London to Budapest on a Shoestring

15 days from 2,499

15 days London to Budapest 

From 2,499 per person

Experience the best of Europe with this 15-day tour that explores six countries and almost a dozen cities. Why settle for gaping at beautiful locations on postcards when you can see them in person? Picnic in front of The Eiffel Tower, wander through the grand buildings of Vienna, and maybe even jump into a thermal bath in Budapest or hang-glide over Interlaken. This tour has it all, including just enough free time to create your own adventures in between. Go. Create.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Fast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travellers.

Service Level: Basic

Simple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.

Physical Rating: 2 – Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Age requirement: 18-39

Day 1: London/Paris

Meet in London before departing for Paris by train.
Please refer to joining instructions for more information on where to meet.
Please note the trip departs London in the evening of Day 1 so it is imperative that you arrive on time for departure soon after the 5:30pm Welcome Meeting. Please allow plenty of time for the journey to London to allow for any possible delays.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting:
1h17:30

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Train:
London – Paris

Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

 

Accommodation:

Generator Hostel Paris (or similar)

Day 2: Paris

Picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower; opt to visit Notre Dame Cathedral or explore Montmartre.

Explore and discover the “je ne sais quoi” of the City of Lights. Paris has something for everyone and you can use your day here to picnic under the Eiffel Tower, explore the outstanding museums and churches, float down the Seine on a river cruise or people watch at one of the charming cafés.

Orientation Walk:
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Carte Blanche:
Paris Full Day

There’s plenty to see and do in Paris, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like getting acquainted with Mona Lisa at the Louvre, marvel at the architecture of the Notre Dame Cathedral, and visiting the Arc de Triomphe. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

 

Accommodation:

Generator Hostel Paris (or similar)

Meals included:

Lunch

Day 3: Paris/Interlaken

Take a train from Paris to Interlaken, a small city in the Swiss Alps with breathtaking scenery.

Train:

Paris – Interlaken8h

Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

 

Accommodation:

Hostel Balmers (or similar)
Days: 4–5 Interlaken

Enjoy an orientation walk of Interlaken. Opt to get the adrenaline pumping with some canyoning or whitewater rafting. Explore a nearby glacier or go swimming in a crystal clear lake. Don’t miss the nightlife.

Orientation Walk:
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Carte Blanche:
Interlaken Full Day

There’s plenty to see and do in Interlaken, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like canyoneering in Interlaken Canyon, hitting the trails for a hike in the Swiss Alps, or watch the sun set from Harder Kulm. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

 

Accommodation:
 Hostel Balmers (or similar)
Day 6: Interlaken/Rome

Travel to Rome by train via Milan. Upon arrival, enjoy a CEO-led orientation walk of Rome.

Opt to check out the famous Roman sites from times past like the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vatican and Pantheon. Opt to wander the cobblestone streets, or relax in a piazza with an espresso. Don’t miss the amazing Italian food, wine and nightlife.

Train:
Interlaken – Milan3h30m-4h

Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Local train:
Milan – Rome3h30m

Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.

Orientation Walk:
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Free Time:
Rome

Enjoy the rest of the day to explore Rome.

 

Accommodation:
Hotel Cherubini (or similar)
Day 7: Rome

Opt to check out famous Roman sites from times past like the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vatican and Pantheon. Don’t miss the amazing Italian food, wine and nightlife.

Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of the adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.

Carte Blanche:
Rome Full Day

There’s plenty to see and do in Rome, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like visiting the Colosseum, exploring the Pantheon, or sit down to a plate of pasta at a local trattoria. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

 

Accommodation:

Hotel Cherubini (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8: Rome/Florence

Enjoy a G Adventures supported migrant led walk of Rome before heading to Florence. Walk through the city catching a glimpse of the Duomo, Piazza Indipendenza and Ponte Vecchio.

Explore a different side of Rome on a walking tour led by a migrant guide and see Rome through the eyes of a recent newcomer to Italy.

Leave Rome behind and head towards Florence. No city can boast of such artistic richness as this romantic Renaissance city. Food, art, culture, and beautiful views put this outstanding Italian city in a field of its own. The list of things to see and do in Florence and the surrounding Tuscan countryside is unlimited, be it art, nature, architecture, history, or food and drink!

G Adventures for Good – Migrantour Rome:

Learn all about a different side of Rome with a newcomer to Italy as your guide with Migrantour, a social enterprise that trains immigrants to give tours of the city – with their own flair. G Adventures travellers receive a unique experience as guides give them rare insight into Italian society through an immigrant’s eyes. From ancient landmarks to the history of migration to Rome, expect this to be a guided tour like no other.

Train:
Rome – Florence4h280km

Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Free Time:
Florence

Explore the beauty of Florence at your own pace.

 

Accommodation:
Plus Hostel Florence (or similar)
Day 9: Florence

Free day in Florence to explore. Opt for a day trip to nearby Siena, or just enjoy all the city has to offer.

Carte Blanche:
Florence Full Day

There’s plenty to see and do in Florence, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like a visit to the Uffizi Gallery to see the works of the Renaissance masters, marvel at the Duomo and take in the panoramic view of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

 

Accommodation:
 Plus Hostel Florence (or similar)
Day 10: Florence/Venice

Catch a train into Venice. Enjoy an orientation walk along the canals, then take some time to explore the city’s winding streets on your own.

Opt to take a ride in a gondola, visit Piazza San Marco, or discover the magic behind Murano glass.

Train:
Florence – Venice2h30m

Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Orientation Walk:
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Carte Blanche:
Venice Full Day

There’s plenty to see and do in Venice, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like exploring the waterways on a gondola ride, watch a Venetian glass blowing demonstration, and sitting down for a catch of the day meal at a canal-side restaurant. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

 

Accommodation:

San Geremia (or similar)

Day 11: Venice/Ljubljana

ourney to Ljubljana, Slovenia. Explore the Ljubjanica River lined with outdoor cafes, or opt to take a quick trip to nearby Bled.

Local train:
Venice – Trieste1h26m-2h

Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.

Minibus:
Trieste – Ljubljana1h-1h30m90km

It’s bigger than a van, smaller than a bus, and just the right size for adventure.

Free Time:
Ljubljana

Go out and explore Slovenia’s capital city.

Day 12: Ljubljana/Vienna

Catch the train to Vienna. Take a short orientation walk around this incredible city.

Orientation Walk:
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Local train:
Ljubljana – Vienna3h27m-4h30m380km

Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.

Free Time:
Vienna Full Day

Enjoy another full day to visit historical landmarks, try local cuisine and admire the amazing architecture throughout the city.

 

Accommodation:
Do Step Inn (or similar)
Day 13: Vienna

Free time to wander the imperial streets of Austria’s capital, with its grand buildings, gardens, museums, and tasty pilsner. Opt to see the Lipizzaner ‘dancing’ horses.

After tiring yourself out with sightseeing, pop into a café, a Viennese institution. For a slice of local life, the cafés are good places to relax and get your bearings while deciding what to do next. A delicious café experience involves Gugelhupf, one of Vienna’s specialty cakes, and a cup of Melange (half coffee, half milk).

Orientation Walk:
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Free Time:
Vienna Afternoon

Don’t waste a minute— get out and explore.

 

Accommodation:

Do Step Inn (or similar)

Day 14: Vienna/Budapest

Orientation walk upon arrival in Budapest, then enjoy a free afternoon to explore. Opt to check out the beautiful Parliament building, stroll along the streets or check out the thermal baths. Opt for an evening out with the group.

Train:
Vienna – Budapest4h

Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Orientation Walk:
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Free Time:
Budapest Afternoon

Hit the streets and start exploring!

Big Night Out:

Whether it’s a pub crawl, drink specials or a bonfire on the beach, celebrate late into the night with your new best friends.

 

Accommodation:
GoodMoHouse (or similar)
Day 15: Budapest

Depart at any time.

Want to see more of Budapest? Book post-tour accommodation to experience all this city has to offer.

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