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Europe tour ideas

These tour ideas are designed by our specialists, who've traveled the routes themselves and have a guidebook-like knowledge of Europe. Each trip idea highlights a route we've loved traveling, which showcases aspects of Europe we're passionate about, not just the run-of-the-mill tourist circuits.

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Ideas for your trip to Europe

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Europe, and they showcase some of the routes that we've found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

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St Petersburg weekend break

  • See the many treasures of the Hermitage, one of the world's best art galleries.

  • Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, the city's first permanent building.

  • See the Catherine Palace and marvel at the phenomenal wealth of the Tsars.

  • Explore the beautiful canals and grand buildings of one of the world's prettiest cities.

4 Days from CAD1,500pp

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Classic Russia tour

  • See the Kremlin, Red Square and St Basil's Cathedral.

  • Explore one of the world's biggest and best art collections in the Hermitage.

  • Wander along St Petersburg's canals.

  • See one of the Tsars' sumptuous summer palaces.

8 Days from CAD3,720pp

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Naples and the island of Ischia

  • Explore the cosmopolitan city of Naples on a guided walking tour.

  • Visit Naples Archaeological Museum and see original relics from Pompeii.

  • Relax at Ischia’s thermal baths and beaches.

  • Enjoy panoramic views of Ischia on a private hike followed by a tasty lunch.

7 Days from CAD3,970pp

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Lisbon and the Azores

  • Explore the largest city in the Azores, Ponta Delgada, on a private walking tour.

  • Visit the twin lakes of Sete Cidades by bicycle and 4x4.

  • Embark on a whale- and dolphin-watching tour outside Ponta Delgada.

  • Hear traditional Portuguese fado music at a special dinner in Lisbon.

  • Discover the history of Lisbon on a private walking tour.

  • Tour the vibrant and eclectic palaces of Sintra.

7 Days from CAD4,085pp

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Highlights of Lisbon & Marrakesh

  • Experience the best of Lisbon on a guided tour through the city's historic districts.

  • Witness the whimsical architecture of Sintra's palaces.

  • Hike Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains and visit a local family for a cup of mint tea.

  • Immerse yourself in the spice-scented souqs of Marrakesh.

  • Tour the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca.

8 Days from CAD4,640pp

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Distilleries of Scotland & Ireland

  • Walk the quirky streets of Glasgow on an orientation tour.

  • Experience the whiskey reputation of Islay.

  • Explore the castles and Glens around Oban.

  • Taste a variety of whiskey in Speyside.

  • Marvel at the dramatic coastline of the Antrim Coast.

  • Experience a unique distillery tour in Dublin.

10 Days from CAD4,715pp

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Lisbon & the Algarve: Portugal Self-Drive

  • Tour Lisbon’s historical heart and sample some local delicacies.

  • Explore the eccentric palaces and gardens of Sintra.

  • Visit Roman ruins in the historic city of Évora in the heart of the Alentejo countryside.

  • Learn how to cook traditional Algarvian Cataplana.

  • Hike the Algarve coastline near Lagos.

10 Days from CAD4,735pp

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Moscow, St Petersburg & the Golden Ring

  • Explore the Kremlin and Armoury complex and see Russia's Fabergé Eggs.

  • Explore the art of the Hermitage State Museum.

  • Take a hydrofoil into the Gulf of Finland to visit Peter the Great’s palace.

  • Explore the palace of Catherine the Great at Tsarskoe Selo, home to the Amber Room.

10 Days from CAD5,065pp

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Family Scottish adventure

  • Marvel as dancers and musicians perform cultural numbers inspired by Scotland's history and legends.

  • Spend the night in a castle.

  • Visit a traditional working farm to witness trained sheepdogs lead sheep through a variety of obstacles.

  • Watch out for Nessie on a Loch Ness boat trip.

11 Days from CAD5,125pp

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West coast whisky, wildlife & castles

  • Explore Glasgow's vibrant street art with a local.

  • Visit some of Islay's iconic whisky distilleries for tastings.

  • Embark on a wildlife cruise around Islay's rugged coastline.

  • Drive through the mountains of Argyll, visiting several picturesque castles along the way.

  • Cycle along the shores of beautiful Loch Lomond.

9 Days from CAD5,405pp

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Ancient Ireland

  • Explore Newgrange — an ancient passage tomb that predates the Egyptian pyramids.

  • Spend the night in a 16th-century castle located on its own private island.

  • Drive along the spectacular Dingle Peninsula.

  • Visit the historic Rock of Cashel.

10 Days from CAD5,425pp

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Highlights of Northern Ireland

  • Explore the Antrim Coast including Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge.

  • Visit Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head.

  • Learn about traditional Irish life at the Glencolmcille Folk Village.

  • Discover the impressive Slieve League cliffs.

  • Glamp in a bubble dome and stargaze.

9 Days from CAD5,495pp

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Game of Thrones tour of Northern Ireland

  • Tours at Game of Thrones locations across Northern Ireland (These tours are not official Game of Thrones tours and are not licensed, approved, or endorsed by Home Box Office, Inc., the owner of the trade marks for Game of Thrones.)

  • Experience an evening of folklore and storytelling at Dublin’s oldest pub.

  • Marvel at the Dark Hedges on the Antrim Coast.

  • Walk in the footsteps of Jon Snow as you visit Game of Thrones filming sites.

  • Experience archery and axe throwing.

  • Capture the trip by taking a photo with the direwolves from the show.

8 Days from CAD5,735pp

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Historic south east England

  • Visit some of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds with a local guide.

  • Take an afternoon tea lesson in London.

  • Marvel at the striking architecture and impressive history of Canterbury Cathedral.

  • Admire the White Cliffs of Dover.

  • Enjoy fish and chips in the pretty, medieval town of Rye.

7 Days from CAD5,740pp

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Iceland's Hidden Highlights self-drive

  • Take a privately guided superjeep tour to Þjórsárdalur in Iceland’s southern highlands, exploring its verdant valleys and dramatic waterfalls.

  • Climb a volcano and catch views of the south coast’s glaciers from the Westman Islands.

  • Explore the verdant, craggy landscape of Eldhraun: the world’s largest lava field.

  • See one of Iceland’s largest puffin colonies and learn more about Icelandic folklore in the Eastfjords.

10 Days from CAD5,970pp

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Family self-drive tour of Ireland

  • Learn the tales of the prisoners detained in Kilmainham Gaol on a shared tour of the former prison.

  • Kiss the Blarney Stone and explore the castle’s grounds.

  • Kayak on one of Killarney’s lakes to Innisfallen Island.

  • Spend two nights in a 16th-century castle.

  • Learn the rules of hurling on a hand-on Gaelic games experience.

8 Days from CAD5,980pp

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Classic Iceland self-drive

  • Eat your way around Reykjavík on a private food-focused walking tour.

  • Snorkel between the tectonic plates in Þingvellir National Park.

  • Wander through icy tunnels carved in the depths of Langjökull glacier.

  • Watch icebergs calve from glaciers and float across Jökulsárlón lagoon.

9 Days from CAD5,990pp

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Best of Morocco & Southern Spain

  • Hike Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains and have mint tea with a local family.

  • Immerse yourself in the spice-scented souqs of Marrakesh.

  • Visit the unparalleled majesty of the Alhambra Palace in Spain’s southern city of Granada.

  • Relax in the sun-drenched squares of Seville and experience a traditional flamenco performance.

10 Days from CAD6,160pp

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Italy in the Off Season

  • Experience local life in Venice away from the throngs on a food tour of Venetian wine bars called bacari.

  • Learn to cook like a Tuscan at a Florentine cooking class with a local chef.

  • Tour Naples Archaeological Museum with a private guide and see original objects from Pompeii.

  • Visit the Vatican Museums with your private guide and see the Sistine Chapel at its least crowded.

9 Days from CAD6,170pp

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Highlights of Lisbon & Porto

  • Listen to melancholy fado music over a traditional dinner in Lisbon.

  • Learn about Lisbon’s history on a walking tour with stops to sample local delicacies.

  • Witness the whimsical architecture in Sintra.

  • Take a panoramic tour of Porto ending with a port wine tasting.

  • Discover the wines and landscapes of the Douro Valley on a full-day excursion.

7 Days from CAD6,210pp

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Highlights of the Azores

  • Enjoy a historic walking tour of Ponta Delgada with tastings in the local market.

  • Explore the twin lakes of Sete Cidades by bicycle and 4x4.

  • Try local cozido, food cooked in the hot springs of Furnas.

  • Hike through the lava stone vineyards of Pico.

  • Discover the island of Faial and its Capelinhos Volcano.

  • Learn about the history of Terceira on a walk through its capital city, Angra do Heroísmo.

11 Days from CAD6,210pp

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Paris in depth

  • Discover the covered passages of Paris and the Opéra Garnier.

  • Taste the best pastries and chocolates of Paris’s Saint-Germain-des-Prés district.

  • Uncover the history of Château de Fontainebleau and Vaux-Le-Vicomte.

  • Explore the highlights of the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay.

  • Marvel at the grandeur of Notre Dame Cathedral and Sainte-Chappelle.

7 Days from CAD6,210pp

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Florence and Rome Explored

  • Uncover the secrets of the Colosseum and Roman Forum on a private tour.

  • Marvel at the majesty of the Sistine Chapel ceiling and St Peter's Basilica.

  • Visit Siena and San Gimignano and have lunch in a local Tuscan farmhouse.

  • Visit Michelangelo's iconic 'David' and explore the opulent Pitti Palace in Florence.

8 Days from CAD6,265pp

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