It is impossible to list the width and breadth of European vacations catering to this genre. You could follow the literary trail of Jane Austen or Shakespeare in England or reading scenes such as when Cathy comes back to Heathcliffe in Wuthering Heights while standing on an English moor. You could catch up with Mozart in Vienna, visit the fictional sites of Romeo and Juliet in Verona or tour the great art museums of Rome and Madrid.
- Da Vinci Code
This is possibly the hottest of today’s literary trails that travelers are following with book in hand through sites in Italy, France and England. The added bonus is that the trails don’t end with the book, but also on to the Knights Templar which can also be tracked in long-forgotten castles and chapels.
- Mozart, Salzburg, Austria
Catch up with Mozart on a journey to the birthplace of the famed composer.
- Literary tours, England
Get a handle on some of England’s best loved authoress’ Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters and Beatrix Potter on a journey that will take you to Bath, Yorkshire and the Lake District respectively visiting the homes and areas they frequented. You could extend the journey by visiting locations filmed in recent television adaptations and films.
- William Shakespeare, England
The Warwickshire town of Stratford-upon-Avon is like a shrine to Shakespeare. There are five Shakespearean properties you can visit including his birthplace, his wife’s childhood home, his mother’s childhood home, his daughter’s marital home and the place where he retired. Visit his grave in Holy Trinity Church and see the school where he attended as a boy.
- West End, London
If you’re looking for over satiation on the musical and theatrical front, London’s West End is your destination.
- Andalucia, Spain
Combine a love of art and architecture with a literary trail of Washington Irving, the famed American writer who penned “Tales of the Alhambra” during a stay at the Moorish castle in Granada. Andalucia’s history is well reflected in its monuments and art with Baroque churches, Gothic chapels, Renaissance monasteries, palaces, convents and cathedrals which combine Moorish and Catholic art and influences.
- Renaissance Florence, Italy
Florence has 21 palaces, 55 historic churches, 8 galleries and 20 museums. There is no possible way you can take in everything but as the cradle of the Renaissance it will be on every art visitors destination list. It is home to Dante, Machiavelli and the Medici. It houses Botticeli`s Birth of Venus and Michelangelo`s David stands in the Galleria D`Accademia.
- Vatican museums, Rome
Look no further than Rome for an indulgent art vacation and the Vatican Museums are the place to start. Set aside hours for the gems in here, art that will exhaust you long before you reach the revered Sistine Chapel.
- European Opera
Europe boasts some of the most incredible opera houses in the world from Opera de Paris in France, La Scala in Milan and the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.
- Edinburgh, Scotland
Take a walk through this literary city to get in touch with great writers like Robert Louis Stevenson, Dorothy Wordsworth, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns. Start at the Writers’ Museum, uncover the literary pubs that writers frequented, the dark and murky world of Inspector Rebus books or the contemporary classic Trainspotting.