Visiting Europe? Schedule one of these day trips
From Florence: Cinque Terre Hiking Trip
Sample a smorgasbord of less-traversed Italian terrain and geography with a hiking day trip to Cinque Terre. You’ll get a taste of everything that defines classical, old-world Italy by trekking your way through vineyards, olive groves and colorful coastline fishing communities set against a blazing blue sea backdrop.
Stonehenge, photo by Laszlo Ilyes.
From London: Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath
Have the ultimate English experience with a day trip to some of the most quintessential British hotspots. Try your hand at unlocking the ancient mysteries of Stonehenge, catch the Changing of the Guard at Windsor Palace and do your best to shake their stoic gazes, and admire the elegant Georgian architecture in Bath.
Tuscany, photo by Pank Seelen.
From Rome: Tuscany in a Day
A day trip to pastoral Tuscany will make the perfect antidote to a heavy dose of ancient Italian art and architecture. You’ll sample fine wines and local cuisine and enjoy views of breathtaking, green-soaked landscapes as you delve into the heart of the countryside, traversing your way through quaint hillside towns and rustic farmland.
Montserrat, photo by Alex Schmitt.
From Barcelona: Montserrat and Cava Trail
Rich history and rich wine are two of the things that define Spain, and you’ll get a taste of both on your day trip to Montserrat and Cava Trail. View the famous 12th century Black Virgin statue housed at the Royal Basilica on the mountain of Montserrat; then go underground to explore some of the largest wine cellars in Europe, after which you’ll get to sample the signature sparkling wine and learn for yourself just what makes it so famous.
Dresden, photo by Max A..
From Berlin: Dresden
A trip to Germany wouldn’t be complete without a visit to cultural center Dresden, the opulent Baroque “Jewel Box” of the country. A preliminary review of the city’s tragic, war-torn history during the first, guided part of the tour will give you a new appreciation for the city’s present-day abundance of theaters, museums and galleries as you explore at your leisure in the second, free-rein portion of the trip.
Giverny, photo by Aaron Perkins.
From Paris: Versailles and Giverny
Once you’ve perused a few of the finest art museums in the world, visit the inspiration source for some of the iconic masterpieces firsthand with a day trip to Giverny. Stroll through the very gardens that inspired so many of Monet’s paintings; plus, get a gander at the grandeur of France’s royal history with a visit to the palace at Versailles in the same trip.
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Delphi, photo by Arian Zwegers.
From Athens: Delphi
Experience a brush with the divine on a day trip to Delphi, a site infused with both mythological and archaeological significance. Your trip to the “center” of Ancient Greece provides the opportunity to explore the Temple of Apollo as well as other awe-inspiring monuments, and a turn through the Delphi Archaeological Museum makes it the perfect excursion for any Ancient Greek history buff.
Giverny, photo by Juergen Kurlvink.
Paris, Rome, London, Barcelona—Europe is home to some of the most popular travel destinations on the globe. However, if you only stick to the major cities, you risk missing out on a lot of just-off-the-beaten-path gems.
Once you’ve had a chance to hit all the must-sees in your major metropolitan area of choice, consider shaking things up by making a quick visit to one of these equally fascinating day trip destinations just a hop, skip and a jump away.
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