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European Tours & Vacations

Endless experiences await with a tour of Europe as you indulge in charms from around the continent. From the famous boulevards of Paris and the countryside castles of Germany to the delectable cuisine of Italy and crystal clear waters of Greece, a Europe tour from Zicasso will curate iconic landmarks and unique experiences only our experts can arrange. Create your own journey today.

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Sample Itineraries

You can have any trip tailor made for your private travel.

Essential Athens and Greek Islands Vacation: Mykonos & Santorini

10 Day Custom Tour

From$2,495

Go beyond the traditional idea of Greece and into the essentials on this custom vacation tailored to show you the life of Athens and the islands. The vibrant blue roofs and whitewashed homes sit along the precipice overlooking a caldera. The lavish pillars of the Parthenon watch over the ancient city of Athens. The crystal waters of Mykonos brush against the shore. Spend your days experiencing the best of Greece, from the perfect views to the fabulous beaches, from the ancient ruins to the modern flavors; see the essentials and beyond.

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Croatia, Slovenia & Austria Tour of Central Europe

14 Day Custom Tour

From$3,145

The heart of Europe beats with a unique pulse. Cobblestone streets wander through medieval towns and brush up against tall, protective ramparts. Antique minarets rise over modern cafes. Impermeable castles stand atop cliffs and overlook lush foothills. This Croatia, Slovenia and Austria tour takes you through Central Europe, exploring the stunning forests, rugged mountains, brimming rivers, and azure coastlines where medieval cities press against the remnants of the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires. Discover the effects of the past on the present, and witness the welcoming smiles of the locals as you venture through the continent’s irreplaceable center.

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Europe’s Greatest Hits Tour in 2 Weeks

14 Day Custom Tour

From$3,957

Your 2 weeks Europe tour is hand tailored to discover the luxuries and splendors of your desires. Journey on the finest luxury tours of Europe from Paris to Rome, where you can determine the true highlights of a city, whether it’s the Louvre, the glockenspiel, or a basilica. The wonder of the Sistine Chapel hovers above you, radiant with bright colors. A glacier spreads over a mountain before your very eyes. Savor the taste of a morning espresso on a Mediterranean beach. See the lights of the Eiffel Tower illuminating the Parisian evening sky.

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A Perfect Europe Tour of Romantic Cities & Spellbinding Views

18 Day Custom Tour

From$5,575

Canals whisper against historic building in the evening, reflecting the lights of the city off of the water. The Eiffel Tower shines like a collection of stars over the Champs de Mars. King Ludwig’s castle stands above a quaint village with inspiring neo-Romanesque design. The Matterhorn summit reflects in the glacial lake of the Swiss alpine waters. Sip sparkling wine in the Italian hills and linger underneath an opulent balcony where an emperor would grace the town. Your Europe tour of romantic cities is custom tailored to experience optimal romance, sweeping you across Europe and around the undulating Alps.

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Highlights of Europe Vacation Tour Package 2020

16 Day Custom Tour

From$5,195

It is easy to imagine the most charming cities in the world, situated along a serene river with historic buildings overlooking cobblestone streets. Medieval towers stand watch over the prairie, or priceless works of art hang in a modern gallery, which was once a regal bedroom. Indulge in creamy gelato and savor decadent truffle dishes. Listen to traditional yodelers echo against the Swiss Alps. Walk in the footsteps of Michelangelo. On this custom-tailored highlights of Europe vacation tour package, you will find captivating cities wrapped up in their history, surrounded by elegant scenery, and overflowing with natural artistic majesty.

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Central Europe Tour 2020: Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest & More

17 Day Custom Tour

From$4,330

There is only space for the exceptional on this 17-day journey through the highlights of Central Europe. There is majesty in the medieval stone bridges that link Prague’s shores, while the splendor of the Danube River rushes from Vienna to Budapest. Experience the regal beauty of Potsdam and the diverse history of Berlin. From cities carved in salt mines to lavish opera houses, unique ossuaries to cities rebuilt in their own likeness, you will come to the wonder of Central Europe, highlighted and unforgettable.

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A Tale of Two Family Friendly Cities: London & Paris Tour

8 Day Custom Tour

From$2,491

The drum beat guides the marching Palace Guards to order. Big Ben chimes the quarter-hour alongside the rushing waters of the River Thames. The fountains in the garden of Versailles erupt with theatrical drama. The Eiffel Tower offers a view of the city’s rooftops, from the Champs Elysees to the base of Montmartre. Your custom family friendly tour to London and Paris is designed to immerse the family in the history of London and Paris, showcasing the royalty of both past and present, and the timeless cultures that have, and continue to inspire the world.

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Ultimate Spain, France, & Italy Tour for Active Travelers

31 Day Custom Tour

From$8,737

Europe is the home of the Roman and British Empires, the Italian and Dutch Renaissances, Spanish cuisine and French wine, long stretches of cliff-clad coastline and cobalt waters. This best of Europe tour is tailored to your tastes, ensuring the European vacation you always wanted, taking you alongside the gentle lapping water of the Grand Canal and the shimmering detailed marble of Michelangelo’s David. Gardens sprinkle large cities with emphatic greenery. Locals sit at cafes and watch their city pass them by with nonchalance. From lavish museums to elegant monuments, fairytale castles to charming churches, Europe continues to instill marvel and majesty. 

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Best of Paris Tour in a Week

7 Day Custom Tour

From$1,920

Paris emits the pleasures of art, fashion, food, and literature, sweeping across the architecture and cobblestone streets. Impressionist paintings decorate the galleries of famous museums. Gilded fountains spray water into the air, dancing on the pools of royal gardens. Extraordinary stained glass windows pour a rainbow of light into the nave of a dramatic church. Your best of Paris tour in a week will show you the wondrous beating heart of Paris; from the intimate cafes to the vibrant markets, each neighborhood offers a different essence of the joie de vivre (exuberant enjoyment of life) for which the city is known.  

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Rome & Athens Tour: Highlights of Antiquity and Modernity

7 Day Custom Tour

From$1,829

Retrace the steps of antiquity and modernity, the energy of which is encapsulated in the cities of Roma and Athena. Over the course of a week, this itinerary will enable you to drift across centuries as you visit the Coliseum, the Vatican, the Acropolis and beyond. World-renowned culinary delights will lure you back to present day, when you find yourself at a small candlelit table in a taverna or enoteche (wine bar) each evening, surrounded by local wine and delicacies. Allow yourself to be captivated by the romance and mystique of the old world, as you fall just a little more in love with Europa.

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Croatia and the Last Jedi Encounter: A Star Wars-Inspired Tour

9 Day Custom Tour

From$3,793

You don’t have to travel to a galaxy far away to experience the captivating adventures of the rebellion during your 9-day Star Wars-inspired tour of Croatia. Venture to and beyond the filming locations of the upcoming film in Dubrovnik and discover the marvels of Croatia, which spans more than 1,200 miles of coastline and contains thousands of tiny islands and lush vegetation. Uncover real-world history connected to Illyrians, Romans, Hungarians, and Venetians and explore the newest realms of the legendary saga.

Exploring Further

Did you know that Croatia was a filming location for various hit series, including Game of Thrones and Star Wars? The capital city of Dubrovnik also doubled as King’s Landing in HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, which you can learn more about on our Game of Thrones: A Unique Tour of Croatia itinerary.

Star Wars also had extensive filming in other countries such as Ireland and Bolivia. Consider discovering the other breathtaking landscapes that inspired the film directors on our Star Wars Inspired Tour of Ireland.

Note: Zicasso’s Star Wars-Inspired itineraries are not affiliated with, sponsored or endorsed by, The Walt Disney Company, Lucasfilm Ltd., Home Box Office Inc./BCKORS, LLC./GROK!, LLC./Generator Entertainment/Suction Productions, Inc.

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Best of France Tour: Paris, Loire Valley, Provence & Much More

18 Day Custom Tour

From$4,945

French culture feels comfortable, tucked into iconic café terraces and local markets filling up small squares. The scent of lavender carries from the countryside. Vibrant paintings hang on the walls of world-famous museums. This custom tailored best of France tour to Paris, Loire Valley, Provence and many more of the iconic destinations will break open the beauty of the country to find much more than the usual. You will step into a history of exquisite landscapes, imaginative castles, and enchanting villages. Whether set in the shade of breathtaking cathedrals or on the banks of tranquil rivers, you will find the Joie de Vivre in every minute of your journey.

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Adventure and Romance Tour of Italy & Greece

22 Day Custom Tour

From$5,759

Lose yourself in luxury, history and romance as you effortlessly drift through Italy and Greece on this three-week tour. Beginning in the Venetian canals, we lead you through the hearts of opulence in Lake Como and the Italian Riviera before you find yourself at peace on the whitewashed island of Santorini in the Aegean Sea. Complemented by authentic Tuscan feasts and quiet seaside Italian towns, this three-week tour will reveal all that is magical, timeless and positively cherished in these two quintessential European countries.

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Best of Prague and Budapest Tour

8 Day Custom Tour

From$1,691

More than 30 statues border the cobblestone walkway of the Charles Bridge. Look back at Old Town and see the spires of historic buildings towering over the streets. The Astronomical Clock chimes on the hour. In Budapest, the House of Parliament faces the rushing waters of the Danube River. Ancient thermal pools hide in caves in the quiet district of Pest. The elegance of the Austro-Hungarian Empire continues to adorn elements of the city. Discover extravagance and culture, history and legend during your 8-day tour of Prague and Budapest.  

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World War Battlefields Tour of England, France, Belgium & Netherlands

12 Day Custom Tour

From$3,739

With time, the picturesque cities and perfect landscapes of Western Europe have returned after the culturally impactful and unforgettable battles of World War I and World War II. In this luxury European vacation, your custom tailored battlefields tour of England, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands takes you to poignant memorials and powerful museums, each offering a unique telling of the conflicts that changed the world. From the beaches of Normandy to the streets of Paris, commemorative tapestries to the red poppies of Flanders Field, you will come face to face with the power of the past and the beauty it can inadvertently create.

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Best of the British Isles Vacation Tour

10 Day Custom Tour

From$3,495

From the far western coast of Ireland to the islands fringing the Scottish West, from the shores of the sea in Wales to the banks of the Channel in Dover, the British Isles are a destination unlike anywhere else on earth as you will soon discover them on this unique best of the British Isles vacation tour.

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Battle Sites of France Tour: From Medieval to World War II

9 Day Custom Tour

From$2,470

Step into the preserved room of Catherine de’Medici where the aroma of the wood-beam ceiling wafts across the fireplace. Notice a unique engineering design decorating a garden and designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Fishing boats wade in the small marina of a charming coastal village. You look over the large cliffs of Normandy and wonder how the allied forces ever made it to the top. Your custom tailored battle sites France tour shows you the unforgettable history of France, from Normandy to the Loire Valley, bursting with imagination, castles, gourmet cuisine, and unforgettable moments.

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Essence of Italy Tour: Cities, Ruins, Canals, History & Beauty

11 Day Custom Tour

From$3,020

The quintessence of Italy is the combined stories of history, art, and nature that spread throughout the country. On this custom tailored tour you will be shown Italy’s magnificent spirit through the storied ruins, the Renaissance masterworks, romantic canals, and whispered flavors. From celebrated artists such as Leonardo da Vinci to coveted museums including the Uffizi Gallery, you will be taken into and beyond the cities of Rome, Florence, and Venice finding the allure of architecture, ambiance, landscapes, creating the essence of Italy along the way.

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Masters of Time: A Watchmaker’s Tour of Switzerland and Germany

9 Day Custom Tour

From$3,145

The Swiss are masters of time, establishing themselves as the world’s greatest timekeepers. Luxury watch craftsmen spend weeks, if not months, handcrafting the meticulous mechanisms. The hands of a luxury mechanical watch smoothly tick with nearly silent motion, a perfect blend of the traditional and the timeless. Tinker with an open watch to reassemble the pieces. Admire the chiseled woodwork of an artisan cuckoo clockmaker and listen to the call of the world’s largest cuckoo clock. Uncover the hidden details of the trade that turns clockwork into artwork during your exclusive 9-day hands-on tour of Switzerland and Germany.

EXPLORING FURTHER

The Swiss are world famous for routinely producing quality at the highest level, whether it be luxury watches, delectable chocolates, or the iconic Swiss army knives. However, they aren't only ones in Europe who have mastered their crafts. Italy has long prided itself as a leader in design, style, and fashion, from the powerful roar of a brand new Ferrari to setting new trends at Milan Fashion Week. To experience the rich culture and traditions of Italy for yourself, consider exploring some of our exclusive and unique Italy tours.

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12 Michelin Stars in Seven Days: Journey to Germany’s Unexpected Culinary Center

8 Day Custom Tour

From$2,395

Discard the schnitzel and ditch the bratwurst as Zicasso forges an edible journey to the world’s most exciting culinary center - the Black Forest. With 12 Michelin Star dining blending aromatic opulence and creative finesse, TV-star chefs with meticulous technique, and tantalizing five-course menus, Germany is now positioned on the culinary map. Complemented by five-star luxury accommodations throughout, and three enchanting Christmas destinations to explore, this gastronomic tour beckons to indulge on the most inimitable of experiences Germany has to offer.

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The Magic of Germany's Magnificent Christmas Markets

3 Day Custom Tour

From$895

Winterly Germany with its enchanting Christmas Markets is the perfect place to spend your Christmas Holiday.  Explore the stalls of Nuremberg's famous Christmas Market, soak up the Christmassy atmosphere of the villages of the Black Forest and immerse yourself in the festive ambiance of Bavaria's festively decorated towns. Soak in the magical, festive atmosphere: the aromas of mulled wine, hot chestnuts and gingerbread cookies, as well as the cheerful voices of kids skating on the nearby ice rink… All against a backdrop of snowflakes, it’s the perfect, enchanting winter scene!

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Family Friendly Tour to Turkey & Greece

11 Day Custom Tour

From$2,800

As the Mediterranean twinkles and Roman splendor cascades down mountainsides, this family tailored vacation effortlessly combines two paradigms. Explore the riches of Istanbul and Turkey before crossing the Mediterranean and settling into the beach escapism of Rhodes, a quiet Greek island wallowing in the sunshine. Expertly crafted to entertain all ages, this itinerary is both historical captivation and indulgent getaway.

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Legacies of Central Europe Ten-Day Tour

10 Day Custom Tour

From$2,575

A rich heritage with vibrant contemporary culture is found across Central Europe. Some stories are vivid and easily discovered as you explore cities and palaces from forgotten times. Others are hidden, but will be uncovered alongside your private guide and through immersive experiences. On this 10-day trip across Europe, you will find centuries of enthralling history as you explore three countries and five cities. Warsaw is wonderfully cultural, Krakow is pure charm, Prague brings artistic indulgence, Dresden brings a complicated legacy, and Berlin brings a new beginning as every city looks to the future while appreciating their pasts.

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Romantic Getaway Tour to Europe: Majestic Alps, Charming Towns & Captivating Cities

17 Day Custom Tour

From$5,520

Stare at the majestic mountains of the Alps surrounded by the decadent aroma of melting chocolate. The breeze brushes your hair on the riverbanks when you stand beneath the façade of a storybook castle. Pass by lovers etched in stone, eternally embracing in a museum’s gallery. Your handcrafted romantic getaway tour to Europe gives you the luxuries and romance of Europe, from the Eiffel Tower to the Hofburg Palace, the River Thames to the Seine River. Marvel at the incomparable landscape and stroll through stunning medieval towns, each day indulging in history, beauty, and passion.

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Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian Railway Tour by Private Train: Beijing to Moscow

15 Day Custom Tour

From$5,995

Embrace the journey and bask in luxury along the more than 6,000 miles of train tracks connecting Beijing to Moscow. Your private train tour takes you east-to-west along the Trans-Siberian Railway, offering a lifetime of exclusive experiences while traveling through China, Mongolia, and Russia. Freshwater seals sunbathe on the banks of Lake Baikal. The Great Wall of China rolls over the mountainous countryside disappearing beyond the horizon. Elegant minarets soar into the sky, and Buddhist prayer wheels spin amongst the sounds of chanting monks. Relish the adventure, revel in comfort, and enjoy your unforgettable time along the iconic train route that spans continents.  

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Oktoberfest 2020 Tour: Munich & Landshut

8 Day Custom Tour

From$2,395

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest and best-known beer festival and with more than 200 years of tradition, you’d better believe it’s worth experiencing. Get your fill of Bavarian history, culture and celebrations on an eight-day tour that’ll include city and castle tours, traditional costume shopping expeditions, Bavarian cooking classes, brewery tours and a visit to the festival itself.

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UK Wilderness Walking Tour: The Knoydart Peninsula

8 Day Custom Tour

From$2,795

From the rise of An Sgurr to the battlements of Kinloch Castle, from the clouds over Inverie to the sunset over the Isle of Skye, the far west of Scotland is a place filled with a beauty all its own. So if you’re looking for an outdoor vacation that is truly unique, the Knoydart Peninsula is the place for you.

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Introduction to Europe Tour 2020: Netherlands, Germany, Italy & France in 2 Weeks

17 Day Custom Tour

From$5,265

When you look back on your introduction to Europe tour, you will take out photos filled with panoramic views, sensational monuments, and energetic smiles. You see yourself standing in a verdant field beneath a looming alpine summit. The Spanish Steps in Rome glow with marble elegance. Eltz Castle peeks out of the encompassing forest with storybook character. Your custom tailored tour creates a collage of Europe, where you discover the majesty of landscapes and cityscapes connecting various countries and simultaneously setting each city apart. When you look back on your vacation, you will find more than photos, but experiences across the continent.

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Italy in Vogue: Exclusive Access to Milan Fashion Week & Italian Style

10 Day Custom Tour

From$9,895

Blend high fashion and exclusivity on this 10-day Italy tour that includes insider access to Milan Fashion Week. Showcasing some of the most iconic works of Italian fashion houses specializing in everything from haute couture to fine jewelry, this tour explores the fashion realms of Armani, Fendi, Ferragamo, Prada and the famed jeweler Bulgari in Milan, Florence, Tuscany, and Rome. Go behind the scenes of the world of Italian fashion and style, and get unparalleled access to world-renowned luxury couturiers and their private collections on this exclusive Zicasso experience.

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An Irish Vacation of a Lifetime: Dublin, Western Ireland & Dromoland Castle

8 Day Custom Tour

From$3,195

The cries of patriots and the songs of poets fill the air, the smells of delicious Irish fare and the strains of Celtic music wafts from the halls of boisterous pubs, and the dazzling landscapes will fill your eyes and brighten your heart. With all of this, and so much more, no wonder so many shout “Ireland Forever.”

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Southern Scotland Tour: Edinburgh, Stirling, Glasgow & More

8 Day Custom Tour

From$2,395

Scotland is a country of more than just bagpipes and haggis, warring clans and tartan kilts; it is also a country of culture and tradition, history and majesty, stately homes and stolid castles. If you’re looking for a tour of Scotland unlike anything else, all you need to do is turn south.

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Europe

How to Book a Europe Tour

Europe offers epic history, fairytale castles, Mediterranean sunsets, and mouthwatering cuisine. Each European country offers something vastly different than its neighbor in terms of heritage, culture, and history. With 44 countries in the continent, and each known for their unique blend of history, mythology, culture, and cuisine, it is often the intimate ambiance and surprise experiences that will become your favorite moments.

First-time visitors often wish to see the icons of Europe, such as the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Whether discovering the point at which East meets West in Istanbul, exploring the Moorish palaces of Andalusia, or viewing the snowy summit of the Matterhorn, Europe offers a delightful look at the progression of Western Civilization, intricate art, natural scenery, and gastronomic diversity.

There are three ways to plan and book a trip:

  1. Get a customized tour planned and booked by a travel professional. Travel independently on your own schedule.
  2. Book a group tour. Join an escorted group tour with a fixed departure date.
  3. Plan and book a trip yourself.

Zicasso offers the best solution for a customized tour by matching you with top travel specialists who plan and book the trip for you. Our travel agency division, Marageti, specializes in helping you book an escorted group tour. There is no extra cost to you for either service.

Custom Tours

A customized tour is one that is planned by a travel specialist according to your specific interests, preferences, and schedule. Whether you desire a family-friendly adventure or a romantic getaway, each of the accommodations, activities, and destinations is tailored to your preferences.The knowledge and experience of your travel specialist makes a big difference. Zicasso has spent thousands of hours vetting the best travel partners. We act as a referral service, matching you with specialists that best meet your goals and priorities.

Escorted Group Tours

A group tour offers the advantage of convenience at a great value. The schedule is fixed, the itinerary is pre-planned, and a dedicated tour director travels with the group throughout the trip. A group tour can be 30 - 50% less expensive than an equivalent customized tour. Out of the many hundreds of group tours, how do you select the right one for you? Our travel agency division, Marageti, has sales agents who specialize in helping travelers weigh the pros and cons of each group tour. We give you personalized recommendations to find the best tour for you.

Goals and Priorities

What are your goals and priorities for the trip? These should drive your decision for either a customized tour or a fixed departure group tour. We are here to help you make the right decisions to make your dream trip a reality.

Single Country vs Multi-Country Trip: Pro & Cons

The number of days you have in each country will directly affect the type of experience you have in Europe. Your immersion into the culture, activities, and restaurants will correlate with your decision to take a single or multi-country trip. The following are typical pros and cons to single and multi-country travel.

Single Country

Pros:

  • Witness more of the scenery and culture of a single country
  • Discover different layers of a country’s cuisine
  • Enjoy the diversity of country-specific activities

Cons:

  • Only explore the perspective of a single country’s culture
  • Your vacation is not as diverse
  • You may not experience certain or see particular highlights

Multi-Country

Pros:

  • Enjoy a broader perspective of Europe as a whole
  • Experience the convenience of proximity and geography of European countries
  • Taste the difference between diverse European cuisines

Cons:

  • Do not experience the layers and depth of multiple countries
  • A limited amount of time in each country means that you must choose between activities, tours, and excursions

Must-See Destinations in Europe

Alongside our Europe travel specialists, we have worked to provide you with suggestions for a variety of trip lengths. A custom Zicasso tour organizes your excursions, activities, and experiences around your goals and specific timeline. The following recommendations act as helpful guidelines.

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 witness the highlights of multiple countries. How and where you travel will depend on your goals when visiting Europe. The following examples are suggestions on where to go depending on the length of your trip.

7 to 9 Day Trips

If you have between seven and nine days to travel in Europe, we suggest that you visit one country or two neighboring countries, such as England and France or Spain and Portugal. Seven to nine days is a great amount of time to see the main cities and the rural landscapes of a country. How and where you travel depends on your goals in Europe. The following examples depend on the length of your trip.

7 Days

Days 1-3: London, England

Days 3-7: Paris, France

Or

Days 1-2: Lisbon, Portugal

Days 3-4: Madrid, Spain

Days 5-7: Barcelona, Spain

Or

Days 1-2: Copenhagen, Denmark

Days 3-4: Oslo, Norway

Days 5-7: Stockholm, Sweden

8 Days

Days 1-4: London, England

Days 5-8: Paris, France

Or

Days 1-3: Barcelona, Spain

Days 4-5: Madrid, Spain

Day 5-7: Seville, Spain

Day 8: Lisbon, Portugal

Or

Days 1-3: Copenhagen, Denmark

Days 4-5: Oslo, Norway

Days 6-8: Stockholm, Sweden

9 Days

Days 1-3: London, England

Days 4-6: Paris, France

Days 7-9: Rome, Italy

Or

Days 1-3: Barcelona, Spain

Days 4-5: Madrid, Spain

Day 5-7: Seville, Spain

Day 8-9: Lisbon, Portugal

Or

Days 1-3: Copenhagen, Denmark

Days 4-6: Oslo, Norway

Days 7-9: Stockholm, Sweden

If you have more time (10-14 Days), we recommend:

If you can spend approximately two weeks in Europe, we suggest that you take your time to enjoy more in-depth experiences within a single or neighboring countries. 10 days provides enough time to experience the highlights of a country or multiple countries. If you have around 14 days, you can also divide your time between the highlights of European capitals and scenery.

All Zicasso tours are customized to your preferences, but here is how we recommend spending your time:

10 Days

Days 1-3: London, England

Days 4-6: Paris, France

Days 7-10: Rome, Italy

Or

Days 1-3: London, England

Days 4-5: Bath, England

Days 6-7: Cotswolds, England

Days 8-9: Edinburgh, Scotland

Day 10: Glasgow, Scotland

12 Days

Days 1-3: London, England

Days 4-5: Bath, England

Days 6-7: Cotswolds, England

Days 8-9: Edinburgh, Scotland

Days 10-11: Scottish Highlands, Scotland

Day 12: Glasgow, Scotland

Or

Days 1-4: London, England

Days 5-8: Paris, France

Days 9-10: Brussels, Belgium

Days 11-12: Amsterdam, Netherlands

14 Days

Days 1-2: Berlin, Germany

Days 3-4: Black Forest, Germany

Days 5-6: Munich, Germany

Days 7-8: Salzburg, Austria

Days 9-10: St. Moritz, Switzerland

Days 11-12: Lucerne, Switzerland

Days 13-14: Zurich, Switzerland

Or

Days 1-3: Paris, France

Days 4-5: Nice, France

Day 6: Milan, Italy

Day 7: Venice, Italy

Days 8-10: Florence, Italy

Days 11-14: Rome, Italy

Or

Days 1-3: Rome, Italy

Days 4-5: Florence, Italy

Days 6-7: Venice, Italy

Days 8-9: Athens, Greece

Days 10-11: Santorini, Greece

Days 12-14: Crete, Greece

How many days is enough to see Europe?

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

Top Recommended Regions, Countries, and Essential Experiences

What are the Key European Regions?

Western Europe: Western Europe consists of Belgium, France, the Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, which consists of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

Northern Europe: Northern Europe consists of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden.

Southern Europe: Southern Europe consists of Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Serbia, the Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Cyprus, Croatia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Malta, San Marino, Monaco, Andorra, and Vatican City.

Central Europe: Central Europe consists of Austria, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and the Czech Republic.

Eastern Europe: Eastern Europe consists of Russia, Romania, Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine.

Top Recommended Countries to Visit in Europe

Italy

Italy is a country of marvelous history, fantastic art, and delicious cuisine. Cities act as open-air museums that represent masterworks of architecture, and the charming atmosphere emanates from the clothing to the cafes. Endless feasts and surprising natural grandeur featuring turquoise water to rolling Tuscan hills, Alpine grandeur and blankets of vineyards underscore the marvels of Italy.

What to See & Do

The most popular destinations to visit in Italy are:

Rome: Rome is a fascinating mixture of ancient ruins, medieval streets, and vibrant contemporary life that feeds into its romantic and charismatic ambiance.

Florence: Florence is the Cradle of the Renaissance with an indelible connection to artistic and architectural masterpieces as well as an irresistible perspective of Tuscan cuisine.

Venice: Venice is a regal city that rises out of the eponymous lagoon. Renaissance palaces, Venetian feasts, and artisanal crafts symbolize the conventions of the former Republic.

Greece

The drama of Greece emerges from sun-drenched beaches, ancient ruins, and the balmy waters of the Aegean Sea. Historic wines and delicious cuisine highlight the natural beauty of the wilderness that hide Byzantine footpaths. Island living, a spirited cafe culture, and hanging churches bring to light the intriguing ambiance of Greece.

What to See & Do

The most popular destinations to visit in Greece are:

Athens: Athens remains the ancient capital of Europe with equal measures of graceful ruin and contemporary cafe-culture. Layers of history and endless creative energy reveal the crossroads at which the past and present meet.

Santorini: Santorini is a pearl in the Cycladic Islands with whitewashed buildings that shine with bougainvillea and blue-domed churches. The town overlooks the steep cliffs of the caldera that highlight the ancient, romantic, and beguiling.

Mykonos: Mykonos represents glamour and glitz in Greece. From whitewashed buildings that create a warren of streets to chic boutique shops and opulent cafes, Mykonos is a celebration of Cycladic Island living.

Crete: Crete is a mosaic of ancient wonder, diverse landscapes, and charming villages. Tradition remains palpable in the generous cuisine, welcoming locals,  and colorful beaches.

Spain

The passion of Spanish culture becomes an immersive experience inspired by delicious cuisine, tasty wine, and diverse heritage spread across the Iberian Peninsula. Mountain ranges, vinelands, and gold-sand beaches represent the natural splendor while surreal architecture, regal artwork, and Moorish designs reflect the nation’s distinctive history.

What to See & Do

The most popular destinations to visit in Spain are:

Madrid: The masterful Spanish capital has become one of Europe’s culinary epicenters, features a remarkable artistic pedigree, and retains a regal charisma. Wide boulevards and an energetic atmosphere bolster the reputation of Madrilenos and their zest for life.

Barcelona: The sunny Mediterranean lifestyle and scenery of Barcelona are world-renowned. Medieval streets, exotic cuisine, and surreal embellishments of famous architectural designs reveal elements of the vibrant culture.

Seville: Seville opens a doorway into Spain’s past with Gothic architecture and Mudejar palaces. Winding medieval lanes combine with the aroma of oranges and the sounds of flamenco for an intimate and intense introduction to tradition.

France

The culture, cuisine, artwork, and beauty of France seduces visitors, whether within the purple lavender fields of Provance or the galleries of the Louvre in Paris. From Mont St-Michel in the north to the Promenade des Anglais in the south, the wines of Bordeaux to the chateaus of the Loire Valley, France embodies opulence and charm.

What to See & Do

The most popular destinations to visit in France are:

Paris: Paris is an icon of Europe with quintessential monuments and museum galleries that display recognizable works of art. Hosting the epitome of fashion boutiques and the embodiment of cafe culture, Paris remains a creative force that brims with gastronomy, style and artistic treasures.

Loire Valley: The Loire Valley embodies French opulence, authentic style, and traditional gastronomy. Castles, chateaus, villages, and vineyards turn the dreamy landscape into a picture of artistic and architectural marvels that span over a millennium.

Normandy: Normandy contains layers of European history and artistic drama. With a vital role in World War II, fascinating works of art that depict scenes of 11th-century life, epic medieval towns to stunning coastal cliffs, Normandy is visceral, impressive, and serene.

Cote d’Azur: Chic, glitzy, and colorful represent the lavish ambiance of the French Riviera. The Mediterean Sea shimmers blue. Impressive yachts weigh anchor in the harbors. Private beaches glitter with gold sands. The Riviera personifies the pleasure and beauty of France.

Croatia

Croatia is a fantasy on the Adriatic Sea with ancient walled towns, sapphire waters, and succulent cuisine. The coastline and islands offer treasured beaches while the hinterlands of the Istrian Peninsula provide a serene countryside escape. From waterfalls to glistening lakes, delicious wines to Venetian palaces, the dreams of the Mediterranean become reality in Croatia.

What to See & Do

The most popular destinations to visit in Croatia are:

Split: Split represents the exuberant lifestyle of Dalmatia that showcases the incredible balance between tradition and contemporary culture. Impressive Roman monuments, vibrant restaurants, chic boutique shops, and atmospheric old walls blend modernity with thousands of years of history.

Dubrovnik: The timeless glint of the Adriatic Sea reflects the beauty of Dubrovnik’s limestone streets and Baroque architecture. Medieval walls protect the historic district beneath the looming peak of Mt. Srd. From picturesque lanes to artistic Venetian palaces, Dubrovnik amazes and delights.

Lakes Plitvice National Park: Lakes Plitvice is Croatia’s most popular national park and dazzles with 16 emerald-blue lakes and a network of resounding waterfalls that are representative of Croatia’s opulent scenery.

Portugal

Diversity linked by rivers and the sea encapsulate the marvels of Portugal. Steep mountain ranges and lush plains lead to sunbaked beaches and picturesque coves. Stone-built villages and charming towns stand beneath grand medieval castles and elegant monasteries. Rich wines, enticing rhythms, and delicious cuisines support the deeply rooted history of Portugal.

What to See & Do

The most popular destinations to visit in Portugal are:

Lisbon: Lisbon’s collection of cobbled alleyways and hills that overlook the banks of the Tagus River provide pristine panoramas of culture and history. With white-domed cathedrals, ancient ruins, and world-class museums, Lisbon offers equal parts exploration and relaxation.

Porto: Porto exemplifies Portuguese culture along the maze of narrow streets and lively waterfront at the mouth of the Douro River. Architectural treasures and preserved neighborhoods showcase historic extravagance and charm while brimming with modern art, music, and cuisine.

The Algarve: The Algarve shines with postcard-perfect beaches and alluring coastal cliffs. Portugal’s southernmost region hides sea caves, scalloped bays, and protected lagoons that protect birdlife. Impressive castles, whitewashed villages, and orchards stuffed with almond and citrus trees only enhance the beauty of the region.

UK & Ireland

Rich tradition, lively contemporary culture, and dramatic wilderness define the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. London captures the prestige of the former empire while the mythology of Ireland spreads from Trinity College’s fascinating library to the epic coastline at the Cliffs of Moher. Ethereal Stonehenge, mysterious Edinbrugh, historic Cardiff, legendary Blarney Castle, and ancient Bath only scratch at the surface of the United Kingdom and Ireland’s dynamism.

What to See & Do

The most popular destinations to visit in the United Kingdom and Ireland are:

London: London is both timeless and ancient, immersing visitors in rich antiquity while displaying constant artistic and cultural innovation. Cosmopolitan ambiance emerges from the nation’s capital, and leafy gardens separate urban density to reveal the city’s dazzling contrasts.

Edinburgh: Edinburgh is a city of medieval grandeur. Monuments top craggy cliffs and the architecture sprawls across rugged hills. Castles, palaces, Christmas markets, and summer festivals bring to light the transfixing charm of the city’s contemporary culture and rich history.

Dingle: Dingle is enchanting, authentic, and diverse. From the hilly narrow lanes to the shops painted with kaleidoscopes of color, views of the cobalt bay to traditional songs pouring out of pubs, Dingle brings the storied marvels of Ireland to life whether in town or on the scenic Ring of Kerry.

Germany

Germany has a distinctive spirit with romantic castles and half-timbered towns. Large cities balance tradition with modern engineering while the scenery transitions from coastal dunes to moody forests, expansive vineyards to the snow-blanketed Alps. Powerful history, captivating technology, and a profound effect on contemporary cuisine unfold to reveal Germany’s indelible intrigue.

What to See & Do

The most popular destinations to visit in Germany are:

Berlin: Berlin is a testament to contemporary German culture with flair that stems from vibrant museums, lively art galleries, and a famous opera house. The eclectic combination of classic architecture, cultural institutions, preserved relics, and distinctive entertainment reveal the glamour and grit of Berlin’s tangible history.

Munich: Munich embodies the German word Gemütlichkeit, which is a feeling of warmth and good cheer. The city always feels festive and cheerful with elaborate palaces, preserved historic walls, and a distinctive blend of preserved traditions intermingling with edgy contemporary art and modern high-tech.

The Bavarian Alps: The natural divide along the Austrian border has been discovered for more than its remarkable ski season. The Bavarian Alps are celebrated for fresco-adorned villages, thrilling hiking and canoeing excursions, relaxing health and spa retreats, and fairytale castles.

The Rhine Valley: The Rhine Valley exudes romance and charm as the river winds between slate mountains and hillsides are topped with castles. Terraced vineyards, dramatic forests, and idyllic villages with half-timbered houses bring the world of storybooks to life.

Special Interests & Activities in Europe

Traveling with Zicasso provides you with exclusive access to many activities, excursions, and tours for a distinctive experience. The following information offers insight into our recommended experiences and can be tailored to focus on your unique interests.

Best Food & Wine Destinations

As a destination for food and wine, Europe presents dynamic differences between countries that each possess their own culinary traditions. From the blend of spices in Hungary to the typical drying methods for Spain’s Bellota ham, France’s famous love affair with butter to Turkey’s recipes showcasing where East meets West, there is something for every foodie to enjoy.

Europe remains at the heart of global wine production with thousands of years of history that support Old World flavors while pushing innovation in experiences, tastings, and production. The diverse terrain of the continent gives way to the unique properties that are inherent in the internationally-celebrated vintages. Varietals can be enjoyed locally with winemaking techniques that date back to 4,000 BC.

From the regions of Italy that cultivate deep flavors to the coastlines and the mountainous regions that are home to deep traditions of France, the wine-producing countries in Europe possess seductive regions that encourage a blend of traditional flavors through customary means and newer trends.

Piemonte, Italy

Piemonte will spoil you with food and wine. A mixture of calcareous soil and undulating terrain produces spectacular risotto, gorgonzola cheese, and renowned white truffles. The region also hosts the international headquarters of the Slow Food Movement. The vineyards of Piemonte reveal the reasons the region is a fundamental wine destination in Europe. The region specializes in the production of Barolo, which is often celebrated as Italy’s best wine.

Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux is a flagship destination for food and wine in Europe. Gourmet restaurants pair local wines that showcase how to balance rich flavors with acid, fat, heat, and salt, whether with subtle layers or bold steps. The landscape brims with castles, ancient villages, and vines that encompass 250,000 acres acres within the region. The oceanic climate combined with the temperate river shapes the complexity and elegance for which the wines of Bordeaux are known, including some of the world’s finest wines.

San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian, nestled between the vines of Rioja and the lapping waves of the Bay of Biscay, has a unique connection with wine and food. Michelin-starred restaurants and authentic pintxo bars preserve the local flavors that have been inspired by Basque traditions while reflecting a dynamic culture. Superior flavors of the vines stem from ancient Roman traditions in neighboring Rioja to the fizzy white ciders of the Txakoli vineyards. Whether searching for excellent  food, wine, or both, San Sebastian remains a European culinary capital.

Middle Rhine, Germany

Vines cling to the steep hillsides of the Middle Rhine Valley for a dramatic effect that pales in comparison to the delicious Rieslings the traditional cultivation methods produce. Between the looming storybook castles and winding waters of the Rhine River stand more than 1,136 acres of terraced vines that possess finesse, nuance, and elegance.

Zicasso’s Exclusive Access to Europe Best Wine

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 a coveted vineyard. You can also learn more about the distinctive varietals of Europe’s wine history, production, and regional specialties from a local sommelier.

Art & History

As a continent, Europe exudes culture that derives from thousands of years of collective heritage and independent national progression. Artwork across Europe is displayed in grand museums and along the streets as architectural treasures. Galleries 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.

Must-See Art Museums & Attractions:

  • Louvre Museum, Paris - Witness tens of thousands of pieces of art in the galleries that span ancient Mesopotamia to Greek antiquities and works by da Vinci to Rembrandt.
  • Uffizi Gallery, Florence - Embrace the beauty of the Renaissance with masterpieces by the likes of Michelangelo, Botticelli, and Raphael.
  • Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence - Discover the iconic image of the Renaissance when standing beneath the towering figure of Michelangelo’s David.
  • British Museum, London - Enjoy one of the world’s oldest museums that hosts ancient artifacts from Egypt to Greece in addition to the captivating Rosetta Stone.
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam - View the largest collection of Van Gogh’s work, which reveals the artist’s life through 200 paintings, 400 drawings, and 700 letters.
  • Vatican Museum, Vatican City - Uncover one of the world’s greatest art collections that displays Etruscan bronzes, Raphael’s frescoes, and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.
  • Prado Museum, Madrid - Revel in the wealth of classical masterpieces that once belonged to the Spanish Royal family, showcasing the European masters’ diversity.
  • Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao - Delight in how the architecture of the museum is as much a work of art as the galleries that feature work by Serra, Rothko, and Warhol.
  • Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen - Delight in cutting-edge exhibits and rotating galleries in the labyrinth of halls, glass corridors, and abstract rolling gardens.
  • Gemaldegalerie, Berlin - Uncover the most significant collection of European paintings in the world featuring Flemish masters to notable Italian Renaissance artists.

History

History in Europe feels ancient and ever-present. The foundations of European civilizations date back to the 3rd millennium BC and spread from the shores of the Mediterranean to the edges of the British Isles. Preserved traditions reflect proud national heritage and are connected through histories that are intertwined through royal marriages, unforgettable battles, or trade. Cities embody modern life and act as living museums that showcase preserved architecture or contemporary designs. On a customized Zicasso trip, our travel specialist will organize custom tours with specialized guides, such as members of community organizations, archeologists with a PhD, or history professors. We can also organize history-focused small-group tours with a certified guide.

Active Tours

Active tours in Europe highlight the beauty of the landscape and thrills of the natural scenery whether along coastal beauty, rugged mountainscapes, or stunning cliffs. We recommend the following active experiences when visiting Europe.

Hiking

  • Dolomites, Italy - Trekking in the Dolomites provides views to jagged peaks and azure lakes in the secluded corner of northeast Italy.
  • Swiss Alps, Switzerland - The well-connected network of trails offers a safe environment decorated with glaciers, waterfalls, wildflowers, and jagged mountain peaks.
  • Isle of Skye, Scotland - HIking the Isle of Skye immerses you in the otherworldly and spellbinding scenery of craggy coastlines, jagged peaks, and eerie rock formations.

Mountain Biking

  • Mallorca, Spain - The sun and smooth roads of Mallorca provide a great introduction to the diverse terrain of long flat trails or twisting mountain paths.
  • Provence, France - The natural beauty of Provence promises marvelous cycling routes lined with lavender fields, vineyards, and lush hillsides.
  • Netherlands - Well-marked cycling paths and flat landscapes create a fabulous experience in the Netherlands accentuated by blossoming tulip fields in spring.
  • Copenhagen, Denmark - The cycling culture in Copenhagen supports a system of cycling streets leading to elegant bridges, serene beaches, and modern architecture.

Private Excursions and Special Access

Zicasso’s travel specialist partners have experience in organizing tours for inside access. Each excursion or activity is customized to your interest and goals, and often become your most treasured experiences. The following list provides examples of special access tours or excursions that you can  experience, but the possibilities are endless.

  • Visit a high-end luxury watchmaker for insight into the artisan craft and intricate detail that is inherent in every watch crafted in Switzerland.
  • Delight in a private helicopter tour around the Alps for a unique view of the undulating summits that span more than 745 miles.
  • Experience the comfort, thrill, and prestige of driving a luxury sports car on a private racetrack in Italy or on the open road that winds through Germany
  • Revel in the chic and stylish aesthetic of a private shopper when visiting designer shops around Italy.
  • Enjoy early access to the Vatican Museum with a specialized guide for a semi-private view of the Raphael Rooms and Sistine Chapel.
  • Explore the clear waters of the Aegean Sea with a private sailing excursion around famous Greek islands.
  • Discover the grandeur of the Northern Lights in an exclusive glass-domed accommodation in Norway’s Lapland.
  • Visit a family-owned reindeer farm in Sweden’s Lapland during a private dog-sledding tour across the remote landscape blanketed with pristine snow.
  • Learn the history art of mosaics with a private art instructor who offers a mixture of historical context, friendly instruction, and unique artistic aesthetics.
  • Embrace style and etiquette during a special High-Tea in London that focuses on British culture and manners as taught by a former royal butler.

Best Time to Visit Europe

The best time to visit Europe is in May and again in 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 would have shrunk from their peak in the summer.

December is also a great time to visit Europe. Many cities within certain countries in Europe have Christmas markets in December, which create a festive atmosphere accentuated by snowy streets and the jovial attitudes of 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 that you can 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, which is from June to August, you should consider planning your trip between 8 to 10 months in advance. Planning 8 to 10 months in advance is also suggested if you wish to travel to destinations known for certain festivals, such as Munich during Oktoberfest, Siena during the Palio, or Nice during Carnival.

Modes of Transportation in 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 that 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.

What to Consider When Traveling Through Europe

When traveling on a Europe tour, you must account for travel logistics, accessibility, and safety. The following information offers important considerations so that you can enjoy a stress-free travel experience.

Is Europe Safe for Travel?

Europe is very safe for travelers. When visiting populated areas known to 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 while also keeping your valuables safe.

Cultural Considerations

Europe has a mixture of cultures, heritages, and histories that range from conservative religious values to more modern liberal perspectives. When traveling in Europe, certain countries may approach seemingly mundane details of life from a different perspective, such as ice or air conditioning. Many countries in Europe also have a different relationship with service that ranges from warm hospitality with friendly smiles to a laissez-faire attitude that requires patience.

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 the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

For Families

Family culture is important across the different countries of Europe. Locals are often excited to share their heritage with children from other countries. 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. Considerations you can make when visiting Europe as a family include:

RomeGladiator school

  • Food classes (most kids love pizza and pasta)
  • Kid-friendly guides and private tours
  • Learn how to make gelato and pizza with family-friendly instructors

LondonPrincess Diana Memorial Park

  • Paddington Bear Themed Tour
  • Tower of London Tour
  • Harry Potter City and Studio Tour

ParisBoats at the Palais du Luxembourg

  • Art and Culture tour of the Louvre Museum
  • Chocolate Tasting Tour of Saint-Germain-des-Prés
  • Stroll through Parc Monceau, which were once called “Illusion Land”

For Seniors

Seniors 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 mobility challenges or stamina considerations by ensuring that your guides organize your tours accordingly. A senior traveling in Europe should also be aware of the heat depending on the time of year you travel and countries you will visit. Traveling in small groups through Marageti will also hit the highlights and take care of travel logistics, such as carrying luggage or looking for the right train.

Considerations you could make when visiting Europe on a senior tour include:

Ireland & Scotland

  • No language barrier – easy to travel around
  • Lots of countryside without the hustle and bustle of big cities

Stockholm

  • Clean and comfortable
  • Great food
  • No language barrier because the majority of the population speaks English

Tuscany

  • Accessibility
  • Food and wine

For Couples

Your travel specialist will understand the best destinations and experiences in Europe for couples who wish to combine activities, exploration, and romance. Unspeakably romantic properties, thrilling outdoor excursions, and private tours will ensure that you create intimate memories. Exclusive tours will also shape your unforgettable experience. Considerations you could make when visiting Europe on a couples tour include:

Italy

  • Enchanting seaside villages
  • Remarkable ancient ruins
  • Lush countryside
  • Rolling vineyards
  • Medieval castles
  • Charming historic towns
  • Simple and delectable cuisine

France

  • Opulent palaces
  • Pristine winelands
  • Gold-sand beaches
  • Secluded medieval villages
  • Rich cuisine

Greece

  • Ancient history
  • Sensational islands
  • Delicious cuisine

Slovenia

  • Medieval castles
  • Charming villages
  • Romantic forests
  • Stunning lakes

Scandinavia

  • Northern Lights
  • Winter Wonderland

For Travelers with Disabilities

Your Europe travel specialist can help any guests with mobility challenges by focusing on alternative arrangements to concerns, such as narrow cobblestone streets or inaccessible hotels. Our experts’ attention to important details will ensure that you can enjoy Europe’s highlights, natural beauty, and accommodations with ease.

Considerations you can make when visiting accessible destinations Europe include:

  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Rome, Italy
  • Tromso, Norway
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • London, United Kingdom

Best Airports to Fly In & Out of Europe

The best airport to fly in and out of when visiting Europe is London Heathrow (LHR). London Heathrow is the busiest airport in Europe and serves 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 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:

  1. Frankfurt am Main Airport (FRA)
  2. Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
  3. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

Find the Best Flight

When flying in and out of Europe, the best options depend on your travel plans and route. Your best option for flights should minimize travel time on the ground to optimize your travel time across Europe. Depending on your goals when traveling Europe, you may wish to arrive in one city and depart from a different city. This will save you travel time and keep you from backtracking.

Inter-European Flights

Flights between countries in Europe are quick and inexpensive. This makes traveling long distances during your Europe tour more attainable.

When using the extensive inter-European flights, there are important considerations to keep in mind. Budget airlines that keep costs down also regulate their luggage size differently, meaning the carry-on bag that you brought on the international flight may not fit as a carry-on when flying between European cities. These airlines also charge for every checked bag.

When traveling by inter-European flight, you must also keep in mind the travel time from your hotel to the airport as well as arriving at the airport up to two hours before your departure to pass through security.

Flights Via Zicasso

Zicasso Air Desk 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 & Support, and Complimentary Consultation of Routing vs. Pricing with an Expert Flight Specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Recommendations for the Return Traveler

When returning for another Europe tour, you can travel into the depths of the cities and countryside beyond the essential highlights of countries like England, France, Spain, and Italy. The following list offers our suggestions on where to visit during your return trip.

Montenegro

The secluded and small Balkan country is celebrated for its majestic mountains and remarkable beaches. The mixture of mountain scenery, crystal-clear waters, and preserved architecture creates a dramatic ambiance that easily disarms and inspires visitors.

Bosnia & Herzegovina

The unique beauty of Bosnia & Herzegovina radiates from the mixture of Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian histories. Medieval castles, grand mountains, impressive rivers, and thundering waterfalls only scratch the surface of what the country offers.

Slovenia

Slovenia remains an earthly paradise undiscovered by the US traveler. Snowcapped peaks and turquoise rivers lead to a narrow coastline adorned with Venetian architecture. Rustic chalets, elevated cuisine, and breathtaking woodlands reflect Slovenia’s secluded grandeur.

Asutrias, Spain

The proud culture of the Principality of Asturias represents the only corner of Spain that remained unconquered by Muslims. The jagged coastline bursts with color from crashing waves and quiet fishing ports. The inland mountains climb above rustic valleys with towns that reflect traditions that date back 1,300 years.

Marseille, France

The often-overlooked city of Marseille features a blend of opulence and toughness with a history that dates back to ancient Greece. Chic new museums have brought the city out of the shadows of the French Riviera by shining a light on Marseille’s grand Old Port, antique neighborhoods, and stylish boutique quarters that overlook elegant yachts as they sail out of the city.

Southern Italy

The sun-drenched coastline and colorful seaside villages of Southern Italy embody a relaxing pace and love of life for which La Dolce Vita is celebrated around the world. The often overlooked corners of Puglia and Sicily embrace their diverse cultures and bask in their respective histories and range from Phoenician settlements to ancient Greek ruins. Each successive culture further developed the regional cuisines that are shaped by ethereal seas and captivating landscapes.

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