Route: Rome Pisa Siena Florence Verona Venice Nice Barcelona Seville Algarve Lisbon Sintra Porto
Duration: 20 nights
Group Size: 5-20 people
Age Range: 18-35
Transport: High speed rail between the cities. Flights to and from the start and finish are not included.
Accommodation: 20 nights in top-rated hostels.
Activities Included: There’s a must-do included activity in every city on the trip. Check out the itinerary below to see the activities in each city.
Sustainability: This trip only creates 124kg of carbon emissions! To fly the same route would cost 1726kg ♻️
Reviews: All independent reviews
Our Southern Europe route is an in-depth tour of some Europe’s most popular sundrenched destinations. Experience authentic European backpacking, travelling with a small group of likeminded people, staying in hostels and travelling on public transport with an experienced guide.
You’ll have between two and three nights in each city, making this the ultimate way to experience lots of famous European landmarks in a short amount of time. With 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 experience all that Southern Europe has to offer.
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!
Tick off some of Europe’s most famous cities with our 3 week Group Tour!
You’ll have two to three nights in each location, with plenty of time to explore historic sights, culture, nightlife and more. There’ll be unmissable activities which are included in your price – but there will also be other optional activities on offer. We’ve also included a few free days throughout your trip, so that you can chill out and do whatever you fancy.
Throughout the trip we’ll hang out as a group at least once in each city for drinks – you’ll be travelling with other likeminded travellers, as well as your dedicated tour leader.
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.
Start off by meeting the rest of your group and your Tour Leader in the late afternoon at your first hostel. If you need an extra night before your tour starts to fit in with your flights then you can add this at check-out.
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.
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
Train to Sienna – 2 hours
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.
Suggestion: Piazza del Campo, Siena Cathedral and walk around the old town
Train to Pisa – 2 hours
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.
Included: Leaning Tower of Pisa visit
Suggestion: Grab some street food at one of the town’s many vendors
Train to Florence – 1.5 hours
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.
Spend time walking the city’s cobbled streets, marvel at the stunning architecture and ponder the artwork the city is so famous for. Your time in Tuscany is not complete without seeing its capital!
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 or have a picnic in the charming Boboli Gardens.
Optional: Duomo di Firenze
Optional: Boboli Gardens & Queue Skip
Optional: Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Pitti & Boboli Gardens
Suggestion: See Michelangelo’s statue of David
Suggestion: Explore countless Renaissance chapels and churches
Suggestion: Check out the Pig Fountain and touch the snout for good luck
Train to Verona – 1.5 hours
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. Then, walk to the House of Juliet to touch the statue of Juliet’s breast (it’s for good luck, we promise) and take pictures from the famous balcony before walking along Castelvecchio.
Suggestion: Visit Piazza Bra, the Arena or Piazza Erbe for a break with an aperitivo
Suggestion: House of Juliet
Train to Venice – 2.5 hours
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. We will 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. Looking for something to do that evening? Stop at Al Timon to try a Spritz al Bitter or regional wines (Aperitivo Time!)
Included: Gondola Ride
Included: Murano, Burano & Torcello Islands
Suggestion: Cross the iconic St Mark’s Square
Suggestion: Get lost in the alleyways and canals of the city
Suggestion: Ride the Vaporetto down the grand canal
Trains to Nice – 8 hours
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!
Included: Scuba Diving
Suggestion: Take a trip to Monaco
Trains to Barcelona – 9 hours
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.
Included: See the Sagrada Familia
Optional: Parc Guell
Optional: Ice Bar
Optional: Tapas Experience
Optional: Tapas Experience
Suggestion: Montjuic Cable Car
Suggestion: See the Picasso Museum in the Gothic Quarter
Suggestion: Crawl the bars around Las Ramblas
Train to Seville – 6 hours
The Andalucian captial and one of Spains moved loved cities, your two nights here are bound to rank among the highlights of your entire trip. Fill those stomachs with a few tapas dishes before wandering around decorated and charming, narrow streets – each offering a different story – and often more tapas options – at every turn.
Take in the rich culture and history on show and make sure you see Real Alcazar, Plaza de España as well as the awe-inspiring catedral – where you and your group will walk the steep, spiral ramp to the top – don’t worry, the views are definitely worth it! Once you’re exhausted from exploring this marvelous city, grab a glass of Tinto de Verano and take in an authetic Flamenco show.
Included: Seville Cathedral & Giralda
Optional: Alcazar Guided Tour
Optional: Flamenco Show
Suggestion: Wander round the beautiful streets of the Jewish Quarter
Suggestion: Take a trip to the unmissable Las Setas de Sevilla and get great views all over the city
Bus to Faro – 4 hours
From the city of Seville to the soft sand and sunsoaked coast of the Algarve. Your arrival into Portugal gives you the choice to spend your two nights here however you please – soak up the rays, explore the old towns, try surfing on those famous west coast rolling waves, or even go dolphin-spotting!
Included: Trip to Ilha Deserta
Optional: Half Day Kayak Hire
Optional: Dolphin Watching & Cave Tour
Train to Lisbon – 4 hours
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!
Included: Trip to Sintra
Optional: 7 Hills Electric Bike Tour
Optional: Sailing Tour – Tagus River
Train to Porto – 3 hours
Take a full-day trip from Lisbon to 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.
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!
Included: Farewell Francesinha Dinner
If you’d like to have some extra time to enjoy Porto, or to fit in with the most convenient flight times, then you can include a night of post-trip accommodation before heading to the airport the following day.