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Top Deck
Paris to London
27 days
From $4,814
Tour code: EESSLL-9

Fancy spending a day lounging under the Mediterranean sun on a yacht coursing through the turquoise waters of the Adriatic? How about three days? You got it. On this Summer Fun & Sailing trip, not only will you have the chance to channel your inner shipmate with a jaunt on the high seas, but you’ll also crisscross epic mountain ranges, explore Europe’s great capitals and discover some of the hottest new destinations in the Balkans. Talk about a trip of a lifetime!

What's included?

Meals

26 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 13 dinners

Transport

Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi

Accommodation

13 nights in hostels, 6 nights in bungalows at European campsites, 3 nights sailing in Greece, 3 nights in hotel upgrades, 1 night in a cabin on overnight ferry

Room types: Multi-Share (Female), Multi-Share (Male)

Included activities

Paris, France

Traditional cabaret show: 65 EUR

Seine river cruise: 10 EUR

Bike tour of Paris: 30 EUR


Swiss Alps (Lauterbrunnen), Switzerland

Scenic excursion to Jungfrau ('The Top of Europe'): 161.80 - 189.60 CHF

Skydiving: 390 (plus 50 Deposit)

Scenic helicopter ride: CHF 195 (plus €20 deposit)

Visit a Swiss watch shop


Vatican City

Guided tour of Vatican City: 45 EUR


Venice, Italy

Gondola ride: 20 EUR

Get a personalised trip T-shirt or hoodie: 21-32 EUR


Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sea kayaking around the Dubrovnik walls: 230 HRK

Game of Thrones tour: 15 EUR



Postojna, Slovenia

Visit Postojna Cave: 25 EUR


Berlin, Germany

Third Reich walking tour: 12 EUR

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Bike tour of Amsterdam: 14 EUR


Itinerary

Day 1
London, England to Paris, France

All good things start with Paris. Meet the crew and grab some supplies before we hit the road early in the morning and jump across the English Channel. The home of Coco Chanel, the Pompidou Centre and the Mona Lisa, Paris more than deserves its reputation as the European capital for all things culture, fashion and food-related. What better way to start the trip than with a driving tour and delicious picnic next to the Eiffel Tower?

Included activities: Driving tour of Paris and gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower

Meals: Dinner

Day 2
Paris

This morning: free time en Français. From the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay to the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées, you'll be sure to make a solid dent in your bucket list. Later on, it’s up to you: stretch those legs on an optional bike tour of Paris or simply roam the streets on your own. End your day with an optional Seine River cruise or a #throwback cabaret show.

Optional activities:

  • Traditional cabaret show
  • Seine river cruise
  • Bike tour of Paris

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3
Paris to Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Trade in Parisian streets for snowy peaks. Home to the ‘Top of Europe’, 72 waterfalls and one of the largest nature conservations in Switzerland, Lauterbrunnen is where we'll be spending the night. Upon arrival, we’ll get stuck into an included dinner before heading to the bar for a nightcap. Cheers!

Meals: BreakfastLunchDinner

Day 4
Swiss Alps

Scenic hikes and jaw-dropping views are high on today's agenda. Go low key with a mountain walk or hop on board the Jungfraubahn railway for an optional visit to the Jungfrau Mountain summit. Expect plenty of fairytale villages en route! Another feast awaits your return, regardless of how you make your way back down.

Optional activities:

  • Scenic excursion to Jungfrau ('The Top of Europe')
  • Skydiving
  • Scenic helicopter ride
  • Visit a Swiss watch shop

Meals: BreakfastLunchDinner

Day 5
Swiss Alps to French Riviera, France

Trade in your gruezi for bonjour as we follow in Napoleon's footsteps down to the glamorous French Riviera. Feel free to indulge in a bit of celeb spotting as you explore the world's most lavish waterfront property!

Meals: BreakfastLunch

Day 6
French Riviera

This morning, you do you! Laze on the beach, or go wild in the designer boutiques in Nice's Old Town. Later: roll with the jet set on a guided tour and see how the 1% live (hint: it involves Ferraris and bathing in caviar). Feeling lucky? Hit the tables at the Monte Carlo Casino and make it rain (or not). Also today: a visit to a traditional French perfumery.

Included activities:

  • Walking tour of Monaco
  • Visit a traditional French perfumery

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7
French Riviera to Florence, Italy

Take THAT shot at the Leaning Tower of Pisa before we truck on to the Tuscan hills. Hello, Florence! Ready to eat, sleep, repeat in the foodie capital of the world?

Included activities: Visit Pisa and see the famous Leaning Tower

Meals: BreakfastDinner

Day 8
Florence to Rome

Time to give that bucket list a workout – we’re off to Rome! Did someone say walking tour? We’ll pass by the Pantheon, throw our two cents in the Trevi Fountain, sit on the Spanish Steps and check out the mighty Colosseum before the day is done. Tonight, you're in Disneyland for foodies. Have fun!

Included activities:

  • Walking tour of Florence with a local guide
  • Walking tour of Rome

Meals: BreakfastDinner

Day 9
Rome

Create the ultimate Roman Holiday in one day with a whirlwind of Vespas, espresso, two-cheek kisses and pizza the way it's supposed to taste. Count your blessings on an optional tour of Vatican City, then play ‘I-spy’ with two-and-a-half millennia worth of history. Want more? You could always shop till you drop on Via Condotti, head to Capitoline Hill for awesome views of the Roman Forum and Colosseum or just kick back in Piazza Navona for some dolce far niente (delicious idleness).

Optional activities: Guided tour of Vatican City

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10
Rome to Sailing in Greece

Play connect the dots with the stars or let the swell rock you to sleep as we ferry our way from bella Italia to Greece. Restaurants, bars, and cosy cabin rooms will keep you comfortable.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 11
Sailing in Greece

After a short drive along the Greek coastline, it’s on to our flotilla of yachts for three days of sun, sand and sailing on the Ionian Sea. By night, flaunt those European tan lines as we drop anchor and hop between authentic Greek tavernas for a hat-trick of feasting, table dancing and ouzo. You know the saying ‘too much of a good thing’? Neither do we.

Meals: BreakfastLunch

Day 12
Sailing in Greece

A free day to sail, swim, eat, sleep, repeat. Kick back and spend the day your way.

Meals: BreakfastLunch

Day 13
Sailing in Greece

More turquoise water, more swimming, more diving off boats, more epic Instagram shots... You could probably get used to this!

Meals: BreakfastLunchDinner

Day 14
Sailing in Greece to Tirana, Albania

What happens when you paint a former communist capital in vivid colours? According to Tirana's artist-turned-mayor-turned-TED speaker Edi Rama, people start paying taxes and crime rates plummet. True story. We’ll kick things off with a driving tour and a group dinner before we let you loose into the night.

Included activities: Driving tour of Tirana with a local guide

Meals: BreakfastDinner

Day 15
Tirana to Dubrovnik, Croatia

Press your nose to the window and soak up all the stunning views that race past the coach window as we make our way to the most famous walled city in Europe (stopping at Budva on the way). Later, we’ll take a wander around Dubrovnik's tiny cobblestoned streets and explore a few hidden cafés and shops before grabbing dinner and checking out the nightlife.

Included activities:

  • Visit Budva
  • Walking tour of Dubrovnik with a local guide

Meals: BreakfastDinner

Day 16
Dubrovnik

Yay! A free day in Dubrovnik! Spend some time checking out the residential homes further up in the Old Town for some awesome views, then enjoy a cold beer on the wall as the sun sets over the Adriatic. Alternatively, take to the water for a spot of optional sea kayaking around the city walls. There’s also a Game of Thrones tour to get stuck into if that’s your jam.

Optional activities:

  • Sea kayaking around the Dubrovnik Walls
  • Game of Thrones tour

Meals: Breakfast

Day 17
Dubrovnik to Zadar

Today we’ll listen to the ocean play an instrument in Zadar. Yep, you read that right! The Sea Organ is a quirky art installation nested within the city’s eclectic mix of Roman ruins and public art. More cool facts await you on an orientation tour with your brainy Trip Leader.

Included activities: Orientation tour of Zadar

Meals: Breakfast

Day 18
Zadar to Venice, Italy

First up: an optional round of stalagmite spotting at the beautiful (not to mention huge) Postojna Cave. This all-natural maze of tunnels and caverns was hollowed out by the Pivka River around two MILLION years ago. True story! Then: time to say ciao to Venice. After checking into our accommodation, we’ll come face to face with an irresistible Italian (meal).

Optional activities:

  • Visit Postojna Cave
  • Get a personalised trip T-shirt or hoodie

Meals: BreakfastDinner

Day 19
Venice

You know it as The Floating City, but this place is actually sinking (slowly). Today we’ll check out a who's who of Venice's usual suspects on a guided walking tour (ticking off the likes of St Mark's Square and Accademia Bridge) before rounding things off with a vaporetto ride along the Grand Canal. Need suggestions for this afternoon? Insider tip: spend some time seeking out the epic Libreria Acqua Alta bookshop (or just go on a mission to find the perfect gelato).

Included activities:

  • Walking tour of Venice
  • Vaporetto ride

Optional activities: Gondola ride

Meals: BreakfastDinner

Day 20
Venice to Munich, Germany

Time to get to know the city where beer is officially considered a food. Hello, Munich! After a walking tour, why not slide on the lederhosen for a royal Happy Hour experience at the 428-year-old Hofbräuhaus? Did you know that the recipes here were passed down from Wilhelm V, the Duke of Bavaria? You do now!

Included activities: Walking tour of Munich

Meals: BreakfastLunch

Day 21
Munich to Prague, Czech Republic

First today: a visit to former concentration camp Dachau for a lesson in the resilience of humanity. Then: on to Prague. Get Insta-happy and seek out the John Lennon wall, soak up some history at the National or Communist Museum or get a taste of the quirky local culture at a marionette puppet opera (you gotta see it to believe it).

Included activities:

  • Visit former concentration camp Dachau
  • Walking tour of Prague

Meals: BreakfastDinner

Day 22
Prague

Another free day for the win! Snap a selfie at Prague's own Eiffel Tower, visit a miniatures museum, eat roast pork from one of the street vendors lining Old Town Square and wash it all down with a beer. As in, a really good beer. Prague, we love you.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 23
Prague to Berlin, Germany

Get acquainted with 800 year-old Dresden – a city virtually destroyed in WWII and then rebuilt – and check out the Frauenkirche before we make tracks to Berlin. Prep yourself for currywurst, absinthe and more hipsters per capita than anywhere else. We'll drive you around to see (what's left of) the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building.

Included activities:

  • Walking tour of the restored city of Dresden
  • Driving tour of Berlin

Meals: BreakfastDinner

Day 24
Berlin

Today, why not step out on an optional Third Reich walking tour for a local insight into what the city was like under Nazi rule? Kreuzberg is a hit for lunch – or you could always have a picnic at the historic Tempelhof airport-turned-public park. Tonight it’s time to explore the city after dark - Berlin’s nightlife is famous for a reason!

Optional activities: Third Reich walking tour

Meals: Breakfast

Day 25
Berlin to Amsterdam, Netherlands

Start dreaming of cafes, clogs and canals as we roll through tulip and windmill-dotted fields to Amsterdam. We’ll get our bearings on a walking tour of Dam Square, the Royal Palace and the National Monument – so get your cameras at the ready! For the perfect end to the perfect day, give in to temptation and grab a cone of hot chips with mayo. Mmm.

Included activities: Orientation tour of Amsterdam

Meals: Breakfast

Day 26
Amsterdam

Join 881,000 bikes and get your cycle on with an optional bike tour of Amsterdam's iconic canals, bridges and parks. And for the culture fiends? Delve deeper with a visit to the Anne Frank House (make sure to book in advance!) or the Van Gogh or Rijksmuseum. Whatever you get up to, make sure you’re back in time to toast the final night of our European adventure on a dinner cruise along the canal.

Included activities: Canal dinner cruise

Optional activities: Bike tour of Amsterdam

Meals: BreakfastDinner

Day 27
Amsterdam to London, England

After all the Amster-damage has been done, it’s time to hit the road back to ol’ Blighty. Soak up all the happy group vibes you can possibly handle – this is your last coach ride with the gang. #sadface

Meals: Breakfast

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