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Forget a new TV—here are 11 trending tours you can book during our Black Friday Event

Oct 21, 2021 by Kara Kramer

Every year, you probably see Black Friday deals on the latest fashion trends and massive plasma TVs—and we’re adding top travel savings into the mix! (What’s more valuable than making lasting memories as you experience the world? Think: exploring the Colosseum in Rome or seeing the aurora borealis in Iceland.) Without further ado, here are 11 trending tours you should book during our month-long Black Friday Event—and the best times to book them for unbeatable savings on different parts of the world. Find your favorite trip and give yourself the Black Friday gift of travel in 2024 and 2025.

Here are the best weeks to save up to $600† on the places you want to go during our 2023 Black Friday Event:

Week 1: Early access to the whole world
October 24–November 2

Week 2: Southern Europe
November 3–9

Week 3: Northern & Central Europe
November 10–16

Week 4: Bucket list destinations
November 17–22

Psst... the day of Black Friday will also be chock-full of savings, so mark your calendar for Nov. 24.

We’ll kick off our Black Friday Event with early access to the whole world, which means you can save up to $600 on all destinations for one week only! Plus, book as a solo traveler to save an extra $100 on your private room through Nov. 2. Sign up for early access by Oct. 22 so that you don’t miss your chance to jump in early and grab your perfect departure date. Here are some top trips to book during Black Friday Early Access.

1. The Greek Islands: Mykonos, Santorini & Crete

14 days

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Where you’ll go: Begin your journey among the iconic ruins of ancient Athens, soaking up all the history of the mainland, before you board your boat and clock in to island time on Mykonos and beyond. From the ancient ruins of world’s first democracy to an island cooking class where you’ll craft traditional dishes, this tour includes all the mouthwatering meals, charming local villages, and historical sites Greece is famous for.

Why you should book this trip: It’s the people and the culture that really make this tour shine. Enjoy the warm welcome and friendly smiles that will surround you when you pass through the small villages of the beautiful Greek Islands.

2. London, Paris & Rome

11 days

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What you’ll see: Take a tour through three of the world’s most influential cities. Whether you’re exploring the seat of the monarchy (and admiring skyline icons like Big Ben and the London Eye), walking in the footsteps of Roman gladiators as you enter the Colosseum, or saying “bonjour” to a glass of Champagne in front of the Eiffel Tower, these cities deliver on unforgettable experiences.

Why you should book this trip: These European capitals are centers for art, history, and culture—and they’re all dramatically different in their own charming ways. Discover the regal bustle of London, the refined ease of Paris, and the romantic glow of Rome on one incredible tour.

3. A Week in Spain: Barcelona, Madrid & Seville

9 days

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Where you’ll go: Travel to the cosmopolitan, coastal city of Barcelona, celebrated globally for its art and architecture. Stroll along the elegant, grand boulevards of Madrid. Immerse yourself in the cultural crossroads of Seville. If these three diverse cities aren’t enough, extend your stay and head to the famous cliffside town of Ronda, the royal palaces of Granada, and the fashionable Mediterranean region of Costa del Sol.

Why you should book this trip: Spain is a treat for all five senses. Feel your feet start to tap as you listen to the sultry sounds of guitar during a live flamenco show. Savor every sip of Rioja as you taste the spice and smoothness of this world-class wine. Smell the fresh flavors of local delicacies as you walk along the storied streets of Seville and see the treasures of world-famous museums and UNESCO sites.

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During the second week of our Black Friday Event, save up to $600 on Southern Europe tours that will that take you from the shimmering shores of the Mediterranean to the famed canals of a floating city. (We’re looking at you, Venice!) Read on to see three of our favorite tours to book in this unforgettable part of the world.

4. A Week in Italy: Venice, Florence & Rome

9 days

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Where you’ll go: Float along the famous canals of Venice and step into iconic St. Mark’s Square. Explore Florence—Tuscany’s capital and the birthplace of the Renaissance—as you cross the famous Ponte Vecchio and view the exquisite Duomo. Soak up more than 2,000 years of history in Rome while visiting the Forum, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Vatican.

Why you should book this trip: We could tell you about the history, the architecture, and the art—but really, isn’t the food enough? (Chef’s kiss to that bistecca all Fiorentina in Florence.) Wine and dine your way through this incredible country on one of our trending tours.

5. Grand Tour of Portugal & Spain: Porto to Barcelona

15 days

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What you’ll see: Stunning colors abound on the Iberian Peninsula. Take a photo of the intricate azulejo tiles, which adorn the streets of Porto, and hear the iconic yellow trams of Lisbon clank past on their journey along the waterfront. See the grand Plaza de España in Seville, stop and smell the roses—literally—in the Alhambra of Granada’s labyrinthine gardens, and explore the Prado in Madrid. Top off your tour with a visit to the eclectic, artsy city of Barcelona before departing—or extend your tour and travel to Basque Country in Northern Spain.

Why you should book this trip: Go for the grand palaces and intricate architecture—and fall in love with the passionate flamenco and the local zest for daily life.

6. A Week in Croatia: Zagreb, Split & Dubrovnik

9 days

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What you’ll see: Towering cathedral spires, medieval towns, and picturesque waterfalls—and that’s only two days of the tour! Croatia is the trip to book for stunning views of the Dalmatian Coast, intricately cobbled alleyways in Split, and imposing sea walls in Dubrovnik.

Why you should book this trip: The stunning scenery up and down the coast makes this one of the best trips to book for the year ahead. Quaint cities and towns make Croatia feel like the Europe of old black-and-white Hollywood films, full of romance and intrigue. Grab a glass of local wine and watch the sun set over the Adriatic on this memorable tour.

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Northern and Central Europe are the stars during week 3 of our Black Friday Event. Save up to $600 on trips to this region, which can take you from the otherworldly Blue Lagoon of Iceland to the windswept highlands of Scotland.

7. Highlights of England, Scotland & Ireland

12 days

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Where you’ll go: Feel like royalty while touring the regal landmarks of London, including Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Walk the Royal Mile and enter Edinburgh Castle in the medieval Scottish city. Pop through the countryside to arrive in Liverpool, the home of the Beatles. See the soaring cathedral of St. Patrick, the largest in Ireland, the famed Rock of Cashel, and the Blarney Stone on your journey around the Emerald Isle. You’ll feel on top of the world as you stop at this little spot called the Cliffs of Moher—it’s seriously stunning.

Why you should book this trip: A cold pint in Dublin’s Temple Bar is bucket list worthy, but we think a stop in the Welsh village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch—yes that is the full name, the longest in Europe—is a uniquely memorable moment on this tour.

8. Iceland: Reykjavik & the Northern Lights

6 days

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Where you’ll go: Explore the capital city of Reykjavik before journeying out to the countryside in search of the aurora borealis. Travel along the Golden Circle, a ring road connecting Iceland’s magnificent natural wonders. Embark across the South Coast where you’ll see the Eyjafjallajökull volcano and the Seljalandsfoss waterfall.

Why you should book this trip: The northern lights are among the most magical, awe-inspiring sights on the planet, and Iceland is the perfect place to watch their playful dance across the sky during the winter months. You’ll eat fresh produce grown with the help of geothermal energy, witness thundering waterfalls, and walk through a massive cave formed by the flow of lava while exploring this wild island nation.

9. A Week in Switzerland, Germany & Austria

9 days

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What you’ll experience: On this classic tour through the heart of Central Europe, you’ll see idyllic villages nestled in the Alps, fairy-tale castles perched on hills, and royal palaces filled with art. Hear the lovely tune of a Mozart performance in Salzburg, the lively laughter of a traditional wine evening in Vienna, and the iconic tone of the Glockenspiel chiming in Munich.

Why you should book this trip: Vienna has been named the world’s most livable city for eight of the past 10 years, and you can find out why firsthand. Plus, you’ll stand in awe of the breathtaking Swiss Alps and celebrate in lively Munich on this adventure, which makes it one of the best trips to book for an immersive cultural experience of Central Europe.

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The fourth and final week of our Black Friday Event is all about bucket list destinations in Asia, Africa, South America, and beyond—and includes up to $600 in savings on some of our most incredible tours. Head Down Under for a journey to the Great Barrier Reef, walk through the lush rainforest Costa Rica, or opt for any other bucket list adventure outside of Europe. The choice is yours!

10. Australia & New Zealand

22 days

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What you’ll see: This tour is made for those with an adventurous spirit. From Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the rugged Outback to New Zealand’s cliff-lined fjords, the South Pacific offers a lineup of spectacular landscapes. Visit the world-famous Sydney Opera House, the culturally iconic Uluru in the Outback, and the island home of the indigenous Māori people.

Why you should book this trip: In between outdoor adventures, you’ll discover sophisticated, multicultural cities and an irresistible, carpe diem spirit across Australia and New Zealand. Experience indigenous art, music, and culture while you gain an appreciation for the preservation of ancient practices in the modern world.

11. Costa Rica: Rainforests, Volcanoes & Wildlife

9 days

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What you’ll see: Costa Rica might be known for its happy and relaxed pura vida lifestyle, but the stunning natural scenery and awe-inspiring wildlife steal the show on this tour. Cruise through Central America’s largest tropical rainforest in an open-top boat, hike through Arenal Volcano National Park, and sip coffee from a local plantation while you enjoy the incredible view of the Monteverde Cloud Forest.

Why you should book this trip: Come for the volcano hikes, the rainforest excursions, and the untamed natural beauty—stay for the fresh coffee, the song of a thousand tropical birds, and the endless smiles from the faces of some of the happiest people you will ever meet. Costa Rica will rejuvenate your belief in the beauty of the world and leave you feeling refreshed and ready for your next adventure.

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This Black Friday, give yourself the gift of global adventure. If you can’t decide which trip is the right fit, take our Tour Match Quiz and let us give you the perfect suggestion. With trips on sale throughout the month during our Black Friday Event, the only question is: Which of these trending tours will we see you on in 2024 or 2025?

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About the author | Kara Kramer
Growing up, Kara’s backyard was the Sonoran Desert where her love for exploration was ignited by dirt roads leading to petroglyphs and family road trips to sleepy Mexican fishing villages. Kara’s enjoyment for charting new territory continued with teaching abroad in Thailand, roaming wine cellar caves in Portugal, and swimming in the bioluminescent waters of the Caribbean. She’s always on the lookout for dive bars and a bowl of Vietnamese Pho (lime, basil, and jalapeño is the holy trinity).

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