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    The allure of Europe lies in its timeless landscapes, quiet country roads, storied history and mesmerizing architecture. It is a collection of culture

    Discover treasures of medieval villages perched on hillsides cloaked with dark forests. Listen to fountains splash in sunny squares or waves sweeping the shore. Walk along old pilgrimage routes past roadside crosses and tiny chapels or follow in artists’ footsteps through seaside towns and glittering resorts. Pass through gates of a mighty châteaux looming on impossible cliffs and stone doorways leading to flower-filled courtyards. Follow ancient Roman roads around majestic snow-capped peaks and listen to cowbells clank across Alpine meadows. Meander past olive groves, vineyards and fields of sunflowers. Savor famous wines in lively cafés or gather picnic offerings of olives, cheeses and cured meats. Marvel at ancient architecture and hidden passageways. Contemplate masterpieces of art in monastery cloisters and magnificent cathedrals. Get lost in the romance and scenery that makes Europe a destination to relish.

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    This pint-sized, sunny slice of Adriatic coast is a giddy blend of religions, styles, cultures and landscapes. Relics from one of the longest dictatorships in Eastern Europe rub shoulders with citrus orchards, olive groves and vineyards. Decrepit, Chinese-built factories stand next to breathtaking mosques; ornately decorated Orthodox churches face off 'Soviet Brutal' palaces of culture. Some things won't ever change: spectacular forested mountains, warm Mediterranean sun, and heart-rendingly blue waters of the Adriatic all endure the country's ups and downs.


    Austria has few peers as a year-round holiday destination, with plenty of winter sports in the Alps, some of the most impressive and overblown architecture in Europe and an unrivalled musical tradition that even The Sound of Music couldn't sully. Vienna is the capital, hub of the country's musical life and littered with beautiful buildings. Music, art and architecture reach baroque perfection in Salzburg, Mozart's birthplace. Innsbruck's snow-capped peaks frame its fascinating historic buildings. There's also a wonderful range of outdoor activities, from lounging on lakeside beaches to paragliding from mountains. The skiing is some of the best in the world.


    The smallest and most southern of the Scandinavian countries, Denmark offers an interesting mix of lively cities and rural countryside. Ancient castles, ring forts, jazz festivals, the sleekest modern design you'll ever see and the people who invented Lego. Given all the fun that there is to be had in this festival-happy scattering of islands, Denmark's status as the least bank-breaking country in Scandinavia deserves thank you letters from travelers all the way from the bottom of the beer glass.


    Many aspects of Western culture came into being in Greece - drama, art, philosophy and science. It's a wonderful feeling to walk on stones that may have been trod by Plato, Homer or Agamemnon. Travelers in Greece should find the golden mean - in this case, the balance between environment and history, between crowds and quiet, between ancient and modern. Beautiful settings soothe the soul, while centuries of art and history invigorate your mind. Visitors will be as charmed by the Greek people as they are by the landscape. It seems the Greek's wondrous shortcut to communication is dancing.


    Greenland remains a land of fantastical and semi-mythical proportions, with aurora borealis, the vast tundra, glittering columns of ice, monstrous glaciers that carve icebergs into the sea and the proverbially tight-lipped Inuit. Poets from Virgil and Pytheas to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow have celebrated the distant north in verse; the Weimar Republic used it as a template for one of their mythic Nordic-Germanic societies; and big-haired '70s rock bands have used it as a clarion call to youthful rebellion.


    From icy Hammerfest in the north to Bergen in the south, Norway is quite possibly the most beautiful country in northern Europe. Known best for the majestic fjords that span the western coast, Norway also harbor dramatic mountains, crystal clear seas, dense forests, farmland and sunny coves. Oslo is the nation’s capital and considered Norway’s cultural center. Exploring Oslo could take days visiting the numerous museums and parks scattered throughout the city. On the west coast is Norway’s second largest city, Bergen. Trondheim and Stavanger are other bustling cities in Norway that are ripe for exploring. Whether it’s visiting a big city or traveling to the farmland or a quaint fishing village of Norway, the country will dazzle with its beauty.


    Portugal has a rich seafaring past, superb beach resorts, wistful towns and a landscape wreathed in olive groves, vineyards and wheat fields. Filled with UNESCO World Heritage sites and graced by one of Europe's most relaxed and attractive capitals, it also remains refreshingly affordable. Savoring life slowly is a Portuguese passion, and much of the best is humble - traditional folk festivals; simple, honest food drowning in olive oil; music that pulls at the heart strings, recalling past love and glories; and markets overflowing with fish, fruit and flowers.


    Russia is the world’s largest state and a country with tradition and culture stretching back to the early first millennium. Some of the most famous architectural, historical and cultural monuments in Russia are included in the UNESCO list of Universal Heritage Objects, including the Moscow Kremlin and Red Square, the historic centre of St. Petersburg and the palace and park complexes of its suburbs. Other sites include the whitestone monuments of Vladimir-Suzdal and cities of the "Russian Golden Ring," Troitse-Sergieva Lavra in Sergiev Posad and the Ascension Church in Kolomenskoye.


    Scotland's people are feisty, opinionated and fiercely loyal. The countryside is a wild, beautiful tumble of raw mountain peaks and deep glassy lakes. There's a plethora of tartan 'n' bagpipe beaten tracks across this land, but even in popular tourist hubs like Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Isle of Skye it's easy to veer off into one-of-a-kind adventures. Scotland is a place where you can watch golden eagles soar over the rocky peaks of the Cuillin and play golf on some of the world's most hallowed courses. The landscape is evident of the past: a moor that was once a battlefield, a beach where Vikings hauled their boats ashore, a cave where Bonnie Prince Charlie once sheltered.


    Switzerland's fusion of German, French and Italian ingredients has formed a robust national culture, and the country's alpine landscapes have enough zing to reinvigorate the most jaded traveler. Goethe summed up Switzerland succinctly as a combination of 'the colossal and the well-ordered'. The tidy precision of Swiss towns is tempered by the lofty splendor of the landscapes that surround them. Switzerland conjures up a fair swag of clichés: irresistible chocolates, yodeling Heidis, humorless bankers, international bureaucracies and an orderly national persona.


    Turkey is a rapidly modernizing country with one foot in Europe and one in the Middle East. It has oriental splendor, mystery, intrigue and whirling dervishes, and it also has a spicy past up against a pacy present. They have an unrivalled reputation for hospitality, the cuisine is to die for, the coastline is dreamy, and many Turkish cities are dotted with spectacular mosques and castles. And while costs are rising, Turkey remains the Mediterranean's bargain-basement destination. There's an enormous variety of things to see and do ranging from water sports to mountain trekking, archaeology to night-clubbing and river rafting to raki drinking.

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    Thinking about traveling to Europe for the first time? Great! To ensure an exciting experience, it is important to start planning your trip in advance. Below is a travel planning guide to help you with the basic tasks of planning a trip you'll never forget!

    6 Months Before You Go

    The first step in planning your European vacation is to choose where you plan on traveling. It's a good idea to talk to travel agents and friends as well as reading guidebooks and travel brochures to narrow down the places that interest you most. You may also consider learning the basics of the language of the destination(s) you plan on visiting. Picking up a European travel guide will be helpful in learning the customs and areas and attractions you would like to visit.

    3-4 Months Before You Go

    With your European vacation getting closer, it is about the time to get serious. Hopefully by now you have chosen your destination(s) and can now start with the practical planning of your trip. If you don't already have one, it would be a good time to get a passport and start searching for the best airfare. Look up average climate for all the places you will be visiting to get an idea of what you might need. When traveling through Europe, you are sure to do lots of walking, so investing in a good pair of walking shoes is a good idea.

    2 Months Before You Go

    Around the 2 month mark, figuring out where you are going to stay and how you will get around is important. Book your hotel(s) and look into the different transportation options such as car rentals or bus/rail passes. Some of these options might require advance booking so be sure you plan in advance to avoid problems later.

    1 Month Before You Go

    Your trip is right around the corner and it's time to think of all the stuff you are going to bring. Setting a budget for your trip can be a helpful tool. Make sure you have all the appropriate luggage. Don't forget your camera and the right currency and maps of all the places you will be visiting. Also, don't forget travel insurance. Having the needed immunizations and medications is crucial before you leave.

    Last Minute Plans - Final Checklist!

    It's finally here! But before you board your plane, there are a few last minute details to take care of. Make sure you have copies of your passport/credit cards/etc and be sure to call your credit card company to avoid having your card canceled. Pack light and check the Department of State Travel Warnings. Other than that, you are ready for your European adventure!

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    Top Ten Attractions

    TripAdvisor’s Top 10 European Attractions

    1.  British Airways London Eye, London, United Kingdom

    2.  Tower of London, London, United Kingdom

    3.  Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

    4.  Musee du Louvre, Paris, France

    5.  Colosseum, Rome, Italy

    6.  Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    7.  Musee d’Orsay, Paris, France

    8.  State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

    9.  Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

    10.  The Alhambra, Granada, Spain

    Our Destination Experts will help you find Europe’s Best Kept Secrets!

    Experiencing Europe is like nothing else! With so much to encounter, including its wide range of food, culture and history, it is impossible to not have a completely different experience every time you visit, regardless of how many times you have been. For the returning and seasoned European traveler, the best way to experience it in a new way each time, is to discover the hidden gems and "off-the-beaten-paths". Exploring these lesser known and hidden sights will allow you to discover and experience the culture and food in a way that is different from the common tourist traps. To help you in your journey, we have put together a list of some of Europe's hidden gems.

    Europe's Hidden Gems

    Dubrovnik - Croatia

    Dubrovnik, known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic", is an old town located in the extreme south of Croatia on the Adriatic Sea coast. It is one of the most beautiful and prominent destinations in Croatia and in all of the Mediterranean with rich artistic tradition and history as well as stunning architecture. Explore the remarkable churches, museums, and monasteries while taking in the lush landcaspe. It was once said by George Bernard Shaw that "those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik and find it".

    The Plitvice Lakes - Croatia

    The Plitvice Lakes is a national park in Croatia consisting of beautiful lakes surrounded by lush forest and wildlife, making it a must see for anyone traveling the country. There are 16 different lakes all inter-connected by a series of waterfalls and radiating a crystal blue-green colour. The exceptional setting of this national park make it perfect for nature lovers as well as hikers, but anyone who visits will be able to appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of the lakes.

    Metéora Monasteries - Greece

    Located in Thessaly in Central Greece, the Metéora Monasteries are one of the most spectacular sights to see in Greece. Metéora is Greek for "suspended in the air" and perfectly describes these monasteries, which were built atop rocky pinnacles by medieval monks. Tourists can enjoy the striking sights of the giant rock towers and monasteries on top of them, as well as climb the peaks and hike on the paths of Metéora. Kalampaka is the city at the base of Metéora with medieval churches and where overnight visitors can get accomodation. Day trips are also available through Athens.

    Stari Grad - Croatia

    Stari Grad (old town) is the oldest town in Croatia and is the historical heart of the island of Hvar. The cultural landscape of the town has for the most part remained intact since it was first colonized. Situated at the end of the bay, its landscape features ancient stone walls and buildings as well as vineyards and olive groves adding to the attractiveness of this rich historical town.

    Amiens Cathedral - Amiens, France

    Located in the historical city of Amiens, in the Somme River Valley about 100 kilometers north of Paris, Amiens Cathedral is the tallest Gothic church and largest cathedral in France. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. This monumental cathedral with its harmonious and enchanting art and architecture, is a must-see for anyone traveling through France.

    Kronborg Castle - Denmark

    Added to UNESCO's World Heritage Sites list in 2000, Kronborg Castle is located in Helsingør (Elsinore), at the narrowest point of Øresund, the sound between Denmark and Sweden. Kronborg is one of northern Europe's most important Renaissance castles and also a monumental military fortress as well as Denmark's most famous castle. The castle is also known for being the setting of Shakespeare's Hamlet.

    Causeway Coast - United Kingdom

    Northern Ireland's 120 mile Causeway Coastal route, one of the world's greatest road journeys, offers a journey of exploration along a breathtaking and rugged coastline. Whether you want to swim, surf, golf, or explore castles, this journey offers a wide range of great experiences for anyone. The most popular sight to see along this route is the Giant's Causeway, where you'll be amazed at the beauty and uniqueness of its hexagonal formations.

    Santa Maria del Naranco - Spain

    Located at the foot of Naranco Mountain in northern Spain, Santa Maria del Naranco is a Roman Catholic Asturian pre-Romanesque church. Ordered to be built as a royal palace in 848 A.D. by King Ramiro I, it was converted into a church at the end of the 13th century. The church of Santa María del Naranco, as well as the nearby church of San Miguel de Lillo, are masterpieces surviving more than 1,000 years.

    Frasassi Caves - Italy

    The Frasassi Caves (Italian: Grotte di Frasassi) in the province of Ancona, Marche are one of the largest and most famous complex of caves in Italy. Discovered by chance in 1971 and opened to the public in 1974, these spectacular caves are equipped with walkways and theatrical lighting and include the Grotta Grande del Vento, where millions of crystals conjure up enchanting images.

    Messel Pit - Germany

    The Messel Pit, located approximately 35 km from Frankfurt, Germany, is one of the richest fossil sights in the world. This site has substantial geological and scientific importance due to its plethora of fossils, attracting many scientists, but has also become a site of increasing tourism.

    Bialowieza Forest - Poland and Belarus

    The Bialowieza Forest is the oldest primeval forest in Europe and a World Heritage Site, straddling the border between Belarus and Poland. This magical and immense forest is home to enormous evergreens and remarkable wildlife, including the European bison, which was reintroduced into the park.

    Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst - Hungary and Slovakia

    The caves of the Aggtelek and Slovak Karst are an incredible collection of 712 caves located on the international border between southern Slovakia and northeastern Hungary. The karst cave system allows these caves to present a spectacular variety, spanning from the tropical to the glacial.

    Tbilisi, Georgia

    The capital city of Tbilisi is the largest city in Georgia and lies on the banks of the Mtkvari River, surrounded by mountain ranges on all other sides. Walking and exploring the city allows you to experience its history through its architecture, while capturing the beauty of its landscape. Some notable attractions are Tbilisi Sameba Cathedral, Freedom Square and Rustaveli Avenue. This city has much to offer and is also very affordable for those who are looking to stretch their dollars.

    Vilnius, Lithuania

    Vilnius, as some call the "new Prague", is Lithuania's largest and most beautiful city. A World Heritage Site, it is home to a stunning array of historic buildings, built in the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical styles. The city itself is clean with much to be explored. Visitors should take a walk through Old Town to appreciate the architecture and the Museum of Genocide Victims is a noteworthy destination that gives a look into the lives of many Lithuanians under KGB rule.

    Ljubljana, Slovenia

    The capital city Ljubljana is located in the center of Slovenia, making it a perfect base for exploring the rest of the country, but there is much to be seen in this city that curls under its castle-topped hill. The Ljubljanica river flows in the center of the city, dividing it into the more modern Ljubljana to the west, and the old town, filled with churches and castles, to the east. Ljubljana is a city off the beaten path full of creativity, heritage and history.

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