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Winter Wonder

Discover a winter wonderland in Europe!

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Winter Wonder

Group Size: Max 48, Avg 35

Trip code: EHWWLL

Duration: 18 days

See 8 European countries
Europe's biggest highlights
Explore Europe with a group of travellers

Discover a winter wonderland in Europe on this amazing winter tour and see the best bits of Europe in all their winter glory! Travel out of peak season and get better value for money as you explore 6 European countries in 14 unforgettable days! Travel from the UK to France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. See stunning cities such as Paris, Rome, Venice, Florence, Salzburg, and Amsterdam on guided tours and have fun in the snow in a Swiss Alps ski resort. Make new friends on this group European travel experience and enjoy effortless travel with an experienced tour guide for a hassle-free adventure in Europe!

Trip highlights

  • Explore 3,000 years of history, from the Pantheon to the Colosseum on a walking tour of Rome
  • Soak up stunning snow-capped scenery and views to die for in the Swiss Alps
  • Pay a moving visit to former concentration camp, Mauthausen
  • Discover Venice’s atmospheric backwaters by gondola
  • Sample some of the world’s best beers in gothic Prague
  • Hang with the hipsters in buzzing Berlin
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What's included
  • 17 nights' accommodation
  • 11 breakfasts & 2 dinners
  • Tour guide
  • Air-conditioned coach transport
  • Paris highlights drive
  • Pisa Tower visit
  • Local guide walking tour of Florence
  • Walking tour of Rome
  • Orvieto orientation walk
  • Walking tour of Venice
  • Walking tour of Salzburg
  • Mauthausen concentration camp visit
  • Walking tour of Prague
  • Dresden orientation walk
  • Berlin highlights drive
  • 24-hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Optional extra tours and activities
  • Pre & Post tour accommodation (Due to the early start, we recommend booking pre-tour accommodation. Please contact us for details.)
Further trip information

Day 1: London to Paris. Are you ready for the winter adventure of a lifetime? Thought so. Meet the gang in London and get ready to cross the Channel. Start your Parisian stopover in style with a driving tour of the city’s hottest spots, before discovering what the nightlife here is all about.

Day 2: Paris. Today’s yours to explore the City of Love. Our recommendation? Join our optional bike tour or get a different view of the city with a river cruise down the Seine. Tonight, there’s an evening at the cabaret on offer to round off a day that’s more Parisian than the Eiffel Tower.

Day 3: Paris to Swiss Alps, Switzerland. The next drive is a long one – lucky the scenery’s so good! We’re headed to the Swiss Alps for some of the most spectacular snowy landscapes you’ve ever clapped eyes on. Arrive in time for a cup of glühwein in the fresh Alpine air – just magical.

Day 4: Swiss Alps. Wrap up warm and prepare to have your thrill-seeking dreams come true. Snow-hiking, skiing, snowboarding, helicoptering, skydiving – whatever your style, we can sort it for you. If you’re looking for something more chilled, hop on the Jungfraubahn railway to the ‘Top of Europe’.

Day 5: Swiss Alps to Florence, Italy, via Pisa. Next stop – the world’s most famous architectural mistake! Cue classic pics holding the tower up before we head to Florence. Take a stroll down the cobbled streets of the centre, before choosing a market trattoria for a Tuscan feast.

Day 6: Florence. Get to grips with the city on an in-depth walking tour with a local guide – this is the real Florence. Then get stuck into some solo exploration of the ancient streets, or maybe you’d rather just sample la dolce vita and kick back with a cappuccino or a gelato (so what if it’s winter?).

Day 7: Florence to Rome, via Orvieto. We’re making a quick pitstop today at the hilltop town of Orvieto before arriving in the Eternal City. We’ve got a heck of a tour lined up for you with tourist trail biggies, hidden gems, and almost 3,000 years of history. After all that you’ll be ready to refuel – pizza anybody?

Day 8: Rome. Another day in Rome? Don’t mind if we do. Take an optional tour of the Vatican City, head up Capitoline Hill, or make like the locals and indulge in some dolce far niente (pleasant idleness) at some of the city’s many cafés. Tonight, get ready for round two of traveller versus carbs.

Day 9: Rome to Venice. Catch up on some zzzs on the road to the one and only Venice. This afternoon we’ll get to know the city’s hotspots on a mega walking tour – we’re talking St Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace and Accademia Bridge. Then it’s time for a hot choc looking out over the canal. 

Day 10: Venice. Explore the Floating City to your heart’s content today. Sip a coffee in one of the atmospheric piazzas, wander down the backwaters and top it all off with a gondola ride down the Grand Canal. This evening, sniff out a local restaurant for a cicchetti (Venetian tapas) extravaganza.

Day 11: Venice to Salzburg, Austria. Our destination today is elegant Salzburg. Take a walking tour of the city’s best bits, including Mirabell Gardens, Fortress Hohensalzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, and the Cathedral. Our recommendation tonight? Weiner schnitzel with a cold beer ought to do it. 

Day 12: Salzburg to Prague, Czech Republic, via Mauthausen. Pretty Prague is next, but first, a moving visit to the former concentration camp of Mauthausen. In Prague, we’ll take a walking tour (including the iconic clock tower), ahead of a night on some of the best beers in the world.  

Day 13: Prague. Today’s all yours folks. Check out the John Lennon Wall, take the funicular up Petrin Hill, immerse yourself in history at the gothic castle, and grab a pork roll from one of the Old Town Square street vendors. If you’re a beer buff, don’t miss the local beer tasting session this afternoon.

Day 14: Prague to Berlin, Germany, via Dresden. Hello Germany! First stop, historic Dresden, where we’ll take a walking tour. Then we’re headed to arguably the hippest European city around – Berlin. Take a driving tour of the biggest hitters before seeing if Berlin’s nightlife lives up to its reputation!

Day 15: Berlin. 24 free hours in Berlin? Don’t mind if we do! Take a Third Reich walking tour, led by local guides, for a real insight into what it would’ve been like living here under Nazi rule, or give your belly a workout with an optional locally led food tour (don’t spare the currywurst!)

Day 16: Berlin to Amsterdam, Netherlands. The ‘Dam is calling today! Explore culture hotspots from Dam Square and the Royal Palace to the National Monument before settling in somewhere for some delicious Dutch beers. Don’t forget to line your stomach with a cone of hot chips and mayo – yum.

Day 17: Amsterdam. It’s our last full day so let’s make it count. Get down with the locals on a bike tour, pay a visit to the Anne Frank House, or get your art on at the Van Gogh Museum. Just make sure you’re back in time to get together with the gang at tonight’s farewell group dinner.

Day 18: Amsterdam to London, England. After some brekkie, climb back on the fun bus for one last time as we head back over the channel to London Town. Summer trip next time?

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Arrival information

This trip starts in London. You will need to make your own way to London and be at the joining hostel by 6am, ready to check in, in time for a 7am departure. Due to the early start, you may wish to pre-book a night at the hostel for the night before. 

Your trip arrives back into London at 9pm on your end date. We recommend you stay an extra night in London before departure the next day in case of delays. 

Accommodation & meals

17 nights' accommodation are included on this trip. You'll have 13 nights in hostels and 4 nights in campsite bungalows. Rooms are usually 4-8 people and are single sex

This trip includes 11 breakfasts & 2 dinners. You'll need to buy the rest of your meals yourself which gives you maximum flexibility to eat where and when you like.

Please be aware that in some countries, particularly in Eastern Europe, it is more difficult to cater for dietary requirements, but we will always try our best to arrange it. However, we cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.

Minimum age & eligibility

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.

Covid safety

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.