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Imperial Trail

Imperial Trail
From £ 3549
Duration 35 Days
From £3549
Duration 35 Days

This may not be the fastest route from Rome to London, but it is quite possibly the most exciting! Sail in Greece, wander medieval ramparts in the Balkans, roam the cobblestone streets 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 awesome trip has to offer!

Tour Itinerary

Rome, Italy

Oh my, it’s Rome time! Meet the group today and get excited – you’re in one of the greatest cities in the world. We’ll kick things off with a welcome dinner.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Rome

Meals:
-Dinner

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.

Meals:
-Breakfast

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.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Sailing in Greece

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

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Sailing in Greece

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

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Sailing in Greece to Athens

It doesn’t get feta than this! Orient yourself as you tick off the likes of the Greek Parliament, Syntagma Square and the Acropolis on a driving tour.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Athens

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Athens to Mykonos

Today we hop on a ferry over to Mykonos (aka 'that island with the cute windmills’). Epic beaches, sinfully good local restaurants and a bustling nightlife. What's not to love?

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Mykonos

Free day in para-para-paradise. Loving it? We hope so! Soak up those rays and dive into 50 shades of blue.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Mykonos

You could totally get used to Mykonos’ dreamy backdrop of chalky villages, sky blue churches and laze-worthy beaches. Another free day to spend exactly how you please.

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 and 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 please. Explore during the day, then 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). Later, round off 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

Next stop, Tirana! Your Trip Leader will clue you up on everything you need to know about this former hardline communist state. Add a splash of colour to your Insta story today as you take a wander around.

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

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Tirana to Dubrovnik, Croatia via Budva, Montenegro

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.

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

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

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.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Dubrovnik

Today, we’ve got some optionals that’ll knock your socks off. Choose from sea kayaking around the city walls, or head out to explore ‘King’s Landing’ on a Game of Thrones tour.

Meals:
-Breakfast

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

Dubrovnik to Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Roll out of Dubrovnik and into Sarajevo, a city that's still shaking off its tragic past - but first, there's just enough time for a pit stop in historic Mostar. When we reach Sarajevo, we'll show you the sights on a guided tour and round off the day with some delicious local food. If you fancy, there's also an optional guided tour of the Sarajevo tunnel on the cards.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Sarajevo

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Guided tour of The Sarajevo Tunnel

Sarajevo Belgrade, Serbia

Gritty but charming Belgrade is up next. Honour the victims of the 1995 genocide at the haunting Srebrenica Genocide Memorial, a sobering reminder of the greatest atrocity on European soil since the Second World War.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Belgrade
-Visit the Srebrenica Memorial

Meals:
-Breakfast

Belgrade 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.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Budapest

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

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.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Dinner cruise on the Danube River

Budapest to Vienna, Austria via Bratislava, Slovakia

Prepare your retinas - there's gonna be some amazing scenery playing outside the coach windows today as we make our way to Bratislava for a walking tour. Then: Vienna. Don't forget to wave hello to the President as we go past the Hofburg Palace! Vienna is famous for three things: musicians, grand coffee houses and, of course, apple strudel. Classical music fans, opt in for a night out to hear the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and Strauss at the Viennese Chamber Orchestra.

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

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Tickets to the Viennese Chamber Orchestra
-Tickets to the Viennese Chamber Orchestra (dinner included)

Vienna 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?

Included today:
-Walking tour of Kraków

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Kraków pub crawl

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.

Meals:
-Breakfast

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).

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

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

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.

Meals:
-Breakfast

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.

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

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

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.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Third Reich walking tour
-Street art and nightlife tour

Berlin to Copenhagen, Denmark

On to Copenhagen to find out why this city keeps popping up among the top five most liveable cities in the world. Get your bearings on a guided driving tour and discover why Copenhagen is home to half of the nation's population.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Copenhagen

Meals:
-Breakfast

Copenhagen

Today you have the chance to explore the city in true local fashion: on a bike. Romantic streak? Check out The Little Mermaid, a tribute to the fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen's pre-Disney masterpiece. Spoiler alert: the original 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

With more bridges than Venice and Amsterdam combined, no skyscrapers (read: views for days) and the first zoo with no enclosures, Hamburg is one of the hippest cities in Europe. It's also got 3 km of funfair shenanigans and Europe's biggest Japanese garden. What are you waiting for? Get exploring! Later, check out the nightlife at the Port.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Hamburg to Amsterdam, Netherlands

Start dreaming of cheese, clogs and cheeky café stops as we roll through tulip and windmill dotted fields to Amsterdam. DAM, it's going to be a good day! Learn how cheddar and clogs are made, then get your bearings on a walking tour of the vibrant capital. We’re talking the Dam Square, the Royal Palace and the National Monument, so get your cameras at the ready. For the perfect end to the perfect day, give in to temptation and grab a cone of hot chips with mayo. Mmm.

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

Meals:
-Breakfast

Amsterdam

Join 881,000 bikes and get your cycle on with an optional bike tour of Amsterdam's iconic canals, bridges and parks. 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 and indulge in a spot of beer tasting. What better way to toast the final night of your Europe Inspired adventure than with a dinner cruise on the canal?

Included today:
-Canal dinner cruise

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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