The Best Places to Visit in Europe

Nick Dauk

Whether you’re a foodie, a history enthusiast or a thrillseeker, Europe caters for all. Read on to discover where in Europe calls your name.

Europe’s landscape is ever-evolving, so you can return once a year and always discover new aspects of its history and culture. From the unspoilt landscape of Iceland down to the Bosphorus Bridge linking Turkey to Asia, you could spend a lifetime exploring the wonders of Europe. The only thing harder than whittling them down to a list of the best? Picking exactly which of these top European destinations to visit first.

White-painted roofs of buildings stand across the water from the volcanic island of Stromboli

Sicily, for volcano viewing

Leave the mainstream cities for another journey and move Sicily to the top of your Italy bucket list. Few European destinations will take you this deep into the Med, so pack the sunscreen and a stylish swimsuit. The Sicilian sun will shower you endlessly; thank goodness there’s no shortage of gelato or limoncello. You can even turn up the heat with a jaunt across the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna during this eight-day excursion around Sicily.

From US$2924

Next available from 20th Apr 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Palermo, Italy

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ENDS AT

Siracusa, Sicily

DURATION

10

GROUP SIZE

14

PHYSICAL RATING

Light

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STYLE

Discovery

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Stiniva beach, on Vis island, has a green waters, a small stretch of sand and two cliffs acting as a gateway to the sea

The Dalmatian Coast, to go behind Croatia’s walled cities

Was Croatia one of the European countries you dreamed of visiting long before the Game of Thrones hype? You’ll love exploring the best of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast on this Culture Trip tour. Seaside towns full of fresh fish, Roman architecture and vibrant nightlife all rival the excitement of Dubrovnik’s city walls. Of course, a few hours of sun-worshipping on secluded beaches is also a must. Kayak, cycle and eat your way along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast with this group tour from Split to Dubrovnik.

From US$2231

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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Jacobite steam train crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct, as seen in Harry Potter

Scotland, for a magical train trip

The ruggedly handsome landscapes of the Scottish Highlands are best explored from the comfort of a window seat, which is why our Scotland Rail Trip should be high on your European bucket list. Catch the Caledonian Sleeper train with us from London to Fort William, where we’ll almost immediately embrace local traditional by toasting our arrival in a whisky distillery. Then it’s onto the iconic Jacobite steam train – AKA the Hogwarts Express – for a journey west, across the Glenfinnan Viaduct, and towards the Isle of Skye, Cairngorms National Park and Inverness. Our final stop? The whimsical, gothic streets of Edinburgh.

From US$2728

Next available from 29th Apr 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

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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Additional words by Gethin Morgan.

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