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5 Unique Small Group Explorations Experiences in Europe

Alex Shaked
by Alex Shaked

July 30, 2021

3 minute read

Europe is opening its doors to visitors once more and it’s time to see the continent up close and personal! Our small group Explorations tours bring 14-24 travelers face-to-face with a country’s customs and culture.

From spending the night in a specialty accommodation, to participating in hands-on lessons from professionals of their crafts, to eating food unique to that destination, you’ll get the rare chance to experience Europe like the locals.

Here are five notable, immersive experiences you can take part in on our tours:

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1. Forage for truffles in Croatia

Forage for truffles in Croatia

Join a local family in Motovun and explore the forest on their property. Alongside their friendly dogs, find these rare, hearty mushrooms hidden below the rich, moist soil. In the afternoon, sit down and enjoy a truffle-inspired lunch on our tour A Taste of the Balkans.

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2. Rest in a glass igloo in Finland

Rest in a glass igloo in Finland

After an adventurous evening hunting the elusive northern lights, lay your head and get comfy in your own private glass igloo. These heated igloos bring the best of both worlds – the impeccable views of the Lappish wilderness as you drift off to sleep and the warmth of a more traditional room during your expedition for The Northern Lights of Finland.

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3. Taste lava bread in Iceland

Icelandic Rye Bread

Learn how the locals utilize geothermal energy to bake using nature’s most fascinating oven. The traditional Icelandic rye bread is baked underground by the heat of hot springs for a full 24 hours before you can take a bite on your Icelandic Adventure.

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4. Try your hand at the bagpipe in Scotland

Try your hand at the bagpipe in Scotland

On your visit to the National Piping Centre, meet a renowned piper who will give a rousing demonstration and lesson on the traditional Scottish wind instrument. When in Glasgow, you’ll get a chance to do as the Scots do and try playing the instrument yourself with the piper’s help on our tour Scotland: Isles of Lore and Legend.

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5. Nosh on hors d’oeuvres with a countess in Italy

Nosh on hors d’oeuvres with a countess in Italy

In Palermo, you will have a day rich with culinary delight. In the afternoon, peruse the fresh produce, spices and olives in the stalls of the Ballarò Market. In the evening, you’ll get the chance to meet a countess in a medieval palace. After touring her family’s home, she will join you for appetizers and tell you stories of Old World Sicily and Malta.

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