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Get set for an epic adventure through Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Venice

Berlin to Venice – a righteously rollicking jaunt through Europe’s edgiest epicentres. Sniff out Berlin’s renowned arts scene, see what’s crackin’ in Krakow and go for a prance about Prague’s pubs. Get your class on in Vienna and Budapest, then leisure it out in Bled.

Berlin, Germany
Venice, Italy
Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovenia
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
3 reviews
Min 18 , Max 29
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Travelling in a smaller group of like-minded people (friends!) mostly by trains (that is called a ‘responsible manner’) is the best way to move around Europe

  • 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

  • Visit Mauerpark in Berlin, or otherwise called Wall Park. Listen to some interesting stories of post war Berlin

  • Krakow's Wawel Castle will blow your mind. Walking through its medieval main square is like time travel

  • Find out why Mariacki Hejnal sounds like its cut in half. Sample Obwarzanki while doing that. What’s Obwarzanki? Well, find out in Krakow!

  • 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

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.

  • 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.


Guten Tag! Welcome to Berlin! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm today. 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. Berlin's nocturnal nightclub scene is a class in itself so perhaps go and discover it tonight after the meeting. Don’t stay up too long as tomorrow you’ll have a tick-list to go through if you want to say you have visited Berlin!

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.
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mauerpark Fleamarket Visit
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
  • Museum Pass, 3 Day Ticket - EUR24
  • Bike Tour - EUR28
  • Jewish Museum - EUR8
  • National History Museum - EUR8
  • Pergamon Museum - EUR13
  • River Cruise Sightseeing Tour - EUR25
  • Berlin Zoo and Aquarium - EUR20
  • 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
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning join your leader on a visit to the Mauerpark flea market, filled with vintage market stores, buskers and cosy cafes. The atmosphere is truly Berlin. In the early afternoon, you'll board a train to Szczecin in Poland connecting to your overnight train bound for Krakow. Don’t be late!
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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 Krakow. Rynek Glowny, the town square dates 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. Make sure you sit down for a little while at the statue of Adam Mickiewicz, poet, dramatist, essayist, publicist, translator, professor of Slavic literature, and political activist, in short, a man quite well-known in Poland. His statue in Krakow main square is a popular place for all youngsters to catch up, often making it a cool place to be.
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Obwarzanki snack - Krakow
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventure - Communist Krakow Adventure - EUR37
  • Urban Adventure - Polish Krakow Adventure - EUR37
  • Jewish Krakow Adventure - EUR39
  • Urban Adventure - Home Cooked Krakow - EUR52
  • 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.
If you want to tear yourself from magical Main Square, 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 concentration camps and museums, sites where some of the worst atrocities were perpetrated (it's confronting, but important). A tour of Kazimierz, the former Jewish quarter in Krakow could be a great idea after visiting Oswiecim. Krakow has many cellar restaurants and pubs and a thriving cultural scene too, so don’t forget that – go out on the streets, dip into some awesome street food and never leave Krakow without trying some Pierogi. Ask locals (or your leader!), they’ll tell you where to go!
  • Hostel (1 night)
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.
  • Hostel (1 night)
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 Entrance - CZK350
  • Sedlec Ossuary - CZK90
  • Church of St Barbara - CZK60
  • Town Hall Clock Tower - CZK105
  • Simpaticka Kavarna Prague snack - CZK25
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Another day in Prague and so many possibilities. Discover the Bohemian Prague; extravagant, political, passionate, and fueled with Czech Water. Learn how the Bohemian artists, writers, dissidents, and the Bohemian mentality shaped the nation. Don’t forget to sample some of the best Czech beers and traditional and modern Czech snacks along the way. If you feel like going for a day trip out of the city, ask your leader to help you organise a trip to Kutna Hora. See the Church of Santa Barbara and Sedlec ossuary or The Church of Bones if you like, a small Roman Catholic chapel that contains the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people. Back in Prague remember that the Old Town at night is truly special. There are many great restaurants and pubs, some in old vaulted cellars. The nightlife in Prague is some of the best in Central Europe. Whether dance clubs, beer-halls or underground absinthe bars are your thing, there's something for everyone. The city also boasts one of Europe's most respected jazz scenes. If you find yourself out until the early hours in a jazz club, have a wander along Charles Bridge or the Old Town Square as the sun rises for magical photo opportunities.
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Depart Prague and travel by train 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 'Chess-kee Kroom-love') 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).
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Canoe Trip - CZK700
  • Guided walking tour - CZK300
  • Egon Schiele Art Centrum - CZK160
  • Raft/canoe trip per person - CZK1200
  • Guided castle tour - CZK250
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel to Ceske Budejovice and join your leader for an orientation walk and optional lunch in this Bohemian town that is famous as the home of the Budvar brewery. Alternatively choose to use your stop-over to do a quick brewery visit. Tours are operated every day at 2 pm and the factory is located a short taxi ride away from town centre. Discuss the options for this day beforehand with your tour leader. In the afternoon travel onward to Vienna (Approx 5 hours).
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Budweiser Budvar brewery tour - CZK120
  • 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 concert - EUR70
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Head out for an orientation walk this morning with your tour leader. After a quick overview of what this great city has to offer you will have the rest of the day free. You might 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 If you feel like watching dancing horses, catch a dressage show at the Spanish Riding School. Remember though, The Spanish Riding School 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 to arrange tickets. After all this sightseeing, you might like to indulge in a traditional Viennese coffee and Sacher torte, before capping off the evening with a spot of Mozart, Bach or Schubert in a concert hall.
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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.
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventures - Buda Castle Explorer - EUR44
  • Urban Adventures - Bites & Sights - EUR63
  • Urban Adventures - Happy Hour Budapest - EUR58
  • Bike Ride - HUF6000
  • Great Synagogue - HUF3500
  • House of Terror - HUF2000
  • Hungarian National Museum - HUF1600
  • Hungarian State Opera House Tour - HUF3000
  • Parliament Tour - HUF5200
  • Pub Crawl - Starting from - HUF5000
  • Thermal Bath - Starting from - HUF4500
  • Transport and Entry to Statue Park - HUF5000
  • Budapest Central Market - Free
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Enjoy another day in the Pearl of the Danube. Exploring the historical Buda castle is definitely one way to do it! Forget about the bustling city and lose yourself in the history of Buda castle and palace complex of the Hungarian kings. The winding streets of Castle District dates back to the 13th century. And there is an old, mid-19th century local pastry shop there!
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel by train 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.
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Mountain Bike Hire - EUR15
  • Bled - Pletna Boat Trip - EUR14
  • Bled - Canyoning - EUR60
  • Bled - Bled Castle - EUR10
  • River rafting - EUR55
  • Bus and cable car trip to Mt Vogel - EUR25
  • Bled - Emerald River Adventure (full day) - EUR110
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
No better place to get active than in Bled. Go for a lake walk (or run if you feel like!) in the morning, or do your hot yoga poses on the grassy bank of the lake. You won’t find a better set up for it than in Bled! Afterwards perhaps enjoy a full day adventure around Triglav Massive, including some water rafting and other blood pumping activities! Check with your leader for all the options and book in advance not to miss out. If you don’t feel like going crazy, just enjoy the beauty of the place; perhaps find a quite spot near the lake and spend a day reading your book.
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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.
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs - EUR19
  • Guggenheim Museum - EUR15
  • St Mark's Campanile - EUR8
  • St Mark's Basilica Treasury - EUR3
  • Accademia Gallery - EUR15
  • Venezia Ca' d'Oro - EUR10
  • 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.
It's time to say ciao, and you're free to leave at any time today.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.


5 breakfasts


Train, Overnight sleeper train, Public bus, Private vehicle


Hostel (7 nights), Overnight train (1 night), Hotel (4 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Mauerpark Fleamarket Visit
  • Obwarzanki snack - Krakow


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Important notes

Please note that in 2018 this trip is going to be shortened to 11 days and will finish in Budapest. If you would like to continue to Venice you can book the new 19-day combo 'Berlin to Venice by Rail' (trip code GEGVC), taking in the additional destinations of Lake Balaton in Hungary and Zagreb in Croatia.

A Single Supplement is NOT available on this trip.

You don't have a lot of time in Berlin and Venice at the start and the end of the trip respectively, so if you're keen to explore these spectacular cities in depth, we recommend you tag on a few days before and/or after the trip. Please ask a Geckos Travel Consultant for more information.

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