These Beautiful European Spots Are Only Accessible During Summer

By Rebecca O'Malley September 25, 2019

Presented in partnership with Cruiseco.

Over the past six months, social media feeds have been drowning in photos beachside rosés, balmy summer nights, gelato, healthy tans and glimmering waters. As Australia ticks over into daylight savings and the nation breathes a collective sigh of relief, we wave goodbye to the dream of European summer… but why not get in early for next year? 

European summer is a rite of passage for many Aussies but so many of the most popular destinations are overrun with tourists. Beat the crowds and visit another, often overlooked part of Europe. 

The Baltic states offer some of the most breathtaking views in Europe: rolling countryside, stunning views, crumbling castles, cobbled streets. This is where medieval meets modern.

Many areas are only accessible via seas, rivers and waterways which often freeze over during the winter months. As such, summer offers an opportunity to experience these landscapes and cities in all of their glory. Hello European summer! 

The intricate waterways of the Norwegian Fjords showcase the paramount beauty of the region. Consider visiting all locations by cruise and stop off at Stavanger, Flaam, Olden, Trondheim, Honningsvåg, Tromso, Åndalsnes and Bergen.

Alternative routes take you through the major cities of Amsterdam (Netherlands), Skagen (Denmark), Tallinn (Estonia), St Petersburg (Russia), Helsinki (Finland), Stockholm (Sweden), Copenhagen (Denmark).

You can stop off at all the major ports and explore without having to worry about checking in, unpacking and repacking your bags, finding your hotel… it’s a hassle-free holiday. Plus, you’ll wake up to spectacular views as you meander through towns, cities and historic landmarks. 

Produced in partnership with Cruiseco. 

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