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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 magestically 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 Plitvlice 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.

Europe Tour Reviews - Summary
99% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 10,803 Great 4,170 Average 700 Disappointing 161 Terrible 86
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4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals



The tour was a wonderful experience December 2017


The Scottish Experience

The tour company really takes the time to find find great locations and provide time to relax.

Operator The Relaxed Explorer



Great Tour December 2017


Ancient and Artistic Italy

Loved all of the locations. Small group and personalized attention.

Operator The Relaxed Explorer



Switzerland and Germany Tour December 2017


Alps/Bavarian Grand Tour

Great areas, hotels and transportation.

Operator The Relaxed Explorer



Affordable, Interesting, Fun December 2017


6 Day Iceland's Northern Lights 2017 Itinerary

From the moment we landed till the day we departed, everything was right. There was, as advertised, a Gate 1 rep to meet us at the airport. On the way to the hotel, we met our Gate 1 tour guide Paulie. He was a former teacher and native of Iceland. For us he was perfect. Smart, interesting and fun but not in a cheesy way. No games or sing-a-longs. I liked that we had the same guide for all of our excursions.
We took the City tour, the Golden Circle, South Shore trip, Blue Lagoon and Northern Lights tour while in Iceland. The only one that was not with Paulie was Northern Lights tour. All were interesting and allowed us to see different parts of this beautiful country in comfortable motor coaches.
We stayed at the Hotel Cabin. It was a bit dated but clean and run very efficiently. Breakfast was included with the Gate 1 package. A cold buffet with a limited selection but good to start the day. The hotel also had a lunch and dinner buffet available for an extra charge. Caroline at reception was so friendly under a lot of pressure from guests that were not always nice. Caroline is an asset to the Hotel Cabin.
If you have done any research on Iceland, you may have heard it is quite expensive. I will wholeheartedly agree.
1 can of beer $10.00
1 can of soda $8.00
disposable lighter $6.00
coffee cup (souvenir) $22.00
Christmas ornament-$27.00
key chain $10.00
bag of chips $9.00
on and on
This is not Gate 1 or the hotels fault. Most things in this country are imported. Bring snacks from home. You'll be glad you did.
Recommend? Absolutely!
I would like to go back someday in the summer and see Iceland in a different way.

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Operator Gate 1



AESU was amazing to travel with! November 2017


The Great Escape

Traveling with AESU was one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time. They kept the trip organized and on scheduale and made sure we were all very safe while giving us so many opportunities to explore on our own as well as with our tour group. The adventures and sites we went and did and saw were life changing and I would give anything to go back with this company. I wouldn’t have traded my experience for anything. I definitely recommend traveling with AESU!!! Read more

Operator AESU Travel

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