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Grand European for 18 to 39: London to London

Duration
28 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,459

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$ 3,459

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Day 1

Paris Travel Day: London to Paris

Day 1 - (D)
Meet the crew, grab some supplies and hit the road early in the morning as we jump across the English Channel to Paris via the white cliffs of Dover. Pinch yourself and Instagram your first selfie over dinner before we kick off the trip with a guided night tour of the City of Lights with your Trip Leader (aka living guide book). 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

Meal Plan Dinner
Day 2

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 it's time to 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
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). Another local feast awaits your return, regardless of how you make your way back down.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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 and Lunch
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Day 6

Avignon France to Barcelona

First up, we check out the 2000-year-old Roman engineered aqueduct Pont du Gard on our way to Barcelona. Get hungry on a guided driving tour, ticking off the Columbus Monument, Montjuic (site of the 1992 Olympics) and Gaudi's yet to be finished Sagrada Familia. Round off the day with churros and tapas, and feed your cravings for Catalonian zest at tonight's included dinner. Later, let loose at an optional flamenco show.

Included today: Visit Pont du Gard and a driving tour of Barcelona.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch 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.

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: Eze perfume factory visit.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
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Day 9

French Riviera

Bring your paparazzi posse to the beach or let loose among the designer boutiques in Old Town Nice. This afternoon, we'll hit up Eze for a first-hand look into the world of French scent making on a guided tour of a 16th century factory. Later, roll with the jet set as we hit up the Monaco for a guided tour and the chance to see how the 1% live (hint: it involves lots of fur and bathing in caviar). Finish off your evening by hitting the tables at the Monte Carlo Casino.

Included today: Guided tour of Monaco.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 10

French Riviera to Florence

You'll only have a few minutes to swap your 'bonjour' to a 'buongiorno' this morning and it's on to the renaissance romance of Florence. Take "that" shot at the Leaning Tower of Pisa before trucking on to the Tuscan hills outside Florence to eat, sleep, repeat in the foodie capital of the world.

Included today: Visit to Pisa en route to Florence.

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. Then: learn about the art of leather craft from the city that brought you Gucci.

Included today: In-depth city tour with a local guide, and a leather works demonstration.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 12

Florence to Rome

Southward and downward with a pit stop at the hilltop town of Orvieto to see the grand cathedral and dig into a wild boar panini. Then step back to 753 BC in one of the world's oldest open-air museums on an in-depth walking tour and give that bucket list a workout. Make like Caesar 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: Visit to Orvieto en route, and a guided 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. 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 (delicious idleness). Your Topdeck chef will feed you tonight

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 14

Rome to Venice

Say buongiorno to Venice from across the lagoon as we check in to our hotel, have an "Eat Pray Love" worthy relationship with an irresistible Italian (meal) and get pumped for living out your own version of "The Italian Job" tomorrow.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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Day 15

Venice

You know it as the floating city, but this place is actually sinking (slowly). Check out St. Mark's Square, Accademia Bridge and a who's who of Venice's usual suspects on a guided walking tour then jump on a vaporetto and explore the Grand Canal. Also on the schedule: a lesson in traditional lace-making and an optional gondola ride through the maze of marble bridges and gelato shops we call Venice. 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, a lace School Demonstration, and a Vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 16

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

Check out Postojna Cave and karst your eye out for stalagmites on the way to one of Croatia's coolest today. Set your watch to island time.

Included today: Visit to Postonja en route.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 17

Pag Island

Two whole days to relax and chill out in the sun. The water is warm, the food is awesome. Then later on, well, let's just say this island knows how to party.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 18

Pag Island

Sleep and repeat (and eat)

Meal Plan Breakfast
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Day 19

Pag Island to Ljubljana

Shoot one last longing look at the Pag before arriving in Ljubljana (lyoob-lya-nah) - capital of Slovenia. Jump in the Delorean (or the 70m funicular) and glance back to the Middle Ages on a walking tour - the Ljubljana Castle and Old Town here have been waiting for you since Celtic times. Tonight, hit up military-barracks-turned-bar-and-gallery-strip, Metelkova Mesto for a tea or vino with a side of live music and underground art installations on acid.

Included today: Walking tour of Ljubljana.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 20

Ljubljana to Austrian Alps

Lake Bled is one of those names that keep popping up in all those lists of amazing places; find out why as we climb the Austrian Alps to the Sound of Music. Take in the mountain air by foot, bike or goat (if you can get them to stand still long enough). With all the canyoning or mountain biking potential in these mountains, dinner will be calorie neutral.

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

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 21

Austrian Alps

The snow-capped Alps re alive with the sound of carving. The mountains have shaped virtually all aspects of life here. Skydive. Tandem paraglide. Go canyoning. Repeat. Or just sit and stare at the storybook landscape like a lovesick puppy. Kirchdorf does that to people. Tonight, tuck into weiner schnitzel and compare GoPro angles over an included dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
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Day 22

Austrian Alps to Prague

Begin the day with a sobering visit to the former concentration camp Mauthausen, then set the sat nav for the gothic city. Guinness World Record-setting (and Disney-inspiring) castle spires are Prague's way of welcoming weary travellers. Fuel up on trdelnik (pastry deliciousness) before a walking tour amongst the spires and cobblestone streets. Suss out the castle deemed worthy by Guinness World Records as being the largest ancient castle in the world, cross medieval Charles Bridge and watch 'Death' toll the hour on an astronomical clock that's over 600 years old.

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. Channel your inner bohemian and seek out the John Lennon memorial wall, then soak up some more 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). 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 drink beer. Good beer.

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 ogle the Frauenkirche before making your beard all the more ironic in 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 before making your food baby sing with a hearty German meal.

Included today: Dresden walking tour, and a Berlin driving tour.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 25

Berlin

Shake off last night with a wander around the German capital. Optional: Third Reich walking tour and local insight into what the city was like under Nazi rule during World War II. Hackescher Markt is a hit for lunch. Afternoon suggestion? Have a picnic at the historic Tempelhof airport turned public park.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 26

Amsterdam

Cheese lovers, rejoice. Your next stop is a local Dutch farm to see how cheddar (and clogs) gets made. Next stop is Amsterdam for mayo-dipped fries and red lights. Get your bearings on a walking tour of the vibrant capital and see the Dam Square, Royal Palace and National Monument. Explore all that this notoriously liberal city has to offer.

Included today: Dutch cheese and clogs demonstration, and a guided Amsterdam walking tour.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 27

Amsterdam

Join the 881,000 bicycles and get local on a city bike tour of Amsterdam's iconic canals, bridges and parks. Culture fiends, delve deeper with a visit to Anne Frank House, Van Gogh or Rijksmuseum. Still thirsty for more? Check out the Heineken Experience for an interactive visit and tasting at the brewery. Top it off with a dinner cruise on the canal.

Included today: Canal dinner cruise, and an Amsterdam bike tour

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 28

Amsterdam to London

With chocolate, waffles and beer at top of the national list of pride in Bruges it makes for a damn fine walking tour stop. Stock up on the sweet stuff, climb the 366-step belfry and nip the post-holiday blues in the bud before London calls with a serving of the local specialty - chips by the cone fried in beef and horse fat. Then it's back on the ferry to ol' Blighty to start planning your next adventure. You will return to your meeting point in London late this evening.

Included today: Bruges walking tour.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2017: Apr 18; May 2, 16, 30; Jun 6, 13, 20, 24, 27; Jul 1, 4, 8, 11, 18, 25; Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Sep 5, 12, 19, 26

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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