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Europe travel guide

Travel Europe for balmy evenings, sunkissed days & cultural discoveries

How much of our own continent have we really seen?

The 51 countries that belong to this diverse continent are home to some of the world's most vibrant cities, best music festivals, craziest street parties, iconic architecture, amazing art and an abundance of darn delicious food. Yep, we have all of this just on our doorstep. Gather inspiration for your Europe adventure below, and kick start your summer with our insane deals... 

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Europe summer adventure tours 

European Discovery | 12 days
Whet your European appetite on the European Discovery. From a traditional German beer hall to a breathtaking Austrian mountain range, and a gelateria in Rome, you will get a taste for all the best bits, ticking off 9 countries in one trip. 
From £1,748
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Mediterranean Quest | 9 days
If nothing says holiday to you more than endless coastal vibes, then you've landed on the right page. The Mediterranean Quest is all about blue seas, Roman architecture overlooking pebbled beaches, and indulgent days of palaces, perfumery and pretty coastlines. 
From £1,015
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Croatia Island Escape | 8 days
If island hopping around Croatia doesn't tickle your fancy, then we don't know what will. Hvar, Split, Dubrovnik, and many other hotspots of the Dalmatian coast will keep you well entertained and soaked in sunshine.
Now from £963 - 15% off
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Getting around Europe

Campervan & Car hire
From historic castles to golden beaches, Europe makes for perfect road trip territory. Hiring a campervan or car gives you the freedom to set your own itinerary and pull over wherever, whenever you choose. Invest in that aux cable, and start compiling your playlist now!
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Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Passes
Stretching right through Western and Eastern Europe, our range of bus passes will ensure your trip is hassle-free, flexible and full of all the best bits. Take a look at our routes and start planning your adventure now!
Interrail Passes
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.
Europe city breaks
From Madrid to Reykjavik, Berlin to Amsterdam, Europe offers some of the best city breaks around! Think culture and cuisine, shopping and people watching and you've got yourself a pretty cool getaway. Check out some of our top Europe city breaks now.

Tailor made touring, rewritten

As travellers, we want flexibility, choice and adventures that suit us as INDIviduals. Giving you the space to create your own itinerary, with Travel Experts to help you piece it all together, INDI tailor made is possible with any dates, any destination and any budget. Check out our collaboration with adventure-loving duo Tempest Two, below.
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Travelling in Europe: The FAQs

When is the best time to travel in Europe?

Mediterranean countries such as Spain, Greece and Croatia are at their best during the summer months when the thermometers push past 30 degrees. Expect larger crowds and prices to be a little higher than they are between the months of October to April.

When it comes to the colder months, don't let the winter weather put you off! Europe is a treasure-trove filled with some of the best winter break destinations in the world. Sink a stein (or three) at Oktoberfest or in Berlin's cosy Christmas markets, bring in the New Year at Edinburgh's Hogmanay, head to Venice Carnevale in February, hit the slopes in the French Alps, or take it one step further and head off in search of Santa in Finland!

How do I find cheap accommodation in Europe?

Cities such as Venice, Rome and Paris may be renowned for their fancy hotels and pricey food, but there's always ways to pinch the pennies on the road. First of all, book yourself into one of the hundreds of hostels for as little as £8 a night. You'll meet fellow travellers, have the opportunity to cook your own food, and gain plenty of tips from the staff about the cheapest, and best places to visit in the city you're in. Click here to search for hostels in Europe, as well as cheap deals on hotels.

How else can I travel Europe on a budget?

There are plenty of cities in Europe where beer can still cost under £2, and a good meal will be under £5. Like Berlin, Budapest and Prague. No matter where you are, visit local markets where you can buy delicious food for cheap. As for transport around Europe, bag yourself an Interrail pass for as little as £180 and hop around as many European cities as your time allows via train. Plus, cities such as London have heaps of free galleries and student discounts on attractions.

How can I get to Europe?

You're already in it! Getting across the pond is pretty easy and cheap, with regular flights to and from most major airports. Return fares, one-ways, student name it, we've got it.

If you're departing from Belgium, France or the Netherlands, you might also find it more worthwile to book yourself on the Eurostar and travel directly by train from St Pancras International. From there, you could start your Interrailing trip with an Interrail pass. Head into an STA Travel store to enquire or book.

Need more Europe travel tips or inspiration? Visit our blog...

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