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 ala the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Cesky Krumlov’s fairy-tale 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 do you pool your Euros, grab your crew and set out in search of the best gyros, gelati or waffles you can find?

No matter which way you go, Europe’s charmingly cobbled lanes will never lead you astray.  

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Our Europe Trips

Trip Name Days From ZAR
Italy by Rail

8

R16,215

Turkey Tales

15

R15,290

Berlin to Budapest by Rail

11

R16,740

St Petersburg to Budapest by Rail

13

R26,110

Totally Turkey

11

R9,015

Complete Cappadocia

5

R4,129

London to Berlin by Rail

10

R20,528

London to Rome by Rail

35

R77,755

Berlin to Venice by Rail

19

R34,770

London to Budapest by Rail

20

R36,511

London to Athens by Rail

30

R67,180

Budapest to Athens by Rail

11

R22,765

Budapest to Rome by Rail

16

R30,800

London to Venice by Rail

28

R59,590

Berlin to Rome by Rail

26

R50,545

Berlin to Athens by Rail

21

R41,070

Budapest to Venice by Rail

9

R16,088

St Petersburg to Venice by Rail

21

R38,825

HIGHLIGHT EXPERIENCES ON OUR Europe trips

Sunrise in Iceland

Plant a tree in Iceland

Check out the epic glaciers and fjord's while doing your part to preserve Iceland’s beauty by planting a tree with the Hvollsvöllur tree planting project. 

Tunnel of love, Ukraine

Check out the Tunnel of Lurrrve

Check out the Instagram famous Tunnel of Love near Klevan in Ukraine. Experience this unique landscape of luscious, green arches and industrial railway.  

Cycle around Lake Bled

Cycle around Lake Bled

The best way to see the stunning views surrounding this iconic lake is to cycle around it. Watch as the beautiful countryside glides by you, stopping for regular Instagram snaps.

Mercato Centrale, Florence

Eat like a local in Mercato Centrale

Hit up the Mercato Centrale (the central market) in Florence and order Florentine burgers or rigatoni pasta like a pro, with helpful foodie tips from our local guide.

Lake Balaton, Hungary

Visit Lake Balaton

Visit Hungary’s Lake Balaton, where you can sail across emerald waters, try your hand at windsurfing, or savour a lazy afternoon of wine tasting with your new friends.

Maekthalle 9, Kreuzberg

Grab a snack at Markthalle Neun

Eat like a local German at Markthalle Neun in iconic Kreuzberg, Berlin. Try local pastries, sausages, coffee and locally grown fruits and veg. Currywurst anyone?

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Our destinations for Europe trips

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. 

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

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