One of the great benefits of London is its proximity to mainland Europe, making it an ideal base from which to visit a wide number of destinations with relative ease. And with budget airlines along with the Channel Tunnel offering affordable prices for travelling to cities across the continent, it is little surprise that so many people choose to make the short hop to explore Europe’s delights.
Below, we’ve picked out five of the best tours available from London to Europe, based on pricing and a look at previous customer reviews. We hope it serves as a source of inspiration for your future travels.
FROM £1,975 PER PERSON
This fantastic 12-day adventure across mainland Europe is available through Global Coach Tours, a leading comparison site for multi-country European tours. The trip starts with a high-speed Eurostar train journey from London to Brussels, before continuing by luxury coach to Amsterdam and then on through various enchanting destinations across Germany, Austria, Italy and finally a final stop-off in Paris. Highlights include a cruise past vine-clad hills and crumbling medieval castles on the Rhine River, a visit to a traditional glassblowing workshop in Venice, and a scenic drive across the Alps into Switzerland. Included for all guests along the way are 11 hot buffet breakfasts and 5 dinners, audio headsets, VIP entry to a number of famous sites and landmarks, and plenty of free time to maximise your experience. No surprise that Global Coach Tours pride themselves on going the extra mile for their customers. And as an added bonus, there’s no credit card or extra bookings fees with them either.
FROM €184 PER PERSON
Jump aboard the Eurostar to Brussels from London and take in the best bits of the Belgium capital in one day on this fabulous self-guided tour. You can tailor your itinerary to suit your tastes, but here’s some inspiration for how to spend your time: on arrival in Brussels, step aboard a hop-on hop-off bus tour, explore the European Parliament buildings, snap a photo by the Manneken Pis statue, and admire Brussels’ Art Nouveau architecture. Visit the Atomium, the Royal Palace Shop for Belgian chocolates, and sample Belgian beer in one of Brussel’s array of beer kellers. Shop for lace, dine on frites and waffles, and while away the time people-watching in one of the scenic squares. When the time comes, make your way to Brussels-Midi/Zuid Station and board an evening Eurostar train for a return journey to London.
FROM €191 PER PERSON
Enjoy a weekend exploring the famous European cities of Amsterdam and Bruges with this 2-night trip. Your first night will be spent aboard a comfortable luxury coach as you make your way from London to Amsterdam via the Eurotunnel. Early morning, you’ll arrive in the centre of Amsterdam where your guide will take you on a walking tour, showing you the main shopping areas and attractions. Stop by the floating flower market and then continue on to the city’s famous museums and galleries. In the evening, join an optional canal cruise for one hour before retiring to your 3-star hotel for the night. The next day, after a full continental breakfast you’ll start an optional tour of Zaanse Schans, a traditional Dutch village outside of Amsterdam, before heading towards Bruges in the afternoon, where you’ll get plenty of free time to explore its delights. You’ll depart during the late afternoon, arriving back in the UK by late evening.
FROM $287 PER PERSON
There are few more atmospheric cities anywhere in the world than Paris, but at Christmas it is given an extra layer of charm as the city enwraps itself in the festive spirit. This 3-night short break guided tour will allow you to immerse yourself in all the magnificent city has to offer at this most special time of year. With hotel stays included, along with Christmas dinner at Montmartre on 25 December, you can concentrate on getting the maximum out of your visit. After travelling to Paris via Eurostar from London, you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour during which your guide will point out the famous landmarks as you pass. That night, you can watch a world famous cabaret while sampling a glass of champagne, or simply return to your hotel to relax if you prefer. The next day comes the grand occasion itself. After a breakfast buffet at your hotel, you’ll have a whole day free to explore before embarking the funicular which will take you to the top of Montmartre for Christmas dinner. The rest of the evening will be at your leisure, as will the following day, before your return train journey to London.
FROM €287 PER PERSON
Christmas markets are a time-honoured favourite and some of the very best can be found in Germany, Holland, and Belgium. This two-night guided tour will take you across all three countries where you’ll get to explore some of their most enchanting markets. After a London coach pick-up you’ll be driven down to Dover to catch a ferry to Calais. Once ensconced on the other side of the channel, you’ll journey across to Valkenburg in Holland where you’ll check into a comfortable hotel. After exploring the town’s Christmas markets you can enjoy watching the magical light parade or perhaps visit Santa’s Village. On the second day of the trip, after breakfast you’ll begin your journey to Boppard, Germany where you’ll have some free time before boarding a Rhine Cruise. In the afternoon, you’ll travel on to Aachen to explore its numerous Christmas markets. On the third day, after breakfast you’ll commence your return journey to London, stopping to enjoy a lunch in the Belgian medieval city of Brugge, home to yet another stunning Christmas market to round off your trip.