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Group Size: Max 48
Trip code: EEWMLL
Duration: 24 days
Explore the delights of Western Europe on this fantastic 24-day winter tour. Journey through chilly city streets and snow-dusted mountains with a group and guide, and see the very best Europe has to offer. Ticking off 6 stunning countries in just over three weeks, this epic winter warmer includes stops in Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, Venice, The Swiss Alps, Amsterdam and many more! Explore new places, meet exciting new people and discover the beauty and thrills of this awesome continent.
Tackle those winter blues with this amazing 24-day tour around Western Europe. Explore buzzing cities and tranquil landscapes in just over 3 weeks on the continent!
Day 1: London to Paris, France. First up: it’s Paris, city of love, style, and delicious food! Take a drive around the city hotspots to get your bearings and then tuck into a gourmet picnic beneath the Eiffel Tower. Fab food and awesome surroundings? C’est la vie!
Day 2: Paris. Spend the day exploring chic Paris at your leisure today, as you discover such treasures as the majestic Notre Dame Cathedral (Quasimodo not included), the amazing Musee D’Orsay and the sensational art collections in the famous Louvre.
Day 3: Paris to Bordeaux. Stop off in the enchanting Loire valley, a stretch of river littered with extravagant fortresses and romantic chateaux. Grab some pictures here and then continue south to the rolling vineyards of Bordeaux.
Day 4: Bordeaux. There are over 9,000 wine producers in Bordeaux. That should keep you going for the day! If wine’s not your thing, don’t worry. Bordeaux is also home to fantastic coffee houses, fashion stores, and gourmet restaurants.
Day 5: Bordeaux to Bilbao, Spain. Stop off at Chateau du Taillan for a spot of wine tasting. The gorgeous grounds, vineyards and huge underground cellars offer an attractive background as you sip on the finest wines around. Then on to arty Bilbao.
Day 6: Bilbao to Madrid. Roll into the capital and take in all the big sights, such as the Royal Palace and the Plaza de Espana. Get ready for a night out on the town. Madrid comes alive after dark.
Day 7: Madrid. A free day for whatever you want to do. Then a final night in Madrid’s exceptional nightlife. Party until dawn and then munch on some warm churros as the sun comes up.
Day 8: Madrid to Valencia. Now to the home of Paella! Stroll around the historic sites and grab an espresso on the seafront. Winter has never looked so good!
Day 9: Valencia to Barcelona. Roll into another legendary city today and tour around the atmospheric streets of Barcelona. Check out daring street performers, art on the pavements and festive fun around every corner. Get your toes tapping with an optional flamenco show.
Day 10: Barcelona. Another day in this dazzling city. Visit anything you didn’t have time for yesterday and watch the winter sun sliding across the skyline. Enjoy it. It’s your final day in Spain!
Day 11: Barcelona to Marseille, France. Bonjour to lively Marseille. Take a walking tour of the city and discover historic treasures and picture-perfect skylines. Then set out on your own for a day of exploration and a night of adventure!
Day 12: Marseille. More Marseille? Yes please! Grab a bite to eat in a side-street bistro and then watch the world go by on the seafront. Another marvellous day in France!
Day 13: Marseille to Florence, Italy. Stop off in Pisa to get a picture next to that famous leaning tower and get your first taste of Italian magic at a local trattoria in Florence. Bring on the pizza!
Day 14: Florence. Discover all the secret tales and history of this city and keep an eye out for famous statues and buildings on a walking tour. Then grab a cone of gelato and sit by the canal.
Day 15: Florence to Rome. Have your camera at the ready as you take a walking tour of Italy’s most famous city. Imagine being a gladiator at the Colosseum, toss a coin and make a wish at the Trevi Fountain and marvel at the mighty Pantheon.
Day 16: Rome. Head over to the home of the Pope today. Not only an architectural and spiritual wonder, Vatican City is also the smallest country in the world! Then live more of ‘the dolce vita’ with an afternoon in Trastevere, a gorgeous neighbourhood on the banks of the Tiber.
Day 17: Rome to Venice. Stop off in Verona and discover the home of Romeo and Juliet. Then follow the sound of water lapping against gondolas! Soak up the atmosphere of Venice and discover spectacular hidden squares and vibrant wine bars.
Day 18: Venice. Marvel at colourful neighbourhoods and majestic churches as you wander the canals. Venice has loads to offer, from gorgeous food and drink to a sizzling arts scene. Enjoy!
Day 19: Venice to Swiss Alps, Switzerland. Swap intricate cities for rolling hills! Take a deep breath of clean mountain air and bask in the glorious hilltop views. And check out that gorgeous snow! This is what a winter holiday is all about!
Day 20: Swiss Alps. Get involved in a range of optional activities from helicopter rides to skiing to skydiving! Or just flop into the soft snow and make a snow-angel. Enjoy a well-earned hot chocolate when you return!
Day 21: Swiss Alps to Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. Luxembourg may be tiny but is has bags of charm, and you’ll soon fall in love with this fairytale city of church spires, tall bridges and winding streets.
Day 22: Luxembourg City to Amsterdam, Netherlands. Welcome to one of the coolest cities in Europe. Take a walking tour around the city and then enjoy a clogs and cheese demonstration!
Day 23: Amsterdam. The day is yours to do whatever you please. Top attractions include the Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank house or the Heineken HQ. Then get dressed up for a canal cruise dinner!
Day 24: Amsterdam to London, England. Time to say goodbye to your group and guide as you travel back to where you started.
Please note: Free on-coach Wi-Fi is available but speed and connection relies on local 3G / 4G networks, and signal can be intermittent in some of the more remote areas.
For the Summer version of this trip, please see here.
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