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Grand European for 18 to 39: London to London

Duration
28 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,961

Really get to know Europe on this 10 country tour leaving from London. Within 28 days, you will experience the true multicultural flavour of this wonderful Continent including historic cities, Alpine mountain scenery, colourful canals, beautiful sandy beaches, crystal clear lakes and much more.


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 10 country tour of Europe starting point in London and hop across the English Channel to your first destination, 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.

Next it’s off to Switzerland and the typical Swiss resort of Lauterbrunnen near Interlaken for the next 2 nights. Here you should strongly consider taking the Jungfrau Railway to the highest train station in Europe. You will have amazing views of three mountains, the Eiger, the Monch and the Jungfrau.

Then it’s over the border back into France to Avignon in the south, once the home of Popes, seven in all. You can visit the gothic Papal Palace and see the unusual Pont d’Avignon. Overnight in Avignon.

Continue to the nearby impressive Pont du Gard, a 2000 year old Roman viaduct, 50 kilometres/30 miles in length. Later cross into Spain and the city of Barcelona, capital and largest city of Catalonia and Spain's second largest city. A tour of the city will include the Columbus Monument, Montjuic, the mountain top site of the 1992 Olympic Games and the famous and very unusual Gaudi designed church, the Sagrada Familia. Consider this evening a Flamenco Show. Stay here for 2 nights. The following day is free to explore Barcelona further. Definitely take in the colourful boulevard, Las Ramblas and also perhaps Parc Guell, another site for Gaudi’s ingenious designs.

We’re back in France again, this time on the Mediterranean’s Cote d’Azure. Stop in the resort of Eze for 2 nights, famous for the view of the sea from its hill top. Next day, first stop is a perfume factory for a tour and visit. Then heading east, arrive at the principality of Monaco and the resort of Monte Carlo, the second smallest country and yet, the world’s second most densely populated country. It is known for its casino, its yacht-lined harbour and its prestigious Grand Prix motor race which once a year runs through Monaco’s streets. Have a tour of Monte Carlo perhaps a fling at the Casino before returning to Eze. Over the border next into Italy and Florence known for its art collections and its beautiful churches and museums. Florence, your home for the next 2 nights, is famous for its history and was one of the wealthiest cities in its time. En route, stop in Pisa, the home of the famous Leaning Tower. 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.

Heading south, travel to the hill town of Orvieto in Umbria, one of Italy’s important wine regions. Afterwards, finish up in 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.

Venice is next, one of Italy's most beautiful and romantic cities with small, traffic-free streets mingled with the 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. The best way to get to know Venice is on a walking tour including visits to St. Mark’s Square, the Accademia Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs. A must is of course a vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal. Maybe take in a gondola ride on your own while here.

Leaving Italy, arrive in the Adriatic resort, Pag Island for 3 nights R & R (including the beach). En route will be an interesting stop at the Postonja Caves with their extensive amazing underground limestone caverns offering an intriguing 5 kilometre/3 mile train ride well into the cave.

After this break, head over the border into Slovenia and the city of Ljubljana which has been likened to Salzburg in Austria due to its charming mix of architectural styles found in the city centre. The historic centre, with its baroque style architecture, remains in tact. Enjoy a walking tour which includes Ljubljana Castle and the Old Town.

Depart from Ljubljana and travel to Lake Bled, a lovely lake exuding charm and scenery. Then cross over to Austria and stay in a resort in the Austrian Alps for 2 nights benefiting from not only the fresh air but the spectacular scenery.

The next stop is the Czech Republic and the city of Prague. En route, have a stop at the former Mathausen Concentration Camp. On arrival in Prague, a magical city of bridges, cathedrals, gold-tipped towers and church domes, have a walking tour which will include the imposing Hradcany Castle, the attractive Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square.

You will have a free day to explore Prague further including its medieval centre which remains a wonderful mixture of cobbled lanes, walled courtyards, cathedrals and countless church spires.
Next stop is Dresden, where you will have a walking tour of this city rebuilt to its former glory. Then continue to Berlin known for its arts scene, nightlife and modern architecture. On arrival, you will have an orientation tour which will include the Berlin Wall, Check Point Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building. The following day is free to explore this vibrant city on your own – there is no lack of choice.

Next head to 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. En route, stop at a Dutch cheese farm for a demonstration of how cheese is made. This will be followed by a walking tour of Amsterdam which will include the Royal Palace and Dam Square. The next day is special as you will start with a bike tour (what better way to join in with the locals). In the evening, enjoy a canal cruise including dinner for a different way of viewing the city.

Your final day brings you to the lovely city of Bruges with its immense character and a network of attractive canals. Have a walking tour here taking in the cobblestone streets and quaint bridges. Then it’s back on the ferry to your starting point, London where your extensive tour of Europe comes to an end.

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Duration
28 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,961

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Day 1

Paris Travel Day: London to Paris

All good things start with Paris. Meet the crew, grab some supplies and hit the road early in the morning as we jump across the English Channel. Pinch yourself and Instagram your first selfie before we kick off the trip with a driving tour and picnic next to the Eiffel Tower. Home to Coco Chanel, the Pompidou Centre and the Mona Lisa, Paris more than deserves its reputation as the European capital for all things culture, fashion and food. Now's your chance to find out why.

Included today: Driving tour of Paris and gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower

Meal Plan Dinner
Day 2

Paris

This morning: free time en Français. From the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay to the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées, you'll be sure to make a solid dent in your bucket list. Later on, you can stretch those legs on an optional bike tour of Paris, or simply roam the streets on your own. End your day with an optional Seine River cruise or a #throwback bohemian cabaret show.

Optional activities:
Traditional cabaret show
Seine river cruise
Bike tour of Paris

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Paris to Swiss Alps

Trade in Parisian streets for snowy peaks. Home to the highest point in Europe, 72 waterfalls and one of the largest nature conservations in Switzerland, Lauterbrunnen is obviously where we're spending the night. Urban charm has nothing on Swiss scenery. Upon arrival, chow down on Swiss cuisine at a local restaurant and hit the bar for a nightcap

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Swiss Alps

Scenic hikes and jaw-dropping views are on today's agenda. Go low key with a mountain walk or hop on board the Jungfraubahn railway for an optional visit to the Jungfrau Mountain summit. Fairy-tale villages en route, sky-diving out of a helicopter upon arrival (if heights don't scare you).

Optional activities:
Scenic excursion to Jungfrau ('The Top of Europe')
Skydiving
Scenic helicopter ride
Visit a Swiss watch shop
Tickets for the Schilthorn cable car

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Avignon Travel Day

Swiss Alps to Avignon, France. This afternoon welcomes you to Avignon, the former home of exiled popes (read: MTV worthy cribs like the Palais des Papes). Tonight: hit up a local bistro or gather for a makeshift picnic. Either way, be sure to pair your meal with some local Rhone Valley wine, one of France's finest reds.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 6

Avignon France to Barcelona

On our way to Barcelona, we'll check out the Pont du Gard -- a 2000-year-old Roman engineered aqueduct. When we get to the Catalonian capital, we'll take you on a driving tour to see the likes of Montjuïc (where the 1992 Olympics were held) and Gaudi's yet to be finished Sagrada Família. Later: let loose at an optional flamenco show.

Included today: Visit Pont du Gard, and Driving tour of Barcelona.

Optional activities:
Flamenco show

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7

Barcelona

Who needs the snooze button when you got a whole day in a city packed to the rafters with art nouveau, alluring accents and most importantly, tapas. Hit the side streets and alleyways of Las Ramblas, take in the eccentric work of artist Antoni Gaudi at Parc Guell or give in to your inner football tragic and kneel to the sporting gods at Camp Nou.

Optional activities:
Tapas tour

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 8

French Riviera

Get that selfie stick out as we roll on north along the coast to rub shoulders with the rich and famous at the world's most lavish waterfront property, aka the French Riviera. Swap your patatas bravas for hearty French cooking and get ready for tomorrow's adventures.

Included today: Visit a traditional French perfumery

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 9

French Riviera

Hit the beach with the paparazzi posse, or go wild in the designer boutiques in Nice's Old Town. Later: roll with the jet set on a guided tour and see how the 1% live (hint: it involves Ferraris and bathing in caviar). Feeling lucky? Hit the tables at the Monte Carlo Casino and make it rain (or not).

Included today: Walking tour of Monaco.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 10

French Riviera to Florence

Today it's up and onward to the renaissance romance of Florence. Take THAT shot at the Leaning Tower of Pisa before trucking on to the Tuscan hills. Ready to eat, sleep, repeat in the foodie capital of the world?

Included today: Visit Pisa and the famous Leaning Tower

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 11

Florence

Florence has more stories than Bilbo Baggins, more culture than a Shoreditch hipster, over 1,800 restaurants and it gave the world gelato. Get schooled on the Medici family, stroll the Ponte Vecchio (the only bridge not bombed in WWII) and get an in-depth tour of the city with a local guide.

Included today: Walking tour of Florence with a local guide

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 12

Florence to Rome

Today we're making tracks southward and downward, with a pit stop at the hilltop town of Orvieto. Then, it's time to give that bucket list a workout -- we're off to Rome! 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. Have fun.

Included today: Visit Orvieto, Walking tour of Rome

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 13

Rome

Create the ultimate Roman Holiday in one day with a whirlwind of Vespas, espresso, two-cheek kisses and pizza the way it's supposed to taste. Play 'I-spy' with two-and-a-half millennia worth of history. Want more? Then you could always shop till you drop on Via Condotti, head to Capitoline Hill for awesome views of the Roman Forum and Colosseum or just kick back in Piazza Navona for some dolce far niente (delicious idleness).

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 14

Rome to Venice

This morning, there's an optional Vatican City visit on the cards. Then: say ciao to Venice from across the lagoon as we check into our accommodation, have an Eat Pray Love-worthy relationship with an irresistible Italian (meal) and get pumped for living out our own version of The Italian Job tomorrow.

Optional activities:
Guided tour of the Vatican City
Get a personalised trip T-shirt or hoodie

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 15

Venice

You know it as The Floating City, but this place is actually sinking (slowly). Today we'll check out a who's who of Venice's usual suspects on a guided walking tour (ticking off the likes of St Mark's Square and Accademia Bridge), then jump on a vaporetto to explore the Grand Canal. If that's not enough, you can also hop on an optional gondola ride. Throw away your map in the afternoon and try to find the world's most epic little bookshop, Libreria Acqua Alta, or just go on a mission to find the perfect gelato.

Included today: Walking tour of Venice, Vaporetto ride

Optional activities:
Gondola ride

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 16

Venice (Italy) to Pag Island (Croatia) via Slovenia

First up: an optional round of stalagmite spotting at the beautiful (not to mention huge) Postojna Cave. This all-natural maze of tunnels and caverns was hollowed out by the Pivka River two million years ago. True story. Later today, your Pag Island getaway awaits.

Optional activities:
Visit Postojna Cave

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 17

Pag Island

You've got two whole days to relax and chill out in the sun. The water is warm, the food is awesome... and this island sure knows how to party.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 18

Pag Island

Eat, sleep, party, repeat.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 19

Pag Island to Ljubljana

Shoot one last longing look at Pag before arriving in Ljubljana (lyoob-lya-nah), the capital of Slovenia. Tonight, band together with your fellow and see the city come alive on an optional pub crawl.

Optional activities
-Ljubljana pub crawl

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 20

Ljubljana to Austrian Alps

Lake Bled is one of those names that keeps popping up in all those lists of amazing places. Find out why as we climb the Austrian Alps to the Sound of Music.

Included today: Visit to Lake Bled en route to the Austrian Alps.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 21

Austrian Alps

The snow-capped hills (Alps, really) are alive with the sound of carving. The mountains have shaped virtually all aspects of life here. Our optionals? We're glad you asked. There's skydiving, tandem paragliding, canyoning, mountain biking and even a mountainside dinner to keep you occupied. Or, you could just sit and stare at the storybook landscape like a lovesick puppy. Kirchdorf does that to people. You haven't really been there without a few sneaky selfies, right? Say edelweiss!

Optional activities:
Canyoning
Tandem paragliding
Skydiving
Mountain biking
Mountainside dinner

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 22

Austrian Alps to Prague

First, a visit to former concentration camp Mauthausen for a lesson in the resilience of humanity. Then, on to Prague. Get Insta-happy and seek out the John Lennon Wall, soak up some Czech history at the National or Communist Museum or get a taste of the quirky local culture at a marionette puppet opera (you gotta see it to believe it).

Included today: Visit former concentration camp Mauthausen, and a Prague walking tour.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 23

Prague

Another free day for the win. Snap a selfie at Prague's own Eiffel Tower, visit a miniatures museum, eat roast pork from one of the street vendors lining Old Town Square and wash it all down with a beer. As in, a really good beer. Prague, we love you.

Optional activities:
Local beer tasting

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 24

Prague to Berlin

Get acquainted with 800 year-old Dresden -- a city virtually destroyed in WWII and then rebuilt -- and check out the Frauenkirche before we make tracks to Berlin. Prep yourself for currywurst, absinthe and more hipsters per capita than anywhere else. We'll drive you around to see (what's left of) the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building.

Included today: Walking tour of the restored city of Dresden, Driving tour of Berlin

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 25

Berlin

Today, why not step out on an optional Third Reich walking tour for a local insight into what the city was like under Nazi rule during World War II? Kreuzberg is a hit for lunch. Afternoon suggestion? Have a picnic at the historic Tempelhof airport-turned-public park. Tonight: explore the city after dark on an optional alternative street art and nightlife tour.

Optional activities:
Third Reich Walking Tour
Street Art and Nightlife Tour

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 26

Amsterdam

Start dreaming of cheese, clogs and cheeky café stops as we roll through tulip and windmill dotted fields to Amsterdam. DAM, it's going to be a good day! Learn how cheddar and clogs are made, then get your bearings on a walking tour of the vibrant capital. We're talking the Dam Square, the Royal Palace and the National Monument, so get your cameras at the ready. For the perfect end to the perfect day, give in to temptation and grab a cone of hot chips with mayo. Mmm.

Included today: Dutch cheese and clogs demonstration, Walking Tour of Amsterdam

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 27

Amsterdam

Join 881,000 bikes and get your cycle on with an optional bike tour of Amsterdam's iconic canals, bridges and parks. Culture fiends, delve deeper with a visit to the Anne Frank House or the Van Gogh or Rijksmuseum. Still thirsty for more? Check out the Heineken Experience and indulge in a spot of beer tasting. What better way to toast the final night of your Europe Inspired adventure than with a cruise on the canal?

Included today: Canal dinner cruise

Optional activities:
Bike tour of Amsterdam

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 28

Amsterdam to London

After all the Amster-damage has been done, it's time to hit the road back to ol' Blighty. Soak up all the happy group vibes you can possibly handle -- this is your last coach ride with the gang.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2019: May 21, 28; Jun 4, 11, 18, 25, 29; Jul 2, 6, 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug 6, 13, 20, 27

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 27 nights' as indicated or similar
  • Meals as specified
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
  • English Channel crossings
  • Trip Leader + Driver
  • Activities as mentioned
  • Local guide in Florence
  • Topdeck On-Site Chefs
  • Farewell canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfares and airfare taxes
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional activities
  • Beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Optional gratuities for your guide

OTHER INFORMATION:

Group Size: Average 35, maximum 48

Food Fund: On this trip there is a compulsory Food Fund, which is shown separately on each trip page. This is paid at the time of booking. Unlike other companies, in addition to the listed breakfasts and dinners, Topdeck also includes many lunches on travelling days during your trip. Breakfasts are included every day (except on the first morning). Included meals will be a combination of those prepared by Topdeck On-Site Chefs, local restaurants and places in which we stay. 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.

Accommodation: Club trips host our most eclectic types of accommodation. While hostels make up the majority of your overnighters you could also stay in hotels or bungalows. The number of people to a room on Club trips will vary. For hostels (remember, the most common) you will have multi-share rooms and share with between 3 and 5 others while in hotels there will be twin or triple-shares (and the odd quad-room). Bungalows can be up to 4 people to a room. Please note: When staying on a Club trip, multi-share accommodation is single-sex and therefore couples should not expect to share a room.

No Tip Necessary: Your 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 designed exlusively 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.

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