We are always happy to greet guests from Australia. After all, coming to Europe for them is a major investment in time. I’m not certain we would be very happy flying for 24 hours to reach my destination. But once here, we totally spoil our guests from “Down Under.” We find that our Aussie guests enjoy the smaller towns and villages the most. Here are some highlights from our spring, 2016 trip with two couples from the Perth area.
First night of their tour was in medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany. The four Aussies had spent quality time on their own in Amsterdam and Berlin with guidance and tips from European Focus.
We traveled into the southern part of Bavaria, Germany for a visit to a fairytale castle and the Porsche museum at Stuttgart.
Riemenschneider art and pretzels.
Highlights of our time in the Austrian Alps – a stay in an alpine lodge, a delicious omelet with local cheese and the old town of Innsbruck
Arriving in Venice in style with a private water taxi. The Grand Canal is impressive whether you’ve seen it a hundred times or are seeing it for the first
Trying new foods is an important part of travel. We helped these willing participants try authentic hot chocolate in Verona, gelato in Innsbruck and pasta with bolognese sauce in – you guessed it – Bologna
The oldest thing we saw? Not a building but a man. We saw the “Iceman,” called Oetzi, in the museum of Bolzano just across the border of Italy and Austria. He is about 5,500 years old.
Pasta pasta! We tried some awesome examples at the Number One rated Trattoria in San Gimignano, Tuscany along with fresh anchovies, tomatoes and olives on the Cinque Terre
Majestic Florence, also very, very crowded. We got away from the packed restaurant scene by getting porchetta sandwiches to go and enjoying them with a view on the Piazza Signorella in the heart of the Birthplace of the Renaissance
You cannot visit this part of Italy and not take in the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Later, enjoyment of small town Orvieto and a two-night stay at a farmhouse inn where we dined with the owner and the other guests, a memorable couple of nights and a favorite of the group
What can you say about Rome? It’s bombastic, huge, impressive, impossibly crowded and it hits you over the head with history. We had three nights to take it all in. The pyramid is actually one very wealthy man’s monument to himself, located on the edge of the old Roman city walls and dating back to the second century BC.
European Focus arranged this tour specifically around the interests of our four clients from Australia. The tour was from May 8 to 25, 2016. Start down your own road of personalized adventure by contacting us today.