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 minivan 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 micronation of Seborga which claims independence from Italy, the UNESCO site at Cinque Terre – 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!
This tour is capped at 7 people for comfortable and sensible travel in our YPT minivan. Due to the economic instability of current oil prices, if gasoline price will increase significantly we might ask for a small surcharge.
Wednesday 5th April – Andorra la Vella
Thursday 6th April – Andorra la Vella
Friday 7th April – Andorra – Llívia – Roquebrune-Cap-Martin / Monaco
Saturday 8th April – Monaco
Sunday 9th April – Monaco – Seborga – Cinque Terre
Monday 10th April – Cinque Terre – Rome
Tuesday 11th April – Vatican – SMOM – Rome
Wednesday 12th April – Rome – Sansepolcro – San Marino
Thursday 13th April – San Marino
Friday 14th April – San Marino – Campione d’Italia – Grüsch
Saturday 15th April – Liechtenstein – Grüsch
Sunday 16th April – Grüsch
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
– 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.