The best Europe experiences for 2015
Whether you’re a total newbie to the continent or you’ve been round the block a few times already, one thing’s for sure, Europe will always continue to fascinate with mind-blowing landscapes, unforgettable experiences, culture and history. We’ve put together our top list of unmissable Europe experiences for 2015 that will take you beyond the typical European selfie spots and leave you with a lifetime of inspiring memories. What's on your list for 2015?
Hop around the Greek Isles
Head to the Greek Islands for some serious sunshine, sea air, ancient history, sublime sights and good times. Island-hopping around the Greek Isles is legendary; think whitewashed buildings, rustic tavernas, sunsets over the crystal-clear Aegean Sea and delicious Greek food. Take the hard work out of travel and get yourself on a tour with like-minded people with Contiki’s epic 13-day Greek Island Hopping trip that takes you to gorgeous islands of Mykonos, Santorini and Ios.
The Dutch capital is a seriously cruisey kind of place. Past the infamous cafés and the red light district, you’ll discover fascinating architecture, vibrant culture and open-minded, dry-humoured residents. Cruise your way round the flat narrow streets past art galleries and trendy restaurants and along the city’s charming canals the way the locals do - by bike. Hire a bicycle and lose yourself in Amsterdam’s wonder, or join a guided tour and see all sights.
Take a bath in Turkey
The Turks clearly must be onto something because they’ve been doing it for thousands of years! Do as the natives do and wash away the hot, heady hustle of Istanbul at a traditional Turkish hammam. Visit one of the city’s historic baths, like the 15th-century Ağa hamamı, for an authentic Turkish bath scrub experience right in the heart of Istanbul. Kick back and let your mind wander to those incredible sights you’ll have seen, from ancient mosques, exhilarating spice markets and epic bazaars.
Party ‘til sunrise in Ibiza
Its reputation precedes it, and for a good reason! Ibiza is truly the long-established party capital of the European summer. Come and get your hit of hazy Balearic sunshine and all-night clubbing vibes at Spain’s legendary island of fun. Check out Busabout’s eight-day Ibiza Island Hopper tour, which lets you enjoy the good times without having to stress about the travel plans. Just grab your bathers, passport and sunscreen and you’re all set.
Feast on Italy
If you’re a sucker for carbs and weak for gelato, Italy’s the place for you. The home of pizza and pasta is a foodie’s dream where you’ll discover new flavours and even better versions of food you already know and love. Stay in a family-run vineyard in San Gimignano and perfect your Italian cooking skills in a cookery class in Bologna, tasting the many flavours of Italy as you travel through Rome, Venice and beyond with Intrepid Travel’s Real Food Adventure Tour.
High life on the French Riviera
Don your Jackie O sunnies and make a beeline for the high life of the uber-chic French Riviera, as the glitterati do. It’s all well and good to hang on the mainland but if you really want to get out and see the sights (and the celebrities), a private yacht is the only way to go. Geckos Adventures' oh-so-fabulous Ruling the Riviera tour allows you to do just that. Cruise the Cote D’Azur for seven nights of fun and frivolity where you’ll visit the islands, Saint Tropez and Cannes, before returning to Nice. Oooh la la.
Light up with the Northern Lights in Iceland
Iceland is unlike anywhere you’ve ever seen before. The raw landscapes and geo-thermal spas fuse with the pretty Nordic architecture and legendary party scene in the world’s northernmost capital, Reykjavik. This is one of the best places in the world to catch a glimpse of one of the true wonders of nature, the Northern Lights. If you’re up for some genuine northern exposure, Topdeck’s Iceland Explorer includes a Northern Lights hunt, a trip to the Blue Lagoon thermal spa, and three nights’ accommodation and breakfast.