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Some of World Travellers top picks for Europe

Updated: Feb 10, 2023

So many New Zealand travellers dream of that bucket list Holiday in Europe. With a multitude of exciting destinations, experiences and cultures accessible in one trip Europe has something for all. Have you been dreaming about ski holidays in the Swiss Alps, guided tours in turkey, river cruises or a longer multi destination adventure? It would take a lifetime to see all the amazing things Europe has to offer so we’ve created a list to help guide your travel plans and inspire your next European holiday. Here’s just a small taste of what the team at World Travellers recommends adding to your European travel wish list.


Explore Carcassonne, France

Explore Carcassonne one of the largest surviving walled cities in Europe. Be transported into the past as you explore three kilometres of defensive ramparts, admire the historical and medieval structures. This is a must-see for people who appreciate historic archaeology and architecture as well as those who would enjoy stunning views over the city, surrounding countryside and close by mountains. Carcassonne was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997 because its one of the most complete examples of a fortified medieval city in the world, making this a bucket list destination!

Visit the Beautiful City of Nantes, France

Vibrant Nantes offers a mix of history and modern entertainment for the whole family. This city is rich in culture, art, and cuisine making it a great option for any travellers. Nantes has a similar vibe to Paris due to its streets and buildings in the historic centre of the city which were constructed from the late 17th Century to the early 19th Century. Nantes also has a number of fascinating museums for history lovers including one which is located in a Renaissance castle. This is a great option for travellers looking for a French city with a Parisian feeling but less touristy, crowded, and expensive. A highlight is sure to be riding a larger than life sized “le Grand Elephant” on a tour of the city, yes your read that correctly a mechanical elephant tour!

See the Sights via a Deluxe Cruise, Croatia

Croatia has much to offer travellers but have you considered a cruise? This is a great option to explore many sights, amazing beaches, coastal cities, national parks, and villages. Cruising Croatia will allow you to visit Croatia’s beautiful coastline via the clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. There are a number of deluxe cruises to choose from depending on which parts of Croatia you want to see.

Attend the Opera at St Marks Church, Italy

St Marks Anglican Church in Florence, Italy, is home to an incredible opera performance by Concerto Classico. Seated close to the performers this experience feels very intimate and engaging. This opera has been running for many years and has built up quite a name for itself, with the performances being critically acclaimed by the Washington Post and The Guardian newspapers. The city of Florence is filled with Italian charm and also has incredible views, art, and places to eat making it well worth a visit.

Take a Trip to the City of Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is one of the coolest European cities at the moment! It is trendy, busy, and exciting. It provides great photo locations and has a wide selection of tourist attractions and activities meaning it suits any traveller. If you are looking for a destination for your next family holiday, a cultural experience, a relaxing breakaway, an exciting nightlife filled trip, or a beach holiday Lisbon may be the hotspot for you. Pleasant weather year-round, a welcoming atmosphere with friendly locals, and many activities to choose from.

Take a Chamonix Ski Holiday, France

For those who enjoy skiing, it can’t get much better than Chamonix Mont-Blanc! To get the best skiing conditions, visit between December and April and book early to make sure you are not disappointed. There are five ski resorts to choose from, meaning there is an option to suit every traveller. For more experienced skiers, an unforgettable experience is skiing the Vallee Blanche with a hired mountain guide. This ski route takes you over glaciers, and around and over crevasses, not for the faint heated but perfect for the Ski adrenaline junky. This route has breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains in the Alps and comes highly recommended. Want to take a break for the day why not try paragliding from Mont-Blanc for a different view of beautiful Chamonix.

Visit the Original Olympic Games Strip, Greece

Olympia in Greece has a lot of significance and is well-known as the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Surely this has to be a must see for all sports fans! You have a chance to see where the Olympic flame was lit in front of the Temple of the Goddess Hera and where the golden and ivory statue of Zeus sat, one of the Seven Wonders of the World! Of course, the visit would not be complete without ticking off a run on the original Olympic track!

This is just dipping a toe in the pool of possibilities that is on offer when travelling to Europe. Make sure you plan your trip carefully, you can’t do it all but don’t miss out on the best your destinations offer. Our Travel Consultants will help and guide you to make sure that this truly will be a trip to remember for a lifetime.


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