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Douro Valley, Portugal

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  • Széchenyi thermal bath, Budapest

    Exploring Budapest in depth

    Hungary
    • Explore the cobbled streets of Budapest’s Castle District.

    • Take in Pest’s architecture and cultural sites with a guide.

    • Join a private tasting tour of Hungary’s distinctive dishes.

    • Visit a selection of villages on a tour that follows the Danube through the countryside.

    6 days from CAD2,700pp

  • Local houses, Nafplio

    Athens & Nafplio

    Greece
    • 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.

    7 days from CAD4,215pp

  • Canal cruise in Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg self-drive tour

    Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg
    • 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.

    9 days from CAD4,340pp

  • Neuschwanstein Castle from above

    Highlights of Germany self-drive

    Germany
    • 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.

    13 days from CAD5,075pp

  • Lake Geneva, Switzerland

    Lakes & Mountains of Switzerland

    Switzerland
    • 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.

    8 days from CAD5,650pp

  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula

    The Golden Circle & west Iceland

    Iceland
    • 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.

    7 days from CAD5,795pp

  • Pena Palace, Sintra

    Lisbon & the Algarve: Portugal self-drive tour

    Portugal
    • 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 CAD6,160pp

  • Twin lakes, Sete Cidades, São Miguel

    Lisbon & the Azores

    Portugal
    • 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 CAD6,180pp

  • Canal bridges in Amsterdam

    Dutch highlights tour

    Netherlands
    • 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.

    7 days from CAD6,565pp

  • Eiffel Tower, Paris

    A family journey through Paris & the French Alps

    France
    • Explore Paris by night for a true understanding of why it is considered the City of Light.

    • Indulge your sweet tooth on a chocolate and pastry tour.

    • Step back in time as you visit Pérouges, one of the most well preserved medieval villages in Europe.

    • Explore the alpine meadows, ancient glaciers and mountain lakes surrounding Mont Blanc.

    9 days from CAD6,650pp

  • MacGillyCuddy's Reeks

    Family self-drive tour of Ireland

    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 hands-on Gaelic games experience.

    8 days from CAD6,945pp

  • The Bridge of Sighs, Oxford

    Family pop culture tour of England

    England
    • Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea while aboard a traditional, red London bus that travels past some of the city’s key landmarks.

    • View the Crown Jewels on a private Yeoman Warder (Beefeater) tour of the Tower of London.

    • Discover the magical world of Harry Potter on a private walking tour of London.

    • Explore the sites that inspired The Beatles on a private tour of Liverpool.

    • Sing and dance through the streets of London on a Supercalifragilistic Mary Poppins tour.

    7 days from CAD7,120pp

  • Canal of Delft, Netherlands

    Grand tour of the Netherlands

    Netherlands
    • Devour Dutch dishes on a city tour by bicycle.

    • Explore hidden corners of major cities.

    • Gaze at the creations of Dutch Masters.

    • Witness the Netherlands' signature windmills.

    • Soak up the sunset on a canal cruise through Amsterdam.

    • Create your own piece of Delftware pottery.

    10 days from CAD7,380pp

  • Driving in southeast Iceland

    Iceland's hidden highlights self-drive

    Iceland
    • 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 CAD7,630pp

  • Parc Güell, Barcelona

    Family adventure to Spain

    Spain
    • Unwind as a family aboard a private sailing boat for a mesmerizing sunset cruise along the Mediterranean coast.

    • Dive into the enchanting world of Antoni Gaudí.

    • Feel the passion of FC Barcelona with a family tour of Camp Nou.

    • Navigate the azure waters of the coastline of Tassa de Mar by kayak.

    • Embark on an unforgettable e-bike tour through the medieval villages of Pals and Peratallada.

    8 days from CAD7,680pp

  • Grazing ducks, Dordogne, France

    Highlights of Bordeaux & the Dordogne

    France
    • Visit caves that house prehistoric artwork.

    • Try your hand at cooking traditional dishes from the Dordogne.

    • Tour some of France’s most celebrated wine regions.

    • Explore medieval hilltop castles and sail along the Dordogne River.

    10 days from CAD7,695pp

  • Zürich old town

    Highlights of Switzerland

    Switzerland
    • Visit two medieval cities, Zürich and Bern, both laced with history.

    • Head to the Top of Europe at Jungfraujoch to admire the Bernese Alps.

    • Visit a traditional cheesemaker to learn how Emmental gets its holes.

    • Ride the world’s steepest cogwheel train to the top of Pilatus Kulm.

    • Journey on the GoldenPass Panoramic train through some of Switzerland’s most inspiring scenery.

    11 days from CAD7,725pp

  • Canals of Bruge, Belgium

    Grand tour of Belgium & Luxembourg

    Belgium and Luxembourg
    • Marvel the open-air museum charm of historic Bruges.

    • Bike the coast of Flanders with coastal views.

    • Absorb the importance of the Battle of the Bulge.

    • Treat yourself to a culinary tasting tour of Antwerp.

    • Explore the cliffside tunnels and caves of Luxembourg City.

    10 days from CAD7,755pp

  • Ariel view of Stockholm

    Capital cities of Scandinavia

    Denmark, Sweden and Norway
    • Bike the cobbled lanes of Copenhagen like a local.

    • Learn about the rich Viking history in Roskilde.

    • Cruise through Stockholm canals on a historical tour.

    • Taste Norwegian cuisine in Oslo.

    9 days from CAD7,795pp

  • Mountain scenes in the Austrian Alps

    Sound of Music grand tour

    Austria
    • Recreate beloved scenes from the film in their familiar filming locations.

    • Hike around the lakes that the Von Trapps would have enjoyed.

    • Cross the border into Germany for a visit to Eagle’s Nest, the Nazis’ mountainside resort.

    • Enjoy a classical music dinner at Hohensalzburg Fortress.

    7 days from CAD7,930pp

  • Gothic Quarter, Barcelona

    Barcelona & the Costa Brava

    Spain
    • 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.

    7 days from CAD7,985pp

  • Panagia Thalassitra, Milos

    Cycladic Islands: Milos, Paros & Naxos

    Greece
    • 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.

    9 days from CAD7,990pp

  • Stockholm islands from above

    Family Denmark & Sweden

    Denmark and Sweden
    • Cycle through the vibrant streets of Copenhagen.

    • Paddle through the Copenhagen canals in a kayak.

    • Learn to bake traditional Danish breads and pastries.

    • Take a scenic cruise out into Gothenburg's scenic archipelago.

    • Enjoy a day exploring two of Stockholm's most family friendly museums.

    10 days from CAD7,995pp

  • Plaka, Athens

    Athens & the Peloponnese

    Greece
    • 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.

    9 days from CAD8,060pp

  • Wine tasting

    Highlights of Lisbon & Porto

    Portugal
    • 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 CAD8,080pp

  • Hagia Sophia

    Istanbul & Cappadocia

    Turkey
    • Explore Istanbul's highlights, such as the Blue Mosque and Spice Market.

    • Take a leisurely cruise along the Bosphorus admiring Europe on one side and Asia on the other.

    • Fly high above Cappadocia on a sunrise hot air balloon ride.

    • Try your hand at mastering Turkish cuisine on a cooking class with a local family.

    8 days from CAD8,100pp

  • Avebury stones

    Southern England explorer: London, Bath & Oxford

    England
    • Explore Westminster and the Tower of London by boat.

    • Whizz around London on a Mini Cooper tour.

    • Visit the historic city of Bath and admire the Roman Baths.

    • Marvel at the unspoilt village of Lacock and the mysterious ancient site of Avebury.

    • Wander the streets of the university city of Oxford.

    6 days from CAD8,195pp

  • Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris

    Paris in depth

    France
    • 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.

    7 days from CAD8,295pp

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