The ‘world’s longest’ bus journey will involve visiting 22 European countries

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  • Published on March 30, 2023
  • Last Updated May 15, 2023
  • In Passport

The “world’s longest bus journey” will set out on its journey in August, taking 56 days to travel through 22 countries from Istanbul to London.

Taking a bus across the country for two months may sound daunting and impossible to many potential passengers. However, if you’re riding in comfort, and the bus in question is plush, with the two-month itinerary containing stops in 22 beautiful countries across Europe, attitudes could change.

That’s the deal with the newest product from Adventure Overland. Indian explorers are setting out on what they’re calling “the world’s longest bus journey.” In August, a group of up to 30 people will depart from Turkey and travel across Europe, en route to London.

Cities like Budapest, Bratislava, Prague, and Warsaw in central and eastern Europe will be included on this voyage. The bus will then head north through Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia before taking a ferry across the Gulf of Finland.

As highlighted by Forbes, scenic views of the Norwegian Fjords await travelers as the route climbs higher into the Arctic Circle, passing through Santa Claus Village and Nordkapp. As they travel southward, passengers will stop in Tromso, Bergen, and Oslo as they meander through Norway, admiring the Atlantic Ocean’s views.

On this leg of the journey, travelers might even see the Northern Lights. Before circling through western Europe, the route then continues through Scandinavia, passing through Stockholm in Sweden and Copenhagen in Denmark.

Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and France are visited during the final week of the journey before it concludes in London, United Kingdom.

A rough pattern of the route is one day of travel, then one day off. The bus travels between 95 and 675 kilometers on each day of the trip, or an average of 440 kilometers (about 273.4 mi) per day.

The 12,000-kilometer trip is advertised as “unlike any other in which you will experience varied countries, cultures, customs, climates, currencies, time zones, people, food, and above all, get to see the creations of mother nature, one kilometer at a time, from the comfort of your seat,” as noted by Travel Pulse.

After a three-year hiatus caused by the pandemic, Adventure Overland’s adventurous itinerary marks the company’s return to lengthy bus travel. An annual Road to London route, which took passengers through a number of nations including Myanmar, China, and Russia, was initially offered by the company. However, due to some of these locations being inaccessible to foreign visitors, Adventure Overland had to reevaluate its routes and developed the alternative offer of a bus to London, according to Thrillist.

The starting price is $24,300 per person, which covers lodging as well as breakfast, 30 lunches, and 30 dinners. Once inside, passengers can relax in what is being marketed as a special “luxury bus,” with features like lots of legroom, AUX and USB ports, trays, and cup holders.

Additionally, each guest is allowed two full-size pieces of luggage. If this grand European voyage sounds like an ideal getaway for you, all you have to do is make your reservation and look forward to the trip. The rest is taken care of by Adventure Overland.

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