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!
Eastern Europe Past & Present (EDEED)
Central Europe is the crossroads of a continent and has the castles, palaces and monuments to prove it. This 12-day tour offers the chance to get a buzz in contemporary Berlin and connect with history in medieval Český Krumlov. You'll visit marketplaces, grand opera houses and gothic cathedrals for a taste of culture that transcends eras. And while full of included activities, you have plenty of free time to make this region your own. Empires may rise and fall but the spirit of this region is immutable.
Highlights: Being moved by the opera house in Vienna, Pulling back the now-fallen Iron Curtain and exploring the history of Central Europe, Wandering the cobbled lanes of medieval Český Krumlov and Prague, Retracing the rise and fall of communism, Discovering hidden courtyards in Budapest.
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.