Can you pinpoint Andorra, Monaco, the Vatican, San Marino and Liechtenstein on a world map? Probably not – not without a microscope that is! These countries are not just small – they are absolutely minuscule. There are few countries in the world you can see completely after climbing a mountain, such as Liechtenstein. Although you can see all of Monaco after climbing a modest hill! And the Vatican is so tiny you can easily walk around the entire country in less than an hour – with room to spare to eat an ice cream.
How is it possible that these oddities on the map remained independent throughout history? Is it even possible for microstates with weird or archaic languages such as Monegasque or Latin to retain their own identity? Or are Andorra and San Marino in fact ordinary money-laundering schemes and tax havens?
Join us on our microstate road trip in the YPT Vengabus in which we revel in the Pyrenees and the Alps, explore the medieval towers of San Marino, the Necropolis of the Vatican and gawk at the lifestyle of the exorbitantly rich in Monaco.
We’ll all see Llívia, a Spanish (ahem, Catalan) exclave in France, the Camp des Milles concentration camp from the Vichy era, the micronation of Seborga which claims independence from Italy, the UNESCO site at Cinque Terre and the birthplace of Benito Mussolini – Predappio – as well as the Italian exclave of Campione d’Italia.
And if you think the itinerary couldn’t get more packed than that, while in Rome we will be paying a visit to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, the only country in the world that has no land!
|Group||Start Date||Finish Date||Cost|
|Group A: Andorra, Llívia (Spanish Exclave), France, Monaco, Seborga, Italy, Vatican City||6th April||12th April||€1595|
|Group B: Italy, San Marino, Switzerland, Campione d’Italia (Italian Exclave), Austria, Liechtenstein||12th April||17th April||€1495|
|Group C: Entire tour||6th April||17th April||€2895|
This tour is capped at 7 people for comfortable and sensible travel in our YPT Minivan, priority bookings will go to Pioneers booking the whole trip. If you are from a non-European country get in touch with us to check out the possibilities for you to join this trip.
Wednesday 6th April – The Netherlands – Antwerp – Andorra
Thursday 7th April – Andorra La Vella
Friday 8th April – Andorra – Llívia – Aix-en-Provence – La Turbie / Monaco
Saturday 9th April – Monaco
Sunday 10th April – Monaco – Seborga – Cinque Terre
Monday 11th April – Cinque Terre – Rome
Tuesday 12th April – Rome – Vatican
Wednesday 13th April – Rome – Orvieto – Montepulciano – San Marino
Thursday 14th April – San Marino
Friday 15th April – San Marino – Predappio – Feldkirch
Saturday 16th April – Liechtenstein – Feldkirch
Sunday 17th April – Feldkirch – The Netherlands
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
– Accommodation in twin share rooms
– Transport in the YPT Vengabus (Minivan)
– YPT Guide throughout and local guides in most places
– Travel to start and from end of tour
– Single supplement (€50 per night)
– Visas if required
– Lunches and dinners
– Drinks and personal spending
– Any extras on the itinerary
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.