With the bright winter sun rising over frozen canals, winter is one of the most beautiful seasons to see your favourite European cities. And while the long summer days of lazing at the best of the festivals may be over for this year, the colder months bring a whole host of exciting events with them. From awe-inspiring illuminations in Amsterdam to curious literary themed carnivals in France, there’s a full programme of activities to keep the whole family entertained throughout the iciest of seasons.
The thrill of the big wheel, the whoosh as the rollercoaster hurtles downhill and the almighty splash as the log flume hits the water; visiting a theme park is one of the most sensory, exciting activities you can do whatever age you are. And some of the best can be found not too far from home. From visiting famous landmarks in Mini-Europe to scaling lofty heights and stepping into storybook realms, here are some of the best theme parks in Europe.
Towering pink and blue turrets of an enchanted fairy tale castle can only mean one thing: Disneyland® Paris. Home to spectacular attractions, dazzling fireworks and breath-taking shows, 2017 marks 25 wonderful years since its first opening – and we want you to be there to help celebrate this very special anniversary.
Every year, cinephiles journey in their droves to film festivals across the globe. Although Hollywood is eternally popular as a producer of blockbusters, Europe may well be the true home of the art form. Attending a film festival gives you the chance to experience movies in their best possible iteration – on the big screen, surrounded by equally enthusiastic people. Whether you’re an expert on underground horror, a black comedy buff or a sucker for a political thriller, there’s an amazing film festival in Europe just for you.
Landlocked by three of Europe’s most powerful countries, Luxembourg has historically been eclipsed by its larger neighbours as a top tourist destination. The miniature nation appears as a mere dot on the map in the centre of France, Germany and Belgium. At just 2,586 square kilometres, the country is only a fraction bigger than the county of Dorset in the UK – but it’s much more than France’s garage. There’s lots to discover in this underrated, pint-size place, so what are you waiting for?
The wild poppies may be on their way out of season, but soon war memorials across the world will be sheathed in a sea of red flowers to commemorate the fallen. As Remembrance Day draws near, why not consider a trip to the very ground where the events occurred? Whether or not you had relatives who took part, visiting the places where some of the most important battles of the World Wars took place is a moving way to mark the day – giving a glimpse into the realities of the fighting. Embark on your own World War II battlefield tour this November with a visit to these poignant locations.
Right now in Paris, a multi-sensory extravaganza is taking place across some of the French capital’s most exciting venues. Every year, the Festival d’Automne à Paris marks the end of summer by bringing together music, dance, theatre and film to the very forefront of the cultural stage. With the event already in full swing, some forty or so of the city’s establishments have opened their doors to take part, and it’s all going on until mid-December. Heralded as the festival of the season for its unmissable performances, exhibitions and shows, grab your chance to take part now.
While nowhere in the world celebrates Halloween with quite the same gusto as America, that’s not to say that Europe – with its ancient ruins, gory history and fascinating folklore – isn’t an amazing place to be on October 31st. If you want to scare yourself silly, some unforgettable celebrations can be found a short ferry ride away, in three of Europe’s most fright-filled cities.
It was Nobel Prize-winning poet Anatole France who uttered the magical words ‘Sometimes one day in a different place gives you more than ten years of life at home’. And while the French writer was renowned for his oftentimes sceptical works, even he couldn’t deny the inspiration to be found in his beloved country. With a whole world of new paths and experiences to be found just a few hours from the port of Calais, we take a look at some of the best spots for a quick break in the Hauts-de-France region. But best book a flexi ticket – these stunning locations in northern France will have you checking in for an extra night.
The days may be a little bit shorter and the air a little nippier, but that doesn’t mean the holidays should come to an end! In fact, the autumn months offer a great time to get away, with cities and hotels offering much cheaper prices in the lull of the summer crowds – not to mention the clear roads which are yours for the taking. October’s stunning golden landscapes make it the ideal month for exploring hidden vineyards just off the beaten track, or taking a short break in your favourite city without the heat leaving you wilting in the shade. Treat yourself to a last minute holiday this October with these fantastic deals on our crossings.