Belgium's history has always been linked to both commercial and cultural exchange, and much of its character is due to its role as the great meeting place of western Europe. Today, its
capital city of Brussels is one of the world's great cosmopolitan cities, home to both the European Union and NATO, as well as a wealth of international trade and
finance companies. As a result of its international outlook, Belgium has long been a country for connoisseurs, a small nation abundant in quality.
A thousand years ago, Denmark's peninsular location at the heart of four European regions made it an ideal base for seafaring Vikings. Today, the conditions that once made Denmark a
perfect point of departure make it a fascinating place to arrive: it is an intriguing crossroads of culture, history, and commerce.
People who visit Iceland are often struck by its utopian nature. This is a country that seems to have
mastered living. There is no pollution, crime
is virtually non-existent, and the citizens here are the longest-lived people on Earth. Added to the sociological
acheivements is a landscape brimming with natural wonders: Europe's largest glacier and waterfall, countless volcanoes, geysers, and hot springs
Northern Ireland is one of Europe's most exhilarating travel destinations, a stunningly beautiful land filled with poetry, myth, and history. Come along as we explore the six counties of Antrim, Armagh, Down,
Fermanagh, Londonderry, and Tyrone and visit the city of Belfast and the towns of Derry and Armagh. Northern Ireland also has two of the world's top-rated golf courses, beautiful
hikes, outstanding birdwatching, almost legendary angling, and excellent resources for investigating ancestral heritage.
Norway is a land that strikes into the soaring spaces of the soul. The primordial, glacier-carved fjords and brooding coastline seem designed to remind us of our transiency, our little lives that fall
within the big, glorious epic of the Earth. Yes, Norway is nature, but it is culture too. The people here have done unusually well at integrating old styles and traditions with a modern outlook.
With the dissolution of the Soviet Union over half a decade ago, Russia has emerged as the largest unexplored travel destination on the planet. For the last seventy years, enormous expanses of
pristine territory, centuries of rich Russian history and culture, and the greater part of the gregarious Russian people themselves have all been closed to outside visitors. Today that seal
has been broken, creating the rarest of opportunities for any traveler in our age-the chance to explore a vast and unknown land.
Home to Europe's last great wilderness, Sweden is also a place where subway stations are art exhibits and urban canals are clean enough to swim in. Here is a country wonderfully obsessed with the aesthetic synthesis:
between man and nature, form and function, ancient and modern.