Romans to Vikings

Channel your inner Roman or Viking on this epic exploration of the best of East & central Europe (including a Croatian island escape!). Say buongiorno to your fellow #Topdeckers & start by ticking off bella Italia, before moving onto Croatia, Hungary & the Netherlands. Get seriously Dutch at a cheese & clogs demonstration, go local on a bicycle tour of Amsterdam & feel the love on a vaporetto ride in Venice. And that’s just some of the action. Huzzah!
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Price:
R21 700
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DETAILS
Starting fromR21 700
Package ValiditySet departure date on 11 MAY 2018.
Duration19 days
DestinationEurope (Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands)
Starts inVenice
Ends inLondon
Age GroupThis is a group tour for ages 18 - 39 years.

Description

- 11 nights accommodation in European campsites 
- 7 nights multi-share hostel accommodation
- Breakfast daily & 9 lunches & 6 dinners
- English Channel crossing
- Assistance of a local qualified guides, a trip leader & chef
- Touring & sightseeing of all sites as per itinerary

** High season supplements starting from an additional R1900 per person apply for set departures between 25 MAY 2018 - 08 JUN 2018 & 17 AUG 2018 - 14 SEP 2018  & 27 SEP 2018

** High season supplements starting from an additional R3800 per person apply for set departures between 21 JUN 2018 - 10 AUG 2018

 

Day 1

Venice, Italy

First things first: it's time to meet and greet your camper compadres. Later, have an Eat Pray Love-worthy relationship with an irresistible Italian (meal) and get pumped for living out your own version of The Italian Job tomorrow.

Meals:
-Dinner


Day 2

Venice

You know it as the floating city, but this place is actually sinking (slowly). Check out St. Mark's Square, Accademia Bridge and a who's who of Venice's usual suspects on a guided walking tour then jump on a vaporetto and explore the Grand Canal. Also on the schedule: an optional gondola ride through the maze of marble bridges and gelato shops we call Venice. Throw away your map in the afternoon and try to find the world's most epic little bookshop, Libreria Acqua Alta, or just go on a mission to discover the perfect gelato.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Venice
-Vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Gondola ride on the Grand Canal

Day 3

Venice to Pula, Croatia via Postojna Caves, Slovenia

Take an optional trip around Postojna Caves and 'karst' your eye out for stalagmites on the way to one of Croatia's coolest today. Set your watch to island time.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Entry to Postojna Caves

Day 4

Pula

Two whole days to relax and chill out in the sun. The water is warm, the food is awesome… Life is good.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Day 5

Pula

Eat, sleep, repeat.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 6

Pula to Budapest, Hungary

Hungary for more? Your house in Budapest awaits. A driving tour will get you down and Danube (that being the river) with twin cities, Buda and Pest. Check out Hero's Square, Parliament House, the National Palace, Fisherman's Bastion and swanky Andrássy Ave. Then it's time to meet the major food groups: goulash and cabbage rolls and dumplings, oh my!

Included today:
-Driving tour of Budapest

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Day 7

Budapest

Free day = Put down your Rubik's Cube and take on a city with enough baroque, neoclassical and art nouveau architecture to keep you puzzled for hours. Take to the waters at the art nouveau Gellert Baths and don't leave till you're pruny. Wave pool, anyone?! Indulge in a spa treatment then visit the Buda Castle or House of Terror Museum. Tonight, hang with the hipsters and drink local fruit brandy at one of the original ruin bars.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Budapest dinner cruise

Day 8

Budapest to Krakow, Poland

Legend has it a dragon had to be defeated in order for Kraków to be built (with a sulphur-stuffed lamb as bait). Bit tougher than the usual council approvals, no? Meet Poland's beating heart - and the largest medieval town square in Europe - on foot. Buff up on history at Wawel Castle, feed the ducks on the bank of the Wisla and after dinner, slay a few glasses of mead.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Kraków

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Optional activities:
-Kraków pub crawl

Day 9

Krakow

Go 327 metres underground to see hundreds of shades of rock salt in the Wieliczka Salt Mine, visit a centuries-old synagogue and discover the city's inner hipster in the Jewish district, and shop for Amber in the UNESCO-listed Cloth Hall. Your day, your choice.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 10

Krakow to Prague, Czech Republic

First, a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp for a lesson in the resilience of humanity. Then, onto Prague. Channel your inner bohemian and seek out the John Lennon Wall, soak up some more Czech history at the National or Communist Museum, or get a taste of the quirky local culture at a marionette puppet opera (you gotta see it to believe it).

Included today:
-Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp visit
-Prague walking tour

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 11

Prague

Another free day for the win. Snap a selfie at Prague's own Eiffel Tower, visit a miniatures museum, eat roast pork from one of the street vendors lining Old Town Square and drink beer. Really. Good. Beer.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 12

Prague to Berlin, Germany

Get acquainted with 800 year-old Dresden - a city virtually destroyed in WWII and then rebuilt - and ogle the Frauenkirche before your beard takes on an even more ironic feel in Berlin. Prep yourself for currywurst, absinthe and more hipsters per capita than anywhere else. We'll drive you around to see (what's left of) the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building before making your food baby sing with a hearty German meal.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Dresden
-Driving tour of Berlin

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 13

Berlin

Shake off last night with a wander around the German capital. Optional: Third Reich walking tour and local insight into what the city was like under Nazi rule during World War II. Kreuzberg is a hit for lunch. Afternoon suggestion? Have a picnic at the historic Tempelhof airport turned public park #picniconthetarmac. Tonight: explore modern Berlin on an optional alternative tour then hit the city's night time hot spots.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Third Reich walking tour
-Berlin Alternative Tour and Nightlife tour

Day 14

Berlin to Copenhagen, Denmark

On to Copenhagen to find out why this city keeps popping up among the top five most liveable cities in the world. Get your bearings on a guided driving tour and discover why Copenhagen is home to half of the Danish nation's population.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Copenhagen
Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 15

Copenhagen

Last night's tour crossed the main sights off your list. Today you have the chance to explore the city in true local fashion: on a bike. Romantic streak? Check out The Little Mermaid, a tribute to the fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen's pre-Disney masterpieces. Spoiler: his version has the lovestruck mermaid become foam on the sea after she fails to win the prince's affections (even back then, it seems, #thestrugglewasreal).

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Day 16

Copenhagen to Hamburg, Germany

Boasting more bridges than Venice and Amsterdam combined, no skyscrapers (views for days) and the first zoo with no enclosures, Hamburg is one of the hippest cities in Europe. With 3km of funfair and the biggest Japanese garden in Europe why wouldn't you want to explore this gem? Later, check out the nightlife at the Port.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Day 17

Hamburg to Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amster-DAM it's going to be a good day! Start dreaming of cheese, clogs and café stops as we roll through tulip and windmill dotted fields to Amsterdam. Learn how cheddar and those chunky wooden shoes are made, then get your bearings on a walking tour of the vibrant capital and see the Dam Square, Royal Palace and National Monument. End the night with a cone of hot chips with mayo. Mmm.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Amsterdam
-Dutch cheese and clogs demonstration

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Day 18

Amsterdam

Culture fiends, delve deeper with a visit to the Anne Frank House or the Van Gogh or Rijksmuseum. Still thirsty for more? Check out the Heineken Experience for an interactive visit and tasting at the brewery.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Canal drinks cruise
-Amsterdam bike tour

Day 19

Amstedam to London, England

After all the Amster-damage has been done, it's time to hit the road and make tracks to ol' Blighty. Soak up all the happy group vibes you can possibly handle - this is your last coach ride with the gang. #sadface.

Meals:
-Breakfast