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Multi-country trips in Europe to book now

Aug 16, 2021 by The Go Ahead Tours Team

With its plethora of cultures to experience, its compact size, and its efficient transportation network that includes international trains, highways, and flights, few places make it easier—or more enticing—for travelers to explore multiple countries in one fell swoop than Europe. 

Not sure how to plan a multi-country trip? No worries; the best way to see multiple countries in Europe might just be by joining a group tour. Expert and experienced local guides and Tour Directors can handle every last logistic required to get you from place to place—and help you get acquainted with the customs of each country along the way. Sound exciting? (We thought so.) Here are 10 multi-country trips to consider for your next adventure.

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Italy & Greece

England & France

Portugal & Spain

Scotland & Ireland

Germany, Switzerland & Austria

Norway, Sweden, Finland & Denmark

Croatia & Italy

Croatia & Solvenia

Poland & the Baltics

Bulgaria, Serbia & Romania

1. ​​Italy & Greece

Ancient history, awe-inspiring architecture, and stunning natural scenery make our Italy and Greece tour one of the best multi-country trips on the map. In Rome, imagine the sound of roaring crowds inside the Colosseum as you stroll through its stands. In Athens, picture ancient Greeks paying homage to their patroness, the goddess Athena, while exploring the Parthenon they erected in her honor. In addition to getting a history fix, visitors to Italy and Greece can feast on traditional Mediterranean foods (pasta, baklava, and moussaka—oh, my!), visit local wineries, and relax on some of the planet’s most breathtaking beaches in Greece. Join us on our extension to Santorini for even more sun and sand on the isle’s iconic cliff-lined shores.   

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2. England & France

Together, these two countries—and their cosmopolitan capitals—make up one of the best multi-country trips for travelers who crave modern fashion, food, art, and culture. (Okay—and thrilling history, too.) Join us on our London & Paris tour to immerse yourself in these iconic cities. In the English capital, you’ll visit icons like Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace, explore exquisite shops along Oxford Street, watch shows in the West End, and sip smooth, frothy stouts at some of London’s best pubs. Across the English Channel in Paris, treasures like the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower—not to mention countless chic cafes and brasseries—await. Don’t leave without taking an evening cruise along the Seine, or wandering through the impeccably manicured gardens of Versailles. Not ready to head home yet? Add our extension to continue enjoying the City of Light. 

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3. Portugal & Spain

These neighboring nations on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula make for one of the best multi-country trips for travelers who love people-watching in sunny plazas, eating their fill (and then some) of succulent seafood, and lingering over bottles of bright, crisp wine late into the night. You can do all that on our Grand Tour of Portugal & Spain: Porto to Barcelona. Highlights include viewing the terraced hills and historic buildings of Porto from aboard a Douro River cruise, tasting your way through Lisbon’s Time Out Market (grab a few extra pastéis de nata to go), touring a Spanish cork factory in Seville, visiting an olive oil farm in Granada—and so much more. If you join us on our extension to Basque Country, you’ll cap your adventure with a few days exploring the striking landscapes and iconic architecture of northern Spain, including the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.   

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4. Scotland & Ireland

One of the top multi-country trips for anyone who loves literature, music, tales of life in the Middle Ages, and bucolic coastal landscapes is a two-in-one visit to Scotland and Ireland. (And did we mention all that Scotch whisky?) Join us on our Highlights of Scotland & Ireland: Edinburgh to Dublin tour, and follow in the footsteps of literary giants like Sir Walter Scott and Oscar Wilde, visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum to see medieval suits of armor up close, and, in Ireland, revel in the wild beauty of the otherworldly Burren and the soaring Cliffs of Moher. “We all had numerous opportunities to ‘sample’ these two beautiful countries, including four major cities,” said traveler Kathryn after returning from the trip. “We also experienced the gorgeously green countrysides filled with lovely visits to castles and saw cottages adorned in summer flowers.” If you’d like to lengthen your journey, add our extension to Edinburgh for a few extra free days to tour the noble city.

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5. Germany, Switzerland & Austria

When it comes to fairytale-caliber castles, wide-open mountain scenery, moody, Gothic architecture, and hearty, stick-to-your-ribs dishes—and let’s not forget the beer!—few multi-country trips deliver like a tour of Germany, Switzerland & Austria, which stops at some of our favorite cities in the mountains. Some unforgettable experiences that await you in this trio of European countries include riding a funicular to Heidelberg’s rose-colored castle for sweeping city views, cruising along the calm waters of Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne, and sitting down for a live performance of Mozart’s music in Salzburg. If you want to continue your adventure (and add a stamp to your passport), add our extension to Budapest to discover Hungary’s lively, cosmopolitan capital.  

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6. Norway, Sweden, Finland & Denmark

If you ask us, visiting multiple countries in one trip is an ideal way to experience variations of the smart urban design, locally sourced cuisine, bold sartorial style, and wild natural beauty that make the nations of Scandinavia so alike, yet unique from one another. On our Scandinavia: The Capitals & the Fjords tour, you can cruise through Norway’s majestic fjords, marvel at Oslo’s modern art and architecture, sample new Nordic cuisine made famous by Danish chefs, and see inside Stockholm’s city hall, which plays host to the annual Nobel Prize banquet. You’re sure to return home from this corner of the world feeling inspired, but you can always add our extension to Iceland to be further moved by the rugged landscapes of the Land of Fire and Ice.    

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7. Croatia & Italy

If you’re looking for multi-country trips through charming villages and romantic cities, Croatia and Italy are tough to beat. When you join us on our Croatia & Italy: Dubrovnik to Venice tour, you’ll spend 12 days admiring intricate Venetian architecture and enjoying rustic, mouthwatering cuisine. Walk along Dubrovnik’s ancient sea walls as you explore Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, which traveler Judy declared to be “so beautiful it is indescribable.” Then, learn about shellfish cultivation and taste local oysters fresh from the water in Ston. Continue on to Italy, where you’ll admire the elegant architecture and winding canals of Venice. You’ll have the option to join us on our Gondola Ride: Venice Canal Cruise excursion to view the city from its iconic waterways. If you’re not quite ready to leave some of Europe’s most romantic cities behind, continue on our extension to Florence to immerse yourself in sun-soaked culture, art, and cuisine in the heart of Tuscany.

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8. Croatia & Slovenia

The rich history, vibrant culture, and enchanting storybook scenery of these two countries make our Croatia & Slovenia: The Old-World Adriatic tour one of the dreamiest multi-country trips. “This tour makes you feel like you are in a fairytale!” wrote traveler Sunny after returning from the trip. “Gorgeous towns and villages in both Croatia and Slovenia, beautiful Plitvice Lakes, our day-long forays into Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and our time in Lake Bled along with our day in the Julian Alps all added up to an amazing long-awaited adventure.” You’ll explore the charming cobblestone streets of Dubrovnik, marvel at the jewel-toned terraced waters of Plitvice Lakes National Park, and pay a visit to the bronze mythical creatures adorning the famed Dragon Bridge in Ljubljana. Can’t get enough of Slovenia’s fairytale landscapes? Add our extension to Ljubljana and Lake Bled to explore the enchanting Bled Castle perched atop a leafy mountain overlooking a cobalt lake.

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9. Poland & the Baltics

The perfect multi-country trip for history buffs and modern-day explorers, our Poland & the Baltics Adventure: Warsaw to Tallinn tour will take you through resilient cities reborn after war, past scenic landscapes, and on a culinary adventure exploring the Baltics. Highlights include a tour of the revivalist architecture of Warsaw (a city that was nearly destroyed and subsequently rebuilt following World War II), a scenic guided float down the Krutynia River, and a stop at Lithuania’s profound Hill of Crosses pilgrimage site. Next, you’ll continue on to Riga, Latvia, to view the city’s distinctive Art Nouveau architecture and taste your way through the local cuisine at the zeppelin hangar-housed Central Market—we recommend trying the Black Balsams liqueur and piragi, hand-held breads filled with bacon and onions. 

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10. Bulgaria, Serbia & Romania

If you prefer to experience the history and culture of multiple countries along with a healthy dose of dramatic lore, join us on our Bulgaria, Serbia & Romania tour. We’ll take you through charming medieval cities, across idyllic vineyards, and to imposing castles that are just a little bit spooky. Admire the billowing soft green and gold domes of St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria, visit the macabre Skull Tower in Niš, Serbia, and explore Bran Castle, also known as “Dracula’s Castle,” in Transylvania, Romania. The foreboding castle is perched among the Carpathian Mountains and is a must-see site to explore in Dracula’s Transylvania.

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Ready to hopscotch across Europe? Check out our multi-country tours, and tell us about the European countries you dream of visiting on our Facebook page!

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