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Spirit of Europe 2019 (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
Visit 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
Walking tour of Verona
Walking tour of the restored city of Dresden
Walking tour of Prague
Walking tour of Krak w
Driving tour of Budapest
Visit a traditional French perfumery
Vaporetto ride in Venice
Walking tour of Monaco
Driving tour of Paris and gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower
Visit Pisa and the famous Leaning Tower
Walking tour of Florence with a local guide
23 Breakfasts
23 Lunches
23 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
24
Price From
AUD $3,482
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
09 Apr 201902 May 201939AUD $3,482
16 Apr 201909 May 201948AUD $3,482
23 Apr 201916 May 201928AUD $3,482
07 May 201930 May 201942AUD $3,482
14 May 201906 Jun 201928AUD $3,779
21 May 201913 Jun 201948AUD $3,779
28 May 201920 Jun 201942AUD $3,779
04 Jun 201927 Jun 201943AUD $3,779
11 Jun 201904 Jul 201924AUD $3,779
13 Jun 201906 Jul 201945AUD $3,779
18 Jun 201911 Jul 201946AUD $4,076
25 Jun 201918 Jul 201921AUD $4,076
02 Jul 201925 Jul 201935AUD $4,076
09 Jul 201901 Aug 201946AUD $4,076
16 Jul 201908 Aug 201940AUD $4,076
23 Jul 201915 Aug 201944AUD $4,076
30 Jul 201922 Aug 201947AUD $4,076
06 Aug 201929 Aug 201937AUD $4,076
13 Aug 201905 Sep 201948AUD $3,779
20 Aug 201912 Sep 201929AUD $3,779
27 Aug 201919 Sep 201948AUD $3,779
03 Sep 201926 Sep 201940AUD $3,779
10 Sep 201903 Oct 201947AUD $3,779
17 Sep 201910 Oct 201947AUD $3,779
01 Oct 201924 Oct 201946AUD $3,482
08 Oct 201931 Oct 201947AUD $3,482
15 Oct 201907 Nov 201946AUD $3,482
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: London, England to Paris, France (or join in Paris)
All good things start with Paris. Meet the crew, grab some supplies and hit the road early in the morning as we jump across the English Channel. Pinch yourself and Instagram your first selfie before we kick off the trip with a driving tour and picnic next to the Eiffel Tower. Home to Coco Chanel, the Pompidou Centre and the Mona Lisa, Paris more than deserves its reputation as the European capital for all things culture, fashion and food. Now’s your chance to find out why. Included today: -Driving tour of Paris and gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower Meals: -Dinner
Day 2: Paris
This morning: free time en Français. From the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay to the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées, you'll be sure to make a solid dent in your bucket list. Later on, you can stretch those legs on an optional bike tour of Paris, or simply roam the streets on your own. End your day with an optional Seine River cruise or a #throwback bohemian cabaret show. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Traditional cabaret show -Seine river cruise -Bike tour of Paris
Day 3: Paris to Swiss Alps, Switzerland
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 where we'll be spending the night. Upon arrival, chow down on fondue and hit the bar for a nightcap. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 4: Swiss Alps
Scenic hikes and jaw-dropping views are high 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 skydiving out of a helicopter upon arrival (if heights don't scare you). Another 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') -Skydiving -Scenic helicopter ride -Tickets for the Schilthorn cable car -Visit a Swiss watch shop
Day 5: Swiss Alps to French Riviera, France
Trade in your gruezi for bonjour as we follow in Napoleon's footsteps down to the glamorous French Riviera. Try your hand at celeb spotting as you explore the world's most lavish waterfront property. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch
Day 6: French Riviera including Monaco visit
Hit the beach with the paparazzi posse, or go wild in the designer boutiques in Nice's Old Town. Later: roll with the jet set on a guided tour and 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). Also today: visit a traditional French perfumery. Included today: -Walking tour of Monaco -Visit a traditional French perfumery Meals: -Breakfast
Day 7: French Riviera to Florence, Italy
Today it’s up and onwards to the renaissance romance of Florence – but first, we’ve got a couple of pit stops. Have a look around a traditional French perfumery, then take THAT shot at the Leaning Tower of Pisa before trucking on to the Tuscan hills outside Florence. Ready to eat, sleep, repeat in the foodie capital of the world? Included today: -Visit Pisa and the famous Leaning Tower Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 8: Florence to Rome
Time to give that bucket list a workout – after a walking tour of Florence, we’re off to Rome! 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, 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. Have fun. Included today: -Walking tour of Florence with a 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, then play ‘I-spy’ with two-and-a-half millennia worth of history. Want more? Then you could always 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 -Dinner Optional activities: -Guided tour of the Vatican City
Day 10: Rome to Venice
Maketh haste to fair Verona, the place where Romeo and Juliet found love. Snap a selfie at Juliet’s balcony and join throngs of lovers leaving notes on the wall (or avoid the crowds and just marvel at the ancient arena). Then: say ciao to Venice from across the lagoon as we check into our campsite, have an Eat Pray Love-worthy relationship with an irresistible Italian (meal) and get pumped for living out our own version of The Italian Job tomorrow. Included today: -Walking tour of Verona Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Get a personalised trip T-shirt or hoodie
Day 11: Venice
You know it as The Floating City, but this place is actually sinking (slowly). Today we’ll check out a who's who of Venice's usual suspects on a guided walking tour (ticking off the likes of St Mark's Square and Accademia Bridge), then jump on a vaporetto to explore the Grand Canal. If that’s not enough, you can also hop on an optional gondola ride. 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 Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Gondola ride
Day 22: Berlin to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Start dreaming of cheese, clogs and cheeky café stops as we roll through tulip and windmill dotted fields to Amsterdam. DAM, it's going to be a good day! Learn how cheddar and clogs are made, then get your bearings on a walking tour of the vibrant capital. We’re talking the Dam Square, the Royal Palace and the National Monument, so get your cameras at the ready. For the perfect end to the perfect day, give in to temptation and grab a cone of hot chips with mayo. Mmm. Included today: -Dutch cheese and clogs demonstration -Walking tour of Amsterdam Meals: -Breakfast
Day 21: Berlin
Today, why not step out on an optional Third Reich walking tour for a local insight into what the city was like under Nazi rule during World War II? Kreuzberg is a hit for lunch. Afternoon suggestion? Have a picnic at the historic Tempelhof airport-turned-public park. Tonight: explore the city after dark on an optional alternative street art and nightlife tour. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Third Reich walking tour -Street art and nightlife tour
Day 20: Prague to Berlin, Germany
Get acquainted with 800 year-old Dresden – a city virtually destroyed in WWII and then rebuilt – and check out the Frauenkirche before we make tracks to 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. 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. 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 wash it all down with a beer. As in, a really good beer. Prague, we love you. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Local beer tasting
Day 18: Krak w to Prague, Czech Republic
First, a visit to former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau for a lesson in the resilience of humanity. Then, on to Prague. Get Insta-happy and seek out the John Lennon Wall, soak up some 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). Included today: -Visit former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau -Walking tour of Prague Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 12: Venice to Vienna, Austria
Prepare your retinas – there’s gonna be some amazing scenery playing outside the coach windows today as we make our way to Vienna. Don’t forget to wave hello to the President as we go past the Hofburg Palace! Vienna is famous for three things: musicians, grand coffee houses and, of course, apple strudel. Bonus fact: Vienna is also the home of 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 Krak w, Poland
Legend has it a dragon had to be defeated in order for Kraków to be built – bit tougher than the usual council approvals, no? Get acquainted with Poland's beating heart (and the largest medieval town square in Europe) with a walking tour. Buff up on history at Wawel Castle, feed the ducks from the banks of the Wisla and slay a few glasses of mead after dinner. Did someone say optional pub crawl? Included today: -Walking tour of Kraków Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Kraków pub crawl
Day 15: Budapest
A free day to take on a city with enough baroque, neoclassical and art nouveau architecture to keep you entertained for hours. Tonight, hang with the hipsters and drink local fruit brandy at one of the original ruin bars. Wanna go one step further? An optional dinner cruise on the Danube has your name on it. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Dinner cruise on the Danube River
Day 14: Vienna to Budapest, Hungary via Bratislava, Slovakia
Hungary for more? Before we hit Budapest, we’ll make a pit stop in Slovakia’s capital city, Bratislava to. While checking out Bratislava Castle, see if you can spot the city's quirky bronze statues in the Old Town. Then: a driving tour will get you down and Danube (that being the river) with twin cities Buda and Pest. Check out Hero's Square, Parliament House, the National Palace, Fisherman's Bastion and the swanky Andrássy Avenue. Then it's time to meet the major food groups: goulash, cabbage rolls and dumplings. 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. Not your thing? Then you could always primp your pinkie for an optional Schnapps Museum visit. 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: -Tickets to the Viennese Chamber Orchestra -Tickets to the Viennese Chamber Orchestra (dinner included) -Visit a Schnapps Museum
Day 23: Amsterdam
Join 881,000 bikes and get your cycle on with an optional bike tour of Amsterdam's iconic canals, bridges and parks. Culture fiends, delve deeper with a visit to the Anne Frank House or the Van Gogh or Rijksmuseum. Still thirsty for more? Check out the Heineken Experience and indulge in a spot of beer tasting. What better way to toast the final night of your Europe Inspired adventure than with a dinner cruise on the canal? Included activities: -Canal dinner cruise Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Bike tour of Amsterdam
Day 17: Krak w
After breakfast it’s your day, your choice. Our recommendations? Well, you could discover Kraków's inner hipster in the Jewish district or shop for amber in the UNESCO-listed Cloth Hall. If all else fails, there’s always pierogi and potato pancakes to keep you busy. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 24: Amsterdam to London, England
After all the Amster-damage has been done, it’s time to hit the road back 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