Last Minute Tours You Can Book in Europe

10 Last Minute Tours You Can Book in Europe

There is nothing more liberating than booking a last-minute adventure, but it can also be incredibly stressful. Booking a last-minute tour, however, means you can still enjoy the excitement of being spontaneous and flying by the seat of your pants while forgetting about planning every tiny detail yourself. All you need to do is just book, show up at the meeting point on day one and enjoy the journey. 

We’ve collected the best tours to book last minute in Europe, so you can dodge the stress bullet and make your travel dreams a reality this summer. Insider tip: Look out for ‘Instant Book’ departures to get your booking confirmed immediately!

Note: Flights are not included in the below prices, but if you’re a savvy budget-hunter, you will have no problems finding inexpensive flights, especially if you’re already in Europe.

Travel to: Europe

10 tours in Europe that you can book last minute

1. Escape to nature

  • Price: from $354 USD
  • Length: 3 days
  • Highlight: Explore the rugged landscape of the Isle of Skye

If you’ve only got time for a short break, Scotland is a perfect place for you to visit in the peak of summer – particularly if you are not a fan of the scorching heat! Try your luck at spotting the Loch Ness monster on your way from the fantastic city of Edinburgh to your quaint overnight stop in Portree on the Isle of Skye.

Spend the day exploring the island before returning back to Edinburgh through the Highland peaks and forest. If you can afford some extra time, consider staying in Edinburgh for a night or two before or after this 3-day touring adventure. 

Learn more about the ‘Isle of Skye & The Highlands’ tour here.

2. Sail the Croatian Islands

  • Price: from $628 USD
  • Length: 8 days
  • Highlight: Discover the island village of Korcula

Take to the Mediterranean Sea with your ship’s crew and cruise the breathtakingly beautiful Dalmatian Coast this summer. Swim in crystal clear waters and explore medieval towns before experiencing Croatia’s breathtaking evening light as the sun sets, and the many restaurants and bars of Dubrovnik, Split, and Korcula invite you to end the evening in their warm embrace.

The options are endless on this unforgettable trip, so if you’re up for a party, this is your ticket to the summer of your life!

Learn more about the ‘Sailing Croatia – 8 days’ tour here.

3. Explore Ireland’s rugged coastline

  • Price: from $649 USD
  • Length: 6 days
  • Highlight: Explore the Dingle Peninsula

Summer is a great time to head to Northern Europe to enjoy the best weather of the year. These are the months when Ireland comes alive, and it’s evident in the vibrant atmosphere everywhere you go. Explore Ireland’s southern coastline on this small group tour, taking in the rolling green pastures and dramatic coastline. The famous Cliffs of Moher are a must-see, and there’ll also be no shortage of quaint little towns where you can enjoy some fresh seafood.

There’ll also be plenty of opportunities for a pint of Guinness or a drop of whiskey tasting!

Learn more about the ‘Celtic Voyage’ tour here.

4. Discover the magic of Moorish Spain

  • Price: from $922 USD
  • Length: 7 days
  • Highlight: The best of Spain in just 7 days

One for lovers of warm weather, this tour offers a perfect opportunity to let you experience the highlights of the vibrant south, along with the two main cities, Madrid and Barcelona. First, vibrant and fashionable Madrid with its’ museums and Royal Palace in Madrid, then on to the romantic culture of the south in Andalucia for stories of ancient Arab kingdoms and broken hearts of flamenco dancers. And enjoy the modernist architecture in Barcelona and immerse yourself in its rich culture before going back to Madrid.

Don’t forget to pick up a hand-held fan when you arrive. It may sound cliché but it will definitely help you if you visit in the summer months.

Learn more about the ‘Andalucia & Barcelona’ tour here.

5. Hop around the Greek Islands

  • Price: from $967 USD
  • Length: 8 days
  • Highlight: Watch the sunset in Santorini

Sailing the Greek Islands is the ultimate summer break, where everywhere you look, you’re surrounded by scenes of perfect blue and white! This trip is a perfect combination of allowing enough time to relax or to party, and who could resist stops like Santorini and Mykonos?

In between these infamous sights, you’ll let the skipper decide which small, secluded Cyclades Islands you’ll stop at, so you’ll also get to experience some of the hidden gems of the Aegean. Sounds dreamy, doesn’t it?

Learn more about the ‘Sailing Greece – Santorini to Mykonos’ tour here.

6. Get off the beaten track and explore the Balkans

  • Price: from $1,655 USD
  • Length: 14 days
  • Highlight: Take in the beauty of the Plitvice Lakes

Forget about any misconceptions you have of Eastern Europe and experience it for yourself. You’ll find yourself in a world of rich culture, fascinating history, and untouched nature, not to mention the fantastic cuisine reflecting the Balkans’ diverse geography of the Adriatic coast and mountainous mainland.

Plus, you’ll tick some unforgettable destinations off your bucket list with this tour! Some of these places you might never have heard of, but we guarantee you’ll have memories to last a lifetime. 

Learn more about the ‘Croatian & Eastern Delights’ tour here.

7. Circumnavigate Iceland

  • Price: from $1,709 USD
  • Length: 6 days
  • Highlight: Go whale watching in Dalvík

A beautiful expanse of wild, untouched beauty, this trip will whisk you away from Reykjavik and have you exploring caves and geysers in no time! A haven for active and adventurous types, this round-tour of Iceland is a great option for a week-long escape to a lesser-known destination. 

From glacier lagoons to stunning waterfalls, hot springs, and whale-watching expeditions, this trip is exactly what you need to recharge your batteries and get in touch with nature.

Learn more about the ‘Around Iceland Adventure’ tour here.

8. Discover the gems of western Europe

  • Price: from $1,775 USD
  • Length: 13 days
  • Highlight: Take in the lakes and peaks of Switzerland

Cutting right through the middle of Western Europe, this trip boasts a fantastic itinerary, perfect for a two-week escape! You’ll have plenty of free time to explore the eternal city of Paris before setting off to enjoy the serene lakes and dramatic alpine peaks of Switzerland. Then cross the border into Bella Italia, where you can explore Rome at leisure.

Finishing up in the floating city of Venice, this tour itinerary is beautifully constructed, with a perfect balance of free time and guided activities.

Learn more about the ‘Harmonious Europe’ tour here.

9. Discover Italy from the north to the south

  • Price: from $1,848 USD
  • Length: 11 days
  • Highlight: Explore the spectacular island of Capri

It’s always a good time to visit Italy and this round trip takes in all the must-see spots for a first-time visitor. Rome, Florence, and Venice are the key two-night stops, but you’ll also pass through some amazing towns en route, like Assisi, Siena, and Bologna, and also head south of Rome to stay two nights in Sorrento, exploring nearby sites like Pompeii and Capri.

See what we mean? This tour has it all!

Learn more about the ‘Italy from the north to the south’ tour here.

10. See all the major European Highlights

  • Price: from $2,678 USD
  • Length: 20 days
  • Highlight: Get lost in the streets of Venice

While short breaks are all that many people can manage, they can often be a bit too short for you to really unwind. If you have some more time up your sleeve, this is the perfect trip to help you escape the daily grind and take in the sights, sounds, and tastes of Europe as you touch on all the major highlights from the Netherlands via Austria to Venice and Rome, the Swiss Alps, and romantic Paris.

It’s the ultimate Europe taster and absolutely a trip of a lifetime.

Learn more about the ‘Europe’s Highlights’ tour here.

Finally settled down in Vienna after 9 years of leading tours in Europe, Leona first joined TourRadar in 2016. She speaks four languages and enjoys cooking authentic traditional recipes, walking in the hills around Vienna and arranging beer coasters so they're all facing the same way.

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