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 €327 PER PERSON
This five-day tour takes you into the heart of two of Europe’s most historic cities. Starting in Vienna, Austria and finishing in Budapest, Hungary, you’ll be accompanied for the whole trip by an experienced English-speaking guide. You’ll visit a number of famous landmarks and attractions in both cities, as well as some lesser known sites too. Optional extras include visiting the beautiful baroque palace of Valses in Vienna and a slap-up dinner at a local restaurant featuring traditional Hungarian dishes in Budapest. The price of the tour includes an airport transfer on arrival and evening transfers from the city centres.
FROM €1,360 PER PERSON
Starting in London, this private tour transports you to one of Europe’s most iconic destinations – the magical Italian city of Venice. Local English speaking guides will accompany you during your trip that will see you visit some of London’s most famous attractions for two days before catching a Eurostar train to Paris for the next leg of your trip. Here you’ll explore the sites for a further two days before taking a flight to the Italian capital of Rome for yet another memorable 48 hours. More sightseeing will be followed by a coach journey to Venice for the final part of your adventure. The price of the tour includes 9 nights’# accommodation in a mix of 3 and 4-star hotels, all meals and drinks, and your flight from Paris to Rome.
FROM €2,265 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 €503 PER PERSON
With their distinct cultures and languages, Spain and Portugal may be neighbours but they offer very different experiences. This 7-day adventure allows you to experience the best of both. Starting in Madrid, you’ll tour through some of the country’s most fascinating cities including Barcelona, Seville, and Valencia, before heading across the border to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. After a full day and overnight stay there, you’ll return into Spain to visit the historic city of Toledo for the penultimate leg of you trip. The tour comes to a close back in Madrid. Accommodation in 3-star hotels and all meals are included in the tour price.
FROM €320 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.