Interested in receiving the inside scoop on a destination? So are we! There’s no better way to find out what makes a tour memorable than to ask the people who created it. From Montana to Slovenia, here are a few of our Tour Directors’ favorite highlights.
“We’ve discovered an absolute gem of a medieval town in Ceské Budejovice. It’s largely unknown to tourists and presents an enchanting labyrinth of alleyways and narrow lanes–plus it’s the birthplace of the original Budweiser Budvar beer. We’ve also made room for more time in Prague, the ‘City of 1,000 Spires.’ Guests will love our farewell dinner in a panoramic location overlooking the sparkling city lights, as well as an introductory walking tour of the city that takes in both the well-known sites and the quiet corners known only to locals.”
“I’m really excited about a new boutique hotel and country estate on the slopes of Mount Etna. Guests will love the contemporary feel of this property, as well as some of its unique flourishes (like lava-rock walls in some rooms). We’ve also made time for a visit to the spectacular Norman cathedral in Monreale, a UNESCO World Heritage site. But nothing can compare to the sunset views you’ll enjoy in the fishing village of Trapani. This vibrant seaside town on the island’s west coast has a compelling North-African influence, which you’ll enjoy in its delicious cuisine.”
“The remote Raetihi Lodge is accessible by water taxi and occupies a beautiful spot on Kenepuru Sound, on the eastern coast of South Island. Guests will love walking the Queen Charlotte Track, with beautiful waterfront views along the way, and Hanmer Springs, where they can soak in the thermal pools.”
“I’m excited to branch out from the Isle of Skye and experience a rich variety of Scotland’s landscapes: lakes, moorland, mountains, woodlands, and the coast–of course stopping at charming villages along the way. This itinerary gives us the opportunity to walk portions of the famous West Highland Way and stay in historic inns. Guests will love their time in the five-star Cameron House on the ‘bonny banks’ of Loch Lomond and relaxing in historic Fonab Castle Hotel.”
“It stands to reason that a national park named for glaciers would have spectacular views, but many travelers don’t realize how significant its photography pedigree is. Perhaps the world’s most famous nature photographer–Ansel Adams–photographed the park extensively. It gives you chills to experience the park from one of his favorite vantage points during a scenic drive on Going-to-the-Sun Road through Logan Pass.”
“I can’t talk about this tour without drooling over the highlight dinner at Hisa Franko. Ana Roš, the chef there, was crowned the ‘World’s Best Female Chef’ in 2017. She artfully incorporates incongruous flavors into dishes that are pleasing to look at and taste… think pork neck with minted melon, trout, ginger plum soup, sheep’s cheese ravioli with chanterelles and langoustines.”