People in the 17th and 18th centuries certainly knew how to travel. The term ‘grand tour’ originally referred to trips undertaken by the British nobility and wealthy landed gentry when they came of age. They would head across the continent in search of cultural enlightenment visiting galleries, museums and ancient ruins and attending concerts and social engagements.
Considered by many to be a rite of passage, these epic trips could last between several months and a few years. While holiday allowances today tend not to allow for quite such lengthy tours, we can put together a trip that is no less grand and just as indulgent.
With much of Europe connected by land borders and the rest accessible by boat rides or short flights, Europe is the perfect place for an epic voyage. You can be drifting along Venice’s Grand Canal one day, then hiking through the mountains of Slovenia the next.
For those after a dose of history and culture the ruins of ancient Greece and Italy await, while art lovers can get lost in Paris‘ museums and galleries and wander through the architectural gems that are scattered all across Spain. Outdoor lovers will relish the opportunity to explore the mountains of Switzerland, the Norwegian Fjords and the coastline of Portugal and when it comes to relaxing, the Greek and Croatian islands are hard to beat.
Even within countries you’ll find regional dialects, local food and drink, and people fiercely proud of their traditions. Every day in Europe brings a different adventure.
We have a team of travel designers passionate about this beautiful continent who know exactly how to get from A to B in comfort and style. The grand tour was made for Europe and is the perfect way to experience its magic.
With the help of Jacada we were able to experience a spectacular stress-free family vacation to Croatia. Our trip designer thoughtfully planned out our itinerary so that we had the perfect balance of adventure and site seeing. We hiked waterfalls, went white water rafting and enjoyed tours of Diocletian’s place, Dubrovnik’s fortress, and Hvar. All of the Jacada drivers and tour guides were top rate—friendly, professional and knowledgeable and our hotel accommodations were phenomenal. This is our second family vacation with Jacada (the first to Chile) and won’t be our last. A+