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A region steeped in legend, folklore and history with dramatic fairy-tale castles, ruined abbeys, fascinating historic cities and picturesque villages. Visit the Highlands, ancient landscapes with a fascinating history, lush woodlands, windswept moors or the serene snow-capped peaks, glimmering lochs and sheltered forests of Loch Lomond or discover the secrets behind the art of whisky creation by visiting some of Scotland`s renowned distilleries and don`t forget its iconic castles.
For centuries Italy has drawn foreign visitors - mostly for its architectural, artistic, and scenic splendors. Italy can truly be all things to all people. From the passion and excitement of noisy urban crowds to the quiet, rural idyll where the traditional life can be experienced. Italy's great cities are replete with rich attractions and culture alongside some of the most pristine beaches and spectacular mountains in the world.
Spain is a country of passion, excitement and enthusiasm unlike any other in Western Europe. Madrid, the magnificent capital, Barcelona, Valencia and Seville are effervescent cosmopolitan cities with some of the best museums and galleries in Europe. Costa-style resorts take much of the coast up although cities such as Alicante, Marbella, Malaga and Mallorca's Palma retain their charm. And everywhere you can find secret hideaways with empty beaches. The best way to explore rural Spain is to visit Galicia and Asturias, the arid villages of Andalucia and the peaks of the Sierra Nevada and the Pyrenees.
Ireland is a unique country with breathtaking natural landscapes and a fascinating history. It is full of statues, monuments, dolmens, and other stone arrangements of cultural and historical significance dating back to the days of the ancient Celts. Take a glimpse into the spiritual past and present of Ireland by visiting its churches, monasteries and cathedrals. In Ireland you will also find a great variety of natural wildlife preserves, public parks and artistically-cultivated gardens.
Greece is THE land of ancient sites and architectural treasures: the Acropolis in Athens, the amphitheater of Epidaurus, the reconstructed palace at Knossos, the belly button of the cosmos at Delphi, fallen columns galore on the sacred island of Delos, and frescoed Minoan palaces on Crete. But don't expect a visit there to be a sober study of the ancient world, the Greek propensity for partying dates back to Dionysus. Then there are 1400 islands to explore. Greece is much more than what you were taught at school or the predictable summer image of glorious sunsets and sandy beaches.
France remains one of the worlds most talked-about and written-about destinations. Whether the romance of Paris sweeps you off your feet or you fall gently for the relaxed life of Provence, France is a place for lovers, and will leave you spellbound. Paris is undoubtedly one of the world's great cities, with enough monuments, museums, restaurants, theatres and shows to last a lifetime. The northern provinces of Normandy and Brittany are steeped in history while the Loire Valley is world famous for its châteaux. And there is more to explore.
Germany's landscape is straight from the Fairy tales: castles, deep dark forests and mythical rivers. The German landscapes are extraordinarily diverse, with graceful big-city appeal, small picture-postcard towns, pagan-inspired harvest festivals, a wealth of art and culture, and the perennial pleasures of huge tracts of forest, delightful castles and fine wine and beer. From Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire to the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, no other nation has molded Europe the way Germany has - for better or worse.
Portugal is one of the oldest nations in Europe and you can see that in its vast multi-cultural monumental, artistic, and archaeological heritage. Portugal offers sandy beaches, art treasures, flavorful cuisine, unique architecture (Manueline), charming handcrafts, a mild climate, and friendly people. What you will see: almond trees in the African-looking Algarve, cork forests and fields of golden wheat in Alentejo, ranches in Ribatejo, narrow, winding streets in the Alfama in Lisbon, ox-drawn carts crossing the plains of Minho, and vineyards in the Douro.
Scotland's landscape is dotted with dramatic fairy-tale castles, ruined abbeys, fascinating historic cities and picturesque villages. Edinburgh, its capital, is widely considered to be one of the most charming cities on Earth. To the west, Glasgow has grown into one of Europe's most exciting cities for culture and recreation. Inverness and Aberdeen give access to trekking across the hills of the lowlands or the rocky peaks of the Highlands and islands. But whether on the low or the high road, there's plenty to see and do in one of the world's most accessible and civilized wildernesses.
Switzerland is a pristine country of lakes, mountains and forests. The best known of the continent`s mountain ranges, the Alpine chain, runs through most of Switzerland and provides the majority of the country`s magnificent natural sights. In the summer, towns such as Interlaken become green mountain centers for walking and mountaineering, and there are few places more naturally beautiful in the whole of Europe. Zurich, Geneva, Bern and Lucerne are models of Swiss efficiency, offering a wealth of perfectly serene history. Less busy are the lakeside resorts, including fashionable Montreux on Lake Geneva.
Turkey straddles East and West, modern and traditional. Turkey bills itself, and rightfully so, as the "Cradle of Civilization," boasting more Greek ruins than Greece and more Roman archaeological sites than all of Italy. Turkey is also a major custodian of sacred sites revered by Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike, and of invaluable remnants of early Greek civilization, Byzantine majesty, and Ottoman culture and artistry. The Turkish people have an unrivalled reputation for hospitality, the cuisine is to die for, the coastline is a dream, and many Turkish cities are dotted with spectacular mosques and castles.
Visit Edinburgh (A fairy-tale setting with Edinburgh Castle looking down on a city with over ten centuries of history)and Inverness (Capital of the Highlands and one of the oldest inhabited sites in Scotland) with a rent a car.
Our most popular Scottish combo! Visit Edinburgh (fairytale setting with its medieval old town and Georgian new town); Aberdeen (marvelous museums, outstanding parks and gardens, lively nightlight and 2 miles of sandy beaches); Inverness (Capital of the Highlands and one of Scotland`s oldest inhabited sites), and Glasgow (An architectural dream: Victorian red and honey sandstone, Italianate steeples and medieval spires sit harmoniously with neo-gothic towers). Travel between them by train. This is a flexible package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
Take your vacation package in Europe into your own hands with one of our popular self-drive tours! Visit two stunning cities and explore two popular routes in Scotland! Begin your adventure with a few nights in Edinburgh (a fairytale setting with a modern, cosmopolitan twist) and then continue by rental car to Aberdeen (with its tranquil sandy beaches, museums, vibrant nightlife, and outstanding public parks). While in and between these cities take advantage of your time to explore the delightful medieval castles, and famous distilleries, which of course produce world-renowned Scottish Whisky! This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel, rental car, and activities.
The Scottish Highlands are a historic area, having once been a populated and tight knit area.
Today, the area is sparsely populated, retaining much of its original drama and beauty. The Jacobite Rulings of the 18th Century attempted to outlaw and break up the highland way of life, from the existing `Clan System` to wearing Tartan. With the onset of the Industrial Revolution people fled to major cities, and the Highlands have remained virtually unchanged since. In this fascinating vacation package, you get to visit these beautiful areas at your own leisure with a rental car.
Stay in Edinburgh (with castles, lush countryside and endearing history), Ft William (see Glen Coe and Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in Scotland), Inverness (the capital of the Highlands) and visit Drumnadrochit, Glen Urquhart, Fort Augustus, Invermoriston, Glenaffric, Strathglass and South Loch Ness. At your own leisure with a rent a car. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
Visit some of the most iconic cities of Scotland on this self-drive vacation package. First, stay in Edinburgh (known for its shopping at the Royal Mile, its haunted closes, Castle and museums), then continue to Ft. William, Inverness (the undisputed capital of the Scottish Highlands, famous for its breathtaking scenery) and lastly, Perth (the medieval capital, home to Balhouse Castle and Scone Palace) with a rent car! This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel, rental car, and activities.
Our most popular Scottish combo! Visit Edinburgh (fairytale setting with its medieval old town and Georgian new town); Aberdeen (marvelous museums, outstanding parks and gardens, lively nightlight and 2 miles of sandy beaches; the birthplace of famed Romantic author Lord Byron); Inverness (Capital of the Highlands and one of Scotland`s oldest inhabited sites) and Glasgow (An architectural dream: Victorian red and honey sandstone, Italianate steeples and medieval spires sit harmoniously with neo-gothic towers). Travel between them by Rent a car. This is a flexible package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
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