How to Experience Europe | Brownell Travel

How to Experience Europe

Europe is home to a plethora of cultures, history, cuisine, and landscapes. And there is not only a lot to see and do; there are many ways to actually experience Europe. From climbing aboard a train to cruising through the Med to rolling down the river, we share how to experience Europe 5 different ways.

Austrian Christmas Markets with AMAWaterways

By River

See Europe from the banks of some of the world’s most famous rivers. Whether you’re sailing through the Danube or the Rhine, you get to go right into the heart of some of Europe’s most charming cities and towns.

Why We Love It

Think of your river cruise as a boutique hotel on the water. With access to smaller, more off the beaten path towns, river cruising allows you to experience multiple European locales and only unpack once!

Insider Tip

Get to your port city a couple of days early! Not only will it give you a bit more time to explore, but it will also leave a nice cushion for any hiccups that may occur when traveling to the destination.

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The Christmas Markets with AmaWaterways
The Douro River with Uniworld


By Rail

Who said train travel couldn’t be glamorous? All aboard the luxury train experience! Make your journey just as thrilling as your destination while traveling how Europeans do – by train!

Why We Love It

Get from point A to point B with a front row seat to some of the most beautiful countrysides.

Insider Tip

Pack light! Train cabins can be a bit tight, so make sure you have plenty of room to roam about without tripping over your suitcase.

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Belmond’s Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Belmond’s Royal Scotsman


By Tour

For a more traditional and customizable journey, we love nothing more than a classic land tour. You can meet new people during a small group journey or have a fully customized private experience.

Why We Love It

By staying in a city or a town, you can truly immerse yourself in it and use it as your home base while exploring surrounding areas.

Insider Tip

Set a theme! Do you love all things food? Take a culinary tour! Are you a history buff? Pay a visit to all of the important sites of WWI.

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Switzerland with Tauck
Self-guided town & country tour of Ireland
For those who want a self-guided experience, see our favorite European hotels!


The Regent Seven Seas Voyager in Monte Carlo

By Sea

Ahoy! Travel the world from the comfort of luxury accommodations and endless gourmet food. From the Baltic to the Med, Europe boasts some of the most beautiful coasts in the world. Set sail and experience multiple destinations with ease.

Why We Love It

Many cruise ships offer just as many activities on board as they do on shore. With water toys, world class spas, and 5-star cuisine, cruising has a little something for everyone.

Insider Tip

Tack on a few additional days before or after your cruise! It’s a great way to dive deeper into a destination or venture inland to experience a new destination.

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South of France with Crystal Cruises
Mediterranean Cruise with Regent Seven Seas Cruises


See Norway during the Wings Over Northern Europe journey with A&K

By Sky

Spend more time enjoying your time in Europe and less time waiting at airports with a private jet experience. You can maximize your time on the ground and truly relax in the air.

Why We Love It

Aside from the glamour of flying private, these charters make traveling even to the most remote destination a breeze!

Insider Tip

Ask your travel advisor about adding a private jet component to your upcoming trip! Charters are typically fully customizable and can be utilized even for just one leg of your journey.

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Wings Over Northern Europe with Abercrombie & Kent
Wings Over the Mediterranean with Abercrombie & Kent

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