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Ultimate Winter Adventure

France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Italy & Switzerland.

We start our exciting adventure by riding to the kinky and kooky town of Amsterdam before heading to Berlin to experience its electrifying nightlife. The Bohemian capital of Europe, Prague, is our next stop. Further East we hit cool Krakow and lively Budapest, before reaching saucy Salzburg and beer famous Munich. Italy then awaits us with Roman history in abundance as well as pizza, pasta, gelato and the gorgeous cities of Venice, Rome and Florence. We finish in style in Switzerland with the snow-capped mountains serving as backdrop to an abundance of outdoor pursuits and activities. These places are incredible during the winter; amazing museums, cosy bars, and the best architecture that Europe has to offer!


Duration: 26 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Active/Adrenaline, Local Culture & Cuisine, History Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 166709
Starts: Paris, France Finishes: Paris, France
You will Visit
  • Paris
  • Bruges
  • Amsterdam
  • Berlin
  • Prague
  • Prague
  • Krakow
  • Zakoplane
  • Budapest
  • Salzburg
  • Munich
  • Venice
  • Rome
  • Florence
  • Lauterbrunnen

Itinerary

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Day 1: Paris

Check-in and meet your guide from 2pm at St. Christopher's Hostel, in Paris. Your guide will give you the low-down on your spectacular adventure ahead, before you head out to explore Paris. At this time of year the French capital is stunning and you will find it hard to choose between the famous icons or the best shopping you can imagine. Tonight you have the option to join our Paris Night Bike Tour, taking in all the wonderful Parisian sights, before heading on a boat trip down the River Seine. (B)

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Day 2: Paris to Bruges

Today we hop on the coach and make our way through northern France and cross the border into Belgium towards the stunningly beautiful medieval town of Bruges. You’ll have the afternoon to explore Bruges so why not take a bike tour or search for souvenirs, yummy waffles and hot chocolate (or mulled wine!). You can also try one of the local beers – Belgium has hundreds of varieties but make sure you pace yourself, some of Belgium's beers pack a punch! (B)

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Day 3: Bruges to Amsterdam

You’ll have the morning to explore Bruges further, then we’ll set off to head to the city of many bikes and canals. Your guide will take you on an orientation walk through Amsterdam and to the heart of Dam Square to show you what this diverse city has to offer. Join your guide this evening for an optional evening at a famous stand up comedy show. (B)

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Day 4: Amsterdam

Today you are free to explore many of Amsterdam's most famous sites and museums. For the art lovers, a visit to the Van Gogh Museum cannot be missed, or for those looking to keep the party going, check out Amsterdam's Heineken Brewery! Meet your guide in the evening for a stroll through the famous Red Light District to discover its dark sexy side. (B)

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Day 5: Amsterdam to Berlin

We say our final farewell to Amsterdam, as after breakfast we depart for the dynamic and diverse Berlin! On arrival in Berlin, we head out for an evening of discovery and entertainment. Starting with an orientation walk of the former East German Alexanderplatz. With our stomachs rumbling, we'll look to fill our bellies with some traditional German food, before turning it up a notch and heading out to discover the best of Berlin’s nightlife and underground bars on the optional pub crawl. (B)

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Day 6: Berlin

Today is your day to explore the best of Berlin. You're free to explore and experience some of the city’s best sites – the East Side Gallery with its spray painted remnants of the Berlin Wall is a must see! This evening why not take the opportunity to immerse yourself in Berlin's house or hard rock music scene at one of a multitude of nightclubs. (B)

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Day 7: Berlin to Prague

We are bound for the Bohemian Capital, Prague. On our way we'll visit Dresden, once known as the 'Florence of the North'. Your guide, will take you on an orientation walk of the town, showing you all the must see sights of the capital of Saxony, Germany. After lunch, it's just a short trip to Prague. Be ready to be amazed by Prague's stunning outlook and the unique Astronomical Clock in the Town Square. Join your guide this evening for an optional dinner and evening of entertainment Czech style. (B)

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Day 8: Prague

Today is free for you to explore all Prague has to offer. Take a tram up to one of Europe’s largest castles, the Prague Castle. You can take a cruise along the river for a slightly different perspective or check out the Jewish Quarter and cemetery, famous for its multi layered graves. For something different, you might like to take an optional day trip to Kutna Hora to visit the eerily and bizarre Bone Church. (B)

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Day 9: Prague to Krakow

We wave goodbye to the Czech Republic and drive through a beautiful winter wonderland crossing the border into Poland towards our end destination of Krakow. On arrival we check into our accommodation and head out to discover all the delicious warm and filling local delicacies that Poland has to offer. In the evening there is an optional pub crawl where you can try the local tipple and see just what this party town has to offer. (B)

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Day 10: Krakow

Today is a free day to do as you wish. Discover more about the city exploring the castle district, the Jewish Quarter and the historic Old Town or just have a wander through the markets. You can also visit the Royal Salt Mines or take a half-day trip to Auschwitz to learn about one of the most tragic periods and events in recent history. Tonight join your guide for an evening out in the buzzing district of Kazimierz to discover where all the students tend to hang out. (B)

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Day 11: Krakow to Zakopane

We set off early to make the most of the day traveling into the stunning Polish Alps. After checking into our cosy alpine lodge, you have the option to check out the slopes of the Tatra Mountains. Spend the afternoon on the slopes, have a ski lesson or simply soak up the winter atmosphere and indulge on all the scrumptious food they have on offer. (B)

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Day 12: Zakpane to Budapest

It's time to head south to the famous Budapest. We stop for lunch en-route at Donovaly, one of Slovakia's well-known ski regions. After check-in, dress up and get ready for a big night out as we head out to discover the infamous underground nightlife Budapest has become known for. (B)

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Day 13: Budapest

Today you are free to explore the city. It's your day in Budapest to really get to know this magnificent city. Some of our favourite spots include the Ice-Skating Rink (the largest outdoor rink in Europe), the Castle District and St Stephen's Cathedral. Melt away the evening in the city's famous thermal baths – what better way to spend a cold European Winters evening outside in the steaming hot waters! (B)

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Day 14: Budapest to Salzburg

Have your beanies and scarves at the ready, as we travel through snow-capped mountains and white valleys, towards our destination for the night, Salzburg. Salzburg was once the home of Mozart and the Sound of Music so there’s lots of singing and dancing to be had. After check-in your guide will take you on an orientation of the town. Tonight why not head out to a local ice hockey game. (B)

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Day 15: Salzburg to Munich

This morning, you have time to head into town and see more of Salzburg or why not go on an optional Sound of Music tour where you will hit up all the big sights from the motion picture. Just after lunch we take another scenic trip through the Austrian Alps and back into Germany to the Bavarian capital Munich! After check-in, we take an orientation walk, including a visit to the world famous Glockenspiel in Marienplatz. You'll will have free time to explore the local shops and market vendors, plus some of Munich's best sites including the English Garden or climb the steps of the Frauenkirche Cathedral for the best views of the city. Tonight feasting on traditional pork knuckle and drinking steins at one of the world's best beer halls will be the plan! (B)

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Day 16: Munich

While in Munich, you may like to take the chance to visit Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration for Disney's Castle, a fantastic optional day trip. Alternatively, a visit to Dachau Concentration Camp on the outskirts of Munich is a must see for history buffs. (B)

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Day 17: Munich to Venice

Today we travel through the stunning Bavarian and Austrian Alps and onto the home of the romantics and Italy's original city of love, Venice. Enjoy free time to explore the less trodden paths and simply fall in love with the secrets that Venice has to offer you. (B)

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Day 18: Venice

After breakfast you will have the day free to explore Venice. Take a gondola ride and be serenaded by a local Venetian amongst Venice's famous canals. You can head into St Mark’s Square to witness the tradition Venetian art of glass blowing, or just pick a café, order some gelato and watch the world go by. (B)

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Day 19: Venice to Rome

This morning after breakfast, we leave the city of love for the eternal city and capital of Italy, Rome. Tonight join your guide for an optional dinner of pasta, limoncello and of course some traditional Roman gelato. (B)

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Day 20: Rome

After breakfast it’s time to get out and explore all that Rome has to offer. Go on an optional walking tour of the city visiting the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Colosseum, or you may wish to enter the world's smallest country, the Vatican City. Just next door is the awe inspiring St Peter’s Square and Cathedral, the centre of Catholicism and one of the world’s most impressive outdoor spaces. (B)

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Day 21: Rome to Florence

This morning after breakfast, we leave the eternal city for the city of food and art, Florence. highlights such as the Ponte Vecchio, Florence's famous coloured bridge, as well as the Duomo and Palazzo della Signoria and much more await you. That evening join your guide for an optional hearty Italian dinner, followed by a few drinks and a social evening together. (B)

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Day 22: Florence

Today you are free to explore Florence in all its glory. Take a stroll through the cobblestone streets to visit local leather and silk markets or farmers markets with fresh produce and local delicacies. For the art buffs, a visit to the Accademia Gallery is a must to see the statue of David as well as works from Bellini, Da Vinci and of course Michelangelo. For those looking to see a bit more of the region, an optional day trip into Tuscany can be easily arranged by your guide. (B)

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Day 23: Florence to Lauterbrunnen

Today we are up early for a scenic trip from the Tuscan capital into the heart of the Swiss Alps and beautiful Lauterbrunnen. Take the time to enjoy the most amazing mountain scenery on the way. In the evening we w can try the yummy cheese fondue, potato rosti or schnitzel and finish it off with a warm hot chocolate or schnapps. (B)

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Day 24: Lauterbrunnen

The day is yours to get out and explore this amazing winter wonderland. For the snow sport fanatics, skiing and snowboarding on the pristine slopes of the Jungfrau region makes for an unforgettable experience. For those wanting something a little less slippery, nearby Interlaken offers a range of activities including, skydiving, paragliding and outdoor highline ropes course. For something a little more relaxing, take the funicular up to the Murren and onward to the 007 hideout of Schilthorn, for stunning views out across the Swiss Alps. (B)

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Day 25: Lauterbrunnen to Paris

Today we wave farewell to the gorgeous Swiss Alps as we drive up to the shimmering lights and fashion capital of France, Paris. (B)

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Day 26: Paris

The time has come to say goodbye to your new friends from all over the world. We check-out after breakfast. (B)

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • 25 nights accommodation, 25 breakfasts
    • Guided orientation walks in Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Budapest, Salzburg and Munich
    • Your fantastic and experienced Busabout guide
    Accommodation
    • Hostel or hotel multi-share
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore Amsterdam's famous Red Light District and cafes
  • Get lost in Prague, the Bohemian Capital
  • Relax in the home of steamy baths and spas in Budapest
  • Enjoy Winter Wonderland in the Alps
  • Chow down on schnitzels and steins in Munich's beer halls
  • Krakow and its imposing medieval square and lively nightlife