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Summer Compass 2018

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  • Walking tour of Valencia
  • Walking tour of Amsterdam
  • Driving tour of Madrid
  • Walking tour of Venice
The Summer Compass 2017 tour starts and ends in London. The Summer Compass 2017 is an Explorer tour that takes 25 days taking you through London, UK and 13 other destinations in UK. The Summer Compass 2017 includes trip leader, accommodation, meals, transport and some activities. Please see the Includes section for details.

Spin the compass and let us take you across the vibrant path from London to London, swinging by the best cities in Europe. We’re talking culture, excitement, food - and lots of it all while we wander across cities home to some gorgeous cities and damn fine scenery. Lucky you, it’s going to be an incredible adventure. Jump on, and get excited.
Day 1 London, England to Paris, France

Bonjour, to the City of Love! Tonight: we spot French poodles on an epic driving tour, and then kick back and feast on a #gourmet picnic under the Eiffel Tower (ooh, you pretty thang!). Once you've had your first 'wow' moment, sit back and truly soak up all of those Parisian vibes. You're a local now right? Enjoy it.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Paris & gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower
Meals:
-Dinner

Day 2 Paris

Grab your baguette and go. Run, don't walk. Explore all of the hidden gems in Paris solo or with company because today, it's all yours to take on the city. Explore the local haunts then spill the stories later. We don't like to brag, but a great find is worth sharing, right? From the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay to the l'Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysées, you'll be sure to make a solid dent in your bucket list. Explore by foot or roll with an optional bike tour. Tonight: any takers for an authentic traditional cabaret experience?
Meals:
-Breakfast
Optional activities:
-Traditional cabaret show in Paris
-Scenic river cruise on the Seine
-Bike tour of Paris

Day 3 Paris to Bordeaux

Enter Bordeaux where vineyards rule and fromage is King. Discover why the region is world famous for its fermented grapes.

Included today:
-Visit the Loire Valley

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Optional activities:
-Entry to Château du Chambord

Day 4 Bordeaux

Home to over 9,000 wine producers, Bordeaux fo' sure knows how to wine and dine (date night anyone?). See how many grapes you can squeeze into one day. Hit the streets and see how much you can uncover - it's all yours. Raise a glass to the winemakers at happy hour.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 5 Bordeaux to San Sebastian, Spain

Wake up, roll out of bed - it's wine o'clock somewhere in the world. This morning, learn the A to Z of wine with an included tasting. Taste the range and pick up some bottles to send home. Your future self will thank you. Before you know it, pintxos and tapas x 100 in San Sebastian. All. The. Food.

Included today:
-Bordeaux winery experience
-Walking tour of San Sebastian

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 6 San Sebastian

Can you say beach day? Hit up the old town before you catch some rays. Don't miss the option to join a surfing lesson. Shaka like a Spaniard and show off those new found skills. Later, after waves and sand have won out, hit up the Old Town. It's calling your name. After all - we head out tomorrow so make the most of it.

Meals:
-Breakfast
Optional activities:
-Surfing in San Sebastian

Day 7 San Sebastian to Madrid

Head inland to the capital. Home to Spanish masterpieces (Picasso and Dali anyone?) and buzzing nightlife. Spend a spare moment exploring the Royal Palace, Plaza de España, Reina Sofia and all the architectural delights this city has to offer. Need more? Don't miss the Prado Museum, the botanical gardens and the home of Real Madrid FC.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Madrid

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 8 Madrid

Hot foot it along the Gran Vía to the Plaza Major. Before you go, don't miss a visit to the Chocolatería San Ginés - serving some hot dayum churros since 1894. In the mood for chills? Kick back and relax in the malasaña and chueca neighbourhoods . Shopping fiends will be well catered for in the Salamanca district.

Meals:
-Breakfast
Optional activities:
-Food tour of Madrid

Day 9 Madrid to Valencia

Put down that calamari sandwich then head to Valencia. More food. And again. Some argue Valencia is THE home to paella but we'll leave that for the Spaniards to battle out.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Valencia

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 10 Valencia to Barcelona

Say hey, Barcelona! Get acquainted with the city on an included driving tour before we set you free into the buzzing city. Uncover the food market gems scattered across Barcelona and unleash your inner gastronome. Visit La Boqueria in Barcelona for a luxe open air experience. Tonight: shall we dance? Prepare for an optional flamenco show.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Barcelona

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Flamenco show in Barcelona

Day 11 Barcelona

Next up, rowdy Gaudi. Free day today to tick off Park Güell or the La Sagrada Familia. At night, rumble with the Las Ramblas for a taste of the Spanish nightlife.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 12 Barcelona to Marseille, France

We meet with the French border before crossing back to Marseille. Set foot and head out on an included walking tour and uncover the best that Marseille has to offer. It's multiculturalism and history at its best.
Included today:
-Walking tour of Marseille

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 13 Marseille

It's maritime heaven in the Vieux Port - mast-to-mast with yachts for the sailing fans out there in Marseille. Dig into local French fare and watch the sun set across the port. Charming, really.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 14 Marseille to Florence, Italy

Time to roll on to Florence aka the home of the world's best gelato and most awe-inspiring open air museum. End your day in true Italian fashion: in a carb induced coma at a local trattoria. It would be rude not too.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 15 Florence

Renaissance beauty meets Italian style. Say ciao to cheeky David and strut along the Ponte Vecchio, gelato in hand. You could do worse than hunting down a Florentine steak for dinner tonight.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Florence with local guide

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 16 Florence to Rome

Enter Rome. Become an amateur historian in no time on our guided city walking tour in Rome. Cross off some red hot ruins, oodles of obelisks and of course, the big ticket sights. Later, refuel on pizza. Obviously. How can you not fall in love with this city?

Included today:
-Walking tour of Rome
-Visit to Pisa & the famous Leaning Tower

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 17 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). Top tip: Trastevere. Just go.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Guided tour of Vatican City

Day 18 Rome to Venice

We've got a sinking feeling that Venice is the way to go. Fall in love as you jump over bridges. FYI: Bellinis (Prosecco sparkling wine + peach purée magic) were born here. Treat yo' self and sample one. Or two. Maybe more?

Included today:
-Walking tour of Verona

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 19 Venice

Head into St Mark's Square, shoo pigeons and jump over the Rialto Bridge. Here, it's all about the on-foot and getting-lost vibes with maze vibes. Later, steal a chance to jump on an optional gondola ride to complete your Venice experience. Later, it's your last chance to find the best pizza or pasta before we head off tomorrow.

Included today:
-Vaporetto ride in Venice
-Walking tour of Venice

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Gondola ride in Venice

Day 20 Venice to Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Fresh air and Swiss vibes today as we roll up into the alps. Get ready for OMG views.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 21 Swiss Alps

Today, it's all about the excitement and adventure. High five those heights with an optional Jungfrau adventure, or maybe skydiving is more your thang? 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 hot chocolate. Damn, travelling is hard work.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Optional activities:
-Scenic excursion to Jungfrau ('The Top of Europe')
-Skydiving in the Swiss Alps
-Scenic helicopter ride in the Swiss Alps
-Aare River Float

Day 22 Swiss Alps to Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Roll yourself down the Alps towards Luxembourg, one of the world's top-three nations in both wealth and wine consumption (they know what's up). This city might be small, but it packs a punch.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Luxembourg

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 23 Luxembourg City to Amsterdam, Netherlands

Welcome to the most liberal city in Europe. Eccentric, exciting and charming all in one. When in the land of the Dutch, grab a stroopwafel and hit the streets like a local. A visit to the Heineken HQ, Van Gogh Museum or the Anne Frank house is a must. Before you do, it's our turn to show you the streets of 'Dam, then - over to you.

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

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 24 Amsterdam

Did you sneak a peek last night in the Red Light District? Freshen up and make your own way around the city. Grab some Dutch fries and finish on a high at our farewell dinner cruise tonight. Start swapping those phone numbers - the next adventure together is calling.

Included today:
-Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner
Optional activities:
-Bike tour of Amsterdam

Day 25 Amsterdam to London, England

Today we love and leave you. Summer Compass, it was fun. Too soon for the next adventure?

Meals:
-Breakfast

what’s included
  • 24 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 10 dinners,
  • 18 nights in hostels, 6 nights in bungalows at European campsites
  • English Channel crossings
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
  • Guided tours of all major cities
  • Awesome Trip Leader + Driver
  • 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 Summer Compass 2018 tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 25 days
Tour Type Group Tour  
Age Requirement 18-39 yrs
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
Starts/Ends London, UK/London, UK
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A deposit of 89 USD is required to confirm this tour. For any departures within 01 December 2017 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Summer Compass 2018 tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Summer Compass 2018 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.

Cancellation No additional cancellation fees apply for this Summer Compass 2018 tour. You can cancel the tour up to 43 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 43 days of departure.
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