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Cobblestones & Canals 2018 (20 Days, Rome to London)

Prepare for the adventure of a lifetime as we make our way from Rome to London via some of Europe's finest cities. Swing from charming Italy and hop along cobbled streets in Croatia to oh-so-pretty Budapest and more. Grab a cocktail and don't forget to find a feast in Europe. Here, the food comes alive so enjoy. Have you packed your bags yet?

Inclusions

Walking tour of Amsterdam
Visit former concentration camp Mauthausen
Visit historic Dubrovnik
Driving tour of Budapest
19 Breakfasts
19 Lunches
19 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
20
Price From
AUD $4,049
Start Location
Rome, Italy
End Location
Rome, Italy
Age Range
18 to 39
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
18-39
Physical Rating
Mild
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: Rome
Be sure to grab an espresso this morning. Meet your group and get your bearings. Arrived early? Make like Caesar (the emperor, not the salad) and work up a colossus hunger as you pass by the Pantheon, throw your two cents in the Trevi Fountain, sit on the Spanish Steps and visit ancient history's version of The Hunger Games set at the Colosseum. Tonight, you're in Disneyland for foodies. Have fun.
Day 2: Rome to Corfu, Greece via Overnight Ferry
Jump on the ferry in Italy, wake up in Greece and find some gyros. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 3: Corfu
Home to a World Heritage-listed Old Town, a Fortress, a Castle and enough beaches to satisfy the biggest sun-worshipper; Corfu is base camp. Explore architecture which owes much to Corfu's tumultuous history and enjoy getting lost in this gem. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 4: Corfu
You're in the birthplace of gyros and democracy. Eat. All. The. Food. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 5: Corfu
Para-para-paradise. Had enough of it yet? Surely not. Count shades of blue and pinch yourself. Life dsn't get any better than this. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 6: Corfu to Tirana, Albania
What happens when you paint a former communist capital in vivid colours? According to Tirana's artist-turned mayor-turned TED speaker Edi Rama, people start paying taxes and crime rates plummet. True story. Also: rainbow-coloured buildings. #nofilter. Included today: -Walking tour of Tirana with local guide Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 7: Tirana to Dubrovnik, Croatia via Budva, Montenegro
Pit stop via Montenegro en route to Dubrovnik. Lots more stunning gets pushed past the window as we head up the gorgeous coast and make for the most famous walled city in Europe (nope, not history. See: Game of Thrones). Wander Dubrovnik's tiny cobblestoned streets and explore hidden cafés and shops before grabbing some dinner and checking out the glitzy nightlife. #itwasalwaysgoingtohappen. Included today: -Walking tour with local guide in Dubrovnik -Visit to Montenegro Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 8: Dubrovnik
A free day in Dubrovnik for the win! Check out the residential homes further up in the old town for awesome views and a local perspective. Then: a cold beer on the wall as the sun sets over the Adriatic. This is the good life. Meals: -Breakfast Optional Activities: -Sea Kayaking -Game of Thrones tour
Day 9: Dubrovnik to Zadar
Time to check out the oh-so romantic Zadar where you can chill out, kick back and enjoy the essence of Croatia. Plus, the architectural beauty of the Sea Organ is seriously #impressive. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 18: Berlin to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Cheese lovers, rejoice. Next: Amsterdam, mayo-dipped fries and red lights. Get your bearings on a walking tour of the vibrant capital and see the Dam Square, Royal Palace and National Monument. Then: explore all that this notoriously liberal city has to offer. Included today: -Dutch cheese and clogs demonstration -Amsterdam Walking tour Meals: -Breakfast
Day 17: 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. Hackescher Markt is a hit for lunch. Afternoon suggestion? Have a picnic at the historic Tempelhof airport turned public park #picniconthetarmac. Tonight: hit the hotspots on an optional nightlife tour. Meals: -Breakfast Optional Activities: -Third Reich walking tour -Street art & nightlife tour of Berlin
Day 16: Prague to Berlin, Germany
Roll over to 800 year-old Dresden, a city virtually destroyed in WWII and then rebuilt, and ogle the Frauenkirche before making your beard all the more ironic 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 15: Prague
Channel your inner bohemian and seek out the John Lennon memorial wall, then 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). 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. Good beer. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Beer tasting
Day 10: Zadar to Ljubljana, Slovenia
Giddy up, we're off to Ljubljana (lyoob-lya-nah) aka the capital of Slovenia. Then jump in the Delorean (or the 70m funicular) and shoot back to the Middle Ages. The Ljubljana Castle and Old Town here have been waiting for you since Celtic times. Tonight, hit up military-barracks-turned bar-and-gallery-strip, for a tea or vino with a side of live music and underground art installations. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Ljubljana food tour
Day 13: Budapest to Vienna, Austria
Pick your Baroque from your Rococo as we slide into The City of Dreams (kudos, Freud)! The Vienna Orchestra provides the soundtrack (optional excursion) while we check out Europe's classiest capital. Wave hello to the President as we go past the Hofburg Palace. And because one palace isn't enough, we also take a peek at the Schönbrunn. Top off your day with a schnitzel and apple strudel if you can find one. Included today: -Driving tour of Vienna Meals: -Breakfast Optional Activities: -Viennese Chamber Orchestra -Orchestra with dinner
Day 12: 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. Top tip: goulash is a MUST. Hot and dangerous (in a good way) this dish is the definition of 'Hungary'. Slurp your way through a big ol' bowl of slow-cooked meat and spiced goodness. Did we mention it's ah-maze? Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Dinner cruise on the Danube river
Day 11: Ljubljana to Budapest, Hungary
Prepare for two days to get 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 Avenue. After gorging on goulash, cabbage rolls and dumplings, roll into bed. Included today: -Driving tour of Budapest Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 19: Amsterdam
Join the 881,000 bicycles and get local on an optional city bike tour of Amsterdam's iconic canals, bridges and parks. Culture fiends, delve deeper with a visit to the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh museum or Rijksmuseum. Still thirsty for more? Check out the Heineken Experience for an interactive visit and tasting at the brewery. Enjoy a farewell dinner cruise this evening with your travel buddies. Included today: -Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Amsterdam bike tour
Day 14: Vienna to Prague, Czech Republic
First, a visit to Mauthausen concentration camp for a lesson in the resilience of humanity. Then, fuel up on trdelník (pastry deliciousness) before a walking tour amongst spires and cobblestone streets of Prague. Suss out the castle deemed worthy by Guinness World Records as being the largest ancient castle in the world, cross medieval Charles Bridge and watch 'Death' toll the hour on an astronomical clock that's over 600 years old. Included today: -Visit Mauthausen former concentration camp -Walking tour of Prague Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 20: Amsterdam to London, England
Start planning the next adventure, today we end in London town. Facebook friends? Meals: -Breakfast