Europe being the birthplace of Western Civilization has some of the world’s largest and most famous cities. The many cultural landmarks and natural beauties of Europe attract visitors from all parts of the world. City life in Europe bustles with people and activity. Beautiful palaces in almost every city, archeological ruins and museums that lay witness to the rich human history and art galleries that you cannot forget in a lifetime, this continent is a sight for the sore eyes. And the many festivals and events only make the experience even more unforgettable!
Europe is literally a land of plenty. It has something for everyone. For instance, adventure lovers can enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, mountain biking and even get a taste of the La Tomatina Festival. History Buffs will thoroughly enjoy the archeological ruins and the many museums doting the entire continent while art lovers can get lost for hours or even days in the many art galleries all over Europe. And finally, for those who are just here to take in the sights, the London Eye and the many city tours are just perfect!
Currency: Euro (€)
Population: 743.1 Million
Time Zone: 7 time zones (UTC -1:00 to UTC +5:00)
Area: 10.18 Million sq. km
Major Languages: English (UK), French (France), German (Germany), Spanish (Spain), Italian (Italy) Swedish(Sweden)
Europe covers near 10,180,000 sq. km or 3,930,000 sq. mi of area which is about 2% of the total surface of the Earth. The continent is divided into 50 (fifty) sovereign states of which the Russian Federation is the most populous and largest,Vatican City the smallest .The European continent is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the West, the Ural Mountains, the Ural River, and the Caspian Sea to the East, Arctic Ocean to the North and the Mediterranean Sea , Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains to the South. Divided into three prominent regions, Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Europe, each distinct region of Europe offers its visitor, infinite possibilities.
'Europe' as a cultural idea is significantly gotten from the common legacy of the Roman Empire and its way of life. The boundaries of Europe were historically comprehended as those of Christendom (or Latin Christendom), as set up or defended through the medieval and early present day history of Europe, particularly against Islam, as in the Hassock wars and the Reconquista in the continent.
This shared cultural and social heritage is joined by covering indigenous national societies and old stories, generally divided into Latin, Slavic, and Germanic, however with a few segments not some portion of both of these group (Greek and Celtic). Social contact and blends portray quite a bit of European territorial societies; Kaplan (2014) depicts Europe as "grasping most extreme social decent variety at minimal geographical distances".
The population of Europe at present is 743.1 million. It considerably varies in density based on the political boundaries within the country, since the demographics of each of its constituent country is different. It is the third most populated continent in the world after, Asia and Africa.
At 76.2%, Christianity is the largest religion followed in Europe, with Catholics forming the biggest part of the group; followed by Orthodox and then Protestants. The European religion has been the greatest influencer of today’s society. Its impact is well visible in the arenas of art, culture, architecture, philosophy and even law.
The second largest religion followed in Europe is Islam with most Muslims concentrated in the Balkans and the Eastern Europe. Other religions include Hinduism, Judaism and Buddhism.
There are 24 officially recognized languages in Europe. Of these, English is the most widely spoken and is understood by 51% of the population. German falling at 18%, is the most used European mother tongue. However, though all of its official languages are accepted as working languages, English and French are the most widespread and the former most commonly used.
Euro (€) is the major Currency used in the European Union with the exception of Denmark where the currency is Danish Krone however there are a total of 28 different currencies used in all of the 50 countries of the European continent. Other major currencies are Pound Sterling (UK), Swiss Franc (Switzerland), Hungarian Forint (Hungary), Russian Ruble (Russian), Greek Drachma (Greece), French Franc (France) etc.
English (UK), French (France), German (Germany), Spanish (Spain), Italian (Italy) Swedish(Sweden)
Cost and Money
Budget: Rs. 4500 per day
For those on a budget, Europe can seem to be a bit steep hence it is advisable to stay at dorm rooms or hostels to cut down on the accommodation cost, commute by local buses , trams ,eat at small joints. You can buy your museum tickets too in this amount
Midrange: Rs. 4500 to 15,000 per day
An accommodation in a small hotel along with cost of travelling around in taxis and meals in decent restaurants will fall in the price range of Rs. 4500 to 15,000 per day.
Luxury: Rs. 15000 or more per day
A luxurious travel experience in Europe can easily amount to spending around 15,000 or more in a day with an accommodation in a luxury hotel or resort at around 11,000-15,000 per night along with taxi fares and meals in good restaurants.
ATMs can be commonly found around the continent and credit cards too are widely accepted at restaurants, hotels and shops.
Tipping is usually not customary in Europe since often a service charge is added in the bill. However, since the server is often not paid that amount, it is better to avoid paying the service charge, if optional, and instead paying a tip. A tip of about 5-10% is usually sufficient.
We chose Thomas Cook as it was recommended by my elder brother who went on his bachelor’s trip to Bali with them. Thomas Cook made sure that five of us find a memorable Euro Trip package. Our personal assistant, Rajeev, was highly experienced and because of him we experienced a hassle free travel in Europe. The team were ready to assist via WhatsApp during the trip as well.
From candle light dinner at Santorini to pub crawl tour in Belgium, we had every unique experience listed in our itinerary. The honeymoon package from Thomas Cook is too good to be true and one needs to experience themselves that how amazing it can get. Our Paris hotel had a direct view of Eiffel Tower. With Thomas Cook, our bond became stronger as a couple.
I had my initial fears about travelling to Europe from a travel agent. The stories of Schengen Visa getting rejected at the last moment gave me a couple of sleepless nights. Thomas Cook made sure that we get the best travel deal for our Euro-Trip. They presented us with multiple itineraries and then helped us with all the paperwork and important documents.