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Group Size: Avg 30-40

Trip code: CTEC

Duration: 27 days

Pick up and drop off in London
10 countries
Explore Europe for a month this summer

With historic cities, beautiful beaches, delish cuisine, and more iconic sights than you’ve had hot dinners, Europe is where it's at! This epic group tour reads like the bucket-list of your dreams, with show-stopping attractions from the Eiffel Tower and the Colosseum to Venice’s Grand Canal and Prague’s medieval centre. But it’s not all blockbuster big-hitters. You’ll get back to nature in the Swiss Alps, head off the beaten track at the Plitvice Lakes (Croatia’s best kept secret – shhh), and fill the hills with the sound of music in the stunning Austrian Tyrol. The food and drink are off the hook on this one too, with a French feast and wine tasting in the Beaujolais region, the best beer in the world in Munich and Prague, a Tuscan banquet in Florence, and a cheesy night on the fondue at our Swiss ski resort! With a ready-made gang of mates, and a bunch of included activities, it’s literally the most fun you’ll have all year.

Trip Highlights

  • Raise your steins at a traditional Bavarian beer hall in Munich – prost!
  • Cruise along Venice’s jaw-dropping canals in a traditional motoscafo
  • Take a twilight tour of beautiful Paris as the city lights twinkle on
  • Swim in the emerald waters of Croatia’s hidden gem - Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Explore Berlin’s historic streets and party the night away in its cutting edge bars and clubs
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What's included
  • 26 nights’ accommodation
  • 26 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 9 dinners
  • Tour guide
  • Local guides
  • Driver team
  • All on-trip transport
  • Twilight tour of Paris
  • French banquet and wine pairing in Beaujolais
  • Beaujolais picnic lunch
  • Fondue night in the Swiss Alps
  • Bomb shelter bar
  • Motoscafo ride in Venice
  • Walking tour of Rome
  • Overnight ferry to the Croatian Riviera
  • Plitvice Lakes
  • Orientation tour of Ljubljana
  • Austrian feast in the Tyrol
  • Bavarian beer hall visit in Munich
  • Dachau concentration camp
  • Berlin tour
  • East Side Gallery, Berlin
  • 24 hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Visas
  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Some meals
  • Optional activities
Further trip information

Day 1: London to Paris (France). Meet your new mates in London and hit the road straight away. Cross the channel to France and travel through the Valley of the Somme en route to the most romantic city in the world! Kick off with a magical twilight tour as the city lights twinkle on.

Day 2: Paris. Paris is your oyster today! Explore the city’s classy boulevards, stylish boutiques, and cosy bistros. Tonight, head to Montmartre for an optional Parisian banquet, then get your Moulin Rouge on at a traditional cabaret show.

Day 3: Paris to Beaujolais region. Stop at Chateau Fontainebleau for a slice of French history before continuing to the heart of wine country, where we’ll be staying in our own chateau! With a boujie bar, chic boudoirs, and an outdoor pool, it’s a seriously special stay. Enjoy a delish French feast and wines. Then dance the night away in the onsite nightclub!

Day 4: Beaujolais region. Start your day the zen way with a guided sunrise yoga session The rest of the day is yours to chill by the pool, and explore the grounds of your royal crib. Today’s highlight is a classic French picnic (with wine of course!) in the stunning countryside. 

Day 5: Beaujolais region to Swiss Alps (Switzerland). Climb back on the coach and roll on to the jaw-dropping Swiss Alps. Arrive in our chocolate-box Swiss resort and drop your bags before heading out for a fondue night (wear your eating trousers!) followed by an evening in a ‘bomb shelter’ bar.

Day 6: Swiss Alps. You’ve got a full day to soak up your incredible surroundings. Take a hike in the mountains, breathe in the fresh, mountain air, or take an optional trip up Jungfrau Mountain (AKA the Top of the World) on a 7km cog railway!

Day 7: Swiss Alps to Venice (Italy). We’re dropping some altitude today as we leave the Swiss Alps behind and travel to the one and only Venice. Drop your bags and head out in search of an aperol or two to kick off your stay.

Day 8: Venice. You’ve got a full day to enjoy the Floating City starting with a ride on our own private motoscafo boat to Venice’s historic centre. Get the full Venice experience with an optional gondola ride before joining our optional walking food tour - cicchetti here we come!

Day 9: Venice to Florence. Arrivederci Venice, we’re off to Tuscany’s golden capital.  Take a wander along the River Arno, check out the famous Duomo Cathedral or just grab a glass of Chianti and watch the world go by. Tonight, enjoy an optional Tuscan feast – yum!

Day 10: Florence to Rome. Florence you’ve been amazing, but all roads lead to Rome! Explore the capital on foot, checking out all the most iconic monuments, ahead of a night out with the gang – pizza anybody?

Day 11: Rome. You’ve got a full day to explore Rome at your own pace. Walk in the footsteps of gladiators with an optional tour of the Colosseum, explore the treasures of Vatican City with a local guide, or just wander the city streets and see what cultural or culinary treasures you stumble across.

Day 12: Rome & overnight Adriatic ferry to Split (Croatia). Wake up to your last morning in Rome. Do your last bit of exploring, before heading to Ancona port, where we’ll board our overnight ferry to Croatia. Snuggle down and let the gentle motion of the Adriatic Sea rock you to sleep.

Day 13: Split to the Croatian Riviera. Wake up as we drop anchor in the lively port city of Split, where you’ll have some time to discover the Diocletian’s Palace and hunt down Game of Thrones filming locations before hopping on the coach to the Croatian Riviera. Sundowners anybody?

Days 14 - 15: Croatian Riviera. The next two days are all about living the beach life. Bronze your bod on the pebbly shore, splash about in the turquoise waters of the Adriatic, eat your body weight in ice cream, and sip cocktails on the seafront after dark. Life doesn’t get any better than this!

Day 16: Croatian Riviera to Plitvice Lakes. Sun-kissed after our time on the Riviera, we’re back on the coach today. Our next destination is Plitvice Lakes National Park. Explore the jewel-like lakes, cascading waterfalls, and lush greenery of the park before enjoying dinner with your buddies.

Day 17: Plitvice Lakes to Ljubljana (Slovenia). Next stop: lovely Ljubljana! We’ll take you on a tour of the city centre before leaving you to explore. Check out the bohemian art district, hit the castle, or just stroll round the medieval centre. After dark, get down with the nightly fun along the river.

Day 18: Ljublijana to Austrian Tyrol (Austria). Travel to the cute little town of Hopfgarten im Brixental where we’ll be staying in our very own Austrian Gasthof. Warm up in the on-site sauna, or hit the Schnapps bar. Tonight, enjoy a chef-prepared Austrian meal. You had us at schnitzel!

Day 19: Austrian Tyrol. Wake up in the most stunning surroundings before heading out to explore. Adrenaline junkies can take in the panoramas from the air with an optional paragliding experience, or there’s a fully guided bike tour through the picture postcard scenery, complete with BBQ lunch.

Day 20: Austrian Tyrol to Munich (Germany). Go wild on the water before we leave Austria, with a thrilling whitewater rafting experience. Next stop, Munich! Take an optional guided Bavarian bike tour of the local area before going full Munich tonight with a visit to Bavarian beer hall – prost!

Day 21: Munich to Prague (Czech Republic) via Dachau. The Czech Republic is calling! We’ll make an important stop at Dachau concentration camp, before continuing on to Prague. Sample a few pivos (beers) tonight on an optional pub tour - with the best beer in the world, it would be rude not to!

Day 22: Prague. You’ve got a whole day to get to know Prague better. Tonight, there’s a traditional Czech evening on offer, with live music and dancing and a hearty meal including dumplings and local wine and beer.

Day 23: Prague to Berlin via Dresden (Germany). Check out Dresden’s historic centre en route to funky Berlin. Dump your stuff on arrival before a tour of the city’s many highlights. Then hit the bars. From traditional beer gardens to techno temples and dark, Berlin has something for everyone.

Day 24: Berlin. Spend today getting under Berlin’s skin. Take an optional historical walking tour, including a visit to Hitler’s bunker and the Holocaust Memorial, see a side of the city that most tourists don’t, with an alternative walking tour. It’s our last night in Berlin, so go large!

Day 25: Berlin to Amsterdam (Netherlands). Leave Germany behind and travel through the flat landscapes of the Netherlands to the ‘Dam’. We’ve laid on a delicious dinner tonight with the gang, after which you’re free to discover the city’s legendary nightlife.

Day 26: Amsterdam. It’s our last full day today so turn the fun factor up to ten! Get a bird’s eye view of the city on Europe’s highest swing, take a canal cruise through the city’s historic heart or check out Van Gogh’s sunflowers. Tonight, hit the beers with your travel fam.

Day 27: Amsterdam to London. It’s time to climb on the coach one last time as we truck back through Belgium to Calais and over the channel to Dover. We’ll leave you in London. See you next time!

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Arrival information

Meet the gang in central London on day 1 and hop on the coach. You’ll head to Dover and cross the Channel to Calais, before driving on to Amsterdam! The tour will start very early in the morning (exact timings will be given once booked) so you should arrive in London the day before the tour starts.

Your trip ends on day 27 and we’ll deliver you back to London Town on the coach. As the times of the ferry can vary, we recommend you stay an extra night in London after your tour ends. Please contact a travel advisor for info on how to book extra nights.

Accommodation & meals

Accommodation

This trip includes 26 nights’ accommodation. You’ll spend 13 nights in hostels, 8 nights in hotels, 2 nights in a 16th Century chateau (with its own pool and nightclub), 2 nights in an exclusive ski chalet (with an on-site sauna and Schnapps bar) and 1 night on an overnight ferry. Rooms are single sex and a maximum of 6 people. Please note that accommodation is subject to change.

Meals

This trip includes 26 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 9 dinners. You’ll have to buy the rest of your meals yourself. 

Minimum age & eligibility

This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-35.

British citizens can travel to countries in the Schengen Area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training.

Your passport must be issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (check the ‘date of issue’) and valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’).

Please note: Visa rules are subject to change. Please check for the most up to date information before you travel.

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