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European Countries

European Travel Information, Travel Guide, Major Destinations and Info

Europe is the world’s second smallest but the most historic continent surrounded by the Artic Waters and the Atlantic Ocean on the west, the Mediterranean, Aegean, and Black seas to the south and Soviet Union to the east.  The continent itself is divided into northern and southern sections, by a vast mountain chain, which includes the Pyrenees Mountains, the Rhone Valley, The French-Swiss-Austrian Alps and the Carpathian Mountains.  Made up of 32 countries, Europe is rich in history and culture for all travelers to discover.  From museums, to tours and excursions to skiing holidays, there is something for everyone in Europe.

1) European Escorted Tours:  Explore Europe with your friends.  These tours primarily take place in-group settings.  With these tours you do not have to worry about anything.  Accommodations, transfers, transportation and tours are all included (meals where applicable).  All tours include an English-speaking escort, plus any additional local guides to show you around while you are on your vacation.

2) Independent Tours:  Travel Europe on your own terms.  These types of tours are for people who wish to explore Europe on their own or with a friend/s.  They allow you the flexibility to discover Europe at your own pace, while having your essential requirements, such accommodations, transportation and tours, booked and secured well in advance.  These tours are made to be stress free for the traveler.

3) City Packages:  Ideal for travelers who do not have a lot a time on their hands, and want to experience Europe at it’s best. These packages consist of short vacations in various major cities throughout Europe.  Accommodations for 3 nights, transportation, transfers and tours are all included in these packages.

Atlantic Europe

1)      France:  It is the largest country in Western Europe, and also the number one tourist destination in the world.  Full of cultural heritage and an amazing history, France has everything you want and more. France is also known for it’s famed vineyards, sophisticated cuisine, excellent sparkling wines, world-famous perfumes and artistic excellence especially in modern arts. The most favorite tourism destinations outside of Paris are the the Loire Valley castles and the famous renowned resort towns along the Cote D’Azure, Nice, Cannes with the neighboring principality of Monaco as well as Avignon with the Palace of the Popes.

2)      Andorra.  Located in the Pyrenees mountain range, tourism and sheep raising are the basis of this small country.  Though it is small, Andorra possesses some of the most beautiful and dramatic scenery, along with the best skiing in the Pyrenees.

3)      Spain.  More than 50 million tourists travel to Spain each year, making it the second most visited country in the world. Spain is the second largest country in Western Europe, which covers most of the Iberian Peninsula and has a population of 36 million.  The Atlantic Ocean borders the country along the northwest and southwest, while the entire eastern coast faces the Mediterranean.  The southern Andalusia region is best known for its “sun and fun” resorts.  To travel to Spain is to experience the sun, its culture, outstanding food, temperamental music and the perfect fusion of the Spanish and Moorish culture culminating in the famous Alhambra, one of the world’s most beautiful palaces. Most popular tourist destinations in Spain: Andalucia with Granada, Seville and Cordoba, Toledo and the many coasts along the Mediterranean and Atlantic. Spain also boasts many other atmospheric cities and towns full of local traditions and beautiful buildings,

4)   Portugal  The southwestern corner of Continental Europe occupies a section of the Iberian Peninsula, and is bordered by Spain to the north and east, while being bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the south and west.  Among the most popular tourist attractions are the capital Lisbon, a blooming resort region and the numerous fishing villages along the coastline and Algarve, the year-round beach destination.  The advantages of its natural environment with its diverse geographic location, makes Portugal a holiday attraction for tourists.  Historically, Portugal is a vacation in itself.

5)      Gibraltar:  Located at the tip of Spain, creating a passage from the Atlantic into the Mediterranean.  It is best known for its picturesque and photographed physical landmark, the Rock of Gibraltar.  Gibraltar contains some of the vastest fortifications in Europe.  There are many more activities and attractions with reference to its history and geography, which makes it unique and irreplaceable.

Mediterranean Europe

1)   Monaco: This tiny country is situated within France’s Riviera coast, close to the Italian border.  For having a reputation as a winter social center for royalty and wealthy families, today Monaco has more of a diversified social base.  Known for its famed casinos and several beautiful and luxurious hotels, Monte Carlo is a great tourist attraction.  What also makes Monaco popular is the beautiful view overlooking the Mediterranean and the Maritime Alps of France, which surrounds the country from the north, east and west.

2)     Italy.  Known as the birthplace of the Renaissance Italy is unique in the world due to its unparalleled wealth of art treasures. Italy is the most central European nation of the Mediterranean.  France, Switzerland, Austria and Croatia border it in the north. The capital is Rome, which is located midway down the peninsula, and there you will find the Vatican City.  The population consists of 56.7 million people, and its cities are among the worlds most historic.  Romantic Venice, Artistic Florence, bustlingNaples and legendary Sicily are full of history,  art and culture, waiting to be explored. Italy also boasts many small towns going back to pre-Roman times to the Etruscans and other ancient former inhabitants of the peninsula as well as some of the world’s most scenic and romantic places like the famous Amalfi Coast. Due to their unique independence throughout history, every region in Italy offers distinctive features, characteristic architecture, saints, scenery and a great selection of wines and cuisine. Do not forget the visit Tuscany with is gently rolling hills, many romantic towns, medieval skyscrapers and 3 storey village houses perched on hilltops.

3)  San Marino: The smallest republic in the world consists of 20,000 people.  The capital is also called San Marino, and it is the site of a church dating back to the tenth century.  There are medieval festivals, sporting events, music festivals and great art exhibitions to keep the average tourist satisfied.

4)     Malta: Actually composed of 3 islands, Malta is the biggest.  As a tourist destination, the island of  the “Millions of Balconies” is notable for its Neolithic fortifications, remnants of a puzzling prehistoric culture. It is also the home of the highly regarded Knights of Templar who single-handedly stopped the invasion of Europe by the mighty Ottoman Turks. The visible past is what makes Malta stand out among other European countries.  There is a lot of history to be learned and explored when you visit Malta.

5)     Croatia:  The beautiful beaches and island along the Adriatic dotted with Roman sites and small c fishing villages have made Croatia a key tourist destination, equally popular with European and international visitors.  Resorts and fishing villages can be found on the coastal region of the country, .  The capital is Croatia is Zagreb and it is full of history and culture to be revealed.

6)     Greece.  Full of Greek history and culture tourism is one of the most profitable industries Greece has.  The population is 9 million and the capital is Athens.  Athens stands out at one of the most historical cities in Greece with its ancient monumental architecture on the Acropolis Hill. Most of ancient Athens is hidden underneath the new bustling city undiscovered.  The climate is moderate, which as in most coastal Mediterranean spots allows the tourism season to run longer than average. Other major tourism destinations are the Greek islands especially the Cycladian archipelago with Mykonos, Santorini, Naxos, Paros, and the archaic city of Mycenae, Delphi, Corinth and Epidaurus as well as heartrending Mistra on the mainland

Central Europe

1)      Poland: Poland has firm ethnic and historic roots in central Europe dating from the ninth century.  The country, which has been attracting many tourists for years with its uniqueness, has something for everyone, ranging from tours to excursions. Famous for its historic cities and unique landscapes, Poland has something for everyone.  The population is 38 million and is bordered East Germany on the west, the Soviet Union on the east and the Baltic Sea on the north.  The Capital is Warsaw

2)     Czech Republic.  Surrounded by Poland, Austria, Hungary, Russia and Germany, the centuries of wars that took place decided the boundaries and shape of Czechoslovakia.  There is a population of 15 million and the capital is Prague. Prague is remarkably well preserved and its center is a jewel of medieval architecture. The Czech Republic is also famous for its many castles, spring water spas and several UNESCO World heritage sites, and of course, the Budweiser beer.

3)   Switzerland. Often referred to as the crest of Europe.  This small alpine country of several independent regions is bordered by Italy on the South, France on the West, Germany on the north and Austria on the East, Switzerland has fused and formed a vigorous national culture.  The population is 6.4 million and the capital is Bern.  Also known for is mountains, skiing is a big tourist attraction which draws thousands of travelers every year..

4)    Austria.   Right at the heart of Europe, Austria is both historically and culturally positioned.  Also well known for its ski resorts in the Alps and outstanding scenery, neat and colorful small towns and romantic villages.With its natural beauty and outstanding cultural variety Austria is a popular tourists destination all year around.  Vienna, the elegant city of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire is still world-famous for its sophistication and elegant balls in former imperial palaces as well as the many concert halls and musical venues that offer entertainment in every season. The country is just over 8 million in population. The second most important tourist city is Salzburg, the birthplace W.A. Mozart

5)  Hungary: Every year thousands of tourists flock to Hungary’s innumerable thermal spas, which are world famous for theirnatural healing spring water.  Also for nature and culture lover’s, Hungary has numerous nature conservations waiting to be explored.  The Capital is Budapest and is also known as one of Europe’s most historic and romantic cities beautifully situated on both shores of the Danube. The population is about 10.5 million. Hungary is also famous for its fiery wines and heavy food. Major touristic cities are Eger, Pecs, Kecskemet and Debrecen.

6)   Romania:  Known for its legend of Dracula from Transylvania, Romanian history goes far back to the time of the Romans. The population consists of 21.5 million people and the capital is Bucharest, which is a major tourist destination for foreign visitors as well as the local residents.  Other tourist attractions include the Transylvania Alps, the Carpathians and the Black Sea resort city of Constanza.

Scandinavia

1)      Iceland:  The natural hot springs flowing beneath the island’s surface are of interest to many travelers that come to Iceland. With its exciting and ancient culture, Iceland has plenty of history for tourists to learn about.  Also known for the highest literacy rate in the world, Iceland’s population stands at about 210,000.

2)      Norway:  Continental Europe’s most northwest country.  Norway boasts one of the most beautiful and picturesque coastlines in Europe and their natural environment is believed to be one of the most beautiful and enchanting in the world.  Oslo is the capital and there about 4 million people who live in the country, of which who are the most friendly and down to earth people you will ever meet.

3)      Sweden:  Every winter more and more foreign tourists travel to the Swedish mountains.  With excellent skiing conditions and beautiful surroundings, this vacation stop makes this a must for all ski lovers.  From the north to the south, Sweden has a variety of climates and scenery, which will amaze you and fulfill your every need.

4)     Denmark:  Home to the world’s best-known storyteller, Hans Christian Anderson, Denmark has everything you want, whether you are an adult or child.  From its famous chinaware to fine furniture, Denmark offers an abundance of history and culture for everyone to explore.  Also a major tourist attraction is Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, which is known for its welcoming and spirited atmosphere.

5)      Finland:  Finland has an exciting cultural life, and an array of events throughout the months for everyone.  Denmark culture provides a great variety of tours and excursions for everyone to enjoy.  Its beautiful and stunning scenery is displayed through its untouched natural environment, which makes Finland even more enjoyable among tourists.

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