An enticing mix of countries, languages and governments, Europe has a myriad of great outdoor adventures, some for the intrepid types, others for the laid back mellow travelers. From a wine tasting trip in Tuscany, to exploring the Alps of Switzerland to village tours in Provence, Europe has a bit of everything for everybody. And, unlike other destinations around the world, most of Europe’s sights are easy to get to. However, with the highly developed infrastructure also comes more tourists and more difficulty in getting off the beaten path. Whether you’ve been to Europe 100 times or have yet to visit this continent full of rich history and diverse cultures, a great way to explore Europe is by going on an adventure tour.
So, ok, I know what you are thinking. “A travel tour? Isn’t that what old people do?” The answer is no. The truth is travel tours have come a long way since the days of giant air-conditioned buses and old ladies. Today there are tours designed specifically for the independent, adventure traveler. That’s right—active, interesting and adventurous tours that allow travelers to explore and experience a foreign place. So, no, you won’t be sitting in some double-decker bus watching Big Ben fade in the distance or moving around with an awkwardly huge group of gawking tourists trying to take pictures of the Eiffel Tower. In fact, by using a combination of local and experienced guides, you’ll often see and experience MORE than you would on your own on these tours. Also, while I fully recommend seeing the Eiffel Tower at some point, one of these three tours can be a great way to get away from those famous European tourist traps and truly experience the culture and landscape of Europe. Want to walk through French wine country? Sail through arctic Europe? See parts of Europe your friends have never even heard of? Book one of these three great, unique tours of Europe, pack your bags and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.
The fertility of the land and the number of rivers has made the Dordogne valley a favored home for mankind for thousands of years. A history of struggle and conflict has left its mark on the architecture of the region – the landscape is dotted with fortified castles, while luxurious chateaux are noticeably absent. The depth of the gorges matches the height of the rocky crags and your route through this beautiful region takes you past some of the most spectacular scenery in France that mysteriously has remained off most tourists’ radar. Take an adventure with the sun on your back and the wind in your hair and feel free to lose yourself in the provincial landscapes and medieval villages. While you’ll be exploring this region on foot, the tour includes luggage transportation from point to point and saves you the time of having to find a hotel in your destination city. This is the perfect way to truly experience French culture while avoiding the hoards of tourists.
Forget the crowded streets of Venice and Barcelona, if you are really looking to explore the most remote areas of Europe (and like to sail), than this could be just the trip for you. Sailing from Spitsbergen to Greenland, you will follow the ice’s edge always on the lookout for wildlife. Navigating south, you’ll explore this remote landscape not only by ship but also on foot and by zodiac. This journey highlights the contrast and change in the Arctic as you move south finally ending in the “land of fire and ice” Iceland. Inuit villages, unique wildlife and remote destinations are some of the highlights on this truly unforgettable voyage through the Arctic. Plus, you’ll have the most unique stories to tell when you get home and talk about your trip to Europe.
Eastern Europe remains an area far less visited by tourists than the rest of Europe, yet holds just as many wonderful sights and cultural experiences as their western counterparts. On this tour you will explore this fascinating region from the majesty of Split´s Diocletian´s Palace to the breathtaking waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes, the buzzing Zagreb street life and the dramatic Montenegrin coastline. This region has a moving enthusiasm for life with which it defies its painful past and bustles with multicultural flare. This 12 day tour, which starts and ends in Split, will impress the beautiful Balkan region on you and allow you to explore these lesser-seen areas of Europe.
This adventure tour takes you from the streets of Paris and London, through the majestic Alps and ends in beautiful Vienna. Be a part of cafe society along the boulevards of Paris and then enjoy the crisp mountain air of the Alps. Visit the great Italian monuments and use your free time to see even more or to shop for bargains in the markets and boutiques of Florence and Rome. End your tour in wonderful Vienna, the city of baroque palaces and delectable desserts. You get a little of everything on this guided tour—from mountains and snow to holiday shopping in some of the world’s premier cities. Plus, with a guide who knows what to do and where to go, you’ll get the highlights of these famous areas without getting muddled in any tourist traps.