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!
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
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.
Moorish Spain (ESMS)
Al-Andalus was a Muslim state that ignited Europe for centuries. It's now more commonly known as Spain. Discover the romance and intrigue for yourself on an 8-day tour that offers expert guidance but leaves plenty of free time to unravel the mysteries on your own. You'll explore Madrid's museums, walk Toledo's streets and embrace Andalucia's Moorish spirit in converted mosques, Seville's cathedral and the Alhambra of Granada. From gypsy culture to flamenco passion, encounter a culture a thousand years in the making.
Highlights: Exploring the ancient Moorish city of Toledo, Capturing the perfect sunset photo of the Alhambra in Granada, Walking along spectacular El Tajo Gorge in Ronda, Visiting the magnificent Mezquita in Cordoba, Losing yourself in the colourful alleyways of Seville.