Essential Europe for 18 to 39: London to London
- 12 Days
- 12 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 2,078
Sophisticated, historical cities, exceptional countryside and Alpine scenery are all part of this tour. You will visit 6 countries and 9 essential cities and resorts all very individual and different from each other. Why not immerse yourself in the unique culture of Western Europe.
This is a FUN experience designed for 18 - 35 year-olds. It is high energy and fast paced. It has a great balance of free time and inclusions. It is fantastic value with many inclusions.
Join your Essential Europe tour in London and hop across the English Channel to your first destination, the charming city of Amsterdam sometimes known as the “Venice of the North” because of its many beautiful canals that criss-cross the city, its impressive architecture and its more than 1,500 bridges. You will have a guided tour of Amsterdam which will include the Royal Palace and Dam Square. In the evening, enjoy a canal cruise including dinner for a different way of viewing the city.
Leave Amsterdam and head south to the wonderful Rhine River with its medieval castles and vineyards. Your overnight stay is in a true Rhine River castle.
Continue southbound arriving in Munich, the third largest city in Germany after Berlin and Hamburg. It is located in the south of Bavaria and is famous for its beautiful architecture, culture and its annual Oktoberfest beer celebration. Enjoy a walking tour of the city which will include the city centre with its four grand avenues, the Cathedral, the beautiful English Garden, larger than Central Park, the famous Hofbrauhaus, the Viktualienmarkt, a farmers market in the centre of the city and Olympic Park built for the Olympics in 1972.
Next cross over the border into Austria where you will spend a night in the Austrian Alps. The following optional activities are available – canyoning, tandem paragliding, skydiving, a bike tour and a mountainside dinner.
Venice is next, one of Italy's most beautiful and romantic cities with small, traffic-free streets mingled with winding canals, magnificent churches and palaces, lively squares, and interesting shops. It is made up of 118 small islands connected by more than 400 bridges over its 150 canals. The Grand Canal is like a main street cutting through the centre of the city. Get to know Venice on a guided tour which includes visits to St. Mark’s Square, the Accademia Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs. A must is of course a gondola ride through the canals.
The following morning head to the Eternal City, Rome for a 2 night stay, the Italian capital which boasts an unparalleled concentration of world class art and teems with restaurants, trattorias, pizzerias, cafés, bars, and ice cream parlours. Plunge right in with a tour that will include the Pantheon, Colosseum, the Spanish Steps and the famous Trevi Fountain. The next day is free so consider a visit to the Vatican City taking in the Basilica of St. Peter and Michelangelo’s amazing frescoes in the Sistine Chapel Then there is also the ancient Forum and the beautiful Piazza Navona to consider.
After Rome, continue north to Florence known for its art collections and its beautiful churches and museums. It is famous for its history and was one of the wealthiest cities in its time. An in-depth tour of Florence the next morning will acquaint you with the River Arno, the Ponte Vecchio and the Cathedral, commonly known as the Duomo. Included is a visit to a leatherworks.
Crossing over into Switzerland, prepare for more wonderful scenery en route to Lucerne. On a guided tour of Lucerne, you will see the famous Lion Monument, the Chapel Bridge, the Glacier Gardens and the Hofkirche plus of course Lake Lucerne.
Your final stop is in Paris, known as the City of Lights with its undeniable charm and fascination. Your first night of 2 here includes a night tour to really enjoy this illuminated French capital. The next day is totally free. Consider visits to iconic galleries such as the Louvre or the Musee d’Orsay. Perhaps take in the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysees. Or you can take one of the free bikes and cycle around Paris. Included today is a gourmet picnic under the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. In the evening, consider a cruise on the Seine for a different experience.
Sadly you return back to London where your Essential Europe tour comes to an end.
- 12 Days
- 12 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 2,078
Itinerary View Trip Map
London to Amsterdam
Meet the crew, grab some supplies and hit the road early in the morning as we leave London jump across the channel to Amsterdam. Join 881,000 bicycles and get local on a walking tour of the vibrant capital and see the Dam Square, Royal Palace and National Monument. Top it off with a dinner cruise on the canal. Then: check out what's beyond the red lights and mayo-dipped fries.
Included today: Canal dinner cruise, and a guided tour of Amsterdam.
Cheese lovers, rejoice. You can't walk five steps in Amsterdam without coming across a conveniently placed cheese store spruiking the finest selection this city has to offer. See also: mayo-dipped fries and red lights. Use your free day to stroll the vibrant capital and check out the Dam Square, Royal Palace and National Monument. Don't forget, a visit isn't complete without a 'cheesy' photo in front of the I AMSTERDAM sign.
Amsterdam to Rhine Valley
Medieval castles, vineyards and the mighty Rhine River are all up next today. Breathe in as we weave our way through narrow cobblestone streets and tunnels, and give Queen B a run for her money with your own 12th-century castle quarters. Besides its obvious appeal (fairytale views over the Rhine, anyone?) half of Germany's wine comes from here. Shame not to try some.
|Meal Plan||Breakfast and Dinner|
Rhine Valley to Munich
It's time to get to know the city where beer is officially considered a food. Your Trip Leader will clue you up on the Bavarian capital on a walking tour. Slide on your Lederhosen and have a royal Happy Hour experience (none of that craft beer nonsense here) at the 426-year-old Hofbrauhaus - the recipes here were passed down from Wilhelm V, the Duke of Bavaria.
Munich to Venice
100+ slowly sinking islands won't explore themselves. Get your bearings on a walking tour, then get hopelessly lost. Your GPS won't save you here. Soak up St Mark's Square before a quintessential gondola ride on the Grand Canal. Corny smooching not included.
Venice to Rome
Travel down the boot and make like Caesar (the emperor, not the salad) and work up a colossus hunger as you pass by the Pantheon, throw your two cents in the Trevi Fountain, sit on the Spanish Steps and visit ancient history's version of the Hunger Games set at the Colosseum. Tonight, you're in Disneyland for foodies.
Included today: Guided tour of Rome.
Create the ultimate Roman Holiday in one day with a whirlwind of Vespas, espresso and pizza the way it's supposed to taste. Count your blessings on an optional tour of the Vatican City to see how Michelangelo messed around and created the High Renaissance, then play eye spy with two-and-a-half millennia's worth of history. Shop til you drop on Via Condotti, head to Capitoline Hill for sick views of the Roman Forum and Colosseum or just kick back in Piazza Navona for some dolce far niente.
Vatican City tour.
Rome to Florence
Make your food baby sing as we roll into the land of hearty Tuscan cuisine and birthplace of gelato: Florence. Whip around Santa Maria del Fiore before tucking into amore on a plate. Then the evening is yours to stroll along the real-life watercolour of the Arno River, wishing you were a painter.
Included today: Tour of Florence with local guide, and a leather demonstration.
Florence to Lucerne
Prepare for more epic views as we head to the Lucerne to check out one of the sexiest lakes in Europe. Check out the famous Lion Monument, Chapel Bridge, Glacier Gardens and Hofkirche on a guided tour.
Included today: Guided tour of Lucerne.
|Meal Plan||Breakfast and Dinner|
Lucerne to Paris
Pinch yourself and instagram your first selfie at the guided night tour of the City of Lights. Home to Coco Chanel, the Eiffel Tower and the Mona Lisa, Paris has more than deserved its reputation as the European capital for all things culture, fashion and food. And you're about to find out why.
Included today: City lights tour of Paris.
This morning: free time en Francais. From the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay to the l'Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees, you'll be sure to make a solid dent in your bucket list. Then: hop on an optional bike tour of Paris or roam the streets on your own before our gourmet picnic at the Eiffel Tower. End your day with an optional Seine River cruise or a bohemian cabaret show.
Included today: Gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower.
|Meal Plan||Breakfast and Dinner|
Paris to London
Stuff your backpacks with macarons for the ride home. Then it's back on the carriage to ol' Blighty to start planning your next adventure. You will arrive back in London later this evening.
Included today: English Channel ferry crossing.
2018: Apr 3, 17; May 1, 15, 22, 29; Jun 5, 12, 19, 26; Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Aug 7, 14, 21;
Sep 4, 11, 18
- Meals as indicated
- 11 nights' hotel accommodation (twin share or double)
- English Channel ferry crossings
- Modern air-conditioned coach
- Trip Leader and driver
- Touring as mentioned
- Optional activities
- Meals not indicated
- All beverages
- Personal expenses
- Optional gratuities for your guide
Optional Activities: On all trips we have arranged extra activities that we think will enhance your travel experience, but you have a choice as to whether or not you will participate. These are not included in the cost of your trip. They are usually organised on a group participation basis and should be taken into consideration when budgeting your spending money. None of the Optional Activities on your trip are operated by Topdeck, nor do they form part of your contract with Topdeck for your trip. Topdeck arranges the activity as an agent of the local supplier. Should you participate in any Optional Activities your contract will be with the local supplier and their conditions will apply.
Accommodation: We endeavour to select a combination of good quality hotels that reflect the character of the local area as well as being as centrally located as possible, all the while striving to keep the cost affordable. Your trip will stay in a range of European hotels of 3-4 star quality. Please be aware that European hotel rooms, especially those in major urban centres or older cities, may be smaller than what you are used to in other parts of the world. Standards and ratings may also be different to your home country. Rooms are en-suite and either twin- or triple-share, depending on what you have booked. If you are a solo traveller, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex. If you are travelling as a couple and would prefer to have a double bed, please officially request a double room with your travel agent or Topdeck trip consultant. We never presume that two people travelling together are a couple, even if you share the same surname, unless informed otherwise.
Meals: Breakfasts are included every day in the hotel (except on the first morning). They are usually 'continental breakfasts', which are typical in most European countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink. It is rare to get a hot breakfast in continental Europe, though on some occasions there may be some hot food available as well. Included evening meals are in local restaurants or accommodation places, and are either two or three courses. In most cases table water is provided with the meals, and if you wish to purchase additional drinks you can do so at your own expense. If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent or Topdeck Trip Consultant when you book. But please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs, particularly in Eastern Europe. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.
No Tip Necessary: our Topdeck crew never expect tips themselves and will not ask for any; that's not what friends do! We also know how much tipping can cost you. So go ahead, spoil yourself with the money you will save by travelling with Topdeck!
Ages: These tours are exclusively designed for passengers 18 to 39 years of age.
TERMS & CONDITIONS:
Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.
1 May 2018