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Barcelona & Mallorca: a homage to catalonia
April 17th-26th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
We begin in Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, and Spain’s most visually striking city. As Rose Macaulay wrote sixty years ago, in The Fabled Shore, “…it gives an impression of tempestuous, surging, irrepressible life and brio.” It remains true today. We’ll spend our days exploring the Barri Gotic, the very heart of Barcelona, her outstanding museums and architecture, and take an excursion up the Costa Brava in search of Salvador Dali. Finally, a 4-night stay on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca concludes the trip with a welcome change of pace as we explore hidden villages and monasteries, winding lanes and quiet corners. From the mountains of the northwest to the fertile central plain, there is an abundance of historical and artistic treasure to occupy the discerning visitor. And of course, beautiful beaches that have made the island a haven for European tourists seeking the summer sun.
A Pilgrim's Way: Following the camino de santiago from bilbao to santiago de compostela
May 3rd-12th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
Join Discover Europe’s Gavin Miller and explore the ancient route of the Camino de Santiago in northwest Spain. Also known as The Pilgrim’s Way or Way of St. James, it has been travelled a foot by those seeking redemption since AD 1085. Starting in Bilboa where we will go to the stunning Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gehry; we will stay in hotels right along the path to get an idea of what life is like walking the Camino. With visits to the beautiful stained glass cathedral in Leon, Gaudi’s The Bishop’s Palace, and Cebreiro, a traditional Galician mountain settlement with pallozas (thatched houses), we will wind our way to Santiago where present day pilgrims celebrate the end to their 500 mile journey, with swollen feet and big smiles.
October 11th-20th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
Nothing in the world conjures up more romantic and beautiful images than the Mediterranean. Azure waters, white sands, mountain villages, and year-round sunshine combine to create a mood of tranquility and contentment that is truly irresistible. Discover Europe’s veteran courier Gavin Miller has designed a tour that explores the areas in Spain and France that he particularly loves and has come to call home. We begin in Barcelona, which, as Rose Macaulay wrote four decades ago, “gives an impression of tempestuous, surging, irrepressible life and brio.” Then, we cross the Spanish/French border, stopping at the ancient walled city of Carcassonne en route, and on into Provence, a region that intoxicates with its light and landscapes. From our base in Arles we explore the grandeur of the Roman Empire. Ancient hilltop villages beckon to be explored and a day in Avignon allows us to dance sur le pont! Our final stay is in elegant Nice, jewel of the Cote d’Azur, a city whose greatest charm is itself: the avenues, squares, markets, shops, and cafes that create an unforgettable buzz of sophistication and excitement.
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Thanksgiving in Mallorca
November 16th-25th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
This trip has been specifically designed to avoid the tourists and take in the culture of this multifaceted island! In November the weather is still warm, and the historical sites will be blessedly free of tour buses. Our base is the fabulous Gran Hotel in the historic town of Soller, set in the beautiful Tramontana Mountains. Soller is accessible to the capital, Palma, by a wonderful antique electric train that affords incredible views as it weaves up through the mountains and out the other side. We’ll celebrate Thanksgiving Mallorcan style with slow-roasted lamb at a very special restaurant up in the mountains. This year don’t spend all day in the kitchen. If you like your relatives, bring them along - if you don’t, leave them to it and join us for fun in the sun on an island paradise! Join our most popular tour guide, Gavin Miller, who will take us to many very special places on this beautiful island that he calls home.