These are the best discovery tours in each country in Europe


The time to go to Europe is now. But where to go? We make it easy by listing one great tour in each country. (Well most of them - we omitted the mini-states). All of these are easy-going small-group discovery tours with the occasional active holiday thrown in.


Albania

Western Balkans Explorer

Small Group Holiday

12 days from CA$2593

Explore five completely different countries in the Western Balkans, a little travelled corner of Europe. Discover Ottoman charm in Kosovo and see the grand monuments of Skopje, North Macedonia's capital before travelling into the country's canyons and mountains. Experience the magic of Lake Ohrid on a cruise, then delve into forgotten Albania where warm people, mountain villages and a bustling capital await. In Montenegro, spend some time in atmospheric Kotor, tucked between steep mountains and its bay, before entering Croatia and travelling to picture-perfect Dubrovnik.


Austria

Grand European River cruise - Budapest to Amsterdam

Small-Ship Cruise

15 days from CA$9715

From festive Amsterdam in The Netherlands to stately Budapest in Hungary, this two-week river cruise along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers immerses you in all that Europe is famous for - castles, thriving cities, vineyards, traditional foods, cultural events and centuries of history.


Belarus

Highlights of Belarus

Small Group Holiday

9 days from CA$2225

Castles, cathedrals, rich forests and soviet structures – Belarus is a diamond, shining with post-war intrigue. While much of the country has been shaped in some way by conflict, the result is a modern country where Soviet, Polish, Orthodox and Jewish influences meet in each city to create architectural wonderlands. In contrast, the sprawling medieval forests of Belovezhskaya Pushcha remain unravaged by man and just as full of curious history, riddled in the growth rings of the towering ancient oak trees. From marsh to metropolis, Belarus’ appeal lies in a tranquillity that needs to be experienced firsthand before it can be fully understood. Contact us for details


Belgium

Bike and Boat - Amsterdam to Bruges

Small Group Holiday, Self-Guided Trip, Small-Ship Cruise

8 days from CA$2390

Cycling along dikes, bike paths and small roads through the pretty countryside of the Netherlands and Belgium, encounter rivers, farms, small villages and hamlets, windmills and cafés. Take time to stop in some of the cities Holland and Flanders are famous for - relaxed Amsterdam, old Ghent (Gent) and pretty Bruges (Brugge) - and meet the locals who are always ready for a story and a chat.


Bosnia and Herzegovina

Adventure Cruise in Croatia

(with a side trip!)

Small-Ship Cruise

8 days from CA$3935

Endless Roman ruins, romantic Venetian towns and Byzantine churches. Sun-bleached hills descending to cobalt blue seas, which in turn straddle a coast dotted with picturesque isles. Cruising Croatia's Dalmatian Coast between Dubrovnik and Split on a small cruise boat allows you to get to places larger ships cannot go - like the glorious old town of Korčula on the island by the same name. Small sandy beaches, hidden coves, wineries that make world-class white wines, olive groves and sleepy villages await you in Croatia, along with trips inland to the gorgeous waterfalls of Krka National Park and a river trip to Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina.


Bulgaria

Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia Explored

Small Group Holiday

15 days from CA$2930

This two-week tour of Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia has you discover the highlights of these countries that share so much history yet are so diverse. Visit the capitals of Bucharest, Belgrade and Sofia, explore the castles and fortress towns of Transylvania, discover ancient Roman ruins at Plovdiv, the Ottoman Citadel at Nis and Soviet monuments in Sofia and churches, monasteries and mosques everywhere.



Croatia

Live like a Local in Croatia

Small Group Holiday

7 days from CA$2099

Live like a local while you stay a whole week in a lovely farm villa near Dubrovnik on the Dalmatian Coast in southern Croatia. During the week there are some organized activities you can partake in but you are also completely free to explore on your own - visit Dubrovnik, taste local wines and olive oils, go to the beach, walk and bike the area or sail along stunning coastline.


Czech Republic

Cycle Central Europe

Small Group Holiday

11 days from CA$4195

Cycle quiet country lanes and bike paths and discover the castles, forgotten villages, river valleys, lakes and historic capitals of the Austro-Hungarian Empire of old.




Denmark

Expedition Cruise in the Baltic Sea

Small-Ship Cruise

8 days from US$6780

The old trading cities around the Baltic Sea each have a atmosphere uniquely their own. There is small but pretty Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, Saint Petersburg in Russia with its museums, cathedrals and palaces and the modern architecture and design of Finland's Helsinki. Two Scandinavian capitals, Denmark's Copenhagen and Sweden's Stockholm, mark the start and end of your cruise through this unique part of Europe.


Estonia

Explore the Baltic Republics - Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

Small Group Holiday

12 days from CA$2479

The three Baltic Republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania share a common history but each of them is quite different. On this trip you will discover the capitals Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius, along with beautiful old town like Kaunas, beautiful scenery at Lahemaa and the dunes and beaches of the Curonian Spit. Then there are oddities such as crusader castles, the Hill of Crosses and a Soviet ballistic missile launch complex. This tour shows you all the highlights of these three fascinating countries.


Finland

Scandinavian Adventure

Small Group Holiday

15 days from CA$5975

Tour Scandinavia from Bergen and Norway's Fjord, through Sweden's lakeland and its capital Stockholm, to the capital of design, Helsinki, in Finland. Discover spectacular landscapes, a Viking past and maritime heritage and, if you have an extra week to spare, visit Denmark's Copenhagen and Gothenburg with its nearby archipelago.


France

River cruise in France - Rhône and Provence

Small-Ship Cruise

8 days from CA$5114

Sailing from Lyon, France’s culinary capital, to Avignon (or vice versa), you will encounter the best of Provence. From vibrant cities to small villages, from colourful landscapes to beautiful vineyards, where classic wines such as local vintages like Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône are produced, this river cruise will truly give you a taste of France's good life. Trace the steps of famous artists in Arles, visit the Palais des Papes, the Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct, or the medieval hilltop village, Les Baux de Provence. Combine this with stellar dining, a menu of excellent excursions (including cycling, hiking and wine tasting), and you have a cruise that is hard to beat.




Georgia

Caucasus Explorer - Best of Georgia and Armenia

Small Group Holiday

14 days from CA$3749

Journey through the Caucasus, home to some of the oldest Christian cultures on Earth. Start in the capital of Armenia, Yerevan, and visit the monasteries the country is famous for: Khor Virap, Noravank and Geghard. Drive by Lake Sevan and visit medieval churches en-route to Georgia's capital Tbilisi.

In Georgia, enjoy stupendous views along the Georgian Military Highway and walk up through the village of Gergeti to the Holy Trinity church, set against the backdrop of Mount Kazbek. Visit Gori, the birthplace of Joseph Stalin, walk in some beautiful areas, explore the rock-hewn town of Uplistsikhe and try some of the wine the country is famous for.



Germany

River Cruise on the Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

Small-Ship Cruise

8 days from CA$4090

Take a river cruise from Basel in Switzerland along the Rhine through Germany and France to Amsterdam in the Netherlands (or vice versa), and explore vibrant cities, beautiful castles and charming villages. Combine this with stellar dining, a menu of excellent excursions (including cycling, hiking and wine tasting), and you have a wonderful cruise through the heart of Europe.


Greece

Highlights of Greece

Small Group Holiday

15 days from CA$3499

Miles of turquoise coastline, sun-bleached ancient ruins, great food and a passionate people. Experience our Greece from the tavernas of the Greek islands to the monasteries of Meteora; from the oracle of Delphi to the Acropolis in Athens and from the hills and ravines of Crete to the sheer cliffs of Santorini. Come and discover Greece with us!



Hungary

Central European Highlights

Small Group Holiday

9 days from CA$2210

This tour of Central Europe combines three stunning yet very different cities of the former Habsburg empire. Start in beautiful Prague with its splendid old town and castle. From there spend some time in lovely Český Krumlov, before travelling to Imperial Vienna where Habsburg glory and grandeur contrast and fuse with contemporary architectural designs and where cozy coffee houses make you feel like you have entered someone's living room. Finally, Budapest, with its flamboyant architecture, its setting along the Danube and its medicinal thermal waters, makes for a great end of a week-long tour of Central Europe.


Iceland

Best of Iceland