Get Social: Southern Europe Highlights 2024

Get Social: Southern Europe Highlights 2024

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Get Social: Southern Europe Highlights 2024

17 Days Starting in Barcelona and ending in Rome

Visiting: Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, Seville, Valencia, Carcassonne, French Riviera, Metropolitan City of Genoa, Cinque Terre, Orvieto, Metropolitan City of Rome Capital, Rome

Tour operator:

Topdeck

Tour code:

TSEBR4

Specialist Group:

18-30 Somethings

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

25 - 48

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-39

Special diets catered:

Please advise requests

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Active

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

TRIP VIBE = fast-paced fun with tons of socialising, bucket-list sights and good times all round. We’ve got 17 days to race through five countries. Hit iconic cities like Barcelona and Rome. Gasp at awesome coastlines. Scoff European eats. Make every moment COUNT. You’re gonna live your best dolce vita life. Do things you’ve dreamed of. BE the person you’re meant to be. You won’t be going alone either. Nay nay. With up to 48 travel buds on this trip, you’re bound to find your people. The ones you can be your real self with, even before that morning coffee.

Highlights

  • Orientation walk of Madrid

  • Orientation walk of Lisbon

  • Orientation walk of Seville with Trip Leader

  • Orientation walk of Valencia

  • Orientation walk of Nice with Trip Leader

  • Orientation walk of Carcassonne with Trip Leader

  • Orientation walk of Genoa with Trip Leader

  • Walking tour in Monaco with Trip Leader

  • Cinque Terre express train pass

  • Orientation walk of Rome with Trip Leader

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Itinerary

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Day 1 : Barcelona (Spain)
Location: Barcelona
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Dinner

Ah Barcelona! Just landing in this iconic city’s gonna send your excitement levels through the roof. And we’re right there with you. Ready to meet your ride or dies for the next 17 days? Obvs. Chuck in some sangria, tapas and quirky questions (try: what’s your biggest dream EVER? or: what’s the super embarrassing moment you’re running away from?) That awkward stage of meeting new people: poof, vanished. Now we’re set for the experience of a lifetime!

Day 2 : Barcelona
Location: Barcelona
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: No Meals

Starting the trip off strong with a free day to do your own spontaneous-this-is-what-I-came-for thing, amigos. Need some suggestions? Park Güell and Sagrada Familia are straight-up must-sees. But don’t think you can just stroll up in there – you need to book tix in advance. 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. Later, you’ve got the option to see the vibrant nightlife of this city in a way that’s gonna make your mates back home hella jel. Lucky for you, there's a group of top tier trip mates right here to eat and drink your way through some of Barcelona’s best bars and restaurants with. Salut! - that’s cheers in Catalan.

Day 3 : Barcelona – Madrid
Location: Barcelona
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

You’re already in love and you don’t wanna leave. We get it. The best way to get over an awesome city is to get to another one. Immediately. Madrid’s up next. We’ll get better acquainted with the Spanish capital on an orientation walk – ticking off the likes of the Royal Palace, Temple of Debod, Plaza Mayor and Mercado de San Miguel. Then? Hunt down some local eats. We recommend churros. Chocolatey. Delish. Gonna-keep-you-full-til-later. After: gather the gang for some dinner and dancing. You’re on Spanish time – don’t be shocked if you’re eating between 9 and 11pm, then hitting the d-floor in Moncloa gone midnight. Cinders, who?

Day 4 : Madrid
Location: Madrid
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: No Meals

You wanted more time to explore – so here’s a free day for you to go live your best life all over this sun-splashed city. Whizz through the streets on an optional bike tour. Make eyes at the masterpieces in Museo del Prado (Madrid’s Louvre). Take in incred views from Palacio de Cibeles. And do it all with your awesome travel fam. Then: see what all the flamenco fuss is about at an awesome optional evening show. Its location... a CAVE. Or head to Cheuca where the Pride flag is raised HIGH. Museo Chicote is the place to be. Named the best bar in Europe with past regulars like Grace Kelly and Ernest Hemingway, you know you’re in for a good time. No cap.

Day 5 : Madrid – Lisbon (Portugal)
Location: Madrid, Lisbon
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Flirt with Spain’s girl next door and discover why Lisbon is the San Fran of Europe. History. Culture. Food. And some seriously booty-burning hills. Spend a month here, and you wouldn’t have seen it all – but we’re sure as hell gonna try! Get your step count on: we’re starting with an orientation walk. Tick off the likes of Castelo de São Jorge, Carmo Convent and Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square to you and me). Then, you’ve got some time to do you. Our suggestion? Explore beaut Belém. The hot spots: Jeronimos Monastery, Padrão dos Descobrimentos and Torre de Belém - it’s UNESCO-worthy and you’d be delulu if you couldn’t see why. Y’know what you need after all that? A rush of sugar with the G.O.A.T. of all pastéis de natas (custard tarts that slap): get yours at Pastéis de Belém. Legendary since 1837.

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

Today is your day, your way. Spend your free time ticking off those bucket list items AND exploring the backstreets. Beat the crowds and get up early to ride Lisbon’s famous yellow 28 tram. Check out the winding medieval maze that is Alfama (Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhood). Venture up to São Jorge Castle for epic views and a history lesson on Moorish culture. Check out the colourful street art in Mouraria. Then grab yourself a bifana (pork cooked in white wine, slapped into a crusty bread roll *droooool*) and relax in the Botanical Gardens. There’s a market food tour up for grabs if that bifana didn’t hit the sweet spot. Time Out Market is the cherry on top. Tonight, dinner is on you. Grab your mates and jump on the bus to LX Factory for trendy vibes and lip-smacking eats. Then, wind things up at a cosy rooftop wine bar in Bairro Alto. Cheers to another awesome day.

Day 7 : Lisbon – Seville (Spain)
Location: Seville
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Didn’t quite meet your quota of authentic Spanish tapas? Never fear, Seville is up next! According to legend, the city was founded 3,000 years back by Hercules. Facts. And what better way to discover this incred city than with our expert Trip Leader? Thank us later. Tick off the likes of Plaza de Toros, Torre del Oro and Plaza de España on an orientation walk – then you’ve got the rest of the day to let your real self shine. Love a bit of history? Visit the Real Alcázar (book in advance!). It’s got mind-blowing Mudéjar architecture (the best in alll of Iberia). Pretty impressive if you ask us. Get your exploring on in the old gypsy quarter of Triana. Or check out the Catedral de Santa María de la Sede. It’s giving GOTHIC. More of a foodie? Hop between traditional tapas bars throughout the city. Track down the best pintxos place in town. Make use of that second stomach for churros. Sharing them in plazas with your mates long after sunset? Legit Spanish vibes.

Day 8 : Seville – Valencia
Location: Seville, Valencia
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

After getting brekky down our necks, we’re back on the road. Whip out the UNO cards. Do some TikTok trends – #travelfam edition. Snooze last night’s sangria away. Before you know it, the sign for Valencia will be in sight. And then? The glorious city itself. First up: an orientation walk – ticking off the Gothic gateway of Torres de Serranos, lively Plaça de la Mare de Déu (that’s plaza to me and you), the Cathedral and the foodie heaven that is Central Market. Belly rumbling? Stick around post-walk to get your fill of tapas that’ll make your tongue melt. Central Bar is THE hot spot. Later: check out the buzzing streets of Barrio del Carmen, Valencia’s old town. It’s packed with everything you need for an(other) epic night with the travel fam.

Day 9 : Valencia
Location: Valencia
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: No Meals

Another free day for some social spontaneity. We love to see it. Hire a bike and check out the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences. Head to the Thermal Springs of Montanejos for natural beauty, oh-so-soothing waters and stories of legend. Grab a late lunch. The only choice: paella. Why? Valencia’s the birthplace of this Spanish staple. And if you want tradition – 100-year-old Casa Carmela is the place to go. Great-grandmas, fresh products and smoky firewood is the vibe. Or whip out the frisbee and play catch at the beach. All 19 kms of it. Tonight, get the gang together and head to Ruzafa, a barrio for the cool kids. It’s got craft beer houses, restaurants for the veggies and live music. This is what you came for.

Day 10 : Valencia – Carcassonne (France)
Location: Valencia, Carcassonne
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Who’s ready for some French lovin’? First stop: Carcassonne. If you’ve ever played the board game, you’ll know this walled citadel is as medieval as it gets. We’ll get our bearings of the UNESCO site on a stroll with our Topdeck bestie aka Trip Leader. Sights we’re gonna swoon over today: Château Comtal, Basilica of Saints Nazarius and Celsus, Carcassonne Cathedral and Narbonne Gate. Then: gather the troops. Get lost in the maze of the city. Walk along the ramparts. And try the local dish: cassoulet. It’s a slow-cooked stew that’s BIG on flavour.

Day 11 : Carcassonne – French Riviera
Location: French Riviera
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

What a beaut day to go glam and unleash that main character energy. It’s time for Nice, capital of the French Riviera. Get the run about town with our in-the-know Trip Leader before having the rest of the afternoon to do you! Indulge in a bit of celeb spotting. Kylie Jenner and Leo DiCaprio are regulars. Head to the beach for a dip. Waters like these sparkle like diamonds. Or find a local haunt for seriously good seafood. If you’re feeling boujee, Molo 26 is a vibe. Tonight, sit back with the crew and enjoy those relaxed coastal vibes. Life doesn’t get better than this.

Day 12: French Riviera – Monaco – French Riviera
Location: French Riviera
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: No Meals

What gets you feelin’ real good along the Med? This morning, you’re gonna find out with some free time. Laze on the beach (sunloungers advised). Go wild in designer boutiques. Try alll the cute pastries your jeans can handle. Or walk up Castle Hill for views that’ll take your breath away. Later: we’ll turn it up a notch and see how the 1% live (hint: it involves Ferraris and bathing in caviar) with a visit to Monaco. A walking tour might not be as boujee as a supercar with tinted windows, but we move. Plus, we’ve got our very own legendary guide aka your fave Trip Leader to show us around. Stroll by world-class casinos. Pick your jaw up off the floor at the superyachts along the harbour. And go all swoony-eyed at Prince’s Palace of Monaco. Then: it’s back to the French Riviera to raise some bubbles with the fam. When in France and all that...

Day 13 : French Riviera – Genoa (Italy)
Location: French Riviera, Metropolitan City of Genoa
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Ready for more Med madness? We’re hitting our fifth country today. Expect: legendary pizza and pasta, architecture that sends you to heaven on the spot, and allll the gelato you could eat. It’s none other than ITALY. Specifically: Genoa. Obvs there’s an orientation walk to kickstart the good times in this glorious city. Our Trip Leader will give us the deets, pointing out sights like Genoa Cathedral, Santa Maria di Castello and Christopher Colombus’s home. The rest? It’s up to you. Wander the old quarter dotted with so many bakeries and trattorias, you and your mates will be foaming at the mouth before you get through the doors. Focaccia bread and pesto sauce is a MUST. Bar hop to find your fave Aperol. Hunt down some carbs – we don’t make the rules. Italy does. After: catch sunset at the harbour. Glistening waters, golden light and these people = allll the feels.

Day 14 : Genoa – Cinque Terre – Genoa
Location: Cinque Terre, Metropolitan City of Genoa
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: No Meals

You’ve totally had Cinque Terre as your screensaver for months and you’re about to see it IRL. We don’t need to tell you this sh*t hits different. You’ve got an included train day pass so make FULL use of it. Race around the villages with your mates. Cram it allll in. Need a quick rundown of the five hot spots? We got you. Riomaggiore = loved-up vibes (think: initialised padlocks) and lively restaurants. Manarola = snorkel heaven. Corniglia = panoramic views aka the perf backdrop for those TikTok fit checks. Vernazza = pulling your trip mates up to see the castle on top of the hill. Monterosso = the place to get your beach on. Phew! Back at Genoa, down an espresso and head out. You might only be here once. Make the most of it.

Day 15 : Genoa – Orvieto – Rome
Location: Orvieto, Metropolitan City of Rome Capital
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Onwards! First: a pit stop at the hilltop town of Orvieto to see the grand cathedral and dig into a wild boar panini (unless you’re a vegetarian, sorry). Our Trip Leader’s giving us the must-sees on an orientation walk. Then: bella Roma awaits. An orientation walk gives you some bearings of this awesome city. If you wanna know where the best gelato is, now’s the time to ask. Then, go wherever your feet take you. Pass by the Pantheon, throw your two cents in the Trevi Fountain, (don’t) sit on the Spanish Steps and wind things up under the shadow of the mighty Colosseum. Epic doesn’t even cut it. Tonight: go show that pizza who’s boss.

Day 16 : Rome
Location: Rome
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Dinner

Vespas. Espresso. Two-cheek kisses. Aggressive hand gestures. And pasta 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 (choose between Vatican City and the triple threat: Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum). Grab a bite at Lost Food Factory (arguably one of the best sandwich spots in town). Or do 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 17 : Rome
Location: Rome
Meals Included: Breakfast

Sorry but where did the past 17 days go? We’re not ready to say goodbye yet. So: highlights of Central & Eastern Europe – let's discuss.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    14 nights in hostels, 2 nights in hotel-style accommodation

  • Guide

    Trip leader & driver

  • Transport

    Air-conditioned coach

  • Meals

    9 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners

What's Not Included

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

Mode of Transport

Air-conditioned coach

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the maximum group size?

    48 people

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    Euros

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No, airport transfers are not included

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No. This trip is specifically designed for those aged 18-39 years

  • 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 of this Operator

Sarah, Traveller  

Road Trip USA

01-Oct-2020

"The tour leader and bus driver were exceptional at all times. The optional activities were great and catered to a lot of different people. The tour as a whole was great and a once in a lifetime opportunity. I would definitely book with Topdeck again."

Tobin, Traveller  

Japan Highlights

29-Nov-2019

“Incredible experience! I had done a tour with another company in Europe so thought I knew what to expect but was blown away with my Topdeck tour. Better accommodation, such a great group of people and our trip leader was incredible. Saw so much stuff I would have missed without him. Highly recommended!”

Emily, Traveller  

Jordan & Israel

08-Aug-2019

“I felt so safe everywhere we went and would go back in a heartbeat if I could! Can't wait to make my way back to Egypt! I would recommend this to everyone, any doubt you have about Egypt or any of the Middle Eastern countries will be washed away as soon as you step off that plane!”

Axel Taylor (Google Reviewer)  

So Topdeck, you have better...

07-Apr-2024

So Topdeck, you have better not of cancelled my trip that I paid over $6000, and now I can’t even login into my own account because of some 403 Error and need permission to gain access to my account. Get it sorted out because I am not flying all the way over to Lisbon Portugal to find my reservation at the hotel has been cancelled. This is absolutely unacceptable and disgraceful. You even got my flights wrong when I went to Tokyo back in 2017 and I ended up at the wrong airport. Topdeck get your act together and sort it out. And let me back into my own account.

Jayden Urch (Google Reviewer)  

Will cancel your trip 1...

16-Sep-2023

Will cancel your trip 1 week beforehand

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  • Free Date Changes

    Topdeck allows you to make 1000 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 60 days before the start of the tour.

  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Topdeck allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform topdeck, 60 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    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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