Day 1 - London, England to Paris, France (or join in Paris)
Get ready to leave the routine behind and uncover extraordinary. We'll hit the road early and drive across the English Channel. Use the ride to brush up on your bonjours and s’il vous plaîts – and get to know your awesome AF trip mates. This is what it’s all about! The home of Coco Chanel, the Mona Lisa and world’s yummiest macarons – Paris has earnt its rep as the European capital for all things fashion, culture and drool-worthy food. Tick off all the showstoppers on a driving tour before wrapping your lips around a REAL French meal at tonight’s included dinner. Thank us later.
Day 2 - Paris
Yep, you’re finally here – make the most of it! Get your fill of warm pastries at your Trip Leader’s recommended spot. Catch a glimpse of Mona with a visit to the Louvre (top tip: get your tix in advance!) Snap a pic of the Arc de Triomphe. Spend some of your hard-earned along the Champs Elysées. Or head out solo to explore the hidden back-streets and charismatic local cafés. Feeling the chill? Warm up those legs on an optional bike tour. There’s even an optional river cruise down the Seine to jump on. Tonight, dress to impress for the cabaret. You’re in Paris after all. Or head up the Montparnasse observation tower to see why they call this place the City of Lights.
Day 3 - Paris to Swiss Alps, Switzerland
Banging tunes and scenic views – we’ll be trading in Parisian streets for snowy peaks as we head to the mountains. Unlike the Toblerone box, the Swiss Alps aren't all lined up perfectly, so it’s gonna be a bit of a drive. BUT you’ll be too busy squishing your face against the window to notice. Home to the ‘Top of Europe’, 72 waterfalls and one of the largest nature conservations in Switzerland – tonight we're bunking down in the inCREDIBLE Jungfrau region. After dinner, sit back in the crisp (note: freezing) Alpine air with a mug of creamy hot chocolate. This is what we came for.
Day 4 - Swiss Alps
If the Swiss Alps had a Tinder bio it would read: fun-filled outdoor enthusiast – looking for a fellow adrenalin junkie to share adventures with. Swiping right? Heck yes! Hop aboard the Jungfraubahn railway for an optional visit to the ‘Top of Europe’. Make like Arnie, and get to the chopper for all the picture-perfect views. Or for the more adventurous (read: crazy) – why not throw yourself out of a plane at 14,000 ft? Fun. Tonight, head back down to earth for an included dinner with the gang – then head into town and get to know locals over a steaming cup of glühwein.
Day 5 - Swiss Alps to Florence, Italy via Pisa
Today, we’re off to see one of the most famous screw-ups in history (no, we’re not talking about Fyre Festival) – Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower. Snap a photo (you know the one), then prep your fat pants for Florence: the home of gelato and drool-worthy Tuscan cuisine. Before dinner tonight, stroll along the Arno River for all those frosty-this-is-what-I-came-here-for vibes. Then: did someone say karaoke? If you’re feeling it, join the gang in a battle of the classics at the bar later. Or seek out a cosy candle-lit wine bar to sample the region’s famous vino rosso.
Day 6 - Florence to Rome
This morning, we’ll delve deeper into this capital of culture. Walk through centuries of history with a local guide – soaking up all the artistic charm and dazzling architecture only Florence can deliver. We’re talking: Uffizi Gallery. Ponte Vecchio. Piazza della Signoria. And the showstopping Duomo. Then? La bella Roma awaits. Dinner tonight is up to you, but you’re in Disneyland for foodies. Meaning? EVERYTHING is good.
Day 7 - Rome
What you do this morning is 100% up to you. But if you need some suggestions, we’ve got your back. Rise early and count your blessings on an optional tour of Vatican City. Head up Capitoline Hill for awesome views of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. Then, perch in a picture-perfect piazza with your espresso and indulge in a little dolce far niente (delicious idleness). Later, we’ll rendezvous with ancient architecture's biggest players on a walking tour to end all walking tours. Pass by the Pantheon, (don’t) sit on the Spanish Steps, check out the mighty Colosseum and throw your two cents in the Trevi Fountain before the day is done. Thought this place couldn’t get better looking? Watch two-and-a-half-millennia of ancient history light up like Christmas – and think again.
Day 8 - Rome
This is your adventure, so here’s 24 hours of freedom to get out there and do your thing. 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. Shop till you drop on Via Condotti. Hunt down the Knights of Malta Keyhole for an alternative view of the city. Battle the lunchtime rush for a slice at Pizzarium Bonci. Or stop and take it all in at Piazza Nuova (hot chocolate in hand, obvs). Tonight, shake out those fat pants and seek out the world’s best pasta alla carbonara. It’s from here, so it’s gotta be good.
Day 9 - Rome to Venice
No lies – we have a long drive today. Now is the chance to share snaps with your new mates, catch up on some zzzzs and text the 'rents (trust us, you'll be too busy later). Later, we'll park up in the Floating City – home to over 400 bridges and birthplace of Vivaldi. Throw on your beanie and acquaint yourself with the who's who of Venice's usual suspects on a walking tour – we’re talking: St Mark's Square, Doge’s Palace and Accademia Bridge. Tonight, you’re free to get lost amongst the misty alleyways and shimmering piazzas of this romantic city. What delicious carb-laden Italian meal haven’t you tried yet? Order two.
Day 10 - Venice
You wanted the freedom to do your own spontaneous-this-is-what-I-came-here-for thing. So here’s a full day to do just that. Need some suggestions? Float past the famous Rialto Bridge on an optional gondola ride. Spend your time seeking out the epic Libreria Acqua Alta bookshop. Then find yourself next to a roaring fire with a mug of hot vin brulé. Later, score a cheap meal at Osteria Al Portego or fill up on alllll the drool-worthy Italian pastries (no judgement here).
Day 11 - Venice to Salzburg, Austria
Today: we’re setting a course for Salzburg. So much more than strudel and The Sound of Music – this place has got elegance written on every grand Baroque building. We’ll tick off the likes of the Mirabell Gardens, Mozart’s birthplace, Fortress Hohensalzburg and the Cathedral on a walking tour with our expert Trip Leader. What you get up to tonight is 100% on you. Getting hangry? Pull up a pew at a local restaurant and dig into a weiner schnitzel, washed down with a pint of Ottakringer for good measure.
Day 12 - Salzburg
Rise and shine – the Austrian Alps await! This place is a snow-fanatic's ultimate fantasy and you’ll have a full day to shred to your heart’s content. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned pro, ask your Trip Leader for the best slopes for you – then hit the powder! Or just sit back and enjoy a day sipping hot chocolate surrounded by gob-smacking Alpine scenery. It’s 100% up to you. Rather stay put in Salzburg? Take the funicular up to the Castle. Check out Mozart’s birthplace. Visit St Peter’s Catacombs. Or organise a Sound of Music tour. Disclaimer: you’ll be ‘doe-a-deer-ing' for the rest of the trip. Make sure you try a mozartkugel before the day is done. Trust us.
Day 13 - Salzburg to Vienna
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. Then: the afternoon is yours. Explore the Museum Quarter in depth. Head to Cafe Central where the likes of Freud, Trotsky and Lenin used to hang out. Or enjoy the sweet sounds of Mozart and Bach played by the Viennese Chamber Orchestra at an optional concert. Look at you, so cultured.
Day 14 - Vienna to Budapest, Hungary via Bratislava, Slovakia
First up today: a pit stop in Slovakia. Check out all the panoramic views from Bratislava Castle, wander through the Gothic Old Town and grab lunch. Tip: warm up with a serving of kapustnica (cabbage soup) or bryndzové pirohy (Slovak dumplings). Then? The twin cities of Buda and Pest. We’ll be chauffeured past the Chain Bridge, Castle District, Heroes’ Square and House of Terror on a driving tour of the city. Later, we’ll turn it up a notch with an included dinner cruise down the Danube – Buda Castle and House of Parliament look even better lit up like Christmas. Trust us.
Day 15 - 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. Tonight, 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.
Day 16 - Budapest to Kraków, Poland
As the legend goes, a dragon had to be defeated for Kraków to be built – bit tougher than the usual council approvals emmiright? Get acquainted with Poland's beating heart and the largest medieval town square in Europe on today’s walking tour. Then? Take Fleetwood's advice and go your own way. Top up your history knowledge at Wawel Castle, explore the quirky cafes and boutiques in the Jewish Quarter, head to Schindler's Museum (be prepared to queue) or find a local haunt and tuck into a piled-plate of pierogi.
Day 17 - Kraków
It's your day to delve deeper – need some suggestions? Head to Hamsa in the heart of the Jewish Quarter for some 'Hummus and Happiness', shop for amber in the UNESCO-listed Cloth Hall. Or do as the locals do and head to Okraglak for some drool-worthy street food – Zapiekanki is a must! Then: it's vodka time. On an optional tasting tour, wander the cobblestoned streets with a local guide – learning the history behind Polish vodka and sampling a few flavoured varieties as you go. This stuff is not for mixing with cranberry juice. Trust us. Feeling buzzed? Przypiecek is a 24-hour pierogi place with your name on it.
Day 18 - Kraków to Prague, Czech Republic
Onwards to the spire-filled skyline and mysterious streets of Prague! Get acquainted with this picture-perfect city as our Trip Leader takes us on a wander through Wenceslas Square, past the largest ancient castle in the world and across the medieval Charles Bridge. Try catch the quirky show the 600-year-old Astronomical Clock puts on every hour before tucking into a delish dinner with the gang. Tonight, head to a traditional pub to sample some of that famous Czech beer or (if you’re here in December), warm up with some mulled wine under the ginormous Christmas tree in Old Town Square.
Day 19 - Prague
That’s right folks – it’s your day, your way. So, make like Dora and get exploring. 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: fire-roasted pastry coated in cinnamon sugar – add Nutella and you’ve got the stuff of dessert dreams. *wipes drool from chin*
Day 20 - Prague to Berlin, Germany via Dresden
From one beer capital to the next. Get acquainted with 800 year-old Dresden – a city virtually destroyed in WWII and then rebuilt – before we make tracks to Berlin. 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, Museum Island, the Holocaust Museum and Alexanderplatz. Then: tonight dinner is on us. Prost!
Day 21 - Berlin
You’ve got 24hrs here. Make the most of it. Our advice? Opt in for a historic walking tour that’s, you know – not boring. Get a local insight into what the city was like under Nazi rule and tick off the likes of the Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie and Brandenburg Gate. Plus, get the in-the-know tips on where to spend your free time later. Or put those taste buds to the ultimate test on an awesome AF food tour. We’re talking kebabs, pastries, more currywurst, pierogi and local beers (you’re in Germany after all). Tonight, it’s time to see whether this city’s nightlife really lives up to the hype.
Day 22 - Berlin to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Our trip may be coming to a close, but it’s not over yet! We’ve got our eye on Amsterdam today. Dump your stuff and hit the cobblestones – Dam Square, the Royal Palace and the National Monument are waiting. For dinner tonight, you’re gonna be spoilt for choice – Dutch steakhouses, trendy vegan haunts, fancy à la carte menus and the best take-away hot chips you’ve had in your life. Guaranteed. Later, there’s an option to experience a show in the Red Light district. Or for a realer Dutch experience – head to Proeflokaal Arendsnest for a selection of over 100 local beers and unique crowd.
Day 23 - Amsterdam
And just like that, this is our last full day together. FFS don’t hang about! Join the locals and check out Amsterdam's iconic canals, bridges and parks on an optional bike tour. Or for the culture fiends – delve a bit deeper with a visit to the Anne Frank House (don’t forget to book in advance!). Then: there’s 51 museums here but the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum should be top of your list. Or get lost amongst backstreets of this city’s diverse districts – each one’s got a distinct vibe. Whatever you get up to, make sure you’re back in time for tonight’s included dinner – we’ll be going out with a bang!
Day 24 - Amsterdam to London, England
You tried the food. You met the locals. You said yes to culture. Yes, to history. Yes, to the new and the exotic. You embraced it. all. But now it’s time to hit the road back to ol’ Blighty. Who's saying yes to the next adventure? Start planning.
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