Discover the Old Town of Vilnius, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can see an array of well-preserved Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance and Classical buildings.
When to go: The preferable time to visit Lithuania is summer, from June to August: the temperatures are pleasant, sometimes even hot.
Now is the time to discover the hidden gem of Lithuania, a country deserving of a lot more attention. Explore the country’s vast natural beauty in Aukštaitija National Park, relax and recharge in the spa town of Druskininkai, or explore the tiny capital of Vilnius with its museums, cathedrals, parks, art galleries, and monuments. Find out more about seeing Lithuania with Insight.
In a nutshell, Macedonia is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful countries to add to your list, both naturally and architecturally.
When to go: Located so far south in Europe, Macedonia is great to visit most of the year round. It is particularly welcoming during spring and autumn, outside the high tourist seasons and when the weather is at its most pleasant.
The Balkan nation of Macedonia is a landlocked country jam-packed with mountains, walking trails, sparkling lakes and European architecture. It is home to over two million people and 3,700 plant species, the abundance of which is breathtaking in the country’s National Parks. Macedonia
Floating in the Mediterranean Sea just south of Sicily are the stunning islands of Malta. With a history of shipwrecks, conquests, emperors and knights behind it, Malta is now an independent nation and home to over 445,000 people.
When to go: Malta really is a superb year round destination, but June and August are the peaks of the tourist season and the island can get quite crowded. Between February and June the prices are a bit cheaper and there are fewer tourists and this makes some of the attractions easier to traverse.
Floating in the Mediterranean Sea just south of Sicily are the stunning islands of Malta. With a history of shipwrecks, conquests, emperors and knights behind it, Malta is now an independent nation and home to over 445,000 people. Find out more about seeing Malta with Insight.
Host to Formula 1 Grand Prix every year since 1929, Insight guests get the opportunity to drive along part of Monaco’s world-famous racing circuit. Pay homage to Prince Rainier and Princess Grace at their graves, laden with flowers at the Romanesque-Byzantine cathedral and enjoy free time to wonder around the charming Old Town or to take in the sea-views.
When to go: May-September for the best weather; November-December for a fantastic festive atmosphere.
Host to Formula 1 Grand Prix every year since 1929, Insight guests get the opportunity to drive along part of Monaco’s world-famous racing circuit. Pay homage to Prince Rainier and Princess Grace at their graves, laden with flowers at the Romanesque-Byzantine cathedral and enjoy free time to wonder around the charming Old Town or to take in the sea-views. Find out more about seeing Monaco with Insight.
The rich assortment of cultural and historical influences on Montenegro has resulted in cuisine that captures the best of Italy, Turkey, Hungary and Croatia. Depending on which zone you are exploring, you’ll notice different culinary styles. The coastal area typically offers Mediterranean dining, with grilled seafood playing a dominant role. Traditional Montenegrin dishes include stews, soups and wood-fired meats, accompanied by fine local wines and domestic beers.
When to go: April-September for the warmest temperatures; crowds on the coast reach their peak in July and August so visiting in June or September might be preferable.
For a country that you could drive across in a day, you will be amazed at just how alluring Montenegro (‘Black Mountain’) is. With its three contrasting southern, central and northern regions, you can look forward to a striking range of landscapes, climates and activities. Few places in the world can give you picturesque beaches, lakes, mountains, valleys, canyons, caves, tranquil countryside and ancient towns in an area covering 13,812 km2. Sharing its borders with Albania, Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro includes a stunning coastal belt along the Adriatic Sea. Find out more about seeing Montenegro with Insight.
When you’re finished museum-hopping in Amsterdam, take a blanket, a bottle of wine and a picnic to Vondel Park where you might catch a free jazz, cabaret, or classical performance.
When to go: June-September for the highest temperatures; May-August for the lowest rainfall.
You might head to the Netherlands for the colourful tulips, picturesque windmills, and the chance to blend in with the locals and explore on a bicycle, but don’t miss out on the art, architecture, scenic canals, 14th-16th century buildings of Haarlem, and quaint fishing villages you’ll find outside of the cities. Find out more about seeing Netherlands with Insight.
Oslo, Norway’s capital, perfectly blends the old and the new, boasting both historical treasures, and cutting edge design. Be sure to check out Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park and Oslo City Museum.
When to go: May-August for the best weather to see the vast Fjords of Norway.
Norway has become one of Europe’s most popular destinations thanks to breathtaking natural beauty in the form of waterfalls, fjords, forests, mountains and glaciers the likes of which you won’t find anywhere else. Find out more about seeing Norway with Insight.
Make a stop in Kraków for its well-preserved Gothic and Renaissance architecture; winding streets filled with bars, clubs and restaurants; lively market square; and the intriguing Old Town, the city’s historic centre.
When to go: June-August for the warmest temperatures to experience the astonishing history of this important region.
Poland is dripping in history, from medieval castles, to architecture that paints a striking picture of the country’s past. But you can also get a taste of urban energy in Warsaw, Krakow and Gdańsk, and explore Poland’s natural beauty, which includes white sandy beaches, freshwater lakes, forests, and rocky snow-capped peaks. Find out more about seeing Poland with Insight.
In addition to its plethora of historic attractions, Portugal’s capital is also where to come for nightlife and great food among the winding streets of the Bairro Alto district, noteworthy architecture, and parks and squares made for lounging among the locals.
When to go: Portugal's outstanding climates means good temperatures all year round.
Sunny, seductive Portugal is not to be missed. 850 km of sandy beaches, a charming capital packed with historical attractions, an abundance of fresh seafood, a diverse landscape, and a mild climate with 3000 hours of sunshine a year are just a few reasons Portugal makes for an unforgettable European getaway. Find out more about seeing Portugal with Insight.
The perfectly intact medieval town of Sighisoara, with its colourful buildings and cobbled streets, also happens to be the birthplace of the infamous impaling Prince Vlad.
When to go: May-September for the best temperatures and climate to see this proud nation.
There is much more to Romania than its association with Dracula. In addition to its rich history Romania also boasts a beautiful natural landscape, charming medieval towns, castles, and a capital city once dubbed the “Paris of the Danube”. Find out more about seeing Romania with Insight.