If you’re up for adventure vacations that feature hiking or biking (and in some cases, food!) in Europe this summer, it’s time to check out a Canadian tour company called Exodus Travel. It’s been around for more than 40 years and offers trips to 100 countries around the world, but this year it’s launching 61 new, small group or self-guided tours to Europe.
We’re showcasing just a handful here that might pique your interest; prices are per person, for the tour only, air fare is extra:
Portugal’s Douro Valley: Walking & Wine
Discover ancient wine cellars and walk the quiet countryside of a country that once dominated the world’s trade routes. Beginning in Porto, Exodus’ new Portugal walking trip travels into the heart of the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where sweet-tasting port is produced, and then its onward to the Terras de Basto, home of vinho verde. This adventure features wine tastings, 4- and 5-star accommodations, and leisurely walks through ancient olive groves and down old stone paths to chapel shrines. Eight-day departures begin May 14. Rates from $1,695.
Sicily Food Adventure
From the sweet taste of cannoli to the crunch of arancini, Sicily’s food is a world famous reflection of the island’s rich history and cultural heritage. This southern Italy journey follows the foodie trail where gastronomes get acquainted with Sicilian cuisine in Ballaro’s bustling street food market, make their own dishes alongside a local chef in Trapani, sip wine in Marsala and Etna, and relax in Baroque piazzas with a gelato in hand. Eight-day departures begin May 7. Rates from $1,695.
Self-Guided Cycling in Slovenia
Set in alpine surroundings, the romantic town of Bled is considered one of the most picture-perfect settings in Europe. From Bled, cyclists will cover Slovenia’s best biking trails, like Vintgar Gorge. For an easy, breezy ride, Exodus has arranged a car transfer to the top of the Pokljuka high plateau where riders charge downhill through alpine villages to Lake Bahinj and nearby waterfalls. Eight-day departures began this month. Rates from $1,235.
Tuscany: Florence to Lucca Ride
Exodus’ new bike tour in Tuscany begins in the renaissance city of Florence and goes off the beaten track toward the mountainous terrain of the Garfgnana region and back through Luca’s rolling hills via the iconic Devil’s Bridge, an important pilgrimage road to Rome and an example of medieval engineering. Off the bike, adventurers can opt for a day of walking and sightseeing along the famous Cinque Terre coastline and indulge in Tuscan dishes and local wine. Eight-day departures begin May 21. Rates from $1,445.
Self-guided trails of La Palma
La Palma, nicknamed La Isla Bonita (the pretty isle), is a volcanic island located in the western Canaries. During Exodus’ new self-guided walking trip, travelers will follow coastal trails through citrus groves, avocado and mango orchards and small vineyards to whitewashed villages like San Andrés. Highlights include the Barranco de Herradura, considered one of Spain’s best walking trails, and the Ruta de Los Volcanes, a series of volcanoes in the south of the island. Eight-day departures began this month. Rates from $1,325.
Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy
With a focus on art, architecture and local traditions and cuisine, this new trip to Italy’s southern heel is peppered with leisure walks that hug the coast, Baroque explorations and lazy beach days. Exploring the diversities of Puglia, travelers will stay in whitewashed Trulli houses in Alberobello, sample organic produce at a traditional masseria (a typical Apulian converted farmhouse), and explore ancient cave systems in the Itria Valley. Eight-day departures begin May 1. Rates from $1,635.