Top 5 Majestic European Experiences
When it comes to travelling in Europe, there’s certainly no shortage of magical experiences to be had. This is a place where art, culture, food and history shine – a world of opulent palaces, noble castles and magnificent theatres. Whether you are dining at a renowned French restaurant or being treated to a private ballet performance, you can’t help but feel the allure of this incredible continent. Here, we delve into our top 5 European experiences that are sure to leave a lasting memory.
1. Enjoy a Private Concert at Vienna’s City Palace
Owned by the princely family of Liechtenstein and housing an array of grand mirrored staterooms and neo-Rococo interiors, Vienna’s City Palace is a feast for the eyes. On our 15 Day Magnificent Europe trip, be welcomed into the palace for a lavish cocktail party before enjoying a private concert of superb arias, orchestral performances of Mozart and Strauss masterpieces, and music from members of the Mozart Boys’ Choir.
2. Visit Edinburgh Castle Before-Hours
With a long history as a royal residence, military garrison, prison and fortress, there is little wonder that stories fill every corner of this incredible Scottish icon. On our 35 Day Britain and Ireland In-Depth with Magnificent Europe trip, be shown around the castle before it opens to the general public and feel its extraordinary history come to life as you hear from a knowledgeable guide.
3. Delight in a Private Ballet Performance inSt Petersburg
Designed by Giacomo Quarenghi, the neoclassical Hermitage Theatre is an iconic venue and one of the oldest buildings in St Petersburg. This intimate auditorium was once the private theatre of the imperial family and stands on the site of the original Winter Palace of Peter I. Experience Russia’s renowned arts scene and enjoy a special private ballet performance here on our 13 Day Russian Waterways trip.
4. Dine at L’Abbaye de Collonges
Founded by renowned French chef, the late Paul Bocuse, L’Abbaye de Collonges is located just outside of Lyon on the banks of the river Saone. Sit down to dinner and soak up the splendour of this opulent setting, with a grand staircase and pipe organ setting the scene on our 8 Day Colours of Provence trip.
5. See a Traditional Fado Performance at Palacio da Bolsa
Built between 1842 and 1910, the Palacio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace) is located in the historic centre of Porto. Its highlight is a stunning ballroom known as the Salao Arabe (Arabian Hall), featuring stucco walls with intricate, gilded Moorish designs. On our 14 Day Douro Delights trip, be treated to a cocktail reception, followed by a traditional Fado musical performance in the Arabian Hall.