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Europe is undoubtedly the culture center of the world. Dozens of countries, filled with the richest history, art, food, natural wonders and buzzing cities... all only a train or bus ride away from each other. This summer, get lost amidst picturesque Spanish beach towns, dive into the Mediterranean's crystal waters, or soar high in the Alps. Tick dream destinations like Paris off your list... or blaze new trails into eastern Europe's vibrant cities and offbeat bars. No matter what kind of European adventure is most suited to you, we've got it covered. 

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Europe Adventure tours 

Sail Turkey
Sail Turkey | 8 days
Board the Blue Cruise for seven nights sailing through an entirely blue world (clear skies, crystal clear seas... who could ask for more?). You'll get to snorkel at Iuendiz's blue lagoon, explore incredible old Turksh towns, visit a Mediterranean fjord and party at the famous Smugglers Cove island nightclub. 
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Sailing Croatia: Split to Dubrovnik | 8 days
Hello, sailor! Croatia is Europe's most up-and-coming travel destination, and once you drop anchor on any one of it's blindingly beautiful beaches, you'll see why. This tour will take you and a group of likeminded travelers from cultural Split, through Croatia's party islands Hvar, Vis and Korcula, to stylish Dubrovnik.
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Norwwgian fjord trekking
Norwegian Fjord Trekking| 7 days
Get up close and personal with Scandanavia at its rawest and most jaw-dropping. This week long trek may seem challenging, but it's sure full of rewards. With Odda as your base, you'll hike across frozen glaciers with crampons, explore the Valley of the Waterfalls, and get to gawp over the edge of the famous Trolltunga. 
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Getting around Europe

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Eurail global passes
Want to pack the most fun into your Eurotrip? Get a Eurail pass and you can travel between 28 countries across Europe quickly and easily. Available in a huge list of European countries, you pick the rail pass that suits your route, length of trip, and budget.
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Europe Bus Passes
Hop-on hop-off bus travel is a great choice for transport around Europe because of the short distances involved.  and means you can tick off a big chunk of your European bucket list in one go.
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Car and van hire
Hit the open road! Those who want more freedom to roam exactly where they please may want to consider hiring some wheels of their own. Disclaimer: Epic Europe roadtrip playlist not included. 
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Traveling in Europe: The FAQs

When is the best time of year to travel to Europe?

Europe's weather can vary from country to country depending on the season. Between the months of November and March, parts of north and central Europe can be very cold, whilst the Mediterranean countries remain mild.

The months around Christmas are a magical time to visit Central and Eastern Europe, with traditional Christmas markets and New Years Eve celebrations taking over.

Visit Turkey, Croatia, Greece, Italy and Spain in the spring summer months to make the most of the beautiful beaches and perfect weather... altough you're likely to find warm weather and sunshine in most parts of the continent between May and September.

Prices tend to be highest in Europe at Christmas, Easter and during the summer vacation. Travel during off peak times to save yourself money on accommodation and trips.

How can I get to Europe?

You're already in it! Getting across the pond is pretty easy and cheap, with regular flights to and from most major airports. Return fares, one-ways, student tickets...you name it, we've got it.

If you're departing from Belgium, France or the Netherlands, you might also find it more worthwile to book yourself on the Eurostar and travel directly by train from St Pancras International. From there, you could start your Interrailing trip with an Interrail pass. Head into an STA Travel store to enquire or book.

Do I need a visa to travel Europe?

As a U.S. resident, you'll be granted a tourist visa upon arrival in all European countries, so there is no need to apply for one in advance. In most countries, these visas can last you up to 90 days within any 180 day period, but in the United Kingdom, you can stay for up to six months.

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