England has lots to see and do. Beginning in London, there’s Westminster, Trafalgar Square, the London Eye and all the ‘must sees’. You could easily spend your entire holiday here, but it’s worth getting out of the city to see Stonehenge, the Globe Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon, and the numerous castles and stately homes dotted around the countryside. Further north, the historic cities of York, Nottingham, Chester and Carlisle are a combination of historical sights and friendly pubs – try some of the real ale when you’re here. There are also numerous sights associated with contemporary and pop culture, many of which are located in the Northern post-industrial cities – you can visit Coronation Street, the Cavern Club where the Beatles were discovered, and see the massive Angel of the North sculpture.
Germany has many sights, and its historical original as a large number of small states mean that every region has something. There are two main cities you’re likely to want to visit. Berlin has the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, the remains of the Berlin Wall, as numerous museums and the Charlottenburg Palace. Munich has the Frauenkirche Cathedral and the Hossbrauhaus, and is an excellent base to visit Neuschwanstein Castle and other sights in Bavaria. Elsewhere in Europe, Dresden is a beautiful city, full of Baroque architecture, and the Rhinelands have long been popular with tourists – visit here to see Cologne Cathedral and try some wine tasting.
Greece has plenty of cultural sights – as you’d expect, from the birthplace of Western art, literature and drama. The Acropolis and Parthenon are the best-known sights, but you can also see ancient Greek plays at the Theatre of Herodes Atticus, and the National Archeological Museums. The islands are also full of historical and cultural sights, too many for one lifetime! Crete is a fairly good base, as it has the Minoan palaces at Knossos and Phaistos – there are also villages in the interior mountains. Rhodes has its famous old town, a valley of butterflies, and Lindos has a beautiful and romantic chapel.
For souvenir shopping, try checking out the local supermarkets and markets as well as the traditional souvenir stands. You can generally find local wine, spirits, cheese, sausages and chocolate at lower prices than in shops aimed solely at tourists, and they make great presents.