Berlin to Rome

Berlin to Rome

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Berlin to Rome

22 Days Starting in Berlin and ending in Rome

Visiting: Berlin, Dresden - Bastei, Prague, Bratislava , Budapest , Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, Bled , Bled, Venice, La Spezia, Cinque Terre / La Spezia, Florence, Rome

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Tour code:

AMRRC

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 16

Physical rating:

Low, Low

Age range:

15-99 years

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Small Group

Activities:

Rail Excursion, Walking

From: $5104 $4468 Operator discount: -$510 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$126 -12%

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Tour Overview

Embark on a true Eastern European escapade on this 22-day adventure from Berlin to Rome. With plenty of free time in each spot and a local leader providing recommendations along the way, you’ll get immersed in the buzz of Berlin, the beauty of Prague and the bustle of Budapest. Tour the grand summer palace in Vienna, step into a fairytale in Salzburg’s Old Town and walk through the enchanting Vintgar Gorge in Bled. Finish with the canals and clifftop villages of Venice and Cinque Terre, and the piazzas of Rome – this is an adventure you truly won’t want to miss.

Highlights

  • Begin and end in cities known for their complex pasts and influential art movements, albeit in very different ways – Berlin and Rome.

  • Step back in time as you wander Krakow’s World Heritage-listed Old Town and the 13th-century town square of Rynek Glowny.

  • Relax on the peaceful shores of Lake Bled in Slovenia. Maybe visit the tiny island church on the lake or treat yourself to a slice of Bled's famous cream cake.

  • Walk along Cinque Terre's rocky coastal pathways, calling into the sleepy pastel villages of Manarola, Riomaggiore and Vernazza.

  • Explore Rome’s instantly recognizable landmarks like the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica – no less impressive for their notoriety.

  • Begin your adventure in Berlin – an exciting city with a complex history. In your own time, see the remaining fragments of the infamous wall that once divided the city but now unites it with murals and memorials.

  • Experience the artistic history of unique Vienna – the perfect blend of modern and historic personality – then enjoy some kaffe and kuchen (coffee and cake) at a local café that empowers older residents with employment and purpose.

  • Escape city life on the peaceful shores of Lake Bled in Slovenia. Maybe visit the iconic church on the tiny fairytale island in the lake's centre and treat yourself to a slice of Bled's famous cream cake.

  • Discover the landmarks of Rome with your leader and wander around the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, the Forum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, Via Dei Condotti.

  • With loads of free time in some of Eastern Europe’s best locations, you can choose your own adventure and customize your trip to hit everything you actually want to see! Get active with a hike to Bastei or hit the ruin bars of Budapest – why not?

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Day 1: Berlin

Location: Berlin

Accommodation: Hotel

Guten Tag! Welcome to Germany. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm tonight in Berlin. There are no activities planned until then, so feel free to arrive at any time during the day. You may like to take a Spree River cruise, visit the multiple museums and galleries at Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz or stop by the impressive Berliner Dom Cathedral. Tonight after your meeting, why not join your newfound travel pals for dinner? Berlin’s food is a mix of classic German with Bavarian, Italian and Middle Eastern influences. But who can go past a traditional currywurst, schnitzel or pretzel together with a stein of beer?

Optional Activities:
-Berlin - Museum Pass (3 Day Ticket)
-Berlin - Bike Tour
-Berlin - Jewish Museum
-Berlin - National History Museum
-Berlin - Pergamon Museum
-Berlin - Spree River Cruise
-Berlin - Berliner Dom Cathedral
-Berlin - TV Tower
-Berlin - Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz
-Berlin - German History Museum
-Berlin - Checkpoint Charlie Museum
-Berlin - Schloss Charlottenburg
-Berlin - Reichstag (time slot must be booked online in advance) - Free
-Berlin - Topography of Terror - Free

Day 2: Berlin

Location: Berlin

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

Set out to discover more of Berlin in detail today, as you’ll have free time to enjoy it as you please. There are plenty of impressive sites for you to check out – the Brandenburg Gate, remnants of the Berlin Wall and the dominating Reichstag building – either on your own, during a bike tour or all at once from the observation deck of the Berlin TV Tower. There are also a couple of unique memorials, like the Jewish Memorial and the Topography of Terror, which are well worth your time. Tonight, maybe explore Berlin’s thriving foodie scene with a few dinner suggestions from your leader.

Optional Activities:
-Berlin - German History Museum
-Berlin - Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz
-Berlin - TV Tower
-Berlin - Checkpoint Charlie Museum
-Berlin - Topography of Terror - Free
-Berlin - Reichstag (time slot must be booked online in advance) - Free
-Berlin - Schloss Charlottenburg
-Berlin - Jewish Museum
-Berlin - Bike Tour
-Berlin - Museum Pass (3 Day Ticket)
-Berlin - National History Museum
-Berlin - Berliner Dom Cathedral
-Berlin - Spree River Cruise
-Berlin - Pergamon Museum

Day 3: Dresden - Bastei

Location: Dresden - Bastei

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning, say goodbye to Berlin and hop on an early train to Dresden. After checking in to your accommodation, another quick train trip will take you to Rathen, where you can enjoy a hike to the sandstone pinnacles of Bastei. The unique rock formation offers some of Germany’s best views and is home to the remnants of the medieval Neurathen Castle. If a hike doesn’t take your fancy, you’re welcome to join in on the journey to Rathen and spend your time exploring the riverside village or stay in Dresden, immersing yourself in the city’s history and heritage.

Included Activities:
-Bastei - Hike

Optional Activities:
-Dresden - Electric Car Manufacturer Tour

Day 4: Prague

Location: Prague

Accommodation: Hotel

Leaving Germany behind and board the train to Prague. You'll travel through the Labe Valley, with fairytale-like landscapes to the right and left. This is a gorgeous train journey, so grab a window seat if you can and get lost in the scenery! When you arrive, check-in at your hotel and then see the highlights of this beautiful city on a leader-led orientation walk. Prague's architecture can be traced from the Middle Ages through to the avant-garde of the Gehry-designed Dancing Building (also called the Fred and Ginger Building). Your walk will finish with a visit to a Czech brewery, where you can sample a pilsner in its homeland. Spend your free afternoon at Prague Castle – the biggest in the Czech Republic – where you'll find the famous St Vitus Cathedral and Golden Lane. Continue to wander through the old Jewish Quarter to see what remains of the city's formerly significant Jewish community.

Included Activities:
-Prague - Czech Brewery Visit

Day 5: Prague

Location: Prague

Accommodation: Hotel

Another day in Prague and so many possibilities! Perhaps learn how the Bohemian artists, writers, dissidents and the Bohemian mentality shaped the nation. Don’t forget to sample some traditional and modern Czech snacks along the way. If you feel like a day trip out of the city, ask your leader to help you organise a trip to Kutna Hora. See the Church of Santa Barbara and Sedlec ossuary or The Church of Bones – a small Roman Catholic chapel that contains the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people. At night, Prague’s Old Town comes alive with many great restaurants and pubs, some in old vaulted cellars. The nightlife in Prague is also some of the best in Central Europe. Whether you're after dance clubs, beer halls, jazz clubs or underground absinthe bars, there's something for everyone.

Optional Activities:
-Prague - Castle Visit
-Prague - National Museum
-Prague - Town Hall Clock Tower
-Prague - Museum of Communism
-Prague - Jewish Quarter
-Prague - Bike Tour
-Prague - Kafka Museum
-Prague - Mucha Museum
-Kutna Hora - Day Trip (by public transport)
-Kutna Hora - Church of St Barbara
-Kutna Hora - Sedlec Ossuary & Bone Church

Day 6: Bratislava

Location: Bratislava

Accommodation: Hotel

Leave Prague and travel to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Set along the Danube, Bratislava blends past and present with its charming Old Town and lively boutiques and cafes. You have a free day to explore it all today. You could climb to the top of the tower at Michael’s Gate or UFO Tower for a bird’s eye view of Bratislava, visit the Bratislava City Museum to learn about the country’s communist past or spot as many of the city’s quirky statues as you can. For dinner, maybe seek out some local delicacies like kapustnica (a sauerkraut and sausage soup) – your leader will have the lowdown on the best spots.

Optional Activities:
-Bratislava - Blue Church Bratislava - Free
-Bratislava - Kamzik TV Tower - Free
-Bratislava - Slavin War Memorial - Free

Day 7: Budapest

Location: Budapest

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

Transfer from Bratislava to Budapest and enjoy a free day in the self-proclaimed Pearl of the Danube. Perhaps explore the historical Buda Castle and palace complex. Forget about the bustling city and lose yourself in the history of the winding streets of the Castle District, which dates back to the 13th century. In the afternoon, you could take a slow cruise along the Danube for some pretty epic views of the riverside Parliament Building, the Castle District and the bridges linking Buda to Pest. The spectacle is particularly beautiful, especially at sunset and at night.

Day 8: Budapest

Location: Budapest

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

Today, you’ll have a second meeting with the new members of your group at 6 pm. Before then, the day is yours. Why not stroll around the grand architecture and boulevards to get your bearings? Maybe explore one of the local markets and pick up a langos (a deep-fried Hungarian pastry with an assortment of different toppings). Why not head out to Statue Park to get an insight into the city’s past or take a soak in one of the many thermal bath complexes around town? After the meeting tonight, perhaps get a group of friends together for a Hungarian feast of goulash or stroll to the Jewish quarter and check out some ruin bars – unique nightlife hubs that are great for groups and feature a whole heap of weird and wonderful decor.

Optional Activities:
-Budapest - Szechenyi Thermal Baths (starting from)
-Budapest - Pub Crawl (starting from)
-Budapest - Central Market - Free
-Budapest - Transport and Entry to Statue Park
-Budapest - Parliament Tour
-Budapest - Great Synagogue
-Budapest - Bike Ride
-Budapest - Hungarian National Museum
-Budapest - House of Terror

Day 9: Vienna

Location: Vienna

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

Hop on a train this morning to the cosmopolitan city of Vienna. After dropping your bags at your accommodation, you’re in for a real treat! Stop for kaffe and kuchen (coffee and cake) with your group at Vollpension – a local cafe that empowers older members of the community by providing them with employment and purpose, while bridging the gap between the staff and the younger patrons who visit the cafe. Have a chat with the friendly staff while enjoying your sweet treat in this warm and welcoming environment. 

Included Activities:
-Vienna - Kaffee and Kuchen Experience

Day 10: Vienna

Location: Vienna

Accommodation: Hotel

You’re free to choose your own adventure today, and Vienna has a lot to offer! Art lovers will be delighted by the vast array of museums, including the Albertina, the Leopold, Kunsthalle Wien and the Museum of Modern Art. Those interested in 19th- and 20th-century Austrian art should visit the Belvedere Palace – home to Gustav Klimt's painting 'The Kiss'. Check out the colourful Hundertwasserhaus or admire the dome of the Secession building. Perhaps visit Hofburg Palace – once the imposing winter retreat of Habsburg royals and now the official residence of the Austrian president, or visit the gothic St Stephen’s Cathedral and the neo-classical Graben. If you want to see something impressive, head to the State Opera House – one of the world's most important opera houses and the heart of classical Viennese culture. 




Optional Activities:
-Vienna - Spanish Riding School Practice
-Vienna - Schoenbrunn Palace
-Vienna - Food, Coffee & Market Tour Urban Adventure
-Vienna - St Stephen's Tower
-Vienna - Prater Ferris Wheel
-Vienna - Belvedere Gallery (Lower Gallery)
-Vienna - Albertina Museum
-Vienna - Leopold Museum
-Vienna - Hofburg Palace & Sisi Museum

Day 11: Salzburg

Location: Salzburg

Accommodation: Hostel

Travel to Salzburg this morning via train – this Austrian hub on the border of Germany is backdropped by the Eastern Alps and divided by the Salzach River. When you arrive, you’ll have a full free day to explore all this gorgeous city has to offer, from the Old City to the New City. Maybe head to Mirabell Palace and Gardens for a picnic or discover Mozart’s birthplace. Head to the medieval walls of Fortress Hohensalzburg and marvel at the architecture (you can also pay to get inside) or find a great viewpoint and snap some epic photos of the city in the shadow of the mountains, with the fortress looming above on the hill. Tonight, why not ask your local leader for the best spot for dinner?

Optional Activities:
-Salzburg - Mirabell Palace and Gardens - Free
-Salzburg - Mozart's Birthplace
-Salzburg - Old Market Place - Free
-Salzburg - Old City Hall - Free
-Salzburg - St. Peter's Abbey - Free
-Salzburg - Hohensalzburg Castle
-Salzburg - Salzburg Cathedral - Free

Day 12: Bled

Location: Bled

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Meals Included: breaksfast

Hop on a train and travel to the stunning Slovenian resort town of Bled today. Sitting at the edge of the Julian Alps, this place is full of picturesque sights that are sure to take your breath away and the rail journey from Salzburg is a great way to start! Grab a window seat if you can as you'll be crossing the alps through a tunnel that sits 1300 m above sea level, with mountain vistas on every side. When you arrive, follow your leader to the shore of glistening Lake Bled, from which many of the town’s attractions can be seen. After soaking in the sights with your group, you’ll have a free afternoon to choose your own route. For a taste of the local cuisine, try some Bled cake made of vanilla, custard, cream and pastry (many local cafes and cake shops claim theirs is the best, so if you must, maybe try a few and compare). After settling into your accommodation tonight, why not get together with your group for dinner, feasting on local specialities?

Included Activities:
-Bled - Lake Walk

Day 13: Bled

Location: Bled

Accommodation: Guesthouse

There’s no better place to get active than in Bled! Today you have a free day to enjoy all the fun activities Bled has to offer (calling all nature lovers!) Maybe take a full-day adventure around Triglav Massive – there are many outdoor activities available here to get the blood pumping, such as rafting, caving, canoeing and swimming. Why not hire a bike and head four kilometres out of town to Vintgar Gorge, where you can walk through a beautiful natural canyon. Perhaps explore Bled Castle, perched atop the 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. Your leader will have all the best options, so be sure to chat with them for their recommendations. If you’d prefer to have a relaxing day and just enjoy the beauty of Lake Bled, find a quiet spot near the lake and spend the day reading or people-watching.

Optional Activities:
-Triglav National Park - River Rafting
-Triglav National Park - Bus and Cable Car Trip to Mt Vogel
-Triglav National Park - Emerald River Adventure (full day)
-Triglav National Park - Canyoning
-Bled - Mountain Bike Hire
-Bled - Pletna Boat Trip
-Bled - Castle

Day 14: Venice

Location: Venice

Accommodation: Hotel

This morning, travel to Venice – brace yourself for some amazing scenery on the way. A city of canals, Venice is built over a hundred small islands connected by 400 bridges. When you arrive, head out for an orientation walk with your tour leader – the best way to see Venice is by foot – passing by the Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge, Palace of the Doge, Piazza San Marco and the Bridge of Sighs. Wander the cobblestone streets and spacious piazzas, crossing bridges and stopping for a gelato on your way, if the moment calls. There are shops, markets, galleries and churches around every corner here, so there’s plenty to explore. Tonight, what better to do than tuck into some iconic Italian cuisine (and maybe a big glass of vino?).

Optional Activities:
-Ca’ D’Oro - Galería Franchetti
-Venice - Accademia Gallery
-Venice - Chicchetti & Wine Tour of Venice Urban Adventure
-Venice - Gondola Ride
-Peggy Guggenheim Collection
-Venice - Doge's Palace & Bridge of Sighs
-Venice - St Mark's Basilica Treasury
-Venice - St Mark's Campanile

Day 15: Venice

Location: Venice

Accommodation: Hotel

Today you’re free to dive deeper into Venice. You might browse the endless amounts of boutique shops in Piazza San Marco that sell Venetian masks and handmade Murano glassware, sample the sweet Venetian treats on sale at Ca Grifalconi Market or venture back to the stores that line Rialto Bridge. Later, you’ll have a second meeting at 6 pm. After, maybe enjoy an optional dinner with your new travel companions at a local restaurant.

Optional Activities:
-Venice - Gondola Ride
-Venice - Doge's Palace & Bridge of Sighs
-Peggy Guggenheim Collection
-Venice - St Mark's Campanile
-Venice - Accademia Gallery
-Ca’ D’Oro - Galería Franchetti
-Venice - Ca' Rezzonico Museum of Eighteenth Century Art
-Venice - Glass Museum Murano
-Venice - Museum of St Mark's Basilica
-Venice - Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Day 16: Venice

Location: Venice

Accommodation: Hotel

This morning, head out for an orientation walk of the city and marvel at the Classical, Gothic, and Baroque styles of architecture surrounding San Marco Square. Your leader will show you where to get the best cicchetti today, a tasty local snack that Venice is famous for. For lunch, maybe get involved in the lively social scene at a local bácaro or simply watch the world go by at a restaurant perched on the edge of the canals. Then you’re free to explore Venice at your own pace. There are only two ways to get around this city – on foot or by boat. Maybe take the Vaporetto (water bus) over to the island of San Giorgio to climb the bell tower for views over the city. Or fulfil a bucket list favourite and take a journey down the Grand Canal in a Venetian gondola if you haven’t already. 

Included Activities:
-Venice - Leader-led Orientation Walk
-Venice – San Marco Square
-Venice - Cicchetti Snack Stop

Optional Activities:
-Venice - Chicchetti & Wine Tour of Venice Urban Adventure
-Venice - St Mark's Basilica Treasury
-Venice - Gondola Ride
-Venice - Doge's Palace & Bridge of Sighs
-Venice - St Mark's Campanile

Day 17: La Spezia

Location: La Spezia

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Board a morning train through the scenic north of Italy to the once important naval base of La Spezia (approximately 6–7 hours). La Spezia is known mainly as the gateway to the gorgeous Cinque Terre (Five Lands). The name comes from the five tiny villages – Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore – positioned on a series of coves between sheer cliffs. On arrival in La Spezia there won't be too much time to explore (that’s what tomorrow is for), but after checking into your hotel perhaps get your bearings with a short walk around the pedestrian zone on Via del Prione or head out for dinner with the group.

Day 18: Cinque Terre / La Spezia

Location: Cinque Terre / La Spezia

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Meals Included: breaksfast

Spend today exploring winding footpaths and pastel coloured villages with your included Cinque Terre Pass. Your leader will walk you to two of the five villages, and the pass gives you access to the paths and trains of the area for 24 hours. Please consult your leader on which walking section is right for you, as some have challenging uphill stretches, narrow paths, steep cliffs and foot bridges. Alternatively, take the train between any of the villages, or back to the group's base in La Spezia whenever you want. After working up an appetite, maybe take advantage of an optional pesto class. Focaccia is also a speciality in this area and makes a great start to lunch, if you’d prefer.

Included Activities:
-Cinque Terre - Day Trip, including Cinque Terre Pass

Optional Activities:
-Cinque Terre - 'Il Laboratorio del Pesto' Making & Demonstration
-Cinque Terre - Coastal Cruise

Day 19: Florence

Location: Florence

Accommodation: Hostel

Meals Included: breaksfast

Depart La Spezia today and catch a train to Florence (approximately 2.5 hours). On arrival, check into the hostel and go for a brief walk around the immediate area to get your bearings. Florence is one of the most culturally rich and beautiful cities in Italy, known to many as the beating heart of Tuscany. The Medicis, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Brunelleschi, Machiavelli, Donatello and Michelangelo all lived in Florence at the height of their creative reign. Food is a major part of the city's identity and the optional activities on offer reflect this. Maybe explore the city’s culinary history (and taste some local treats) on a Florence Foodies Walk with Urban Adventures. Carnivores might be drawn to try the Bistecca alla Fiorentina, the Florentine Beef Steak, essentially a huge T-bone steak that comes with classic sides.

Included Activities:
-Florence - Leader-led Orientation Walk

Optional Activities:
-Florence - Foodies Walk Urban Adventure

Day 20: Florence

Location: Florence

Accommodation: Hostel

Enjoy another day in beautiful Florence. It's impossible to see everything in this Renaissance wonderland, so the best idea is to relax and pick a few things you really want to do. Maybe start with a visit to the Galleria dell'Accademia where you can see Michelangelo's famous statue of David, or perhaps stop by the Uffizi, one of the world's oldest art galleries. Active types might want to walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo, which is set on a hill on the south bank of the Arno River, to take in beautiful views of the city – a lovely way to while away the day. There are plenty of optional activities on offer during your time here, so be sure to grill your leader for the details on each so you can get a sense of what interests you.

Optional Activities:
-Siena - Day Trip to Siena by Public Bus
-Florence - Baptistry, Museo Opera del Duomo, Giotto Bell Tower and Brunelleschi Dome
-Florence - Palazzo Vecchio
-Florence - Accademia
-Florence - Uffizi Gallery
-Florence - Pitti Palace (Boboli Gardens, Museo Argenti, Costume Gallery, Porcellain Museum)
-Florence - Bargello Museum
-Florence - Medici Chapels

Day 21: Rome

Location: Rome

Accommodation: Hotel

Take the morning train to Rome (approximately 2 hours). Join your leader on an orientation walk around the city to see icons such as the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Phew. After all that walking it’s probably time for lunch. Maybe grab a slice of the good stuff and a strong espresso at the Piazza Navona. You can spend your afternoon how you wish and there are plenty of heavy hitters to choose from. Maybe enter the Vatican and check out St Peter's Basilica. Within the Vatican, art lovers could visit the Sistine Chapel to admire the timeless work of Michelangelo, while history buffs may enjoy a jaunt through the ancient halls of the Pantheon. Rome is packed full of trattorias that cater to every taste and budget, so this evening maybe link up with the group for dinner.

Included Activities:
-Rome – Leader-led Orientation Walk
-Rome – Trevi Fountain

Optional Activities:
-Rome - Castel Sant'Angelo
-Rome - Christian Catacombs
-Rome - Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
-Rome - Keats-Shelley Memorial House
-Vatican City - Vatican Museum
-Rome - Pantheon
-Vatican City - St Peter's Dome Climb & Elevator
-Rome - Venezia Palace
-Rome - Galleria Borghese

Day 22: Rome

Location: Rome

Meals Included: breaksfast

Your adventures come to an end today. There are no activities planned and you're free to depart the accommodation at any time after check-out. As there is so much to see in Rome, we recommend you stay a little longer to soak it up. We are happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). Please speak to an agent at the time of booking.

What's Included

  • Cinque Terre - Day Trip, including Cinque Terre Pass

  • Budapest - Market Visit and Picnic

  • Accommodation

    Guesthouse (2 nights), Hostel (7 nights), Hotel (11 nights), Overnight Sleeper Train (1 night)

  • Transport

    Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Private vehicle, Public bus, Taxi, Train

  • Meals

    7 breakfasts

  • Bastei - Hike

  • Prague - Czech Brewery Visit

  • Vienna - Kaffee und Kuchen Experience

  • Bled - Lake Walk

  • Venice - Leader-led Orientation Walk

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What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • International Travel

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

Accommodation

  • OCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION
  • The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
  • CHECK-IN TIME
  • Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.
  • PRE/POST TRIP ACCOMMODATION
  • If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.
  • FACILITIES
  • Your accommodation may not always have private en suite facilities or air-conditioning. European hotels generally don't provide kettles or fridges.

Transport

  • TRANSPORT IN EUROPE
  • Half the fun of travel is the travelling itself, that's why we like to travel the local way – whether that means mingling with commuters on a local train, watching the scenery roll by from the window of a long distance bus, arriving on a high speed train in the city centre of your next destination, or navigating each city's public transport system. In Europe, you are guaranteed to travel by genuine local public transport wherever possible, which puts you right in the centre of the action.
  • EUROPEAN TRAINS
  • The primary means of transportation on this trip is by train. Train travel is a fast way to traverse long distances, allowing you to avoid traffic jams and arrive right into the city centre. Trains are comfortable and often decked out with air-conditioning, toilets, a snack bar (or vending machine) and power points.
  • PUBLIC BUSES
  • This trip covers some distances by public buses. Buses in Central Europe can range from high standard coaches with reclining seats and air-conditioning to Soviet era vehicles for shorter distances.

Included Activities

  • Budapest - Market Visit and Picnic
  • Cinque Terre - Day Trip, including Cinque Terre Pass

Important Information

  • SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
  • A single supplement is not available on this trip.

Check out our Q&As

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Yes. All prices listed are on a twin-share basis. If you are travelling solo, you can pay the twin-share rate to be roomed with another solo traveller of the same sex. Alternatively a single supplement is available for an additional cost. Single supplements are subject to availability.

  • Is this trip right for you

    This trip is made for travellers who value their independence but also want the benefit of a local leader and a group of like-minded travellers. The itinerary has a mix of included activities and free time when your leader will offer suggestions. Please budget spending money for optional activities you want to partake in.

    Accommodation on this trip is basic. Hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together/apart. Rooms can be small, especially compared to American or Australian standards, and in some cases bathroom facilities will be shared rather than ensuite. A single supplement is not available on this trip.

    Summer temperatures can be very high in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat, and drink plenty of water. Please keep in mind that many European hotel rooms are not equipped with air-conditioning. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

    The primary means of transportation on this trip is by train. Train travel is a fast way to traverse long distances, allowing you to avoid traffic jams and arrive right into the city centre. Trains are comfortable and often decked out with air-conditioning, toilets, a snack bar (or vending machine) and power points. You'll have to carry your own luggage on and off the train, as well as some short distances to the hotel (no longer than 30 minutes), so make sure it doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations. You can find details in the 'What to Take' section of the Essential Trip Information.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Since 2002, The Intrepid Foundation has supported over 130 organisations across the world. We’re creating positive impact through the joy of travel, community and connection.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Over 50% of traveller travel solo with Intrepid. You can choose to share a room with another solo travelle of the same sex for no additional charge, or choose to pay a single supplement if you’d like your own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room

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Just leaving a review to share how much I enjoyed my Central America trip. I thought the guide, Aura was so knowledgeable and organised and clearly a great ambassador for Intrepid. She gave us lots of information on each region, helped us organise anything we needed and dealt with queries from passengers very well and diplomatically. She made the trip run smoothly. She was also keen to explain the Intrepid vision and how the company values making a difference to locals and is a credit to your company. I did Guatemala and beyond and thoroughly enjoyed it - very fast paced, lots to see and do and a great overview of the region. I would definitely recommend 👍

V Open (Google Reviewer)  

I have just come back...

26-Oct-2022

I have just come back home after doing Intrepid's 10-day Vietnam Express Northbound tour. What a SUPERB tour. We saw lots and did lots, it was jam-packed full of sights and activities. Our tour leader, Tam, was the best ever. Very knowledgeable, organised and lots of fun too. The other 10 people on the group were all lovely. The places we visited were very interesting. We even visited local homes and ate just like the local people do. I highly recommend Intrepid to anyone considering touring a new country. This was my 5th tour with them and they have consistently been fantastic.

Jack Edwards (Google Reviewer)  

I have travelled with Intrepid...

03-Jun-2024

I have travelled with Intrepid a number of times now and can't recommend them enough. The trips are always exciting, full of history and immersive in the culture and environment. The office staff are great too and always happy to help with any questions you might have. Everywhere I have gone with the company has been different but the guides and itinerary have always been excellent and full of knowledge and passion for their country. Add in the social responsibility angle the company has and it top quality ethical practice and you can't go wrong

Jo Clayton (Google Reviewer)  

I recently went on an...

15-Mar-2024

I recently went on an 11 day tour of India with Intrepid and was impressed with every aspect of the tour, the tour leader and the organisation behind the scenes. I always travel alone so it was a big deal to join a tour, I didn't want to feel less independent or ferried about. I loved being part of a group and the things we saw and did on the tour, I would never have known about or seen if I had been by myself. I loved it from start to finish. Yes the overnight trains were not easy to sleep on, but I managed. Meeting locals on board was a high light for me. English is widely spoken in India and its amazing who you strike up a chat with. I had two problems on the tour - one my own fault and one hotel related. The support from Intrepid was amazing. I cannot thank them enough for going the extra mile to support me. I recommend Intrepid 100% and have gone from thinking an organised tour is for people who don't know about Lonely Planet and can't do solo stuff, to realising its a faster, better, more fun way to get to know a country truly and deeply whilst on a bit of a budget. I will book again and again with Intrepid. I loved it that much! Big thanks to tour leader Daddy H. Devender for his help on day one, and Nick in the Oz office for his fab customer care skills. Also the person who staffed the emergency whatsapp in India - you saved my sanity helping me get there a day late! THANK YOU ALL X

Nicole  

North American Adventure

12-Oct-2021

This was my first international solo trip, but I never felt “alone” - there was always someone to go shopping, hike, or grab a quick bite with. The itinerary was a great balance between organized activities, while still allowing free time for exploring. Each location was unique and charming in its own way. Spending the night in the holy city of Moulay Idriss and wandering the winding streets of Chefchaouen were especially memorable. Thank you Mustapha and Intrepid for an incredible adventure!

Alice Norton (Google Reviewer)  

I have just completed a...

29-Feb-2024

I have just completed a 12 day food tour of Vietnam, and had an amazing time. Our tour leader was great, knowledgeable and kind, who helped throughout the trip with recommendations for places on our free days, and spas. All the food we tried was delicious. It is a very fast paced tour, and Bon tried to maximise our experiences for the best.

Henry Guy Robinson   United Kingdom

Cambodia Discovery

22-Jan-2024

The overall experience was fantastic. V good tour leader. All places visited had something special to do or see. I would book a tour with this company again. Only one negative tour hub is not I repeat not available to contact direct by phone.

Merouane Harkat   Uk

Explore Southern Africa

08-Mar-2024

Best trip ever was, 2 things I didn't like the black mamba stop was wasting day and village ,so 2 night I think was just wasting, I could do 2 days in Kruger, and one more night in delta

Ann  

Amazing Guatemala and beyond tour with Intrepid

13-Dec-2022

Did Guatemala and beyond trip in November 22. It was amazing, we were so well looked after by our guide Aura. She was very knowledgeable and during our bus trips she gave us the history of the 4 countries. The border crossings can be tricky but handled very well by our guide. We saw all the most interesting and beautiful places. The hotels were lovely comfortable colonial style. I will travel with intrepid again

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Hazel Rogers (Google Reviewer)  

I have just completed my...

06-Mar-2024

I have just completed my first trip with Intrepid to Southern Africa, and I loved every moment of it! We saw so much wildlife, stayed in some beautiful places, and learnt so much about the countries and people in a very short space of time. Our group leader, Admore, was exceptionally organised, coordinating every detail of our packed itinerary and keeping us informed along the way. The recruitment of a local group leader who can share their knowledge and fix the smallest of issues quickly really sets these trips apart, ensuring you feel safe and looked after at all times. I shall be booking my next trip soon!

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