Wherever you will be in Europe, making the trip to see these truly spectacular places will be highly worth the effort:
Fjords of Norway
As you sail along the glistening water, the lush mountains encompassing you will be some of the most spectacular sights you will ever see in Europe. To get there, take the Oslo-Bergen train to the mountain station in Myrdal. Then, switch to the Flåm Railway and head towards the Flåm station in the innermost corner of the Aurlandfjord. Lonely Planet named this breathtaking train journey as one of the Top Scenic Train Journeys of Europe. You can then take a boat cruise from Flåm to Gudvangen to travel through the tranquil fjords and breathe in the fresh mountainous air.
The Northern Lights in Sweden
Also known as “aurora borealis,” the mystic sight of the Northern Lights is a wonder that many aspire to witness. One of the best places in the world to see the phenomenon is in Abisko, Sweden. To get here, start in Stockholm and take a night train in Stockholm to Boden and then to Abisko via Kiruna. This trip, which takes about 17 hours, should be taken between November and March if you want to get best possible show of the dancing and dazzling lights.
From Chamonix, float in a cable car to the Aiguille du Midi (3842m)—one of Chamonix’ most distinctive geographical features, according to Lonely Planet. These jagged mountains are situated above shimmering glaciers, blanket-like snowfields, and rocky cliffs. From here, you can see Mont Blanc (the highest peak in Western Europe) and get an unbelievable 360-degree view of the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps. You can reach Chamonix in just over four hours from Lyons on regional trains. Just make sure to connect in St-Gervais-les-Bains and do whatever it takes to get a window seat!
Thermal Springs in Saturina, Tuscany, Italy
These natural hot springs are so fascinating that locals try to keep them a secret. It’s believed that these hot springs have existed for thousands of years since the nearby Roman gate dates back to the 2nd century B.C. The bubbling springs are free, open all year long, and you can find two captivating and cascading waterfalls nearby! From Albinia, take a 45-minute bus ride to Manciano and then a 30-minute bus ride to Saturina.
Beaches of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Whether you like sandy, pebbly, or rocky beaches, Dubrovnik possesses the perfect beach for you. The most popular beaches—Banje, Uvala Lapad and Copacabana—are famous for their nightlife. If you take a short boat ride out to the Elaphiti Islands, you can find even more relaxing and serene beaches. If you’re adventurous, some of Dubrovnik’s beaches offer diving lessons to offer you a glimpse of the incredible sea life. To get to Dubrovnik, take Croatia’s train line to Split and then connect to a boat or bus.
Fortunately, if you sign up for CroisiEurope’s Croatia and Montenegro coastal cruise, you will have plenty of free time to discover Dubrovnik’s naturally beautiful beaches.
CroisiEurope also offers cruises to France and Italy, bringing you within reach of these awe-inspiring natural wonders. By cruising with CroisiEurope, visiting nature’s most impressive features can become a legitimate possibility.