Winter Pathway

What’s better than pizza, gelato and gondola rides? Nothing, that’s what. This winter trip takes in some awesome highlights of Europe so get ready! Start your adventure in Italy, before making your way through Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Netherlands. Don’t miss out on chocolate, waffles and beer while you’re here.


Destination: Netherlands

Travel Dates: From 12/11/2019 to 16/03/2020

Duration: 21 days

Company: Topdeck

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  • Gondola ride in Venice
    Stay in World Heritage
    listed Ceský Krumlov
    Stay in the scenic Austrian Alps
    Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam

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DAY 1 Rome

Our epic trip begins this afternoon in Rome. Meet up with your Trip Leader and new travel pals for a brief welcome meeting before going on a walking tour of Rome's most famous sites. The Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, the Roman Forum and the Trevi Fountain. They’re all here. Fire up your Instagram for these must-sees. Yep, it’s as epic as you thought here.

DAY 2 Rome including Vatican City visit

Rome is where the heart is. Visit the world’s smallest country aka Vatican City (optional), hang with the locals, or eat as much pizza and gelato as you can possibly handle. Question is, how many gelato flavours can you try during your time here? Challenge accepted! Let’s go.

DAY 3 Rome to Venice

First, visit Juliet’s balcony in Verona to join the lovers leaving notes on the wall. Then: Venice. Home to the Grand Canal, pretty Venetian masks and over 400 bridges. Get ready to say ‘wow’ like 100 times.

DAY 4 Venice

Burn off some of those calories by exploring the city on foot this morning. Then cue singing men in water limos taking you down a labyrinth of canals. That’s right, you’re heading out on a gondola ride with the crew! This afternoon is all yours to do whatever you like. Don’t miss the Doge's Palace, cross the Rialto Bridge and shop for Carnevale masks. There’s so much going on here. Did we mention it’s beautiful?

DAY 5 Venice to Austrian Alps, Austria

Mountains, skiing and beer = we're on our way to Austria. Time to get your Schwarzenegger impression perfected! Keep an eye out of the coach window today as we drive through the stunning mountain landscape. A home cooked meal tonight will prep you for the exciting, snowy adventure ahead.

DAY 6 Austrian Alps

Red Bull was born here. So channel your inner adrenalin junkie and have a go at skiing or snowboarding (optional). Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, there’s slopes for all levels. You’ll get the hang of it soon enough! Prefer the après ski action? You won’t be short of options that’s for sure. Snowsports not your thing? Just take in the storybook landscape with a mug of hot chocolate to warm you up. Either way, you’re winning at life.

DAY 7 Austrian Alps

Survived the après ski and wanna go again? Well you’re in luck. There’s more optional skiing and snowboarding on the cards today if you want it. Rather rest up and take it easy? Go for it. That’s what ski chalets are for.

DAY 8 Austrian Alps to Munich, Germany

There’s an early start for extra snow time this morning before heading to Munich for a walking tour. Get to know the city where beer is king. Tonight is all you.

DAY 9 Munich to Ljubljana, Slovenia

Give one last prost to Munich before we get to Ljubljana. Travel back to the Middle Ages with a visit to the Ljubljana Castle and Old Town. Tonight, the evening is all yours. Hit up Metelkova Mesto for a tea or vino with a side of live music and underground art installations. You’ll be fitting in with the locals in no time.

DAY 10 Ljubljana to Budapest, Hungary

Get a feel for Budapest on a driving tour taking in some of the big names: Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square and Fisherman’s Bastion. Haven’t heard of ruin bars yet? You’ll get to know them soon enough. Feel free to hit the town tonight for some signature European nightlife with a hipster twist.

DAY 11 Budapest

Free day to explore this amazing place. Opt to visit the Széchenyi thermal baths today if you feel like a bit of a pamper. Relax and then get right back out there. We told you Budapest was a good time, right?

DAY 12 Budapest to Krakow, Poland

Kraków’s up next on our Winter Pathway. Check out the largest medieval town square in Europe and loads more on a walking tour with your Topdeck family. Then, why not brush up on history at Wawel Castle or enjoy the views on the bank of the Wisla?

DAY 13 Krakow

Your day, your choice. Our top tip? Be sure to check out Kazimierz, the Old Jewish quarter. Labyrinthine streets, markets, bars and cafés – this is where the cool kids hang out. For more great places to visit in Kraków, ask your Trip Leader for the insider info.

DAY 14 Krakow to Ceský Krumlov, Czech Republic

This morning we’ll visit the former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. Take time to reflect before arriving into fairytale Ceský Krumlov. The entire place is UNESCO World Heritage-listed so prepare to be wowed. Be sure to visit the castle while you’re here. After a stroll around town to get your bearings with the crew, embrace the wintry vibe while you tuck into a traditional Czech meal for dinner tonight.

DAY 15 Ceský Krumlov to Prague

Prague is all about the charm. Fuel up on trdelník (pastry deliciousness) before a walking tour among grand spires and cobblestone streets. Suss out the castle, cross medieval Charles Bridge and watch 'Death' toll the hour on an astronomical clock that's over 600 years old. Yes, really! After dinner, the night is yours. Get cosy in a café with hot chocolate or go find out why Prague is famous for its nightlife.

DAY 16 Prague

You’ve got a whole free day to tick off everything you didn’t get the chance to do yesterday. A trip to Prague wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the John Lennon Wall. Want more history? You could always stop by 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). Want more? 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 17 Prague to Berlin, Germany

Get to know 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.

DAY 18 Berlin

Almost too many choices on this free day! Do culture, do food, do history. 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 yummy meals on offer in the Prenzlauer Berg and Kreuzberg neighbourhoods. Tonight, no curfew at clubs = get ready for a night to remember.

DAY 19 Berlin to Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amster-DAM it's going to be a good day! Get your bearings on a walking tour of the vibrant capital this evening and see the Dam Square, Royal Palace and National Monument. End the night with a cone of hot chips with mayo. Mmm.

DAY 20 Amsterdam

Get on your bike and ride! Take on the optional city bike tour to soak up the wintery canal views before warming up in a café with a hot chocolate 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 with your Topdeck family. Quick, take all of the selfies!

DAY 21 Amsterdam to London, England

The trip’s over! Too soon to lock in a reunion? Never!

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