Winter Expedition, 28 Days
What you get...
- 28 Day trip departing London
- 27 nights accommodation in Hotels (twin-share or double).
- 27 Breakfasts & 11 Dinners.
- English Channel ferry tickets.
- Modern air-conditioned coach with FREE Wi-Fi.
- Guided tours of all major cities.
- Services of an awesome Trip Leader + Driver WAS $5519*, NOW $4967*, SAVE $552*.
London - Paris - Swiss Alps - Milan - Florence - Rome - Venice - Austrian Alps - Munich - Ljubljana - Budapest - Krakow - Cesky Krumlov - Prague - Berlin - Amsterdam
Day 1 London to Paris.
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 elysees and the Arc de Triomphe.
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 flaner (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.
Day 3 Paris to Swiss Alps.
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'll weave up through breathtaking valleys and peaks to reach our destination.
Day 4 Swiss Alps.
Wake up, eat hearty then go Stallone all over the Alps. Or just settle in with some Gluhwein. If you get a second wind, jump on the revolving gondola to the top of Mount Titlis and test your pano photo skills. Then head back down for some snow angels and hot chocolate.
Day 5 Swiss Alps to Milan.
Stop in the tax haven of Liechtenstein to deposit your billions before we make our way to fashion's capital: Milan. Home to Gucci, Versace, Prada, Armani and Dolce & Gabbana, you'd think the fashion would be the best looking part of the city. Wrong. The Duomo is the fifth largest Christian church in the world. It took 600 years to build (they're still not finished), it has over 3,400 statues and is prettier than the entire Victoria's Secret fashion show lineup. See it and more on an afternoon walking tour.
Day 6 Milan to Florence.
If you're going to make something wrong it better be good looking. Failures don't come any more beautiful than the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Snap a pic (you know the one) then get ready to roll into the land of Tuscan cuisine and birthplace of gelato: Florence.
Day 7 Florence.
Get schooled on the Medici family, stroll the Ponte Vecchio and learn about leather (new handbag, anyone?) on a morning walking tour. Use the afternoon to meet a guy named David doing his best Blue Steel in the Accademia Gallery, shop the markets and hunt down the best aperitivo spreads.
Day 8 Florence to Rome.
We're Romeward bound today for a rendezvous with ancient architecture's biggest players. Make like Caesar (the emperor, not the salad) and work up a colossus hunger as you pass by the Pantheon, throw your two cents in the Trevi Fountain and sit on the Spanish Steps. Tonight, you're in Disneyland for foodies. Have fun.
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. Pop in on the Pope on an optional tour of the Vatican City, then play I spy with two-and-a-half millennia worth of history. Shop 'til 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).
Day 10 Rome to Venice.
Snap a selfie at Juliet's famous balcony in Verona and join throngs of lovers leaving notes on the wall (or avoid the crowds and just marvel at the ancient arena). Say ciao to Venice from across the lagoon as we check into our hotel and tuck into a yummy dinner together.
Day 11 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 get ready for a quintessential gondola ride on the Grand Canal. 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?
Day 12 Venice to Austrian Alps.
Mountains, skiing and beer = we're on our way to Austria. Time to get your Schwarzenegger impression perfect. Prepare for beautiful scenery playing outside the coach windows and yodel around the mountain as we make our way to the Alps. A home cooked meal will prep you for the high octane, snowy adventure ahead.
Day 13 Austrian Alps.
Red Bull was born here and once you ski, snowboard and paraglide you'll see why. Multiple ski zones are in yodelling distance, you lucky thang. Don't be intimidated by some of the world's best skiers zooming past you because beginner slopes are on offer here, too. Prefer the apres ski action? You won't be short of options that's for sure.
Day 14 Austrian Alps.
Ski. Snowboard. Sleigh ride. Repeat. Or just sit and stare at the storybook landscape like a lovesick puppy. There's also hot chocolates and people watching in the chalets if that's more your thing.
Day 15 Austrian Alps to Munich.
Leave the Alpine temperatures behind and warm up in 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 Hofbrauhaus - the recipes here were passed down from Wilhelm V, the Duke of Bavaria. Prost
Day 16 Munich to Ljubljana.
Give one last prost to Munich before we move on to the magical Lake Bled (yep, that's the one with the fairytale castle in the middle). After you've Instagrammed your heart out, we'll make our way to Ljubljana (lyoob-lya-nah), capital of Slovenia. Jump in the 70-metre funicular and shoot back to the Middle Ages on a walking tour - the Ljubljana Castle and Old Town here have been waiting for you since Celtic times. Tonight, hit up military-barracks-turned-bar-and-gallery-strip, Metelkova Mesto for a tea or vino with a side of live music and underground art installations.
Day 17 Ljubljana to Budapest.
Your house in Budapest awaits. A driving tour will get you down and Danube (that be the river) with twin cities, Buda and Pest. Check out Hero's Square, Parliament House, the National Palace, Fisherman's Bastion and swanky Andrassy Avenue. After gorging on goulash, cabbage rolls and dumplings, roll into bed at your comfy hotel.
Day 18 Budapest.
Free day Indulge in a spa treatment at the world famous Gellert Baths and visit the Buda Castle or House of Terror Museum. Tonight, hang with the hipsters and drink local fruit brandy at one of the original ruin bars.
Day 19 Budapest to Krakow.
Legend has it a dragon had to be smited in order for Krakow to be built (with a sulphur stuffed lamb as bait). Bit tougher than the usual council approvals, no? Meet Poland's beating heart - and the largest medieval town square in Europe - on a walking tour. Buff up on history at Wawel Castle, feed the ducks amongst the slushy snow on the bank of the Wisla and after dinner, slay a few glasses of mead.
Day 20 Krakow.
Get all up in the streets of Krakow today and let the statement, "Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire" really sink in at Oskar Schindler's factory. Go 327-metres underground to see hundreds of shades of rock salt in the Wieliczka Salt Mine, visit a centuries-old synagogue in the Jewish district and shop for amber in the UNESCO World Heritage listed Cloth Hall. Your day, your choice.
Day 21 Krakow to Cesky Krumlov.
This morning we pay our respects at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Afterwards, take some time to reflect before arriving into the fairytale that is Cesky Krumlov. The entire place is UNESCO World Heritage listed but basically it's all about the castle. And not just because bears live in the moat. After a stroll around town to get your bearings, embrace the wintry vibe while you tuck into a traditional Czech meal.
Day 22 Cesky Krumlov to Prague.
Prague is all about the charm. Fuel up on trdelnik (pastry deliciousness) before a walking tour among spires and cobblestone streets. Suss out the castle deemed worthy by Guinness World Records as being the largest ancient castle in the world, cross medieval Charles Bridge and watch 'Death' toll the hour on an astronomical clock that's over 600 years old. After dinner, get cosy in a cafe with hot chocolate.
Day 23 Prague.
Channel your inner bohemian and seek out the John Lennon memorial wall to start your free day. Soak up some more Czech history at the National Museum or Communist Museum or get a taste of the quirky local culture at a marionette puppet opera (you gotta see it to believe it). Snap a selfie at Prague's own Eiffel Tower, visit The Museum of Miniatures, eat roast pork from one of the street vendors lining Old Town Square and drink beer. Really. Good. Beer.
Day 24 Prague to Berlin.
Get acquainted with 800-year-old Dresden - a city virtually destroyed in WWII and then rebuilt. Then: Berlin, we're coming for ya. We'll drive you around to see the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building before knuckling down with some pork at Hofbrauhaus.
Day 25 Berlin.
Join the optional Third Reich walking tour for an insight into what the city was like under Nazi rule during WWII, go on a museum crawl or head to the zoo. More culture awaits on Museum Island, with creative types and memorable meals available in the Prenzlauer Berg and Kreuzberg neighbourhoods. Tonight, no curfew at clubs = get ready for a night to remember.
Day 26 Berlin to Amsterdam.
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.
Day 27 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.
Day 28 Amsterdam to London.
Today it's back on the ferry as we journey back to London. Start planning the next adventure. Facebook friends?
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