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!
You could see Europe the same as everyone else, or you could live it like you mean it. With magnificent Dubrovnik as a launching pad, you’ll head south through Montenegro and undiscovered Albania, hit Corfu and its fabulous beaches en route to a history fix in ancient Athens. Along the way, you’ll climb the lanes of walled towns and get down in exclusive clubs. In the company of other young, fun travellers this trip is utterly unique—just like you.
Highlights: Lazing on Corfu’s beaches, discovering enigmatic Albania, making new friends over drinks in the Dalmatian Islands, connecting with the culture in charming old villages, walking through historic Athens
A trip from Zagreb to Dubrovnik is not your backpacker’s typical European tour—it’s way better. In one week, scramble from historic Zagreb along the Adriatic Coast to stunning Dubrovnik. Along the way you’ll hit the highlights—did we mention Pag and Hvar, along the coastline? But you’ll also discover a Europe too often ignored by travellers. Party in exclusive clubs and wander historic and picture-perfect old lanes. Come away from Europe with more than just great photographs—travel with young and fun travellers and you’ve got friends for life.
Highlights: Making new friends over drinks along the Adriatic, scrambling around medieval fortresses, connecting with the culture in charming old villages, discovering the rich and varied countryside of the Balkans, exploring Diocletian's Palace on a guided tour.
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.
Loire Valley Cycling (EFAA)
Each summer the Tour de France races across the country, giving a select group of very talented cyclists a chance to see the country from a blurry perspective. On this cycling tour of the Loire Valley, knowing the difference between a front derailleur and a rear dropout isn't necessary. Hop on one of our bikes and experience ornate châteaux, rustic markets, vineyards and rural Gallic charm. Think of this as the perfect combination of slow food, relaxed living and a leisurely pace—ideal for seeing the inspiring scenery.
Highlights: Cycling from one glorious château to the next, appreciating the lush Loire Valley scenery, visiting local markets, tasting wine in ancient vineyards, pedalling through the 'Garden of France'.
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.
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.
The fertile soil and rich coastline of Costa Blanca have fed Spain for centuries on a steady diet of oranges, seafood and paella. Now, it’s your turn. This Local Living trip into the heart of Spanish foodie heaven exposes you to the lush farmlands, charming mountain towns, blissful landscapes and flavourful wines of the region with an intimate home as your base. Spend your week hiking and biking the picturesque hillsides, then refresh yourself with traditional organic fare and some of the most delicious wines you’ll ever taste. It’s all about balance in Costa Blanca. Come find yours.
Highlights: Enjoying a centre-based holiday with optional day trips and activities, hiking through beautiful landscapes, sampling local specialties like wine and chocolate, exploring picturesque towns of the Costa Blanca region, chilling out after a full day's activities in your home away from home.
Stunning to look at, a thrill to explore and easily accessible to virtually all of Europe’s major hubs, the Costa Blanca is an all-natural outdoor theme park for adventure-minded travellers. Steel yourself for eight days out and about in the wilderness, canyoning along rivers, crawling along inside caves, cycling through mountain passes and ambling through picturesque fields, valleys and meadows. You’ve never tasted mountain air as clean and crisp as they breathe up here. Convenient, economical, exciting… hits all the basics, doesn’t it? Come discover what you’ve been missing. Bring your friends.
Highlights: Cycling through glorious countryside, learning about local culture and customs, savouring tapas and local wines.
Lycian Way Trekking (ETAA)
Walk Turkey's Lycian Way, widely regarded as one of the world's great trails. Gain an appreciation of the landscape of this great country in a way that is impossible from inside a bus. Whether a casual walker or a serious trekker, this active journey will appeal to those looking for a better way to appreciate magnificent scenery. You'll hike through pine forests and olive groves, across flower-filled fields, past shepherd's huts and the soul-lifting views of Butterfly Valley. Then unwind in beautiful accommodations along the coast. This is adventure at its purest and most simple.
Highlights: Trekking the famous Lycian Way, breathing in the fresh air and inspiring views, staying in local beach huts along the stunning coastline, visiting Turkish villages and wandering through ruins.
Turkey Active Adventure (ETKK)
A bridge between continents and cultures, Turkey has always been a meeting place for travellers eager to exchange just about everything. That trend continues with this activity-heavy romp through southern Turkey. Swap your trusty walking stick for a bike and a raft as you hike, pedal and paddle your way through the steep canyons of the Lycian Way, past ancient ruins, around peaceful olive groves and into small villages untouched by time. Exercise should always be this inspiring.
Highlights: Trekking the Lycian Way, cycling from the mountains to the coast, sea kayaking in spectacular coves, hiking through ruins and Turkish villages.
Turkey is an amazing place—if you're looking to forge a real bond, this 8-day Local Living adventure is your chance. You'll participate in a garden feast with local friends and get a real introduction to life here. And while you’ll share your home with like-minded travellers, your days are your own. Go swimming at the pool or beach, chat with villagers, explore ruins, indulge in Fethiye's nightlife or step out along the legendary Lycian Way itself. With a CEO there for advice, all paths lead to a perfect holiday.
Highlights: Sharing a rental property with optional day trips and activities, getting to know the locals in Kayakoy—your Turkish village home, trekking along the world-renowned Lycian Way, exploring Pinara and other nearby historic sites, indulging in the local mud baths, contemplating stunning views over the coastline, being free to craft your own perfect holiday.
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
Prague to London Adventure (EYPL)
Ah, a relaxing week’s vacation in Old Europa. What could be finer? Don’t ask anyone who’s taken this trip! Our 7-day odyssey across five countries is a blur of beauty, culture and adventure from start to finish, with loads of optional activities to pick and choose from. From the varied architectural wonders of Prague to the nightclubs of Amsterdam and Berlin to romantic Bruges and classic London, this trip contains more European awesomeness per minute than should be permissible by law. (We won’t tell if you won’t.)
Highlights: Partying across Europe, exploring historic cities and museums, discovering medieval towns straight from a fairytale, embracing a variety of cultures, sampling regional wines and delicacies.