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Vacation Ideas 2015: Your Not So Average European Tours

Updated on June 8, 2015
Rooftop Hike in Stockholm
Rooftop Hike in Stockholm
Beer Bike Tour in Berlin
Beer Bike Tour in Berlin
Rent a Vespa in Barcelona
Rent a Vespa in Barcelona
Vodka Tram in Krakow
Vodka Tram in Krakow

The weather is getting warmer and visions of somewhere hot and delightful are dancing around in our heads. Vacation season is upon us and we’re contemplating where our travels will take us this year. If you’re jumping across the pond to Europe, that’s fantastic, as there are a ton of countries to visit that are sure to be jam packed with culture, decadent food and some of the most stunning panoramas you won’t find elsewhere. But if you don’t like your run-of-the-mill European vacation that includes a big red bus touring Big Ben and the Royal Palace of London, here are some not so ordinary, dare I say, oddly exciting ways to get around your favorite European cities:

Vodka tram in Krakow. Yes, you read correctly. As far as a city, it’s true what they say, Krakow has a really mythical vibe, something that just emanates from the architecture and characteristic streets. And as part of the Polish culture, one must undoubtedly try the vodka. So why not mix a little sightseeing with a little vodka tasting? Board a rather comfortable tram with music and cosy sofas, and enjoy a ride touring the city of Krakow with a personal vodka expert who will guide you through the varieties of Polish vodka on hand. you can think of it as a twist on your usual wine tasting tour through the Tuscan hills. It can be a pleasant day tour if you’re into a few beverages before sun down, or a way to get the party started right in the evening.

Rent a scooter in Barcelona. Some travelers may prefer to put down the drinks and get to Gaudi’s city. Renting a scooter seems quite ordinary, yes, but there’s some companies like Vesping, who are trying something new: GPS guided Vespas. It’s quite a new travel concept, or rather a cool twist on a classic concept, and it’s something that may interest those independent travelers who like to march to the beat of their own drum. From Parc Guell to Montjiuc and on to Las Ramblas, all it takes is plugging in the desired destinations, getting on the scooter and going. Alternatively, those who enjoy a little “company” can tag along for days tours, where all travelers are invited to meet in the morning for a guided ride around town on two wheels. It’s also great way to meet new people.

Rooftop Hike in Stockholm: This is not a walking tour for the fainthearted…or those who are afraid of heights at least. As the name would suggest, you will literally be walking on rooftops, 140 treacherously high feet above the ground, with proper safety equipment of course. Sightseeing from an exciting position above the city mixed with historical tales about the hidden secrets that Stockholm holds, is a truly intriguing way to get a little taste of Sweden's capital. So get your walking shoes on and don’t look down!

Beer Bike Tour Berlin: More beverages….we may be seeing a pattern here! This is an interesting and entertaining way to tour the lovely city of Berlin with you, 15 of your closest friends, and a barrel of beer. If you’re having trouble imagining just exactly how this excursion works, picture a wooden bar on wheels with you and your vacation buddies on either side of it, sipping some of Germany's finest beers. It is a great and unique way to see the city and have a toast in front of Berlin’s most important monuments like the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall and the Charlottenburg Palace.

So if you’re itching to do something a little different this summer, and those plans involve a European getaway, you may want to think about an interesting spin on transportation. Don't settle for buses, subways and trams, take it up a notch and make some memories that will last a lifetime.

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