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Summer Compass 2019 (25 Days, London to London)

Spin the compass and let us take you along the vibrant path from London to some of the most popular regions in Europe. We're talking culture, history and food (and lots of it) as we wander through France, Spain, Italy, the Vatican City, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Lucky you! It's going to be an incredible adventure. Jump on and get excited.

Inclusions

Walking tour of Valencia
Walking tour of Amsterdam
Driving tour of Madrid
Walking tour of Venice
Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam
Walking tour of Rome
Walking tour of Verona
Walking tour of Marseille
Bordeaux winery experience
Driving tour of Barcelona
Vaporetto ride in Venice
Walking tour of San Sebasti n
Visit the Loire Valley
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
25
Price From
AUD $3,842
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 May 201902 Jun 201939AUD $3,842
06 Jun 201930 Jun 201940AUD $4,076
20 Jun 201914 Jul 201935AUD $4,319
04 Jul 201928 Jul 201943AUD $4,319
18 Jul 201911 Aug 201942AUD $4,319
01 Aug 201925 Aug 201945AUD $4,319
15 Aug 201908 Sep 201943AUD $4,076
29 Aug 201922 Sep 201946AUD $4,076
12 Sep 201906 Oct 201948AUD $4,076
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: London, England to Paris, France
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 Bordeaux
Today we roll on to Bordeaux, where half the city is UNESCO World Heritage-listed and vineyards reign supreme. Take an optional stroll around Château de Chambord, the largest château in the Loire Valley, and learn why French Renaissance architecture is famous around the world. Included today: -Visit the Loire Valley Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch Optional activities: -Entry to Château de Chambord
Day 4: Bordeaux
Home to over 9,000 wine producers, Bordeaux fo’ sure knows how to wine and dine. Date night, anyone? See how many grapes you can squeeze into one day. Next up: hit the streets and raise a glass to the winemakers at happy hour. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 5: Bordeaux to San Sebasti n, Spain
Wake up and roll out of bed – it’s wine o’clock somewhere in the world! This morning, learn the A to Z of the grape-y stuff with an included tasting. Tip: pick up some bottles to send home (your future self will thank you). Before you know it, we’ll be eating pintxos and tapas x 100 in San Sebastián. All. The. Food. Included today: -Bordeaux winery tour and tasting -Walking tour of San Sebastián Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 6: San Sebasti n
Did someone say beach day? Hit up the Old Town before you catch some rays - and don't miss the chance to join an optional surfing lesson. Shaka like a Spaniard and show off those new found skills! Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Surfing lesson
Day 7: San Sebasti n to Madrid
Today we head inland to the capital. Madrid is home to Spanish masterpieces (Picasso and Dalí, anyone?) and buzzing nightlife. Spend a spare moment exploring the Royal Palace, Plaza de España, Reina Sofia and all the architectural delights this city has to offer. Need more? Don't miss the Prado Museum, the botanical gardens and the home of Real Madrid FC. Included today: -Driving tour of Madrid Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 8: Madrid
Hot foot it along the Gran Vía to Plaza Mayor. Before you go, don’t miss a visit to the Chocolatería San Ginés – serving some hot dayum churros since 1894. In the mood for chills? Kick back and relax in the Malasaña and Chueca neighbourhoods . Shopping fiends will be well catered for in the Salamanca district. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Food tour of Madrid
Day 21: 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 Optional activities: -Scenic excursion to Jungfrau ('The Top of Europe') -Skydiving -Scenic helicopter ride -White Water Rafting on River Lütschine
Day 22: Swiss Alps to Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Roll yourself down the Alps towards Luxembourg, one of the world's top three nations in terms of both wealth AND wine consumption (they know what’s up). This city might be small, but it packs a punch. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 23: Luxembourg City 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 9: Madrid to Valencia
Put down that calamari sandwich and head to Valencia. More food. Some argue Valencia is THE home of paella, but we’ll leave that for the Spaniards to battle out. Included today: -Walking tour of Valencia Meals: -Breakfast
Day 11: Barcelona
What do you want to do today? Well, you could hit the side streets and alleyways of Las Ramblas, go boho in the Gracia neighborhood, go Gaudí at Parc Güell or give in to your inner football fanatic and kneel to the sporting gods at the Nou Camp. Barcelona’s got plenty to keep you occupied! Meals: -Breakfast
Day 10: Valencia to Barcelona
Say hey, Barcelona! Bienvenidos to the city of art nouveau, alluring accents and (most importantly) tapas. Tick off the likes of the Sagrada Família, the Columbus Monument and Las Ramblas on an included driving tour before we set you free into the buzzing city. Tonight: shall we dance? Prepare for an optional flamenco show. Included today: -Driving tour of Barcelona Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Flamenco show
Day 20: Venice to Swiss Alps, Switzerland
Ready for a breath of fresh air? Good! We’re off to the Swiss Alps. Get ready for OMG views. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 12: Barcelona to Marseille, France
We meet again with the French border crossing back to Marseille. Head out on an included walking tour and uncover the delights this port city has to offer – it’s multiculturalism and history at its best! Included today: -Walking tour of Marseille Meals: -Breakfast
Day 19: 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 13: Marseille
Any sailing fans out there? Mast-to-mast with yachts, Marseille’s Vieux Port is a little slice of maritime heaven. Later on, dig into some local French fare and watch the sun set over the port. Charming, really. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 17: 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 16: Florence to Rome
Time to give that bucket list a workout – 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 Rome -Visit Pisa and the famous Leaning Tower Meals: -Breakfast
Day 15: Florence
Florence has more stories than Bilbo Baggins, more culture than a Shoreditch hipster, over 1,800 restaurants AND it gave the world gelato. Get schooled on the Medici family, stroll the Ponte Vecchio (the only bridge not bombed in WWII) and get an in-depth tour of the city with a local guide. Included today: -Walking tour of Florence with a local guide Meals: -Breakfast
Day 14: Marseille to Florence, Italy
Time to make your food baby sing! Today we’re rolling into the land of hearty Tuscan cuisine: Florence. Whip around Santa Maria del Fiore before ending your day in true Italian fashion: in a carb induced coma at a local trattoria. It would be rude not to. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 24: 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 cruise on the canal? Included today: -Canal dinner cruise Optional activities: -Bike tour of Amsterdam
Day 18: 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 25: Amsterdam to London, England
Today we love and leave you. Summer Compass, it was fun. Too soon for the next adventure? Meals: -Breakfast