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Everything is in this trip; art, history, food, lakes & rivers, beaches & hiking, architecture, culture and vibrant nightlife! Hard to beat this amazing adventure

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43

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$7840

Madrid to Rome

Madrid to Rome

Encounter the culinary delights, artistic sophistication and cultural diversity of Western Europe.
Elaborate architecture and exceptional cuisine, legendary landscapes and live history on the streets – western and central Europe is a place well worth its accolades. From the brash elegance of Madrid to the soft-hued sceneries of Avignon, the beer and bar cultures of Brussels and Berlin to the historical grandeur of Rome, this 43-day journey takes in the greatest gloats of the world’s most travelled region. Check out the artistic edifices of Barcelona, cycle along the canal-lined boulevards of Amsterdam, discover Poland’s hearty cuisine and get your adrenaline kicks in outdoorsy Bled. Striking the perfect balance of time for included activities and independent exploration, this is a great introduction to – or recapping of – some of the world’s greatest cities.

 

Tour Highlights

  • It's easy to be consumed by the architecture, culture and vibrant nightlife of Barcelona, but the food available for consumption is just as good. Traditional Catalan dishes such as fideua (similar to seafood paella) and botifarra amb mongetes (haricot beans served with sausage) taste a little like heaven. The wine isn't bad either

  • The beaches of Valencia are some of the most pristine in Europe, if not the world. Relax with a bowl of Valenciana paella at the gateway to the Mediterranean

  • Amsterdam has been developed with cyclists in mind, so hire a bike and hit the charming streets with the locals (just watch out for those canals)

  • Now one of the world's most artistic and exciting cities, Berlin has a complex history. See remaining fragments of the famous wall that once divided the city in half

  • Escape city life on the peaceful shores of Lake Bled in Slovenia. Visit a church on the tiny island in the centre of the lake and treat yourself to a slice of Bled's famous cream cake

  • Feast on mouth-watering seafood along Italy's coast, drink fine wine in Tuscany and indulge in the endless pasta dishes on offer in Rome

Full Itinerary

Welcome to Madrid, Spain.

The sassy central capital is known for its elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks, but it also pulsates with energy, and is without doubt a vibrant city.

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at either 6 or 7pm, depending on common area availability. Please double check with reception to confirm the time and place. If you’re going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We’ll be collecting your insurance, passport details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand. If you can’t arrange a flight that will have you arrive on time, you may wish to arrive early. We’ll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). As there’s limited time for sightseeing in Madrid, we recommend arriving a few days early.

Perhaps while away the hours along the Paseo del Arte, or Art Walk, for an expansive history of Western art. Start with the Museo del Prado, then discover modern Spanish masters, including Picasso and Dali, in the Museo Reina Sofia. Finish at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, which displays eight centuries of European painting. After the welcome meeting, perhaps get into the mind of a Madrileño with some tapas and Rioja.


Accommodation

Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Today is free to discover Madrid. The city is renowned for its rich repositories of European art, while the heart of old Hapsburg Madrid is the portico-lined Plaza Mayor, and nearby is the baroque Royal Palace and Armoury. This stylish, cosmopolitan city is also well known for world-class restaurants, shopping and nightlife, so take some time to uncover these wonders. Take a break in the Real Jardin Botanico, a garden wonderland dating from the 18th century. Maybe simply people watch while you enjoy a coffee in one of the atmospheric streets and squares around the famous Plaza Mayor. You could also join an Urban Adventure to get a deeper insight into the city through its food and its markets. Sports fans, if you’re lucky enough for your trip to fall on match day, you can don a white t-shirt and head to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to watch the mighty Real Madrid. At night, head out to Chueca, Plaza Dos de Mayo or Plaza Santa Ana, where the pulse of the city will lead you from bar to bar on a night out you are sure to remember.
Optional Activities

Real Jardín Botánico – EUR4
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza – EUR12
Museo Reina Sofia – EUR8
Museo del Prado – EUR15
Royal Palace-Madrid – EUR10
Markets of Madrid – Urban Adventure – EUR47
Madrid Tapas Adventure – Urban Adventure – EUR82
Meals Included

Breakfast

Today travel by bus to charming Cuenca (approximately 2.5 hours). The town is located literary on the edge of deep gorges created by two rivers: Jucar and Huecar. On arrival, venture out on an orientation walk around this historic World Heritage fortress city. The old part of this city is an outstanding medieval development built on steep mountainsides, with many casa colgadas (hanging houses) that are literally on the cliff edge. Like many towns in Spain, it was occupied for a period of time by the Muslim Moors who built the original fortress. Afterwards, use your free time getting to know the city. Perhaps visit the impressive 12th-century gothic Cathedral, or venture out to the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art, located in the casa colgadas, whose front balconies protrude into the gorge. There is wonderful art all over the town, with a number of abstract artists making Cuenca their home in the 1960s. Evening is a great opportunity to gather together with the group and enjoy a dinner in this picturesque town, with the old city beautifully brushed with light from a series of high-powered lamps suspended half-way up the rock.

Cuenca, Spain, Cathedral, Architecture
Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities

Fundacion Antonio Perez – EUR2
Cuenca cathedral – EUR5
Meals Included

Breakfast

Take a train and head east to the coastal town of Valencia (approximately 4 hours). It’s known for being the Spanish gateway to the Mediterranean, with a big port, beautiful beaches, restaurants and a beach promenade along the waterfront. The old town is set back from the seafront through, and in the centre you will find the beautiful monuments and historical buildings. Busy markets, clean beaches, spectacular mountains and a fascinating mix of old town and new town makes up the best of Valencia. Over the next couple of days, you have a lot of free time to wander around the city and see the sights. Explore the colourful stalls of the Mercado Central, and this evening perhaps head out to bar-hop and eat tapas in the Ciutat Vella (old town).

City Of Arts And Science, Valencia
Accommodation

Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Take today to explore. Possibly visit the 13th-century cathedral, which houses what’s claimed to be the Holy Grail, and climb the 207 steps of the Miguelete tower for the best views of the city. The Museum of the Fallas is another unique option, which contains a history of the Valencia Fire Festival in the form of giant papier mache figures. There are also many fine parks and gardens, or you may want to head to the beach of Playa de la Malvarrosa to soak up some sun. To try the paella that Valencia is famous for (rabbit and chicken), do as the locals do and head to the restaurant area of Las Arenas for a hearty and reasonably priced lunch. Valencia is also built with separate cycle paths, so it’s really easy to get around. Perhaps rent a bike from one of the many bike stations dotted around the city. Cycle through the park that runs through the centre of the city to the impressively designed Museu de les Ciencies Príncipe Felipe (Arts and Science Museum). Tonight, maybe head south to Ruzafa, one of the city’s coolest areas.


Accommodation

Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities

Valencian Institute of Modern Art – EUR2
Gonzalez Marti Museum – EUR3
Cycling in Valencia – EUR5
Miguelete Tower – EUR2
The Silk Exchange – EUR2
Fallas Museum – EUR2
Principe Filipe Science Museum – EUR8
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Today take the train up the coast to Barcelona (approximately 3.5 hours). Barcelona’s quirky character and fabulous Catalan cuisine mixes seamlessly with a groundbreaking art scene, Gothic architecture, superb dining and a non-stop nightlife, making it a city you won’t soon forget. In the afternoon, there are plenty of options to keep you busy. Wander the labyrinthine streets of the old Gothic Quarter and navigate your way through the throngs of tourists along La Rambla, Barcelona’s famous tree-lined boulevard. Perhaps pay a visit to the Picasso Museum, the National Art Museum of Catalonia or the Museum of City History to brush up on your local knowledge. Take the funicular to the top of Montjuic or Tibidabo for panoramic views of Barcelona and the harbour. The heart of Catalonia prides itself as a gastronomic centre and so this evening perhaps head out to taste the reputation for yourself. Take a tapas crawl through rustic Catalan dishes in the funky neighbourhood of El Born.


Accommodation

Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Your second day here is free to partake in some of the optional activities on offer in Barcelona. In the morning perhaps head to the stalls of Santa Catarina Market, a huge trove of local produce beneath a colourful, undulating roof, and hang out with the locals. The city is famous for its architecture, from its impressive gothic main cathedral to the houses, concert halls, palaces and basilicas designed in the unique Catalan Modernista style. The master of this movement was Antonio Gaudi, who’s eccentric creations are dotted all over the city. A visit to Gaudi’s masterpiece, the modern cathedral of La Sagrada Familia, is a must, even if it’s just to see the outside. Gaudi worked on this hugely ambitious project for decades until his death, and it remains in constant construction. Perhaps check out the Neo-Gothic mansion of Guell Palace, or the wave-inspired structure of Casa Battlo. For more insight into the artist himself, head to the Gaudi House Museum inside Parc Guell. For something a little different, perhaps have a poke around the Old Santa Creu Hospital. For your final night, perhaps finish the day with a sip of red wine from a porro – a traditional glass pitcher.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Snapshots of Barcelona – EUR47
  • Barcelona Tapas Tour – EUR69
  • Picasso Museum – EUR14
  • National Art Museum of Catalonia – EUR12
  • Guell Palace – EUR12
  • Casa Batllo – EUR22
  • Museum of City History – EUR7
  • Andean-Amazonian Ethnographic Museum – Free
  • Museum of Gaudi – EUR6
  • Old Santa Creu Hospital – EUR10
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Today is free for you to enjoy as you please. Set out to discover more of Barcelona in detail. With great restaurants, art galleries, shopping and nightlife on offer, Barcelona is a world-class city exuding confidence and style through every pore.

As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and you’re welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers.


Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Perhaps use your free time today to go on a tapas tour or explore the outskirts of the city with its sleepy villages and olive groves. Unearth the city’s groundbreaking art scene, Gothic architecture, amazing cuisine, Catalan identity, beach vibe and proud character. Visit the labyrinthine streets of the old Gothic Quarter, the Picasso Museum, wander the tree-lined pedestrian boulevard of La Rambla or take the funicular to the top of Montjuic or Tibidabo for panoramic views of Barcelona and the harbour. Gaudi’s bizarre La Sagrada Familia Cathedral is possibly the most iconic landmark, along with the Camp Nou. Both the cathedral and the football stadium provide guided tours at an additional charge.


Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities

National Art Museum of Catalonia – EUR12
Museum of City History – EUR7
Old Santa Creu Hospital – EUR10
Museum of Gaudi – EUR6
Andean-Amazonian Ethnographic Museum – Free
Guell Palace – EUR12
Contemporary Art Museum – EUR10
Cable car to Montjuic (one way) – EUR8
Picasso Museum – EUR14
La Sagrada Familia – Barcelona – EUR15
Casa Batllo – EUR22
Cathedral visit – EUR6
Barcelona Tapas Tour – EUR69
Snapshots of Barcelona – EUR47
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Take to the fields of Provence on the train to Avignon, south-west France (approximately 5-6 hours). This journey is idyllic, so make sure you have a camera ready. With mountain hideaways and emerald vineyards, the Mediterranean coastline of Provence folds into tabletop mountains where fields of lavender and wildflower cover the landscape. On arrival into Avignon, check in to your hotel and then take a walk around this walled city that was once home to French popes for more than a century.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Today use your free time here wisely, as there are lots of sights and activities to keep you busy. Comb the city’s impressive collection of art, visit the grand Palais des Papes (Pope’s Palace) and cross the iconic bridge of Pont St-Benezet. Perhaps hire a bike to see more of this picturesque valley and head to one of the city’s amazing bakeries. You can even put a baguette in your basket. In the evenings, there are many small French bistros that serve up great cuisine that’s native to the region.


Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities

Bike hire – EUR15
Palais des Papes – EUR15
Roure Palace – EUR5
Pont d`Avignon (Bridge of Avignon) – EUR5
Meals Included

Breakfast

Travel north on the train to France’s cosmopolitan capital, Paris, which should take around three to four hours. Rich in museums, art galleries, monuments, fashion and delicious food, Paris offers a wealth of major sights and things to do. On arrival into the city, check in to the hotel and then you’re free to do as you wish. Wandering around the Champs-Elysees, the student-filled Latin Quarter and the bohemian Montmartre will give you a good feel for the city. There is so much to do in Paris that it might be a good idea to make a plan before you arrive.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventures – Secret Paris: Cheese, Art, and Local Life – EUR59
  • Urban Adventures – Experience Bohemian Paris – EUR59
  • Urban Adventures – Gourmet Marais – EUR78
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

The Tuileries, Plantes and Jardin du Luxembourg are all excellent places to enjoy a simple baguette with cheese on summer days, or head to a cafe to have a coffee (the French drink it black) and watch the world go by. Explore the world-famous Louvre, where you can see the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. Join the Thinker in his eternal contemplation at the Rodin Museum. Visit the Musee d’Orsay, home to some of the most famous Impressionist paintings. Climb the Eiffel Tower (or take the lift) for some impressive aerial views of Paris. Study the Notre Dame Cathedral with its vast rose window and menacing gargoyles. The Paris restaurant scene and nightlife is also worth sinking your teeth into. Marais is a great district for trendy bars and eateries, while Bastille is well-known for its clubs.
Notes: To avoid queuing at the ticket windows of the Louvre you can buy your ticket in advance, but pre-sold tickets can’t be collected at the Louvre. The ticket is valid every day except Tuesday (when the museum is closed) and certain bank holidays. Book your tickets at: louvre.fr.


Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities

Louvre Museum – EUR15
Fat Tires bike tour – EUR32
Eiffel Tower – EUR17
Palace of Versailles gardens – Free
Napoleon’s Tomb – Les Invalides Army Museum – EUR11
Musee d’Orsay – EUR14
Palace of Versailles – EUR18
Picasso Museum – EUR12
Da Vinci Code walking tour – EUR25
Paradis Latin cabaret show – EUR65
Rodin Museum – EUR10
Arc de Triomphe – EUR12
Sainte Chapelle & Conciergerie – EUR15
Centre Pompidou – EUR14
Catacombs – EUR12
Notre Dame Towers – EUR10
Fragonard Perfume Museum – Free
Meals Included

Breakfast

Another day in Paris? There is still plenty to discover in this European city. Perhaps start ticking more museums or cathedrals of the list – you surely couldn’t have done them all yesterday. If you think you have, try Paris’ ‘other’ museums. The Museum of Comparative Anatomy and Paleontology provides an amazing look into a the world of 19th century science with rows and rows of animal skeletons marching shoulder to shoulder against walls lined with old wood and glass cabinets. Within the Jardin des Plantes where the museum resides there is also a botanical garden and an array of other natural history museums. Feeling like Art? Paris has a selection of world class street art sport. The best spot for a graffiti-viewing urban safari is the Canal St. Martin in the 10th arrondissement, one of the most exciting and up-and-coming areas in town. Chock-full of wonderful restaurants, artistic shops and great graffiti, the area is a great place for leisurely strolling. In the evening, on warm summer day, visit he quai along the left bank of Port St. Bernard. It comes alive with people strolling, picnicking and ballroom dancing. Sounds like a perfect place to finish of your Paris adventure.


Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included

Breakfast

Cross the border from France on the train into Luxembourg City, which should take around two hours. As the second smallest country in the EU after the Vatican City, Luxembourg has transformed itself into a busy, successful and historical centre with ample of natural beauty. Check in to the hotel on arrival and then head out into the city’s World Heritage listed Old Town, which is perched high above the narrow valleys of the Alzette and Petrusse rivers. Stroll along the promenade of Chemin de la Corniche, said to be ‘Europe’s most beautiful balcony’, and take it all in. The city is also full of old and modern galleries and museums to explore, such as the Musee d’Histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg (Luxembourg City History Museum). Perhaps take a guided tour of the turreted Palais Grand-Ducal (built in 1573), which is home to the Grand Duke. In the evening, possibly venture out with the group for a meal in this sophisticated setting.


Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities

Palais Grand-Ducal – EUR10
Musée d’Histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg – EUR5
MNHA (Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art) – EUR7
Meals Included

Breakfast

Leave Luxembourg behind and jump a train to Brussels, which should take you around three and a half hours. During your time in Brussels there are lots of sights to see, delicious foods to eat and culture to be discovered. It might be a good idea to start your journey at the medieval, cobblestone square of the Grand Palace. This area can only be accessed on foot and is surrounded by local markets, chocolate shops and expensive cafes and restaurants. From here, wander down to the Manneken Pis (Little Man Pee), which is an iconic symbol of Belgium. Visit the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula and then relax in the public Parc du Cinquantenaire. An evening in Brussels wouldn’t be complete without a huge portion of moules-frites (mussels and fries) and a glass of Belgian beer. If you like a night out, Ilot Sacre is a great place to find good food and fun bars. The Delirium Cafe is the ideal spot for listening to live blues deep into the night.


Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities

Grand Place – Free
Manneken Pis – Free
Magritte Museum – EUR8
Mini Europe Attraction Park – EUR15
Cantillon Brewery visit (1 beer included) – EUR7
Meals Included

Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Brussel. Discover the town further, perhaps visit mini-Europe theme park featuring miniature replicas of European monuments and judge if they are similar to the original ones. By now, you have definitely seen a handful of those in reality. If you’re interested in music, the must-see place is The Musical Instrument Museum. Three floors of musical instruments coming from each side of the world and hundreds of years of musical history in one place. Alternatively, climb inside an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times its normal size. The Atomium – a strange looking structure built in 1958 for Brussels Worlds Fair, now became a permanent part of city’s landscape. Finish off your day in Delirium Café, a cosy basement bar, tucked away on a cobblestone backstreet in the heart of Brussels. Café has an inventory of over 2000 beers.


Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included

Breakfast

Cross another border, as you travel into the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam (approximately three hours by bus with free WiFi). Best way to get your head around this city, is to do as locals do – cycle. Consider a half day tour of the city on two wheels. This will provide you with a good understanding of the layout of the city for the next couple of days. Amsterdam, a network of canals, bridges and parks is also spoilt for choice when it comes to museums. One of its best is the Rijksmuseum, whose most famous work is Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’. Visit the Van Gogh Museum, which comprises nearly every painting, sketch, print, etching, and piece of correspondence that Vincent van Gogh ever produced, including ‘Sunflowers’. After seeing the painted variety, wander through the real thing at the Bloemenmarkt (Flower Market).


Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities

Urban Adventures – The Original Amsterdam Beer Tour – EUR52
Urban Adventures – Bikes and Dykes – EUR38
Urban Adventures – Home Cooked Amsterdam – EUR51
Urban Adventures – Amsterdam Food by Foot – EUR38
Meals Included

Breakfast

Another day in Amsterdam could easily be spent with history in mind. Visit Anne Frank’s House, the former hiding place of Anne Frank and seven others during World War II, and the place where she wrote her now-famous diary, is today preserved as a museum. A visit here not only allows you to climb into the attic and learn about the history of those who hid there, but also challenges you to examine your views by posing modern ethical questions. Move on to De Waag (weigh house), 15th-century building on Nieuwmarkt square. As many of Amsterdam’s historic buildings have enjoyed multiple uses through the centuries, Dee Waag is no exception. Constructed first as a gate for the city’s fortified walls, it was later transformed into a ‘weigh house’ where goods brought back by ships from overseas were weighed. In later years, it served as a guild house for local professions and has also been a museum, fire station and more. In its most recent incarnation, the Waag houses a well-received café-restaurant as well as space (the former anatomy theater) for various types of exhibits. The Waag is located in the Chinatown district of Amsterdam. Great place to go for Chinese food afterwards.


Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities

Heineken Museum – EUR18
Royal Palace – EUR10
Bike Hire – EUR10
Oude Kerk – EUR10
Cycling tour – EUR30
Canal tour – EUR14
Rijksmuseum – EUR18
Anne Frank’s House – EUR9
Van Gogh Museum – EUR17
Meals Included

Breakfast

Today is your last day in Amsterdam. Why not get to know the secrets of its cuisine? Perhaps find out why Dutch don’t talk much about their food, unless it’s about pancakes! Pannekoeken are a traditional Dutch treat — sometimes sweet, sometimes savoury, but always delicious! Snack on salty fries, savouring rich cheeses and sip boozy spirits. Bask in the glory of liquid sunshine – visit the best bars, breweries and beer halls of this brew-loving city. From a place where nuns used to brew ales, to the mothership of Dutch beer brewing – the original Heineken building – see, and taste, the Netherlands strong brewing history.


Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included

Breakfast

Leave Amsterdam behind and take the train into Germany for your final stop of the trip, Berlin (approximately 6.5 hours). As there’s not too much free time to fully explore Berlin, it’s recommended that you book an extra couple of days to give yourself more time. Our reservations team can help (subject to availability). If you’re a bit daunted by the size of the city, there are countless bus tours that operate throughout Berlin and they’re an ideal way to find your feet. There are many unique memorials and sites holding significance in Berlin’s more recent history, which are all designed to provoke thought as well as commemorate. These include the Jewish Memorial, the empty shelves of Bebelplatz and the confronting Topography of Terror.

The Reichstag, designed by British architect Norman Foster, holds a special and symbolic meaning outside of its role as the home of parliament. The great glass dome that crowns the building also offers sweeping views over Berlin. Make sure you book your visit early in the morning, as queues can snake around the building for hours on end. Wander through the the Brandenburg Gate and witness the crumbling remnants of the Berlin Wall that are scattered all over the city. Checkpoint Charlie and its museum overlook the former border checkpoint dividing East and West, explaining how the city came to be divided overnight and its attempts to escape from behind the Iron Curtain. Berlin is a haven for good food, with a mix of classic German, Bavarian and Italian influences. Consider spending an evening celebrating life as the locals do – at a bar, lounge, nightclub or embracing some live music.
Accommodation

Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities

Urban Adventures – Hidden Berlin – EUR50
Urban Adventures – Storyline of Berlin – EUR50
Urban Adventures – Stories From Friedrichshain: An Interactive Theatre Tour – EUR52
Urban Adventures – Food and Art in Funky Kreuzberg – EUR63
Meals Included

Breakfast

Today is free for you to enjoy as you please. Set out to discover more of Berlin in detail. Find out why locals follow the credo ‘live and let live’ with greater emphasis on personal freedom and a creative lifestyle than on material wealth and status symbols.

As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and you’re welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers.


Accommodation

Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities

Museum Pass, 3 Day Ticket – EUR24
Berliner Dom – EUR7
Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz – EUR8
Schloss Charlottenburg – EUR21
National History Museum – EUR8
Pergamon Museum – EUR13
Checkpoint Charlie Museum – EUR13
Jewish Museum – EUR8
German History Museum – EUR8
Story of Berlin Museum – EUR12
Topography of Terror – Free
Berlin TV Tower – EUR13
Bike Tour – EUR28
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

The most of the day today is free, so perhaps check out the remaining fragments of the Wall scattered around the city, dropping by Checkpoint Charlie to see where the main gate between East and West Berlin used to stand. Or visit the Brandenburg Gate, the iconic  building or the powerful Holocaust Memorial. There also is some great street art in Berlin, especially around the neighbourhoods of Mitte, Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain (where our hotel is).In the evening, you’ll board an overnight train for Krakow in Poland. Don’t be late!


Accommodation

Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Optional Activities

Museum Pass, 3 Day Ticket – EUR24
Bike Tour – EUR28
Jewish Museum – EUR8
National History Museum – EUR8
Pergamon Museum – EUR13
River Cruise Sightseeing Tour – EUR25
Berlin Zoo and Aquarium – EUR20
Berliner Dom – EUR7
Berlin TV Tower – EUR13
Checkpoint Charlie Museum – EUR13
German History Museum – EUR8
Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz – EUR8
Reichstag (time slot must be booked online in advance) – Free
Schloss Charlottenburg – EUR21
Story of Berlin Museum – EUR12
Topography of Terror – Free
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Arrive into Krakow, your base for the next two nights. Step back in time as your wander the World Heritage-listed old town, shopping for amber jewellery or local crafts. Discover Wawel Royal Castle which sits atop a hill next to the Vistula River. Check out the 13th-century town square of Rynek Glowny and get a glimpse of the impressive St Mary’s Basilica (which features an extraordinary wood-carved Gothic altarpiece). Another beautiful church is the neo-Gothic St Francis’ Basilica, which boasts some of Poland’s best Art Nouveau. This city is also home to the second oldest university in Central Europe, Jagiellonian Univeristy (the oldest is in Prague). It counts Copernicus and Pope John Paul II among its alumni.

Royal, Cathedral, Wawel Royal Castle
Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities

Urban Adventure – Home Cooked Krakow – EUR52
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

If you can tear yourself away from Krakow, head out to the Wieliczka Salt Mines, a network of tunnels and chambers some 135 metres below the ground. This is a salt mine that has been in operation for over 700 years. The mine has a labyrinth of tunnels, pits and chambers, all hewn by hand from solid salt, with beautifully adorned chapels and underground lakes. Don’t miss a look at the elaborate salt chandeliers and carvings in the Blessed Kinga Chapel. Alternatively, you might like to take a sobering day trip out to Auschwitz and Birkenau, the sites of some of the Holocaust’s worst atrocities. Perhaps end the day in one of Krakow’s many cellar restaurants for a plate of pierogis and a drink.


Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities

Bike tour, day or night – PLN60
Galicia Jewish Museum – PLN15
History Museum – PLN8
St. Mary’s Basilica – PLN10
Wawel Royal Castle – PLN25
Wieliczka Salt Mines – PLN84
State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, transport and guided tour from – PLN50
Walking tour – Free
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Take a minivan trip to the town of Ostrava (approximately 2.5 hours), then board the train to Prague (approximately 3 hours). Prague’s architecture can be traced from the Middle Ages through to the avant-garde of the Gehry-designed Dancing Building (also called the Fred and Ginger Building). Spend time at Prague Castle, the biggest in the Czech Republic, where you’ll find the famous St Vitus Cathedral and Golden Lane. Wander through the old Jewish Quarter to see what remains of the city’s formerly large Jewish community.
Please note that during your stay in Prague the group will stay in private separate apartments in the city centre. You may be a short walk from other group members or your leader. Each apartment has 2-3 rooms with one or two shared bathrooms. Most of the apartments have fully equipped kitchens if you’d like to cook. Note that the apartments are not hotels – there’s no reception, room service, daily cleaning service, televisions or washing machines. What they do feature is plenty of charm in an unbeatable location.


Accommodation

Private apartment (1 night)
Optional Activities

Urban Adventure – Prague Discovery – EUR64
Urban Adventure – Prague Beer and Czech Tapas Tour – EUR63
Urban Adventure – Bohemian State of Mind – EUR58
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Another day in Prague and so many possibilities. Discover the Bohemian Prague; extravagant, political, passionate, and fueled with Czech Water. Learn how the Bohemian artists, writers, dissidents, and the Bohemian mentality shaped the nation. Don’t forget to sample some of the best Czech beers and traditional and modern Czech snacks along the way. If you feel like going for a day trip out of the city, ask your leader to help you organise a trip to Kutna Hora. See Church of Santa Barbara and Sedlec ossuary or The Church of Bones if you like, a small Roman Catholic chapel that contain the skeletons of between 40.000 and 70.000 people. Back in Prague remember that the Old Town at night is truly special. There are many great restaurants and pubs, some in old vaulted cellars. The nightlife in Prague is some of the best in Central Europe. Whether dance clubs, beer-halls or underground absinthe bars are your thing, there’s something for everyone. The city also boasts one of Europe’s most respected jazz scenes. If you find yourself out until the early hours in a jazz club, have a wander along Charles Bridge or the Old Town Square as the sun rises for magical photo opportunities.

Charles Bridge, Night, Vltava River
Accommodation

Private apartment (1 night)
Optional Activities

Bike tour – CZK 490
Jewish Quarter – CZK 480
Kafka Museum – CZK 200
Day Trip to Kutna Hora – CZK 250
Mucha Museum – CZK 240
Museum of Communism – CZK 190
National Museum – CZK 120
Prague Castle Entrance – CZK 350
Sedlec Ossuary – CZK 90
Church of St Barbara – CZK60
Town Hall Clock Tower – CZK105
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Depart Prague and travel by bus to Cesky Krumlov (approximately 4 hours). This picturesque medieval town dates back to the 13th century and appears to be plucked straight out of a fairytale. Wander the cobbled alleyways of the old town and admire the buildings. Climb up to the castle perched on a hill and check out its fabulous Masquerade Hall. Sensational views can be seen from the tower. Weather and time permitting, take a relaxing 2–3 hour rafting or canoeing trip along the river that runs right through town. A tour of the historic brewery is recommended – it will give you a glimpse into brewing traditions that have existed here for centuries.


Accommodation

Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities

Brewery tour – CZK130
Canoe Trip – CZK700
Guided walking tour – CZK300
Egon Schiele Art Centrum – CZK160
Guided castle tour – CZK250
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Take a minivan and a bus to the cosmopolitan city of Vienna. Art lovers will be delighted by the vast array of museums on offer, including the Albertina, the Leopold, Kunsthalle Wien and the Museum of Modern Art. Those with an interest in 19th and 20th century Austrian art should visit the Belvedere Palace, home to Gustav Klimt’s painting ‘The Kiss’. Check out the colourful Hundertwasserhaus or admire the dome of the Secession building. Perhaps visit Hofburg Palace, once the imposing winter retreat of Habsburg royals and now the official residence of the Austrian president. Apparently no visit to Vienna is complete without attending an opera or concert. Check what Vienna State Opera House has on offer (worth doing that in advance) and immerse yourself in the city’s immense musical pedigree.

Noble, Castle, Hofburg Imperial Palace, Wealth
Accommodation

Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities

Vienna Orientation Walk
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Free day in Vienna will give you more time to visit places you didn’t manage to get to yesterday. Climb the tower of St Stephen’s Cathedral, take a spin on the Prater Ferris Wheel or catch a dressage show at the Spanish Riding School. Head to Schoenbrunn Palace, which was designed by Empress Maria Theresa herself. The gardens are free to all visitors but there is a charge for entrance and tours of the palace. Avoid long queues by pre-booking your tickets at schoenbrunn.at. After all this sightseeing, you might like to indulge in a traditional Viennese coffee and Sacher torte, before capping off the evening with a spot of Mozart, Bach or Schubert at the opera house.
Note: The Spanish Riding School doesn’t operate throughout the summer months. You will need to book tickets in advance to see the performance of the Lipizzaners. Phone +43 (0)1 505 77 66 55 or e-mail info@viennaticketoffice.com to arrange tickets.
Vienna, Austria, Spanish Riding School
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Albertina Museum – EUR13
  • Belvedere Gallery – EUR13
  • Hofburg Palace and Sisi Museum – EUR12
  • Leopold Museum – EUR13
  • Prater Ferris Wheel – EUR10
  • Schoenbrunn Palace – EUR14
  • Spanish Riding School practice – EUR28
  • St Stephen’s Tower – EUR5
  • Vienna Boys Choir concert – EUR70
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Travel from Vienna to Budapest by train (approximately 3 hours). Known as the ‘Pearl of the Danube’, Budapest’s grand architecture and boulevards evoke a bygone era. With so much to see and do, hiring a bicycle is a great way to move between the sights. Head out to Statue Park to see the communist monuments that were removed from the city after the fall of the Iron Curtain. One unmissable activity is a soak in one of the city’s many hot thermal baths. The baths feature pools of varying degrees; some even have whirlpools or built-in seats where you can relax or play a game of chess. Dinner comes, best way to feats in Budapest is to grab a bowl of hearty Hungarian goulash.


Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities

Budapest market visit and picnic
Optional Activities

Urban Adventures – Buda Castle Explorer – EUR44
Urban Adventures – Bites & Sights – EUR63
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Enjoy another day in the Pearl of the Danube. Perhaps explore the historical Buda castle and palace complex of the Hungarian kings. Forget about the bustling city and lose yourself in the history of the winding streets of Castle District, which dates back to the 13th century and soak up the atmosphere of a beloved mid-19th century local pastry shop. In the afternoon perhaps take one of the tourist boat trips along the Danube River for spectacular views of the Parliament Building, the Castle District and the bridges linking Buda to Pest. The spectacle is particularly beautiful at night.


Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities

Bike Ride – HUF6000
Great Synagogue – HUF3500
House of Terror – HUF2000
Hungarian National Museum – HUF1600
Hungarian State Opera House Tour – HUF3000
Parliament Tour – HUF5200
Pub Crawl – Starting from – HUF5000
Thermal Bath – Starting from – HUF4500
Transport and Entry to Statue Park – HUF5000
Budapest Central Market – Free
Meals Included

Breakfast

Take a train (approximately 8 hours) to the town of Bled, situated on Slovenia’s stunning Lake Bled at the edge of the Julian Alps. There are many outdoor activities available here to get the blood pumping, such as rafting, caving, canoeing and swimming. Why not hire a bike and head four kilometres out of town to Vintgar Gorge, where you can take a walk through a beautiful natural canyon. Perhaps explore Bled Castle, perched atop the cliff overlooking the lake, or catch a pletna (small wooden boat) over to the island in the middle of the lake to ring the wishing bell. Another option is to take a day trip to Lake Bohinj, situated in a glaciated valley. There, you can ascend Mt Vogel by cable car for awesome views of the ranges. If the weather is clear, you may even see out to Triglav, the highest peak in Slovenia (note that the weather on top of Mt Vogel varies greatly; it’s a ski resort in the winter). For a taste of the local cuisine, some Bled cake is a must, made of vanilla, custard, cream and pastry.


Accommodation

Guesthouse (1 night)
Meals Included

Breakfast

No better place to get active then in Bled. Go for a lake walk (or run if you feel like!) in the morning, and perhaps enjoy a full day adventure around Triglav Massive, including some water rafting. Check with your leader for all the options and book in advance not to miss out. If you don’t feel like going crazy, just enjoy the beauty of the place; perhaps find a quite spot near the lake and spend a day reading your book.


Accommodation

Guesthouse (1 night)
Optional Activities

Mountain Bike Hire – EUR15
Bled – Pletna Boat Trip – EUR14
Bled – Canyoning – EUR60
Bled – Bled Castle – EUR10
River rafting – EUR55
Bus and cable car trip to Mt Vogel – EUR25
Bled – Emerald River Adventure (full day) – EUR110
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Travel by train through stunning scenery to one of the world’s most unique cities, Venice (approximately 5.5 hours). A city of canals, Venice is built over a hundred small islands connected by 400 bridges. Enjoy free time to explore. The best way to do this is by foot, taking in all the famous sights – the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge, the Palace of the Doge (the ruler of Venice), the Piazza San Marco with its golden Basilica, and of course the evocative Bridge of Sighs. Wander the cobblestone streets and spacious piazzas, crossing hundreds of tiny bridges. There are shops, markets, galleries and churches around every corner. Don’t miss taking a gondola trip through the romantic canals or sampling a slice of region’s desert speciality, tiramisu (coffee-soaked sponge cake).


Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities

Venice Orientation Walk
Optional Activities

Doge’s Palace and Bridge of Sighs – EUR19
Guggenheim Museum – EUR15
St Mark’s Campanile – EUR8
St Mark’s Basilica Treasury – EUR3
Accademia Gallery – EUR15
Venezia Ca’ d’Oro – EUR10
Gondola Ride – EUR80
Urban Adventures – Chicchetti of Venice – EUR80
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Today is free for you to enjoy as you please. Set out to discover more of Venice in detail. Venice being described as the most beautiful city built by man and one of Europe’s most romantic cities is never short of things to discover.

As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and you’re welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers.


Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Today venture out and explore more of Venice with possibly new set of your fellow travellers. There are only two ways to get around this city – on foot or by boat. Some of the more popular sights include Doge’s Palace, the Piazza and Basilica di San Marco and the Bridge of Sighs. Take the vaporetto (water bus) over to the island of San Giorgio to climb the bell tower for the best view of Venice. No trip here would be complete without a journey down the Grand Canal in a Venetian gondola. It’s a common way for visitors to see the major canal routes from an immersive perspective. While away your day in the busy San Marco square and be sure to try the local tiramisu and Italian coffee that’s on offer. There’s creativity everywhere, overflowing into the canals; see it in the venetian glass in Dorsoduro or down the streets spreading out from Campo Santo Stefano, lined with unique galleries and small boutiques. Visit the Palazzo Ducale, overflowing with paintings by Italian masters, and contrast it with the modern Guggenheim. Simply enjoy getting lost crossing the hundreds of bridges and uncovering your own slice of Venice. In the evening, perhaps join your fellow travellers for a group dinner at a local restaurant. Venice is famous for its specialities of fresh lobster and squid ink spaghetti dishes, so make sure you give one a try.


Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

This morning spend the day travelling by train to the once important naval base of La Spezia, now the gateway to the gorgeous Cinque Terre, or ‘Five lands’ in English. The name comes from the five tiny villages – Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore – whose position, wedged into a series of coves between sheer cliffs, makes it one of the highlights of the whole of Italy. The journey usually takes between five and seven hours either via Milan or via Florence (depending on the best available connection), and is a very scenic trip through the north of Italy. On arrival in La Spezia there won’t be too much time to explore yet, but after checking into your hotel perhaps get your bearings of the area with a short walk around the pedestrian zone on Via del Prione to the gardens along the harbour, or head out for dinner with the group.


Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Today it is highly recommended to venture out on the footpaths of Cinque Terre (Five Lands), a region of Italy famed for its coastline and pastel villages. The footpaths that run between the villages were once the only way to travel in the region, and take you through olive groves, vineyards and on to idyllic vistas. You can choose to walk just a few sections, which will still unveil a great amount of majestic scenery. Some sections of path can be difficult, as there are challenging uphill stretches, narrow paths, steep cliffs and foot bridges. Please remember to bring comfortable footwear such as trainers or light hiking shoes. It’s also possible to take the train between any of the villages or back to the group’s base in La Spezia whenever you want. After working up an appetite, take advantage of the foods of the Liguria region with a pesto class. Focaccia is also a speciality in this area and makes a great start to lunch. Upon return to La Spezia in the evening, there’s no better way to recover from your day of walking with more indulgence in delicious Mediterranean food.

Porto Venere, Castello Doria

Notes: Due to recent landslides in the area it is currently not possible to walk the Via dell’Amore and the coastal section between Manarola and Corniglia. There are alternative inland routes, however these are of a higher physical rating and involve steep ups and downs. It is possible to take the train or a bus for these sections. Due to safety reasons some sections of any path can be closed at short notice.
Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities

Pesto Class in Levanto – EUR13
Cinque Terre Day Trip – EUR16
Day Cruise along Cinque Terre – EUR30
Meals Included

Breakfast

Depart Cinque Terre today and catch a train to Florence (approximately 3.5 hours). On arrival, check into the hotel and go for a brief walk around the immediate area to get your bearings. Florence is one of the most culturally rich and beautiful cities in Italy, known to many as the beating heart of Tuscany. The Medicis, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Brunelleschi, Machiavelli, Donatello and Michelangelo all lived in Florence at the height of their creative reign. Food is a major part of the city’s identity, so perhaps explore some of the culinary delicacies on offer from across Tuscany. Regional specialities are noted for their simplicity and fine flavour, and the use of high-quality olive oil, cannellini beans and fresh herbs. Meat lovers should try the bistecca alla fiorentina, a huge T-bone steak that’s usually shared between two people, or ribollita, a thick delicious vegetable soup with bread, beans and greens. Panforte is the signature sweet treat.


Accommodation

Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities

Uffizi Gallery – EUR16
Accademia – EUR14
Baptistry – EUR10
Medici Chapels – EUR8
Museum Bargello – EUR8
Palazzo Vecchio – EUR10
Pitti Palace – Boboli Gardens, Museo Argenti, Costume Gallery, Porcellain Museum – EUR12
Siena bus ticket – EUR24
Urban Adventures – Florence Foodies Walk – EUR64
Urban Adventures – Florence Markets & Delis – EUR53
Urban Adventures – Aperitivo Time! Florence Wine Tour – EUR73
Florence Baptistry, Museo Opera del Duomo, Giotto Bell Tower and Brunelleschi Dome – EUR15
Pitti Palace – Gallery of Modern Art and Palatine Gallery – EUR8
Meals Included

Breakfast

Head out into the centre of Florence. It’s impossible to see everything in this Renaissance wonderland, however, so take your time and enjoy it. Be captivated by the culture-rich atmosphere of Florence, from family-run vineyards on the outskirts of the city to the Duomo’s magnificent marble facade. Maybe start with a visit the Galleria dell’Accademia where you can see Michelangelo’s famous statue of David. Stop by the Uffizi, one of the world’s oldest art galleries, or walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo, which is set on a hill on the south bank of the Arno River, to take in beautiful views of the city – a lovely way to while away the day. There are plenty of sights to see during your time in Florence.

Note: Florentine State Museums can all be booked in advance. You can online at www.weekendafirenze.com. We suggest that you book in advance (your leader can be of assistance), especially for the Uffizi as this museum experiences enormous queues (up to 5 hours) all year round. The individual museums have slightly different opening times and closing days between them but the website (www.firenzemusei.it) has everything you need to know about all of them. Make your reservations for these museums for any time on Day 6 of this itinerary.
Accommodation

Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included

Breakfast

In the morning, take the train to Rome (approximately 2 hours), and remember that while here, the best attitude is ‘when in Rome’! Join your leader on an orientation walk around the city, where you see some of the iconic sights such as the Colosseum and Arch of Constantine, the Forum (centre of ancient Rome), the Victor Emmanuel Monument, the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Via Dei Condotti and Piazza Venezia. Recharge with a slice of pizza and a strong espresso at the Piazza Navona or throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain and make a wish to return to the ‘Eternal City’. No visit would be complete without a trip to Vatican City and St Peter’s Basilica. Entry to the Basilica is free and there’s a small charge to climb the dome for a panorama over the city. Art-lovers should visit the Sistine Chapel to admire the timeless work of Michelangelo, while history buffs will enjoy a jaunt through the ancient halls of the Pantheon. Rome is packed full of restaurants and trattorias that cater to every taste and budget. Local specialities tend to be quite heavy, and include pastas such as carbonara (egg, cheese and bacon) and amatriciana (tomato, bacon and chilli). Eating in trattorias will give you a chance to sample some Italian wines, with house choices usually very good and affordable. Head out in the evening with the group for a final farewell gastronomic fling.


Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities

Castel Sant’Angelo – EUR10
Christian Catacombs – EUR8
Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill – EUR16
Imperial Fora – EUR9
Keats-Shelley Memorial House – EUR5
Vatican museums – EUR16
Pantheon – Free
St Peter’s dome climb – EUR6
St Peter’s Dome Climb & Elevator – EUR8
Venezia Palace – EUR5
Galleria Borghese – EUR15
Urban Adventures – Ancient Rome: Archaeological Discovery Tour – EUR89
Urban Adventures – Roman Dolce Vita – EUR63
Urban Adventures – Trastevere: Trends and Tradition – EUR55
Meals Included

Breakfast

Your ‘Madrid to Rome’ trip comes to an end on the final morning. There are no activities planned for today and you’re free to depart the accommodation at any time. As there is so much to see in Rome we recommend you to stay a little longer. We are happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). Please speak to your agent at the time of booking.

Notes: Check the Vatican website (vatican.va) for updated information on when you can visit. Tickets for the Vatican Museum can be booked online at: biglietteriamusei.vatican.va/musei/tickets/do. Alternatively, the Galleria Borghese can be booked online at: galleriaborghese.it/borghese/en/einfo.htm. The Vatican Museum is closed on some days, including most Sundays. On the last Sunday of the month, it’s open and free (but expect large crowds)..


Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Inclusions

Meals

  • 19 breakfasts

Transport

  • Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Private Bus, Public bus, Taxi, Train, Tram

Accommodation

  • Guesthouse (2 nights), Hostel (9 nights), Hotel (28 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night), Private apartment (2 nights)

Activities

  • Vienna Orientation Walk
  • Budapest market visit and picnic
  • Venice Orientation Walk

Exclusions

Insurance

  • Travel Insurance is mandatory for all Brave Women Travel tours. Please forward a copy of your signed policy to our office.

Transport

  • International Airfare into Madrid, Spain or home from Rome, Italy
  • Visa’s if required

This tour is operated by
Intrepid Travel

Departing: March 31, 2018

From: $7840 USD

Days: 43

Style: Rail/Land

Physical Rating: +2 Light

Age Requirement: +18

At A Glance

  • It's easy to be consumed by the architecture, culture and vibrant nightlife of Barcelona, but the food available for consumption is just as good. Traditional Catalan dishes such as fideua (similar to seafood paella) and botifarra amb mongetes (haricot beans served with sausage) taste a little like heaven. The wine isn't bad either

  • The beaches of Valencia are some of the most pristine in Europe, if not the world. Relax with a bowl of Valenciana paella at the gateway to the Mediterranean

  • Amsterdam has been developed with cyclists in mind, so hire a bike and hit the charming streets with the locals (just watch out for those canals)

  • Now one of the world's most artistic and exciting cities, Berlin has a complex history. See remaining fragments of the famous wall that once divided the city in half

  • Escape city life on the peaceful shores of Lake Bled in Slovenia. Visit a church on the tiny island in the centre of the lake and treat yourself to a slice of Bled's famous cream cake

  • And more!

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We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to modify or replace these Terms at any time. If a revision is material we will make reasonable efforts to provide at least 30 days’ notice prior to any new terms taking effect. What constitutes a material change will be determined at our sole discretion.

By continuing to access or use our Service after those revisions become effective, you agree to be bound by the revised terms. If you do not agree to the new terms, in whole or in part, please stop using the website and the Service.

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