If you have a person in your life with a passion for history, family origin and heritage, we have some awesome recommendations to give the gift of memories with an unforgettable trip. How do you select the perfect itinerary with so many destination options? You’re in luck! Here are some of our favorite travel destinations for the historian and family heritage enthusiast.
#1 THE HISTORIAN
If you have a history buff in your life, their quest for ancient ruins and world-famous landmarks are top of the list. Here are our top three destinations packed with historical highlights.
A worldwide symbol of liberation, the remains of the Berlin Wall is held close in the hearts of the German population. But did you know there is also lots to tour in Berlin? There is a huge complex with remains of the original wall, buildings dating back to World War I and II, and statues paying homage to people living in East and West Germany. History is eventually about the triumph of good over evil, and the fall of the Berlin Wall is one such event worth revisiting. The museum upstairs offers an extensive timeline through interactive and visual exhibits.
The picturesque city of Budapest still holds many of the forgotten Roman and Medieval sites. While many of the sites are now found in ruins, you can still take a step back through history! Stand at the geographical heart of mainland Europe and take in the rich history and culture that are majestically intertwined by the powerful Habsburg dynasty. You will dine in local elegance along the way and see sights like never before! And if you are looking to travel with a group, we have the Splendors of Budapest, Vienna and Prague trip scheduled in 2022. It’s sure to be a wonderful journey.
MONT SAINT MICHEL / NORMANDY, FRANCE
Mont-Saint-Michel was a once-bustling pilgrimage site. Today, tourists can make their way on foot to the island (low tide permitting!) and explore the cobbled pathways while stopping off at the array of hotels and restaurants while taking in the far-reaching, coastal sights of Normandy. There is also a Historical Museum with over 1,000 years of history on display. We are offering a tour with Rose Gray in 2022 packed with incredible sights, battlefields and museums called France, Belgium and the Battlefields. It is truly a trip of a lifetime!
#2 THE HERITAGE / GENEOLOGY TRIP
Heritage tourism or traveling to the land of your ancestry to connect with your family roots is becoming more prevalent in travel. And these trips are not just for adults. You can plan a genealogy-inspired trip the whole family will love. Coming together to experience and share in your family history is one of the most important parts of this travel journey.
The country’s historical significance, mixed with its captivating natural beauty and unique cultural fabric, make Poland one of Eastern Europe’s best-kept secrets. Explore medieval castles, bustling city squares and unmatched historical significance. Poland’s bright and bustling cities of Warsaw, Krakow and Poznań enchant and amaze visitors. We are offering an exclusive tour with Colleen Alsberg in 2022 entitled Fascinating Poland which is an all-encompassing tour into Poland’s unique and profound history.
Travel to beautiful Ireland and explore its charming cities and breathtaking landscapes! Dublin is the heart of Irish culture and charm. Visit Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Jameson Distillery, where you will learn about and sample the “water of life.” Experience the breathtaking landscapes and discover the beauty of the Dingle Peninsula. Onward to Cong and stay over one night at the incredible Ashford Castle. Enjoy the immense grounds and a plethora of optional activities. Tradition, culture and charm await you, and you can join us on our next Ireland Adventure with Rose Gray. This itinerary gives “family vacation” a whole new meaning. Immerse yourself in Irish history on this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
SOUTHERN ITALY & SICILY
See the unique trulli houses of Alberobello and the Sassi di Matera and witness the rich heritage of Sicily and enjoy warm Mediterranean hospitality, as you journey from picture-perfect fishing villages to ancient Greek temples. Sicily is home to some of the world’s best-preserved examples of Greek and Roman temples, structures, and art. Witness the rich legacies of the ancient Greeks, Carthaginians, and Romans. You won’t want to miss the many culinary pleasures sure to be had on our Beautiful Southern Italy and Sicily tour. You’ll taste Sicilian wine, feast on delicious seasonal cuisine and meet passionate locals along the way on this unforgettable journey!
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