In 1546, Michelangelo was putting the finishing touches to his design for the dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome. Just under 50 years later, Shakespeare penned his first play, The Taming of the Shrew. Fast forward another 50, and the English Civil War was raging, throwing up ideas and political philosophy that would inspire the Enlightenment, a period which in turn laid the intellectual origins of the American and French Revolutions.
No matter which angle you choose, Europe has played a pivotal role in world history and critical thought, and what constitutes beauty. Our Europe specialists can help you explore it all, from the art and architecture of the Renaissance in its true homeland of Italy to the relics of Tsarist Russia, the World War I battlefields in northern France and the wild, upland landscapes of Scotland, Ireland and northwest England that stimulated the Romantic movement.
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Trip ideas in Europe
These itineraries will give you a starting point for what your trip could entail. They cover routes that we've found work particularly well and feature some of our favorite places to stay. Treat them just as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you and there are many more options available.