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Explore the dramatic landscapes and charming villages of France, Italy, Switzerland and Iceland on your unsurpassed Europe hiking adventure.

Join us on a Europe hiking and adventure tour of a lifetime as you explore rugged landscapes on the Tour du Mont Blanc trek, the laid-back lifestyle of the Italian Lake District, the Limestone giants of the Dolomites, or the unique, volcanic landscape of Iceland. You'll become immersed in the European lifestyle, stay in picturesque lodges and enjoy all-encompassing service while savouring each day's activities. All you have to decide is which hiking trip to tick off first!

What people say about our Europe trips

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Camino de Santiago Adventure - September 2023


"I’ve experienced an Active Adventures trip before which was amazing but this was next level!… read more

"I’ve experienced an Active Adventures trip before which was amazing but this was next level! So well organised, amazing guide, fantastic accomodation and food everywhere, and a great group of like minded travellers that we shared it with. And Spain and the Camino - words just don’t describe how good it is . This really is a trip not to be missed! read less

5 Stars (14 reviews)


Swiss Alps Adventure - September 2023

Great trip

"Lots of beautiful scenery, adventure, and fun! read more

"Lots of beautiful scenery, adventure, and fun! read less

4 Stars (5 reviews)


Tour du Mont Blanc - September 2023


"I really enjoyed the trip. The weather was excellent and although the treks could be… read more

"I really enjoyed the trip. The weather was excellent and although the treks could be challenging, the scenery was awe inspiring and well worth the effort! read less

5 Stars (121 reviews)


Tour du Mont Blanc - August 2023

Mt Blanc!

"Impressive tour around Mt Blanc with a great mix of challenging hiking, and a sprinkling… read more

"Impressive tour around Mt Blanc with a great mix of challenging hiking, and a sprinkling of biking and kayaking for diversity. read less

4 Stars (121 reviews)


Tour du Mont Blanc - August 2023

Hiking exceeded expectations!

"If you like to hike, this particular trip with Active Adventures is a must! The… read more

"If you like to hike, this particular trip with Active Adventures is a must! The views of Mont Blanc and the surrounding mountains/passes were beyond spectacular (pictures did not do them justice). The daily hikes were challenging but doable, and the guides and itineraries were such that all skill levels could reasonably participate. Everything about the trip, from the accommodations, to the food, to the knowledge and friendliness of the guides, was excellent. Being my 7th trip now with Active Adventures, I continue to come back because I know I’ll always have a terrific experience, and this trip again did not disappoint! read less

5 Stars (121 reviews)


Ultimate Iceland Adventure - August 2023


"What can I say! It was beautiful, incredible and so enjoyable. The sights, the guides,… read more

"What can I say! It was beautiful, incredible and so enjoyable. The sights, the guides, the people we were with. Everything was great! On top of it all, we got to see the Northern Lights. How great that was. One of our guides, Mel, had just finished her late shower and she spotted them and proceeded to wake us all up. We were like little kids in a candy store looking up to the sky. Our 4 day hike was incredibly enjoying and tough but well worth it! read less

5 Stars (41 reviews)


Ultimate Iceland Adventure - August 2023

Ultimate Iceland Adventure

"The Ultimate Iceland Adventure was easily one of the best trips we've every taken. Every… read more

"The Ultimate Iceland Adventure was easily one of the best trips we've every taken. Every aspect, from guides to accommodations to activities to food was spot on. The knowledge and attentiveness of our local guide combined with the striking geology created an experience unlike any other. read less

5 Stars (41 reviews)


Ultimate Iceland Adventure - August 2023

Iceland Adventure

"Our trip to Iceland was spectacular! From hiking the volcanoes and the glaciers to… read more

"Our trip to Iceland was spectacular! From hiking the volcanoes and the glaciers to kayaking amongst icebergs to spotting puffins and sheep and horses to sleeping in mountain huts to viewing the hundreds of waterfalls, Iceland did not disappoint. Seeing the northern lights was icing on the cake! The 3 day hike was challenging but our guides Solvi and Mel were great coaches and I was able to go at my own pace. The feeling of accomplishment at the end was well worth the effort, not to mention the spectacular scenery and lack of other people along the route. Solvi's knowledge and love of Iceland was incredible, and Mel was unflappable as she guided us, cooked for us and handled every logistic cheerfully. read less

5 Stars (41 reviews)


Austrian Alps Adventure - August 2023

Alps Biking

"We logged ample miles in the saddle but it was the variety of activities that… read more

"We logged ample miles in the saddle but it was the variety of activities that seemed to naturally flow that made the surroundings even more spectacular. Our guides were consistently upbeat and engaging making certain we were ready and well equipped. read less

5 Stars (37 reviews)


Austrian Alps Adventure - August 2023

Austria 2023 Multi Sport trip

"I participated in your August 20-27th, 2023 Austrian Adventure trip with my friend John F.… read more

"I participated in your August 20-27th, 2023 Austrian Adventure trip with my friend John F. In summary, it was a spectacular trip and your fine guides, Ben, Ronny and Peter were a large part in ensuring all us customers had a great time. Besides the strikingly beautiful Austrian countryside, I especially enjoyed the multi-sport element of this trip. I believe this feature sets you apart from some of your competitors, such as backroads and I would encourage you folks to offer more of these type trips. We were never bored with: Biking, Kayaking, Skydiving, White water rafting and hiking activities as well as time for sightseeing. The trip through the Hallstatt salt mine and walking around Salzburg were some other highlights. There was also some free time included in the schedule which was also nice.

We had a smaller group of 7 guests, with 2 active guides with what I thought to be great chemistry. (Luck of the draw). But the guides helped ensure we all jelled. The hotels and meals were very good and appropriate for this type of action trip.

This was my second Active Adventure trip and my 4th adventure travel-type trip and I would not hesitate to recommend you folks, or go on another trip with you. read less

5 Stars (37 reviews)


Austria Family Vacation - August 2023


"Our family enjoyed the time of our lives on the Austria Family Adventure Trip! Our… read more

"Our family enjoyed the time of our lives on the Austria Family Adventure Trip! Our guides, Peter, Ronnie and Mirjam were amazing, kind and knowledgable. We had a group of 4 families in total and everyone got along so well -- even the kids and teens! The group experience, led by expert guides, made this trip so much more enjoyable than if we were traveling on our own. Will book again for sure! read less

5 Stars (29 reviews)


Classic Iceland Adventure - August 2023


"The stuff dreams are made of, Iceland! It is impossible to describe this trip because… read more

"The stuff dreams are made of, Iceland! It is impossible to describe this trip because Iceland is like no other place in its beauty, vastness and natural wonders. Our guides were outstanding in immersing us in the culture and lore as well as the daily activities and sights adding a deeper understanding of the place and people.
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5 Stars (16 reviews)


Swiss Alps Adventure - August 2023

A wonderful trip to Switzerland

"Our family was traveled multiple times with Austin Adventures domestically in the U.S. Our children… read more

"Our family was traveled multiple times with Austin Adventures domestically in the U.S. Our children have grown up with their trips. This was our first international trip with Active Adventures, and our first adult trip (we went the adult trip route now that our youngest is 17). The trip did not disappoint, and all of us LOVED it. Switzerland was beautiful. We felt that we explored parts of Switzerland that we would not have picked on our own. Likewise on activities - we would have never thought of doing a via ferrata, and it was AWESOME. We enjoyed mountain views from not just vehicles, but biking, hiking, and climbing. The food and lodging picks were excellent. When weather didn't cooperate as planned one day, our guides developed a really fun and creative plan B. They also came up with a great suprise activity on our last night. Small tour groups are fun, and we enjoyed the company of our fellow travellers. The trip is very active, and we were glad we were in decent physical shape. We also felt that our guides did a great job of keeping things interesting and physically challenging, yet safe and not overwhelming. Our guides also worked really hard behind the scenes so that all we needed to do was show up and have fun. Everybody in our family would rate this trip as our favorite one to date. And that is saying a lot since we have loved all our prior Austin trips. Our kids are now asking when we are doing another one. read less

5 Stars (5 reviews)


Ultimate Iceland Adventure - July 2023

Vacation of a lifetime!

"The ultimate Iceland trip exceeded my expectations! The guides, accomadations, activities and the weather were… read more

"The ultimate Iceland trip exceeded my expectations! The guides, accomadations, activities and the weather were amazing! the hiking was challenging but the views were breathtaking! The hiking part of the trip and staying in the huts was great- they saved the best for last! The food was great, the local favor was wonderful. read less

5 Stars (41 reviews)


Ultimate Iceland Adventure - July 2023

Another Fantastic Adventure

"My boyfriend and I joined Active Adventures for the second time for the Ultimate Iceland… read more

"My boyfriend and I joined Active Adventures for the second time for the Ultimate Iceland Adventure after having a wonderful time in the Galapagos last year. After such an exceptional vacation, we were worried that our trip to Iceland would struggle to compare. Our worries were unfounded! We were blown away by the beauty and history of this country, and the knowledge and passion of our guides, Kim and Dagny. By some meteorological miracle, we had perfect weather that allowed stunning views of waterfalls, mountains, and fjords, as well as puffins and sheep galore. The hotels and even the backcountry "huts" were comfortable and welcoming, and even as vegetarians, we were able to enjoy delicious Icelandic dishes (plus all the blueberries we could pick along the trails!). I'd recommend the trip to any friend who is up for an adventure. read less

5 Stars (41 reviews)


Austria Family Vacation - July 2023

Fabulous family adventure!

"This is our second three-generation trip with Austin Adventures. We never thought you could surpass… read more

"This is our second three-generation trip with Austin Adventures. We never thought you could surpass the first one in Yellowstone about six years ago, but exceed it you did. Your motto "The toughest part is going home" still rings true. In that sense, we would have liked a couple more days of fun and maybe a bit more of Mozart's world for the older generation. read less

5 Stars (29 reviews)


Dolomites Adventure - July 2023

Dolomites Amazing Experience

"This trip was a life changing experience for my husband and I. The people… read more

"This trip was a life changing experience for my husband and I. The people in our group were amazing people. Our guide Holly was incredibly patient, her calm demeanor, and knowledge really made the trip special. Johan our other guide was a ball of energy, knowledge, skill, and sunshine wrapped into one we were lucky to meet him. They worked seamlessly together to balance each other out and make each activity we completed great. We are already thinking of our next trip.
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5 Stars (93 reviews)


Dolomites Adventure - July 2023

Lovely trip!

"The Dolomites were beautiful, the hikes were challenging but there was room to opt in… read more

"The Dolomites were beautiful, the hikes were challenging but there was room to opt in and out of some of the harder/longer sections, and the guides were exceptional. The Rifugios in Italy are MUCH nicer than those in New Zealand and Patagonia (for those who've been), and the food was truly delicious! I particularly appreciated the amount of coffee and strudel we were able to enjoy (icing on the cake)
Be prepared for unstable weather (in the Dolomites and in general these days), but also for an incredible experience! read less

4 Stars (93 reviews)


Our Mont Blanc Circuit... from a Guide's Perspective

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Take 10% off the trip price when you book a trip and pay in full.

By paying in full we are able to pass on savings to our guests, but please note that by opting for this payment plan, your booking becomes non-refundable, non-cancellable, and non-changeable. 

We highly recommend that you purchase Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) insurance. Please note CFAR insurance can only be purchased within 14 days of booking. We recommend Redpoint Insurance – you can find details here.

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Europe Adventure Travel Tips & Blogs

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Podcast: Kit Parks Tell Us all About her Dolomiti Adventure

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Travelling to Europe During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Insider Guide

Since July 2021, we've been back exploring the breathtaking trails and charming villages of Europe.…

Hiking Iceland: The Best Day and Multi-day Hikes

Iceland is a hiker's paradise. Its vast wilderness calls to be discovered, and with endless…

Dolomites Hiking Guide: Best Hikes in the Dolomites

Ahhh the Dolomites! Arguably one of the most stunning mountain ranges in the world, you'll…

Top 5 Open Destinations to Visit in 2022: Where Can Americans Travel?

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The Eight Best Things to Do in the Dolomites, Italy

Pictures of the towering rock monoliths of the Italian Dolomites are everywhere. You’ve no doubt…

Podcast: Annie Allen talks with Kit about her 'Dolomiti' adventure in the Italian Dolomites


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Meet Your Europe Adventure Guides

Europe Adventure Travel FAQs

Do I need a visa to visit countries in Europe?

It is your responsibility stay up to date on the latest visa and entry requirements for your destination. Please use the CIBT entry tracker on our website as a guideline or visit the relevant immigration webpage for the country (or countries) you're visiting more information.

Do I need vaccinations to visit Europe?

You do not need vaccinations to visit any of the European countries in which we operate. Easy!

Do you recommend buying travel insurance?

As an Active Adventures traveller, It’s essential you take out travel insurance to cover the likes of personal injury, medical expenses, trip cancellation for your travel with us. Please head to our Travel Insurance page for more in-depth information and insurance provider options. It’s also important to check your insurance covers all the activities you’ll be partaking in, in case you’re travelling to altitude or looking at extreme sports.

Can you help me find international flights to Europe?

Our preferred Travel Partner Fuzion Travel can assist with you with flights and other travel arrangements. Let them know your preferred travel plans, including any stopovers or extra nights’ accommodation, and they’ll put everything in place for you. They offer a total travel solution and five star service that you’ll want to tell your friends about!

What's included on your Europe trips?


On your Europe trip you'll stay in a variety of places depending on the destination and activities. For the most part you'll stay in nice, locally owned, beautiful family run hotels in great locations, with private bathrooms, free wifi, great breakfasts and warm local hospitality. Whilst in more remote areas we use rifugios or backcountry cabins - in the Alps these rifugios are more like hotels with private bathrooms and all the mod cons! Whereas in Iceland they're more rustic with outhouse bathrooms (flush toilets) and gas heating. 


Your transport will be a mixture of private van, private bus, bike, kayak and your very own two feet on our trips in Europe. You'll spend most time hiking, biking or paddling everywhere though!   All your transport is included from the start of your trip and we'll drop you at the airport at the end. The details are all listed in the trip specific itineraries.


All your meals are included as described in the itinerary except on your free days. We have found that people enjoy checking out what is on offer by themselves sometimes, so you can go and see what's out there! On every other day and especially after any long hikes, we've chosen places to eat that can cater for our hearty appetites, work well with our small groups (they know we are coming) and provide us with an authentic destination specific culinary experience. There are always options for you, so you can either be brave or choose something more familiar. You can be assured that on all our trips we will make sure you are very well fed, and Europe's vast array of cuisine won't disappoint you!

Trip leaders

Our trips are all led by an experienced Trip Leader. Our Trip Leaders are very proud to work with Active Adventures and often lead our trips for many years, for which we are very lucky and very grateful, as it means we're able to consistently offer a fantastic level of service. They work closely with our local specialist guides to provide you with a seamless, fun, exciting and memorable trip. They will happily share with you as much or as little as you want to know about the history, culture, social aspects and lifestyle of the country you are visiting.

What rooming is provided on your Europe trips?

Our trip fares are based on a twin-share rate (two people per room), though in some places we use two-bedroom units, in which case you may be sharing a separate bathroom between two to four people. In certain places, ie; the refuge/refugio’s and mountain cabin’s, there will be shared rooms with up to 10 people and a large bathroom with private cubicles which is shared by everyone at that accommodation.

Do you charge a forced single supplement if I'm a solo traveller?

Most other travel companies charge all solo travellers a single supplement fee. We don't! When it comes to accommodation, our trip fares are based on a twin-share rate, which means we'll match you up with another person of the same gender to share a room with. If there's no one suitable to share with, there's no forced single supplement! Having said that, if you specifically request your own room, we can look into availability and there will be an additional single supplement fee.

How many people are there on each of your Europe trips?

We generally take up to 14 people per trip, although this can vary, and all our trips have at least two of our guides to look after you (apart from the occasions we have a small group). We have found that our trips tend to attract a particular kind of person and many people have commented that the social scene was one of the highlights of their trip!

What kind of clothing should I be packing?

Once you've booked your trip, you'll have access to a gear list in your portal on exactly what to bring along. The gear list is carefully thought out to provide you with everything you need to be warm and happy, or cool and relaxed, whatever the weather! So it is best to bring everything we recommend along, if you don't bring everything you need, we can't guarantee your comfort.

Do I need hiking boots or are hiking sneakers okay?

You will need proper hiking boots - trail shoes are not good enough. We'll be taking you to some awesome places where you'll be hiking over a variety of terrain, therefore your boots should have full ankle support and a stiff sole with a high profile tread. It's also important that whichever footwear you decide to bring that it's well broken-in and waterproofed before you come down. If you have good ankles that will be able to cope pretty well with varied terrain, then good hiking shoes should be fine, but if not then hiking boots will give you better support.

What is the food like in Europe?

European cuisine is varied and delicious, usually incorporating lots of fresh produce, cheese, local meats, bread and pastries. Icelandic cuisine is famous for their local seafood, specifically their cod as well as lamb, bread and skyr- a soft yogurt-like cheese. The sheer abundance and variety of produce, wine and meats will satisfy any palate.
Vegetarian options are varied whereas vegan choices are slightly more limited though if you let us know beforehand we’ll make sure you have options! We provide drinking water and you’ll be able to buy espresso and/or alcohol (and other drinks) in most places.
Vegan choices may be limited but we’ll do our best to help find things you may like. While glutenfree meals are possible, there may not be a huge variety available for gluten-free options either - as most local breads and pastries contain gluten. Dinner meals are often very late in the evening too as per the local customs.

What if I need a special diet?

We are accustomed to catering to the following special diets:

• vegan (no meat or animal products)
• vegetarian (no meat products)
• fishatarian (vegetarian, and eat fish)
• no red meat (eat chicken & fish)
• gluten intolerant (no wheat, rye, barley or oats)
• lactose intolerant (no dairy products)

You will get the opportunity to specify your particular requirements when you fill in our pre-trip questionnaire. If you have any other dietary requirements please let us know well in advance, via email or the online questionnaire.

What is the currency in Europe?

The currency in Austria, France, Italy, Spain and The Netherlands is the Euro €, in Croatia it's the Croatian Kuna, in Iceland it’s the Icleandic Króna kr and in Switzerland it’s the Swiss Franc CHF.
In Switzerland if you’re near the border (ie Geneva or while on your Tour du Mont Blanc trip) most places will accept Euro’s for payment, though they’ll charge you extra for this convenience.

How much spending money should I bring and where do I get local currency?

Our trips include all transportation, guiding, meals and activities (except where indicated on the itinerary). The only things you will definitely need cash for are drinks other than water (drinking water is fine to drink from the tap on all our trips), souvenirs and tips. 

Usually the easiest thing to do is use your credit or debit card to withdraw money directly from your home account, in local currency. There are plenty of ATM's and banks in larger towns in Europe, and ATM's will accept all major credit cards and many debit cards. Cash advances are the most convenient way to get cash.

Will the altitude affect me in Europe?

No. even though we're in the Alps, we don't go into any areas where altitude is a major factor. The only place where you'll find altitude is a factor is on the trip up to Aiguille du Midi above Chamonix but you'll be taking a cable car up there and won't be there for too long!

Do I need to speak the local language?

A little would be helpful, especially on arrival and for ordering food in restaurants, but it's certainly not required. English is spoken in most hotels, airports and tourist areas though not everywhere. Our local guides are all fluent native speakers so if you don't have time to learn a little before arrival you don't have to worry... they will take care of everything.

What time zone is Europe in?

For the majority of the summer season Austria, Croatia, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and The Netherlands are in the Central European (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) whilst Iceland is on GMT time.

What type of plugs and voltage do you use in Europe?

European countries operate on a 220V AC system with Plug Type C which consists of two round parallel pins while the wall plug has two holes where it is connected.

Will I have access to Internet/WiFi?

WiFi is available almost everywhere in cities and easy enough to find in most towns/villages so you can rely on having regularly access during your trip. If you have data roaming switched on, then you'll be able to use the internet on your smartphone, but beware of the fees! WiFi is available at most of the accommodations that you'll be staying at, sometimes for a small cost so check this out at each location when you arrive.

If I book a trip with my children, will I be sharing a room with them?

Active Adventures & Austin Adventures family vacations are naturally about spending time with family and as such, most families opt to share rooms on our trips. At time of booking, families consisting of four guests with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at the guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

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