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 USD
1 May 2024
Portuguese Camino
10 2965
2817
1 May 2024
Cappadocia Short Break
4 578
1 May 2024
Rome to Southern Italy
17 5960
5364
1 May 2024
Italy: Highlights of Calabria
9 3355
2684
1 May 2024
Rome to Amalfi
8 2750
2475
1 May 2024
Gallipoli Pilgrimage
2 225
1 May 2024
Turkey Encompassed
15 3875
3488
1 May 2024
Taste of Istanbul
3 600
1 May 2024
Explore Spain & Portugal
15 5105
4340
2 May 2024
Iceland's Golden Circle in Depth
5 2600
2340
2 May 2024
Premium Venice to Split
9 6315
5368
2 May 2024
Turkey Highlights
8 1990
1891
2 May 2024
Best of Turkey
15 2880
2592
2 May 2024
Madrid to Marrakech
15 3810
3239
2 May 2024
Best of Britain
12 4095
3686
2 May 2024
Spain, Portugal & Morocco
24 4875
4388
2 May 2024
Premium Venice to Dubrovnik
16 10515
8938
2 May 2024
Premium Sicily
10 7270
6543
2 May 2024
Portugal Real Food Adventure, featuring Galicia
8 3885
3303
2 May 2024
Premium Sicily and Puglia
17 13400
12730
3 May 2024
Premium Split to Belgrade
16 8965
7621
3 May 2024
Italy Real Food Adventure
8 3835
3644
3 May 2024
Premium Split to Dubrovnik
8 4675
3740
3 May 2024
Premium Balkans in Depth
26 13325
10660
3 May 2024
Iceland Discovery
8 3850
3273
4 May 2024
Explore Croatia
8 2285
1943
4 May 2024
Cycle Prague to Vienna
8 2990
2542
4 May 2024
Greece Sailing Adventure: Cyclades Islands
10 2628
2379
4 May 2024
Epic Europe: Central and Italy
Ages 18 to 35
24 4900
4410
4 May 2024
Highlights of Portugal
8 2635
2372
4 May 2024
Dubrovnik to Bled
15 4940
3952
4 May 2024
Budapest to Bled
29 7510
6384
4 May 2024
Balkan & Dalmatia Discovery
22 5305
4510
4 May 2024
Berlin to Venice
15 3100
2635
4 May 2024
Berlin to Budapest
8 1620
1377
4 May 2024
Barcelona to Rome
15 6225
5603
4 May 2024
Vienna to Dubrovnik
29 6790
5772
4 May 2024
Premium Spain
11 6655
6323
4 May 2024
Cycle the Danube
8 2460
2091
4 May 2024
Premium Portugal and Spain in Depth
27 19450
18478
4 May 2024
Premium Spain in Depth
20 13705
11650
4 May 2024
Journey through Central Europe & Romania
24 6265
5326
4 May 2024
Best of Central Europe
15 3885
3303
4 May 2024
Dubrovnik to Athens
15 3520
2992
4 May 2024
Classic Spain & Portugal
22 7230
6507
4 May 2024
North Spain Discovery
8 2525
2020
4 May 2024
Sail Greece: Santorini to Mykonos
8 1806
1638
4 May 2024
Premium Iceland
9 7710
6554
4 May 2024
Premium Portugal
8 5075
4568
4 May 2024
Baltic Experience
12 3180
2703

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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