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.

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

 

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!

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