As COVID vaccinations roll out across the U.S., the option to travel is becoming a reality. The European Union recently announced its intentions to open its borders to Americans by summer, and a handful of European countries, including Croatia, Greece, and Iceland, have already given the green light to U.S. travelers. While not yet open to American tourists, France, Italy, and Spain are expected to allow some U.S. visitors to enter as early as this month, though details have yet to be finalized.
Those who choose to be some of the first tourists to travel to Europe this summer will likely have some of the most popular destinations in the world all to themselves. With many countries relying heavily on tourism for their economic well-being, this time is crucial for their recovery. Now is a great time to travel if you want to avoid the crowds. Planning your trip should include considerations for ongoing restrictions and international guidelines concerning the pandemic. In anticipation, the team at Royal Travel put together some ideas and inspiration for your next big trip across the pond.
Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik ~ Dubrovnik, Croatia
An iconic Dubrovnik hotel that’s hosted a who’s who of celebrities and world leaders over the years, Hotel Excelsior showcases sweeping Adriatic Sea views, tranquil gardens, and a charming waterfront stone promenade, where you can soak up the sun in comfort during the summer months.
Canaves Oia Epitome ~ Santorini, Greece
On the northern part of Oia’s cosmopolitan town Santorini keeps a very well-hidden secret. EPITOME is located right out of the main town, above the picturesque fishing town of Ammoudi. A serene location awaits those who are ready to experience Santorini from another perspective. Relish the sunset, admire the views, and feel the dreamy and relaxing ambience that EPITOME comes to offer. A resort made for everyone.
Lesante Blu Exclusive Beach Resort ~ Mykonos, Greece
It’s all about you at Lesante Blue Exclusive Beach Resort, an adults-only retreat perched on gorgeous white-sand beaches. Be indulged like never before, from the 92 suites with private infinity-edge pools to the discreet staff ready to satisfy any whim. The spectacular blue sea is in constant view – be it from the resort’s secluded private beach, an alfresco table full of tasty Greek and Mediterranean dishes, or aboard the resort’s luxury yacht.
Reykjavik Edition* ~ Reykjavik, Iceland
The Reykjavik EDITION brings the first 5-star modern luxury experience to one of the world’s most sustainable capitals. Located in the historical, scenic heart of downtown Reykjavik by Old Harbor port, the hotel is a 10-minute car ride from the airport and just steps away from the Laugavegur Street, the city’s vibrant shopping district, and the Harpa Concert and Conference Center. The hotel is the perfect jumping off point for exploring the wonders of the region, with the renowned Blue Lagoon within driving distance and the Northern Lights visible in the city during the winter solstice.
*Scheduled to open mid-July 2021
Contact the team at Royal Travel to learn more about booking your vaccination vacation for 2021 and beyond.