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Olivia "Can't describe in words how amazing this trip was! Dan, (Dr Dan) who was our trip leader was just as much a friend to us all as he was a guide. His knowledge regarding the history of Europe was plentiful and amazing. He was always willing to help us no matter what time of day. (He helped us a few times which were far beyond his hours) Gabriel our bus driver was the sweetest guy and a terrific driv..."
Excellent
77 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.

77 Reviews

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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 8
    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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  • OJ
    Written on August 28, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Can't describe in words how amazing this trip was! Dan, (Dr Dan) who was our trip leader was just as much a friend to us all as he was a guide. His knowledge regarding the history of Europe was plentiful and amazing. He was always willing to help us no matter what time of day. (He helped us a few times which were far beyond his hours) Gabriel our bus driver was the sweetest guy and a terrific driver. The food was mostly very good, although my tastes may have differed to what was being served at times! Friends are not hard to come by. I have a "squad" that I know I'll have for years to come and saying goodbye was very emotional. You will not regret it, but get comfy for the bus days! You'll come to cherish them after a big night, trust me.
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  • European Pioneer reviewer 10
    Written on August 16, 2017
    2.0 - Rather poor

    Without a doubt the WORST tour I have ever been on, so much so I asked for a refund at the end of the tour (which wasn't given). It was so bad the tour guide made an apology for how poor he did his job after receiving everyone's reviews at the conclusion of the tour. The entire tour was disorganised, unprofessional and massively wrongly planned. After completing 50+ tours worldwide this was clearly the WORST. Avoid Topdeck is my advice.
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Itinerary

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  • Introduction
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  • Day 1: London, England to Paris, France
  • Day 2: Paris
  • Day 3: Paris
  • Day 4: Paris to Swiss Alps, Switzerland
  • Day 5: Swiss Alps
  • Day 6: Swiss Alps to Avignon, France
  • Day 7: Avignon to Barcelona, Spain
  • Day 8: Barcelona
  • Day 9: Barcelona to French Riviera, France
  • Day 10: French Riviera including Monaco visit
  • Day 11: French Riviera to Venice, Italy
  • Day 12: Venice
  • Day 13: Venice to Florence
  • Day 14: Florence to Rome
  • Day 15: Rome including Vatican City visit
  • Day 16: Rome to Athens, Greece via Overnight Ferry
  • Day 17: Athens
  • Day 18: Athens to Mykonos
  • Day 19: Mykonos
  • Day 20: Mykonos
  • Day 21: Mykonos to Athens
  • Day 22: Athens to Meteora
  • Day 23: Meteora to Tirana, Albania
  • Day 24: Tirana to Dubrovnik, Croatia via Budva, Montenegro
  • Day 25: Dubrovnik
  • Day 26: Dubrovnik to Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Day 27: Sarajevo Belgrade, Serbia
  • Day 28: Belgrade to Budapest, Hungary
  • Day 29: Budapest
  • Day 30: Budapest to Vienna, Austria
  • Day 31: Vienna to Prague, Czech Republic
  • Day 32: Prague
  • Day 33: Prague to Berlin, Germany
  • Day 34: Berlin
  • Day 35: Berlin to Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Day 36: Amsterdam
  • Day 37: Amsterdam to London, England

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  • Accommodation

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  • Guide

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  • Meals

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
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Videos

  • Topdeck European Pioneer
  • Europe: Experience the Magic of Europe
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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 a tour guide since 2013. So far I've worked four summer seasons..."
    • 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

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        TourRadar was very prompt and helpful in providing the information that we requested. We were very pleased with their service and decided straight away to make the booking.

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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 3 December 2017 the full payment of $4,114 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 $4114 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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