Multiple Locations +8
  • Italy
    • Rome
  • Croatia
    • Dubrovnik
  • Netherlands
    • Amsterdam
  • Norway
    • Bergen
  • Austria
    • Salzburg
  • Slovenia
  • Czech Republic
    • Prague
  • Germany
    • Berlin
4 - 12 weeks
Program Tags
Adventure Travel Cultural Immersion Hands-On Learning
Merit-based funding, Payment plans, 529 Plan eligibility
Health & Safety

Program Details

Backpacking City Exploring Hiking
Guesthouse Hostel Hotel
Primary Language
Age Min.
Age Max


Starting Price
Price Details
Our programs are priced in Euro.
Program fees include all travel withing Europe, all accommodation, all breakfasts, most lunches and 5 group dinners weekly.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Domestic Airfare Airport Transfers Equipment Some Meals Park Fees SIM cards Tour Guide Transportation Travel Insurance Visa Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

Irish Gap Year provides 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners weekly, allowing students 2 ‘free-dinners’ weekly.
Entry fees for parks, sites, museums and activities.

Fully insured and certified activity and transport providers.

What's Not Included
Airfare Some Equipment Some Meals
What's Not Included (Extra)

International flights to Dublin and from Rome.
Individual travel insurance.
Some dinners and lunches.
General spending money.

Dec 15, 2023
Nov 15, 2023
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About Program

Our European Expedition Program is an epic and enlightening journey across Europe by train and sea that will broaden your horizons through exposure to the continent’s deep cultural and historical roots infused with an exhilarating mix of outdoor adventure in some of the world’s most iconic locations. You will travel from Northern Norway to the Adriatic Sea with many amazing points between on this journey of a lifetime!

The program is designed to build students travel IQ, cultural knowledge, confidence and independence through the four cornerstones of Experiential Learning, Outdoor Adventure, Cultural Exchange and Immersive Travel.

If you are looking for a structured, group program that combines adventure with culture, history and travel to Europe’s most iconic cities this is the program for you!

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

We welcome students from all walks of life and backrounds and have hosted many BIPOC students on our programs.

LGBTQIA+ Support

We welcome students from all walks of life and backrounds and have hosted many LGBTQIA+ students over the years. Ireland and Europe in general are quite progressive with regards to LGBTQIA+ policy, lifestyle and support. Irish Gap Year provides support to our LGBTQIA+ students to help them feel secure and safe during their time with us.



Irish Gap Year is a Carbon Negative Company, meaning we remove more C02 from the amosphere through our ecological volunteering than we create as an organization (including student flights to Europe).

Irish Gap Year Director, Ryan Allen is the Chair of the Gap Year Association's Sustainability Commitee and created the Association's Climate Action Plan in 2023.

Program Highlights

  • Inter-Rail through Europe’s favourite cities Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Prague, Dubrovnik, Copenhagen, Oslo, Florence and Venice – A classic rite of passage for any young traveler to Europe.
  • Kayak and hike in Norway's fjords, staying in hikers cabins under the Northern Lights
  • Live on a boat in the Adriatic Sea while exploring the history and culture of the Dalmatian Islands
  • Enjoy a broad and diverse range of amazing European and Scandinavian cuisine
  • Thrift-Shop your way through Amsterdam, Berlin, Oslo, Copenhagen and many other funky European cities!

Program Reviews

4.78 Rating
based on 9 reviews
  • 5 rating 77.78%
  • 4 rating 22.22%
  • 3 rating 0%
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  • Housing 3.8
  • Support 4.7
  • Fun 4.45
  • Value 4.7
  • Safety 4.9
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Yes, I recommend this program

European Expedition Program

I had a great experience on the European Expedition Program with Niall, Susan, and Phil! I learned a lot about both myself and the world and I am walking away with a wealth of new experiences that I will keep with me as I start college next year. I enjoyed learning to work and live as part of a collective, experiencing the ups and downs of backpacking travel. I enjoyed spending time with my new friends, meeting new people, and learning what it means to truly live! I would recommend this program to any students looking for a fun way to see the world, have an absolute blast, and learn a bit along the way. I am leaving IGY a more mature, experienced, and cooperative young adult.

  • Seeing the world at a young age
  • Meeting new people
  • Learning independence skills
  • Missing loved ones at home (dogs included)
  • Travel fatigue
35 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

European Expedition Program

The European Expedition Program was amazing and I will have memories from it that I will carry for the rest of my life. The group leaders were amazing in their ability to help without being too overbearing and allow you to make it your trip. Some of my favorite times I’ve had were on the group hikes, and my personal photography adventures. This trip was also amazing for meeting new people all across the world. The group that I was with was amazing, and the people that I met in the cities that we went to were really interesting. If you are thinking of doing this trip I highly recommend it as I feel I have truly grown as a person.

  • Amazing Hikes for Beginners and Pros
  • Beautiful Photography Opportunities
  • Great Program for Making Friends
  • Limitations on out of City Travel
  • Travel fatigue
  • Limited Alone Time
36 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

European Expedition Program

The trip is a good mix of spending time in city environments as well as countryside environments. The diversity of the countries we visited also made the trip better because it gave the trip and smoother flow and never made it feel monotonous. Also, as someone who is interested in history, this trip certainly had a lot to offer in that department as we went on many walking tours and visited many historical sites. My main criticism of the trip was that we spent too little time in some places and we weren’t able to explore everything that we would have liked. But other than that I have nothing bad to say really. Great trip 👍

  • Learning how to travel efficiently
  • Mix of cities and countryside
  • Becoming more open-minded and more knowledgeable about the places you visit
  • Hostels vary in quality
37 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

European Expedition Programme

This program is for learning how you fit in the world and in society. If you are ready to embrace those challenges and mature as an individual then there is no reason not to take this trip. I have learned more in three months abroad than I ever have in a classroom; and the lessons were more valuable, and more readily applicable to life. That is not to say they were not won without challenge - but that is the best part. Once you have climbed literal mountains and sailed real seas, you will find the ones waiting when you return mean little without the view.

  • Exploration
  • Well-planned
  • Independence
  • Homesickness
  • Travel Fatigue
36 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Irish Gap Year European Adventure and Leadership program

I genuinely loved this program, I had some hesitation initially, but that was immediately swept away with how well the program went. My one complaint is that certain foods (there is a lot of Italian food on the program) got somewhat repetitive after a while, though beyond that it was a total blast. It was particularly beneficial in my case as I was using this to explore places I may want to live during/after college. Overall an amazing program with great guides, great places, and great adventures.

  • Great way to see Europe
  • Great way to meet new people
  • Great way to learn a good bit of history/culture
31 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Irish Gap Year: European Exploration

This is my second program I have done with Irish gap year, and I have to I have nothing bad to say about them or their programs. The staff is really great and professional, very friendly, and fun to get to know. The experience itself was great! From Kayaking through the Fjords of Norway, Running about Venice on a scavenger hunt, to seeing the great Salzburg Castle, almost everything was great. The only times which wear not super enjoyable were the few times we got caught in the rain, or just the boredom that comes with the long train rides. Still all considered I had a great time! And would highly recommend it.

  • Getting to see European cities
  • Kayaking in the Fjords if Norway
  • Hiking through the Almofi coast in Italy
  • You’re staying in hostels every night so it’s not the most comfortable.
31 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

European Expedition

This program was so much fun!! The perfect balance between exploring European cities and their breathtaking countrysides. Had so much fun hiking in beautiful Norway and the Amalfi Coast. Loved exploring Vienna, Prague, Oslo, Berlin, and Venice while learning about their deep history and talking to locals. Had a great time trying all types of traditional cuisine from each country. If you are looking to travel in a group I had a great experience, with a friendly group of my peers and leaders. Would definitely recommend this to teenagers looking to explore every part of Europe.

  • Saw so many different cultures
  • Explored places I've always wanted to
  • Had fun with a group of my peers
40 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

IGY European Expedition

Super great way to see Europe! You get to learn about train travel and hostel living with a super supportive community of people. From gorgeous hikes and beautiful oceans to historic cities full of history, this program is suited for all types of travelers! You also receive plenty of free time to explore the cities yourself. With loads of different destinations stretching across Europe, you really get a chance to witness the cultural and social differences that occur across country lines, and see what makes each one so unique.

  • hikes
  • beaches
  • history
35 people found this review helpful.

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