Brighten up your winter with this spectacular European Adventure!
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Group Size: Avg 35, Max 48
Trip code: TWNLL2
Duration: 11 days
Snow-dusted scenery in the Swiss Alps, frosty mists over Venice's Grand Canal, chocolat chaud under the Eiffel Tower, crackling fires in Munich's beer halls, scenes straight from a storybook in Heidelberg and beanies and bicycles on the canal in the 'Dam - we're loving the wintery vibe of this whistle-stop European tour. Get ready to tick off some bucket-list biggies across five fabulous countries, and to meet the best bunch of trip mates ever. What's not to love?
- See the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysées and that Tower on a stellar driving tour of Paris
- Soak up jaw-dropping, snow-capped scenery in the Swiss Alps
- Drift along Venice's misty winter backwaters on a gondola
- Pull on your lederhosen and hit the beer halls in Munich
- Explore Heidelberg's fairytale castle and Old Town
- Take a bike tour of Amsterdam's atmospheric canals and cobbled streets
Day 1: London to Paris, France. Meet the gang early this morning in London Town before boarding the fun bus to Paris! Hit the hotspots with a stellar driving tour (we're talking the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysées, Place de la Concorde and the Eiffel Tower). Then get to know everybody over a delicious group dinner.
Day 2: Paris. Today's yours. Our recommendation? Tick off the bucket list biggies on an optional bike tour or see the city from the water with a river cruise down the Seine, then re-fuel with chocolat chaud. Tonight, join our optional cabaret experience, for those full Parisian feels.
Day 3: Paris to Swiss Alps, Switzerland. We've got a bit of a drive ahead, so sit back and enjoy the snow-dusted scenery as it whizzes past - they don't make it like this at home! We'll arrive in the breathtaking Swiss Alps in time to warm our bellies with a cup of Glühwein in the fresh Alpine air.
Day 4: Swiss Alps. Whether you're into snow-hiking, skiing, snowboarding, skydiving or heli-touring, we've got you. If thrills aren't your thing there's a scenic excursion to Jungfrau - the 'Top of Europe'. This evening, go full explorer with a night sledding experience, or get stuck into some cheese fondue.
Day 5: Swiss Alps to Venice, Italy. Our next stop is pretty special and Winter is an incredible time to visit Venice. We'll take a walking tour of the big hitters, including St Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace and Accademia Bridge. Then we'll leave you to explore at your own pace. Pizza anybody?
Day 6: Venice. Today's yours. Take a gondola ride down the Grand Canal, grab a cappuccino in one of the atmospheric piazzas, or pick up some souvenirs in Castello. This evening, warm yourself with a big bowl of pasta and a few glasses of vino in one of the local trattorias - delizioso.
Day 7: Venice to Munich, Germany. Our next stop is one of the beer capitals of the world (what's not to love?) Kick things off with a walking tour of the highlights, then dig out those lederhosen ready for a fun night on the steins!
Day 8: Munich to Heidelberg. We're headed to fairytale Heidelberg today. This afternoon's plans are down to you. Hop on the cable car up to the Palace, soak up the baroque at the Heiliggeistkirche or head to a local gastro pub and get stuck into some pork knuckle and a beer or two - prost!
Day 9: Heidelberg to Amsterdam, Netherlands. Auf Wiedersehen Germany! We'll arrive in the 'Dam in time to get acquainted with the city's canals and cobblestones. This evening, bagsy a table at the Proeflokaal Arendsnest and see how many of their 100 Dutch beers you can sample in one sitting!
Day 10: Amsterdam. Join the locals with a bike tour, get your history fix at the Anne Frank House, or marvel at the sunflowers at the Van Gogh Museum. Refuel with hot chips and mayo before strapping on your skates for fun on the ice rinks. Make sure you save some energy for our farewell dinner!
Day 11: Amsterdam to London. Buckle up ready for the last leg of the journey back across the Channel to London Town. Who's planning the reunion? Arrive back in London around 9pm
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Meet your group in London at 6am in time for a 7am departure. Due to the early start, you may wish to pre-book a night at the starting hostel for the night before. We can help you make this booking. The trip ends in London, at the same hostel you departed from at around 9pm on your end date.
10 nights of accommodation are included on this trip. You'll spend 9 nights in hostels and 1 night in a hotel. Rooms are on a single-sex basis.
We've thrown in 6 breakfasts and 2 dinners on this trip. You'll need to buy the rest of your meals and any snacks and drinks yourself. This gives you maximum flexibility to eat where and when you like. Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary requirements.
The age requirements for this trip is 18 - 39 years. This trip requires you to show evidence that you have been fully vaccinated against covid-19 (final dose administered a minimum of 14 days prior to the start of the trip).
UK citizens can travel to countries in the European Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days. Schengen countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after your trip.
All visa, passport and entry requirements are subject to change so we recommend travellers check the most up to date information with the relevant embassies before travel.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.