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Discover Central Europe

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Discover Central Europe

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Discover some of the hottest locations in Central Europe with a trip that offers you loads of free time and a local leader with all the best recommendations on how to spend it. Start off in Budapest and maybe choose to wander the iconic ruin bars in the Jewish quarter. Head to cosmopolitan Vienna, perfect for art lovers, and wander the historic architecture before tucking into some kaffe and kuchen at a local café that empowers the city’s older citizens with employment and purpose. Dip into scenic Salzburg and explore the city backdropped by mountains at your own pace – home to Mozart’s birthplace and a pretty epic fortress overlooking the town. Soak in all the natural beauty, iconic sights and active opportunities in Bled, then end it all in Venice (pizza and wine, anyone?).

Trip Name
Discover Central Europe
Last Updated
2024-04-19
Days
8
Capacity
16
Highlights
  • Discover the artistic history of unique Vienna – the perfect blend of modern and historic personality – then enjoy some kaffe and kuchen (coffee and cake) at a local café that empowers older residents with employment and purpose.
  • Stroll stunning Salzburg, backdropped by the Eastern Alps, with a free day to wander the Old City and the New City, divided by the Salzach River.
  • Escape city life on the peaceful shores of Lake Bled in Slovenia. Maybe visit the iconic church on the tiny fairytale island in the lake's centre and treat yourself to a slice of Bled's famous cream cake.
  • See the iconic Venice, which looks like it comes straight out of a postcard, and soak up opportunities like sailing the canals on a gondola or tucking into a huge plate of pasta.
  • With loads of free time in some of Europe’s best locations, you can choose your own adventure and customize your trip to hit everything you actually want to see! Get active in Bled with some rowing and white water rafting or hit the ruin bars of Budapest – why not?
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll learn about our Intrepid Foundation partner, Cooperativa Coraggio. Donations help them regenerate 22 hectares of unused public land to create local jobs and produce organic food in Italy. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It's important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, political unrest or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. Your group leader or local representative will keep you up to date with any such changes once your trip is underway. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance fees only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your group leader or local representative know you are interested at the Welcome Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and group leader or local representative are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk. MUSEUM VISITS & OPENING TIMES Many sites, attractions and museums are closed on Mondays (and sometimes Tuesdays). We recommend checking the opening times of anywhere you're interested to visit and making reservations where required/possible.

Day 1 - Budapest
Szia! Welcome to Hungary. Your adventure begins in the stunning dual city of Budapest with a welcome meeting at 6 pm tonight. If you arrive early, why not stroll around the grand architecture and boulevards to get your bearings? Maybe explore one of the local markets and pick up a langos (a deep-fried Hungarian pastry with an assortment of different toppings). Why not head out to Statue Park to get an insight into the city’s past or take a soak in one of the many thermal bath complexes around town? After the meeting tonight, perhaps get a group of friends together for a Hungarian feast of goulash or stroll to the Jewish quarter and check out some ruin bars – unique nightlife hubs that are great for groups and feature a whole heap of weird and wonderful decor.
Day 2 - Vienna
Hop on a train this morning to the cosmopolitan city of Vienna. After dropping your bags at your accommodation, you’re in for a real treat! Stop for kaffe and kuchen (coffee and cake) with your group at Vollpension – a local cafe that empowers older members of the community by providing them with employment and purpose, while bridging the gap between the staff and the younger patrons who visit the cafe. Have a chat with the friendly staff while enjoying your sweet treat in this warm and welcoming environment. 
Day 3 - Vienna
You’re free to choose your own adventure today, and Vienna has a lot to offer! Art lovers will be delighted by the vast array of museums, including the Albertina, the Leopold, Kunsthalle Wien and the Museum of Modern Art. Those interested in 19th- and 20th-century Austrian art should visit the Belvedere Palace – home to Gustav Klimt's painting 'The Kiss'. Check out the colourful Hundertwasserhaus or admire the dome of the Secession building. Perhaps visit Hofburg Palace – once the imposing winter retreat of Habsburg royals and now the official residence of the Austrian president, or visit the gothic St Stephen’s Cathedral and the neo-classical Graben. If you want to see something impressive, head to the State Opera House – one of the world's most important opera houses and the heart of classical Viennese culture. 
Day 4 - Salzburg
Travel to Salzburg this morning via train – this Austrian hub on the border of Germany is backdropped by the Eastern Alps and divided by the Salzach River. When you arrive, you’ll have a full free day to explore all this gorgeous city has to offer, from the Old City to the New City. Maybe head to Mirabell Palace and Gardens for a picnic or discover Mozart’s birthplace. Head to the medieval walls of Fortress Hohensalzburg and marvel at the architecture (you can also pay to get inside) or find a great viewpoint and snap some epic photos of the city in the shadow of the mountains, with the fortress looming above on the hill. Tonight, why not ask your local leader for the best spot for dinner?
Day 5 - Bled
Travel to the stunning Slovenian resort town of Bled today. Sitting at the edge of the Julian Alps, this place is full of picturesque sights that are sure to take your breath away. When you arrive, follow your leader to the shore of glistening Lake Bled, from which many of the town’s attractions can be seen, and walk along the shoreline. After soaking in the sights with your group, you’ll have a free afternoon to choose your own route. For a taste of the local cuisine, try some Bled cake made of vanilla, custard, cream and pastry (many local cafes and cake shops claim theirs is the best, so if you must, maybe try a few and compare). After settling into your accommodation tonight, why not get together with your group for dinner, feasting on local specialities?
Day 6 - Bled
There’s no better place to get active than in Bled! Today you have a free day to enjoy all the fun activities Bled has to offer (calling all nature lovers!) Maybe take a full-day adventure around Triglav Massive – there are many outdoor activities available here to get the blood pumping, such as rafting, caving, canoeing and swimming. Why not hire a bike and head four kilometres out of town to Vintgar Gorge, where you can walk through a beautiful natural canyon. Perhaps explore Bled Castle, perched atop the cliff overlooking the lake, or catch a pletna (small wooden boat) over to the island in the middle of the lake to ring the wishing bell. Your leader will have all the best options, so be sure to chat with them for their recommendations. If you’d prefer to have a relaxing day and just enjoy the beauty of Lake Bled, find a quiet spot near the lake and spend the day reading or people-watching.
Day 7 - Venice
Travel by train and local bus through stunning scenery to one of the world's most unique cities today – postcard-perfect Venice. A city of canals, Venice is built over a hundred small islands connected by 400 bridges. When you arrive, head out for an orientation walk with your tour leader – the best way to see Venice is by foot – passing by the Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge, Palace of the Doge, Piazza San Marco and the Bridge of Sighs. Wander the cobblestone streets and spacious piazzas, crossing bridges and stopping for a gelato on your way, if the moment calls. There are shops, markets, galleries and churches around every corner here, so there’s plenty to explore. Tonight, what better to do than tuck into some iconic Italian cuisine (and maybe a big glass of vino?).
Day 8 - Venice
With no activities planned for today, you’re free to leave your accommodation at any time after checkout. That doesn’t mean your adventure has to end! Italy’s city of canals is an extraordinary place to see on foot, and if you’d like to spend an extra day or two exploring, just speak to your booking agent.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
11-05-202418-05-2024AUD $ 1,802-
18-05-202425-05-2024AUD $ 1,908-
25-05-202401-06-2024AUD $ 1,575-
01-06-202408-06-2024AUD $ 1,896-
08-06-202415-06-2024AUD $ 2,295-
15-06-202422-06-2024AUD $ 2,230-
26-06-202403-07-2024AUD $ 2,205-
24-07-202431-07-2024AUD $ 2,205-
27-07-202403-08-2024AUD $ 2,185-
31-07-202407-08-2024AUD $ 2,185-
03-08-202410-08-2024AUD $ 2,290-
17-08-202424-08-2024AUD $ 2,265-
24-08-202431-08-2024AUD $ 2,152-
31-08-202407-09-2024AUD $ 2,310-
07-09-202414-09-2024AUD $ 2,152-
14-09-202421-09-2024AUD $ 2,265-
21-09-202428-09-2024AUD $ 2,310-
28-09-202405-10-2024AUD $ 2,265-
05-10-202412-10-2024AUD $ 2,120-
12-10-202419-10-2024AUD $ 1,995-
26-10-202402-11-2024AUD $ 2,100-
23-11-202430-11-2024AUD $ 2,100-
14-12-202421-12-2024AUD $ 2,100-
11-01-202518-01-2025AUD $ 2,225-
22-03-202529-03-2025AUD $ 2,225-
26-04-202503-05-2025AUD $ 2,225-
10-05-202517-05-2025AUD $ 2,315-
17-05-202524-05-2025AUD $ 2,315-
24-05-202531-05-2025AUD $ 2,400-
31-05-202507-06-2025AUD $ 2,225-
07-06-202514-06-2025AUD $ 2,400-
14-06-202521-06-2025AUD $ 2,400-
21-06-202528-06-2025AUD $ 2,400-
28-06-202505-07-2025AUD $ 2,400-
05-07-202512-07-2025AUD $ 2,315-
12-07-202519-07-2025AUD $ 2,315-
26-07-202502-08-2025AUD $ 2,225-
02-08-202509-08-2025AUD $ 2,225-
09-08-202516-08-2025AUD $ 2,315-
16-08-202523-08-2025AUD $ 2,315-
23-08-202530-08-2025AUD $ 2,400-
30-08-202506-09-2025AUD $ 2,400-
13-09-202520-09-2025AUD $ 2,400-
20-09-202527-09-2025AUD $ 2,400-
27-09-202504-10-2025AUD $ 2,315-
04-10-202511-10-2025AUD $ 2,315-
18-10-202525-10-2025AUD $ 2,225-
01-11-202508-11-2025AUD $ 2,225-
22-11-202529-11-2025AUD $ 2,225-
13-12-202520-12-2025AUD $ 2,225-
20-12-202527-12-2025AUD $ 2,225-

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights),Hostel (1 night),Guesthouse (2 nights)

Transport

Train,Public Bus,Private vehicle

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