Get Social: Central & Southern Europe Highlights 2024

Get Social: Central & Southern Europe Highlights 2024

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Get Social: Central & Southern Europe Highlights 2024

16 Days Starting in London and ending in Rome

Visiting: London, Paris, Bordeaux, Donostia-San Sebastian, Barcelona, French Riviera, Monaco, Swiss Alps, Venice, Pisa, Florence, Rome, Vatican City

Tour operator:

Topdeck

Tour code:

TMELR4

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

Activities:

Sightseeing

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Tour Overview

TRIP VIBE = fast-paced fun with tons of socialising, bucket-list sights and good times all round. Highlights = the best bits. And this Central and Southern Europe trip is jam-packed with them. You’ll see: iconic cities (think Paris, Barcelona and Rome), incredible coastlines (guest-starring the French Riviera) and out-of-this-world mountains (the Swiss Alps – need we say more?). You’ll get: a bunch of legends to share the ride, and the snacks. Say yes to 16 days of life-changing Euro adventures. You won’t regret it.

Highlights

  • Paris highlights drive

  • Orientation walk of Bordeaux with Trip Leader

  • Barcelona highlights drive

  • Orientation walk of Nice with Trip Leader

  • Walking tour of Monaco with Trip Leader

  • Walking tour of Venice with Trip Leader

  • Visit Pisa and see the famous Leaning Tower

  • Walking tour of Florence with local guide

  • Walking tour of Rome with Trip Leader

Itinerary

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

You wanted iconic, so where better to start than in the OG of classic capitals? Meet the crew in London, stock up on supplies and settle in as we make tracks for the City of Lights. The home of Coco Chanel, lil’ Mona and the world’s yummiest macarons – Paris has earnt its rep as the European capital for all things culture, fashion and cream-filled, carb-loaded deliciousness. Tick off all the showstoppers on a driving tour before getting OUT there! Keen to make the most of it? There’s even an optional river cruise on offer this eve.

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

We’ve given you 24 hrs to make every second count à Paris. Create a solid dent in your bucket list with a visit to the Louvre (book your tickets in advance!) and the Musée d'Orsay. Flash some plastic along the Champs Elysées. Discover the hidden gems down Paris’s backstreets. Walking not your thing? Give those calves a workout on an optional bike tour. Tonight, get to know the fam better over our welcome meal. Then: dress to impress for an optional cabaret show. Think: sparking lights, death-defining acrobatics, the can-can and more feathers than are necessary.

Day 3: Paris – Bordeaux
Location: Paris, Bordeaux
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Don’t drink your vino out of a cask? You’re gonna love the next stop. Bordeaux: where half the city is UNESCO World Heritage-listed and vineyards reign supreme. Get your bearings around this 1200-year-old city with our expert Trip Leader before enjoying some free time to explore. Dinner tonight is up to you. Just make sure you leave room for desert – you’re going to want to try a canelé (can-eh-lay). Trust us.

Day 4: Bordeaux – San Sebastián (Spain)
Location: Bordeaux, Donostia-San Sebastian
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Peer out the window as we roll through the vineyard-covered French Basque country into Spain. Smell that sweet coastal air: welcome to San Sebastián! This arvo = possibilities. Join the crowds of beachgoers at La Concha. Jump on a ride at one the oldest theme parks in the world. Or take a cold beer up Urgull Hill for incredible views over the bay. Later, choose your pants wisely – if you’re embarking on a pintxos-bar-crawl tonight, you’re gonna need a LOT of room.

Day 5: San Sebastián – Barcelona
Location: Donostia-San Sebastian, Barcelona
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Onwards to the capital of Catalonia. Bienvenidos to the city of art nouveau, sexy accents and (most importantly) tapas. Get a feel for Barça on a driving tour – ticking of the likes of Olympic Park, Plaza Espanya, the National Museum and Montjuïc Hill. Then: round up the crew and track down some paella (it’s rice, it’s nice, don’t think twice). Later, there’s an optional show on the cards at the oldest flamenco tablaos in Barcelona. Embracing the new and exotic? Tick.

Day 6: Barcelona
Location: Barcelona
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: No Meals

Time to do your own spontaneous-this-is-what-I-came-for thing, amigos. But if you need some suggestions, we’ve got your back. Park Güell and Sagrada Familia are straight-up must-sees. BUT don’t think you can just stroll up in there – you’re gonna need to book tix online first. Then: explore the crazy that is Las Ramblas, head to the ice bar along the beach, or get lost amongst the maze of winding alleys in the Gothic Quarter. Lose yourself, find yourself, then grab a beer. Tonight’s your last chance to see what Ed Sheeran was on about and hit the d-floor with your trip mates – we’re out of here in the morning.

Day 7: Barcelona – French Riviera (France)
Location: Barcelona, French Riviera
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Start practising your bonjours and s’il vous plaîts as we follow the Mediterranean coast to the glamorous French Riviera. After getting the run about Nice’s Old Town with our Trip Leader, the rest of the afternoon is up to you! Indulge in a bit of celeb spotting. Head to the beach for a dip. Or seek out some seriously good seafood. Tonight, hit up a local bar for happy hour with the gang. This is livin’.

Day 8: French Riviera, Including Monaco
Location: French Riviera, Monaco
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: No Meals

Today, you do you! Laze on the beach (sunloungers advised). Or go wild in the designer boutiques in the town centre. Try all the decorative pastries your jeans can handle – then work them off with a walk up Castle Hill for alll the views. The choice is yours. Later: we’ll turn it up a notch with a boujee visit to Monaco. See how the 1% live (hint: it involves Ferraris and bathing in caviar), stroll by world-class casinos and let your jaw drop at the superyachts parked up along the waterfront.

Day 9: French Riviera – Swiss Alps (Switzerland)
Location: French Riviera, Swiss Alps
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Squeeze in one last swim. Down your (French) coffee. And wave au revoir to the coast – we’ll be trading ritz and glitz for snowy peaks as we head to the mountains. Glue your face to the window as we weave our way into one of the largest nature conservations in Switzerland. Tonight we're bunking down in the jaw-dropping Swiss Alps. Sit back in the fresh alpine air, sip on a cold beverage and peel open that new pack of playing cards. Poker, anyone?

Day 10: 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 adrenaline junkie to share adventures with. Swiping right? Hell yes. Hiking. Biking. Skydiving. Helicopter-ing. This place has it all. Or keep two feet on the ground with a valley walk. You can even hop aboard the Jungfraubahn railway for a visit to the Jungfrau Mountain summit. Trust us, whatever you choose – your SD card is going to be full of amazing AF pics by the day’s end.

Day 11: Swiss Alps – Venice (Italy)
Location: Swiss Alps, Venice
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

No lies – we have a bit of a drive today. Who’s got the AUX cord? We'll park up in the Floating City later this afternoon. Home to over 400 bridges and birthplace of Vivaldi, it’s time to see what all the fuss is about on a walking tour with our Trip Leader – ticking off the likes of St Mark's Square, Doge’s Palace and Accademia Bridge. Then, the rest is up to you. Our suggestion? Stop and embrace the moment. Enjoy a spritz or scoop (or two) of the good stuff overlooking one of Venice’s fuchsia-pink sunsets. This is it.

Day 12: Venice
Location: Venice
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

You know it as the Floating City, but this place is actually sinking (slowly). So get cracking! Do the obvious and take a gondola ride down the Grand Canal. You’re in Venice after all. Need some suggestions on how to make the most of your free time? Insider tip: head off the tourist trail with a trip to Giudecca Island. Seek out the epic Libreria Acqua Alta bookshop. Or get lost hunting down the perfect gelato. Centuries-old architecture. Inventive cuisine. And a bucket-load of culture. You’re not going to be bored.

Day 13: Venice – Pisa – Florence
Location: Venice, Pisa, Florence
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

We’re hitting the frog and toad after breakfast. First stop: Pisa. Think of a creative pose for THAT photo (please). Then, make your food baby sing as we roll into the capital of Tuscan cuisine. You’ve got free time to stroll along the Arno River and watch the sunset before hunting down some classic Italian grub. Later: did someone say karaoke? If you’re feeling it, join the gang in a battle of the classics at the bar later. Or hunt down a gelateria for a scoop (or two) of the good stuff – we mentioned it was invented here, right?

Day 14: Florence – Rome
Location: Florence, Rome
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning we’re time travelling with a local guide – soaking up heaps of history, artistic charm and all the dazzling architecture only Florence can deliver. Uffizi Gallery? Tick. Ponte Vecchio? Uh-huh. Piazza della Signoria? Yep. And the showstopping Duomo? Of course. Then, bella Roma awaits – strap in for one EPIC walking tour. Pass by the Pantheon, (don’t) sit on the Spanish Steps, check out the mighty Colosseum and throw your spare cents in the Trevi Fountain. Legend has it if you throw one coin in the Fountain you’ll return to Rome. Throw in two, and you’ll find love here. Single ladies, assemble!

Day 15: Rome
Location: Rome
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Dinner

Vespas. Espresso. Two-cheek kisses. Aggressive hand gestures. And pizza the way it's supposed to taste. Here’s a free day we prepared earlier. Get lost amongst two-and-a-half millennia worth of history on a guided tour (think Vatican City and the Colosseum). Head up Capitoline Hill for awesome views. Grab a bite at Lost Food Factory (arguably one of the best sandwich spots in town). Or as the locals do and indulge in a little dolce far niente (delicious idleness) at a local cafe or piazza. Tonight, get the gang together for one last group dinner – we’re gonna give this adventure-of-a-lifetime the send-off it deserves!

Day 16: Rome
Location: Rome
Meals Included: No Meals

This is where we leave you #Topdeckers. But who said the adventure has to end? Swap those Insta handles and get planning – we hear Greece is lovely this time of year!

What's Included

  • Transport

    Air-conditioned coach

  • Accommodation

    8 nights in hostels, 1 night in a hotel, 6 nights in bungalows at European 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

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    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

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

    Yes from all over the world

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

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

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes we can

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Single pricing is available on all tours

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes the Coach is air-conditioned

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    We will have our Tour Leader with you every day

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No they aren't

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    All guides are English Speaking

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No they aren't

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Tipping is not required

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No they aren't

  • What is the maximum group size?

    48

  • 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

Anonymous  

Get Social: Central & Southern Europe Highlights 2024

Great way to see some of the highlights of Europe

Great way to see some of the highlights of Europe in a decent amount of time.

Anonymous  

Get Social: Central & Southern Europe Highlights 2024

The trip of a lifetime!!!! This was everything I w

The trip of a lifetime!!!! This was everything I wanted it to be and more, I ticked so much off my bucket list whilst making friends and memories that will last a lifetime. This is a very fast paced tour, and it would have been nice to have longer in some locations (Florence in particular) however I knew the itinerary going into it. If your looking for a small teaser of each location rather than in depth discovery then this tour is ideal. The accommodations were mixed. Most of the locations were clean and modern with the majority having private bathrooms as a pose to communal ones which was very convenient. Many were on the small side but this is expected in hostels. The worst stay was in Barcelona where the rooms looked like prison cells. A lot of our group did not enjoy our stay here. The best rooms, in my opinion, were in Florence and Venice. It would have been nice to have been warned before hand that a lot of the accommodations are an Uber or public transport ride away from the tourist spots but it didn't impact the enjoyment of the trip. Be prepared for long hours on the bus. Travel days can be long, and we were unfortunate enough to get caught in traffic on the way to Nice which doubled our travel time. However, the tour leader kept us entertained as much as possible and travel days ended up being good bonding days with music and games. Our trip leader, Michael was very helpful and approachable. He was knowledgeable and maintained a great balance between an organized and relaxed trip. Our driver was also very professional and polite. The included meals could have been better. I took part in most of the optional extras which I would highly recommend doing as they were all worth the money, the train ride and skydive in Switzerland in particular were excellent.

Anonymous  

Get Social: Central & Southern Europe Highlights 2024

Some of the accomodation could have been better.

Some of the accomodation could have been better. The trip overall was quite rushed. Would've been nice to spend another day in florence.

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