Words by Carlie Tucker
If the travel bug has struck and you're having trouble narrowing down the destinations for your next luxury getaway, there's definitely a case to be made for Europe. Even if you've been before, there's just something about this beautiful patchwork of countries that delivers a new unforgettable experience every time you visit. Myriad landscapes, cultural enlightenment and fantastic food are just the beginning.
Still on the fence? Here are five more reasons why you should book that European getaway now.
1. Earlybird Season
In case you haven't heard, it's Earlybird season, which means there are incredible deals to be had getting to and around your favourite European destinations. Choose from the season's lowest airfares from top providers (Etihad, Emirates, Qantas and Qatar to name a few) flying from all major Aussie cities into the likes of London, Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Madrid and more!
In addition to extremely competitive flights, Earlybird deals cover tours as well. That means you can see your favourite destinations in the lap of luxury for less. Fancy a river cruise on the Rhine with all the trimmings? How about a guided Irish exploration with 5-star service? There are plenty of guided tours and cruises to choose from, with reputable providers offering exceptional itineraries, quality accommodation and once-in-a-lifetime experiences with all the details taken care of.
2. Captain's Platinum Package
If you book your Europe Earlybird airfares, you can take advantage of this exclusive package that offers a number of benefits. From price drop protection to a full refund up to eight weeks prior to departure*, this limited time offer provides added peace of mind that you're covered should your travel plans change. For more information, simply contact our Luxury Travel Experts on 1300 038 785.
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3. Springtime In Europe
Booking now will have you bound for Europe just in time for Spring. Pleasantly warm days can be spent strolling Paris's Luxemburg Gardens or sunning yourself on the shores of Lake Como, while crisp evenings are best spent sipping ouzo in the Greek Islands or watching spectacular sunsets over the canals of Amsterdam. Speaking of Amsterdam, the flowers will be in full bloom, which means rows and rows of tulips setting the fields ablaze in colour.
Springtime in Europe also comes with a full calendar of notable events and festivals, allowing travellers an authentic glimpse into local culture and celebrations. For example, the Carnival of Venice runs in February, St Patrick's Day and the Barcelona Beer Festival is in March, Kings Day takes place in April and Paris hosts the Saint Germain Des Pres Jazz Festival in May.
4. Avoid The Crowds
Generally speaking, November through March is considered the off season in European tourism, and April through to mid-June is known as the shoulder season. Travelling during these times comes with a full list of advantages, but perhaps the most important is the crowds. With fewer people making their way to Europe, the majority of your favourite landmarks and destinations will be less crowded. That means less time in line and more time enjoying everything you want to see.
5. United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece ...
Perhaps one of the biggest draws of Europe is the destinations themselves. With 50 different countries offering up everything from ancient architecture and rich individual histories to iconic landmarks and magnificent landscapes, there is no other place like it in the world. Whether it's your first time or your tenth time, you're assured a new and unique experience.
It's easy to picture yourself hitting the high street in London or taste testing tapas in Spain. It's easier still to dream about standing at the foot of sun-bleached Roman ruins and moody dusk views over the Champs Elysees. With so many reasons to get there, now is the time to turn those dreams into reality.
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