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Europe Travel Guide

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Europe is a mosaic of diverse cultures, histories, and landscapes, making it one of the most sought-after destinations for travelers worldwide. Each of its countries, from the sun-kissed Mediterranean shores to the rugged Nordic terrains, offers a unique journey into a past that has shaped the present. The continent's appeal lies in its remarkable blend of ancient and modern. You can wander through the ruins of Rome one day and marvel at the contemporary art of Paris the next. Europe's cities are living museums brimming with centuries-old cathedrals, historic landmarks, and cobblestone streets that whisper tales of yore. Yet, Europe's charm extends beyond its urban landscapes. The scenic beauty of the Alps, the Tuscan countryside's tranquil allure, and the Atlantic's rugged coasts offer serene escapes into nature. The culinary adventures, too, are endless – from savoring the flavors of authentic Italian pasta to indulging in Spanish tapas. Europe is not just a destination; it's an experience that promises to captivate, educate, and inspire. Whether it's through exploring its rich art and history, immersing in its diverse cultures, or simply enjoying the breathtaking vistas, a tour of Europe is a journey through a continent where the past and present coexist in stunning harmony. 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 Discounts

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Europe Tours Highlights

  • The Eiffel Tower, Paris - Paris's Eiffel Tower, an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars, is one of the most recognized structures in the world. Built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World's Fair, it offers breathtaking views of the City of Lights and is especially stunning when lit up at night.
  • The Acropolis, Athens - The Acropolis, perched above the city of Athens, is an ancient citadel containing several buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon. This site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a testament to Greece's ancient civilization and its enduring influence on Western culture.
  • The Louvre Museum, Paris - The Louvre Museum in Paris is not only the world's largest art museum but also a historic monument in France. It houses thousands of works of art, from ancient civilizations to mid-19th century masterpieces, including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo.
  • Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, London - Big Ben, the nickname for the Great Bell of the Clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, is an iconic landmark. The adjacent Houses of Parliament, with their stunning Gothic architecture, are a symbol of British democracy and history.
  • The Alhambra, Granada - The Alhambra, a palace and fortress complex located in Granada,  Spain, is a stunning example of Moorish architecture. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its intricate carvings, beautiful tile work, and stunning gardens, is a testament to the artistic and cultural heights achieved by the Moors in Spain.
  • The Sagrada Familia, Barcelona - Antoni Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, is a marvel of modernist architecture. This colossal church, with its intricate facades and towering spires, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Spain's most visited landmarks.

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.
  • Explore the local markets and 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
    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 Visit

    The 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 Know

    The 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
    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 Visit

    Try going in June or September when the weather and sea temperature are perfect and the islands are not overrun with tourists. 


    You Should Know

    There 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
    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 Visit

    Between 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
    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 Visit

    Time 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
    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 Visit

    Go in April/May or September/October to enjoy nice weather while avoiding the summertime high tourist season.


    You Should Know

    Don'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
    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 Visit

    Between 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 Know

    The 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
    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 Visit

    The 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 Know

    Knees 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
    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 Visit

    Between June and August, temperatures are a balmy 65 degrees, but this is also the city's busiest tourist season.


    You Should Know

    During 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

Choosing the best time to visit Europe largely depends on your travel preferences and the experiences you seek. Europe's climate varies significantly across regions, offering different charms in each season.

  • March to May

    Spring (March to May) is a delightful time in Europe. The weather starts to warm up, and the landscapes come alive with blooming flowers. This season is ideal for those who prefer smaller crowds and milder temperatures. Cities like Paris, Amsterdam, and Rome are particularly beautiful in spring.

  • June to August

    Summer (June to August) is the peak tourist season. This period is perfect for beach holidays on the Mediterranean coast. Places like the Greek Islands, the French Riviera, and the Amalfi Coast are at their best.

  • September to November

    Autumn (September to November) sees fewer tourists and offers a more authentic experience. The weather is still pleasant, and the autumn foliage in many parts of Europe, especially in the countryside, is stunning. It's also a great time for wine lovers to visit regions like Bordeaux or Tuscany.

  • December to February

    Winter (December to February) is ideal for those who love winter sports and festive atmospheres. The Alps are perfect for skiing, and cities across Europe, especially those in Central and Eastern Europe like Vienna and Prague, are magical with their Christmas markets.

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. If 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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