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.