Winter Express

With so much to see & do, one of the best things about travelling Europe in winter is the serious lack of crowds. Enjoy Europe ‘all to yourself’ as you flit between France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany & Netherlands, where elegant capitals are blanketed in snow & festive cheer is as common as hand-knitted scarves.
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Price:
R16 900
DETAILS
Starting fromR16 900
Package ValiditySelected departures between 11 JAN 2018 - 08 MAR 2018 
Duration11 days
DestinationEurope (France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy, Germany)
Starts inLondon
Ends inLondon
Age GroupThis is a group tour for ages 18 - 39 years

Description


- 8 nights hostel accommodation  & 2 nights in hotel upgrades
- Breakfast daily & 5 dinners
- Assistance of a Trip leader
- Touring by air-conditioned coach
- Touring & sightseeing of all sites as per itinerary

Day 1

London, England to Paris, France

Leave London for dust as we Dover over the English Channel to France for a beauty smackdown. Brush up on your bonjours when you meet the rest of the group and wrap your lips around your first real French meal at our included dinner. Afterwards, see the City of Light at its best on a driving tour and play landmark bingo with the Eiffel Tower, Champs Élysées and Arc de Triomphe.

Included today:
-English Channel crossing
-Driving tour of Paris

Meals:
-Dinner

Day 2

Paris

A free day in Paris to soak up all the pastries, paintings and prettiness you can handle. Bike along the Seine on an optional tour or just flâne (stroll) around and drink it in. Check out L'éclair de Génie in Le Marais, get your obligatory Eiffel Tower #selfie then explore the world's largest grave at the Catacombs. Tonight, experience an optional cabaret show or boat cruise down the river to crank the romance dial to 11.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Traditional cabaret show in Paris
-Bike tour of Paris
-Scenic river cruise on the Seine

Day 3

Paris to Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Tear yourself away from that baguette – fondue awaits! Driving through the Swiss countryside is like watching Monet paint a masterpiece, each mountain on the way to Interlaken another masterful brushstroke. Thanks, nature. Get your comfort eating pants on for an included dinner. Hint: there will be cheese.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 4

Swiss Alps

Hop on board the optional excursion to the Jungfrau ('The Top of Europe'), which takes you to the highest train station in Europe. Hint: the view is ridic. Want more adventure? Up the adrenaline by skydiving out of a helicopter (optional), then head back down for some snow angels and hot chocolate.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Scenic excursion to Jungfrau ('The Top of Europe')
-Scenic helicopter ride
-Skydiving
-Skiing
-Night sledding

Day 5

Swiss Alps to Venice, Italy

Yodel your way down the mountains and into the land of the long boot to say ciao to Venice from across the lagoon. Check in to our hotel, have an Eat Pray Love-worthy relationship with an irresistible Italian (meal).

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Personalised Topdeck group shirts & hoodies

Day 6

Venice

100+ slowly sinking islands won't explore themselves. Get your bearings on this morning's walking tour, then get hopelessly lost. Your GPS won't save you here. Soak up St Mark's Square before a quintessential gondola ride on the Grand Canal (optional). Corny smooching not included. This afternoon, snoop the Doge's Palace, cross Rialto Bridge and shop for Carnevale masks.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Venice
-Vaporetto ride

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Gondola ride

Day 7

Venice to Munich, Germany

It's time to get to know the city where beer is officially considered a food. Your Trip Leader will clue you up on the Bavarian capital on a walking tour. Slide on your Lederhosen and have a royal Happy Hour experience (none of that craft beer nonsense here) at Hofbräuhaus – the recipes here were passed down from Wilhelm V, the Duke of Bavaria. "Oans, zwoa, g'suffa" (one, two, down the hatch)!

Included today:
-Walking tour of Munich

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 8

Munich to Rhine Valley

Medieval castles, vineyards and the mighty Rhine river are all up next today. Breathe in as we weave our way through narrow cobblestone streets and tunnels, and give Queen Bey a run for her money with your own 12th-century castle quarters. Besides its obvious appeals (hello, fairytale views over the Rhine) half of Germany's wine comes from here. Shame not to try some.

Included today:
-Stay in the scenic Rhine Valley castle region

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 9

Rhine Valley to Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amster-DAM it's going to be a good day! Start dreaming of cheese, clogs and café stops as we roll through tulip and windmill dotted fields to Amsterdam. Learn how cheddar and the chunky wooden shoes are made then get your bearings on a walking tour of the vibrant capital and see the Dam Square, Royal Palace and National Monument. End the night with a cone of hot chips with mayo. Mmm.

Included today:
-Visit a German gift shop for steins & cuckoos
-Dutch cheese & clogs demonstration
-Walking tour of Amsterdam

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 10

Amsterdam

Get on your bike and ride! Do as the locals do and join the 881,000 bicycles on an optional city bike tour to soak up the wintery canal vistas before retreating with hot chocolate, poffertjes and stroopwafels. Take on the city's 51 museums (must-dos: Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House). 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.

Included today:
-Canal dinner cruise

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Bike tour of Amsterdam

Day 11

Amsterdam to London, England

Make #bestfriendsforever over coach games and road trip snacks as we say goodbye in London.

Meals:
-Breakfast