With more flights than ever to top destinations all over Europe to choose from at Flights.com there has never been a better time to plan that vacation of a lifetime. Perhaps you're a history and culture enthusiast who longs to see the great capital cities like London, Paris and Rome, or maybe you prefer off the beaten track destinations or great nightlife. Europe really does have something to suit all tastes, and affordable accommodation and flights allow you to make your travel dreams come true.
Explore some of Europe's most exciting cities on a Grand Tour
The traditional 'Grand Tour' of Europe was a rite of passage for wealthy young men from about 1660 to 1820, and today you can recreate it or organize your own Grand Tour easily with an excellent range of affordable flights at Flights.com. Italy was an essential on any Grand Tour, and today cities like Rome, Naples, Venice and Florence have plenty to appeal to all ages. Venice was an essential stop on historic tours, and its canals, squares and bridges make it one of Europe's most unique cities. Take a gondola or vaporetta ride on the Grand Canal - it's expensive but well worth it to see the magnificent palazzi and bridges. Couples will enjoy a visit to the Doges Palace where Casanova was imprisoned, while St. Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge are other major attractions. Paris is considered Europe's most romantic city, but it's also a fashion centre with great shopping in stores like Printemps and Galeries Lafayette as well as dozens of designer boutiques in and around the Champs-Elysees 'the most beautiful avenue in the world'. Different districts or 'arrondissements' of the city are worth exploring, and these include Montmartre which you can reach by climbing the stairs up the 'butte' or taking the funicular railway to see the exquisite Basilica of Sacre Couer. Onward to Rome, and with the Colosseum, the Vatican, Villa Borghese and the Spanish Steps just a few of the city's attractions, history lovers will be in their element. Rome is filled with piazza or squares, and you can simply do what the locals do and enjoy a coffee as you watch the world go by.
Live life to the full in Europe's livliest destinations
It is said that when you tire of London, you tire of life, and the UK capital certainly has much to offer. Shopping is big news in the city, and top department stores like Selfridges in Oxford Street and Harrod's in Knightsbridge are well worth a visit. From the designer boutiques of Bond Street to the fabulous stalls and one of shops at Camden Market, you're spoiled for choice in London. The British Museum and the National Gallery are free, while Madame Tussaud's, the London Dungeon and London Zoo are ideal for families with children. See the fabulous view from the top of Primrose Hill, or try the London Eye or the viewing platform at the Shard, Europe's tallest building. Catch live bands in the Dublin Castle, the World's End or the Monarch in Camden or see a top theater show in Shaftesbury Avenue in the West End. Amsterdam is popular with visitors of all ages.
The city's canals rival those in Venice, and the historic canal ring with its traditional white painted drawbridges dates from the 17th century. A must for fans of all things Dutch, the Rijksmuseum is the city's most visited museum and home to over 1 million pieces dating from 1200 till the present, including amazing works by Rembrandt and Vermeer. The Van Gogh Museum is also a great day out, while a more poignant reminder of the city's past can be found at the Anne Frank House. Amsterdam is of course one of the most thrilling cities for music fans, and venues like the Paradiso host top international bands and musicians, while music clubs like de Melkweg attract a young international crowd. Visit a coffee shop or take a walk through the red light district where ladies wave to you from their windows. The city is also known for its beautiful parks, and the most well known is Vondelpark in the city center. However a short metro trip will take you to Oosterpark, the city's first formal park where you can see the National Slavery Monument and the Scream memorial.
There is so much more to Europe than it's famous cities, and beach lovers can take advantage of Flights.com to some of the world's most stylish destinations to soak up the sun and immerse themselves in the culture of a range of great countries. Perhaps you see yourself as in international jet setter; in which case the beaches of the South of France are perfect for you. Nice with its ochre buildings and its famous 'promenade des Anglais', or Cannes where the luxury yachts and glitzy film festival attract thousands of visitors each year are popular choices.
Mediterranean cuisine, fabulous art and architecture such as Gaudi's impressive Sagrada Famiglia and Park Guell make Barcelona an excellent choice. Add spectacular Barceloneta beach with its wide stretch of sand, unusual monuments and architecture and friendly locals, a top soccer team and a thriving nightlife scene and you can see why it's a popular choice. Whether you're interested in skiing, mountain climbing and skiing in the Scottish Highlands, seeing the midnight sun in Norway or exploring the Rhine waterways in Germany, Flights.com offer routes to every part of Europe and make anything possible.