Hiking in the Swiss Alps, skiing in the Dolomites, hut-to-hut backpacking, cycling in the Netherlands and more. There are lots of fun active adventures to enjoy Europe. What are your favorites? Share your tips and advice here.
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Eastern Europe Adventure
Prague, Budpest, Vienna Adventure Trip! We are going to these highlights of Central/Eastern Europe with a group of strangers that don't know each other (an adventure in and of itself!) Wanna join us!? Here is the group: http://photoflytravel.com/
Brooklyn, NY USA 07/23/2012
Southeast Asia Adventure
Just got back from an amazing adventure to Cambodia & Vietnam. We not only went to the jungle and places no tourists were but stayed in a village and helped them build a bridge! It was so meaningful. The group was awesome--you can see about the trip here: http://www.photoflytravel.com/
San Jose, CA USA 02/03/2012
Mount Rigi, Switzerland
Visiting Mount Rigi was one of the most beautiful days of my life. I was staying in Baden, Switzerland, so I took trains from Baden to Lucerne via Zurich. I explored the city for a bit, and then took the ferry from Lucerne to Vitznau which provides a lovely view of the lake and surrounding mountains, even on a cloud-covered day. From here I took the tram halfway up Mount Rigi to Kaltbad. It was a beautiful view, when the sun came out it was beautiful and warm. We took the aerial cablecar from Kaltbad down to Weggis and back up (though you could exit the ferry at Weggis and go up to Kaltbad that way). When arriving back at Kaltbad we walked around some more, took more photos (I love photography and it's a wonderful setting). Then we took the tram up to Rigi Kulm, the top of the mountain. You can walk up to the summit, get some soup or coffee and a few little restaurants at the top, more photos. You can return back down the mountain to Weggis or Vitznau, but since we were returning to Zurich it was easier (and provided a new route down the mountain) to take the other tram from Rigi Kulm to Art-Goldau and take a train from there to Zurich/Baden. The day was beautiful and gorgeous and outstanding. The scenery is wonderful, the air so crisp and clean. I highly recommend it. For the more adventurous (or just well-packed with hiking clothing/boots, we had none) you could hike up parts of the mountain, take the tram up the rest of the way.
Plus, if you have a Swiss friend who can purchase a tageskarte gemeinde (a day pass) for you, all of the transportation is covered for only 33CHF for the whole day. Outstanding.
Ballwin, MO USA 12/29/2011
cycling the Camino de Santiago
We recently returned from a wonderful adventure in northern Spain. We cycled from Pamplona to Santiago on the Camino de Santiago. It was 450 miles of great food and wonderful scenery. We cycled for 12 days with rest days in Leon and Burgos. We had pre-reserved hotels and luggage transfer so we could focus on the 12th century churchs and picturesque villages along the way. Garry Budin at spanishadventures.com made all the arrangements. Some of our friends have walked parts of the trail and have used Garry to help with arrangements.
Olympia, WA USA 10/19/2011
Adventure trips to Europe & beyond!
Planning some awesome adventure & Culture trips to Europe and beyond in the next year for my travel club!
Greece, Turkey, & more---adventure and photography themed.
The Cotswold Ring
The Cotswold Ring walk was adventurous, yet not arduous. We walked from village to village in the North Cotswolds, about 8-12 miles per day. It was lovely. We walked up hills, through fields, forests, and villages. We hopped over many stiles and through "kissing gates". We learned how to follow directions like "go past the stile, veering uphill, crossing several fields and continue on until you come to a large beech tree on the right." Every day we stayed at bed and breakfasts or Inns. No backpacks! I used a hip belt for water and moleskin. We had our luggage transferred by the Cotswold Walking company. The trip was adventurous, yet comfortable. Just perfect for my family. I would suggest it for adventurous travelers who like walking, fields and farmland, and who enjoy a comfortable bed and a nice pot of tea or pint of beer at the end of the day.
Austin, TX USA 08/04/2011
Truffle hunting in Livade
By far the highlight of our trip to Croatia was truffle hunting in Livade. Communication regarding our hunt was excellent before we even left the states. We had an excellent interpreter/guide and a delightful truffle master who obviously loved his dogs and the hunt. We got to go through the countryside through bushes and brambles and thrill in the discovery every time one of the dogs smelled a truffle. We found a 1/4 pound of truffles! We were very lucky. Afterwards we went back to the beautiful restaurant for an incredible breakfast with truffles! Our guide, Tanja even vacuum packed our truffles to take home. This adventure exceeded our expectations and we felt like we experienced a real part of Croatia. I recommend booking before you leave home to make sure you get to do while on your vacation. The contact is email@example.com.
White Hall, MD USA 10/01/2010
Dordogne Adventure Travel at it's best
Thanks to Rick Steve's site we read about Walking Dordogne in Les Eyzies the Dordogne. We only managed 2 hikes with them, exploring caves off the beaten track. Their tours are out of this world and unforgettable. We did not have time to do more, but if we ever visit the Dordogne again, we will most certainly spend more time in Les Eyzies and take more trips wit walking dordogne. We did see photo's from their canoe trips, horse riding treks and mountain biking tours and they all looked fantastic. If you are in the Dordogne, do yourself a huge favor and take some trips. Just book way ahead, because they are very busy, and only take very small groups, which is really nice, and you feel like you are on a personal adventure. www.walkingdordogne.com
Sam & Nora
Kissimme, FL USA 01/03/2010