Pharaoh's Escape

Uncover Europe in all its glory as you soak up all the culture, cuisine, history and nightlife that you can handle. Experience the grand old capitals of Europe, the artistic allure and passion of the Mediterranean, the beauty of the re-emerging Balkans and the wonder of the ancient pyramids in Egypt. This is the Europe experience of a lifetime, and you'll never want it to end. Seriously.

Destination: Netherlands

Travel Dates: From 05/05/2019 to 21/10/2019

Duration: 30 days

Company: Topdeck

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Inclusions

  • Driving tour of Berlin
    Egyptologist guided tour of the Egyptian Museum
    Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam
    Egyptologist guided tour of the Pyramids and Sphinx complex at Giza
    Walking tour of Prague
    Driving tour of Tirana with a local guide
    Visit the cliffside monasteries of Meteora (entry not included)
    Egyptologist guided tour of the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon
    Driving tour of Vienna
    Visit Budva
    Walking tour of Bratislava
    Egyptologist guided tour of Temple of Abu Simbel (entrance fees not included)
    Egyptologist guided tour of Karnak and Luxor temples
    Visit former concentration camp Auschwitz
    Birkenau
    Walking tour of Kraków
    Driving tour of Belgrade
    Walking tour of Sarajevo
    Walking tour of the restored city of Dresden
    Walking tour of Amsterdam
    Driving tour of Budapest
    Walking tour of Dubrovnik with a local guide
    Visit the Srebrenica Memorial
    Felucca ride on the Nile in Aswan
    Driving tour of Copenhagen
    Visit a Nubian village in Aswan

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DAY 1 Cairo, Egypt

Topdeckers, meet Cairo - a city like nowhere else. Get to know the group and prepare for the awesomeness to come!


DAY 2 Cairo to Aswan via Overnight Coach

Ready to walk like an Egyptian? Pack yo’ bags - we’re jetting off to Cairo! After we land, we’ll jump on an overnight coach to Aswan. Get excited!


DAY 3 Aswan

Today, it’s all happening. We’ll bring the traditional felucca ride, visit to a Nubian village and an optional camel ride - you bring the wonder.


DAY 4 Aswan

We’ve got an early start and a long day ahead, but trust us - it’ll be totally worth it! First: crane your neck at the colossal statues at Abu Simbel. This afternoon, Aswan is all yours - so get exploring! If you fancy it, you can pay an optional visit to the Philae Temple and the Nile High Dam later on. Talk about a day to remember!


DAY 5 Aswan to Luxor

Once the capital of ancient Egypt, Luxor’s now a history-strewn landscape of souks and temples. Today we’ll visit two of the region’s finest - Karnak and Luxor.


DAY 6 Luxor to Cairo via overnight coach

Today we’ll visit the Valley of the Kings - aka the place everyone in ancient Egypt was ‘dying’ to get into (LOL). Afterwards, we’ll fly the flag for girl power at the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and take a look at the Colossi of Memnon. Then: an overnighter to Cairo.


DAY 7 Cairo

This is what you came for! Today, we’ll be visiting the EPIC Pyramids of Giza. Excitement level: 100/10. The hulking 138-metre Great Pyramid could be remodelled into 30 Empire State Buildings - and the Sphinx is its big-ass guard dog (or should that be lion-man?). Also today: see Tutankhamun's treasure chest at the Egyptian Museum.


DAY 8 Cairo to Athens, Greece

Say goodbye to the city of a thousand minarets - we’re off to Athens today!


DAY 9 Athens to Meteora

Leave your fear of heights in Athens. We're driving to Meteora, perched on the nail biting cliffs of Thessaly (Google it). Later, round off the day with good friends, good food and some FaceTiming.


DAY 10 Meteora to Tirana, Albania

Next stop, Tirana! Your Trip Leader will clue you up on everything you need to know about this former hardline communist state. Add a splash of colour to your Insta story today as you take a wander around.


DAY 11 Tirana to Dubrovnik, Croatia via Budva, Montenegro

Press your nose to the window and soak up all the stunning views that race past the coach window as we head up Montenegro’s coast on our way to the most famous walled city in Europe (stopping at Budva on the way). Later, we’ll take a wander around Dubrovnik's tiny cobblestoned streets and explore a few hidden cafés and shops before grabbing dinner and checking out the glitzy nightlife.


DAY 12 Dubrovnik

Yay! A free day in Dubrovnik! Spend some time checking out the residential homes further up in the Old Town for some awesome views, then relish a cold beer on the wall as the sun sets over the Adriatic.


DAY 13 Dubrovnik

Today, we’ve got some optionals that’ll knock your socks off. Choose from sea kayaking around the city walls, or head out to explore ‘King’s Landing’ on a Game of Thrones tour.


DAY 14 Dubrovnik to Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Roll out of Dubrovnik and into Sarajevo, a city that’s still shaking off its tragic past. We’ll show you the sights on a guided tour and round off the day with some delicious local food. If you fancy, there’s also an optional guided tour of the Sarajevo tunnel on the cards.


DAY 15 Sarajevo Belgrade, Serbia

Gritty but charming Belgrade is up next. Honour the victims of the 1995 genocide at the haunting Srebrenica Genocide Memorial, a sobering reminder of the greatest atrocity on European soil since the Second World War.


DAY 16 Belgrade to Budapest, Hungary

Hungary for more? Budapest is up next! A driving tour will get you down and Danube (that being the river) with twin cities Buda and Pest. Check out Hero's Square, Parliament House, the National Palace, Fisherman's Bastion and the swanky Andrássy Avenue. Then it's time to meet the major food groups: goulash, cabbage rolls and dumplings.


DAY 17 Budapest

A free day to take on a city with enough baroque, neoclassical and art nouveau architecture to keep you entertained for hours. Tonight, hang with the hipsters and drink local fruit brandy at one of the original ruin bars. Wanna go one step further? An optional dinner cruise on the Danube has your name on it.


DAY 18 Budapest to Vienna, Austria via Bratislava, Slovakia

Prepare your retinas - there’s gonna be some amazing scenery playing outside the coach windows today as we make our way to Bratislava for a walking tour. Then: Vienna. Don’t forget to wave hello to the President as we go past the Hofburg Palace! Vienna is famous for three things: musicians, grand coffee houses and, of course, apple strudel. Classical music fans, opt in for a night out to hear the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and Strauss at the Viennese Chamber Orchestra.


DAY 19 Vienna to Kraków, Poland

Legend has it a dragon had to be defeated in order for Kraków to be built - bit tougher than the usual council approvals, no? Get acquainted with Poland's beating heart (and the largest medieval town square in Europe) with a walking tour. Buff up on history at Wawel Castle, feed the ducks from the banks of the Wisla and slay a few glasses of mead after dinner. Did someone say optional pub crawl?


DAY 20 Kraków

After breakfast it’s your day, your choice. Our recommendations? Well, you could discover Kraków's inner hipster in the Jewish district or shop for amber in the UNESCO-listed Cloth Hall. If all else fails, there’s always pierogi and potato pancakes to keep you busy.


DAY 21 Kraków to Prague, Czech Republic

First, a visit to former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau for a lesson in the resilience of humanity. Then, on to Prague. Get Insta-happy and seek out the John Lennon Wall, soak up some Czech history at the National or Communist Museum or get a taste of the quirky local culture at a marionette puppet opera (you gotta see it to believe it).


DAY 22 Prague

Another free day for the win. Snap a selfie at Prague's own Eiffel Tower, visit a miniatures museum, eat roast pork from one of the street vendors lining Old Town Square and wash it all down with a beer. As in, a really good beer. Prague, we love you.


DAY 23 Prague to Berlin, Germany

Get acquainted with 800 year-old Dresden - a city virtually destroyed in WWII and then rebuilt - and check out the Frauenkirche before we make tracks to Berlin. Prep yourself for currywurst, absinthe and more hipsters per capita than anywhere else. We'll drive you around to see (what's left of) the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building.


DAY 24 Berlin

Today, why not step out on an optional Third Reich walking tour for a local insight into what the city was like under Nazi rule during World War II? Kreuzberg is a hit for lunch. Afternoon suggestion? Have a picnic at the historic Tempelhof airport-turned-public park. Tonight: explore the city after dark on an optional alternative street art and nightlife tour.


DAY 25 Berlin to Copenhagen, Denmark

On to Copenhagen to find out why this city keeps popping up among the top five most liveable cities in the world. Get your bearings on a guided driving tour and discover why Copenhagen is home to half of the nation's population.


DAY 26 Copenhagen

Today you have the chance to explore the city in true local fashion: on a bike. Romantic streak? Check out The Little Mermaid, a tribute to the fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen's pre-Disney masterpiece. Spoiler alert: the original version has the lovestruck mermaid become foam on the sea after she fails to win the prince's affections. Even back then, it seems, #thestrugglewasreal.


DAY 27 Copenhagen to Hamburg, Germany

With more bridges than Venice and Amsterdam combined, no skyscrapers (read: views for days) and the first zoo with no enclosures, Hamburg is one of the hippest cities in Europe. It’s also got 3 km of funfair shenanigans and Europe’s biggest Japanese garden. What are you waiting for? Get exploring! Later, check out the nightlife at the Port.


DAY 28 Hamburg to Amsterdam, Netherlands

Start dreaming of cheese, clogs and cheeky café stops as we roll through tulip and windmill dotted fields to Amsterdam. DAM, it's going to be a good day! Learn how gouda and clogs are made, then get your bearings on a walking tour of the vibrant capital. We’re talking the Dam Square, the Royal Palace and the National Monument, so get your cameras at the ready. For the perfect end to the perfect day, give in to temptation and grab a cone of hot chips with mayo. Mmm.


DAY 29 Amsterdam

Join 881,000 bikes and get your cycle on with an optional bike tour of Amsterdam's iconic canals, bridges and parks. Culture fiends, delve deeper with a visit to the Anne Frank House or the Van Gogh or Rijksmuseum. Still thirsty for more? Check out the Heineken Experience and indulge in a spot of beer tasting. What better way to toast the final night of your Europe Inspired adventure than with a dinner cruise on the canal?


DAY 30 Amsterdam to London, England

Love and leave Amsterdam this morning as we head back to London, where this trip of a lifetime ends.


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