Make sure to take a canal cruise in St. Petersburg where you’ll pass under some of the city’s 365 bridges, and get to see attractions like the Winter Palace from the water.
When to go: June-August for the warmest climate to see for yourself the country which grew to become a world superpower.
The sheer overabundance of things to see and do in Russia can make it seem like a daunting place to visit, but don’t pass up the chance to see some of the cultural and historical gems this vast country has to offer. From world-class museums and the unmistakable onion dome of St. Basil’s Cathedral, to a walk through historic Red Square and a visit to the Bolshoi Ballet, a trip to Russia will not disappoint. Find out more about seeing Russia with Insight.
Not to be outdone by tourist favourite Edinburgh, Glasgow is emerging as a must-see city on any Scotland itinerary, thanks to its thriving art, design, film and music scenes.
When to go: June-September for the warmest temperatures to experience a country which has recently flourished.
If you like your vacations set against dramatic scenery and mesmerizing landscapes, you won’t be disappointed with Scotland. In addition you’ll get a healthy dose of history, unique shopping opportunities and the chance to check out many colourful festivals.
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In the Balkans, in Southern Europe, lies Serbia. Sitting at the crossroads of Europe’s history, this land-locked nation is a fusion cultures and religions, resulting in a wealth of joie de vivre. Enjoy the national parks and quirky festivals in the summer, and when the snow settles in winter, take to the mountains’ ski resorts.
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In the Balkans, in Southern Europe, lies Serbia. Sitting at the crossroads of Europe’s history, this land-locked nation is a fusion cultures and religions, resulting in a wealth of joie de vivre. Enjoy the national parks and quirky festivals in the summer, and when the snow settles in winter, take to the mountains’ ski resorts. Serbia
The capital of Bratislava is a must-see destination in its own right. Make sure to explore the Old Town’s cobbled squares, visit the 19th century Slovak National Museum, and gaze at the landmark four-towered castle overlooking the city.
When to go: June-September for the highest temperatures which allows more comfortable viewing of this mountainous country.
Another one of Europe’s hidden gem destinations, Slovakia deserves to be on more traveller’s radars. The country’s array of national parks, underground caves, rejuvenating thermal springs, museums, historic castles, and rapidly expanding capital city are not yet getting the attention they deserve. Go now before the crowds catch on. Find out more about seeing Slovakia with Insight.
Get a healthy dose of culture in the capital of Ljubljana, where visitors can enjoy numerous theaters, museums, galleries, and one of the oldest Philharmonic orchestras in the world.
When to go: May-September for the warmest climates and the best chances to see this great region.
Like other small countries in Europe, Slovenia’s size in no way detracts from its ability to impress. Clean, compact and very friendly, the nation is home to mountains, hilly wine growing regions, spas, historic towns, and the idyllic, always photo-worthy Lake Bled, a must-see destination in its own right. Find out more about seeing Slovenia with Insight.
Barcelona deserves a spot on any bucket list. From the winding alleys of the famed Gothic Quarter, to Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece the Sagrada Familia, to the array of tempting tapas bars, there’s enough here to keep you busy for days.
When to go: May-October for the best temperatures across the country; November-December for a great festive scene.
Spain is beloved by many for many reasons. Each of its diverse regions lay claim to their own distinct cuisine, culture, language, and attractions – all of which are worth getting to know. You’ll also find cosmopolitan cities, idyllic towns and villages, fascinating architecture, and over 200 km of rugged cliffs along Costa Brava’s dramatic coastline. Find out more about seeing Spain with Insight.
Sweden’s capital of Stockholm is built on a group of 14 islands, which is interesting enough on its own. But there are many more reasons to love one of Europe’s oldest cities, including the quaint Old Town, museums, art galleries, cafes and restaurants.
When to go: June-August for the best temperatures which allows the best chance to experience the incredible variety on offer.
When you think of Sweden, IKEA might be the first thing that comes to mind, but there is much more to this diverse nation than its famous furniture brand. There are vibrant, lively cities like Stockholm and Malmo to explore, but Sweden is also home to picture-perfect landscapes filled with sparking lakes, green fields and lush forests. Find out more about seeing Sweden with Insight.
You can’t leave Switzerland without shopping for a few things it’s known for, namely watches, Swiss army knives, cheese and of course, chocolate.
When to go: May-September for the best temperatures; November-December for superb Christmas markets.
Natural beauty can be found everywhere in Switzerland, whether you’re taking a steamer cruise across Lake Lucerne, or a cable car ride above the alpine peaks and green valleys below. The ever-efficient country has not one but four official languages, a rich cultural diversity, and alluring cities and towns you’ll want to linger in. Find out more about seeing Switzerland with Insight.
The Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia still echo with memories of Medieval Guilds, rampaging Teutonic Knights and a turbulent history of conquests and partitions.
When to go: June-August for the warmest climates of the year to experience the immense variety in these states.
Since independence from the former Soviet Union over 20 years ago their tangled, medieval, old town streets, cobbled stone squares, and church spires have all been spruced up. Yet the capitals have all embraced the west in different ways. Find out more about seeing The Baltic States with Insight.
The picturesque harbour town of Saint Peter Port, Guernsey’s capital, has been a busy port since the Roman times. Admire the Regency style buildings and Castle Cornet and you’ll appreciate why it’s considered as one of Europe’s prettiest harbour towns.
When to go: May-October for the best climates which allows the unique nature of these islands to shine through.
Rich in flavour with an enchanting mix of British and French influences and renowned for their sun-kissed beaches, delicious seafood, idyllic landscapes and fascinating history the Channel Islands have much to discover for the visiting traveller. You will stay at the exceptional Old Government House Hotel, the only five star hotel in Guernsey, owned by Inisght’s parent company, The Travel Corporation. Find out more about seeing The Channel Islands with Insight.