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Paris, Barcelona and Vineyards and Villages of the Rhone

Program Number: 20758RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/3/2014 - 8/17/2014; 10/24/2016 - 11/7/2016;
Duration: 14 nights
Location: Spain/France
Price starting at: $5,673.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; River Boats
Meals: 29; 13 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 10 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Every day is a masterpiece on this voyage from Paris to Provence to Barcelona. Discover grand Parisian boulevards and artists’ haunts, sail through legendary wine-growing regions, step inside castles and palaces, examine sprawling Roman ruins and experience the bold architecture and unique culture of Barcelona.

Activity Particulars

Walking for up to two hours / two miles at a time, occasionally twice per day; cobblestones and unavoidable stairs.

Itinerary At-a-Glance

Paris (France), 3 nights; aboard MS AmaDagio, 7 nights; Barcelona (Spain), 3 nights.

Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.

Days 2-4: Arrival Paris (France):

An expert-led excursion takes you to the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Champs-Elysees. Discover the arts district of Montmartre. Lodging: Comfortable hotel.

Days 5-6: Train to Lyon / embark ms AmaDagio:

A high-speed train whisks you through the countryside to Lyon. Explore this ancient city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 7: Belleville:

Journey past the chateaux of the Beaujolais wine region to a small vineyard for a tasting and discussion.

Day 8: Vienne:

Examine the marvelously preserved Roman ruins and remains of Vienne, highlighted by the Temple of Augustus and Livia.

Day 9: Tournon & Viviers:

Experience French pastoral life in the village of Boucieu-le-Roi. In the small town of Viviers, residents share stories of the past.

Day 10: Avignon:

Step inside the Palace of the Popes, a Gothic edifice that was the center of the Catholic Church between 1309 and 1377.

Day 11: Arles:

Venture to Les Baux-de-Provence, a village situated spectacularly atop a mountain outcrop. Visit an olive farm to learn about this age-old Provencal tradition.

Days 12-15: Disembark / coach to Barcelona (Spain) / departure:

Journey through the Camargue marshland and visit the medieval town of Perpignan. In Barcelona, discover the architecture of Antoni Gaudí and walk through the Gothic Quarter. Discuss life in Barcelona and the Catalan identity with locals. Lodging: Comfortable hotel.

ms Amadagio

The ms Amadagio is a deluxe vessel that debuted in 2006. 360 feet long, it carries 148 passengers. Public areas include a restaurant with complimentary dinner wines, wellness area, sun deck with whirlpool, bicycles to be used to explore the towns visited. An onboard Infotainment system offers Internet access, TV and a satellite telephone.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Frans Buijze

Born a Dutchman, Frans Buijze started his career in trading although he favored history and art. In the mid-1990s, he decided to follow his heart. He started his business, “Travel & Training,” and began developing and leading programs for Road Scholar. Since Road Scholar participants travel the world, Frans sees them as ambassadors who can bring people together by learning about cultures and traditions. He very much enjoys sharing the liberal and social way of living in the Netherlands by giving lectures on the Dutch opinion on drugs, euthanasia, politics and water management. In 2009, Frans made a big step and moved from the Netherlands to Hungary. He now lives in Budapest, a city he has started to love.
Hedi Varkonyi

Hédi Varkonyi has been working with Road Scholar since 1990, and utilizes her wealth of experience as a valuable source of information for creating and developing programs. A native of Budapest, Hungary, Hédi is a graduate of the College for Foreign Trade in Budapest where she earned an editorial degree. She serves as a professional translator, lectures on Central European history and leads programs in several countries. Hédi says, “Over the years, my enthusiasm has only been growing thanks to the wonderful people I have the pleasure to meet on my programs!”
Meals and Lodgings
   Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel
  Paris, France 3 nights
   MS Amadagio
  MS Amadagio at sea 7 nights
   Hotel Barcelona Center
  Barcelona, Spain 3 nights
 Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The newly renovated Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel is situated in a leafy neighborhood less than a 5-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower and the Seine.
  Contact info: 20 Rue Jean Rey
Paris Cedex 15,  75737 France
phone: +33 (0)1 45 78 53 46
  Room amenities: Each room features a minibar, air conditioning, hair dryer, iron and ironing board (upon request), in-room safe, phone, coffee and tea making facilities, complimentary bottled water, television, and free Wi-Fi.
  Facility amenities: This hotel features the Eiffel Lounge Restaurant which specializes in French cuisine, room service, a 24 hour fitness center with views of the Eiffel Tower, bicycle rentals, business-related amenities, laundry services, and complimentary high speed wireless Internet access in the public areas.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 MS Amadagio
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: AMAWATERWAYS has redefined the concept of luxury travel. From gorgeous contemporary artwork in the lobbies, to the inviting hallways, you will feel at home the moment you step onboard the MS Amadagio. The professional ship staff does their best to ensure that each day is filled with memorable experiences.
  Ship Information: Built in Holland in 2006. Decks: 4 - Bottom to top; Piano Deck, Cello Deck, Violin Deck, Sun Deck Crew: 41 Passengers: 148 Registry: Switzerland Home port: Basel Length: 360 ft; Width: 38 ft Cabins: 71 Staterooms and 4 Jr. Suites.
  Contact info: AMAWATERWAYS
21625 Prairie St.
Chatsworth, CA 91311 USA
phone: 800-626-0126
  Room amenities: Deluxe down bedding, marble bathrooms w/multi-jet shower (bathtubs in Jr. suites), premium toiletries, plush terry bathrobes, hair dryer, safe, telephone, flat screen TV, individually controlled air-conditioning, an Infotainment System and ample closet space.
  Facility amenities: As one of Europe's most deluxe river cruise ships, the MS Amadagio has much to offer its passengers: an enhanced shore excursion program will give you an in-depth and authentic view of the cultures and histories of the cities you visit; a panoramic forward lounge with bar, piano and dance floor provide an elegant atmosphere in which to relax with friends and family; an aft lounge with complimentary Wi-Fi access; gratuitous specialty coffee station; open seating gourmet dining in our restaurant with complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks; elevator connecting Cello and Violin Decks; fitness center, featuring exercise equipment, sauna and shower; beauty salon and Masseuse; walking track, whirlpool and bicycles for exploring on one's own. Laundry services are available onboard for a fee. Price lists will be available in your stateroom. Please note that clothes cannot be dry cleaned onboard.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Barcelona Center
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: This four-star hotel, the Hotel Barcelona Center, is located in the heart of the Eixample district. It boasts the perfect combination of an unforgettable location and high quality, modern accommodation complimented with the latest technological amenities.
  Contact info: c. Balmes 103 - 105
Barcelona,  08008 Spain
phone: +34 93 273 00 00
  Room amenities: Each room has a hair dryer, mini bar, safe box, telephone, TV, and wireless Internet access.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, sauna, gym, Jacuzzi, lounge, air conditioning, wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, computer with Internet in the lobby, laundry facilities (for a fee), fax machine, and a rooftop terrace.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Paris, France. Program begins at 5:00 PM in the hotel lobby. You will be staying at Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel that night.
  End of Program:
Barcelona, Spain. Program ends on the last day after breakfast. You will be staying at Hotel Barcelona Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  In flight
  Transportation to site: Take a taxi from the airport to the hotel. The cost is between 60 and 80 Euro and takes about 45 minutes.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Barcelona
  Transportation from site: Take a taxi from the hotel to the airport. The cost is approximately 20 Euro and takes about 30 minutes.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: In Transit
(Sunday, August 3)
 Depart From: Depart US/Canada on international flights.

Day 2: Welcome Reception / Program Introduction
(Monday, August 4)
 Morning: After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, you will exit the arrivals area. Please make your way to the meeting point in Terminal 2E where your Group Leader will meet you. If you arrive in another terminal please see the instructions in the back of this booklet for making your way to terminal 2E. Please wear your Road Scholar name tag so that you can be easily identified by your Group Leader. Transfer to your hotel. Free time to relax or explore Paris.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Meet your group at 5:00 PM in the hotel lobby for a welcome and introduction to the program.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
Accommodations: Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Paris, France
(Tuesday, August 5)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy the famous sites of Paris during a guided bus excursion which includes the Champs Elysees, Place de la Concorde, the Eiffel Tower, and concludes at the famous Notre Dame Cathedral. Take in a lecture about the City of Lights.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore Paris.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
Accommodations: Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Paris, France
(Wednesday, August 6)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Explore the artistic neighborhood of Montmartre during a guided field trip which includes Place du Tertre and Sacre Coeur.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Paris / Lyon / Embarkation
(Thursday, August 7)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: After checking out of your hotel, you will be taken to Gare de Lyon station to board the TGV high speed train that will whisk you through the French countryside to Lyon.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own on the train.
 Afternoon: Nestled between the Saone and Rhone rivers, Lyon is one of France's most important cities and gastronomic capitals. Its rich ancient history includes Roman ruins and early Christian sites. Upon arrival, we take a bus to Perouges, one of the most authentic medieval cities. In Perouges, we will have a medieval winetasting before we transfer to the MS Amadagio for embarkation.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner and cocktail party on board.
Accommodations: MS Amadagio
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Lyon, France
(Friday, August 8)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Today your field trip of Lyon will take you to the Place Bellecour with its equestrian statue of Louis XIV, the Place des Terreaux, with Bartholdi's Fountain and the Town Hall. Afterwards, visit Fourviere, part of the historic region designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as the Hill of Prayers, Fourviere is famous for its iconic white Basilica of Notre-Dame; ruins of a Roman theater, and majestic views of the city below.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Free time in the afternoon to explore the city on your own. In the late afternoon, the ship will depart for the historic village of Belleville.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MS Amadagio
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Belleville, France
(Saturday, August 9)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: This morning's bus excursion will take you through the chateaux, fields and vineyards of the Beaujolais wine region, the Pays d'Or or "land of the golden stones," named for the ochre limestone of its homes and castles. You will visit the medieval hilltop village of Oingt. You will also visit the winery and home of a local vintner, which will include wine tasting, a guided vineyard excursion, and explanation of the history of wine production in the region. Board the ship in Belleville around noon.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we sail all afternoon in the direction of Vienne, meanwhile enjoying the beautiful scenery and listening to a lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MS Amadagio
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Vienne / Tournon, France
(Sunday, August 10)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Situated between the wine regions of Burgundy and Beaujolais, Vienne has a significant Roman history, which is highlighted by its marvelously preserved ruins and remains. This morning's excursion will take you through Vienne. Highlights will include the 1st-century Roman Temple of Augustus and Livia, the ruins of a Roman theater and the medieval churches of St. Andre-Le-Bas and Abbey St. Pierre.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: The ship will depart at midday for Tournon. Take in a lecture about the European Union.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MS Amadagio
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Tournon / Boucieu-le-Roi / Viviers, France
(Monday, August 11)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: This morning, we will enjoy a guided bus excursion, through this beautiful area, which ends at a winery. Here, we will learn how wine is made in the area and we will taste the wine to see if it's better or worse than the wines from the previous regions.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we cruise to Viviers.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: We will enjoy a unique view of the town's history and legends. Follow along on a "ghost walk" through this once-thriving medieval town, as fascinating and poignant stories of its past are brought to life by the town's current residents. The ship moors overnight in Viviers.
Accommodations: MS Amadagio
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Viviers / St. Remy / Avignon, France
(Tuesday, August 12)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: We make a short stop in St. Etienne to board our bus to St. Remy. In St. Remy, enjoy a guided excursion of the St. Paul Asylum, the place where Van Gogh stayed and created beautiful paintings. After the visit, we will meet our ship again at noon in Avignon.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Home to the papacy from 1309 to 1377, Avignon was an important center of the Catholic Church. Seven popes resided in the magnificent Gothic Papal Palace, which you will visit during your field trip. You will also see the well-preserved medieval walls surrounding the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards you will have some free time.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Enjoy this evening cruise as the ship sails past an illuminated Pont d'Avignon.
Accommodations: MS Amadagio
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Les Baux / Arles, France
(Wednesday, August 13)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: You will arrive in Arles and board a motor coach for an excursion to the village of Les Baux de Provence. This hilltop village and fortress was a Protestant stronghold during the French Wars of Religion until destroyed by Louis XIII and Cardinal Richelieu in 1633. At the castle, you will see examples of medieval siege weaponry. Around noon, we drive back to our ship in Arles.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: A walking excursion of Arles will take you in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh, who spent his last years here. In addition to its association with Van Gogh, Arles is known for its Roman ruins. Visit the Roman Amphitheater and remains of the Baths of Constantine. See the Church of Saint Trophime, famous for its Romanesque architecture, and stroll through town squares and cafes bathed in the Provencal light that inspired Van Gogh's most famous works.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Enjoy our musician for the last evening in the lounge.
Accommodations: MS Amadagio
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Disembarkation / Barcelona, Spain
(Thursday, August 14)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Disembark your ship in Arles and transfer to Barcelona. Along the way, pass through the Camargue, the unique marshland that extends to the sea.
 Lunch: Stop in the medieval town of Perpignan, France, where you will have free time for lunch and some exploring on your own.
 Afternoon: We continue to Barcelona which we will reach around 5:30 PM.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
Accommodations: Hotel Barcelona Center
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13: Barcelona, Spain
(Friday, August 15)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: We begin with a lecture on Barcelona during a panoramic drive that includes passing the unique architectural works of Antoni Gaudi, like Casa Mila, Casa Batllo and La Sagrada Familia, the Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been under construction for over a century. We will appreciate the outstanding views of Barcelona from the top of Montjuic Hill. Continue along the waterfront to the Gothic Quarter, La Ribera, where we will start a guided walking excursion of this amazing medieval center of the city. Along the way, our expert will recommend you some places for a typical Catalan lunch and you can follow your afternoon with the self discovery of the famous Picasso Museum, or maybe decide to come back to the hotel and relax before going to explore the interior of Gaudi's buildings.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own around Las Ramblas.
 Afternoon: During this free afternoon take your chance to visit one of Gaudi's works, like Casa Mila or Casa Batllo or visit a museum. In the late afternoon meet your Group Leader and fellow participants at the hotel lounge, for a drink. Enjoy an opportunity to relax, while sharing the day's experiences and getting ideas for your dinner this evening. Also meet with young professionals and enjoy a Q&A about life in Barcelona & Catalan identity.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own, your chance to try Tapas.
Accommodations: Hotel Barcelona Center
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 14: Barcelona, Spain
(Saturday, August 16)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we will explore Parc Guell with our Gaudi expert. Built between 1900 - 1914, it is an ambitious and visionary project commissioned to Antoni Gaudi by Don Eusebio Guell as a housing estate furnished with paths, recreational areas and decorative monuments. You will have the opportunity to visit the Gaudi House Museum in the park. We follow with the discovery of Las Ramblas and the Cathedral square. This walking excursion will take you to the most beautiful market in the city: La Boqueria.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore Barcelona on your own.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at local restaurant.
Accommodations: Hotel Barcelona Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15: Departures
(Sunday, August 17)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Departures.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  MS Amadagio at sea Bicycles
Each ship has plenty of bicycles with helmets and locks onboard which can be used by passengers, free of charge, to explore the small towns. Most regions offer well-maintained bicycle paths along the river.
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Suggested Reading List

A Pig in Provence: Good Food and Simple Pleasures in the South of France

Author: Georgeanne Brennan

Description: Marvelously frank about daily chores and the decidedly unglamorous business of raising goats and pigs, Brennan lards her earthy tale of the rural life with recipes, one per chapter.

A Traveller's History of France

Author: Robert Cole

Description: This fast-moving survey covers the conquests of ancient Gaul through the heady days of revolution to modern times.

A Year in Provence

Author: Peter Mayle

Description: The original best-selling tale of settling down in Provence, told with warmth and a great deal of humor. It offers a wonderful inside look at the charms and quirks of the people and the countryside in the south of France.

Antonio Gaudi, Master Architect

Author: Juan Bassegoda Nonell

Description: This lavish little collection of Gaudi's work captures the evolution, imagination and exuberance of one of the most influential architects of the 20th century.


Author: Robert Hughes

Description: A Longitude favorite, this big, thoroughly enjoyable cultural history of the city touches on architecture, art, religion and literature from Roman outpost to the present.

Barcelona Map

Author: Borch Maps

Description: A detailed city map, laminated and folded for easy reference.

Eyewitness Guide Provence & the Cote D'Azur

Author: Roger Williams

Description: This is an illustrated, colorful guide to the art and architecture, literature, history and attractions of Provence. With photographs and site plans, maps and sections on the Riviera, the Var, Bouches-du-Rhones, Vaucluse and the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence.

Fodor's Paris' 25 Best

Author: Fodor's

Description: This shirt-pocket map and guide includes essential information on the city's history, highlights and sightseeing, ideal for a short visit to the City of Light.

France, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Author: William Rodarmor (Editor)

Description: This collection contains literary gems from all corners of France--not just Paris--by a select group of 20th-century French writers from Colette to Simenon.

Homage to Catalonia

Author: George Orwell

Description: Orwell's portrait of the Barcelona uprising and the spirit of a city at war is a classic, an observant and heartfelt report from the streets.

Lonely Planet French Phrasebook

Author: Marie-Helene Girard, Anny Monet

Description: This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.

Long Ago in France, The Years in Dijon

Author: M.F.K. Fisher

Description: A memoir of Fisher's years in France in the late '20s and early '30s, a time of exuberant discoveries of the glories of French food and French culture.

Paris Map

Author: Borch Maps

Description: A sturdy laminated map of the city center at a scale of 1:12,000 and all of Paris at a scale of 1:15,000.

Paris to the Moon

Author: Adam Gopnik

Description: Gopnik writes with candor and humor about Paris and Parisian ways in these charming reflections on adapting to life in glorious exile.

Rhone Valley Map

Author: Michelin Travel Publications

Description: A colorful, detailed map of the Rhone Valley from Lyon to the Mediterranean at a scale of 1:200,000.

Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong

Author: Jean-Benoit Nadeau, Julie Barlow

Description: Two Canadian journalists tackle the contradictions and complexities of the French character, paying particular attention to the question of why the French resist globalization.

The Most Beautiful Villages of Provence

Author: Michael Jacobs

Description: With an excellent introduction on the history, culture, landscapes and the pleasures of Southern France, this illustrated guide features 34 towns and villages across Provence from the Vacluse to Bonnieux and Gordes, tranquil Alpine villages and southern vineyards.

The Most Beautiful Walk in the World, A Pedestrian in Paris

Author: John Baxter

Description: Australian critic and writer Baxter draws on his second career as a literary tour guide in his adopted city for this witty memoir, laced with terrific tales.

The Popes of Avignon, A Century in Exile

Author: Edwin Mullins

Description: Grounded in the architecture and papal legacy of Avignon and the surrounding area, this engaging history sets the 70-year period of papal exile in the south of France against the context of Europe's turbulent transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.

The Road from the Past, Traveling through History in France

Author: Ina Caro

Description: Time travel through France by way of its finest castles, chateaux, cathedrals and monasteries. This unusual travelogue is an invaluable companion for traveling in Paris, southern France, the Dordogne and the Loire Valley, combining personal observation with large doses of well-presented history.

The Roman Provence Guide

Author: Edwin Mullins

Description: Mullin's succinct history and guide to the many monuments, arches and other antiquities of Provincia Nostra, the first Roman territory outside Italy, covers the must-see archaeological sites of Provence and neighboring Languedoc in detail.

Two Towns in Provence

Author: M. F. K. Fisher

Description: Celebrated food writer M.F.K. Fisher contrasts village life in Aix-en-Provence with bustling Marseilles, evoking these two favorite places with anecdote and loving description.

Vanished Kingdoms, How Nations Rise and Fall

Author: Norman Davies

Description: In this marvelously tale of lost civilizations and the shifting fate of nations, historian Norrman Davies presents the stories of 14 now all-but-forgotten European states, including Aragon, Etruria and the Two Burgundies. Not just an intiguing look at history, these tales will also incite wanderlust.

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