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 2025

Departing Days From EUR
1 May 2025
Iceland Express
5 1280
1 May 2025
Premium Venice to Split
9 5050
1 May 2025
Premium Venice to Dubrovnik
16 8645
1 May 2025
Taste of Istanbul
3 490
1 May 2025
Premium Rome to Dubrovnik
23 13720
1 May 2025
Premium Tuscany
8 5322
1 May 2025
Walk the Camino de Santiago
7 1445
1 May 2025
Cappadocia Short Break
4 470
1 May 2025
Portugal Real Food Adventure, featuring Galicia
8 3385
1 May 2025
Iceland's Golden Circle in Depth
5 2240
1 May 2025
Gallipoli Pilgrimage
2 183
1 May 2025
Premium Turkey in Depth
15 5260
1 May 2025
Premium Rome to Split
16 9915
1 May 2025
Best of Italy
14 4107
1 May 2025
Northern & Southern Ireland
8 2990
1 May 2025
Italy: Highlights of Sicily
8 2660
1 May 2025
Portuguese Camino
10 2165
2 May 2025
Rome to Amalfi
8 2390
2 May 2025
Iceland Discovery
8 3255
2 May 2025
Six Days in Turkey
Ages 18 to 35
6 525
2 May 2025
Highlights of Scotland
8 3425
2 May 2025
Premium Scotland
8 5435
2 May 2025
Italy Real Food Adventure
8 2942
3 May 2025
Best of Greece
15 4175
3 May 2025
Barcelona to Rome
15 4840
3 May 2025
Premium Iceland
9 6520
3 May 2025
Barcelona to Paris
8 1995
3 May 2025
Barcelona to Berlin
15 4095
3 May 2025
Greece Sailing Adventure: Cyclades Islands
10 2155
3 May 2025
Balkan Adventure
15 2605
3 May 2025
Budapest to Rome
26 4745
3 May 2025
Turkey Encompassed
15 3545
3 May 2025
Berlin to Rome
22 4360
3 May 2025
Barcelona to Venice
29 6780
3 May 2025
Highlights of Italy
8 1710
3 May 2025
Sail Greece: Santorini to Mykonos
8 1535
3 May 2025
Real Turkey
Ages 18 to 35
15 1595
3 May 2025
Western Balkans Uncovered
12 2975
3 May 2025
Explore the Balkans
10 1405
3 May 2025
Mainland Greece Discovery
8 1910
3 May 2025
Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer
15 2555
3 May 2025
Vienna to Dubrovnik
29 5860
3 May 2025
Madrid to Marrakech
15 3320
3 May 2025
Highlights of Turkey & the Greek Islands
15 4800
3 May 2025
Budapest to Bucharest
10 2205
3 May 2025
Turkey Highlights
8 1715
3 May 2025
Berlin to Venice
15 2655
3 May 2025
Berlin to Budapest
8 1380
3 May 2025
Essential Turkey
Ages 18 to 35
10 1125
3 May 2025
Balkan & Dalmatia Discovery
22 4405

Highlights of May 2025 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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