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Reading Time: 3 minutes Different countries in Europe have different visa requirements. Prior to departure, understand whether you are responsible for obtaining a visa to enter a particular country.

This article describes what the Schengen Area is, how it relates to the European Union, and will help you determine whether you need to apply for a visa prior to arrival.


Reading Time: 3 minutes Europe’s extensive rail system is a preferred method of transit for residents and visitors alike.

This post describes what a EuroRail pass is, the types of passes available for sale and answers to common questions we’ve heard along our travels. This is a guide for beginners looking to get a sense of how they might incorporate train travel into their plans.


Reading Time: 6 minutes In this post we outline an itinerary geared for first time visitors to Calistoga/Napa/Sonoma with limited time. This is not intended to be a comprehensive overview of the region.

The two wineries selected offer guided tours for guests (many who are first-timers to the region) looking to expand their knowledge of wine and spend some time on a beautiful estate. Following wine tasting, spend some time in quaint Calistoga, experiencing a mud bath and downtown’s gems.

Day two of the itinerary includes a visit to the American River for Category III & III+ whitewater rafting.

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