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5 of The Best Package Holiday Destinations in Europe for 2023

Looking for inspiration for a package holiday in Europe? Here are five destinations that come up tops.

1 | Santorini, Greece

This Insta-worthy Greek island in the Aegean Sea is known for its stunning sunsets, white-washed buildings and famed blue-domed churches.

The island has the full range of resorts and boutiques, giving you the option to choose accommodation according to your budget, from “cheap and cheerful” to high-end luxury resorts.

The famed blue-topped churches of Santorini

And there’s plenty to do on Santorini, like exploring the island's volcanic beaches, taking a boat tour of the caldera, or sampling the local cuisine and wine.

Local cuisine with a local view...

Santorini is usually the main destination on Greek islands package tours, and the best way to explore the islands is by sea! For youth travellers, try the 10-night Island Hopping tour with Contiki. More mature travellers will enjoy the luxury cruise style of Norwegian Cruise Lines regular Greek Isles cruises, like the upcoming 10-night Greek Isles Cruise on Norwegian Gem.


2 | Barcelona, Spain

Known for its stunning architecture, delicious food, and lively nightlife, Barcelona is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city located on the Mediterranean coast of Spain.

Unique architecture around every corner

Visitors can explore the city's many museums and galleries, stroll along the famous Las Ramblas Boulevard, or relax on one of the city's many beaches. With a wide range of accommodation options, from budget hostels to luxury hotels, Barcelona is a versatile destination for all traveller types and ages.

Barcelona's famed tram transport

For example, Contiki offers an 8-Night Ibiza and Beyond Tour, which includes Barcelona. Mature travellers will love Norwegian Cruise Line’s luxury sailings that include ports of call in Spain, like the upcoming 11-night cruise onboard Norwegian Epic, which departs from Barcelona.


3 | Rome, Italy

Home to some of the world's most iconic landmarks, including the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Vatican City, Rome is a city that will leave you in awe.

It’s a must-visit destination particularly for history, art and culture lovers, who can spend their days exploring ancient ruins, wandering through picturesque neighbourhoods, and indulging in delicious Italian cuisine.

The romance of Rome at night

But be warned: Rome is not a budget travel destination! So if you don’t have thousands of Euros to splash out on luxury accommodation and tours, a package holiday with special accommodation and tour rates is definitely the way to go.

Step back in time at the Colosseum

An excellent option is Trafalgar Tour’s 9-Night Great Italian Cities tour, which includes almost everything in the price, from accommodation to transport. A more budget-friendly option is CostSaver’s 6-Night Jewels of Italy Tour, while youth travellers will love Contiki’s 8-Night European Magic Tour.


4 | Dubrovnik, Croatia

Known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic," Dubrovnik is a walled city that is steeped in history and culture.

This ancient Croatian city has become increasingly popular in recent years – no doubt due to it being one of the main filming locations for the hit series Game of Thrones. Despite its new popularity, Dubrovnik retains an authentic, old world charm.

Outside Dubrovnik...

Visitors can explore the city's medieval walls, stroll through the charming Old Town, and take in breath-taking views of the Adriatic Sea. Dubrovnik is also a great destination for foodies, with a range of restaurants serving up delicious local cuisine.

From romantic getaways to family trips, Dubrovnik is suitable for all types of package holidays, and it’s a relatively affordable package holiday destination in Europe. 

Inside Dubrovnik...

For youth travellers, Dubrovnik is more of a one- to two-day stopover, and there’s no better way to see this magical city than via Contiki’s 7-Night Croatia Island Sailing.


5 | Lisbon, Portugal

From its historic neighbourhoods and stunning architecture to its lively nightlife and delicious cuisine, Lisbon is one of Europe’s “hottest” package holiday destinations this year.  

Lisbon at night

Visitors can explore the city's many museums and galleries, take a stroll through the charming Alfama district, or enjoy a day trip to the nearby beaches of Cascais and Estoril.

Save your calf muscles and catch an uphill tram to explore Lisbon's steep streets

With its warm climate, friendly locals, and affordable prices, Lisbon is the perfect destination for a package holiday in Europe. Explore this vibey city on Trafalgar Tour’s 10-Night Best of Portugal Tour.


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Sure Travel works with a large range of package holiday partners across Europe, giving our clients access to tour options to suit every traveller style and budget.

Let Sure Travel find the perfect European package holiday for you. Contact your nearest Sure Travel Agency here

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