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10 Reasons to Visit Hamburg

Hamburg canal

Most tours to Germany include Berlin, Munich and, if you’re lucky, the Black Forest. These are fantastic areas to visit, but there is so much more to Germany. Hamburg, the country’s second biggest city, has a personality of its own and is well worth a stop on a trip around Germany. Here are just a few of the many reasons to visit Hamburg.

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February 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Top 10 Romantic Destinations in Europe for Valentine’s Day

Europe is full of romantic spots. With castles, winding paths through medieval cities, views of sparkling water from cliffs and intimate cafes in which to sip coffee with your significant other, it’s easy to plan a Valentine’s Day holiday anywhere on the continent.

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February 11, 2014 by | 7 Comments

Meet Safiye Kaban, a Private Guide in Istanbul

If you’re coming to Istanbul and want to get as much as you can out of your trip, then Safiye Kaban is the tour guide for you. Though she was born in a small town on the Black Sea, Safiye has spent a good deal of her life living in and guiding travelers around her beloved adopted city, and knows what it takes to make a great tour.

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February 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Discovering the Old Italy: Puglia and Basilicata

Matera from above

It wasn’t long ago that travel guidebooks ignored Southern Italy, but the regions of Puglia and Basilicata have long been top travel destinations among Italy’s domestic travelers. Why let them have all the fun?

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February 3, 2014 by | 1 Comment

10 Reasons to Visit Scotland this Year

Gleneagles Hotel

Although I may be biased, given that it’s my home, I’d argue that any year is a good year to visit Scotland. This small nation offers untamed and dramatic natural beauty, a turbulent history, great drink and intriguing food. This year, however, is not just a good year, but a great year to visit Scotland. Here are 10 reasons why.

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January 31, 2014 by | 2 Comments

10 Cool Things to Do in Sochi, Russia (Besides the Olympics)

Sochi's Boardwalk

Whether you’re headed to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics, or it’s just come to your attention as a travel destination, here are 10 cool things to do in Sochi besides the Olympics.

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January 27, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Ljubljana in 48 Hours


Ljubljana is having a cool moment; it is awash with strutting university students bedecked in designer clothes; the countless bars and restaurants along the River Ljubljanica are overflowing all year around and the pocket-sized city has a Baroque Old Town, medieval castle, bucolic markets, and innovative museums to discover. The cultural soup caused by Slovenia’s proximity to Hungary, Austria and Italy can be seen in the heady mix of architecture – from Roman via Austro-Hungarian to Art Nouveau –and in the restaurant scene, where gastronomic influences range from Italian gelati through heart-warming Hungarian goulashes to Austrian pastries. Here’s how to see Slovenia’s pocket-sized capital Ljubljana in 48 hours.

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January 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments

A Car Lover’s Guide to Germany’s Baden-Württemberg Region

Automuseum Carl Benz (Bertha and auto)

Spend any amount of time in Germany, and the first thing that becomes immediately clear is the national turn-on for a well-engineered machine. From vast city public transportation systems to the pen in your hand, efficiency, design, and durability are sources of pride—and even titillation.

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January 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Meet Tugrul Sokmen, a Private Guide in Turkey

Meet Tugrul!

For Tugrul Sokmen, working as a licensed tour guide in Turkey is more a passion than a job. This is evident to all who arrange a tour with him. An obsessive lifetime learner who loves to meet with new people and share his in-depth knowledge of Turkey’s history and culture, Tugrul has worked in almost every field of the tourism industry for more than 12 years.

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December 10, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Meet Francesca Maria Casertano, a Private Guide in Rome

Meet Francesca!

Having been born and raised in Rome, Francesca Maria Casertano possesses a native’s intimate knowledge of Italy’s exuberant capital. Not only is she full of the sort of lesser-known facts and anecdotes that can truly bring Rome to life, she is also a licensed tourist guide and archaeologist who has worked at some of the sites you will visit, allowing her to provide an impressive amount of detail on each site.

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December 3, 2013 by | 0 Comments

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