European Winter Express
11 days from £1,424
- 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
- Party it up in quirky 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. You will get a walking tour on arrival of all the highlights!This evening why not go out to try some proper Italian food in the heart of the city?
Day 6: Venice
This morning is free time to do your own thing. Why not float past the famous Rialto Bridge or hunt down the perfect gelato? Afterwards, ride the Grand Canal on an included vaporetto ride.
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 a few steins at the local friendly beerhalls.
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! On arrival at Amsterdam, settle into your hostel and set off to explore this quirky city. Tonight there is the option to experience a show in the Red Light district.
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.
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, 4 dinners
- English Channel return crossing
- Free Wi-fi
- Driving tour of Paris
- Walking tour of Venice
- Vaporetto ride in Venice
- Walking tour of Munich
- Orientation tour of Heidelberg
- 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 4 included dinners during the trip. 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.
UK citizens can travel to countries in the European Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days. Schengen countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after your trip.
All visa, passport and entry requirements are subject to change so we recommend travellers check the most up to date information with the relevant embassies before 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.
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.
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.
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.