Holiday travel to Europe is up more than 20%This holiday season, Americans are traveling to Europe in huge numbers. According to a study by Allianz Global Assistance, in fact, the total number of flights booked to the 20 most-visited European cities inside the holiday season—defined as Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day—is up 26% from the total in 2017.

The five most-visited cities this winter, per the study, remain unchanged from 2017. They are, in order: London, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, and Madrid. Lisbon, meanwhile, saw the largest jump in American travelers with an incredible 103% increase in flights from the same period last year.

Here’s the full top 20 plus the change in visitors each will see this holiday season:

Credit: Allianz

“We’re pleased to see that American interest in European travel has continued to grow over the past year,” said Daniel Durazo, director of marketing and communications at Allianz Global Assistance. “With flights cheaper and more accessible than ever, we expect Europe to continue to gain in popularity as a holiday travel destination among Americans for some time to come. Severe weather, trip cancellations, trip interruptions or trip delays are all possibilities when traveling to a foreign country, but with the right insurance policy, you may be reimbursed for your pre-paid, non-refundable travel expenses. Knowing your trip is protected can help ease your mind during a busy holiday season.”

Disclaimer: Johnny Jet works as an ambassador for Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company) and receives financial compensation.

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