Adriatic Express 2019

Adriatic Express | Topdeck Travel
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Explore the beautiful Adriatic region and the rest of Eastern Europe on this fantastic camping adventure. Visit vibrant, yet under-explored Eastern European cities and enjoy three days sailing in the turquoise waters of the Greek Med, all while making your way from historic Rome to funky Berlin. Camping has never been so exciting!

Destinations
  • Berlin
  • Dubrovnik
  • Italy
  • Greece
  • Albania
  • Montenegro
  • Croatia
  • Hungary
  • Poland
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • Youth
  • Wildlife
  • Arts & culture
  • History
  • Sailing & cruising
  • Nightlife
  • Local experiences
Day 1: Rome, Italy

Meet your Trip Leader and step back to 753 BC in one of the world’s oldest open-air museums. Make like Caesar (the emperor, not the salad) and work up a ‘colossus’ hunger as you pass by the Pantheon, throw your two cents in the Trevi Fountain, sit on the Spanish Steps and visit ancient history’s version of the Hunger Games set at the Colosseum. Tonight, you’re in Disneyland for foodies. Have fun.



Day 2: Rome to Sailing in Greece via overnight ferry

Play connect the dots with the stars or let the swell rock you to sleep as we ferry our way from from bella Italia to Greece. Restaurants, bars, and cosy cabin rooms will keep you comfortable.



Day 3: Sailing in Greece

A short drive along the Greek coastline, then it’s on to our flotilla of yachts for three days of sun, sand and sailing on the Ionian Sea. By night, flaunt those European tan lines as we drop anchor and hop between authentic Greek tavernas for a hat-trick of feasting, table dancing and ouzo. You know the saying ‘too much of a good thing’? Neither do we.



Day 4: Sailing in Greece

A free day to sail, swim, eat, sleep, repeat. Spend the day your way.



Day 5: Sailing in Greece

More turquoise water. More swimming. More diving off boats. More epic Instagram shots. You could probably get used to this.



Day 6: Sailing in Greece to Tirana, Albania

What happens when you paint a former communist capital in vivid colours? According to Tirana's artist-turned-mayor-turned-TED speaker Edi Rama, people start paying taxes and crime rates plummet. True story. We’ll kick things off with a driving tour and a group dinner before we let you loose into the night.



Day 7: Tirana to Dubrovnik, Croatia

Press your nose to the window and soak up all the stunning views that race past the coach window as we head up Montenegro’s coast on our way to the most famous walled city in Europe (stopping at Budva on the way). Later, we’ll take a wander around Dubrovnik's tiny cobblestoned streets and explore a few hidden cafés and shops before grabbing dinner and checking out the glitzy nightlife.



Day 8: Dubrovnik

Yay! A free day in Dubrovnik! Spend some time checking out the residential homes further up in the Old Town for some awesome views, then relish a cold beer on the wall as the sun sets over the Adriatic. Alternatively, take to the turquoise water with a spot of optional sea kayaking around the city walls. This is the good life.



Day 9: Dubrovnik to Plitvice Lakes via Zadar

Today we’ll listen to the ocean play an instrument in Zadar. Yep, you read that right. The Sea Organ is a quirky art installation nested within the city’s eclectic mix of Roman ruins and public art. More cool facts await you on a guided city tour with your brainy Trip Leader. Next up: waterfalls and a slice of bliss at Plitvice Lakes National Park.



Day 10: Plitvice Lakes

Today is brought to you by Mother Nature. Made up of 16 lakes connected by streams and waterfalls and surrounded by 300 square kilometres of national park, Plitvice Lakes didn't make it onto the UNESCO World Heritage list for nothing. Hike up to see the tallest waterfall in Croatia or glide across the crystal blue lakes in a rowboat. Mindfulness just got a whole new meaning.



Day 11: Plitvice Lakes to Budapest, Hungary

Hungary for more? Budapest is up next! A driving tour will get you down and Danube (that being the river) with twin cities Buda and Pest. Check out Hero's Square, Parliament House, the National Palace, Fisherman's Bastion and the swanky Andrássy Avenue. Then it's time to meet the major food groups: goulash, cabbage rolls and dumplings.



Day 12: Budapest

A free day to take on a city with enough baroque, neoclassical and art nouveau architecture to keep you entertained for hours. Tonight, hang with the hipsters and drink local fruit brandy at one of the original ruin bars. Wanna go one step further? An optional dinner cruise on the Danube has your name on it.



Day 13: Budapest to Kraków, Poland

Legend has it a dragon had to be defeated in order for Kraków to be built – bit tougher than the usual council approvals, no? Get acquainted with Poland's beating heart (and the largest medieval town square in Europe) with a walking tour. Buff up on history at Wawel Castle, feed the ducks from the banks of the Wisla and slay a few glasses of mead after dinner. Did someone say optional pub crawl?



Day 14: Kraków

After breakfast it’s your day, your choice. Our recommendations? Well, you could discover Kraków's inner hipster in the Jewish district or shop for amber in the UNESCO-listed Cloth Hall. If all else fails, there’s always pierogi and potato pancakes to keep you busy.



Day 15: Kraków to Prague, Czech Republic

First, a visit to former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau for a lesson in the resilience of humanity. Then, on to Prague. Get Insta-happy and seek out the John Lennon Wall, soak up some Czech history at the National or Communist Museum or get a taste of the quirky local culture at a marionette puppet opera (you gotta see it to believe it).



Day 16: Prague

Another free day for the win. Snap a selfie at Prague's own Eiffel Tower, visit a miniatures museum, eat roast pork from one of the street vendors lining Old Town Square and wash it all down with a beer. As in, a really good beer. Prague, we love you.



Day 17: Prague to Berlin, Germany

Get acquainted with 800 year-old Dresden – a city virtually destroyed in WWII and then rebuilt – and check out the Frauenkirche before we make tracks to Berlin. Prep yourself for currywurst, absinthe and more hipsters per capita than anywhere else. We'll drive you around to see (what's left of) the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building.



Day 18: Berlin

Today, why not step out on an optional Third Reich walking tour for a local insight into what the city was like under Nazi rule during World War II? Kreuzberg is a hit for lunch. Afternoon suggestion? Have a picnic at the historic Tempelhof airport-turned-public park. Tonight: explore the city after dark on an optional alternative street art and nightlife tour.



Day 19: Berlin

Like all good things, this trip comes to an end after breakfast. Auf wiedersehen, pet. Facebook friends anyone?



  • 3 nights sailing in Greece
  • Visit former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • Driving tour of Tirana
  • Local guide in Dubrovnik
  • 7 nights in European campsites in spacious twin-share dome style tents with air mattresses 1 night in a hotel upgrade 4 nights in hostel upgrades 3 nights sailing in Greece 1 night in a cabin on an overnight ferry
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi, including powerpoints for charging electronics.
  • 18 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners

Dates Price Single Availability
14-Sep-2019 for 18 Nights Visit Website

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Accommodation:7 nights in European campsites in spacious twin-share dome style tents with air mattresses 1 night in a hotel upgrade 4 nights in hostel upgrades 3 nights sailing in Greece 1 night in a cabin on an overnight ferry
Meals:18 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
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