Top Ten Adventure Holidays in Europe

If you are planning an adventure holiday in Europe you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to see and do.

Our top ten adventure holidays in Europe include:

Horse-riding, Turkey

If you are a lover of horse riding and camping, then “the land of beautiful horses” is perfect for you! You can take an eight-day group trip that crosses the plains, canters through beautiful valleys and explores charming little villages. You will ride for up to six hours every day and camp each night in a tipi (putting yourself up). Your dining experience will be in traditional style on rugs in the main tent.

Long distance treks, Balkans

Another top ten adventure holiday in Europe – has got to be this walking and cycling trail, which runs 1,000km from Slovenia’s Dinaric Alps in the north to Macedonia, via Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Albania. You can decide on three options: the high mountain White Trail, the Green Trail (great for cyclists), or perhaps the easier Blue Trail, along the Dalmatian Coast.

Wildlife adventure, Spain

Have you heard of the Iberian lynx? It used to roam the Iberian Peninsula and nowadays it is the rarest cat in the world, found only in two locations: the large coastal Doñana national park south of Seville, and in the Andújar natural park in the north of Andalucia. You can choose from travelling in a 4×4 safari or take a guided hike.

Cycling, Romania

If you want to visit protected remote villages where life has not changed for centuries at a leisurely pace, then choose a cycling tour with a British firm ‘The Slow Cyclist’ who have various group and independent trips which last from three days to three weeks. This is an amazing top ten adventure holiday in Europe.

Sea kayaking, Estonia

The stunning Estonia’s Baltic coast is beautifully unspoilt. Many of its islands are wildlife havens. A fabulous way to explore these amazing islands is by kayak, visiting unique remains of Russian watchtowers, abandoned farmhouses, and fascinating birdlife. There are several kayaking group trips, which include hikes and camping.

Mountain hiking, Slovakia

For all you avid mountain walkers and hikers – there are plenty of options in Europe, with countless adventurous routes and marked trails. Slovakia’s High Tatra, which runs along the border with Poland, offering challenging walks through rocky peaks, lush valleys and sparkling lakes.

Canyoning, Corsica

Another amazing top ten adventure holiday in Europe – is this seven-day individually tailored canyoning adventure! There are several operators offering amazing trips such as abseiling down the cliffs or jumping into rivers in stunning remote areas of the island. There is a choice of either camping or hotel accommodation.

Diving and Trekking, Iceland

With its tempestuous volcanic landscapes and hot springs, Iceland has everything for an incredible adventure! Diving between the North American and Eurasian plates in the fantastic Silfra fissure is a truly wonderful experience.  Or why not take a five-day hiking trip and visit the 60-metre-high Skógafoss waterfall, with accommodation in various unique mountain huts along the journey.

Road trip, Norway

Norway is a brilliant country to take an adventurous self-drive. There are plenty of brilliant campsites and cabins to hire. Drives from Bergen north to Trondheim which includes a long stretch on the Atlantic Road, with eight bridges linking islands, you may even spot whales. It is approximately 430 miles, and travels through the longest road tunnel in the world!

Ice Climbing, Switzerland

If you can endure the cold, then a week of ice-climbing and mountaineering in the Swiss Alps offers an amazing winter adventure. A seven-night trip includes sleeping in huts and bivouacs, carrying provisions and tackling challenging peaks. You do not need to be experienced, as there is a six-night Ice Climbing Skills option.

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