Set deep in the heart of Eastern Europe, Poland is an inspirational country, full of dark history and intriguing culture. Krakow is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and is a perfect introduction to Poland.
From Wawel Castle and Cathedral, to Krakow's main square and Leonardo Da Vinci's "Lady with Ermine", or maybe visit the Wieliczka Salt Mines before you visit a darker chapter of European history at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camps.
There is Warsaw with the Wilanow Palace and the Lazienki Park and Palace, or the ruins of Olsztyn Castle in Czestochowa, the spiritual heart of Poland and the home of the Black Madonna which is said to have miraculous properties.
Maybe cosmopolitan Wroclaw, known as the Venice of Poland in reference to its many canals and rivers intersected by scores of bridges, would suit.
Italy is full of amazing culture and history. Walk across the famous Bridge of Sighs and take a ride in a Gondola past the crumbling palazzos in Venice, or visit Pompeii for a sobering glimpse back through the mists of time to when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.
Visit the coliseum in Rome and the Leaning Tower of Pisa with its famous tilt, and check out the stunning Botticelli and Michelangelo masterpieces in Florence. Admire the hill fortress in Assisi before heading down to the Neapolitan Riviera and Naples, or take a boat trip to the Isle of Capri.