The Best Things to Do on a Group Trip with Friends
There’s something special about a trip with friends. It’s the perfect opportunity to relax, reconnect, and share new experiences. With that in mind, here are six top destinations to enjoy with friends.
Go Wine Tasting in Europe
For most wine lovers, France is the place to visit. Not only are the wines sublime, but you'll also enjoy some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Italy is the only country that rivals France for the title of Best Old World Wines. In total, Italy boasts 20 separate wine regions. You'll want to try wine from each of the renowned regions.
Visit France for the Variety of Wine
While in France, enjoy wines from the regions that many consider the best in the world. Try Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Burgundy, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in Bordeaux, Rosé in Provence, and Syrah in the Rhône Valley.
Insider tip: When you get home, serving wine from the Rhône Valley never fails to impress. Invite friends for dinner, sip from a lovely bottle, and share stories from your time in France!
Go to Italy for The 'Big Reds'
In general, the Tuscany region is most prized for its winemaking - and those tannic and bold "Big Reds" thrive here. The region is famous for its Chianti, and you should try as many as possible while there. You'll also want to try Prosecco in Veneto, Barolo in Piedmont, Franciacorta in Lombardy, and Nero d’Avol in Sicily. Taste all the vino you can as you enjoy beautiful Italy, with visits to Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, and Lake Maggiore.
Explore the Mediterranean
If you want to relax together, you'll want to visit destinations with coasts on the Mediterranean, like Spain, Croatia, Greece, and Monaco. For sunny days and spicy nights, Spain is the place. Siestas, sangria, the smell of orange blossoms in the air - there's no other place like Spain.
Eat Your Way Through Spain
NO trip through Spain is complete without sangria and stuffing yourself on tapas - the famous Spanish finger foods. The best place to wind your way through a tapas meal is in Seville. Take to the markets together and try to taste all the varieties of tapas that you can.
Go to Greece for the Islands
White sand beaches, aquamarine water, hillside villas overlooking the sea, and a Mediterranean breeze blowing through your hair, the sun-kissed Greek isles are a magical girls’ getaway destination. Explore the ancient treasures of Athens, then go island-hopping from Mykonos to Santorini to Crete and beyond.
Enjoy the Natural Wonders of Croatia
Croatia is a stunning place to visit. As a group of friends traveling together, there's no better place to find almost everything you want in a vacation destination. There are pristine beaches, fresh and modern cuisine, museums, history, ancient sites, and so many outdoor activities to enjoy. Plus, you can explore Plitvice National Park together. One of Europe’s great natural wonders, travelers from across the world come to stroll along wooden boardwalks taking in the cascading waterfalls, bright green ponds, and interconnected lakes.
Explore Ancient Ruins & Get Outside
Are your friends a bunch of history buffs, birders, or nature enthusiasts? Do you all want to experience something truly new together? The Pyramids of Giza, the Nile, ancient temples, iconic antiquities, and the Sphinx - if your friends are history buffs, there are many reasons to visit Egypt. Or step back in time at Machu Picchu, explore Inca treasures, wild landscapes, and ancient legends on a trip to Peru together. For bird lovers and nature enthusiasts, Costa Rica is the place to be. Over a quarter of the country's lands are protected areas, and with over half a million species, it’s one of the world’s most biodiverse countries.
Explore the Temples & Tombs of Egypt
You'll want to go to the Valley of the Kings, the site of the ancient pyramids that rise from the Sahara Desert. You'll also find the Great Sphinx here, which is one of the most recognizable statues the world over! With some of the most famous ancient sites and artifacts world-round, it's no wonder Egypt is the place to go if you're a history buff.
Go to Peru for the Culture & Ruins
Visiting Lima, Peru’s capital city, gives you a firsthand understanding of contemporary Peruvian culture that will enrich your time in Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire. Spend time in the Sacred Valley in the Andes before taking an excursion to the mystical “lost city” of Machu Picchu.
Nature Lovers Thrive in Costa Rica
Ready for a real (eco) adventure with friends? Costa Rica is an explorer’s dream. With luscious tropical rainforests, wildlife habitats, cloud forests, crater lakes, and palm tree-lined beaches, you can all go ziplining, traverse hanging bridges, hike volcanoes, and see more plant and animal species than you ever thought possible!
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