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Winter Express Through Europe (Dec 2019 - Mar 2020)

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Price: R 16,745.00

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11 days, London roundtrip visiting France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy and Germany.

With so much to see and do, one of the best things about travelling Europe in winter is the serious lack of crowds. Enjoy Europe ‘all to yourself’ as you flit between France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and Netherlands, where elegant capitals are blanketed in snow and festive cheer is as common as hand-knitted scarves.

Booking Details for this Topdeck Experience

Selected departure dates: Prices per person sharing from:*
09, 23 & 30 January 2020 R 16,745.00 pps (was R19,700)
05, 07 & 12 December 2019 R 18,615.00 pps (was R 21,900)
20 & 28 December 2019 R 21,420.00 pps (was R25,200)

* 15% saving included on selected Europe Winter trips.

Bucket List Inclusions

  • Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam
  • Stay in the scenic Rhine Valley castle region
  • Driving tour of Paris
  • Vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal, Venice

Your Itinerary

Day 1: London, England to Paris, France

Leave London for dust as we jump over the English Channel to France for a beauty smackdown. Brush up on your bonjours when you meet the rest of the group and wrap your lips around your first real French meal at our included dinner. See the City of Light at its best on a driving tour and play landmark bingo with the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe.

Included today: English Channel ferry ticket | Driving tour of Paris
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Paris

A free day in Paris to get involved with pastries, paintings and the Centre Pompidou. Bike along the Seine on an optional tour or just flâner (stroll) around and drink it in. Check out L'eclair de Genie in le Marais (don't ask questions), get your obligatory Eiffel Tower #selfie then explore the world's largest grave at the Catacombs. Tonight, experience the razzle dazzle of a cabaret show or hop on a boat down the river to crank the romance dial to 11.

Meals: Breakfast
Optional extras: Traditional cabaret show in Paris | Seine River cruise | Bike tour of Paris.

Day 3: Paris to Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Tear yourself away from that baguette - fondue awaits! The vistas out your window today are gorgeous. Unlike the Toblerone box, the Swiss Alps aren't all lined up perfectly, so we weave up through the breathtaking valleys and peaks to reach our destination. Grab your forks and prepare to cover everything in cheese at dinner tonight.

Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4: Swiss Alps

Ski, sled, snow angel, or park yourself indoors to enjoy the views (from the warmth). Craving more altitude? Head to the 'Top of Europe', aka Jungfrau, on an optional adventure and test your pano skills. The view from up here is so beautiful, you'll probably cry. Seriously. With so much to get involved with today, the question is, where to start?

Meals: Breakfast
Optional extras: Scenic excursion to Jungfrau ('The Top of Europe') | Night sledding in the Swiss Alps | Skiing in the Swiss Alps | Skydiving in the Swiss Alps | Scenic helicopter ride in the Swiss Alps.

Day 5: Swiss Alps to Venice, Italy

Bella Italia today as we roll into Venice. Get ready to get lost in its maze-like alleyways as you ogle the romantic canals. Inside tip: the best local haunts will always be found off the beaten track.

Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 6: Venice

100+ slowly sinking islands won't explore themselves. Get your bearings on this morning's walking tour before an action-packed day. Soak up St Mark's Square and opt in for a quintessential gondola ride on the Grand Canal (optional activity). Corny smooching not included. This afternoon, snoop the Doge's Palace, cross Rialto Bridge and shop for Carnevale masks. There's so much going on here. Did we mention it's beautiful?

Included today: Walking tour of Venice | Vaporetto ride in Venice.
Meals: Breakfast
Optional extra: Gondola ride in Venice.

Day 7: Venice to Munich, Germany

Time to leave Venice behind. *cries*. But it's all good because we're off to the epic Munich. It's time to get to know the city. Why not slide on your Lederhosen and get amongst it at the 426-year-old Hofbräuhaus - the recipes here were passed down from Wilhelm V, the Duke of Bavaria. Prost!

Included today: Walking tour of Munich.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Munich to Rhine Valley

Medieval castles, vineyards and the mighty Rhine river are all up next today. Breathe in as we weave our way through narrow cobblestone streets and tunnels. Besides its obvious appeals (hello, fairytale views over the Rhine) half of Germany's wine comes from here. Shame not to try some.

Included today: Stay in the scenic Rhine Valley castle region.
Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 9: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amster-DAM it's going to be a good day! Start dreaming of cheese and clogs as we roll through tulip and windmill dotted fields to Amsterdam. Get your bearings on a walking tour of the vibrant capital and see the Dam Square, Royal Palace and National Monument. End the night with a cone of hot chips with mayo. Mmm.

Included today: Dutch cheese & clogs demonstration | Walking tour of Amsterdam.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Amsterdam

Get on your bike and ride! Do as the locals do and join the 881,000 bicycles on an optional city bike tour to soak up the wintery canal vistas before retreating with hot chocolate, poffertjes and stroopwafels. Take on the city's 51 museums (must-dos: Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House). Still thirsty for more? Check out the Heineken Experience for an interactive visit and tasting at the brewery. Top it off with a dinner cruise on the canal.

Included today: Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam.
Meals: Breakfast | Dinner
Optional extra: Bike tour of Amsterdam.

Day 11: Amsterdam to London, England

Today it's back on the ferry as we journey back to London. Start planning the next adventure. Facebook friends?

Included today: English Channel ferry ticket
Meals: Breakfast

Validity Selected departures between December 2019 - March 2020
Currency NB. Our prices are quoted in ZAR, and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
Tour Identifiers EEWNLL-9
Inclusions • 10 breakfasts, 6 dinners.
• 10 nights in hostels.
• English Channel ferry.
• Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi, including power points for charging electronics.
• Awesome Trip Leader + Driver.
Exclusions • Flights and taxes
• Visas (if required)
• Anything of a personal nature
T's & C's • Prices per person and subject to change due to availability and exchange rates.
• Deposits: A non-refundable deposit of R1 000 per person per tour is required at the time of confirmation, in order to secure the reservation (if travel date is more than 42 days out)
• Final Payment: TBC

2019 EUROPE WINTER Terms and Conditions:
Booking Dates: 22 August – 31 October 2019.
Travel dates: 1 December – 31 March 2020.
Not combinable with any other discounts.
For full terms and conditions see www.topdeck.travel/terms-and-conditions.
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