It’s not a macaron if it’s not from Saint-Germain in Paris. It’s not true Renaissance if you’re not in Tuscany. The best of Europe is a mix of its legendary cultures, all the way from flamenco and tapas in Andalusia, to Venetian pleasures along the water. This authentic cultural treasures tour showcases six regions that shaped Europe, immersing you in their traditions and legends: Andalusia and Catalonia, Tuscany and Venice, then Paris and Champagne. Begin planning your dream France, Spain, and...
Seville – Tapas in Andalusia
Spanish cuisine is usually an amalgamation of regional flavors. Like paella from Valencia and tapas from Andalusia. Touch down in Seville and you delve straight into the local culinary specialties – authentic tapas. Tasting tapas is also a good way to explore the city’s energy and style. Hop between small taverns, trying little bites, learning about how the cuisine has evolved here. You’ll get a sense of a fiery, passionate region, one that heartily welcomes visitors and loves to show off its tradition. Along the way, you’ll start appreciating the sights as well, Seville a place where there’s something to admire on almost every street corner. It’s a relaxed and informal evening that can suit the mood, so it can continue late into the night or until you feel tired and are ready for the hotel.
Seville – Legends of Seville and a Night of Flamenco
Seville – A Day in Cordoba
Barcelona – Flavors of the Catalan Coast
Barcelona – Gaudi, Dali and Picasso
Barcelona – Penedes Wine Tasting and Sitges
Florence – An Introduction to Italy and Tuscany
Day 8 - 9
Florence – Exploring the Vineyards and Culture of Old-World Tuscany
Venice – The Legendary City of Canals
Venice – Memoirs to the Venetian Republic
Paris – Icons Along the Seine
Paris – Cultures and Neighborhoods of Paris
Day 14 - 15
Reims – Discovering the Champagne Region
Reims to Paris – Departure
- Experience raw Andalusian flamenco in one of the art form’s most legendary venues
- Explore cobbled Parisian neighborhoods to learn the secrets of the French capital
- Take a gondola through history and learn all about the foundation of the Venetian Republic
- Get to know Catalonia, not just Barcelona but also its vineyards, monasteries, beach towns and cuisine
- Spend two days in the Champagne region, where the culture is as intoxicating as the bubbles
- Immerse yourself in Tuscany, evocative evenings in Florence along with day trips to medieval towns and villages
- Savor all the food, from authentic Andalusian tapas to Florentine steak, Parisian macarons to Venetian risotto
- Compare all the wines as you taste with the winemakers and pop corks while gazing out over the vines
- Travel between destinations is quick and direct, maximizing your time on the ground
The dreamy version of Europe conflates cultures from across the continent. It’s a jigsaw puzzle of Parisian suave, fiery Andalusian passion, Tuscan elegance and snippets from everywhere. Perhaps this idea of Europe is best understood through the food. Tapas is an Andalusian specialty, rather than a Spanish one. Pizza is from Naples while those thick-cut Italian steaks originate from Florence. Wines are another way to appreciate Europe’s nuance and difference because the bubbles you taste in Champagne and Penedes (cava) cannot be conflated into a simple idea of sparkling wine.
Europe is a continent that comes alive through its distinctive cultures. With this luxury cultures tour, you are not just traveling to Europe, nor simply to Spain, France, and Italy. You’re exploring Andalusia, Catalonia, Tuscany, Venice, Paris, and Champagne. Welcome to six regions that are completely different from each other. Welcome to the cultures that have shaped a continent. Welcome to places that remain highly authentic and raw.
Spread over 16 days, this private tour balances local specialties with the places that have gone on to define world history. There are art and architecture, history and heritage, sipping drinks on old-world streets and lazing away the evening on an al fresco terrace. Local guides are the only way to truly show you around, bringing their intimate cultural histories to the sights and sounds of each stop. Individual destinations are connected by direct flights or high-speed train, then centrally located hotels mean you are fully immersed in what makes these destinations so special.
Start in Andalusia with three nights in Seville to be precise. This is the home of flamenco and tapas, so eat your way through the delicacies and feel the haunting cadence of a performance. Spend a day in nearby Cordoba and understand a region that has evolved from the time of the Moors. Fly to Barcelona on day four and spend two full days in the city, discovering icons that have shaped Catalan design – like Gaudi, Dali, Picasso, and other Modernists. One day, you explore wider Catalonia, wine tasting in Penedes before an afternoon at the coast in Sitges. Expect great food throughout these six days in Spain, but expect Andalusia and Catalonia to have very different flavors.
Fly to Florence and three days in Tuscany. Evenings are magical in the Renaissance city, especially when watching the world go by from a cafe on a piazza. With three days, you can discover the secrets of Florence itself, while also getting out to small medieval towns and vineyards, with Siena and Pisa just two options during your time with a private guide. Taking the train to Venice, you’re soon surrounded by water. A gondolier takes you around in time-honored style while a sailboat is used to explore the outlying islands. It’s not just Venice it’s the Venetian Republic and there are many stories to hear as you wander Doge’s Palace and Piazza San Marco.
By day 12, you are in France, where two nights are spent among the mixed icons and neighborhoods of Paris. Part of the experience comes from the Louvre Museum or Sainte Chapelle. But Paris is all about its mysteries and to find these, you must explore the arrondissements, areas that have their own flavor and style. Try Saint-Germain for confectionaries, an island for cobbled streets, and Montmartre for bohemian styles. Then finish the tour in Reims, the heart of Champagne. Of course, there will be tasting, but on these two days there is much more than popping a cork – this is a region as memorable as the bubbles.
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