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What’s new and noteworthy in Europe for 2024

Portugal is Europe’s Leading Destination

If you needed a reason to visit Portugal, here it is — the country has been named Europe’s Leading Destination for the second consecutive year at the World Travel Awards. No matter which direction you head in during your stay, an acclaimed destination awaits, whether you’re hitting the streets in the northern city and wine capital of Porto, walking the beaches of the remote island of Madeira or venturing out on the trails of Passadiços do Paiva in the Arouca UNESCO Global Geopark.

The Latest Hotels to Check Into
THE AMAURIS VIENNA SUPERIOR ROOM with chic linens and stylish modern furniture

The Amauris Vienna

Vienna’s iconic Ringstrasse is home to the city’s most magnificent buildings, which, as of February, include the Amauris Vienna. The building’s striking 19th-century façade and original elevator pair with modern touches, including marble bathrooms and Italian linens.

Broadwick Soho, London

This independently owned hotel opened in London’s lively West End in November, with colorful, sophisticated interiors showcasing artwork from the likes of Andy Warhol and rising star Faye Wei Wei. Head to the Nook, the cozy guests-only lounge, to listen to vinyl curated from Soho’s many record shops.

COMO Le Montrachet, France

Luxury group COMO’s first French property, which opened in April, is a village estate tucked in the center of one of the most renowned wine destinations — Puligny-Montrachet, Burgundy. A stay here is as gastronomic as it is picturesque, with wining and dining experiences such as Côte de Beaune wine tours and market-to-table culinary classes.

Get to the World’s Best Restaurant While You Can
DITTE ISAGER FOR NOMA - extraordinary presentation of a mussel and egg culinary dish resembling an eye

After two decades, three Michelin stars and a record five World’s Best Restaurant titles, Copenhagen’s coveted Noma will close its doors in winter 2024, in favor of something more nomadic and sporadic. Enter Noma 3.0: a food lab set to start inventing flavors, developing dishes and hosting international pop-ups as early as 2025.

Ride Italy’s Luxury Rails

In 1977, the Orient Express, famed for its Paris-to-Istanbul route, shuttered its service. Now, nearly 50 years later, it’s making a comeback on the tracks of Italy. In partnership with Accor, the Orient Express La Dolce Vita will launch in 2024, offering six itineraries, from a one-night journey through Tuscany to a two-night Sicilian adventure. Luxury interiors throughout the train’s 12 cabins, 18 suites and restaurant will transport you back to the 1960s and ’70s, featuring bold shades, moody lighting and smoked-mirror walls.

Artist rendering of the proposed bar car on the new 2024 ACCOR, THE ORIENT EXPRESS LA DOLCE VITA train

Cruise News

Three New European Ports to Discover on Your Next Celebrity Cruise

Brindisi, Italy

Italy’s “Gateway to the East” is a historical port city and trading hub on the Adriatic. Explore its medieval castles or one of multiple pristine beaches before heading to a trattoria for an Apulian feast of seafood and orecchiette.

Bordeaux, France

Sample local delights, like oysters, canelé and, of course, wine, in one of Bordeaux’s brasseries. Or spend an afternoon learning about the region’s terroir at La Cité du Vin, a cultural center dedicated to sharing the world of wine.

Volos, Greece

A day in this city set at the base of Mount Pelion should include a visit to the Athanasakeio Archaeological Museum of Volos and a meal at a tsipouradika, or tavern, with fresh fish and grilled feta.

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