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CREATE YOUURRE OWN ADVENT

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Connecting you to the best travel experiences in Europe. Travel Styles Explained_________________ 6 Online Planning _______________________ 8 Discounts____________________________ 9 Our Crew ____________________________10 Experiences _________________________12 Our Coaches _________________________14 Accommodation ______________________15 Join our Tribe ________________________16 TTC & Treadright_____________________ 20 Terms & Conditions___________________ 122 Your Trip Planner_____________________ 124 USA & Asia _________________________ 130

Sailing vacations and island-hopping trips to suit every style and budget. Croatia Sailing_______________________ 64 Greek Island Hopping_________________ 70 Turkey Sailing _______________________ 74

Guided trips to Europe’s best music and cultural festivals. The award-winning flexible way to backpack Europe. Why Choose Hop-on Hop-off___________ 24 What You Get _______________________ 26 Your Choice ________________________ 28 The Network & Prices _________________ 30 FAQ ________________________________31

Hand-crafted trips around Europe & Morocco run by our expert guides. Italian Adventure_____________________ Iberian Adventures____________________ Ibiza Blast __________________________ Croatian Adventure ___________________ Balkan Adventures ___________________ Greek Odyssey ______________________ Eastern European Adventures___________ Scandi-Baltic Adventures ______________ Turkey Adventures ___________________ Morocco Adventures__________________

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We believe in authentic storytelling and keeping it real. In this brochure we only use pictures taken by our travellers. What you see is what you get.

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Guided trips through Europe’s winter wonderland. Winter Adventures____________________ 88 Ski Adventures_______________________ 92 Christmas & New Year Trips_____________ 94

3-10 day trips of Scotland with the best local guides. About Us___________________________ 96 Passion Projects______________________ 101 3-10 Day Tours_______________________ 102 Christmas & Hogmanay________________ 109

In-depth local travel experiences expertly curated by our guides.

Keep an eye out for the Instagram icon and handle to go stalk a few profiles for inspiration. Don’t worry, we won’t judge! You’ll also see stories from some of our travellers of their own experience. Look out for them in the intro section of each trip.

Ultra ______________________________ 78 Sziget _____________________________ 79 Lollapalooza ________________________ 80 King’s Day ___________________________81 La Tomatina_________________________ 82 Halloween Trek ______________________ 83 Oktoberfest _________________________ 84

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Eastern Wanderer ____________________ 54 Roman Footprints ____________________ 56 Hidden Gems _______________________ 57 West Way __________________________ 58 La Dolce Vita ________________________ 59 Northern Highlights ___________________ 60 Road to Paris _________________________61

3-9 day trips of Ireland with the real Irish. Fan-feckin-tastic. About Us___________________________ 112 3-7 Day Tours________________________ 114 St Patrick’s Day_______________________ 120 5


CONNECT OUR TRAVEL STYLES TO CREATE YOUR PERFECT ADVENTURE.

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Go beneath the surface and discover a side of Europe you didn’t know existed. Join other travellers and set out on an intimate cultural exploration trip. Our Small Group Adventures offer the perfect mix of must-do activities and free time to explore like a local.

Our expertly guided Adventures allow you to experience some of the best Europe has to offer on handcrafted itineraries that cover it all. Join a group of likeminded travellers that will soon become best friends. Tick all the iconic sights, best-kept secrets and hidden gems off your bucket list. This is a time you’ll remember. This is what you’ve come to see.

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Created with the fiercely independent in mind, Hop-on Hop-off gives you the option to choose where you go and how long you stay. We give you private door-to-door first class transport between the best European destinations and the tools to make the most of your backpacker experience. Our guides are there to assist and help tailor your journey. Rest easy knowing you’ll make the most of your time!

Groovy beats, shiny glitter and colourful firework displays that make you feel alive. Throwing tomatoes at your buddies, drinking at the best beer party in the world, and celebrating the birth of the Dutch king amongst the Amsterdam canals. These are not your average musical and cultural festivals. They will surprise you at first, and then change you forever. @ULTRAEUROPE

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Discover some of the most beautiful coastlines Europe has to offer. Feel alive exploring hidden gems that time forgot. Fall in love with the laid-back cultures of the islands, the delicious local foods and the picture-perfect sunsets. Did anyone say paradise? Because this is it.

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/BUSABOUT Stay connected and up to date.

/BUSABOUT Be inspired to create your own epic European adventure on BUSABOUT.COM. It takes the hassle out of planning your entire itinerary from scratch. Pick a start city, decide how long you want to be away for, and select the trip that’s right for you. Edit it to perfection, add your accommodation, and you’re good to go. It’s that easy!

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MATES RATES SAVE 5% when four or more people book at the same time on the same trip.

SAVE 10% Travel with 10 friends booked on the same trip at the same time and everyone saves 10%.

PAST PASSENGERS SAVE 5% If you’ve travelled with us or any other TTC brand (pg 20) before, you get an additional 5% off your next adventure. On those days you’re off exploring on your own, our nifty app will come in handy. Find the trendiest places to eat, get info on local landmarks and search for the nearest ATM or shops. It’s your guide in a pocket for your free days.

FLEXIBLE DEPOSIT SAVE $$$ We understand that independent people like you prefer spontaneity and that includes changing your mind. So we give you the option of changing your trip without losing your deposit (valid for 24 months).

VISIT BUSABOUT.COM/DISCOUNTS FOR MORE INFORMATION Multi-Trip discount applies to all Busabout trips, HAGGiS Adventures of 4 days or more (excl. Christmas & Hogmanay trips) & Shamrocker Adventures of 5 days or more (excl. St. Patrick’s Day trips). Two or more different qualifying trips must be booked simultaneously by a single individual. Not valid with any other promotion or discount. Cancellation charges will be adjusted to incorporate any Multi Trip discounts previously given. Multi Trip discount only applies to base trip price, not to optional upgrades or supplements. Mates Rates discount is valid on all trips in this brochure, only applies to base trip prices, not to optional upgrades or supplements and cannot be combined with Multi Trip Discount. Past Passenger saving is only applicable if original tour is 3 days or longer. Please see T&Cs for more info.

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Our coaches are commanded by our expert drivers. They spend months perfecting their knowledge of all our routes to ensure your ride is as smooth as butter on warm bread. They are especially proud of their awesome coaches and keep them meticulously clean for your comfort. We wouldn’t be surprised if you saw them shining the chrome on the wheels every day!

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Buy a fresh baguette, a couple of types of cheese and a bottle of wine from a local shop and head to Champ de Mars for an unforgettable picnic in the company of none other than Lady Eiffel!

Europe has a lot more to it than the popular landmarks we all know and love. Go beyond the postcard views and sample life as a local. These are the moments that will bring your trip to life. These are the memories you will never forget. NORWAY

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See this beautiful Italian region from a different perspective by exploring the lush vineyards, medieval villages, olive groves and rolling hills on horseback. Get ready for some seriously memorable views!

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The food markets in Barcelona are the closest thing to a foodie’s paradise. You’ll find anything from fresh fruit to cheese and seafood. Grab a few favourites and head down to the beach!

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If you’re after the best view of the Bay of Kotor and Kotor Old Town, start climbing from Fortress of Kotor to the the Castle of San Giovani in the late afternoon and get ready for a jaw-dropping sunset.

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Walk across the Dom Luis I Bridge in the early evening and absorb the contagious good vibes and live music by the Gaia side of the Douro River. Stick around for sunset and you’ll be in for an #instalicious treat.

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While seeing the incredible natural scenery may be the most obvious highlight of a visit to this gem of a place, you just can’t beat the feeling of swimming in a lake surrounded by waterfalls.

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Wake up at the crack of dawn and enjoy an early breakfast with a view! Every morning, dozens of colourful hot air balloons dot the sky along the valley creating the most inspiring scenes you’ll ever see.

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Paraglide over the Lauterbrunnen Valley to get a bird’s-eye view of one of the most spectacular natural settings in Europe. See if you can count the 72 waterfalls from up there! @ITSNEDKELLY

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You can’t beat the thrill of exploring the centuries-old monasteries of this UNESCO-listed destination, so put on a pair of comfortable shoes and climb the steps for the undeniably best views of the valley. @LIONMELODY

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Travelling on Busabout is a door-to-door stressfree experience. Rest easy knowing your bags and valuables are safely locked up at all times. While travelling between destinations, we make sure there are plenty of rest breaks for you to stretch your legs and breathe some fresh European air!

PANORAMIC VIEWS

Big windows, so you don’t miss out on any of the scenic beauty Europe has to offer.

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It can get really hot during the summer. Our AC will keep you cool and fresh.

Choose your style of accommodation. Some people like the social aspect of a dorm room, others prefer the comfort of their own private room. We offer flexibility in the type of accommodation you can expect from your European adventure. From wooden cabins in the Swiss Alps to modern city-centre hostels, we’re proud to feature some of the coolest places around. The choice is yours.

EXPERT DRIVERS

Our drivers are some of the most passionate and committed in the business. Your comfort is their number one priority.

STORAGE

We will keep your luggage safely stored in the coach throughout the journey.

COMFY SEATS

Sit back, relax and savour the views.

WIFI

Stay on top of your social media game with our on-board WiFi connection when available.

ONBOARD ENTERTAINMENT From movies to playlists crafted by our guides, you won’t be bored.

HOSTELS

From ultra-modern to quirky, they are stylish, well equipped and comfortable while being affordable and centrally located. We always look for a combo of great location, WiFi, atmosphere and rating to ensure you’ll be sleeping easy.

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CAMPING VILLAGES

Imagine waking up to the sound of a waterfall metres away from your cabin, or taking a refreshing dip in the pool after a long hot day exploring a new city. This is not camping as you know it!

BOATS

If falling asleep under the stars with the coastline on the horizon is something you’d like to tick off your bucket list, then this your chance. From sailboats in Croatia to traditional gulets in Turkey, this is an experience like no other.

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TEGAN & AMIRA

Embracing the backpacker lifestyle for an epic 4-month Eurotrip, these two adventurers had the time of their lives & snapped some pretty spectacular shots along the way. Check ‘em out @girlsongaycay on Instagram.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO TRAVEL?

FAVOURITE DESTINATION?

Photos and videos just don’t do the world justice, we wanted to see it for ourselves! Experience the different people, cultures and of course: FOOD. We now have the travel bug and won’t be stopping any time soon.

It’s so hard to pick a favourite because there are too many! So far Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland is a massive favourite of ours. If you ever want to live in a postcard - go there! Also Paros, in Greece. The cutest, prettiest little town with the bluest water you will ever see. Anywhere we can escape the chaos of big cities for a brief moment is a big hit for us.

FUNNIEST STORY? Thousands of travellers cross paths on the network every season. Get ready to meet some true adventurers on your travels. Here are a few of them. Be inspired by their stories from this year!

Picture this, it’s the last day of our Turkey Sail and we’re in pyjamas, socks and sandals. Running frantically down Fethiye ferry port after waking up in a panic because we had slept through 5 alarms and missed our transfer to Dalaman airport. We JUST made our flight to Paris, with a lot of weird looks and laughs included. Here’s some advice - don’t stay out ‘til 4 in the morning when you have a 7am transfer for an international flight!

WHO IS THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON YOU’VE MET? That’s a hard question! Once you get talking with the random people you meet, whether it’s on the street, on a tour, or in a dorm room, they all seem to have something interesting about them. It’s impossible to cut it down to just one person. One of the many reasons why we love to travel so much.

FAVOURITE MEMORY? Exploring Paris one day, we accidentally took the wrong bus heading in the wrong direction. Confused as to where we were headed an elderly man overheard us talking and interrupted saying, “If you jump off at the next stop, you won’t regret the view you’ll see”. So we decided to take his advice, not really knowing what to expect. We got off, walked around the corner of the Palais de Chaillot to a breath taking view of the Eiffel Tower.

Our chef on Turkey Sail made the most delicious traditional Turkish meals. Lots of pastas, a different type of rice every day, so many amazing vegetarian dishes. We definitely ate our weight in food over the 8 days on that boat!

THEIR 4-MONTH ADVENTURE

UNLIMITED PASS: $1189 + GREEK ISLAND HOPPER: $1099 + SAIL TURKEY: $489 + CROATIA ISLAND HOPPER: $749 + ITALIAN ADVENTURE: $369 + OKTOBERFEST: $279 - MULTI TRIP DISCOUNT: $417 + 65 MYTRIP BED NIGHTS (APPROX. $24 A NIGHT): $1560*

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WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO TRAVEL? Chloe: To learn, experience new things, and to finally be able to see those amazing places that you see in photos in real life. It’s so rewarding! Dan: I wasn’t very interested in traveling but my partner Chloe was all for it. I’m always open to try new things so we booked Europe. Since then, I haven’t looked back and we are now planning our next adventure!

FAVOURITE DESTINATION AND WHY?

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO TRAVEL?

WHO IS THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON YOU’VE MET?

l haven’t travelled Europe much even though I live in Scotland. I’m near so many beautiful countries and I hadn’t given it much thought until this year. I’m so glad l decided to travel this year because l’ve met so many amazing people along the way!

My Greece guide Mike was an interesting character. He always had a story to tell! He knew how to keep us all entertained, while giving us as much information possible. Never a dull moment.

FAVOURITE FOOD? Raclette in Switzerland, cheese mixed with pickles and potatoes.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION AND WHY?

For me it was a whole country: Switzerland. It was absolutely breathtaking, every stop along the way just got better and better!

WHO IS THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON YOU’VE MET? Has to be fellow Busabouter, Ryan Steven. We spent about a week together and still keep in touch, planned our USA route when I go to see him in the States. By the end of the trip it was more of a bromance, anyone who tagged along with us became the third wheel.

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We met a German guy in Lisbon who cycled from Germany to Portugal taking over 6 weeks to ride and travelled around 3,000km. He is planning on riding through Canada, USA, New Zealand and Australia. We were really impressed!

BEST FOOD ON YOUR TRIP? Dan: My personal favourite was paella. Go with the traditional meals of the country you are in and you cannot go wrong. Stick to what they do best!

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2 WEEK PASS: $439 + GREEK ISLAND HOPPER: $1099 + 2 WEEK PASS: $439 - MULTI-TRIP DISCOUNT: $198 + 32 MYTRIP BED NIGHTS (APPROX. $24 A NIGHT): $768*

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WHO IS THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON YOU’VE MET?

It has to be Santorini. Despite all of the stairs, it’s well worth the climb when you get into town to wander through the pebble stone streets, witness the picturesque views of the white houses surrounded by beautiful blue water and eat some traditional Greek food.

TOTAL : $823pp * 2

Watching the sunset in Santorini was something! We had dreamed about it for as long as I can remember. It was so simple yet incredible at the same time.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION AND WHY?

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I definitely have a sweet tooth when it comes to food but as far as traditional dessert goes, you can’t beat a big cup of fritule (mini doughnut balls) from Croatia covered in cinnamon and Nutella, yum!

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Getting lost in Prague, we rode the tram into town but didn’t realise we were actually traveling the wrong way. Wandering around with no reception and navigating our way back with help from the locals and a map from the hostel.

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Travel is an incredible gift. It has the ability to open our eyes, our hearts and our minds to the unique cultures and spellbinding beauty of the natural world. But with this gift comes a responsibility – to protect the world as we know it. At TreadRight, our mission is clear; to have a positive impact on the people and communities we visit, to help protect wild and marine life, and to care for the planet we all call home.

We’re not alone in the belief that being young and travelling the world, is the best relationship since wine and cheese. When you travel with us, you’re welcomed into our family – The Travel Corporation. These are the guys who have taught us everything we know; they’ve shown us that passion is everything, sustainability is key (read all about it on pg 21), incredible service is what sets you apart, and that every trip and every travel experience should be nothing less than extraordinary.

To learn more about all Treadright’s past and current projects, visit TreadRight.org.

The best thing about our family? The fact that our sister brands let you experience the world in the same way we do; with wide eyes, youthful optimism, and the knowledge that travel is an experience best shared with friends. If you haven’t found the perfect trip with Busabout, HAGGiS or Shamrocker Adventures, one, if not several, of our unique and award winning sister brands are sure to be a match to your travel type.

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BUSABOUT CARES

HAGGIS CARES

On October 25, 2011, massive flooding and mudslides devastated Vernazza, burying the town under 4 meters of mud and debris. Turisti Nei Cian is a non-profit organisation founded to help restore and preserve Vernazza’s town for future generations. For a small donation, Busabout passengers head out into the wild of Vernazza (Cinque Terre) and help the local farmers.

UK-based Trees For Life is a charity working to restore the Caledonian Forest, which formerly covered a large part of the Scottish Highlands. Since 1989, Trees For Life has been helping to bring this forest back from the brink, both through natural regeneration and by planting trees. Plant a tree in the ‘HAGGiS Grove’ with HAGGiS Adventures or donate a tree.

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Travel experiences with No Regrets, exclusively for 18-35 year olds.

Re-defining river cruising for the young and young at heart.

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I had never even considered seeing Europe on a river cruise but after traveling with @UbyUniworld, I don’t think I will travel any other way. - Anna, U.K -

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Coach travel has been proven to reduce congestion and create less CO2 pollution than any other form of transport. Our coach fleet is among the most efficient in Europe.

We are proud to be using 100% recycled LEIPA paper for the body of our brochures.

Busabout, as part of The Travel Corporation, run a zero tolerance policy on single use plastic in all offices, globally.

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We created Hop-on Hop-off for those seeking freedom and flexibility. Our private coach network gives you the options to customise your European trip from beginning to end. With award-winning service, expert guides, and the option to change your plans as you go - you really can’t go wrong with it.

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THAT CONNECTS 38 OF THE BEST DESTINATIONS IN 13 EUROPEAN COUNTRIES B E T W E E N MAY&OCTOBER

FREEDOM TO CHOOSE YOUR ITINERARY

Pre-plan your route or book it as you go. Change your plans as often as you like, even on the road, with no extra charges. Guaranteed.

MAKING FRIENDS WITH LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE

Join a network of thousands of like-minded independent travellers and meet new people on every coach.

TRAVEL ON PRIVATE COACHES

Modern coaches, fantastic drivers, and your luggage secure. Just sit back and relax! Don’t worry about a cancelled or delayed train again.

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You decide where to go and how long you stay in each destination.

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Get door-to-door service to our preferred accommodation partners.

Our guides are on hand to help you whenever you need them. They have the lowdown on each destination so they can assist in tailoring your trip!

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They are equipped with an onboard entertainment system so you can watch great movies from your phone or tablet. Or just hook up to the WiFi and post all those FOMO-inducing photos on Instagram. There’s plenty to keep you entertained so you won’t be twiddling your thumbs. Oh, and the views are pretty grand too.

Travelling on Hop-on Hop-off is a stress-free experience. Our comfy modern coaches pick you up and drop you off at our recommended accommodations. You’ll meet like-minded people that love to travel as much as you do. And our legendary guides are always on hand to help you out with your plans.

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One of the biggest perks of these coaches is the door-to-door service. You’ll be dropped off and picked up from our recommended accommodation partners and save plenty of time and cash on unnecessary transport getting to and from stations. You’ll also skip having to lug your bags around town figuring out which road to turn down. And you can’t put a price on that!

In essence, we deal with the serious stuff so you can focus on the fun. It’s that easy!

Your Guides

Your Drivers

You’re going to meet plenty of these legends on your trip. They’re like walking European encyclopaedias and will go out of their way to make sure they have an answer for all questions. They go through months of training to learn about all the destinations you’ll be visiting. They are always beyond excited to help you make your trip the best ever. You’ll love them because they’re travellers, just like you!

These guys love Europe so much that they never tire (see what we did there) of driving the same scenic roads. Always a bundle of joy, don’t be surprised if they break into song mid-journey or share a few jokes. The only thing they love more than Europe is their coaches, and you're likely to see them shining some chrome at sunset with the biggest smile on their faces.

Ever wanted to spend an extra day in a city so you could have that special dessert one last time? Or leaving as soon as you get there because it’s just not your vibe? With Hop-on Hop-off you can have your cake and eat it too. Making last-minute changes is hassle-free and won’t cost you a cent. It’s your choice, your way. Use MyTrip (our travel planning tool) to switch out your coach days and no longer worry about having to pay extra fees, because Europe is best enjoyed stress-free!

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The coolest thing about Hop-on Hop-off is the freedom of choice. You have a say in everything, so you can design the trip you always imagined. From who you’re going to spend time with to what you’ll be doing day-today, this is where your adventure comes to life!

We believe the biggest myth about solo travel is that you’ll be on your own the whole time. You won’t. At all. There are thousands of travellers on our network every season. From history buffs to adrenaline junkies and foodies to culture vultures. You’ll come across them all. Some will instantly become BFFs, others won’t get past the small talk at the service stop. And that’s OK! The beauty of Hop-on Hop-off is that you can choose who you travel with at all times. Pick your new best friends and set out to create the shared memories you’ll never forget. That unique connection is what brings us together. As a tribe. The Busabout tribe.

@MOTIONBROSNZ

With Hop-on Hop-off you have loads of options when choosing where to rest your head at night. From modern hostels to idyllic campsites, and five-star hotels to your long lost cousin’s family home (#awks much?) - your options are endless. If you love convenience but hate giving up on comfort, then we have some good news for you. We hand-pick one great place to stay per destination so you don’t have to. This is also where the coach will pick you up and drop you off. They’re mostly vibey hostels that have a combination of great city-centre locations, excellent ratings, variety of room types and free WIFI. What’s more? They’re filled with other travellers! We recommend them for a reason.

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

If you’re keen to join us there, book your beds through MyTrip and get 5% back to use on a future Busabout trip. Visit busabout.com/bedcred for more info.

The only way to truly experience Europe is by… experiencing it! Have a go at making some sangria and paella in Spain, jump out of a plane in the Alps, or dress to the nines and go to the Moulin Rouge. We have you covered on all of these and loads more, at a discounted rate! Your guide will give you a run down on the optional activities we offer for your next destination. They’re optional for a reason, so if all you want to do is sit in a park and watch the locals go about their lives, you can do that instead. We won't judge! Tip: Bike tours, walking tours and pub crawls are a great intro to any destination and a great way to loosen up with new friends!

@LIONMELODY

@TEGANPHILLIPA

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PASSES

1 Week Pass

$229

2 Week Pass

$439

1 Month Pass

$829

2 Month Pass

$1019

Great as an add-on to Adventures, Sailing trips and Festivals.

Our Hop-on Hop-off coach travel network gives you access to 38 of the best destinations across Europe. Whether it’s sunny beaches, delicious foods, Instaworthy spots or history you’re after, we’ve got you covered. Choose the Pass that best meets your needs and NORTH get planning! SEA

Unlimited Pass

$1189

Access the entire Hop-on Hop-off network between May and October for ultimate flexibility.

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I’M TRAVELLING WITH MY PARTNER - CAN I BOOK OUR HOSTELS AND COACH JOURNEYS TOGETHER?

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DO YOU HAVE TO STAY IN ONE OF THE HOSTELS YOU RECOMMEND, OR CAN WE BOOK OUR OWN ACCOMMODATION?

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SOME THINGS TO KNOW:

SPAIN → You can start your trip from any destination

→ Coaches depart every other day between May and October in the direction of the arrows → Destinations marked with circles are compulsory stops and those marked with squares are optional stops → Your Pass starts when you board your first coach → The coloured arrows match the departure dates available on the timetable (pg 124)

We give you the freedom and flexibility to choose any accommodation style you like. Though we select the best value for money option in each city (and we do recommend staying with the group), if you’d like to stay somewhere else that’s absolutely no problem at all. The choice is yours!

CAN I VISIT THE SAME CITY A FEW TIMES?

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AM I TOO YOUNG/OLD FOR BUSABOUT?

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Yes. In MyTrip you have the option to book everything at the same time if you all have the same trips booked. If you’re travelling with a group you can also nominate a lead passenger to take charge of all the bookings.

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9 GO TO PAGE 124 FOR THE TIMETABLE SO YOU CAN PLAN YOUR TRIP

Yes, totally! By the end of the season you’ll have met loads of really cool, like-minded people. Your pass is flexible, so you can change routes if you’d like and travel with a new groups of friends.

CAN I START ANYWHERE ON THE HOP-ON HOP-OFF NETWORK?

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Absolutely! The great thing about Busabout is that it’s so easy to meet like-minded independent travellers and you’ll soon have lots of new friends on the road. Also with Busabout’s Trip Mates and Community you can even get in touch before you start (arrange to meet at the hostel bar the night before maybe?). So it’s a lot more fun than travelling on trains and buses by yourself.

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DO LOTS OF PEOPLE TRAVELLING ON THE BUS MEET EACH OTHER AND THEN START TRAVELLING TOGETHER?

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Want to know more about the Hop-on Hop-off network? Here are some of the frequently asked questions we get:

Yes, you can even break away from your pass and return to it later at a different city if you like! When purchasing a Hop-on Hop-off Pass you’ll have the choice of starting anywhere you like on the network map. Yes, you can revisit a city. Most passengers with longer itineraries travel through some of the major hubs a few times each year. The second time is always better!

As the nature of our trips are for independent travellers, you’ll need to be 18 at the time of travel. We don’t have any upper limits at all, and anyone who shares our flexible and fun spirit of travel is welcome onboard.

CAN YOU HELP ME PLAN MY EUROTRIP?

We’d love to! Just get in touch and we will happily help you plan your route (contact details on the back cover).

HOW MUCH CAN I TRAVEL?

If you have an Unlimited Pass you can travel for as long as you want between May and October while the coaches are running. If you have 1 week, 2 week, 1 month or 2 month Pass, you can travel anywhere on the network for the duration of that Pass.

HOW MUCH SHOULD I BUDGET FOR EACH DAY?

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We handcraft our guided trips to perfection to ensure you don’t miss a thing. You’ll see the famous landmarks, discover the hidden gems, and taste the yummiest foods. Join an adventure, experience it all and go home with the memories of a lifetime. @THENEVERLANDBOYS.CO

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3 DAYS FROM $369pp*

ITALY

Rome (START)

Pompeii SORRENTO Capri

POMPEII

SORRENTO

RAVELLO

Awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Site lying in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius. Its eruption in 79AD killed 20,000 people and caused it to be buried in ash and soot, preserving the city in its state. It is considered to be one of the best-preserved ancient cities in the world.

The town features beautiful architecture, many cafes, restaurants and quaint little shops. Limoncello, one of the top souvenirs from the area, is a signature lemon liqueur that packs a punch. This is one of the best places to see it being made.

Located in the hills above the Amalfi Coast, this peaceful little town boasts incredibly stunning views of the Bay of Salerno and the Mediterranean. The attractive Duomo, located in Vescovado Square, is not to be missed.

INSTAGOLD: All the cute lemon shops.

INSTAGOLD: The peaceful views of the Mediterranean.

Ravello Amalfi

Overnight Stays

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout guide • Local Italian driver • 2 nights’ accommodation • All coach and ferry transport • Entry to Pompeii and tour with a local guide • Orientation walk of Sorrento • Limoncello and chocolate tasting • Guided scenic boat trip around the Isle of Capri • Spend the day on the Isle of Capri • Scenic guided drive taking in the sights of the Amalfi Coast • Explore Amalfi and Ravello

FREE TIME

START: Rome. 7:45am END: Rome. 6:30pm Accommodation: Twin-share basic tent cabin with shared bathroom facilities. Accommodation upgrades: Private basic twin cabin with ensuite bathroom (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share.

WHERE YOU'LL SLEEP Home for your stay is Camping Village Santa Fortunata, perched on the cliff-top town of Sorrento. We have upgrade options, which can be added at the time of booking or through MyTrip.

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Laura SAYS (@LORATHEEXPLORER)

"I did the Italian Adventure with two friends, and what a great way to see Italy! The whole tour was very well set up with a great balance of free time and planned excursions. Both the bus and accommodation were comfy and had everything we needed."

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Optional local southern Italian feast in Sorrento • Experience Sorrento’s nightlife • Take a chairlift to Mt. Solaro in Capri • Experience the spectacular Blue Grotto cave • Shop for souvenirs, taste the local pastries or soak up the sun on the beach in Amalfi Town • Visit the cathedral in Amalfi Town • Visit the gardens of Villa Rufolo in Ravello

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@FIONA.SANFORD

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HIGHLIGHTS

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

• Limoncello and chocolate tasting • Highlights tour of Pompeii • Explore the beautiful Amalfi Coast • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

Low Season $369 Medium Season $409 High Season $439

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Twin-share basic tent-cabin (included in price). Halfway between a tent and a cabin, it's basic but ideal for resting your weary travelling head.

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Ensuite twin cabins (available as upgrade). For more comfort, try our basic cabins with private bathrooms.

DAY 1 | ROME - POMPEII - SORRENTO

Get excited, our first stop is Pompeii where your local guide will show you all the highlights of this monumental site! Later we’ll have a short orientation walk of Sorrento, and after dinner we head out to a garden cocktail bar.

INSTAGOLD: Mt. Vesuvius, lurking in the background.

AMALFI @TGM089

CAPRI @SOPHIE.KATE13

Connect this adventure with the below trip and SAVE 10% on the total price. HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASS (pg 22)

DAY 2 | SORRENTO - CAPRI - SORRENTO

This morning we journey to the island of Capri for a guided boat tour of the island. Take the chairlift to the summit of Mt. Solaro, see the sparkling Blue Grotto, or simply soak up the sun from one of the gorgeous beaches!

DAY 3 | SORRENTO - AMALFI - RAVELLO - ROME

Enjoy the stunning views as we travel through the Amalfi Coast back to Rome! We’ll make stops at the spectacular Amalfi Town and Ravello on the way for one last look at this incredible part of Italy.

The heart of the magnificent Amalfi Coast! This mustsee town boasts an incredible cathedral and fabulous beaches. Don’t leave without sampling the local pastries, gelato and delectable arancini. Preferably not at the same time!

This small island in the Bay of Naples is rightly celebrated for its jaw-dropping scenery. The incredibly scenic chairlift ride to the top of Mt. Solaro and the guided boat tours with views that will make you lose your breath make it a firm passenger favourite.

INSTAGOLD: The 9th-century (yes, that old!) Amalfi Cathedral.

INSTAGOLD: The views of Capri from the summit of Mt. Solaro.

@ANNALISE_SALM

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15 DAYS FROM $1329pp*

8 DAYS FROM $769pp*

8 DAYS FROM $829pp*

FRANCE

BARCELONA

SPAIN

PORTO

(START)

Salamanca PORTUGAL

VALENCIA

Avila

LISBON

MADRID

SEVILLE

Sintra LAGOS

Ronda

Granada

Overnight Stays

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • 14 nights’ accommodation • 14 breakfasts • Walking tour of Seville with a local guide • Walking tour of Alhambra palace in Granada with a local guide

FREE TIME

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Visit the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid • Cruise along the Douro River in Porto • Visit the Pena Palace castle in Sintra • Walk atop the castle in Lisbon • Go kayaking in Lagos • Visit the Seville Cathedral • Go for a stroll in Sacromonte in Granada

@ROSIECHONG

On this whirlwind two-week adventure, you’ll be seduced by the flare of flamenco dancing in Madrid and Granada, party in the coolest bars in Lisbon and Lagos, soak up the Old Town architecture of Seville and Porto, and eat your way through the local cuisine. What are you waiting for?

HIGHLIGHTS • Alhambra Palace and tapas crawl in Granada • Kayaking and Busabout bar crawl in Lagos • Explore the nightlife of Malasana in Madrid • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

START: Barcelona. 8am END: Barcelona. 10am Accommodation: Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast)

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

DAY 1 | BARCELONA - MADRID

Today we head towards bustling Madrid, where we’ll have an orientation walk upon arrival. Later on we’ll head out to explore the hip Malasana district!

DAY 2 | MADRID

Low Season $1329 High Season $1399

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Today, sign up for an optional walking tour, or check out the botanic gardens and the museums. Tonight, join us for the optional flamenco show! (B)

DAY 3 | MADRID - AVILA - SALAMANCA

Time to hit the road and drive onwards to Salamanca with a stop in Avila. Tonight we’ll go on a tapas crawl! (B)

DAY 4 | SALAMANCA - PORTO

Today we’ll head to Porto! Arriving mid-afternoon, we’ll get settled and have an orientation walk. Later we’ll visit a few wine bars to try the local cuisine. (B) Connect this adventure with the below trip and SAVE 10% on the total price. HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASS (pg 22)

DAY 5 | PORTO

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FREE TIME

INCLUSIONS

FREE TIME

• Visit the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid • Cruise along the Douro River in Porto • Walk atop the castle in Lisbon

DAY 9 | LAGOS

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 7 nights’ accommodation • 7 breakfasts • All coach transport • A visit to Sintra

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 7 nights’ accommodation • 7 breakfasts • All coach transport • Walking tour of Seville with a local guide • Walking tour of Alhambra palace in Granada with a local guide

• Go surfing in Lagos • Visit the Seville Cathedral • Go for a stroll in Sacromonte in Granada

Have a morning swim at the beach or wander the Old Town, then join us on the optional kayaking excursion to explore the stunning sea grottos of the Algarve. (B)

DAY 10 | LAGOS - SEVILLE

We say farewell to Lagos this morning and drive to Seville. Join us tonight at the hostel’s rooftop pool bar for a few drinks overlooking the city. (B)

Accommodation: Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast)

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

We depart Seville this morning, and arrive into Granada late afternoon with some free time. Tonight is the recommended excursion, flamenco in a cave! (B)

DAY 12 | GRANADA

It’s time to get out and explore Granada! After an included guided walking tour of Alhambra, join the optional hammam and massage excursion. (B)

DAY 13 | GRANADA - VALENCIA

DAY 14 | VALENCIA - BARCELONA

Today we’ll cruise towards Barcelona, where you’ll have free time to explore the city. Join us tonight for an optional dinner to end this epic adventure! (B)

DAY 15 | BARCELONA

What an incredible two weeks it’s been! Say farewell to your Busabout family, as the tour ends after breakfast. We hope to see you again soon! (B)

FRANCE

START: Barcelona. 8am END: Lisbon. 10am

DAY 11 | SEVILLE - RONDA - GRANADA

DAY 6 | PORTO - LISBON

Choose how you want to spend the day! Why not join the walking tour of Alfama, or sample the best pastel de nata at the Pasteis de Belem factory? (B)

Let some of the best highlights of Spain and Portugal enchant you on this trip as you kayak in Lagos, watch flamenco in a cave in Granada and visit the spectacular town of Ronda!

INCLUSIONS

Tick off any last-minute sights this morning, as we depart around lunchtime for Lagos! After we arrive you’ll have free time to explore the Old Town and join us for a pub crawl tonight. (B)

You have a free day to explore Porto! Meet us tonight for an optional sunset picnic dinner with a view. (B)

DAY 7 | LISBON

From cruising along the Douro River in Porto to exploring some of the world’s top museums in Madrid and visiting Sintra’s fairy tale castle, this is a trip that will make you fall in love with the Iberian Peninsula.

@JAIMISLOCKEE

DAY 8 | LISBON - LAGOS

Onwards to Valencia! After check in, we’ll go for a stroll around the historic Old Town and tonight we get the party going in the hip Ruzafa district! (B)

We hit the road and have our first stop in Sintra. Later we’ll arrive in Lisbon and go for a stroll. Tonight we explore the nightlife in Bairro Alto! (B)

@BENQUINLAN2

PORTO Sintra LISBON

PORTUGAL

Low Season $769

Barcelona

Salamanca Avila

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MADRID

SPAIN

START: Lisbon. 8am END: Barcelona. 10am

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

High Season $809

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ITINERARY DAYS 1 - 7 | BARCELONA - LISBON

As per the Ultimate Iberian Adventure (pg 36) days 1 to 7.

DAY 8 | LISBON Connect either of these adventures with the below trip and SAVE 10% on the total price. HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASS (pg 22)

Low Season $829

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FRANCE

BARCELONA

PORTUGAL

Accommodation: Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast)

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Lisbon (START)

VALENCIA SEVILLE

LAGOS

Granada Ronda

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ITINERARY DAYS 1 - 8 | LISBON - BARCELONA

As per the Ultimate Iberian Adventure (pg 36) days 8 to 15.

Check-out is after breakfast. (B)

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4 DAYS FROM $439pp*

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CROATIA SPAIN

PLITVICE LAKES NP BOSNIA

ZADAR IBIZA 3

KRKA NP SPLIT

(START)

Overnight Stays

Overnight Stays

NEED TO KNOW

NEED TO KNOW

INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • 3 nights’ accommodation • 3 breakfasts • Pukka Up sunset boat party, including pre-party and after parties • Entrance to a superclub • Entrance to an Ibiza pool party • Busabout West End bar crawl

FREE TIME

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Explore the Hippy Markets • Party in the biggest club in the world • Explore the island’s beaches • Explore the historic Ibiza Town

START: San Antonio. 2pm END: San Antonio. 10pm Accommodation: Hotel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast)

@JAMES654

JAmes SAYS (@JAMES654_)

"Ibiza Blast is the trip of a lifetime! One minute you're on the famous West End pub crawl, the next you're in one of the biggest superclubs on the planet. There were famous DJs, boat parties and plenty of time to relax poolside at the hotel!"

Low Season $439 High Season $539

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HIGHLIGHTS

• Pukka Up sunset boat party • Dance the night away in a superclub • Party at one of the island’s biggest pool parties! • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

• Swim under waterfalls at Krka National Park • Traditional Croatian BBQ • Explore Plitvice before the crowds arrive • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | IBIZA

NOTE: We want you to have the best experience possible so we sometimes alter the itinerary to ensure you're dancing in the hottest nightclubs and experiencing the best of Ibiza. You will always get the listed inclusions above.

Accommodation: Twin-share bungalows. Accommodation upgrades: N/A. Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | D: Dinner)

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES Low Season $209 Medium Season $239

DAY 2 | PLITVICE - SPLIT

This morning we’ll beat the crowds to the natural beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Explore and enjoy a lakeside lunch before we depart for Split. Tonight we have an optional farewell dinner to say our goodbyes! (B)

DAY 3 | IBIZA

Check-out is after breakfast. If you would like to continue your journey on our Hop-on Hop-off network, catch a flight back to the mainland and let’s keep the party going! (B)

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Swim under the waterfalls in Krka National Park • Explore the medieval architecture and cathedrals in Zadar • Visit the famous sea organ and sun salutation installation in Zadar • Optional dinner in Split

We head for Plitvice, stopping at the breathtaking Krka National Park for a swim under the waterfalls, and the medieval city of Zadar to explore. We arrive at Plitvice Lakes National Park this evening with a delicious BBQ dinner! (D)

Dance the day away at the party of #instadreams at one of Ibiza’s famous pool parties, or immerse yourself in the historic hippy heritage of the island by checking out one of the numerous hippy markets. Tonight it’s time to hit the clubs hard! (B) Soak in an alternative side to the island with an optional day out in Ibiza Old Town. Tonight we’ll hit the pumping San Antonio nightlife with the Busabout West End bar crawl! Awesome bars, big discounts and the best way to party on the final night. (B)

FREE TIME

START: Split. 8am END: Split. 6pm

DAY 1 | SPLIT - KRKA - ZADAR - PLITVICE

DAY 2 | IBIZA

DAY 4 | IBIZA

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Bridie SAYS (@BRIDIECHETBROWNE)

"The perfect way to see the two most popular parks in Croatia! The bus rides were smooth, comfortable and filled with laughs and cool facts. The BBQ was delicious, the accommodation was super cute, and the beds were heavenly!"

HIGHLIGHTS

Get checked in and ready to go, it’s time to kick this party off with a bang! Join your guide this afternoon for Ibiza's biggest boat party before your first night in a superclub!

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

@BUDNEE

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 1 nights’ accommodation • 1 breakfast • All coach transport • BBQ night at the campsite • Entry into Plitvice Lakes National Park • Entry into Krka National Park

PUKKA UP BOAT PARTY Welcome to Ibiza's biggest boat party! Jump on and get ready to have the time of your life as we cruise towards the stunning Ibiza sunset. Expect unrivalled party vibes featuring water shows, dancers, live DJs and an onboard bar. It's the best way to start the night! Entrance into one of Ibiza's superclubs, famous for its headliner acts who take up residency over the summer in-between headlining Europe's biggest electronic music festivals, is included.

Connect this adventure with one of the below trips and SAVE 10% on the total price. HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASS (pg 22) CROATIA SAILING (pg 64) ULTIMATE BALKAN ADVENTURE (pg 40)

High Season $259

@LOUIISEANDREW

PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK Considered to be one of the most beautiful natural sights in Europe, the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park features numerous stunning waterfalls, turquoise-coloured lakes, a large forest complex and diverse wildlife, including fish, frogs and a variety of bird species. The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colours, which change depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight. The national park, situated in the mountainous Karst area of central Croatia, was founded in 1949 and is visited each year by more than 1 million people.

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SPLIT

Mostar SARAJEVO

SERBIA

BOSNIA

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Dubrovnik

ROMANIA

BELGRADE Nis

MONTENEGRO

KOTOR Budva

KOTOR

OHRID

Located in the deepest part of a breathtaking bay, this Montenegrin coastal town offers beautiful architecture surrounded by a stunning natural setting.

Rightly considered the jewel in Macedonia’s crown, Ohrid is a small seductive town on the shore of Lake Ohrid that will easily conquer your heart.

INSTAGOLD: Sunset over the bay, from the fortress!

INSTAGOLD: The lake views from the Church of St. John at Kaneo.

MACEDONIA

OHRID

TIRANA

ITALY

BULGARIA

SKOPJE

Gjirokaster

ALBANIA

THESSALONIKI Delphi

METEORA Thermopylae

GREECE

ATHENS

Overnight Stays

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • 14 nights' accommodation • 14 breakfasts • All coach transport • Transfer to Budva • Orientation walks of Thessaloniki, Tirana, Gjirokaster, Nis and Split • Entry into two monasteries in Meteora • Local guide in Mostar • Local guide in Delphi, plus site and museum entrance

FREE TIME

@CHARLIE_BAKER

Katherine SAYS "This was the perfect way to experience the Balkans. We chased sunsets, swam in crystal blue waters, visited historical sights, devoured the most delicious food and sunk a rakija or two. The people I met now have a very special place in my heart."

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Game of Thrones walking tour in Dubrovnik • Sunset at the fortress in Kotor • Traditional Montenegrin restaurant dinner • Bar hopping in Kotor • Traditional Greek cuisine • Walking tour in Athens • Local guided walking tours in Ohrid and Skopje • Traditional Macedonian food experience • Pub crawl and walking tour in Belgrade • Walking tour and tunnel excursion in Sarajevo

START: Split. 8am END: Split. 9am

HIGHLIGHTS • Scale the Old Town walls of Dubrovnik • Breathtaking views of Meteora monasteries • Be immersed in the unique culture of Sarajevo • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | SPLIT - DUBROVNIK - KOTOR

This morning we head to Dubrovnik where you’re free to explore or partake in an optional Game of Thrones walking tour of the city. This evening we’ll make our way into Kotor for breathtaking sights.

DAY 2 | KOTOR - BUDVA - KOTOR

Accommodation: Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast)

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

Explore Kotor’s historic Old Town this morning before we depart for the Budva Riviera where you can perfect your tan on the Adriatic’s pristine beaches. After returning to Kotor, why not scale the nearby fortress for stunning sunset views? (B)

DAY 3 | KOTOR - TIRANA

Low Season $1349 High Season $1399

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Kick off your day in Athens with an optional walking tour, then explore this historical city and its vast, breathtaking sights like the Acropolis, the Daphni Monastery and the Parthenon. (B)

DAY 7 | ATHENS - DELPHI - THESSALONIKI

This morning we depart Athens for Thessaloniki, stopping off in sacred Delphi along the way. We arrive at Thessaloniki in time for another delicious Greek meal, after which the night is yours to explore the capital of Greek Macedonia. (B)

DAY 8 | THESSALONIKI - OHRID

Today we head to Ohrid, a city perched on Lake Ohrid. Here we’ll find 365 churches, and the vestiges of many ancient basilicas. Join the optional walking tour to better appreciate the many sights available in this picturesque lakeside city. (B)

DAY 9 | OHRID - SKOPJE

Today we’re heading to Albania. After stretching our legs with an included (and wonderful) afternoon orientation walk, the rest of the day is yours to enjoy. Tonight, explore the nightlife of this interesting Balkan city. (B)

Today, we set course for the Macedonian capital city of Skopje where you can take advantage of an optional walking tour on arrival. Tonight, check out the diverse nightlife on offer, ranging from live music to casinos. Skopje caters to all whims! (B)

DAY 4 | TIRANA - GJIROKASTER - KALABAKA (METEORA)

DAY 10 | SKOPJE - NIS - BELGRADE

After breakfast we depart for Meteora, stopping off at Gjirokaster - a fantastic example of a preserved Ottoman town. We arrive in Meteora in time for an optional Greek dinner and a view of the surrounding mountains. (B)

DAY 5 | KALABAKA (METEORA) - THERMOPYLAE - ATHENS

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DAY 6 | ATHENS

We’ll depart early for the monasteries of Meteora with included entry into our favourite ones. After lunch, we’ll depart for Athens with a stop at the Spartan Monument in Thermopylae. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy. (B)

Farewell, Skopje! Today we head into the heart of Serbia. Once we arrive in Belgrade, we’ll go on an optional walking tour to familiarise ourselves with the city. For those wanting a truly memorable night we recommend hitting the party barges on the river! (B)

DAY 11 | BELGRADE

Day two in Belgrade is entirely yours to explore this wonderful city and its many attractions. Discover museums, churches, the old palace and the parliamentary buildings. (B)

DAY 12 | BELGRADE - SARAJEVO

NEED TO KNOW

Today we venture to the Bosnia and Herzegovina border. We’ll arrive in the late afternoon, giving us plenty of time to explore the capital city, Sarajevo. Tonight, explore the emerging nightlife of the area or seek out a cafe, club, or bar and share a drink or a story with the locals. (B)

INCLUSIONS & FREE TIME • As per the Split to Split itinerary

START: Athens. 8am END: Athens. 10am

DAY 13 | SARAJEVO

Start the day right with an optional walking tour of the city and an excursion to the Tunnel of Hope. Tonight, we’ll be enjoying the local cuisine at the famous Sarajevo Brewery. Prepare for a pint or three! The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy as you wish. (B)

DAY 14 | SARAJEVO - MOSTAR - SPLIT

Our last full day of travel dawns and we depart for Split early with a stop in Mostar along the way. We arrive in the coastal gem of Split in the evening and share our final dinner together. (B)

ATHENS - ATHENS 15 DAYS FROM $1349pp* CROATIA

SPLIT

Mostar SARAJEVO

(START)

Dubrovnik

Enjoy your final breakfast before your departure. We hope to see you again! (B)

SERBIA

Nis

MONTENEGRO

KOTOR

Low Season $1349 BULGARIA

SKOPJE

Budva ITALY

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

ROMANIA

BELGRADE

BOSNIA

DAY 15 | SPLIT

Accommodation: Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast)

MACEDONIA

OHRID

TIRANA Gjirokaster

ALBANIA

METEORA

THESSALONIKI

High Season $1399

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Delphi

Thermopylae Connect this adventure with one of the below trips and SAVE 10% on the total price. HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASS (pg 22) CROATIA SAILING (pg 64) CROATIAN ADVENTURE (pg 39) EASTERN WANDERER (pg 54)

Overnight Stays

GREECE

ATHENS

ITINERARY: Visit busabout.com to read full itinerary.

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GREECE

KALABAKA Thermopylae Delphi Athens (START)

Overnight Stays

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS @MARKTHOMSON93

Chloe SAYS (@CHLOE.FREDERICKS)

Stu SAYS (@STU_CASHMERE)

"Countless sneaky bevvies amidst old castle ruins with newfound trip mates, explorations of ancient towns, aweinspiring views and many a perfect insta opportunity!"

INCLUSIONS

FREE TIME

• Scale the Old Town walls of Dubrovnik • 6 nights’ accommodation • 6 breakfasts • Orientation walks of Gjirokaster and Tirana • Entry into two monasteries in Meteora • Day trip to Budva, beach afternoon

• Game of Thrones walking tour in Dubrovnik • Sunset at the fortress in Kotor • Traditional Montenegrin dinner • Bar hopping in Kotor • Traditional Greek cuisine • Walking tour in Athens

START: Split. 8am END: Athens. 9am

SPLIT

BOSNIA

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES Low Season $679

KOTOR

MONTENEGRO

Budva

18 May 01 Jun 08 Jun 15 Jun 22 Jun 29 Jun 06 Jul 13 Jul

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24 May 07 Jun 14 Jun 21 Jun 28 Jun 05 Jul 12 Jul 19 Jul

START

20 Jul 27 Jul 03 Aug 10 Aug 17 Aug 24 Aug 07 Sep 21 Sep

BULGARIA

ITALY

MACEDONIA ALBANIA

Gjirokaster

FREE TIME

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 8 nights’ accommodation • 8 breakfasts • All coach transport • Orientation walks of Thessaloniki, Nis and Split • Mostar local guide • Delphi local guide, plus site and museum entrance

• Local guided walking tours in Ohrid and Skopje • Traditional Macedonian dinner • Pub crawl and walking tour in Belgrade • Walking tour and tunnel excursion in Sarajevo

START: Athens. 7:30am END: Split. 9am

26 Jul 02 Aug 09 Aug 16 Aug 23 Aug 30 Aug 13 Sep 27 Sep

SPLIT

BOSNIA

ATHENS

BELGRADE

SARAJEVO

Nis

MONTENEGRO

Overnight Stays

ITINERARY DAYS 1 - 6 | SPLIT - ATHENS

As per the Ultimate Balkan Adventure (pg 40) days 1 to 6. The past week has been special and we’re sad to see it end. We hope to see you again soon! (B)

24 May 07 Jun 14 Jun 21 Jun 28 Jun 05 Jul 12 Jul 19 Jul

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01 Jun 15 Jun 22 Jun 29 Jun 06 Jul 13 Jul 20 Jul 27 Jul

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26 Jul 02 Aug 09 Aug 16 Aug 23 Aug 30 Aug 13 Sep 27 Sep

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SKOPJE

MACEDONIA

ITALY

ALBANIA

THESSALONIKI

GREECE

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03 Aug 10 Aug 17 Aug 24 Aug 31 Aug 07 Sep 21 Sep 05 Oct

ITINERARY Overnight Stays

Delphi

(START)

ITINERARY DAYS 1 - 9 | ATHENS - SPLIT

@ASHLEIGHWEATHERALL

Contemplate the insights of the oracle of Apollo from the sanctuary of Delphi, marvel at the cliff-top monasteries of Meteora, and let a local guide immerse you in the tales of mythology from the ancient world. This fully captivating trip will have you entranced by the history and jaw-dropping scenery of Greece!

HIGHLIGHTS

As per the Ultimate Balkan Adventure (pg 40) days 7 to 15.

FREE TIME

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Enjoy a local bite to eat at Delphi • Take a selfie with the Spartan King Leonidas at Thermopylae

START: Athens. 7:30am END: Athens. 7pm

• Explore Delphi, heart of the ancient Greek world • Take in the breathtaking views of Meteora • Visit the site of the Battle of Thermopylae • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

Accommodation: Hotel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin (min. 2 people)/single room. Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | D: Dinner)

DAY 1 | ATHENS - DELPHI - KALABAKA

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

It’s time to begin your jam-packed 2-day adventure! Our first stop will be the heart of the ancient Greek world, Delphi, where you’ll have a guided walk and free museum entrance. We arrive in Kalabaka tonight for a delicious group dinner at a local taverna. (D)

Low Season $289 High Season $299

DAY 2 | KALABAKA - THERMOPYLAE - ATHENS

OHRID

ATHENS

High Season $899

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ROMANIA

SERBIA

Low Season $849

Thermopylae

FINISH

Mostar

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

GREECE

METEORA

DAY 7 | ATHENS

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INCLUSIONS

Accommodation: Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast)

TIRANA

High Season $709

START

SERBIA

Dubrovnik

Accommodation: Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast)

"I was completely blown away by the Balkans. I fell in love with the place, the food and the people! The locations we visited just got better and better."

ROMANIA

(START)

@MISSLEA.LEA

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 1 nights’ accommodation • 1 breakfast and 1 dinner • All coach transport • Tour of Delphi with a local guide • Site and museum entrance at Delphi • Tour of Meteora with a local guide • Entrance to two monasteries at Meteora

Today we journey to the cliff-top monasteries of Meteora. After a visit to Thermopylae, we head back to Athens and say our farewells. We hope you’ve had an amazing time! (B)

METEORA In a way, UNESCO-listed Meteora could easily claim the title of Greece’s best-kept secret. These huge sandstone structures with monasteries perched precariously on top are nothing short of spectacular, and will quickly drain your camera’s battery as you fail to resist the urge to go absolutely snap happy. Hey, it happens! The rock formations have been around for about 25 million years, but the monasteries were not built until the 14th to 16th centuries. These days you can still visit 6 of the 24 original temples, so make sure you wear comfortable footwear for all the steps that await you!

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19 Aug 23 Aug 26 Aug 30 Aug 02 Sep 06 Sep 09 Sep 13 Sep 16 Sep

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15 DAYS FROM $1329pp* DEBRECEN

Eger HUNGARY

8 DAYS FROM $719pp*

BUDAPEST (START)

MOLDOVA

CLUJ Salina Turda

Sighisoara BRASOV

ROMANIA BOSNIA

BUCHAREST

SERBIA

BELGRADE

Nis

BULGARIA

MONTENEGRO

SOFIA ALBANIA

8 DAYS FROM $719pp*

MACEDONIA

SUNNY BEACH

PLOVDIV

Overnight Stays

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • 14 nights’ accommodation • 14 breakfasts • All coach transport • Entrance to Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress • Salina Turda salt mine

FREE TIME

@SAASHMEISTER

Jacqui SAYS (@BACKPACKIN.JACQ)

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Walking tour and pub crawl in Belgrade • Go to the Great Church in Debrecen • Hike or take the funicular up Tampa Hill • Soak up the sun in Sunny Beach • Visit the ruins in Plovdiv • Go to the central market hall in Sofia • Visit the Fortress and Parliament Building in Belgrade

"From lunching on goulash at Dracula’s birthplace to sampling palinka at Budapest’s ruin bars and rowing a boat underground at one of the worlds oldest salt mines, this tour did not skimp on its itinerary. I’ve made friends for life from this tour!"

START: Budapest. 3pm END: Budapest. 10am Accommodation: Hotel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast)

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

HIGHLIGHTS • Visit Dracula’s Castle and birthplace • The raw history of Belgrade • Salina Turda salt mine • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | BUDAPEST

We start the trip with an orientation of Budapest! Check out sights like the Fisherman’s Bastion but save energy for tonight to experience the world-renowned ruin bars!

DAY 2 | BUDAPEST - DEBRECEN

Low Season $1329 High Season $1399

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Enjoy a stop in the ancient town of Eger en route to Debrecen. We’ll arrive later this afternoon with free time to explore before we head to a local bar. (B)

DAY 3 | DEBRECEN - CLUJ

Today we journey towards Cluj! Upon arrival we’ll have an orientation walk to check out the sights, and tonight we’ll have a drink or two in this vibrant student city. (B)

DAY 4 | CLUJ - BRASOV

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Our first stop today is in Salina Turda, with an awesome included excursion into the ancient salt mines! Then we’ll make our way to the birthplace of Dracula. We’ll arrive in Brasov this evening with time to explore. (B)

DAY 5 | BRASOV

You’re free to spend the day as you please! Check out the historic buildings, grab lunch in a local cafe, or take a hike up Tampa Hill for epic views. (B)

DAY 6 | BRASOV - BUCHAREST

After breakfast we start castle hopping towards Bucharest. Included are Bran Castle and Rasnov Citadel in the Carpathian Mountains. This evening we have a walk of Bucharest, and the night is yours to enjoy. (B) 44

@KELLY.SPARKPHOTOG

Anne SAYS (@ANNE_SWISS)

"If you love a relaxed way of travelling with plenty of free time to wander around and enjoy local food and wine, this trip is for you."

@ITSNEDKELLY

Annabelle SAYS (@ANNABELLE.BAILES)

"This trip was a great way to experience the energetic nightlife of Sunny Beach, explore the ruins and fortresses of Belgrade and Bulgaria, and the city of Budapest!"

DAY 7 | BUCHAREST

INCLUSIONS

FREE TIME

INCLUSIONS

FREE TIME

• Go to the great church in Debrecen • Hike or take the funicular up Tampa Hill

DAY 8 | BUCHAREST - SUNNY BEACH

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 7 nights’ accommodation • 7 breakfasts • All transport • Entrance to Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress • Salina Turda salt mine

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 7 nights’ accommodation • 7 breakfasts • All coach transport

• Walking tour and pub crawl in Belgrade • Soak up the sun in Sunny Beach • Visit the ruins in Plovdiv • Check out the Central Market Hall in Sofia • Visit the Fortress and Parliament Building in Belgrade

Today you have free time to explore the Old Town, see the gargantuan Palace of the Parliament, relax in the lush parks, or visit the Arcul de Triumf. (B) This morning we journey along the coastline to Sunny Beach, ready to create some epic memories! (B)

DAY 9 | SUNNY BEACH

Head to the beach to soak up the sun, or take on some of the water sports on offer! Alternatively, join your guide for a visit to the UNESCO-listed Nessebar. (B)

DAY 10 | SUNNY BEACH - PLOVDIV

Onwards to historic Plovdiv! Check out the Old Town and the ancient Roman theatre, before you head out to experience the nightlife in this incredible city. (B)

START: Budapest. 3pm END: Bucharest. 10am

DAY 13 | BELGRADE

Make the most of your free day and head out to explore Belgrade and its many attractions! (B)

DAY 14 | BELGRADE - BUDAPEST

With a stop in Novi Sad, we arrive in Budapest this evening for our final night. Raise your glass to the closing of an epic adventure! (B)

DEBRECEN

(START)

CLUJ ROMANIA Salina Sighisoara Turda BRASOV

SERBIA

START: Bucharest. 7:30am END: Budapest. 10am Accommodation: Hotel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast)

BUCHAREST

Low Season $719 BULGARIA

Low Season $719

Overnight Stays

High Season $759

START

15 Jun 29 Jun 13 Jul

FINISH

22 Jun 06 Jul 20 Jul

START

27 Jul 10 Aug

FINISH

03 Aug 17 Aug

ITINERARY

BUDAPEST ROMANIA

START

22 Jun 06 Jul 20 Jul

FINISH

29 Jun 13 Jul 27 Jul

START

03 Aug 17 Aug

BELGRADE Nis

FINISH

SOFIA

10 Aug 24 Aug

As per the Ultimate Eastern Adventure (pg 44) days 1 to 7.

BUCHAREST (START)

SERBIA

High Season $759

DAYS 1 - 7 | BUDAPEST - BUCHAREST

MACEDONIA

BULGARIA

SUNNY BEACH

PLOVDIV

ALBANIA Overnight Stays

ITINERARY

DAY 8 | BUCHAREST

All good things come to an end! The trip finishes after breakfast. (B)

HUNGARY

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

Onwards to Sofia. We arrive before lunch and start exploring the city. Lose yourself in the Central Market Hall and experience the unique sights and smells of Bulgaria! (B) It’s time for Belgrade! First, we’ll have a stop in the ancient city of Nis. This afternoon we have an optional walking tour of Belgrade followed by an epic pub crawl. (B)

HUNGARY

Eger BUDAPEST

Accommodation: Hotel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast)

DAY 11 | PLOVDIV - SOFIA

DAY 12 | SOFIA - BELGRADE

UKRAINE

SLOVAKIA

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DAYS 1 - 8 | BUCHAREST - BUDAPEST

As per the Ultimate Eastern Adventure (pg 44) days 8 to 15.

DAY 15 | BUDAPEST

Check-out is after breakfast this morning. (B) 45


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8 DAYS FROM $859pp*

FINLAND

OSLO

STOCKHOLM

TALLINN FERRY ESTONIA

SWEDEN

BALTIC SEA

COPENHAGEN

LATVIA

RIGA

LITHUANIA

VILNIUS BERLIN (START)

POLAND

GERMANY

BELARUS

WARSAW

Overnight Stays

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • 14 nights’ accommodation • 14 breakfasts & 1 dinner • All coach transport and ferries • Orientation walks in Copenhagen, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Warsaw and Berlin • Viking walking tour

FREE TIME

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Visit Christiania and Tivoli Park in Copenhagen • Watch the sunset atop the Oslo Opera • Explore the Swedish archipelago in Stockholm • Visit the Art Nouveau district in Riga • Check out Uzupis in Vilnius • Copenhagen bar crawl • Alternative Copenhagen walking tour • Visit an ice bar in Stockholm • Fjord island hopping in Oslo • Bike tour Oslo • Bike tour Stockholm

START: Berlin. 7am END: Berlin. 10am Accommodation: Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast)

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

@FLIPABROAD

Annika SAYS (@ANNIKA_MAC)

"With experiences like bobsledding in Latvia, making pierogis in Poland and going to one of Europe’s oldest theme parks in Copenhagen, it is an unforgettable experience. By the end, you'll have formed a very close group of friends that are like family."

HIGHLIGHTS • Explore Christiania in Copenhagen • Go on a Viking Walking Tour in Stockholm • Visit Trakai Island Castle in Lithuania • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | BERLIN - COPENHAGEN

We start our adventure as we sail to colourful Copenhagen. Tonight, join an optional pub crawl to absorb the city’s incredible nightlife!

DAY 2 | COPENHAGEN

Enjoy a city orientation walk then spend the afternoon visiting the museums and parks, or drop into Freetown Christiania. Later, we’ll head to Tivoli Gardens, the world’s second oldest amusement park! (B)

DAY 3 | COPENHAGEN - OSLO

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31 Aug 14 Sep

14 Sep 27 Sep

After a quick stop off at Frogner Park, we’ll arrive in Oslo. Stay in and relax or go out and soak up the sights of this outstanding city! (B)

DAY 4 | OSLO

Head out to explore and discover Oslo today! Later, we’ll watch the sunset from the Opera House. (B)

DAY 5 | OSLO - STOCKHOLM

Goodbye Oslo and hello Stockholm! Tonight, we revel in the buzzing Scandinavian nightlife. (B) Connect this adventure with one of the below trips and SAVE 10% on the total price. HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASS (pg 22) LOLLAPALOOZA FESTIVAL (pg 80)

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DAY 6 | STOCKHOLM

Naomi SAYS (@NAOMIFEARNETT)

Cally SAYS (@CAALLLYY)

"Busabout is the best way to see Scandinavia if you’re short on time. From ice bars in Stockholm to pub crawls in Copenhagen and bike tours in Oslo, there’s never a dull moment!"

"Explore an area of the world that is still relatively undiscovered by tourists! The cities you visit have such interesting history, architecture and cultures."

DAY 8 | TALLINN

INCLUSIONS

FREE TIME

INCLUSIONS

FREE TIME

DAY 9 | TALLINN - RIGA

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 6 nights’ accommodation • 6 breakfasts • All coach transport including ferries • Orientation walk in Copenhagen • Stockholm Viking walking tour

• Visit Christiania and Tivoli Park in Copenhagen • Watch the sunset atop the Oslo Opera • Explore the Swedish archipelago in Stockholm • Copenhagen bar crawl • Alternative Copenhagen walking tour • Visit an ice bar in Stockholm • Fjord island hopping in Oslo • Bike tour in Oslo • Bike tour in Stockholm

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 7 nights’ accommodation • 7 breakfasts • All coach transport

• Castle of Trakai • Sigulda bobsleigh track • Visit Uzupis • Warsaw Old Town and nightlife

We’ll make port in Tallinn late morning, and embark on an orientation walk of the Estonian capital. Don’t miss the Old Town and its medieval architecture! (B) Lovely Latvia awaits! After arriving in Riga, we’ll hit up some of Riga’s highlights and tonight we head out to get ourselves acquainted with Latvian hospitality. (B)

DAY 10 | RIGA - VILNIUS

Next stop: Lithuania! We’ll stop at the ruins of Trakai Castle before arriving into Vilnius this afternoon. Take some time to relax before the optional outing to explore the city’s local breweries and bars. (B)

DAY 11 | VILNIUS

START: Berlin. 7am END: Stockholm. 10am Accommodation: Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast)

Wave farewell to Vilnius because today we’re heading towards Warsaw. Upon arrival, stretch your legs with an orientation walk of the city! (B)

DAY 13 | WARSAW

08 Jun 22 Jun 06 Jul 20 Jul

FINISH

14 Jun 28 Jun 12 Jul 26 Jul

START

03 Aug 17 Aug 31 Aug 14 Sep

It’s your free day to explore this magnificent town. Climb atop the Academy of Culture and Sciences for amazing views! (B)

ITINERARY

DAY 14 | WARSAW - BERLIN

DAYS 1- 6 | BERLIN - STOCKHOLM

Today we have an inclusive Viking Walking tour and later this evening, why not visit an ice bar? (B)

DAY 7 | STOCKHOLM - TALLINN (OVERNIGHT CRUISE)

DAY 15 | BERLIN

Check-out is after breakfast. If you’re joining us on our Hop-on Hop-off network, the next stop is Munich via Prague. (B)

DAY 7 | STOCKHOLM

All good things come to an end. The trip finishes after breakfast. (B)

ESTONIA SWEDEN

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

START

FINISH

As per the Ultimate Scandi-Baltic Adventure (pg 46) days 1 to 6.

(START)

BALTIC SEA

High Season $899

SWEDEN

09 Aug 23 Aug 06 Sep 20 Sep

COPENHAGEN

GERMANY

Berlin (START)

NORWAY

TALLINN

Low Season $859

High Season $1015

START

Overnight Stays

Accommodation: Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast)

STOCKHOLM

Low Season $959

DAY 12 | VILNIUS - WARSAW

START: Tallin. 12pm END: Berlin. 10am

FINLAND

OSLO

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

This morning we’ll be heading out on an orientation walk of Vilnius to the city’s baroque architecture. Tonight, enjoy the evening at your own pace. (B)

We’ve come full circle and find ourselves in Berlin once more. We recommend you head out to Kreuzburg to explore Berlin’s infamously eclectic nightlife! (B)

Tick off any last minute to-dos before we board our ferry to Tallinn this evening. (B, D)

@WEELASSIETRAVELS

@BUSABOUT_ROWAN

BALTIC SEA

15 Jun 29 Jun 13 Jul 27 Jul 10 Aug

FINISH

22 Jun 06 Jul 20 Jul 03 Aug 17 Aug

START

24 Aug 07 Sep 21 Sep

RIGA

LATVIA

LITHUANIA

VILNIUS FINISH

31 Aug 14 Sep 27 Sep

GERMANY

BERLIN

POLAND

WARSAW

ITINERARY DAYS 1 - 8 | TALLIN - BERLIN

As per the Ultimate Scandi-Baltic Adventure (pg 46) days 8 to 15.

POLAND Overnight Stays

Connect either of these adventures with one of the below trips and SAVE 10% on the total price. HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASS (pg 22) LOLLAPALOOZA FESTIVAL (pg 80)

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15 DAYS FROM $1559pp*

8 DAYS FROM $959pp*

8 DAYS FROM $799pp*

ISTANBUL (START)

Gallipoli Lake Tuz

CANAKKALE Troy Ephesus

Pergamon SELCUK Aphrodisias

Kusadasi

CAPPADOCIA

TURKEY

Konya

PAMUKKALE Fethiye SAIL

Saklikent Gorge KAS

ANTALYA

Overnight Stays

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout guide • Your fantastic local driver • 11 nights’ accommodation • 3 nights’ aboard a Turkish gulet sailboat • 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners • All coach transport • Guided walks of the site of Troy, Pergamon, Ephesus and Aphrodisias • Goreme open-air museum with guided valley walk • Cappadocia underground city entrance and tour • Guided Gallipoli tour • Entrance fees to Troy, Pergamon, Ephesus, Aphrodisias, Pamukkale and Sultanhani • Pottery making display

FREE TIME

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Whirling dervishes Turkish night • Visit Kusadasi and party in its clubs • Turkish hammam, Kusadasi

@CHELSEA_________

@LIONMELODY

"I’ve done a lot of tours and this was by far the best. I got to see Gallipoli, ancient cities, the mineral baths at Pamukkale, sail on a boat for 3 days, see the underground city and experience the amazing hot air balloons in Cappadocia!"

"I loved the bustling markets of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, and visiting ANZAC cove. Sailing and swimming in the pristine Aegean Sea was a great end to an unforgettable experience."

Campbell SAYS (@CAMPBELL_HAYES)

HIGHLIGHTS • See the fairy chimneys in Cappadocia • Experience ANZAC Cove • Swim in the cotton candy tiers in Pamukkale • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | ISTANBUL - GALLIPOLI - CANAKKALE

START: Istanbul. 7am END: Istanbul. 9am Accommodation: Hotel & hostel multi-share and Turkish gulet sailboat. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin/double room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

The adventure begins as we depart Istanbul and head to Gallipoli peninsula! Tonight we enjoy a delicious traditional dinner and drinks.

DAY 2 | CANAKKALE - TROY - PERGAMON - SELCUK

Onwards to Troy, where you’ll have a guided walk of the site. Then we journey on to Pergamon, with a guided tour of the Acropolis and some free time! (B)

DAY 3 | SELCUK - EPHESUS - KUSADASI - SELCUK

Low Season $1559 High Season $1649

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Enjoy a Turkish breakfast this morning before a tour of Ephesus. Soak up the history before you soak in the waters with an optional visit to a Turkish bath. (B)

DAY 4 | SELCUK - APHRODISIAS - PAMUKKALE

DAY 7 | 12 ISLANDS SAIL - FETHIYE

Today we’ll cruise to Red Island for a swim stop, and on to buzzing Fethiye. Tonight we head out for an epic night on the town! (B, L, D)

DAY 8 | FETHIYE - SAKLIKENT GORGE - KAS

Our first stop today is Saklikent National Park with an optional gorge walk, before a swim in the clear blue waters of Kaputas Beach and onto Kas! (B)

DAY 9 | KAS

Spend the day sightseeing the ancient ruins, head to the beach, or relax in the sun. Tonight you can feast on some of the freshest seafood in Turkey. (B)

DAY 10 | KAS - ANTALYA

Today we journey to Antalya, where you have the afternoon to explore. Sunbathe on the white sands of Konyaalti beach and check out the Old Town. (B)

DAY 11 | ANTALYA - KONYA - CAPPADOCIA

The famous Cappadocia awaits! After a stop in Konya, we’ll arrive to our lodgings in a cave hotel. Tonight the guide will take the group out for a local feast. (B)

Well hello, Aphrodisias! We’ll explore the ruins for a couple of hours and grab some tasty local lunch. Then it’s onwards to explore magical Pamukkale. (B)

DAY 12 | CAPPADOCIA

DAY 5 | PAMUKKALE - FETHIYE - 12 ISLANDS SAIL

DAY 13 | CAPPADOCIA

Get excited, it’s time to head for Fethiye where we’ll board our Turkish gulet and sail for Samanlik Bay. This evening we’ll dine at sea under the stars. (B, D)

DAY 6 | 12 ISLANDS SAIL

This morning we head to Yassica Island. We’ll visit Cleopatra’s Bath and go for a hike, then spend the rest of the day sunbathing and swimming. (B, L, D)

Waati SAYS

DAY 14 | CAPPADOCIA - LAKE TUZ - ISTANBUL

Brayden SAYS

(@RYEBRAY)

"You get to swim in crystal blue waters, and enjoy delicious food along the way. Without a doubt the highlight was Cappadocia. Don’t miss the hot air balloons!"

INCLUSIONS

FREE TIME

INCLUSIONS

FREE TIME

• Your fantastic Busabout guide • Your fantastic local driver • 4 nights’ accommodation • 3 nights’ aboard a Turkish gulet sailboat • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners • All coach transport • Guided Gallipoli tour • Orientation of the site of Troy, Pergamon, Ephesus and Aphrodisias • Entrance fees to Troy, Pergamon, Ephesus and Aphrodisias, Pamukkale

• Visit Kusadasi and party in its clubs • Turkish hammam, Kusadasi

• Your fantastic Busabout guide • Your fantastic local driver • 7 nights’ accommodation • 7 breakfasts • All coach transport • Goreme open-air museum with guided valley walk • Cappadocia underground city entrance and tour • Sultanhani entrance fees • Pottery making display

• Whirling dervishes Turkish night

Overnight Stays

Gallipoli CANAKKALE Troy

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES High Season $1009

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01 Jun 15 Jun 29 Jun 13 Jul 27 Jul

SELCUK Aphrodisias PAMUKKALE

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03 Aug 17 Aug 31 Aug 14 Sep

Fethiye SAIL

START: Fethiye. 10am END: Istanbul. 9am

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

ITINERARY

FINISH

10 Aug 24 Aug 07 Sep 21 Sep

As per the Ultimate Turkey Adventure (pg 48) days 1 to 7.

DAY 8 | FETIHYE

Enjoy your last breakfast with us and check out of the vessel by 9am. We hope to see you again! (B)

High Season $839

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Lake Tuz

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10 Aug 24 Aug 07 Sep 21 Sep

CAPPADOCIA

TURKEY

FETHIYE (START)

Konya ANTALYA

KAS Overnight Stays

ITINERARY DAYS 1 - 8 | FETHIYE - ISTANBUL

As per the Ultimate Turkey Adventure (pg 48) days 8 to 15.

Low Season $799

01 Jun 15 Jun 29 Jun 13 Jul 27 Jul

ISTANBUL

Saklikent Gorge

Accommodation: Hotel & hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin/double room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)

DAYS 1 - 7 | ISTANBUL - FETHIYE

Low Season $959

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TURKEY

Pergamon

Kusadasi

Accommodation: Hotel & hostel multi-share and Turkish gulet sailboat. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin/double room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)

25 May 08 Jun 22 Jun 06 Jul 20 Jul

ISTANBUL (START)

Ephesus

START: Istanbul. 7am END: Fethiye. 9am

Today you’ll get to tick off Cappadocia’s best sights, with a stop in Goreme for a tasty lunch. (B) Today we explore the depths of Cappadocia’s hidden gems. Discover ancient churches, cave systems and secluded valleys. Tonight we have the option to experience the unmissable dancing of the whirling dervishes! (B)

@JAKEBAINE

FINISH

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After a photo stop at Lake Tuz, we head to Istanbul where we’ll have a traditional Turkish dinner. (B)

DAY 15 | ISTANBUL 48

Check-out is after breakfast. (B)

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15 DAYS FROM $1415pp*

9 DAYS FROM $1155pp*

5 DAYS FROM $679pp*

TRIP PRICE: $1350 + LOCAL PAYMENT: $65

TRIP PRICE: $1100+ LOCAL PAYMENT: $55

TRIP PRICE: $649 + LOCAL PAYMENT: $30

CHEFCHAOUEN Volubilis Rabat

FES MEKNES

CASABLANCA

MOROCCO

TODRA GORGE MARRAKECH

ESSAOUIRA

SAHARA DESERT

Ouarzazate

(START)

MIDELT

AIT BENHADDOU

Overnight Stays

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic crew • 14 nights’ accommodation • 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners • Arrival transfer from Marrakech airport † • Transport in 4x4 Land Cruiser or minivan • Guided tours of Chefchaouen, Fes, Volubilis, Ait Benhaddou and Rabat • Berber camp • Sahara camel trek

FREE TIME

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Hammam spa in Marrakech • Guided tour Marrakech • Dinner and evening entertainment in Fes • Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca • Film studio visit in Ouarzazate • Surfing the golden sand beaches of Essaouira • Wander Todra Gorge, Morocco’s Grand Canyon

START: Marrakech. 6pm END: Marrakech. 10am

@DOANNGUYEN

Ashleigh SAYS (@ASHCROMPTON)

"From sleeping under the desert stars to experiencing the magic of the snake charmers in Marrakech, this is a country full of bustling streets and endless photo ops! There’s no better way to experience it than this."

HIGHLIGHTS • Hit the surf at Essaouira's golden beaches • Stargazing at the Sahara Berber camp • Explore the Kasbahs of Ouarzazate • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | MARRAKECH

Accommodation: Hotel (3/4 stars) multi-share and Berber camp. Accommodation upgrades: Single room (except Berber camp). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multishare. † Airport transfer offered where flight details advised 7 days in advance. If arriving prior to day 1, pre-accommodation must be confirmed at start hotel. Local Payment of $65. paid on Day 1. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)

Our epic adventure starts in Marrakech with a welcome dinner and free time to explore this evening. (D)

DAY 2 | MARRAKECH - CASABLANCA

After arriving in Casablanca, we’ll have some time to explore the local sights. Tonight, we’ll savour this energetic city. (B)

DAY 3 | CASABLANCA - RABAT - MEKNES

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

We’re off to Meknes, with a stop off in the capital city, Rabat. This afternoon you’re free to explore Meknes! (B)

Low Season $1415

DAY 4 | MEKNES - VOLUBILIS - CHEFCHAOUEN

High Season $1465

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Today we’re chasing Chefchaouen with a guided stop in Roman Volubilis! Upon arrival we’ll take a tour of the beautiful blue medina, then you’re free to explore. (B)

DAY 5 | CHEFCHAUOEN - FES

This morning we’ll make our way to the medieval city of Fes. On arrival you’ll have the rest of the day to enjoy this eclectic city at your leisure. (B)

DAY 6 | FES

Today is all about Fes, so join us on a guided tour of the ancient medina! Tonight, join us for an optional night of traditional food and entertainment. (B)

DAY 7 | FES - MIDELT

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We’re bound for Midelt with a tasty lunch on arrival, before heading out on a short hike. Later, soak up the beautiful Alpine scenery. (B, L, D)

DAY 8 | MIDELT - SAHARA DESERT

Today, we conquer the Saharan Desert - including a camel ride to the Berber camp! Tonight, we’ll enjoy traditional food, drink, and music at the camp. (B, D)

DAY 9 | SAHARA DESERT - TODRA GORGE

When Todra Gorge calls, explorers answer. Tonight, we’ll watch the sun setting over Morocco's Grand Canyon. (B, L, D)

DAY 10 | TODRA GORGE - OUARZAZATE - AIT BENHADDOU

Ait Benhaddou awaits today, with a visit to Ouarzazate along the way. This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the fortified kasbah town of Ait Benhaddou followed by a local dinner. (B, D)

@JAYREEHAL

chris SAYS (@CHRISDUDE7137)

"This trip allowed me to fall in love with cities I never even considered! The surreal landscapes and lifelong friendships made this adventure all the more worth my while."

FREE TIME

INCLUSIONS

FREE TIME

• Your fantastic crew • 8 nights’ accommodation • 8 breakfasts, 6 dinners • Arrival transfer from Marrakech Airport † • Transport in 4x4 Land Cruiser or minivan • Guided tours of Rabat, Fes, Volubilis & Ait Benhaddou • Berber camp • Sahara camel trek

• Hammam spa in Marrakech • Dinner and evening entertainment in Fes • Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca • Film Studio visit in Ouarzazate • Wander Todra Gorge, Morocco’s Grand Canyon

• Your fantastic crew • 4 nights’ accommodation • 4 breakfasts and 2 dinners • Arrival transfer from Marrakech airport † • Transport in 4x4 land cruiser or minivan • Sahara camel trek

• Hit the surf at Essaouira’s golden beaches • Hammam spa in Marrakech • Explore Game of Thrones' ‘Astapor’ in Essaouira • Explore legendary Djemaa-el-Fna in Marrakech

START: Marrakech. 6pm END: Marrakech. 10am DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

We’ll arrive in the coastal gem of Essaouira this afternoon. After arrival, you’re free to spend the rest of the day exploring the medina before heading out for a night on the town. (B) Enjoy breakfast this morning and limber up for a day of exploration or relaxation! Chill with the beach camels, grab a bite to eat, or do some souvenir shopping. (B)

DAY 13 | ESSAOUIRA - MARRAKECH

We’ll arrive back in stunning Marrakech this afternoon, with the rest of the day to explore. Tonight get lost in the myriad of activities this cultural city offers. (B)

DAY 14 | MARRAKECH

Marrakech is yours to experience today! We offer an optional tour of the city, and an optional traditional hammam later. Tonight enjoy one last dinner in this North African gem. (B)

DAY 15 | MARRAKECH

Check out is this morning after breakfast. (B)

Rachael SAYS (@RACHAEL22_)

"Immersing yourself in markets that will leave you lost and riding a camel through the Sahara - this is the perfect way to discover Morocco!"

INCLUSIONS

DAY 11 | AIT BENHADDOU - ESSAOUIRA

DAY 12 | ESSAOUIRA

@EMROSEH

Accommodation: Hotel (3/4 stars) multi-share and Berber camp. Accommodation upgrades: Single room (except Berber camp). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. † Airport transfer offered where flight details advised 7 days in advance. If arriving prior to day 1, pre-accommodation must be confirmed at start hotel. Local Payment of $55 paid on Day 1. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)

Low Season $1155

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Rabat 21-Jul 04-Aug 11-Aug 01 Sep 15 Sep 06 Oct 20 Oct 03 Nov 17 Nov 01 Dec 15 Dec 29 Dec

WANT TO START IN CASABLANCA? 8-day option available on website.

Low Season $679

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Volubilis FINISH

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

Accommodation: Hotel (3/4 stars) multi-share and Berber camp. Accommodation upgrades: Single room (except Berber camp). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. † Airport transfer offered where flight details advised 7 days in advance. If arriving prior to day 1, pre-accommodation must be confirmed at start hotel. Local Payment of $30 paid on Day 1. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)

High Season $729

High Season $1205

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START: Marrakech. 6pm END: Marrakech. 1pm

FES

Meknes

CASABLANCA MOROCCO

MARRAKECH (START)

TODRA GORGE Ouarzazate

SAHARA DESERT

AIT BENHADDOU Overnight Stays

ITINERARY: Visit busabout.com to get the full itinerary and to find out more.

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MARRAKECH (START)

SAHARA DESERT ESSAOUIRA

Overnight Stays

ITINERARY: Visit busabout.com to get the full itinerary and to find out more.

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Europe begs to be explored. Go beyond the destination and discover a side of it you didn’t know existed. On these trips, we balance all the must-do activities with plenty of free time for you to explore like a local. @CHELSEA_________

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14 DAYS FROM $1349pp* KRAKOW

GERMANY

POLAND CZECH REPUBLIC

MUNICH (START)

MUNICH

SLOVAKIA AUSTRIA

VIENNA BUDAPEST

HUNGARY

ZAGREB

ITALY

VIENNA

SPLIT

Overnight Stays

@TAMARANICOLSON

@SAASHMEISTER

CROATIA

BOSNIA

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • 13 nights’ accommodation • 13 breakfasts and 3 dinners • All coach transport • Budapest city bike tour • Orientation walks in Munich, Krakow and Budapest

FREE TIME

@TEGANPHILLIPA

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Visit Prater Park in Vienna • Relax in the thermal baths in Budapest • Revel in Budapest’s quirky ruin bars • Take a day trip to Auschwitz or the Wieliczka Salt Mines

START: Munich. 2pm END: Split. 10am Accommodation: Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | D: Dinner)

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

The grand palaces of Vienna, the fairy tale architecture of Krakow, the sunrise over Budapest, the crystal-clear waters and ancient Old Town of Split - throw all that together with some epic nights of revelry in the hippest bars and clubs and you get one hell of an adventure!

HIGHLIGHTS • Take a bike tour in the Austrian countryside • Visit the thermal baths and ruin bars in Budapest • Sample the local food and nightlife in Krakow • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | MUNICH

Your adventure blasts off from Munich this afternoon. After checking in, feel free to head out to explore the city. Why not head to Muller’sches Volksbad for the classiest swim of your life, or relax in the Hofgarten?

Low Season $1349 High Season $1419

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DAY 2 | MUNICH - VIENNA

After breakfast we’ll hit the road! We arrive in Vienna early this evening with time to explore all the hidden gems. Tonight, join us for a delicious included Austrian dinner! (B, D)

DAY 3 | VIENNA

Vienna awaits! Why not visit the Habsburg Imperial Crypt or wander through the lost garden of Schloss Schonbrunn? Tonight, experience the city’s vibrant nightlife. (B) Connect this adventure with one of the below trips and SAVE 10% on the total price. HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASS (pg 22) CROATIA SAILING (pg 64) CROATIAN ADVENTURE (pg 39) ROMAN FOOTPRINTS (pg 56) BALKAN HIGHLIGHTS (pg 42) ULTRA FESTIVAL (pg 78)

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DAY 4 | VIENNA

You have another day in beautiful Vienna! Sign up for the Winery Bike Tour to see the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durnstein, cycle along the Danube River and visit centuries-old vineyards, or spend the day exploring this majestic city. (B)

DAY 5 | VIENNA - KRAKOW

Today we’re headed to Krakow. After check in, explore this magical city’s lesser-known spots before joining us for an included pierogi dinner! (B, D)

DAY 6 | KRAKOW

Today you’re free to soak up as much of Krakow as you can. Explore the Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz, now full of indie galleries, vintage clothing stores and hip bars ranging from cocktail dens to shabby-chic spaces! (B)

DAY 7 | KRAKOW

DAY 11 | BUDAPEST - ZAGREB

Farewell Budapest! Today, it’s onwards to Zagreb. We’ll arrive mid-afternoon and you’re free to explore after check-in. Visit the Zagreb Eye and the Dolac food market before wandering the streets of the Upper Town. (B)

Delve a little deeper with an excursion to Auschwitz or the Wieliczka Salt Mines today, or discover more of the city’s hidden gems for yourself! Tonight you can visit Krakow’s largest multi-tap brewery in an alternative cultural hub. (B)

DAY 12 | ZAGREB

DAY 8 | KRAKOW - BUDAPEST

We’ll depart this afternoon for Split. On the way we’ll pass by the Klis Fortress - which you might recognise from Game of Thrones! Tonight we’ll arrive in Split for the last explosive night of your epic adventure. (B)

Today we’re headed to Budapest! After check in this evening, head out to explore. If you’re ready to kick off the night, join us for a party at the ruin bars built in the abandoned buildings of Budapest's old district. (B)

DAY 9 | BUDAPEST

This morning enjoy an included city bike tour where you’ll ride past all the best spots in the city. Visit the Ervin Szabo library for some quiet contemplation, and join us tonight on the boat dinner cruise! (B)

Today we highly recommend a day trip to the stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park. This evening, make it your mission to see the lamplighter in action! (B)

Famous for the annual Oktoberfest beer festival, Munich offers a great blend of beautiful streetscapes, fine culture and entertainment.

Featuring eye-catching Baroque architecture, imperial palaces and a strong coffee house culture, Vienna is one of Europe’s most elegant cities.

INSTAGOLD: The English Garden, a local’s favourite.

INSTAGOLD: A big slice of delicious Sachertorte!

KRAKOW

ZAGREB

This vibrant Polish city boasts a glorious Old Town with impressive churches, museums and Europe’s largest market square.

A compact city that is best explored on foot, Zagreb has a medieval vibe that will impress history buffs and architecture lovers alike.

INSTAGOLD: The imposing Market Square.

INSTAGOLD: St. Mark’s Church colourful roof tiles.

DAY 13 | ZAGREB - SPLIT

DAY 14 | SPLIT

Exchange your travel stories from the last two weeks over breakfast this morning as the time has come to wrap up the adventure. Say farewell to your Busabout family. We hope to see you again! (B)

DAY 10 | BUDAPEST

Enjoy another full day of exploration around this alternative city today. Visit the Shoes on the Danube Promenade, catch an opera show, and wander the great food market. Tonight, eat your heart out at an included traditional Hungarian dinner! (B, D)

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7 DAYS FROM $719pp*

9 DAYS FROM $959pp*

AUSTRIA

SWITZERLAND

GERMANY

HUNGARY

MUNICH

SLOVENIA

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CROATIA

VENICE

AUSTRIA

BOSNIA

SPLIT

ITALY

CZECH REPUBLIC

ELLMAU

SWITZERLAND

(START)

LAKE BLED

BOLOGNA

SLOVENIA

VENICE

BOSNIA

ROME

ITALY Overnight Stays

Overnight Stays

NEED TO KNOW

NEED TO KNOW

INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 6 nights’ accommodation • 6 breakfasts and 2 dinners • All coach transport • Rome twilight walking tour • Orientation walk of Split

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 8 nights’ accommodation • 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners and a slice of Bled cake • All coach transport • Munich orientation walk

FREE TIME

@FORTHEFREESPIRITED

@CHRISGUSTOFF

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Explore the islands in Venice • Visit the Vatican • Visit Bologna's famous food markets

START: Split. 2pm END: Rome. 10am

All roads lead to Rome, and you’ll be living it up the whole way there. Dive into the clear blue waters of the coastal city of Split before the scenic journey to Italy, explore Isola di San Michele in Venice, chow down on the best spaghetti bolognese of your life in Bologna, and lose yourself in the winding maze of Rome’s cobblestone streets!

HIGHLIGHTS

Accommodation: Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | D: Dinner)

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

• Glass making on the island of Murano • Bologna's famous food markets • Wander the streets of Trastevere in Rome • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | SPLIT

Low Season $719 High Season $759

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Connect this adventure with one of the below trips and SAVE 10% on the total price. HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASS (pg 22) ITALIAN ADVENTURE (pg 34) LA DOLCE VITA (pg 59)

Your adventure begins in the ancient Croatian city of Split! Check in then head out to explore this beautiful city. Tonight, sample some local food and the vibrant Croatian nightlife.

DAY 6 | BOLOGNA - ROME

It’s time to head to Rome. Upon arrival, head out to visit the lesser known spots, like St Paul’s Outside the Walls or the Coppede district. Tonight, join us for an optional dinner in Trastevere and toast to an epic week. (B)

DAY 7 | ROME

All good things must come to an end. Enjoy some breakfast before the tour wraps up, and say farewell to your Busabout family. We hope to see you again soon! (B)

DAY 2 | SPLIT - VENICE

Idyllic Alpine scenery, mouth-watering traditional cuisine, and culture-packed ancient cities. A combination leaving nothing to be desired. Savour some pork knuckle with a cold stein of beer, hike the hills around picturesque Lake Bled, and explore the green hills and mountains in Ellmau.

HIGHLIGHTS • Rafting and hiking in the Julian Alps in Bled • Explore the colourful island of Burano in Venice • Go hiking in the Austrian Alps • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | MUNICH

Get checked in and meet your new Busabout family this evening for Happy Hour at the hostel bar! Head out to explore Munich on your own terms before the included German feast tonight. (D)

DAY 2 | MUNICH - LAKE BLED

We’ll make tracks this morning towards the floating city of Venice, arriving in the early evening. Relax by the pool before enjoying the included traditional Italian dinner! (B, D)

This morning we’ll be heading south to Slovenia! We’ll arrive into stunning Lake Bled around lunchtime where you can enjoy a walk around the lake and castle. Tonight we have an included BBQ dinner! (B, D)

DAY 3 | VENICE

DAY 3 | LAKE BLED

DAY 4 | VENICE - BOLOGNA

DAY 4 | LAKE BLED - VENICE

Today Venice awaits you! Head off the beaten path to experience the city as the locals do. Escape the crowds in the Cannaregio district, or enjoy an authentic Aperol Spritz at Bacaro Risorto. (B)

Explore paradise at your own pace today. Hike the nearby hills for breathtaking panoramas, or take a trip to the Postojna Caves, where you’ll enjoy nature’s grandeur from within! (B)

Wave goodbye to Venice as we drive onwards to Bologna, where the ancient Old Town awaits. Work up an appetite, because tonight you’re invited to our delicious included dinner at a local trattoria. (B, D)

You have the morning in Lake Bled, before we depart for Venice! When we arrive you can either head into the Floating City, or relax by the pool. Tonight we have an included dinner with delicious pizza, pasta and lasagna on offer. (B, D)

DAY 5 | BOLOGNA

Today’s yours to explore all the hidden gems of the city. Discover Finestrella di Via Piella for a view of the humble canals, venture to the sleepy hamlet of Dozza, or find your way to the Carpigiani Gelato Museum! (B) 56

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DAY 5 | VENICE

It’s time to see Venice’s sights in all their glory! Head off the beaten path to experience the city as the locals do. Visit San Giorgio Maggiore and climb the bell tower, or enjoy an authentic Aperol Spritz at Bacaro Risorto. (B)

DAY 6 | VENICE - ELLMAU

FREE TIME

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Take a day trip of rafting and hiking in the Julian Alps in Bled • Explore the colourful islands of Burano and Murano in Venice • Go hiking in the Austrian Alps • Enjoy a dinner in a Bavarian beer hall

START: Munich. 2pm END: Munich. 10am Accommodation: Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | D: Dinner)

This morning, say ciao to Venezia as we make our way to the idyllic mountain town of Ellmau! You’ll have a couple of days to explore here, so take your time today. Settle down and prepare to get stuck in! (B)

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES Low Season $959

DAY 7 | ELLMAU

Ellmau awaits, and the options are many. Mountain bike through the hills, have a swim in an Alpine lake, or explore the area on horseback. Just be sure to keep the camera charged! (B)

DAY 8 | ELLMAU - MUNICH

We’ll arrive in Munich in the early evening, so feel free to enjoy some drinks at the hostel bar or head out into the city to explore. Tonight, join the group for a goodbye optional dinner and raise your stein to an epic adventure. (B)

DAY 9 | MUNICH

The time has come to say farewell to your Busabout family, as the tour wraps up after breakfast. We trust you’ve had an incredible time and hope to see you again soon! (B)

High Season $1015

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• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 10 nights’ accommodation • 10 breakfasts and 3 dinners • All coach transport • Day trip to Monaco • Orientation walk of Avignon

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 10 nights’ accommodation • 10 breakfasts and 2 dinners • All coach transport • Cinque Terre hiking and transport pass • Rome Rwilight walking tour • Munich orientation walk

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@TORIPEPPERMUSIC

Sip on a cold drink on the steps of the Sacre Couer, get lost hiking on a remote trail through the Alpine scenery of Lauterbrunnen, explore the traditional villages of Provence on a day trip from Avignon, and fill up on tapas at a local eatery in Barcelona. The choices are yours and the experiences are there for the taking.

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Outdoor activities in Lauterbrunnen • Explore the French Riviera • Pont du Gard and Chateaux of Avignon • Visit the Sagrada Familia or Montjuic Hill in Barcelona • Experience the nightlife in Barcelona

Accommodation: Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | D: Dinner)

HIGHLIGHTS • Go paragliding or skydiving in Lauterbrunnen • Day trip to Monaco • Enjoy the food and nightlife of Barcelona • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | PARIS

Your adventure begins in Paris, so relax in the parks with a picnic or catch the sunset from the Sacre-Coeur. Tonight you can enjoy a delicious included welcome local dinner! (D)

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES Low Season $1129 High Season $1189

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DAY 2 | PARIS - LAUTERBRUNNEN

Today we will traverse the picturesque French countryside towards the stunning mountainous landscape of Switzerland, before our evening arrival into Lauterbrunnen - our idyllic home for the next few days. (B)

DAY 3 | LAUTERBRUNNEN

Spend the day soaking up Lauterbrunnen’s incredible natural beauty. Check out all the waterfalls and get hiking! Tonight you can enjoy an included tasty traditional dinner. (B, D)

DAY 4 | LAUTERBRUNNEN

Sign up for a unique optional excursion today! Try white water rafting, paragliding, skydiving, or check out the high ropes park! Alternatively, soak up the rich mountain atmosphere and get lost exploring the hiking trails. (B)

DAY 5 | LAUTERBRUNNEN - NICE

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On this adventure, you get to fully immerse yourself in some of Europe’s most beautiful locations. Sip on a glass of wine in Tuscany, hike through the hills and meet the locals of the Cinque Terre, savour the flavours of the pasta in Florence, breathe in the alpine air in Lauterbrunnen, and kick back in a beer hall in Munich.

START: Paris. 2pm END: Barcelona. 10am

Connect this adventure with one of the below trips and SAVE 10% on the total price. HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASS (pg 22) ROAD TO PARIS (pg 61) IBERIAN HIGHLIGHTS (pg 36) LA TOMATINA (pg 82) IBERIAN HIGHLIGHTS (pg 37)

@_SIMONEGREEN

Sit back and relax as we make our way to Nice, where we’ll arrive this evening. Head out for a stroll through the Old Town, and enjoy the local cuisine like provencal beef stew, and true salade nicoise. (B)

DAY 6 | NICE

All aboard the train to Monaco! Explore the Old Town and stroll through the Saint-Martin Gardens. Relax at a local cafe or bar with a drink in hand and admire the view from Monte Carlo. (B)

DAY 7 | NICE

Take your time today wandering along the seafront at Promenade des Anglais and the cobbled streets of the Old Town. Kick back on the beach with a picnic dinner and watch the blazing sunset! (B)

DAY 8 | NICE - AVIGNON

Arriving into Avignon around midday, you have plenty of time to chill out and explore the city. Go for an aperitif later this evening and enjoy some of the local famous French wines and cheeses. (B)

DAY 9 | AVIGNON

It’s time to explore Avignon! If you feel like going a little further, join the full-day excursion exploring the traditional villages of Provence and the famous site of the Pont du Gard. (B)

DAY 10 | AVIGNON - BARCELONA

You have the morning in Avignon to hang out in a local bistro or explore the streets before our midday departure to Barcelona. On arrival check out the street performers on Las Ramblas before the included tapas dinner tonight! (B, D)

DAY 11 | BARCELONA

The time has come to say farewell as the tour ends after breakfast. We hope to see you again soon! (B)

HIGHLIGHTS • Explore the wine region of Tuscany • Go paragliding or skydiving in Lauterbrunnen • Hike through the Cinque Terre • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | ROME

Your adventure begins in the beautiful Italian capital of Rome. Get lost exploring the best spots on the included walking tour, and then head to the charming Trastevere area where you can find Rome’s most traditional eateries and wine bars.

DAY 2 | ROME - FLORENCE

This morning we make our way to Florence! Head out to explore the history of the city and the magnificent architecture. For some great dinner options, check out the Sant’Ambrogio area. (B)

DAY 3 | FLORENCE

Time to explore this stunning city. See the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia (book in advance), and wander the museums. Don’t miss the San Lorenzo food market, or a stroll along the River Arno! (B)

DAY 4 | FLORENCE

Take your chance to sample some of the local wines in Tuscany today. If you’d rather delve deeper into Florence head to a local trattoria and try out the delicious bistecca alla Fiorentina! (B)

DAY 5 | FLORENCE - LA SPEZIA

Say 'addio' to Florence, it’s time to journey to La Spezia. Catch the train to Vernazza to do some sightseeing and swimming before an included picnic dinner! (B, D)

DAY 6 | LA SPEZIA

Today you have three towns to explore: Vernazza, Corniglia and Riomaggiore. The Cinque Terre hiking pass is included, so you can hike around as much as you please! (B)

DAY 7 | LA SPEZIA - LAUTERBRUNNEN

Kick back and relax today for the drive through the Italian countryside into the Swiss Alps. When we arrive into the sleepy Alpine village of Lauterbrunnen, head out for an evening stroll or enjoy a drink at the bar. (B)

FREE TIME

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Visit the Duomo and the Uffizi gallery in Florence • Explore the wine region of Tuscany • Go hiking, paragliding or skydiving in Lauterbrunnen • Hike through the Cinque Terre

START: Rome. 2pm END: Munich. 10am Accommodation: Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | D: Dinner)

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

DAY 8 | LAUTERBRUNNEN

Spend the day in awe of Lauterbrunnen’s staggering natural beauty. Get those legs moving, check out the many hiking trails, and build up an appetite for an included traditional dinner tonight. (B, D)

DAY 9 | LAUTERBRUNNEN

Get in touch with your inner adrenaline junkie today and try white water rafting, skydiving, paragliding or the ropes park! Alternatively, just enjoy a local meal like swiss cheese fondue, and soak in the fresh Alpine air. (B)

DAY 10 | LAUTERBRUNNEN - MUNICH

Today we head towards our final destination, Munich! Relax before going out for a stroll through the Old Town. Tonight, enjoy the local specialties like pork knuckle and raise your stein to the finale of an amazing adventure! (B)

DAY 11 | MUNICH

Low Season $1119 High Season $1199

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The tour wraps up after breakfast. We hope to see you again soon! (B)

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INCLUSIONS

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 12 nights' accommodation • 12 breakfasts and 3 dinners • All coach transport • Amsterdam countryside bike tour • Orientation walks in Bruges and Prague

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@___________MDEE

Chill out or join an optional activity

• City bike tour in Bruges • Amsterdam erotic show • Amsterdam canal cruise • Berlin bar crawl • Day trip to the Bone Church of Kutna Hora • Neuschwanstein castle tour from Munich

Throw yourself headfirst into this trip, and open your mind to new worlds of culture. Seek out the best macarons in Paris, get lost in the cobbled streets of Bruges, meander through Amsterdam on two wheels, and enjoy a drink with the locals in Berlin. On this adventure you won’t just see the very best of Europe - you’ll become a part of it.

HIGHLIGHTS

START: Paris. 2pm END: Munich. 10am Accommodation: Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | D: Dinner)

• Optional traditional dinner in every destination • Experience the nightlife of Berlin • Sample the best waffles and beer in the world • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | PARIS

You adventure begins in glamourous Paris. Have some time to yourself this evening, or sign up for the authentic cabaret show! (D)

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES Low Season $1329

DAY 2 | PARIS - BRUGES

High Season $1399

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Rise and shine, this morning we board the coach and make tracks towards Berlin. Upon arrival you’ll have time to settle in before heading out to experience some of the alternative bars! (B)

DAY 8 | BERLIN

Berlin is waiting! Check out the creative art spaces and urban gardens, or visit Sachsenhausen for a tour of the former concentration camp. Tonight, hang out in the hip area of Kreuzberg. (B, D)

DAY 9 | BERLIN

Say ‘au revoir’ to Paris, today we head to Bruges! Meander through the Old Town and hang out at Grote Markt. Tonight, enjoy some local beers. (B)

You have another day to delve deeper into Berlin! Hang out in Tiergarten, or walk along the River Spree. Here you can explore the sand beach, gardens, art galleries, food stalls, bars and live music. (B)

DAY 3 | BRUGES

DAY 10 | BERLIN - PRAGUE

Experience the real Bruges today! Wander the cobbled streets with some frites and mayo and watch the world go by with the locals. (B)

DAY 4 | BRUGES - AMSTERDAM

Spend the morning however you please! We’ll arrive into Amsterdam early this evening, so check in and get settled before you head out to explore. (B)

DAY 5 | AMSTERDAM

Check out the countryside on a bike tour this morning, but save some energy for tonight so you can experience the nightlife of this eclectic city! (B)

DAY 6 | AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam awaits! Catch the free ferry over to Noord, check out the street art on Spuistraat, visit the hipster neighborhood of De Pijp, or hang out at the popular Hannekes Boom. Later, visit Foodhallen - the main food market! (B) 60

DAY 7 | AMSTERDAM - BERLIN

We journey onwards to Prague. Once there, see if you can find the park filled with roaming peacocks near the castle! Tonight, enjoy some beef goulash soup and dumplings in a local restaurant. (B)

DAY 11 | PRAGUE

Make the most of your day in Prague! Visit the peaceful Waldstein Gardens and relax, or sign up for an optional day trip to Kutna Hora’s bone chapel. Save some energy to visit the 5-storey Karlovy Lazne club tonight! (B)

DAY 12 | PRAGUE - MUNICH

We depart for Munich around lunchtime. Upon arrival this evening, it’s time to enjoy an included Bavarian meal of pork knuckle and obatzda cheese. Raise your glass and ‘prost’ to an incredible adventure! (B, D)

DAY 13 | MUNICH

The trip wraps up after breakfast. (B)

@TEGANPHILLIPA

The taste of tapas, the warmth of the beach sun, the views over historic cities, the risque music of the cabaret, the scent of red wine. This adventure will overwhelm your senses. Delve a little deeper into the depths of Spain and France, and experience their culture on a whole other level.

HIGHLIGHTS • Tapas dinner and live karaoke in Barcelona • Pintxos dinner in San Sebastian • Bike tour and wine tasting in Bordeaux • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | BARCELONA

Your adventure kicks off in Barcelona! Explore the main avenue of Las Ramblas, and check out the food heaven of La Boqueria. Tonight we have an included tapas welcome dinner, then go and experience the nightlife. (D)

DAY 2 | BARCELONA - SAN SEBASTIAN

Today’s destination: San Sebastian! Walk to La Concha beach, cool off in the fresh waters and soak up some sun. Tonight, enjoy some Pintxos - the Basque version of tapas. (B, D)

DAY 6 | BORDEAUX

Get out and explore the city today. If you’re a wine fan, visit La Cite du Vin, a theme park dedicated to wine. This evening, do as the locals do and have a picnic on the banks of the River Garonne! (B)

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 7 nights’ accommodation • 7 breakfasts and 2 dinners • All coach transport • Bordeaux city bike tour and wine tasting

FREE TIME

START: Barcelona. 2pm END: Paris. 10am Accommodation: Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | D: Dinner)

DAY 7 | BORDEAUX - PARIS

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

Use the morning to stock up on cheese or wine before our drive to Paris. Tonight there’s an optional evening excursion to a cabaret show to celebrate the final night of the adventure. (B)

DAY 8 | PARIS

It’s time to say au revoir as we part ways at the end of our adventure after breakfast. We hope to see you again soon! (B)

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Experience the nightlife of Barcelona • Go surfing or chill in the sun in San Sebastian • Visit a French chateaux near Bordeaux • Watch a Cabaret show in Paris

Low Season $879 High Season $919

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DAY 3 | SAN SEBASTIAN

San Sebastian is yours! Head to the beach, go surfing, wander the streets, and enjoy the local cuisine. Walk up Monte Urgull to check out the ex-military fortress once used to defend the city. (B)

Connect this adventure with one of the below trips and SAVE 10% on the total price. HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASS (pg 22) NORTHERN HIGHLIGHTS (pg 60) ULTIMATE IBERIAN HIGHLIGHTS (pg 36) IBERIAN TRAIL (pg 37)

DAY 4 | SAN SEBASTIAN

Take a day trip to the hidden gem Bilbao, or get lost wandering the city. For unique sunset views over the city, climb up Monte Igueldo! (B)

DAY 5 | SAN SEBASTIAN - BORDEAUX

Get ready for the journey to Bordeaux! Upon arrival take a stroll through the city to see the world's biggest reflecting pool, the Basilica of St. Michel and Place de la Bourse. Tonight, enjoy a glass of wine that the region is known for. (B)

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Sailing in Croatia is like a trip across time, cruising the clear blue waters of the Adriatic from port to port, docking for the night in historic towns filled with tales and myths that will make your jaw drop. Days on the boat are spent chilling on the deck, eating delicious food prepared by our cooks or jumping in the water to cool down from the heat. The nightlife is as lively as a pirate and worthy of a costume to match. Get ready for an experience like no other!

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madison SAYS (@MAADIASH)

"Swimming in the Adriatic, the most #instaworthy views possible, friends from everywhere, endless drinks and food to die for, the best nightclubs and bars every night - yeah, Croatia Sail will be one of the best weeks of your life!"

Our fleet is a mix of beautiful vintage ships and new style cruisers with deck space for sunbathing or just plain relaxing. Go to page 67 for more info.

THE PARTIES

They’re there to tell you stories, make everything easy and help you get the most out of your time on the Adriatic.

THE SWIM STOPS @MEGGCHIDGEY

HIGHLIGHTS • Explore Game of Thrones’ King’s Landing • Swim in secluded island bays • Try the famous Tequila Boom Booms at Kiva Bar • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | SPLIT - STARI GRAD

Your adventure begins as we sail from Split harbour! Kick back with an easy cruise to Stari Grad, where we have an unmissable optional excursion to a local wine farm for a traditional pot of Dalmatian peka, with olive oil and wine tasting. (L)

DAY 2 | STARI GRAD - HVAR

Freshen up with a swim stop at the Pakleni Islands before lunch, then have an orientation of Hvar! Tonight we venture out to try the famous Tequila Boom Booms at the atmospheric Kiva bar. (B, L)

DAY 3 | HVAR - MLJET

Enjoy breakfast as we chase the sun on our meander to Mljet. We’ll stop en route for a refreshing swim followed by lunch. You’ll have the afternoon to explore the island of Mljet, and later there’s Happy Hour and the fantastic Captain’s BBQ! (B, L)

DAY 5 | DUBROVNIK - KORCULA

We’ll have a swim stop before lunch as we make our way to beautiful Korcula. On arrival we have an orientation walk of the island. Tonight we enjoy an optional meal in the Old Town and experience Korcula’s nightlife! (B, L)

DAY 6 | KORCULA - MAKARSKA

Today we set sail to Makarska! On arrival we go on an orientation walk to highlight the sights, and tonight we grab a bite in the Old Town and harness the power to rave in a cave until the small hours. (B, L)

Raves in caves, bars lit on fire, full moon parties, and a nightclub in a fortress. Croatian nightlife at its best!

There are swim stops every day in small coves and secluded bays, the perfect way to cool down from the heat.

Hoist the anchor, we’re heading to the coast! We have a swim stop and lunch before arriving in stunning Dubrovnik. After an orientation walk, explore the Old Town or go on a Game of Thrones walking tour. Tonight we explore the buzzing nightlife! (B, L)

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 7 nights’ accommodation • 7 breakfasts and 7 lunches • Boat captain and crew • All orientation walks • Bedding on boats • 1 litre of drinking water per day

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• Boat and bike hire Mljet National Park • Captain’s BBQ • Dubrovnik’s city walls walk • Cocktails in a medieval tower • Captain's Dinner and Pirate Party

START: Split, Split Harbour. 1pm END: Split, Split Harbour. 9am Accommodation: Standard twin-share with shared facilities. Accommodation Upgrade: See cabin and boat options on pg 67. Pre & Post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price, based on standard below-deck, twin share accommodation. Prices vary depending on cabin class and departure date, for full pricing across all sailing departures visit busabout.com/croatiaprices.† Port Taxes of $50 (€40: based on exchange rate at time of print) paid on Day 1. Go to busabout.com for more details. Routes may change due to local conditions. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch )

DAY 7 | MAKARSKA - OMIS - SPLIT

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

Our last full day is here, as we sail to Omis. After a hike up to Fort Mirabella, we make our way to Split with lunch and a swim stop en route. Tonight we see off the adventure with one last dinner together! (B, L)

Prices below include the Local Port Tax of $50† Lowest Season $749 Low Season $819

DAY 8 | SPLIT

Medium Season $889

Check-out is this morning. We hope to see you again, and if you’re continuing your journey on our Hop-on Hop-off network, the next stop is Venice via Zadar. (B)

DAY 4 | MLJET - DUBROVNIK

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From mussels in wine sauce to grilled squid and smoked prsut, our cooks will ensure your appetite for local delicacies is satisfied.

KORCULA

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• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 7 nights’ accommodation • 7 breakfasts and 7 lunches • Boat captain and crew • All orientation walks • Bedding on boats • 1 litre of drinking water per day

@ITSNEDKELLY

Alex SAYS (@ALEXANDRIADAFFARA)

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Boat and bike hire Mljet National Park • Captain’s BBQ • Dubrovnik’s city walls walk • Game of Thrones tour in Dubrovnik • Cocktails in a medieval tower • Captain’s Dinner and Pirate Party • Peka dinner and wine tasting

"From epic views in Stari Grad to mountain bike riding in Mljet, raving in a literal cave in Makarska and drinking tequila shots in World War ll hats in Hvar – this sail is the perfect combination of relaxation, wild times and lots of fun facts along the way!"

HIGHLIGHTS • Jump into the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic • Party inside a medieval fortress at Club Revelin • Explore Mljet’s stunning National Park • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

START: Split, Split Harbour. 1pm END: Dubrovnik, Gruz Harbour. 9am Accommodation: Standard twin-share with shared facilities. Accommodation Upgrade: See cabin and boat options on pg 67. Pre & Post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price, based on standard below-deck, twin share accommodation. Prices vary depending on cabin class and departure date, for full pricing across all sailing departures visit busabout.com/croatiaprices.† Port Taxes of $50 (€40: based on exchange rate at time of print) paid on Day 1. Go to busabout.com for more details. Routes may change due to local conditions. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch)

DAY 1 | SPLIT - OMIS

Ahoy! Your adventure begins as we sail for Omis. Enjoy a refreshing swim stop before we arrive this afternoon, then make the most of Happy Hour before the optional Captain’s BBQ. (L)

DAY 2 | OMIS - MAKARSKA

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

Prices below include the Local Port Tax of $50† Lowest Season $749 Low Season $819

Today we sail to Makarska with another swim stop and lunch on the way. This afternoon enjoy some free time before we grab a bite in the Old Town and get ready to rave in a cave tonight! (B, L)

DAY 6 | KORCULA - MLJET - SIPAN

After breakfast we arrive at the National Park of Mljet where you can explore before our onboard lunch. Later enjoy a swim en route to Sipan, and join us tonight at the optional Captain’s Dinner for food, drinks and good times aplenty! (B, L)

DAY 7 | SIPAN - DUBROVNIK

Today we sail to Dubrovnik. Upon our arrival we have an orientation walk and some free time to explore this impressive walled medieval city. Grab some dinner and make the most of Happy Hour on your final night. (B, L)

DAY 8 | DUBROVNIK

FREE TIME

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Onwards to Stari Grad! Enjoy your meal on board and a swim stop in Zlatni Rat, then join us for an optional excursion to a local wine farm for a traditional pot of Dalmatian peka, with olive oil and wine tasting. (B, L)

DAY 4 | STARI GRAD - HVAR

Get fresh with a swim stop at the Pakleni Islands before lunch, then have an orientation of glorious Hvar. Tonight we party at the atmospheric Kiva bar. Get ready for one too many Tequila Boom Booms! (B, L)

Twin-share cabin with private bathroom facilities

Accommodation: Standard twin-share with shared facilities. Accommodation Upgrade: See cabin and boat options on pg 67. Pre & Post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price, based on standard below-deck, twin share accommodation. Prices vary depending on cabin class and departure date, for full pricing across all sailing departures visit busabout.com/croatiaprices.† Port Taxes of $50 (€40: based on exchange rate at time of print) paid on Day 1. Go to busabout.com for more details. Routes may change due to local conditions. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch)

These boats have been sailing with us for seasons. They offer great big decks to dance and sunbathe on, and a large galley to enjoy the seafood. They are slightly larger than their Classic Standard counterparts and could be described as Dalmatia’s party boats.

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

Prices below include the Local Port Tax of $50† Lowest Season $749 Low Season $819

Connect this sail with one of the below trips and SAVE 10% on the total price. HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASS (pg 22) CROATIAN ADVENTURE (pg 39) BALKAN TRAIL (pg 42) ULTRA FESTIVAL (pg 78)

DAY 5 | HVAR - KORCULA

Rest your head today as we cruise to the charming island of Korcula with two refreshing swim stops along the way. Upon arrival we have an orientation walk, then join us for Happy Hour and rally for tonight’s optional clubbing excursion! (B, L)

CLASSIC ENSUITE

START: Dubrovnik, Gruz Harbour. 1pm END: Split, Split Harbour. 9am

DAY 3 | MAKARSKA - STARI GRAD

Medium Season $889

Twin-share cabin with shared bathroom facilities

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Boat and bike hire Mljet National Park • Captain’s BBQ • Dubrovnik’s city walls walk • Game of Thrones tour in Dubrovnik • Cocktails in a medieval tower • Captain’s Dinner and Pirate Party • Peka dinner and wine tasting

We check out after breakfast. (B)

CLASSIC STANDARD

The originals to pioneer the Dalmatian Coast. These beautifully preserved boats are full of character and offer great deck space, well laid out cabins and shared bathrooms.

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INCLUSIONS

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MAKARSKA

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Our fleet is our strength. We have great boats for all budgets, energetic crews, clean cabins, great cooks, plenty of deck space, and captains who understand your needs. Our fleet has been with us now for years and we’ve grown together, meaning you get the best experience possible on the Adriatic.

@FORTHEFREESPIRITED

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BOSNIA

@SHELLLEEYYY

CROATIA

@ASHEIG96

@SAZZYAGGY

DUBROVNIK MONTENGRO

CAVTAT HERCEG NOVI

ELAPHITE ISLANDS

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Budva

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NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • 7 nights’ accommodation • 7 breakfasts and 7 lunches • Boat captain and crew • All orientation walks • Bedding on boats • 1 litre of drinking water per day

FREE TIME

@KATESTRAVELWORLD

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Game of Thrones tour in Dubrovnik • Explore the islet of Sveti Stefan • Dubrovnik city walls walk • Captain’s BBQ • Captain’s Dinner

It’s your time to make a splash in the pristine waters of the Adriatic Sea. If you’ve been daydreaming about ancient towns teeming with history, stretching out on deck under the golden sun, partying in the wildest clubs, and swimming through turquoise-blue waters - it’s time to open your eyes and let that dream become a reality!

HIGHLIGHTS

START: Dubrovnik, Gruz Harbour. 1pm END: Dubrovnik, Gruz Harbour. 9am Accommodation: Standard twin-share with shared facilities. Accommodation Upgrade: See cabin and boat options on pg 67. Pre & Post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price, based on standard below-deck, twin share accommodation. Prices vary depending on cabin class and departure date, for full pricing across all sailing departures visit busabout.com/croatiaprices.† Port Taxes of $50 (€40: based on exchange rate at time of print) paid on Day 1. Go to busabout.com for more details. Routes may change due to local conditions. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch)

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

Prices below include the Local Port Tax of $50†

• Swim in secluded island bays • See the Bay of Kotor at sunset • Scale the city walls of Dubrovnik • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | DUBROVNIK

It’s time to make a splash and kick off your adventure. Settle into the vessel and get to know your group over an onboard lunch. After a swim stop we’ll have an orientation tour of Dubrovnik and tonight we'll party inside a 15th century fortress! (B)

DAY 2 | DUBROVNIK - CAVTAT

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Enjoy your breakfast and try to come to terms with the fact this isn’t all a wonderful dream. Today we sail through the Lokrum, Bobara and Cavtatski Islands to port at the border of Croatia and Montenegro. Join us tonight for the optional Captain’s BBQ! (B, L)

DAY 5 | KOTOR - BUDVA - KOTOR

Chow down on some breakfast before we head out for our day trip to Budva. Check out the beaches, hit the shops and explore Sveti Stefan. Later we’ll experience the nightlife in Budva! (B, L)

DAY 6 | KOTOR - ELAPHITE ISLANDS

Relax, today is all about rest and recovery. We’ll have extra long swim stops as we sail to the mouth of the Bay of Kotor. Later we’ll explore the Elaphite Islands and have the optional Captain’s Dinner. (B, L)

DAY 7 | ELAPHITE ISLANDS - DUBROVNIK

This morning we set course for Dubrovnik, with a swim stop amongst the Elaphite Islands. Tonight we’ll enjoy Happy Hour before grabbing dinner in the beautiful Old Town and partying the final night away at Revelin! (B, L)

CROATIA ISLAND HOPPER

CROATIA ISLAND HOPPER

CROATIA ISLAND HOPPER, BALKAN HIGHLIGHTS

CROATIAN ADVENTURE

BALKAN HIGHLIGHTS

GREEK ISLAND HOPPER

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Connect these trips and SAVE 10% on the total trip price.

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For inclusion details and full itineraries see: PG 65 for Croatia Island Hopper PG 39 for Croatian Adventure

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The adventure finishes this morning after check-out. We hope to see you again soon. (B)

DAY 3 | CAVTAT - HERCEG NOVI

Soak up the sun and fuel up on breakfast as we cruise towards Herceg Novi, our destination for the day. After some refreshing swim stops along the way, we’ll arrive and explore. Tonight we party in the Old Town. (B, L)

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ATHENS

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KOTOR Budva

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Budva

We hoist anchor and set sail for the stunning Bay of Kotor! Get ready to see towering mountains, medieval towns, and stunning island monasteries. Upon arrival we’ll walk up to the Fort of Kotor for truly spectacular views! (B, L)

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9 DAYS - 5 MONTHS FROM $519pp* GREECE

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MYKONOS

PAROS

MYKONOS

PAROS IOS

Overnight Stays

SANTORINI

NEED TO KNOW THE FERRY ROUTE @PAIGEE_MARCI

Think massive sparkly clubs, glamorous cruise ships and elegant eateries with some of the most flavourful Mediterranean food you’ll find. Take your time to explore Mykonos and be rewarded with cultural insights and jawdropping historical sites.

Popular spot for relaxing and exploring the traditional Greek island lifestyle and culture. Our optionals include Greek dancing and plate smashing at a beachfront restaurant and a visit to the best beach and swim spots on our Paros boat trip, a highlight of any Greek island experience.

INSTAGOLD: The centuries-old windmills, and the incredible views.

INSTAGOLD: The spectacular swim stops on the boat trip.

SANTORINI

IOS

KRIsty SAYS (@KAR1981) "I travelled solo and met so many fantastic new friends along the way, regardless of age differences. Mykonos and Ios had epic beach parties, and the Paros boat trip was definitely a highlight – it will leave you dreaming of the turquoise water!" WHY CHOOSE THE FLEXI-HOPPER?

You decide how long you stay on each of the islands, where you want to lay your head, and which optional excursions you want to do. It’s all about flexibility, and creating the adventure that's right for you

HOW IT WORKS:

Ferries Book your ferries through MyTrip (our travel planning tool). There’s a minimum stay of 2 nights per island and groups depart islands every 2 days. Ensure your travel dates are locked down 14 days prior to departure from Athens, and we’ll take care of booking, collecting, printing and caring for your tickets. Accommodation Our recommended properties are bookable through MyTrip and include transfers to and from ferry ports. Staying elsewhere? Contact your property to see if a transfer can be arranged. Optional excursions Book Busabout recommended excursions on each island through your Guide and create an itinerary that suits you! Keeping in touch You’ll be added to a Facebook group where plans and meeting times are shared. Use the group to contact your Guide and see what fellow Busabouters are doing - no matter where you’re staying!

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Filled with colourful beaches, superb shopping, world class wines and a volcano, it won’t take you long to discover you could easily spend an entire season on this island. If that wasn’t enough, Santorini has one of the best sunsets on the entire planet.

Known for boasting some of the craziest nightlife in Greece, you’ll find anything from fire shows to flaming Lamborghinis and tequila slammers to chocolate orange shots. Water sports, beaches and traditional towns will help make sure you stay active during the day too.

INSTAGOLD: The world-famous sunset!

INSTAGOLD: The whitewashed houses and small alleys of Chora.

Ferry tickets Book your ferries through MyTrip. Spend 2 or more nights on each island - it's up to you. Busabout Guide These legends are there to enhance your experience. They'll arrange your ferry transfers and excursions, tell awesome tales of history and mythology, arrange nights out and give you personal recommendations based on your interests! New friends There are loads of Busabout travellers on the islands each season, so you're guaranteed to make plenty of friends.

Extras You'll have access to discounted excursions, drinks, jewellery, club entry and just general VIP treatment with your trusty Busabout wristband! Hassle-free travel Navigating the Greek islands can be hard work in summer! We take care of the hassle, so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy your trip! Recommended accommodation We recommend one great place to stay on each island. They're centrally located, affordable and have an awesome atmosphere. Book them through MyTrip and stay with fellow Busabouters and your guide.

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

Finish dates are based on a 9-day itinerary. Medium Season $519 High Season $559

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• Athens to Mykonos • Mykonos to Paros • Paros to Santorini • Santorini to Ios • Ios to Athens

INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • All ferries • Transfers to/from AthenStyle to Piraeus Port for everyone • All transfers to/from our recommended accommodation if you choose to stay there • Transfers on arrival and departure between Santorini port and Fira Town • Guided orientations of each island • History, mythology and cultural talks • Organised nights out on every island • Exclusive discounts for bars, restaurants, watersports, clothing and jewellery stores • Bar crawls on Mykonos and Ios

FREE TIME

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Celeb-spotting around the island of Mykonos • Experience traditional food, Greek dancing and plate smashing in Paros • Paros full-day boat trip with BBQ lunch • Busabout exclusive ‘Sun-tour-ini’ excursion topped off with the world famous sunset at Oia • Discounted watersports in Ios • Free stand up paddle-boarding taster with your Busabout wristband

WHERE TO STAY Where you spend the night can be just as important as how you got there, so we have secured the best places to stay on each island. We guarantee our preferred pick-up and drop-off point accommodation partners offer great value, cleanliness, location and attitude! Check out busabout.com for more info.

START: Athens. 5:30am END: Athens. approx. 6:30pm† (Timings highly dependent on local ferries)

Accommodation: Pay as you go. Approximately €10-€45pppn* in Busabout recommended beach clubs and pensions (guest houses). Accommodation upgrades: N/A. Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. †We recommend booking onward travel for after 12pm the day following arrival back to Athens.

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12 DAYS FROM $1249pp*

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ATHENS

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@RUDY_NIGHTANGEL

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MYKONOS

Thermopylae PAROS

ATHENS

Delphi

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SANTORINI

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MYKONOS

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NEED TO KNOW

PAROS IOS

INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • 10 nights' accommodation • 10 breakfasts and 1 dinner • All ferry transport • Transfers to and from ports • Guided orientations of each island • History, mythology and cultural talks • Exclusive discounts for bars, restaurants, watersports, clothing and jewellery stores • Bar crawls on Mykonos and Ios • Picnic dinner and drinks overlooking the famous Oia sunset in Santorini

FREE TIME

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Celeb- spotting around the island of Mykonos • Organised dinners and nights out on every island • My Big Fat Greek Night - An evening of traditional Greek fun with dinner and plate smashing • Paros Boat Trip - A full day sailing around the islands of Paros and Antiparos

START: Athens. 2pm END: Athens. 10am Accommodation: Beach club & pension multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: On request. Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast)

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS & FREE TIME • As per the Greek Island Hopper (pg 72) and the Greek Odyssey (pg 43) @TANTALISINGTRAVELS

KRYSTAL SAYS (@KRYSTALWILLIAMS_)

"This was a dream come true! Seeing the iconic sights of Mykonos, Paros, Santorini and Ios, day trips to secluded islands, and the best pub crawls I've been on! It wouldn't have been the same without my Busabout family and our tour guide."

HIGHLIGHTS • Party the night away in Ios • Soak up the sun on Mykonos’ beaches • Watch the beautiful sunset in Santorini • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | ATHENS

After check-in you’ll meet your Busabout Guide and fellow passengers. Then, you’re free to explore sights like the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the Temple of Hephaestus. We meet this evening for welcome drinks!

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES Low Season $1099 Medium Season $1399

DAY 2 | ATHENS - MYKONOS

High Season $1699

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Time for your free day in Santorini! Jump aboard an included transfer to the island’s capital, Fira. This evening we head north to enjoy an included excursion experiencing the highlights of Santorini by night, including that magical sunset! (B, D)

DAY 8 | SANTORINI - IOS

DAY 9 | IOS

DAY 5 | PAROS

Today, join us for the optional Paros Boat Trip. We’ll be sailing around the island with a delicious BBQ feast on board and multiple cooling swim stops. Tonight, enjoy cocktails and karaoke and sing the night away with your fellow passengers! (B)

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

Conquer Ios your way today! Enjoy Mylopotas Beach, explore the village, or take a short hike in the hills. Tonight, meet your guide for a group dinner before we head into town for a pub crawl of epic proportions! (B)

DAY 11 | ATHENS

Today marks the end of our Greek island adventure, check-out is at 10am. (B)

BALKAN TRAIL

CROATIA ISLAND HOPPER

Low Season $1249 High Season $1799

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Connect these trips and SAVE 10% on the total trip price.

For inclusion details and full itineraries see: PG 72 for Greek Island Hopper PG 42 for Balkan Trail

For inclusion details and full itineraries see: PG 72 for Greek Island Hopper PG 42 for Balkan Trail PG 65 for Croatia Island Hopper

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GREEK ODYSSEY THEN GREEK ISLAND HOPPER START: Athens. 7.30am END: Athens. 10am

CROATIA Mostar

BELGRADE

BOSNIA MONTENEGRO

Medium Season $1499

SERBIA

CROATIA

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SARAJEVO

SPLIT

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

DAY 10 | IOS - ATHENS

Today we voyage back to the cultural hub of Greece, Athens. We arrive into the capital in the early evening and prepare for our final night together. One last feast is on the cards before we explore the local hangouts of buzzing Athens. (B)

GREEK ISLAND HOPPER

GREEK ISLAND HOPPER, BALKAN TRAIL

Medium Season $1499

DAY 7 | SANTORINI

DAY 3 | MYKONOS

Goodbye Mykonos! We’re heading to picturesque Paros. Take the afternoon to enjoy the beautiful sights or relax by the beach. Later, we offer an orientation walk and an optional Greek experience including food, dancing and plate smashing. (B)

START: Athens. 2pm END: Athens. 7pm

Today we head to Santorini, arriving in the afternoon. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy. Spend it soaking up the sun and vast, scenic views before heading down to Black Beach for some drinks and dancing! (B)

Santorini was spectacular, but bring on Ios. Hit the beach upon arrival and enjoy a host of discounted water sports! This evening we offer an optional dinner of all-you-can-eat pizza, followed by a raucous bar crawl of the best local watering holes. (B)

DAY 4 | MYKONOS - PAROS

GREEK ISLAND HOPPER THEN GREEK ODYSSEY

DAY 6 | PAROS - SANTORINI

Today we brave the seas and arrive in stunning Mykonos for the early afternoon. Head out and soak up the sun or chill at a beachfront cafe. Later, your guide will lead an orientation walk towards incredible sunset views. (B) Spend today however you wish, soaking up the sun at Paradise Beach or head back into town to check out the local establishments. Tonight we head for a night out at one of the world renowned superclubs. (B)

Accommodation: Beach club & pension multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: On request. Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast)

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BULGARIA

Nis

SKOPJE

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ATHENS (START)

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8 DAYS FROM $489pp*

TURKEY

FETHIYE

KAS

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FETHIYE

SAMANLIK BAY

SMUGGLERS COVE

ST. NICHOLAS ISLAND FIRNAZ BAY

Kas

LIMANGAZI Demre

Kalkan

Overnight Stays

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS @ALEISHA_TURNBULL

MEGAN SAYS (@MEGANNEDWARDS)

A relatively unspoilt small fishing, diving, yachting and tourist town, Kas is located on a hill running down to the Turquoise Coast. Soaking up the sun is a popular activity, thanks to the many beautiful beaches in the area.

Known for its natural harbour, this port city features the Turquoise Coast’s blue waters and numerous rock tombs. It’s the ideal place to relax before or after sailing this incredible part of Turkey.

INSTAGOLD: The stunning views of the Turquoise Coast.

INSTAGOLD: The centuries-old sarcophagus in the streets.

DEMRE

KALKAN

"As a young female traveller, this was a great first trip to Turkey and an even better first sail experience. It was a fantastic way to see the coast of Turkey, lap up the sunshine, relax and dive into the most beautiful turquoise seas."

HIGHLIGHTS • Swim in secluded bays of turquoise water daily • Explore the port town of Kalkan • Watch the sunset atop St. Nicholas Island • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | FETHIYE - SAMANLIK BAY

DAY 6 | LIMANAGZI BAY - KALKAN - FIRNAZ BAY

Kalkan awaits today, a coastal gem tiered with whitewashed houses and colourful bougainvillea. Explore the cobbled streets and do some shopping, or jump on the locally offered optional trip to the magnificent Saklikent Canyon. (B, L, D)

DAY 7 | FIRNAZ BAY - FETHIYE

Our adventure starts in Fethiye, sailing for Samanlik Bay. Tonight we’ll relax on board and watch the sunset. Soak up the atmosphere under the twinkling blanket of stars, as we make our way to Samanlik Bay. (D)

Today begins with a jaunt to the cove of Tarzan Bay for a dip. Next up: the untouched beauty of Samanlik Bay. Later, we’ll dock in Fethiye for our final night together. Tonight we head out for one last round of drinks, capping off an amazing week! (B, L, D)

DAY 2 | SAMANLIK BAY - ST. NICHOLAS ISLAND

DAY 8 | FETHIYE

Today we call at the entrancing Butterfly Valley where you’re free to marvel at the species calling it home. Later, we head to the blue lagoon of Oludeniz for a dip in turquoise waters, before anchoring at St. Nicholas Island and dining aboard. (B, L, D)

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INSTAGOLD: The spectacular natural beauty of the Saklikent Canyon!

START: Fethiye, Check in from 2pm - 3pm END: Fethiye, Fethiye Harbour. 9am ccommodation: Multi-share cabin. Accommodation upgrades: Private triple/twin/ double ensuite cabin. Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES Low Season $489 High Season $829

DAY 4 | LIMANAGZI BAY - SMUGGLERS COVE

INSTAGOLD: Santa at St. Nicholas cathedral.

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Eat the freshest seafood • Swim at blue lagoon near Oludeniz • Explore Kekova’s sunken city • Wonder Kalkan’s cobbled streets • Be mesmerised by Butterfly Valley, a Mediterranean fjord • Party at Smugglers Cove pirate island nightclub • Sit back and enjoy stunning sunsets • Hike St. Nicholas Island for a fantastic view • Climb to the top of Simena Castle • Explore Saklikent Gorge

Medium Season $689

A refreshing swim stop in Firnaz Bay kick-starts today! Later, after we dock in the port of Kas, indulge in some drinks at one of the local establishments, or undertake a spot of souvenir shopping before heading to Limanagzi Bay for the evening. (B, L, D)

Enchanting and historic, this town is one of the most beautiful locations along the gorgeous Lycian Coast. It is tiered with whitewashed houses and remains a charming and unspoiled haven with brilliant blue crystal-clear sea.

FREE TIME

Enjoy your final breakfast with us before check-out. We hope to see you again! (B)

DAY 3 | ST. NICHOLAS ISLAND - KAS - LIMANAGZI BAY

This small Turkish Mediterranean town in Lycia, known as Myra in ancient times, was home to Saint Nicholas, a 4th-century bishop on whom the Santa Claus figure is said to have been based.

• Spend the week with local Turkish boat crew • 7 nights’ accommodation • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners • Afternoon tea and coffee • Snorkels/masks/flippers/board games

On our way to Smugglers Cove we’ll dock at the fishing village of Simena and visit the sunken ruins of Kekova and the bays of Gokkaya! Tonight, enjoy an optional tour to Pirate's Island to party the night away. (B, L, D)

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DAY 5 | SMUGGLERS COVE - DEMRE - LIMANAGZI BAY

Today we set sail for the coast near the ancient city of Myra. Spend the day exploring the coastline and swimming to your heart’s content. This evening, enjoy sunset drinks and good vibes. (B, L, D)

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These are not your average festivals. They are some of the craziest celebrations Europe has to offer. Get excited about hurling tomatoes at your mates and partying the night away to groovy beats and stunning fireworks displays.

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• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 4 nights’ accommodation • Orientation walk of Split • Ultra 3-day General Admission pass

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 3 nights’ accommodation • 3 breakfasts • Sziget 3-day pass • 3-day metro ticket • Orientation walk of Budapest

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@UNJADED.ME

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Split’s great nightlife • Chill on Bacvice beach • Explore the buzzing Roman old town • Soak up the festival atmosphere along the Riva waterfront

START: Split. 2pm END: Split. 11am Accommodation: Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: N/A. Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share.

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

Mickey SAYS (@MICKEYBUSABOUT)

"The DJs, the lights, the stadium, the crowd, the fireworks, the drop after drop... I was able to rave every night and return to the hostel to quickly recover from the best music festival I have ever been to."

HIGHLIGHTS

HIGHLIGHTS

• Ultra Warm Up party • Swim in the clear waters of the Adriatic • Party at one of Europe’s biggest festivals • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

• Night after night of the best live music • See beautiful Budapest by day • Choose to wind down in the iconic thermal baths • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

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DAY 4 | SPLIT

We check-out at 11am today, allowing time for a sleep in as you may be a little tender. If you’d like to keep the party going, join us on our Hop-on Hop-off network!

$659

Yesterday was intense so we recommend recharging your batteries for a second round of Sziget - do some shopping or see the city sights! This afternoon, we return to the island as fresh-faced musical warriors here to absorb as much music and merriment as possible. (B)

Dip in the Adriatic at Bacvice beach and take in the buzzing party vibe along the Riva waterfront as you dig a bit deeper to explore all Split has to offer. Tonight we enjoy another wild night of music and dance at Ultra!

DAY 5 | SPLIT

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Take your time to refuel and make the most of your last full day at your leisure. Escape the city to take in the views from the nearby Marjan Hill with its pine forests, secluded bays and beach front bars. This evening we prepare for the final night of the festival - the pinnacle of your Ultra Europe experience!

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Budapest optional walking tour • Explore Budapest on a bike tour • Enjoy a dip in one of the city’s famous thermal baths.

Accommodation: Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast)

Our adventure starts early with an orientation walk led by your Busabout Guide. In the afternoon, we’ll invade Sziget, one of Europe’s best music festivals. Spend the rest of the day soaking up the festival vibes with your fellow party-animals!

Spend the day exploring Split’s Roman Old Town with its maze of hip bars, shops and eateries! Later we prepare for the festivities to come at our Ultra Warm Up party, before departing for our first night of revelry at Ultra Europe.

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The adventure kicks off here in Split! Join us for an orientation walk of the city to get your bearings, and later we’ll get the party started with a tour of the bars.

DAY 2 | SPLIT

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Sziget is like the entire planet’s iPod was left on shuffle and everyone’s too happy to pick a genre. This gloriously multifarious festival is fittingly hosted on ‘the Island of Freedom’, smack-bang in the heart of Budapest. Attend this unbelievable tribute to music and discover that the best tracks are truly unrepeatable!

ULTRA FESTIVAL Held in Split, on the beautiful Dalmatian coast, Ultra Europe attracts thousands of EDM enthusiasts from all over the world for a weekend of revelry and good vibes. With a reputation for hosting some of the most famous names in the scene, past lineups have included the likes of The Chainsmokers, Afrojack and Alesso.

Spend the morning preparing for tonight and experiencing anything you may have missed in this dynamic city. Got your strength back? Good, because we’re en route to party island for one last explosive night in Sziget! (B)

DAY 4 | BUDAPEST

We ventured into the valley of Sziget and came out the other side with a boatload of new memories! Check-out is after breakfast and if you’re continuing your journey on our Hop-on Hop-off network, the next stop is Split via Zagreb. (B)

@UNJADED.ME

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SZIGET FESTIVAL This week-long festival is located on a island on the River Danube aptly named ‘the Island of Freedom’, and has featured artists like the Arctic Monkeys, Gorillaz, Kendrick Lamar and Lana Del Rey to name a few. More than just a festival, Sziget is a life-changing experience that you'll want to repeat. 79


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INCLUSIONS

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 3 nights’ accommodation • 3 breakfasts • Orientation walk of Berlin • Lollapalooza 2-day pass • Experience many different stages and bands • Return train tickets for the 2 days of the festival

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 3 nights’ accommodation • 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner • Countryside bike tour

FREE TIME

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Discover Berlin on an optional bike tour • Enjoy an optional dinner with your fellow festival-goers.

START: Berlin. 2pm END: Berlin. 10am Accommodation: Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: N/A. Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share.

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES $559

Check busabout.com for departure dates.

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Holly SAYS (@HOLLYTHEBACKPACKER) "I had the best time at Lollapalooza with Busabout. The social aspect means you have an instant festival crew who want to braid your hair, shower you in glitter and party with you. My highlight was watching the sunset from the Ferris wheel!"

HIGHLIGHTS

• Explore Berlin and see the sights • Experience Europe’s best nightlife • Two full days of the best alternative music • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

• Countryside bike tour • Party like a local • Visit a clog factory • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | BERLIN

DAY 1 | AMSTERDAM

After checking in, your Busabout guide will take you on an orientation walk of the city to highlight some of the amazing sights. Later, join the group for a night experiencing Berlin’s eclectic nightlife!

The countdown to the King’s Day celebrations have begun! Discover Amsterdam’s gorgeous canals and Renaissance architecture with your fellow passengers. Tonight, we’ll enjoy a delicious welcome dinner before heading out into the city for an unforgettable night. (D) Today we’ll be embracing all things Dutch with a bike ride through the Dutch countryside. This afternoon, you’re free to explore the city at your leisure. Tonight, join your guide and fellow passengers for King’s Night! (B)

DAY 3 | BERLIN

This morning you have some free time to head out to further explore this dynamic city. In the afternoon we depart once more for our final night at Lollapalooza, let loose and party like there’s no tomorrow with your fellow festival goers! (B) It is with a heavy heart that we bid you 'auf wiedersehen'. If you’re continuing your journey on our Hop-on Hop-off network, the next stop is Munich via Prague. (B)

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Chill out or join an optional activity

• Taste Heineken from the tap in its true home • Visit Van Gogh’s museum or Anne Frank’s house • Check out the best nightlife in Europe • Sign up for an optional comedy show or erotic show • Experience a canal river cruise

START: Amsterdam. 2pm END: Amsterdam. 10am Accommodation: Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | D: Dinner)

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES $269

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Feel free to relax and recharge your batteries this morning. This afternoon the madness begins at our first day at Lollapalooza! Dance the night away with your fellow revellers safe in the knowledge that there is still more to enjoy tomorrow. (B)

DAY 4 | BERLIN

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"The biggest street party I've been to... everyone is passionately dressed in orange! Immerse yourself in the crowds and find a local DJ spot for a bit of a dance. Meeting up and getting involved in the countryside bike tour means you'll have a crew to party with later!"

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DAY 2 | BERLIN

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Susie SAYS (@BUSABOUTSUSIE)

DAY 3 | AMSTERDAM @SAZZYAGGY

LOLLAPALOOZA Once the most coveted experience for a whole generation of rock fans, Lollapalooza has reinvented itself over the years by mixing the best of electronic music with the hottest pop and rock acts. From The National to David Guetta and Imagine Dragons to Van Buuren, everything is possible at the festival of festivals!

Today, we mark the King’s birthday with an insane, country-wide party! Your senses will be assaulted as the city ascends into good-natured madness. Every establishment is looking to impress so join your guide for a tour of the insanity! Lang leve de koning! (B)

DAY 4 | AMSTERDAM

Check-out is after breakfast. (B)

KING'S DAY Every year for the king’s birthday, the Dutch get dressed in orange from head to toe and take over the streets and canals to celebrate King’s Day. There are concerts and raves around every corner, crazy parties on every canal boat, and packed bars where energy levels never seem to drop. This is the biggest party of all.

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• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 2 nights’ accommodation • 2 breakfasts • All coach transport • Entrance to the official After Party • Entrance into the tomato fight • Orientation of Valencia • Busabout festival wristband • Busabout festival T-shirt

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 6 nights’ accommodation • 6 breakfasts • All coach transport • All orientation walks • Turda Salt Mine • Bran Castle tour and entrance fee • Exclusive Halloween party location • Halloween BBQ at Racatau Valley

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Georgia SAYS (@GEORGEGOODHEW)

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Enjoy some truly Spanish culture with an optional flamenco show • Soak up the sun at the Turia Gardens • Relax on the golden sands of Valencia’s nearby beaches

START: Barcelona. 9am END: Barcelona. 3pm Accommodation: Hotel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin (min. 2 people)/single room. Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast)

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES $419

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"La Tomatina... what an incredible experience! Buying Sangria from doorways of sweet Spanish homes, unleashing your tomato throwing skills on new Busabout besties, and of course those fantastic guides to help hose you down after!"

Connect this festival with one of the below trips and SAVE 10% on the total price. HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASS (pg 22) ULTIMATE IBERIAN ADVENTURE (pg 36) IBERIAN HIGHLIGHTS (pg 37)

Sammi SAYS (@SAMMI.EGAN)

"Can you think of a better way to celebrate Halloween than spending it in Transylvania? This trek is an amazing week exploring the region, and partying hard! Highlights were Dracula’s castle, Turda Salt Mine and the view of Brasov."

HIGHLIGHTS

HIGHLIGHTS

• Experience the biggest food fight ever! • Tick a European must-do off your bucket list • Party till dawn at the epic official After Party • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

• Visit Dracula's Castle • Halloween night in the Romanian Mountains • Visit the salt mines in Turda • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | BARCELONA - VALENCIA

DAY 1 | BUDAPEST - CLUJ

It’s time to get the wheels rolling to Valencia! Once we check in to our centrally located hotel, we’ll have an orientation walk and time to pick up essentials for the battle. Immerse yourself in the local culture and sign up to the optional flamenco show tonight.

Our terrifying trek begins with a departure from Budapest, as we race against the sun to arrive in Romania before dusk. Skulk out on an orientation creep of the city to stretch your monstrous legs and explore the many gloriously ghastly sights on offer!

DAY 2 | VALENCIA - BUNOL - VALENCIA

DAY 2 | CLUJ - TURDA - SIBIU - SIBIEL

It’s FIGHT DAY! We drive early to Bunol, where the battle will commence and all tomatoey hell breaks loose! Afterwards we return to Valencia and have a siesta before heading to the official La Tomatina After Party for a night to remember. (B) Recover from the wild night with some breakfast this morning, before getting back on board the coach to rest your head on the drive back to Barcelona. The trip finishes on arrival - we hope to see you again soon! (B)

DAY 5 | BRASOV - RACATAU VALLEY

We’re upping the fear factor with a trip to the home of Dracula. We’ll stretch our legs on an orientation tour of Sighisoara, then we’re off to our party lodge for a BBQ and some boo-gying at our Halloween bonanza! (B, D)

DAY 6 | RACATAU VALLEY - BUDAPEST

Today we’re very bravely fleeing to the Hungarian border. We arrive in Budapest in the evening. Join us for a final dinner as we share memories of the trip! (B)

DAY 7 | BUDAPEST

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Chill out or join an optional activity

• Traditional Transylvanian dinner and music • Walking tour of Sibiu • Walking tour of Brasov

START: Budapest. 7am END: Budapest. 9am Accommodation: Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | D: Dinner)

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

Check-out is after breakfast this morning. (B)

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Sibiel calls, and we’ll get there via Turda and Sibiu, with a stop at the Salina Turda mines. In Sibiel, enjoy your rustic surroundings or join us for an immersive evening of Transylvanian folk dancing and authentic food. (B)

DAY 3 | SIBIEL - BRASOV

DAY 3 | VALENCIA - BARCELONA

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@SARAHCHISLETT

LA TOMATINA Imagine a festival where your sole purpose is to throw as many squished tomatoes as you possibly can at the crowd of thousands of people that fill the streets of Bunol, a tiny Spanish town near Valencia. This is the messiest food fight ever, and one you will not want to miss. Get ready to pain the town red. Literally!

Brasov, the birthplace of the Romanian National Anthem, awaits today. Upon arrival we’ll follow an orientation walk to better acquaint ourselves, followed by free time to explore. Tonight, why not enjoy dinner in the thriving centre of Transylvania? (B)

DAY 4 | BRASOV

Rejoice, fellow horror fans, today we depart for the former home of Vlad Tepes. Enjoy your included tour of the castle and learn of the many legends, myths, and tales that surround it. (B)

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FINGERHAKELN Pull your opponent over the table by just using your finger.

@HOLLYTHEBACKPACKER

Ally SAYS (@ALLYDSTEELE)

BIERDECKEL FLIPPEN See how many beer mats you can flip and catch with one hand.

RUCKHAND TRINKEN Lift and drink beer from your 1 litre stein using just the back of your hand.

"With Busabout, you really are a part of Oktoberfest! The guides teach you about the history, and make sure you're at the heart of the festival."

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See who can 'hold their drink' at arm's length the longest.

ITINERARY

After check-in, join your Busabout guide for an orientation walk of the city to help familiarise you with the sights and activities on offer. There will be plenty of time for shopping, sightseeing and checking out the local cuisine!

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 3 nights’ accommodation • 3 breakfasts • Orientation walk of Munich • Guided walks to/from the festival grounds • Festival T-shirt • Festival wristband

After check-in, join your Busabout guide for an orientation walk of the city. There will be plenty of time for shopping and sightseeing! Then join us tonight for an optional Bavarian dinner at one of Munich’s traditional beer halls.

FREE TIME

DAY 2 | MUNICH

share. (B: Breakfast)

DAY 4 | MUNICH

This morning we’ll arrive early to secure • Explore Dachau, the first of the Nazi a table and service in the crowds of concentration camps • Discover Munich’s hidden gems on an Oktoberfest! Then it’s time to enjoy a few too many cold ones in the truly unique optional bike tour of the city atmosphere of the festival. (B) • Visit Neuschwanstein, the inspiration behind the castle in Disney’s Sleeping DAY 3 | MUNICH Beauty Explore the city by foot or bike, or check out some of our optional excursions. START: Munich. 3pm Enjoy your last full day in this incredible END: Munich. 9am city! The kegs are still tapped, so head Accommodation: Twin-share tent (with air beds). Accommodation off to the festival grounds and make the upgrades: Single tent. Pre & post accommodation is available on most of it. (B) MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-

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"From drinking beer to eating pretzels you really can’t go wrong. You get a full on German experience in just a few short days. It's an experience I'll never forget!"

ITINERARY

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 3 nights’ accommodation • 3 cooked breakfasts • Orientation walk of Munich • Shuttles to/from festival grounds • Festival T-shirt • Festival wristband

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

Katlyn SAYS (@KATLYN_BIRDSALL)

We check out after breakfast. If you’re keeping the party going on our Hop-on Hop-off network, we’ll see you on the road. Next stop, the adventure of a lifetime! (B)

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Expect an early start to get the most out of your first experience of the • Explore Dachau, the first of the Nazi Oktoberfest festival grounds. It’s time to concentration camps • Discover Munich’s hidden gems on an enjoy a few too many cold ones in the optional bike tour of the city truly unique atmosphere! (B) • Visit Neuschwanstein, the inspiration behind the castle in Disney’s Sleeping DAY 3 | MUNICH Enjoy your last full day in this incredible Beauty city or check out our optional excursions to Neuschwanstein Castle or Dachau. START: Munich. 2pm Later, head off to the festival grounds, END: Munich. 10am grab a cold one and get lost in the Accommodation: Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private revelry. (B) twin room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multishare. (B: Breakfast).

DAY 4 | MUNICH

We check out after breakfast. (B)

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There’s nothing quite like winter in Europe. The steaming mugs of delicious gluhwein. The lively Christmas markets. And the breathtaking sight of snow-covered cities and mountains. Bring your fairytale dreams to life on these awe-inspiring adventures.

@WADE_TERENCE

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NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • 25 nights’ accommodation • 25 breakfasts • All coach transport • Paris By Night city driving tour • Orientation walks in Bruges, Prague, Krakow, Budapest, Salzburg and Munich

FREE TIME

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Chill out or join an optional activity

• Visit the festive Christmas markets • Skate Europe's largest outdoor ice rink in Budapest • Visit the Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam • Climb the Reichstag Dome for the best views of Berlin (recommended to book in advance) • Soak in Budapest’s historical thermal baths and party in the famous ruin bars • Go skiing or snowboarding in the Polish and Swiss Alps (weather allowing) • See an ice hockey match in Salzburg • Enjoy a meal in a traditional beer hall in Munich • Discover the back alleys and canals of Venice • Explore Amsterdam’s countryside on a bike tour • Visit the stunning Neuschwanstein Castle • Enjoy The Sound of Music tour • Tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau • Enjoy a meal on a river cruise in Budapest • Take a day trip to the Tuscan region of Italy • Go night sledding in the Swiss Alps

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Alexia SAYS (@ALITTLERAYOFSUNSHINEINYOURLIFE)

SPAIN

"If you've ever dreamed of skiing in the Swiss Alps, living out your Lizzie McGuire dream in Rome, singing to The Sound of Music in Austria, or finding cute random alleyways and sampling food that is out of this world - then this adventure is for you!"

• Hit the slopes in Zakopane and Swiss Alps • Feast in traditional local restaurants • Party in Budapest's ruin bars • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

After check-in, we head out on a driving tour of the city’s main sights, like the Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. Later, opt in for a saucy cabaret show!

DAY 2 | PARIS - BRUGES

Today we head towards the highly-instagrammable medieval capital of Bruges and have an orientation walk of the town. Then you're off to explore - see the Belfry of Bruges, shop at the Market Square, or relax with a Belgian beer and some syrup-soaked waffles. (B)

DAY 3 | BRUGES - AMSTERDAM

After a free morning in Bruges, we head to Amsterdam. Keep your cameras at the ready as we pass the numerous canals, museums, monuments, houseboats, and Dam Square. Tonight we’ll check out the Red Light District and the nightlife! (B)

DAY 4 | AMSTERDAM

The day is yours to soak in the city at your own pace. We offer an optional bike excursion to the lush countryside. (B)

DAY 5 | AMSTERDAM - BERLIN @VICTORIA_JANE

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BERLIN

PRAGUE

HIGHLIGHTS

Accommodation: Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin/ double room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast)

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Off to Berlin we go! Once we arrive, head out to see the sights and enjoy some local cuisine - currywurst is a must-have. Then party like the Deutsch with some of the best nightlife Europe has to offer. (B)

DAY 6 | BERLIN

Today is your free day in Berlin. Explore the remnants of the Berlin Wall, see the opulent majesty of the Brandenburg Gate, visit Museum Island and spend the day lost in Berlin’s rich cultural heritage. Later, explore hipster-vibing Kreuzberg. (B)

DAY 7 | BERLIN - PRAGUE

Stopping in Dresden en route, this afternoon we arrive in the capital of Bohemia, Prague. Spend the afternoon getting lost in the fairy tale streets of this incredible city! (B)

DAY 8 | PRAGUE

Head out to see Prague Castle, the Old Town Square, and the Astronomical Clock. Alternatively, join an optional trip to the macabre Sedlec Ossuary, a chapel adorned in the bones of 40,000 people. Creepy? Hell yeah! But well worth a visit. (B)

DAY 9 | PRAGUE - KRAKOW

Today we head to beautiful Krakow! Upon arrival we have an orientation walk, and try some of the delicious local pierogi. Sign up for the optional pub crawl and enjoy an incredible night on the town. (B)

DAY 10 | KRAKOW

Today, opt in to discover the darker history of WWII on a tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau. Or, do a tour of the impressive Wieliczka Salt Mine. Later, get ready to explore the alternative side of the town! (B)

DAY 11 | KRAKOW - ZAKOPANE

Today we head to our alpine destination, Zakopane! We arrive around midday allowing you plenty of time to explore your scenic surroundings. Spend the afternoon on the slopes, or if you’d prefer to explore, head down to the popular Krupowki Street. (B)

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DAY 12 | ZAKOPANE - BUDAPEST

After breakfast we take a scenic drive to the Hungarian border. We arrive into Budapest for an orientation walk, before preparing for the world-renowned ruin bars! (B)

DAY 13 | BUDAPEST

Explore with no limits today! Visit the neo-Gothic Parliament building, try the optional city bicycle tour, or skate on Europe’s largest ice-skating rink. Maybe just unwind in the healing waters of the thermal baths. (B)

DAYS 14 | BUDAPEST - SALZBURG

Today we cruise through the snow-capped peaks of the Austrian Alps to Salzburg. Here we’ll have an orientation walk to help you get your bearings, see the Old Town and grab a delicious traditional bite to eat. If we’re in luck we may get to see an ice hockey game! (B)

DAY 15 | SALZBURG - MUNICH

Rise and shine, today we head through Austria’s alpine scenery towards Munich. Bavarians are famous for beer, and tonight you can join your fellow travellers for a stein and pork knuckle in one of Munich’s most atmospheric beer halls. (B)

DAY 16 | MUNICH

DAY 18 | VENICE

Use your free time today to see the canals on a gondola ride, wander St Mark’s Square with some gelato, or sample the local cuisine. Visit Murano, Burano and Torcello for some of the most Instagrammable spots in Europe! (B)

Spend today in awe of the majestic Alpine scenery that surrounds us. Head to the mountains for snowboarding or skiing and jaw-dropping views. (B)

DAY 25 | SWISS ALPS - PARIS

Today we travel through the scenic Italian countryside, arriving in Rome this afternoon. Head out to explore this city overflowing with history, art, and monuments. (B)

This morning we head back to glamorous Paris. We arrive in the late afternoon and have one last group dinner. Enjoy a delicious meal and drinks with your fellow passengers before heading out into the lights of Paris, one more time. (B)

DAY 20 | ROME

DAY 26 | PARIS

DAY 19 | VENICE - ROME

After breakfast there’s an optional walking tour of the city. See the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and the battleground of the gladiators. Alternatively travel to the Vatican City to see St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. (B)

Check-out after breakfast, we hope to see you again! (B)

DAY 21 | ROME - FLORENCE

After breakfast we head to Florence, where you’ve got the day to wander. Join us on an optional walking tour to see all the major sights. Afterwards, we have a leather demonstration and a Florentine dinner before hitting a karaoke bar! (B)

Right, get cracking and make the most of your free day. We offer an optional excursion to the majestic Neuschwanstein Castle (the inspo behind the Disney castle), or you can visit the sombre Dachau concentration camp for a dark but informative experience. (B)

DAY 22 | FLORENCE

DAY 17 | MUNICH - VENICE

Keep that camera ready for our Swiss Alpine destination! Join us tonight for a delicious optional dinner of traditional cheese fondue and crispy potato rosti, or spend the evening relaxing in the fresh Alpine breeze. (B)

After breakfast we make our way to Venice. After check-in, head out and experience the Italian nightlife or join us for an optional authentic dinner at the home base. (B)

DAY 24 | SWISS ALPS

Decisions, decisions... Explore the streets or try one of our optionals like horse riding, a trip to the heart of Tuscany, or a visit to the vineyards and cellars of San Gimignano. (B)

DAY 23 | FLORENCE - SWISS ALPS

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NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • 8 nights’ accommodation • 8 breakfasts • All coach transport • Paris By Night driving tour • Orientation walks in Bruges and Prague

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@TEGANPHILLIPA

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam • Try the best chocolate and beer in the Christmas markets in Bruges (Nov-Dec departures) • Climb the Reichstag Dome for the best views of Berlin (recommended to book in advance) • Visit the hilltop castle in Prague • Paris cabaret show • Enjoy a day tip to Kutna Hora's bone chapel • Countryside bike tour in Amsterdam • Berlin bar crawl • Prague castle tour

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Nathan SAYS: (@NFALZ_)

"This trip exceeded all expectations! It broadened my horizons and allowed me to explore unique cities I never even considered. Breathtaking landmarks, surreal landscapes and lifelong friendships made this adventure all the more worth my while."

HIGHLIGHTS • Check out the markets in Bruges • Visit the famous Red Light District • Party till all hours in Berlin • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | PARIS

Accommodation: Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin/ double room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast)

2019 & 2020 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

Bonjour! It’s time for the adventure to begin in Paris. See the Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, and the Eiffel Tower - or simply enjoy an afternoon relaxing. This evening you have the option of going to see a cabaret show!

DAY 2 | PARIS - BRUGES

Low Season $829 High Season $879

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Today we head towards the medieval capital of Bruges. Upon arrival we have an orientation walk of the town. See the medieval Belfry of Bruges, the Market Square, or just chill with a Belgian beer and some syrupsoaked waffles. (B)

DAY 3 | BRUGES - AMSTERDAM

Get those last-minute photos before we head to Amsterdam. Upon arrival we’ll be heading out to explore the infamous nightlife!(B)

DAY 4 | AMSTERDAM

Connect this adventure with one of the below trips and SAVE 10% on the total price. EASTERN WINTER ADVENTURE (pg 91) SOUTHERN WINTER ADVENTURE (pg 91)

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Enjoy a Dutch breakfast, then it’s time for you to soak in the city at your own pace. We offer an optional bike excursion to the lush countryside! Tonight we head out for an epic night on the town. (B)

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"Every city we visited had a Christmas market with different food, music, lights and mulled wine. The atmosphere was always festive, adding an extra layer of local culture."

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"A European winter is unforgettable! From the sunrise at Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest to watching the snow fall in the Swiss Alps and wandering through Christmas Markets."

DAY 5 | AMSTERDAM - BERLIN

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DAY 6 | BERLIN

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 8 nights’ accommodation • 8 breakfasts • All coach transport • Orientation walks in Krakow, Budapest, Salzburg and Munich

• Skate Europe's largest outdoor ice rink in Budapest (weather permitting) • Soak in Budapest’s historical thermal baths and party in the famous ruin bars • Go skiing or snowboarding in the Polish Alps • Enjoy a meal in a traditional beer hall in Munich

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 9 nights’ accommodation • 9 breakfasts • All coach transport • Orientation walk in Munich

• Skiing and snowboarding in the Swiss Alps • Winter extreme sports and activities • Take a gondola ride along the canals of Venice • St. Peter's Square and Basilica • Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel • Rome Ultimate Walking Tour • Day trip full of wine and snacks in the Tuscan region of Italy • Walking tour ticking off all the main sights of Florence • Go night sledding in the Swiss Alps

This morning we depart for eclectic Berlin. Once we arrive, get a taste of this fascinating city before enjoying some currywurst! Then prepare for some of the best nightlife in Europe, or head to Kreuzberg to enjoy the hip local bars. (B) Spend today however you please! See the remnants of the Berlin Wall, explore the majesty of the Brandenburg Gate, visit Museum Island and spend the day lost in Berlin’s cultural heritage. Join the group this evening for another unforgettable night. (B)

DAY 7 | BERLIN - PRAGUE

Stopping in beautiful Dresden en route, this afternoon we arrive in the capital of Bohemia, Prague. Spend the afternoon exploring this idyllic location, and join us tonight for an optional meal in a traditional restaurant! (B)

START: Prague. 8am END: Munich. 10am Accommodation: Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin/double room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast)

Low Season $829

DAY 9 | PRAGUE

We check out after breakfast. Hope to see you again soon! (B)

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DAY 8 | PRAGUE

Your last day is free to explore! See Prague Castle, the Old Town Square, and the Astronomical Clock. Join the optional trip to the macabre Sedlec Ossuary, a chapel adorned in the bones of over 40,000 people. (B)

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Check-out is after breakfast. (B)

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LES DEUX ALPES

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INCLUSIONS

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 14 nights’ accommodation • 8 breakfasts, 2 dinners • 5-day ski pass • All coach transportation • Vienna Schnapps Museum • Guided orientation walks through Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, Cesky Krumlov, Prague and Berlin

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 6 nights’ accommodation • Ski-pass included • All coach transport • Rise Festival pass (some arena events are at an additional local cost)

FREE TIME

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Ski lessons in Les Deux Alps • Party your way into the New Year in the famous apres-ski of the French Alps • Watch the sunset over snow-capped mountains • Enjoy a traditional Swiss feast in Lauterbrunnen • Take in the sights of the city of love itself, Paris • Clink steins in Munich's traditional beer halls • Explore the streets of picturesque Cesky Krumlov • Stroll the streets of pretty Salzburg • Enjoy a day trip to Kutna Hora’s bone chapel • See the spectacle of the Lipizzaner horses at the Hofreitschule in Vienna • Visit the Hofburg and Schonbrunn Palaces • Wander across the bustling Charles Bridge • Explore the festive markets in Prague • Party in Prague’s famous Old Town • Explore the streets of Berlin, bursting with history

START: Paris. 2pm END: Berlin. 10am Accommodation: Self-catering apartment & hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. Local tax included. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | D: Dinner)

2019 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES With Ski Pass | $1999

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Hit the slopes or marvel at the scenery by day, and take in the atmosphere of the warm chalet bars by night. See the jaw-dropping valleys of Lauterbrunnen, enjoy a stein in Munich, chow down on a schnitzel in Vienna, wander the fairy-tale markets in Prague and revel in Berlin's buzzing nightlife.

HIGHLIGHTS • Party into the New Year in the French Alps • Clink steins in traditional beer halls of Munich • Enjoy the winter markets in beautiful Prague • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | PARIS

Get excited, your adventure is about to kick off! Meet your awesome guide, then you’re free to head out and explore the French capital. Later we’ll have an included driving tour of the city to check out the main sights.

DAY 2 | PARIS - LES DEUX ALPES

DAY 10 | MUNICH - SALZBURG - VIENNA

We are Austria-bound! First off we’ll have a stop in the city of Salzburg, where we’ll have an orientation walk and explore the streets. Later we’ll arrive in Vienna and tour the famous Schnapps Museum. (B)

DAY 11 | VIENNA

Vienna awaits today! See the Lipizzaner horses at the Hofreitschule, visit a museum, or enter the home of Beethoven. See the majesty of the imperial palaces of the Hofburg and Schonbrunn, which houses the world’s oldest zoo. (B)

DAY 12 | VIENNA - CESKY KRUMLOV - PRAGUE

This morning we’re up bright and early, heading for Les Deux Alpes. Tonight we’ll soak up the atmosphere of some of the best apres-ski in the world! Think warm chalet bars, sloshing beers and merriment all around. (B)

Our first stop of the day is Cesky Krumlov, where we’ll explore the Old Town and get a glimpse of the castle. We’ll arrive in our destination of Prague this afternoon to enjoy an orientation walk and a few drinks with dinner at a traditional restaurant. (B, D)

DAY 3 - 7 | LES DEUX ALPES

DAY 13 | PRAGUE

Five full days of skiing await in this pristine winter wonderland! Spend your evenings absorbing the atmosphere of the world famous apres-ski. Here the vibe is casual and merry, the drinks are flowing and the company is lively.

Today is yours to explore and experience every inch of this magical city. See the glorious Prague Castle, visit the Old Town Square and its fantastic festive markets, and see the intricate Prague Astronomical Clock dating back to the 1400s. (B)

DAY 8 | LES DEUX ALPES - LAUTERBRUNNEN

DAY 14 | PRAGUE - BERLIN

DAY 9 | LAUTERBRUNNEN - MUNICH

DAY 15 | BERLIN

It’s time to hit the road and head to Lauterbrunnen. We’ll arrive this afternoon, and you can soak up the breathtaking views and wander the pretty streets. Tonight we have an included traditional Swiss feast! (D) Today we make tracks towards Munich. Upon arrival we’ll have an orientation walk of the Old Town and tonight you have the option to hit one of the traditional beer halls to enjoy a feast and clink some steins! (B)

Head to Rise Winter Festival with Busabout for a complete Alpine experience! On this party of snow, music and adventure, you’ll be covered for ski passes and entrance to the festival so the only thing you have to think about is having the absolute time of your life with your Busabout besties.

FREE TIME

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Ski lessons • Keep warm in chalet style mountain bars • Watch the sunset over the snow-capped mountains • Party at Rise Music Festival!

HIGHLIGHTS

SKI PASS & EQUIPMENT HIRE

• Enjoy sensational views while skiing the slopes • Party the night away at Rise Festival • Experience a week of apres-ski • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

For more info on ski/snowboard pass options and equipment hire, visit busabout.com

DAY 1 | PARIS - LES DEUX ALPES

Our adventure begins this morning in Paris! Kick back and relax as we travel to the second oldest ski resort in France, Les Deux Alpes. Get prepared and head out to experience your first night of festival revelry in this winter wonderland.

START: Paris. 7:30am END: Paris. 8pm Accommodation: Self-catering apartment multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. Local tax included. *Per person price is based on multi-share.

2019 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

DAY 2 - 6 | LES DEUX ALPES

Head out to the slopes for an adrenaline-fuelled week of winter sports and scenic alpine panoramas at Les Deux Alpes. Ski by day and party by night at Rise - the one and only Christmas party with headline acts from around the world. Let’s go!

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DAY 7 | LES DEUX ALPES - PARIS

This morning we hop aboard our coach to journey back to Paris. We arrive back in the French capital this evening and our tour comes to an end. We hope to see you again!

Onwards to Berlin. We’ll arrive this afternoon and you can head out for a free walking tour. Later on, venture out into the night and experience Berlin’s renowned nightlife for our final night together! Prost! (B) We check out after breakfast. Hope to see you again soon! (B)

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INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • 10 nights’ accommodation • 10 breakfasts • Traditional Polish Christmas dinner • Christmas Eve dinner • Walking tour of Krakow • Vienna Schnapps Museum Chill out or join an optional activity

• Welcome to Budapest dinner and evening Danube cruise • Explore the Krakow Salt Mines • Relax in the thermal baths in Budapest • Tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau from Krakow • Christmas markets in Krakow and Vienna • Skiing or snowboarding on Christmas Day in the Polish Alps • Ice skate on Europe’s largest ice skating rink in Budapest • New Year's Eve on the Charles Bridge, Prague • Explore the Bohemian gem of Cesky Krumlov

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sam SAYS: (@THEWANDERLUSTROO) "This trip was a great way to spend the festive season in Eastern Europe. It doesn't get much better than a white Christmas skiing in Zakopane, a Boxing Day cruise in Budapest and NYE fireworks in Prague!"

HIGHLIGHTS • New Year’s Eve fireworks at Charles Bridge • Ski or snowboard in the Polish Alps • Traditional Polish Christmas dinner • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | KRAKOW

We begin with a walking tour of historic Krakow, before enjoying an afternoon of free time. This evening, join us for an optional Polish dinner and a welcome party!

START: Krakow. 9am END: Prague. 10am Accommodation: Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin/ double room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | D: Dinner)

2019 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES $1199

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The day is yours to do with as you please! Embark on an optional excursion to the impressive Wieliczka Salt Mine or join us on a tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau. Tonight we head out to experience the nightlife. (B)

DAY 3 | KRAKOW - ZAKOPANE

We’re off to Zakopane for Christmas Eve shenanigans. Enjoy an orientation walk and in the afternoon we gather to feast on a delicious Christmas Eve meal at the hotel, followed by merriment and games. (B, D)

DAY 4 | ZAKOPANE

Add on this 3 day trip from Prague to Berlin! Includes: 1 night accommodation in Prague, 1 night accommodation in Berlin, Busabout crew & your coach transport from Prague to Berlin. START | 1 Jan, Prague END | 3 Jan, Berlin PRICE: $139 Visit busabout.com for more info

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Merry Christmas! Our gift to you is a free day to explore. Hit the slopes and enjoy some of the winter activities, or meander through Krupowki Street. This evening, we head to a local restaurant for dinner and drinks. (B, D)

DAY 5 | ZAKOPANE - BUDAPEST

It’s Boxing Day and we’re journeying to Hungary. We’ll stop for lunch in Donovaly, Slovakia before continuing onwards to Budapest. This evening, we offer an optional dinner cruise of the Danube river. Later, join your guide and experience Budapest’s renowned ruin bars. (B)

DAY 6 | BUDAPEST

Today we release you into Budapest’s loving embrace! See the massive neo-Gothic Parliament building, visit the Castle District, or glide across Europe’s largest ice-skating rink. Later, meet your guide for an optional excursion to soak away life’s stresses in the famous thermal baths. (B)

DAY 7 | BUDAPEST - VIENNA

‘Viszlat’, Budapest, we’re off to Vienna! We’ll stop in Bratislava for some lunch and sightseeing before we continue on to Austria. We’ll arrive in Vienna this afternoon and waste no time in touring the famous Schnapps Museum! (B)

DAY 8 | VIENNA

Snow-dusted Vienna awaits your exploration today. See the home of Beethoven, visit Mozart’s memorial, and marvel at the majesty of the imperial palaces. This evening, head out for some delicious traditional food and drinks in this vibrant capital. (B)

DAY 9 | VIENNA - CESKY KRUMLOV

Bye Vienna, we’re headed to the Czech Republic! En route, we’ll stop at Melk Abbey for a photo op. Next stop: Cesky Krumlov, where you’re free to explore the castle and Old Town or just relax in one of the many fine local establishments. (B)

DAY 10 | CESKY KRUMLOV - PRAGUE

It’s New Year’s Eve and we’re off to Prague. After an orientation walk, you’re free to explore the city. Tonight we head out to celebrate the New Year, as we watch fireworks from Charles Bridge. (B)

DAY 11 | PRAGUE

Happy New Year! Check-out is after breakfast. (B)

@GRIMMCREEEPER

Let’s be honest, escaping at Christmas time is excellent. This year, bid sayonara to the family traditions and the Monopoly fallouts, and spend New Year in the rave capital of Berlin. Eat a traditional Christmas dinner surrounded by Alpine mountains, and marvel at the wonders of Paris and Cesky Krumlov instead!

HIGHLIGHTS • Skiing in Lauterbrunnen • New Year’s Eve in the party capital of Europe • Christmas feast in Austria • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | PARIS

Check-in and enjoy the afternoon as you please. Visit Notre-Dame, climb the Eiffel Tower, or relax! This evening embark on a cycle tour and cruise down the River Seine.

DAY 2 | PARIS - LAUTERBRUNNEN

As we jingle our way towards Lauterbrunnen, we’ll enjoy spectacular views of the French countryside. After check-in at the campsite, we’ll sit down for a traditional Swiss meal. Afterwards, kick back and relax or grab a drink and party the night away. (B, D)

DAY 3 | LAUTERBRUNNEN

Today, explore Lauterbrunnen’s numerous majestic sights and waterfalls. Visit the “Top of Europe” or the rotating restaurant on Schilthorn. For the adrenaline junkies, we offer an optional skiing/snowboarding experience. (B)

DAY 4 | LAUTERBRUNNEN - GRUNAU

It’s Christmas Eve and we’re heading east for Grunau. We’ll arrive early evening, and are greeted by Gerhard, our gracious host. Relax and unwind before our delectable Christmas Eve dinner before enjoying some mulled wine with your fellow travellers. (B, D)

DAY 5 | GRUNAU

Merry Christmas! Wake up to a fairytale Winter Wonderland. Relax at the hostel or head out for an optional skiing/ snowboarding excursion. This afternoon, we undertake a Christmas feast, then get merry on local Schnapps. (B, D)

DAY 6 | GRUNAU - SALZBURG - MUNICH

Today we leave for Germany, but not before a visit to Salzburg where you’ll explore the city. Later, we arrive in Munich. After an orientation walk, we’ll head off to a local beer hall for an authentic dinner and brews. (B)

DAY 7 | MUNICH - CESKY KRUMLOV

Czech it, we’re in the Czech Republic! Cesky Krumlov, specifically. After an orientation walk you’re free to check out the sights, like the Old Town, or Cesky Krumlov Castle. (B)

DAY 8 | CESKY KRUMLOV - PRAGUE

Onwards to Prague! We arrive this afternoon with an orientation walk, then you’re free to explore this magical city. Tonight, experience the eclectic nightlife! (B)

DAY 9 | PRAGUE

Prague awaits again! See the glorious Prague Castle, visit the festive markets in the Old Town Square, and see the intricate Astronomical Clock. This city’s like a fairytale, and today it’s your duty to etch its stories onto your heart. (B)

DAY 10 | PRAGUE - DRESDEN - BERLIN

Today we journey to Berlin via Dresden, where we’ll have a sightseeing tour and good grub. This evening we arrive in the sprawling metropolis of Berlin. Relax or head out to experience the city’s renowned nightlife. (B)

DAY 11 | BERLIN

Kick off New Year’s Eve with an inclusive walking tour of the city. Explore the museums, street art, and incredible architecture. This evening meet up for an unforgettable party in Berlin’s unique nightlife. (B)

DAY 12 | BERLIN

Happy New Year! Or as the Germans would say, ‘frohes neues Jahr!’ We wish you many happy returns and hope you’ve had a magical winter season with us. (B)

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 11 nights’ accommodation • 11 breakfasts • All coach transport • Christmas Eve dinner • Christmas dinner in the Austrian Alps • Lauterbrunnen traditional Swiss dinner • Berlin walking tour • Orientation walks through Munich, Cesky Krumlov, Prague and Dresden • Paris night bike tour and river cruise • Munich welcome beer (1 litre each!) • Berlin New Year’s Eve party

FREE TIME

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Visit the Schilthorn, Lauterbrunnen • Skiing/snowboarding in Austria and Switzerland • Visit the Top of Europe, Switzerland • Winter sports on the Alpine slopes of Austria • Christmas markets around Europe • Explore the streets of Paris and Berlin

START: Paris. 2pm END: Berlin. 10am Accommodation: Hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Private twin/ double room (min. 2 people). Pre & post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | D: Dinner)

2019 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES $1399

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01 Jan

Add on this 3 day trip from Berlin to Amsterdam! Includes: 1 night accommodation in Berlin, 1 night accommodation in Amsterdam, Busabout crew & your coach transport from Berlin to Amsterdam. START | 1 Jan, Berlin END | 3 Jan, Amsterdam PRICE: $139 Visit busabout.com for more info

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Before long, you’ll stand by misty lochs with love in your eyes, and diagonal rain in your face. You’ll pose for whisky fuelled selfies wearing nothing but a tartan toga and a smile.

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GRAND MASTER GUIDES They’ve been singing songs, drinking drams and leaping into lochs for as long as they can remember. Raised on a diet of porridge and passion, they harbour a Deep Scottish Love which conquers all. They are master-storytellers, memorymakers and experts in having fun. Not to mention, undiscovered comedians and on-bus DJs! As fellow travellers, they are passionate about giving you an authentic experience. They impart infinite local knowledge, with personal tales of the land they love so much.

@hagscot

@haggisrich @duncanlismore

@kirk.wordie

@yvonne_explores

@yvonne_explores

@lairdduncan

Be part of this never been done before project. Join a hand-crafted, passion-packed tour with a twist; expertly created and delivered by our grand-master guides. Each tour is unique and personal. It doesn’t get more local and authentic than this. Passion Project is your chance to do Scotland differently.

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BRAW DAY OOT! NATURAL HIGHS @haggisduncan

1 day tour

@haggisteve

HIGHLAND CHARGE

@dougie.johnston

To earn their grand-master status, they have all clocked over 10,000 hours on the road. They’re a legendary clan of explorers, who will welcome you as one of our own. When the grand-master guides are on board, our buses burst with pride and personality.

PA S S I O N PROJECT

@gill_haggis

Touring Scotland isn’t just a job, it’s their...

Like most of the HAGGiS crew, Kirsty is a grand-master traveller as well as guide. Years away in Australia, New Zealand and South America has made her appreciate her hometown of Edinburgh even more. She reckons it’s the most beautiful city in the world, and she’s seen plenty. Who better to show you round? She’ll take you to Edinburgh’s local gems giving you a truly personal insight into this beautiful city.

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Gill reckons that getting to the highest point is the best way to appreciate any location – whether it’s our great Cairngorm Mountain range or Mount Kenya, Africa’s second highest peak. Gill always returns to hillwalking as it’s the ‘purest form’ of adventure. Having explored the Cairngorms for over a decade, it was only natural that her passion project would be based in this magical location. Gill’s three day tour is a true Scottish adventure made for people who love the outdoors.

Yvonne was her school sprinting champion. But don’t worry too much about keeping up, nowadays she just enjoys running for fun. Yvonne has a real passion for being outside and embracing all of nature’s elements. That is why guiding came naturally to her. But living and breathing the guiding lifestyle, like travelling in general, can make it hard to keep up positive health and fitness intentions. Enter the Highland Charge! A one day tour to the Scottish Highlands that combines, fitness fun and history.

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10 DAYS FROM $859pp ORKNEY

KIRKWALL

STORNOWAY

LEWIS & HARRIS

Ullapool

ISLE OF SKYE

Inverness LOCH NESS

SCOTLAND

Ben Nevis OBAN

Dunkeld Glencoe

Overnight stays may vary

Edinburgh (START)

NEED TO KNOW

LOCH NESS ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES

INCLUSIONS

Fort Augustus sits at the south end of the famous loch in the Great Glen and is ideally situated for adventure. You can take a cruise on the infamous loch to hunt for Nessie, and on the long summer evenings you can hire bikes or hike the trails, with wild deer, birds of prey and ‘hairy coos’ along the way. Take a RIB trip or canoe on the loch, or why not get really adventurous and gorge walk or white water raft down the local rivers? Activities can be booked locally and are subject to availability.

• Your legendary local HAGGiS Guide • All transport and ferry crossings • All highlights

FREE TIME

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Ride the Jacobite Steam Train • Free day at Loch Ness with adventure activity options • Island whisky distillery visit* • Traditional Hebridean Blackhouse* • Skara Brae Stone Age village* • Tomb of the Eagles*

TOUR OPTIONS

HIGHLIGHTS

Tour from $859 Accommodation not included, we reserve a dorm bed for you and you pay on arrival. Approx £25pppn. ADD AT THE TIME OF BOOKING Hostel Multi-share $459 • 9 nights' hostel accommodation • HAGGiS t-shirt • All FREE TIME options marked with a * Hostel Private $659 Private room option with shared facilities (min. 2 persons) plus all inclusions detailed above.

EXTRAS Jacobite Steam Train $69 Secure your spot on our most popular highlights.

START: HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh. 8:15am END: HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh. 5pm (approx.)

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $859 STUDENT $829

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Think you can take 10 days of it? It spans Scotland from pub to mountain, from beach to monster, and all the best bits in-between. So be bold, be smart and take our most complete tour of Scotland.

• Stunningly beautiful Isle of Skye • Crystal blue waters of the Isle of Harris • Spellbinding and remote Orkney Islands • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | EDINBURGH - STORNOWAY

We head north through Macbeth country for a stop at Dunkeld, where the Lowlands meet the Highlands. We pass the Cairngorms National Park and on to the far north-west for our ferry to the remote Outer Hebrides!

DAY 2 | LEWIS & HARRIS

DAY 6 | ORKNEY

Discover Skara Brae, one of the best preserved Stone Age villages, inhabited between 3,200BC and 2,200BC, before exploring the magnificent standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar and the Italian Chapel built during the Second World War.

DAY 7 | ORKNEY - LOCH NESS

Look out for killer whales and dolphins as we ferry back to the mainland. We head south through Scotland’s rugged terrain and sparsely populated wilderness. Our journey takes us past the ruins of Urquhart Castle before we arrive at Loch Ness for a well-deserved party!

See the wild and rugged Atlantic coastline and visit the most westerly distillery in Scotland before going back in time at the mysterious Callanish Standing Stones. Explore Gaelic settlements and visit a traditional Hebridean Blackhouse and a local tweed weaver.

DAY 8 | FREE DAY AT LOCH NESS

DAY 3 | LEWIS & HARRIS - SKYE

Today’s your chance to travel on the Jacobite Steam Train (aka ‘Hogwarts Express’) and see the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct seen in Harry Potter. We spend the night in the beautiful coastal town of Oban where you can try some traditional ceilidh dancing; HAGGiS style!

Journey through the stunning isolation of Harris and take a stroll on one of the best white sandy beaches in the world, before we take a ferry over the sea to the Isle of Skye.

DAY 4 | SKYE - LOCH NESS

Explore the breathtaking Isle of Skye before travelling past the majestic Eilean Donan Castle and on to Loch Ness. Go monster spotting on a Loch Ness cruise or party the night away in a Highland pub.

DAY 5 | LOCH NESS - ORKNEY

Time to head to the most northerly point of the British mainland and take a ferry to Orkney. Visit the Tomb of the Eagles; a Stone Age burial chamber with an amazing collection of bones and artefacts.

The day is yours! Hunt for Nessie in a canoe, mountain bike along the Great Glen Way, take an exhilarating RIB trip on the loch or hike up a mountain to get amazing views; there’s something for everyone!

DAY 9 | LOCH NESS - OBAN

DAY 10 | OBAN - EDINBURGH

We take in stunning Glencoe, some of Scotland’s most iconic scenery, and hear the story of the 1692 massacre of the MacDonald Clan. Then onwards to Edinburgh past Doune Castle, setting for Outlander and Game of Thrones.

JACOBITE STEAM TRAIN $69 Be a wizard for a day and jump on the Jacobite Steam Train aka ‘The Hogwarts Express’ featured in a number of Harry Potter movies. The 42-mile long track has been voted the best train journey in the world by Wanderlust magazine readers for several years and offers some seriously dramatic Highland and coastal scenery. A trip highlight not to be missed!

Get 10% off when you combine this trip with one of the qualifying trips listed on pg 9.

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MORAG’S LODGE

Hidden away in the trees, overlooking the banks of Loch Ness is Morag’s Lodge. It’s the team at Mo’s that makes this a great hostel. Run by travellers, for travellers, you can be sure of a great stay. Cosy beds, en-suite bathrooms and the best power showers, Mo’s is the perfect base to explore this stunning area. Famous for their award-winning Highland hospitality, they have a fantastic bar and a beer garden, excellent home-cooked meals, Wi-Fi, bike hire, leather chill-out sofas... the list goes on. However, it’s at night when Mo’s really comes alive with the chance to party – Scottish Style! Not only do they offer locally brewed, organic beers and a large selection of whiskies, but live music, pub quizzes, karaoke and their famous‘Tartan Toga’ parties!

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7 DAYS FROM $599pp

5 DAYS FROM $429pp ORKNEY

ORKNEY

KIRKWALL STORNOWAY

LEWIS & HARRIS

LEWIS & HARRIS ISLE OF SKYE

Ullapool

ISLE OF SKYE

LOCH NESS

LOCH NESS

SCOTLAND

SCOTLAND

Dunkeld OBAN

Dunkeld

Glencoe

Overnight stays may vary

Glencoe Edinburgh

Overnight stays may vary

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NEED TO KNOW

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS

• Your legendary local HAGGiS Guide • All transport and ferry crossings • All highlights

• Your legendary local HAGGiS Guide • All transport and ferry crossings • All highlights

FREE TIME

@HAGGISDUNCAN

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Ride the Jacobite Steam Train • Free day at Loch Ness with adventure activity options • Highland whisky distillery visit* • Skara Brae Stone Age village* • Tomb of the Eagles*

From exploring Orkney’s 9000 years of history, monster hunting on Loch Ness to travelling on the ‘Hogwarts Express’ and visiting sites that inspired the hit series Outlander, this trip has something for everyone. One week, one amazing adventure.

Tour from $599 Accommodation not included, we reserve a dorm bed for you and you pay on arrival. Approx £25pppn. ADD AT THE TIME OF BOOKING Hostel Multi-share from $319 • 6 nights' hostel accommodation • HAGGiS t-shirt • All FREE TIME options marked with a *

EXTRAS Jacobite Steam Train $69 Secure your spot on our most popular highlights.

START: HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh. 8:30am END: HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh. 5pm (approx.)

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $599 STUDENT $579

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We take you from the remote Western Isles, renowned for their isolation, rugged beauty and white sandy beaches to the magical Isle of Skye. Explore the depths of Loch Ness and be stunned by mighty Glencoe and its bloody history.

FREE TIME

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Hunt for Nessie on a Loch Ness cruise • Traditional Gearrannan Blackhouse* • Island whisky distillery visit*

TOUR OPTIONS Tour from $429

TOUR OPTIONS HIGHLIGHTS • Spellbinding and remote Orkney Islands • The wild and rugged North Coast of Scotland • Stunning Glenfinnan Viaduct • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | EDINBURGH - LOCH NESS

Your adventure starts in Macbeth country, with a visit to Dunkeld Cathedral before stopping at a Highland distillery where you have the chance to sample a wee dram. We travel on to ancient Clava Cairns, inspiration for the hit serious Outlander before a stop at eerie Culloden Battlefield. Our journey to Loch Ness takes us past Inverness, known as the capital of the Highlands.

DAY 2 | LOCH NESS - ORKNEY

Time to head to the most northerly point of the British mainland and take a ferry to Orkney. Visit the Tomb of the Eagles; a Stone Age burial chamber with an amazing collection of bones and artefacts. Admire views from the charming Italian Chapel built during the Second World War.

DAY 3 | ORKNEY

A day of exploration, first Skara Brae, a Stone Age village inhabited between 3,200BC and 2,200BC, before travelling back in time at the magnificent Ring of Brodgar standing stones.

DAY 4 | ORKNEY - LOCH NESS

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Look out for killer whales and dolphins as we ferry back to the mainland. Head south through Scotland’s rugged terrain and sparsely populated wilderness. We pass the ruins of Urquhart Castle before arriving at Loch Ness for a well-deserved party!

DAY 5 | FREE DAY AT LOCH NESS

The day is yours! Hunt for Nessie in a canoe, mountain bike along the Great Glen Way, take an exhilarating RIB trip on the loch or hike up a mountain to get amazing views; there’s something for everyone!

DAY 6 | LOCH NESS - OBAN

Take the opportunity to travel on the Jacobite Steam Train, aka ‘Hogwarts Express’, before heading to the beautiful coastal town of Oban, fresh seafood galore and the chance to try some traditional ceilidh dancing; HAGGiS style!

DAY 7 | OBAN - EDINBURGH

We take in stunning Glencoe, some of Scotland’s most iconic scenery and hear the story of the 1692 massacre of the MacDonald Clan. Then onwards to Edinburgh past Doune Castle, a setting for Outlander and Game of Thrones, before returning back to Edinburgh.

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HIGHLAND WHISKY DISTILLERY VISIT Some people squish up their face. Some stamp their foot on the ground. Others let out a loud ‘ahhhhh’. However you react to whisky, don’t let it stop you from going on this fantastic optional guided tour. You’ll discover the history behind Scotland’s most divisive drink.

HIGHLIGHTS • The beauty of the isolated Outer Hebrides • Isle of Skye’s awe-inspiring scenery • The wild Atlantic coastline • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 3 | LEWIS & HARRIS - SKYE

Journey through the stunning isolation of Harris and take a stroll on one of the best white sandy beaches in the world, before we take a ferry over the sea to the Isle of Skye.

DAY 4 | SKYE - LOCH NESS

We head north through Macbeth country for a stop at Dunkeld, where the Lowlands meet the Highlands. Through the Cairngorms National Park and on to the far north-west for our ferry to the remote Outer Hebrides!

Spend the day exploring the spectacular Isle of Skye with its myths, legends and faerie stories. Witness the breath-taking mountains, heart stopping cliffs and rugged coastline, before returning back to the mainland past Eilean Donan Castle - the most photographed castle in Scotland.

DAY 2 | LEWIS & HARRIS

DAY 5 | LOCH NESS - EDINBURGH

DAY 1 | EDINBURGH - STORNOWAY

See the wild and rugged Atlantic coastline and visit the most westerly distillery in Scotland before going back in time at the mysterious Callanish Standing Stones. Explore Gaelic settlements and visit a traditional Hebridean Blackhouse and a local tweed weaver.

Heading south from the Great Glen, we enter mysterious Glencoe and the wilds of Rannoch Moor. Pass Doune Castle that starred in Outlander and Game of Thrones, and historic Stirling before we return to Edinburgh.

CALLANISH STANDING STONES

The enormous Neolithic standing stones of Callanish date back more than 4,000 years and are older than Stonehenge. Their meaning remains a mystery. Perhaps an ancient calendar? A site of worship? Who knows!? But these are considered to be some of the most impressive and inspiring of any of the ancient stones in Britain, so no wonder they were used as a model for the fictional stone circle Craigh na Dun in Outlander.

Accommodation not included, we reserve a dorm bed for you and you pay on arrival. Approx £25pppn. ADD AT THE TIME OF BOOKING Hostel Multi-share from $199 • 4 nights' hostel accommodation • HAGGiS t-shirt • All FREE TIME options marked with a * Hostel Private from $339 Private room option with shared facilities (min. 2 persons) plus all inclusions detailed above.

START: HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh. 8:15am END: HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh. 5pm (approx.)

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $429 STUDENT $415

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5 DAYS FROM $399pp

3 DAYS FROM $219pp ORKNEY

ORKNEY LEWIS & HARRIS

LEWIS & HARRIS

ISLE OF SKYE

Inverness

SCOTLAND

Ben Nevis

Dunkeld

Glencoe Stirling

Glencoe

Overnight stays may vary

Edinburgh

Overnight stays may vary

(START)

NEED TO KNOW

Edinburgh (START)

NEED TO KNOW

INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS

• Your legendary local HAGGiS Guide • All transport and ferry crossings • All highlights

• Your legendary local HAGGiS Guide • All transport • All highlights

FREE TIME

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Ride the Jacobite Steam Train (summer only) • Hunt for Nessie on a Loch Ness cruise (summer only) • Whisky distillery visit*

TOUR OPTIONS Tour from $399 Accommodation not included, we reserve a dorm bed for you and you pay on arrival. Approx £25pppn. ADD AT THE TIME OF BOOKING Hostel Multi-share from $199 • 4 nights' hostel accommodation • HAGGiS t-shirt • All FREE TIME options marked with a * Private room option with shared facilities (min. 2 persons) plus all inclusions detailed above.

EXTRAS Jacobite Steam Train $69

@HAGGISDUNCAN

@READYSETJETSET

A spectacular adventure through the Highlands and the magical Isle of Skye. Ride the ‘Hogwarts Express’ in summer time, hear tales of Scotland’s bloody history and test your dancing skills in a traditional Scottish ceilidh to make this a proper Highland Fling.

DAY 1 | EDINBURGH - OBAN

HIGHLIGHTS • Isle of Skye’s awe-inspiring scenery • Monster hunting on legendary Loch Ness • Stunning Glenfinnan Viaduct • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

Hostel Private from $289

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

LOW SEASON ADULT $399 STUDENT $385 MEDIUM SEASON ADULT $409 STUDENT $395 HIGH SEASON ADULT $429 STUDENT $415

Secure your spot on our most popular highlights.

START: HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh. 8:30am END: HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh. 5pm (approx.)

Imagine planting a tree that will stand forever as part of the restored Caledonian Forest. The HAGGiS Grove is a dedicated forest developed by HAGGiS’ customers and Trees for Life charity, where selected trips will get the chance to leave their own tree as their contribution to helping Scotland 'Stay Wild'. So far, our customers have planted well over 600 trees!

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ISLE OF SKYE

LOCH NESS

OBAN

SCOTLAND

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Leaving Edinburgh we take in the mighty Wallace Monument and visit a whisky distillery before passing the medieval stronghold of Doune Castle featured in Outlander. On to eerie Glencoe, home to some of Scotland’s most iconic scenery. We spend the night in the coastal town of Oban where we dance the night away at a traditional Scottish ceilidh.

DAY 2 | OBAN - ISLE OF SKYE

Passing under the shadow of Ben Nevis, we take in the Glenfinnan Viaduct and the stunning views over Loch Shiel. During the summer, take the chance to travel on the famous Jacobite Steam Train aka ‘Hogwarts Express’ before jumping a ferry over the sea to the Isle of Skye. (Alternative route for winter, see website for details)

DAY 3 | ISLE OF SKYE - LOCH NESS

Today we gallivant around the stunning Isle of Skye, famous for its ruined castles, awesome scenery and legendary Clans. Enjoy the windswept mountains and rugged coastline before we pass beautiful Eilean Donan Castle on our way to Loch Ness for monster spotting and our home for the night.

DAY 4 | LOCH NESS

Journey north to lonely Culloden Battlefield and ancient Clava Cairns, the inspiration for Outlander. Help restore Scotland's natural beauty by planting a tree in the HAGGiS grove for the Trees for Life charity (summer only).

DAY 5 | LOCH NESS - EDINBURGH

Today’s adventure takes us to the heart of Macbeth country, picturesque Dunkeld Cathedral followed by a wonder through the beautiful woodlands and waterfalls of the Hermitage.

The Skye High is a wee gem. Ideal for travellers short on time who want to get the most out of their trip to Scotland. All the best stuff is packed in: lochs, ruined castles, a mysterious island and Nessie hunting.

HIGHLIGHTS • Stunningly beautiful Isle of Skye • Rugged landscape of Glencoe • Mysterious Loch Ness • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

LOW SEASON ADULT $219 STUDENT $209 MEDIUM SEASON ADULT $229 STUDENT $219 HIGH SEASON ADULT $249 STUDENT $239

DAY 1 | EDINBURGH - LOCH NESS

Leaving Edinburgh we journey north to Macbeth country and visit picturesque Dunkeld Cathedral. You have a chance to taste a dram of whisky at a Highland distillery before seeing the ruins of Urquhart Castle. We continue to the banks of Loch Ness where we’ll spend the night and party till the small hours.

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DAY 2 | ISLE OF SKYE

Spend the day exploring the stunning Isle of Skye with its myths, legends and faerie stories. Witness the breathtaking mountains, heart stopping cliffs and rugged coastline, before returning back to the mainland past Eilean Donan Castle - the most photographed castle in Scotland.

DAY 3 | LOCH NESS - EDINBURGH

Leaving the Great Glen and heading south, we’ll encounter the dramatic mountain scenery in Glencoe once used as a backdrop in the James Bond and Harry Potter movies. Onward, we hear tales of William Wallace, Rob Roy and clan battles before passing Stirling, where the Highlands change back to the Lowlands.

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FREE TIME

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Hunt for Nessie on a Loch Ness cruise (summer only) • Highland whisky distillery visit*

TOUR OPTIONS Tour from $219 Accommodation not included, we reserve a dorm bed for you and you pay on arrival. Approx £25pppn. ADD AT THE TIME OF BOOKING Hostel Multi-share from $109 • 2 nights' hostel accommodation • HAGGiS t-shirt • All FREE TIME options marked with a * Hostel Private from $159 Private room option with shared facilities (min. 2 persons) plus all inclusions detailed above.

START: HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh. 8:30am END: HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh. 5pm (approx.)

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6 DAYS FROM $1269pp*

4 DAYS FROM $829pp*

5 DAYS FROM $839pp*

3 DAYS FROM $629pp*

@SIOBHAN_KE11Y

Travelling from the Lowlands to the Highlands, this adventure starts in Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow. Journey 96 miles by foot, bike, canoe and sea kayak.

From Fort William through Loch Ness you will make your way across 73 miles of stunning Scottish landscape by foot, canoe, sea kayak and bike.

Imagine a Highland setting for Christmas, with lochs, glens and snow-capped mountains. Then add a traditional Christmas dinner followed by a ceilidh (Scottish party!).

HIGHLIGHTS

HIGHLIGHTS

HIGHLIGHTS

• Whisky Distillery Tour • Sea kayak with seals • Canoe Loch Lomond • Summit the Devils Staircase

INCLUSIONS • Fully qualified instructor/guide • 5 nights' accommodation • Mountain bike hire • Sea kayak/canoe hire • All safety equipment

REQUIREMENTS

• Bike with views of Ben Nevis • Visit Chia-aig Falls • Paddle Loch Ness • Urquhart Castle

LEWIS & HARRIS ISLE OF SKYE

Fort William

SCOTLAND

Glasgow (START)

• Sleeping bag • Trekking boots and warm clothes • A reasonable level of fitness

START: Euro Hostel, Glasgow. 10am END: Fort William Backpackers. 4pm (approx.)

SCOTLAND

INCLUSIONS • Fully qualified instructor/guide • 3 nights' accommodation • Mountain bike hire • Sea kayak/canoe hire • All safety equipment

Fort William (START)

REQUIREMENTS

Overnight stays may vary

START: Fort William. 10am MORE INFO: Visit haggisadventures.com END: Inverness City Centre. 4pm (approx.)

Overnight stays may vary

MORE INFO: Visit haggisadventures.com

Accommodation: Basic, shared (2 nights' hostel / 1 night camping). Accommodation upgrades: Upgrade to B&B/hotel - On request and subject to availability. *Per person price is based on multi-share accommodation. These trips are operated by our partners Active Outdoor Pursuits. (min numbers apply)

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

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ADULT $829

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Inverness

ISLE OF SKYE

• Sleeping bag • Trekking boots and warm clothes • A reasonable level of fitness

Accommodation: Basic, shared (4 nights' hostel / 1 night camping). Accommodation upgrades: Upgrade to B&B/hotel - On request and subject to availability. *Per person price is based on multi-share accommodation. These trips are operated by our partners Active Outdoor Pursuits. (min numbers apply)

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Get 10% off when you combine either of these trips with one of the qualifying trips listed on pg 9.

ITINERARY

• Awe-inspiring Isle of Skye • Rugged landscape of Glencoe • Mysterious Loch Ness • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

INCLUSIONS • Legendary local HAGGiS Guide • All transport around Scotland • 4 nights' accommodation • All highlights • Mulled wine on arrival to the Royal Highland Hotel • Christmas Eve buffet dinner • Two full Scottish breakfasts and packed lunches • Traditional Christmas dinner with wine • Traditional Scottish ceilidh

START: HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh. 8:45am END: HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh. 5pm (approx.) Accommodation: 2 nights hotel twin/triple share, 2 nights hostel dorm *Per person price based on multi/twin/triple share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner).

2018 & 2019 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $839

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DAY 1 | EDINBURGH - LOCH NESS

Hear bloody tales of Stirling Castle and William Wallace, see dramatic Glencoe and admire snowy views of Ben Nevis. When we arrive at the banks of Loch Ness where we overnight, you’ll be wellacquainted with Scotland’s charms.

DAY 2 | ISLE OF SKYE

The voyage to the mystical Isle of Skye is packed with famous castles and heart stopping views. Travel past Eilean Donan Castle before exploring the beautiful ‘Misty Isle’. Overnight at the Royal Highland Hotel, Inverness. (D)

DAY 3 | CHRISTMAS DAY

Explore the snow-capped mountains and rugged Highlands before returning to a warm Victorian hotel for a massive Christmas dinner. Dance the food off with a traditional Scottish ceilidh. Sounds fun, aye? (B, L, D)

DAY 4 | INVERNESS - LOCH NESS

Begin the day with some history at lonely Culloden Battlefield followed by Nessie hunting on Loch Ness. Then we have a Morag’s Lodge Highland party, if you’re up for it! (B, L)

DAY 5 | LOCH NESS - EDINBURGH

Travel through the snowy Cairngorms National Park and have a snowball fight (snow permitting!) Last stop is the impressive Dunkeld Cathedral.

An unforgettable Christmas in the stunning Scottish Highlands. Scottish hospitality, rugged mountains, gorgeous lochs and glens. What more could you ask for?

ITINERARY

HIGHLIGHTS • Explore Inverness in the Highlands • Traditional Scottish Ceilidh night • Discover Loch Ness and Glencoe • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

INCLUSIONS • Legendary local HAGGiS Guide • All transport around Scotland • 2 nights' accommodation • All highlights • Mulled wine on arrival to the Royal Highland Hotel • Christmas Eve buffet dinner • Two full Scottish breakfasts and packed lunches • Traditional Christmas dinner with wine • Traditional Scottish ceilidh

START: HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh. 8:45am END: HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh. 5pm (approx.)

DAY 1 | EDINBURGH - INVERNESS

Travel past Stirling Castle and hear stories of Scottish legends like William Wallace, before stopping at dramatic Glencoe and taking in the shores of Loch Ness. Our home for the next two nights is the Royal Highland Hotel in Inverness. (D)

DAY 2 | CHRISTMAS DAY

Christmas Day will never be the same again! We explore the snow-capped mountains and rugged Highlands before returning to the warm Victorian hotel for a massive Christmas dinner and traditional Scottish ceilidh; HAGGiS style. (B, L, D)

DAY 3 | INVERNESS - EDINBURGH

Visit eerie Culloden Battlefield before travelling through the snowy Cairngorms National Park. We’ll stop at the impressive Dunkeld Cathedral before crossing the Forth Road Bridge and making our way back to Edinburgh. (B, L)

Accommodation: 2 nights hotel twin/triple share.*Per person price based on twin/triple share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner).

2018 & 2019 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $629

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5 DAYS FROM $699pp*

7 DAYS FROM $839pp*

Scotland is THE place to see in the New Year. Enjoy three fantastic days of celebrations, with top bands, amazing performances and fantastic crowds.

@STEPHENBRIDGER

This Hogmanay package is bulging with all the stuff that makes HAGGiS the local legends for delivering a good time. Great city, great Guides and a great time – guaranteed.

@STEPHENBRIDGER

TORCH LIGHT PROCESSION 30th DECEMBER 2018 & 2019

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HOGMANAY STREET PARTY 31st DECEMBER 2018 & 2019

LOONY DOOK 1st JANUARY 2019 & 2020

HIGHLIGHTS • Best New Year’s party in the world • Edinburgh’s Winter Festival • Stunning Scottish Highlands

INCLUSIONS • Your legendary local HAGGiS Guide • 4 nights' city centre accommodation • Hogmanay Street Party Ticket • Day trip to the Highlands • Exclusive HAGGiS ceilidh night • Transfer to the Loony Dook • Aussie and Kiwi New Year

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The city is illuminated by the golden, orange glow of the torch bearers as they snake their way along the streets finishing up at Holyrood Park for the firework display. Whether you decide to take part in the parade itself or simply spectate, this evening event is one that will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. It’s the perfect warm up for our legendary HAGGiS ceilidh! NB: Add a torch ticket at the time of booking. 110

• Carry a torch in the Torchlight Procession • Swim ticket for the Loony Dook

@STEPHENBRIDGER

Revellers from all corners of the Globe head to the streets of Edinburgh to bring in the New Year Scottish Style. Four street party stages and 8 large screens cover the live bands, DJ’s and traditional Scottish music throughout the evening. Fireworks are let off on the hour from 9pm culminating in the ground-rumbling, heart-thumping eye-popping finale at midnight. NB: Street Party tickets included as part of the tour package.

INCLUSIONS • Legendary local HAGGiS Guide • 3 day Skye High Tour • 6 nights' hostel accommodation • Hogmanay Street Party Ticket • Exclusive HAGGiS ceilidh night • HAGGiS walking tour of Edinburgh • Aussie and Kiwi New Year

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DAY 1 - 3 | EDINBURGH - ISLE OF SKYE

Check in to your hostel and meet your Guide and trip mates. In the evening, it’s time to get the Hogmanay festivities started and try some local beers in Edinburgh’s famous pubs.

DAY 2 | HIGHLAND DAY TOUR

Get a real taste of the Highlands when we travel north for the day before returning back to Edinburgh just in time for the Torchlight Procession and the exclusive HAGGiS ceilidh!

DAY 3 | EDINBURGH

DAY 4 | EDINBURGH

Start: Edinburgh. Check-in 3pm End: Edinburgh. Check-out 10am

It’s time to cure your hangover with some crisp sea air! Watch or if you dare, join the Loony Dookers swim in the freezing waters of the Firth of Forth then enjoy Edinburgh’s Winter Festival.

Accommodation: 4 nights hostel multi-share *Per person price is based on multi-share accommodation.

DAY 5 | EDINBURGH

29 DECEMBER 2018 & 2019: Not many people choose to swim in the sea on New Year’s Day in Scotland (it’s a wee bit chilly) but for those mad enough to take the plunge, the appropriately named ‘Loony Dook’ is just the thing. Fancy dress is a must as you follow the parade along the length of South Queensferry High Street before braving the freezing waters. This has to be one of HAGGiS’ favourite events. NB: Add your Loony Dook ticket at the time of booking.

ITINERARY DAY 1 | EDINBURGH

We kick off the day with Aussie and Kiwi New Year and enjoy the buzzing city before the best party of them all, the Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party!

Chill out or join an optional activity. Add at the time of booking.

2018 & 2019 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $699

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A legendary three day Skye High trip to the Highlands and four amazing days in Edinburgh for the Hogmanay celebrations. New Year will never be the same again!

Check out of your hostel in the morning and hug your new friends’ goodbye. Before you leave, be sure to breathe in the last of that fine Scottish air before you head off on your travels.

HIGHLIGHTS • Breathtaking Isle of Skye • Monster hunting on Loch Ness • Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations

Travel through some of the most iconic Highland scenery. Check full itinerary on page 107.

Chill out or join an optional activity. Add at the time of booking. • Carry a torch in the Torchlight Procession • Transfer to watch the Loony Dook • Swim ticket for the Loony Dook

DAY 4 | EDINBURGH

Join a walking tour led by your local HAGGiS Guide through the city centre and get ready for the magical Torchlight Procession before grabbing your partner for the legendary HAGGiS ceilidh.

27 DECEMBER 2018 & 2019:

Start: HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh. 8:30am. End: Edinburgh. Check-out 10am

DAY 5 | EDINBURGH

29 DECEMBER 2018 & 2019:

Start: Edinburgh Hostel. Check-in 3pm. End: HAGGiS Adventures, Edinburgh. 5pm (approx.) Accommodation: 6 nights hostel multi-share *Per person price is based on multi-share accommodation.

2018 & 2019 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $839

We kick off the day with Aussie and Kiwi New Year and enjoy the buzzing city before the best party of them all, the Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party!

DAY 6 | EDINBURGH

Feeling brave? Take a dip in the freezing waters of the Firth of Forth at the Loony Dook. The evening is free to explore the city, enjoy the Winter Festival and check out some of the local pubs.

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It’s time to check out of your hostel and bid farewell to your new friends. NB: 29 Dec tour starts with Hogmanay followed by a 3 day tour of the Highlands.

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THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD… THE IRISH AND THOSE WHO WANT TO BE IRISH! Our Irish adventures are shamelessly good fun. From the moment you arrive, ‘the craic’ will be flowing as freely as Guinness, and we’ll have you laughing quicker than you can say “thanks a million”. Our 100% Irish guides are champion chatterboxes with legendary storytelling abilities. The best tales are told with an Irish accent and a mischievous twinkle in the eye. As we blaze a trail through the Emerald Isle, you’ll learn about our turbulent past; from mass migration through the centuries, to the recent ‘Troubles’ of Northern Ireland. Venture north, beyond the wall, to the ‘Home of Thrones’, where we follow the three-eyed raven across epic landscapes to the heart of the Seven Kingdoms. Conquer the Iron Islands and wander through the ‘Dark Hedges’, before we return to the real world outside Westeros.

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After an action-packed day roaming the forty shades of green that is our Irish countryside, we congregate in the cultural centre of Ireland… the pub. You’ll experience cheeky charm and traditional tunes like no other so prepare to bust out your best Irish jig, as we paint the town green. It is our duty to make sure you have an authentic Irish experience, so shenanigans are guaranteed, and the craic will be mighty!

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7 DAYS FROM $829pp* Giant’s Causeway DERRY

NORTHERN IRELAND

BALLINTOY Belfast

Connemara

IRELAND

GALWAY

Inis Mór Cliffs of Moher

Dublin (START)

ENNIS

Dingle KILLARNEY

Blarney Castle @ALICETEACAKES

Overnight Stays

NEED TO KNOW

DARK HEDGES

Dating back to the eighteenth century, the beautiful avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family to impress visitors as they approached their home, Gracehill House. Two centuries later, and with the help of Game of Thrones, they still impress today and are better known as the 'Dark Hedges'.

INCLUSIONS • Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide • 6 nights' accommodation • 6 breakfasts • All transport around the Emerald Isle • Cliffs of Moher entry • The Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre entry • Inis Mór ferry and transfer • All highlights

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@JACKIENORONHA

Our ultimate Irish adventure! Traditional music, stunning scenery, ancient monuments and vibrant towns, plus great craic on the road and at night for seven action-packed and fun-filled days!

Chill out or join an optional activity Add at the time of booking • Blarney Castle entry $17 • Award-winning Derry Walking Tour $8 • Black Cab Tour of Belfast $19

START: Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin. 8.30am END: Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin. 5.30pm (approx.) Accommodation: 6 nights hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Hostel twin private room (min. 2 persons) $269 pp. *Per person price is based on multi-share accommodation. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner).

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $829 STUDENT $799

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HIGHLIGHTS • Amazing Giant’s Causeway • Mighty Cliffs of Moher • Ennis – the hub of Irish music • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | DUBLIN TO BALLINTOY

We head north to explore Belfast and its political murals on a Black Cab Tour, then on to the 'Dark Hedges' seen in Game of Thrones as the Kingsroad. We'll spend the night in Ballintoy (the Iron Islands), where you have the chance to cross the Atlatic over the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

DAY 2 | BALLINTOY TO DERRY

Follow in the footsteps of giants on the eighth natural wonder of the world, the Giant’s Causeway. Created by giant or geology, you decide! We overnight in the medieval city of Derry where you get face-to-face with its troubled history, both past and present on an awardwinning walking tour. (B)

DAY 5 | GALWAY TO ENNIS

We make our way through the lunar landscape of the Burren and on to the Cliffs of Moher, rising hundreds of feet over the Atlantic Ocean. We stay overnight in Ennis, where the pubs are filled with locals playing Irish music. (B)

DAY 6 | ENNIS TO KILLARNEY

We take the stunning Slea Head drive down to the dramatic Dingle Peninsula, full of breathtaking scenery and fresh Irish air. Hear about the adventures of warriors and heroes before we make our way to the party town of Killarney. (B)

DAY 7 | KILLARNEY TO DUBLIN

@STEPHENBRIDGER

We enter the rebel County of Cork and head to Blarney Castle. It’s time to get the ‘gift of the gab’ and kiss the famous stone! Take in the ancient seat of Kings of Munster, the Rock of Cashel before we arrive back to Dublin. (B)

We cross back into the Republic to explore the wild and rugged mountains of Connemara before stopping for lunch in the charming town of Westport. Vibrant Galway, Ireland’s cultural capital with its many pubs and live music is our home for the night. (B)

DAY 4 | INIS MÓR

@EMMAEVELYNLYSTER

I am an Irish gal through and through and the one thing I love to do most is show off the beauty of my country, retell the old tales and keep our culture alive! To learn is to live and I love imparting my knowledge to those who listen! I get to do this and meet people from all over the world. My favourite place in Ireland has to be the diverse gardens of Blarney Castle where I can watch the wildlife and soak in the mythical Irish beauty. Emma, Dublin My favourite thing about travelling is making new friends from all over the world. As a Shamrocker guide I get to do this every day. After a week spent walking along our highest cliffs, learning our most fascinating history and partying in our wildest bars your Shamrocker tour group will become a second family. My favourite part of the tour has to be the mighty Cliffs of Moher. When you're up here, over 200 metres above the ocean below, you really do feel as though you're on the edge of the earth. Jack, County Cork

DAY 3 | DERRY TO GALWAY

Travel back in time as we cross the Atlantic to Inis Mór, the biggest of the Aran Islands. Hire a bike or a horse and cart and spend the day exploring this ancient, Gaelic-speaking island. A truly unique experience! (B)

Our Guides are the real deal: master storytellers, yarn-spinners and total legends. One thing’s for sure, you won’t shut them up – they are a living proof that kissing the Blarney Stone gives you the gift of the gab forever more! Oh, and a little heads up: you’ll probably develop a crush - and that’s okay. Our Guides could charm the birds from the trees – whether it’s their passion, that gorgeous lilt (one of the sexiest accents in the world) or the cheeky twinkle in their eye – you’re likely to leave a piece of your heart in Ireland.

@ALYSSMICHELLEE

I've travelled all over the world but there's nowhere I've been that can compare to the rugged beauty of the west coast of Ireland. My happy place is Inis Mór, a stunning island off the coast of Galway where you will hear our beautiful native language being spoken. You can cycle for miles without any traffic (except maybe a horse and cart), visit ancient ruins, swim in crystal clear turquoise water, watch seals playing on the rocks and sample some fresh local seafood! Aisling, County Louth 115


5 DAYS FROM $639pp*

5 DAYS FROM $639pp* Giant’s Causeway DERRY

NORTHERN IRELAND

NORTHERN IRELAND

BALLINTOY Belfast

Connemara

Connemara

IRELAND

Dublin

Inis Mór

GALWAY

Cliffs of Moher

IRELAND

GALWAY

Inis Mór

(START)

Dublin (START)

Cliffs of Moher

ENNIS

Dingle KILLARNEY

Blarney Castle Overnight Stays

Overnight Stays

NEED TO KNOW

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS

• Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide • 4 nights' accommodation • 4 breakfasts • All transport around the Emerald Isle • Cliffs of Moher entry • Inis Mór ferry and transfer (mid-Apr to Oct) • All highlights

• Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide • 4 nights' accommodation • 4 breakfasts • All transport around the Emerald Isle • Cliffs of Moher entry • The Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre entry • Inis Mór ferry and transfer • All highlights

Explore forty shades of green and discover what great craic the Emerald Isle is, from incredible landscapes, mountains and castles, to nights squeezed into the local Irish pub with traditional live music and a pint of the black stuff in hand.

FREE TIME

Chill out or join an optional activity Add at the time of booking

START: Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin. 8.30am END: Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin. 5.30pm (approx.) Accommodation: 4 nights hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Hostel twin private room (min. 2 persons) $169 pp. *Per person price is based on multi-share accommodation. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner).

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HIGHLIGHTS • Gaelic-speaking island of Inis Mór • Stunning Slea Head Drive and Dingle Peninsula • Mighty Cliffs of Moher • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | DUBLIN TO GALWAY

We leave Dublin and head to Tullamore Dew Whiskey Distillery to get a real taste of Ireland before travelling across the peat bogs and further west to the bustling university town of Galway.

ADULT $639 STUDENT $619

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FREE TIME

Chill out or join an optional activity Add at the time of booking

• Blarney Castle entry $17 • Tullamore Whiskey Distillery Museum $13

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Set your sights on the North of Ireland! From the troubled history of Belfast and Derry to the mysterious ‘Dark Hedges’ and stunning Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland will leave you wanting more! Add a Gaelic-speaking island for a trip to remember.

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DAY 2 | INIS MÓR/CONNEMARA

Cross the Atlantic to Inis Mór for a day to remember. Hire a horse and cart or rent a bike and head back in time and explore this Gaelic-speaking island. From November to mid-April we spend the day exploring the legendary scenery of Connemara and visit the magnificent Kylemore Abbey. (B)

DAY 3 | GALWAY TO ENNIS

Explore the lunar landscape of the Burren and visit ancient burial tombs before stopping at the surfing town of Lahinch. Then on to the Cliffs of Moher rising hundreds of feet over the Atlantic Ocean. Overnight in Ennis, where the pubs are filled with locals playing Irish music. (B)

DAY 4 | ENNIS TO KILLARNEY

We travel the stunning Slea Head Drive down to the dramatic Dingle Peninsula; breathtaking scenery, fresh Irish air and the adventures of warriors and heroes. We’ll head to the party town of Killarney for a night at a Kerry ‘dishco’. (B)

DAY 5 | KILLARNEY TO DUBLIN

We enter the rebel County of Cork and head to Blarney Castle, time to get the ‘gift of the gab’ and kiss the famous stone. We take in the inspiring Rock of Cashel, the ancient seat of Kings of Munster, before arriving back to Dublin. (B)

HIGHLIGHTS • Amazing Giant’s Causeway • Game of Thrones film locations • Cliffs of Moher on the Wild Atlantic Way • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | DUBLIN TO BALLINTOY

We head north and explore Belfast with its political murals and troubled history. Take in the 'Dark Hedges' seen in Game of Thrones, before heading to the stunning Antrim coast where you can cross the Atlantic over the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

DAY 2 | BALLINTOY TO DERRY

Follow in the footsteps of giants at the Giant’s Causeway, created by giant or geology? You decide! Then on to the medieval city of Derry, where an award-winning walking tour led by a local guide brings you face to face with its troubled history, both past and present. (B)

DAY 3 | DERRY TO GALWAY

We cross the border back into the Republic and travel through the wild and rugged landscape of Connemara. The buzzing university town of Galway is our home for the night, where you have time to explore the vibrant city streets with its many buskers. (B)

DAY 4 | INIS MÓR

Take a ferry across the Atlantic to Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands. Hire a bike or a horse and cart and spend the day exploring this ancient Gaelic-speaking island or get chatting with the locals over a pint in a pub. (B)

• Black Cab Tour of Belfast $19 • Award-winning Derry Walking Tour $8

START: Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin. 8.30am END: Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin. 5.30pm (approx.) Accommodation: 4 nights hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Hostel twin private room (min. 2 persons) $169 pp. *Per person price is based on multi-share accommodation. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner).

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $639 STUDENT $619

DAY 5 | GALWAY TO DUBLIN

Travel through the lunar-like landscape of the Burren, famous for fairy stories and leprechauns. We make our way to the epic Cliffs of Moher, looming large over the Atlantic Ocean, before we head back to Dublin. (B)

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The Cliffs of Moher are deservedly one of the most visited sites in Ireland. With a sheer drop of over 200 metres to the crashing Atlantic waves below, they offer stunning views of the spectacular coastline. As one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, we’ve included entrance to the award winning Visitor Centre in our trips.

GIANT’S CAUSEWAY

A place of legend not to be missed. Where else in the world can you see 40,000 stone hexagons left over from a fight between two giants? A UNESCO World Heritage Site, no trip to Northern Ireland is complete without stepping in the giant’s footsteps.

Get 10% off when you combine this trip with one of the qualifying trips listed on pg 9.

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3 DAYS FROM $339pp*

3 DAYS FROM $339pp*

NORTHERN IRELAND

NORTHERN IRELAND

IRELAND

Inis Mór

GALWAY

Cliffs of Moher

(START)

Cliffs of Moher

Ennis

Dublin (START)

ENNIS

Dingle KILLARNEY

Blarney Castle

Overnight Stays

Overnight Stays

NEED TO KNOW

NEED TO KNOW

INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS

• Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide • 2 nights' accommodation • 2 breakfasts • All transport around the Emerald Isle • Cliffs of Moher entry • Inis Mór ferry and transfer • All highlights

• Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide • 2 nights' accommodation • 2 breakfast • All transport around the Emerald Isle • Cliffs of Moher entry • All highlights

FREE TIME

Chill out or join an optional activity Add at the time of booking

@AISLINGEIRE

Let us whisk you away on this incredible three day trip through centuries of Irish history and magical scenery. Feel wild on the beautiful island of Inis Mór, gaze over the Atlantic Ocean at the mighty Cliffs of Moher and party the night away in vibrant Galway.

Short on time but want a massive fix of Irishness? This tour should do the trick! Be blown away by the dizzying heights of the Cliffs of Moher, dangle upside down from Blarney Castle and hear tales of fairies and leprechauns.

START: Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin. 8.30am. END: Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin. 5.30pm (approx.) Accommodation: 2 nights hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Hostel twin private room (min. 2 persons) $109 pp. *Per person price is based on multi-share accommodation. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner).

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $339 STUDENT $329

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@THEGLASSPASSAGE

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Chill out or join an optional activity Add at the time of booking • Blarney Castle entry $17

• Tullamore Whiskey Distillery Museum $13

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Galway

Dublin

HIGHLIGHTS

HIGHLIGHTS

• Gaelic-speaking isle of Inis Mór • Cliffs of Moher on the Wild Atlantic Way • The fantastic pub life in Galway • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

• Mighty Cliffs of Moher • Eerie moon-like landscape of the Burren • Wild coast of Dingle Peninsula • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | DUBLIN TO GALWAY

Accommodation: 2 nights hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: Hostel twin private room (min. 2 persons) $109 pp. *Per person price is based on multi-share accommodation. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner).

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $339 STUDENT $329

DAY 1 | DUBLIN TO KILLARNEY

We leave Dublin behind and make our way to Tullamore Whiskey Distillery to get a real taste of Ireland. Across the peat bogs, we continue on to Galway, Ireland’s cultural capital where you have time to explore this buzzing city.

Travel past the River Liffey on the way to Rock of Cashel, where you awake your Celtic spirit before a visit to Blarney Castle in the rebel county of Cork. Don’t miss the chance to kiss the famous stone for the ‘gift of the gab’! We stay overnight in the party town of Killarney.

DAY 2 | INIS MÓR

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DAY 2 | KILLARNEY TO ENNIS

Travel back in time as you take a ferry across the Atlantic to Inis Mór. Rent a bike or hire a horse and cart to spend the day exploring this ancient Gaelic-speaking island. You will never forget this day full of stunning coastal scenery and fresh Irish air. (B)

Go to the edge of the ancient world to explore the wilderness of the dramatic Dingle Peninsula and the stunning West Coast. Finish the day in County Clare, listening to traditional Irish music and drinking Guinness in a cosy local pub. (B)

DAY 3 | GALWAY TO DUBLIN

We make our way through the 'lunar' landscape of the Burren and on to the mighty Cliffs of Moher looming over the wild Atlantic Ocean. Get your fill of folklore and hear tales of fairies and leprechauns before returning to Dublin. (B)

START: Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin. 8.30am END: Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin. 5.30pm (approx.)

INIS MÓR

Inis Mór is an island off the west coast of Ireland. It is not big; only 31sq. miles with a population of less than 900, but has a staggering 3,000 miles of stone walls and awesome Iron Age ring fort that begs to be explored. It retains a strong grasp on the Irish language and traditions and is one of the most welcoming places on Earth. Hire a bike or a horse and cart to explore and prepare to fall in love.

DAY 3 | ENNIS TO DUBLIN

Brave the heights at the stunning Cliffs of Moher before we explore the eerie moon-like landscape of the Burren. Finish off with lunch in colourful Galway, a buzzing university town with many buskers, before returning to Dublin. (B)

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BLARNEY CASTLE

Blarney Castle was built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftans, Cormac MacCarthy and is home to the famous Blarney Stone, which is found at the top of the tower. Hang upside down at 11 metres and give the stone a big juicy smacker to get the legendary ‘gift of the gab’. You'll never again be lost for words!

@ALYSSMICHELLEE

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8 DAYS FROM $979pp*

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DEPARTS LONDON

4 DAYS FROM $449pp*

4 DAYS FROM $619pp*

Giant’s Causeway DERRY NORTHERN IRELAND

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BALLINTOY Belfast

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GALWAY

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Blarney Castle

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NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide • 7 nights' accommodation • 7 breakfasts • All transport around the Emerald Isle • St Patrick’s Day Festivities in Dublin • Blarney Castle entry • Cliffs of Moher entry • The Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre entry • Shamrocker Orientation Walking Tour of Dublin • Guinness Storehouse fast track entry • Black Cab Tour of Belfast • Derry walking tour • Shamrocker t-shirt • All highlights

START: Shamrocker Adventures, Dublin. 9:30am. END: Dublin Hostel; Check-out 18 March 10am. Accommodation: 7 nights hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: No private upgrades available. *Per person price is based on multi-share accommodation. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner).

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $979

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@MEMEJ89

The ultimate St Patrick’s extravaganza! See all of Ireland before you celebrate the world’s favourite saint in Dublin. Serious festival fun, Irish style and all the Guinness you can drink! One island, one trip, a once in a lifetime experience.

HIGHLIGHTS • Visit 'Dark Hedges' • Guinness Storehouse fast track entry • Breath-taking Cliffs of Moher • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | DUBLIN TO KILLARNEY

We head into the lush green Irish countryside, pass the River Liffey and the Rock of Cashel on the way to Blarney Castle in the rebel county of Cork. Here’s your chance to get the ‘gift of the gab’ if you dare to kiss the famous stone!

DAY 2 | KILLARNEY TO GALWAY

Spend the day at the stunning Cliffs of Moher and the eerie moon-like landscape of the Burren before we set off to Galway, Ireland’s cultural capital, for the night. (B)

DAY 3 | GALWAY TO DERRY

Travel through the spectacular Connemara and on to Northern Ireland. The medieval city of Derry will test your emotions when you take an award winning walking tour to hear all about Bloody Sunday from a local guide. (B)

DAY 5 | BALLINTOY TO DUBLIN

Visit the 'Dark Hedges' seen in Game of Thrones, before we head to Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, and take the famous Black Cab Tour to hear all about the troubles that raged. We travel back to Dublin for the night and get the party started! (B)

DAY 6 | DUBLIN

Your local Guide will show you the highlights of Dublin’s Fair City on our orientation walking tour. We include a fast track entry to the Guinness Storehouse to learn about ‘the black stuff’ before visiting some of Dublin’s best pubs on a pub crawl. (B)

DAY 7 | ST PATRICKS DAY, DUBLIN

Today is the day you've been waiting for! Get your funkiest green outfit on when we head to the heart of the action, Temple Bar. Squeeze into a nearby pub for a live music session or join the dancing on the streets. This is St Patrick’s Day done by the Irish on their native soil… expect a wild one! (B)

DAY 8 | DUBLIN

The St Patrick’s Day Party you’ve been waiting for. Dublin is THE place to be for St Pat’s and going green is a must.

INCLUSIONS

START: Dublin Hostel. Check-in 3pm END: Dublin Hostel. Check-out 10am Accommodation: 3 nights hostel multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: N/A. *Per person price is based on multi-share accommodation. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner).

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $449

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After a fan-feckin-tastic time celebrating St Pat’s, it’s time to bid farewell to your new friends and the Emerald Isle! (B)

Thousands of hexagonal stone columns await you today at the Giant’s Causeway. Created by a giant or geology, you decide! We spend the night in Ballintoy, a village packed with beautiful coastal scenery and Game of Thrones film locations. (B)

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ITINERARY

• Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide • 3 nights' city centre accommodation • 3 breakfasts • Guinness Storehouse fast track entry • Shamrocker’s Dublin city walking tour • Shamrocker t-shirt • All bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 4 | DERRY TO BALLINTOY

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DAY 1 | DUBLIN

Arrive in Dublin and check in to your hostel before joining us for the Shamrocker St Pat’s party for the evening. Have your first taste of Guinness on Irish soil and dance to traditional live Irish music. The party has started!

DAY 2 | DUBLIN

Join your local Guide for an orientation walking tour of Dublin’s Fair City and learn how the ‘black stuff’ is made at Guinness Storehouse. Spend your night enjoying the festival vibe and put the finishing touches to your green outfit for the main event. (B)

DAY 3 | ST PATRICK’S DAY, DUBLIN

The big day. Dress up in green when we head to the heart of the action for St Patrick’s Day parade and all the festival fun. This is the wildest party in the world and you will experience it with the locals. (B)

DAY 4 | DUBLIN

After a fan-feckin-tastic time celebrating St Pat’s, it is time to bid farewell to the Emerald Isle and your new friends. You can leave Ireland, but it will never leave you! (B)

A great package for those who want a quick escape to Ireland for an incredible St Pat’s experience with the locals.

INCLUSIONS

ITINERARY

• Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide • 3 nights' city centre accommodation • 3 breakfasts • Guinness Storehouse fast track entry • Shamrocker’s Dublin city walking tour • Shamrocker t-shirt • All bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | LONDON TO DUBLIN

We will meet in London and head over land and sea to Ireland! Tonight we’ll hit one of Dublin’s local pubs for an authentic Irish welcome and meet the other Shamrocker party goers.

START: London. 5.30am END: London. 6pm (approx.)

Join your local Guide for an orientation walking tour of Dublin’s Fair City and learn how the ‘black stuff’ is made at Guinness Storehouse. Spend your night enjoying the festival vibe and put the finishing touches to your green outfit for the big day. (B)

Accommodation: Hostel dorm multi-share. Accommodation upgrades: N/A. *Per person price is based on multi-share accommodation. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner).

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES ADULT $619

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DAY 2 | DUBLIN

DAY 3 | ST PATRICK’S DAY, DUBLIN

The big day. Dress up in green as we head to the heart of the action for St Patrick’s Day parade and all the festival fun. This is the wildest party in the world and you will experience it with the locals. (B)

DAY 4 | DUBLIN TO LONDON

After a fan-feckin-tastic time celebrating St Pat’s, it is time to bid farewell to the Emerald Isle and your new friends and head over the water, back to London. (B)

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Product

Cancellations outside 45 days

Busabout Hop-on Hop-off Europe Passes Busabout Adventures (3.4), HAGGiS & Shamrocker Adventures Standard Trips Busabout, HAGGiS & Shamrocker - Festivals & Events (3.6) HAGGiS Get Active Adventures

Flex-Deposit (3.2)

Cancellations from 45 days until full fee threshold

Full fee threshold

45 -14 full days prior to departure 25% fee

14 days or less 100% fee

45-22 full days prior to departure 50% fee

22 days or less 100% fee

45-28 full days prior to departure 50% fee

28 days or less 100% fee

3.3a) Upgrades and Add Ons do not qualify for a deposit payment and attract a 0% fee if cancelled with their connected product outside 45 days. This does not apply to Hop-on Hop-off pre-purchased accommodation packages where special conditions apply. See Operator’s website for full terms and conditions. 3.3b) For trips that do not qualify for a deposit option when booked more than 45 days prior to the confirmed / nominated departure date, any cancellation outside 45 days will levy the same fee as per cancellations from 45 days until the full fee threshold. 3.3c) Haggis Passion Projects (Braw Day Oot, Natural Highs, Highland Charge) – special terms and conditions apply. 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For requests beyond this standard accommodation, including upgrades to private rooms or other special accommodation requirements, a non-refundable deposit may be taken when the upgrade is confirmed. 3.9 Any changes of departure date or tour within 45 days of departure but prior to the full fee threshold (as defined in clause 3) will incur an administration fee of 45 USD, per person per tour, subject to availability and charges in lieu of clauses 3.10 or 3.11 where the new departure date / tour must be immediately nominated. 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This may also result in the loss of any special discounts applied to the originally booked Tours. 3.12 If the reason for your cancellation is covered under your insurance policy, you may be able to make a claim under that policy. 3.13 a) Name changes are permitted on Busabout Hop On Hop Off passes and Busabout Adventure Tours provided a minimum 30 day notice period from the nominated departure date is given in writing with full passenger details, and will incur an administration fee of 45 USD per person per tour. 3.13 b) Within 30 days of the nominated departure date no name changes are permitted. 3.13 c) No Name changes are permitted on Festival Tours. 4. BUSABOUT HOP-ON HOP-OFF PASSES – SPECIFIC CONDITIONS 4.1 A ‘sector’ is defined as any travel between two stops on Busabout Hop-on Hop-off network in one coach day, a ‘coach day’ is made up of one or more sectors. A ‘pass’ is defined as a collection of stops anywhere on the network, for travel dates within a limited and pre-determined continuous period of time, which can be either a Timed pass which allows a predetermined number of ‘Flexi-weeks’ anywhere on the Hop-on Hop-off network, or an Unlimited Pass which allows travel for all operational dates on the Hop-on Hop-off network. 4.2 Your first date of travel must be nominated and confirmed at the time of purchase. 4.3 Departure dates for the Pass(es) can be changed at no charge up to 14 days prior to the confirmed first date of departure, subject to availability. 4.4 Confirmed seat reservations can be made for any sector at the time of booking or at any time up until 24 hours prior to each scheduled departure date, subject to availability. 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4.11 You are responsible for making all accommodation arrangements – Booking a “Hopon Hop-off” pass will allow you access to “MyTrip”, the Operator’s online planning tool, through a unique client reference number provided by the Operator using which you are able to book your coach sectors and accommodation within the My Trip itinerary planner. All accommodation reservations made within the MyTrip itinerary planner are considered a direct agreement between yourself and the accommodation service provider as per clause 12.4 bound by their terms and conditions. This does not apply to Hop-on Hop-off pre-purchased accommodation packages where special conditions apply (see Operators website for full terms and conditions). 4.12 BedCred: The Operator will offer a Product Credit up to the value of 5% of the total accommodation bookings made at Busabout preferred partner accommodations and using MyTrip. This credit may be only applied to new trip bookings with the Operator. This product credit has no monetary value. Restrictions may apply – see Busabout.com for full terms and conditions. 5. YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES 5.1 The tour/tour products offered are forms of transportation. For this reason the Operators’ representatives cannot offer constant special attention or assistance should you have any physical disability requiring such attention. 5.2 The programs in this brochure have been designed for passengers aged 18 years and over with the style and operation specifically designed for young independent travellers. This fact should be recognised when you book. Passengers are primarily in the 18-45 year age group. 5.3 Passengers must be aged 18 years or over on date of travel commencing. The Operator may, at its absolute discretion, and in exceptional circumstances, give confirmation of acceptance of a person outside this age restriction, provided that they are accompanied by a responsible person of 18 years or over. There is no upper age restriction. 5.4 PASSENGERS WITH DISABILITIES - The Operator will do their best to accommodate any passenger who may have specific assistance requirements provided they are accompanied by a companion capable and in agreement to provide such necessary assistance and do not require special assistance from the Operator’s personnel. The Operator will not be responsible for the failure of this person to provide these services. Any medical or physical condition requiring third party attention or treatment must be advised in writing to our Reservations Team at the time the booking is made, in addition to any special requests or requirements. It is your responsibility to see to it that your letter is acknowledged with the booking confirmation. The Operator cannot guarantee travel in the absence of such an acknowledgement. Many of our tours involve physical activity and may not be suitable if you rely on a wheelchair or have certain other disabilities. 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No refunds will be issued in such circumstances. 5.7 You agree that the Operators’ representatives may take photographs and video recordings of you while you are a passenger. These may be used in the Operator’s brochures and/or advertising and publicity material (including social media) without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs and/or films. 5.8 You agree that the Operator may use any text written in comments books, recorded in customer surveys or input to online forums, in brochures, websites and/or advertising and publicity material without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of comments. 5.9 There may be times when the Operator’s personnel and/or representatives have to make a decision in the interests of safety. It is a condition of booking that you comply with the authority and decisions of the appointed representative of the Operator. If you do not comply with the said representative or are not compatible with the general enjoyment and well-being of members of the tour, the Operator reserves the right to refuse to allow you to continue the tour. In such a case the Operator will not be liable for any refund, compensation or any additional costs incurred by you. The Operator cannot accept liability for the behaviour of others on your tour nor if any facilities are curtailed as a result of their actions. 5.10 The Operators do not tolerate any form of abuse, verbal or otherwise, of its personnel. Any person abusing or threatening the Operator’s personnel or associated representatives will automatically forfeit their right to onward travel and any associated refund. 5.11 You are responsible for looking after your personal belongings whilst travelling. The Operator cannot be held responsible for any personal belongings left behind or damaged on any tour irrespective of the circumstances. 5.12 It is the responsibility of the individual passenger and authorised Travel Agent on the passenger’s behalf, to check the accuracy of dates booked upon receipt of their Booking Statement confirming ‘Full Payment’. 5.13 If you paid a Student price on booking (Haggis and Shamrocker Adventures only), you will be required to prove this entitlement at check-in for each departure by exhibiting a valid ISIC, ISE or ITIC student card or Student Flights ID Card. Should you not be able to do this, you will be charged the difference between the full tour price and the student discounted price in addition to an administration fee of 45 USD. 5.14 The Haggis Get Active Adventures involve strenuous outdoor activities and therefore require a good level of physical fitness. 5.15 The Operator has a zero tolerance policy on possession of illegal drugs or substances. Any passenger deemed to have breached this condition by the Operator will automatically forfeit their right to onward travel and any associated refund. 5.16 By booking a trip that includes Multi-share accommodation, you acknowledge that the Operator and / or its representatives is unable to confirm same gender room allocation. 6. LOCAL TOURS & EXCURSIONS 6.1 You may have the opportunity to purchase local tours or excursions from the Guides / On-Board Guides/Check-in Staff. These local tours and excursions are run by local Operators and you will be subject to their terms and conditions. 6.2 Local tours and excursions purchased via Guides/On-Board Guides/Check in Staff are nonrefundable. It is your responsibility to meet the tour at the designated departure point and time. Travel on local tours and excursions will only be permitted on presentation of the official Guides/On-Board Guides/ Check in Staff issued voucher to the named local Operator. 6.3 Local tour and Excursion vouchers that are lost or stolen cannot be replaced. 7. INSURANCE 7.1 There is no travel insurance cover included in the price of any pass(es), ticket, tour, trip or product represented in this brochure. 7.2 The Operator strongly recommends that you take out comprehensive insurance cover for cancellation, medical expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money and public liability before you travel. You may also wish to indemnify the Operator against all third-party claims, actions, damages and remedies that may be brought against the Operator in respect of your travel needs/requirements. The Operator may require you to provide details of your insurance as a condition of travel. 8. CHANGES BY THE OPERATOR 8.1 Prices in this brochure are based on costs and exchange rates at August 1, 2018. Should these costs change it may be necessary to make a surcharge on the price of your tour. Should the total tour price increase by more than 10% you will have the right to cancel within 7 days of notification without penalty.

8.2 No surcharge in respect of costs or currency fluctuations will be made once payment of the deposit for your tour has been received. This guarantee excludes fuel surcharges and does not apply to any taxes, charges or levies imposed by any Government or their Agencies. In exchange for these guarantees, no refund will be made if costs are reduced. The surcharge will only be made where the increase in cost will affect the price of the tour by more than 2%. 8.3 The Operator reserves the right to vary, modify or cancel any itinerary, either part or wholly. If this is necessary, they will substitute alternative arrangements of comparable value, or at the Operator’s discretion provide a full or partial refund. 8.4 If access to any country or area is prohibited for reasons of force majeure (i.e. circumstances such as political unrest, war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, closure of airports or ports, industrial disputes, terrorist activity, natural and nuclear disasters, fire, epidemic or health risk, Acts of God, adverse weather conditions or other similar events beyond the Operator’s control) the Operator reserves the right to amend or alter the product, or fully or partially withdraw the program. If the Operator cannot offer suitable substitute services, you will be entitled to a refund (less reasonable expenses incurred by the Operator in respect of your booking). The amount of the refund will be calculated pro-rata based on used portion of the tour. 8.5 The Operator reserves the right to alter or substitute the type of vehicle mentioned in the brochure or websites. 9. WEATHER CONDITIONS Under no circumstances can the Operators be held responsible for any delay, deviation or cancellation due to weather conditions, nor can any tour be cancelled or amended by you at any time on the basis of weather conditions. 10. NO SMOKING POLICY The Operators operate a No Smoking Policy on all their vehicles and properties. 11. DISPUTE PROCEDURES 11.1 If you have a complaint in respect of any Operator, you should inform the Operator’s Representative at the time. Any complaint that cannot be resolved by the Operator’s Representative should be submitted in writing within 28 days of the incident to The Customer Services Manager, Busabout, Haggis, Shamrocker, Travel House, Rue Du Manoir, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 2JH, Channel Islands so that your complaint can be passed to and then investigated by the Operator. The Operators will not consider complaints after the 28 day period from the end date of your tour. 11.2 The contract and all matters arising in respect hereof shall be subject to Guernsey Law unless the Operator agrees otherwise in writing. 11.3 If any provision of this contract is held invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, that provision shall be deemed to be re-written to give effect to the same purpose within the permitted limits of the law. The validity and enforceability of the other provisions shall not be affected. 11.4 If you are unsuccessful in any legal action instituted against the Operator, you agree to pay all of the Operator’s costs associated to any such legal action, including but not limited to attorney / client costs. 12. CONTRACTING PARTIES 12.1 The booking conditions detailed herein contain the entire contract between you and the Operator. No representation, term, warranty or condition can be expressed or implied by reference to any other writing, advertisement or conversation. This contract may only be varied by a duly authorised officer or Director of the Operator in writing. 12.2 Your contract is with the Operator. At any time, and at the Operator’s complete discretion, the Operator may nominate to you in writing any other company or person to have the benefit of some or all of those provisions of this contract, which the Operator may then specify, as if you had agreed the provisions concerned directly with that company or person in the first place as well as agreeing them with the Operator. The Operator may at its complete discretion assign all or any rights and liabilities arising under or by virtue of this or any other contract with you. 12.3 All bookings with other Operators and service providers are subject to their terms and conditions and limitations of liability. Please note that some of these limit or exclude liability in respect of death, personal injury, delay and loss or damage to baggage. Whilst the Operator cannot accept any responsibility for any loss as a result of such actions or as a result of any act or omission of any such third parties, the Operator will give reasonable assistance in helping to resolve any reasonable dispute. 12.4 Many accommodation arrangements referred to in this brochure are provided independently and directly by third party providers (unless stated otherwise). Any such contracts undertaken are made directly between you and the third party accommodation provider. They are subject to the terms and conditions, and limitations of liability, imposed by the individual accommodation provider. All such arrangements are made independently of the Operator, regardless of any help and assistance, which the Operator may provide in securing such arrangements. 12.5 Please note that no airline or carrier depicted or recommended in this brochure by virtue of their endorsement of this brochure represents themselves either as contracting with any legal relationship with any such purchaser. 12.6 Every effort is made to ensure brochure accuracy at the time of going to print, however the Operator cannot be held responsible for printing and typographical errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances. 13. VALIDITY The programs, products and tours advertised in this brochure are valid from the operating season pertaining to each Operator as specified in this brochure and the Operator’s website, unless stated to the contrary. These Terms and Conditions supersede all previous Terms and Conditions issued and are valid for all reservations made on or after 1 September 2018, until replaced. 14. OPERATING COMPANIES 14.1a) The Busabout Hop-on Hop-off, Busabout Adventures and Busabout Festivals services advertised in this brochure are operated by Busabout Operations Ltd, The Travel House, Rue Du Manoir, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 2JH, Channel Islands. 14.1b) A selection of local Operators provide additional services across tours advertised in this brochure. For a full set of details and their respective terms and conditions please refer to Busabout.com. 14.2a) HAGGIS Adventures are operated by Radical Travel Group Limited. Registered in Scotland No. 136334 14.2b) HAGGIS Get Active Adventures are operated by Active Outdoor Pursuits Limited. Their terms and conditions apply (available on request). 14.3 Shamrocker Adventures are operated by Shamrocker Adventures Limited. Registered in Ireland 281604). 15. DATA PROTECTION STATEMENT Please be assured that we have measures in place to protect the personal booking information held by us. This information will be passed on to the principal and to the relevant suppliers of your travel arrangements. The information may also be provided to public authorities such as customs or immigration if required by them, or as required by law. Certain information may also be passed on to security or credit checking companies. We will only pass your information on to persons responsible for your travel arrangements. This applies to any sensitive information that you give to us such as details of any disabilities, or dietary/religious requirements. (If we cannot pass this information to the relevant suppliers we will be unable to provide your booking. In making this booking, you consent to this information being passed on to the relevant persons). Where the data might be passed on for marketing purposes, you have the right to opt out of future marketing. You also have a right of access to data held which can be obtained by writing to Busabout Operations Limited, Travel House, Rue du Manoir, St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, GY1 2JH. Further detail and our full Privacy Policy can be found on our website. Please see Busabout.com. 15. TERMS AND CONDITIONS 123 For a full expanded list of our Terms and Conditions please see Busabout.com.


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Grab a pen and let your wanderlust go wild. Connect your Hop-on Hop-off route with adventures, sailing trips and festivals and start creating your own epic adventure.

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ISLE OF SKYE

LOCH NESS

OBAN

NORWAY

DERRY

OVERNIGHT FERRY

ORKNEY ISLES

Use the Hop-on Hop-off network (the blue and orange arrows) of 38 destinations and decide where you go and how long for. Add on adventures, sailing trips or festivals to create your own epic European adventure.

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DERRY

GALWAY

22

3 4 5 6 7

10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22

SALZBURG

SWISS ALPS

(LAUTERBRUNNEN)

FRANCE

BERN

LUCERNE

MILAN

LAKE COMO

SWITZERLAND

BORDEAUX AVIGNON

(PROVENCE)

SALAMANCA 1

9 MADRID 2

PORTUGAL

SPAIN

2 LISBON

2

BARCELONA

PLITVICE 1

SIENA

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8

1

2 KOTOR

19

7

TIRANA 1

5

2 LAGOS

1

ISTANBUL

1 CANNAKALE

TURKEY

3 IBIZA

12 2

2 GRANADA

2

ATHENS MYKONOS 2 2 PAROS IOS 2

MOROCCO

Š Cinque Terre D: 10:45

Š Lake Como D: 15:00

Š Lauterbrunnen A: 20:00 7 MAY-6 OCT

Krakow D: 8:00

Š Zakopane D: 11:00

Š Budapest A: 18:00

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MOLDOVA Access the entire Hop-on network between May and October for ultimate flexibility.

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Š Bruges D: 13:00

Š Zadar 1D: 10:45

Vienna 5 D: 8:00

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Š Vienna A: 17:00

30 MAY-27 SEP

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Š Bern D: 17:15 2

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Š Paris A: 21:30

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Š Salzburg D: 10:30

ROMANIA

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11 MAY-2 OCT

Š Munich A: 17:00

Š Stuttgart D: 11:15

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Dates in BLUE match the blue arrows on the map.

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Š Split A: 21:00

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1

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KILLARNEY

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3 ISTANBUL 1


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