3 Reason to Travel to Europe in 2015

Written by: Amanda Bailey on February 12, 2015

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Bookings for European travel are up, thanks to the rising value of the dollar against the euro. As hotels, flights and tour packages become more affordable, travel agents are receiving more and more inquiries for trips across the pond.

Take a look at the hottest trends for travelers heading to Europe this year.

Special Interest Tours

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Europe is a big place with a ton of history. Many visitors choose to focus on a specific region, or a specific aspect of culture. According to the travel supplier Globus, their Italian Sampler tour was the most popular new tour in 2014, and Italy among the top destinations overall. Travelers also have an endless variety of specialty tours to choose from, including Harry Potter’s England, Europe’s most famous battlefields, and favorite spots of Paris’s Impressionist painters.

Culinary Experiences

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Demand for culinary tours of Europe’s gastronomic centers is at an all-time high. These trips are perfect for adventurous foodies or those wanting to be fully immersed in a country’s cuisine. Options range from educational excursions through France’s wine-growing regions to stays at organic farms in Italy that include cooking classes, kitchen tours of local restaurants and even lessons in truffle-hunting.

River Cruises

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European river cruises allow travelers to leisurely make their way from city to city and enjoy scenic views of countryside along the way. Popular voyages include Viking’s Grand Tour of Europe, a 15-day jaunt through five countries via three different waterways, and Avalon Waterway’s special-interest sailings — they even offer a beer-sampling cruise through Germany and Austria.

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