Historical Architecture and Gorgeous Landscapes
Europe is a mixture of climates, landscapes, cultures, languages, and architecture. There are historic sights around every corner, from Roman ruins to Swiss castles, there is something for every interest. Traveling between countries is easy and can be accomplished via car, train or plane. There are also many river and ocean cruises that will give you a good sampling of several destinations in one trip. Find a quaint family owned café’ and dine with the locals; it’s a great way to experience the area and soak up the culture.
There are so many incredible places to visit in Europe that we can’t do justice to them all. We’ve listed a few favorite locations below, but can help you plan an amazing vacation to the European destination of your choice!
Austria is a land of great beauty with the Alps mountain range towering over small villages, castles dotting the countryside and the second largest European river, the Danube, flowing through it. Austria offers a variety of winter and summer sports, world-famous museums, and incredible cuisine.
France is home to world-renowned vineyards, historic museums, inspirational landmarks, and beautiful palaces. No trip to France is complete without a stop in Paris with its extraordinary shopping, magical cathedrals and cozy sidewalk café’s. Take a boat ride down the Seine for a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower, hop a train and visit the Palace of Versailles or grab a tour and head out to Normandy.
October-fest anyone? Germany is filled with vibrant cities, medieval castles, hearty German food, and world-famous beer tents. If you can’t make it to the annual October-fest celebration, be sure to stop by the Hofbräuhaus in Munich. The Black Forest is known for its hidden villages, an array of wineries and old world monasteries. No trip to the Black Forest is complete without a piece of Black Forest cake!
Greece is not only known for its deep history and ancient ruins, but it also has some of the most beautiful islands scattered about its shores. From the Acropolis in Athens to the islands of Santorini and Mykonos, Greece is steeped in ancient culture and history.
Ireland, also known as the Emerald Isle, is filled with interesting places to visit and incredibly friendly people. The green lush landscapes, vibrant cities, and rowdy pubs are sure to make a trip to this country memorable. No trip to Ireland is complete without a stop at the Blarney Castle and a quick kiss of the blarney stone…if you dare.
Rome, the capital of Italy, is home to the Vatican, historic art, and ancient ruins. The country is sprinkled with cathedrals and basilica that are magnificent. Lake Como is famous for its pristine waters and fabulous villas, Venice for its high-end shopping and canal gondola rides and Tuscany for its vineyards. There is something for everyone in Italy.
Scandinavia is made up of five countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Cruises are a popular way to see this part of Europe where you can explore crystal-clear fjords, dramatic mountain peaks, and phenomena such as the Northern Lights and the midnight sun. Drive the Ring Road or relax in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, tour a castle in Denmark, go whale watching in Norway, or take a hike in the Koli National Park in Finland. Travel to Scandinavia and embrace the vibrant cultures and legendary Nordic traditions.
The United Kingdom is comprised of England, Scotland, and Wales; it is the birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles! Scotland is famous for its dramatic Highlands, the Edinburgh Castle, and the Lockness monster. A round of golf at St. Andrews is a must for the golf enthusiast, while many museums await the avid history buffs. Wales has rugged coastlines, towering mountains and an abundance of castles to visit and tour. England is easy to explore. with the most popular destinations accessible by trains, buses, and planes. If you are adventurous, rent a car with a manual transmission, sit on the left side of the tiny vehicle and drive on the wrong side of the road…don’t forget to take out the rental car insurance! England has historic universities, the intriguing Stonehenge monument, fairy-tale like villages in The Cotswolds, towering seaside cliffs in Cornwall, magnificent landscapes in the Lake District and castles for exploring just about everywhere. London is rich in history with museums and churches to visit and pubs to sample. The changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace is a sight to behold.