August 07, 2016 23:24 ET

Diamond Resorts International® Timeshare -- Unforgettable European Castles

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - August 07, 2016) - Imagine boarding a plane and suddenly being transported back in time, hundreds of years to a picturesque and magical castle surrounded by all of the grandeur and awe that only a medieval countryside can provide. Now picture standing where powerful kings and queens stood or walking the hallowed halls and visiting the knights' sleeping quarters. Diamond Resorts International® timeshare professionals recommend visiting Europe and experiencing the wonder and unique perspective that only a European castle can deliver.

Adding a castle tour to your itinerary while vacationing in Europe is a unique way to intimately glimpse into your favorite legend or fable and breathe new life into it. We all remember the tales of Mother Goose, Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm and many others. Now envision being captivated by the retelling of Beowulf while gazing through the window of an intricately designed palace on a hillside in Sweden, overlooking the village where this saga is said to have taken place. The scent of smoke from the defeated dragon still lingers faintly in the air. Or, if you prefer, you can explore and actually lean out and let your hair hang from Rapunzel's Tower in the fortress and town of Trendelburg, Germany where Rapunzel herself makes an appearance every Sunday around 3 p.m. A castle visit will rekindle the excitement, mystery and intrigue of the folktales, medieval legends and fairy tales that kept us spellbound as children as we trekked alongside our favorite heroes and fought nefarious villains.

Diamond Resorts International® timeshare experts recommend European castle tours for the unique historic perspective they provide, the cultural insight they give and for the variety of tour options which are customizable and can accommodate the needs of every vacationer. Whether you want to spend a couple of hours touring a British Castle or take a multi-day trip visiting the castles, chateaux and cathedrals in Tuscany, the choice is yours. This rich history can be experienced through fully-guided tours complete with in-depth presentations and authentic period reenactments, or you can grab a map and peacefully take in the beautiful architecture and landscape on your own. No matter what you decide, you will be mesmerized and forever filled by the awe, wonder and magic of these magnificent structures.

The historical significance of these ancient royal and regal edifices is unparalleled but they also hold some present day mystique as well. Skibo Castle in Scotland was renovated in the early 1900's by Andrew Carnegie and was the venue chosen by Madonna and Guy Ritchie for their nuptials in 2000. The Dunluce Castle ruins in Northern Ireland is a famous site for many ancient battles, but more recently it has seen a resurgence of notoriety due to it being featured in "The Medallion," a 2003 Jackie Chan film. Alnwick Castle, located in Northumberland, England is the crème de la crème of the medieval kingdoms and boasts more television and film appearances than any other castle in the world. Scenes from "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" starring Kevin Costner to episodes of the wildly popular "Downton Abbey" have been filmed at this location. A visit to this awe-inspiring and majestic locale affords you the opportunity of standing on the set where three of the world-famous Harry Potter movies were filmed.

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Diamond Resorts International®, with its network of more than 420 vacation destinations located in 35 countries throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australasia and Africa, provides guests with choice and flexibility to let them create their dream vacation, whether they are traveling an hour away or around the world. Our relaxing vacations have the power to give guests an increased sense of happiness and satisfaction in their lives, while feeling healthier and more fulfilled in their relationships, by enjoying memorable and meaningful experiences that let them Stay Vacationed.™

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