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!
Trekking Mont Blanc (EFMB)
Experience the rarified air of Europe as you trek the Alps from France to Italy and Switzerland on this active 10-day adventure. This challenging hiking circuit will reward you with mesmerizing views of glaciers, steep valleys and, of course, Mont Blanc itself. Travel across high passes and through Alpine meadows and recharge at night with delicious mountain cuisine in simple refuges. Challenge yourself to conquer one of the world's premier hiking circuits and uncover the alpine heart of Europe on this incredible journey.
Highlights: Hiking the soul-stirring Mont Blanc massif, witnessing alpine meadows and rocky peaks, conquering windswept cols and steep trails, earning that hearty Savoyard supper
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: enjoying magnificent hiking amongst towering peaks, passing by the highest peak in the Dolomites, revelling in the chance to learn about local Ladin language and customs.
Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth (XVRDNX)
Similar to our 'Realm of the Polar Bear' itinerary (XVRPNX), you'll enjoy three additional days of exploring. Scour the ice and tundra in search of the elusive polar bear and encounter even more icebergs, glaciers and unique wildlife than you ever thought possible on this 11-day expedition. Search for lounging seals, grazing reindeer and colonies of birds under the midnight sun.
Highlights: Make the most of your time in the high Arctic with 11 days to explore, take a turn on ‘polar bear watch’ with one of our expert guides, take an optional polar plunge, capture a herd of Svalbard reindeer in your viewfinder, enjoy spectacular vistas under the midnight sun, learn from lectures on history and the natural sciences
Trekking in Transylvania (EATC)
Enter the world of legend and embrace the myth of Count Dracula as you trek through the rugged wilderness of Romania. Ancient border roads and shepherds’ trails will reward active adventurers willing to break a sweat with stunning mountain scenery populated with bears, wolves and lynx. You'll stay in simple guesthouses and travel in small groups with local guides for a truly authentic insight into this wild corner of Europe. From steep dramatic slopes to small one-school, one-pub villages, experience the beauty of the Carpathian Mountains.
Highlights: Visiting 'Dracula's Castle' in Bran, hiking the undiscovered Romanian countryside, marvelling at magnificent Carpathian views, savouring Romanian culture and history.
Croatia Active Adventure (ECTT)
Dotted with unspoiled islands, secluded beaches and miles of coastal paths, the Dalmatian Coast remains one of Eastern Europe’s most beautiful destinations. Ideal for frugal travellers looking to try a variety of things in an out-of-the-way place, this idyllic slice of Croatia along the surprisingly balmy Adriatic is practically bursting with outdoorsy potential. Hike or bike the ruggedly beautiful rocky coastlines, paddle a sea kayak to an uninhabited island, or just laze about on the beach and let the time pass. The choice is yours, and the choices are infinite.
Highlights: Enjoying a guided sea kayaking excursion around Dubrovnik city walls, cycling in the Konavle Valley, hiking along Dalmatian cliffs, visiting the island of Kolocep, wandering in Dubrovnik old town.
Mont Blanc Explorer (EFME)
The French call her 'La Dame Blanche'; to Italians, she’s 'Il Bianco'. And to all who set out to tame her, she is known simply as 'The Big One'. Towering above the already towering Alps, Mont Blanc commands respect. This trip puts committed travellers with excellent fitness on intimate terms with the ceiling of Europe, rewarding all comers with strolls through quaint alpine villages, hearty dinners, relaxing spa visits and some of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful mountain scenery you’ll ever see. Prepare to be challenged, awestruck and amazed.
Highlights: Marvelling at Mont Blanc massif from France and Italy, Hiking along stunning Alpine trails, Spending your evenings relaxing in quaint Alpine villages.
Charming hilltop towns, acres of lemon groves and vineyards, mile after mile of stunning cliffs kissed by cobalt-blue waters…its official name is the Amalfi Coast, but this magical land answers to ‘heaven’. On this trip, you’ll live like one of the region’s (incredibly lucky) locals, discovering the small towns, mountain trails and local customs of this uniquely beautiful place. Explore the ruins of Pompeii in the morning, hike the coastline of the Med by afternoon, and tuck into bed at your converted 17th-century monastery homebase at sundown. Paradise incarnate.
Highlights: Sharing an agriturismo on the Amalfi Coast, hiking beautiful trails including the famous 'Walk of the Gods', learning about the fate of Pompeii from your expert local guide, exploring chic resort towns and historic villages, savouring delicious home-cooked Italian food made from local ingredients
Croatia and the Balkans (EJBT)
The Balkans rarely come up in conversations about great European travel destinations. We can’t imagine why. Situated on the balmy shores of the Adriatic and home to some of the most wondrous landscapes, monuments and villages you’ll ever see, this part of the world still feels like a well-kept secret. This adventure, geared towards visitors eager to add a little exercise to their travels, showcases the region’s compelling history and scenery by way of outdoor pursuits like kayaking and hiking. You may not know much about Croatia and the Balkans now, but once you’ve been, you’ll be hard pressed to stop talking about them.
Highlights: Picnicking at the source of the River Bosna, Watching locals dive gracefully from the Novy Most bridge, Kayaking to tiny islands in the crystal waters of the Bay of Kotor, Wandering the medieval streets of old Dubrovnik, Hiking to an undersea winery on the Dalmatian island of Hvar, Exploring the ancient Roman palace of Diocletian on a guided tour.
Trekking in Iceland (ELST)
Iceland is one of those rare places on Earth that feels more science-fiction than fact, even when you’re actually there. Gushing geysers, bubbling hot springs, mammoth volcanoes and acres of polar ice lend this laidback island nation a palpably otherworldly allure. Your adventures here will bring you into close contact with all of it- hiking glaciers, scaling volcanic craters and learning the colourful lore from your expert guides. There’s no spacesuit required for this out-of-this-world experience; just healthy legs and a wide-open heart.
Highlights: Exploring the ever-changing geographical wonderland of Iceland, trekking along the sides of volcanoes and across a frozen glacier, camping behind the mountains in a secluded campsite along the Laugavagur Trail, searching for thermal springs in Iceland's fertile landscapes
Norwegian Fjord Hiking (ENFH)
The Vikings were some of the toughest people to ever walk this earth, and looking at the land that spawned them, it’s not hard to see why. Carved by the relentless North Atlantic for eons, the Norwegian fjordlands are a challenge that beckons hikers and mountaineers of all ages and abilities. This trip will put you on intimate terms with the great green hills, monstrous peaks, enormous glaciers and flat-out gorgeous scenery of this isolated chunk of Scandinavia. Lace up your hiking boots and set forth in search of your own personal Valhalla.
Highlights: Stunning views across the Hardangerfjord, walking on the blue ice of the Foglefonna Glacier, hiking to the summit of Melderskin in the Rosendal Alps, admiring the sheer size of Langfoss Waterfall
Scottish Highlands Adventure (EUSH)
Scotland may be known for its whisky but it’s also overflowing with glens, rivers and lochs that are waiting for the adventurous. This energetic 7-day trip offers a combination of hillwalking, adrenaline-sport options and local culture. Test your nerves rafting the River Tay's white waters and settle them again sampling the local whisky. Admire the views around Ben Vrackie, Glen Shee and the best of the Scottish Highlands. This is a great option for the typically independent traveller wanting to get further afield in the rolling hills.
Highlights: Rafting the River Tay, hiking down 'glens' and up 'bens', sampling Scotland's finest export- whisky
Mont Blanc Explorer (EFME)
Local Living Italy: Amalfi Coast (EIAL)
Croatia and the Balkans (EJBT)
|Trip||Length||Style||Service Level||Starting Price|
|Trekking Mont Blanc (EFMB)||10 days||Active||Basic||
From $1317 USDPromotions Available!
|Trekking in the Dolomites (EIDT)||10 days||Active||Basic||
From $1120 USDPromotions Available!
|Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth (XVRDNX)||11 days||Small Ship Cruising & Sailing||N/A||
From $5199 USDPromotions Available!
|Trekking in Transylvania (EATC)||8 days||Active||Basic||
From $850 USDPromotions Available!
|Croatia Active Adventure (ECTT)||8 days||Active||Basic||
From $1020 USDPromotions Available!
|Mont Blanc Explorer (EFME)||8 days||Active||Standard||
From $1549 USD
|Local Living Italy: Amalfi Coast (EIAL)||8 days||Local Living||Comfort||
From $1599 USD
|Croatia and the Balkans (EJBT)||15 days||Classic||Standard||
From $2199 USD
|Trekking in Iceland (ELST)||10 days||Active||Camping||
From $2550 USDPromotions Available!
|Norwegian Fjord Hiking (ENFH)||8 days||Active||Basic||
From $1445 USDPromotions Available!
|Scottish Highlands Adventure (EUSH)||7 days||Active||Standard||
From $595 USDPromotions Available!