The Best Time to Travel to Europe

When is The Best Time to Travel to Europe?

Everyone dreams of the perfect vacation to Europe, but it can be hard to find the time to turn dreams into reality. So what’s the secret? When is the perfect time to visit countries like the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, or any of the other proud European nations? The answer is now. And it’s not just because we at TakeTours are super-positive and want to help you realize your ideal getaways (although both of those are true!); it’s also because airfare to Europe is currently cheap, and, on top of that, the value of the Euro has gone down significantly in the past few years, meaning that you’ll get more bang for your buck. Luckily, you’re dealing with the experts, and we’ve got in-the-know details about the best times to travel to Europe!

Spring is a great time to travel to Europe: you’ll avoid the cold winter, instead getting treated to warmer, sunnier days (although, there may be some rain here and there) while also not having to deal with the large crowds that can flood to Europe’s most popular cities during the summer. The point is that strategizing the perfect vacation can be hard work. Therefore, we have compiled some European adventures that won’t break your bank.

Italy

The Best Time to Travel to Europe
Grand Canal in Venice Italy

Hey, mambo Italiano! Upon entering the country, travelers to Italy are immediately struck with a feeling as if they just stepped out of a time machine into the high Renaissance. Though the Italian summer is of unmatched beauty, it is the season with the highest airfare. March and April are good months to visit Italy. Combining the reduced cost of flights with good weather and smaller crowds, you will realize this is important when you try to visit the Sistine Chapel, located in the Vatican Museum, a must-see for any visit to Rome. This city is also extremely popular among history buffs because there are few other places on Earth that offer such a unique cross-section of history. You will be able to see buildings and monuments that range in date from the earliest days of the Roman Republic to early modern styles.

 

Florence and Venice, the other two top cities in Italy, are a bit more focused on the Renaissance, the age when Italian culture truly flourished. Venice is well known as the city of canals, where you can ride one of the famous gondola boats for a truly romantic experience. Many Italians take their family holidays in the second half of August. This means that while more rural, country and seaside resorts will be high-priced and booked-solid, more urban areas will be virtually ghost towns. Many hotels in Florence and Rome also offer large discounts on rooms, so depending on what you are looking for in a trip, this could either be the perfect time to visit or a strain on your bank account. On this 2-14 Europe Explorer Flexible Tour offers you the chance to see the most remarkable of Italian cities as well as numerous other Euro destinations.

France

Biking along Champ the Mars
Biking along Champ the Mars

Ah, oui, Paris! The city of lights, of cuisine, of romance! Poets and singers have immortalized the crown jewel of European cities for hundreds of years, and with good reason. There is a certain magic in the air here, from nighttime views of the Eiffel Tower to exploring the long hallways of the Louvre. But Paris only offers a slice of the French experience; no trip to this country is complete without a trip to the southern Mediterranean coast, nicknamed the French Riviera, where you will be amazed by cities like Nice and Monaco. If you like to test your luck in casinos, then Monaco, Europe’s gambling capital, is the place for you. The Monte Carlo Casino attracts rich and fabulous visitors from all over the world, including the royalty of many nations. Go there, and who knows? You may just be whisked away by your own Prince Charming.

Be sure to stop by Nice, too, to sample some of the local cuisine and lounge on what are considered some of the best beaches in the world. It’s said that the weather in the south of France remains beautiful all year round, so there’s never a bad time to visit. But, keep in mind, like Italy, just about the entire country slows down during the last two weeks of August when pretty much everyone is on holiday. This could either be a great time to visit if you want to avoid crowds, or a bad time if you want to get any service! For a truly customizable excursion to France and behind, you might consider this 2-7 Day Flexible Tour to Paris, Monaco, Nice, and more!

Germany

Frankfurt, Germany
Frankfurt, Germany

Now that the long and cold winter has come to an end, Germany is gearing up for one of its typical springs, filled with warm, sunny weather that makes it great to explore the charming little forest villages of Bavaria. Munich, the regional capital of Bavaria, is the birthplace of automobile giants BMW and the beloved German tradition of Oktoberfest. Of course, if you want to wait until October, then you’ll visit in time to join the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the world. Be warned, though: there is no busier time to visit Munich, but that seems like a small price to pay for an unforgettable German experience.

Frankfurt is another city that ranks among Germany’s best. Each year in this city, the arrival of spring is celebrated by the Spring Dippemess festival, a carnival-style event full of exciting rides and fun games for the entire family. But be sure to book as soon as possible, because as the temperatures rise, so do the airfare rates. March through May is considered the best time to visit, nicknamed the “shoulder season” because they feature the thinnest crowds and lowest prices. Frankfurt and Munich can both easily be covered in one trip, as well as many other of central Europe’s most beautiful cities, with a trip like this 7-Day Tour to Munich, Frankfurt, Zurich, Prague, and more!

Pro tip for booking airfare: extensive research has revealed that the best time to book tickets for international flights is 171 days before a trip, so start marking your calendars as soon as possible! When you’re ready to book your next big vacation, head over to TakeTours.com to choose from the most popular European excursions. Vive le vacation!

The Best Time to Travel to Europe

Everyone dreams of the perfect vacation to Europe, but it can be hard to find the time to turn dreams into reality. So what’s the secret? When is the perfect time to visit countries like the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, or any of the other proud European nations? The answer is “NOW!” And it’s not just because we at TakeTours are super-positive and want to help you realize your ideal getaways (although both of those are true!); it’s also because airfare to Europe is currently cheap, and, on top of that, the value of the Euro has gone down significantly in the past few years, meaning that you’ll get more bang for your buck! Spring is a great time to travel to Europe: you’ll avoid the cold winter, instead getting treated to warmer, sunnier days (although, there may be some rain here and there) while also not having to deal with the large crowds that can flood to Europe’s most popular cities during the summer. The point is that strategizing the perfect vacation can be hard work. Luckily, you’re dealing with the experts, and we’ve got in-the-know details about the best times to visit Europe!

Italy

Hey, mambo Italiano! Upon entering the country, travelers to Italy are immediately struck with a feeling as if they just stepped out of a time machine into the high Renaissance. Though the Italian summer is of unmatched beauty, it is the season with the highest airfare. March and April are good months to visit, combining the reduced cost of flights with good weather and smaller crowds, a quality you will realize is important if you try to visit the Sistine Chapel, located in the Vatican Museum, a must-see for any visit to Rome. This city is also extremely popular among history buffs because there are few other places on Earth that offer such a unique cross-section of history. You will be able to see buildings and monuments that range in date from the earliest days of the Roman Republic to early modern styles. Florence and Venice, the other two top cities in Italy, are a bit more focused on the Renaissance, the age when Italian culture truly flourished. Venice is well known as the city of canals, where you can ride one of the famous gondola boats for a truly romantic experience. Many Italians take their family holidays in the second half of August. This means that while more rural, country and seaside resorts will be high-priced and booked-solid, more urban areas will be virtually ghost towns. Many hotels in Florence and Rome also offer large discounts on rooms, so depending on what you are looking for in a trip, this could either be the perfect time to visit or a strain on your bank account. On this 2-14 Europe Explorer Flexible Tour offers you the chance to see the most remarkable of Italian cities as well as numerous other Euro destinations.

France

Ah, oui, Paris! The city of lights, of cuisine, of romance! Poets and singers have immortalized the crown jewel of European cities for hundreds of years, and with good reason. There is a certain magic in the air here, from nighttime views of the Eiffel Tower to exploring the long hallways of the Louvre. But Paris only offers a slice of the French experience; no trip to this country is complete without a trip to the southern Mediterranean coast, nicknamed the French Riviera, where you will be amazed by cities like Nice and Monaco. If you like to test your luck in casinos, then Monaco, Europe’s gambling capital, is the place for you. The Monte Carlo Casino attracts rich and fabulous visitors from all over the world, including the royalty of many nations. Go there, and who knows? You may just be whisked away by your own Prince Charming. Be sure to stop by Nice, too, to sample some of the local cuisine and lounge on what are considered some of the best beaches in the world. It’s said that the weather in the south of France remains beautiful all year round, so there’s never a bad time to visit. But, keep in mind, like Italy, just about the entire country slows down during the last two weeks of August, when pretty much everyone is on holiday. This could either be a great time to visit if you want to avoid crowds, or a bad time if you want to get any service! For a truly customizable excursion to France and behind, you might consider this 2-7 Day Flexible Tour to Paris, Monaco, Nice, and more!

Germany

Now that the long and cold winter has come to an end, Germany is gearing up for one of its typical springs, filled with warm, sunny weather that make it great to explore the charming little forest villages of Bavaria. Munich, the regional capital of Bavaria, is the birthplace of automobile giants BMW and the beloved German tradition of Oktoberfest. Of course, if you want to wait until October, then you’ll visit in time to join the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the world. Be warned, though: there is no busier time to visit Munich, but that seems like a small price to pay for an unforgettable German experience. Frankfurt is another city that ranks among Germany’s best. Each year in this city, the arrival of spring is celebrated by the Spring Dippemess festival, a carnival style event full of exciting rides and fun games for the entire family. But be sure to book as soon as possible, because as the temperatures rise, so do the airfare rates. March through May are considered the best time to visit, nicknamed the “shoulder season,” because they feature the thinnest crowds and lowest prices. Frankfurt and Munich can both easily be covered in one trip, as well as many other of central Europe’s most beautiful cities, with a trip like this 7-Day Tour to Munich, Frankfurt, Zurich, Prague, and more!

Pro tip for booking airfare: extensive research has revealed that the best time to book tickets for international flights is 171 days before a trip, so start marking your calendars as soon as possible! When you’re finally ready to book your next big vacation, head over to TakeTours.com to choose from the most popular European excursions. Vive le vacation!

Masks, Parades, and Dance: Crazy Carnival Around the World

Carnival - Venice, Italy

Carnivale is a famous festival held all around the world in the days leading up to the start of Lent. The celebrations often involve parades, feasts, public street parties, and many other heart-racing activities. Held in countries all around the world – especially those with large Christian communities – the specific events and dates will vary from place to place, but the spirit of Carnivale endures no matter where it is.

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New Tours to Mediterranean Paradises

Barcelona, Spain

 

Picture yourself lounging on the shores of a Mediterranean beach, meandering through the narrow winding streets of medieval cities, or casually sipping the finest wine on a beautiful vineyard in the hilly countryside. Now, stop daydreaming about it and head to TakeTours.com, where you can find new tours in both Spain and Italy, icons of Mediterranean culture and history. Similarities between the two nations abound: sprawling, urban centers filled with historic medieval and Renaissance buildings, separated by vast stretches of small farms, rolling hillsides, and small-yet-steep mountains; a history of empires and militaries who, at their respective height, were the most revered nations in the world; longstanding religious histories like Italy’s relationship with the papacy and Spain’s Christian and Muslim conflicts. You will see rich collections of art, impeccably-designed churches, and so much more of these romantic countries on these new tours. Viva Espana or Italia: the choice is yours!

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The world comes together in London for the 2012 Olympics!

This year, you have the opportunity to experience London like never before. From July 27th to August 12th, the world’s best athletes will be in London to represent their countries at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

London Sightseeing

TakeTours.com has a large selection of tours from London that cover the most in-demand attractions that the UK has to offer. Explore museums full of art and history, take a romantic dinner cruise, visit a variety of natural wonders, and much much more. One Day Sightseeing Tours from London give freedom to the tour go-er, where Multi-Day Tours from London create a more immersive experience.

Root for your respective country as they go for the gold this summer, and enjoy the show!

Design Your Own European Adventure!

Duomo of Florence, Italy
The Duomo of Florence, Italy {link url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/colbyblaisdell/2428574471/sizes/m/in/photostream/}(photo courtesy of ccblaisdell){/link}

Much of what we hear about Europe in the news these days is similar to what’s going on in the U.S.: currency fluctuation, fears of economic default, political battles. And yet, take a vacation in Europe, and you’d hardly know these troubles exist. Because their cultures have survived far worse events historically than the devaluation of the Euro, most Europeans take such economic turmoil in their stride. The fountains still bubble. Bread is still baked. Wine is still made. Life goes on as it has for decades, and even centuries, in Europe’s cities, towns, and villages, and it’s easy to get lost in the sights, sounds, and flavors of each new country you visit.

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