Travel through Europe’s greatest cities from Barcelona to Rome

Saunter through some of Europe’s finest cities and landscapes on this memorable voyage from sultry Spain to ever-alluring Italy. Be romanced by enchanting scenery, seduced by stunning sights and beguiled by wining and dining experiences that know no rival. Crossing 12 countries in an easily paced 36 days, this trip will suit both those looking to discover Europe for the first time and veterans of the region just wanting to revisit their favourite haunts. Steeped in history, with regional cuisines to die for, this classic and quirky adventure is the ultimate foray into the European heartlands.

Barcelona, Spain
Rome, Italy
Czech Republic,
The Netherlands,
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
580kg pp per trip


  • Run amuck among Barcelona’s famed architectural wonders and steaming nightlife
  • Gorge yourself silly on world-class chocolates in Brussels
  • Pomp it up in Prague’s classy Old Town
  • Strut and smoulder through the chic boulevards of Paris
  • Explore Berlin’s eclectic art and bopping bar scenes
  • Partake in Budapest’s old-world charm
  • Cycle your way through atmospheric Amsterdam
  • Take to the rapids in the lakeside town of Bled
  • Walk the stunning Cinque Terre
  • Marvel at the masters in Florence


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2015 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

Explore Catalonia‘s capital city and be dazzled by its impressive display of Gothic architecture, thriving art scene and the delectable flavours emerging from the Catalan kitchens of the city’s many street-side restaurants. And let’s not forget about Barcelona’s pumping nightlife.
Sit window-side as your train glides effortlessly through Provence’s manicured vineyards, fields of lavender and tabletop mountains en route to elegant Avignon. Spend a few days admiring Avignon’s ancient churches and architectural beauty, uncovering its history and medieval background.
Ah Paris, beautiful Paris – a city so easy to return to. If not for the famous monuments and fusion of old-world architecture and modernist art, then for the delicate cuisine and exquisite boutiques. Stroll the cobbled lanes between the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, witnessing the beauty of these iconic streets and the Parisian life that pours out of the shops and cafés.
Stroll the cobbled streets of Luxembourg City’s Old Town and discover why this pint-sized capital packs much more of a punch than its size would suggest.
Waffles and chocolates, fries and beer – Brussels is gastronomy headquarters. Discover the city’s raw vitality and impressive monuments, while uncovering its old-world charm.
This instantly likeable city charms visitors with its trendy lifestyle and picturesque canals. Learn about the heart-tugging life of Anne Frank at the museum bearing her name, then dive into the mind of one the world’s most famous painters at the Van Gogh Museum.
This electric city is the perfect combination of grunge and class. Berlin will have you face-to-face with history at every corner, drinking at uber-cool bars and chowing down on sublime German soul food.
Arrive in Krakow and head down to Rynek Glowny for a spot of people-watching or seek out some solace in St Mary’s Church. In free time, maybe pay a visit to Wawel Castle - a superb testament to the country's royal past. Or, for a sombre interlude, take a day trip to Auschwitz to uncover tragic tales from WWII.
Head west to the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague. Explore the narrow hallways of the mysterious Prague Castle, visit the resting place of Franz Kafka's in the Jewish Quarter or strike up a conversation with locals at an underground absinthe bar.
Enjoy the cultural environs of Cesky Krumlov, a bohemian town nestled in a bend of the Vltava River. Wander through a confusion of cobbled alleys by day and enjoy the friendly array of restaurants and bars by night.
Travel to Vienna and discover a city with a vibrant artistic soul. Art lovers will relish the abundance of quality museums while for history buffs, the fascinating story of the Habsburg family can be revealed on a visit to two of Austria's most stunning palaces, Hofburg and Schonbrunn. Perhaps enjoy the dulcet tones of operatic performers at a night-time theatre show.
Discover how Budapest has experienced something of a renaissance since the Iron Curtain was lifted. Maybe hire a bike and explore the grand boulevards, climb Gellert Hill for spectacular views of the Danube, sample rich Hungarian food or freak out at the House of Terror.
Flex the muscles in one of the most popular lakeside cities in Slovenia. Go rafting, cycle to Vintgar Gorge or paddle out to Bled's island church to ring its bell and make a wish.
Be romanced by the Bridge of Sighs and the Basilica di San Marco in this city of hidden treasures. In free time, peruse the Guggenheim Museum or perhaps enjoy the quintessential Venice experience – a gondola ride through narrow waterways.
Travel to the Cinque Terre and be revitalised by the fresh sea breeze that drifts in off the Mediterranean. Take in glorious vistas while walking the coastal path, journeying past citrus orchards scattered over steep hillsides overlooking the sea. Explore rustic Italian villages, cool off in the warm coastal waters and be sure to make the most of the fresh local produce.
Be captivated by the culture-rich atmosphere of Florence, from family-run vineyards on the outskirts of the city to the Duomo’s magnificent marble facade. View wonders of art in the Medici Chapels and the Uffizi Gallery, see the world’s most famous David in the Galleria dell'Accademia and climb uphill to Piazzale Michelangelo to enjoy a golden sunset across the city's rooftops. In free time, perhaps venture to Pisa, Lucca or Siena on a day trip.
Grab a gelato and take to the hectic streets of Rome. Visit the Colosseum, recharge with a slice of pizza and a strong espresso at the Piazza Navona or throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain and make a wish to return to the 'Eternal City'. Before the tour comes to an end, art-lovers should visit the Sistine Chapel to admire the timeless work of Michelangelo, while history buffs will enjoy a jaunt through the ancient halls of the Pantheon.
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10 breakfasts
Bus, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Private vehicle, Public bus, Train, Tram
Guesthouse (2 nights), Hostel (8 nights), Hotel (9 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night), Pension (3 nights), Private apartment (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Venice - City Orienation Walking Tour


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