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Official language:

French

Capital:

Paris

Government:

Unitary semi-presidential republic

Area:

543.965 km²

Population:

66.993.000

Calling code:

+33

France, is a country whose territory consists of metropolitan France in Western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The metropolitan area of France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany to the northeast, Switzerland and Italy to the east, and Andorra and Spain to the south. The overseas territories include French Guiana in South America and several islands in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. The country's 18 integral regions (five of which are situated overseas) span a combined area of 543.965 square kilometres and a total population of 67 million (as of July 2019). France is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its capital in Paris, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. Other major urban areas include Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Lille and Nice. France, including its overseas territories, has the most number of time zones with total 12 time zones.

During the Iron Age, what is now metropolitan France was inhabited by the Gauls, a Celtic people. Rome annexed the area in 51 BC, holding it until the arrival of Germanic Franks in 476, who formed the Kingdom of Francia. The Treaty of Verdun of 843 partitioned Francia into East Francia, Middle Francia and West Francia. West Francia, which became the Kingdom of France in 987, emerged as a major European power in the Late Middle Ages, following its victory in the Hundred Years' War (1337–1453). During the Renaissance, French culture flourished and a global colonial empire was established, which by the 20th century would become the second largest in the world. The 16th century was dominated by religious civil wars between Catholics and Protestants (Huguenots). France became Europe's dominant cultural, political, and military power in the 17th century under Louis XIV. In the late 18th century, the French Revolution overthrew the absolute monarchy, establishing one of modern history's earliest republics and drafting the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, which expresses the nation's ideals to this day.

In the 19th century, Napoleon took power and established the First French Empire. His subsequent Napoleonic Wars (1803–15) shaped the course of continental Europe. Following the collapse of the Empire, France endured a tumultuous succession of governments culminating with the establishment of the French Third Republic in 1870. France was a major participant in World War I, from which it emerged victorious, and was one of the Allies in World War II, but came under occupation by the Axis powers in 1940. Following liberation in 1944, a Fourth Republic was established and later dissolved in the course of the Algerian War. The Fifth Republic, led by Charles de Gaulle, was formed in 1958 and remains today. Algeria and nearly all the other colonies became independent in the 1960s, with most retaining close economic and military connections with France.

France has long been a global centre of art, science, and philosophy. It hosts the world's fourth-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is the leading tourist destination, receiving around 83 million foreign visitors annually. France is a developed country with the world's sixth-largest economy by nominal GDP, and tenth-largest by purchasing power parity. In terms of aggregate household wealth, it ranks fourth in the world. France performs well in international rankings of education, health care, life expectancy, and human development. France is considered a great power in global affairs, being one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council with the power to veto and an official nuclear-weapon state. It is a leading member state of the European Union and the Eurozone, and a member of the Group of 7, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and La Francophonie.

France and its differently shaped landscapes

In one of the largest countries in Europe, France has numerous, sometimes very differently shaped landscapes. The landscape is dominated by plains or hills. The country is mountainous to the southeast and on the border with the Iberian Peninsula. The main mountains are the Pyrenees in the southwest, the central massif in the center of the southern half of the country and in the east (listed from north to south) the Vosges, the Jura and the Alps. The highest mountain in France is the 4810 meter high Mont Blanc in the Alps; is often regarded as the highest mountain in Europe. The Elbrus in the European-Asian border area is higher, but not clearly assigned to any continent.

France has coastlines in the south to the Mediterranean, in the west and in the north to the Atlantic Ocean, the English Channel and the North Sea. It borders Spain and Andorra, the north and east of Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland and Italy and the southeast of Monaco.

France is divided into 18 regions, 13 of which are in Europe and five are French Overseas Territories (France d'outre mer (FOM)) - French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte and Reunion. As of December 31, 2015, the European parts of France were divided into 22 regions.

The metropolitan area around Paris is located in the Île-de-France region and has around twelve million inhabitants. The metropolitan areas around Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, Toulouse and Lille have well over a million inhabitants.

Travel ideas France

Lake Geneva by car

Included services:

  • 2 x nights with breakfast in 4* hotel in Vevey/Montreux
  • 1 x lunch including Mittagessen inkl. rack railway from hotel to „Pleiades“
  • Lunch with cheese fondue in a Chalet at 1600 m with fantastic view over the Lake Geneva
  • 2 x half board in 3*+ or 4* Hotel in Morzine/Les Gets 
  • Visit of Charlie-Chaplin-museum 
  • Visit of St. Bernard (dog) breeding
  • Visit of a cheese diary with tasting
  • Montreux Card for free use of busses and trains of the association

Optional services per person

(only bookable in advance):

  • Surcharge single room: € 200,-

Addistional costs (payable on site):

  • any applicable tolls
  • any applicable parking fees
  • entrance fees
  • local tax appx. € 2,-/per day

Discount for children:

When staying in a double room with two full-paying guests, children up to 2 years receive 100%, from 3-6 years 50%, from 7-12 years 30% and from 13-17 years 20% discount.

Period:

May to October (BOD 15.07.-14.08.)

Price:

From € 296,- per person in double room

5-days self-driving tour (4 nights), 3-star plus or 4-star hotels, incl. breakfast

Matterhorn, Mont Blanc and Great St Bernard Pass are some of the legendary peaks of the Alps. On this trip you will discover the secrets and history of these large mountains, and along the way you will get to know Lake Geneva from a spectacular point of view. A trip of superlatives to the largest lake in the Alps and the highest mountain in Europe. You live in Vevey / Montreux near Lake Geneva and in selected mountain hotels with charm, comfort and excellent cuisine.

Your itinierary

Day 1: Arrival

Arrival in Vevey. You will stay in the 4 * hotel in Vevey / Montreux.

Day 2: Montreux/Vevey  

Enjoy your dream hotel and the landscape. At lunchtime, a cog railway takes you up to an Alpine chalet. Here you can enjoy a typical cheese fondue and have plenty of time for walks on the mountain pasture.

Day 3: Vevey – Les Gets

After breakfast, visit Chaplin World in Montreux before your journey takes you past the beautiful landscape to the French Alps. Enjoy your dinner in the hotel with a view of the beautiful mountains.

Day 4: Mont Blanc - Charmonix

After breakfast we recommend a trip to Chamonix and the Forclaz Pass into the Valais. Here you can visit a Saint Bernard breeding and the museum of the “Great St. Bernard” (incl.). We also invite you to a cheese dairy visit including a tasting. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 5: Departure

Hotel description:

All hotels offer reception, bar and restaurant. The double rooms (occupancy: min. 2 adults / max. 2 adults / 1 child) have a bath or shower / WC, telephone and TV. The single rooms are a bit smaller with the same equipment. Advertised hotel classifications are based on the country category. Program changes reserved.

Note:

Meals begin with dinner on the day of arrival and end with breakfast on the day of departure. Dinners are generally ordered for 7:30 p.m. Exceptions can only be agreed directly with the hotel on site. Announcement of the accommodations with the travel documents (21 days before departure). Pets are not allowed.

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English, Irish, Ulster Scots

Dublin

Parliamentary Democracy

84,421 km2

6,378,000

Euro

December 6, 1921.

+353

"The Green Island" Ireland is for landscapes of lush greenery, high steep cliffs on the coast and Irish whisky, but known's many underrated attractions such as castles and fortresses. The second largest island in the British Islands consists of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, but Northern Ireland part of the "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" is.

Diverse natural spectacle

Ireland offers an enormous variety of nature with cliffs, rocks, mountains and forests. The coastal area of Kerry and Galway, as well as the wild mountains of Wicklow and the Antrim mountains is particularly varied. The South of Ireland is coined by kilometre-long and inviting to stroll sandy beaches in contrast to the other coast. Including the Killarney located here together with the Muckross National Park House.

The diversity of nature is incredible in this country. The golden sandy beaches, green landscapes, high cliffs, seething waves, and lonely lighthouses offer the observer an unforgettable image. Allow to enchant, by the panoramic coastal road ring of Kerry in the southwest of the country, or visit the stunning cliffs of Moher. These are several kilometers long and fall vertically more than 120 meters into the abyss of the Atlantic Ocean. 

Numerous sports and cultural activities

Also, sporting visitors benefit from nature, as it provides plenty of space for outdoor sports. The diverse range of possible activities such as golfing, hiking or mountain climbing on the mountains or also the surfing, sailing or scuba diving in the sea. From the coast even whales and dolphins can be observed during a horse riding trip

Despite pronounced nature is lacking on the island not to cultural and historical sights. The many historic buildings and their background stories RIP all Ireland interested in its spell. The historic Blarney Castle located near Cork City and King John's Castle in Limerick every journey enrich to Ireland.

City culture on the Emerald Isle

The capital of Dublin has now evolved into a vibrant metropolis and is comfortable to explore on foot. The young population attracts even young travelers from abroad, that here on the day of one of the interesting monuments such as, for example, the Kilmainham explore Cathedral's goal or St. Patrick and in the evening enjoy the famous Irish whiskey.

A round trip is best for visiting Ireland. Many attractions and breathtaking natural areas are located in various areas of the island, so a round trip with a rented car would be best. Thus, tourists in Ireland can enjoy a time at one of the many attractions and visit everything one at a time.

The climate in Ireland is influenced by the Gulf stream and leads to cool summers and mild winters, so temperatures over 25 degrees represent a rarity. The months of the spring and autumn are offered as the best months to visit to Ireland. Generally speaking the island all year round as rainy and mild, although summer or winter.

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Norwegian

Oslo

Unitary

385,178 km2

1 Jan 2017 estimate 5,258,317

Norwegian krone (NOK)

17 May 1814

+47

The longest straight European country Norway is located west on the Scandinavian Peninsula. The sparsely populated area consists mostly of forests, glaciers, mountains, waterfalls and fascinating coastline (fjords).

The unique alternation of blue coastline and snow-capped mountain ranges makes Norway one of the main destinations for nature lovers. About 75 percent of the approximately 5 million inhabitants live in larger cities such as Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger and Fredrikstad.

Natural spectacle in the entire year

The Norway, lying in the Atlantic Ocean bordered by Sweden, Finland and Russia. Like its Scandinavian neighbors, Norway also inspires with natural attractions. Deeply cut bays lead deep in the Interior of the country and are very popular especially with tourists. The Geirangerfjord is the most famous fjord of Norway and belongs since 2005 to the UNESCO world natural heritage site.

The widespread nature of the country provides many sporting activities such as hiking, climbing, sailing and fishing. Especially in the northern part of Norway, Lapland, the human settlement decreases, while the wilderness is wild. It attracts many hikers to the natural rock platform Preikestolen, because here you will get a wide view over the Lysefjord and other surrounding hills. The edge vertically drops fabulous 604 metres in the almost 40 km long fjord.

While the forests and mountains are always available to tourists in Norway, available at any time, the beautiful midnight sun increases the appeal of a trip to the North in the summer. In the winter, then provide the incredible northern lights for fascination and stimulate tourism in Norway.

Metropolis with special character

In the capital of Oslo about one-third of the total population live. If you want to get out of nature and back into the big city, you should look at the small European metropolis. The Royal Castle, the historic Akershus fortress and the old town can make you feel the charm of the city. The Vigeland Sculpture Park is worth a visit. The capital is one of the smallest in Europe, and thus can be seen in a short time.

Beautiful national parks

To protect the nature and wildlife, many landscapes have been converted into national parks and offer travellers many exciting activities in nature. These are suitable especially for extended hiking tours with accommodation in wooden huts. In particular, wild reindeer, carnivores and birds of prey need this protected space, to survive in nature. Popular among walkers, among others the Jotunheimen mountain range, which is the highest mountain range in Scandinavia with its mountains is the Jotunheimen National Park. With approximately 30,000 visitors the Besseggen Ridge trail is the most committed.

The position of Norway on the Scandinavian peninsula gives great importance to shipping. Ship connections to the neighboring countries and the numerous airports facilitate traffic and make it possible to reach more remote regions of the country. 

The extreme north-south extent leads to large climate differences on the coasts. Through the Gulf Stream there is a very sunny and pleasant warm climate in the southern part, while in the north longer nights and more snow can be found. The country benefits from its location and is the world's northernmost country with ice-free coastal waters.

Travel ideas Norway

Car tour Scandinavia

Included services:

  • Ferry Travemünde - Trelleborg - Travemünde in the day cab
  • Cars up to 6 m in length
  • 7 nights in middle-class hotels
  • 7x breakfast buffet
  • parking if available (costs may be accured)

Optional services per person

(only bookable in advance):

  • Surcharge single room € 450.-
  • Surcharge night ferry Travemünde/Rostock - Trelleborg (+2 nights) € 175.-

Additional costs

(payable on site):

  • Toll charges if applicable
  • Parking costs if applicable

Period:

June to middle of August

Rate:

from € 395.- per person in double room

8-day car trip (7 nights), including ferry, middle-class hotels,

breakfast included

Combine impressive landscapes and featured cities on one trip. Visit the imperial cities of Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen, as well as the two cities of Gothenburg and Malmö.

Your itinerary

Day 1: Travemünde/Rostock – Trelleborg – Malmö 

Your journey begins in Travemünde / Rostock, from where you can take a relaxed ferry ride to Trelleborg in Sweden. A short drive will take you to Malmö. Overnight at the hotel in the Malmö area.

Day 2: Copenhagen – Malmö 

After breakfast, you will discover the former Hanseatic city and today a modern metropolis on Öresund. This port city is something very special, because Sweden is sometimes too Swedish, which is just right in Malmö. Malmö is continental. A mixture of multicultural, artistic and almost Mediterranean serenity. Malmö is a paradise for cyclists and bathing friends. And in the summer you should not forget the swimming trunks. In the middle of the city on Öresund is a sandy beach, Ribersborgsstranden. In the afternoon we recommend a short trip to the Danish capital Copenhagen. There are attractions such as the Nyhavn, the landmark of Copenhagen, Christianshavn, the Amusement Park Tivoli, Amalienborg Palace, the Copenhagen city residence of the Danish Queen Margrethe II or the Rosenborg Castle. Copenhagen is young and historic at the same time. A city with all the services one would expect from an international city. After a short drive over the Öresund you will reach Malmö again. Overnight at the hotel in the Malmö area.

Day 3: Malmö – Gränna – Stockholm   

Through southern Sweden you drive past countless lakes, forests, towns and villages and should definitely plan a stop in the charming town of Gränna. This place is known for the small shops where among other things, the famous Polkagris (candy canes) and traditional crispbread are made. Then it goes on for you on the east coast of the country. Overnight at the hotel in the Stockholm area.

Day 4: Stockholm 

Stockholm - also called Venice of the north - is located on 14 different islands and wants to be discovered. Stroll through the old town Gamla Stan with its winding streets and paving stones and get to know this traditional but also modern and vibrant city better. Overnight at the hotel in the Stockholm area.

Day 5: Stockholm – Örebro – Lake Vänern – Karlstad – Oslo

After breakfast we continue to Norway. But before you Sweden you should plan a stopover in Örebro. The university town of Örebro on Hjalmaren Lake with its impressive castle on an island of the Svartan River is more than worth seeing. Then your giant will take you to Lake Vänern, the largest lake in Sweden. Take in this unique and breathtaking atmosphere and pay a visit to Karlstad, the capital of Warmia. This charming little town is located on countless islands and you will like it. Then it goes on to Oslo. Overnight at the hotel in the Oslo area.

Day 6: Oslo – Uddevalla – Southern Sweden  

Today, explore the Norwegian capital between Oslofjord and Holmenkollen with its main attractions such as Vigeland Park, Opera, Royal Palace and City Hall. After that, your journey will take you to southern Sweden, but before you get there, make a stop in Uddevalla. Uddevalla is a town in the Swedish province of Västra Götaland and the historical province of Bohuslän and lies at the mouth of the river Bäveån in the Byfjord. Visit the Bohuslän Museum and learn about the industrial development of this region. Overnight at the hotel in the Vänersborg / Gothenburg area.

Day 7: Gothenburg – Varberg – Lund/Malmö   

After breakfast we continue to Sweden's second largest city to Gothenburg. The port city is not only popular because of its cosmopolitan outlook and the many lovingly decorated cafes, also the proximity to the 10,000 skerries in the sea, a popular destination, ensure large crowds of visitors. Gothenburg is also known as "Lilla London" - small London and is due to its location by the sea and the largest port in Scandinavia the "gateway to the world". Experience this young but yet traditional city with its many attractions such as the amusement park Liseberg, the Opera House, the Poseidon fountain, the old town Haga and Skansen Kronan or the castle park. Later, drive south along the west coast. We recommend a stopover in the historic fortified town of Varberg, where you should definitely visit the harbor and the fortress. Overnight at the hotel in the Lund / Malmö area.

Day 8: Lund/Malmö – Trelleborg – Travemünde/Rostock 

Until the departure of the ferry in the afternoon you have enough time to explore Lund. The city is considered one of the oldest and most important of the Middle Ages and is a charming and lively city full of contrasts. Under the cobblestones and half-timbered houses, the medieval city center is blended with modern buildings. In the afternoon, board the ship and reach Travemünde / Rostock in the evening from where you will start your journey home.

Hotel description:

All hotels offer reception, bar and restaurant. The double room (occupancy: min/max 2 adults) have bath or shower/WC, telephone and TV. Advertised hotel classifications are based on the country category. Boarding begins on arrival day with dinner and ends with breakfast on departure day. Announcement of the accommodation with the travel documents. Pets not allowed.

Hotel examples:

• Malmö/Lund: Best Western Arena Hotel, SCANDIC Malmö City, SCANDIC LUND or similar

• Stockholm: SCANDIC Victoria Tower, SCANDIC Alvik, SCANDIC Infra City or similar

• Oslo: SCANDIC Asker, SCANDIC Helsfyr, SCANDIC Holmenkollen Park or similar

• Gothenburg/Vänersborg: Hotel Hehrne, Best Western Plus åby Hotel, SCANDIC Mölndal or similar

Highlights of Norway by car

Included services:

  • Ferry Kiel - Olso and Oslo - Kiel incl. own car max. 5 m
  • 2 x nights on ferry Kiel - Oslo and Oslo - Kiel 
  • 7 x nights in middle-class hotels in double room
  • 7 x breakfast in the hotels
  • Parking (if available)

Optional services per person

(only bookable in advance):

  • Surcharge singel room: from € 800,-
  • Surcharge outside cabin: € 79,-

Additional costs (payable on site):

  • any applicable tolls
  • any applicable parking fees
  • any applicable entrance fees

Discount for children:

For accommodation in a double room with two full-paying guests, children up to 1.9 years receive 100%, from 2 - 11.9 years 20% discount.

Perdiod:

Mid-May to beginning of August

Price:

from € 800,- per person in double room

10-day self-driving tour (9 nights), incl. ferry, middle-class hotels, incl. breakfast

Oslo – Bergen – Hardangerfjord – Sognjefjord – Geirangerfjord – Briksdal glacier

Your itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Kiel

You have the whole morning time to travel to Kiel. At about 14 o'clock the ferry leaves in the direction of Oslo. Enjoy the afternoon on board with the magnificent view of the Baltic Sea. Overnight on board in the inner cabin.

Day 2: Oslo

Arrived in Oslo you still have the whole day available and can get a first overview of the Norwegian capital. Vigeland Park, Opera, Royal Palace and City Hall are just a few of the highlights you must see. Overnight at the hotel in the Oslo area.

Day 3: Oslo

Today we recommend a trip to Holmenkollen, a 371 meter high mountain northwest of the capital. Visit the Ski Museum on Holmenkollen, which is located at the ski jump, and it is well worth a visit. Then you have enough time for a walk on the Oslofjord. He is one of the largest fjords in Norway. Enjoy the breathtaking view over the fjord with the metropolis of Oslo behind you. Overnight at the hotel in the Oslo area.

Day 4: Oslo – Hardangerfjord – Bergen (520 km)

Today's journey takes you through varied landscape over the famous ski resort Geilo to the impressive Hardangerfjord. You just have to see this fjord. Then you continue to the west coast of Norway in the historic Hanseatic city of Bergen. Overnight in the Bergen area.

Day 5: Bergen – Naustdal-Gjengedal 

Discover Bergen and visit the UNESCO World Heritage declared medieval Hanseatic, the fish market and the lively old town. In the afternoon you drive along the west coast and across the Sognefjord to the middle of the fjord area with the most famous and dramatic fjords. Overnight in the Naustdal-Gjengedal area.

Day 6: Naustdal-Gjengedal – Geirangerfjord – Briksdal glacier

Today we recommend a trip along countless fjords and mountain landscapes to one of the most spectacular fjords, the Geiranger Fjord. The deep blue UNESCO protected fjord is surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountain peaks, huge waterfalls and green meadows. Then continue to Jostedals National Park, where the largest glacier in Europe, the Jostedal Glacier with its tributary, the Briksdal Glacier, is located. Overnight in the Naustdal-Gjengedal area.

Day 7: Naustdal-Gjengedal – Gaularfjellet

You can make today's day according to your wishes. Take a stroll through Sunnfjord, walk along the water or take a trip around the Gaular Mountains on the multi-award winning and spectacular Gaularfjellet lookout route and the Sognefjord to Balestrand. Overnight in the Naustdal-Gjengedal area.

Day 8: Naustdal-Gjengedal – Bøyabreen – Sognjefjord – Borgund – Oslo (490 km)

Today we drive through dramatic landscape towards the southeast. Plan a stop at Bøyabreen, a spectacular tributary of Jostedalsbreen, Europe's largest mainland glacier, before crossing the Sognjefjord on a short boat trip. This is also known as "King of the fjords", as it is Norway's longest and deepest fjord with over 200km length and 1300m depth. Because of its Seitenfjorden and its uniqueness he was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage. Then you should definitely make a stop at the stave church Borgund - one of the finest examples of Norwegian rod construction art. Then you drive through varied landscape back to the Oslofjord. Overnight at the hotel in the Oslo area.

Day 9: Oslo – Kiel

In the morning you have time for some activities in Oslo. At noon you check in on the ferry which leaves at 2 pm. From the boat you can once again take in the magnificent view of the Oslofjord. Overnight on board in the inner cabin.

Day 10: Kiel - Departure

In the morning you will arrive in Kiel at 10.00 o'clock and start your individual journey home.

Hotel description:

All hotels offer reception, bar and restaurant. The double rooms (occupancy: at least 2 adults / max 2 adults / 1 child) have bath or shower / WC, telephone and TV. The single rooms are a bit smaller with the same equipment. Advertised hotel classifications are based on the national category. Program changes reserved.

Hotel examples:

  • Area Oslo: SCANDIC Helsfyr, SCANDIC Holmenkollen Park or similar

  • Area Bergen: SCANDIC Bergen Airport, SCANDIC Flesland or similar

  • Area Nausdal-Gjengedal: THON Hotel Måloy, SCANDIC Sunnfjord or similar

Official language:

Italian

Capital:

Rome

Government:

Unitary parliamentary republic

Area:

301.338 km²

Population:

60.359.546

Calling code:

+39

Italy, officially the Italian Republic, is a European country consisting of a peninsula delimited by the Alps and surrounded by several islands. Italy is located in Southern Europe, and it is sometimes considered as part of Western Europe. The country covers a total area of 301,340 km2 and shares land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, and the enclaved microstates of Vatican City and San Marino. Italy has a territorial exclave in Switzerland (Campione) and a maritime exclave in the Tunisian Sea (Lampedusa). With around 60 million inhabitants, Italy is the fourth-most populous member state of the European Union.
 
Hypotheses for the etymology of the name "Italia" are numerous. One is that it was borrowed via Greek from the Oscan Víteliú 'land of calves'. The bull was a symbol of the southern Italic tribes and was often depicted goring the Roman wolf as a defiant symbol of free Italy during the Social War. Greek historian Dionysius of Halicarnassus states this account together with the legend that Italy was named after Italus, mentioned also by Aristotle and Thucydides.

Varied and diverse as hardly another country

The Apennine Mountains form the peninsula's backbone, and the Alps form most of its northern boundary, where Italy's highest point is located on Monte Bianco (4,810 m or 15,780 ft). The Po, Italy's longest river (652 kilometres or 405 miles), flows from the Alps on the western border with France and crosses the Padan plain on its way to the Adriatic Sea. The five largest lakes are, in order of diminishing size: Garda (367.94 km2 or 142 sq mi), Maggiore (212.51 km2 or 82 sq mi, whose minor northern part is Switzerland), Como (145.9 km2 or 56 sq mi), Trasimeno (124.29 km2 or 48 sq mi) and Bolsena (113.55 km2 or 44 sq mi). 

Although the country includes the Italian peninsula, adjacent islands, and most of the southern Alpine basin, some of Italy's territory extends beyond the Alpine basin and some islands are located outside the Eurasian continental shelf. These territories are the comuni of: Livigno, Sexten, Innichen, Toblach (in part), Chiusaforte, Tarvisio, Graun im Vinschgau (in part), which are all part of the Danube's drainage basin, while the Val di Lei constitutes part of the Rhine's basin and the islands of Lampedusa and Lampione are on the African continental shelf.

Four different seas surround the Italian Peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea from three sides: the Adriatic Sea in the east, the Ionian Sea in the south, and the Ligurian Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea in the west. Most of the rivers of Italy drain either into the Adriatic Sea, such as the Po, Piave, Adige, Brenta, Tagliamento, and Reno, or into the Tyrrhenian, like the Arno, Tiber and Volturno. The waters from some border municipalities (Livigno in Lombardy, Innichen and Sexten in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol) drain into the Black Sea through the basin of the Drava, a tributary of the Danube, and the waters from the Lago di Lei in Lombardy drain into the North Sea through the basin of the Rhine. 

The country is situated at the meeting point of the Eurasian Plate and the African Plate, leading to considerable seismic and volcanic activity. There are 14 volcanoes in Italy, four of which are active: Etna, Stromboli, Vulcano and Vesuvius. The last is the only active volcano in mainland Europe and is most famous for the destruction of Pompeii and Herculanum in the eruption in 79 AD. Several islands and hills have been created by volcanic activity, and there is still a large active caldera, the Campi Flegrei north-west of Naples.

Because of the great longitudinal extension of the peninsula and the mostly mountainous internal conformation, the climate of Italy is highly diverse. In most of the inland northern and central regions, the climate ranges from humid subtropical to humid continental and oceanic. In particular, the climate of the Po valley geographical region is mostly continental, with harsh winters and hot summers. The coastal areas of Liguria, Tuscany and most of the South generally fit the Mediterranean climate stereotype. Conditions on peninsular coastal areas can be very different from the interior's higher ground and valleys, particularly during the winter months when the higher altitudes tend to be cold, wet, and often snowy. The coastal regions have mild winters and warm and generally dry summers, although lowland valleys can be quite hot in summer. 

Travel ideas Italy

Alps by car

Included services:

  • 1 night in middle-class hotel in Central Switzerland
  • 4 night in middle-class hotel in Northern Italy (lake district)
  • 2 night in middle-class hotel in French Alps - Lake Geneva
  • 7x half board
  • parking (if available)

Optional services per person

(only bookable in advance):

  • Surcharge single room € 190.-

Additional costs 

(payable on site):

  • any applicable tolls
  • any applicable parking fees
  • local tax: appx. € 2.-/per day

Discount for children:

For accommodation in a double room with two full-paying guests, children under 6 receive 100%, 7-12 years 30% and 13-17 years 15% discount

Period:

Mid-April to end of October, arrival day on Friday (except 07th/ 14th/ 21st August NO arrival possible)

Price:

From € 310,- per person in double room

8-day self-driving tour (7 nights), middle-class hotels, incl. half board

Switzerland - Italy - France

Between glaciers and palm trees you travel along countless lakes with views of the highest and most famous peaks in the Alps. From the northern Italian lakes with their subtropical vegetation you will reach the highest mountains in the western and central Alps. Get to know French and Swiss mountain villages, discover the sophisticated spa and seaside resorts north and south of the Alps, admire the crystal-clear mountain lakes and be enchanted by raging rivers and waterfalls.

Your itinerary

Day 1: Switzerland - Lake Lucerne

Individual arrival to your hotel in Central Switzerland. Dinner and overnight in the area Lake Lucerne / Bernese Oberland.

Day 2: Switzerland - Italy - Lake Como

Enjoy the wonderful views and the living tradition in the heart of Switzerland, around the Bernese Oberland and Lake Lucerne, the home of Wilhelm Tell, before you drive steeply uphill towards Gotthart and cross the Alps. Vegetation and lifestyle change on the southern side of the Alps, and a stay in the Swiss Ticino in the swanky Lugano region gives you a different climate and way of life. Stroll along the waterfront and admire subtropical plants such as palm trees, figs, olives and pomegranates as well as magnificent buildings such as churches, castles, monasteries and elegant villas. Continue and spend the night in the area of ​​Northern Italian Lakes.

Day 3: Italy - Northern Italian lakes

The northern Italian lakes with their subtropical climate and the panoramas between snow-capped Alpine peaks and palm-lined promenades, hidden villas and flowered gardens offer a constantly changing natural and landscape spectacle. Take a boat trip on Lake Como to the much-praised Lake Maggiore where you should stay in Stresa. On the way you should visit Isola Bella and the Borromean Islands on a boat trip. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the area of ​​Northern Italian Lakes.

Day 4: Italy - Northern Italian lakes

Discover the surroundings of your hotel on a hike, swim in one of the crystal-clear lakes and take a trip to the lesser-known but no less beautiful Lake Orta. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the area of ​​Northern Italian Lakes.

Day 5: Italy - Northern Italian Lakes - Milan

Enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere and the magnificent views of lakes and mountains and go on a hike or take a trip to the Italian business and fashion metropolis of Milan. Dinner and overnight in the area of ​​Northern Italian Lakes.

Day 6: France - Mont Blanc - Chamonix - Lake Geneva - French Alps

From the Italian lakes you drive through the Aosta Valley to the highest mountain in Europe, the Mont Blanc. Visit Chamonix, the famous mountaineering village and continue on Lake Geneva. Overnight in a mountain village in the French Alps.

Day 7: France - French Alps

Enjoy a day of spicy mountain air in the mountain village in the French Alps or take the opportunity to take a trip to the Swiss Valais, to the car-free mountaineering village of Zermatt at the foot of one of the most striking mountain peaks in the Alps, the Matterhorn. Overnight in the mountain village in the French Alps.

Day 8: departure

Departure over the north shore of Lake Geneva with stunning panoramic views of the lake, palm trees, vineyards and snow-capped Alpine peaks.

Hotel description:

The hotels all have a reception, restaurant and bar. The double rooms (occupancy: minimum 2 adults max 2 adults + 2 children) offer bath or shower / WC, telephone and TV. The single rooms are a bit smaller with the same equipment.

Note:

The catering starts on the day of arrival with dinner and ends on the day of departure with breakfast. Dinner is generally ordered for 19:30. Exceptions can only be agreed on site directly with the hotel. Announcement of accommodation with travel documents (21 days before departure). Pets are not allowed.

Italy classic by car

Included services:

  • 1 night in middle-class hotel in area Laka Garda/Lake Como
  • 3 night in middle-class hotel in Tuscany/Chianciano Terme
  • 3 night in middle-class hotel in area Verona
  • 7x half board
  • parking (if available)

Optional services per person

(only bookable in advance):

  • Surcharge single room € 180.-

Additional costs 

(payable on site):

  • any applicable tolls
  • any applicable parking fees
  • local tax: appx. € 2.-/per day

Discount for children:

For accommodation in a double room with two full-paying guests, children under 6 receive 100%, 7-12 years 30% and 13-17 years 15% discount

Period:

All year. Arrival Saturday.

Price:

From € 240,- per person in double room

8-day self-driving tour (7 nights), middle-class hotels, incl. half board

Rome - Florence - Venice - Verona - Pisa - Siena

Your itinerary

Day 1: Arrival - area Verona

Your first night will be spent at the hotel in the Garda Lake Garda or Lake Como area.

Day 2: Pisa - Siena - Chianciano Terme

Two absolute highlights should be included in your travel program today. First you drive over the Apennines and along the Riviera of Flowers to Pisa. Marvel at one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Leaning Tower and Piazza dei Miracoli. Then it goes to one of the most beautiful cities of Tuscany and Italy to Siena. Discover the historic old town, the cathedral, the scene of the colorful Palio. Then it goes through Tuscany to Chianciano Terme, where you spend the next three nights.

Day 3: Chianciano Terme - Rome

Today you should visit the "Eternal City" Rome. Basilicas and churches, palaces, sumptuous buildings, lively squares, babbling fountains, ornate bridges and bustling shopping streets will remain in your memory forever. Visit the world famous sights such as the Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica, the Coliseum, Roman Forum, the Spanish Steps and much more. In the late afternoon return to Chianciano Terme.

Day 4: Chianciano Terme - Tuscany

Enjoy the incomparable atmosphere and landscape of Tuscany. The traditional spa town of Chianciano Terme impresses with its panoramic location, its typical resort architecture, its parks and baths, and its medieval old town. Take a trip to the picturesque medieval towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino and taste the wines of Tuscany and relax with stunning views of the surrounding hills, vineyards and olive groves. Overnight at hotel in Chianciano Terme.

Day 5: Florence - Valpolicella

After breakfast you drive to the capital of Tuscany, the incomparable Florence. The imposing cathedral, the Uffizi Gallery, the romantic Ponte Vecchio - you must have seen this city. Florence is best explored on foot - discover the most famous squares and sights such as Piazza Signorina, S. Croce, the Duomo and experience the unique atmosphere of the Medici city. Then you cross the Apennines and the Po Valley and drive to the Verona area for the next three nights.

Day 6: Valpolicella - Venice

Take a trip to Venice, to the unique lagoon city, which is undoubtedly one of the cultural highlights of Italy. Discover Venice and enjoy the unique flair of a gondola ride through the canals with more than 400 bridges or stroll through the sheer tangle of alleys and famous squares like St. Mark's Square.

Day 7: Valpolicella - Verona - Lake Garda

Visit Verona with its well-preserved Roman amphitheater of the Arena di Verona, the narrow streets and hidden squares and the famous balcony of Juliet, scene of the love tragedy of Romeo and Juliet and enjoy the unique atmosphere of this historic yet vibrant city. In the afternoon, a trip to the nearby Lake Garda offers.

Day 8: departure

Departure over the north shore of Lake Geneva with stunning panoramic views of the lake, palm trees, vineyards and snow-capped Alpine peaks.

Hotel description:

The hotels all have a reception, restaurant and bar. The double rooms (occupancy: minimum 2 adults max 2 adults + 2 children) offer bath or shower / WC, telephone and TV. The single rooms are a bit smaller with the same equipment.

Note:

The catering starts on the day of arrival with dinner and ends on the day of departure with breakfast. Dinner is generally ordered for 19:30. Exceptions can only be agreed on site directly with the hotel. Announcement of accommodation with travel documents (21 days before departure). Pets are not allowed.

Northern Italy with Vicenza by car - 9 days

Included services:

  • 8 nights in 4 star hotel in double room
  • 8x half board
  • Wine tasting in Bardolino included
  • Parking (if available)

Optional services per person

(only bookable in advance):

  • Surcharge single room: € 240.-

Additional costs (payable on site):

  • any applicable tolls
  • any applicable parking fees
  • local tax: appx. € 2.-/per day

Discount for children:

For accommodation in a double room with two adults, 1 child up to 2.9 years receives 100%, 7-12 years 20% and 13-17 years 10% discount.

Period:

April to September 2020

Price:

From € 430,- per person in double room

9-day self-driving tour (8 Nächte), 4-star-hotel, incl. half board

Your itinerary

Day 1: South Tyrol

Today begins your journey. Destination of today is South Tyrol, the northernmost province of Italy. Experience the diverse vegetation and lifestyle of this region. A contrast of mountain peaks and Mediterranean flair, this is South Tyrol. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the South Tyrol area.

Day 2: South Tyrol – Verona – Lake Garda     

After breakfast we continue south to Lake Garda. On the way you will notice how the landscape, the vegetation and even the construction changes. We strongly recommend that you schedule a stop in Verona. Discover the well preserved Roman amphitheater l'Arena di Verona, the narrow streets and hidden squares and the famous balcony of Juliet, scene of the love tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of this historic and at the same time lively city. Then you continue to Lake Garda, the largest and most famous northern Italian lake. End the day on the shores of Lake Garda with a delicious glass of wine from the region and enjoy the view over the lake. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the Garda Verona area.

Day 3: Lake Garda – wine tasting 

The northern Italian lakes with their subtropical climate and the panoramas between snow-capped Alpine peaks and palm-lined promenades, hidden villas and flowered gardens offer a constantly changing natural and landscape spectacle. Take a lake cruise and visit the picturesque fishing villages and medieval towns around the lake. Today something special for you is on the program and a wine tasting in Bardolino. Immerse yourself in the wine culture of this region. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the Garda Verona area.

Day 4: Lake Garda – Bologna – Montecatini Terme

Today you will go to one of the most beautiful regions in the country, Tuscany. But before you get there, be sure to stop in Bologna. Bologna is the lively historical capital of the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. The sprawling, arcaded Piazza Maggiore has cafés and medieval and renaissance buildings, including the Town Hall, the Neptune Fountain and the Basilica of San Petronio. Among the numerous medieval towers of the city, especially the two leaning towers Asinelli and Garisenda are known. Then you continue to Tuscany, a region characterized by the typical Tuscan hills, countless idyllic villages, vineyards and olive groves. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the Montecatini Terme area.

Day 5: Montecatini Terme – Florence

Today we recommend a trip to the capital of Tuscany, the incomparable Florence. The imposing cathedral, the Uffizi Gallery, the romantic Ponte Vecchio - you must have seen this city. Florence is best explored on foot - discover the most famous squares and sights, such as Piazza Signorina, S. Croce, the Duomo and experience the unique atmosphere of the Medici city. If you still have some time after that, then visit the thermal bath in Montecatini. This is definitely worth a visit. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the Montecatini Terme area.

Day 6: Montecatini Terme – Vicenza 

From Tuscany we return today to the Veneto region, to Vicenza. The city is known for its elegant buildings, designed by the architect Andrea Palladio in the 16th century, including the Palladiana Basilica and the Palazzo Chiericati, now used as an art gallery. On a hill outside the city lies the Villa La Rotonda with its 4 identical facades. Let this great city work on you. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the Vicenza area.

Day 7: Vicenza – Venice

If you are ever in the region then you should definitely visit the capital of Veneto. Venice was built on more than 100 small islands in an Adriatic lagoon. As traffic routes there are only a few streets and almost exclusively canals, including the Grand Canal with its palaces from the Renaissance and Gothic. St. Mark's Basilica is located in the center of St. Mark's Square with Byzantine mosaics and the belfry, which overlooks the red roofs of the city. Enjoy the breathtaking atmosphere of this city, its charm and its beauty. You have to see Venice. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the Vicenza area.

Day 8: Vicenza – South Tyrol 

Today you head north again through the fertile and picturesque Adige Valley past countless medieval castles and fortresses as well as lush vineyards and orchards through the Trentino and South Tyrol. Before you start your journey home tomorrow, you should choose a trip to the unique Dolomites or to the spa town of Meran, depending on your taste. Both worth a visit. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the South Tyrol area.

Day 9. Tag: Departure  

Hotel description:

The hotels all have a reception, restaurant and bar. The double rooms (occupancy: minimum 2 adults max 2 adults + 2 children) offer bath or shower / WC, telephone and TV. The single rooms are a bit smaller with the same equipment.

Note:

The catering starts on the day of arrival with dinner and ends on the day of departure with breakfast. Dinner is generally ordered for 19:30. Exceptions can only be agreed on site directly with the hotel. Announcement of accommodation with travel documents (21 days before departure). Pets are not allowed.

Northern Italy with Vicenza by car - 7 days

Included services:

  • 6 nights in 4 star hotel in double room
  • 6x half board
  • Wine tasting in Bardolino included
  • Parking (if available)

Optional services per person

(only bookable in advance):

  • Surcharge single room: € 180.-

Additional costs (payable on site):

  • any applicable tolls
  • any applicable parking fees
  • local tax: appx. € 2.-/per day

Discount for children:

For accommodation in a double room with two adults, 1 child up to 2.9 years receives 100%, 7-12 years 20% and 13-17 years 10% discount.

Period:

April to September 2020

Price:

From € 340,- per person in double room

 

7-day self-driving tour (6 Nächte), 4-star-hotel, incl. half board

Your itinerary

Day 1: Verona – Lake Garda     

Today begins your journey. The goal of today is Lake Garda. On the way you will notice how the landscape, the vegetation and even the construction changes more and more. Depending on the arrival time in the region around Lake Garda, we strongly recommend that you plan a stop in Verona. Discover the well preserved Roman amphitheater l'Arena di Verona, the narrow streets and hidden squares and the famous balcony of Juliet, scene of the love tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of this historic and at the same time lively city. Then you continue to Lake Garda, the largest and most famous northern Italian lake. End the day on the shores of Lake Garda with a delicious glass of wine from the region and enjoy the view over the lake. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the Lake Garda / Verona area.

Day 2: Lake Garda – wine tasting 

The northern Italian lakes with their subtropical climate and the panoramas between snow-capped Alpine peaks and palm-lined promenades, hidden villas and flowered gardens offer a constantly changing natural and landscape spectacle. Take a lake cruise and visit the picturesque fishing villages and medieval towns around the lake. Today something special for you is on the program and a wine tasting in Bardolino. Immerse yourself in the wine culture of this region. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the Garda Verona area.

Day 3: Lake Garda – Bologna – Montecatini Terme

Today you will go to one of the most beautiful regions in the country, Tuscany. But before you get there, be sure to stop in Bologna. Bologna is the lively historical capital of the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. The sprawling, arcaded Piazza Maggiore has cafés and medieval and renaissance buildings, including the Town Hall, the Neptune Fountain and the Basilica of San Petronio. Among the numerous medieval towers of the city, especially the two leaning towers Asinelli and Garisenda are known. Then you continue to Tuscany, a region characterized by the typical Tuscan hills, countless idyllic villages, vineyards and olive groves. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the Montecatini Terme area.

Day 4: Montecatini Terme – Florence

Today we recommend a trip to the capital of Tuscany, the incomparable Florence. The imposing cathedral, the Uffizi Gallery, the romantic Ponte Vecchio - you must have seen this city. Florence is best explored on foot - discover the most famous squares and sights, such as Piazza Signorina, S. Croce, the Duomo and experience the unique atmosphere of the Medici city. If you still have some time after that, then visit the thermal bath in Montecatini. This is definitely worth a visit. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the Montecatini Terme area.

Day 5: Montecatini Terme – Vicenza 

From Tuscany we return today to the Veneto region, to Vicenza. The city is known for its elegant buildings, designed by the architect Andrea Palladio in the 16th century, including the Palladiana Basilica and the Palazzo Chiericati, now used as an art gallery. On a hill outside the city lies the Villa La Rotonda with its 4 identical facades. Let this great city work on you. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the Vicenza area.

Day 6: Vicenza – Venice

If you are ever in the region then you should definitely visit the capital of Veneto. Venice was built on more than 100 small islands in an Adriatic lagoon. As traffic routes there are only a few streets and almost exclusively canals, including the Grand Canal with its palaces from the Renaissance and Gothic. St. Mark's Basilica is located in the center of St. Mark's Square with Byzantine mosaics and the belfry, which overlooks the red roofs of the city. Enjoy the breathtaking atmosphere of this city, its charm and its beauty. You have to see Venice. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the Vicenza area.

Day 8: Vicenza – Departure

Today you head north again through the fertile and picturesque Adige Valley past countless medieval castles and fortresses as well as lush vineyards and orchards through the Trentino and South Tyrol. If you still have time on the way home, then we recommend you depending on your taste a trip to the unique Dolomites or to the spa town of Merano. Both worth a visit. Afterwards individual journey home.  

Hotel description:

The hotels all have a reception, restaurant and bar. The double rooms (occupancy: minimum 2 adults max 2 adults + 2 children) offer bath or shower / WC, telephone and TV. The single rooms are a bit smaller with the same equipment.

Note:

The catering starts on the day of arrival with dinner and ends on the day of departure with breakfast. Dinner is generally ordered for 19:30. Exceptions can only be agreed on site directly with the hotel. Announcement of accommodation with travel documents (21 days before departure). Pets are not allowed.

Northern Italy with Parma by car

Included services:

  • 7 nights in 4 star hotel in double room
  • 7x half board
  • Wine tasting included
  • Parma ham tasting included
  • Parking (if available)

Optional services per person

(only bookable in advance):

  • Surcharge single room: € 240.-

Additional costs (payable on site):

  • any applicable tolls
  • any applicable parking fees
  • local tax: appx. € 2.-/per day

Discount for children:

For accommodation in a double room with two adults, 1 child up to 2.9 years receives 100%, 7-12 years 20% and 13-17 years 10% discount.

Period:

April to October 2020

Price:

From € 385,- per person in double room

 

8-day self-driving tour (7 Nächte), 4-star-hotel, incl. half board

Your itinerary

Day 1: Verona – Lake Garda     

Today begins your journey. The goal of today is Lake Garda. On the way you will notice how the landscape, the vegetation and even the construction changes more and more. Depending on the arrival time in the region around Lake Garda, we strongly recommend that you plan a stop in Verona. Discover the well preserved Roman amphitheater l'Arena di Verona, the narrow streets and hidden squares and the famous balcony of Juliet, scene of the love tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of this historic and at the same time lively city. Then you continue to Lake Garda, the largest and most famous northern Italian lake. End the day on the shores of Lake Garda with a delicious glass of wine from the region and enjoy the view over the lake. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the Lake Garda / Verona area.

Day 2: Lake Garda 

The northern Italian lakes with their subtropical climate and the panoramas between snow-capped Alpine peaks and palm-lined promenades, hidden villas and flowered gardens offer a constantly changing natural and landscape spectacle. Take a lake cruise and visit the picturesque fishing villages and medieval towns around the lake. As a little tip for all wine lovers: around Lake Garda there are countless wineries and wineries, visit one of them and make a wine tasting. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the Garda Verona area.

Day 3: Lake Garda – Parma – Salsomaggiore Terme 

Today you continue to the region of Emilia-Romagna, to Parma. The university town is famous for Parmesan and Parma ham. The city center is adorned with Romanesque buildings, including the frescoed Parma Cathedral and the pink marble baptistery. The Teatro Regio, a 19th-century opera house, hosts classical music concerts. The Galleria Nazionale in the impressive Palazzo della Pilotta presents works by the painters Correggio and Canaletto. Discover this impressive city. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the Salsomaggiore Terme area.

Day 4: Salsomaggiore Terme – Bologna – Wine & Parma ham tasting 

Today we recommend a drive to Bologna. Bologna is the lively historical capital of the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. The sprawling, arcaded Piazza Maggiore has cafés and medieval and renaissance buildings, including the Town Hall, the Neptune Fountain and the Basilica of San Petronio. Among the numerous medieval towers of the city, especially the two leaning towers Asinelli and Garisenda are known. Later, a very special highlight awaits you, a wine and Parma ham tasting. Enjoy the delicious delicacies of this region. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the Salsomaggiore Terme area.

Day 5: Salsomaggiore Terme – Milan

For today we have two special tips for you. On the one hand, we recommend a trip to Milan, a metropolis in northern Italy's Lombardy, known worldwide as a center for fashion and design. In addition, the city is the seat of the Milan Stock Exchange and the financial industry and offers many fine restaurants and expensive boutiques. The Gothic Milan Cathedral and the Santa Maria delle Grazie Monastery, where Leonardo da Vinci's mural "The Last Supper" is located, are an expression of the city's centuries-old art and cultural history. You have to see this city. On the other hand, if you are already in the region of Parmesan, then you should definitely visit a traditional cheese factory. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the Salsomaggiore Terme area.

Day 6: Salsomaggiore Terme – Lago Maggiore 

Today's destination of the trip is Lake Maggiore, one of the northern Italian lakes. Let this beautiful area take in you, visit the lovely town of Stresa and the Borromean Islands on a boat trip to Isola Bella. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the Lake Maggiore area.

Day 7: Lago Maggiore – Lake Orta 

A walk on the shores of Lake Maggiore, eating a delicious ice cream or maybe going on a hike in the area. This area has so much to offer. As a little insider tip we recommend a trip to the lesser known but no less beautiful Lake Orta. It lies west of Lake Maggiore and belongs partly to the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, partly to the province of Novara. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the Lake Maggiore area.

Day 8: Lago Maggiore – Departure

Today you head north again through the fertile and picturesque Adige Valley past countless medieval castles and fortresses as well as lush vineyards and orchards through the Trentino and South Tyrol. Before embarking on the final journey home, it is advisable to choose a detour to the unique Dolomites or to the spa town of Merano. Both worth a visit. Afterwards individual journey home.

Hotel description:

The hotels all have a reception, restaurant and bar. The double rooms (occupancy: minimum 2 adults max 2 adults + 2 children) offer bath or shower / WC, telephone and TV. The single rooms are a bit smaller with the same equipment.

Note:

The catering starts on the day of arrival with dinner and ends on the day of departure with breakfast. Dinner is generally ordered for 19:30. Exceptions can only be agreed on site directly with the hotel. Announcement of accommodation with travel documents (21 days before departure). Pets are not allowed.

Eastern Alps by car

Included services:

  • 2 nights in middle-class hotel in Eastern Switzerland
  • 2 nights in middle-class hotel in area Lago Maggiore
  • 2 nights in middle-class hotels in area Lake Garda/Verona
  • 1 night in middle-class hotel in area Tyrol
  • 7x half board
  • Wine tasting included
  • Parking (if available)

Optional services per person

(only bookable in advance):

  • Surcharge single room: € 245.-

Additional costs (payable on site):

  • any applicable tolls
  • any applicable parking fees
  • local tax: appx. € 2.-/per day

Discount for children:

For accommodation in a double room with two full-paying guests, 1 child up to 6 years receives 100%, 7-12 years 40% and 13-17 years 10% discount.

Period:

April to October 2020

Price:

From € 360,- per person in double room

 

8-day self-driving tour (7 Nächte), middle-class hotels, incl. half board

Gliding past glaciers and lakes, you will reach the sunny side of the Alps with views of some of the most beautiful Alpine peaks in Switzerland and visit the palm-fringed Upper Italian lakes with their subtropical vegetation. Get to know the most famous places in this fascinating world of mountains and lakes in the Eastern Alps. Visit Swiss, Italian and Tyrolean mountain villages, stroll through the sophisticated spa and beach resorts in the north and south of the Alps and visit historic cities on your way.

Your itinerary

Day 1: Switzerland – Lake Lucerne    

Individual arrival to your hotel in Eastern Switzerland. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Eastern Switzerland.

Day 2: Switzerland - Eastern Switzerland

Take a trip to the highest peaks of the Eastern Alps and get to know the sophisticated Swiss mountain towns of St. Moritz and Davos. It is advisable to explore the route of one of the most famous alpine railways comfortably on the tracks of the Glacier Express on a train journey (train ticket for a fee). Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Eastern Switzerland.

Day 3:Switzerland - Canton of Ticino - Italy - Lago Maggiore

Two or three passes are available to get to the south side of the Alps. Over the mountain or through the tunnel, there is a lot to see everywhere. Choose between Oberalp and Gotthard or San Bernadino to get to Ticino. Vegetation and lifestyle change on the southern side of the Alps, and a stay in the Swiss Ticino in the swanky Lugano region gives you a different climate and way of life. Stroll along the waterfront and admire subtropical plants such as palm trees, figs, olives and pomegranates as well as magnificent buildings such as churches, castles, monasteries and elegant villas. Continue and spend the night in the area of ​​Northern Italian Lakes.

Day 4: Italy - Northern Italian Lakes 

Take a tour of Lake Maggiore and visit the lovely town of Stresa and the Borromean Islands on a boat trip to Isola Bella. Swim in one of the crystal-clear lakes or take a trip to the lesser known but no less beautiful Lake Orta. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the area of ​​Northern Italian Lakes.

Day 5: Italy - Lake Como - Area Lake Garda/Verona

Drive across the picturesque Lake Como and Como into the wide Po Valley and - with or without a detour to the business, fashion and cultural metropolis of Milan, possibly further to Lake Iseo before you arrive at the hotel in the area around the Lake Garda.

Day 6: Italy - Lake Garda - Verona

Visit Verona with its well-preserved Roman amphitheater of the Arena di Verona, the narrow ones Alleys and hidden places and the famous balcony of Juliet, scene of the love tragedy of Romeo and Julia. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of this historic and at the same time lively city. After that you should visit Lake Garda, the largest and most famous northern Italian lake. Make a Lake cruise and visit the picturesque fishing villages and medieval towns around the lake. Overnight at the hotel in the Lake Garda / Verona area.

Day 7: Italy - South Tyrol - Austria - Tyrol

Today you drive through the fertile and picturesque Adige Valley past countless medieval castles and fortresses and lush vineyards and orchards through the Trentino and South Tyrol. Before the Burner should cross, depending on your taste, a trip to the unique Dolomites or in the Choose the spa town of Meran. On the north side of the Brenner Pass, you will reach wonderful panoramic views and views of the Olympic city of Innsbruck in the Tyrolean Inn Valley, where you refer to the last night hotel.

Day 8: Departure

Depending on your wishes, you can make your way home past the highest mountain in Germany, the Zugspitze or simply choose over the highway.

Hotel description:

The hotels all have a reception, restaurant and bar. The double rooms (occupancy: minimum 2 adults max 2 adults + 2 children) offer bath or shower / WC, telephone and TV. The single rooms are a bit smaller with the same equipment.

Note:

The catering starts on the day of arrival with dinner and ends on the day of departure with breakfast. Dinner is generally ordered for 19:30. Exceptions can only be agreed on site directly with the hotel. Announcement of accommodation with travel documents (21 days before departure). Pets are not allowed.

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English, Scots, Welsh,

Scottish Gaelic, Cornish

London

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Great Britain is an island in the Atlantic Ocean to Europe. This largest island in Europe is not a classic destination for a beach vacation, here you can rather spend an exciting cultural holiday.

United Kingdom include both England and Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales; each of these regions has its own charm.

Breathtaking nature and vibrant cities

Those seeking peace and seclusion, should go, for example, in the far reaches of Scotland. Up in the North of the United Kingdom, this is especially famous for Loch Ness with his sea monster "Nessie".

What many tourists do not know is that Scotland is also suitable for winter vacation. But from May to September is worth a holiday in Scotland, then you will find the famous Highland Games held.  

In the South of England, one of the most popular attractions is the legendary Stonehenge; at least one million visitors annually visit this stone circle monument - one of the oldest records of civilization in the UK.

Capital city of the England is London; This city is ideal for a city break, because here you can discover a variety of interesting sights. You should not miss Tower Bridge and Big Ben in London.

Even Buckingham Palace is set high in the favor of most visitors. You should when staying in London also don't miss Waxworks of Madame Toussauds. The red double decker buses are very characteristic for London – these characterize the image of the city immensely.

Climate

UK has a temperate climate in the that is there to be warm and moist in summer and wet and cold winter. In contrast to the rest of Europe significantly more precipitation falls on the British island - you should take an umbrella with you if possible.

In the southwest of the country, the climate is the mildest, by the way. Here is also one of the most visited landscapes of Great Britain: Cornwall. Known from numerous Rosamunde Pilcher films, can be found here peaceful small cottages and a wild-romantic landscape.

Notes

As an EU citizen, you need no visa for entry to the UK. Of course, you should carry a valid passport.

Typical tropical diseases do not occur naturally in the UK, but it may cause the outbreak of the disease hepatitis B. Especially in case of a longer stay in the country one should be vaccinated against this disease.

Travel ideas United Kingdom

 

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Swedish

Stockholm

Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy

450,295 km2

10,019,400

Swedish krona (SEK)

17 May 1814

+46

The Kingdom of Sweden, situated in the northern part of Europe, is considered the fifth largest country in Europe and attracts nature lovers to the north. Sweden has a total of more than 220,000 islands, making it one of the island's richest countries in the world. The two major Baltic islands Gotland and Öland are also part of the national territory.

The more and more popular eastern part of the Scandinavian peninsula borders directly on Norway and Finland. South it borders, separated by waters, still Denmark.

Unique nature spectacle

Sweden has a unique nature shaped by the Ice Age. People from all parts of the world travel to enjoy exotic phenomena like the midnight sun, the northern lights, the Arctic cold, but also just the absolute silence. Especially in summer, there are many tourists in the north who want to escape the crowded regions of southern Europe.

Urban culture in the south

Many of the country's most famous cities are located in the lower half of the country, so most of the population is located here. The capital Stockholm, built on numerous islands, is surrounded by water everywhere and is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is also referred to as the "Venice of the North". In addition to nature tourism, big-city tourism also plays an important role. Stockholm offers a mix of beautiful nature and modern urban culture. Here, travelers can expect a variety of impressions in all areas: from design, fashion, music, gastronomy to entertainment. Above all, the 1628 sunken and now restored sailing ship "Vasa" is a very popular destination.

The second largest city of Gothenburg with numerous offshore archipelagos in the sea on the west coast further south of Stockholm. The port city carries with its ice-free port a high economic importance. In addition to the many entertainment venues and culture, the largest amusement park in Scandinavia "Liseberg" is one of the attractions of the city.

Malmö is located at the extreme south of Sweden and is directly connected to Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, by the Öresund Bridge. Among other things, the picturesque old town attracts tourists with the "Turning Torso" - at 190 meters the tallest building in Northern Europe.

Simple Swedish cuisine

The Swedish cuisine is rather simple and characterized by rural home cooking. Potatoes, meat (especially game), seafood and fish are the basis of Swedish cuisine. In smaller cafes there are delicious pastries such as smörgås, sandwiches filled with salad, salmon, shrimp, fish roe, egg and mustard dill sauce.

The position of Norway on the Scandinavian peninsula gives great importance to shipping. Ship connections to the neighboring countries and the numerous airports facilitate traffic and make it possible to reach more remote regions of the country.

Due to the northern location of Sweden it is important to pay attention to the climate when traveling. The proximity to the Atlantic and the wind conditions bring a fairly mild climate. Rainfall is expected throughout the year, but above all, the destination over climatic conditions is crucial, as milder temperatures prevail in the northern part than in the south.

Travel ideas Sweden

Scandinavia by car

Included services:

  • Ferry Travemünde - Trelleborg - Travemünde in the day cab
  • Cars up to 6 m in length
  • 7 nights in middle-class hotels
  • 7x breakfast buffet
  • parking if available (costs may be accured)

Optional services per person

(only bookable in advance):

  • Surcharge single room € 450.-
  • Surcharge night ferry Travemünde/Rostock - Trelleborg (+2 nights) € 175.-

Additional costs

(payable on site):

  • Toll charges if applicable
  • Parking costs if applicable

Period:

June to middle of August

Rate:

from € 395.- per person in double room

8-day car trip (7 nights), including ferry, middle-class hotels,

breakfast included

Combine impressive landscapes and featured cities on one trip. Visit the imperial cities of Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen, as well as the two cities of Gothenburg and Malmö.

Your itinerary

Day 1: Travemünde/Rostock – Trelleborg – Malmö 

Your journey begins in Travemünde / Rostock, from where you can take a relaxed ferry ride to Trelleborg in Sweden. A short drive will take you to Malmö. Overnight at the hotel in the Malmö area.

Day 2: Copenhagen – Malmö 

After breakfast, you will discover the former Hanseatic city and today a modern metropolis on Öresund. This port city is something very special, because Sweden is sometimes too Swedish, which is just right in Malmö. Malmö is continental. A mixture of multicultural, artistic and almost Mediterranean serenity. Malmö is a paradise for cyclists and bathing friends. And in the summer you should not forget the swimming trunks. In the middle of the city on Öresund is a sandy beach, Ribersborgsstranden. In the afternoon we recommend a short trip to the Danish capital Copenhagen. There are attractions such as the Nyhavn, the landmark of Copenhagen, Christianshavn, the Amusement Park Tivoli, Amalienborg Palace, the Copenhagen city residence of the Danish Queen Margrethe II or the Rosenborg Castle. Copenhagen is young and historic at the same time. A city with all the services one would expect from an international city. After a short drive over the Öresund you will reach Malmö again. Overnight at the hotel in the Malmö area.

Day 3: Malmö – Gränna – Stockholm   

Through southern Sweden you drive past countless lakes, forests, towns and villages and should definitely plan a stop in the charming town of Gränna. This place is known for the small shops where among other things, the famous Polkagris (candy canes) and traditional crispbread are made. Then it goes on for you on the east coast of the country. Overnight at the hotel in the Stockholm area.

Day 4: Stockholm 

Stockholm - also called Venice of the north - is located on 14 different islands and wants to be discovered. Stroll through the old town Gamla Stan with its winding streets and paving stones and get to know this traditional but also modern and vibrant city better. Overnight at the hotel in the Stockholm area.

Day 5: Stockholm – Örebro – Lake Vänern – Karlstad – Oslo

After breakfast we continue to Norway. But before you Sweden you should plan a stopover in Örebro. The university town of Örebro on Hjalmaren Lake with its impressive castle on an island of the Svartan River is more than worth seeing. Then your giant will take you to Lake Vänern, the largest lake in Sweden. Take in this unique and breathtaking atmosphere and pay a visit to Karlstad, the capital of Warmia. This charming little town is located on countless islands and you will like it. Then it goes on to Oslo. Overnight at the hotel in the Oslo area.

Day 6: Oslo – Uddevalla – Southern Sweden  

Today, explore the Norwegian capital between Oslofjord and Holmenkollen with its main attractions such as Vigeland Park, Opera, Royal Palace and City Hall. After that, your journey will take you to southern Sweden, but before you get there, make a stop in Uddevalla. Uddevalla is a town in the Swedish province of Västra Götaland and the historical province of Bohuslän and lies at the mouth of the river Bäveån in the Byfjord. Visit the Bohuslän Museum and learn about the industrial development of this region. Overnight at the hotel in the Vänersborg / Gothenburg area.

Day 7: Gothenburg – Varberg – Lund/Malmö   

After breakfast we continue to Sweden's second largest city to Gothenburg. The port city is not only popular because of its cosmopolitan outlook and the many lovingly decorated cafes, also the proximity to the 10,000 skerries in the sea, a popular destination, ensure large crowds of visitors. Gothenburg is also known as "Lilla London" - small London and is due to its location by the sea and the largest port in Scandinavia the "gateway to the world". Experience this young but yet traditional city with its many attractions such as the amusement park Liseberg, the Opera House, the Poseidon fountain, the old town Haga and Skansen Kronan or the castle park. Later, drive south along the west coast. We recommend a stopover in the historic fortified town of Varberg, where you should definitely visit the harbor and the fortress. Overnight at the hotel in the Lund / Malmö area.

Day 8: Lund/Malmö – Trelleborg – Travemünde/Rostock 

Until the departure of the ferry in the afternoon you have enough time to explore Lund. The city is considered one of the oldest and most important of the Middle Ages and is a charming and lively city full of contrasts. Under the cobblestones and half-timbered houses, the medieval city center is blended with modern buildings. In the afternoon, board the ship and reach Travemünde / Rostock in the evening from where you will start your journey home.

Hotel description:

All hotels offer reception, bar and restaurant. The double room (occupancy: min/max 2 adults) have bath or shower/WC, telephone and TV.

Advertised hotel classifications are based on the country category. Boarding begins on arrival day with dinner and ends with breakfast on departure day. Announcement of the accommodation with the travel documents. Pets not allowed.

Hotel examples:

• Malmö/Lund: Best Western Arena Hotel, SCANDIC Malmö City, SCANDIC LUND or similar

• Stockholm: SCANDIC Victoria Tower, SCANDIC Alvik, SCANDIC Infra City or similar

• Oslo: SCANDIC Asker, SCANDIC Helsfyr, SCANDIC Holmenkollen Park or similar

• Gothenburg/Vänersborg: Hotel Hehrne, Best Western Plus åby Hotel, SCANDIC Mölndal or similar

Highlights of Sweden by car - Malmö - Gothenburg

Included services per person:

  • Day ferry Travemünde -Trelleborg - Travemünde including day cabin
  • Cars up to 6 meter length
  • 3 nights in middle-class hotel in the area of Malmö
  • 2 nights in middle-class hotel in the area of Stockholm
  • 1 night in middle-class hotel in the area of Vänersborg-Gothenburg
  • 6x breakfast
  • 4x dinner at the hotel
  • Parking available (partly payable)

Note: Boarding begins on arrival day with dinner and ends with breakfast on departure day. Announcement of accommodation with the travel documents. No pets.

Additional costs (payable on site):

  • Toll charges if applicable
  • Parking costs if applicable

Travel time:

End of May to mid-August

Price:

From € 380, - per person in a double room

Discover the fascinating and multifaceted Sweden! On a 7-day trip to meet world famous cities, picturesque fishing villages and beautiful landscapes. Enjoy the picturesque southern Swedish on the way to Stockholm or get a glimpse of the centuries-long tradition of crispbread production. Drift in Malmö, the melting pot of multiculturalism, along the canals and experience first hand the Scandinavian way of life!

Your itinerary 

Day 1: Arrival - Malmö

Individual arrival to Travemünde, crossing by ferry to Trelleborg, onward to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the area of Malmö. 

Day 2: Malmö

Discover the former Hanseatic City and today modern metropolis on the Öresund. Overnight in the hotel in the area of Malmö.

Day 3: Öland - Stockholm

Today we recommend the trip along the East coast of southern Sweden. You reach the previous Swedish Karlskrona city to the second largest Swedish island Öland. The sunny island is a UNESCO World Heritage listed island in the Baltic Sea and is a popular holiday destination and summer residence of the Royal family. Continuing along the coast past countless lakes and through typical southern Swedish countryside to Stockholm. Dinner and overnight in the hotel in Stockholm. 

Day 4: Stockholm

Stockholm - called also the Venice of the North - is located on 14 different islands and are waiting to be discovered. Stroll through the old town Gamla Stan, with its winding streets and visit the Royal Palace and the City Hall and relax in one of the beautiful parks close to the Centre of the city. Dinner and overnight in the hotel in Stockholm.

Day 5: Lake Vättern

Along the way they get through central Sweden along the Göthakanales to Sweden's second largest lake, Vättern lake, where they produce from centuries of tradition some typical Swedish sugar sweets “Polkagris” in canes, and crispbread “knäckebröd” in the picturesque small town of Gränna. Proceed to the hotel in the room Gothenburg Vänersborg to dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6: Gothenburg

Today is Gothenburg, the second largest city in Sweden, you an extremely lively and friendly city waterfront on the program of strolling through the city and visit Lisberg, the largest amusement park in Scandinavia before you continue along the West coast of Sweden. Overnight in the hotel in the area of Malmö. 

Day 7: Departure

Drive to Trelleborg, crossing by ferry to Travemünde.

Program changes reserved. 

Hotel Description:

All hotels offer reception, bar and restaurant. The double room (occupancy: min/max 2 adults) have bath or shower/WC, telephone and TV. Hotel classifications are based on the country category. 

Magical Malmö by car

Included services:

  • Ferry ride to Travemünde - Trelleborg - Travemünde in the day cab
  • Cars up to 6m length
  • Environmental surcharge
  • Overnight stays in a double room
  • Breakfast included
  • Use the hotel's sauna and fitness room

Additional costs (payable on site):

  • Toll charges if applicable
  • Parking costs if applicable

Travel time:

All year

Price:

From € 199.- per person in a double room

Enjoy the maritime flair, modern architecture, as well as excellent shopping opportunities, the Scandinavian way of life in Malmö. The fascinating contrast between the picturesque old town and state of the art architecture near the Oresund Bridge will inspire you. Also the wide range of cultural attractions, many high-quality restaurants and bistros will leave no wishes unfulfilled.

See the fantastic parks and gardens and stroll along the beautiful canals that eander through the older part of Malmö. Sweden's third largest city, which is one of the most sustainable cities in the world, will welcome you with its hospitality and you will see why this city is a real insider tip for a tour of Scandinavia. Cross the Öresund bridge for a trip to Copenhagen, Denmark's capital.

Your itinerary

Location:

The best Western arena Malmö is located in the southwest part of Malmö, Hyllie station only 150 m from the railway station of Malmö. From here, you can reach the Centre of Malmö in 3 minutes and the Centre of Copenhagen in about 25 minutes. A shopping mall and several restaurants located nearby also.

Facilities:

The modern and stylishly decorated hotel has reception, lobby, restaurant, bar and terrace.

Room Notes:

The double room (occupancy: min/max 2 adults) are modernly furnished and have bath or shower/WC, hair-dryer, TV, safe, desk and seating area.

Catering:

Their food is daily a rich breakfast buffet. 

Leisure activities:

Free of charge: Sauna and fitness room

Sweden & Copenhagen by car

Included services:

  • Day ferry Travemünde - Trelleborg
  • Day ferry Rødby - Puttgarden
  • Cars up to 6 meter length
  • 2 nights in middle-class hotel in the area of Malmö
  • 2 nights in middle-class hotel in the area of Stockholm
  • 1 night in middle-class hotel in the area of Vänersborg/Gothenburg
  • 1 night in middle-class hotel in the area of Copenhagen
  • 4x dinner at the hotel
  • 6x breakfast in the hotel

Additional costs (payable on site):

  • Toll charges if applicable
  • Parking costs if applicable

Travel time:

End of May to mid-August

Price:

From € 390.- per person in a double room

Your itinerary

Day 1: Arrival - Malmö

Individual arrival to Travemünde, crossing with the TT-line to Trelleborg, onward to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel in the area of Malmö. 

Day 2: Malmö

Discover the former Hanseatic City and today modern metropolis on the Öresund. Overnight stay in the hotel in the area of Malmö. 

Day 3: Öland - Stockholm

Today we recommend the trip along the East coast of southern Sweden. The route will take you from Karlskrona, the former capital of Sweden, you arrive on Öland, the second largest Swedish island. The sunny island is an UNESCO World Heritage listed island in the Baltic Sea. Öland is a popular holiday destination and summer residence of the Royal family. Continuing along the coast you pass countless lakes and through the typical southern Swedish countryside you arrive to Stockholm. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel in Stockholm.

Day 4: Stockholm

Stockholm - called also the Venice of the North - is located on 14 different islands and waiting to be discovered. Stroll through the old town Gamla Stan, with its winding streets and visit the Royal Palace and the City Hall and relax in one of the beautiful grounds close to the Centre of the city. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel in Stockholm.

Day 5: Lake Vättern

Through central Sweden along the Göthakanal you come to Sweden's second largest lake, Lake Vättern. Make a stop in the picturesque small town of Gränna, where you can visit some typical Swedish stores with typical sugar sweets and crispbread. Dinner and overnights stay in the hotel in the area of Gothenburg/Vänersborg. 

Day 6: Gothenburg - Copenhagen

Today is Gothenburg on the program, the second largest city in Sweden, an extremely lively and friendly city by the water. You will be strolling through the city and visit Lisberg, the largest amusement park in Scandinavia before you continue along the West coast of Sweden. Overnight stay in the hotel in the area of Copenhagen. 

Day 7: Copenhagen - Departure

It's time to discover the Danish capital with its Mermaid, Amalienborg Castle, Christianshavn and Nyhavn. In the afternoon, you start your journey back home towards Rødby where you take the ferry to Puttgarden.

Hotel Description:

All hotels offer reception, bar and restaurant. The double room (occupancy: min/max 2 adults) have bath or shower/WC, telephone and TV. The single rooms are slightly smaller at the same facilities. Advertised hotel classifications are based on the country category. Program changes reserved. Hotel examples: Malmö: Best Western arena; Stockholm: Mornington Bromma; Vänersborg: Hotel Herne. 

Notes:

Boarding begins on arrival day with dinner and ends with breakfast on departure day. Announcement of the accommodation with the travel documents. Pets not allowed. Hotel examples: Malmö: Best Western arena, Stockholm: Mornington Bromma, Gothenburg/Vänersborg: Hotel Herne

Advertised hotel classifications are based on the country category. Boarding begins on arrival day with dinner and ends with breakfast on departure day. Announcement of the accommodation with the travel documents. Pets not allowed.

Reduction for children:

With accommodation in a double room with 2 full-fare paying adults children receive 1-2 until 6 years 100%, 7-12 years 50% and from 13-17 years 20%.

Sweden for family by car

Included services:

  • Ferry Travemünde or Rostock to Trelleborg and back incl. day cabin
  • Bring own car up to 6 meters length
  • 3 nights in SCANDIC Hotel Lund Malmö Area or similar
  • 3 nights in SCANDIC Portalen Jönköping or similar
  • 2 nights in SCANDIC Backadal Göteborg, Trollhättan or similar
  • parking (if available)

Optional services per person

(only bookable in advance):

  • Surcharge single room: € 429,-

Additional costs (payable on site):

  • any applicable tolls
  • any applicalbe parking fees

Discount for children:

For accommodation in a double room with two full-paying guests, children up to 2,9 years receive 100%, from 3 - 10,9 years 20% and from 11-16 years 10% discount.

Period:

Mid-June to end of September

Price:

From € 580,- per person in double room

9-day trip (7 nights), SCANDIC hotels, incl. breakfast

Malmö - Jönköping - Gothenburg - Malmö

Your itinerary

Day 1: Arrival – Malmö

Individual arrival to Travemünde or Rostock. Transfer by ferry (STENA or TT-Line) to Trelleborg and continue to your hotel in Lund or Malmö.

Day 2: Malmö – Store Mosse National Park – Jönköping (ca. 290 km)

After breakfast drive through central Sweden to Jönköping. On the way there we recommend a stop in the "Store Mosse National Park". The National Park Store Mosse is located in Småland and is the largest bog south of Lapland with mostly untouched bog areas. Directly connected to the national park are the two nature reserves Brokullen and Långö Mosse. Overall, the reserve has a size of almost 8,000 hectares. Let yourself be impressed by this nature before you continue your journey to Jönköping. Stay the next 3 nights at SCANDIC Portalen (or similar).

Day 3: Jönköping

On Lake Vättern in the north of Småland you can enjoy the next days. With about 120,000 inhabitants, the city is one of the ten largest cities in Sweden. When it comes to culture, museums, events and sights, the vibrant city at the foot of the great Lake Vättern is at the forefront. We highly recommend a visit to the Matchmaking Museum and of course the Husqvarna Museum. And when it comes to sweets, the place Gränna (about 40 km) is particularly noteworthy. Typical Swedish shops, where after centuries of tradition Polkagris sugar sweets and crispbread are made, can be seen here. If you are after a "Wild West Adventure" out, then in any case a trip to "High Chaparal" is recommended. Overnight as the day before.

Day 4: Jönköping – Astrid Lindgren World – Jönköping (ca. 280 km)

Enjoy a day in Jönköping am See and take a boat trip or visit one of the many attractions. However, we recommend a day trip to the "Astrid Lindgreen World". A fun for young and old. Astrid Lindgren's world is actually not one but many worlds collected in one place. On your walk through the park you will pass well-known locations such as the Kirschblütental, the Mattiswald and Birkenlund. A little further on you will find Villa Kunterbunt, Karlssons Dach and Katthult. All worlds can be recognized from the stories of Astrid Lindgren. Without their inhabitants, however, they would not be that exciting. For what would Villa Kunterbunt be without Pippi and the Mattisburg without the robbers? In these living worlds, up to 50 different performances with scenes from the books are played every day. The special thing about the theater is that our viewers are very close to the events and sometimes even land in the middle. Overnight as the day before.

Day 5: Jönköping – Ulricehamn – Gothenburg (ca. 150 km)

After breakfast, head for Gothenburg. On the way there we recommend a stop in Ulricehamn. Whether the Ulricaparken, Komosse nature reserve or just a stroll through the area with its old mills, whose construction dates back to the 17th century, is highly recommended. After arriving in Gothenburg you have enough time to explore the city. We recommend a canal trip "Paddan". From the boat you get a fantastic view over this beautiful port city. Overnight in the Gothenburg area.

Day 6: Gothenburg

Today, Gothenburg, the second largest city in Sweden, is an extremely lively and friendly waterfront town. Stroll through the city and visit Lisberg, the largest amusement park in Scandinavia. Overnight as the day before.

Day 7: Gothenburg – Malmö (ca. 270km)

After breakfast, head towards Malmö. On the way there we recommend a stop in Varberg. Visit the fortress and enjoy the magnificent view of the lake. In the afternoon we recommend a trip to "Skånes Djurpark". The largest zoo in the region. Here are more than a thousand wild and tame animals from the Nordic countries at home. Overnight in Malmö.

Day 8: Malmö

After breakfast Malmö lies at your feet. No insider tip anymore. Visit the many sights such as Lilla Torg and Old Town, Malmöhus Slott, Kallbadhuset, Turning Torso or one of the many museums. Or take a day trip to Copenhagen and enjoy the Tivoli. A must for all children and all those who are still children at heart. Overnight as the day before.

Day 9: Departure

After breakfast, you will start your journey home.

Hotel description:

The hotels all have a reception, restaurant and bar. The double rooms (occupancy: minimum 2 adults max 2 adults + 2 children) offer bath or shower / WC, telephone and TV. The single rooms are a bit smaller with the same equipment.

Note:

The catering starts on the day of arrival with dinner and ends on the day of departure with breakfast. Dinner is generally ordered for 19:30. Exceptions can only be agreed on site directly with the hotel. Announcement of accommodation with travel documents (21 days before departure). Pets are not allowed.

Southern Sweden by car

Included services:

  • Ferry Travenmünde/Rostock – Trelleborg – Travenmünde/Rostock with TT-LINE
  • Bring own car up to 6 meters length
  • 2 x nights on bord of TT-Line in standard double cabin (inside)
  • 1 x night in middle-class hotel in area Malmö
  • 2 x nights in middle-class hotel in area Kalmar
  • 2 x nights in middle-class hotel in area Stockholm
  • 2 x nights in middle-class hotel in area Falun/Borläge
  • 1 x night in middle-class hotel in area Karlstad
  • 1 x night in middle-class hotel in area Göteborg
  • 1 x night in middle-class hotel in area Lund/Malmö
  • 2 x breakfast in bord of TT-LINE
  • 10 x breakfast in the hotels
  • parking if available (costs may be incurred)

Optional services per person

(only bookable in advance):

  • Surcharge single room: € 590,-
  • Surcharge outside cabin: € 99,-

Additional costs (payable on site):

  • any applicalbe tolls
  • any applicabe parking fees

Discount for children:

For accommodation in a double room with two full-paying guests, children up to 1.9 years receive 100%, from 2 - 9.9 years 30% and from 10 - 12.9 years 20% discount.

Period:

Mid- June to mid-August

Price:

From € 770,- per person in double room

13-day car trip (12 nights), cruise, middle-class hotels, incl. breakfast

Malmö - Kalmar - Stockholm - Falun - Karlstad - Gothenburg - Helsingborg - Lund - Malmö

Experience the beautiful coastline with countless islands in the archipelago, flat sandy beaches and cliffs, countless bays, numerous canals, many lakes, colorful landscapes, endless forests and untouched nature on this car tour. In addition, there are many historic buildings, churches, castles and palaces to visit.

Your itinerary

Day 1: Travemünde/ Rostock – Trelleborg – Malmö (40 km)  

Individual arrival to Travemünde / Rostock, embarkation on one of the TT-Line or Stena Line ferries and crossing to Trelleborg. Overnight in Malmo.

Day 2: Malmö

After breakfast you have enough time to discover Malmö. We also recommend a trip to Copenhagen over the Öresund Bridge.

Day 3: Malmö – Kalmar (330 km)

After breakfast, we recommend a drive through the film city of Ystad and then on to the picturesque fishing village of Karlshamn. The city got its name from King Karl X Gustav, who originally came from the Palatinate. Then continue to Kalmar, the Union City with the impressive moated castle. Kalmar is located on the Baltic Sea belonging Kalmarsund between the island of Öland and the Kingdom of Crystal. Overnight in Kalmar or surroundings

Day 4: Kalmar - Öland

After breakfast you have time to visit Kalmar. Especially recommended are the castle, the Kalmar County Museum and the Kalmar Cathedral. Afterwards we recommend the trip over the Ölansbrücke to Öland. Make a detour to this small island with the lighthouses and the Borgholm castle ruin. Overnight in Kalmar or surroundings.

Day 5: Kalmar – Stockholm (420 km) 

After breakfast, you can look forward to a wonderful drive along the Baltic coast. Pay a visit to the port city of Oskarshamn and visit wooden miniatures of the artist Axel R. Petersen here in the Kulturhuset. Overnight in Stockholm or surroundings.

Day 6: Stockholm

Today is available for exploration. There are countless opportunities to explore the beautiful metropolis. Worth seeing is certainly the old town "Gamla Stan" with the castle and the coronation church, the summer palace Drottningholm and the open-air museum Skansen. If the weather is nice you should definitely go on an archipelago cruise. Overnight in Stockholm or surroundings.

Day 7:  Stockholm - Uppsala – Gävle - Falun (300 km)

Drive via Uppsala and Gävle to Falun, which is famous for its mines, which, together with the workers' quarters, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Overnight in Falun / Borlänge.

Day 8: Siljan/Falun

The day is at your leisure. Discover the impressive nature and the many beautiful places around Lake Siljan. Overnight in Falun / Borlänge.

Day 9: Falun – Karlstad (250 km)

After breakfast drive through the Swedish forests to Karlstad on Lake Vänern, the largest lake in Europe. Depending on your arrival, you can already visit the first sights in Karlstad such as the cathedral and the Värmland Museum. Overnight in Karlstad or surroundings

Day 10: Karlstad – Gothenburg (260 km)

Today's journey takes you along the Vänern through the small and cozy landscape of Dalsland. This touristic hardly frequented environment is particularly recommended for canoeing. In addition, the white-water canyon at Mellerud is recommended. Overnight in Gothenburg or surroundings

Day 11: Gothenburg – Varberg – Helsingborg – Lund/Malmö (290 km)

You drive along the beautiful west coast with many seemingly endless sandy beaches. Especially recommended is the exclusive seaside resort of Båstad in the Skåne region. Continue to Helsingborg. Enjoy a mix of modern city and small town idyll. Then continue to Lund / Malmö and overnight.

Day 12: Malmö/Lund – Trelleborg (40 km)

Today you have all day to discover Malmö. Or take a trip to Ystad before heading to Trelleborg in the evening. Embarkation on a TT-Line or Stena Line ferry and crossing to Travemünde / Rostock. Overnight on board in booked category.

Day 13: Travemünde or Rostock 

Arrival in Travemünde or in Rostock and start of the journey home.

Hotel description:

All hotels offer reception, bar and restaurant. The double rooms (occupancy: at least 2 adults / max 2 adults / 1 child) have bath or shower / WC, telephone and TV. The single rooms are a bit smaller with the same equipment. Advertised hotel classifications are based on the national category. Program changes reserved.

Ferry/cruise description:

A relaxing journey to Sweden begins on board TT-Line and you treat your health also something good. All cabins and public areas of our ferries are non-smoking areas. Fortify yourself in the on-board cafeteria, rest in our spacious cabins and enjoy a pleasant ambience. All cabins have shower, toilet and hair dryer. Outside or inside cabin? You have the choice!

Hotel examples:

  • Malmö: Best Western Malmö Arena, SCANDIC Malmö City or similar

  • Kalmar: SCANDIC Kalmar West, Best Western Kalmarsund or similar

  • Stockholm: SCANDIC Victoria Towers, Best Western Bromma or similar

  • Falun/Borläge: Best Wetern Gustaf Wasa, SCANDIC Borläge or similar

  • Karlstad: SCANDIC Klarälven, Best Western Gustaf Fröding Hotell or similar

  • Göteborg: Best Western Mölndal oder Waterfront, SCANDIC Mölndal or similar

  • Malmö/Lund: Best Western Arena, SCANDIC Lund or similar

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Spanish

Madrid

Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy

505,990 km2

2015 census 46,423,064

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Spain is in southwestern of Europe and occupies the biggest part of the Iberian Peninsula. Neighboring countries are France and the small country of Andorra in the North and Portugal in the Southwest.

There is the British enclave of Gibraltar in southern of Spain. Spain includes the island groups of Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean West of Morocco.

In addition are the two enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, which are surrounded in North Africa by Moroccan territory, to Spain.

Spain is a diverse and popular tourist destination in Europe and is divided into 17 autonomous communities. The highest number of inhabitants have the autonomous communities of Andalusia, Catalonia, Madrid, Valencia and Galicia. Cantabria, Navarra and La Rioja have the fewest citizens.

Varied and diverse as hardly another country

The landscape of Spain is diverse and varied and is crisscrossed by mighty mountains. The Pyrenees form a natural border with France in the North of the country. More East West running mountain ranges are the Cantabrian mountain range, the Castilian vagina mountain, which is divided into two parts of the Spanish Meseta and the Baetic Cordillera belongs also the famous Sierra Nevada.

The highest mountain of the Spanish mainland in the Sierra Nevada is located with the Mulhacén (3482 m) the southernmost ski resort in Europe. Highest mountain in Spain is the Pico del Teide (3718 m) on the Canary Island of Tenerife.

Spain is in the range of different climatic zones. These range from the humid Atlantic climate in the Northwestern communities of Galicia and Basque country to the subtropics in the Canary Islands. The winters in the mountains and in the central Spanish Meseta, where also the capital city of Madrid is, are cold. In the summer, however, it is very hot in the Meseta. Also, hot summers there in the South of Spain in Andalusia. Here also the winters are pleasantly mild. Therefore, especially the South of Andalusia and the Canary Islands are year-round estimated travel destinations. The areas situated on the Mediterranean coast of Catalonia, Valencia, Murcia, the Northern Andalusia and the Balearic Islands have very mild winters.

Many tourists choose Spain as a tourist destination to enjoy a relaxing Beach holiday. The selection is huge and on the Mainland, almost a beach on the next joins the Mediterranean. The most famous coastal regions are the Costa Brava, the Costa Dorada, the Costa Blanca, the Costa del Sol and the Costa de la Luz. There are also the Balearic Islands also popular with bathroom holidaymakers with Mallorca, Formentera and Ibiza, as well as the Canary Islands of Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and some more. Small bays are on the Atlantic coast in the Northwest on the often-rugged cliffs.

Spain has a rich historical past and different peoples and cultures left their tracks that are still to admire in part. For example, the Alhambra in Granada is by the Arab Moors. Also by the Romans are still magnificent buildings. Famous for numerous testimonies from Roman times, especially the city of Tarragona is southwest of Barcelona. The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the Cathedral of Burgos or the Plaza Mayor in Madrid are just a few examples of the attractions of Spain.

There are many in Spain possibilities for a varied and relaxing holiday and each tourist can realize it per his ideas.

 

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Finnish

Helsinki

Unitary parliamentary republic

338,424 km2

July 2016 estimate 5,488,543

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6 December 1917

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Located in the northeast of Europe, Finland is famous for lots of snow, breathtaking nature, warm saunas and beautiful Polar nights. Despite the small population of the country Finland offer attractions that draw tourists at any time of the year in the North. Surrounded by other Scandinavian countries such as Norway, Russia and Sweden, Finland is able to attract tourists in the north despite strong competition with the unique interaction of fast-growing modernity in the south and breathtaking nature in the north.

Vacation in the nature

Finland is characterized by nature - the endless wilderness and the dreams of all nature-lovers numerous lakes. Not only tourists from abroad are attracted to this that even locals like to spend your holidays in the country. Resorts offer a relaxing, which eliminate the whole stress of the hectic everyday life: swimming and fishing in the Lake, berries collect in the Woods and a sauna visit in the evening with a glass of Kossu (Finnish vodka) in hand.

The distinctive character is widespread throughout the country, because numerous quaint towns, forests, lakes and Islands, the northern Lapland are located along the Finnish coast.

Modern urban culture

In addition to all of nature, Finland has a modern side. The country has a high standard of living and is one of the leading countries in Europe economically and technically. Especially the capital Helsinki is destination of tourism in Finland. The contrast of nature is reflected here – the lively cultural scene, the modern way of life in accordance with old traditions, the many museums and galleries and the beautiful architecture enable tourists repeatedly in amazement. Visit the town's landmark, the Helsinki Cathedral, or the fortress of Suomenlinna, located on several interconnected Islands prior to the Finnish capital Helsinki.

Adventure and outdoor sports

Tourism in Finland is dominated by adventure and outdoor sports. Trekking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, dogsledding, hiking, fishing, and water sports are offered here throughout. The ski resort of Ruka-Kuusamo is one of the most significant tourist centres of the country, and is known worldwide as an important city for hosting winter sports events.

The long summer days and the strong snowfall, which turned the country into a winter dream, let you run different types of sports. A visit to the Santa Claus village in the far north of Finland to the Arctic Circle is worth at Christmas time.

The climate of Finland is very changeable through the transition of climatic zones. The temperatures are lower in the North, but is to be expected with less precipitation. March is the best month of travel, because the average rainfall is the lowest.

 Travel ideas Finland

Highlights of Finland by car

Included services:

  • Ferry Lübeck/Travemünde to Helsinki and back incl. own car
  • 7 x nights in middle-class hotels in double room
  • 3 x nights on bord from Lübeck/Travemünde to Helsinki and back
  • 7 x breakfast in the hotels
  • parking if available (costs may be incurred)

Optional services per person

(only bookable in advance):

  • Surcharge single room: € 990,-
  • Surcharge outside cabin: € 125,-
  • Surcharge dinner on bord (first and last evening): € 55,-

Additional costs (payable on site):

  • any applicable tolls
  • any applicable parking fees
  • entrance fees

Discount for children:

For accommodation in a double room with two full-paying guests, children up to 1.9 years receive 100%, from 2 - 9.9 years 30% and from 10 - 12.9 years 20% discount.

Period:

April to August

Price:

From € 940,- per person in double room

11-day self-driving tour (10 nights), ferry, middle-class hotels, incl. breakfast

Helsinki – Finnish Lake District – Kuopio – Finnish Lapland – Christmas village - Rovaniemi – Gulf of Bothnia – Oulu – Vaasa – Rauma – Turku 

Finland is a fascinating country with endless expanses, thousands of lakes, imposing mountain landscapes, a varied coastline and friendly people everywhere. Get to know and love the scenic beauties and the historical and modern cities with modern Finnish architecture and a lot of modern design.

Your itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Lübeck/Travenmünde

Today begins your journey to Finland. After arriving in Lübeck-Travemünde, board the boat and move into your comfortable cabin. Check-in opens at 21.00. Embarkation starts at 23.30.

Day 2: Finnlines

You spend a leisurely day at Bor of the Finnlines. On this voyage, you can relax in the sauna, enjoy drinks in the spacious ship's restaurant and eat well, or buy gifts and souvenirs in the shop. The ships offer upscale amenities and excellent service: the on-board shop, buffet restaurant, bar & bistro, kids playroom, teens lounge, fitness and massage room, and separate saunas with hot tubs for men and women.

Day 3: Helsinki

In the morning you arrive at the harbor in Helsinki. Explore the venerable cathedral, the Temppeliaukio church and the many witnesses of modern design. Get a good overview of the most famous sights of the Finnish capital. Then you should stroll through the city center and visit the harbor with the historic market hall and the great fish market. Overnight at the hotel in the Helsinki area.

Day 4: Helsinki

You can make today's day to your own taste. A few relaxing hours at the harbor, visit a museum or take a boat trip to the castle of Finland, an offshore fortress. You will like this excursion. Overnight at the hotel in the Helsinki area.

Day 5: Helsinki – Porvoo – Kupio (450 km)

Today you start the journey to the north. On the way we recommend a short trip to the second oldest city in Finland, Porvoo. The small town with its medieval architecture and cobbled streets lined with unique red-painted wooden houses on the riverbank offers a magical atmosphere. Visit the flea market in the old train station, the cathedral, browse through the small shops and taste the chocolate at the local historic chocolate factory. This visit is worthwhile anyway. Then drive north and cross the scenic Finnish Lake District. Enjoy the view of the vastness of the landscape and the lakes and before you reach your destination. In the charming town of Kupio on Kallavesi Lake with its numerous islands and the majestic fortress on the Puijo Mountain you will end the evening. Overnight at the hotel in the Kupio / Tahko area.

Day 6: Finnish Lake District – Finnish Lapland – Rovaniemi (490 km)

After breakfast you should leave, because today a spectacular stage awaits you, which is characterized by untouched nature and the expanse of the lake landscape. Stop in Paltamo, a small community in northeastern Finland at the eastern end of Lake Oulujärvi. The lake is the fifth largest inland water in Finland. Enjoy the tranquility and breathtaking nature before continuing. After crossing the Arctic Circle you will reach the capital of Finnish Lapland Rovaniemi. This modern commercial and university city, located on the Arctic Circle on the Kemijoki and Ounasjoki rivers, is the economic center in northern Finland. Explore the bustling university town with the Jätkänkynttilä Bridge, reminiscent of timber rafting, and the architecture of the Arktikum Museum and Research Center, the Lappia House and the Town Hall, all by the famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. Overnight at the hotel in the Rovaniemi area.

Day 7: Rovaniemi – Christmas village – Oulu – Vaasa (530 km)

Rovaniemi is of course also known worldwide as the home of Santa Claus and a visit to the Christmas village should therefore not be missed. Here, Christmas music is played in summer as well. Before you stroll through the Christmas village with a post office and many souvenir shops, you should cross the Arctic Circle after the traditional polar circle baptism (with cold water and pine branch). You should definitely bring a photo with Santa to your home. Then you leave Finnish Lapland and after the recent crossing of the Arctic Circle you stop in the historical trading city of Oulu, the economically most important city in the north of Finland. Then the journey along the sea at the Gulf of Bothnia heads south. Overnight at the hotel in the Vaasa area.

Day 8: Vaasa – Kvarken Archipel

Vaasa is a small university town on the Gulf of Finland surrounded by beautiful varied landscape with countless islands in the offshore Kvarken archipelago declared as a UNESCO World Heritage cultural landscape. Relax in Vaasa with its quiet maritime flair. We recommend a trip to the enchanting offshore islands of the Kvarken archipelago and the surroundings of the city on the Gulf of Bothnia. Overnight at the hotel in the Vaasa area.

Day 9: Rauma – Turku – Helsinki (510 km)

In any case, you should make a stop along the sea in Rauma, one of the most beautiful places in Finland, whose old town has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then we continue along the coast to Turku, the former capital of Finland, located in a strategically important location on the Aura River and an important trading center for many centuries. The historic fortress by the harbor and the cathedral are two of Turku's cultural monuments. Then we continue through the southwest of Finland back to the capital of Finland to Helsinki. Overnight at the hotel in the Helsinki area.

Day 10: Ferry from Helsinki

In the morning you have the opportunity to explore Helsinki, before in the afternoon the ferry leaves Lübeck - Travemünde. Overnight on board.

Day 11: Arrival in Travemünde

Spend the day at sea to return to Lübeck - Travemünde in the evening. Then you start your journey home.

Hotel description:

All hotels offer reception, bar and restaurant. The double rooms (occupancy: at least 2 adults / max 2 adults / 1 child) have bath or shower / WC, telephone and TV. The single rooms are a bit smaller with the same equipment. Advertised hotel classifications are based on the national category. Program changes reserved.

Hotel examples:

  • Helsinki: SCANDIC Aviapolis, SCANDIC Aviacongress or similar

  • Kuopio: SCANDIC Kuopio, SCANDIC Atlas or similar

  • Rovaniemi: SCANDIC Rovaniemi, SCANDIC Polar or similar

  • Vaasa: SCANDIC Waskia, SCANDIC Vaasa or similar

Finland's lakes and coasts by car

Included services:

  • Ferry Lübeck/Travemünde to Helsinki and back incl. own car
  • 7 x nights in middle-class hotels in double room
  • 2 x nights on bord from Lübeck/Travemünde to Helsinki and back
  • 9 x breakfast in the hotels and on ferry
  • parking if available (costs may be incurred)

Optional services per person

(only bookable in advance):

  • Surcharge single room: € 990,-
  • Surcharge outside cabin: € 65,-
  • Surcharge dinner on bord: € 55,-

Additional costs (payable on site):

  • any applicable tolls
  • any applicable parking fees
  • entrance fees

Discount for children:

For accommodation in a double room with two full-paying guests, children up to 1.9 years receive 100%, from 2 - 9.9 years 30% and from 10 - 12.9 years 20% discount.

Period:

April to October

Price:

From € 1120,- per person in double room

10-day self-driving tour (9 nights), ferry, middle-class hotels, incl. breakfast

Helsinki – Hämeenlinna – Rauma – Turku 

Your itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Lübeck – Travemünde 

Today begins your journey to Finland. After arriving in Lübeck-Travemünde, board the boat and move into your comfortable cabin. At 03.00 in the morning you start from Lübeck-Travemünde by boat to Helsinki. Overnight on board.

Day 2: Helsinki – Hämeenlinna (ca. 120 km)

In the morning you arrive at the harbor in Helsinki. Then drive about 120 km to Hämeenlinna. The city has been known since the Middle Ages as the historic center of the Häme region and is more than worth seeing. Discover Häme Castle, the town church, the market square and the city's historical museum. You stay in a SCANDIC hotel directly on the lake. Overnight at SCANDIC Aulanko or similar.

Day 3: Hämeenlinna – Tampere (ca. 80 km)

Today you still have enough time to explore Hämeenlinna, because today's destination is only a short drive away. Tampere is a city in southwestern Finland. With 228,274 inhabitants, Tampere is the third largest city in the country. Because of its versatile industry, it is often called Manchester of the North. The city is located between two lakes, the Näsijärvi and the Pyhäjärvi. Overnight in SCANDIC Rosendahl or similar.

Day 4: Tampere 

Today it is time to explore the city of Tampere. Discover Finland's most famous open-air theater, the Doll and Costume Museum, the Tampere Hall, the Opera, the Cathedral or the beautiful Pyynikki Park. Tampere has a lot to offer. Take your time for this beautiful city. Overnight in SCANDIC Rosendahl or similar.

Day 5: UNESCO city Rauma

Today you have plenty of time to get to know this city with its special charm. Rauma's old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and at the same time the largest wooden city in Scandinavia. About 700 inhabitants live on 70 acres of land, which includes 600 buildings. A walk through Rauma's old town is like stepping into a fairytale world. The colorful wooden houses, decorative gates, the cobblestones and the enchanting public buildings bring back a long-forgotten past. Overnight at SCANDIC Rauma or Best Western Hotel in Rauma or similar.

Day 6: Rauma – Turku 

It is only about 120 km to Turku. Along the Aurajoki, in German "Pflugfluss", you can roam through medieval streets with cobblestones. The river runs through the middle of the city. In the summer, the riverbank comes to life when people meet here to eat, drink and listen to music. In the river old sailing ships are anchored. You can also cruise to the archipelago and the nearby town of Naantali. Officially, Turku has been on the map since 1229, and since then it has never been quiet around the city again. In summer, the city is blessed with events and festivals: tango, medieval, music, theater, art, design and more. Find your accommodation for the next night in one of the SCANDIC hotels or similar.

Day 7: Turku – Helsinki 

After breakfast, drive approx. 180 km to the Finnish capital Helsinki. Overnight at SCANDIC Hotel in Helsinki or similar.

Day 8: Helsinki

The lively city by the sea, with beautiful islands and large parks. The rhythm of the city is relaxed and active at the same time - also in terms of the number and quality of restaurants and bars. The Finnish capital is a compact metropolis, which is also very easy to explore on foot. Architecture, culture and shopping are excellent opportunities for discovery, and the large parks, forests, lakes and coastline with over 300 islands ensure that nature is not neglected. There is something going on every day in Helsinki. Overnight at SCANDIC Hotel in Helsinki or similar.

Day 9: Ferry from Helsinki

In the morning you have the opportunity to explore Helsinki, before in the afternoon the ferry leaves Lübeck - Travemünde. Overnight on board.

Day 10: Arrival in Travemünde

Spend the day at sea to return to Lübeck - Travemünde in the evening. Then you start your journey home.

Hotel description:

All hotels offer reception, bar and restaurant. The double rooms (occupancy: at least 2 adults / max 2 adults / 1 child) have bath or shower / WC, telephone and TV. The single rooms are a bit smaller with the same equipment. Advertised hotel classifications are based on the national category. Program changes reserved.

Hotel examples:

  • Hämeenlinna: SCANDIC Hämeenlinna City, SCANDIC Aulanko oder ähnlich
  • Tampere: SCANDIC Rosendahl, SCANDIC Tampere City oder ähnlich
  • Rauma: SCANDIC Rauma oder ähnlich
  • Turku: SCANDIC Julia, SCANDIC Plaza, SCANDIC Turku oder ähnlich
  • Helsinki: SCANDIC Aviapolis, SCANDIC Aviacongress oder ähnlich

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