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Top Europe Experiences

Hiking in the Swiss Alps

Discovering the secrets of the Roman Forum

Exploring the Acropolis in Athens

Taking a River Cruise on the Danube

Biking in Amsterdam

Touring the Alhambra in Granada, Spain

Enjoying the steamy saunas in Finland

Riding a gondola in Venice

Touring Old Square in Prague

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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 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.

Related Guides

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

Europe Tour Reviews - Summary

4.7 out of 5

99%

recommend

9,660 Reviews

Excellent 5,130 Great 1,588 Average 87 Disappointing 25 Terrible 25

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4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
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Fail in Greece!

YOLO CRUISE - Mykonos to Santorini

1.0 August 2017 Sail in Greece Recommend: No DO NOT BOOK WITH THIS COMPANY. READ ALL ABOUT MY HORROR STORY AND OTHERS HERE: http://www.girlscatchflights.com/sail-in-greece-try-fail-in-greece/

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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