Visit some of Europe’s most captivating cities, with their cobbled streets and markets, enjoying a huge variety of fascinating architecture and delicious cuisine. Northern Europe is about relaxing while enjoying the local culture, museums and delicacies.
Bruges is one of Europe’s most charming cities. The romantic, cobbled streets, boutique shopping all adds to the atmosphere and relaxing pace of the city. In the summer you can relax along the canal side in the peaceful, serene surroundings and in winter the hustle and bustle of the markets makes for an enchanting visit.
Copenhagen, see the bronze statue tribute to Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale “Little Mermaid”.
The splendid Kiek in de Kok in Tallinn watchtower and the magnificent domed Russian Orthodox Cathedral together with the Town Hall Square cafes are worth a visit.
Helsinki, visit the Island Fortress on Suomenlinna and the magnificent cathedral on Senate Square.
Hamburg is one of Germany’s most popular and fastest growing tourist destinations and boasts a range of museums, parks and places of interest. The Kiel Canal is a man-made canal running from Brunsbüttel to Kiel-Holtenau and almost 100km in length.
Visit the wonderful cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The country may be known for its clogs, tulips and canals, but it also offers one of Europe’s most cultured cities in Amsterdam. From the maritime museum and Anne Frank house, to the diamond factory tours and charming cobbled streets. Holland is charming, calming and colourful, none more so than Amsterdam. Here you can soak up the exquisite 17th century architecture, romantic canals and sample the local traditional cheeses in the vibrant street markets.
Russia offers a wealth of history, diversity and many cultural traditions. Escape to the past in St. Petersburg with its vast, crystalline squares and palaces, offering a glimpse of the once glittering imperial Russia. St Isaac’s Cathedral, Peterhof, Catherine Palace and the Hermitage Museum are all a must. Revel in the awe inspiring art collections in Moscow while sampling some of the delicious local cuisine.
Stockholm is splendid with its array of mazed islands, architecture and modern cafes and shops. Visit the Vasa Museum, the Royal Palace, Gothenburg to the West of Sweden, has beautiful streets, canals and parks.
The Lake District – A fantastic region, it has several stunning locations, Kendal, Keswick, Ullswater and of course Windermere, all destinations have superb scenery and marvellous views. There is an abundance of wildlife, lakes and mountain valleys; it has 16 lakes and over 150 peaks including Scafell the highest peak in England. It was to this area that the Victorians would come on holiday and famously climb with their hemp rope and tackety nail boots. The famous children’s book author Beatrix Potter and poet William Wordsworth came from this district.
London – The tower of London is a famous fortress and home to the crown jewels.
Stonehenge – The world famous UNESCO heritage site is a mysterious circular construction of massive stone slabs.
Blarney Stone – Visit Blarney castle near Cork and kiss the Blarney stone. The origins are lost in time and still debated today. Apparently kissing the stone will make you more colloquial.
Giants Causeway – This is a UNESCO world heritage site, on one side there is the North Atlantic and on the other side cliffs. It has dramatic views and a small path takes you to an old archway and sheer drops. It has polygon shaped columns apparently left from a volcanic eruption. Near the sea you can sit on top of them while further along the route they form extremely high columns in the hillside almost like temple columns.
Situated between the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, explore the rich and fascinating history of Scotland and all it has to offer. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and tradition including Scots language, ceilidhs, music, dance, Burns Suppers and famous Scots. Visit the iconic capital of Edinburgh to marvel at the magnificent castle and Arthur’s Seat. Explore the cultural cities of Glasgow and its historic River Clyde. Aberdeen is known as the Granite City, and Dundee, home to the iconic comics The Beano and The Dandy. Scotland offers breath-taking views and stunning scenery, an ideal destination for relaxation, cultural experiences and serene views.
Alloway – Robert Burns is Scotland’s National Bard, and his poetry and songs are famous and loved the world over. The Robert Burns museum hosts a collection of Burns artefacts and works including his handwritten manuscripts. Step inside Burns Cottage where Robert was born in 1759. Visit the Brig o’Doon and Alloway Auld Kirk, immortalised in Burns’s poem Tam o’ Shanter.
Edinburgh – The Scottish capital is home to famous figures such as Bonnie Prince Charles, Mary Queen of Scots, Greyfriars Bobby and Robert Burns. Edinburgh castle is a famous landmark and every year the military tattoo is held in its grounds.
Isle of Harris – Has turquoise seas and magnificent sandy beaches, the views are fantastic. On the nearby island of Berneray you can walk for miles along pure white beaches.
Isle of Lewis and the Outer Hebrides – A visit to the Outer Hebrides will provide an opportunity to let you see the sky light up by the Norther lights. From Orkney to Caithness you can witness the Auroras Borealis.
Blaenafon – There is a National coal museum which is famous for underground tours. Travel 300ft down in a cage and walk around original coal workings. There is still an engine house and pony stables.
Dinorwig – One of the best environmental achievements ever, it blends a mountain power station and scenery into one and is hidden deep below Elidir mountain.
Portmadog – Famous for its narrow gauge railways.
Snowdonia – Has the highest mountain in Wales and is perhaps the best recognised landmark in the country. There are coastal route paths, coves of small sandy beaches and the Wales coastal path which is over 850 miles long.