Europe
  • Experience Swiss Culture at Switzerland's Historic Unspunnen Festival

    Experience Swiss Culture at Switzerland's Historic Unspunnen Festival

    Set to attract a record 150,000 visitors, Switzerland's highly anticipated Unspunnen Festival will offer couples the chance to experience the nation's culture in one of its most scenic destinations. Held in Interlaken, in the foothills of the Eiger, Monach and Jungfrau summits, the festival will see locals come together in traditional costumes to take part in a range of cultural activities. 

  • Why Switzerland is the place to go for 'getting back to nature'

    Why Switzerland is the place to go for 'getting back to nature'

    Summer is in full swing in the Northern hemisphere and Switzerland is encouraging travellers to take advantage of the season and get back to nature. 

  • An Alpine Adventure: Aboard Switzerland's Grand Train Tour

    An Alpine Adventure: Aboard Switzerland's Grand Train Tour

    On a leg of the Grand Train Tour between Lucerene and Interlaken, I'm constantly spellbound by the scene passing by. So far, our train has hugged snow-capped mountains dotted with cows and sped between ramrod-straight thickets of trees, only to round a sharp bend that drops us in even more aching beauty. Add to the mix tiny stone churches and smattering of chalets gathered at the edge of a placid lakes and you've got Switzerland's Grand Train Tour. 

  • Romance, history and comfort in Switzerland

    Romance, history and comfort in Switzerland

     

    There’s no question that Switzerland holds a long-standing and solid reputation for its world-class hospitality and services. From budget accommodation options to five-star luxuries, your stay in Switzerland will always inevitably be of a very high standard.

  • Fall in Love with Switzerland's Most Romantic Pools

    Fall in Love with Switzerland's Most Romantic Pools

    From spectacular scenery and nostalgic train rides to cosy Alpine chalets and fondue by the fireplace, everything the heart desires for a romantic holiday is in Switzerland. No holiday is complete without a pool with a view, of course, where you can both relax after the day’s activities and soak in more of the surrounding beauty. 

  • A Greek Odyssey: Three Greek Islands You'll Love

    A Greek Odyssey: Three Greek Islands You'll Love

    With its shimmering blue waters and iconic landscapes it's no wonder why Santorini is such a tourist hot-spot, but not far away are three of Greece's lesser-known islands that are truly worth discovering. Go on a Greek odyssey and explore these little island gems for a holiday that's impossible to forget.

  • 5 Honeymoon Islands in Greece

    5 Honeymoon Islands in Greece

    With glorious golden-sand beaches, warm waters, delicious food and a never-ending supply of sunshine, Greece has everything you could dream of for a couple’s retreat. Here are five of the best Greek Islands to visit on your honeymoon or romantic getaway.

  • Free Books and Beer on Swiss Trains

    Free Books and Beer on Swiss Trains

    Free books and beer – what more could you ask for? In Switzerland, this is now the reality for passengers travelling on the Swiss Travel System. 

  • Rail Europe Announces Discounted Travel and Free Bonuses

    Rail Europe Announces Discounted Travel and Free Bonuses

    Travelling by rail is one of the most convenient and scenic ways to travel Europe – and of course one of the most affordable. This is especially true with Rail Europe's recent announcement of generous discounts and bonus travel days. 

  • Our Camino: An 800 Kilometre Trek From France to Spain

    Our Camino: An 800 Kilometre Trek From France to Spain

    Walking 800 kilometres from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in South-western France to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago is a test of courage and resilience but well worth the effort…

  • Bike the Baltic, Veneto and Picturesque Loire Valley

    Bike the Baltic, Veneto and Picturesque Loire Valley

    For a unique way to see the diversity of Europe, Utracks offer a number of incredible bicycle and combination tours for adventurous couples to discover some of the world's most beautiful regions up close and personal. What's even better is they're offering travellers a very special rate on the following packages if booked by October 31 – this is one impulse buy you won't regret!

  • Discover How to Make the Most of Switzerland

    Discover How to Make the Most of Switzerland

    At 41,000 square kilometres, about two-thirds the size of Tasmania, it’s blissfully possible to see the diversity of Switzerland in a relatively short time. Linda Moon joins Tourism Switzerland’s Grand Tour to check out the best sights of the country…

  • Happy Birthday to Rail Europe, But You Get the Presents

    Happy Birthday to Rail Europe, But You Get the Presents

    To celebrate two decades of convenient rail travel, Rail Europe has released a series of promotions on selected passes and point-to-point tickets.

  • The Ritz Paris Receives a Magical Makeover

    The Ritz Paris Receives a Magical Makeover

    The Ritz Paris is taking reservations for its highly anticipated reopening in 2016, and we are très excited.

  • Zip-Line from a Swiss Mountain

    Zip-Line from a Swiss Mountain

    There's a brand-new attraction in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland called the Grindelwald First Cliff Walk Summit Trail and it's a doozy. Here, you can zip-line for 800 metres, jump on a scooter to explore the rocky range or dangle precariously on a rope bridge on the First Walkway, giving yourselves vertigo by looking down at the sheer rock face. 

  • Cruise and Discover Timeless Treasures of the Mediterranean

    Cruise and Discover Timeless Treasures of the Mediterranean

    Arguably one of the most relaxing ways to experience the jewels of the Mediterranean, the ultra-luxurious Italian cruise line Silversea is offering a bespoke range of unique and inspiring itineraries from April to November 2016. 

  • 5 Remarkable Locales in Tuscany Where You Can Live La Dolce Vita

    5 Remarkable Locales in Tuscany Where You Can Live La Dolce Vita

    1. Florence

    Ah, Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. Obvious spots for any self-respecting selfie addict include the Duomo, the Uffizi and the Ponte Vecchio (there have been shops on the “Old Bridge” since the 13th century), but be sure to cross the Arno River to the Oltrarno district and head up the hill to Piazzale Michelangelo. From this vast square, the whole of Florence spreads out before you in a spectacular panorama.

  • 007 Walk of Fame Opens

    007 Walk of Fame Opens

     A new 007 Walk of Fame has opened at Schilthorn, the 2,970m-high summit above Mürren in Switzerland.

  • Switzerland Introduces Highest Whisky Trek in the World

    Switzerland Introduces Highest Whisky Trek in the World

    Whisky lovers rejoice – you can now enjoy the stunning surrounds of Switzerland's historical Appenzell on a whisky trek 2,502m above sea level, discovering the traditional methods of whisky production.

  • Celebrating the Matterhorn

    Celebrating the Matterhorn

    On 14 July it will be 150 years since the first people stood on the summit of what is probably the most photographed mountain in the world, the Matterhorn.

  • Sensational Santorini

    Sensational Santorini

    No superlatives sufficiently grasp Santorini’s uniqueness. Its startling, mystifying and surreal landscape draws scores of neck-bent visitors who sail into its glittering caldera every year. Lava-encrusted cliffs dramatically explode upwards; a timeless natural sculpture caused by repeated volcanic explosions. Indeed, this once round
    island has been ravaged by several igneous eruptions, most recently in 1956 when over 2000 homes tumbled into the Aegean. But it was the cataclysmic event of 1650 BC that shattered Santorini so ferociously, disgorging billions of tons of magma from the island’s heart up into the skies. The awesomely scarred face of the remaining crescent, red beaches, cobalt caldera and offshore islets remain frozen in time.

  • Eclectic Crete

    Eclectic Crete

    Crete is about as eclectic as an island can get. The largest Greek island at 8,300 square kilometres, and the most southerly land in Europe, it is a refreshing contradiction from the rest. Of a morning, couples might find themselves harbour-side at a bougainvillea-draped café watching fishermen disentangle their nets, by lunchtime listening to traditional Lyra music from a mountain village kafenia, by mid-afternoon, wading through the aquamarine waters of Elafonisi as the summer heat bakes time to a halt, and by night, shaking it with the rest of them down in hedonistic Hersonissos.

  • Magical Mykonos

    Magical Mykonos

    Arriving in cosmopolitan Mykonos by ferry is mayhem. The bow doors swing down and within minutes you pour out, Mary Poppins style, alongside refrigerated lorries, bleating lambs, overladen donkeys, crates of mineral water and petrol tankers along with a juggernaut full of the latest quads and mopeds. But there’s good reason for this exhilarating influx.

  • Discover Spiritual Amorgos in the Greek Islands

    Discover Spiritual Amorgos in the Greek Islands

    The clank of crockery carries through Katapola Bay as locals and stray cats awake. Fishermen dock and deliver their catch before the first ferry, carrying the culture-hungry, arrives. Unassuming, yet coyly handsome, Amorgos is the traditional Greek Island, embracing history, culture and arresting architecture.

  • Romantic Paris

    Romantic Paris

    Ah, Paris and romance...the two go hand in hand like, well, those in love. And the only way to enjoy Paris as a couple is to be “flaneurs” or saunterers. It’s not about rushing around ticking off the sights. 

  • Enjoy Life's Simple Pleasures in Lipari, Sicily

    Enjoy Life's Simple Pleasures in Lipari, Sicily

    You can smell the Aeolian Islands long before you see them. A sensual odour of thick vegetation and sulphur flows over the waves as you approach. Then, bit-by-bit, steep wild cliffs, deep grottos, and black rocks striped with yellowish tints rise up from the sea.

  • Old World Elegance in Hydra, Greece

    Old World Elegance in Hydra, Greece

    No airport, no beaches, no cars and no motorbikes; welcome to Hydra ... and its donkeys.

  • Celebrating 150 Years of Winter Tourism at Switzerland's Matterhorn

    Celebrating 150 Years of Winter Tourism at Switzerland's Matterhorn

    Switzerland is known as being the original birth place of winter tourism, and it's now celebrating 150 years of that tradition.

  • A Walk in Paris

    A Walk in Paris

    Paris ... Just saying the word gives me tingles. I fell in love in Paris. With the city – its streets, architecture, cafes, fashion, markets, food, cheese (yes even the cheese), history, art and the unforgettable monuments that are such an integral symbol of one of the most beautiful cities on earth.

  • 5 Chic Parisian Hotels

    5 Chic Parisian Hotels

     

    The City of Light is brimming with chic accommodation and Rowena Carr-Allinson tracks down five of the best styles. Catch your first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower from a sumptuous suite, discover ultra-cool designer digs or book a room in Johnny Depp’s favourite Parisian hideaway. 

  • 5 European Palace Gardens to Stumble Upon

    5 European Palace Gardens to Stumble Upon

    Walking around (what seemed like) the suburban back streets of Dresden, Germany, was merely a necessary method to reach our tour bus hop-on spot and provided little in the way of spectacular views apart from the occasional squirrel. That was until we walked down the road a little further, accidentally stumbling upon what turned out to be the Grand Garden of Dresden, complete with hugely impressive parks, a lake and the longest 'driveway' that I had ever seen.

  • The Romance of the Loire: A Dreamy Destination for Holidaying Couples

    The Romance of the Loire: A Dreamy Destination for Holidaying Couples

    At Le Comptoir Saint Kerber, Pierre Pichot shucks plump oysters, squeezes them with lemon juice and offers them for tasting. He opens a bottle of chilled Jo Landron Domaine Le Fief du Breil, fills glasses and awaits comments on the pairing...

  • A grand opening- Peninsula Paris

    A grand opening- Peninsula Paris

    You know you've entered a certain level of luxury when your room has a nail varnish dryer among its five-star accroutrements.

  • Room for Two: Sofitel Resort Nusa Dua, Bali

    Room for Two: Sofitel Resort Nusa Dua, Bali

    The luxury hotels lining the golden sands of Nusa Dua's beachfront sport more stars than the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Nowhere else will you find a collection of luxe hotel brands such as St Regis, Westin, Conrad, Laguna – a Luxury Collection Hotel, Grand Hyatt, Grand Aston, Chedi Sakala, Royal Santrian, Nikko and Melia sitting side- by-side: stunning beachfront property after stunning beachfront property.

  • Fall in love in Switzerland

    Fall in love in Switzerland

     

    It's 5.30 on a summer morning in Switzerland, and we're standing in a paddock as the sun starts to climb above the surrounding mountains and hills. In front of us, a hot air balloon is slowly inflating, and when all preparations are completed, we step into the reassuringly sturdy basket and slowly begin to rise through the clear, chilly air. 

  • Discover New York: East Village to Tribeca

    Discover New York: East Village to Tribeca

     

    Going on a New York romantic getaway or honeymoon with your sweetheart? Our guide to the trendiest areas in New York – from the East Village to Tribeca – will help make your romantic adventure a breeze.

     

  • 48 Hours in Florence, Italy

    48 Hours in Florence, Italy

    Florence (or Firenze in Italian) is one of Italy's most beautiful and romantic cities. It's no wonder, then, that this stunning destination is a top spot for honeymoons and getaways for couples.

    If you only have 48 hours to spend with your significant other in this elegant and luxurious city, here are some of things you need to see and do on your short break.

  • Room for Two: Hotel Carlton Lyon

    Room for Two: Hotel Carlton Lyon

    One of the grand old dames of Lyon (circa 1894) has been treated to a makeover. The majestic facade of the Hotel Carlton Lyon is just a taste of the luxe decor inside, blending art deco charm with modern accoutrements and a theatrical dash of red. With Lyon often considered the foodie capital of France, this delightful retreat makes the perfect base for eating and exploring.

  • Top 5 spiritual journeys

    Top 5 spiritual journeys

     

    Have you ever wanted to get in touch with your inner 'Eat, Pray, Love' guru and embark upon a romantic spiritual journey somewhere around the globe?

    There's no time like the present to get to it. Here are five of the best spiritual journeys for couples to take. 

    Image: Flickr

  • Gourmet Italy with Chef Stefano De Pieri

    Gourmet Italy with Chef Stefano De Pieri

    Morning mist floats over vine-covered valleys and the plaintive peal of the country church bell just metres away from our villa heralds the arrival of another dawn in the Tuscan countryside. Some days hot air balloons drift silently by, hovering in the still air like giant jewels suspended in gossamer.

    It's easy to leap out of bed on magical mornings like this when you're on a food and culture tour of Italy. Organised by tour operator Emily Tassone of Avanti Italy, this two-week adventure is hosted by Mildurabased restaurateur Stefano de Pieri and is the first of what is planned as regular forays back to the celebrity chef 's homeland.

  • Hotel Romantico

    Hotel Romantico

    One of Italy's most romantic hotels has announced its seasonal reopening and the unveiling of 30 newly renovated Lake View rooms, boasting breath-taking views of the brilliant blue Lake Como and updated, but still elegant, interiors.

  • Top 5 Romantic Villas in Italy

    Top 5 Romantic Villas in Italy

     

    Get romantic in Europe and head to Italy and enjoy one of these stunning and romantic villas.

    You can't get much more romantic than a holiday in Italy. It's impossible not to fall in love with this country, which is filled with delectable food and wine, stunning natural sights and history. 

    Click through to see 5 of the most romantic villas, perfect for a honeymoon or couples' getaway.

     

  • Romantic rendezvous in Venice

    Romantic rendezvous in Venice

     

    Ah, Venice. This beautiful floating city is certainly one of the world's most romantic destinations, so makes the perfect location for honeymoons and couples' getaways.

    Check out some of the reasons why you and your loved one will simply delight in a trip to this romantic locale, with beautiful canals, sumptuous food and charming cobbled laneways just the beginning.

     

  • Paradise for couples in Paris

    Paradise for couples in Paris

    There's no doubt that Paris is one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Every year, couples flock to this beautiful and iconic city, making the most of its charms.

    There are a few cliche experiences you have to indulge in when here, but in the City of Lights there's plenty more to see than just the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. Take some inspiration from this guide, make like Audrey and Fred in Funny Face and say "Bonjour, Paris!"

    Related article: Secret Paris: Discover a City of Hidden Gems

  • Eat your way around Italy

    Eat your way around Italy

    Italy is one of the most sumptuous destinations for loved-up couples, thanks to its beautiful history, scenery and of course - its food.

    Soak in the romance of this sensual culture, perhaps over a shared bowl of spaghetti bolognese or a delectable dessert of tiramisu.

    As they say, when in Rome…

  • Hot Hotel: Saint-James Paris

    Hot Hotel: Saint-James Paris

    Hot-air balloons in the garden, leopard-skin carpets and a crazy link of seven chandeliers called 'Chaos' in the foyer tell you that the Saint-James Paris hotel is anything but ordinary. 

    This romantic three-story chateau-hotel in the exclusive 16th arrondissement was recently given a magical makeover by 'dream-maker' designer Bambi Sloan who transformed the former students' accommodation into one of the most appealing and luxury accommodation options in the City of Light.

  • Romantic rooftop bars to experience

    Romantic rooftop bars to experience

    Rooftop bars offer their own brand of romance. There's nothing quite like sitting atop a tall building, looking out over a city or special landscape and sipping on your favourite drink with your loved one next to you. All while watching the sunset or bright city lights,  as your favourite song is playing in the background. Sounds nice doesn't it?

    Rooftop bars can indeed offer sensational, romantic experiences and if you're in one of the following areas, you should absolutely experience these places with your partner.

  • 8 reasons to honeymoon in France

    8 reasons to honeymoon in France

    While there are probably 8,000 reasons for honeymoons to take place in France rather than just eight, there are some justifications that simply earn their place at the top of the list.

    Here are just a few of France's romantic features that make honeymooning in this European nation a dream. Check out these reasons and say 'au revoir' to to your hometown and 'bonjour' to France.

  • Cruise Away

    Cruise Away

    Looking for a great European holiday idea? When you live in the southern hemisphere, the seductive cities of Europe are always a long-haul flight away. Little wonder then that antipodeans want to see and do as much as possible when they set foot on European soil. Tanya Joslin discovers that cruising through Europe is a convenient, stress-free way to see the most of this incredible continent.

  • Milan City Escape

    Milan City Escape

     

    Matthew Brace discovers a grown-up kind of cool as he shops, sips, and sightsees his way around one of Europe’s most stylish cities.

    Before 6pm on a Thursday in May, my wife and I spied the ideal spot for a restorative drop. The window table of a small and cosy winebar called L’Ecurie on Via Madonnina was beckoning us. We sprinted across the street, almost got bowled over by a remarkably speedy tram, and fell in through the open door. The barman brought us two large glasses of Barolo and encouraged us to tuck into the plates of free antipasti freshly laid out on the bar. We ate divine Parma ham and thick, juicy Ligurian olives and watched the city heading home from work. We saw runway models clip-clopping down the pavement head-to-toe in Prada and smoking determinedly, young guns in open shirts and leather jackets, and a pair of Italian lovers kissing furiously as if that was their last minute on earth. We felt that familiar life-giving glow as the wine slipped down. We forgot the aches in our calves and ankles caused by hours of street-pounding and instead we raised our glasses and toasted our new favourite European capital of cool: Milan. Milan is not the ideal Italian city to visit when you are young, single and fun-seeking; that’s Rimini, or the Riviera if you have the cash. Milan is - much like a fine Barolo - something you come to a little later.

  • Picnics in Provence

    Picnics in Provence

    Foie gras with fresh coriander seeds, green and black figs with jamon, white peaches drizzled with Poire William all served on generous platters under the trees is everyday fare when you’re on a luxury Picnics in Provence experience in the heart of the French countryside.

    Energetic Melbourne-based food-lover and Francophile Nikki Maxwell leads small groups of food and wine-lovers each year off the beaten track in various parts of France to indulge in regional gastronomy – becoming immersed in the relaxed country lifestyle and meeting local characters along the way.

  • Trevor and Paulene Visit- Lyon

    Trevor and Paulene Visit- Lyon

    Join Trevor and Paulene on the next leg of their fabulous holiday…

    The flight from Singapore was long and tedious. Two seven-and-a-half hour flights via Dubai made even worse by delays at Dubai airport — circling for 45 minutes going in and then queuing on the tarmac on way out, again for another 45 minutes. I’ve never seen such a long line of aeroplanes chaffing to go.

    We arrived in Lyon, feeling tired and stiff, to a cold crisp evening. Our hotel was nestled under the walls of the old jail, and by night it did not look very welcoming or comforting. However, by daylight the next morning it seemed much improved and its convenience to the city made it a good place to stay.

  • Trevor and Paulene Visit- Languedoc Roussilon (Part II)

    Trevor and Paulene Visit- Languedoc Roussilon (Part II)

    We hurried onto Meze, our night’s destination, feeling tired and looking forward to a quiet, early night. Meze is situated directly on the Thau Etang, an enormous lagoon filled with oyster and mussel farms.

    The reality of our evening was very different. We find that when we self-book our accommodation we never know what to expect. “The Little House on the Harbour” was exactly that, a little pink house rising high from an assortment of restaurants and homes along a small harbour. However, instead of being what we imagined a small hotel, it was actually a bed and breakfast, and we were to share this home for four nights with Claude and Danielle Bon.

  • Trevor and Paulene Visit- Languedoc Roussilon (Part I)

    Trevor and Paulene Visit- Languedoc Roussilon (Part I)

    Still in France, our empty-nesters discover the wonders of Arles and the Camargue region.

    Our final day in the Provence region was spent in Arles, about a half hour drive from Boulbon, where we were staying.

  • 72 hours in Athens

    72 hours in Athens

    When it comes to the romantic holiday of a lifetime, the Greek Islands are at the top of most people’s lists! But, after a three-day visit to Athens, Tanya Joslin says that no trip to Greece is complete without at least a few days in Athens. Here she maps out an easy three-day itinerary.

    DAY ONE

    Check into one of the city’s funkiest hotels, New Hotel (yeshotels.gr). A member of Design Hotels, this boutique destination is the first interior that Brazilian designers Humberto and Fernando Campana have completed, in collaboration with Architecture graduates from the local University of Thessaly.
 Housed in a 1950s building, New Hotel’s design philosophy strikes the perfect balance of daring and harmonious. Local artists created much of the bespoke furniture from recycled materials. One of the quirkiest aspects of the hotel is the wall-mounted characters, which symbolise elements of Greek mythology and superstition, in the 79 guest-rooms.

  • Cocktails, coffees, cruises and caves in sensuous Santorini

    Cocktails, coffees, cruises and caves in sensuous Santorini

    Arriving in Santorini by boat, a bewitching panorama of powder-dusted cornices between sea and sky, veiled in romance and escapism, slowly reveals itself. Clusters of sugarcoated cave houses almost tumble down the lava-encrusted cliffs to greet you.

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