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6 Romantic European Experiences

Kylemore Abbey

A European vacation with your significant other is the perfect way to say “I Love You!” Romance is intrinsic in so much of what you can experience while visiting many of Europe’s most beautiful destinations. After all, this is a world of fairytale castles, mythical great love stories, stunning scenery designed for hand-holding, and cultural attractions that offer their own romantic history.

Here are 6 Romantic European Experiences that you can experience by booking with CIE Tours.

1. Travel back in Time in a Castle

What could be more romantic than a white stone castle surrounded by its own moat? The present-day Leeds Castle in Kent dates to the 19th century, though its history goes back to 857. It was once the palace of Henry VIII and six medieval Queens have also lived within its walls. You can see Leeds Castle on CIE Tours’ London Daytripper

Just in case the allure of a castle isn’t romantic enough, Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, Ireland, the lakeside castle built in 1867, comes with its own tragic tale of true love. It is home to a Gothic church built in 1875 by Mitchell Henry in tribute to his wife who died suddenly. You can tour the Abbey and the six-acre Victorian Walled Garden with its restored garden buildings, and enjoy a casual lunch there during CIE Tours’ Castles & Manors of Ireland.

2. Bless Your Love at the Shrine of St. Valentine

The Shrine of St. Valentine at the Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin is home to the patron saint of love’s remains. The shrine is visited by many couples, whether they are just starting a life together, celebrating a major anniversary, or just confirming their love. CIE Tours’ Dublin Delight offers five days to explore Dublin on your own together, which can include a visit to the church with your true love and many other options in this vibrant city.

3. Put a Ring on It

When you visit Galway and its Claddagh district, or anywhere in Ireland, be sure to buy your own Claddagh ring for you and your beloved. It's a classic Irish keepsake, with its iconic design of two hands, signifying friendship, clasping a heart representing love, and a crown for loyalty on top. Don’t forget to wear the heart pointing to you to let others know your heart belongs to someone. If it’s love you seek, then wear the heart facing out. Visit the Claddagh during CIE Tours’ Elegant Ireland tour.

4. Take a Gondola Ride in Venice

Legend has it that a kiss under Venice’s Bridge of Sighs during sunset means eternal love for the couple. No need to worry if you don’t get the timing right, as any kiss on a gondola ride while in Venice adds up to romance as you sail along the canals of this special city. A gondola ride and the romance of just being in the city and the country of Italy is included in both CIE Tours’ Taste of Italy and Taste of Italy with Sorrento.

5. Dine Al Fresco at a Café in Montmartre in Paris

For more than 100 years, artists and writers have found inspiration in Montmartre, and a stroll through the Parisian neighborhood is a truly romantic experience. Grab a table at an outdoor café to watch the excitement of the passersby while you dine. A walking tour along the cobblestone streets is part of CIE Tours’ Best of London and Paris tour, which also offers plenty of free time to explore the City of Love on your own.

6. Sail along the Scenic Danube River

An eight-day, all-inclusive river cruise along the Danube River offers the ideal vantage point to the most beautiful parts of Austria, Hungary and Slovakia. You’ll see river towns, and such magnificent cities as Salzburg and Vienna, with the cruise sailing roundtrip from Budapest, the Paris of the East. In addition to included shore excursions that take in Baroque palaces, medieval villages, historical sights, and more, you and your love can enjoy included fine dining onboard on CIE Tours’ The Blue Danube.


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London Daytripper

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6 Days

Enjoy the perfect combination of stay and play. On this innovative tour, make yourself at home in London, then venture out on incredible day trips to must-see attractions and experiences in…

​Guided Tours, Small Groups

Elegant Ireland

Starting from $2569

10 Days

Elegant Ireland offers a deeper dive into Ireland's gorgeous western coast, including West Cork, and its charming seaside towns. Enjoy four- and five-star accommodations—including a castle stay—as…

​Guided Tours, Small Groups

Castles & Manors of Ireland

Starting from $2249

8 Days

Find your happily ever after on a fairy-tale castle tour of Ireland. You'll spend the night in some of the Emerald Isle's grandest manors and castles as you explore their regal past.

​Guided Tours, Small Groups

Getaway: Dublin Delight

Starting from $739

5 Days

Give us five days, and we'll help you see the very best of charming Dublin, from its grand Georgian architecture and historic pubs to its sleek modern side. Tour Dublin on your own, with help and…

​Guided Tours

The Blue Danube

Starting from $1559

8 Days

See the beautiful river towns and grand capitals on a river cruise through the most charming parts of Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia. Visit fairy-tale castles and grand cathedrals, and simply…


Best of London & Paris

Starting from $2299

7 Days

Brand new for 2020, this London and Paris tour package is the stuff of legend, featuring the most iconic landmarks from each city. Explore masterpiece-filled museums and ancient castles, and get a…

​Guided Tours

Taste of Italy

Starting from $2189

7 Days

Get your first taste of the delights of Venice, Florence, Rome, and more on this enchanting Italian tour. You'll  get to enjoy the ancient ruins, architectural and artistic masterpieces, and of…

​Guided Tours

Taste of Italy with Sorrento

Starting from $3299

10 Days

Enjoy a little more time—and a lot more beauty—on this extended tour of Italy. Visit the most spectacular sights of Venice, Rome, and Florence with our Taste of Italy tour, then move on to the…

​Guided Tours

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