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TOP PLACES TO VISIT IN EUROPE (by StudentsVille.it & SmartTrip.it teams)

Europe maybe half the size of North America but it has twice the number of countries, each with its own history, culture and language. This means there’s a lot to fit into any trip to Europe. We are here to help guide you through the overwhelming information and take you to the best places which make up this wonderful continent.

1. GREECE

All-year-round warm weather, stunning beaches, crystal blue seas and some of the finest seafood, makes Greece an appealing destination. But then combine this with its 4,000 year history, plus the fact Greece is widely considered the birthplace of Western civilisation, and no trip to Europe complete without coming. Next question is Where to go?

We have the perfect trip which hops around the islands seeing 3 places in 10 days. A wonderful balance of sun, culture, swimming and adventure. We take care of everything- ferries, walking tours, accommodation and the parties too!

Corfu is considered one of Greece’s most beautiful islands. Here’s plenty of history, lots of beaches and a chance to drive on a quad bike safari too.

Next stop is the capital Athens home of the Acropolis, Parliament, Syntagma Square and the Panathenaic. There’s a chance to also relax and enjoy the nightlife.

If you think Corfu is nice, then wait until you see Santorini. Its dramatic cliffs, blue seas and whitewashed fishing villages make this island unforgettable.

Highlights beautiful beaches, Temple of Olympian Zeus, quad bike safari(ATVs), kayaking, fire dancing, toga party

For more information:  https://www.smarttrip.it/en/2948-florence/5-spring-fall-break/358-greece-island-hopping 

2. CROATIA

Croatia is still one of the lesser-explored places in Europe, which makes it all the more special. Crystal waters, walled cities and breath-taking natural beauty -this country has them all. Join us on our 3 day trip to the coastal town Split to experience the history, the beach and the dramatic mountain scenery. With a chance to go white water rafting on the Cetina River, and swim in world-famous waterfalls there’s plenty

Highlights: Beaches, white water rafting, swimming in the waterfalls of Krka National Park, Brac Island, Dalmationa Island Tour, Diocletian’s Palace.

For more information:  https://www.smarttrip.it/en/2948-florence/3-weekend-trips/336-croatia

3. AMALFI COAST

It’s easy to see how Amalfi earned its name as the “Pearl of Italy”. Combine, sun, sea and boat trips with a picture-perfect backdrop, and you have yourself a great destination for a weekend trip. With so much to see nearby, you’re spoilt for things to do. Only in the 1850’s was a road built linking the stunning towns of Ravello, Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi. It was holiday destination for some of Hollywood’s greats Sofia Loren, Greta Garbo and Humphrey Bogart. Good enough for them? Good enough for us!

Highlights: The Blue Grotto on the Island of Capri, Black Sand Beach at Positano, Limoncello tasting, ruined city of Pompeii, Volcano Mount Vesuvius

For more information: https://www.smarttrip.it/en/2948-florence/3-weekend-trips/329–amalfi-coast-paradise-on-earth

4. MUNICH

Think of Germany, and beer-drinking is probably high on the list. Did you know it has not one but two large beer festivals throughout the year? Join us for a trip during the Springfest, to enjoy Oktoberfest’s smaller “sister”.

Hundreds of beers, lots of food, and people from all around the world, make for a great time.

Eins, zwei, drei …let’s go!

Highlights: Theresienweise, Bavarian beer, beer tents, giant pretzels, bike tours of

For more information: https://www.smarttrip.it/en/2948-florence/3-weekend-trips/360-munich-beer-springfest

5. PARIS

Looking for class, romance, history, shopping and fashion? Paris it is then.

Sample the world-famous cooking, see one of the best-known museums Le Louvre, chic boutiques, as well as the iconic Eiffel Tower.

Come to experience the grandeur and glamour for yourself and put some “oo-la-la” into your weekend.

Highlights: Eiffel Tower, Versailles, The Louvre, Champs-Elysee

For more information: https://www.smarttrip.it/en/2948-florence/3-weekend-trips/347-paris

6. BARCELONA

Spain’s 2nd largest city is famous for football, food and fun. Combine this together with its 2,000 year history makes a fabulous mixture of medieval culture and cosmopolitan vivacity. If this wasn’t enough? It’s on the coast too, so great for swimming and sunsets.

It’s hard to think what more you would want from a weekend break.

Viva la Fiesta!

Highlights: The Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, La Rambla, clubs, beach, tapas,

For more information: https://www.smarttrip.it/en/2948-florence/1-festivals/335-barcelona-abroadfest-2015

7. AMSTERDAM, BERLIN, PARIS, BARCELONA

If you are really overwhelmed by how many places there are to go, then why not try a tour of 4 of them? This is one of our most popular tours for this very reason. In just 10 days we take you to 4 different cities, and some of Europe’s best! After this trip you will be a complete Europhile.

Berlin you looking for style, cutting-edge architecture, and a vibrant artistic scene, then the German capital is for you! Take a look at the remnants of the Berlin Wall, walk through the magnificent Brandenburg Gate, and listen to some of the live music filling the neighbourhoods. It’s easy to see why so many films are shot here.

Amsterdam the city of liberal-living, where most things are legal! There’s much more than tulips, clogs and cannabis coffee shops. Amsterdam boast having more canals than Venice. It was once the world’s richest city, and where the 17th century Dutch Golden Age took place. The architecture, famous art museums, Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum are unmissable. Or if you like to discover the city for yourself, why not join the locals and rent a bike.

The tour then moves onto Paris and Barcelona.

Highlights: Berlin Wall, Anne Frank’s House, Eiffel Tower, La Sagrada Familia.

For more information: https://www.smarttrip.it/en/2948-florence/5-spring-fall-break/348-eurotrip

The Smart Trip Team

The Florence-based team at SmartTrip has all the experience and local knowledge to offer

alternative and enjoyable trips to students wanting to make the most of their time in Europe.

For more information about the local, national and international trips see:

Website: www.smarttrip.it

Mail: info@smarttrip.it

Ph. (+39) 055 23 98 640

Via Luigi Alamanni 35 (main office and sales point)

Via Cavour 36Red (info and sales point)

About The Author

For 10 years Kirsten Hills worked as a video journalist for BBC and ITV. She now runs her own business in Florence, shooting and editing films www.kirstenhills.com

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