If you have already seen the majority of the UK and are looking for somewhere new, a European tour could be what you're looking for. Comprising of so many wonderful countries, Europe certainly has something to offer everyone from stunning scenery to fine cuisine, beautiful weather and cultures so diverse that you'll be happy that you chose a European tour. Europe is also the place to be if you love to explore local attractions and sights as this continent is brimming with them and you needn't travel far to take advantage of visiting somewhere new and exciting.
Soak up the sunshine on European tours to Spain where you can relax on the stunning beaches of the Costa del Sol, explore historic sites such as the La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona or take in the scenic beauty of Basque Country. The romantics among you may wish to join a European tour to Paris, known by many as the 'city of romance' where you can climb to the very top of the Eiffel Tower, follow the Da Vinci Trail or take a gentle stroll along the Champs-Élysées. Disneyland Paris is the perfect option should you wish to entertain the children during school holidays with our fabulous Kids Go Free offer on the Magical Disney Breakaway. Venture a little further and you can experience a relaxing cruise along the canals of Amsterdam. You could even choose to sail down the Danube, Rhine or explore The Fjords of Norway? Enjoy a sleigh ride pulled by reindeer or huskies in Scandinavia and don't miss the opportunity to see a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
For something a little different, why not experience Europe with an air or rail tour? No European holiday to Switzerland would be complete without a ride on the Glacier Express or travel to the 'Top of Europe' on the Jungfrau Railway. An air tour can take you to some wonderful places within Europe such as the ancient delights of Greece to the tranquil waters of Croatia or the bustling city of Rome in Italy.
We also have a great range of dedicated European tours for single travellers if you're planning to travel solo.
Europe is such a vast continent to explore and you may be wondering how you're going to fit it all in – just take your time and before long you will have experienced all that a European tour can offer then it's time to consider where you wish to go to next?
To help you have an enjoyable holiday in Europe, take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):
Health and Travel Insurance
Local Laws and Customs
Health and Travel Insurance
When travelling to countries within Europe you should always be sure you have applied for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving. Should you fall ill whilst on holiday, this card will entitle you to basic medical treatment as long as you present it whilst staying in countries within the European Economic Area. However, the card will only entitle you to state provided medical treatment. It is not valid for non-urgent or on-going treatment. Therefore, it is recommended that you always check you have the correct travel insurance which will cover the cost of treatment and repatriation as well should you need it. It is advisable that you have access to additional funds in case you have to pay for treatment whilst you're away.
As with every country you visit it is important that you always remain alert to the risks of crime. In some European destinations, tourists are seen as easy targets, so where possible keep your valuables in the hotel safe and avoid carrying large quantities of cash.
Always buy your own drinks and never leave them unattended. Alcoholic beverages in foreign countries tend to be much stronger than in the UK, so it is wise to know your limits.
It would also be advisable to check the individual country pages before you leave to get a better idea of crime levels for where you are visiting.
Local Laws and Customs
Countries across Europe will have different laws and customs so it is best to check the individual country before you travel.
When British Citizens are travelling to most European Countries, no visa is needed for entry, however when entering Turkey you will need one. Therefore, it is best to check each individual country before travelling.
Passport validity also varies and some countries require a period of validity beyond the date you leave so it is best to check if this applies to the country you are visiting.
Any other nationality looking to visit countries in Europe must contact their local embassy to check visa and passport requirements.
Europe is a magnificent continent that's so versatile in what it offers visitors to see and do. Here is just a fraction of the types of places you can visit during your holidays here:
Italy: A blend of good food, good wine and stunning sights - that's what Italy is famous for and is a must for anyone visiting Europe. There's possibly nowhere else on earth where you will find gelato, pizzas and pastas as delectable as what is available on holidays in Italy. Take a break from eating and visit the sinking city of Venice with its criss-crossing waterways or the ancient city of Rome with its world famous Colosseum and Pantheon.
Germany: Located in the heart of Europe, Germany has become a popular tourist destination for people visiting from across the world. The country combines stunning scenery with a vibrant culture and cities, to create an exciting destination for everyone to visit. The Black Forest and Christmas Markets are a particular highlight for people visiting this fascinating country.
France: Having delighted tourists for decades, France has become a popular destination for anyone holidaying in Europe. With its quaint coffee-shops, patisseries and bistros, France has truly become one of the culinary centres of Europe. Paris is one of the many cities within France that features high on every tourists 'to visit list' with famous sights such as the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. The South Coast of France is a hotspot for beach holidays in places such as St Tropez.
Belgium: A destination steeped in history, fantastic food and culture, Belgium has become a fascinating place to visit for anyone who happens to find themselves in Europe. With strong connections to the conflicts of World War 1, Ypres has thousands of visitors each year who come to see the Menin Gate. Or perhaps pay a visit to Brussels, Belgium's capital city, steeped in history and full to the brim of cosmopolitan bars and restaurants to relax in.