Europe is a cultural hotspot full of wonderful cities, beautiful monuments, and great people. It is also the second smallest of the continents and takes up about one fifth of the world’s total land area. It is comprised of 44 different countries, most of which are gathered in the European Union. It is a diverse and vast continent with a huge array of different languages and cultures from the phenomenal nature of the Scottish Highlands to the beautiful lights of Paris as they create a splendid backdrop to the Eiffel Tower, and to Italy where the food is just as much a cultural experience as the beautiful architecture and history.
If you are thinking about taking a trip to Europe, we are here to help you plan it. From where you go, to what you should see, do and eat, and even how to get there and get around. We have comprised the ultimate guide to your perfect European holiday with the suggestions plotted into various time frames. Obviously, seeing all of Europe in one trip is nearly impossible unless you have an unlimited amount of time so here is our take on the hottest tours around Europe whether you travel with friends or by yourself.
The fast one – 2 weeks – 3 months
If you are just going over for a quick Euro trip and don’t have that much time, then you should definitely consider London as your first stop. Tickets to London are often quite cheap and a great place to start because of the familiarity – everyone speaks English and a lot of Brits have been to Australia and are more than happy to talk about it.
London is a must-see for everyone travelling to Europe for the first time (or even the second or third time because there is always something new to explore in London). The majestic capital of England has something to offer everyone no matter what your flavour is. If you are into musicals and operas, London is definitely the city for you. You can easily find tickets for a number of great shows such as the phenomenal Phantom of the Opera, Back to the Future – The Musical, or the very popular Frozen. Catching a musical at one of London’s amazing theatres is a great experience that should not be missed. However, if musicals are not really your thing, why not join the action at the PokerStars London Series at Le Meridien in November, or maybe catch an Arsenal Game at Emirates Stadium where you really get to experience the passion of the game.
After London you might hop across the pond the one of the Scandinavian countries such as Denmark, Norway, Sweden or even Finland. All four countries have beautiful scenery and nature, with Norway and Sweden being the most mountainous and Denmark definitely being the flattest. They all have a wonderfully rich culture and tonnes of activities to do and places to see. You can easily fill a couple of weeks just in the Scandinavian region alone. After that, head on down through Germany and the Eastern European countries such as Poland, The Czech Republic, Hungary, and Ukraine. Cities like Prague and Budapest have some amazing cultural sights and are famous for their food and beautiful architecture. However, there are a lot of small towns in lesser known places in Eastern Europe that have an immense amount of charm, culture, and fascinating history as well. There are also plenty of good beaches as well as great places to ski and snowboard in the winter. You definitely will not be running out of things to do here!
The long journey – 3+ months
Caption: Italy is a popular vacation hotspot and you do not want to miss the beautiful canals and gondolas of Venice
If you have a bit more time on your hands then you definitely want to spend some time in the Mediterranean region around France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Greece as well. This region is best to travel to in the summertime, or late spring, early autumn – however, it truly is stunning no matter what time of the year you go. These countries are packed full of wonderful cultural experiences, stunning beaches and deep blue oceans, and the rolling hills of the countryside. Learn how to surf in Portugal; see the Eiffel Tower, the Arc of Triumph and eat to your heart’s content in Paris; or experience the amazing cuisine and culture of the Italian cities and the Greek Islands.
Travel by train
With the climate being on everyone’s mind these days, you might feel like opting out of flying between the different destinations, but how do you get around then? Well, you can always rent a car and drive, but Europe is actually connected by a really good train system and a popular, fast, and convenient way to travel is by Interrail. You can buy different passes depending on how many and which countries you want to visit and for how long. Basically, you can customize your travel needs to your own travel plan and make up your own route down through Europe. It’s cheap, easy, and convenient.