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Reykjavik, the largest city and capital of Iceland, is the world's northernmost capital. This Scandinavian country is a land of spurting geysers, gorgeous glaciers, and dazzling waterfalls! Its lands are often a great inspiration for renowned artists and esteemed photographers. With its wide opportunities for adventure, relaxing locations and nighttime sky filled with the pink and yellow lights of the aurora, it's clear why many people are enticed to this remarkable land.
Day 1: Arrive Reykavik
Arriving into Iceland, the junction country for the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, you will be picked up and taken to your hotel. After checking in you will have some free time to explore the city on your own.
Day 2: Glacier Walk
After breakfast you will be picked up to begin your wondrous Glacier tour. Riding along Iceland's scenic south shore you will reach the Solheimajokull glacier tongue, extending down from its mother glacier; this is where you will begin your Myrdalsjokull Glacier Walk. Sitting atop of Katla Volcano, we have provided extra garments and safety equipment for you. After putting on the necessary materials and learning how to use the basic ice equipment, you will take an easy hike on the glacier (approx 3-3.5 hours). Discover incredible ice formations, ridges and crevasses along this opportunity to explore the natural and iconic landscape of Iceland. On the way back you will stop at the picturesque waterfalls of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss, said to have once been a favorite hiding place for Vikings treasure, they are now a favorite spot for major movies and leading photographers.
Day 3: Reykjavik to Fludir
This morning, pick up your rental car and take the 1.25 hour drive to Fludir, a small village set in picturesque countryside. This is an important historical site; nearby is Skålholt Cathedral, the home of one of Iceland's two bishops and a historic seat of church power for over 700 years. The Cathedral sits on a low hill, affording good views of the surrounding area. An archeological site next to the present cathedral is revealing some of the early history of this area, considered sacred by Icelandians. The Secret Lagoon is a natural pool located in the village of Fludir. It's a great place to go for a swim, but go in the early evening, after all the tour busses have left.
Day 4: Fludir to Akureyri
This morning, start your 5.5 hour drive to Akureyri, Iceland's second-largest city, in northern Iceland. After arriving, check into your hotel, then spend some time walking around this charming town. Near to the town are some geothermal features and some impressively power waterfalls. Drive along the coast and stop at Goðafoss, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland, before continuing to Dettifoss and Lake Mývatn. The lake was created by a large basaltic lava eruption 2300 years ago, and the surrounding landscape is dominated by volcanic landforms, including lava pillars and rootless vents. If time permits, stop at the hot spring area at Hverarönd in Námaskarð. Then it comes to one of the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss. Drive back to Akureyri by driving along Eyjafjordur, the fjord that leads to Akureyri.
In the evening, you will be picked up at your hotel for the two-hour Northern Lights in Akureyri Tour. You will go hunting for the dancing lights of Aurora Borealis, visible between September 1 and April 15.
Day 5: Akureyri to Reykjavik
After a leisurely morning, take the 4.5 hour drive back to Reykjavik via Road 1, the Ring Road. You will pass farms, grassy fields, birch forests and tundra-like landscape on this drive. Arrive in Reykjavik in the afternoon and turn in your rental car, then enjoy a last evening in the capital.
Day 6: Blue Lagoon and Departure
After checking out of your hotel, you'll have a shuttle transfer to Keflavik Airport with a stop at the Blue Lagoon on the way. The Lagoon is a unique natural pool of mineral rich geothermal water located in the middle of a lava field in the pure, beautiful Icelandic wilderness. The Blue Lagoon is known for its special properties and its beneficial effect on the skin and attracts visitors from all over the world in search of health, relaxation and an exotic experience. After a relaxing visit to the Lagoon, continue on the airport to begin your next adventure!
This vacation itinerary allows your group to fully appreciate the many facets of The Netherlands: 17th century canals, floating flower markets and a spectacular countryside dotted with windmills. Experience WWII history, Delft pottery – and the world's best tulip gardens. This itinerary bases your group in two distinctly different Dutch cities: the capital city of Amsterdam and the Hague, the official home to the Dutch government and the Dutch monarchs. Whether you like historic or modern, rural or urban, Edam or Gouda- this itinerary offers the best of all.
Day 1: Arrive Amsterdam
Arrive in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. After exiting customs, meet your local assistant in the terminal's arrivals hall. Your group will then travel by private coach to the hotel. Even though your group will arrive before the hotel's check-in time, feel free to store your luggage with the reception staff. There will be free time until this evening to begin exploring Amsterdam. Tonight join your fellow group members for a welcome dinner of Dutch specialties in the hotel's restaurant.
After breakfast in the hotel, your group will meet a local guide in the lobby for an exciting, full-day tour of this scenic city. (Depending on your hotel's location, the tour may be entirely on foot or partially on foot/by private coach). Approximately 800 years ago, the Amstel River was dammed, giving the town its name. Where medieval fishing boats once docked, your group will see 17th century houses, street performers and some of the city's most luxurious stores. Here in Dam Square lies the historic heart of Amsterdam. See the Royal Palace, which was originally constructed as the Town Hall. Pass the Mint Tower, with its clock and bells that still seem to echo Amsterdam's Golden Age. Also of particular interest is the 16th-century Weeping Tower, which according to legend derived its name from the sailors' wives who used to bid their husbands an emotional farewell from here.
Your group will pass the Floating Flower Market on Singel Canal, which is a stunning mass of flowers strung along the canal on permanently-moored barges. After free time for lunch, the tour will continue with a fun boat tour of Amsterdam. This is undoubtedly the best way to appreciate this city of canals. From here, the group will have a guided tour inside one of Amsterdam's best museums: The Van Gogh Museum. The tour will finish back at the hotel or in the city center if preferred. The evening is free to relax and dine in one of the city's local restaurants.
After breakfast in the hotel your group will depart on an excursion of windmills, wooden clogs and cheeses. The first stop today will be in Zaanse Schans, a neighborhood in the town of Zaandam, to admire its collection of historic windmills and its traditional craft shops. Afterwards, the group will proceed east to the lovely fishing village of Volendam. A stop at a traditional cheese farm will take place before returning to Amsterdam, where the group will have the rest of the day at leisure. Group members could consider taking a tour of the Heineken Experience to learn more about one of the Netherlands' best exports. Alternatively for those wanting to relax, consider heading to one of Amsterdam's many parks.
After breakfast in the hotel, the group will proceed to the Anne Frank House, where eight people from three separate families lived together in near total silence for more than two years during World War II. It was here that Anne wrote her famous diary as a way to deal with the boredom and her youthful jumble of thoughts, which had as much to do with personal relationships as with the war and the Nazi terror raging outside her hiding place. Afterwards, the group will have lunch together in a traditional, Dutch pancake restaurant. This afternoon the group will continue its sightseeing with a guided tour of the impressive Rijksmuseum, home to masterpieces of Holland's Golden Age, including some of Rembrandt's best works.
Day 5: Arrive The Hague
After breakfast & checkout, the group will travel west to the lovely city Haarlem, where it will have a walking tour followed by free time for lunch. (Groups interested could tour the Corrie ten Boom Museum while in Haarlem). Afterwards, continue south to the city of Lisse to tour the legendary Keukenhof Gardens where vast numbers of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths create dazzling patches of color. Blooms here – at their peak- have a short but glorious season. The park is said to be the greatest flower show on earth, and it's Holland's annual spring gift to the world. (Note: Keukenhof is only open from March to May. For groups traveling outside of that time, a guided tour of the city of Leiden is recommended).
After touring either Keukenhof Gardens or Leiden, the coach will proceed south to The Hague, our base city for the next three nights. The Hague is home to the Dutch monarchy (three royal palaces are located here), Parliament and the Supreme Court. On an international level, The Hague is home to the majority of the foreign embassies, the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. Upon arrival, group members will check in and have free time to freshen up before dining together in the hotel.
After breakfast in the hotel, the group will begin with a guided tour of The Hague with admission included inside the 13th century Knights' Hall. Today a political building, this beautiful structure was originally constructed as a castle for Dutch nobility. After free time for lunch, the group will proceed to the lovely city of Delft, which is famous as home to the handcrafted, blue & white pottery. Your group will have a guided tour of the factory and free time afterwards to explore Delft before returning to the hotel in the late afternoon. The evening is free to enjoy The Hague.
After breakfast the group will travel to the Netherlands' second largest city, Rotterdam, which contains one of the largest ports in the world. Full of wonderfully modern architecture and beautiful city planning, the group will have a guided city tour. See the spectacular gardens of the Arboretum Trompenburg as well as the Museumpark, the Nationale Nederlanden, the World Trade Center, the Cube Houses – and the Erasmusbrug & Nieuwe Willemsbrug bridges. There will be time for lunch on your own and shopping before returning to The Hague. Farewell group dinner in a local restaurant.
After an early breakfast, the group will drive by private coach to Schiphol Airport for its return departure flight to the USA.
This inspiring itinerary covers over 4,000 years of history - impressive castles, fairy tale cottages, breathtaking gardens, and delicious food. Delight in some of the very best England has to offer as you are driven by private chauffeur and enjoy behind-the-scenes tours and exclusive experiences along the way.
Upon arrival in London, clear customs and meet your driver in the arrivals hall and head off through the West Country. In Salisbury you will marvel at mysterious Stonehenge before continuing on to the beautiful city of Bath. After a delicious dinner, bed down for your well earned rest in a gorgeous hotel right in the middle of town.
After a full English breakfast, visit the magnificent Roman Baths and have a chance to sample the healing properties of the water for yourself. Your chauffeur will meet you and take you on a beautiful drive up through the Cotswolds - an exquisite 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' where the fairy tale cottages are made from warm, honey colored stone and flowers tumble across garden walls and clamber up chimneys. Your driver will bring you to the delightful village of Tetbury where you will enjoy a private tour of the stunning gardens of the Highgrove Estate, home of HRH The Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. Complete your day with a stay in the beautiful village of Bibury as you listen to the babbling river flow outside your window.
In the morning after a walk along the river or perhaps a visit to the Bibury Trout Farm, your driver will bring you to the stunning birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace where you will have a tour of the State Rooms followed by afternoon tea in the Orangery. After tea, enjoy a walk around the extensive gardens - keep an eye out for some of Capability Brown's famous 'views' of the Palace! Once you are ready, meet your driver to continue on to the stunning Malvern Hills. Stay in a charming hotel high on the side of the hill and enjoy the 30 mile views across the countryside as you enjoy a scrumptious dinner al fresco. It was this view that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien for the Lord of the Rings - Middle Earth to the East, the Shire to the West, and in the distant black mountains - Mordor.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast and grab your picnic lunch from the hotel as you head out for a stunning 4 mile hike north across the hills to the Worcester Beacon - the highest point in the Hills. From here you will have a fantastic panorama of the English countryside - across the Severn valley, Vale of Evesham, the Cotswolds, the Welsh Black Mountains, to the Bristol Channel and Cathedrals of Worcester, Gloucester and Hereford.
Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure and have dinner at one of many delicious places - although we must recommend the Fleet Twyning, a lovely riverside inn with beautiful gardens.
Today your driver will take you through the countryside to the beautiful city of Oxford. Enjoy a walking tour of some of the city's most impressive sights - from the Bodleian Library to the Radcliffe Camera - Oxford is beautiful around every turn. In the afternoon, after tea, you can try your hand at the traditional pastime of punting along the canal - or hire a punter and just enjoy the views. After a hearty dinner at a local pub, take a stroll around the city again as everything looks so beautiful lit up at night.
This morning, settle into your first class seat on the train for the ride to London. Head straight to Fortnum & Mason to peruse their fantastic array of food, candy and tea. Head to the first floor and make yourself a hamper full of delicious food (don't forget a bottle of English sparkling wine) and have yourself an elegant picnic lunch in nearby Green Park or St. James's Park as both overlook Buckingham Palace. In the afternoon enjoy a tour of the Houses of Parliament and Westmister Abbey. Enjoy dinner in a traditional Gastro Pub and get to bed early or head out to the theater for one of the famed West End shows. Follow up with dinner at Duck and Waffle - you really can't beat the view from the 40th floor restaurant.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel or at the positively decadent birthplace of the eggs benedict - the Wolseley. A short walk from here will bring you back to Buckingham Palace for your tour of the State Rooms. Marvel at the magnificence of Her Majesty's public rooms and make sure to pick up some of the fantastic souvenirs! Spend the rest of the day at your leisure - strolling through Hyde Park, sipping tea at the Ritz, or stand in awe of the masterpieces in the National Gallery off Trafalgar Square.
After breakfast, pack your bags and say goodbye to London. Your driver will pick you up and take you to the airport for your flight home. And if you're flying through Heathrow, make sure to stop by Fortnum and Mason at the airport to stock up on any chocolates or biscuits you want to bring home!
While Croatia may be a relatively new destination for American travelers, Europeans have been enjoying its beautiful beaches, cities, parks, local wine and delicious food for centuries. This itinerary gives you just under two weeks to extensively explore the treasure that is this beautiful country. While not large in size, Croatia is absolutely mammoth in terms of historical and cultural value. Its vivid past includes Greek colonies, the Roman Province of Dalmatia, the medieval maritime Republic of Ragusa, the Hapsburg monarchy, the Ottoman Conquest – and more recently, the former Yugoslavia. Geographically-speaking, you'd be hard-pressed to find a vacation destination with as many fantastic national parks, turquoise beaches, breathtaking coastline, thousands of islands (and good seafood), hills, fjords, amazing lakes, mountains and vineyards. This itinerary will show you the best of Croatia, and while there you'll realize that the friendliness of the Croatians ranks right up there with the nature, seafood, wine and history.
Arrive in the historic city of Split, the second largest city in Croatia and a major port city on the Adriatic Sea. Split's city center features the ruins of the magnificent Diocletian's Palace, a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 3rd century by the Romans. Upon arrival to the Split Airport, you will be met in the arrivals hall and accompanied to the hotel. Depending on your flight arrival time and energy level, spend this afternoon either visiting the Mestrovic Gallery, going for a swim at Bacvice beach, or simply have free time to begin exploring Split. Enjoy your dinner tonight either in the hotel or in a local restaurant. Consider trying some of the delicious, traditional seafood dishes paired with local Croatian wine.
After breakfast, your local guide will meet you in the lobby for a morning sightseeing tour of Split's historic core. Located in the center of the Dalmatian coast and nestled between the mountains and sea, Split has fantastic ruins to be visited that date to the end of the 3rd century during the reign of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. On your guided tour, you will see the impressive ruins of the emperor's palace complex including the Temple of Jupiter and the Cathedral of St. Domnius. During your tour, your guide will also show the lovely medieval square of Brace Radic Trg and the Riva promenade. The tour will finish in the historic center and the remainder of the day is free to visit Split on your own. Continue sightseeing, shop, or relax on the beach.
After breakfast, your local guide will once again meet you in the lobby for a full-day of exciting sightseeing by private car. You'll begin by traveling to the outskirts of Split to the ancient city of Salona. Salona was the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia, and long before that it was the site of a major Greek market. This morning you will see some of its impressive Roman ruins. Afterwards, you will travel a short distance to the absolutely beautiful town of Trogir. Upon arrival, you will have free time for lunch, followed by a guided sightseeing tour of historic Trogir. Trogir is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its historical tapestry of Greeks, Romans and Venetians – and because the town today still houses a fairytale blend of Romanesque-Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Visit inside the Cathedral of St. Lawrence. See the Clock Tower, the Loggia, the Land Gate, Kamerlengo Castle and St. Mark's Tower. After the tour you will have time to shop or explore on your own before returning to Split in the evening for dinner.
Today after breakfast your driver will meet you and take you on a beautiful drive north along the Adriatic coast to the city of Zadar. En route you will visit Krka National Park, which is located on the outskirts of the historic town of Sibenik. You'll tour this remarkable park, which is considered one of Croatia's crown jewels, and cruise to its breathtaking Skradinski Buk waterfall. After the visit, your driver will bring you to the historic center of Sibenik where you will have free time to have lunch and to go inside the Cathedral of St. James, a 15th century Gothic-Renaissance church that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From Sibenik, you will continue traveling north along the coast to the city of Zadar, your overnight base for the next two nights and another incredibly beautiful historic city along the Adriatic Coast. After checking into the hotel, enjoy free time to freshen up, relax or venture out for a leisurely stroll down Zadar's seaside "Riva" promenade.
Today you will depart for Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site world renowned for its 16 cascading, turquoise lakes that contrast beautifully with the surrounding verdant landscape. If you're a nature lover, this guided excursion will most likely be the highlight of your entire trip to Croatia. In addition to its prized lakes, Plitvice is also home to many animal species, meadows, caves and natural springs. After touring this spectacular feat of nature, return to Zadar. Tonight you may attend a classical music concert in the Church of St. Donatus, whose 9th century acoustics still continue to impress concertgoers to this day.
After breakfast meet your local guide in the lobby for a morning walking tour of Zadar's Old Town, a bastion of Gothic-Romanesque architecture. The city however is actually much older than that. In fact, Zadar was an important trading center for Phoenicians, Etruscans and the Ancient Greeks. On your guided tour you will see Zadar's ancient city walls and gates a well as Zadar's remarkable 12th century, Romanesque churches including the Church of St. Mary, the Church of St. Chrysogonus and the St. Anastasia Cathedral. Another must-see this morning includes seeing Zadar's legendary Sea Organ, whose melodies are created by the breaking waves. If time permits, you will also visit Zadar's bustling market of Dolac to see where locals come to buy produce and visit with one-another. After the tour, you will have time for a quick lunch before you driver arrives and brings you south to the picturesque city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mostar is known for its interesting blend of "East meets West."
After breakfast meet your local guide for a morning tour of Mostar's historic Old Town during which you will see the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge). This UNESCO World Heritage Site was constructed by the Ottomans during the 16th century. It is perhaps the best example of Islamic architecture in all of the Balkans. After the tour and time for a quick lunch on your own, your driver will meet you and proceed to Dubrovnik, commonly referred to as the "Pearl of the Adriatic." Arrive in Dubrovnik, one of Europe's most beautiful and best preserved walled cities. With dramatic ramparts surrounded by pristine, azure waters – the entire historic core of Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival to the hotel in Dubrovnik, check in and enjoy free time walking around this beautiful city. Enjoy dinner at a wonderful restaurant serving local seafood and wine.
Today you will enjoy a leisurely full-day tour of Dubrovnik, a city which is certain to enchant any visitor! Most of the city's top attractions reside within its historic walls. Originally settled by the Romans – Dubrovnik's Golden Age came about during the Middle Ages because of its extremely strategic location as a maritime port. The Venetians, Hapsburgs and Ottomans all coveted Dubrovnik, the seat of the Republic of Ragusa as it was then known. Its medieval past has left a strong mark on the city that you will tour today. On your guided walking tour through the Old Town, you will see the city's very scenic harbor, the Onofrio's Fountains, the 15th-century Ploce Gate, Luza Square, the Church of St. Blaise, Orlando's Column, the Sponza Palace and the Franciscan Monastery. You will go inside Dubrovnik's Baroque Cathedral - Church of the Assumption - and the Dominican Monastery & Museum. During the tour your guide will give you free time for lunch and shopping. The tour will finish in the afternoon, and the remainder of the day is free to explore Dubrovnik.
Today you have a full day at leisure to explore splendid Dubrovnik. You could check out the local scene at the Gunduliceva Poljana farmers market or stroll down the "Stradun," the pedestrian street that runs east to west through Dubrovnik's historic core. Shop for local arts & crafts. Those interested in visiting an amazing beach could take the 10-minute ferry to nearby Lokrum Island - a beautiful island inhabited by peacocks . Hike around Lokrum until you find the perfect swimming spot and don't forget to pick up some swim shoes from the stand near the marina! There are a number of sea urchins on the rocks here. The Dubrovnik Aquarium and Maritime Museum also makes for a very interesting visit.
Your guide will meet you in the lobby this morning and will lead a fantastic sightseeing excursion into the neighboring Republic of Montenegro, a nation that like Croatia – boasts a rich heritage and immense natural beauty. This stretch of the Dalmatian Coast has a very Mediterranean climate and is known for its interesting geology. Your first stop is the picture-perfect Bay of Kotor, a dramatic submerged river canyon that resembles a fjord. From here, you will proceed to the town of Cetinje, which was once the seat for the Montenegrin royals. While here, you will go inside the Orthodox Monastery of Saint Peter. Also on today's itinerary is a visit to the gorgeous islet of Sveti Stefan, a popular resort in Montenegro. After an exciting day of exploring Montenegro, drive back north along the coast to Dubrovnik.
After breakfast in the hotel, meet your local guide for another day of sightseeing. You'll begin by traveling north along the Adriatic Coast to the seaside village of Ston. From here you will drive across the Peljesac Penisula, an area well-known for its grape vineyards and wine production. In the port town of Orebic you'll board a ferry for a short voyage to the island of Korcula, which just might prove to be another favorite moment on your trip to Croatia. On the island, the Old Town of Korcula was a city of utmost importance during the Middle Ages. Defensively fortified by thick walls, for many years it was actually part of the Republic of Venice. It is even rumored to be the birthplace of explorer-merchant Marco Polo. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Korcula's best medieval attractions before returning to Dubrovnik in the afternoon.
After breakfast, meet your local guide for your final day of sightseeing in Croatia; it is sure to be a great one. Today's tour will begin with a drive to the heart of the Konavle Valley to the village of Cilipi, which is known for carefully preserved folk customs, rich national costumes and famous embroidery. You'll visit inside the Konavle Homeland Museum, which showcases many of the traditional costumes and jewelry - you might even be able to catch the villagers performance of traditional folk dances in costumes. After this visit you will continue to the coastal town of Cavtat, where your guide will provide a walking tour of this lovely, historic fishing town. See its beautiful harbor, the Rector's Palace, the city walls, the Church of St. Nicholas, the Franciscan monastery and the mausoleum of the Racic family, which was designed by Ivan Mestrovic – a famous Croatian sculptor. You will have free time here for lunch before traveling north to visit the Trsteno Arboretum, a seaside villa that's been in business for over 500 years. It is one of the oldest arboretums in this part of the world. Enjoy visiting its beautiful collection of exotic vegetation and Renaissance fountains before returning to Dubrovnik in the afternoon.
After breakfast and check-out, you will transfer by private car to Dubrovnik International Airport for your return flight home.