The Magnificent Creatures of the UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is world-renowned for its ultra-modern cities rising from desert sands. But long before glittering buildings pierced these skies, humans enjoyed productive and mutually-beneficial relationships with the region’s natural world – […]

A Perfect Specimen of Sand Sea

It is evening. All is quiet. From your private cabin, you step out onto desert sands under a sky that’s been set afire with oranges and reds by the setting sun. Sipping your glass of […]

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”) […]

Oh My, Oman! 9 Intriguing Facts About a Little Known Nation.

The beauty of exploring Oman in a small group is the opportunity it affords to really get to know a place. Here’s just a sample of the kinds of things you’ll learn about fascinating corner […]

Dubai & Abu Dhabi

Shimmering Cities Rising from Desert Sands It’s hard to believe that the ostentatious cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi were little more than backwaters on the Arabian Peninsula as little as 50 years ago. These […]

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 […]