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12 Day Camping Tour of Europe - Florence to Split

Prague By NightTucked around the northern corner of the Adriatic, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia will delight travellers seeking ‘the other side’ of Europe and constantly surprise with their amazing contrasts in culture, scenery, architecture and people.

Days 1-2: Florence
Day 1 of your tour is simply a joining day and you can arrive into Florence at any time, however the group that you will be meeting up with will not arrive into
camp until late afternoon. If you have chosen the 100%
camping option on the tour you will not be able to check in until the group arrive so you may wish to time your arrival to coincide with this. Later this evening you will meet your tour leader and he/she will give you a briefing about the tour, outline the plan for the next few days, answer any questions you may have and collect your ‘Local Fund’ payment in full in EUR€ cash.
We begin our tour in classical Italy! The heart of
Renaissance Italy, Florence swells with artistic and
architectural treasures from the famous Duomo Cathedral to Michelangelo’s David. On Day 2 we have a walking tour taking in the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce Church and some of the city’s beautiful piazzas and include a visit to a leather work craft show. There’s no shortage of small trattorias tucked down side streets where you can snack on Tuscan specialities and drink cappuccino while soaking up this stylish city.
(Day 1 – D, Day 2 – B,L)

Days 3-4: Rome
Leaving Florence we travel to the Eternal City, home of the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain and some of the tastiest pizza you’ll ever try! However long you spend here it simply won't be enough so make sure you throw a coin or two over your shoulder into the Trevi Fountain – as it means you will return! On our walking tour you’ll see the Spanish Steps, the sprawling Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza
Navona and start to get an idea of the depth of history which seeps from every street. Take in some of the Michelangelo and Raphael’s remarkable art; stop in and see the Pope, St Peters and the brilliant Sistine Chapel at the Vatican City; lose yourself in the maze of backstreets; sit in grand open squares filled with entertainers and finish the day at a pavement cafe
with a bottle of chilled Frascati or fruity Chianti.
(Day 3 – B,L, Day 4 – B,L,D)

Days 5-6: Venice
Next we come to magical Venice. Built on water and criscrossed by canals, Venice is all about gondolas, romance, charm and a life never far from the water. We have a walking orientation tour of the highlights including the Rialto Bridge, St. Mark’s Basilica, Doges Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. We also include a glass blowing demonstration by Venetian craftspeople and then have plenty of free time to wander the backstreets of the real Venice, where baroque
backstreet churches meet the waters edge and the tempting aroma of pizza and pasta will leave you constantly hungry. But if there’s one thing you must do before leaving, it’s grab a guy or girl, buy ice creams and serenade each other on a gondola!
(Days 5&6 – B,L,D)

Day 7: Ljubljana
We spend the next six days in the former Yugoslav
republics of Slovenia and Croatia. First we head to
Slovenia and the historic capital of Ljubljana (which means ‘beloved’ in Slovene!). After Yugoslavia split in 1991, Slovenia has prospered and Ljubljana is a delight to visit. Like a smaller Prague, but without the masses of visitors, Ljubljana has a vibrant air and a good nightlife thanks to its student population. The Old Town below the castle is fantastic to wander around with a maze of narrow streets, many cafés, baroque churches and quaint bridges. Our walking tour includes the National Gallery, the Square of the Three Bridges, the Baroque City Hall, the Roman Ruins, and the 13th century castle. (B,L)

Day 8: Plitvice National Park
Crossing into Croatia we head into an area of incredible natural beauty. Plitvice is one of Croatia’s most famous national parks – and for good reason! This stunning park is made up of 16 turquoise lakes, interconnected by waterfalls created by limestone deposits. These lakes and waterfalls are surrounded by dense forests of beech, fir and spruce, flower filled meadows and several caves and the area is home to several animal species. You can enjoy the magnificent scenery on walks through the national park. (B,L,D)

Days 9-10: Dubrovnik
Heading into Southern Dalmatia we come to Dubrovnik, on the beautiful Adriatic coast. The old town is famed as one of the most perfectly preserved medieval towns in the world and its spellbinding streets and picture perfect location will blow you away! We have a walking tour through the pedestrianised centre, characterised by narrow cobbled streets, small squares, ramparts, fortresses and red tiled houses. You can visit the Duke's Palace and the oldest pharmacy in the south of Europe, spend a few hours wandering among the many churches, monasteries and museums or take a cruise out to the islands that dot the shoreline. For the best views of the city a walk along the town ramparts is an absolute must. Then when it’s time to wind down, pull up a chair in one of Dubrovnik’s taverns and take in the medieval atmosphere.
(Day 9 – B,L,D, Day 10 – B,L)

Days 11-12: Split
Travelling up the Dalmatian coastline we come to our final stop - Split. Bursting with history and culture, Split was born after the Palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian was built some 1700 years ago. The palace, situated in what was once a small fishing village between the mountains and the crystal waters of the Adriatic, became the centre of one of Croatia’s most beautiful cities. The palace remains the focal point of Split and more than 3000 people still live between its walls. There are many museums and theatres to explore but if you need some fresh air you can’t go past a walk in the charming Marjan Forest Park
(with excellent views of the old and new parts of the city) or some sun soaking on sandy Bacvice beach, located in the very heart of town. Your tour finishes after breakfast on Day 12.
(Day 11 – B,L,D, Day 12 – B)

Whats Included

Camping: 100% tents * Cabin upgrade (optional): 55% cabins; 45% tents – supplement: EUR 75 * 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 6 dinners (shown as B, L, D in itinerary) * Transport: private fully equipped a/c coach * Crew: tour leader, driver & cook *Group size: average 20-30, max 45 (age 18-35) * Bonus sightseeing: Glass blowing demonstration in Venice; leather work craft show in Florence * Driving Tours: Ljubljana & Split * Walking Tours: Venice, Florence, Rome & Dubrovnik

Departures?
June to September - please enquire for available dates

Prices?
£350 GBP per person (plus local fund 250 Euros) - BOOK NOW

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