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.
Trekking in Garfagnana (EITG)
The difference between a tourist and a traveller? Tourists visit. Travellers explore. And once you’ve seen, smelled, felt and tasted northern Tuscany, you’ll want to devour as much of it as possible. This journey into Garfagnana—one of Italy’s top trekking regions—offers plenty of exercise for mind, body and soul alike. Over eight days, you’ll hike the unspoiled mountains by day, learn to prepare delicious local cuisine in the evening and put your well-used feet up at the end of it all to soak in the simple pleasures of country life.
Highlights: Enjoying day hikes in stunning Tuscany, tasting local specialties, savouring home-cooked meals, relaxing at our authentic countryside accommodation
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Mont Blanc Explorer (EFME)
|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!
|Trekking in Garfagnana (EITG)||8 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!
|Mont Blanc Explorer (EFME)||8 days||Active||Standard||
From $1549 USD
|Best of Greece (EGBG)||15 days||Classic||Standard||
From $1700 USDPromotions Available!
|Crete Hike & Kayak (EGCH)||8 days||Active||Standard||
From $1120 USDPromotions Available!
|Cinque Terre Coastal Walk (EICW)||5 days||Active||Standard||
From $807 USDPromotions Available!