Top Europe Experiences

Drinking in the panoramic views while hiking in the Swiss Alpswhere all the trails are neatly marked.

Soaking up ancient history in the ruins of the Roman Forum or the Acropolis in Athens

Sailing into Budapest at night on a Danube river cruise, with the Hungarian Parliament Building majestically lit up. 

Biking alongside the canals in Amsterdam en route to the Anne Frank House or the Rijksmuseum.

Touring the Alhambra in Granada, Spainone of the finest examples of Moorish architecture.

Visiting the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican to marvel at the work of Michelangelo.

Enjoying the steamy saunas in Finland before jumping straight into a cold body of water to get the juices flowing.

Enjoying a gondola ride in Venice and hearing the sounds of Italian singing through the canals.

Touring the Old Square in Prague

Sipping an aperitif at a café with views of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Visiting the idyllic Plitvice National Park in Croatia with it's miles of wooden paths through waterfalls and bright blue lakes.

Touring the incredible natural landscapes in Iceland.

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Top Europe Attractions

Buckingham Palace in London, England

Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Grand Canal in Venice, Italy

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Sistine Chapel in the Vatican

Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

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Europe Attractions And Landmarks Guide

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 with things 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 the Alps in 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, of course, there are tours that include both. The same is true for tours that center on a cultural theme – art, history, archaeology, music, food and wine, etc. – or a more active focus: walking, cycling, sailing. Because distances are generally short in Europe, it's easy to try it all, and do it within the boundaries of multiple countries.

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, and 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 (electric 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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Europe Tour Reviews - Summary
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This trip was pretty amazing! I made a YouTube video to sum up the trip, so you can go have a look at how much fun we had.
https://youtu.be/asjO18bGOGs

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FUNNEST GAP TOUR EVER! July 2018

5.0

European Adventure

This Topdeck was so much fun, with it being the leaders last trip the chefs first trip and everyone else on the bus being 18 on a GAP year it was one to remember!
Unfortunately we missed out on Nice as we were in Paris heading to Nice on Bastille day, the day of the drive through attack. Topdeck took a good step forward and moved us to Switzerland earlier and we had an extra day there and in Florence instead! They had the best facts and took us to the best places. Our leader Amanda would tell us the most important facts of the trip show us where to party and where to stay safe and let us do our own thing at night!
Would highly recommend!
Check out my Topdeck here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB_uiN6dOOc&lc=z221j1nhwkfwfjgeaacdp4302urkdwx33xmfi0u45j1w03c010c
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Great Time with Grandfather July 2018

5.0

Norwegian Discovery Cruise

I technically took the abbreviated version of this exact cruise a few years back, essentially a one-way trip through the Fjords starting in Bergen and going up to Kirkenes on the Russian border. It was a graduation present from my grandfather, and we took the trip together. He is not the most mobile of travelers, and a cruise was a great compromise for us. I loved being able to talk and read with him on the many rocking chairs looking out the ship's walls, and it was helpful to get the occasional reminder from the Captain about the feature we were passing. We got a solid feel for Norway's coastline and culture from watching attentively from the boat, and also getting off at the majority of the daytime stops. We took part in a bunch of the optional activities (which we booked right beforehand, there was no trouble with that) and there were plenty of options we both liked. One my favorites was seeing a Sami settlement, learning about their culture and how they farm reindeer. The bus ride that took us from the boat to the Sami was also incredible -- the landscape had totally changed, we saw the rows and rows of fish racks, and we even saw wild reindeer run past! The optional activities also meant that when I wanted to take a hike one day, I could go and my grandfather could do whatever he wanted, and we'd see each other in a couple of hours.

A couple of other things that made this trip for us: the food and the ship itself. The ship's room was definitely close quarters, but my grandfather is a big man and we still had no trouble with anything. The entire ship is handicap accessible, and there is a gym and a hot tub I utilized multiple times! Most importantly: the food. My grandpa is a HUGE foodie and an adventurous eater, and that was definitely his primary concern, and we were both satisfied with the quality of the food. We both felt there was a good balance between having good food, and having enough classical Norwegian food. Plus, if you feel like getting fancy, there is a separate restaurant on the ship that is an extra fee.

The only reason I give "guide" a lower rating is because we weren't really guided for much of the ship, only during the optional excursions and the occasional information from the captain.
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Great Experience July 2018

4.0

Mont Blanc Explorer

The tour was amazing. A lot of great hikes and views travelling from France-Italy-Switzerland. Really enjoyed how organised the trip was and down to earth the people were.

Operator G Adventures

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Great Experience July 2018

4.0

Mont Blanc Explorer

The tour was amazing. A lot of great hikes and views travelling from France-Italy-Switzerland. Really enjoyed how organised the trip was and down to earth the people were.

Operator G Adventures

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