While we anxiously await the resumption of worldwide travel, we're endlessly grateful to the dozens of tour directors who have sent us videos of themselves and their home countries. These snippets of life from around the world have kept our travel fires stoked, and we hope they bring you comfort, happiness, and perhaps a few travel ideas for the future!
Below, seven of our wonderful European tour directors offer a glimpse into their daily lives, from making the perfect French vinaigrette outside of Versailles to bicycling through beautiful Bergen, Norway. Enjoy!
Afternoon tea, a chat, and a tour of tour director Jane Roy's greenhouse at her home in Edinburgh, Scotland make for a perfect respite. Join Jane on Scotland: Highlands and Islands.
Angel Ramirez, a tour director on our Classic Germany and Alpine Splendor: Switzerland and Austria tours, provides a fascinating lecture about Ancient Greek history and language from his book-filled library.
Emma Vestrheim, one of our Norwegian Splendor tour directors, takes us on a walking and biking tour around her hometown of Bergen, Norway, which recently celebrated its 950th birthday. Emma shows us the old and new sections of the city providing a bit of history and hitting many popular and beautiful spots along the way.
Catherine Chamoux, one of our tour directors for our France tours, comes to us from a friend's garden outside Versailles, where she teaches us how to make the perfect vinaigrette salad dressing.
Marina Scott, a tour director on our Journey through Britain and Scotland: Highlands and Islands tour, explains the history, myths, and legends surrounding the Taxus baccata, the yew tree, one of the oldest surviving species on the planet having been in existence for 200 million years.
Sonia Beck, who also leads Journey through Britain trips, introduces us to a few Welsh breakfast delicacies including laverbread and welsh gold (whisky!) during a cooking lesson from her home in the fishing village of Mumbles in South Wales.
Join the fun as tour director Giulia Tamarri introduces us to her local bakery, including a visit with a 92-year-old tortellini maker. Giulia leads our small-group tours to Italy.