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The Right Stuff

Every traveler has their place (or places) they want to visit in Europe. But whether you prefer snowkiting in Norway or relaxing in the natural hot springs of Hungary, discovering fortresses in San Marino or photographing Dutch windmills in The Netherlands, find the activities and destinations you’ve dreamed of by knowing what style of vacation appeals to you.

Immerse yourself even deeper into European culture at Guggenheim Museum.
Immerse yourself even deeper into European culture at Guggenheim Museum.

If ice fishing, dog sledding, or snowmobiling piques your interest, an active vacation in Scandinavia is a must. Engaging the muscles and heart might fuel your ideal experience, but there’s even more outdoor adventure than ski resorts and snowshoeing in the Alps. You can also sail, paddle, float and surf under the sun on the shores of the Adriatic, or along the beautiful blue waters of Turkey.

Gondola Venice
Discover the romance of Venice with a classic gondola ride

Camping and backpacking are popular ways to see Europe for less. Get closer to seldom-seen areas, like along the Via Alpina. Hike through eight Alpine countries and traverse the principal chain of the Alps. Or skip the walking and get a rail pass to follow the trails of steel throughout the continent.

Luxurious tastes are worth indulging in Europe. Boutique shopping in Paris and Rome lead to exquisite fine dining in Copenhagen and Croatia. Five-star hotels abound on the continent where resort spa treatments were invented. Amsterdam and Montenegro know how to pamper and treat their guests. They’ve done it for centuries.

A honeymoon in Europe perfectly balances seclusion and legendary romance. The chateaux of Southern France, along with delicious red wine, attract couples year-round. Or visit the island of Cyprus, legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. Stroll hand in hand along the canals of Venice before stepping aboard a legendary gondola ride. Bask in the splendor of one of central Europe’s intriguing cities, like Prague, and enjoy boutique shopping and a sightseeing cruise on the Vltava. Or relax and be together while soaking in the soothing thermal baths and spas in Budapest.

Snowkiting in Norway is one of the most unique things you can do in Europe.
Snowkiting in Norway is one of the most unique things you can do in Europe.

But Europe’s not just for couples. From small children to older adults, there’s a range of activities and interests for everyone in your family. The past comes alive in countless museums of art and history, like the Berlin Museum Island or the Guggenheim in Bilbao. Visit Killarney National Park in Ireland for lake-studded mountains and wild red deer or place your bets at the Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco. And don’t forget the awe-inspiring castles and fortresses of Germany, Romania, Portugal and many more.

So, what’s the right stuff for you? Start by knowing your travel style and then see where your European vacation takes you.

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Get your camera ready. Once you’ve laid eyes on Europe’s most charming mountain villages, you may not want to put it down. You also may not ever want to leave. These are the places that fairy tales are made of, only they happen to be real. From medieval villages in Spain to traditional timber chalets in Switzerland, to the towering mountain-side fortresses of San Marino, these small but fully functioning towns are waiting to warmly welcome visitors who appreciate their quaint style of living.

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Best European Summer Getaways

If you’re looking to spend your summer vacation in Europe, look no further. The weather in and around the Mediterranean and the Iberian Peninsula is perfect in summer; it’s just warm enough to remind you what season it is without roasting you. The Douro valley in Portugal is famous for its wines, and what better time to sample it than summer? Mild temperatures make for ideal for sipping outside or on a cruise ship. Port wine was once shipped on the Douro River, from the steep wine valleys inland, to Porto. Difficult to navigate in the past, the river is now a smooth ride for cruise boats that offer breathtaking views of the Douro Valley, topped with visits to regional monuments, folk music and, of course, wine.

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