Soak up the history of ancient Athens and the modern Acropolis Museum on a private tour.
Kayak to a deserted beach for a swim and snorkel.
Visit the pretty, traffic-free island of Hydra.
Explore the ancient ruins and beehive tombs at Mycenae archaeological site.
Enjoy the freedom of a rental car to explore the Peloponnese.
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Luxembourg, Netherlands and Belgium
Enjoy the freedom of your own car on this self-drive trip. Audley can arrange a rental vehicle for you if you require one.
Cross countries and cultures, passing through The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.
Create your very own Delftware pottery to take home.
Take a step back in time at Bastogne and the site of the Battle of the Bulge.
Marvel at the kaleidoscope of hues at Keukenhof Gardens.
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.
Sample Swiss wine on the shores of Lake Geneva.
Watch as the setting sun paints the familiar Matterhorn shades of pink and gold.
Visit the longest glacier in Europe.
Marvel at the power of Geneva’s Jet d’Eau.
Spend time in Switzerland’s most indulgent mountain resorts.
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.
Explore medieval towns and cities with half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets.
Discover the Romanesque style Neuschwanstein Castle built in keeping with King Ludwig II’s whimsical tastes.
Follow the Romantic Road through tiny Bavarian villages.
Uncover the significance of Berlin, Munich, Nuremberg and Rothenburg’s place in World War II history.
Enjoy an evening of Opera followed by a revealing behind the scenes tour of Munich's National Theatre.
Witness the mighty Geysir erupt as you explore the Golden Circle.
Learn about traditional Icelandic cuisine on a private food tour of Reykjavík.
Soak in the astounding scenery of the islands and mountains north of Snæfellsnes Peninsula on a boat trip with a fresh sushi feast served on board.
Explore Langjökull Glacier from tunnels which take you into the glacier itself.
Visit the world-renowned Guggenheim Museum.
Experience traditional Basque culture with lunch at a secretive gastronomic society.
Drive and hike through the verdant vineyards of La Rioja.
Taste a variety of Rioja wines and indulge in delicious Basque pintxos.
Cross the border into France and explore more of the Basque coastline.
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-Chapelle.
Scotland and Ireland
Explore the mountainous Nevis Range and Glencoe.
Taste a dram of whisky in a Scottish Castle.
Wonder at the beauty of the Isle of Skye’s unique landscape.
Hike in Glendalough and the Wicklow Mountains.
Visit the Cliffs of Moher where you can spot puffins.
Explore the rugged landscape of Connemara National Park.
Spend the day aboard a private catamaran cruising the coastlines of the Small Cyclades off Naxos.
Tour the Acropolis with a private guide.
Take a 4x4 tour of Milos’s rugged interior, learning about the volcanic island’s geology.
Stay in the whitewashed village of Naousa on Paros and visit its Venetian castle.
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.
Glide on the canals of Amsterdam.
Contemplate the masterpieces of the Dutch Golden Age.
Retrace the steps of royalty through The Hague.
Visit some of the original windmills of Holland.
Retrace the footsteps of Rembrandt in his childhood town of Leiden.
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.
Soak up the history of ancient Athens and the winding lanes of Plaka on a private tour.
Visit a local olive oil producer and learn about the importance of olive oil to the Greeks.
Sail along the coast of the Peloponnese on a private boat.
Stay on the island of Hydra where all transportation is carried out by mule.
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.
Take in the virtuoso modernist architecture of Antoni Gaudí.
Explore Barcelona’s tangled medieval streets and glittering modern waterfront by bicycle.
Shop for ingredients and prepare your own paella with a professional chef.
Visit Dalí’s birthplace and tour the medieval heart of Girona.
Relax on the Costa Brava.
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.
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.
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.
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 hands-on Gaelic games experience.
Embark on a fjord safari on the mighty Sognefjord.
Go glacier hiking on Nigardsbreen Glacier in Jostedalsbreen National Park.
Head into the mountains around Loen by via ferrata.
Take a kayaking tour through the waterways around Ålesund.
Drive the scenic Atlantic Ocean Road.