If you like the sound of fine wine, custard tarts and colourful, ornate architecture, the two biggest cities in Portugal, Lisbon and Porto, should be on your radar. There’s easily enough to do for a few days in each, but if you want to see the best of both in a single trip, join the nine-day northern Portugal adventure from TRIPS by Culture Trip. It includes a foodie-themed walking tour of Porto, lunch by the beach in Matosinhos, and a walking tour of Lisbon – including a stop to taste pastéis de belém (custard tarts) – plus a visit to the wine regions of the Douro Valley and Alentejo.
Split and Dubrovnik aren’t just gateways to the idyllic islands of the Dalmatian coast – they’re worthy destinations in their own right. Think winding, cobblestone streets, cream-coloured buildings with terracotta roofs, sun-drenched squares dotted with outdoor bars, cafes and restaurants, and plenty of nearby swimming spots. If that sounds appealing, consider joining our eight-day Croatia trip, which includes walking tours of Split and Dubrovnik, plus opportunities to experience the pulsating nightlife of Hvar and the charming villages, secluded coves and superb wine of Korčula.
There aren’t many places where you can stroll through enormous covered markets, marvel at mosques and opulent palaces, float down a river between two continents and relax on gold-sand beaches – but in Turkey, you can do all that and more. Join Culture Trip’s 12-day Ultimate Turkey Itinerary small-group trip and enjoy a guided tour of Istanbul’s Old City, peruse the stalls of the Grand Bazaar, sample street food in the Kadıköy neighbourhood, and cruise down the Bosphorus while admiring the city’s architectural highlights. Then, after venturing inland through the Cappadocia region, you’ll have ample time to explore cosmopolitan Antalya and kick back on the delightful beaches.
From the ancient ruins of Rome to the Renaissance architectural masterpieces of Florence and the fashion, design and culinary excellence of Milan, northern Italy is one of the most culturally rich regions on the continent. They’re all superb city break destinations for solo travellers, but if you’d like to experience all three as part of a small group, accompanied by our Local Insider, you can do so on TRIPS by Culture Trip’s 10-day northern Italy adventure. A bicycle tour of Rome (including entry to the Colosseum), a walking tour of Florence and a food tour of Milan are all on the agenda – as are visits to Siena, Pisa and Lake Como.
Fancy venturing a little left field for your next getaway? Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, is a multicultural gem at the crossroads between Europe and Asia that shouldn’t be overlooked. Strolling through the Old Town, which has a colourful mixture of Georgian, Byzantine, Russian and art nouveau influences, feels like stepping back in time. Explore it for yourself on our nine-day Georgia adventure. You’ll explore the city with our Local Insider, enjoy a market visit and traditional cooking class in a local family home, and sample the finest Georgian wine. There’s also a visit to sulphur springs in Tbilisi, where you can soak in mineral-rich water and indulge in a soothing massage.