Spirit of Europe

24 Day Guided Tour from London or Paris to London or Amsterdam with Topdeck

Read 5 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Topdeck's 24 Day Spirit of Europe. Is this trip for you? MESMERISING. LIFE-AFFIRMING. GENUINE. Uncover the REAL spirit of the glorious jumble of lands we call Europe. From the mazy canals of Venice to the sparkly coastlines of...read more

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Guided Tour Starts In
Starts In
London or Paris
Guided Tour Ends In
Ends In
London or Amsterdam
Accomodation
Accomodation
2.5 - 3.5 Star
48
Max Group Size
48
18 - 30's
Trip Style
18 - 30's
Guided Tour
Trip Style
Guided Tour
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
England, France, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Holland
Trip Operated By:
Topdeck
Topdeck
30 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
4.8 out of 5
5 Reviews
Trip Code:
EECELL

Itinerary

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1 London, England to Paris, France (or join in Paris)
Get ready to leave the routine behind and uncover extraordinary. We'll hit the road early and drive across the English Channel. Paris, we have arrived. The home of Coco Chanel, the Mona Lisa and world's yummiest macarons – Paris has earnt its rep as the European capital for all things culture, fashion and drool-worthy food. Tick off all the showstoppers on a driving tour before tonight's dinner together. Bon appétit! (D)
2 Paris
Today, Paris is all yours. Tick off that bucket list, explore the backstreets or hunt down the best patisseries in town (your expert Trip Leader has plenty of recommendations). Not a walker? Stretch those legs and cruise the city on an optional bike tour. Or soak up the Parisian vibes from the water while cruising the Seine. Tonight, spend your free evening at the cabaret. Think: sparkling lights, glittering feathers and incredible acrobats! (B)
3 Paris to Swiss Alps, Switzerland
Banging tunes and scenic views – we'll be trading in Parisian streets for snowy peaks as we head to the mountains. Home to the ‘Top of Europe', 72 waterfalls and one of the largest nature conservations in Switzerland – tonight we're bunking down in the lush valley of Lauterbrunnen. After dinner, sit back in the fresh Alpine air with a cold beverage. Yep, this is what we came for. (B/D)
4 Swiss Alps
If the Swiss Alps had a Tinder bio it would read: fun-filled outdoor enthusiast – looking for a fellow adrenaline junkie to share adventures with. Swiping right? Hell yes. Hiking. Biking. Skydiving. Helicopter-ing. This place has it all. Fancy something more grounded? Strap on the Nikes and walk the valley floor. Or simply hop aboard the Jungfraubahn railway for an optional visit to the Jungfrau Mountain summit. Trust us, whatever you choose - you'll have views for days. (B)
5 Swiss Alps to French Riviera, France
Trade in your gruezi for bonjour as we head to the sun-soaked and stylish ‘Coast of Blue'. The playground for the rich and famous. This, my friends, is the French Riviera. We'll drop our bags and have the afternoon to take it all in. Explore the waterfront promenade, ogle at the superyachts, head to the beach for a dip or find a local haunt for some seriously good seafood. Tonight, gather the gang for a night of glamour. (B)
6 French Riviera including Monaco visit
This morning, you do you! Laze on the beach or go wild in the designer boutiques in Nice's Old Town. The choice is yours. Later: we'll turn it up a notch as we roll with the jet set on a guided tour of Monaco. See how the 1% live (hint: it involves Ferraris and bathing in caviar), stroll by the world-class casinos as you play ‘spot the movie set' and let your jaw drop as you learn more facts about the wealth swirling around this city-slash-country. (B)
7 French Riviera to Florence, Italy via Pisa
Squeeze in one last swim. Down your coffee. And wave au revoir to France – we're heading to the boot-shaped peninsula, the home of romance and the mother of carb-laden cuisine. First stop is Pisa, if you do opt for THAT photo, think of something unique (please). Then: make your food baby sing as we roll into the capital of Tuscan cuisine and birthplace of gelato. Before our included dinner tonight, stroll along the Arno River and watch the sunset. Did someone say karaoke? If you're feeling it, join the gang in a battle of the classics at the bar later. (B/D)
8 Florence to Rome
This morning, we'll delve deeper into this capital of culture. Walk through centuries of history with a local guide – soaking up all the artistic charm and dazzling architecture only Florence can deliver. Uffizi Gallery? Tick. Ponte Vecchio? Tick. Piazza della Signoria? Tick. And the showstopping Duomo? Big. Fat. Tick. Next stop: Rome. We'll pass by the Pantheon, sit on the Spanish Steps, check out the mighty Colosseum and throw our two cents in the Trevi Fountain before the day is done. Legend has it if you throw one coin in the Fountain you'll return to Rome. Throw in two, and you'll find love here. Wanna' throw three coins? Congrats – you're getting married! That escalated quickly. (B)
9 Rome
You have 48 hours of freedom to explore this ancient city. Get out there and do your own, spontaneous, this-is-what-you-came-for thing. But if you need some local tips, we've got your back. Head to the Knights of Matla Keyhole to see an alternative view of the city. Grab a bite at Lost Food Factory (arguably one of the best sandwich spots in town). Stop and take it all in with a picnic at Villa Borghese Park. Room for one more slice? Stop by Pizzarium. Lunchtime rush here can be a long wait but it's hella worth it (we hear the arancini balls are something special). (B)
10 Rome
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 Vatican City, then play ‘I-spy' with two-and-a-half millennia worth of history. Want more? You could always shop till 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)
11 Rome to Venice
No lies – we have a long drive today. Now is the chance to share snaps with your new mates, catch up on some zzzzs and text the 'rents (trust us, you'll be too busy later). We'll park up later in the Floating City – home to over 400 bridges and birthplace of Vivaldi. We're talking about Venice FYI. (B)
12 Venice
Today we'll check out the big dogs of Venice on a guided walking tour – ticking off the likes of St Mark's Square, Doge's Palace and Accademia Bridge. Need suggestions for your free afternoon? Float past the famous Rialto Bridge on an optional gondola ride. Spend your time seeking out the epic Libreria Acqua Alta bookshop. Or forget all the above and hunt down the perfect gelato. It's your trip after all. (B)
13 Venice to Salzburg, Austria
Wave Italy goodbye from the back of the coach as we turn our attention to Austria. Spend the ride warming up those vocal cords ready to reenact The Sound of Music. Mozart's birthplace and surrounded by breathtaking alpine landscapes – it's no wonder Salzburg was labeled Austria's most inspiring city. Tonight, get to know this mesmerising city on a walking tour before introducing yourself to all its heavenly foodie creations. Strudel, anyone? (B)
14 Salzburg to Budapest, Hungary
Our Salzburg sleepover was short oh-so-sweet. Up next? The twin cities of Buda and Pest. We'll be chauffeured past the Chain Bridge, Castle District, Heroes' Square and House of Terror on a driving tour of the city. Then: go one step further with an included dinner cruise down the Danube – Buda Castle and House of Parliament look even better lit up like Christmas. Trust us. (B/D)
15 Budapest
A free day to take on the city! Check out the Central Market Hall. Explore the Jewish Quarter. Play pinball at the Flippermúzeum. Hunt down the Anonymous Statue. And be sure to ask your trusty Trip Leader on their recommendation for the best thermal bath in town. Believe us when we say there are a LOT of pools here – indoors and out – and water temps go up to a massive 40 degrees! Tonight, hang with the hipsters and drink local fruit brandy at one of the original ruin bars. Maybe even sample a pickled carrot or two (random? yep, but they're a thing). (B)
16 Budapest to Kraków, Poland
As the legend goes, a dragon had to be defeated for Kraków to be built – bit tougher than the usual council approvals emmiright? Get acquainted with Poland's beating heart and the largest medieval town square in Europe on today's walking tour. Then? Take Fleetwood's advice and go your own way. Top up your history knowledge at Wawel Castle, explore the quirky cafes and boutiques in the Jewish Quarter, head to Schindler's Museum (be prepared to queue) or find a local haunt and tuck into a piled-plate of pierogi. (B)
17 Kraków
It's your day to delve deeper – need some suggestions? Head to Hamsa in the heart of the Jewish Quarter for some 'Hummus and Happiness', shop for amber in the UNESCO-listed Cloth Hall. Or do as the locals do and head to Okraglak for some drool worthy street food – Zapiekanki is a must! Then: it's vodka time! On an optional tasting tour, you'll wander the cobblestoned streets with a local guide – learning the history behind Polish vodka and sampling a few flavoured varieties as you go. This stuff is not for mixing with cranberry juice. Trust us. (B)
18 Kraków to Prague, Czech Republic
Onwards to the spire-filled skyline and mysterious streets of Prague! Our Trip Leader will get us acquainted with this picture-perfect city – complete with quirky clock tower – and point out all the must-dos for our free day tomorrow. Tonight? Tuck into a delish dinner with the gang. We recommend The Alchemist for the city's best cocktails: small in size but big in character. Hint: ask for a 'choose your fate' off the menu – we'll see you in the morning. (B/D)
19 Prague
Free day FTW! Trust us, there's plenty to Czech out (ha!). Seek out the John Lennon wall. Soak up some history at the Communist Museum. Take the funicular up Petrin Hill for allll the views. Or grab a delish roast pork roll at one of the street vendors lining Old Town Square. Fancy yourself as a bit of a beer connoisseur? Don't miss the beer tasting optional this afternoon. 11 different Czech beers + tapas = good times all around. (B)
20 Prague to Berlin, Germany
From one beer capital to the next. Get acquainted with 800 year-old Dresden – a city virtually destroyed in WWII and then rebuilt – before we make tracks to Berlin. Prep yourself for currywurst and more hipsters per capita than anywhere else. We'll drive you around to see the main sights including (what's left of) the Berlin Wall, Museum Island, the Holocaust Museum and Alexanderplatz. Then: tonight dinner is on us. Prost! (B/D)
21 Berlin
You've got 24hrs here. Make the most of it. Our advice? Opt in for a historic walking tour that's, you know – not boring. Get a local insight into what the city was like under Nazi rule and tick off the likes of the Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie and Brandenburg Gate. Or put those taste buds to the ultimate test on an awesome AF food tour. We're talking kebabs, pastries, more currywurst, pierogi and local beers (you're in Germany after all). Tonight, it's time to see whether this city's nightlife really lives up to the hype. (B)
22 Berlin to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Our trip may be coming to a close, but it's not over yet! We've got our eye on Amsterdam today. When we get there, you're free to explore the likes of the Dam Square, the Royal Palace and the National Monument. Then, this place is a foodie's haven – give in to temptation and grab a cone of hot chips with mayo. Mmm. Later, there's an option to experience a show in the Red Light district. Or for a more local experience – head to a canal-side brewery. (B)
23 Amsterdam
This is our last full day together. So, don't hang about – join the locals and get on your bike! Check out Amsterdam's iconic canals, bridges and parks on an optional bike tour. Or for the culture fiends – delve a bit deeper with a visit to the Anne Frank House (don't forget to book in advance!) or the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum. Top tip: head to Brouwerij 't Microbrewery – a bar inside a windmill serving up craft beers and cheese-laden tapas. Sun's out? The outside terrace is awesome. Whatever you get up to, make sure you're back in time to toast the final night of our European adventure at tonight's group dinner. (B/D)
24 Amsterdam to London, England
You tried the food. You met the locals. You said yes to culture. Yes, to history. Yes, to the new and the exotic. You embraced it. all. But now it's time to hit the road back to ol' Blighty. Who's saying yes to the next adventure? (B)

Topdeck Inclusions

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Sightseeing Highlights
  • Driving tour of Paris
  • Walking tour of Monaco
  • Visit Pisa and see the famous Leaning Tower
  • Walking tour of Florence with a local guide
  • Walking tour of Rome
  • Rome Metro tickets
  • Walking tour of Venice
  • Vaporetto ride
  • Walking tour of Salzburg
  • Budapest Driving Tour
  • Danube River Cruise
  • Walking tour of Kraków
  • Walking tour of Prague
  • Prague Metro tickets
  • Orientation tour of the restored city of Dresden
  • Driving tour of Berlin
Trip Inclusions
  • 23 Breakfasts, 8 Dinners
  • 16 nights in hostels, 7 nights in bungalows at European campsites
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi, including powerpoints for charging electronics
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.

Reviews (5)

24 Day Spirit of Europe reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“A trip of a lifetime”
- NSW, Australia Jun 2017 2 Helpful Votes

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...read more

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“Spirit of Europe”
- QLD, Australia Apr 2017 1 Helpful Vote

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.

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“Free spirited experience ”
- NSW, Australia Jul 2016 1 Helpful Vote

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.

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“One of the most amazing experiences in my life!”
- Australia Jan 2012 1 Helpful Vote

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!

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“I wouldn't change a thing!”
- Australia Jan 2012 1 Helpful Vote

The tour was fantastic and so easy! I wouldn't change a thing!

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