6-Nt. Paris & Barcelona Vacation w/Air
Experience two of Europe's favorite cities in one trip with FREE flights betweenExpires: 09-30-2016Tripmasters.com
Ireland Northwest Coast Tour w/Air + More
Self-drive to beautiful Cavan, Donegal, Mayo & beyondExpires: 11-24-2016Great Value Vacations
Rome Hotels up to 60% OFF
Great deals on 3- and 4-star properties throughout the cityExpires: 10-13-2016Hotwire
Madrid Hotels up to 60% OFF
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Italy 3-City Package Vacation with Air
Spend a week experiencing Rome, Florence and Venice in one trip with train between citiesExpires: 09-30-2016Tripmasters.com
Greece 3-City Tour with Air
Explore Athens, Mykonos AND Santorini with transfers between + top hotelsExpires: 11-18-2016Great Value Vacations
Switzerland/Italy Package, Incl R/T Air
Stay in Como, Lausanne and Milan with car to drive betweenExpires: 09-30-2016Gate 1 Travel
Be Live Europe Hotel/Resort Sale
Pick from a variety of upscale stays in Portugal and SpainExpires: 10-07-2016Be Live Hotels
Dublin, London & Paris Trip w/Air, Hotels
Includes 4-star accommodations over seven nights and mini-car rentalExpires: 09-29-2016Great Value Vacations
Ireland "East to West" Experience w/Air
Includes rental car + upscale hotel in Kilkenny, Clare, Mayo, Dublin - extra $100 OFF w/code BUYNOWExpires: 10-31-2016Great Value Vacations
International Deulxe Fall Tours up to $889 OFF
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Ireland Luxury "Castle & Resorts" Experience
Includes car, 4 nights in choice of B&Bs, luxury castle and resort stays - Save $75 w/code 75OFFExpires: 11-10-2016Great Value Vacations
Europe Vacation Deals
A European vacation is full of historical wonders, beautiful sights, and delicious food. Here are some tips on how to plan your getaway so that you get the most out of it.
The Best Time of Year to Visit Europe
Summer is by far the most popular time to visit any destination in Europe. During this time of year, you can expect lots of crowds, warm to hot weather, a lively nightlife, and some awesome promotional deals on travel.
However, if you want to go at a time when the weather is still good but the crowds are a little thinner — and when you might be able to score an extra-special deal on your hotel and flight — you should go during the shoulder season. Bear in mind that "shoulder season" refers to different months in different locations. In the Mediterranean countries, for example, spring and fall are almost as crowded as the summer, so early spring and late fall offer a narrow opportunity to take advantage of shoulder season prices. Research the specific places you want to visit so you can pinpoint the best time to go.
Popular Vacation Types in Europe
Whether you are an adventure junkie, a history buff, or a fashion connoisseur, Europe has plenty to offer.
Love the outdoors? Go hiking in the Alps, take a biking tour in France or Portugal, or go kayaking on Crete or in Norway. Can't get enough history? Rome is a treasure trove of ancient historical sites. If you are more interested in recent history, head to Berlin. Would you rather go shopping? Paris, Milan, and Barcelona are among the world's most fashionable cities. Many locations offer adventure, history, and shopping in the same place, so you can put together a balanced itinerary.
Cheapest Flights to Europe
To get the cheapest flight possible to Europe, try not to fly on a weekend, and book your flight six to eight weeks in advance. Use travel sites to compare airline prices. Usually, Airberlin, Condor, and Icelandair are among the most affordable European airlines. Norwegian Air and Rogue — which is owned by Air Canada — may also offer affordable fares.
Be on the lookout for special deals. Sometimes, websites will offer deeply discounted flights if you're willing to fly at odd hours or if you also book your hotel through the same site. There may also be discounts that are specific to a certain country or city in Europe.