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Guide to UK & Europe: By Rail, Cruise, Group Tour or Bespoke Itinerary

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The UK and Europe are a traveller’s paradise. Each country in the region offers incredible history, vibrant culture, delicious food, and jaw-dropping scenery. The only challenge is choosing how to explore it all.

So, what’s the best way to travel around the UK and Europe?

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At Fine Travel, we organise hundreds of European holidays every year, and by far the most popular options are: group tours, bespoke itineraries, rail journeys and cruises.

Whether you’re travelling solo or as a couple, with your family or a group of friends, for one week or two months, one of these UK / Europe travel options is bound to suit your needs. Read on to learn more about each travel style and find your best match.

1. Explore UK / Europe on a Group Tour

European group tour

Do you like the sound of stress-free travel with like-minded people led by an experienced guide? A group tour ticks all those boxes and more.

Everything is meticulously planned by your Fine Travel Consultant and our partner tour operator(s), including connecting flights and accommodation (if needed). All you need to do is turn up and follow the well-organised itinerary, which will be expertly led by your knowledgeable Tour Director.

If you want to see the best of the UK / Europe without spending a long time planning, researching, and booking your trip, a group tour could be for you.

Top advantages of group travel:

  • Meet like-minded people
  • Security and companionship
  • Group discounts and pricing
  • Authentic European experiences
  • Led by a Tour Director or Guide
  • Upfront pricing and Earlybird rates

Ideal for: solo travellers, couples, first-time visitors to Europe.

To ensure you have the best possible European adventure, we partner with leading tour operators including Trafalgar, Globus, Insight Vacations, and Back Roads Touring.

2. Explore UK / Europe With A bespoke itinerary

bespoke itinerary

Love the idea of a pre-planned itinerary but not so keen on travelling with a group? A bespoke itinerary is a perfect solution. Your Fine Travel Consultant can work with you and our regional experts to create a customised itinerary based on your travel ideas and preferences.

Once complete, your bespoke itinerary will include everything in one easy-to-follow guide, including flights, transfers, transport, accommodation, and destination recommendations. You’ll be able to explore a region at your own pace, but with all the information you need to ensure you don’t miss out on any key destinations or experiences.

To find out more, read our blog 6 Ways a Bespoke Itinerary Makes Travelling More Enjoyable.

Top advantages of bespoke itineraries:

  • Planned in advance
  • Created by destination experts
  • Tailored to your wishes
  • Simplifies travel
  • Local travel tips and advice

Ideal for: solo travellers, couples or families who want to explore a region at their own pace.

3. Explore Europe by Rail

Orient Express Istanbul

European rail journeys can do so much more than get you from A to B – the time you spend on the train can be relaxing and memorable, maybe even a holiday highlight.

Think comfortable seating, delicious food and wine, and stunning scenery zooming past your window.

Take the Venice Simplon-Orient Express, for example – widely believed to be one of the most amazing train rides in Europe. The journey can take anywhere from two to six days, depending on whether you travel from Venice to London via Paris or whether you include stops in Prague, Budapest and Istanbul too.

Top advantages of rail journeys:

  • Fast and reliable
  • Stunning scenery
  • Arrive in the heart of each city
  • Visit multiple countries in a relatively short space of time

Ideal for: Solo travellers, couples, families, small groups. Anyone wanting to see a lot of Europe without navigating multiple airports or hiring a car.

4. Explore the UK & Europe on a Cruise


From breathtaking European cities to quaint historic villages, unique experiences await on the shores of the many navigable rivers of Europe.  Why drive when you can join a river cruise, taking advantage of one of humanity’s oldest highways and pre-planned shore excursions? There’s less traffic and you’ll enjoy a unique perspective of every city you pass through.

A cornerstone of many UK / Europe itineraries continues to be a Mediterranean Cruises. With a wide variety of cruise lines and itineraries, navigating the options is a significant task.  From the French Riviera to the vibrant Amalfi Coast, you really are spoilt for choice.

Your Fine Travel Consultant can help you choose from the full range of cruise lines that offer Mediterranean cruise itineraries. Still deciding whether a cruise is right for you?

Read more about taking a cruise holiday.

Top advantages of cruises:

  • See multiple destinations in one holiday
  • Only unpack once
  • Learn from onboard travel experts
  • Meet like-minded travellers

Ideal for: Couples, families, and groups (small or large).

Talk to Fine Travel Today

We have the experience and expert connections to help you plan any UK / Europe adventure. Whether you love the sound of a group tour or can’t wait to board a cruise, we can help bring your travel dreams to life. Contact us today to start planning your UK / Europe escape.