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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

4.6 out of 5

98%

recommend

4,361 Reviews

  • Excellent 3,013
  • Great 1,094
  • Average 187
  • Disappointing 45
  • Terrible 22

Rating Details

  • Value
    4.6
  • Guide
    4.6
  • Activities
    4.6
  • Lodging
    4.6
  • Transportation
    4.6
  • Meals
    4.6

Tour Reviews

An unforgettable experience.

Iceland Highlights Tour

5.0
December 2016
Carpe Mundo
Recommend: Yes
I was extremely satisfied with Carpe Mundo! Mero and his staff were nothing but professional, courteous, knowledgeable and helpful from the very beginning. I booked the Iceland Highlight tour, highly recommended! The accommodations superb, and the adventures amazing! I highly recommend any tour with Mero, he will turn your trip into an unforgettable experience!
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The best way to see Iceland.

Iceland Hiking Tour- Laugavegur Trek

5.0
December 2016
Carpe Mundo
Recommend: Yes
I went on the Iceland Hiking and Germany Biking trips, and both were incredible! I’ve been to Iceland several times before, but doing this hiking trip is by far my favorite way to see the country. The views are unreal, and the leaders make the hike much more enjoyable (and safer) than if I had gone on my own. The food we ate while hiking was actually better than the food I usually eat at home. Carpe Mundo also helped arrange a self drive trip for me and my friends after the hike- the recommendations on places to stay and activities to do were great. I would highly recommend these tours to anyone looking for an incredible trip- I can’t wait to travel with Carpe Mundo again!
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Favorite trip to Iceland.

Iceland Highlights Tour

5.0
December 2016
Carpe Mundo
Recommend: Yes
I've been to Iceland at least 5 times, but this trip was one of my favorites! Iceland has become very popular in recent years, so it was nice to be with such a small, intimate group that went to off the beaten path locations that I had never been to before but were incredible! Carpe Mundo specializes in Iceland and offers several different tours there, their expertise definitely shows through! Everything was amazing, will definitely travel with them again.
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The trip of a lifetime.

Germany Rhine River Biking Tour

5.0
December 2016
Carpe Mundo
Recommend: Yes
This was the trip of a lifetime for sure. I loved getting to know everyone in the group- they were all amazing. The biking was super fun, not as hard as I expected it to be. I loved seeing all these castles and then staying in one. The leaders are great, having one of the leaders be from Germany was definitely helpful. Carpe Mundo is the best value, hands down.
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First guided bike trip, won't be my last!

Germany Rhine River Biking Tour

5.0
December 2016
Carpe Mundo
Recommend: Yes
This was my first guided bike trip, and I absolutely loved it! It was such an amazing way to see Germany, and I loved biking through small, charming towns that I otherwise wouldn't have seen. It was the perfect mix of biking and free time to shop and explore on our own. I loved knowing that I could stop biking if I needed to and ride in the van or take a riverboat to the next destination, but I never needed to or wanted to because it was so enjoyable. I enjoyed this so much better than the self-guided bike tour I did in France- the scenery was better, it was more relaxing with leaders to help, I learned more about the area with the leaders, and getting to know the other people in the group really added to it. I had some reservations, being afraiad of not having any independence and always being told what to do, but that wasn't at all the case. Whether you're an expert biker or just an occasional biker, I'd recommend this trip to everyone.
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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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