Explore Europe Tours August 2021
There is a reason why Europe is a popular travel destination. The compact geography and convenient transportation allows travelers to explore many different European cultures, countries and landmarks, even in a short amount of time. From the natural beauty of Switzerland and Italy to the food and culture of Spain and Greece, Europe is full of the most ‘must visit' countries in the world. With tour operator volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 40% versus assembling the same itinerary on your own! Book your Europe tour today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted tour headquarters. View Europe Tour Deals and DiscountsEurope Travel Guide
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Europe Travel Guide
Europe Tours Highlights
- Enjoy Europe's breathtaking scenery from the comfort of a luxury motorcoach.
- Wander the backstreets of Venice and lose yourself in the magical atmosphere.
- Ascend the Eiffel Tower for panoramic city views.
- Be mesmerized by the breathtaking beauty of the Swiss alps.
- Marvel at the magnificent Sistine Chapel in Vatican City.
- Feast on world-famous art in romantic Florence.
- Discover ancient icons like the Colosseum and Pantheon in Rome.
- Explore Amsterdam's treasure-packed museums.
- Feel like a movie star on the glamorous Champs-Elysees in Paris.
- Sample some of the world's best wines in picturesque vineyards.
Europe Tours Travel Tips
- Don't change your currency at the airport. Wait until you get into the city where you'll get better exchange rates.
- Most places accept credit/debit cards but make sure to carry some cash because smaller establishments may not take cards.
- There's no universal mobile SIM card that's good for the whole of Europe. You might be better off activating international roaming before you leave home.
- Not everyone speaks English in Europe. Learn a few phrases in the native languages. It's a great way to make friends with the locals.
- Ditch the swanky stores, instead explore local markets. You'll save money and pick up unique souvenirs.
- Eat at local bistros and roadside cafes for authentic cuisine that doesn't cost the earth.
- Join walking tours. Some of them are free and they're the best way to learn the secrets of a city.
- If your Europe tour doesn't include an attraction you absolutely want to see, book tickets online to avoid long queues.
- Bring comfortable walking shoes. There's a lot of exploring to do in Europe.
- European restaurants don't usually offer free water and bread. You might even pay a per-head cover charge (it's called "pane e coperto" in Italy).
Europe Tours Things To Do
- Ride an Alpine Train in Switzerland
The Swiss are big on trains, which is great for visitors. Panoramic trains are a feast for the senses with spectacular scenery as you chug past lakes and high mountain passes. For some old-world charm, there's even a cogwheel steam railway. And if you've got little ones in tow, the Chocolate Train from Montreux is a delight.
Best Time to VisitThe shoulder seasons (April-May and September-October) are the best time to visit Switzerland. The weather is great and there aren't too many tourists.
You Should KnowThe Swiss Travel Pass will save you tons of money. It allows unlimited travel by bus, boat, and train, including premium panorama trains, unlimited use of public transport in more than 90 Swiss towns and cities, and free admission to more than 500 museums.
- Go Island Hopping in Greece
An extraordinarily diverse array of Greek islands dots the Aegean Sea, just begging to be explored. From the cosmopolitan and luxurious to the pure and pristine, there's something for everyone. The stunning views of Santorini and the stylish nightlife of Mykonos are tourist magnets, but less popular islands like Ios and Naxos are equally wonderful.
Best Time to VisitTry going in June or September when the weather and sea temperature are perfect and the islands are not overrun with tourists.
You Should KnowThere are ferry connections between most islands within an island group, but there may not be ferries between every Greek Island. To get from one island to another, you may have to do a bit of planning.
- Take a Walking Tour of Florence
If there's one destination in Europe that's worth exploring on foot, it's Florence. The Cradle of the Renaissance, Florence oozes romance and charm. Discover the spectacular palaces, museums, and art galleries in the city center or head to the quiet haven of the cypress-lined Boboli Gardens. And if you're up for a climb, the San Miniato al Monte Church has the absolute best views of Florence. Later, reward yourself with a plate of fresh pasta in the Tuscan capital.
Best Time to VisitBetween May and September, the weather is warm, there's open-air dining, and a plethora of art festivals, but unfortunately it also brings swarms of tourists.
- Picnic in a London Park
In a city that's famous for its royal parks, there's no better way to spend an afternoon than picnicking in one of its green spaces. You don't have to sit around soaking up the London sun. The renowned Regent's Park has a boating lake, a rose garden, and the ZSL London Zoo. Climb nearby Primrose Hill in time for sunset and watch the sky change color over landmarks like St. Paul's Cathedral, Canary Wharf, and the Millennium Wheel, a view that sure to move you.
Best Time to VisitTime your visit to London for the spring (March through May) when the weather is mild and the parks are blooming. Summer is great, but the hotel prices reflect the tourist surge.
- Explore Amsterdam on Two Wheels
For Amsterdam's residents, getting around on bicycles is a way of life. For tourists, it's a great way to explore the city at a leisurely pace. Rent a bike and ride along the city's famous canals for glimpses of 17th-century canal houses that line the waterways. Or head over to the serene Vondelpark, a beautiful 120-acre oasis just south of Leidseplein, near the Rijksmuseum.
Best Time to VisitGo in April/May or September/October to enjoy nice weather while avoiding the summertime high tourist season.
You Should KnowDon't stop in the middle of bike lanes. Use your hands to signal turns when you're riding on the road. If you forget, the locals will politely remind you of the rules.
- Drink Fine Wine in Paris
What better place to sample world-famous French wines than in the country's elegant capital? Linger over a bottle with a friend or lover at the edge of Canal St Martin on a warm summer evening. Mix with the boho-chic crowd in this artsy area that is full of exciting restaurants and shops. Later, enjoy a leisurely stroll and admire the graffiti and street art.
Best Time to VisitBetween June and August, the weather in Paris is nothing short of perfect with average highs in the 70s and long days of sunshine.
You Should KnowThe price of the wine in Paris is not necessarily indicative of the quality. Some wines are expensive only because people think a more expensive bottle is a better wine. Choose a mid-priced bottle from the menu. In supermarkets, keep an eye out for bottles marked R, which indicates the wine was bottled, cultivated, and fermented by one person, a fool-proof way to pick a good wine.
- Admire the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City
One of the greatest art treasures of the world, the Sistine Chapel is an awe-inspiring place of worship in the Apostolic Palace, the pope's residence in Vatican City. The ceiling, covered entirely in frescos, is regarded as Michelangelo's masterpiece and is a bucket list item. Once you look up, the crowd will fade away and you'll get lost in the astounding details of the celestial paintings.
Best Time to VisitThe summer season is incredibly busy and the Vatican is packed with tourists. It's best to join a skip-the-line tour for both the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel.
You Should KnowKnees and shoulders should be covered before entering the Sistine Chapel. You're expected to remain quiet inside the chapel which is a place of worship. Photography is not permitted in the Sistine Chapel because flashlights can damage the paintings.
- Discover Beautiful Edinburgh
Dominated by the imposing Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish capital is one of Europe's most photogenic cities, draped over seven hills and overlooking the North Sea. Each summer, Edinburgh hosts some of the world's biggest art festivals, but it's also a great place for a city break. Drink the night away in one of the city's many unpretentious pubs, stroll in the scenic Princes Street Gardens, or explore Royal Mile, Edinburgh's cultural and historical playground.
Best Time to VisitBetween June and August, temperatures are a balmy 65 degrees, but this is also the city's busiest tourist season.
You Should KnowDuring peak festival season (August), plan in advance and book as much of your visit as possible. This includes restaurant reservations, unless you want to have a "hangry" meltdown at 10 pm on the Royal Mile when you're unable to get dinner!
Europe Tour Packages
Europe is enormous and it's difficult to pinpoint one time that's best to visit the whole continent. With so much to see and do, there's something for everyone throughout the year.
- January – February – March
This is a great time to visit Europe if you love winter sports. The larger European cities are very quiet, no crowds at all, but the weather can be cold, wet, and windy. Northern Europe is avoidable in this season as temperatures are well below freezing.
- April – May – June
The weather starts to improve across Europe and tourist season kicks off. Most destinations are still quiet (except on public holidays like Easter). It's a great time to visit Eastern Europe which is still undiscovered by large tourist crowds. Also, June is perfect for Nordic countries.
- July – August – September
These are Europe's warmest months, and not surprisingly, super peak tourist season. Check for any large festivals or tournaments before booking your vacation, as these can send hotel and flight prices skyrocketing. In September, the crowds thin out somewhat, especially in the Nordics, Baltics, and Eastern Europe, although major cities continue to be busy.
- October – November – December
October may well be the perfect month to tour Europe with smaller crowds and still great weather. Unpredictable weather makes November and December the slowest travel months in Europe. However, destinations famous for Christmas markets ( Germany, Austria) have a heartwarming atmosphere. Also, ski season starts and Christmastime can be busy in the larger resorts.
Europe Tours Frequently Asked Questions
- What are Europe Tours?
Europe tours are a hassle-free and affordable way to explore the continent. Traveling by luxury motor coach, you get the chance to dip your toes in diverse cultures and cuisines, all in one memorable trip. You're treated to spectacular scenery, Europe's top attractions, and some of the most iconic cities in the world. The handpicked itineraries ensure you make the most of your vacation and go home with memories for a lifetime.
- What's included in Europe Tours?
On an escorted Europe tour, we take care of all the logistics. All you have to do is sit back and soak it all in. Your tour director is on hand to answer your questions. Local tour guides give you interesting bits of information you won't find in the travel books.
- What's the best Europe Tour?
That's a tough question to answer! If it's your first visit to Europe, a tour of great cities like London, Paris, Rome, and Amsterdam is highly recommended. I f you love natural beauty, Switzerland and Austria tours are great options. For something off the beaten path, we recommend the Highlights of Eastern Europe tour. And for a date with Moorish culture, a tour of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco is drenched with flavors and colors.
- How much do Europe Tours cost?
Escorted Europe tours start at around $125 per day per person for an all-inclusive vacation that takes care of your transportation (including airport transfers), hotel accommodations, some meals, and most sightseeing at one great price. And when you book with AffordableTours.com, you're guaranteed to snag the best bargains from top Europe tour operators.
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