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  • Bordeaux winery tour & tasting
  • Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam
  • Walking tour of Florence with local guide
  • A tasty sample of traditional Swiss fondue
The Western Compass tour starts and ends in London. The Western Compass is an Explorer tour that takes 24 days taking you through London, England. The Western Compass includes trip leader, accommodation, meals, transport and some activities. Please see the Includes section for details.

Point your compass west on this unforgettable trip through some of Europe’s most desirable cities. Starting in London, you’ll experience seven of the most Instagram-worthy countries on the map – from the boulevards of Paris and the to-die-for tapas in Spain, to the colossal monuments in Italy and the mountains of Switzerland. Throw in adventures in Luxembourg and the Netherlands and you’ve got yourself one sweet Topdeck adventure. Did someone say group selfie?
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Leave London for dust as we jump over the English Channel to France for a beauty smackdown. Brush up on your bonjours when you meet the rest of the group and wrap your lips around your first real French meal at our included dinner. See the City of Light at its best on a driving tour and play landmark bingo with the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe.
Meals
  • Dinner
Others
  • English Channel ferry ticket
  • Driving tour of Paris
A free day in Paris to get involved with pastries, paintings and the Centre Pompidou. Bike along the Seine on an optional tour or just flâner (stroll) around and drink it in. Check out L'eclair de Genie in le Marais (don't ask questions), get your obligatory Eiffel Tower #selfie then explore the world's largest grave at the Catacombs. Tonight, experience the razzle dazzle of a cabaret show or hop on a boat down the river to crank the romance dial to 11.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Transport
  • Seine River cruise
Others
  • Traditional cabaret show in Paris
  • Bike tour of Paris
Today we roll on to the port city of Bordeaux, where half the city is UNESCO World Heritage listed and vineyards reign supreme. Stroll amid the royal residences of Château du Chambord, the largest château in the Loire Valley, and learn why the divine French Renaissance architecture is one of the most recognisable in the world.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Others
  • Visit Château de Chambord
Wander the picturesque streets on your free day here, with special stops at Cathédrale St-André, Musée des Beaux-Arts and the Jardin Public. After, embrace France's finest #cafélife and try some amazing wine. Obvs. You're in the world's most renowned wine-growing region after all.
Meals
  • Breakfast
First stop: a visit to the family-run estate, Château du Taillan, one of the most attractive vineyards in the Gironde. Here, you are able to explore the classical château dating back to the XVIIIth century, along with the unique underground cellars, which is now listed as a French National Heritage Site of France. Next up is Bilbao - famed for its titanium-clad Guggenheim Museum that boasts an incredible collection of contemporary art and more curves than Beyoncé.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Others
  • Wine tasting at Château du Taillan
Spain's crowning capital and a city known for its artistic pedigree, culinary wonders and heaving nightlife, Madrid will offer just what you're looking for. Take in the beauty of the city's hidden gardens, ancient buildings, tucked-away cafés and gorgeous markets and refuel with a delicious included dinner. Did we mention there's a driving tour to get your bearings? You're welcome.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Others
  • Driving tour of Madrid
Morning, Madrid! Today, check out the Royal Palace, get cultured at the Prado Museum or just kick back in the botanical gardens. After the sun sets, delve into the buzzing nightlife in the areas of Malasaña and Chueca. Just be prepared to party 'til the break of dawn (and then stuff your face with churros at a ridiculous hour).
Meals
  • Breakfast
Onto Spain's third largest city, Valencia. A fabulous hybrid of past and present, this picturesque port town combines avant-garde buildings with modern facilities (hello, The City of Arts and Sciences Complex) and sparkling seaports. Take in some of the best bits on a walking tour.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Others
  • Walking tour of Valencia
Bienvenidos to the city of art nouveau, alluring accents and most importantly, tapas. Today we hit Barcelona. Get ready to leave a little bit of your heart behind. Stroll the bustling Las Ramblas and indulge in a satisfying feast at our included dinner. Flamenco, anyone? Get those feet a' tapping at the optional show tonight.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Others
  • Driving tour of Barcelona
  • Flamenco show in Barcelona
Tick off the greats today. The Sagrada Família is so beautiful you will probably cry. Seriously. There's also the Gothic Quarter to check out and loads of tapas and sangria to hunt down. After a solid day of exploring, fire up for the notorious nightlife (note: people hit the clubs at midnight. Earliest. So, make sure you've had your beauty sleep).
Meals
  • Breakfast
Today we cross the border into France. Marseille's next on our list. With its boat-lined quayside, history and architecture, there's no wonder this is one of France's most visited cities. A melting pot of sceneries, get your bearings on a walking tour.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Others
  • Walking tour of Marseille
Your second day in Marseille is yours to spend at your leisure. Explore bustling La Canebière or dig into bouillabaisse, the hearty fish stew invented in Marseille. You could also check out the colourful markets, the Calanques, the Panier area and the Corniche. Be sure to watch the sun set over the Vieux Port.
Meals
  • Breakfast
With over 1,800 restaurants and the world's best gelato (hands down), Florence is where all your Italian dreams are made. After snapping the city's picturesque streets, dig into a hearty included dinner before rolling into bed with a full tummy.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Wakey wakey! Florence is ready and waiting. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the city's greats this morning. Think: Ponte Vecchio, Florence Cathedral and that famous naked guy, David. Afterwards, try and track down that 'world's best' gelato we were talking about (depending on which web article you read).
Meals
  • Breakfast
Others
  • Walking tour of Florence with local guide
Today, we're Romeward bound. Prep Instagram for a walking tour of the must-sees in this sprawling, cosmopolitan city. After all, the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Pantheon aren't going to selfie themselves.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Others
  • Walking tour of Rome
Create the ultimate Roman Holiday in one day with a whirlwind of Vespas, espresso, two-cheek kisses and pizza the way it's supposed to taste. Pop in on the Pope on an optional tour of the Vatican City, then play I spy with two-and-a-half millennia worth of history. Shop 'til you drop on Via Condotti, head to Capitoline Hill for awesome views of the Roman Forum and Colosseum or just kick back in Piazza Navona for some dolce far niente (delicious idleness).
Meals
  • Breakfast
Others
  • Guided tour of Vatican City
Today, we're off to Venice where public transport by boat is totally the norm. Get ready to experience one of those ultimate bucket list destinations. It's as good as everyone says it is, trust us.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Dinner
100+ slowly sinking islands won't explore themselves. Get your bearings on this morning's walking tour before an action packed day. Soak up St Mark's Square and opt in for a quintessential gondola ride on the Grand Canal (optional activity). Corny smooching not included. This afternoon, snoop the Doge's Palace, cross Rialto Bridge and shop for Carnevale masks. There's so much going on here. Did we mention it's beautiful?
Meals
  • Breakfast
Others
  • Walking tour of Venice
  • Vaporetto ride in Venice
  • Gondola ride in Venice
Off to the Alps, where the air is crisp, the views are storybook-worthy and fondue is totally acceptable at any time of day. Once you've settled in, get cosy in one of the cafés that line the main street and treat yourself to a hot chocolate and a spot of daydreaming.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Ski, sled, snow angel, or park yourself indoors to enjoy the views (from the warmth). Craving more altitude? Head to the 'Top of Europe', aka Jungfrau, on an optional adventure and test your pano skills. The view from up here is so beautiful, you'll probably cry. Seriously. With so much to get involved with today, the question is, where to start?
Meals
  • Breakfast
Others
  • Scenic excursion to Jungfrau ('The Top of Europe')
  • Night sledding in the Swiss Alps
  • Skiing in the Swiss Alps
  • Skydiving in the Swiss Alps
  • Scenic helicopter ride in the Swiss Alps
Welcome to Luxembourg, where the country's wealth is strong and its wine consumption is stronger. (Read: the good life). Notice the contrast between the capital city's historic and modern-day architecture before delving into the many restaurants, museums and galleries on offer. Let's do this.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Say hello to Europe's most infamous city, where pretty tulips mask a touch of debauchery. Get the obvious out of the way (Red Light District, anyone?) then discover Amsterdam's charming canal-lined houses and open squares. Also, get all Dutch with a cheese and clogs demonstration and discover why these guys are the experts at both.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Others
  • Walking tour of Amsterdam
  • Dutch cheese & clogs demonstration
Get on your bike and ride! Do as the locals do and join the 881,000 bicycles on an optional city bike tour to soak up the wintery canal vistas before retreating with hot chocolate, poffertjes and stroopwafels. Take on the city's 51 museums (must-dos: Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House). Still thirsty for more? Check out the Heineken Experience for an interactive visit and tasting at the brewery. Top it off with a dinner cruise on the canal.
Meals
  • Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam, Breakfast, Dinner
Others
  • Bike tour of Amsterdam
Today it's back on the ferry as we journey back to London. Start planning the next adventure. Facebook friends?
Meals
  • Breakfast
Others
  • English Channel ferry ticket
what’s included
Accommodation
  • 19 nights in hostels, 2 nights in hotel upgrades & 2 nights in bungalows
Meals
  • 23 breakfasts, 7 dinners
Transport
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
Activities
  • Bordeaux winery tour & tasting
  • Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam
  • Walking tour of Florence with local guide
  • A tasty sample of traditional Swiss fondue
  • Driving tour of Paris
Others
  • English Channel ferry tickets
  • Guided tours of all major cities
  • Awesome Trip Leader + Driver
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 Western Compass tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 24 days
Tour Type Group Tour
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends London, England/ London, England
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A deposit of 200 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 42 days before departure. For any departures within 04 April 2019 full payment is required.

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The Western Compass 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 Western Compass 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.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Western Compass 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 42 days of departure.
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