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Join this trip of autumn in Europe, full of dreamy landscapes, mountains, where we will cross France, Germany, Italy and much more, together with other young travellers from all over the world.
Next Departures 2021:
- Madrid: From 21th September to 11th October:
Next Departures 2022:
- Madrid: From 22nd September to 12th October:
Pack your bags and grab your coat because today your autumn in Europe begins!
Today you will have the opportunity to participate in a walking tour of the city. We will start in Madrid de los Austrias, where we will find the famous Plaza Mayor, the Puerta del Sol and the Royal Palace.
During the free time we will leave you to visit one of the most important museums in the city: The Prado, Reina Sofia, or the Thyssen Bornemisza.
Are you more of a football fan? You may not believe it, but one of the most visited museums of the capital is the Santiago Bernabeu Museum!
Did you know…
- In Madrid you will find the oldest restaurant in the world! Casa Botín, founded in 1725, is recognized by the Guinness Book of Records.
- The Royal Palace is very big. With an area of 135,000 square meters, it becomes the largest royal palace in Western Europe and therefore one of the largest in the world.
- In Puerta del Sol is km O, the point from which you start to measure the distances to all corners of Spain.
- In the Retiro Park is a statue of Satan himself, one of the few depictions of the devil in the world and the only one in Spain. It is the Monument of the Fallen Angel and is exactly 666 metres above sea level.
Today on this tour in autumn in Europe, you will have the choice between having a few more hours to discover Madrid and its charms or choosing one of the two optional actvities that we offer: an escape to Toledo or “release some adrenaline” at the Parque Warner.
You’d rather stay in Madrid? Wonderful. There is so much to see!
During the day we’d recommend visiting the Parque del Retiro, known by many as the “Central Park of Madrid”. Very nearby there is Atocha Station, inside which you can visit the 11M Mounment, a cylindical structure that stands 11 metres tall, and is dedicated to the victims of the bomb attacks that took place in Madrid in March 2004.
Not far away we also find other very striking monuments like the A poca distancia encontramos también otros monumentos muy llamativos como la Puerta de Alcalá or the Palacio de Comunicaciones, the current headquarters of the City Hall and undoubtedly one of the most emblematic buildings of the city.
For this afternoon/evening, we recommend you to enjoy the warm spring that reigns in Madrid on one of the terraces of the Spanish capital. Yes, we know there’s so many to choose from, but which one to go for? We recommend La Azotea del Círculo de Bellas Artes or Ginkgo Sky Bar terrace.
- Day trip to Toledo
- Day trip to Parque Warner
Did you know…
- There is a statue of the Devil himself in the Parque del Retiro, which is one of only a few representations of the Devil in the world, and the only one in Spain. It is the monument of the Fallen Angel and it is exactly 666 metres above sea level.
Today, we will continue our route of autumn in Europe and hop on our bus to embark on our adventure! Today we will leave Madrid early and head in the direction of Paris. But before, we will have a stop in one of the prettiest cities in the north of Spain – San Sebastián. Here we will have a walk through the city and see one of the most delicate Baroque Facades of Europe – on the Cathedral of Buen Pastor. You can also discover the old town, and after we will have some free time to eat (we recommend Pitxos!) before hopping on the bus again to go to Paris.
Today on this route of autumn in Europe, we will arrive in the city of love: Paris.
It’s going to be an intense day in the “Ville Lumiere”, so put on your comfortable shoes because it’s time to walk. We will start at the Notre Dame, the great Lady of Paris, and going through pont Neuf, we will admire Paris’ river, The Seine and will pass by the museum that contains the most famous painting of all time, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
Of course, our tour will take us to the most famous tower, the Eiffel Tower – the most representative icon of the French capital, which has become the worlds best-selling keychain.
In the evening, we offer you the opportunity to go on a bus tour through the centre of Paris to enjoy all of its most emblamatic corners.
- Paris by Night
Did you know…
- The Eiffel Tower is 18 cm higher in summer, given the expansion of iron from the heat.
- Why is Paris called the City of Light? Its because many burglaries used to take place, so the mayor ordered putting candles in all windows, until gas lamps were installed on the streets.
- A problem called “Paris Syndrome“ affects many Japanese who arrive to the city with very high expectations which are not fulfilled during their visit so they suffer great disappointment. There is even a phone line available 24 hours a day for victims of the syndrome.
Today we will continue our trip of autumn in Europe. We will hop on our bus after having our last breakfast in Paris, and head to Brussels.
But first we will make a stop in Bruges, the most visited city in Belgium after its capital. We will have a tour of the city, have lunch and try some chocolate!
We will arrive in Brussels in the evening and have time to rest.
Did you know…
- The famous Manneken Pis statue in Brussels, also known as meón child, is not the original. There have been silent replacements of the statue due to it being damaged and stolen by vandals repeatedly.
- The three typical delights of Brussels are: fries, waffles and beer
- There are many types of beer in Brussels, and the Delirium bar is one of the best to find lots of them
- There is a fountain of hot water, cold water and sparkling water in the middle of the city, located at the Gare Central
- Some of its universities follow the Flemish method of education, while others remain French
Brussels, despite being a modern city and not that big, is the capital of Belgium and all of Europe. This decision is due to its central position and membership of the union of countries that was the base of the current European Union. Many international organisations, such as the EEC and the European Parliament, are headquartered here. That’s why you are more likely to bump into a diplomat in the street than see a plane flying over the city.
You will love the city with its hundreds of bars and thousands of types of beers, its chocolate shops, the Grand Place, which at night will leave you speechless. We will explore the city and see its most characteristic and popular places among tourists.
In the evening we will start our journey to the liberal city of Amsterdam. Upon arrival we will drop off our suitcases and head straight out to get to know the famous Red Light District of the city. The night is still young and life is short, so enjoy!!
Culture and liberal politics have made Amsterdam a world reference for liberal people all over the world, especially those who push for the legalization of soft drugs (marijuana and hashish) and the legalization of prostitution.
But there’s more to Amsterdam than just coffee shops and the red light district, take a walk through the Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandt museum, the Moco or Rijksmuseum or visit the Anne Frank House, and if you fancy a beer, Heineken is your star choice!
- Entrance to the Anne Frank house
- Visit to the Heineken Experience
- Boat trip on the Amsterdam Canals
Did you know…
- The facade of numerous houses that populate Amsterdam lean forwards. The explanation for this is that its architects built them feeling that, given their narrowness, the best way to get furniture into the house is through the top story windows. Therefore every house has a hook on its rooftop and furniture can be hoisted up to prevent it from crashing into the facade
- Amsterdam is the most liberal city in the world, so we think. It was the first city in the world to legalize same sex marriage, marijuana and prostitution
- Most men and women are tall in Amsterdam. The average height of men is 184 cm, whilst for women it is 170 cm
This morning you have the chance to go on the optional activity to Zaanse Schans, the traditional Dutch windmill village. Here you can admire the open air museum, taking a trip back in time to pre-industrial Holland! Trust us – this is an activity that you don’t want to miss!
Later we will continue our trip of autumn in Europe… We´re going to Cologne. We will see the most important places of this city, located on the shore of the Rin River. We will see and we will pass through the city, get to know its Cathedral, which took more than 600 years to construct!! This city is well known for its museums, from the production of chocolate to artwork of Picasso and Dalí.
- Excursion to Dutch Windmill village, Zaanse Schans
Did you know…
- Cologne’s Cathedral was the tallest building in the world for many decades!
- Don’t miss the opportunity to enter the cathedral and admire the multi coloured stained glass.
After the morning in Cologne, we will continue our trip of autumn in Europe and we will stay Germany. First we will go to the university city of Heidelberg. Famous for its historical centre, with the Heidelberg Palace, and the oldest German university (founded in 1386). You will also pass through the longest pedestrian street in Germany, the Haupstrasse.
Its great university spirit makes this city one of the liveliest in Germany. We will be able to visit the market square or Markplatz where we will find the Hercules Fountain. We will also stroll along the main street Hauptstrasse where most of the stores and many other places are located.
We will have time to relax and enjoy the Oktoberfest atmosphere in the city.
After packing our bags and enjoying breakfast, we will hop back on the bus and we’ll continue with our trip in autumn in Europe… This time towards Stuttgart!
The city is one of the most important and largest cultural centres in Germany and all of Europe. The symbolic place is the Palace Square. As well as this, throughout October an annual beer festival called Cannstatter Volksfest takes place and it has 7 huge beer tents where you can try and enjoy traditional food and local beer.
Today on this trip of autumn in Europe, we will cross the border to arrive in Austria. But first there is one stop left in Germany, in Bavaria, the most southern region of Germany, famous for its automobile houses (BMW, Mercedes), its beer, and its capital – Munich.
Munich is not only a rich and modern city, it has tonnes of history. Therefore, if time allows, we will try to visit the cathedral and the Marien Platz with its famous gothic clock, which has 43 bells and 32 animated figures that dance every morning at 12. Also Munich is home to the biggest and most popular Oktoberfest in the world. Every year more than 6 million people go!
After an afternoon in Munich, we will change country to Austria, more specifically the city of Salzburg, where we will spend the night.
Did you know…
- Oktoberfest is of great importance to Bavarian culture, and has taken place in Munich since 1810.
- Salzburg is the birthplace of well known composer Mozart.
- The name “Salzburg” means “strength of saltl” – which derives from the natural resource that made Salzburg so rich.
- Salzburg has the largest brewery in all of Austria – La Agustiner Bräu.
Salzburg, is one of the most charming cities of Austria. We will have a few hours to pass through the city and get lost in its streets. It is the birthplace of Mozart and you will be surprised by the landscape that surrounds the city.
After breakfast on this trip in autumn in Europe we will visit Hohensalzburg, the impressive castle of Salzburg, the cathedral and the Mirabell Palace, another charm of the city that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Also, if there if time we will visit the cemetry of Salzburg, Mozart’s house and many other places that will leave you speechless.
Did you know…
- The name of the city comes from boats that used to transport salt to the city.
- The film Smiles and Tears was filmed here.
- In Residentplatz you can play chess for free on a giant board in the sqaure.
- Salzburg has the oldest network of canaled in Europe, with 12km that pass through the mountains.
After visiting Salzburg, we will head to Innsbruck, but not before passing through Hallstatt, one of the most photographed towns in all of Austria.
It is a World Heritage Site and gained the title of the town with the prettiest shores of a lake. We will visit the town briefly, to take in its amazing views, get lost in its streets, and take lots of photos.
After a little while, we’ll head to Innsbruck.
Surrounded by the Alps, Innsbruck is an incredible destination for mountain lovers. We will have time to visit the old town and pass through Herzog Friedrich Strasse, the heart of Innsbruck. We will pass through the picturesque streets and have time for a beer to end the day.
Today on this route of autumn in Europe, we will head to another country… Italy and the beautiful city of Venice.
Venice had the honour of being crowned one of the most powerful, rich and populated cities over a period of many years in the past. It dominated trading routes in both the Mediterranean and the Orient. What’s more, the art that was fostered here is one of a kind which can clearly be exemplified in the works of Marco Polo.
Did you know…
- The last bridge built in Venice was designed by a Spanish architect: Calatrava.
- Sometimes in Venice there occurs a phenomenon called “Acqua Alta”. This causes a huge rise in water level in the Venice lagoon, which usually lasts about 3–4 hours. Depending on the intensity with which it occurs, most of the old town can flood, with half a metre of water.
- Cars are forbidden in Venice, as well as bicycles. If used, you are fined. The only way to get around the city is on foot or by water.
- Although when strolling through Venice you get the impression that there are many canals, there are only two – the Canal Grande and the Giudecca Canal. The rest of the small canals that flow between the narrow streets are called rivers.
We will carry on falling in love with this city. Venice is one of the most photographed places in the world. Don’t waste time, grab your camera and find your inner photographer; bridges, Vaporettos and Gondolas are all waiting to be snapped!
Make sure you take some time to enjoy the Byzantine influenced art which is best exemplifed in the architecture of the Basillica of San Marco. You should also stroll down the canal, starting from the Rialto Bridge. You could also just get lost in the narrow streets and see where you end up!
In the afternoon, we give you the option to keep enjoying Venice on your own, or come on the excursion to the 2 islands of Murano and Burano with us! You decide!
Excursion to Murano and Burano
Today we continue our tour in autumn in Europe and say goodbye to Venice and head directly to Florence.
Florence is a city that is full of life, especially at night! Here you can enjoy the university party in the Santa Croce zone. You will be able to visit many artworks in the Uffizi museum, or if you don’t fancy being in a museum, you can walk through the hills of Florence. From there you can observe the mythical Arch of Brunelleschi, which dominates the whole city.
After admiring this small city with more than 3000 years of history, we will continue on our route through Europe and head to another jewel of Italy, Pisa.
We will wake up early to spend a few hours in Pisa, getting to know its small and enchanting steets, and why not enjoy a Tiramisu.
In the afternoon you can join us on our excursion to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and the 5 most picturesque towns of the Spezia coast, Cinque Terre. Start thinking of all the original photos you can take with the Tower of Pisa!? Tag us!!
If you decide to come with us, make sure you are well rested! Bring your swimsuit, towel and sun cream, as after so much art we will relax in one of the most unique places in the world: 5 Terre. 5 little villages with houses of all colours, which are among green mountains and which overlook the deep blue of the Ligurian Sea!! A place where pollution has hardly made a dent. There are hardly any cars and the way to go from one village to another is by walking or on a spectacular little train that travels by the sea.
Late night we will head towards the old Capti Mundi to continue our route through Europe.
- Excursion to Pisa + Cinque Terre
Did you know…
- These are five small towns on the Italian coast over ten kilometres of rocky coast enclosed by two cliffs, Punta di Mesco and Punta di Montenero.
- They were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.
- It consists of Monterosso Al Mare, Vernazza, Manarola, Riomaggiore and Corniglia.
- It is a natural park with a blue sea that will amaze you.
- The most remarkable thing about Pisa is its sloping tower. Millions of tourists flock to her and the typical “holding it” photo every year.
- The Tower of Pisa, is considered, next to the cathedral of which it is part, one of the jewels of Romanesque art, and the government has requested help on several occasions to prevent it from collapsing.
Rome is known as the “Eternal City” and everything has its explanation. In this city time seems to have stopped centuries ago due to the multitude of monuments and remains of imposing buildings. This makes walking through its streets a journey in time, back towards the time of the capital’s former glory.
The capital of Italy and ancient “Caput Mundi” awaits us with its thousands of years of history. There are plenty of reasons to visit Rome, the food and its lively atmosphere are two of them, so immerse yourself in the city and soak up the beautiful surroundings. Before you go to bed, stroll through its streets and savour Italian cuisine in a typical Roman “osteria” or eat an ice cream…
Rome, is undoubtedly a city that takes a long time to complete all of its main tourist attractions… considering the large number of monuments and sites it is home to, this is no surprise! Today, you will have the chance to see some of these famous sites, most importantly you will be able to visit the most popular monument in Italy: the Colosseum. Despite being half demolished, it continues to radiate historical charm. Later you can visit the Roman Forums, otherwise known as the commercial, religious, political and judicial centre of the ancient city of Rome. Are you joining us?
- Rome Pack: Guided walk around Rome + Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums + Colosseum and Roman Forum + Transfers
Did you know…
- In Rome’s St. Peter’s Cathedral, you can find stars on the marble pavement, right in the middle of a corridor that runs through the central nave. What they represent are the length of various Catholic temples in the world.
- Here, the Bocca Della Veritá (Mouth of Truth) is located in St. Maria in Cosmedin, the most famous mouth on the planet. According to legend, if you put your hand in its mouth and you are lying, you will be bitten.
Today on our tour of autumn in Europe we will say goodbye to the eternal city and head to Civitavecchia to embark on the ferry that will take us to Spain. We will spend the night on this ferry that has everything you need for a pleasant journey: club, games room, restaurants, 24h cafes, gym, health centre, casino… So have a gin and tonic and enjoy the Mediterranean breeze.
We will drop the anchor in Barcelona!
After a full day on the ferry, we will arrive in Barcleona late at night and head straight to the hotel.
Little by little our tour through Europe is reaching an end!
Today we will wake up early in Barcelona, eat breakfast and after checking out of the hotel we will start our last day with a guided tour of the city. Enjoy the streets, squares and every corner of the city that makes it the tourist capital of the world: from the Sagrada Familia to the Passeig de Gracia, walking down the mythical Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter with its impressive cathedral.
After an intense day, we will have some free time to eat dinner and in the late evening we will begin our journey back to Madrid, arriving at the hotel late.
Did you know…
- The construction of Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia is endless. The architect stated that “God had all the time on the planet to see it completed”. The cathedral is so big and complex that no one knows when and IF it will ever be finished.
- There is a Statue of Liberty in Barcelona, in fact it’s one of only three originals. The most famous one is in New York, other in Paris and in Barcelona you can find it close to Arch of Triumph, in the Arus Library.
- Passeig de Gracia is an avenue that hosts the main masterpieces of Gaudí, the idol of architecture of the 20th century. You will be amazed by his famous houses Pedrera and Battló.
After arriving back to Madrid late last night you will have the morning free to do anything you might have missed at the start of the tour. We will say goodbye to you and our new friends and return home after nearly a whole month travelling and enjoying this autumn in Europe.
The program could suffer unforeseen changes due to weather conditions, traffic… or the ability of the group to respect meeting times.
The suggested programme doesn’t include optional/extra activities. You will have opportunity to book some of them in the reservation form, while the others will be proposed by the tour leader along the tour.
Madrid: at Atocha train station (Time to be confirmed)
The final times will be announced via email a couple of days before the departure.
To get to Madrid/Paris you can choose:
- By bus
- By plane
- By train
For different departure points, please consult us.
- Travel In our comfortable Unitrips bus to the destinations mentioned in the programme*
- 21 days and 20 nights of travel
- Accommodation in the best hotels, hostels and bungalows in Europe:
- 3 Nights in Madrid
- 1 Night on Bus (Madrid to Paris)
- 2 Nights in Paris
- 1 Night en Brussels
- 2 Nights in Amsterdam
- 1 Night in Cologne
- 1 Night in Stuttgart (or outskirts)
- 1 Night in Salzburg
- 1 Night in Innsbruck
- 2 Nights in Venice
- 1 Night in Pisa
- 2 Nights in Rome
- 1 Night on Ferry (Rome to Barcelona)
- 1 Night in Barcelona
- 18 breakfasts
- Multiple beded rooms (single or double/twin room if you request)
- All costs related to parking, transport and tolls
- Group leader during the whole trip
- Assistance throughout the whole trip
- Guided walks in mentioned cities by tour leaders (when bus tour is not offered)
- Public transport tickets in cities (for group activities)
- Welcome Kit
- Sim card valid in all of Europe
- And many more surprises….
- Everything that is not mentioned in “Includes”
- Transport to the starting point
- Travel insurance and cancellation insurance
- Plane tickets
- Entrance fees for monuments and attractions
- Visa fees or other administrative costs
- Transport within the cities (metro, taxi etc.)
- Optional activities
Optional Activities, extras:
- Pack Rome: Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums + Colosseum + Roman forums + transfers
- Pack Venice: Murano and Burano + Vaporetto
- Boat ride on the Canals of Amsterdam
- Heineken Experience
- Entrance to Anne Frank’s house
- Excursion of the Dutch Mills, Zaanse Schans
- Paris by Night
- Excursion to National Park 5 Terre
- More activities – you will be informed by the tour leader during the tour
(You will be able to book your extras once you have booked your trip, through an App which we will give you access to).
Each optional activity requires a minimum of 30 participants.
Book your place with a small deposit…
…and pay the rest 45 days before departure
Transport by Bus:
Transport will be by private bus. Important: In this trip, the group may be divided into several buses if there is high demand, so for logistical reasons, Unitrips does not ensure that all travellers take the tour on the same bus. Unitrips will allocate the seats on the buses to the travellers.
Multiple rooms are from 3 to 9 beds, depending on the availability of the property. If you want a double/twin or single room you can book the extra service on the booking form. The cities where we will sleep may vary depending on the availability of the accommodation, without this being a big change in the course of the program. Unitrips reserves the right to book in nearby cities, in case of non-availability.
Language of the tour:
The main language of this tour will be Spanish. However specific translations will be given as much as possible for those who speak english as it is not feasible to carry out the tour in 2 different languages simultaneously.
Unitrips is not responsible for the lack of entrances to the monuments we will be visiting during the trip, since they are external to our services. If there is a lack of entries, those who have paid will receive a refund.
Minimum number of participants:
Group trip with guaranteed departure.
This trip is entirely organized by Unitrips, a travel agency registered in ” Dirección General e Turismo de la Comunidad de Madrid” with CICMA License 2900 and FETAVE member