At once natural and refined, folksy and cultured: the combination of mountain rusticity with old-world style captivates in Central Europe. Old-World Appeal Teutonic half-timbered villages, graffiti-decorated Renaissance squares, medieval walled towns…if you're looking for old-world appeal, you've come to the right place.
Modern Britain is a tale of three countries. A visitor looking for castles and cathedrals, 'olde' pubs, rolling hills and a sense of history permeating the whole country won't be disappointed. But this damp little island positively bursts with contemporary attractions, from regenerated provincial cities with cutting-edge architecture to the best in global cuisine.
If you get it right, travelling in the bel paese (beautiful country) is one of those rare experiences in life that cannot be overrated. Bella Vita In few places do art and life intermingle so effortlessly. This may be the land of Dante, Titian and Verdi, but it's also the home of Prada, Gualtiero Marchesi and Renzo Piano.
Effortlessly chic cities balance remote forests, enchanting style gurus and wilderness hikers alike. Endless day, perpetual night. Rocking festivals, majestic aurora borealis. Scandinavia's menu is anything but bland. Outdoors The great outdoors is rarely greater than in Europe's big north.
Prepare for a roller coaster of feasts, treats and temptations as you take in Germany's soul-stirring scenery, spirit-lifting culture, big-city beauties, romantic palaces and half-timbered towns. Gastro Delights Eating well is as important to a memorable journey as captivating scenery and great architecture.
For centuries the world has wondered what to believe about Russia. The country has been reported variously as a land of unbelievable riches and indescribable poverty, cruel tyrants and great minds, generous hospitality and meddlesome bureaucracy, beautiful ballets and industrial monstrosities, pious faith and unbridled hedonism.
A small country with a big reputation, helped along by a timeless, age-caressed landscape and a fascinating, friendly people, whose lyrical nature is expressed in the warmth of their welcome. Ireland of the Postcard Yes, it exists. Along the peninsulas of the southwest, the brooding loneliness of Connemara and the dramatic wildness of County Donegal.
A richly historical land with some of the best cuisine you will ever taste, one of the world’s greatest cities and scenery from white-sand beaches to soaring mountains. An Epic History When you set foot in Türkiye (Turkey), you are following in the wake of some remarkable historical figures.
Lapped by brilliant blue water and sprinkled with sun-bleached ruins, the Greek islands will fill your imagination with mythical tales, your belly with local flavours and your soul with true relaxation. Escape You don't gingerly dip your toes into the warm Aegean; you dive in headlong. The same is true with island life.