Barcelona to Berlin small group holiday
Description of Barcelona to Berlin small group holiday
Architecture, art, history and sensational food are all on the travel menu as you journey to some of Europe’s most exciting cities on this Barcelona to Berlin small group holiday. Discover old world Europe, where history has been played out for centuries, and the contemporary life of these cities, exploring museums and landmarks, cafes and bars, as you travel from Spain up into Germany.
This 15 day tour begins in Barcelona, where gorgeous Gothic architecture and Gaudi’s exuberant basilica, La Sagrada Familia, express this city’s artistic and original soul. Discover bucolic Provence, and the lovely old town of Avignon in France, before heading north to the capital, Paris. Here, you’ll have free time to discover the city’s parks, galleries and iconic sights, and to soak up the street life at pavement cafes, too. Tiny Luxembourg is next, and you then head into Belgium to spend a few days in Brussels, exploring its cobbled Grand Place, markets and restaurants selling beer and moules frites. It’s a fairly compact city, so you can explore it happily on foot or using its good public transport system, and even travel out to Bruges for the day, if you like. Amsterdam is next, where a half day cycle tour is a brilliant way to travel like the locals and get your bearings in this beautiful city. Last stop on this tour is Germany’s capital Berlin, where monuments and museums to Germany’s recent past rub shoulders with stylish bars and restaurants.
This 15 day adventure reveals the history and architecture of some of Europe’s best known cities. They’re also exciting foodie destinations, too, and you’ll be able to eat your way around each, tasting how the cuisine changes as you travel north. Try cured meats and olives in Barcelona, tempting pastries in Paris, seafood in Brussels and hearty marinated meat and potatoes in Germany.
You’ll be travelling the local way, which half the fun, by bus, metro, train and tram, and staying in hotels for 12 nights and hostels for two, all as close to each destination’s main attractions as possible. There is free time in each location, so you have freedom to choose how you enjoy each place.
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PlanetOne of the great things about our Barcelona to Berlin trip is that it runs entirely on public transport – crossing through six European countries by train, tram, bus and on foot. Train travel is considered the most sustainable mode of transport, not only because it has the lowest level of CO2 emissions when compared to air and road travel. But it also requires relatively low-level energy consumption, employs the best use of space and has a lesser noise impact on the environment.
That’s why on this tour we travel on public transport to every destination we discover. For instance, to get to our hotels in Avignon and Paris we jump on the Metro. In Luxembourg and Brussels, we use local buses, and in Amsterdam we travel by tram. It’s worth noting that most of the hotels we stay in are centrally located and therefore the amount of travel required between attractions is minimal.
Minimising waste is very important. Sadly, it’s nigh on impossible to reduce our waste production to zero, but we encourage our passengers to think carefully about the products they use. We always suggest bringing a reusable water bottle as this really helps cut down on plastic waste. We also give out canvas bags at the start of each trip. Our travellers can then use them every day, whether to go shopping for souvenirs or for carrying those daily essentials. These bags go home with our travellers too in the hope they’ll continue to be used long after their adventure with us comes to an end.
PeopleSupporting local suppliers is a major part of our philosophy, which might sound difficult or almost impossible whilst travelling through big, European cities – but it’s not. Firstly, we aim to use small, family-run hotels as opposed to big, well-known chains. Secondly, our amazing leaders will always suggest local eateries or smaller restaurants, and their strong local relationships mean they have the inside scoop on where to grab the best tapas or currywurst. Thirdly, we favour heading to local markets over global supermarkets for our picnic lunches and relish the opportunity to practise our language skills by interacting with the sellers there. Plus, if we need to catch the occasional taxi, or hire a guide to take us around an interesting site, we’ll call our local friends to ensure we get the best and most knowledgeable service.
Whilst on your journey from Barcelona to Berlin you’re almost guaranteed to spot one thing – plenty of tourists. And it’s no wonder as these places are beautifully charming, full of character and history, packed with great restaurants, cultural hotspots and more. But there’s one thing to remember – there are local people going about their everyday lives in these destinations too. We do everything to make sure our groups have a minimal impact on that, starting with the size of tours. We travel in small packs of no more than 16 people, making us different to the usual large busloads of tourists flooding an attraction all at once. We also make the effort to teach our travellers basic language phrases and advise them on how to dress when visiting churches and other religious sites. One final thing we try and do is schedule our departures so that we’re not visiting the most popular places over weekends in an attempt to try and give the locals a bit of space.