Pizza in Italy, waffles in Belgium, fromage in France, bratwurst in Germany… Eat all the things on a Geckos jaunt through Europe.

It’s hard to know where to start in Europe.

Do you go with the famous sights, like the Eiffel Tower in Paris or Cesky Krumlov’s fairytale-like old town or Venice’s watery canals?

Do you immediately don your Sherlock Holmes cap and head out to find the coolest hidden bar or boutique gallery or underground club? Or do you pool your Euros, grab your crew of new buds (all aged between 18-29) and head straight to the nearest hotspots selling gelato/pasta/cream cake/waffles/cheese/croissants/beer/everything?

Never fear – on a Geckos adventure, you can do ALL of those things.

EUROPE WITH GECKOS

Accommodation in Europe

Cool accommodation in central locations

Because we don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn each morning to speed to the next destination, we get to stay in cool, artsy hostels in the heart of a city, not in campsites on the outskirts of town. This way, we’re perfectly placed to soak up them local vibes; and the sights, bars and bakeries are just a hop, skip and a slow cobblestoned stroll away.  

More trains, less buses

Although we take the occasional bus, we do most of our cross-Europe gallivanting by train. Why? Because trains are rad. They’re faster and comfier, not to mention way more European. You’re more likely to solve a mystery on a train, Agatha Christie-style, and less likely to vom from motion sickness. 

Small group tours

At Geckos, we like to keep things cosy, which is why we cap our groups at a max of 16. Not only does it make getting around easier, it also allows us to see stuff the big tour groups miss. We’re not 50 strangers crammed into a bus like sardines; on average, we’re nine new mates eating sardines on a Mediterranean cliff top (or pasta, if you think sardines are gross). 

Slow it down, baby

Europe can be overwhelming. There’s so much to see! It’s easy to jump from city to city like a cat on a hot tin roof, or to feel like you’ve ‘done’ Paris because you saw the Eiffel Tower from a distance. While our trips cover lots of destinations, we try to stay a few days in each so we can spend less time on transport and more time sinking our claws into the juicy stuff. Yeah. 

Travel made super easy

Travel with us, and there’s no need to sweat the logistics. We’ll give you plenty of time to do your own thing, but your leader will always be there to provide hot tips and directions to top-secret locations (the fun – not dangerous – kind). Which means you’ll have more energy to spend on deciding which flavour of vodka to try in Krakow. Cherry, chestnut, cinnamon…the struggle is real, guys.

Local everything

Why travel half way across the world and never really leave home? We like to tread lightly and do all of the things local: transport, restaurants and most of all, leaders. These legends were born and raised in awesome destinations all over Europe, so they know what’s crackin’. They’ll take you out of your comfort zone and help you meet real-life locals, while simultaneously having your back in all situations. Skillz. 

OUR EUROPE TOURS

Trip Name Days From USD
Totally Turkey

11

$905

Totally Turkey

11

$730

Berlin to Venice by Rail

15

$2,075

Italy by Rail

8

$1,245

London to Rome by Rail

31

$5,275

London to Venice by Rail

24

$4,070

Berlin to Rome by Rail 2017

22

$3,235

London to Berlin by Rail

10

$2,095

Complete Cappadocia

5

$445

Complete Cappadocia

5

$345

Turkey Tales

15

$1,265

Turkey Tales

15

$1,050

WHY WE LOVE EUROPE

  • Venice is like a dream; it’s your chance to sip prosecco, drift down grand canals on a gondola and dominate Instagram with scenes of impossible romance
  • Travelling in a smaller group of like-minded people (friends!) mostly by trains is the best way to get around
  • Soak up the smooth sounds of jazz at a low-lit bar in Prague, step into a real life fairytale in Cesky Krumlov, and gorge on the history, architecture and bohemian vibes of the amazing Czech Republic
  • Amsterdam has been developed with cyclists in mind, so the best way to see it is to hire a bike and hit the charming streets with your expert local leader (just watch out for those canals)
  • No Italian adventure would be complete without a visit to Rome. Enjoy plenty of free time to discover the ancient Colosseum, stroll through Vatican City and gaze up towards the gods inside St Peter's Basilica

 

Our destinations for Europe tours

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Totally Turkey, October 2016

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Essential Morocco, November 2016

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