Written by Jennifer Jones
Europe’s Big Comeback!
Our passion for exploring the history and cultures of Europe is truly unparalleled, so it’s no surprise just how ready we are to get reacquainted with its astounding array of sights, sounds, and flavors. As that moment quickly approaches, now is a great time to start thinking about and planning your return to the continent.
Steeped in more than 25 centuries of history, art, architecture, and culture, Europe is a brilliant mosaic of sights and sounds – and every country is certain to stimulate your senses. Here you can follow in the footsteps of ancient civilizations, marveling at the precious ruins and relics of bygone eras. With its shared history, cultural diversity, and natural beauty, Europe inspires experiences and memories that stretch beyond borders. Whether you wish for the serenity of a quiet trip to the countryside, the excitement of the big city, or a relaxing beachside escape, you’ll find it in Europe.
With so many countries, cities, and regions to choose from, deciding on just where and how to travel in Europe can seem a daunting task, especially if it’s your first time traveling there. Remember that your local travel professional (i.e. The Ladies of Lisell Travel) is your best resource to planning and booking your European adventure. They not only have access to the very best vacation values, but they’re available 24/7 should you need emergency assistance while exploring the world. Most importantly, they have all the most up-to-date information on health and safety protocols for entry into Europe and beyond.
Sailing through History
A truly memorable way to experience Europe up close and personal is by cruising the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. Spain, France, Italy, Greece and many larger islands are featured stops on many ocean cruise itineraries. Sailing the Mediterranean and Aegean seas presents a fantastic opportunity to explore multiple destinations, historic ports and cultures, all while having the convenience of a floating hotel.
Traveling Europe on an ocean cruise is like sailing through time, but this is no museum. The cities you visit are today living, breathing hotbeds of culture. Soak in the espresso-fueled — yet somehow, fundamentally unhurried — street life from the comfort of a sidewalk café, as your European cruise takes you to choice seaports dotting the coasts of Italy, Greece, Sicily, Spain, France and other historic lands. Experience the daily bustle of European city life as you traverse narrow, winding cobblestone streets that mark their age in centuries.
Ocean cruising is an especially great way for families to experience Europe as most everything is included for one price. Guided excursions on land will likely cost extra, but certainly worth it as most land-based tours will be led by experts knowledgeable in all the sights you’ll explore.
Guided by Experts
If the thought of translating a foreign language, maneuvering subway stations, and driving in a different country makes you weary and teary, then an expertly led guided tour of Europe is just for you. Guided and escorted tours eliminate all logistic hassles by arranging your transportation around town, between cities, and just for fun. You can look forward to high-speed trains, scenic railways, ferries, day cruises, and more. Aboard comfortable motorcoaches, you’ll even have access to complimentary Wi-Fi.
Next, if you’ve ever searched online for a hotel in another country, then you know the countless results can be overwhelming. How do you begin to choose? A tour includes pre-screened, brand-name hotels with the right address and the right amenities. Additionally, many meals are include in your tour – some in very famous and historic locations, hotels, and restaurants.
Seeing the major sights at a destination is only part of the equation. During peak travel times, independent travelers can find themselves waiting in line at the main attractions for up to six hours – not a good use of valuable vacation time. A tour offers a pre-planned, pre-purchased itinerary with VIP access to the must-see sights. All this simply helps you bypass most lines for nearly all must-see sights so that you have more time to relax and explore.
Best of all, you’ll be experiencing dream destinations with like-minded travel companions who share your interests and passions. Whether it’s Switzerland, England, Scotland, Ireland, or Eastern Europe, there’s an escorted tour to match nearly every interest and budget.
Europe from a Difference Perspective
If a romantic getaway through Europe is what you’re after, look no further than a river cruise. It’s one of the most stress-free ways to travel. River cruise ships are small enough to feel friendly and relaxed, the water’s calm and the sights never stop coming, from castles and vineyards to sleepy riverside towns – not forgetting some of the world’s great capitals.
Keep in mind that you won’t find be beaches or late nightlife, but if you like the idea of lazing on deck, watching the scenery drift by and exploring ashore every day with the cozy environment of a small ship as your floating home, a river cruise is meant for you.
River ships have all the amenities of a fine hotel, providing the ideal opportunity to comfortably be transported each day to and from your next destination — where enriching discoveries are usually just a short walk from your ship. Most all land excursions are included and a variety of excursions are often available at each port of call.
On ship dining is a quintessential ingredient to river cruising. Highly-trained chefs are passionate about food and committed to providing an enriching culinary experience, whether you’re savoring authentic regional specialties or classics from home. Cruisers can also expect special themed meals that highlight the cuisines of those places they are traveling through.