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5 offbeat Europe summer adventures

Published March 4th, 2015

Ahh, summertime in Europe. The Mediterranean sunshine is calling, the Balearic beats beckon, and the sangria overfloweth.  Summer is truly the time to get out there and discover Europe in all its glory, but if you want to get off the beaten path and discover some fresh European summer experiences (plus a cheeky 15 percent off Busabout Europe Hop-On Hop-Off loops), pack your bags and head off on an authentic trip with a like-minded crew. Here are 5 offbeat Europe summer adventures to savour.

 

Check out the Bosphorus Strait from Istanbul.

Ottoman trekking

Discover the eastern Balkan states on Busabout’s eight-day Ottoman Trek tour from the Croatian Coast to the heart of Istanbul, the gateway to Asia. Travel off the beaten track through Bosnia, Serbia and Bulgaria, as you discover the fascinating gypsy lifestyle, nightlife and history of this enchanting region. The tour ends in Turkey’s capital with a visit to the captivating Blue Mosque and the optional treat of a Turkish bath to relax and wind down after your epic trip and relive the incredible memories.

 

Short sleeves in Scotland - yes!

A Highland fling

Let’s face it, Scotland is probably not the first summer holiday destination that springs to mind when we’re talking European summer holidays, but it’s a real gem and if you’re going to visit, summer is the time to do it! Head off on Haggis Adventures' five-day Highland Fling tour to discover the charming Scottish history and culture of this wild region. You’ll visit a highland whiskey distillery (and sample the produce, of course), hike through the wilderness, visit ancient castles, try and spot Nessy in Loch Ness, and marvel at the jaw-dropping landscape on the Isle of Skye.

 

Your vessel awaits...

Sailing in Croatia

Bask in sapphire waters, uncover a unique cultural legacy, and awaken your taste buds to adventurous new flavours. Croatia is a dream destination by anyone’s standards, but Busabout’s Croatia Island Hopper trip will give you an unforgettable taste of coastal Croatia as you sail the beautiful Dalmatian Coast on a week-long sailing trip. Kick back and chill out aboard a vintage sailboat, cruising from island to island, past tiny walled cities and historic sights. By night, sample local delicacies and kick back under stars, or party till dawn in a Croatian cave bar. This is the stuff (summer) memories are made of.

 

Spanish wine battle

What could be more fun than immersing yourself in a local Spanish fiesta? Why, splashing yourself and friends with more than 50,000 litres of red wine of course! The annual Batalla del Vino (Wine Battle) festival is a rip-roaring party, and a favourite Busabout trip, which takes you to the heart of the action in Spain’s La Rioja region. The whole town is coloured purple in celebration of the local drop, and much consuming also takes place, naturally.  La Batalla happens at the end of June each year.

 

Lithuania's capital Vilnius will kickstart or end your adventure.

Bold in the Baltics

Summertime in Scandinavia is a wonderful thing. Think sun-drenched cobbled streets, stylish happy people, sexy architecture, and picturesque islands surrounded by the glittering blue Baltic Sea. On Busabout’s eight-day Scandi-Baltic Tour, you’ll get to know Sweden and Finland in all their glory, plus experience the Baltic jewels of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. This part of Europe oozes style and sophistication, and you’ll get stuck right in on visits to the UNESCO old towns, Baltic Sea cruises, steamy nightlife antics and bike riding through Stockholm.

 

Amy Dalgleish

Wanderlust pommie, currently living the dream in sunny Byron Bay.