Summer dreaming: find your far-from-ordinary European adventure

February 24, 2021

The thought of grabbing a bag to explore parts of Europe for the summer sparks joy in just about every traveller’s heart. Even more so if your trip fuels some of your greatest passions like wine, trekking or photography. Whether you want to hike Alpine meadows, taste seasonal Italian dishes or get your resting heart rate to a happy place, we’ve got European tours to match your interests.

Relax your mind and body

Sail away, sail away, sail away! Sure, it’s an Enya song but it’s also a state of mind. Leave your worries behind as you enjoy yacht life on the deeply calming blue waters of coastal Croatia or the Canary Islands. Want to go even deeper? Consider a wellness tour set in the otherworldly landscapes of Iceland. Start your summer of serenity with black sand beach meditations, geothermal lake-side yoga and long hot soaks in the Blue Lagoon.

Top relaxing tour ideas

Sailing Croatia: Dubrovnik to Split
Sailing Canary Islands
Wellness Iceland

let your troubles melt away in the milky blue geothermal pools of Reykjavik

Feast on seasonal eats

Unwinding on an organic lemon farm, tasting wines by river barge and hiking to the birthplace of Nutella all sound like palate-pleasing ways to spend a summer. Whether you’re a foodie or just really like to eat, you can get your fill of local flavours in the pastoral villages and vineyards of Burgundy, Sorrento and Piedmont. And don’t forget to try the truffles!

Top food and drink tour ideas

Walking Piedmont and the Barolo Wine Region
Burgundy River Cruise Adventure - Plus
Local Living Italy - Sorrento

enjoy a cooking class while living locally in Sorrento

Capture lasting summer memories

A good photographer can find beauty in the everyday but it’s way more fun to explore epic landscapes with your camera at the ready. Did you know the word ‘picturesque’ was invented to describe Lake Bled and the Julian Alps in Slovenia? That’s not true but it should be. If icebergs and apex predators are more your jam, try training your lens on polar bears from the deck of our Expedition ship in the Arctic. Or, lace up your hiking boots and take a photo trek featuring the rugged mountains, glaciers and wildlife of East Greenland.

Top photography tour ideas

Norway Fjords and Realm of the Polar Bear
Explore Slovenia: Hiking the Julian Alps
Hiking East Greenland

snag incredible wildlife shots from zodiacs and aboard the Expedition

Walk and hike and trek… oh my!

We could explain the difference between walks, hikes and treks but you probably know if you like travelling long distances by foot. Spend eight days in Northern Spain walking a scenic pilgrimage route through rustic villages and refuel with tasty local dishes. Day hike from a central hub to see the best parts of the Corfu Trail and taste cheese in a traditional Greek village. Or, kick it up several notches by trekking one of the world’s premiere Alpine routes through France, Italy and Switzerland. We bet they even have cheese there too.

Top active tour ideas

Walk the Camino de Santiago — Plus
Corfu Trail Hiking Highlights
Trekking Mont Blanc

lace up your hiking boots and smell that fresh Alpine air

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