There’s no denying it, Europe is one of those travel destinations that truly has it all.
From the impressive imperial palaces of Russia to the otherworldly scenery of the sun-drenched Croatian coastlines, the magnificent icy glaciers in Iceland to the tasty tapas and wine in Spain.
Whether you’d rather browse history and art museums in Krakow, stretch your legs and explore the Tatra Mountains on foot, take a guided food tour in Porto or sun yourself in the Cyclades, a European holiday is an experience that needs to be ticked off everyone’s bucket list.
A walking tour means you get to really immerse yourself in a destination – at your own pace. When you feel like you want to spend some time exploring a little village and chat to the local barista, you don’t have to worry about finding your way back to a coach, you can just keep on moving.
Take a coastal Adventure Cruise
On a small ship Adventure Cruise, you’ll discover the hidden coastlines of Europe with a maximum of 50 travellers. Maybe you’d like to cruise around the Greek Islands with a stop in Paros to explore the Byzantine church complex, or perhaps a cruise around the rugged coastline of Iceland’s Westfjords to spot incredible wildlife, including whales and puffins?
Indulge in local cuisines
Everywhere you turn in Europe you will be faced with tough food decisions. In Italy, it might look something like choosing between another spoonful of rich truffled pasta or leaving room for a scoop of fresh gelato. In Portugal, it might be the choice between a fresh seafood platter or another round of Portuguese tarts. Life’s tough…
Discover fascinating history
Europe is simply dripping with history. From the ancient Greco-Roman ruins of lost empires to quaint historical villages dotted with churches, there is so much to see and learn. Discover World War and Cold War history with tours through Eastern Europe or perhaps marvel at some of the continent’s most beautiful cathedrals in Spain.
The best day was the free day when our very lovely and accommodating tour leader took the three of us on a tailor made walking trip which was truely rural and interesting, peaceful, good exercise with stunning views and suited the three of us down to the ground. I'm sure the very small group made this possible and therefore highly enjoyable.
Because we had recently tried a particular Italian wine back in NZ and loved it, Lisa took the trouble to seek out a wine bar and then our final night dinner to experience this "treat" while in Italy.
Peregrine/Intrepid are nearly there after a 2nd season on the Dalmatian coast. . . . owning a boat or two or more of their own and training ALL staff the Peregrine/Intrepid way (not just the cruise directors) will certainly make this new experience the ultimate fun getaway!
I had a fantastic time travelling through Iceland! A great place and great people. Iceland is a place where the culture and breathtaking landscape go hand in hand! Along with the knowledge of our guide, travelling as a small group allowed us to visit out of the way places, with fewer coach loads of other tourists.
This trip was the best way to view the Amalfi Coast as we explored many pathways into two or three valleys and learned so much about the ancient production in the area, both industrial and agricultural. We stayed in smaller and quieter places so could enjoy the best parts of the Coast.
This tour visits all the main attractions as well as some of the lesser known stops along the ring road. Our leader, Larus, was amazing and shared wonderful folk tales while driving from one stunning vista to the next.
Review submitted 18 Sep 2018
What to see in 7-10 days in Europe
A short holiday in Europe means you might like to choose one or two places to explore in more depth, rather than trying to see the entire continent. If some sun and relaxation is what you’re after, you could try an Adventure Cruise along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, with plenty of chances to hop off the boat and explore the small ports along the way. If history and culture are more your style, a highlight-filled tour of Russia could be the way to go, where you’ll see palaces, squares and museums galore. For the foodies out there, it’s hard to pass up an exploration of Italy’s best food destinations, including Bologna and colourful Cinque Terre. No matter where you choose to visit, you’re sure to have a week to remember.
What to see in 3 weeks in Europe
Three weeks in Europe means you’ll have a chance to explore a few of the destinations you’ve always dreamed of visiting or really take your time exploring one or two places in depth. You might want to take in some fascinating 20th century history in Central Europe, including visits to Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland. If you’d rather fewer travel days, an in-depth tour through Greece might be more your style – you’ll get to experience the sandy, white beaches and sun of Crete and Santorini, the bustle of Athens and the historic sites of Olympia, Delos and Delphi. And let’s not forget the stunning scenery and fresh Greek seafood and souvlakis.