Oh Europe. Don't we all just want to be there. Right NOW! Witness jaw-dropping historical sights, stumble happily from gigantic beer halls, fall madly in love with the world’s most romantic cities, or yodel yourself hoarse on green pastured mountain peaks... Europe is a must for any travel bucket list.
The simple answer is that Europe is great all year round and when you visit totally depends on what type of trip you're after. In case you hadn't noticed, Europe is pretty bloomin' big so the weather can vary quite a bit from country to country. In winter time, parts of Europe are covered in a thick layer of snow and around the end of November/beginning of December, magical Christmas markets pop up all over the place. Head to Germany, Austria or Prague for a traditional European Christmas market experience. In summer time, the Greek Islands, Turkey, Croatia and the Med coast are glorious - you'll find endless stretches of sandy beaches to kick back and relax on. Plus there are loads of awesome European summer festivals (think Ultra, Hideout and EXIT to name a few) where you can throw some serious shapes as world-class DJs take to the decks. Prices tend to be highest in Europe at Christmas, Easter and during the school summer holidays (July/August) - travel during off peak times and you'll be sure to bag yourself a sweet deal or two.
Getting to Europe is pretty easy, with regular flights to and from most major airports. Return fares, one-ways, student tickets...you name, we got it! Search below to find the cheapest flights to Barcelona, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Amsterdam and more with exclusive fares for students and those under 26.Search Flights to Europe
There are heaps of things we love about Europe - eating cheese at breakfast without being judged is certainly up there. More so that you can instantly become so darned cultured, freely changing course and whizzing across borders on trains, buses and in a car to tick off a few iconic countries in a day. We have heaps of flexible and independent ways to travel around Europe so strap on your rucksacks and head on a rail spree or hire a campervan and head to an epic European festival - breakfast cheese waits for no man.
Whenever and wherever you want to go, there's a range of InterRail passes to choose from that offer complete flexibility from the InterRail Global Pass that covers rail travel over the whole of Europe.See All Passes
From historic castles to golden beaches, the UK and Europe make perfect summer road trip territory. Hiring a campervan in Europe gives you the freedom to set your own itinerary and pull over whenever you choose.See All Campervans
Each of Europe's cities hosts it's own collection of historic riches, cutting-edge, creative neighbourhoods and fiercely independent civic pride. From the anicent classic of Rome to the romantic streets of Paris, we've picked our favourite European spots for a cultural/boozy (delete as appropriate) European vacation...
Quirky, rebellious, artistic and definitely historical, Berlin is the city to watch. Imagine a fusion of galleries, cool bars and boutiques where the remainder of the Berlin Wall is used as an artist's canvas and you've got vibrant, modern-day Berlin. Take a walking tour to explore the city's colourful history, chow down on a tasty currywurst then dance 'til sunrise at one of its zeitgeist clubs.Read more about Berlin
Roma's key ingredients: mouth-watering food, mind-boggling art, a past steeped in mythology and legend, sprawling ancient ruins and The Vatican, just a stone's throw away. Traditional pizzerias and gelaterias, magnificent marble sculptures, Baroque churches and soaring basilicas await you. Lazily watch the world go by in sun-soaked piazzas and lap up the lifestyle of this seductive city.Read more about Italy
You may think Paris is just for loved-up couples smooching around the Eiffel Tower, but there's far more to the City of Love. Stuff your face with delicious fresh pastries, strut your stuff down the infamous Champs Elysees, get lost in the Latin Quarter or check out the all-singing, all-dancing Fete de la Musique. And don't forget to pay a visit to our old friend the Mona Lisa!Read more about Paris
To say that the Czechs like beer is an understatement. Generally cheaper than bottled water and available to buy at any time, you're going to want to mentally (and physically) prepare your liver for your Prague adventure. Not a beer fan? No worries; explore the city's medieval warrens, tuck into a tasty strudel and gaze at the gothic spires of Prague Castle.Read more about Eastern Europe
Quirky and colourful, 'the Dam' has red-light districts, cannabis cafes, bikes galore and more canals than Venice. Chuck in to the mix that it's home to Heineken, more than 1,280 bridges and thousands of museums that document everything, from sex to Anne Frank; it's pretty perfect for culture (and not so cultural) vultures.Read more about Amsterdam
Outstanding art galleries plus fine dining and top nightlife; yes, you're in Madrid. Imagine a painting palette which brings together the world of Picasso, Dali and Miro, mixed with some of the best tapas you've ever tasted and too many bars to rattle a cocktail shaker at. For you creative cats, you'll struggle to choose between the Museo del Prado and the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.Read more about Spain
Sample Itineraries & Group Tours
Europe is so jam-packed with famous sights, it could literally take years to see it all. We're guessing you're a little tighter on time, but still want to see as much as possible, so we've put together some sample itineraries below. You can book the exact route as part of a group tour or just use it as inspiration for your own European adventure!
These fun trips will have you (and your new best mates) ticking off the must-see highlights from London to Paris, Rome, Berlin, Barcelona and all points inbetween. This ain't no coach tour for granny, these tours are designed exclusively for 18-35 year olds!See All 18-35s tours
Our small group adventures are perfect for nayone who enjoys the convenience of pre-arranged travel with the flexibility to do your own thing, and you'll generally travel with no more than 18 like-minded folks. A small group adventure is pretty hard to beat!See all small group tours
Every highlight possible has been packed into this 17-day itinerary, which starts off in hedonistic Amsterdam where bicycles outnumber cars. You'll then whisk through Germnay and Austria before reaching Italy and its famous cities - the canals of Venice, the 'Eternal City' of Rome and the Renaissance sweetheart, Florence. Check out the crystal-clear shores of the glitzy Riviera before hitting Paris with its wide boulevards and chic fashion boutiques.
If you're looking for a stellar, budget-conscious tour that provides a quick yet comprehensive sampler of Europe, this is a party you'll want to join. We'll hit up five countries in 14 days and take the time to drink in all the highlights in famous cities like Paris, Rome, Venice, London and more. Enjoy comfortable train travel between locations and soak up the experience of seeing Europe with a small group.
There are countless ways to experience the Med - we have yachting holidays in the Greek Islands, traditional gulets in Turkey, and wooden cruisers or yachts to explore the hedonistic islands of Croatia. If it's island-hopping you're after, you can do this cheaply like the locals on one of our ferry-based tours in Greece, from sun-soaked Mykonos to volcanic Santorini.
Imagine a sailing holiday in the warm waters of the Mediterranean, sitting on deck, admiring the golden sunset with a cold beer or glass of locally-produced wine. Now imagine dropping anchor in a hidden cove along Croatia's rocky shore and diving in for a refreshing swim. Interested?
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Take a peek behind the former 'Iron Curtain' and you'll discover why Eastern Europe is one of the hottest destinations on the planet right now. It's way cheaper and less touristy than it's western counterparts which means you have more money left over for beer. Relax in Budapest's thermal spa baths, visit the harrowing Auschwitz concentration camp or take a tour of Warsaw's Jewish Ghetto - the history and beauty of these fascinating destinations will captivate your imagination.
From the edgy and exciting city of Berlin, you'll visit historic Prague and cultured Vienna, the showcase capital of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire. Straddle the Danube River as you explore the twin cities of Buda and Pest before moving onto Poland, where you'll discover the sights and sounds of Krakow and Warsaw.
Pack your beer goggles ‘cos you’re going to stumble across at least one festival or street party while you’re exploring Europe. Whether you’re sipping a stein (or two) at Oktoberfest, hurling tomatoes in Spain or belting out an Irish tune on St Pat’s Day, make sure you check out our European festivals for 2015.
Knock back a few frothies at the world’s biggest beer festival! Oktoberfest is THE festival of the European summer, so don’t miss it. Think crazy theme park, oompah bands, a party mood like no other and of course – BEER!
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