In-Depth Cultural Experiences
Comfortable pace with more time for visits and enjoying cultural experiences. An exclusive feature of Splendors of Europe
SPLENDORS OF EUROPE tours are carefully designed to maximize your cultural enjoyment, and minimize the strain of traveling. We provide in-depth cultural experiences daily at a comfortable pace.
With SPLENDORS OF EUROPE you actually visit the sites listed in the itinerary. Believe it or not, some tour operators list "drive bys" and brief "photo stops" of famous sites in their itinerary but don’t take you inside!
Concert photo credit Kur- und Verkehrsverein, St. Moritz
We only list sites we actually visit. Our regional approach to tour design, use of high speed trains, andlimited hotel changes greatly reduces travel time and travel strain. Our advanced reservations and ticket purchases also save you time and trouble avoiding the need to wait in long lines, and admission to all sites on our itineraries is always included
These important differences maximize the opportunity for you
to enjoy the culture, the charm, the character, the people, and all the unique
qualities that make our destinations so special.
Site Visits With Guides
With the help of our escorts and local guides, you will personally explore grand palaces, impressive castles, famous châteaux, charming medieval towns, fabulous museums and scenic vistas. We show you around the most interesting and famous aspects of each site. Some sites are better enjoyed with a local expert guide. When we utilize a local guide, their services are included. If you choose, you may explore most sites unescorted on your own.
Chateau Photo Credit Tim Sackton
The Grand and the Petite
Of course you will visit the truly grand and famous sites of each region. You’ll be impressed. But that’s not all. We have carefully planned each itineraryso you will also personally visit locations that epitomize the unique character and flavor of each region.
We visit the small, peaceful and charming venues not frequented by tourists. You will spend tranquil time in serene settings savoring the ambiance and satisfying your soul. You’ll feel the history and you’ll feel what it’s like to live there.
Rich Cultural Experiences
On a SPLENDORS OF EUROPE tour, you’ll experience the local
culture first hand, up close and personal. You will meet resident experts and
with the help of your escorts, engage in interesting discussions. Depending on
the tour, you will meet talented artists, wood carvers, pottery makers, stone
carvers, wine makers, barrel makers, violin makers, historians, curators,
chateaux owners, chefs and balloon pilots.
It’s these personal experiences that
you’ll cherish more than any other. Touring with us, you won’t experience Europe
through a bus window.
Our friendly escorts personally communicate with you in clear
English. Our comments are not some canned monologue lecture but a very friendly
interactive discussion as our small group size lets you ask questions and
personally interact with your escorts. We don’t overload you with academic facts
and figures about each site either. We’ll explain the significance and the
highlights in a way that makes the visit more interesting. When a site offers a portable prerecorded audio device, we
include it with your admission.
Balance of Natural and Man Made Splendor
We’ve designed our tours to provide contrast and balance between the magnificence of Mother Nature, and the elegance of mans creations.
We visit the regions most attractive gardens, lakes, and mountains as well as the most exciting monuments, architecture, art, and restaurants.
We think you’ll agree that each SPLENDORS OF EUROPE tour is a masterpiece of design and execution.