Relaxed and friendly, the smallest of Europe's major capital cites feels more like a village but its history is controversial, fascinating, and often bloody. Our tour starts at Anne Frank's house and then goes on via the beautiful Westerkerk church to the city's simple but moving monument to its gay residents who have suffered over the years.
As you walk down the Spanish Steps we'll explain why the Pope at the time they were built was so unenthusiastic about them and also why the fountain at the bottom looks like it's sinking. We'll point out the Keats-Shelley Museum and talk about the Romantic poet's tragic life and then explain what Roman firemen do to the Colonna dell'Immacolata every year.
We'll start at the Duomo, Florence's vast cathedral, and tell you not only how the magnificent dome was created but how this remarkable piece of engineering was one of the corner stones of the Renaissance. Whether you go inside then or wait until later is up to you. Either way, next we'll wander down the Via Calzaiuoli and talk about how the shops around this modern Florentine street relate to the Renaissance and Florence's history.
As we stroll down this celebrated street, your guide to the Ramblas tell you its history - from the story behind its name to the role it played during the Spanish Civil War. We'll show you how to ensure that you come back to Barcelona and take you through the most beautiful food Market in the world.
"Informative and enjoyable Barcelona walk."
Your tour starts in Peter's Square where we explain why this great church was built here, what you can see as you look at it and why the Popes over the ages have had a difficult relationship with Rome. We'll also give you the name of the only English Pope - so far! After the crowds and noise of St Peters, walk with us down the calm, pretty Via Giulia and learn how it came to be built against the odds.
Our Madrid tour begins with the grand royal palace and the great Cathedral of Almudena which was, in fact, only finished a few years ago. You'll then hear about where the city gets its name from and we'll tell you about its development from medieval backwater to capital of half of the world.
"Used for trip to Spain"
Moravia, Bohemia, the Holy Roman Empire - Prague has been the capital of various countries, territories, and empires over the centuries and each has left its mark on the architecture and customs of this historic city.
We'll lead you down Andrassy Avenue, Budapest's Champs Elysées, and tell you about the Opera House and it's curious Masonic significance. The next stop is St Stephen's Basilica, where you'll hear about the right hand of St Stephen and find out what disaster struck this beautiful building just after it was completed.
We'll guide you through the narrow, winding streets and along the canals past many of the city's most stunning churches and art galleries and through its picturesque squares. We'll show you the most beautiful monuments - and perhaps the ugliest - as we tell you about their history and show you what to look out for.
From its ancient palace and castle to the elegance of New Town, we'll show you the well-known - and less obvious - sites of Scotland's capital.
Our tour includes: the New Scottish, Parliament, Holyroodhouse Palace, Cannongate Kirk, John Knox's House, St Giles Cathedral, The Greyfriars Bobby, the Castle, the National Gallery of Scotland, Princes Street, and finally, New Town.
As we take in the magnificent baroque Karlskirche we'll tell you why it was built. Moving on to the neighbouring Secession building, you'll hear about the Jugenstil movement and why it shocked contemporary Vienna including the Emperor Franz Josef.
Walk with us through the Left Bank and discover the Pantheon and the Boulevard Saint Germain. We'll show you one of the best food markets in Paris and explain why the great short story writer Guy de Maupassant had lunch at the top of the Eiffel tower every day. We finish our tour at the Arc de Triomphe and show how it fits into a striking pattern of great arches, new and old, across this elegant city.
Dynamic, cosmopolitan, and just a little bit decadent, Berlin is one of the fastest-changing cities in Europe. We'll talk you through its remarkable and often troubled history and show you the vibrant, creative Berlin of today. We start at the magnificent Reichstag and talk about its war-torn history - and its exciting modern incarnation.
We start by the celebrated Opera House and the Sacher Hotel, home of the even more celebrated Sachertorte chocolate cake. Then we'll lead you past some of Vienna's most remarkable and beautiful churches.
"Short guide to the basics of Vienna"
For over 2,000 years, London has been a centre of trade and politics - and a font of new ideas and trends in architecture, fashion and the arts. Our guide starts with the great Palace of Westminster, where we explain what happened on the fateful night of 16th October 1834 - and how it affected the magnificent building we see today.
Our tour starts at the Castle Museum, where you'll hear about the dark history of Clifford's Tower. In complete contrast, we'll then guide you to the elegant Fairfax House, one of the finest Georgian mansions in England, and we'll talk about the amazing discovery made there earlier this year.