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Adriatic Express

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Adriatic Express - Topdeck
Adriatic Express - Topdeck
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Starts
Rome
Destinations
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Ends
Berlin
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Highlights

Start in Rome and end in Berlin! With the discovery tour Adriatic Express, you have a 19 day tour package taking you from Rome to Berlin and through Rome, Italy and 13 other destinations in Europe. Adriatic Express includes accommodation in a hotel, hostel and campsites as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
18 to 39 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel, Hotel, Camping, Berth / Cabin
Transportation
Coach / Bus, Ship

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  • TB
    Written on October 22, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    The best tourguide ever! Lots of fun, interested and can talk about anything. Wonder if there's someone better, but Jemma raised the bar insanely high!
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  • BF
    Written on July 30, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    Had the best time on our tour! Usually I'm not that interested in history, but our tour guide Jacob was obviously so passionate about it that I ended up loving every bit of the history we learnt on the tour. I think Jacob did a fantastic job of having to adjust plans as there were a few hiccups in our trip and still made sure we enjoyed ourselves. The food was incredible to thanks to Brendan! Would recommend this trip and Jacob.
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  • Adriatic Express reviewer 3
    Written on March 10, 2014
    5.0 - Excellent

    I started this tour in Rome after already having been backpacking on my own for three weeks. Was it fun? Yes. Was it worth the money? Absolutely not. What Topdeck doesn't make clear about this trip is that it piggy-backs on the much longer European Adventure trip, so your start date is 14 days into the trip for the majority of those you will be travelling with. Two other pairs of people started the same day as me, and being new and on my own I didn’t get to share a tent for the first 11 nights. After 14 days of travelling together the others had already created their own friend groups, and for my first two days I found myself having to apologise for sitting in someone else's seat in the bus, and then ending up sitting on my own. The problem is that extended periods of time spent in the bus is unavoidable on this trip, and until we got assigned to boat groups in Greece (a few days later) I felt like I didn't have anyone to talk to. Usually I'm very outgoing and had no problems meeting people while I was travelling on my own before and after this trip, so for me this was really uncomfortable and definitely not what I expected. Those on the bigger tour had no idea that other tours would join their one until they were already on it, and in their defense it must have been weird to have to deal with new small groups of people coming and going all the time. I think Topdeck need to make this very clear to prospective trip.bookers, because for me it was not what I thought I was signing up for, and if I'd known in advance that I'd be in a tent on my own and then sitting on my own in the bus for the first half of the trip I would never have booked it. Although perhaps that’s why they don’t advertise it… The main draw-card for me was 'sailing in the Greek Islands'. The first day we didn't even get in the boats, because the ferry was late getting in. Apparently this happens regularly. Then we sailed to a very remote village on an island, slept on the deck for the night, then sailed back to where we came from the following day. Island? Yes. 'Sailing in the Greek Islands'? Technically, but definitely not what the phrase evokes in your mind. So, bearing in mind that this is what I was the most excited about, it was a bit of a let down. Then we got into a rather monotonous rhythm: get up, get in the bus, drive for 8-12 hours, get out, put up the tent, try to sleep (difficult when every airbed you got allocated had an air leak), wake up, spend 6-8 hours in a city, come back to the campsite. Repeat, 5 or 6 times. The campsites were all way to hell out in the middle of nowhere, so it wasn't feasible to just pop back to see something in the evenings. Most days we were dropped in town at around 10 am and picked up at 4 pm by the bus, which is in no way near enough time to even really get a feel for a city, let alone explore it. All kudos to the chef, the food was awesome and she coped with a number of different dietary requirements really well. The downside was that we all got food poisoning one day, and all up for these 18 days of being fed the food costs were €430. That's €23 a day per person, which, when cooking in bulk, seems expensive. We got breakfast every day, dinner most nights and lunch on many days too, but in my experience a normal-sized female can eat well by purchasing food for €15-20 per day in countries far more expensive than those that we visited. In general it was expensive. An average of €63 a day per person, but if you take the food off that then you're still paying €40 a day to sleep in a tent in a cheap camping ground 10-20km from the centre of the city, drive around in a bus, and then pay your own entry for the majority of any attractions you choose to visit. It wasn't for me. 11 countries in 19 days is great if you just want to collect stamps on your passport or tally up as many countries of the world as possible, but it is definitely not the right option for you if you are very independent, are travelling on your own and not starting at the start of the trip, and actually want to experience the countries you are visiting rather than just quickly popping into a city for a few hours. Also if you are over about the age of 23. I was 26 at the time and although the trips are promoted for people 18-30 years of age the average age was about 20. Before I wrap up this grumblefest I want to mention that I did have fun. The people I was travelling with were a great group once I cracked my way in, and it was definitely an experience that I won’t forget. However, I had a ton more fun backpacking on my own before and after this trip, meeting great people in hostels, living quite comfortably on €50 a day (including transport between cities and countries), with the freedom of being able to do what I wanted, when I wanted.
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Itinerary

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  • Introduction
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  • Day 1: Rome, Italy
  • Day 2: Rome to Sailing in Greece via Overnight Ferry
  • Day 3: Sailing in Greece
  • Day 4: Sailing in Greece
  • Day 5: Sailing in Greece
  • Day 6: Sailing in Greece to Tirana, Albania
  • Day 7: Tirana to Dubrovnik, Croatia via Budva, Montenegro
  • Day 8: Dubrovnik
  • Day 9: Dubrovnik to Plitvice Lakes
  • Day 10: Plitvice Lakes
  • Day 11: Plitvice Lakes to Budapest, Hungary
  • Day 12: Budapest
  • Day 13: Budapest to Krakow, Poland
  • Day 14: Krakow
  • Day 15: Krakow to Prague, Czech Republic
  • Day 16: Prague
  • Day 17: Prague to Berlin, Germany
  • Day 18: Berlin
  • Day 19: Berlin

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

  • March 1, 2017

    Do the tours run in reverse?

    The Adriatic Express unfortunately only runs in this direction (Rome to Berlin).

  • April 23, 2015

    What does the food fund cover?

    Food fund for Adriatic Express covers all included group meals while you are on the trip. This tour includes all breakfasts and some fresh lunches lunches while travelling - which means you can save on expensive lunches from motorway service stations and enjoy higher quality food. Meals at local restaurants are also included giving you the opportunity to try local cuisines. The food fund needs to be paid upfront before the departure.

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    Currencies

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    Vaccinations

    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    Typhoid
    Recommended for Albania. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Yellow fever
    Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an infected area for Albania. Ideally 10 days before travel.
    Tick-borne encephalitis
    Recommended for Albania, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Czech Republic and Germany. Ideally 6 months before travel.

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    Location
    Rome is the starting point and Berlin is the endpoint.
    Hold my space
    TourRadar can request Topdeck to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
    Deposit
    TourRadar only requires a deposit of $200 to confirm this Topdeck booking. The remaining balance is then payable 47 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 4 January 2018 the full payment of $2,222 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 47 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $2222 for Adriatic Express, but the deposit of $200 is non-refundable.
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    The following cards are accepted for Topdeck tours: Visa - Master Card - American Express

    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 2,685 km.
    • Rome (Italy)
    • 669 km
    • Corfu (Greece)
    • 41 km
    • Plataria (Greece)
    • 212 km
    • Tirana (Albania)
    • 134 km
    • Budva (Montenegro)
    • 74 km
    • Dubrovnik (Croatia)
    • 317 km
    • Plitvice Lakes National Park (Croatia)
    • 396 km
    • Budapest (Hungary)
    • 161 km
    • Bratislava (Slovakia)
    • 55 km
    • Vienna (Austria)
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