The Most Charming European Towns to Visit With Culture Trip

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Who doesn’t love a pretty little European town to meander through? From medieval gems right out of a fairytale to quaint little coastal spots, these are the most charming towns in Europe that you can visit with Culture Trip.

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Colourful houses on the canal banks of Aveiro, a pretty town in Portugal

Aveiro – Complete Portugal by Train

A little south of Porto, on a seaside lagoon of the same name, is the utterly adorable canal city of Aveiro which, understandably, has earned a reputation as Portugal’s answer to Venice. This place is so easy on the eye, from the multicoloured art nouveau buildings that line the canals to the vibrantly decorated moliceiro boats floating down them. As well as its effortless beauty, Aveiro is know for its sweetest delicacy, the ovos moles. It’s a classic Portuguese concoction made with sugar and eggs, wrapped in a crusty wafer and sold in wooden barrels all over the city. Our eight day Rail Trip in Portugal isn’t short of beautiful towns and cities, from Porto and Lisbon to Regua in the Douro Valley and the coastal town of Azenhas do Mar. We’ll even visit the fairytale town of Sintra, near Lisbon and famed for its striking gothic palace. Still, we think our time in Aveiro will have you charmed the most.

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Porto, Portugal

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ENDS AT

Lisbon, Portugal

DURATION

8

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

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Trulli huts in Alberobello, Bari, Italy

Alberobello – Seductive Southern Italy

In all honesty, we could make a pretty impressive list of pretty little towns from just our 10-day exploration of Italy’s southern coasts. You’ll discover Amalfi and Positano on the west coast, before heading inland to the surreal hilltop cave town of Matera – made famous by James Bond – and the gorgeous beach resort of Polignano a Mare. If we had to pick just one place in southern Italy to really make you fall in love, however, it surely has to be the quirky town of Alberobello. It’s only home to around 10,000 people, but this place is famous for its adorable trulli huts, a Unesco-listed style of building unique to this part of the world. There’s something almost cartoonishly cute about the conical stone roofs and whitewashed walls, almost as if they should home smurfs or oompa loompas. You’ll get a guided tour of the town on day five of our Seductive Southern Italy trip.

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Naples, Italy

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ENDS AT

Lecce, Italy

DURATION

10

GROUP SIZE

14

PHYSICAL RATING

Easy

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STYLE

Discovery

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View of the River Ness flowing through the heart of Inverness on a sunny day

Inverness – Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands by Train

Most people hear the word Ness and think of either the loch, or the mythical beast within it, but trace the river Ness all the way to Scotland’s northeastern coast and you’ll discover the glorious little city of Inverness. The architecture is gorgeous, the summertime greenery luscious and, on a clear sunny day, views across the river are absolutely sumptuous. It’s also the capital of the Highlands, making it the perfect spot to explore the extraordinary natural beauty of rugged rural Scotland. On our week-long Rail Trip to Edinburgh and the Highlands you’ll get a guided tour of the city and its brilliant Museum and Art Gallery, before having some free time to visit the castle and stroll along the Ness, later retiring at our beautiful riverfront hotel.

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London, England

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ENDS AT

Edinburgh, Scotland

DURATION

7

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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