Escape to the Legendary Oxford Campus
What? See the English countryside en route to Oxford’s picturesque campus, the centuries-old alma mater of Nobel Peace Prize winners, writers, actors and government officials. After a tour from a local guide, have some free time to explore, grab lunch at the Covered Market, go punting on the River Thames or simply take in a place as magical as the fairytales it inspires.
Why? Because you can stand in the spot where Malfoy was turned into a weasel, or where C.S. Lewis saw the lamppost that inspired Narnia.
How? Do it on Amsterdam, Paris & London.
Climb High in Cinque Terre
What? Spend a full day exploring the Italian Riviera’s gem at the tiny seaside villages of Cinque Terre. Ride up the coast to the village of Riomaggiore, where you’ll take a tour before having the rest day to explore. A train connects the five villages, so pick one or two to visit. We recommend the beautiful Vernazza, where you can grab lunch and swim in the cove, or Monterosso; the white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters dazzle every time.
Why? Because they don’t just build cities into cliffs everywhere.
How? Do it on Venice, Florence & Rome.
Live like Royalty at the Palace of Versailles
What? Spend the afternoon at the over-the-top palace of Louis XIV. Not far from Paris, this is where French royalty reveled in their extravagant lifestyle in the decades before the Revolution. At one point, a thousand nobles were attended by 4,000 servants inside the palace, while 15,000 soldiers and servants lived in the annexes. Walk through the landscaped gardens, tour the State Apartments of the King and the Queen and see the breathtaking Hall of Mirrors.
Why? Because they let you eat cake.
How? Do it on Ultimate Europe.