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Spirit of Europe 2018

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Spirit of Europe 2018 - Topdeck
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Sally "I only did part of the Spirit of Europe tour, joining everyone in Rome. Joining it from this point it was called Eastern Spirit. As a few of us joined the tour in Rome it was a bit awkward seeing as everyone had already formed a bond. Stein made a point of making sure we felt welcome and comfortable. She's an amazing guide. There was no stress the entire time because Stein was so organized, knowle..."
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112 reviews
Starts
London
Destinations
+18
Ends
London
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Highlights

  • The perfect Euro experience of East meets West
  • Enjoy the streets of Paris
  • Explore the splendours of Italy
  • Wind your way East through the historic cities of Vienna, Hungary and Poland
Age range
18 to 39 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel, Bungalow
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Travel style
Discovery, Coach / Bus
Start and end in London! With the discovery tour Spirit of Europe 2018, you have a 24 day tour package taking you through London, England and 18 other destinations in Europe. Spirit of Europe 2018 includes accommodation in a hostel and campsites as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Spirit of Europe 2018 reviewer 1
    Written on June 5, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    Millie was an incredible tour guide! She provided excellent banter, some quality anecdotes and some seriously envious knowledge of history and art and the culture throughout Europe. She was a top gal and knew when to step up as a guide to make sure everyone was safe and enjoying themselves without being too overbearing. The tour was excellent and I enjoyed every single minute I spent on it.
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  • VB
    Written on May 31, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    The tour guide and the memories I've made
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  • Spirit of Europe 2018 reviewer 3
    Written on May 31, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    I did the Spirit of Europe trip with my partner this summer and it did not disappoint! Tia was a knowledgeable and sensible trip leader but wasn’t afraid to join us on nights out. Her pub/bar choices (which we could choose to go on or not) were good and the info she provided on each city enabled us to plan our days out so we could see as much as possible. When she wasn’t telling us all about places or checking us in, she would be like another tour member and this made it really easy to chat with her about anything. Our driver, Atilla was awesome. He’s a straight up guy but has a great sense of humour. When he was able to come out for a few drinks on some of the nights he was great to chat to. He was a good driver and got us places as quickly and safely as possible which is appreciated, especially on long drive days. We also had another driver who was completing his training, Marian. He was awesome, another really safe driver and he was also really easy to get along with during the trip. The Spirit of Europe tour is 24 days and to be honest I don’t think I could go much longer than that. It’s fast paced (drive day, see the city day, drive day to next city) so you have to be pretty motivated to get up in the morning and start sightseeing early if you want to see as much as you can in each city. Tia wrote the key sights/activities/food to try in each city on a “What’s on” sheet that was passed around the coach, so you can plan your day from there. By the time we reached our final city, Amsterdam, most people were pretty tired (and kinda over all the drinking) so it was nice to have a couple of chill nights to end the trip. Highlights from the trip in terms of optionals were the Medieval Dinner in Prague (organised by Tia), Vatican tour, Paris cabaret show (they give you a lot a wine, it’d be hard not to have a good time), Auschwitz visit, dinner cruise in Budapest, walking tour of Berlin, Monaco visit, alternative walking tour in Berlin/pub crawl, and the Paris dinner under the Eiffel Tower. The meals (breakfast and dinner) served at the Topdeck site tents were actually some of the better meals of the trip. I was really impressed with the included dinners bar one in Rome (think there was a miscommunication somewhere though) which was like eating at a kids birthday party, lol. Hostel breakfasts in Europe are basic, generally a few cereals, bread or a roll, ham and cheese, juices and coffee. They got a bit hard to stomach towards the end of the trip as we’d been eating them for the last month, but we always ate them as it was included in the tour price and was fine to set you up for the day. Topdeck breakfasts were much better and we really enjoyed those. The camp sights we stayed in when we were in Italy were great. The accomodation was cabins with an ensuite and my partner and I were able to have a room to ourselves (which is not typical on a hostel trip - we maybe had 8 nights in mixed-sex rooms where we were able to stay in the same room in single bum beds, and 5 nights in a room to ourselves). If you’re travelling with a partner and want alone time/a private room for the whole trip, don’t book a hostel trip. We are easy going so it didn’t bother us, and it helped us get to know other people on the trip. Most of the hostels are really good, with decent room facilities and good restaurants/bars. Some are a bit more basic but the longest you’re ever in a city is two nights and you’re out most of the day anyway. Some other activities my partner and I would suggest doing (that weren’t optionals) were dinner/lunch at the TV Tower in Berlin (awesome view of the city), Heineken Experience in Amsterdam, buying a couple of cheap bottles of wine under the Eiffel Tower (don’t pay more than €3/4) and watching it twinkle at midnight, hiring bikes in Vienna and biking through Prater Park and around the city (super cheap), and going into the waterfall caves in Switzerland. Some of the negatives included long coach days (some of these were 9-11 hours long, taking up the whole day), but this is to be expected when travelling around Europe. Unsure why some people complained about long drive days... like did you not know that Europe is a big place? Despite thinking you won’t get sick, eventually I think 95% of the coach had some sort of cough/cold at some point.. but everyone just went to the pharmacy and stocked up on remedies and soldiered on. We had a big group (44 minimum) throughout the trip which means you’ll make a few friends but there will also be some people you don’t get along with so much. We had a very mixed group (a few people that wanted to drink and go hard every night, a few that didn’t drink at all, and a lot that wanted a bit of a balance). I’m sure if you weren’t into drinking you’d still have a great time on the trip but there are definitely some nights (two parties in Italy, ruin bars in Budapest, pub crawls in Kraków and Berlin) which you might not enjoy if you can’t get amongst the rowdy crowd. If that’s the case you can always do something else, but a lot of team bonding happens when drunk so you may feel like you were missing out! I think it is important to come on this trip with an open mind and a lot of patience. Sometimes we were stuck in traffic, sometimes it was pouring with rain on a walking tour, sometimes you were rooming with someone you wish you weren’t or that snores all night and keeps you awake. But there’s no point in complaining, you’re in Europe and you can sleep it off in your bed later. Tia and Atilla helped us keep positive in these situations! It’s a group tour in hostel accomodation so you just have to be accepting of all types of people and have a positive attitude! All in all, the trip was awesome. I’d recommend it to anyone wanting to see the best of Europe at a fast pace. I’d recommend budgeting at least €90 for each day of the trip for additional meals, activities, optionals, souvenirs, and drinks, but you could get away with like €30-40 a day if you weren’t doing many activities or not drinking. Thank you to Tia, Atilla and Marian for a fab 24 days and I wish them all the best for their next trip and the lucky people who get to go along with them
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  • A
    Written on May 22, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    It was an all round wonderful experience - from Millie's wonderful, cheerful and organised way with us (and her colourful tour notes each day were much appreciated), Zsolt our happy and resourceful driver, the fab people we met along the way, and of course the huge array of things we saw and did! It was a great way of sampling lots of different countries, history, cultures and foods - and tapping into Millie's knowledge of the local history was the cherry on the cake, I learned so much more than in school! Oh and the weather was delightful for us. Unforgettable trip!
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  • K
    Written on May 21, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    The itineraries were clear and allowed flexibility for us to take time away as well. The food provided was excellent! I was expecting average sandwiches every day but instead every day different types of food and meals were served with good options. There was fruit and salad available. I also have some dietary requirements as did several others and we were catered for very well without exception. Our tour guide Millie was very informative and engaging. She was very knowledgeable about the places we visited and always took the time to do some research and get back to us if we had a question that she didn't have the answer to straight away. She participated with the group easily and helped to explain our itineraries and options every day. A great trip! I would highly recommend Topdeck, the Spirit of Europe tour and Millie for future tours!
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  • Spirit of Europe 2018 reviewer 6
    Written on May 21, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Both my husband and I enjoyed the European trip.. It was made more so because we had Millie!!! We think that she is a vibrant, amazing and experienced tour leader. Millie was also very responsible, making sure that we were safe while having fun. She had all the info about the places we went to and gave us explanations and history of that area beforehand and during the visit as well. Millie also had time for everyone of us and included us all in activities , making it more memorable. Im sure that she is a valuable asset to Topdeck. If we ever go to Europe with a tour group, we would want to do it with her.. She is Amazing!!!
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  • S
    Written on May 21, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Everything about this tour was amazing! Millie was such a great tour guide aswell, made the experience even better
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  • Spirit of Europe 2018 reviewer 8
    Written on May 3, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Wonderful time! Mel, our trip leader was more than amazing, and I am happy I booked this Topdeck tour!!
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  • Spirit of Europe 2018 reviewer 9
    Written on March 25, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    I only did part of the Spirit of Europe tour, joining everyone in Rome. Joining it from this point it was called Eastern Spirit. As a few of us joined the tour in Rome it was a bit awkward seeing as everyone had already formed a bond. Stein made a point of making sure we felt welcome and comfortable. She's an amazing guide. There was no stress the entire time because Stein was so organized, knowledgeable and most importantly, personable. I'd definitely go on another tour where she is a the guide.
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  • Spirit of Europe 2018 reviewer 10
    Written on March 24, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    Stien felt more like a friend than a tour guide. easy to get along with and it helped as she was always smiling. gave me good ideas what to do in places i didn't know too much about and i hope our paths cross in the future again.
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Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: London, England to Paris, France
  2. Day 2: Paris
  3. Day 3: Paris to Swiss Alps, Switzerland
  4. Day 4: Swiss Alps
  5. Day 5: Swiss Alps to French Riviera, France
  6. Day 6: French Riviera including Monaco visit
  7. Day 7: French Riviera to Florence, Italy
  8. Day 8: Florence to Rome
  9. Day 9: Rome including Vatican City visit
  10. Day 10: Rome to Venice
  11. Day 11: Venice
  12. Day 12: Venice to Vienna, Austria
  13. Day 13: Vienna
  14. Day 14: Vienna to Budapest, Hungary via Bratislava, Slovakia
  15. Day 15: Budapest
  16. Day 16: Budapest to Krakow, Poland
  17. Day 17: Krakow
  18. Day 18: Krakow to Prague, Czech Republic
  19. Day 19: Prague
  20. Day 20: Prague to Berlin, Germany
  21. Day 21: Berlin
  22. Day 22: Berlin to Amsterdam, Netherlands
  23. Day 23: Amsterdam
  24. Day 24: Amsterdam to London, England

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • June 1, 2018

      Is there a hotel list available?

      Hotel lists for this trip are not confirmed until your final trip documents are released, which will be 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. This trip is hosted by Hostel Plus, who are renown for their eclectic and fun accomodation styles! During the tour you will be spending 17 nights in hostel accommodation and 6 nights in bungalows at European campsites.

    • June 1, 2018

      When and where does the tour end?

      Your coach will arrive back in London between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. The drop-off point will usually be the Wombats hostel, however please check your itinerary carefully for exact details. Please be aware that our return time is dependant upon external factors.

    • June 1, 2018

      When and where does the tour start?

      The tour commences at 6 am in London, on the morning of your first day. You will depart from the following hostel only if your trip code ends with a -7:

      Wombats City Hostel
      7 Dock Street
      London, E1 8JN

      The closest London Underground stop is Tower Hill on the District and Circle lines. You can find directions on the Wombats website. If your trip code ends with a -8 you will depart from the following location:

      Generator London
      37 Tavistock Place,
      London, England,
      WC1H 9SE

      We recommend arriving with plenty of time to spare to ensure that everything is in order for your adventure! Due to the early morning start some passengers prefer to book pre-departure accommodation at the meeting point. We would be happy to assist with these arrangements.

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    Vaccinations

    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    Tick-borne encephalitis
    Recommended for Switzerland, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Germany. Ideally 6 months before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic. Ideally 2 months before travel.

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    Location
    Start and end in London.
    Max group size
    48 is the maximum group size for Spirit of Europe 2018.
    Hold my space
    TourRadar can request Topdeck to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
    Deposit
    TourRadar only requires a deposit of $200 to confirm this Topdeck booking. The remaining balance is then payable 47 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 11 August 2018 the full payment of $2,635 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 47 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $2635 for Spirit of Europe 2018, but the deposit of $200 is non-refundable.
    Credit Cards
    The following cards are accepted for Topdeck tours: Visa - Master Card - American Express

    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 4,734 km.
    • London (England)
    • 109 km
    • Dover (England)
    • 43 km
    • Calais (France)
    • 235 km
    • Paris (France)
    • 486 km
    • Lauterbrunnen (Switzerland)
    • 321 km
    • Monaco (Monaco)
    • 240 km
    • Pisa (Italy)
    • 69 km
    • Florence (Italy)
    • 232 km
    • Rome (Italy)
    • 394 km
    • Venice (Italy)
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