First-Timer Friendly Vacations to Europe
It's time to listen to your inner adventurer. And tell your rational side to "zip it." It's time to walk on cobblestones, take in art's greatest masterpieces and sip a pint in a genuine pub. And it's time to make "someday" — right now.
Paris & London
There's nowhere in the world quite like Paris & London. When in London be sure to visit the major attractions: Big Ben, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, and others. Certainly, few places have as many recognizable icons: Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre. Whether you're shopping along the Champs-Élysées, cruising down the River Seine, taking in a cabaret show at the historic Moulin Rouge, strolling through the artist village of Montmartre, or simply basking in the city's je ne sais quoi at a sidewalk café, Paris will make a lasting impression on you.
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Rome, Florence & Venice
Many cities in the world are old, even ancient. But only one city has earned the sobriquet of "eternal"-the Italian capital, Rome. And in Venice, a gondola ride around the Venetian lagoon or boat ride through the canals is a must, as is a stop for a coffee and the ambiance at the world-famous Caffé Florian and visits to many of the city's famous landmarks, including St. Mark's Square and Cathedral with its exceptional gold mosaics. WHile in Florence, grab a gelato or cup of espresso and stroll through Signoria Square with its world-famous statues and medieval palace. Marvel at Brunelleschi's gigantic gothic Duomo, the Baptistry's incomparable "Gates of Paradise," and Michelangelo's David at the Academy of Fine Arts.
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Barcelona & Madrid
Barcelona is Spain's dynamic capital and the cradle of Catalan culture. From Gaudi's magnificent architectural masterpieces-like Park Güell, Casa Batlló, and the Sagrada Familia church-to the Gothic Quarter, Picasso Museum, and F.C. Barcelona football stadium, Barcelona's rich culture is apparent everywhere you look. Many visitors believe Madrid is the most Spanish of Spain's cities, and there's, naturally, plenty to see and do. Don't miss bustling Puerta del Sol square-the heart of Madrid's historic center and the actual center of the Spanish road system or beautiful Plaza de Espana with its monument to Cervantes.
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Dublin, London & Edinburgh
In Dublin the list of must-see attractions is long and includes Trinity College with its ancient Book of Kells, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral, and, of course, the famed Guinness Storehouse. In Edinburgh, extraordinary points of interest are around every corner-and bagpipes and kilts almost seem a natural part of the landscape. The city's main focal point is Edinburgh Castle, built atop an extinct volcano and home to the Scottish crown jewels and the annual Military Tattoo.
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