The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Carcassonne

It is impossible not to be completely enchanted by France’s medieval fortress town of Carcassonne. It is the perfect storybook castle. Built upon a rocky hillock, it is encircled by nearly two miles of remarkably […]

One Culture, Two Countries

Robust, hearty, and proud, the Basque region is said to have a mind of its own. By some accounts, it enjoys more autonomy than any other region in Europe. Officially, it comprises Spain’s undulating farmland […]

Bordeaux to Catalonia: A Feast of Farm-Fresh Cuisine and Stellar Wines

The Pyrenees Mountains, their snow-capped peaks soaring to the heavens, divide France and Spain like a colossal wall torn from larger-than-life mythologies. Historically and culturally, this natural border has allowed the two nations to evolve […]

Picture Perfect in Cape Town, South Africa

Table Mountain looms over the city of Cape Town, South Africa, keeping a watchful eye over the residents. Table Mountain is a prominent landmark and essential tourist attraction for visitors to the area. Hiking, biking […]

Nature and Architecture Converge at Ta Prohm in Siem Reap, Cambodia

You may recognize Ta Prohm as one of the settings for the Tomb Raider movies with Angelina Jolie. You will understand why this place was chosen as a unique setting upon arrival. This temple is a […]

A COMPLETE GUIDE TO GATE 1’S COUNTLESS RIVER CRUISE EXPERIENCES

Imagine unpacking your bag just once and settling in to your river ship cabin with an ever-changing view. You indulge in a generous array of amenities as Europe’s most charming villages, lush vineyards, bucolic landscapes, […]

Black Sea Treasures of an Ottoman Past

When you journey along Turkey’s Black Sea coast, you are tracing the routes of ancient traders. The Silk Road wound its way through this scenic region, linking the West and the East. Merchants stopped along […]

Cruise the Magnificent Turkish Riviera

Stunning hills of rock plunge into sweeping bays whose colors shift from emerald and jade to turquoise and deep blue. Sunlight glitters on the yacht-dotted water like diamonds. And a soothing Aegean warmth embraces you. […]

The Goreme Valley: A Mesmerizing Magical World

In Turkey’s Goreme Valley, remnants of a vanished society lure cultural and religious scholars, art historians, and geologists. It is rare to find such a harmonic convergence of so many facets of human civilization in […]

The Quizzical Sphinx of Memphis, Egypt

Join our optional tour while in Cairo, Egypt  to Memphis, the capital of Egypt during the Old Kingdom, founded by King Menes. Menes was the ruler of the first Egyptian dynasty and united the kingdoms […]