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This exciting new trip reads like a who's who of Europe - Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Venice, Munich, Prague to name just a few. Beginning in free-spirited Amsterdam, the tour heads down to the Cote d'Azur via Paris, through the marbled piazzas of Italy, up into the Austrian alps and across the Czech Republic before winding up in Germany. If you are short on time and want the big guns of Europe served up on a platter – this is the holiday for you.
|Dates of Departures||Duration||Price (Land Only)||Trip Status|
|17 June 2013||18 days||$3,775||Available||Book now|
|15 July 2013||18 days||$3,885||Available||Book now|
|26 August 2013||18 days||$3,775||Available||Book now|
|2 September 2013||18 days||$3,955||Available||Book now|
|7 October 2013||18 days||$3,955||Available||Book now|
|21 October 2013||18 days||$3,595||Available||Book now|
|31 March 2014||18 days||$3,775||Available||Book now|
|21 April 2014||18 days||$3,775||Available||Book now|
|5 May 2014||18 days||$3,775||Available||Book now|
|26 May 2014||18 days||$3,775||Available||Book now|
|16 June 2014||18 days||$3,775||Available||Book now|
|7 July 2014||18 days||$3,775||Available||Book now|
|28 July 2014||18 days||$3,775||Available||Book now|
Europe here we come! (Days 1 - 5)
Welcome to Italy! (Days 6 - 9)
Nature and history (Days 11 - 14)
The grand finale! (Days 15 to 18)
Perhaps most famous for its multitude of canals, history and infamous red light district – Amsterdam is a great city to kick off your European adventure. With plenty to see and explore including the former home of Anne Frank, the Heineken Museum and various canal tours to name but a few – the difficult bit will be choosing how to cram it all in!
As the biggest country in Europe, France has a huge amount to offer visitors from all over the world. It is made up of 20 regions over a total area of approximately 547,000sq km and contains a rich diversity of landscapes and attractions. Whether you are looking for history and culture, hiking in stunning scenery, winter sports in beautiful mountain ranges or shopping in arguably the most romantic city in the world, France has something for everyone. The country boasts stunning beaches in the south, the famous Bordeaux wine region in the south west and rolling green hills dotted with country farmhouses in the interior. It is also famed for its high quality food and drink, producing some of the world's finest wine and over 365 varieties of cheese! Sharing borders with eight other countries and just a short ferry, train or flight from the UK it is also a great place to begin a trip around Europe.
Day 1 Amsterdam
Descend upon the leafy, liberal streets of Amsterdam a city that likes to zig while other places zag and the perfect launching pad for this European Highlights adventure. If here early, why not see wondrous works in the Van Gogh Museum, take a guided canal tour, visit Anne Frank's hideaway or join in the national pastime of cafe cruisin'.
Days 2-3 Paris
Travel through Belgium and the northern reaches of France to Paris. Ponder the secrets of Aphrodite and Mona Lisa in the Louvre, gaze at the gargoyles atop Notre Dame Cathedral or relax in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.
Days 4-5 Nice
Find a private beach to lie on, trawl through the flower and evening markets on Cours Saleya or visit Grasse, the perfume capital of France.
Italy - romance, pizza, wine and sunshine – who could want more?! Arguably one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, Italy has enough interesting attractions to entertain visitors for weeks and keep them coming back for more time and time again. Explore the ancient ruins of Italy’s Rome, lose yourself in the back lanes and canals of Venice or get off the beaten track and discover the more remote areas of the Italian countryside. Italy is a country full of history and culture from Pompeii in the south to Venice in the north living alongside the modern art museums and lively atmosphere of the fashion capital, Milan. Come to Italy and live the ‘la vita Italiana’!
Days 6-7 Florence
Be romanced by the timeless cityscape of Florence, arguably one of the most significant cultural centres in Italy. Visit the remarkable Uffizi Gallery, Santa Croce Church, Galleria dell'Accademia or Pitti Palace. Then, drool over cheese wheels in a lively mercato, meet bow-tied waiters in the Piazza della Signoria or rub the nose of the Fontana del Porcellino, or 'Piggy Fountain', for luck.
Days 8-9 Rome
Join well-dressed crowds on the sidewalks of rambunctious Rome. Visit the former papal fortress of Castel Sant'Angelo, admire the Arch of Constantine, the Colosseum or the Forum, or feast on pasta in a trattoria. In the evening, perhaps saunter through fairy light covered piazzas, a melting cup of gelato in hand.
Day 10 Venice
Experience this iconic, alluring city that has inspired poets and painters for centuries. Dodge pigeons in Piazza San Marco, get wonderfully lost amid a muddle of side streets, bridges and canals, or peruse the opulent Museo del Settecento Veneziano.
Innsbruck is a beautiful city located in western Austria between the borders of Italy and Germany. Surrounded by stunning alpine landscapes and snow capped mountains, it makes for some fantastic photo opportunities. Twice home to the Winter Olympics, it is perhaps most famous for its winter sports but it makes a great year round destination with plenty to see and do!
One of Germany's historic cities, Munich is steeped in culture and fascinating sites. The food and local beer is sure to be a highlight of your visit, why not pay a visit English Garden to sample the local brew in one of the beer gardens or even try your hand at a spot of surfing during the summer months - yes you did read that correctly!
Days 11-12 Innsbruck
Travel into Austria by train. Be mesmerised by the alpine backdrop of Innsbruck, a vibrant city that mixes history and modernity with relative ease. Dabble in thrill-seeking outdoor activities or roam through a selection of modern galleries.
Days 13-14 Munich
Uncover a heady mix of sophistication and culture in Munich. In free time, see dazzling crown jewels at the Residenz or check out the age-old city gates. Then, perhaps enjoy some revelry in a rowdy beer hall or a sleek bar.
One of the first things you'll notice when you arrive in Prague is the imposing castle that sits on the hill above the city, thought to be the largest ancient castle in the world, it is certain to be highlight of any visit to this fascinating city. Prague is certainly a city brimming with personality and charm, from it's impressive main square, cobbled streets and complex history to its vibrant night scene. You should keep in mind that Breweries in the Czech Republic produce some of the best beer in the world, so be sure to sample some of the local tipple during your visit to Prague!
Germany's famous capital city and the perfect end to Europe's best bits! Most famous for the Berlin wall and its well documented demise in 1989, there are still remnants of the wall today and are a must see on any visit to Berlin.
Days 15-16 Prague
Skip northeast to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. While here, visit Prague Castle and enjoy a day trip to Kutna Hora, once one medieval Bohemia's most affluent towns.
Days 17-18 Berlin
Wind up the tour in Berlin, a city brimming with post-war attractions, lush parks and a dynamic arts scene.
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Minimum age 18 years. These trips can and do attract a variety of ages and customers will be of different nationalities too. It's all about having a passion for travel which is age-less!
Hotel (12 nts), Hostel (3 nts), Private apartment (2 nts)
The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
Accommodation on this trip is on a twin/multishare basis. Please note there may be times when you share a room with passengers travelling on different trips than your own. Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.
As this is a Basix trip, accommodation is often on a multishare basis with shared bathrooms. Multishare includes triple and quad rooms or even dorm rooms. Couples may be required to share with other couples and you may be sharing with group members of the opposite sex. Couples or people travelling together may be separated due to rooming configurations.
Your accommodation may not always have private en suite facilities or air-conditioning. European hotels generally don't provide kettles or fridges. On occasion, additional beds may be fold-away or portable beds.
No meals included
Budget for meals not included: EUR 540.00
Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.
You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.
In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.
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