пятница, 7 августа 2020 г.

Best Places to Visit in Europe

 From England and France to Italy and Germany, European countries are full of vibrant cities known for their museums, restaurants, nightlife, and architecture. So, it comes as no surprise that deciding which spots are the best places to visit in Europe can be difficult. That's why U.S. News considered the highlights of each destination – as well as user votes and expert opinions – to round up the best vacation destinations in Europe. Use this list to help you plan your next trip, and cast your vote below to have a say in next year's list. Meanwhile, if you're searching for a European cruise, check out our Best Europe Cruise Deals, and if you're seeking lodging, head to our Best Hotels in Europe ranking » (Note: Some of the below destinations may be affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Check with the CDC and the U.S. Department of State before traveling.)

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We hope you find the U.S. News rankings useful. We continually update our lists based on the latest reviews and information. As we cover new travel destinations, hotels, and things to do, we will add them to the rankings and this may affect how places rank versus one another. Check back periodically to see how the U.S. News travel rankings are shaping up.

EUROPEAN BEST DESTINATIONS 2021

 More than half a million of you have voted for their best European destinations for the tenth edition of the competition this year. Here is your ranking of the trendiest European destinations in 2021.

Whether you look forward to a city break, a romantic getaway, a family or beach holiday, a cultural or gastronomic trip, alone or with friends, you will be spoilt for choice. Need even more inspiration? Discover dozens of more themes such as the most beautiful Christmas markets and beaches in Europe.

Today is the perfect day to plan your next holiday in Europe. Book your flights, accommodation, at the best price. Travel more and spend less!

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Shopaholic? No problem, Braga offers a unique experience with a mix of traditional shops, young designer shops, and shopping centers. Want to move, dance, laugh, and share unforgettable moments? Braga offers high-quality events throughout the year. More? The biggest White Night in Europe takes place in Braga with dozens of street concerts. Braga is made for lovers, adventurers, foodies, history buffs, and those who seek new trends and experiences. Open your eyes, beauty is all around you! 


Monte Isola seduces travelers from all over the world; it has inspired great artists such as Cristo who chose the island for one of his most stunning artistic installations. Monte Isola seduces families, lovers, hikers, those who want to relax, feel authenticity, human warmth, and respect for nature. Discover local crafts, fishing nets, local produce such as salami, fish in oil, wild asparagus, extra virgin olive oil, sun-dried sardines, fresh tomatoes, arugula, or chubs, and perches. Monte Isola is also a paradise for gourmets. Like Franciacorta’s wines, it is seductive, sparkling, incomparable. 

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Thousands of you from all over the world have voted for Budapest as the best European destination 2019. The capital of Hungary is number one on your travel bucket list. 

The city setting is stunning with a rich architectural and historical heritage: it offers an unmatched combination of culture, booming gastronomy, and the advantages of thermal waters and world heritage sights. The pearl of the Danube is not only the best European destination, but it is also one of the most beautiful and safest cities in the world. Budapest offers the elegance of Paris, the architectural heritage of Vienna, the charm of Porto, Stockholm’s gentle way of life.
 

Join Budapest lovers and book your flight, accommodation, and best tours in Budapest such as a Danube Cruise, a visit to the Buda Castle or an alternative Budapest walking tour of both Buda and Pest and enjoy your stay in the best destination in Europe! A word of advice: your Instagram account is at risk of blowing up if you share all the photos you will be taking!

четверг, 6 августа 2020 г.

Why Coach Holidays Are Increasing In Popularity

Once deemed for more senior travelers and retirees, coach holidays have taken on a new identity in recent years. Some coach tour companies still only cater for the very mature age bracket, however, most others including Rover Europeans have seen an increase in younger travelers, both baby boomers aged 45 to 68, and young professionals. Why? Because traveling by coach is stress-free most importantly. Coach travel allows you to have your very own chauffeur who knows exactly where they’re going. Guests don’t need to worry about hiring cars, planning their journeys, and navigating themselves on new, and sometimes challenging roads. Plus, there are the little things like filling up with fuel and finding suitable places to park which is left to the driver, allowing you to make the most of your trip away.
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Besides being a stress-free way to explore, guests on coach holidays have the benefit of their own expert tour guide on board with them! Our staff at Rover Europeans have many years’ experience providing outstanding coach travel and memorable holidays to some of the best cultural destinations across Europe. They know the history of the locations they tour and are familiar with the tourist hotspots and cultural gems. Our dedicated staff goes above and beyond for their guests and in many cases are more than just ‘the coach driver’. Previous guests who have traveled with us tell us our drivers have a great knowledge of the regions visited and are a go-to source for local information often giving recommendations for the best experience or un-spoilt views!

In an increasingly digital and isolated world, coach holidays give like-minded people the opportunity to explore new areas together and, in some instances, have been known to be the catalyst to the beginning of new relationships or friendship. Coach travel is fun and travel is exciting. Guests enjoy socializing with one another whilst they kick back, relax and enjoy the comfort of quality coach travel, good food, adventure, culture, and scenic views.
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Especially for introverted entrepreneurs who run online businesses, like me, it's easy to become enmeshed in my own business world. My business coach has helped give me the push to step outside my comfort zone, meet new people, and try new things in my business. Even extroverted entrepreneurs can get caught in ruts -- a business coach will push you out of them.
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With the price of fuel soaring, driving, especially to Europe, holds even less appeal to those keen to explore the cultural delights that the continent has to offer. As an established tour company, we’re often eligible for discounts at many of the tourist attractions we visit throughout Europe and the UK. Besides these savings being passed on to our customers, using our brilliant negotiation skills, our guests can sometimes benefit from extra little perks that wouldn’t be available to individuals traveling without an organized group.

As well as this, people tell us they like the idea of coach travel because it’s safer than traveling by car. Statistically, this is true. Here at Rover, we take the safety of our guests very seriously. Our stylish fleet of coaches is designed to the highest specifications, with the latest environmental emissions controls, and are maintained in our own workshops by our experienced engineering staff. Our spacious, modern, and air-conditioned coaches are fitted with antilock braking systems and speed limiters and benefit from having large, tinted windows offering panoramic views that ensure our guest's safety and comfort. Rover also has the benefit of a full back up service 24hrs a day, 365 days a year both in the UK and Europe.
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With interesting and customized itineraries, exciting destinations, and home-to-home departures, our UK and European 2018 tour programs offer fantastic holiday opportunities for everyone. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker looking to escape the daily grind in pursuit of action and a cultural adventure or you’re looking for a trip that can provide rest, relaxation, and picturesque views, we have the coach holiday for you.

среда, 5 августа 2020 г.

Minibus Hire with Driver for Your Travels around Europe

Minibus hire is rapidly becoming a popular choice for group travel in the UK and Europe, it’s an affordable and convenient option for a variety of events including airport transfers, school trips, wedding transport, camping trips, hen and stag parties and more.

Maybe you and some close friends have decided to take a mini-break to the Lake District, or perhaps your sports club is headed down south for a match against an opposing team. Whether you want a chauffeur or have someone qualified to drive in your group of friends, hiring out a minibus could be an option well worth considering when it comes to organized and convenient transport.

The cost of hiring a minibus is substantially cheaper than coach hire, and if you are traveling with a group of friends, dividing the total price between yourselves will decrease the individual cost and will likely work out cheaper than booking a hire car.

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One of the most recognized advantages of hiring a minibus is the convenience and freedom it gives you. Instead of walking around for miles with a high chance of getting lost or waiting around for buses and trains to get to your next location, you could follow your itinerary from the comfort of your chauffeur-driven minibus, making sure that you don’t miss out on any of your planned activities. And with most minibusses able to cater for 8-16 people (sometimes even more), you can share the experience with your team members or friends without it feeling too crowded.

Not only is a minibus there for your convenience, but the experience is customizable depending on how much money you want to spend. To make your experience as enjoyable as possible, you could choose to splash out and hire a chauffeur-driven minibus with extra legroom, plasma screens, iPod docks, leather interiors, and blacked-out windows. On the other hand, if you would prefer to save some cash for your trip, you can decide to opt-out of these additional extras and purchase a standard minibus hire.

Coach operators can add and remove routes relatively easily, allowing them to enter markets
on a trial basis, or to modify services rapidly as markets change.

As with domestic coach services, operators may act in partnerships, groups, or alliances if this
enables them to offer a more effective network. Operators may provide, under the subcontract,
international or cabotage services in a number of Member States.

The provision of coach services, and their relative success, will generally depend on the
characteristics of competing modes including car, rail, and air. These may change with further
investments in road, rail, or airport infrastructure. However, the coach is often able to serve more
stopping points than rail or air, because it is not necessarily constrained by the need for
expensive fixed terminals.

Barriers such as the change of rail gauge, between the Baltic States and Poland, and the Alps,
between France and Italy, can hinder or help coach as a mode. However, even where the coach is
slower, less frequent, and less comfortable than other modes, its lower costs mean that it can
often remain in the market by offering lower fares, or by not charging for heavy baggage.

The critical factor to the provision of new international services can be more general domestic
liberalization in one or more of the Member States involved.

International coach services and networks can be dynamic, with competition sometimes
leading to price wars and the subsequent withdrawal of one or more operators.

вторник, 4 августа 2020 г.

PARIS TRAVEL GUIDE - Top 5 Things to See and Do in Paris

1. Go museum hopping

The Louvre might get most of the attention, but there are plenty of other great museums in the city. Make sure you especially check out the Musee D’Orsay for great impressionist work, the amazing Rodin museum, Holocaust museum (one of the best in the world), Musee D’Orangerie (more impressionist work), and the interesting sewer museum to start. There are so many museums in the city that you won’t run out of something to see! A museum pass is the most affordable way to do this. A two-day pass costs €48 ($53 USD), a four-day pass costs €62 ($69 USD), and a six-day pass costs €74 ($82 USD).

2. Walk the Champs Elysees

This is a very prestigious avenue in Paris with cinemas, cafes, luxury specialty shops. It’s also one of the most famous streets in the world, running down from the Arc de Triomphe to the Louvre. It is always busy and always expensive, but it’s a great place to club hop at night or snaps photos during the day. Come in the very early morning to see the place utterly deserted. It makes for great photos.

3. Visit the Panthéon

Located in the Latin Quarter, this neoclassical building was originally built as a church but was turned into a state burial site for France’s heroes, like Marie Curie, Victor Hugo, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Louis Braille, and Voltaire. The scale of the building is impressive — after all, the peristyle was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. Admission is €9 ($10 USD).

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. Relax in Jardin Du Luxembourg

The Jardin du Luxembourg is the largest public park in Paris. The garden contains just over a hundred statues, monuments, and fountains, all scattered throughout the grounds. In the morning, you’ll see lots of runners. At lunch on a nice day, a park full of people having a picnic (which is something I highly recommend you do!).

5. View the city from Montmartre
Home to starving artists for decades, Montmartre offers a stunning view of Paris, arty cafés and bars, cobblestone streets, and the only winery within the city limits (Vignes du Clos Montmartre). It’s one of the hipper parts of Paris, even if it has lost some of its old grandeur. It’s great for those wanting to visit the hangout spots of folks like Hemingway and Gertrude Stein! Click page | Click page | Click page | Click page | Click page | Click page | Click page | Click page | Click page | Click page | Click page | Click page | Click page | Click page | Click page | Click page
6. Visit Notre Dame

Paris’s Gothic masterpiece was constructed between 1163-1334. Climb from the north tower to the south to appreciate the masonry, and get a close-up view of the Gallery of Chimeras, the fantastic birds and beasts gazing over the balustrade. The outside facade has been cleaned up in recent years but the inside has a bit of that old Gothic grimy charm. To climb the tower, it costs €10 ($11 USD). It’s open 10am-5:30pm every day with the exception of some holidays (and it’s open an hour later during the summer). NOTE: Notre Dame is currently closed due to the 2019 fire.

7. Stand under the Arc De Triomphe

This monument stands in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle and is one of the most famous landmarks in Paris. For €8 ($9 USD), visitors can climb 284 steps to reach the top of the Arc where they will get information about the city’s history, as well as some panoramic views. It’s one of my favorite spots to see the city.

8. Celebrate Bastille Day

Every July 14th, a series of spectacular events in Paris celebrates the infamous storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution. There’s a huge, televised parade and a never-ending fireworks display (head to Champ de Mars or the Jardins du Trocadéro for the best views of it all). This is French independence day and one of the liveliest days in the country.

9. Experience the Cinema en Plein Air

Every July and August, Paris rolls out the inflatable screen in the Parc de la Villete for this major outdoor cinema event in the 9th arrondissement. It’s hugely popular with locals who tend to bring food and wine! Better yet, it’s free!

10. Visit Maison du Victor Hugo

This beautiful apartment dates to 1605. Its most famous resident was the writer Victor Hugo (author of Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame), who moved here when he was 30. His old apartment is now a museum dedicated to his life and writing. The museum is quite small, but Hugo lovers (like me) will find it very interesting. Open daily except for Mondays from 10am-6pm and it’s free. NOTE: At the time of writing this, the building has been closed for renovations.

11. Climb through the Paris Catacombs

Underneath the city of Paris, you’ll find a honeycomb of tunnels. The French resistance used these tunnels during World War II, and rave parties flourished there during the 90s. Within this maze of tunnels, lie the famous Catacombs of Paris. Here you can visit the tunnels and see the old burial sites of the city. It’s one of the freakiest and coolest sites in Paris, oftentimes missed by tourists. They’re open daily 10am-8:30pm except for Mondays. Guided tours start from €72 ($80 USD), but you can do audio guide tours from €40 ($44 USD).

12. Dance the night away

Whether it’s modern clubs you like or classic jazz joints, you shouldn’t leave Paris without tasting the music that attracted some of the best musicians and artists to the city. There is an especially abundant amount of good jazz clubs in the city.

13. Walk amongst the tombstones

The Pere-Lachaise Graveyard is Paris’ most famous cemetery. It’s a peaceful and hauntingly-beautiful area worth exploring. If you look closely you’ll be able to spot the graves of a handful of famous people (Jim Morrison, Chopin, and Oscar Wilde are all buried here.)

14. Visit the Mémorial de la Shoah

Despite having an excellent exhibit on France, anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust, the Mémorial de la Shoah never draws a lot of people. It’s a real shame, as the information and collection here is really great and in-depth. I’ve been to many Holocaust museums, and this is one of the best and most detailed in the world. I highly recommend it.

15. Take a walking tour

There are dozens upon dozens of companies covering all aspects of life in Paris, and it can be hard to make a sense of all those endless Viator and Tripadvisor listings. Some are free like New Europe’s tour where they’ll take you around the center of Paris and give you a historical overview of the city. Walks offer amazing in-depth tours starting from about €55 ($61 USD) where you’ll get specialized guides and skip the line to big attractions, like the Louvre. I wrote a whole guide to the best walking tours in Paris!

16. Take a food tour

You’re in France, you’ve got to appreciate the food! Paris by Mouth is a company that offers a handful of neighborhood tours highlighting the best food in Paris. The groups are kept small (no more than eight people) and they are really focused on providing a lot of information on food, history, and culture. It’s like a mini-class more than it is a chance to just eat food (though you do that too). They even have a workshop just for cheese. Tours are from €110 ($122 USD).

(Hey there! Wait one second! Did you know I also wrote an entire guidebook to Paris filled with – not only even more detailed information on the things included on this page but also itineraries, maps, practical information (i.e. hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, prices, etc), cultural insights, and so much more? It has everything you want in a guidebook – but with a focus on budget and cultural travel! Click page | Click page | Click page | Click page | Click page | Click page | Click page | Click page | Click page | Click page | Click page | Click page | Click page | Click page |

What's the latest news on travel from the Europe?

On 13 May, the European Commission presented guidelines and recommendations to help the Member States gradually lift travel restrictions, with all the necessary safety and precautionary means in place. Measures intended to enable citizens to travel again after months of confinement include, but are not limited to:

Re-open EU – new web platform to help travelers and tourists

On 15 June, the European Commission launched ‘Re-open EU’, a web platform that contains essential information allowing a safe relaunch of free movement and tourism across Europe. To help people confidently plan their travels and holidays during the summer and beyond, the platform will provide real-time information on borders, available means of transport, travel restrictions, public health and safety measures such as on physical distancing or wearing of facemasks, as well as other practical information for travelers.

Re-open EU will act as a key point of reference for anyone traveling in the EU as it centralizes up-to-date information from the Commission and the Member States in one place.  It will allow people to browse country-specific information for each EU Member State through an interactive map, offering updates on applicable national measures as well as practical advice for visitors in the country. Available in the 24 official EU languages, the platform is easily accessible on desktop and mobile by following and bookmarking the Re-open EU link:

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It's important to note that the travel rules are based around where you are coming from, not what passport you hold. 

So a US citizen traveling from Germany, for example, would be permitted to enter Italy because there are no restrictions on the Italy-German border.

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Driving

You may need extra documents from 1 January 2021.

You might need an international driving permit (IDP) to drive in some countries.

If you’re taking your own vehicle, you might also need a ‘green card’ or valid proof of insurance and a GB sticker.

Compensation if your travel is disrupted

Some travel insurance policies only cover certain types of disruption. Check your provider’s terms and conditions to make sure you have the cover you need if your travel is canceled or delayed.

Your consumer rights will not change from 1 January 2021. This means that if your travel is canceled or delayed you may be able to claim a refund or compensation. Check your booking’s terms and conditions to find out more.

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Safely restoring freedom of movement and lifting internal border controls

The Commission proposed on 13 May a phased and coordinated approach for restoring freedom of movement and lifting internal border controls within the EU. With the health situation now improving in the EU, the Commission recommended on 11 June that the Member States remove such restrictions by 15 June 2020.

Restoring transport services across the EU

The guidelines represent general principles for the safe and gradual restoration of passenger transportation by air, rail, road, and waterways. They also contain practical recommendations on, for example, limiting contacts between passengers and transport workers, and the passengers themselves, and on the use of personal protective equipment while traveling. Dedicated recommendations are given for each mode of transport.

Safely resuming tourism services

The Commission set out a common framework which provides criteria for a safe and gradual restoration of tourism activities and the development of health protocols for hotels and other forms of accommodation, to protect the health of both guests and employees. These criteria include epidemiological evidence; sufficient health system capacity being in place for local people and tourists; robust surveillance and monitoring, testing capacity and contact tracing.

Ensuring cross-border interoperability of tracing apps

On 13 May, the EU Member States, supported by the Commission, agreed on a protocol to ensure cross-border interoperability of voluntary contact tracing apps, so that citizens can be warned of potential infection with coronavirus when they travel in the EU.

Making vouchers more attractive to customers

Under EU rules, travelers have the right to choose between vouchers or cash reimbursement for canceled transport tickets (plane, train, bus/coach, and ferries) or package travel. While reaffirming this right, the Commission recommendation aims to ensure that vouchers become a viable and more attractive alternative to reimbursement for canceled trips in the context of the current pandemic, which has also put heavy financial strains on travel operators.