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!
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.
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.
Crete Hike & Kayak (EGCH)
Hike through rugged forest, kayak to picturesque fishing villages and uncover the natural beauty of Crete on this compact trip jam-packed with adventure. Trek along trails deep into Samariá Gorge and witness the views at Agia Irini. Paddling your kayak past magnificent scenery to secluded beaches, you'll have plenty of chances to dive in and savour the turquoise waters. Encountering Crete and enjoying a meal with a local family will allow you to explore a side of this idyllic island that few travellers get to know.
Highlights: Kayaking through Mediterranean waters, hiking through magnificent scenery, exploring ancient settlements and charming fishing villages.
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.
Cinque Terre Coastal Walk (EICW)
Isolated from the rest of Italy by the impressive landscape, you're here to hike. The rugged villages of Cinque Terre still remain a world away from the bustle of Rome. Follow coastal trails and discover villages clustered on windswept cliffs and perched above beautiful coastlines. Hike and swim by day and sample the fresh seafood and local delicacies by night. For the active traveller who wants to experience a real slice of Italian life, this compact adventure tops the menu.
Highlights: Walking narrow coastal trails with magnificent sea views, sampling the local cuisine and wines, staying in a Cinque Terre village.
Budapest to Istanbul (EABI)
From pastoral countryside to forbidding forests and magnificent mountain ranges, experience the romance of the east on your way from Budapest to Istanbul. In two well-packed weeks, explore the weathered architecture of Budapest and grand Ottoman palaces and mosques in Istanbul for an introduction to the artistic and cultural heights of two very different empires. With an intriguing combination of cultural colour and outdoor activities, you'll come away with a real feel for this lesser-explored corner of Europe.
Highlights: discovering the rich and varied culture and countryside of Eastern Europe, Visiting 'Dracula's Castle' and charming Slavic villages, exploring the spectacular Eastern European capitals of Budapest and Istanbul
Best of Spain & Portugal (ESSP)
Dynamic culture, compelling history, to-die-for cuisine—the Iberian Peninsula really is an embarrassment of riches for every sense and interest. On this adventure, you’ll soak up the history of Moorish history of Lisbon and Cordoba, be treated to a lively flamenco performance in Seville, explore the astounding red-clay fortress of the Alhambra and witness Gaudí’s Barcelona with your own eyes. If that sounds like a lot, be prepared; we’ve only just begun.
Highlights: Exploring Moorish palaces and the great Iberian cities, feeling the rhythm of flamenco, capturing photos of stunning countryside and age-old cathedrals, discovering the tapas lifestyle, relaxing on the Algarve coast.
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.
On this compact, 1-week tour, all roads lead to Rome—ancient Rome, that is (ok ok, so they lead to Naples in this case...). Feel engaged by ancient history and living Italian culture as you make your way between Rome, Sorrento and Naples. You’ll explore the Forum and Colosseum and tour Pompeii and visit Mt Vesuvius. Connect with contemporary Italy with a cooking class, agriturismo lunch and a visit to a limoncello producer. With so much included and an expert guide to make sense of it all, you’ll swear you can hear the ancients whispering in your ear.
Highlights: Exploring ancient Roman ruins, Discovering delicious Italian foods during a cooking class in Rome, Pondering ash-covered Pompeii under the shadow of Mt Vesuvius, Learning how limoncello is made before sneaking a taste, Walking the Amalfi coast and the island of Capri and feeling connected to all of Italy.
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
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.
Croatia and the Balkans (EJBT)
Budapest to Istanbul (EABI)
Best of Spain & Portugal (ESSP)
Archaeological Wonders of Ancient Rome (EIARD)
|Trip||Length||Style||Service Level||Starting Price|
|Croatia and the Balkans (EJBT)||15 days||Classic||Standard||
From $2199 USD
|Croatia Active Adventure (ECTT)||8 days||Active||Basic||
From $1020 USDPromotions Available!
|Crete Hike & Kayak (EGCH)||8 days||Active||Standard||
From $1120 USDPromotions Available!
|Costa Blanca Active Adventure (ESPA)||8 days||Active||Basic||
From $765 USDPromotions Available!
|Cinque Terre Coastal Walk (EICW)||5 days||Active||Standard||
From $807 USDPromotions Available!
|Budapest to Istanbul (EABI)||14 days||Classic||Standard||
From $1999 USD
|Best of Spain & Portugal (ESSP)||15 days||Classic||Standard||
From $2399 USD
|Best of Greece (EGBG)||15 days||Classic||Standard||
From $1700 USDPromotions Available!
|Archaeological Wonders of Ancient Rome (EIARD)||9 days||Discovery Adventures||Comfort||
From $1999 USD
|Adriatic Adventure - Dubrovnik to Athens (ECDA)||9 days||Yolo||Basic||
From $850 USDPromotions Available!
|Absolute Turkey (ETAT)||15 days||Classic||Standard||
From $1530 USDPromotions Available!