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Europe: South by Northwest

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*This experience runs on selected Tuesdays starting 14 May till 17 September, 2019   – (Prices may vary according to departure dates)
*Accommodation might vary between hotels and hostels (Check below for further info)

14 days traveling Europe on the Venetian trail

Visiting 8 countries: Vatican City, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands

 

From the majesty of Rome and the canals of Venice, to the spires of Prague and the history of Berlin – not forgetting the beaches of Croatia and the beauty of Slovenia. This is one fortnight you won’t want to end!
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Day 1: Rome, Italy

Enter Rome. Hands down one of the most incredible cities in the world. Meet the group today, set foot, and explore.

Day 2: Rome to Venice

Maketh haste to fair Verona, the place where Romeo and Juliet found love. Snap a selfie at Juliet’s balcony and join throngs of lovers leaving notes on the wall (or avoid the crowds and just marvel at the ancient arena). Then: say ciao to Venice. Yep, you’re really here!

Included today:
-Walking tour of Verona

Optional activities:
-Get a personalized trip T-shirt or hoodie

Day 3: Venice

You know it as The Floating City, but this place is actually sinking (slowly). Today we’ll check out a who’s who of Venice’s usual suspects on a guided walking tour (ticking off the likes of St Mark’s Square and Accademia Bridge), then jump on a gondola ride to get the full experience. Throw away your map in the afternoon and try to find the world’s most epic little bookshop, Libreria Acqua Alta, or just go on a mission to find the perfect gelato.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Venice
-Gondola ride

Day 4: Venice to Pula, Croatia

With an ancient Roman amphitheater that doubles as a concert venue, Pula is pretty rad. Gear up for a small-town vibe, endless beaches and the scent of pine.

Day 5: Pula

It’s a free day in Pula. Explore to your heart’s content and soak up this one-of-a-kind paradise.

Day 6: Pula to Ljubljana, Slovenia

Shoot one last longing look at Pula before arriving in Ljubljana (lyoob-lya-nah) – aka the capital of Slovenia. See the city come alive on an optional food tour of Ljubljana, or visit the impressive Postojna Caves.

Optional activities:
-Visit the Postojna Caves
-Food tour of Ljubljana

Day 7: Ljubljana to Salzburg, Austria

So long, farewell, as we set off to Salzburg. But first, a stop at Insta-worthy Lake Bled. Go for a walking tour of Mozart’s birthplace, and play I-spy with the fortress overlooking the city (yeah, we see you Salzburg Castle).

Included today:
-Visit Lake Bled
-Walking tour of Salzburg

Day 8: Salzburg to Prague, Czech Republic

First, a visit to former concentration camp Mauthausen. Then, we’re off to postcard-perfect Prague. Get acquainted with this awesome place on a walking tour before having dinner as a group.

Included today:
-Visit former concentration camp Mauthausen
-Walking tour of Prague

Day 9: Prague

Your day, your way. Channel your inner bohemian and seek out the John Lennon memorial wall, then soak up some more 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). Want more? 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 drink beer. Good beer.

Optional activities:
-Local beer tasting

Day 10: 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. Dinner’s on us tonight.

Included today:
-Walking tour of the restored city of Dresden
-Driving tour of Berlin

Day 11: 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.

Optional Activities:
-Third Reich walking tour
-Street art and nightlife tour of Berlin

Day 12: Berlin 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 cheddar 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.

Included today:
-Dutch cheese and clogs demonstration
-Walking tour of Amsterdam

Day 13: 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 drinks cruise on the canal?

Included today:
-Canal dinner cruise

Optional Activities:
-Bike tour of Amsterdam

Day 14: Amsterdam to London, England

All good things must come to an end. Today, we say goodbye. Time to start planning your next adventure. Facebook friends, anyone?

Additional information

Country

Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Slovenia, Vatican City

Duration

2 Weeks +

Travel Style

IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL

Highlights

  • Walking tour of Amsterdam
  • Driving tour of Berlin
  • Gondola ride in Venice
  • Visit former concentration camp Mauthausen
  • Walking tour of Venice
  • Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam
  • Walking tour of Verona
  • Walking tour of the restored city of Dresden
  • Walking tour of Prague
  • Walking tour of Salzburg
  • Vaporetto ride in Venice
  • Visit Lake Bled

Accommodation

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.

Meals

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.

inclusions

  • 13 breakfasts, 6 dinners
  • 13 nights in hotels (twin or double)
  • English Channel crossing
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
  • Guided tours of all major cities
  • Awesome Trip Leader and Driver

Additional Info

Group Size

Maximum 48

Transport

Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi, including powerpoints for charging electronics.

Start/Finish Times

Start time:
Meet at 2pm in Rome

Finish time:
Approximately 9pm in London

Optional Activities

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.

Italy – Venice

Get a personalized trip T-shirt or hoodie: TBC

Slovenia – Postojna

Visit the Postojna Caves: TBC

Food tour of Ljubljana: TBC

Czech Republic – Prague

Local beer tasting: TBC

Germany – Berlin

Third Reich walking tour: TBC

Street art and nightlife tour of Berlin: TBC

Netherlands – Amsterdam

Bike tour of Amsterdam: TBC

Passenger Safety

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 fellows 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.

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