Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering about 10,180,000 square kilometres (3,930,000 sq mi) or 2% of the Earth's surface and about 6.8% of its land area. Of Europe's approximately 50 countries, Russia is by far the largest by both area and population, taking up 40% of the continent (although the country has territory in both Europe and Asia), while Vatican City is the smallest. Europe is the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of 739–743 million or about 11% of the world's population.

Europe, in particular ancient Greece, is the birthplace of Western culture.  The fall of the Western Roman Empire, during the migration period, marked the end of ancient history and the beginning of an era known as the "middle ages". The Renaissance humanism, exploration, art, and science led the "old continent", and eventually the rest of the world, to the modern era. From this period onwards, Europe played a predominant role in global affairs. Between the 16th and 20th centuries, European nations controlled at various times the Americas, most of Africa, Oceania, and the majority of Asia.

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  • Highlights of Spain and Portugal

    From $3,195.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional ExplorerBrochure Type: TT Europe Winter 24 25A round-trip featuring all the highlights of Spain and Portugal.

  • Shamrocks and Leprechauns

    From $3,495.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Family ExperienceBrochure Type: Ireland and Scotland Tours 2025 v1A favorite Ireland trip for families combining happy travels with the luck of the Irish.

  • Capitals of Scandinavia

    From $3,775.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional ExplorerBrochure Type: TT & BV Europe Summer 2024 v1Travel to northern Europe's historic, stylish and cosmopolitan cities on this fairy-tale tour of Scandinavia.

  • 2024 : Scottish & Irish Dream

    From $3,795.00 (USD)

    Regal majesty and scenic splendorDiscover Scotland's castles, art, and history as you tour its cities and the Highlands. Cross over to Ireland for music, a medieval castle banquet, and the beauty of the Ring of Kerry.

  • Castles & Kingdoms

    From $16,225.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Luxury GoldBrochure Type: Luxury Gold 2025 v1From London to Edinburgh and over the Irish Sea to Belfast and Killarney this adventure across Ireland and Great Britain pairs iconic sights with once in a lifetime experiences.

  • England, Scotland & Wales

    From $8,490.00 (USD)

    See the best that the British Isles have to offer. Travel from Edinburgh to the English Lake District; explore medieval Wales, Bath, Stonehenge and more; and spend three nights in London at the incomparable The Savoy.

  • Switzerland: Europe's Crown Jewel

    From $10,590.00 (USD)

    Explore picturesque mountains, sparkling lakes and fashionable Swiss cities including Lausanne, Interlaken, St. Moritz and Lucerne...

  • COSMOS 2025: Norwegian Fjords (6920)

    From $2,799.00 (USD)

    Your affordable guided tour of Norway focuses on the country's intact natural beauty with its glistening mountains, fjords, waterfalls, and glaciers.

  • A Week In... London and Paris

    From $6,990.00 (USD)

    Travel through London and Paris and experience powerful history and rich cultural connections, highlighted by afternoon tea, dinner at a famed chef's London restaurant, a West End theatre performance, a visit to Musee du Louvre and a private farewell...

  • COSMOS 2025: Central Europe (6070)

    From $2,639.00 (USD)

    Learn about Central Europe's rich history and see its historical sites as you travel through the heart of Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic.

  • Majestic Switzerland

    From $9,175.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Luxury GoldBrochure Type: Luxury Gold 2024 v2From St. Moritz to Zermatt and onto Geneva, this once-in-a-lifetime itinerary ventures across Switzerland aboard the Glacier Express.

  • Harmony of Central Europe

    From $7,675.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Luxury GoldBrochure Type: Luxury Gold 2024 v2In Hungary, join a private tour of Budapest's neo-Gothic Parliament Building, home to the country's Holy Crown. Afterwards, dine at the Michelin-starred Borkonyha Winekitchen.

  • A Week In... Puglia

    From $5,490.00 (USD)

    Smaller groups, averaging 24 Tauck guests, explore one of Italy's most fascinating regions, from ancient cave dwellings to Baroque architecture, cosmopolitan resort towns and unique villages, full of remarkable and unexpected sights and flavors...

  • Castles & Kingdoms

    From $14,775.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Luxury GoldBrochure Type: Luxury Gold 2024 v2From London to Edinburgh and over the Irish Sea to Belfast and Killarney this adventure across Ireland and Great Britain pairs iconic sights with once in a lifetime experiences.

  • 2024: Shrines of Northern Italy & Rome - Faith-Based Travel (5360)

    From $2,099.00 (USD)

    Catholic heritage in Italy extends well beyond the Vatican. Discover the inspiring Catholic Italian icons of northern Italy. From Milan's St. Ambrose to Turin's St. John Bosco and Padua's St.

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  • GLOBUS 2025: European Sampler (HD)

    From $3,519.00 (USD)

    Like a Lazy Susan generously plated with cured herring, breaded schnitzel, rich fondue, and beef bourguignon, this aptly named European Sampler invites you to sink your teeth into four delectable countries and cultures.


  • GLOBUS 2024: Scenic Norway (ZQ)

    From $3,499.00 (USD)

    You've been looking for Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, and Vixen in all the wrong places. Pack your binoculars for Norway's natural wonders, including its scenic Hardangervidda mountain plateau, home to Northern Europe's largest stock of reindeer.

 
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