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Fly & Drive Europe

This old continent is alive and well. Europe charms, inspires and fascinates. From the vineyards of Tuscany to the green valleys of Slovenia and the pristine nature of Scandinavia, Europe has it all. Discover fabulous regions, wander through cultural gems, put your taste buds to work and indulge in boundless hospitality. Sometimes you do not have to look far to find true beauty; it could be a stone's throw away and up for grabs. We have selected some beautiful drives, rides and sailing trips for you, Europe truly caters for all. This age-old continent is bound to captivate your heart and soul this summer and fall!

FLY & DRIVE ADVANTAGES

You save a lot of time as you land at or near you start location
You swiftly reach destinations where only wings can take you, e.g. Iceland
You take control of the wheel and travel at your own pace. 
You can combine with Vespa tours and private sailing trips
Your small-scale lodging has been booked!

Traveling in your own camper from Belgium is truly awesome, in your own bubble in search of experience and adventure
Do you prefer not to take a flight (as yet)? Prices excluding flight & rental car are available

 

Insurances

Have a safe and carefree trip: travel fully insured with our Protections travel insurance! Our Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover (with even a fly-on-time, natural catastrophes and epidemics) for both single journeys or for the entire year.  We guarantee you the best protection at the best price. 

Tailored travel

The online tours are just a few examples of possible travel itineraries. Each one can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts

Would you like to travel in a group; with your entire family, friends or colleagues? (min. 10 people required). Put our know-how to the test and send us your details and wishes. We will gladly turn the blueprints of your trip into a detailed quote and a lasting memory for you to cherish. Contact our Connections' Group Service by e-mail at groups@connections.be or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from you.

Travel Documents

  • For Belgian citizens* (babies and children as well) a valid Belgian ID suffices as well as a valid driving license.
  • Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or persons travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents. 

Health

No mandatory vaccinations. To verify the latest updates on health requirements, please surf to www.itg.be.

Medical interventions and costs can soon become outrageous abroad. Reflect before leaving and subscribe a decent travel insurance. Our protections All-in Premier insurance was especially designed specifically for travel to the U.S.A. and provides ample cover for all major calamities (fly-on-time and natural disasters included)!

Time Zones

The time zone is identical to Belgium for all listed European countries with the exception of

Greece and Finland: Belgian time +1 hour
Portugal: Belgian time -1 hour.

Currency

CURRENCY:

Albania - Lek (ALL)- 1000 ALL = 8.04 EUR & 1 EUR = 124.38 ALL (08/05/2020)
Croatia - Kuna (HRK) - 100 HRK = 13.21 EUR & 1 EUR = 7.57 HRK (08/05/2020)
Denmark - Krone (DKK) - 100 DKK = 13.40 EUR & 1 EUR = 7.46 DKK (08/05/2020)
Georgia - Lari (GEL), 100 GEL = 28,79 EUR & 1 EUR = 3.47 GEL (25/05/20)
Iceland - Króna (ISK), 1000 ISK = 6,40 EUR & 1 EUR = 156,13 ISK (25/05/20)
Norway - Krone (NOK) - 100 NOK = 9.04 EUR & 1 EUR = 11.06 NOK (08/05/2020)
Poland - Zloty (PLN) - 100 PLN = 21,96 EUR & 1 EUR = 4.55 PLN (08/05/2020)
Romania - Leu (RON) 100 RON = 20.70 EUR & 1 EUR = 4.83 RON (08/05/2020)
Serbia - Dinar (RSD) - 1000 RSD = 8.50 EUR & 1 EUR = 117.56 RSD (08/05/2020)
Sweden - Krone (SEK) - 100 SEK = 9.42EUR & 1 EUR = 10.61 SEK (08/05/2020


Finland = EUR
Greece = EUR
Italy = EUR
Malta = EUR
Montenegro = EUR
Portugal = EUR
Slovenia = EUR
Spain = EUR

Climate

The European climate is as diverse as its countries. Global warming often portrays very different temperatures than were the norm a few years ago. If we would dare to any draw a line in it, we could generally speaking state that

  • Southern Europe (Albania, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Portugal, Serbia & Spain) enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate. Summer gets cozy and temperatures around 30°/35° C are no exception, especially during July and August. In addition to beautiful hues, autumn also brings slightly milder temperatures that remain very pleasant.
  • Eastern Europe (Poland, Georgia) temperatures can rise considerably during the summer months of July and August. The 'golden Polish fall' usually brings pleasant temperatures around 20°C.
  • Northern Europe (Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden) summer it is quite pleasant for those who do not like extreme temperatures. Averages fluctuate around 20°C in Denmark. The further north you go, the lower the temperatures can drop. Mind you here as well exceptions rule. In July 2018, a temperature of 32°C has been recorded in Copenhagen! !

Highlights

    • ALBANIA

    You don’t associate Albania with a great holiday? Shame on you! We guarantee that if you enjoy a hearty portion of culture and a mountainous and happily surprising nature setting with special encounters of any kind, then this gem in the Balkans is undoubtedly your thing. The hospitality and delicious cuisine is legendary. Time to discover this underrated country on the Adriatic coast. So conquer the rugged Albanian Alps, explore delightfully quaint villages or indulge in the bustling vibe of Tirana, its capital. Bye bye communism, hello colourful joie de vivre! 
    Albania has a little bit of everything and that makes this place more than worth your visit. Pearl fishing for the advanced traveller !

    • CROATIA

    It should not come as a surprise that Croatia has become increasingly popular in recent years. Vibrant cities, quaint coastal villages and crystal clear bays, an awesome 8 national parks and many UNESCO World Heritage sites; they are just a few reasons to travel to and through this extraordinary country. Add to that the countries historical character, its lakes and a delicious cuisine and bet you all ingredients for an unforgettable trip are present. We are happy to help you prepare the perfect holiday cocktail. Zagreb, waterfalls, rivers and islands: Croatia is bound to get under your skin.

    • DENMARK

    An instant island feeling, that’s what you can expect. Danish design is a household name and actually this country is Tri-Lamb timber or genuinely cut out of the right wood. Flat and green, its geography has everything to appeal to the active hiker and cyclist and is perfect for a selfdrive as well. Why not learn all there is to know about the Vikings, immerse yourself in the stories of H.C. Andersen and / or enjoy a 406 colourful islands of which you can hop to 70 of them. National parks, Jutland and Funen: they are great! For the kids? Specifically for them there is of course the unforgettable Legoland. Yet wonderful Copenhagen is a paradise for young and old as well.
    Denmark has a lot to offer, and a top destination for a memorable Connections Fly & Drive!

    • FINLAND

    Winter or summer, Finland is a delight. The Land of a Thousand Lakes has almost endless summer days in store for you. Rent a cottage by the lake and enjoy the Finnish sauna. Walking, cycling or perhaps a city trip or Connections Fly & Drive to Helsinki? This city is compact and knows how to charm the most seasoned city tripper.
    The authentic nature of Finnish Lapland is another rewarding travel destination. You will fully unwind, completely zen amidst its rugged and pristine nature scenes. Your booking for the coming winter guarantees snowy plains, magical Northern Lights, brisk reindeer and eager huskies. More than enough to experience high-profile adventures. Memories for life, that's for sure.

    • GEORGIA

    Do you feel like breathing in healthy mountain air? Fancy a break in a hidden gem where Europe and Asia meet in the shadow of the mighty Caucasus? How about exploring gorgeous Georgia. Nature is overwhelming and so is its capital Tbilisi. Dive into the valleys, taste the successful blend of old and new and, of course, the delightful wine. Mighty peaks, villages where time seems to have stood still and surprising sights: Georgia has it all. Discover this country while it is still untouched and be the pioneer who fully enjoys it!.

    • GREECE

    The versatility of Greece has already been widely praised and we are happy to heed their call at Connections. Just imagine yourself sailing in-between the Greek islands or sitting back relaxedly while the catamaran cuts its way through the gentle waves near Santorini, Crete or Rhodes. Mainland Greece as well has charmed culture and nature buffs for years. Trek through ancient Greece and taste the rich history in this cradle of culture and democracy. Fine foods, a hospitable population and a fantastic holiday feeling: Greece is spot on with many travellers.

    • ICELAND

    Magical Iceland has grown in popularity in recent years. The charming capital of Reykjavik, the legendary landscapes with hot springs, the Seljalands, Godafoss and Skogafoss waterfalls on the edge of the infamous Eyjafjalla glacier and so on. Iceland also has more than enough to offer during its summer months. If you choose to rent a 4x4, the rugged interior is also within reach. Explore pristine nature scenes, feel like you are the only one left on the planet and surrender to the dazzling beauty of this country. Iceland gets under your skin and simply needs to be ticked off your bucket list. Why not this summer or fall?

    • ITALY

    La Bella Italia! At Connections we have been going wild about the boot of Italy for several years now and we will again focus this summer on the successful Vespa tours and selfdrives behind the wheel of the iconic FIAT 500. Piemonte, Tuscany, Umbria or Puglia? These are just a few of the options we have in store for you. Small-scale, comfortably rural or urban chic: we gladly provide unforgettable Italian memories and tours. Taste those olives, dive into the sea and wander through those picturesque villages where 'la mamma' is definitely still in charge and the laundry dries on the washing lines only a few meters above your head. This destination will become a repeater, you will see!

    • MALTE

    Delve into more than 7,000 years of history, stand in awe gazing at the architecture, enjoy the overwhelming nature and yield to the splendour of Malte. You imagine yourself in a large open-air museum, under the bright sun and without an ounce of stress. Malta stands for carefree island hopping to Gozo and Comino, enjoying the good life and fully relaxing. Nothing is a must here in Malta, anything is within reach. From the sun-seeker to an adventurous athlete: there is plenty for al to enjoy.

    • MONTENEGRO

    This small, mountainous country on the Adriatic Sea may not be as well-known as a holiday destination as its famous neighbours and yet it spending some time exploring its many treasures is bound to have you reap the benefits. The old port city of Kotor is to die for and the 4 national parks are true gems. Montenegro is the perfect destination for sun lovers and hikers alike. Mind you the rugged nature trails and mountain massifs may provide your calves with a challenge or two. Culturally too there is a lot to be experienced here. Go on an adventure, taste Montenegro and fall in love with this irresistible paradise in the Balkans. The hospitable population is ready to welcome you with open arms!

    • NORWAY

    Frorden, trolls and elves? Welcome to Norway! We can already guarantee you fjords and perhaps even the most beautiful in the world! Hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, the beautiful nature in Norway lends itself to any active holiday. Yet Norway is more than blue and fresh air. Vibrant cities, cultural gems and of course Norwegian Lapland. Here you are completely away from the world, you can revitalize. Enjoy over 15,534 mi of coastline. No, the sea is never far away!!

    • POLAND

    Poland rarely comes to mind when you think of a holiday destination and yet this country has a lot in store for you. Many unexplored cultural gems, 14 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and fascinating cities such as Warsaw and Krakow and the often overseen Gdansk. Nature in Poland is another of the country's aces: the thousand lakes of Masuria or a bird watching excursion in Biebrzanski National Park. A tour through Poland awakens the adventurer in you and offers something for everyone. Unknown, unloved maybe, yet surprisingly versatile!

    • PORTUGAL

    Portugal has been increasingly popular as it guarantees an unforgettable trip. At Connections we take you off the beaten track. Obviously the Algarve is magnificent and Lisbon turns on all its charms but the lesser-known north of Portugal also has assets. We will guide you through this region and dive into the rugged nature, the unique landscapes of the Douro Valley, numerous small walled villages and the setting of world famous wines. Art, culture and history, everything here merges to make your stay absolutely memorable. "The land behind the mountains" is synonymous to a great holiday!

    • ROMANIA

    In the land of Count Dracula you dive into primeval forests, come face to face with wild animals and taste nature as we no longer know it. Expect abundant natural scenes, quaint villages, the Carpathians and a large portion of culture. Some places may seem to catapult you back into a distant past, while the capital, Bucharest, is completely contemporary and hip. Truth is Romania is a country full of variety, where any mountain buff will get his money's worth and tranquility nearly comes natural. Getting away from the hustle and bustle of daily stress is no problem whatsoever here!

    • SERBIA

    Looking for an exciting, versatile travel destination and don’t mind if it had a turbulent past? Serbia may just be it! This Balkan country has plenty of hidden natural gems as well as a great capital, Belgrade, and always bustling Novi Sad. And guess what? Belgrade has been elected the cultural capital of Europe 2021! Its interior is more than worth it, believe us. Caves, nature reserves and mythical palaces await your visit. The Djerdap Gorge, with its 100 km the largest gorge in Europe, is a definite must-visit. No, you won't be bored for one second in Serbia, that we know.

    • SLOVENIA

    Fairytale Slovenia may be small, but it is one of the greenest countries in Europe! Discover the Alps, hike along the picturesque lakes of Bled and Bohinj and discover the conviviality of the cultural and student city of Ljubljana. The famous Postojna stalactite caves are also well worth a visit. Are you ready for a versatile journey, without having to travel huge distances? Then Slovenia is a wise choice. Sun-seeker be warned: Slovenia’s brilliant beaches on the Adriatic coast may just steal your hearts!

    • SPAIN

    Guess we don’t really have to introduce Spain as a holiday destination, do we? Romantic coastlines, enchanting architecture and vibrant cities. Barcelona, Madrid, Bilbao, Valencia, ... you name it? A tour of Spain is fun for the whole family and there are unlimited choices and possibilities. Enjoy sunny Spain, surrender to its charms and discover those hidden gems that this holiday country has in store for you.

    • SWEDEN

    Scandinavia's largest country will undoubtedly blow your socks off. Sweden’s warm hospitality and magnificent urban as well as natural settings know how to charm in any season. Summer in Sweden brings the midnight sunlight and a full 22 hours to discover the rugged natural beauty of its diverse landscapes and its lakes in which often you may swim. Sweden pristine nature is obviously a paradise for hikers, bikers, selfdrive enthusiasts and even culinary buffs. Wherever you are the coastline is never out of reach. In love with the Scandinavian nature loving vibe? Come and bathe your soul in it.
    PS. Also Swedish Lapland guarantees adventurous winter/summer activities. Make sure you check it out! .

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