Europe is a continent steeped in history. From ancient wonders like the Roman Colosseum and Stonehenge to modern- day marvels such as La Sagrada Familia and the Louvre, there’s no shortage of treasures waiting for travelers to discover.
The continent is modest in size— only Australia is smaller—but it offers profound cultural differences among its approximately 50 countries. You can travel only a few hours and find yourself immersed in a new culture with its own customs and language.
Club Members can use Points to stay in Europe at RCI exchange resorts. Exchange resorts can be found in several European countries, including France, Italy, Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom and more.
To find resorts in Europe, go to the RCI exchange reservations site and select “Europe” under Quick Search or click the European continent on the Search By Map tab. Then narrow your search to individual countries, and you’ll see a list of resorts that are available for Club Members to request reservations. You can also sort the results by vacation type, check-in date or member review. Remember that weekly reservations can be made up to two years prior to check-in. And if the dates you’re looking for aren’t available, you can set up an ongoing search and RCI will notify you when your ideal vacation becomes available.
Here are four exchange destinations to consider booking for your next trip
In a land where fairy tales were inspired, cuckoo clocks are made and trains run on time, Germany is a destination that won’t disappoint. The capital city of Berlin offers travelers world-class museums and historic places, such as the Brandenburg Gate and the remains of the Berlin Wall. At sunset, relax in one of several “beach bars” along the River Spree and watch as boats pass by and people trickle in and out of the Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Berlin’s Central Train Station). For a different experience, take the train to Bavaria in southeastern Germany, where travelers can bike through one of Europe’s largest urban parks, the Englischer Garten (English Garden) in Munich. In the summer, enjoy open-air theater in the park or stop at the famous Chinesische Turm beer garden for a pint and a Bavarian pretzel.
Madrid may be known as Spain’s cosmopolitan capital and Barcelona its cultural beacon in the north, but Málaga is Spain’s sun-drenched tourist mecca. Lying on the southernmost tip of Spain along the Mediterranean’s Costa del Sol (Sun Coast), it offers visitors miles of beautiful beaches and its own unique attractions. This is the birthplace of Picasso, and travelers to Málaga can explore a large collection of museums, including the Picasso Museum housing several of the master’s paintings. The city is also famous for two Moorish hilltop castles, Alcazaba and Gibralfaro, and some of the tastiest tapas in Spain.
When you think of Sweden, the first thing that comes to mind may be the unusual furniture names at IKEA or ABBA performing “Dancing Queen.” But the Nordic country, the largest of the five, is also a commendable tourist destination known for snow-capped peaks, unspoiled green forests and Viking lore. Travelers to Sweden can view Viking artifacts and other historic displays at the Swedish Museum of National Antiquities in the capital city of Stockholm. The country is also great for outdoor activities, from skiing and hiking to wildlife viewing. Sweden is home to reindeer, wolves, lynx and many other magnificent animals.
Tenerife is the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, an archipelago located just off the coast of Morocco. The island enjoys a warm climate year-round and breathtaking scenery, making it one of the top tourist destinations in Spain and the world. Teide National Park, located in the center of the island, is a World Heritage Site and a popular attraction—Mount Teide, the park’s active volcano, sits at the highest elevation in Spain and is home to some of its best hiking trails. The island also hosts a wild Carnival celebration each February that’s second in popularity only to the one in Rio de Janeiro.
Ready to explore exchange vacation destinations or book an exchange vacation with RCI? Log in to your Member website at hgvclub.com or myhiltonclub.com. Then click the “My Club” tab and select the “RCI Affiliated Resorts” link.