Category: Small Group Discoveries

Turin: One of Italy’s Best Kept Secrets

Equally elegant and hip, the Piedmont capital of Turin is one of Italy’s most surprising cities. Fanciful tree-lined avenues lead to art deco cafes and Renaissance, baroque, rococo, and neoclassical facades. Splendid art galleries and opera houses serve as the cherished repositories of northern Italian culture. And public squares, neatly tended gardens, stately castles and grand palaces that were built between the 16th and 18th centuries recall Turin’s heyday as the glittering capital of the House of Savoy. Discovery Tours’ new Cinque Terre, Parma, Bologna & Lakes itinerary unveils its treasures.

Cinque Terre: Time Capsule of Old Italy

Few travel experiences match that moment when you lay eyes on your first village of Cinque Terre. Colorful clusters of houses cling to rocky slopes rising from the sea against a backdrop of emerald-green hills. […]

Nicaragua Is Ready for Its Close-Up

Nicaragua Is Ready for Its Close-Up Time is a relative concept in Nicaragua. In a matter of a few hours, you can peer into the primeval mouth of an active volcano, still bubbling after its […]

Here’s What’s Brewing in Nicaragua

It’s no secret that coffee is one of Nicaragua’s largest exports. The rich volcanic soil is among the world’s most fertile and, kissed by a warm climate, nurtures vast expanses of plantations. The coffee beans are actually seeds of the berries that grow on the coffea plant. The seeds are extracted the berries, dried, and roasted before they are shipped to your friendly local barista.

Ometepe Island: “Steeped in Slumber”

“They look so isolated from the world and its turmoil— so tranquil, so dreamy, so steeped in slumber and eternal repose.” –Mark Twain, on seeing the twin volcanoes of Concepción and Maderas on Ometepe Island […]

7 Reasons Granada Should Be on Your Travel List

Sometimes called “La Gran Sultana,” or The Grand Sultan, for its Moorish-Andalusian aura, Granada is one of Central America’s best-preserved cities. Its setting on Lake Nicaragua is stunning, and its colonial-era buildings do, in fact, […]

Food & Wine of Greece

Greece is no stranger to cuisine. In fact, it was a Greek, Archestratos, who wrote the first cookbook in history, in 320 B.C. Today, the Mediterranean diet consistently wins praise for its proven health benefits. […]

Corfu: Fit for a Queen

Ancient poet Homer praised the Greek island of Corfu as “rich and beautiful.” About 2,500 years later, the Ionian Sea gem still boasts plenty to rhapsodize about. Inland, the rolling countryside is home to quaint […]

The Spirit Soars to New Heights at Meteora

On the Plain of Thessaly, a series of sandstone pillars soar into the air more than a thousand feet above the rest of the landscape. For a band of hermitic monks in the 9th century, […]

Legacies of the Himalaya

As tourism goes, Nepal is quite young. The famously secretive Himalayan nation only opened its doors to foreigners in 1951. When it did, masses of counter-culture flower children and troops of mountaineers poured in, the […]