Europe is endlessly fascinating—the range of cultures, landscapes, and history to explore could fill a lifetime of hiking adventures. We love Europe and have designed the most comprehensive program with an active journey for every type of traveler. Read on to find your ideal European adventure.
For the Epic Hiker
Top of the Alps | View Itinerary
You may appreciate après-hiking pints, local cheeses, and charming villages, but you really love rugged trails and incredible mountain vistas. Our Top of the Alps journey takes you on the high trails of the Bernese Oberland and across majestic Alpine passes, with views of world-famous peaks (the Eiger, Mt. Titlis, Jungfrau!) all along the way. And, after a heart-pounding day in the high mountains, you’ll be welcomed at hotels in enchanting settings, and abuzz with European delights.
Great Peaks of Scotland, England, and Wales | View Itinerary
Already hiked the Alps? How about summiting the three most legendary peaks of the British Isles? On Great Peaks of Scotland, England, and Wales, we’ll take you to Snowdonia National Park, into England’s granite-walled Lake District, up Scafell Pike, to the towering cliffs of the Northern Corries, and to the summit of Cairn Gorm. Toss in some artisan Scottish whisky and a boat ride across a dazzling lake, and you’ve got an awesome hiking adventure.
For the Mediterranean Adventurer
Hiking in the Greek Isles | View Itinerary
If hiking a sun-splashed landscape with stunning coastal views is your style, join us on our enchanting journey, Hiking in the Greek Isles! Imagine following cobbled trails past white-washed villages and blue-domed churches, exploring sacred caves and ancient artifacts, swimming in the azure Aegean Sea, and tasting fresh fish and mouth-watering moussaka in seaside tavernas. This is the life, Mediterranean style!
Hiking in Sicily | View Itinerary
Or, check out the sun-soaked island of Sicily. Just far enough from mainland Italy to feel like its own country, Sicily is chock-full of Greek and Roman ruins and has a fascinating history from the Phoenicians to the Romans. On our Hiking in Sicily adventure, we follow trails into old world villages and seaside nature reserves, onto the slopes of Mt. Etna, and along the narrow streets of Cefalù, Palermo, and romantic Taormina. Soak up the sun, the limoncello, and the scaccia with tomato sauce in scintillating Sicily!
For the Trailblazer
Hiking in the Faroe Islands | View Itinerary
If you love to explore off the beaten path and discover untouched destinations, here is one of the continent’s best-kept secrets, brimming with European flair. The Faroe Islands are set in the North Atlantic halfway between Iceland and Norway, rich in Viking heritage, fantastic hiking, and outrageously fresh seafood. Our journey, Hiking in the Faroe Islands, takes you along soaring cliffs, through emerald moorlands, and to charming guesthouses in tiny villages filled with legends, songs, and artisans.
Hiking Above Norway’s Arctic Circle | View Itinerary
Want to take it even farther north? Be among the first to experience Hiking Above Norway’s Arctic Circle. From the towering spires of the Lofoten Islands to the “Arctic capital” of Tromsø, kayak in the shimmering waters of Bergsfjorden, meet reindeer herders, float in dry suits in the famous tidal maelstrøm, and bask in the midnight glow at a concert in Tromsø’s spectacular Arctic Cathedral.
For the Foodie
Amalfi and Capri | View Itinerary
Every traveler loves great cuisine, but you go out of your way (even choose your destinations!) so you can savor the local flavors. Every foodie should make a pilgrimage to Amalfi and Capri. Imagine sampling olives picked from the family orchard, Neapolitan pizza in the city where it was invented, mozzarella di bufala made right on the farm, and house-made pasta topped with fresh-caught clams and tomatoes from the kitchen garden. The cuisine isn’t the only show-stopper—the hiking and scenery here are some of the most spectacular in the world!
From France to Spain: Hiking in the Basque Country | View Itinerary
Still hungry? Head straight to the Basque Country, where pintxos (the region’s unique tapas) are a way of life. Try the Spanish ham and rich Manchego cheese, anchovy with pickled peppers, or octopus with smoked paprika. On our adventure, From France to Spain: Hiking in the Basque Country, not only will you enjoy local mountain cheeses, taste Txakoli (the beloved local white wine), and have dinner in a Michelin-starred restaurant, but you’ll also cross from France to Spain on foot, visit megalithic monuments, and hike along trails that will take your breath away (but not your appetite!).
For the Culture Buff
From Bratislava to Prague | View Itinerary
You love an active adventure immersed in the rich tapestry of the past. On our journey, From Bratislava to Prague, we hike to hilltop castles and ancient abbeys, take a private tour of a 17th century theater, enter the medieval town of Telc through historic gates, and cross stone bridges in architecturally stunning villages. We also stay in boutique hotels, follow forested trails to family vineyards, and are welcomed at a stunning art gallery. Our grand finale is in Prague, with its timeless Old Town square and vibrant café culture.
Russia: Land of the Czars | View Itinerary
Or, you may want to venture a little further East into Russia, where our native Trip Leaders proudly share their homeland and history. Russia: Land of the Czars begins in Moscow’s Red Square, brings you to the spectacular Kremlin, the Holy City of Suzdal where bells ring across the land, and to Catherine the Great’s Amber Room, one of the world’s greatest examples of craftsmanship and a source of an enduring mystery. Enjoy talking about life during the Soviet era at wonderful meals with locals.
For a Journey with Meaning
Pilgrim’s Way | View Itinerary
Searching for a deeper understanding of the places you travel? Trace the footsteps of pilgrims on thousand-year-old trails with Trip Leaders who bring you the history, heritage, and traditions of pilgrims past and present. We have designed our Pilgrim’s Way along the legendary El Camino de Santiago in Spain to take in the best of this meaningful journey, avoiding the urban stretches, with a wonderful grand finale to “Finisterre”, the ‘end of the earth’, and a traditional barefoot walk on the beach.
Italy’s Pilgrim Trail | View Itinerary
Our 10-day Italy’s Pilgrim Trail follows the Via Francigena, the ancient pilgrim route that leads to Rome. From Siena, with its scalloped-shaped piazza, discover the Tuscan hilltop village of San Quirico d’Orcia, and the walled town of Viterbo, once home of the popes. You’ll explore Sutri’s Roman amphitheater carved out of tufa rock, and hike from our castle-hotel right into the “Eternal City” of Rome. Along the way we stop to relax in thermal springs and sample regional delights like gnocchi alla romana and rich Chianti. A pilgrim’s passport from this historic route is your own personal talisman of this insightful journey.