Increasingly, “creativity” reigns as travelers head to Europe. The goal? It is not just a visit or a city break, it is a “transformative” Europe live.
For example, travelers seek to learn more about their family history through genealogy activities. Active travelers plan trips by bike or on foot through small villages while passing vineyards and stunning scenery. Visitors also seek to mingle with officials or specialists who can “add to the authenticity” of what they see or do. And finally, they often now settle in a destination as a “base” and take several day trips to add layers to their vacation.
Discovering the family heritage
Between 1830 and 1974, more than seven million emigrants left Bremerhaven, Germany for a new life in America. From now on, their descendants seek to go back and find “their roots”, according to Paul Barry, CEO, Avanti Destinations.
His company will set up tailor-made formulas for private parties or in small groups to discover the region and visit the German emigration center in Bremerhaven, once the largest emigration port in Germany. In a three-day sample “Bremen and Bremerhaven Regional Highlight (by train)”Itinerary, Avanti customers could spend a night in Bream and two nights in Bremerhaven, with opportunities to see sea views and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as visit the German Emigration Center.
Depending on customer desires, Avanti’s customizable inclusions could include private walking tours, entrance to this center, a choice of hotels, daily breakfast and more.
Or, in Spain, Avanti offers a “Spanish heritage“trip. During this customizable five-day itinerary, travelers could spend three nights in Madrid, two nights at Toledo and one night in Segovia, all with daily breakfast.
Travelers can set off in a private rental car to visit towns and places related to their family history. They can drive a compact rental car with manual transmission or, if they choose, upgrade to a larger, more luxurious vehicle with automatic transmission.
Joanne Gardner, Vice President of Global Operations, Tauck, explains that Jewish heritage is also a popular option. Tauck’s 14 days, escorted “Warsaw, Budapest, Vienna and Prague – Honoring Jewish Heritage » The route immerses guests in the cultural heritages and poignant stories of the Jewish communities visited.
Warsaw Poland // Photo by marchello74 / iStock / Getty Images Plus / Getty Images
For example, in Poland, visitors will see such Warsaw sites like the Ghetto Memorial, the Jewish Historical Institute, the Nozyk Synagogue and the Museum of the History of Polish Jews (POLIN). In Kazimierz, Poland, travelers explore the ancient Jewish Trimester, and will also visit the website of the Plaszow concentration camp Krakow, with a stop at that of Oskar Schindler factory. It is also time to honor the innocent victims at the poignant museum and memorial of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
During the time in Budapest, Hungary, Tauck’s guests will visit the Jewish quarter Dohany and Kazinczy synagogues, as well as Holocaust memorial, with private access, prayer and questions and answers with the rabbi at the Frankel Synagogue. A walking tour of Old City Bratislava provides insight into the Jewish Holocaust in Slovakia. Travelers will also explore the synagogue and Jewish Museum in Vienna, Austria.
In addition, during their stay at Prague, Czech Republic, the guests will visit the old Terezin concentration camp and see the Czech Republic National Martyr Memorial, themworn out ghetto and Josefov, the historic city of Prague Jewish neighborhood.
Dive into the eco-adventure
Increasingly, travelers, those who travel independently, those who take a tailor-made trip, or even those who take a guided tour, want to get out and feel like a part of the outdoors or maintain an all-around exercise program. while exploring. Personalization offers great opportunities to do this. Avanti Barry says about 10 percent of her group’s tours or extra activities are for some sort of outdoor activity, like hiking and biking.
Barry points out that this is especially evident when travelers visit country destinations, such as places in Switzerland, Iceland and Scandinavia.
Participatory activities are highly sought after by European travelers, and there are many unusual options. Guests traveling on Abercrombie & Kent‘s “Greece tailor-made – An active adventure ” don’t just see Athens‘ Zappeion, the first Olympic installation, they will gain first-hand experience by participating in sporting activities such as discus, javelin and long jump.
In addition, they can test their speed during a race at Panathenaic stadium, the only stadium in the world built entirely in marble. It was on this sacred track that the first modern Olympians competed in 1896.
During this A&K trip, active guests can also go sea kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking or trekking during the time spent at Nafplion, Greece. Whereas in Crete, an all-terrain Jeep safari will take guests along the Katharo plateau, winding on dirt roads and through the forest. The day also includes a short but difficult hike along Havgas Gorge.
Settle into a “base”, then explore beyond
Travelers who book a United Holidays city-stay package in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, will receive plane tickets and a stay in a hotel of their choice. United offers dozens of options, including the Hyatt Regency Belgrade, the Crown Square Belgrade or the Metropole Palace, a Luxury Collection hotel, Belgrade.
Belgrade is an ideal base for exploring other parts of Yugoslavia. // Photo by mareandmare / iStock / Getty Images Plus / Getty Images
While in Belgrade, travelers can explore the city’s main sights, but many who stay for several days will likely leave the city as well. Increasingly, tour operators are saying travelers want to expand their reach to discover any country. For example, just 45 miles from Belgrade is Pozarevac, Serbia. Art lovers should head to the magnificent memorial gallery with a focus on the famous deceased Serbian painter, Milena Pavlovic Barili. Visitors can browse his paintings, personal library, furniture and personal items.
For history buffs, Pozarevac is home to the Pozarevac National Museum, founded in 1895 and a marvelous treasure trove of historical artifacts from prehistoric, ancient, medieval and more modern eras.
A highlight is seeing the Roman coins, pots and weapons from the museum of the ancient (and nearby) Roman city of Viminacium, located on the outskirts of Porzareva. While this ancient site is still being excavated, visitors can see ruins such as the amphitheater, a north gate, public baths, and a mausoleum.
Ljubljana is a base for further exploring Slovenia. // Photo by katso80 iStock Getty Images Plus Getty Images
Alternatively, customers who travel with Pleasant vacations at Ljubljana, Slovenia, using this city as a “base”, can enjoy a hotel stay at InterContinental Ljubljana, but then go on day trips as the luxurious property is not only close to town Old City but also close to Ljubljana station.
Pleasant Holidays’ arrangements for Ljubljana will include travel arrangements such as airline tickets, hotel stays and car rentals, as desired by guests. You can organize day trips to Slovenia on site at your leisure. Local options include a 12-hour excursion from a local tour operator (with hotel pickup for guests) that will take visitors to Vintgar Throat, Bled, Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle.
Adding authenticity to tours
The fortifications of Dubrovnik are among the sites visited on Tauck’s “Croatia to Venice” itinerary.
Travelers seek more authentic experiences when traveling to Europe: they don’t just want to see things, they want to meet the locals; they want to go “practically” or talk face to face.
How about a chance to meet Croatiais the former Minister of Tourism? Gardner of Tauck underlines this element within 13 days of his business, “Croatia in Venice”Land program, which visits Croatia, Italy, Montenegro and Slovenia. She describes this route as “unique and often off the beaten track” and “without crowds”.
Separately, Tauck’s guests have the chance to meet a renowned Italian mountaineer, which will certainly allow the 13-day tour guests “Ultimate Alps and DolomitesTo check the “authenticity” box of their trip.
This guided tour crosses Munich, Germany; Innsbruck and Salzburg, Austria; and Lucerne, Switzerland, as well as Alpine villages and towns such as Bolzano and Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, and Oberammergau, Germany. Guests will also get to sample ‘authentic tastes’, such as a Swiss cheese-making demonstration and lunch with a tour and schnapps tasting at a 400-year-old farmhouse.
Or on Luxury goldis 12 days “Ultimate Italy”Guided tour this summer, guests will spend the eighth day in the company of a professional chef and discover the secrets of Tuscan cooking during an authentic culinary master class. Yes, this one exudes authenticity not only for the chef but because it is installed in the former hunting lodge of the Medici family.
Whether customers are traveling to the destinations mentioned above, or Portugal, Iceland, Finland, Belgium, Estonia, in Sweden or other European countries, experts say they are looking for this kind of “son” for “creative exploration” during their next vacation in Europe.
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