Leave the mainstream cities for another journey and move Sicily to the top of your Italy bucket list. Few European destinations will take you this deep into the Med, so pack the sunscreen and a stylish swimsuit. The Sicilian sun will shower you endlessly; thank goodness there’s no shortage of gelato or limoncello. You can even turn up the heat with a jaunt across the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna during this eight-day excursion around Sicily.
Was Croatia one of the European countries you dreamed of visiting long before the Game of Thrones hype? You’ll love exploring the best of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast on this Culture Trip tour. Seaside towns full of fresh fish, Roman architecture and vibrant nightlife all rival the excitement of Dubrovnik’s city walls. Of course, a few hours of sun-worshipping on secluded beaches is also a must. Kayak, cycle and eat your way along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast with this group tour from Split to Dubrovnik.
If you want to travel to Europe and Asia on one trip, look no further than Istanbul. Sitting at a continental crossroads, it offers a unique and enthralling lens on cultural diversity. Enter the vibrant, labyrinthine Grand Bazaar and you may never be seen again. Assuming you do find the exit, you should also explore centuries of tradition in Ankara, wander through the caves of Cappadocia, and relax on the Turkish Riviera. Take time to define your own Turkish delight during this twelve-day discovery of Turkey, from Istanbul to Antalya.
The Land of Fire and Ice is easily one of the most captivating places in Europe. Far more than a stopover country, Iceland’s vast landscape will treat intrepid travellers to the gorgeous Northern Lights, glacier cruises and waterfall chasing. Beaches, volcanoes and hot springs dot the terrain, inspiring you to wear your soles out seeing it all. Escape to Iceland’s frozen wilderness with this scenic five-day Culture Trip.
The ruggedly handsome landscapes of the Scottish Highlands are best explored from the comfort of a window seat, which is why our Scotland Rail Trip should be high on your European bucket list. Catch the Caledonian Sleeper train with us from London to Fort William, where we’ll almost immediately embrace local traditional by toasting our arrival in a whisky distillery. Then it’s onto the iconic Jacobite steam train – AKA the Hogwarts Express – for a journey west, across the Glenfinnan Viaduct, and towards the Isle of Skye, Cairngorms National Park and Inverness. Our final stop? The whimsical, gothic streets of Edinburgh.