• A wide view of a typical city street in Paris, with a busy restaurant and a sign for the Paris metro in view.

Play & Pause: Intro to Europe

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Trip Overview

TRIP VIBE = the perfect mix of group activities and all-important YOU time. Essential. Vital. The must-dos. The unmissables. Whatever you call those bits of Europe that you just HAVE to explore, you can rely on this fast-paced trip to properly school you in them. We're talking Rome, Amsterdam, Venice, Paris... the big guns. But that isn't all - this trip also swings by the likes of quaint little Heidelberg and lakeside stunner Lucerne. And adds in plenty of free time to do your thing. What a mix, right? Quick maths: take two weeks, turn them into something special.

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Trip itinerary

  1. London (England)


    You. Us. The Big Smoke. Name a more iconic trio, we’ll wait. Welcome to the home of red buses, red telephone boxes and red undies (optional). First up: time to get to know the who’s who of the group at tonight’s included dinner. Cheers to 13 days of adventures with this mixed bunch. Let’s do this!

    • Meals
      • Dinner
  2. London – Amsterdam (Netherlands)

  3. Amsterdam

  4. Amsterdam – Heidelberg (Germany)

  5. Heidelberg – Munich

  6. Munich – Venice (Italy)

  7. Venice – Rome

  8. Rome

  9. Rome – Florence

  10. Florence – Lucerne (Switzerland)

  11. Lucerne – Paris (France)

  12. Paris

  13. Paris – London (England)


What's included

Included experiences

  • - Orientation walk of Heidelberg with Trip Leader
  • - Walking tour of Munich with Trip Leader
  • - Walking tour of Venice with Trip Leader
  • - Walking tour of Rome with Trip Leader
  • - Walking tour of Florence with local guide
  • - Walking tour of Lucerne with Trip Leader
  • - Paris highlights drive


- 12 nights in hotel-style accommodation (twin or double)


- Air-conditioned coach

Optional activities

- FYI: these are optional activities available locally. Things might change – prices are here to give you a rough idea.

- Bike tour of Amsterdam: from €28

- Anne Frank’s Last Walk with VR Experience: from €37

- Get a personalised trip T-shirt or hoodie: from €23

- Guided tour of Vatican City: from €50

- Tour of Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum: from €50

- Food and wine tour of Rome: from €69

- Parisian cabaret show: price and location available locally

- Seine River cruise in Paris: from €15

- Bike tour of Paris: from €34

Views & Reviews

Latest Reviews

Average rating based on 78 reviews
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  • Bianca Ot May 2024

    The trip was a fantastic intro to Europe! Fast paced but if we weren't down with a cold it would have been easier. We got super lucky with the weather, only one day somewhat miserable, the day we spent in Florence was raining the whole time. April - May is the perfect time to go, not yet crazy busy or super hot/cold. Highlights: bike ride in Amsterdam (optional extra), river Seine cruise in Paris (optional extra), gondola ride in Venice (although don't smell the water if you can), Italian food, Vatican City tour (optional extra), German pastries and bread.
    Laura our trip leader really made our tour extra special, and Catalin our driver is clearly very experienced. I was super impressed with Laura's energy the whole trip. She knew how to 'read the room' and let us sleep on the bus, then wake us up with some facts, language lessons, etc.
    I would definitely recommend this trip to my friends, it's a good amount of time to travel before you need a rest. I'll definitely look at a longer trip in future to see more!
    Only complaint/s: not enough time in Lucerne (arriving at 5pm) for free time during shop opening hours. Rome hotel bathrooms are quite small and inconvenient to use when you've walked 15km days, however we were warned about Italian hotels so it wasn't unexpected. The Leather demo was a bit oversold, probably more of a quick intro to leather. We didn't see any being made as the name suggested, and it felt a bit rushed I still don't know how to tell real from fake.
    Could probably use a few more tips on the site/booking page such as: bring cash for Italy, tipping required in Italy, don't withdraw cash just anywhere in Italy.

  • Teal An October 2023

    Very fast paced but a great way to see a lot of Europe!

  • Anonymous October 2023

    There was one hotel and it was probably the worst hotel I've ever been to. Some of the music on the bus was wildly inappropiate. Other than that, everything was perfect.

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