Food and Wine Trips in Europe

Architecture and Beer in Germany's Great Cities

Berlin beer glasses Hans-Peter Merten/German National Tourism Board
Fly into: Munich Fly out of: Munich
Total Duration: 6 days

This itinerary shows Germany's cities, and precisely what they have to offer. You'll tipple to your hearts content in the beer gardens of Munich, see the magnificent architecture of Dresden—much of it restored since the fall of communism—before finishing up in Berlin, the design center of Germany and home to many of its modern architectural masterworks.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • History
  • Food and Wine
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture

Around the Eastern Aegean, from Athens to Istanbul

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Fly into: Athens Fly out of: Istanbul
Total Duration: 12 days

Many travelers tend to bypass the islands of the Northeastern Aegean in favor of glitzy party places like Mykonos and Santorini. They don't know what they're missing. The seductive islands hugging the coast of Asia Minor capture the essence of Hellenic culture and history, as well as provide an easy gateway to Turkish destinations such as the ancient Roman city of Ephesus.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Natural Beauty
  • Archaeology
  • Food and Wine
  • Beaches
  • History

Belgium for Beer Lovers

Brugge reflections morriedin/Fodors.com member
Fly into: Brussels Fly out of: Amsterdam
Total Duration: 9 days

This itinerary stops in cities with a focus on tasty brews, from the brown cafés of Brussels and Amsterdam to the specialty brews of Liege and Ghent, to the bustling byways of Antwerp and side streets of Brugge.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Shopping
  • Food and Wine

Best of France

Versailles garden michel mory/iStockphoto
Fly into: Paris Fly out of: Nice
Total Duration: 14 days

On this itinerary, you'll take in some of the top destinations in France. It's a perfect trip for first time visitors or those who want to sample the country. You'll spend time in big cities like Paris and Lyon, before heading south to soak up the sunshine of Provence and the Riviera.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Natural Beauty
  • Food and Wine
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture

Castles in Germany's Wine Country

Stolzenfels Castle Andreas Kaster/German National Tourism Board
Fly into: Frankfurt Fly out of: Frankfurt
Total Duration: 7 days

See the best of West Germany's castles with this itinerary. It starts in Koblenz's Festung Ehrenbreitstein and moves through the three castles in the St. Goar region and the academic treasures of Heidelberg, before finishing at the castle-hotel in Neckarzimmern, the Burg Hornberg. This trip offers some of Germany's best castles, with plenty of local wine to make the learning fun.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Architecture
  • Food and Wine

Classic Trips: Driving Germany's Romantic Road

Castle Neuschwanstein Yuri Yavnik/Shutterstock
Fly into: Frankfurt Fly out of: Munich
Total Duration: 7 days

This trip follows the Romantic Road, one of Germany's oldest tourist routes. Created after World War II to lure visitors, it includes sweeping vistas, fairy-tale castles, and ancient cathedrals—the most romantic sights of Germany on one car trip.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Great Drive
  • Food and Wine
  • History
  • Architecture

Classic Trips: From Paris to Amsterdam by Train

Grand Place at Night Belgian Tourist Office NYC/USA
Fly into: Paris Fly out of: Amsterdam
Total Duration: 10 days

This itinerary moves up the coast from the City of Light to the city of nightlife. Along the way you'll see Delft's bandbox charm, the beers of Brussels, and the medieval delights of Brugge. Traveling by train is the best way to go.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Great Train Ride
  • Food and Wine

Classic Trips: Germany and France

Colmar traditional houses Avner Richard/shutterstock
Fly into: Munich Fly out of: Strasbourg
Total Duration: 14 days

To satisfy your deepest craving for Old World atmosphere, this itinerary explores the picturesque and beautiful provinces that straddle the border between Germany and France. From the Bavarian capital of Munich, we head west through Heidelberg and Baden-Baden's old-fashioned German castles and spa. Then to Strasbourg, an irresistible mix of medieval houses and modern Parliament buildings. Finish by tippling your way down the Alsatian Wine Road.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Food and Wine
  • Art and Culture
  • History

Crete and the Dodecanese

Tsambika beach Valeria Titova/iStockphoto
Fly into: Athens Fly out of: Athens
Total Duration: 13 days

The southern islands of Crete and the Dodecanese are full of superlative experiences: a lost civilization, deep gorges, Crusader's castles, and isolated beaches. This itinerary will take you through all of them, beginning and ending in Athens.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Natural Beauty
  • Food and Wine
  • Archaeology
  • History

Discover the Italian Renaissance

Ferrara Cathedral detail seraficus/istockphoto
Fly into: Milan Fly out of: Rome
Total Duration: 11 days

The Italian Renaissance, a golden age of art and culture, celebrated beauty, innovation, and mathematical proportion. You can read it in Dante, see it in Michelangelo, and be engulfed by it when you walk into a Renaissance church. This tour highlights key Renaissance sites and masterpieces in eight different locales, including the major cities of Milan, Venice, Florence, and Rome, as well some more remote, less frenetic destinations.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Natural Beauty
  • Food and Wine
  • Art and Culture
  • Shopping
  • Nightlife

Essential Portugal: Lisbon and the North Country

Obidos, colorful building Jose Manuel-ITP
Fly into: Lisbon Fly out of: Lisbon
Total Duration: 11 days

This itinerary showcases some of the best that Portugal has to offer, at a relaxed pace. Start your journey exploring Lisbon, before heading north to discover hilltop towns, castles, and fishing villages. Burn off all the rustic food by hiking in the massive Serra da Estrela, and don't miss the port-making region before heading south again to Lisbon and back home.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Food and Wine
  • Architecture
  • History
  • Shopping
  • Nightlife

France from North to South

Provence pink wall Muriel Lasure/Shutterstock
Fly into: Paris Fly out of: Paris
Total Duration: 10 Days

It would take a lifetime to explore all that France has to offer, but this itinerary highlights some of the key regions. Kick off your trip in Paris, to take in the architecture, art, and food. Then wend your way south to Dijon and visit the vineyards of Burgundy before stopping in Provence to see the landscape that inspired Van Gogh. Finish your trip sunning yourself along the French Riviera, exploring the big cities and remote villages. Finally, make your way back to Paris before flying home.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Food and Wine
  • Art and Culture
  • History
  • Beaches

France with Kids

Eiffel Tower Carousel TEA/shutterstock
Fly into: Paris Fly out of: Paris
Total Duration: 8 days

Got kids? Then they—and you—will love this family itinerary to France. This trip is designed with their short attention spans and interests in mind. It has a good dose of fun, including a visit to Euro Disney, as well as just the right amount of time dedicated to museums and churches.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Food and Wine
  • History
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture
  • Museums

Greek Island Hopping

Mykonos street PixAchi/Shutterstock
Fly into: Athens Fly out of: Athens
Total Duration: 12 days

If you're looking for the archetype of the Greek islands—off-the-charts beauty, hedonistic nightlife, white-washed villages, and other-worldly sunsets—choose the Cyclades. Travel the waters from blue-domed Mykonos to Santorini's caldera, and discover off-the-beaten-path places where you can avoid the crowds and slip into the slow island way of life.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Food and Wine
  • Nightlife
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture

Highlights of the Netherlands and Belgium

The Hague's parliament GAPS/istockphoto
Fly into: Amsterdam Fly out of: Brussels
Total Duration: 11 days

This trip, true to its moniker, gives you all the best of the Netherlands and Belgium. Start among Amsterdam's canals, see the seaside by The Hague, and check out Rotterdam's busy nightlife. In Belgium, you'll see Brugge's medieval splendor, the artistry of Ghent, and the street life of Brussels before heading home.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • History
  • Food and Wine
  • Natural Beauty
  • Nightlife
  • Architecture

Ireland and Northern Ireland: Dublin to Belfast

Giant's Causeway, County Antrim kellyconlan/Fodors.com member
Fly into: Dublin Fly out of: Dublin
Total Duration: 9 days

Rugged, misty, and eerie: this trip takes in some of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland's west and north. Kick off your trip in Dublin before heading west to Galway, then pay your respects to Yeats in Sligo. In Northern Ireland you'll combine hip city experiences with some of the most otherworldly natural landscapes; and who knows, you might even spot one of the "little people."

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Food and Wine
  • Architecture
  • Art and Culture
  • Natural Beauty

Ireland by Rail

Blarney Castle lfitz44/Fodors.com member
Fly into: Limerick Fly out of: Dublin
Total Duration: 10 days

Traveling Ireland by rail is one of the best ways to tour the country. There are no white-knuckle rides as you face large tour buses on narrow, winding roads (and not to mention the stress of driving on the left). You can just sit back, relax, and take in the brazenly scenic landscape while enjoying a picnic lunch on the train. Starting from Shannon, this itinerary hits some of the most popular sites in Ireland, from Limerick and Blarney Castle to the famed Ring of Kerry and Kilkenny, before ending your trip in Dublin.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Food and Wine
  • Natural Beauty
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture

Ireland's Greatest Houses and Castles

Romance and Intrigue at Lismore aggiegirl/Fodors.com member
Fly into: Dublin Fly out of: Dublin
Total Duration: 10 days

For an up-close look at the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous—antique style, nothing beats a visit to Ireland's stately homes and castles. Architecturally, they run the gamut from Gothic to Georgian. On this trip you'll see the largest private home in Ireland, as well as shockingly grand castles and country estates.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture
  • Food and Wine

Mountains, Vineyards, and Villages in Spain and France

Zaragossa Pilar Square nhtg/shutterstock
Fly into: Madrid Fly out of: Paris
Total Duration: 15 days

Why choose between visiting France or Spain? On this trip you'll hit the big cities like Madrid and Toulouse as well as spend time in each country's lesser known towns, like Zaragoza and St-Jean-Pied-de-Port. You'll go through mountains, vineyards and little coastal villages while exploring outstanding museums and churches.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Natural Beauty
  • Food and Wine
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping

Northern Italy and Switzerland: The Lakes to the Mountains

Lake Lugano, Ticino Schweiz Tourismus/swiss-image.ch
Fly into: Milan Fly out of: Zürich
Total Duration: 15 days

Italy's and Switzerland's Alpine regions are some of the most magical destinations in Europe, and this trip takes you to the best lakes and mountains in the area. You'll crisscross between the two countries, exploring lake-side towns and islands, as well as postcard-perfect mountains and valleys.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Food and Wine
  • Natural Beauty
  • Art and Culture

Northern Spain: Tapas and Coastal Towns

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao aherrero/flickr
Fly into: Barcelona Fly out of: Madrid
Total Duration: 14 days

Starting in Barcelona and gently curving east, this itinerary showcases the highlights of northern Spain, along with Madrid. You'll explore fishing villages in San Sebastián and rocky beaches along the Basque Coast before hitting the museums of Bilbao. The trip winds down in Madrid, where you can tour the Prado and dance the night away.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Natural Beauty
  • Food and Wine
  • Museums
  • Architecture
  • Art and Culture

Prague and the Best of the Czech Republic

Spa in Karlovy Vary Pavel Kosek/shutterstock
Fly into: Prague Fly out of: Prague
Total Duration: 9 Days

The name says it all: the Czech Republic's finest offerings in one itinerary. Start in Prague's evocative side streets and smoky pubs, then head to Kutná Hora's ossuary and Český Krumlov's Renaissance castle before finishing at one of Karlovy Vary's healing spas with a shot of mineral water (or herbal liqueur, both considered medicinal). From beer to bones, you'll sample Bohemia's best on this trip.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • History
  • Art and Culture
  • Food and Wine

Road Trip Around Ancient Greece

Delphi Ruins Istockphoto/ David Lewis
Fly into: Athens Fly out of: Athens
Total Duration: 12 days

What's better than a road trip to explore a country? In this itinerary, you'll be road-tripping around Greece and criss-crossing from Attica to the Peloponnese to explore some its top ancient sites. You'll see the ruins of sacred Delphi, where the Oracle once uttered its prophesies, the ancient theater at Epidauros that had room for over 14,000 people, and the city which was given to Achilles as a gift.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Archaeology
  • Food and Wine
  • History
  • Natural Beauty

Royal Iberia: Portugal and Spain

Sintra Castle Vinicius Tupinamba/shutterstock
Fly into: Lisbon Fly out of: Madrid
Total Duration: 13 days

Looking for a royal flush? This itinerary takes in royal themed sites in Portugal and Spain. You'll follow in the footsteps of kings, queens, and royal explorers, visiting castles, monasteries, and palaces. Start in Lisbon and Sintra before heading to Spain to explore Madrid, Segovia, and Toledo. It's not all palaces and churches, though; we've included plenty of cultural and food stops as well as the occasional nature break.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture
  • Food and Wine
  • History

Southern Germany: Munich to Frankfurt

Rothenburg ob der Tauber Rothenburg Tourismus Service/German National Tourism Board
Fly into: Munich Fly out of: Frankfurt
Total Duration: 14 days

This trip focuses on the best of Germany's southern region. From the bustling beer gardens of Munich to the financial buzz of Frankfurt, along the way you'll see the old-fashioned pomp of Augsburg, the scholarly focus of Heidelberg, and the perfectly preserved streets of Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Art and Culture
  • Food and Wine
  • Museums
  • History
  • Nightlife

Southern Spain: Flamenco, Art, and Architecture

Flamenco accompaniment TheNickster/flickr
Fly into: Madrid Fly out of: Madrid
Total Duration: 10 days

Kick off your trip in Madrid, where you can soak up the art at the Prado and get into the Spanish way of life. Then follow in the footsteps of El Greco to Toledo, before heading to Córdoba to explore its unique architecture. Catch a flamenco show in Seville before ending your trip with arguably Spain's greatest monument —the Alhambra palace in Grenada.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Architecture
  • Art and Culture
  • Food and Wine
  • History

Spain's Great Cities: Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville

Parc Guell Ruggero Franceschini/shutterstock
Fly into: Barcelona Fly out of: Madrid
Total Duration: 9 days

This itinerary takes you to three of Spain's greatest destinations: Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville. Each city has its own charm and attractions. You'll take in art museums and architecture, as well as superb cuisine—with plenty of time for breaks in parks or the beach. Best of all, these cities are linked by high speed trains.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • History
  • Architecture
  • Museums
  • Food and Wine

The Best of England and France

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Fly into: London Fly out of: Paris
Total Duration: 14 days

On this trip, you'll experience some of the best churches, architecture, and mystical sights that England and France have to offer. Kick off the trip in London before seeing the great cathedral at Canterbury and Stonehenge. Then cross the English Channel and head to France, where you'll spend time seeing abbeys and grand châteaux, as well as spending time in Paris.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Natural Beauty
  • Food and Wine
  • Great Train Ride
  • Architecture
  • Art and Culture

The Best of England and Ireland

Salisbury Cathedral Rob Gale/flickr
Fly into: London Fly out of: Shannon
Total Duration: 14 days

Beginning in London, this trip highlights some of the quintessential attractions and cities in both England and Ireland. You'll see treasures ancient and new, from the Tower of London and the Roman spas at Bath to the Book of Kells and one of Ireland's liveliest cities.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • History
  • Food and Wine
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture

The Best of Tuscany

Duomo rooftops in Florence Minerva_Bloom/Fodors.com member
Fly into: Pisa Fly out of: Pisa
Total Duration: 9 days

Cypress trees, vineyards, and rolling hills characterize this gorgeous region of central Italy. Wine and olive oil have been produced here for centuries, and they help make meals something special. On this road trip, you'll see lots of important art in Pisa and Florence, then wind your way through the scenic countryside of Chianti, ending up in Siena.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Natural Beauty
  • Food and Wine
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture

The Good Life in Northern Italy

Villa Monastero in Varenna on Lake Como Ann Forcier/Fodors.com member
Fly into: Milan Fly out of: Milan
Total Duration: 10 Days

No one has mastered the art of living well as successfully as the Italians. This itinerary highlights locales in northern Italy that are dedicated to pleasure, from a luxurious lakeside getaway to gorgeous wine country to a cliff-lined seacoast. The trip is proof that you can have a wonderful Italian vacation without seeing one Renaissance masterpiece or setting foot in a cathedral—though there are plenty of opportunities to do both if you want to.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Art and Culture
  • Food and Wine
  • Natural Beauty
  • Shopping

The Italian and French Rivieras

Menton, French Riviera Manfred Steinbach/shutterstock
Fly into: Milan Fly out of: Nice
Total Duration: 14 days

If you want to live the jet set life,or just see how the jet set live, this itinerary hits all the right spots along the French and Italian Rivieras. Starting in Italy, you can hike your way through some of the most spectacular cliff-top villages while taking in catch-me-while-I-swoon sea views (and occasional dips in the sea). You'll visit historic cities along the Mediterranean coast as well as smaller villages with nary a boutique in sight.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Natural Beauty
  • Food and Wine
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture

The Mezzogiorno: Southern Italy

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Fly into: Rome Fly out of: Rome
Total Duration: 10 days

"Mezzogiorno" means "midday"; it's the informal name given to southern Italy, a region where a blazing sun heats up villages (sometimes making it imperative to remain indoors during peak summer hours) and casts a commanding glow. This is a magical land whose "Renaissance" happened in the 13th century during the reign of Frederick II. A car is usually the best way to get around, as train service can be slow and erratic. A quick overnight in Rome kicks off this road trip. You then go south to the beautiful Amalfi Coast, after which you'll head to Puglia, known for its mysterious trulli and its phenomenal food. From Puglia, you'll turn back north to bustling Naples, and wrap things up with another day in Rome.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Architecture
  • Food and Wine
  • Beaches
  • Museums
  • Great Drive

Venice and the Venetian Arc

Verona street Ljupco Smokovski/Shutterstock
Fly into: Venice Fly out of: Venice
Total Duration: 10 days

Venice truly is a city unlike any other. You can't begin to get a real sense of its unique beauty and complexity in a day or two—which is why this itinerary devotes four days to it. When you move away from the city, you'll continue to feel its influence in the "Venetian Arc," the swathe of northeastern Italy that was once under Venice's rule.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Architecture
  • Art and Culture
  • Food and Wine
  • Natural Beauty

Vienna to Salzburg: Mozart, Picturesque Towns, and the Wachau Valley

Hellbrunn Nikita Rogul/shutterstock
Fly into: Vienna Fly out of: Munich
Total Duration: 11 Days

This itinerary gives the best of what Austria has to offer—and some bonus Bavaria. After Vienna, head west through the gingerbread towns of Dürnstein and Bad Ischl, then to Salzburg, Mozart's birthplace and stomping grounds, and finally to Munich's beer gardens and Bavarian beauty. From classic operas to lemon sponge cake and cathedrals, you'll get a real taste of Hapsburgian grandeur.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • History
  • Food and Wine
  • Art and Culture

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