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Top Trip Memories
  • Drinking in the panoramic views while hiking the Swiss Alps, where all the trails are neatly marked.
  • Soaking up ancient history in the ruins of the Roman forum or the Acropolis in Athens.
  • Standing at the top of Europe in northern Norway, gazing out at the Barents Sea -- far north of the Arctic Circle.
  • Sipping an aperitif at a café with views of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
  • Sailing into Budapest at night aboard a Danube River cruise ship, with the Hungarian Parliament Building lit up like a huge birthday cake.
  • Biking alongside the canals in Amsterdam en route to the Anne Frank House or the Rijksmuseum.
  • Touring the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, one of the finest examples of Moorish architecture.
  • Visiting the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican to marvel at the work of Michelangelo.
  • Steaming in a sauna in Finland, then jumping straight into a cold body of water to get the juices flowing.
  • Quaffing brews and singing oom-pah songs with the locals at a giant beer hall in Munich.
  • Riding a gondola or water taxi through the canals of Venice after eating real Italian pizza.
  • Wandering Old Town Square in Prague or the Grand-Place in Brussels, two of Europe’s most distinctive public squares.
  • Watching the changing of the guard at London’s Buckingham Palace.
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Tour Tips
  • River cruises are an appealing way to tour Europe in a relaxed mode that offers sightseeing in both atmospheric villages and big cities.
  • Europe is about more than high culture; active Europe tours include cycling in Greece, hiking in the French or Swiss Alps, even walking across England.
  • Point-to-point walking or cycling tours through the countryside are a great way to meet locals along trails, in pubs, or in small town settings.
  • For the truly adventurous, consider tours that include running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain; “mud walking” in Holland; or glacier walking in Switzerland.
  • The “If It’s Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium” rush-rush-through-seven countries-in-a- week bus tours are mostly passé; consider focusing on one or just a few countries at a time.
  • Spain-Portugal; Denmark-Sweden-Norway; Czech Republic-Austria-Hungary; and Belgium-Netherlands are among those that make for nice regional tours.
  • While you can see something of Europe in a week, allowing at least ten days to two weeks for one to three countries is more satisfying.
  • Don’t be too concerned with language barriers when booking your tour, since many Europeans now speak English, and your guides can translate when necessary.
  • Many Europeans go on vacation for the entire month of August, so visiting in September or October can be ideal; the weather is cooler, too.

 

 

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Europe Travel Reviews & Ratings
4.7 out of 5

99%

recommend

9,653 Reviews

Excellent 5,619 Great 1,734 Average 87 Disappointing 25 Terrible 21

Rating Details

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4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
4.7
Tour Reviews

They Made It Difficult For Me To Get Money Back

Balkan Adventure

1.0 August 2017 Intrepid Travel Recommend: No I booked a 981euro holiday with Intrepid in July 2017. They emailed me a few days after booking to tell me that trip was cancelled and that I was entitled to a refund. Fair enough. I emailed back that day to say I would accept the refund. No response or returned money ensued so I contacted them about this again a few days later. A lady told me via email that my refund had now been requested and was on the way. A little peeved that I had to remind them of money they owed, esp as they had cancelled.
Almost a week later and my bank account still empty. I contacted again and they told me they would authorise my refund. I was getting really worried at this stage. They seemed so indifferent. Meanwhile I didn't have the money in my account to book another holiday during my annual leave. I continued to call and email. Finally after numerous unanswered phonecalls and 15 emails (all unanswered bar 2), I finally got my money back almost two weeks after they cancelled. It was hard work and stressful trying to get it back. I am distrustful of intrepid and will steer clear of them.
Be warned - once you have paid they don't care. Customer service atrocious - over a dozen unanswered calls and emails. I will never have dealings with them again.
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SAIL GREECE ARE FRAUDS AND CROOKS

YOLO CRUISE - Santorini to Mykonos

1.0 August 2017 Sail in Greece Recommend: No SADLY A SAIL GREECE BOAT HAS SANK DUE TO THE INEXPERIENCE OF THE SKIPPERS SAILING IN HARSH SEAS AND HIGH WINDS PEOPLES LIVES WERE PUT AT RISK! NEVER USE THIS COMPANY THEY SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN AND SUED

Do not go with sail greece

YOLO CRUISE - Santorini to Mykonos

1.0 August 2017 Sail in Greece Recommend: No Screw this trip it ruined mine and everyone else's trip! One of the boats sank in bad weather because they didn't have a proper skipper on the boat ! This company must be shut down and sued for their crimes of dangering people lives and wasting their money Read more

Great walking variety on a small island.

Walking the Island of La Palma

5.0 August 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes Very enjoyable walking trip in a lovely destination, reasonable accommodation
& food and a good variety of walks.
The caldera rim walk to Roque de Los Muchachos was pretty impressive and most
enjoyable, but the walk in the gorge of the Taburiente river was probably
even better. A shame we missed the Ruta de Los Volcanes due to bad weather!


Jonas Perez - The most informative, helpful, knowledgeable and entertaining
tour leader you will ever meet! He obviously loves his Island and his 'job'
and wants everybody else to share this with his enthusiasm and humour.


The walks are tough without being too hard if you're reasonably fit, but
don't believe the trip notes - days 6 & 7 are not the most challenging, they
are just long but quite simple walks, the most challenging day is day 4
around the caldera rim, thankfully followed by the rest day!


Carry everything with you all of the time - sun hat & cream with waterproofs
& a fleece. The weather constantly changes and can be completely different
on one side of the island to the other.


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Walking the Picos de Europa - Challenging week

Walking the Picos de Europa

5.0 August 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes This was my first walking holiday and first trip with Exodus. I would highly
recommend it to anyone reasonably fit (Challenging week). Accommodation was
great and food amazing - lots of options for veggies and good selection at
breakfast. All the staff in the hotel are very helpful - for example the
owner, Jim, went out of his way to drop two of us in central Bilbao on the
day of the return flight, instead of having to kill time at the airport.
Other trip members were very sociable and friendly and made it an incredible
week. Our guide, Alvaro, was superb - lots of interesting local knowledge
about the wildlife and region. He also ensured that the walks avoided crowded
times/cloud. The Picos itself is a beautiful region to visit. Day off allowed
a trip to the coast, Llanes, which has good restaurants and lovely beach.
The view of the Narnjo de Bulnes in the valley in the last day, between
Sotres and Tielve.


Excellent


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Europe Trips & Tour Advice

While it’s the second smallest in size, Europe packs the most punch per square mile of any of the seven continents. With 50 countries occupying a space smaller than Antarctica, its cultural and geographic diversity is remarkable. Travelers are presented with almost limitless options in what to see and do.

Will it be a tour of one or more of the classics: the British Isles, France, Spain, or Italy? Do Germany and the Rhine River beckon? Or does the sheer physical beauty of Switzerland and Austria? How about the hot new emerging destinations of Central and Eastern Europe – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia? Will Greece – with its classical heritage and wealth of sun-kissed islands – draw you in? Or will Turkey lure you to its ancient shores? And then there’s Scandinavia, where Norwegian fjords and Swedish canal boats compete with Danish castles and Finnish saunas for your attentions. Russian Europe includes the splendid Baltic city of St. Petersburg, while Estonia’s walled Tallinn is a mostly undiscovered Baltic gem. And don’t forget the nations of Eastern Europe that are now attracting adventurous visitors: Montenegro, Romania, Poland, Bulgaria -- even once-closed Albania.

Variety of Themes

You can focus a European tour around cities – Paris, Rome, Venice, Florence, London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Krakow, Munich, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, Athens or Istanbul – just to name a few. Or you can choose tours that concentrate more on small towns, villages, and the countryside. Or that include both. The same is true for tours that primarily take a cultural theme – art, history, archaeology, music, food and wine, etc. – or a more active focus: walking, cycling, sailing. It’s easy to combine them all, because distances are generally short in Europe.

Virtually every tour of Europe is active in the sense that the older (and typically most interesting) parts of European cities are compact and made for walking, even if you are just strolling from museum to cathedral to outdoor café; it all adds up. Even culinary and wine-tasting tours can work off the pounds if combined with walking or cycling.

Active Options

But there are plenty of options for more traditionally active vacations as well. Walking trips that cover an average of ten miles a day or so and often spend nights in local inns are popular in France, Italy, Ireland, England, and many other European countries; best of all, your main luggage goes by van while you carry just a daypack. Cycling tours are popular throughout Europe, whether it’s in mostly flat Holland or conquering more rugged terrain on a Greek Island. River cruise boats along the Danube and other rivers often bring bicycles for passengers to ride along the river banks or explore small villages (electronic bikes that provide a boost going up hills are a frequent and welcome perk).

One thing you don’t want on your European tour is the stress of worrying about whether you’ve overlooked some “don’t miss” activities or attractions. With Stride’s help, you can be sure to find tour providers that know all the highways and byways throughout Europe, so you won’t miss a thing.

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Countries:

ItalyFranceAustriaCroatiaGreeceSpainGermanyRussiaIrelandSwitzerland

ScandinaviaNorwayScotlandIcelandHungaryRomaniaBulgariaLithuania,Portugal

AndorraUkraineSlovakiaMaltaUnited KingdomCzech Republic

 

Attractions:

Colosseum, Rome; Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany;Grand Bazaar, Istanbul; 

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris;Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, France; and Many More

Top Activities:          

River CruisesHikingBiking & CyclingCulinary & Wine Tasting, & History sightseeing

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