Austria

Travel in Austria is often a meandering journey through deeply carved valleys, rocky mountain flanks and picturesque lakes. The birthplace of Mozart and setting of The Sound of Music, Austria provides  mesmerising blend of culture, scenery, art and elegance.

Did you know?

We think of France at the mention of “Croissant”, but did you know that Austria invented this famous pastry? The journey from Austria to France of Croissant is as interesting as any of mysterious historical stories.

In 1683, Vienna was under siege by the Ottoman Empire. After months of war, when it seemed that Vienna was about to fall to the Ottomans, an army came to the rescue, and Vienna escaped destruction.

To celebrate the end of the siege, several bakers in Vienna made a pastry in the shape of the crescents they had seen on the battle standards of the enemy. They called this new pastry the “Kipferl” which is the German word for “crescent” and continued baking if for many years to commemorate the Austrian victory over the Turks in 1683. It was not until 1770 that the pastry came to be known as the croissant when Austrian Princess, Marie Antoinette married King Louis XVI of France.

 

Switzerland

Switzerland is small, mountainous and best known for its financial institutions, fine cheeses and chocolate, luxurious watches and fairytale views. Envied worldwide for its quality of life that ticks like clockwork, Switzerland is a combination of the colossal and the well-ordered where you can be sure things arrive on time. The tidy and precision of the Swiss towns is tempered by the lofty splendor of the landscapes that surround them.

Germany

Germany’s heritage runs much deeper than the brats and beer they so famously make. Any city you go to in Germany offers something completely unique and different. Regardless of the season you visit, there is an activity that is tremendous and amazing. Germany’s tour packages will help you not only to save money but it will give you a memorable experience. Germany is a blend of old historic features mixed with a picturesque modern mindset. Whether it is a cosmopolitan area or a rural area, you will absolutely love it.

Travel to the capital of German, Berlin, where you can find a mix of the cosmopolitan lifestyle coupled with history. Berlin is a hub for a stellar nightlife, shops, bars and restaurants. Don’t forget to visit this amazing on your Germany tour. There are also wonderful tours that visit Frankfurt.

Frankfurt has a collection of museums and a wide array of shops and bars that will fill anyone’s day. It is iconic, historic, and fun as like other cities in Germany, but Frankfurt also offers outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to stretch out and catch some fresh air, take advantage of Tempo’s fantastic hiking and biking opportunities.

Portugal

Portugal combines the best of the past and present and gives you a wonderland range of activities to choose from. With historical narratives dotting the scene in the cities in Portugal, there is plenty to explore. You will love all the activities that fill this small European country. From groves and vineyards to beaches and shopping venues, Portugal has it all – it’s just a matter of what you want to do.
Often overlooked in favour of its showier neighbor, Spain; Portugal is a truly sublime destination. Much of the country still exudes an old-world charm, from Lisbon’s historic neighbourhoods to the idyllic villages and castles of the interior. The Portuguese coastline is simply stunning, with sandy beaches, extravagant resorts and many remnants of the nation’s proud seafaring heritage.

 

Belgium & The Netherlands

Belgium encompasses all the best that Europe has to offer. Belgians are Europe’s beer experts; the country boasts more than 450 types of beer and Belgian chocolate is considered Europe’s finest. With a population of over 10 million and its capital housing the headquarters of the European Union; it is often referred to as Europe’s capital.

Spain

Combining a remarkable history with 21st-century sophistication, Spain is a vibrant and impassioned destination. Stunning beaches attract sun-worshippers from all over the world while suave cities fuse medieval and gothic architecture with North African influences and the contemporary creations of Gaudi, Picasso and Dali. Visitors to Spain cannot help but be seduced by the gorgeous landscapes, delicious cuisine, boisterous festivals and intoxicating lust for life that permeates the entire country.

Italy

Italy is a land of unparalleled natural diversity, where rugged coastal cliffs give way to rolling hills, olive groves, inviting vineyards and Alpine lakes. This astonishing scenery is complemented by a rich and varied history. Everywhere you go, you will discover the remnants of bygone empires including the Etruscans, Greeks, Normans and of course, the Romans.

Commanding a long Mediterranean coastline, Italy has left a powerful mark on Western culture and cuisine. Its capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. Other major cities include Florence, with Renaissance treasures such as Michelangelo’s “David” and its leather and paper artisans; Venice, the sinking city of canals; and Milan, Italy’s fashion capital.

Italy has produced some of the greatest painters, sculptors and architects of all time, and the legendary art cities of Rome, Florence and Venice are packed with masterpieces by Renaissance heavyweights Michelangelo, da Vinci, Botticelli and Donatello.

With such a variety of natural and cultural wonders, the hardest part of an Italian holiday is deciding what not to see!