🇪🇹ETHIOPIA

Simien Mountains, EthiopiaA journey packed with incredible sights. A real adventure which will be hugely rewarding. Because of the limited choice of accommodation there is only one version of this itinerary. Here’s your Ethiopia itinerary:

1 ✈To Addis Ababa (Book >)
✈Addis to Lalibela flight (Book >)
Dep: 20:15 🏨 In flight!
2 Dep: 08:10 Arr: 06:50
Arr: 09:10
🏨Harbe Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Flights to Lalibela depart on Monday and Friday only, plan your Ethiopia itinerary accordingly.
3 Your hotel is close to all the sights, including the 11 rock-hewn churches in town. Any additional time should be spent visiting Yemrehanna Kristos and/or one of the nearby monasteries. At an altitude of 2,600m be prepared for cold and breathlessness.
4 ✈Lalibela to Axum flight (Book >) Dep: 10:45 Arr: 11:25 🏨Sabean International Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Must-sees include the Ruins of Aksum and the Northern Stelae Field. Guides can be arranged at the tourist info.
5 🚌Axum to Shire bus Dep: Any time before 6pm Arr: Any time 🏨Gebar Shire Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
There’s not much to see in Shire so spend more time soaking up Axum’s sights. Minibuses depart for Shire through the day until 6pm.
6 🚌Shire to Debark bus Dep: 05:30-06:00 Arr: c.10hrs later 🏨Limalimo Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
After a long journey enjoy the luxuries of the lodge and the incredible view. This is a rough road, take travel sickness pills if you need!
7 Every visitor to the Simien Mountains park has to pay for a park scout, make the most of them and embark on a full-day hike. Extend your trip a few days by embarking on a 4-5 day hike.
8 🚌Debark to Gondar bus Dep: Any time Arr: Any time 🏨Mayleko Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Fit another trek in before journeying to Gondar Limalimo Lodge can arange a shuttle to Gondar.
9 Spend the day exploring the Royal Enclosure (Fasil Ghebbi). Don’t-miss sights include Fasiladas’ Palace, Palace of Iyasu I and Debre Berhan Selassie Church. When ordering wat (curry) be sure to ask for the more tasty kai wat – alicha wat can be very bland!
10 🚌Gondar to Bahar Dar bus Dep: Every hr on the hr in the AM Arr: 3-4hrs later 🏨Delano Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Take a relaxing cruise on the lake to one of the island monasteries. Boats on Lake Tana have fixed rates – be wary of hustlers.
11 ✈Bahar Dar to Addis Ababa flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 🏨Caravan Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Before leaving Bahar Dar visit the nearby Blue Nile Falls and enjoy a self-guided walk, starting at the Portuguese Bridge (you’ll need to pay a boatman to cross back over the river). You can pay a guide for the falls walk, but the route is fairly easy to follow by yourself.
12 ✈Addis Ababa to home Dep: 14:25 Arr: 16:20 Connect this Ethiopia itinerary with the Kenya or Tanzania itinerary
Visit the Lucy replica in the National Museum and the excellent Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum.

🇸🇮SLOVENIA & 🇭🇷CROATIA

Ljubljana, SloveniaAction-packed itinerary that takes in mountains, lakes, cities, national parks and stunning Croatian beaches. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Slovenia and Croatia travel plan:

Luxury Lake Bled, Slovenia
1 ✈To Ljubljana(Book >) Dep: 13:15 Arr: 16:25 🏨Hotel Cubo (Book >) All hotels >
Familiarise yourself with the pedestrian-friendly old streets of the city. Book your transfer to the hotel.
2 Walk over the Triple Bridge and up the steep hill to the castle. Paying for access to the tower is well worth it. Buy provisions for your hiking adventure whilst in Ljubljana.
3 🚌Ljubljana to Ribčev Laz bus (Book >) Dep: 10:03 Arr: 11:57 🏨Vogar Hut (Book >) All rentals >
Spend the afternoon walking to Vogar meadow and views close to the hut. Ask the park ranger for their dinner recommendation. When booking the hut ask if the national park ranger will drive you to and from the bus.
4 A wealth of breathtaking trails await you, from gentle rambles or exciting via ferrata. Read about some of the trails here and invest in a good map.
5 🚌Ribčev Laz to Bled bus (Book >) Dep: 13:49 Arr: 14:28 🏨Vila Bled(Book >) All hotels >
Walk around the lake and take a boat across to Blejski Otok. Return back on the other side of the lake and be sure to leave time to visit the castle. Look out for signpost number 6 and head up hill for a superb view from Ojstrica.
6 🚌Bled to Ljubljana bus
(Book >)
🚌Ljubljana to Postojna bus
(Book >)
🚌Postojna to Ljubljana bus
(Book >)
Dep: 08:30

Dep:
10:00

Dep: 17:56

Arr: 09:48

Arr: 10:52

Arr: 18:40

🏨Hotel Cubo (Book >) All hotels >
Visit the massive, breathtaking Postojna caves. It gets cold in the caves – bring warm clothing.
6 🚌Ljubljana to Poreč bus
(Book >)
Dep: 07:10 Arr: 11:00 🏨Valamar Riviera Hotel & Residence (Book >) All hotels >
Today’s journey is broken up with a visit to the massive Postojna caves. Add on a night in Trieste if you have time.
7-8 Two more days to enjoy beautiful Poreč and its surrounding islands. If you’ve time be sure to visit nearby Rovinj. Your hotel offers a free boat ride to peaceful Sveti Nikola island.
9 🚌Poreč to Karlovac bus
(Book >)
🚌Karlovac to Plitviče bus
(Book >)
Dep: 09:15

Dep: 14:20

Arr: 14:05

Arr: 15:45

🏨Hotel Degenija (Book >) All hotels >
Karlovac City Museum is an interesting place to while away an hour if you’d like to break up the journey. The museum is closed on Mondays.
10 🚌Plitviče to Zagreb bus
(Book >)
Dep: 16:45 Arr: 19:00 🏨Esplanade Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Enter the Plitvice Lakes national park from entrance No1 and stroll around the paths and walkways to experience the stunning colours of the lakes and waterfalls. Do not leave the trails! Plitvice is an extremely delicate eco system.
11 ✈Zagreb to Home (Book >) Dep: 14:15 Arr: 16:15 Connect this Slovenia and Croatia itinerary with the Croatia and Montenegro, Poland and Slovakia or Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria itinerary
Book a transfer to the airport.
Mid-range Porec, Croatia
1 ✈To Ljubljana(Book >) Dep: 13:15 Arr: 16:25 🏨Central Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Familiarise yourself with the pedestrian-friendly old streets of the city. Public buses run frequently from the airport to the centre.
2 Walk over the Triple Bridge and up the steep hill to the castle. Paying for access to the tower is well worth it. Buy provisions for your hiking adventure whilst in Ljubljana.
3 🚌Ljubljana to Ribčev Laz bus (Book >) Dep: 10:03 Arr: 11:57 🏨Vogar Hut (Book >) All rentals >
Spend the afternoon walking to Vogar meadow and views close to the hut. Ask the park ranger for their dinner recommendation. When booking the hut ask if the national park ranger will drive you to and from the bus.
4 A wealth of breathtaking trails await you, from gentle rambles or exciting via ferrata. Read about some of the trails here and invest in a good map.
5 🚌Ribčev Laz to Bled bus (Book >) Dep: 13:49 Arr: 14:28 🏨Hotel Astoria (Book >) All hotels >
Walk around the lake and take a boat across to Blejski Otok. Return back on the other side of the lake and be sure to leave time to visit the castle. Look out for signpost number 6 and head up hill for a superb view from Ojstrica.
6 🚌Bled to Ljubljana bus
(Book >)
🚌Ljubljana to Postojna bus
(Book >)
🚌Postojna to Ljubljana bus
(Book >)
Dep: 08:30

Dep:
10:00

Dep: 17:56

Arr: 09:48

Arr: 10:52

Arr: 18:40

🏨Central Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Visit the massive, breathtaking Postojna caves. It gets cold in the caves – bring warm clothing.
6 🚌Ljubljana to Poreč bus
(Book >)
Dep: 07:10 Arr: 11:00 🏨Valamar Riviera Hotel & Residence (Book >) All hotels >
Today’s journey is broken up with a visit to the massive Postojna caves. Add on a night in Trieste if you have time.
7-8 Two more days to enjoy beautiful Poreč and its surrounding islands. If you’ve time be sure to visit nearby Rovinj. Your hotel offers a free boat ride to peaceful Sveti Nikola island.
9 🚌Poreč to Karlovac bus
(Book >)
🚌Karlovac to Plitviče bus
(Book >)
Dep: 09:15

Dep: 14:20

Arr: 14:05

Arr: 15:45

🏨Villa Katja (Book >) All hotels >
Karlovac City Museum is an interesting place to while away an hour if you’d like to break up the journey. The museum is closed on Mondays.
10 🚌Plitviče to Zagreb bus
(Book >)
Dep: 16:45 Arr: 19:00 🏨Best Western Astoria (Book >) All hotels >
Enter the Plitvice Lakes national park from entrance No1 and stroll around the paths and walkways to experience the stunning colours of the lakes and waterfalls. Do not leave the trails! Plitvice is an extremely delicate eco system.
11 ✈Zagreb to Home (Book >) Dep: 14:15 Arr: 16:15 Connect this Slovenia and Croatia itinerary with the Croatia and Montenegro, Poland and Slovakia or Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria itinerary
Buses to the airport from the bus station take about 35-40 minutes.
Budget Plitvice, Croatia
1 ✈To Ljubljana(Book >) Dep: 13:15 Arr: 16:25 🏨Hostel Vrba (Book >) All hotels >
Familiarise yourself with the pedestrian-friendly old streets of the city. Public buses run frequently from the airport to the centre.
2 Walk over the Triple Bridge and up the steep hill to the castle. Paying for access to the tower is well worth it. Buy provisions for your hiking adventure whilst in Ljubljana.
3 🚌Ljubljana to Ribčev Laz bus (Book >) Dep: 10:03 Arr: 11:57 🏨Vogar Hut (Book >) All rentals >
Spend the afternoon walking to Vogar meadow and views close to the hut. Ask the park ranger for their dinner recommendation. When booking the hut ask if the national park ranger will drive you to and from the bus.
4 A wealth of breathtaking trails await you, from gentle rambles or exciting via ferrata. Read about some of the trails here and invest in a good map.
5 🚌Ribčev Laz to Bled bus (Book >) Dep: 13:49 Arr: 14:28 🏨Jazz Hostel & Apartments (Book >) All hotels >
Walk around the lake and take a boat across to Blejski Otok. Return back on the other side of the lake and be sure to leave time to visit the castle. Look out for signpost number 6 and head up hill for a superb view from Ojstrica.
6 🚌Bled to Ljubljana bus
(Book >)
🚌Ljubljana to Postojna bus
(Book >)
🚌Postojna to Ljubljana bus
(Book >)
Dep: 08:30

Dep:
10:00

Dep: 17:56

Arr: 09:48

Arr: 10:52

Arr: 18:40

🏨Hostel Vrba (Book >) All hotels >
Visit the massive, breathtaking Postojna caves. It gets cold in the caves – bring warm clothing.
6 🚌Ljubljana to Poreč bus
(Book >)
Dep: 07:10 Arr: 11:00 🏨Castello Gulici (Book >) All hotels >
Today’s journey is broken up with a visit to the massive Postojna caves. Add on a night in Trieste if you have time.
7-8 Two more days to enjoy beautiful Poreč and its surrounding islands. If you’ve time be sure to visit nearby Rovinj. Your hotel offers a free boat ride to peaceful Sveti Nikola island.
9 🚌Poreč to Karlovac bus
(Book >)
🚌Karlovac to Plitviče bus
(Book >)
Dep: 09:15

Dep: 14:20

Arr: 14:05

Arr: 15:45

🏨Villa Katja (Book >) All hotels >
Karlovac City Museum is an interesting place to while away an hour if you’d like to break up the journey. The museum is closed on Mondays.
10 🚌Plitviče to Zagreb bus
(Book >)
Dep: 16:45 Arr: 19:00 🏨Hostel Bureau (Book >) All hotels >
Enter the Plitvice Lakes national park from entrance No1 and stroll around the paths and walkways to experience the stunning colours of the lakes and waterfalls. Do not leave the trails! Plitvice is an extremely delicate eco system.
11 ✈Zagreb to Home (Book >) Dep: 14:15 Arr: 16:15 Connect this Slovenia and Croatia itinerary with the Croatia and Montenegro, Poland and Slovakia or Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria itinerary
Buses to the airport from the bus station take about 35-40 minutes.

🇵🇱POLAND & 🇸🇰SLOVAKIA

Morskie Oko, PolandIf you like hiking then you’re going to love this itinerary, which is bookended with visits to the beautiful cities of Krakow and Bratislava. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Poland and Slovakia itinerary:

Luxury Krakow, Poland
1 ✈To Krakow(Book >) Dep: 08:40 Arr: 12:05 🏨Queen Boutique Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Explore the Old Town and massive Market Square, don’t miss the Church of the Virgin Mary and Wawel Cathedral. Book a transfer to your hotel.
2 Two choices today: experience the fascinating salt mines or visit Auschwitz. Back in Krakow get to know the lively streets of the Jewish District (Kazimierz). A trumpeter plays every hour on the hour from the highest tower of the Church of the Virgin Mary.
3 🚌Krakow to Zakopane bus (Book >) Dep: 15:00 Arr: 17:15 🏨Aries Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Spend a couple of hours in Krakow’s Royal Castle. In Zakopane soak up the buzz along Krupowki Street and the more sedate Cmentarz Zasluzonych na Peksowym Brzyzku. The small patterned blocks of smoked sheeps cheese (oscypek) on sale at stalls in Zakopane are perfect for taking on a hike.
4 🚌Zakopane to Morskie Oko bus (Times >) Dep from: 07:40 🏨Morskie Oko Hut (Book >)
Take the bus to Łysa Polana and hike the 10km (uphill!) to Morskie Oko where you can leave your bags at the hut and explore the lakes. This map gives you an idea of walk times and effort, but buy a 1:150000 map too.
5 🚶Morskie Oko to Murowaniec hike Dep: 08:00 Arr: 16:00 🏨Hala Gąsiennicowa Hut (Book >)
A stupendous hike in the mountains today, through forests, over streams and with magnificent views throughout Accommodation in mountain huts isn’t luxurious but is popular – book ahead early.
6 🚶Murowaniec to Zakopane hike
🚌Zakopane ul. Balzera Nosal to Tatranská Lomnica bus (Times >)
🚄Tatranská Lomnica to Stary Smokovec train
🚄Stary Smokovec to Štrbské Pleso train
(Book >)
Dep: 15:12
Dep: 16:34
Dep: 17:01
Arr: 16:27
Arr: 16:48
Arr: 17:42
🏨Kempinski Grand Tatras (Book >) All hotels >
Start the day with a lovely hike back to Zakopane. Enjoy a well-earned spa in your hotel. One of the best hotel spas we’ve seen so spend plenty of time here!
7 Easy walk along a wide track to Popradske Pleso lake. You can get lunch at the hotel beside the lake.
8 🚶Štrbské Pleso to Zamkovského chata hike Hike takes about 7hrs 🏨Zamkovského chata (Book >)
Long day hike. Take the train to Vyšné Hágy and walk up to Sliezsky dom where you can pick up the trail to Zamkovského chata. Mountain huts offer good value, plentiful meals saving you the effort of carrying too much food.
9 🚶Zamkovského chata to Tatranská Lomnica hike
🚄Tatranská Lomnica to Poprad train
🚄Poprad to Spišské Tomášovce train
(Book >)
Dep: 15:35 Arr: 15:54 🏨Kempinski Grand Tatras (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll end this morning’s walk at Stanica lanovky Štart cable car station from where you can get a ride up to Lomnický štít.
10 Embark on an adventure along the gorges, up the ladders and through the woods and meadows of Slovak Paradise National Park. It’s a 40 min drive to the national park.
11 🚄Spišské Tomášovce to Poprad train
🚄Poprad to Bratislava train
(Book >)
Dep: 11:04
Dep: 11:33
Arr: 11:26
Arr: 16:07
🏨Grand River Park (Book >) All hotels >
 Acquaint yourself with the winding streets of the Old Town where you’ll find former palaces and photogenic architecture. Book ahead to see the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra at the National Theatre.
12 Take part in a free walking tour which will take in the Blue Church, St Michael’s Tower, Hlavne Namestie, the old town hall and St. Martin’s Cathedral. Although free walking tours are free, don’t forget to tip at the end if you enjoyed your experience.
13 ✈Bratislava to Home (Book >) Dep: 21:10 Arr: 22:25 Connect this Poland and Slovakia itinerary with the Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria itinerary
Visit Bratislava castle for top views and pretty gardens. If time, take the bus to Hrad castle. Book a transfer to the airport.
Mid-range Slovak Paradise National Park
1 ✈To Krakow(Book >) Dep: 08:40 Arr: 12:05 🏨Hotel Amadeus (Book >) All hotels >
Explore the Old Town and massive Market Square, don’t miss the Church of the Virgin Mary and Wawel Cathedral. Trains depart every 30 mins from the airport, arriving at the city train station 20 mins later.
2 Two choices today: experience the fascinating salt mines or visit Auschwitz. Back in Krakow get to know the lively streets of the Jewish District (Kazimierz). A trumpeter plays every hour on the hour from the highest tower of the Church of the Virgin Mary.
3 🚌Krakow to Zakopane bus (Book >) Dep: 15:00 Arr: 17:15 🏨Aparthotel Bellamonte (Book >) All hotels >
Spend a couple of hours in Krakow’s Royal Castle. In Zakopane soak up the buzz along Krupowki Street and the more sedate Cmentarz Zasluzonych na Peksowym Brzyzku. The small patterned blocks of smoked sheeps cheese (oscypek) on sale at stalls in Zakopane are perfect for taking on a hike.
4 🚌Zakopane to Morskie Oko bus (Times >) Dep from: 07:40 🏨Morskie Oko Hut (Book >)
Take the bus to Łysa Polana and hike the 10km (uphill!) to Morskie Oko where you can leave your bags at the hut and explore the lakes. This map gives you an idea of walk times and effort, but buy a 1:150000 map too.
5 🚶Morskie Oko to Murowaniec hike Dep: 08:00 Arr: 16:00 🏨Hala Gąsiennicowa Hut (Book >)
A stupendous hike in the mountains today, through forests, over streams and with magnificent views throughout Accommodation in mountain huts isn’t luxurious but is popular – book ahead early.
6 🚶Murowaniec to Zakopane hike
🚌Zakopane ul. Balzera Nosal to Tatranská Lomnica bus (Times >)
🚄Tatranská Lomnica to Stary Smokovec train
🚄Stary Smokovec to Štrbské Pleso train
(Book >)
Dep: 15:12
Dep: 16:34
Dep: 17:01
Arr: 16:27
Arr: 16:48
Arr: 17:42
🏨Hotel Solisko (Book >) All hotels >
Start the day with a lovely hike back to Zakopane. Enjoy a well-earned spa in your hotel. The hotel is a short walk from the train station.
7 🚶Štrbské Pleso to Popradske Pleso hike Hike takes about 1hr 30 🏨Hotel Horsky (Book >)
Easy walk along a wide track to this basic but well-located lakeside hotel. Shop for food and drink for the hike in Strbske Pleso.
8 🚶Popradske Pleso to Zamkovského chata hike Hike takes about 7hrs 🏨Zamkovského chata (Book >)
Long hike. The direct route is fairly precipitous and so you may wish to take the train to Vyšné Hágy and walk up to Sliezsky dom where you can pick up the trail again to Zamkovského chata. Mountain huts offer good value, plentiful meals saving you the effort of carrying too much food.
9 🚶Zamkovského chata to Tatranská Lomnica hike
🚄Tatranská Lomnica to Poprad train
🚄Poprad to Spišské Tomášovce train (Book >)
Dep: 15:35 Arr:
15:54
🏨Soludus-Spišský ľudový dom (Book >)
You’ll end this morning’s walk at Stanica lanovky Štart cable car station from where you can get a ride up to Lomnický štít. It’s a 30 min walk along quiet roads to Čingov.
10 Embark on an adventure along the gorges, up the ladders and through the woods and meadows of Slovak Paradise National Park. Get a map of the park from the Ĉingov tourist office before you depart.
11 🚄Spišské Tomášovce to Poprad train
🚄Poprad to Bratislava train
(Book >)
Dep: 11:04
Dep: 11:33
Arr: 11:26
Arr: 16:07
🏨Marrol’s Boutique Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Acquaint yourself with the winding streets of the Old Town where you’ll find former palaces and photogenic architecture. Book ahead to see the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra at the National Theatre.
12 Take part in a free walking tour which will take in the Blue Church, St Michael’s Tower, Hlavne Namestie, the old town hall and St. Martin’s Cathedral. Although free walking tours are free, don’t forget to tip at the end if you enjoyed your experience.
13 ✈Bratislava to Home (Book >) Dep: 21:10 Arr: 22:25 Connect this Poland and Slovakia itinerary with the Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria itinerary
Visit Bratislava castle for top views and pretty gardens. If time, take the bus to Hrad castle.
Budget Bratislava, Slovakia
1 ✈To Krakow(Book >) Dep: 08:40 Arr: 12:05 🏨Old Town Apartment (Book >) All hotels >
Explore the Old Town and massive Market Square, don’t miss the Church of the Virgin Mary and Wawel Cathedral. Trains depart every 30 mins from the airport, arriving at the city train station 20 mins later.
2 Two choices today: experience the fascinating salt mines or visit Auschwitz. Back in Krakow get to know the lively streets of the Jewish District (Kazimierz). A trumpeter plays every hour on the hour from the highest tower of the Church of the Virgin Mary.
3 🚌Krakow to Zakopane bus (Book >) Dep: 15:00 Arr: 17:15 🏨Willa Mozaika (Book >) All hotels >
Spend a couple of hours in Krakow’s Royal Castle. In Zakopane soak up the buzz along Krupowki Street and the more sedate Cmentarz Zasluzonych na Peksowym Brzyzku. The small patterned blocks of smoked sheeps cheese (oscypek) on sale at stalls in Zakopane are perfect for taking on a hike.
4 🚌Zakopane to Morskie Oko bus (Times >) Dep from: 07:40 🏨Morskie Oko Hut (Book >)
Take the bus to Łysa Polana and hike the 10km (uphill!) to Morskie Oko where you can leave your bags at the hut and explore the lakes. This map gives you an idea of walk times and effort, but buy a 1:150000 map too.
5 🚶Morskie Oko to Murowaniec hike Dep: 08:00 Arr: 16:00 🏨Hala Gąsiennicowa Hut (Book >)
A stupendous hike in the mountains today, through forests, over streams and with magnificent views throughout Accommodation in mountain huts isn’t luxurious but is popular – book ahead early.
6 🚶Murowaniec to Zakopane hike
🚌Zakopane ul. Balzera Nosal to Tatranská Lomnica bus (Times >)
🚄Tatranská Lomnica to Stary Smokovec train
🚄Stary Smokovec to Štrbské Pleso train
(Book >)
Dep: 15:12
Dep: 16:34
Dep: 17:01
Arr: 16:27
Arr: 16:48
Arr: 17:42
🏨Štrbské Pleso rental (Book >) All properties >
Start the day with a lovely hike back to Zakopane. Enjoy a well-earned spa in your hotel. The hotel is a short walk from the train station.
7 🚶Štrbské Pleso to Popradske Pleso hike Hike takes about 1hr 30 🏨Hotel Horsky (Book >)
Easy walk along a wide track to this basic but well-located lakeside hotel. Shop for food and drink for the hike in Strbske Pleso.
8 🚶Popradske Pleso to Zamkovského chata hike Hike takes about 7hrs 🏨Zamkovského chata (Book >)
Long hike. The direct route is fairly precipitous and so you may wish to take the train to Vyšné Hágy and walk up to Sliezsky dom where you can pick up the trail again to Zamkovského chata. Mountain huts offer good value, plentiful meals saving you the effort of carrying too much food.
9 🚶Zamkovského chata to Tatranská Lomnica hike
🚄Tatranská Lomnica to Poprad train
🚄Poprad to Spišské Tomášovce train (Book>)
Dep: 15:35 Arr:
15:54
🏨Soludus-Spišský ľudový dom (Book >)
You’ll end this morning’s walk at Stanica lanovky Štart cable car station from where you can get a ride up to Lomnický štít. It’s a 30 min walk along quiet roads to Čingov.
10 Embark on an adventure along the gorges, up the ladders and through the woods and meadows of Slovak Paradise National Park. Get a map of the park from the Ĉingov tourist office before you depart.
11 🚄Spišské Tomášovce to Poprad train
🚄Poprad to Bratislava train
(Book >)
Dep: 11:04
Dep: 11:33
Arr: 11:26
Arr: 16:07
🏨Mercure Bratislava Centrum (Book >) All hotels >
Acquaint yourself with the winding streets of the Old Town where you’ll find former palaces and photogenic architecture. Book ahead to see the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra at the National Theatre.
12 Take part in a free walking tour which will take in the Blue Church, St Michael’s Tower, Hlavne Namestie, the old town hall and St. Martin’s Cathedral. Although free walking tours are free, don’t forget to tip at the end if you enjoyed your experience.
13 ✈Bratislava to Home (Book >) Dep: 21:10 Arr: 22:25 Connect this Poland and Slovakia itinerary with the Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria itinerary
Visit Bratislava castle for top views and pretty gardens. If time, take the bus to Hrad castle.

🇭🇷CROATIA & 🇲🇪MONTENEGRO

Kotor, MontenegroA packed 15 days of ancient cities, mountainous national parks, sunny islands and stunning, secluded beaches. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Croatia and Montenegro itinerary:

Luxury Durmitor, Montenegro
1 ✈To Dubrovnik (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Hilton Imperial  (Book >) All hotels >
Private transfers from the airport take 35 mins .
2 Lose yourself in the Old Town streets then take a 2km walk along the city walls. Walk or take a cable car up the hill overlooking the city The tourist crowds tend to dissipate in the early evening.
3 🚌Dubrovnik to Kotor bus (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 13:00 🏨Hotel Vardar (Book >) All hotels >
Explore the winding streets but save energy for walking the incredible ramparts to the Castle Of San Giovanni. Take plenty to drink with you on your climb to the castle, although there are a few people selling drinks from coolers.
4 🚌Kotor to Žabljak bus (Book >) Dep: 09:40 Arr: 13:30 🏨Hotel Soa (Book >) All hotels >
Walk to and around the beautiful Crno Jezero. Entry to Durmitor National Park is €3.
5 Full day for hiking in Durmitor National Park. This is a good map for working out which route to take.
6 🚌Žabljak to Kotor bus (Book >) Dep: 17:55 Arr: 21:45 🏨Hotel Vardar (Book >) All hotels >
Embark on a rafting adventure down the Tara River Canyon before heading back to Kotor. Learn a few Montenegrin words to bond with your guide.
7 Relax in the ancient streets of Kotor, take a boat trip out to Our Lady of the Rock island. See the streets in early morning or evening to avoid cruise crowds.
8 🚌Kotor to Dubrovnik bus (Book >) Dep: 10:10 Arr: 12:30 🏨Hilton Imperial (Book >) All hotels >
War Photo Limited has an excellent collection of images from the War of Independence. Find peace in the Franciscan Monastery. Arrive at Buza Bar early to get a prime seat for sunset.
9 🚌Dubrovnik to Mostar bus (Book >) Dep: 08:00 Arr: 11:40 🏨Villa Anri (Book >) All hotels >
Stari Most is the main attraction of Mostar, but the old city and Koskin-Mehmed Pasha’s Mosque are worth spending time in too. Pay a (pro!) bridge diver to plunge into the Neretva River.
10 🚌Mostar to Split bus (Book >) Dep: 12:50 Arr: 17:00 🏨Piazza Heritage Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
In Mostar seek out Neretva Hotel and reflect on the ravages of war. Spend this evening and tomorrow morning exporing Diocletian’s Palace in Split. Luka Ice Cream & Cakes in Split offers the most delicious ice cream you’re ever likely to taste.
11 ⛴️Split to Hvar ferry (Book >) Dep: 10:30 Arr: 11:35 🏨Hotel Amfora (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll be based on the main island of Hvar where you have the benefit of enjoying the old town, being in walking distance of lovely beaches and short boats rides to exquisite islands. Hvar town comes alive at night when it’s much cooler.
12-14 Small boats for nearby islands leave from the harbour.
15 ⛴️Hvar to Split ferry (Book >)
✈Split to Home (Book >)
Dep: 11:30
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 12:05
Arr: Evening
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Time for one more ice cream at Luka’s?
Mid-range Dubrovnik, Croatia
1 ✈To Dubrovnik (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Apartments Martecchini (Book >) All hotels >
Private transfers from the airport take 35 mins .
2 Lose yourself in the Old Town streets then take a 2km walk along the city walls. Walk or take a cable car up the hill overlooking the city The tourist crowds tend to dissipate in the early evening.
3 🚌Dubrovnik to Kotor bus (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 13:00 🏨Hotel Cattaro (Book >) All hotels >
Explore the winding streets but save energy for walking the incredible ramparts to the Castle Of San Giovanni. Take plenty to drink with you on your climb to the castle, although there are a few people selling drinks from coolers.
4 🚌Kotor to Žabljak bus (Book >) Dep: 09:40 Arr: 13:30 🏨Hotel Soa (Book >) All hotels >
Walk to and around the beautiful Crno Jezero. Entry to Durmitor National Park is €3.
5 Full day for hiking in Durmitor National Park. This is a good map for working out which route to take.
6 🚌Žabljak to Kotor bus (Book >) Dep: 17:55 Arr: 21:45 🏨Hotel Cattaro (Book >) All hotels >
Embark on a rafting adventure down the Tara River Canyon before heading back to Kotor. Learn a few Montenegrin words to bond with your guide.
7 Relax in the ancient streets of Kotor, take a boat trip out to Our Lady of the Rock island. See the streets in early morning or evening to avoid cruise crowds.
8 🚌Kotor to Dubrovnik bus (Book >) Dep: 10:10 Arr: 12:30 🏨Apartments Martecchini (Book >) All hotels >
War Photo Limited has an excellent collection of images from the War of Independence. Find peace in the Franciscan Monastery. Arrive at Buza Bar early to get a prime seat for sunset.
9 🚌Dubrovnik to Mostar bus (Book >) Dep: 08:00 Arr: 11:40 🏨Pension Cardak (Book >) All hotels >
Stari Most is the main attraction of Mostar, but the old city and Koskin-Mehmed Pasha’s Mosque are worth spending time in too. Pay a (pro!) bridge diver to plunge into the Neretva River.
10 🚌Mostar to Split bus (Book >) Dep: 12:50 Arr: 17:00 🏨Hotel Vestibul Palace (Book >) All hotels >
In Mostar seek out Neretva Hotel and reflect on the ravages of war. Spend this evening and tomorrow morning exporing Diocletian’s Palace in Split. Luka Ice Cream & Cakes in Split offers the most delicious ice cream you’re ever likely to taste.
11 ⛴️Split to Hvar ferry (Book >) Dep: 10:30 Arr: 11:35 🏨Hotel Amfora (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll be based on the main island of Hvar where you have the benefit of enjoying the old town, being in walking distance of lovely beaches and short boats rides to exquisite islands. Hvar town comes alive at night when it’s much cooler.
12-14 Small boats for nearby islands leave from the harbour.
15 ⛴️Hvar to Split ferry (Book >)
✈Split to Home (Book >)
Dep: 11:30
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 12:05
Arr: Evening
Connect this Croatia and Montenegro itinerary with the Slovenia and Croatia itinerary
Time for one more ice cream at Luka’s?
Budget Hvar, Croatia
1 ✈To Dubrovnik (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Apartments Martecchini (Book >) All hotels >
Private transfers from the airport take 35 mins .
2 Lose yourself in the Old Town streets then take a 2km walk along the city walls. Walk or take a cable car up the hill overlooking the city The tourist crowds tend to dissipate in the early evening.
3 🚌Dubrovnik to Kotor bus (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 13:00 🏨Hostel Old Town (Book >) All hotels >
Explore the winding streets but save energy for walking the incredible ramparts to the Castle Of San Giovanni. Take plenty to drink with you on your climb to the castle, although there are a few people selling drinks from coolers.
4 🚌Kotor to Žabljak bus (Book >) Dep: 09:40 Arr: 13:30 🏨Hostel Hikers Den (Book >) All hotels >
Walk to and around the beautiful Crno Jezero. Entry to Durmitor National Park is €3.
5 Full day for hiking in Durmitor National Park. This is a good map for working out which route to take.
6 🚌Žabljak to Kotor bus (Book >) Dep: 17:55 Arr: 21:45 🏨Hostel Old Town (Book >) All hotels >
Embark on a rafting adventure down the Tara River Canyon before heading back to Kotor. Learn a few Montenegrin words to bond with your guide.
7 Relax in the ancient streets of Kotor, take a boat trip out to Our Lady of the Rock island. See the streets in early morning or evening to avoid cruise crowds.
8 🚌Kotor to Dubrovnik bus (Book >) Dep: 10:10 Arr: 12:30 🏨Apartments Martecchini (Book >) All hotels >
War Photo Limited has an excellent collection of images from the War of Independence. Find peace in the Franciscan Monastery. Arrive at Buza Bar early to get a prime seat for sunset.
9 🚌Dubrovnik to Mostar bus (Book >) Dep: 08:00 Arr: 11:40 🏨Hostel Nina (Book >) All hotels >
Stari Most is the main attraction of Mostar, but the old city and Koskin-Mehmed Pasha’s Mosque are worth spending time in too. Pay a (pro!) bridge diver to plunge into the Neretva River.
10 🚌Mostar to Split bus (Book >) Dep: 12:50 Arr: 17:00 🏨Peruzovic Rooms & Apartments (Book >) All hotels >
In Mostar seek out Neretva Hotel and reflect on the ravages of war. Spend this evening and tomorrow morning exporing Diocletian’s Palace in Split. Luka Ice Cream & Cakes in Split offers the most delicious ice cream you’re ever likely to taste.
11 ⛴️Split to Hvar ferry (Book >) Dep: 10:30 Arr: 11:35 🏨Villa Paladina (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll be based on the main island of Hvar where you have the benefit of enjoying the old town, being in walking distance of lovely beaches and short boats rides to exquisite islands. Hvar town comes alive at night when it’s much cooler.
12-14 Small boats for nearby islands leave from the harbour.
15 ⛴️Hvar to Split ferry (Book >)
✈Split to Home (Book >)
Dep: 11:30
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: 12:05
Arr: Evening
Connect this Croatia and Montenegro itinerary with the Slovenia and Croatia itinerary
Time for one more ice cream at Luka’s?

AUSTRIA🇦🇹 & MUNICH🇩🇪

TyrolIdyllic Tyrolean scenery and picture-perfect cities, all packed into 9 days. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Austria and Munich itinerary:

Luxury Austria mountains
1 ✈To Innsbruck
(Book >)
Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Best Western Plus Hotel Goldener Adler (Book >) All hotels >
Walk to the Aldstadt and admire the sparkling Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) before visiting the Hofkirche then Dom zu St. Jakob. Look out for the information boards dotted around the Old Town, which provide useful snippets of history.
2 Take bus J or tram 6 to Igls then either hike (it’ll take a few hours) or cable car up to Patscherkofel where a number of easy trails await (our favourite is the Zirbenweg Trail). There is a good value restaurant at Patscherkofel – no need to carry up your own food.
3-5 🚄Innsbruck Hbf to Jenbach train
(Book >)
🚄Jenbach to Mayrhofen train
(Book >)
Dep: 09:14

Dep: 09:34

Arr: 09:29

Arr: 10:27

🏨Elisabeth Hotel Premium Private Retreat (Book >) All hotels >
Two and a half days to hike the many spectacular trails around Mayrhofen. Favourites include the trail up to Rastkogel from the Penkenbahn and the unmissable trek up to Berliner Hut (and beyond). Buses run from Mayrhofen to Ginzling from 06:40 Mon-Sat. From Ginzling you can start your hike to Berliner Hut.
6 🚄Mayrhofen to Jenbach train
(Book >)
🚄 Jenbach to Salzburg train
(Book >)
Dep: 08:15

Dep: 09:31

Arr: 09:06

Arr: 11:00

🏨Hotel Sacher (Book >) All hotels >
Get to know the Baroque streets of Salzburg. Ask your concierge to book tickets tonight or tomorrow night for the Schlosskonzerte Mirabell.
7 🚌Salzburg to Munich bus
(Book >)
Dep: 17:30 Arr: 19:45 🏨The Charles Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Visit Hohensalzburg Fortress and the DomQuartier in Salzburg. If you have time, extend your trip with a visit to Vienna.
8 Look out for the guides wearing white and blue in Marienplatz and join them for a free walking tour of the city. Climb St Peter’s Bell Tower for excellent views. Many of Munich’s museums are free (or heavily discounted) to visit on Sundays.
9 ✈Munich to Home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening Connect this Austria and Munich itinerary with the Germany itinerary >
Book a transfer to the airport.
Mid-range Austria cows
1 ✈To Innsbruck
(Book >)
Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Best Western Plus Hotel Goldener Adler (Book >) All hotels >
Walk to the Aldstadt and admire the sparkling Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) before visiting the Hofkirche then Dom zu St. Jakob. Look out for the information boards dotted around the Old Town, which provide useful snippets of history.
2 Take bus J or tram 6 to Igls then either hike (it’ll take a few hours) or cable car up to Patscherkofel where a number of easy trails await (our favourite is the Zirbenweg Trail). There is a good value restaurant at Patscherkofel – no need to carry up your own food.
3-5 🚄Innsbruck Hbf to Jenbach train
(Book >)
🚄Jenbach to Mayrhofen train
(Book >)
Dep: 09:14

Dep: 09:34

Arr: 09:29

Arr: 10:27

🏨Elisabeth Hotel Premium Private Retreat (Book >) All hotels >
Two and a half days to hike the many spectacular trails around Mayrhofen. Favourites include the trail up to Rastkogel from the Penkenbahn and the unmissable trek up to Berliner Hut (and beyond). Buses run from Mayrhofen to Ginzling from 06:40 Mon-Sat. From Ginzling you can start your hike to Berliner Hut.
6 🚄Mayrhofen to Jenbach train
(Book >)
🚄 Jenbach to Salzburg train
(Book >)
Dep: 08:15

Dep: 09:31

Arr: 09:06

Arr: 11:00

🏨Villa Carlton (Book >) All hotels >
Get to know the Baroque streets of Salzburg. One of the best views of the city is from Kapuzinerberg Park.
7 🚌Salzburg to Munich bus
(Book >)
Dep: 17:30 Arr: 19:45 🏨Aloft (Book >) All hotels >
Visit Hohensalzburg Fortress and the DomQuartier in Salzburg. Billa supermarkets sell decent – and cheaper – alternatives to the Mozart chocolates (Mozartkugeln).
8 Look out for the guides wearing white and blue in Marienplatz and join them for a free walking tour of the city. Climb St Peter’s Bell Tower for excellent views. Many of Munich’s museums are free (or heavily discounted) to visit on Sundays.
9 ✈Munich to Home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening Connect this Austria and Munich itinerary with the Germany itinerary >
Stroll around the English Garden and watch the surfers at the Eisbach Wave.
Budget Munich
1 ✈To Innsbruck
(Book >)
Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Innsbruck apartment (Book >) All rentals >
Walk to the Aldstadt and admire the sparkling Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) before stepping in t the Hofkirche then Dom zu St. Jakob. Look out for the information boards dotted around the Old Town, which provide useful snippets of history.
2 Take bus J or tram 6 to Igls then either hike (it’ll take a few hours) or cable car up to Patscherkofel where a number of easy trails await (our favourite is the Zirbenweg Trail). There is a good value restaurant at Patscherkofel – no need to carry up your own food.
3-5 🚄Innsbruck Hbf to Jenbach train
(Book >)
🚄Jenbach to Mayrhofen train
(Book >)
Dep: 09:14

Dep: 09:34

Arr: 09:29

Arr: 10:27

🏨Mayrhofen chalet (Book >) All rentals >
Two and a half days to hike the many spectacular trails around Mayrhofen. Favourites include the trail up to Rastkogel from the Penkenbahn and the unmissable trek up to Berliner Hut (and beyond). Buses run from Mayrhofen to Ginzling from 06:40 Mon-Sat. From Ginzling you can start your hike to Berliner Hut.
6 🚄Mayrhofen to Jenbach train
(Book >)
🚄 Jenbach to Salzburg train
(Book >)
Dep: 08:15

Dep: 09:31

Arr: 09:06

Arr: 11:00

🏨Hotel Imlauer & Braeu (Book >) All hotels >
Get to know the Baroque streets of Salzburg. Ask your concierge to book tickets tonight or tomorrow night for the Schlosskonzerte Mirabell.
7 🚌Salzburg to Munich bus
(Book >)
Dep: 17:30 Arr: 19:45 🏨Hotel Mirabell (Book >) All hotels >
Visit Hohensalzburg Fortress and the DomQuartier in Salzburg. If you have time, extend your trip with a visit to Vienna.
8 Look out for the guides wearing white and blue in Marienplatz and join them for a free walking tour of the city. Climb St Peter’s Bell Tower for excellent views. Many of Munich’s museums are free (or heavily discounted) to visit on Sundays.
9 ✈Munich to Home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening Connect this Austria and Munich itinerary with the Germany itinerary >
Stroll around the English Garden and watch the surfers at the Eisbach Wave.