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Must-See Attractions in Europe

Shona Anderson January 25th, 2024


Spanish Riding School, Vienna

For something a little different, the Spanish Riding School offer incredible performances named after the country of origin of the Lipizzan (or Lipizzaner), the breed of horse used exclusively at the school. Performances are showcased to the public every month and it’s also possible to watch the horses during morning exercise. Opt for the guided tour if you wish to visit The Stallburg imperial stables, one of Vienna’s most distinguished Renaissance buildings and learn more about the famous stallions.

Spanish Riding School, Vienna, Austria

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Alhambra Palace, Granada

On top of the Sabika hill and situated on the left bank of the river Darro, the magnificent Alhambra Palace overlooks the beautiful city of Granada. The palace was originally constructed in the 13th century by the Nasrid Dynasty and later expanded upon by subsequent rulers. Today, visitors are able to look around the Nasrid Palaces, Alhambra towers, the Palace of Charles V, The Alcazaba, the Royal Baths and Generalife Gardens.

Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain

More on our Granada City Breaks


La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Designed by world-famous architect Antoni Gaudí, La Sagrada Familia began construction in 1882 and is a work in progress to this day. Embellished with beautiful stained glass windows and renowned for its distinctive architecture and profound symbolism, its not surprising that this magnificent basilica is the most visited attraction in Barcelona.

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

More on our Barcelona City Breaks


Lake Bled, Ljubljana

A magical place to visit, Lake Bled offers incredibly picturesque views of Slovenia and the Julian Alps which rise to 2,864m high at Mount Triglav. For a great day out, walk around the lake which takes around an hour, and afterwards treat yourself to a tasty Bled cream cake – a local delicacy you just have to try!

Lake Bled, Ljubljana, Slovenia

More on our Ljubljana City Breaks


The Northern Lights, Reykjavik

An absolute bucket list activity, if you’re lucky enough to see them, the Northern Lights (scientific name Aurora Borealis) can be the highlight of a trip to Reykjavik. From the Blue Lagoon to the Geysirs, there’s no shortage of natural phenomena in this spectacular city. The best time to see the lights are in the winter months between September and April. Northern Lights tours run frequently which take you to the very best places, making a trip to Reykjavik simply unforgettable.

The Northern Lights, Reykjavik, Iceland

More on our Reykjavik City Breaks


The Eiffel Tower, Paris

A list of must-see’s would not be complete without mentioning The Eiffel Tower. This iconic attraction was built in 1889, initially for the 1889 Exposition Universelle which was a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the French revolution. The tower is the most visited monument in the world, offering magnificent panoramic views of Paris. Watch the tower light up in its daily light show which begins at dusk and sparkles every hour until 11pm.

The Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

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Lisa and Stephanie’s Trip to Reykjavik

The Team November 20th, 2023

Day 1:
We arrived in Reykjavik later on in the evening where our transfer bus Gray Line was waiting for us. With a 50 minute journey into the centre we were well on our way to soak up the Icelandic culture. Arriving at the Fosshotel Reykjavik, we dumped our bags and headed back out for a bite to eat. We found a great little pizza stop called Devitos – definitely one of the best pizzas we’ve ever had!

Day 2:
It was an early start for us, so we enjoyed a hearty breakfast and headed to the coach for our first tour of the day, The Golden Circle. With a 6 hour tour ahead of us, we were excited to see the 3 main attractions that we had heard so much about from colleagues and friends. It was a 45 minute drive until we reached our first stop, Iceland’s National Park. The sun had just begun to rise as we arrived, giving amazing views over Lake Þingvallavatn with the stunning greenery around us.

Our second stop was the one we were most looking forward to out of the 3 attractions. From the National Park to The Geysirs the journey took 50 minutes. The Geysirs were incredible to witness with several at the beginning of the trail and the largest, geyser Strokkur, just a 5 minute walk up a gentle hill. The hot springs erupt every 5-8 minutes so it wasn’t long before the action happened right in front of our eyes. The wait in the cold was completely worth it – an experience neither of us have had the pleasure of seeing before.

This was our longest stop so we treated ourselves to Icelandic fish & chips for lunch. With full tummies all round, we set off for our third and final stop of the tour, the Gulfoss ‘Golden’ Waterfall, just 15 minutes along from the Geysirs. We decided to brave the stairs to the viewing platform and get as close as possible to the powerful falls. Let’s just say, we weren’t disappointed! The waterfall was stunning, almost like looking at a picture from a magazine.

Soon enough, the time had flown by and the temperatures had dropped; it was time to head back to the hotel. Arriving back into Reykjavik late afternoon, we had our first hotel visit of the trip, Fosshotel Reykjavik. As we were staying here, we already had a good idea of the facilities on offer. After our tour, we decided to check out the main shopping street Laugavegur, a 5-minute walk away. The Laugavegur is a long street lined with many shops, restaurants, and bars, ranging from tourist to high end. The street itself takes around 30 mins to walk from one end to the other.

After having dinner at the Fosshotel Reykjavik it was time to layer up in search of the Northern Lights. Unfortunately, it wasn’t our night and the lights didn’t make an appearance. Luckily with Reykjavik excursions you can book again every night for up to 2 years, so we booked again for the next day.

Day 3:
We started our 5 hotel visits, all within walking distance of each other. Each hotel had different personalities with unique characteristics. The hotel’s we visited were:

Hotel Holt – 4*
Center Hotel Plaza – 3*
Reykjavik Centrum -4*
Hotel Borg by Keahotels – 4*
Apotek by Keahotels – 4*

With our successful hotel visits completed, it was time to make our way back, grab our swimwear and head to the Sky Lagoon.

The Sky Lagoon
The lagoon was like stepping into a bath, exactly what we needed after our morning visits. The views across Reykjavik alone are out of this world, with the infinity ledge over looking the Atlantic ocean you could very well be in paradise. The swim up bar was a must because let’s face it…. who doesn’t want a picture holding a glass of fizz while floating in a natural lagoon surrounded by incredible nature!

The 7 step ritual is unique to the Sky Lagoon and we both managed 2 minutes in the cold plunge pool. For us the sauna was a much better ritual!

Back to Reykjavik we went for another hotel visit, the 5* Reykjavik Edition. We also had the pleasure of dining in the Tides restaurant, the food was out of this world. After dinner it was time to head back out to try to catch the Northern Lights! Despite conditions being better it just wasn’t meant to be. Nevermind, it’s a perfect excuse to return to Iceland…

Day 4:
More hotel visit visits for us to complete our trip. Each hotel was in a superb location and walkable to the main Laugavegur and each hotel was unique in its own way. We visited:

Fosshotel Raudara – 3*
Hotel Klettur – 3*
Sand Hotel by Keahotels – 4*

Sadly our time in Iceland was coming to an end, so we headed back to the airport for our flight home. Iceland, its been a blast!

To find out more about Lisa and Stephanie’s visit to Reykjavik or if you’re interested in a similar trip,
give the team a call on 0131 243 8098 or send us an email.

Louise and Amy Visit London & Paris!

The Team May 23rd, 2023
Visit London & Paris: the banks of the River Seine in Paris

Edinburgh to London

Having had a relaxing and surprisingly quick journey down from Edinburgh on the LNER train, being looked after by very attentive staff, we arrived in London mid-afternoon. Finding the underground was easy as it is situated right at King’s Cross and we arrived to the H10 London Waterloo Hotel in around half an hour. The reception provided us with a warm welcome and the added bonus of a refreshing drink!

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Sarah’s Icelandic Adventure

Sarah Black February 1st, 2019

After a quick 2 hour flight from Edinburgh to Reykjavik we had arrived! There is no time difference between the UK and Iceland, which is great especially for a short break. It was about 7pm so we dropped our bags at our beautiful hotel, the Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel Curio Collection By Hilton and headed straight out for dinner. Read the rest of this entry »

Osprey Holidays Wins Gold and Bronze at their first ever British Travel Awards!

The Team November 29th, 2018

Michael Bennett, Managing Director of Osprey Holidays with the Gold Award for Best Holiday Company to Western Europe & Ireland

We are very are proud to announce that we have picked up gold in our first British Travel Awards for Best Holiday Company to Western Europe & Ireland in the prestigious 2018 event last night (Wednesday 28th November 2018) in London. We also managed to scoop bronze for Best Holiday Company to the Iberian Peninsula & Islands. Read the rest of this entry »

Luxury Scottish trip to Trump Turnberry

Sarah Black November 23rd, 2018

We took six travel agents on our Luxury Scotland trip to the beautiful Trump Turnberry – A Luxury Collection Resort near Glasgow with Lisa our Senior Short Break Specialist, Jennifer our Agency Sales Executive and Sarah our Marketing Manager. Read the rest of this entry »

Our Budapest Winner – Zena!

Sarah Black September 18th, 2018

Zena Wilkins with her winning voucher, Cannon Travel, Herts

Congratulations to Zena Wilkins from Cannon Travel in Herts! After completing an Osprey Holidays booking during August and entering via email Zena’s winning entry was chosen at random. Read the rest of this entry »

Win a trip to Budapest for two!

Sarah Black July 2nd, 2018

– COMPETITION HAS NOW ENDED –

From the grand iconic Parliament building that sits on the water to the beautiful historic thermal baths just waiting to be found – Budapest really is a travellers dream! Read the rest of this entry »

Penny’s going to Rome!

Sarah Black February 9th, 2018

Chris, Penny, Claire & Angie all from Cambourne Travel in Newport Pagnell, Milton Keynes

Congratulations to Penny Rudd from Cambourne Travel in Milton Keynes! After completing an Osprey Holidays booking during January and entering via email Penny’s winning entry was chosen at random. Read the rest of this entry »

Win a trip to Rome for two!

Sarah Black December 28th, 2017

The famous Trevi Fountain at night, Rome, Italy

– COMPETITION HAS NOW ENDED –

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