European Winter Express
11 days from £1,099
- Get swept up in the allure of Paris, see the Eiffel Tower and opt to watch a cabaret show
- Travel through the snow-capped peaks of the Swiss Alps and stand on ‘The top of Europe’
- Walk through St Mark’s Square and cruise along the famous canals of Venice
- Sample some of the oldest beer recipes in the world in Munich’s Hofbräuhaus
- See the city highlights and go on a sunset canal cruise in Amsterdam
Travel to some of Europe’s most popular and beautiful destinations in the winter and reap all the benefits of seeing the elegance, charm, and quirkiness without all the tourists! On this wintery wanderlust tour, you’ll travel to some of Europe’s most famous city centres and get a unique glimpse at local life without the hordes of fair-weather visitors. Fall in love in France with Paris’s Eiffel Tower as your backdrop, stand at the ‘Top of Europe’ amid Switzerland’s snowy Swiss Alps, cruise the famous waterways of Venice on a whirlwind trip to Italy, drink in the Medieval views and brews in both Munich and Heidelberg in Germany, and let your hair down in the quaint and quirky capital as you explore and party in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. This trip’s got it all!
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Day 1: London to Paris
Meet up with your tour guide and be introduced to the rest of your group in London and head to the south coast to board the ferry to France. On arrival in Paris, we’ll take a city tour where we’ll get to drive along the Champs Élysées, see the Arc de Triomphe, and pull up alongside the Eiffel Tower. This evening, enjoy some delicious local cuisine with an included welcome dinner.
Day 2: Paris
Today is all yours to explore beautiful Paris however you like. Why not take an optional bicycle tour for a unique and rather quaint view of the city? Visit the Louvre for a bit of culture, Notre Dame for a bit of history, the Eiffel Tower for a bit of romance, or Palais Garnier for a bit of jenais se quois, or you could take a scenic river cruise along the Seine, or head to a traditional cabaret.
Day 3: Paris to Swiss Alps
We leave Paris today, so pack some baguettes and eclairs for the ride and say au revoir as we drive through the French countryside and into Switzerland. We’ll make the journey up into the mountains, passing incredible scenes of snow-capped peaks as we head for our retreat in the Swiss Alps. You’ll get to try some traditional Swiss food tonight – cheese fondue, anyone?
Day 4: Swiss Alps
What would you like to do in your winter wonderland today? Go skiing? Snowboarding? Perhaps you’d like to take a tour of the area by helicopter? You could even go sky diving if the mood takes you or take a train ride and cable car to Jungfrau – the highest peak in the region.
Day 5: Swiss Alps to Venice
We’ll say goodbye to the snowy mountains of Switzerland today as we head south into beautiful Italy,on our way to the charming watery city of Venice. This evening we’ll be treated to some proper Italian food with a group meal out in the heart of the city.
Day 6: Venice
We’ll kick off day six with a walking tour of Venice’s highlights. Follow you guide as they point out the city’s main attractions, as well as giving you a bit of history and tell you about Venetian lifestyle. Afterwards, ride the Grand Canal on an included vaporetto ride, visit St Mark’s Square, take a trip to Doge’s Palace, or watch the comings and goings of the busy waters below from Rialto Bridge.
Day 7: Venice to Munich
Leaving Venice today, we’ll make our way out of Italy and into Germany, crossing Austria as we make our way to Munich. On arrival, we’ll take a walking tour of the area to see the city’s best bits. Afterwards, why not pay a visit to Hofbräuhaus to sample some of the 426-year-old beer recipes, or take a picturesque walk through the English Garden or head on over to Marienplatz?
Day 8: Munich to Heidelberg
Sticking to Germany, we’ll hop back aboard the bus and make our way from Munich to the country’s picturesque Heidelberg: think fairytale bridges and cobbled streets. This evening, we’ll head out into the fairytale centre of Heidelberg to enjoy some delicious German style food and have a few steins at the local friendly beerhalls. Please note: If you are travelling before April 2020 you will go to the Rhine Valley instead of Heidelberg.
Day 9: Heidelberg to Amsterdam
This morning, we’ll pack up and make our way towards the Netherlands. On our way to the country’s capital, we’ll stop at a little farm for a fascinating insight into how the Dutch make cheese and clogs! On arrival at Amsterdam, we’ll walk through the city with our tour guide to get our bearings and find out more about Dam Square, the Royal Palace, and National Monument.
Day 10: Amsterdam
Enjoy another free day and discover Amsterdam on two wheels. In the afternoon, why not stroll around the Anne Frank House or Van Gogh Museum? Or if you’re into your beer, head on over to the Heineken Brewery for an interactive tour and tasting session. This evening, we’ll regroup for a delicious farewell dinner aboard a canal boat as we drift along the water while the sun sets.
Day 11: Amsterdam to London
Back on the bus after breakfast, we’ll drive along the coast to Calais to board the ferry to the UK. Grab some last-minute mementos, snacks and drinks before crossing the Channel and make sure you swap contact details with your new friends. This evening we’ll arrive back in London.
Please note activities and itineraries are subject to change.
- 10 nights’ accommodation
- Modern air-conditioned coach
- Knowledgeable tour guide
- Experienced driver
- 10 breakfasts, 5 dinners
- English Channel return crossing
- Free Wi-fi
- Driving tour of Paris
- Walking tour of Venice
- Vaporetto ride in Venice
- Walking tour of Munich
- Visit to former concentration campe Dachau
- Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam
- 24/7 emergency support
- Travel insurance
- Some meals
- Optional activities
- Transport to and from trip start and end point
This tour includes 10 nights’ accommodation, 8 of which will be spent in modern hostels and 2 of which will be spent in hotel upgrades. All accommodation is based in central locations placed perfectly for city exploration. Hostel rooms will be on a multi-share basis with between 4-6 people sharing each room, hotel rooms will generally be on a twin-share or triple-share basis, you’ll share all accommodation with members of the same sex. Let us know at time of booking if you’re travelling with a friend or partner so we can arrange for you to be in the same room.
Breakfast will be included each morning of your stay (other than on the first morning) and will generally consist of cereals, toast, pastries, fruit, yoghurts, tea, coffee, and fruit juice. You’ll also get to enjoy 5 included dinners during the trip, which will include a welcome meal on your first night in Paris and farewell dinner on a canal cruise in Amsterdam. You’ll have a wide selection of restaurants and cafes to buy food at during the rest of your trip, which is a wonderful excuse to try out as many different European foods as possible!
The tour begins in London at 6am on the programme start date (day 1 of the itinerary). Due to this early start, we recommend that you travel down the night before and book a night of accommodation at your own cost. Alternatively, you can join the trip in Paris at 5pm on day 1 – contact us for details. The tour ends back in London at approximately 9pm on your programme end date (day 28 of the itinerary).
The minimum age for this trip is 18 years, the maximum is 39 years.
Depending on your nationality, you may require a visa to enter certain countries. It is your responsibility to obtain these prior to the departure of the trip. 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.
Should I Take A Backpack Or A Suitcase?
You can use either, but we recommend you use a soft bag or frameless backpack, plus a small bag for the daytime.
What Will The Weather Be Like?
Winter weather in Europe is variable and difficult to predict. Depending on the month you’re travelling in, you might get a mixture of cold and windy days, rain, ice, or even snow (likely in the Swiss Alps). Europe sometimes even sees a bit of sunshine during its winter months, but each and every city on the route looks great, no matter what conditions the weather brings.
What's The Average Age Range Of People On This Trip?
That’s a tricky one to gauge, most of our travellers will be in their early twenties, but this trip is open to people of all ages, so you’ll find some people between 18-21 and others in their late twenties to thirties or more. You could be travelling with up to 48 people, so chances are that you’ll meet a wide range of people of all different ages.