Europe Vacations

If Asia is Mount Everest and North America is Niagara Falls, Europe is the gently rolling hills of Tuscany. Within a two-hour plane flight of one another, you'll find London and Paris, Athens and Rome, Vilnius and Geneva, Stockholm and Krakow. A thousand libraries could be filled with the history from this single continent. Almost every step you ... Read more
take is old, from walking in the steps of Julius Caesar in Rome to sipping tea at Jane Austen's favorite cafe in Bath, England. But Europe is not content to live in the past. Modern Brussels is the de facto capital of the European Union. Avant garde Berlin is on the forefront of just about every new cultural trend. Fashionable Milan is one of the EU's top business destinations. But it's the smaller cities and towns where the culture really comes alive -- sipping tea at an outdoor cafe in Ljubljana, watching a flamenco performance in Seville or partying with students in Belgrade. While much of Europe has been developed, vast areas of untouched wilderness remain in almost every country. Experiences include hiking in the Scottish Highlands, looking out for polar bear crossing signs in Norway's Svalbard or hang-gliding in the Italian Apennines.

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Europe things to do and experiences

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  • Louvre Museum
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  • Colosseum
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Europe welcomes travelers year-round, though each season brings a unique ambience. In the summer (mid-June to August), you’ll enjoy long, sunny days, warm (sometimes sweltering) weather, and a spirited ... Read more
nightlife...along with the rest of the world who decided to spend their summer in Europe, too. Thankfully, there are some respites during peak season -- head to Scandinavia, Ireland and England for less of a crowd -- and unless you’re going to the Amalfi Coast, July and August can tame down when locals go on vacation. Head to Europe in the off-season (November to March) to have it all to yourself. Though you’ll endure cold, drizzly weather (and limited daylight), you’ll get to prance through Versailles undisturbed like Kirsten Dunst in Marie Antoinette and save big bucks on upscale hotels.

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Quezon City, Philippines

Europe will always be my favorite destination in the world. Every corner is a study in history, culture and arts. So many beautiful places, architectural masterpieces and scenic landscapes. And almost every place is connected by a very good rail system that spells convenience to tourists. I don't think I'll ever get tired coming back as, every time, there are always something to explore.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Such diversity and culture so close together... world famous art and architechture, rich history, and the world's best food! Every young person should make time to travel Europe while they are still under 26 and can get youth discounts one sites and Eurorail. One of my favorite places to be and I try to visit as often as I can! So much to love!

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Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Maybe it is my heritage, but Europe has always held an allure to me. The more I explore this area, the more I find myself dreaming of returning. There's something so romantic about the history and castles littering every countryside.

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Dallas, Texas, USA

You've selected a number of great cities to visit. When narrowing it down I suggest picking a region in Europe and focus on the cities located there. You can't see everything in one trip, but you can maximize your stay by visiting cities close in proximity. Much of Europe is accessible by raiI making travel easy. I stayed in Berlin for 3 days, Milan 3 days and Cinque Terra for 3 days. I left each city knowing I had seen everything and wasn't rushed. For me the best part of travel isn't just seeing, but living as a local.

Dallas, Texas

Your trip plans are very ambitious! By spending only one or 2 days in each of the cities you list,however, you're cheating yourself -- and the cities -- by not spending more time in only a few. A few days more in the cities you chose provides a greater depth of the cultures (foods, landmakrs, attractions, language, behavior). I think you'd gain more by settling on perhaps only 3 -5, depending upon the time you've scheduled for your entire trip. Remember, too, time is required to travel between these cities, and the time required between some cities you list is 6 - 8 hours. My suggestion, to start: London and Paris. Two totally different cultures and only a 2-hour train ride away. From there, pick other cities requiring no more than a half a day of travel (or travel on the night train to save time). Options: Paris, Bruge, Amsterdam. A suggestion, google the tourist information websites for each of the cities under consideration; plus, each country, especially Great Britain, have great introductions to ther landmarks and attractions. I think this could help you decide, and save you the money of purchasing all of those travel books. .

Anchorage, Alaska, USA

You really can't beat the atmosphere or the diversity of Europe. One of my favorite places in the world to live and travel. As an American, the history of Europe makes an even bigger impact on me.If you visit outside of summer, rates will be down and tourists will be fewer.

Jonesboro, Georgia, USA

Great place to visit. So much to see and do. Just wouldn't want to live there. Beautiful country side.

Benin City, Nigeria
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europe is one of the best places to leave they have good agriculture they have good food good hotels they have one of the fine beaches i have ever seen they have well coprated people


Nice place for shopping, museum!

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