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5 Surprising Accessible European Vacation Destinations!

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Have you planned your accessible summer vacation yet? If not, now is the time!  Below, are some of my personal favorite surprising accessible European Vacation destinations…you don’t want to miss out on these!

5 Surprising Accessible European Vacation Destinations! 

1.  Acropolis – A breathtakingly, memorable experience
The ancient buildings of Acropolis are located on a high rocky outcrop above the city of Athens. Here, you will find some of the most beautiful historical buildings in Greece, including the Parthenon. A wheelchair stair climber and an elevator provide disabled access at Acropolis, but this must be booked in advance. On the Accessible Athens Acropolis Tour, your professional tour guide can assist you with navigating the slightly uneven terrain at the top, leaving you with the opportunity to capture the breathtaking, memorable views of the city below.

The wheelchair stair climber at
the Acropolis helps make it accessible.


2. Siena – A unique “taste” of Tuscany
During your  Accessible Tuscany Vacation , I highly recommend making your way to one of the most visited places in Italy; the beautiful medieval city of Siena. While the hills and steep streets that used to protect Siena from outside enemies can be a serious challenge for disabled travelers, it is definitely possible to find wheelchair-friendly routes through the town. Siena also provides the perfect setting for getting a taste of authentic Tuscan cuisine.The Accessible Food Tour in Siena uses wheelchair accessible routes to visit 4 accessible Siena Restaurants for a delicious 4 course meal. Buen Appetito!

3Avignon – An impressive gem in Provence
The city of Avignon is a French gem guaranteed to impress you! This medieval city is surrounded by a wall that is about a mile in diameter and almost all the sights can be found within the city wall.  While there are some cobblestones and a few hills, most of the city is paved and wheelchair friendly. Some of the most famous places in Avignon are the Pont d’Avignon and the Palais des Papes. The Palais, also known as the biggest Gothic palace in the world, doesn’t have accessible routes but you can still capture the grandness of the building from outside. On the other hand, you can easily access the Pont d’Avignon Bridge by using an elevator.

The beautiful Palais des Papes, where the Catholic Popes lived during the 13th and 14th centuries


4. Edinburgh – Hilly but doable!
You might be surprised that Edinburgh, or Hilly Edinburgh as it is also called, is actually a great accessible travel destination. With the right amount of planning and knowledge, available to you in the  Sage Accessibility Guide for Edinburgh that comes with ourAccessible Edinburgh Trip Planning Services, the capital of Scotland is sure to fascinate you! When in Edinburgh, you don’t want to miss the wheelchair friendly Museum of Scotland, and don’t forget to take a stroll down the “Royal Mile”. To avoid the steep hills, you can start at the top of the Royal Mile and roll downhill. The streets are covered in cobblestones but most sidewalks are smooth and paved.

5.  Istanbul – An unspoiled treat where East meets West
While Istanbul has noticeably more accessibility challenges than many popular tourist destinations, there are several Travel Tips for Istanbul available to help make your experience one you will cherish forever. You will encounter some steep streets (shown in the video below) but it is possible to find flat routes between the main tourist attractions.  Disabled Access at the Hagia Sophia, one of the most visited museums and monuments in the world, is provided by wheelchair accessible ramps and a smooth, step free ground floor. A great thing about Istanbul is the inexpensive accessible tram that runs through the center of town. I suggest avoiding the tram during rush hour, as it can be extremely crowded.

Some streets in Istanbul are extremely steep but with the right planning you can avoid them!


Did it surprise you that hilly cities can be accessible? Or that there is a way to avoid cobblestones and steep streets in old European city centers? On your own, the above cities might be challenging to visit, but they won’t be with the assistance of our accessible travel consultants!

Contact us today so we can start planning
your next accessible European vacation!

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Photo of Nilay“Rome’s beauty is so impressive! The city’s ancient history, numerous monuments and breathtakingly beautiful statues combined with the romantic atmosphere in the small, narrow, vibrant picturesque streets makes this one of my absolute favorite places to visit!”
– Nilay, Accessible Travel Consultant, Turkey


Photo of Eva“My favorite travel destination is London! I love how old English traditions meet modern innovation all in one spot. I don’t think you could ever get tired of London! There truly is something for everyone to see and do, no matter what your interests are.”
– Eva, Accessible Travel Consultant, Italy

Contact us today so we can start planning
your next accessible European vacation!


Travel Wisely,

John Sage, Founder and President of Sage Traveling

Phone: US: 1-888-645-7920, UK: +44 20 3540 6155

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