Recommended Europe Multi-city Vacations

Did you know that Italy, Spain and France are three of the top four countries with the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites? With so many cultural sights to enjoy, as well as decadent cuisine and stunning landscapes, it’s no wonder that the new vacation trend is a multi-city tour through Europe, featuring stops in more than one country.

But if you have never been to Europe before, you may be feeling overwhelmed by all the choice and the possible combinations for your Europe vacation. If you’re struggling to find the perfect Europe vacation itinerary for you, here are some of our favourite Europe multi-city tours, with recommended activities for each city.

 

The Classic: Italy, France & the UK

We recommend: Rome, Paris & London

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This classic tour of Europe combines the three most visited cities and combine the history in Rome with the romantic atmosphere of Paris and the city vibrancy of London for a diverse and encompassing vacation.

Rome: We suggest starting your classic Europe tour in the ancient city of Rome, where you can explore world-famous sites such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vatican City and the Trevi Fountain. Besides these well-known highlights of Rome, there are also several hidden gems to discover in the city, such as the fascinating catacombs, which are eerie ancient tombs beneath the city, where you can see historic frescoes and learn about Rome’s Christian past. It’s also well worth seeing a little of the Lazio region whilst in Rome and we recommend visiting the Castelli Romani if you have time, which are a selection of charming villages in the countryside outside of Rome.

Paris: Renowned as one of the most romantic cities in the world, Paris is the ideal destination to make precious memories. It has a relaxed, cultural sort of atmosphere, where you can enjoy a café al fresco in the warm Parisian sunshine or browse designer boutiques in the city’s fashion district. Must-see attractions include, of course, the Eiffel Tower (tip: pre-book tickets to avoid the lengthy entry lines), Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arch of Triumph, Champs-Elysées Avenue, the Love Lock Bridge and the Louvre. As a special treat, why not book a table at 58 Tour Eiffel, the acclaimed restaurant on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, where you'll have the opportunity to taste the best of French cuisine in front of panoramic views of the city.

London: As a finale to your Rome, Paris and London vacation, we suggest relaxing in the luxury of England’s capital and perhaps enjoying a spot of afternoon tea, including cakes and cucumber sandwiches, at one of London’s luxury hotels. There is a wealth of historic and iconic sights to discover in London, including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament, so we suggest that you either pre-arrange a London city tour or pre-book hop-on/hop-off bus tour tickets for an economical way to see the main attractions. If you have time, it is well worth visiting one of the university towns, such as Cambridge, which sits north of London and can easily be reached on the train from London’s King’s Cross station and is famous for its Gothic-style university buildings and pretty river, where you can enjoy punting.

 

For Mountain Vistas: Italy & Switzerland

We recommend: Venice, the Dolomites, Lake Maggiore & Unterseen

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While Italy tops the chart for the most UNESCO sites, Switzerland brings sublime mountain vistas and a laid-back atmosphere that you can enjoy as a finale to this Italy & Switzerland twin-center vacation.

Venice: The perfect place to start your Europe vacation, in Venice you can arrive in style aboard a private water taxi from the airport and immediately immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere of this Floating City. We highly recommend enjoying a sunset gondola ride through Venice’s charming canals (tip: opt for a private tour as the shared tour option can be chaotic in peak season) and, to make the most of your time, you can also enjoy a walking tour of the city, featuring the St Mark’s area and Doge’s Palace. If you want to discover a little more of Venetian life, we also recommend visiting the islands, such as this Murano, Burano and Torcello day tour.

The Dolomites: This mountain range in North Italy is a popular holiday destination for Italians during the summer months, who traditionally escape the hot Mediterranean sunshine for the cooler temperatures in the north. The beauty of the Dolomite mountains is diverse, with lush greenery, snow-capped peaks and mysterious emerald-green lakes, as well as cosmopolitan mountain villages. If you’re short on time, we recommend visiting the Dolomites on a day excursion from Venice.

Lake Maggiore: This is the second largest lake in Italy’s Lake District and stretches for some 65 km from Switzerland in the north down through the Piedmont and Lombardy regions of Italy. The lake has a glorious mountain backdrop that creates and atmosphere of tranquillity and there are numerous cultural attractions to enjoy, such as Isola Bella, which is an especially romantic island in the lake, with divine palaces and gardens. The main lakeside resort is Stresa, which has many lake-view hotels to choose from, as well as elegant restaurants, boutique stores and vibrant cafes. There is also a cable car from Stresa that runs to the top of Mottarone, where you can take in views of the Alps, the lakes of Lombardy and down into the Po Valley.

Unterseen: This historic town in the Interlaken district can be found on the eastern shore of Lake Thun and is one of the most important destinations in the Bernese Highlands. From the town, which is full of character and charming Alpine architecture, you can take in epic views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. We highly recommend taking the Jungfrau railway to the Jungfraujoch, which is the saddle between the Mönch and the Jungfrau and one of the most visited places in the Alps thanks to its divine glacier views.

 

For Cultural Sights & Island Hideaways: Italy, Greece & Croatia

We recommend: Rome, Santorini & Split

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This multi-country Europe tour blends the perfect amount of culture and sunshine, giving you the opportunity to not only discover famous and ancient monuments in Rome but also relax in idyllic locations in Greece and Croatia.

Rome: The ancient city of Rome is surely a must-see if you have never been to Italy before and we recommend starting your Italy, Greece and Croatia multi-city tour in the Eternal City for a large dose of history and culture before moving on to relaxing island resorts. Essential attractions to visit in Rome include the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Vatican with the sublime Sistine Chapel and the classic monuments, such as the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Pantheon. There is so much to see in Rome that we highly recommend arranging tours and excursions to avoid being overwhelmed, and it is also possible to see more of Italy during your stay in Rome, including the lost city of Pompeii.

Santorini: As a member of the glorious Cyclades islands, Santorini is perfectly placed for a sunny vacation and regularly appears in travel magazines as one of the world’s top island escapes. It features a stunning coastline decorated with white-washed villas capped with blue domes and vibrant flowers that flow down to the clear, aquamarine waters. Here you can visit popular attractions, such as Akrotiri, or perhaps escape into the Greek vineyards to sample local wines. It is also possible to visit Athens to see the Greek temples and wondrous ancient attractions that Greece is famous for.

Split: Nestled in the region of Dalmatia amidst the sparkling turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea, Split is known for its stunning coastal beauty, sandy beaches and island coves. The city has that wow factor to make for an unforgettable finale to your multi-country Europe tour. We recommend pre-arranging a walking tour of the sights to make the most of your time, particularly the glamorous city boulevards and the Roman Palace. From Split you can also enjoy a day trip to Trogir, which is a UNESCO-protected site famous for its palm-tree-lined boulevards and charming architecture.

 

For Art & Architecture: Italy & Hungary

We recommend: Florence, Venice & Budapest

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We love the combinaton of Florence, Venice and Budapest as, in our opinion, these are three of the most beautiful cities in Europe. They boast glorious architecture that can only be described as inspiring, and there are also several art galleries to enjoy, particularly in Florence.

Florence: Known as the Jewel of the Renaissance, Florence is famous as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and here you can immerse yourself in culture and graceful art, and take in famous sights such as the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio and Ponte Vecchio. As a special treat, we highly recommend enjoying a day of discovery in the Chianti Hills on a wine-tasting tour, which will allow you to experience some of the stunning Tuscany landscapes that have captivated and inspired artists and movie-makers for generations. Of course, don’t miss a visit to Florence’s famous art galleries, including the Accademia, where you can marvel at Michelangelo’s statue of David.

Venice: The Floating City is a magical place that has to be seen to be believed and the architecture that lines the banks of the Grand Canal is simply exquisite, with luxurious palaces and charming bridges that give a sense of the wealth and luxury that has shaped the modern Venice that we see today. Must-sees include Doge’s Palace, the Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square with its famous Golden Basilica, but we also love the lesser-known attractions in this famous city, such as Teatro La Fenice and Scala del Bovolo.

Budapest: This iconic capital city in Hungary brings bustling diversity that we think will be the perfect finale to your Italy and Hungary multi-stop vacation. Here you can enjoy Budapest’s many divine buildings, including the neo-Gothic parliament building, which is the biggest building in Hungary and home to the Hungarian Crown Jewels, as well as Castle Hill (a UNESCO site) and the Castle District, which has several glorious churches and interesting buildings and squares. We also recommend enjoying an authentic experience whilst in Budapest, such as a Hungarian folk performance at one of Budapest’s glorious palaces.

 

If you are thinking about traveling to Europe on a multi-city tour and would like one of our travel experts to put together a personalized vacation itinerary for you, please contact a member of our expert team on (US) 347-594-5500. You can also check our US website for our wide selection of custom tours, packaged tours that can be purchased online and our popular excursions to complete your vacation experience.

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