This £20,000 coach trip could be the adventure of a lifetime – but could you last the full 56 days on the road?
While the itinerary caters to big-hitting bucket lists, one of the things that struck us about the trip is the chance to appreciate some underrated European destinations that could otherwise slip off the radar.
A foray into Slovenia’s capital – and one of the continent’s greenest cities – Ljubljana, a jam-packed day in Zagreb riding the shortest funicular in the world, and a scenic drive on the Atlantic Ocean Road taking in Nordic cities Fauske, Trondheim and Ålesund are some of the more exciting inclusions.
On a trip like this, timing is everything. August in Istanbul is a sweltering, sun-drenched affair, while the winter season on Europe’s northernmost point can start as early as the start of September. Perfectly timed, then, to witness the phantasmagoric spectacle of the Aurora Borealis – more commonly known as the northern lights. Looking to the night skies in search of the natural phenomenon, it’s likely any passive-aggressive seat recliners or devourers of pungent onboard snacks may be entirely forgiven.
Other highlights include taking to the water on a wooden boat in Tromso, a peek around Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, Finland, and a finger-licking few days sampling Baltic cuisine in Riga and Tallinn.
Provided you don’t spend the 55 days before this agitating fellow adventures enough to get thrown overboard, the ferry across the English Channel marks the final leg of a journey before a chance to experience the world-class restaurants, West End entertainment and extraordinary hotels of London.
This intense continental journey is navigated aboard a specially designed coach. Reclining, adjustable seats should offer ample legroom, plus there are individual entertainment systems with AUX and USB ports, fold-down trays for mealtimes on the go or working on the road, and enough room for two full-size suitcases per person.
Breakfast each day, 30 lunches, and 30 suppers are included, as are all hotel stays, English-speaking guides in each country, all required permits and taxes, and snacks for refuelling on the road. Alcoholic beverages, international flights and transfers, travel insurance, and select meals and activities are not covered.
The cost of the once-in-a-lifetime escapade? 2,000,000 Indian Rupees – equivalent to under £20,000 at the time of publishing. Would you be tempted to splash the cash? And could you survive more than 50 days on a coach with strangers?
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