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Discover Winter 2021-22
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| Age range: 18-39

France,Switzerland,Italy,Vatican City,Slovenia,Hungary,Austria,Czech Republic,Germany,Netherlands

Discover Winter 2021-22

Discover Winter | Topdeck Travel
Is this trip for me? MIND-BLOWING. GLITTERING. EXTENSIVE. 


Scrolling for a winter journey through iconic European cities steeped in history, dripping in romance and dotted with jaw-dropping sites? You can stop now. This 21-day discovery takes in the splendour of Paris, the ancient majesty of Rome and the ultra-hip atmosphere of Berlin - adding the wonders of Ljubljana, Budapest and Prague for good measure. Not to mention your awesome AF Trip Leader giving you expert tips and all the inside knowledge along the way. This? This is how you discover the REAL Europe - winter-style. 

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  • Duration
    21 Days
  • Starting From
    $2,721
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    Topdeck
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.
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Itinerary

London, England to Paris, France (or join in Paris)

Ready to embrace the new and exotic? Go deeper. Meet the locals. Discover it all. The next 21 days are going to be life-changing. Meet your trip mates in ol’ Blighty, warm up with a cuppa tea and hand around the AUX cord – we’re hitting the road early to jump across the Channel. Rather meet us in Paris? No dramas! The home of Coco Chanel, the Mona Lisa and world’s yummiest macarons – Paris deserves its rep as the European capital for culture and drool-worthy food. Trust us. We’ll tick-off all the showstoppers with a driving tour – before settling in for a hearty dinner with the gang. Cheers!

  Hotel:  None

Paris

Yep, you’re finally here – so, this is your day to simply do you. Create a solid dent in your bucket list with a visit to the Louvre (book your tickets in advance!) and the Musée d'Orsay. Hunt down the cosiest patisseries in town (your Trip Leader knows where it’s at). Get lost amongst the shelves of history at Shakespeare and Co. Bookshop. Flash some plastic along the Champs Elysées. Or inject some feel-good vibes at the I Love You Wall. Feeling frosty? We got you – keep those calves warm on an optional bike tour. Or get an alternate view of the City of Love with a river cruise down the Seine. Tonight, go all-out with an optional evening at the cabaret. Think: bright lights, OTT costumes and death-defying acrobatics. You’re in the home of the Cancan after all.

  Hotel:  None

Paris to Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Disclaimer: today is a bit of a drive. But you already knew that, right? Strap in. Get to know your trip mates better. And bust out some bangers as the most jaw-dropping, snow-capped scenery whizzes past the window. They don’t have views like this back home. Cue the fairytale villages and romantic castles of your imagination – the oh-so-quaint Engelberg will be our base for the next two nights. Later, we’ll get stuck into a group dinner before heading to the hotel bar. Or sit back in the crisp (note: freezing) Alpine air with a steaming cup of glühwein. Yep, this is what you came for.

  Hotel:  None

Swiss Alps

There’s one word to describe Switzerland in winter: MAGIC. So, here’s a free day to discover exactly what that means. Our suggestion for a clear day? Take the revolving gondola to the top of Mt Titlis for all the unbelEIVABLE panoramas (without the effort). Or strap on your boots and explore the forest trails – ‘holy sh*t’ moments guaranteed. Rather uncover the gastronomic wonders of this place? Head into town and sip on the world’s best hot chocolate by a crackling fire. Whatever you choose, you’re going to have views for days. Dinner tonight is on you – haven’t tried cheese fondue yet? Now’s your chance (unless you’re lactose intolerant, obvs).

  Hotel:  None

Swiss Alps to Florence, Italy

Pelt your Trip Leader with one last snowball and snap another pic of the dreamy frosted-peaks (it'll never do this place justice) – we're rolling on to the capital of Tuscan cuisine today. You packed your fat pants, right? Before our included dinner tonight, rug up and take a stroll along the Arno River for those this-is-what-I-came-for-vibes. Then: did someone say karaoke? If you’re up for it, join the gang in a battle of the ballads at a local bar. Or hunt down a gelateria for a scoop (or two) of the good stuff. Who said you can’t have gelato in winter? No one.

   Meals:   Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Florence to Rome

Florence has more story lines than Game of Thrones, more culture than a Fitzroy hipster, AND it gave the world David. Delve deeper into this incredible city on a walking tour with a local guide. Later, la bella Roma is calling our name. Two-and-a-half millennia of history. Vespas. Espresso. Two-cheek kisses. Aggressive hand gestures. And pizza the way it's supposed to taste. There’s a reason Rome is on the top of Europe’s must-do list. And it’s even better in winter (in our totally unbiased opinion). Tonight, you’re in Disneyland for foodies – so shake out those fat pants and ask your Trip Leader where to find the best cacio e pepe . You won’t be disappointed, trust us.

  Hotel:  None

Rome

Rise and shine! Slip on your boots, grab your beanie and pack your camera – today’s walking tour is one for the books. We’re talking a solid few hours of non-stop sights, off-the-tourist-trail hidden gems and a run-down of almost 3000 years of history. Pass by the Pantheon, throw your two cents in the Trevi Fountain, (don’t) sit on the Spanish Steps and wind things up under the shadow of the mighty Colosseum. One word, four syllables: INCREDIBLE. The rest of the afternoon is 100% up to you. Head up Capitoline Hill for awesome views. Grab a bite at Lost Food Factory (arguably one of the best sandwich spots in town). Or do as the locals do and indulge in a little dolce far niente at a local cafe or piazza.

  Hotel:  None

Rome 

Didn’t tick everything off? We got you. Here’s another free day we prepared earlier. Don’t just skim the surface, experience every moment to the fullest. Count your blessings and play I-spy with historical masterpieces on an optional tour of Vatican City. Check out Castel Sant’Angelo (aka Hadrian’s Tomb). Snack on roasted chestnuts and stroll along the Tiber River. Battle the lunchtime rush for a slice at Pizzarium Bonci. Shop till you drop on Via Condotti. Or strap on the skates and hit the rink (depending when you’re here, obvs). Tonight, order a pasta alla carbonara and prepare to have your mind blown. Then, head to Fatamorgana for allll the unique gelato flavours.

  Hotel:  None

Rome to Venice

Wave goodbye to Rome – we’re heading to that famous sinking city today. After checking in at the hotel, it’s time to see what all the fuss is about. Acquaint yourself with the who's who of Venice's usual suspects on a walking tour – ticking off the likes of St Mark's Square, Doge’s Palace and Accademia Bridge. And then – this beautifully romantic city is yours for the taking. Our suggestion? Grab a macchiato overlooking the canal and watch the gondoliers guide their vessels through the fog. This place has romance written all over it. Later, score a cheap meal at Osteria Al Portego or fill up on alllll the drool-worthy Venetian pastries (no judgement here).

  Hotel:  None

Venice

Centuries-old architecture. Inventive cuisine. And a bucket-load of culture. Venice is just begging to be explored. After an included gondola ride along the Grand Canal, you’ve got the whole day to do just that. Need suggestions? Insider tip: spend some time seeking out the out-of-this-world Libreria Acqua Alta bookshop or head off the tourist trail with a trip to Giudecca Island. Go wandering. Chat to the locals in poor Italian (hey, you tried!). Get lost in the maze of canals and piazzas. Then seek out Café Florian for a piping mug of rich hot chocolate and zaletti biscuits. That’s what makes the memories.

  Hotel:  None

Venice to Ljubljana, Slovenia via Lake Bled

Today we’re plugging Ljubljana into the GPS. Try pronouncing it, we dare you. But first: a visit to the mesmerising Lake Bled. It’s even better without the filter, trust us. Take a stroll around the glistening blue lake. Or hire a boat across to the island and ring the wishing bell. You wished for more wishes, didn’t you? After we roll into Slovenia’s hip capital, take a quick stroll around the Old Town with your expert Trip Leader – before heading out to explore on your own. The castle has been waiting for you since Celtic times – so don’t keep it hanging any longer. Tonight, gather the gang and hit the town for a vino with a side of live music.

  Hotel:  None

Ljubljana to Budapest, Hungary

Our Ljubljana love affair was short but oh-so-sweet. Up next? The twin cities of Buda and Pest. See why they call this place the City of Bridges, as we’re chauffeured past the Chain Bridge, Castle District, Gellert Hotel, Heroes’ Square and House of Terror on a driving tour. SD cards full and tummies grumbling, we’ve got the evening free to explore. Love that! Get stuck into some local fare: goulash, chicken paprikash, langos, dobos cake. Hopefully you like paprika, they’re kinda obsessed with it here. Or hang with the hipsters at one of the original ruin bars. Our suggestion? Try pálinka (traditional fruit brandy) – it’s like a warm hug for your insides.

  Hotel:  None

Budapest

You wanted freedom to explore – here it is. Check out the Central Market Hall. Explore the Jewish Quarter. Play pinball at the Flippermúzeum. Get a harrowing education at the House of Terrors. Hunt down the Anonymous Statue. Soak in the warm therapeutic waters of the Széchenyi Thermal Baths. Or head to Buda Castle and check out all the views from Fisherman’s Bastion. Just be back for tonight’s included dinner, we’re gonna’ take it up a level with a cruise down the Danube. Grab your coat and sit on the upper deck – Buda Castle and House of Parliament look even better lit up like Christmas. Trust us.

  Hotel:  None

Budapest to Vienna, Austria

Wave goodbye to Hungary, we’re heading to Austria. Ten points if you can guess what Vienna is famous for. Musicians. Grand coffee houses. And strudel (duh!). Prepare to have your heart captured as we drive by the likes of the Opera House, Hofburg Palace, Museum Quarter and Ringstrasse. We’ll have a poke around Princess Sissi’s opulent gardens at the Schönbrunn Palace – with enough time to check out her extravagant decorating too, if you fancy it. Then: the afternoon is yours. Explore the Museum Quarter in depth. Head to Cafe Central for the most boujee afternoon tea you’ve ever had. Or enjoy the sweet sounds of Mozart and Bach played by the Viennese Chamber Orchestra at an optional concert. Look at you, so cultured.

  Hotel:  None

Vienna to Prague, Czech Republic via Mauthausen

Onwards to the spire-filled skyline and mysterious streets of Prague! But first: a visit to former concentration camp Mauthausen for a lesson in the resilience of humanity. Dump your bag at the hotel, before embarking on a walking tour to get better acquainted with this picture-perfect city – complete with a 600-year-old Astronomical Clock. Your expert Trip Leader will point out all the must-dos for tomorrow as we go. After dinner, you can hit the town to try some local Czech beer or sample a cocktail at The Alchemist. An old-school venue, with a 1950’s vibe. Hint: if you want the full experience, ask for the 'choose your fate' (we'll see you in the morning).

  Hotel:  None

Prague

That’s right folks – it’s your day, your way. So get out there and do your own spontaneous this-is-what-I-came-for thing. Check out the John Lennon wall. Soak up some history at the Communist Museum. Take the funicular up Petrin Hill for allll the views. Or grab a delish roast pork roll at one of the street vendors lining Old Town Square. Fancy yourself as a bit of a hops connoisseur? Don’t miss the beer tasting optional this afternoon. Or delight your inner-fat kid with a sugar-filled serving of trdelník. Think: warm, fire-roasted pastry coated in cinnamon sugar – add Nutella and you’ve got the stuff of dessert dreams. *wipes drool from chin*

  Hotel:  None

Prague to Berlin, Germany via Dresden

Next up? A country where beer is officially considered an essential food group (right next to sausage and sauerkraut). Helloooo Germany! We’ll get acquainted with 800 year-old Dresden on the way. Then: Prep yourself for currywurst and more hipsters per capita than anywhere else. We'll drive you around to see the main sights including (what's left of) the Berlin Wall, the Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie and Brandenburg Gate. After dinner, it’s time to see whether this city’s nightlife really lives up to the hype. Prost!

  Hotel:  None

Berlin

You’ve got 24hrs of free time here – don’t muck around. Our advice? Opt for a local walking tour that’s, you know – not boring. Or put that elastic waistband to the test on the ultimate Berlin food tour. Rather explore solo? Head to the Mauerpark markets for stalls filled with stuff you didn’t know you needed. Explore Museum Island. Take a ride in a Trabi and see why it’s Germany’s best-loved car. Or turn off Google maps and simply get lost in the unknown. Tonight, seek out Burgermeister. This place used to be a public toilet (ew) but now serves up the best burgers in Berlin. You know you wanna’ try it...

  Hotel:  None

Berlin to Amsterdam, Netherlands

Quick maths: the adventure is coming to an end. But we’re sure as hell not done yet! Set your sights on the one-and-only Amsterdam. Dump your stuff and hit the cobblestones – Dam Square, the Royal Palace and the National Monument are waiting. This place is a foodie’s haven so you’ll have no issues finding somewhere to settle in for dinner. Or eat on the go with a cone of hot chips and mayo. Mmm. Later, there’s an option to experience a show in the Red Light district. Or for a more local vibe – head to Proeflokaal Arendsnest for a selection of over 100 Dutch beers and cosy atmosphere.

  Hotel:  None

Amsterdam

This. Is. It. Our last full day. So, don’t hang about! Check out Amsterdam's iconic canals, bridges and parks on an optional bike tour. History buffs should pay a visit to the Anne Frank House (don’t forget to book in advance!). And for the culture fiends – the Van Gogh Musuem and Rijksmuseum. Seek out the best appeltaart in the city. Or just get lost amongst backstreets of this city’s diverse districts – each one’s got a unique vibe. Make sure you’re back in time to toast with your trip mates at tonight’s included dinner. What. A. Trip.

  Hotel:  None

Amsterdam to London, England

And just like that: it’s over. 21 days. 10 countries. And alllll the mems. Before we make tracks back to London, stock up on stroopwafels, get mum a last-minute souvenir and swap Insta handles with the gang. Who’s up for a reunion trip next year?

  Hotel:  None

Inclusions

 Driving tour of Paris

 Walking tour of Florence with a local guide

 Walking tour of Rome

 Walking tour of Venice

 Gondola ride down the Grand Canal

 Visit Lake Bled

 Orientation tour of Ljubljana

 Driving tour of Budapest

 Danube dinner cruise

 Driving tour of Vienna

 Visit Schönbrunn Palace (entrance not included)

 Visit former concentration camp Mauthausen

 Walking tour of Prague

 Orientation tour of the restored city of Dresden

 Driving tour of Berlin

Not Included

 Additional 5% GST

 International Flights and VISA fees

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