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There are plenty of options when it comes to exploring the continent. Some of the most popular destinations to visit on a tour of Europe include Italy, Greece, Spain, and Ireland.

On our travel packages to Europe, you can choose to explore a particular location in depth, such as on a week-long Paris City Stay or a two-week Grand Tour of Italy .

If you're looking for a multi-country trip, you can join our Grand Tour of Europe: London to Rome , for a taste of several destinations. Our team of regional experts is available to help you find the adventure that aligns with your interests.

Discover six things to experience your first time traveling to Europe →

Europe is a year-round destination with varying climates across its many countries and regions. The best time to visit Europe depends on what type of experience you’d like to have and which destinations you’ll be visiting.

  • Summer. A popular time to travel to Europe is summer because warm, sunny days lend themselves to exploring the outdoors. In July, the average high temperature in London, England, is in the 70s Fahrenheit—while in Rome, Italy, the average high is in the 80s.
  • Spring and Fall. Some travelers prefer to travel on our Europe tour packages during the spring and fall because temperatures are more comfortable and popular sites are less crowded.
  • Winter. A wonderful time to take a European tour is the winter. During this time of year, travelers can stroll through festive holiday markets, visit excellent museums, and settle in for tasty meals of seasonal specialties. To take the stress out of planning a winter trip, we even offer Europe trip packages specifically designed for visiting  Christmas markets .

One of the main benefits of joining our guided tours of Europe is having the opportunity to visit must-see sites with an expert leading the way. When you go guided with Go Ahead we’ll help you skip the long lines at popular landmarks. Here are some attractions you’ll get the opportunity to see on our group tours of Europe:

  • The Colosseum in Rome, Italy
  • The National Archaeological Museum in Naples, Italy
  • St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy
  • The Alhambra in Granada, Spain
  • The Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain
  • La Sagrada Família church in Barcelona, Spain
  • The Acropolis in Athens, Greece
  • The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland
  • The Titanic Museum in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • The Hungarian Parliament building in Budapest, Hungary
  • Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria
  • The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Norway
  • Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen, Denmark

We recommend you spend at least six days in Europe. While our most popular Europe tours run from 10–14 days, you can enjoy a shorter trip if you limit your tour to one country or visit a handful of cities in neighboring countries.

Looking for ideas on where to spend a week in Europe? Check out our recommendations for Europe trips →

With its rich history, vibrant culture, and fantastic food, Italy is a popular destination for your first European trip. But plenty of other countries are worth visiting depending on your interests and concerns about international travel. For example, if the language barrier makes you nervous, Ireland, Scotland, or England make great first-time trips for visiting Europe.

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Yes! On our Europe tours, you’ll get the chance to explore multiple countries. Europe’s compact size and efficient transportation network make it easier—and more enticing—to take in numerous countries on one trip.

Some of our popular multi-country trips to Europe are Italy & Greece ; England & France ; Portugal & Spain ; Scotland & Ireland ; Germany, Switzerland & Austria ; and Norway, Sweden, Finland & Denmark .

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Experiencing Europe—for the first time or your 10th time—should be all about taking in the culture, the food, the history, and the sheer joy of new discoveries. Imagine doing all that without researching or booking any of these travel essentials. That’s the advantage of our all-in-one tour packages. Every Go Ahead tour includes an expert Tour Director and talented local guides to lead the way, so you can sit back, relax, and soak in the beauty, history, and culture of Europe. No figuring out transportation, researching hotels, or booking flights is required.

Read about the 10 big benefits of seeing Europe on a guided tour →

The typical timeframe to book a trip to Europe is about six months or more. However, there are plenty of benefits to planning even further in advance. On our European tours, you can set up an automatic payment plan, work out what you want to see and do in your free time, and even connect with fellow travelers on our free EF Go Ahead Tours mobile app .

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Yes! The holidays are an exciting time to travel on our Europe trips because they offer an exceptional opportunity to visit Europe’s Christmas Markets  and to experience countries’ unique holiday traditions. The holidays are a magical time in many European countries, allowing you to soak in the seasonal ambiance, enjoy festive food, and pick up unique gifts.

Thankfully, that’s a tough question to answer, as so many European countries offer delicious food. Ultimately, it’s a matter of personal preference, so you’re sure to find something you love no matter which country you visit. One strong contender for the top spot, however, is Italy.

Best known for its pasta, pizza, cheeses, and gelato, Italy is a foodie’s delight. That’s because the purest expression of Italian cooking relies on farm-fresh ingredients, and the cuisine changes from region to region. Fresh, delicious, and unlike anything you’ve tried outside the country, Italian food never disappoints the palate.

Wondering what to eat in Italy? Check out these regional dishes →

Another foodie's favorite destination in Europe is France. From its boeuf bourguignon to its pain au chocolat, France is known for its world-class culinary scene and timeless favorite dishes. While you’re guaranteed to taste delicious dishes no matter where you travel to France , the type of French food you’ll find depends on the region and season. The north of France features heavier dishes; the south features fresh fish, lean meat, and grilled vegetables.

Wondering what to eat in France? Check out these delicious dishes →

While individual countries take pride in their languages, English is widely spoken in Europe.

For tips on using the euro while on a trip to Europe, check out our blog post about currency exchange →

We recommend packing light for your trip to Europe. One suitcase and one carry-on per person is a good guideline to follow; you should feel comfortable managing your baggage at the airport. After you’ve reserved one of our Europe tour packages, we’ll give you information about how to prepare for your particular trip and even share a packing list in our mobile app.

  • Sun protection. For all our trips, especially during the summer months in Europe, we recommend bringing sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect your face and the back of your neck from the sun.
  • Layers. For tours of Europe, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • Comfortable walking shoes. Because you’ll be exploring new destinations with local guides while on your trip, a comfortable pair of walking shoes is essential. Whether hitting the landmarks of London or on a walking tour of Amsterdam, you’ll be glad you brought your most comfortable footwear.
  • Dressier attire. You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance on any of our Europe trips.
  • Full-coverage layers for religious sites. In Europe, it is preferable not to visit churches, temples, or other religious sites with bare legs or shoulders, and entrance may be denied on this basis.
  • Other must-bring items. A camera to take photos during your journey, and a notebook for jotting down notes or recommendations your Tour Director shares.

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Irish countryside:

Take in the atmosphere of quaint seaside villages, see awe inspiring views of the Lakes of Killarney and explore the picturesque town of Kinsale. Wherever you travel in the countryside, you’ll find that the rolling hills and friendly people you encounter will become a part of your fabric.

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Ancient cities of Italy:

Italy is positively brimming with the world’s most famous Roman ruins like the Colosseum, Pompeii and many other relics from the ancient past. In fact, many cities in Italy still hold evidence of what once was. You can find an aqueduct, city gate, Roman theatre or the ruins of an entire city there.

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Get to know the city that was once considered the capital of the world! A panoramic tour by a local expert leads you to all the most iconic spots in London. See Trafalgar Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and many more places you’ve only read about.

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Louvre Museum:

The Louvre Museum holds some of the most priceless treasures in the world. Enjoy touring with a local expert who will take you through an array of works ranging from ancient times to the mid-19th century. Don’t keep the ladies waiting! DaVinci’s famous Mona Lisa and the renowned Venus de Milo await your visit!

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Explore Chateau de Chillon:

Europe has a wide variety of castles to choose from. The exquisite Chateau de Chillon in Switzerland presides over Lake Geneva. Beginning life as a Roman outpost, today it is the nation’s most visited historic site.

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Drift down a canal:

Whilst canals are found across Europe, nothing beats a romantic gondola ride in Venice. Locals like to say the best way to explore the city is to ‘get lost.’ So take a ride along these waterways, step off and then wind your way through the intricate blend of bridges, narrow streets and grand squares.

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Drink Bordeaux wine:

Just about anywhere you travel in Europe, you’re bound to come across some fantastic wine, especially in Bordeaux in France. Resting on the Garonne River, this charming area is one of the largest wine growing regions on the continent.

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The iconic Palace of Versailles (UNESCO) and its gardens reflect the extravagant tastes of King Louis XIV, the "Sun King." Alongside a local guide, learn the history and admire the various rooms of the State Apartments, including the Queen's bedchamber and the famous Hall of Mirrors. Be sure to explore the incredible gardens, some of the most famous in the world, which took over 40 years to complete and include intricate architecture, elaborate fountains, and gorgeous statues.

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Magnificent landscapes combined with the country’s charming traditions and customs offer new experiences unlike anywhere else in the world. Famous for bullfighting, Spain allows you to grab life by the horns and dive into adventure. Whether it’s the eye-catching architecture of Madrid, the bold Spanish wines, or the shimmering Costa del Sol, this country remains a delight to the senses. Once you experience Spain, you’ll never want to leave and when you do, you’ll always be craving more.

Whether it’s old-world traditions and wonderful culture, cuisine, history, fashion or natural beauty, Italy is special to many people for different reasons. Few other countries boast so many legendary cities. There are also many charming hill towns and coastal villages that showcase Italy’s amazing natural beauty. From the big cities to the small towns, there is always something exciting to see in Italy. With so many reasons to visit, the rest is up to you!

A rendezvous with a magnifique experience awaits! As cliché as it sounds, France truly has something for everyone. With over two dozen cities, each with their own nuances of the French culture and contributions to its history, architecture, art and last but not least, the gastronomical delights that the French are famous for throughout the world are yours to explore, experience and fall in love with during your stay. Coast to coast, border to border, there are seemingly endless variations on your French experience to be had. Rolling hills and scenic valleys lined with the fruit of the gods; seaside towns, along sandy beaches with views you just might be sharing with royalty; or maybe snowcapped mountain ranges providing some of the best skiing in the world and an adrenaline rush to match is what you seek. Whatever you decide, France easily makes you feel as if you have stepped out of reality and into the art you learned about and loved since you were a child.

A gem of the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal is a paradise. On the coasts, sun-soaked beaches meet breathtaking hillside towns all down the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. In the cities, ancient structures rise up shoulder-to-shoulder with modern living. Everywhere you turn, you can find mouth-watering food paired with delicious local wines, medieval architecture paired with Moorish artistic influence, and friendly locals paired with charming attitudes. No matter what you seek, when you go, where you look, or how long you stay, Portugal offers something for every traveller.

At the heart of Europe, monumental contemporary and historic events shape today’s Germany. From the fall of the Berlin Wall to the rise of the Beatles in Hamburg, the culture of the country is marked by its influential past and present. Imagine yourself exploring postcard-worthy castles such as Neuschwanstein or wandering through medieval cities such as Regensburg. From the Bavarian Alps to the Rhine Gorge to the plains of the north, the range of Germany’s landscapes will capture your heart. Perhaps you’ll also indulge your taste buds as you sample the delicious Marzipan sweet treats of the Hanseatic port of Lubeck, which have been produced there for over 200 years. Whether on a journey on the ‘Romantic Road’ or cruising along the Rhine, know that a stein of German beer or a glass of wine from the Rhine vineyards are both a worthy compliment to a destination that offers far more than the average traveler anticipates.


Incredible skiing on the Swiss Alps and delectable Swiss chocolate are only two reasons for visiting Switzerland. Located between Austria, France, Germany and Italy, you can get quite a diverse European cultural experience depending on which region of Switzerland you choose. And though the food, music, art and people themselves are very much influenced by their European neighbors, they are all still uniquely Swiss. You will leave with plenty of memories to savour for a lifetime.

From the coasts of the Mediterranean to the top of Mount Olympus, Greece is a place grand enough for mythical gods and friendly enough for travellers alike. Uncover its ancient ruins and relics and take in an iconic landscape of whitewashed homes. This is only the beginning of the endless wonders you’ll find when you first set foot on Greek soil.

With its natural beauty, historical assets, location along one of the most important trade routes established decades ago and a diverse and welcoming population, Turkey just might rank in your top 10 list of places you never thought would go but were oh so glad you did! Where can you explore the most archaeological sites in the world where civilizations, empires and historic figures were born – Turkey. Where will you be able to sample the taste sensations created by the fusion of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines – Turkey. Where are you able to experience some of the best sailing, hiking, mountain trekking, windsurfing and golf in Europe – Turkey. Best of all, where will you wake up to find something new and amazing every day then go to sleep after viewing some of the most incredible sunsets that by whatever you name you choose, there truly must be a God - Turkey.

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Europe is one of the most popular destinations in the world.

While I love solo travel as much as the next person — and think Europe is one of the best places to backpack around — the continent is also a huge destination for tour groups.

When you think of group tours , you may imagine a horde of camera-clicking tourists wearing socks and sandals swarming off a massive bus, taking lots of pictures, and then moving on to the next site.

In the past, that image was pretty accurate.

But now? Not so much.

These days, the best tours have evolved and are much more nuanced and diverse, catering to all different age groups and travel styles. From hop-on, hop-off tours and river cruises to big bus and backpacker tours and everything in between, there’s a wide variety of tour options now.

No matter what kind of experience you’re looking for (or your budget), you’ll be able to find awesome and insightful tours to help you make the most out of your next trip to Europe.

I’ve taken tours offered by dozens of companies on the continent. Some were good, some bad, some great.

If you’re thinking of taking a tour around Europe — whether because it saves you time or money — here is a list of the best companies:


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Pretty much every major city in Europe has a free walking tour. They are a fun, insightful way to orient yourself and learn about the history of a city. Plus, you’ll have access to a local expert who can answer any and all questions you have about the destination!

New Europe is one of the largest and best tour companies out there. Its guides are knowledgeable, and its tours cover all the major tourist sites. They also offer specialized tours, like food tours, day trips, and tours to specific historical sites (such as Edinburgh Castle or the Sachsenhausen concentration camp). You can find them pretty much everywhere in Europe. Just remember to tip your guides at the end!

Most tours will last around 3 hours. For their paid tours, prices start around 15 EUR per person and go up from there, depending on the duration of the tour.

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Free Tours By Foot

Another free option is Free Tours By Foot . Like New Europe, they have qualified guides and a wide variety of themed tours in over 30 destinations across the continent. Chances are you’ll be able to find a tour with them (or with a company affiliated with them) in every major city around the continent. Tours usually last around 3 hours, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes. Since they offer free tours, make sure you tip your guide at the end.

They also have partnerships with other tour companies so you can find more specialized options here as well. For example, they have a great beer tour of Paris (as well as a macaroon tour if that’s more your style). Those tours aren’t free (they cost around 60 EUR per person) but they are a great way to get a specialized insight (as well as to try some amazing French beer and desserts!).

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If you’re looking for something a little more in-depth, my favorite walking tour company in Europe is Take Walks , which can be found in London , Athens , and various cities in Spain and Italy .

What makes these food, art, and history tours so special is that they get access to places others don’t, like the Louvre after hours, secret spots in the Vatican or Versailles, etc. The guides are incredibly well informed, so you’ll learn a ton of information. If you’re looking for a paid walking tour company, Walks is the best.

Their tours are usually around 3 hours, though they also have a few full-day options as well. Expect to pay at least 60-90 EUR per person. Be sure to book in advance as well, as many of their best tours (like their Sistine Chapel early entrance tour) sell out fast!

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Devour Food Tours

For foodies, my go-to tour company around Europe is Devour . They run delicious food tours in Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the UK. From wine tours to dessert tours to filling hours-long food tours, takes you to local joints that the tourists don’t know about. Their guides are passionate and knowledgeable so you’ll not only feast on delicious eats but you’ll learn a ton about the food and culture too!

Most tours last 1.5-3.5 hours and generally cost around 50-110 EUR per person.

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Intrepid Travel is my go-to choice. I’ve been going on their tours for years and I’ve yet to be disappointed. The guides are excellent, the company offers amazing off-the-beaten-track itineraries, and it is committed to the local environment and supporting local communities. Their small groups ensure you’re never on one of those giant bus tours either.

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While solo travel will always be my favorite way to travel, I really do enjoy going on tours . They are a fun way to meet other travelers as well as locals while you see and experience new destinations.

So if you’re looking for a tour on your next trip to Europe , be sure to consider the options above.

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Book Your Flight Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. They are my favorite search engine because they search websites and airlines around the globe so you always know no stone is left unturned.

Book Your Accommodation You can book your hostel with Hostelworld as they have the biggest inventory and best deals. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com as they consistently return the cheapest rates for guesthouses and cheap hotels.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are:

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Looking for the Best Companies to Save Money With? Check out my resource page for the best companies to use when you travel. I list all the ones I use to save money when I’m on the road. They will save you money when you travel too.

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Europe trips

Traveling to Europe is a unique experience with over 40 countries and thousands of years of history all within a close distance to each other. Travelers come to Europe for many reasons like exploring ancient castles in Ireland, learning to make pasta in Italy, or relaxing on beaches in Greece.

-Day trip to Sintra -Hike to Castelo dos Mouros -Visit Capela dos Ossos, the Bones Chapel -Wine tasting in Alentejo  -Kayaking to Ponta da Piedade -Beach time in Lagos and Culatra Island

Prague, Vienna, & Budapest

-Visit 3 countries in Central Europe  -Experience Prague, Vienna, & Budapest  -Drink beer from microbreweries in Prague -Visit museums and palaces in Vienna  -Taste the best Hungarian wines -Relax in thermal baths in Budapest

-Guided walking tour of Istanbul -Explore the fairy chimneys and castles of Cappadocia -Experience the ruins at Ephesus -Enjoy a traditional meal with a local family -Relax on the beaches of Bodrum -Cruise the Aegean Sea on a Turkish sailboat

-Sea kayaking in Split -Experience Diocletian's Palace -Full day speedboat tour around the Pakleni Islands -Indulging in delicious Croatian cuisine -Tasting locally produced wines -Uncovering Croatia's unique history

-Try delicious Spanish cuisine -3 Autonomous Regions of Spain -Gaudí's architecture in Barcelona -Night adventure hike in Granada -Watch a Flamenco show in Seville -Visit Madrid, the capital of Spain

-Explore Dublin & Kilkenny -Seethe Cliffs of Moher -Visit Rock of Cashel -Traditional Irish Farm Visit -Drink pints in Galway Pubs

-Discover Ancient Athens -Cycladic Island Villages -Greek Cooking Class -Sunset Kayak in Santorini -Private boat tour in Paros -Black, Red, & White Beaches

Iceland Trek

-Trek otherworldly landscapes -Breathtaking views away from tourists -Volcanoes, glaciers, & canyons -Experience lava fields & ash deserts -Camp in the Valley of Thor -20 hours of daylight while trekking

-Glaciers, volcanoes, & waterfalls -Stay in the Icelandic Countryside -Relax in natural hot pools -Super Jeep adventure -Explore volcanic islands -Stargaze for Northern Lights

-Experience Agritourism  -Explore Florence -Visit Rome-the Eternal City -Eat Italian food farm-to-fork -See Italy's natural wonders -Live the Italian way of life

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More about europe group tours & trips, is traveling to europe safe as a solo traveler.

Solo travelers have been backpacking across Europe for decades. The modernization of most cities helps keep everyone connected and comfortable. At Under30Experiences, safety is always a priority and your Trip Leader will always be able to advise you on the local area. We always recommend traveling light, leaving valuables at home, and staying with your group if you are concerned. One of the great things about group travel is “safety in numbers”.

Will I have to know the local language? 

You will find that many people in Europe know multiple languages, English often being one of them. Menus can usually be provided in English. However, your Trip Leader will know the local language to help navigate situations when they come up. Our travelers love to learn a little Spanish, Italian, Icelandic, French, Arabic, Greek, etc.

What is the best time of year to visit Europe?

Europe’s peak season is the summer months, but spring and fall are very popular as well. Places like Ireland and Scotland can stay cool and rainy year-round, while August can bring heat waves in places like Spain and Italy where air conditioning is often unavailable. You will find almost all of our Europe trips have numerous departures in June & September to take advantage of great weather and avoid peak crowds.  ‍ Iceland sounds like a cold place but it actually enjoys a relatively temperate climate. Even in October and November, you still rarely encounter freezing temperatures during the day. In May, June, and July, you’ll find nearly 24 hours of daylight in Iceland, while in October and November you’ll find only 6-8 hours of daylight, great for seeing the Northern Lights.

Why signup for a group trip to Europe?

Here are just a few of the reasons travelers join our group trips: 

  • Not everyone wants to plan and research extensive itineraries. Our trips include many of the best locations and activities in each country built for young adventurous travelers.
  • A guide is with you throughout your trip to help with local languages, lead you on hikes, teach you about the area, and make sure each day goes as planned. It can be reassuring knowing that you are always on the right trail or having a Trip Leader that knows backup plans for bad weather or has recommendations for optional activities.
  • Meeting great people! When you join an Under30Experiences trip you know you will be with a group of like-minded people in your age range.

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"Just got back from the Ireland trip and had an absolutely fantastic time! Can't believe how well we all meshed with the other group members and became good friends at the end. The trip was so well planned with the right amount of activities and leisure time. I never felt rushed and it was just the right pace of vacationing and exploring."  - Ammara T. |  Yelp Review


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I will deal with the 'but' first. This is definitely not a 1; leisurely; more a 2, moderate. The distances to walk are comparatively large and the surfaces (cobbl...

highlights of central europe

An excellent introduction to the countries visited. The tour leader, Peter, plying and explaining the flute. Very pleasant knowledgeable man, with a good sense of ...


The tour takes in five of Central Europe's historic capitals, allowing you to see as much as possible in the time available. Hotels and breakfasts are good. A few of...

Had a fantastic time.Saw some beautiful places, amazing arctitecture, met some fantastic people, laughed til I cried. X Auschvitz...........an emotional place. We pa...

The tour takes in five of Central/Eastern Europe's historic capitals, allowing you to see as much as possible in the  time available. Hotels are good....

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Fully Guided Tours & Trips in Europe

Find the right fully guided tour for you in Europe. There are 6851 trips to choose from, that range from one day in length, up to 49 days. The month with the most departures is September, making it the most popular time to visit Europe.

250+ Fully Guided tour packages in Europe with 78,139 reviews

From Copenhagen to Helsinki Tour

From Copenhagen to Helsinki

We love the trip program and love the tour guides. The cruise was magnificent from Stockholm to Helsinki. Hope we can do the tour again next time.

European Discovery (Summer, Start London, Classic, 12 Days) Tour

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European Discovery (Summer, Start London, Classic, 12 Days)

Great guide and itinerary. Allowed us to cover lots of ground in a short time.
  • €100 deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Desired Europe Tour

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  • Christmas & New Year

Desired Europe

Great Time My family had utmost beautiful vacation

The Great Adventure Tour

The Great Adventure

I truly enjoyed traveling with the group. Europamundo did a good job facilitating the trip. Though, we did have a little trouble keeping to the itinerary near the end. I would make a few changes to some of the highlighted stops in order to add in a little more free time.

From East to West with London ( 14 days ) Tour

From East to West with London ( 14 days )

Europamundo was amazing and would recommend to everyone …from tour , guides , drivers and hotels . I would definitely plan another trip with them . John and Leonardo were the best tour guides on my entire euro tour led my group on a tour in October of 2022 . John and Leonardo were incredibly knowledgeable and were able to create an incredibly well-planned experience and can be flexible day-to-day. They are super personable and able to give the perfect insight into culture and history with a balance of fun. No topic is off limits for discussion, and were a great listener. I would recommend John and Leonardo from now until forever - when I go back , I'm definitely getting in touch .

Europe Jewel Tour

Europe Jewel

The Europe Jewel was so well planned and packed with exciting adventures, the tour guide and bus driver did an amazing job of keeping us safe and informed. We made some amazing friends from all around the world which made this tour even better. We had a blast!!
  • 10% deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

ScanBaltic Tour Tour

ScanBaltic Tour

Everything was good.

European Delight Tour

European Delight

Overall the trip was excellent. The guides fantastic and knowledgable. Accommodation ok.

Europe Taster Tour

Europe Taster

Overall the trip was well coordinated. There were minor glitches that were easily resolved

Romantic Rhine (Southbound) 2024 Tour

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Romantic Rhine (Southbound) 2024

Sehr schön, tolle Gruppenreise, viele verschiedene Reiseeinheiten buchbar. Gutes Essen, Service war gut, Unterkunft angepasst und schöne Unterhaltung. Auch als Alleinreisender durchführbar.

Joyful Treasures Tour

Joyful Treasures

All hotels were very good. The sights we saw were good. The bus had no bathroom. The guides were average. They were often unclear with their instructions, for example they say meet in the lobby at 8am, but no one is there and people are outside getting on the bus. I did like the interesting history one guide gave.

All About Balkans (4 Star Hotels) Tour

All About Balkans (4 Star Hotels)

Intense as expected. The hotels were good and centrally located for the most part. Tour guides Dusan in Northern balkan countries and then Vasso for the last Greece part were young, knowledgeable, energetic, friendly, easy going and took care of every detail for us
  • €150 deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

A Touch of Europe (11 destinations) Tour

A Touch of Europe (11 destinations)

Beautiful sight seeing, learning their history, culture, food, etc....and of course building up friendship with tour members.

Balkan Discovery (4 Star Hotels) Tour

Balkan Discovery (4 Star Hotels)

It was overall a wonderful experience. Our Tour Guide, Dusan was amazing!

Highlights of Scandinavia (12 Days) Tour

Highlights of Scandinavia (12 Days)

Great tour. Wonderful tour guide. Rest stops need to be chosen better.

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I was worried about the culturally mixed tour clients due to some negative reviews from previous clients. But I enjoyed the experiences of mixing with participants from Mexico and the Philippines. Yes sometimes bilingual guides’ presentations were not clear, and I had to ask for clarifications. Hotels were better than I had expected from the reviews; except in one-hotel the lightening was so bd
Ri was an incredible guide! Not only did she give us interesting insights into each place we travelled, she also took the time to plan and make the trip so enjoyable. It was a trip of a lifetime!
We had seen the places that was in the itinerary. The tour guides were good at what they do. Overall, we had a wonderful trip. Thank you tour radar and europamundo. I hope to schedule another family trip in the future.

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European Tours for seniors

Odyssey Traveller offers comprehensive European tour packages as part of their small group tour global educational program. With expert tour guides, our small group tours cater to senior couples, mature individuals, and solo travellers looking to immerse themselves in the beauty and culture of Europe. These 2023 Europe trip packages are designed for groups of up to sixteen senior travellers, encompassing iconic destinations across Northern, Western, Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe, making it a quintessential journey with one of the leading European tour companies. Whether you prefer a European walking tour , coach tour, or an exploration via European train tours with an Eurail pass, Odyssey ensures a well-organized and enriching experience for solo travellers seeking a European vacation package.


Albania 2 tours.

Albania - Shkoder

Armenia 1 tours

Sevan Monastery, Armenia

Austria 2 tours

Vienna rooftops

Azerbaijan 1 tours

Old town, baku, azerbaijan, caucasus

Belgium 4 tours

Canals of Bruges, Belgium

Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 tours

Stari Most in the city of Mostar

Bulgaria 2 tours

St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria

Corsica 1 tours

Balagne village of Speloncato, Corsica

Croatia 4 tours

Dubrovnik, Croatia, Dalmatian coast

Cyprus 1 tours

Eastern Mediterranean Cyprus

Czech Republic 2 tours

Prague bridges river

Denmark 6 tours

Scandinavia tours

Estonia 1 tours

Tallinn, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Estonia

Finland 6 tours

Scenic summer panorama of the Market Square (Kauppatori) at the Old Town pier in Helsinki, Finland

France 22 tours

Carcassonne, France

Georgia 1 tours

Tbilisi Georgia Caucasus

Germany 13 tours

Brandenburg gate Berlin

Greece 6 tours

Glory of Greece

Greenland 2 tours

Greenland valley

Hungary 3 tours

Hungary, Budapest

Iceland 2 tours

Iceland - kirkjufell

Italy 22 tours

View from Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome, Italy

Latvia 1 tours

Tours of Latvia for seniors

Lithuania 1 tours

Shoppers in Old Town, Vilnius

Macedonia 2 tours

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Malta 3 tours

Tours to Malta

Montenegro 1 tours

Perast, Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

Norway 3 tours

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Poland 4 tours

Warsaw old town

Portugal 6 tours

Alfama, Lisbon Portugal

Romania 4 tours

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Russia 6 tours

Icons of Moscow

Sardinia 1 tours

Sardinia, Italy

Serbia 3 tours

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Spain 11 tours

Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain.

Sweden 5 tours

Old Town, Stockholm

Switzerland 3 tours

Aerial view of the Swiss Alps with the Great St Bernard Pass

The Netherlands 5 tours

Tulips and windmill

Turkey 1 tours

Archaeological Turkey

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Visiting Portugal, Spain

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From A$11,875 AUD

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Beethoven small group tour

Discovering the Life of Beethoven | Small Group Tour

Travellers on this small group tour will have the chance to gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of Beethoven’s life and music . Beginning in the city of Bonn , where Beethoven was born, we visit the city precincts and buildings where Beethoven’s unique artistic sensibility was formed. In Vienna , we explore many of the concert halls and churches where his work was performed. In each city visited we attend performances of his work.

Mongolia and Russia small group tours

Journey through Mongolia and Russia small group tour

Visiting Mongolia, Russia

This escorted small group tour traverses this expanse, from Ulaanbaatar to St Petersburg ; from the Mongolian Steppes to Siberian taiga and tundra; over the Ural Mountains that divide Asia and Europe to the waterways of Golden Ring . Our program for couples and solo travellers uses two of the great rail journeys of the world; the Trans Mongolian Express and the Trans Siberian Express.

From A$17,850 AUD

Romans in France

Romans in France small group specialist history tours for seniors

Visiting France, Switzerland

Join our small group tour to explore what remains of the Roman Gaul . France , Belgium, Luxembourg and South-west Germany were occupied by Roman Gaul some 2,000 years ago. To this region the Romans brought roads , bridges, education, cities and, perhaps, above all the Peace of Rome .

From A$16,995 AUD

History of Croatia

History of Croatia small group tours for senior travellers

Visiting Croatia

Spend 19 days touring Croatia , starting in Zagreb then travel south following the coast, where trade and the influences of the outside world made its mark. Travelling with like minded people in our small group we will explore the country in depth with great local guides and stay in key historical area such as Porec, Zagreb and Dubrovnik.

Explore the rich tapestry of European culture and history through our small group European tours for seniors , designed to provide a relaxed and immersive travel experience. Embark on a journey through some of the most iconic European cities that were integral to the grand tours of the last century, including Amsterdam , Athens , Paris , Prague, Venice, Budapest , Dubrovnik , Istanbul , Vienna, Lisbon and, ancient Rome . Or delve into the charm of quaint villages along the Dalmatian and Amalfi coasts as part of our multi-country tour tailored for seniors.

Join Odyssey on meticulously crafted European tours, which cater to seniors seeking to explore walking trails like the Camino de Santiago and other pilgrim routes . Our itineraries focus on specific regions of Europe, offering small group tours to Spain , Portugal, the Czech Republic, and Southern Italy , allowing ample time to appreciate stunning landscapes such as Iceland and the Norwegian fjords , as well as iconic heritage sites like the Colosseum in Rome.

Experience the allure of Europe with visits to St Peter’s basilica , Prague, Budapest , and other enchanting destinations in Eastern Europe or within the Czech Republic. Our European package tours are meticulously curated to include UNESCO World Heritage sites and cater to the aspirations of travellers who seek a deeper understanding of the destinations they visit.

At Odyssey, we pride ourselves on being among the best European tour providers for seniors, placing a strong emphasis on listening to our travellers’ preferences to offer more than just scenic beauty. Our escorted tours deliver not only spectacular landscapes but also a rich and engaging itinerary that immerses you in the historical and cultural tapestry of Europe.

Travel through France, Britain, Spain, Portugal, Italy, the Mediterranean islands , Croatia , Central Europe, Greece , and Turkey on our 21-day fully escorted tours led by experienced tour directors and local guides. Explore ancient ruins of Rome and Greece , unravel the significance of landmarks like the Doge’s Palace in Venice, or trace the history of piracy along the Dalmatian coast and Dubrovnik , dating back to ancient Greek times.

Embark on an unforgettable journey with Odyssey’s small group tours through Europe, accommodating a maximum of 16 travellers, with an average group size of up to 12, comprising solo adventurers and couples alike. Immerse yourself in a culturally enriched trip that promises a deep exploration of each destination on our meticulously planned itineraries.

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History of Santorini

History of Santorini: From the Minoans to the Greek Republic The history of the Greek islands of Santorini (or Thera) stretches back to the Neolithic Era more than 3,000 years ago. A place of great importance…

Banjska stena viewpoint at Tara National Park, Serbia

Balkan Histories: the Serbian Story

Serbia’s history is always fascinating, often complicated and rarely without controversy. To gain a better insight into this fascinating past, read on for a brief synopsis of Serbia’s story, from its origins in Slavic migration to the present day.

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A Short History of Transylvania: Definitive guide for travellers

A Short History of Transylvania Once a province of the Roman Empire, Romania has three historic principalities–Transylvania, Moldavia, and Wallachia–which were briefly reunited in the 16th century before splintering again when Transylvania was recaptured by…

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

Just outside the northern city of Siauliai lies a small hill in the middle of farmland that has been crowned with around 100,000 crosses in all different sizes. There are tiny crosses, massive wooden crosses and crosses handcrafted from metal. Known as the Hill of Crosses (Kryziu Kalnas), it is both a pilgrimage site and a testament to Lithuanian strength and defiance under Soviet rule. It has come to represent the peaceful endurance of Lithuanian Catholicism in the face of so many threats throughout history.

Southern Italy

Southern Italy

Southern Italy: from Magna Graecia to Italian Unification When people think of Italy, Rome, Venice, and Florence often come to mind first. Yet, the country offers much more beyond its northern attractions. Venturing south from…

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Gothic Germany

The term Gothic is often used to refer to a turning point and new era of European architecture that is generally seen as starting in the mid 12th century. Gothic architecture was in stunning contrast to Romanesque architecture which emphasised few windows, massive stonework and heavy walls. In comparison, the Gothic style featured stained glass windows, flying buttresses and more light-filled interiors that made use of cavernous spaces.

What are the top Europe travel experiences?

Odyssey has curated a list of exceptional Europe travel experiences that should not be missed. From the stunning natural wonders of Iceland with its majestic waterfalls like Seljalandfoss and Skogafoss, to the enchanting Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway where visitors are captivated by the ever-present midnight sun in summer and the mesmerizing northern lights in winter, Europe offers an array of unforgettable destinations.

In Provence , France, from mid-June to mid-August, the blooming lavender fields create a picturesque landscape that is truly a sight to behold. Meanwhile, on the magical island of Crete, Greece , rich in history as the epicenter of the Minoan culture and influenced by various empires throughout the ages, visitors are immersed in a tapestry of cultural heritage.

Traveling to the Cotswold region in England presents an opportunity to experience the idyllic countryside with its romantic thatched cottages, adorned with trailing roses, and enjoy traditional cream teas. The region also boasts the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bath, renowned for its Roman and Georgian architecture.

For a unique and lesser-known destination, Transylvania in Romania offers a blend of stunning landscapes and a rich cultural heritage. Beyond the famous Dracula Castle, Bran Castle, this region captivates with its beauty and historical significance, away from the crowds typically found in more mainstream tourist areas.

Venturing to Yerevan , the capital city of Armenia, unveils breathtaking scenery, delectable cuisine, and warm hospitality from the locals, making it a truly memorable destination. Budapest, the capital of Hungary, known for its charming castles, hilly landscape, and rich cultural heritage, is a must-visit city divided by the Danube River into Buda and Pest.

Lastly, the Outer Hebrides in Scotland offer pristine golden beaches with a sense of untouched serenity, where the azure blue waters evoke a Caribbean paradise amid the rugged Scottish landscape. Each of these European travel experiences promises a unique and unforgettable journey for every traveller seeking to explore the beauty and diversity of this remarkable continent.

What is different on a small group tour?

Based in Sydney, Australia, Odyssey Traveller caters to a diverse clientele hailing from the USA, Canada, UK, and Europe annually. Specializing in educational small group tours for seniors, our group sizes typically range from 6 to 12 people, with a cap of 16 travellers.

With a rich history dating back to 1983, we have been at the forefront of providing adventurous and educational programs. Our array of fully escorted cultural and heritage journeys not only expand horizons but also offer a mind-enriching experience. Tailored for active and inquisitive travellers, our tours nurture exploration in a close-knit group setting.

What's the accommodation like on a group tour?

In metropolitan areas, Odyssey selects centrally situated 3–4-star hotels, ensuring convenient access to public transportation. In more rural or smaller town settings, our preference is family-operated hotels or guesthouses. For extended-stay tours where guests remain in one place for the duration, we opt for serviced apartments, where feasible.

What are the best Europe travel destinations for history?

Europe boasts a diverse and intricate history, characterized by a tapestry of cultures and traditions that have evolved over millennia. The continent offers a wealth of historical riches waiting to be explored. Here are the top 10 destinations that Odyssey highly recommends experiencing during your lifetime:

  • Acropolis of Athens, Greece
  • The Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany
  • Pompeii, Naples, Italy
  • Auschwitz, Poland
  • Mont-Saint-Michel, Normandy, France
  • Colosseum, Rome, Italy
  • Stonehenge, Britain
  • Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
  • Louvre Museum, Paris

Why choose us for a small group adventure holiday?

Odyssey specializes in educational small group tours tailored for solo travel;ers or those journeying with a partner, exclusively catering to senior or mature travellers. Their group sizes range between 6 to 12 people, with a maximum of 18 travellers. These package holidays are designed for reasonably active seniors or mature travellers over 50, 60, or 70, whether traveling as a couple or opting for solo travel tours. Established in 1983, Odyssey has been offering these adventurous and educational programs not just within Australia but worldwide.

Initially conceived by a consortium of universities across Australia, New Zealand, and Asia, Odyssey was created to pioneer escorted educational tours for mature and senior travellers, guided by a tour director and guide to fascinating global destinations. Presently, Odyssey maintains ties with universities, ensuring tour directors uphold academic standards. The company collaborates with like-minded organizations and individuals dedicated to philanthropy, providing academic scholarships to students in Australia and New Zealand.

Odyssey presents a diverse selection of educational, cultural, and heritage journeys as meticulously organized tours that aim to enrich and expand horizons. With around 300 tours featured on their website, ranging from exploring Dinosaurs in Mongolia to embarking on a Walking Tour of the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain or navigating the Australian outback, these experiences are crafted for active and curious travellers within a small group setting with a fixed itinerary. Group sizes typically vary between 6 to 12 individuals, comprising couples and solo travellers. The focus on small group travel with a knowledgeable tour leader creates a warm and personalized tour environment, reflecting the core philosophy of Odyssey Traveller in providing enriching holidays designed for couples and solo travellers over 50.

What are the best Europe travel destinations national parks and nature?

Europe is home to a diverse array of stunning landscapes, making national parks a must-visit for travellers seeking natural beauty. When crafting your itinerary for your next European adventure, consider incorporating visits to some of the continent’s most breathtaking national parks. Here are a few outstanding recommendations curated by Odyssey to enrich your journey:

  • Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
  • Jutunheiomen National Park, Norway
  • Lake District National Park, England
  • Saxon Switzerland National Park
  • Hohe Tauern National Park, Austria

What is the best time of year to visit Europe?

For those seeking a sun-filled holiday, Europe shines its brightest during the summer months from June to September. This is the season when the sun reigns high, the beaches beckon with warmth, and the skies are clear and sunny.

Travelers who appreciate quieter surroundings may find the ideal time to explore Europe during the tranquil seasons of Spring (March to May) or Autumn (September to November).

For skiing enthusiasts or those captivated by the allure of Christmas markets, December and January offer a perfect window of opportunity to experience the magic of Europe’s snow-clad mountains and festive markets.

What ages are the group holidays suitable for?

Odyssey Traveller specializes in providing educational small group tours tailored for seniors, with the average participant age falling between 56 and 75 years, while still welcoming individuals of any age over 50. Based in Sydney, Australia, we cater to a diverse clientele hailing from the USA, Canada, UK, and Europe who join us on our enriching journeys each year.

Our group sizes range from 6 to 12 individuals, ensuring an intimate setting with no more than 16 travelers, fostering a sense of camaraderie and shared exploration. Since 1983, Odyssey has been at the forefront of delivering these immersive and educational programs, offering a wide array of fully escorted cultural and heritage tours that aim to spark curiosity and cultural appreciation. Tailored for active and inquisitive travelers, our tours provide a platform for personal growth and discovery within a small group setting.

How will i stay well on a trip?

Ensuring that mature and senior travellers are travel-fit is crucial for them to fully enjoy a small group tour. This page provides valuable insights on maintaining a suitable diet, navigating solo travel, essential packing tips, as well as selecting appropriate footwear. By following these recommendations, you can efficiently plan and prepare for your upcoming vacation to Europe , United Kingdom , Australia or even New Zealand.

How does the member savings program save me money?

Read about Odyssey’s frequent traveller Alumni Program here.

Planning your first trekking holiday?

Odyssey’s active tours cater to mature travellers seeking an engaging holiday experience that aligns with their active lifestyle. These tours are thoughtfully designed to maintain a lively pace throughout, appealing to those who prefer to remain active during their travels. The activity level is customizable to suit the group’s fitness levels , ensuring that all participants are well taken care of. These tours are known for their small group sizes, usually capped at a maximum of 12 like-minded individuals.

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Europe Tours for Over 50s & 60s

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We think traveling’s like a fine Italian Nebbiolo: it gets better with age

You know what you like, you savor the small things and you may have more freedom to jet off for a jaunt. How about cycling the picturesque countryside of Provence or exploring the coffee-scented streets of Sicily ? Or discovering lochs and local legends in the Scottish Highlands ? With diverse cultures, gorgeous landscapes and lip-smacking food, Europe has it all. Our trips are for folks of all ages and backgrounds who share a passion for travel. With a legendary local leader to handle the logistics, ready-made friends to explore with and plenty of authentic experiences, you can focus on chatting with the locals and choosing which pastry to order for breakfast—you know, the important stuff.

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Premium trips feature our best accommodation, most comfortable transport and exclusive experiences led by our most experienced leaders. Learn more about Premium trips .

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Designed for those who want more inclusions, our Comfort trips offer a higher standard of accommodation, larger vehicles and more included activities. Learn more about Comfort trips .

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The classic Intrepid style. These trips include some activities and stay at more hotels than Basix trips—an ideal choice for those who want a taste of everything. Learn more about Original trips .

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For travellers on a budget, our Basix trips keep inclusions to a minimum. They’re about value and lots of free time to choose the activities and extras that you want to do.  Learn more about Basix trips .

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Authentic experiences with a local leader

It's all well and good sticking to the tourist trail, but anyone can Google that. We work exclusively with local leaders – because who better to show you the soul of a destination than someone who lives and breathes the culture? With insider knowledge of hidden hangouts, local legends and, most importantly, the dishes you won't find on the tourist menu, you'll go behind the scenes for a deeper, more culturally-rich experience.

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A small group of ready-made friends

Traveling solo is fun, but we think it's even better with a small group of like-minded travelers just as eager to explore as you are. Our trips are for people of all ages and from all walks of life, from the rookie backpacker straight out of uni to retirees on a mission to tick off everything on their bucket lists. The diversity keeps things interesting – not to mention the new perspectives to uncover, stories to share and friendships to forge.

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Safety, logistics and convenience

Traveling to a new place is exciting, but it can also be daunting. There's an itinerary to plan, accommodation to book and logistics to navigate – not to mention language barriers and border crossings. We're sure you could handle any situation, but it's reassuring to rock up and know that everything's been taken care of. Your leader will also keep you clued up on cultural do's and don'ts and help you avoid tourist traps so you can sit back and enjoy the ride.

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Pick your own style of travel

Whether it's for finger-lickin' food, the freedom of the mountains or rare wildlife encounters, people travel for different reasons. That’s why we’ve created a  range of travel themes and styles . From our Basix style with simple accommodation and plenty of free time to our Premium trips featuring our best stays, experiences and leaders (with our Original and Comfort styles in between), there's something to suit every Intrepid traveler.

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From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travelers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travelers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

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Who are Intrepid travelers?

Intrepid adventures are for travelers with a yearning to get off the beaten track. Whether you're traveling solo, with a group of friends, or are aged 18 or 70, there is an Intrepid adventure to suit your interests and comfort level. Each Intrepid adventure has a physical and cultural grading to help you decide if the trip is right for you. No special skills are required for most adventures, just a sense of adventure and a curiosity about the world. Even on our camping adventures no previous experience is required; our tents are easy to set up, even for first-time campers. 

Are there age restrictions on your trips?

For the majority of our trips the minimum age is 15. An adult must accompany all children under the age of 18. Our Overland Adventures have a minimum age of 18. Younger children can join us on our Family trips and Short Break Adventures, but check each trip for its minimum age, which is located on the trip’s overview page on the website. Most of our trips don’t have a maximum age limit, but a Self-Assessment Form is required for all passengers 70 years and over. 

How many people will be on my trip?

Good things come in small packages, which is why we keep our group sizes down. This means we’re small enough to remain flexible as we thread our way through communities without intimidating the locals. On most of our trips you’ll be part of an intimate group of 12-16 people, though our group sizes are on average 10 people. Our Overland trips are in purpose-built vehicles that can carry up to 24 travelers. Group sizes are displayed on each trip’s overview page on our website. 

I’m travelling alone – is that OK?

This is the beauty of the Intrepid style of travel: many of our travelers join because they are traveling solo and want to meet and share experiences with like-minded people.

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I have a disability – can I join an Intrepid trip?

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. We ask that you carefully consider whether you are physically and mentally able to complete the itinerary you have chosen, recognizing that on many trips you will be required to carry your own bags and use public transport.

Where we can we will make reasonable adjustments to the operation of our trips to facilitate the requirements of disabled travelers – such as booking ground floor accommodation, or having our leaders communicate important directions in writing as well as verbally. Many travelers with disabilities have been able to enjoy our trips by traveling with a friend or companion who can assist with specific needs. If joining a group trip is not practical we may be able to provide you with a private departure. Please contact our sales team for further information on any of our itineraries.

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Do I need to buy travel insurance?

Travel insurance is compulsory on all our trips if you’re traveling internationally. Minimum coverage may differ from trip to trip, so make sure you check the Travel Insurance section in your Essential Trip Information. You will not be permitted to join the group until your leader has sighted your insurance policy number and the insurance company's 24-hour emergency contact number – it’s really important there are no barriers to getting emergency assistance for you. 

Will I have my own room?

It's your call. Rooming on our trips is organized on a twin-share basis, but most of our trips also have the option to pay an extra fee for your own room. Just let us know at the time of booking and we'll arrange it for you. 

For twin-share rooms, we pair up solo travelers with another traveler of the same gender as per the gender marker on each of their passports. As a responsible tour operator, we strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. In the case that your gender identity differs from what's indicated on your passport, please contact us so that we can discuss rooming options with you. 

On a small selection of itineraries some accommodations are booked on an open-gender, multi-share basis. In those instances it will clearly be stated in your Essential Trip Information. 

How does group time work?

Whether you’re traveling alone or with a partner, our trips have a set itinerary. But within that there’s time set aside for your own exploration (if you want to – no pressure). Depending on how you're feeling, you may want to have some downtime, ask your guide for a few tips then head out alone, or hang out with the group and see where the day takes you.

What makes a small group tour better than a coach tour?

The main difference between a small group tour and a coach tour is the size of the group; our tours have 10 travelers each (on average) while coaches can hold up to 60 people. This means that you'll never have to vie for your leader's attention on a small group tour because you'll automatically have it.

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See Europe as the Europeans do this summer with these pro tips | Cruising Altitude

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Americans are heading to Europe for vacation as much as ever these days, and that means the typical tourist spots like Venice, Paris and London are sure to be crowded this year. But, because this is Cruising Altitude, we’ll look at the aviation angle first.

First and foremost: If you’re really determined to go to Europe this summer and haven’t booked yet, stop reading now and get on it. 

“I’ve never seen a year like this … We’re at the point where there’s no more availability,” Brigitte Armand, president of Eurobound , a tour organizer that specializes in European packages, told me. “Book as quickly as possible.” 

How to get around

According to Armand, trains are generally a great way to get from place to place within Europe, but for farther-flung stops, the continent’s network of low-cost airlines offers travelers a reliable alternative.

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“Don’t think of one airline as being your network and entry point within Europe,” Laura Lindsay, public relations director at online booking platform Skyscanner told me.

She said if you’re flying to Europe from the U.S., you may well rely on a large network carrier like British Airways, KLM, or Lufthansa to get across the Atlantic and then book your intra-European flights separately.

“You’re suddenly opening up Europe in a different way if you search for different airports and multiple airlines,” Lindsay said. “It’s pretty straightforward to get around, so don’t feel put off by jumping through a few different countries or trying a few different destinations.” 

Tips for European airlines

According to Lindsay, European low-cost carriers like Ryanair, Easyjet and Wizz Air often have stricter baggage policies like American ULCCs Spirit and Frontier.

“(The) top tip would be always make sure you understand the luggage allowance that is part of your ticket,” she said. “More often than not, don’t book the basic fare without checking.”

It’s also a good idea to be flexible with your airports and dates of travel if you want to get the best deals on those shorter flights.

“You’ll get a number of places that have more than one airport,” Lindsay said, noting that Skyscanner has a tool that allows travelers to search for flights to or from nearby airports when choosing a destination. “Just getting a map out and actually looking at where exactly you want to travel and where the nearby airports are.” 

Armand added that if you take the train instead, you may need to secure a reservation in advance, particularly for some of the more tourist-heavy routes like panoramic trains in Switzerland. 

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Where to go

If you really want to summer like a European, you should consider places a little more off the radar for most Americans.

“Albania is somewhere that broke through a couple of years ago as somewhere that people recognized as offering a huge value for money,” Lindsay said. “Sarajevo is reporting its busiest April on record for travelers.”

Armand said it can also be a good idea to try different parts of countries that are already popular if you want a more authentic, less crowded experience.

“We recently arranged a whole trip for some clients in the Abruzzo region of Italy,” she said. “The Abruzzo region, it’s on the Adriatic, people don’t know this region, and I think this is the first time ever we put together a package to get to that region.” 

Data from Skyscanner shows that some destinations in Europe are picking up in popularity with travelers on the continent. Here are some trends bubbling up year over year from 2023 to 2024:

◾ Ljubljana, Slovenia, saw a 188% increase in searches from Spanish travelers

◾ Tromso, Norway, saw a 130% increase in interest from Italian holidaymakers

◾ Dusseldorf, Germany, had a 122% spike in interest from Brits

According to Armand, the best last-minute availability seems to be in Eastern Europe, like Bulgaria and Poland.

“There are some good deals there perhaps, even the Czech Republic I’m finding some decent space,” she said.

So go on, get packing.

Zach Wichter is a travel reporter for USA TODAY based in New York. You can reach him at [email protected].


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Fans are following Taylor Swift to Europe after finding Eras Tour tickets less costly there

Thousands of Taylor Swift fans are following her across the pond after missing out on her U.S. concert tour last year or being put off by marked-up ticket prices.

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Taylor Swift fans drinking at The Black Dog in Vauxhall, south London, said they were there thanks to the track “The Black Dog,” in which the singer describes monitoring an unnamed ex’s visit “into some bar called The Black Dog,” through location share on her phone.

In this image taken from video, fans pose with a life-size image of Taylor Swift at a club that plays only Swift's music in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Tuesday, April 30th, 2024. Swift is scheduled to kick off the 18-city Europe leg of her record-setting Eras Tour on Thursday, May 9, 2024. There will be three shows in Stockholm. (AP Photo/Chisato Tanaka)

In this image taken from video, fans pose with a life-size image of Taylor Swift at a club that plays only Swift’s music in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Tuesday, April 30th, 2024. Swift is scheduled to kick off the 18-city Europe leg of her record-setting Eras Tour on Thursday, May 9, 2024. There will be three shows in Stockholm. (AP Photo/Chisato Tanaka)

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Taylor Swift fan Brodie MacArthur from east London poses with a friend’s dog next to a sign featuring Taylor Swift lyrics outside The Black Dog pub in Vauxhall, London, Saturday, May 4, 2024. As Taylor Swift prepares to launch the Europe leg of her blockbuster Eras tour, thousands of her fans from the U.S. and Canada are following her across the pond. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Drinks are prepared in the Black Dog pub, thought to be mentioned in a Taylor Swift song, in London, Saturday, May 4, 2024. As Taylor Swift prepares to launch the Europe leg of her blockbuster Eras tour, thousands of her fans from the U.S. and Canada are following her across the pond. Some Swifties decided to see Swift in one of the 18 cities on the pop star’s tour after noticing that tighter restrictions on ticket fees and scalping in Europe made seeing Miss Americana perform abroad less of a splurge. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

FILE - Taylor Swift performs at the Monumental stadium during her Eras Tour concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov. 9, 2023. Swift is scheduled to kick off the 18-city Europe leg of her record-setting Eras Tour on Thursday, May 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

In this image taken from video, Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, is shown on Wednesday, April 24th, 2024. Taylor Swift is scheduled to kick off the 18-city Europe leg of her record-setting Eras Tour, with three shows in Stockholm, on Thursday, May 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Chisato Tanaka)

In this image taken from video, Taylor Swift fans sing and dance at a nightclub event called ‘Ready for It’ that only plays Swift’s music in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Tuesday, April 30th, 2024. Swift is scheduled to kick off the 18-city Europe leg of her record-setting Eras Tour on Thursday, May 9, 2024. There will be three shows in Stockholm. (AP Photo/Chisato Tanaka)

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of ride-or-die Taylor Swift fans who missed out on her U.S. concert tour last year or didn’t want to buy exorbitantly priced tickets to see her again found an out-of-the-way solution: Fly to Europe.

The pop star is scheduled to kick off the 18-city Europe leg of her record-setting Eras Tour in Paris on Thursday, and planeloads of Swifties plan to follow Miss Americana across the pond in the coming weeks. The arena where Swift is appearing said Americans bought 20% of the tickets for her four sold-out shows. Stockholm, the tour’s next stop, expects about 10,000 concertgoers from the U.S.

A concert might sound like an odd raison d’etre for visiting a foreign country, especially when fans can watch the Eras Tour from home via the documentary now streaming on Disney+. Yet online travel company Expedia says continent-hopping by Swift’s devotees is part of a larger trend it dubbed “tour tourism” while observing a pattern that emerged during Beyoncé's Renaissance world tour .

Some North American fans who plan to fly overseas for the Eras Tour said they justified the expense after noticing that tighter restrictions on ticket fees and resales in Europe made seeing Swift perform abroad no more costly — and potentially cheaper — than catching her closer to home .

“They said, ’Wait a minute, I can either spend $1,500 to go see my favorite artist in Miami, or I can take that $1,500 and buy a concert ticket, a round-trip plane ticket, and three nights in a hotel room,” Melanie Fish, an Expedia spokesperson and travel expert, said.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz beams while holding up the so-called Taylor Swift bill he signed into law as lawmakers, First Avenue employees and online ticket buyers clap Tuesday, May 7, 2024, inside the First Avenue concert venue in Minneapolis. The law, prompted by the frustration a legislator felt at not being able to buy tickets to Swift's 2023 concert in Minneapolis, will require ticket sellers to disclose all fees up front and prohibit resellers from selling more than one copy of a ticket for live events held in Minnesota, among other measures. (AP Photo/Trisha Ahmed)

That was the experience of Jennifer Warren, 43, who lives in St. Catharines, a city in the Niagara region of Ontario. She and her 11-year-old son love Swift but had no luck scoring what she considered as decently priced tickets in the U.S. Undeterred, Warren and her husband decided to plan a European vacation around wherever she managed to get seats. It turned out to be Hamburg, Germany.

AP AUDIO: Fans are following Taylor Swift to Europe after finding Eras Tour tickets less costly there

AP correspondent Jennifer King reports Taylor Swift is heading to Europe, and her U.S. fans are following.

“You get out, you get to see the world, and you get to see your favorite artist or performer at the same time, so there are a lot of wins to it,” said Warren, who works as the director of research and innovation for a mutual insurance company.

The three VIP tickets she secured close to the stage — “I would call it brute-force dumb luck” — cost 600 euros ($646) each. Swift subsequently announced six November tour dates in Toronto, within driving distance of Warren’s home. “Absolute nose-bleed seats” already are going for 3,000 Canadian dollars ($2,194) on secondary resale sites like Viagogo, Warren said.


Hard-core fans trailing their favorite singer or band on tour is not a new phenomenon. “Groupie” emerged in the late 1960s as a somewhat derogatory word for the ardent followers of rock bands. Deadheads took to the road in the 1970s to pursue the Grateful Dead from city to city.

More recently, music festivals like California’s Coachella and England’s Glastonbury, and concert residencies in Las Vegas by the likes of Elton John, Lady Gaga and Adele, have attracted travelers to places they wouldn’t otherwise visit, Fish noted.

Travel and entertainment analysts have also spoken of a pent-up consumer demand for “experiences” over material objects since the coronavirus pandemic. Some think the willingness of music lovers to broaden their fandom horizons is part of the same mass cultural correction.

“It does seem like it’s more than a structural shift, maybe a personality transformation we all went through,” said Natalia Lechmanova, the chief Europe economist for the Mastercard Economics Institute.

As Swift hopscotches across Europe, Lechmanova expects restaurants and hotels to see the same boost that Mastercard observed within a 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) radius of concert venues in the U.S. cities she visited in 2023. The U.S. dollar’s strong value against the euro may also increase retail spending on apparel, memorabilia, beauty products and supplies for the friendship bracelets fans exchange as part of the Eras Tour experience, the economist said.

Former college roommates Lizzy Hale, 34, who lives in Los Angeles, and Mitch Goulding, 33, who lives in Austin, Texas, already had tickets to see the Eras Tour in L.A. last summer when they decided to try to get ones for Paris, London or Edinburgh, Scotland, too. They saw a Europe concert trip as a makeup for travel plans they had in May 2020 to celebrate Goulding’s birthday but had to cancel due to the pandemic.

Goulding managed to secure VIP tickets for one of Swift’s three Stockholm shows. He, Hale and two other friends scheduled a 10-day trip that also includes time in Amsterdam and Copenhagen.

“As people who enjoy traveling and enjoy music, if you can find an opportunity to combine the two, it’s really special,” said Hale, who is pregnant with her first child.


The local economic impact of what the zeitgeist has termed “Swiftonomics” and the “Swift lift” can be considerable . It’s no wonder the exclusive arrangement Singapore’s government made with Swift to make the city-state her only tour stop in Southeast Asia earlier this year aroused regional jealousy .

No European governments have complained of their countries not being among the dozen selected for the Europe leg of the Eras Tour, although some fans have expressed surprise that Gelsenkirchen, a city with a population of about 264,000 is one of the three cities in Germany that made the cut.

Airbnb reported Tuesday that searches on its platform for the U.K. cities where Swift is performing in June and August — Edinburgh, Liverpool, Cardiff and London — increased an average of 337% when tickets went on sale last summer.

Not to be outdone when it comes to trend-spotting, the property rentals company cited the demand as an example of “passion tourism,” or travel “driven by concerts, sports and other cultural events.”

In Stockholm , 120,000 out-of-towners from 130 countries -- among them 10,000 from the U.S. — are expected to swarm Sweden’s capital this month, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce Chief Economist Carl Bergqvist said. Stockholm is the only Scandinavian city on Swift’s tour, and airlines added extra flights from nearby Denmark, Finland and Norway to bring people to the May 17-19 shows, he said.

The city’s 40,000 hotel rooms are sold out even though prices skyrocketed for the tour dates, Bergqvist said. Concert visitors are expected to pump around 500 million Swedish kroner, or over $46 million, into the local economy over the course of their stays, an estimate that does not include what they paid for Swift tickets or to get to Sweden, he said.

“So this is going to be huge for the tourism sector in Sweden and Stockholm in particular,” Bergqvist said.

Nightclubs, restaurants and bars are seizing the opportunity to cater to fans with Taylor Swift-themed events, such as karaoke, quizzes and after-concert dance parties.

Houston resident Caroline Matlock, 29, saw Swift more than a year ago when the Eras Tour came to the Texas city. Now she’s making more friendship bracelets and trying to learn a few words of Swedish as she prepares to see the 3 1/2-hour show in Stockholm. The idea of seeing Swift in Europe was her friend’s, and Matlock needed some persuading at first.

“I was like, ‘I only want to go if it’s a country I haven’t been to. I’ve seen Taylor Swift,’” she said.

Visiting the Scandinavian cities of Oslo and Gothenburg is on their itinerary. The concert is the last night of the trip and Matlock looks forward to interacting with Swifties from other countries: “Americans tend to have a very obsessive culture, especially Taylor Swift-related, so I’m curious if the crowd will be more toned-down.”


It remains to be seen if the music tourism trend has legs as long and strong as Swift’s and Beyoncé's, and if it will carry over to Billie Eilish, Usher and other artists with world tours scheduled next year. Expedia’s Fish thinks other big-name artists in Europe this summer will prove that booking a foreign trip around a concert is catching on.

Kat Morga, a travel consultant based in Nashville, isn’t so sure. Morga saw Swift perform in Nashville last year and helped two clients with school-aged children book European family vacations this summer that include seeing Swift in concert. But she thinks the difficulty of navigating ticket purchases through language barriers, currency conversions, international banking regulations and the risk of cancellations will limit the appeal of regular gig getaways.

“I think this is an anomaly,” Morga said. “People aren’t typically going to build their $20,000 huge family vacation only because Taylor Swift is there. She’s the one-off. She’s special.”

Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel, whose company operates Booking.com, priceline.com, agoda.com, Kayak and OpenTable, is even less enthusiastic about concert tours as a tourism instigator. The Swift Effect causes a “little blip” when the superstar goes to smaller destinations, but for the worldwide travel industry, “one star touring around does not make a difference,” he said.

“It may just shift it a little bit. A person was going to go to the Caribbean for a week vacation. Instead that person (says), ‘Let’s travel to the Taylor Swift thing,’” Fogel said. “It doesn’t increase it. It just moves it from here to there.”

AP journalists Colleen Barry in Milan, Chisato Tanaka in Stockholm, Anne D’Innocenzio in New York, David Koenig in Dallas, Thomas Adamson in Paris and Brian Melley in London contributed reporting.

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Sustainability Efforts and Achievements of the 2024 Volvo China Open

In collaboration with the European Tour Group's 'Green Drive' initiative, the 2024 Volvo China Open carried out several activities to promote sustainability during the event. Collectively, these actions contributed to the tournament's resounding success for all who participated. Here are a few highlights from this year’s tournament.


Low-Carbon Transportation

The tournament promoted green, low-carbon travel, urging spectators to use public transportation, which in turn reduced carbon emissions. The organizing committee provided transportation for participants, caddies, players' families, staff, and media during the event. For commuting, 45 buses (13 are electric buses) and 18 Volvo EM90s, which are Volvo's first ever fully electric premium MPVs, were used. This initiative reduced the usage of petrol vehicles by over 6,760 kilometers.

Plastic Waste Reduction

The 2023 edition of the tournament marked the inaugural year of collaboration with Bluewater, Sweden's leading water purification technology firm. During this year's event, Bluewater expanded the number of water stations from 17 to 21, dispensing approximately 175,000 liters of water. This is equivalent to preventing the use of 350,000 500ml plastic bottles. After the tournament, the Shenzhen Hidden Grace Golf Club retained the Bluewater filling stations and continues to promote the use of reusable water bottles on the course.

Paperless Programming

The tournament continued its ‘paperless’ policy, eliminating the distribution of programs, promotional leaflets, and daily tee-off times to spectators. Instead, spectators used QR codes to follow the tournament's official WeChat account and mini-programs for up-to-date tournament information. As a result of this initiative, the administrative offices avoided using approximately 50,000 pieces of paper throughout the event.

Reusable Event Materials

The tournament utilized a wide variety of signage throughout the course, comprising billboards, signs, leader boards, and yardage boards. All of these were locally sourced and recycled for reuse in future events. Additionally, 18 greens flags, 156 caddie vests, 50 photographer vests, along with other materials, will be cleaned and reused. The 16,000 meter spectator ropes, 1,400 iron rods, 107 media center desks, 40 tents, 2,941 square meter aluminum alloy tent, 1847 square meter adjustable Leia frame platform, 450 person stand and other structural materials were disassembled and put into storage for next year’s tournament.

Waste Sorting

Dual-sorting trash bins were positioned at 18 spots throughout the course. These bins were all rented and then recycled after the tournament. The golf course produced approximately five tons of waste daily, which was sorted into appropriate waste and recycling categories. This process was rigorously monitored to ensure proper disposal practices.

Course Sustainability Certifications

The tournament venue, Hidden Grace Golf Club, was certified by the GEO Sustainable Golf Foundation in 2020 and it houses more than 340 types of plants and 72 bird species. After last year's successful solar energy project, Hidden Grace has been consistently enhancing the lighting throughout the course. In Phase I, they replaced 75-watt corn lamps with 21 LED 55-watt lamps and in Phase II, they installed 16 solar lamps in the mountain-side parking lot. These improvements save approximately 10,000 kWh of electricity annually.

Moreover, Hidden Grace repaired and replaced flood gates and repaired the rainwater ditches around golf course. This prevents flooding and increases water storage, adding approximately 40,000 cubic meters of water to the lake each year.

Green Catering

The tournament emphasized the use of local and seasonal ingredients, with a focus on low-carbon food. The organizers collaborated with the golf course to devise a meal plan that saved 80 kilograms of food. Disposable items, such as volunteer lunch boxes, were made from from recyclable and biodegradable materials.

Inclusivity and Accessibility

This year, the tournament organized a Golf Heritage Study Tour, giving spectators the chance to visit and learn at the Golf Heritage Museum. Groups from Shenzhen University, Dongguan Qinghu Golf College, Zhang Huilin Golf College, among others, participated in the event.

The Volvo China Open collaborated with Shenzhen TV Sports and Health Channel's "Little Journalist" program. The program was open to local primary and middle school students in Shenzhen. Sixty children from ordinary families registered, and fifteen were chosen to participate in the event. These children attended the tournament to watch and report on it, even those that had little prior knowledge of golf.

A total of 154 volunteers from the "Shenzhen Metro Volunteer Federation" offered their services at the tournament. These volunteers, comprising graduate students, engineers, managers, and retired housewives, came from various industries. They also served as ambassadors to promote golf in their communities.

The tournament further provided internships for 96 college students from Sun Yat-sen University, Nankai University, Beijing Sport University, the Shenzhen branch of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Shenzhen University of Technology. Interestingly, most of these interns had no prior experience with golf.

Community Legacy

The tournament created job opportunities for locals in Shenzhen, including employees from Shenzhen Hidden Grace. Additionally, it hired 88 security guards and 200 assistants. The event also boosted the local economy through significant material procurement and providing numerous hotel accommodations.

The China Golf Association, Guangdong Province, Shenzhen City, Longgang District government, DP World Tour, China Tour, Volvo Cars, and other sponsors created significant exposure for the region. The televised event alone reached a global audience of 600 million viewers.

Environmental Advocacy

The tournament issued five official press releases on sustainable development and conducted a special press conference on the topic. It frequently highlighted the European Tour Group’s ‘Green Drive’ initiative and its commitment to sustainable development. An informational wall was also set up at the tournament venue to educate visitors about environmental conservation. The media played an active role, publishing a variety of reports on green practices, environmental protection, and sustainable development. All these efforts aimed to foster societal consensus and encourage collective action.

Since our pledge to enhance sustainable development in 2019, the Volvo China Open has seen a wealth of positive outcomes across the past three tournaments. However, the task of advancing green practices and sustainable development is always ongoing. Guided by the European Tour Group’s ‘Green Drive’ initiative, our goal is to shape the Volvo China Open into a top-tier international golf tournament with a strong emphasis on sustainability.

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