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Whether you want to take your time and explore one country in depth or compare and contrast a couple, you're sure the find the perfect Europe tour from our selection of over 250 tours and river cruises from award-winning travel brands.

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Europe Tours by Region

If you’re looking for royal castles, romantic ruins, historic buildings, and cosmopolitan cities, you can find it all on a European tour! Whether you’re visiting chic Paris in Western Europe, enjoying the architecture of Prague in Eastern Europe, or sightseeing through the British Isles of the United Kingdom, there’s lots to explore traveling in Europe. Check out the following recommendations for a taste of what each region offers.

Great Britain & Ireland

A tour of Great Britain, the isle comprising England, Scotland, and Wales, could take you to medieval castles, charming villages, wild moors, ancient ruins, and bustling cities. Head north to explore highlands and lochs, find ancient ruins and warm up with a nip of scotch whisky because a Scotland tour has it all! While in the United Kingdom, be sure to visit Belfast, Londonderry, and the legendary Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim, Northern Island.

Who can resist the charm of Ireland? A tour through Ireland offers travelers wild coastlines, jagged cliffs, regal castles, famous dance moves, and lively music in local pubs. The capital of Dublin is well-known for its draw to travelers with iconic sites like The Guinness Storehouse at St. James's Gate, the famously red Temple Bar, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College, and the Book of Kells. 

Northern Europe

Take a tour of Iceland to chase the most spectacular show on Earth—the Northern Lights and see the breathtaking night sky filled with the aurora borealis and its vast spectrum of color. Discover Viking heritage and breathtaking Scandinavian scenery on a Sweden vacation. Visit Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid gazing wistfully across the harbor in Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital. In Finland’s capital, Helsinki, see the modern marble façades of Finlandia Hall, the Senate and the colorful stalls in Market Square. Norway's incredible glacier countryside beckons travelers with deep blue waters surrounded by majestic snow-capped peaks and lush green landscapes.

Southern Europe

It’s said that if you only visit one European city in your life, make it Rome, Italy. With iconic sites like the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon, plus Vatican City right next door, it’s the perfect first stop on a tour of Italy. Then travel to Florence for the art and Venice for the romance. Make sure you eat as much pasta and pizza as possible while you travel Italy and also try the famous Italian wines.

Venture across the Ionian sea to Greece, famous for its history, cerulean blue sea, sun-drenched Aegean islands, fresh Mediterranean diet, and warm, hospitable people.

Western Europe

Gourmet cuisine, wine, elegant architecture, world-class museums, high fashion, and stunning scenery are all the ingredients for a perfect French vacation! A trip to the Netherlands is like stepping back in time with its picturesque canals, charming windmills, spectacular tulip fields, clogs, and bicycles.

From paella to Peñíscola, tapas to Toledo, immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the Iberian Peninsula on a Spanish vacation. Begin your Spain tour in Madrid—Europe’s highest capital—and see Plaza Mayor, Gran Vía, Puerta Del Sol, and the Cibeles Fountain. Take a trip to Portugal and discover its tradition as one of the great European naval powers, the music of the Fado guitar, and Port wine from vineyards along the Douro River Valley.

Further east, you can breathe in crisp mountain air from the rooftop of Europe on a tour of Switzerland. From the Matterhorn to Stanserhorn, the magnificent Swiss Alps cover 60 percent of the country. And a tour of Germany could take you from the fairytales of the Brothers Grimm in the Black Forest to Saxony and the cultural treasures of Dresden to the ancient city of Cologne on the Rhine.

Eastern Europe

Croatia beckons visitors to its cerulean Adriatic waters, medieval cities, and beautiful national parks.

A unique fusion of the East and West, Turkey’s cultural roots stem from almost every major Eurasian empire. 

Looking for even more inspiration? Check out our Expert Travel Advice on Trip Planning and Art & Culture to learn more about Europe travel.

Frequently Asked Questions About Europe Tours

  • When is the best time to tour Europe?
    While you can visit Europe all year round, most travelers prefer to visit Europe during the warmer months of June to September. More often than not, you’ll find that the sky is bright and blue, the beaches are wonderful, and the weather is perfect. Still, traveling to Europe in the Spring, Winter, and Fall has several benefits. Sites are less crowded, the weather is milder, and there are seasonal events happening like Tulip Festivals in Spring or Christmas Markets during the holidays. Want to learn more? Read all about choosing the best time for you to travel to Europe.
  • What are the best places to visit in Europe?
    This answer depends on what you're specifically looking for in a vacation. If you're looking to dive into the culture via the food scene, then Italy, Spain, and France are amazing places to tour. Try countries like Croatia, Greece, and Portugal if you want warmer weather and sandy beaches. For more historical sightseeing, visit Prague in the Czech Republic or Bosnia and Herzegovina in Eastern Europe. If you're a nature lover, you can't go wrong with a trip to Switzerland, Iceland, or Germany. There are so many unique places to enjoy when you travel Europe that it's hard to choose just one reason to go! Check out our picks for the top 20 cities to visit in Europe.
  • What is the best way to tour Europe for the first time?
    A guided vacation is the best way to tour Europe for the first time. When you travel on a guided vacation, everything is organized for you: the best hotels, the finest meals, must-see sights, the best experiences, and comfortable transportation from one place to the next. Plus, each tour is accompanied by a Travel Director, an expert with a finger on the pulse of the destinations. That means no unpleasant surprises, language barriers, or stress. Simply worry-free travel.
  • How many months in advance should I plan a trip to Europe?
    We recommend you start to plan your trip to Europe between 3 -10 months before you want to travel. Though, airlines don’t publish fares much further out than 10-11 months. You should look to book your vacation once you can lock in your flights. Luckily, we take care of all of that for you. If travelers know they want to go for a special anniversary or event, they’ll book years in advance so they know they’re set and can let us handle it from there.

     It’s important to make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after you’re planning to return to the states. Planning earlier allows you plenty of time to renew your passport if needed. Travel rules are changing daily If you're not sure, ask your Travel Specialist or find out more with our simple destination guide.
  • How much does an average tour of Europe cost?
    No matter what you plan to see or where you’d like to go, you can choose Grand European Travel to plan and book your tour of Europe. When you travel with Grand European Travel, the average tour costs approximately $3,500. Though, we offer great value vacations that start as low as $1,125.
  • How many days should you spend in each European country?
    While there is no definitive length of stay you should spend in each country, here’s a rule of thumb of the minimum amount of time you might consider spending in each location to get the most out of your trip. 



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    1-3 days


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    2-4 days


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    2-5 days


    2-5 days

  • How do I plan a big trip to Europe?
    If you’re looking for Expert Travel Advice for your big trip to Europe, check out these articles on how to plan your trip with information on river cruising, going with a group or solo trips, frequently asked travel questions, money, health, travel safety, and more. The best way to go about planning your trip is to let us handle the details. While you can plan everything on your own, why would you? With time and a lot of effort, you could organize everything we do for you. Plus, contrary to what many believe, you can actually save money when traveling with a group. More often than not, as a travel company, we have great contracts with local operators, museums, hotels, restaurants, and more, which creates the utmost value for your vacation.

    There are a few things you can do ahead of time to start getting excited about your trip. The best thing you can do to plan is to figure out the Where, What, When, and How Much of your trip. If you already have Steps 1 through 4 down, all you have to do is give us a call and we’ll take it from there!
    1. Decide WHERE you want to go
      Do you want to see one or more countries? Do you want to spend lots of time in one place, or move around? Are you looking for a relaxing trip to unwind or an in-depth trip that dives deep into a culture? Depending on what you’re looking for in a vacation, the places you’ll choose to go will vary. If you have a general idea of the region or area you want to visit, it’s easier to start narrowing down what you want to do while there.
    2. Decide WHAT you want to see
      Are you looking to see just the iconic sites of a couple of places to get a taste of Europe and the countries you might like? Are you looking to explore in depth a region you’ve already visited and want to see again? Are there sites you simply cannot miss so you’ll need to make sure you get there while on your trip? Or, is there a special place, maybe nostalgic in ways, that you’d like to visit in Europe? Jot down a few of the highlights you’d like to hit along the way. This will help guide you to exactly when you’d like to travel.
    3. Decide WHEN you want to go
      Again, depending on what you want to do, the time of year you’d like to go is important to figure out. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway in Venice, you might not want to visit during the high-water months. If you’re trying to see the Northern Lights in Iceland, you shouldn't go in June. Want to save some money by traveling in the Off-Season, or simply need to see the Italian Lakes in Fall? If you know where you want to go and what’s important you want to do while there, then you’ll be able to figure out the general months you’re looking to travel. 
    4. Decide HOW MUCH you want to spend on your trip
      If you’re planning a trip of a lifetime, you’re probably going to want to splurge a bit. If you’re looking for an overview of European countries and know you’ll be going back to ones you like, you might not need to spend as much as you think. If you want an all-inclusive, luxury experience it will more than likely cost more than a tour with more optionals to add on as you go.

Why Should You Visit Europe?

There are unlimited reasons to travel to Europe. It is bursting with history, culture, and surreal landscapes, as well as a multitude of cuisines, regional wines, customs, and hospitality unique to every country on the continent. Needless to say, if you’re seeking adventure, a relaxing trip, or even just a break from the regular, you should travel to Europe.

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