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You might be planning a whirlwind tour of ancient capitals, a food-and-wine-themed route across the Mediterranean or looking to explore the art and architecture of the Renaissance. Whatever your interests, our Europe specialists will put together a tailor-made itinerary to help you make the most of your time.

These suggested tours aim to give you a basic starting point and show you what’s possible. But, when it comes to planning your trip, we’ll create a personal itinerary based on your interests and time frame. From Roman ruins to Russian palaces and Spanish vineyards to Icelandic hot springs, our Europe specialists can help introduce you to landmark places to visit in Europe as well as little-known attractions along the way.

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Ideas for your trip to Europe

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Europe, and they showcase some of the routes that we've found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

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  • Anantara Vilamoura, Vilamoura

    Anantara Vilamoura break

    Portugal
    • Both beginners and experienced golfers will enjoy the Victoria Golf Course.
    • Only ten minutes away from the Purobeach Vilamoura, for laid back relaxation.
    • The Emo wine boutique allows guests to learn more about Portuguese wines with a top sommelier.
    • Join the Spice spoons cookery course for a journey into Portuguese cuisine.

    5 days from £1,100pp

  • Sublime Comporta

    Sublime Comporta break

    Portugal
    • Nested under umbrella pines in 17 acres of estate, this hotel feels at one with nature.
    • Bio-pool suites each have private deck access into the biological pool.
    • Organic garden provides over 300 varieties of produce to the exclusive, outdoor Circle restaurant.
    • The hotel is built from sustainable natural materials with a sensitivity to the local environment.
    • Comporta has 60 km of white sand beaches within close proximity to the hotel.

    5 days from £1,480pp

  • Vila Atlântico, Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa, Porches

    Villa Vita Park break

    Portugal
    • The resort is set in 53 acres of manicured gardens overlooking a wide sandy beach.
    • The Ocean restaurant, serving signature dishes, has two Michelin stars.
    • 10 restaurants and 9 bars offer plenty of variety for each night.
    • Dedicated Spa by Sisley Paris, offering massage, hammam and sauna.

    5 days from £1,490pp

  • Hotel Aigua Blava, Costa Brava

    Hotel Aigua Blava break

    Spain
    • Traditional Catalan cuisine cooked by top chef Lluís Ferrés, served at the open-air Terrace restaurant.
    • Large outdoor pool and terrace affords marvellous views across Aigua Blava bay.
    • Several rooms have direct access onto the beach.
    • Small family-run hotel atmosphere with renowned hospitality and a personal touch.

    5 days from £1,560pp

  • Castle Aragonese, Ischia

    Naples & the island of Ischia

    Italy
    • Discover the original relics from Pompeii on a privately guided tour of Naples Archaeological Museum.

    • Hike the panoramic trails of Ischia and enjoy lunch at a traditional agriturismo.

    • Explore the cosmopolitan city of Naples on a guided walking tour.

    • Relax at Ischia’s thermal baths and beaches.

    7 days from £2,085pp

  • Twin lakes, Sete Cidades, São Miguel

    Lisbon & the Azores

    Portugal
    • Explore the largest city in the Azores, Ponta Delgada, on a private walking tour.

    • Visit the twin lakes of Sete Cidades by bicycle and 4x4.

    • Embark on a whale- and dolphin-watching tour outside Ponta Delgada.

    • Hear traditional Portuguese fado music at a special dinner in Lisbon.

    • Discover the history of Lisbon on a private walking tour.

    • Tour the vibrant and eclectic palaces of Sintra.

    7 days from £2,380pp

  • Pena Palace, Sintra

    Lisbon & the Algarve: Portugal self-drive tour

    Portugal
    • Tour Lisbon’s historical heart and sample some local delicacies.

    • Explore the eccentric palaces and gardens of Sintra.

    • Visit Roman ruins in the historic city of Évora in the heart of the Alentejo countryside.

    • Learn how to cook traditional Algarvian Cataplana.

    • Hike the Algarve coastline near Lagos.

    10 days from £2,500pp

  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula

    The Golden Circle & west Iceland

    Iceland
    • Witness the mighty Geysir erupt as you explore the Golden Circle.

    • Learn about traditional Icelandic cuisine on a private food tour of Reykjavík.

    • Soak in the astounding scenery of the islands and mountains north of Snæfellsnes Peninsula on a boat trip with a fresh sushi feast served on board.

    • Explore Langjökull Glacier from tunnels which take you into the glacier itself.

    7 days from £2,890pp

  • Ribera Market, Bilbao

    Basque Country explorer: Bilbao, La Rioja & San Sebastián

    Spain
    • Visit the world-renowned Guggenheim Museum.

    • Experience traditional Basque culture with lunch at a secretive gastronomic society.

    • Drive and hike through the verdant vineyards of La Rioja.

    • Taste a variety of Rioja wines and indulge in delicious Basque pintxos.

    • Cross the border into France and explore more of the Basque coastline.

    7 days from £3,070pp

  • St Peters Statue at the Vatican, Rome

    Italy beyond the summer

    Italy
    • Learn to cook like a Tuscan at a Florentine cooking class with a local chef.

    • Tour Naples Archaeological Museum with a private guide and see original objects from Pompeii.

    • Visit the Vatican Museums with your private guide and see the Sistine Chapel at its least crowded.

    9 days from £3,155pp

  • Duomo Santa Maria Del Fiore, Florence

    Florence & Rome explored

    Italy
    • Uncover the secrets of the Colosseum and Roman Forum on a private tour.

    • Marvel at the majesty of the Sistine Chapel ceiling and St Peter's Basilica.

    • Visit Siena and San Gimignano and have lunch in a local Tuscan farmhouse.

    • Visit Michelangelo's iconic 'David' and explore the opulent Pitti Palace in Florence.

    8 days from £3,205pp

  • Wine tasting

    Highlights of Lisbon & Porto

    Portugal
    • Listen to melancholy fado music over a traditional dinner in Lisbon.

    • Learn about Lisbon’s history on a walking tour with stops to sample local delicacies.

    • Witness the whimsical architecture in Sintra.

    • Take a panoramic tour of Porto ending with a port wine tasting.

    • Discover the wines and landscapes of the Douro Valley on a full-day excursion.

    7 days from £3,215pp

  • Driving in south east Iceland

    Iceland's hidden highlights self-drive

    Iceland
    • Take a privately guided Superjeep tour to Þjórsárdalur in Iceland’s southern highlands, exploring its verdant valleys and dramatic waterfalls.

    • Climb a volcano and catch views of the south coast’s glaciers from the Westman Islands.

    • Explore the verdant, craggy landscape of Eldhraun: the world’s largest lava field.

    • See one of Iceland’s largest puffin colonies and learn more about Icelandic folklore in the Eastfjords.

    10 days from £3,225pp

  • Aerial view over Siena, Tuscany

    Tuscan towns & countryside

    Italy
    • Taste rich Chianti wines on visits to two traditional Tuscany vineyards.

    • Uncover the charming cobbled streets of Lucca on a private walking tour.

    • Relax and soak up the atmosphere of the Tuscan countryside.

    • Admire the most famous works of Renaissance artwork at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

    7 days from £3,230pp

  • Gothic Quarter, Barcelona

    Barcelona & the Costa Brava

    Spain
    • Take in the virtuoso modernist architecture of Antoni Gaudí.

    • Explore Barcelona’s tangled medieval streets and glittering modern waterfront by bicycle.

    • Shop for ingredients and prepare your own paella with a professional chef.

    • Visit Dalí’s birthplace and tour the medieval heart of Girona.

    • Relax on the Costa Brava.

    7 days from £3,315pp

  • Vineyards, Pico

    Highlights of the Azores

    Portugal
    • Enjoy a historic walking tour of Ponta Delgada with tastings in the local market.

    • Explore the twin lakes of Sete Cidades by bicycle and 4x4.

    • Try local cozido, food cooked in the hot springs of Furnas.

    • Hike through the lava stone vineyards of Pico.

    • Discover the island of Faial and its Capelinhos Volcano.

    • Learn about the history of Terceira on a walk through its capital city, Angra do Heroísmo.

    11 days from £3,470pp

  • Cala Corsara, La Maddalena islands

    Sardinia in-depth

    Italy
    • Enjoy the freedom of self-driving throughout the trip.

    • Spend the day aboard a private boat cruising the stunning scenery of La Maddalena archipelago.

    • Spend time with local shepherds learning about traditional farming practices and Sardinian cheesemaking techniques.

    • Explore the enigmatic Bronze Age structures of the Nuragic cultures of Sardinia on an archaeology tour.

    • Enjoy time at leisure to relax at the beach in your hotel which offers direct access to a sandy beach.

    9 days from £3,600pp

  • Clear Adriatic waters, Pakleni Islands

    Family tour of Croatia

    Croatia
    • Enjoy a meal in an abandoned medieval town.

    • Swim and snorkel in the Pakleni Islands.

    • Wonder at the power of Krka National Park's waterfalls.

    • Kayak under the shadows of Dubrovnik's city walls.

    10 days from £3,620pp

  • View of Cinque Torri from path, Dolomites

    Lakes & mountains of Italy

    Italian Lakes
    • Take in the historical sights of Verona with your walking guide.

    • Sample delicious Italian wine at a family-run winery.

    • Relax on the shores of Lake Garda.

    • Visit the impressive Vittoriale degli Italiani.

    • Hike among the Dolomites in Val di Genova, known as the ‘waterfalls valley’.

    10 days from £3,675pp

  • St Mark's Square, Venice

    Italy's art cities: Venice, Florence & Rome

    Italy
    • Uncover Venice's hidden past by visiting secret chambers within the Doge's Palace.

    • Discover the secrets of Ancient Rome on a private tour of the Colosseum.

    • Marvel at Michelangelo's masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel with a private guide.

    • Experience Baroque art through Caravaggio's most famous works in the Borghese Gallery and Santa Maria del Popolo Church.

    • Travel Venice's Grand Canal in style by arriving at your hotel via a private boat.

    10 days from £3,705pp

  • Villa Carlotta, Lake Como

    North Italy & the Lakes

    Italian Lakes
    • Cruise Lake Como in style by private boat past dramatic scenery.

    • Explore the magnificent gardens of the Borromean Islands on Lake Maggiore.

    • Lose yourself in the winding medieval streets of Verona.

    • Marvel at Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic Last Supper in Milan.

    8 days from £3,790pp

  • Views over Assisi, Umbria

    Self-drive tour Tuscany & Umbria

    Italy
    • Cycle through the vineyards and hill towns of Chianti on a guided E-bike tour.

    • Learn how to make cheese on a visit to a local pecorino producer’s farm.

    • Sample Tuscan wines and cuisine at a Michelin starred restaurant in a 12th century abbey complex.

    • Stay in a medieval borgo located close to the Umbrian capital of Perugia.

    • Visit the city of Assisi, where St Francis and the Franciscan order were born.

    12 days from £3,915pp

  • Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon

    Classic Iceland self-drive tour

    Iceland
    • Eat your way around Reykjavík on a private food-focused walking tour.

    • Snorkel between the tectonic plates in Þingvellir National Park.

    • Wander through icy tunnels carved in the depths of Langjökull glacier.

    • Watch icebergs calve from glaciers and float across Jökulsárlón lagoon.

    9 days from £3,930pp

  • Roman aqueduct, Segovia

    Best of Barcelona & Madrid

    Spain
    • See Gaudí’s unique architecture on an expert-led tour through Barcelona before taking in the sights of the city from the air by helicopter.

    • Visit the home of cava in the Penedès wine region, followed by a tour of the Montserrat mountain monastery.

    • Marvel at the wonders held within Spain’s premier art gallery, the Prado, in Madrid.

    • See well-preserved medieval and Roman architecture in Ávila and Segovia.

    • View artistic masterpieces at El Escorial and the controversial memorial, the Valley of the Fallen.

    7 days from £3,945pp

  • Northern lights

    Northern lights winter break in Iceland

    Iceland
    • See the northern lights dance across the night sky in the Icelandic countryside.

    • Explore the icy formations and deep crevasses of Sólheimajökull glacier on a guided hike.

    • Walk between the diverging tectonic plates in Þingvellir National Park.

    • Unwind in the milky-blue mineral waters of the Blue Lagoon.

    6 days from £4,050pp

  • Greek ruins, Agrigento

    Classic Sicily tour

    Italy
    • See impressively preserved Roman mosaics at Villa Romana del Casale.

    • Explore the Temple of Concordia and the Temple of Juno as you tour the UNESCO-protected Valley of the Temples in Agrigento.

    • Tour the island of Ortigia in Syracuse and sample food from its covered market over a leisurely lunch.

    • Summit Mount Etna and follow this with a tasting of wines produced at vineyards on the volcano’s slopes.

    8 days from £4,060pp

  • Behind Seljalandsfoss

    Active Iceland self-drive tour: waterfalls, volcanoes & lagoons

    Iceland
    • Explore the Golden Circle from the Hvítá river on a guided rafting tour, close to Gullfoss Falls.

    • Take a privately guided Superjeep tour to Landmannalaugar, hiking through its striped rhyolite mountains and soaking in geothermally heated hot springs.

    • Mountain bike through Eldhraun, the world’s largest lava field, with a local Icelandic guide.

    • Paddle through floating icebergs on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon on a small-group kayaking tour.

    • Don crampons and take a guided hike through Sólheimajökull glacier’s curious icy formations.

    8 days from £4,215pp

  • Barceloneta, Barcelona

    Spain by rail: Barcelona & beach

    Spain and France
    • Enjoy leisurely journeys across Europe in the comfort of a train.

    • Explore Barcelona's renowned art museums on a guided tour.

    • Stroll the lesser-known districts of Barcelona on a food-tasting tour.

    • Visit Dalí’s birthplace and tour the medieval heart of Girona.

    • Relax by the beach in the Costa Brava.

    • Spend some leisure time in Paris.

    9 days from £4,250pp