Our Top 5 European Countries
Looking beyond the chocolate, cuckoo clocks, and yodeling, Switzerland is all about once-in-a-life-changing experiences, heart-racing Alpine pursuits, and urban culture. The country is wedged neatly between Germany, Austria, France, Liechtenstein, and Italy, and offers travelers plenty to do year-round with its spectacular scenery, cosmopolitan city centers, and towering snow-capped mountains.
No matter if you’re setting sail on a luxury cruise or living it up in your own posh vacation villa, the Greek archipelago delivers vacations thrills of epic proportions. Rich in history, mythology, and all those colossal ancient architectural ruins, Greece is home to over 6,000 islands and islets scattered across the eastern Mediterranean, though only about 225 of the islands are inhabited.
With its old traditions, new world cool and natural beauty, the world is now reawakening to Portugal’s charm and allure. Here travelers can experience a unique mix of traditions and some of the best food and wine in the world. Once one of the richest empires in Europe, with colonies stretching from Brazil to Africa and a wealth of seafaring tradition, Portugal built its reputation as a country of explorers and travelers.
Since antiquity, Italy has been the center of history, culture, and cuisine. Artistic wonders can be found everywhere, and often where you least expect to find them. A vibrant masterpiece, Italy is home to 55 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the most of any country, and is a history buff’s dream come true. When visiting, remember to so down, style up, and indulge in a little vita all’italiana.
From the lavender fields of Provence and the fairy-tale châteaux of the Loire Valley, to the French Riviera’s celebrity studded beaches to the magical light of Paris, travelers have endless reasons to adore France. When you’re not taking in alpine views and architectural masterpieces, you’ll likely be savoring the country’s world-famous gastronomy and fine wines. Bon appétit!