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European Pioneer 2017

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  • Dutch cheese & clogs demonstration
  • Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam
  • Visit the Pont du Gard
  • Paris city driving tour
The European Pioneer 2017 tour starts and ends in London. The European Pioneer 2017 is a Explorer tour that takes 37 days taking you through London, United Kingdom and 20 other destinations. The European Pioneer 2017 includes trip leader, accommodation, meals, transport and some activities. Please see the Includes section for details.

Channel your inner pioneer and join us on a European getaway that lets you experience the best of 17 countries in just over five adventure-crammed weeks. From bustling Barcelona in the west to the beautiful Balkans in the East; uber-cool Berlin in the north to the glitzy beaches of Greece in the south, this unforgettable trip will having you ticking off bucket list experiences, one group selfie at a time. Three. Two. One. Say, “Topdecker!”.
Day 1 London, England to Paris, France

Spot French poodles on an epic driving tour. Pinch yourself and instagram your first selfie before we dig into a gourmet picnic under the Eiffel Tower. Food matters. A lot. In Europe, it comes alive. Complete your foodie mission on day 1 with a picnic under the Eiffel Tower. Kick back under and watch Paris sparkle. Ooooh you pretty thang!

Included today:
-Paris city driving tour
-Gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower

Meals:
-Dinner

Day 2 Paris

More oh la la today. With Parisian charm crammed into every nook and cranny, make sure you hit all of the iconic haunts. For the history fanatics, join the optional trip to The Palace of Versailles or cruise along the River Seine. Later, if you are in the mood for an optional cabaret show, let us know – we’ll sort it.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Visit the palace of Versailles
-Seine river cruise
-Traditional Paris cabaret

Day 3 Paris

Grab your baguette and go. Run, don’t walk. Another free day in Paris to soak up all those Frenchy vibes. Oui oui! Have you ticked off all the sites yet? Optional bike tour available for those who prefer to roll in style. If you haven’t gone fromage crazy just yet, hit up as many local food markets as you can. Thank us later.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Paris bike tour

Day 4 Paris to Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Roll up and out of Paris and onwards to the Alps. Aim, high and think epic peaks. Before we go, we visit a French perfume factory to freshen up. #Jawdropping scenery ahead as we head to the Swiss Alps. Urban charm ain't got nothing on Swiss scenery. Upon arrival, chow down on Swiss cuisine and hit the bar for a nightcap.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 5 Swiss Alps

Scenic hikes and jaw-dropping views are on today's agenda. Go low key with a mountain walk or hop on board the Jungfraubahn railway for an optional visit to the Jungfrau Mountain summit. Fairytale villages en route, sky-diving out of a helicopter upon arrival (if heights don't scare you). Another local feast awaits your return, regardless of how you make your way back down. Then head back down for some snow angels and hot chocolate. #hardlife.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Jungfrau excursion
-Helicopter ride
-Skydiving

Day 6 Swiss Alps to Avignon, France

This afternoon welcomes you to Avignon, home to the magnificent Palais des Papes (aka one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe). Tonight: hit up a local bistro or gather for a makeshift picnic. Either way, be sure to pair your meal with some local wine.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Day 7 Avignon to Barcelona, Spain

First stop is the famous Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard. Enter Barcelona where tapas and sangria rule. Easily one of the best cities in the world, you lucky thing! First up: driving tour of Barcelona to get your bearings. Later: if you think you’ve eaten it all, nah-ah not even close. Uncover the food market gems scattered across Barcelona and satisfy your inner gastronome. Visit La Boqueria in Barcelona for a luxe open air experience. Tonight: shall we dance? Optional flamenco show.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Barcelona
Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Flamenco show

Day 8 Barcelona

Next up, rowdy Gaudi. Free day today to tick off Park Güell or the La Sagrada Familia. At night, rumble on the Las Ramblas. Who needs the snooze button when you got a whole day in a city packed to the rafters with art nouveau, alluring accents and most importantly, tapas. Hit the side streets and alleyways around Las Ramblas or give in to your inner football fanatic and kneel to the sporting gods at Camp Nou.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 9 Barcelona to French Riviera, France

Buh-bye Barcelona and onwards to the French Riviera. Before we arrive, we visit a French perfume factory to freshen up. New signature scent perhaps? A crash course in perfume then on to the red carpets and Rolexes of the Riviera. Get your glitz and glam ready.

Included today:
-French perfumery visit

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 10 French Riviera including Monaco visit

Picture life in the fast lane as we cruise through dazzling Monaco (ticking off another country in the process). Get ready to sparkle sparkle! Glitzy and glam? You bet your fur coat it is. Feeling lucky? Hit the tables at the Monte Carlo Casino and make it rain (or not).

Included today:
-Guided tour of Monaco

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 11 French Riviera to Venice, Italy

Seek out Juliet’s balcony in Verona and wave before we push through to the canal-lined maze of Venice. Then, Venice - you know it as the floating city, but this place is actually sinking (slowly). Check out St. Mark's Square, Accademia Bridge and a who's who of Venice's usual suspects.


Included today:
-Walking tour of Verona

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 12 Venice

Venice; it’s all about the vaporetti, fine wines and getting lost. We’ve got a sinking feeling that Venice is the way to go today. Stomp along the canal bridges with a walking tour of Venice’s greats, before taking to the water on an optional gondola ride. How luxe! Later, head into St Mark’s Square, shoo pigeons and jump over the Rialto Bridge to find the best damn pizza before we leave tomorrow.

Included today:
-Vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal
-Walking tour of Venice
Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 13 Venice to Florence

Shake and shimmy past Pisa. Get THAT photo at the Leaning Tower of Pisa today. Selfie success? Okay great now on we go to Florence. Get excited. If you think you’ve seen it all, think again. Allow us to show you the ropes with a local guide today and school you in the A to Z of Florence. Say ciao to cheeky David and strut along the Ponte Vecchio, gelato in hand.

Included today:
-Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa
-Walking tour with local guide

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 14 Florence to Rome

Enter Rome where history was born and made. Handfuls of tourists flock to Rome each year - but with good reason. Prepare yourself for THE ultimate walking tour of Rome. Become an amateur historian in no time. Cross off some red hot ruins, oodles of obelisks and of course, the big ticket sights. Refuel on pizza and espresso shots, you’ll need it.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Rome

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 15 Rome including Vatican City visit

It wouldn’t be Rome without a visit to the Pope. Catch that 360-degree view from the Basilica (optional). Last chance to find the best pizza or pasta before we head off tomorrow. Top tip: Trastevere. Just go.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Visit the Vatican city

Day 16 Rome to Athens, Greece via Overnight Ferry

An Italian road trip today to meet our overnight ferry to Greece to the land of gyros and all things amazing. Play connect-the-dots with the stars or let the swell rock you to sleep as we ferry from Bella Italia to Greece.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 17 Athens

It doesn’t get feta than this! Orient yourself as you wander either solo or with company to tick off the Greek Parliament and Syntagma Square. Then, drop your jaw at the Acropolis. More of an urbanite? Take the rest of the day to get lost – you're free until dinner.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 18 Athens to Mykonos

Ferry over to Mykonos (aka 'that-island-with-the-cute-windmills’). Epic beaches, sinfully good local restaurants and a bustling nightlife, what's not to love?

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 19 Mykonos

Free day in para-para-paradise. Loving it up? Good, we hope so. Soak up those rays and make the most of 50 shades of blue.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 20 Mykonos

Another day of loving life. And loving the turquoise water. Loving more swimming. More chalky villages, skyblue churches and laze-worthy beaches on the horizon. Pro tip: grub it up in Parikia Town for the best restaurants and bars.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 21 Mykonos to Athens

Another ferry returns us to Athens for a second dose of ancient vibes. Pay attention as we take you on a driving tour through Athens.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Athens

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Day 22 Athens to Meteora

Leave your fear of heights in Athens. We're driving to Meteora, a city perched on the nail biting cliffs of Thessaly (Google it) then round up the day with good friends, good food and some face-timing.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 23 Meteora to Tirana, Albania

Next stop Albania for a glimpse of life in the former hard line communist state. Listen closely as a local guide shows us the ropes of Tirana.

Included today:
-Walking tour with local guide

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 24 Tirana to Dubrovnik, Croatia via Budva, Montenegro

Pit stop via Montenegro en route to Dubrovnik. Lots more stunning gets pushed past the window as we head up the gorgeous coast and make for the most famous walled city in Europe (nope, not history. See: Game of Thrones). Wander Dubrovnik's tiny cobblestoned streets and explore hidden cafés and shops before grabbing some dinner and checking out the glitzy nightlife.

Included today:
-Visit to Budva en route
-Waking tour of Dubrovnik with local guide

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 25 Dubrovnik

Are you a kayaker or a wall sitter? Today - you can do both. Optional visit to Lokrum Island where you can strut with the peacocks and go snorkelling. Later, explore King's Lan... sorry, Dubrovnik. Check out the residential homes further up in the old town for awesome views and a local perspective.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Sea kayaking

Day 26 Dubrovnik to Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Roll out of Dubrovnik and into to Sarajevo, a city that’s still shaking off its tragic past. Make the most of historic Mostar – known for its iconic, medieval Stari Most (Old Bridge) – with a scenic pitstop. Explore one of Europe's most underrated cities on a guided tour, and then round off your day with Sarajevo's best, food-wise.

Included today:
-Guided tour of Sarajevo

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 27 Sarajevo Belgrade, Serbia

Gritty but charming Belgrade is up next. Remains of chaos still linger in the city, see for yourself a unique mix of glasnost and capitalism. Honour the victims of the 1995 genocide at the haunting Srebrenica Genocide Memorial, a sober reminder of the greatest atrocity on European soil since the Second World War.

Included today:
-Guided tour of Belgrade
-Visit the Srebrenica memorial

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 28 Belgrade to Budapest, Hungary

Out of Belgrade and hello, twin cities: Buda and Pest. Rock around Budapest with an included driving tour. Check out Heroes’ Square, Parliament House, the National Palace, Fisherman's Bastion and swanky Andrássy Ave. A bustling melting pot of opulent history and modern innovation, Budapest is fast becoming a favourite destination for nightlife in Europe. See for yourself tonight or roll into bed (we won’t judge). Pro tip: when night falls, hang with the hipsters and drink local fruit brandy at one of the original ruin bars.

Included today:
-Budapest driving tour

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 29 Budapest

Free day to explore this gem of a city. Top tip: goulash is a MUST. Hot and dangerous (in a good way) this dish is the definition of ‘Hungary’. Slurp your way through away a big ol’ bowl of slow-cooked meat and spiced goodness. Did we mention it’s ah-maze?

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 30 Budapest to Vienna, Austria

On to Vienna for some opera, apple strudel and possibly the best coffee in Europe. FYI - roughly seven square kilometres of vineyards surround Vienna - keep this in mind when sampling the local wines. Vienna fo’ sure know how to bottle those grapes. You can’t argue with that.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Vienna

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Viennese Chamber Orchestra
-Orchestra with dinner

Day 31 Vienna to Prague, Czech Republic

On to the cobblestone streets of Prague. But first a sobering visit to a former concentration camp.

Included today:
-Visit former concentration camp Mauthausen
-Walking tour of Prague

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 32 Prague

You may have heard that the Czechs loves a pint. Prepare yourself for some of the freshest liquid gold going around. Not a fan? No stress, plenty of medieval finds and gothic spires to keep you entertained. A full day for street food, quirky charms and the most beautiful Old Town in Europe. Then, pocket a pork knuckle on your way home.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Beer tasting

Day 33 Prague to Berlin, Germany

Rock and roll on over to 800 year-old Dresden before we meet with ballsy Berlin - fun, rebellious, fashionable and the very definition of cool. Get acquainted with a fusion of galleries and artistic reminders of why this city is so damn fabulous. We’ll drive you around to see (what’s left of) the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building before making your food baby sing with a hearty German meal.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Dresden
-Driving tour of Berlin

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 34 Berlin

Berlin is yours. Shake off last night with a wander around the German capital. Optional: Third Reich walking tour and local insight into what the city was like under Nazi rule during World War II. Hackescher Markt is a hit for lunch. Next: currywurst is another MUST try. Curry what? Wurst - and don’t forget the name. Somehow the trendy Germans managed to make a sausage a ‘thing’. It’s legit. Tonight: hit the hotspots on an optional nightlife tour.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Third Reich walking tour
-Berlin Alternative Tour and nightlife tour

Day 35 Berlin to Amsterdam, Netherlands

Welcome to the most liberal city in Europe. Fun times ahead. Cheese lovers, rejoice. Get your bearings on a walking tour of the vibrant capital and see the Dam Square, Royal Palace and National Monument. Thirty-two markets and 6,159 shops should keep you busy for a while. Walk away from this city with a dose of Amsterdam flair.

Included today:
-Dutch cheese and clogs demonstration
-Walking tour of Amsterdam

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 36 Amsterdam

Did you sneak a peek last night in the red light district? Freshen up and make your own way around the city. Two wheeling is a way of life - make like a local and jump on. Also, take note of art EVERYWHERE. Try walking a block without bumping into a masterpiece. Grab some Dutch fries and finish on a high - farewell dinner cruise tonight. Start swapping those phone numbers.

Included today:
-Canal dinner cruise

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 37 Amsterdam to London, England

Love and leave Amsterdam this morning as we ferry back to London.

Meals:
-Breakfast

what’s included
  • 36 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 17 dinners
  • 7 nights in hotels, 19 nights in hostels, 6 nights in bungalows at European campsites, 3 nights in canvas cabins & 1 night in a cabin on overnight ferry
  • English Channel crossings
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
  • Guided tours of all major cities
  • Awesome Trip Leader + Driver + On-Site Chefs
  • Other services as per the itinerary
what’s excluded
    International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from London are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this European Pioneer 2017 tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Tour Type Group Tour
Duration 37 days
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
meeting/Start point London, United Kingdom
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Good to know Travel Insurance

The European Pioneer 2017 tour requires that you have a travel insurance covering emergency evacuation and repatriation.

Payment

Bookmundi only requires a deposit of 81 USD to confirm this tour. For any departures before 18 January 2017 full payment is required.

Visa

For this European Pioneer 2017 tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

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