Five to Fifteen Country Tour Pack- 04
Package code: PTFV – 04
Duration: 15 Nights / 16 Days, Italy + Vatican City + Switzerland + Germany + Liechtenstein + Austria + Hungary + Slovakia + Czech Republic + Holland + Great Britain

Day 01 Arrive in Rome

Arrive in Rome and make your way to our accommodation where you will meet up with the rest of the tour group at dinner. Enjoy a welcome dinner in the Ciao Bella restaurant (on the campsite) where you will meet your fellow travelers and our Tour Leader. Time to get planning for your free days in Rome!
Overnight resort bungalow. Dinner.

Day 02 A free day in Rome, optional excursion to the Vatican City.

Are you ready to roam Rome? First up we meet our local guide, who will take you by the hand and proudly introduce you to the locations which make this city so beloved and famous. The Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Roman Forum and the Coliseum...just for starters! Whilst at the Trevi Fountain, toss a coin over your shoulder, and legend has it,You have the whole day, to explore this ancient city to your hearts content. Luckily, most of the historical landmarks and Ancient Roman structures are located in the city centre and are easy to find. (Rome was a much smaller place back when there were emperors and gladiators). Today’s optional excursion is to visit Vatican City - the smallest country in the world! Our tour leader will organize fast tracked tickets for you, and once you are ahead of the queues, you can experience Michelangelo’s painting in in the Sistine Chapel, as well as St Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican museums, one of the world’s best private art collections, and beautiful gardens. If you are lucky, maybe the Pope will be in residence! The rest of your day is free to explore as you wish, and this is the perfect opportunity to return to your favorite landmarks from last nights walking tour, or indulge traditional Italian fare. Pizza, pasta, vino, espresso...Belissimo! (that means ‘lovely’ in Italian you will use this one often.)
Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

Day 03 Spend a free day in Rome.

Another free day in Rome! Unbelievable! This is your opportunity to either explore what you have missed. The Italians believe in resting, so why not chill out at a trattoria with some tasty morsels, a cold beverage and some good conversation. This is also the perfect opportunity, to explore the city away from the large crowds. Research some favorite locals haunts, or maybe visit the catacombs for something different. Many of our Expat Explore travellers actually prefer to relax and enjoy the atmosphere today. Whatever you do, take your time and don’t rush if you rubbed Il Porcellino snout in Florence and threw a coin into the Trevi Fountain you will be back again to Italy someday to catch up on what you may miss this time around.
Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

Day 04 Visit Assisi and Venice

After your Rome-antics, you head to Venice on the next leg of your 24 day Europe Tour! However, on the way there is a special stop - in the city of Assisi. Assisi is a town famous for its incredible cathedral and unique history. It was home to St Francis of Assisi, an Italian catholic friar and preacher, and UNESCO designated the Franciscan structures of the town and commune to be named a World Heritage Site in 2000. And then...Venice. A unique city, perched across 118 islands, and known for its canals, gondolas, Venetian masks, piazzas, art, traditional glass and lace making. Your tour leader will introduce you to the city with an orientation walk so you can use your free time in the early evening to explore. See the world famous St Marks Square, Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge. The evening is yours to enjoy authentic Italian delights, with hundreds of fantastic local restaurants and bars to choose from. After an espresso, explore Venice the traditional way - from the canals. Take a gondola ride which gives you a completely different perspective and appreciation for the amazing structure of this supremely unique location.
Breakfast. Overnight accommodation. 

Day 05 A free day in Venice.

The day is yours to explore! The best way to discover Venice is just to get lost in the streets, piazzas and alleyways of the city. Don’t worry, it is easy to find your way back. The day time brings with it opportunity to experience the artisticside of Venice. Handmade Venetian masks adorn the windows of the local gift shops, and if you choose to witness the traditional art of lace making and glass blowing, take one of the many canal boats to the islands of Murano and Burano for a tour. St Marks Square is incredible during the day, and a water tour of the Grand Canal is a must do - especially for those wanting those classic Venetian photos!. If it is a warm day, why not head for a dip with the locals and Lido Beach? Venice is also well known for its’ traditional menu’s and tasty treats. There are hundreds of little cafes alongside the canals, offering a unique view of the waterways and a variety of food and wine options. (The pizza is particularly good here!) So if you prefer to sit back and watch the world go by, then Venice is the perfect place for you. Once the sun starts to sink, the piazzas fill with hundreds of people, looking to relax at the end of their day. Live music guides you through the streets and over the canals, and if you didn’t try it last night, a gondola ride is surely to be next on tonight’s agenda. Enjoy!
Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

Day 06 Visit Switzerland

From gondoliers to glaciers, follow your tour leader to one of the most stunning countries in Europe - Switzerland! Today is about the journey, and also, the destination. We take you on a stunning mountain drive through the Swiss Alps (eyes‘peeled’ and headphones off for this leg of the trip), and you meander your way through rugged mountain faces, forests and Alpine lakes. Once in the heart of the Jungfrau region, you will be taken to your village accommodation and checked in for the night. After dinner, feel free to stroll the streets and breathe in that crisp, fresh air. Tomorrow will be a real highlight.
Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation. 

Day 07 Spend a free day in the Swiss Alps.

Are you excited? It’s a guaranteed snow day! For 365 days of the year, Jungfraujoch is blessed with snow, and today you have the chance to explore the ‘Top of Europe’ on one of our most popular optional excursions. The journey up the mountain is a highlight in itself, with unmatched views which will really make your Europe tour unforgettable. You will alight onto Europe’s highest railway station, and be able to view the 4000m glacier from unobscured viewing platforms. The majestic combination of ice, snow, rock and epic views will stay with you for life - time to take a deep breath and have some fun!. A snowball fight is a must, and for those artistic types, a snowman building competition. For those choosing to spend their free day exploring a local village, why not head to Interlarken, a short train ride away, and try a traditional fondue, pick up some Swiss souvenirs, or just enjoy a wander through the streets.
Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

Day 08 Visit Liechtenstein, Dachau and Munich.

3 countries in one day? Not a problem! After departing the Jungfrau region, savour the last of the Alpine views as you head for Germany. A lunch stop is scheduled for Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein, and you will have plenty of time to eat, shop and see the Vaduz Castle ( the official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein.) overlooking the city. As the country lies within the Alps it’s a stunning place to visit and we couldn’t think of a better place to have lunch. The next stop may have you experiencing emotional highs and lows as we enter Germany and visit the first ever concentration camp - operational during the Nazi occupation. Opened in 1933 by Heinrich Himmler, Dachau is located 16 km from Munich in a beautiful, medieval township, and was originally intended as a holding place for political prisoners and a prototype for further camps. There were many human atrocities which stain the grounds here, and the crunch of the stones beneath your feet as you wander the compound and replica buildings, act as a reminder of the fear which must have been felt by the thousands of people who were imprisoned here. The museum houses photos and documents of the camps’ history from 1933 until it was shut down in 1945, and all displays are represented in an educational, honest way, and provide a truly moving experience for those who know little about this darker time in Germany’s modern history. After your excursion, the evening takes a lighter, more sociable turn. Every year, Munich plays host to one of the most famous beer festivals in the world - Oktoberfest! To give you a taste, this evening you will dine in a traditional beer hall, and enjoy a local stein on us! Prost!
Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation in Bavarian region. 

Day 09 Visit Vienna

Your Europe tour will develop an Austrian flavour today once you leave Bavaria - get ready to explore Salzburg and Vienna. Salzburg is famous for many things - namely being the birthplace of Mozart and setting for the musical ‘The Sound of
Music’. But even if you weren’t interested in anything ‘noteworthy’, you would still find a hundred good reasons to love this city. It is absolutely beautiful, and boasts incredible Austrian architecture and quaint features. Surrounded by amazing countryside, this city looks different with every season, due to the number of trees which adorn the river and parks. Even though this is a comfort stop, you will still have enough time to get a taste of Salzburg on your travel palette. However, the highlight for the day is Vienna - boasting some of Europe’s most impressive architecture, and a cultural heritage steeped in glorious flamboyance and style. Home to Sigmund Freud, the Vienna boys choir, a clutch of the worlds most celebrated composers (...try Mozart, Beethoven & Brahms), the United Nations and OPEC, the city centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. Take a glance at the famous Schonbrunn Palace as you approach Vienna, and once you have arrived, explore the centre on your guided walking tour of the city. Taking in the Golden Mile, Imperial Castle and St Stephen’s Cathedral, allow the history to wash over you and marvel at Vienna’s significance in modern and ancient history.
Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

Day 10 Visit Budapest

Feeling Hungary? Once you have left Vienna, you meet Budapest - cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and the magical Hungarian capital. Straddling the historic Danube River, Budapest is well preserved, and boasts numerous UNESCO
World Heritage Sites. Its natural geo-thermal springs are a highlight, and the city hosts millions of tourists every year, who wish to indulge in its mind-blowing architecture and picturesque surroundings. Enjoy your driving tour of the city, and then use your free afternoon to explore. Make sure you catch the sunset with an evening stroll along the Danube, grab a bite to eat on the banks of the river, and then find some local entertainment. Unforgettable...
Breakfast. Overnight accommodation. 

Day 11 Visit Bratislava and Prague

Continuing on your journey of Eastern Europe, today you will head north towards the Slovakian capital of Bratislava for a quick stop. Also located on the Danube River, the city is a melting pot of numerous nationalities and religions, and so explains the very relaxed and down to earth nature of its residents. Then, it is time to Czech out Prague! On the road to the Czech Republic, it is time to get excited about what lays ahead. Prague is an unforgettable city, which stays in your memory long after other locations have faded. The historic centre was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992, and your walking tour will introduce you to many locations, which you will want to explore in more depth on your free day tomorrow.
Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation.

Day 12 A free day in Prague.

The day is yours to treat yourself to the fairytale magic of Prague - often aptly described as the "Jewel in the Crown" of central Europe. Prague has an essence which combines youthful inquisitiveness and old world wisdom. Highlights of the day might include the majestic Prague Castle, the famous Charles Bridge (you need to also see the views from the bridge at night - simply stunning...), the ‘Old Town’ and the Jewish Quarter. There is also a ‘Secret Garden’ which leads to a manmade grotto - see if you can find it! The Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square is a ‘must see’ - the intricate puppetry and show which is performed on the hour, draws hundreds of people throughout the day and night. Prague's dramatic history is reflected in the beauty of the architecture of churches, opera houses, concert halls and parks. There are numerous beer halls in which to sample a local brew, and for those who wish to put your stamp on the city, why not visit legendary Lennon wall - a tribute to John Lennon and words of peace, which is added to on a daily basis by the thousands of visitors to the city. Did we mention ‘fairytale’ city earlier?...Maybe it is worth noting that Prague is the home of the "green fairy” - absinthe. Go easy, and enjoy!
Breakfast. Overnight accommodation. 

Day 13 Visit Dresden and Berlin

Czeching out of picturesque Prague is hard, but there are more adventures in store for you as you re-enter Germany in search of Dresden and Berlin! A short comfort stop, Dresden is a beautiful, immaculately clean city which has been virtually rebuilt after bombing attacks in WW2 destroyed the city centre. The grand buildings are no reflection on the pain they suffered during the bombings, and it is a credit that this city has been so lovingly put back together. Try some of the local German food - such as Bratwurst, and have a wander around the beautifully paved streets. And then, to Berlin. This city is absolutely amazing and is a place where many who visit once, vow to return. Berlin has an energy which bursts through with the young population who reside here for education or art. There is an eclectic mix of different music styles and street art - a stark opposite of the lifestyle which was reflected in times when the city was divided into East and West during the Nazi occupation. Tomorrow you will have plenty of time to explore the historical aspects of the city, but for now...kick your heels up and relish in the freedom of the night! The bars and clubs are calling your name...
Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation.

Day 14 A free day in Berlin.

Today, you will be introduced to Berlin on a locally guided walking tour of the city - visiting such poignant locations as the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Site of Hitler’s Former Bunker, Luftwaffe
HQ, 17th June Street, The Berlin Wall, The Former SS Headquarters, and Checkpoint Charlie. Visitors to Berlin are fascinated with the history surrounding the division of the city in to East and West, and significant locations which featured in news bulletins and TV footage. The Berlin Wall stands as a sombre reminder of the controls imposed on Berlin during and after WW2, however the bright, street art which adorns it today seems to give it a peaceful purpose. A replica of the original Checkpoint Charlie, which is found in the shopping district of the city, is visited by hundreds of tourists every day. There are numerous free museums and galleries to visit, which all contribute to the understanding of this cities modern history. This evening, you have an optional excursion available to you, which will give you a different perspective of the city at night. A Berlin Pub Crawl seems like just the ticket to lighten up the load after a hard day of sightseeing and walking. It offers VIP entries and a great way to meet other travellers. Time to kick your heels up, Berlin style!
Breakfast. Overnight accommodation. 

Day 15 Visit Amsterdam

With a bit of a drive ahead, it’s time to depart from Berlin and head west to the Netherlands... After checking into your hotel you have a chance to freshen up, and then the coach will take you to the centre of Amsterdam. An optional excursion is up for grabs, and includes a twilight canal cruise, complete with pizza and ice cream. Explore the city from below sea level, and gain an alternative perspective of this eclectic and bohemian city, whilst drifting past famous landmarks, and learning about Amsterdam’s interesting development. Alternatively, take time to grab a bite to eat and explore the centre under your own steam, and then meet up with your Prime tour leader for a walking tour of the infamous Red Light District. Then, you are free to hit the cafes, bars and coffee shops. This is your last night on tour, so squeeze every last drop out of it!
Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

Day 16 Return to London

The last day of you European tour already? Don’t worry. It’s not over yet. After breakfast, savour the French countryside, one last time and prepare for your final crossing of the English Channel. Once you are back on UK soil you only have assort way to go to complete your Europe tour.
Breakfast

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