iNCANTATO LiVE: LCHS Choral Artists sing Schubert at the Vatican

The La Cañada Choral Artists, directed by Dr. Jeffrey Brookey, sing Franz Schubert’s ‘Zum Sanctus’. The singers were the featured guest choir at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican on Thursday, March 30, 2017 with iNCANTATO CONCERT TOURS. The CANTIAMO performance tour included Venice, Florence, Rome and Vatican City. More impressions and videos can be found on Youtube and Facebook.

IN AUSTRIA: SIGHTSLEEPING AT THE SOUND OF MUSIC PALACE

Sound of Music fan or not, Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria is one of those places that is synonymous for our iNSIDE EUROPE SIGHTSLEEPING COLLECTION.Occasionally, we can also upgrade the fine performing ensembles touring with iNCANTATO to so such an experience: in 2017, Choir of the Sound will be staying at Schloss Leopoldskron.Sightsleeping with iNSIDE EUROPE means, that the hotel is an authentic part of the destination experience. This can be for its stunning location, or the rich history/significance of the building.  In the case of this palace, it is for both. Schloss Leopoldskron was not just one of the sets for…

DINING WITH THE STARS AT VENDÔME

Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg near Cologne, Germany, is part of the iNSIDE EUROPE sightsleeping collection. Versailles and Winchester Castle served as architectural models for this unique castle hotel with breathtaking view of the cathedral city of Cologne. In addition to experiencingfive star hospitality in this beautiful setting, we highly recommend a dining experience at the on site restaurant Vendôme, headed by 3-star chef Joachim Wissler.It is one of the best restaurants in Germany and an iNSIDE EUROPE favorite. Apart from being awarded three Michelin stars, Vendôme has 19.5 Gault Millau points as well as 5 Feinschmecker F’s, and is ranked Germany’s best restaurant in…

iNSIDE EUROPE’S TOP FIVE WINE REGIONS IN GERMANY

It may be Oktoberfest time in Germany, but don’t forget that great wines are made in Germany, too. We agree with Forbes Travel Guide that Mosel, Rheinhessen and Baden, are three must-experience destinations for wine lovers, yet, as true Europe Insiders, we have to add a few more to this top list of German wine regions.As huge fans of the Historic Highlights of Germany cities Freiburg, Mainz and Trier, we welcome the shout out from Forbes to Mosel, Rheinhessen and Baden, and yes, they produce some great wines and have lots to offer.But why end it here? Let’s make this…

SCARY HALLOWEEN BEER: GRINTA FROM TUSCANY

Think Tuscany is all about the Chianti and other grape products? Think again!Italy may not be the first craft beer destination coming to mind for unique brews, and while the title at our blog hints at “Scary Halloween Beer”, we are not talking about this beautiful country’s hoppy brews in general, but one unforgettable drink in particular: The “Grinta” Truffle Beer by Savini Tartufi. Served in the Tuscan countryside with glorious views of vineyards and medieval villages, we thought: How bad can it be? Oh it was bad, really bad, so bad that we took a few bottles home just to share…

iNSIDE EUROPE’S JOURNEY THROUGH FALL FESTS IN GERMANY

Join iNSIDE EUROPE’s quick journey through some of our favorite fall fests in Southern Germany taking place before, during and after the famous Oktoberfest in München.When you seek a translation for the German proverb “Man muss die Feste feiern, wie sie fallen”, the result is “Christmas comes but once a year”. However, this could not be further from the truth. There are thousands of events celebrated throughout the year, often upholding centuries old traditions. Fall is the perfect time, after the summer crowds are gone, to experience authentic celebrations, meet the locals and be merry! Fall is the season of German…

IN GERMANY: OKTOBERFEST 2016 TOP 3 TIPS

September 19, 2016Whether you have been to Oktoberfest in Munich too many times to remember or this is your first time, there are some changes for the 2016 edition of the world’s greatest beer festival and here are our iNSIDE EUROPE TOP 3 TIPS to have a great time at Theresienwiese:Oktoberfest 2016 TOP TIP #1:- Leave your big bags at home, even better, come without any as bag checks are now in place as part of the new “Oktoberfest Sicherheitskonzept” (security procedures). There are storage areas around the beer fest grounds if you can’t come without luggage. Oktoberfest 2016 TOP TIP…

iNSIDE EUROPE Travelers in France 2014

Smiles from France: Why we love what we do

There are those special moments in life that you never want to forget and this candid shot of our 2014 Belcanto travelers at Chateau Vaux le Vicomte in France captures so much more than just the memories of a great day, it shows the spirit of what we are all about: creating one-of-a-kind travel experiences shared by like-minded people.The choir had just finished a very moving concert in the great hall of this family-owned French castle and was posing for a group shot when photographer Steve Wylie unexpectedly turned around and snapped this photo of us – the groupies, family…

WANDERLUST IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT

Wanderlust is the strong desire/impulse to travel and explore the world.At iNSIDE EUROPE, it is our mission to ensure that our clients experience the beautiful places they are traveling to like travelers and are not just another tourist. We are foodies and take pride in sharing favorite restaurants and introducing our travelers to local specialties as well as the artisan makers. Bon Voyage & Bon Appetit! 

IN ITALY: ROYAL STAY IN ROME

Whether it is your first time to the Eternal City of Rome or you are returning visitor, on our 2017 “BELLISSIMA ITALIA” milestone experience, you are sure to feel “royal“ at Castello della Castellucia, a favorite home away from home and part of the iNSIDE EUROPE sightsleeping collection.Built on the ruins of an ancient Roman villa, between the 10th and 13th centuries by the noble Cancellieri family, and after a turbulent history, the castle has finally bee converted into a four star hotel. The setting in the countryside yet within the city limits of Rome and a short drive to downtown…