Europe Travel Deals

There’s a lot to do in Europe. Use this handy guide to find deals, plan your itinerary and get the most out of your European vacation.

Europe is more than the majestic art museums of Paris and the palaces of London. From the crystal blue waters of Greece and the sunny beaches of Spain to the charming trattorias of Italy, you’ll find plenty of adventure while traveling through Europe—and plenty of deals, too.

So, ready your passports and start planning that dream excursion to Rome, Barcelona or any number of destinations on the European continent.

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Europe travel deals: hotels

Whether you’re traveling on a budget or seeking a little luxury, you’ll find an abundance of accommodations across Europe. How about a view of the Eiffel Tower? A place just around the corner from a charming pub? Or perhaps a balcony overlooking the Mediterranean? No matter where you wish to rest your head, you can find a room that suits your budget and your tastes for travel.

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Paris: The City of Light’s many hotels provide guests with remarkable experiences. A stay at the Hotel Louvre Saint-Honore puts you a block away from the famous Louvre and about a 20-minute walk from the historic Place de la Concorde, the largest public square in the French capital. Starting at $280 a night.

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Italy: The Amalfi Coast mesmerizes with its breathtaking ocean views, sheer cliffsides and daring curves. Book the Pietra di Luna Hotel and take in its memorable seaside views. During your stay, you can relax on the hotel’s private beach, enjoy authentic Mediterranean cuisine at beachfront restaurants or shuttle easily to area attractions. Starting at $150 a night.

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Barcelona: On the western edge of the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is a colorful beacon of culture, fashion and cuisine. From the Sercotel Rosellon Hotel’s rooftop terrace, marvel at architect Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia basilica (above). Starting at $200 a night.

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France: Bordeaux is more than just one of France’s major wine-producing regions; it’s the largest fine wine region in the world. The Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre puts you within a 15-minute walk of the city’s train station, from which you can embark on many an adventure. Starting at $120 a night.

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Greece: A cradle of civilization, the island of Crete blends history and recreation, with its ancient ruins and white, sandy beaches. Chania, on the northwest part of the island, serves as a good base for seeing the island, and rooms at the Myrion Beach Resort & Spa start at $150 a night.

London: In central London, you’ll be close to many of the city’s attractions and world-famous shops. Among the many hotels in the area is the Park Plaza London Waterloo, located 10 minutes by foot from Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster. Starting at $175 a night.

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Rome: No matter where you stay in Rome, you’ll find a feast for the senses. Those looking to be near one of the world’s greatest art collections can stay at the Elle Boutique Hotel, which is adjacent to Vatican City and offers views of St. Peter’s Basilica (above). Starting at $221 a night.

Spain: There’s no better place to start your Iberian Peninsula adventure than Seville. Amid its blend of Moorish and modern treasures, you’ll find the Legado Alcazar Hotel near the Royal Alcazar, one of Europe’s great architectural wonders that dates to the 10th century. Starting at $95 a night.

Cobh, known from 1849 until 1920 as Queenstown, is a seaport town on the south coast of County Cork, Ireland. With a population of around 13,000 inhabitants, Cobh is on the south side of Great Island in Cork Harbour and home to Ireland's only dedicated cruise terminal. Tourism in the area draws on the maritime and emigration legacy of the town.

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Ireland: The Wild Atlantic Way is a popular route for those taking in Ireland’s natural beauty. And County Cork (above), at the southern end, is a good place to begin the journey. The Maldron Hotel Shandon in the city of Cork is a newly refurbished hotel in a building dating to 1720. Starting at $190 a night.

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Madrid: While comfortable accommodations await travelers near all the city’s major cultural attractions, the Petit Palace Plaza Mayor hotel stands out to those seeking the royal treatment. The hotel is located just a short walk from Madrid’s Royal Palace, the official home of the Spanish monarch. Starting at $120 a night.

Amsterdam: Many of the city’s hotels offer views like those in the paintings of the Dutch old masters. Like the Monet Garden Hotel Amsterdam, which overlooks the Uilenburgergracht canal. Starting at $250 a night.

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Athens: Wherever you stay in Athens, you’ll get a good sense of the rich history and the great civilizations that have occupied the city. The 101 Adrianou Luxury Urban Stay offers sleek, ultra-modern designs just a five-minute walk from the Acropolis (above). Starting at $152 a night.

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Venice: Almost any hotel in Venice will put you close to the water. But one of the best places to stay is near the Grand Canal (above), which cuts through the middle of the city and is always a hive of activity. The Hotel Dei Dragomanni is within view of the canal and has rooms starting at $200 a night.

Dublin: The city’s hotels offer a welcoming environment for lovers of literature and admirers of gothic architecture. The Trinity City Hotel is located adjacent to Trinity College, which calls several great writers alumni. You’ll be a brief 10-minute walk from the home of famed playwright Oscar Wilde. Starting at $230 a night.

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Santorini: We challenge you to find a bad view from any of this Greek island’s hotels. A stay at the Almyra OIA Suites will place you in one of most picturesque locations in Europe. Starting at $200 a night.

Europe travel deals: airfare

Your adventure begins with booking a flight online. The great cities of Europe are only a few clicks away and at prices that are wallet friendly.

Paris: The City of Light offers some of the world’s finest cuisine, iconic works of art and vistas that will excite many a romantic. Book round-trip flights.

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London: See the crown jewels, walk Tower Bridge (above) or catch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. Get fitted for a bespoke suit on Savile Row or enjoy a shopping spree at Harrods. Book round-trip flights.

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Barcelona: Barcelona is one of the most eclectic cities in Europe, a place where the Romans, Visigoths and Moors all left their mark. Book round-trip flights.

France: Whether you’re looking for beaches, winter sports, historic battlefields or breathtaking cathedrals, you’ll find much to explore in France. Book round-trip flights.

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Rome: The Eternal City is a treat for history buffs, those seeking spiritual fulfillment and lovers of fine cuisine. Book round-trip flights.

Ireland: The Emerald Isle offers up some of Europe’s most breathtaking landscapes. Go hiking through velvety green hills or see the sea cliffs of County Mayo. Book round-trip flights.

Madrid: The capital of Spain is home to world-class museums; ornate palaces; and grand, elegantly landscaped parks. Book round-trip flights.

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Italy: Ancient ruins, beautiful coastal towns and first-rate culinary experiences await you in Italy. Whether you’re traveling to the ski resorts in the north or to the turquoise waters off Sicily, you’ll have little trouble finding flights. Book round-trip flights.

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Amsterdam: The city’s famed canals provide a charming backdrop for those looking to take a romantic stroll. You’ll easily see why this city inspired so many artists. Book round-trip flights.

Athens: Athens has been impressing visitors for more than three millennia. From the 2,500-year-old Parthenon, which overlooks the city, to the modern facilities constructed for the 2004 Olympics, the city offers a wide range of attractions. Book round-trip flights.

Venice: The Queen of the Adriatic is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, with nearly 500 bridges connecting its collection of 126 islands. Why not board a gondola for a sunset cruise? Book round-trip flights.

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Dublin: Looking for literary inspiration? Few places are richer than Dublin. James Joyce, William Butler Yeats and Samuel Beckett are among the literary titans who have called the place home. Book round-trip flights.

Santorini: The island’s hillsides covered with whitewashed buildings and its churches topped with blue domes are famous the world over. Lose yourself in the narrow streets in the village of Oia or look out on the Aegean from the clifftop city of Fira. Book round-trip flights.

Europe travel deals: cruises

Cruise ships ply many of Europe’s waterways and offer great adventure at an affordable price. Explore the ancient cities of the Mediterranean, set sail on the English Channel from the historic port of Southampton, England, or spend 12 nights crossing the Atlantic.

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England and France: Take Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas from Southampton to Le Havre, France. From Le Havre, Paris is just a two-hour train ride, allowing you most of the day to explore before making your return journey. The ship departs from Southampton on a Friday afternoon, arrives in Le Havre on Saturday morning and departs from there late Saturday night.

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Venice, the Adriatic Coast and Greece: Board Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas and start your journey in Venice, one of the most beautiful cities on Earth. Sail to Santorini, with its iconic whitewashed buildings, and travel up the Adriatic with stops in Montenegro and Croatia (above).

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The Greek Isles and Turkey: Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas departs from the Greek port of Piraeus and sails up to Istanbul before heading to the ancient city of Izmir. From there, you cross the Aegean Sea with stops on the Greek islands of Santorini and Mykonos (above).

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Florida, Gibraltar, Spain and Rome: Board the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Epic at Port Canaveral, Florida, to begin your transatlantic cruise. After nine nights spent traversing the ocean, the ship arrives in Gibraltar, where guests will have the day to explore. The ship then heads to the Spanish port of Alicante (above) and finishes its journey two days later outside Rome.

Explore AAA Europe travel deals

AAA Members will find many European travel deals, along with great tools to help you plan your trip, information on guided tours, and tips on how to have a safe and problem-free journey. Book early for the best prices. And most of all, remember to have fun. Bon voyage!

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