Escorted Europe

Break bread in a family-owned vineyard overlooking Italy’s breathtaking Prosecco country … Marvel at scenic beauty of England’s North Sea coast, or saddle up for lunch at a stud ranch where Lusitano horses were once reared in the golden pastures of Portugal’s Alentejo. Yes, this can all be part of a coach tour getaway to the Old World.

 “Escorted vacations are a wonderful alternative to a self-drive holiday — especially if time is precious,” says Joan Cochrane, Maritime Travel counsellor, Truro, NS.  “With hand-picked itineraries, VIP access to major attractions and absolutely no lineups, you can get on with the task of enjoying that dream vacation without any of the hassles sometimes associated with other forms of travel.”

With Maritime Travel’s Worldwide Sale now on, it’s time to cross these escorted escapades off your wish list. Here are three of our favorite holidays so far.

Escorted Escapade: Best of Portugal 11-day vacation with Trafalgar
Recommended for you by Joan Cochrane, Truro

“My visit to Portugal was one of my favorite vacations. Portugal is a beautiful country—it has a European feel, but also a laid-back vibe that’s very appealing.”

Sandy beaches framed by golden cliffs … deserted islands and rocky coves … terraced vines and whitewashed villages – Portugal is just one of those places that invites fantasies of relaxation amid enchanting Mediterranean surroundings.

This top-rated Trafalgar includes time in the Douro Region, Portugal’s oldest wine-producing area and the site of some of the best port wine on the planet. Other must-do tour stops include the medieval cities and religious landmarks of Fatima and Batalha and the dramatic Hieronymite Monastery in Lisbon.

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Escorted Escapade: Country Roads of Northern Italy 10-day vacation with Insight
Recommended for you by Kim Pettis, Manager, Sunnyside Mall, Bedford, NS

“An escorted vacation to Italy can be an awesome experience, whether you’re young or young at heart.  You can’t help but revel in Italy’s fabulous cuisine, breathtaking scenery and sunny climes. Take me back!”

For lovers of food and wine; history and culture, northern Italy tops the list of dream destinations. From the lush olive groves and stark Alpine peaks in the north, to Shakespeare’s Verona, magical Venice and the breathtaking Italian Lake District, adventure awaits at every delicious turn on this elegantly tailored vacation with Insight.

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Escorted Escapade: Ireland and Britain Escape 9-day vacation with Globus
Recommended for you by Karen Mulock, Barrington Place, Halifax

“Visiting Britain and Ireland is not just about the incredible scenery. You really become immersed in the sights, sounds and feelings of it all, whether you’re walking in Shakespeare’s footsteps as you explore his ancestral home; sharing in a whiskey-tasting with friends, or staring up in wonder at an Irish castle and then checking in for a night.”

Rolling green hills dotted with fluffy sheep, mystical ancient castles, quaint, thatched-roof cottages…  As you travel the landscapes of Britain and Ireland, you can literally feel what remains of the hectic modern world slip away. This recommended Ireland and Britain escape with Globus offers all this, plus a taste of the cosmopolitan capital cities of Dublin, London and Edinburgh.

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