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OLD EUROPE TOUR

Spend an unforgettable Christmas with Unitrips, getting to know incredible cities and beautiful landscapes.

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10 COUNTRIES

Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary

23 UNESCO

World Heritage Sites

Don’t know what to do this Christmas holiday? What about crossing Europe from West to East, Madrid to Budapest? You’ll have the chance to get to know the south of Europe and celebrate NYE with us in Prague, before carrying on through Berlin, Krakow and Budapest. Join us now in this fantastic Grand Tour of Europe!

From 16th December to 7th January

1’ Day - Madrid - Barcelona

Enough of lessons! Prepare your luggage and take a coat, because a great winter Eurotrip through the whole Europe is starting. Leave the stress at home and set off to Barcelona, our first destination in this huge winter trip during Christmas holidays. We will depart from Madrid at night so that we can arrive to Barcelona early in the morning and enjoy the beauty and all the corners that have converted this city in the world’s capital of tourism: from Sagrada Familia to Passeig de Gracias, walking down the legendary Ramblas and the gothic quarter with its impressive cathedral.  

Recharge your batteries because Christmas Eurotrip with Unitrippers is starting! Are you ready?

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

Grand Tour of Europe

2’ Day - Barcelona - Lyon

Today we will depart from Barcelona early, leaving Catalunya and Costa Brava behind. We will cross the borders, admiring Pyrenees and we will follow the course until arriving to Lyon.

Bienvenu a la France!

We will cross the region of Perpignan and next to it adorable university city of Montpellier and after crossing the half of southern France, we will take direction to Switzerland, until stoping in Lyon, where we will do a night walk to wake up and take an advantage of being in the third  biggest city of France.

Did you know that…

  • Lyon is the 3rd biggest city of France following Paris and Marseilles.
  • Lyon is the capital of french gastronomy.

3’ Day - Lyon - Interlaken (Switzerland)

Today, with Unitrips, we will enter beautiful Switzerland, a country famous for watch and cheese…but not only! We will go all over it’s lakes and the mountains of Alps, we will cross Geneva, the Leman lake and Bern, the capital of swiss confederation, until arriving to Interlaken, beautiful village situated between Thun and Brienz lakes, at the feet of Alpes. No doubt these landscapes will leave you with your mouth wide open, while admiring breathtaking snowed mountains, lovely houses and imposing lakes.

Did you know that…

  • In Switzerland, people speak four different languages: more than 60% of its population speak german, 20% speak french, less than 10% speak italian and a very reduced percentage speak a language that’s about to disappear: romansh

4’ Day - Interlaken

We will wake up in this beautiful village of Interlaken. Today is the day of winter activities, that this place has to offer. Many tourists choose this village for their vacation because of amazing landscapes, great offer of leisure activities and the quality of establishments. During the free time, you will have a chance to visit and discover this authentic swiss village.

* OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES ARE YET TO BE CONFIRMED

5’ Day - Interlaken - Milan - 5Terre

We will wake up early to get on the bus, leave Switzerland and enter Italy. We will cross Lombardia, the region with the highest density of population, where the capital is Milan, the city of fashion, glamour and football. In the afternoon, we will  arrive to Liguria, a curious coastal region of Italy, full of mountains that end in the sea Ligure.  We will follow until the end of this region to visit it’s most renowned area: 5 Terre.

6’ Day - 5 Terre

If the weather stays with us…today is the sea day! We will wake up to visit national park Cinque Terre, an marvelous and a unique place in the world: Five villages of splendid beauty, World Heritage by UNESCO. You will feel like in a fairytale spending time in these villages with colorful houses, cliffs and small bays. A place, which hasn’t been harmed by pollution. There are hardly any cars and the way to move from one village to another is walking or by a train edging the sea. Once inside the train, you can choose which villages to visit.

*Entrance to the National Park 5 Terre + transport

* In case of adverse climate, we will propose an alternative plan

People not eager to participante in the excursion will spend the day in the town. 

7’ Day - 5 Terre - Pisa - Rome

Leaving Cinque Terre we will turn the engines on to follow the coasts of Tyrrhenian Sea, to arrive to a small university city, Pisa. In this former medieval power of the sea you will have a chance to admire the most famous tower of the world, with the inclination that surprises the whole world since 1000 years ago:  The tower of Pisa.

As all the roads lead to Rome….later, we will take the direction to this city, which isn’t called “The eternal city” by coincidence.

We will arrive to the Italian capital in the afternoon, and as Rome wasn’t built in a day, we neither will be able to visit it in a day.  Sooo rest well, because tomorrow a busy day is waiting for us in this great city with monuments from different historical periods….more than 2000 years!

Did you know that…

  • 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

All you need to know about the Tower of Pisa

8’ Day - Rome

Rome is known as the “Eternal City” and everything has an explication. Time appears to have ceased here hundreds of years back, given the large number of remaining monuments and rests of imposing buildings, which turns strolling through the lanes into 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, an exciting city you will want to come back to. Gastronomy and lively atmosphere are one of those.  We start with the symbol of the city, the most visited landmark in Italy: the Colosseum, which, despite being half torn down, still oozes wonder. Yet, we don’t stop here, as we proceed to Venice Square with impressive Atlar of the Fatherland, the famous Trevi Fountain, we will follow the route until Panthenon, the Novona Square to finish with visiting Spanish Square. Are you ready?

Optional Pack*: Guided tour around Rome +Entrance to Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums  + Colosseum and Roman Forums 

9’ Day - Rome

Rome is without doubt a city that requires the longest time to visit it, keeping in mind the density of monuments it has….Soo take an advantage of mild winter of this antique capital of Europe, because our tour leaders will take you to visit all that you couldn’t visit the day before! Do you prefer to go on your own and buy Christmas presents? In Unitrips we will give you all the freedom, so that no one ends up disappointed.  But don’t return back to hotel late, because today we will have a Christmas Dinner with all your new friends from all around the world!

* optional Christmas dinner

Did you know that…

  • There are stars on the marble pavement of Catedral de San Pedro of Rome, just in the middle of hallway that crosses the central nave. These stars represent the lengths of diverse catholic temples in the world.
  • In Sta. Maria in Cosmedin there is the most renewned drain in the planet: la Bocca Della Veritá. As the legend says, the mouth will bite the one to put his hand in it, saying a lie! 

10’ Day - Rome - Florence

¡It’s Christmas today! What could be a better way of celebrating it, than saying goodbye to Rome and visiting the famous Vatican City? Especially today, when a blessing Urbi et Orbi takes place, and we will receive it from Pope Francis, from the biggest church of the world, San Pedro.

After the purification, we will put the GPS of the bus towards Florence, to explore it the next day. Florence is a city with plenty of nightlife, so you can enjoy its university parties in Santa Croce.

Did you know that…

  • The Vatican is a sovereign country with nothing more than 0,44 km2, and is the smallest country in the world. It only has borders with Italy, which completely surrounds it. It hosts the Basilica of San Pedro, which is the world’s largest church.
  • The Vatican Bank is the only bank in the world that allows users to select Latin as a language on an ATM to carry out its operations

11’ Day - Florence - Venice

We will wake up in Florence to enjoy this cradle of renaissance.

Thanks to Medici family, since the XIII. century, Florence became a artistic world’s model: here poets, writers, painters and sculptors wandered and left their footprints, geniuses like Rafaello, Miguel Angel, Leonardo, Donatello, Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio, Botticelli, Machiavelli, Galileo… ¡and we are naming just few!

The Tuscan cuisine has many typical dishes, so don’t forget to try out the T-bone steak! Or Lampredotto… always accompanied by Chianti vine.

You will have a chance to visit many art pieces of these authors in the museum Uffizi, if you are not eager of visiting a museum, you can walk around the hills of Florence, where from you will always be able to see the legendary dome Brunelleschi, which dominates the view of the city.

After an intense day in the capital of Tuscany, we will leave Florence, setting the GPS of the bus towards “City of Channels”, city that had the honour to be one of the most powerful,  richest and most populated cities during centuries, dominating mediterranean and oriental trade routes: Venice!

Did you know that…

  • Florence was the capital of Italiy between 1865 and 1871.
  • Puente Vecchio was the only bridge that survived the nazis bombings during the II.WW, a case similar to London’s Big Ben.

¿Do you want to know more? More info about Florence that you can’t miss:

Facts about Florence, the home of renaisance

12 ’ Day - Venice

Winter is the best time to visit Venice, the first european city turned into an open air museum which attracts so many tourists that almost don’t fit in. Don’t loose a chance to visit it! Because soon, limits will be set to control the traffic of tourists….Or the water can sank it! Get out your camera and search for the best angle to take best pictures of its bridges, “Vaporettos” and “Góndolas”.  

We will enjoy the art with Byzantine influence that characterizes the San Marco basilica, and also how crystal in Murano is made and we will appreciate colorful houses in  Burano!

In the afternoon, we will give you an option of either continuing in Venice on your own or joining the excursion to islands Murano and Burano. You decide! ;)

* optional ride by Gondola

*optional excursion to Murano and Burano islands

Did you know that…

  • The last constructed bridge in Venice was designed by spanish architect, called Calatrava.
  • A phenomenon called “Acqua Alta” occurs in Venice from time to time. The water level increases considerably during 3 – 4 hours. Depending on the intensity, it can flood, with half metre of water, most of the old town.

13’ Day - Venice - Verona - Innsbruck

Before saying arrivederci to Italy, we will make the last stop in the city of lovers, so take an advantage, this is your opportunity! ;) Verona of Shakespeare, the lovers city is a myth known all around the world, thanks to those places where the eternal story of unfortunate lovers can be revived: Romeo and Juliet. And that’s not all, Verona is World Heritage site by Unesco, where artistic elements of high quality belonging to different historical periods integrate harmoniously.

But let’s get back to mountains, because later on, we will discover another apline zone, famous in all the world because of its traditions: Tirol! You will surely be astonished by lakes with pure water, snowed mountains and green valleys of Heidi :)

In the heart of this paradise, we will enjoy the fresh air and architecture of Innsbruck, capital of the region, where  Swarowsky has its headquarters.

Did you know that…

  • During the II.WW. bombings destroyed all 9 bridges that this city had, many monuments were damaged and also 44% of homes were destroyed
  • Verona was part of Austria until 1866, the year when it incorporates to Italy

14’ Día - Innsbruck - Neuschweinstein - Munich

Another day….Another country, Germany! Driving through snowed mountains we will cross the boarders again, entering to Bavaria. This german region is famous for its traditions, for having headquarters of BMW, for beer and the Walt Disney castle….Ehm sorry, Neuschweinstein castle, also called castle of Crazy King.

We hope to be lucky and see it with the snow around, to take unforgetable pictures.

From there we will follow our route to Munich, the capital of Bavaria, famous for the biggest beerfest in the world: Oktoberfest.

Munich is not only a rich, modern and fun-loving city…it has a lot of history too. Therefore, we will stop to visit its cathedral at Marien Platz, with the famous gothic clock-carillon, which has 43 bells and 32 animated figures that will dance for us at 12 o’clock.

15’ Day - Munich - Prague

After visiting the historical centre of Munich, which was bombed throughout the II.W.W., we will hop on the bus again, to take the direction to our next destination, Prague!

Prague is the capital of Czech Republic and the most important city of Bohemia region.  It’s known for being one of the most beautiful cities of Europe, and for its privileged position in the centre of Europe and good connection with the neighbouring countries, it’s one of the most visited destinations in European continent.  Along the history, this city received many names, such as “Golden City”, “City of Hundred Towers” and “The Heart of Europe”.

Moreover, this city was born as a unification of five antique cities, and waters of river Vltava cross it. Traditionally it has been the political, economical and cultural centre of Czech Republic.

¿Do you know its legends?:

The legend of the city of Prague

16’ Day - Prague

Put the coat on and have a hot drink because golden city awaits us!

Before celebrating crazy New Years Eve we will visit Old Town, the New Town, which also has medieval origins and old Jewish Quarter. You can go from Square of Republic with its Powder Tower and beautiful Municipal House to Wenceslas Square, universally known for being scene of “Spring of Prague”. We will also see the State Theatre, where various Mozart’s opera plays had their premiere.  Later, it’s possible to walk around Clementinum, former association of Jesuits, to arrive to Charles Bridge with its 30 baroque statues. If we will have time…we can cross the old market square “Old Town Square” with its attractive astronomical clock.

We hope you aren’t too tired, because we still have plans….New Years Eve dinner and party with people from all around the world who come to Prague to celebrate it, because of its charm and cheap prices of beer!   

*New Years Eve dinner and party: celebrate the New Years Eve with Unitrips      

Did you know that…

  • The beer in Prague is almost cheaper than water! It’s because beer is part of their culture. ¡Impressive!
  • Prague is not the capital of fashion….You will still see some men wearing sandals with socks….explication? None. Just pay attention when you go!

17’ Day - Prague - Kutna Hora - Prague

HAPPY NEW YEAR! After a legendary party, today we will give an option to get to know another jewel of Czech Republic: Kutna Hora, world heritage site, maybe because of picturesque old town, maybe because of the peculiar chapel made of human bones.

*Optional excursion to Kutna Hora

You prefer to sleep all day? Don’t do it! Prague has much to offer, from the Castle and the Golden Lane, to modern and very particular buildings such as dancing house.

18’ Day - Prague - Dresden - Berlin

Today, we will go even northern and the temperatures will decrease even more! Germany and its capital, Berlín are waiting for us.

But on the way, we will make a stop in Dresden, known as “Florence on river Elbe”. We will have a chance to try “wurst” , german sausage and to value the baroque architecture of this city.

Berlin, after being almost completely destroyed during the II. world war, had to reinvent itself and was able to do so especially after the fall of the wall in ’89 and reunification of East and West side of the city. Since then, because of low cost of life, it attracted urban artists from all around Europe, and therefore we can admire here one of the best graffiti in Europe.  

Did you know that…

  • The origin and meaning of Berlin is “swampy land” given that the terrain over which this city was constructed was kind of swampy.
  • The television tower of Berlin is 368 high, and is the second highest tower in Europe. But that’s not all, it’s possible to lift up to 200 metres,  to the restaurant which turns 360o to makes the whole circle every 30 minute.
  • Even though the only emblematic gate that still remains in the city is Brandenburg Gate, Berlin used to have 18 entrance gates.

19’ Day - Berlín

“Ich bin ein Berliner”, which means “I am a Berliner” is what JFK said in ’63 to show support with people who were separated from their families due to construction of Berlin wall. Today, it’t time for you to repeat the phrase and spend a day as a Berliner.

Optional tour* (with local professional guide)

You will have a chance to choose whether to spend the day with us and a professional local guide who will explain you until the last detail what lays behind buildings of Berlin, among all Reichstag, the Parliament of Germany, next to it the iconic Brandenburg Gate, and famous monument to holocaust, masterpiece of Heisman.

We will continue to the Checkpoint Charlie, running across a good portion of the formerly wall of Berlin, destroyed in ’89, surely the most important political event of Germany in the past 50 years. If there is time, we will get to famous Alexanderplatz, where you will have an opportunity to lift up to symbol of the Berlin skyline, the TV tower, and watch the impressive views.

Did you know that…

– The Berlin wall, which divided the city between 13th of august of 1961 and 9th of november 1989, was 45 km long. This wall separated the occidental part of Berlin from the communist part. Known as “wall of shame” it was 3,6 metres high.

– One tenth of the Berliners are foreigners, especially Turks, Italians, Polish and Russians. Moreover, Berlin has the biggest Turkish community after the Turkey itself, formed by more than 150.000 people. The Kreuzberg district, the most mixed one of the city receives the name of “little Istambul”.

20’ Day - Berlín - Krakow

Today is the day of travelling, crossing snowed plains of central Europe, we will arrive to another country that was scene to many battles and bombings along the II. World War: Poland. Almost all the Polish cities have been totaly destroyed and there are very few with such an intact old town. One of them is Wroclaw, where we will make a stop if everything goes as planned, to feel the atmosphere of this young city, where more than 100 bridges cross the river Oder. From there, we will follow to the south of Poland, where the cultural and touristic capital of Poland lays: Krakow.

Did you know that…

  • From the political and historical point of view, Poland is one of the unluckiest countries of Europe in the last few centuries, for having been invaded by Germany, Russia, Czech Republic and Austria.
  • At the same time, Poland was never invaded neither by Romans, nor by Turks.
  • Poland is the most catholic country of Europe, especially among young people.

21’ Day - Krakow - Auschwitz* - Krakow

Krakow is the cultural expression of Poland, given its history: here you will have a chance to enjoy different zones developed in different eras, and that didn’t suffer relevant harms during the II. world war. The medieval old town is perfectly conserved and it’s possible to walk through it following the royal path that goes from the north to the south of the city, starting at the Barbican, crossing the market square, the biggest in Europe, which is dominated by the Saint Mary’s cathedral, and finishing at the legendary castle Wawel, which overlooks the river Vistula.

In the  XIX century, jewish quarter was developed on the south from the castle, the most active and characteristic quarter of the town. This quarter was converted into a ghetto during the Nazi control and it’s where Schindler lived, a german that saved thousands of jewish lives, lying to german authorities and whose story was reflected in a movie of Steven Spielberg.

Moreover, Krakow has a district with communist architecture, known by urbanists from all around the world, Nowa Huta and very well developed industrial zone.

Close to Krakow, about a one hour driving distance, the only concentration camp that survived the german autodestruction in their attempts to erase the proofs of the existence of these camps.   

Auschwitz is a place of memory and reflexion, where a local guide will speak to us either in english or in spanish about all the absurdities of the Nazi regime and about the physical and moral destruction that jews had to bear.

Optional excursion to Auschwitz*

As an alternative, it’s possible to independently visit salt mines that are on the outskirts of the city.  

Wieliczka salt mines are impressive mines that have up to 300 metres of depth and have been exploited since the XIII. century. You can even find a church inside!

Did you know that…

  • Auschwitz and Krakow have been scene to many movies:  Movies set in Poland
  • The famous scientist Copernicus, the first one to notice that the sun, not the earth was the centre of the solar system, studied in Krakow.   

For more info: The best of Krakow

22’ Day - Krakow - Budapest

Today is the last day and before finishing our christmas adventure, we will turn the engines on in the direction to impressive Tatras mountains, that mark the border between Poland and Slovakia. This drive is especially pleasant to nature lovers. Once in Slovakia, we will stop at the tiny village Oravsky Podzamok, where high up, on the top of a rock one of the most beautiful castles of Europe was raised: Orava Castle (optional entrance).

After the visit and the lunch, we will continue our tour in the direction to Hunagry, to arrive back to our beloved Budapest once again. We hope you still have some spare energy, because goodbye SPARTY is waiting for you!!!

23' Day - Bye Bye Budapest

Every good thing has an end… and after this exciting adventure among capitalos of central Europe, it’s time to say goodbye…we hope you come back to another Euro-Adventure!

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 suggested programme doesn’t include optional/extra activities. You will have opportunity to book some of them in the reservation form, while the others will be proposed by the tour leader along the tour.

We don’t guarantee the availibility of the optional activities, specially if the service is external to Unitrips. In case of the cancellation of the activity, paid amount will be reimbursed.

Meeting Point: Madrid or Barcelona

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You will receive more information by email before the departure.

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:

  • Ryanair
  • Vueling
  • Wizzair

Check prices on the companies’ websites, or with comparison websites like:

If you have any problem regarding flights or schedules, we can give you a hand: read this article or don’t hesitate to contact us!

What’s included?

  • Transport in our comfortable Unibus from Madrid to all the mentioned cities
  • 23 days and 22 nights in the best hostels/ hotels / campings in Europe
  • 1 night in Barcelona
  • 1 night in Lyon
  • 2 nights in Switzerland
  • 2 nights in 5 terre (surroundings)
  • 3 Nights in Rome
  • 1 Night in Florence
  • 2 Nights in Venice
  • 1 night in Innsbruck
  • 1 night in Munich
  • 3 nights in Prague
  • 2 nights in Berlin
  • 2 nights in Krakow
  • 1 night in Budapest
  • 22 breakfasts
  • Multiple beds rooms (or you can specify a single or double/twin 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
  • 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 insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Entrance fees for monuments and attractions
  • Visa fees or other administrative costs
  • Transport within the cities (metro, taxi etc.)

Extras, optionals:

  • Entrance to National Park 5 Terre + transport: 27 €
  • Rome Pack: Guided walk around Rome + Sistine Chapell and Vatican Museums + Colosseum and Roman Forum: 55€
  • Christmas dinner
  • Ride by Gondola
  • Excursion to islands Murano and Burano
  • NYE dinner and party
  • Excursion to Kutna Hora: 15 €
  • Bus tour in Berlin with local professional guide (€20)
  • Guided visit in the concentration camp Auschwitz (€30)
  • More activities – tour leader will inform you along the tour

*Booking*

Unfortunately, there is a problem with our English booking form at the moment. Please use the Spanish version on the right and use this translation to help. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Book your spot for only €100…

…and pay the rest up till 30 days before departure

FAQ regarding tours around Europe:

Do you have any question? We recommend you to read this article to clarify all your doubts :)

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/twin or single room, mark this extra in your booking form.

Language:

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.

Additional Information

Date

16-12-2016

1.350,00  1.145,00 

You will cross half of Europe from Madrid to Budapest, and enjoy NYE in Prague.

23 days from 1.145 €

Begins in Madrid

  • Extras

  • Estas actividades necesitan ser reservadas con mucha antelación. No garantizamos la disponibilidad para reservas en el momento. / These activities need to be booked far in advance. We can't guarantee availability if reserved on the spot.
  • ¿Quieres una habitación más pequeña? ¿Quieres dormir sólo con tu pareja, amigo o sólo? Te ofrecemos una solución! / Want a smaller room? Want to stay with only your partner, friend or alone? We've got a solution!
  • Quieres tener cobertura médica? Elige la duración que prefiera. Para leer las condiciones y los detalles pincha aquí. / Want to have medical cover? Choose the duration you want. To read the conditions and details click here.
  • No estás tan seguro de poder ir? Para leer las condiciones y las causa de renuncia cubiertas, pincha aquí. / Not sure you can go? To read the conditions and causes covered, click here
  • ¿Tienes alguna duda? ¿Hay algo que debemos saber? (E.g. Dieta especial/condición médica) ¡Cuéntanos! / Have any doubts? Is there anything we should know? (E.g. special diet/medical condition) Let us know!

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