Visit one of Europe’s Oustanding National Parks

Teide National ParkIf you’re a regular visitor to the properties in the U.S. National Park systems, you’ve no doubt realized that some of the most stunning – and interesting – scenery in America can be found in places like Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Everglades, and many of the other amazing parks around the country.

It’s the same in Europe. Some on the most spectacular landscapes are offered in the protected lands that make up the national park systems in various European countries. Many of those same parks also provide great places for active pursuits including hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, boating, and any number of other fun activities you might want to include on your next trip to Europe. (more…)

Plenty of Whitewater Rafting Adventure in Europe

Inn River, AustriaIf you’re a whitewater aficionado, you’ve probably already struggled through some of the most spectacular river rapids in the U.S., perhaps elsewhere, too. Many of the best-known rivers for whitewater rafting are in the western portion of North America, like the Colorado, the Salmon, and the Magpie. But did you know that Europe is also a wonderful place to enjoy a whitewater rafting trip, offering a wealth of options in countries that include France, Switzerland, Austria, and the British Isles?

If you’d like whitewater adventure to be part of your next trip to Europe, check out the rivers we’ve listed here. The class of rapids vary from river to river so there’s sure to be a rafting journey that’s just right for you!

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Got Olympic Fever? Check out these Former Olympic Cities

161063332It’s exciting to watch young people from around the world compete every two years in feats of athleticism that often simply blow the mind. The Olympics, for many of us, is one of those events that keeps us glued to the television, and some of us have even had the opportunity to travel to the games and secure seats to some of our favorite sports.

But what happens to those cities and all of those Olympic venues when the games are over. In some cases, not a lot. In others, these wonderful venues have been used over and over again for local events and for international competitions.

The Olympics – both summer and winter – have been held in Europe countless times in recent (and not-so-recent) years, and many of the cities that hosted the games are certainly worth visiting, if not for the sports taking place there then for the other things the cities have to offer. Here’s a list of a few of our favorites.  (more…)

Norway’s Best Fjords Will Make You Ooh and Aah

160424720Norway, in general, is a beautiful country. It’s lush and green and is truly a photographer’s dream. No matter where you travel, you’ll find spectacular scenery as well as plenty of man-made attractions and locals who are happy to welcome you into their midst.

Most travelers, however, head to Norway to explore the fjords, which can be done on land or via a fjord cruise. Whichever way you choose, you’ll no doubt be awed by what you see. These natural formations are among the most spectacular sights in the world and there’s no doubt you’ll want to spend as much time as possible visiting as many of them as you can squeeze into your itinerary. Here’s our list of some of the most notable.  (more…)

On a Trip to Norway, Don’t Miss Beautiful Bergen

Bergen, NorwayEvery country has a hidden gem. One of those places that’s often overlooked in favor of a better known city or town with world-class attractions. In Norway, that treasure is Bergen, located in the western portion of the country and best described as simply magnificent. Indeed, it has just about everything. Its natural beauty is accented by snow-capped mountains and amazing fjords, including some of the largest in Europe. Then there’s the town’s interesting Viking past, its excellent museums, its lovely churches, and its family-friendly attractions, like a zoo and aquarium.

Furthermore, it really is just a fun place to hang out, especially in the summer when the sun literally lasts all day, prompting nightlife that extends well into the morning…and then some. In addition, it boasts a fair number of excellent luxury hotels, good shopping opportunities, and fine restaurants where you can sample local Scandinavian specialties. (more…)

Enjoy Oslo’s Natural Beauty on a Luxury Vacation to Norway

Oslo, NorwaySome European capital cities are known for their amazing architecture. Others are lauded for their great museums or other cultural offerings. Still, others have earned kudos for their culinary scene or perhaps their friendly people. Oslo, while it certainly has all of that, is a city that has also been touted for its amazing natural beauty. Greener than just about any other capital city in Europe, it’s blessed with forested areas and plenty of parks, and is just a stone’s throw away from the North Sea and the country’s picturesque fjords.

Oslo has also forged another reputation. As it’s certainly not the least expensive destination in Scandinavia, it has become known as a wonderful getaway from those who aren’t overly concerned about budget. Truly, the city has become one of the top locales for those seeking a luxury vacation experience that perhaps is void of some of the trappings of other more well-known European luxury travel spots, including traffic and relentless crowds, even in the summer months.   (more…)

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