The Best Beach Tours and Destinations in Europe

The Amalfi Coast is home to some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in Europe
The Amalfi Coast is home to some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in Europe | © Marat Yakhin / Alamy Stock Photo
Louis Rabinowitz

From traditional fishing villages in the Greek Cyclades and secluded pebble beaches in Croatia to pastel-coloured towns on Italy’s Amalfi coast, get inspired and book one of these European beach getaways with Culture Trip.

Traditional Colorful Italian Houses with sea and cliffs behind. in Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Crossing Southern Italy, from the Amalfi Coast to the Adriatic Coast

Embrace the dreamy scenery, deliciously moreish food and beautiful architecture of Southern Italy on this 10-day trip. You can embark on a private boat tour of the Amalfi Coast or spend the day strolling through its charming villages, before crossing over to the Adriatic side, where you’ll unwind on the white-pebble beach of Lama Monachile in Polignano a Mare, sandwiched between towering cliffs and framed by a Roman-era bridge. En route from one side of the country to the other, you’ll stop overnight in the ancient city of Matera, featured in the James Bond film, No Time to Die (2021).

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Next available from 27th Apr 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

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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Tourists swim and sunbathe on Kaputas Beach in Antalya Province

Soaking up the sun on the golden sand beaches of Antalya, Turkey

Keen to discover the full scope of what Turkey has to offer? Culture Trip’s immersive 12-day adventure has you covered. As well as wandering through the vibrant bazaars of Istanbul, cruising down the Bosphorus and exploring the surreal rock formations and underground cities of Cappadocia, you’ll have the chance to kick back and soak up the sun in Turkey’s favourite beach destination, Antalya – the perfect place to cap off your trip. The gorgeous, secluded Mermerli Beach is just a few steps away from the hotel.

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Next available from 10th May 2024

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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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A man in an orange kayak paddles by the rocky coastline of Hvar Island, Croatia

Kayaking, swimming and cycling along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast

Kayak off the coast of Split, experience the vibrant nightlife of Hvar and explore the Unesco-listed Old Town of Dubrovnik on this eight-day trip along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. History enthusiasts will relish a trip to the island of Vis – a former Yugoslav military base that was closed off to visitors from the 1950s until 1989 – while wine lovers will be in their element on the island of Korčula, known for producing grk – a type of dry, white wine which is unique to the area. You’ll also cycle past olive groves and pine forests, and relax on some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches.

From US$2369

Next available from 26th May 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 by Tara Jessop.

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