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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Top Activities in Europe

Visiting the Colosseum in Rome

Walking along the Champs Élysées in Paris

Taking in the view of the Hungarian Parliament

Watching a classical music performance in Vienna

Seeing the amazing architecture in Barcelona

Visiting Game of Thrones locations in Croatia

Touring fairytale castles

Bike riding along the Danube

Taking a European River Cruise

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Classic Europe Itineraries

Europe Highlights, 7-10 Days

Seven to ten days in Europe is a good amount of time to focus in a specific region. Generally Europe is separated into three broad regions, the definitions of which are a remnant of the Iron Curtain days during the Cold War: Western Europe, Central Europe, and Eastern Europe.

Western Europe Highlights in 7-10 Days

Western Europe is broadly understood to stretch from Portugal to Germany’s eastern borders, as well as including the Mediterranean countries of Italy and Greece to the south. In one week you won’t be able to hit every country, but it is feasible to hit 2 or 3 - though you will still be rushing. However if a week is all you have you’ll be able to see the key sights and enjoy the Western European culture. Traveling by train is advised!

Day 1, Paris: Begin in the city of lights. Check out the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa, picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower, and stroll the Champs Élysées toward the Arc de Triomphe.

Day 2-3, Barcelona: Head to vibrant Barcelona and enjoy some of the best cuisine in the world. Marvel at the cities incredibly unique and varied architecture, such as the Sagrada Família church designed by Gaudi. Visit modern art museums with works by Picasso, then take it further back and soak up the medieval history of Barcelona in the Gothic Quarter.

Day 4-5, Rome: From off beat Barcelona, head to classic Rome, once the headquarters of one of the most powerful empires the world has ever seen. Visit the Colosseum, imposing still even though it is not fully intact. Spend an afternoon enjoying a perfectly created Italian pizza and the Italian coffee culture, and walk among ghosts at the Forum. The history here is astounding!

Day 6-7, Zurich: Spring from the conquering history of Italy to the neural zone with a couple days in Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city. Zurich oozes with European charm - cobblestoned streets, cafes, castles, and of course the quintessential views of mountains, easily accessible for a short hike in the fresh air. Reinvigorate yourself from your whirlwind week in Europe.

Day 8-10, Brussels and back to Paris: Head to Brussels in Belgium for more Western European charm. Explore Grand Place market square, palaces, and incredible art museums. Don’t forget to try a Belgian Waffle! Make your way back to Paris through the idyllic Northern France countryside to Paris before heading home.

Central Europe Highlights in 7-10 Days

Central Europe is a much different experience than Western Europe, historically as well as culturally. The countries are smaller and closer together, so you may be able to see more iconic sites in 7-10 days, especially the cities, which are for the most part easily navigable in a day. You won’t be able to get out to the countryside as much, but will see the key tourist sites.

Day 1-3, Budapest: Begin in Budapest, sometimes called the “Paris of the East” for a wonderful introduction to Central Europe. Take in the spectacular views of the Hungarian Parliament after a short (easy) hike up Gellert Hill on the Buda side, walk across the famous bridges, and wander the cities unique neighborhoods. Enjoy dinner at a restaurant right on the Danube. Don’t miss Market Hall for souvenirs!

Day 3-4, Vienna: From Budapest head to Vienna, Austria. This was the home of classical music legends such as Mozart and Beethoven. Take in a concert, tour the opera house, and visit the many art museums showcasing classic works. Horse enthusiasts will also love watching the famous Lipizzaner horses practice their balletic moves.

Day 5-6, Prague: Head to wonderful Prague, which has become an increasingly popular destination in Central Europe. Prague castle is not to be missed, and definitely take a walk across Charles Bridge lined with large intricate statues all along the way. Prague was a significant city of resistance during the Cold War, and the legacy of subversive literature and art here is fascinating. Take a history tour through the cobblestoned streets of Prague to learn more.

Day 7-9, Krakow: Following Prague, Krakow is another historically significant city, especially from World War II. Those who wish to can visit the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp for a history tour which will touch on the atrocities committed as well as inspiring stories of resilience and hope. Krakow is a wonderful city for modern art and pop culture as well as history. Check out the local bar scene for interesting drinks and to meet locals!

Day 10, Budapest: Return to Budapest before bidding farewell to fascinating Central Europe. Take a day trip to Statue Park, where statues from the Communist era have been preserved after they were torn down and removed from the city. It’s a great way to wrap up your journey through Central Europe which was enormously affected by the Iron Curtain years, and today thrives in pride.

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Great Time with Grandfather July 2018

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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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Zegrahms Expeditions Company Reviews

Sunday, 22 July... SVALBARD, Norway. Halfway between the top of continental Norway & the North Pole!

We disembarked & are now back to civilization! WOW!
What a FANTASTIC adventure on the ship Ocean Adventurer!

Once again, Zegrahm delivered! Cruise Director & Expedition Leader executed an unforgettable adventure! SUPERB lectures on ship & field trips from the guest experts in their fields... history of polar explorations... geology... birds... polar bears & other animals!

We saw several polar bears, groups of walrus, one very photogenic seal, reindeer, Arctic fox, a BLUE WHALE (largest of ALL whales!)... & a gazillion birds!

Our small ship was indeed able to circumnavigate the Svalbard (Spitsbergen) archipelago... 3 cheers to our Russian captain! The staff on board were FANTASTIC! And the best food I've had on any ship!

Mostly great weather... quite fortunate! Out on the Zodiacs (rubber rafts), I wore almost everything in my suitcase, in layers all at once, hoping to stay warm & dry... followed by VERY LONG hot showers once back on the ship, while I thawed out!

If you have an interest in polar adventure, TAKE THIS TRIP!!! Unbelievable!
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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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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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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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