Budapest to Rome

Budapest to Rome

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Budapest to Rome

26 Days Starting in Budapest and ending in Rome

Visiting: Budapest, Novi Sad to Belgrade, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Mostar, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice Lakes National Park / Zagreb, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Venice, La Spezia, Cinque Terre / La Spezia, Florence, Rome

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Tour code:

ZMRRC

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

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Tour Overview

Thriving capital cities and quaint seaside villages, hidden mountain hamlets and an Old Town set on the water – Eastern Europe flaunts a pretty impressive display of attractions. Discover the highlights of this diverse region, plus a whole lot of its lesser-known spots, as you make your way down from Hungary through the Balkans and east over to Italy. Encounter the up-and-coming, once war-ravaged Sarajevo, fall in love with the walled city of medieval Dubrovnik, kick into adventure mode in Ljubljana and feast until your tastebuds are content in Venice, Cinque Terre, Florence and Rome. On this exciting 26-day adventure, you’ll get expert local guidance and a small group of like-minded travellers for companions – what more could you need for an epic adventure?

Highlights

  • Learn about the dark history and rebuilding of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo, then visit Mostar’s famous Old Bridge and – if you’re lucky – witness a traditional bridge jumper hurl themselves into the icy waters below.

  • Enjoy plenty of free time at your own pace to discover the communist past and progressive present of Budapest – the Pearl of the Danube.

  • Explore the streets, medieval buildings and restored castle of Ljubljana’s charming Old Town on foot. Your local leader will know all of the hotspots, plus the best cafes for a coffee break.

  • Explore rocky coastal pathways and pastel-coloured villages with a Cinque Terre day pass, which allows you to hike at your leisure and use the coast's public transport.

  • Spend two days in Florence, a city known for its beauty and rustic Tuscan cuisine, and choose to discover the cities culinary traditions on optional food excursions.

  • Hit the historic hotspot of Dubrovnik (otherwise known as King’s Landing of Game of Thrones fame) along Croatia’s Dalmatian coastline, then explore the white sands of Elaphiti Islands on a day trip with loads of free time to swim, relax or wander.

  • Explore Cinque Terre's rocky coastal pathways, calling into the sleepy pastel villages of Manarola, Riomaggiore or Vernazza. Then enjoy a full day to explore this picturesque spot at your own pace.

  • Stroll through Plitvice Lakes National Park – a stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site – marvelling at luminous lakes and azure waterfalls that look like they’ve been sketched by an artist.?

  • Admire the restored architecture of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kotor in Montenegro on a climb along the ancient city fortifications. Then, discover the glittering Bay of Kotor in your free time.??

  • Journey to romantic Venice – like no other city in the world. Fall in love with its labyrinth of alleyways, canals, lagoon islands, and endless historic attractions and maybe hop on a gondola if you want to explore the city from a different perspective.??

Itinerary

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Day 1: Budapest
Location: Budapest
Accommodation: Hotel

Szia! Welcome to Budapest, Hungary's vibrant capital. This city, split into two sides – Buda and Pest – sits right on the banks of the Danube River. Your adventure starts with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. After, maybe head out with your fellow travellers for dinner, then take a night walk along the Danube to see the buildings and bridges lit up in lights. Why not keep the night going in one of Budapest's ruin bars tonight, home to eclectic décor and a popular spot for a night out.

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

Day 2: Novi Sad To Belgrade
Location: Novi Sad to Belgrade
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning you’ll head to Belgrade – Serbia’s capital and one of the oldest cities in Europe. On the way, stop at Novi Sad on the banks of the Danube River. Head out on an orientation walk of the city with your local leader, then take a few hours to explore at your own pace. Maybe head to the Petrovaradin Fortress, one of the most important landmarks in the city, and enjoy the view over the river. There are also some great restaurants and cafes at the fortress where you can stop for lunch or a coffee. Then, continue to your destination – sitting at the junction of the Sava and the Danube, Belgrade is an important intersection between Eastern and Western Europe. Enjoy some free time to explore the city’s wide boulevards and squares, the historic green heart of Kalemegdan Park and Kalemegdan Fortress, which has overlooked the river for centuries. In the evening, head down to Skadarska Street in the bohemian quarter of Skadarlija to sample some authentic local food and enjoy the lively atmosphere in a place where Orthodox churches vie for space next to nightclubs.

Included Activities:
-Novi Sad – Orientation Walk

Day 3: Belgrade
Location: Belgrade
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast

Today is another day to discover Belgrade at your own pace. You might like to take a cruise along the Danube River, passing Kalemegdan Fortress, Pancevo Bridge and Zemun. Otherwise, the local market Zeleni Venac can keep you occupied for hours. Take a stroll through the Nikola Tesla Museum to learn about the life and work of Serbia's greatest inventor or check out the city's Ethnographic or Military museums. If the weather’s warm, you could brave the crowds on Ada Ciganlija beach, where you can swim, take up some water sports or soak up the sun. During summer, Belgrade hosts a variety of musical and cultural events, and the city is abuzz with people and activities.

Optional Activities:
-Belgrade - Danube River Cruise
-Belgrade - Tito’s Mausoleum (House of Flowers)
-Belgrade - Nikola Tesla Museum
-Belgrade - City Tour with Local Guide
-Belgrade - Sveti Sava Church - Free
-Belgrade - Ethnographic Museum
-Belgrade - Military Museum

Day 4: Sarajevo
Location: Sarajevo
Accommodation: Pension
Meals Included: breaksfast

Travel through the countryside to Sarajevo this morning. The journey is long, so sit back and enjoy the scenery (and grab a window seat if you can!). Sarajevo is Bosnia and Herzegovina’s small but vibrant capital. The city often draws comparisons with Istanbul as a place that mixes east and west – dotted with minarets, mosques, bazaars and the aroma of coffee. When you arrive, maybe head on an optional guided tour to gain insight into the history and culture of the city and explore Bascarsija – Sarajevo's old bazaar. Tonight, maybe grab some of the local speciality – bosanski cevapi (local grilled and spiced meats).

Included Activities:
-Sarajevo - Burek Snack in Bascarsija

Day 5: Sarajevo
Location: Sarajevo
Accommodation: Pension

Enjoy a free day in and around Sarajevo today. You can take an optional day trip out to the thermal springs and green parks of Ilidza – the source of the Bosna River. You might prefer to discover local history with a visit to the History Museum, the Sarajevo War Tunnels and Sniper Alley, or learn about the tragedies faced by the city's Jews at the Jewish Museum. Maybe get cultural with a stroll through the Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina, or return to Bascarsija and get lost in the mosques, caravanserais and stone-vaulted bazaars while snacking on burek. The Pivnica HS brewery and restaurant is a good place to sample local award-winning beer and spend the night with your travel crew.

Optional Activities:
-Sarajevo - City Hall & Old National Library
-Sarajevo - Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque
-Sarajevo - Svrzo's House
-Sarajevo - Brusa Bezistan
-Sarajevo - Despica House
-Sarajevo - Sarajevo Museum
-Sarajevo - City Tour with Local Guide
-Sarajevo - Jewish Museum
-Sarajevo - Ilidza Park and Springs
-Sarajevo - War Tunnel
-Sarajevo - National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Day 6: Mostar
Location: Mostar
Accommodation: Hotel

This morning, travel to Mostar. On the way, stop at Tito's Bunker, named after the late leader of the communist country, for a 1.5-hour tour with a local guide. This underground facility served as Yugoslavia's ‘Atomic War Command,’ designed to house a skeleton government of 350 people who would manage the country in the event of nuclear war. Continue to Mostar – thanks to the river Neretva, this city was able to develop in the barren landscape of Herzegovina. When you arrive, maybe head to the famous Stari Most (Old Bridge), first built by the Ottomans in 1565 – it was the great architect Mimar Hajrudin who succeeded with the impossible mission to cross the Neretva River with a single span stone bridge. If you’re lucky, you might see the famous brave members of Mostar’s diving club hurl themselves into the icy waters below.

Included Activities:
-Mostar - Stari Most
-Konjic - Armijska Ratna Komanda ARK D-0 (Tito’s Bunker) tour

Optional Activities:
-Mostar - Koski Mehmed Pasa Mosque & Minaret
-Mostar - Old Bridge Museum
-Mostar - War Photo Exhibition

Day 7: Kotor
Location: Kotor
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning after breakfast, you’ll travel to Kotor. This fifth-century UNESCO World Heritage-listed city is set on a secluded bay, with towering peaks surrounding a rocky coastline dotted with waterside towns. When you arrive, explore Europe’s most southerly fjord, Boka Kotorska (Bay of Kotor) and Kotor town, with a free afternoon. Maybe check out the 12th-century Cathedral of St Tryphun, the South Gates of Kotor (the Gurdich Gate) and the Armoury Square (Trg od Oruzija).

Day 8: Kotor
Location: Kotor
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast

Today is another free day to get lost in the crooked alleyways of Kotor. Maybe check out the boutiques and cafes or climb the hills behind the city to visit Kotor's ruined fortification walls. A 1.5-hour hike up the stone steps, past churches, gates and bastions to the Fortress of Sveti Ivan at the top, rewards you with magnificent views across the town and the Bay of Kotor. Tonight, maybe hang out in a lookout spot and take in the lights – the city walls are lit up in the evening here to provide a unique night-time perspective.

Optional Activities:
-Kotor - Cruise on Kotor Fjord
-Kotor - St. Tryphon’s Cathedral
-Budva - Day Trip (by public bus)
-Kotor - Fortress
-Kotor - Maritime Museum

Day 9: Dubrovnik
Location: Dubrovnik
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: breaksfast

Leave Montenegro by bus this morning, riding along the beautiful southern coast of Croatia to Dubrovnik. When you arrive, the day is free for you to explore this medieval city at your own pace. There is so much to see and do here, so ask your leader if you’re stuck for ideas. You might like to take a boat trip to nearby Lokrum Island, where you’ll find the French-built Fort Royal Castle, a monastery and a botanical garden that dates back to when the Austrian archduke Maximilian had his holiday home on the island. Tonight, maybe find a secluded beach spot to watch the sunset or enjoy a harbourside meal with the group for dinner.

Optional Activities:
-Dubrovnik - Hike up Mt Srd - Free
-Dubrovnik - Church of St. Blaise - Free
-Dubrovnik - Discover Game of Thrones Filming Locations Urban Adventure
-Dubrovnik - Mt Srd Cable Car
-Dubrovnik - Mt Srd Museum of Croatian War of Independence
-Dubrovnik - Rector's Palace
-Dubrovnik - War Photography Museum
-Dubrovnik - Lokrum Island Boat Trip
-Dubrovnik - Franciscan Monastery
-Dubrovnik - Dubrovnik Card (1 day local transport & entry to sites)

Day 10: Dubrovnik
Location: Dubrovnik
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: breaksfast

You have a free day in Dubrovnik today. With the sparkling water of the Adriatic in the background, this city is picturesque and full of character, and its Old Town can easily be covered on foot. You’ll have another meeting at 6 pm tonight to meet the new members of your group. After, maybe head out for a walk around town or enjoy a meal with the group to get to know your new travel buddies. 

Optional Activities:
-Dubrovnik - Mt Srd Museum of Croatian War of Independence
-Dubrovnik - Lokrum Island Boat Trip
-Dubrovnik - War Photography Museum
-Dubrovnik - Rector's Palace
-Dubrovnik - Discover Game of Thrones Filming Locations Urban Adventure
-Dubrovnik - Srd Hill Hike - Free
-Dubrovnik - Franciscan Monastery
-Dubrovnik - City Walls Walk

Day 11: Dubrovnik
Location: Dubrovnik
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning after breakfast, take a day trip to Elaphiti Islands – a small archipelago northwest of Dubrovnik. Travel to Lopud, where you’ll hike from the main village to Sunj Beach with your leader. Explore the old churches, old fortress and incredible views along the way. When you arrive at the beach, enjoy some free time to relax, swim, or find a good spot to settle for a couple of hours for a long lunch. After, return to Dubrovnik where you’ll have the late afternoon and night free. Walk along the city walls of ‘Game of Thrones’ fame, enjoying breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea. Visit Big Onofrio's Fountain, built by architect Onofrio della Cava in the 15th century to supply water to the city or check out the Franciscan monastery, home to one of the world's oldest continuously functioning pharmacies, founded in the 13th century. Tonight, kick back on Banje Beach or find a good spot with a sunset view for dinner.

Included Activities:
-Dubrovnik – Elafiti Island Day Trip

Day 12: Split
Location: Split
Accommodation: Pension
Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning you’ll take a public bus up the coast to Split. If Dubrovnik is considered the heart of Dalmatia, Split is certainly the soul. On a small peninsula on the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea, it's the second-largest city in Croatia. Enjoy a free afternoon in this stunning seaside town, exploring the historic streets and making sure you see the World Heritage-listed Diocletian's Palace. For a more in-depth introduction to the city, why not join an optional guided tour with a local guide? Dinner by the sea is recommended, whether you’re a fiend for fresh seafood or just want to catch the deep colours of the sunset.

Optional Activities:
-Split - Fish Market - Free
-Split - Hiking in Mosor with traditional dinner
-Split - Cooking Class including Lunch or Dinner
-Split - Diocletian's Palace Cellars
-Split - Ethnographic Museum
-Split - City Museum
-Split - Gallery of Fine Arts
-Split - St Domnius Cathedral and Tower

Day 13: Split
Location: Split
Accommodation: Pension

Enjoy a free day in Split today. At the heart of its atmospheric Old Town is a fascinating city-within-a-city – the remains of a third-century palace built for Roman Emperor Diocletian. Some places might have protected such an impressive complex in a museum, but not enigmatic Split. These ancient walls now house a vibrant mix of shops, cafes, restaurants and houses. Step back in time as you stroll the sprawling maze of passageways and courtyards – you’ll also find a 16th-century synagogue and a courtyard often filled with music. If your feet tire, why not sample Croatia’s fine coffee culture with a frothy kava from a cafe on the Riva waterfront promenade – a prime spot for people-watching. In the evening, Split boasts an increasingly bustling nightlife scene, so grab a few of your fellow travellers and hit the bars.

Optional Activities:
-Split – Highlights of Split Urban Adventure

Day 14: Plitvice Lakes National Park / Zagreb
Location: Plitvice Lakes National Park / Zagreb
Accommodation: Hostel

Today you will visit one of Croatia's most beautiful sites – Plitvice Lakes National Park. The park was given UNESCO World Heritage status 20 years ago and is 19 hectares of wooded hills surrounding 16 stunning turquoise lakes, all connected by a series of waterfalls. The area is populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and some rare bird species, and the thick, primeval forest vegetation of beech trees, fir spruce and white pine adds another element to the park's beauty. You’ll have free time to explore or simply follow your leader to see the best spots – all trails in the national park are well marked, so it's difficult to get lost (but make sure you follow the national park rules, which your leader will outline). Look to the canopy for over 120 species of birds, including hawks and owls. After your memorable visit to the lakes, you’ll drive to Croatia's capital Zagreb.

Included Activities:
-Plitvice Lakes - National Park Visit

Day 15: Zagreb
Location: Zagreb
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch

This morning after breakfast, take an orientation walk with your leader as they point out the local amenities and attractions in Zagreb. For lunch, you’ll head to Dolac Market – the main market in the city and a great spot to pick up local favourites. The upper level offers seasonal fruits, vegetables, preserves and olive oil and the bottom level sells cheese and meats. Stop by a bakery for a taste of cevapcici (grilled minced meat) – a traditional market snack. The rest of the day is free, so you might want to check out the gothic Zagreb Cathedral, with its twin spires that dominate the city's skyline. Maybe start at Ban Jelacic Square, the city's central point, and visit one of the excellent museums like the quirky Museum of Broken Relationships.

Included Activities:
-Zagreb – Dolac Market Lunch
-Zagreb - Leader-led Orientation Walk

Optional Activities:
-Zagreb - Mirogoj Cemetery - Free
-Zagreb - Cathedral - Free
-Zagreb - Kula Lotrščak
-Zagreb - The Croatian Museum of Naive Art

Day 16: Ljubljana
Location: Ljubljana
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast

Travel by train this morning across the Slovenian border and arrive in the cosmopolitan capital of Ljubljana (pronounced 'Lyub-Li-Yana'). Check in to your accommodation and then head out on a short orientation walk with your leader. The rest of the day is free for you to delve deeper into this beautiful city. Located in the centre of Slovenia, Ljubljana is a city full of style and sophistication, history, monuments, churches, museums and great restaurants. Maybe wander around the old city centre, renowned for its unique architectural appearance. The Old Town consists of three main squares and Baroque houses, and you can visit the Ljubljana Castle, the Town Hall, the Cathedral of St Nicholas, and the Dragon Bridge. Stop at the central Preseren Square, dedicated to the Slovenian romantic poet France Preseren.

Optional Activities:
-Ljubljana - Dragon Bridge - Free
-Ljubljana - Metelkova Neighbourhood - Free
-Ljubljana - Castle and Funicular

Day 17: Ljubljana
Location: Ljubljana
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast

Today is a free day to explore Ljubljana further. You have the option of heading on a day trip to Bled – gifted with immense natural beauty, Bled ranks among the most beautiful of alpine resorts. Its fairy tale-like scenery includes a castle, a stunning lake and a picturesque island topped with a church, which is a dream to explore. Take a Pletna boat ride (a wooden, awning-covered boat rowed by a special oarsman) across sparkling Lake Bled to its island, then climb the 99 steps to St Mary's Church. Be sure to seek out the famous Bled cream cake, too – nearly every cafe and cake shop in town claims their cream cake is the best! There's also plenty of action for adrenaline junkies on offer today, like rafting, caving, cycling, canoeing, boating or swimming.

Optional Activities:
-Ljubljana - Sights & Bites Urban Adventure
-Bled - Day Trip by Public Bus
-Ljubljana - Dragon Bridge - Free
-Ljubljana - Metelkova Neighbourhood - Free
-Ljubljana - Castle and Funicular
-Bled - Castle
-Bled - Pletna Boat Trip

Day 18: Venice
Location: Venice
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning, travel by bus to one of the world's most unique and romantic destinations – Venice. Renowned for its canals, Venice comprises hundreds of small islands connected by nearly 400 bridges. Its famous sights – such as the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge, Doge's Palace (the ruler of Venice), the Piazza San Marco and the evocative Bridge of Sighs – are easily explored by foot. Don't miss the chance to take a gondola ride through the romantic canals! It’s also heavily recommended that you sample a slice of tiramisu (coffee-soaked sponge cake), the region’s specialty. Tonight, maybe join your fellow travellers for dinner and try two other local specialities – fresh lobster and squid ink pasta. 

Optional Activities:
-Venice - Doge's Palace & Bridge of Sighs
-Venice - Gondola Ride

Day 19: Venice
Location: Venice
Accommodation: Hotel

Enjoy free time in the watery wonderland of bridges, towers, piazzas, canals, churches and gondolas today, practically unchanged for the last 600 years. Rich with artistic masterpieces, modern Venice combines history with contemporary life through food, performance, art and architecture. Take a walk around the maze of streets behind San Marco Square and begin to understand the complex canal system as you find the next delicious thing to eat. You’ll have a meeting tonight at 6 pm to meet the new members of your group. 

Optional Activities:
-Venice - Gondola Ride
-Venice - Doge's Palace & Bridge of Sighs
-Peggy Guggenheim Collection
-Venice - St Mark's Campanile
-Venice - St Mark's Basilica Treasury
-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 20: 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 - Museum of St Mark's Basilica
-Venice - St Mark's Basilica Treasury
-Venice - Gondola Ride
-Venice - Doge's Palace & Bridge of Sighs
-Venice - St Mark's Campanile

Day 21: 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 22: 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 23: 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 24: 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 25: 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 26: 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

  • Plitvice Lakes - Picnic

  • Sarajevo - Burek Snack in Bascarsija

  • Plitvice Lakes - National Park Visit

  • Meals

    15 breakfasts, 1 lunches

  • Accommodation

    Hotel (10 nights), Hostel (11 nights), Pension (4 nights)

  • Transport

    Train, Public bus, Metro, Private vehicle, Taxi

  • Novi Sad – Orientation Walk

  • Konjic - Armijska Ratna Komanda ARK D-0 (Tito’s Bunker) tour

  • Mostar - Stari Most

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What's Not Included

  • International Travel

  • Tipping and Gratuities

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.

Included Activities

  • Sarajevo - Burek Snack in Bascarsija
  • Plitvice Lakes - National Park Visit
  • Plitvice Lakes - Picnic
  • Cinque Terre - Day Trip, including Cinque Terre Pass

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.
  • LONG TRAVEL DAYS
  • As we cover lots of ground on this trip, expect some long travel days on local trains and buses. This is an opportunity to mix with the locals and enjoy the scenery out the window. Travel schedules are known to change with little notice. Not all transport may have air conditioning.

Important Information

  • SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
  • A single supplement is not available on this trip.
  • COMBINATION TRIP
  • As this is a combination of three trips, your leader and the composition of your group may change in Dubrovnik and in Venice.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes if aged 15+ and accompanied by an adult

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • 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.

    As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with other travellers of the same gender. This trip is an excellent opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it! European hotels often don't have double beds but two single beds that can be pushed together/apart. Rooms can be small, especially compared to American or Australian standards, and in most cases, bathroom facilities will be shared. A single supplement is not available on this trip.

    Summer temperatures can be very high in many regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s essential to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. 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 for that season.

    The trains on this trip are comfortable and have toilets. However, they can sometimes be quite busy. Please note that you'll have to carry your own luggage on and off the train, so make sure it doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations. Check the ‘Packing’ section in the ‘Essential Trip Information.’

  • Are international flights included in this tour?

    No

  • 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

Reviews of this Operator

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!

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.

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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RICHARD ALAN RODDY   England

Central American Journey

08-Feb-2024

Very enjoyable, good paced Tour. Tour Leader, Choko was helpful, knowledgeable and extremely informative.

Joanne W  

Wonderful Croatian tour

02-Dec-2022

Our tour guide,Tamara, was the highlight of our Explore Croatia tour. She was knowledgeable, organized, and so kind and fun. Croatia is a beautiful country. I loved the people, the scenery, the food, the history. I hope to go back one day. Intrepid was perfect for me. There was group time and there was plenty of free time. It wasn’t a luxury tour but all of our accommodations were clean and safe. The dinner in Hvar was SO special!

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Kelly  

North Morocco Adventure

25-Oct-2021

Touring the beautiful North of Morocco I learned far more than I’d anticipated in this 9 day tour. Interesting sights to see, with knowledgeable local guides, this tour provides a great balance of exposure to a different culture with ample time for relaxation. Chefchaouen is an absolute highlight, & not a place many Morocco trips of this kind go to. Loved it!

Sharik  

Essential Morocca

21-Oct-2021

Essential Morocco was an absolute dream. Every single day had such informative walking tours and tours of local facilities. Whether it was dinner with a local family or visiting a pottery factory, I learned so much about Moroccan culture. The accommodations were safe and I felt secure the entire 11 days. This trip wouldn’t have been the same without one person. That person is Youssef. If you are coming to Morocco with Intrepid and you don’t request Youssef, you’re doing it wrong. Words cannot describe how incredible of a guide he is. There were 3 of us on our trip of 18-29 year olds and he made us all feel so welcome and safe all the time. Whether that is cracking jokes on long drives or giving us the itinerary for the next day, Youssef ensured we felt respected and seen.

Barbara Ruth Roback   Canada

Cambodia Adventure

15-Jan-2024

Absolutely superb leader - knowledgeable. fun, safety conscious. Group of 15 travellers from 5 countries who bonded into a solid team. In addition to a fantastic itinerary, our leader’s love of karaoke made the trip unforgettable. It even inspired a song written as a tribute to him.

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  • Low Deposit

    Intrepid Travel requires a minimum deposit of 400 USD per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 56 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of intrepid travel charges.

    Up to 56 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 55 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 60% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

  • COVID Protection

    Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
    From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

    However, we continue to strongly recommend that all travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and other Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

    This policy excludes all Polar trips and select adventure cruises, where testing and vaccination remains a requirement. Please refer to the Essential Trip Information of your chosen tour for more details.

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