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Festive Escape 2018-19 (13 Days, London to London)

Relish a festive escape this Christmas with a brilliant getaway in Europe. Starting and ending in London, this trip makes its way through the winter wonderlands of Germany, France and the Netherlands. Shop in quaint Christmas markets, explore church towers and see Europe at its snowy best one magical Instagram post at a time.

Inclusions

Visit former concentration camp Dachau
Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam
Driving tour of Paris
Experience the Christmas markets in Cologne
12 Breakfasts
12 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
13
Price From
AUD $2,049
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
14 Dec 201826 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $2,049 
22 Dec 201803 Jan 201921AUD $2,299
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: London, England to Cologne, Germany
Meet your Trip Leader and cross the English Channel into Christmas market cheer. Fairy lights, Glühwein and a giant ice cream cone atop a shopping centre - what's not to love about this place?! You have four giant markets to choose from and the one in front of Cologne Cathedral attracts more than two million visitors per year. Prost to new friends over a welcome dinner then head out to see the largest Christmas tree in the Rhineland shine bright like a diamond. Included today: -English Channel ferry ticket -Walking tour of Cologne -Experience the Christmas markets in Cologne Meals: -Dinner
Day 2: Cologne
Take yourself to church - climb the 509 spiralling, stone steps for 360-degree views at the UNESCO World Heritage listed Kölner Dom. There's also 30+ museums to check out and one of them is dedicated to chocolate. Enjoy that sweet history then sort out dinner at the markets. Indulge in gingerbread, apple strudel and pork knuckle. Head to the Alter Markt for wooden market stalls and live bands playing all the festive favourites. Included today: -Experience the Christmas markets in Cologne Meals: -Breakfast
Day 3: Cologne to Paris, France
Big expectations? Paris won't disappoint. So much more than baguettes and berets, tonight's dinner will prep your tastebuds while a city lights driving tour will make your jaw drop. Yep, it's really that beautiful here. Included today: -Driving tour of Paris Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 4: Paris
A free day in Paris to get involved with pastries, paintings and the Centre Pompidou. Bike along the Seine on an optional tour or just flâner (stroll) around and drink it in. Check out L'eclair de Genie 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 to crank the romance dial to 11. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Traditional cabaret show in Paris -Seine River cruise -Bike tour of Paris
Day 5: Paris to Swiss Alps, Switzerland
Tear yourself away from that baguette - fondue awaits! The vistas out your window today are gorgeous. Unlike the Toblerone box, the Swiss Alps aren't all lined up perfectly, so we weave up through the breathtaking valleys and peaks to reach our destination. Grab your forks and prepare to cover everything in cheese at dinner tonight. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 6: Swiss Alps
Hop on board the optional excursion to Jungfrau ('The Top of Europe'), which takes you to the highest train station in Europe. The view is so beautiful it'll probably make you cry. Seriously. Want more adventure? Up the adrenaline by skydiving out of a helicopter, then head back down to earth for some snow angels and hot chocolate. Meals: -Breakfast 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 ride
Day 7: Swiss Alps to Munich, Germany
Leave the Alpine temperatures behind and warm up in Munich. It's time to get to know the city. Why not slide on your Lederhosen and get amongst it at the 426-year-old Hofbräuhaus - the recipes here were passed down from Wilhelm V, the Duke of Bavaria. Prost! Included today: -Walking tour of Munich -Dinner in Munich's famed Hofbräuhaus Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 8: Munich
This morning, pause and reflect with a sobering visit to the first Nazi concentration camp, Dachau. After a short journey back to Munich the day is yours. Climb the Frauenkirche tower, watch the Glockenspiel rattle off its Bavarian show tune in Marienplatz or jump on an electric bike tour to check out the city. Burn off that bratwurst by climbing the 92-metre, 17th century St Peter's Church tower. #views guaranteed. Included today: -Visit former concentration camp Dachau Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Segway or electric bike tour of Munich
Day 9: Munich to Berlin
Berlin, we're coming for ya. We'll drive you around to see the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building. Take notes of where you want to come back and visit on your free day here tomorrow. Included today: -Driving tour of Berlin Meals: -Breakfast
Day 10: 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 or head to the zoo. More culture awaits on Museum Island, with creative types and memorable meals available in the Prenzlauer Berg and Kreuzberg neighbourhoods. Tonight, no curfew at clubs = get ready for a night to remember. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Third Reich walking tour -Berlin Alternative Tour & Nightlife tour
Day 11: 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. End the night with a cone of hot chips with mayo. Mmm. Included today: -Dutch cheese & clogs demonstration -Walking tour of Amsterdam Meals: -Breakfast
Day 12: 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 wintery canal vistas before retreating with hot chocolate, poffertjes and stroopwafels. Take on the city's 51 museums (must-dos: Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House). 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 in Amsterdam Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Bike tour of Amsterdam
Day 13: Amsterdam to London, England
Today it's back on the ferry as we journey back to London. Start planning the next adventure. Facebook friends? Included today: -English Channel ferry ticket Meals: -Breakfast