Relatively small but packed with top destinations, Europe boasts some of the most-visited vacation spots in the world. And it’s easy to see why: Istanbul, Rome, Florence, Barcelona, St. Petersburg, Santorini, and so many more. To ensure a truly extraordinary experience, one that frees you from the tourist crowds and conventional activities, bookmark these expert Europe travel guides.
From day hikes above gorgeous fjords to kayaking amongst an archipelago dubbed “the Norwegian Maldives,” and from city haunts to off-the-grid micro-retreats: Our Insider’s Guide has all the intel you need for your next active adventure in Norway.
How to beat the increasing tourist crowds in Iceland and get the best out of its natural beauty, outdoor activities, hotels, and restaurants.
The Spanish region of Andalusia includes several beautiful cities and seaside destinations. Get expert advice on what to see and do on your vacation.
Expert advice for a Barcelona vacation: how to eat like a local, find hidden gems, and avoid a rookie mistake at the Picasso Museum.
With the help of our insider’s guide to Madrid, you’ll know the best time to visit, the palace you can sleep in, and the restaurant where you can taste 140 cheeses.
If there's a way to make Ireland's County Kerry more magical, our experts have found it: Try fly-fishing in the lakes, soaking in a hotel-rooftop hot tub, and sampling locally made Dingle Gin-flavored ice cream.
An expert's guide to discovering the best of Switzerland: things to do, where to stay, the top restaurants, and the most beautiful views.
Our travel expert shares inside tips for planning the perfect trip to Sicily.
Insider secrets on the best things to do in Romania, plus info on hotel and guesthouse accommodations, restaurants the locals love, and more.
The Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the Amalfi Coast: picturesque villages that tumble into the Mediterranean. Learn its secrets from our local experts.
In addition to hotel and restaurant recommendations, this travel cheat sheet reveals a tip for catching free opera, an unexpected family activity, and an area yet to be discovered by most American travelers.
Get a savvy local’s perspective in our guide to Belgium: Find out where to stay, shop, dine, and bike, from the art cities of Flanders to underrated Ghent to the villages around Bruges.
Secrets of Venice: How to enjoy Carnevale without the crowds, where to find authentic souvenirs, the absolute must-have meals, and how Italians really tip.
Hidden museums, must-have dishes, and the best ways to beat the crowds—this cheat sheet to Tuscany isn’t like any of the standard guidebooks.
Hidden museums, must-have dishes, and the best ways to beat the crowds—this cheat sheet to Florence isn’t like any of the standard guidebooks.
Where to stay, what to eat, things to do, and sights you can skip. Bookmark this travel cheat sheet to planning the perfect trip to Croatia.
How to plan the best trip to Italy’s Amalfi Coast: where to stay, rookie mistakes, and more insider tips.
Our Italy expert shares smart tips for a Lakes Region vacation, including how to save money at an elegant hotel and where to find an overlooked lake.
Barge cruises let you float right through Europe's most beautiful cities, visit medieval fortresses and Roman ruins, bicycle through vineyards, and take in breathtaking views.
Whether you're stopping in Istanbul for a cruise shore excursion or planning to spend more time in the city, this Trusted Travel Expert knows the essential things to do, eat, and see.
Sailing a gulet is the most amazing way to see this spectacular part of Turkey. Our expert can help you find the right boat and the right excursions.
An expert's guide to discovering great restaurants, and things to do in Provence and the French Riviera.
Plan the perfect trip to Burgundy, France. Our travel expert explains how to find the best restaurants, hotels and wineries.
There's more to Paris than what you think you know. Our expert shares the best things to do, see, and eat in the City of Light.
Our cheat sheet will help you do Basque country right: where to find unique Basque products, eat the most delicious meals and avoid a common rookie mistake.
Everything you need to plan an extraordinary trip to Porto, Portugal, a UNESCO World Heritage site on the Douro River known for its wine and history.
Mediterranean cruises can be affordable, no matter whether you want a foodie experience or a family atmosphere, a short getaway or a long escape.
The best things to do, places to eat, and hotels in the beach region of Algarve, in Southern Portugal.
If you follow our Scotland expert’s advice, you can experience Edinburgh's undiscovered fine dining scene, take a behind-the-scenes tour at a whisky distillery, and visit a castle from Downton Abbey.
Travel through Italy's Umbria region like a pro: insider tips for wine aficionados, foodies, and hidden gem seekers alike.
Our cheat sheet will help you do Norway right: book the best hotel with a view, eat the most delicious seafood in the world (on a tiny circle of islands most visitors miss), and avoid a common rookie mistake.
Our Czech Republic expert will help you find the best things to do in Prague, discover an architectural mecca outside Prague, and try your hand at puppetry.
Hungary's wine region is often overlooked by travelers but it's just one of the insider secrets our expert has up her sleeve for your extraordinary trip to Budapest, the Danube, and beyond.
Learn all of Malta’s secrets with our insider’s guide to the island’s best things to do, places to stay, and delicious food to eat.
Our Turkey expert knows all the hidden gems of Cappadocia, from the best views and the most scenic hikes to the most delicious food.
Well-connected guides are key to the perfect Turkey experience; our Trusted Travel Expert knows all the best insider activities, and his guides can open doors closed to everyone else.
Portugal is one of Europe's hottest destinations, but we have insider ways to avoid crowds and find the most interesting activities, foods, and hotels.
An expert's guide to the best things to do, see, drink, and eat in Portugal's Alentejo region, full of charming villages, vineyards, and traditional cuisine.
The Cotswolds are more than a day trip from London. Here’s what you need to know to spend an extraordinary few days in these gorgeous English villages.
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