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See Europe in the Off-Season and Save

The Colosseum in Rome

 

We love to travel any time of year - and summer seems the most popular. Many people want to take a break when the weather is warm and the hotspots are at their liveliest... But some of us appreciate the charms of traveling in the cooler months, which offer distinct pleasures of their own. Here are just a few of the reasons we love to travel in the off-season. 

Cooler temperatures 

Cooler temperatures have their own benefits. The summer heat of destinations like Italy can be a little tiring sometimes - daytime sightseeing can be easier when it's cool enough to have to don a sweater. And with crisper temperatures, the pubs in Ireland and Scotland seem all the cozier, and pulling up a chair by the fireside for an evening of chat and conviviality seems all the more inviting. 

Different light

Iceland in the winter offers special allure: the chance to spot the elusive Aurora Borealis. Nature’s spectacular light show is never guaranteed but winter is the time to hunt for it. And there are other ways in which visiting in the fall or winter offers different light: many towns in Europe start their Christmas decorations in November, so it’s a special chance to experience these places with a festive, seasonal glow. There’s also the light of the fireside – many restaurants, hotels, and pubs have fireplaces that are all that more appealing when the dark of night closes in.  

Different seasons

The seasons work just a little differently in parts of Europe. Americans think of February as the chilly dead of winter - but in Ireland, for example, February 1 is regarded as the start of spring! It's when the earth comes back to live, as the daffodils start to peek out of the soil and there begins to be a 'stretch' in the evenings, as sunset gets later.  

Smaller Crowds

The advantages of smaller crowds will be evident in shorter wait times and a roomier feel at the attractions. Get a better view as you gaze at the sculptures in Florence, and don’t struggle to find a people-free angle for the perfect selfie at the Cliffs of Moher. All the main attractions are still open, and you’ll just get a little more room to enjoy them.

Better prices

Airfares tend to be lower as well as the cost of land tours – and with our "Europe in a Different Light" sale, you can select guided tours between now and May 27, and save 10% on travel between September 2022 and April 2023. 

The tours listed below are all on sale - you can see their full descriptions lower down the page. Check them out and get started. [See the full sale details]

Evergreen Ireland North
Evergreen Ireland South
Irish Adventure
Irish Classic
Irish Pub Tour
Jewels of Ireland
Northern Lights Quest of Iceland
Scottish & Irish Dream
The Scots Irish Tour
Taste of Italy
Taste of Italy with Sorrento
Taste of Ireland
Taste of Scotland & Ireland

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Taste of Ireland

Starting from $1,235

4.7
5/7 Days

This fast-paced, short-and-sweet Ireland tour is the perfect introduction to the Emerald Isle. Taste of Ireland hits all of the "greatest hits" highlights—from Blarney Castle to the Cliffs of…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups, Independent Adventures

Irish Adventure

Starting from $1,665

4.8
8/9 Days

Make the most of every moment of your Ireland vacation—you'll discover all the can't-miss Irish scenery and history on this fast-paced tour.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups, Independent Adventures

The Irish Pub Tour

Starting from $1,930

4.8
8/9 Days

Irish pubs are the hearts of their communities—a source of camaraderie, stories, and song. Raise a glass (or two!) to rich pub culture and history on this guided tour of Ireland, which offers…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups, Independent Adventures

Irish Classic

Starting from $3,220

4.8
13 Days

Skirt along the entire rugged coastline to see the highlights on this Ireland tour. 

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups, Independent Adventures

Jewels of Ireland

Starting from $3,250

4.9
14/15 Days

Enjoy the splendor of every corner on this leisurely Ireland tour of the essential—and the unexpected.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups, Independent Adventures

The Scots Irish Tour

Starting from $3,095

4.9
11/15 Days

This fast-paced Scotland and Ireland tour focuses on their rich history, with plenty of castle tours and museums to help bring the past to life. It's the perfect trip for those interested in…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

Scottish & Irish Dream

Starting from $3,515

4.6
13/14 Days

This great combination tour covers essential parts of Scotland with dreamy castles, mythical Isle of Skye, historic Culloden, skilled sheepdogs and the capital city of Edinburgh. Your adventure…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

Northern Lights Quest of Iceland

Starting from $2,215

6 Days

Hunt the horizon for the amazing aurora borealis on this Iceland tour. Explore the natural wonder and beauty of the land of fire and ice, from the Golden Circle to Diamond Beach.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

Taste of Italy

Starting from $1,740

7 Days

Get your first taste of the delights of Venice, Florence, Rome, and more on this enchanting Italian tour. You'll  get to enjoy the ancient ruins, architectural and artistic masterpieces, and of…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

Taste of Italy with Sorrento

Starting from $3,095

10 Days

Enjoy a little more time—and a lot more beauty—on this extended tour of Italy. Visit the most spectacular sights of Venice, Rome, and Florence with our Taste of Italy tour, then move on to the…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

Taste of Scotland & Ireland

Starting from $2,545

10/11 Days

The perfect combination of two great countries in one itinerary. Start in Glasgow before exploring the Scottish Highlands with a Loch Ness cruise and whisky tasting. Visit St Andrews and Edinburgh…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

Evergreen Ireland South

Starting from $920

7 Days

This spirited tour offers many of Ireland’s must-see highlights, with plenty of time for independent exploration.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

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Evergreen Ireland North

Starting from $895

7 Days

Scenic wonders, lively cities, and cozy firesides: this winter tour of Ireland showcases the best of the northern half of the island.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

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