Starting in vibrantly gritty Glasgow, we'll tap into Scottish passions as we tour Stirling Castle, have a wee dram on the Speyside Whisky Trail, and watch a sheepdog demonstration.
On the windswept Isles of Iona and Skye we'll wander through Iron Age forts and a venerable distillery. Then we'll set sail for Orkney's 20th-century wartime harbor at Scapa Flow.
We'll visit Glencoe, Inverness, the Culloden battlefield — and keep our eyes peeled at Loch Ness — as we work up an appetite for modern Scottish cuisine and traditional folk music.
We'll dine at the fisherman's harbor in Cefalù, ponder the ancient Greeks in Siracusa, commune with monks in a Capuchin crypt, and eat our way through a classic Sicilian banquet.
In Palermo we'll sing with merchants, drop in on a contessa, and join in the passeggiata. Then we'll sip wine near Mount Etna, ponder Greek and Roman relics, and relax in Taormina.
Let's celebrate Sevilla's April Fair and Bastille Day in Paris, run with the bulls at Pamplona, party at Oktoberfest, and celebrate Christmas in Nürnberg and the Swiss Alps.
Island-hopping to Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes, we’ll tour ancient ruins, sample rustic cuisine and compare beaches. And we'll see how cruising lets you do this efficiently.
We'll learn how to get the most out of a cruise by planning, avoiding lines, and eating quick meals on the go. And along with the joys of cruising, we'll consider the downsides.
At Oxford and Cambridge, we'll see where kings and prime ministers studied. Then we'll wander through Blenheim Palace and visit the Industrial Revolution at Ironbridge Gorge.