Whether it’s your first trip to Europe or you are heading there for your umpteenth visit, travelling from New Zealand you need to make the most of it. At xtravel, we have close relationships with the best holiday companies and are in the know on all the options and offers. So if you are thinking of a Europe and Britain holiday in 2018, come and pay us a visit today.

You have probably seen all the travel advertising and great stories on Europe in the last month. The truth is 2018 is already shaping up to be a bumper year for Kiwi travel so don’t delay. The weeks ahead are when airlines have great airfares to Europe and holiday companies are rewarding travellers who book early with the best deals. It also means you can travel on your preferred travel dates when it suits you.

Authentic, effortless and fun

One of our most popular choices currently is Trafalgar guided holidays. From the iconic to the unexpected, Trafalgar connects you with the local soul of a destination like no other. They were the first company to take their guests into locals’ homes to delve deeper into destinations when they introduced their Be My Guest dining experiences seven years ago and since then have added new experiences each year to connect with locals. Don’t just take our word for it either, they were also the first guided holiday company to display unedited guest reviews on their website to listen to guest feedback and ensure their holidays are simply the best.

Their guests get the real thing, without worrying about a thing. Imagine having all the details taken care of so you are free to just be – be happy and be in the moment on your Europe holiday. The winning combination of xtravel and Trafalgar ensures just that. Trafalgar has explored Europe since 1947 carrying over five million guests so you will see the iconic sites and hidden gems.

Trafalgar’s 2018 Summer Europe and Britain programme is now out offering unrivalled connectivity with locals across 120 itineraries, 45 countries and eight different travel styles.

From after-hours private dining at The Vatican and winemaking with an Italian family on their boutique property in Tuscany, to feasting on a home-cooked dinner in a 17th century farmhouse in France or staying at Ireland’s finest, Ashford Castle, Trafalgar is showcasing the ultimate in how to live The Good Life when travelling. Their Travel Directors are with you all the way understanding your needs to give you a trip like no other.

There are new 6-day Madrid and Berlin Explorer holidays suiting travellers who crave both independence and peace of mind. Whether you want to live like a local on a leisurely holiday or to break out of the board room and see something of a city pre or post a business trip, talk to us to see if it could be a fit for you.

New holidays expected to sell fast include a 9-day Best of Norway journey through one of the current travel hotspots, taking in the spectacular wildlife and wilderness, including Geiranger Fjord. There’s also an 11-day Wonders of Italy holiday discovering the magic of the masterpieces of Italy’s greats on a round-trip adventure from Rome that takes in Florence, Lucca, Cinque Terre, Verona, Venice and Assisi.

Predicting a demand for the hotspots of Spain and Portugal, the new 9-day Great Iberian Cities adventure is full of buena vistas for lovers of history and culture starting in Barcelona and exploring Madrid, Seville and Lisbon.

Personal, stylish and seamless

Our other top seller for Europe holidays is Insight Vacations, the award-winning leader in premium escorted journeys, which too has unveiled its new 2018 Europe travel programme offering 100 unforgettable holidays and four styles of distinctive journeys.

Experience Europe’s most desired destinations in one unforgettable trip. Be enchanted by imperial cities like Prague, sip on a Bellini at sunset in St Mark’s Square as a local band plays music, and roam in trendy locales like San Sebastian and the Cinque Terre.

Included are eight new European Discovery Journeys as well as Regional Journeys, Country Roads and Easy Pace holidays so let us match you up to the best holiday option for you. Insight Vacations specialises in seamless, stress-free travel at stylish, hand-picked hotels, providing great service and located in desirable locations.

Think the elegant Splendid Venice-Starhotels Collezione boutique hotel in the heart of the island, a five-minute stroll to San Marco Square and the Rialto Bridge. Authentic cuisine is featured on all of Insight’s guided holidays with a varied menu of dining choices and several new experiences including “Dine-At-Home” with local foodies, and “Farm-to-Table” meals showcasing the best regional produce.

Their new partnership with VizEat specialises in connecting travellers with local hosts, reflecting Insight’s small group camaraderie with like-minded guests from across the globe.

Contact the xtravel team today to start discussing your 2018 Europe holiday plans.