Europe is one of the world's seven continents. Comprising the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, Europe is generally divided from Asia to its east by the water divide of the Ural Mountains, the Ural River, the Caspian Sea, the Caucasus region (Specification of borders) and the Black Sea to the southeast. Europe is bordered by the Arctic Ocean and other bodies of water to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the Mediterranean Sea to the south, and the Black Sea and connected waterways to the southeast. Yet the borders for Europe—a concept dating back to classical antiquity—are somewhat arbitrary, as the term continent can refer to a cultural and political distinction or a physiographic one.
Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering about 10,180,000 square kilometres (3,930,000 sq mi) or 2% of the Earth's surface and about 6.8% of its land area. Of Europe's approximately 50 states, Russia is the largest by both area and population (although the country covers both Europe and Asia), while the Vatican City is the smallest. Europe is the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of 731 million or about 11% of the world's population.
Holidays in Europe
Europe offers a feast of historic, and natural diversity. Between the countries of the former Soviet Union in the east, and the Atlantic islands of Iceland and Greenland in the west, we have European Adventure Holidays pretty much covered. All our trips are designed for those who want a little more of an experience than a week on a beach and for activity lovers there are endless possibilities; you can walk, cycle, mountain bike, canyon, climb, paraglide, trek, sea-kayak or dog-sled your way around Europe. As well as striving to give you, our customers, what you want, we also try to give something back to each European region or community we visit.
Why book an adventure holiday in Europe?
Our selection of European adventures offer you the opportunity to truly get off the beaten track and experience the beauty and excitement of the great outdoors only a short flight away. Choose from walking trips in inspiring mountain scenery, summer activity holidays in Europe where you can try your hand at kayaking, trekking, mountain biking and more, or a winter trip to have fun in the snow. Historic cities, ancient sites, local culture and cuisine all add to the experience on an adventure holidays in Europe.