Touring the big cities of Europe is still what we call one of the blockbuster travel experiences, encompassing a host of classic scenes, from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to Big Ben in London and the Colosseum in Rome.
But the past few years have seen a shift, with activities becoming more nuanced - photography or beer tours, gourmet itineraries, slow-food frolics, sightseeing by oar.
There's been a move, too, towards cities which may not previously have been thought of on the big city tour of Europe - think Spanish twins Barcelona and Madrid, Moscow and St Petersburg in Russia, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Berlin.
Part of the reason for this is that Australian travellers are looking for something new, having already tried the nailed-on favourites, and importantly these cities are even easier to get to.
Most major cities can now be reached daily from Perth, usually involving one easy stop in the Gulf region or Asia.
So in this Europe Guide we look at the classic cities and a few "new" names that are set to become favourites with Australian travellers.
We'll tell you how to get there and how to make the most of your time when you arrive.
You can, of course, do it under your own steam and we take a look at some of the more novel ways to see the cities. Or you could take a trip with one of a number of well-reputed touring companies.
They have accommodation, travelling and experiences down to a fine art because they've been doing it for years and have done much of the legwork - particularly useful in places most readers are less familiar with.
And just as more cities are revealing their attractions to travellers, so too are touring companies giving visitors more immersive experiences in these places.
Days revolve around making a visitor feel a sense of "traction" in a place - there are fewer hours spent on the bus on long drives from point to point and more time spent allowing travellers to meet the locals at family-owned restaurants, vineyards and olive groves.