Southern Europe

The Route
  • Rome
  • Pisa
  • Siena
  • Florence
  • Verona
  • Venice
  • Nice
  • Barcelona
  • Oropesa
  • Valencia
  • Cuenca
  • Madrid
  • Toledo
  • Lisbon
  • Sintra
  • Porto
Duration

20 Nights / 21 Days

Group Size

Between 5-20 people

Accommodation

19 nights in top-rated hostels and 1 night in a 4-bed sleeper (couchette) on a night train

Activities

Unmissable activities included for every city on the route as well as a library of incredible optional extras to choose from.

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Sustainability

This trip only creates 124 kg of carbon emissions! To fly the same route would cost 1726 ♻️

Route Map

Trip Style

Our Southern Europe route is the perfect way to explore four incredible counties’ absolute best destinations. Experience authentic European backpacking, travelling with a small group of likeminded people.

You’ll have between one and three nights in each city, making this the ultimate way to experience all of all four countries. With a blend of major cities and smaller towns, unmissable included activities and an exciting library of optional excursions, as well as plenty of opportunities for self-guided exploring, this is the ultimate way to see the Mediterranean at its best.

Travelling with you throughout, your tour leader will ensure your trip goes smoothly; making sure you arrive in each destination safely. They’ll also co-ordinate essential and optional activities such as walking tours and pub crawls- not to mention making sure you’ve got a cold beer waiting for you upon arrival in each hostel. 

Euroventure take all the stress out of travelling so that you’re free to relax and enjoy your trip!

Itinerary

Colosseum in Rome at night

Rome (2 Nights)

First stop- Rome! Rome is not only one of Italy’s most sought-after destinations, but one of the most important and culturally rich cities the country has to offer.

Meet your tour leader and take some free time to get to know the rest of your group, strolling around the vibrant Trastevere neighborhood and climbing the hills of Gianicolo Park.

The next morning you will visit the world-famous Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine to soak up some culture and explore some of Italy’s most incredible landmarks. Then, why not head to the Vatican City, the world’s smallest country and the home of the Pope? The Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums and more await you inside. The rest of that day is completely up to you! Continue to explore the city’s bars, restaurants, and parks or book onto an optional street food tour with a local guide before leaving the city the next day.

Rome Guides
Highlights

  • Included: Colosseum Roman Forum & Palatine
  • Optional: Pizza Cooking Class
  • Optional: St Peter’s Basilica
  • Optional: Vatican & Sistine Chapel
  • Suggestion: Try real Italian coffee, ice-cream, and pizza
  • Suggestion: Take a long walk through Colosseum, the ruins of the Foro Romano, Via del Corso and the Trevi Fountain
  • Suggestion: Go for a walk in the Trastevere neighbourhood and climb the Gianicolo Park overlooking Rome

Siena

Siena

The next day is jam-packed with things to see and do as you leave Rome and head onwards to Florence. First stop- Siena, an authentic taste of Italian life outside of the major cities, enjoy your free time here in Piazza del Campo, the town’s main square, marvel at Siena Cathedral and walk around the old town.

Siena Guides
Highlights

  • Included: Piazza Del Campo
  • Suggestion: Siena Cathedral
  • Suggestion: Walk around the old town

tourists in front of the leaning Tower of Pisa

Pisa

Next stop, Pisa! Visit the famous leaning tower and get the mandatory tourist snaps of you propping it back up before enjoying some free time to head out and try local delicacies. We recommend eating at one of the city’s many street food vendors.

One final train journey for the day and you’ll arrive at your next stopover destination. Steak lovers- this is one that will really excite you.

Pisa Guides
Highlights

  • Included: Leaning Tower of Pisa visit
  • Suggestion: Grab some street food at one of the town’s many vendors

Florence

Florence (2 Nights)

Ah, Florence. Home to intricate architecture, winding streets and mouth-watering steaks, the capital of the Tuscany region does not disappoint. No matter what your interests, this is a city that will have something for you.

Start your first morning in the city with free time to explore. We recommend strolling Florence Cathedral, Piazza Della Signoria (try to find the Michelangelo face), Ponte Vecchio and the Porcellino Fountain being sure to touch the nose for good luck. Want to kick off your time here with some activities? Book on to optional trips to marvel at the artwork of the Uffizi Museum, have a picnic in the charming Boboli Gardens or sample some of the region’s best on a Chianti afternoon Wine Tour.

Feeling hungry? Florentine steak is some of the world’s best. Find your nearest steakhouse and order some whilst you’re here- trust us, you won’t be disappointed. But don’t fill up too much! That evening the group will go for all-you-can-eat aperitivo to sample delicious Tuscan cuisine before heading to your next destination.

Florence Guides
Highlights

  • Optional: Duomo di Firenze
  • Optional: Boboli Gardens & Queue Skip
  • Optional: Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Pitti & Boboli Gardens: Skip The Line
  • Suggestion: See Michelangelo’s statue of David
  • Suggestion: Explore countless Renaissance chapels and churches
  • Suggestion: Eat any number of flavours of exquisite ice-cream
  • Suggestion: Marvel at Florence Cathedral
  • Suggestion: Try to find Michelangelo’s face at Piazza Della Signoria 
  • Suggestion: Check out the Pig Fountain and touch the snout for good luck 

the romeo and juliet balcony in verona italy

Verona

Your next stop will be Verona, the setting of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Romeo and Juliet.

Arrive in the city mid-morning with a chance to explore Piazza Erbe before Climbing the Lamberti Tower with the rest of your group to enjoy the view. Then, walk to the House of Juliette to touch the statue of Juliet’s breast (it’s for good luck, we promise) taking pictures from the famous balcony before walking along Castelvecchio.

Verona Guides
Highlights

  • Suggestion: House of Juliet

group of people on a gondola in venice

Venice (3 Nights)

One of Europe’s most wanderlust-inspiring destinations, Venice certainly lives up to the expectations! Once your group have arrived in Italy’s most unique city, you’ll be taken on a traditional Gondola tour of the many waterways and canals, so you can take in the city with the gentle swing of the water beneath you. Then, visit the fairytale islands of Burano and Murano, where the canals are lined with vibrant multicolored houses.

Venice Guides
Highlights

  • Included: Gondola Ride
  • Included: Murano, Burano & Torcello Islands
  • Optional: Venice Pub Crawl

the harbour in nice with all of the colourful houses

Nice (2 Nights)

After an early morning train ride via Milan, you’ll arrive in Nice. One of southern France’s most gorgeous destinations, the beaches, food and activities in this city will be sure to blow you away.  

Your first full day is jam-packed with adventure! Start with either Scuba Diving in the Mediterranean Sea, getting up close to some of the coast’s stunning sea life. Prefer to keep your feet on dry land? Take a day trip into stunning Monaco instead. Whether you’re into motorsport, or just curious to see what it’s like, we love Monaco, and we’re sure you will too. 

On your second day, relax on the golden beaches, stroll the promenade or just chill! It’s completely up to you!

Nice Guides
Highlights

  • Included: Scuba Diving or Monaco Day Trip

Barcelona

Barcelona (3 Nights)

The next day, you’ll travel to the next in your lineup of fantastic destinations- Barcelona! You’ll arrive in the city in the late afternoon, so head out and stretch your legs by exploring the city or head to the amazing Los Tarantos Flamenco Show.

The next day, ascend to the skies on an optional trip on the Montjuic Cable Car to get stunning 360 views of Barcelona and the Spanish coastline or catch some rays on city beach- it’s completely up to you! Why not follow on from that by taking a stroll amongst the beautiful architecture of the Gothic Quarter, go for a sail on a catamaran or cool off at the beach-front ice bar.

Start your third day with an incredible included activity! You and your group will head into town to visit the incredible Sagrada Familia, renowned architect and artist Antoni Gaudí’s final unfinished project. Then, you’ll have the chance to learn more about one of Spain’s most influential creators by walking up through the city for an optional visit to Gaudi’s Parc Guell.

Barcelona Guides
Highlights

  • Included: See the Sagrada Familia
  • Optional: Parc Guell
  • Optional: Ice Bar
  • Optional: Tapas Experience
  • Optional: Montjuic Cable Car
  • Suggestion: See the Picasso Museum in the Gothic Quarter
  • Suggestion: Try some delicious local tapas
  • Suggestion: Crawl the bars around Las Ramblas

Oropesa Castillo

Oropesa

Oropesa is a town which will surprise you- one of Spain’s lesser known destinations, this is the perfect chance to sample authentic Spanish life outside of the major cities. Start your time here by digging into traditional paella at El Torico 2, a restaurant known for its delicious seafood. Then, head out to explore! Why not take a stroll down the beachfront before returning to the station for your train to Valencia.

Oropesa Guides
Highlights

  • Included: Paella at El Torico 2

man pushing his bike in a deserted street in Valencia

Valencia (2 Nights)

One of Spain’s most up-and-coming cities, Valencia benefits from incredible nightlife, lush green spaces and delicious food unique to the region. You’ll arrive here in the early evening, so drop your bags and prepare to head out on an optional pub crawl around the city- be sure to sample some traditional sangria or Agua de Valencia.

The next day, you’ll have some free time to explore either alone or as a group. Go up the Miguelete Tower and stroll through the charming old town or visit the incredible Oceanografic de Valencia, which was recently voted the #2 aquarium in the world!

Valencia Guides
Highlights
  • Included: El Miguelete Tower
  • Optional: Mestalla Stadium Tour
  • Optional: L’Oceanografic
  • Optional: Valencia Pub Crawl
  • Optional: Jet Ski
Cuenca Palace

Cuenca

Your next destination is a small stopover in the traditional Spanish town of Cuenca. Visit the city, marvel at the hanging houses and brave the heights of the San Pablo bridge before catching your train to Madrid later that day.

Cuenca Guides
Highlights

  • Included: Sightseeing in Cuenca

Old building in Madrid at sunset

Madrid (2 Nights)

Next stop, Madrid! The Spanish capital plays host to a huge library of things to see and do. From elegant boulevards to expansive manicured parks, this is a city that impresses, with adventure around every corner. After arriving in the city from Cuenca, spend the evening walking around the City Centre and nearby parks.

The following morning begins with free time to explore. Check out the fantastic Museo Nacional del Prado and learn of Spain’s extensive history, or, head to Parque Del Retiro, one of Madrid’s largest parks with incredible fountains and lush green spaces.

Then, why not stop for street food? (be sure to try the croquetas de bacalao). In the evening, you can go to a Zarzuela Show and experience a tradition that goes back hundreds of years.

Madrid Guides
Highlights

  • Included: Flamenco
  • Optional: Opera & Zarzuela Show
  • Optional: Museo Nacional del Prado
  • Optional: Tapas Tour

toledo view of the city from above with water flowing

Toledo

After exploring all Madrid has to offer, you’ll take a day trip to Toledo, an ancient city set on a hill above the plains of Castilla-La Mancha in central Spain. Wander the old town, stopping to marvel at the incredible architecture this city has to offer. From the Santa Iglesia Catedral to the Sinagoga de Santa Maria La Blanca, Toledo is a place that both impresses and inspires.

Return to Madrid later that evening to catch your first night train to the wonderful Lisbon, sleeping in a 4-bed couchette with other members of your group as you prepare to wake up in the Portuguese capital.

Toledo Guides
Highlights

  • Included: Sightseeing in Toledo

Lisbon's iconic 25 de abril bridge at nightfall

Lisbon (2 Nights)

Lisbon has skyrocketed in popularity the past few years- and it’s easy to see why. The Portuguese capital is stunning, with incredible sunsets, bustling shops and incredible nightlife, this is the perfect place to start your time in this amazing country!

Jump off the train and head to the hostel to drop your bags before getting some free time to wander out and explore. Want to get the most from your Lisbon experience? Take a tour of the city’s rolling hills on the optional Lisbon Bike Tour, or, later that evening, take a sailing tour on the Tagus River. End the night by visiting a few of the bars around the vibrant Bairro Alto district.

The next day, travel to the westernmost point in Europe – at the windswept cliffs of Cabo da Roca, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. That evening, wander the harbour and eat at local street food vendors as you prepare for the final stop of the tour- Porto!

Lisbon Guides
Highlights

  • Included: Trip to Sintra
  • Optional: 7 Hills Electric Bike Tour
  • Optional: Sailing Tour – Tagus River

Porto

Porto (1 Night)

Welcome to Porto! Home stately bridges, cobbled streets, hipstery cafes and, of course, port wine! There really is no place better to end your incredible trip through the Mediterranean’s best.

Explore this magical city with some free time. Then, climb the Dos Clerigos Tower for stunning views of Porto’s skyline before listening to traditional fado music at one of the city’s many incredible cafes.

Finally, join the rest of your group for an included farewell dinner with a typical Francesinha, and say goodbye before you all depart the next day- for now, at least!

Porto Guides
Highlights

  • Included: Farewell Francesinha Dinner
  • Optional: Pena Palace

What's Included?

  • All transport tickets from the first to the last city, as shown in the key.
  • Accommodation in top-rated, centrally located hostels or hotels, tested by us.
  • An informed tour guide who is well travelled in the countries along the route.
  • Unmissable included activities.
  • Free time to either explore with the rest of your group or alone.
  • Optional activities suggested by local guides.
  • Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.
  • Peace of mind with alternative travel included if there is a strike or similar disruption.
  • A complimentary drink to welcome you to each hostel which has an in-house bar.

Questions & Answers

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Question:
What makes your Euroventure Group Tours different?
Answer:
Great question! It's all about the travel style. We are a small company run by enthusiastic and experienced travellers - we think this is reflected in our tours. You'll travel in small groups of between 4 and 20, with a Euroventure leader. Your tour leader will be with you throughout, making sure you get on the right trains/busses, get to your hostels safely and making sure everyone's having an awesome time. You'll travel by public transport, either by coach or train, rather than using private transfers. We run all our tours this way - it's better for the environment and a more authentic experience for you. The welcome drinks and included activities in each place bring the group together, but you also have plenty of time to do your own thing too. Different groups have different dynamics, but we often go sightseeing, for dinner and on nights out together.
Question:
What sort of people book on to the Europe Group Tours?
Answer:
People like you who love to travel! From first time travellers to people who have travelled extensively before (including many of our past customers). We have a higher proportion of females than males and more single travellers than couples or groups. But as long as you want to travel and like the social aspect of being with other people then you will fit in just fine! Our staff are an inclusive and friendly bunch of people, and your tour leader will do their best to help the group get to know each other at the start of the tour.
Question:
How do I pay for a group tour?
Answer:
You can book and pay online from the package page with either a £50 deposit per person or in full. We will then send you a booking summary confirming your booking. If you have not paid in full your booking summary will contain a link for you to pay the remainder balance (at least 90 days before departure). Alternatively you can call or email us to secure your place on the trip, and pay over the phone, via online bank transfer or over the counter at your bank.
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