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Winter Escape tour

Winter Escape

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4.7 . Excellent
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
10 days
From: $ 1,159 $ 116 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit former concentration camp Mauthausen
  • Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam
  • Vaporetto ride in Venice
  • Visit former concentration camp Mauthausen
  • Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam
  • Vaporetto ride in Venice

Short Description

There’s nothing like Europe in winter. Starting in Venice, we’ll weave our way through some of the most awesome countries Europe has to offer. We’ve got Salzburg, Prague, Berlin and Amsterdam to look forward to, so get pumped – this is gonna be a good one!

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Trip Includes

  • 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • 9 nights in hostels
  • English Channel crossing
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
  • Guided tours of all major cities
  • Awesome Trip Leader and Driver

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Itinerary

Day 1

Today’s the day your epic trip begins! Join the rest of the crew this evening and get to know your fellow Topdeckers. Say cheers over dinner together and get ready for some exploring tomorrow.

Meals:
-Dinner

Day 2

With so much to see in the floating city of Venice, let us help you tick off some of the best bits with a walking tour. When you walk past the Grand Canal and St Mark’s Square, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped onto a movie set. Then: hop on the optional gondola ride for the most stunning city views.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Venice
-Vaporetto ride in Venice

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Gondola ride in Venice

Day 3

Music lovers, this is your city! Get your bearings on a walking tour of Salzburg’s cobblestone streets, where you’ll spot Mozart’s birthplace and some of The Sound of Music film locations. Treat yourself to coffee and a slice of Sachertorte (Austria’s famous cake).

Included today:
-Walking tour of Salzburg

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 4

It’s a sobering start to the day with a visit to former concentration camp Mauthausen. Next up, a walking tour of Prague that promises beautiful Old Town views, the gothic Charles Bridge and the largest ancient castle in the world.

Included today:
-Visit former concentration camp Mauthausen
-Walking tour of Prague

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 5

Seek out the vibrant John Lennon Wall or get a taste of the quirky local culture at a marionette puppet opera (you gotta see it to believe it). After your action-packed day, eat a hearty roast pork dish or Czech savoury pancakes and sip the local beer. Really. Good. Beer.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 6

Off to Berlin via Dresden, home to elegant architecture rebuilt after WWII. Then, Berlin history awaits with a driving tour hitting up all the highlights: the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building.

Included today:
-Walking tour of the restored city of Dresden
-Driving tour of Berlin

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 7

Make a visit to hipster-chic Neukölln, Friedrichshain or Kreuzberg for more döner kebabs and currywurst than your Instagram can handle. There’s also an optional history walking tour today and some pretty famous nightlife on the cards tonight (optional).

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Third Reich walking tour of Berlin
-Street art and nightlife tour of Berlin

Day 8

Get your bearings on an orientation tour of Amsterdam and see the sights including Dam Square, the Royal Palace and National Monument. After you scope out the famous Red Light District, end the night with a cone of hot chips with mayo. Mmm.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Amsterdam

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 9

Amster-DAM it's going to be a good day! Hop on a bike tour to explore the canal-lined city (optional). Then: phones at the ready for our farewell dinner cruise.

Included today:
-Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Bike tour of Amsterdam

Day 10

Noooo! Time to say goodbye. Or, you could always spend a few more days in London...

Included today:
-English Channel crossing

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 1

Today's the day! Your epic trip with Topdeck begins. Join the rest of the crew this evening and get to know your travel mates. Say cheers over dinner together and get ready for some exploring tomorrow.

Meals:
-Dinner

Day 2

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 activities:
-Gondola ride in Venice

Day 3

Today, it's off to Mozart's birthplace: Salzburg. Enjoy a walking tour of his birthplace and then play I spy with Salzburg Castle overlooking the city. There's lots to explore here, so hop to it!

Included today:
-Walking tour of Salzburg

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 4

First, a sobering visit to Mauthausen concentration camp for a lesson in the resilience of humanity. Then, fuel up on trdelník (pastry deliciousness) before a walking tour to get us started in Prague. 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 café with hot chocolate.

Included today:
-Visit Mauthausen concentration camp
-Walking tour of Prague

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 5

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.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 6

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 Hofbräuhaus.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Dresden
-Driving tour of Berlin

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 7

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.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Third Reich walking tour
-Berlin Alternative Tour & Nightlife tour

Day 8

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 9

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 activities:
-Bike tour of Amsterdam

Day 10

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

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Great 3
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Winter Escape

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Extremely knowledgeable

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Amazing staff who are very friendly and also extremely knowledgeable. My trip was amazing and I enjoyed every minute of it. I did the Spirit of Europe last year and couldn’t recommend Topdeck enough.
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Fast-Paced Tour of Western Europe that highlighted most Bucket List Sights. Awesome Company. Great Food and Tour Leader

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Lodging4.0
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I jumped on this tour with very little notice and planning, and I was thoroughly impressed. Our Topdeck trip leader was very knowledgeable, fun, and adjusted the trip to the group (34 people). The meals provided were delicious, and they worked hard to cater to dietary needs. Accommodations were good, typically with 2-6 people in a hostel room. Keep in mind they are hostels, not hotels (bring your own towel).

I loved the itinerary, as it highlighted the must-see places and had variety (ex. Paris, Rome vs. Switzerland). The optionals in each city were all wonderful. However, many were not presented in the Topdeck literature online and were not introduced on the trip more than a day in advance. All are paid for in cash (Euros). Because of how the optionals were presented, it was a bit harder to budget. I would recommend inquiring more about the optionals when booking and at the beginning of your tour via your trip leader. Don't feel pressured to do all of them and remember to keep your own interests in mind.

The solo travelers easily found others with similar interests to explore with. For many on this trip, drinking and going out to bars/clubs was a major component (as alcohol is often cheaper than water). Because of the shortness of this tour along with all the destinations, prepare for lots of driving and to make the most of the time you have in each city.

This trip provided am amazing sampling of Western Europe and opened my eyes to cultures and history I was unfamiliar with. Overall, I would highly recommend this itinerary and touring company, as it provided a good balance between budget and experiences.

P.S. Stay flexible with plans, but some of the popular sights need more pre-planning than expected, like the Eiffel Tower and the Anne Frank House (Amsterdam).
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Overall amazing value. Food, particularly by Topdeck staff, excellent. Spontaneous/flexible; be prepared to pay for lots of extra excursions, on and off your itinerary, in cash.

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Food was excellent. Accomodations were better than expected: hostels, but usually with in-suite bathrooms and always only with other members of your tour of the same gender. Don't try to overplan; trip is quite spontaneous and flexible and you won't know much about the schedule/optionals for each city more than a day or so in advance. Optionals will be plentiful and paid in cash. Only do those that are right for you, even if your trip leader really encourages them and most other people are going. These trips are great for solo travelers, but make sure you find people interested in the same things as you...it will probably be easy to find groups to go to bars and clubs with in the evenings, but harder to find people who prefer other evening plans. Driver was excellent and bus was very comfortable and clean, but be prepared to spend a lot of time on it as there is no driving at night. Trip leader extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and helpful. Overall, excellent value and a trip with plenty of time to see the bucket list highlights in each city.
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Winter Spirit around Europe!

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I did the 24 day Winter Spirit around Europe! I would definitely recommend booking a Topdeck tour! It was the best experience ever. Doing my second Topdeck in July around New Zealand!
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Most amazing experience ever!

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Did Uluru discovery in Australia and Grand Kiwi in NZ back in November and it was the most amazing experience ever! Awesome guide and driver. Well organized and took great care of us!
Only one bad hostel accommodation wise, but other than that it was amazing.
It was so nice not having to worry about accommodations, transportation, and most meals when we got there! On the days it wasn’t included, the guide/driver would tell us what’s in the area!
For sure will be doing another topdeck tour in the future!
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Extremely knowledgeable

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My partner and I just completed the 20 day Discover Winter tour and it was absolutely outstanding! What really made the trip though was the Trip Leader, Alex, and the driver, Deyan. They were both extremely knowledgeable people and explained everything we needed to know to enjoy every place we went to. I highly recommend this tour and hope that everybody else has the opportunity to meet Alex and Deyan.
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