🇲🇹 MALTA

Valletta, Malta - Malta itineraryEnjoy a short break to the islands of Malta and Gozo. Experience Malta’s fascinating history, perfect beaches and pretty towns and cities. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Mdina, Malta
1 ✈To Valletta (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Casa Ellul (Book >) All hotels >
Visit this site for Malta and Gozo bus routes.
2 Admire the views from the Barrakka Gardens then visit the fascinating Church of St Paul’s Shipwreck. The Manoel Theatre is most beautiful on the inside – book tickets ahead here.
3 30 mins by bus, Rabat must-sees include St Paul’s Church and Catacombs. Bus 81 to the spectacular Dingli cliffs. Walk 3 hrs to Blue Grotto if feeling fit. Bus 38 or 138 to Valletta. There aren’t any restrooms on the walk to Blue Grotto so go prepared!
4 🚌Valletta to Gozo bus (San Lawrenz) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 12:30 🏨Kempinski(Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy the excellent hotel spa facilities. Take bus 41 or 42 to the Cirkewwa ferry. Take Gozo bus 25 to Victoria, then bus 91 to San Lawrenz.
5 Hike from the hotel up Ta’ Dbieġi and then down to the Ta’ Pinu church. Continue on through Gharb, past the salt pans and return by bus from Marsalforn. Piece together your hike with help from the excellent Visit Gozo website.
6 Walk down to Dwerja and take a boat trip out to the Blue Hole. Keep an eye on the weather, you may wish to take the boat trip on a day when the waves aren’t high.
7 🚌Gozo to Valletta bus Dep: 07:10 Arr: 09:55 🏨Casa Ellul (Book >) All hotels >
We thought we’d save the best ’til last; the National War Museum and St John’s Cathedral – a true masterpiece. Pastizzi are delicious – and cheap – snacks to enjoy on the go.
8 Take bus 27, 127, 427 or 627 to the beautiful fishing village of Marsaxlokk. The Marsaxlokk fish market happens on Sunday.
9 ✈Valletta to Home Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon Connect this Malta itinerary with the Italy itinerary
Book your transfer back to the airport
Mid-range Gozo
1 ✈To Valletta (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Paulos Boutique Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Visit this site for Malta and Gozo bus routes.
2 Admire the views from the Barrakka Gardens then visit the fascinating Church of St Paul’s Shipwreck. The Manoel Theatre is most beautiful on the inside – book tickets ahead here.
3 30 mins by bus, Rabat must-sees include St Paul’s Church and Catacombs. Bus 81 to the spectacular Dingli cliffs. Walk 3 hrs to Blue Grotto if feeling fit. Bus 38 or 138 to Valletta. There aren’t any restrooms on the walk to Blue Grotto so go prepared!
4 🚌Valletta to Gozo bus (San Lawrenz) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 12:30 🏨Kempinski(Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy the excellent hotel spa facilities. Take bus 41 or 42 to the Cirkewwa ferry. Take Gozo bus 25 to Victoria, then bus 91 to San Lawrenz.
5 Hike from the hotel up Ta’ Dbieġi and then down to the Ta’ Pinu church. Continue on through Gharb, past the salt pans and return by bus from Marsalforn. Piece together your hike with help from the excellent Visit Gozo website.
6 Walk down to Dwerja and take a boat trip out to the Blue Hole. Keep an eye on the weather, you may wish to take the boat trip on a day when the waves aren’t high.
7 🚌Gozo to Valletta bus Dep: 07:10 Arr: 09:55 🏨Paulos Boutique Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
We thought we’d save the best ’til last; the National War Museum and St John’s Cathedral – a true masterpiece. Pastizzi are delicious – and cheap – snacks to enjoy on the go.
8 Take bus 27, 127, 427 or 627 to the beautiful fishing village of Marsaxlokk. The Marsaxlokk fish market happens on Sunday.
9 ✈Valletta to Home Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon Connect this Malta itinerary with the Italy itinerary
Book your transfer back to the airport
Budget Valletta, Malta
1 ✈To Valletta (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Palazzo Sant Ursula (Book >) All hostels >
Visit this site for Malta and Gozo bus routes.
2 Admire the views from the Barrakka Gardens then visit the fascinating Church of St Paul’s Shipwreck. The Manoel Theatre is most beautiful on the inside – book tickets ahead here.
3 30 mins by bus, Rabat must-sees include St Paul’s Church and Catacombs. Bus 81 to the spectacular Dingli cliffs. Walk 3 hrs to Blue Grotto if feeling fit. Bus 38 or 138 to Valletta. There aren’t any restrooms on the walk to Blue Grotto so go prepared!
4 🚌Valletta to Gozo bus (Xlendi) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 12:30 🏨Sea Star Apartments (Book >) All hostels >
Xlendi is pronounced SHLEN-dee. Take bus 41 or 42 to the Cirkewwa ferry. Take Gozo bus 25 to Victoria, then bus 91 to San Lawrenz.
5 Take a bus to Victoria then another to Marsalforn for a walk past salt pans to Gharb and the Ta’ Pinu church. Bus back from San Lawrenz. Piece together your hike with help from the excellent Visit Gozo website.
6 Walk down to Dwerja and take a boat trip out to the Blue Hole. Keep an eye on the weather, you may wish to take the boat trip on a day when the waves aren’t high.
7 🚌Gozo to Valletta bus Dep: 07:10 Arr: 09:55 🏨Two Pillows Boutique Hostel  (Book >) All hostels >
We thought we’d save the best ’til last; the National War Museum and St John’s Cathedral – a true masterpiece. Pastizzi are delicious – and cheap – snacks to enjoy on the go.
8 Take bus 27, 127, 427 or 627 to the beautiful fishing village of Marsaxlokk. The Marsaxlokk fish market happens on Sunday.
9 ✈Valletta to Home Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon Connect this Malta itinerary with the Italy itinerary
Express buses X1, X2, X3 and X4 run to the airport.

🇫🇷🇦🇩 SOUTHERN FRANCE & ANDORRA

Carcassonne - France & Andorra itineraryI’ve packed a lot in to this France & Andorra itinerary, which takes in the best of Aude, Occitanie, the Pyrénées-Orientales, Andorra and even a slice of Catalonia. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Toulouse, France
1 ✈To Toulouse (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 🏨Pullman Toulouse Center (Book >) All hotels >
Recommended flight times are for those wanting to depart after work.
2 Couvent des Jacbons is a magnificent place to visit. Take in the city’s beautiful squares and visit Pont Neuf during the day and see it lit up at night. Pre-book a transfer from the airport.
3 🚌Toulouse to Andorra La Vella bus (Book >) Dep: 10:30 Arr: 14:15 🏨Andorra Park Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Contrast the sedate Old Town (take a tour of Casa de la Vall) with the shopping buzz of Meritxell Avenue. VAT is incredibly low in Andorra so leave space if you want to stock up!
4 🚌Andorra La Vella to Soldeu bus (Bus L3) Dep: Every 20 mins Arr: 25 mins later 🏨Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa (Book >) All hotels >
Head for the hills opposite your hotel – this is excellent hiking and biking country. Your hotel has one of the best spas we’ve seen – perfect for resting weary legs.
5 Dedicate today to a long hike/bike up Vall d’Incles to the Estany Primer de Juclar lake and beyond to the French border if you have the energy. Take plenty of food and water as there isn’t anywhere to resupply along the route.
6 🚌Soldeu to Andorra La Vella bus
🚌Andorra La Vella to La Seu d’Urgell bus (Book >)
🚌La Seu d’Urgell to Puigcerdà bus(Book >)
Dep: Any time
Dep: 15:00
Dep: 15:54
Arr: 25 mins later
Arr: 15:33
Arr: 16:52
🏨Villa Paulita (Book >) All hotels >
Climb to the top of Puigcerda bell tower then stroll around the lake at sunset. The Tourist Office in the bell tower can tell you if the Yellow Train is running.
7 🚌Bourg Madame to Font Romeu bus (Times >)
🚄Font Romeu to Villefranche train (Book >)
🚄Villefranche to Perpignan (Book >)
Dep: 15:46

Dep: 16:51

Dep: 18:45

Arr: 16:18

Arr: 18:27

Arr: 19:33

🏨Mas Latour Lavail (Book >) All hotels >
The Tet Valley is today’s star, best seen from the train or bus. If you take the bus and arrive early into Perpignan then enjoy its Old Town and nearby beaches. If the Yellow Train isn’t running then you can travel from Bourg Madame to Perpignan for €1 on local bus.
8 🚄Perpignan to Narbonne train
(Book >)
🚄Narbonne to Carcassonne train (Book >)
Dep: 13:17

Dep: 16:32

Arr: 14:03

Arr: 17:02

🏨Hotel de la Cite (Book >) All hotels >
Narbonne’s cathedral is spectacular – don’t miss it, along with the canal and section of the Roman Via Domitia. Walk across the Via Domitia for excellent views of the citadel.
9 Spend at least 2 hours exploring the ramparts and Château Comtal, soak up the atmosphere in a café within the walls. Top quality produce can be bought from the Place Carnot market on Tue, Thu and Sat.
10 ✈Carcassonne to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Southern France and Andorra itinerary with the France itinerary or Andalucia itinerary
Visit the ‘new’ part of the city and walk along Canal du Midi.
Mid-range Andorra
1 ✈To Toulouse (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 🏨Novotel Airport (Book >) All hotels >
Recommended flight times are for those wanting to depart after work.
2 Couvent des Jacbons is a magnificent place to visit. Take in the city’s beautiful squares and visit Pont Neuf during the day and see it lit up at night. Pre-book a transfer from the airport.
3 🚌Toulouse to Andorra La Vella bus (Book >) Dep: 10:30 Arr: 14:15 🏨NH Hesperia (Book >) All hotels >
Contrast the sedate Old Town (take a tour of Casa de la Vall) with the shopping buzz of Meritxell Avenue. VAT is incredibly low in Andorra so leave space if you want to stock up!
4 🚌Andorra La Vella to Soldeu (Bus L3) bus Dep: Every 20 mins Arr: 25 mins later 🏨Sport Hotel Village (Book >) All hotels >
Head for the hills opposite your hotel – this is excellent hiking and biking country. Your hotel gives you access to the spa across the road – perfect for resting weary legs.
5 Dedicate today to a long hike/bike up Vall d’Incles to the Estany Primer de Juclar lake and beyond to the French border if you have the energy. Take plenty of food and water as there isn’t anywhere to resupply along the route.
6 🚌Soldeu to Andorra La Vella bus
🚌Andorra La Vella to La Seu d’Urgell bus (Book >)
🚌La Seu d’Urgell to Puigcerdà bus (Book >)
Dep: Any time
Dep: 15:00
Dep: 15:54
Arr: 25 mins later
Arr: 15:33
Arr: 16:52
🏨Villa Paulita (Book >) All hotels >
Climb to the top of Puigcerda bell tower then stroll around the lake at sunset. The Tourist Office in the bell tower can tell you if the Yellow Train is running.
7 🚌Bourg Madame to Font Romeu bus(Times >)
🚄Font Romeu to Villefranche train (Book >)
🚄Villefranche to Perpignan train (Book >)
Dep: 15:46

Dep: 16:51

Dep: 18:45

Arr: 16:18

Arr: 18:27

Arr: 19:33

🏨Campanile Perpignan Centre (Book >) All hotels >
The Tet Valley is today’s star, best seen from the train or bus. If you take the bus and arrive early into Perpignan then enjoy its Old Town and nearby beaches. If the Yellow Train isn’t running then you can travel from Bourg Madame to Perpignan for €1 on local bus.
8 🚄Perpignan to Narbonne train
(Book >)
🚄Narbonne to Carcassonne train (Book >)
Dep: 13:17

Dep: 16:32

Arr: 14:03

Arr: 17:02

🏨Hotel des Trois Couronnes (Book >) All hotels >
Narbonne’s cathedral is spectacular – don’t miss it, along with the canal and section of the Roman Via Domitia. We’ve picked this hotel for its view of the Citadel, if you want to stay in the action then Hotel de la Cite is a luxury option, or Hotel Le Donjon for a smaller budget.
9 Spend at least 2 hours exploring the ramparts and Château Comtal, soak up the atmosphere in a café within the walls. Top quality produce can be bought from the Place Carnot market on Tue, Thu and Sat.
10 ✈Carcassonne to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Southern France and Andorra itinerary with the France itinerary or Andalucia itinerary
Visit the ‘new’ part of the city and walk along Canal du Midi.
Budget Narbonne, France
1 ✈To Toulouse (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 🏨La Petite Auberge de Saint-Sernin  (Book >) All hostels >
Recommended flight times are for those wanting to depart after work.
2 Couvent des Jacbons is a magnificent place to visit. Take in the city’s beautiful squares and visit Pont Neuf during the day and see it lit up at night. Pre-book a transfer from the airport.
3 🚌Toulouse to Andorra La Vella bus (Book >) Dep: 10:30 Arr: 14:15 🏨Hôtel Font del Marge (Book >) All hostels >
Contrast the sedate Old Town (take a tour of Casa de la Vall) with the shopping buzz of Meritxell Avenue. VAT is incredibly low in Andorra so leave space if you want to stock up!
4 🚌Andorra La Vella to Soldeu bus (Bus L3) Dep: Every 20 mins Arr: 25 mins later 🏨Hotel Galanthus & Spa (Book >) All hotels >
Head for the hills opposite your hotel – this is excellent hiking and biking country. Bikes can be hired from the gondola lift building.
5 Dedicate today to a long hike/bike up Vall d’Incles to the Estany Primer de Juclar lake and beyond to the French border if you have the energy. Take plenty of food and water as there isn’t anywhere to resupply along the route.
6 🚌Soldeu to Andorra La Vella bus
🚌Andorra La Vella to La Seu d’Urgell bus (Book >)
🚌La Seu d’Urgell to Puigcerdà bus (Book >)
Dep: Any time
Dep: 15:00
Dep: 15:54
Arr: 25 mins later
Arr: 15:33
Arr: 16:52
🏨Hotel Parada (Book >) All hotels >
Climb to the top of Puigcerda bell tower then stroll around the lake at sunset. The Tourist Office in the bell tower can tell you if the Yellow Train is running.
7 🚌Bourg Madame to Font Romeu bus (Times >)
🚄Font Romeu to Villefranche train (Book >)
🚄Villefranche to Perpignan train (Book >)
Dep: 15:46

Dep: 16:51

Dep: 18:45

Arr: 16:18

Arr: 18:27

Arr: 19:33

🏨Myperpignan (Book >) All hostels >
The Tet Valley is today’s star, best seen from the train or bus. If you take the bus and arrive early into Perpignan then enjoy its Old Town and nearby beaches. If the Yellow Train isn’t running then you can travel from Bourg Madame to Perpignan for €1 on local bus.
8 🚄Perpignan to Narbonne train
(Book >)
🚄Narbonne to Carcassonne train (Book >)
Dep: 13:17

Dep: 16:32

Arr: 14:03

Arr: 17:02

🏨Millett Guesthouse (Book >) All hostels >
Narbonne’s cathedral is spectacular – don’t miss it, along with the canal and section of the Roman Via Domitia. If you’d like to pay a little more to stay in the citadel then we can recommend Hotel Le Donjon.
9 Spend at least 2 hours exploring the ramparts and Château Comtal, soak up the atmosphere in a café within the walls. Top quality produce can be bought from the Place Carnot market on Tue, Thu and Sat.
10 ✈Carcassonne to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Southern France and Andorra itinerary with the France itinerary or Andalucia itinerary
Visit the ‘new’ part of the city and walk along Canal du Midi.

🇪🇪 ESTONIA

Estonia itineraryA one-week exploration of some of Estonia’s best bits, including historic cities, sandy beaches and serene islands. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Tartu, Estonia
1 ✈To Tallin (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Hotel Telegraaf (Book >) All hotels >
Admire St Olav’s Church and the view from its spire. The passages in Kiek in de Kök are a fascinating must-see. Free tours are a great way to get to know the city (remember to tip at the end).
2 Take a day trip to Lahemaa National park. Tallinn’s museums tend to close on Mondays or Tuesdays.
3 🚄Tallinn to Tartu train (Book >) Dep: 10:06 Arr: 12:28 🏨Lydia Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
The Toy Museum is an amusing place to while away an hour or two. Pay a quick visit to St John’s Church and linger longer in the KGB Cells Museum. Sunset cruises on the river depatr from Lodjakoda.
4 Go on a full-day tour of the South Estonian countryside. On and around Rüütli street is where you’ll find the best nightlife.
5 🚄Tartu to Tallinn train (Book >) Dep: 15:10 Arr: 17:15 🏨Hotel Telegraaf (Book >) All hotels >
Viewing sunset from Tallinn’s city walls is an unmissable experience. If you wanted to extend your trip then Helsinki is a short ferry trip away.
6-7 🚌 Tallinn to Muhu bus (Book >) Dep: 10:15 Arr: 12:05 🏨Pädaste Manor (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy a couple of days relaxing in the beautiful grounds of this hotel Your hotel can arrange a limousine transfer to and from Tallinn.
8 🚌Muhu to Tallinn bus (Book >)
✈Tallinn to Home (Book >)
Dep: 13:25

Dep: Afternoon

Arr: 14:30

Arr: Evening

Connect this Estonia itinerary with the Germany, Sweden or Poland and Slovakia itinerary
Relax in one of Tallinn’s superb cafes (we recommend Maiasmokk Café)
Mid-range Parnu, Estonia
1 ✈To Tallin (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Hotel Telegraaf (Book >) All hotels >
Admire St Olav’s Church and the view from its spire. The passages in Kiek in de Kök are a fascinating must-see. Free tours are a great way to get to know the city (remember to tip at the end).
2 Take a day trip to Lahemaa National park. Tallinn’s museums tend to close on Mondays or Tuesdays.
3 🚄Tallinn to Tartu train (Book >) Dep: 10:06 Arr: 12:28 🏨Lydia Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
The Toy Museum is an amusing place to while away an hour or two. Pay a quick visit to St John’s Church and linger longer in the KGB Cells Museum. Sunset cruises on the river depatr from Lodjakoda.
4 Go on a full-day tour of the South Estonian countryside. On and around Rüütli street is where you’ll find the best nightlife.
5 🚌Tartu to Pärnu bus (Book >) Dep: 07:10 Arr: 09:55 🏨Hedon Spa & Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
In summer the beach is the best place to be, in colder months enjoy its wonderful promenade and jetty. June to August are the warmest months to visit, but your hotel has one of the best spas in town!
6 More beach, but be sure not to miss the small old town. Rent a bike – Pärnu has excellent bike lanes and cheap rates.
7 🚌Pärnu to Tallinn bus (Book >) Dep: 10:15 Arr: 12:05 🏨Hotel Telegraaf (Book >) All hotels >
Admire the view from Patkuli Viewing Platform and ensure St Mary’s Cathedral and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral are ticked off your list. Take a ferry to Helsinki should you wish to extend your holiday, cheapest prices are usually on week days and in the PM.
8 ✈Tallinn to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon Connect this Estonia itinerary with the Germany, Sweden or Poland and Slovakia itinerary
Relax in one of Tallinn’s superb cafes (we recommend Maiasmokk Café)
Budget Tallinn, Estonia
1 ✈To Tallin (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Old Town Backpackers (Book >) All hostels >
Admire St Olav’s Church and the view from its spire. The passages in Kiek in de Kök are a fascinating must-see. Free tours are a great way to get to know the city (remember to tip at the end).
2 Take a day trip to Lahemaa National park. Tallinn’s museums tend to close on Mondays or Tuesdays.
3 🚄Tallinn to Tartu train (Book >) Dep: 10:06 Arr: 12:28 🏨Looming Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
The Toy Museum is an amusing place to while away an hour or two. Pay a quick visit to St John’s Church and linger longer in the KGB Cells Museum. Sunset cruises on the river depatr from Lodjakoda.
4 Go on a full-day tour of the South Estonian countryside. On and around Rüütli street is where you’ll find the best nightlife.
5 🚌Tartu to Pärnu bus (Book >) Dep: 07:10 Arr: 09:55 🏨Hostel Louna (Book >) All hostels >
In summer the beach is the best place to be, in colder months enjoy its wonderful promenade and jetty. June to August are the warmest months to visit, but your hotel has one of the best spas in town!
6 More beach, but be sure not to miss the small old town. Rent a bike – Pärnu has excellent bike lanes and cheap rates.
7 🚌Pärnu to Tallinn bus (Book >) Dep: 10:15 Arr: 12:05 🏨Old Town Backpackers (Book >) All hostels >
Admire the view from Patkuli Viewing Platform and ensure St Mary’s Cathedral and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral are ticked off your list. Take a ferry to Helsinki should you wish to extend your holiday, cheapest prices are usually on week days and in the PM.
8 ✈Tallinn to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon Connect this Estonia itinerary with the GermanySweden or Poland and Slovakia itinerary
Relax in one of Tallinn’s superb cafes (we recommend Maiasmokk Café)

🇭🇷🇲🇪 CROATIA & MONTENEGRO

Kotor, Montenegro - Croatia & Montenegro itineraryA packed 15 days of ancient cities, mountainous national parks, sunny islands and stunning, secluded beaches. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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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 (probably the highlight of this Croatia & Montenegro itinerary).
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?
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 (probably the highlight of this Croatia & Montenegro itinerary).
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?
Budget Hvar, Croatia
1 ✈To Dubrovnik (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Dubrovnik Old Town Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
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 🏨Pupa Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
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 hostels >
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 🏨Pupa Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Embark on a rafting adventure down the Tara River Canyon before heading back to Kotor. Learn a few Montenegrin words to bond with your rafting 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 🏨Dubrovnik Old Town Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
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 Balkaneros (Book >) All hostels >
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 🏨Exclusive Centre (Book >) All hostels >
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 🏨Dink’s Place (Book >) All hostels >
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?

🇧🇪BRUGES & GHENT

Bruges Markt SquareA long weekend break visiting two of Belgium’s best cities? We have all you need to know below. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Bruges and Ghent travel plan:
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Luxury Bruges
1 🚄London to Brussels train
🚄Brussels to Bruges train (Book >)
Dep (Eurostar): 18:04
Dep (SNCB): 21:26
Arr: 21:05

Arr: 22:24

🏨Hotel de Orangerier (Book >) All hotels >
Take a night-time stroll to the Markt square. Book a transfer to your hotel.
2 Free walking tour (remember to tip at the end!). Book a cruise along the canal. Visit Saint Saviour’s Cathedral. The Old Chocolate House makes superb hot chocolate!
3 🚄Bruges to Ghent train (Book >) Dep: 17:00 Arr: 17:23 🏨Pillows Hotel Grand Reylof (Book >) All hotels >
In Bruges climb the belfry (Belfort) then walk to the windmills via Jeruzalemkirk Taxi to the hotel should cost around €27.
4 A Ghent boat tour will take you past key sites and is a good way of spotting places to revisit (including quirky Baudelostraat warehouse). Try a raspberry-flavoured cuberdon sweet from a street stall
5 🚄Ghent to Brussels train
🚄Brussels to London train (Book >)
Dep (SNCB): 16:25
Dep (Eurostar): 17:56
Arr: 16:55

Arr: 19:03

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Ghent trains usually arrive onto platforms 14-16, Eurostar platforms are 1 or 2.
Mid-range Bruges at night
1 🚄London to Brussels train
🚄Brussels to Bruges train (Book >)
Dep (Eurostar): 18:04
Dep (SNCB): 21:26
Arr: 21:05

Arr: 22:24

🏨Hotel Navarra (Book >) All hotels >
Take a night-time stroll to the Markt square. Bus 4 or 8 to the centre.
2 Free walking tour (remember to tip at the end!). Book a cruise along the canal. Visit Saint Saviour’s Cathedral. The Old Chocolate House makes superb hot chocolate!
3 🚄Bruges to Ghent train (Book >) Dep: 17:00 Arr: 17:23 🏨Pillows Hotel Grand Reylof (Book >) All hotels >
In Bruges climb the belfry (Belfort) then walk to the windmills via Jeruzalemkirk In Ghent take tram 1 from Perron 2, alight at Burgstraat.
4 A Ghent boat tour will take you past key sites and is a good way of spotting places to revisit (including quirky Baudelostraat warehouse). Try a raspberry-flavoured cuberdon sweet from a street stall
5 🚄Ghent to Brussels train
🚄Brussels to London train (Book >)
Dep (SNCB): 16:25
Dep (Eurostar): 17:56
Arr: 16:55

Arr: 19:03

Connect this Bruges and Ghent itinerary with the France or Germany itinerary >
Ghent trains usually arrive onto platforms 14-16, Eurostar platforms are 1 or 2.
Budget Ghent
1 🚄London to Brussels train
🚄Brussels to Bruges train (Book >)
Dep (Eurostar): 18:04
Dep (SNCB): 21:26
Arr: 21:05

Arr: 22:24

🏨Snuffel Hostel (Book >) All rentals >
Take a night-time stroll to the Markt square. Book a transfer to your hotel.
2 Free walking tour (remember to tip at the end!). Book a cruise along the canal. Visit Saint Saviour’s Cathedral. The Old Chocolate House makes superb hot chocolate!
3 🚄Bruges to Ghent train (Book >) Dep: 17:00 Arr: 17:23 🏨Hostel Uppelink (Book >) All hotels >
In Bruges climb the belfry (Belfort) then walk to the windmills via Jeruzalemkirk In Ghent take tram 1 from Perron 2, alight at Burgstraat
4 A Ghent boat tour will take you past key sites and is a good way of spotting places to revisit (including quirky Baudelostraat warehouse). Try a raspberry-flavoured cuberdon sweet from a street stall
5 🚄Ghent to Brussels train
🚄Brussels to London train (Book >)
Dep (SNCB): 16:25
Dep (Eurostar): 17:56
Arr: 16:55

Arr: 19:03

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Ghent trains usually arrive onto platforms 14-16, Eurostar platforms are 1 or 2.

🇦🇹🇩🇪 AUSTRIA & MUNICH

Tyrol - Austria & Munich itineraryIdyllic Tyrolean scenery and picture-perfect cities, all packed into 9 days. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Here’s your Austria and Munich itinerary:
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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 France, Italy, Poland & Slovakia, Switzerland or 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 France, Italy, Poland & Slovakia, Switzerland or 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 🏨Montagu Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
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

🏨YoHo – International Youth Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
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 🏨Wombats City Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
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 France, Italy, Poland & Slovakia, Switzerland or Germany itinerary >
Stroll around the English Garden and watch the surfers at the Eisbach Wave.

Andalusia

 

1 ✈To Seville (Book >) Dep: 07:10 Arr: 11:00 🏨 Becquer Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Familiarise yourself with the old town. See Seville Cathedral and head up the Giralda tower to orientate. The airport bus costs €4 to the city centre (tickets at the bus stop)
2 Free walking tour (remember to tip at the end!). Alcazar. Book Alcazar tickets online to save long queue times
3 Plaza de España. Metropol Parasol. Casa De Pilatos. Order  one or two tapas per person  at a time
4 🚄Seville to Cordoba (Book >) Dep: 08:50 Arr: 09:33 🏨 Eurostars Conquistador (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a stroll over Cordoba’s Roman bridge. Alcazar. Explore the Old Town. Great view of the Mezquita from pretty Calleja de las Flores street
5 🚄Cordoba to Granada (Book >) Dep: 11:27 Arr: 13:30 🏨 Collection Granada Victoria (Book >) See all hotels >
Visit the Mezquita in Cordoba Entry to the Mezquita is free between 08:30 and 09:20
6 Trekking in Sierra Nevada foothills from Beas Granada (bus schedule here). See Granada Cathedral. Bring food and drink with you on the hike – no shops along the route!
7 The Alhambra. Walk to the Mirador de San Nicolas for superb views of the Alhambra. Buy Alhambra tickets a long time in advance. If none are available then buy a Granada Card to gain entry.
8 🚌Granada to Malaga (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:45 🏨Picasso Suites Málaga (Book >) See all hotels >
Pay a visit to the Picasso Museum. Explore the old town, Malaga Cathedral and waterfront. Enjoy delicious churros at Casa Aranda
9 ✈Malaga to home Dep: 14:25 Arr: 16:20 What did you think of this Andalusia itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Visit the Alcazaba and, if you have time/energy, the Gibralfaro castle.