EUROPE UNCOVERED

EUROPE UNCOVERED

22 Days • London to London » Get to the real heart of Europe on a trip that takes in the best of the great cities, landscapes, culture and cuisine to be found on this fantastic continent. From the bustling boulevards of Paris to the striking beaches of Croatia, the majestic mountains of Switzerland to the pulsating nightclubs of Berlin, experience the best a tour of Europe has to offer on the trip of a lifetime!

Visiting 12 countries: France, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium.

TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1: London, UK » Paris, France

Travel Day: London, UK, 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 to Paris via the white cliffs of Dover.

Pinch yourself and instagram your first selfie over dinner before we kick off the trip with a guided night tour of the City of Lights with your Trip Leader (aka living guide book). Home to Coco Chanel, the Eiffel Tower and the Mona Lisa, Paris has more than deserved its reputation as the European capital for all things culture, fashion and food. And you’re about to find out why.

Included today:
• City lights tour of Paris

Meals: Dinner.

Did you know:
• When the mummy of Ramesses II was flown to Paris in 1974, he had to be issued with a passport stating his occupation as “King (deceased)”.
• The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the US from France. She’s totally French.
• The Paris municipal government has banned Tom Cruise from ever becoming an honorary citizen of the city. #staystrong.

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 or roam the streets on your own before our gourmet picnic at the Eiffel Tower. End your day with an optional Seine River cruise or a #throwback bohemian cabaret show.

Included today:
• Free day
• Gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower

Meals: Breakfast, dinner.

Optional activities:
• Paris bike tour
• Seine River cruise
• Traditional cabaret show in the Latin Quarter

DAY 3: Paris » Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Travel Day: 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 obviously where we’re spending the night. 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, dinner.

Did you know:
• The Dalai Lama owns the smallest vineyard in the world, consisting of three vines, spanning a mere 1.67 square metres. It’s in Switzerland too.
• Here in the Swiss Alps you can lease a cow and score all the cheese produced from its milk. Best. Idea. Ever.
• It’s illegal to own just one guinea pig in Switzerland. You must have at least two because they like having a buddy (and the Swiss government is sweeter than chocolate).

DAY 4: Swiss Alps

Laid-back, Alpine village living on the cards. Take in the mountain air by foot, bike or goat (if you can get them to stand still long enough). With the potential offered by these mountains, dinner will be calorie neutral.

If you get a second wind, jump on the revolving gondola to the top of Mt Titlis and test your pano photo skills. Then head back down for some snow angels and hot chocolate. #hardlife.

Included today: Free day

Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Optional Activities:
• Mount Titlis excursion

DAY 5: Swiss Alps » French Riviera, France

Travel day: Swiss Alps to French Riviera, France.

Trade in your gruetzi for bonjour as we follow in Napoleon’s footsteps downwards to the glamorous French Riviera to rub shoulders with the rich and famous at the world’s most lavish waterfront property.

Meals: Breakfast, dinner.

Did you know:
• The Monte Carlo casino was originally called a health spa to avoid criticism from the church. Now that’s a world class euphemism.
• According to artifacts discovered in Nice, its earliest tourists were travelling cave-dwellers that passed through hunting woolly mammoths almost 400,000 years ago.

DAY 6: French Riviera

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 guided tour and the chance to see how the 1% live (hint: it involves lots of fur and bathing in caviar). Feeling lucky? Hit the tables at the Monte Carlo Casino and make it rain (or not).

Included today:
• Guided tour of Monaco

Meals: Breakfast.

DAY 7: French Riviera » Florence, Italy

Travel day: French Riviera to Florence, Italy.

Take THAT shot at the Leaning Tower of Pisa before trucking on to the Tuscan hills outside Florence to eat, sleep, repeat in the foodie capital of the world.

Included today:
• Eze perfume factory visit
• Leaning Tower of Pisa

Meals: Breakfast, dinner.

Did you know:
• Gondoliers (of which there are only 400 operating in Venice) go through rigorous training and a tough final exam – about 3-4 licences are distributed annually.
• The Leaning Tower of Pisa was used as a Nazi observation post during WWII, but was spared from Allied artillery fire due to its beauty. Maybe she’s born with it.

DAY 8: Florence » Rome

Travel day: Florence to Rome.
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.

Then step back to 753 BC in one of the world’s oldest open-air museums on an in-depth walking tour of Rome and give that bucket list a workout. 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:
• Tour of Florence with a local guide
• Leather demonstration
• In-depth walking tour of Rome

Meals: Breakfast.

Did you know:
• Wishful thinkers throw about €3,000 into the Trevi Fountain every day so it’s illegal to remove coins from it. Not that it stopped the notorious Mr. d’Artagnan. He stole from the fountain for 34 years before he was caught in 2002.
• Real Italians never drink cappuccinos after 10am.
• In Italian, ‘fiasco’ is a bottle. In English, it’s a big fail. We don’t get it either.

DAY 9: Rome

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’s worth of history.

Shop til you drop on Via Condotti, head to Capitoline Hill for sick views of the Roman Forum and Colosseum or just kick back in Piazza Navona for some dolce far niente (delicious idleness). Your Topdeck chef will feed you tonight.

Included today: 
• Free day

Meals: Breakfast.

Optional activities:
• Vatican City tour

DAY 10: Rome » Venice (via Verona)

Travel Day: Rome to Venice.

Hark! Maketh haste to whence the lady Juliet was wooed in Verona. Snap a selfie at her balcony and join throngs of lovers leaving notes in the wall (or avoid the crowds and just marvel at the ancient arena).

Say ciao to Venice from across the lagoon as we check in to our hotel, 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.

Optional activities:
• Design your own group t-shirt

Did you know:
• Venice is sinking at the rate of 1-2 millimetres a year, five times faster than originally estimated. All the more reason to cross it off your bucket list.
• The Medico della peste (the one with the long beak) is one of the most recognisable Venetian masks but it was born out of practicality – doctors wore them with perfume in the end to block the scent and prevent the spread of disease while treating Plague victims.
• The narrowest street in Venice (Calle Varisco) is only 53cm at chest level. Breathe in!

DAY 11: Venice

100+ slowly sinking islands won’t explore themselves. Get your bearings on this morning’s walking tour, then get hopelessly lost. Your GPS won’t save you here.

Soak up St Mark’s Square (then get far, far away if you don’t want to drop $40 on a coffee) and watch an intricate lace demo before a quintessential gondola ride on the Grand Canal. Corny smooching not included.

This afternoon, snoop the Doge’s Palace, cross Rialto Bridge and shop for Carnevale masks.

Included today:
• Walking tour of Venice
• Lace demonstration
• Gondola ride

Meals: Breakfast.

DAY 12: Venice » Pula, Croatia

Travel Day: Venice to Pula, Croatia.

With an ancient Roman amphitheatre that doubles as a concert venue, this place is pretty rad. Gear up for a small-town vibe, endless beaches and the scent of pine.

Included today: 
• Postonja Caves (entry not included)

Meals: Breakfast, dinner.

DAY 13: Pula

It’s a free day in Pula. Explore to your heart’s content.

Included today: 
• Free day

Meals: Breakfast.

DAY 14: Pula » Ljubljana, Slovenia

Travel day: Pula to Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Shoot one last longing look at Pula before arriving in Ljubljana (lyoob-lya-nah) – aka the capital of Slovenia. Jump in the Delorean (or the 70m funicular) and glance back to the Middle Ages on a walking tour – the Ljubljana Castle and Old Town here have been waiting for you since Celtic times.

Tonight, hit up military-barracks-turned-bar-and-gallery-strip, Metelkova Mesto for a tea or vino with a side of live music and underground art installations on acid.

Included today:
• Walking tour of Ljubljana

Meals: Breakfast.

Did you know:
• Ljubljana has one of the highest densities of uni students in Europe. Hello, student nights!
• A Facebook check-in might be more appropriate now but back in the beginning of the 20th century, Ljubljana’s Opera House was so trendy that people used to send postcards from the opera to friends and family.

DAY 15: Ljubljana » Salzburg, Austria

Travel day: Ljubljana to Salzburg, Austria.

So long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, goodbye as we set off to find The Sound of Music. But first a stop at Insta-worthy Lake Bled. Go for baroque and make a date with Mozart on a walking tour of his birthplace. Play eye-spy with the fortress overlooking the city, yeah, we see you Salzburg Castle. We hope you saved some room for strudel, because tonight we feast in a beerhouse. Schnitz yeah!

Included today:
• Lake Bled
• Walking tour of Salzburg

Meals: Breakfast, dinner.

Did you know:
•The name means ‘salt castle’ but Salzburg Castle has a much nicer ring to it.
• You can eat Mozart’s balls. Really. Mozartkugel are a sweet, round confectionary made of marzipan, nougat and dark chocolate, named after the famous composer.
• Austria gave the world wings – Red Bull was founded here in the mid 1980s and Salzburg is the home of the energy drinks’ HQ.

DAY 16: Salzburg » Prague, Czech Republic

Travel day: Salzburg to Prague, Czech Republic.

Keep your Frozen fantasies rolling as the medieval beauty reigns on in Prague. Fuel up on trdelník (pastry deliciousness) before a walking tour amongst spires and cobblestone streets.

Suss 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:
• Prague walking tour

Meals: Breakfast, dinner.

Did you know:
• The monasteries of Prague brewed the first beer in the Czech Republic and it was so good the King paid his tithe in hops.
• Five steps to a successful “cheers” in Czech: raise your glass, make eye contact, say “Nazdravi”, touch your glass to the table, then drink.
• In black light theatres scattered throughout the city, performers put on shows in pitch-black spaces with fluoro clothing and props. Daft Punk, eat your heart out.

DAY 17: 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.

Included Activities:
• Free day

Meals: Breakfast.

DAY 18: Prague » Berlin, Germany

Travel Day: 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, 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 before making your food baby sing with a hearty German meal.

Included today:
• Dresden walking tour
• Berlin driving tour.

Meals: Breakfast, dinner.

Did you know:
• The Doner Kebab was invented in 1972 by the Turkish immigrant, Kadir Nurman, in West Berlin, obviously knowing it would make an ideal midnight snack.
• Berlin is said to have more museums than rainy days, boasting an impressive 175 to choose from.

DAY 19: 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 hot spots on an optional nightlife tour.

Meals: Breakfast.

Optional Activities:
• Third Reich walking tour
• Berlin nightlife tour

DAY 20: Berlin » Amsterdam, Netherlands

Travel Day: 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 and clogs demonstration
• Guided Amsterdam walking tour

Meals: Breakfast.

DAY 21: Amsterdam

Join the 881,000 bicycles and get local on a city bike tour of Amsterdam’s iconic canals, bridges and parks. Culture fiends, delve deeper with a visit to 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. #imonaboat

Included today:
• Canal dinner cruise
• Bike tour

Meals: Breakfast, dinner.

Did you know:
• The city is built on stilts, much like most of Venice, but lays claim to having more canals than Venice. Stick that in your gondola and smoke it!
• Amsterdam residents slug down an average of 3.2 cups of coffee every single day, putting them just behind Finland in coffee consumption per capita.
• Every year, 12-15,000 bikes are pulled out of Amsterdam’s canals. Scrap metal, anyone?

DAY 22: Amsterdam » London, UK

Travel Day: Amsterdam to London.

Gluten intolerant? We’re sorry. Really. With chocolate, waffles and beer at top of the national list of pride in Bruges it makes for a damn fine walking tour stop. Stock up on the sweet stuff, climb the 366-step belfry and nip the post-holiday blues in the bud before London calls with a serving of the local specialty – chips by the cone fried in beef and horse fat. Mmm. Then it’s back on the ferry to ol’ Blighty to start planning your next adventure. Facebook friends?

Included today:
• Bruges walking tour

Meals: Breakfast.

Did you know:
• The 13th-century belfry houses a carillon with 48 bells and employs a full-time carillonneur to clang them around regularly, serving up a free concert with no noise restrictions.
• “Somebody that you used to know” Australian musician Gotye was born in Bruges.
• Just when you thought nothing could top Belgian chocolate, Bruges dishes up a museum paying homage to the humble potato – Frietmuseum. Well, this is the home of the French fry, after all (it’s a long story).

Additional Tour Information

Bucket List Inclusions

  • Paris ‘City Lights’ Tour
  • Paris gourmet picnic beside the Eiffel Tower
  • French Riviera perfumery experience
  • Leather demonstration in Florence
  • Local guide in Florence
  • Gondola ride in Venice
  • Dinner at Hofbräuhaus, Berlin
  • Dutch cheese & clogs demonstration
  • Bicycle tour of Amsterdam
  • Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam
  • Visit former concentration camp Mauthausen
  • Lace demonstration in Venice

More Inclusions

  • 21 breakfasts, 12 dinners
  • 21 nights hotel accommodation (twin or double)
  • English Channel ferry crossings
  • Modern air-conditioned coach
  • Guided tours of all major cities
  • Awesome Trip Leader + Driver

Transport

Modern air-conditioned coach, including power points for charging electronics. During peak season, some coaches will not have Wi-Fi.

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