There are countless natural wonders in Europe, a continent filled with natural beauty worth taking the time to discover.
Corsica, a mountain range rising out of the Mediterranean is ruggedly good looking; The Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia features 16 interconnected lakes and around 100 waterfalls; The Northern Lights, visible in Finland provide a swirling, surreal show; France is full of gorges, rivers and mountain ranges; The Meteora Rock Pinnacles in Greece rise above the valley and support precariously perched orthodox monasteries.
Geysers and hot springs are testament to Iceland's explosive past whilst the dolomites in Italy present a diverse selection of landscapes full of natural pinnacles, spires and sculpted towers. The Durmitor National Park in Montenegro boasts clear lakes and dense pine forests; the fjords in Norway are impressively sheer-sided, whilst the Lofoten Islands are a breath-taking archipelago offshore.
The Bialowieza Forest in Poland is a reminder of the wooded landscape that would have covered much of Europe at one time and there are countless dramatic mountainscapes in the Swiss Alps, although the Matterhorn retains the power to silence viewers. Tenerife in turn is home to some impressive volcanoes, whilst Turkey boasts dramatic landscapes in Cappadocia.
These are just a handful of the options available though. You can also tailor-make your natural world holiday in Europe by adding a city stay or excursion to your itinerary; talk to a destination specialist to see what we can do for you.
Our top itineraries for Europe Natural World Holidays
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Portugal's pousadas are similar to Spain's famous paradors – a network of state-owned hotels synonymous with the history, culture and traditions of their particular region.
Embark on an odyssey with this six day itinerary, visiting the famous Blue Lagoon, spotting whales, sinking into hot springs, absorbing the cities and admiring the landscapes of the less crowded Northern Iceland.
Enjoy a five-day coastal voyage of Noway's most scenic fjords, mountains as you sail with Hurtigruten from Tromsø in the arctic north to Bergen, gateway to the country's Western Fjords.
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Venture to the isolated Faroe Islands, between Britain's northern shore and Iceland. Embark on a four-day self-driving route, travelling from Vagar, through Bird Island and to the Vestmanna cliffs, ending in Torshavn. This short break is bursting with excursions and immersion in Faroe culture.
Top offers for Europe Natural World Holidays
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Book by: 23 April 2018
From castles, palaces, fortresses and monasteries, Portugal's Pousadas are spread throughout the country. The Explorer Passport provides five nights accommodation and breakfast using 17 of the most famous Pousadas throughout the country.
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This full-board, exploratory cruise will bring you through fjords and past remote islands to reach Norway’s historic towns, fishing villages and Arctic fun. Everything from dogsledding and snowmobiling to the North Cape and the Russian border is set under the Northern Lights.
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Book by: 31 October 2017
Located in the heart of rural Tuscany and within reach of the historical centres of Florence, Siena, Arezzo and Perugia, Lupaia occupies a lovingly restored farmhouse that oozes character and charm.
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Book by: 15 October 2017
From Porto’s charm both historic and daringly contemporary, dip into the Douro Valley’s world-class vineyards aboard The Presidential – Portugal’s most luxurious train. It’s all paired with Michelin-standard dining throughout.