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We traverse the continent from London to Istanbul. Visiting 10 countries, we see Europe’s most iconic cities, where UNESCO sites await us and ancient trade routes once flourished. There is the world’s best beer to be tasted, and we venture in to undiscovered Romania, where we have an appointment with Dracula! Whether you enjoy immersing yourself in history, or prefer to get off the beaten track and go hiking in search of wildlife, there is something for everyone on this epic journey!Please note: The Europe trip will be in a 16 seat air conditioned bus, and not our usual Overland Expedition Vehicle. This transport allows us better€cess to the cities and places we visit. We will be staying in budget hotels and the occasional hostel. Days 1 to 3 Please note: The trip will leave from a designated hotel in London – details will be advised closer to the time of departure. We intend to leave very early in the morning, and we therefore recommend you arrive the night before departure.The Europe trip will be run in a 16 seater air conditioned bus, and not our usual Overland Expedition Vehicle. This transport allows us better€cess to the cities and places we will visit.
Leaving London, we head to Dover and cross the Channel to Calais.
Tyne Cot Cemetery (WW1), Ypres Belgium - the largest Commonwealth War Cemetery in the World.
Brugge - the ‘Venice of the North’ - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Try a locally brewed Trappist beer and wander the canals.
Luxembourg (time allowing) – lunch stop and a look at this interesting city, set on several levels, dropping in to two gorges.
Heidelberg, Germany - Baroque style old town centre and Heidelberg Castle
Regensburg – built on a 13th Century trade route. Medieval Bridge spanning the Danube, crossed by the Crusades.
Lunch in the oldest Wurst Kitchen in Germany (optional).
Days 4 to 6 Prague Czech Republic (2 nights) - walking tour, cobbled streets, hidden courtyards and possibly Europe’s greatest beer!
King Charles Bridge (14th Century), the world famous Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square, Prague Castle and the Jewish Quarter.
Visit Kutna Hora, home to the famous Church of Bones.
3 countries in one day! Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.
Stop off at Esztergom for a stunning view of the Danube river and the mighty Cathedral (time allowing).
Budapest (2 nights). Gothic Parliament Building, Castle Hill, Fishermans Bastion, Heroes’ Square and St Stephan’s Basilica. Or visit a spa and take part in Budapest’s Coffee House Culture.
Sunset Danube Boat Cruise.
Days 7 to 10 Romania - Cluj Napoca,the capital of the Transylvanian historical region.
Sighisoara - beautiful Medieval Town and UNESCO Heritage Site and also the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the character who inspired Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula.
Brasov (2 nights) Built on the intersection of trade routes between the Ottoman Empire and Western Europe.
Dracula’s Castle in Bran.
Zarnesti - Libearty Bear Sanctuary – rescue centre for a great number of Romania’s native bears.
Days 11 to 13 Bucharest – the bustling capital city of Romania.
Bulgaria - Black Sea coast. We visit Nesebar, a UNESCO town situated on a peninsula and steeped in history.
Turkey – expect border delays and mayhem!
Istanbul, the only City situated in both Europe and Asia! Visit the mighty 6th Century Aya Sofya mosque, the Byzantine underground cistern, Topkapi Palace or relax in a Turkish Bathhouse.
Day 14 The tour ends after breakfast. 14 Days - Europe, Egypt & Jordan - Regional Explorers Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website
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