Can’t decide whether to revel in the historical sights of Rome, live la dolce vita in the Italian Lakes or sample the ultimate rural idyll in Tuscany? There’s no need to choose with this jam-packed tour of all Italy’s charms, one of the best places to visit in Europe in summer. You’ll tick off the big-ticket sights like the Colosseum and Duomo di Milano, yet still have time to indulge in wine tasting at a vineyard near Siena, a gourmet food tour in Bologna and a boat trip on Lake Como.
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.
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.
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.
Central Europe in summer is glorious, as the well-preserved buildings of pretty old towns are bathed in beautiful natural light. The best way to experience the joys of a European city break is by doing a bunch of them back-to-back-t0-back, like on our 10-day Rail Trip from Berlin to Budapest. We’ll explore the unique cultural scenes and complex histories of Berlin before heading to the fairytale city of Prague, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities in summer. From there it’s on to Vienna, home to world class classical music and even better chocolate cake, before you get to discover the utterly charming streets of Bratislava Old Town. Our final destination is Budapest, where tasty street food markets and well-earned thermal baths await.