Essential Balkans

Essential Balkans

Explore seven Balkan countries on this compact overland journey through history. Visit the capitals, the countryside, and the competing cultures of the Balkan Peninsula. This circular driving itinerary begins and ends in lovely Dubrovnik. In between, survey the capitals and classic sites of the meeting point of ancient Greece and Rome, Christianity and Islam.Read More


Essential Poland

Essential Poland

Modern Poland is one of Europe’s most exciting countries, brimming with lively urban centers, beautiful countryside, saw-toothed mountains, cultural treasures and deep beliefs. Survey Poland’s capital, animated Warsaw and the former royal city of Krakow with its medieval town square and underground pubs. On this focused tour, visit four Polish UNESCO sites in six days ­– Warsaw’s Old Town, Krakow’s Historic Center, the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp and the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Read More


Essential Baltics

Essential Baltics

Take an overland survey of the Baltic capitals, Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn, exploring their UNESCO-listed Old Towns, featuring cobbled streets and red-tiled roofs. Visit important rural sites like Lithuania’s Hill of Crosses and Latvia’s baroque Rundale Castle. Read More


Essential Ukraine

Essential Ukraine

Ukraine is the borderland between Europe and Russia. Explore this resilient region influenced by Polish princes, Cossack hetmen, Turkish khans, Russian communists and Ukrainian poets and nationalists. The cradle of Slavic civilization, Ukraine offers an abundance of cultural treasures, a richness of detail and a largeness of spirit that can make a devotee out of even a seasoned traveler. On this compact journey, explore Western Ukraine’s Lviv, with its European feel, before flying to the glittering capital, Kiev, and then on to the historic port city of Odessa.Read More


Essential Uzbekistan

Essential Uzbekistan

Roam the great Silk Road oases of Bukhara, Samarkand and Khiva, all of them UNESCO Sites. Admire their mosques, madrassahs and minarets clad in ceramic tiles the color of the desert sky. Read More


Essential St. Petersburg

Essential St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, home of the czars and their courts, is a rich repository of extravagant palaces, brilliant museums and renowned theaters overflowing with music and dance. Its fashionable boulevards and serene canals glisten in the “White Nights” of summer and dazzle on sunny winter days. Built by Peter the Great as Russia’s Window to the West, St. Petersburg is one of the world’s great cities.Read More


Essential Siberia

Essential Siberia

Near the shores of UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal, survey the Mongolian, Cossack, Buryat and Buddhist heritage of south Siberia, and admire its overwhelming natural beauty. Take a short trip on the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway and continue to Listvyanka, a small village situated on the shore of Lake Baikal. Explore Ulan Ude, capital of the Buryat Republic and center of Buddhism in Russia.Read More


Essential Russia

Essential Russia

A compact and compelling survey of Russia’s political capital, Moscow, and its cultural capital, St. Petersburg, this tour communicates the character of Western Russia in a succinct and meaningful series of experiences. Begin in Moscow, admiring the classic sights and the Tretyakov Gallery, and take the high-speed train to St. Petersburg to survey Peter the Great’s visionary city and the royal palaces on its outskirts.Read More


Essential Georgia

Essential Georgia

Georgia, hugging the shore of the Black Sea in the shadow of the Caucasus Mountains, has a long history of bountiful table traditions. Savor the regional varietals in Georgian wine country, Kakheti, admire the soaring peaks along the Georgian Military Highway, and wander the charming streets and markets of the capital, Tbilisi.Read More


Eastern Turkey & Georgia: Legacy of Empire

Eastern Turkey & Georgia: Legacy of Empire

The rugged sunburnt Anatolian Plateau of Eastern Turkey and the steep-sided green valleys of Georgia are brilliantly paired on this unusual back-road exploration. Begin among the folded hills of out-of-the-way Anatolia, rich with the traces of early civilizations, and continue along the balmy Black Sea Coast to the unfamiliar little country of Georgia, where guests are welcomed at tables laden with some of the finest food and wine on earth. Read More