Europe contains more countries than Asia, a continent five times its size. This is both a testament to Europe’s extraordinary cultural diversity…and to the inhabitants’ unerring ability to have a punch up and then redraw the boundaries every few years.

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Where to go in Europe

The Colosseum, Rome

Italy

Italy, we believe, is the perfect all round destination, with so much to see and do and food that is tantalisingly close to perfection.

Italy
Sweden

Sweden

Stockholm must rate as one of Europe's most beautiful cities, but there's so much more to Sweden than the capital...

Sweden
Turkey

Turkey

Istanbul is one of the most magical cities on the planet, but Cappadocia and the beautiful Aegean coastline are both well worth exploration as well.

Turkey
Portugal

Portugal

Portugal is a little place with a lot to do.

Portugal
Montenegro

Montenegro

A tiny country with big appeal; over 100 beaches, pristine countryside, and a destination that's definitely one to watch.

Montenegro
Greece

Greece

One of the great summer destinations, with everything from historic ruins to some of Europe’s hottest nightclubs, our luxury holidays in Greece offer a combination of hedonism and culture that is hard to beat.

Greece
Albania

Albania

One of Europe's final frontiers awaits.

Albania
Finland

Finland

Welcome to the top of the world, and a perfect winter wonderland.

Finland
Iceland

Iceland

The youngest country on earth, and one of the most fun.

Iceland
Sunset over the Sea

Spain

Sometimes overshadowed by the charms of France and Italy, and weighed down by a persistent package holiday image problem, Spain remains an all time Original Travel favourite.

Spain
Hungary

Hungary

A country that until the early 20th Century formed half (albeit as a very junior partner) of one of the greatest ever European empires, Hungary has had a profound influence on the continent’s history, and yet this, the beating heart of Middle Europe, is a place apart.

Hungary
Croatia

Croatia

Dubrovnik, Dalmatia and the foodie haven of Istria make Croatia one alluring destination.

Croatia
France

France

France is essentially the perfect destination for a luxury holiday – a fact born out by the statistics that the country is the most visited on earth year after year.

France
Georgia

Georgia

Georgia is like New Zealand meets the Pyrenees with a smattering of Pembrokeshire thrown in for good measure.

Georgia
Romania

Romania

Home to the dramatic Carpathian mountains, historic Transylvania and the extraordinary wetlands and migrating birdlife of the Danube Delta, Romania is a nation full of pleasant surprises.

Romania
Armenia

Armenia

The miniscule, mountainous and land-locked country of Armenia punches well above its weight.

Armenia
Austria

Austria

We know there’s more to this Middle European gem than skiing, but when the resorts on offer are of the quality of St Anton, Kitzbuhel and Lech, it’s hard not to focus on them

Austria
Cyprus

Cyprus

Sandy beaches, sparkling blue sea, excellent hotels for couples and families, and delicious food - we love Cyprus.

Cyprus
Denmark

Denmark

So far we only know Copenhagen well, but if the capital is anything to go by...

Denmark
Estonia

Estonia

We think Estonia is the best of the bunch of the Baltic States, thanks to its capital Tallinn, a medieval marvel, and the wonderful, laid back Muhu Island, one of the most original retreats around.

Estonia
Gozo

Gozo

Malta's shy little sister, Gozo is a real favourite of ours because of its laid-back atmosphere, great beaches, and relative anonymity.

Gozo
Germany

Germany

Above and beyond the obvious cultural attractions there are other pleasant surprises awaiting open minded visitors - excellent food, seriously under-rated wines and some of Europe's most beautiful woodland and mountains.

Germany
Ireland

Ireland

Most clichés are only clichés because they’re true, and Ireland is a case in point.

Ireland
Norway

Norway

Who needs Canada when you've got big country and polar bears on your European doorstep?

Norway
UK

UK

Great Britain. While some countries spend a fortune coming up with fancy marketing campaigns, ours is right there in the name.

UK
Switzerland

Switzerland

Despite what Harry Lime had to say, somewhat dismissively, in The Third Man, we at Original Travel think there’s a good deal more to Switzerland than cuckoo clocks.

Switzerland
Russia

Russia

One of the most evocative destinations in the world, Russia is represented in all its contrary ways by the two cities we love - St. Petersburg and the capital Moscow. St. Petersburg is simply one of the world’s most beautiful cities, built in defiance of nature and logic – and at great human cost - on marshy islands at the mouth of the River Neva on Russia’s Baltic coastline. In contrast, but no less fascinating, Moscow is a more eastern-focused city than it’s long-term rival.

Russia

What to do in Europe

Skiing in Sweden

Skiing in Sweden

Devotees of the Alps, your attention, please. Yes, the respective resorts of Switzerland, France, Austria and Italy represent a pretty attractive snowy smorgasbord, but don’t rule out the spiritual home of the smorgasbord itself – Sweden.

Skiing in Sweden
Activities in Montenegro

Activities in Montenegro

The stunning and unspoilt coastline of Montenegro is so much more than just a place to swim and sunbathe. Granted, we do love a spot of R n R, but the activities on offer are endless and a reason for why up and coming Montenegro just keeps on going up.

Activities in Montenegro
Iceland Adventure

Iceland Adventure

Iceland is quite unlike anywhere else. Isolated in the far North Atlantic, the country feels incredibly remote, yet is barely three hours flying time from London.

Iceland Adventure
Superjeep and Snowmobile Tour

Superjeep and Snowmobile Tour

The Golden Circle tour allows visitors to get in touch with some of Iceland’s most famous and exciting natural phenomena.

Superjeep and Snowmobile Tour
Sail the Adriatic

Sail the Adriatic

There’s a not-so-old adage that Montenegro is best explored on land, and Croatia (aside from Dubrovnik) by sea, and we know the best available boats to help put that into practice.

Sail the Adriatic
Expert-Led Journey: Culture in the High Caucasus with Tony Anderson

Expert-Led Journey: Culture in the High Caucasus with Tony Anderson

At the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, Georgia is a bewildering array of influences and surprises that never disappoints. This holiday to Georgia with Tony Anderson and our own Amelia Stewart from Simoon Travel (part of the Original Travel family) will showcase the stunning countryside in Autumn in a blaze of colour and some snow starting to creep into the Svaneti region.

Expert-Led Journey: Culture in the High Caucasus with Tony Anderson
Sea Kayaking the Dalmatian Coast

Sea Kayaking the Dalmatian Coast

The Elaphiti Islands, forming part of the Dalmatian Coast, run in a chain parallel to the mainland and form the perfect aquatic playground for exploration by sea kayak.

Sea Kayaking the Dalmatian Coast
City Tour of Seville

City Tour of Seville

Seville is a showcase of the era of Muslim domination in Spain, with La Giralda - the tower of the stunning cathedral - the best-known of the remaining Islamic monuments.

City Tour of Seville
Seville's April Feria

Seville's April Feria

The feria in Seville is a Spanish fiesta at its best, giving the gentry of Andalucia an opportunity to see and to be seen, and us a chance to experience all things Andalusian - sherry, Sevillanas, toros, flamenco dresses and horses.

Seville's April Feria
Flamenco

Flamenco

Whether you want to learn the history of this most Spanish of dances, or indulge in a little yourself, we can arrange it.

Flamenco
Tenerife Carnival

Tenerife Carnival

One of the more bonkers events you will ever go to, but an excellent weekend away.

Tenerife Carnival
Climb Mount Teide

Climb Mount Teide

Closer to Africa than Europe, Tenerife is dominated by the Teide volcano, Spain’s highest mountain, whose lunar landscapes are fascinating to explore.

Climb Mount Teide
Photography Courses at Hacienda San Rafael

Photography Courses at Hacienda San Rafael

Want a relaxing holiday and to learn a skill while you're at it? We can't think of many better combos than a stay at one of our all time favourites - Hacienda San Rafael in Andalucia - with a superb photography course thrown in to boot.

Photography Courses at Hacienda San Rafael
Riding Safaris at Hacienda San Rafael

Riding Safaris at Hacienda San Rafael

'Riding in the hills of Andalucia’ has a rather nice ring to it, and with good reason.

Riding Safaris at Hacienda San Rafael
Boat Trips

Boat Trips

While nothing beats a traditional passagiatta or wandering around the streets at sunset marvelling at the sites of Capri or Anacapri, a boat trip gives a sense of the dramatic nature of the island and allows visits to parts of the island not accessible by land.

Boat Trips
Blue Grotto

Blue Grotto

A natural phenomenon and major attraction on the island of Capri, the Blue Grotto definitely lives up to its billing.

Blue Grotto
The Maddalena Islands

The Maddalena Islands

Rent an inflatable rib and head over to the beautiful Maddalena Islands Marine Park where the uninhabited islands have pink sand beaches and the water is as clear as any in the world.

The Maddalena Islands
Running in Mallorca

Running in Mallorca

‘Running’ and ‘mountains’ might not be two words you want featured in the same sentence, but the island of Mallorca has some of the finest mountain scenery, and trails on which to explore them, anywhere in the Mediterranean region.

Running in Mallorca
Kayaking in the Stockholm Archipelago

Kayaking in the Stockholm Archipelago

Stockholm is one of the most attractive cities in Europe, but to visit here without taking in the nearby Archipelago would be to miss out on a major part of Stockholmers’ lives.

Kayaking in the Stockholm Archipelago
Las Fallas

Las Fallas

In a country renowned for it’s extraordinary festivals, Las Fallas is the most unusual of the lot, and fortunately there’s not a goat or a bell tower in sight.

Las Fallas
Surfing

Surfing

There’s something innately sophisticated about surfing on a beach slap bang in the centre of a city.

Surfing
Gourmet Tasting Tour

Gourmet Tasting Tour

It was a tough job, but someone had to trawl all the pintxos (Basque for tapas) bars in San Sebastian to let you know which were the best.

Gourmet Tasting Tour
Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim Museum

The most striking symbol of Bilbao’s transformation from decaying industrial backwater to hip international metropolis is the Guggenheim Museum.

Guggenheim Museum
Winter in Swedish Lapland

Winter in Swedish Lapland

The winter season in Lapland is brimming with endless opportunities, and the frozen archipelago begs for adventure.

Winter in Swedish Lapland
Summer in Swedish Lapland

Summer in Swedish Lapland

There is a general misconception that Lapland is a lot better in the winter months. We however have proved this not to be true, and have selected a few of our favourite activities that make the most of the stunning landscape.

Summer in Swedish Lapland
Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Swedish Lapland is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis, the extraordinary natural light show that occurs in the depths of winter.

Northern Lights
Dog Sledding in Snow

Dog Sledding in Swedish Lapland

Experience the thrill of dog-sledding in Lapland through the snow-covered forests and mountains, and stay a night at the world-famous Ice Hotel, with a visit to the Swedish capital Stockholm to top or tail your trip.

Dog Sledding in Swedish Lapland
Family Adventure in Swedish Lapland

Family Adventure in Swedish Lapland

Not your average school holiday, dog-sledding through the snowbound forests and mountains of Swedish Lapland will leave an indelible memory and provides a good opportunity for a bit of family bonding.

Family Adventure in Swedish Lapland
Kite Surfing on the Italian Lakes

Kite Surfing on the Italian Lakes

Kite-surfing? In the Italian Lakes? Surely not? Actually, it’s one of the best spots in Europe to try this, the fastest growing watersport in the world.

Kite Surfing on the Italian Lakes
Ski The Secret Dolomites

Ski The Secret Dolomites

To many people the Dolomites are something of a secret anyway, but word is getting out about this staggeringly beautiful region, and its skiing (and eating) potential.

Ski The Secret Dolomites

Where to stay in Europe

Aman Sveti Stefan

Aman Sveti Stefan

Sveti Stefan (Saint Stephen) is a unique hotel-village located on the Budvanska Riviera in Montenegro, one of the most attractive parts of the Adriatic coast.

Aman Sveti Stefan
Forza Mare

Forza Mare

Forza Mare is a new contemporary boutique hotel located in Dobrota, two miles from the UNESCO heritage medieval town of Kotor.

Forza Mare
Villa Milocer

Villa Milocer

Built in 1934, Villa Milocer was the former summer residence of Queen Marija Karadordevic, and later of Josip Broz Tito, the former leader of Yugoslavia.

Villa Milocer
Levi Igloos

Levi Igloos

Experience Arctic Finland like a real Eskimo – in an igloo.

Levi Igloos
Kakslauttanen

Kakslauttanen

Hotel Kakslauttanen is the perfect place to enjoy an arctic Big Short Break. Located in quintessential Finnish woodland near the Urho Kekkonen National Park, the hotel is just half an hour’s transfer from Ivalo Airport, the gateway to Finnish Lapland

Kakslauttanen
Rooms Hotel Kazbegi

Rooms Hotel Kazbegi

Rooms Hotel Kazbegi is the first project of Rooms Hotel Chain, high up in the glorious breathtaking beauty of the Caucasus. This part of Georgia is famous throughout the world for its dramatic mountainous range and the second highest peak.

Rooms Hotel Kazbegi
Almyra

Almyra

The Almyra is a contemporary beach resort situated in Paphos, on the west coast of Cyprus. Owned by the same group as the renowned Anassa, just along the coast, the Almyra offers stylish accommodation and a full range of facilities.

Almyra
Anassa

Anassa

The Anassa is a luxurious resort located on a wide, secluded bay on the west coast of Cyprus, between the fishing village of Latchi and the mountains of the Akamas Peninsula.

Anassa
Asimina Suites Hotel

Asimina Suites Hotel

Situated on a sandy beach in one of the quieter areas of Kato Paphos, Asimina Suites is still within walking distance of local bars and restaurants.

Asimina Suites Hotel
Columbia Beach Resort
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Columbia Beach Resort

Columbia Beach Resort is a five star hotel located in an enviable position - in the sheltered bay of Pissouri on Cyprus’s south coast.

Columbia Beach Resort
San Andrea

San Andrea

The hotel’s air-conditioned rooms come with en-suite bathrooms, internet connection and satellite TV, and most have views over Xlendi Bay.

San Andrea
Kempinski San Lawrenz

Kempinski San Lawrenz

Built of pale yellow Maltese limestone, the resort is surrounded by large subtropical gardens, overlooking the Mediterranean.

Kempinski San Lawrenz
Ta' Cenc

Ta' Cenc

After a recent €2.5 million refurbishment, Ta’ Cenc may now regain its rightful position as the top hotel in Gozo.

Ta' Cenc
Borgo Egnazia, luxury hotel in Italy

Borgo Egnazia

From the owners of the Masserias San Domenico and Cimono respectively comes Borgo Egnazia, the single smartest place to stay on the Puglian coast, with private villas for families and a boutique hotel for couples.

Borgo Egnazia
Masseria San Domenico hotel, luxury hotel in Italy

Masseria San Domenico

Located on the Adriatic coast of Puglia, the Masseria San Domenico is one of the finest hotels in south east Italy.

Masseria San Domenico
Masseria Torre Coccaro hotel, luxury hotel in Puglia, Italy

Masseria Torre Coccaro

Masseria Torre Coccaro is a 16th-century watchtower just outside the ancient fishing village of Savelletri di Fasano near Brindisi.

Masseria Torre Coccaro
Swimming Pool at Masseria Torre Maizza, luxury hotel in italy

Masseria Torre Maizza

The more elegant and sophisticated sister property of Masseria Torre Coccaro, is about five minutes’ walk across an olive grove and located on a nine hole golf course.

Masseria Torre Maizza
Hotel Indijan

Hotel Indijan

Hotel Indijan is a family run 4* hotel sitting right on the (pebble) beach in Orebic at the foot of Mount Ilija.

Hotel Indijan
Hotel Adriana

Hotel Adriana

Whilst on paper the glass façade and garden terraces of Hotel Adriana might seem incongruous with its setting on Hvar’s waterfront, this stylish hotel’s rooftop bar offers stunning views of the old city centre and blend rather nicely with its neoclassical architecture.

Hotel Adriana
Hotel Marmont

Hotel Marmont

Marmont Hotel is situated right in the heart of the vibrant old town of Split, inside the walls of the Diocletian Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Hotel Marmont
Hotel Riva

Hotel Riva

Hvar may be new on the trend radar, but the two Italianate villas that house Hotel Riva have been around for over one hundred years.

Hotel Riva
Villa Vilina

Villa Vilina

The hotel sits on a horseshoe shaped bay, next to a medieval Franciscan monastery.

Villa Vilina
Lesic Dimitri Palace

Lesic Dimitri Palace

The Lesic Dimitri occupies a recently restored 18th-century bishop's palace next door to the house Marco Polo lived in.

Lesic Dimitri Palace
Grand Hotel Timeo, luxury hotel in Italy

Grand Hotel Timeo

If there was a 'hotel with the best location in the world' award, the Grand Hotel Timeo would be a serious contender... Set high in the rocky hills on the east coast of Sicily, Grand Hotel Timeo has long been known as one of Italy’s most glamorous retreats, and has now had a serious - and arguably much needed - overhaul by the Belmond group.

Grand Hotel Timeo
Capofaro hotel. luxury hotel in Italy

Capofaro

Set amidst a working vineyard producing Malvasia wine, Capofaro is arguably the best boutique hotel on Salina Island.

Capofaro
Aerial view of Hotel Raya, luxury hotel in Italy

Hotel Raya

Hotel Raya is one of the most beautiful hotels in the Mediterranean, an immaculate, whitewashed property of elegant simplicity on the tiny Aeolian island of Panarea.

Hotel Raya
Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, luxury hotel in Italy
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Verdura Golf & Spa Resort

Located on the South coast of Sicily, this luxury Rocco Forte property caters for all, with extensive grounds, a sea front location, and fantastic facilities including a world class championship golf course.

Verdura Golf & Spa Resort
Villa Belvedere hotel, luxury hotel in Italy

Villa Belvedere

Built by the Bambara-Pécaut family at the end of the 19th Century, Villa Belvedere is still owned by the same family today.

Villa Belvedere
Aerial  view of the pool at Villa Carlotta, luxury hotel in Italy

Villa Carlotta

Built in the 19th Century for Sicilian aristocracy, this luxury boutique hotel in Taormina perfectly balances its historic roots with modern life.

Villa Carlotta
Villa Sant’Andrea

Villa Sant’Andrea

The Villa Sant’Andrea is located right on the sea just below the historic Sicilian town of Taormina, close to Mt. Etna.

Villa Sant’Andrea

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A little more info

We in the UK are extremely lucky to be perched on the edge of a continent with such extraordinarily rich heritage in what is a relatively small area. That the region in question also incorporates towering mountain ranges, beautiful beaches and pretty much everything in between makes it all the more fortunate. Culture vultures and adrenaline junkies alike will find plenty to keep them interested, and there's not an overnight flight in sight.

This is the perfect region for taking one of our trademark and award-winning Big Short Breaks - be that an adventure, ski or city break or just a last minute long weekend of R&R. All our Big Short Breaks are designed around the concept of 'Minimum Time, Maximum Experience' and only the trips that are truly accessible and original make the grade.

The Original Travel team have lived, worked and travelled in the vast majority of European nations, and we have spent the last few years sampling the Continent's finest hotels, landscapes, cities and restaurants so we can point you in the right direction when you're there.

Dave, Olga and Flora are our Europe experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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