Europe is a beautiful continent that covers the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia. It is the world’s second smallest continent. It is ranked third amongst the world’s most populated continent after Asia and Africa. The currency of Europe is Euro. It is said that the birthplace of western culture is Ancient Greece. Today the European Union has greater influence over its member countries. Europe tour package offers an action packed and fun filled journey to the lovers of adventure and nature. Arctic Ocean to the North, the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Mediterranean, Black and Caspian seas to the south together form the maritime borders of Europe. Europe is placed in the temperate climate zones. The climate is milder and mostly warmer and wetter. 16 degree Celsius is the average temperature of Naples throughout the year.
Christianity is the main religion of Europe. Europe boasts of its great art and history. Nevertheless it is a continent which is filled with natural beauty. The greatest natural gift of Europe is Alps. It is dotted by farm huts, beautiful flowers and surrounded by mountain peaks. The scenery of Le Grand canyon is extraordinary where you can view slabs of white and salmon colored limestone. Adventurous travelers love to hike down into the Canyon. People also like to hike among the vineyards and olive groves and enjoy after hiking by having dinner of seafood and white wine. Tourists also enjoy driving over the mesmerizing Vrsic Pass. The road covers the length of 5,000 feet.
Vienna, Austria, is a beautiful city with a colorful history, it is a cultural center especially for Classical and operatic music and the arts. As the former capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, there are countless Imperial monuments and palaces, many spectacular museums and ornate churches and cathedrals. It is a city of many concerts, a city of dignity and pride. This colorful city has always been one of my favorite destination.
Wiener Riesenrad is a giant Ferris wheel that is located in the Wurstelprater amusement park in Prater, one of the city’s many parks. A ride on this majestic wheel costs just €8 euros (or about $10 US dollars or £6.50 British pounds sterling), but exploring the park and surrounding area is free and gives you a great feel for the city.
For the Classical Music Enthusiast
Vienna is well-known for its Classical and operatic musical heritage. Vienna saw the development and popularity of the “great master composers,” C.P.E. Bach, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Salieri; and they led the way to the Romantic period of Schubert and others. Vienna is very orientated to this musical tradition.
One of the main attractions in Vienna is the Mozarthaus, the composer’s former residence on Domgasse that is now a museum and small concert venue; it’s most certainly worth the €8 ($10.40, £6.50) student price! Mozart-themed places and events are all over Vienna, and there is a chain of souvenir shops called Mostly Mozart (that sells Mozart chocolates). The Mozart statue at the Hofburg Palace that is a must-see due to the music note made of flowers in front of it, cafés and restaurants named after him, and the Mozart/Strauss concert at the Kursalon that has reasonably priced tickets and many performance options. Haydn, Schubert, Strauss, and Beethoven also have houses/museums dedicated to them throughout the city-there is no lack of Classical music here!
If you’re going to Europe, and planning on traveling, rather than staying in the one place for the duration of your vacation, and you don’t want to spend a fortune, there’s two or three alternative ways that you can travel throughout the continent.
The first option would be to take what you might call the “traditional” budget alternative, which would generally be backpacking and traveling by train. Nothing wrong with that at all, and by using a pass on the trains (known as a Eurailpass, and available in the USA from [http://www.raileurope.com/eurorail/index.htm]) you can certainly reduce your spending, whilst journeying widely throughout many countries.
There are, however, a couple of down sides to this traditional “budget” planning.
First, whilst it can often be exhilarating and exciting to meet and travel with strangers on a train, equally, sometimes, it’s nice to have your own space to enjoy the journey, on your own.
Secondly, by definition, trains can only take you as far as the railway station, and railway stations are not always placed where you want them to be placed. In other words, if you have definite “target” places that you want to see, then you might end up having to take a train, then a bus or taxi (for who knows what distances) before arriving at your destination. This shouldn’t be a problem if the place you so desperately want to visit is in the city, but what if it not?
Rome in summer is much hotter than I realised so I found myself heading out early in the day, taking a break over the midday heat (now I understand why the Italians have a siesta time) and then exploring again in the afternoon and early evening. I also ended up wearing a hat a lot and was quite amused at the many people who were carrying umbrellas to keep the sun off them.
I was outside a lot of the time in places such as the Colosseum, in the Forum (really no shade hardly to be found at all) and around the city centre. What I did find though was fantastic clean water from the many fountains. I had a bus tour booked and my guide on the tour told me to buy my first bottle of water and then just keep filling it up at the fountains and it is totally free! The water was probably the cleanest water I have ever tasted and it was lovely and cold and saved me lots of money! She also told me that if I forgot my bottle of water, I could put my finger over the spout and get a refreshing spray of cold water that way.
I had booked a Rome Vatican tour and I told my guide that I had read about a fantastic Italian summer treat called grattachecca (hand shaven ice and fruit syrup). So we walked from the Vatican along the Tiber River and she took me to Rome’s oldest Grattachecca stands along the Tiber River. I was absolutely amazed at the incredible combinations available. I ended up eating it a little too quickly and got “brain freeze”.
Another way I found to beat the heat of summer was of course having what Italy is so famous for…gelato! I must have tried just about every gelato shop in the city and there was not a bad one to be had! Be totally amazed at the mounds of icecream that will confront you and spend ages making your choice. I was absolutely in awe of the size of the scoops! I highly recommend doing a Vatican tour as the professional guides know all of Rome’s best kept secrets and are happy to share them.
If you love travel but you don’t want your vacation to break the bank, here are some helpful tips to keep the costs way down.
1. Join airline frequent flier programs and, if you like, sign up for credit cards that offer free miles. It’s awfully nice to kick off your vacation with a free flight to your vacation destination. But make sure to sign up for the free flight months in advance if possible. You want to make sure there are open seats on your flight. Also, if a flight is overbooked and you’re on vacation, why not give up your seat for a later flight and get a free ticket for your next trip?
2. If possible, find out the off-season for your destination and travel then. There’s a world of difference between season and off-season rates. Also, why travel to the most expensive international destinations? Some of the least expensive locations include Iceland, Hungary, Panama, Mexico, Argentina, Belize, Nicaragua, Brazil, and South Africa. You might be surprised what these nations have to offer tourists.
3. There are more and more all-inclusive vacation packages available at cut-rate prices. It can save a great deal of money to have tours/attractions, lodging, meals, and other amenities included in your package price. Paying for each of these things individually can easily double or triple your vacation costs. Sometimes you can get multi-day passes to various amusements or special rates if you go later in the day. Luxury cruises in particular offer some amazingly economical all-inclusive packages.
4. Ask your travel agent if there are apartments, condos, or even home rentals available at your destination. There are lots of desperate owners out there now who will rent a condo or fine home for significantly less than you’d pay in a nice hotel. Or check out Bed & Breakfasts: off season, you may pay less for extravagant lodging and gourmet breakfasts than you’d pay for a ho-hum hotel. If you have no choice, at least sign up for hotel loyalty programs that give you a free night after so many stays at their chain.