Western Europe typically refers to all the countries west of what was the Soviet Bloc during the Cold War. At the time, the connotation was one of modernity and prosperity vs backwards politics and poverty. Today both regions are eager to put that past to rest - though the terminology, while geographical too, remains heavily related to the political atmosphere of the time. Travelers to Western Europe will enjoy everything from the culinary delights of Italy to the scenic snow capped mountains of Switzerland. With so much diversity, going on a guided tour will help ensure you don't miss a thing.
The Far West of Europe
Western Europe, politically, doesn’t tend to include Spain, but geographically of course, Spain and Portugal occupy the westernmost coast of the European continent.
In Spain, you will encounter an extremely diverse group of dialects, sub cultures, and cultural influences. Including a town where bagpipes are a common instrument! Many tours loop in Morocco to their Spain itineraries, due to its close proximity and significance to Spain’s history.
The Center of Europe
Politically, Western Europe typically refers to France, Germany, and Italy, and the UK. These countries are among the more expensive to visit, so be aware of that. They also tend to be the more crowded, at any time of year, which is why going on a guided tour can help with special access and prices for attractions, as well as help you get a more unique experience.
The Northern European Countries
Northern Europe is a less common designation, and often countries such as Belgium, The Netherlands, and Denmark get roped into the Western Europe label. Alternatively, Scandinavia usually stands on its own as a region within Europe.
Visiting these countries has grown in popularity, but they are still less traveled than lower Western Europe.