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5 of the best European tours for 2016

Published December 21st, 2015

If you’re itching to get over to Europe next year, but are feeling overwhelmed by all the different places and things to choose from over there, look no further... We’ve put together a list of some of the best European tours available for 2016 to get you inspired.

In Croatia, sailing is a must! #bucketlist. Image: Khy Orchard

Croatia + Ultra Europe 2016

Student Flights exclusive Busabout Croatia Sailing + Ultra Music Festival 2016  is an amazing trip that takes in some of Europe’s prettiest summertime hang spots, fascinating history and architecture, and a party scene that will inspire lasting happy memories. On this tour you get to spend 9 or 10 days sailing along the jaw-droppingly gorgeous Dalmatian Coast, lounging in the sun and swimming in the crystal clear seas by day, and partying the nights away on the pretty islands. You’ll also get tickets to the legendary Ultra Music Festival in Split.

It' goes without saying, one must drink a lot of beer in Germany

Contiki European Magic

For a flying visit of some of Europe’s most revered cities and regions, the European Magic Tour with Contiki really ticks the boxes. Visit 7 countries in just over a week and experience a smorgasbord of cultures and landscapes. After leaving London it’s over to the red lights, cobbled streets and coffee houses of Amsterdam where you can take a canal cruise through the city waterways. Next it’s on to the fairytale-pretty Rhine Valley complete with castles and vineyards and (naturally!) wine tastings! From here sample beers in Munich, take a gondola ride in Venice, and gobble Swiss chocolate in pretty Lucerne. You’ll end up in Paris where you can explore the city sights before heading back to London.

Topdeck Greek Sailing

If sailing the Greek Isles is on your list of must-dos, you’ll love Topdeck’s Greek Sailing Tour. Spend 7 days of ultimate relaxation under the Mediterranean sun while exploring historic towns and ancient ruins, cruising past tree covered islands, and indulging in some delicious local Greek delicacies. The trip starts in Athens, before heading to Epidaurus where you'll see an ancient amphitheatre, and on to historical Ermine via Poros. Next you’ll visit the romantic Hydra where transport along cobblestoned streets is by donkey! You can get your Goddess on at Athena’s highly-instagrammable ancient temple at Aegina, before cruising back to Athens.

Those bright #Nice #France feels

Busabout Loops: 4 Loops - North & West & South & East Loop

Busabout's take-it-at-your-own-pace hop-on-hop-off travel pass takes you through most the major destinations in western Europe, including France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Spain. This trip is for people who want to see it all at their leisure, but enjoy having the guidance and assistance of experts along the way. Bookings can be made online, travel dates can be changed as often as you like, and services run every other day through summer. With guides on all departures you’ll be all set for arrival in your new exciting destination and you’ll enjoy the freedom of knowing you can stay there as long as you

Hire and bike and cycle Amsterdam

Contiki: The Northern Trek

If getting out into nature is your thing, you’ll really love Contiki’s 26-day camping trip, which takes you from Athens through so many of Europe’s most exciting destinations. Hit the open road and make new friends as you journey through Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Croatia and beyond before ending up in Amsterdam. Along the way you’ll see some of the world’s best alpine scenery, ancient architecture that will make your heart sing, moving historic sites, and cityscapes you’ll never forget. This trip will also introduce you to more cultures in one month than you thought possible.

Amy Dalgleish

Wanderlust pommie, currently living the dream in sunny Byron Bay.