2018 SEASON
May 2018 - Oct 2018

24 Day Spirit of Europe

Topdeck Tour starting in London or Paris and finishing in London

Read 5 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Topdeck's 24 Day Spirit of Europe. Uncover the real spirit of this magnificent continent as you soak up the splendour of Western Europe - while also discovering the gorgeous yet less familiar treasures of Central and Eastern...read more
Overview
Operator: Topdeck
Type: Tour (Affordable)
Style: Hostel Plus
Max Group Size: 48
Duration: 24 Days
From: London or Paris to London
Tour Code: EECELL
Visits: France, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Holland, England
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$ 3,647
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Day By Day
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1
London, England to Paris, France
Spot French poodles on an epic driving tour as we roll into Paris. Pinch yourself and Instagram your first selfie before we dig into a gourmet picnic under the Eiffel Tower. Kick back under the Eiffel Tower and watch Paris sparkle. Ooooh you pretty thang! (D)
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Paris
This morning: free time en Francais. From the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay to the l'Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysées, you'll be sure to make a solid dent in your bucket list. Then: hop on an optional bike tour of Paris. End your day with an optional Seine River cruise or a #throwback bohemian cabaret show. (B)
3
Paris to Swiss Alps, Switzerland
Trade in Parisian streets for handsome peaks. Urban charm ain't got nothing on Swiss scenery. Upon arrival, chow down on Swiss cuisine. (B/L/D)
4
Swiss Alps
Scenic hikes and jaw-dropping views are on today's agenda. Go low key with a mountain walk or hop on board the Jungfraubahn railway for an optional visit to the Jungfrau Mountain summit. Expect fairytale villages en route and sky-diving out of a helicopter upon arrival (if heights don't scare you). And if one hulking mountain isn't enough? Another local feast awaits your return, regardless of how you make your way back down. (B/L/D)
5
Swiss Alps to French Riviera, France
Don your fanciest attire and follow in Napoleon's footsteps downwards to the glamorous French Riviera. Try your hand at celeb spotting as you explore the world's most lavish waterfront property and take in some of the most Pinterest-worthy views in the world. (B/L)
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French Riviera including Monaco visit
Bring your paparazzi posse to the beach or let loose among the designer boutiques in Nice's Old Town. Later: roll with the jet set as we hit up the Monaco for a walking tour and the chance to see how the 1% live (hint: it involves Ferraris and bathing in caviar). Feeling lucky? Hit the tables at the Monte Carlo Casino and make it rain (or not). (B)
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French Riviera to Florence, Italy
This morning, swap your 'bonjour' to a 'buongiorno' as it's on to the renaissance romance of Florence. Take THAT shot at the Leaning Tower of Pisa before trucking on to Florence to eat, sleep, repeat in the foodie capital of the world. (B/D)
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Florence to Rome
Step back to 753 BC in one of the world's oldest open-air museums on an in-depth walking tour and give that bucket list a workout. Make like Caesar and work up a colossus hunger as you pass by the Pantheon, throw your two cents in the Trevi Fountain, sit on the Spanish Steps and visit ancient history's version of the Hunger Games set at the Colosseum. (B)
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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 the Vatican City to see how Michelangelo messed around and created the High Renaissance, then play eye spy with two-and-a-half millennia worth of history. Shop 'til 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). (B/D)
10
Rome to Venice
Hark! Maketh haste to whence the lady Juliet was wooed in Verona. Say ciao to Venice from across the lagoon as we check into our accommodation, have an Eat Pray Love-worthy relationship with an irresistible Italian (meal) and get pumped for living out your own version of The Italian Job tomorrow. (B/D)
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Venice
You know it as the floating city, but this place is actually sinking (slowly). Check out St. Mark's Square, Accademia Bridge and a who's who of Venice's usual suspects on a guided walking tour then jump on a vaporetto and explore the Grand Canal. Also on the schedule: an optional gondola ride through the maze of marble bridges and gelato shops we call Venice. Throw away your map in the afternoon and try to find the world's most epic little bookshop, Libreria Acqua Alta, or just go on a mission to find the perfect gelato. (B/D)
12
Venice to Vienna, Austria
More stunning scenery out the window today as we cross from from Venice to Vienna. Wave hello to the President as we go past the Hofburg Palace. And because one palace isn't enough, we also take peek at the Schonbrunn. Three things you need to know about Vienna: famous musicians, grand coffee houses and, of course, apple strudel. Also invented the croissant. Sorry, France. Top off your day with a schnitzel if you can find one. (B/L)
13
Vienna
Vienna is yours for the day. Walk the grounds of the Schönbrunn Palace or feed your brain exploring the Museum Quarter. Primp your pinkie for an optional Schnapps Museum visit to taste the local aperitif. Classical music fans, opt in for a night out to hear the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and Strauss at the Viennese Chamber Orchestra. (B)
14
Vienna to Budapest, Hungary via Bratislava, Slovakia
Hungary for more? First a pit stop in Bratislava to get the lowdown on Slovakia's capital city. While checkin' out Bratislava Castle, see if you can spot the city's quirky bronze statues in the Old Town. Then, your house in Budapest awaits. A driving tour will get you down and Danube (that be the river) with twin cities, Buda and Pest. Check out Hero's Square, Parliament House, the National Palace, Fisherman's Bastion and swanky Andrássy Ave. (B)
15
Budapest
Free day = put down your Rubik's Cube and take on a city with enough baroque, neoclassical and art nouveau architecture to keep you puzzled for hours. Tonight, hang with the hipsters and drink local fruit brandy at one of the original ruin bars. (B/D)
16
Budapest to Krakow, Poland
Legend has it a dragon had to be smited in order for Krakow to be built (with a sulphur-stuffed lamb as bait). Explore Poland's beating heart - and the largest medieval town square in Europe - on foot. Buff up on history at Wawel Castle, feed the ducks amongst the bank of the Wisla and after dinner, slay a few glasses of mead. (B)
17
Krakow
Today is free to do as you wish. Visit a centuries-old synagogue and discover the city's inner-hipster in the Jewish district and shop for Amber in the UNESCO-listed Cloth Hall. Your day, your choice. (B)
18
Krakow to Prague, Czech Republic
First up, a sobering visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Then onto Prague and its Disney-inspiring castle spires. Fuel up on trdelník (pastry deliciousness) before a walking tour amongst the spires and cobblestone streets. Sus out the castle deemed worthy by Guinness World Records as being the largest ancient castle in the world, cross medieval Charles Bridge and watch 'Death' toll the hour on an astronomical clock that's over 600 years old. (B/D)
19
Prague
Another free day for the win. Channel your inner bohemian and seek out the John Lennon memorial wall, then soak up some more Czech history at the National or Communist Museum or get a taste of the quirky local culture at a marionette puppet opera (you gotta see it to believe it). Snap a selfie at Prague's own Eiffel Tower, visit a miniatures museum, eat roast pork from one of the street vendors lining Old Town Square and drink beer. Good beer. (B)
20
Prague to Berlin, Germany
Get acquainted with 800 year-old Dresden - a city virtually destroyed in WWII and then rebuilt - and ogle the Frauenkirche before making your beard all the more ironic in Berlin. Prep yourself for currywurst and more hipsters per capita than anywhere else. We'll drive you around to see (what's left of) the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building before making your food baby sing with a hearty German meal. (B/D)
21
Berlin
Shake off last night with a wander around the German capital. Optional: Third Reich walking tour and local insight into what the city was like under Nazi rule during World War II. Hackescher Markt is a hit for lunch. Afternoon suggestion? Have a picnic at the historic Tempelhof airport turned public park #picniconthetarmac. Tonight: hit the hotspots on an optional street art & nightlife tour of Berlin. (B)
22
Berlin to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Cheese lovers, rejoice. Your next stop is a local Dutch farm to see how cheddar (and clogs) gets made. Next: Amsterdam, mayo-dipped fries and red lights. Get your bearings on a walking tour of the vibrant capital and see the Dam Square, Royal Palace and National Monument. Then: explore all that this notoriously liberal city has to offer. (B)
23
Amsterdam
Culture fiends, delve deeper with a visit to the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh or Rijksmuseum. Still thirsty for more? Check out the Heineken Experience for an interactive visit and tasting at the brewery. Top it off with a dinner cruise on the canal. (B/D)
24
Amsterdam to London, England
After all the Amster-damage has been done and dusted, it's time to hit the road and make tracks to ol' Blighty. Soak up all the happy group vibes you can possibly handle - this is your last coach ride with the gang. #sadface. (B)
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Journey Highlights
Journey Highlights
  • Walking tour of Amsterdam
  • Driving tour of Berlin
  • Walking tour of Krakow
  • Guided tour of former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • Walking tour of Venice
  • Driving tour of Vienna
  • Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam
  • Walking tour of Bratislava
  • Walking tour of Rome
  • Visit Pisa & the famous Leaning Tower
  • Walking tour of Verona
  • Walking tour of the restored city of Dresden
  • Walking tour of Prague
  • Walking tour of Florence with local guide
  • Driving tour of Budapest
  • Visit a traditional French perfumery
  • Vaporetto ride in Venice
  • Dutch cheese & clogs demonstration
  • Walking tour of Monaco
  • Driving tour of Paris & gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower
Trip Inclusions
Trip Inclusions
  • 23 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 10 dinners
  • 17 nights in hostel accommodation & 6 nights in bungalows at European campsites
  • English Channel crossings
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
  • Guided tours of all major cities
  • Awesome Trip Leader + Driver + On-Site Chefs
Trip Notes
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
Topdeck
Topdeck Reviews: (27)
Tours on Sale: 238
Accommodation: 3-3.5 Star
Average Age: 18-39 years only
Types: Coach Tours
Max Group Size(s): 49
Budget: Low Cost
Destinations: Canada & Alaska, Europe, UK & Ireland, USA, Asia, Africa
Reviews (5)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Spirit of Europe with Topdeck.
NSW, Australia
Jun 2017
2 Helpful Votes
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“A trip of a lifetime”
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A very fast paced and exhausting tour but really worth it. I got to visit all of the places I only used to dream of visiting. The accommodation was lacking in some cities but generally pretty good. The Topdeck tour leader and coach driver were very professional and lovely people. Some of the optional excursions were disappointing but I'm glad that I got to experience them.

Booking through Global Journeys was a breeze and Juliet Scott was fantastic! I would definitely recommend this trip and booking through Global Journeys to friends and family.
QLD, Australia
Apr 2017
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We both had a great time, got to see so much and learnt a lot along the way. Booking through Global Journeys made it very easy.
NSW, Australia
Jul 2016
1 Helpful Vote
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“Free spirited experience ”
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I really enjoyed the Spirit of Europe tour because of my fellow tour buddies who were as passionate and enthusiastic about history and Europe. Our tour leader spoke with the most infectious and inspiring passion and enthusiasm that made us all interested and happy in the locations and countries. It was the best holiday of my life and I would recommend it anyone who wants to learn, live life to the fullest and be surrounded by like minded happy people on their journey through Europe.
Australia
Jan 2012
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“One of the most amazing experiences in my life!”
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I went on this tour very unsure of what to expect. Turns out it was one of the most amazing experiences in my life! The tour guide was great with an extensive knowledge of the places we visited and their history and also very friendly and fun. The tour itself was a great balance between group activities and free time to explore. Being on a tour with fellow travelers allowed the beginning of some great friendships and a trip I'll never forget!
Australia
Jan 2012
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“I wouldn't change a thing!”
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The tour was fantastic and so easy! I wouldn't change a thing!
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