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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

10,204 Reviews

  • Excellent 7,429
  • Great 2,468
  • Average 221
  • Disappointing 58
  • Terrible 28

Rating Details

  • Value
    4.7
  • Guide
    4.7
  • Activities
    4.7
  • Lodging
    4.7
  • Transportation
    4.7
  • Meals
    4.7

Tour Reviews

Puglia: Discover the heel of Italy

Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy

5.0
April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
We would definitely recommend this holiday; the choice of hotels was superb. There was such a wide variety of things to see and the area is very beautiful.
Spending time in Matera was a real highlight and also travelling on the local train to Lecce through the olive groves.

Marinella was an exceptional guide; nothing was too much trouble and she was very knowledgable about the area and interesting to listen to. We appreciated the effort she made to find good local places for the group to eat together in the evening, and accompanying us, which made a lot of difference to our holiday.

Some of the pavements were polished cobbles so a shoe with a good grip is essential. There were quite a lot of hills and steps to negotiate.

There were no early morning starts so in that sense it was leisurely, but we were on our feet most of the day so in our view we would classify this holiday as leisurely/moderate.

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Highlights of Ancient Greece

Highlights of Ancient Greece

5.0
April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Excellent trip covering a wonderful variety of Ancient archaeological sites in Athens and the Pelopponese.
Good hotels throughout, friendly and competent guide and driver.
This trip excelled because Elly, our archaeology guide stayed with us throughout and the depth of her knowledge was amazing. She made this trip with her explanations and dedication.

Lovely lady who worked constantly throughout and was very efficient in every way. Helpful and dependent.

The only criticism l have is that the flights at both ends of the trip made it necessary for me to book hotels at both ends in Heathrow and having to check in at 5 am does not start a holiday well. I was too tired to enjoy our first day in Athens.

I suggest that the group flights arrive in Athens on the first day afternoon and that the Athens tour takes place the following day when everyone has rested up. Also, the return flight to arrive back to UK earlier on final day.

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Colours of Rajasthan

Colours of Rajasthan

5.0
April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
A fascinating trip, packed with the vibrant cultures of India. The tour was excellently planned and managed.
It has to be The Taj Mahal in the morning light. Also the beautiful countryside between Udaipur and Jodphur.

Harish was the perfect group leader. Very well informed, intelligent and amusing. And very thoughtful too, ensuring everyone was feeling good and enjoying the trip.

Be aware that there is a lot of travelling on some days but it is well managed. If you want to see the many places in the intinary, it is worth the travelling.

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A wonderful experience of Northern India

Colours of Rajasthan

4.0
April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
This trip was a wonderful taster of all that Rajasthan had to offer. Travelling long distances, although tiring, meant that experiencing all of Rajasthan was possible. From the bustling of Delhi to the calm of Ranthambore, this trip will have something for everyone.
I loved the Taj Mahal, which is a wonderful memorial to love and a beautiful sight. However, it was also wonderful to visit India during Holi, a bright and colourful festival.

Ronit was a wonderful tour leader who ensured that everyone was happy throughout the trip. He couldn't have done more for us throughout the trip.

The days are long on this trip and there is a lot of travelling. The trip notes are quite accurate, but don't underestimate how hard 5-6 hours on a coach may be for you. However, the view out of the window is always interesting in India.

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Mountains,Temples and Mystics

Mountains, Temples & Hill Stations

5.0
April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
A fantastic trip which covered so many religions, landscapes and local rituals. An off the beaten yrack tour with a lot to offer.
Definitely The Golden Temple in Amritsar closely followed by the Delai Lamas temple in McCleod Ganj.

Phillippa was fantastic. Her knowledge of the area was outstanding. She was always helpful and organised.

Do this trip. You won't regret it.6

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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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