Florence - Bus2alps

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Embarking on the adventure of studying abroad in a new country can be equal parts thrilling and intimidating. With over 15 years of experience helping study abroad students to find the best this city and Europe as a whole have to offer, we can't wait to help you have the best semester of your life. Our staff is made up of former study abroad students, so we know not only the best places to travel and what makes a trip great, we also know the ins and outs of Florence. If you have questions about the best restaurants, how to get a phone, getting to a Fiorentina football game, or anything else during your abroad adventure, we want to help. 

Whether you are studying in Florence at Lorenzo de Medici, Florence University of Arts, Richmond, AIFS, Syracuse, NYU, CAPA, SACI, CEA, FSU, Cal State, Pepperdine, Fairfield, Marist, Vanderbilt, Kent State, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Penn State, Accent, Apicius, Santa Reparata, Palazzo Rucellai, Roger Williams, API, Gonzaga, Bentley, UNC, Accademia Italiana, FIT or any of the other dozen programs, Bus2alps is here to help you.

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Our day trips departing from and returning to Florence, Italy.

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Weekend trips departing from and returning to Florence, Italy.

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Ten-day trips departing from Florence, Italy.

Morocco Weekend

Experience a whole new world of travel! Switch up your European travel itinerary and take a detour to North Africa’s most vibrant country, Morocco. Beat your own path hiking the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and ride a camel! Journey to the Ourika valley to have tea with a local Berber family and relax with traditional Hamman baths at one of the local spas of Marrakech. Morocco will be an exciting worldly experience unlike anything you’ve ever encountered. **Please note: The trip meets at Marrakech Airport anytime on Thursday. Transportation to the Marrakech Airport is not included, so please plan your arrival accordingly.   Includes: All ground transportation and airport transfers 3 nights accommodation  Breakfast each morning Bus2alps trip leader and local guides Group dinner at the Riad including traditional mint tea  Souk Survival street market tour  Group dinner in Jamma El Fna Square  Day trip to the Ourika valley and Atlas mountains  Mountain camel ride Tea with a Berber family Lunch at the foot of the Atlas Mountains  Historical walking tour of Marrakech including museum entry Optional Activities: Hammam bath Hammam bath & massage  ATV Tour  *All activities are paid in cash upon arrival in Morocco (Euro cash preferred). The trip leader will reach out to all guests prior to the trip to collect flight information as well as to request a response for those who wish to reserve a spot for an activity. 

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Florence 2 Greece Island Hopping

See the Acropolis up close, visit the Olympic stadium and stroll the markets of Plaka in Athens. Stop by beautiful Santorini for the world’s most astonishing sunset over white and blue-domed houses and get swept up in the island nightlife. Finish the week on the island of Corfu, where you can kayak, ATV and dance the night away in a toga at the beachside Pink Palace resort (plate smashing included!). Included: Round trip coach transport to Ancona  Round trip ferry cruise ship transport Italy-Greece Ground Transportation and ferries within Greece Accommodation in Athens with breakfast Athens walking tour Top accommodation in Santorini with breakfast Accommodation with your friends at the Pink Palace Dinner and breakfast during your stay at the Pink Palace in Corfu Bus2alps Trip Leader Bus2alps exclusive discounts Additional/Optional: Ferry Cabin Upgrade Lunch & Dinner in Athens and Santorini Lunch in Corfu Museum/Acropolis Entrance (*Note: Acropolis is closed on Greek Independence Day & Greek Orthodox Easter) Optional Day Trips Activities including: Santorini Island Tour Oia Sunset Evening Trip ATV Tour Kayak Rental Corfu Town Trip Pink Toga Rental *Please note that trains may sometimes be used in lieu of a coach bus for transportation to/from Ancona Port

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Florence 2 Taste of Tuscany

  Start your day with a tasting of Chianti’s finest wine paired with authentic Italian cheeses and meats in a hillside vineyard. You'll pinch yourself to make sure the rolling hillside views of Tuscany are real. Next, visit the gorgeous town of San Gimignano to devour the world’s best gelato and climb towers with panoramic views under the Tuscan sun. We'll then set off to another local vineyard where you'll finish with a homemade Italian meal of ribollita, lasagna and the most decadent truffle oil you've ever tasted; not to mention, a 7+ glass tasting presented by the ever-charming staff (full disclaimer, you may fall in love with them!) You'll make it home in time for a quick nap before enjoying yet another perfect night in Florence.   Included:  Round trip transportation on a private luxury coach  2 Wine Tastings Tour of vineyard and cellar 3 Course Lunch Visit to town of San Gimignano  Bus2alps Trip Leader

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Ireland Coast 2 Coast

Welcome to the land of rolling green hills, medieval castles, kind people, and heart-warming whiskey! Bus2alps is taking you across Ireland in one unforgettable weekend. Let your imagination wander at Dublin's Castle, the medieval walls, and famous churches. Explore the Guinness Storehouse and enjoy a proper pint at the Gravity Bar, overlooking the city. Venture over the rolling green hills of Ireland's countryside to the breath-taking Cliffs of Moher and speak Gaelic in the fabled city of Galway. Click your heels to a magical weekend on the Emerald Isle. Trip Includes: 3 Nights with your friends at Top-Rated Accommodation Breakfast each morning Sandeman’s New Dublin Walking Tour Round trip transport to the Cliffs of Moher and Galway Entry to the Cliffs of Moher Guinness Storehouse tour Bus2alps trip leaders Exclusive Bus2alps discounts * This tour begins at your accommodation in Dublin on Thursday evening. Passengers are expected to meet their guide Thursday evening in the Hostel lobby after 16:00. Your Trip Leader will send you information regarding the hostel address and directions from the airport closer to the date of the tour. Checkout of the accommodation is typically 10:00 Sunday morning. Please contact [email protected] for assistance or questions regarding flights.     

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Florence 2 Prague & Česky Krumlov

Step into the pages of a fairy tale in the enchanting city of Prague! Wander past pastel buildings in Old Town Square, along the winding river, and up to the hilltop castle. Stroll through bustling Wenceslas Square, leave your name on the colorfully graffitied John Lennon Wall, and dance the night away in Prague’s legendary nightlife.  This trip typically departs Santa Maria Novella station at 21:00 Thursday night and arrives first thing Friday morning between 9:00 and 10:00. *Please note that, although rare, departure times are subject to change. Included: Round trip luxury coach transport (with A/C, DVD player) Accommodation with your friends at top rated hostels Breakfast each morning Private, locally guided walking tour of Prague Metro pass to access the city center  Afternoon boat cruise along Prague's Vltava River Day-trip to Česky Krumlov, a quaint town and UNESCO Heritage Site just outside Prague Bus2alps trip leader Bus2alps exclusive discounts Optional Activities:  Kutna Hora Day Trip * Prague Castle Tour ** Prague Beer Tour ** Clock Tower Bar Crawl Saturday Night  U Fleku Group meal (includes a three course meal and a beer) **Participation in this Friday activity will cause you to miss the 1 hour included river cruise. *Participation in these Saturday activities will cause you to miss the Cesky Krumlov day-trip.  

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Florence 2 Interlaken Winter

Head to our hometown of Interlaken. This cozy mountain village of Interlakenis home to some of the most epic skiing and snowboarding in the world. Cruise winding mountain runs while taking in views of the expansive Swiss Alps before stopping for a delicious lunch of Swiss Rösti and a hot drink at the lodge. After a day on the slopes, unwind with Switzerland’s famously delicious chocolate. If you're skipping skiing altogether, indulge in a relaxing day at the spa or explore the picturesque town surrounded by crystal blue lakes. Following your fondue dinner, experience the Swiss Alps after sunset with a moonlit nightsled ride that will leave you breathless!   Included: Round trip luxury coach transport (with A/C, DVD, & bathroom) Accommodation with your friends at top rated hostels Breakfast Exclusive 5% off most adventure activities Exclusive Bus2alps discounts around town Bus2alps trip leader Please note: Based on past years' weather, we can not guarantee availability of snow-based activities. However, those participating in trips during these weekends will still be able to participate in other adventure activities not involving snow.

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Florence 2 Budapest, Vienna & Salzburg

Europe's Best Christmas Markets! What better way to kick off the holiday season than by crossing three cities and two countries known for their winter markets off your list? Start by relaxing in Budapest’s outdoor thermal baths in the city known for its naturally warm spring waters. When the sun sets, dine while cruising past the glowing monuments on the banks of the Danube River, then check out the local ruin bar scene. Next, head west to Vienna to indulge in the mother of all chocolate cakes, Sachertorte. Marvel at the palaces of the Habsburg Empire and feast on Wiener Schnitzel, an Austrian delicacy. In Salzburg, sing along with the Von Trapps on the Sound of Music tour while winding your way through the rolling green Alps, or adventure off on your own to admire the view from the Hohensalzburg Fortress. This trip typically departs Santa Maria Novella station at 21:00 Thursday night and arrives first thing Friday morning between 10:00 and 10:30.   Included: Round trip luxury coach transport (with A/C, and a DVD player) Accommodation with your friends at top rated hostels Breakfast each morning Budapest walking tour Vienna walking tour Exclusive discounts on the Danube Dinner cruise, Sound of Music tour & other activities Bus2alps trip leader Optional Activities: Budapest- • Danube River Dinner Cruise- €49 • Szechenyi Thermal Baths- €17 Vienna- • Shade Tours Salzburg- • Sound of Music Tour- €42  

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Florence 2 The Amalfi Coast- Silver Route

Head south to Italy’s #1 beach destination on the trip that won Bus2alps the TourRadar award for #1 Tour in Europe consecutively. Cruise along the coast via private boat with a swim stop and included light lunch before bronzing on the black sand beaches of Positano. Break out your best dance moves in bustling downtown Sorrento then the next day boat around the island of Capri, sip limoncello and show off your new handmade sandals from Anacapri. Finally, explore the ruins of Pompeii while admiring Mt. Vesuvius. Only Bus2alps includes a private boat cruise to Positano, ferry to Capri, private boat tour of the island, transport up to Anacapri and transport to Pompeii!   This is the trip that won Bus2alps the award for #1 Tour in Europe from TourRadar!  Included: Round trip coach transport (with A/C & DVD player)  Stay with your friends at top-rated accommodations Breakfast Private boat cruise with included light lunch to and from Positano with a swim stop along the way (weather dependent) Ferry to the island of Capri with a private island boat cruise (with an optional stop at the Blue Grotto - weather dependent) Private transport to Anacapri Private transport to Pompeii Exclusive Bus2alps discounts everywhere A Bus2alps trip leader

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