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!
Ultimate Turkey (ETUT)
Combining the best of western and eastern Turkey, this comprehensive adventure offers a sweeping view of this fascinating country. From the architectural highlights of Istanbul's long history, make your way east for a glimpse of Turkey’s less travelled and more traditional side. Explore exotic covered bazaars, mud brick cities and experience life in a place where time seems to stand still. From its incredible Mediterranean beaches to the unreal fairy chimneys of Cappadocia and giant stone heads of Nemrut Dagi—uncover all that Turkey has to offer.
Highlights: Dining in a local family home and tasting regional delicacies, relaxing on an overnight boat trip, exploring ancient ruins and bargaining in bazaars, watching the sunset over Nemrut Dagi surrounded by mysterious rock sculptures, marvelling at the landscapes of Cappadocia.
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 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.
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.
Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth (XVRDNX)
Similar to our 'Realm of the Polar Bear' itinerary (XVRPNX), you'll enjoy three additional days of exploring. Scour the ice and tundra in search of the elusive polar bear and encounter even more icebergs, glaciers and unique wildlife than you ever thought possible on this 11-day expedition. Search for lounging seals, grazing reindeer and colonies of birds under the midnight sun.
Highlights: Make the most of your time in the high Arctic with 11 days to explore, take a turn on ‘polar bear watch’ with one of our expert guides, take an optional polar plunge, capture a herd of Svalbard reindeer in your viewfinder, enjoy spectacular vistas under the midnight sun, learn from lectures on history and the natural sciences
Realm of the Polar Bear (XVRPNX)
From close-up encounters with icebergs and glaciers to the region’s plentiful wildlife, this is a voyage of non-stop highlights. Always on the lookout for exotic animals, you’ll explore this landscape not only by ship but also on foot and via Zodiac. Roaming polar bears, lounging seals, grazing reindeer and colonies of birds all co-exist in this harsh land we dare only to explore a few months of the year.
Highlights: Spend time on deck searching for polar bears and whales, cruise through breathtaking fjords and admire massive glaciers, experience the midnight sun, learn about Arctic history and ecology from our expert guides, brave the Arctic waters and take a polar plunge, enjoy the silence of the Arctic tundra
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Eastern Turkey Adventure (ETET)
Spectacular mosques, rustic Armenian churches and towering stone castles reward those willing to get off the beaten path. From ancient mud brick cities to exotic bazaars and the mysterious fallen stone heads at Nemrut Dagi, this 8-day trip is Turkey at its most fascinating. Travel to the land beneath the snow-capped peak of Mt Ararat, the legendary resting place of Noah's Ark, and immerse yourself in the magnificent sights and legendary hospitality of the people in this lesser known, and lesser travelled, region of Turkey.
Highlights: Exploring ancient mud brick cities, bargaining in bazaars, tasting regional specialties, visiting the mysterious stone heads of Mount Nemrut.
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.
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 barbecue 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'
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.
Amalfi Family Adventure (EITF)
Eager to expose the kids to Italian cuisine that doesn’t come in a cardboard box in 30 minutes or less? Take ‘em to the Amalfi Coast. Long a secluded hideaway for adults, the Coast has the most for the younger set as well. Based in smaller towns amidst truly breathtaking scenery, there's a huge variety of activities for your family. Try a delicious cooking class, see the ruins of the doomed city of Pompeii, hike the hills of Tre Calli, explore Capri and more, all in a breezy and affordable seven days. This is pizza’s ancestral home, after all. Deliver yourself to its doorstep.
Highlights: Visiting the ruins of the Roman town of Pompeii, Staring into the crater of Mt. Vesuvius, enjoying small town life in Amalfi
Local Living Italy: Tuscany San Gimignano (EIGL)
Local Living France: Burgundy Canal Boat (EFBL)
Greek Islands Sailing Adventure (Santorini to Santorini) (GVSS)
Croatia Sailing Adventure - Split to Dubrovnik (ECVS)
|Trip||Length||Style||Service Level||Starting Price|
|Ultimate Turkey (ETUT)||21 days||Classic||Standard||
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|Trekking Mont Blanc (EFMB)||10 days||Active||Basic||
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|Trekking in Transylvania (EATC)||8 days||Active||Basic||
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|Trekking in the Dolomites (EIDT)||10 days||Active||Basic||
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|Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth (XVRDNX)||11 days||Small Ship Cruising & Sailing||N/A||
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|Realm of the Polar Bear (XVRPNX)||8 days||Small Ship Cruising & Sailing||N/A||
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|Local Living Spain: Ibiza (ESIL)||8 days||Local Living||Comfort||
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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 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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|Impressions of France (EFIF)||12 days||G-Plus||Comfort||
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|Greek Islands Sailing Adventure (Santorini to Santorini) (GVSS)||10 days||Small Ship Cruising & Sailing||Standard||
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|Eastern Turkey Adventure (ETET)||8 days||Classic||Standard||
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|Eastern Europe Past & Present (EDEED)||12 days||Discovery Adventures||Comfort||
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|Croatia Sailing Adventure - Split to Dubrovnik (ECVS)||8 days||Small Ship Cruising & Sailing||Standard||
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|Best of Greece (EGBG)||15 days||Classic||Standard||
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|Amalfi Family Adventure (EITF)||8 days||Family||Standard||
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