The Road to Rome
*This experience runs on selected Sundays starting 05 May till 08 September, 2019 – (Prices may vary according to departure dates)
*Accommodation might vary between hotels and hostels (Check below for further info)
10 days having a European adventure ticking off all the greats!
Visiting 5 countries: France, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City
Staying in hotels full of character, our journey from London goes via Paris, the Swiss Alps, past the glamorous French Riviera and onto the Renaissance beauty of Florence. Ready? Let’s go.
Day 1: London, England to Paris, France
All good things start with Paris. Meet the crew, grab some supplies and hit the road early in the morning as we jump across the English Channel. Pinch yourself and Instagram your first selfie before we kick off the trip with a driving tour and picnic next to the Eiffel Tower. Home to Coco Chanel, the Pompidou Center and the Mona Lisa, Paris more than deserves its reputation as the European capital for all things culture, fashion and food. Now’s your chance to find out why.
-Driving tour of Paris and gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower
Day 2: Paris
This morning: free time en Français. From the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay to the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées, you’ll be sure to make a solid dent in your bucket list. Later on, you can stretch those legs on an optional bike tour of Paris, or simply roam the streets on your own. End your day with an optional Seine River cruise or a #throwback bohemian cabaret show.
-Traditional cabaret show
-Seine river cruise
-Bike tour of Paris
Day 3: Paris
Last chance to explore Europe’s most infamous city. Leave no Parisian boulevard un-strolled, no fabulous wines left unopened and no amazing French dish uneaten. How you spend today is totally up to you. Hop to it!
Day 4: Paris to Swiss Alps, Switzerland
Trade in Parisian streets for snowy peaks. Home to the highest point in Europe, 72 waterfalls and one of the largest nature conservation’s in Switzerland, Lauterbrunnen is where we’ll be spending the night. Upon arrival, chow down on fondue and hit the bar for a nightcap.
Day 5: Swiss Alps
Rise and shine, you’ve got some serious exploring to do. Take the option to hop on the revolving gondola to the top of Mt Titlis and test your pano photo skills. Then head back down in search of the world’s best hot chocolate. #hardlife.
-Scenic excursion to Mt Titlis
Day 6: Swiss Alps to French Riviera, France
Trade in your gruezi for bonjour as we follow in Napoleon’s footsteps down to the glamorous French Riviera. Try your hand at celeb spotting as you explore the world’s most lavish waterfront property.
Day 7: French Riviera including Monaco visit
Hit the beach with the paparazzi posse, or go wild in the designer boutiques in Nice’s Old Town. Later: roll with the jet set on a guided tour and see how the 1% live (hint: it involves Ferraris and bathing in caviar). Feeling lucky? Hit the tables at the Monte Carlo Casino and make it rain (or not). Also today: a visit to a traditional French perfumery.
-Visit a traditional French perfumery
-Walking tour of Monaco
Day 8: French Riviera to Florence, Italy
Today it’s up and onwards to the renaissance romance of Florence. But first, take THAT shot at the Leaning Tower of Pisa before trucking on to the Tuscan hills outside Florence. Ready to eat, sleep, repeat in the foodie capital of the world?
-Visit Pisa and the famous Leaning Tower
Day 9: Florence to Rome
Time to give that bucket list a workout – we’re off to Rome! Make like Caesar (the emperor, not the salad) and work up a ‘colossus’ hunger as you pass by the Pantheon, throw your two cents in the Trevi Fountain, sit on the Spanish Steps and visit ancient history’s version of the Hunger Games set at the Colosseum. Tonight, you’re in Disneyland for foodies. Have fun.
-Walking tour of Rome
-Walking tour of Florence with a local guide
Day 10: Rome
Swing past the Vatican City with an optional tour. Today, we love and leave you to continue the adventure.
-Vatican City tour
France, Italy, Monaco, Switzerland, Vatican City
1 Week +
IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL
- Walking tour of Rome
- Visit a traditional French perfumery
- Walking tour of Monaco
- Driving tour of Paris and gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower
- Visit Pisa and the famous Leaning Tower
- Walking tour of Florence with a local guide
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.
- 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners
- 9 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
Meet at 6am in London (or 5pm in Paris)
Approximately 12pm in Rome
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.
France – Paris
Traditional cabaret show: €65
Seine river cruise in: €10
Bike tour of Paris: €28
Switzerland – Engelberg
Scenic excursion to Mt Titlis: CHF 92
Italy – Rome
Guided tour of the Vatican City: €45
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.