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Free & Easy Yacht Week
Croatia
Free & Easy Yacht Week

Stunning natural beauty, endless sunshine, and magnificently unique old towns decorating the coastline are reason enough for Croatia to be Europe's newest hot spot -- but a new summer activity has made it even better! Yacht Week. Seven glorious days and nights spent sailing through the crystal blue water of the Adriatic sea from one incredible destination to the next, all the while enjoying the dazzling views of Croatia. With the yacht being your home, there's ample time to chill on the deck, jump in the sea, swim to shore, have a siesta, play cards, soak in the sun, and party as much as you want because you're living on a YACHT!!! There's tons to do each day with optional activities galore, so chill or be active…whatever floats your boat! AMAZING food for Breakfast and Lunch is included on the yacht! We are always oohing and aahing over our meals. Dinner us up to you and the night brings a sizzling variety of good fun -- from cave parties to castle clubs to island fiestas, we live it up proper on our week on the yacht and all at nice agreeable Croatian prices! To make this trip even more epic, we begin it in Dubrovnik - or as some of you know it, King's Landing - which has got to be one of the most stunning and picturesque cities in the world. It's as if you're walking through a medieval past and charming future all at the same time.

The cherry on top of it all, is that we are time our July 10-day trip to end at the exact same time and at the same location that the Ultra Europe Music Festival begins. This festival is an optional extension to the trip, but if you so desire you can spend an extra 3 days at one of the biggest EDM festivals in Europe! Click here for more details on the 4-day Ultra Extension Trip!

FNEZ Yacht Info

Price includes cost of fuel and docking fees. NO sneaky hidden costs.

 
Free & Easy Yacht Week
Croatia
Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik - or as some of us know it, King's Landing - has got to be one of the most stunning and picturesque cities in the world, it's as if you're walking through a medieval past and charming future all at the same time. With the dazzling backdrop of the Adriatic Sea, strolling along Dubrovnik’s marble streets past its baroque architecture around the stone city walls will have you needing to take a seat and gather yourself to soak it all in. Luckily there is delicious food being served up all around the city with amazing views! There is history, both new and old, everywhere you look. Explore the museums or chat with some of the nice and also exceptionally beautiful local people and then when you’re ready take the cable car up Mount Srđ and truly grasp the magnificence of this wondrous city!

 
Free & Easy Yacht Week
Hvar Croatia Tour
Croatia
7-days on a Yacht!

Step aboard your home for the next week of your life, it has beautiful white sails providing shade over portions of its open sun deck, there is room for all your friends in cozy below-deck rooms, and it will whisk you away from the land down one of the most stunning coasts in the world - yes you have moved into a yacht! 14 meals are included, breakfast and lunch each day on the yacht, and the food is always AMAZING. Each day brings new wonders for the eye to see and each night brings a new party with new themes and sometimes even new people! Go ashore and party in a castle or on your own private beach, or stay out at sea and turn that sun deck into a d-floor and get buck wild with all your friends! Shake off your hangovers by jumping into the crystal clear water of the Adriatic Sea then dry off by lounging on the deck and relive the last night’s fun with everybody else getting out of bed. The journey continues as the yacht sails down the coast, along the shimmering cliffs with historic towns looming over them and one wondrous sight after another. Golden sunsets will close each day and complete that wonderful transition between days and nights, because there will be no dull moments on the 7-days you’ll spend living on a yacht! 

Click here for more details on the yacht you'll be living on!

 
Free & Easy Yacht Week
Croatia
Split

Sprawling across Croatia’s coastal mountains overlooking the shimmering water of the Adriatic, Split is an impressive place to arrive at by sea. Being the country’s second-largest city, it is thriving with activity and there is an exciting buzz surrounding the picturesque atmosphere that has seemingly existed for the thousands of year Split has been around. Explore the new and old streets, enter the gates of Diocletian’s Palace (from the Roman times) and inside you’ll find bars and restaurants and a festive feeling that speaks volumes of the vast timeline that people have been enjoying themselves in this very place. You are one in a long list of travellers that have made their way to Split over the centuries to gaze out over the Adriatic, sip a glass of wine, and indulge in many varieties of fun with the local people!

 
Free & Easy Yacht Week
Ultra Europe
Croatia
Ultra Music Festival

Ultra is a massive electronic music festival that originally started in Miami, and has since expanded to other destinations in the world including Korea, Chile, and South Africa and, of course, 'Ultra Europe' which happens annually in Croatia and generally has over 150,000 people attending the 3-day event. Top DJs from around the world play the festival and performances by Deadmaus, Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell, and David Guetta were just a few of the headliners from the 2016 event! This truly is one of the biggest parties in the world and, being that it is in Croatia, it's also priced very affordably compared to many other festivals around Europe. It’s a chance to be a part of something bigger than you that celebrates music, togetherness and unity across the globe…and of course you’ll have your new Free & Easy family by your side to make it just that much sweeter.

 
Lagos to Lisbon
Portugal
Lagos to Lisbon

In our opinion, Portugal is one of the most underrated countries in the Mediterranean. More popular destinations like Spain and Greece draw most of the sun-loving tourists, but Portugal is where you can really get off the beaten track and discover beautiful backpacker gems. We’ll start our 10 day trip in Seville, Spain of all places. One night of Spanish partying and then we’ll be off to start our Portuguese adventure in the beach town of Lagos. Portugal has over 800km of pristine coastline, and Lagos is one of the best backpacker destinations around. Imagine dancing the night away in one of the many bars, waking up to beautiful white sand beaches and then heading off for a day of epic surfing. Now that’s what we’re talking about! From there we’ll hop over to a village that overlooks some of the Algarve coast’s most dramatic scenery: Sagres! With its soaring cliffs and ancient fortresses sitting high above the ocean waves, you’ll feel like you’ve just stepped up to the edge of the world. With its laid-back vibe, vibrant nightlife and wicked surf, it’s the perfect place to live free. Last but not least, we will find ourselves in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. A postcard-perfect blend of cobbled streets, ancient ruins and beautifully crafted cathedrals; you will quickly fall in love with this city. The absence of open-container laws and cheap alcohol also means that a night on the town in Bairro Alto will introduce you to one of the most raucous party areas in all of Europe. Portugal has so much to offer, so strap on your backpack and book that ticket. The Mediterranean is calling!

 
Lagos to Lisbon
Spain
Seville.

Situated on the plain of the River Guadalquivir, which runs through the middle of the city and is bridged by lovely stone bridges, Seville is the largest city in Andalusia and contains not one, but THREE UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Many of it’s winding streets are lined with Bitter Seville orange trees that perfume the air as you stroll from one bar to another, tasting the delicious locals tapas on offer. Probably the most famous of Seville’s heritage sites is the Alcázar. Taking over 500 years to build, and a mix of Mudéjar and Renaissance styles, it was used to shoot many Game of Thrones episodes. Seville is the perfect place to end your perfect 10 days in Spain!

 
Lagos to Lisbon
sunrise cliffs and beach
Portugal
Lagos

One of the most popular cities of the Algarve region, and in Portugal as whole, Lagos will seriously take your breath away. Famed for its Ponta de Piedade shoreline, along this coast you will find some of the most magical beaches you’ve ever seen. Think weathered sandstone cliffs carved by nature into pillars, tunnels and hidden grottos, kissing crystal clear green and turquoise waters and an ultra blue sky. We know…it’s mind blowing. The town itself is renowned for its bars, restaurants and vibrant summer nightlife. Lying along the bank of the Rio Bensafrim, the old town’s pretty cobblestone streets and picture-perfect piazzas and churches are encircled by 16th century walls. From fabulous beaches, to lively parties and a ton of activities, you won’t leave Lagos disappointed.

 
Lagos to Lisbon
sun sand and surfboards sagres
Portugal
Sagres

Overlooking some of the Algarve region’s most dramatic scenery is the tiny village of Sagres. With soaring, sea-carved cliffs and ancient fortresses sitting high above the pounding waves, this is where you come to witness nature at its rawest and most fiercely beautiful; you’ll feel like you’ve just arrived at the end of the world. Wander through town and grab a coffee at one of its cheery cafes or a glass of Vinho Verde at a local restaurant. Looking for a little excitement? Sagres is home to some beautiful beaches with killer waves! Check out the glorious spot that is Praia de Mareta and sun yourself on the warm sand or grab a board and start paddling. With tons of surfers inexorably drawn to the town, you’ll find a laid-back nightlife and unobtrusively cool vibe, making it the perfect place to live free with your new Free & Easy friends.

 
Lagos to Lisbon
city view lisbon
Portugal
Lisbon

Ah Lisbon. Situated amongst seven lovely hills is the Portugese capital. This is a city where you can go from exploring azulejo-splashed architecture and sitting in little cafes...to drinking and feasting your way through raucous parties that keep you dancing until the sun comes up. No word of a lie, Lisbon has it all! Work your way through ancient ruins and beautiful cathedrals, hop on a tram and let it take you where it will, or head to Alfama and be greeted with the unique music of Fado. Lisbon is the perfect city to get lost in, with hidden gems tucked around every corner. Wine, dine and be merry!

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Free & Easy Yacht Week
Croatia
Free & Easy Yacht Week

Stunning natural beauty, endless sunshine, and magnificently unique old towns decorating the coastline are reason enough for Croatia to be Europe's newest hot spot -- but a new summer activity has made it even better! Yacht Week. Seven glorious days and nights spent sailing through the crystal blue water of the Adriatic sea from one incredible destination to the next, all the while enjoying the dazzling views of Croatia. With the yacht being your home, there's ample time to chill on the deck, jump in the sea, swim to shore, have a siesta, play cards, soak in the sun, and party as much as you want because you're living on a YACHT!!! There's tons to do each day with optional activities galore, so chill or be active…whatever floats your boat! AMAZING food for Breakfast and Lunch is included on the yacht! We are always oohing and aahing over our meals. Dinner us up to you and the night brings a sizzling variety of good fun -- from cave parties to castle clubs to island fiestas, we live it up proper on our week on the yacht and all at nice agreeable Croatian prices! To make this trip even more epic, we begin it in Dubrovnik - or as some of you know it, King's Landing - which has got to be one of the most stunning and picturesque cities in the world. It's as if you're walking through a medieval past and charming future all at the same time.

The cherry on top of it all, is that we are time our July 10-day trip to end at the exact same time and at the same location that the Ultra Europe Music Festival begins. This festival is an optional extension to the trip, but if you so desire you can spend an extra 3 days at one of the biggest EDM festivals in Europe! Click here for more details on the 4-day Ultra Extension Trip!

FNEZ Yacht Info

Price includes cost of fuel and docking fees. NO sneaky hidden costs.

Free & Easy Yacht Week (10 days)
Lagos to Lisbon
Portugal
Lagos to Lisbon

In our opinion, Portugal is one of the most underrated countries in the Mediterranean. More popular destinations like Spain and Greece draw most of the sun-loving tourists, but Portugal is where you can really get off the beaten track and discover beautiful backpacker gems. We’ll start our 10 day trip in Seville, Spain of all places. One night of Spanish partying and then we’ll be off to start our Portuguese adventure in the beach town of Lagos. Portugal has over 800km of pristine coastline, and Lagos is one of the best backpacker destinations around. Imagine dancing the night away in one of the many bars, waking up to beautiful white sand beaches and then heading off for a day of epic surfing. Now that’s what we’re talking about! From there we’ll hop over to a village that overlooks some of the Algarve coast’s most dramatic scenery: Sagres! With its soaring cliffs and ancient fortresses sitting high above the ocean waves, you’ll feel like you’ve just stepped up to the edge of the world. With its laid-back vibe, vibrant nightlife and wicked surf, it’s the perfect place to live free. Last but not least, we will find ourselves in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. A postcard-perfect blend of cobbled streets, ancient ruins and beautifully crafted cathedrals; you will quickly fall in love with this city. The absence of open-container laws and cheap alcohol also means that a night on the town in Bairro Alto will introduce you to one of the most raucous party areas in all of Europe. Portugal has so much to offer, so strap on your backpack and book that ticket. The Mediterranean is calling!

Lagos to Lisbon (10 days)

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IMPORTANT: If you are doing a combo trip and booking your own flights, please contact us to confirm the start and end point of your trip.

Free & Easy Yacht Week: 10 days in Croatia

Day 1-3 Dubrovnik
Group arrives. Dubrovnik, or as some of us know it, King's Landing, has got to be one of the most stunning and picturesque cities in the world. It's as if you're walking through a medieval past and charming future all at the same time. We’ll spend our first days of the trip exploring it’s epic city walls, the many walking tours of your choice, and eating the amazing Croatian cuisine. Board the Yacht. ** Please note our August trip starts in Split and ends in Dubrovnik **
Day 4-10 7 days on a Yacht
Step aboard your home for the next week! There is room for everyone in cozy below-deck rooms and you’ll enjoy the breeze and open sun decks as the yacht motors between destinations. Shake off your hangovers by jumping into the crystal clear water of the Adriatic Sea then dry off by lounging on the deck and relive the last night’s fun with everybody else while eating an amazing breakfast on deck. Lunches are also included, which will be served each day on deck together. Every day we will be at a brand new town to discover, including the world renowned clubs and amazing nightlife. Just be sure to be back on the yacht before we move on to the next town! Our stops include: Hvar, Mljet National Park, Korčula, Bol, Makarska, Omiš, ending in Split for one final night on the yacht in this stunning city. There will be no dull moments on the 7-days you’ll spend partying on a yacht! Group departs. If you are extending onto the Ultra Music Festival, we will be moving into a hostel in Split.
Day 10 Split
Sprawling across Croatia’s coastal mountains overlooking the shimmering water of the Adriatic, Split is an impressive place to arrive at by sea. Being the country’s second-largest city, it is thriving with activity. Explore the new and old streets, enter the gates of Diocletian’s Palace and inside you’ll find bars and restaurants and a festive feeling that is impossible not to notice. Stay on the yacht for the last day of the trip.
Day 11-13 Ultra Music Festival ** Optional Extension in Split
After the last night on the yacht, we’ll move over to a hostel in Split. Spend the days exploring Split and getting ready for Ultra! Grab your costumes, your friends and your party pants before entering the electronic music festival. Originally started in Miami, Ultra has since expanded to Korea, Chile, and South Africa and of course Ultra Europe, which happens yearly in Croatia. With names like Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Disclosure, Steve Aoki (and so much more!) from the 2014 event, it’s no wonder over 150,000 people attend the 3-day event each year. This truly is one of the biggest parties in the world, and being that it is in Croatia it's also priced affordably. On the last day, group departs.

Lagos to Lisbon: 10 days in Portugal

Day 1 Seville
Flights will arrive into Seville, Spain on the first day joining up for the last night of the 10-Day Spain trip.
Day 2-4 Lagos
Those who are not continuing on to the Portugal trip will depart from the group and we will hop on a A/C private bus to Lagos. Here we will spend three days exploring the stunning coastline, wandering the town and staying up way too late!
Day 5-6 Sagres
We depart for Sagres - The southwest coast of Portugal. Here we will be away from tourist hordes and be living a laid-back beach life. This is where the waves get good!
Day 7-10 Lisbon
Depart from the coast by A/C private bus and head to the capital city! Here we will have 3 days to explore, eat and drink and be merry! We will also have a day trip to the nearby historical town of Sintra.

To live Free and Easy is to live without busy, rigid schedules. Each destination provides some amazing activities, but we make sure that free time is there so you can take part in all of them or none of them, do as much or as little as you want. 'Take time, breathe it all in, no rush!'

More detailed information about what's included, destination information and activities are listed on this page.

Please note: The above itinerary is subject to change. A confirmed Free & Easy trip itinerary with exact routing will be provided at least 30 days prior to trip departure. 

IMPORTANT: If you are doing a combo trip and booking your own flights, please contact us to confirm the start and end point of your trip.

Epic Experiences you will have on this adventure

7 Days on a Yacht

Prepare yourself to live the dream for 7 nights on a deluxe yacht where you can work on your tan all day and party hard into the night at any one of the many mindblowing bars and clubs that Croatia has on offer. Everyday brings a new adventure and another sensational view as we navigate our way around Croatia stopping to swim, party, and enjoy the moment . From clubbing in a cave or a castle, to kayaking around Dubrovnik (aka Kings Landing), or getting the adrenaline pumping as you zipline your way down mountains, it's safe to say there is never a dull moment. With breakfast and lunch served on board and a bar stocked and ready to quench your thirst, the only things you'll have to worry about are whether to laze in a deck chair with cocktail in hand or backflip your way into the cool blue waters of the Adriatic.

Walking the Dubrovnik City Walls

Exploring the amazing city of Dubrovnik (King’s Landing!) is an awesome highlight of this trip. And it wouldn’t be complete without getting a first hand look at the old city from above while walking the city walls. Being nearly 2000 metres all the way around with steps up and down it’s winding paths, it’s not just a stroll through the city: it’s an adventure. It’s one of the best examples of fortification and defence in Europe and boasts a long standing lifetime of keeping Dubrovnik safe with no army ever breaching it during the Middle Ages. Those views though… You can see out into the Mediterranean one way, down into the old city another way, and out into the modern day traffic and roadways another way. It’s an afternoon with a slice of what makes Croatia special with it’s ever colliding cultures of old with new. The sights will leave you breathless. Or maybe that’s the sun and heat beating down on you in this country of nearly constant perfect summer weather. After the photo ops and success of making it all the way around, treat yourself with a slice of pizza, one of Croatia’s hidden specialties, and cheers with a cold brew to celebrate another amazing day discovering something new.

Exceptional Breakfast and Lunch on the Yacht

Prepare to be delighted. The food on the yacht in Croatia is UNREAL. 7 days on the yacht, breakfast and lunch included, that's 14 meals included on your trip! Score! Every breakfast is an amazing buffet spread with tea, coffee, juice, muesli, cereal, eggs, ham, fruits, veggies and much more! Wake up in Croatia like the Croatians do: by the ocean, eating well, feeling fresh. The 2 course lunch is always served to you, like the star that you are! We've been served homemade soups, local pastas, perfectly cooked veggies, fresh fish, exquisite meats, crunchy salads, delicious desserts, and it's always amazing. The food on the yacht is a huge part of what makes this experience so amazing. The crew cater to your every need, dietary restrictions and allergies are no problem at all (As long as you let us know beforehand! Don't worry, we'll ask you). Every meal is prepared fresh on the yacht, eaten next to your friends, and just as importantly, next to the bar. Grab a beer, grab a seat, enjoy your meals!

Cycling in Mljet National Park

Mljet National Park is the perfect place to grab a bicycle and go get lost. With paths ranging from paved roads to gravel hills, it’s an adventure that you will not soon forget. It’s best to pack a few snacks and a couple road pops because you won’t want to turn around and go back. The winding paths take you through the trees and around two huge salt water lakes, Veliko and Malo Jezero where you can hop off your bike and go for a float to cool down. It’s the perfect way to get your fresh air fix and reconnect with nature. And of course, it’s made all the better with your friends by your side. In the middle of the large lake is Islet Melita, a small island housing a former Benedictine monastery from the 12th century, which is now a restaurant. A quick boat ride over and you’re transported back in time with nothing to worry about except how amazing the world truly is. Mljet is a quiet area with a focus on chilling out and relaxing, so after a wonderfully full day, it’s time to bike back to the yacht for some back flips and well deserved lounging while watching the sun set on another beautiful day in the paradise of Croatia.

Party in an Outdoor Nightclub

Seize the Day at Hvar’s coolest night club. A hop, skip, and jump from where our yacht docks is one of the most unique club entrances of all time: a boat ride. First get on a boat taxi, filled only with people going to the same party as you. Second, watch as the coast behind you disappears and the island ahead of you becomes is illuminated by the night sky. Third, disembark from the boat onto the island. Lastly…PARTY! Carpe Diem boasts amazing DJs every night, great dancers, 4 bars, and best of all: it’s outdoors! Dance among the trees, party by the water, mingle amounst the rocks. Whatever your heart desires, you’ll find it at Carpe Diem.

Zipline the Cetina Canyon

Looking for that adrenaline rush on our 10-day Croatian adventure? We’ve got it. Ziplining in the Cetina Canyon is always a crowd pleaser, and it’s easily one of the most amazing ways to see the countryside. With 2100 meters of zipline across 8 different runs, you’ll be glad you said yes to this activity. The highest run is a whopping 150 meters above the canyon river so you and your friends can get the rush you’ve been craving! Straight off the yacht, onto a bus, and into the canyon. It’s that easy to defy the daily grind. Never look back, always say yes to something that scares you, and enjoy every day like it may be your last: travel meets adventure in Croatia with Free and Easy!

Kayaking in Dubrovnik

Epic Travel Alters Perspective… so get an altered perspective of the super cool coastal city of Dubrovnik. Skip the “normal” views and paths well traveled and get a unique tour of this amazing city along with the island of Lokrum, and be witness to a beauty that many travelers miss. The city was attacked numerous times, but has held its own and today still stands for our enjoyment. Grab your new TFFs, rent a few kayaks and get ready for a heck of an afternoon exploring the turquoise waters surrounding this ancient hold. With an amazing local guide to point out all of the best parts, you know you’ll be getting the best tour in town. But paddling is hard work! You’ll definitely deserve a cold one with your fellow paddlers on the pier after the adventure is over.

Discover Hvar’s Fortica

Discover a wild history on the island of Hvar. In 1282 the Venetians ordered the protection of Hvar by means of high walls and a strong fort. The Fortica was completed in the mid-16th century, and just in time at that. When Turkish armies attacked, the town sought refuge within the walls of the Fortica as their town burned. Today the Fortica welcomes newcomers instead of shutting out enemies and aren’t we lucky! Walk through town, the ancient Pjaca (the largest town square in Dalmatia Islands), and the 13th century walls will take you through beautiful gardens where a winding path brings you to the top of the city and into the Fortica for a view you’ll never forget.

Ultra Europe

Ultra Europe, a part of Destination Ultra--Croatia Music Week, is a three-day electronic music festival held at Poljud Stadium in Split. To mention only a few, headliners from the 2016 event included Deadmaus, Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell, David Guetta, and so many more! They included a ton of independent, up-and-coming acts for you to discover for the first time. Going with Free and Easy means you'll always have a crew that's as ready to rage as you are. Head in with your TFFs, grab a bite from one of many food stops (gyro, pizza, falafel, smoothies, so many choices!) and carb up before the night whisks you away. No need to leave your wandering spirit at the door since Ultra Europe boasts four unique stages: Main Stage, Resistance, Arcadia Afterburner, and the UMF Radio Stage for non-stop tunes to carry you late into the night. The energy on the grounds is palpable and it's impossible not to get caught up in the magic that is Ultra. This truly is one of the biggest parties in the world. It’s a chance to be a part of something bigger than you that celebrates music, togetherness, and unity across the globe and we can't wait to be there with you.

Surf an Atlantic Wave

Nothing compares to the feeling you get the first time you paddle into a wave, stand up as it breaks and ride the face of it – this is the incomparable feeling of surfing. When you get it right, you'll know, because you'll be more excited than the first time you had sex and probably more addicted to it, too! Surfing is arguably the most challenging sport in the world and requires you to learn much more than physical coordination. In order to surf a wave, you'll need patience, discipline, a lack of fear and an insatiable urge to have fun. There aren't many places in Europe that can post wicked surf scenes, but Spain and Portugal sure can! These countries have become known among surf aficionados for small towns with killer breaks. Ready, set, paddle!

Sip on Fine Wines…For Cheap!

The Mediterranean is home to some of the best-known wines in the world. The variety of climates spread across the Iberian Peninsula mean that both Spain and Portugal have very strong wine-making traditions…in fact Spain’s wine-producing dates all the way back to at least 3000 years ago! Not only that, but buying wines in these countries is CHEAP! It’s the backpacker’s paradise! Incredible wines for just a few dollars a bottle? Count us in! Whether you’re sipping on Portugal’s famed Vinho Verde, or trying a delicious bottle from the famous Rioja and Tempranillo regions of Spain, you are unlikely to have complaints. Looking to try something new? What about a fortified wine? Port and Madeira in Portugal, and Sherry in Spain are very well known and definitely worth a try. So let your inner wino out, save your dollars and start sipping!

Listen to Fado

A popular music genre traced back to the early 1800s, Fado is a form of Portuguese singing that is often associated with sitting with a drink in hand in pubs, cafes and restaurants. It is melodic and expressive in nature, but also profoundly mournful. The singer will express melancholy at the harsh realities of daily life, whether it’s of the life of the poor or the life of the sailor at sea, and the music is infused with resignation and fatefulness. They are often accompanied by 12-string guitars, violas and even 8-string basses. Fado is a very important musical tradition in Portugal, having made UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists, and lucky for you, you'll be able to hear it in the streets without having to try to hard. Fado isn't always a group activity, but if you find yourself near a cafe, slip inside and take a listen for a while.

Drink All the Sangria

Ah, Sangria. Does anything taste better on a balmy summer day as you sit chatting with friends on your porch? Well it’s even better when you’re chilling in Spain and Portugal with your brand spankin’ new TFFs! Spain and Portugal are the Sangria Capitals of Europe! Not only has Sangria been around in these areas for close to 2,000 years, but it’s also where you will find some of the cheapest, most delicious versions of this wine cocktail that you can imagine. So what exactly is Sangria? Traditionally it consists of red wine (although some people now make it with white instead), chopped fruit like orange, lemon, peaches and/or berries, a sweetener like honey or fruit juice, and brandy. It’s then left to sit in the fridge for as little as a few minutes all the way up to a few days! Thinking of ordering a glass of it? Forget it…order a pitcher. Some nightclubs even sell it by the 2L bottle. Now that’s hardcore. Whether you’re tucked away in a tiny café off La Rambla, or sitting in a beachside bar in Lagos, this wine-based specialty is sure to quench your thirst and lead to the best of times.

Explore the Magic of Sintra

Just a short drive from Lisbon, exploring Sintra is like walking straight into a fairy tale. Winding your way through gorgeous mountains, velvety forests rife with greenery, enchanted gardens and glittering palaces, this may be one of the most interesting days you have in Portugal. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the many towns found in Sintra’s rolling hills are dotted with beautiful lookouts and pastel-hued manors. We’ll take you on our very own Free & Easy day trip to this incredible locale, and we'll explore the multi-coloured Peña Palace. You'll then be free to explore the gardens of the Quinta de Regaleira, the National Palace, or whatever your heart desires! With so much to see and unexpected surprises around every bend, you’ll never want to stop exploring the beautiful side of Portugal.

Party in Bairro Alto

Crank it up! Welcome to Bairro Alto, the ‘it’ spot for a night on the town in Lisbon. A picturesque working class quarter during the day, nighttime transforms this area of town into a boisterous backpacker’s dream. The bohemian heart of Lisbon, wander through trendy traditional and international restaurants, intimate Fado Houses with the sound of music wafting out doorways, a variety of alternative shops, and all the bumping bars your little traveling heart could desire. The absence of open-container laws and cheap alcohol means that a night on the town in Bairro Alto will introduce you to one of the most raucous party quarters in all of Europe. Everyone here is bar-hopping across cobbled streets, regardless of age, background or lifestyle. And don’t expect an early night in. Throughout the summer the partying continues until early into the morning. So put your Portuguese party pants on and enjoy the novelty of wandering the streets with cold drink in hand!

Nibble on Bacalhau

Bacalhau is the Portuguese word for cod and, in particular, dried and salted cod. It’s the most popular base ingredient in Portuguese cuisine, with its history traced back to the 14th century and Portugal’s era of exploration. This style of preparation allowed cod to be to be kept on ships for years, and became a staple in the Portuguese diet with the discovery of huge cod stocks off the shores of Newfoundland. Doused in vast quantities of salt and dried under the scorching Mediterranean sun in order to maintain preservation, the cod is then soaked in freshwater for 24 hours before being needed (to reduce the sale level) and then added to a variety of dishes. While dishes with Bacalhau might be a little outside of your culinary comfort-zone, while in Portugal make like the Portuguese! You only live once.

Booze Cruise Along the Portuguese Coast

While Lagos might be the perfect place to lie on the beach all day, Free & Easy is adding a little excitement to your trip to Southern Portugal. How about the best booze cruise in the country?! Spend an afternoon gliding along the Portuguese coastline with your brand new TFFs! Lagos is famed for its Ponta de Piedade shoreline, with its weathered sandstone cliffs carved by nature into pillars, tunnels and hidden grottos, kissing crystal clear green and turquoise waters and an ultra blue sky. Top it all off with all-you-can-drink beer and sangria, drinking games, funnels, music, dancing and a whole lot of FnEZ shenanigans, and this will most definitely be a cruise to remember. Stopping here and there for a refreshing swim, we like to spend the day gawking at the stunning natural setting while throwing down and having a party fit for such a glorious sailing experience. Welcome to Free & Easy’s Portugal!

Lisbon City Tour

We will have our young local guide take us around the the best parts of the city, showing us all the fascinating buildings and explaining the history in a way that will keep you captivated and doesn't feel like history class!

River Rafting Croatia

Rafting in Croatia is an awesome way to spend an afternoon getting some refreshing outdoors time and stretching some muscles you might not be used to using. Nothing feels better than that dopamine after trying something new! The rapids aren’t too strong, so it makes for a relaxing, fun time floating through the forested river. Rafting is all about team work and following the instructions of your local guide who knows all the hidden gems, including a sweet cliff jumping spot and the slow areas where you can jump out and have a swim in the refreshing fresh water. Paddling together and working as a team has a way of solidifying a friendship, whether it’s with an old friend or someone you just met. Completing tasks and accomplishing something together is one of those surprising things you don’t always think will happen when you’re traveling, but when it does, it reminds you of the passion and spirit of the human race. It reminds you that there’s always room for more friends in your life, especially those willing to jump in a raft with you and navigate down a winding, rapid filled river on an adventure you took the chance on. Plus, you won’t be able to wipe the smile off your face once you reach the finish line! It’s a wonderful five hour adventure that will leave you wanting more.

Party in a Cave

Caves are a dark, mysterious place and can be pretty spooky, but when they’re filled with all your friends, illuminated by funky lights, and the air is filled with pumping beats then a cave is one hell of a place to party! Makarska, one of the stops on our yacht trip, will have us spending an evening of good fun in the beautiful club Deep. With the surprisingly spacious cave acting as the centrepiece with a dancefloor and bar, the rest is for you to explore. Deep is set right on the water, so choose your seat: on the rocks, in the water, by the bar. Either way, this unique experience is sure to be one of your favourites! Once the sun comes up, we'll emerge from Deep like bats to return to our yacht and keep the party going there!

Party in a Fortress

Are you ready for one of the best club experiences of your life? Enter through rock arches that have been standing since the 16th century, stare up at ornate ceilings yawning high above you, venture up dramatic staircases twisting to the next story of the fortress, grab a drink from the bar and get ready to spend all night partying in Revelin! World class DJs, trippy aerial dancers, and plenty of interesting spaces to dance and mingle in make this a night to remember! Once a Fortress used to reinforce the Old City of Dubrovnik, this is an epic setting for light shows, cage dancers, and you & all of your new friends! Now a museum by day, club by night, Revelin will be sure to ignite your imagination and remind you that this is the reason you travel: to discover the unexpected and revel in it.

Eat at the Time Out Market

Lisbon is already a magical place, but add in this eating experience, and you’ve got yourself a good night! The Time Out Market became the #2 must-see attraction in Lisbon within 8 months of opening. The market boasts 24 restaurants among other shops, bars, and even a live music venue, all surrounding an open concept dining area. Hard to picture? It’s basically a huge food court, but with award-winning food. It’s run by a group of magazine journalists who’s idea is: “If it’s good, it goes in the magazine, if it’s great, it goes into the market.” Everyone can go grab their own idea of a perfect meal, from traditional Portuguese food to Pad Thai, and everything in between, and meet up at the same table to enjoy it all. It’s also the best place to try Pastel de Nata, Lisbon’s famous custard pastry.

Accommodations and Transportation

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What's included in this adventure

Accommodation

  • Accommodation for the duration of your Free & Easy experience

Accommodation (Europe Trips)

  • Accommodation for the duration of your Free & Easy experience
  • Rooms will be a mixture of 2-10 person rooms throughout the trip

Transportation

  • All group travel between destinations
  • If you are doing multiple trips, all travel between trips is included
  • Return international flights and airport transfers*** (No surprise extra flight surcharges)

***Land Package prices do not include your international flight, airport taxes or transfers

Leaders

  • 2 knowledgeable and fun Free & Easy leaders
  • 17 years of trip leading experience
  • No commissions or gratuities required or accepted... ever!
  • Preparations guidebook
  • Trip Experience guidebook

Activities: Croatia (10 Days)

  • 7-days on a deluxe yacht with air-con cabin

  • Walking tour of Dubrovnik w/ local guide (your choice of "Game of Thrones" or "Historical")

  • Party at a cave bar in Makarska

  • Daily swim stops on Yacht including the "Golden Horn"

Activities: Portugal (10 Days)

  • Lisbon city tour
  • Sintra day tour (transport and palace entry included)
  • South Coast Day Trip (includes Benagil Cave and The End of the World)
  • Sangria Beach Day
  • Watch a sunset from the rooftop of a haunted hotel (don't worry, we do not stay here!)

Meals: Croatia (10 Days)

  • 2 exceptional meals/day while on the yacht - 14 meals total (meals in Dubrovnik and Split not included)

Meals: Portugal (10 Days)

  • Breakfast included during our stay in Lisbon

Optional Activities: Croatia (10 Days)

  • Rafting
  • Ziplining
  • Partying at Carpe Diem, an island in the harbour of Hvar
  • Bike in Mljet National Park
  • Dubrovnik city wall walk
  • Kayaking around Dubrovnik
  • A few bar entrance fees
  • Get your picture on the Iron Throne in Dubrovnik (Game of Thrones)
  • Cable Car Experience 
  • Lokrum Island Excursion
  • Fortress Hike in Hvar
  • Experience a DJ show in a 500 year old Fortress

Optional Activities: Portugal (10 Days)

  • Bar hopping - Bairro Alto to Pink Street
  • Experience famous Lagos nightlife
  • Lagos Booze cruise
  • Surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Listen to Fado music
  • Avoid being skinny with Portugese pastries
  • Ride a Lisbon streetcar
  • Go shopping in Baxia Chiado
  • Eat & Drink at the famous Time Out Market in Lisbon
  • Catch the sunset from a Lisbon viewpoint

Not Included

  • All meals and drinks (except those mentioned above)
  • Activities outside of the ones listed above (optional activities are not included)
  • Any Visa or Visa fees

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