Vienna, once a frontier outpost of the Roman Empire with a rich and glorious history befitting its nickname of The Imperial City, is a fitting launching pad for this epic springtime European adventure. Travelling via Styria into Slovenia, where we’ll explore the stunning scenery of Lake Bled and beyond, we’ll greet Italy from the north and take time to indulge in Tuscany’s great cities, scenery and centres of culture before wending our way south. Stories of the Renaissance, and other engrossing tales and characters are connected to the sites you visit all the way into Rome. An extended stay in the Eternal City provides a base for all manner of explorations and side trips to ancient, monumental and modern Rome and of course the endless wonders of St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican museums.
Chris was born in Melbourne but grew up in Kuranda in North Queensland. He loved taking the Silver Bullet (tin turtle) train down the Kuranda range to Cairns for high school during those years. He studied Performing Arts at James Cook University before moving to Sydney to work for the Aboriginal and Islander Dance theatre. He then moved into the film industry working in the art department on many productions such as Babe, Pricilla, and the Wiggles to name a few. In 1992 he took his first trip to Japan and fell in love with the country, food, culture, and people. He studied Japanese and returned to Japan every year for holidays. Chris began working as a coordinator for Japanese productions in the South Pacific and in 2012 moved to Tokyo. His love for Japan and all things Japanese has grown over this time, just going to the convenience store is still exciting for him!