Eastern Europe

A region that combines the immensity of the Caucasus Mountains, the fresh air of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea and the proximity to the multicultural East Asia. You can get to the Mount Olympus in Greece, hike in the Slovenian Triglav National Park, reach Russian Elbrus' summit or go skiing in Gudauri, among many other outdoor options. Have a look to our ranking of guided trips. Explore-share.com helps you book your next adventure in Eastern Europe.

 

 

Slovenia

One of the first places travelers choose when they arrive in Slovenia is its capital, Ljubljana. On foot or by bicycle, you have wonderful walks to enjoy. Another Slovenian highlight is Bled, with its incredible turquoise lake, and the nearby Vintgar Gorges, a trail that takes you between the narrow walls of the mountains.

We cannot forget the north of the country, near Austria and Italy, where you will find a paradise for skiers, hikers and climbers: Kranjska Gora. It is located next to the Julian Alps and, together with the Triglav National Park, make an ideal area for nature lovers. Another must-see is Planica, where you will be really amazed by its deep ski slopes.

 

 


Slovakia

The Slovak geography offers us the most varied adventure sports. Adrenaline and abrupt descents through the 10,000 km of mountain bike routes, rafting in wild rivers, canyoning between deep ravines and trekking along endless trails. Winter and summer climbing, mountaineering, and multi-adventure tours are just some of the options you have if you want to live a magical trip in Slovakia.

Most of these activities take place in the High Tatras, an alpine mountain range with eleven peaks over 2,500 meters high, shared between Slovakia and Poland. The highest point is Mount Gerlach (2655 m), probably the most popular spot for mountaineering and hiking seekers.

 

 


Georgia

Gudauri is the main attraction of Georgia. It is a ski resort located at  2,200 meters in height, in the Greater Caucasus. The slopes here are completely above the tree line, which makes it a perfect choice for the practice of heliskiing and cross-country skiing, especially from December to April.

Another important point in Georgia is Svaneti, a region dominated by mountains of more than 3000 meters of altitude. In fact, four of the highest peaks of the Caucasus are found here. And if you like high mountain expeditions, you can not miss a guided ascent to Mount Kazbek, a fantastic 5047-meter high stratovolcano. Its main peak is Mt. Elbrus, the second highest point in Georgia.

 

 


Poland

If you are looking for a great outdoor plan in Poland, we have two words for you: Polish Tatras. There are also interesting options in some of the 23 national parks that the country offers, with beautiful tours both on foot and on horseback. If you are looking for water activities, you should go to the north of the country, like Sopot or Mazury.

If, however, you are eager to discover the snow, the ski season in Poland is from November to February and the best place for this is Zakopane, a tourist town located in the south, at the foot of the Tatras Mountains. In addition, this place is considered the most important starting point not only for winter sports, but also for mountaineering and hiking.

 

 


Russia

The largest country in the world proposes history, culture, seas, frozen landscapes and excellent opportunities to admire its wildlife. A great region to visit is Siberia, an extensive geographic area that covers 76% of the Russian territory. Here you will find the Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world. There are also excellent hiking trails during the summer. From December to April the landscape turns white and it is time for winter sports and hot springs.

The ascent to Mount Elbrus is another must if you come to Russia. It is located in the western part of the Caucasus mountain range, in Kabardia-Balkaria, near the border of Georgia. In the Far East is the Kamchatka peninsula, one of the most interesting volcanic areas, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Here you can explore the valley of the geysers, climb volcanoes and see bears.

 

 


Greece

Greece has many activities to do all year round, especially outdoors, taking advantage of the country’s magnificent climate. You can not miss the opportunity to trek Mount Olympus. As its name says, it is an experience of Greek gods. It is the highest mountain in the country (2,918 meters).

In Greece you can also ski, since the country has several ski resorts. The best ones are in Parnassos, in the Peloponnese, and in Macedonia. Of course, in its capital Athens, you can take the most varied cultural tours: historical walks through the Acropolis, its temples and museums. You can also discover special places like Mount Lycabetus, a limestone hill 300 meters high.

 

 


Bulgaria

Have you ever heard of Rila’s Seven Lakes? These interconnected waters are probably one of the most impressive attractions in Bulgaria. The Seven Lakes of Rila are a group of glacial lakes that belong to the Rila National Park, 120 km from Sofia, the capital of the country. They are located at a height of 2100-2500 meters, and each lake is at a different altitude so that they form a kind of giant natural staircase.

Musala is the highest peak in Bulgaria and on the Balkan peninsula, and is another excellent place for those looking for a mountaineering adventure. If you love skiing, we recommend Bansko, a city with a popular ski resort at the foot of the Pirin Mountains.

 

 


Czech Republic

Czech Republic is considered a new destination for active outdoor enthusiasts. Both winter and summer activities attract travelers from all over the world, in search of emotions and fresh air, and not just in search of fairy tale landscapes.

The Krkonoše Mountains is a mountain range that is home to amazing waterfalls falling from impressive heights, some feeding the Elbe River. Podyjí National Park is a natural area that still remains intact, on the border with Austria and it is a great place for hiking while observing its diversity of wildlife. Adršpach, near the border with Poland and the central Sudetes, is the perfect location to enjoy sandstone climbing.

 

 

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