Blogs about travelling in Europe
Christmas in Europe
Learn about all the nice traditions around Christmas in different European countries.
It’s Not a True Christmas Season in Croatia if You Don’t Have Thousands of Nervous Women Baking and Cooking For Days in a Row!
December in Poland. First snow or second. Early dark or earlier. Lights and warmer atmosphere at homes. Children are happy because they receive gifts twice.
Wear a Helmet and hide under the balconies: New Year’s Eve in Naples. Lots of families throwing old pots, pans, clothes, appliances, even furniture out the window “letting go” of past unhappiness to prepare yourself for the future.
Romania is really famous for its rich folklore and traditions, which are still very alive especially in the rural villages in Northern parts.
We barely had time to shed our bathing costumes! We were still swimming just three weeks ago, and Christmas is now just round the corner!
The colorful circle of celebrations, fun and traditions makes Hungary a vivid and worth visiting place during the winter months.
Saint Nicholas was born in Patara at the end of the 3rd century and became the bishop of the Christian church of Myra, in Lycia Turkey, in the 4th century.
The name for Santa Claus in Finnish is “Joulupukki”, some believe this is the earliest form of Santa to honour the return of the sun.
Forget about the 25th of December, the real excitement around the Winter holiday season for the Dutchies is around the 5th of December. They celebrate ‘Sinterklaas’, a tradition getting back to 343 AD.
End of November rolls in, the days get colder, significantly colder and darker – sunset is around 4pm so the nights feel very long. But we love this time of year, no matter how dark, because it is time for German Christmas traditions!
So it’s time to prepare for the best time of the year! It’s the only time of the year, where parents really can enjoy their lives.
Feliz Natal, Merry Christmas! The Holiday season in Portugal is celebrated as a time for family, of giving and sharing.
Meet Your Guide
Meet the Guides behind the companies on Private Guides of Europe.
I never felt comfortable with mass tourism products. With my brother Peter, our idea was to create special private tours for individuals, focusing on authentic experiences.
This profession allows me to be with people and to live my passion: HISTORY. I love to accompany my guests on an emotional journey of their fantastic travel moments.
My motto is ‘I am doing it because I enjoy it. I will stop doing it when I stop enjoying it’. Every morning I look forward to a great day, with every intention of enjoying the day with my clients.
I grew up in Chile in the 1980´s. By the time I was old enough to travel on my own, I realized I lived in the last country in the world, in the Finis Terrae.
I love Helsinki, the beautiful city that I live in. I believe that you cannot be a successful tour guide if you don’t have passion for your locality.
It took me decades to discover all the fascinating history about my ancestry, about the 20th century of Central Europe, full of drama, adventures, love and grief. I made them all speak about it, show me pictures, tell me the stories, to cry and to forgive together.
The national holiday of reunified Germany is October 3rd. But what does this really mean for a sense of German identity?
Italians do love their coffee and if you are invited by your friends in Italy, you will be kind of forced to sip one! But it is hard to understand if Italians do drink it always for pleasure or, if, they also go for a coffee to “waste” some time.
Greece, despite its small size, has one of the largest coastlines in the world, thanks to its many islands. For us, discovering the ideal island for each traveller is the true challenge, since we are asked to choose among 6,000 islands, noting that each of these islands hides its secrets and history.
The new top destination in St. Petersburg is called Vasileostrovsky market, and though it’s undoubtedly hard to pronounce, you have to be there if you like food markets with artisan pastries, local farm-to-table cheeses, and other delicious but affordable food.
In Slavic language, white is “Beo” and a city is “grad”. And so Beograd – ‘the white city’ got its name, which together with the Slavic inhabitants, has survived to this day.
An estimated 250,000 French citizens now call London home. They enrich the capital the way butter enriches brioche. And, being French, they won’t settle for less than the best. So, let us take you on a tour of the most quintessentially French attractions in Londres.
Harem was literally the Sultan’s family quarters. It was an area within the palace where the Sultan and all his family members resided.
Slovak capital Bratislava is a perfect destination to discover the turbulent history of the 20th century in Central Europe.
Hello Portugal Tours welcomes you in the city of seven hills! Since Lisbon is a perfect city to discover during a long weekend, we have created this 48-hour itinerary of Portugal’s capital city.
Some years ago Romania probably still sounded like an off the beaten path destination to visit. And actually it still is nowadays, at least parts of it, which makes it more attractive to the foreign tourists.