Real Central Europe

Start: Berlin Finish: Venice

Visiting: Berlin, Berlin / Overnight Train, Krakow, Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Vienna, Budapest, Bled, Venice


Duration: 14 Nights

Physical rating: Low

Special diets catered: Vegetarians

Tour Operator: Intrepid Travel

Group size: 1 - 16

Age range: 18-29 years

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $2426 $2183

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Tour Overview

Beginning in Germany and ending in Italy, this tour hits seven countries but doesn’t rush them. See historic landmarks, medieval squares, hilltop castles, romantic canals and make memories that will last a lifetime. Beginning in Europe’s alt-capital Berlin, walk the ‘Royal Route’ in Krakow, soak up the terracotta views of Prague and Cesky Krumlov, be charmed by Lake Bled, and finish up among the canals of Venice. Split your time between uncovering local secrets with your leader and exploring at your own pace. The best part? You’ll be doing it all with like-minded young travellers who want to travel Central Europe the same way you do.

Highlights

  • iconStep into the pages of a fairy-tale on the shore of Slovenia’s Lake Bled. See the church on the island in the lake’s centre and treat yourself to a slice of cream cake.
  • iconWith two days spent almost each destination, you’ll have time to eat, shop and sightsee at your own pace – not just catch a glimpse from a bus window.
  • iconSo much of what is great about Europe – art, history, music – can be found in Vienna, but it’s sometimes overlooked by younger travellers. Not on our watch!
  • iconWe provide the European local to show you around, a comfortable place to rest your head and a spot on the train (or minivan). The rest is up to you.
  • iconCentral Europe is all about the narrow alleyways, cobblestone streets and ancient staircases – good thing you’ll be getting around with a tiny, unobtrusive group.

Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Berlin

Location: Berlin

Accommodation: Hotel

Guten Tag! Welcome to Germany. Your adventure kicks off with a welcome meeting at 6 pm where you’ll meet your tour leader and travel group. There are no other activities planned for today, but why not get to know your new travel crew a bit better and head out for currywurst (hot dogs covered in a mixture of ketchup, Worcester sauce and curry powder) and a stein. If you arrive early, make sure to get out and explore this dynamic city. 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 all the fuss is about, make sure to head out tonight as tomorrow you’ll be on an overnight train bound for Poland.

Optional Activities:
-Berlin - Storyline of Berlin Urban Adventure
-Berlin - Food and Art in Funky Kreuzberg Urban Adventure

icon Day 2: Berlin / Overnight Train

Location: Berlin / Overnight Train

Accommodation: Overnight Sleeper Train

Meals: breaksfast

Today morning and early afternoon is free to explore ever-changing Berlin’s many sites. Evidence of its turbulent past are present everywhere you look. This is a city that was destroyed by WWII and later rebuilt. It was divided in two and the stage for a revolution. It’s also a city with a thriving art scene and incredible architecture. Maybe wander through the Brandenburg Gate, swing by Checkpoint Charlie to see where the main gate between East and West Berlin used to stand and witness the crumbling remnants of the Berlin Wall that are scattered all over the city. Or you could reflect on the past and pay visits to the Jewish Memorial, the empty shelves of Bebelplatz and the confronting Topography of Terror. In the afternoon, meet back up with the group and board an overnight train for Krakow.

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 Zoo and Aquarium
-Berlin - Berliner Dom Cathedral
-Berlin - TV Tower
-Berlin - Checkpoint Charlie Museum
-Berlin - German History Museum
-Berlin - Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz
-Berlin - Reichstag (time slot must be booked online in advance) - Free
-Berlin - Schloss Charlottenburg
-Berlin - Story of Berlin Museum
-Berlin - Topography of Terror - Free

icon Day 3: Krakow

Location: Krakow

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Arrive into Krakow and stretch your legs on an orientation walk with your leader. As you stroll the pretty streets of the World Heritage-listed Old Town, you’ll soon discover this is a place that seems frozen in time. Get a glimpse of its gorgeous medieval architecture, castles, churches and sprawling squares with your leader, as well as the chance to try zapiekanka. This beloved street snack consists of a baguette topped with mushroom and cheese. Later, strike out on your own. 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:
-Zapiekanka snack in Kazimierz Quarter

Optional Activities:
-Krakow - Home Cooked Krakow Urban Adventure
-Krakow - Markets and Flavors of Krakow Urban Adventure
-Krakow - Food by Foot Urban Adventure

icon Day 4: Krakow

Location: Krakow

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Today is 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 streets musicians tend to play and local artists often display their work), the Barbician, a grand Baroque theatre, as well as some impressive churches and museums. You could easily spend the whole day leisurely exploring this historic stretch. If you can tear yourself away from Krakow, a number of interesting daytrips are available. Maybe head to Wieliczha to visit its 700-year-old Salt Mine. Buried 135-metres 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 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
-Oswiecim - State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau
-Krakow - Walking Tour - Free

icon Day 5: Prague

Location: Prague

Accommodation: Hostel

The journey kicks on to country number three today: the Czech Republic. First, travel by minivan to Ostrava, then board a train bound for Prague. Then entire journey should take about 6 hours. After checking into your hotel, your leader will show you some of Prague’s best sites on an orientation walk. Afterwards, you are 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.

Optional Activities:
-Prague - Prague Discovery Urban Adventure
-Prague - Beer and Czech Tapas Tour Urban Adventure
-Prague - Food by Foot Urban Adventure

icon Day 6: Prague

Location: Prague

Accommodation: Hostel

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

icon Day 7: Cesky Krumlov

Location: Cesky Krumlov

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Bid farewell to Prague and travel about 4 hours 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. And it’s extremely walkable. Your tour leader will lead a walk around town, providing insight into architectural symbolism and Old Town mysteries along the way. Afterwards, use 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 - Canoe Trip
-Cesky Krumlov - Guided walking tour
-Cesky Krumlov - Egon Schiele Art Centrum
-Cesky Krumlov - Rafting or Canoe Trip (per person)
-Cesky Krumlov - Guided Castle Tour

icon Day 8: Vienna

Location: Vienna

Accommodation: Basic Hotel

Hop into a local bus and travel across the border to Austria and the Baroque city of Vienna. A perennial favourite for 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 walking tour before free time to explore on your own. Art-lovers have their pick of museums to explore. Perhaps 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. Your tour leader can help if you need advice or help booking tickets.

icon 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

icon Day 10: Budapest

Location: Budapest

Accommodation: Hostel

Continue your exploration of Europe’s opulent past in Budapest today. It’ll take 3 hours to get here by train. Upon arrival, your leader will show you around the city on an orientation walk. Later, visit the cavernous Great Market Hall to stock up on Hungarian specialties like langos (fried dough) and Mangalica (an endemic pig) meat and then enjoy a picnic with a view at one of the city’s picturesque parks or viewpoints. More than just 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, so maybe ask your leader which ones to bless with your presence.

Included Activities:
-Budapest - Market Visit and Picnic

Optional Activities:
-Budapest - Buda Castle Explorer Urban Adventure
-Budapest - Bites & Sights Food Tour Urban Adventure

icon Day 11: Budapest

Location: Budapest

Accommodation: Hostel

Meals: breaksfast

Enjoy a free day to further explore Budapest. Visible from pretty much everywhere in the city, the 13th-century Buda Castle is a must-see – literally. 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. Chat to your leader about your options.

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
-Budapest - Buda Castle Explorer Urban Adventure

icon Day 12: Bled

Location: Bled

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Meals: breaksfast

Get ready for a long day of travel as you board a train and make the 8-hour journey to Ljubljana. From there, you’ll board a bus bound for 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 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 located 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.

icon Day 13: Bled

Location: Bled

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Postcard-perfect Bled is also tailor-made for adventure. And as today is a free day, it’s up to you how (and if) you’d like to get active. Hiking, biking, canoeing and rafting are all on the cards. 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 daytrip 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)

icon Day 14: Venice

Location: Venice

Accommodation: Basic hotel

Board the train and brace yourself for some amazing scenery on the way to Venice (approximately 5.5 hours). 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
-Venice - Guggenheim Museum
-Venice - St Mark's Campanile
-Venice - St Mark's Basilica Treasury
-Venice - Accademia Gallery
-Venice - Venezia Ca' d'Oro
-Venice - Gondola Ride
-Venice - Chicchetti & Wine Tour of Venice Urban Adventure

icon Day 15: Venice

Location: Venice

The trip comes to an end today after breakfast. As there is much to see here, you maybe want to book an extra couple of days in Venice to give yourself more time to explore. Our reservations team can help (subject to availability).

What's Included

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    Accommodation

    Hotel (3 nights) Simple hotel (3 nights) Guesthouse (5 nights) Overnight train (1 night) Hostel (2 nights)

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    Meals

    3 breakfasts

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    Zapiekanka snack in Kazimierz Quarter

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    Budapest - Market Visit and Picnic

Included Activities

  • Zapiekanka snack in Kazimierz Quarter
  • Budapest - Market Visit and Picnic

Accommodation

  • Hotel (3 nights) Simple hotel (3 nights) Guesthouse (5 nights) Overnight train (1 night) Hostel (2 nights)

Transport

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

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    Low Deposit

    Intrepid Travel requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 21 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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Saturday Jul 24, 2021

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Saturday Apr 02, 2022

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Saturday May 21, 2022

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Saturday Jun 18, 2022

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Saturday Jul 23, 2022

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Saturday Aug 27, 2022

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