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Europe 2015: National Geographic Traveler's Top Tours of a Lifetime

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Switzerland E-Biking

Cycling & Biking

5.0 | Excellent | 28 Reviews
6 Days
$ 1,166 per day
Type: Small Group Tour
Lodging:
Luxury - 5 star

Luxury - 5 star Lodging LevelThe highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

Physical:
Moderate

Moderate Physical LevelRegular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps.

Visits: Switzerland
From
$ 6,995

Highlights

  • For most people, the first mention of Switzerland evokes its classic imagery
  • High snow-capped mountains, rolling green pastoral hills, wooden chalets
  • Charming villages and bearded mountain farmers—and let’s not forget about cheese
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Compelling Corsica: Kayaking in Corsica, France

High Adventure, Rafting, Kayaking, Canoeing

4.8 | Excellent | 6 Reviews
9 Days
$ 388 per day
Type: Small Group Tour
Lodging:
Premium - 4 star

Premium - 4 star Lodging Level3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.

Physical:
Moderate

Moderate Physical LevelRegular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps.

Visits: France
From
$ 3,490

Highlights

  • Hike through the Gorge de Spelunca
  • Kayak while stopping to enjoy beaches, snorkeling and swimming along the way
  • Explore a rugged, jagged coastline with cliffs and coves
  • Experience a charming seaside town that includes two small churches from the 1800’s – one built by Catholics and the other by descendants of the Greeks
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Croatia: Dalmatian Coast Hiking & Kayaking

Cultural, Hiking & Walking

4.3 | Great | 6 Reviews
8 Days
$ 662 per day
Type: Small Group Tour
Lodging:
Premium - 4 star

Premium - 4 star Lodging Level3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.

Physical:
Moderate

Moderate Physical LevelRegular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps.

Visits: Croatia, Dalmatian Coast, Diocletian's Palace, Dubrovnik, Hvar island, Korcula Island, Sitka
From
$ 5,295

Highlights

  • Explore the Dalmatian Coast on foot and by kayak
  • Hike through olive groves and pine forests, and along jagged cliffs with beautiful sea views
  • Learn about Croatia’s fascinating history and culture
  • Discover the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Split, Korcula, and Dubrovnik
  • Enjoy fresh seafood and local cuisine
  • Sea kayak in the Adriatic through the Pakleni archipelago
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Holland and Belgium Bike & Barge Amsterdam

Cycling & Biking

5.0 | Excellent | 9 Reviews
12 Days
$ 350 per day
Type: Small Group Tour
Lodging:
Premium - 4 star

Premium - 4 star Lodging Level3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.

Physical:
Easy

Easy Physical LevelSome walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.

Visits: Belgium, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bruges
From
$ 4,195

Highlights

  • Unpack just once, then cruise for seven nights by private canal barge
  • Experience the countryside up close, as only a barge-and-bike tour allows
  • Learn the art of silversmithing during a private demonstration
  • Immerse yourself in local life as you visit a family in their home
  • Admire Holland’s iconic, 19th-century windmills
  • Picnic alongside historic locks
  • Discover Bruges, one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe
  • Take a guided boat excursion to the center of Ghent
  • Sip authentic Belgian beer
  • Enjoy attentive service aboard our private barge
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Blazing Saddles - Family Adventure in Portugal

Family Friendly, Hiking & Walking

4.2 | Great | 5 Reviews
8 Days
$ 173 per day
Type: Group Tour
Lodging:
Basic - 2 star

Basic - 2 star Lodging LevelYou'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.

Physical:
Easy

Easy Physical LevelSome walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.

Visits: Portugal
From
$ 1,380

Highlights

--A family walking holiday with donkeys in Portugal

--Feed and look after the donkeys each evening

--Pleasant ‘Turismo Rural’ accommodation with pools

--Free time in the charming coastal city of Porto

--Look out for vultures and eagles in the Douro National Park

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Greenland Traditional Dogsled Expedition

Nature & Wildlife

5.0 | Excellent | 8 Reviews
10 Days
$ 675 per day
Type: Group Tour
Lodging:
Luxury - 5 star

Luxury - 5 star Lodging LevelThe highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

Physical:
Easy

Easy Physical LevelSome walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.

Visits: Denmark, Ilulissat Icefjord
From
$ 6,749

Highlights

  • Visit our hunters in their homes and say a proper good by to them and to the Dogs
  • Amazing expedition on dogsleds covered with our gear and the local equipment.
  • Visit The Local Souvenir Shop For The Perfect Momento
  • Visit our hunters in their homes and say a proper good by to them and to the Dogs
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Slovakia: Budapest to Krakow Walk

Hiking & Walking

5.0 | Excellent | 5 Reviews
8 Days
$ 262 per day
Type: Self-guided / Independent Tour
Lodging:
Value - 3 star

Value - 3 star Lodging LevelMid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.

Physical:
Strenuous

Strenuous Physical LevelFull day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness.

Visits: Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Auschwitz, Bernadine Monastery, Budapest, Krakow, Low Tatras National Park, Solomon Tower, Wawel Castle
From
$ 2,775

Highlights

  • Moderate to challenging hiking from the banks of the Danube River on the outskirts of Budapest through the back bone of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the royal city of Kraków.
  • Visit five UNESCO world heritage sites
  • Experience stunning panoramas from Slovakia’s highest peaks, and enjoy one of the best national trail systems in the world.
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Wolf Tracking in Winter

Nature & Wildlife

3.3 | Average | 3 Reviews
5 Days
$ 356 per day
Type: Group Tour
Lodging:
Premium - 4 star

Premium - 4 star Lodging Level3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.

Physical:
Moderate

Moderate Physical LevelRegular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps.

Visits: Sweden
From
$ 1,779

Highlights

  • Track Wolves within their territories on snow-shoes or skis!
  • Experience the forest at night & listen for Wolf howls
  • Hear up to 5 species of owl including Ural & Great Grey Owls
  • Hazelhen, Capercaillie, Siberian Jay & 5 species of woodpecker possible
  • Stay at the famous Green Hotel, favoured by Swedish royalty
  • Led by an outstanding tracker & naturalist – Sweden’s answer to Ray Mears
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Bike Paths of Lake Garda - Sightseer Tour

Cycling & Biking, Nature & Wildlife

5.0 | Excellent | 3 Reviews
8 Days
$ 461 per day
Type: Group Tour
Lodging:
Premium - 4 star

Premium - 4 star Lodging Level3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.

Physical:
Strenuous

Strenuous Physical LevelFull day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness.

Visits: Italy, Lake Garda, Verona
From
$ 3,690

Highlights

  • Spin through vineyards and along the shores of Lake Garda, boat ride
  • Arco, famous for rock climbing, bike path through a stunning mountain valley, lake swimming
  • Forested bike path, views of Lake Garda, the elegant city of Trento
  • Guided walk of Trento's underground, train ride, Borgo Valsugana
  • Enjoying stunning views, and WWI forts that overlook the valley
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Wildlife for Beginners

Nature & Wildlife, Birding

8 Days
$ 163 per day
Type: Small Group Tour
Lodging:
Basic - 2 star

Basic - 2 star Lodging LevelYou'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.

Physical:
Moderate

Moderate Physical LevelRegular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps.

Visits: Scotland
From
$ 1,300

Highlights

  • Wildlife and birdwatching exploration including the Cairngorms, the Moray Firth, Dava Moor and Abernethy Forest
  • Accommodation at beautifully converted Steading at Ballintean
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