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Essential Europe 2020 (travel in Apr - Sep 2020)

Price: R 31,500.00

12 days, London round-trip. Essential highlights tour of Europe.

Visiting 6 countries with Topdeck: 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.

Bucket List Inclusions

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

Booking Details for this Topdeck Experience

Selected departure dates: Prices per person sharing from:
  • 01 April 2020
  • 29 April 2020
R 31,500.00 pps
  • Between 13 - 27 May 2020
  • Between 05 August - 09 September 2020
R 35,000.00 pps

Your Itinerary

Day 1: London, England to Amsterdam, Netherlands

DAM, it's going to be a good day! First things first: we’ll get our bearings on a walking tour. 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. And for the culture fiends? Delve deeper with a visit to the Anne Frank House (make sure to book in advance!) or the Van Gogh or Rijksmuseum.

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) before rounding things off with a traditional gondola ride. Need suggestions for this afternoon? Insider tip: spend some time seeking out the epic Libreria Acqua Alta bookshop (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 – we’re off to Rome! Did someone say walking tour? We’ll pass by the Pantheon, throw our two cents in the Trevi Fountain, sit on the Spanish Steps and check out the mighty Colosseum before the day is done. 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 Vatican City, then play ‘I-spy’ with two-and-a-half millennia worth of history. Want more? 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 birthplace of gelato: Florence. Whip around Santa Maria del Fiore before tucking into amore on a plate. The evening is yours to stroll along the the Arno River and watch the sunset.

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 make the scenic journey to the lakeside town of Lucerne. After we’ve checked out the famous Lion Monument, Chapel Bridge, Glacier Gardens and Hofkirche on a guided tour, the rest of the evening will be yours.

Included today: Walking tour of Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Lucerne to Paris, France

Next stop: Paris! That’s right, you’ve made it. The home of 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-related. Are you ready for this?

Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Paris

First up: a driving tour and a gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower. Then: 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, it’s up to you: 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 cabaret show.

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 Specific departures between April - September 2020.
Currency NB. Our prices are quoted in ZAR, and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
Operator Topdeck
Tour Identifier/s EHWELL-0
Inclusions • 10 breakfasts, 4 dinners.
• Awesome Trip Leader and Driver.
• 11 nights in hotels.
• Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi, including powerpoints for charging electronics.
Exclusions • Flights and taxes
• Visas (if required)
• Any meals or refreshments not listed above
• 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)
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