If a European vacation is part of your upcoming travel plans, you are not alone. It’s a popular time to explore On Holiday trip ideas to historic and exciting Europe destinations. With 44 countries and hundreds of cities to discover, it’s difficult to even know where to begin.
Here’s our top 10 cities to visit in Europe.
1. Paris, France
Quite simply, Paris is anything but simple. Paris has it all and is an absolute ‘must-see’ in Europe. For travelers with a love of history, art, culture, beauty, and cuisine, you are sure to find something to fall in love with while visiting the Ville des Lumières (city of lights), as you walk through each arrondissement.
2. Florence, Italy
Calling all foodies! While art and history are obvious characteristics for Italy, there’s something special about tasting the decadent cuisine of Italy in Florence. Take cooking classes and tour the countryside with your tastebuds. Don’t forget to take time to explore the treasures of Tuscany too. If you are looking to explore the Best of Italy, join us to experience a touch of ‘la dolce vita’ for the perfect Italian tour.
3. Santorini, Greece
There are picturesque views and then there is Santorini! Visit Oia Castle and experience the most iconic views of its whitewashed architecture against the sapphire waters. The steep cliffs along the Aegean Sea provide the most colorful sunsets in the world. While you are there, walk the black volcanic beaches and stay in some of the most luxurious hotels along the Mediterranean.
4. London, England
Shopping until you drop is never a problem in London because it is packed with amazing local markets, shops, neighborhoods, and cafes. While everyone knows this city is filled with world-class sights and historical landmarks, it’s a great idea to seek out the less-touristy areas of greater London for a truly authentic UK experience.
5. Amsterdam, Netherlands
If you are seeking a pedestrian-friendly city loaded with fun cafes, historical museums, and lush parks, there is no better destination for you than Amsterdam. Tour the canals in a boat, stroll through Vondelpark, or take a bike ride to experience the pleasant ambiance of this unique and vibrant city. Equally, you can experience the wonder of Amsterdam and the Romantic Rhine on our upcoming European River Cruise.
6. Barcelona, Spain
The architecture of Antoni Gaudi! The mouth-watering tapas! The Mediterranean atmosphere! Barcelona is packed with a lively night life, art, and jaw-dropping sightseeing. And it’s a quick jaunt to the beach. Barcelona, Spain is sure to captivate your heart!
7. Rome, Italy
It is well known that Rome is filled with some of Europe’s most iconic attractions. From the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican – it has so much history and beauty to admire. Add the food, cafes and shops – and it’s a vacation destination of a lifetime. Keep in mind, there is so much to see that anything less than 5 days in Rome will leave you feeling rushed. Take your time to explore Rome in all its glory.
8. Reykjavik, Iceland
Iceland is increasingly ranked as one of the world’s best cities for travelers and is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Experience all the adventures of Iceland along with the open-hearted and kind Icelandic culture — consistently ranked as the happiest people in the world. Go whale watching, witness the mesmerizing northern lights, visit art galleries and museums – all with the impressive glaciers and beautiful fjords as your scenic landscape!
9. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is a city as close to idyllic Europe as you could possibly experience. Plus, it is relatively inexpensive to explore this gothic-centric architectural wonder. The astronomical clock (installed in 1410) is the oldest clock on the planet and serves as an icon for the history reserved only for Prague visitors. Did you know you can experience the Legendary Danube River Cruise with your own personal Fox guide this fall? Oh, and did I mention, its beer drinking capital of the world. Cheers!
10. Edinburgh, Scotland and BONUS Galway, Ireland
Scotland is a spectacular mix of lush landscape, castles, and history. Today, Edinburgh is full of modern Scottish life; however, the history of the land is one of legends and heroes. You’ll likely travel to Edinburgh by means of Dublin which has become a thriving international city. If you are seeking the authenticity of Ireland, check out the city of Galway! The town has a beautiful, Irish vibe. Tour the wild Connemara region – a scenic wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills with us on our coming Scotland and Ireland trip!
If these cities have your heart racing for European exploration, we are ready to help you begin planning your trip! Reach out to one of our experienced travel advisors today. We are here to help and happy planning!
Are you excited to live out your wanderlust dreams and get back to traveling?! With endless global destinations to explore, you may be considering a group tour vacation. If you are on the fence whether travelling with a group and tour manager is a good fit for you, here’s the scoop on how our Fox group tour managers enhance your travel experiences! And guess what? They are booking tons of exciting global excursions for this year and 2023!
WHY CHOOSE A FOX GROUP TOUR?
Tour managers make the plans for you! Each group tour manager works closely with our Fox preferred vendors to ensure planning is very turnkey so all you need to do is show up! Plus, while your tour manager is busy filling out paperwork, confirming transportation, meals, and attractions for the following day, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a glass of wine.
Immersive Cultural Experience
Feel free to immerse yourself in the culture of each destination while tour managers handle the travel logistics.
Solo Travelers Welcome
You can travel solo without being alone. Group travel allows you to explore beyond your comfort zone so you can travel solo, but have company around you.
Make New Connections
Travelling with a tour group does not mean you need to become best friends with everyone; however, it is a great way to meet people. In some cases, you build connections with people that continue after the trip. Fox World Travel has Vacation Alumni groups, and it is a great way to make friends.
A tour manager chooses an itinerary created through research and experience to show you the best areas – as well as hidden gems. Our tour managers are expertly trained in these destinations – providing entertaining and informative commentary on the trip. They’re able to answer your questions, share stories and be informed about all the places you’re travelling. You can learn a lot from your guide. Equally, they can offer their personal advice and guidance prior and during your trip.
MEET OUR TOUR MANAGERS
With a Bachelor of Arts in global human geography and a minor in history, Clarissa has always had a passion for travel and learning about different cultures. She has been at Fox World Travel in the Group Vacations department since 2014 and enjoys her career immensely. Her hobbies of photography and cooking carry into snapping shots of the scenery, people and trying local dishes during her travels.
As Clarissa has traveled extensively throughout the United States with her favorite destinations including Alaska – The Great Land, California, Florida, and Nevada. She’s also traveled to Cancun and Riviera Maya multiple times – quickly becoming her favorite go-to destination for a quick escape! She’s also visited Jamaica and St. Lucia where nothing is better than the crystal-clear waters, beauty, and warmth of the Caribbean culture.
Clarissa is a Wisconsin native and takes every opportunity to spend quality time with her husband, friends, family, and dog, as well as spending time outdoors. As an avid Milwaukee Brewers fan, she takes every opportunity to get to both home and away games and enjoys going to concerts whenever possible.
She loves to be part of the guest experiences and excitement! Vacations are about having an amazing experience and seeking a new adventure!
Colleen began her career with Fox World Travel in 1995. After escorting her first tour, she fell in love with this career. Colleen has been all over the world in the last 25 years – meeting wonderful people and sharing unique experiences throughout Europe, the British Isles, Mediterranean, Scandinavia, Egypt, Israel, the Caribbean & Mexico, Hawai’i, and so many more! She’s explored Alaska over 30 times – exploring Denali, the Yukon and so much more! Alaska holds a very special place in her heart.
Her personal travels include Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Cuba, Russia and the Baltics, South America, the South Pacific, India, Egypt, Israel, and the Middle East. She feels truly blessed with each experience and has a deep passion to continue exploring new destinations for many years!
Colleen also enjoys being “on the road” presenting destination travel shows, educating our clients. She’s also an occasional guest host on the WTMJ Fox World Travel Show and many virtual travel shows.
When Colleen is not traveling, she spends time making memories with her family and friends. She is also a regular volunteer at EAA’s Air Venture in Oshkosh as well as other local events. Undoubtedly, she’s never too far from an airplane!
Travel has been Debbie’s passion since college when she ventured to Spain for the first time. It was life changing! Her travel profession has taken many roads, from a vacation travel advisor, a pivot to corporate travel managing meetings and incentive programs, and now her current passion as a group travel tour manager.
Debbie’s passion is interacting with the Fox tour guests. Nothing is more rewarding than introducing her groups to a new, life-changing travel experience. “Travel opens the mind and enriches my spirit.” She believes the immersive experience is just as important as the destination.
Debbie’s most recent group travel experience has taken her on a Grand Hawai’I tour – an ultimate tropical vacation.
Some of her most cherished experiences include tasting shrimp bisque at a Princess Hotel in Bermuda, taking a train through the Swiss Alps in winter to Gstaad, seeing the Eiffel Tower glittering at night for the first time, walking through the Sistine Chapel in Rome, and having the privilege of dining in a home in Sarajevo and listening to the stories of a family who lived there through four years of the Bosnian war.
Kate was born and raised in Oshkosh and moved to Boston in early adulthood where she began her travel career for a tour company. She had the opportunity to test a new safari trip in Kenya. This experience ignited her passion for travelling!
Kate returned to Oshkosh to work for Fox World Travel in 1987. She began tour managing our fun & sun groups and Alaskan trips. Recently, she managed our Fox Group, the Great Capitals of the Adriatic & Croatia which she describes as an experience of a lifetime! Her travel knowledge stems from visiting over 17 states in the U.S. in addition to Mexico, Jamaica, Caribbean, Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica multiple times. Her European and exotic adventures include traveling to England, Germany, Spain, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, and Africa.
Recently, she managed our Fox Group, Spectacular Greece & the Islands which she describes as an experience of a lifetime, right next to the Great Capitals of the Adriatic & Croatia. Kate just returned from the Best of the Hawaiian Islands – her first time to Hawai’i and an amazing experience!
When she is not traveling, she enjoys making memories and sharing travel experiences with her two children, Robert and Caitlyn.
Rose Gray is the Manager of Business Development for Vacation Sales at Fox World Travel. Many of you may also recognize her as the expert travel voice as the host of the Fox World Travel Show heard on WTMJ on Saturday mornings discussing the latest in global travel news and discussing the best-in-travel topics. Rose has a bachelor’s degree from Lakeland College and has completed the CTC program, a two-year management course offered by the Institute of Certified Travel Consultants.
During her 35 years in the travel industry, she has traveled as far north as Reykjavik, Iceland, as far south as Porto Montt, Chile, as far west as Vanuatu, and as far east as Singapore, New Zealand and Australia. Rose even has an upcoming trip, a Voyage to Antarctica, in 2023. And although she loves traveling the globe, her favorite vacation is Arizona in March for Brewers’ Spring Training.
Tricia is presently the Director of Fox Group Vacations at Fox World Travel which evolved from the culmination of a lifetime of extensive travel experiences. The seed for Tricia’s inspiration to travel was planted as a child when her family hosted many foreign exchange students and teachers, offering her worldwide connections. She, too, was able to visit some of them and later became an exchange student in Mexico. Her passion for studying and experiencing cultures led her to a career and investment in travel.
Tricia graduated from UW-Stout with a degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management and a minor in Tourism and Spanish. Tricia has worked in the travel industry since college, starting as an Assistant Purser on a cruise line where she traversed much of the world; shore excursion sales; travel advisor, and manager of travel advisors. Tricia is an Elite Cruise Counselor which was earned based on a required number of sailings on cruises and volume of cruise sales within a three-year timeframe. As a tour manager, she previously led groups in Alaska, Caribbean, China, and Italy.
Tricia’s life revolves around traveling and she instills this love and opportunity to her children when time permits. Her favorite destinations are Italy and Mexico. Top on her bucket list are the Maldives, Fiji, Peru, and Argentina. Tricia thoroughly enjoys sharing her passion for travel with passengers by immersing into local cultures, enhancing experiences, and opening windows and doors to the world!
Are you ready to take the next step to plan a Fox Group Tour Vacation? We are now booking 2022 and 2023 excursions. Connect with one of our travel advisors today, and we will guide you through the process. Happy traveling!