Europe is the world’s second smallest continent surrounded by the Arctic in the north, the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Aegean, Black Seas to the south and Russia, the Baltics and Ukraine 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.
Atlantic / Western Europe
1) Britain: England, Scotland & Wales
England is mostly rolling hills and forest, the highlands of Scotland are mountain ridges and deep valleys that were created by glaciers in the last ice age. Britain has been invaded many times and populated by Celts from Europe who pushed the first Britons (the Picts) into Scotland. They were followed by the Romans, Anglo-Saxons from Germany, the Vikings from Scandinavia and the Normans from France. The British then built the world’s largest empire which closed after WWII and most of its colonies became independent nations. The capital, London was founded by the Romans in the first century and when the Welsh Henry Tudor defeated Richard III in the War of the Roses he was the last king to win the throne in battle. The British have a strong preservation ethic and have some of the most outstanding architecture, museums, castles, history and monuments to experience. Transport and tourist services are very well organized and the country is a joy to visit.
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 its 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’Azur, Nice, Cannes with the neighboring principality of Monaco as well as Avignon with the Palace of the Popes.
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 Cordova, 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,
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.
Known as the Emerald Isle filled with rolling green hills it also has rugged, rocky landscapes and peat bogs formed by glaciers 15,000 years ago.The southwest has cliffs that plunge hundreds of feet into the Atlantic Ocean. The Celts landed from Europe around 2700 years ago and were followed by the Vikings 1000 years later. In 1170, Norman Vikings who had taken control of England invaded Ireland and made it an English territory. In the 1600s, Britain changed to the Protestant religion, while most Irish remained Catholic. In 1948, Ireland became an independent country, while six mainly Protestant counties in the northeast remained in Britain. Ireland is a nation of storytellers, writers, musicians and dancer. They are most welcoming hosts.
Mediterranean / Southern Europe
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 world’s most historic. Romantic Venice, Artistic Florence, bustling Naples 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. 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. 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.
The beautiful beaches and island along the Adriatic dotted with Roman sites and small fishing villages have made Croatia a key tourist destination, equally popular with European and international visitors. Once a formidable kingdom under Tomislav in the tenth century, a naval power in the sixteenth and seventeenth, and an awakening national entity in the nineteenth, it has had to endure a thousand years of foreign meddling, subjugation, incursions, and outright wars before being recognized in 1992 as a distinct entity. To the north and east is the upper arm of the Croatian crescent, is the Pannonian plains. The capital Zagreb, in the Julian Alps a region covered with vines and orchards. To the west and south are the karst plateaus of this region, consisting mostly of limestone, are barren at the highest elevations and lower down it is heavily forested. The Istrian Peninsula and the Dalmatian coast extends south for 1,100 miles (1,800 km) of pristine coastline and sandy beaches fringed by more than 1,100 islands and islets.
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 Mykonos, Santorini, Naxos, Paros, and the archaic city of Mycenae, Delphi, Corinth and Epidaurus as well as heartrending Mistra on the mainland.
Rich in history and architecture. Enjoy azure blue waters, snow-capped mountain chains, twisted rock formations, underground cave cities, great shopping and delicious healthy cuisine. Istanbul mixes culture and religion from the east and west. Turkey abounds with significant archeological sites. We offer a rich selection of group escorted tours or independently guided visits. There are several departures per week that operate year round.
Central / Eastern Europe
Germany is a landscape of forests, rivers, mountain ranges and North Sea beaches. It has over 2 thousand years of history from the tribes that conquered Rome through to the post world war democratic and economic powerhouse. Germany is rich in natural beauty. Between the North Sea and Baltic coasts in the north and the peaks of the Alps in the south lie extremely diverse landscapes, with everything from wide expanses of river and lakeland scenery, hilly uplands and densely wooded regions to agricultural plains and industrial conurbations. Germany’s longest river is the Rhine, which flows through the country for a total of 865 kilometres.
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
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.
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.
Right in the heart of Europe, Austria is historically, geographically and culturally in a central position. 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 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Every year thousands of tourists flock to Hungary’s innumerable thermal spas, which are world famous for their natural 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.
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 Transylvanian Alps, the Carpathians and the Black Sea resort city of Constanza.
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.
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.
Home to the world’s best-known storyteller, Hans Christian Andersen, 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.
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.
These tours primarily take place in-group settings and everything is organised for you. 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.
For people who wish to explore Europe on their own or with friends. They allow 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.
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