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17 Day Camping Tour of Europe

ITINERARY


DAY 1, LONDON – FERRY TO AMSTERDAM
Meeting in central London early in the morning, your tour leader will answer any initial questions and collect your ‘Local Fund’ payment in full in EURO€ cash. Departing London at 7am we head for Dover and board a ferry for Calais. From Calais we make our way through Belgium and into the Netherlands and vibrant Amsterdam. After dinner at the campsite there will be plenty of time to go out for a few drinks and start to get to know your travelling companions. (D)

DAY 2, AMSTERDAM
Crammed with bicycles, museums, canals and cafés and infamous for its liberal attitude, Amsterdam has lots to offer. We have a walking tour taking in all the highlights including historic Dam Square, the National Monument and Anne Frank’s house. There are also many fantastic art museums to explore including Van Gogh and the Rijks Museum. Known the world over for clogs and cheese, it wouldn’t be right to visit the Netherlands and not learn a bit more about their skills for making both so we include cheese tasting and a visit to a factory to see how clogs are made! (B,L,D)

DAYS 3-4, BERLIN
Into Germany and to the capital, Berlin. Once famous as a divided city, the oppressive Berlin Wall fell more than 15 years ago however there’s still a distinct difference between the glamour of the west and the ragged east. Regardless Berlin is the true heart of Germany and has grand public buildings, glorious museums and theatres, stylish restaurants and a bustling nightlife. Our driving tour will introduce you to the Brandenburg Gate, Kaiser Wilhelm Church, Potsdamerplatz, the Victory Monument and Reichstag. You’ll then have plenty of free time to visit the Checkpoint Charlie Museum, sample some sauerkraut and bratwurst and down a few steins of beer! (2xB, 2xL, 2xD)

DAYS 5-6, PRAGUE
Crossing into the Czech Republic, we reach Prague, the charming city of spires. Sometimes a place that has been so talked up can prove disappointing but Prague really does deliver – just imagine everything you've heard and then double it! This city is simply beautiful from every angle and you can’t help but fall in love with it. We have a walking tour from the lofty heights of Hradcany Castle and St Vitus Cathedral (where you can get magical views over the city) to the bustling old town Square, enchanting Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square. There is no shortage of things to do in your free time whether you just want to sit in a café watching Prague go by, take a cruise on the beautiful Vltava River or visit the Jewish cemetery and synagogues in Josefov. By night there are many great bars and restaurants and plenty of pounding night clubs if you fancy a big night out. (2xB, 2xL, 1xD)

DAYS 7-8, BUDAPEST
Next is Hungary where we spend two nights in the beautiful, romantic city of Budapest. The city is actually split into the two districts of Buda and Pest which sit either side of the Danube River. We have a driving tour of the city taking in the highlights of both areas including Castle Hill, Matthius Church and Fisherman’s Bastion in the old city of Buda and the Liberation Monument, the much photographed parliament building and the fabulous St Stephens Basilica in the new commercial area of Pest. With its amazing variety of architectural styles, cruises on the river, Turkish baths and fabulous restaurants and bars on offer you won’t have any trouble filling your time here. (2xB, 2xL, 1xD)

DAY 9, LJUBLJANA
We spend the next three 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 plenty to offer with numerous theatres, museums and galleries and 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,D)

DAY 10, ZAGREB
From Ljubljana we cross into Croatia and spend a night in the capital, Zagreb. Located at the crossroads of important routes between the Adriatic coast and Central Europe, Zagreb is now an intriguing blend of East and West Europe throbbing with energy and culture. The city’s Austro-Hungarian architecture is now home to numerous boutiques offering the designer labels from France and Italy. We have a walking tour including St Mark’s Church, the Baroque St Catherine’s Church, the neo-Gothic Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the famous cemetery of Mirogoj, one of the most beautiful in Europe with gorgeous mausoleums and English-style landscaping. (B,L,D)

DAY 11, PULA
Staying in Croatia we travel to the Adriatic Coast and the town of Pula. Spend the afternoon relaxing on one of the beautiful beaches, wander around the marina or explore the impressive Roman amphitheatre - the sixth largest in the world! (B,L,D)

DAYS 12-13, VENICE
Next stop is Italy and magical Venice. Built on water and criss-crossed 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! (2xB, 2xL, 2xD)

DAY 14, LUCERNE
We travel into the Swiss Alps and on to the pretty lakeside town of Lucerne. Known as the ‘city of lights’, Lucerne is medieval but modern and is surrounded by stunning alpine scenery. We have a walking tour to discover the famous Lion Monument, Chapel Bridge with the 13th century octagonal Water Tower and the Glacier Gardens – a geographical phenomenon left over from the Ice Age. There are plenty of opportunities to explore the surrounding mountains and maybe take a ride on a cogwheel railway. After enjoying the view from up high you can jump on a paddle steamer and cruise around Lake Lucerne. (B,L,D)

DAYS 15-16, PARIS
A long day’s drive through France takes us to the capital of romance – Paris. After dinner at our campsite we have a dazzling city tour which will introduce you to Montmartre, the Sacre Coeur and the beautiful skyline dominated by the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower. The next morning we enjoy a driving tour of all the most famous spots from the Place de la Concorde to the Champs Elysee, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Louvre. The rest of the day is free to choose which sights you wish to explore further - ride the metro, indulge your tastebuds in quaint little patisseries and soak up the Parisian lifestyle - before we gather at the foot of the Eiffel Tower for a sumptuous buffet picnic under this iconic monument. There’s also plenty of time for options like a famous cabaret or a cruise on the River Seine – a real must in Paris. (2xB, 2xL, 2xD)

DAY 17, CALAIS – LONDON
We depart Paris after breakfast and drive to Calais for our ferry back to England. Arriving in Dover we drive back to London (usually arriving early evening) where the tour ends – but the party doesn’t have to stop here and there’s bound to be an opportunity for one or two farewell drinks! (B)

What's Included

What's Included 100% camping in some of Europe's best campsites, in spacious 2 person tents, with air mattress supplied

16 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches and 14 Dinners (heaps more than our opposition). Represented in the tour itinerary as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Includes a driving tour of Berlin and Paris plus walking tours of Amsterdam, Prague, Budapest, Zagreb and Venice

Plus try cheese tasting and watch a clog making demonstration in Amsterdam. See traditional glass blowing in Venice and enjoy a pinic dinner under the Eiffel tower in Paris.

Air-conditioned coaches with CD player, reclining seats and large panoramic windows

Most tours will have approximately 18-25 passengers with a maximum of up to 45.Professional tour leader, driver and cook.

**Please note you must between 18 - 35 years of age to join this tour**

 
 
Departures - Mid May to Late September 2005. Please enquire for available dates

How much?
£420 (+ a local fund of 390 Euro's payable in cash when you join the tour) - BOOK NOW.
A sleeping bag is required for this tour
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