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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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Must See Europe Attractions

1. Rome, Italy

Overview of Vatican City in Rome, Europe

There’s a reason why the expression goes “All roads lead to Rome.” Rome is one of a kind. It is a modern city that lives amongst the ancient ruins of one of the world’s biggest empires. Many tourists enjoy visiting Rome because you can stumble upon impressive spaces like the Colosseum, the Pantheon or the Trevi Fountain.

Vatican City, which lies within Rome, is home to the Sistine Chapel and a gorgeous view from the top of St. Peter’s Dome. In between landmark destinations, you will enjoy breaks for delicious Italian food, music or just a moment to take the magic in.

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2. Paris, France

view of Eiffel Tower in Paris, France lit up at night

Paris is known for its connection to vibrant aesthetics, winding romantic avenues and a river as a centerpiece for a city. It is a city that is centered around the visual arts with the famous Louvre Museum, where one can see world-renowned artists’ paintings and sculptures.

Stunning architecture is also seen from the streets of Paris through the Eiffel Tower, the famous Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe. One is sure to fall in love with a trip to Paris.

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3. London, England

City of London skyline with Big Ben at dusk

London is a stylish and artistic destination for many travelers. Travelers enjoy the unique history, culture and accent that is seen (and heard) through the city’s ties to world-class theater, sports, music and entertainment.

Many visitors to London consider it to be quaint, with its rows of houses, its extravagant Buckingham Palace and iconic “Big Ben” Clock Tower. It is a destination that draws fans of Shakespeare, the Beatles and Harry Potter. This city has charm, class and history!

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4. Scandinavia

Beautiful coast of Scandinavia in Europe 

For more active European tour packages, travelers can enjoy a trip through various countries of Scandinavia. Known for its wild fjords, windswept beaches, untouched forests and cosmopolitan centers, Scandinavia is truly a hidden gem in Europe.

A trip to Scandinavia could include visiting Copenhagen and exploring one of the oldest communal settlements called Christiania, or cross country skiing through the forests of Norway, or immersing yourself in Stockholm's vibrant history and culture. Tour Scandinavia on your next Europe trip for less crowds and more time in nature.

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5. Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting in Europes famous regions

Wine tasting is an excellent impetus for a trip to Europe. There is a lot of character, history and culture wrapped up in the delectable and unique wines from different countries in Europe. Commonly, travelers enjoy a wine tour through the Tuscan Region of Italy or the Provence region of France.

On the Iberian Peninsula, winos enjoy touring the diverse wine regions of Spain or tasting port wine from Portugal’s Douro Valley. There are numerous wine regions throughout Europe, so you can tailor your experience to your timeline, regions and countries of interest. Don’t forget: a wine tour will certainly be complemented with delicious local cuisines as well.

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6. Budapest, Hungary

Overview of Budapest on the shores of the Danube River in Europe 

Budapest is considered a cultural center of Eastern Europe. The Hungarian capital is home to some intriguing experiences such as dipping in the Gellert thermal baths or enjoying craft beverages at a local ruin bar.

The Danube River also serves river cruises through Budapest and throughout Eastern Europe, so it’s a great way to cover a lot of ground with only unpacking once. Gorgeous architecture can also be viewed at the Hungarian Parliament Building or the Buda Castle. 

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7. The Balkans

Lake Bled in Slovenia, Balkan region of Europe

The Balkans are a region of Europe that engage all of the senses. With its rustic wilderness, the desolate beaches and profound historical centers, the Balkans treat travelers to a special experience.

Top experiences in this area include Lake Bled in Slovenia, the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro and the charming Dubrovnik in Croatia. Travelers either travel along the seaside or overland to explore some of the interesting capitals and countrysides that make up the Balkans.

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8. Berlin, Germany

Berlin in Germany on a sunny day

Berlin is a place of contrasts between lively arts and culture and challenging historical moments. As a city, it draws visitors for its connection to sites from WWII and the Cold War. Sites that are important to visit on such a tour are the Berlin Wall, the Reichstag and various memorials and museums. One can also enjoy Berlin for its connection to artists that work and create exhibitions of engaging art throughout the city.  

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9. Prague, Czech Republic

City of Prague in the Czech Republic, top attraction in Europe

Prague is a hotspot in Europe for its unparalleled craft beers, the spires that strike the architecture of the skyline and the Bohemian art that is found throughout the city. It is known as one of the spectacular cities of Europe for its interesting culture, arts, cuisine and history.

There are a range of experiences to have including strolling along the Charles Bridge, enjoying the Old Town Square’s architecture or witnessing the Jewish Ghetto. There’s a reason why Prague is on many people’s lists!

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10. Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife watching in Europe, Scandinavia

When we think of Europe, we commonly think of it as large metropolitan cities, unique with their ancient architecture and cobblestone streets. Europe is also home to some splendid wilderness areas, where travelers can enjoy wildlife viewing and opportunities to explore nature.

Some of the top national parks in Europe are Plitvice Lakes in Croatia, the jagged countryside of Saxon Switzerland in Germany and the mountains of Belluno Dolomites in Italy. By wandering beyond the enticing cities, one is sure to find beautiful natural surroundings.

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Europe Tour Reviews - Summary
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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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Operator Hurtigruten

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It was a great experience July 2018

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Treasures of Two Capitals

It was a great experience in Russia and we enjoyed our trip immensely.

Operator Travel All Russia

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Memorable trip to your beautiful home! July 2018

5.0

Nordiva Tours Company Reviews

My wife, Amy, and I just returned from the Full Circle self-drive tour of Iceland. We could not be more pleased with the trip and Nordic Visitor. The driving itinerary was detailed, easy to follow, and provided several suggested activities each day, none of which disappointed. The accommodations were comfortable with consistently good breakfasts. Their dining recommendations were excellent. We also booked two optional excursions through Nordic Visitor (glacier kayaking and horseback riding) which turned out to be highlights of our trip. We had one glitch in our air travel (one member of our party had his flight canceled resulting in a one-day delay in his arrival), and, with one phone call, Nordic Visitor quickly arranged additional transportation from the airport for him. Thank you, Hilmar, for arranging a hassle-free, memorable trip to your beautiful home! Read more

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I had the time of my life!! June 2018

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Let's Go South - 7 Days/6 Nights

I booked the Amalfi Coast trip for my summer break. I had so much fun during the Amalfi Coast tour and our guides were fabulous! I would highly recommend this to anyone who is visiting Italy, especially for the first time!! Read more

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Overall I would give RITZ Japan Tour thumbs up. June 2018

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Ritz Tours Company Reviews

I apologized for this late post. My husband and I went to Japan last April with RITZ TOURS. We can't tell you enough how much we enjoyed this trip. From our Japanese guide, Hiro who made sure our trip was awesome and simply wonderful. We were only a small group which made it a lot better. We all bonded. And the places we saw, the hotels where we stayed and the food that was included is unforgettable. The Kobe steak dinner where Hiro took us is so delicious, the steak melts in your mouth.
I can go on describing our experience in Japan. Overall I would give RITZ Japan Tour thumbs up.
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I recommend with closed eyes!!! Excellent service June 2018

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Travel Zone Greece Company Reviews

At First I was a little afraid to close the cruise for a company I didn't know and even more distance. But I recommend with closed eyes!!! Excellent service. And look I'm detail, boring really.. lol. I traded several emails with Susana. Several questions. And everything responded immediately. Susana is exceptional!! solved flawless everything for our trip! Very Happy!!! Read more

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Europe tour companies cover a wide range, from small local outfitters specializing in a single country to global operators that arrange trips around the world. Many Europe tours visit multiple countries or cities so the best tour companies servicing Europe are skilled at crafting complex itineraries utilizing multiple modes of transportation and arranging several different accommodations. Europe is a popular destination for all ages and while most companies are open to all ages, there are some top Europe tour operators that cater specifically to certain age groups.

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