Trekking in the Dolomites (EIDT)
Beloved by mountaineers and nature lovers alike, the Dolomites sit perched atop northern Italy like a rocky crown. This exhilarating trip through the mountains features day treks through some of Italy’s most unbelievable scenery, with plenty of visits to small villages along the way to soak up the unique local Ladin culture and cuisine. Nights are spent in mountain refuges, where your hosts will ply you with hearty home-cooked meals. Eat up; you won’t find tastier mountain-trekking food anywhere else.
Highlights: Enjoy magnificent hiking amongst towering peaks, pass by the highest peak in the Dolomites, revel in the chance to learn about local Ladin language and customs.
St. Patrick's Day in Ireland (EQPD)
Leave the green beer and tacky hats behind and have an authentic St. Patrick’s Day experience in Ireland. Of course, there’ll be the requisite Paddy’s Day partying in Dublin, but there will also be pub crawls in locales like Galway, Killarney and Cork, as well as storytelling tours and orientation walks to get you up to speed on Ireland’s culture. A small group size means that you’ll get more attention from the trip’s CEO—and more seats at the pub!
Highlights: Blend into a green on a Paddy's Day pub crawl in Templebar (Dublin), kiss the Blarney Stone, dance an Irish jig to traditional music at the local pub, experience the best craic Ireland has to offer.
When most of us think "Thailand," we think bustling Bangkok, fresh and spicy Lanna cuisine, and flamboyant Buddhist temples. This trip introduces you to a side of Thailand that few see, partnering you up with a local hilltribe for an all-access glimpse into (very) rural life. Explore the village and the jungle that surrounds it, study ancient farming techniques, try your hand at bamboo-weaving, and learn about daily life in the hills from your more-than-welcoming hosts. Bangkok, schmangkok – head for the hills and discover what everyone else has been missing.
Highlights: Connect with a local Black Lahu community, savour home-cooked Thai food, experience local culture hands-on, learn about local hilltribe customs from those who live and breathe them.