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Mediterranean Horizons for 18 to 39: Rome to Rome

Duration
17 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,977

This combines the esthetic beauty of well known iconic cities like Rome, Florence and Venice with attractions of up and coming destinations offering history, culture and charm. Add to the mix, beautiful coastal landscapes and stays in two resorts, this is a well balanced tour.


This is a FUN experience designed for 18 - 35 year-olds. It is high energy and fast paced. It has a great balance of free time and inclusions. It is fantastic value with many inclusions.

Start your tour in the Eternal City, Rome for a 2 night stay, the Italian capital which boasts an unparalleled concentration of world class art and teems with restaurants, trattorias, pizzerias, cafés, bars, and ice cream parlours. Plunge right in with a tour that will include the Pantheon, Colosseum, the Spanish Steps and the famous Trevi Fountain. The next day is a tour to the Vatican City taking in the Basilica of St. Peter and Michelangelo’s amazing frescoes in the Sistine Chapel With free time afterwards, consider visiting the ancient Forum and the beautiful Piazza Navona.

Depart Rome and travel overland to catch the overnight ferry to Greece. On arrival next morning, continue to the island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea for a 3 night stay. Corfu is home to a UNESCO World Heritage-listed old town, a fortress, a castle and enough beaches to satisfy all sun-worshipper.

Another ferry ride brings you to Tirana, the capital of Albania for an overnight stay. Since its communist days in the early 1990s, Tirana is now unrecognizable, with its buildings painted in primary colours, public squares and pedestrianized streets. A tour will show you the Clock Tower, the oldest edifice in Tirana, the Et’ham Mosque dating back to 1821 and the Pyramid built in 1987 for Enver Hozha designed by his daughter and son-in-law.

The next day, travel through Montenegro along the stunningly beautiful coast to Dubrovnik in Croatia for a 2 night stay. En route, stop at the city of Budva in Montenegro. Apart from its natural beauty, its bay islands and beaches, Budva is rich in historic monuments.

Located in the extreme southern part of the country, Dubrovnik is known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic” and is among the 10 best preserved medieval walled cities in the world with its spectacular churches, monasteries, museums and fountains. On arrival, you will have a tour of Dubrovnik. Some of the many attractions include the 16th Century Sponza Palace which contains the city archives, the 15th Century Rector’s Palace which contains the history department of the Museum of Dubrovnik, Roland’s Column, the Bell Tower, Big Onofrio’s Fountain, St. Saviour’s Church from the Renaissance period, the Franciscan Church and Monastery and Dubrovnik Cathedral with its impressive Treasury. The next day is free to explore Dubrovnik further.

Leave next for Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzogovina for an overnight stay after which, head further north to the resort island of Hvar in Croatia with its 13th-century walls surrounding ornamented Gothic palaces and traffic-free marble streets. You will spend 2 nights here and can take advantage of the excellent beaches.

Travel north again and into Slovenia and to its capital, Ljubljana which has been likened to Salzburg in Austria due to its charming mix of architectural styles found in the city centre. The historic centre, with its baroque style architecture, remains in tact. Enjoy a walking tour which includes Ljubljana Castle and the Old Town. Overnight in Ljubljana.

Next stop is Venice. En route will be an interesting stop at the Postonja Caves with their extensive amazing underground limestone caverns offering an intriguing 5 kilometre/3 mile train ride well into the cave. Venice is one of Italy's most beautiful and romantic cities with small, traffic-free streets mingled with the winding canals, magnificent churches and palaces, lively squares, and interesting shops. It is made up of 118 small islands connected by more than 400 bridges over its 150 canals. The Grand Canal is like a main street cutting through the centre of the city. The best way to get to know Venice is on a walking tour including visits to St. Mark’s Square, the Accademia Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs. A must is of course a vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal. Maybe take in a gondola ride on your own while here. Stay 2 nights.
The final stay is in Florence known for its art collections and its beautiful churches and museums, your home for the next 2 nights. It is famous for its history and was one of the wealthiest cities in its time. En route, stop in Pisa, the home of the famous Leaning Tower. An in-depth tour of Florence the next morning will acquaint you with the River Arno, the Ponte Vecchio and the Cathedral, commonly known as the Duomo.

From Florence, travel back to Rome where your tour ends.


 

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Duration
17 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,977

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Day 1

Rome

Meet your Trip Leader and step back to 753 BC in one of the world's oldest open-air museums on a walking tour and give that bucket list a workout. Make like Caesar (the emperor, not the salad) and work up a colossus hunger as you pass by the Pantheon, throw your two cents in the Trevi Fountain, sit on the Spanish Steps and visit ancient history's version of the Hunger Games set at the Colosseum. Tonight, you're in Disneyland for foodies. Have fun!

Included today: Welcome meeting with Trip Leader, and a walking tour of Rome.

Day 2

Rome

Create the ultimate Roman Holiday in one day with a whirlwind of Vespas, espresso, two-cheek kisses and pizza the way it's supposed to taste. Count your blessings on an optional tour of the Vatican City to see how Michelangelo messed around and created the High Renaissance, then play eye spy with two-and-a-half millennia's worth of history. Shop til you drop on Via Condotti, head to Capitoline Hill for sick views of the Roman Forum and Colosseum or just kick back in Piazza Navona for some dolce far niente.

Optional activities:
Vatican City tour

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Overnight Ferry

Travel today from Rome to Greece on an overnight ferry. Play connect-the-dots with the stars or let the swell rock you to sleep as we ferry from Bella Italia to Greece. You have arrived!

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Sailing in Greece

A short drive along the Greek coastline, then onto our flotilla of yachts for three days of sun, sand and sailing on the Ionian Sea. By night, flaunt those European tan lines as we drop anchor and hop between authentic Greek tavernas for a night of feasting, table dancing and a splash of ouzo. You know the saying, too much of a good thing? Neither do we.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 5

Sailing in Greece

A free day to sail, swim, eat, sleep, repeat.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 6

Sailing in Greece

You've got one more night to get down with island time. Count shades of blue and pinch yourself. Life doesn't get any better than this.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7

Greece to Albania

What happens when you paint a former communist capital in vivid colours? According to Tirana's artist-turned-mayor-turned-TED speaker Edi Rama, people start paying taxes and crime rates plummet. Kick off with a driving tour and a group dinner before we let you loose in the night.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8

Tirana to Dubrovnik

Lots more stunning gets pushed past the window as we head up the gorgeous coast of Montenegro and make for the most famous walled city in Europe. Wander Dubrovnik's tiny cobble stoned streets and explore hidden cafes and shops before grabbing some dinner and checking out the glitzy nightlife.

Included today: Visit to Budva en route, and a tour of Dubrovnik with a local guide

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 9

Dubrovnik

Free day in Dubrovnik. Check out the residential homes further up in the old town for awesome views and a local perspective. Then: a cold beer on the wall as the sun sets over the Adriatic. This is the good life.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 10

Dubrovnik to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

TBA

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 11

Sarajevo to Hvar, Croatia

Silent discos, golden beaches and fifty shades of blue on the horizon as we make landfall on Croatia's most beautiful island. Tonight: dinner and the best sunset ever.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 12

Hvar

Swim, sunbathe and chill out on the beach. Motorboats run to the Pakleni islands every 15 minutes. Then find out why this is Croatia's biggest party.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 13

Hvar to Ljubljana

Giddy up, we're off to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Jump in the Delorean (or the 70m funicular) and shoot back to the Middle Ages on a walking tour through a Slovenian fairy-tale - the Ljubljana Castle and Old Town here have been waiting for you since Celtic times. Tonight, hit up military-barracks-turned-bar-and-gallery-strip, Metelkova Mesto for a tea or vino with a side of live music and underground art installations on acid.

Included today: Walking tour of Ljubljana.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 14

Ljubljana to Venice

A quick stop at Postojna Caves then more Technicolor landscapes as we round the tip of the Adriatic and roll into one of the most romantic cities in Europe. Say ciao to Venice from across the lagoon as we check in to our hotel, have an Eat Pray Love-worthy relationship with an irresistible Italian
(meal) and get pumped for living out your own version of "The Italian Job" tomorrow.

Optional activities:
Postojna Caves
Design your own group t-shirt

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 15

Venice

Over 100 slowly sinking islands won't explore themselves. Get your bearings on this morning's walking tour, then get hopelessly lost. Your GPS won't save you here. Soak up St Mark's Square and watch an intricate lace demo before a quintessential gondola ride on the Grand Canal. Corny smooching not included. This afternoon, snoop the Doges Palace, cross Rialto Bridge and shop for Carnevale masks.

Included today: Walking tour of Venice, a lace demonstration, and a gondola ride.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 16

Venice to Florence

Take "that" shot at the Leaning Tower of Pisa today before trucking on to the Tuscan hills outside Florence to eat, sleep, repeat in the foodie capital of the world.

Included today: Pisa visit en-route.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
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Day 17

Florence to Rome

Hightail it to the Eternal City for a rendezvous with ancient architecture's biggest players. You're on your own from here, but Rome wasn't built in a day so why not spend a few more and get to know this ancient powerhouse a little better?

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2017: Jun 1, 22; Jul 6, 20; Aug 3, 17.

 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 16 nights' as indicated or similar
  • Meals as specified
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
  • English Channel crossings
  • Guided tours of all major cities
  • Trip Leader + Driver
  • Activities as mentioned

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfares and airfare taxes
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional activities
  • Meals and beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Optional gratuities for your guide

OTHER INFORMATION: 

Group Size: Average 35, maximum 48

Optional Activities: On all trips we have arranged extra activities that we think will enhance your travel experience, but you have a choice as to whether or not you will participate. These are not included in the cost of your trip. They are usually organised on a group participation basis and should be taken into consideration when budgeting your spending money. None of the Optional Activities on your trip are operated by the supplier, nor do they form part of the contract for your trip. The supplier arranges the activity as an agent of the local supplier. Should you participate in any Optional Activities your contract will be with the local supplier and their conditions will apply.

Accommodation: Club trips host our most eclectic types of accommodation. While hostels make up the majority of your overnighters you could also stay in hotels or bungalows. The number of people to a room on Club trips will vary. For hostels (remember, the most common) you will have multi-share rooms and share with between 3 and 5 others while in hotels there will be twin or triple-shares (and the odd quad-room). Bungalows can be up to 4 people to a room. Please note: When staying on a Club trip, multi-share accommodation is single-sex and therefore couples should not expect to share a room.

Included Meals: Breakfasts are included every day (except on the first morning). Included meals will be a combination of those prepared by On-Site Chefs, local restaurants and places in which we stay. If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent or Trip Consultant when you book. Please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs, particularly in Eastern Europe. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.

No Tip Necessary: Guides will never expect tips themselves and will not ask for any; that's not what friends do! Tipping can cost a lot. So go ahead, spoil yourself with the money you will save.

Ages: These tours are exclusively designed for passengers 18 to 39 years old.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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