Get Social: Central & Eastern Europe (Winter) 2024-25

Get Social: Central & Eastern Europe (Winter) 2024-25

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Get Social: Central & Eastern Europe (Winter) 2024-25

24 Days Starting and ending in London

Visiting: London, Paris, Swiss Alps, Pisa, Florence, Rome, Venice, Salzburg, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Kraków, Prague, Dresden, Berlin, Amsterdam, Vatican City

Tour operator:

Topdeck

Tour code:

TWSLL4

Specialist Group:

18-30 Somethings

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

10 - 48

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-39

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Active, Adventure Tours

Activities:

Sightseeing

From:
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$2983 (USD) Operator discount: -$349 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$157 -15%
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Tour Overview

TRIP VIBE = fast-paced fun with tons of socialising, bucket-list sights and good times all round. Take 11 countries in 24 days. Add iconic cities, jaw-dropping alpine scenes and an incred bunch of travel buds. Wrap it in a woolly scarf, dip it in hot chocolate and throw a bunch of twinkly lights on top – what do you get? One glorious, fun-filled Euro trip to last a lifetime. Dodge the crazy summer crowds. Meet your people. And soak up ALL the seasonal vibes. This is winter done right.

Highlights

  • Paris highlights drive

  • Visit Pisa and see the famous Leaning Tower

  • Walking tour of Florence with local guide

  • Walking tour of Rome with Trip Leader

  • Walking tour of Venice with Trip Leader

  • Walking tour of Salzburg with Trip Leader

  • Vienna highlights drive

  • Orientation walk of Bratislava with Trip Leader

  • Budapest highlights drive

  • Walking tour of Kraków with Trip Leader

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Day 1: London (England) – Paris (France)
Location: London, Paris
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: No Meals

Get ready to leave the routine behind and uncover extraordinary. We'll hit the road early and drive across the English Channel. Use the ride to brush up on your bonjours and s’il vous plaîts – and get to know your awesome AF trip mates. This is what it’s all about! The home of Coco Chanel, the Mona Lisa and world’s yummiest macarons – Paris has earnt its rep as the European capital for all things fashion, culture and drool-worthy food. Tick off all the showstoppers on a driving tour before getting OUT there and exploring the City of Lurve.

Day 2: Paris
Location: Paris
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Dinner

Yep, you’re finally here – make the most of it! Get your fill of warm pastries at your Trip Leader’s recommended spot. Catch a glimpse of Mona with a visit to the Louvre (top tip: get your tix in advance!) Snap a pic of the Arc de Triomphe. Spend some of your hard-earned along the Champs Elysées. Or head out solo to explore the hidden backstreets and charismatic local cafés. Feeling the chill? Warm up those legs on an optional bike tour. There’s even an optional river cruise down the Seine to jump on. Tonight, it's our first group dinner – time to learn (then forget) everyone’s names. After: dress to impress for the cabaret. You’re in Paris after all.

Day 3: Paris – Swiss Alps (Switzerland)
Location: Paris, Swiss Alps
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Banging tunes and scenic views – we’ll be trading in Parisian streets for snowy peaks as we head to the mountains. Unlike the Toblerone box, the Swiss Alps aren't all lined up perfectly, so it’s gonna be a bit of a drive. BUT you’ll be too busy squishing your face against the window to notice. Home to the ‘Top of Europe’, 72 waterfalls and one of the largest nature conservations in Switzerland – tonight we're bunking down in the inCREDIBLE Swiss Alps. Sit back in the fresh (jk: it’s freezing) mountain air with a mug of creamy hot choc and dig out that pack of UNO. Dealing in mittens = cards everywhere.

Day 4: Swiss Alps
Location: Swiss Alps
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: No Meals

If the Swiss Alps had a Tinder bio it would read: fun-filled outdoor enthusiast – looking for a fellow adrenalin junkie to share adventures with. Swiping right? Heck yes! Hop aboard the Jungfraubahn railway for an optional visit to the ‘Top of Europe’. Make like Arnie, and get to the chopper for all the picture-perfect views. Or for the more adventurous (read: crazy) – why not throw yourself out of a plane at 14,000 ft? Fun. Tonight: gather the gang, head into town and get toasty with a glühwein or two.

Day 5: Swiss Alps – Pisa (Italy) – Florence
Location: Swiss Alps, Pisa, Florence
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, we’re off to see one of the most famous screw-ups in history (no, we’re not talking about Fyre Festival) – Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower. Snap a photo (you know the one), then prep your fat pants for Florence: the home of gelato and drool-worthy Tuscan cuisine. Before you grab dinner, stroll along the Arno River for all those frosty-this-is-what-I-came-here-for vibes. Then: did someone say karaoke? If you’re feeling it, join the gang in a battle of the classics at the bar later. Or seek out a cosy candle-lit wine bar to sample the region’s famous vino rosso.

Day 6: Florence – Rome
Location: Florence, Rome
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Dust the crumbs off your lap after another group brekkie. This morning prepare for a blast from the past as we walk through centuries of history with a local guide – soaking up all the artistic charm and dazzling architecture only Florence can deliver. We’re talking: Uffizi Gallery. Ponte Vecchio. Piazza della Signoria. And the showstopping Duomo. Then? Bella Roma awaits. Dinner tonight is up to you, but you’re in Disneyland for foodies. Meaning? EVERYTHING is good.

Day 7: Rome
Location: Rome
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

What you do this morning is 100% up to you. But if you need some suggestions, we’ve got your back. Rise early and count your blessings on an optional tour of Vatican City. Head up Capitoline Hill for awesome views of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. Then, perch in a picture-perfect piazza with your espresso and indulge in a little dolce far niente (delicious idleness). Later, we’ll rendezvous with ancient architecture's biggest players on a walking tour to end all walking tours. Pass by the Pantheon, (don’t) sit on the Spanish Steps, check out the mighty Colosseum and throw your two cents in the Trevi Fountain before the day is done. Thought this place couldn’t get better looking? Watch two-and-a-half-millennia of ancient history light up like Christmas – and think again.

Day 8: Rome
Location: Rome
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

This is your adventure, so here’s 24 hours of freedom to get out there and do your thing. 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. Shop till you drop on Via Condotti. Hunt down the Knights of Malta Keyhole for an alternative view of the city. Battle the lunchtime rush for a slice at Pizzarium Bonci. Or stop and take it all in at Piazza Nuova (hot chocolate in hand, obvs). Tonight, shake out those fat pants and seek out the world’s best pasta alla carbonara. It’s from here, so it’s gotta be good.

Day 9: Rome – Venice
Location: Rome, Venice
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

No lies – we have a long drive today. Now is the chance to share snaps with your new mates, catch up on some zzzzs and text the 'rents (trust us, you'll be too busy later). Later, we'll park up in the Floating City – home to over 400 bridges and birthplace of Vivaldi. Throw on your beanie and acquaint yourself with the who's who of Venice's usual suspects on a walking tour – we’re talking: St Mark's Square, Doge’s Palace and Accademia Bridge. Tonight, you’re free to get lost amongst the misty alleyways and shimmering piazzas of this romantic city. What delicious carb-laden Italian meal haven’t you tried yet? Order two.

Day 10: Venice
Location: Venice
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

You wanted the freedom to do your own spontaneous-this-is-what-I-came-here-for thing. So here’s a full day to do just that. Need some suggestions? Float past the famous Rialto Bridge on an optional gondola ride. Spend your time seeking out the epic Libreria Acqua Alta bookshop. Then find yourself next to a roaring fire with a mug of hot vin brulé. Later, score a cheap meal at Osteria Al Portego or fill up on alllll the drool-worthy Italian pastries (no judgement here).

Day 11: Venice – Salzburg (Austria)
Location: Venice, Salzburg
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today: we’re setting a course for Salzburg. So much more than strudel and The Sound of Music – this place has got elegance written on every grand Baroque building. We’ll tick off the likes of the Mirabell Gardens, Mozart’s birthplace, Fortress Hohensalzburg and the Cathedral on a walking tour with our expert Trip Leader. What you get up to tonight is 100% on you. Getting hangry? Pull up a pew at a local restaurant and dig into a weiner schnitzel, washed down with a pint of Ottakringer for good measure.

Day 12: Salzburg
Location: Salzburg
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: No Meals

Rise and shine – the Austrian Alps await! This place is a snow-fanatic's ultimate fantasy and you’ll have a full day to shred to your heart’s content. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned pro, ask your Trip Leader for the best slopes for you – then hit the powder! Or just sit back and enjoy a day sipping hot chocolate surrounded by gobsmacking alpine scenery. It’s 100% up to you. Rather stay put in Salzburg? Take the funicular up to the Castle. Check out Mozart’s birthplace. Visit St Peter’s Catacombs. Or organise a Sound of Music tour. Disclaimer: you’ll be ‘doe-a-deer-ing' for the rest of the trip. Make sure you try a mozartkugel before the day is done. Trust us.

Day 13: Salzburg – Vienna
Location: Salzburg, Vienna
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Ten points if you can guess what Vienna is famous for. Musicians. Grand coffee houses. And strudel (duh!). Prepare to have your heart captured as we drive by the likes of the Opera House, Hofburg Palace, Museum Quarter and Ringstrasse. Then: the afternoon is yours. Head to Cafe Central where the likes of Freud, Trotsky and Lenin used to hang out. Show off your best Bambi impression at the seasonal ice rink outside the Rathaus. Or soak up the sweet sounds of Mozart and Bach played by a Viennese orchestra at an optional concert. The 1700s had some bops.

Day 14: Vienna – Bratislava (Slovakia) – Budapest (Hungary)
Location: Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

First up today: a pit stop in Slovakia. Check out all the panoramic views from Bratislava Castle, wander through the Gothic Old Town and grab lunch. Tip: warm up with a serving of kapustnica (cabbage soup) or bryndzové pirohy (Slovak dumplings). Then? The twin cities of Buda and Pest. We’ll be chauffeured past the Chain Bridge, Castle District, Heroes’ Square and House of Terror on a driving tour of the city. Then: swing by 360 Bar and cosy up in a rooftop igloo complete with eye-popping views of the icy skyline. It doesn’t get more winter-y than this.

Day 15: Budapest
Location: Budapest
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: No Meals

You wanted freedom to explore – here it is. Check out the Central Market Hall. Explore the Jewish Quarter. Play pinball at the Flippermúzeum. Get a harrowing education at the House of Terrors. Hunt down the Anonymous Statue. Soak in the warm therapeutic waters of the Széchenyi Thermal Baths. Or head to Buda Castle and check out all the views from Fisherman’s Bastion. Tonight, get stuck into some local fare: goulash, chicken paprikash, langos, dobos cake. Hopefully you like paprika, they’re kinda obsessed with it here. Or opt for a dinner cruise down the Danube – Buda Castle and House of Parliament look extra spesh lit up like Christmas.

Day 16: Budapest – Kraków (Poland)
Location: Budapest, Kraków
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

As the legend goes, a dragon had to be defeated for Kraków to be built (eat your heart out, Game of Thrones). Get acquainted with this gem of a city and the largest medieval town square in Europe (size isn’t everything, Kraków) on today’s walking tour. Then? Take Fleetwood's advice and go your own way. Top up your history knowledge at Wawel Castle. Explore the quirky cafes and boutiques in the Jewish Quarter. Head to Schindler's Museum (be prepared to queue). Or find a local haunt and tuck into a piled-high plate of Polish potato pancakes – delicious AND a bonus tongue-twister.

Day 17: Kraków
Location: Kraków
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: No Meals

Ready for round two exploring Kraków’s frosty, fairytale streets? We’ve got some suggestions for your free day. Head to Hamsa in the heart of the Jewish Quarter for some 'Hummus and Happiness'. Shop for amber in the UNESCO-listed Cloth Hall. Or do as the locals do and head to Okraglak for some drool-worthy street food – Zapiekanki is a must! Then: it's vodka time. On an optional tasting tour, wander the cobblestone streets with a local guide – learning the history behind Polish vodka and sampling a few flavoured varieties as you go. This stuff is not for mixing with cranberry juice. Trust us. Feeling buzzed? Przypiecek is a pierogi place with your name on it.

Day 18: Kraków – Prague (Czech Republic)
Location: Kraków, Prague
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Onwards to the spire-filled skyline and mysterious streets of Prague! Get acquainted with this picture-perfect city as our Trip Leader takes us on a wander through Wenceslas Square, past the largest ancient castle in the world and across medieval Charles Bridge. Then: get stuck into some sma~ený sýr (fried cheese = yes please) and watch the quirky show the 600-year-old Astronomical Clock puts on every hour. Tonight, rally the troops and head to a traditional pub to sample some of that famous Czech beer. Or – if you’re here in December – warm up with some mulled wine under the ginormous Christmas tree in Old Town Square.

Day 19: Prague
Location: Prague
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: No Meals

That’s right folks – it’s your day, your way. So, make like Dora and get exploring. Check out the John Lennon wall. Soak up some history at the Communist Museum. Take the funicular up Petrin Hill for allll the views. Or grab a delish roast pork roll at one of the street vendors lining Old Town Square. Fancy yourself as a bit of a hops connoisseur? Don’t miss the beer tasting optional this afternoon. Or fully commit to the sugar rush with a serving of trdelník. Think: fire-roasted pastry coated in cinnamon sugar – add Nutella and you’ve got the stuff of dessert dreams *wipes drool from chin*.

Day 20: Prague – Dresden (Germany) – Berlin
Location: Prague, Dresden, Berlin
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

From one beer capital to the next. Get acquainted with 800 year-old Dresden – a city virtually destroyed in WWII and then rebuilt – before we make tracks to Berlin. Prep yourself for currywurst and more hipsters per capita than anywhere else. We'll drive you around the main sights including (what's left of) the Berlin Wall, Museum Island, the Holocaust Museum and Alexanderplatz. Then: gather the crew and hunt down a steaming döner kebab. Yes, you’ll be finding bits in your scarf for the next four days. But it’s worth it.

Day 21: Berlin
Location: Berlin
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: No Meals

You’ve got 24 hrs here. Make the most of it. Our advice? Opt in for a historic walking tour that’s, you know, not boring. Get a local insight into what the city was like under Nazi rule and tick off the likes of the Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie and Brandenburg Gate. Plus, get the in-the-know tips on where to spend your free time later. Or put those taste buds to the ultimate test on an awesome AF food tour. We’re talking kebabs, pastries, more currywurst, pierogi and local beers (you’re in Germany after all). Tonight, round up the fam and see whether this city’s nightlife really lives up to the hype.

Day 22: Berlin – Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Location: Berlin, Amsterdam
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Our trip may be coming to a close, but it’s not over yet! We’ve got our eye on Amsterdam today. Dump your stuff and hit the cobblestones – Dam Square, the Royal Palace and the National Monument are waiting. For dinner tonight, you’re gonna be spoilt for choice – Dutch steakhouses, trendy vegan haunts, fancy à la carte menus and the best take-away hot chips you’ve had in your life. Guaranteed. Later, head to Proeflokaal Arendsnest for a selection of over 100 local beers and all the cosy vibes.

Day 23: Amsterdam
Location: Amsterdam
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Dinner

And just like that, this is our last full day together. FFS don’t hang about! Join the locals and check out Amsterdam's iconic canals, bridges and parks on an optional bike tour. History buffs should pay a visit to the Anne Frank House (don’t forget to book in advance!). Then: there are 51 museums here, but the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum should be top of your list. Or get lost amongst backstreets of this city’s diverse districts – each one’s got a distinct vibe. Whatever you get up to, make sure you’re back in time for tonight’s included dinner – we’ll be going out with a bang!

Day 24: Amsterdam – London (England)
Location: Amsterdam, London
Meals Included: Breakfast

24 days. 11 countries. Countless thrills, spills and good times. You embraced it all and shared the Euro-winter ride with a bunch of strangers who are now like family. After one last brekkie (no crying over your cornflakes), it’s time to hit the road back to ol’ Blighty. Stick next year’s trip in the iCal – who’s coming?

What's Included

  • Transport

    Air-conditioned coach

  • Accommodation

    18 nights in hostels, 5 nights in bungalows at campsites



  • Fully Guided

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

  • Tipping and Gratuities

What's Not Included

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • International Travel

  • Country Entry Visas

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Tipping is not required

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No they aren't

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    This will be provided on all documentation

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    This will vary from your country of origin. Please seek advice locally

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Single pricing is available on all tours

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No they aren't

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    No they aren't

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes we can

  • What is the maximum group size?

    48

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    We will have our Tour Leader with you every day

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No they aren't

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    All guides are English Speaking

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes from all over the world

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes the Coach is air-conditioned

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Curious? Open-minded? Same. Topdeckers are a mixed bunch, but that’s what makes us special. They come from all over the globe and are aged between 18 and 39. Like you, they’re looking to feel real. To experience more. To embrace the unknown. To grow and connect – without judgement.

  • Is there an age limit on Topdeck trips?

    Yes. Our trips are specifically designed for those aged 18-39 years of age.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    40 years

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    https://www.topdeck.travel/resources/booking-flexibility

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    We operate Single Share across across all touring styles and will match you with someone of the same gender

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    E-Documentation will be sent

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes, we work dilligenltly with our partners to acheive this

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Yes you can on European Tours

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Henry Ge  

Get Social: Central & Eastern Europe (Winter) 2024-25

Everyone on the tour was very nice as well. Would

Everyone on the tour was very nice as well. Would definitely do something similar again would love to go back and revisit some of the places we went to.

Alyssa Be  

Get Social: Central & Eastern Europe (Winter) 2024-25

As said previously so much knowledge was shared wi

As said previously so much knowledge was shared with the group, everything was done so we had a good time. Really pleased with everything that was done

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    Topdeck requires a minimum deposit of 60 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of topdeck charges.

    Up to 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 7 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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