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The endless variety of Europe means it's hard to think of a single thing that links all 50 countries together. The staggering architecture? It's certainly beautiful, from Moorish to Baroque to Renaissance… The food? Fantastically diverse, with piquant herbs and spices, the freshest produce and innovative, scene-stealing restaurants in every city. What about the scenery? The landscapes vary from mountains (the Alps) to moonscapes (Cappadocia), and in some instances you can go from skiing to the beach in a single afternoon. As a continent, Europe's many regions are often characterised by its national staples;tapas from Spain, pizza from Italy, bratwurst from Germany or souvlaki from Greece. But were you aware that you can also find some of the world's greatest sushi in Russia, the finest Indian food in England and the Netherlands, or authentic Middle Eastern falafel in Sweden? Europe doesn't discriminate when it comes to a tasty morsel.
But its single greatest draw is surely its scenic sights;an almost unimaginable wealth of attractions, from the birthplace of democracy in anarchic Athens to the romantic domes and spires of Florence's unmistakable skyline. Canals are no more beautiful than under the dreamy light that seeps through Venice's watery streets, beaches no more scenic than in the Greek Islands or Croatia, while multi-layered, multi-cultural influences have shaped ancient cities like Rome, Barcelona and Paris into pulsating, brilliant hotbeds of innovation and activity. So where to begin? Like all great adventures it's best to start slow, but once you've dipped beneath Europe's frankly stunning surface, you'll be hooked for life.
Europe with A&K
With A&K Luxury European Holidays, we know the best places to stay, the liveliest bars and the most romantic retreats in the myriad of short-break destinations, enabling you to experience the most iconic cities and towns in Europe at their zenith. Our people on the ground will ensure you get a table at the most fashionable restaurant, entry to the latest exhibition or tickets to the hottest play. To help you fully appreciate a city's true verve, they will introduce you to best local markets, the coolest cafes, the artisan areas and the more quirky aspects of your city of choice. They will guide you around world-famous sights, offering a fresh perspective or insight that few mainstream visitors will be exposed to.
Take to the water and enjoy a river or canal cruise the most scenic way to see Europe at its best. Why not choose the heart of Europe along the Danube and join an A&K crafted group trip with our signature touches of private and exclusive visits. If you are looking for a beach break close to home then the golden sands of the Italian Islands, Portugal's Algarve coast as well as Greece with its islands and Cyprus the last our post before you hit the Middle East.
Are you children sport mad? Why not take a look at our Super Skills Travel itineraries at the Forte Village resort in Sardinia. Your child will meet and train with some of the greatest champions of their favourite sport. We all know happy kids make happy parents!
Tell us exactly what you want from your break. We will ensure you get it.
Looking for more inspiration, see our Top European Escapes:
Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:
Nights: 3 | from £2,780
For a short winter break there is nothing more invigorating than a visit to Iceland when the air is crisp and the night sky is black, for the best chance of witnessing the ethereal Northern Light in all their shimmering glory by night, while exploring the majestic countryside by day. Find out more
Nights: 4 | from £4,495
A magical adventure driving Land Rover's brand new Discovery 4 through Iceland’s other-worldly landscape of glaciers and waterfalls. Find out more
Holiday type: Group departure
Adventure & Culture | Special Interest
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Nights: 9 | from £3,300
Combine Rome, Florence and Venice, Italy’s tremendous trio, on a trip full of ancient monuments, world-beating art, classy canals, romantic countryside and a mouthwatering gelato or two. Find out more
Holiday type: Tailor-made
Adventure & Culture
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Nights: 7 | from £2,990
A week split between Moscow and St Petersburg showcases Russia’s greatest historical treasures. Explore the sights of the two thriving cities as well as the grand palaces, estates and monasteries just outside. Find out more
Nights: 9 | from £2,950
Viva España indeed! This ten-day trip takes in four of Spain’s most celebrated cities, from the beach-chic of Barcelona to spirited Seville, with plenty of extraordinary art, architecture and eating in between. Find out more
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In Laos, the guide added trips to the morning market and an opportunity to attend a shaman ceremony she heard about when we were in the village. I've seen some events, but I'll never forget that. I gather it's pretty rare to see it - the guide had only seen it once before.
- AF, London