Boulevard de la Croisette
Cannes is world-famous for its glamorous international film festival. Its Boulevard de la Croisette, curving along the coast, is lined with sandy beaches, upmarket boutiques and palatial hotels. This area teems with movie stars during festival time.
Cimetière du Grand Jas (Grand Jas Cemetery
Truly a garden city, over half of the public areas in Cannes are green spaces including the Grand Jas Cemetery. Steeped in history, the terraced cemetery is ornately landscaped and offers stunning views of the city.
Old town Suquet is a pleasant change from the rest of Cannes. Cannes was built on a hill to be protected against the major threats of the time. The Suquet, which means “mound” in Provençal, is located to the west of the bay. The more courageous will climb the one hundred steps of the old Saracen tower to admire the most beautiful panorama of the bay of Cannes.
Steeped in 700 years of Grimaldi royal history, Monte Carlo’s seaside location is stunning, tucked between French medieval villages and the Alps. A playground for the rich and famous both celebrity and royalty, the harbor hosts the most magnificent yachts in the world. Designer boutiques, elegant restaurants and luxury cars abound in this sun-kissed resort city
Casino de Monte-Carlo
The opulent Casino de Monte-Carlo attracts an international clientèle thanks to history, legendary décor and full range of table games and slot machines. Noted as a backdrop for many films, the casino has a reputation for attracting the high-rollers. Since opening in the 1850’s, the Casino has been a major source of income for the House of Grimaldi and the Monaco economy.
Opéra de Monte-Carlo
With the lack of cultural diversions available in Monaco in the 1870s, Prince Charles III decided to include a concert hall as part of the casino. The main public entrance to the hall was from the casino, while Charles III's private entrance was on the western side. It opened in 1879 and became known as the Salle Garnier, after the architect Charles Garnier who designed it.
Palais Princier de Monaco
The official residence of the Prince of Monaco, the palace has a long and often dramatic history since it has been bombarded and besieged by many foreign powers. A blend of architectural styles; from its ancient fort origins to the Renaissance era façade, the Palace reflects the history not only of Monaco, but of the family which has celebrated over 700 years of rule from the same palace.
This 17th century aristocratic building is now home to a musical instrument museum. Stroll through the historical building’s ornately decorated rooms while viewing the museum’s collection of over 500 instruments that date back to the 1500s.
Climb the stairs or take the elevator to the top of Castle Hill to enjoy a 360 degree view of Nice and the Mediterranean Sea.
Musée National Marc Chagall
This museum features the works of French-Belarussian-Russian artist Marc Chagall. His large, colorful paintings pioneered the modernism movement and are sure to linger in your memory. Chagall designed the layout of the museum himself, which enhances the experience of visiting this museum.
The Nice Observatory
The observatory, located on Mont Gros and built in 1881, offers great views of the city of Nice. Learn about the history of astronomy and walk along a forest trail to see a fantastic view of the Mediterranean.
Opened in 1826 by Ludwig I, the Alte Pinakothek (Old Picture Gallery) represents the pinnacle of the Emperor's achievements as a collector.
One of the oldest English-style landscape gardens and one of the largest municipal parks in Europe, the Englischer Garten is a must visit while in Munich. Visit the Chinese pagoda with adjoining beer garden, the Monopteros Greek temple, a river and a boating lake. Visitors can also attend a traditional tea ceremony in the Japanese tea house.
Marienplatz, Munich's main square was founded by Henry the Lion in 1158. Once a market, it is now a major tourist attraction. People marvel at the gothic facade of the town hall. Your tour director will take you to hear the bells in the town hall tower. The ringing of the bells is accompanied by a 'glockenspiel' depicting a medieval dance and the wedding of Duke William V and Renata von Lothringen.
Built for the 1972 Olympic Games, the Olympic complex is now used for a variety of leisure activities ranging from sports events to concerts or just touring the park.
For a BMW enthusiast it is one of the highlights of a visit to Germany. Since its opening in 1973, the BMW Museum has been a place that documents the history of BMW and places it in the context of the present and future. The stated aim of the museum is to fascinate visitors with exciting topics about mobility, communication and society.
Mirabell Palace and Gardens
Now housing the city administration offices, this once elaborate architectural feat still retains its original marble staircase. The staircase banisters were carved by Raphael Donner and feature hundreds of cherubs that lead to the Marmorsaal. The Marmorsaal, a gold and marble great hall, is used for weddings and special musical events. The palace grounds feature the most scenic gardens, fountains, reflecting pools and spectacular views of the city.
Home to the child musical prodigy, this historical building is where Wolfgang Mozart spent his early years. On display are his violin, a spinet, and sheet music from his childhood. Also on exhibit are model sets, which visually depict the staging of his musical compositions, and additional opera memorabilia.
Alte Carolino Augusteum-Volkskundemuseum
Overlooking Hellbrunn Park, the Volkskunde Museum offers a folk collection assembled by Prince-Archbishop Markus Sittikus in 1615. The displays, spread over three floors, reflect a cross-section of local folk art and depict popular religious beliefs, folk medicine, and the traditional costumes of Land Salzburg.
The celebrated glockenspiel with its 35 bells stands across from the Residenz. You can hear this 18th-century carillon at 7am, 11am, and 6pm. The ideal way to hear the chimes is from one of the cafes lining the edges of the Mozartplatz while sipping your favorite beverage.
The stronghold of the ruling prince-archbishops before they moved downtown to the Residenz, this fortress towers 122m (400 ft.) above the Salzach River on a rocky dolomite ledge. The massive fortress crowns the Festungsberg and literally dominates Salzburg. Guided tours are available, purchased with a combined ticket of admission and tour.
St. Mark's Square
Piazza San Marco or St. Mark's Square is Venice's most famous square. What appears to be a rectangle is actually a trapezium, and when you look up at the basilica, the piazza seems very large, although it is only 175m long. On both sides of the piazza are the ‘Procuratie’ buildings which housed the procurators of San Marco.
For a long time this was the only way to cross the Canal Grande. A previous bridge was replaced by this one, designed by Antonio da Ponte, built 1554-1591. You find a variety of shops on the bridge selling souvenirs.
Basilica di San Marco – Campanile
You get a splendid view from the tallest bell tower in Venice. Even though the tower was erected at the beginning of the 20th century, it is an exact replica of the original 15th-century bell tower. In 1609, Galileo Galilei exhibited his telescope here, and during the carnival, the bell tower used to serve as a stage for the tight rope-walkers who entertained the doge with their acrobatics.
Best known of all Florence's sights, this bridge was the only one spared by the retreating Germans in 1944. Over the centuries flooding took its toll and only a few traces of the 10th-century bridge remain. Built in the middle of the 14th-century, it was originally filled with a variety of shops that included wool merchants and green grocers. Grand Duke Fernandino I had these replaced with goldsmiths to gentrify royalty's route to Pitti Palace, reached via the Vasari Corridor that passes over the bridge.
The Medici family reserved rooms for their prestigious collection during use of the gallery as the magistrate's court in the 1700s. The gallery contains works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio and Botticelli. The corridors which feature ceilings with splendid frescoes are lined with Roman and sixteenth-century sculptures. We advise that you make reservations BEFORE your arrival in Florence if you wish to visit the Uffizi Gallieries.
The Accademia Gallery is best-known for Michelangelo's "David" placed there after four centuries in Piazza Signoria. It is housed in a specially constructed hall. Other works by Michelangelo include some of his 'Slave’ series and his sculpture of San Matteo. You can also find an impressive collection of paintings from the 13th to16th-centuries. Among the gallery's most important works are: a Sienese School Crucifix from the 13th-century, 24 panels by Taddeo Gaddi representing scenes from the life of Christ and St Francis and Giovanni da Milano's Pietà.
Piazza del Duomo
The legendary duomo is famous for its dome: Brunelleschi's Renaissance masterpiece. Completed in 1436, he created a double dome shell so that the dome is entirely self-supporting. Building started in 1296 on the site of the Roman basilica of Santa Reparata of which there are still visible remains. The existing Neo-Gothic façade was added in the 19th century. Covering a massive 3600 square meters, the frescoes inside the dome depict the Last Judgement.
Take an afternoon and explore the multi-peaked mountain of Montserrat (1 hour train ride). Wander through the monastery that rests between Montserrat’s iconic peaks and pay a visit to La Moreneta, a sculpture of the Virgin Mary that some believe was carved by St. Luke.
Visit the Parc Montjuïc to enjoy its stunning views and learn about the role Montjuïc Hill has played in shaping Spain. This area was home to the World International Fair in 1929 and the Olympics in 1992. It also boasts several gardens and the Castell de Montjuïc, which played a pivotal role in some of Spain’s major wars.
This unfinished church is the life’s work of Barcelona’s favorite architect, Antoni Gaudí. Construction largely halted after Gaudí’s death in 1926 but the projected completion of the church is 2026. Sagrada Familia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was designed to mimic Spain’s iconic Montserrat.
Sant Paul del Camp
The 1000 year old church is a prime example of Romanesque architecture. Visit the adjoining abbots’ house and defunct monastery with its whimsical stone carvings.
The best way to see the Europe is by private deluxe motor coach. Door-to-door service with all the spectacular scenery in between. Our modern fleet of Mercedes, Volvos (or comparable) coaches for continental Europe are air- conditioned for your comfort. Enjoy deep-cushioned reclining lounge chairs, wide panoramic picture windows and a built-in stereophonic sound system. Our drivers are picked for their experience, skill, dependability and personality. Travelers to other exotic destinations enjoy modern mini vans or motor coaches for the transfers between each location while safari guests are transported in 4 x 4 land cruisers.
Many programs also include the fun of travel by ship from Italy to Greece or along the Rhine River, sleek trains or cable cars, private sailing yachts in the Greek Isles, bicycles in Holland, and jeeps in Dubai, just for the fun of it.
Special Destination Tours
The majority of transportation on other programs is also by private deluxe motor coach unless stated otherwise in the respective itinerary ( i.e.: mini vans in Costa Rica). Please see each tour page for exact details.
Luxury motor coach for European tours
Enjoy your journey with a professional driver at the wheel. Enjoy the scenery and view mountains and valleys, cities and villages through panoramic windows. Our luxury, air-conditioned motor coaches provide you with stylish and comfortable seats.
Eurostar train and high-speed intercity trains
Eurostar is the high-speed rail service directly linking the UK to France via the Channel Tunnel. It started operating in 1994, providing city center to city center services. Eurostar departs from London's St. Pancras Station. Fast journey times London-Paris in 2 hours 15 minutes. Journey from Paris to Nice on a TGV high-speed train in just over 5 hours. Enjoy air-conditioning and modern seats as you pass through the French countryside at up to 200 miles per hour. Other intercity trains in Europe travel at speeds of up to 125 mph featuring individual seating or in groups of four sharing a table.Travel by rail in Europe is efficient and fun.
Overnight cruise Italy – Greece
Greek ferries are used to travel from southern Italy to Greece. Departures are from Bari and Brindisi, Italy. Normal accommodations are 4-share on all vessels. Sea travel is fun and ships have amenities to make certain that you have a great time starting the moment you step on board including swimming pools, discos, bars and casinos.
Dubai land cruisers & coaches
Desert Safari includes off- road driving in the Dubai desert. The drivers are qualified to operate the 4x4 vehicles in the desert. These cars are air-conditioned and safety features include seat belts and roll bars. Six passengers can be carried per vehicle plus the driver. Off-road driving can be rather bumpy and is often compared to roller-coaster rides. Advise your tour director accordingly if you do not wish to participate in the dune bashing. Ground transportation for the city tour and city transfers are by luxury air-conditioned motor coach. Dinner cruise by Arabian ‘dhow.'
Central America & other exotic destinations - mini vans
Traveling by bus is one of the best ways to get around in these locations. Depending on group size, you will travel by mini-van or motor coach. Both are comfortable and safe means of transportation with local expert drivers. All vehicles are air-conditioned.
What to do during your free time? For more details or current local events talk to your tour director or your local city guide. They are always the best source for free-time activities and offer great tips on restaurants or local hang-outs.