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Europe

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Oh Europe. Don't we all just want to be there. Right NOW! Witness jaw-dropping historical sights, stumble happily from gigantic beer halls, fall madly in love with the world’s most romantic cities, or yodel yourself hoarse on green pastured mountain peaks... Europe is a must for any travel bucket list.

When to visit Europe

The simple answer is that Europe is great all year round and when you visit totally depends on what type of trip you're after. In case you hadn't noticed, Europe is pretty massive so the weather can vary quite a bit from country to country. In winter time (generally November - March), parts of Europe are covered in snow and around the beginning of December the magical Christmas markets pop up all over the place. Head to Germany, Austria or Prague for a traditional European Christmas. In summer time, the Greek Islands, Turkey, Croatia and the Med coast are glorious - you'll find endless stretches of sandy beaches to kick back and relax on. Prices tend to be highest in Europe at Christmas, Easter and during the summer vacation (July/August) - travel during off peak times and you'll be sure to bag yourself a sweet deal or two.

How to get there

Getting to Europe is pretty easy, with regular flights to and from most major airports. Return fares, one-ways, student tickets...you name, we got it! Search below to find the cheapest flights to London, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Amsterdam and more with exclusive fares for students and those under 26.

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Getting Around

There are heaps of things we love about Europe - eating cheese at breakfast without being judged is certainly up there. More so that you can instantly become so darned cultured, freely changing course and whizzing across borders on trains, buses and in a car to tick off a few iconic countries in a day. We have heaps of flexible and independent ways to travel around Europe so strap on your rucksacks and head on a rail spree or hire a car and head to an epic European festival - breakfast cheese waits for no man.

Europe Rail Passes

If you're looking for a grand European adventure, then trains are a reliable, comfortable and fuss-free way to travel. Take a look at our range of rail passes from Eurail, Britrail and Eurostar.

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Car Hire

Europe is criss-crossed with an endless road map of driving possibilities, so chuck your rules out of the sunroof and freestyle your way into an epic European road trip...

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Campervans

From historic castles to golden beaches, the UK and Europe make perfect summer road trip territory. Hiring a campervan in Europe gives you the freedom to set your own itinerary and pull over whenever you choose.

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Hop-on hop-off bus passes

A hop-on hop-off bus pass is perfect for budget travellers or anyone who wants the freedom and independence to make your own decisions. Plus, you'll meet loads of new, like-minded mates to share experiences with along the way.

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Top European Cities

Each of Europe's cities hosts it's own collection of historic riches, cutting-edge, creative neighbourhoods and fiercely independent civic pride. From the anicent classic of Rome to the romantic streets of Paris, we've picked our favourite European spots for a cultural/boozy (delete as appropriate) European vacation...

London

Quick sarcasm, cockney slang, Big Ben, the Royal family, a lot of pubs and even more tea. That's London baby! Tick off historic landmarks and dive into a pub for a pint and a bag of pork scratchings. Walk it off through the Royal Parks, or amble through the achingly cool East End. Swap galleries for the street art, vintage and vinyl of Brick Lane before drinking with Shoreditch's beardy hipsters.

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Rome

Roma's key ingredients: mouth-watering food, mind-boggling art, a past steeped in mythology and legend, sprawling ancient ruins and The Vatican, just a stone's throw away. Traditional pizzerias and gelaterias, magnificent marble sculptures, Baroque churches and soaring basilicas await you. Lazily watch the world go by in sun-soaked piazzas and lap up the lifestyle of this seductive city.

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Paris

You may think Paris is just for loved-up couples smooching around the Eiffel Tower, but there's far more to the City of Love. Stuff your face with delicious fresh pastries, strut your stuff down the infamous Champs Elysees, get lost in the Latin Quarter or check out the all-singing, all-dancing Fete de la Musique. And don't forget to pay a visit to our old friend the Mona Lisa!

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Prague

To say that the Czechs like beer is an understatement. Generally cheaper than bottled water and available to buy at any time, you're going to want to mentally (and physically) prepare your liver for your Prague adventure. Not a beer fan? No worries; explore the city's medieval warrens, tuck into a tasty strudel and gaze at the gothic spires of Prague Castle.

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Amsterdam

Quirky and colourful, 'the Dam' has red-light districts, cannabis cafes, bikes galore and more canals than Venice. Chuck in to the mix that it's home to Heineken, more than 1,280 bridges and thousands of museums that document everything, from sex to Anne Frank; it's pretty perfect for culture (and not so cultural) vultures.

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Madrid

Outstanding art galleries plus fine dining and top nightlife; yes, you're in Madrid. Imagine a painting palette which brings together the world of Picasso, Dali and Miro, mixed with some of the best tapas you've ever tasted and too many bars to rattle a cocktail shaker at. For you creative cats, you'll struggle to choose between the Museo del Prado and the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

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Sample Itineraries

Europe is so jam-packed with famous sights, it could literally take years to see it all. We're guessing you're a little tighter on time, but still want to see as much as possible, so we've put together some sample itineraries below. You can book the exact route as part of a group tour or just use it as inspiration for your own European adventure!

18-35s Tour

European Encounter

From $303517 days

Every highlight possible has been packed into this 17-day itinerary, which starts off in hedonistic Amsterdam where bicycles outnumber cars. You'll then whisk through Germnay and Austria before reaching Italy and its famous cities - the canals of Venice, the 'Eternal City' of Rome and the Renaissance sweetheart, Florence. Check out the crystal-clear shores of the glitzy Riviera before hitting Paris with its wide boulevards and chic fashion boutiques.

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Cities of Europe

From $269914 days

If you're looking for a stellar, budget-conscious tour that provides a quick yet comprehensive sampler of Europe, this is a party you'll want to join. We'll hit up five countries in 14 days and take the time to drink in all the highlights in famous cities like Paris, Rome, Venice, London and more. Enjoy comfortable train travel between locations and soak up the experience of seeing Europe with a small group.

Mediterranean Adventures

There are countless ways to experience the Med - we have yachting holidays in the Greek Islands, traditional gulets in Turkey, and wooden cruisers or yachts to explore the hedonistic islands of Croatia. If it's island-hopping you're after, you can do this cheaply like the locals on one of our ferry-based tours in Greece, from sun-soaked Mykonos to volcanic Santorini.

Sailing & Island Hopping

Imagine a sailing holiday in the warm waters of the Mediterranean, sitting on deck, admiring the golden sunset with a cold beer or glass of locally-produced wine...does life get any better? Now imagine dropping anchor in a hidden cove along Croatia's rocky shore and diving in for a refreshing swim, or pulling into a timeless fishing village for lunch at a traditional Greek taverna. Interested?

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Explore Eastern Europe

Take a peek behind the former 'Iron Curtain' and you'll discover why Eastern Europe is one of the hottest destinations on the planet right now. It's way cheaper and less touristy than it's western counterparts which means you have more money left over for beer. Relax in Budapest's thermal spa baths, visit the harrowing Auschwitz concentration camp or take a tour of Warsaw's Jewish Ghetto - the history and beauty of these fascinating destinations will captivate your imagination.

Eastern Road

18-35s Tour

From $206913 days

From the edgy and exciting city of Berlin, you'll visit historic Prague and cultured Vienna, the showcase capital of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire. Straddle the Danube River as you explore the twin cities of Buda and Pest before moving onto Poland, where you'll discover the sights and sounds of Krakow and Warsaw.

Big Trip Inspiration

If you've packed in the day job to embark on a journey of complex self-analysis, or if you've just got a little more time on your hands, check out our big trip inspiration section...