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Trail to Rome

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The one that will have you wandering through history and culture through 12 countries en-route to Rome

Travel Style

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Take your time and explore in-detail each destination on this trip. Find out more

  • Duration

    16 days

  • Countries

    12 Countries

  • Meals

    15 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 45 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Krakow, Budapest, Ljubljana, Venice, Rome, Dover, Calais, Belgium, Dresden, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic, Auschwitz, Banska Bystrica, Lake Bled

Top Experiences

20 included & 17 free time add-ons available to add later

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night

    Included

    Amsterdam

  • See East Side Gallery

    Included

    Berlin

  • See Hradčany Castle and the Cathedral of St. Vitus

    Included

    Prague

  • Enjoy Amsterdam from the water on a canal cruise with an on-board bar

    EUR 30.00

    Amsterdam

  • Historical Walking Tour

    EUR 11.00

    Berlin

  • Enjoy an authentic Czech evening with traditional music, dancing & dinner

    EUR 32.00

    Prague

Trail to Rome

20 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building
  • See East Side Gallery
  • See the site of Checkpoint Charlie
  • See Hradčany Castle and the Cathedral of St. Vitus
  • Visit the richly historical city of Dresden that was decimated in WW2 and then reborn
  • See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House and Frauenkirche
  • See Charles Bridge, Wenceslas Square, Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock
  • See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House
  • Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road
  • Take a moment to reflect on the tragedies of the 20th century at Auschwitz Concentration Camp
  • Sightseeing of the cathedral & Royal Castle on Wawel Hill
  • Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman's Bastion
  • See Ljubljana's castle & old town
  • See the picturesque Lake Bled (Summer Only)
  • 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
  • See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona

17 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Enjoy Amsterdam from the water on a canal cruise with an on-board bar EUR 30.00
  • 1ste Klas Dinner EUR 35.00
  • Historical Walking Tour EUR 11.00
  • Alternative Berlin (Summer Departures Only) EUR 26.00
  • Pivo and Pubs EUR 26.00
  • Explore the cobbled streets of Prague on two wheels with a city bike tour (Summer Departures Only) EUR 23.50
  • Enjoy an authentic Czech evening with traditional music, dancing & dinner EUR 32.00
  • Experience Austria’s cultural heritage with a Mozart & Strauss concert EUR 32.50
  • Pedals and Pierogis EUR 30.00
  • Pivo and Pinball EUR 20.00
  • Take in the beauty of Budapest as you cruise down the Danube River & dine on a feast EUR 43.00
  • Szechenyi Baths and Walking Tour EUR 32.00
  • Head to local bars and enjoy authentic cuisine with the Bitemojo app, Ljubljana EUR 24.00
  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional gondola EUR 23.00
  • Eat cicchetti in local bars and learn about the culinary traditions of Venice EUR 37.00
  • Learn how to make fresh pasta in Rome's most historic district followed by a pasta dinner EUR 50.00
  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum EUR 41.00

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 15 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    13 nights in Hostel, 2 nights in Hotel

    Snooze in a combination of funky hostels and hotels for 15 nights in same-sex quad-share accommodation.

About this trip

With almost 200 countries in the world to tick off your list, time is precious. Smashing 12 in one trip should really get things moving. Eat Trdelnik in Prague, soak in thermal baths in Budapest & party round the clock in Berlin. Cities, culture, history & scenery are on the cards for the Trail to Rome.

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. London

  2. via via

    Dover

  3. via via

    Calais

  4. via via

    Belgium

  5. 2 2 nights

    Amsterdam

  6. 2 2 nights

    Berlin

  7. via via

    Dresden

  8. 2 2 nights

    Prague

  9. via via

    Kutna Hora

  10. 2 2 nights

    Vienna

  11. via via

    Czech Republic

  12. via via

    Auschwitz

  13. 2 2 nights

    Krakow

  14. via via

    Banska Bystrica

  15. 2 2 nights

    Budapest

  16. via via

    Lake Bled

  17. 1 1 night

    Ljubljana

  18. 1 1 night

    Venice

  19. 1 1 night

    Rome

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DAY 1 - London to Amsterdam

London

16-days of heart pounding adventure kick off today. Meet up with your Contiki posse & share notes on London town before hitting the road to Amsterdam.

Dover

Shortly before we find our ferry for France, we'll be taking in the English coastline beauty of the White Cliffs of Dover. They owe their gorgeousness to their composition of chalk - you're learning and we haven't even left the UK!

Calais

Off the ferry we arrive in the port town of Calais - French soil! We travel north via Belgium before reaching ... Amsterdam!

Belgium

Cross off another country off your list as you cruise through Belgium on your way to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam

Tonight, the famed for fun Amsterdam is ours to explore. An undisguised Red Light District & plenty of bars are there for the curious. 

Stay

Via Amsterdam Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night

  • See the White Cliffs of Dover

DAY 2 - Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam is cute as a button & sure to win your heart with its canals, obscure museums & a café culture like no other. This afternoon use your time to get local, bar hop, museum crawl, and see what other tastes take your fancy, this town is famous for pancakes, frites and so much more. 

Stay

Via Amsterdam Hostel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Enjoy Amsterdam from the water on a canal cruise with an on-board bar

    EUR 30.00

  • Feast on a traditional Dutch dinner inside a historic building

    EUR 35.00

DAY 3 - Amsterdam to Berlin

Amsterdam

Out of Amsterdam, onto the autobahn and on the fast-track to uber-cool Berlin. That's on today's agenda. 

Berlin

On the world map of cool party vibes, Berlin has a gold star. We've got two nights to explore every inch of this amazing city, and we'll kick it off with a bit of history into the city and its troubled and interesting past. Once we arrive your Trip Manager can point you in the right direction to go and see the sights.

Stay

Plus Berlin Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building

  • See East Side Gallery

DAY 4 - Berlin

Berlin

Get into the mood of exploration. Berlin has so much to offer the hungry traveller, from the obvious icons like Checkpoint Charlie to all the obscurities tucked away in the side streets. Spend the day lapping up history, scouting the Berlin Wall and dialing up your intellect at sites like the Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building. That way you can let loose a little in the evening without a hint of remorse. 

Stay

Plus Berlin Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the site of Checkpoint Charlie

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Discover Berlin's tumultuous past on a historical walking tour including the site of Hitler's bunker

    EUR 11.00

  • Take an alternative walking tour and uncover a different side to Berlin (Summer Departures Only)

    EUR 26.00

DAY 5 - Berlin to Prague via Dresden

Berlin

"More city hangs" you'll all scream in unison as we motor out of Berlin, high on life & still wanting more. Since you asked so nicely, let us present you with Prague, the darling of Europe. 

Dresden

A drive from Berlin to Prague would not be complete without stopping in Dresden. Destroyed by World War II, the rebuilt town is now a symbol of resilience, soaked in the rebirthed beauty of an Opera house, the domed Frauenkirche, & the Royal Residence.

Prague

On arrival in the compact & lovable city of Prague, we'll get out and go exploring, seeing castles and cathedrals and learning of Bohemia Kings and gothic history.

Stay

Plus Prague Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Hradčany Castle and the Cathedral of St. Vitus

  • Visit the richly historical city of Dresden that was decimated in WW2 and then reborn

  • See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House and Frauenkirche

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Pivo and Pubs

    EUR 26.00

DAY 6 - Prague

Prague

With a full day to loiter, expect an entire photo album of Gothic architecture, market antics & you cheers-ing cheap beer; not to mention life! 

Prague

Tonight, you could see yourself spending the evening indulging in traditional Czech cuisine while admiring the local folklore dancers as the sun goes down on the 'City of a Thousand Spires'.

Stay

Plus Prague Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Charles Bridge, Wenceslas Square, Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Explore the cobbled streets of Prague on two wheels with a city bike tour (Summer Only)

    EUR 23.50

  • Enjoy an authentic Czech evening with traditional music, dancing & dinner

    EUR 32.00

DAY 7 - Prague to Vienna via Kutna Hora

Prague

Today we exchange the Czech Republic for Austria, waving goodbye to pretty Prague knowing that cultured Vienna is coming right up. 

Kutna Hora

Before Vienna we'll be stopping in the Bohemian city of Kutna Hora, remembering that Bohemia is the name of the place and not a nod to the fashion sense of the people that live there. Make the local Sedlec Ossuary chapel a high priority, it's decked out and furnished in the bones of over 40,000 ... humans. Eeep!

Vienna

Austria, we have arrived! And we're ready to get straight into your musical legacy. Put your name next to the optional classical night out in one of the city’s imperial palaces, you will not regret it.

Stay

A&O Vienna Hauptbahnhof (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Experience Austria’s cultural heritage with a Mozart & Strauss concert

    EUR 32.50

DAY 8 - Vienna

Vienna

A whole day lies ahead to uncover the ethereal Austrian capital. Our Trip Manager will uncover the historical heritage of Schönbrunn Palace, the State Opera House and the gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral. And once you've seen all that, you'll have a bit of free time to check out art galleries and local coffee houses, maybe even try a slice of the famous Sacher Torte.

Stay

A&O Vienna Hauptbahnhof (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House

  • Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road

DAY 9 - Vienna to Krakow via Auschwitz

Vienna

Rise up travellers and start practicing your Polish pleasantries, we'll be in Krakow later today so they may come in handy. 

Czech Republic

Auschwitz

Today we will change pace once we cross the border, as we drop to an unfamiliar and sobering level by visiting the concentration camp memorials of Auschwitz & Birkenau. Learning and growing is what we travellers do.

Krakow

Then afterwards its onto the city of Krakow, which is now known for its silver mining heritage and tales of mythical dragons. Relax tonight as we have all day tomorrow to explore. 

Stay

Ibis Budget Hotel Krakow Stare Miasto (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take a moment to reflect on the tragedies of the 20th century at Auschwitz Concentration Camp

DAY 10 - Krakow

Krakow

A Jewish Quarter, a jaw-dropping castle & museums aplenty are just some of the relics found in the relatively untouched Krakow. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed centre should occupy your free time, but conserve some energy for the option to get involved with a Pivo & Pinball evening.

Stay

Ibis Budget Hotel Krakow Stare Miasto (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Sightseeing of the cathedral & Royal Castle on Wawel Hill

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Pedals and Pierogis

    EUR 30.00

  • Pivo and Pinball

    EUR 20.00

DAY 11 - Krakow to Budapest via Banska Bystrica

Krakow

Alpine scenery and traditional villages will make our departure from Krakow more manageable. Particularly with the knowledge that we have Budapest coming up in the eve.

Banska Bystrica

Pastel painted and manicured to perfection, Banska Bystrica is a lunch break that will charm you to no end. Being in Slovakia, it's also your chance to brag 3 countries in one day - you crazy globetrotter you.

Budapest

Welcome to Hungary! Coming in at number 3 on our list of countries ticked off through the day. From the moment we arrive in the river split city, you'll understand why we needed a couple of nights here. Waste no time getting involved with Budapest by joining the optional river cruise and dinner. 

Stay

Wombats Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman's Bastion

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take in the beauty of Budapest as you cruise down the Danube River & dine on a feast

    EUR 43.00

DAY 12 - Budapest

Budapest

The day is yours to tackle Budapest however you see fit. After all the travelling we've done, you've probably earned yourself an afternoon soaking in the cities famous outdoor thermal pools set amongst Art Nouveau architecture. Blissed out in Budapest - there's an insta caption for you. If gardens, fountains, pools and ruins are the call of your day, put St Margaret Island top and centre of your to do list. 

Stay

Wombats Hostel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Szechenyi Baths and Walking Tour

    EUR 32.00

DAY 13 - Budapest to Ljubljana via Lake Bled

Budapest

This morning we say goodbye to the city of Budapest and head south to Slovenia! Though the name Ljubljana might not be as well known as Budapest, that doesn't diminish its delight as a European city. In fact, its undiscovered charm is all part of the fascination...

Lake Bled

WOW is probably the one word we hear in unison as we pull up at this jaw dropping lake. Don't forget to keep your swimmers out today, this is the perfect place for a dip to break up the journey, and grab a few lust-worthy snaps. 

Ljubljana

Aesthetically wonderful and filled with youthful moods, Ljubljana is one to love for its off the tourist trail vibes and casual attitude. Without a list of monuments to tick off, you're free to get cozy in a cafe and lap up the endless local feels.

Stay

Ljubljana Resort (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Ljubljana's castle & old town

  • See the picturesque Lake Bled (Summer Only)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Head to local bars and enjoy authentic cuisine with the Bitemojo app, Ljubljana

    EUR 24.00

DAY 14 - Ljubljana to Venice

Ljubljana

Ever the advocates of a balanced holiday, today we're trading in the obscure unknown for the globally adored hot spot of Venice. Whoop!

Venice

Yes, it's as cute as you imagine. Yes, you'll feel like you're part of an Italian fairytale. Yes, you are actually hanging out in the gondola clad floating city of Venice! A private boat ride, gothic architecture and a web of lanes to explore will keep your day filled quite nicely. 

Stay

A&O Venice Mestre Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • 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

  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional Gondola

    EUR 23.00

  • Eat cicchetti in local bars and learn about the culinary traditions of Venice

    EUR 37.00

DAY 15 - Venice to Rome

Venice

Farewell floating city, but Italy, we're not done with you yet, our next destination the Eternal City is just around the corner.

Rome

The afternoon will really take it up a notch as we uncover Italian icons in the country's capital of Rome as you get a glimpse of it's glory by night. Gelato, pizza and ancient monuments - perfecto!

Stay

The Yellow Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Learn how to make fresh pasta in Rome's most historic district followed by a pasta dinner

    EUR 50.00

DAY 16 - Depart Rome

Rome

Wake up this morning and make the most of your final hours on trip! Then it will be time for the sad goodbyes and the plans for a reunion. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you tick off 12 new countries in 16 days. 

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum

    EUR 41.00

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What documents do I need to travel?

Dependent on where you’re travelling and your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter into certain countries - please check this well in advance of your trip departure date. The majority of our Europe trips travel in countries that are covered by the Schengen Agreement which relates to visas. Citizens of many countries - e.g. Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada - can travel in the Schengen area without a visa. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen area you only need to obtain one visa which will allow you to travel in all Schengen countries. For non-Schengen countries, you may be able to obtain a visa upon arrival, depending on your nationality. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

IMPORTANT
1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged.
2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part or all of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience.
3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent or local consular services before you leave home.
4. Contiki will provide you with visa contacts from our London base at the Royal National Hotel, if necessary.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our European trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) to be stored in the hold & one small day bag to take on board. Your day bag should be a backpack, duffel bag or satchel only (no small luggage cases or suitcases with wheels on board the coach).

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Europe. They know their way around better than google maps & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

Aside from essentials like flights, how much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen European destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot


In all areas of the service industry in Europe, from restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis, it is common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent.
The same goes for your Contiki Team. If you feel that your Trip Manager & Driver’s service has been exceptional, then feel free to tip them if you feel they’ve done a great job. If you choose to tip, we recommend around 2 Euros per day, however whether or not you choose to tip (& how much) is completely up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Yes! Our fleet of modern, sleek coaches are kitted out with WiFi in all places except Greece, as are most hotels & hostels across the continent, so you’ll always be able to effortlessly get online and update everyone back home about your incredible adventure.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From street tours that support local residents, refugees and the vulnerably housed, to dining experiences that support local farmers, our consciouc travel experiences let you see things from a different perspective. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.

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