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Highlights
  • Discover a passion for regional wines and italian cuisine
  • Explore the elegant countryside of lake como by boat
  • Wander over the canals and bridges of venice
  • Revel in the dramatic scenery of slovenia
  • Explore the charming streets of salzburg
  • Discover big highlights and hidden gems

For years, travellers have dreamed about exploring cultural, romantic Europe. The time to take that trip is now. We’ve packaged together some of our greatest European hits – Rome to Venice and on to Budapest through Slovenia and Austria – in order to give you the biggest bang for your buck in three weeks’ time. On this well-paced trip, you’ll get all the highlights of the well-known cities (Florence, Vienna) along with hidden gems like Montepulciano and Salzburg. Once you’ve experienced the passion of Europe’s cosmopolitan centres and rustic small towns, you’ll find it hard to ever forget them.

Trip Description
Rome to Budapest Explorer
 

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Rome to Budapest Explorer

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I have travelled with G a number of times and I have never been disappointed. I am quite happy to grab my backpack and travel with just my essentials and I like to feel that I am closer to real life than if I were with a large group being herded from hotel to hotel on a big bus. I meet many other women in my position, widowed or divorced, who would like to see more of the world and just need a bit of a hand and I do suggest G Adventures to them. They can feel safe and have arrangements made for them and still feel adventurous. April 2015

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  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
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  • Meals 5.0
The trip was full of activity and fortunately lots of free time. I was very glad that the trip notes suggested booking tickets in advance to galleries in Florence otherwise I would have been very disappointed because it was Easter week and crazy busy all over Italy. As it was I had a great time and saw a lot, also the food was amazing, Viviana knew about every little special bistro there.
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Awesome! January 2017

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It was an awesome trip. After a week of running and taking trains around Rome, Florence, Venice, and Cinque Terre -- that week was a awesome break to just relax and enjoy the Amalfi Coast. We stayed at agriturismo and had farm-to-table meals every breakfast and every dinner.

This trip called for a lot of hiking -- not recommended for those who do not hike or exercise on a regular basis.
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Operator G Adventures

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Well organised. Great guide December 2015

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Lots of fun.

Operator G Adventures

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This was a totally different way to travel for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Just enough with our guide as well as some time on our own. November 2015

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  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
It was a terrific trip with great hiking. The group was a good one, our leader was great as well. I loved staying in one place for a week with our hiking trips going out of there each day. Food was wonderful and it was truly local living!
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We had a great time in Italy thanks to the way that G Adventures operates. We did and saw more in a shorter time than we could have possibly done on our own, including things we enjoyed that we wouldn't have necessarily have done on our own. November 2015

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We had a lovely time and enjoyed a wide range of activities in Tuscany. The spa was truly unique and not to be missed. The food and wine spoiled me, and the sights were unbelievable in their beauty. And I learned more than I expected from cooking with Stefano at the agriturismo.
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Itinerary

Day 1 Rome

We recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully explore this magnificent city. There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Rome (1B)

Enjoy a G Adventures supported migrant led walk of Rome before enjoying a free day to explore a myriad of options. Opt to tour Vatican City, cross the river to charming Trastevere, eat some gelato in Piazza Navona, or swing by the Colosseum and Forum. Included Activities: Migrantour Rome

Day 3 Rome/Montepulciano (1B)

Montepulciano is famous for producing delectable local pork, cheese, "Pici" pasta, and honey. It is also major wine producing area. Take in the stunning vistas, wander cobbled lanes, or opt to sample the local delicacies in small, family-run establishments. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local train None

Day 4 Montepulciano (1B)

Opt to travel further afield to the thermal springs of Bagni San Filippo.

Day 5 Montepulciano/Florence (1B)

Continue to the inimitable Firenze. Walk through the city catching a glimpse of the Duomo, Piazza Indipendenza, Piazza della Signoria, and the Ponte Vecchio. Continue to Piazzale Michelangelo for the most famous and photographed vista of the city. Opt to visit the local leather markets and souvenir stalls set up all over the city. Included Activities: Piazzale Michelangelo Walk Transport: None Local train

Day 6 Florence (1B)

For the foodies, check out the Mercato Centrale and any number of cafés and trattorias. If you came to shop, start at one end of the city and just keep going. There's beautiful architecture, famous museums, Renaissance art pieces, and charming cobblestone streets everywhere. You could spend a lifetime exploring this fantastic city. If you want to go further afield, take a wine tasting bike tour up to Fiesole and the vineyards of Chianti.

Day 7 Florence (1B)

Enjoy a day trip to vibrant Siena. After an orientation walk around this medieval city, opt to visit Torre del Mangia, Battistero, il Campo, or the Duomo or to take a "passeggiata" and meet the Sienese locals. Return to Florence at the end of the day. Included Activities: Siena Visit Transport: Local train Local train

Day 8 Florence/Cinque Terre (1B)

Head by train to Pisa and stop for a visit at the Field of Miracles to see the famous leaning tower (entrance fee not included). Later, head on to the coastal paradise of Cinque Terre. Included Activities: Pisa Visit Transport: Local train Local train

Day 9 Cinque Terre (1B)

The national park pass and daily unlimited train ticket is included. Opt to follow your CEO along centuries-old footpaths and mule tracks leading through olive groves, vineyards, and orchards on a full day hike, or hop on and off the train, experiencing each town on your own. Choose to rest in each of the 5 villages, sampling delicacies in each place, such as local pesto, espresso, or delicious gelato. Additional Notes: Please note that some popular hiking paths along the Cinque Terre have been temporarily closed due to water erosion and damage caused by landslides in 2016. Your CEO will guide you on the best, most accessible path for today's hike. Included Activities: National Park Pass and Unlimited Train Ticket Cinque Terre Coastal Path Hike Transport: Local train

Day 10 Cinque Terre/Lake Como (1B)

Set out from Cinque Terre on a train journey with a few changes en route, passing through Milan and on to elegant Varenna, located on the shores of Lake Como. On the border with Switzerland, enjoy the spectacular backdrop of the snowy-peaked Alps. Transport: Local train

Day 11 Lake Como (1B)

Set out by boat to explore the lake and its many elegant villas and towns, such as Bellagio with its shops, restaurants, and fine residences. In the afternoon, there is plenty of free time for soaking up the elegant atmosphere in one of the lakeside cafés or restaurants. Take some time for shopping — some of the finest Italian designers are to be found in Como's chic boutiques. Included Activities: Lake Como Boat Ride

Day 12 Lake Como/Venice (1B)

Travel east to captivating Venice, the unique "city of canals," full of magnificent monuments. There will be plenty of time to wander the narrow cobblestone streets and wide piazzas, crossing hundreds of tiny bridges and, of course, getting lost in Venice's labyrinth. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local train

Day 13 Venice (1B)

Spend the day getting lost in Venice. Opt for a vaporetto (water taxi) ride to the islands of Murano and Burano, take a gondola under the Ponte Rialto (Bridge of Lovers), explore the Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs, or get lost in the twisting maze of the city.

Day 14 Venice (1B)

Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.

Day 15 Venice/Bled (1B)

Journey by bus into Slovenia, stopping in the capital city of Ljubljana. Enjoy the eastern charm of the city before continuing on to the lakeside town of Bled. Take a CEO-led orientation walk before separating to explore the charming hamlet. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus Private Vehicle

Day 16 Bled (1B)

Most activities centre around Bled or depart from Bled to go into the Bohinj area. Your CEO can help you book whatever suits you best.

Day 17 Bled/Salzburg (1B)

With time in the afternoon, start exploring. Spend time in the UNESCO-listed Old Town or visiting the nearby salt mines. The birthplace of Mozart has enough of history and charm to keep you busy for weeks. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Train

Day 18 Salzburg/Vienna (1B)

Enjoy a free morning to explore a little more. Opt to take a Sound of Music tour, stopping at famous venues tied to the movie. Even if you aren't a fan, the tour heads out to different venues from the movie showing off the best of Salzburg and the surrounding area. In late afternoon, travel to the capital city of Vienna. Take a short orientation walk before heading out for an optional dinner in the 'City of Music'. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Magdas Hotel Transport: Train

Day 19 Vienna (1B)

Try some local delicacies like schnitzel, apple strudel or the Sachertorte. Take some time to enjoy a coffee in coffeehouses unique to Vienna. Included Activities: Magdas Hotel

Day 20 Vienna/Budapest (1B)

Journey by train to Budapest, the 'Pearl of the Danube'. The city, split into Buda and Pest by the river, retains its eastern charm with Buda Castle and Turkish-style thermal baths. Depending on arrival time, opt to visit some city sights, soak in one of the famous baths or sign up for a city tour by bike. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Train

Day 21 Budapest (1B)

We highly recommend booking post-tour accommodation to full experience this charming city.

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Trip Includes
  • G Adventures for Good: Migrantour Rome
  • Rome G Adventures for Good: Magdas Hotel
  • Vienna
  • Orientation walk of Montepulciano (Tuscany)
  • Day trip to Siena
  • Piazzale Michelangelo evening visit (Florence)
  • Pisa visit (half-day)
  • Cinque Terre park fee
  • unlimited train ticket and CEO-led hike
  • Lake Como boat day pass
  • Venice orientation walk
  • Bled orientation walk
  • Salzburg orientation walk
  • Budapest orientation walk
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 20 breakfasts
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPublic bus, train, boat, walking.Intercity transport on this trip will mostly be by train and occasionally by local bus. The bus and train systems in Italy are generally good, with seat reservations and toilet/snack facilities on longer journeys. Keeping to schedules is not always a priority with public transit in certain regions, so pack in your MP3 player, a good book and some Italian phrases, and kick-back and enjoy the views with the locals. Please note that you MUST be comfortable carrying your own luggage as there will be a lot of up and down stairs on this trip due to the nature of station layouts in Italy (very few are equipped with escalators or elevators). Between public transport and hotels you may be required to carry your luggage short distances (up to 15mins walk), in larger cities you may travel by metro or city bus, and occasionally the group will take taxis to and from hotels.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 16
Max 16, avg 12

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Hotels/pensions (20 nts).
It is important to note that accommodation in Europe tend to be quite different to other areas of the world you may have travelled in. Buildings and rooms are generally old and may not have been renovated or maintained to the highest standard. Downtown hotels in Europe were not built to be hotels but rich owners houses, which have been changed into hotels. Therefore unusual room sizes are common as large rooms have been partitioned in the past, resulting in rather "thin" walls. Reception areas, rooms and bathrooms tend to be very small as they were often added into an existing room, and may have a hand nozzle rather than a conventional shower head. On this trip you can expect to stay in small family-run hotels or pensions (with the exception of the start and finish hotels, which are often larger city hotels), which will vary a little in standard and facilities: some may not have elevators, air-conditioning or English-speaking staff, but most importantly all are locally-run, with some traditional character, and in excellent central locations to give you maximum time for exploring the sights. You can expect to find clean, safe, simple accommodation in convenient locations. Staff can occasionally demonstrate less than perfect customer service. As accommodation is in short supply, especially during the summer months, hotels can charge a premium and there is sometimes little motivation to improve facilities
Start City
Rome
End City
Budapest
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. YOUR CEO It is important to note that in Europe, all guiding is based around local guides all of whom are licensed to work only in a particular city. As such, our leaders are able to provide orientation walks which will show you the layout of each town and city as well as the location of local services such as post offices and laundromats, but are unable to legally share historical facts and figures in public places. 2. LUGGAGE In Europe it is very rare to find elevators in train stations, hotels or other public places. We use public transport on this trip, which means you will need to carry your luggage from platform to platform, in and out of trains and buses etc. and also possibly up several flights of stairs. You will also need to be able to stow your luggage safely on trains and buses. It is therefore essential that you pack light and bring luggage which is compact and lightweight, and which you can easily transport. The carrying of your luggage remains your responsibility at all times. We highly recommend travelling with a backpack or duffel bag over any wheeled luggage options. 3. COMBO Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and/or some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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