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Have you been thinking about traveling in Europe? Don't' forget to include river travel in the various options that you should look at. Not doing so would be a shame, as you would be missing out on one of the most pleasant and surprising ways to discover the continent.

River travel is probably one of the most comfortable and stylish ways to travel, and going on a river cruise in Europe will be the experience of a lifetime for you, whether you go alone, with one or more friends, with your significant other, or decide to go with members of your family.

On a river trip you have access to inland areas of countries that big ships just can't get to, and you get to sail along serene waterways, rather than to drive along congested highways. Your comfortable hotel travels with you and you usually moor very centrally in most towns that you will visit.

It is true that ships for European river travel are smaller than ocean liners, but most are very comfortable and quite roomy, and there are several that have a movie rooms and fully equipped restaurants, as well as a dancing area. Plus, of course, viewing areas to look at the lovely landscape around you.

Before looking at the boating companies that you may want to book your trip with, it would make sense to decide on the length of your voyage, as well as on the location that interests you and on the number of amenities that you would expect to come with your package.

As for the length, you can find anything from three days cruised to break up a longer holiday to leisurely four-week trips down major rivers such as the Danube. One or two weeks are pretty standard lengths.

As for the location, trips tend to concentrate on the bigger rivers such as the Rhine, the Danube and the Seine, but there are also lesser-known alternatives, such as the tributaries of the Elbe in Germany, the Po in the north of Italy, or the rivers of Poland and European Russia.

Another crucial thing to consider is the season of the trip. The south of France or the flower-growing areas of Holland are great for a late spring or summer trip, for instance.

Trips in Germany are great in the winter months, especially if you like a traditional Christmas atmosphere and homely cooking and baking.

Concerning the level of comfort, you will find that there are a great number of alternatives, from Spartan drive-your-own houseboat hires to luxury cruise ships that have a lot in common with high-end hotels, but that retains an individual character.

Tell us if you have ever done an European river travel and if you have shared your experience with us.

Author: SamsonMandez

If you love traveling and exploring the world, you are probably dreaming of running out of pages on your passport. Whether you have a considerable saving for your travels or are running on a shoestring budget, it is a great idea to look what a place has to offer before investing in a travel plan.

Europe is one of the dream destinations for all travel enthusiasts and has a plethora of options to offer for a great holiday. It is a great mix of history, art, architecture and natural beauty that never fails to amaze with its immense charm. The culture brims with exuberance and the vivid colors that it displays are a delight to every traveler's soul.

It suits all kind of travelers, be it honeymooners, solo travelers, adventure lovers or friends groups.


A magnificent city rich in its architecture, culture and gastronomy, a city which happily cohabits with river Douro is Porto which is a delight to witness at least once in a lifetime. One can experience the best museums, ancient and famous monuments, the hustling bustling market Streets, the best local food and an out of the world experience of a cruise on Duoro. Visit Porto to witness a great mix of art, culture and positive vibes and sail peacefully or just take a walk through the gleaming corridors for a blissful experience

Milan, Italy

You will be bewitched by the style, the elegance, the energy and the international flair of this city. Milan makes the best shopping place for all tastes and pockets. The contemporary art and architecture make it a leading choicest destination that captivates you with its endless allure and materialistic pleasures up on offer. Indulge in luxury brands or pick up street fashion, you will be pleasantly amazed at the variety of spellbinding experiences that Milan has to offer.


London has everything for everyone. Whether u are an enthusiast of history; architecture or a casual traveler on a leisure trip, you'll surely find a place of your interest here; starting from British Museum, Tower of London, The very famous Buckingham Palace, Portobello Road market, National gallery and our childhood fantasy, the London bridge. You will find everything here fro magnificent museums to rich cultural diversity and enchanting walks across the city are sure to blow you off your feet.


Blissfully known as the city of love, Paris exudes an aura of love and magnificence. You surely would want to spend quality time at the iconic Eiffel Tower and trust us it is worth all the hype. The Notre Dame Cathedral is another icon that will not fail to mesmerize you with its charm. If it's your first time in Paris, make sure you attend the Opera-National De Paris. Luxembourg gardens are a warm Oasis which cater to the relaxed mood of the travelers keeping the kids entertained with the plenty of activities it provides and makes the best destination to laze around and picnic.

While Paris is vast and endless in allure, booking a Paris long weekend tour is a great idea to experience a slice of paradise in form of great ambiance and enchanting architecture.


Considered as the lover's paradise, the Venezia's charm is addictive. The Grand Canal which is the main Street of Venice is the most photographed place. The Rialto bridge is an ultimate example of most amazing architecture. The bridge of sighs would offer goosebumps with a real feeling of a prisoner who would see the outside world for the last time. Bridge of sigh connects to the dangerous prison dungeons. With a host of options, this small city makes for a destination that would leave you craving to stay even post your visit.


Amsterdam has a lot more to offer on the platter other than the world-famous Van Gogh Museum.
Shopping on nine little streets is an experience to cherish. A family bike ride, the infamous pancakes, the gay bars, the nightclubs, you'll find them all here along with a fun experience promised by vibrant nightlife and friendly people.


From ancient monuments to medieval churches, to world-class museums to high-end boutiques, Athens has the flavor of all.
Parthenon features amazingly impressive ancient Greek architecture and is a cultural landmark that is impossible to find elsewhere. Once it served as a treasury and a church too and offers a great sneak peek into history. Museum of Cycladic art is amongst the other not to be missed places in Athens, Greece.

Another lovely destination in Greece is Santorini that offers a unique experience of sunbathing and swimming in the molten dyed beaches as this place is famous for its volcanic activity and one such example is the Kamari beach. The wineries here are a relishable activity for foodies and even the wines here carry the flavor of this island's volcanic terrain. The most calming experience is to watch the sunset here at OIA.

Greece is a great destination for solo travelers but bliss for couples. Book Greece honeymoon packages today for a great experience with your partner.


The city of Madrid boasts of the world-famous Prado museum where the works of the Great artists like Goya and Velazquez are on display. The Royal Palace is open to public and El Rastro market provides hours of shopping. Various open air cafe's specially skirting Plaza mayor are a must visit where you would want to relax after a long day of sightseeing. Madrid is a scintillating experience that you would not want to miss.

Europe is a great destination that is worth every penny spent and every moment invested. You must visit this delightful destination whether for a short span or along holiday to experience bliss and serenity amidst the hustle bustle, natural beauty, and vibrant settlement.

Source: Bruce Thomsan

When planning a European vacation, many visions come to mind of the incredible landmarks and attractions. Almost every major city in Europe can lay claim to one marvel or another but there are certain hot spots that have stood the test of time and will continue to do so for generations ahead and are what make travel to Europe an exciting and timeless experience. Whether you're taking a European tour or are going to experience Europe on your own, this guide has 10 places in Europe you won't want to miss.

1. The Acropolis in Athens Greece is an archaeological and national treasure. Visited by millions yearly, Athens' most iconic symbol is a series of remains of temples, altars, theatres and the famous Parthenon that tell the story of ancient civilization and wonder. A museum at the base displays artifacts and artworks that bring insight into Athens' past. Towering above the city, this popular tourist spot is even more impressive when seen lit up at night.

2. The Colosseum in Rome is one of the most recognizable and visited attractions in the world. At over 2000 years old, this former arena is now a monument to the gladiators that were killed in the name of sport for Roman Emperors. The Colosseum not only has an incredible history in legends and stories but is also one of the most impressive examples of Roman architecture.

3. Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is the most visited monument in France with nearly 13 million visitors each year. This gothic Roman Catholic Cathedral which began construction in 1163 is considered one of the best examples of French Gothic architecture in all of Europe and is featured in Victor Hugo's book The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

4. The Louvre is arguably the most important museum in the world. From the outside, this magnificent building is a visual delight but the true masterpieces are housed inside the halls within that date back to the 12th century. The Louvre has rotating exhibits of over 35000 objects as far back as 4000 B.C. and displays such masterpieces such as The Mona Lisa, and the Venus de Milo.

5. The Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure in the world until 1929 and was erected for the 1889 World's Fair. Originally not well received as it did not conform to the beauty of other architectural masterpieces in Paris such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the tower was to be dismantled in 1909. Today, the tower is the most visited paid monument in the world and is also the most prominent symbol of Paris as well as one of the most recognized structures in the world.

6. Buckingham Palace was built in 1705 however did not become the official palace of the British monarch until Queen Victoria in 1837. As one of the only remaining working royal palaces in the world, it is also the official London residence and office of Her Majesty the Queen. The palace is open to visitors only 2 months of the year yet attracts thousands to see the official changing of the guards daily.

7. Stonehenge is located on the Salisbury Plain in Britain and is one of the oldest UNESCO World Heritage Sites dating back to the Bronze Age. Although a mystery still exists about the origins and meaning of the monument, and while not being the most exciting attraction, these structures remain high of bucket list of "things to see" for many visitors to Britain.

8. Edinburgh Castle should be high on the list of attractions for any visitor to Europe and especially Britain. The rich and turbulent past of the castle combined with the sheer magnificence and commanding presence make this attraction a must for culture, history, and architecture buffs. Still in use today as the backdrop for the famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo, this fortress perched high atop an old volcano has had a royal castle at the site since the 12th century.

9. Vatican City and St. Peter's Basilica with its massive Michelangelo designed dome are the epicenter of the Catholic world. From crossing St. Peter's square to a tour of the world's smallest state, there are awe-inspiring treasures rich with culture and history. Situated within Rome, and surrounded by a boundary of only 3.2 km; The Vatican is recognized as the smallest country in the world. On Sundays, the Pope makes his weekly appearance and tours of the Vatican Gardens are available if arranged in advance.

10. Sagrada Familia or otherwise known as "Temple of the Holy Family" in the city of Barcelona has been under construction since 1882 and estimates put a completion date by 2026. Antoni Gaudi worked on this Roman Catholic Church for 40 years until his death and is buried in the crypt of this remarkable icon of gothic architecture. With over 2 million visitors annually, this is one of the most popular attractions in all of Spain.
When planning your trip to Europe, the hard part is finding the time to see all of the amazing highlights and impressive features of the land. Make it easier by considering an escorted tour through Globus Tours and leave the planning with the experts.

Author: By D McKee

The cultural heritage of Europe is one of the key generators of tourism in Europe. Cultural Tourism is believed to account for around 40% of the total number of tourists visiting Europe. Cultural tourism of Europe is also an important means of promoting Europe's image in the world, projecting its varied values which are the result of centuries of cultural exchanges, linguistic diversity, and creativity.

People visiting Europe believe this is their ultimate chance to learn about transnational cultural tourism. Every product of transnational cultural tourism will project Europe as the zenith of preserved heritage and authentic cultural experience. In 1990 the European Commission nominated as a major factor of Tourism development in Europe. Since then The European Association of Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS) has been conducting various studies on transnational cultural tourism with a view to developing it.

The OECD report released in the year 2009 states the following factors as the drivers of cultural tourism

•Valorising and preserving heritage
•Economic development and employment
•Physical and economic regeneration
•Strengthening and/or diversifying tourism
•Retaining population
•Developing cultural understanding

With an increasing demand for cultural tourism, the European Union has also realized the need to offer varied cultural attractions and revive their heritage spots for commercialization. Individual countries have started to work towards facing the competition of developing the nation's cultural tourism rate. Cultural Tourism is not just about destinations but about the journey itself, it's a journey of discovery and self-realization.

Culturally rich spots in the European Union

Reasons for cultural tourism are resilient as the motives differ across a broad range. Some tourists look for spirituality while some look for creativity. Irrespective of their cultural motives some spots in Europe are a must see as they teach people about the greatness of their ancestors and their tactful way of living.

St. Peter's Basilica
This Late Renaissance church stands as the central religious point for Catholics from every part of the world. The place where the church is located, the Vatican Hill is the site where Saint Peter, the chief apostle, died and was buried in 64 AD. St. Peter is considered the first pope, thus building the principal shrine of the Catholic Church in this location is explained. Every painting and sculpture in the church is a true feast to the eyes. The destination attracts tourists looking to study art and architecture as part of their travel.

The Colosseum

The Colosseum stands in the city of Rome as the greatest architectural accomplishment of the Romans. The amphitheater that could once accommodate more than 50,000 spectators was the city center of public entertainment. It was used to stage gladiator's fights, mythological dramas, battles between animals and even executions. The most striking feature of this magnum opus is its engineering work that could be compared to temporary techniques. The amphitheater is a standalone subject of study for various cultural aspects of the Romans.

Clunaic sites in Europe

Cluny was the center of monastic reform in the 10th century and gradually developed into a church. The work of this church later led to the regeneration of the medieval world through spreading of Christianity, rethinking social relationships and organizing space for an ideal society. Different architectural styles, a unique harmonious shape and its sculptures and paintings of these Clunaic sites that are spread across Western Europe contribute to the wonderful heritage passed on by the monks to future generations.

Author: Catherine Richard

Europe tour package

Europe is a never-ending experience because of its amazing varied and thrilling countries. Europe is noted to be one of the most favored destinations in the world. Europe tour package provides all necessary information to envisage the holidays in Europe. It is one of the continents of the world which is gifted with loads of richness and beauty on almost every field of the life. Europe tour package offers astounding architecture, the spectacular landscapes and many more in your voyage to Europe.

The major travel destinations offered by Europe tour package are:

Vienna is known as a paradise for music lovers because it had various world-class musicians like Mozart and Johan Strauss. The major attractions of Vienna are Wienerwald, the palace of Schonbrunn, Donaupark, St. Stephans cathedral, prater and the Karlskirche which are very common among the foreigners. Tuscany is another commonly visited places in Europe, it is located in the Ligurian Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea. World famous tower of Pisa is the major attraction of the place. Most of the skyscrapers of this place are made of marbles. Frequently visited cities of Tuscany are Florence, San Gimignano, Volterra, and Lucca.

In case you would love to walk in the woods than the Black Forest in Germany is the best option that you can opt for. The Black Forest is said to be the home of the supreme waterfalls in Germany. Apart from its natural beauty, it is also known for great markers of unique wooden handicrafts and legendry cuckoo clock. Another major attraction of Europe tour package in Copenhagen which is a small but gorgeous city. Being the capital of Denmark it various historical monuments. The commonly visited places of Copenhagen are the little mermaid, the National Gallery, National Museum, Tivoli garden, Amalienborg Palace and many more.

Europe tour package is a complete wrap up of fun, enthusiasm, and leisure, so what are you waiting for? Book your packages or tickets now and unfold the tourism of Europe. There are many flights from Dubai to Europe. There are three cities in UAE with direct flights to Europe. 

So book the tickets now and enjoy the cheapest rates of the flights. There are many Europe tour package from Dubai that can be tailor-made for you as per your requirement. So fly to Europe and enjoy your vacation in Europe and give your family a wonderful treat and memories of a lifetime.

Author: Jelena Steve