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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

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6,789 Reviews

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Excellent vacation, biking in Holland and Belgium, 6 days

Holland & Belgium Bike Tour

5.0 January 2017 Backroads Recommend: Yes Excellent vacation biking around Holland & Belgium with Backroads. See my videos to get a flavor for the trip.
https://vimeo.com/97188922 Biking in Netherlands, May 2014

https://vimeo.com/97536546 Biking in Bruges, Belgium (May 2014)

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Good tour vastly enhanced by high quality leader

Puglia and Matera Magnifica Tour

5.0 January 2017 Tourissimo Recommend: Yes Beppe Salerno was my guide on a cycling trip through Puglia in Southeastern Italy.

Although I had cycled for many years and ridden in Italy before this was the first commercial trip I had ever taken. Riding with Beppe was central to the unique experience provided by this trip.

Beppe provided unique insights into Italian life and culture as well as useful commentary on cycling routes and styles. His knowledge of Italian wines and cuisine transformed the trip from simply a “ride on a bicycle” to a gastronomic adventure. He introduced me to new wines, new dishes and to the people who grew, bottled and prepared them. We discussed history, dialects, regionalisms, music and architecture.

Beppe's skills are many. Paramount among them, in my opinion, is his ability to motivate people of diverse backgrounds and with widely divergent interests into a cohesive, collaborative group enjoying the company of others while reveling in the delights of a shared ride.


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Great trip!

Active Amalfi Coast

5.0 January 2017 Intrepid Travel Recommend: Yes It was a great trip - exactly as it was described on the website. Consisted of a great combination of city/town touring and active hiking.

Enjoyable trip!

Active Italian Lakes

4.0 January 2017 Intrepid Travel Recommend: Yes An enjoyable trip, but I was not that enamored of the area...too many tourists!

Memorable experience!

Active Cinque Terre

4.0 January 2017 Intrepid Travel Recommend: Yes The trip was well organized, good meals included, a memorable trip.
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