There is so much to discover in Europe, that you will need a lifetime to digest the centuries of history and culture that left their undeniable charming mark on the old continent. You won't be able to do this, but you can still get a very concentrated taste of European diversity by visiting its most popular cities. London? Paris? Berlin? Vienna? We have all these and more.
Austria is more epitomized by green glacial valleys and snow-capped peaks - and the wooden picture postcard chalets. Nonetheless, visitors have much to explore from the stylish capital, Vienna, to the baroque splendor of Salzburg. Austria's mountain landscape is undoubtedly its biggest draw for tourists. Although a year-round destination, there is a definite seasonal split in visitors. Summer is best for exploring the countryside on the many mountain trails that snake through the Austrian Alps and the lowlands, while the ski season kicks off in December, attracting winter sports fans from all over the world.
Warm-hearted, fun loving and free-spirited, Denmark is a traveler's delight. The smallest and most southern of the Scandinavian countries, Denmark offers an interesting mix of lively cities and rural countryside. Ancient castles, ring forts, jazz festivals, the sleekest modern design you'll ever see and the people who invented Lego. Denmark's ancient past almost tells its own story with its barrows, country manors, churches, well-preserved market towns and modern architecture. In Denmark you will find that the distances are short and this makes it possible to combine it all.
England remains one of the most popular destinations in the world for international travel. Millions of people each year are drawn to the frenetic charm of London, the historical attractions of places such as Salisbury, York and Chester, and the rural splendor of the Lake District. Then there is the traditional England of rolling green fields, quaint villages and tweed-wearing locals. Not to mention the English football teams have more fans who live abroad than they do in their home towns while London remains one of the leading international centers of commerce and culture.
France remains one of the worlds most talked-about and written-about destinations. Whether the romance of Paris sweeps you off your feet or you fall gently for the relaxed life of Provence, France is a place for lovers, and will leave you spellbound. Paris is undoubtedly one of the world's great cities, with enough monuments, museums, restaurants, theatres and shows to last a lifetime. The northern provinces of Normandy and Brittany are steeped in history while the Loire Valley is world famous for its châteaux. And there is more to explore.
Germany's landscape is straight from the Fairy tales: castles, deep dark forests and mythical rivers. The German landscapes are extraordinarily diverse, with graceful big-city appeal, small picture-postcard towns, pagan-inspired harvest festivals, a wealth of art and culture, and the perennial pleasures of huge tracts of forest, delightful castles and fine wine and beer. From Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire to the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, no other nation has molded Europe the way Germany has - for better or worse.
Ireland is a unique country with breathtaking natural landscapes and a fascinating history. It is full of statues, monuments, dolmens, and other stone arrangements of cultural and historical significance dating back to the days of the ancient Celts. Take a glimpse into the spiritual past and present of Ireland by visiting its churches, monasteries and cathedrals. In Ireland you will also find a great variety of natural wildlife preserves, public parks and artistically-cultivated gardens.
For centuries, Italy has drawn foreign visitors, mostly for its architectural, artistic and scenic splendors. Italy can truly be all things to all people. For some the Italian experience is full of passion and excitement, urbanity, crowds and noise. For others it is a quiet rural idyll where the traditional life can be experienced. Its great cities are replete with fantastic works of art ranging from the Roman times to the Renaissance. Even then, many visitors will forego the rich attractions of culture in favor of some of the most unspoilt beaches and spectacular mountains in the world.
Visiting the Netherlands should mean more than Amsterdam. The vast flower fields, old windmills and bustling market towns make it an exceedingly pleasant place to explore. The Hague, Delft and Alkmaar are three cities with their own distinctive charms and are less frenetic than the Dutch capital. Also growing in popularity is the town of Maastricht in the far south. Undoubtedly, Amsterdam`s Rijksmuseum, packed with priceless paintings, will appeal to culture vultures. Outside of its beautiful cities, the Wadden Islands of the north are a Mecca for yachting enthusiasts, while the flat landscape makes touring by bike easy.
Poland is a multifaceted country where the capital and medieval towns are trawled by modern city slickers, and where horse-drawn carts negotiate country lanes, untouched by progress. The enthusiasts of nature will surely enjoy the golden sand of its Baltic coastal beaches to the north and the rocky crags of the Tatras to the south. To those with a taste for history and its mementoes, Poland offers many painstakingly restored old town complexes, the Royal castles of Warsaw and Krakow, the former capital, and old palaces erected by Poland's magnates.
Scotland's landscape is dotted with dramatic fairy-tale castles, ruined abbeys, fascinating historic cities and picturesque villages. Edinburgh, its capital, is widely considered to be one of the most charming cities on Earth. To the west, Glasgow has grown into one of Europe's most exciting cities for culture and recreation. Inverness and Aberdeen give access to trekking across the hills of the lowlands or the rocky peaks of the Highlands and islands. But whether on the low or the high road, there's plenty to see and do in one of the world's most accessible and civilized wildernesses.
Spain is a country of passion, excitement and enthusiasm unlike any other in Western Europe. Madrid, the magnificent capital, Barcelona, Valencia and Seville are effervescent cosmopolitan cities with some of the best museums and galleries in Europe. Costa-style resorts take much of the coast up although cities such as Alicante, Marbella, Malaga and Mallorca's Palma retain their charm. And everywhere you can find secret hideaways with empty beaches. The best way to explore rural Spain is to visit Galicia and Asturias, the arid villages of Andalucia and the peaks of the Sierra Nevada and the Pyrenees.
The third largest country in Western Europe, it presents visitors with countless lakes and waterways, surrounded by vast pine and spruce forests in the north, mixed with romantic oak, birch and other leafy forests further south. Sweden offers blood-boiling rapids, soothing streams and wakeboarding waves. And there is so much more - from the Höganäs ceramics of western Skåne in the south, to the finely carved wood, bone and textile handicrafts of the Sami people in northern Lapland - and all the provinces in between, with their countless workshops full of weavers and spinners, gold and silver smiths, stonemasons, woodcarvers and much more.
Combine Rome (The Colisseum, The Vatican plus masterpieces from 2 millinium), Paris (Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, The Champs Elysses and so much more) and Barcelona (Gaudi, Las Ramblas, The Barri Gotic) with flights between the cities.
Experience two Nordic stars! Visit Copenhagen (A cozy European capital, filled with stunning architecture, historic sites, world-class museums, and some of the best shopping and dining in Europe.) and Stockholm (Built on 14 islands around one of Europe's largest and best-preserved medieval city centers, with stunning and extremely varied scenery in every direction.) Travel between them by flight. This is a flexible package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
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London and Dublin by Air
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Combine London (Grand museums, stunning architecture, Royalty, glorious parks and an amazingly diverse cultural scene) and Dublin (Delightful mix of medieval, Georgian and modern architecture, a wealth of history and culture, a legendary literary tradition, and pub crawls) with a flight between cities.
The Jewels of Russia! Visit Moscow (One of the oldest and most beautiful Russian cities, with the Kremlin, world-renowned architecture and performing arts culture, museums and galleries) and St. Petersburg (Founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703 as a "window to Europe, The city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the Hermitage, the Mariinsky Theatre, and the Russian Museum). Travel between them by flight. This is a flexible package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
The perfect Nordic Trio! Visit Oslo (Situated by a fjord and surrounded by hills and forests), Copenhagen (A cozy European capital, filled with stunning architecture, historic sites, world-class museums, and some of the best shopping and dining in Europe.) and Stockholm (Built on 14 islands around one of Europe's largest and best-preserved medieval city centers, with stunning and extremely varied scenery in every direction.) Travel between them by flight. This is a flexible package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
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