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By doing some pre-trip research and reading you will find information that will helpful for your trip. Doing a little homework will address your particular needs and interests. Determining your traveling style, where you want to go, what you want to do and see will help you to access the critical information you will need for a pleasurable and memorable trip. Europe Traveler Guide tries to categorize areas of information that will help you find the right information and web site.

You can attain a lot of information from multiple sources. 

  • Guide Books – The old fashion way of extracting travel information on your destination of choice. They are typically 5 1/2″ x 8″ to easily pack and carry around with you while travel about. These can be purchased at a book store or a web site book provider online. 
  • EBooks – Many of these are versions of the physical guide books, only you download them to your smart device for viewing while traveling about. 
  • Audio Guides – These are downloadable audio files for your devices so you can listen to a description while walking around or visiting a point of interests.
  • Travel Blogs – Usually created by extensive travelers who are so passion about their adventures that they want to share their experiences. These travelers can provide extremely helpful updated information about the places they have visited. They can also inspire you to travel to places you may not have thought about visiting.
  • Travel Web Sties – These provide a lot of the same information you can get out of travel guide books. Some provide travel forums, travel assistance with booking flight or rooms. 
  • Travel Forums – A lot of todays web sites allow anyone to contribute their travel experiences. The topics can have a range of recomondations for hotels, restaurants, airlines, sights, etc. Some sights also allow users to rank these places.
  • Tourist Offices – Almost every country, major city, popular tourist area and attraction will have local tourist offices. Nobody knows their backyard better than a local so these can be an invaluable source for the latest accurate information.
  • Direct and Aggregate Booking Web Sites – Airline, hotel, rental car and aggregate booking sites also will provide local information on many destinations they serve or your final destination. For more on booking sites go to our BOOKING ON LINE page.

Guide Books…

There are many guide books available from publishers as well as online web sites that provide great information. Some are publishers that have guide books you can buy and take with you on your trip. In addition some also have web sites loaded with information but also have forums where travelers can sign up for an account and leave their own experiences and reviews for hotels, restaurants, attractions, etc. You can even ask questions and some travelers will respond to you with very valuable information. However be forewarn, some web sites only allow reviews by people who have booked through them. This eliminates ex-disgruntled employees or competitors going on line and making false claims in reviews. Other forums can be open to anyone who wants to write a review and this is why you’ll a five star review and then a zero for the same place. It is also the personal opinion of each individual’s expectation of what they should receive in the way of service. It varies from person to person and country to country. We experienced Americans complaining about services that are totally except able to the European. Remember…you are in a different country.

The following web sites and guide book publishers provide some of the best information from which you can plan your trip.

Blue Guides

  • E BooksGuide BooksWeb Site

Blue Guides are throughly researched books that offer great information on archeology, architecture, art and history through drawings, maps and photos.

Cadogan Guides

  •  Miscellaneous Travel Publications

Books written for travelers by travel experts. They are known for a deep understanding of culture and history, as well as opinionated and witty writers.

 DK Eyewitness Travel

  • Guide Books

Beautifully done books with wonderful graphics and photos. Very encyclopedic on certain topics such as buildings, landmarks, history. Best read before your trip.

Enjoy-Europe

  • Traveler’s HandbookWeb Site

By the author of “How To Europe” travelers guide book. Provides information for the independent budget traveler

Fodor’s

  • Guide BooksWeb Site

Eugene 1st published his first guide book in 1936. Other than just hotel, restaurant & landmark listings he provided information on the people and their culture. Their web site was launched in 1996

Frommer’s

  • Guide BooksTravel ForumTravel ServicesWeb Site

Arthur Frommer’s 1st guide was for American GI’S in Europe. Then came Europe on $5.00 a day which focused on traveling with a budget. He also ranked sights and landmarks by importance.

Globetrotter Guide Books

  • Guide Books

There is no company web site but, their guide books can be found online at Amazon or other web sites that sell published travel materials.

Hidden Europe

  • Travel MagazineWeb Site 

Magazine dedicated to discovering the exotic in everyday. Focuses on the journey as much as the destination of genuinely out-of the-way places.

Insight Guides

  • Guide BooksTravel Blog

More than 45 years helping travellers to plan their next adventures. As well as popular guidebooks, they now offer the opportunity to book tailor-made private tours completely personalized to your interests and needs

In Your Pocket

  • AppsE BooksGuide BooksWeb Sites

Comprehensive travel information on urban destinations. Locally produced , practical information for over one hundred cities. More than 70 published guide books in 23 countries

Lonely Planet

  •  E BooksGuide BooksTravel ServicesWeb Site

Publishers with over 200 authors who only write about what they personally see and do while, committed to independent travel, trustworthy advice and editorial independence

Michelin Guides (Europe)

  • Guide BooksRestaurant GuidesOnline Interactive MapsTravel ServicesWeb Site

Publishers with over 200 authors who only write about what they personally see and do while, committed to independent travel, trustworthy advice and editorial independence. They have been rating hotels and restaurants for over 100 years.

Nomadic Matt

  • Travel Guide BooksWeb SiteTravel Blog

Professional traveler Matt writes about his personal experiences and what he has learn traveling. Saving money, tips for certain travel destinations. Author of the book “How to travel around the world on $50. a day”.

Passport to European Travel Guides

  • Travel GuidesAudio Books

There is no company web site but, their guide books can be found online at Amazon or other web sites that sell published travel materials.

Rick Steves

  • Guide BooksPodcastsTravel ForumToursWeb Site 

Rick has become America’s best known guides for Europe travel. His approach to traveling Europe as a local creates an understanding and appreciation of Europe its history, culture and people. This approach has opened up a new perspective to European travel.

Rough Guides

  • E BooksGuide BooksTravel ServicesWeb Site

1982 two friends felt guide books needed a more journalistic approach to guide books and issue their first book. They also now publish guides to music, culture topics and phrasebooks books for 18 major languages.

Time Out

  • AppsE BooksCity Guide BooksTravel MagazineTravel MerchandiseWeb Site 

A web site of what to do in 19 European cities, Time Out sites have an emphasis on entertainment, venues and events. Highly read by the younger travelers.

Travel Web Sites…

The following web sites do not publish books but, will be very good sources of information. Some may also assist with your trip planning with booking flight and rooms. For a more comprehensive list of booking sites go to our BOOKING ON LINE page. Go to our TRANSPORTATION Category page to find additional pages for AIRLINES, BOATS, BUSES, CARS & TAXIS, PUBLIC TRANSIT and TRAINS

BootsNAll

  • Web SiteTravel Services

Independent travel community for Indie Travel. Beginner’s guide to hitchhiking internationally, travel insurance offers and RTW round the world travel.  Air Treks services.

Culture Trip

  • Web Site – Things to See & Do – Guides & Tips – Food & Drink – Places to Stay – Art / Flim & TV – Music & Books

Web site is dedicated to showing the the best of countries, cities & destinations on;

EuroCheapo

  • Travel ServicesWeb Site

One of our favorites as their staff stays and reviews inexpensive hotels. Also great tips on ways to save money with transportation & attractions.

Europe For Visitors

  • Web Site

Written by Europe travelers Durant & Cheryl Imboden as an un-bias review of major destinations. Good informative pages featuring Rome, Paris, Venice & Cruises

Independent Traveler (Europe)

  • Travelers ForumTravel ServicesWeb Site

Travel tips, deals and information on destinations as well as, reviews, a forum and blog.

Smarter Travel (Europe)

  • Travel ServicesWeb Site 

An online resource for travel news, deals and advice. Smarter Travel aims to find the traveler the latest information on travel deals through its newsletter updates.

The Crazy Tourist

  • Web Site – Countries – Cities – Beaches – Castles – Tours and Things to do

Web site is dedicated to showing the top choices of destinations for Countries – Cities – Beaches – Castles – Tours and Things to do

Touropia

  • Web Site

Explore by country the: Best places to visit – Top tourist attractions – Most beautiful churches and châteaus – Best hotels & places to stay – Underatted destinations – National parks  – How to spend  2 or  3 weeks in a particular location.

Travel + Leisure

  • Web SiteTravel Magazine

Travel advise and tips for travels across the globe to the World’s Best, A-List, Trip Ideas, News, Hotels & Resorts and Cruises.

Travellers Point

  • Web Site Travel Forums

On line Travel Community. Book accommodations, write personal blogs and upload photos. Create travel maps and find important travel tips and information. 

Trip Advisor 

  • AppsTravel ForumTravel ServicesWeb Site

This has become one of the biggest travel web sites where travelers can report their experiences and rate hotels, restaurants, etc. Individual may submit questions when planning trips and receive feedback from other travelers.

Trip Wolf 

  • Online App – for iOS or Android

Access for your smart device to Guides, Maps, Trip Planning, Tours & Hotel booking. 

Visit A City

  • Web Site

Travel information on primary cities across Europe and the rest of the world. What attractions to see, day trips from cities, amps and more. Also Travel Tips for planning and travel while at your destination.

Visit Europe

  • Web Site Online Monthly Magazine

This site is dedicated to only European destinations by country or region. Information on Experiences, Events and Trips for these destinations. Travel tips and information by category of interests. Monthly magazine with special articles.

Wikitravel or WikiVoyage

  • Web Site

Open source travel guide featuring up-to-date information on attractions hotels restaurants travel tips and more. Free and reliable advice written by Wikitravellers

World Travel Guide

  • Web Site

The World Travel Guide (WTG) is the flagship digital consumer brand within the Columbus Travel Media portfolio. A comprehensive guide to the world’s best travel destinations, its print heritage stretches back 30 years, with the online portal reaching its 19-year anniversary in 2018. Available in English, German, French and Spanish versions, the WTG provides detailed and accurate travel content designed to inspire global travellers. It covers all aspects, from cities to airports, cruise ports to ski and beach resorts, attractions to events, and it also includes weekly travel news, features and quizzes. Updated every day by a dedicated global editorial team, the portal logs 1 million+ unique users monthly.

National Tourists Office Information…

🇦🇱 ALBANIA

Email: info@albaniatourism.info      Web site: http://albaniatourism.info

🇦🇩 ANDORRA

Department of Tourism
Ministry of Tourism and Culture
Carrer Prat de la Creu, 62-64
Andorra la Vella
Principality of Andorra
Telephone: +376 875702
Fax: +376 860184
Email: turisme@andorra.ad
Web site: http://www.turisme.ad/

🇦🇹 AUSTRIA

Austrian Tourist Office, Inc.
P.O.Box 1142
New York, NY 10108-1142
Telephone: +1 (212) 944 6880
Fax: +1 (212) 730 4568
Email: travel@austria.info
Web site: www.austria.info/us

🇧🇾 BELARUS

Consulate General of Belarus (USA)
708 – 3rd Avenue, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10017
Telephone: +1 212-682-5392
Fax: +1 212-682-5491
Email: info@belarustourism.by
Web site: http://www.belarus.by/en//

🇧🇪 BELGIUM

Belgian Tourist Office
220 East 42nd Street, Room 3402
New York
Internet: http://www.visitbelgium.com

🇧🇦 BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA

phone: + 387 33 580 999
fax: + 387 33 580 998 
Email: tourinfo@bih.net.ba
Web site: http://www.bhtourism.ba/eng/

🇧🇬 Bulgaria

Bulgarian Tourism Office
1 St. Sofia Str.
1000 Sofia
Telephone: +359 2 987 9778
Fax: +359 2 989 6939
Email: info@bulgariatravel.org Web site: http://bulgariatravel.org/en

🇭🇷 Croatia

Croatian National Tourist Office
350 5th Ave., Suite 4003
New York, NY 10118
212-279-8672web site:https://croatia.hr/en-GB

🇨🇾 Cyprus

Cyprus Tourist Organization
13 East 40th Sreet
New York, NY 10016
Telephone: +1-212-683-5280
Fax: +1-212-683-5282
Email: gocyprus@aol.com
Web site: http://www.visitcyprus.com/

🇨🇿 Czechia

Czech Tourist Authority
1109 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Telephone: +1 (212) 288-0830
Fax: +1 (212) 288-0971
Email: info@czechcenter.com
Web site: http://www.czechcenter.com/

🇩🇰 Denmark

Danish Tourist Board
PO Box 4649, Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163-4649
Telephone: +1 212-885-9700
Fax: +1 212-885-9726
Email: info@goscandinavia.com

🇪🇪 Estonia

Estonian Tourist Board
Mündi 2
Tallinn 10146
Estonia
Telephone: +372 699 0420
Fax: +372 699 0432
Email:tourism@eas.ee
Web site: http://www.visitestonia.com/en/

🇫🇮 Finland

Finnish Tourist Board P.O. Box 4649 Grand Central Station
New York NY 10163-4649

Telephone: +1 (212) 885-9700
Telephone: 1-800-FIN-INFO (1-800-346-4636) toll-free in North America
Fax: +1 (212) 885-9739
Email: mek.usa@mek.fi
Web site: http://www.gofinland.org/

🇫🇷 France

 French Government Tourist Office
444 Madison Avenue, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10022-6903
Telephone: +1 212 838-7800
Fax: +1 (212) 838-7855
Email: info.us@franceguide.com
9454 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 715
Beverly Hills, CA 90212-2967
Telephone: +1 310 271-6665
Fax: +1 310 276-2835
Email: info.losangeles@franceguide.comwweb site: http://us.france.fr

🇩🇪 Germany

German National Tourist Office 122 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10168-0072

Telephone: +1-212-661-7200
Fax: +1 212-661-7174
Email: gntonyc@d-z-t.com
Web site: http://www.cometogermany.com/

🇬🇷 Greece

Greek National Tourism Organization 305

East 47th Street New York, New York 10017

Tel: (212) 4215777 Fax: (212) 8266940 Source

Email: gnto@greektourism.com
Web site: https://www.greeka.com/greece-travel/greece-tourism-offices.htm

🇮🇸 ICeland

Icelandic Tourist Board      

655 Third Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10017

Telephone: +1 212-885-9700
Fax: +1 212-885-9710
Email: goiceland@aol.com
Web site: https://www.iceland.is

🇮🇪 Ireland

Tourism Ireland Office
345 Park Avenue, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10154, USA
Tel: (212) 418 0800
FAX: (212) 371 9052
Email: corporate.usa@tourismireland.com
Web site: www.ireland.com  

🇮🇹 Italy

Italian Government Tourist Board 630 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1565
New York NY 10111

Telephone: +1 212 245-4822
Fax: +1 212 586-9249
Email: enitny@italiantourism.com
Web site: http://www.italiantourism.com/

🇱🇻 Latvia

Latvia Tourist Board
4 Pils sq.
Riga
LV-1050
Telephone: +371-7-229945
Fax: +371-7-508468 (same as telephone number)
Email: tda@latviatourism.lv
Web site: http://www.latvia.travel

🇱🇹 Lithuania

Lithuanian State Department of Tourism
Vilniaus 4/35
2600 Vilnius
Telephone: +370 2 62 26 10
Fax: +370 2 22 68 19
Email: http://www.tourism.lt/en/

🇱🇮 Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein Tourismus
St344dtle 37
Postfach 139
FL-9490 Vaduz
Telephone: +423 239 63 00
Fax: +423 239 63 01
Email: info@tourismus.li web site: https://tourismus.li/en/

🇱🇺 Luxembourg

Luxembourg National Tourist Office
17 Beekman Place
New York N.Y. 10022
Telephone: +1 212 935-8888
Fax: +1 212 935-5896
Email: luxnto@aol.com
Web site: http://www.visitluxembourg.com/

🇲🇹 MALTA

Malta Tourism Authority                                  
Auberge D’Italie 
Merchants Street 
Valletta VLT 1170, Malta   
Tel: 356 22915000
Fax: 356 22915394 
Email: info@visitmalta.com 
Web site: http://www.mta.com.mt 

🇲🇩 Moldova

Departamentul Dezvoltarea Turismului / Department of Tourism Development
MD-2004
Republica Moldova
mun. Chisinau
bd. Stefan cel Mare, 180, bir. 901
Telephone: +373 (2) 21 07 74
Fax: +373 (2) 23 26 26
Email: dept@turism.md
Web site: http://www.turism.md/

🇲🇨 Monaco

Monaco Government Tourist Office 565 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Telephone: 1-800-753-9696 toll-free in USA
Telephone: +1 (212) 286-3330 
Fax: +1 (212) 286-9890 
Email: mgto@monaco1.org
Web site: http://www.visitmonaco.com/en 

🇲🇪 Montenegro

Montenegro
Stanka Dragojevica 26
81 000 Podgorica
Telephone: +381 81 241 591 , 245 959, 243 553
Fax: +381 81 247 087 , 241 591, 245 959, 243 553
Email: tourism@cg.yu
Web site: http://www.visit-montenegro.com/ 

🇳🇱 Netherlands

Netherlands Board of Tourism
355 Lexington Ave
New York NY 10017
Telephone: 1-888-GO-HOLLAND toll-free in Canada and USA
Telephone: +1 212 557 3500 
Fax: +1 212 370 9507 
Email: info@goholland.com
Web site: http://us.holland.com/

🇲🇰 North Macedonia

Exploring Macedonia
Partizanski Odredi 62,
1000 Skopje, Makedonija
+389 (0)2 3080-111
fax: +389 (0)2 3075-333
Email: contact@exploringmacedonia.com
web site: http://www.exploringmacedonia.com

🇳🇴 Norway

Norwegian Tourist Board 655 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10022

Telephone: +1 212 885 9700 
Fax: +1 212 885 9710 
Email: usa@ntr.no
Web site: http://www.norway.org/

🇵🇱 Poland

Polish National Tourist Office 5 Marine View Plaza
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Telephone: +1 201-420-9910 
Fax: +1 201-584-9153 
Email: pntonyc@polandtour.org
Web site:https://www.poland.travel/en-gb

🇵🇹 Portugal

Portuguese Trade and Tourism Office       88 Kearny Street, Suite 1770
San Francisco, CA 94108

Telephone: +1 415 391-7080 
Fax: +1 415 391-7147 
Email: icepsf@portugal.org
Web site: https://www.visitportugal.com/en

🇷🇴 Romania

Romanian National Tourist Office
14 East 38th Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Telephone: +1 (212) 545-8484 
Fax: +1 (212) 251-0429 
Email: ronto@erols.comweb site: http://romaniatourism.com

🇷🇺 Russia

Russian National Tourist Office
130 West 42nd Street, Suite 412
New York, NY 10036
Telephone: 1-877-221-7120 toll-free in USA
Telephone: +1 (212) 575-3431 
Fax: +1 (212) 575-3434 
Email: info@russia-travel.com
Web site: http://www.russia-travel.com/

🇸🇲 San Marino

Contrada Omagnano, 20
47890 – Rep. of San Marino
T: +378 (0549) 882914
F: +378 (0549) 882575
Email: informazioni.turismo@pa.sm
Web site: http://www.visitsanmarino.com

🇸🇰 Slovakia

CoSlovak Tourist Board
Namestie L. Stura 1
P. O. Box 35
974 05 Banska Bystrica 5
Telephone: +421-88- 413 61 46 or 413 61 47 or 413 61 48
Fax: +421 -88- 413 61 49 
Email: sacr@sacr.sk
Web site:http://www.slovakia.org/tourism

🇸🇮 Slovenia

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia
Dimiceva 13
1504 Ljubljana
Slovenia
Telephone: +386 1 58 98 000 
Fax: +386 1 58 98 100 or 58 98 200
Email: infolink@gzs.si
Web site: https://www.slovenia.info/en

🇪🇸 Spain

Tourist Office of Spain
666 Fifth Avenue, 35th Fl.
New York NY 10103
Telephone: +1 212 265-8822 
Fax: +1 212 265-8864 
Email: nuevayork@tourspain.es
Web site: http://www.spain.info/index.html?l=en_US

🇸🇪 Sweden

Swedish Travel and Tourism Council
PO Box 4649, Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163-4649
Telephone: +1 212 885-9700 
Fax: +1 212 885-9764
http://www.gosweden.org
http://www.visitsweden.com

🇨🇭 Switzerland

Switzerland Tourism
608 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10020
Telephone: 011800-100-200-30
international toll-free
Telephone: 1-877-Switzerland (1-877-794 8037) in USA
Fax: +1 (212) 262 6116 
Email: info.usa@switzerland.com

🇹🇷 Turkey

Turkish Government Tourism Office
2525 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
Telephone: +1 (202) 612-6800 
Fax: +1 (202) 319-7446 
Email: dc@tourismturkey.org
Web Sites: http://www.turizm.gov.tr
http://www.tourismturkey.org/

🇬🇧 United Kingdom

British Tourist Authority
551 Fifth Avenue, Suite 701
New York, NY 10176-0799
Telephone: 1 800 462 2748 in USA
Telephone: +1 (212) 986-2266
Fax: +1 (212) 986-1188 for administration only
Email: travelinfo@bta.org.uk
Web site: http://www.travelbritain.org/

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 England

English Tourist Board      

Thames Tower Black’s Road Hammersmith ,London W6 9EL

Telephone: 0800 192 192 free call in England
Web site: http://www.travelengland.org.uk/

Northern Ireland

Tourism Northern Ireland      

Floors 10-12, Linum Chambers, Bedford Square, Bedford Street, Belfast BT2 7ES

Tel: 028 9023 1221

e-mail: info@tourismni.com

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland

Scottish Tourist Board – USA
Telephone: 1 800 462 2748 toll-free in USA, Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm ET
Email: travelinfo@bta.org.uk
Web site: http://www.visitscotland.com/
http://www.scotlandmotivates.com/

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Wales

Wales Tourist Board
Brunel House
2 Fitzalan Road
Cardiff CF24 OUY
Wales, UK
Telephone: +44 29 2049 9909 
Fax: +44 29 2048 5031 
Email: info@visitwales.com
Web site: http://www.visitwales.com

 

Local tourism offices located in the USA are listed otherwise their home office is listed.