Whether you want to see more of the world, have a life changing experience, or simply create lasting memories with those you love, we’ve got you covered.
If you’re looking for a European getaway with a difference then check out our top 10 once in a lifetime experiences:
Visit The Most Iconic Castle In Scotland
Taking pride of place on the shores of Loch Fyne since the 1400s, Inveraray Castle is a unique piece of architecture that provides a fascinating historical insight into one of Scotland’s most famous castles. From the opulent state dining room to the French influenced drawing room adorned with original Beauvais tapestries, the castle tour is nothing short of spectacular.
After exploring the divine interior, wander through the recently opened gardens and woodlands, before finally retreating to the traditional tearooms where you can indulge in a mouthwatering menu using the best local ingredients.
To make the most of your trip to Inveraray Castle stay at the Crear Estate in Argyll. Offering an inspirational and stylish space within a breathtaking landscape, this estate provides unrivaled views and pure tranquility for your magical getaway.
Experience Lisbon Like a Local
If you would like to see the unique and unusual aspects of the Portuguese city of Lisbon then what better way to get a behind the scenes look than to take a tour with the ‘We Hate Tourism Tours’ team?
Their quirky and youthful approach takes visitors in and around the cities more unconventional sights, and not in a boring tour bus but in retro vans and vintage open top Portuguese 4x4s. You can go on an urban adventure with the ‘king of the hills’ tour, and even take an exciting river cruise.
For the ultimate Lisbon travel experience, a stay in the Casas Na Areia (houses in the sand) will provide the perfect base to relax, unwind, and soak in the picturesque landscape.
Ramble Through The Gothic Quarters in Barcelona
Get lost among the narrow streets and discover a new plaza around every corner as you traverse your way around Barcelona’s famous Gothic Quarters. Visit the world renowned Guadi cathedral and prepare to be blown away by the awe inspiring architecture.
Most of the quarter is closed to regular traffic with many small streets opening out into squares, each one with their own unique character and draw. Explore the boutique shops and charming cafes in the bustling Placa Reial, or escape the noise and relax while listening to local musicians playing in the Placa del Rei.
When it comes to finding the perfect accommodation, forget about settling for an average hotel. Opt for a luxury villa like the Almiral de la Font instead and enjoy Barcelona as it was meant to be experienced - in style.
Hike Along Europe’s Most Beautiful Canyon
The Verdon Gorge in south east France is considered to be Europe’s most beautiful canyon, and with startling turquoise waters flowing through 700 meter deep limestone ravine it’s not hard to see why.
Due to it’s close proximity to the French Riviera, the gorge is a popular tourist destination for those looking to uncover the true beauty of this paradisaical part of the world. Take a drive around the rim, rent kayaks to travel on the river, or hike through the ravine for unparalleled panoramic views.
The Maison d’Ulysee is the ideal base for enjoying the Verdon Gorge. Whether spending a romantic weekend or getting away with friends or family, this prestige guest house offers a rejuvenating environment.
Live Like a King in Grosseto
The Castello De Vicarello is a magnificent 900 year old castle perched atop a hillside in the stunning Tuscan valleys, offering guests the opportunity to experience the high life. Surrounded with olive groves, flower gardens, manicured lawns, and paved courtyards with medieval flagstones, it’s a timeless romantic hideaway with an heir of elegance and grace.
The unique ambiance of the castle is combined perfectly with its luxurious amenities to provide you with an unforgettable experience. There’s simply no better place to rejuvenate body and mind as it even comes complete with a private sauna, swimming pool, and massage suite.
Experience the Breathtaking Blue Caves in Greece
The Greek Islands are renowned for their stunning rugged coastlines and ocean views, but none compare to the breathtaking natural phenomenon of the blue caves in Zakynthos. In the northern most tip of the island, below the famous Skinari lighthouse, you can ascend down the cliff steps and take a boat ride to experience the stunning illumination of the crystal clear water and white cave walls.
Hire a private yacht and you’ll be able to tour the coastline at your leisure, swimming, sunbathing, and soaking in the scenery as you go. Mid morning is the best time to visit the caves as this is when the sun is brightest, and the caves are at their most impressive. To ensure your entire trip to the island is as beautiful and inspiring as the blue caves, book a stay in the Deep Blue Villa.
Get a Birds Eye View of the Spectacular Baix Emporda Region of Spain
There is no better way to see the sights of the Girona countryside and coastline than with a stunning hot air balloon trip across the Baix Emporda region. While up in the air, you get to experience a completely new perspective of this beautiful area overlooking the Mediterranean coastline.
You’ll see the Medas Island Nature Reserve, Bay of Pals, Montgri Castle, Ullastret ruins, and many traditional Spanish villages and towns. Trips can be taken all year round, with each season offering its own unique scenery and charm.
If you’re looking for the perfect place to stay while visiting the region, nothing compares to the splendor of the 14th Century Can Bassa manor house which combines traditional Catalan hospitality with all the modern luxuries you could wish for.
Tantalize Your Taste Buds With Italy’s Finest Wine
The Chianti region is one of the most beautiful and famous areas in Tuscany. With miles and miles of sprawling vineyards that color the landscape with different hues throughout the seasons, thousands of visitors are attracted to this area every year.
With big, small, old and new, the selection of wineries in Chianti allow you to experience the real allure of this historic landscape. With hundreds of different wines to taste, it’s hard to know where to start. Just 3 km outside of Greve stands the ancient Castello di Vicchiomaggio, a castle immersed in 130 hectares which produce an outstanding Chianti Classico wine, and offers custom made wine tasting tours on request.
After you’ve had your fill of wine for the day head back to a beautiful 16th century villa and relax poolside as you watch the sunset over the olive grove at the Il Palagio.
Ski the Spectacular Slopes of the French Alps
The French Alps are home to some of the most amazing and unique ski resorts in the world, and Combloux is a quintessential French Alpine village if you’re looking to combine luxury and adventure. Hit the slopes all day, and when you’re ready to hang up your boots you can enjoy the delights of the warm and friendly atmosphere in the local bars and restaurants, all the while surrounded by stunning views of the famous Mt Blanc.
If you’re looking for the perfect place to stay while in the area, Chalet One Oak redefines alpine luxury. From the amazing panoramic views to the designer kitchen and stylish bedrooms, this villa will not disappoint.
Base Jump Onto Shipwreck Beach
If you’re an adrenaline junkie looking for your next greatest thrill then head to Zakynthos Island for the Summer BASE Jump Boogie event, where the best athletes in the world make more than 300 jumps in 5 days.
With amazing white soft sand and crystal clear blue waters, this extraordinary cove has become a prime meeting point for sports fans everywhere. The jump point is situated on the edge of a huge vertical limestone cliff overlooking the bay at 200 meters high. Once you make the leap you have about 2-5 seconds to pull the chute before landing safely on the beach.
Once you’ve landed back on solid ground recharge your energy at The Palace Villa at The Blue Caves with a dip in the large, curved pool and hydro massage area.
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