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15 nights accommodation
15 nights in Hotel
You'll spend your epic adventure in twin-share hotel accommodation for 14 nights and 1 night cosied up on an overnight ferry. Look forward to resting your head on comfy pillows, with facilities you want when you travel.
18 included Meals
4 Dinner, 14 Breakfast
Wake up each day to hearty breakfast each and every day to keep these easy and hassle free. We'll also throw in 4 tasty and delicious dinners to keep hunger pangs at bay, with the rest of the time free for you to follow your nose around this delicious part of the world. Fresh seafood, gelato, pizza, pasta...the list, and options, are endless.
Team
Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides
A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.
Transport
All transport included during the trip
Included in your trip is transport across Europe on our fleet of comfy, state of the art coaches. They're kitted out with all the necessities: USB charge points, WiFi, Air Con and a rocking sound system. You bring the other essentials, like tunes, friendships and stories from the night before.
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Travel with other 18-35 year olds from around the world
Our trips are exclusively 18-35. This means you'll be travelling with people just like you, from all over the world- laughter and friendships always guaranteed.
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11 included, 16 optional that you can add
From locally guided walking tours of the great ancient cities and palaces and seeing a slice of heaven at the blissful Plitvice Lake are just a taste of what's in store on this sun-drenched adventure. Oh and let's not forget about your accommodation, our team, breakfast daily...you can thank us later on.
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Perfect for those wanting big sights, sun-filled days, lip smacking eats and old world charm, this trip around the best of the Adriatic is an all-round bucket-list ticker, and then some, for those with a little more time on the clock. Starting in the sun-drenched city of Split, you'll find out why Croatia is right at the top of any keen travellers bucket list, then with a lot more destinations on offer for the next two weeks, you'll be dropping plenty of 'OMGs' as you fall in love with place after place. 
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DAY 1 - Arrive Split
Split
Oh la la it's the Dalmatian coast and we are going to soak up that sun like the bosses that we are. On arrival, make tracks to your hotel and relax for the day, or take a stroll waterside for some people watching, and no doubt raising a glass of ice cold beer to toast the days ahead...because you can.
DAY 2 - Split to Dubrovnik
Split
Meet your new travel crew this morning and drive down the stunning Dalmatian coast toward Dubrovnik.
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See the fortified city and the Old Port
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Dinner Cruise
EUR 37.00
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Dubrovnik
The drive along the Dalmatian coastline to Dubrovnik is a sightseeing must do all on its own. On arrival in the city you'll be greeted by limestone walls; an Old Town filled with quintessentially Croatian cafes and plenty of clubs; and a mountain meets sea situation will see you falling in love within seconds. After you've been guided around the city by our team, you'll be armed with the knowledge to pick out a waterside rock bar where you can swim and indulge 'til your heart's content. Tonight over dinner with the crew, spirits will no doubt be high and the show's not over yet!
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Petka Hotel (or similar)
DAY 3 - Dubronvik to Tirana via Budva
Dubrovnik
Now that we've done all things Dubrovnik, we'll coast our way to the Albanian city of Tirana. 
Budva
All good journeys are broken up by pit stops in Rivieras with sandy beaches, medieval towns & ancient relgious sites. Crossing into Budva, we'll make a lunch stop in Montenegro.
Tirana
We arrive in the capital city of Albania after some serious mountain landscapes. This city is buzzing with life since the post-communism in the 1990's, boasting buildings painted in bright primary colours, cool cafes, streets and parks that are perfect for exploring. Explore this hidden gem by night, then head to bed knowing that city hangs are a thing of the past with our next stop, two nights in sun-drenched Corfu. 
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Doro City Hotel (or similar)
DAY 4 - Tirana to Corfu
Tirana
Goodbye city, hello beach hangs! It's southbound today into glorious Greece, one of the world's most sought-after holiday destinations and 100% bucketlist worthy. 
Corfu
With two days of sunshine ahead, spirits will be at an all time high. Get excited for the next two days over dinner with the group, no doubt grabbing some refreshments and exploring the island by night! 
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Divani Palace (or similar)
DAY 5 - Corfu
Corfu
The best version of island time? Greek island time. And you'll settle straight into it on the dream scene of Corfu. A heritage listed old town, water sports aplenty & the option to hit the seas again on a cruise or devour an Ionian Dinner with the crew - this is what your first day in Greece will look like. 
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See the Venetian fortress in Corfu's old town
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Captains Cruise of Corfu
EUR 40.00
Ionian Dinner Experience
EUR 35.00
Car Hire
EUR 65.00 - 200.00
Watersports
EUR 15.00 - 40.00
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Divani Palace (or similar)
DAY 6 - Corfu to Overnight Adriatic Ferry
Corfu
Another day, another chance to get salty & eat a smorgasbord of feta, olives and grapevines stuffed with delectable rice and kick back on island time. Before we lose all sense of reality and morph into sea-soaked island dwellers, we're making tracks to Italy for pizza, pasta and piazzas of course! After the sun has set, we'll set sail on our overnight ferry ride to Bari, where your feet will touch Italian soil.
Overnight Adriatic Ferry
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Overnight Adriatic Ferry
DAY 7 - Overnight Adriatic Ferry to Salerno via Bari
Overnight Adriatic Ferry
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Andiamo Amalfi
EUR 60.00
Bari
Good morning Italy, we waste no time this morning and make our way to Salerno.
Salerno
Today could see you tick off another bucket list sight, where you could opt to visit breathtakingly the Amalfi Coast, making sure your camera is fully on charge for colourful houses cascading down the mountainside in sun-bleached hues.
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Ancora Hotel Pontecagano Salerno (or similar)
DAY 8 - Salerno to Rome via Pompeii
Salerno
Rise & shine! This morning we're hitting the cobblestones & headed for Pompeii, where we'll dedicate our time to exploring this archeological wonder.
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See Mt. Vesuvius
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Dinner ‘La Dolce Vita’
EUR 40.50
Pompeii Guided Walking Tour
EUR 24.50
Pompeii
Once a totally vibing hang-out of the ancient Romans, Pompeii is now a living time capsule showcasing the remains of a Roman city and its residents, with walls, mosaics & activities perfectly preserved thanks to the catastrophic eruption of Mt Vesuvius covering the entire town with ash in 79AD. We're being treated to a guided walking tour around these real-life Roman streets. The saying 'stepping back in time' is about to take on a whole new meaning...
Rome
This afternoon we'll be jolted back to modern city life as we pull in to Rome, Italy's bustling capital. Gather your travel family and make the most of your final evening together with a special optional group dinner 'La Dolce Vita'.
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Hotel Marco Aurelio (or similar)
DAY 9 - Rome Full Day
Rome
Sunfilled days, hot summery nights - this is what Rome is all about. Set your eyes upon Rome with heightened love and appreciation for the great country she's nestled in. Get a glimpse of the greats, maybe down some pizza for dinner and stroll the streets in la mode of leisure knowing you have all day tomorrow to see the sites. 
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Hotel Marco Aurelio (or similar)
DAY 10 - Rome Full Day
Rome
With a whole day to explore, there's free time to walk amongst the ancient ruins scattered around the city. Visit the famous Colosseum, home to some of the biggest spectacles of powerful Imperial Rome, with its labyrinthine chambers that once housed wild animals and gladiatorial contestants now open to the public to view. Or take to the cute cobbled streets for your fix of Italian food, with lunch specialities like arancini, caprese salad and of course, fresh pasta.
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Rome of the Emperors and Gladiators including the Colosseum
EUR 30.00
Walking Food Tour
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3-4 Star Standard Hotel
DAY 11 - Rome to Florence
Rome
We leave a little bit of our heart in Rome, but we're not done with Italy just yet, there are two iconic cities to explore before our time in Italy is done. 
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Discover the Secrets of Michelangelo's Florence – see Ponte Vecchio, the Medici Palace & much more on our locally guided walking tour of Florence
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Space Electronic Disco
EUR 16.00
Tuscan Evening
EUR 42.00
Florence
The Duomo Cathedral sits above the city making certain we know we have arrived in Florence. We'll become history buffs on a guided walking tour before we learn the art of leather. Tonight you can choose to begin your Tuscan love affair at an optional dinner - think olives, cured meats, crostini & wine. Later, you could keep it moving back in the city, and experience Florence by night. 
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3-4 Star Standard Hotel
DAY 12 - Florence to Venice
Florence
Florence, you've been heavenly, but today we have the floating city on our horizons and we can't wait. Pizza, piazzas … we can't wait. 
NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice
See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square
See Venice's iconic canals & gondolas
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Gondola ride
EUR 23.00
Traditional Tastes of Venice
EUR 34.00
Venice
The floating city of gondolas, canals and pretty bridges - what a splendid way to continue our Italian love affair. A guided walking tour and a gondola ride are up for grabs, or you can always choose to get lost on your own and see where the maze takes you. 
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Michelangelo Hotel Mestre (or similar)
DAY 13 - Venice to Ljubljana
Venice
Venice we love you, but there's more to see and we're ready. Today brings us another country to tick off our bucket list, and although the name is hard to pronounce, it packs some serious punch! 
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Walking tour of the city
See Ljubljana's castle & old town
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Postojna Caves excursion
EUR 25.80
Slovenian Folklore Evening
EUR 34.00
Ljubljana
Although you might find nods to neighbouring countries within Slovenian culture, a distinct identity has evolved from this melody of influences. After our guided walking tour, explore the bohemian art district of Metelkova Mesto, sit by one of the cities atmospheric watercourses & try all the incredible food on offer.
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Ljubljana Resort (or similar)
DAY 14 - Ljubljana to Plitvice Lakes
Ljubljana
Bye Ljubljana! We have places to go and people to see, namely, Croatia. And on our way to the Dalmation coast, we have a very important stop with scenery that will blow your mind...
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Visit the UNESCO Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice
Cascading turquoise-hued waters and jewel-like pools await us at Plitvice Lakes. Why this place isn't famous world over as one of the prettiest places in Europe, we have no idea, but for now it's like an extra special secret world. Wander the cute wooden bridges with waterfalls either side and stop for plenty of selfies along the route, as you contemplate the beauty and glory of Mother Nature.
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Bellevue Hotel Plitvice (or similar)
DAY 15 - Plitvice to Split
Plitvice
We'll hit the road again for our next stop on the agenda, the harbourside city of Split.
NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
See Diocletian's Palace in Split
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Let's Split Dinner
EUR 45.00
Split
It's time to get nautical here on the coast of Croatia. Spend the afternoon exploring her sun-soaked, seafront glory. We'll start you off right with a visit to Old Town Split and Diocletian's Palace for a taste of ancient history amongst the cobbled streets. It would be downright wrong not to indulge in some local tastes tonight too, so opt for a traditional Croat dinner to fuel up on before the night ahead. Later no doubt feeling festive, you could hit the town to explore the city by night! 
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Hotel Dalmina (or similar)
DAY 16 - Depart Split
Split
The adventure packed with No Regrets moments has come to an end, oh how much we've seen! With social details swapped and phone numbers exchanged we farewell each other, no doubts with plans for a reunion trip already in full swing. Japan Unrivalled, anyone? 
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Josiane Burelle
Traveled Sep 2018
A lot of activities are packed in a very small amount of time. The price was okay but still a bit expensive.
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Danielle Rosenberg
Traveled Sep 2018
you cover a vast amount of places in 2 weeks, all the accommodation was great quality and all breakfasts were good
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Anonymous
Traveled Aug 2018
A little pricey, but generally worth it. I almost wish that the add-ons were just included (making a more expensive initial buy-in)
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Natalia Doherty
Traveled Aug 2018
Customer service was great and quick whenever I had a question. There was only one instance where my friend and I weren't scheduled to be roomed together when I requested this twice over the phone with contiki but our tour manager helped us out with this. So overall it was great.
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Mairen Flanagan
Traveled Jul 2018
The accommodations, experiences and locations were completely worth the money! Some of the Free Time Add Ons were a bit pricey and not as worth it like the food tours, since I could find food and dinners for cheaper prices than the offered ones.
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Henry Smith
Traveled Oct 2017
Was an awesome time but feel like we didn't get as much time in some of the places that i would have liked to but absolutely loved the itinerary
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Amanda Bassanelli
Traveled Sep 2017
I didn't regret buying any Me-time optionals, the price turned out to be really good for what we received as a group. #NOREGRETS
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Anthony Ferri
Traveled Sep 2017
Beautiful scenery and amazing food! Nice mix of different countries that all have something unique to offer. Great blend of history, night life and ME time experiences. We loved Montenegro and the Amalfi Coast but it's hard to choose from all the amazing places! If you're a game of thrones fan you'll love Dubrovnik and even if you're not you'll still love the amazing walled city. Definitely no regrets here!!
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Kevin Gema
Traveled Aug 2017
The tour was the best of both worlds, touristy and full-on vacation in one! I loved the journey, the people, the places and didn't want it to end!
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Anonymous
Traveled Aug 2017
I absolutely loved my experience with Contiki! I picked a pretty fast paced trip, therefore I was slightly worried that I wouldn't feel fulfilled after the trip (potentially missing out on the historical/cultural side of traveling, the social, or something else). Contiki did a fantastic job of allowing for all types of moments each day. We had tours which allowed us to learn about the culture and people in that location, then free time to be social, then exciting "extra activities" that we would not have the chance to do if traveling on our own.
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Anonymous
Traveled Aug 2017
I never knew I could see so many amazing places and experience so much in such a small amount of time!
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Anonymous
Traveled Aug 2017
It was AMAZING!! I would truly recommend this trip to anyone
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Anonymous
Traveled Aug 2017
This tour is excellent!!! The summer months were perfect weather. A good introduction to Italy (Rome, Florence, and Venice). They did the Colosseum on Day 2 and the Vatican tour the morning of Day 3, so it was a mad dash to get to Florence. We barely had any time there. The Venice wine/food tsasting tour could use some work. A good deal on the gondola ride. Grab some pasta to go and a bottle of wine while taking in the many canals. The drive through Slovenia was very pretty. Ljubljana is a hidden gem. The addition of the Slovenian caves was a nice afternoon stop. The Plitvice National Lakes in Croatia were spectacular! Staying by the lakes was a great way to take advantage of the whole park. I didn't feel rushed on the trails. Being in Split during Yacht Week season made for an entertaining time! The optional organic farm dinner in Split should become an included event. The food and local wine/liquor were incredible. Dubrovnik had beautiful views along the walls. The optional kayaking tour along the walls was my favorite! Budva, Montenegro had some greta beaches for a lunch spot. The drive through to Albania was rough. Tirana had some good food options. Spending 3 days in Corfu was a great way to relax after the fast pace of the earlier part of the trip. George's Boat...do it!!! Rent a car to get to the other beaches away from the old town. We got an upgrade to cabins on the overnight ferry from Corfu to Bari, and so glad we did! The Amalfi cruise was beautiful! I wish it had kept going to Positano. You stop at Pompeii on your way back to Rome. The final Rome dinner was a nice way to end the trip. The hotels were decent. Wifi was available at most hotels. Spotty service in some of the rooms. Basic continental breakfast each morning, though some hotels offered hot options. The coach was very comfortable. The middle section of the trip had a lot of driving. The whole trip (Adriatic Unearthed) has 2 other tours (Adriatic Spirit and Adriatic Horizons) that feed into it. Overall the trip was amazing!!! Definitely worth it! The itinerary could use a little tweaking, but Carly and Enzo made it work. Made a whole new Contiki family on this trip and have already met up with some post trip. You won't regret it.
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Chloe Weaver
Traveled Jul 2017
Can't fault the experience. I saw so many countries I would never have thought to visit and was so impressed by all of them.
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Karina Parker
Traveled Jul 2017
The Adriatic Unearthed trip was incredible. I got to see so many places I wouldn't have by myself. The friends I made on the trip are now friends for life. Our tour director, Carly, was amazing. She was fun, friendly and did everything she could to make our trip one of a kind. Before I went on the trip, I was quite hesitant, but now that I've been, I never want to travel with any other company. Contiki really lives up to its motto #noregrets
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Alexandra Morrow
Traveled Jul 2017
This trip was great! We saw a lot of sites in a very short amount of time. You will be constantly on the move with the group. Be prepared for not a long amount of time in some places. For example in Florence we got there at 5 and left at 8 am. If you are really into exploring history and museums this trip isn't really designed for it. Often the group gets to the city after working hours and leaves bright and early
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Danika Carleton
Traveled Jul 2017
Although the trip came with a large price tag, I think it was definitely money well spent and for what we were able to do on the trip it was actually quite affordable.
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Anonymous
Traveled Jul 2017
FREE TIME: Barely spent anytime exploring the listed cities. Often rushed, in split we only had 40 min to see the city after driving ~3 hours then it was off to the optional dinner. If you chose not to have the optional dinner and wanted to stay in the city centre it costed about 250 HRK to get back to the hotel. HOTELS: All of the hotels with the exception of Rome were so far away from the city centre that if you wanted to stay in the location you were at to explore the city at night, you would have to pay a lot of euros to get back to your hotel. INCLUSIONS AND OPTIONALS: All were expensive and very rarely ever worth it, especially the dinners. You were basically paying to go to dinner so you wouldn't miss out on the experience of being with everyone else. The dinners were not worth it. Also don't be excited to smash plates as they advertise for one of the dinners. Only a total of 9 people get to do it in a group of 3 contiki groups with about 50 people per each group. For the captains cruise in corfu, they advertise watersports. They should have also mentioned that the watersports is EXTRA on top of paying for the captains cruise. should you choose not to do watersports due to cost, you're basically swimming in the ocean at 3 different spots. Might as well go to the beach. The only 'included' activities were walking tours. There was a very falsely advertised 'ferry/boat tour' of venice. It was just a boat to take us into venice. Not a tour. I say skip all the inclusions and optionals, make some friends and do your own thing. Not only do you save money, but you get your moneys worth. Because of the location of the hotels chosen, Contiki is essentially funnelling you towards paying for very expensive optional activities. They lack transparency in what is actually included when you pay for an optional and how much more will be extra. BUS WIFI: Falsely advertised. You get 100 MB then have to pay for the wifi. Better to unlock your phone and buy a sim card when you get to europe and not with contiki.
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Katerina Sutic
Traveled Jul 2017
We were the first group to do this tour, so in a way we felt like guinea pigs. The countries on offer looked great, however, this tour was too short to get a good taste of all these countries. We got a good look around Italy, as we stayed the longest in this country. We also had 2 full days in Corfu Greece which allowed us to actually relax and get a good look around. The time allowed in Croatia was OK; we had enough time in Plitvice Lakes but only one evening in Split and 1 day in Dubrovnik. There was hardly any time in Slovenia, Montenegro & Albania which was a shame, as these were the countries I wanted to see the most. OH and the tour says you visit 7 countries including Bosnia but you literally only drive through Bosnia for like 15 minutes. Overall the quality of the hotels was pretty good. Some were on the lower end and some were quite nice. The only issue was that a few of them were out of town, so you had to pay almost 30 Euro to get back to the hotel. It wasn’t so bad as most times we were able to get a group of people heading back to the hotel at the same time, so we were able to split it between 4 people. My main issue was that I did a Contiki tour 12 years ago from London to Athens which included visiting Italy and Corfu Greece. I didn’t expect that 12 years later, I’d still be doing the same optional extras at the same places. In Florence we went to The Red Garter karaoke bar and in Corfu Greece we went on Georges boat – exactly same as 12 years ago! Ofcourse it was a long time ago and the experience would be slightly different with a new tour group but it was so strange telling people that I had done this already 12 years ago. It was exactly the same and I felt déjà vu badly! Understand Contiki has long running relationships with their partners but it would have been nice if they mixed it up abit after all this time. Overall the optional extras were good but the quality of some of the food was quite poor. The dinners are quite expensive and although you get a lot of food, it’s not very tasty. I’d rather pay the same cost to get a 1 or 2 course delicious meal rather than 4 courses of average food. It just seemed mass produced and not authentic. This wasn’t for all of the dinners but most. The dinner in Corfu was probably the worst. It was sold as an authentic Greek experience with Greek dancing and plate smashing etc. The entertainment was OK but the host of the night was American – weird! The venue was also supposed to be a taverna but instead it was a giant hall that had random ‘greek inspired’ things stuck on the wall. The actual bricks on the wall were painted foam! I could actually pull the foam off. My mum is Greek, so this was not authentic at all. A taverna should be a small intimate venue with local greek people, better food and made from real bricks! I was quite disappointed and didn’t participate at all. The Amalfi dinner was also disappointing. On the other hand some dinners were really good. The build your own pizza night was awesome and the final dinner in Rome with the Opera singers was also really good. So overall I guess it was a mix of good and bad. One other issue was that my tour was from Rome-Rome but when the tour got to Split, half the tour left there but a new group of people started. After 7 days, I had only just started to really get to know the original group so it was sad to see people go but it was even harder trying to welcome all the newbies. Ofcourse you want to meet new people but I had done that already, so it was quite exhausting having to introduce yourself and tell your story all over again. I made an effort with a few newbies but didn’t really get a chance to chat to all of them. I think this tour would be much better as a 21 day tour where you spend more time in Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro & Albania. The quality of the food could be abit better if you reduce the number of courses and some of the hotels could be closer to town.
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