This may not be the fastest route from Rome to London, but it is quite possibly the most exciting! Sail in Greece, wander medieval ramparts in the Balkans, roam the cobblestone streets of Budapest and Prague and cycle the wide boulevards of Berlin - and in between all that, treat yourself to all the scenery, culture and cuisine this awesome trip has to offer!
Travel Dates: From 30/04/2019 to 28/10/2019
Duration: 35 days
- Driving tour of Berlin
Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam
Visit former concentration camp Auschwitz
Driving tour of Budapest
Walking tour of Prague
Walking tour of Sarajevo
Walking tour of the restored city of Dresden
Driving tour of Belgrade
Driving tour of Tirana with a local guide
Driving tour of Copenhagen
Walking tour of Kraków
Walking tour of Dubrovnik with a local guide
Visit the Srebrenica Memorial
Driving tour of Athens
Visit the cliffside monasteries of Meteora (entry not included)
Driving tour of Vienna
Walking tour of Amsterdam
Walking tour of Bratislava
Walking tour of Rome
DAY 1 Rome, Italy
Oh my, it’s Rome time! Meet the group today and get excited – you’re in one of the greatest cities in the world. We’ll kick things off with a welcome dinner.
DAY 2 Rome to Sailing in Greece via Overnight Ferry
Play connect the dots with the stars or let the swell rock you to sleep as we ferry our way from from bella Italia to Greece. Restaurants, bars, and cosy cabin rooms will keep you comfortable.
DAY 3 Sailing in Greece
A short drive along the Greek coastline, then it’s on to our flotilla of yachts for three days of sun, sand and sailing on the Ionian Sea. By night, flaunt those European tan lines as we drop anchor and hop between authentic Greek tavernas for a hat-trick of feasting, table dancing and ouzo. You know the saying ‘too much of a good thing’? Neither do we.
DAY 4 Sailing in Greece
A free day to sail, swim, eat, sleep, repeat. Spend the day your way.
DAY 5 Sailing in Greece
More turquoise water. More swimming. More diving off boats. More epic Instagram shots. You could probably get used to this.
DAY 6 Sailing in Greece to Athens
It doesn’t get feta than this! Orient yourself as you tick off the likes of the Greek Parliament, Syntagma Square and the Acropolis on a driving tour.
DAY 7 Athens to Mykonos
Today we hop on a ferry over to Mykonos (aka 'that island with the cute windmills’). Epic beaches, sinfully good local restaurants and a bustling nightlife. What's not to love?
DAY 8 Mykonos
Free day in para-para-paradise. Loving it? We hope so! Soak up those rays and dive into 50 shades of blue.
DAY 9 Mykonos
You could totally get used to Mykonos’ dreamy backdrop of chalky villages, sky blue churches and laze-worthy beaches. Another free day to spend exactly how you please.
DAY 10 Mykonos to Santorini
Wave goodbye to Mykonos and try to contain your excitement as we arrive in Santorini – home to the world's best sunset.
DAY 11 Santorini
Get ready for more rom-com-worthy landscapes and views to write home about. After dark, hit the taverns and mingle with the locals.
DAY 12 Santorini to Athens
Whip out your camera and snap one last shot of Santorini’s postcard-worthy scenery. We're catching the ferry back to Athens for a final dose of ancient architecture and tragic myths.
DAY 13 Athens
Today is all about YOU! Spend it however you please. Explore during the day, then spend your evening searching for Greek grub and live entertainment at a traditional taverna.
DAY 14 Athens to Meteora
Leave your fear of heights in Athens. We're driving to Meteora, perched on the nail biting cliffs of Thessaly (Google it). Later, round off the day with good friends, good food and some FaceTiming.
DAY 15 Meteora to Tirana, Albania
Next stop, Tirana! Your Trip Leader will clue you up on everything you need to know about this former hardline communist state. Add a splash of colour to your Insta story today as you take a wander around.
DAY 16 Tirana to Dubrovnik, Croatia via Budva, Montenegro
Press your nose to the window and soak up all the stunning views that race past the coach window as we head up Montenegro’s coast on our way to the most famous walled city in Europe (stopping at Budva on the way). Later, we’ll take a wander around Dubrovnik's tiny cobblestoned streets and explore a few hidden cafés and shops before grabbing dinner and checking out the glitzy nightlife.
DAY 17 Dubrovnik
Yay! A free day in Dubrovnik! Spend some time checking out the residential homes further up in the Old Town for some awesome views, then relish a cold beer on the wall as the sun sets over the Adriatic.
DAY 18 Dubrovnik
Today, we’ve got some optionals that’ll knock your socks off. Choose from sea kayaking around the city walls, or head out to explore ‘King’s Landing’ on a Game of Thrones tour.
DAY 19 Dubrovnik to Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Roll out of Dubrovnik and into Sarajevo, a city that’s still shaking off its tragic past. We’ll show you the sights on a guided tour and round off the day with some delicious local food.
DAY 20 Sarajevo Belgrade, Serbia
Gritty but charming Belgrade is up next. Honour the victims of the 1995 genocide at the haunting Srebrenica Genocide Memorial, a sobering reminder of the greatest atrocity on European soil since the Second World War.
DAY 21 Belgrade to Budapest, Hungary
Hungary for more? Budapest is up next! A driving tour will get you down and Danube (that being the river) with twin cities Buda and Pest. Check out Hero's Square, Parliament House, the National Palace, Fisherman's Bastion and the swanky Andrássy Avenue. Then it's time to meet the major food groups: goulash, cabbage rolls and dumplings.
DAY 22 Budapest
A free day to take on a city with enough baroque, neoclassical and art nouveau architecture to keep you entertained for hours. Tonight, hang with the hipsters and drink local fruit brandy at one of the original ruin bars. Wanna go one step further? An optional dinner cruise on the Danube has your name on it.
DAY 23 Budapest to Vienna, Austria via Bratislava, Slovakia
Prepare your retinas – there’s gonna be some amazing scenery playing outside the coach windows today as we make our way to Bratislava for a walking tour. Then: Vienna. Don’t forget to wave hello to the President as we go past the Hofburg Palace! Vienna is famous for three things: musicians, grand coffee houses and, of course, apple strudel. Classical music fans, opt in for a night out to hear the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and Strauss at the Viennese Chamber Orchestra.
DAY 24 Vienna to Kraków, Poland
Legend has it a dragon had to be defeated in order for Kraków to be built – bit tougher than the usual council approvals, no? Get acquainted with Poland's beating heart (and the largest medieval town square in Europe) with a walking tour. Buff up on history at Wawel Castle, feed the ducks from the banks of the Wisla and slay a few glasses of mead after dinner. Did someone say optional pub crawl?
DAY 25 Kraków
After breakfast it’s your day, your choice. Our recommendations? Well, you could discover Kraków's inner hipster in the Jewish district or shop for amber in the UNESCO-listed Cloth Hall. If all else fails, there’s always pierogi and potato pancakes to keep you busy.
DAY 26 Kraków to Prague, Czech Republic
First, a visit to former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau for a lesson in the resilience of humanity. Then, on to Prague. Get Insta-happy and seek out the John Lennon Wall, soak up some Czech history at the National or Communist Museum or get a taste of the quirky local culture at a marionette puppet opera (you gotta see it to believe it).
DAY 27 Prague
Another free day for the win. Snap a selfie at Prague's own Eiffel Tower, visit a miniatures museum, eat roast pork from one of the street vendors lining Old Town Square and wash it all down with a beer. As in, a really good beer. Prague, we love you.
DAY 28 Prague to Berlin, Germany
Get acquainted with 800 year-old Dresden – a city virtually destroyed in WWII and then rebuilt – and check out the Frauenkirche before we make tracks to Berlin. Prep yourself for currywurst, absinthe and more hipsters per capita than anywhere else. We'll drive you around to see (what's left of) the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building.
DAY 29 Berlin
Today, why not step out on an optional Third Reich walking tour for a local insight into what the city was like under Nazi rule during World War II? Kreuzberg is a hit for lunch. Afternoon suggestion? Have a picnic at the historic Tempelhof airport-turned-public park. Tonight: explore the city after dark on an optional alternative street art and nightlife tour.
DAY 30 Berlin to Copenhagen, Denmark
On to Copenhagen to find out why this city keeps popping up among the top five most liveable cities in the world. Get your bearings on a guided driving tour and discover why Copenhagen is home to half of the nation's population.
DAY 31 Copenhagen
Today you have the chance to explore the city in true local fashion: on a bike. Romantic streak? Check out The Little Mermaid, a tribute to the fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen's pre-Disney masterpiece. Spoiler alert: the original version has the lovestruck mermaid become foam on the sea after she fails to win the prince's affections. Even back then, it seems, #thestrugglewasreal.
DAY 32 Copenhagen to Hamburg, Germany
With more bridges than Venice and Amsterdam combined, no skyscrapers (read: views for days) and the first zoo with no enclosures, Hamburg is one of the hippest cities in Europe. It’s also got 3 km of funfair shenanigans and Europe’s biggest Japanese garden. What are you waiting for? Get exploring! Later, check out the nightlife at the Port.
DAY 33 Hamburg to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Start dreaming of cheese, clogs and cheeky café stops as we roll through tulip and windmill dotted fields to Amsterdam. DAM, it's going to be a good day! Learn how gouda and clogs are made, then get your bearings on a walking tour of the vibrant capital. We’re talking the Dam Square, the Royal Palace and the National Monument, so get your cameras at the ready. For the perfect end to the perfect day, give in to temptation and grab a cone of hot chips with mayo. Mmm.
DAY 34 Amsterdam
Join 881,000 bikes and get your cycle on with an optional bike tour of Amsterdam's iconic canals, bridges and parks. Culture fiends, delve deeper with a visit to the Anne Frank House or the Van Gogh or Rijksmuseum. Still thirsty for more? Check out the Heineken Experience and indulge in a spot of beer tasting. What better way to toast the final night of your Europe Inspired adventure than with a dinner cruise on the canal?
DAY 35 Amsterdam to London, England
Love and leave Amsterdam this morning as we head back to London, where this trip of a lifetime ends.
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