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European Explorer 2019 (27 Days, London to London)

Starting and ending in London, this exclusive European Explorer trip travels from the snow-capped Swiss Alps and the sparkling Mediterranean, to the rolling hills of Tuscany and the waterways of Venice. #TravelEnvy, anyone? This ever-popular jaunt stays in varied multi-share accommodation and takes in the best of France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, and a taste of Greece just to name a few. Let's go.
Please note: this is a Gap Year trip and is only valid for travellers aged 17-20 years of age.

Inclusions

Walking tour of Munich
Walking tour of Prague
Walking tour of Amsterdam
Driving tour of Berlin
3 nights sailing in Greece
Walking tour of Rome
Walking tour of Venice
Guided tour of Monaco
Visit Pisa & the famous Leaning Tower
Walking tour of Verona
Vaporetto ride in Venice
Driving tour of Paris & gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower
Walking tour of Dresden
24 Breakfasts
24 Lunches
24 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
27
Price From
AUD $5,999
Start Location
London, England
End Location
London, England
Age Range
18 to 39
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
18-39
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
06 Jul 201901 Aug 201944AUD $5,999
10 Jul 201905 Aug 201917AUD $5,999
13 Jul 201908 Aug 201925AUD $5,999
17 Jul 201912 Aug 201927AUD $5,999
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: London, England to Paris, France
Leave London for dust as we jump across to Paris for a beauty smackdown. Brush up on your bonjours when you meet the rest of the group and wrap your lips around your first real French meal beside the Eiffel Tower. Dinner may leave you full, but it's just an appetiser. See the City of Light at its best as you embark on a driving tour and play landmark bingo with the Eiffel Tower, Champs Élysées and Arc de Triomphe. Included today: -Driving tour of Paris and gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower Meals: -Dinner
Day 2: Paris
A free day in Paris to partake in pastries, paintings and the Centre Pompidou! Bike along the Seine on an optional tour or just stroll around and drink everything in. Check out L'Éclair de Génie in le Marais (don't ask questions), get your obligatory Eiffel Tower #selfie then explore the world's largest grave at the Catacombs. Tonight, experience the razzle dazzle of a cabaret show, or hop on a boat down the river and crank the romance dial to 11. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Bike tour of Paris -Seine river cruise in Paris -Traditional cabaret show in Paris
Day 3: Paris to Swiss Alps, Switzerland
Tear yourself away from that baguette – the land of fondue awaits! Driving through the Swiss countryside is pure scenic bliss. Thanks, nature! Get your comfort eating pants on for an included dinner. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 4: Swiss Alps
Join the optional Jungfrau Experience, which takes you to the highest train station in Europe. Want more adventure? Up the adrenaline by skydiving out of a helicopter, then make time for some snow angels and hot chocolate. #HardLife. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner Optional activities: -Scenic excursion to Jungfrau ('The Top of Europe') -Scenic helicopter ride in the Swiss Alps -Sky diving in the Swiss Alps -Schilthorn cable car -Whitewater rafting in the Swiss Alps
Day 5: Swiss Alps to French Riviera, France
A scenic drive day transports us to the chic French Riviera, playground of the rich and famous. This beautiful stretch of Mediterranean coast in the south of France is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most fashionable areas. After checking into our accommodation, we’ll devour an included French dinner in a local restaurant. Bon appétit! Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 6: French Riviera including Monaco visit
Laze on the beach, swim in the Mediterranean Sea or stroll the Promenade des Anglais in Nice during our free day in the French Riviera. This evening we’ll make tracks to the glamorous principality of Monaco, where we’ll see the Royal Palace and sections of the Formula One Grand Prix track. We’ll also have time to visit some of the city’s famous casinos. Warm James Bond’s seat at the Grand Casino itself. Included today: -Guided tour of Monaco Meals: -Breakfast
Day 7: French Riviera to Florence, Italy
Prep your schnoz this morning – there are loads of fragrances to be sniffed as we have a look around a local French Riviera perfumery. Then, our adventure continues – onwards to Italy! This afternoon we’ll make a short stop in Pisa (make sure you grab a snap of the Leaning Tower) before we head through the Tuscan countryside to Florence. This evening we’ll chow down on an included group dinner. You can always work it off with a night out (if you wish). Included today: -Visit Pisa and the Leaning Tower Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 8: Florence
Florence has more stories than Bilbo Baggins, more culture than you can poke a stick at and over 1,800 restaurants. Get schooled on the Medici family, stroll the Ponte Vecchio and learn about leather (new handbag, anyone?) on a walking tour. This afternoon, track down a famous guy named David and take a look around the markets. Included today: -Walking tour of Florence with local guide Meals: -Breakfast
Day 9: Florence to Rome
We’re Romeward bound! But first, there’s a stop in Orvieto, where you can grab a wild boar sandwich. Afterwards we’ll hightail it to the Eternal City for a rendezvous with ancient architecture’s biggest players. 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 and sit on the Spanish Steps. Included today: -Walking tour of Rome -Visit the town of Orvieto Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 22: Prague
Channel your inner bohemian and seek out the John Lennon memorial wall to start your free day. Soak up some more Czech history at the National or Communist Museum, or get a taste of the quirky local culture at a puppet opera (you gotta see it to believe it). Snap a selfie at Prague's own Eiffel Tower, visit a miniatures museum and eat roast pork from one of the street vendors lining Old Town Square. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 23: Prague to Berlin, Germany
Get acquainted with 800 year-old Dresden - a city virtually destroyed in WWII and then rebuilt - and ogle the Frauenkirche before we move on to Berlin. Prep yourself for currywurst 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: -Walking tour of Dresden -Driving tour of Berlin Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 24: Berlin
Join the optional Third Reich walking tour for an insight into what the city was like under Nazi rule during WWII, go on a museum crawl (covering everything from the Ramones to DDR) or head to the zoo. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Third Reich walking tour -Street art and nightlife tour of Berlin
Day 25: Berlin to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amster-DAM it's going to be a good day! Start dreaming of cheese and clogs as we roll through tulip and windmill-dotted fields to Amsterdam. Get your bearings on a walking tour of the vibrant capital and see the Dam Square, Royal Palace and National Monument. Included today: -Walking tour of Amsterdam -Dutch cheese and clogs demonstration Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Day 10: Rome including Vatican City visit
Create the ultimate Roman Holiday in one day with a whirlwind of espresso, two-cheek kisses and pizza the way it's supposed to taste. Pop in on the pope with an optional tour of the Vatican City, then play ‘I spy’ with two-and-a-half millennia worth of history. 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). Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Guided tour of Vatican City
Day 12: Sailing in Greece
After disembarking, there’s a short drive along the rugged Greek coastline before we meet up with our flotilla of sailing yachts. After a demonstration from our skipper we head off into the wild blue yonder – sailing, sunbathing and swimming awaits! In the evening we moor and visit an authentic Greek taverna for dinner, where the food is delicious and the atmosphere is even better. Meals: -Lunch -Dinner
Day 11: Rome to Sailing in Greece via Overnight Ferry
We depart Rome and drive to Italy’s east coast today, taking in some gorgeous scenery on the way. Once there, we’ll board an overnight ferry bound for Greece. Take advantage of the restaurants, bars and communal areas onboard – plus there’s private ensuite cabin accommodation to ensure a good night’s sleep. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch
Day 21: Munich to Prague, Czech Republic
Today we move on to the Czech Republic and its beautiful capital Prague. A walking tour will allow you to take in the memorable Charles Bridge, Hradcany Castle, the Tyn Church and Wenceslas Square. Tonight: an included dinner and the chance to sample Prague's famous nightlife. Included today: -Walking tour of Prague Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 13: Sailing in Greece
A full day of sailing in Greece with our Topdeck buddies – it speaks for itself! Relax and forget your troubles as we sail around the Ionian Sea, taking plenty of chances to stop and have a dip. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch
Day 20: Austrian Alps to Munich, Germany
We leave Austria for Germany today. In Munich, a walking tour with your trusty Trip Leader will get you acquainted with the main sights - including Marienplatz (Mary's Square), the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) and the huge Frauenkirche (Cathedral of Our Lady). You'll also have time to uncover the pretzels, pork knuckles and the famous beer halls that make this place so great. Included today: -Walking tour of Munich Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch
Day 14: Sailing in Greece
After waking under the Greek sun we enjoy the final day of our sailing adventure. As the afternoon wears on, we return to our starting point. This evening, there’s an included Greek dinner at a local restaurant. Savour every moment – this is the final night we’ll spend on the yachts. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch
Day 18: Venice to Austrian Alps, Austria
Today we drive from the coast to the mountains on our way to the stunning Alpine region of Tyrol. At our traditional Gasthof, an included barbecue dinner awaits (which usually tastes better when washed down with a traditional Austrian Schnapps. Just sayin'). Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 17: Venice
A free day to explore extraordinary Venice – a maze of canals, bridges, squares and incredible artworks. An included walking tour with your Trip Leader will unveil some of the city’s amazing architecture, including the striking St Mark’s Basilica in St Mark’s Square, while a vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal will enable you to view the sights from the water. Want to amp up the wow factor? An optional gondola ride is the perfect way to see the city. Included today: -Walking tour of Venice -Vaporetto ride in Venice Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Gondola ride in Venice
Day 16: Greece to Venice, Italy
Upon our arrival in the Italian port of Ancona, we head north towards an absolute gem - Venice. Tonight, settle into our resort and savour a delicious meal cooked by our Topdeck Chef. Included today: -Walking tour of Verona Meals: -Dinner Optional activities: -Personalised Topdeck group shirts and hoodies
Day 15: Sailing in Greece to Venice, Italy via Overnight Ferry
Today we bid a reluctant farewell to the sailing portion of our adventure. Take the time to relax and top up those tans along the Greek coastline before catching another overnight ferry back to Italy. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 26: Amsterdam
Get on your bike and ride! Do as the locals do and join the 881,000 bicycles on an optional city bike tour to soak up the canal vistas before retreating with poffertjes and stroopwafels. In your own time, see how many of the city's 51 museums you can tick off. Must-dos: Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House (make sure to book this one in advance). Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Bike tour of Amsterdam
Day 19: Austrian Alps
A free day in the stunning Austrian Alps! We have the opportunity to partake in some adrenaline-fuelled optional activities today amid the amazing Alpine terrain. Options include canyon jumping, paragliding and even skydiving (weather and conditions permitting). Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch Optional activities: -Skydiving in the Austrian Alps -Tandem paragliding in the Austrian Alps -Bike ride in the Austrian Alps -Canyoning in the Austrian Alps -Mountainside dinner
Day 27: Amsterdam to London, England
Today we say farewell: it's back to ol' Blighty to start planning your next adventure. Facebook friends? Meals: -Breakfast