This past week, the Bus2alps team has been all over the map and super busy with Spring trips! The Eastern Loop and Northern Loop Spring Breaks set off for a ridiculous 10 day journey through Europe’s top cities. In Munich, one girl proclaimed that the Eastern Loop was more fun than her wedding day will be. WE LOVE IT! The Best of Italy Spring Break trip also took place this past week, with American students spending their 10 day breaks exploring all that Rome, Florence, Venice, Verona, and Milan have to offer. As for weekend trips, a group of students from Ireland, Paris, Florence, and Rome all came together to experience the gorgeous canals, eccentric lifestyle, and funky vibes of Amsterdam.
Over in Barcelona, the city was blessed with amazing weather and the Bus2alps crew certainly took advantage of the city’s many beaches and got some sun. The Paella dinner at Dusk bar was delicious as always, and the unlimited sangria was a perfect pregame for the Nicky Romero concert at Bling Bling on Wednesday. Over in Rome, a group of over 30 students came together for an evening of delicious eats and good laughs at the Tony’s dinner organized by the Bus2alps Roma team.
The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, the sun is shining… It’s Spring Break season, baby! With Greece Island Hopping, the Eastern Loop, & the Northern Loop spring breaks coming up this weekend, the Bus2alps team is getting ready to show hundreds of students the best 10 days of their lives. Let the games begin!
As the days grow warmer, this year’s festival season quickly approaches. Since the turn of the millennium Europe has seen an ever increasing number of music festivals throughout the continent, representing all genres of music with the vast majority taking place in the warmer months between May and July.
Primavera Sound Festiva
One of the longest running music festivals on the continent is the UK’s Isle of Wright Festival. The inaugural Isle of Wright took place in 1968 and by 1970 it attracted over 600,000 people with it’s legendary line up that included Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and The Who. Today, while it fails to attract numbers like it saw with it’s 1970 lineup, the festival is still one of the larger ones in the UK and is recognized as an important precursor to the European festival culture that lives on to this day.
While the long tradition of rock music festivals continues to thrive with events like the Primavera Sound Music Festival in Barcelona and Germany’s Rock am Ring in Rock im Park, over the past few years Europe has seen a surge in music festivals committed to the ever emerging musical genres of house, techno and electronica. One of the first of these festivals was Sensation.
The first Sensation occurred in 2000 and was held exclusively in the Amsterdam ArenA until 2005. The original festival was a mix of electro-house and hardcore music but today the event has been split into two different events altogether: Sensation Black, which is comprised of all hardcore acts and the more popular Sensation White, that is devoted to electro-house. Since 2005, this one night show has been held in cities across Europe and the world and there are even plans for it’s debut in the United States sometime in the next year.
In recent years electro-house festivals have graduated from one night events like Sensation into multi-day events resembling the format of the original rock music festivals. One of the newest and most popular to adopt this format is Tomorrowland. This Belgium festival is 3 days long and includes a lineup of over 400 DJs including the likes of Avicii, Skrillex, and David Guetta.
So this summer, whether you were already planning on traveling through Europe for an extra few weeks or if you have to ask mom and dad to float you a few bucks for some additional “cultural activities,” try to make it to one of the continent’s many music festivals and take part in one of Europe’s newest cultural trends.
As you are about to embark on a semester in Europe, I am sure you are trying to decide what cities you most want to visit. It’s tricky. You don’t want to miss Prague, yet you are trying to squeeze in the Amalfi Coast and Munich. There is London, Paris, and Amsterdam, but you really can’t live in Europe for four months without seeing the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. So many cities, it almost seems as if four months is not enough time! Two years ago, I faced a similar problem. I was having the hardest time figuring out where to go next, but there was one place that I knew I for sure did not want to miss: Greece.
Feta cheese, olive oil and Mama Mia are a few of the obvious reasons that I want to get to Greece this spring. Island hopping in the Adriatic Sea while downing some traditional ouzo is how I plan on spending March, and I am excited for you guys to join me.
Just 58 days remain until the first Bus2alps Greece trip for the spring. Florence is a wee bit chilly right now and relaxing on a boat in the sun sounds perfect. We had a blast last fall in Corfu, but I think this spring will be even better. We have a sweet island lineup starting at the Pink Palace in Corfu, hitting up the oldest city in Europe, Athens, and finally ending up on the gorgeous island of Santorini (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants anyone?).
We have a long weekend trip over Easter weekend that hits up Corfu for 5 days, a Greece getaway for 7 days that is going to Corfu followed by Athens- which has my personal favorite walking tour in Europe, and an island hopping trip that adds the stunning island of Santorini for 10 days of bliss. At this point, missing out on Greece does not seem to be a logical option, and with so many trips- it will be easy enough to find one that works with your schedule.
Olive oil, beaches, and beautiful people, I want to swim across the Adriatic Sea right now. 58 days and several trips that will sell out, it only makes sense that you book your Greek vacation as soon as possible.
Spring break is almost upon us and here at Bus2alps we’re really looking forward to all the trips we have planned for you. From the awe-inspiring cities of the Northern Loop, to the beach and booze madness that is our Greece Getaway, and to the cultural awakening that is Morocco, we’ve got trips for all kinds of travelers.
If you haven’t booked your spring break yet, no worries as you are not the only one. However, now is the time to get on board. Trips are selling out fast. The last thing you want is to be left behind. So head over to our the Bus2alps website and check out all of the amazing spring break trips we offer.
Whether you want to lounge on the beach, stroll through museums, or camp in the Saharan desert, Bus2alps has got you covered.
Get your fill of sun and savings! Book two Bus2alps beach destinations and save 5% off your booking, book 3 and save 7%. Soak it up on the beaches of the Amalfi Coast, French Riviera, Croatia, Greece, Cinque Terre, Sitges, or Empuriabrava.
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The Northern Loop / Eastern Arc - March 3, 10, 17, 24; April 1, 8, 15
Point your compass North as you get to the bottom of the romantic, ultra-liberal, and post-communist spots of Northern Europe. Spend 10 days looping Europe’s hottest cities where you’ll dance with the Green Fairy in Prague, take in the alternative atmosphere of a city very recently divided at Berlin, soak up the eclectic vibe of Amsterdam, and be romanced in Paris. On this tour you will see everything that Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris have to offer. ‘Eastern Arc’ Trips departing Paris go to Vienna, Prague, Berlin, and Amsterdam.
Morocco Spring Break - February 25; March 4, 11, 15 18, 25
Experience the best of Morocco as you breathe in the smells of the famous souks of Marrakech and enjoy traditional local cuisine. Take in the sounds of the desert as you camp out in the Sahara. Try your skills at sand boarding and experience a camel trek over the dunes. Soak up the sun on the beach and enjoy fresh local seafood. Get ready for a spring break like no other.
Join the masquerade as you wander through this city of narrow pathways and canals. With up to 120,000 tourists crowding onto Venice’s streets and piazzas, Carnevale is one of the most famous of all festivals in Europe. Grab your mask and don’t miss your chance to visit this sinking city and all the grandeur it has to offer.
Barcelona / Las Fallas Festival - March 10, 17, 31 (Barcelona); March 19 (Fallas)
If culture and nightlife are your thing, then Barcelona is just the place for you! Bus2alps hooks you up with a private bike tour of the city, entrance to The Sagrada Familia Cathedral, FREE VIP entrance to the hottest clubs, with plenty of time check out this amazing city and to relax sea side. Join us in celebrating Valencia’s festival of fire, “Las Fallas”. At midnight, the street lights fade to black, the crowd goes wild and the sky lights up into a white hot dance of 350 flaming Ninots (decorative sculptures). Get ready to experience a combination of insanity, fun, tradition, and pyrotechnics.
Bus2alps Student Travel is riding all over Europe on award-winning trips for Spring 2011. Trips depart from Barcelona, Florence, Rome, Paris, Prague, London and more. Destinations include Greece, Amalfi Coast, Amsterdam, Berlin, Switzerland, French Riviera, and more. Ride with us at http://www.bus2alps.com
The spring 2011 semester has officially begun and the Bus2alps crew is geared up and ready to go. So, fasten your seatbelts becuase you’re in for the ride of your life! Our schedule this spring is jam-packed with non-stop action and fun. From skydiving to cliff jumping, to strolling some of Europe’s most historic cities, Bus2alps has got just what you need!
This spring Bus2alps has loads of new trips departing all across Europe, bringing together long-last friends from home studying in different cities across Europe. Students in Florence, Rome, Paris, Prague, Barcelona, London, Dublin, Amsterdam, Madrid and more will have the opportunity to join up for Europe’s best trips to places like Munich Springfest, Interlaken, Amalfi Coast.
Bus2alps is rolling into the semester with trips to: