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NORTHERN ITALY (map)
Milan - Monza - Venice - Verona
The southern slopes of the Alps separate Italy from France, Switzerland and Austria, creating the breathtaking beauty of Italy's alpine lakes, offering challenging skiing, mountain climbing and hiking, and also sheltering the narrow coastline of Liguria, known as the Italian Riviera, from the cold of the north.
CENTRAL ITALY (map)
Florence - Perugia - Rome - Siena
Rome and Florence, wonderful cities of magnificent art, architecture and history, are the only places in Central Italy most tourists visit. But there are scores of small to medium size art cities throughout the area that boast their own collection of priceless treasures that can be enjoyed in a more private and relaxed fashion.
SOUTHERN ITALY (map)
Beginning south of Rome with the region of Campania and including the islands of Sardinia and Sicily, Southern Italy contains some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Travelers who enjoy a sunny, mild climate and want to combine sightseeing with relaxation have many choices.
NORTHERN FRANCE (map)
The cool north produces France's stunning white wines, and butter, cream and cheese are the basis of its rich cuisine. Normandy's dramatic coastline includes the evocative World War II landing beaches, and the Loire Valley's castles are among France's chief attractions. And there is Paris, with its museums, shopping, exciting nightlife and fabulous dining!
SOUTHERN FRANCE (map)
Southern France is a mixture of many cuisines, with Bordeaux its hub of vineyards that produce some of the finest wines in the world. The French Riviera's dazzling blue water and spectacular beaches, cliffs and coves combined with Michelin-starred restaurants, glittering casinos and fabulous shopping make it a fantastic vacation choice!
EASTERN IRELAND (map)
Dublin City is a hive of urban style, with a vibrant nightlife, a rich cultural heritage, and wonderful dining and shopping. Its many outstanding museums give a glimpse into ancient civilizations. The stunning scenery of seascapes, lakes, mountains and gardens of Co. Wicklow are a must see, as are the pristine beaches of Co. Wexford.
WESTERN IRELAND (map)
Wild and wonderful, the West Coast is known for its craggy landscapes, untouched beaches and excellent festivals. The 700 ft. Cliffs of Moher and the limestone grasslands of the Burren are unforgettable. An area of outstanding bareness and beauty, the Connemara National Park includes mountains, bogs and grasslands.
SOUTHERN IRELAND (map)
Spectacular scenery ranging from rural mountains, farmlands and lush green river valleys to picturesque seaside villages, towering cliffs and long stretches of untouched beaches; castles, abbeys, the Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula, nature preserves, lush gardens, fishing and world class golf make the south a mecca for visitors.
NORTHERN SPAIN (map)
With coasts along the Atlantic Ocean, Cantabrian Sea and Mediterranean Sea, the northern area of Spain is incredibly diverse with centuries-old cultures that speak Galician, Catalan and Basque. Green picturesque landscapes, fishing villages, cosmopolitan cities, magnificent mountain ranges, and dramatic coastlines enchant visitors.
CENTRAL SPAIN (map)
A land of former kingdoms and conquistadors and many prehistoric relics, Christian, Islamic and Jewish communities thrived in many cities throughout central Spain. Explore castles in Castile and Leon, the wine country of La Rioja and discover the UNESCO World Heritage Cities of Salamanca, Avila, Cuenca, Caceres and Toledo.
SOUTHERN SPAIN (map)
Southern Spain is known for Flamenco dancing, Andalusian horses, bull fighting, Sherry production, and the warm and laidback lifestyle of Mediterranean living. And, its Islamic heritage has left impressive landmarks: the Alhambra in Granada, and in Cordoba, the Great Mosque, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites.