The Top 6 Tours in Europe Worth Paying For
There is so much to see and do in Europe and sometimes it can be incredibly overwhelming.
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I put together for you 6 of my favorite experiences or toursin Europe (that I in fact paid for); these are up there on my all time favorite, don't you dare even think about skipping list. They aren't all super conventional, but they're the ones I sure won't forget.
As a recent college graduate I wasn't always keen on spending loads of cash on tours. However, I did suffer from severe *FOMO with every tour that presented itself. I am the type of person that wants to see and do it all in one day. But I came to learn the hard way that some tours are better skipped and thatoften mytime and money is better spent sipping sangria on the beach. There are only so many tours you can do with out collapsing from boredom or having your brain explode so it is best to focus on the most exciting and most important tours.
*FOMO=Fear Of Missing Out
Chloe's top 6 Tours in Europe in No order of importance:
1. The Vatican Tour:
Some of you probably read this and gave me a solid eyebrow raise while mumbling "really" underneath your breath. But yes, really! Whether you are religious or not, it doesn't matter, the architecture and art in the Vatican are probably some of the most beautiful and epic in the world. I actually was forced into this tour initially, I thought it would be a waste of my time and euros, and at the end of it I was mind blown by how awesome it was!
We paid 75.00 Euro in advance for a small group tour through Rome Private Guides.
Why do the tour:
1. Y ou get to skip the line to get in to Vatican: If you have ever seen the line to get into Vatican it looks, daunting, exhausting, and the thought of it makes my want to sit on the concrete and cry. I couldn't do it. The line up runs from 45 mins to 3 hours on a bad day.
2. There is so much to see . Like so much that I can't even put it into perspective for you. There are 54 galleries. Every single hall and gallery is full of paintings, sculptures and art. Hundreds of thousands of pieces to look at. It is seriously information overload! Without a tour guide you won't know which pieces are significant and will waste a ton of time looking for the ones that aren't. I learned so many interesting facts that made me appreciate the art so much more than if I would have not known what they were.
3. You need a tour guide like sheep need a shepherd: The guided tour we did was 3 hours long. It sounds like a really long time, however I almost felt rushed during the process. There is so much to look at that it is incredibly easy to get lost or caught up in one area. The tour guide has time in mind and makes sure you get a well rounded tour and see everything you need to see.
Vatican is one of the coolest places I have ever been. I was in awe of the sheer size of it and also how well rounded their art selection was. The tour starts with pagan, Roman, and Greek statues and progresses into art of Christianity. It has something for everyone.
2. Avolcano-hotsprings-sunset tour in Santorini, Greece
One of my favorite days ever was because of this tour. The tour starts around 9 or 10 am, you set off ina boat that looks like a pirate ship for an active volcano in the Mediterranean Sea.
You get to hike up to the top of the active Volcano (don't worry she won't blow for years) and catch a phenominal view of Santorini across theSea.
Next Stop: the hotsprings. You have to jump out of the boat and swim to get there, which I thought was awesome! Its not too far basically anyone make it. The water is so mineral rich that it makes you extra buoyant so you can put your head back, relax, and kick your feet around like an otter to stay afloat.
You stop in a little town for lunch to soak up the magic that is Greece and then head to Oia, the famous, picturesque town (aka the part of Santorini most commonly seen on pinterest and instagram).
Ride a donkey to the top and inhale one of the most incredible sunsets you will ever see in your life.
This tour is fantastic, you learn a lot AND you get to ride a donkey just like "Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants". What more could you ask for?!
3. Do a Pub Crawl and do it right The Funky Monkey, Prague
Touring bars is still a tour and that is why it's on this list. If you want toexperience the craziness that is Prague than this is the way to go.
At 8 Euro for a ticket that includes an "All you can drink bar" for two hours and free entrance, no lines to 4 bars (they will pick whatever is bumping that night) you can't afford not to do it!
Whatever you do remember from this tour you most definitely won't forget. The people that run this tour are a riot and this is the best way to meet people and experience Prague's famous nightlife.
4. The Colosseum tour:
This is my duh tour on the list. You didn't actually go to Rome if you didn't see the Colosseum, right?!
We considered walking the colosseum on our own but then we we're offered a tour for 25 Euro right outside the entrance by some pretty nice people and thought, "why the heck not?!"
Why do the Tour:
-Like Vatican you get to skip the line, in my opinion that's worth 25 Euro on it's own.
-Yes, you may know what the colosseum is and a few extra facts, but we learned a ton of stuff on the tour that I didn't know already and that I would have been way too lazy to google. It was awesome and I don't regret this tour one bit. I came home with a load of interesting facts to tell people at parties. Thank you colosseum tour for making me cool.
5. Witch Walk Tour Edinburgh,Scotland
This one is fantastic, someone in your group will for sure lose it and scream their head off. Ok, maybe I was the one who lost it but that's besides the point. Don't do this alone, be with a friend, or a body guard. I'm kidding, it's only mildly scary.
Edinburgh is arguably one of the most haunted cities in the world. There has been war, famine, torture, and slaughters, and witch hunts so it wouldn't surprise me if there was an angry ghost or two kicking around.
The city stands on top of 5 stories of underground tunnels which is where the extremely poor or the criminals resided in the Midevil times. The ghost or Witch tour starts at night usually around 10 pm. They guide takes you around the city and explains some of the grewsome history. A lot of the information is fascinating, they don't walk around telling ghost stories, they tell you the dark facts of Edinburghs history, a lot cooler than what they tell you at the castle.
Your tour will finish off in the spooky, haunted tunnels, where you can witness first hand what it would be like to live here. This is where they scare the living, breathing, sh** out of you.
I didn't sleep at all that night, but I learned a ton of fascinating history.
6. The GuinnessBreweryTour, Dublin Ireland:
Whether you like Guinness or not, this factory tour is by far the most innovative and exciting beer tour out there. My sistercan't stand beer and she had a blast.It is completely self guided and most importantlyyou get a freeGuinness at the end (well technically not free because you paid for the tour).
They have a waterfall, numerous T.Vs and machines to show you how the beer is made, and an awesome tasting room experience.
The tour is incredibly interactive, you walk up to these "paintings" and all of a sudden the person in the painting comes to life and starts talking to you. It is too cool. The entire thing is a shock to the senses and completely futuristic. I would describe it as the "Disney World of Beer".
At the end of the tour you go to the top of the building which features a 360 lookout for you to take in all of Dublin while sipping on the freshest Guinness you could possibly have. And yes Guinness in Dublin, especially from the factory, tastes better than Guinness anywhere else in the world. I have personally confirmed this.
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