Luxury Travel in Europe | Europe Travel Destinations
European travel destinations have inspired love affairs for centuries—with the food, the people, the landscape, the culture. For many, a luxury Europe vacation uncaps an elixir of life, an unmatched joie de vivre that lasts far beyond the final bite of bruschetta, glimpse of the Mona Lisa, or cobblestone path. And how could it not? With a dramatically varied climate and landscape that ranges from the brisk Scottish highlands to the sun-bleached coastline of Southern Spain, the Swiss Alps to the sea cliffs of Cabo Girao; with adventure around every corner from cycling the storied foothills of the Pyrenees to climbing Mount Charmonix; with a food culture that gave rise to Cordon Blue and fondue in equal measure; with metropolitan cities that house cutting-edge design alongside history’s greatest landmarks; with charming hillside villages that ramble through the countryside to ultra-chic seaports that beguile even the most sophisticated traveler; trekking paradises to haute couture meccas, the reasons to return again and again are seemingly endless. With so much to choose from, it may feel at once inspiring and daunting to create your high-end Europe tour. Allow Absolute Travel’s luxury Europe travel experts create your dream, custom Europe vacation.
LUXURY TRAVEL IN EUROPE
We know luxury travel in Europe: we’ve survived 18 holes on championship Links in Ireland, cycled across 13 countries, visited hidden Soviet bunkers in the Baltics, watched the Northern Lights from natural hot springs in Iceland, floated in the Mediterranean and sailed the Greek isles, sampled whiskey from the barrel and tomatoes from the vine, donned a fermen in Croatia and the softest linen in Venice, and even dined with royals in a castle. For Europhiles and first-time sojourners alike, our insider experiences and wealth of knowledge will unveil a new side of Europe’s classics and introduce you to the hidden gems.
If you are craving sunshine and savory meals, visit Portugal. Our premier luxury European destination is brimming with old world charm, dramatic beaches, and untamed countryside. On a custom Portugal tour you’ll taste olives and Vinho Verde over conversations with the makers, go on wildflower treks through the rolling valleys, and spend leisurely hours on the coast’s rosy beaches between plates of shellfish and Portuguese sweet breads.
Those seeking a rush of adrenaline and breathtaking landscapes will journey to Iceland where fairytale waterfalls, heli-skiing, and puffins exist in harmony. Drop onto snow-capped peaks and carve all the way to the edge of the Atlantic; stay in the renowned Ion hotel, a luxury retreat perched on stilts over mossy boulders; feel your heart soar observing Iceland’s friendly orcas by kayak; and sip cocktails while soaking in private hot springs.
If you’ve shopped Paris and eaten your way through Tuscany, then consider the ultimate undiscovered Mediterranean destination: Croatia. Luxury travel in Croatia promises sapphire waters, local hospitality, and the pulse of history. White-washed brick and red tiled roofs are set-off against a backdrop of impossibly blue waters, giving way to towering limestone karsts and tumbling waterfalls. Ancient walled cities house forts, amphitheaters, and cathedrals. And the open hearted locals are sure to invite in their homes for some unforgettable hospitality.
From classic European luxury vacations to cutting-edge contemporary Europe, our resident Europe expert, Matt O’Hara, is always exploring the continent for the ultimate in luxury travel Europe has to offer. Our Europe private luxury tours are created from extensive on-the-ground knowledge and offer one-in-a-lifetime insider experiences. Whether you dream of hunting for truffles in the Italian forest or joining the burgeoning cycle scene in Slovenia, we’ll lead you to the source on a custom Europe vacation designed around your passions.