Curated destinations to visit in Europe during Summer

Thinking of a summer holiday? Then we suggest Europe which is an idyllic destination for a summer escapade… From the mountains to the sea, from the cities to charming villages… each country has its own special USP and here is our selection of a few destinations that could make the cut for your next summer in Europe!

Corsica: Between paradisiacal beaches and mountains

Corsica - View of Bonifacio from the cliffsThe lesser known island of Corsica (made famous by Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone’s Tamasha) is nestled in the South of France and is accessible by air or also by boat from Nice or Marseille (overnight cruise). Once on the island, let Corsica charm with you with its landscapes and the laid-back vibes of the island life. Whether you like mountains or beaches, there is something for everyone here! Corsica is full of heavenly beaches made special with its fine sand and transparent turquoise waters. If you are a water baby, then we recommend a cruise of several days that has you discovering the beauty of the Corsican coastline from the sea.

If active holidays are more your thing, then its to the centre of the island with its numerous mountainous summits that you must head. Some of the treks are reputed to be amongst the most difficult in France.

Apart from this, Corsica is also a collection of perched villages, bordering the sea or nestled in the mountains and also of places steeped in history (Napoleon was probably Corsica’s most famous resident). Foodies needn’t feel left out, especially if you are into your meat!


Lake Como: The Art of Dolce Vita

Como lake - Waterfront - Mariya Georgieva on UnsplashLake Como in Italy pulls out all the stops for its visitors. There’s everything that lures you to visit.  At a few hours’ drive from Milan, we recommend making this your last stop before returning home. Saving the best for the last! This destination is both magnificent and rejuvenating. Think Lake Como, think elegant villas, luxurious gardens, transparent waters that reflect the peak of the majestic mountains…

If you are a fan of Italian culture, then cultural Lake Como is sure to strike a chord with you. Prepare to be captivated by charming villages that border the lake and by the aesthetic beauty of its villas. It is also a destination for those who like adventure and sports. Take your pick from plunging into aquatic activities on the lake to taking off trails in the surrounding mountains.

At the heart of it all, though, Lake Como personifies the Italian Dolce Vita: indulgent walks along the water, relishing an ice-cream, boat rides across the lake, soaking in the architecture, immersing oneself with the landscape and savouring the local gastronomy.


Champagne: an escapade to the land of the bubbly

France - Champagne cellarChampagne is certainly the most-well known wine in the world, and also the most festive. We take you on a journey where you discover the origin of the drink and a few secrets of its production. Located at a few kilometers from Paris, the region of Champagne is easily accessible .You could visit it as a day trip, if pressed for time, or decide to enjoy 2 or 3 days in the region.

During your stay in Champagne, say bonjour to the bubbly at well-known champagne houses. For a more intimate experience, visit a local or often family-run champagne house that also offers a unique tailor-made experience such as a lunch paired with a champagne tasting. Reach new heights in Epernay on the captive balloon that offers scenic views of the surrounding hills covered by vines.

If you have the time, take off on a barge for a scenic cruise along the Marne. On the boat, an expert oenologist shares information on the drink and how best to appreciate your champagne. Let the magic of the French art de vivre work its charm on you!


Prague: Urban life and culture

Czech - Prague - Aerial view of the bridgesIf you’re the types to enjoy a holiday in the city, then Prague ticks all the right boxes for a summer holiday. Capital of the Czech Republic and rich in history, the city stretches along the river Vltava. Your Prague discoveries include a visit of the Jewish Quarter, the royal chateau, walks along the river and crossing the Charles Bridge. Numerous cafes and alleys still guard the footsteps of renowned artists and luminaries such as Mozart and Kafka to name a few. In the Mala Strana district, take a photo in front of the Lennon wall to pay homage to this lead singer of the Beatles.

Prague enjoys temperate climate, which makes your outing here very pleasant, even in summer.


The Balearic Islands: Of turquoise waters and electric evenings

Located at a few kilometres from the Spanish coasts, the Balearic Islands are your perfect holiday hotspots if you are fond of tropical climes and a Mediterranean ambience.

We start with introducing Majorca, the biggest island of this archipelago, which is big hit with tourists for its magnificent beaches, its hikes at the Sierra de Tramuntan and the unspoiled alleys of its main city, Palma. For an offbeat experience, avoid the south coast of the Island which is most frequented by tourists.

Not far from Majorca, its little sister Menorca still remains relatively unknown and untouched by tourist droves. Its beaches are thus more tranquil and also more beautiful than the other islands.

Ibiza, the most well-known is the singular benchmark for partygoers. The electric ambience of the clubs with its magnificent environment make it a dream destination to just have a good time. Buy beyond the night clubs, Ibiza has still preserved its charm. Do not miss the hippie markets that can be found in the little villages of the island.

Formentera is the smallest, the least known and thus the least visited of all the islands. It is only accessible by boat from Ibiza. It boasts of turquoise waters, fine sandy beaches, unspoilt villages and waterfront restaurants.

The Balearic Islands can be accessed by air or boat but for getting around once there, we recommend you hire a car or a scooter.

Why corona shouldn’t block your client’s vacation?

Are your clients wondering whether they should travel to Europe? Are you unsure about what the current situation in France is? Are you wondering if it is dangerous, or not, to send clients to Europe?

Even if the spread of the Corona virus can not be predicted, we are able to analyze what is the current situation, monitor it from up close, and provide advices accordingly.

At this stage, we at Beau Voyage, do not see any danger to travel to Europe and here is why:

 

Impact of Coronavirus

Globally, Corona virus has shown its mark over 100 countries. In France, specifically, 12 cases have been reported in the first wave at the beginning of February out of which 11 made a full recovery and have since been discharged from hospital. During the second wave, in later half of February, around 178 are suspected and undergoing treatment. It's early days yet and some countries have been more rigorous at testing than others, but the World Health Organisation is saying that current data shows a roughly two percent mortality rate for Coronavirus.

Corona virus disease or COVID-19 was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019. Chinese authorities have done their best to keep the city quarantined. In France, there are 48 new cases confirmed this week.

Corona virus is new, but not more dangerous than a normal flu!

Let us hear what the specialists say. Professor Christian Chidiac, Doctor and the head of the infectious and tropical disease ward at the Hospital Croix-Rousse in Lyon says that the mortality rate is far lower for Corona virus than the Ebola Virus.
France is at its strongest now tackling the virus, its spread and taking care of those suspected or affected. Patients with confirmed or suspected Corona virus infections are isolated in rooms equipped with an airlock and recycled air, while the hospital personnel treating them wear special masks and scrubs. Extra measures required for Ebola, including specialized clothing and negative-pressure rooms, aren't necessary for corona virus, since it's a much less dangerous disease, Chidiac says. Most of the travelers who are suspected and reached France, have been quarantined and treated well ensuring safety of others.

How is France geared up?

As a travel agent, we care about your client's safety and health. Our research has shown great positivism about how France has braced itself for tackling the virus, both in terms of measures to treat patterns and those to avoid the virus spreading. French health authorities have also increased the nation's capacity to treat patients:

  • 108 hospitals to be equipped to receive Coronavirus patients
  • 200 million extra masks ordered
  • Respective Mayors have received an information kit for their constituencies

Measures taken by the government include creating a specialized reception service for travelers coming from affected countries at international airports, coordinating communication among hospitals and healthcare workers, and establishing clear action plans for various scenarios. France's rigorous systems may be responsible for keeping the virus at bay and may differ from those in Italy, Chidiac says.

All major events (hosting more than 5000) that are vulnerable to the spread of Corona virus have been cleared, but the major tourist spots like public places and monuments are still functional like it had been before.

Prime Minister Edourd Philippe says "There is no need to panic, but don't be negligent,"

The French government has set up a “green number” that people can call for any non-medical corona virus-related questions. The line will be open all week from 8am until 9pm.

Helpline number is 0800130000. There are also daily updates on its website here.

No reason to panic!

Be safe from all the fake news and scam that has been reported. Criminals are disguising themselves as WHO officials to steal money or sensitive information. WHO have already made its steps to create awareness against it. Read more about it here 

There has been no serious travel restrictions or official rules for Europe imposed by Indian Government authorities on the wake of Corona virus scare. Well equipped medical facilities and safety precautions still help shine the security of Europe. The restrictions placed by the government are for travel to South Korea, China, Iran and Italy. Specific requests can also be put if you have strong reasons to visit these countries.

Beau Voyage is by your side to accompany you during the Corona virus period

We are in regular touch with all local French tourism boards, Indian Embassy and Government authorities to have the most recent data and information which will help you make an informed decision, for your clients to stay safe. Our email is highly responsive to all your queries!

Beau Voyage ensures security to all your travelers entrusting us. Looking at the current situation, we can understand that your clients can be a little reluctant to book a trip to Europe. That is why we have decided to adjust our cancellation policy, until the virus is under control. We offer a free cancellation policy*, in case of serious virus infection prior to travel, enabling your customers to do the activities that have been planned for them due to sites' closure. The worst case scenario, we will take care of personalised assistance to the travelers if they are diagnosed.

Sharing a few hygiene tips with your clients for their travel

There is no vaccine yet for Corona virus so French officials are advising people to practice good basic hygiene to keep themselves protected.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water, especially after coughing and sneezing or before eating or if you have been touching surfaces that many other people will have touched such as on the Metro.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Cover your mouth with your elbow when coughing.
  • Use disposable tissues and throw them away after use.
  • Clean off surfaces with alcohol- or chlorine-based disinfectants.

So, with all the rumours around, France and Europe are ready for your clients to have a safe and sound trip. Corona virus is not a short-term reason for them to cancel their travel plans. France has kept its doors open to all its beauty and its sights.

Reiterating Prime Minister Edourd Philippe: "There is no need to panic, but don't be negligent,"

Sources:

  • Ministry of Health, India
  • WHO
  • The Local News, France
  • US News
  • RFI.com

Last Updated: March 12, 2020

 

* We will apply our Cancellation policy "More than 45 days prior to departure" to all cases. Refer to our terms & conditions for more details.

Where to vacation this summer in Europe?

Europe has a wide variety of offerings for your summer holidays catering to your interests: beach, culture, cuisines, heritage, mountains, arts...list goes on! So, Keep your eyes on the forecasts as most plans are subject to weather. However, chances are less for surprises!

Explore the European countrysides

Europe as a continent is diverse, much as India as a country. So, these countries offer a variety of experiences in all domains: be it the cuisine or the ambiance or the culture. The hype of modern cities and fast paced life is well balanced with the well-preserved villages across Europe. They are disregarded in most of the trip plans. Some of the quintessential ways of exploring them are:
> Cooking with a local chef.
> Cycling around the villages.
> Wine tasting in a castle.
> Kayaking on a river.
And many more…

We offer a customized immersion into the local culture.

Beau Voyage’s tip: Summers are cooler in the countryside than the cities. Spring season is vibrant and beautiful with the blooming of indigenous flowers which are not to be missed. To enhance your travel experience, stay at a local homestay!

Turquoise water and sunny Mediterranean

Mediterranean coast is in all its might during summer. This attracts tourists from all around the world as the sun is bright and time is right. Options are plenty from the resort towns of Costa Brava in Spain, to the alluring Greek islands. There is a huge demand for this trip during summer. So, we recommend you book early!

Beau Voyage suggests you some of the best options:

Drive yourself in Costa Brava in Spain as it gets festive during summer. The region has a fable touch to it, and the beaches and cuisine are exquisite. Nearby destinations include Mallorca and Ibiza. 

Experience the picturesque cities and beaches along Côte d’Azur in the south of France. The region is a sought-after destination during the summer. If you are ready to explore more options, we help you plan a visit to the creeks of Marseille or to Saint-Tropez, the vacation playground of the rich and famous. 

The Coast of Italy has a different panache from that of its neighbours. Whether it is Tuscan Coast, with the Cinque Terre or Amalfi coast, you will be swept off your feet by the beauty of Italian Dolce Vita 

Other Options: Well. Summer is coming! Croatia has become famous since it has been the premise of Game of Thrones with its scenic locations. They welcome a large number of tourists from around the world during summer. Colourful coasts of Greece could also be in your Mediterranean itinerary. 

Beau Voyage’s tip: Although it is an active and happening time of the year, Summer is hot. Comfortable and more soothing weather happens during May or September. Beaches tend to be less crowded these months.

Refresh yourself high up the Alps

If sandy beaches and sun-bathing is not your thing, gear up and get on top of the Alps mountain ranges, Although they are mostky visited during the winter as a ski destination, summers are clear and quiet with a western Manali feel, with its greenery and freshness.

If you are ready to do something sporty, visit some of the main eye catching spots:

> In Annecy, climb up to discover the beauty of the lake and its mountains, and try your hands on paragliding!
> Move up on one of the planned trek routes. Sleep in shelters and gaze at the beauty of starry nights.
> The Alps are full of rivers with appealing streams. Explore them by rafting or canyoning.
> Via Ferrata: Protected climbing routes along alps for you to  enjoy the company of a new group and make new friends.

Don't want to taste the thunder and be adventurous? French Alps have serene venues that cater to you:

> In Chamonix, take tours for Mer de Glace and take the panoramic cable car to Aiguille du Midi.
> To discover French cuisine, visit a traditional fromagery and taste the cheese.
> In Annecy, not to miss the boating on top of the transparent water and a city tour along the canal
> The Alps are known for its thermal springs. Relax at the spa resort of Evian, also known for its mineral water brand!
> Cross the Swiz border to discover Geneva, Charlie Chaplin museum and chocolate house.

Beau Voyage’s tip: During the months from April to June, the mountains are filled with wild flowers which are a treat to the eyes. Mountains have a pleasant climate compared to the coasts but the temperature can climb high during the day. 

Capitals of Europe

The diversity and style of each country can be explored in a nutshell through its capital city. If it is your first trip to Europe, we can craft a customised trip for you for the main cities:

> Paris: City of Love, wine, architecture and fashion, and of course the Eiffel Tower.
> Barcelona: Festive capital of Spain: dance to ‘Senorita’, drink 'the Sangria’ and drive to ‘Sagrada’.
> Amsterdam: For the beauty of its canals and the evenings in their merryfull  bars.
> Rome: For its wonderful heritage that can be found in its squares, fountains, churches, villas, etc.
> Berlin: For its monuments, history, large parks, opera, orchestra and iconic beer.

And many more...

Beau Voyage’s tip: Capital cities are flocked throughout the season by a large number of tourists. Avoid the main tourist attractions, explore the offbeat activities, and stay in hotels located in areas frequented by locals.

Whatever your preferences are, the Beau Voyage team offers you a tailor-made itinerary, with experiences specially selected to meet your needs. Any special requests? Just tell us!

Contact us to organize your summer vacation in Europe

 

A Winter Holiday in France

 

Think winter, think snow-capped mountains, steaming mugs of hot chocolate by the slopes, eclectic partying at la Folie Douce or even improving your ice-skating skills. If you are a winter lover, then you are going to find your paradise at cozy alpine resorts that promise a memorable holiday.

The excitement begins end- November onwards. While villages and cities bedeck themselves with Christmas decoration and lights, ski resorts gear up to welcome its riding/sliding fans and those enamoured by the mountains.

The first snowfall has arrived and spread its white blanket over mountain summits. Hotels are back in business again, waiting to welcome visitors into their cosy settings – wooden walls and comfy fur sofas by the fireplace. Ski lifts put things and skiers in motion, once the snowfall has come and the slopes have opened. Ski shops have stocked up on brand new skis, snowboards and other winter gear. Apres-ski preparations are in full swing by this time with bars firming up their artist list and ready to host electrifying parties of the season on the slopes.  Your perfect alpine adventure is waiting to take-off!

If you are the sorts who want to be among the first to experience fresh snow on the French Alps at best rates, then we recommend you avoid the holiday period. Here is when you should plan that alpine holiday to la belle France:

06th of January to 8th of February 2020

9th of March until the closing of the season mid-May 2020

 

More dates and details on: On the Snow

Last Minute Reservations

 

Summer vacations are here and you will always have last-minute travellers who need your help in planning a perfectly customised holiday in Europe, but of course for tomorrow!

Are you overwhelmed with nonstop queries and trying to reply to everyone with a customised program? Do you want a selection of unique and original experiences?  Are you frantically searching for last minute availability in this summer’s hot destinations ? Are you trying to maintain a balance between assuring qualitiative services to your client and finding suppliers ready to help you with last minute bookings?

Leave your travel worries to us. We at Beau Voyage step in to take care of all your bookings. We are quick to respond to your query, we suggest good options for sourcing last minute availability and you can count on our ideas and counsel for unique experiences, at very reasonable prices, of course!

Contact us now! We will send you a personalised costing in 48 hours.