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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. 

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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 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 with A/C, DVD, and bathroom 2 Wine Tastings Tour of vineyard and cellar 3 Course Lunch Visit to town of San Gimignano  Bus2alps Trip Leader

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Florence 2 Bologna & FICO Eataly World

Welcome to Italy! Bus2alps is celebrating your arrival by offering you a free day trip to the medieval city of Bologna and FICO Eataly World. Spots are limited, so book now!   We’ll depart from Florence and head directly to Bologna, a city known for its stunning churches, overarching towers, and vibrant piazzas. We’ll kick off the day with a walking tour to all the main attractions, like Le Due Torri and Piazza Maggiore, before breaking for lunch (Bologna, nicknamed “La Grassa” boasts some of the most delectable food and wine in Italy). Next, we’ll make our way to FICO Eataly World. With their grand opening Nov 15, 2017, the world’s first food-themed expo is getting global press mentions and endless social media love, and now’s your chance to experience why! What better way to start your semester abroad in Italy than indulging in a visit to this 20-acre complex to watch master chefs create handmade pasta, taste truffles in Truffle Land or sample Italy’s favorite dessert, tiramisu (even sweeter with us because it’s free)!   With 45 restaurants and food trucks to visit, you’ll never be ready to ask for the check. There are a limited number of spots available for this free day trip, so be sure to sign up now to confirm your seat.

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Florence 2 Budapest, Vienna & Salzburg

This weekend trip covers a lot of ground: three cities, two countries, two capitals. Get ready to marvel at the magnificence of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Times may have split the empire, and these countries, but fun, beauty, and culture still resonate through these unique Eastern European capitals. Budapest is the jewel of post-Communist Europe, epitomizing the nightlife, art, and quirky spirit embodied by the new individualism found in much of Eastern Europe. Vienna is the intellectual home of Europe, with famous museums and Operas. Don't worry, it's not just the intellect that wins Vienna, they know how to have fun too. In Salzburg, sing along with the Von Trapps on the Sound of Music tour, admire the Hohensalzburg Castle, and feast on Wiener Schnitzel at the Augustiner.  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. In November and December, wind your way through the famous Austrian Christmas markets in Budapest, Vienna and Salzburg.  *Please note that the itinerary is subject to change. * Included: Round trip luxury coach transport (with A/C, DVD, & bathroom) Accommodation with your friends at top rated hostels Breakfast each morning Budapest walking tour Vienna walking tour Exclusive discounts on the Opera, Danube Dinner cruise, Sound of Music tour & other activities Bus2alps trip leader Optional Activities: Budapest- • Danube River Dinner Cruise- approximately €50 • Szechenyi Thermal Baths- approximately €18  Vienna- • Original Vienna Pub Crawl- approximately €20 with 1 hour open bar, €12 without Salzburg- • Sound of Music Tour- approximately €42  

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FREE Food Tour - Taste of Florence

No plans Monday night? Now you do: The Bus2alps crew is insanely pumped for Taste of Florence, where we'll introduce you all our favorite local places for food & drink in Flo for FREE. Come on an empty stomach, because there will plenty of delicious dishes to sample at what are sure to become your new go-to spots. Meet us on the steps of Santa Croce at 7:00 PM (look for the blue Bus2alps Hoodies.) To reserve your spot, makse sure you and your friends book this package for FREE. See you Monday! WHEN: Monday Jan 14 and Feb 4 WHERE: Meet @ the steps of Santa Croce WHAT:  - Red Garter for wings, beer and an amped up crowd ready to cheer you on when you grab that karaoke mic. - Ristorante Teatro for authentic Italian pizza and limoncello.  - Salumeria Verdi, also known as Pino's, for the best panino & vino in town.  - Beer House Club for a craft beer tasting. - Amalo for some of Firenze's tastiest gelato (yumm) + crepes and waffles! - and we'll end the night at Lion's Fountain!

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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 info@bus2alps.com for assistance or questions regarding flights.     

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Florence 2 Prague

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, & bathroom) Accommodation with your friends at top rated hostels Breakfast The New Prague Walking Tour Bus2alps walking tour Bus2alps trip leader Bus2alps exclusive discounts Optional Activities:  Kutna Hora Day Trip- approximately €30 Prague Castle Tour- approximately €11 Prague Beer Tour- approximately €15 Clock Tower Bar Crawl- approximately €22 U Fleku Group Lunch- approximately €13 (includes a three course meal and a beer)

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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 (€15.00)  Hammam bath & massage (€35.00) ATV Tour (€70.00) *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 Venice Carnival

Put on your carnival mask and be serenaded under the Rialto Bridge by a gondolier, admire the elaborate costumes, and check out a glass-blowing show up close! The ambiance of Venice and the grandeur of Carnival combine for an unforgettable day on Italy's famous canals.  Included: Round trip transportation by private coach with DVD’s, A/C, and bathroom Discount on optional activities Bus2alps trip leader Venetian glass blowing presentation

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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 luxury coach transport to Ancona (with A/C, DVD, & bathroom) 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: Athens Nightlife Tour 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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Ireland St. Patrick's Day

Welcome to the land of rolling green hills, medieval castles, kind people, heart-warming whiskey, and loud drinking songs. Most of all, welcome to the land of St. Patrick, the iconic man who exemplifies this joyous spirit. Have a pint, do a jig, stand on a table and go nuts in the home of Dublin's largest festival.  Includes: 3 Nights with your friends at Jacob's Inn Breakfast each morning Bus2alps Trip Leaders and recommendations Exclusive Bus2alps discounts Sandeman’s New Dublin Walking Tour Guinness Storehouse tour Transportation and entry to the Cliffs of Moher  Transportation to Galway  *Please note that the trip meets on Thursday after 16:00 at Jacob's Inn The St. Patrick's Day Parade will be on Sunday, March 17th, we recommend a later flight on Sunday, or please email to request an additional night at the hostel by emailing info@bus2alps.com

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Florence 2 The Amalfi Coast- Silver Route

Amalfi Coast Silver Route: Positano, Island of Capri, Pompeii. Head south to Italy’s #1 beach destination! Boat around the island of Capri, sip limoncello, and show off your new handmade sandals before breaking out your best dance moves in bustling downtown Sorrento. Bronze in Positano on the black sand beach and cruise along the coast via private boat cruise with a stop at a secluded beach. Finally, explore the ruins of Pompeii while admiring Mt. Vesuvius. Only Bus2alps includes your ferry to Capri, boat tour of the island, transportation to Positano and Pompeii. With us you can be sure that this will be your most brag-worthy weekend in Europe! This is the trip that won Bus2alps the award for #1 Tour in Europe from TourRadar!  Included: Round trip luxury coach transport (with A/C, DVD & Bathroom)  Accommodation with your friends at top-rated accommodations Breakfast Private boat cruise with included light lunch to and from Positano with a stop at secluded beach along the way Please note: The boat cruise to Positano is weather dependent. If the weather does not permit for the boat cruise, we will take private bus transfers to Positano Ferry to the island of Capri with a private island boat cruise (with an optional stop at the Blue Grotto) Please note: The stop at the Blue Grotto is weather dependent. If water conditions do not permit access to the Blue Grotto, we will continue along the private island tour. Private transport to Pompeii Exclusive Bus2alps discounts everywhere A Bus2alps trip leader

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Florence 2 The Northern Loop

The Northern Loop Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris Experience Europe’s most popular cities in 10 days. Explore the fairy tale city of Prague with its unique architecture, rich culture, and enormous castle. Take in the alternative atmosphere in Berlin with its raw history and eclectic nightlife. Continue onto Amsterdam to soak up the vibe of the city with more canals than Venice. Try an authentic Belgian waffle and check out the Grand Place in Brussels. Be romanced in Paris by wrapping up your trip sitting on the steps of the Sacré Cœur to watch the sunset over the city, partying in the Moulin Rouge district, and admiring the sight of the Eiffel Tower sparkling at night.  This trip 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: All transport in luxury coach transport (with A/C, DVD, & bathroom) Accommodation with your friends at top rated hostels Breakfast Private New Europe Walking Tours in Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Paris Bus2alps trip leader Optional Activities: Prague: Kutna Hora Day Trip- approximately €30 Prague Castle Tour- approxmately €11 Clock Tower Bar Crawl- approximately €22 Prague Beer Tour- approximately €15 U Fleku Group Lunch- approximately €13 (includes a 3 course meal and a beer) Berlin: Pub Crawl of Berlin- approximately €12 Red Berlin Tour- approximately €14 Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Tour- approximately €16 Berlin 3rd Reich Tour- approximately €14 Berlin Alternative City Tour- approximately €14 Amsterdam: Amsterdam Canal Cruises- Cost varies per type of cruise, least expensive is around €16 for 75 minutes Heineken Experience- €18 Anne Frank House- €9 Van Gogh Museum- €17 Amsterdam City Bike Tour- approximately €20 Red Light District Tour- approximately €14 Amsterdam Alternative City Tour- approximately €14 Paris: Montmartre District Tour- approximately €16 Paris Latin Quarter Tour- approximately €16 Pub Crawl of Paris- approximately €16 Paris Comedy Show- approximately €24-37

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Florence 2 Croatia

Head to the marble city of Split and enjoy optional trips like river rafting or boating along the coast! Depart by coach bus from Florence Thursday evening (typically at 21:00*) and drive overnight to untouched Croatia! Upon arrival in Split Friday morning (arrival times vary due to traffic and border control at the Croatian border, but typically range between 09:00 - 11:00), the weekend is yours to choose from a variety of optional activities such as rafting down the emerald green Cetina River, wandering through the marble ruins of Diocletian’s Palace, or sailing the Dalmatian Coast to discover the beautiful beaches on the island of Brač.  On the way home on Sunday, make a pit stop to swim in the magnificent waterfalls of Krka National Park. Included: Round trip luxury coach transport (with A/C, DVD, & bathroom) 2 Nights at Top-Rated Accommodation in Split Central location, within walking distance to the beach and Old Town Split Breakfast each morning Bus2alps Trip Leaders Transport and entrance to Krka National Park & Waterfalls Exclusive Bus2alps discounts on activities (River Rafting, Island Cruise & more) Private Walking Tour of the historic, marble city center *Please note that, although rare, departure times are subject to change

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Florence 2 Cinque Terre Day Trip

Lace up your shoes and explore Italy's breathtaking Cinque Terre Coast. The Cinque Terre or "The Five Lands" are famous for their natural beauty, steep cliffs, colorful houses and crystal clear waters. This day trip can be as active or leisurely as you want. With challenging hiking trails, fresh local seafood, easy nature walks with breathtaking scenery, beach chairs and glittering sea, The Cinque Terre has it all.   Trips departs: Every weekend From Florence by coach bus Included:  Round trip transportation by luxury coach bus with AC and bathroom Entrance to the Cinque Terre National Park 24-hour train pass to get between towns Hiking path entry ticket 3 town stops Cinque Terre Park Map A Bus2alps trip leader Itinerary: Depart at 7AM from Florence by bus. Arrive to La Spezia to collect your included Cinque Terre Pass that gives you unlimited access to all trains connecting the 5 towns and all hiking trails.  First, stop in Manarola to explore the raised sea-side town and snap your intsa-worthy photos Train to the port town of Vernazza for fresh seafood cones and pesto focaccia. For those wanting to hike, this will be your starting point. Either hike or train to the next town of Monterosso, home to expansive sandy beaches, clear waters and delicious restaurants.  Free time to enjoy the afternoon relaxing on the beach, exploring the town of Monterosso, or eating a seaside lunch. Return by train from Monterosso to La Spezia. Return back by bus to Florence around 8PM. Some trips may require minimum numbers. All trips will receive pre-departure information via email the evening prior to departure. 

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Florence 2 Greece Long Weekend

Come with us for an epic weekend on the Greek island of Corfu. Join the many activities at the Pink Palace beachside resort, such as ATVing, kayaking, and more. Relax on the beach, then once the sun goes down, get ready for a traditional Grecian party complete with pink togas, plate smashing, and Greek dancing. Included: Round trip luxury coach transport (with A/C, DVD, & bathroom) Round trip ferry transport Accommodation with your friends at the Pink Palace Dinners and breakfasts at the Pink palace Bus2alps trip leader What’s Not Included, Optional Costs Ferry Cabin Upgrade Lunches and meals on the Ferry Lunches at the Pink Palace Optional activities Optional day trips Museum entrance

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Florence 2 The Amalfi Coast Long Weekend- Silver Route

Long Weekend: 5 days - Positano, Capri, Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius & Naples! Limoncello, sun, and black sand beaches; vacation in true Mediterranean style. Relax on our private boat tour of the island of Capri, sip limoncello, and show off your new handmade sandals before breaking out your best dance moves in bustling downtown Sorrento. Bronze in Positano on the black sand beach and cruise along the coast by our prviate boat cruise. See the ruins of Pompeii where our private guides are available to show you one of the most well-preserved cities of ancient times. Afterwards, treat yourself to the best pizza margherita of your life in Naples, the birthplace of pizza. Only Bus2alps includes your ferry to Capri, boat tour of the island, transportation to Positano, Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvious & Naples.  With us you can be sure that this will be your most brag-worthy weekend in Europe. This is the trip that won Bus2alps the award for 2nd Best Tour Worldwide! Note: This tour is one additional day from the standard Amalfi Coast trip.  After Pompeii, we will go to Naples for a day. Included: Round trip luxury coach transport (with A/C, DVD, & bathroom) Accommodation with your friends at top rated hostels Breakfast Private ferry to island of Capri with a private guided boat tour of the island (with an optional stop at the Blue Grotto) Private boat cruise with included lunch to and from Positano with two stops at secluded beaches along the way Private transport to Pompeii & Mt. Vesuvius Private transport to Naples Exclusive Bus2alps discounts everywhere A Bus2alps trip leader  

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Florence 2 Croatia Long Weekend

Head to the marble city of Split and enjoy optional trips like river rafting or boating along the coast! Depart by coach bus from Florence Thursday evening (typically at 21:00*) and drive overnight to untouched Croatia! Upon arrival in Split Friday morning (arrival times vary due to traffic and border control at the Croatian border, but typically range between 09:00 - 11:00), the weekend is yours to choose from a variety of optional activities such as rafting down the emerald green Cetina River, wandering through the marble ruins of Diocletian’s Palace, or sailing the Dalmatian Coast to discover the beautiful beaches at the Blue Lagoon.  For the long weekend, take an optional day trip on Sunday to either Mostar, Bosnia, or Dubrovnik, Croatia, to make the most of your time in the Balkan Peninsula. On the way home on Monday, make a pit stop to swim in the magnificent waterfalls of Krka National Park. Included: Round trip luxury coach transport (with A/C, DVD, & bathroom) 3 Nights at Top-Rated Acommodation in Split Central location, within walking distance to the beach and Old Town Split Breakfast each morning Bus2alps Trip Leaders Transport and entrance to Krka National Park & Waterfalls Exclusive Bus2alps discounts on activities (River Rafting, Island Cruise & more) Private Walking Tour of the historic, marble city center *Please note that, although rare, departure times are subject to change

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Florence 2 Munich HOSTEL Springfest

Dancing on tables, prosting steins of beer, and belting out merry songs with dozens of new friends is what festivals in Munich are all about! Munich welcomes the beautiful spring weather with an equally crazy celebration, Fruhlingsfest. Just as epic, but without the lines, Springfest allows you to take a break and explore the beautiful city by bike, have a traditional Bavarian beer in the middle of the park, or admire the architecture. Cheers the Spring with the Bavarians! Included: Round trip transportation by private coach with DVD’s, A/C and bathroom Accommodation at a top rated hostel with your friends Breakfast Exclusive Bus2alps discounts Bus2alps trip leader

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Florence 2 Munich CAMPING Springfest

Please note: this is the camping option for our Florence 2 Munich Springfest trip.  Dancing on tables, prosting steins of beer, and belting out merry songs with dozens of new friends is what festivals in Munich are all about! Munich welcomes the beautiful spring weather with an equally crazy celebration, Fruhlingsfest. Just as epic, but without the lines, Springfest allows you to take a break and explore the beautiful city by bike, have a traditional Bavarian beer in the middle of the park, or admire the architecture. Cheers the Spring with the Bavarians! Included: Round trip transportation by private coach with DVD’s, A/C and bathroom Accommodation at the best campgrounds for Springfest with sleeping bag, tent, and mat Breakfast & Dinner at the Stoke Campsite  Exclusive Bus2alps discounts Bus2alps trip leader

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