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.
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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.
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.
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.