Discover Western Europe your way

Let Lonely Planet and Intrepid introduce you to Europe’s best cities on a 15-day adventure from Barcelona to Berlin. Full of fun, flexibility and plenty of free time to explore each destination at your own pace, this adventure is perfect for independent travellers who want someone else to cover the nitty gritty details like transport and accommodation. Your passionate European leader will take you on regular orientation walks and give you plenty of insider knowledge, but how you spend your days is largely up to you.

$1 deposit on 2020 trips

Lock in your 2020 trip with a $1 deposit*. Don't wait. Just go! Offer ends 13 February 2020.

Terms & Conditions

Start
Barcelona, Spain
Finish
Berlin, Germany
Destinations
Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain
Style
Basix
Theme
Lonely Planet Experience
Code
ZMRF
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

A powerful partnership

Lonely Planet and Intrepid Travel share the same philosophy: we help curious people explore the world.

Why you'll love this trip

  • Explore the walled city of Avignon, crossing the 12th-century Pont St-Benezet bridge and munching on classic French fare like baguettes with cheese.

  • Visit a mixture of well-known and lesser-touristed cities for a real snapshot of Western Europe, from Eiffel Tower to alleyway bars.

  • Spend two days or more in most destinations for a chance to go deeper than the highlights – with some help from Lonely Planet and your Intrepid leader of course.

  • Three days in Amsterdam gives you time to see the varied sides of the city, from the sidewalk cafe culture to the leafy parks and master-filled museums.

  • Admire the panoramic landscapes and weaving coastline from Barcelona to France’s Provence region. With all transport arrangements taken care of, you can focus on soaking it all up.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Please note that a single supplement is not available on this trip and accommodation is twin-share, so solo travellers will share a room with other travellers of the same gender. For those travelling as a duo, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together. In some cases, bathroom facilities will be shared rather than ensuite.

  • Don’t let the heat keep you from exploring the world! Summer temperatures can be very high in the regions visited (over 40°C). Please keep in mind that many European hotel rooms are not equipped with air conditioning. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

  • The primary means of transportation on this trip is by train. Trains are a fast way to cross long distances, allowing you to avoid traffic jams and arrive right into the city centre. They are comfortable and all have toilets, however they can get busy. Please note that you'll have to carry your own luggage on and off the train, so make sure it doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations. You can find specifics under ‘Packing’ in the Essential Trip Information.

Itinerary

Hola! Welcome to Barcelona, Spain. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting around 7 pm today. If you arrive early, why not use this time to get your bearings. There are plenty of galleries, cafes and historic corners to keep you busy. After the welcome meeting, perhaps head out for some tapas with your fellow travellers so you can get to know them – your group leader will know some choice spots to go.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend the meeting. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Today is free for you to explore at your own pace. There are plenty of optional activities to choose from. Perhaps take the funicular to the top of Montjuic or Tibidabo for panoramic views of the harbour or visit Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia Basilica – possibly the most iconic landmark in Barcelona. Speak to your leader if you’re having trouble deciding where to spend your time today.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Barcelona - National Art Museum of Catalonia - EUR12
  • Barcelona - Museum of City History - EUR7
  • Barcelona - Old Santa Creu Hospital - EUR10
  • Barcelona - Museum of Gaudi - EUR6
  • Barcelona - Andean-Amazonian Ethnographic Museum - Free
  • Barcelona - Guell Palace - EUR12
  • Barcelona - Contemporary Art Museum - EUR10
  • Barcelona - Cable car to Montjuic (one way) - EUR8
  • Barcelona - Picasso Museum - EUR14
  • Barcelona - La Sagrada Familia (must be prebooked in advance) - EUR15
  • Barcelona - Casa Batllo - EUR24
  • Barcelona - Cathedral - EUR7
  • Barcelona - Tapas Tour in El Raval Urban Adventure - EUR70
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
If you wish to tour La Sagrada Familia during your Lonely Planet Experience, the best time to visit is today. It’s best to pre-book your tickets before the tour. Check tickets.sagradafamilia.org for updated information on availability.
Take the train to Avignon in southwest France (approximately 5–6 hours). This journey is quite spectacular, so make sure you’re ready for photos and try to nab a window seat. With mountain hideaways and emerald vineyards, the Mediterranean coastline folds into table-top mountains where fields of lavender and wildflower cover the landscape. On arrival into Avignon, check in to your hotel and then take a walk around a walled city that was once home to French popes for more than a century.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
There are no scheduled activities today, so you can explore the local sites at your own pace with help from the optional activities list. Maybe comb the city's impressive collection of art, visit the grand Palais des Papes (Pope's Palace) or cross the iconic bridge of Pont St-Benezet. You could even hire a bike to see more of this picturesque valley and head to one of the city's amazing bakeries. There are also are many small local bistros that serve up great regional cuisine – why not get some of your travel pals together for a French-inspired feast.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Avignon - Bike Hire - EUR15
  • Avignon - Palais des Papes - EUR15
  • Avignon - Wine Museum - Free
  • Avignon - Lavender Museum - EUR7
  • Avignon - Musée des Arômes et du Parfum - EUR6
  • Avignon - Roure Palace - EUR5
  • Avignon - Pont d'Avignon (Bridge of Avignon) - EUR5
  • Avignon - Museum of the Petit Palace - EUR6
  • Avignon - Museum Calvet - EUR6
  • Avignon - Collection Lambert Museum - EUR10
  • Avignon - Museum Lapidaire - EUR2
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel north on a train to France’s cosmopolitan capital Paris (around 3–4 hours). Rich in museums, art galleries, monuments, fashion and delicious food, Paris offers a wealth of major sights and things to do. On arrival into the city, check in to the hotel and then explore at your leisure. Wandering around the Champs-Elysees, the student-filled Latin Quarter, or bohemian Montmartre will give you a good feel for the city. There is so much to do in Paris that it might be a good idea to make a plan before you arrive, so you can get to see all you want!
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy another free day to discover the pleasures of Paris at your own pace. The Tuileries, Plantes and Jardin du Luxembourg are all excellent places to enjoy a simple baguette with cheese. Or perhaps explore the world-famous Louvre, where you can see the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. Maybe climb the Eiffel Tower – or take the lift – for some impressive aerial views of Paris. When night falls, Marais is a great district for trendy bars and eateries, while Bastille is well-known for its clubs.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Paris - Louvre Museum - EUR15
  • Paris - Eiffel Tower - EUR19
  • Paris - Palace of Versailles & Gardens (from) - Free
  • Paris - Napoleon's Tomb & Les Invalides Army Museum - EUR11
  • Paris - Musee d'Orsay - EUR14
  • Paris - Picasso Museum - EUR12
  • Paris - Da Vinci Code Walking Tour - EUR25
  • Paris - Paradis Latin Cabaret Show - EUR65
  • Paris - Rodin Museum - EUR10
  • Paris - Arc de Triomphe - EUR12
  • Paris - Sainte Chapelle & Conciergerie - EUR15
  • Paris - Centre Pompidou - EUR14
  • Paris - Catacombs - EUR13
  • Paris - Fragonard Perfume Museum - Free
  • Paris - Museum of Comparative Anatomy and Paleontology - EUR7
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
To avoid queuing at the ticket windows of the Louvre you can buy your ticket in advance. For more information go to louvre.fr.
Another free day in Paris? Oui oui! There is still plenty to discover, including the ‘other’ museums like the Museum of Comparative Anatomy and Paleontology. Or maybe hit the streets for the best graffiti-viewing at Canal St Martin in the tenth arrondissement – an eclectic neighbourhood full of wonderful restaurants and artistic shops. In the evening, you could visit the quai along the left bank of Port St Bernard, which comes alive with people strolling, picnicking and dancing.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Paris - Beer vs. Wine: Bastille Bites Tour Urban Adventure - EUR79
  • Paris - Gourmet Marais Urban Adventure - EUR78
  • Paris - Hidden Montmartre Urban Adventure - EUR35
  • Paris - Secret Paris: Cheese, Art, and Local Life - EUR59
  • Paris - Experience Bohemian Paris Urban Adventure - EUR59
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Take the train from Paris to Luxembourg City (approximately 2 hours). One of the smallest countries in the EU, Luxembourg is full of historical charm and natural beauty. Check in to the hotel on arrival and then head out into the city's World Heritage-listed Old Town, which is perched high above the narrow valleys of the Alzette and Petrusse rivers. Stroll along the promenade of Chemin de la Corniche – said to be 'Europe's most beautiful balcony'. The rest of your day is free for you do to whatever you want. Perhaps take a guided tour of the 16th-century turreted Palais Grand-Ducal, which is home to the Grand Duke.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Luxembourg - Palais Grand-Ducal - EUR10
  • Luxembourg - Musée d'Histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg - EUR5
  • Luxembourg - MNHA (Musée National d'Histoire et d'Art) - EUR7
  • Luxembourg - Bike Hire - EUR5
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Leave Luxembourg behind and jump on a train to Brussels (around 3.5 hours), where you can explore at your own pace on arrival. Maybe wander down to the Manneken Pis (Little Man Pee) – an iconic symbol of Belgium. If you’re interested in music, a must-see place is The Musical Instrument Museum. Three floors of musical instruments coming from every corner of the world and hundreds of years of musical history in one place. If you feel like a night out, Ilot Sacre is a great place to find good food and fun bars.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Brussels - Grand Place - Free
  • Brussels - Manneken Pis - Free
  • Brussels - Magritte Museum - EUR8
  • Brussels - Mini Europe Attraction Park - EUR15
  • Brussels - Cantillon Brewery Visit - EUR7
  • Brussels - Museum of the Musical Instruments - EUR8
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy another free day in Brussels. Perhaps visit the iconic Atomium – a silver structure built in 1958 for Brussels World’s Fair. If you want to explore further afield, you could choose to take a day trip to Antwerp or Bruges. As always, chat to your leader for advice – it’s why they’re here!
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Bruges - Day Trip by Train - EUR30
  • Antwerp - Day Trip by Train - EUR16
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
New day, new country! Cross another border as you travel by bus to the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam (approximately 3 hours). The best way to get your head around this city is to do as locals do – cycle. Amsterdam is a network of canals, bridges and parks perfect for exploring on a bike. If you’re an art-lover, Amsterdam is home to plenty of museums. One of its best is the Rijksmuseum, which houses one of Rembrandt’s most famous works – 'The Night Watch'. Alternatively, head to the Van Gogh Museum, which comprises nearly every painting, sketch, print, etching and piece of correspondence that Vincent van Gogh ever produced, including 'Sunflowers'.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy another day to explore at your own pace in Amsterdam. You could visit Anne Frank's House – the former hiding place of the famous child diarist and seven others during WWII has been preserved as a museum. Or perhaps visit the De Waag, a 15th-century building on Nieuwmarkt square first constructed as a gate for the city’s fortified walls.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Amsterdam - Heineken Museum - EUR18
  • Amsterdam - Royal Palace - EUR10
  • Amsterdam - Bike Hire - EUR10
  • Amsterdam - Oude Kerk - EUR10
  • Amsterdam - Bike Tour - EUR30
  • Amsterdam - Canal Cruise (1 hour) - EUR14
  • Amsterdam - Rijksmuseum - EUR18
  • Amsterdam - Anne Frank's House - EUR9
  • Amsterdam - Van Gogh Museum - EUR17
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
With a free day, why not get to know the secrets of its food and drink? For a snack, pannekoeken will go down a treat – sometimes sweet, sometimes savoury, but always delicious! You could order some salty fries, taste some of the rich cheeses on offer, or discover their café culture. A popular activity is to bask in the glory of liquid sunshine – visit the best bars, breweries and beer halls of this brew-loving city. From a place where nuns used to brew ales, to the mothership of Dutch beer brewing – the original Heineken building – get out to see and taste the Netherlands’ strong beer history.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Amsterdam - Food by Foot Urban Adventure - EUR50
  • Amsterdam - The Original Amsterdam Beer Tour Urban Adventure - EUR53
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Learn more about Urban Adventures in Amsterdam at urbanadventures.com/destination/Amsterdam-tours or through an Intrepid booking agent.
Take the train to Berlin (approximately 6.5 hours). Berlin is huge, with plenty of impressive sites and a great bar scene. There’s the Brandenburg Gate, remnants of the Berlin Wall, the dominating Reichstag building and popular Checkpoint Charlie. There are also a couple of unique memorials like the Jewish memorial and the Topography of Terror, both of which are well worth your time.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Berlin - Storyline of Berlin Urban Adventure - EUR61
  • Berlin - Food and Art in Funky Kreuzberg Urban Adventure - EUR78
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
There are no activities planned for today and your tour comes to an end after breakfast. If you’d like to spend more time in Berlin, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability). Please speak to an Intrepid booking agent for more information.
Optional Activities
  • Berlin - Museum Pass (3 Day Ticket) - EUR29
  • Berlin - Berliner Dom Cathedral - EUR7
  • Berlin - Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz - EUR8
  • Berlin - Schloss Charlottenburg - EUR21
  • Berlin - National History Museum - EUR8
  • Berlin - Pergamon Museum - EUR19
  • Berlin - Checkpoint Charlie Museum - EUR14
  • Berlin - Jewish Museum - EUR8
  • Berlin - German History Museum - EUR8
  • Berlin - Story of Berlin Museum - EUR12
  • Berlin - Topography of Terror - Free
  • Berlin - TV Tower - EUR16
  • Berlin - Bike Tour - EUR28
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This trip is a Lonely Planet Experience
Our Lonely Planet Experiences include plenty of free time so you can do the things that suit your budget and interests. Between your Intrepid Travel leader’s local knowledge and Lonely Planet’s trusted travel tips and recommendations, your trip will be more epic than ever.

Meals

12 breakfasts

Transport

Bus, Metro, Train, Tram

Accommodation

Hostel (2 nights), Hotel (12 nights)

Lonely Planet extras

  • Free access to the Lonely Planet mobile app for one year
  • 25% discount on all items in the Lonely Planet Shop

Dates & availability

Trip search is unavailable.

There are currently no scheduled departures on our Barcelona to Berlin trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.

Prices may change, so secure your trip today!
Jump to a departure month

Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is NOT available on this trip.

Essential trip information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

View Essential Trip Information

Reviews