Why Active Adventures Europe

What makes our Europe adventures so special?

There's a whole lot more to our Europe adventures than simply hitting the well-known spots. Below you'll find the short of it and the long of it - either way, plenty of reasons to join Active Adventures Europe!  

  • Locally produced food during lunch and dinner
  • Local hosts in the hotels you'll stay at. These are family-run hotels, where the hosts really care - we put lots of time and research into these places!
  • We take care to show you places off the normal route, like Annecy, where you can endulge in different activities like sea kayaking on the lake
  • Our legendary local guiding team have intricate knowledge of all flora, fauna, history and geography. Together with our kiwi trip leader, they're an unbeatable match. So much can be lost in translation, so our well trained (in the 'Active way') kiwi guides make sure the dynamic is always well balanced. It's the engagement that matters!
  • The sprinkling of free days, where they matter. Such as in Courmayeur, which is such a beautiful place and great location to relax, wander the streets and explore the wineries of the valley below
  • Walk in, walk out – you'll never have to lug your gear around. When you get in, we'll simply give you your room key and your stuff will be in your room.

"Diverse" is probably the best single word to describe Europe. And the European Alps region is the perfect meeting of the natural environment, history, culture, cuisine and people at their most immaculate - they all come together to form the ultimate destination for an adventure vacation. That's why we've gone outside the box with our trips in the Mont Blanc region, Italian lakes and the Dolomites. Our adventures explore these regions in a diverse and authentic way with expert local guides born and bred in the area. On no other trip would you hike, bike and paddle as you circumnavigate the Mont Blanc Circuit, or paddle to quiet villages in the Italian Lakes District, or escape the crowds in a few secret areas of the Italian Dolomites.

Why Active Adventures Europe

On an Active Adventures Europe trip, you'll spend more time in the outdoors, in tiny mountain villages and immersing yourself in spectacular areas than you will sitting in a vehicle. It's all up to you to get to the next incredible place under your own steam.

With so much to see and take in, we've made sure to take care of the logistical stuff, leaving you to hike, paddle, bike and take in the hundreds of years of history, culture and cuisine that makes the mountainous areas of France, Italy and Switzerland so incredible.

Local knowledge makes a huge difference when looking at an adventure trip. With our local teams, contacts and connections we get to explore a few places that fly under the radar. Sit atop a ridge in the remote Valsesia region near the Italian Lakes district, pull into a small cove while sea kayaking on lake Annecy near Mont Blanc, bike through stunning valleys on the Italian/Austrian border in the Dolomites… It's these experiences we've crafted with on-the-ground knowledge and expertise, ensuring you'll go home having seen the real European Alps.

You'll experience great hikes, rides and paddling in small groups, meaning you'll experience Europe in a genuine, relaxed and active manner. We do some activities as a group, but there are always opportunities to get out and explore on your own.

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16218 reviews)

    Dolce Vita 2016

    We have taken many trips in our 60+ years to places across the United States, Canada, South America, Asia, New Zealand, Australia, and Europe. Our trip with Active Adventures to the Italian Lakes District and our extended visit in Italy has to be in our top three if not our favorite trip of all time! It was definitely Dolce Vita, the SWEET LIFE. The Italian Alps and the Lakes, the hikes and the paddling were certainly up to Active Adventure’s high standard. The beauty of the mountains and the Lakes and the invigorating way we experienced them were fantastic! The things that set this trip apart and put it over the top were the culture, food, and history of the region. Having the combination of Andy, our New Zealand guide, and Enrico, our native Italian, was awesome. Enrico helped us understand first-hand the Italian people and their way of life and gave us insights and access to more than we could imagine. It seemed everywhere we went, they all knew Enrico. The food experiences were unbelievable. The small size of our group and the relationship we built made it seem as if we were family and friends completing a once in a lifetime adventure. I can’t give enough kudos to Active Adventure these two guides for this marvellous experience.
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    – North Carolina, United States
    Dolce Vita, October 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16218 reviews)

    My Mont Blanc Circuit

    This trip not only provided an upfront tour of one of the most beautiful places in Europe,but with amazing guidance, it pushes you out of your comfort zone both physically and mentally. In addition you make new wonderful friends who encourage you along the way. Almost everyone on our trip had been on multiple Active Adventures before which shows what a wonderful company it is. We started planning our next trip before we flew home.
    Linda Dickens Review Image
    – California, United States
    Tour du Mont Blanc, July 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16218 reviews)

    Dolomiti

    This active adventure was wonderful for me. In fact, one of the best trips I have ever taken. I loved the trekking, fellow trekkers, guides, food, history, etc. All of it. What an amazing, beautiful, fun vacation. I feel so fit!
    Jenny Wada Review Image
    – Hawaii, United States
    Dolomiti, July 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16218 reviews)

    Hiking in the Alps

    The trip with Active Adventures to the Mount Blanc area was great. The scenery is unbelievable in all three countries. The hikes were all wonderful and yet very demanding. That made the trip even more rewarding for us. We got to do things we never have done before on the off day. Paragliding in Chamonix was a first and fabulous. All of the small towns we travelled to were lovely. The accommodations in these towns were great. Nice small hotels that all were so much a part of those towns. All of the meals were also great. The lunches were just the right amount and much of the local food such as cheese. All of the dinners were very good.
    Our tour guides were great. Jean-Marc knows the Mount Blanc area so well. Andy was always available and helpful. Together they made the trip a pleasure.
    Harry Dickens Review Image
    – CA, United States
    Tour du Mont Blanc, July 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16218 reviews)

    Tour du Mont Blanc

    This was a wonderful trip around Mt. Blanc with scenery that never quit (except that one rainy day!) The organizing was well-done, even though it is a new adventure for Active. Having the French guides added wonderful flavor and knowledge for the trip. The accommodations were all very satisfactory and we really didn't tire of cheese or chocolate! Highly recommend!
    Louise Burpee Review Image
    – South Carolina, United States
    Tour du Mont Blanc, September 2016

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Why travel with Active Adventures?

Above all, we aim to be amazing hosts. We're proud of our kiwi roots, and our professional, warm and relaxed style of running trips around the world is unforgettable.

We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.

As soon as you get off the plane, we've got all the details of your vacation covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport & accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.

Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.

With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.

It's all about getting there under your own steam – on foot, in a sea kayak, or by bike. What better way is there to experience mind blowing scenery? If it's your first time, no worries – our expert guides have got you covered.

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