Group of people standing on side of road with a van. The road winds upward through a green moor landscape.
You'll see the wild coastline, towering mountains, the Cliffs of Moher, lakes in Killarney National Park, and more.
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9 of the Best Tours You Should Take While in Europe

Vagabond’s Wild Irish Rover Tour, Ireland

If you’re looking for a small group tour that will allow you to see some of the best Ireland has to offer, Vagabond specializes in these types of tours in this beautifully lush country. Its eight-day Wild Irish Rover Tour offers the chance to take in some of the Emerald Isles’ most impressive scenery.

You’ll see it all, from the spectacularly wild and rugged coastline to the towering mountains of Connemara to the iconic Cliffs of Moher to lake-filled Killarney National Park to the Blarney Stone.

Activity options are available too, like horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking and even the opportunity to paddle in a sea kayak alongside Dingle’s legendary friendly dolphin, Fungi, in the glistening turquoise waters of the Dingle Peninsula.

Green swathes of light over the water with city lights in the distance.Go out on a nighttime cruise to catch a glimpse of the brilliantly beautiful Northern Lights.Photo Credit: iStockPhoto / sumos

The Northern Lights Night Tour, Iceland

If you’ve ever wondered where to see the Northern Lights, Iceland is one of the best places on the planet to view them. If you visit in the spring, fall or winter, you’ll have the opportunity to see the colorful dancing lights known as the Aurora Borealis any time you’re away from the city lights, but taking a nighttime cruise will greatly increase your odds of viewing this breathtaking natural display.

You’ll sail out under the dark night’s sky on the North Atlantic with the beautiful mountains and the glow of the night skyline in the background. On the way out, the tour guide will provide information on the Northern Lights, as well as its surrounding superstition and folklore.

While there are outstanding viewing areas on the outside decks, the boat also has a warm seating area inside if it’s too chilly. The length of the tour depends on Mother Nature and how long the lights are visible — if inclement weather should hit, you can get a rain check.

Tours are available every night from mid-September to mid-April.

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Dark tunnel with uneven stone walls and lanterns lining the walls.Known as one of the most haunted places in the UK, the Edinburgh Vaults are said to have served as brothels and a serial killer's hunting ground.Photo Credit: Mercat Tours

Edinburgh Vaults, Scotland

In the 1980s an abandoned series of labyrinthine chambers rotting away under South Bridge were discovered. These are known as the Edinburgh Vaults.

Originally intended for storage, they were briefly used as tenement housing for some of the poorest people in Edinburgh. Some say they also served as brothels and as a serial killer’s hunting ground.

The dark, unhygienic environment soon led to their abandonment in the mid-19th century when they were left clogged with rubble. Now known as the most haunted place in the United Kingdom, they’ve actually become a bizarre tourist attraction.

Some people have reported seeing the seemingly evil ghost of a faceless man during the tour.

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