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Europe is a continent full of wonder and excitement, and embarking on a college adventure trip is a great way to experience this first-hand! From the winding cobbled streets in Italy to the rugged, volcanic terrain in Iceland, this diverse continent presents plenty of opportunities for an unforgettable adventure. Depending on how brave your college class is feeling, you could take part in activities like kayaking in the Bay of Naples, taking a rickshaw around Berlin or ghost-hunting in Dublin on an adventure trip.

Need a bit of inspiration? You’re in the right place! We’ve compiled a list of the best European adventure trips for college students and their benefits below.

What is a college adventure trip?

A college adventure trip is essentially a trip jam-packed full of adventurous activities suitable for college students. This includes everything from walking tours and hikes, to watersports, dance classes and whale watching! There’s really no limit to the activities you can take part in on an adventure trip.

The benefits of adventure trips for college students

A college adventure trip provides students with the opportunity to get out into the world, have fun and bond with classmates. However, there are other benefits too! Adventure trips can be a great way to improve college students’ physical fitness, as well as test how they cope in challenging situations away from college life. Here are some suggestions to get you started…

Bay of Naples

The Bay of Naples offers college students a smorgasbord of adventure activities, ranging from kayaking to volcano climbing. With Mount Vesuvius looming over the bay and many ancient Roman ruins littering its shores, you could spend days in this amazing region alone!

To really get your students’ hearts racing, take advantage of Naples’ picturesque coastline by partaking in a selection of watersports and boating activities. Here, you’ll be able to book exciting excursions such as:

  • Diving

  • Snorkelling

  • Boat tours

  • Canoeing

Naples is only a short drive away from the famed Mount Vesuvius too, which serves as the perfect backdrop for a college adventure trip. Once you’ve finished exploring the bay, college students can hike up to the summit and soak up the scenic views.


With its rocky, varied terrain and majestic glaciers, it’s no surprise that Iceland is one of the top choices for adventure trips for college students. If you’re looking for an action-packed college expedition abroad to really get the adrenaline pumping, this country should definitely be on the list!

For those who are brave enough for the challenge, there’s no better place to kayak than Iceland! With its choppy waters and craggy coastline, college students will have an unforgettable adventure as they paddle along the stunning Icelandic coast.

Iceland is also one of the few European destinations with incredibly diverse terrain. As such, there are a lot of natural wonders to explore with your college students, including caves, geysers, hot springs and more!


Nestled in the heart of Europe and home to a vibrant, youthful population, Amsterdam is a great option for an action-packed college adventure trip. With a wealth of activities to choose from, this lively city is an excellent choice for college students who are looking to get their adrenaline fix!

You simply can’t visit Amsterdam without taking students on a bike tour during your stay. There’s nothing quite like experiencing the Dutch capital on a bike, as you’ll be able to explore the city in its entirety.

If you’re looking for a slightly more laid back activity, college students can try their hand at navigating the winding canals on a pedalo! Your class can also take part in adventurous activities such as:

  • Boat tours around the city

  • Swinging Over the Top at A’DAM Toren’s Lookout

  • Canoeing in Amsterdams Boes

  • Winter ice skating

  • Bungee jumping at Bungee Amsterdam


The Portuguese capital of Lisbon is a college student’s best friend, as there are so many things to do and see. If you’re looking for an authentic European adventure trip to wow your class, this is the perfect place to start.

The Sintra-Cascais natural park is a short drive from the city of Lisbon and college students can explore this beautiful area on a hike. As well as taking in the breathtaking views, they’ll also be able to see some of Portugal’s most impressive castles along the way!

You can also tour this colourful city by electric bike, embark on a sunset cruise along the Tagus River or try your hand at surfing in Carcavelos.

How to book a European adventure trip for college students

We can help you to plan the ultimate European adventure trip! Our travel experts will carefully craft an itinerary that provides educational value, whilst providing stimulating activities for the adrenaline junkies in your group. Choose from a selection of European destinations on our site, or get in touch if you have a bespoke request.

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