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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.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Berlin, Germany
Finish
Venice, Italy
Countries
Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovenia
Code
GEGVC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18 , Max 29
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why you'll 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 to the country and visit Lake Balaton, where you can sail across emerald waters, try your hand windsurfing, or savour a (very) lazy afternoon wine tasting.

  • Eat your way through Croatia’s mix of European cuisines in Zagreb, with everything from fresh Mediterranean seafood to Italian-influenced antipasti and heavenly fried fritule doughnuts.

  • 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.

Itinerary

Guten Tag! Welcome to Berlin! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm today. 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!
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventures - Storyline of Berlin - EUR61
  • Urban Adventures - Hidden Berlin - EUR51
  • Urban Adventures - Food and Art in Funky Kreuzberg - EUR78
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning, perhaps visit Mauerpark, which literally translates to Wall Park as it sits on the former Death Strip of the Berlin Wall. If the weather is nice the atmosphere is truly Berlin. In nearby Kastanienallee's pubs beer is cheaper than water. In the early afternoon, you'll board a train to Szczecin in Poland, where you’ll connect to your overnight train bound for Krakow. Don’t be late!
Accommodation
  • Overnight train (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Bike Tour - EUR28
  • 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 - EUR14
  • 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
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, and 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. Find out why Mariacki Hejnal (the trumpeter on top of St Mary's Church) sounds like his tune is cut in half. Sample Obwarzanki while doing that. What’s Obwarzanki? Well, you'll find out.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Obwarzanki Snack on Rynek Glowny
Optional Activities
  • Jewish Krakow Adventure - EUR39
  • Urban Adventure - Home Cooked Krakow - EUR60
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
If you want to tear yourself from the 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 visit to 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 head to 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!
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Galicia Jewish Museum - PLN15
  • History Museum - PLN8
  • St. Mary's Basilica - PLN10
  • Wawel Royal Castle - PLN25
  • Wieliczka Salt Mines tour - PLN145
  • State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, transport and guided tour from - PLN145
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 is 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 in one of Prague's underground bars and sip some absinthe or a Pilsner. Some of the best fun in Prague is had after the sun goes down, when the magic of the Old Town really comes alive.
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventure - Prague Discovery - EUR66
  • Urban Adventure - Prague Beer and Czech Tapas Tour - EUR68
  • Urban Adventure - Bohemian Tastes and Neighborhoods - EUR58
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 fuelled with Czech Water. Learn how the Bohemian artists, writers, dissidents, and their 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’s Sedlec Ossuary, or The Church of Bones if you like, a small Roman Catholic chapel that contain the skeletons of between 40.000 and 70.000 people. Back in Prague remember that 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.
Optional Activities
  • Bike tour - CZK490
  • Jewish Quarter - CZK500
  • 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 - CZK250
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-key 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.
Accommodation
  • 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
There are no meals included on this day.
Today travel on a series of trains to to Vienna, the capital of Austria (approx 5 hours). Once the centre of the Habsburg Empire, Vienna is today a cosmopolitan city with music in the air and the grandeur of a golden past. Art lovers will be delighted by the vast array of museums available including 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 discover the Secession Building with its gold laurel-leaf dome. Upon arrival 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.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Budweiser Budvar Brewery Tour - CZK120
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
After a quick overview of what this great city has to offer your leader will take you to the famous Naschmarkt food and produce market, where you will have the option to try all sorts of weird and wonderful things. You will have the rest of the day free to explore Vienna at your own pace. You might like to head out to Schönbrunn 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. If you feel like watching dancing horses, catch a dressage show at the Spanish Riding School.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Visit to Naschmarkt Food & Produce Market
Optional Activities
  • Albertina Museum - EUR13
  • Belvedere Gallery - Lower Gallery - EUR13
  • Hofburg Palace and Sisi Museum - EUR14
  • 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.
Special Information
Notes: Skip the queues to Schönbrunn palace by booking tickets online. For the Spanish Riding School you will need to book tickets well in advance. Remember that the Spanish Riding School doesn't operate throughout the summer months
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. 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?). Cross the Chain Bridge for 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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventures - Buda Castle Explorer - EUR45
  • Urban Adventures - Bites & Sights - EUR64
  • Private Budapest: Best Beers of Budapest - UA - EUR97
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Enjoy two free days in Budapest. Exploring the historical Buda castle is definitely one way to do it! Forget about the bustling city and lose yourself in the history of the 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! Join your leader on a trip to Szimpla Kert, one of Budapest's famous ruin bars. They originated as squats hidden in inconspicuous side streets, and have since become an inherent part of Budapest's night life.
Included Activities
  • Visit to Szimpla Kert Ruin Bar
Optional Activities
  • Hungarian State Opera House Tour - HUF3000
  • Parliament Tour - HUF5200
  • Urban Adventures - Buda Castle Explorer - EUR45
  • Urban Adventures - Bites & Sights - EUR64
  • Thermal Bath - Starting from - HUF4500
  • House of Terror - HUF2000
  • Szechenyi Baths Entrance & locker - EUR16
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
Catch the train this morning through Hungary’s green countryside, past manicured vineyards, fields of lavender and woodlands to Lake Balaton. This sprawling freshwater lake is surrounded by ancient fortresses, underwater caves and historic little villages calling out for exploration. Perhaps grab an ice cream and take a stroll through Tihany Town, the oldest medieval village in the region, or pop on a swimsuit and explore the incredible underground lake caves. The water here is so pure you can actually see the bottom! If you’d prefer time out in the sun instead, there is always the portion to simply relax by the lake shore.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Another train, another country. Catch an afternoon train to Croatia's capital, Zagreb. On arrival take an orientation walk on which your leader will point out local amenities and attractions you might want to visit along the way, such as a number of excellent museums to visit including the quirky Museum of Broken Relationships. Ask any questions you might have about the city during the walk.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is a free day in Zagreb, so check out both the upper town and the lower town to understand the city's culture. The tallest building in town is the gothic Zagreb Cathedral, with iconic twin spires that dominate the city's skyline. Ban Jelacic Square is the city's central point, which is surrounded by multiple structures that reflect different periods of Zagreb's past. There is so much to see and do here, the hard thing is deciding what to choose.
Optional Activities
  • Zagreb Funicular - HRK4
  • Ivan Meštrović Atelier - HRK30
  • Zagreb City Museum - HRK30
  • Lotrščak Tower - HRK20
  • Museum of Broken Relationships - HRK30
  • Mirogoj Cemetary - Free
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel by train to the lakeside town of Bled. 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. Upon arrival why not head out by bike around the lake or to Vintgar Gorge (4km) and walk through the natural canyon? Explore Bled Castle, perched atop the 100-metre cliff overlooking the lake, or 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. For a sample of Bled cuisine, look no further than the famous Bled Cake – a vanilla, custard, cream and pastry delight.
Included Activities
  • Bled Bike Tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
No better place to get active than on a full free day 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 the Triglav Massive, including some white 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 quiet spot near the lake and spend a day reading your book.
Optional Activities
  • Bled Pletna Boat Trip - EUR14
  • Bled Emerald River Adventure (full day) - EUR110
  • Day Trip to Ljubljana - EUR15
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 just right.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
It's time to say ciao to the famous sinking city, and you're free to leave at any time today. Unless you would like to extend your stay here in which case we are happy to help you book additional accommodation. Alternatively, why not join Geckos’ ‘Italy by Rail’ trip, taking you all the way down to Rome.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts

Transport

Train, Overnight sleeper train

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights), Hostel (8 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights), Apartments (2 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Obwarzanki Snack on Rynek Glowny
  • Visit to Naschmarkt Food & Produce Market
  • Visit to Szimpla Kert Ruin Bar
  • Bled Bike Tour

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Important notes

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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