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Top European Destinations for Your Bucket List

A vast continent etched with history, varied cultures and modern luxuries, Europe is ideal for any traveller. Here are some destinations worth a visit when you book your spot with TRIPS by Culture Trip.
Richard Collett
9 Dec 2021
Almost inevitably, tours to Europe will immerse you in history, as you step back in time to explore ancient Roman ruins in Italy or the biblical sights of Jerusalem. It’s also a foodie’s dream, from Sicilian gelato to Icelandic bread baked in volcanic geothermal ovens. To inspire your next adventure, book one of these TRIPS by Culture Trip.
1. Northern Portugal to indulge in wine, the sun, art and architecture
The best European tours give you an overview of the entire continent, including sunnier countries such as Portugal. On this nine-day trip, you’ll start in Porto with a sightseeing tour and a food-tasting experience your appetite won’t forget, before cruising up a river into the heart of the Douro Valley for some wine tasting. Next up are the Atlantic beaches of Comporta, before the final leg of your tour in Lisbon, where you’ll discover curious art, unique architecture and more outstanding cuisine.
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2. Palermo and Aeolian Islands, Sicily to see the Med at its best
The largest island in the Mediterranean is a bucket list destination for many travellers and you can visit the best that Sicily has to offer on this 10-day adventure. Your trip starts in Palermo, where you’ll be transported back thousands of years into the city’s ancient past and take part in a cookery class under the guidance of a Sicilian chef. Explore the nearby Madonie mountains, then cross the Med on a hydrofoil ferry for a three-night stay on the gorgeous Aeolian Islands. There’ll also be time to skid across the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna in a 4×4 and immerse yourself in the artisanal food markets of Syracuse.
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3. Jerusalem to uncover one of the world’s most ancient and religious cities

Jerusalem is one of the most ancient and religious cities in the world, but also one of the most divisive. There’s no doubt the Holy City is on many bucket lists, but it can be tricky to see it through an objective lens. That’s where this seven-day tour of the Holy Land can help, as you’re guided through the different quarters of Jerusalem by both Arab and Jewish citizens. Outside Jerusalem, you’ll visit Christians in Bethlehem, Bedouin camps in the desert and see modern Israel in Tel Aviv.

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4. The Scottish Isles of Skye, Harris and Lewis to go off-grid
The Hebrides comprise some of the most famous islands in Scotland and the most remote destinations in the UK. On this one-week tour, you’ll travel across land and sea from Inverness to the isles of Skye, Harris and Lewis. Your itinerary includes a hike to Skye’s beautiful Fairy Pools, the chance to kayak along the coast of Lewis and a visit to an old mill, where you’ll watch traditional Harris tweed being made. At the end of each day, there’ll be hearty food on the table – and Hebridean whisky to wash it all down.
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5. Iceland for active geysers and frozen glaciers
Iceland is one of the wildest and most beautiful places to visit in Europe, and this five-day tour gives you a taste of the tiny country’s epic natural scenery, its people and their rich culture. You’ll travel through the Golden Circle, explore the black sand beaches of the southeastern coast and see active geysers, frozen glaciers and the odd puffin on this thrilling overland adventure. There’s also the chance to sample geothermally baked bread, fiery local spirits and delicacies such as Arctic char.
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