WRITTEN BY: KRISTINE HANSEN
7 Best Adventure Tours in Europe
Taking a holiday in Europe doesn’t have to be about riverside strolls, lingering in wine regions or visiting historical monuments. Maybe you’d rather zoom in a Ferrari along the French Riviera?
From rock climbing in Greece to whizzing around Iceland in a snowmobile, these adventure holiday tours throughout Europe are all about satisfying your quest for adrenaline. If you dig a deeper thrill than two-wheel touring by bicycle, there is no way you’ll be disappointed. Imagine the photos and videos you’ll have as a result!
1. Rock Climbing in Greece
On this Rock Climbing Crete tour (11 hours), a short hike begins at Agiofarago (also called “the Gorge of Saints”) and wraps at Liviko Pelagos, a beautiful beach (with a cave) you’ll definitely want to photograph. Guided rock climbing takes place on bolt-protected climbing routes carefully mapped out on sea cliffs. After you climb, you will have the chance to dip in the water or just relax on the beach.
2. Kayaking in Croatia
While everyone else explores Dubrovnik’s walled city, you can be miles from the shoreline, sea kayaking at Lokrum Island (3 hours). Beginners are welcome to see the hidden caves, reachable only in a kayak. Take time to see the wonders under the water with our provided snorkel gear. It’s an adventure you will never forget.
3. Jet Skiing in Barcelona
This cultural hub in Spain is best seen from the water…how about a jet ski out in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Barcelona (2.5 hours)? During the one-hour ride, a guide is beside you the entire time. Beginners are welcome. A safety demo kicks off the tour and life jackets are required.
4. Snowmobile Tour in Iceland
Forty minutes outside of Reykjavik lies a UNESCO Heritage Site (Thingvellir National Park) within the Golden Circle. Jeep tours lead to the Langjokull glacier, then transfer to snowmobiles (9 hours) for a closer look at its stunning beauty. Before heading back to the capital there’s a stop at Haukadalur Valley’s thermal springs.
5. Drive a Sports Car in Monte Carlo
The fancy life in Monte Carlo can be experienced from many angles—including from behind the wheel of a Ferrari (30-60 minutes) as you curve up the Cote d’Azur coast. Choose to drive or sit shotgun (bonus: you can take photos). There are two models dedicated to this tour: select from a F430 Spider convertible or Ferrari California T. This is one of those high-impact tours taking little time out of your day but delivering fun in a big way.
6. Hike Cliffs and Coves in Spain
It can be intimidating to forge your own path through the wilderness on a hike in a foreign country, but this Costa Brava trek (9 hours) pairs you with an experienced guide who also educates on all that you’ll see. Views from above during the five-mile hike include a 6th Century B.C. Iberian village and a beautiful beach called Platja de Castell. If it’s warm that day, expect to strip down to your swim gear for a much-deserved dip in the sea.
7. Jeep Safari in Greece
Pantokrator Mountain in Greece—on the north side of Corfu—has a lot to explore at the top (3,200 feet), such as a monastery, and the views of Albania and Greece are amazing. Hop on the Jeep tour (7.5 hours) for a rugged drive up the mountain, passing olive groves and stopping for coffee in a lesser-known village called Sokraki, before going off road. Love animals? Goats and sheep are in abundance the higher you go up.
Adventure travel is an exciting way to see the world. Consider one of these European adventures the next time you head on holiday.