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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Day Trips

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

Weekend Trips

Weekend trips departing from and returning to Florence, Italy.

Fall & Spring Breaks

Ten-day trips departing from Florence, Italy.

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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Florence 2 Interlaken & Lake Como

Welcome to where relaxing beauty and high-octane adrenaline live in perfect harmony! Interlaken is a traditional Swiss village located in the heart of the rugged Alps, between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Scenic mountain walks and calming Alpine Spas collide with adventure activities like white water rafting, canyoning, and bungy jumping. Spend the last day exploring Lake Como, renowned for its gorgeous landscape, waterfront villas, and celebrity residents like George Clooney and Gianni Versace. Whether you are looking for inspiring beauty or an action-packed weekend, you will find yourself in Interlaken.   Included: Round trip coach transport (with A/C, DVD, & bathroom) Accommodation with your friends at top rated hostels Breakfast Exclusive 5% discount off most adventure activities Round trip transportation to Lake Como Bus2alps trip leader

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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 at the Blue Lagoon.  On the way home on Sunday, make a pit stop to swim in the magnificent waterfalls of Krka National Park. Included: Round trip 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 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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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 with All Inclusive Ticket:  Round trip transportation by 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 Included with Beach Only Ticket:  Round trip transportation by coach bus with AC and bathroom Round Trip train from La Spezia to Monterosso al Mare  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. If you are heading straight to the beach with our Beach Only Ticket you will enjoy the day at Monterosso al Mare.  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 Hostel Oktoberfest

The largest beer festival in the world, Oktoberfest is a must for your fall semester abroad. Travel with Bus2alps to make sure you don't miss a thing. We'll take you to find the lederhosen or dirndl and head to the festival search of liter steins of beer, tables to sing and dance on, mouthwatering traditional Bavarian food and carnival rides spinning into the night!   What’s Included Round Trip luxury coach transport (with A/C, DVD, & bathroom) Accommodation at top rated hostels Breakfast every morning Bus2alps Trip Leader For accurate departure times, travel times, prices of activities, and suggestions on how much extra money you will need, please contact [email protected]   What’s Not Included, Optional Costs Lunches and Dinners Beerhall reservations Museum and site fees Munich Bike Tour Neuschwanstein Castle Day Trip Local buses, trams, and subway tickets What to Bring Closed-toed shoes Camera Jacket (cold at night) Passport Identification for entrance into beer halls (i.e. driver’s license) Extra money Currency: Euro

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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 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  Transport 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 ** Boat Cruise along the Vltava River Clock Tower Bar Crawl Saturday Night  Traditional Czech Group meal (includes a three course meal and a beer)

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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

Three cities, two countries, one weekend. These three cities are a winter wonderland, perfect to explore at the beginning of your semester abroad. Get off the beaten path and check out the Eastern European hotspot of Budapest, where you can relax (and warm up) in the renowned outdoor thermal baths, heated by 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 19:00 Thursday night and arrives first thing Friday morning between 07:30 and 08:00.   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 • Szechenyi Thermal Baths Vienna- • Shade Tours Salzburg- • Sound of Music Tour  

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