Beat the heat with a European holiday in May

Before the intense sun and boatloads of tourists settle in for the summer season, find time in May to take a tour to some of the top 10 European destinations for this month. Visit Spain in May for warm and balmy weather, perfect for partaking in the San Isidro Festival or exploring the Moorish architecture of its major cities. If you’re keen to get your steps in before the peak mid-year heat, hike up the ruins of the old coastal cities of Croatia or get lost in the fortresses, temples and stunning landscapes of the central Mediterranean wonder that is Malta.

Top 10 Europe tours May 2024

Departing Days From AUD
1 May 2024
Turkey Encompassed
15 5490
1 May 2024
Cappadocia Short Break
4 655
1 May 2024
Explore Spain & Portugal
15 6585
1 May 2024
Taste of Istanbul
3 613
2 May 2024
Premium Venice to Dubrovnik
16 12985
2 May 2024
Madrid to Marrakech
15 4820
2 May 2024
Premium Sicily and Puglia
17 13225
2 May 2024
Best of Italy
14 5680
2 May 2024
Best of England, Wales and Scotland
19 10185
2 May 2024
Best of Turkey
15 4185
2 May 2024
Best of Britain
12 5385
2 May 2024
Premium Tuscany
8 8720
2 May 2024
Premium Turkey in Depth
15 7575
2 May 2024
Iceland's Golden Circle in Depth
5 3455
2 May 2024
Premium Venice to Split
9 6420
2 May 2024
Portugal Real Food Adventure, featuring Galicia
8 5100
2 May 2024
Premium Rome to Split
16 12560
2 May 2024
Premium Rome to Dubrovnik
23 18405
2 May 2024
Spain, Portugal & Morocco
24 6160
2 May 2024
Premium Sicily
10 8125
3 May 2024
Northern & Southern Ireland
8 4710
3 May 2024
Iceland Discovery
8 4990
3 May 2024
Premium Split to Belgrade
16 9960
3 May 2024
Premium Balkans in Depth
26 15600
3 May 2024
Rome to Amalfi
8 3610
3 May 2024
Central Asia: Five Stans Express
24 8500
3 May 2024
Portuguese Camino
10 3670
3 May 2024
Premium Split to Dubrovnik
8 6270
3 May 2024
Italy Real Food Adventure
8 4845
4 May 2024
Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer
15 4170
4 May 2024
Dubrovnik to Bled
15 6065
4 May 2024
Budapest to Bled
29 9745
4 May 2024
Dubrovnik to Santorini
22 7000
4 May 2024
Highlights of Portugal
8 3285
4 May 2024
Premium Portugal
8 5215
4 May 2024
Highlights of Turkey & the Greek Islands
15 6855
4 May 2024
Balkan & Dalmatia Discovery
22 6865
4 May 2024
Dubrovnik to Athens
15 4790
4 May 2024
Eastern Europe Explorer
18 5510
4 May 2024
Turkey Highlights
8 2490
4 May 2024
Best of Central Europe
15 4975
4 May 2024
Highlights of Dalmatia
12 5085
4 May 2024
Sail Greece: Santorini to Mykonos
8 2345
4 May 2024
Greece Sailing Adventure: Cyclades Islands
10 3300
4 May 2024
Baltic Experience
12 4070
4 May 2024
Hike the Rota Vicentina in Portugal
8 3190
4 May 2024
Barcelona to Rome
15 7690
4 May 2024
Balkan Adventure
15 4130
4 May 2024
Vienna to Dubrovnik
29 8435
4 May 2024
Explore Croatia
8 3310

Highlights of May 2024 tours

Cinque Terre and the stunning beach, Italy

Cinque Terre, Italy

Get lost as you roam the brightly coloured seaside villages of Cinque Terre on an Italian adventure. Sample the region’s local produce at the clifftop vineyards and olive groves while travelling between Monterosso, Corniglia and Riomaggiore. The walking routes of this region will give you a stunning view of the northwest Italian coastline but may require an afternoon swim to cool off after the steep climb.

A train station in Budapest during sunset, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

Explore both sides of Budapest by day and night for a taste of this Eastern European capital city. Find yourself relaxing in a thermal bath or ascending the steps of Castle Hill for a panoramic view of the beautiful cityscape. End your evening with a stroll or boat ride along the Danube to see the beautiful vista by night or stop by one of the region’s signature ruin bars for Hungary’s national drink, pálinka.

Eating custard tarts in Portugal

Real food adventure, Portugal

Take a dive into new cuisine on a Real Food Adventure through Portugal. Sample Galician food on day one and learn how to cook it on day two. Sip on port and discover its origins in the city of Porto then enjoy the rustic life of a Portuguese farm before heading to the country’s capital. While admiring the city’s historical splendour, treat yourself to tapas and finish with the country’s favourite custard tarts.

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Ancient landscapes in Ireland

Fancy an Irish adventure? Let Ireland’s ancient history astound you while traipsing across its vast island scenery. You’ll be met with man-made and natural wonders alike such as Ross Castle and The Giant's Causeway. When away from the country, find yourself tucked into a classic Irish pub for an energetic live performance, local delicacies and a pint of signature brew – a perfect way to end your day.

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