Romance By Dayna Engberg

In Pursuit of Passion

THREE OF EUROPE'S MOST ROMANTIC DESTINATIONS

If you've been craving a romantic escape, there's nothing quite like the charm of a European vacation, and we have plenty of swoon-worthy suggestions for when the time is right to travel again. Read on to discover our top picks for the most romantic accommodations - both in the heart of the action and tucked away in seclusion - in Europe's most romantic destinations: France, Italy and Austria.

Steps leading up to the Basilique du Sacre-Couer

FRANCE

Nicknamed the City of Love, Paris lives up to its reputation in a big way. Colorful gardens with tranquil fountains and scenic city vistas, ornate bridges crossing the famed River Seine, cozy little cafes with tables fit only for two - from the architecture to the cuisine and everything in between, Paris feels like it was made for couples in love.

Seeing the twinkling Eiffel Tower at dusk is a must, but don't miss out on the city's other charming attractions either. Climb the stairs at the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur in Montmartre, catch a cabaret at the Moulin Rouge, gaze up at the psychedelic stained-glass interior of Sainte-Chapelle, picnic at the Luxembourg Palace and Gardens and save an entire day (or three) for museums like the Louvre, Musee d'Orsay and countless others. If you want to be within walking distance of the heavy-hitters, stay at Hotel Montalembert, one of the first boutique hotels in Paris and the first 5-star hotel of the Left Bank. Book this ALTOUR SELECT property through our agency and receive 100 USD Food & Beverage credit, breakfast for two daily and more.

For something in a quieter (yet still walkable) part of the city, opt for The Peninsula Paris. With its stunning Haussmanian-style architecture and a prime location just steps from the Arc de Triomphe, the hotel is perfectly Parisian in every way. Book this ALTOUR SELECT property through our agency and you'll receive 100 USD Food & Beverage or spa credit, roundtrip airport transfer for two for superior suites, complimentary breakfast for two daily and more.

Explore Rome on your own on a Vespa
A romantic gondola ride in Venice

ITALY

Although Venice might claim to be Italy's capital of romance, no place can compete with Rome. Whether it's riding a Vespa around the Colosseum, tossing a coin into the Trevi fountain or gazing up at the frescoes within the Sistine Chapel, this is a city bursting with iconic romance. Catch an opera or ballet at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, one of Europe's finest amphitheaters, stroll over iconic bridges like Ponte Sisto or Ponte Milvio and live La Belle Vie with a picnic in picture-perfect gardens like Villa Borghese or Aventine Hill. A trip to Rome is marked by world-class art, boutique shopping, landmark architecture and some of the most celebrated cuisine in the world, enjoyed by candlelight between sparkling flutes of Prosecco and endless flavors of gelato. Wondering where to stay? We recommend Villa Spalletti Trivelli, a century-old historic villa just steps from Piazza del Quirinal. Book this ALTOUR SELECT property through our agency and you'll receive 100 EUR restaurant credit per stay, complimentary breakfast for two daily and more.

Not your first time in Italy? If you've already visited the famous sites of Rome and are looking for something more secluded, head to Lake Como. The shores of this iconic destination are known for their magnificent botanical gardens, opulent villas and stunning views backed by craggy Alpine peaks. Undoubtedly one of the most legendary hotels on Lake Como, Grand Hotel Tremezzo represents the pinnacle of romance. Book this ALTOUR SELECT property through our agency and you'll receive 100 USD resort credit, complimentary access to Villa Carlota and its breathtaking botanical gardens and more.

Date night in Vienna
A mountain hike in Salzburg

AUSTRIA

Dramatic landscapes, Habsburg glamour, a deep-rooted culture of classical music - Austria is elegant, idyllic and steeped in romance. If you are looking for the classic, grandiose Austrian experience, Vienna's many museums, churches, palaces and shops will not disappoint. Stroll through fragrant floral terraces, dancing fountains and box hedge mazes at the Schonbrunn Palace gardens, enjoy a candlelit dinner on one of the oldest Ferris wheels in the world on the Reisenrad or take a sunset cruise on the River Danube. For an extra magical experience, visit in December and experience the city's famed Christmas markets. Don't miss the chance to stay at the Hotel Sacher Wien, a true Viennese institution located directly opposite the Vienna State Opera. Book this ALTOUR SELECT property through our agency and receive a 30-minute Time-to-Chocolate spa treatment per room, complimentary buffet breakfast for two daily and more.

After you've relished the thrill of the city, discover the striking mountain landscapes and romantic history of Salzburg. Cuddle up with a horse-drawn carriage ride through Old Town, partake in a Mozart dinner concert at one of Europe's oldest restaurants at St. Peter Stiftskulinarium and devour world-famous confections at one of the town's many quaint chocolatiers. Stay at the iconic Hotel Sacher Salzburg and you'll have the unique opportunity to experience the surrounding landscapes as they were meant to be seen. Made famous by the 1965 musical, The Sound of Music, Salzburg's bucolic views are best experienced by train, and when you book both Sacher Hotels in the ALTOUR SELECT program through our agency, you'll receive two first-class one-way train tickets per room, plus 100 USD Food & Beverage credit at Hotel Sacher Salzburg, for the ultimate romantic Viennese getaway.

The following hotels provide a place for romance and relaxation as you discover the diverse experiences of Europe. Plus, you'll enjoy the bonus amenities available through ALTOUR SELECT.