Europe's Must-Visit Places for Book Lovers

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Nick Dauk

Senior Travel Writer

Write a new chapter by leafing through Europe’s literary landmarks on these small-group trips for bibliophiles.

A lifetime of reading has transported your mind to places around the world – now it’s time your body followed. Explore the homelands of Italian Renaissance icons, fall in love with the great sagas of Iceland and live your childhood fantasies in the Scottish countryside – it’s all possible when you hop on these Culture Trip adventures in Europe’s must-visit places for book lovers.

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Open water and hills beyond the white, cliffside buildings of Oia village at sunrise in Santorini

Experience the inspiration behind the classics as you island-hop around Greece

With a copy of Homer’s Odyssey in hand, you can spend eight days hopping the Greek islands on this small-group trip without fear of misadventure, leaving you time to read a new piece of classic literature at every port. Flip through the plays and screenplays of local writer Iakovos Kambanellis as you familiarise yourself with the beaches of Naxos. Next, let your heart sing to The Music of My Islands, as you sail around Milos with Sachtouris’ poem on the page in front of you.

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Athens, Greece

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ENDS AT

Athens, Greece

DURATION

9

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Light

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STYLE

Discovery

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Jacobite steam train crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct, as seen in Harry Potter

Take a ride on the real-life Hogwarts Express

Harry Potter fans will lose their minds at the chance to ride on the Jacobite steam train, made famous as the cinematic realisation of the Hogwarts Express. Our seven-day Rail Trip through the rugged Scottish countryside includes a trip onboard, from Fort William to the small fishing village of Mallaig, passing over the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct en route. You’ll also explore the dramatic landscapes of Skye and the Cairngorms, which have inspired many a writer, before embracing true literary spirit by going for a whiskey tasting at Ben Nevis Distillery.

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

London, England

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ENDS AT

Edinburgh, Scotland

DURATION

7

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Gethin Morgan contributed additional reporting to this article.

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