Tour operator APT has added five new Small Group Discovery tours to its Europe line-up for 2018, including options in Iceland, Morocco, Ireland, Lapland, northern Croatia and Slovenia.

The tours are aimed at guests who are after an intimate and engaging touring experience, allowing them to spend more time exploring at each stop. Small Group Discovery tours are capped at 20 people per tour, even though the tour bus is designed for 40 people.

Among the new itineraries is the 11-day Emerald Island trip, which starts in Belfast and explores the west coast of Ireland before finishing in Dublin. Along the way guests take in sights such as the Slieve League Cliffs, the Giant’s Causeway and the town of Cobh, which was the last port of call for the ill-fated Titanic. Prices start from $7,495pp.

APT says all trips involve staying in unique accommodation including glass igloos in Lapland, castles in Ireland and luxury tents at a private desert camp in Morocco. APT’s Small Group Discovery tours are offered with a range of bonuses including a $1,000 airfare credit per couple, if booked by 31 August.

APT is also expanding its 2018 Freedom of Choice program by grouping sightseeing activities into themes so guests can tailor itineraries to suit their style and taste. The groups include Cultural Insight, Gourmet Delight, Active Exploration and Relax & Revive, which are available on both cruise and land tours.

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