Europe has always been the destination of choice for those seeking a connection with the history of western culture. Beyond the capital cities and museums hides another Europe vacation opportunity, studded with incredible scenery, quaint villages, quiet coastlines, friendly people and adventurous activities. Europe travel options include some of the world?s greatest treks, walks, bike rides and leisurely sightseeing excursions, which run through landscapes as grand as the Alps, yet as subtle as Tuscany. How about a winter experience in Scandinavia? Or an epic 80+ day tour through a dozen countries? From the turquoise coast of Turkey and medieval capitals of Eastern Europe to Spanish Andalucia, discover the real Europe with the Great Adventure People!
Whether you're looking for relaxed afternoons lazing on the deck of a yacht or time to indulge in the nightlife, this Croatian cruise aims to please. Embark in lovely Dubrovnik and discover charming villages as you sail from island to stunning island on a small yacht. The emphasis is on connecting with the country and culture and you'll fall in love with this region's beauty on hikes to castles and waterfalls. Toss in beach barbecues and snorkelling and you have an incredible and affordable island getaway.
Highlights: Discover secluded islands and deserted beaches, explore Korčula- the birth place of Marco Polo, wander the forested paradise of Mljet National Park, connect with history at Diocletian's Palace in Split.
Whether you're looking for relaxed afternoons lazing on the deck of a yacht or time to indulge in the nightlife, this Croatian cruise aims to please. Discover charming villages and stunning scenery as you sail from Split to Dubrovnik on a small yacht. The emphasis is on connecting with the country and culture and you'll fall in love with this region's beauty on hikes to castles and waterfalls. Toss in beach barbecues and snorkelling and you have an incredible and affordable island getaway.
Highlights: Connect with history at Diocletian's Palace in Split, discover secluded islands and deserted beaches, explore Korcula—the birthplace of Marco Polo, wander the forested paradise of Mljet National Park, sail into the ancient port of Dubrovnik—'the Pearl of the Adriatic'
Experience life the local way and you’ll experience a Tuscany that most tourists miss. This trip offers plenty of opportunity to get your hands dirty in the kitchen as you’ll learn to prepare and enjoy this picturesque region’s culinary and viticultural delights. Peruse the local markets and delis in search of the finest organic fare, sample wines in the very vineyards that produced them, and work off all that deliciousness with walks across some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. Just start forwarding your mail here now.
Highlights: Learning traditional recipes and eating delicious Tuscan cuisine, touring the agriturismo's organic orchards and wine cellar to learn more about the 'Slow Food' movement, visiting medieval Montalcino and sampling delicious local wines, exploring the Tuscan countryside and stone-walled hill towns
Cycling in Tuscany (EITC)
In a country famed for its extensive (not to mention delicious) culinary traditions, Tuscany is top dog. And what better way to work up an appetite for all those gastronomic delights than by taking a leisurely ride through some of the most gorgeous countryside you’ll find anywhere? On this trip, you’ll explore the gently rolling hills and tiny villages of this idyllic patch of Europe from the seat of a bike, then dig in to expertly prepared meals and flavourful wines drawn from the land you’ve spent all day traversing. If you really are what you eat, expect to become exquisite.
Highlights: Learning traditional recipes and eating delicious Tuscan cuisine, cycling through Tuscan countryside and stone-walled hill towns, visiting quaint Pienza and medieval Montepulciano.
Absolute Turkey (ETAT)
This comprehensive tour of Turkey combines history and beaches, man-made wonders and natural phenomena, as well as a vibrant and welcoming culture. Begin your trip roaming the palaces and mosques of Istanbul before journeying into the bizarre as you explore otherworldly Cappadocia. From the amazing white cliff waterfalls of Pamukkale to the bustling bazaars of Istanbul, our local CEOs will show you the region’s hidden gems and make sure your trip burns brightly in your memory long after you've left this crossroads of Asia and Europe.
Highlights: Discovering historic cities and exploring the ancient ruins of Ephesus, marvelling at the extraordinary scenery of Cappadocia, enjoying dinner in a local family home, relaxing on an overnight boat trip, staying in a local village.
A yacht adventure is the ideal way to experience what many consider the world's most beautiful islands: the Greek Islands. Sail 8 days aboard our 15m (50-ft.) yachts, with time for hiking, snorkelling and relaxing. Explore ancient archaeological sites and taverna-lined harbours, dine on fresh seafood and don't forget to try the ouzo!
Highlights: Explore the beautiful southern Cyclades by sailboat, stop at small off-the-beaten-path islands along the way, relax on white-sand beaches, try your hand at sailing (or just relax on the deck), stroll through local villages and sample traditional Greek food and wine
Ultimate Italy (EIUL)
From the villages of Cinque Terre to Tuscany's medieval splendour, this is an adventure for those looking to indulge in all of Italy’s delights. Walk through grand piazzas and winding lanes, stroll the canals of Venice and float past villas on Lake Como. Marvel at the ancient grandeur of Rome and the Renaissance masterpieces of Florence. Your CEO will take care of the details so you can travel at a leisurely pace and appreciate the scenery, whether it’s sipping vino in Tuscany or sampling local delicacies on the shores of Lake Como. Experience the best of Italy in this all-encompassing tour.
Highlights: Experiencing medieval and Renaissance delights, discovering a passion for regional wines and Italian cuisine, savouring the sea views and mountain grandeur, exploring the elegant countryside of Lake Como by boat
A yacht adventure is the ideal way to experience what many consider the world's most beautiful islands: the Greek Islands. Sail for up to 15 days aboard our 15m yachts, with time for hiking, snorkelling and relaxing. Explore ancient archaeological sites and taverna-lined harbours, dine on fresh seafood and don't forget to try the ouzo!
Highlights: Relax on white sand beaches and swim in brilliant turquoise water, test your hand at sailing or just relax on the deck, wander through whitewashed villages, taste traditional Greek food and wine, hike to spectacular viewpoints
Trans Mongolian Express (ACTM)
From the Great Wall of China to the Hermitage in St Petersburg, travel halfway around the world in three incredible weeks. Board one of the world’s great trains and ride the rails on this once-in-a-lifetime trip across the grassy steppes of Mongolia and through the taiga forests of Siberia. Share train carriages with locals, overnight in Mongolian ger tents and in cozy Russian homestays. Not only does this trip provide the perfect blend of comfortable accommodations and plenty of activities, but also free time to explore this fascinating region at your own pace.
Highlights: Exploring the courtyards of the Forbidden City and walking along the Great Wall of China, riding the rails through Mongolia's grassy steppe and Siberia's taiga forest, staying in a local village on Lake Baikal, admiring the grand structure of Moscow's Kremlin and Red Square, marvelling at the rich art collection in the Hermitage.
Golden Ring of Russia (ARGR)
Experience the treasures of Russian culture, history and architecture on this 8-day journey—wander picturesque towns older than Moscow and marvel at Orthodox frescoes and golden domes. An expert CEO will lead the way and locals will uncover what was hidden behind the Iron Curtain for years. Visit the Kremlin in Moscow and contemplate European masterpieces in St Petersburg's Hermitage. The graceful cathedrals of St Petersburg coupled with the grandeur of Moscow are just waiting to be discovered in this glimpse of Russia.
Highlights: Admiring St Basil's Cathedral and Red Square, gawking at the Kremlin Armoury treasures, visiting Golden Ring churches and monasteries, relaxing at Lake Nero, exploring St Petersburg's back streets and ornate buildings
The Best of Eastern Europe (EABE)
From fairytale Czech towns to the ‘Pearl of the Danube’, Budapest, experience the unique culture, food and history of Eastern Europe. This 2-week trip through six Eastern European countries offers an intriguing combination of urban centres, village life and outdoor pursuits. Visit castles, churches and romantic town squares. Indulge in Berlin’s café culture and Prague’s beer, explore a Tatra Mountains' village and float down river on a raft.
Highlights: Wandering beautiful medieval cities, Hiking in the High Tatra Mountains, Exploring world-class museums, Savoring the café culture.
The wise traveller knows that the best way to get under the skin of a destination is to hunker down and stay awhile. This 8-day trip lets you dig deeper on the beautiful Croatian island of Krk. You'll share your base—a cluster of old stone homes with beautiful interiors and a big terrace with a barbecue—with other like-minded travellers but are free to explore any way you want. Witness wine-making and olive oil processing, cycle to Roman ruins, hit the beach or head out on day trips to nearby islands.
Highlights: Sharing a rental property with optional day trips and activities, chilling out at your new home in the picturesque village of Gostinjac, Exploring Krk's hidden gems by foot and bicycle, Discovering other islands on optional excursions, Daytripping to the beach, Dining with new friends—the locals.
Bavarian beer, cuisine and culture combine to make this one tour of Germany you don’t want to miss. Imagine singing along with tens of thousands accompanied by ‘oom pah pahs’, while locals clad in lederhosen and feathered hats dance on tables. This is Oktoberfest! Of course, this tour is not only about beer—it’s also about sampling Munich’s cuisine and culture. Your CEO will take the hassle out of organizing so that you’re free to enjoy the party. Experience the lederhosen, the music and the friendliness of Bavaria—Ein Prosit!
Highlights: Revelling in raucous Oktoberfest, digging into hearty regional fare, following Bavarian beer from brewery to tankard and enjoying a tipple or two yourself, shopping for your very own lederhosen.
France to Italy Adventure (EFIA)
Sip wine in Burgundy, feast on local delicacies in Provence, follow scenic tracks along Italy's Cinque Terre coast and raise your glass to the best of France and Italy. Over 13 well-paced days, travel from Paris to Rome and savour the region's cultural and natural highlights. Your expert CEO will take the hassle out of travel but leave you with plenty of free time to explore. Witness the grandeur of Paris and Florence's great masterpieces, relax on the beach and fall in love with the beauty of this region.
Highlights: Wandering through charming medieval cities and glorious countryside, tasting fine wines and eating local delicacies, soaking up the classic European culture, exploring the European capitals of Paris and Rome
Artists have always flocked to Provence—stick around for awhile and see why. This Local Living adventure sets you up in a charming and traditional house then leaves you free to create the perfect holiday. Wander lavender fields, visit vineyards, marvel at the Pont du Gard—it's your call. You'll share the kitchen and living areas with other like-minded travellers, and a CEO is there to recommend local favourites. Take it slow and fall in love with this seductive corner of France. The specific property and locations for this tour are subject to change.
Highlights: Sharing a rental property with optional day trips and activities, sampling Mediterranean-inspired Provençal food, shopping in the local markets, exploring beautiful Provence, kicking up your feet and relaxing in the tranquil countryside.
Best of Greece (EGBG)
When you saddle a trip with a moniker as lofty as 'Best of Greece', you’d better make sure it lives up to the hype. This one does. Compiling the top moments from our best-selling trips in the region, this comprehensive tour through the cradle of Western Civilization brings the distant past and vibrant present into sharp focus. Between the must-see historical sites of Athens and Delphi, the rugged plateaus of the fabled Samariá Gorge, personal encounters in isolated Cretan villages and the breezy sway of Santorini at sundown, you won’t have a moment to waste. Witness Greece—in all her timeless glory—with us.
Highlights: Discovering Greek history and culture, marvelling at classic architecture ancient and modern, exploring ancient cities and quaint villages, witnessing a Mediterranean sunset while eating fresh seafood, soaking in Cretan culture.
If you’ve ever wanted to forge a deeper bond with a destination, this is your chance. Centred in San Gimignano, this Local Living adventure places you in the heart of Tuscany for eight days of exploring. After a chef-prepared lunch, you’re free to explore the town, visit vineyards, discover medieval highlights or embrace your inner artist wandering the Tuscan countryside. You’ll share the accommodation with like-minded travellers, and with a CEO there to point you in the right direction, prepare to fall in love with Italy.
Highlights: Sharing a rental property with optional day trips and activities, eating delicious Tuscan cuisine, making new friends at your home away from home, strolling the medieval lanes of beautiful San Gimignano, relaxing at your haven in the Tuscan countryside
Local Living Italy: Rome (EILL)
Rome has been a world capital for millennia—give yourself the time needed to get acquainted. This Local Living option situates you in a comfortable apartment—kitchen, wi-fi, dining area—within walking distance to St Peter's Basilica and Vatican City. Spend your time exploring Roman ruins, medieval sites and Renaissance highlights. You’ll share your home with like-minded travellers but your days are your own. You can’t rush a love affair—take it slow and fall in love with one of Europe’s most impressive cities.
Highlights: Sharing a rental property with optional day trips and activities, strolling to St Peter's Basilica and Vatican City, making friends in your new home, being close to a metro station for easy exploring, finding hidden gems on out of the way streets, having the time needed to connect with this ancient capital.
Local Living Italy: Puglia (EIPL)
Some destinations are best experienced quickly in a single gulp. Puglia, on the other hand, is a place you sip and savour slowly. From a charming apartment inside the walls of an ancient city, this Local Living trip to Italy’s boot heel puts you in close contact with the people who are lucky enough to live here full-time. Discover the culinary secrets of the region’s age-old winemaking and olive oil trades, learn to make your own pasta, bike down dozens of scenic trails or simply soak up the splendour of your surroundings. Above all, make yourself at home.
Highlights: Sharing a rental property with optional day trips and activities, exploring one of Italy's least touristed provinces, strolling the narrow lanes of the historical centre, sipping on a cappuccino looking out at white limestone cliffs towering over the bright turquoise blue sea, sampling regional gastronomic delights.
Local Living Italy: Sicily (EISL)
Trade the hustle and bustle of the mainland for eight soul-soothing days immersed in the agrarian coziness of Sicily. On this unique Local Living departure, you’ll get an up-close-and-personal glimpse of everyday life on this laidback island from three different yet equally charming towns, with five of the nights in a comfortable apartment. By day, you’ll stroll the streets of baroque Catania, the beautiful fishing village of Acitrezza, and the tiny, volcano-ringed Lipari—considered by some to be the 'Sicilian Santorini'. Pleasant seaside strolls? Volcano hikes? Kayaking excursions? Loads of downtime? Why leave?
Highlights: Exploring three very unique communities in Sicily, witnessing the organized chaos of the Catania fish market, hiking the Aeolian Islands, strolling the colourful streets of Lipari, soaking up the Sicilian vibe and sun.
Croatia Sailing Adventure - Dubrovnik to Split (ECVD)
Croatia Sailing Adventure - Split to Dubrovnik (ECVS)
Local Living Italy: Southern Tuscany (EIST)
Greek Islands Sailing Adventure (Mykonos to Santorini) (GVMS)
Ultimate Italy (EIUL)
Greek Islands Sailing Adventure (Santorini to Athens) (GVSA)
The Best of Eastern Europe (EABE)
France to Italy Adventure (EFIA)
Local Living Italy: Tuscany San Gimignano (EIGL)
Local Living Italy: Puglia (EIPL)
Local Living Italy: Sicily (EISL)
|Trip||Length||Style||Service Level||Starting Price|
|Croatia Sailing Adventure - Dubrovnik to Split (ECVD)||8 days||Small Ship Cruising & Sailing||Standard||
From $1399 USD
|Croatia Sailing Adventure - Split to Dubrovnik (ECVS)||8 days||Small Ship Cruising & Sailing||Standard||
From $1050 USDPromotions Available!
|Local Living Italy: Southern Tuscany (EIST)||7 days||Local Living||Standard||
From $1299 USD
|Cycling in Tuscany (EITC)||7 days||Active||Standard||
From $1020 USDPromotions Available!
|Absolute Turkey (ETAT)||15 days||Classic||Standard||
From $1530 USDPromotions Available!
|Greek Islands Sailing Adventure (Mykonos to Santorini) (GVMS)||8 days||Small Ship Cruising & Sailing||Standard||
From $1190 USDPromotions Available!
|Ultimate Italy (EIUL)||13 days||Classic||Standard||
From $2199 USD
|Greek Islands Sailing Adventure (Santorini to Athens) (GVSA)||15 days||Small Ship Cruising & Sailing||Standard||
From $2499 USD
|Trans Mongolian Express (ACTM)||21 days||Classic||Standard||
From $4230 USDPromotions Available!
|Golden Ring of Russia (ARGR)||8 days||Classic||Standard||
From $1615 USDPromotions Available!
|The Best of Eastern Europe (EABE)||15 days||Classic||Standard||
From $1999 USD
|Local Living Croatia: Krk Island (ECZL)||8 days||Local Living||Standard||
From $960 USDPromotions Available!
|Oktoberfest (EDOB)||5 days||Classic||Standard||
From $1199 USD
|France to Italy Adventure (EFIA)||13 days||Classic||Standard||
From $2399 USD
|Local Living France: Provence (EFLL)||8 days||Local Living||Standard||
From $800 USDPromotions Available!
|Best of Greece (EGBG)||15 days||Classic||Standard||
From $1700 USDPromotions Available!
|Local Living Italy: Tuscany San Gimignano (EIGL)||8 days||Local Living||Standard||
From $825 USDPromotions Available!
|Local Living Italy: Rome (EILL)||8 days||Local Living||Standard||
From $850 USDPromotions Available!
|Local Living Italy: Puglia (EIPL)||8 days||Local Living||Standard||
From $1099 USD
|Local Living Italy: Sicily (EISL)||8 days||Local Living||Standard||
From $1199 USD