Essential Europe

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Essential Europe - Topdeck
Essential Europe - Topdeck
Anonymous "The whole tour was fantastic. The guide we had, Jared, was super friendly and was an expert around all the locations we visited. He intimately knew all the places we visited, the history, the locations, where the best places to eat/drink/get money/get photos were at. He made us feel comfortable on the tour and was friendly and hospitable the whole time. The bus trips were great, stopping ever..."
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  • Explore the streets of Rhine Valley
  • Sample brews in Munich
  • See the beauty of the Alps
  • Walk the winding canals of Venice
Age range
18 to 39 year olds
Max Group Size
Coach / Bus
Physical Rating
Travel style
Discovery, Adventure, Coach / Bus
Start and end in London! With the discovery tour Essential Europe, you have a 12 day tour package taking you through London, England and 10 other destinations in Europe. Essential Europe includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.


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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: London, England to Amsterdam, Netherlands
  2. Day 2: Amsterdam
  3. Day 3: Amsterdam to Heidelberg, Germany
  4. Day 4: Heidelberg to Munich
  5. Day 5: Munich to Venice, Italy
  6. Day 6: Venice to Rome
  7. Day 7: Rome including Vatican City visit
  8. Day 8: Rome to Florence
  9. Day 9: Florence to Lucerne, Switzerland
  10. Day 10: Lucerne to Paris, France
  11. Day 11: Paris
  12. Day 12: Paris to London, England

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Prepare for an adventure in this stunning destination with our travel guide.

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  • Accommodation

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Guide

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Meals

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Additional Services

Not included

  • Flights

  • Insurance

  • Optional

  • Additional Services

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  • Essential Europe reviewer 1
    Written on November 15, 2019
    4.0 - Good

    Do it, you'll have a blast!

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  • I
    Written on October 28, 2019
    4.0 - Good

    Itinerary I found was very rushed, would have preferred 2-3 nights in each destination rather than 1-2.

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  • Written on September 23, 2019
    3.0 - Average

    Good way to tick off most hotspots in Europe. However half of the tour will be spent on buses and barely any time to actually see and feel the cities! Some of the accom esp in Italy was poor where we had to walk up the stairs with suitcases as the lifts... Read more

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  • Essential Europe reviewer 4
    Written on September 15, 2019
    5.0 - Excellent

    Having Jared for our Tour Guide was a wounderful experience. He is really welcoming and Friendly person with a lot of knowledge about European Culture and History, which put my nerves at ease. Would tour with him again.

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  • Essential Europe reviewer 5
    Written on September 15, 2019
    4.5 - Excellent

    The tour was really fun and enjoyable and a great experience for our first time overseas. Jared was a fantastic tour guide and was very knowledgeable throughout the trip. I really enjoyed learning the history of the countries we visited as we traveled.

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  • J
    Written on September 15, 2019
    5.0 - Excellent

    Absolutely fantastic tour guide. Very well versed in knowing both European culture and areas of interest. Really personable guy with a solid sense of humour

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  • S
    Written on September 14, 2019
    5.0 - Excellent

    Tour guide was great all trip and driver was great aswell

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  • C
    Written on September 14, 2019
    5.0 - Excellent

    I have just completed my first topdeck tour with Jared in Europe! It is also my first time coming to Europe which can be very daunting as a novice traveller; but Jared made the entire experience one that I will never forget. He was very welcoming, inclusive... Read more

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  • A
    Written on September 11, 2019
    5.0 - Excellent

    The whole tour was fantastic. The guide we had, Jared, was super friendly and was an expert around all the locations we visited. He intimately knew all the places we visited, the history, the locations, where the best places to eat/drink/get money/get... Read more

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  • K
    Written on September 11, 2019
    4.5 - Excellent

    This Topdeck tour was fantastic!! Even though it was short (7 days) Jared and driver Tom made sure we saw as much as possible, finding and knowing the best local attractions, restaurants and more! Jared has an incredible knowledge of the history and modern... Read more

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Questions & Answers

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

    • Does this include accommodation?

      Yes, this tour includes accommodation.

    • Can I start the tour in Paris? Would it be any cheaper if I did that?

      Yes, you can join this tour in Paris. Unfortunately, it does not affect the tour price.

    • What is the age range of this tour?

      This tour is operated by Topdeck and they operate tours for travellers between ages 18 to 39. They are geared towards active, budget-minded young travellers who want to meet other people from all over the world, and tend to be very popular with students and backpackers.

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    Guides who have led this tour

    • Victoria
      "Work hard, play hard, be kind, travel, travel, travel some more.....oh and always try the local food..."
    • Millie Stewart
      "I am originally from London, UK and have had the pleasure of travelling for the last 5 years. I have..."
    • Elise Tait
      "Hi! I'm Elise and I've been working for Topdeck for a few years now. I'm absolutely addicted to Europe..."
    • Tim van Zuylen
      "Hi Team! My name is Tim and I work as a tour guide in Europe. I am a huge fan of travel and love to find..."
    • Hugh Fitzpatrick
      "Hey guys, I am Hugh, a trip leader/tour guide with Topdeck. If you have done a tour with me it would..."
    • Jared Worsteling
      "Hey all, my name is Jared and I'm an Australian with Irish, Dutch and Italian roots, who fell in love..."
    • John McCarten (Johnny)
      ""Not all those who wander are lost" From an early age I was always the "wanderer",..."
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    • Christopher26th May 2019
      I had exceptional service, with incredibly quick response times and extremely knowledgeable advice. Staff are charming and thoughtful. Truly a five star service. I am surprised at how genuinely enthusiastic I am about this company. You will be too.



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    About the countries

    Useful things to know before you go


    Pound sterling
    France , Netherlands , Germany and Italy

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    EnglandFrance, Netherlands, Germany and ItalyItalySwitzerland


    Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.


    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    Tick-borne encephalitis
    Recommended for Germany and Switzerland. Ideally 6 months before travel.


    Start and end in London.
    Max group size
    48 is the maximum group size for Essential Europe.
    Hold my space
    TourRadar can request Topdeck to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
    For any tour departing before 1 January 2020 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after 1 January 2020, a minimum payment of $200 is required to confirm your booking with Topdeck. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 47 days days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
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    Covering a total distance of approx 3,328 km.
    • London (England)
    • 109 km
    • Dover (England)
    • 43 km
    • Calais (France)
    • 262 km
    • Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    • 423 km
    • Heidelberg (Germany)
    • 255 km
    • Munich (Germany)
    • 305 km
    • Venice (Italy)
    • 394 km
    • Rome (Italy)
    • 232 km
    • Florence (Italy)
    • 431 km
    • Lucerne (Switzerland)
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