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Europe travel guides

Our specialists return to Europe time and again, expanding our knowledge of its landmark destinations as well as exploring quieter regions and finding different ways to experience its pleasures. Our travel guides include our specialists’ latest advice on how to see Florence, Istanbul or Lisbon like a local, and how to avoid the crowds at popular sights such as the Alhambra or the Vatican Museums. We can help you uncover Sicily’s best food experiences or even enter volcanoes in Iceland.

Whether you’re looking to focus your travels on a particular country or region, our travel guides will help with planning and preparation so you can make the most of your time in Europe.

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Our travel guides share our specialists’ passion and knowledge for Europe. We travel here regularly to discover new experiences, explore untried areas and dig deeper into the better-known places and attractions. At the same time, we gather advice and up-to-date information on the best-quality guides, new hotels and restaurants, and the most memorable forms of transportation.

  • Visiting Russia’s St Petersburg and Moscow in winter
    Moskva River, Moscow

    Visiting Russia’s St Petersburg and Moscow in winter

    Visiting Russia’s St Petersburg and Moscow in winter

    Visiting Russia in the depths of winter? Absolutely, says Audley specialist John, and it can enhance your experience of the country. He also suggests what to see and do in Moscow and St Petersburg during the colder months.

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  • River cruises in Russia
    Nicko Cruise - MS Simonov

    River cruises in Russia

    River cruises in Russia

    Experience the real Russia on a relaxing river cruise on the mighty River Volga from St Petersburg to Moscow. There are plenty of fascinating stops along the way, including ancient churches, monasteries and villages.

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  • Our expert guide to exploring the Amalfi Coast & Capri
    Positano, Amalfi Coast

    Our expert guide to exploring the Amalfi Coast & Capri

    Our expert guide to exploring the Amalfi Coast & Capri

    Italy specialist Caroline picks some of her top things to see and do on and around the Amalfi Coast and Capri. Highlights include driving along the Amalfi coast, taking a boat tour of Capri, and hiking the Path of the Gods and Path of the Forts.

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  • A guide to the regions of Italy
    Local fishing boats, Lake Como

    A guide to the regions of Italy

    A guide to the regions of Italy

    A tour of a private palazzo, or a cooking class with a Sorrento grandmother? We highlight the major sights and unearth lesser-known attractions for some of our best-loved Italian regions, spotlighting tours that really explore their character.

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  • Hidden highlights of Tuscany
    Alley in old town San Gimignano, Tuscany

    Hidden highlights of Tuscany

    Hidden highlights of Tuscany

    This guide describes some of the lesser-known highlights of the Tuscany region. Our Italy specialist Kimberly has included her top things to see and do in Florence, Siena and San Gimignano as well as truffle hunting.

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  • Where to visit in Sicily
    Ancient statue, Palermo

    Where to visit in Sicily

    Where to visit in Sicily

    Beyond its azure waters and white pebbled beaches, Sicily offers a complex cultural experience, one that is seen in its Baroque churches, open-air markets, Greek ruins and complex cuisine. Discover why it’s the crossroads of the Mediterranean with Audley specialist Kimberly.

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  • Introducing Puglia
    Sassi of Matera, Matera

    Introducing Puglia

    Introducing Puglia

    Roman ruins, a Baroque city, sunbaked beaches and olive groves — Puglia is where Italians go to relax, away from the cruise-ship crowds. Specialist Cara talks about the region’s highlights and why it’s worth getting to know this quieter corner of Italy.

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  • Seeing the northern lights in Iceland: a Q&A
    Northern lights in Iceland

    Seeing the northern lights in Iceland: a Q&A

    Seeing the northern lights in Iceland: a Q&A

    Located just south of the Arctic Circle, Iceland has one of the best positions for northern lights viewing in the world. We share our advice on how to witness the phenomenon, from joining guided tours to staying in well-located hotels.

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  • Visiting the Cinque Terre
    Manorala, Cinque Terre

    Visiting the Cinque Terre

    Visiting the Cinque Terre

    The Cinque Terre is a collection of five historic fishing villages that are literally carved into the rocky shoreline of the Italian Riviera. Italy specialist Kerry-Ann talks about walking along their seaside trails and eating basil gelato on a windy seaside terrace.

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  • Retracing Romanov Russia in St Petersburg, Moscow and Ekaterinburg
    Church of the Saviour on Spilt Blood, St Petersburg

    Retracing Romanov Russia in St Petersburg, Moscow and Ekaterinburg

    Retracing Romanov Russia in St Petersburg, Moscow and Ekaterinburg

    Discover famous places in Russia associated with the Romanov era, from palaces and art to lesser-known exhibits and poignant churches. Audley Russia specialist John recommends what to see on a St Petersburg holiday or a trip to Moscow.

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  • Highlights of Iceland: volcanoes, glaciers, whales and waterfalls
    Humpback whale

    Highlights of Iceland: volcanoes, glaciers, whales and waterfalls

    Highlights of Iceland: volcanoes, glaciers, whales and waterfalls

    Iceland is shaped by fire, ice and folklore. Whether you’re a summer or winter visitor, you’ll find lots to experience here, from whale watching to hiking through ice caves and even bathing in beer. Iceland specialist Katy shares her highlights.

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  • Go slow in Moscow and St Petersburg: experiences worth lingering over
    St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow

    Go slow in Moscow and St Petersburg: experiences worth lingering over

    Go slow in Moscow and St Petersburg: experiences worth lingering over

    Less is more when it comes to Moscow and St Petersburg, Audley Russia specialist Lucy says. She picks some of the best experiences to focus on in each city, and explains which places are worth visiting with a private guide.

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  • An insider’s guide to Istanbul, from the Hagia Sophia to fried-fish sandwiches
    Hagia Sophia

    An insider’s guide to Istanbul, from the Hagia Sophia to fried-fish sandwiches

    An insider’s guide to Istanbul, from the Hagia Sophia to fried-fish sandwiches

    Bridging Asia and Europe, Istanbul effortlessly mingles modern commerce and ancient cultures. One-time resident Ninwa introduces you to the city she loves, from the big-name sights like the Grand Bazaar to the best place to buy fish sandwiches right off the boat.

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  • Unlocking Italy’s key Roman sites of Rome, Pompeii & Herculaneum
    Statue, Herculaneum

    Unlocking Italy’s key Roman sites of Rome, Pompeii & Herculaneum

    Unlocking Italy’s key Roman sites of Rome, Pompeii & Herculaneum

    Italy has been at the forefront of so much: a military empire, art, architecture, cuisine and of course a penchant for style. For many however it’s still characterized by a handful of famous places. We highlight the key Roman sites of Rome, Pompeii and Herculaneum.

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  • Family holidays in Russia
    Russian Dolls

    Family holidays in Russia

    Family holidays in Russia

    A family holiday during Russia's winter with its snow-capped buildings and frozen rivers and lakes will enchant children of any age. At other times of the year there are wonderful galleries, museums, and cold-war history to explore.

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  • Food highlights of Italy
    Italian market produce

    Food highlights of Italy

    Food highlights of Italy

    Italy specialist Caroline talks about her love of Italian food in this guide, focusing on the more renowned culinary cities and regions. She also talks about her experiences of creating pasta, catching fresh fish for dinner in Sorrento, wine tasting in Tuscany's Chianti region and where to eat like a local.

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  • Italy’s art cities: Venice, Florence and Rome
    Michelangelo's 'David', Florence

    Italy’s art cities: Venice, Florence and Rome

    Italy’s art cities: Venice, Florence and Rome

    From classical Roman statues through Renaissance frescoes to modern installations, you can trace a complete history of Western art in Italy’s great cities. Specialist Kimberly talks about how to deal with the crowds as you take in these important works.

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  • A guide to Porto and the Douro Valley
    Douro River, Porto

    A guide to Porto and the Douro Valley

    A guide to Porto and the Douro Valley

    There’s much more to Porto than the first four letters of its name, from walking tours to catamaran cruises. Portugal specialist Kevin shares his tips for exploring the city, and for spending time in the Douro Valley’s traditional towns and vineyards.

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  • Family holidays in Italy (in 5 experiences)
    Carnival Mask, Venice

    Family holidays in Italy (in 5 experiences)

    Family holidays in Italy (in 5 experiences)

    If you’re considering a family trip to Italy, here are five hands-on classes to entertain your children or teens. They can don glasses that let them see through time, swing a sword like a gladiator or explore ancient cave dwellings.

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  • Secret canals & corners of Venice
    Gondolas, Venice

    Secret canals & corners of Venice

    Secret canals & corners of Venice

    Italy specialist Kimberly describes how to get off the beaten track in Venice and discover some of the city’s lesser-visited highlights. These include Venice’s lagoon islands, Castello, Cannaregio and Torcello and taking in the sights and sounds along the Zattere.

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  • Introducing the Azores
    Twin lakes, Sete Cidades, São Miguel

    Introducing the Azores

    Introducing the Azores

    A clutch of volcanic islands in the middle of the Atlantic, the Azores boast a vast array of landscapes. Portugal team member Jess discusses highlights of the archipelago, including cheese and wine tastings and a volcano that emerged in the 1950s.

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  • How to see Rome in four days
    Rome skyline at dusk

    How to see Rome in four days

    How to see Rome in four days

    Discover Rome’s long history, from the half-ruined majesty of the Colosseum to a romantic burial yard for non-Catholics. Nick, a one-time resident, talks about what to see and do in Rome and how to beat the crowds at the Sistine Chapel.

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  • Best of Spain and Portugal
    Plaza de Cibeles, Madrid

    Best of Spain and Portugal

    Best of Spain and Portugal

    A private tour of the Alhambra, sipping wine in the sunny Douro River Valley, and watching a flamenco performance in Seville. Spain and Portugal specialist Talia picks some of her top experiences when visiting the Iberian Peninsula.

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  • Introducing Andalusia and Moorish Spain
    Giralda Tower, Seville

    Introducing Andalusia and Moorish Spain

    Introducing Andalusia and Moorish Spain

    For seven centuries, Moors ruled southern Spain’s Andalusia region. Spain expert Tom explores their legacy, which includes Islamic palaces, forbidding fortresses and a complex confluence of styles in one of Europe’s few synagogues to survive the Inquisition.

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  • Basilicas, cathedrals & churches in Italy’s art cities
    Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Tuscany

    Basilicas, cathedrals & churches in Italy’s art cities

    Basilicas, cathedrals & churches in Italy’s art cities

    The focal point of history and culture for over 2000 years, Italy is perhaps understandably also the world’s pre-eminent destination when it comes to its art and architecture. This guide highlights its basilicas, cathedrals and churches, and the priceless artworks contained within them.

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  • Cathedrals, monasteries and basilicas of Spain
    La Mezquita, Córdoba

    Cathedrals, monasteries and basilicas of Spain

    Cathedrals, monasteries and basilicas of Spain

    Spain specialist and former Madrid resident Allan shares his nominations for the country’s most interesting cathedrals, monasteries and basilicas. His candidates include Montserrat’s mountain monastery, Córdoba’s multicultural Mezquita, and the Gothic glories of the cathedral in Barcelona.

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  • Experiences in Spain & Portugal's wine regions
    Vineyard, La Rioja

    Experiences in Spain & Portugal's wine regions

    Experiences in Spain & Portugal's wine regions

    Both Spain and Portugal are speckled with wine regions, from Spain’s northern Rioja region and Catalonia’s cava to the Douro Valley, which supplies Porto with its world-renowned port wines. Our specialists share their wine-tasting experiences, which can be planned into your tailor-made trip.

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  • Eat your way around Portugal
    Cataplana, Algarve

    Eat your way around Portugal

    Eat your way around Portugal

    Portuguese food isn’t as well known as Spanish cuisine, but it holds similar charms. Discover why locals prefer bacalhau to fresh cod, where people line up to get custard tarts and why a small town bakes phallic pastries.

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  • How to eat like the Romans do
    The Art of Pizza , Rome

    How to eat like the Romans do

    How to eat like the Romans do

    Bold, powerful and deceptively simple, Roman cuisine is often overlooked. That’s a shame, says Italy specialist Nick, a one-time resident of Rome. He talks about where to eat the city’s signature dishes and why you shouldn’t buy bottled water when you visit.

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  • Exploring Lisbon: a city guide
    Bairro Alto, Lisbon

    Exploring Lisbon: a city guide

    Exploring Lisbon: a city guide

    In Lisbon, you can visit a Moorish castle, explore the impacts of the devastating 1755 earthquake with a local guide, and experience a live fado performance. Here, Portugal specialist Geoff shares how to get the most out of your visit.

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  • The taste of Spain: a Spanish food guide
    Paella, Spain

    The taste of Spain: a Spanish food guide

    The taste of Spain: a Spanish food guide

    Food is central to Spanish life, both for locals and visitors. From saffron-scented paella and nutty jamón ibérico to convivial tapas and cold, creamy salmorejo, our specialists offer a sampling of the best dishes they’ve eaten in country.

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  • In and around Madrid: our highlights
    Gran Vía, Madrid

    In and around Madrid: our highlights

    In and around Madrid: our highlights

    Gritty and gracious, Madrid boasts a lively street life, a trio of world-class museums and the largest palace in Western Europe. It’s also a good base for exploring some of Spain’s small medieval cities like Toledo, Ávila and Segovia.

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