Here you will find the latest information on travel in Europe, as well as lots of other great stuff like recipes for some of my favorite European foods, schedules of upcoming travel seminars, tips and tricks on traveling in Europe, and answers to reader questions about European travel.

For more information about hotels and restaurants like those featured in our blog, or for help in planning your own independent trip to Europe, please contact us about our Self-Guided Trips or Custom Itinerary Planning services.


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Travel Thought for the Week


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Benelux Small Group Tour


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We have seats available on a tour of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg this summer. Yes, it's a rare occurrence! Most of our tours are sold out a year in advance, but we have made a last minute addition to our schedule, and will be touring the Benelux countries in late July 2015.

As always our small group tours are limited to no more than 8 people, and include characteristic small hotels within walking distance of sights, all sightseeing tours, many meals, and a relaxed pace.

Highlights include:

  • Amsterdam — canal cruise, Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, Rembrandt, Rubens, and more
  • Delft — the home of the famous blue and white pottery, and the artist Vermeer (Girl with a Pearl Earring)
  • Ardennes — in this beautiful, mountainous region we'll see many of the sights connected to the famous Battle of the Bulge
  • Ypres — in the midst of Flanders Fields, this medieval village became the focal point for fierce battles in World War One
  • Ghent — home of the wonderful Gravensteen Castle, and the Ghent Altarpiece, recently featured in The Monuments Men
  • Antwerp — center of much of the diamond trade, a vibrant Jewish district, and the Red Star Line museum about emigrants who left Europe, many of them headed to the US.
  • Bruges — the "Venice of the North", a canal-lined and flower-bedecked gem

If you are interested in joining Bryan on this two-week adventure, please contact us as soon as possible for more details or to reserve your seats.

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Mapping Florence's Baptistery


Students from UC San Diego have used advanced laser and radar technology to create a 3D map of the baptistery in Florence, Italy. Not only were they able to map the above ground structure, they also produced 3D views of sections of the Roman-era foundations of the building, which date to the 4th or 5th century.



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For more information about hotels and restaurants like those featured in our blog, or for help in planning your own independent trip to Europe, please contact us about our Self-Guided Trips or Custom Itinerary Planning services.