There are parts of central and southern Europe that have largely avoided the mass tourist radar – but they harbour unspoilt rural villages and medieval cities along with magnificent farmlands – and all (relatively) sparsely populated by welcoming and friendly locals. This itinerary ‘goes bush’ in Europe and introduces us to many sights, landscapes, farms and cultures not too many travelers get to see.
Prague, the 1000 year old Bohemian capital, is a beautiful city to start any tour. With its rich history and deep culture, exploring the medieval streets and squares is a great way to take in Prague’s character. Then we are off into the Czech countryside with farm visits along the way. We enter southeastern Germany and the beautiful Bavarian region complete with state-of-the-art farm engineering plants and the majesty of the Danube.
We continue south and into the awe-inspiring Alps. The Alps are the highest and most extensive mountain range in Europe. They stretch for 1200 km across eight Alpine countries and contain about a hundred peaks higher than 4000 metres. The altitude and size of the range affects the climate – and farming – across a large area of Europe. We visit farms and mountain villages in the unhurried and unforgettable Dolomite region.
Slovenia is simply a secret gem of central Europe. With it’s diverse and spectacular landscapes, unspoilt cities and rural villages all populated by friendly locals, Slovenia creates a lasting impression on the visitors let in on the secret. Then it's on to Italy – there are few places in the world with its depth of history and culture. Our travels will take in the signature destinations of Venice, Florence and ultimately Rome. But we will also visit farms and explore some off-the-beaten-track areas of northern Italy and Tuscany.
Depart various Australian capitals for Prague, capital of the Czech Republic (a country now officially – but rarely – called Czechia). Meals on the plane.
We arrive Prague, where we are met by our local guide and then transferred to our downtown hotel for check in. After a rest and freshen up, we enjoy a leisurely walking tour of the Old Town to stretch our legs and to help get our bearings. Welcome dinner this evening.
Prague, the 1000 year old Bohemian capital, is a beautiful city to start any tour. With its rich history and deep culture, exploring the medieval streets and squares is a great way to take in Prague’s character. We enjoy activities in and around the Prague Old Town before a free Sunday afternoon and evening.
We board oour charter coach this morning and depart Prague to the southwest with an arable farm visit along the way. We also call in on a hop production enterprise and, of course, a Pilsen brewery where we inspect the hops and barley being put to good use.
We cross into southeastern Germany and the beautiful Bavarian region. We arrive at the village of Schwandorf home to the Horsch farm machinery factory. We tour the factory and meet some of the inventors and designers bringing state-of-the-art farm engineering to practical in-field application.
We continue onto the beautiful medieval town of Regensburg, located majestically on the Danube River.
Continue south today and enter the awe-inspiring Alps. The Alps are the highest and most extensive mountain range system that lies entirely in Europe. They stretch for 1200 km across eight Alpine countries (France, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany and Slovenia). The Alpine region contains about a hundred peaks higher than 4000 metres (13,000 feet). The altitude and size of the range affects the climate – and farming – across a large area of Europe.
Farm and cultural visits in the Dolomite region of Austria/northern Italy.
Farm and cultural visits in the region.
Continue southeast into Slovenia and the magnificent Lake Bled.
Farm and scenic visits around Lake Bled.
Travel eastwards today into the grain producing region of Slovenia for farm visits and then we continue onto the beautiful capital of Ljubljana.
This is a city full of charm and surprises and we find out why during our city tour this morning. Free time this afternoon and this evening for your own exploration.
More activities in and around Ljubljana.
We travel northwards today into Italy and onto the agricultural centre of Udine.
Travel to Venice with a dramatic entrance via the Grand Canal. Guided tour of Venice before a free evening.
A free morning before it's westwards towards Florence with farm and scenic visits along the way.
Guided tour of Florence and other activities before a free afternoon and evening.
Travel south today into Tuscany with a durum farm visit on the way. We also call in on a pasta manufacturing facility and a visit to Siena and onto the Montalcino region.
More activities and farm visits in beautiful Tuscany. We also visit a local vineyard producing the world-acclaimed Brunello wine.
Continue south to Rome with scenic and technical visits along the way. On arrival in Rome we enjoy a guided city tour of just some of the many highlights.
More activities in Rome before a free afternoon and then a farewell dinner.
Flights home today or you have the option of continuing with your adventure to other European or Asian destinations.