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17 Day Camping Tour of Europe - Elegantly Eastern

Venice ItalyDays 1-2 - Venice
Day 1 of your tour is simply a joining day and you can arrive into Venice at any time, however it is not possible to check into the campsite until after 6pm 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 magical Venice. Built on water and crisscrossed 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 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!
(Day 1 – D, Day 2 – B,L,D)

Day 3 - 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 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 4 - 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 5-6 - 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 5 – B,L,D, Day 6 – B,L)

Day 7 - Split
Travelling up the Dalmatian coastline we come to 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 museums and theatres 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. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Zagreb
We spend a night in the Croatian 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)

Days 9-10 - 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 9 – B,L,D, Day 10 – B,L)

Days 11-12 - 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 10 – B,L, Day 11 – B,L,D)

Days 13-14 - 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 free time to visit the Checkpoint Charlie Museum or sample some sauerkraut and bratwurst and down a few steins of beer! (Day 13 – B,L,D, Day 14 – B,L)

Days 15-16 - 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 15&16 – B,L,D)

Day 17 - 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): 35% cabins; 65% tents – supplement: EUR 65* 16 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 11 dinners (shown
as B, L, D in itinerary) * Transport: private fully equipped a/c coach * Crew: tour leader, driver & cook * Bonus sightseeing: Glass blowing demonstration in Venice; Taste cheese and watch clogs being made in Amsterdam * Driving Tours: Split, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest &
Berlin * Walking Tours: Venice, Dubrovnik, Prague & Amsterdam

Departures?
Selected dates from June to September 2007. Please enquire for available dates

Prices?
£500 GBP per person (plus local fund of 400 Euros) - BOOK NOW

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