The Best European Cities to Visit in August

Your jaw will drop on a hot-air balloon ride over Cappadocia
Your jaw will drop on a hot-air balloon ride over Cappadocia
Richard Collett

A summertime Euro jaunt is sure to be sun-drenched and full of cultural discovery. Join one of these adventurous trips to tick off your European hit list in style.

Europe in August is glorious when the sun is shining: the days are long and the wine is flowing. The question is, which city should you visit as the summer season reaches its peak? The colourful chaos of Istanbul, the art-filled streets of Berlin, or the stone-walled hubs of Dubrovnik and Split? To inspire your summer getaway, here’s our roundup of the best European cities to visit in August, all bookable on a carefully curated adventure with Culture Trip.

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Panoramic view over the jagged limestone pinnacles of Cappadocia.

Istanbul and Antalya, for ancient ruins and summer sun

August is one of the hottest months of the year to visit Turkey, but you’ll find that the nation’s many cities are exceptionally beautiful in the sunshine. This 12-day overland group tour takes you to the best Turkish cities. Start by visiting historic Istanbul, with iconic sights like the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace. Istanbul is where Europe meets Asia, and you’ll have centuries of history to soak up on either side of the Bosphorus. Next up is Ankara, the Turkish capital, where you’ll learn about ancient Anatolian civilizations, before travelling south for a hot-air balloon ride over Cappadocia. The tour ends on the Mediterranean coast, where you can soak up the August sunshine and cool off in the sea as you explore the beaches and Roman ruins of Antalya.

From US$2487

Next available from 16th Aug 2024

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Trip highlights and details

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Istanbul, Turkey

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Antalya, Turkey

DURATION

12

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Split and Dubrovnik, with pristine islands in between

August is one of the best times of the year to visit Croatia’s coastal cities, where you can cool off with a swim in the Adriatic Sea and dine al fresco late into the evenings. Join this eight-day tour and you’ll not only get to visit Split and Dubrovnik, but you’ll stop at the best spots along the Dalmatian Coast on the way. Explore the Roman ruins of Split before experiencing the vibrant nightlife on Hvar, then visit the islands of Vis and Korčula. Finish off the trip in Dubrovnik’s beautiful and ancient old town.

From US$2231

Next available from 26th May 2024

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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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Athens, for a city break followed by an island-hopping retreat

The beauty of Athens is you can follow up a vibrant city break with a laid-back Mediterranean beach holiday, and that’s the idea behind our eight-day Greek Island Odyssey trip. Our time in the capital will be focused on traditional tavernas, the trendy neighbourhood of Keramikos and, of course, the Acropolis. After a thorough discovery of the old and the new, you’ll be itching to hit the beach, so we’ll hop on a boat and visit the less-busy islands of Milos – quaint fishing villages and crystal clear waters – and Naxos – ancient ruins and pristine beaches – before ending our odyssey in Santorini, to watch the sun go down over the island’s beautiful whitewashed buildings.

From US$2092

Next available from 26th May 2024

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Trip highlights and details

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Athens, Greece

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ENDS AT

Athens, Greece

DURATION

9

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Light

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STYLE

Discovery

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Additional words by Gethin Morgan.

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