Often described as a "living museum", Europe is a place rich in history and tradition. Fairy tale castles cast their shadows over lush green valleys and Gothic churches stand proudly amid beautifully preserved medieval towns. Galleries overflow with masterpieces such as Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Van Gogh and Picasso and festivals which have evolved from pagan rituals.
This complex region presents a patchwork of varied landscapes and a blend of more than 30 nationalities. Snowy alps, the fabled Aurora Borealis and the Mediterranean Sea are all yours for the taking, as are French chic, Italian Passions, Nordic Minimalism, Spanish flair and much, much more.
Although its steeped in the past, Europe isn't living in it. Ancient monuments such as Athens' Acropolis and Rome's Colosseum sit amid vibrant, thriving cities. Paris and Prague might look quaint, but their attitude it definitely contemporary and cosmopolitan while buzzing multicultural metropolises such as Berlin and London are visibly 21st century cities full of fun and vibrancy.