Experience bohemian Europe from Germany to Italy
Take the long road through Bohemia on this adventure-filled tour from Germany to Italy. Travelling from historical landmarks and medieval squares to magical hilltop castles and romantic canals, this is an architectural extravaganza that cannot be missed. Wander among imposing Iron Curtain relics in Berlin, experience bohemian hospitality in an underground Prague bar and stroll the banks of the sparkling River Danube on a visit to Budapest. With the freedom to choose your own adventure in each city, you'll be captivated by the mysteries that are revealed on this tour of Central Europe.
Now one of the world's most artistic and exciting cities, Berlin has a complex history. See remaining fragments of the famous wall that once divided the city in half
Soak up the royal history of Krakow's Wawel Castle and step back in time with a stroll through its medieval main square
Immerse yourself in the history, architecture and bohemian vibes of the Czech Republic. Soak up the smooth sounds of jazz at a low-lit bar in Prague before stepping right into a fairytale in the World Heritage-listed town of Cesky Krumlov
So much of what is great about Europe can be found in Vienna. Revel in the city's rich offerings of art, history and music and stroll along the eclectic Ringstrasse
Enjoy a scenic walk along the banks of the River Danube in Budapest. Threaded with bridges and hemmed in by castles and historic city buildings, Europe’s second longest river is also one of its most beautiful
Escape city life on the peaceful shores of Lake Bled in Slovenia. Visit a church on the tiny island in the centre of the lake and treat yourself to a slice of Bled's famous cream cake
The primary means of transportation on this trip is by train. Train travel is a fast way to traverse long distances, allowing you to avoid traffic jams and arrive right into the city centre. Trains are comfortable and often decked out with air-conditioning, toilets, a snack bar (or vending machine) and power points. Please note that you'll have to carry your own luggage on and off the train, as well as some short distances to the hotel (no longer than 30min), so make sure it doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations. You can find this information in the 'What to Take' section of the trip notes.
In many of the location we will be using different modes of local transport; trams, buses or metro; as this is often an adventure in itself, it may also bring some challenges – running up and down the stairs in metro stations or sharing a busy bus ride with local commuters. Please make sure you’ll prepare yourself for that!
This is a Baisix trip; please make yourself familiar with our Basix style of travel; full of fun, flexibility and plenty free time to explore as you please.
On day 5 & 6 we will stay in private apartments in Prague. Apartments are of different size and usually have two or three rooms. You will share the apartment with other members of the group and it is likely you will also be sharing a bathroom within the apartment with them too. Several separate apartments are located in the city centre so you may be a short walk away from some other group members and your leader. Most of the apartments have fully equipped kitchens (again, shared between the group members staying in one apartment) and you can choose to buy your own groceries and supplies for meals. Please note the apartments are not hotels, which means there's no reception, room service or daily cleaning service, no televisions or washing machines, but plenty of charm and the location is perfect.
In many Central European cities streets are made of cobblestones. On this trip this is the case in Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary especially. In addition you may expect steps and small bridges across the city of Venice. It is recommended that you leave any wheelie bags/case at home and bring a backpack instead.
Summer temperatures can be extreme (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. Single supplement is not available to purchase on this trip.
Hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that are pushed together. In addition, please note that hotel rooms in many European hotels are rather small. Still, we have sourced the best option in each destination in order to provide as much comfort as possible.
Single supplement is not available on this trip.
Our Berlin to Venice trips score an average of 4.53 out of 5 based on 17 reviews in the last year.
The destinations were awesome . The tour leader was fantastic, some of the accomodation wasn't great (overnight train and Chesky Krumlov) but it's definitely not terribly and it's only two nights.
Review submitted 22 Jun 2017
Deep breaths and go with the flow - travelling in a large group of strangers will be stressful so keep a positive head space and make the right decisions for yourself in terms of knowing what you want to get out of the experience and where and when you want to explore/eat solo or with the group. Eastern Europe doesn't know how to make a salad so hit up grocery stores for fresh produce whenever you can. Watch you things - there are pick pockets and roaming gangs of young men and migrants in the larger cities, especially the train stations - be alert and smart about how you carry yourself and your things (we had two people get robbed in Vienna because they did not stay alert and protective of their belongings). Pack light, bring things you don't mind throwing out along the way. A travel towel is VERY useful as a towel, blanket and liner for some of the less than awesome beds you'll be sleeping in. Be sure to bring some laundry detergent and tea bags.
Review submitted 08 Jun 2017