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Essential Europe (between Jul - Sep 2019)

Price: R 30,600.00

12 Days, London roundtrip. An essential highlights tour of Europe.

Visiting 6 countries: Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Vatican City, Switzerland and France.

This European escape is like a pretty little package, all wrapped up in a bow. Think: a collection of fascinating cultures, plus some of the finest landscapes and most fabulous cities on the continent. From the vibrancy of Amsterdam to the ancient wonders of Rome, the traditional beer halls of Munich and everything else in between. Our Essential Europe truly is the best of the best.

Booking Details for this Topdeck Experience

Selected departure dates: Prices per person sharing from: *
Between July - September 2019 R 30,600.00 pps 

Bucket List Inclusions

  • Walking tour of Munich
  • Walking tour of Venice
  • Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam
  • Walking tour of Lucerne
  • Walking tour of Rome
  • Driving tour of Paris and gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower
  • Gondola ride in Venice
  • Walking tour of Florence with local guide
  • Walking tour of Amsterdam

Your Itinerary

Day 1: London, England to Amsterdam, Netherlands

Meet with the crew and hit the road to Amsterdam. DAM it's going to be a good day! 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: Walking tour of Amsterdam

Day 2: 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.

Included today: Canal dinner cruise
Meals: Breakfast | Dinner
Optional Activity: Bike tour of Amsterdam

Day 3: Amsterdam to Heidelberg, Germany

Picture the definition of pretty and you've got Heidelberg. Have a one day romantic affair with the city that will capture your heart with its charm. We're talking hilltop castle ruins, cobblestone quarters and a fairytale 18th century bridge crossing the River Neckar. Feast German style before taste-testing steins from the local beer houses.

Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4: Heidelberg to Munich

It's time to get to know the city where beer is officially considered a food. Your Trip Leader will clue you up on the Bavarian capital on a walking tour. Then: slide on your lederhosen and have a royal Happy Hour experience (none of that craft beer nonsense here) at the 428-year-old Hofbräuhaus. Did you know that the recipes here were passed down from Wilhelm V, the Duke of Bavaria? You do now!

Included today: Walking tour of Munich
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Munich to Venice, Italy

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 gondola ride to get the full experience. 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: Gondola ride | Walking tour of Venice
Meals: Breakfast
Optional activities: Get a personalised trip T-shirt or hoodie

Day 6: Venice to Rome

Time to 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: Walking tour of Rome
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: 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
Optional activities: Guided tour of the Vatican City

Day 8: Rome to Florence

Make your food baby sing as we roll into the land of hearty Tuscan cuisine and the birthplace of gelato: Florence. Set off on a walking tour with a local guide and make the most of your time here before tucking into amore on a plate. Shop, eat, shop, eat, explore then eat again.

Included today: Walking tour of Florence with a local guide
Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 9: Florence to Lucerne, Switzerland

Prepare for more #epicviews as we head to the lakeside town Lucerne. Check out the famous Lion Monument, Chapel Bridge, Glacier Gardens and Hofkirche on a guided tour. The way you spend the night is totally up to you.

Included today: Walking tour of Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Lucerne to Paris, France

Pinch yourself and Instagram your first selfie in Paris. That’s right, you’ve made it! Home to Coco Chanel, the Eiffel Tower and the Mona Lisa, Paris has more than earned its reputation as the European capital for all things culture, fashion and food. Get ready.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Paris

This morning: free time. 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 cabaret show. Don’t forget we’ve got a gourmet picnic by THAT famous tower tonight too.

Included today: Driving tour of Paris and gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower
Meals: Breakfast | Dinner
Optional activities: Traditional cabaret show | Seine river cruise | Bike tour of Paris

Day 12: Paris to London, England

Pack some macarons, or just, you know, keep travelling forever.

Meals: Breakfast

Validity Selected departures between July - September 2019
Currency NB. Our prices are quoted in ZAR, and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
Tour Identifiers EHWELL
Inclusions • 11 breakfasts, 4 dinners
• 11 nights in hotels (twin or double)
• English Channel crossings
• Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
• Guided tours of all major cities
• Awesome Trip Leader and Driver
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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