Experience life the local way and you’ll experience a Tuscany that most tourists miss. This trip offers plenty of opportunity to get your hands dirty in the kitchen as you’ll learn to prepare and enjoy this picturesque region’s culinary and viticultural delights. Peruse the local markets and delis in search of the finest organic fare, sample wines in the very vineyards that produced them, and work off all that deliciousness with walks through some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. Just start forwarding your mail here now.
Highlights: Learn traditional recipes and eat delicious Tuscan cuisine, tour the agriturismo's organic orchards and wine cellar and learn more about the Slow Food movement, visit medieval Montalcino and sample delicious local wines, explore the Tuscan countryside and stone-walled hill towns
Whether you're looking for relaxed afternoons lazing on the deck of a yacht or time to indulge in the nightlife, this Croatian cruise aims to please. Embark in lovely Dubrovnik and discover charming villages as you sail from island to stunning island on a small yacht. The emphasis is on connecting with the country and culture and you'll fall in love with this region's beauty on hikes to castles and waterfalls. Toss in beach barbecues and snorkelling and you have an incredible and affordable island getaway.
Highlights: Discover secluded islands and deserted beaches, explore Korčula- the birth place of Marco Polo, wander the forested paradise of Mljet National Park, connect with history at Diocletian's Palace in Split, Enjoy the nightlife while meeting new friends
Whether you're looking for relaxed afternoons lazing on the deck of a yacht or time to indulge in the nightlife, this Croatian cruise aims to please. Discover charming villages and stunning scenery as you sail from Split to Dubrovnik on a small yacht. The emphasis is on connecting with the country and culture and you'll fall in love with this region's beauty on hikes to castles and waterfalls. Toss in beach barbecue and snorkelling and you have an incredible and affordable island getaway.
Highlights: Connect with history at Diocletian's Palace in Split, discover secluded islands and deserted beaches, explore Korčula – the birthplace of Marco Polo, wander the forested paradise of Mljet National Park, sail into the ancient port of Dubrovnik – "the Pearl of the Adriatic"
Belgian Beer Tour (EBBT)
Some people’s idea of a beer adventure is checking out that pub two streets over from the local. The true beer connoisseur, however, is a different breed. Designed with the fancy suds aficionado in mind, this 8-day trip takes you to the ancestral home of Trappist, one of the world’s finest brewers. In Belgium, you’ll visit the six Trappist monastery-breweries in Belgium (including the chance to taste Westvleteren, one of beerdom’s most celebrated brews), explore Brussels and Bruges, and stuff yourself with mussels, waffles and chocolate galore. (Hey, beer-tasting is hungry work.)
Highlights: Visit all six Trappist breweries in Belgium, indulge in delicious Belgian cuisine, explore quaint towns like Bruges and Rochefort, learn about (and taste) rare beers and visit the monasteries they're made in
Trekking in Transylvania (EATC)
Enter the world of legend and embrace the myth of Count Dracula as you trek through the rugged wilderness of Romania. Ancient border roads and shepherds’ trails will reward active adventurers willing to break a sweat with stunning mountain scenery populated with bears, wolves and lynx. You'll stay in simple guesthouses and travel in small groups with local guides for a truly authentic insight into this wild corner of Europe. From steep dramatic slopes to small one-school, one-pub villages, experience the beauty of the Carpathian Mountains.
Highlights: Visit Dracula's castle in Bran, hike the undiscovered Romanian countryside, marvel at magnificent Carpathian views, savour Romanian culture and history.
Western Balkans Adventure (ECWB)
On the crossroads between east & west, the Balkan Peninsula is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. This trip will introduce the culture lover to the stunning Dalmatian coast of Croatia, the eastern delicacies of Bosnia & Herzegovina, and the verdant fjords of Montenegro in 12 rich days. While your expert CEO is there to unveil Mostar, Sarajevo and Dubrovnik, you'll also have plenty of free time for sea kayaking, hiking or island visits.
Highlights: Wander the ancient city of Split built among the Roman ruins of Diocletian's Palace, visit the historic bridge of Mostar, discover where eastern delicacies meet western traditions in Sarajevo, enjoy a market visit and picnic lunch
Get a new perspective on France with this canal boat adventure. Each day you'll cruise for four to five hours, clearing locks and seeing the world at a pace you'll appreciate. Along the way, stop for wine tastings and gastronomic indulgences, cycle along country lanes and hike green valleys. Your canal boat home has only a handful of cabins, so you're sharing the deck and views with a small group of like-minded travellers. With a CEO there to offer advice – and steer! – you'll quickly realize that getting there is half the adventure.
Highlights: Live on a canal boat for a week, cruise along the lush Saône and La Seille Rivers, hike and cycle riverside trails, taste French gastronomic delights, sample world-famous Burgundy wines, enjoy slow-paced travel through the French Burgundy countryside.
Cinque Terre Coastal Walk (EICW)
Isolated from the rest of Italy by the impressive landscape, you're here to hike. The rugged villages of Cinque Terre still remain a world away from the bustle of Rome. Follow coastal trails and discover villages clustered on windswept cliffs and perched above beautiful coastlines. Hike and swim by day and sample the fresh seafood and local delicacies by night. For the active traveller who wants to experience a real slice of Italian life, this compact adventure tops the menu.
Highlights: Walk narrow coastal trails with magnificent sea views, sample the local cuisine and wines, stay in a Cinque Terre village.
Iceland Explorer (ELIE)
When it comes to environmental wonders, there’s simply nowhere in the world like the top of the world. This trip brings you right up close to lava fields, volcanos and glaciers, set against the magnificent backdrop of Iceland’s natural beauty. Even with all this fire and ice, you’ll still stay comfortable via boat excursions and soaks in hot springs. Elemental elegance and epic memories guaranteed.
Highlights: Watch the living earth in action at lava fields and volcanoes, get up close and personal with fire and ice, relax in natural hot springs and rivers, take an ice trek on an active glacier, spot whales and unique northern wildlife
Northern Spain by Bike (ESSB)
Encounter the beauty of Catalonia's countryside and its rustic towns on this compact and active bike trip. Designed for the weekend cyclist, this itinerary is challenging enough to get the heart pumping but comfortable enough that you can still appreciate the crystal-clear streams, ancient walled cities, and stunning Mediterranean coastlines of the Pyrenees. Journey across volcanic landscape to ancient towns where you can recharge with culinary delicacies before winding down on the beaches of the Costa Brava. Experience the beauty of Catalonia and cycle through its heart!
Highlights: Cycle through glorious countryside, learn about Catalan culture and customs, savour tapas and local wines
Prague to London Adventure (EYPL)
Ah, a relaxing week’s vacation in Old Europa. What could be finer? Don’t ask anyone who’s taken this trip! Our 8-day odyssey across five countries is a blur of beauty, culture and adventure from start to finish, with loads of optional activities to pick and choose from. From the varied architectural wonders of Prague to the nightclubs of Amsterdam and Berlin to romantic Bruges and classic London, this trip contains more European awesomeness per minute than should be permissible by law. (We won’t tell if you won’t.)
Highlights: Party across Europe, explore historic cities and museums, discover medieval towns straight from a fairytale, embrace a variety of cultures, sample regional wines and delicacies.
Trans Mongolian Express (ACTM)
From the Great Wall of China to the Hermitage in St Petersburg, travel halfway around the world in three incredible weeks. Board one of the world’s great trains and ride the rails on this once-in-a-lifetime trip across the grassy steppes of Mongolia and through the taiga forests of Siberia. Share train carriages with locals, overnight in Mongolian ger tents and in a cozy Russian homestay. Not only does this trip provide the perfect blend of comfortable accommodations and plenty of activities, but also free time to explore this fascinating region at your own pace.
Highlights: Explore the courtyards of the Forbidden City and walk along the Great Wall of China, ride the rails through Mongolia's grassy steppe and Siberia's taiga forests, stay in a local village on Lake Baikal, admire the grand structure of Moscow's Kremlin and Red Square, marvel at the rich art collection in the Hermitage.
|Trip||Length||Style||Service Level||Starting Price|
|Local Living Italy - Southern Tuscany (EIST)||7 days||Local Living||Standard||
|Sailing Croatia - Dubrovnik to Split (ECVD)||8 days||Marine||Standard||
|Sailing Croatia - Split to Dubrovnik (ECVS)||8 days||Marine||Standard||
|Belgian Beer Tour (EBBT)||8 days||Classic||Standard||
|Trekking in Transylvania (EATC)||8 days||Active||Basic||
|Western Balkans Adventure (ECWB)||12 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Local Living France - Burgundy Canal Boat (EFBL)||8 days||Local Living||Standard||
|Cinque Terre Coastal Walk (EICW)||5 days||Active||Standard||
|Iceland Explorer (ELIE)||10 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Northern Spain by Bike (ESSB)||8 days||Active||Standard||
|Prague to London Adventure (EYPL)||8 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Trans Mongolian Express (ACTM)||21 days||Classic||Standard||