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.
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.
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...
Sample Itineraries & 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.
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.