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How to Plan a Trip to Europe: Frequently Asked Questions

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Embarking on your plans for a trip to Europe brings questions, and this list of those frequently asked will help you get started to create a memorable vacation.

Europe can immerse you in epic history, dramatic natural beauty, stunning artistry, and culinary diversity as you travel in a single country or across multiple destinations.

From stunning fjords or elegant palaces, enticing wines to magnificent museums, the dazzling display of traditional heritage and contemporary culture offers a sensational experience.

When is the best time to visit Europe?

The best times to visit Europe are in May and October. These months not only reflect the most consistent weather across the majority of countries in Europe, but also represent the shoulder season, when crowds shrink from their peak in the summer.

December is also a great time to visit Europe. Many cities within certain countries host Christmas markets at this time, which create a festive atmosphere, accentuated by snowy streets and jovial locals. The countries with the most popular Christmas markets include Germany, Denmark, Sweden, France, Austria, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

The climate varies dramatically across the European continent throughout the year. The summer months of June to August are popular for visiting western and southern Europe due to warm weather and travelers eager to enjoy coastal destinations in countries like Italy, Spain, France, Greece, and Croatia. Spring and autumn are considered shoulder seasons across Europe. Winter is popular for European travelers eager to enjoy winter sports, but is not as popular with US travelers.

How far in advance should I plan a trip to Europe?

To ensure you enjoy your time in the cities you wish to visit and the accommodations you prefer, you should plan your Europe trip between six to eight months in advance. If you plan to travel during the high season from June to August, you should consider planning your trip between 8 and 10 months in advance. Planning this far in advance is also wise if you wish to travel to destinations known for certain festivals, such as Munich during Oktoberfest, Siena during the Palio, or Nice during Carnival.

Should I go to one country or travel to several?

Whether you should take a single country or multi-country Europe trip will depend on the number of days you have. Your immersion into the culture, activities, and restaurants will correlate with your timeline and can drive your ultimate decision on whether to take a single or multi-country trip.

Working with a Europe travel specialist can help you manage your expectations of time, experiences, and destinations to find what is truly important to your trip.

Learn more: One Country or Several?

What should I do on my trip to Europe?

Whether interested in the history of France or the cuisine of Spain, the art of Italy or the folklore of Ireland, a customized Zicasso tour organizes your excursions, activities, and experiences around your goals and specific timeline. A Zicasso Europe travel specialist can help you find the right country or combination of countries to satisfy your interests.

Learn more: Top Things to Do in Europe  

How many days is enough to see Europe?

Fourteen days is a perfect amount of time for any trip to Europe. While spending three weeks would afford you more time to explore the great diversity of cultures and landscapes, two weeks gives you plenty of time to enjoy popular highlights, mixed with a number of off-the-beaten-path destinations.

Most travelers from the United States spend 10 days in Europe on a single or multi-country trip. Ten days is a great amount of time to enjoy a deep dive into the cultural history of one country or to see the highlights of multiple destinations.

When visiting Europe for the first time, it can be difficult to narrow down what you would like to see and do during your trip. A Zicasso travel specialist can help you find the right destinations for you based on your interests, how you like to travel, and the types of experiences you would like to have.

How can I enjoy food and wine in Europe?

Zicasso travel specialists can organize private tastings and design exclusive visits for food and wine enthusiasts. You can enjoy private cooking classes or sample internationally celebrated wines at exclusive vineyards. You can also learn more about the distinctive varietals of Europe’s wine history, production, and regional specialties from a local sommelier.

Countries across Europe celebrate their heritage with established recipes that demonstrate culture, family traditions, and the evolution of flavors, locally and nationally. From a private market tour with a local chef to pairing wines with specific dishes to find the complementary flavors, a Zicasso travel specialist can guide you to the best experiences for you.

Learn more: Europe Food and Wine Guide

What are the best destinations for art & history in Europe?

As a continent, Europe exudes culture that derives from thousands of years of collective heritage and independent national progression. Galleries across the continent represent the work of contemporary artists, the aesthetic of ancient artisans, and the challenging perspectives of modern designers in a variety of mediums.

Whether focusing on prehistoric artwork or Roman mosaics, Europe embraces its heritage that dates back to the 3rd millennium BC. Whether looking for Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, preserved Moorish arches, Azulejo tiles, or striking Greek statues, the countries of Europe proudly treasure masterpieces and artifacts alike.

Learn more: Top 10 Best European Cities for Art Lovers

What can we do in Europe with our children?

Family culture is important across the different countries of Europe and your children will be warmly welcomed. When working with a Zicasso travel specialist you will always have family-friendly guides who understand how to balance activities with educational and cultural experiences for engaging tours.

From gladiator classes in Rome to pretzel-making classes in Munich, Harry Potter tours in London to exciting hikes into the Swiss Alps, there is plenty to explore with children of all ages.

Is there any advice for senior travel to Europe?

Seniors or those with mobility challenges must consider that walking on cobblestone streets or on winding hilly lanes for long periods of time may affect your Europe tour. An expert Zicasso specialist will minimize any challenges or stamina considerations by ensuring your guides organize your tours accordingly.

Learn more: Senior Travel Guide

Is Europe a good destination for romantic trips or honeymoons?

Europe is a destination for unforgettable romance and passionate getaways. Whether eager to glide along the Venetian canals or find a secluded Greek island to enjoy, your travel specialist will understand the right destinations for you, with each new place offering fresh experiences for couples who wish to combine activities, exploration, and spirit. Coupled with unspeakably romantic properties, thrilling outdoor excursions, and private tours, you will ensure intimate and meaningful memories.

How can I travel around Europe?

The best way to see Europe in 10 days is with a combination of trains and flights. In the majority of European countries trains are efficient, economical, accessible, and reliable. Trains are often the fastest way to travel between large cities within the same country as well. Flights are also an easy way to travel long distances quickly, especially if traveling between countries. International flights within Europe are often inexpensive and quick.

Your Zicasso travel specialist will ensure your logistics are as smooth as possible when in Europe by including private airport transfers, trains, or flights between destinations to create a stress-free Europe tour.

Is Europe safe for travel?

Europe is very safe for travelers. When visiting populated areas known for tourists, petty theft such as pickpocketing can occur, but your overall safety is never in question. Using common sense, such as not allowing strangers to carry your luggage in the train station or keeping your bags close to you at all times, will help ensure your safety and that of your valuables.

What are the best airports to fly in and out of Europe?

The best airport to fly in and out of when visiting Europe is London’ Heathrow (LHR). This is the busiest airport in Europe and serves as the main hub for major international airlines. The facilities are clean and the airport offers easy accessibility for US travelers. Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is also a great airport when flying in and out of Europe. As one of the busiest airports in Europe, Munich acts as a transit hub for various European airlines, has clean facilities, and possesses an airport staff with English-language skills.

For most travelers the most convenient airport to reach in Europe is London Heathrow (LHR), followed by Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). These two airports host the busiest routes between destinations in Europe and the United States. The busiest airports in Europe include:

  • London Heathrow (LHR)
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
  • Frankfurt am Main Airport (FRA)
  • Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

Can Zicasso help me with flights?

Zicasso Flights is an international air-ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation. By employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso, our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 service and support, and complimentary consultation of routing vs. pricing with an expert flight specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Does Zicasso assist with travel insurance?

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

Ready to plan your Europe trip?

Europe embodies western civilization and the evolution of culinary styles, an introduction to Mediterranean life or an immersive view of secluded Scandinavian beauty. Whether eager to wander ancient history or hear Irish folklore, sample Hungarian wine or travel the autobahn, you can discover inspiration for your next trip with sample itineraries from our Europe Tours & Vacations. Find more information and helpful tips for your next trip with Zicasso’s Europe Travel Guide. Ready to Plan your trip? Speak with a Europe travel expert by filling out a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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