Summer’s in full swing, and for many of us, that means it’s time to start thinking about how we can make most of our precious vacation time.
While sunny days on Toronto’s patios or at the cottage are appealing, adventure awaits outside your home and native land — and it’s bound to be all the more exciting with your bestie in tow.
In Europe, the possibilities are endless. You can tick some must-see places off your list while still getting the free time you need to chill out and explore. If you’re the less-than-organized type, you might benefit from booking with a company that specializes in once-in-a-lifetime travel itineraries. One company that does this particularly well is G Adventures, whose thoughtfully planned trips offer a sustainable and authentic way to experience the world.
So dig out your passport, pack your bags, and phone your best friend, because timeless cities, incredible food, and stunning scenery are calling. To get your planning started, here are six unmissable Euro trips.
See it all, from Big Ben to bella Italia
You and your BFF may want to see it all, but there’s just so much Europe and so little time. Get the most out of your holiday by checking out Europe’s most famous cities on a seven-day itinerary. As the saying goes, “a person who’s tired of London is tired of life” — so it makes perfect sense to start your trip of a lifetime in this iconic British metropolis. Next, the City of Light begs to be explored. Roam through Paris, from the Eiffel tower, to cafés, to the city’s famous museums. After France is checked off your list, get your camera ready for the stunning forests and lakes of Interlaken in Switzerland before taking in the architecture of ancient Rome.
Live la dolce vita on the Amalfi coast
History meets jaw-dropping natural beauty on the Amalfi coast. You’ll be able to explore the ruins of ancient Pompeii one day and hike between picturesque seaside villages the next. And it goes without saying that the food in Italy is guaranteed to be fantastic — even better if it’s cooked by the locals themselves. G Adventures can set you up with a local family, letting you learn the ropes of Italian cooking on a trip that’s sure to have you and your bestie living the sweet life in no time.
Ride the rails of eastern Europe
This timeless mode of transportation allows you to see parts of the continent you could never get to on foot. Kick off a 10-day railroad adventure in Budapest, where you’ll be able to soak in the city’s famous thermal baths and wander along the Danube river. Having a best friend at your side will make train travel time go by in a flash — although many would argue that the journey itself is half the fun. Get spooked at Dracula’s castle in Romania before heading to the hilltop villages in Bulgaria and ending your trip in the country’s charming capital city, Sofia.
Eat and drink your way through France
If Paris isn’t enough to satisfy your appetite for French culture, try this extended tour of France on for size. Does checking out beautiful chateaus, taking long bike rides through vineyards, and watching the countryside glide by while cruising along rivers and ancient canals sound like a great time to you? Then this 10-day Burgundy region tour is for you. You’ll get to sample the area’s famous wines and explore a historic food market with a local chef on a journey that takes you from Dijon, through rural France, and back to bustling Paris. Talk about an ultimate foodie experience.
Set sail on the Adriatic Sea in Croatia
Exploring fairy-tale Dubrovnik and Croatia’s quintessential fishing villages, then spending days swimming and snorkeling in the sparkling Adriatic Sea — does a best friend trip get any better than this? Croatia’s rise to popularity in recent years is not unfounded, as this country’s rocky coast and sparkling blue waters are full of opportunities for seaside exploration. This tour by G Adventures takes care of all your boat booking needs, so no need to hassle your friend with endless texts as you try to plan everything.
Experience the history of Istanbul
Just when you and your best friend think you’ve seen it all, there’s the 15-day roundtrip tour that begins and ends in vibrant Turkey. Straddling two of the world’s most fascinating continents, the former gateway for European exploration to Asia boasts enthralling Istanbul, the ancient city of Troy, and charming Mediterranean towns. Get to know the locals, experience Turkish cuisine, and soak up every minute in this European country that’s like no other.
Wherever your BFF Euro trip may take you, it’s always smart to plan ahead to ensure that you’re able to squeeze in as much of the continent as possible. If you’re looking for a unique European experience that you and your bestie will be talking about for years to come, consider letting G Adventures take the lead.