Europe is home to hundreds of breathtaking islands scattered within and around the continent that range from long established celebrity hotspots to lesser-known hidden gems. While your first thought is probably resorts and beaches, don’t forget the many islands that boast rugged cliffs, hiking, adventure sports, and even skiing. With such diversity, history, and culture, you'll always find somewhere intriguing to explore in the Idyllic Islands of Europe.
The Coast of Dalmatia enchants visitors during this totally flexible vacation package around the idyllic Croatia. Visit Dubrovnik (the "Pearl of the Adriatic"; with sun-drenched beaches on one side and imposing mountains on the other), Brac Island (with its warm and welcoming beaches, trendy marina area, and beautiful scenery), and Split (an exuberant, buzzing city with a perfect balance of history and modern sensibilities). Connect each destination with ferries. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
Naples - Amalfi: 1 hr. 15 mins. approx.
Amalfi - Sorrento: 1 hr. 30 mins. approx.
Visit the Amalfi Coast in Italy and explore on your own terms! Begin your vacation in Naples (a spectacle for the senses; be sure to enjoy an authentic Italian pizza right here where it was invented!) and after your overnight here, continue to visit Pompeii (a treat for lovers of antiquity - the ancient city ruins are captivating, never has a city been so intricately seized in time) and Ercolano (a quaint fishing port which, legend says, was founded by Hercules himself). The following day visit breathtaking sites at Paestum and continue towards Amalfi (a stunning area with a magical quality, once an important maritime city where the famous Amalfi Tables were created, and famous for the incomparable and unusual beauty of the Emerald Grotto). The next day recuperate while visiting Sorrento (an animated city with famous gardens). From Sorrento you can choose to visit several small villages such as Positano or the captivating Isle of Capri. There is so much to explore in Sorrento we suggest 2 days here. After having your fill, drive back to Naples to return your car and fly home (although you may not want to)! This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.;
Internationally famous for their beauty, unique culture, history and the amazing beaches. The Aegean Islands are the most popular and world-famous islands in Greece. Amazing water sports, ancient Greek history, delicious cuisine, friendly locals and unique traditions are just a few characteristics you`ll discover on these islands.
The coastlines of southern Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa are shaped by the Mediterranean Sea. Not only does the Mediterranean have beautiful resorts and beaches on the mainland, there are literally thousands of islands to explore, each with their own beauty, over 2,500 miles from Spain east to Turkey. The cultural and culinary experiences of each Mediterranean country are unique and delig
The cities and countries that are situated on the Adriatic Sea are some of the most beautiful and awe-inducing vacation destinations in Europe. The Adriatic Coast stretches on for 2,300 miles, up the eastern coast of Italy to Slovenia, and then on from Slovenia to Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia again, Montenegro, and finally Albania. Come to the Adriatic and prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience.
The Bulgarian Black Sea coast (called Chernomorie in Bulgarian) is one of the trendiest resort destinations in southeastern Europe. Once the playground of Communist Party loyalists and their families, today these resort towns rival the French and Italian rivieras. Many are `ancient cities,` having been settled as far back as five millennia. So, if you`re looking for an off-the-beaten-path beach vacation that doesn`t skimp on quality, consider the beautiful Black Sea coast.
The southeast coast of Provence, France, is sprinkled with some of the world`s most popular beaches and destinations, including Nice, Monaco, Cannes, Saint Tropez and Menton. Known all over the world for its glamour and beauty, the Riviera is a playground for the rich and famous and a true paradise destination. The French Riviera offers a picture-perfect stretch of coastline, historic hilltop towns, twisting mountain roads and white pebble beaches leading into the azure water. The entire stretch of coastline in the south of France is dotted with a countless number of sights to be explore.
Just south of Naples, the beautiful and unspoiled Amalfi Coast, dotted with small seaside towns, is a true Italian gem of remarkable beauty and distinct natural landscape. Traditional houses, painted in pastel colors, follow the slope of the foothills of Mounts Lattari, creating a picturesque scene. From the characteristic terraces, the strong scents of the lemon groves, the vineyards, the broom and the vibrant colors of bougainvillea combine with the salt air to delight the senses.
Stretching over a 200 miles from Almeria to Tarifa, with wide sweeps of golden sand, white-washed villages, excellent golf, alfresco dining, fantastic warm weather year round, a wide variety of outdoor activities and some spectacular scenery, make the Costa del Sol one of Spain`s most popular tourist destinations. It offers beautiful landscapes; varied and exquisite cuisine; extraordinary marinas; friendly people; flamenco... and so much more!
Cinque Terre means Five Lands (in Italian), and this popular area offers five miles of rocky coast with five small villages (born in the 11th Century as fortresses) overlooking the sea, in the midst of two capes with hundreds of miles of beautiful paths. It offers a unique landscape with twisting coastal footpaths with breathtaking views; beautiful beaches with crystal transparent waters plus old churches, sanctuaries and castles.
The Turquoise Coast is one of the most beautiful, unforgettable, and popular seaside resort areas in all of Turkey. The main cities along this stretch of picture-perfect shoreline include Kusadasi, Bodrum, Marmaris, and Fethiye, which are chock-full of not only beauty but thousands of years of history.
One of the most romantic, stunning, unspoiled stretches of coast in Europe. Stretching north to the French border, the Costa Brava is about sun, beaches, coves surrounded by nature, refreshing dips in crystal-clear water, strolls along coastal footpaths, and charming fishing villages. Gloriously wild in parts and tastefully manicured in others, the Costa has some of the finest Blue Flag beaches in Europe, broad and sandy stretches to elegant horseshoe bays and secluded smugglers’ coves. Located on the northeast corner of Spain, Its coastline is almost 200 miles long and very varied, with wide bays, small coves and high cliffs.
The coast of Normandy stretches across almost 400 miles of fabulous shoreline. With its beautiful beaches, intense history, and picturesque ancient towns, the coast of Normandy has so much to offer. From elaborate beach resorts to quaint fishing villages, this region delights sunbathers during the summer and offers so much to see year round. For those who want to experience the serene beauty of France, you’ll fall in love with the slow pace, rich history, and beauty of the Normandy Coast.
The English seaside resorts were the forerunners to the modern-day British mass tourism industry, and even after more than a century they still welcome millions of tourists each year. Originally marketed as spa towns in the nineteenth century, these resort towns became wildly popular when marketed to the burgeoning, and at that time new, middle class in society. Arguably the most important and most popular of the English seaside towns are Brighton, located in East Sussex in the South East; Bournemouth, the largest city in Dorset, in the South West; and Blackpool, the largest city in Lancashire and situated on the Irish Sea coast in England`s North West.
Ferries/hydrofoils for the Islands do not operate in off seasons (autumn and winter) due to weather conditions
Europe has some of the best vineyards in the world! Visiting the wine regions of Europe is a dream for every wine connoisseur. It’s at these vineyards that you can not only sip on exceptional wines, but can also learn how it is produced and immerse yourself in the local culture.
Europe contains some of the most fascinating, historic UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world with significant ones like the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia, Mont-Saint Michel in France, and The Buda Castle Quarter and Andrassy Avenue in Budapest. There are over 400 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Europe alone, and at least one can be found in every country.
European Cuisine is filled with variety throughout the European countries with classics like Pizza in Italy, Croissants in France, Wiener Schnitzel in Germany, Bangers and Mash in Great Britain, and so much more. These cuisines are not only delectable but they tell the story of the history, people, and traditions of each country.