Experience it all on a short European break

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You’ve all been there when you’ve checked your email at work and it’s popped up with a promotion on flights to Europe. Dreams begin to cascade in your mind of escaping to the unbridled romance of Paris, riding a bike along the beautiful canals of Amsterdam or sampling the finest beers Germany has to offer.

Life returns to focus with the dawning realisation that only a weekend away is possible and that’s if you even book it at all. You are then faced with the dilemma of whether you’ll have time to experience all the wonderful sights, food and history a European destination has to offer.

Alas, fear not! Once you’ve applied for your European Health Insurance Card, which guarantees free or reduced healthcare cover for the same price as local citizens, take a look through this guide for time-poor dreamers and European city breakers.

Bike tours

Although it may not be to everyone’s taste, a fantastic and efficient way to see all the famous architecture and landmarks a location has to offer is to take a bike tour. Instead of hopelessly trying to work out travel directions from the Colosseum to the Vatican, why not leave it to your expert guide to take you to all the hotspots in a few short hours. With their knowledge and guidance being second to none, it allows you to get fully immersed into the hustle and bustle of a major European city, whilst getting to know your fellow riders.

River cruises

For the less all-action traveller, step on board a river cruise. Sit back and watch the sights and sounds flow past you with a gentle breeze billowing across your face. Of course, you won’t get up close to the all the landmarks as you would on foot. Nevertheless, the idea of sitting on the River Spree in Berlin marvelling at the East Side Gallery or the Berliner Dom, without moving a muscle other than to enjoy a light refreshment, will appeal to many.

Reach the summit

Finally, there is no better way than to appreciate the majesty of a European destination than by viewing it from above. Whether it is at day or night, take a trip to the top of the Montparnasse Tower in Paris and look across in awe at the artistic feat that is the Eiffel Tower, as well as taking a bird’s eye view of Parisian life unfolding below.

Regardless of your chosen destination, don’t forget to apply for your EHIC. We can help you through the process, but if you have any questions in the meantime, visit our FAQs page.

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