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 ZAR
1 May 2024
Cappadocia Short Break
4 7283
1 May 2024
Taste of Istanbul
3 9335
1 May 2024
Turkey Encompassed
15 56660
1 May 2024
Highlights of Calabria & Sicily
16 99995
1 May 2024
Explore Spain & Portugal
15 82520
2 May 2024
Premium Sicily and Puglia
17 147075
2 May 2024
Best of Turkey
15 43205
2 May 2024
Premium Rome to Split
16 131540
2 May 2024
Best of England, Wales and Scotland
19 125120
2 May 2024
Premium Sicily
10 83725
2 May 2024
Premium Venice to Split
9 111360
2 May 2024
Premium Tuscany
8 102910
2 May 2024
Premium Venice to Dubrovnik
16 207945
2 May 2024
Best of Britain
12 66175
2 May 2024
Iceland's Golden Circle in Depth
5 41600
2 May 2024
Madrid to Marrakech
15 59195
2 May 2024
Premium Rome to Dubrovnik
23 191785
2 May 2024
Spain, Portugal & Morocco
24 75685
2 May 2024
Best of Italy
14 76965
2 May 2024
Portugal Real Food Adventure, featuring Galicia
8 59700
2 May 2024
Premium Turkey in Depth
15 78065
3 May 2024
Iceland Discovery
8 60430
3 May 2024
Northern & Southern Ireland
8 65560
3 May 2024
Portuguese Camino
10 45070
3 May 2024
Rome to Amalfi
8 44395
3 May 2024
Central Asia: Five Stans Express
24 110950
3 May 2024
Italy Real Food Adventure
8 59700
3 May 2024
Premium Split to Dubrovnik
8 74015
3 May 2024
Premium Balkans in Depth
26 215255
4 May 2024
Barcelona to Rome
15 87530
4 May 2024
Budapest to Bled
29 99295
4 May 2024
Premium Portugal and Spain in Depth
27 220040
4 May 2024
Premium Spain in Depth
20 158280
4 May 2024
Eastern Europe Explorer
18 55925
4 May 2024
Balkan & Dalmatia Discovery
22 69950
4 May 2024
Walk the highlights of the Lycian Way
8 23580
4 May 2024
Greece Sailing Adventure: Cyclades Islands
10 40344
4 May 2024
Berlin to Venice
15 42725
4 May 2024
Best of Central Europe
15 61095
4 May 2024
Cycle the Danube
8 42420
4 May 2024
Real Turkey
Ages 18 to 29
15 29225
4 May 2024
Essential Turkey
Ages 18 to 29
11 21005
4 May 2024
Cycle Central Europe & the Danube
15 64565
4 May 2024
Cycle Prague to Vienna
8 38820
4 May 2024
Berlin to Rome
22 62630
4 May 2024
Premium Munich to Prague
11 95800
4 May 2024
Dubrovnik to Santorini
22 98580
4 May 2024
Classic Spain & Portugal
22 109635
4 May 2024
North Spain Discovery
8 40000
4 May 2024
Dubrovnik to Athens
15 58860

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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