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Spain, Italy, Vatican, Austria, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France.
World Heritage Sites
What about spending an amazing and different summer holiday traveling across Western Europe? Well it’s time to celebrate the end of exams with Unitrips! Don’t think twice, join us on this great trip. We’ll go by a massive ship to Rome, and won’t stop there because this MacroTour will take you to Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris…
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9th to 27th June
Day 0 - *Madrid - *Barcelona
Enough of the books, overlook any stress, and let’s get going towards Barcelona, the first step of our European summer adventure. We’ll leave Madrid on the 8th of June at 00.30 and arrive in Barcelona in the morning. Recharge your batteries, because a great Unitrips journey is waiting focloer you. Are you ready?
Bus*: From Madrid to Barcelona and accommodation in Barcelona = €60
Did you know that…
– The Construction of Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia is endless. The builder stated that “God had all the time on the planet to see it completed”, which means his work will be ongoing for a lifetime and will not have an end date
-Barcelona has a city under its feet; the sewage framework, whose peculiar structure has brought about shootings of movies like Rec or The Machinist
– There are routes in the city that are best explained by the writer Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Day 1 - Barcelona - Cruise Ship
Here is where we really start our adventure, and where the cruise ship sets sail from.
We’ll spend the night on an elegant boat with all the necessary facilities to make the journey enjoyable: a nightclub, games room, restaurants, 24h cafes, pool, gym, health center, casino… so grab a gin and tonic and let yourself be carried by the Mediterranean breeze!
We’ll see you at the Barcelona port at 16.00 to start our big adventure by crossing the Mediterranean.
Day 2 - Civitavecchia - Rome
After spending a night navigating the clear waters of the Mediterranean we will arrive to Civitavecchia, an old Roman port which is very close to Rome. Here, we will get on board our super bus, and as all roads lead to Rome, we’ll follow them to the eternal city!
Rome is known as the “Eternal City” as here, time appears to have ceased hundreds of years back. As a result of the large number of remaining landmarks, strolling through the lanes turns intosysmbol a trip back so the capital’s golden age.
The capital of Italy and previous “caput mundi” awaits us with its vast history. There are a lot of reasons to visit Rome, be captivated by the city, and want to return; the gastronomy and lively vibe to name a few. Before getting settled, walk through the streets and taste the Italian cuisine, and in typical roman style, eat an ie cream…
Did you know that…
– In the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rome there are stars on the marble floor, right amidst a passageway that goes through the focal nave. They represent the length between different Catholic places of worship on the planet
– In Santa Maria in Cosmedin you can find the world’s most famous manhole cover: the Boca Della Verita. According to legend, he who puts his hand in his mouth and tells a lie will get a bite
– Rome has a very romantic park: the Villa Borghese, which, when viewed from the sky, is seen in the shape of the heart
Day 3 - Rome
Where to begin? Rome wasn’t built in a day, and in one day you cannot visit it either! We will start our tour visiting Castle Sant’Angelo, and also the smallest state in the world with the world’s largest church: Vatican City. Here, we will find the church of San Pedro, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, where Renaissance artists, like Michelangelo, left their mark.
Unsatisfied? We still need to visit the Pantheon, to tempt luck throwing a coin in the Trevi Fountain, see Saint John’s Archbasilica, and last but not least, to visit the symbol of the city, the most visited monument in Italy: the Coliseum. Despite being half destroyed it maintains the enchantment of its history.
Optional Pack*: Guided visit of Rome + Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums + Colosseum and Roman Walls = €55
Day 4 - Rome - Florence
We will leave the Eternal City behind and make our way north, passing through the beautiful Tuscany, an area famous for film! The soft nature with its green rolling hills, lined with cypresses and villas, is mixed with centuries of history and relics of the medieval ages. After this charming journey we will arrive in Florence and enjoy the birthplace of the Renaissance.
Thanks to the Medici family, from the 18th century, Florence became a world reference for art: here, the streets were filled with writers, poets, painters, sculptors, and geniuses of the calibur or Rafaello, Michaelangelo, Leonardo, Dontello, Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Botticelli, Machiavelli, Galileo… to name but a few!
Tuscan cuisine has many typical dishes, so don’t forget to try the typical Florentine steak! Or lampredotto… to always be accompanied by a Chianti wine.
Did you know that…
-Florence was the capital of Italy between 1865 and 1871
– The Ponte Vecchio bridge was the main monument in the city that survived the Nazi shelling in World War II, like Big Ben in London’s case
– The Fontana del Porcellino Florence is well known for an old tradition: if you throw a coin into the mouth of the boar statue and the coin lands in the splashing water, you will be brought good fortune
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Day 5 - Florence
“Buongiorno Principessa” said Benigni, an actor from the city of Florence, in the film “Life is Beautiful”.
Today you can visit numerous fine arts by these creators in the historical center of the Uffizi, or if walking round an exhibition hall is not for you, you could walk up the hill where you can simply see the fanciful arch of Brunelleschi which dominates the city.
Are you tired?? Better not be! Florence is a city full of life, and by night you can enjoy its university parties in the Santa Croce area.
More to find out about Florence…
Day 6 - Florence - Pisa - 5 Terre** - La Spezia
Tuscany doesn’t end in Florence. Today, we will get to know the profound Tuscany, as well as other towns with artistic heritage. We’ll make way towards the Tyrrhenian Sea, to the small university city of Pisa. Here we will pass through the ancient sea power of the middle ages to admire the most famous tower in the world with its inclination that has surprised the world for 1000 years: the Tower of Pisa.
And not only this, are you ready to go to the beach? Grab your swimsuit, towel and sunscreen, because after so much art we are going to refresh ourselves in a unique place you won’t find anywhere else in the world: 5 Terre. 5 little towns with colorful houses, which can be found between the green mountains and end in the bluest sea you’ll have ever seen! A place where pollution almost hasn’t made a dent. There are very few cars and the way to travel between towns is either by foot or by a spectacular little train that runs along the seafront.
Entrance to the 5 Terre national park + unlimited travel by train**: €16
Did you know that…
– The most momentous feature in Pisa is its leaning tower Pisa. A huge number of travelers rush every year solely to see the tower and take a typical ‘holding it up’ picture
– It is considered, after the cathedral, as one of the jewels of Romanesque art and the government has requested help several times to prevent its collapse
More to find out about the Tower of Pisa
Day 7 - 5 Terre - Venice
Today we’ll get moving to the beautiful and unique “City of Canals”! But, before anything else, why not relax a little in the crystal waters that the 5 Terre offers? Let’s take a dip and sunbathe a little!
In the afternoon we’ll put the City of Canals in the SatNav, the city that had the honor of being of of the most powerful, rich and populated for centuries, dominating the mediterranean and the commercial routes to the orient: Venice!
Did you know that…
– 5 Terre is made up of five little towns on the Italian coast that run along 10 kilometers of rocky coast, enclosed by two headlands: Punta di Mesco and Punta di Montenero
– They were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.
– The towns are called: Monterroso Al Maree, Vernazza, Manarolas, Riomaggiores and Corniglias.
Day 8 - Venice
Fall in love with this city that could well be an exhibition hall of the extraordinary. Venice is one of the most photographed places in the world. Don’t waste time, grab your camera and find your inner photographer; bridges, Vaporettos and Gondolas are all waiting to be snapped!
Appreciate the Basilica of San Marco, whose Burano glasswork has obvious byzantine influence, as do the multicoloured little houses of Burano!
In the afternoon you will have the choice to continue enjoying Venice by yourself or visit the Islands of Murano and Burano with us. As we explain from the onset, the choices we offer are almost unlimited, it’s up to you what you do!
Did you know that…
– The last bridge built in Venice was designed by a Spanish architect Calatrava
– From time to time in Venice a phenomenon called “Acqua Alta” occurs, which causes a sharp rise in water level in the lagoon of Venice. It usually lasts about 3 to 4 hours and dependent upon the force with which it happens it can reach a surge of up to a meter of water that could cover most of the historical district
– The only way to get around the city is on foot or by water. It is illegal to drive a car or ride a bicycle in this district
– Walking around Venice could give you the feeling that there are numerous channels, whereas there are in fact just two: the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal. The other little waterways that course through the restricted lanes are called rivers
Day 9 - Venice - Verona - Innsbruck
Before saying arrivederci to Italy, we’ll make one last stop in the city of lovers, so make the most of this opportunity 😉 Shakespeare’s Verona, the city of lovers is a myth known throughout the world, thanks to the famous story of two star-crossed lovers: Romeo and Juliet. Not only that, it is a World Heritage Site city where high caliber artistic pieces from various authentic periods are coordinated.
Up next: Tyrol! This sublime landscape will leave you flabbergasted by its pools of pure water, blanketed mountains and green valleys made famous by a certain Heidi!
At the heart of this snowcapped heaven we appreciate both the perfect air and also the engineering in Innsbruck, capital of the district where the renowned Swarowski headquarters is located.
Did you know that…
– During World War II, German bombers destroyed nine of the city’s bridges, as well as many monuments and 44% of the homes
– Tourists visit Juliet’s home in which love letters line the walls. Some trust that meeting at this spot will give them fortunes in affection, while others swear vows of adoration and attach locks to the bars of the windows
– Verona was under Austrian rule until 1866, the year in which it was at last joined with Italy
Day 10 - Innsbruck - Neuschweinstein - Munich
Another day, another country: Germany! Today we will cross the border into Germany to visit the Neuschwanstein castle, also known as Castle of the Mad King. Visiting the castle will plant you right in a Disney fairy tale. From here we will pass through parts of Bavaria to reach Munich, the drinking capital city of Germany, and famous for the Oktoberfest celebration… and Bayern! So recharge your engines and get ready to try the country’s locally brewed beer!
Day 11 - Munich
We’ll wake up in Germany, and today have the whole day to explore Munich. We give you the option of coming with us on the optional activity or alternatively you could stay, relax, and explore Munich at your own pace. We’ll be taking a walk through the city, visiting the most characteristic places, to the stadium where Bayern Munich play, the BMW factory, and the famous Englischer Garten, where locals go every year to surf on the river. (Entrance to each attraction not included).
Munich not only is a rich, modern and lively city… it has a lot of history too. Consequently, we can’t neglect to visit its cathedral and the Marien Platz with its famous gothic clock, whose figures dance day to day.
**Munich Pack: Panoramic stadium bus tour + BMW Factory + Englischer Garten + Guided visit to Munich’s old town = €10
Day 12 - Munich - Frankfurt
We’ll continue in Germany, board our Unibus which will take us towards the River Main, and the financial centre of Germany: Frankfurt. Today, we have quite a long journey ahead of us, so we advise you to get comfortable, relax, and enjoy the views of the rolling hills of southern Germany.
The fifth largest city in Germany, Frankfurt has an important history and economy. Similar to most of German cities, it was left destroyed after the Second World War and has since been reconstructed completely. Today, it’s an important economic and financial hub in Europe, sometimes known as “the financial capital of the European Union”. It is known for its impressive gothic St Bartholomew’s gothic Cathedral, which, throughout its life has become a symbol for national unity in Germany, and also for the botanical gardens and the medieval architecture of the famous “Römer” house.
Did you know that…
– The city is headquarters of one of the largest architectural libraries in the world with more than 130,000 volumes, belonging to the Architectural Institute of Germany
– The city has a longer name than you’d think: the official name of Frankfurt is “Frankfurt am Main”, coming from the river Main that flows through the city
– The frankfurter sausage was born in this city under the name Frankfurter Würstchen around 1860
Day 13 - Frankfurt - Cologne - Amsterdam
Guten Morgen Deutschland! With a lot of energy, we will visit the centre of Cologne, the city famous for its waters and for the most gothic cathedral of all cathedrals! We will start our day looking at the incredible views the city has to offer from the other side of its famous bridge. We can add a lock to the hundreds of others on the bridge, have some lunch, as in the afternoon, the free city of Amsterdam awaits us!
By the afternoon we’ll arrive in Amsterdam, dump our bags, and go straight out to enjoy the famous Red Light District by night. The night is young and life is short, let’s go have fuuun!
Day 14 - Amsterdam
Culture and liberal politics have made Amsterdam a world reference for liberal people, especially those who push for the legalization of soft drugs (marijuana and hashish) and the legalization of prostitution.
But Amsterdam is not just coffee shops and red light district, take a walk through the Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandt museum, the Moco or Rijksmuseum or visit the Anne Frank House, and if you fancy a beer, Heineken is your star choice!
Boat trip on the Amsterdam Canals**: €10
Visit to Anne Frank’s house* (skip the line): €15
Did you know that…
– The facade of numerous houses that populate Amsterdam lean forwards. The explanation for this is that its architects built them feeling that, given their narrowness, the best way to get furniture into the house is through the top story windows. Therefore every house has a hook on its rooftop and furniture can be hoisted to prevent the it from crashing into the facade
– Amsterdam is the most liberal city in the world, so we think. It was the first city in the world to legalize same sex marriage, marijuana and prostitution
– Most men and women are tall in Amsterdam. Men measure an average of 184 cm and women 170 cm
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Day 15 - Amsterdam - Brussels
Don’t get lost in Amsterdam!! Because this morning we’re off to Belgium and specifically its capital: Brussels. You’ll get to know the heart of the European Union here, in all its dynamism and splendour.
We will visit and walk around the city, seeing its most characteristic and touristy places. Art Nouveau, the great creators of the world comic are based here, and it’s here that Tintin, Lucky Luke and the Smurfs were born. Mannekin Pis is the symbol of the city and over two centuries has received over 2 million visitors a year. Here is a country with 10 million inhabitants and 3 different languages: French, Flemish and German are spoken here.
The Atomium and Grand Place are incredible features of the city and if you have a sweet tooth you’ll get lost in the scent of chocolate and waffles in its streets…
If not sweets, you can try the beer… but beware it’s very misleading at 8-9% alcohol content!
Did you know that…
– The famous Manneken Pis statue in Brussels, also known as meón child, is not the original. There have been silent replacements of the statue due to it being damaged and stolen by vandals repeatedly.
– The three typical delights of Brussels are: frites, waffles and beer
– There are many types of beer in Brussels, and the Delirium bar is one of the most picturesque, collecting them all
– There is a wellspring of hot water, cold water and sparkling water in the middle of the city, located at the Gare Central
– Some of its universities follow the Flemish method of education, while others remain French
Day 16 - Brussels - Bruges - Ghent**
Today, you will have two options! The first is to rest and recover from your hangover; while the second option is that you hang out with us and see another two amazing Flemish cities! Also, they’re right next to Brussels, so hop on the Unitrips bus and we’ll take you there. We’ll start the day visiting the beautiful university city of Ghent, and end it asking for a cake in Bruges, the most visited city in Brussels after its capital.
Here you’ll be glad to see these two well preserved medieval towns where the medieval architectural style of Northern Europe has remained intact!
Optional Trip** (Bruges – Ghent): €35
Did you know that…
– During the Middle Ages, Bruges encountered its most prominent financial height which is reflected in its Gothic design. The city started its decay when its port was blocked by sandbars
– Contrary to the popular belief that relates the name of the city to a story about witches, “Brugge” has its roots in the Old Dutch word for “bridge”
– It belongs to the region of Flanders, considered culturally much richer than Wallonia (the southern part of Belgium)
Day 17 - Brussels - Paris
We’ll get back on our friend the Unitrips bus after having had a decent breakfast in Brussels, we’ll make haste towards the “City of Love”. You still have time to declare yourself to that person you like you rascal 😉 We’ll pass through the north of France where the Ch’tis will welcome us (“Bienvenue chez le Ch’tis” was a popular film throughout France) and we’ll enter into the city of Light.
If the traffic allows us, we’ll go directly to visit the Sun King in Versailles* and there will visit its lengthy gardens (optional trip)… and from there do a panoramic tour of the city of Paris.
If you have no energy, you have the option of exploring the things you really want to see in Paris this afternoon.
Optional excursion to Versailles and Paris by night**: €20
Did you know that…
– The Eiffel Tower is 18 cm higher in summer due to the expansion of the iron
– Paris is called the city of light because long ago a mayor of Paris lit every house with a candle to stop robbers during the night
– There is a so-called “Paris syndrome” affecting the Japanese who come to the city and are disappointed when it doesn’t reach their expectations. There is even a 24 hour hotline for those affected
Day 18 - Paris
We’ll wake up in Paris and after having eaten a croissant, we’ll begin our route in Paris, we only need to choose where to start! You don’t have to be in love to enjoy Paris. We’ll visit the most characteristic places in Paris, we’ll walk along the Senne river until we get to the Notre Dame, the most famous gothic cathedral in the world, covered with gargoyles. We’ll make our way towards the Louvre and snap a photo with the famous pyramids and continue onto the Place de la Concorde.
Of course, we’ll finish our tour at the most famous tower in the world, the Eiffel Tower, a massive structure of steel which was a result of a universal exhibition in the nineteenth century and since then has watched the people of Paris from above, covered in trillions of their little locks.
Not had enough yet right?! Well, recharge your batteries because things still wait to be seen in Paris that you can’t miss! What do you think about seeing the Sacre Coeur in Montmatre and making our way down Pig Alley?
Day 19 - Paris
Today will be your free day in Paris, and we’ve left you time to see any places you still have unchecked on the list. If not, we’ll give you some tips on what to do 🙂
Now is the time to go to the Louvre and enjoy its endless exhibitions, or at least wink at the Mona Lisa.
Perhaps if you prefer modern architecture you’ll find your place amongst the futuristic skyscrapers of La Defense.
Do you prefer the exotic and multicultural? There’s a very interesting area called Belleville where the Lord Malaussene used to live!
If you want to see a bit of Italy in Paris don’t hesitate to visit the gardens of Luxembourg, which were owned by Maria dei Medici, and on the way appreciate the Pantheon, the Sorbonne (the top university in France) and stroll through the Latin Quarter and its thousands of pubs.
Make the most of your last day trip… because at night we will take the bus back to Madrid. (Extra bus).
*Those extras marked with (*) in the description need to be selected when you reserve your place for the tour through the reservation form. This is because numbers need to be booked far in advance.
**Those extras marked with (**) in the description are not in the form used to book your place. We will be in touch two weeks before the tour to ask about your interest in these extras and you can pay directly to the tour leader during the trip.
The program could suffer unforeseen changes due to weather conditions, traffic… or the ability of the group to respect meeting times.
The cities where we will sleep are subject to availability, depending on the flexibility of the hotels or hostels. The quality of the establishment will not change.
The tour could be done in the opposite direction, without changing the places visited or the services offered.
Meeting Point: Barcelona
You will receive more information by email once reserved and before the departure.
Want to go from Madrid to Barcelona? We give you the opportunity to go from Madrid, with one extra night’s accommodation in Barcelona to make the most of this great city.
This service will be carried out as a tour extra. Unitrips offers Bus transport + accommodation* in Barcelona for only €60.
- Journey Madrid-Barcelona: 8th June at 00.30
- Accommodation Barcelona: 8th June.
To return from Paris, the best option is:
By Night Bus* with Unitrips. Note only this date is available!
- 27th June: Return Paris-Madrid (Only €48).
It’s pretty easy to travel to Madrid or Barcelona, you can go:
- By bus
- By plane
- By train
If you go by plane you have several flights EVERY DAY with:
- Air Europa
Check prices on the companies’ websites, or with comparison websites like:
- Transport in our comfortable Unibus to all the mentioned destinations
- 19 days and 18 nights in the best hostels, hotels and campings in Europe:
- 1 night on a cruise ship
- 2 nights in Rome in Bungalow resort
- 2 nights in Florence
- 1 night in La Spezia or nearby
- 2 nights in Venice
- 1 night in Innsbruck
- 2 nights in Munich
- 1 night in Frankfurt
- 2 nights in Amsterdam
- 2 nights in Brussels
- 2 nights in Paris
- 17 buffet breakfasts
- Multiple beds rooms – (or you can specify a single or double room)
- All transport costs
- All costs related to parking, transport and tolls
- Group leader during the whole trip
- Assistance throughout the whole trip
- Guided tours in mentioned cities given by tour leaders
- Welcome kit
- Many other surprises!
What’s not included?
- Everything that is not mentioned in “What’s included?”
- Transport to the starting point
- Travel insurance and cancellation
- Transport from Madrid to Barcelona on the 7th June + accommodation in Barcelona, 1 night (€60)
- Extra activity in Rome: Guided visit + Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums + Colosseum and Roman Walls (€50)
- Optional activities
- Entrance fees for monuments and attractions
- Visa fees or other administrative costs
- Transport within the cities (metro, taxi etc.)
Reserve your place for only €100…
…and pay the rest 30 days before departure
Minimum number of participants:
As this is a group trip, a minimum of 40 people are required for the trip to be confirmed.
Hotels and hostels:
The multiple rooms are from 3 to 9 beds, according to the availability of the establishment. If you want a double or single room, mark this extra in your booking form.
The main language on the trip will be Spanish, however all of our tour leaders speak both Spanish and English, and any written information you receive will be in English.