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Europe Express

11 days from £1,199

£49 Deposit

Europe’s highlights in five beautiful countries

Group tour of 5 countries
Multi-share accommodation
Cruise Venice's canals!
Group size: Avg 35, Max 48

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the city of love - 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
  • Visit gorgeous Heidelberg and sample steins at the local beerhouses
  • Explore quirky Amsterdam with an optional bicycle tour

Trip Summary

Take an incredible journey through Europe on an 11 day tour and discover the best of Paris, the Swiss Alps, Venice, Munich, Heidelberg, 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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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.

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.

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 hop on a vaporetto (small passenger ferry) to take a trip along the Grand Canal and explore this city on the water.

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 Heidelberg

Making our way further west, we’ll be stopping off in Germany’s picturesque Heidelberg today. We’ll take a guided tour of the former concentration camp, Dachau, before exploring the cobbled streets and visitng some of the regions best beerhouses.

Day 9: Heidelberg to Amsterdam

We’re off to Amsterdam today, and on our arrival we’ll take a walking tour in the heart of the city. 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 dinner.

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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  • 10 nights’ accommodation
  • All transport in the form of an air-conditioned coach with free Wi-fi
  • English Channel crossing
  • 10 breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • Trip leader, driver, and on-site chefs where applicable
  • Vaporetto ride in Venice
  • Walking tour of Munich
  • Former concentration camp Dachau visit
  • Walking tour of Amsterdam
  • 24/7 emergency support

  • Travel Insurance
  • Some meals
  • Optional activities

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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 and three 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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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.

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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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Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:

Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.

Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.

Arrival meetings
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.

Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.

Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.

Medical care
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.

Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.

Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.

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