Europe is filled with cultural attractions, historical sights, and charming cities. It's a continent that never goes out of style, giving you new things to look forward to each time you visit. Although Europe feels familiar in so many ways, it still has plenty to offer for all kinds of travelers.
If you and your partner are thinking of visiting Europe but want to get around in style, you have many ways to do this. You can sail by yacht, rent a sports car, charter a gullet, or take a helicopter ride! If you want to know more about these, here's how to travel Europe in luxury as a couple.
Sail by Yacht
A sailing vacation to Europe is a great way to get away from it all. While onboard a private yacht, you can dip in and out of the harbours whenever you please and go swimming at the beach, chilling out at beachside bars or indulging in sumptuous dishes. Some of the most picturesque sailing destinations are in South Europe, where you can soak up the gorgeous sunshine while discovering rich culture.
Spain is a favorite destination for sailing in Europe with its hot summers, mild winters, and rough ocean sailing conditions. Its 6,000 km coastline is home to the country’s inland territories of the Iberian Peninsula, the Balearic Islands, and the Canary Islands. The Balearic Islands are the best place to go if you want to spend your days hopping from one beautiful beach to another. Check out the neighbouring Islands of Ibiza, Menorca, and Formentera, and once you have taken in all the sights, pull in at an anchorage and stay in one of the many luxury villas in Mallorca near the sea, with beach access.
France’s Côte d’Azur is another destination for the most romantic sailing adventure in Europe. At the elegant port of Saint-Tropez, yachts of all sizes line the harbour alongside quaint cobbled streets, cosy cafes, and chic boutiques. But Côte d’Azur is not just about the glamour and glitz - it has secluded beaches and hidden coves waiting for you to discover.
Rent a Sports Car
Sports car driving in Europe is something that you should experience at least once in your life. And with many car rental companies offering sports car rental in the region, you don't need to bring your own vehicle to take on this adventure. And the best part is - you'll have numerous scenic routes to choose from!
Europe is vast and varied, offering some of the finest driving routes in the world. Driving through Switzerland and Italy, you will come across astounding alpine scenery as you traverse through tunnels, passes, and valley highways before reaching the quaint Italian towns and rustic vineyards. In Germany, lovers of speed often make a pilgrimage to the country to test their skills on its fastest motorway. If you want to experience the thrill, rent the latest BMW, and conquer the Autobahn, a national highway system spanning almost 13,000 km long, making it one of the longest in the world!
Meanwhile, Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way is definitely one of the most scenic routes in the world! Passing through eight counties that include various twists and turns along the jagged Irish Coast, this route promises spectacular coastal views with a blend of culture and history along the way. As you drive from north to south, marvel at the dramatic cliffs of Moher and spend a day in Galway before you continue your journey.
Charter a Gulet
If you want to explore the Dalmatian Coast in style, charter a gullet and go sailing around Croatia. When cruising around Croatia, you can charter various boats, but the gullet is the most traditional and most comfortable option to book. It's a traditional wooden boat designed for comfort and luxury, ideal for cruising from bay to bay. The gullet is like a floating house, fully equipped with modern amenities along with additional equipment, such as fishing gear and watersports facilities, offering an ultimate cruising experience!
There's no standard Dalmatian Coast itinerary, but the most popular routes include a combination of the following ports - Hvar, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Korcula, Trogir, and Split in Croatia, Kotor in Montenegro, and Koper in Slovenia. Other ports that you can include in your sailing adventure of the Dalmatian Coast are Rovinj, Vis and Pula.
The best part about sailing in a small vessel such as the cruises in a luxury gulet is that you can dock in hidden bays, secret coves, and secluded beaches where you can enjoy uninterrupted swimming in crystal clear waters. Those looking to relax and work on their tans can use the expansive sundecks, fitted with lounge areas and sunbeds. Some of the newer models of gullets also come with a Jacuzzi at the sundeck.
Helicopter tours continue to grow in popularity in Europe, and for good reasons. As the helicopter lifts off, you'll experience a sweet sensory overload, with the main rotor beating the air only a few feet above your head and turbine engines making loud noises.
There are various helicopter tours that you can take in Europe, but heliskiing over the Austrian alps is probably the best place to do it. A must for thrill-seeking couples, heliskiing involves using a helicopter to get into the remote backcountry terrains, allowing skiers to explore areas beyond the usual ski lifts. But if you prefer somewhere warm, consider flying over the Amalfi Coast. Ischia, a volcanic island in Naples, is the launching point for most helicopter flights on the Amalfi Coast, where you will soar above the craggy island of Capri and into Naples and Pompeii. Get up close to Mount Vesuvius, an active volcano that has not erupted since the 1940s.
In Greece, more and more tourists are choosing to fly via helicopter to discover the country's best. A Santorini Helicopter tour is a popular activity here, where you soar above the islands and take in the stunning sights from a bird's eye perspective. Enjoy dramatic views of the caldera, along with the spectacular cliffs, black sand beaches, and the sparkling crystal clear waters.