With most people limited by set holiday allocations each year, we’re always looking for ways to see and do more in less time. This time, the focus is on how you could explore more places during one weekend in Europe.
Whether you want to follow your taste buds on a foodie, cultural trip, or hit the city and then wrap up warm on a wilderness adventure – we help you to make it happen and explore more for your next weekend in Europe!
Weekend in Europe option 1: For sightseeing, sunshine and wine
London > Paris > Loire Valley
Hop on the Eurostar at St Pancras station and you’ll soon be whizzing your way to beautiful Paris. Take the train on Friday evening or first-thing Saturday to make the most of your chance to see the French slice of Europe during your weekend break. Wait to breakfast when you arrive. France is one of the world’s biggest food locations – it’s the country where many of the globe’s top chefs have trained, and it’s got so much to savour. Whether you want a low-key croissant and coffee or something more filling (try the Croque Monsieur), make time to enjoy it, but don’t get too full. Long lunches are tradition here, so you’ll want to be ready to slow down, break bread and tuck into a host of cheeses, charcuterie and red wine early afternoon.
Walk off your meal along any number of Paris’s iconic streets – you could visit the Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe or head for the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame. As the evening draws in, it’s time to hit the road again.
Spend roughly three hours cruising west and you’ll reach Angers. As well as boasting a riverside Loire Valley location, Angers is a hotspot for wineries. These are where your second day of the weekend break will be spent, wandering the vineyards, relaxing, and savouring the variety of wines on offer.
Make sure you know what not to miss while you visit – these 10 dishes from European countries are next-level for flavour! Spoiler: the list includes the dish you can’t leave France without eating!
Weekend in Europe option 2: For city, snow and scenery
London > Norway
A quick flight of around two hours will deliver you to Norway, a land of impressive scenery and snowy wildernesses further north. Make the city of Oslo your first stop on arrival from London. It’s worth taking a few hours to explore and recharge in one of the many restaurants, experiencing the history and culture of the capital. You could visit the scenic Oslo fjord, take a city tour or dive into one of many museums.
Next, it’s time to head north. If your weekend breaks are planned for summer, you’ll be blessed with almost never-ending daylight for your journey, whereas in winter you’ll be cocooned in the dark, so it’s worth heading to your next stop early.
Spend your first night in your wilderness location of choice, relaxing in a hot tub before a day of outdoor pursuits beckons. Whether you fancy husky sledding or hiking, or just want a chance to see the Northern Lights, you’ll be in your element here. Choose a cosy end to the day with a (rather expensive) steaming mug of cocoa and a luxurious night in a hotel, lodge or perhaps even a glass-roofed suite, so you’ll be ready to catch the aurora borealis if and when they appear…
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