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15 Day Camping Tour of Europe - Istanbul to London

A wonderful journey through these fascinating mainly Eastern European countries, taking in incredible capital cities, mixed with ancient and modern history.

Istanbul TurkeyDay 1 - Istanbul (joining day)
You’ll start your tour in Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city and the former imperial capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. 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. Istanbul is a fusion of East and West, narrow alleys are flanked by wooden Ottoman houses while a nearby funky
restaurant and bar strip in the downtown area pumps out Turkish pop. We explore the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum and Underground Basilica, and the sprawling Grand Bazaar on a walking tour. In your free time maybe treat yourself to a meal at one of the countless restaurants along the narrow alleys of downtown Taksim, take a Turkish bath, board a local ferry on the Bosphorus to observe the beautifully lit sprawl of Istanbul by night and then finish
your evening with the timeless wind-down of smoking a nargileh (Ottoman water pipe). (D)

Day 2 - Black Sea Coast
Following the rugged Black Sea coast northwest from Istanbul we have an overnight stop just across the border in Bulgaria. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Bucharest
Crossing another border we enter Romania and the capital, Bucharest. Lying between the Carpathian hills and the Danube River, Bucharest has suffered from earthquakes, war and a harsh dictatorship, however architecture reminiscent of Paris can still be found in the north of the city. We have a driving tour taking in the enormous Palace of the People (which Ceausescu wanted to be the largest building in the world), Calei Victoriei, Bucharest’s most famous street based on the boulevards of Paris, the main square, Cretulescu Church and the Palace of the Republic. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Brasov
Travelling north we enter the province of Transylvania and the attractive city of Brasov. Surrounded by the Transylvanian hills, Brasov’s main attractions include a vast gothic church and its location close to ‘Dracula’s Castle’! We have the opportunity to visit the castle (actually called
Bran Castle) where spooky myths concerning Dracula abound. The castle was actually built by the people of Brasov to defend the region from the Turkish invasion but you can make up your own vampire theories! (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Cluj Napoca
Travelling on through Romania we visit Sighisoara, the birthplace of Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) who Bram Stoker is said to have based the character of Count Dracula on. We have an overnight stop at the important cultural centre of Cluj Napoca. (B,L,D)

Days 6-7 - 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. (Day 6 – B,L,D, Day 7 – B,L)

Day 8 - Vienna
Reaching Austria, we have an afternoon in the elegant capital, Vienna. Home of ‘The Sound of Music’ and schnapps, Vienna assaults the senses on all levels! Filled with baroque architecture, lavish palaces with finely landscaped gardens, towering cathedrals, endless museums, art galleries overflowing with fine art and opera
houses that come alive after dark, this is a city with much to experience - and some of the most delicious coffee and pastries you will ever taste! We have a driving tour taking in the Schonbrunn Palace, St Stephens Palace and the State Opera House before heading to the Schnapps Museum to sample a traditional shot of the hard stuff. (B,L,D)

Days 9-10 - Prague
Crossing into the Czech Republic, we travel through Bohemia to 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. (Day 9 – B,L,D, Day 10 – B,L)

Days 11-12 - 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 time to visit the Checkpoint Charlie Museum or sample some sauerkraut and bratwurst and down a few steins of beer! (Days 11&12
– B,L,D)

Days 13-14 - Amsterdam
Our final destination is the Netherlands and vibrant 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! (Days 13&14 – B,L,D)

Day 15 - Calais – London
We depart Amsterdam after an early breakfast and drive through Belgium 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)

Whats Included?

Camping 100% tents * Cabin upgrade (optional): 40% cabins; 60% tents – supplement: EUR 55 * 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 12 dinners (shown as B, L, D in itinerary) * Transport: private fully equipped a/c coach * Crew: tour leader, driver & cook * Bonus sightseeing: Taste cheese and watch clogs being made in Amsterdam, Sample traditional schnapps in Vienna * Driving Tours: Bucharest, Budapest, Vienna & Berlin * Walking Tours: Istanbul, Prague & Amsterdam

Departures?
Selected dates from July to September. Please advise for available dates.

Prices?
£440 GBP per person (plus local fund of 360 Euros) - BOOK NOW

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