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European Pioneer - Topdeck
European Pioneer - Topdeck
Michelle "This Trip was everything I expected and more! It is a fast paced trip with only one or two stops at each destination. It's a good trip to see all of Europe and figure out which places are your favorite. Our leader Judes (Jody) was an absolute gem. I couldn't imagine a better leader. She was fun, caring, passionate, and full of good stories. She helped anybody with any troubles. That being said..."
Excellent
79 reviews
Starts
London
Destinations
+28
Ends
London
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Highlights

  • Picnic under the famous Eiffel Tower
  • Discover the beautiful Swiss Alps
  • Taste authentic Spanish tapas
  • Explore Venice's St. Mark’s Square
Age range
18 to 39 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel, Hotel, Berth / Cabin, Bungalow
Transportation
Coach / Bus, Ship
Start and end in London! With the in-depth cultural tour European Pioneer, you have a 37 day tour package taking you through London, England and 27 other destinations in Europe. European Pioneer includes accommodation in a hotel, hostel and campsites as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

79 Reviews

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  • T
    Written on October 24, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Jude's honestly made my trip with Topdeck. Not only was she super insightful and could tell you anything and everything about each of the 16 countries we visited, her charisma and fun loving personality always had the tour group in stitches of laughter. Couldn't have hoped for a better tour guide. Tyneale
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  • B
    Written on October 24, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Jody was an exceptional tour guide. So much so that when i went on another tour after Jody's the standards were just not there as she had set such a high bar. A tour guide can make your tour unforgettable or just ok. In Jody's case she made our European Pioneer 36 day tour one ill never forget. Organisation 10, Driving tours of citys 10, answering quesitons and helping the group out 10! She is the highest standard of what a tour guide should be i believe and i thank the start aligning that she was our tour guide. Thank you Jody. Regards Beau
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  • AD
    Written on October 3, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    My trip surpassed any expectations I had which were already pretty high from what I had heard before! Jody's ceaseless energy and enthusiasm kept a constant positive environment amongst a huge group of people for 37 non stop days of travel. She was always helpful and knowledgeable when met with questions or confusions we may have had on every town/city in every country we entered. Amazing trip with an amazing guide and now friend!
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  • CB
    Written on September 27, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Jude’s made my trip everything I could have imagined and more. Usually knowing you’ll be spending 5.5 weeks with 50 people you don’t know would be daunting but Jude’s changed that in minutes and left us all as one big family. She was the perfect mix of fun, knowledge and “general life advice” and I honestly hope she never changes, she was more then just the tour guide she was a friend and one I’d like to keep.
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  • HK
    Written on September 27, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Jude's was absolutely fabulous. Her passion for history and travel is second to none. Jude's brought joy and laughter to everyday of my tour, she went above and beyond organizing activities, extras and group dinners to ensure our group got the most out of our trip. Jude's puts her heart and soul into every aspect of her work and makes her tours truly enjoyable. I loved every minute and can happily say I made a friend for life!
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  • CO
    Written on September 27, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    Eye-opening, soul-cleansing, life-changing experience! Judes was the most organised, knowledgable and inspirational tour guides that I could ever have hoped for!
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  • S
    Written on September 17, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    5 & 1/2 weeks is a long time to spend with upto 50 odd people you've never met so naturally, it felt like the first day of school on day 1. I'm not exaggerating when I say this feeling lasted about 10 minutes. Judes was so quick to make everyone feel included & welcome. She had the perfect mix of humour, history, fun & family all while making sure the expectations on respect were clear. Judes was not afraid to put her foot down when needed but was also able to laugh with you until there were tears rolling down your face. I made some of the best, long life friends on this trip, Judes included. I STRONGLY recommend joining one of Judes' tours. It will be the best thing you do.
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  • JG
    Written on September 17, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    My trip was amazing no words can describe the fun i had on the trip, but what made the trip 100x better was a tourguide that actually cared about the trip and everyone on it
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  • LB
    Written on September 16, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    My Topdeck tour was incredible with Judes as my guide. Judes was knowledgeable, passionate, friendly, approachable, funny and so much more. She made this trip a trip of a lifetime for me. Not only did she provide knowledge of the history of each destination but places to visit, eat and local bars. I felt like I got an authentic cultural experience, met lifelong friends and I most definitely can't wait to go on my next trip!
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  • European Pioneer reviewer 10
    Written on September 16, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    This Trip was everything I expected and more! It is a fast paced trip with only one or two stops at each destination. It's a good trip to see all of Europe and figure out which places are your favorite. Our leader Judes (Jody) was an absolute gem. I couldn't imagine a better leader. She was fun, caring, passionate, and full of good stories. She helped anybody with any troubles. That being said she can also put her foot down if any passengers cross a line.. but our crew was pretty tight and had little to no issues throughout the two months. Highly recommend. Some of my favorite spots were Switzerland, Greek islands, Croatia, and Budapest.
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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
  4. Day 4: Paris to Swiss Alps, Switzerland
  5. Day 5: Swiss Alps
  6. Day 6: Swiss Alps to Avignon, France
  7. Day 7: Avignon to Barcelona, Spain
  8. Day 8: Barcelona
  9. Day 9: Barcelona to French Riviera, France
  10. Day 10: French Riviera including Monaco visit
  11. Day 11: French Riviera to Venice, Italy
  12. Day 12: Venice
  13. Day 13: Venice to Florence
  14. Day 14: Florence to Rome
  15. Day 15: Rome including Vatican City visit
  16. Day 16: Rome to Athens, Greece via Overnight Ferry
  17. Day 17: Athens
  18. Day 18: Athens to Mykonos
  19. Day 19: Mykonos
  20. Day 20: Mykonos
  21. Day 21: Mykonos to Athens
  22. Day 22: Athens to Meteora
  23. Day 23: Meteora to Tirana, Albania
  24. Day 24: Tirana to Dubrovnik, Croatia via Budva, Montenegro
  25. Day 25: Dubrovnik
  26. Day 26: Dubrovnik to Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  27. Day 27: Sarajevo Belgrade, Serbia
  28. Day 28: Belgrade to Budapest, Hungary
  29. Day 29: Budapest
  30. Day 30: Budapest to Vienna, Austria
  31. Day 31: Vienna to Prague, Czech Republic
  32. Day 32: Prague
  33. Day 33: Prague to Berlin, Germany
  34. Day 34: Berlin
  35. Day 35: Berlin to Amsterdam, Netherlands
  36. Day 36: Amsterdam
  37. Day 37: Amsterdam to London, England

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  • Guide

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  • Meals

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  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
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Videos

  • Topdeck European Pioneer
  • Europe: Experience the Magic of Europe
  • Western Europe Travel Guide
  • Sailing with Topdeck
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Questions & Answers

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

    • April 1, 2017

      Where can I find more detailed information about this tour?

      A trip note - which contains essential information about your trip will be given to you. Information such as the daily itinerary, where to meet on the first day, what time the trip starts, how to get to the joining point hotel, included activities, visa information, etc will be mentioned in there. Please contact us for this.

    • August 1, 2016

      How many people travel on this trip ?

      Group sizes vary from trip to trip. As a guideline, an average Hotel, Club or Camping trip could have around 35 passengers on board, with a maximum group size of 48. Minimum numbers would not normally be below 20 passengers.

    • July 18, 2016

      What is the luggage allowance for this tour?

      Topdeck passengers are allowed one piece of luggage up to 20 kg and a carry on bag.

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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..."
    • Elise Tait
      "Hi! I'm Elise and I've been working for Topdeck for a few years now. I'm absolutely addicted to Europe..."
    • Barry Gallagher
      "Hi I am a trip leader at Topdeck. I decided to get into trip leading due to the perfect mix of travel..."
    • Jody Judes Douglass
      "Hey there - my name is Judes and I am a Maltese Australian working as a European Trip Leader with Topdeck..."
    • Piotr Liskiewicz
      "Hey guys! My name is Piotr and I have been working as a tour manager (trip leader) since 2013. It is..."
    • Peter Woodman
      "Hello, I've always loved to travel (I'm notching up country number 50 as I write in Guatemala) and I..."
    • Jacob Krayenhoff van de Leur
      "A few years ago I was finishing my bachelors degree dreaming of adventure. So the day after I graduated..."
    • John McCarten (Johnny)
      ""Not all those who wander are lost" From an early age I was always the "wanderer",..."
    • Rebecca Kelly
    • MARTINA HOSTAR
    • Jennifer Oebel
    • Ruta Arminaite
    • Monika Rank

    What are people saying about TourRadar?

    • Martina25th April 2018
      The website is very complete and easy to navigate. All the information I could need was there and it made it easy for me to research and choose the tour that suited me the most. Moreover I got nice discounts. Will definitely keep using TourRadar

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    About the countries

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    Visa

    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.

    Vaccinations

    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    Tick-borne encephalitis
    Recommended for Switzerland, Albania, Croatia, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic and Germany. Ideally 6 months before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Spain, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Hungary and Czech Republic. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia, Serbia, Hungary and Czech Republic. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Typhoid
    Recommended for Albania. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Yellow fever
    Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an infected area for Albania. Ideally 10 days before travel.
    Tuberculosis
    Recommended for Bosnia. Ideally 3 months before travel.

    Policies

    Location
    Start and end in London.
    Max group size
    48 is the maximum group size for European Pioneer.
    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 14 July 2018 the full payment of $4,939 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 $4939 for European Pioneer, 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 7,552 km.
    • London (England)
    • 109 km
    • Dover (England)
    • 43 km
    • Calais (France)
    • 235 km
    • Paris (France)
    • 486 km
    • Lauterbrunnen (Switzerland)
    • 382 km
    • Avignon (France)
    • 357 km
    • Barcelona (Spain)
    • 490 km
    • Nice (France)
    • 445 km
    • Venice (Italy)
    • 244 km
    • Pisa (Italy)
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