Europe Express

11 days from £951 (was £1,189)

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Venice backpacker city break

Europe’s highlights in five beautiful countries

Europe’s highlights in five beautiful countries

Paris city skyline
Amsterdam Canal Boat ride
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European backpacker tour

Trip Highlights

  • Lunch beside the Eifel Tower with a gourmet picnic in Paris
  • Travel to the ‘Top of Europe’ and visit the fairytale villages in the Swiss Alps
  • Cruise along the canals and waterways of Venice in style
  • Discover the Bavarian capital and try out the locals’ favourite 428-year-old tipple in Munich
  • Stay in the scenic castle region and find out more about the history of the Rhine Valley
  • Enjoy a canal dinner cruise and optional bicycle tour in Amsterdam

Trip Summary

Take an incredible journey through Europe on an 11-day tour and discover the best of Paris, the Swiss Alps, Venice, Munich, the Rhine Valley, and Amsterdam on a brief but memorable experience. The perfect trip for those wanting to travel through Europe in less than two weeks, this city adventure will guide you through five remarkable countries, as we visit iconic landmarks, take rides on canals, get a dose of history and culture, and sample some excellent local cuisine. From France to Switzerland, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands, this is the perfect European experience, all wrapped up in a great travel package.

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Trip Info

Day 1: London to Paris

Setting off from London, we’ll cross the Channel into France, getting to know our guide and the rest of the team on the way. Once we arrive in Paris, we’ll have a guided tour of the city in the coach before pitching up next to the Eiffel Tower for a gourmet picnic.

Day 2: Paris

Today you’re free to discover gay Paree at your own pace with some free time. Go and see some of the city’s famous landmarks from the likes of the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Élysées, to the Louvre and Notre Dame. Later, catch an optional cabaret show or join a cruise along the Seine.

Day 3: Paris to Swiss Alps

We’ll drive south through the beautiful French landscape and into Switzerland via the Alps today. Enjoy the views across the snowy peaks and, on arrival to our accommodation, find your way to the bar for a few drinks before a slap-up dinner.

Day 4: Swiss Alps

Today’s all about adventure, so grab your walking gear and make your way into the mountains, take a train ride to the summit of Mt Jungfrau, or even opt to sky dive over the Alps if you like! There are plenty of optional activities from helicopter rides to trips along the Aare River.

Day 5: Swiss Alps to Venice

We’ll make our way down through the Alps today on our scenic journey to Italy where we’ll marvel at Venice’s famous waterways and get checked into our accommodation before heading out into the city to enjoy some real Italian cuisine.

Day 6: Venice

Today we’ll take a guided walking tour from St. Mark’s Square to Academia Bridge and around other city highlights, before hopping on a vaporetto (small passenger ferry) to take a trip along the Grand Canal.

Day 7: Venice to Munich

Winding our way through the German countryside, we’ll arrive at Munich – the Bavarian capital. Spend some time at the 428-year-old Hofbräuhaus and sample beer recipes that have been passed down from Wilhelm V. You’ll also have a walking tour of the city.

Day 8: Munich to Rhine Valley

Making our way further west, we’ll be stopping off in Germany’s picturesque Rhine Valley today. We’ll take a guided tour of the former concentration camp, Dachau, before heading back into the heart of the valley to explore the cobbled streets and sample some of the region’s famous wine.

Day 9: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam

We’re off to Amsterdam today, and on our arrival we’ll take a walking tour in the heart of the city before finding out how the Dutch make their cheese and clogs with a local demonstration. We’ll head out in the evening to sample the city’s best chips and mayo!

Day 10: Amsterdam

Explore Amsterdam with an optional bicycle tour and join the 881,000 cyclists as you ride through the city’s best bits. While you’re here, fit in a visit to the Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum. In the evening we’ll regroup for a fantastic included canal cruise with dinner served onboard.

Day 11: Amsterdam to London

We’ll leave the Netherlands today and make our way back down to France, across the Channel, and finally into London where we’ll say our goodbyes.  

Please note activities and itineraries are subject to change. 

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What's Included

  • 10 nights’ accommodation
  • All transport in the form of an air-conditioned coach with free Wi-fi
  • English Channel crossing
  • 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Guided tours of all major cities
  • Trip leader, driver, and on-site chefs where applicable
  • Driving tour of Paris & gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower
  • Walking tour of Venice
  • Vaporetto ride in Venice
  • Walking tour of Munich
  • Former concentration camp Dachau visit
  • Walking tour of Amsterdam
  • Dutch cheese & clogs demonstration
  • Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam
  • 24/7 emergency support

What's Not Included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Some meals
  • Optional activities

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Accommodation & Meals

You will stay in a variety of different accommodation during this trip, mainly consisting of modern hostels and campsite bungalows. You will be staying in shared rooms at each accommodation with travellers of the same sex. Each of the places we stay at will be basic but clean, comfortable, safe, and in a great location.

Breakfast is included every day of the tour, with three lunches and six dinners included, too. Generally, food will comprise of simple, local dishes but will also include a gourmet picnic in Paris and dinner served aboard a canal cruise boat in Amsterdam. Please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.

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Flights

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Arrival Information

This tour begins in London at 6am. Due to the early start, we recommend that you travel to London the night before and book a night’s accommodation at your own cost. Alternatively, you can join the trip in Paris at 5pm on day 1, please contact us for further details. The tour ends in London at approximately 9pm on the programme end date.

If you’re travelling from outside the UK, you can speak to our flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at enquiry@realflights.co.uk. They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.

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Eligibility & FAQ's

The minimum age for this trip is 18 years and the maximum is 39 years.

British passport holders don’t currently need a visa to visit European countries, but it is recommended that your passport has at least six months’ validity remaining from the first date of travel.

I'm Planning To Travel On My Own, Will I Be Okay?

Of course! Most of our travellers will be doing the trip solo, so you’re not alone. And, with an organised group programme like this, you’ll have the benefit of making likeminded friends to share the experience with.

What’s The Transport Between Each Destination Like?

During the whole tour, you’ll be transported through beautiful European countryside on our modern, air-conditioned coach. It’s spacious, comfortable, and even comes with free Wi-fi!

How Many People Will Be In My Group?

The group size on this trip will vary but the total number is capped at 48 people.

Do I Have To Have Travel Insurance?

Yes – no two ways about it! You'll need to make sure you have sufficient cover for the activities you're planning on taking part in during your trip as well as general travel concerns. One of our travel advisors will be more than happy to help set up travel insurance for you – our policies have been specifically designed for gap year travellers, and are among some of the most competitive on the market. Give us a call for more information.

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