Love of travel is nearly universal. The thought of experiencing the great sites of Europe in person is something many people dream of. But while travel itself is a common goal, types of travel vary greatly. Dream destinations differ from person to person. Itineraries vary greatly as well. Some crave sitting on a beach with nothing to do, while others spend hours exploring museums and cathedrals.
Another big difference is travel style. Many love the independence of setting their own schedule and changing it on a whim. For others, Europe Package Tours are the only way to go. The choices are many; from country specific to whirlwind highlight tours to specialty tours. If you're planning a trip to Europe this year, consider booking a seat on one of these tours and enjoy.
Local Living Tours
Rick Steves is a giant in the travel industry. He's been publishing guidebooks since 1980 and has produced a European travel television show since 1991. His independent travel style and philosophy of living like a local has resonated with people around the world. But for those who love the idea of independent travel but don't want to plan their own trip, Steves also offers multiple tours.
Among the highlights are the Best of Europe in 21 days tour which features stops in Amsterdam, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and France.
Steves also offers Europe package tours of Greece and Turkey, Scandanavia Russia and the Baltics, Eastern Europe, &; Spain and Portugal.
For those looking to combine independent travel with some of the advantages of a tour, Steves also has "My Way" unguided tours. These tours feature city-to-city transportation and central hotels but travelers set their own schedules once they reach each stop.
Traveling with your kids can be an amazing educational experience and guided educational tours can greatly enhance that effect. It can be a way of (sneaking) learning into a fantastic vacation and will undoubtedly teach you a lot about what you're seeing and its significance.
One of our customers, Marty, took an educational trip through EF Tours in 2012 and came away very impressed.
His tour took him and his family to London, Paris and Rome. "Our tour guide, Sal, had a deep understanding of the history of London — a lot of things you just don't see in the history books. He took us to places tourists typically don't see and he took us there at the right time because he knew what was going to happen."
EF Tours offers trips throughout the world, including Europe, Asia and the U.S. and Canada so there is sure to be something to fit the taste of every traveler. We reached out to them to learn more about their offerings and they were gracious enough to respond quickly!
"Experiential learning through travel is, without a doubt, the best way to learn about another culture, language, or global destination," said Kate Berseth, EVP, EF Educational Tours. "For nearly 50 years, we have worked to find the perfect mix of fun, cultural immersion, sightseeing, and educational lessons in our tours. We hear time and again that the tours we offer are life changing, and we continue to work tirelessly to provide exceptional travel experiences to students and their families, because these experiences help our students become future global leaders."
Military History Tours
Another popular type of tour is one that allows travelers to relive history by visiting the sites of famous military battles. These tours can provide tremendous insight into military history and in some cases can allow people to retrace the steps of relatives who served in the military. The late Stephen Ambrose said that the best way to understand history is to study the places where it was made. Author of more than 30 books, he started Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours and developed specialized tours based on his writing and research.
Travelers can follow the path of the Band of Brothers from boot camp in Georgia all the way to the Eagle's Nest in Bavaria. The two week trip concludes with a celebration in Austria where the Band of Brothers celebrated the anniversary of their jump into Normandy with a parachute drop into Zeller See Lake.
The company also offers other WWII based tours (D-Day, Poland and Germany, Patton and the Italian Campaign) as well as Civil War and Lewis and Clark tours. According to their website, "Our historians are experts in their field of history and world-renowned authors. Their years of extensive research and interviewing hundreds of World War II veterans on the very battlefields on which they fought add a personal dimension to our tours."
Europe package tours are a great way to see multiple sites without having to worry about where you're going to stay or how you're going to get there. Do your research, book your tour and enjoy your trip!
This blog post is intended as an informational tool, not an endorsement of the companies or products mentioned.