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Topdeck: Mountains & Beaches (between Jun - Aug 2019)

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Price: R 25,800.00

15 Days, London to Budapest - rock around the best parts of Europe.

Visiting 7 countries: France, Switzerland, Italy, Vatican City, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary

From the snowy peaks of the mighty Swiss Alps to the turquoise waters of Croatia, you’ll set eyes on so much gorgeous scenery. Kick start your Euro trip in the City of Love before rolling through Switzerland, Italy, Croatia and finally Budapest, where you can soak your toes in the famous thermal baths and indulge in so much goulash you’ll forget what it’s like to feel hungry. Ready for an adventure?

Booking Details for this Topdeck Experience

Selected departure dates in period: Prices per person sharing from:
Between June - August 2019 R 25,800.00 pps 

Bucket List Inclusions

  • Paris city driving tour
  • Visit Pisa
  • Walking tour of Venice
  • Local guide in Florence
  • Paris gourmet picnic beside the Eiffel Tower

Your Itinerary

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 Channel to Paris. 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). Then, feast on a #gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower. Kick back and watch Paris sparkle.

Included today: Paris city driving tour | Gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Paris

Grab your baguette and go. Run, don't walk. Home to Coco Chanel, the Mona Lisa and the Moulin Rouge, Paris more than deserves its reputation as the European capital for all things culture, fashion and food. And you're about to find out why. Hop on an optional bike tour and roll in style, or roam the streets on your own. End your day with an optional Seine River cruise or a #throwback bohemian cabaret show.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Paris to Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Fresh air and Swiss vibes today as we roll up into the Alps. Fondue awaits! Driving through the Swiss countryside is like watching Monet paint a masterpiece, each mountain on the way to Lauterbrunnen another masterful brushstroke. Thanks, nature. Get your comfort eating pants on for an included dinner.

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. Fairytale villages en route, sky-diving out of a helicopter upon arrival (if heights don't scare you). Another local feast awaits your return, regardless of how you make your way back down.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5: Swiss Alps to Florence, Italy

Hand back the skis and yodel your way down the mountains into the land of the long boot. Make your food baby sing as we head for hearty Tuscan cuisine and the birthplace of gelato: Florence. Whip around Santa Maria del Fiore before tucking into amore on a plate. Say ciao to cheeky David and strut along the Ponte Vecchio.

Included today: Visit Pisa & the Leaning Tower

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6: Florence to Rome

Enter Rome. Prepare yourself for the ultimate walking tour. 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.

Included today: Rome walking tour | Walking tour of Florence with local guide

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Rome including Vatican City visit

It wouldn't be Rome without a visit to the Pope. Catch that 360-degree view from the Basilica (optional). See how Michelangelo messed around and created the High Renaissance, then play I spy with two-and-a-half millennia 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.

Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 8: 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 hello to Venice from across the lagoon as we check into 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 | Lunch | Dinner

Day 9: Venice

Head into St Mark's Square, shoo pigeons and jump over the Rialto Bridge to find the best damn pizza. Here, it's all about the on-foot and getting-lost vibes. You know it as the floating city, but this place is actually sinking (slowly). 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 on the Grand Canal

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Venice to Pula, Croatia via Postojna Caves, Slovenia

Take an optional trip around Postojna Caves and 'karst' your eye out for stalagmites on the way to one of Croatia's coolest today. Set your watch to island time.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 11: Pula

Two whole days to relax and chill out in the sun. The water is warm, the food is awesome… Life is good.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 12: Pula

Eat, sleep, repeat.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 13: Pula to Budapest, Hungary

Hungary for more? Straddle the Danube River to visit Buda and Pest. A driving tour will get you down with the twin cities. Check out Hero's Square, Parliament House, the National Palace, Fisherman's Bastion and swanky Andrássy Ave. Then it's time to meet the major food groups: goulash and cabbage rolls and dumplings, oh my!

Included today: Driving tour of Budapest

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 14: Budapest

Free days are the best! Make the most of unreal Budapest. 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. Take to the waters at the art nouveau Gellert Baths and don't leave til you're pruny.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 15: Budapest

Here, we say farewell. Swap numbers and onto the next adventure?

Meals: Breakfast
 

Validity Select departures between June - August 2019
Currency NB. Our prices are quoted in ZAR, and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
Tour Identifiers ECCLLH
Inclusions • 14 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
• 11 nights in European Campsites in spacious twin-shre dome style tents with air mattresses, 1 Night in a bungalow and 2 nights in multi-share hostel upgrades
• English Channel crossing
• Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
• Guided tours of all major cities
• Awesome Trip Leader + Driver + Topdeck Chef
Exclusions • Flights and taxes
• Visas (if required)
• Anything of a personal nature
T's & C's • Prices per person and subject to change due to availability and exchange rates.
• Deposits: A non-refundable deposit of R1 000 per person per tour is required at the time of confirmation, in order to secure the reservation (if travel date is more than 42 days out)
• Final Payment: This is due 42 days prior. For bookings made less than 42 days before travelling, full payment is required and booking will be on request.
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