Classic: Rome to Budapest Explorer (EIRB)
Countries Visited: Austria, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 16, avg 12
Meals Included: 20 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Accommodations: Hotels/pensions (20 nts).
Discover a passion for regional wines and Italian cuisine, explore the elegant countryside of Lake Como by boat, enjoy an authentic Roman meal with new friends, wander over the canals and bridges of Venice, revel in the dramatic scenery of Slovenia, explore the charming streets of Salzburg, discover big highlights and hidden gems.
For years, travellers have dreamed about exploring cultural, romantic Europe. The time to take that trip is now. We've packaged together some of our greatest European hits - Rome to Venice and on to Budapest through Slovenia and Austria - in order to give you the biggest bang for your buck in three weeks' time. On this well-paced trip, you'll get all the highlights of the well-known cities (Florence, Vienna) along with hidden gems like Lucca and Salzburg. Once you've experienced the passion of Europe's cosmopolitan centres and rustic small towns, you'll find it hard to ever forget them.
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|Day 1||Rome||Day 1 Rome|
We recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully explore this magnificent city. There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Rome||Day 2 Rome (1B, 1D)|
Take an orientation walk of the Eternal City before enjoying a free day to explore a myriad of options. Opt to tour Vatican City, cross the river to charming Trastevere, eat some gelato in Piazza Navona, or swing by the Colosseum and Forum. In the evening, enjoy a true taste of Italy with a traditional Roman meal. Included Activities: Orientation Walk
|Day 3||Siena||Day 3 Rome/Siena (1B)|
Opt to visit Torre del Mangia, Battistero, il Campo, or the Duomo. In the evening, opt to take a "passeggiata" and meet the Sienese locals. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Chianti Wine Tasting Transport: Local bus (3.50 hour(s))
|Day 4||Siena||Day 4 Siena (1B)|
Opt to travel further afield to the thermal springs of Bagni San Filippo.
|Day 5||Florence||Day 5 Siena/Florence (1B)|
Continue to the inimitable Firenze. Walk through the city catching a glimpse of the Duomo, Piazza Indipendenza, Piazza della Signoria, and the Ponte Vecchio. Continue to Piazzale Michelangelo for the most famous and photographed vista of the city. Opt to visit the local leather markets and souvenir stalls set up all over the city. Included Activities: Piazzale Michelangelo Walk Transport: Local bus (1.50 hour(s))
|Day 6||Florence||Day 6 Florence (1B)|
For the foodies, check out the Mercato Centrale and any number of caFes and trattorias. If you came to shop, start at one end of the city and just keep going. Theres beautiful architecture, famous museums, Renaissance art pieces, and charming cobblestone streets everywhere. You could spend a lifetime exploring this fantastic city. If you want to go further afield, take a wine tasting bike tour up to Fiesole and the vineyards of Chianti.
|Day 7||Lucca||Day 7 Florence/Lucca (1B)|
Take a local train to the beautiful little Tuscan town of Lucca. Enjoy a free afternoon to discover the city and its history. The best way to do this is to hire one of the hundreds of bikes for rent around the town and take to two wheels. In the evening, opt to take in a classical music concert in one of the towns historic churches - dont forget that this is the birthplace of the maestro Puccini. Transport: Local train (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 8||Riomaggiore||Day 8 Lucca/Riomaggiore (1B)|
Head by train to Pisa and stop for a visit at the Field of Miracles to see the famous leaning tower (entrance fee not included). Later, head on to the coastal paradise of Cinque Terre. Included Activities: Pisa Visit Transport: Local train (0.50 hour(s)) Local train (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 9||Monterosso al Mare||Day 9 Riomaggiore/Monterosso al Mare (1B)|
The national park pass and daily unlimited train ticket is included. Opt to follow your CEO along centuries-old footpaths and mule tracks leading through olive groves, vineyards, and orchards on a full day hike, or hop on and off the train, experiencing each town on your own. Choose to rest in each of the 5 villages, sampling delicacies in each place, such as local pesto, espresso, or delicious gelato. Additional Notes: Please note that some popular hiking paths along the Cinque Terre have been temporarily closed due to water erosion and damage caused by landslides in 2016. Your CEO will guide you on the best, most accessible path for todays hike. Included Activities: National Park Pass and Unlimited Train Ticket Cinque Terre Coastal Path Hike Transport: Local train (0.50 hour(s))
|Day 10||Varenna||Day 10 Cinque Terre/Varenna (1B)|
Set out from Cinque Terre on a train journey with a few changes en route, passing through Milan and on to elegant Varenna, located on the shores of Lake Como. On the border with Switzerland, enjoy the spectacular backdrop of the snowy-peaked Alps. Arrive in the late afternoon and start exploring the town. Transport: Local train (5.00 hour(s))
|Day 11||Varenna||Day 11 Varenna (1B)|
Set out by boat to explore the lake and its many elegant villas and towns, such as Bellagio with its shops, restaurants, and fine residences. In the afternoon, there is plenty of free time for soaking up the elegant atmosphere in one of the lakeside caFes or restaurants. Take some time for shopping - some of the finest Italian designers are to be found in Comos chic boutiques. Included Activities: Lake Como Boat Ride
|Day 12||Venice||Day 12 Varenna/Venice (1B)|
Travel east to captivating Venice, the unique "city of canals," full of magnificent monuments. There will be plenty of time to wander the narrow cobblestone streets and wide piazzas, crossing hundreds of tiny bridges and, of course, getting lost in Venices labyrinth. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local train (5.00 hour(s))
|Day 13||Venice||Day 13 Venice (1B)|
Spend the day getting lost in Venice. Opt for a vaporetto (water taxi) ride to the islands of Murano and Burano, take a gondola under the Ponte Rialto (Bridge of Lovers), explore the Doges Palace and Bridge of Sighs, or get lost in the twisting maze of the city.
|Day 14||Venice||Day 14 Venice (1B)|
Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.
|Day 15||Bled||Day 15 Venice/Bled (1B)|
Journey by bus into Slovenia, stopping in the capital city of Ljubljana. Enjoy the eastern charm of the city before continuing on to the lakeside town of Bled. Take a CEO-led orientation walk before separating to explore the charming hamlet. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (4.50-5.00 hours) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
|Day 16||Bled||Day 16 Bled (1B)|
Most activities centre around Bled or depart from Bled to go into the Bohinj area. Your CEO can help you book whatever suits you best.
|Day 17||Salzburg||Day 17 Bled/Salzburg (1B)|
With time in the afternoon, start exploring. Spend time in the UNESCO-listed Old Town or visiting the nearby salt mines. The birthplace of Mozart has enough of history and charm to keep you busy for weeks. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Train (2.50-3.00 hours)
|Day 18||Vienna||Day 18 Salzburg/Vienna (1B)|
Enjoy a free morning to explore a little more. Opt to take a Sound of Music tour, stopping at famous venues tied to the movie. Even if you arent a fan, the tour heads out to different venues from the movie showing off the best of Salzburg and the surrounding area. In late afternoon, travel to the capital city of Vienna. Take a short orientation walk before heading out for an optional dinner in the City of Music. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Magdas Hotel Transport: Train (2.50-3.00 hours)
|Day 19||Vienna||Day 19 Vienna (1B)|
Try some local delicacies like schnitzel, apple strudel or the Sachertorte. Take some time to enjoy a coffee in coffeehouses unique to Vienna. Included Activities: Magdas Hotel
|Day 20||Budapest||Day 20 Vienna/Budapest (1B)|
Journey by train to Budapest, the Pearl of the Danube. The city, split into Buda and Pest by the river, retains its eastern charm with Buda Castle and Turkish-style thermal baths. Depending on arrival time, opt to visit some city sights, soak in one of the famous baths or sign up for a city tour by bike. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Train (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 21||Budapest||Day 21 Budapest (1B)|
We highly recommend booking post-tour accommodation to full experience this charming city.
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