Summer Compass

Spin the compass and let us take you along the vibrant path from London to some of the most popular regions in Europe. We're talking culture, history and food (and lots of it) as we wander through France, Spain, Italy, the Vatican City, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Lucky you! It's going to be an incredible adventure. Jump on and get excited.

Destination: Netherlands

Travel Dates: From 09/05/2019 to 22/09/2019

Duration: 25 days

Company: Topdeck

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Inclusions

  • Visit Pisa and the famous Leaning Tower
    Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam
    Visit the Loire Valley
    Driving tour of Madrid
    Driving tour of Paris and gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower
    Vaporetto ride in Venice
    Walking tour of Verona
    Bordeaux winery experience
    Walking tour of Florence with a local guide
    Walking tour of Venice
    Walking tour of Marseille
    Walking tour of Valencia
    Driving tour of Barcelona
    Walking tour of San Sebastián
    Walking tour of Amsterdam
    Walking tour of Rome

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DAY 1 London, England to Paris, France

All good things start with Paris. Meet the crew, grab some supplies and hit the road early in the morning as we jump across the English Channel. Pinch yourself and Instagram your first selfie before we kick off the trip with a driving tour and picnic next to the Eiffel Tower. Home to Coco Chanel, the Pompidou Centre and the Mona Lisa, Paris more than deserves its reputation as the European capital for all things culture, fashion and food. Now’s your chance to find out why.


DAY 2 Paris

This morning: free time en Français. From the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay to the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées, you'll be sure to make a solid dent in your bucket list. Later on, you can stretch those legs on an optional bike tour of Paris, or simply roam the streets on your own. End your day with an optional Seine River cruise or a #throwback bohemian cabaret show.


DAY 3 Paris to Bordeaux

Today we roll on to Bordeaux, where half the city is UNESCO World Heritage-listed and vineyards reign supreme. Take an optional stroll around Château de Chambord, the largest château in the Loire Valley, and learn why French Renaissance architecture is famous around the world.


DAY 4 Bordeaux

Home to over 9,000 wine producers, Bordeaux fo’ sure knows how to wine and dine. Date night, anyone? See how many grapes you can squeeze into one day. Next up: hit the streets and raise a glass to the winemakers at happy hour.


DAY 5 Bordeaux to San Sebastián, Spain

Wake up and roll out of bed – it’s wine o’clock somewhere in the world! This morning, learn the A to Z of the grape-y stuff with an included tasting. Tip: pick up some bottles to send home (your future self will thank you). Before you know it, we’ll be eating pintxos and tapas x 100 in San Sebastián. All. The. Food.


DAY 6 San Sebastián

Did someone say beach day? Hit up Old Town before you catch some rays on the beach.


DAY 7 San Sebastián to Madrid

Today we head inland to the capital. Madrid is home to Spanish masterpieces (Picasso and Dalí, anyone?) and buzzing nightlife. Spend a spare moment exploring the Royal Palace, Plaza de España, Reina Sofia and all the architectural delights this city has to offer. Need more? Don't miss the Prado Museum, the botanical gardens and the home of Real Madrid FC.


DAY 8 Madrid

Hot foot it along the Gran Vía to Plaza Mayor. Before you go, don’t miss a visit to the Chocolatería San Ginés – serving some hot dayum churros since 1894. In the mood for chills? Kick back and relax in the Malasaña and Chueca neighbourhoods . Shopping fiends will be well catered for in the Salamanca district.


DAY 9 Madrid to Valencia

Put down that calamari sandwich and head to Valencia. More food. Some argue Valencia is THE home of paella, but we’ll leave that for the Spaniards to battle out.


DAY 10 Valencia to Barcelona

Say hey, Barcelona! Bienvenidos to the city of art nouveau, alluring accents and (most importantly) tapas. Tick off the likes of the Sagrada Família, the Columbus Monument and Las Ramblas on an included driving tour before we set you free into the buzzing city. Tonight: shall we dance? Prepare for an optional flamenco show.


DAY 11 Barcelona

What do you want to do today? Well, you could hit the side streets and alleyways of Las Ramblas, go boho in the Gracia neighborhood, go Gaudí at Parc Güell or give in to your inner football fanatic and kneel to the sporting gods at the Nou Camp. Barcelona’s got plenty to keep you occupied!


DAY 12 Barcelona to Marseille, France

We meet again with the French border crossing back to Marseille. Head out on an included walking tour and uncover the delights this port city has to offer – it’s multiculturalism and history at its best!


DAY 13 Marseille

Any sailing fans out there? Mast-to-mast with yachts, Marseille’s Vieux Port is a little slice of maritime heaven. Later on, dig into some local French fare and watch the sun set over the port. Charming, really.


DAY 14 Marseille to Florence, Italy

Time to make your food baby sing! Today we’re rolling into the land of hearty Tuscan cuisine: Florence. Whip around Santa Maria del Fiore before ending your day in true Italian fashion: in a carb induced coma at a local trattoria. It would be rude not to.


DAY 15 Florence

Florence has more stories than Bilbo Baggins, more culture than a Shoreditch hipster, over 1,800 restaurants AND it gave the world gelato. Get schooled on the Medici family, stroll the Ponte Vecchio (the only bridge not bombed in WWII) and get an in-depth tour of the city with a local guide.


DAY 16 Florence to Rome

Time to give that bucket list a workout – we’re off to Rome! Make like Caesar (the emperor, not the salad) and work up a ‘colossus’ hunger as you pass by the Pantheon, throw your two cents in the Trevi Fountain, sit on the Spanish Steps and visit ancient history's version of the Hunger Games set at the Colosseum. Tonight, you're in Disneyland for foodies. Have fun.


DAY 17 Rome including Vatican City visit

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. Count your blessings on an optional tour of the Vatican City, then play ‘I-spy’ with two-and-a-half millennia worth of history. Want more? Then you could always shop till you drop on Via Condotti, head to Capitoline Hill for awesome views of the Roman Forum and Colosseum or just kick back in Piazza Navona for some dolce far niente (delicious idleness).


DAY 18 Rome to Venice

Maketh haste to fair Verona, the place where Romeo and Juliet found love. Snap a selfie at Juliet’s balcony and join throngs of lovers leaving notes on the wall (or avoid the crowds and just marvel at the ancient arena). Then: say ciao to Venice from across the lagoon as we check into our campsite, have an Eat Pray Love-worthy relationship with an irresistible Italian (meal) and get pumped for living out our own version of The Italian Job tomorrow.


DAY 19 Venice

You know it as The Floating City, but this place is actually sinking (slowly). Today we’ll check out a who's who of Venice's usual suspects on a guided walking tour (ticking off the likes of St Mark's Square and Accademia Bridge), then jump on a vaporetto to explore the Grand Canal. If that’s not enough, you can also hop on an optional gondola ride. Throw away your map in the afternoon and try to find the world's most epic little bookshop, Libreria Acqua Alta, or just go on a mission to find the perfect gelato.


DAY 20 Venice to Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Ready for a breath of fresh air? Good! We’re off to the Swiss Alps. Get ready for OMG views.


DAY 21 Swiss Alps

Scenic hikes and jaw-dropping views are high on today's agenda. Go low key with a mountain walk or hop on board the Jungfraubahn railway for an optional visit to the Jungfrau Mountain summit. Expect fairytale villages en route and skydiving out of a helicopter upon arrival (if heights don't scare you). Another feast awaits your return, regardless of how you make your way back down.


DAY 22 Swiss Alps to Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Roll yourself down the Alps towards Luxembourg, one of the world's top three nations in terms of both wealth AND wine consumption (they know what’s up). This city might be small, but it packs a punch.


DAY 23 Luxembourg City 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 cheddar 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 24 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 cruise on the canal?


DAY 25 Amsterdam to London, England

Today we love and leave you. Summer Compass, it was fun. Too soon for the next adventure?


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