Our Top 10 Picks for European Escorted Land Tours
Escorted land tours are increasing in popularity because everything is figured out for you. Your hotel, transportation, and the top places to visit are all pre-arranged. This makes visiting another country easy. There’s no need to stress about language barriers because there’s an English-speaking guide with the group. With so many amazing itineraries in Europe, we’ve picked ten of the best itineraries for seeing Europe.
Here are CruiseExperts.com top picks for European escorted tours:
The Alpine Adventure by Tauck Bridges is an 8-day tour beginning in Zurich through the Swiss Alps via the Glacier Express train ending in Munich, Germany. This tour is unique because it includes all the summertime fun spots in the alps like the cogwheel train to the top of Mount Pilatus, gondola rides, a summer toboggan run, and much more. What gives it the #1 spot is the memorable horse-carriage ride to Disney’s Sleeping Beauty inspired castle and a night under the stars and alps sitting by a campfire. Tours available: July – August and prices start at $4,425/pp.
The La France by Globus Journeys tour takes you from Paris, through wine country to the Mediterranean Sea, across southern France to the Atlantic Ocean, through Loire Valley, up to the Normandy Beaches and back to Paris—all in 15 days. Globus provides their guests with VIP privileges when taking tours including bypassing the lines at the Eiffel Tower. It’s the ultimate tour through France which is why it deserves a spot on this list. It’s still cold in the spring, and summers are packed, so if you can, wait until September or October for the best time to visit France. Tours available: April-October and prices start at $3,749/pp.
In 8 days, discover Norway by Adventures with Disney, the inspiration for the Disney movie Frozen. Disney fans know that Disney prides itself in the full experience. Expect your vacation to feel personal while you enjoy all the adventures made famous by the Norwegians. The warmer, the better, so visit during the peak summer hours. Tours available: Late July-Mid September and prices start at $5,099/per adult or $4,849/per child (5 yrs. old min.).
The Italian Highlights by Globus Journeys is a 10-day journey from Rome to Milan. Expect to see a lot of historical sites and taste the local wines and cuisine at every stop. No other Italian tour stops in so many popular destinations which is why this tour made our Top 10. Late summer or early fall are great times to visit this flourishing countryside. Tours available: January – November and prices start at $2,499/pp.
The Scots Irish Tour by CIE Tours is an 11-day first-class tour that takes you through the best of Scotland (four nights) and Ireland (six nights). This tour stops at the popular sites, but because CIE adds a special treat of a fun, medieval-style banquet at the Bunratty Castle, this tour hits the Top 10. If you prefer warmer weather, choose the later months. Tours available: April – October and prices start at $1,898/pp.
The Jewels of the Baltics & Scandinavia by Cosmos is a 16-day journey that visits Denmark, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Finland and Sweden. Cosmos gets you in to all the landmarks by bypassing the lines which makes this country-packed itinerary possible. If you’re a “country collector” you’ll cross off nine countries in just one trip which is why this tour is a Top 10. Travel in the middle of summer for the most predictable warmer weather. Tours available: Late April – Early October and prices start at $2,659/pp.
The Amsterdam, Paris & London by Monograms is a 10-day tour that gives you three days in each city for plenty of time to explore, shop, and eat. Monogram’s semi-guided experience is for people who like having their transportation and lodging arranged, and a guided sightseeing tour to orient yourself to the city so you can feel comfortable exploring and adventuring out on your own on the second day. Monogram’s local host makes this escorted tour feel more like you’re traveling with a local friend which is why they deserve a spot on the Top 10. Spring weather is somewhat unpredictable, so the later months are better choices for sunny days. Tours available: April – October and prices start at $2,465/pp.
Spend your time in Sicily & the Amalfi Coast by Perillo Tours on a whirlwind journey from Sicily to Rome. At every destination you’ll enjoy the regional wines, visit the historical sites and learn their role in history. Perillo has been around for 69 years and recognized as Italy’s best tour company. They focus on visiting vineyards and wine tasting which is why this Italian Tour is in the Top 10. Tours available: May-November and prices start at $3,690/pp.
The Treasures of Greece & the Islands by Insight Vacations is a 15-day tour that starts in Athens and takes you all over Greece and ends with stays on Mykonos Island, the playground of the rich and famous, and Santorini Island, the most romantic island on earth. During the first week you’ll journey to all the historical sites, and eat amazing foods including a cooking demo. Because the second week is spent relaxing on two of the most beautiful islands, this tour earned it’s spot on the Top 10. Take this tour during the warm summer months to fully enjoy relaxing in the sun on the islands. Tours available: Late April – September and prices start at $3,699/pp.
Visit the best of Spain, Portugal & Morocco by Globus Journeys in 17 days. See the heart of Spain starting in Madrid, discover the history of Portugal, and then adventure into Morocco’s Hollywood. A visit to the Quarzazatte made famous by Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars make this tour unique and deserving of the final spot on the Top 10. Tours available: Late April – October and prices start at $3,169/pp.
Tour prices are per person and based on double occupancy. If you’re traveling solo, no problem! Many of the tour companies offer a single supplement which means you’ll pay a little more, but not double. Also, most companies offer additional nights before and/or after your tour for a little more time. Note: These prices do not include air.
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