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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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

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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 before the ever-popular Colosseum Pub Crawl that evening. 

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
  • Included: Colosseum Pub Crawl
  • Optional: Vatican City Museum Pass

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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

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.

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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

  • Included: All you can eat Aperitivo
  • Optional: Uffizi Museum
  • Optional: Boboli Gardens
  • Optional: Chianti Afternoon Wine Tour

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

  • Included: House of Juliet

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Venice (3 Nights)

On to our final Italian destination of the tour- Venice! Known for its twisting waterways, picturesque sunsets, and unique culture, this is one of our most popular destinations- and it’s easy to see why! 

Spend your first evening here with some free time to walk the Grand Canal. Venice’s main waterway looks spectacular at night, so why not grab some gelato and spend time watching the lights of the many boats that pass.

Your first full day begins with some time to hit any of the sights you didn’t get to the evening before. Why not head to St. Mark’s Square and take a look at the stunning architecture? Or, wander the twisting canals and waterways that the city is built upon. Feeling creative? You can also do an optional Venetian mask decoration course, making the perfect memento of your time in this incredible city.

That evening, you’ll take an included tour of the canals on one of the city’s famous Gondolas. This is a quintessentially Venetian mode of transport and gives a completely different perspective on the city.

That evening, we say goodbye to our Italy Group Tour members with a farewell party and pub crawl at ANDA Hostel before they leave the next morning.

Your final day in the city is completely up to you! Either take the opportunity to chill out and relax, walk out and continue to explore the city or book on to an optional tour of the Venetian Islands, Murano, Burano and Torcello. Lined with colourful houses and green spaces, we’d highly recommend checking them out! Looking for something to do that evening? Stop at Al Timon to try a Spritz al Bitter or regional wines (Aperitivo Time!)

Venice Guides
Highlights

  • Included: Gondola Ride
  • Included: ANDA Pub Crawl
  • Optional: Venetian Mask Decoration Course
  • Optional: Burano, Murano and Torcello

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Nice (2 Nights)

After a 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.

Spend your first night in the city doing one of our optional activities- go on a walking tour of the Nice old town and Castle Hill or head out on a club and bar crawl of one of France’s liveliest destinations. 

The next day is jam-packed with adventure. Start with Scuba Diving in the Mediterranean Sea, getting up close to some of the coast’s stunning sea life before taking a trip into neighboring Monaco for the rest of the afternoon. Whether you’re into motorsport, or just curious to see what it’s like, we love Monaco, and we’re sure you will too. If you don’t fancy the trip, we have two optional activities in Nice to choose from- Hire a kayak and spend a bit more time in the water or join the Nice Segway Tour and explore on 2 wheels! 

Nice Guides
Highlights

  • Included: Scuba Diving
  • Included: Monaco trip
  • Optional: Nice Old Town & Castle Hill Walking Tour
  • Optional: Nice Club & Bar Crawl
  • Optional: Nice Kayaking
  • Optional: Nice Segway Tour

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.

Start your second day with a library of incredible included activities! You and your group will first head into town to visit the incredible Sagrada Familia, renowned architect and artist Salvador Dali’s final unfinished project. Then, you’ll get the chance to learn the story of one of Spain’s most influential creators at the included Gaudi Museum before walking up through the city to see one of the pieces you’ll have just learned of- Parc Guell. Why not follow on from that by taking a stroll amongst the beautiful architecture of the Gothic Quarter, going for a sail on a catamaran or cooling off at the beach-front ice bar.

The next day, ascend to the skies 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!   

Barcelona Guides
Highlights

  • Included: Sagrada Familia
  • Included: Gaudi Museum
  • Included: Parc Guell
  • Optional: Ice Bar
  • Optional: Catamaran Sail
  • Optional: Montjuic Cable Car

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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

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 a pub crawl around the city- be sure to sample some traditional sangria!

The next day, you’ll have some free time to explore either alone or as a group. Visit the incredible Oceanografic de Valencia, which was recently voted the #2 aquarium in the world! Or, take an optional bike tour of the city with a local guide, discovering all of the spots usually missed by Valencia’s tourist crowds. Feeling hungry? We also offer an optional tapas tasting tour of the city- the perfect opportunity to try out some new Spanish cuisines!

Valencia Guides
Highlights
  • Included: Valencia Pub Crawl
  • Optional: Oceanografic de Valencia
  • Optional: Bike Tour
  • Optional: Tapas Tasting
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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

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, take an optional walking tour of the old town, uncovering hidden gems with a local guide or head go to a Zarzuela Show and experience a tradition that goes back hundreds of years.

Madrid Guides
Highlights

  • Included: Toledo Day Trip
  • Optional:  Old Town Walking Tour
  • Optional: Zarzuela Show
  • Optional: Museo Nacional del Prado

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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

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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, visit medieval Sintra, a World Heritage Site and one of the most beautiful places in Portugal. Then, visit Pena Palace and enjoy a tour of mystical Quinta da Regaleira. Finish your day of exploring by taking in Roca Cape, the westernmost point in Europe. 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: Visit Cabo da Roca
  • Optional: Lisbon Bike Tour
  • Optional: Sailing Tour

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.

Looking to squeeze every drop from your tour? We would too! Book on to an optional city train tour, including a river cruise & wine cellar experience, or just 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 farewell drinks and say goodbye before you all depart the next day- for now, at least! 

Porto Guides
Highlights

  • Included: Sightseeing in Sintra
  • 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.
  • A complimentary drink to welcome you to each hostel which has an in-house bar.

Questions & Answers

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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.
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.
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