So diverse, so easily accessible, so simply magnificent, the cities and landscapes of Europe have long retained a historic grandeur and beauty that has been appreciated since the tradition of the Grand Tour of the 19th Century. Where else can one find such a wealth of iconic landmarks, such variety in language, culture, cuisine and history, such intriguing and welcoming people, all so relatively close to home?
To encounter ancient treasures such as Rome's Coliseum or the beauty of the Renaissance in Florence in Italy
; to appreciate the works of the Impressionists at the Musée d'Orsay or stroll along the promenades of the Cote d'Azur in France
; to catch your breath at the enormity of St Peter's Basilica or Istanbul's Blue Mosque: Whether a first-time visitor or a seasoned European traveller, the many countries that make up this fascinating continent will not fail to captivate your soul.