Epic Europe: Central and Italy

Epic Europe: Central and Italy

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Epic Europe: Central and Italy

24 Days Starting in Berlin and ending in Rome

Visiting: Berlin, Wroclaw, Krakow, Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Vienna, Budapest, Bled, Venice, Verona / Lake Garda, Lake Garda, Parma, La Spezia, Cinque Terre / La Spezia, Pisa / Florence, Florence, Rome

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Tour code:

AMYCC

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 16

Physical rating:

Low, Low

Age range:

18-35 years

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
From:
$4760
$4166 (USD) Operator discount: -$476 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$118 -12%
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Tour Overview

See seven countries and hit all the highlights of Europe on this 24-day journey through Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Italy and Slovenia. Discover nightlife you can only get in Berlin, walk the ‘Royal Route’ in Krakow, then soak up the terracotta views of Prague and Cesky Krumlov. See the fairytale-like Lake Bled, and then it’s onto Italy to eat your weight in delicious carbs. Explore the postcard-perfect canals of Venice, beach hop around sparkling coasts, sample Tuscan wine, and soak in heaps of art, history and culture. Take a bucket list trip that explores iconic ruin bars, historic landmarks, hilltop castles, cobblestone streets, romantic canals, world wonders and epic sunset spots and do it all with likeminded individuals and a local leader who knows all the secrets.

Highlights

  • Start your trip with a bang in Berlin, where history and modern culture dance. If it’s nightlife you’re after, Germany’s capital is home to thriving bars, underground clubs and an alternative scene not to be missed.??

  • Eat and drink your way through Italy, stopping in at some of the country’s finest food destinations. Whether it’s a real Italian Pizza in Rome, a traditional pesto-making demonstration in Cinque Terre or wine windows in Florence, your tastebuds are front and center.

  • Explore some of the most beautiful and iconic cities in Italy, soak in incredible views and photo ops and tick off plenty of bucket list items, whether it’s playing Romeo or Juliet in Verona or looking out over the Mediterranean Sea from the hills of Cinque Terre.

  • Step into the pages of a fairytale on the shore of Slovenia’s Lake Bled – home to the bluest waters you might ever see. Explore the church on the island, walk around the lake surrounded by mountains and treat yourself to a slice of cream cake.?

  • Eat your way through Italy, stopping in at some of the country’s finest food destinations. Whether it’s a real spaghetti carbonara in Rome, a traditional pesto-making demonstration in Cinque Terre or wine windows in Florence, your tastebuds are front and center.

  • Discover the magical Cesky Krumlov – you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd stepped straight into a fairytale, as this place is filled with medieval buildings, verdant countryside and the flowing Vltava River.?

Itinerary

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Day 1: Berlin
Location: Berlin
Accommodation: Hotel

Guten Tag! Welcome to Germany. Your adventure kicks off with a welcome meeting at 6 pm tonight in Berlin. If you arrive in Berlin early, explore this dynamic city on foot – Berlin is packed with poignant historic sites, cutting-edge galleries and iconic architecture. The city also boasts a party scene that makes NYC’s nightlife seem tame. If you’re keen to see what Berlin is about, it’s highly recommended that you arrive a couple of days early. Why not get to know your new travel crew tonight and head out for currywurst (hot dogs covered in ketchup, Worcester sauce and curry powder) and a stein? Or you can hit the clubs and start this trip with a bang (we can’t guarantee you’ll get into Berghain, but just giving it a go is half the fun)!

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

Day 2: Wroclaw
Location: Wroclaw
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning, say goodbye to Germany and hop on a train to Wroclaw – the cultural centre of southwest Poland sitting on the banks of River Oder. You’ll arrive in the early afternoon. Settle into your hotel, then follow your leader on an orientation walk around the city that makes it feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. The rest of the day is free for you to explore how you wish. Maybe check out Ostrów Tumski (Cathedral Island), the Old Town Square and the Four Denominations District, where the city’s incredible architecture and history are on display. Or appreciate Wroclaw from River Oder and picnic with a few of your new travel buddies.

Optional Activities:
-Wroclaw - Panorama Raclawicka entrance

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

This morning, board a train to Krakow – your base for the next two nights. As you stroll the pretty streets of the World Heritage-listed Old Town, glimpse gorgeous medieval architecture, castles, churches and sprawling squares with your leader. Grab some zapiekanka along the way – a baguette topped with mushroom and cheese – a beloved street snack. Later, strike out on your own and maybe visit Wawel Royal Castle, which sits atop a hill next to the Vistula River or glimpse the impressive St Mary's Basilica and its extraordinary wood-carved Gothic altarpiece. If churches are your thing, the neo-Gothic St Francis' Basilica is worth a visit.

Included Activities:
-Krakow - Zapiekanka Snack in Kazimierz Quarter

Day 4: Krakow
Location: Krakow
Accommodation: Hotel

Today is a free day for you to explore Krakow at your own pace. Walking the ‘Royal Route’ – the former path of Polish monarchs – takes you past most of the Old Town’s greatest treasures, including Florianska Gate (a Gothic gateway tower where street musicians tend to play and local artists often display their work), the Barbician, a grand Baroque theatre and impressive churches and museums. If you can tear yourself away from Krakow, there are lots of interesting day trips available. Maybe head to Wieliczha to visit its 700-year-old salt mine – buried 135 m underground, this mind-boggling complex is a vast network of tunnels, pits and chambers all hewn by hand from solid salt! You’ll also find chapels with elaborate salt chandeliers and lakes deep underground. After a full day of sightseeing, why not hit one of Krakow’s cellar restaurants for a plate of pierogis and a cold drink.

Optional Activities:
-Krakow - Bike Tour (Day or Night)
-Krakow - Galicia Jewish Museum
-Krakow - History Museum
-Krakow - St Mary's Basilica
-Krakow - Wawel Royal Castle
-Wieliczka - Salt Mines Tour
-Oswiecim - Half-Day Trip & Guided Tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau
-Krakow - Walking Tour - Free

Day 5: Prague
Location: Prague
Accommodation: Hostel

This morning after breakfast, head to the Czech Republic. Take a bus to the town of Ostrava, then board the train to Prague. After checking into your hotel, your leader will show you some of Prague’s best sites on an orientation walk. Then you’re free to explore on your own. Maybe wander the streets of the Jewish Quarter and check out the oldest surviving synagogue in Europe or learn about Prague’s favourite son at the Franz Kafka Museum. Make sure to take a scenic stroll along the Charles Bridge and watch the Astronomical Clock in action as it ticks over. This is a gorgeous city, so exploring on foot is often people’s go-to activity.

Optional Activities:
-Prague - Kafka Museum

Day 6: Prague
Location: Prague
Accommodation: Hostel

Today you can enjoy more free time in Prague to visit the sites you missed yesterday. Prague Castle has a great viewpoint that provides sweeping views of the city’s red rooftops and medieval architecture. Consider a day trip to Kutna Hora, where you can visit Sedlec Ossuary, an eerie chapel decorated with human skeletons, or St Barbara Church and its medieval frescoes. Prague’s Old Town becomes particularly magical at night. Return for an evening stroll to soak up the atmosphere before checking out some of the town’s cosy cellar hangouts or underground Absinthe bars. If you’re into jazz, Prague also boasts one of the best scenes in Europe! Ask your tour leader for suggestions if you’re not sure where to head out tonight.

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

Day 7: Cesky Krumlov
Location: Cesky Krumlov
Accommodation: Guesthouse

Bid farewell to Prague today and travel south to the fairytale-like town of Cesky Krumlov. Dating back to the 13th century, this tiny town closely resembles Prague with its gorgeous castle across the river and pretty mix of Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Head out on a leader-led walk around town, as they provide insight into the architectural symbolism and Old Town mysteries. After, use some free time to head to the top of the Castle Tower for a great view of the town’s red rooftops and distant rolling green hills, explore the castle and its gardens or browse the shops that line the riverfront. If you’re feeling active, ask your tour leader about rafting and canoeing activities on offer (time and weather permitting).

Optional Activities:
-Cesky Krumlov - Brewery Tour
-Cesky Krumlov - Guided walking tour
-Cesky Krumlov - Egon Schiele Art Centrum
-Cesky Krumlov - Rafting or Canoe Trip (per person)
-Cesky Krumlov - Guided Castle Tour

Day 8: Vienna
Location: Vienna
Accommodation: Basic Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast

Hop onto your private transfer and travel across the border to Austria and the Baroque city of Vienna. A perennial favourite for the world’s most liveable city, Vienna is also a dream for starry-eyed travellers looking for delicious coffee and pastries (sachertorte, in particular), classical music and grand palaces. Get acquainted with the city on a leader-led walk and then enjoy some free time to explore on your own. Art lovers have their pick of museums to explore – maybe check out modern Austrian art at the Leopold Museum, paintings by Monet, Degas and Picasso at the neo-classical Albertina or the world’s largest collection of paintings by Austrian painter Gustav Klimt at Belvedere Palace. This evening, why not sample Vienna’s incredible musical heritage and catch a performance at one of the city’s historic venues such as the Vienna State Opera House.

Day 9: Vienna
Location: Vienna
Accommodation: Simple Hotel

Spend another day exploring Vienna’s rich artistic and intellectual heritage. Maybe head to Schloss Belvedere (Belvedere Palace), Schoenbrunn Palace or the Hofburg Palace complex to discover Austria’s symmetrical take on over-the-top grandeur. Exploring some of the city’s more specific museums such as the Schnapps Museum, the Sigmund Freud Museum or the Globe Museum, which is located inside the impressive Austrian National Museum. Climb the tower of St Stephen’s Cathedral, take a spin on the Prater Ferris Wheel or catch a dressage show at the Spanish Riding School. If you didn’t head out last night, maybe cap off a culture-filled day with a spot of Mozart Bach or Schubert at the opera house.

Optional Activities:
-Vienna - Albertina Museum
-Vienna - Belvedere Gallery (Lower Gallery)
-Vienna - Hofburg Palace & Sisi Museum
-Vienna - Leopold Museum
-Vienna - Prater Ferris Wheel
-Vienna - Schoenbrunn Palace
-Vienna - Spanish Riding School Practice
-Vienna - St Stephen's Tower
-Vienna - Vienna Boys Choir Concert

Day 10: Budapest
Location: Budapest
Accommodation: Hotel

This morning you’ll continue your exploration of Europe’s opulent past in Budapest. Take a train and watch the scenery pass you by – when you arrive, your leader will show you around the city on an orientation walk. Later, visit the cavernous Great Market Hall to check out Hungarian specialties like langos (fried dough) and Mangalica (an endemic pig) meat and enjoy a delicious market snack with plenty of tasty local recommendations. More than just a fairy-tale-like ode to the past, Budapest is also a bustling city with hip bars, trendy cafes and plenty of cheap eats. Your evening is free and your leader will make sure that you're equipped with all of the insider knowledge when it comes to which are the best (and best-kept secret) ruin bars. A night out here might just be your highlight of the trip!

Included Activities:
-Budapest - Market Visit and Snack
-Budapest – Ruin Bar Visit

Day 11: Budapest
Location: Budapest
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast

Enjoy a free day to explore Budapest further today. Visible from pretty much everywhere in the city, the 13th-century Buda Castle is a must-see. Why not imagine how Hungarian kings used to live by touring the palace complex, which houses the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum. Or you could head to Fisherman’s Bastion for the best view of the city before taking a leisurely stroll along the cobbled streets of the Castle District. Another option is a boat trip along the Danube River, where you’ll get a different view of the Parliament buildings, the Castle District and the bridges that link Buda and Pest. Tonight, find one of the many great dinner spots or head back to the ruin bars for a night out.

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

Day 12: Bled
Location: Bled
Accommodation: Guesthouse
Meals Included: breaksfast

Get ready for a long day of travel today as you make the journey to Ljubljana. From there, you’ll travel to Bled – an impossibly scenic lakeside town tucked at the foothills of the Julian Alps. You visit plenty of pretty towns on this trip but Bled truly is something out of a fairy tale. Arrive in the late afternoon and head to its gorgeous lake. Here, your leader will point out the town’s best attractions, like its 11th-century clifftop castle and the small island in the lake’s centre. Use the rest of the day to search for Bled’s famous cream cake (which shouldn’t be hard, every cafe in town claims to make the best one) or choose to join the group for an optional dinner of Slovenian specialties.

Day 13: Bled
Location: Bled
Accommodation: Guesthouse

Postcard-perfect Bled (the perfect spot if you need a new banging Instagram) is also tailor-made for adventure, and as today is a free day, it’s up to you how you’d like to get active (or chill out and stare at the scenery – it never gets old). Hiking, biking, canoeing and rafting are all on the cards so you can choose to hire a bike and explore the surrounds, head to Vintgar Gorge for a walk through its natural canyon or go rafting along the Soca River. If you’d like to keep it more lowkey, head to Bled Castle for some exploration or take a plenta (small wooden boat) to the church on the island in the middle of the lake to ring the wishing bell. You could even venture further afield and take a day trip to Bohinj – another pretty lakeside town. As always, your leader is there for a reason! Grill them about the options.

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

Day 14: Venice
Location: Venice
Accommodation: Hotel

This morning, travel to Venice – brace yourself for some amazing scenery on the way. Venice is one of a kind, built over a hundred small islands connected by 400 bridges. As well as all those romantic canals, it has all the hallmarks of a fine old Italian city – world-class food, performance, art and architecture. Use your free time to explore – the best way to go is on foot. Try to take in all the famous sights, like the Grand Canal, the shops of the Rialto Bridge, the Palace of the Doge (ruler of Venice), the Piazza San Marco and its golden basilica, and the Bridge of Sighs. Don't even think about leaving until you've eaten some tiramisu! This is where the dish was born, and they know how to do it just right.

Optional Activities:
-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 - Gondola Ride
-Venice - Chicchetti & Wine Tour of Venice Urban Adventure

Day 15: Venice
Location: Venice
Accommodation: Hotel

Today is free to explore Venice at your own pace until a group meeting at 6 pm tonight. Until then, maybe window shop by the Ponte di Rialto, browse the famous flooding bookshop – Libreria Acqua Alta (the self-proclaimed ‘most beautiful bookshop in the world’) or jump in a gondola and be swept away by the romance of this place. Tonight, why not get together for dinner at Orient Experience – a restaurant providing employment, support and advocacy to Venice’s migrant and refugee community with a menu inspired by their journeys to get to Europe. 

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

Day 16: Verona / Lake Garda
Location: Verona / Lake Garda
Accommodation: Hostel (multi-share)

Say farewell to Venice this morning as you leave the canals behind and make your way to Verona – the city that played backdrop to the most famous love story ever told. An orientation walk with your leader will take you around the city and into the courtyard where you can gaze up at Juliet’s balcony (keep an eye out for Romeo lurking around the place). You’ll also go past Arena di Verona – a Roman amphitheatre that still plays host to live performances. Built in AD30 the theatre is one of the best-preserved ancient structures of its kind and is even older than the Colosseum! See if you can find some Sfogliatine di Villafranca (a much-loved crumbly puff pastry dessert invented in Verona). After an afternoon of exploring, jump back on the train and head to Lake Garda. Tonight, find a lakeside restaurant for dinner with your new travel buddies.

Included Activities:
-Verona - Orientation walk & Juliet's Balcony
-Peschiera del Garda – Orientation walk

Day 17: Lake Garda
Location: Lake Garda
Accommodation: Hostel (multi-share)

Wake up today in the lakeside region of Lake Garda. On the banks of the largest lake in Italy, you’ll have free time to explore at your leisure. As one of the most beautiful small towns on the lake, Peschiera del Garda packs a punch, with plenty to see. Wander along the canals and rivers and make your way down to the lakefront where you can take a dip in the turquoise waters or grab some lunch at one of the many restaurants. At the UNESCO World Heritage Site Peschiera del Garda fortress, you can learn how the Republic of Venice defended itself between the 16th and 17th centuries. Tonight, why not grab your group and watch the sunset over the water while sipping on an Aperol spritz or a negroni (or two!).

Optional Activities:
-Peschiera del Garda – Gardaland Park

Day 18: Parma
Location: Parma
Accommodation: Hostel (multi-share)

Leaving the banks of Lake Garda this morning, you’ll make your way to the beautiful city of Parma. As a food lovers paradise, get ready to sample all the traditional delicacies Parma has on offer. When you arrive, your leader will take you around the city on an orientation walk, before leaving you to explore at your own pace. Wander the colourful streets of this gem in the heart of northern Italy, famously the birthplace of Prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano. Once you’ve eaten all the cured hams and aged cheeses you can handle (although can you ever really get enough?), maybe check out some incredible art history and the intricately frescoed ceilings in the Duomo di Parma, or head about an hour out and visit the largest labyrinth in the world – Labirinto di Franco Maria Ricci.

Included Activities:
-Parma – Orientation Walk

Day 19: La Spezia
Location: La Spezia
Accommodation: Guesthouse (multi-share)

Today, you’ll head to La Spezia, the gateway to Cinque Terre, nestled in the hills of northern Italy and on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Today is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a day at the beach, soak up some sun and eat all the seafood you can stomach. You can also jump on the bus and take a day trip out to the unofficial ‘sixth town’ of Cinque Terre, Portovenere. On the tip of a peninsula, this small finishing town is surrounded by ocean. Full of history, maybe walk out to the 12th century Doira Castle or find literary inspiration at the Grotta di Lord Byron – a popular swimming cove that inspired the author it’s named after. Today is all about enjoying the Mediterranean coast, so make it your own! Don’t forget to check in with your leader to find the best places that only the locals know.

Day 20: Cinque Terre / La Spezia
Location: Cinque Terre / La Spezia
Accommodation: Guesthouse (multi-share)
Meals Included: breaksfast

Welcome to Cinque Terre! One of the most beautiful coastal stretches in Italy. Historically, long walking trails were the only way to travel between the villages, which means that other than the incredible views, you’ll also have some hiking opportunities. Today, your leader will take you on a hike through some of these tracks, with the Mediterranean Sea in sight the whole time. Walking past terraced farms and through coastal forests, this is the perfect way to discover this part of Italy. After your hike, the rest of the day is yours. Maybe make your way down to a beach club and soak in the sun, or join a traditional pesto making demonstration for some tricks you can take home. Alternatively, hop on a boat and take a cruise around the coast to see the rolling hills from a different perspective.

Included Activities:
-Cinque Terre – Leader-led Hike
-Cinque Terre – Day Pass

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

Day 21: Pisa / Florence
Location: Pisa / Florence
Accommodation: Hostel (multi-share)
Meals Included: breaksfast

Say arrivederci to Cinque Terre this morning and make your way to Pisa. When you arrive, head over to the Piazza del Duomo where you’ll find the Battistero di San Giovanni, Cattedrale di Pisa and of course the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Join the crowds and get your very own picture holding up the tower or challenge your group to come up with the most original photo. You’ve got free time for the next few hours, so why not ask your leader for the best places to sample some salami, a few cheeses or where to get the best glass of Tuscan wine? Maybe try some Cecina Toscana (traditional flatbread) too. Leave Pisa mid-afternoon, and head for Florence, where your leader will take you on an orientation walk around the city. Ask them to point out any hot spots for dinner and drinks tonight, and where you can jump on an optional food tour or experience happy hour the Italian way (second aperitivo, anyone?).

Included Activities:
-Pisa - Half Day Trip
-Florence – Orientation Walk

Optional Activities:
-Florence - Foodies Walk Urban Adventure
-Florence - Aperitivo Time! Urban Adventure

Day 22: Florence
Location: Florence
Accommodation: Hostel (multi-share)

Today you have a full day to explore one of the most beautiful cities in Italy – Florence. Home to the great Michelangelo, why not visit the Accademia Gallery and see David himself, or visit his replica and other Rennaissance sculptures in the Piazza della Signoria. If you’re feeling up for a bit of a challenge, walk the 463 steps to the top of the Duomo and get one of the best 360 views of Florence. Hunt through the streets and see how many wine windows you can find (there are over 180!), taking full advantage of the quirky little holes in the wall that were originally put in so Florentines could still enjoy a glass of vino during times of plague. Tonight, come together as a group and enjoy a sunset aperitivo in Piazzale Michelangelo before heading out for the night.

Included Activities:
-Florence - Sunset Aperitivo in Piazzale Michelangelo

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

Day 23: Rome
Location: Rome
Accommodation: Hotel

Your time in Firenze has come to an end. Today, you’ll be heading to the illustrious capital city – Rome. Walking in the footsteps of emperors, conquerors, gladiators and philosophers, the streets of Rome are steeped in history. Follow your leader on an orientation walk and get the lay of the land before heading off to explore. The Roman Colosseum (one of the Seven Wonders of the World) is a must-see for most, whether you admire the architectural marvel from the outside or immerse yourself in the history from the inside. If you’re looking for more ancient Roman architecture, check out the Forum (now home to a colony of cats). You can also talk to your leader about heading out to Vatican City where you can climb St Peter’s Dome or visit the Vatican Museum and check out Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Tonight, your leader can help you find the best place for dinner to toast to the end of your adventure.

Included Activities:
-Rome - Orientation Walk

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

Day 24: Rome
Location: Rome
Meals Included: breaksfast

Your trip comes to an end this morning and it’s time to say goodbye to your group. As there is so much to see in Rome, it’s recommended that you stay a little longer and book a few more days – just speak to your booking agent.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    No

  • Fully Guided

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Krakow - Zapiekanka Snack in Kazimierz Quarter

  • Budapest - Market Visit and Snack

  • Budapest – Ruin Bar Visit

  • Verona - Orientation walk & Juliet's Balcony

  • Peschiera del Garda – Orientation walk

  • Parma – Orientation Walk

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What's Not Included

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

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.

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.
  • We've sourced our accommodation very carefully and picked the best possible hotels in line with the Intrepid 18-35 style of travel. Our first accommodation choice is always as close to the main attraction of the destination as possible, however, sometimes we are not in the right centre of action, which means you may need to hop on a public transport to get to the city centre. Please note that service and accommodation in Europe may be different to the standards you are used to. Your accommodation will not always have private en suite facilities or air-conditioning. European hotels generally don't provide kettles or fridges and in particular destinations, rooms may be rather small.
  • 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.
  • ROOMING ALLOCATION
  • Accommodation on this trip is on a twin/multi-share basis. We pair up solo travellers with other travellers of the same gender as per the gender marker on each of their passports. Please note there may be times where facilities will be shared rather than ensuite and rare occasions when you share a room with passengers travelling on different Intrepid trips than your own.
  • SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT
  • Please note that on our 18-35 trips in Europe we do not provide a single room supplement option.
  • 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.

Important Information

  • 1. Pre and post tour accommodation and transfers are available to book upon request, subject to availability. Please contact your booking agent for more details.
  • 2. A single supplement is not available on this trip.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Is this trip right for you

    The best way to experience a city is by doing as the locals do – that means using public transport such as trams, trains, buses and metro at some locations. You’ll get an authentic look at daily life but be aware you may find yourself sharing a busy bus ride with local commuters. The trains used on this trip are comfortable, and all have toilets but can also be very busy.

    Europe is steeped in history, which means sometimes the infrastructure is old. Often there are no lifts or escalators, particularly in some train stations or hotels. The cobblestone streets, narrow steps and tiny bridges of Europe are very romantic but they’re also a good reason to pack light and leave the wheeling suitcase at home. You may have to carry your bags up and down stairs, as well as some short distances to the hotel (no longer than 30 minutes). Make sure it doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations – check the 'Packing' section of the Essential Trip Information.

    Don’t let the heat keep you from exploring the world! Summer temperatures can be very high in Europe, making things uncomfortable. It’s essential to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water.

    It’s bunking season! As some accommodation on this trip is twin or multi-share, solo travellers will share a room with other travellers of the same gender, an excellent opportunity to get to know other like-minded people. A single supplement is unavailable on this trip as space is at a premium in Europe, and your hotel is no exception. For those travelling as a pair, European hotels often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, 18 years old or above

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    LOW - Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.

  • 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.

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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RICHARD ALAN RODDY   England

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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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Miguel Angel Araujo   Usa

One Week In Costa Rica

27-Feb-2024

The trip was amazing, everything was well planned out & there wasn't any issues. The tour guide was very friendly and made the experience fun. During the trip I didn't have to worry about safety as we were never put in harms way. I would definitely recommend & do again.

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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    Intrepid Travel allows you to make 10 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 56 days before the start of the tour.

  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Intrepid Travel allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform intrepid travel, 56 days before departure.

  • 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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