Castle Tours: Feel Like Royalty

The castles located in many European towns are each deserving of their own story. periscope-249150__340 (1).jpg These historical pieces of architecture have outlived battles, fires, and many decades, and have stayed standing. From the rugged cliffs of Scotland to the Islands in Greece, every single castle represents a spectacular time in history, and may possibly still have some ghostly residents.

Although all were created from brick and stone, they each represent history differently and continue to intrigue to this day. Visit these romantic homes of past kings and queens and you will see how the royals once lived. Every vacationer should have these castles on their list of places to see. 1.Mont Saint-Michel

Perched high above on a pinnacle, Mont Saint Michel near Normandy, France is an architectural success from medieval times. 2.Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle, which rests on Castle Rock, is a historical fortress which commands the city of Edinburgh.

Though having gone through various sieges, assaults, control for power and murders, Edinburgh Castle has endured through the years.

3.Neuschwanstein Castle The popular Neuschwanstein Castle, the 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace, stands over the village of Hohenschwangau in the southwestern region of Bavaria, Germany,

Built for King Ludwig II, it was designed as a getaway for opera composer of Richard Wagner and paid for via personal funds and loans.

4.Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle is located near the the area of Glamis in Angus, Scotland. Available to the general public, it is the home of the Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne.

It is also popular for being the most haunted palace in all of Scotland.

5. Windsor Castle The official castle of the royal British family in Berkshire is Windsor Castle, where you will see a sculpture of Queen Victoria and a flow of holiday-makers in the foreground.

Britain's Windsor Castle is nine hundred years old and is currently the biggest occupied castle as well as the oldest regal castle worldwide. 6.Château de Chambord The castle of Chambord in France is the biggest of the Loire chateaus. It was built between 1519 and 1547 neighboring the river Cosson, a tributary river of Beuvron and it streams into the Loire.

UNESCO identified it a World Heritage location in the year 1981. 7. Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace, in Herefordshsire, England, became well-known because Henry VIII in the sixteenth was often there. Nowadays, visitors can linger in the lush gardens and relish the sunshine. 8. Prague Castle

Prague Castle In the beginning was used as a political and spiritual place for a country desperately pushing for change.

9.St. Michael's Mount Owned by the National Trust, St. Michaels Mount, is a medieval palace in Cornwall, England. The sole way to access it is during low tide and by crossing the causeway. 10. Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle in Kent, England was built in the 16th century for the first wife of Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon.

The Wonders to Discover in Asia

Known for its sophisticated cosmopolitan lifestyle, Hong Kong is an international trade, style, and culinary hub for Asia. Don’t miss Phuket, the largest of Thailand’s islands and one enjoyed for its gorgeous landscapes and cultural attractions. Located in India’s Kerala state, Cochin (or Kochi) is affectionately called “Queen of the Arabian Sea” and is famed for its history and cultural influences, including St. Francis Church built by the Portuguese and the Jewish Community’s seven synagogues, dating back to 1503 and the 12th century respectively.

In Jordan, be sure to set aside time for UNESCO World Heritage City Petra, which was carved from rose-colored rock, earning it the moniker “Rose City”. To explore the world and all it has to offer, there is no better means than traveling in the style and elegance a luxury cruise offers.

Advantages of the Mediterranean Sea

It is commonly held that modern civilization was begun along the shores of Southern Europe – from the start of science and democracy to viticulture and art. The “Old World” is in fact a region rich in history. You will not want to leave once you have enjoyed the loveliness of the Greek Islands and Santorini, worshipped the sun on the sandy beaches of Italy and Spain, and seen up close the historical attractions of Jerusalem and Greece.

There is no other city in the world like Rome, with its renowned Colosseum and Pantheon, or Vatican City, home of the Pope and St. Peter’s Basilica. Devotees of architectural design will enjoy a stop in Barcelona to see Antoni Gaudi’s unforgettable work.

Some of the world’s best wines can be savored in Italy’s Chianti region, France’s Provence, or the city of Port in Portugal. Explore the intoxicating ancient canals of Venice. Passengers traveling along Croatia’s Adriatic coast will want to stop in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Dubrovnik, with its ancient walls surrounding the city still largely unchanged.

A visit to the “Old World” countries in Europe will certainly prompt you to brush up on your history.

Many Offerings Await in the Americas and the Caribbean Islands

The Americas and the Caribbean are comprised of many distinct countries, each with its own unique culture, lifestyle, and beautiful vistas. The Caribbean is a hodgepodge of influences from Spain, Britain, France, the Netherlands, and Africa, although the quintessential Caribbean laid-back feeling is everywhere from Antigua and Aruba to St. Martin and San Juan.

europa-1185800__340.jpg The countries that make up Central America, which links North and South America, have very interesting histories and gorgeous landscapes. History buffs will love to explore the ruins of ancient civilizations including the Maya, Aztec, and Olmec, while more adventurous types will enjoy the tropical forests of Costa Rica.

Witness first-hand the tremendous engineering of the Panama Canal. Traveling through North and South America will take you through magnificent natural beauty as well as significant man-made attractions. Heading North to Canada, you can explore Quebec City to feel its French character, or the Viking colony L’Anse aux Meadows, which dates back to the 11th century. City lovers will like the east coast of the United States with its modern metropolitan areas, while nature lovers might prefer the west coast, which will take them to Alaska’s breathtaking glaciers.

Then again that’s not all. Brazil offers a wide diversity of experiences, from the vibrant nightlife and gorgeous beaches of Rio de Janeiro to the verdant rainforests of the Amazon. Valparaiso, Chile is worth a stop to see the quintessential colorful homes on the steep hillsides and the stunning natural beauty of the country’s massifs and fjords.

See a dramatic live Tango show in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires. Keep going south all the way to Antarctica to enjoy the breathtaking snow-filled landscape.

The Amazing Diversity to Experience on the Continent of Africa.

A vacation to Africa will take you along the same course as early explorers from countries such as Portugal, The Netherlands, England, and Germany. By stopping in diverse nations from Madagascar to Mozambique and Senegal to Mauritius, you will experience the powerful influence of colonialism as well as tribal traditions that are still around today. Witness the spectacular beauty of the desert in Namibia or visit South Africa’s lush green mountainous geography.

Chefs and food aficionados alike will want to stop in Zanzibar, also known as “Spice Island”, to sample its world-famous saffron.

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