Sometimes it’s the places we think we know best that can spring the biggest surprises, and the myriad nations of Europe offer enough variety for a lifetime of adventures. Historic cities, epic landscapes and a fascinating patchwork of languages and cultures lend the ‘old continent’ a diversity that belies its relatively compact size, and excellent infrastructure means you can squeeze an awful lot into a week-long tour. Southern Europe remains the most alluring region for most travellers, with its glorious weather, superb food and wine, cultural riches and ancient history. Mediterranean favourites such as Italy and Spain are popular for a reason, but new kids on the block such as Croatia and Montenegro are attracting ever more visitors with their blend of stunning coastal scenery, romantic medieval cities and Balkan hospitality.
Central Europe is the enchanting heart of the continent, defined by spectacular Alpine scenery, fairytale castles and grand imperial cities. During winter the green hills of Austria and Switzerland are carpeted with snow, and the great rivers of the Rhine and the Danube light up with twinkling Christmas markets. To the east lies Russia, a land sculpted by its fascinating history of Vikings and Mongols, tsars and revolutionaries. From the artistic treasures of St Petersburg and the onion domes of Moscow to the bleak expanse of Siberia, this vast and enigmatic country has so much to offer. Russia’s Nordic neighbours present a different proposition, with their magical landscape of spruce forest, plunging fjords and barren tundra, home to reindeer herders and the ethereal Northern Lights. Last but not least, don’t forget the islands of the North Atlantic, from the surreal volcanic landscapes of Iceland to our very own British Isles.
On this short trip, we explore Russia's two most important cities in-depth. In Moscow, we take-in the Kremlin, the 16th century Saint Basil's Cathedral and have the chance to see Lenin's embalmed body in its Red Square mausoleum.
This all-encompassing trip takes-in Istanbul, impressive ancient sites, the unusual terraces of Pamukkale, and visits the World War I battlefields of Gallipoli.
Still emerging from isolation Albania's wealth of historic sites, charming rural villages and the colourful capital, Tirana, are all waiting to be discovered.
Spend an exciting long weekend like no other — exploring the incredible abandoned sites reclaimed by nature on a Chernobyl tour in the Exclusion Zone.
Enter a land of remote villages, ancient customs and beautiful scenery on this Romanian adventure.
Explore the beauty of northern Albania, trekking in the little visited Albanian Alps, through the spectacular scenic Valbona and Theth national parks
Travelling through the heart of former Yugoslavia, we discover four countries that have been shaped by a rich but turbulent history.
Discover the superb cuisine and wines of Puglia and enjoy easy walks with wide panoramas of gently rolling landscapes.
On this sixteen-day adventure we will discover Europe's newest countries and travel by rail through some of the Balkan's most inspiring scenery.
On this trip we discover the historic European cities of Krakow, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and Prague.