Slow Travel Europe

Let’s go slow, real slow. Swap your planes for trains, choose two wheels over four, or drop the wheels entirely and strike out on your own two feet; that’s what Slow Travel is all about. Escape from the hurried state of real-life and sink into a wonderfully relaxed state of mind - where every moment is unhurried and purposeful - and don’t be alarmed when you ask yourself, ‘why have I never travelled like this before?’. Slow Travel is having a moment right now and we are pretty sure it will be a long-lived moment, here are some of the best ways to go slow when in Europe.

When it comes to slow travel in Europe, our experts are fantastic at creatine bespoke itineraries that take the worry and the hurry (see what we did there) out of your European adventure. The quintessential mode of the go-slow-club is the train, and on a continent that's almost entirely connected by train tracks, is a perfect place for a slow trip, train-style. Climb aboard in London and head to Spain - stopping off en-route to sip some wine in Bordeaux, naturally - before cruising to the gourmet capital of Europe: San Sebastian in the Basque Country. Alternatively, you might fancy becoming a Nordic nomad, taking things slow on a train trip to Scandinavia, stopping off everywhere from cool city Copenhagen to the untouched nature of the Norwegian Fjords.

There is always the option to go even slower and to use your own steam-power - in which case, e-biking in the Dolomites is a seriously scenic slow adventure as you bike your way between high-altitude towns to restaurants in the clouds. It's not all on-land activities when going slowly, so swap land for sea and take it easy kayaking through the calm waters of Croatia. Paddle from island to island, with an expert guide, exploring the stunning Dalmatian Coast and re-fuelling with delicious food, along the way.

Add in a smattering of charming, luxury hotels and our helpful in-country Concierges to look after your every whim and you have yourselves a stress-free, wonderfully slow holiday. From its stress-reducing abilities to the environmental benefits of travelling at a slower pace, getting where you are going in Europe has never been more relaxed, elegant or guilt-free. So what are you waiting for? Let's get going… slowly, of course.

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Harriet, Arran, Kate L and Charlotte H are our 'Slow Travel Europe ' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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