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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.