Heritage Tours of Europe


Since before the days of Alexander the Great, Europe has been a place packed with history and culture. From powerful empires and holy wars to reformation and renaissance, the many countries that make up Europe are alive today waiting to be explored and learned about. One of the most exponentially noted things about Europe is its heritage. Contributions such as art, architecture, and music from this beloved continent are the basis for what we have today. To understand and see the many facets of Europe, heritage tours offer visitors the opportunity to explore numerous landmarks, museums, and cities. Below is more information on some of the many famous sites seen and historical information gained while on a heritage tour of Europe.

Generally most heritage tours of Europe will start in a prime transportation hub such as London. The best way to start out is just taking a day or two to get acclimated by seeing famous landmarks like Big Ben, visiting museums, or taking a picnic in Hyde Park. A popular place to see before leaving the area are the White Cliffs of Dover. These natural attractions can be viewed by ferry heading over to Calais, France. From here, drive through the Belgian and Dutch countryside to reach the popular destination, Amsterdam. Once in Amsterdam plan to visit Dam Square and see Mint Tower, one of the city's most unique attractions. It is best to take about two nights in this magnificent city and enjoy the food and cheer of this likable city. Considering that most heritage tours, especially in Europe, should take anywhere from 10 to 20 days, ensuring that the holiday will be not only flexible, but comfortable too.

With almost a week of traveling under your belt, get ready to leave Amsterdam and head further into Germany. From scenic cruises along the River Rhine enveloped in vineyards to the famous Heidelberg Castle, this country is steeped in Renaissance structures. Other places to stop and see are Lake Lucerne near Strasbourg, the Lion Monument, and the Chapel Bridge. To experience all things Swiis, travel on to Vienna to see such sites as Hofburg and the vast Schönbrunn Palace. As week two comes into view, pack up and head south to Venice, Italy. After a couple of nights in this breathtaking city filled with delicious food, cross through the Apennine Mountains and take in the dramatic views while on the way to Rome. In this ancient city tourists will be welcomed with magnificent architectural feats like St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. Be sure to also tour the Sistine Chapel and the Roman Colosseum. Before leaving Italy for France traverse the cities of Florence and Pisa, home of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Traveling along the coast of the Ligurian Sea, journey into Nice, France found just past Monaco, home to one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world. Experience French cuisine and the glamorous French Riviera while taking in sites such as the Promenade des Anglais and the Place Masséna. From Nice, consider either continuing along the coast to Barcelona and Madrid, Spain, or heading towards the interior of France to see the romantic city of Paris. For those that choose Spain, get ready for an immersion into rich culture, art, and history. The cities of Barcelona and Madrid also showcase sprawling vineyards and wine tours as well as the splendid beauty of the hills of Aragon.

As for the city of Paris, plan a few days for admiring famous attractions like the Champs Élysées and the Eiffel Tower. Take time to also visit the world renowned sites like the Louvre Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral before ending your heritage tour. So whether its cliffs and cathedrals or mountains and museums, capture these memorable moments by planning and taking a heritage tour of Europe, an unforgettable holiday and an experience of a lifetime.

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