Europe shines in the off-season, the time of year between October and March when traveling across the Atlantic means perks like smaller crowds, lower prices, and all-around amazing experiences.
7 reasons why insiders love off-season travel
1. Fewer crowds
You'll feel like you have the most popular sites (almost) all to yourself.
2. Special events
Some of the most unique local festivals take place during this time of year. Go now to get in on all the fun.
3. Better value
See the same sights while saving money—this is when prices are low and traveling is cheapest.
4. Comfortable temps
Some people thrive on hot days, others don’t. If you’re in the second camp, Europe’s temperate seasons could be just what you're looking for.
5. Seasonal cuisine
Think truffles in Italy and mulled wine in the Alps—some of Europe's best bites are served up in the fall and winter.
6. Authentic experiences
Once all the summer visitors have headed back home, you'll get a clear picture of what daily life is really like.
7. New perspectives
Find a whole other side to the Europe you thought you knew—the continent takes on a new light during this time of year.
Warm up with tasty comfort foods, from schnitzel to Sachertorte.
This past December was my third time in Vienna, but perhaps my favorite because of snow. I love the cold weather and warm restaurants, hot glühwein, roasted chestnuts, and apple strudel with vanilla sauce.”
–Carol, Club Go Explorer
Italy & Greece
Don’t miss Sicily in the winter—that’s harvest time for blood oranges.
Visiting Greece in the spring offers a kaleidoscope of colorful wildflowers and green valleys. There are no crowds and warm, sunny weather.”
–Verna, Club Go Globetrotter
Great Britain & Ireland
A warm Irish welcome awaits in the fall, winter, and spring.
Your off-season adventure awaits
Spain & Portugal
Catch the sunset, sans summer crowds, along the beaches of Costa del Sol.
No matter where you go in Europe, the low season is a wonderful time to visit. You’ll have better access to all the famous sites. If you love getting to know—really getting to know—the places you travel to, you’ll love the off-season too!”
–Lea, Operations Team
Your off-season travel questions, answered
What exactly does “off-season travel” mean?
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