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
Explore Spain & Portugal
15 5105
1 May 2024
Turkey Encompassed
15 3680
1 May 2024
Portuguese Camino
10 2665
1 May 2024
Taste of Istanbul
3 578
1 May 2024
Gallipoli Pilgrimage
2 225
1 May 2024
Rome to Amalfi
8 2750
1 May 2024
Italy: Highlights of Calabria
9 3355
1 May 2024
Highlights of Calabria & Sicily
16 6220
1 May 2024
Rome to Southern Italy
17 5900
1 May 2024
Cappadocia Short Break
4 578
2 May 2024
Premium Venice to Dubrovnik
16 10515
2 May 2024
Spain, Portugal & Morocco
24 4830
2 May 2024
Premium Sicily
10 7270
2 May 2024
Madrid to Marrakech
15 3770
2 May 2024
Best of Italy
14 5140
2 May 2024
Best of Turkey
15 2750
2 May 2024
Iceland's Golden Circle in Depth
5 2570
2 May 2024
Best of Britain
12 4095
2 May 2024
Best of England, Wales and Scotland
19 7760
2 May 2024
Premium Sicily and Puglia
17 13400
2 May 2024
Premium Venice to Split
9 6315
2 May 2024
Turkey Highlights
8 1765
2 May 2024
Premium Turkey in Depth
15 6025
2 May 2024
Portugal Real Food Adventure, featuring Galicia
8 3885
3 May 2024
Northern & Southern Ireland
8 3985
3 May 2024
Premium Balkans in Depth
26 13325
3 May 2024
Italy Real Food Adventure
8 3725
3 May 2024
Iceland Discovery
8 3740
3 May 2024
Premium Split to Belgrade
16 8965
3 May 2024
Premium Split to Dubrovnik
8 4630
4 May 2024
Greece Sailing Adventure: Cyclades Islands
10 2533
4 May 2024
Premium Munich to Prague
11 5930
4 May 2024
Berlin to Venice
15 3100
4 May 2024
Cycle Prague to Vienna
8 2830
4 May 2024
Berlin to Budapest
8 1600
4 May 2024
Dubrovnik to Bled
15 4940
4 May 2024
Epic Europe: Central and Italy
Ages 18 to 29
24 4715
4 May 2024
Balkan Adventure
15 3140
4 May 2024
Real Turkey
Ages 18 to 29
15 1580
4 May 2024
Western Balkans Uncovered
12 3445
4 May 2024
Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer
15 3475
4 May 2024
Cycle Central Europe & the Danube
16 5155
4 May 2024
Highlights of Portugal
8 2635
4 May 2024
Barcelona to Rome
15 6225
4 May 2024
Journey through Central Europe & Romania
24 6145
4 May 2024
Essential Turkey
Ages 18 to 29
10 1115
4 May 2024
Paris to Berlin
8 2560
4 May 2024
Highlights of Turkey & the Greek Islands
15 5710
4 May 2024
Highlights of Andalucia
8 3155
4 May 2024
Cycle the Loire Valley
7 2860

May Europe highlights

Cinque Terre and the stunning beach, Italy

Cinque Terre, Italy

Get lost as you roam the brightly colored seaside villages of Cinque Terre on an Italian adventure. Sample the region’s local produce at the clifftop vineyards and olive groves while traveling 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 splendor, treat yourself to tapas and finish with the country’s favorite 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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You shouldn't have a problem using your cell phone while traveling throughout Europe, however, your international data roaming will need to be activated in order to connect to the internet or send messages (unless you connect to the local wifi). 

A tour in Europe can vary depending on the countries you want to visit, the style of tour, and how long you want to go for but you can expect to pay anywhere between USD$1,000 to USD$5,000, with most tours around USD$2,500. 

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