cathedral’s Parvis shows the result of the excavations under the parvis which revealed the ruins of ancient Paris.
Montmartre: A large hill of 130 meters high in the northern section of the city. This place is where many artist during the beginning of the twentieth century had studios or worked in or around this area. Artist such as Salvador Dali, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, and Vincent Van Gogh.
Luxembourg Garden: Located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris created in 1612 by Marie de Medici, the widow of King Henry IV of France for a new residence that she constructed. This is an imitation of Marie de Medici native Florence, the Petti Palace expanding it in 1630.
This is an eleven hour tour with an English speaking chauffeur. Start your trip with a relaxing drive to Normandy crossing Pegasus Bridge heading towards the D-Day Landing Beaches where other WWII sites are still preserved. Discover the D-Day Landing Museum with its astounding film records given by the British admiralty. The afternoon excursion will take us along the famous beaches (Arromanches) : Utah, Gold, Juno, Sword, Omaha, St. Laurent, and the Point de Hoc beaches.
This is a twelve hour tour with an English speaking chauffeur. A beautiful scenic drive through Normandy will lead to Mont Saint Michel also known as “The Marvel of the Western World”. We will visit the Abbey, a gothic monastery with a remarkable cloister and refectory that served as a pilgrimage site during the Middle Age and take a stroll through the nearby famous steep sided narrow streets.
This is a half-day tour with an English speaking chauffeur. France Miniature: A magnificent view over France as if you were riding in a helicopter high in the sky. Chantilly: Discover the largest horse stables of the world built in the 18th century and the very elegant castle of Duke D’Aumale with its sumptuous apartments, libraries, and art collections.
Fontainebleau and Barbizon: Visit the royal palace and its gardens, chosen as a most favored residence by the kings and emperors of France for eight centuries. Discover a typical village which hosted and gave inspiration to many great painters such as Corot, Millet, and Rousseau.
Vaux Le Vicomte: Visit one of the most beautiful and exquisite masterpieces of the 17th century which has been restored and refurbished. The garden was designed by Louis Le Vau and Le Motre who were the architects of Versailles.
This is a half-day tour with an English speaking chauffeur. Visit the castles of Fontainebleau and Barbizon, (The Village of the Painters). Enjoy the royal palace and its gardens, chosen as a most favored residence by the kings and emperors of France for eight centuries. Discover a typical village which hosted and gave inspiration to many great painters such as Corot, Millet, and Rousseau.
This is a nine hour tour with an English speaking chauffeur. Cruise along the beautiful countryside through the sweeping plains of La Beauce up to Chartres. Visit a majestic gothic cathedral with its famous stained glass windows dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries.
Chartres: Cruise along the beautiful countryside through the sweeping plains of La Beauce up to Chartres. Visit a majestic gothic cathedral with its famous stained glass windows dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries.
Discover the largest horse stables of the world built in the 18th century and the very elegant castle of Duke D’Aumale with its sumptuous apartments, libraries, and art collections.
Travel through Pontoise and the picturesque Oise valley up to the village where Vincent Van Gogh died after having spent the last part of his life and most prolific months of his career completing a painting a day, such as the famous Auver Sur Oise Church. The Chateau of Auvers is a step into the impressionist's era. The tour also covers a visit to the village of Van Gogh's grave and the Van Gogh museum.
This is a twelve hour tour with an English speaking chauffeur. Take a journey through the opulence of the royal living quarters during the Renaissance period and the “Garden of France”. Visit Amboise, Chenonceau, and Chambord with a possibility of staying overnight in a nice chateau. Other outstanding Chateaux: Azay Le Rideu, Villandry, Langeais, and Blois which can be combined with visits of the Loire Valley, vineyards and cellars along with Chinon, Bourgeuil, Vouvray, Azay-Le-Rideau, Amboise, Sancerre, and Anjou.
Visiting sites include: Corinthos, Ancient Corinthos, Mycenes (Where we will observe how ceramics and pottery are made), and the first capital of Greece (Nauplio). We’ll stop for lunch by the seaside before making our final visit at the ancient theatre of Epidauras and then return via the countryside.
Enjoy a full day visit to Acropolis, Panathinaikon Stadium, Ancient Agora, Temple of Zeus, Lycabetus Hill, Royal Palace, and the Benaki Museum. There are also many other museums of various interest that are accessible. You’re also welcome to shop with the locals and eat lunch at the Harbour of Athens Pireaus.
Enjoy a visit to the Canal of Corinth, Ancient Corinth, and Acrocorinthos then return back to Athens.
The journey begins in Athens, making stops at the Byzantine Monastery Osios Loukas and then continues to the beautiful village of Arahova proceeding to the archaeological place and Museum of Delphi. We will enjoy lunch at the village of Delphi before returning to Athens.
Listed below are places that we suggest visiting. We invite you to customize your tour based on what you want to see. We can accommodate any size group and have a superb selection of Sedans, minivans, vans, and buses. Our crew of well trained English chauffeurs who are locally based will be of excellent service and promise an unforgettable experience.Places We Suggest:
Amalfi coast is one of the jewels of south Italy. The mountains fall straight into the sea and the villages are built clenching to the rocks. It stretches from Sorrento to Salerno for a total of fifty miles hanging at approximately forty meters above the water. The view is awesome and the sea breeze is refreshing.
Nowhere do colors shine with such different and clear tones as on the Amalfi coast, which has always attracted visitors of the greatest prestige. Set like an incomparable gem in a precious diadem, the villages scattered along the coast bewitch every visitor.
Here everything becomes symbolic: The earth rich in citrus groves, the sea with the most incredible shades of blue and green, the enchanting beaches, the little islands, the clumps of white, pink, and yellow cottages gathered around the tiny harbors. Its charm lies not only in the places themselves but also in their history, which has left important traces in art such as the finest churches, villas, and monasteries.
A visit to the Umbrian town of Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, is like going back to the 12th century. The town still retains its ancient rhythms. Apart from important religious buildings not considered solely the heritage of Assisi, such as the basilica of St. Francis, the tourist can also visit the churches of St. Clare and St. Peter.
For those who have the good fortune of visiting this splendid town, an individual would have to agree that the beauty of Assisi goes beyond a short and necessarily incomplete list of works of art more or less extraordinary, but is found in the atmosphere of places which the story and the faith of the Saint have rendered unique all over the world.
Umbria is also known for the peculiar and strong tradition of food and wines; it is impossible to avoid eating the famous pasta with tartufo (strangozzi) or to try the delicious meat served in all restaurants of this region. Umbria is made up of hills, then it is the land of grapes, and a taste of its typical wines will make you feel the smell and taste of this land.
The monumental complex at Caserta, created by the Bourbon King Charles III in the mid-18th century to rival Versailles and the Royal Palace in Madrid, is exceptional for the way in which it brings together a magnificent palace with its park and gardens, as well as a natural woodland, hunting lodges, and a silk factory. It is an eloquent expression of the Enlightenment in material form, integrated into its natural setting.
The Park, designed by the architect Luigi Vanvitelli as a natural complement to the Royal Palace, extends over approximately 120 hectares on slightly sloping land. It is adorned with several fountains that have a crescendo of theatrical effects, where the artistic powers of the natural element are subordinated to an architectural design based on perspective.
The plant of the Royal Palace is rectangular, with the area inside divided into four courtyards. The building is 41 meters tall, and has around 1200 rooms. Absolutely wonderful are the Library, the Crib, and obviously the Park with the fountains: the Fountain of the Dolphins, the Fountain of Eolo, the Fountain of Cerere, the Fountain of Venus and Adone, and the Fountain of Diana.
The quiet volcanoes surrounding Rome provide lush landscapes, famous wines, and delicious strawberries for world-weary Romans. The sixteen towns that comprise of this area and are perched on these ancient extinct volcanoes overlooking Rome are best known for their Renaissance villas and wines.Frascati
Frascati’s patrician villas and famed fruity, dry white wines remain two of the town’s finest attractions. The 1598 Villa Aldobrandini dominates the hill over the town: Visit the sculpture-filled gardens, Bernini fountains and the Ninfeo – a “Theater of Water” featuring Pan, Atlas, and a Satyr.Rocca Di Papa
The most attractive of the hill towns is situated in a lovely spot on the slopes of Monte Cavo facing the Alban lakes and its enveloping hills. The views of the lake, the far woods, and the papal palace of Castel Gandolfo on the opposite moutain are superb.Castel Gandolfo
This is the summer residence of the pope. The papal palace, a 17th century edifice designed by Carlo Maderno, stands practically on the foundations of another equally regal summer residence, the villa of Emperor Domitian.Ariccia
Is located between two lakes; the Albano lake and the Nemi lake. Its origins are very ancient and its territory once included the temple dedicated to the goddess Diana in which was one of the most important Latin sanctuaries. In 981, it became part of Earl of Tuscolo feud, but only during the 12th century, when the area was bought from the Chigi family, was the whole village totally restored by Bernini.
Just half an hour from noisy, bustling Milan, Lake Como is a jewel-like oasis of tranquility, a magical combination of lush Mediterranean foliage and snowy alpine peaks. One of the best vantage points for this breathtaking view is in Piazza Cavour, on the banks of the lake in the town of Como. At the heart of Como’s walled Old Town, Piazza San Fedele has many four hundred year odl buildings and the basilica. As you travel north you’ll see Como’s only island, Isola Comacina.
Lake Como is renowned for its exquisite villas and probably the most famous one, the Villa Carlotta, a perfect combination of luxurious interiors (beautiful stuccos, lovely ceiling frescoes, and a great art collection, including an Eros and Psyche by Antonio Canova) and exteriors.
Varenna may be the most picturesque town on the lake, its steep winding alleys lined with charming homes, flowering balconies, and lace-curtained windows.
On the southern shore is Bellaggio, “La Perla del Lago” (“The Pearl of the Lake”), considered by many to be the most beautiful town in all of Europe. Its narrow cobbled streets, breathtaking views, and glorious villas make it an enchanting spot.
Deruta village, is located on a hill on the left of the river Tiber in Umbria. It is a famous place for the production of artistic pottery. The village probably has Roman origins, but the present Deruta was born during the middle age, following the steps of Perugia.
The city of Deruta is known all around the world for its art and for its ceramics since the middle ages and reached its apex during the 16th century.
Derutesi pottery are famous for decorations on plates, vases, and objects of any shape, giving them a magic light of blue, yellow, and green. The most ancient creations are now preserved in museums all around the world.
A mysterious, ancient and powerful people coming from Asia, settled between Lazio and Tuscany, made important discoveries in medicine, war technology, architecture, and with a deep felling of death, religion, future, and superstition. This advanced civility left us the heritage of big necropolises, paintings, and sculptures which can be admired in magnificent cities around Rome.Tarquinia
The modern-day town of Tarquinia, rich in medieval monuments, is in the northern part of Lazio. One of the largest collections of Etruscan archaeological finds belongs to the National Museum. Guided tours of the painted tombs in the necropolises near the town also leave from the museum.Cerveteri
The modern-day city of Cerveteri stands on the same site as the ancient Etruscan city of Caere located approximately twenty five miles northwest of Rome and close to the Tyrrhenian coast. However, a point of great interest is the National Museum, which contains archaeological finds of great historic and artistic value discovered in the exceptional necropolises of the surrounding area.Vulci
The Etruscan city of Vulci lies on the border between Lazio and Tuscany. It stood close to the sea on the right bank of the river Fiora, on a plateau of volcanic origin, in an area which is today uninhabited. On the site of the ancient city, it is possible to see the remains of a villa dating from the 1st century BC.
The cultural and historical impact of Florence is overwhelming. Close up, the city is one of Italy’s most atmospheric and also very pleasant, retaining a strong resemblance to the small late-medieval center that contributed so much to the cultural and political development of Europe.
Entering Florence is like stepping back into the Renaissance. The shop-lined Ponte Vecchio, the trademark Duomo, the gem-filled Uffizi Gallery, the turreted Piazza della Signoria, and the Medici Chapels. This is a true feeling of going back to 1500 thanks to the Renaissance monuments, sculptures, and paintings.
A visit to the Uffizi Museum is a must! It contains the main masterpieces of the world in the area of the painting arts.
Allied to Rome since the 3rd century B.C., Roman origins, was erected a municipality. Blooming, then slowly declines until the invasion of the Herulis and Goths. Destroyed by Totila, it was rebuilt in a higher position on the slope of Mount Ingino and fortified with two towers for defense. Gubbio keeps autonomy even though prevailing authority of the bishops allowed them to extend into the 11th century and dominate a hundred castles.
Gubbio is famous in historical legend for importance in the life of St. Francis.
Perched on Italy’s northwest coast, Portofino is one of the most photogenic fishing ports in the Mediterranean. It has been a magnet for Europe’s beau monde for decades, from Rex Harrison to Elizabeth Taylor. Portofino is known for being Italy’s most picturesque and romantic village. Similar to the postcard photos it’s famous for, Portofino, appears to be frozen in time with its pastel fisherman houses lining the winding streets and is the old Italian Riviera at its best. When a cliff-face road was built, the municipality elders used restrictive zoning to limit the modernization and development of the community, thus retaining the old-world atmosphere.
Santa Margherita offers very contradictory features. Over the centuries, man’s work has enhanced the original gift of nature. Indeed it has gone further: There have been additions to its already perfect shape. Santa Margherita’s forms, colors, and the arrangement of its characteristic houses, rich villas, and great hotels have painted around its bay something similar to a magical reflection.
Visiting this location brings a great sense of freedom while at the same time leaving a pleasant impression of belonging to a privileged and joyous world. Santa Margherita leads an intense life around its harbor with elegant social occasions, celebrations, and traditional events.
Great tour with English speaking Chauffeur to Tuscany, Florence, Siena, Lucca, Pisa, Wine Street (Chianti Road) and back to the Port for your next destination stop.
Lucca and this part of Tuscany are extremely particular and have a completely different appearance to the classic Tuscan landscape. Majestic mountains of marble hover over the valley bottom along the river Serchio, where roads wind their way and unexpectedly open out into sunny areas with small ancient villages that are settled on green hills and reflect on lakes with magical images. Art and culture are of considerable importance in the territory near Lucca. The capital of the province is actually a unique example that has perfectly preserved its city walls and has maintained its characteristics since Roman times.
Internationally known as the olive oil capital of the world, Lucca stands out as one of the most beautiful Italian cities. Just inside the city, the Duomo San Martino is home to a wooden crucifix that was allegedly carved by Nicodemus and placed on a barge to float off to sea. Lucca is a very well preserved city with historic charm. Walking around the city enhances the experience and almost appears idyllic.
We are starting at a site that was sacred to the early Romans. This town grew up over the Roman town called Luca, following its general plan. About 500 BC, the Etruscans inhabited the area called Tusci by the Romans, and later became the region’s name of Tuscany. There is evidence of human habitation in this area for many thousands of years.
Lucca is a half-day tour through one of the most beautiful medieval towns in the world. Preserved within its surrounding city walls, Lucca, is the perfect walking city. Begin at the ancient cathedral and see the layout of the old Roman city plan. See sites from the time when Caesar, Pompeii, and Crassus met to form the first triumvirate. Experience the old Roman forum in Lucca and the Roman amphitheatre.The San Martino Cathedral
Piazza San Martino, which is the piazza in front of the cathedral or Duomo as referred to by the Italians. Piazza San Martino is the site of a lively antiques market on the third weekend of the month, and an arts and crafts festival on the last weekend of the month.
We are now facing Lucca’s original cathedral of San Giovanni e Santa Reparata. The church covers the site of a 5th century basilica named for Saint Reparta. The devout young Reparta was an early Christian, probably from the third century, and believed to have been martyred. Her memory is honored in this oldest church in Lucca. The present Romanesque building dates from the early eleven hundreds. The interior is spare gray stone with Roman columns. The elaborately coffered ceiling was added in the 17th century. You may already know that Romanesque is the oldest of the building styles from the Middle Ages. You may enter the church without an admission charge. But if you want to see the Baptistery or the archaeological digs, both located in the rear, there is a small charge. The Baptistery is interesting because it dates from the thirteen hundreds and because of its dome or cupola, which was studied by Bruneleschi, the architect of the famous dome in Florence. It is quite beautiful in its simplicity and elegant design.
The archaeological ruins in the excavations show ruins of Roman structures and baths from as early as the second century BC. There are five levels that have been unearthed. The excavations also found remains of the first church here dating from the 4th century and used as the cathedral until the seven hundreds.
Lucca, is generally accepted as the first town in Tuscany to convert to Christianity and its first bishop was Paulinus, a disciple of St. Peter.
When you go into the church, notice the exhibit beside the ticket window, which explains the church. If you choose to buy tickets to see the Baptistery and the archaeological ruins, do so at the inside ticket office. If there is a ticket that includes the sacristy in the Duomo, buy that, because you will want to enter.
Milan is the center of commerce for Italy and the heart of Italy’s fashion industry. It’s home to great designers such as Giorgio Armani, Gucci, and Valentino.
Some of the main sites in Milan are the Duomo of Milan, La Scala, the Santa Maria delle Grazie, and Pinacoteca di Brera.
The Duomo is located in the center of Milan. It is one of the largest churches in the world started in the thirteen hundreds, but not completed until over half a millennia later. The most noticeable part of the building is the roof with one hundred and thirty five spires that can be seen on a clear day from the Alps.
The Teatro all Scala, also known as La Scala, has the largest stage in Europe and attracts many of the greatest singers in the world.
The Santa Maria delle Grazie is important because it is home to Leonardo’s Last Supper. This is the picture where Christ tells his disciples that one of them will betray him. The portrait of Christ is not finished because Leonardo didn’t consider himself worthy to paint Christ.
The best collection of art in Milan is the Pinacoteca di Brera that has both classical and contemporary Italian works. The Marriage of the Virgin by Raphael is among one its important paintings.
Naples is the third most populated city in Italy and the most important industrial center and trading port for the South.
Known for its natural beauty, peculiar traditions, culture, character of its people, magnificence of its monuments, and the splendor of it gulf, it is the most famous city in the South of Italy and one of the most famous cities in the world.
Discover the hidden beauty of Naples, beginning with a walk through the city center to admire Piazza del Plebiscito, the Royal Palace, the Maschio Angioino, and Spaccanapoli, followed by a panoramic tour passing through Posillipo, via Partenope and Castel dell’Ovo.
The tour of medieval Northern Lazio will plunge the visitor into an “Old time” atmosphere, among narrow streets in small and wonderful villages perched on mountains. These villages have only seen slight changes so that a visit will be a trip through the past. The most representative and impressive sites are Bagnoregio, Bolsena, the park of Bomarzo and Viterbo.
The origins of Bagnoregio go back to the pre- Etruscan era. The area around Bagnoregio offers its visitors a vast space and luxurious vegetation where it is possible to enjoy relaxation and tranquility. The most interesting buildings are the Piramide-Ossario, the Porta Alabana, Piazza Cavour, and the Church dell’Annunziata.
The traveler who approaches Bagnoregio immediately notices a surreal view, with a small group of houses perched on a rock. There are suggestive ruins of the houses of Bagnoreggio along the only street running through the village. The hills and the landscape surrounding Bagnoregio offer the view of natural sculptures made by water, wind, and time in the clay.
Bolsena is a charming town on the hill slopes overlooking the lake and surrounded by thriving nature. This village had its most flourishing period between the 1st and 4th century A.D. The Roman city was abandoned during the 4th century, probably because of the raids of the longobards, then the town community went to live on the cliff still holding the medieval quarter around the castle. This is Bolsena as we know it today.
Bomarzo is a peculiar park in a beautiful villa 90 km from Rome built by the Orsini family between 1552 and 1580. What makes this park unique are its sculptures; enormous monsters immersed in a luxuriant landscape that were created by following the imitation of nature; they represent mythical, scary and strange figures in marble. The park remained unknown until 1938 when discovered by Salvador Dalí.
Still enclosed within its walls, Viterbo has preserved a medieval appearance surprisingly unaltered and is even more colorful due to the survival of the ancient artisan traditions. Churches, buildings, towers, fountains, and the quarter of Saint Pellegrino, are all immersed together with its ancient construction of rock in an extraordinary and captivating atmosphere. Viterbo was once the chief town of Tuscia, an area once possessed by the Etruscans, and boasts of archaeological findings of this ancient and mysterious civilization found within its vicinity. The town’s programs of cultural and folklore events are extremely entertaining and exciting.
The traveler who approaches Orvieto by train or car will begin to see from a distance, a city that rises on a plateau of volcanic tuff, surrounded by a landscape of fields and vineyards.
Because of its location, Etruscan roots, charming medieval character, and above all because of its celebrated cathedral, which is a gem of gothic architecture, Orvieto is one of Italy’s most unique and interesting cities. The Duomo, built during the years 1290-1320, is a Gothic-Romanesque style church, its façade a mix of marble and mosaics.
The Pozzo di San Patrizio (Saint Patrick’s Well) was built during the period of 1527-1537, based on a design by Antonio da Sangallo. The famous double helix staircase will allow you to walk down into the well (200 feet, 248 steps for each ramp) and come back up again without retracing your steps. It was useful to carry out water with donkeys.
Unlike Pompeii and even Herculaneum, Paestum is often deserted, and its gleaming white marble temples, set against the dark brown hills and deep blue sea, provide a uniquely Greek experience in Italy.
Paestum has always been shrouded in mystery founded around 650 BC by a large group of Dorians who had been expelled from the city of Sybaris, a luxurious resort across the mainland on the Ionian Sea. The Dorians named their new colony Poseidonia, after the most important of their gods; it flourished and quickly became the greatest city on the gulf of Salerno.
Incredibly, although Paestum’s Temple of Hera (also called “of Poseidon”) was among the most famous cult-worship sites in antiquity, and the oldest, best preserved, and most beautiful Doric temple in existence today, and despite the city’s proximity to Salerno (24 miles) and Capaccio (4 miles), these majestic ruins were unknown throughout the Middle Ages and Renaissance period. Although scholars had been searching for the ruins for centuries, they were not discovered until 1740 and not accurately described until 1779.
Pisa was an ancient maritime republic dating from the 1st century BC and is the city from whence Galileo Galilei and the Medici family originated. Pisa is famous for its Leaning Tower in the Campo dei Miracoli. For the millennium, the first stage of a new maritime museum opened and began housing Roman ships retrieved from the bottom of the sea.
Pisa plays a main role from an artistic point of view: Here, the renewal in architecture, sculpture, and painting anticipate the Florentine movement of the Renaissance: The famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, castles, churches, monasteries, all scattered on the hilltops along the rivers and in the ancient streets. The natural and environmental heritage is particularly attractive. The thermal baths are alluring too. In its streets, squares, churches, and palaces, Volterra maintains elements characteristic of different historical periods: From the Etruscans to the Romans from the Middle Ages to the 18th century.
A splendid excursion through the fertile and picturesque Tuscan countryside towards the historic university city, Pisa, is famous for its architectural beauty.
The tour proceeds to Piazza dei Miracoli to find the celebrated Leaning Tower, the Cathedral (an unequalled masterpiece of Romanesque art carried out between the 11th and 12th centuries), the Baptistery, and other important monuments. The walk continues to the Piazza dei Cavalieri, where the Scuola Normale, one of the most famous universities in the world resides.
The Cathedral Square is the heart of Pisa and the immortal symbol of the splendor and power of the golden age of the Republic of Pisa. Consisting of world famous monuments, the square can well claim to be the symbol of Italian art: It is certainly one of the most notable and admired sights in the whole world. Few towns in the world can boast of a past as splendid as the one of Pisa. During the course of more than ten centuries, its citizens have left a permanent mark on the history and art of the western civilization. The history of Pisa is marked by an impressive series of success. From Pisa, especially when the sky is clear, you can see the imposing chain of the Alpi Apuane and the world famous marble quarries of Carrara.
From these quarries comes the white stone used in making the buildings of Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square). Italy and Europe are full of beautiful cities; Pisa is a town that has often been described as a radiant city, a serene and horizontal town without any of those sharp contrasts which characterize so many of the medieval Tuscan and Italian towns.
Perugia and its surrounding countryside are rich in prehistoric remains, history, and fable.
Perugia has a long tradition as a universal city. The university was founded during the 13th century and it served as a very important Etruscan city with marvelous buildings such as the Etruscan Arch or the Etruscan Well. The Roman emperor Ottaviano conquered the city and gave it a new name: “Augusta Perusia”. The great “Guelf strong-hold” rises up in the region’s heart, with its five quarters closed-in by its Etruscan town walls. These enormous bastions were constructed twenty-two centuries ago and are still visible for long stretches.
The infamous panoramic gardens deserve a visit: Built on the foundations of the Rocca Paolina, a strong-hold built by Pope Paul III in 1540, these foundations contain an entire quarter of the old Perugia: A dead city, a sort of medieval Pompeii which has been brought to light again and which is fascinating to visit.
A must see is the architectural complex of St. Francesco, with the Oratory of St. Bernardino, a masterpiece of Agostino di Duccio, who, in covering the façade with Bas-relief of enchanting grace and modeled finesse, made it a little poem of Renaissance sculpture. Among the most important manifestations taking place in the city is the musical festival “Umbria Jazz” and the gastronomic festival “Eurochocolate”.
Walking along the streets of Pompeii means going back in time, for its tragic destruction and miraculous unearthing represents a unique historical and human document. Pompeii presents a picture, still intact, of a city whose life was unexpectedly interrupted in 79 A.D. by one of the most catastrophic eruptions of Vesuvius. For centuries, there was no information to be found about Pompeii, even its exact position was lost. The first discoveries took place in 1628 in the Sarno valley. The most extraordinary aspect of Pompeii is represented by the variety of styles amongst the paintings covering the walls of the houses. Such paintings are almost always pieces copied from the masterworks of celebrated Grecian artists which, unfortunately, are now lost.
Rome, the eternal city, the “Caput Mundi”, the strongest empire ever existed, the main house for Catholics since the dark times of the Pontifical State, an important political center in Europe; all these particulars of the capital of Italy are evident in its buildings, palaces, and many magnificent churches.
Two thousand years ago Rome was already a big metropolis with a million and a half inhabitants. This is the reason for such a big stadium as the Coloseum or Circo Massimo where even ship battles were represented; or big political and commercial centers as the Forums, which are today real open air museums, highest pillars, gardens, etc…
St. Peter’s Cathedral (another state in the state of Italy) is a huge and grand church that astonishes its visitors with its baroque style. Visiting Rome city center, remember to throw a coin and make a wish in the famous Fontana di Trevi and to have a shopping day around the beautiful Piazza di Spagna with its famous stairs to Trinitá dei Monti.
Spoleto is an ideal starting point for an in-depth exploration of the visual and historical heritage of Italy. Cities boasting important works of art, like Assisi, Perugia, and Orvieto, are easily reached by car or by train; Rome or Florence are less than two hours away. Spoleto is emblematic of central Italy, both historically and artistically. Located in an enviable topographical position, Spoleto boasts a rich historical past that is still faithfully witnessed by the gorgeous artifacts spread throughout the town. Displaying The Roman Theatre, the old city walls, and gates which stand next to the visually dazzling cathedral and the majestic Rocca (a 14th century castle), the entire urban center is beautified by numerous elegant Baroque churches and Renaissance palaces – tangible heritage of many different civilizations and artistic styles.
In July, there is the “Festival dei Due Mondi”, a very important international cultural festival of music, poems, cinema, and opera.
Taormina is a charming hillside town with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and the majestic volcanic cone of Mount Etna. Bathed in sunshine and steeped in archaeological history, Taormina is the perfect destination for a relaxing vacation in Sicily.
This little peninsula consists of a clot of magma iced by waters, stretching out into the Ionian Sea. At this precise geographical point in the world, two thousand seven hundred years ago, there began the great adventure of a people that, in a spare few decades, created an unparalleled and envied myth and whose cities, were to rival in splendor and beauty.
Mt. Etna is known as the volcano with the longest record of volcanic activity with the first historic eruption in 1500 B.C. It has erupted many times since then and is almost continuously venting gas and steam.
Mt. Etna has a complex of cones at its summit, which is nearly 3300 meters above sea level. Mt. Etna is a constructional landform that has been built upwards for millennia; it contrasts subtly but distinctly in this view, with the surrounding lower hills which are water-eroded landforms sculpted into V-shaped valleys by the erosive power of flowing water streams.
From the bell tower in Todi you can see far out into the Umbrian countryside. No one knows exactly when the town was founded, but some say it dates back to 1955 B.C. Enthusiasts praise the way the town has evaded the trappings of modern life. Perhaps it’s Todi’s out-of-the-way location that has kept it safe from the rush of modern life.
Set in a stunning location, the hill of Todi rises in a valley and is one of Umbria’s oldest inhabited towns. It has a great atmosphere and sights that are well worth seeing – the impressive Piazza del Popolo and several churches. The town is composed of a network of narrow steep streets, typical of medieval hill towns surrounded by a semi circular wall that was built by the Romans.
It is a pleasant experience to walk along Todi’s narrow streets and look into the workshops of various artisans, or to come across one of the numerous little churches. The most impressive of the castles remaining intact is probably Montenero, situated high on a hill overlooking the southern boundaries and surrounded by a thick forest of pine trees. A must see for visiting tourists are the remains of Todi’s ancient Campidoglio.
You will be astonished by the daring lines of a style that, from the late 17th century, transformed Turin into one of the capitals of Baroque art. Magnificent royal residences and imposing church domes bear witness to the greatness of architects such as Guarino Guarini, Filippo Juvarra, and Ascanio Vitozzi.
Discover the history of Italy by visiting a city that became the first capital of Italy, in 1861. Immerse yourself in the history of the period with a visit to Palazzo Carignano, where the magnificent chamber of the First Subalpine Parliament is still intact.
Consisting of forty museums, Turin can satisfy everyone’s curiosity. The Museo Nazionale del Cinema housed in the truly astounding Mole Antonelliana, proposes an unforgettable adventure in the fascinating world of movies, then, there is the GAM, which exhibits paintings by Chagall, Modigliani, Picasso, and others; and the Museo Egizio, second in the world to the one in Cairo for the quantity and importance of the objects conserved.
Inside the Cathedral, Turin conserves one of the most important items for the Christian religion, the Holy Shroud, or sheet that supposedly had been wound around the body of Christ.
The tour starts at the Red Square, in the heart of the city, after observing St. Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin Mausoleum, The State Historical Museum, and other sights of the area. We move along the Moskva River embankment while we enjoy views of the Kremlin and continue to the Cathedral of The Christ the Savior, New Maidens, Convent, and Moscow State University. A visit to the Sparrow Hills observation spot provides a spectacular view of Moscow. We continue our journey to the Memorial Complex at Poklonnaya Hill and Victory Park, Triumphal Arch, Kutuzov Avenue, New Arbat, Boulevard ring, Pushkin Square, Tverskaya street, and end the tour at Manezhnaya Square.Kremlin and the Cathedrals
Moscow Kremlin is a unique architectural ensemble and famous for the ancient Sobornaya (Cathedrals) Square. Cathedrals: Cathedral of the Annunciation, Assumption Cathedral, where Russian tsars and imperators were crowned; Cathedral of the Archangel was a burial place for Grand Princes, Church of the Deposition of the Robe, the Patriarch’s Chambers, and Ivan the Great Bell Tower. The world-famous Tsar Canon and Tsar Bell became symbols of Moscow. At the Senate Square, buildings are visible of former Senate and Arsenal (Monument of architecture of Peter the Great time). The Great Kremlin Palace used to be a residence of Russian tsars and imperators; nowadays, it is the residence of the Russian president.Kremlin and Armory Museum
The world famous museum-treasury occupies the specially constructed building of the nineteenth century. This unique collection includes ancient state regalia, gold and silver utensils, tsars' apparels, sacerdotal robes, weapons, luxury carriages and harness.
Amsterdam has a broad spectrum of recreational and cultural sights that range from fascinating old buildings, like the Oude Kerk, to oddities such as the Hash Marihuana Museum.
Museums are the main tourist attraction in Amsterdam. Everyone knows the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Stedelijk Museum, but there is much more. Amsterdam has over fifty museums attracting millions of visitors every year. Read further about the museums in Amsterdam.Amsterdam's Top Attractions
Among Amsterdam’s most visited attractions are the National Maritime Museum, Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, Museum Amstelkring, and the Anne Frank House. The following sites are also an essential part of the Amsterdam experience.Oude Kerk
This old church with little houses attached to its sides, remains a calm heaven in the heart of the frenetic Red Light District. The sailors used the buildings to get their bearings. They especially chose the Gothic-Renaissance style octagonal bell tower.Begijnhof
A narrow, vaulted passageway leads to this charming garden surrounded by old houses. The houses in the courtyard were once occupied by devout celibate Béguine nuns and are still home to single women today. In the center of the lawns is a medieval church and at No.34 stands the oldest home in Amsterdam. The entrance is on the Spui and is indicated by a carved sign. Entry is free.Dam square
The Dam is the very center and heart of Amsterdam, although there are arguably prettier sights in the city. As an historical site however, it is fascinating and worth taking the time to appreciate. The Dam has seen many historical dramas unfold over the years, and served for example, as the reception area for Napoleon and his troops during the 1808 take-over of the city. The impressive history of the square is well documented in the Amsterdam Historical Museum. The Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis), which dominates the square, was originally used as the town hall, and its classical façade and fine sculptures were intended to glorify the city of Amsterdam and its government. In contrast to its turbulent history, the square is now a peaceful place and home to hundreds of pigeons and tourists who stop to rest.Magere Brug
The Magere Brug, or "Skinny Bridge" is the most famous of Amsterdam’s bridges. It is a traditional double-leaf, Dutch draw-bridge connecting the banks of the river Amstel. Approximately every twenty minutes, the bridge opens to let boats through. The original bridge was built on 1670, but as the traffic on Amstel increased, a wider bridge was built to replace the narrow one.Artis Zoo
Right in the center of Amsterdam, you will also find the oldest zoo in Holland. It consists of four main areas: Zoo, Planetarium, Botanical Gardens, and Geological and Zoological Museum. The zoo has animals from all over the world. In addition, a unique canal aquarium shows which animals roam the canals of Amsterdam. The planetarium offers children a trip through the universe. In the peaceful gardens, you can find many old trees and statues of contemporary artists as well as an impressive tropical rainforest greenhouse. The geological museum shows how the planet has evolved over the past four billion years.Condom Shop Het Gulden Vlies
This shop is a kingdom of condoms. It has all colors, shapes, sizes, and flavors. Some are even hand painted and are for decoration only. You can find a surprising amount of information and books about our rubber friend, and there is even a small condom museum.Amsterdam's Canals
Many visitors to Amsterdam are surprised by the sheer amount of water in the city. There are an enormous number of canals and have led Amsterdam to become known as “The Venice of the North”. Therefore, a trip to Amsterdam is not complete without a boat-ride. A canal-tour can be both fascinating and relaxing by day and enchanting and romantic at night when many of the houses and bridges are illuminated.
The four main city center canals are Prinsengracht, Herengracht, Keizersgracht,and Singel. There are also numerous smaller canals, of which the Brouwersgracht, the Bloemgracht, and the Leliegracht are especially pleasant.Jordaan
Once a working class area, Amsterdam’s Jordaan has become a greatly sought after spot. The converted warehouses are especially popular and now inhabited by a mixture of students, well-to-do businessmen, and creative professionals.
Jordaan oozes visual delight and atmosphere with its narrow streets, picturesque canals, brown cafes, art galleries, and unique shops. You can easily lose yourself in a pleasant stroll through the enchanting streets that connect the three main canals.Leidseplein
The Leidseplein or Leidse-square is one of Amsterdam’s most popular centers for nightlife with many restaurants, clubs, coffee shops, cinemas, and theatres making it vibrant and colorful. On warm summer evenings, tourists and locals alike take advantage of the pubs’ outdoor seating for drinks with friends. Street musicians, jugglers, fire-eaters, and other performers enliven the square till the early hours.Rembrandtplein
Rembrandtplein is a tourist magnet lined with pubs, restaurants, cafes, and hotels. A popular center for nightlife, it also includes traditional Dutch pubs which play real Dutch music. In summer, the terraces are packed with people enjoying a drink and watching the world go by. In the center of the square is a small but pleasant park where you can relax or pay homage at the statue of the Great Master. Around the area you’ll also find quality night clubs, gay venues, respectable diamond dealers, and the inevitable tacky souvenir shops.Vondelpark
The Vondelpark is located in the south of Amsterdam, just a five minute walk from the Leidseplein and in walking distance from the Rijksmuseum, Stedlijk Museum, and Van Gogh Museum. With ten million visitors a year, the Vondelpark is the most famous park in the Netherlands.Albert Cuyp Market
The Albert Cuypmarkt is arguably is the best-known and busiest outdoor market in Europe. It attracts thousands of visitors every day and is especially popular on Saturdays. There are over three hundred stalls and goods that range from fresh produce, clothes, to odds and ends, with prices among the cheapest in Amsterdam. The market is located in the Pijp district, surrounded by many pleasant cafes and small shops.
Half-day tour to discover Lisbon stopping first at the top of Edward VII Park – Marquês Pombal Square – Avenida da Liberdade – Downtown Rossio (Main square) – Lisbon’s Cathedral – St. George’s Castle – Alfama District – Jeronimos Monastery (Classified as World Patrimony by UNESCO) – Belem Tower – Discoveries Monument and the newest Lisbon area (The Nations park with its impressive Oceanarium).Tour # 2 - Sintra – Cascais – Estoril
Half-day tour to discover the romantic Sintra (Classified as world heritage by UNESCO) and stopping first at the Sintra's Historical Centre – Cascais (Glimpse of the fishing port) – Estoril (Glimpse of the casino and its gardens) – Back to Lisbon drive via the coastal road known as "The Portuguese Riviera".Tour # 3 - Fátima and Return
Half-day tour to visit the Fátima Sanctuary known as one of the most important Catholic shrines in the world and also the village where the miracle of the sun took place.Tour # 4 - Sintra – Cascais – Estoril
Full day tour to discover the romantic Sintra (Classified as world heritage by UNESCO) with the first stop at the Queluz National Palace – Pena Palace – Sintra's Historical Centre – Cabo da Roca (The most western point of Continental Europe) – Guincho Beach- Cascais (Glimpse of the fishing port) – Estoril (Glimpse of the casino and its gardens) – Back to Lisbon drive via the coastal road known as "The Portuguese Riviera".Tour # 5 - Fátima – Batalha – Nazaré – Alcobaca – Óbidos
Full-day tour to discover the charm of the countryside; the first stop is at Fátima Sanctuary (One of the most important Catholic sanctuaries in Europe) – Batalha Monastery (Classified as World Patrimony by UNESCO) – Nazaré (The most typical fishing village in Portugal) – Alcobaca Monastery (Classified as World Patrimony by UNESCO) – Óbidos (A small and well preserved village surrounded by walls).Tour # 6 - Sesimbra – Setubal – Palmela (The Three Castles Tour)
Full-day tour to discover the Three Castles Route; starts crossing the river Tagus by the 25 of April Bridge – Cabo Espichel Promontory – Sesimbra Castle – Azeitão (Stop for a wine taste and visit an old factory where you will see hand-made glazed tiles) – Arrãbida Mountain – Setubal (St. Felipe Castle and Town) – Palmela Castle – Back to Lisbon crossing the river Tagus by the Vasco da Gama Bridge.Tour # 7 - Évora
Full-day tour to discover the Cork land; starts crossing the river Tagus by the 25 of April Bridge – Drive through the Alentejo’s Cork Forest – Évora (A town classified as World Heritage by UNESCO) – Évora's Cathedral – St. Francisco Church – Bones Chapel – Roman Temple Ruins – Évora Historical Centre – Back to Lisbon crossing the river Tagus by the Vasco da Gama Bridge.Tour # 8 - Lisbon Lights and Sights by Night
Discover Lisbon by Night with a three hour tour starting at the top of Edward VII Park – Marquês Pombal Square – Avenida da Liberdade – Downtown Rossio – Lisbon's Cathedral – St. George's Castle – Jeronimos Monastery – Belem Tower- Discoveries Monument – Bairro Alto District (Stop for a wine taste at Port Wine Institute).Tour # 9 - Estoril by Night
Discover Estoril by night with a three hour tour starting at the top of Edward VII Park – Marquês Pombal Square – Estoril Casino and its gardens – Back to Lisbon via the well illuminated coastal road known as "The Portuguese River".
Barcelona is a two thousand year old city that has served previously on worldwide celebratory occasions providing the opportunity for lasting modernization. Some of these events include the universal exhibition of 1888, the international exhibition of 1929, and chosen as the official Olympic city in 1992.Sightseeing:
This tour will pick you up from your hotel and take you for an evening out on the town driving though the city streets and viewing Istanbul’s magical skyline of domes and minarets. The next stop is to a famous night club where you will enjoy an “A-La-Carte” dinner while watching a Turkish floorshow, including belly dancers, folk dancers, and songs in many languages.Tour of Ephesus
Your guide will meet you at the airport/harbor and take you to Ephesus, one of the most impressive and highly preserved archeological sites in the world. Spend the morning strolling through the streets, temples, and fountains of this ancient Metropolis. After lunch, visit the local archeological museum, The Basillica of St. John which is also a great shopping location and there will be time to indulge. Late afternoon, return to the harbor of Kusadasi to head back to your cruise ship or take a flight back to Istanbul. Please note that this trip can be combined with a trip to Pergamum which requires two days to be able to see it.The Glorious Bosphorus
This tour is organized to introduce you to the beauties of Bosphorus, the picturesque waterway separating Asia from Europe. Embarking the passenger ferry at Eminonu, you will sail past the Dolmabahce Palace and the Fortress of Rumelihisari, viewing the beautiful old wooden houses built on the shores of Bosphorus. You will disembark at Sariyer and visit the Sadberk Hanim Museum, which houses a small but comprehensive collection of artifacts from prehistoric to the late Ottoman Era.Journey to a Dreamland - Cappadocia
Take a trip to Cappadocia, the heart of Turkey to a dreamland of volcanic landscape eroded and sculpted by the forces of nature through the ages. Human beings carved their homes and shrines into the volcanic rock, creating entire villages and underground cities. Fly to Ankara where your guide will meet you at the airport and drive to Cappadocia. You will stay overnight in the area and the next day visit Goreme Valley, where early Christian communities carved their churches into the volcanic rock and decorated them with Frescones. Visit the picturesque villages of Avanos, Ushisar, and Zelve as well as the underground city of Kaymakli. Return to Ankara for the evening flight back to Istanbul.Ottoman Treasures
This tour will take you to the Topkapi Palace Museum, the imperial residence of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th until the 9th century. You will have the chance to see the jewelry, porcelain, miniature and textile collections, and various other objects of art that formally belonged to the Sultans. The tour will then take you to the Grand Bazaar, one of the most irresistible attractions of the city.Bursa
The trip to Bursa takes about three hours. Your tour includes visits to the Green Mosque and Mausoleum, The Grand Mosque, and the Old Silk Market. You will have lunch at a restaurant serving famous Bursa specialty, The Iskender Kebab. The fifth largest city of Turkey, Bursa was once the capital of Ottoman before they captured Istanbul. Originally called the Prusa after its founder, Prusias I (BC 228-185) the city was incorporated into the Roman Empire in BC 74. Prosperous under the Romans and early Byzantines, the city suffered badly from the Arab raids in the 7th and 8th centuries and was conquered in 1324 by the Ottomans. Bursa was always famous for its mineral springs, production of silk, and other textile products such as velvet and towels. Kaftans, and many valuable textile products were produced in the imperial workshops.Istanbul: Europe and Asia
This tour will take you across the Bosphorus Bridge to Asia. You will drive up from the Camlica Hill for a superb panoramic view of Istanbul. Then the tour will continue to the Beylerbeyi Palace, the summer residence of the Ottoman Sultans on the shores of Bosphorus followed by an orientation drive across the Bosphorus Bridge to your hotel.Imperial Mosques and the Church of the Divine
Driving across the golden Ghorn over the Ataurk Bridge and passing the Aqueduct of Valens, this tour will take you to the Suleymaniye Mosques built in the 16th century by the famous architect Sinan. The tour will then proceed to the Blue Mosque and the old Hippodrome. The next stop will be St. Sophia, the Church of Divine Wisdom. The route back to your hotel will take you along the harbor of the city and the famous Galata Bridge.Special Tours of the Princess Islands
Embarking the passenger ferry at Eminonu, this tour will begin with a short leisurely journey at sea. As you make your way to the islands, you will have a magnificent view of Istanbul’s magical skyline adorned by the domes and minarets of the imperial mosques. Stopping briefly at Kinali, Burgaz, and Heybeli islands, you will finally get off at Buyukada, the largest island. After touring the island by horse and carriage, lunch can be enjoyed at a seaside restaurant.
Kusadasi is a major and important port by the Aegean Sea for all the big and small luxurious cruise ships cruising the islands.
Ephesus, the capital of Asia Minor, is only six miles from the harbor and we provide guided tours starting from the harbor that visit all the important sights of the area. The importance of Ephesus was confirmed when the Virgin Mary and St. John the Baptist arrived after Christ was crucified. She lived and died there, so did St. John the Baptist.
Today the Virgin Mary shrine can be visited along with St. John the Baptist at a burial ground located in the St. John’s Cathedral. Visiting the city of Ephesus is a lifetime experience.
Depart by car early in the morning from Istanbul driving along the shores of the Sea of Marmara. Have lunch in the small town of Gallipoli, located on the Dardanelles, the famous strait known as Hellespont in Antiquity. Take a ferry across to Asia and visit Troy, Homer’s legendary city. Wander along its walls and remember the great heroes who fought at the Siege of Troy. During the afternoon, visit the World War I battlefields and cemeteries of the Gallipoli peninsula. Drive back to Istanbul in the evening.
A formal ceremony in which guards are replaced at the end of their duties with new guards while doing their routine inspections.Big Ben
Big Ben is the nick name for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the palace of Westminster in London, measuring 315 ft high (96.0 m). Also known as the Elizabeth tower in tribute to queen Elizabeth II in her diamond jubilee year was design for a new palace after the old palace of Westminster was destroyed in a large fire in 1834.Westminster Abbey
One of the most notable religious building in the UK. This is also the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English and later British monarchs. Built between 1042 and 1052 ordered by King Edward the confessor to provide himself a royal burial church.London Eye
Giant Ferris wheel on the south bank of the river Thames in London. Its structure of 135 meters (443ft) tall and 120 meters (394ft) in diameter surpassed the star of Nanchang in 2006, the Singapore flyer in 2008 and the high roller in Vegas in 2014. The London eye was opened by the Prime Minister Tony Blair on December 31st in 1999 but not open to the public until March 9th 2000. It holds 32 sealed capsules with a capacity of 25 people per capsule with a speed of 0.9 km/h or 0.6 mph.London bridge
Replacing a 19th century stone arched bridge taking the place of a 600 year old medieval structure. This bridge crosses the river Thames dividing the traditional city of London and the more relaxed and creative bankside. It has the longest history being the only bridge over London river until 1792.Tower of London
Her majesty’s royal palace and fortress located on the north bank of the river Thames in central London. Built by William the conqueror in 1078 symbolizing the oppression. This castle was used a prison from 1100 until 1952 even thou it was not the primary purpose. It was besieged several times and controlling it has been important to controlling the country. It serves as an armoury, treasury, menagerie, home of the royal mint, public record office and the crown jewels of England.St. Paul’s cathedral
An Anglican cathedral, seat of the bishop of London and the mother church of the diocese of London. It is located on the ludgate hill at the highest point in the city of London. It’s the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1962 with 365 ft (111m) in height.