Whilst 2017 will almost certainly be the year that Britain begins the process of leaving the EU, it could be the perfect time for you to put yourself firmly in Europe by attending some of the continent’s major anniversaries and events during 2017. This year marks 15 years since the Euro currency was brought in, with seven countries joining since the single currency hit 12 different nations in 2002. So, will 2017 be the year you change your pounds for Euros and head to any of these events?
500 Years of Reformation
When Martin Luther nailed his ‘Ninety-Five Theses’ to the door of a church in Wittenberg in 1517 he couldn’t possibly have imagined the changes that would take place over the next 500 years. This was the start of the Protestant Reformation, sending ripples through the worlds of religion, politics and theology all around Europe. There are many events taking place during the year to mark this anniversary, with the week-long Luther500 festival being held where it all began – in Wittenberg. Other events include an exhibition at the German Historical Museum in Berlin and the National Youth Orchestra touring a special performance around the country.
70th Anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival
The Cannes Film Festival is an event with guaranteed star appeal. Now in its 70th year, famous faces from the world of film and entertainment flock to the French Riviera to see some of the latest masterpieces from around the globe. Whilst the festival itself has always been invitation only, a trip to Cannes or Monte Carlo during May 2017 will provide the perfect opportunity to do some celeb spotting and live the life of luxury.
100 Years Since America Joined WW1
As we continue through the centenary years of World War One, we reach a milestone that represents 100 years since America declared war on Germany. Whilst many see this as a turning point in the conflict, 2017 presents the perfect opportunity to take a poignant trip to the battlefields in France to learn what happened at the time. Whether you wish to pay your respects to the fallen or brush up on your history, our battlefield tours offer a sobering yet insightful look at a war which affected so many.
25th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris
Europe’s largest and most popular theme park has been providing families with joy for 25 years now and there are many celebrations planned for 2017. If you have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to visit, this milestone year could present the ideal chance. New experiences include a 3D Star Wars adventure, the transformation of Space Mountain to take riders through the Star Wars galaxy, a new parade and show, a spectacular Disney Illuminations production in the evenings and much more. If you are planning a visit in 2017, we can help you organise a trip which also includes a mini Paris city break.
40 Years of Star Wars
Speaking of Star Wars, it has now been 40 years since Episode IV – A New Hope was released in theatres, sparking a furore which has had fans immersing themselves in a galaxy far, far away ever since. Thanks to a recent reboot, the franchise now has a new generation of followers and tours are popping up in filming locations around Europe. One of the biggest spots, and a destination that is set to play a big part in the upcoming Episode VIII, is Dubrovnik. This historical city is teeming with culture, great food and is the perfect place to get your Jedi fix.
If you would like to be part of any of the major events taking place in Europe during 2017, we can help book a trip that is tailor-made to your needs.