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Spirit of Europe 2018 (24 Days, London to London)

Uncover the real spirit of this magnificent continent as you soak up the splendour of Western Europe and the lesser-known treasures of Central and Eastern Europe. From the charismatic canals of Venice and the glitzy coastlines of the French Riviera to the uber-cool bars of Budapest and the fairytale vibes of Prague, your holiday dreams will be well and truly made on this trip of a lifetime.

Inclusions

Walking tour of Amsterdam
Driving tour of Berlin
Walking tour of Krakow
Guided tour of former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau
Walking tour of Venice
Driving tour of Vienna
Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam
Walking tour of Bratislava
Walking tour of Rome
Visit Pisa & the famous Leaning Tower
Walking tour of Verona
Walking tour of the restored city of Dresden
Walking tour of Prague
Walking tour of Florence with local guide
Driving tour of Budapest
Visit a traditional French perfumery
Vaporetto ride in Venice
Dutch cheese & clogs demonstration
Walking tour of Monaco
Driving tour of Paris & gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower
23 Breakfasts
23 Lunches
23 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
24
Price From
AUD $3,482
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
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
02 Oct 201825 Oct 2018Fully BookedAUD $3,799 
09 Oct 201801 Nov 2018Fully BookedAUD $3,799 
16 Oct 201808 Nov 20181AUD $3,799
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: London, England to Paris, France
Spot French poodles on an epic driving tour as we roll into Paris. Pinch yourself and Instagram your first selfie before we dig into a gourmet picnic under the Eiffel Tower. Kick back under the Eiffel Tower and watch Paris sparkle. Ooooh you pretty thang! Included today: -Driving tour of Paris & gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower Meals: -Dinner
Day 2: Paris
This morning: free time en Francais. From the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay to the l'Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysées, you'll be sure to make a solid dent in your bucket list. Then: hop on an optional bike tour of Paris. End your day with an optional Seine River cruise or a #throwback bohemian cabaret show. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Traditional cabaret show in Paris -Scenic river cruise on the Seine -Bike tour of Paris
Day 3: Paris to Swiss Alps, Switzerland
Trade in Parisian streets for handsome peaks. Urban charm ain't got nothing on Swiss scenery. Upon arrival, chow down on Swiss cuisine. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -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. Expect fairytale villages en route and sky-diving out of a helicopter upon arrival (if heights don't scare you). And if one hulking mountain isn't enough? Another local feast awaits your return, regardless of how you make your way back down. 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 5: Swiss Alps to French Riviera, France
Don your fanciest attire and follow in Napoleon's footsteps downwards to the glamorous French Riviera. Try your hand at celeb spotting as you explore the world's most lavish waterfront property and take in some of the most Pinterest-worthy views in the world. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch
Day 6: French Riviera including Monaco visit
Bring your paparazzi posse to the beach or let loose among the designer boutiques in Nice's Old Town. Later: roll with the jet set as we hit up the Monaco for a walking tour and the chance to 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 Meals: -Breakfast
Day 7: French Riviera to Florence, Italy
This morning, swap your 'bonjour' to a 'buongiorno' as it's on to the renaissance romance of Florence. Take THAT shot at the Leaning Tower of Pisa before trucking on to Florence to eat, sleep, repeat in the foodie capital of the world. Included today: -Visit a traditional French perfumery -Visit to Pisa & the famous Leaning Tower Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 8: Florence to Rome
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. Included today: -Walking tour of Florence with local guide -Walking tour of Rome Meals: -Breakfast
Day 9: Rome including Vatican City visit
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 worth of history. Shop 'til 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 -Dinner Optional activities: -Guided tour of Vatican City
Day 10: Rome to Venice
Hark! Maketh haste to whence the lady Juliet was wod in Verona. 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 your own version of The Italian Job tomorrow. Included today: -Walking tour of Verona Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 11: 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: 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 of Venice -Vaporetto ride in Venice Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Gondola ride in Venice
Day 22: Berlin to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Cheese lovers, rejoice. Your next stop is a local Dutch farm to see how cheddar (and clogs) gets made. Next: Amsterdam, 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. Then: explore all that this notoriously liberal city has to offer. Included today: -Dutch cheese & clogs demonstration -Walking tour of Amsterdam Meals: -Breakfast
Day 21: 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 #picniconthetarmac. Tonight: hit the hotspots on an optional street art & nightlife tour of Berlin. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Third Reich walking tour -Street art & nightlife tour of Berlin
Day 20: 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 making your beard all the more ironic in 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 the restored city of Dresden -Driving tour of Berlin Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 19: 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. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Local beer tasting in Prague
Day 18: Krakow to Prague, Czech Republic
First up, a sobering visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Then onto Prague and its Disney-inspiring castle spires. Fuel up on trdelník (pastry deliciousness) before a walking tour amongst the spires and cobblestone streets. Sus 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: -Guided tour of former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau -Walking tour of Prague Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 12: Venice to Vienna, Austria
More stunning scenery out the window today as we cross from from Venice to Vienna. Wave hello to the President as we go past the Hofburg Palace. And because one palace isn't enough, we also take peek at the Schonbrunn. Three things you need to know about Vienna: famous musicians, grand coffee houses and, of course, apple strudel. Also invented the croissant. Sorry, France. Top off your day with a schnitzel if you can find one. Included today: -Driving tour of Vienna Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch
Day 16: Budapest to Krakow, Poland
Legend has it a dragon had to be smited in order for Krakow to be built (with a sulphur-stuffed lamb as bait). Explore Poland's beating heart - and the largest medieval town square in Europe - on foot. Buff up on history at Wawel Castle, feed the ducks amongst the bank of the Wisla and after dinner, slay a few glasses of mead. Included today: -Walking tour of Krakow Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Nightlife tour of Krakow
Day 15: Budapest
Free day = put down your Rubik's Cube and take on a city with enough baroque, neoclassical and art nouveau architecture to keep you puzzled for hours. Tonight, hang with the hipsters and drink local fruit brandy at one of the original ruin bars. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Dinner cruise on the Danube
Day 14: Vienna to Budapest, Hungary via Bratislava, Slovakia
Hungary for more? First a pit stop in Bratislava to get the lowdown on Slovakia's capital city. While checkin' out Bratislava Castle, see if you can spot the city's quirky bronze statues in the Old Town. Then, your house in Budapest awaits. A driving tour will get you down and Danube (that be the river) with twin cities, Buda and Pest. Check out Hero's Square, Parliament House, the National Palace, Fisherman's Bastion and swanky Andrássy Ave. Included today: -Walking tour of Bratislava -Driving tour of Budapest Meals: -Breakfast
Day 13: Vienna
Vienna is yours for the day. Walk the grounds of the Schönbrunn Palace or feed your brain exploring the Museum Quarter. Primp your pinkie for an optional Schnapps Museum visit to taste the local aperitif. Classical music fans, opt in for a night out to hear the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and Strauss at the Viennese Chamber Orchestra. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -A night at the Viennese Chamber Orchestra (dinner optional at an additional expense) -Visit a Schnapps Museum
Day 23: Amsterdam
Culture fiends, delve deeper with a visit to the 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 in Amsterdam Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Bike tour of Amsterdam
Day 17: Krakow
Today is free to do as you wish. Visit a centuries-old synagogue and discover the city's inner-hipster in the Jewish district and shop for Amber in the UNESCO-listed Cloth Hall. Your day, your choice. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 24: Amsterdam to London, England
After all the Amster-damage has been done and dusted, it's time to hit the road and make tracks to ol' Blighty. Soak up all the happy group vibes you can possibly handle - this is your last coach ride with the gang. #sadface. Meals: -Breakfast