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Luxury European Holidays: An Overview

Europe is AMAZING. Fact. We could wax lyrical all day long about the beautiful beaches, great ski resorts, rich heritage, cultural diversity, buzzing cities etc etc. but as it is conveniently close to the UK we highly recommend you put one (or several) of its countries to the test.

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.

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.

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What to do
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When to go
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Italy
Spain
Greece
Portugal
France
Malta
Sweden
Iceland
Norway
Albania
Cyprus
Turkey
Finland
Croatia
Romania
Greenland
Italy
Spain
Greece
Portugal
France
Malta
Sweden
Iceland
Norway
Albania
Cyprus
Turkey
Finland
Croatia
Romania
Greenland
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Low season
Off season
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A Note on Price

A no-expense-spared, tailor made Italian holiday exploring the country's artistic and cultural centres over a week – think Venice, Verona, Florence, Siena and Rome - staying in some of the world’s finest hotels can cost around £8,000 per person. However, a weekend city break can be done for £400 per person including flights.