The Best Mountain Vacations in Europe

2AR042H Stephantsminda, Georgia. Gergeti Trinity Church Or Tsminda Sameba - Holy Trinity Church Near Village Of Gergeti In Georgia. Spring Day.
2AR042H Stephantsminda, Georgia. Gergeti Trinity Church Or Tsminda Sameba - Holy Trinity Church Near Village Of Gergeti In Georgia. Spring Day.
Nina Zietman

Senior Commissioning Editor

From lava-filled volcanoes off Sicily to dazzling Icelandic glaciers, Europe is home to the most beautiful mountainous regions in the world. Tick off a handful of the best on these Culture Trip adventures.

It’s hard to beat Europe when it comes to mountains. Snow-capped behemoths, scaling heights of up to 5,000m (16,404ft), can be found in the Caucasus range in Georgia, while bubbling volcanic islands await in the balmy Mediterranean. Plus there’s a smattering of mountains in the UK to discover. Read on to discover the best mountain vacations in Europe, all bookable with Culture Trip.

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Koruldi mountain lake, with clouds partially obscuring the snow-capped Caucasus mountains behind in Upper Svaneti, Georgia.

Hike through the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia

Think the Alps are impressive? You’ll be blown away by the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia, which boast seven peaks over 5,000m high. For context, the legendary Mont Blanc is only 4,809m (15,777ft). This once-in-a-lifetime expedition will take you to the heart of this towering mountain range, including a three-hour hike up to the photogenic Gergeti Trinity Church and a stop-off at Ananuri Castle. Take the opportunity to join an extra hike through an alpine meadow near Juta, one of the highest villages in the region – you’ll be rewarded with uninterrupted views of the jagged and snow-capped Chaukhi Massif.

From US$1126

Next available from 15th Jun 2024

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Trip highlights and details

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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A hiker with a backpack overliins Loch Avon from Shelter Stone Crag on Carn Etchachan

Hike in the Cairngorms and ride an iconic steam train in Scotland

The rocky landscapes of Scotland are among the most picturesque mountain regions in all of Europe, and there’s no better way of seeing them than from the comfort of a train, which is exactly what you’ll do on this seven-day Rail Trip. Take the Jacobite steam train, immortalised as the Hogwarts Express, across the Glenfinnan Viaduct and to western Scotland, where you’ll get to explore the spectacular Cairngorms National Park. Cap off a rewarding guided hike past glassy lochs and ancient woodlands with a wee dram of whisky back at the hotel.

From US$2407

Next available from 27th May 2024

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Trip highlights and details

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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Hiker with yellow raincoat in the viewpoint with volcanic crater in the Azores islands.

Explore Europe's greatest adventure playground, the Azores

Out in the Atlantic, far off the Portuguese coast, is a volcanic archipelago with some of the most stunning vistas you can find anywhere on Earth. Our six day trip here explores the largest island, São Miguel, and includes a jeep tour of the luscious slopes of the Sete Cidades volcanic complex, followed up by a cycle around the area’s two giant crater lakes, and some time to kayak on them too.

From US$1928

Next available from 23rd Jun 2024

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Trip highlights and details

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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Additional words by Gethin Morgan.

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