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Top 5: Local Interactions on our Most Popular European Adventures

Posted on 9/14/2021 12:00:00 AM in The Buzz

Ragusa, Sicily and many more ancient cityscapes provide the backdrop for controversial topic discussions and people-to-people experiences during the #1 adventure on our list.

On these five European adventures, gain a deep understanding of the complexities of local culture—both the good, the bad, and the ugly. Whether it’s through enjoying a meal with a local family or during an honest discussion on a controversial issue, we explore the heart of a destination’s culture on each of these adventures.

1. Sicily's Ancient Landscapes & Timeless Traditions —16-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure (Average group size: 13)

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Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa: Sicily

Join Emmy Award winner Rudy Maxa for a tour of Sicily’s timeless treasures.

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See what’s in the typical cucina Siciliana (Sicilian kitchen) when you sit down with a smaller group of less than 5 travelers for a Home-Hosted Lunch with a Sicilian family in Mazara del Vallo. Plus, spend A Day in the Life at a family homestead where we'll learn about life in the heart of the Sicilian countryside and get to know the family who calls it home. We'll also learn about the local Sicilian Mafia, also known as Cosa Nostra, during a conversation with someone who is knowledgeable about the organization.

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2. The Baltic Capitals & St. Petersburg —16-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure (Average group size: 13)

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Great Railway Journeys of Europe: Budapest to Warsaw

Discover Central Europe by railway and see this complex region in a whole new way.

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Throughout our journey, we will participate in Controversial Topics, including the non-citizen status of Russian Latvians, the fight for Estonian independence, and freedom of speech in Russia. Plus, visit Lithuania's Cold War Museum, located inside a former Soviet bunker that was once top secret. Plus, embark on a rustic 40-passenger wooden boat, the Galve, for a private excursion to a Lithuanian island to meet descendants of the ancient Turkish Kipchak tribe and savor a lunch of traditional Karaite specialties.

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3. Crossroads of the Adriatic: Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Slovenia —18-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure (Average group size: 13)

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Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa: Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast

Discover Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast—including its crown jewel of Dubrovnik—with Emmy Award winner Rudy Maxa.

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Discover what life was like during the Bosnian war through the eyes of a survivor and learn how it continues to impact the daily lives of Sarajevo residents. Plus, stay overnight on a family-owned farm in the Croatian village of Karanac. Help out with farm chores, and enjoy a home-cooked meal—one of only two overnight A Day in the Life experiences offered on any O.A.T. adventure.

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4. Northern Italy: The Alps, Dolomites & Lombardy —15-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure (Average group size: 13)

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Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa: Milan and Lake Como

Join Emmy Award winner Rudy Maxa on a journey through Italy’s stunning Lombardy region.

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Share a Home-Hosted Dinner with a local family in Tirano, and tour an apple orchard in Valsugana—learning about the fruit's integral role in the local cuisine from the orchard's caretaker. Plus, meet with a Ladin-speaking Alpine hiking guide living in the Dolomitic valleys, who will share his insights on Ladin culture, how they came to settle in these hidden valleys of northern Italy, and why ongoing efforts to preserve their unique language is so important.

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5. Irish Adventure: Dublin, Belfast & the Northwest Counties —16-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure (Average group size: 13)

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Dublin

Dance your way through a day in Dublin, the Emerald Isle’s lively capital city.

Join conversations about Controversial Topics and confront uncomfortable truths facing the region, including racism against Irish Travelers with the women of Pavee Point; the violence of the Troubles; the Bloody Sunday Massacre with a local who lost several family members; and the lost children and mass grave of Tuam. Plus, we'll connect closely with Irish culture during a Home-Hosted Dinner in Ennistymon and during a visit to a Grand Circle Foundation-supported charity dedicated to combatting domestic abuse in County Clare.

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