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!
For centuries, London and Edinburgh were the cities of kings. These days, though, the royalty carry wands instead of scepters and swords. If you and your kids loved reading about Harry Potter, you’re going to flat-out love living it. Beginning with four days spent exploring the castles and museums of bustling London, we’ll deliver you to Platform 9 ¾ and whisk you off to Alnwick—home of the castle that served as the original Hogwarts—for genuine broom-riding training before turning you loose on Edinburgh, one of Europe’s top cities for culture. (NOTE: No Dark wizards, please.)
Highlights: Experiencing the magic at the Harry Potter film set, Learning about the past on a visit to Oxford, Serving up some delicious home-cooked fare in London, Eating freshly caught haggis in Edinburgh
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'.
Local Living Spain: Ibiza (ESIL)
Sun-seekers and those looking for the ultimate summer party have always flocked to Ibiza. Get into a Balearic state of mind with this 8-day visit. Hit the hippie market, get active wind surfing or just chill out on the beach or your gorgeous property—it's your call. This villa was once a schoolhouse and is bursting with character. Rooms have private bathrooms but you share the kitchen and living areas with like-minded travellers. With your CEO taking care of the hassles, you'll find your groove in no time.
Highlights: Sharing a rental property with optional day trips and activities, lounging on postcard-worthy beaches, wandering the historic streets of old Ibiza Town, finding hidden coves around the island, dancing to the beats of world-famous DJs, relaxing at your very own luxury villa.
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.
By turns cool, cosmopolitan and comfortable, Barcelona is that rare breed of world-class city that makes every visitor feel right at home. Our adventure here—with a centrally located apartment as home base—features a diverse array of activities for travellers eager to try something new every day; art and architecture tours for the culturally minded, tapas and cava bars for gastronomists, hiking the hills near Montserrat for outdoorsy types and plenty of nightlife for the night owls.
Highlights: Sharing a rental property with optional day trips and activities, navigating the old Gothic Quarter, sampling the area's gastronomy on a tapas bar crawl, chilling out at the Barceloneta Beach, sampling vibrant Spanish nightlife
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
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
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.
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
Local Living Iceland: South (ELIL)
It’s impossible not to fall in love with Iceland once you lay eyes on it for the first time, and nature enthusiasts, active hikers and shutterbugs will fall especially hard for this trip. This Local Living experience introduces you to the unique populace of this tiny island nation as they lead you around their exotic, volcano-forged homeland, dotted with hot springs, calving glaciers, crystal-clear rivers and crashing waterfalls. Active options include everything from snorkelling between tectonic plates and whale watching tours to whitewater canoeing trips and ATV excursions, so come prepared to do all sorts of everything.
Highlights: Sharing an old farmhouse with optional day trips and activities, exploring Iceland's geothermal features, chilling out on the peaceful property with hot tubs and a sauna, touring Reykjavik by bicycle, getting to know friendly Icelandic people
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.
Get a new perspective on France with this canal barge adventure. Each day you'll cruise for 4-5 hours, clearing locks and seeing the world at a pace you'll appreciate. Along the way stop for wine tastings and gastronomic indulgences, cycle along country lanes and hike green valleys. Your houseboat home has only four cabins, so you're sharing the deck and the views with like-minded travellers. With a CEO there to offer advice—and steer!—you'll quickly realize that getting there is half the adventure. Please note that the following is a sample itinerary only and may change due to canal conditions, traffic, weather and other factors. Some departures will run in the opposite direction.
Highlights: Sharing a canal boat with optional day trips and activities, cruising along the lush Saône River, hiking and cycling riverside trails, tasting French gastronomic delights, sampling world-famous Burgundy wines.
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.
Lapland Active Adventure (EWLA)
Nothing prepares you for the icy wilderness of Sweden's far north. This incredible trip takes you right inside the Arctic Circle, to the snowy wilderness of Lapland. Slide across the ice in complete silence, listening to the sound of your team of dogs pulling your sled and enjoy the frozen beauty of the ICEHOTEL® . Sleeping out in a teepee in the snow and looking out for the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) are unforgettable experiences.
Highlights: Dog-sledding through icy wilderness, seeing the Northern Lights in all their glory, sleeping a night in the renowned ICEHOTEL®
Impressions of France (EFIF)
Channel your inner artist and follow in the footsteps of the Impressionists from Paris to Provence on this inspiring 12-day tour. Your spirit will soar as you explore the French Alps, cycle through the wine region of Burgundy, and picnic beneath the Eiffel Tower. You'll sip champagne at its source and meet the beautiful people in Nice. As always, you’re free to choose the activities that interest you—because you can’t discover yourself if you’re not free to discover the destination in your own style.
Highlights: Gazing up at the Eiffel Tower as you savour a picnic lunch, Sipping champagne at its source, Watching the scenic countryside roll past from your train window, Hiking through meadows and mountains in the French Alps, Lounging on the Cote d'Azur, Channelling your inner Van Gogh in the countryside of Provence.
Iceland Family Adventure (ELFA)
Glaciers, volcanoes, all-day sunshine, Viking heritage… Iceland sounds unbelievable on paper, and it’s even more extraordinary in the flesh. Bring the kids and embark on this speedy 5-day, Reykjavik-based trip and encounter the majestic waterfalls and hot springs of the Golden Circle and Thingvellier National Park, bike in the long shadow of Thorbjörn Mountain, swim in the famous Blue Lagoon and partake in loads of other activities from whale-watching to whitewater rafting. Just five days, but It’ll stick with you for ages.
Highlights: Cycling through towering volcanoes, Watching waterfalls rolling over the hillside, Admiring dramatic ever-changing landscapes
Iceland Adventure (ELIAD)
Fire and ice, volcanic fury and soothing calm—Iceland is a land of poetic contrasts and this 12-day tour offers time enough to meet the locals and explore the famous geological formations. Visit lava fields, learn about glaciers as you walk across one, and soak in magnificent hot springs that both sooth and inspire. With whale watching opportunities, a farm lunch and visits to fishing villages for an introduction to local life, you'll soon discover there is more to this island nation than just good looks.
Highlights: Soaking in soothing hot springs and rivers, Learning about glaciers from your expert guide as you trek across one, Spotting puffins and other regional birds, Visiting fishing villages and farms for a taste of local life, Watching geology in action at the lava fields and volcanoes of Iceland.
Halloween in Transylvania (EQHT)
Transylvania. The name itself is enough to send an icy chill down the spine of even the most fearless adventurer. Now imagine being there, in person, when the clock clangs midnight… on Halloween! At odds with its creeptacular reputation, Romania ranks as one of Europe’s most charming and underexplored regions, beguiling visitors with its stunning Gothic architecture, enveloping forests and friendly people. But as idyllic as it is by day, the real fun happens at night—particularly Halloween, when we’ll treat you to a costume party in an authentic castle. Think you’re not afraid of the dark? You will be.
Highlights: Creeping around an authentic Gothic castle at a special Halloween costume party, taking a peak into the ruins of Dracula’s castle, exploring medieval towns including the Old World cities of Brasov and Bucharest, learning the true story of the infamous 'Vlad the Impaler', hiking the gorgeous Transylvanian woods.
A yacht adventure is the ideal way to experience what many consider the world’s most beautiful islands—the Greek Islands. Sail 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! This 10-day round trip from Santorini will give you the chance to explore some of the treasures of the Greek Islands.
Highlights: Sail through the pristine waters of the Greek Islands aboard a yacht, capture the ultimate Greek snapshot on Santorini, wander through whitewashed villages on Paros, enjoy the party on Mykonos, discover Venetian architecture on Naxos
A yacht adventure is the ideal way to experience what many consider the world's most beautiful islands: the Greek Islands. Sail for eight days aboard our 15m (50-ft.) yachts, with time for hiking, snorkelling and relaxing. Explore ancient archaeological sites and taverna-lined harbours, and dine on fresh seafood.
Highlights: Relaxing on white-sand beaches and swimming in brilliant turquoise water, testing your hand at sailing or just relaxing on the deck, wandering through whitewashed villages, tasting traditional Greek food and wine
London to Edinburgh Family Adventure (EEFL)
Local Living Italy: Tuscany San Gimignano (EIGL)
Local Living Italy: Amalfi Coast (EIAL)
Local Living France: Burgundy Canal Boat (EFBL)
Lapland Active Adventure (EWLA)
Iceland Family Adventure (ELFA)
Greek Islands Sailing Adventure (Santorini to Santorini) (GVSS)
Greek Islands Sailing Adventure (Santorini to Mykonos) (GVSM)
|Trip||Length||Style||Service Level||Starting Price|
|London to Edinburgh Family Adventure (EEFL)||8 days||Family||Comfort||
From $2299 USD
|Loire Valley Cycling (EFAA)||8 days||Active||Standard||
From $850 USDPromotions Available!
|Local Living Spain: Ibiza (ESIL)||8 days||Local Living||Comfort||
From $1240 USDPromotions Available!
|Local Living Spain: Costa Blanca (ESCL)||8 days||Local Living||Standard||
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|Local Living Spain: Barcelona (ESBL)||8 days||Local Living||Standard||
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|Local Living Italy: Tuscany San Gimignano (EIGL)||8 days||Local Living||Standard||
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|Local Living Italy: Southern Tuscany (EIST)||7 days||Local Living||Standard||
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|Local Living Italy: Rome (EILL)||8 days||Local Living||Standard||
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|Local Living Italy: Amalfi Coast (EIAL)||8 days||Local Living||Comfort||
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|Local Living Iceland: South (ELIL)||7 days||Local Living||Standard||
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|Local Living France: Provence (EFLL)||8 days||Local Living||Standard||
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|Local Living France: Burgundy Canal Boat (EFBL)||8 days||Local Living||Standard||
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|Local Living Croatia: Krk Island (ECZL)||8 days||Local Living||Standard||
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|Lapland Active Adventure (EWLA)||6 days||Active||Basic||
From $2699 USD
|Impressions of France (EFIF)||12 days||G-Plus||Comfort||
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|Iceland Family Adventure (ELFA)||5 days||Family||Standard||
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|Iceland Adventure (ELIAD)||12 days||Discovery Adventures||Comfort||
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|Halloween in Transylvania (EQHT)||7 days||Classic||Standard||
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|Greek Islands Sailing Adventure (Santorini to Santorini) (GVSS)||10 days||Small Ship Cruising & Sailing||Standard||
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|Greek Islands Sailing Adventure (Santorini to Mykonos) (GVSM)||8 days||Small Ship Cruising & Sailing||Standard||
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