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Essential Europe 2018 (Rhine Valley)

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Essential Europe 2018 (Rhine Valley) - Topdeck
Essential Europe 2018 (Rhine Valley) - Topdeck
Laura "Absolutely the trip of a lifetime!! The essential europe tour has to be one of the best ways to take in the hotspots of europe and an appropriate duration as well which allows you to continue on exploring europe or return to the parts of the trip you loved the most. Top deck does an amazing job in creating an inclusive environment where you are left feeling like the group is your family! The tour ..."
Excellent
33 reviews
Starts
London
Destinations
+10
Ends
London
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Highlights

  • 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
Accommodation
Hotel
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Physical Rating
Active
Travel style
Discovery, Coach / Bus
Start and end in London! With the discovery tour Essential Europe 2018 (Rhine Valley), you have a 12 day tour package taking you through London, England and 9 other destinations in Europe. Essential Europe 2018 (Rhine Valley) includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

33 Reviews

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76%
Good
18%
Average
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  • AK
    Written on April 18, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    The full days - Rome and Paris particularly. Lucerne was also beautiful
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  • N
    Written on October 28, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Top Deck was such an amazing experience. It was my first time in Europe and loved every second of it! Jacinthe our group leader was the greatest!! She was so fun and made everything seem so natural - love love loved it!
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  • K
    Written on October 25, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    It was my first overseas experience. The trip leader was so awesome and made all of us feel like family. I left the tour not only richer by knowing more places but richer by making connections with people around the world. I now have friends in Canada, Austria, America and I surely have a friend who is galloping around the world aka my topdeck trip leader Jass
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  • L
    Written on October 25, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    Absolutely the trip of a lifetime!! The essential europe tour has to be one of the best ways to take in the hotspots of europe and an appropriate duration as well which allows you to continue on exploring europe or return to the parts of the trip you loved the most. Top deck does an amazing job in creating an inclusive environment where you are left feeling like the group is your family! The tour guide and bus driver were amazing guides and were able to share their knowledge, hot tips and stories to make sure we got the most out of the trip. Our tour guide Jass was amazing. Her attention to detail was remarkable in terms of everything was organised with never any issues and the group was kept super well informed about all of the activities, options and recommendations. She did an amazing job at bringing the group together despite the variations in age groups and preferences. We always felt like we were part of a family! Jays is professional, kind and caring and absolutely genuine. She made such an effort to get to know everybody by name and their interests and a little bit about them and even shared a personal postcard with everyone relevant to them at the end of the trip - such a beautiful and heartfelt gesture. Jass is amazing!!
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  • J
    Written on October 24, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    It was an amazing experience touring beautiful places. Our guide, Jacinthe, was extremely nice and bubbly, and was always keen to talk to the group. I thought that enhanced the Topdeck experience because it made the group feel like a family. The transportation and accommodation were also spectacular.
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  • B
    Written on October 24, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    I had such an amazing time! Jacinthe (jass) was very knowledgeable and very kind. She made everyone feel very welcome and comfortable. The European trip was just unbelievable so many amazing activities and it's so hard to put into words how much I loved it. It open my eyes to new possibilities. 110% want to book my next trip with topdeck again. Jess made such an amazing first impression :)
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  • E
    Written on October 23, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    Whole experience was awesome
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  • J
    Written on October 23, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Had a great time on the Essential Europe trip, accommodations were good and all the experiences were great. My tour leader Jass was such a lovely person and made the trip amazing, wouldn't have been the same without her!
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  • TO
    Written on October 23, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    My experience was the Essential Europe tour with Topdeck and I had a great time. My tour driver was Filipe Ferreira and my tour manager was Jacinthe Mercier-Paquin. The tour exceeded expectations and both Filipe and Jacinthe were awesome
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  • AD
    Written on August 9, 2017
    2.0 - Rather poor

    The trip was not what I expected. A lot of delays on the bus and therefore lost a lot of time in the cities. The AC went out on the 1st day and we were stranded at a gas station for almost 5 hours. I wanted to experience different cuisine, but I ended up eating mostly gas station food. Our tour guide was WAYYYY too laid back and I felt like he wasn't proactive at all. I felt like I was chasing him down more than he was actually "helpful." I have read reviews before going on this trip and most of them say that the tour guide and driver really "make the trip." We had a great trip despite our tour guide because we had a stellar group of people. No drama whatsoever. The hotels on the first 5-6 days didn't have AC which was horrible for me since I can't sleep in a hot room. The hotels got slightly better as we went on, although the breakfasts got worse. The itinerary for this trip does not paint a realistic picture of what actually goes on. While I understand that some things can't be avoided, the loss of time in several cities due to traffic, AC being broke, and a tunnel being closed off, really put a damper on the trip. Our tour guide could have been A LOT more clear on meetup times and places. He said he would post them on the fb group, but there wasn't follow through on that the last 6 or 7 days. Because of this I was stressing out figuring out where to go. Not what I want on my vacation. He seemed like he didn't care. I spoke with numerous other people toward the end of the trip and they were just as dissatisfied as myself. There was a situation where a girl lost her passport and his response was something along the lines of "shit happens?" or something to that effect. It was only after her mother called the company and complained that he actually did anything to help (go to the embassy). It was also extremely clear that we didn't have a Top deck bus. We had some second hand crap bus with a top deck sticker on it. Only 2 tvs on the whole thing and the sound kept cutting in and out on my speaker in the back The bus toilet also broke down the last 3 days so we couldn't use it at all. That sucked for me because I drink a lot of water to stay healthy and I had to purposely go thirsty so that I wouldn't get stuck having to take a piss while on the bus. Our driver Piot (sp?) was fantastic though. And the picnic at the end was tasty. Although we were shuffled out of there quick to make room for the 70th other top deck tour apparently scheduled after us. I feel like I was done a huge disservice by the tour guide I was provided. Do with that info what you want, but when someones spends money with a company for a vacation, they want to feel they are in good hands. I didn't have that feeling.
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Itinerary

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  1. Day 1: London, England to Amsterdam, Netherlands
  2. Day 2: Amsterdam
  3. Day 3: Amsterdam to Rhine Valley, Germany
  4. Day 4: Rhine Valley 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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  • Guide

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  • Meals

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
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Videos

  • Europe: Experience the Magic of Europe
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Questions & Answers

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    • 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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      Response within hours which was great considering our time difference. Tour choice was incredible, obviously an experienced team

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    About the countries

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    Tick-borne encephalitis
    Recommended for Germany and Switzerland. Ideally 6 months before travel.

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    Location
    Start and end in London.
    Max group size
    48 is the maximum group size for Essential Europe 2018 (Rhine Valley).
    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 9 November 2018 the full payment of $0 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 $0 for Essential Europe 2018 (Rhine Valley), but the deposit of $200 is non-refundable.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 3,318 km.
    • London (England)
    • 109 km
    • Dover (England)
    • 43 km
    • Calais (France)
    • 262 km
    • Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    • 669 km
    • Munich (Germany)
    • 305 km
    • Venice (Italy)
    • 394 km
    • Rome (Italy)
    • 232 km
    • Florence (Italy)
    • 431 km
    • Lucerne (Switzerland)
    • 488 km
    • Paris (France)
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