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Europe tour ideas

These tour ideas are designed by our specialists, who've traveled the routes themselves and have a guidebook-like knowledge of Europe. Each trip idea highlights a route we've loved traveling, which showcases aspects of Europe we're passionate about, not just the run-of-the-mill tourist circuits.

Use these ideas to give you a starting point, some inspiration, as you decide what you want to do on your trip to Europe. Then speak to us and we'll start to bring your trip to life to suit your tastes.

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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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  • St Isaac's Cathedral, St Petersburg

    St Petersburg weekend break

    Russia
    • See the many treasures of the Hermitage, one of the world's best art galleries.

    • Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, the city's first permanent building.

    • See the Catherine Palace and marvel at the phenomenal wealth of the Tsars.

    • Explore the beautiful canals and grand buildings of one of the world's prettiest cities.

    4 days from $1,185pp

  • Local houses, Nafplio

    Athens & Nafplio

    Greece
    • Soak up the history of ancient Athens and the modern Acropolis Museum on a private tour.

    • Kayak to a deserted beach for a swim and snorkel.

    • Visit the pretty, traffic-free island of Hydra.

    • Explore the ancient ruins and beehive tombs at Mycenae archaeological site.

    • Enjoy the freedom of a rental car to explore the Peloponnese.

    7 days from $2,820pp

  • St Petersburg, Russia

    Classic Russia tour

    Russia
    • See the Kremlin, Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral.

    • Explore one of the world's biggest and best art collections in the Hermitage.

    • Wander along St. Petersburg's canals.

    • See one of the Tsar's sumptuous summer palaces.

    8 days from $2,960pp

  • Kildalton Cross, Islay

    West coast whisky, wildlife & castles

    Scotland
    • Explore Glasgow's vibrant street art with a local.

    • Visit some of Islay's iconic whisky distilleries for tastings.

    • Embark on a wildlife cruise around Islay's rugged coastline.

    • Drive through the mountains of Argyll, visiting several picturesque castles along the way.

    • Cycle along the shores of beautiful Loch Lomond.

    9 days from $3,050pp

  • 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 $3,450pp

  • 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 $3,500pp

  • The Matterhorn towers over Zermatt

    Lakes & mountains of Switzerland

    Switzerland
    • Sample Swiss wine on the shores of Lake Geneva.

    • Watch as the setting sun paints the familiar Matterhorn shades of pink and gold.

    • Visit the longest glacier in Europe.

    • Marvel at the power of Geneva’s Jet d’Eau.

    • Spend time in Switzerland’s most indulgent mountain resorts.

    8 days from $3,515pp

  • 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 $3,780pp

  • Amsterdam

    Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg self-drive tour

    Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium
    • Enjoy the freedom of your own car on this self-drive trip. Audley can arrange a rental vehicle for you if you require one.

    • Cross countries and cultures, passing through The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

    • Create your very own Delftware pottery to take home.

    • Take a step back in time at Bastogne and the site of the Battle of the Bulge.

    • Marvel at the kaleidoscope of hues at Keukenhof Gardens.

    9 days from $3,780pp

  • Old Midleton Distillery

    Distilleries of Scotland & Ireland

    Ireland and Scotland
    • Walk the quirky streets of Glasgow on an orientation tour.

    • Experience the whiskey reputation of Islay.

    • Explore the castles and glens around Oban.

    • Taste a variety of whiskey in Speyside.

    • Marvel at the dramatic coastline of the Antrim Coast.

    • Experience a unique distillery tour in Dublin.

    10 days from $3,880pp

  • St Basil's, Moscow

    Moscow, St Petersburg & the Golden Ring tour

    Russia
    • Explore the Kremlin and Armoury complex and see Russia's Fabergé Eggs.

    • Explore the art of the Hermitage State Museum.

    • Take a hydrofoil into the Gulf of Finland to visit Peter the Great’s palace.

    • Explore the palace of Catherine the Great at Tsarskoe Selo, home to the Amber Room.

    10 days from $3,995pp

  • 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 $3,995pp

  • Alte Brucke Bridge, Heidelberg

    Highlights of Germany self-drive

    Germany
    • Explore medieval towns and cities with half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets.

    • Discover the Romanesque style Neuschwanstein Castle built in keeping with King Ludwig II’s whimsical tastes.

    • Follow the Romantic Road through tiny Bavarian villages.

    • Uncover the significance of Berlin, Munich, Nuremberg and Rothenburg’s place in World War II history.

    • Enjoy an evening of Opera followed by a revealing behind the scenes tour of Munich's National Theatre.

    13 days from $4,250pp

  • 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 $4,550pp

  • Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge

    Highlights of Northern Ireland

    Ireland
    • Explore the Antrim Coast including Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

    • Visit Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head.

    • Learn about traditional Irish life at the Glencolmcille Folk Village.

    • Discover the impressive Slieve League cliffs.

    • Glamp in a bubble dome and stargaze.

    9 days from $4,600pp

  • Islay coastline

    Family Scottish adventure

    Scotland
    • Watch out for Nessie on a Loch Ness boat trip.

    • Visit a traditional working farm to witness trained sheepdogs lead sheep through a variety of obstacles.

    • Look out for otters, seals and porpoise on a boat trip along the coastline of Islay.

    • Explore the Cairngorms National Park on a quad bike trek.

    11 days from $4,640pp

  • The Cotswolds

    Historic south east England

    England
    • Visit some of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds with a local guide.

    • Take an afternoon tea lesson in London.

    • Marvel at the striking architecture and impressive history of Canterbury Cathedral.

    • Admire the White Cliffs of Dover.

    • Enjoy fish and chips in the pretty, medieval town of Rye.

    7 days from $4,725pp

  • Beehive hut on Inis Mor

    Ancient Ireland

    Ireland
    • Spend the night in a 16th-century castle located on its own private island.

    • Drive along the spectacular Dingle Peninsula.

    • Visit the historic Rock of Cashel.

    • Explore Newgrange — an ancient passage tomb that predates the Egyptian pyramids.

    10 days from $4,800pp

  • Musée d'Orsay, Paris

    Paris in depth

    France
    • Discover the covered passages of Paris and the Opéra Garnier.

    • Taste the best pastries and chocolates of Paris’s Saint-Germain-des-Prés district.

    • Uncover the history of Château de Fontainebleau and Vaux-le-Vicomte.

    • Explore the highlights of the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay.

    • Marvel at the grandeur of Notre Dame Cathedral and Sainte-Chapelle.

    7 days from $4,820pp

  • 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 $4,960pp

  • Canal bridges in Amsterdam

    Dutch highlights tour

    Netherlands
    • Glide on the canals of Amsterdam.

    • Contemplate the masterpieces of the Dutch Golden Age.

    • Retrace the steps of royalty through The Hague.

    • Visit some of the original windmills of Holland.

    • Retrace the footsteps of Rembrandt in his childhood town of Leiden.

    7 days from $4,960pp

  • Glencoe

    Self-drive wild Scotland & Ireland

    Ireland and Scotland
    • Explore the mountainous Nevis Range and Glencoe.

    • Taste a dram of whisky in a Scottish Castle.

    • Wonder at the beauty of the Isle of Skye’s unique landscape.

    • Hike in Glendalough and the Wicklow Mountains.

    • Visit the Cliffs of Moher where you can spot puffins.

    • Explore the rugged landscape of Connemara National Park.

    10 days from $4,995pp