Category: Europe

Central Europe Book Recommendations

Many of our guests enjoy reading about their destination – either in advance of their trip or while traveling – as a way of adding context to their visit. Whether reading a traditional guide book, […]

Secrets of Loire Castles

Exploring the Loire Valley is very much like exploring a fairy-tale land. Castles – at once elegant and extravagant, refined and flamboyant – appear around every bend in this pristine corner of France. It was […]

Gaudi & Dali: Spain’s Modern Masters

Among the many pleasures of visiting Spain, art lovers especially revel in the ability to witness a millennium’s worth of the world’s greatest masterpieces as they explore the treasures of Museo del Prado in Madrid […]

Capturing the Stunning Beauty of Normandy

Normandy is forever etched in the mind of the world as the site of the largest military invasion by sea in history. It all unfolded during World War II along 50 miles of beaches code-named […]

France by Design: Choose the Travel Style that Suits You with Gate 1

What does your picture-perfect version of France look like? Does it feature a chocolate croissant and espresso in a Paris café within sight of the Eiffel Tower? Or perhaps the shores of Normandy, its beaches […]

Bon Appétit!

When you think of French cuisine, you might imagine elegantly trimmed plates with tiny portions served by white-gloved stuffy waiters. That image comes to mind quickly thanks to the haute cuisine movement (literally, “high cooking”) […]

Witness Italy’s Endless Treasures with Gate 1

Towering mountain peaks that plunge through emerald forests. Culture-steeped cities perched over glittering, cobalt seas. Cathedrals that soar, artwork that inspires, and cuisine that tempts the palate and then lingers on the memory—Italy is all […]

All Roads Lead Here: The Must-See Wonders of Ancient Rome

Standing outside the Roman Coliseum, you can almost hear the echoes of ancient crowds roaring through the ages. The mammoth amphitheater is one of the empire’s many architectural achievements whose remains lend an unparalleled historic […]

The Flam Railway: Where Staggering Beauty Meets Human Engineering

When a railroad was built to connect the major Norwegian cities of Bergen and Oslo, advocates and residents of the more rural region of Sogn saw an opportunity: Why not also construct an additional line […]

Tiny Titans: Iceland’s Legendary Horses

For a creature just over four feet tall, the Icelandic horse looms large in its country’s folklore. The breed arrived with the Vikings a thousand years ago and was featured in the Norse mythologies that […]