Top European Destinations for Your Bucket List

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Gethin Morgan

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Whether your bucket list has a traditional feel to it, or a more obscure look, Europe is plastered with destinations worthy of any list, from medieval cities to dreamy coastlines and an endlessly diverse array of cultures.

Choose between ticking off travel classics and unearthing hidden gems with this collection of small-group adventures with Culture Trip. Immerse yourself in ancient history, eat your way to bliss in Sicily and let your jaw drop to the floor in Iceland.

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Jacobite steam train crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct, as seen in Harry Potter

Scotland, for Tolkienesque landscapes and iconic locomotives

Embrace the ruggedly handsome Scottish countryside in style on our seven-day Rail Trip. There’s no better way to see it than by winding through vast green valleys and epic mountains from the comfort of a carriage. We’ll start in London Euston Station to catch the Caledonian Sleeper train up to Fort William, toasting our arrival in Scotland with a soul-warming whisky-tasting at Ben Nevis Distillery. Then you’ll get the chance to embark on one of the world’s most iconic train journeys when hopping onboard the Jacobite steam train, as seen in Harry Potter, and crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct. You’ll take in the Isle of Skye, Inverness and the Cairngorms before finally reaching the gothic streets of Edinburgh.

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London, England

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ENDS AT

Edinburgh, Scotland

DURATION

7

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

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

Georgia, for hikes in the Caucasus Mountains and the oldest wine culture on Earth

We think, in order to find Europe’s greatest hidden gem, you need to traverse to the very boundaries of the continent’s border with Asia. This tiny country, high in the Caucasus, should be on everyone’s bucket list. Our nine-day trip in Georgia blends outdoorsy adventure – think hiking high in the mountains to Gergeti Trinity Church and low in the lush hilly forests of Lagodekhi National Park – with ultimate relaxation thanks to Tbilisi’s natural sulphur baths. Not to mention the country’s unique and ancient culture, which extends to its baking and winemaking techniques, both of which you’ll be able to experience first hand with local experts.

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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 person looking down at the azure waters of the Lagoa do Fogo in the Azores

The Azores, for a true off-the-beaten-path island adventure

Far out in the Atlantic, way off the coast of Portugal, is an archipelago that’s calling out to be discovered. The rich volcanic landscapes of the Azores are as luscious as they are epic, with crater lakes, waterfalls, hot springs and much more to explore. Our six-day trip here will see you whizzing round São Miguel island on foot, bike, kayak and boat. High-adrenaline activities include cycling and kayaking around the Sete Cidades crater lakes, going whale and dolphin-spotting on a marine safari, and abseiling down waterfalls. Meanwhile you can take it a little slower on a hike around Furnas Lake and relax the muscles with a soak in mineral-rich hot springs. That’s not the only use you’ll find for the island’s geothermal powers – you’ll even cook a traditional cozido stew using geothermal energy.

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Ponta Delgada, Portugal

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Ponta Delgada, Portugal

DURATION

6

GROUP SIZE

8

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

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This is an updated version of an article originally written by Richard Collett and Maja Proescholdt.

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