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A bit about Europe

There's no easy way to sum up Europe, especially not within the confines of a page on our website. What can we say about the world's second smallest continent that is home to 750 million people and an estimated 83 languages? There is a lot to be said – it's fascinating, intriguing, overwhelmingly beautiful, and an assault to the senses - and mind bending when you think about its historical significance. But we'll leave the nitty gritty to the historians, and our local guides when you join us on one of our adventures!

In the time frame of a couple of thousand years, Europe has established itself as a melting pot of cultures, the birth place of western culture, art, civilisation, democracy, modern industrial productions, practices and diplomacy. It continues to be an ongoing experiment in all these areas – the best example being the formation of the European Union and the elimination of borders. What becomes apparent when you visit Europe, is that it's also a land of contradictions all in a relatively small land mass – politically, culturally, artistically and geographically. It's the contradictions, history, culture and landscape that make Europe one of the most incredible and unique adventure destinations in the world. Is there anywhere else in the world where you can sea kayak around a crystal clear alpine lake, and follow it up with a stroll to a quiet street side café for a wine and cheese lunch in a town surrounded by buildings over 600 years old?

Share a coffee with a mountain hotel owner in Italy, while hikers from all around Europe and the world chatter in their native language, and the next day explore Switzerland's oldest and most renowned wine region; experience the attention to detail in a venetian art gallery and the next day stroll past a herd of cows in a picture perfect alpine meadow in the Dolomites. There's nothing that looks or feels out of place in this land of beautiful contradictions.

Dolomites restaurant

- Relaxing at a rest stop, on the 'Dolomiti' trip. 

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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