Intrepid Travel has launched six new Europe experiences to spread travellers further afield and avoid the clusters of overtourism that besets the continent.

Intrepid, the world’s largest adventure travel company, is always inspiring travellers to think outside the box and become more conscious and responsible when it comes to their next trip.

Right now, Intrepid is encouraging travellers to add some new and less crowded European destinations to the itinerary in 2020.

Here are six new European experiences to try next year:

 

Vodka and so much more in Poland

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With its medieval towns, rich cuisine, colourful culture and of course, world-class vodka, Poland is set to be the next big thing in Europe. To cater to growing interest in the country, Intrepid has launched two new tours including an eight-day Highlights of Poland trip taking in the country’s most iconic cities: Krakow, Warsaw and Gdansk, while a new 18-day Poland and the Baltics trip combines major Polish cities with some new gems in the north and the Baltic states.

 

Natural beauty and history in Ukraine

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Intrepid’s Highlights of Ukraine trip takes travellers off the typical trail to discover this Eastern European gem. HBO’s Chernobyl put the spotlight on this destination, but there is so much more to the country aside from its confronting nuclear history. With multiple departures from May 2020 to September 2020, this eight-day trip lets travellers experience the best of this far-flung destination including natural scenery, charming small towns and friendly locals.

 

A low-impact approach to Camino

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For a less-crowded, low-impact approach to the Camino, Intrepid is offering a Portuguese version. The 11-day coastal alternative starts in Porto before crossing the border into Spain to commence the trek. Travellers will pass through the seaside towns of Baiona, Vigo and Redondela before continuing the pilgrim trail onwards to Pontevedra, Caldas de Reis, Padron, and finishing in Santiago de Compostela. In between walking days the Portuguese Camino offers the chance to taste oysters in Arcade and visit a local Bodega on the way to Santa Marina to taste the wines of Galicia.

 

A new side to Morocco in Dakhla

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Largely inaccessible until only a couple of years ago, the Dakhla peninsula is an untouched paradise on the edge of the Sahara that’s seriously off the tourist radar. During Intrepid’s five-day Marrakech and Dakhla Adventure guests fly to the south of the country for an unforgettable beach and desert immersion including a 4WD adventure through the dunes, crystal clear beaches, the Bahia de Dakhla lagoon, fresh seafood and traditional Bedouin hospitality during a night under the stars.

 

Southern Spain beyond Seville

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While it’s hard to skip Seville on any visit to Spain, Intrepid has launched a new trip which combines the southern city’s cobblestoned streets and sun-speckled squares with the chance to delve deeper into the heart of Andalucia to find the real gems of the region. The eight-day Highlights of Andalucia trip includes a visit to tourist hot spots including the Alhambra Palace, the mountaintop city of Ronda and less-visited locations such as Grazalema National Park and the whitewashed village of Zahara de la Sierra. Highlights include an exclusive tour of a family-run Olive Oil Mill and the chance to see one of the most beautiful Moorish palaces in the world, Alhambra.

 

Portugal’s favourite places and best-kept secret

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Intrepid has released a new eight-day trip offering travellers the chance to soak up some Portuguese highlights and some of the destinations most hidden villages. Travellers will explore well known hot-spots Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra as well as exploring one of Portugal’s best-kept secrets, the Schist Villages. The new Highlights of Portugal offers the option to take a traditional cooking class with local residents in Schist Villages, includes an emotional Fado performance in Coimbra and wine tasting in the birthplace of fortified wine, Porto.

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