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How to do Europe for less

Published November 4th, 2013

If it’s Tuesday, I must be in Belgium...Yep, borrowing a backpack and bussing around Europe and the UK is practically an Antipodean rite of passage. Being located Down Under (and with that epic long-haul flight to the other side of the world), it makes good sense to make the most of your trip and your hard-earned coin by seeing as much of Europe and the UK as you can. Topdeck Travel has been showing Aussie travellers aged 18- to 30-something a helluva good time on and off the bus for over 40 years, so they certainly know their stuff.



And, with an Early Bird discount of 10% off Topdeck Europe Summer 2014 tours if you book and pay in full by January 15, 2014, you’re only constrained by time, not budget. The Early Bird discount is available on over 90 tours around Europe and it’s up to you where you go and what you want to do. It’s the ideal introduction for a Europe newbie, or a chance to check out the sights on an all-inclusive, stress-free tour.


You could be cycling in Amsterdam, picnicking by the Eiffel Tower, staying in a 12-century German fortress and partying in Prague. Or what about 10 days island-hopping in the idyllic Greek Isles? Criss-crossing Britain and Ireland from Dublin to Edinburgh to Cardiff and London? You could even eat your way around 7 cities in Italy, or go all out with the legendary 7-week Mega European tour – 20 countries in 49 days!
Here’s some of our fave Topdeck tours that you can get an Early Bird discount on:



Red Star Special

France, schmance. How about a peek behind the former Iron Curtain with 10 countries in 37 days including Eurovision faves like Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland? The Red Star Special tours Scandinavia and Russia for a different look at Europe. From Berlin, you can see Santa’s workshop in Finland, get your heart racing with a leap into an icy pool and into a sauna, wander around Copenhagen’s alternative Christiania area, and tour Moscow’s famous Red Square and Kremlin.



Bravo Italia

Love shoes? This 13-day Topdeck tour criss-crosses the Italian ‘Boot’ so you can live ‘la dolce vita’. Think espresso in Rome, seafood in Sorrento, Florentine steak in Florence and as much gelati and vino as you can handle. But, it’s not just gastronomic delights. Italy also serves up healthy servings of famous architecture, ancient artifacts, world-famous art and eye-watering scenery (the Cinque Terre!) plus a pumping nightlife scene. Feel free to indulge in shopping to balance all those carbs!



European Getaway

Nine countries, 20 days; the European Getaway tour loops the continent taking in France, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium. Starting and finishing in London, this popular hostel tour includes a perfumery tour in the French Riviera, a bicycle tour of Amsterdam and a resort stay in Tuscany. For a bit extra, do a tandem skydive over the Swiss Alps, go canyoning in the Austrian Alps or immerse yourself in Berlin’s nightlife scene!


Cassandra Laffey

Consumed with unrequited wanderlust, I get my fix in 24/7 cities and hippie retreats. I'm still looking for the ultimate combo of secluded beach and major metropolis, and my happy place is a 5-star hotel room all to myself - sigh.