Steeped with eons of history, lashings of culture and breathtaking natural beauty around every corner, Europe offers a lifetime of intrigue, and more. With so much to discover, planning an itinerary can feel a little overwhelming. That’s why we’ve fallen hard for Globus, a company that’s been showcasing the continent for almost 100 years.
This summer, Globus is raising the bar with a bespoke collection of European itineraries. Spanning across Croatia, Sicily, Southern Italy and Spain, the quartet captures the heart and soul of some of Europe’s most captivating regions. And in trademark Globus style, they’ve been carefully curated to combine big ticket sightseeing with unique experiences that you simply can’t replicate travelling solo.
This summer’s dreamiest destinations
As always, Italy is proving to be one of this year’s most sought after destinations. Globus prides itself on venturing beyond the norm, which is why it has crafted itineraries that showcase more than just the typical ‘Rome, Florence and Venice’ route. Sun drenched and off the beaten track, Southern Italy is peppered with small towns, rural villages and friendly locals that will clasp your hands and shower you with smiles. Spain is also luring intrepid travellers, with sun bronzed beaches, elegant cities and endless plates of tapas. Plus an arts scene for the ages.
Insider travel tips
You can flick through the Lonely Planet all you want, but there’s no substitute for the carefully curated itineraries, expert guides and insider knowledge on offer from Globus. Not to mention the ‘Local Favourites’ programme designed to help you experience your destination through a local lens.
Here’s a few of our favourite destinations to get you started:
- Visit Sven Engholm’s husky farm in Finland, explore Santa Claus Village and receive your Arctic Circle Certificate. View the full itinerary here.
- Enjoy a cruise on one of the world’s great natural harbours, Plymouth Sound, and immerse yourself in all the wonderful history of Britain & Ireland. View the full itinerary here.
- Sample the very best Rioja wines and tapas in Bodegas Portia, a world famous winery where art and wine collide. View the full itinerary here.
- Experience a special lunch at a traditional Swiss working farm, giving you a chance to see how people live in rural Switzerland. View the full itinerary here.
A glimpse at the latest Globus tours
Dreaming of leisurely afternoons wandering around London’s world class museums? Maybe you’ve got balmy Barcelona nights on your mind, or can’t quash a craving for impossibly creamy Italian gelato? Wherever you want to go, these brand new tours from Globus are guaranteed to whet your palate.
- The Croatian
Spanning for 11 days, this Adriatic Sea itinerary showcases sparkling coastlines, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a string of unique experiences. Along the way, you’ll overnight in Zagreb, Opatija, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik, plus enjoy a spell in Slovenia’s trendy capital, Ljubljana. Croatia is one beautiful temptress, which is why Globus has included plenty of opportunities to enjoy the scenery. You’ll get the chance to sign up for guided walking tours in Plitvice National Park, famous for its shimmering lakes, cascading waterfalls, and lush forests. Then gaze up at the dramatic limestone cliffs that fringe the Dalmatian Coast, and get lost in the web of tunnels and stalactites that pierce the Postojna Caves.
- The Sicilian
As the largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily doesn’t scrimp on allure. This whirlwind 10 day tour is packed with architectural treasures that have been standing tall for centuries. You’ll start in flamboyant Palermo, an ancient city dotted with breezy piazzas, Byzantine churches and bustling markets. Eventually you’ll find yourself at the foot of Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano. Of course, every day you’ll get the chance to savour authentic Sicilian specialties that have been handed down for generations. From panelle, arancini and cannoli to almond biscotti and syrupy Marsala wines, this Sicilian tasting tour is an epicurean’s dream come true.
- Hidden Treasures of Southern Italy
From devouring authentic pizzas in Naples to exploring cascading cliffside towns in Sorrento, this ‘Hidden Treasures’ tour showcases the heart and soul of southern Italy. Throughout the tour you’ll visit royal residences, admire ancient Greek archaeological marvels and stroll through Mediterranean style towns like Cellino San Marco. Ever felt like you need a holiday from your holiday? We know the feeling. An overnight stay at a Salento country estate is the perfect way to slow down the pace and savour your time in southern Italy. You’ll enjoy luscious wine from the vineyard, accompanied by local olive oil, homemade pasta and a smorgasbord of other delicacies.
- Spectacular Spain
Nothing says “European summer” quite like a sun drenched holiday in Spain. This sultry itinerary treats you to a two-night stay in Barcelona where you can chat to locals on Las Ramblas, get lost in the winding alleys of the Gothic Quarter and touch base with Gaudi at the whacky Sagrada Familia Basilica. Madrid’s Prado Museum is a must for art lovers, while an exciting ride on the high-speed AVE train is guaranteed to get your pulse racing a little. You’ll wind things up with a spell on the sparkling Costa del Sol, where you’ll get a chance to relax at waterfront sangria bars, browse the trendy boutiques and build up that all important golden glow.
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