Days
22
Price from
€2,695EUR

Roam around Europe from Berlin to Krakow, Prague, Budapest and – errr – Rome.

Zigzag your way across Europe on this epic adventure from Deutschland to Italy, making adventure pit stops in all the best places (like Venice and Prague, Cinque Terre and Budapest). Get a bit arty farty and ponder the elements of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus in Florence, go in search of terrifying giant babies and uber-fit double-decker buses in Prague, dance along the Danube and eat all the food, all the time. Cake, pizza, schnitzel, tiramisu, ALL OF IT!


Start
Berlin, Germany
Finish
Rome, Italy
Countries
Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovenia
Code
GELG
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18 , Max 39
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Now one of the world's most artistic and exciting cities, Berlin has a complex history. And beer is cheaper than water here. Go figure

  • Gorge on the history, architecture and bohemian vibes of the Czech Republic. Soak up the smooth sounds of jazz at a low-lit bar in Prague before stepping right into the fairytale of Cesky Krumlov

  • So much of what is epic about Europe can be found in Vienna. Revel in the city's rich offerings of art, history and music and stroll along the eclectic Ringstrasse

  • Enjoy a jaw-droppingly scenic walk along the banks of the River Danube in Budapest. Threaded with bridges and hemmed in by castles and historic city buildings, Europe's second longest river is also one of its most beautiful

  • Escape city life on the chilled-out shores of Lake Bled in Slovenia. Visit a church on the tiny island in the centre of the lake and treat yourself to a slice of Bled's famous cream cake

  • There's more to Italy than pasta, romance and old statues (although those are pretty awesome). The Cinque Terre might just be the most epic stretch of coastline in the world

Is this trip right for you?

  • HOT WEATHER: Summer temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius, which can be uncomfortable for those not used to the heat. Please consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

  • LUGGAGE: Potholes and cobblestones are common across Europe – leave your wheelie bag at home and bring a backpack instead

  • SINGLE TRAVELLERS: Single travellers will share accommodation with another traveller of the same sex. If you would prefer a single room, a supplement is available to purchase at an additional charge. Please ask your Travel Consultant for more details.

  • ROOMING: Hotels in Europe often do not have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together in order to form a double bed.

  • TRANSPORT: One of the means of transportation on this trip is by train. European trains are comfortable and often come with some of the following facilities: air-conditioning, toilets, a snack carriage/vending machine/bar and power points. Train travel is also a fast way to travel long distances, allowing you to arrive right into the city centre without getting caught up in traffic jams. As you will have to carry your luggage on-board yourself, please make sure that it doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations. You can find this information in the What to Take section.

Itinerary

Guten tag! Welcome to Berlin, where beer is cheaper than water. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. You can arrive at any time during the day, as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. More details about the meeting can be found at the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these ready for your trip leader. If you can peel yourself away from Berlin's nocturnal nightclub scene and make time, make sure you visit the Checkpoint Charlie museum. It's got some seriously amazing tales (and photos) of high-stakes civilian escape missions during the Berlin Wall era (get there early though, as it can get a little crowded). You might also like to pedal through the streets on a cycling tour, or see the remaining fragments of the Wall and its many colourful murals. Or see some surviving pre-World War I attractions, like the Schloss Charlottenburg (the Prussian queen's summer palace) and the Prussian Victory Column. If you want to escape the hectic city streets (none of which are really that hectic, let's be honest), head to the the Tiergarten, Berlin's largest green space. In the evening, jump on your overnight train to Poland and get comfortable.

Notes: If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive at the hotel by early evening, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please contact the hotel reception.
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventures - Storyline of Berlin - EUR50
  • Urban Adventures - Hidden Berlin - EUR50
  • Urban Adventures - Stories From Friedrichshain: An Interactive Theatre Tour - EUR52
  • Urban Adventures - Food and Art in Funky Kreuzberg - EUR63
  • Jewish Museum - EUR8
  • National History Museum - EUR8
  • Pergamon Museum - EUR13
  • River Cruise Sightseeing Tour - EUR25
  • Berliner Dom - EUR7
  • Berlin TV Tower - EUR13
  • Checkpoint Charlie Museum - EUR13
  • German History Museum - EUR8
  • Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz - EUR8
  • Reichstag (time slot must be booked online in advance) - Free
  • Schloss Charlottenburg - EUR21
  • Story of Berlin Museum - EUR12
  • Topography of Terror - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (1)
Possibly the best-known Polish city, Krakow was the residence of Polish kings from the 11th to the 17th centuries, and its old town is a World Heritage-listed site. Which means you have some exploring to do! Take a stroll around Wawel Castle which sits on top of a hill next to the Vistula River. It provides a magnificent backdrop to Rynek Glowny, the town square. Dating back to the 13th century, the square is surrounded by awesome buildings, with the Cloth Hall as the centrepiece. There will be plenty of time to explore the city, so visit St Mary's Church, shop for amber or crafts,or just walk around with your jaw agape at all the old-world glory of the place. If you have time, venture out of town to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mines, a deep underground network of tunnels and chambers that goes some 135 metres below. The Blessed Kinga Chapel is a highlight not to be missed, with all its fancy salt chandeliers and carvings. You might want to take a day trip to learn more about the history of World War II at Auschwitz (Oswiecim) and Birkenau, sites where some of the worst atrocities were perpetrated (it's confronting, but important). Krakow has many cellar restaurants and pubs and a thriving cultural scene.
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventure - Communist Krakow Adventure - EUR37
  • Urban Adventure - Polish Krakow Adventure - EUR37
  • Jewish Krakow Adventure - EUR39
  • Urban Adventure - Home Cooked Krakow - EUR38
  • Bike tour, day or night - PLN60
  • Galicia Jewish Museum - PLN15
  • History Museum - PLN8
  • St. Mary's Basilica - PLN10
  • Walking tour - PLN30
  • Wawel Royal Castle - PLN25
  • Wieliczka Salt Mines - PLN84
  • State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, transport and guided tour from - PLN50
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Next up, journey to Prague. It's kind of a lengthy trip (approximately 7 hours), so try to nab a window seat and get cosy. This city is a wonderland of architecture, with buildings from the Middle Ages all the way through to the modern avant garde. They don't call it the 'City of a Hundred Spires' for nothing. Check out the Gehry-designed Dancing Building (also called the Fred and Ginger Building) on the banks of the Vltava. Don't miss Prague Castle, because it's not only the biggest castle in the Czech Republic, but it's oh-so-pretty too. It's where you'll find the famous St Vitus Cathedral and Golden Lane. A walk through the Jewish Quarter is also a must. Hip literary types can visit the resting place of Franz Kafka. Afterwards, why not take a seat at one of Prague's underground bars and sip some absinthe or Pilsener. Some of the best fun in Prague is had after the sun goes down, when the magic of the Old Town really comes alive. The city also has one of the longest-standing and most respected jazz scenes in Europe. If you should find yourself out until the early hours in a jazz club, have a wander along Charles Bridge or Old Town Square for some sweet sunrise photo-ops.
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventure - Prague Discovery - EUR64
  • Urban Adventure - Prague Beer and Czech Tapas Tour - EUR63
  • Urban Adventure - Bohemian State of Mind - EUR58
  • Bike tour - CZK490
  • Jewish Quarter - CZK480
  • Kafka Museum - CZK200
  • Day Trip to Kutna Hora - CZK250
  • Mucha Museum - CZK240
  • Museum of Communism - CZK190
  • National Museum - CZK120
  • Prague Castle - CZK350
  • Sedlec Ossuary - CZK90
  • Church of St Barbara - CZK60
  • Town Hall Clock Tower - CZK105
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Depart Prague and travel by bus to the southern Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov (approximately 4 hours). This picturesque medieval town dates back to the 13th century and is straight out of a fairytale. Cesky Krumlov (pronounced 'Che-skee Krum-lov') means 'crooked meadow', which is befitting, since the town is nestled in a sharp bend of the Vltava River. It also comes complete with a castle on a hill towering over the cute little old town, which boasts a collection of beautiful old buildings and a confusion of cobbled alleyways. Check out the castle and its epic Masquerade Hall, or climb the tower for aerial views of the town. If the weather's fine and you have two or three hours up your sleeve, take a relaxing raft or canoe trip on the river that winds right through the centre of Cesky Krumlov. This is a classic summer pastime. It's also well worth visiting the Cesky Krumlov brewery for a glimpse of the brewing tradition that has existed here for hundreds of years (tours are often in English).
Optional Activities
  • Brewery tour - CZK130
  • Canoe Trip - CZK700
  • Guided walking tour - CZK300
  • Egon Schiele Art Centrum - CZK160
  • Raft/canoe trip - CZK1400
  • Guided castle tour - CZK250
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Arrive in Vienna, where music and the golden past hangs thick in the air. Art nerds will be in heaven, with a huge selection of great museums to visit. These include the Albertina, the Leopold, Kunsthalle Wien and the Museum of Modern Art. Those with an interest in 19th- and 20th-century Austrian art should visit the Belvedere Palace, home to Gustav Klimt's famous painting, 'The Kiss'. Check out Hundertwasserhaus, or the Secession Building with its gold laurel-leaf dome. Visit Hofburg Palace, the winter retreat of Habsburg royals and now the official residence of the Austrian president. Climb the 343 steps to the top of the tower of St Stephen's Cathedral. Take a spin on the famous Prater Ferris Wheel. The options are endless! You might also like to head out to Schoenbrunn for a guided audio tour of the summer palace designed by Empress Maria Theresa herself. Here, the Gloriette Monument boasts killer views of Vienna. The palace gardens are free to all visitors but there is a charge for entrance and tours of the palace. Skip the queues by booking online at www.schoenbrunn.at.

Notes: The Spanish Riding School (Hofburg Palace) doesn't operate throughout the summer months. You will need to book tickets in advance to see the performance of the Lipizzaners. Phone +43 (0)1 505 77 66 55 or e-mail info@viennaticketoffice.com to arrange tickets.
Optional Activities
  • Albertina Museum - EUR13
  • Belvedere Gallery - EUR13
  • Hofburg Palace and Sisi Museum - EUR12
  • Leopold Museum - EUR13
  • Prater Ferris Wheel - EUR10
  • Schoenbrunn Palace - EUR14
  • Spanish Riding School practice - EUR28
  • St Stephen's Tower - EUR5
  • Vienna Boys Choir - EUR70
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (1)
Take a train from Vienna to Budapest (approximately 3 hours) and explore this exotic 'Pearl of the Danube'. Since the collapse of Communism, Budapest has experienced something of a renaissance. Glamourous and glitzy shops and restaurants sit alongside old-world architecture and groomed boulevards. Riding a bicycle is one of the best ways to get around. Budapest is the perfect city to enjoy from the water. From here you'll be able to see the magnificent buildings that line the banks of the Danube River and the bridges linking Buda to Pest (who would have thought?). Take one of the tourist boat trips to see the sights or cross the Chain Bridge for a spectacular views of the Parliament Building and the Castle District. Make sure you head down to the river after dark to enjoy the floodlit spectacle. Head out to Statue Park to see all the communist monuments that were removed from the city streets after the fall of the Iron Curtain. One unmissable activity is to soak in the hot thermal baths. There are loads of these around the city centre and they range from classy and elegant to simple outdoor types. Some even have chess boards so you can exercise your brain while rejuvenating your body.
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventures - Buda Castle Explorer - EUR44
  • Urban Adventures - Bites & Sights - EUR63
  • Bike Ride - HUF6000
  • Great Synagogue - HUF3500
  • House of Terror - HUF2000
  • Hungarian National Museum - HUF1600
  • Hungarian State Opera House Tour - HUF2900
  • Parliament Tour - HUF5200
  • Pub Crawl - HUF5000
  • Thermal Bath - HUF4500
  • Transport and Entry to Statue Park - HUF5000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (1)
Travel by bus to the lakeside town of Bled (approximately 8 hours). An eye-popping spot, Lake Bled is found at the edge of the Julian Alps in Slovenia. Needless to say, there are lots of outdoor activities on offer to get the blood pumping: rafting, caving, canoeing, swimming. If you are feeling active, why not hire a bike and head out to Vintgar Gorge (4 km) and walk through the natural canyon? Explore Bled Castle, perched atop the 100-metre cliff overlooking the lake. Catch a pletna (small wooden boat) over to the island in the middle of the lake to ring the wishing bell. Take a day trip to Lake Bohinj, situated within a glaciated valley in the Julian Alps. There, you can ascend Mt Vogel by cable car for awesome views of the ranges. If the weather is clear you might even see Triglav, the highest peak in Slovenia. Just remember that the weather conditions on top of Mt Vogel can be a bit all over the place (it's a ski resort in the winter), so bring some layers to wear in case the gods are not smiling down on you. For a sample of Bled cuisine, look no further than the famous Bled Cake – a vanilla, custard, cream and pastry delight.
Optional Activities
  • Mountain Bike Hire - EUR15
  • Pletna Boat Trip - EUR12
  • Canyoning - EUR60
  • Bled Castle - EUR10
  • River rafting - EUR55
  • Bus and cable car trip to Mt Vogel - EUR25
  • Emerald River Adventure (full day) - EUR110
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (1)
Board the train and brace yourself for some amazing scenery on the way to Venice (approximately 5.5 hours). Venice is one of a kind, built over a hundred small islands connected by 400 bridges. As well as all those romantic canals, it has all the hallmarks of a fine old Italian city: world-class food, performance, art and architecture. Use your free time to explore – the best way to go is on foot. Take in all the famous sights, like the Grand Canal, the old-world shops of the Rialto Bridge, the Palace of the Doge (ruler of Venice), the Piazza San Marco and its golden basilica, and the Bridge of Sighs. Don't even think about leaving until you've eaten some tiramisu. This is where the dish was born, and they know how to do it.
Optional Activities
  • Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs - EUR18
  • Guggenheim Museum - EUR15
  • St Mark's Campanile - EUR8
  • St Mark's Basilica Treasury - EUR3
  • Accademia Gallery - EUR15
  • Venezia Ca' d'Oro - EUR8
  • Concerto - EUR32
  • Gondola Ride - EUR80
  • Urban Adventures - Chicchetti of Venice - EUR80
  • Venice - Cicchetti Crawl - EUR20
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel on a series of trains (approximately 5 hours) to the Liguria region. La Spezia will be your base for exploring the truly epic stretch of coast known as the Cinque Terre (approximately 30 minutes' train ride away). The colourful houses built into cliff faces are an amazing feat of engineering. Those Italians aren't afraid of nothin'. You'll walk along the famous paths of the villages. Olive groves and vineyards cover the mountains that plunge into the sea, so brace yourself for some crazy, crazy views. If you're feeling energetic, walking the entire path (12 km, approximately 5 hours) will give you the best taste of the villages and countryside. You can jump on a train between any of the villages or get back to base whenever you want. After working up an appetite, you'll appreciate indulging in the foods of the Liguria region, which take advantage of the products of the Mediterranean. Pesto is a speciality, and is often served with pasta, green beans and potato, or dolloped into a classic minestrone soup. Focaccia is also a speciality, and makes a tasty start to lunch – team it up with some cheese and ham and you have a simple yet delicious picnic.

Notes: Some sections of the Cinque Terre path can be quite difficult, with challenging uphill stretches, narrow paths, steep cliffs and foot bridges. You will need to wear sturdy footwear (trainers or light hiking shoes). Due to recent landslides in the area it is currently not possible to walk the the Via dell'Amore and the coastal section between Manarola and Corniglia. There are alternative inland routes, however these are of a higher physical rating and involve steep ups and downs. It is possible to take the train or a bus for these sections.

Cinque Terre path sections:
- Riomaggiore to Manarola (the original Via dell'Amore) is currently closed until further notice. The alternative is an inland path, taking around 1 hour involving a rocky path with lots of steps.
- Manarola to Corniglia is also closed to landslides. The alternative is via the hill side village of Volastra. It takes 1 hour to reach Volastra via a series of steep staircases, and then another hour to reach Corniglia. There is an hourly bus from Manarola to Volastra in order to bypass the steps.
- Corniglia to Vernazza is medium level difficulty and takes about one and a half hours on a rocky path.
- Vernazza to Monterosso is more challenging but arguably the most scenic and takes about two hours on a rocky path.

Please also note that due to safety reasons some sections of any path can be closed at short notice.
Optional Activities
  • Day Cruise - EUR25
  • Pesto Class in Levanto - EUR13
  • Cinque Terre Day Trip - EUR16
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Board a train bound for Florence (approximately 3.5 hours). You'll arrive around mid-afternoon. Get a feel for the heart of Tuscany – it's brimming with religious monuments and Renaissance masterpieces. No wonder a third of Europe's fat-cat artists lived here back in the day! It's best to see the main sights of the 'outdoor museum' on foot – the Pitti Palace, the Ponte Vecchio, the Arno River front, the many statues and monuments of the Piazza della Signoria, the Palazzo Vecchio, the 13th-century Duomo, Baptistry and Belltower and the Santa Croce Church. It's a dizzying list, but don't forget to visit the Uffizi, one of the world's oldest art galleries and a work of art in itself. And of course there's Michelangelo's super-famous statue of David in the Galleria dell'Accademia.

Notes: Florentine State Museums (Uffizi, Accademia, Pitti Palace, Medici Chapels, Bargello, Archaeological Museum, Davanzati) can all be booked in advance. Reserve tickets online at www.weekendafirenze.com. We suggest that you book in advance (your leader can be of assistance), especially for the Uffizi as this museum experiences enormous queues (up to 5 hours) all year round. The individual museums have slightly different opening times and closing days between them but the website - www.firenzemusei.it - has everything you need to know about all of them. The best day for your visit to any of the museums will be your free day in Florence.
Optional Activities
  • Uffizi Gallery - EUR16
  • Accademia - EUR16
  • Baptistry - EUR10
  • Duomo & Campanile climb - EUR6
  • Medici Chapels - EUR6
  • Museo dell'Opera di S.Maria del Fiore - EUR15
  • Museum Bargello - EUR4
  • Palazzo Vecchio - EUR10
  • Pitti Palace - Boboli Gardens, Museo Argenti, Costume Gallery, Porcellain Museum - EUR10
  • Siena bus ticket - EUR24
  • Urban Adventures - Florence Foodies Walk - EUR64
  • Urban Adventures - Florence Markets & Delis - EUR53
  • Urban Adventures - Aperitivo Time! Florence Wine Tour - EUR73
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
Head to Rome by train (approximately 3.5 hours). Time for some Roman around. Arrive in Italy's capital and dive head-first into all it has to offer – ancient ruins, religious monuments, designer shops, top-notch restaurants, cafes and bars. Don't miss the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine and the Forum (the centre of ancient Rome). And no visit would be complete without a trip to Vatican City and St Peter's Basilica. Entry to the Basilica is free, and there's a small charge to climb the dome so you can catch the awesome views from up there. The Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel are also well worth your time. The following day, it's time to say ciao to your new travel companions, and you're free to depart whenevs.

Notes: The Vatican Museum is closed on some days, including most Sundays. On the last Sunday of the month, it's open and free (but expect large crowds). Check the Vatican website for these dates: www.vatican.va. Tickets for the Vatican Museum can be booked online at http://biglietteriamusei.vatican.va/musei/tickets/do Alternatively, the Galleria Borghese can also be booked online at http://www.galleriaborghese.it/borghese/en/einfo.htm. The best day for your visit to the Vatican Museum will be the morning of day 22.
Optional Activities
  • Castel Sant'Angelo - EUR10
  • Christian catacombs - EUR8
  • Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill - EUR16
  • Imperial Fora - EUR9
  • Keats-Shelley Memorial House - EUR5
  • Vatican museums - EUR16
  • Pantheon - Free
  • St Peter's dome climb - EUR6
  • St Peter's Dome Climb & Elevator - EUR8
  • Venezia Palace - EUR5
  • Galleria Borghese - EUR15
  • Urban Adventures - Ancient Rome: Archaeological Discovery Tour - EUR89
  • Urban Adventures - Roman Dolce Vita - EUR63
  • Urban Adventures - Trastevere: Trends and Tradition - EUR55
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (1)

Meals

7 breakfasts

Transport

Bus, Metro, Overnight train, Private bus, Train

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights), Hostel (5 nights), Guesthouse (8 nights), Pension (1 night), Overnight train (1 night)

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Important notes

Passports have to be carried, but normally you do not need to show them. Stamps are no longer issued at border crossings.

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