The setting of Homer’s Odyssey and Shakespeare’s Hamlet; the source of the Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment; witness to empires, conquests, wars and revolutions — Europe is the birthplace of Western culture. It’s no surprise that this continent, which makes up just 2 percent of the Earth’s surface, is home to four of the world’s top 10 most visited cities.
From the wind-swept cliffs of Ireland to the Byzantine ruins of Turkey, Europe contains a vast share of the world’s natural and historical treasures. Some visitors may choose to explore a single city, such as Paris, and never run short of sightseeing adventures. Others aim for an impression of the entire continent, and trek across several cities, regions and countries in a single journey. Any way you choose to experience Europe — whether as a new acquaintance or an old friend — you’re certain to have a magical, memorable transatlantic adventure.