Europe is a very popular tourist destination. In general, more tourists go to Southern/Mediterranean Europe than any other place in Europe. Western Europe follows, then the ever growing Central/Eastern Europe follows before Northern Europe, which attracts half the international tourists than Western Europe.
The most visited countries in order are France, Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom and Germany.
Below is a map of the Europe states. Europe now includes 51 independent states.
Since western Europe and the Mediterranean are the most popular, let's zoom in and see Western Europe with some compelling cities to visit marked on the map.
This Classic remake of the "European Grand Tour" makes a fine 2 to 3 week vacation, especially if you've never been to Europe before.
Fly into London because it's closer to the US, Then take the Eurostar train to Paris for three or four days, then head south for a few days in France's culinary capital Lyon before heading to Venice, Florence and Rome, Italy's big three. These are some of Europe's greatest cities, they're not particularly expensive, and they'll all hold your attention for at least three days--although the original tourists, the Eglish elites of the 17th and 18th centuries who beat that path stayed for a year or two on the tour, learning language, architecture, geography, and culture.
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