Do you dream of spending your next holiday sipping champagne on the Mediterranean seashore among all your friends? Or are your mates the kind of adrenaline-seekers who’d prefer to hike up a glacier?

Either way, going on holiday with a group of loved ones means unforgettable shared adventures. But to ensure those memories you’re making are of the cherished kind, you’ll need to make sure your trip ticks all the boxes and isn’t characterised by stressful hiccups and setbacks. The best way of doing this is to plan ahead, and you can get a head start by following our top tips for perfecting group travel.

  • Designate one member of your group to book everyone’s flights, rather than relying on people to individually book their own. Because someone will forget or leave it too late. And you know who it’ll be.
  • Long, long before your day of departure, start a WhatsApp group with everyone who’ll be travelling. This keeps everyone in the loop and can help solve potential pitfalls before they arrive.
  • Ask everyone to download a bill-splitting app (like Splitwise or Tricount) to avoid post-meal confusion.
  • Book tickets to activities, attractions and – where possible – restaurants in advance to guarantee admission for everyone. Because rocking up to that hip new restaurant you read about without a booking or turning up at the city’s most popular gallery in a group, minus tickets, might not go the way you’d hoped…
  • Most importantly, don’t forget to head to our Group Holidays hub before booking! Here, you’ll find all kinds of ways that easyJet is helping to make group bookings simpler. This includes providing a special service for trips with ten people or more (where a travel expert can help build and book your holiday), offering discounts for groups, and suggesting handpicked hotels suitable for larger groups, plus lots more useful stuff.

Now you’re prepped, you’ll be ready to book your next group getaway. The good news is that you can save with our Big Orange Sale on flights to Europe’s best group holiday spots. If you’re stumped on where to land, here are a handful of destinations just begging to host your trip.

Ibiza – for groups who want to party

Ibiza – for groups who want to party
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The beat never stops thumping in Ibiza, one of the Balearic Islands that’s known for its never-ending nightlife offerings. If you and your group want to max out the clubbing, visit when season really picks up steam in June or during the peak in July and August. Clubs like long-standing staple Pacha reward the most enduring partygoers, opening at midnight and shuttering with the sunrise. If one or more of your group aren’t fans of the traditional dark, sweaty club experience, Ibiza’s many beach clubs, day parties and sunset bars bring the party to the sun-filled seashores instead.

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Cyprus – for groups wanting a relaxed beach break

Cyprus – for groups wanting a relaxed beach break
Fig Tree Bay, Protaras / Image: Adobe Stock

If you’re heading away with a crew of beachgoers, try this dreamy Mediterranean island, with beaches like Protaras (also known as Fig Tree Bay) in the idyllic town of Paralimni boasting almost-impossibly clear waters and sandy beaches ideal for an afternoon of sunbathing and swimming. Groups visiting in winter should navigate to Asomatos, near the island’s southern tip, in the hope of spotting a flamboyance of hot-pink flamingos flocking to Akrotiri Salt Lake.

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Amsterdam – for a cultural group break

Amsterdam – for a cultural group break
Rembrandt portraits Jan and Jaapgen, on loan from the Henry M. Holterman Family / Image: Rijksmuseum/Olivier Middendorp

The Netherlands’ bustling capital city is home to countless art museums and galleries that are sure to satisfy groups looking for a cultural jaunt, whether those in your party lean towards timeless works by Dutch masters or edgy, contemporary visual art. Get your fill of Rembrandts (including a pair of rediscovered, miniature portraits) and Vermeers at The Rijksmuseum, or stare closely at Van Gogh’s textured brush strokes at the Van Gogh Museum. When it’s time for your group to get a little more modern, the Open Space Contemporary Art Museum showcases fashion, design and crafts.

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Bergen – for sportier groups

Bergen – for sportier groups
Not a bad view: Sognefjord / Image: Adobe Stock

Set on Norway’s southwestern coastline, Bergen is a year-round paradise for groups aiming to get their blood pumping amid gorgeous natural surrounds and – as a bonus – prices that are often a little lower than Oslo. Often called “the city between seven mountains,” Bergen is surrounded by rocky peaks that are perfect for hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking or trail running. Plan an expedition as a group or break up into smaller factions to pursue different activities. Two of Norway’s largest fjords – the Hardangerfjord and the Sognefjord – can be explored on mini-cruises from Bergen, and in winter, you can test your ice axe skills on a glacier walk.

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Porto – for a city break with something for the whole group

Porto – for a city break with something for the whole group
Wine waiting to happen: vineyards lining the Douro / Image: Adobe Stock

If you’re holidaying with a group that has a ton of different interests, Portugal’s second largest city has got your back. Wine lovers and foodies will find countless flavours to revel in, and a visit to one of the city’s port houses lining the Douro River is a must. More into shopping than sipping? Opt for a leisurely stroll through Porto’s historic centre and browse shops specialising in gold filigree jewellery, vintage clothing or fine chocolates. Porto is also a city that values history of all stripes: museums like the Museu de Farmácia do Porto and the Museum do Futebol Clube do Porto gather impressive collections from the annals of pharmacology and Porto’s beloved football club, respectively.

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Palermo, Sicily – for groups who want to indulge

Palermo, Sicily – for groups who want to indulge
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For those who need a break from the grind and time to appreciate the finer things in life (by which we mean good food, good wine and good beaches), both Palermo – the island’s capital – and wider Sicily offer countless open-air, white tableclothed restaurants in which to try its unique cuisine. Seek out Sicilian specialities such as arancini, aubergine-rich dishes like caponata and pasta alla norma, regionally made chocolate from Modica, and the island’s famous and nero d’avola wine. Palermo is also the perfect spot from which to dip your toes in the Med: hit the sandy shores at Mondello or Capaci, or spring for a reservation at a lido (a private beach club), most of which offer chairs and umbrellas to boost those indulgence levels even further.

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Bucharest – for groups who want something different

Bucharest – for groups who want something different
The colourful gardens at Herastrau Park / Image: Getty Images

If your group is keen to see somewhere that’s a little off the tourist map, but which still offers a fantastic all-round city break – Bucharest is the one for you. Romania’s capital city offers endless picturesque cityscapes dotted with lush green spaces, like the gardens of Herăstrau Park, as well as thriving scenes for dining, drinking and nightlife. And all will be notably more affordable than so many of Europe’s big-draw capitals, which will be a pleasant surprise for everyone in the group. Get the lay of the land by enjoying a traditional Romanian plăcintă pastry, before touring the historic Lipscani district and taking in every gilded accent, archway and domed top of the city’s remaining Belle Epoque architecture. After that, take your pick – there’ no shortage of things for you and your team to uncover in this buzzy, beautiful city.

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