Europe has so many incredible places to experience. Whether you’re into art, history, fashion, royalty, architecture, or food and wine, Europe has a little bit of everything! Some of the most romantic and gorgeous cities in the world are found here – Paris, London, Rome, Madrid, Vienna and Lisbon to name a few. The idea of planning an entire trip to Europe is exciting… and daunting! Some people aren’t planners, and even those who are planners can feel extra pressure to book the perfect trip for a first time to Europe. That’s where a luxury travel agent comes in! A travel agent’s job is to make your planning stress free, help get you the best rates and deals, and help you have the trip of a lifetime.
Working with a vacation travel agency has many benefits. They will be able to extend special deals and rates that normal people won’t be able to access. A vacation travel agent will be able to completely customize your Europe itinerary to fit your specific needs and desires. They can arrange your travel, book your hotels, get you that upgraded room with a fabulous views, and just give you the peace of mind knowing that someone has thought of all the details for you!
TIPS FOR YOUR FIRST TIME TO EUROPE
You won’t see everything on your first trip
Unless you have several months to devote to your first trip to Europe, you won’t be able to see and appreciate everything. Traveling between cities and countries is quick, but not a 5-minute plane ride, so you’ll need to set realistic expectations on how much you want to experience during your trip. Work with a vacation travel agent to help narrow down the places you want to see, and they will be able to help you set realistic expectations. Know your travel style, how much time you want to spend in each city, and don’t forget to put down your phone from time to time and enjoy your surroundings.
Trains, planes and automobiles
While in the US we are dominated by airline and car travel, don’t forget to utilize the very efficient train services while in Europe. It’s a unique way to get somewhere rather quickly while taking the scenic route – literally! Luckily if you book with a vacation travel agent, they can arrange all your transportation for you, taking the stress out of organizing it all.
Be prepared for jet lag
Jet lag is real and it happens but it doesn’t have to take you out on your first few days on your first time in Europe! Jet lag is that feeling of fatigue you get from crossing different time zones and you can feel the repercussions of it from a day to a few days later. Things to help you get over jet lag are drink lots of water before, during, and after your plane ride. Eat a nutritious and hearty meal as soon as you get to your destination to give you some energy. Finally, one of the best ways to beat jet lag is to power through and stay up as long as you can that first day and instead go to bed early.
Now that you’ve got a few helpful tips under your belt about traveling to Europe, it’s time for the fun part… planning! Where do you want to go? What are some of your absolute must-see places and how long will you be able to explore? Here is an Europe itinerary a vacation travel agent would be able to set up for you, so we hope this inspires you to book your next travel adventure.
SAMPLE FIRST TIME EUROPE ITINERARY
First Stop: London, England
Tower of London – the Tower of London is a historic castle and fortress that dates back to the 1000’s. It was historically used as a royal palace for Kings and Queens Kings but also served as a prison from 1100 to 1952.
The London Eye – take a (slow) spin on the London Eye for some of the best views of the entire city.
Westminster Abbey – one of the most iconic cathedrals in the world, Westminster Abbey is a gothic abbey church in the heart of London that has been the place of coronation and burial sites for many British monarchs.
Buckingham Palace – the home of the British Monarch. Maybe you’ll even catch a glimpse of the Queen herself!
Second Stop: Paris, France
Eiffel Tower – the landmark that sets Paris apart from all other European cities! This iconic structure is a must see during your first visit to Europe. Take the elevator (or stairs if you want some cardio) to the top for expansive views of Paris.
Musee d’Orsay – a gorgeous train station turned museum, the Musee d’Orsay holds some of the most classic and iconic art pieces from beloved artists like Monet, Van Gogh and Renoir.
Palace of Versailles – located a short distance outside of Paris, the Palace of Versailles is the former royal palace of the great Kings of France. With some of the most grandeur architecture, immaculate gardens, and expansive rooms, it is one of the most spectacular places and museums in the entire world.
The Louvre - the world’s largest museum and historic monument in Paris is one of the biggest landmarks in all of the world. People come from all over the world to see some of the most famous pieces of art such as the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and the Winged Victory.
The Colosseum – the Colosseum is an outdoor amphitheater in the heart of Rome that served as an outdoor arena for spectators for thousands of years. Anything from live animal fights, gladiator fights and public speeches took place in these iconic walls, and now you can tour the ruins yourself and step back in time.
The Vatican – Catholics travel from all over the world to experience the Vatican, the holy home and worship center of the Pope himself. The building is breathtaking and it is a very spiritual experience to witness Vatican City in its finest.
Trevi Fountain – make a wish and throw a coin in the Trevi fountain while on your stay in Rome. Legend has it that if you make a wish, close your eyes and throw the coin over your right shoulder, one day you’ll return to Rome.
Pantheon – the former Roman temple turned Catholic Church, the Pantheon is one of the historical attractions many people want to experience while in Rome.
Europe has so many incredible places to see, and this just scratches the surface even within these cities of some of the wonderful sites and spots to experience. Working with a vacation travel agent is truly the best way to book your European holiday to ensure that you get the most out of your trip and allow you to have a stress-free planning process.
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Dominique Barba, CTIE, ECC, TAE