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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.

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Europe Tour Reviews - Summary
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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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Stunning views, good hikes and great hospitality July 2018

5.0

Conquer the highest peak between the Alps and the Caucasus

It was my first ever trip with Hiking the Balkans, so I had no expectations. I was pleasently surprised by the professionalism, the choice of accommodation, trails and restaurants on this trip.
The combination of hiking and visiting thermal spas and wineries was ideal for an active, yet relaxing holiday.
I am planning to explore the Balkans more and I would definitely go with Hiking the Balkans again, they have good local knowledge of all Balkan countries, great contacts and are very good at recommending the best spots off the beaten track.
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Operator Hiking the Balkans

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Recommends

Best trip of my life! June 2018

5.0

The Greek Islands

11 days of pure bliss. Hands down the best trip of my life. Went with friends from college but left with 40 new friends and one incredible Greek tour director. Best bang for your buck out there. All accommodations and travel included in the price. Highly recommend for 20 and 30 year olds if you like the beach, boats, and drinking! Read more

Operator EF College Break (EF Ultimate Break)

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I had the time of my life!! June 2018

5.0

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

Operator Italy on Budget Tours

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Does Not Recommend

Honest Feedback as we just got back from our trip June 2018

4.0

Imperial Highlights Summer 2018 - CostSaver

We give 5 stars to the tour guide, itinerary, attractions and transport. Honestly speaking, the hotels were more of 1 or 2 stars because the misrepresented to us during the booking that it will be 3 or 3.5 stars. The first night, they put us up at the Holiday Inn, Munich which was a first bad impression! It was a run down motel, old and at a remote location. There was no aircon and so difficult to sleep. Overall all the hotels were quite pathetic other than the last night at Munich where they put us up at the Leonardo. Trafalgar/Costsaver need to ensure that they put their groups in hotels that can handle large breakfast groups in the morning. Morning breakfasts at the hotels were a nightmare! The hotels were not equipped to handle tour groups as they could not replenish the food, plates, cups, forks and spoons etc. It was crazy that 47 people in our group had to stand in line at the machine to get their morning cup of coffee or tea! Guess what, we were not the only tour groups there for breakfast! We have decided not to go with Costsaver again but to only go with the Trafalgar tour. We felt very short changed with the run down and poor hotel selection and prefer to pay extra for a better hotel experience and breakfast & meals. Read more

Operator Trafalgar

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