Imperial Trail

Imperial Trail
From £ 3729
Duration 35 Days
From £3729
Duration 35 Days

This may not be the fastest route from Rome to London, but it is quite possibly the most exciting. Just like a Roman emperor taking a tour of his Europe domain you will live it up amongst the very best travelling the east of the continent. Sail the Greek Med; wander medieval ramparts in the Balkans; roam amidst the gothic grandeur of Budapest and Prague; and cycle the wide boulevards of Berlin. And in between all that, treat yourself to all the scenery, culture and cuisine this fascinatingly varied Europe tour has to offer!

Tour Itinerary

Rome, Italy

Oh my, Rome time! Prepare to meet the group today and get excited, you're in one of the greatest cities in the world. If you arrive early, wander the streets and prepare for the next few days of adventure.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Rome

Meals:
-Dinner

Rome to Sailing in Greece via Overnight Ferry

A road trip today: we're off to board our overnight ferry to Greece, the land of gyros and all things amazing. Play connect-the-dots with the stars or let the swell rock you to sleep tonight.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Sailing in Greece

Bring on three great days of sailing on the Ionian Sea. What's not to love? Learn the ropes, navigate through awe-inspiring islands then laze on board like the god or goddess that you are.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Sailing in Greece

Free day in para-para-paradise. Loving it? We hope so! Soak up those rays and make the most of 50 shades of blue. Spin the compass and watch the world go by - remember, you're on sailing time so float on and relax.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Sailing in Greece

Found your sea legs yet? Another day of turquoise water and diving off boats. You could probably get used to this.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Sailing in Greece to Athens

Back on land, stretch your legs and explore the cradle of civilization on a guided tour. Cue jaw drop at the Acropolis and Parthenon then grab some yiros or hit the sack.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Athens

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Athens to Mykonos

Ferry over to Mykonos (aka 'that island with the cute windmills') for two nights of tropical bliss. Expect sun-soaked beaches, sinfully good local restaurants and a bustling nightlife.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Mykonos

The DJ is calling. Go forth and party.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Mykonos

Are you dreaming of another day in paradise? Great, you're in the right place. Soak up as much of this beautiful island as possible.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Mykonos to Santorini

Wave goodbye to Mykonos and try to contain your excitement as we arrive in Santorini - home to the world's best sunset.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Santorini

Get ready for more rom-com-worthy landscapes and views to write home about. After dark, hit the taverns to mingle with the locals.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Santorini to Athens

Whip out your camera and snap one last shot of Santorini's postcard-worthy scenery. We're catching the ferry back to Athens for a final dose of ancient architecture and tragic myths.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Athens

Today is all about YOU! Spend it however you wish. Take the day to get lost and spend your evening searching for Greek grub and live entertainment at a traditional taverna.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Athens to Meteora

Leave your fear of heights in Athens. We're driving to Meteora, perched on the nail biting cliffs of Thessaly (Google it). Visit one of six remaining 14th century monasteries (out of 24) then round up the day with good friends, good food and some Facetiming.

Included today:
-Visit the cliffside monasteries of Meteora (entry not included)

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Meteora 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.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Tirana with a local guide

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Tirana to Dubrovnik, Croatia via Budva, Montenegro

Pit stop in Montenegro en route to Dubrovnik. Lots more stunning scenery gets pushed past the window as we head up the gorgeous coast and make for the most famous walled city in Europe. Wander Dubrovnik's tiny cobblestoned streets and explore hidden cafés and shops before grabbing some dinner and checking out the glitzy nightlife.

Included today:
-Visit Budva
-Walking tour of Dubrovnik with local guide

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Dubrovnik

A free day in Dubrovnik for the win! Later, steal a cold beer on the wall as the sun sets over the Adriatic. This is the good life.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Dubrovnik

Are you a kayaker or a wall sitter? Today, you can do both. Jump on the optional kayaking day trip, or check out the residential homes further up in the old town for awesome views and a local perspective.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Sea kayaking around the Dubrovnik walls
-Game of Thrones tour

Dubrovnik to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Out of Dubrovnik and onwards to Sarajevo for a walking tour and a chance to get to know the A to Z of this town.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Sarajevo

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Sarajevo to Belgrade, Serbia

More of Eastern Europe's unique mix of glasnost and capitalism as we dig into Belgrade, capital of modern-day Serbia as well as the former Yugoslavia. Serbia's religious and political past has cultivated a diverse cultural landscape throughout the city. Today we visit the Srebrenica Memorial to pay our respects and for a sobering reminder of events past.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Belgrade
-Visit to Srebrenica Memorial

Meals:
-Breakfast

Belgrade to Budapest, Hungary

Hello, twin cities: Buda and Pest. Check out Hero's Square, Parliament House, the National Palace, Fisherman's Bastion and swanky Andrássy Ave. After gorging on cabbage rolls and dumplings, roll into bed.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Budapest

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Budapest

Free day = Put down your Rubik's Cube and take on a city with enough baroque, neoclassical and art nouveau architecture to keep you puzzled for hours. Top tip: goulash is a MUST. Hot and dangerous (in a good way) this dish is the definition of 'Hungary'.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Dinner cruise on the Danube

Budapest to Vienna, Austria via Bratislava, Slovakia

Today we move on to Vienna - but first, a pit stop at Bratislava, Slovakia. Later, pick your Baroque from Rococo as we slide into The City of Dreams (kudos, Freud!). The Vienna Orchestra provides the soundtrack while we check out Europe's classiest capital. Wave hello to the President as we go past the Hofburg Palace - and because one palace isn't enough, we also take a peek at the Schonbrunn. Top off your day with a search for schnitzels and apple strudel.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Bratislava
-Driving tour of Vienna

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-A night at the Viennese Chamber Orchestra (dinner optional at an additional expense)

Vienna to Krakow, Poland

On to gothic Kraków to devour all the pierogi. Legend has it a dragon had to be defeated in order for Kraków to be built (with a sulphur-stuffed lamb as bait).

Included today:
-Walking tour of Kraków

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Kraków pub crawl

Krakow

Miraculously untouched by the effects of war, this city boasts some serious Middle Ages swag and a quaint Old Town neighbourhood.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Krakow to Prague, Czech Republic

Learn more about the Holocaust at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Sombre, yes, but an important introduction to the region's history. Next: crack on to Prague. Welcome to a land of cheap beer and fairytale-like architecture.

Included today:
-Guided tour of former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau
-Walking tour of Prague

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Prague

Channel your inner bohemian at the John Lennon memorial 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). Still have time to kill? Snap a selfie at Prague's own Eiffel Tower, visit The Museum of Miniatures or eat roast pork from one of the street vendors lining Old Town Square.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Prague to Berlin, Germany

Rock and roll over to 800 year-old Dresden - a city virtually destroyed in WWII and then rebuilt - and ogle the Frauenkirche before making your beard all the more ironic in 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 before making your food baby sing with a hearty German meal.

Included today:
-Walking tour of the restored city of Dresden
-Driving tour of Berlin

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Berlin

Berlin is yours. Shake off last night with a wander around. Optional: Third Reich walking tour and local insight into what the city was like under Nazi rule during World War II. Hackescher Markt is a hit for lunch. Afternoon suggestion? Have a picnic at the historic Tempelhof airport turned public park #picniconthetarmac. Tonight: hit the hotspots on an optional alternative and nightlife tour.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional Activities:
-Third Reich walking tour
-Alternative Tour & Nightlife Tour of Berlin

Berlin to Copenhagen, Denmark

Home of more Nordic 'cool' than you can poke a hipster's beard at, Copenhagen is sure to impress. If you think you've eaten it all, nuh-uh! Not even close. Uncover the food market gems scattered across the city and satisfy your inner gastronome. Try: the food markets on Paper Island for a luxe 'warehouse vibe' experience.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Copenhagen

Meals:
-Breakfast

Copenhagen

Romantic streak? Check out The Little Mermaid, a tribute to the fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen's pre-Disney masterpieces. Spoiler: his version has the lovestruck mermaid become foam on the sea after she fails to win the prince's affections (even back then, it seems, #thestrugglewasreal).

Meals:
-Breakfast

Copenhagen to Hamburg, Germany

On to Hamburg, aka the 'Gateway to the World'. Boasting more bridges than Venice and Amsterdam combined, plus the first zoo with no enclosures, Hamburg is one of the hippest cities in Europe. And if that weren't enough, Hamburg also boasts 3km of funfair AND Europe's biggest Japanese garden. If you hear "Hummel, Hummel" be sure to reply with "Mors, Mors". Don't ask. Later, check out the nightlife at the Port.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Hamburg to Amsterdam, Netherlands

Welcome to the most liberal city in Europe. Fun times ahead. Get your bearings on a walking tour of the vibrant capital and see the Dam Square, Royal Palace and National Monument. Then: explore all that this notoriously liberal city has to offer. Culture fiends, delve deeper with a visit to the Anne Frank House or the Van Gogh or Rijksmuseum. Still thirsty for more? Check out the Heineken Experience for an interactive visit and tasting at the brewery.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Amsterdam
-Dutch cheese & clogs demonstration

Meals:
-Breakfast

Amsterdam

Did you sneak a peek at the Red Light District last night? Freshen up and make your own way around the city. Grab some Dutch fries and finish on a high at our farewell dinner cruise tonight. Start swapping those phone numbers.

Included today:
-Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional Activities:
-Bike tour of Amsterdam

Amsterdam to London, England

Love and leave Amsterdam this morning as we head back to London, where this trip of a lifetime ends.

Meals:
-Breakfast

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