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Europe, Scandinavia, The Baltic's and eastern Europe

With so many cultures to show off and so many centuries of practice, Europe is the festival capital of the world. Aside from the amazing array of sightseeing opportunities available, Europe's Carnival and Festival scene is a never ending story. Street festivals and carnivals, medieval fairs, music events of all genre, sporting extravaganza’s and countless celebrations of food, wine and cheer.

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The Mediterranean Coast

Bewitching scenery and irresistible tastes add to a dramatic culture you can touch, smell, see and savor in the Mediterranean. Relax beneath the sun on miles of renowned beaches. March into towns steeped in crusader history dotted among scrub land and cliffs plunging into clear water. Stand where legendary Greek mythology inspired and mystified civilization for centuries. Wander pathways through ancient settlements, Roman ruins and Byzantine monasteries. Sail along the Turquoise Coast on a gulette, or walk to the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, later home to the Virgin Mary and St. John. Go north or south on the Apennine peninsula for rugged coastline and unforgettable views, like the Amalfi Drive near Pompeii. Between the breadth of culture and the natural allure, give in to the charm that has enticed travelers for millennia.

Croatia

Experience the Mediterranean as it once was. Strung along the stunning coast of Croatia, 1,244 islands dot the Adriatic Sea. This new star of the European Union boasts 20 UNESCO Heritage Sites and eight national parks. A middle-sized European country with a big heart, Croatia is a land of open frontiers and upfront customs formalities. From the café culture of its historic cities to the rugged landscapes of continental Croatia, with a packed calendar of festivals, events and a host of home grown gastronomic delights, Croatia is a promising holiday destination.

Cyprus

For 10,000 years, civilizations have basked on this island in the warm Mediterranean sun. Cyprus blends European culture with ancient enchantment. A compact world of alluring beaches and fragrant mountain peaks, vineyards studded with olive trees and ancient ruins stir the imagination. Smell the jasmine and wild thyme. Hike on rugged mountains and then dive into the warm blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Wander through Greek temples, byzantine churches, and ancient monuments. From pine-covered mountains, picturesque villages, ancient ruins, and medieval artifacts, to the golden Mediterranean beaches with world-class hotels, Cyprus offers a unique diversity for travelers.

France

France sits atop many travelers’ wish lists. From the lights of Paris to the relaxing countryside, France is one of the most alluring countries in the world. Tempting cuisine such as sauces, cheeses, breads, and pastries wait inside charming cafés. French beaches are often known to be naturalist friendly, but plenty of family-oriented beaches abound. Many French villages have Internet access, ATMs and cell phone service, but they retain their historic architecture, gorgeous views and quiet pace of life. Indulge in celebrated wine and champagne, and then stay the night in a traditional chateau. Discover masterful art and architecture, the French Alps, and beautiful landscapes.

Greece

Greece is a country of beautiful contradictions, a journey in time, through a glorious past. It is a place where culture and history meet the warm sunshine of the southernmost part of Europe. Walk through the country’s groves and archaeological sites. Explore the beaches, rivers, lakes and mountains noted in ancient myth. Visit popular islands and the sparsely inhabited ones. Take in the breathtaking scenery. Treat yourself to local culinary delights and taste award-winning wines and spirits. Relax and follow the laid-back lifestyle, or enjoy the vibrant nightlife until the sun comes up.

Italy

Old castles and modern hotels, magnificent villas and beautiful holiday resorts – Italy offers a wide variety of prestigious localities and venues, all fully equipped, for a perfect combination of work and pleasure. For active travelers, Italy features an enticing selection of adventures and activities. The great artistic legacy of Italy is unequaled anywhere else in the world. Of course the main cities have their famous museums, but a vast wealth of art and culture is just waiting to be discovered in the smaller towns as well. Plus, it wouldn’t be a proper Italian holiday without partaking of its incomparable cuisine. Come hungry so you can devour the best of Italy.

Malta

The Maltese Islands have been described as one big open-air museum. What makes them captivating is that so much of their past is still visible today. Delve into the Islands' mysterious prehistory, retrace the footsteps of St. Paul, or see where the Knights of St. John defended Christendom. The capital city of Valletta, “The Fortress City,” is a cultural haven and Valletta’s grid of narrow streets houses some of Europe's finest art works, churches and palaces. In addition to its numerous recreational areas, every day offers opportunities to see plays, concerts, and plenty of exhibitions and street events.

Spain

The diverse heritage of Spain resonates from prehistoric caves to modern monuments. See architecture from Moorish and Roman monuments such as the Segovia Aqueduct and the Alhambra in Granada, or the modern marvels such as La Sagrada Família in Barcelona. Stand before famous art at the Prado Museum in Madrid and the Guggenheim in Bilbao. Taste tapas, paella and other traditional Spanish cuisine. From streets carpeted in flowers to the running of the bulls, get caught up in the local traditions and culture of Spain.

Turkey

A welcoming choice of archaeological, historic, scenic and recreational attractions blend perfectly with the hospitality of the Turkish people. Unwind in the vivid city of Istanbul, the resort town of Izmir and the ancient rock-carved cities of Cappadocia. Explore the Turquoise Coast of the Mediterranean Sea and stare deep into the blue horizon. The Black Sea region’s lively fishing villages make you feel at home. Sail along the coast on a renowned Blue Voyage to spy ancient civilizations from sea. Mountainous scenery and Eastern Turkey’s ancient remains balance with modernity in a European mosaic that is truly home of many civilizations.

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Atlantic Coast

The majesty and power of the Atlantic Ocean has shaped European experiences and cultures from Celtic to Moorish. Navigate and explore glaciers, fjords, and craggy highlands encircled by dramatic black-sand beaches in the far north. Feel the inviting warmth of Irish culture in one-of-a-kind music and cooking throughout charming villages between vast expanses of emerald-green hills. Relax on enchanting beaches and sip rich wine in fishing towns and medieval villages. Surf and savor fresh seafood or Port alongside the golden cliffs of Algarve and discover a balance of world-renowned cities. Ride the wild and storied waves of history throughout Europe’s inspiring Atlantic shores.

Ireland

It’s amazing how much can be packed into one small island. Start with the urban cool of its two capital cities. Dublin is noted as a UNESCO City of Literature, while Belfast is home to the captivating history of the infamous Titanic. In between, gaze over landscapes that range from the wild and wonderful to the unusual and unique. Choose between conflicting tales of legend or geology at the Giant’s Causeway. Step back in time at Newgrange, a burial mound that’s older than the Egyptian pyramids. Catch thrilling festivals with energizing traditional Irish music, and then slow down with a quiet walk on golden shores that stretch for miles. Food for the soul is served in innovative fine-dining restaurants, quirky artisan cafés, and gently aged pubs.

Netherlands

Explore unique diversity and rich cultural experiences in the Netherlands. Water is everywhere, making it ideal for sailing, yachting, canoeing, and ice-skating. Glide through Amsterdam by way of canals to experience the “Venice of the North.” Bike the dunes and sandy beaches of the west coast. A rich colonial past also offers diverse cuisine such as Indonesian, Surinam, and more. Sample world-renowned Dutch beer, or try Dutch gin distilled from malt wine and juniper berries. Feel the inspiration of native artists Rembrandt and Van Gogh in art museums in Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, and Rotterdam. Or step back in time in smaller historic towns while walking along Gothic and Renaissance houses lining tree-shaded canals.

Portugal

With its mild climate, 3,000 hours of sunshine per year and more than 500 miles (850 kilometers) of splendid beaches bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal’s appeal as a holiday destination shines year round.

Home to the oldest borders in Europe, explore an exceptional range of landscapes separated by the shortest of distances. Experience unique leisure activities and a rich cultural heritage where tradition and modernity blend into perfect harmony.

Savor superb cuisine, legendary wines and the hospitality of a truly welcoming people. A tourist paradise of the highest quality, discover that a trip to Portugal is a trip home.

United Kingdom

From the wealth of natural and historical heritage to vibrant towns and cities, the United Kingdom is a diverse nation full of contrasts. England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland each hold their own customs, cultures and traditions to explore. A fascinating history dates back to around 6500 BC. Walk beside the monuments that mark a rich and storied past, from Stonehenge to Buckingham Palace. Find traditional pubs in England serving British ale and wine. Start the day in Northern Ireland with an Ulster Fry and then tour St. George’s Market. The whisky, golf, and legendary clans in Scotland are as real as many imagine. With 400 castles and only one official motorway, Wales takes a gentle pace.

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Central Europe

In the heart of Europe rests an inviting culture teeming with historic sites, classical music, fine art, and inspiring landscapes. Stroll among the grand gardens of Germany and sample Bavarian beer, wurst, and fabulous breads. Go back in time in the town of Krakow, left practically untouched by World War II. Stand before the White Carpathians and let your eyes wander across orchid meadows and magical forests. Take advantage of Europe’s winter sport capital in the Alps while enjoying fabulous pastry. Tour the Painted Wooden Churches of Slovakia and marvel at the deliberate craftsmanship. Head to Lake Balaton, where the region’s largest body of water holds intimate resorts and spectacular wildlife watching. Hidden for years, the treasures of Central Europe welcome all.

Austria

The Alps, the Danube Valley, and the steppes of the Pannonian plain give Austria an immensely diverse and breath-taking landscape. The nine distinct provinces of Austria are proud of their diversity that stretches from the elegance of Vienna in the north, to the Italian influenced warmth of the Carinthian mountains in the south. Historical treasures from many centuries stand facing modern art and architecture in cities and picturesque towns, making the country the cultural heart of Europe. The welcoming warmth and gracious hospitality of the Austrians and the country’s intriguing cuisine make it a much sought-after holiday destination.

Czech Republic

Since ancient times, the crossroads of European cultures lies in the Czech countryside. Charming towns, castles and the most chateaux per square mile of any country in the world dot the landscape. Ancient villages and luxury spas wait to inspire and relax you. Despite its small size, the Czech Republic’s wealth of natural beauty and monuments of UNESCO cultural heritage add to its global stature as a major cultural destination.

Germany

Germany has a diverse landscape of rich culture and history. In the heart of Europe, fairytale castles rest high on craggy mountaintops, and tiny romantic villages enchant with chocolate box charm and the typical German Gemütlichkeit. The Alpine Foreland, home to the Zugspitze Mountain, welcomes hikers in summer and skiers and snowboarders in winter. Explore spotless miles of golden beach on the various islands and along the coastline, like in the National Park of Wattenmeer in the North. In the forests, the fragrant flora and fauna shade the legends of fairies and goblins. Of course the Magic Cities of Germany buzz with beer gardens, remarkable architecture and rich history.

Hungary

The Hungarian people have lived in the center of Europe more than 1,100 years. Despite frequent upheavals throughout history, Hungary boasts a heritage and language resembling no other. Absorb and experience the unparalleled panorama and cultural influence of Budapest. Hungary’s capital is known as “the Pearl of the Danube," and features several UNESCO World Heritage sites. Second only to Iceland in reserves of surface thermal water, rejuvenate the mind and body in hundreds of natural hot springs. The UNESCO-listed Tokaj Vineyards, one of 22 wine regions in Hungary, produces the Tokaj dessert wine, widely known as "the King of wines and the wine of Kings".

Poland

Forested rolling hills and thousands of lakes. One thousand years of rich traditions and abundant cultural and culinary heritage. The legacy of bygone centuries includes monuments of architecture, historical mementos and masterpieces of art. These attributes perfectly combine to create a wealth of enlightenment and entertainment that can only be found in Poland. Museums, modern art galleries and concert halls on par with spectacular national parks, natural protected areas and sport facilities satisfy even the most demanding guests. Truly impressive game dishes and the specialties of regional cuisine should not to be missed.

Slovakia

Take some time to get to know Slovakia and be rewarded by ascending the alpine peaks of the Tatras Mountains. Enjoy a night stay at a mountain cottage and try to spot chamois and marmots. A large part of Slovak landscape is protected within nine national parks. Explore Slovakia's most famous natural wonder, the karst regions of limestone canyons and caves. Taste sweet tokay in an authentic wine cellar, or savor a meal of halušky with bryndza cheese. Kneel beneath the tallest Gothic wooden altar in the world, or tour the Kremnica Mint. Creating coins since 1328, it’s the oldest continuously running manufacturer in the world. Historic mining towns, deep caverns, authentic folklore, and cultural life in Bratislava and Košice add to the distinct experiences in Slovakia.

Switzerland

The iconic natural beauty of Switzerland’s mountains and mirror-clear lakes is legendary. Hike and gaze upon the Matterhorn and the Swiss Alps. Feel the inspiration of Europe’s highest and largest waterfalls. Ride cable cars or cog railways to Switzerland’s peaks. Choose from skis or snowshoes to play in the winter wonderland. Share the day’s pleasures over fondue made of cheese from iconic Swiss cows. Although not a sizeable country by area, Switzerland is huge in terms of diversity from rustic countryside to cosmopolitan cities.

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Scandinavia

Sophisticated urban culture blends masterfully with extraordinary natural beauty across the five countries of Scandinavia. Gaze across pastoral lowlands and sweeping beaches that give way to dramatic peaks, dense forests and lakes. Absorb the cultural legacy of music, literature, design, and palaces and museums that impress even the most refined hearts and minds. Witness natural phenomenon like The Northern Lights and midnight sun that shine on this secluded region at the top of the world. Become part of the happiness of Scandinavia and claim some as your own.

Denmark

In Northern Europe between the North Sea and the Baltic, Denmark is lined by more than 7,200 km of shoreline. Scattered along the coast, more than 400 islands offer extraordinary boating, fishing and of course windsurfing. The southernmost Scandinavian country, Denmark is an easy starting point to explore the region’s deep Viking heritage. Denmark’s rolling countryside begs visitors to pedal the more than 10,000 km of cycle paths or take part in the diverse and live-able city of Copenhagen, and connect with the welcoming culture of Denmark

Finland

Warmed by the Gulf Stream, Finland enjoys four distinct seasons. In the land of the Midnight Sun, the lush countryside basks in nurturing sunshine for 15 hours a day during summer. In the northern regions, the sun shines 24 hours a day for two months of the year. Follow the scenic King’s Road west of Helsinki to the 770-year-old former capital of Turku. Gaze upon the largest archipelago in Europe created by thousands of islands. Explore Lapland above the Arctic Circle in the north. Find a vibrant, sophisticated culture of fascinating history and unspoiled natural beauty in this star of the Nordic Countries.

Iceland

This mid-Atlantic island is the halfway point between the United States and the European continent. The chilliest thing about Iceland is its name. Even in January the temperature is warmer than New York. Witness extraordinary views of surging geysers, thundering waterfalls and moonlike volcanic craters. Experience the magnificence of Europe’s largest glacier. Cozy, charming, and with a village feel, visitors are safe to walk the streets of the city of Reykjavik. With modern conveniences, a high quality of life and world-class services, Iceland’s capital is still only a 15-minute cab ride from harsh and wild natural scenery. A European outpost with an exciting, lively, and vibrant ancient culture, Iceland is constantly being rediscovered.

Norway

Take the “the northward route” and get more than you ever imagined possible with a trip to Norway. From the fjords to the forests, from the coast to the cosmopolitan capital of Oslo, Norway offers something truly special to Europe and to the world. Norway is home to incredible natural attractions that have to be seen to be believed. Its rich cultural heritage is found around every corner in museums and galleries, as well as in the architectural style of its distinctive buildings and monuments. Active travelers will revel in the many opportunities for sport and recreation, and families will love bonding on sightseeing excursions and visits to amusement parks. Head north to discover the many treasures of Norway.

Sweden

Sweden welcomes visitors with events and experiences intrinsic to the Scandinavian region. Explore past the edges of the peaceful countryside lakes and forests. Cruise the long coast’s shores and archipelagos. Explore the exotic tundra of Lapland above the Arctic Circle. Stockholm’s 700-year history astonishes with grand public buildings, palaces, and museums. Gothenburg delights as a heaven for seafood lovers. Watch the Northern Lights dance across the sky, or stay up late and experience the Midnight Sun. You’re on top of the world in Sweden.

Balkans

The wooded highlands and storied past of the Balkans have sheltered abundant cultures, languages and ethnicities. Begin your journey where historic cities blend with natural beauty. Explore legendary castles and give in to the enchantment of white beaches and deep green forests. Discover the painted monasteries, Black Sea resorts and often surprising centuries old wine culture. Trace ancient mythology and civilization throughout postcard worthy archeological sites. Mystery, history and uncommon tourist experiences lure many to the Balkans.

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Bulagria

Tucked into the Balkan Mountains, Bulgaria shines as a natural gem. Along the Black Sea, preside over the stunning turquoise sea by sailing, surfing, fishing, or relaxing on the beach. Hike, rock-climb and explore caves and rock formations spread across the snow-capped mountains. On the Sofia Plain, the capital city of Sofia demonstrates a 7000-year history through excavations from the stone and bronze eras. Vivid images of past lifetimes hang throughout Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second-largest city, remembered through Byzantine walls and renaissance mansions.

Montenegro

A country of miracles, it’s as if God’s bag tore apart when he was giving gifts of nature and wonderful mountains, lakes and rivers fell out just above Montenegro. This small yet diverse area in the South of Europe and the Balkans provides a full sensory experience for its visitors. The smells, sights, sounds and tastes of Montenegro are truly unforgettable. Spectacular nature provides a place for absolute relaxation and recreation. Find long sandy beaches and thousands of kilometers of hiking and biking trails to fast rivers suitable for rafting and kayaking, great ski paths but also untouched landscapes; this is a place of carnivals, concerts, traditional fiestas, and theatre played on squares.

Romania

See the Carpathian Mountains, the heart of Romania, with their breathtaking landscapes. Travel back in time in famous Transylvania where the medieval and ancient Dacian citadels await. Discover the authenticity of Maramureș villages and the art of the painted monasteries of Bucovina.

Explore the Carpathian garden with its ancient traditions, folkloric fairs and gastronomic delights. Turn south to explore Bucharest, the capital of Romania and find a mix of tradition and modernity, of Orient and Occident. Discover the Danube River, the southern border of Romania and trace its path to the Black Sea where it transforms into a unique delta.

Serbia

Combining cultures of east and west, Lithuania is a fascinating juxtaposition of past and present. The capital of Vilnius holds a wealth of architectural styles in its churches and towers, fortifications, and secluded medieval courtyards, and the narrow streets provide an eclectic mix of Gothic, Renaissance and Classical styles, though Baroque is dominant. The Lithuania of today invites travelers from all over the world to experience its warm hospitality, beautiful countryside and picturesque wooded hills. As the geographic center of Europe, Lithuania is truly in the middle of it all.

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The Baltic States

A new and distinct European travel experience abounds in this region budding with tourism. Discover a natural bounty of cultural riches in the forests and lakes that cover endless stretches of countryside. Explore Gūtmaņala Cave, the largest in the Baltic States. Cruise the splendid Baltic Sea coastline. Tour the wonders of the Estonian archipelago, the islet of Neringa and the Curonian Spit, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Look for pebbles of golden amber on the coast and then follow the Amber Road to Venice. Marvel in the medieval ramparts, the world’s preeminent collection of art nouveau architecture, and a rich crossroads of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and classical buildings in the region’s proud capitals. Surround yourself with exotic languages, a history of merchant cultures and burgeoning tourist experiences.

Estonia

Visitors seeking for new and exciting European destinations find this small but abounding corner of the Baltic's a real cultural treasure. While being a former Soviet Republic and boasting a rich medieval history, Estonia traditionally shares its ethnic and linguistic roots find Finland and stems greatly from peasant culture. Thus Estonian countryside is dotted with traditional cottages as well as large castles and manors. City breakers can explore the early 13th-century Tallinn Old Town including Toompea Castle, the domed church of Toomkirik, and the town hall square Raekoja Plats. Walk beneath ancient stonewalls on winding, cobbled streets and follow torch lit alleys to secret stairways and climb to tower ramparts.

Latvia

Field upon field of green countryside dotted only by the occasional centuries-old farmstead. Winding trails snaking through thick forests of pine scattered with wild mushrooms and berry bushes. Gentle waves lapping a pristine pebble beach. The image of a true Latvian landscape is one that’s best enjoyed slowly. Latvia’s charming small towns and countryside contrast nicely with the vibrancy of its capital city Riga, a true metropolis. The Baltic state offers an exciting mix for culture lovers, outgoing outdoor types and foodies. A proud Euro member state, visiting Latvia is an easy addition when traveling to other European destinations.

Lithuania

Combining cultures of east and west, Lithuania is a fascinating juxtaposition of past and present. The capital of Vilnius holds a wealth of architectural styles in its churches and towers, fortifications, and secluded medieval courtyards, and the narrow streets provide an eclectic mix of Gothic, Renaissance and Classical styles, though Baroque is dominant. The Lithuania of today invites travelers from all over the world to experience its warm hospitality, beautiful countryside and picturesque wooded hills. As the geographic center of Europe, Lithuania is truly in the middle of it all.

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