What do you imagine when you think of European holidays? Is it strolling through the cobbled streets of chic cities oozing culture and history with iconic architecture and more foodie hotspots than you can shake a freshly-baked baguette at? Is it zipping through rolling hills and pristine nature on a Vespa or in a classic convertible, stopping in at vineyards and family-run farms where you can enjoy gourmet treats with a view?
Or joining the locals at the market first thing in the morning to grab the freshest produce and taking part in a cooking class to learn some traditional recipes before heading to the coast to sleep your lunch off in the afternoon sun?
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The wonderful truth is that Europe has all of this and more in buckets, and at Original Travel we've dedicated a serious amount of time to getting to know this vast and varied continent. Whether you want a leisurely, multi-destination road trip from the UK or a luxurious getaway to one corner of the world where you can really get under the skin of the place and have the 'live like a local' experience, our team of experts can create something to suit you.
Some of our favourite European destinations include Romania, where you can have an immersive cultural experience on a Reconnect holiday; Italy, where you can snake your way from the Dolomites in the north and city hop down to Puglia and Sicily in the south, gorging on plenty of delicious Italian cuisine as you go; Spain and Portugal for a taste of Mediterranean life and some seriously cool cities and outdoors adventures; and, of course, our French friends across the Channel. France is an excellent place to visit on a retro-style road trip from the UK.
Alternatively, you might want to head to Scandinavia, which is an outdoor adventure playground year-round, offering hiking and kayaking in the summer plus husky-sledding and Northern Lights hunting in the winter; pop over to one of Europe's many ski resorts for some snowy fun with the family (and plenty of apres ski high jinks without); or down to Croatia for one of the best coastlines in Europe, where you can sail, eat and island-hop until your heart's content.
Wherever you choose, we can create a tailor-made itinerary to suit you that's jam-packed with exclusive experiences - think after-hours tours at the world's top museums and guided walks around historic cities with specialist guides - and the most charming accommodation in each destination.
If Europe wasn't special enough on its own, our additional services take your European holiday to the next level. Sail through check-in and security at the airport and relax in the lounge before you board; enjoy access to our destination-specific reading lists and playlists to get you in the mood; and travel guilt-free knowing that all air and ground travel is carbon-offset on every Original Travel Holiday. Plus, along the way, our in-country Concierges are there to help with any last-minute changes, advice or recommendations (even if it's simply the best bakery to grab breakfast on the go). All of this comes as standard in every single trip.
Europe is the gift that keeps on giving, and Original Travel wraps that gift up in a splendid, bespoke bow.