Road trips can be fun and domestic travel within the U.S. has its charms, however, nothing says ‘summer vacation’ quite like a trip to Europe.
Its vast culture, phenomenal wine selection, and astonishing history have people from all over the globe flocking to its beautiful destinations.
Europe accounts for 50% of the world’s tourist arrivals and is the most visited region in the world, according to UNWTO. In 2018, there were 713 million international arrivals in Europe alone.
According to Allianz Partners’ Top 10 Summer European Destinations review, travel to Europe will soar a staggering 600% over last year as countries re-open for visitation from the U.S.
These 3 destinations in Europe are on top of everyone’s list this year:
1. London, England
Few cities in this world carry as much name recognition as London, and for good reason. London is one of the world’s most mesmerizing cities, and one of the most visited cities, receiving over 20 million tourists each year.
Its famous monuments such as the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, should not be missed if visiting.
What life is like in the U.K. with regards to Covid:
- No curfews
- No mask mandates
- All shops, bars, restaurants, and tourist attractions open with no restrictions
- No vaccine passports
The Current Entry Requirements for tourists:
- No entry rules! Enter like it’s 2019
How to travel to London, England.
London’s main airport (Heathrow) has direct flights to the United States into every major city. However, delays can be expected as Heathrow is notorious for its long immigration and security lines.
- Miami ($653)
- Dallas ($763)
- New York ($470)
- Philadelphia ($799)
- Los Angeles ($653)
Servicing these routes are British Airways, American Airlines, Delta, and United.
2. Paris, France
83 million visit Paris every and this year, the number is supposed to be far greater. Americans are ready to walk down Champs-Élysées once again.
Summers in Paris are especially lovely. You have people sitting in the park near the Eiffel tower having a picnic, eating, drinking, and sharing stories.
Enjoying each other’s companies. And that is essentially what Paris is all about; sharing what you love with who you love.
How to travel to Paris
Direct flights to France are available from the United States through Delta, American Airlines, British Airways, United Airlines, and Air France.
Paris’s main airport Charles de Gaulle (CDG) is not to be confused with Orly Airport (ORY), or Paris Beauvais–Tillé Airport (BVA), which are both smaller airports and are located throughout the region of Paris.
Some of the cities that fly directly to Paris (CDG) are:
- San Francisco ($730)
- New York/Newark ($677)
- Chicago ($632)
- Washington, D.C. ($754)
- Houston ($1,205)
- Miami ($1,053)
The Current Entry Requirements for Fully Vaccinated tourists:
- No entry restrictions or quarantine requirements
- All you need to show is proof of vaccination.
Entry Requirements for Unvaccinated American tourists:
- Negative 72-hour PCR Test or a negative 48-hour antigen test.
3. Dublin, Ireland.
Dublin is the third most sought-after destination in Europe this year. The country that gave us Guinness Beer and Irish Whiskey. Dublin is a lively city with great food and loud pubs.
Not only is the city of Dublin a lovely place to visit, but so is the rest of Ireland. Rent a car or hire a tour guide and explore the vast landscape has to offer. The Cliffs of Moher is a sight you do not want to miss
Ireland’s Current Entry Requirements
Ireland has no COVID-19 restrictions anymore.
Travelers no longer need:
- Proof of vaccination
- To fill in a passenger locator form
- To undergo testing before or after arrival
- Or to undergo mandatory quarantine
Regardless of vaccination status, Ireland is fully open to Americans.
What life is like in Dublin with regards to Covid:
- There is no mask mandate unless travelers test positive for COVID-19.
- No curfews.
- Bars, restaurants, and tourist attractions are open
How to travel to Dublin.
Airlines that fly directly to Dublin from the U.S.:
- Aer Lingus
- American Airlines
Cities that have direct flights to Dublin:
- Boston ($487)
- Philadelphia ($674)
- New York ($838)
- Chicago ($537)
- Los Angeles ($617)
The bottom line:
There is no denying that Europe will be a hot spot this summer. And London, Paris, and Dublin will be on the very top of everyone’s travel list.
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