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Photo Diary: Golden European Summers 2018

From Norway to Spain and Portugal to Ukraine, summer is arguably the best time to visit Europe. The weather is at its finest, the days are long, the wine is cheap and there are plenty of activities to engage in. However, it is also the most expensive and crowded time of the year to visit, which is why we think the best times to visit are actually the months that fringe mid-July to end-August. We’ve been wandering around the region for a bit since June – and the crowds are already starting to come in! We’re not quite done with exploring Europe just yet, but in the meanwhile, here are the pics to prove it happened.

Puglia, Italy

Located in the Italy’s southern region, at the heel of the “boot” lies Puglia, a beautiful old town that hugs the Mediterranean coastline. Known for its whitewashed hill towns, centuries-old farmland and some of Italy’s best beaches, you could easily spend months wandering her ancient streets and sampling incredible seafood fresh from the sea.

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Cinque Terre, Italy

Everyone knows of these medieval seaside villages, 5 to be exact! Perched high above the Italian Riviera coastline, Cinqe Terre draws visitors in every year with their colourful houses, scenic hikes, busy harbours and trattorias with amazing food.

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Tuscany, Italy

A region located in central Italy, Tuscany brings to mind miles after miles of rolling hills and plains that stretch toward the horizon, bathed in the gold of the summer sun. We’ve visited countless times, but its beauty remains as breathtaking as the first time we set eyes on.

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Provence, France 

Boasting a host of unique landscapes, from impressive mountain ranges to sparkling rivers, Provence is a wonderful part of France to visit if you ever have the chance! Not only is it home to miles of vineyards, the weather is usually quite mild, and doesn’t get too cold even after the summer. There is plenty to do too; visit Florence and experience incredible art, or witness her famous lavender fields in all their glory. Provence is where dishes like beef daube (stew), ratatouille and Bouillabaisse originate from, so you won’t lack for good food either!

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Santorini, Greece

Famous for its dramatic views, spectacular sunsets and the Instagram-perfect, crisp whitewashed walls of villages overlooking a sparkling blue coastline, Santorini is a dream holiday destination for many. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or the time of your life with friends, this island surely has something for you.

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Inspired to travel? We still have tours running till the end of 2018, and new ones updated for 2019! Start planning your next adventure here.