The road to Croatia is paved with gold. It's also paved with majestic monuments, edgy coffee shops and a whole lotta beautiful culture just waiting to be devoured. This 14 day adventure is the trip that packs a punch; where we'll glide through the too cool for school cities of Berlin and Amsterdam, and unearth the mystic charm of the Balkans before living it up, Game of Thrones style, in sun-kissed Croatia.
19 meals: Sample Dutch croquettes and Hungarian goulash as we meander through the culinary heaven that is Europe. All your breakfasts will be taken care of, as well as 6 dinners.
London to Amsterdam
The adventure of a lifetime kicks off today. Meet up with your new Contiki family in London town before hitting the road to Amsterdam.Shortly before we find our ferry for Europe, we’ll be taking in the English coastline beauty of the White Cliffs of Dover. They owe their gorgeousness to their composition of chalk - you’re learning and we haven’t even left the UK!Off the ferry we arrive in the port town of Calais - French soil! We travel north via Belgium before reaching Amsterdam.Cross another country off your list as you cruise through Belgium on route..Tonight, famous for fun Amsterdam is ours to explore. The infamous Red Light District & plenty of bars are there for the curious.
Amsterdam is cute as a button & sure to win your heart with its canals, obscure museums & a café culture like no other. Today use your time to get local, bar hop, museum crawl, and see what other tastes take your fancy, this place is famous for pancakes, frites and so much more, and that's all before we enjoy a delicious included dinner with the rest of our Contiki fam.
Amsterdam to Berlin
Today's agenda? Out of Amsterdam, onto the autobahn and on the fast-track to uber-cool Berlin.Willkommen to Berlin! The city full of cool culture, edgy fashion, and irresistible street food. Once we arrive, your Trip Manager can point you in the right direction to go and see the sights, including the Berlin Wall and the Brandenburg Gate.
It’ll be hard not to leap out of bed today knowing Berlin is ready and waiting to be explored. Today, we’ll learn more about the city’s fascinating history with a chance to do a Historical city walk. Not your jam? Why not opt for an alternative Berlin tour, showing you another side of the city. Tonight, we’ll get a taste of the city’s famed nightlife as we turn it up, Berlin-style.
Berlin to Prague via Dresden
Still not done with the city vibes, we'll head out of Berlin and onto Prague.A drive from Berlin to Prague would not be complete without stopping in Dresden. Destroyed by World War II, the rebuilt town is now a symbol of resilience, soaked in the rebirth beauty of an Opera house, the domes Frauenkirche, & the Royal Residence.On arrival in the compact & lovable city of Prague, we’ll get orientated with a walking tour, being blown away by beautiful bridges, rivers and gothic architecture. The night is yours to amble around the Old Town Square and find a few haunts to let the hours slip away in.
Today is the day we get to know the real Prague. If you’re looking to give your feet a rest, hop on a bike to whirl through the city with ease, stopping off for chimney cakes to keep energy levels high. The evening will see us immerse ourselves in Czech culture with an optional Traditional Czech evening, featuring a folklore show and dinner.
Prague to Budapest
Prague, you’ve been nothing short of an Eastern fairytale setting but today we’ll scoot off to Hungary, heading for Budapest.A quick lunch stop in Bratislava, this is your chance to culture up your Instagram feed with shots of this beautiful capital, sitting on the border of 3 different countries, and tick another country off your list!Arriving in Budapest, we’ll barely be able to contain our excitement. With an appetite for Goulash, we’ll tuck into our included hotel dinner before hitting the streets to uncover the city’s famous ‘ruin bars’ as we discover Budapest after dark.
Those still keen to explore can jump on the Budapest Past and Present Tour and continue learning about this incredible city. The House of Terror, the Parliament Building and more, we will take you on a journey of old and new. After all the beauty and knowledge you soaked up yesterday at the church of St Matthias, the Royal Palace and the Chain Bridge, you’ll probably be feeling like a day soaking in the city's famous outdoor thermal pools, set amongst Art Nouveau architecture while getting a bargain-priced massage. As the evening draws in, why not take an optional River Cruise and dinner? Gliding across the shimmering night-lit river of Danube, you’ll get to experience the beautiful sights of Budapest while enjoying a delicious Hungarian feast.
Budapest to Sarajevo
Bye bye Budapest, your soothing spas and unique charm will remain in our hearts forever. We’ll journey south through Hungary on our way Bosnia.Touchdown in Sarajevo, Bosnia’s eclectic capital city. With a full day of discovering this Eastern gem on the cards tomorrow, we’ll turn in for an early night after some free time to grab dinner.
The only way to uncover the town of Sarajevo is with the wisdom shared on a guided walking tour. We'll help you tap into history & understand the magnitude of our destination before having a chance for a tantalising cultural immersion as you enjoy a quintessential Sarajevo dinner in the home of some local chefs and hosts. Afterwards, enjoy an evening of bars and nightlife, should you so choose.
Sarajevo to Dubrovnik
After a hearty breakfast, we’ll depart Sarajevo and head to the famous town of Mostar for a spot of lunch.Mostar is home to the world's cutest bridge. According to us. But still - we've seen a lot of bridges. You'll have plenty of time to oohh and aahh before we kick on to our 2-night site of Dubrovnik.After being wowed and enthralled by Mostar’s medieval charm, we’ll make our way to Croatia and roll up to Dubrovnik, where we’ll be greeted by limestone walls, an Old Town filled with Hollywood sights, and a mountain meets sea situation. Tonight, after dinner with the crew, we’ll paint the town red.
The city of Dubrovnik is so much more than just a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Game of Thrones location - not that either of those claims to fame are even mildly mediocre. After you’ve been guided around the city with intricate detail with our local guide, you’ll be armed with the knowledge to pick out a waterside rock bar where you can swim and play to your heart's content. Tonight, why not opt for a dinner cruise with the crew?
Dubrovnik to Split
We’ll set off from sunny Dubrovnik today and head north, bound for the sensational seaside delights of Split.Upon arrival into majestic Split, we’ll have some time to explore Diocletian's Palace, one of the world's most impressive Roman monuments. You'll have an opportunity tonight to join our Let's Split dinner, a farm-to-table feast prepared by the locals.The nightlife here goes off, and your Trip Manager knows all the best placed to head. We’ll also say a fond farewell to those only doing the first part of the trip.
After breakfast, we'll wrap up our adventure & say our goodbyes to the group.