The Best Private Trips to Book in Europe

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Gethin Morgan

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Whether you’re looking to book a private trip with family, friends or a social group, these are the best Culture Trip itineraries you can book in Europe.
There’s plenty of pros for going private. Obviously it means you can keep the guest-list locked down, but it also allows for far greater flexibility on travel dates, group sizes (minimum of 4) and even age requirements. Simply get in touch with our Travel Experts to organise your personalised Culture Trip adventure.

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Palace of Pena in Sintra, Lisbon, Portugal.

Complete Portugal by Train

Sweet treats, sumptuous wines and scenic cities star in this dreamy eight-day Rail Trip through Portugal. The itinerary starts in the charming northern city of Porto, famed for its fortified wine and picturesque riverfront. You’ll discover incredible viewpoints and sip on fine wines in the Douro Valley, gorge on local delicacies in a Venice-like lagoon city and fall in love with the fairytale town of Sintra. The tour ends in the capital, Lisbon, where sunset views, tram rides and an endless supply of pastel de nata await.

From US$1693.3

Next available from 7th Sep 2024

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STARTS AT

Porto, Portugal

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ENDS AT

Lisbon, Portugal

DURATION

8

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Seductive Southern Italy

When you think of Europe do you picture the quaint coastal towns and sumptuous seafood delights of Italy? If so, this intoxicating 10-day journey across some of the country’s finest stretches of coastline is bound to win your heart. Start in Naples for a street food bonanza before winding along the Amalfi Coast like a classic movie star. We’ll swap the west coast for the east, stopping off in the unique Puglian towns of Matera, Alberobello and Locorotondo on the way. In Puglia the shimmering waters and glorious beaches of Polignano a Mare await, not to mention visits to a local olive oil farm and Lecce, ‘the Florence of the South’.

From US$2719.15

Next available from 14th Sep 2024

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STARTS AT

Naples, Italy

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ENDS AT

Lecce, Italy

DURATION

10

GROUP SIZE

14

PHYSICAL RATING

Easy

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STYLE

Discovery

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Greek Island Odyssey

To understand the real meaning of Mediterranean bliss, you simply have to embark on a Greek island retreat. This eight-day itinerary gives you more than your money’s worth, starting with a guided tour of the Acropolis in Athens, before setting sail on an island-hopping adventure. First up is Milos, where a boat cruise will help you discover hidden caves and glorious beaches, before moving on to Naxos, where you’ll be treated to a traditional cooking class surrounded by the island’s rolling olive groves and oak tress. The final destination? It could only be Santorini, the most sumptuous of all the Greek isles, and the perfect place to watch the sun go down on a summer holiday you’ll never forget.

From US$1852.15

Next available from 15th Sep 2024

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STARTS AT

Athens, Greece

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ENDS AT

Athens, Greece

DURATION

9

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Light

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STYLE

Discovery

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Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands by Train

The rugged landscapes of Scotland are best enjoyed from the comfort of a cosy train carriage, which is why this week-long Rail Trip is the ultimate introduction to Alba. You’ll even enter the country by train, as we start the tour in London, hopping onboard the Caledonian sleeper train, so you can wake up to stunning views of the Scottish countryside. The locomotive highlight of the itinerary is without doubt the Jacobite steam train (AKA the Hogwarts Express), which you’ll get to ride, while other unforgettable experiences include a riverside whisky tasting, a hike in the Cairngorms and a boat trip on the Isle of Skye.

From US$2406.75

Next available from 15th Jul 2024

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STARTS AT

London, England

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ENDS AT

Edinburgh, Scotland

DURATION

7

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Georgia and the Caucasus

Head right to the eastern fringes of Europe, dipping your toes into the westernmost edges of Asia, and you’ll discover the mountainous gem that is Georgia. Found in the domineering shadow of the Caucasus Mountains, this beautiful nation is home to some of the oldest cultural practices in the world, not to mention some of the most stunning scenery. You’ll discover ancient winemaking and bread-baking traditions, soak in sulphur baths and take a traditional cooking class in Tbilisi, while outdoor adventures include a trek through Lagodekhi National Park and a hike to the fairytale Gergeti Church, found high in the Caucasus in the shadow of Mount Kazbegi.

From US$1287.2

Next available from 5th Oct 2024

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STARTS AT

Tbilisi, Georgia

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ENDS AT

Tbilisi, Georgia

DURATION

9

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Atlantic Azores

Not many people know that Europe’s ultimate adventure playground lies far off the coast of Portugal, on a volcanic archipelago in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean. The Azores are blanketed in a luscious green coat and embellished with surreal volcanic lakes, epic waterfalls and huge mountain peaks. This six-day itinerary tackles all of its landscapes head on. You’ll cycle around and kayak across the crater lakes of Sete Cidades, go canyoning and abseiling down waterfalls in Ribeira dos Caldeirões, and spot whales on a marine safari. Soothe the muscles in natural hot springs, the soul with a hearty cozido stew, and the mind with a cheeky cocktail-making class.

From US$1724.65

Next available from 15th Sep 2024

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STARTS AT

Ponta Delgada, Portugal

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ENDS AT

Ponta Delgada, Portugal

DURATION

6

GROUP SIZE

8

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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