Best Of Europe

$1758/per person

Travel Talk’s Best of Europe tour provides a compact, fantastic 13-day experience, visiting 7 of the most popular countries and all their worldwide famous landmarks and highlights. Exploring the likes of Paris, the Swiss Alps, Rome, Berlin and Amsterdam, enjoy the unique history and the vibrant cultures of Europe on this fun-packed adventure with like-minded travellers, overviewing the biggest travel destinations in Europe with all their charm and class. Each city and village will taste of a new experience, displaying the vast similarities and the big differences that produced this small cultural pot of many nations. From classic sights as the Eiffel Tower or the Vatican to authentic Berlin or Amsterdam, this tour offers the absolute Best of Europe.

 

 

Duration
13 Day
Destination(s)
Europe Overland
Starts in / Ends in
London / London
Departs on
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
2&3&4 Star
25-30 Pax

Sight Visited

  • Amsterdam
    Amsterdam

    Amsterdam is the capital city of Netherlands and  known for its elaborate canal system and night life.

  • Berlin
    Berlin

    Berlin is the capital and the largest city of Germany and has a population of approximately 3.7 million.

  • Brugge
    Brugge

    Brugge is distinguished by its cobbled streets, medieval buildings and canals.

  • Florence
    Florence

    Florence is capital of Italy’s Tuscany region and the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.

  • Innsbruck
    Innsbruck

    Innsbruck, the capital of the Alps fascinates with the beauty of the nature surrounding it. 

  • Munich
    Munich

    Munich is the capital of  Bavaria and it is home of centuries-old buildings& many museums.

  • Paris
    Paris

    Paris  is one of the  major European cities and a main center for art, culture and gastronomy.

  • Pisa
    Pisa

    Pisa is a city in Italy's Tuscany region and famous for its Leaning Tower  all over the world.

  • Rome
    Rome

    Rome is the capital city of Italy and home of the monuments like the Colosseum and St Peter's Basilica.

  • Swiss Alps
    Swiss Alps

    The Alpine region of Switzerland;  has lolvely, scenic alpine villages and stunning mountain views.

  • Tuscany
    Tuscany

    Tuscany is located in central Italy and stretches from the Apennines to the Tyrrhenian Sea.

  • Venice
    Venice

    Venice,  is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon and It has no roads, just canals...

Itinerary

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Day 1: London, Paris
Hop on the bus in London and get to know your travel mates, whilst we cross the English Channel to the city of lights and love, Paris awaits. We kick it off with an amazing guided tour of Paris by bus, exploring the city and some of its most stunning landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triumph, and Notre Dame. As you soak in the Parisian air, we make our way to our hotel and get ready for the group dinner with your guide! Tonight, we discover the famed City of Lights.
  • Included Activities; Welcome Dinner
2
Day 2: Swiss Alps
Rise and shine, and get ready for a walking tour of this breath-taking beauty of a city. Today, we tick all-things-Paris off our bucket-list, from the magnificent Eiffel Tower and Louvre to Museé d’Orsay, the l’Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysées. Next up is an optional bike tour around the town, or some free time on your own. You could fill up on crepés, get lost in Disneyland, or hop on a Seine river cruise to drift past the gothic Notre Dame Cathedral all the way to the Eiffel Tower, or stroll through town to explore the charming architecture. As the sun goes down, we kick off the night with an optional Seine river cruise, and rock on with a traditional bohemian cabaret show in the Latin Quarters.
  • Included Activities; Paris walking tour
  • Optional Activities; Paris bike tour, Seine River Cruise, Traditional cabaret show in the Latin Quarter
  • Meals; Breakfast
3
Day 3: Swiss Alps
We head out of Paris in the morning to see a different face of France and Europe, the Alps. The lunch stop is in a small, pretty town in Beaune, Burgundy, host to untouched centurial castles and even older wineries. Make a stop at the 600-year-old Hospices de Beaune, or taste the world-famous wine that keeps the town running, told to be worthy of royal buds! From there, we ride across to Switzerland towards the heart of the Jungfrau – young lady – region with breath-taking sceneries of the Swiss Alps to reach Interlaken. Jugenfrau is a UNESCO World Heritage site, containing Europe’s largest glacier, and a hot-spot year-round.
  • Meals; Breakfast
4
Day 4: Swiss Alps
As we finish up a tasty breakfast, we head out to breathe in the fresh mountain air and do a walking tour to discover the traditional Alpine village, Interlaken. You can join the optional excursion to Jungfraujoch, a.k.a the “Top of Europe”, with a long, scenic train ride that has incredible sights up to the 4000m-glacier, which is covered in ice and snow 365 days a year. Here you have the option to go on a helicopter ride above the clouds or even do skydiving. If you couldn’t get enough of the incredible view, or forgot your skis, nearby Schilthorn cable car will sweep you off your feet on your ride back. Alternatively, you can roam Interlaken, feast on Swiss Chocolate Fondue or raclette meals, explore local sights, shop in cute and unique boutiques, hit the slopes or trek around town.
  • Included Activities; Interlaken walking tour
  • Optional Activities; Jungfrau excursion Helicopter ride, Skydiving, Schilthorn cable car
  • Meals; Breakfast
5
Day 5: Florence, Tuscany
As we finish up a tasty breakfast, we head out to breathe in the fresh mountain air and do a walking tour to discover the traditional Alpine village, Interlaken. You can join the optional excursion to Jungfraujoch, a.k.a the “Top of Europe”, with a long, scenic train ride that has incredible sights up to the 4000m-glacier, which is covered in ice and snow 365 days a year. Here you have the option to go on a helicopter ride above the clouds or even do skydiving. If you couldn’t get enough of the incredible view, or forgot your skis, nearby Schilthorn cable car will sweep you off your feet on your ride back. Alternatively, you can roam Interlaken, feast on Swiss Chocolate Fondue or raclette meals, explore local sights, shop in cute and unique boutiques, hit the slopes or trek around town.
  • Included Activities; Florence walking tour
  • Meals; Breakfast, Dinner
6
Day 6: Pisa, Rome
The next stop is the world famous leaning tower of Pisa. One of the most popular landmarks in Europe, the bell tower is a UNESCO world heritage site attracting millions every year. Would you be able to get the right pose pushing the tower back in place? We do a walking tour around Pisa and get some information from our guide, before we depart for Rome. Before we check-in, we take a driving tour around town to work out your route for tomorrow’s free day. Putting aside all its magnificent monuments – the Colosseum, the Pantheon, St Peter’s Basilica – Rome offers so much more with its epic history, charming cobbled streets, delightful cuisine and fresh scent of coffee. Immerse yourself in the Italian lifestyle, and kick back as you sip your espresso, we will be discovering one of the oldest capitals of the world tomorrow.
  • Included Activities; Pisa walking tour, Rome orientation tour
  • Meals; Breakfast, Dinner
7
Day 7: Rome
In the morning, we have our Italian breakfast and head out for a walking tour of the capital to cover the highlights. While you are discovering hidden piazze’s around town, you will get a chance to drop a penny in the Trevi Fountain, kick back and enjoy la dolce vita by Piazza Navona, awe at the Colosseum and its incredible view of Rome, marvel at the Pantheon to catch just the right angle of sunrays passing through the dome, rest your legs by the Spanish Steps, and enrol on a gourmet journey of the Italian cuisine. Yes, including gelato. Further on, treat yourself to some Italian fashion on Via Condotti, or join on an optional excursion to the smallest country in the world, the Vatican City. A wonder itself as the smallest country in the world, the Vatican hosts countless artefacts and landmarks, the biggest and most exclusive archives, and the famous Sistine Chapel with the awe-inspiring ceiling painted by Michelangelo, and St. Peter’s Basilica. If you’ve still got it in you later, the vibrant nightlife is one not to miss.
  • Included Activities; Rome walking tour
  • Optional Activities; Vatican city tour
  • Meals; Breakfast
8
Day 8: Venice
After breakfast, we hop on the bus for a scenic ride across the Italian plains decorated with vineyards and an astonishing mountain backdrop as we make our way to Venice, the unique city built on a lagoon. Venice draws its magic from its mirage of images reflected on the water, which inspired generations to dream big, technically and artistically, making the impossible possible. Venice continues to impress visitors every day with its authenticity and beauty. After we check in to our hotel in Mestre, right across the bridge over to Venice, we gather around the Venice port for a vaporetto – small canal boats – ride along the Grand Canal and get into a Venetian spirit – no cars around here. After the mini-cruise, we make our way towards the famous San Marco Piazza, have an espresso and feed the pigeons, and kick off our walking tour of the city, covering the main highlights – Rialto Bridge, and get some insider information. Map your route along the way for your free time later, it is too easy to get lost in the huge maze of narrow streets, canals, and bridges. You can find majestic, and cute and little piazze and palazzo, visit local artisans of a hundred crafts, enjoy a delicious meal at a local restaurant, and explore Venice like a local with a fantastic and unique gondola ride.
  • Included Activities; Vaporetto in the Grand Canal, Venice walking tour
  • Optional Activities; Gondola ride
  • Meals; Breakfast
9
Day 9: Innsbruck, Munich
As we tick off France and Italy off our list, next stop is Innsbruck for a pit stop after we pass through the fascinating Brenner Pass. A former 4th century Roman town with a breath-taking mountain backdrop, we have our meal in this charming Austrian town. Our next stop is the Bavarian capital, Munich, home to many great things including the famous beer fest - Oktoberfest, pretzels, Alpine clichés, and world-class art galleries and museums. Before we check in to the hotel, we do a driving tour around this beautiful city and admire its fascinating architecture restored with huge efforts after WW2. We have a delicious Bavarian style dinner planned at a traditional beer hall to top the day off.
  • Included Activities; Munich panaromic tour
  • Meals; Breakfast, Dinner
10
Day 10: Berlin
As we sober up with a filling breakfast, we hop on the bus for Berlin, a truly captivating city with its iconic sights, rich and complex history, vibrant culture, and incredible nightlife. From electronic music to cutting-edge architecture and design; epic underground parties, to a unique history with former Nazi headquarters, Berlin reaches beyond time and space to influence Europe and the world. Before we check-in to our hotel, we will take a driving tour of the city and map out some of the highlights around town, including the taken-down Berlin wall and its famous pass, Checkpoint Charlie, as well as the symbolic Reichstag building. Berlin is a huge city with much to do, and has something to offer to anyone. After mapping out your plans for the rest of the night, you have some much-needed free time to explore the city on your terms.
  • Included Activities; Berlin panaromic tour
  • Meals; Breakfast
11
Day 11: Amsterdam
We leave Germany this morning and make our way towards Amsterdam. As you get some information about the Dutch culture, the beautiful countryside will appear before us with its iconic windmills. Before we go into the city, we stop at a lovely traditional Dutch farm, where locals will do some show and tell about making wooden clogs - klompen- and cheese. After this warm welcome to the Netherlands, we make our way to the hotel to drop off our bags, and head out for a walking tour at night and admire the bohemian architecture and its beautiful landmarks under the moonlight. We finish off our tour as we approach the infamous Red-Light District, and you are free to explore the city on your own pace for the rest of the night. Don’t forget to try a late-night classic, chips with mayo.
  • Included Activities; Amsterdam walking tour
  • Optional Activities; Bike tour
  • Meals; Breakfast, Dinner
12
Day 12: Amsterdam
We kick off the day with a mighty breakfast, and head out for a walking tour around town to admire the famous Dam Square, National Monument and Royal Palace. Walk along the canals and watch the reflection of the tilted buildings on water, drift past vast oaks under the sunlight on a canal cruise, pose with the I❤AMSTERDAM sign and embrace the perfect mix of traditional history and urban modernity. Visit the famous Anne Frank House, Van Gogh or Rijksmuseum and soak yourself in culture; take an optional bicycle ride; tan under the sun in the wondrous Vondelpark; or hop on a beer-making journey at the Heineken Experience. Amsterdam is a very walkable and bicycle-friendly city with hundreds of small canals, cafes, museums, and shops – and an extensive tram network-, so get as lost as you like!
  • Optional Activities; Canal Cruise
  • Meals; Breakfast
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Day 13: Brugge, Calais, London
Bidding farewell to charming Amsterdam, we have a final stop before London. We cross over to Belgium to see the ‘Venice of the North’, Bruges. With its dreamy canals, cobbled streets, and gothic monuments towering above squares, the city resembles a Medieval town from a fairy tale. Get a chance to try the original “Belgian Fries” with mayo, taste some gourmet chocolate by top-quality chocolatiers, as well as the local beer that is now a UNESCO World Heritage. As we take our last photos of this picturesque town, we hop on the bus for London. After crossing the English Channel, we arrive in London, and say our goodbyes to our new friends.
  • Meals; Breakfast
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Price ($)

The tour price and the local payment cover the following services:

Accommodation

2 & 3 & 4 star hotels and Mountain Resort Hotel in Switzerland.

Meals

12 breakfasts, 6 Dinners

Tour Leader

Services of experienced Travel Talk tour leaders

Sightseeing

Sightseeing tours of all cities visited, Orientation drives or walks led by Travel Talk tour leaders.

Transportation

Air-conditioned modern coach, Vaporetto in the Venice Grand Channel.

Ferry

English Channel Ferry Crossings

What is not included in the tour price and local payment?

  • Any flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips & gestures
  • Visa fees
  • Entrance fees to the sights and museums
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

THE HOTELS OF THIS TOUR WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON...


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