The Best European Cities to Visit in Summer

Lake Como has long been on the radar of glamorous holidaymakers in Italy
Lake Como has long been on the radar of glamorous holidaymakers in Italy | © Maria Korneeva / iStock
Siobhan Grogan

Europe is an endless source of romantic adventure throughout summer. Book your place on one of these Culture Trip adventures and you can explore everywhere from the secluded beaches of Croatia to the vineyards of Tuscany.

Europe is a great place to visit year-round but in the summer months, between June and September, the weather is warm, cities throng with visitors and the beaches are blissful. Join one of our European trips to make the most of your summer on the continent – from the glittering coastline of Italy to the enchanting streets of Prague.

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Hagia Sophia, Istanbul Turkey. One of the greatest existing examples of Byzantine architecture.

Istanbul and Ankara to bargain-hunt and discover ancient civilizations

Desperate for guaranteed sunshine this summer in Europe? Turkey never disappoints with long hot days, miles of golden beaches and plenty of opportunity for adventure. Once you’ve tucked into Urfa-style kebabs at a welcome dinner in Istanbul, you’ll journey headlong through Turkey’s colourful, compelling culture, with visits to the capital’s Grand Bazaar, the natural open-air temple of Yazilikaya and the staggering Kaymakli Underground City. Optional belly dancing, balloon rides and river rafting along the way will ensure you’ll never be bored.

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Istanbul, Turkey

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ENDS AT

Antalya, Turkey

DURATION

12

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Matera and Lecce to marvel at hilltop towns and cave dwellings

Southern Italy always dazzles in summer, and this tour uncovers its most beautiful secrets. From hilltop towns to cliff-backed beaches, get ready to be wowed by the ancient cave dwellings of Matera, the baroque architecture of Lecce, the whitewashed buildings of Ostuni and the pretty piazzas of Salerno. Throw in plenty of pizza, pasta and Italian wine and this will be the European summer trip of a lifetime.

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Trip highlights and details

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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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Vantage point of the city of Dubrovnik from cable car

Hvar and Dubrovnik to enjoy secluded beaches and sea-fresh oysters

With its Venetian architecture, secluded beaches and postcard-perfect islands, Croatia is one of the best summer destinations in Europe. This glorious tour gets you outside to explore all its delights, including cycling, kayaking and sampling local wine in vineyards. Stroll the cobblestone streets of Hvar, find a beach of your own for snorkelling on Korcula and tuck into oysters straight from the sea in Ston, before a final dinner and walking tour in ever-impressive Dubrovnik, one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the world.

From US$2251

Next available from 18th Aug 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Split, Croatia

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ENDS AT

Dubrovnik, Croatia

DURATION

8

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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This is an updated rewrite of an article originally written by Tara Jessop. Additional words from Gethin Morgan.

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