Small Group Travel

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Small group travel is a great way to experience both foreign countries and unexplored areas of home. Maybe you're entertaining the idea of a bicycling trip through the Netherlands or Tuscany, of hiking through the Algarve in Portugal or along the Galician and Basque coasts of Spain. Whether a convivial gathering of strangers enjoying similar interests, or a group of friends out for adventure, small group travel offers a number of benefits.

Small Group Travel: a Few Ideas

Holidays focusing on local cuisine and wine are especially good candidates for small group travel. Think of how much more enjoyable a meal is when eaten in company. Meals are as much a social occasion as anything else. You might be cooking over a campfire on your way up to the heights of Machu Picchu in the Peruvian Andes, or with a companion at a street side Parisian cafe, or picnicking along the Arno outside Florence.

Think about activities you particularly enjoy or think you might but haven't gotten around to trying. Snorkeling off the Great Barrier Reef or, closer aboard, in the Caribbean off Belize is a great activity for small groups of adventurers. You might want to combine bicycling or hiking with gastronomy and vineyard exploration. This is a great way to explore the countryside and develop a real sense of the wines you'll enjoy in later years.

If you're interested in art, architecture, or interior design, you have countless options. You might want to consider the Romanesque churches of northern Spain, the red-tiled buildings of Florence, or the medieval architecture along the Romantic Road in Germany's Bavaria. The island of Sicily offers a marvelous variety of ruins and buildings from the classical Greek period through the Saracen and Norman eras.

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