Escape the Crowds: Embark on an Exclusive Winter Group Journey

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From Budapest’s Christmas market to Norway’s midnight sun, these exclusive group excursions create lasting vacation memories.

ADVERTISEMENTImagine enjoying a meal with your grandparents under Norway’s midnight sun or discovering the fabled city of Troy with your nieces and nephews.

Inter-generational travel has been increasing in popularity as families seek to reconnect following the COVID lockdowns. As a response to this demand, customized travel company Black Tomato has witnessed a 35 percent surge in private group bookings in 2022 compared to 2019. Now, they are introducing over 30 unique travel experiences designed for friends and families to embark on together.

Are you ready to embark on a remarkable and unforgettable ? Here are some of the top group travel adventures in Europe.

Indulge in a meal under the midnight sun in the Lofotens, Norway

Imagine yourself on a secluded beach located on an uninhabited island in the Lofotens - the Norwegian archipelago that served as inspiration for the picturesque landscapes in the Disney film 'Frozen.'

In this enchanting locale, a team of world-renowned culinary experts will prepare a beachside barbecue for you and your loved ones to savor.

This high-end private retreat is part of **Black Tomato**'s newest assortment of 'See You in the Moment' experiences, set to launch on October 12th.

This multi-day escapade can be customized to include activities such as hiking, kayaking, surfing, RIB boat excursions, and cold-water immersions - catering to both adventure enthusiasts and gourmet connoisseurs.

Other European journeys featured in the luxury travel company's latest lineup encompass a celebration of Celtic New Year in the Scottish Highlands - complete with whiskey tastings and Highland Games - as well as candlelit dining inside Iceland's Thrihnukagigur volcano accompanied by a private guide who is a volcanologist.

Experiences spanning the globe feature activities like rafting through Peru's Sacred Valley and discovering a different aspect of Thailand's renowned Songkran festival.

Savor wine with your loved ones in France's Loire Valley

Wine tasting excursions might exude romance, but they're not exclusive to couples in love.

Indulge sustainably in a rail escapade in France's Loire Valley with No Fly Travel Club.

Perfect for a lengthy weekend with companions, their three-night schedule includes a homemade wine-tasting feast with picturesque sunset vistas, along with visits to local artisanal producers and a personal wine-tasting experience on foot or electric bicycle.

You'll reside at La Grande Maison, an environmentally conscious castle just south of the historic town of Saumur. The journey encompasses round-trip trains, transfers, luxury accommodations, breakfast, two homemade dinners, a private day of tastings with lunch, and more.

Without the liquid restrictions of air travel, you'll even have the opportunity to bring a few bottles back home with you.

Embark on a Christmas exploration of central Europe

Does your family fully embrace the Christmas spirit? Elevate the festivities with a rail-hopping journey through central Europe's holiday markets.

Board the Eurostar in London to Munich, Germany via Cologne. From there, you can hop on the Kalman Imre sleeper train to Budapest, Hungary, where you can immerse yourself in the holiday ambiance at one of Europe's finest Christmas markets.

On the way back, continue the merriment with stops in Prague in the Czech Republic, Krakow in Poland, Berlin in Germany, and Brussels in Belgium. To fully capture the shimmering trees, mulled wine, and gingerbread delights, travel between December 2nd and 23rd.

ADVERTISEMENTIf the idea of organizing all that makes you lightheaded, flight-free travel company Byway has you covered with its 12-day Central European Christmas Markets schedule, including transportation, lodging, and assistance along the way.

Experience lively history in Turkey

Turkey has it all: affluent history, breathtaking scenery, bustling marketplaces, and delectable food. Encounter it all on G Adventures’ Best of Turkey trip, an eight-day adventure commencing and concluding in Istanbul.

Delve into recent history at the WWI battlefield of Gallipoli before immersing yourself in Greek legends in the ancient cities of Troy and Ephesus. Unwind in the mineral-rich thermal waters of Pamukkale’s white cliff springs before returning to Istanbul to explore its marketplaces, mosques, and tearooms.

With comfortable lodging, a combination of private and mass transit, and some gentle walking, this trip is suitable for all age groups.

Cycle Portugal's Atlantic coast

Portugal's breathtaking Atlantic coast is bordered by pine forests, fishing villages, and bird-filled lagoons. Discover it with the wind in your hair on a bicycle trip from Porto to Lisbon.

ADVERTISEMENTConcerned that you're not up to the challenge? Responsible Travel's eight-day trip covers daily distances of approximately 45km on paved roads and flat terrain - perfect for a relaxed social ride.

On this adventure, groups of eight or more can pass by the sand dunes of Sao Jacinto Natural Reserve and spend a night in Obidos, renowned for its medieval castle – stopping for Portuguese pastries along the way.

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