Europe

Austria

Austria is fabled for its cultural life, its legendary mountains, valleys and lakes, and is experiencing a renaissance in food and wine experiences in picturesque landscapes. Ride on white Lipizzana horses, ski and snowboard in the winter months or enjoy a mountain meadow picnic; in Austria the great outdoors is never far away!

Currency: Euro

Flight Duration (From London): 1 Hour 50 Minutes

Language(s): German

Time Zone: UTC +01:00

Visiting Austria at any time of year is a great experience, but remember that the season will influence what you can do.

Summer is the time for hiking, mountain biking and lake swimming, but ski conditions also make Austria a fantastic place for winter breaks.

For warm weather, aim for the months between April and October, though crowds and prices peak in during the July and August high season, when temperatures can also climb to uncomfortable levels. Consequently, June and September are often the best times for city trips.

The Embassy of Austria is pleased to announce the opening of Visa Application Centres in Manchester and Edinburgh operated by VF Services (UK) Limited. If you wish to submit your application in London please click here All applications will be assessed by The Austrian Embassy, London. The Visa Application Centers are operated by VF Services (UK) Limited.

For more information please visit this website: http://www.vfsglobal.com/austria/uk/

In general, no special immunisations or medications are necessary for travel to Austria.

Belgium

Belgium is a country where people live well. There are strong social support systems, liberal attitudes, imaginative museums, a vibrant theatrical and artistic life and fabulous food. Big new attractions for visitors continue to blossom.

Above all though, Belgium is a country of two distinct halves. Dutch-speaking Flanders is interspersed with fabulous historic cities. In French-speaking Wallonia however, most attractions are contrastingly rural. Staying in village inns and stringing together several minor countryside attractions can make for a truly delightful experience.

Currency: Euro

Flight Duration (From London): 1 Hour 50 Minutes

Language(s): French, German & Dutch

Time Zone: UTC +01:00

When the sun comes out in Belgium, everyone celebrates. Plan a visit between May and September to avoid the extremely cold weather and to enjoy some of the hiking and outdoor pursuits on offer. This is high tourism season and can be very busy.

The mild winter conditions from November to March usually mean grey, wet days with occasional light snow. Pack the right clothes and you can take advantage of crowd-free museums and plenty of cosy cafés.

Visa applications for UK residents are to be submitted at the Belgium Visa Application Center’s at London, Manchester, Cardiff or Edinburgh (UK). All applications will be assessed by The Embassy of Belgium, London. The Visa Application Centers are operated by VF Services (UK) Limited.

For more information please visit this website: http://www.vfs-be-uk.com/

In general, no special immunisations or medications are necessary for travel to Belgium.

Bulgaria

There are over 100 tourist sites in Bulgaria, many of which are linked to hiking. Hiking is one of the most popular things to do here, with various mountain trails overlooking the stunning scenery. In winter, skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing are all the rage, depending on the weather and snow cover

Currency: Bulgarian Lev

Flight Duration (From London): 3 Hours 20 Minutes

Language(s): Bulgarian

Time Zone: UTC +02:00

Bulgaria has a temperate climate with cold, damp winters and hot, dry summers.

Spring (particularly April to mid-June) is an excellent time to visit. The weather is good, the theatres and other cultural venues are in full swing and low-season rates still generally apply. Summer (mid-June to early September) is ideal for hiking and festivals, but it’s also the peak holiday season, especially on the Black Sea coast. Temperatures can be very high during this period too.

September is perhaps one of the best months to see Bulgaria. The autumn trees are glorious, fruit and vegetables are plentiful, the tourist hordes have returned home, and you can still sunbathe and swim in the Black Sea.

No visa is required to travel to Bulgaria but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Bulgaria/entry-requirements

Immunisations required are

Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Rabies and Influenza (in flu season between November and April)

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Bulgaria/health

Croatia

Croatia has a rare blend of glamour and old-fashioned authenticity that make it the place to go in Europe. The beaches and sunshine compete for one’s attention and with cultural treasures, ancient architecture and time-tested folk traditions, there’s something here for everyone.

Thankfully, Croatia hasn’t given in to mass tourism, despite being one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations; its motto is ‘the Mediterranean as it once was’ indicating its reluctance to become another affordable beach resort destination.

Currency: Croatian Kuna

Flight Duration (From London): 2 Hours 05 Minutes

Language(s): Croatian

Time Zone: UTC +01:00

Croatia is most popular between April and September, and although the coast is too cool for swimming in April, you’ll enjoy warm, clear skies low accommodation prices.

May and June are great months for outdoor activities (except skiing), and July and August are the peak of the tourist season (and the the most expensive!

September is perhaps the best month to visit since it’s not as hot as summer, the crowds are quieter and off-season accommodation rates will be in place.

No visa is required to travel to Croatia but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Croatia/entry-requirements

Immunisations required are

Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Tetanus-Diphtheria, MMR, Influenza and tick-borne encephalitis (for long-term travellers).

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Croatia/health

Cyprus

Cyprus may well be known for its party culture in the resort of Ayia Napa, but its other side is full of cultural influences, character and gorgeous villages. Heavenly beaches can take you away from the hubbub of tourist life and on long, gorgeous walks along the peninsula you’ll be able to inhale the scent of the citrus groves or climb to the medieval castles with their shimmering island views that will take your breath away.

Currency: Euro

Flight Duration (From London): 5 Hours

Language(s): Greek

Time Zone: UTC +02:00

With its intense Mediterranean climate, the weather on the island is easy to predict. June to September are hot and action-packed, with August in particular being the peak of Cyprus’ tourist season, when the locals squeeze up next to the tourists on beaches and restaurant benches.

October to May are quieter when the landscape is covered with wildflowers that seem to encompass an array of beautiful colours.  Winters are relatively mild with some rain between December and February.

No visa is required to travel to Cyprus but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Cyprus/entry-requirements

Immunisations required are

Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Hepatitis B, Tetanus-Diphtheria and MMR

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Cyprus/health

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has only existed since 1993 and already it’s doing a good job of showcasing an exciting history. With castles and chateaux aplenty, you can unravel the history of two ancient lands, Bohemia and Moravia, that now make up the modern Czech Republic.

And when you’ve had your fill of the past, you can visit Prague, one of the world’s most beautiful and cultured cities for a very different experience.

Currency: Czech Korona

Flight Duration (From London): 2 Hours 05 Minutes

Language(s): Czech

Time Zone: UTC +01:00

For the majority of Czech destinations, the best time to visit is in May or September, when the weather is mild and the crowds fewer. A large percentage of museums, galleries, castles and the like are open only during this ‘high’ season.

April and October are noticeably cooler but you’ll benefit from smaller crowds and cheaper rooms. In winter you’ll likely get to see it all under a blanket of snow. High in the mountains, November to March is an additional high season.

No visa is required to travel to Czech Republic but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Czech-republic/entry-requirements

Immunisations required are

Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Tetanus-Diphtheria and MMR

For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Czech-republic/health

Denmark

Though not well known to casual visitors Denmark is an island nation, with 72 inhabited islands and a further 371 uninhabited ones. Apart from the well known Bornholm, with its rich history, mystic round churches and links to the Knights Templar, many of the small islands are rarely visited by tourists, even though they make up for some of the country’s most intriguing destinations

With a 7400 kilometre coastline, almost the same as Brazil’s and longer than India’s, you are never far from a beach in Denmark. While the weather can be tricky, the beaches are world class, with unbroken white sand for miles to an end, if you are fortunate enough to run into sunny weather.

Top it off with a rich, well-preserved cultural heritage, and the Danes legendary sense of design and architecture, and you have one intriguing holiday destination

Currency: Danish Krone

Flight Duration (From London): 1 Hours 30 Minutes

Language(s): Danish

Time Zone: UTC +01:00

The best time to go to Denmark is early summer, especially the month of June. The days are the longest and with the warm weather, there are lots of outdoor things to do.

In case June isn’t an option, July and August are good alternatives.

No visa is required to travel to Denmark but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Denmark/entry-requirements

In general, no special immunizations or medications are necessary for travel to Denmark. Because of a recent increase in measles cases, all travelers born after 1956 should make sure they have had either two documented measles immunizations or a blood test showing measles immunity.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Denmark/health

Finland

Finland is the deep north, with forests and lakes as far as the eye can see, and revitalising crisp air. Choose between summer’s endless light or winter’s eerie frozen magic.

The summer months see the country burst into life, with festivals, lake cruises and outdoor exhibitions. But winter too has a special charm; there’s brilliant skiing until May or trekking across the snowy dunes with a team of dogs or posse of reindeer!

Currency: Euro

Flight Duration (From London): 1 Hours 30 Minutes

Language(s): Finnish & Swedish

Time Zone: UTC +02:00

Australia experiences temperate weather for most of the year but the climate can vary due to the size of the continent. The northern states typically experience warm weather, with the southern states experiencing cooler winters.

Summer falls between December and February, Autumn between March and May, September between June and August and spring between September and November.

There is no visa required to travel to Finland

For more information please visit this website:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/finland/entry-requirements

Immunisations required are

MMR, Tetanus-Diphtheria and Influenza

For more information please visit the below website:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/finland/health

France

France is a country that seduces travellers with its familiar culture woven around cafe terraces, village-square markets and lace-curtained bistros with their plat du jour (dish of the day) chalked on the board.

France is all about world-class art and architecture, Roman temples and Renaissance châteaux and iconic landmarks known the world over.Or perhaps it is the French feast of fine food and wine that woos so many travellers. Whatever your reasons for visiting this fine country, be sure to visit Paris if you get the chance (especially for a romantic getaway!)

Currency: Euro

Flight Duration (From London): 1 Hours 30 Minutes

Language(s): French

Time Zone: UTC +01:00

French pleasures can be enjoyed any time, although many Francophiles swear spring is best. In the hot south sun-worshippers bake from June to early September while winter-sports enthusiasts soar down snow-covered mountains mid-December to late March.

No visa is required to travel to France but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france/entry-requirements

In general, no special immunizations or medications are necessary for travel to France.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france/health

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Germany

A trip to Germany will take you on a roller coaster of feasts, treats and temptations as you take in its soul-stirring scenery, spirit-lifting culture, big-city beauties, romantic palaces and half-timbered towns.

We’re sure you’ll quickly discover that German food is so much more than sausages and pretzels, schnitzel and roast pork accompanied by big mugs of foamy beer. Beyond the clichés await an abundance of regional and seasonal dishes. Experiencing the country through its food and drink will add a rich layer to your memories (and possibly your belly!).

Currency: Euro

Flight Duration (From London): 1 Hours 50 Minutes

Language(s): German

Time Zone: UTC +01:00

Australia experiences temperate weather for most of the year but the climate can vary due to the size of the continent. The northern states typically experience warm weather, with the southern states experiencing cooler winters.

Summer falls between December and February, Autumn between March and May, September between June and August and spring between September and November.

No visa is required to travel to Germany but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/germany

Immunisations required are

MMR, Tetanus-Diphtheria and Influenza

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Germany/health

Gibraltar

Gibraltar is very typically British; red pillar boxes, fish-and-chip shops, bobbies on the beat and creaky seaside hotels with 1970s furnishings are in abundance.

As with many colonial outposts, Gibraltar tends to overstate its underlying Britishness, a bonus for lovers of pub grub and afternoon tea, but a confusing double-take for modern Brits who thought that their country had moved on since the days of stuffy naval prints and Lord Nelson memorabilia.

Currency: Gibraltan Pound

Flight Duration (From London): 2 Hours 40 Minutes

Language(s): English

Time Zone: UTC +01:00

Whatever time of year you decide to visit Gibraltar you’ll be sure of a warm welcome and hopefully some warm weather! May to September are the best times for some sun, with the hottest months being July and August, with temperatures averaging 27 degrees. Winters are mild and pleasant.

No visa is required to travel to Gibraltar but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Gibraltar/entry-requirements

In general, no special immunizations or medications are necessary for travel to Gibraltar.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Gibraltar/health

Greece

Experience endless miles of aquamarine coastline, sun-bleached ancient ruins, strong feta and even stronger ouzo! The Greek landscape is awe-inspiring and the people you’ll meet are passionate story-tellers; you’ll learn a lot about the country’s great heritage if you listen hard enough.

This beautiful country offers endless activities and is a magnet for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. It offers some of the world’s top kitesurfing, diving and rock-climbing location, so be brave and do what the Greeks do!

Currency: Euro

Flight Duration (From London): 3 Hours 20 Minutes

Language(s): Greek

Time Zone: UTC +02:00

Spring and autumn are the best times to visit Greece, especially between May and October. Most of the country’s tourist infrastructure goes into hibernation during winter, particularly on the islands. Some of the smaller islands close completely and some islanders head off to alternative homes on the mainland for a few months. Many hotels, seasonal cafés and restaurants close their doors from the end of November until the beginning of April so plan wisely!

There is no visa required to travel to Greece

For more information please visit this website:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/entry-requirements

In general, no special immunisations or medications are necessary for travel to Greece

For more information please visit the below website:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/health

Guernsey

It can sometimes feel like Guernsey is forever in bloom compared to UK counterpart. It has a decidedly subtropical feel and is incredibly picturesque, especially the narrow cobblestone streets in the capital of St Peter Port.

Many worry that the island’s character is being lost with excess development amongst other things, but we think it does a good job of retaining its character and beauty and is definitely well worth a visit.

Currency: Guernsey Pound

Flight Duration (From London): 40 Minutes

Language(s): English

Time Zone: Same as UK

Guernsey is an all year round travel destination and is particularly nice in the summer months. For us Brits, it’s just a short hop across the water so well worth a weekend trip, or longer if you’ve got the time.

There is no visa required to travel to Guernsey

In general, no special immunizations or medications are necessary for travel to Guernsey

Hungary

This is Europe at its most exotic! It’s pretty, gentle and striking scenery is in stark contrast to its architecture which is takes on everything from Roman ruins to baroque churches and Art Nouveau bathhouses and schools.

If you’re looking for something a bit different, visit the thermal springs either for therapeutic and medicinal purposes, or simply to catch up with family and friends. Or, enjoy its cross-cultured cuisine, which is heavily influenced by French, Chinese and their own specialities.

Currency: Hungarian Forint

Flight Duration (From London): 2 Hours 20 Minutes

Language(s): Hungarian

Time Zone: UTC +01:00

Every season has its attractions in Hungary, but spring really is the time to go. With mild weather, low crowd levels and longer days, this is the perfect time for a relaxing and yet cultural experience.

Autumn is particularly beautiful too, especially up in the hill and in the northern uplands.

No visa is required to travel to Hungary but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/hungary/entry-requirements

Immunisations required are

Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, MMR and Tetanus-Diphtheria

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Hungary/health

Iceland

Iceland is a mythical kingdom where the past meets the future in an elemental symphony of wind, stone, fire and ice.

It’s hard not to be deeply touched by the island’s awesome beauty and few leave without vowing to return. Iceland has a strange effect on people; perhaps it’s the landscape’s sobering bareness, or maybe the island’s tiny population, but a visit to Iceland is as much about the people you meet as it is about the ethereal landscape.

Currency: Icelandic Krona

Flight Duration (From London): 2 Hours 50 Minutes

Language(s): Icelandic

Time Zone: UTC -01:00

The weather in Iceland is very unpredictable, with bright, sunny days reverting to cold, wet and miserable conditions within a matter of hours, a bit like the UK! Also like England, the rainfall is fairly consistent throughout the year, but, because temperatures plummet in winter, it often falls as snow from September to May.

Mid-June to August is high season, with warmer and drier conditions, but most highland tours don’t operate until July because of snow.

No visa is required to travel to Iceland but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/iceland/entry-requirements

 In general, no special immunizations or medications are necessary for travel to Iceland.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Iceland/health

Italy

Italy is bound to both surprise and delight you. Travelling across such a beautiful country is a rare experience in life that’s not to be missed and definitely not overrated.

You can’t go to Italy without completely immersing yourself in their cuisine, which is quite literally a feast of endless courses and lots of wine!

Apart from food, there’s art, fashion, culture and the glorious weather that’s sure to appeal to everyone.

Currency: Euro

Flight Duration (From London): 2 Hours 5 Minutes

Language(s): Italian

Time Zone: UTC +01:00

Most people would say a trip to Italy is special at any time of the year, but on a more serious note, the best period is April to June. The weather is sunny without being stifling, the countryside bursts with spring flowers, and the flood of summer tourism, largely dictated by school holidays, has yet to crash over the peninsula.

No visa is required to travel to Italy but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy/entry-requirements

In general, no special immunizations or medications are necessary for travel to Italy.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy/health

Luxembourg

Luxembourg has a population of 469,000 which is predominantly rural based – the only centre of any size is the capital, Luxembourg City. Though too small for its full name to fit on most European maps, Luxembourg is wonderfully diverse.

Luxembourg’s cuisine is French and German based. The national dish is judd mat gaardebounen, smoked pork served in a thick cream-based sauce with chunks of potato and broad beans – a dish not to be missed.

In 2007, Luxembourg was named the ‘European Capital of Culture’ putting it in the spotlight for the first time.

Currency: Euro

Flight Duration (From London): 1 Hours 5 Minutes

Language(s): French & German

Time Zone: UTC +01:00

Luxembourg’s climate is temperate – warm summers and cold winters. The sunniest months are from May to August, although April and September can be fine also. If you’re into flowers, go in spring. For festivals and outdoor dining, join the throngs who come in summer, Luxembourg’s peak season. To enjoy wine-making, plan for autumn when the Moselle villages move into harvest celebrations.

No visa is required to travel to Luxembourg but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/luxembourg/entry-requirements

In general, no special immunizations or medications are necessary for travel to Luxembourg.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/luxembourg/health

Malta

The Maltese Islands are like nowhere else; you’ll find great prehistoric temples, fossil-studded cliffs, glittering hidden coves, thrilling diving opportunities and a history of remarkable intensity.

You’re never far from the Mediterranean here and if you fancy walking the length of the shoreline in a couple of hours, you will enjoy the beautiful bays and some of the country’s most spectacular restaurants. Plus the people are delightfully warm and welcoming, so if you’re after a bit of culture, stunning scenery and hotter climes, Malta is the place to come.

Currency: Euro

Flight Duration (From London): 3 Hours 10 Minutes

Language(s): English & Maltese

Time Zone: UTC +01:00

The summer months are the best time to visit Malta; its warm but pleasant and there’s so much to do and see.

If you’re after some cooler weather to go on excursions, October to later November will be perfect.

No visa is required to travel to Malta but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/malta/entry-requirements

In general, no special immunizations or medications are necessary for travel to Malta.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/malta/health

Norway

One of the most beautiful countries of the earth, a trip to Norway truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Experiencing the country’s diverse display of nature is one of the Norwegian’s favourite past times; their passion for exploring the natural world has created one of Europe’s most exciting and varied adventure-tourism destinations. An abundance of natural beauty is found in the country’s vibrant cultural life, which amalgamates the best from around the world. The cities are cosmopolitan and the scenery stunning; this is not somewhere to be missed.

Currency: Norwegian Krone

Flight Duration (From London): 2 Hours 5 Minutes

Language(s): Norweigan

Time Zone: UTC +01:00

The main tourist season, which coincides with Norwegian and other European school holidays, runs from mid-June to mid-August.

That said, Norway is at its best and brightest for much of the period from May to September. Late May is particularly pleasant but note, it’ll only be in late June or early July that many hiking routes and huts will be open so bear that in mind if booking a hiking holiday.

No visa is required to travel to Norway but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/norway/entry-requirements

In general, no special immunizations or medications are necessary for travel to Norway.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/norway/health

Poland

Chic medieval hot spots like Kraków and Gdańsk compete with energetic Warsaw for your urban attention. Outside the cities, woods, rivers, lakes and hills beckon for some fresh-air fun.

Poland is a country in central Europe with a population of over 38.5 million people, making it the 34th most populous country in the world and the sixth most populous member of the European Union.

Currency: Polish Zloty

Flight Duration (From London): 2 Hours

Language(s): Polish

Time Zone: UTC +01:00

A country this size has enough going on to make it a year-round destination, but most people visit when the weather is warmer, from May to October. The tourist season peaks in July and August, when schools and universities are on holiday and most Polish workers and employees take their annual leave. It’s a time when things can get very crowded, particularly in tourist hot spots such as the Baltic beaches, Great Masurian Lakes and Carpathian Mountains. The likes of Kraków and Warsaw can also seem overrun with visitors during the peak.

No visa is required to travel to Poland but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/poland/entry-requirements

Immunisations required are

Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Rabies and tick-borne encephalitis

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/poland/health

Portugal

History, great food and wine, idyllic scenery and blazing nightlife are just a few of the things on offer in this popular tourist destination.

Portuguese cuisine is second to none, with an array of seafood dishes, smoked meats and crisp white wines to satisfy all palates, and even better are some of the beautiful places you can eat them. Portugal has copious amounts of coastline and stunning countryside that will leave you wanting more…

Outside the cities, Portugal’s beauty unfolds in all its startling variety; you can visit the vineyards, go dolphin-watching and hike amid the granite peaks of Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês. A trip to Portugal is a trip you won’t forget in a hurry.

Currency: Euro

Flight Duration (From London): 2 Hours 20 Minutes

Language(s): Portuguese

Time Zone: Same as UK

The high season runs from mid-June to mid-September, when temperatures across the country average around 27°C. In July and August it can get particularly hot, reaching temperatures of over 45°C.

Visiting in spring is recommended if you’d rather avoid the crowds (and the heat!) as this is when the countryside is at its most verdant. Autumn, is typically still warm but the summer crowds have dispersed.

It is definitely worth making a trip to one of Portugal’s festivals, particularly Carnaval in February or March, and Holy Week (the week before Easter) in March or April.

No visa is required to travel to Portugal but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal/entry-requirements

Immunisations required are

Hepatitis B

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal/health

Romania

The pristine Romanian landscape is littered only by fortified churches and painted monasteries that stand regally across the countryside. In the cities, former Saxon settlements ooze charm, while destinations like Bucharest emanate energy and charisma.

Hike the Carpathian Mountains, fish the Danube or go bird-watching in full view of Bran Castle, the spooky bastion spuriously connected to Bram Stoker’s fictional count, Dracula. Whatever your plans, the Romanians sure will be pleased to see you…it’s still an off-the-beaten-track destination for tourists.

Currency: Romania Leu

Flight Duration (From London): 2 Hours 45 Minutes

Language(s): Romania

Time Zone: UTC +02:00

An all-year-round destination, summer is an obvious time to visit Romania. Falling between June and August, this is the best time for beach fun on the coast and for hiking and mountain biking in the Carpathians; all tourist facilities are open at these times and the weather is usually great, but you will have to share the sites with more tourists.

The best times for bird-watching in the Danube Delta are mid-April to mid-May, and in October. At higher elevations, snow lingers as late as mid-May and the hiking season doesn’t begin in earnest until mid-June. The best months for skiing are December to March, though the season extends either way some winters.

No visa is required to travel to Romania but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/romania/entry-requirements

Immunisations required are

Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B, Rabies

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Romania/health

Spain

Spain is passionate about everything it does and has a level of sophistication rarely seen anywhere else. It is also a country more diverse than you could ever imagine and if you look hard enough, there really is something here for everyone.

Its landscapes are breathtaking; these and the amazing hiking trails make for a trip of a lifetime. The food and drink are also something to be admired; the whole country is obsessed with it and with good reason. We have a bit of a thing for Spain, and we think you will too!

Currency: Euro

Flight Duration (From London): 2 Hours 10 Minutes

Language(s): Spanish

Time Zone: UTC +01:00

Spain can be an all-year-round destination, depending what you’re after. The ideal months to visit are May, June and September (plus April and October in the south). You can expect good to excellent weather while avoiding the sometimes extreme heat – and the main crush of Spanish and foreign tourists – of July and August, when temperatures can climb to 45°C in inland Andalucía.

No visa is required to travel to Spain but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements

Immunisations required are

Hepatitis B

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/health

Sweden

Frozen wastelands, cosy fire-lit cottages, stunning forests and Viking lore –Sweden has many strings to its bow.

From cat-walk and interior fashion to its natural beauty away from the city, it is one of the most diverse and breathtaking places to visit, whether for a short break or something a little more indulgent – and if you can fit in one or more of the glorious hiking trails you’ll be in for a real treat.

Currency: Swedish Krona

Flight Duration (From London): 2 Hours 20 Minutes

Language(s): Swedish

Time Zone: UTC +01:00

Despite its northern location in Europe, Sweden isn’t as cold as you might expect. The south has a year-round temperate climate and summer can be quite warm in the north. Between late May and September – the summer season – Sweden is at its very best. Hikers and campers beware though; you may want to avoid this time as it’s well-known to be mosquito season. Not very pleasant on long, hot walks.

Travel in winter is slightly more restricted and requires some planning, as well as some serious winter clothing, but there are good opportunities for activities like skiing, dog-sledding and snowmobiling. The big cities are in full swing all year, but the smaller towns almost go into hibernation when the temperatures begin to drop.

There is no visa required to travel to Sweden

For more information please visit this website:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/sweden/entry-requirements

In general, no special immunizations or medications are necessary for travel to Sweden. Tick precautions are advised for rural and forested areas however.

For more information please visit the below website:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/sweden/health

Switzerland

The land of four languages, Switzerland is a multitude of epic journeys, inspirational experiences and stunning scenery.

It has the most exciting and adventurous outdoor pursuits ahead of soaring mountain backdrops, world-class modern art and bold architecture. If you did nothing but stare we wouldn’t be surprised!

Currency: Swiss Franc

Flight Duration (From London): 2 Hours 10 Minutes

Language(s): French & German

Time Zone: UTC +01:00

Summer, which falls between June and September, can offer the ultimate outdoor adventure weather. In fact, the peak tourist season is between July and August. Spring truly is a beautiful time of year to explore the blooming countryside.

The winter season in Alpine resorts kicks off in mid-December and moves into full swing around Christmas, closing down again when the snows begin to melt around mid-April.

No visa is required to travel to Switzerland but 6 months must be valid on your passport.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/switzerland/entry-requirements

Generally no immunisations are required for travel to Switzerland

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/switzerland/health

The Netherlands

This beautiful country, with its exquisite masterpieces, is one of the most welcoming places on the planet. Stunning countryside, canal towns and iconic windmills dotted along the horizon make this one hell of a tourist destination.

Revel in the wry culture, experience its famous art scene and discover the heart of the Netherlands and its evocative beauty, the famously misunderstood – Amsterdam.

Currency: Euro

Flight Duration (From London):  58 Minutes

Language(s): Dutch

Time Zone: UTC +01:00

The Netherlands has a temperate climate, with cool winters and mild summers, so any time is a good time to visit.

Like much of Europe, the high season runs from June to August, which is known for its hot, sticky spells. Hordes of tourists pulse through the Netherlands at this time, but this period is the best months for sitting along the bank of the canals drinking and catching up with friends of fellow tourists.

There is no visa required to travel to The Netherlands

For more information please visit this website:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/netherlands/entry-requirements

In general, no special immunisations or medications are necessary for travel to The Netherlands

For more information please visit the below website:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/netherlands/health

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