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European Travel in 2022 is Booking Up: How to Plan Your Trip Now

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Oia White City, Santorini Island, Greece

Oia White City, Santorini Island, Greece

Whether looking for the perfect couple’s trip to Greece, a family getaway to Spain or the trip of a lifetime to Italy now is the time to consider your vacation plans for 2022.

With Zicasso travel specialists reporting many top properties already booked at 90% and upwards for this summer, planning now may be the only way to ensure that your first-choice options can be yours to enjoy.

From how to pick your travel dates to which country to visit, this short guide to European travel will get your plans moving in the right direction.

Pick Your Travel Dates Wisely

Summer Tuscany scenery with red poppy flowers and grain fields surrounding cute Vitaleta chapel and Pienza on the hill in Italy

Tuscany, Italy

Have Iconic Spots to Yourself Between January and May

Whether looking for the famous winter markets or eager to explore renowned museums with fewer people, you can generally find beautiful mountain scenery, delicious food, sumptuous wines, historical sights, and local cultural interactions when traveling in the winter season.

January and February are always a great time to visit Europe as you can avoid crowds, enjoy advantageous rates, stand in fewer lines, and have a much more authentic experience. Early 2022 will be particularly unique as capacity limitations are still in place, allowing for quiet museums and other iconic sites.

The weather will be chilly in winter no matter where you visit, even if traveling to an area primarily famous for island experiences, but the cooler weather offers more opportunities for discovery, fewer people, and incredible views.

For dates in June, July or August, Book Now

As international travel continues to rebound, summer dates in 2022 are filling quickly. Our travel specialists report that preferred properties are already at 90% and above for bookings in many regions. Trips postponed in 2020 and 2021 also impact availability, and rates are rising as itineraries are rebooked for future dates. The longer you wait to book, the fewer the options and the higher the cost.

By speaking with a travel specialist to book your trip now, you can secure your top choices. Whether you want to explore along the winding panoramic cliffs of the Amalfi Coast in Italy, wander the medieval streets of Toledo in Spain, or indulge in a sunset cruise off the coast of Santorini in Greece, your travel specialist can make your dream come true.

Consider Travel Next Fall

After the high season of summer, the crowds relent as the weather cools across Europe. Enjoy the colors of changing foliage, wander comfortably between iconic highlights, and enjoy authentic cultural experiences with fewer crowds than in the summer.

In some corners of Europe, a beach trip is still possible to enjoy in fall, and with the pleasant weather continuing, the shops are open, creative festival season swings to life, and the chance for more advantageous rates are yours.

Learn More: Best Time to Go - Italy | Best Time to Go - Greece | Best Time to Go - Spain

Consider Your Travel Goals and What Options are Best for You

Eiffel tower and the skyline of Paris, France

Paris, France

What do you want to see and do most?

Instead of feeling pulled into a trip someone else has taken, consider what you have always wanted to experience and where you have always dreamed of visiting. Your traveling goals are wholly your own, which means your preferences for how you wish to travel may be different from those of your family or friends. You may prefer to see London instead of Rome or want to hike in the Swiss Alps instead of wine tasting in France’s Bordeaux region.

Define your goals, and you will know where to begin your journey. Perhaps you wish to dine at Michelin-starred restaurants, are interested in staying in a castle estate property, or wish to cycle a section of the Tour de France.

Each goal you set can help refine how you travel and where you travel to make your dream trip a reality. When you work with a Zicasso travel specialist, your dreams become tangible possibilities and can inspire the outline for your Europe trip. From private cooking classes to hidden museum galleries, driving a racecar, to leaping into a world of magic, the possibilities are endless.

Learn more: Top 15 Best Places to See in Europe | Top 10 Things to Do in Europe

Do you want to visit one country, or see several?

One of the most challenging questions to answer when visiting Europe is whether you wish to see a single country or discover multiple countries during a single trip. Many multi-country trips follow a theme often associated with the highlights of a region and visiting bucket-list destinations, while a single-country trip often focuses on a more immersive cultural experience.

However, when considering a single-country or multi-country travel in 2022, it is important to think about possible travel restrictions at the time of your trip. Many countries in Europe have different rules and regulations for travelers who come from outside of the EU designated states and may require different levels of testing, vaccine requirements, or even quarantine. Focusing your trip on a single country can ensure a more fluid and immersive travel experience.

Learn more: One Country or Several? How to Decide Where to Go in Europe

Find Inspiration and New Ideas

Alhambra in Granada, Spain

Granada, Spain

As the landscape of travel changes, so do the possibilities to create unforgettable travel experiences. As our lives change, so do our travel dreams. From honeymoons and anniversary trips to multi-generational family trips, action and adventure to luxury safari, Zicasso has itineraries to guide you to new ideas.

Every itinerary on our trip is a starting place, as no Zicasso trip is like any other. Every detail can be customized with the help of a travel specialist to capture the perfect Europe trip designed for you.

Our most popular destinations in Europe are Italy, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, and the United Kingdom, but Zicasso can connect you with travel specialists for any of the 101 countries we serve.

Learn more:

Italy Tours & Vacations 

Greece Tours & Vacations 

Spain Tours & Vacations 

France Tours & Vacations 

Croatia Tours & Vacations 

UK Tours & Vacations 

Customize and Personalize Your Vacation

Big Ben and Westminster bridge in the London evening

London, England

If you are ready to visit Europe and bring your travel dreams to life, our travel specialists are destination experts and can guide your plans based on your preferences, goals, needs, and desires. Their local connections and ability to surprise you with innovative ideas will result in a customized vacation tailored to make this next trip your best one yet.

By filling out a Trip Request, we will match you with at least two travel specialists who are experts on your preferred destination or destinations. They will compete for your business by learning what the most important factors are for you and design a personalized tour based on your dream trip. You can use the sample itineraries on our site for inspiration to see what is possible.

With Europe incredibly popular with travelers all around the world, you should not delay in making your plans to ensure your preferred destinations and activities. Your Europe trip is full of possibilities and opportunities that you can consider by speaking with a regional travel expert for the country you wish to visit. You can speak with a travel specialist by filling out a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

Learn more: 8 Most Requested Itineraries to Europe | 7 Perfect Itineraries for First-Timers to Europe

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