Airfare 101 Summer flights to Europe

Published on June 7th, 2019 | by Daniel Nikulin

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5 Summer Flights to Europe Worth Booking Now

Summer has a way of sneaking up on you, especially if your plan is to travel. If you’re still on the lookout for fast-fading deals to Europe, there’s still hope – but barely. 

High season can be tricky; do you book early and pay a little more to get the exact dates you want? Or do you wait it out, hoping for unsold seats and last minute discounts? Well, last minute for summer travel to Europe is here, and there are still a few deals to be had – these 5 flights, in particular.

Book away!

 

All fares are from Toronto for the dates and airline stated and include all taxes and fees. All fares are subject to availability and change until purchased. To price flights from your departure city, visit our Europe Flight Deals page.

 

Amsterdam, Netherlands $669 Sep 8 – Sep 21 Air Transat

The fun Dutch capital needs no introduction. You don’t need a reason to go to Amsterdam, you just go, especially after the crowds have left at the tail end of summer. If you are looking for things to do, however, here are some happenings worth checking out.

Amsterdam canals in the summer

What’s going on?

Ariana Grande hits the Ziggo Dome on Sep 11 with tickets still available. Like it harder? Muse are set to rock the Ziggo the very next day. Want it dancier? Check out Techno Tuesdays at Melkweg (Sep 10 & Sep 17), going till 5 am.

For those interested in global media, entertainment and technology, don’t miss the annual IBC Conference and Exhibition, running at the RAI Exhibition Center from Sep 13 – Sep 17. Join over 1,700 delegates and over 300 speakers as they discuss the future of media and technology’s role within it. Tickets are still available.

Finally, Unseen Amsterdam returns for its eighth year on Sep. 20, showcasing the best of fine art photography from around the world. Come, get your art on in one of the artsiest cities in Europe.

 

Reykjavik, Iceland $809 Jul 11 – Jul 16 Air Canada

With surreal landscapes, long days and friendly people, Iceland is the perfect summer getaway. We found this 5-day trip with Air Canada one of the best deals out there. July temperatures in Iceland can hit a scorching 15° C so you never really lose that summer vibe. Due to the almost all-day light, The Northern Lights aren’t noticeable but just about everything else is at its best.

Summer waterfall in Iceland

What’s going on?

A popular summer activity for both locals and visitors is to camp in the Highlands. Here, National Parks are off limits for overnight stays but designated campsites are plentiful and gorgeous, offering scenic hikes, dips in thermal pools and a bevy of adventure. The best part is that you don’t have to haul your own camping gear from Canada – you can rent it on arrival.  

Landscape photographers love Iceland in the summer. While some of the most photogenic parts of the island are packed with tourists during the day, they are virtually empty at night, where you can capture them in perfect light. Glacier hikes, unreal snorkelling and scuba diving, caving and whale watching are all available, too. All roads are open in the summer and the country is one of the safest on the planet, so rent a car and get out there!    

 

Nice, France $945 Jun 19 – Jun 26 Air Transat

Ahhh. Nothing says summer like the south of France, and the beaches around Nice are some of Europe’s finest. The waterfront comes alive and offers a respite from the heat, where many from across the country escape to for their summer holidays.

Summer at the beach, Nice

What’s going on?

Cheer on Canada’s women’s national soccer team at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, this year hosted by France. The Round of 16 begins in Nice on June 22nd and Canada’s chances look good to at least advance to this stage. With the world watching, you know this will be a party for the ages.

Fan of French sweets? Les Petits Farcis offers classes to master the French macaron, as well as market tours, cooking classes and other delicious culinary adventures. Tear yourself away from the beach and throw yourself into a hot kitchen. The beach will still be there when you’re done.

 

Frankfurt, Germany $960 Aug 28 – Sep 6 Air Canada

Looking for plans over Labour Day weekend? Sure, you can do the cottage thing but we think a trip to Europe to cap off your summer is better.

What’s going on?

Germany loves its summer festivals, markets and fairs, and one of the best times to be in Frankfurt is around the Rheingau Wine Festival, held this year from Aug 29 – Sep 7. The festival takes place on the Freßgass, the city’s famous culinary mile.

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Expect over 600 red, white and sparkling wines from Germany’s acclaimed Rheingau wine region ready to be sampled at more than 30 wine stalls. Flaunting everything from fine vintages to fruity summer wines, and of course Germany’s iconic Rieslings, there is a good variety of hearty local eats, too.

Complete your stay with the beautiful stylings of Hozier, taking you to church with a performance at Batschkapp on Sep 5.  

 

Zagreb, Croatia $1025 Sep 8 – Sep 16 Air Transat

Nail summer with a visit to Croatia’s glorious beaches after the August crowd has left. If you don’t get the beach time you are after in Canada, Croatia’s stunning coast and islands will give you more than you can handle. And if you’re still stuck on Game of Thrones, keep reading.

Summer in Dubrovnik, Croatia

What’s going on?

If you’ve ever wondered where GoT shot its incredible scenes, you have a chance to visit one in Dubrovnik. Tour the famous walled city on a captivating tour and watch King’s Landing come alive before your very eyes!  

Whether you decide to drive it, sail it or to simply stay at a beachfront resort, you’ll be greeted with warm European hospitality, fresh seafood and enticing Adriatic seascapes you will never forget.

 

 

Like what we’ve got? Jump on these fares now to guarantee availability and to save your summer. Remember, it all starts with a flight. To price hotels, tours or cruise add-ons, speak to our Expert Travellers or visit your nearest Flight Centre store today.

 

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About the Author

Daniel Nikulin

Daniel Nikulin turned his love of travel into a living and has worked for Flight Centre in various capacities since the late 90’s. Currently an in-house copywriter, Daniel uses his industry experience to bridge the gap between travel professional and professional traveller. When he’s not abroad with a pen in hand, he spends his time with his band and cat, Leroy.



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