Explore our new collection of cultural escorted holidays; historical tours, castles and gardens, culinary holidays and more…
Culture isn't just about going to museums, it's the essence of a
destination, the beating heart of its people, towns and local
cuisine. The tours in this section give a real flavour of the many
different customs and lifestyles of different European
Europe's westernmost country, Portugal is located on the Iberian Peninsula and is one of Europe's longest-established nations. Its early history was marked by invasions, conquests and settlements by the Celts, Romans, Visigoths and the Moors. Each of these nationalities helped shape the country in some respect: the name Portugal itself, for example, is believed to combine the Latin word portus ('port' or 'harbour') with the Celtic word cale ('tranquil' or 'warm').
The House of Hapsburg was a family dynasty whose wideranging influence is still evident across Europe, but especially so in Vienna where they used the city's Hofburg Palace as their ruling headquarters for six centuries. From here they strategised the growth of their Empire whilst using their great wealth to influence the architecture of the city. In Catalonia, food is like another language - one that's surprisingly easy, and pleasurable, to become fluent in! Fried fish (suquet de peix) is a specialty, drawing on centuries of seafaring, as is rabbit, with a typical meal consisting of something like succulent lapin on fondant potato, with a rich cider jus and full flavoured Catalan sausage meat accompanied by caramelised apples to cut through the saltiness of the meat.