Experience the best of Northern Italy and Central Europe

From the canals of Venice to the grand architecture of Budapest, this 24-day adventure take you to some of the best parts of Northern Italy and Central Europe. Sample some of Italy’s best wines of a bike tour of the famous South Tyrolean Wine Road. Venture further inland and hear Mozart ringing from cafes in Salzburg, explore Vienna’s rich artistic and intellectual legacy and experience Prague’s legendary jazz scene. Travel to Poland to visit the haunting underground city of Osowka and learn its dark origins, then get active trekking among the high-altitude lakes and waterfalls of the Tatra Mountains. With the perfect mix of scheduled activities and free time to explore on your own, this trip is the perfect way to experience the charm and splendour of Italy, Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary.


Start
Venice, Italy
Finish
Budapest, Hungary
Destinations
Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
ZLSBC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Get pleasantly lost in Venice, exploring the tangle of canals and alleyways that make up this beautiful city.

  • Cycle along one of the oldest wine routes in Italy – the South Tyrolean Wine Road – famed for its stunning scenery as much as its wine. Take in serene vistas of Italian villas and vineyards as you pedal from wine village to wine village, sampling delicious local drops as you go.

  • Stroll through the picturesque alpine meadows of Alpe de Siusi with a local guide who will provide some insight into the surprisingly dark history of this stunning location, which includes farmer uprisings and witch burning.

  • Immerse yourself in the history, architecture and bohemian vibes of the Czech Republic. Step right into a fairytale in the World Heritage-listed town of Cesky Krumlov before soaking up the smooth sounds of jazz at a low-lit bar in Prague.

  • 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.

  • Hike in the picturesque Tatra Mountains and traverse the steep slopes via funicular, gondola and train.

Is this trip right for you?

  • 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 all have toilets, however can often be quite busy.

  • On Days 14-16 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.

  • On Day 21 we plan to go for a day’s hike in High Tatra Mountains. To fully enjoy the day, you should have a basic level of fitness. Please also make sure you bring appropriate clothing and footwear; rain coat and sturdy trainers or walking boots are a must.

  • Please note that you'll have to carry your own luggage on and off the trains, and up and down stairs at train stations and at hotels, 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. You may want to consider taking a backpack rather than a wheelie bag, however this is up to your personal preference and what you feel more comfortable with.

  • Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (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. Many hotel rooms in Europe are not equipped with air-conditioning. Please carefully 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. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details, and please note that in some hotels a single supplement exclusion applies where single rooms are not available. Hotel rooms in Europe can seem rather small by American or Australian standards and often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together. Please also note that often hotels offer shared bathrooms rather than ensuite facilities.

Itinerary

Welcome to Venice. This watery wonderland of bridges, towers, piazzas, canals, churches and gondolas – practically unchanged for 600 years – is literally sinking under the weight of its iconic sights. After tonight's group meeting, why not enjoy dinner with your fellow travel companions at a local restaurant. 
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
There are no activities planned before a group meeting at your hotel tonight at 6 pm, but if you arrive early there are plenty of things to keep you busy. We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand. If you're going to be late, please let hotel reception know. 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. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
After an orientation walk to familiarise you with the city, you are free to venture out and explore Venice. There are only two ways to get around this city – on foot or by boat. Some of the more popular sights include Doge's Palace, the Piazza and Basilica di San Marco, and the Bridge of Sighs. Take the vaporetto (water bus) over to the island of San Giorgio to climb the bell tower for the best view of Venice. No trip here would be complete without a journey down the Grand Canal in a Venetian gondola. It's a common way for visitors to see the major canal routes from an immersive perspective. Perhaps while away the hours in busy San Marco square and be sure to try the local tiramisu and Italian coffee that's on offer. There’s creativity everywhere, even overflowing into the canals; you can see it in the venetian glass in Dorsoduro or down the streets spreading out from Campo Santo Stefano, which are lined with unique galleries and small boutiques. Maybe visit the Palazzo Ducale, full of paintings by Italian masters, and contrast it with the modern Guggenheim. Or, enjoy getting lost crossing the hundreds of bridges and uncovering your own slice of Venice. In the evening, perhaps join your fellow travellers for a group dinner at a local restaurant. Venice is famous for its specialities of fresh lobster and squid ink spaghetti dishes, so make sure you give one a try.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • St Mark's Campanile - EUR8
  • Accademia Gallery - EUR15
  • St Mark's Basilica Treasury - EUR3
  • Guggenheim Museum - EUR15
  • Venezia Ca' d'Oro - EUR10
  • Gondola Ride - EUR80
  • Urban Adventures - Canal & Aperitivo Experience - EUR113
  • Urban Adventures - Sweet Taste of Venice - EUR36
  • Ca' Rezzonico Museum of Eighteenth Century Art - EUR10
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Bolzano is as curious as it is beautiful, and it is very, very beautiful. A mixture of German and Italian heritage makes for an interesting cultural mix in this valley town, from European-style epoque buildings to the Mediterranean-flavoured porticoes of the main square. The three-and-a-half-hour train journey to Bolzano is made enjoyable by glimpses of gorgeous countryside from the window. Arrive and enjoy an orientation walk through this picturesque town of green hills and sloping vineyards. Enjoy a free evening to soak up the town. The Piazza Walther (central square) is beautifully lit up in the evening and makes a great place to begin.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology - EUR9
  • Renon Cable Car - EUR10
  • Naturmuseum Sudtirol - EUR5
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today you’ll get to sample some of the wines this region is famous for while enjoying the fresh air and stunning surrounds with a bike tour of the South Tyrolean Wine Road. Peddle along the river and through orchards, taking in the delightful sight of villas and vineyards nestled in the hills. Stop and sip along the way, perhaps trying a glass of fragrant gewurztraminer or lightly spiced cabernet – both varieties are particularly popular here. The ride will take less than three hours, leaving the rest of the day free for you to enjoy this beautiful area.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Wine And Bike Tour Bolzano
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy a full day on Alpe de Siusi, the largest high-altitude alpine meadow in Europe. It's an area that conjured images of Julie Andrews spinning around in Sound of Music – softly rolling hills with patches of thick pines framed by jagged mountains. See the incredible vistas from above in a cable car ride over the area. Explore Prosels Castle, a building with a fascinating history. Constructed in the 13th century, the castle was rebuilt in the Gothic style in the 15th century and was briefly occupied by farmers as a form of protest in the 16th century. Take a scenic walk with local witch Matha, an appropriate guide given the area was the setting for witch trials (and subsequent burnings) over 500 years ago. Enjoy an included lunch and contemplate the often dark history behind the beauty of Alpe de Siusi at the Rauchhutte, a well-situated restaurant.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Prosels Castle Visit
  • Alpe di Siusi Cable Car
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Journey into Austria, taking a 4.5 hour train ride to Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and a World Heritage-listed city. Enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival and get acquainted with the streets around your hotel. The skyline of Salzburg is filled with the domes and spires that typify baroque architecture. You’ll get a fantastic view of the city while watching the late European sunset from lofty Hohensalzburg Castle. Later, the Old Town is the perfect place for an evening stroll or a nightcap, so perhaps take a walk to a cafe and enjoy a Almdudler spritz (white wine mixed with the popular herbal soft drink).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hohensalzburg Fortress visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you are free to see Salzburg at your own pace. History buffs may wish to explore one or more of the preserved historical buildings scattered throughout the city. The Salzburg Fortress (part of Hohensalzburg Castle) is one option. In addition to the restored towers and fortifications, the building features a museum filled with fascinating artefacts from the middle ages – from armour to chastity belts. Old Market Square is a great place to load up on pastries and perhaps shop for trinkets, though be aware the stalls pack up from about 2 pm. In the evening, maybe ask your leader where you can grab some Tafelspitz. This classic Austrian dish features meat boiled in a broth (stay with us), usually served with minced apples and horseradish. The description may not sound particularly special, but this hearty meal combines salty, sweet and sharp flavours in a way that is incredibly satisfying.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Sound of Music Tour - EUR42
  • Mozart's Birthplace - EUR10
  • Salt Mine of Berchtesgaden - EUR16
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
The capital of Austria and the undisputed legacy arts hub of central Europe, Vienna awaits after a 2.5-hour train journey. Get started with an orientation walk, then set out on your own to explore this historic city. The public transport in the city is fantastic, which makes getting around easy. In the evening why not head out for the classic schnitzel, which is abundant (and delicious), but if you’d like to try something a little different ask your leader where to find a traditional beuschel (a ragout made with calf lung and heart).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Your base for your nights in Vienna is Magdas Hotel – an accommodation that is unlike any other hotel you are likely to come across on your travels. Magdas Hotel is a social project bringing refugees from all over the world to work together in one place. The hotel is staffed with refugees so expect to hear different languages and different stories from all over the world. Also the building’s history is interesting – it’s a former senior's home and homeless shelter which has been completely renovated. Most of the furniture is also recycled, renovated and re-purposed. The place is full of love, passion and unity. It’s full of colours and happy faces. Magdas Hotel ‘brings together what belongs together’.
Enjoy a free day in Vienna, the perfect opportunity to visit one of the city’s famous royal complexes. One option is Schoenbrunn Palace, an expansive estate designed by Empress Maria Theresa, with lawns perfect for lounging and multiple rooms preserved from different eras. The Gloriette Monument has incredible views of Vienna and the palace gardens are free to all visitors, but there's a charge for entrance and tours of the palace. Or perhaps check out the central Hofburg Imperial Palace, where bibliophiles can see one of the world’s most beautiful libraries, where towering shelves hold ancient volumes. Either of the palaces will take a whole day to explore in full, so you’ll have to choose one or the other. If you’re looking to unwind and avoid crowds, you could always spend the day in one of Vienna’s many coffee houses, nursing a brew and watching the world flow by. In the evening, you have the option of joining your fellow travellers and leader for dinner.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Leopold Museum - EUR13
  • Prater Ferris Wheel - EUR10
  • Belvedere Lower Gallery - EUR13
  • Schoenbrunn Palace - EUR14
  • Urban Adventures - Vienna Food, Coffee and Market Tour - EUR78
  • Spanish Riding School Practice - EUR28
  • Hofburg Palace and Sisi Museum - EUR14
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Avoid long queues at Schoenbrunn Palace by pre-booking your tickets at: schoenbrunn.at. Also, the Spanish Riding School doesn't operate throughout the summer months. You will need to book tickets in advance to see the performance of the Lipizzaners. Phone: +43 (0)1 505 77 66 55 or e-mail info@viennaticketoffice.com to arrange tickets.
Vienna is a beautiful city, and today you have another free day to explore. The geometric tiling on the roof of St Stephan’s Cathedral is worth a look, and you can climb 136 metres to the top of the south tower for amazing views of the city. Perhaps even take a spin on the famous old Prater Ferris Wheel. Get lost in the marbled halls of the Sisi or Leopold museums and stop to fill up on local delights like Sachertorte or a Wiener wurst.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventures - Vienna Food, Coffee and Market Tour - EUR78
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
As this is a combination trip, your leader and the composition of your group may change at this point. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary. You're welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers.
Today you may want to join your new group members for another orientation walk conducted by your leader. Wander past the neo-classical grandeur of the Graben and onwards to the Hofburg Palace. Finish your orientation of the city at the State Opera House, one of the world's most important opera houses and the heart of classical Viennese culture. Art lovers have a vast choice of museums, from the Albertina to those located in the Museum Quarter. You have the rest of today to further explore Vienna and its surrounds. In the evening, perhaps head out for some more Viennese cuisine.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Belvedere Lower Gallery - EUR13
  • Albertina Museum - EUR13
  • Sisi Museum - EUR14
  • Spanish Riding School Practice - EUR28
  • St Stephen's Tower - EUR5
  • Schoenbrunn Palace - EUR14
  • Hofburg Palace and Sisi Museum - EUR14
  • Leopold Museum - EUR13
  • Prater Ferris Wheel - EUR10
  • Vienna Boys Choir concert - EUR70
  • Belvedere Gallery - Combined - EUR20
  • Belvedere Gallery - Upper Gallery - EUR15
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Depart Vienna by minivan in the morning and cross the border into the Czech Republic (approximately 3.5 hours). Our first stop is the southern Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. This picturesque medieval town dates back to the 13th century and is straight out of a fairytale. Cesky Krumlov (pronounced 'Che-skee Krum-lov') means 'crooked meadow', which is befitting of a town that's nestled in a sharp bend of the Vltava River. Venture out on an included cycling trip in the afternoon, across rolling hills and through tiny hamlets (approximately 2-2.5 hours). If you have time, explore the city's castle and its fabulous masquerade hall, or climb the tower for aerial views of the town. For the active, there's the option to canoe or kayak down the river.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cecky Krumlov Cycling trip (weather and season permitting)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
During the cooler months in shoulder season or in rainy weather, cycling is often not possible. You'll take an extended walking tour of the town instead.
Today is a free for you to enjoy as you please. Perhaps take an optional guided walking tour of the town, which includes commentary of the mysteries that lie behind every shopfront and house on the crooked little streets. For those who want a bit more culture, and time permitting, visit the Egon Schiele Art Centrum and browse the gallery that's dedicated to the Austrian painter. If you are an adventurous spirit, jump in to a canoe and discover the town from a perspective of Vltava River.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Brewery tour - CZK130
  • Guided walking tour - CZK300
  • Egon Schiele Art Centrum - CZK160
  • Raft/canoe trip per person - CZK1200
  • Guided castle tour - CZK250
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Farewell this southern bohemian town and travel by bus to Prague (approximately 4 hours). During your stay in Prague, you'll have share the apartment with other members of the group. Several separate apartments are located in the city centre so you may be a short walk away from your other group members and your leader. Staying in the city centre allows easy access to all the sights and the restaurants and bars. Each apartment has two to three rooms with one or two shared bathrooms. Most of the apartments have fully equipped kitchens and you can choose to buy your own groceries and supplies for meals. On arrival into Prague, head out on an orientation walk with your leader, and spend the rest of your afternoon as you wish.
Accommodation
  • Private apartment (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventure - Prague Discovery - EUR66
  • Urban Adventure - Prague Beer and Czech Tapas Tour - EUR68
  • Urban Adventure - Bohemian Tastes and Neighborhoods - EUR58
  • Urban Adventure - Food by foot - Prag - EUR89
  • Urban Adventure - Prague parks and views - EUR89
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
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. Please also note that individual rooms are allocated on a same gender twin share basis, however the apartments itself are allocated on a mixed gender basis, which means you will be sharing a two, or three room apartment with the other members of the group. Apartments may only have one bathroom and one fully equipped kitchen and these facilities are also shared between the group members staying in the same apartment. If you have booked a single room, you will be allocated one, however, this again will be a single room in shared apartment, not a single or studio apartment.
Today is free to explore Prague. The city offers many possibilities, so perhaps take a walk around the Jewish Quarter and pay respects at the Gothic looking Old Jewish Cemetery. This is Europe's oldest surviving Jewish cemetery, with 12,000 tombstones and 100,000 graves. Visiting The Museum of Communism can shade some light on this part of dark history shared by most of central European countries which somehow isn’t yet well known to the broader audience. Visiting town hall Clock Tower is a great way to finish off a busy day, before heading out for a dinner, and perhaps discovering another great side of Prague: the longest-standing and respected jazz scenes in Europe. If you should find yourself out until the early hours in an atmospheric jazz club, have a wander along Charles Bridge or Old Town Square as the sun rises for magical photo opportunities.
Accommodation
  • Private apartment (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Jewish Quarter - CZK500
  • Kafka Museum - CZK200
  • Day Trip to Kutna Hora - CZK250
  • Mucha Museum - CZK240
  • Museum of Communism - CZK190
  • Prague Castle Entrance - CZK350
  • Sedlec Ossuary - CZK90
  • Church of St Barbara - CZK60
  • Town Hall Clock Tower - CZK250
  • Bike tour - CZK490
  • The Dancing House - Free
  • John Lennon Wall - Free
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Spend some time this morning at Prague Castle, the biggest castle in the Czech Republic, where you'll find the famous St. Vitus Cathedral and colourful alleyway of the Golden Lane. A bike tour through the city is a great way to see a lot of the city's sights and attractions in a short period of time. If you can make time, take a day trip out of town and visit Kutna Hora. The Bone Church (Sedlec Ossuary) is a particularly unique experience. Perhaps use your evening to head out for dinner with the group.
Accommodation
  • Private apartment (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Heading north by train, arrive in the small town of Broumov from where you'll cross the Czech–Polish border. From here you'll be transferred in a private vehicle to the nearby small village in range of Gory Sowie (translated as Owl Mountains). Today's travel time will be around four hours in total. On arrival, check in to our pension situated at the foot of highest mountain in the range – Wielka Sowa. On arrival, visit a nearby underground city from the tragic times of the II World War. Osowka is a mysterious underground complex where workers from concentration camps were forced to work in order to create huge systems of concrete corridors, fortifications and halls. As the work was kept in secret, until now there is many theories trying to explain what the underground city was meant to be used for. Find out yourself on an included guided visit this afternoon.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Underground City of Osowka visit
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Continue east today by private bus and journey to Krakow (approximately 5 hours). Possibly the best known of all Poland's cities, Krakow was the residence of Polish kings from the 11th to the 17th centuries, and its Old Town is a World Heritage-listed site. Take part in leader led orientation walk and once you know your whereabouts, perhaps go and discover one of the biggest and arguably most beautiful medieval squares in Central Europe. Afterwards make your way to the Jewish Quarter and soak up the easy-going atmosphere of this place. In the evening, perhaps head out for some good Polish grub.
Accommodation
  • Pension (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventure - Home Cooked Krakow - EUR60
  • Urban Adventures - Food by Foot - EUR73
  • Urban Adventures - Markets and Flavors of Krakow - EUR76
  • Urban Adventures - Made in Krakow - EUR86
  • Wieliczka Salt Mines tour - PLN145
  • State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour - PLN155
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
If you would like to learn more about the history of World War II at the former Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz, please let your leader know few days in advance. Depending on availability, tickets can be booked for today or tomorrow. Guided visit is the only option, takes approximately 2.5 hours and you will be picked up and dropped off to one of the agencies in the main square. Traveling time to Oswiecim is approximately 1.5 hours.
Today, explore the city in your own time. Discover Wawel Royal Castle, which sits atop a hill next to the Vistula River. Check out the 13th-century town square of Rynek Glowny and get a glimpse inside St Mary's Basilica which features an extraordinary wood-carved Gothic altarpiece. There's also the lovely neo-Gothic St Francis' Basilica, which has some of Poland's best Art Nouveau. In Krakow, you will also find the second oldest university in Central Europe (the oldest is in Prague). Jagiellonian Univeristy counts Copernicus and Pope John Paul II among its alumni. If you can tear yourself away from Krakow, head out to the Wieliczka Salt Mines, a network of tunnels and chambers some 135 metres below the ground. This is a salt mine that was in operation for over 700 year and is listed as the UNESCO world heritage site. The mine has a labyrinth of tunnels, pits, and chambers, all hewn by hand from solid salt, with beautifully adorned chapels and underground lakes. Don't miss a look at the elaborate salt chandeliers and carvings in the Blessed Kinga Chapel. Krakow has many cellar restaurants and pubs. Perhaps end the day indulging in a few drinks and a plate of pierogi in one of the city's cheerful establishments.
Accommodation
  • Pension (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • History Museum - PLN8
  • Galicia Jewish Museum - PLN15
  • Schindler's Factory Museum Tour - PLN65
  • Wawel Royal Castle - PLN25
  • Walking tour - PLN30
  • St. Mary's Basilica - PLN10
  • Cloth Hall 'Sukiennice' Krakow - Free
  • Rynek Underground Museum - PLN19
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Say farewell to Krakow today and travel by local buses through southern Poland to Zakopane where you will switch on to a private transport (approximately 5 hours altogether). The trip may be long and a little slow, but the scenery of rolling hills and tiny villages is soothing. Tatranska Lomnica is your destination in Slovakia. It's a small alpine resort at the base of the Vysoke Tatry (High Tatra) Mountains. The Tatras, the highest range of the Carpathians, stretch for about 60 kilometres across the Polish-Slovakian border and are a trekker's dream. The evening is free for you to enjoy as you please. Perhaps the best way to do it is to sit back, kick your feet up and soak in the atmosphere of this beautiful mountainous region.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Between the months of April and October, the group will go on an included hike in the Vysoke Tatry mountains. From your base, the group will head out on a variety of transport in the mountain region, including a gondola, an electric train and or a funicular. There are many hiking options to choose from, depending on your energy and enthusiasm levels. You may notice that some parts of the forest have been destroyed. This was the result of a tornado-like storm in 2004 that decimated approximately 10,000 hectares of timberland. In the afternoon, head back to the accommodation and enjoy the balance of the day in this beautiful location.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hiking in the Vysoke Tatry mountains (not between Nov and Mar)
  • StareSmoke Electric train
  • Smokovec Funicular
  • Gondola, Tatranska Lomnica
Optional Activities
  • Summer Luge - EUR3
  • Bike rental- Tatranska Lomnica - EUR10
  • Spa treatment in Grand Hotel Praha (starting from price) - EUR20
  • Ski Museum - EUR3
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
There may be still be considerable snow in April and May, which may prevent us from choosing the usual hiking route. Please ensure you bring extra warm clothes and waterproof boots in April. Having said that, the crisp, clear atmosphere and fewer tourists make this a fantastic time to visit.
You have an early start today for the long journey to Budapest As there won't be too much free time to explore on arrival, perhaps check in to the accommodation and then go for a brief walk around the city to get your bearings. The grand architecture and boulevards evoke a bygone era, while glamorous stores and glitzy restaurants make this one of the truly great cities of Europe. Take the evening as an opportunity to relax after a long day of travelling. Visiting one of Budapest's many restaurants or bars is a great way to do it.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Bike Ride - HUF6000
  • Great Synagogue - HUF3500
  • House of Terror - HUF2000
  • Hungarian National Museum - HUF1600
  • Hungarian State Opera House Tour - HUF3000
  • Parliament Tour - HUF5200
  • Pub Crawl - Starting from - HUF5000
  • Transport and Entry to Statue Park - HUF5000
  • Thermal Bath - Starting from - HUF4500
  • Urban Adventures - Budapest Custom Tour - EUR35
  • Urban Adventures - Buda Castle Explorer - EUR45
  • Urban Adventures - Bites & Sights - EUR64
  • Private Budapest: Best Beers of Budapest - UA - EUR97
  • Budapest Central Market - Free
  • Urban Adventures - Made in Budapest - EUR68
  • Urban Adventures - Best Beers of Budapest - EUR64
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you have a full free day to explore Budapest. Known as 'The Pearl of the Danube', Budapest is a great city to enjoy from the water. Perhaps take a boat trip along the river or catch a funicular up to the castle for spectacular views of the Parliament Building. Perhaps head to Statue Park to see the communist monuments that were removed from the city after the fall of the Iron Curtain. One unmissable activity is a soak in Budapest's hot thermal baths. The pools vary in temperature, and some even feature whirlpools or seats where you can enjoy a game of chess. You might like to take part in one of our Urban Adventure day tours, such as the Budapest Custom Tour or Bites and Sights. See more at urbanadventures.com.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Many museums throughout Europe are closed on Mondays. If you are interested in a particular museum, you may want to check the opening times and plan your arrival into Budapest accordingly.
Your adventure ends after breakfast today. There are no activities planned and you're free to depart the accommodation at any time.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

18 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Train, Public bus, Private vehicle, Metro, Bicycle, Metro, Taxi

Accommodation

Hotel & Guesthouse (20 nights), Private apartment (3 nights)

Included activities

  • Wine And Bike Tour Bolzano
  • Prosels Castle Visit
  • Alpe di Siusi Cable Car
  • Hohensalzburg Fortress visit
  • Cecky Krumlov Cycling trip (weather and season permitting)
  • Underground City of Osowka visit
  • Hiking in the Vysoke Tatry mountains (not between Nov and Mar)
  • StareSmoke Electric train
  • Smokovec Funicular
  • Gondola, Tatranska Lomnica

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A Single Supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. The price of the single supplement does not include the following nights, where a single room does not form part of the package. In this case you will be matched up with another traveller of the same gender. If a single room becomes available at check-in for these nights, there may be the option for you to upgrade to a single room and pay the surcharge locally for that night:
- Day 12-13 Cesky Krumlov
Please also note that due to the small properties we use in Europe there is only a limited amount of single supplements available per trip departure. If you would like to book a single supplement and enquire about availability please speak to your booking agent.

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