Historic city breaks, sun-splashed island getaways, and scenic cross-country rail journeys – a luxury holiday to Europe can be so many things. Journey to Greece, the birthplace of democracy, and you can unearth thousands of years of culture in a blissful setting. In the Peloponnese or the Greek Islands you'll wander winding backstreets, swim in glittering turquoise waters, and sample exquisite Mediterranean cuisine – all against the backdrop of spectacular ancient ruins. Closer to home, Portugal promises Medieval castles, unbelievable coastal scenery, and a capital city that blends scenic spectacle with lively urban buzz. Head north to Scandinavia and you can experience a different way of life. Take a river cruise through the fjords, stroll through the cobbled streets of stylish port cities, and marvel at the Northern Lights. In Italy, the sprawling inland cities are dominated by centuries of art, history and cuisine, while the coastlines promise unbelievable natural scenery and a slow pace of life. If you’re seeking beachside bliss, some of the best experiences can be had on island nations such as Cyprus, where year-round warm weather and excellent beach resorts make this historic island a dream destination.