Top European Tours for Young Adults

Alex Allen

We would never say that adventure is reserved only for the young, but we would say that your younger years are a time to have adventures. So, from island-hopping in Greece to eating your way through Italy, these are the top European trips to embark on before you hit your 30s.

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Stunning whitewashed rock formations and sea caves juxtaposing with the turquoise sea in Milos

Greek Island Odyssey

Write your own Greek legend on this sun-splashed, eight-day adventure around the Cyclades that starts in Athens. After a crowd-beating tour of the Acropolis and dining on local dishes in underrated neighbourhood Keramikos, the next morning, it’s off to the island of Milos while the sun skims gold coins across the surface of the Aegean. After exploring the whitewashed alleyways and quiet beaches in Milos, it’s on to atmospheric Naxos, where you’ll learn how to cook a traditional three-course Greek meal. Santorini – with those iconic hillside views – is your final stop.

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Trip highlights and details

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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Seductive Southern Italy

The only people who’d argue that Southern Italy isn’t the most beautiful part of the country are northern Italians. For anyone else, the ankle end of Italy’s boot boasts the most postcard-pretty places – from Matera to Positano. This 10-day tour takes it all in, starting in Naples, the spiritual home of pizza. But it’s not just pizza that the city is proud of, as you’ll find out on a street-food tour. Nor, as you’ll discover next on a day-long excursion, is the Amalfi Coast just for Instagram posers, or the region of Puglia only about olive oil.

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Trip highlights and details

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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Atlantic Azores

Head to this remote Portuguese archipelago for the adventure of a lifetime. Discover surreal landscapes, incredible wildlife and delicious food and drink on our six-day tour in the Azores. You’ll cycle and kayak around the spectacular Sete Cidades crater lakes, abseil down waterfalls, soak in mineral-rich hot springs and hike around Furnas Lake. This itinerary is perfect for the adventure lovers among us.

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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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Maja Proescholdt contributed additional reporting to this article.

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