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Essential Europe: Italy, Croatia & Mediterranean Magic

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 Trip Length
21 Days
 Trip Starts
Munich
 Trip Finishes
Corfu
21 Day Essential Europe: Italy, Croatia & Mediterranean Magic Itinerary (G Adventures)
Accommodation
Hostels
Max. Group Size
24
Pace
Leisurely
Trip Style
Roamies
Trip Code
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Overview

Read reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on G Adventures 21 Day Essential Europe: Italy, Croatia & Mediterranean Magic. Want the total European package in one epic adventure? Then yeah, this 21-day, hostel-based tour from Munich to Corfu will definitely deliver. You’ll get swept up in the magic of the Alps in Innsbruck and at Lake Misurina, before heading to Rome, Florence, and Tuscany for experiences you’ve for sure dreamed about. Next up, Croatia, where you’ll visit unbelievably scenic cities and islands, including Dubrovnik, the real-life...read more King’s Landing. Then it’s time for medieval fortresses, massive lakes, beach-time and the Blue Eye natural spring as you make your way from Montenegro to Albania and then Corfu for one last blast of adventure.

Itinerary

Arrive at any time, find a comfy spot in the hostel to relax or go out to explore before meeting fellow Roamies in the evening. Stay: Wombats Munich Werksviertel

Get this adventure started and road trip from Munich to Innsbruck. Bonus experience of today is a stop in the quaint Bavarian town of Oberammergau. Your CEO will regale you with facts and information on a guided walking tour. Learn about their centuries-long tradition of woodcarving, get lost in a fairytale as you wander amidst elaborately painted buildings. Search for scenes like Hansel and Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood. Furthermore, what’s a proper trip without spoiling yourself? Grab a sweet treat from any one of the local bakeries and savour it on the rest of the drive to Austria. Once in Innsbruck, spend free time becoming familiar with your hostel and surroundings. And remember, the fun doesn’t ever have to stop! Stay: Youth Hostel Innsbruck (B)

Pile onto the bus again and head into the epic scenery of the Dolomites. Think filling your feed with crystal clear mountain lakes and snow-capped peaks. Take a hiatus from the road and stroll around Lake Misurina in the province of Belluno. Known as the “Pearl of Cadore”, you won’t be disappointed with what you find here. The mirror-like reflection of the mountains in the lake makes it seem as if you are walking in a dream. But don’t forget, Venice is the real end goal of today, so try not to get too attached to Belluno, we bet you already did. Tonight, after becoming acquainted with Venice on a quick highlights walk, join your CEO for a nice cold beverage and see where the night takes you. Stay: Anda Venice Hostel (B)

“Oh what a night, what a beautiful night…” This tends to be the song stuck in our heads whenever a visit to Venice is on the table. Can’t you just hear that accordion? The day is yours, no judgments here on what you decide to do. From canals to gondola rides, and inspiring architecture, what’s not to love? The main city is small enough that you can walk it in several hours with the added bonus of getting those steps in. Explore the canals, relax in the small squares, and go cafe-hopping for coffee, pastries, wine, or all three, because why not? See Venice from the water on a gondola ride through the canals, run through the pigeons or people watch in St. Mark’s Square, take an elevator ride up to the top of the Campanile Di San Marco for panoramic views of the city below. Your only real job today is to have a blast! Stay: Anda Venice Hostel (B)

We promise your tastebuds will thank you and rejoice with what’s on the menu for today’s adventure. All aboard the train from Venice to Florence. Being one of Italy’s most sought after food capitals, make sure you stuff your face while here. Eat the city’s signature pasta and venture out of those comfort zones to sample any specialty dishes you may stumble upon. This evening happens to be perfect if you are looking to relax, eat some more (if you can), or recover from those food comas in your hostel before a quick highlight tour of the city. Stay: Hostel Plus Florence (B)

Live your best life on this free day in Florence! Grab some pals, lace up those walking shoes, and let the good times roll. Take in famous works of art hung in the Uffizi and Galleria dell’Accademia. “Oh and ah” at the grand architectural masterpieces of the Duomo and the Palazzo Pitti, and smell the flowers in Boboli Gardens. Looking for more chill vibes? We got you covered. Walk along the Arno and over the Ponte Vecchio before eating your way through the Firenze’s many cafes, ristorantes, and gelato shops. Stay: Hostel Plus Florence (B)

Leave Florence behind and catch the train to Rome. Upon arrival grab your travel tribe and let your appetites run wild on an included food tour; cue those Italian fantasies. Sample pasta, gelato, tiramisu, and much more as you learn about the heart and soul behind Italian cooking. Then with full stomachs get your bearings of Rome on a quick CEO led orientation walk before the night is yours. Did someone say dance party? Stay: Ostello Bello Colloseo (B)

From gardens to museums and gelato to slices of pizza we’re pretty sure you’ll have your hands full (literally) on this free day in Rome. You can visit the mighty Colosseum, home to past gladiator tournaments. Walk up the 135 stairs of the Spanish steps. Meander around the Roman Forum; one of the most important Roman ruins in Italy, and stare up at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel (knowing you could probably never paint something as grand). Whatever you decide, make sure you meet up for tiramisu, limoncello, a glass or two of wine and whatever else you crave along the way. When in Rome right? Stay: Ostello Bello Colloseo (B)

It’s all about those good vibes and finding that connection today. Say “Arrivederci Rome”, as you cruise through the Umbrian countryside stopping in the UNESCO protected town of Assisi—birthplace of Saint Francis. The adventure doesn’t stop here because once we arrive in Ancona you’ll board an overnight ferry to Split, Croatia. Sleeping cabins are included and we bet you’ll have some stories to tell afterwards. We can’t wait to hear them! (B)

Wipe the sleep from those eyes with a quick breakfast onboard the ferry. Then, on your mark, get set, GO explore the second largest city in Croatia! Modern life and ancient history collide here ensuring there’s plenty of experiences to keep you preoccupied. The only challenge? Seeing as much as you can without rushing it. We’ll let you in on a secret. For the best views of the city consider climbing the bell tower of St. Domnius Cathedral, then head out with your super cool CEO on a sightseeing tour to explore Old Town and Diocletian’s Palace. But after all this we wanted to do you a favour, so we’ll give you back your evening to do as you will. Think drinks in the hostel with new friends, or heading out on the town for a night of laughter and dancing. Doesn’t sound like you could go wrong. Stay: Goli Bosi (B)

Take two at exploring Split? Yes, please! Stroll along the Riva Promenade with its palm trees, colourful buildings and striking views of the Adriatic Sea; a great place to get those steps in. Looking for a hike? Consider climbing Marjan Hill where a series of trails crisscross their way to the top. Or... hear us out. You could venture a bit farther to Klis Fortress for panoramic views of the Dalmatian Coast and the “Game of Thrones” filming location for Meereen, just make sure there are no dragons flying about. Stay: Goli Bosi (B)

Wow, your friends and family back home will be totally jealous of you today. Set those devices to island time and hop on a Hydrofoil sailing trip to Korčula. Yes, we said Hydrofoil. Feel inspired by the views of the rugged coastline, feel the wind whip through your hair, and be in the moment. Once you arrive, your CEO will come in clutch with another highlight walk of the area. Meet up and see some cool places like the Old Town walls, the birthplace of Marco Polo, and St. Mark’s Cathedral. Discover the local beer scene in the evening or get classy and sip some wine while eating seafood in one of the many delicious restaurants on the island. Stay: Dragan's Den Hostel (B)

Did someone say Peljesac Peninsula? No? Well anyway, you’ll be seeing this gem on your way from Korčula to Dubrovnik. Wave your goodbyes as your fleet of small boats pulls away from shore and head to a place renowned for the best red wine in Croatia. Wander the wall of Ston, from Ston to Mali. Then live your best life with your travel buds and choose to taste this renowned vino and order a dozen of the best oysters in Europe at a local restaurant. Finish up in Dubrovnik on a group walk through the Old Town. Play eye spy and see if you can spot Dubrovnik Cathedral, Lovrijenac Fort, and a Franciscan Monastery. Afterwards, revel in the timeless atmosphere of this port city. You might never leave and we wouldn’t blame you. Stay: Hostel 365 Dubrovnik

You have a whole day ahead of you to experience Dubrovnik as you please. Admire one of the most gorgeous coastlines in the world, stroll along the city’s walls, hike up to Minčeta Fortress; the highest fort in Dubrovnik only accessible from the city walls. (yes, we know it sounds cool!) Hunt down some Game of Thrones filming locations (there are plenty) and let out your inner Khaleesi! Grab a towel, find a place to swim your heart out, kayak for unique views of the city from the water, and perhaps end your day sipping a beverage and witnessing a gorgeous sunset from a cliff top bar. Sounds like a win in our book. Stay: Hostel 365 Dubrovnik

Pull out those travel journals and cross another country off your bucket-lists today because it’s time to leave Croatia behind and give some love and attention to Montenegro. All of the boxes will be checked today, beautiful sites, quaint villages, and your first glimpse of Kotor Bay, a unique fjord of the Adriatic. You’ll check out the historic village of Perast. Think marvellous buildings, postcard-like churches, and a romantic waterfront that seems to feature in every painting of European sailing towns. Rest of the day you get to hang out with your super cool and fun CEO. They will take you on a highlights walk of UNESCO protected Kotor and show you places like the Old City, St. Tryphon Cathedral, and the famous Clock Tower. Don’t let the fun end here! Make a plan and keep hanging out and see if your CEO can accompany you to a few hole in the wall places that will make your time here truly unique. Stay: Old Town Kotor Hostel

Amazing views and a magical experience are on the menu for today. It all starts as the sun rises over the land on a morning walk to the San Giovanni Fortress. Grab some fun group photos with your CEO as you stand atop the city and revel in the views. The rest of the day belongs to you. Explore, bop around, and experience Kotor as you wish. Even if that means laying low at the hostel with a few friends, we won’t judge, in fact, the best moments often happen when you least expect them. Cat lovers rejoice! Because Kotor has their very own Cat Museum you can visit. Not feeling an afternoon of felines? That’s ok, walk into the impressive interior of St. Nicholas’ Church, hop on a boat and visit Our Lady of the Rocks, or book an excursion to Blue Cave for a bucket-list worthy swim spot. Stay: Old Town Kotor Hostel

Another day, another dollar. Just kidding, it’s free to make awesome memories with your friends and it’s guaranteed that you will as you travel along the Montenegrin coastline towards Tirana, Albania. Make a pit stop to St Stefan, part island, part luxury resort. It’s a great place to get out, stretch those legs and pretend you have just arrived on your private yacht like most guests do. From there you’ll get to visit Dolphin-shaped Lake Skadar on the border of Albania and Montenegro. Explore the area surrounded by steep mountains, island monasteries, and crystal-clear waters by foot. Finish up the day in Tirana with a CEO led highlight walk through the streets featuring Skanderbeg Square and a visit to a former Cold War bunker turned underground art and history museum. (How cool is that?) Stay: Milingona Hostel

We’re not going to lie, today’s adventure is enough to make anyone wish they were on this trip with you. Drive along the coastal route to Saranda with several stunning beaches along the way that offer convenient spots to run right in for a quick swim. Float in the calm turquoise waters of the Adriatic – last one in is a rotten egg! Ok, let’s keep moving. Step inside the fairytale hillside town of Gjirokaster and walk around the cobblestone streets of the Old Town with your CEO. Then continue on to the Blue Eye natural spring, you’ll be mesmerized by the stunning blue pigment (we bet pictures of this place will take over your feed). Arrive in Saranda in the early evening, get settled in your hostel and then enjoy an evening walk along Saranda’s promenade with the group. Stay: Hostel Hasta la Vista (B)

It’s no secret that travelling is exhausting! Build up that energy with breakfast in the hostel then take off on foot for a walking tour of Saranda, known fondly as the “Albanian Riviera”. Reflect and connect with this new place as you stroll leisurely along the Hasan Tahsini Boulevard. Pass beach access points and many cute bars and cafes begging for your attention. Not a bad place to search for some souvenirs to bring home. Strap those sea legs on as you catch the ferry from Saranda to the island of Corfu where once you arrive you’ll have free time to grab a drink, explore Corfu, and laugh it up with your pals at the hostel. Stay: Sunrock Hostel Corfu (B)

Wake up in paradise and know that the choice is yours today and there’s nothing holding you back! Take a taxi and explore the UNESCO-listed town, wander by the laundry swaying in the sea breeze and search for a place to grab lunch and a cocktail or two. Searching for something more exciting and unique? Chill out on an olive oil tasting experience, or learn about bees and honey production in Corfu. Looking for more adventure? Visit an ancient monastery on steep cliffs overlooking the azure waters. Want to just relax? Lay out beachside working on your tan and swimming in the refreshing waters. Turns out you really can’t go wrong on this Greek island. Stay: Sunrock Hostel Corfu (B)

Say goodbye to your Roamies and depart at any time, or keep the adventure going by heading south for some good times and epic views in Greece. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • See the intricate wood carvings in Oberammergau.
  • Hike in the Italian alps one day and then try Italian cuisines in Rome.
  • Wander around Assisi.
  • Take a boat to the island of Korčula along the Dalmatian Coast.
  • Walk along the wall from Ston to Mali en route to Dubrovnik.
  • Take a scenic drive along Kotor Bay with a stoop in Perast.
  • See Skadar Lake and swim at coastal beaches en route to Saranda.
  • Visit the stunningly clear Blue Eye natural spring.
  • Take advantage of a free day in Corfu.
  • Get to know the cities on orientation walks and then have the freedom to explore them with your new friends.

  • Your Welcome Moment: Welcome Meeting - Meet Your CEO and Group
  • See the intricate wood carvings in Oberammergau
  • Hike in the Italian alps
  • Try Italian cuisine in Rome
  • Wander around Assisi
  • Take a boat to the island of Korčula
  • Walk along the wall from Ston to Mali en route to Dubrovnik
  • See Skadar Lake
  • Visit the Blue Eye natural spring
  • Free time in major cities along the way
  • All transportation between destinations
  • 24 hour metro passes in select major cities

  • Hostels (19 Nights), overnight ferry (1 Night)
  • On this trip you can expect to stay in hip and lively hostels in excellent central locations to give you maximum time for exploring the sights. You can expect to find clean, safe, simple accommodation in convenient locations. The group will also spend the night on a ferry when travelling from Ancona to Split.
  • Note that most accommodation in Europe does not have air conditioning units in rooms. Air conditioning is not routinely installed in European homes and workplaces.
  • Accommodation will be primarily in multi-share hostels (typically 6-8 people per room), with a choice of mixed gender and female-only dorms as well as available upgrades to twin-share rooms (same gender).
  • Some rooming exceptions may apply due to the unique nature of the itineraries and of the hostels themselves, which have been specifically chosen to give local flavour to your trip. Please see the full itinerary description and the Rooming Exception section below for specific exceptions to the rooming that may apply to this tour.

  • CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout

  • 15 breakfasts

  • Private vehicle, train, boat, and walking

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
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Essential Europe 0 , QLD, Australia, Sep 2022
Really enjoyed our G Adventures tour. The group was never more than about 20 people so not too bad. The mean age of everyone was probably 25, with some travellers 18 years old and others in their early 30s. A real mix of nationalities too - Ireland, Canada, Germany, USA, Australia. The tour guides were helpful, but not overbearing and were happy for travellers to go off and do their own thing whenever they wanted. I would highly recommend for anyone wanting to do a tour, but who doesn’t want a Contiki/Topdeck vibe.
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