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'
Trekking Mont Blanc (EFMB)
Experience the rarified air of Europe as you trek the Alps from France to Italy and Switzerland on this active 10-day adventure. This challenging hiking circuit will reward you with mesmerizing views of glaciers, steep valleys and, of course, Mont Blanc itself. Travel across high passes and through Alpine meadows and recharge at night with delicious mountain cuisine in simple refuges. Challenge yourself to conquer one of the world's premier hiking circuits and uncover the alpine heart of Europe on this incredible journey.
Highlights: Hiking the soul-stirring Mont Blanc massif, witnessing alpine meadows and rocky peaks, conquering windswept cols and steep trails, earning that hearty Savoyard supper
Trekking in the Dolomites (EIDT)
Beloved by mountaineers and nature lovers alike, the Dolomites sit perched atop northern Italy like a rocky crown. This exhilarating trip through the mountains features day treks through some of Italy’s most unbelievable scenery, with plenty of visits to small villages along the way to soak up the unique local Ladin culture and cuisine. Nights are spent in mountain refuges, where your hosts will ply you with hearty home-cooked meals. Eat up; you won’t find tastier mountain-trekking food anywhere else.
Highlights: enjoying magnificent hiking amongst towering peaks, passing by the highest peak in the Dolomites, revelling in the chance to learn about local Ladin language and customs.
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
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
London to Rome Adventure (EELR)
Crisscrossing four countries, this whirlwind tour of Europe’s most celebrated capitals squeezes unique culture, delectable food and drink, stunning scenery, wild nightlife and centuries of thrilling history into eight days without ever feeling rushed. Browse the galleries and museums of Paris, gape at the Swiss Alps' natural beauty, hike the verdant hills of Cinque Terre and more, for less than you’d ever dreamed possible.
Highlights: Exploring historic cities and their galleries and museums, Sampling regional wines and delicacies, Hitting four countries in eight days.
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
Trekking in Transylvania (EATC)
Enter the world of legend and embrace the myth of Count Dracula as you trek through the rugged wilderness of Romania. Ancient border roads and shepherds’ trails will reward active adventurers willing to break a sweat with stunning mountain scenery populated with bears, wolves and lynx. You'll stay in simple guesthouses and travel in small groups with local guides for a truly authentic insight into this wild corner of Europe. From steep dramatic slopes to small one-school, one-pub villages, experience the beauty of the Carpathian Mountains.
Highlights: Visiting 'Dracula's Castle' in Bran, hiking the undiscovered Romanian countryside, marvelling at magnificent Carpathian views, savouring Romanian culture and history.
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
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.
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.
“I see London! I see France! I see…” Uh, let’s just leave it there, shall we? Europe’s two preeminent capitals await you and the kids on this short-and-sweet sojourn in London and Paris. Culture and exploration are the main attractions here, with loads of time at sites like the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower, but there’s plenty more that just history on the bill here. Ride a double-decker bus through London, learn the finer points of French cooking and wrap it all up with a sunset cruise down the Seine. What a week!
Highlights: Hunting for ravens in the Tower of London, Getting lost in the maze at Hever Castle, Whizzing under the English Channel by train, Learning to create fine French cuisine
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'.
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.
France Family Adventure (EFFA)
Ever told the kids they ought to run around outside and “get some fresh air”? Time to back up your words, parents. Air doesn’t come much fresher than in Annecy, the charming centerpiece of this unique Alpine adventure. Active families will have the chance to soak it all in with a variety of outdoor activities, including mountain biking, waterfall-rappelling and a cruise around the glacial lake. But don’t worry, moms and dads; you’ll have the chance to stroll the town and sample the local wines, too. See? Everybody wins!
Highlights: Kayaking on the clear water of Lake Annecy, Thrilling whitewater rafting on the River Isere, Biking among Alpine peaks, Wandering around the town of Annecy