Europe: National Geographic Traveler’s Tours of a Lifetime for 2014

Europe 2014: National Geographic Tours of a Lifetime

For the ninth straight year, National Geographic Traveler magazine has published its list of “50 Tours of a Lifetime.” For 2014, the continent of Europe accounts for 10 of those tours, ranging from kayaking around the Venice lagoon to biking and hiking through Transylvania, from rounding up reindeer in Norway to taking a culinary journey through Turkey. The chosen ...

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A Chronicle of Russian Cuisine and Culture

$ 5,295 10-days trip
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Great for: Cultural enthusiasts and Foodies.This journey promises to take you beyond borscht into the depths of Russian cuisine, Vodka included.

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Transylvania Traverse

$ 3,299 10-days trip
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Great for: Avid bikers. Even if you don’t encounter Dracula, Transylvania’s most prominent resident, you’ll bike, walk and ride horses through this bastion of Old Europe, meeting the locals.

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Wilderness Walking: The Outer Hebrides and Skye

$ 1,655 7-days trip
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Great for: Travelers seeking adventure off the beaten path. No wilderness in Scotland? Wander the peaks and glens of these remote islands and you’ll change your mind.

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Green Charms of Slovenia

$ 6,999 9-days trip
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Great for: Cultural enthusiasts. Immersion in the Slovenian countryside is the focal point of this hands-on tour, where you’ll experience beekeeping, making pottery, and cooking local dishes.

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Reindeer Spring Migration

$ 5,847 8-days trip
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Great for: Wildlife enthusiasts and those who want to see a reindeer in their natural habitat (not hauling a fat man in a red suit on a sleigh). The Samis are one of Europe’s few remaining indigenous cultures, and reindeer are their mainstay; this is your chance to live and work with them as they travel with the herds.

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Turkish Delights

$ 5,895 12-days trip
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Great for: Cultural enthusiasts. Whole Foods Market has entered the tour business, and organizes this culinary taste-fest – kebabs and beyond -- through Istanbul, Izmir and Cappadocia.

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Sweden: Dogsledding to the Ice Hotel

$ 8,795 9-days trip
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Great for: Wildlife enthusiasts and those who have always wanted to go dogsledding. Driving a dogsled is a memorable experience in itself, and driving one above the Arctic Circle to a hotel made of ice is one of a kind.

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Human Origins: Southwest France and Northern Spain

$ 6,995 10-days trip
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Great for: History buffs and Cultural enthusiasts. You’ll get a first-hand look at prehistoric cave paintings in southern France and Spain’s Basque country, in the company of a paleoanthropologist.

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Wildlife in the Changing Andorran Pyrenees

$ 2,025 8-days trip
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Great for: Wildlife enthusiasts and Nature lovers. As on any Earthwatch fieldwork expedition, you’ll get down and dirty with researchers as you delve into the effects of climate change on alpine species.

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Iceland Winter Adventure

$ 3,399 7-days trip
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Great for: Hikers and Nature lovers. REI members get a discount for this hiking and snowshoeing journey around Iceland when darkness blankets much of the day – and the aurora borealis lights the sky.

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