Our Western Europe tours include the British Isles of England, Scotland, and Wales. You can find amazing history and culture throughout the region including countries such as France, Spain and Portugal.
1) Great Britain: England, Scotland & Wales
England is mostly rolling hills and forest. The highlands of Scotland are mountain ridges and deep valley. The Celts invaded Britain from Europe and pushed the first inhabitants, the Picts into Scotland. The Romans were the next peoples to invade Britain, and after them the Anglo-Saxons arrived from Germany. The Scandinavians arrived on two separate occasions. The first was the Vikings from Denmark and the second were the Normans who were living in France. The British have a strong preservation ethic and have some of the most outstanding architecture, museums, castles, history and monuments to experience. Transport and tourist services are very well organized and the country is a joy to visit.
France is the number one tourist destination in the world. You can enjoy an amazing cultural heritage and has an amazing history. The French are proud of their contributions to the world including their red wine, Champagne, sophisticated cuisine, perfume and artistic excellence in the modern arts. The most favorite tourism destinations outside of Paris are the the Loire Valley castles and the famous renowned resort towns along the Cote D’Azur, Nice, Cannes with the neighboring principality of Monaco as well as Avignon with the Palace of the Popes.
With over 50 million tourists, Spain is the second most visited country in the world. Spain covers most of the Iberian Peninsula and has a population of 36 million. Spain enjoys the Atlantic Ocean on its north and southwest coasts, and the the Mediterranean on its eastern coastline. The southern Andalusia region is best known for its “sun and fun” resorts. To travel to Spain is to experience the sun, its culture, outstanding food, temperamental music and the perfect fusion of the Spanish and Moorish culture culminating in the famous Alhambra, one of the world’s most beautiful palaces. Spain boasts many atmospheric cities and towns full of local traditions and beautiful buildings,
The southwestern corner of Continental Europe occupies a section of the Iberian Peninsula, and is bordered by Spain to the north and east, while being bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the south and west. Among the most popular tourist attractions are the capital Lisbon, a blooming resort region and the numerous fishing villages along the coastline and Algarve, the year-round beach destination. The advantages of its natural environment with its diverse geographic location, makes Portugal a holiday attraction for tourists. Historically, Portugal is a vacation in itself.
Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle due to its rolling green hills. You will also see rugged, rocky landscapes and peat bogs. The southwest has cliffs that plunge hundreds of feet into the Atlantic Ocean. The Celts landed from Europe around 2700 years ago and were followed by the Vikings 1000 years later. In 1170, Norman Vikings who had taken control of England invaded Ireland and made it an English territory. Britain changed to the Protestant religion, in the 1600’s while most Irish remained Catholic. Ireland became an independent country, in 1948, while the six mainly Protestant counties in the northeast remained in Britain and is now know as Northern Ireland. Ireland is a nation of storytellers, writers, musicians and dancer. They are most welcoming hosts.