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Europe

Close to home but far from uninteresting, Europe is a continent that only grows bigger the more you explore it.

From the English Channel to the Caspian Sea, Europe’s richly varied history and ever-changing landscape have created a patchwork of independent nations, each with their own story.

Ancient ruins and architectural glories sit beside contemporary art and mouth-watering gastronomy, whilst towering alpine peaks and wolf-trodden forests contrast with impossibly dramatic coastlines and mesmerising wildflower meadows. Europe can truly rival anywhere for diversity of culture and scenery.

In the south, the Mediterranean Sea decorates the shores of the Latin states. North African influences can be found, alongside classical architecture of impossible beauty and cuisines to complement it. Towards the east, Europe juxtaposes Asia as the Christian heritage of Georgia and Armenia dazzles against the backdrop of the Caucasus Mountains.

Moving northwards, the fjordlands and tundra of Scandanavia offer a refuge for some of the continent’s largest mammals. And Iceland, with its fiery tectonic reputation, hides tales of elves amongst its bubbling hot springs and crashing waterfalls.

Thoughts. Opinions. Experiences

View of the village Adishi. Upper Svaneti, Georgia, Europe. Caucasus mountains
Stories
Georgia: Traversing the Svaneti Region
Tom Frost
This article is an excerpt from our new Steppes Traveller magazine – please get in touch with us to receive your…
View of Islamic buildings through blue mosaic archway.
Stories
Islamic Cities – Through Time and Space
Justin Marozzi
By journalist, historian and travel writer - Justin Marozzi This article is an excerpt from our new Traveller magazine – please get…
Snow Capped Mount Ararat and Khor Virap, Armenia
Stories
Armenia: A History of Biblical Scale
Justin Wateridge
“It used to be ours,” lamented my guide, Kristine. Towering against the horizon and history was the magnificent snow-capped peak of…
statues on Mount Nemrut in Turkey, UNESCO
Stories
Turning Back Time
Katie Benden
When I heard that the FCO had lifted their warning on travel to Eastern Turkey, I was truly warmed to know…

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Tom Frost

Having travelled to different parts of the world over the years it never ceases to amaze me how you constantly learn and evolve from the adventures you experience. I adore working in an environment where I can share my passion for the world and discuss fascinating stories both from my experiences and that of our clients. In the past year I’ve delved into the wintery beauty of St Petersburg, trekked through the colourful desert in Jordan and sailed down the iconic Nile in Egypt.

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Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way.

In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.

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Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.

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Joe Parkes

As a child I read voraciously so the seed of travel was planted by none other than Enid Blyton. Family holidays ran the gamut from icy dips in the early summer seas of Cornwall, to camel rides in north Africa, from Times Square to Tenerife. A GAP year upon leaving school cemented the travel bug. After graduating University and before stumbling, happily, into a career in the travel industry I spent a couple of glorious years exploring southern and east Africa, large swathes of South-east Asia, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

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Don’t think I’ve ever had a guide with two undergraduate degrees, one Masters, studying for a PhD in Greek inscriptions in Georgia! She is excellent.

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