The Great Eastern Eurotrip
*This experience runs on selected Fridays starting 26 April till 27 September, 2019 – (Prices may vary according to departure dates)
*Accommodation might vary between hotels, hostels and ferries (Check below for further info)
17 days enjoying an incredible tour of Europe!
Visiting 9 countries: Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic
Day 1: Athens
It doesn’t get much feta than this! Orient yourself before you meet the group today – exciting times ahead.
Day 2: 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 3: Mykonos
Free day in para-para-paradise. Loving it? We hope so! Soak up those rays and dive into 50 shades of blue.
Day 4: 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 5: Mykonos to Athens
Today it’s back on the ferry to Athens for a second dose of ancient vibes. Make sure your camera’s charged today – we’re taking you on a driving tour.
-Driving tour of Athens
Day 6: 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.
-Visit the cliffside monasteries of Meteora (entry not included)
Day 7: 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.
-Driving tour of Tirana with a local guide
Day 8: Tirana to Dubrovnik, Croatia
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.
-Walking tour of Dubrovnik with a local guide
Day 9: 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. Alternatively, take to the turquoise water with a spot of optional sea kayaking around the city walls. This is the good life.
-Sea kayaking around the Dubrovnik Walls
-Game of Thrones tour
Day 10: Dubrovnik to Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Roll out of Dubrovnik and into Sarajevo, a city that’s still shaking off its tragic past – but first, there’s just enough time for a pit stop in historic Mostar. When we reach Sarajevo, we’ll show you the sights on a guided tour and round off the day with some delicious local food.
-Walking tour of Sarajevo
Day 11: 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.
-Walking tour of Belgrade
-Visit the Srebrenica Memorial
Day 12: 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.
-Driving tour of Budapest
Day 13: 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.
-Dinner cruise on the Danube River
Day 14: Budapest to Vienna, Austria
Prepare your retinas – there’s gonna be some amazing scenery playing outside the coach windows today as we make our way to 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.
-Driving tour of Vienna
-Tickets to the Viennese Chamber Orchestra
-Tickets to the Viennese Chamber Orchestra (dinner included)
Day 15: Vienna to Prague, Czech Republic
First, a visit to former concentration camp Mauthausen 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).
-Visit former concentration camp Mauthausen
-Walking tour of Prague
Day 16: 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.
-Local beer tasting
Day 17: Prague
All good things come to an end. Swap number and prepare for the next adventure.
Bosnia & Hersegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Serbia
2 Weeks +
IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL
- Local guide Tirana
- Local guide Dubrovnik
- Visit former concentration camp Mauthausen
- Visit the Srebrenica Memorial
- Visit the cliffside monasteries of Meteora (entry not included)
- Party in Mykonos
Hostel Plus trips host our most eclectic types of accommodation. While modern hostels make up the majority of your overnighters you could also stay in hotels (free upgrade – yeah!), Austrian Gasthofs, canvas cabins, ferry cabins or bungalows.
The ‘More Inclusions’ section details what type of accommodation will be used for overnight stops on your trip.
The number of people to a room on Hostel Plus trips will vary. For hostels you will have multi-share rooms and usually share with between 3 and 5 others (although in some circumstances you will share with more than 5) while in hotels there will be twin or triple-shares (and the odd quad-room). The number of people sharing in bungalows, canvas cabins, ferry cabins and Austrian Gasthofs can vary.
Please note: When staying on a Hostel Plus trip, multi-share accommodation is single-sex. You will also need to bring your own towels with you as these are not provided by all of our hostels.
Your included meals are detailed in the ‘More Inclusions’ section of this document.
Breakfasts are included every day (except on the first morning). They are usually ‘continental breakfasts’, which are typical in most European countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink. It is rare to get a hot breakfast in continental Europe, though on some occasions there may be some hot food available as well.
Included meals will be a combination of those prepared by On-Site Chefs, local restaurants and places in which we stay. Included evening meals are in local restaurants or accommodations, and are either two or three courses. In most cases table water is provided with the meals, and if you wish to purchase additional drinks you can do so at your own expense.
If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent or Customer Service Consultant when you book. However, please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs, particularly in Eastern Europe. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.
- 16 breakfasts, 7 dinners
- 6 nights in hotel upgrades, 7 nights in hostels, 3 nights in canvas cabins
- Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
- Guided tours of all major cities
- Awesome Trip Leader and Driver
Meet at 6pm in Athens
Approximately 9am in Prague
On all trips we have arranged extra activities that we think will enhance your travel experience, but you have a choice as to whether or not you will participate. These are not included in the cost of your trip. They are usually organised on a group participation basis and should be taken into consideration when budgeting your spending money.
None of the Optional Activities on your trip are operated by Drifters Guide, nor do they form part of your contract with Drifters Guide for your trip. Drifters Guide arranges the activity as an agent of the local supplier. Should you participate in any Optional Activities your contract will be with the local supplier and their conditions will apply.
Please note: while we make every effort to keep these prices as accurate and up-to-date as possible, they are subject to change and in rare circumstances the actual price may vary slightly to what is published here.
Sea kayaking around the Dubrovnik walls: HRK 220
Game of Thrones tour: €15
Dinner cruise on the Danube River: €35
Tickets to the Viennese Chamber Orchestra: €40
Tickets to the Viennese Chamber Orchestra (dinner included): €62
Prague, Czech Republic
Local beer tasting: CZK 800
One of the best parts of travelling is experiencing the nightlife and entertainment each city has to offer. However, amidst the fun and excitement, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and personal safety as well. Before you hit the road with us, it’s important to be aware of the following:
When you’re on a night out, remember to avoid walking alone, particularly through deserted areas like beaches and back streets. Always stick together, take a taxi where possible, and keep a note of your accommodation details so you can find your way back to your fellow travelers if you become separated.
In some countries, alcoholic measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Try to keep track of what you’re drinking, and if you see one of your trip mates looking a little worse for wear, take them back to your accommodation. Be cautious when accepting drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended.
It’s also important to be aware that what you might consider harmless flirting may be interpreted differently in some countries. Be yourself and have fun, but don’t be naïve, and be mindful of the signals you are sending out so that you don’t find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.