Not too keen on the idea of spending all your valuable travel time indoors? Never fear! There are plenty of adventure outings to enjoy in between the museum visits. Take this time to spice up your adventure with something a little more daring. Here are a few of our favourite adrenaline pursuits in Europe:
Skydiving in Switzerland
This is one of the best ways to experience the country’s scenery. A scenic flight takes you over the Swiss Alps and beautiful lakes. Then you jump from the plane with a trained instructor and free fall for 45 seconds at a whopping 200 kph. Once the parachute opens, you’ll enjoy four to five minutes of floating over some of the most beautiful terrain in Europe. You can also take home photos and video footage of this amazing 3-in-1 adventure.
Skiing in the Swiss Alps
It doesn’t get more iconic than this! The Swiss Alps is a skiing enthusiast’s dream. Think perfectly manicured slopes against a picture-perfect backdrop. This area is known for its exceptional snowfall. The country also has some of the best instructors in the world, so newbies are in safe hands. If skiing is not your thing, you could always try sledding or snowshoeing. The options are endless!
Scuba diving in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Croatia is renowned for its diving sites. The waters around Dubrovnik are especially beautiful. Here you can see some of the Adriatic sea’s most fascinating fauna and flora. The water is also especially clear, so it is easy to spot the marine life. There are beginner’s courses, and options for experienced divers. All equipment can be rented, so it’s great for travellers.
Trekking & wildlife-watching in Scotland
If you like the challenge of a good trail, the Isle of Skye is a great place to be. There are a wonderful variety of treks that will test your endurance. It’s mostly muddy, steep and rocky – just how experienced hikers like it! You can also enjoy a Scottish wildlife experience. Go whale-watching from a boat, or spot sea eagles and phalaropes on a guided tour of the Outer Hebrides.
Snorkelling in Greece
The islands of Mykonos and Santorini are snorkelling havens. Party because of the warm, crystal clear waters, and partly because of the abundance of marine life. Oh, and did we mention shipwrecks? There are plenty to explore! Find a sheltered bay where you can snorkel by yourself, or find a local guide to take you out. The Greek Islands have many dive schools. The professionals know the area and will take you to the best spots.
Cycling in Amsterdam
It may not exactly be an extreme sport, but a cycling outing is a good way to enjoy an active day out in Amsterdam. The city is built for cyclists. In fact, at 800 000+ there are more bikes than people! There is also a great network of bike paths and cycle routes. Plus, it’s nice and flat, so cycling is a breeze. Explore the highways and byways by yourself, or join a guided tour for a dose of active culture.
Abseiling in London
When you think abseiling, odds are you’re thinking ‘cliff face in the wild’. We’ve got news for you! You can now abseil in the middle of London. No kidding. In fact, Wire & Sky offers the UK’s highest free-fall abseil from the UK’s tallest sculpture. That’s 80 meters of terrifying fun! It’s also a completely novel way to see the city’s attractions like Wembley Stadium and St Paul’s.
These are just a few of the pulse-raising adventures you can include on your Europe coach tour holiday. On Expat Explore tours, we always give our guests plenty of time to uncover each destination on their own. This means you can tailor your trip to include all your favourite activities. Once you’ve booked your trip, take a look at your free days. Your tour leader will help you find an outdoor adventure that suits your style!