Europe as a general rule, is a pretty well trodden continent. Pictures of the architecture, landscape, and coastline are never that unfamiliar – even if you have never seen them for yourself. As such, it can be easy to get drawn into ticking as many off as you can, in as short a time as possible. But Rome wasn’t built in a day and with more Greek islands than days in the year, we have a better idea – exceptional guided experiences.
A guide has an incredibly important job and European guiding is all about focusing on what is most interesting and important to you. You want a history lesson – we know the specialist. After some action – we know the mountain guide. Eager to keep the children happy – we know the perfect pizza chef. We have arranged hikes to see brown bears in Romania, treasure hunts around St Marks Square for families, and access to Spanish wineries not open to the public.
Perhaps my most special guided experience was through Swedish Lapland. By cross country ski, we ventured across the frozen lake and into the forest to the spot where my guide as a child used to call for moose. Moose call mastered, cross country skiing only mildly improved, we headed back to camp. As the thermometer headed towards -30°C my guide taught me how people can survive, and thrive, in such extreme environments. Then as the abundant silence of Lapland settled around us, we enjoyed a feast of foraged goods and were rewarded with the Northern Lights, Milky Way and more shooting stars than I have wishes.
For me, seeing space or place through the eyes of a local specialist guide is a privilege. Passion fuels passion and you can return home feeling smug about what you have learnt and understood about a place, that a photo or audio guide could never. We are proud of the guiding network we have built so whether you want to hone in on the Royal family in London, archeology in Sicily or King Crab fishing on a frozen lake in Norway – we know just the person.