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Your Europe vacation

From fjords to Fendi and catwalks to cathedrals, Europe's been a destination for conqueror and traveler alike. Lounge on the beaches of Spain and Greece. Drink pints with the Dubliners. See Mona Lisa in the Louvre. Shop (and eat) your way through Rome, Paris and London.

Whether this is one of your first Europe vacations or an annual pilgrimage, let Orbitz help you arrive in style. We've hand-picked Europe's top 10 attractions, and our insider guide offers the lowdown on the best time to go as well as tips from local experts on Europe travel.

Best time to take a trip to Europe

Since this is the land that practically invented vacation, it's always the best time for Europe travel. The climate is as far-reaching as it is diverse (beaches, mountains, wine country, forests) so the best time is your call. In Italy, it's temperate in the north, hot in the south -- while parts of Norway spend days without sunlight.

Summer -- Europe's high season (next to winter) -- draws visitors from around the planet. Off-season varies from country to city -- Paris is, well, Parisian in late autumn, while spring and summer bring in international crowds. London is high season year-round, but expect spikes during Christmas, royal weddings and the 2012 Olympics. August is a popular vacation month for Europeans, and many shops and restaurants close.

Things to do in Europe

Paris

Pack your most refined tastes (or refine them here) -- let's saunter through the streets of Paris. Saint-Honore woos with its couture (Hermes, YSL), seduces with chocolate (La Maison du Chocolate, near the Louvre) and romances with Jardin des Tuileries. Take the Batobus down the Seine (buy a day pass for hop on/off privileges), where you can stop at Notre Dame, Musee d'Orsay, the Eiffel Tower. Watch the sun set in Montmartre, the bohemian land of artistes, Sacre-Coeur and Moulin Rouge.

London

From posh to punk, black cabs to double-deckers -- London is iconic. While the usual suspects aren't to be missed (Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London) a little time 'round Covent Garden and Knightsbridge will reveal Old Blighty's cobbled side. South Kensington is another gem where visitors flock to the V&A and its high-end shops. Head to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich for a surreal display: Henry the VIII's old stomping grounds (Royal Palace) plus a giant laser (it marks the Prime Meridian) that shoots into outer space.

Dublin

Are you already thinking Guinness and shamrocks? Erin's icons may precede her, but this land of the leprechaun also reveals a charming -- and modern -- city. Cross the Ha'penny Bridge (toss a coin for good luck), and sample whiskey at the Old Jameson Distillery. Literary types: Head to the Dublin Writers Museum for a date with Beckett, Wilde and Joyce. Got wee ones? Dublinia (next to Christ Church Cathedral) has gobs of medieval fun stuff, while Dublin Zoo has 700 animals (penguins!) and a kids' train.

Tuscany

Ciao, wine country! You've seen it in movies, travel brochures and postcards --it's even prettier in person. From the green rolling hills to the villas, these fertile grounds are an oenophile's dreamland. Spend the day(s) exploring this photogenic landmark's wineries, hilltop towns (San Gimignano, Siena, Pisa, Cortona) and medieval castles. Unwind in the luxurious spas of Montecatini Terme or the charming shops, cafes and restaurants in Viale Verdi.

Barcelona

Fill your days admiring the work of famous Spanish artists (Dali, Picasso, Gaudi), Gothic architecture and the illustrious Sagrada Familia church. Get your shopping fix on Carrer de la Riera Baixa, known for its vintage finds and funky boutiques. After a siesta, sample the legendary tapas and party until dawn (at least). Head to the beach, or take a daytrip to the Montserrat mountain range.

Scandinavia

Nature is much of the inspiration behind a visit to Scandinavia. Its majestic fjords, Northern Lights and Viking history drive the allure. And don't forget the locals, who have a well-deserved reputation for warmth in this Nordic region. If your Europe vacation plans call for stops this way, be sure to visit Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki or Oslo.

Greece and Turkey

A captivating mix of ancient and modern. Athens's Parthenon is a must-see, but Greece also promises savory eats, turquoise waters and dance-til-dawn nightclubs. Istanbul, a true cultural and religious crossroads, offers everything from traditional Turkish baths to bustling markets and beautiful mosques.

Amsterdam

This freewheeling, tulip-lovers paradise is chock-a-bloc with cafes, Gothic architecture and medieval streets. Ogle the artwork in the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum, and watch the lively street performers in Leidseplien square. Stroll the lush Vondelpark, or explore the bohemian boutiques of De Pijp. Rent a bike, and pedal to the Noordermarkt square, where you'll find flea markets and farmer's markets galore. Want a beach and cocktails? Head to Beatrixpark, beside the River Ij, where you'll enjoy jenever (Dutch gin) and DJs with the Amsterdammers.

Rome

The Eternal City marries fantasy with history at every turn. Buy a gelato near the Spanish Steps. Stroll down tiny streets where Vespas whiz through sculpture-laden piazzas and starry-eyed lovers throw coins into 15th century fountains. Visit the Villa Borghese and its lush gardens or the terraced hills above the Piazza del Popolo. Top it off with handmade pasta, or treat yourself to cannoli in Campo de'Fiori.

Insider tips for Europe travel

Travel tip

With a little careful planning and a dose of adventure, you can find cheap hotel rates and flights if you're willing to mix it up. For example, it might be cheaper to get from Chicago to Rome by way of Brussels, Belgium.

St. Stephen's Day in London

If you visit London during Christmas, spend St. Stephen's Day (December 26) like the locals with a walk in the park. Hampstead Heath is a stunner near St. John's Wood (where the celebs live) with its tall grasses, ponds and knobby trees. Regent's Park is another beauty filled with swans, deer and folks with spotted dogs.

Dining in Dublin

Dublin's blackboard bistro, tucked behind Trinity College, is a firm favorite with locals for its great food and value. And The Globe, on Georges Street, is well known for showcasing up-and-coming bands nightly.

London tip

London's South Bank is perfect for a Sunday stroll by the Thames. Take in the street performers and book stands, have an ice cream or enjoy dinner and drinks.

Cappucinos in Rome

Head to Rome's Piazza di Pietra for a chocolate cappuccino at Non Solo Bevi, where the baristas paint the inside of your glass with melted chocolate before adding the milk and espresso.

Top Rated Hotels for your Europe Vacation

The Grand at Trafalgar Square
The Grand at Trafalgar Square
4.0 out of 5.0 8 Northumberland Avenue, London, England
$131
4.2/5 (93 reviews)

The Grand is superb in every way, absolutely perfect for a London vacation. If it's not within walking distance of where you want to go and what you want to see, chances are you're only an 8-pound cab ride from it. Also, the Charing Cross underground station is three minutes from the front door. ...

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019
The Grand at Trafalgar Square features a fitness center, free WiFi in public areas, and a business center. Front-desk staff can answer questions 24/7, and assist ...
Park Plaza County Hall London
Park Plaza County Hall London
4.0 out of 5.0 1 Addington Street, London, England
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4.4/5 (56 reviews)

Great location. Very clean. Good breakfast, great amenities. Kevin (concierge) is so incredibly helpful and friendly. He helped make a good trip great!!

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020
Guests staying at Park Plaza County Hall London enjoy access to a full-service spa, a 24-hour fitness center, and free WiFi in public areas. Valet parking is ...
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4.0 out of 5.0 200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
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$143
4.3/5 (176 reviews)

Close proximity to walking thru London’s main neighborhood s

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2020
Guests of Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London enjoy a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a fitness center. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can ...

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