Pippa began exploring Europe as a child, travelling with her family to the likes of France, Italy, northern Spain, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany. As a student she spent a year studying French at La Sobonne in Paris and got to know the French capital extremely well, knowledge she has kept up to date by returning to France regularly with her French husband. She lists igloo building and dogsledding in Swedish Lapland, climbing the rock pinnacles of Cappadocia in Turkey, wine tasting in the vineyards of Bordeaux and exploring the canals of Venice among her favourite European travel experiences. Outside of Europe, Pippa's travels have been equally prolific, taking in such countries as Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, Botswana, Zimbabwe and French Polynesia.
A rich heritage and outstanding landscapes compete for your attention during holidays in Europe. With more countries than Asia crammed into a relatively compact space, for tailor made holidays Europe is unmatched.
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Since Spain's holiday appeal is well-known, it's easy to end up visiting the same sites as everyone else – but we think there are plenty of fresh ways to see this jewel of southern Europe.
Get to know to cuisine of Occitanie in France's sunny southwest, from the Mediterranean flavours of garlic and fish to some of the finest beef, wine, and full-bodied cheese in the world – this is the home of Grenache, Roquefort, and dishes flavoured with rich, flavoursome duck fat.
The Northern Lights - a magical display of dancing lights - is just one reason to head to the Arctic this winter. We've hand-picked four fantastic itineraries all with great advance-booking savings. A must for any travel wishlist, book a Swedish or Norwegian break now and save on seeing this incred…