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Discover Central Europe

8 Days | From fairytale castles to iconic canals, discover the best of Central Europe

USD $1,356
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Discover some of the hottest locations in Central Europe with a trip that offers you loads of free time and a local leader with all the best recommendations on how to spend it. Start off in Budapest and maybe choose to wander the iconic ruin bars in the Jewish quarter. Head to cosmopolitan Vienna, perfect for art lovers, and wander the historic architecture before tucking into some kaffe and kuchen at a local café that empowers the city's older citizens with employment and purpose. Dip into scenic Salzburg and explore the city backdropped by mountains at your own pace – home to Mozart’s birthplace and a pretty epic fortress overlooking the town. Soak in all the natural beauty, iconic sights and active opportunities in Bled, then end it all in Venice (pizza and wine, anyone?).

Trip overview

Map of Discover Central Europe including Austria, Hungary, Italy and Slovenia
Budapest, Hungary
Venice, Italy
Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, Italy
Physical rating
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Discover the artistic history of unique Vienna – the perfect blend of modern and historic personality – then enjoy some kaffe and kuchen (coffee and cake) at a local café that empowers older residents with employment and purpose.
  • Stroll stunning Salzburg, backdropped by the Eastern Alps, with a free day to wander the Old City and the New City, divided by the Salzach River.
  • Escape city life on the peaceful shores of Lake Bled in Slovenia. Maybe visit the iconic church on the tiny fairytale island in the lake's centre and treat yourself to a slice of Bled's famous cream cake.
  • See the iconic Venice, which looks like it comes straight out of a postcard, and soak up opportunities like sailing the canals on a gondola or tucking into a huge plate of pasta.
  • With loads of free time in some of Europe’s best locations, you can choose your own adventure and customize your trip to hit everything you actually want to see! Get active in Bled with some rowing and white water rafting or hit the ruin bars of Budapest – why not?
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll learn about our Intrepid Foundation partner, Cooperativa Coraggio. Donations help them regenerate 22 hectares of unused public land to create local jobs and produce organic food in Italy. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip is made for travellers who value their independence but also want the benefit of a local leader and a group of like-minded travellers. The itinerary has a mix of included activities and free time when your leader will offer suggestions. Please budget spending money for optional activities you want to partake in.
  • Accommodation on this trip is basic. Hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together/apart. Rooms can be small, especially compared to American or Australian standards, and in some cases bathroom facilities will be shared rather than ensuite. A single supplement is not available on this trip.
  • Summer temperatures can be very high 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. 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. 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. 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 30 minutes), so make sure it doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations. You can find details in the 'What to Take' section of the Essential Trip Information.


Map of Discover Central Europe including Austria, Hungary, Italy and Slovenia



2 breakfasts


Train, Public Bus, Private vehicle


Hotel (4 nights), Hostel (1 night), Guesthouse (2 nights)

  • Vienna - Kaffee und Kuchen Experience
  • Bled - Lake Walk
Add on activities
  • Budapest - Szechenyi Thermal Baths (starting from) - HUF9400
  • Budapest - Pub Crawl (starting from) - HUF9000
  • Budapest - Central Market - Free
  • Budapest - Transport and Entry to Statue Park - HUF5000
  • Budapest - Parliament Tour - HUF10000
  • Budapest - Great Synagogue - HUF9000
  • Budapest - Bike Ride - HUF6000
  • Budapest - Hungarian National Museum - HUF2900
  • Budapest - House of Terror - HUF4000
  • Vienna - Spanish Riding School Practice - EUR28
  • Vienna - Schoenbrunn Palace - EUR22
  • Vienna - Food, Coffee & Market Tour Urban Adventure - EUR115
  • Vienna - St Stephen's Tower - EUR6
  • Vienna - Prater Ferris Wheel - EUR14
  • Vienna - Belvedere Gallery (Lower Gallery) - EUR15
  • Vienna - Albertina Museum - EUR19
  • Vienna - Leopold Museum - EUR15
  • Vienna - Hofburg Palace & Sisi Museum - EUR16
  • Salzburg - Mirabell Palace and Gardens - Free
  • Salzburg - Mozart's Birthplace - EUR12
  • Salzburg - Old Market Place - Free
  • Salzburg - Old City Hall - Free
  • Salzburg - St. Peter's Abbey - Free
  • Salzburg - Hohensalzburg Castle - EUR11
  • Salzburg - Salzburg Cathedral - Free
  • Triglav National Park - River Rafting - EUR55
  • Triglav National Park - Bus and Cable Car Trip to Mt Vogel - EUR32
  • Triglav National Park - Emerald River Adventure (full day) - EUR110
  • Triglav National Park - Canyoning - EUR65
  • Bled - Mountain Bike Hire - EUR25
  • Bled - Pletna Boat Trip - EUR14
  • Bled - Castle - EUR15
  • Ca’ D’Oro - Galería Franchetti - EUR15
  • Venice - Accademia Gallery - EUR16
  • Venice - Chicchetti & Wine Tour of Venice Urban Adventure - EUR99
  • Venice - Gondola Ride - EUR80
  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection - EUR17
  • Venice - Doge's Palace & Bridge of Sighs - EUR30
  • Venice - St Mark's Basilica Treasury - EUR5
  • Venice - St Mark's Campanile - EUR12

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is not available on this trip.

Essential Trip Information

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Discover Central Europe
USD $1,356