Europe Tours & Holidays
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Escorted tours of Europe
Discover fascinating cities, iconic sights, sublime countryside, beautiful rivers and glorious coasts on our escorted tours of Europe.
From iconic, much-loved destinations like Venice and Amsterdam to lesser-visited gems such as Uzbekistan and Montenegro, our holidays provide the chance to see many of the most spectacular places on the continent. Marvel at the epic fjords of Norway, go in search of the Northern Lights in Iceland or unwind at a chic cafe in Lake Como. With spectacular natural landscapes in places like the Austrian mountains and the Italian Dolomites, as well as beautiful man made scenery in Granada and Valletta, there's little wonder that Europe is such a dream destination.
Spend your summer soaking up the sunshine in Sicily or a white-sand beach in the Algarve, or visit during the festive period and enjoy the Christmas markets in Berlin or Krakow. Whether you're passionate about scouring culture-rich cities such as Milan, Prague and Vienna, or prefer to get off the beaten path in Northern Cyprus or Southern Italy, we have a Europe tour for you.
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Things to do in Europe
Europe holidays come in as many guises as there are regions, landscapes, peoples, cuisines, and languages across the continent, resulting in a broad range of unique experiences. Taste excellent wines from some of the world’s most famous vineyards, immerse yourself in stunning natural surroundings, and journey through history and culture as rich as any on earth. Not sure where to start? Here are three of our favourite things to do in Europe.
Discover the French Pyrenees by train
What better way to take in the wonderfully scenic Pyrenean countryside than by train? Board the historic Petit Train Jaune and travel through beautiful natural landscapes, past impressive bridges and viaducts, with stops at charming towns such as the UNESCO-listed Villefranche-de-Conflent.
Enjoy a cruise of the Amsterdam canals
The Netherlands' capital is home to a wide variety of world-class architecture and landmarks, and one of the best ways to see them is by boat. A cruise of the city's iconic canals passes historic bridges and buildings, many of which date back to the 17th century.
Wander the Italian Dolomites
A picture-perfect area of mountains, vineyards and castles, Italy's Dolomites are home to landscapes that seem straight out of a fairytale. You can explore this stunning region using a combination of rail and cableways, making it easy to visit the local chocolate-box towns and villages that are nestled in Alpine surroundings.
Things to see in Europe
A continent brimming with scenic and culture-rich holiday destinations, Europe offers plenty of unforgettable sights. From sunbaked Mediterranean isles to glaciated fjords, from snow-capped Alpine peaks to crystal-clear lakes, and from cities bursting with history and colour to remote beaches fringing azure seas, there is so much to see on this diverse continent. Here are just some of the highlights.
European tour highlights
Things to see and places to visit on your escorted tour of Europe
These heavenly Italian lakes offer picturesque villages, waterfront strolls for all abilities, fine dining, and mountains as far as the eye can see.
Ah, the magic of the Scottish Highlands! Fringed highland cattle with their sweeping fringes, whisky distilleries tucked into small villages, and mountainous terrain as far as the eye can see.
Home to a glorious fortified old town that is considered the most beautiful in the Adriatic, perhaps even in all of Europe.
Enjoy the wonders of Eternal City Rome, where 2000 years of history are reflected in a treasure trove of monuments and buildings, art and heritage, and where present-day life thrives beside the relics of a past civilisation.
Food and drink in Europe
Europe is home to a wide variety of cuisines, each with their own staple ingredients, preparation methods and ways of consuming. From Italy's pizza to Hungarian goulash, the breadth of dishes available means that every trip to the continent offers a new flavourful journey. Whether you are considering city tours or beach holidays in Europe, you can be sure of plenty of tantalising local dishes.
While every European country will of course have its own delicacies based on factors such as its culture, traditions, and climate, the continent's cuisines can largely be broken down by Northern, Southern, Central, Eastern and Western Europe. For example, in Northern Europe, the food in countries such as Sweden and Denmark tends to be rich and hearty - it needs to help fight the cold, after all. Meat, fish, dairy, starchy foods and vegetables generally form the basis of this protein-rich diet. In Southern Europe, the cuisines range from Mediterranean, which encompasses a generally healthy diet with ample vegetables and seafood, and Balkan, which tends to be quite heavy and often spicy, with favourites like cured meats, pickled vegetables, and stews.
Central European cuisines include a wide range of tasty dishes, from Germany's wurst to Poland's pierogis. Pork, sea fish and seeds tend to feature quite heavily on menus here, as are berries and delicious whole grain breads. Eastern Europeans usually favour hearty, comfort-style food, with a lot of meat, pastries, stews and soups. Yoghurt and cheese are important staples across the region, and pickled vegetables are also still common. Borscht, predominantly enjoyed in Russia and Ukraine, is a popular soup made with vegetables that can be eaten hot or cold. Finally, the cuisines of Western European countries like France, Ireland, Belgium and the UK usually have hearty, meaty dishes in common. Cheese is a very big deal in this part of the world, with an enormous variety available to try on your food tours in Europe.
Europe by region
From the castles of Western Europe to the beaches of Southern Europe, there will be beauty in every moment of your European holiday. For foodies, Eastern Europe will delight with its hearty cuisines, as will Northern Europe with its high-quality seafood. For culture and museums galore, Central Europe will have you covered.
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