Specialising in iconic, informative, and unique travel experiences, the activities and services booking platform has put together a list of 10 top European destinations that have a flight time of less than two-hours from London and which also come with some immersive ways to explore. Perfect to satisfy your weekend wanderlust...
1. Side streets and sidecars in Normandy
If you want to take in all the best sights of Normandy in France, then why not do it in style? Opt for a vintage sidecar experience and you’ll discover a completely different side to the destination. With fascinating history and fun facts delivered by your sidecar driver-guide, you’ll have the option of choosing from six packages including seaside adventures on the ‘Great Escape’ and the ‘Retro By Night’ tour.
2. Architectural a-spire-rations in Prague
Known as the City of a Hundred Spires, Prague is a perfect blend of old and new, and fewer sights typify this more than its many beautiful landmarks representing various architectural styles, such as Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance, and Art Nouveau. Meeting at the historic Charles Bridge for a dedicated Castle Walking Tour will see you happily stumble upon them all, with the chance to see the majestic Prague Castle up close.
3. Hygge happenings in Copenhagen
Discover why Danes in Denmark just can’t get enough of that ‘Hygge’ feeling. The Copenhagen Hygge and Happiness Walking Tour looks to immerse travellers in the Danish way of life as you wander the famous Nyboder district, see Kongens Have (the King’s Garden) and Strøget (a pedestrian shopping area). By the time you come to the tour’s end, with a coffee and a Danish pastry in hand at a cosy local cafe, you may have just unlocked its true meaning.
4. Chocs away in Brussels
Belgium is renowned for its chocolate so a four-hour educational walking tour that savours this sweet treat from some of Brussels’ best chocolatiers is nothing short of a chocoholic’s dream. Add to this the chance to try your hand at making some of your own cocoa creations in a chocolate workshop using time-honoured techniques and different flavour combinations, and you’ll have a fitting souvenir to take home with you (if it lasts that long!)
5. Flower power in The Hague
Travel to the Netherlands and you can surround yourself with thousands of colourful blooms in Keukenhof Gardens, one of the largest flower gardens in the world. A mecca for gardeners everywhere, the flower fields here are a unique sight to behold so be sure to have your camera ready as you wander through carpets of Dutch tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, and more with your guide at your side.
6. Reeperbahn revelry in Hamburg
With its bright neon lights and gritty notoriety, Hamburg’s Reeperbahn has long attracted artists and creative spirits. Take an evening stroll through the red-light district of this German city and you will quickly find that among the slew of flashy bars, jamming gig venues and party-laden strip clubs is an abundance of history and great showbiz stories to be told. For music fans, don't miss the opportunity to drop by the Große Freiheit 36 (Kaiserkeller), one of the clubs The Beatles played at back when they were a five-piece in the early 60s.
7. The hills are alive in Salzburg
Fill your heart with ‘The Sound of Music’ and prove yourself a true fan of the Oscar-award-winning film, with a trip to Austria’s World Heritage City of Salzburg. A joy ride to the original shooting locations will see you visit the Mirabell Gardens where Maria and the von Trapp children sang ‘Do-Re-Mi’; stop at the lake overlooking the iconic Leopoldskron Palace, the home of the von Trapp family; feel like you’re 16 going on 17 when you go to the original gazebo in the gardens of Hellbrunn palace; and enjoy the finale at Mondsee to visit the church where the wedding of Maria and Captain Georg von Trapp was filmed.
8. Glide over Interlaken
Imagine soaring into the skies of the Swiss Alps. Available through Klook, Skywings Paragliding provides sky-high adventures over Interlaken in Switzerland with the promise of unforgettable views and the chance to catch a bird’s eye view of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountain ranges lining the deep cyan lakes of Brienz and Thun. First-time paragliders are welcome with no previous experience necessary and you can get picked up from your accommodation and be taken to the meeting point for added convenience.
9. Chase the midnight sun in Lofoten
Lofoten is an archipelagic district in Norway comprised of several islands and quaint fishing villages surrounded by craggy mountains and azure tributaries. Located almost 200 kilometres north of the arctic circle, the islands have long inspired travellers to visit their rocky shores thanks to its natural beauty and the chance to see the Midnight Sun. It all makes for a prime destination to take some truly inspiring snaps, so a Photography Tour here is well worth considering.
10. Adventure at home
You don’t need to head overseas to have a super short break. Many are now opting for the convenience (and budget conscious options) of a holiday at home; small wonder, when you consider the sheer volume of adventurous activities and beautiful cities to be found. Why not make 2020 the year that you finally discover what’s on your doorstep and go Galway gazing, mix it up in Manchester, take a break in Bath or live it up in Liverpool. If you’re exploring Edinburgh and want to make the most of Scotland, then Klook offers an adventure into its dramatic highlands on a ‘Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Scottish Highlands Day Tour’, complete with a boat ride to try your luck at spotting the legendary Loch Ness monster.