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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Europe is pretty massive, so the weather can vary quite a bit from country to country. In winter, (generally November - March), northern parts of Europe are covered in snow and throughout December, magical Christmas markets pop up all over the place. Head to Germany, Austria or Prague for a traditional European Christmas, or to the French Alps for world class skiing and snowboarding. In summer time, the Greek Islands, Turkey, Croatia and the Mediterranean 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 and August) - travel during off peak times and you'll be sure to bag yourself a sweet deal or two.
Australians tourists and holiday makers visiting Europe for up to six months don't need to apply for a visa in advance. But if you plan on staying longer, or working in an EU country, you'll need to apply using the Australian Goverment website. Speak to one of our travel experts for more information.