Top 10 Europe Vacations We’re Planning in 2021

by Emese Graham
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These European destinations are trending right now! Check out the fantastic trips our Travel Experts have been helping Canadians plan so far this month.  

Get inspired for your own future getaway, and don’t forget to ask us about pairing your flights to Europe with iconic stays and remarkable experiences.  

1. London 

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Stay: A privileged location, an award-winning garden and a refined combination of luxury, charm and style make the K+K Hotel George one of London’s most tasteful hotels in the upscale borough of Kensington 

Play: Follow in the footsteps of Jimi Hendrix, Marilyn Monroe, George Orwell, and John Lennon with a guided pub crawl through London’s historic Soho district.  

2. Venice

a couple enjoys a walking tour of venice while holding hands

Stay:  A boat whisks you away to a luxury hotel close to St. Mark’s Square and Doge’s Palace.  Your stay in Starhotels Splendid Venice is topped off with romantic dining and a gorgeous rooftop view.  

Play: Learn how to make fresh pasta the Venetian way with a local chef! What better way to get a taste for Italian life than literally?

3. Ireland 

a bird's eye view of a massive irish castle beside a flowing river on a cloudy day

Stay: Experience a one-of-a-kind stay in the 800 year old Ashford Castle, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World.  

Play: As you explore every inch of Ireland, don’t forget to set aside a full day for Belfast! Enjoy a guided tour of the capital’s history, culture, museums, and so much more.  

4. Greece 

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Stay:  Built into the cliffs in the iconic Cycladic style of Santorini, On The Rocks is an elegant adults-only boutique hotel. Rejuvenate the body and mind at its authentic Greek spa or soak up the bohemian vibe of the island at its poolside bar.  

Play: Follow a local guide to Santorini’s villages and beaches, and enjoy the best of Greek cuisine with a tasting tour of local wines and tapas.  

5. Porto 

a woman in a trendy sun hat takes a photo of the city of Porto from a great vantage point

Stay:  Experience the bliss of a luxury getaway to Porto, Portugal, at Le Monumental Palace by Maison Albar Hotels. Elegant accommodations feature 1930’s inspired décor and romantic views of the town square 

Play: Enter into the magic of Porto by night! Embark on an evening tour of the Douro, including visits to Ribeira, Serra do Pilar, and (best of all) a live Fado performance over dinner.  

6. The Netherlands 

green and orange buildings reflect in the water of a still pond while a famous dutch windmill turns in the background

Stay:  Surrounded by postcard-perfect canals, the Pulitzer Amsterdam is the quintessential Dutch hotel that completes your trip to the Netherlands!  

Play: Break out of the city for a picturesque Hop on Hop off tour of Holland’s country life. Explore timeless villages and colourful landscapes at your own pace.  

7. Berlin 

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Stay: Keep the best of Berlin within walking distance with a stay at the modern and vibrant Hotel Indigo Berlin Centre Alexanderplatz 

Play: The former Royal City of Potsdam, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its unique collection of palaces and parks, lies just a stone’s throw from the centre of Berlin. Tour Sanssouci Palace and the city of Potsdam in a single day!  

8. Istanbul 

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StayThe mind-boggling Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbulbuilt from a 19th century Ottoman palace. Enjoy the lush gardens, infinity pool, and stellar views.  

Play: Enjoy an evening of Turkish hospitality, with a homecooked family meal complete with tea, hookah, and a game of backgammon.  

9. Spain 

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Stay: Feel the magic of the San Sebastian Film Festival, no matter what day of the year it is! The Astoria7, named after the cinema it was built from, fully embraces the shine of the silver screen.  

Play: Journey through Basque by bike! Enjoy a guided tour of San Sebastian’s beaches, palaces, and historic landmarks via the city’s fabulous bike trails.  

10. Iceland 

a traveller in a yellow coat sits on the edge of a rock to admire the view of several snowy waterfalls

Stay: Equal parts time capsule and contemporary, the Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel delivers an experience only Iceland could. The renovated department store building makes for a unique and Insta-worthy stay. 

Play: Enjoy a guided tour inside Langiokull glacier! You’ll explore winding ice cave tunnels and jaw-dropping scenes every shutterbug dreams about.  

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