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

Europe 2014: National Geographic Traveler’s Tours of a Lifetime. Find the best guided trips and expert planned vacation and holiday packages from over 600 tour companies. 10 trips found.

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Green Charms of Slovenia  tour

Cultural, Nature & Wildlife

4.8 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews
9 Days
$ 778 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:
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: Slovenia, Ljubljana
From
$ 6,999

Highlights

  • Trekking in the Logar Valley
  • Visit of Bled Castle, Bee Family and Pletna Boat Ride
  • Bovec and Soca Valley with Rafting
  • Visit of Postojna Caves
  • Bike Tour
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Iceland Winter Adventure  tour

High Adventure, Nature & Wildlife

4.9 | Excellent | 7 Reviews
7 Days
$ 486 per day
Type: Small Group 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:
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: Iceland, Blue Mountains, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Solheimajokull Glacier
From
$ 3,399

Highlights

  • Hike, snowshoe and take a glacier walk on this active winter exploration of Iceland
  • Discover Iceland's beautiful winter landscapes, sculpted by fire and ice
  • Search the night skies for multicolored displays of the Northern Lights
  • Take a soothing dip in the waters of the geothermally-heated Blue Lagoon
  • Set out in search of Orca and other wildlife on a whale-watching cruise
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Turkish Delights  tour

Culinary & Wine, Hiking & Walking

4.5 | Great | 2 Reviews
12 Days
$ 491 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:
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: Turkey
From
$ 5,895

Highlights

  • Marvel at Istanbul’s finest historic sites, including the Blue Mosque, Roman Hippodrome and the Grand Bazaar
  • Feast like a sultan at Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace and enjoy fresh seafood beside the Bosphorus Strait
  • Join the harvest celebration during the Festival of Wild Greens in Alaçati (April departure only)
  • Revel in the bounty of farmers markets and fish auctions
  • Sample wines at an organic vineyard and witness the Slow City movement at Seferihisar
  • Wander the ancient ruins of Ephesus
  • Hike through canyons and rock formations in Cappadocia, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Learn Turkish cooking during classes in Turkey’s coastal and interior regions
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Wilderness Walking: The Outer Hebrides and Skye tour

High Adventure

5.0 | Excellent | 5 Reviews
7 Days
$ 236 per day
Type: Group 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:
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, United Kingdom, Eilean Donan Castle, Scottish Highlands
From
$ 1,655

Highlights

  • Visit one of the most diverse and spectacular regions of Europe, indulging in the wild scenery and rich history of the islands
  • Experience the rich ornithology of Lewis, spy red deer and golden eagles on Harris, and seek out otters on Skye
  • Enjoy exceptional Highland hospitality at our carefully selected guest houses, set in magnificent locations on the coast
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Transylvania Traverse  tour

Cultural, Hiking & Walking

5.0 | Excellent | 15 Reviews
10 Days
$ 330 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:
Extreme

Extreme Physical LevelHigh intensity hiking, trekking, mountain climbing, cycling. May experience dramatic changes in altitude. Extreme activities included.

Visits: Romania, Bucharest, Transylvania
From
$ 3,299

Highlights

  • Bike, hike and ride a horse through remote villages and rugged countryside full of haystacks, horse-drawn wagons and grazing dairy cattle.
  • Visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the walled city of Sighişoara and the Transylvanian villages with fortified churches.
  • Meet and interact with locals who still make their living as beekeepers, blacksmiths, carpenters, shepherds and weavers.
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Wildlife in the Changing Andorran Pyrenees tour
5.0 | Excellent | 2 Reviews
8 Days
$ 253 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:
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, French Pyrenees
From
$ 2,025

Highlights

  • Survey and observe birds. You'll check nest boxes set up by the researchers throughout the mountains, and learn to identify birds by their songs.
  • Track biodiversity. On your long-hike days, you will take note of all the plants and animals you see and monitor camera traps set up by the researchers.
  • Monitor small mammals. Keep an eye on the health of vole, mouse, and shrew populations by capturing them, collects measurements, and safely releasing them.
  • Survey bats. On some evenings, you will walk paths and count all the bats you see or detect with special sensors.
  • Assess vegetation. In preset research plots, you will measure trees and record the timing of natural events like fruiting and flowering.
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Sweden: Dogsledding to the Ice Hotel  tour

High Adventure

4.0 | Great | 2 Reviews
9 Days
$ 977 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: Norway, Sweden
From
$ 8,795

Highlights

  • Drive your own team of Alaskan huskies on a sledding expedition through the Lapland wilderness.
  • Relax in cozy cabins ideally situated for viewing one of nature’s most dazzling displays: the aurora borealis, or northern lights.
  • Spend time with Sami herders and try your hand at driving a traditional reindeer sled.
  • Stay at the famed Icehotel, with the option of sleeping in one of its sculpted ice rooms.
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Human Origins: Southwest France and Northern Spain  tour

Cultural

4.0 | Great | 2 Reviews
10 Days
$ 700 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: France, Spain, Basque Country, Santillana del Mar, Vézère Valley
From
$ 6,995

Highlights

  • Examine the Paleolithic art of two UNESCO World Heritage–listed cave regions: France’s Vézère Valley and the northern coast of Spain.
  • Meet leading archaeologists and anthropologists for talks and private tours of cave sites.
  • Visit Castel-Merle with Isabelle Castanet, whose family has excavated the site for generations.
  • Explore Sarlat, France, and Santillana del Mar, Spain, two of Europe's best-preserved medieval villages.
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A Chronicle of Russian Cuisine and Culture tour

Festivals & Special Events

5.0 | Excellent | 1 Review
10 Days
$ 530 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: Russia, Armory Museum, Cristall Vodka Museum, Moscow, St. Petersburg
From
$ 5,295

Highlights

  • Master cooking class at Taste of Russia cooking school
  • Cook’s tour of Moscow, a treasure-hunt for culinary highlights
  • Private tour and tasting of Russia’s best at the Cristall Vodka Museum
  • Moscow’s 850-year-old Kremlin and Red Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Exploration of the Armory Museum, housing Russia’s national treasures
  • Historic city center of St. Petersburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • The incredible Hermitage Museum
  • Hands-on class with a celebrity chef
  • Vodka bar-hopping
  • Kvas sampling, for a taste of history
  • Dinner at Molokhovets’ Dream restaurant, serving iconic 18th century recipes
  • Dessert at a cozy, kitschy retro-Soviet café
  • Dostoevsky’s café and market
  • Organic farm junket
  • Home-cooked dinner at a traditional Russian dacha

 

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Reindeer Spring Migration tour

Nature & Wildlife

8 Days
$ 731 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:
Strenuous

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

Visits: Norway
From
$ 5,847

Highlights

  • Experience the reindeers on their annual spring migration
  • Much of the time will be spent in the hands of the arctic environment.
  • Traditional Sámi food
  • Possibilities of good opportunities for ice fishing
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