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European Pioneer 2018 (37 Days, London to London)

Join us on a European getaway that lets you experience the continent's best countries in just over five adventure-crammed weeks. From bustling Barcelona in the west to the beautiful Balkans in the East, and from ber cool Berlin in the north to the glitzy beaches of Greece in the south, this unforgettable trip will having you ticking off bucket list experiences, one group selfie at a time. Three. Two. One. Say, 'Topdecker'!

Inclusions

Dutch cheese & clogs demonstration
Walking tour of Prague
Walking tour of Amsterdam
Driving tour of Barcelona
Driving tour of Berlin
Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam
Visit the Pont du Gard
Guided tour in Athens
Paris city driving tour
Vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal, Venice
Visit former concentration camp Mauthausen
Gourmet picnic beside the Eiffel Tower
French Riviera perfumery experience
Local guides in Florence, Tirana & Dubrovnik
Local guide in Belgrade
See the Monasteries of Meteora (entrance not included)
3 nights in Paris
Walking tour of Rome
Walking tour of Venice
Driving tour of Vienna
Driving tour of Budapest
Guided tour of Sarajevo
Visit Pisa & the famous Leaning Tower
Walking tour of the restored city of Dresden
Visit the Srebrenica Memorial
36 Breakfasts
36 Lunches
36 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
37
Price From
AUD $5,597
Start Location
London, United Kingdom
End Location
London, United Kingdom
Age Range
18 to 39
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
18-39
Physical Rating
Mild
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: London, England to Paris, France
Spot French poodles on an epic driving tour. Pinch yourself and instagram your first selfie before we dig into a gourmet picnic under the Eiffel Tower. Food matters. A lot. In Europe, it comes alive. Complete your foodie mission on day one with a picnic under the Eiffel Tower. Kick back under and watch Paris sparkle. Included today: -Driving tour of Paris & gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower Meals: -Dinner
Day 2: Paris
More oh la la today. With Parisian charm crammed into every nook and cranny, make sure you hit all of the iconic haunts. Later, if you are in the mood for an optional cabaret show, let us know - we’ll sort it. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Traditional cabaret show in Paris -Scenic river cruise on the Seine -Bike tour of Paris
Day 3: Paris
Grab your baguette and go. Run, don’t walk. Another free day in Paris to soak up all those Frenchy vibes. Oui oui! Have you ticked off all the sites yet? If you haven’t gone fromage crazy just yet, hit up as many local food markets as you can. Thank us later. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Visit the Palace of Versailles -Food tour of Paris
Day 4: Paris to Swiss Alps, Switzerland
Roll up and out of Paris and onwards to the Alps. Aim, high and think epic peaks. #Jawdropping scenery ahead as we head to the Swiss Alps. Urban charm ain't got nothing on Swiss scenery. Upon arrival, chow down on Swiss cuisine and hit the bar for a nightcap. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 5: Swiss Alps
Scenic hikes and awesome 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. Fairytale villages en route, skydiving out of a helicopter (if heights don't scare you). Another local feast awaits your return, regardless of how you make your way back down. Then head back down 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 -Skydiving in the Swiss Alps -Schilthorn cable car experience
Day 6: Swiss Alps to Avignon, France
This afternoon welcomes you to Avignon, home to the magnificent Palais des Papes (aka one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe). Tonight: hit up a local bistro or gather for a makeshift picnic. Either way, be sure to pair your meal with some local wine. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch
Day 7: Avignon to Barcelona, Spain
First stop is the famous Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard. Then, enter Barcelona where tapas and sangria rule. Easily one of the best cities in the world, you lucky thing! First up: a driving tour of Barcelona to get your bearings. Uncover the food market gems scattered across Barcelona and satisfy your inner gastronome. Visit La Boqueria in Barcelona for a luxe open air experience. Tonight: shall we dance? Prepare for an optional flamenco show. Included today: -Visit Pont du Gard -Driving tour of Barcelona Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Flamenco show in Barcelona
Day 8: Barcelona
Next up, rowdy Gaudi. Free day today to tick off Park Güell or the La Sagrada Familia. At night, rumble on the Las Ramblas. Who needs the snooze button when you’ve 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 around Las Ramblas or give in to your inner football fanatic and kneel to the sporting gods at Camp Nou. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 33: Prague to Berlin, Germany
Rock and roll on over to 800 year-old Dresden before we meet with ballsy Berlin – fun, rebellious, fashionable and the very definition of cool. Get acquainted with a fusion of galleries and artistic reminders of why this city is so damn fabulous. 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 the restored city of Dresden -Driving tour of Berlin Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 32: Prague
You may have heard that the Czechs loves a pint. Prepare yourself for some of the freshest liquid gold going around. Not a fan? No stress, plenty of medieval finds and gothic spires to keep you entertained. A full day for street food, quirky charms and the most beautiful Old Town in Europe. Then, pocket a pork knuckle on your way home. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Local beer tasting in Prague
Day 31: Vienna to Prague, Czech Republic
On to the cobblestone streets of Prague. But first a sobering visit to a former concentration camp. Included today: -Visit former concentration camp Mauthausen -Walking tour of Prague Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 30: Budapest to Vienna, Austria
On to Vienna for some opera, apple strudel and possibly the best coffee in Europe. FYI - roughly seven square kilometres of vineyards surround Vienna - keep this in mind when sampling the local wines. Vienna fo’ sure know how to bottle those grapes. You can’t argue with that. Included today: -Driving tour of Vienna Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -A night at the Viennese Chamber Orchestra (dinner optional at an additional expense)
Day 9: Barcelona to French Riviera, France
Buh-bye Barcelona and onwards to the French Riviera. Before we arrive, we visit a French perfume factory to freshen up. New signature scent perhaps? A crash course in the sweet stuff, and then on to the red carpets and Rolexes of the Riviera. Get your glitz and glam ready. Included today: -Visit a traditional French perfumery Meals: -Breakfast
Day 11: French Riviera to Venice, Italy
Seek out Juliet’s balcony in Verona and wave before we push through to the canal-lined maze of Venice. Then, 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. Included today: -Walking tour of Verona Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 10: French Riviera including Monaco visit
Picture life in the fast lane as we cruise through dazzling Monaco (ticking off another country in the process). Get ready to sparkle sparkle! Glitzy and glam? You bet your fur coat it is. Feeling lucky? Hit the tables at the Monte Carlo Casino and make it rain (or not). Included today: -Walking tour of Monaco Meals: -Breakfast
Day 34: Berlin
Berlin is yours. 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. Next: currywurst is another MUST try. Curry what? Wurst – and don’t forget the name. Somehow the trendy Germans managed to make a sausage a ‘thing’. It’s legit. Tonight: hit the hotspots on an optional street art and nightlife tour. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Third Reich walking tour -Street art & nightlife tour of Berlin
Day 12: Venice
Venice; it’s all about the vaporetti, fine wines and getting lost. We’ve got a sinking feeling that Venice is the way to go today. Stomp along the canal bridges with a walking tour of Venice’s greats, before taking to the water on an optional gondola ride. How luxe! Later, head into St Mark’s Square, shoo pigeons and jump over the Rialto Bridge to find the best damn pizza before we leave tomorrow. Included today: -Vaporetto ride in Venice -Walking tour of Venice Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Gondola ride in Venice
Day 35: Berlin to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Welcome to the most liberal city in Europe. Fun times ahead. Cheese lovers, rejoice. Get your bearings on a walking tour of the vibrant capital and see the Dam Square, Royal Palace and National Monument. Thirty-two markets and 6,159 shops should keep you busy for a while. Walk away from this city with a dose of Amsterdam flair. Included today: -Dutch cheese & clogs demonstration -Walking tour of Amsterdam Meals: -Breakfast
Day 13: Venice to Florence
Shake and shimmy past Pisa and get THAT photo at the famous Leaning Tower. Selfie success? Okay great, now on we go to Florence. Get excited. If you think you’ve seen it all, think again. Allow us to show you the ropes with a local guide today and school you in the A to Z of Florence. Say ciao to cheeky David and strut along the Ponte Vecchio, gelato in hand. Included today: -Visit Pisa & the famous Leaning Tower -Walking tour of Florence with local guide Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 17: Athens
It dsn’t get feta than this! Orient yourself as you wander either solo or with company to tick off the Greek Parliament and Syntagma Square. Then, drop your jaw at the Acropolis. More of an urbanite? Take the rest of the day to get lost – you're free until dinner. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 16: Rome to Athens, Greece via Overnight Ferry
An Italian road trip today to meet our overnight ferry to Greece to the land of gyros and all things amazing. Play connect-the-dots with the stars or let the swell rock you to sleep as we ferry from Bella Italia to Greece. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 15: Rome including Vatican City visit
It wouldn’t be Rome without a visit to the Pope at the Vatican City (optional). Last chance to find the best pizza or pasta before we head off tomorrow. Top tip: Trastevere. Just go. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Guided tour of Vatican city
Day 14: Florence to Rome
Enter Rome where history was born and made. Handfuls of tourists flock to Rome each year – but with good reason. Prepare yourself for THE ultimate walking tour of Rome. Become an amateur historian in no time. Cross off some red hot ruins, oodles of obelisks and of course, the big ticket sights. Refuel on pizza and espresso shots – you’ll need it. Included today: -Walking tour of Rome Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 29: Budapest
Free day to explore this gem of a city. Top tip: goulash is a MUST. Hot and dangerous (in a good way) this dish is the definition of ‘Hungary’. Slurp your way through away a big ol’ bowl of slow-cooked meat and spiced goodness. Did we mention it’s ah-maze? Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Dinner cruise on the Danube
Day 18: Athens to Mykonos
Ferry over to Mykonos (aka 'that-island-with-the-cute-windmills’). Epic beaches, sinfully good local restaurants and a bustling nightlife, what's not to love? Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 28: Belgrade to Budapest, Hungary
Out of Belgrade and hello, twin cities: Buda and Pest. Rock around Budapest with an included driving tour. Check out Hers’ Square, Parliament House, the National Palace, Fisherman's Bastion and swanky Andrássy Ave. A bustling melting pot of opulent history and modern innovation, Budapest is fast becoming a favourite destination for nightlife in Europe. See for yourself tonight or roll into bed (we won’t judge). Pro tip: when night falls, hang with the hipsters and drink local fruit brandy at one of the original ruin bars. Included today: -Budapest driving tour Meals: -Breakfast
Day 19: Mykonos
Free day in para-para-paradise. Loving it up? Good, we hope so. Soak up those rays and make the most of 50 shades of blue. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 26: Dubrovnik to Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Roll out of Dubrovnik and into to Sarajevo, a city that’s still shaking off its tragic past. Make the most of historic Mostar – known for its iconic, medieval Stari Most (Old Bridge) – with a scenic pitstop. Explore one of Europe's most underrated cities on a guided tour, and then round off your day with Sarajevo's best, food-wise. Included today: -Walking tour of Sarajevo Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 25: Dubrovnik
Are you a kayaker or a wall sitter? Today, you can do both. Later, explore King's Lan... sorry, Dubrovnik. Check out the residential homes further up in the old town for awesome views and a local perspective. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Sea kayaking around the Dubrovnik walls -Game of Thrones tour
Day 24: Tirana to Dubrovnik, Croatia via Budva, Montenegro
Pit stop via Montenegro en route to Dubrovnik. Lots more stunning gets pushed past the window as we head up the gorgeous coast and make for the most famous walled city in Europe (see: Game of Thrones). Wander Dubrovnik's tiny cobblestoned streets and explore hidden cafés and shops before grabbing some dinner and checking out the glitzy nightlife. Included today: -Visit to Budva -Walking tour of Dubrovnik with local guide Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 23: Meteora to Tirana, Albania
Next stop, Albania for a glimpse of life in the former hard line communist state. Listen closely as a local guide shows us the ropes of Tirana. Included today: -Driving of Tirana with local guide Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 22: Athens to Meteora
Leave your fear of heights in Athens. We're driving to Meteora, a city perched on the nail biting cliffs of Thessaly (Google it). Later, round up the day with good friends, good food and some FaceTiming. Included today: -Visit the cliffside monasteries of Meteora (entry not included) Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 21: Mykonos to Athens
Another ferry returns us to Athens for a second dose of ancient vibes. Pay attention as we take you on a driving tour through Athens. Included today: -Driving tour of Athens Meals: -Breakfast
Day 20: Mykonos
Another day of loving life. And loving the turquoise water. Loving more swimming. More chalky villages, skyblue churches and laze-worthy beaches on the horizon. Pro tip: grub it up in for the best restaurants and bars. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 36: Amsterdam
Did you sneak a peek last night in the Red Light District? Freshen up and make your own way around the city. Also, take note of art EVERYWHERE. Try walking a block without bumping into a masterpiece. Grab some Dutch fries and finish on a high - farewell dinner cruise tonight. Start swapping those phone numbers. Included today: -Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Bike tour of Amsterdam
Day 27: Sarajevo Belgrade, Serbia
Gritty but charming Belgrade is up next. Remains of chaos still linger in the city, see for yourself a unique mix of glasnost and capitalism. Honour the victims of the 1995 genocide at the haunting Srebrenica Genocide Memorial, a sober reminder of the greatest atrocity on European soil since the Second World War. Included today: -Walking tour of Belgrade -Visit the Srebrenica memorial Meals: -Breakfast
Day 37: Amsterdam to London, England
Love and leave Amsterdam this morning as we ferry back to London. Meals: -Breakfast