For the explorers who like their streets white, the adventurers that like a marvellously-lit market, and for foodies who like cosy bars!
Europe in winter is for a distinct type of traveller. It’s for the explorers who like their streets white and empty for postcard-perfect photos, the adventurers that like a sparkly bargain in a marvellously-lit market, and for foodies who like hot drinks in cosy bars. What’s more is that travelling in winter through the best sights of Europe gets you the best prices and the shortest queues!
We spend 9 days exploring Germany, France, Czechia (Czech Republic), Netherlands, Belgium. We visit Paris, Prague, Bruges, Amsterdam, Berlin.
What Is Included...
Your fantastic Busabout crew
7 nights’ accommodation
All coach transport
Orientation walks in Amsterdam, Berlin, Bruges and Prague
Northern Winter Adventure Starts at 2pm at St Christopher's Inn Canal, Paris
The Tour Ends at 10am at Plus Prague, Prague
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9 Day Itinerary
Day 1: Paris
Your adventure begins in the stunning French capital of Paris. Meet with your fantastic Busabout guide and get a breakdown of all the upcoming activities before enjoying an afternoon of free time to explore the intricacies of this historic city. There are a myriad of attractions within this incredible capital, walk the world famous Champs-Elysees leading up to Napoleon’s historic Arc de Triomphe, see the impressive gothic architecture of Notre-Dame, climb the Eiffel Tower for an eagle's eye view of the city, or simply enjoy an afternoon relaxing with some decadent French cooking in this iconic location. Alternatively, sign up for an optional evening bike tour including a cruise down the River Seine.
Day 2: Paris to Bruges
We depart Paris after breakfast heading to Belgium and the picturesque medieval city of Bruges. Upon arrival we stretch our legs on an orientation walk of the town to highlight the many sights in this UNESCO-listed gem. See the lofty tower of the Church of Our Lady, the medieval Belfry of Bruges (the view from atop is spectacular, the 366 stairs are certainly not), check out the Market Square and shop till you drop, or just enjoy a relaxing day sipping on a refreshing Belgian beer and scoffing down some delectable, syrup soaked waffles in a city littered with gorgeous scenery.
Day 3: Bruges to Amsterdam
This morning, enjoy some free time strolling the cobblestoned streets of Bruges, as this afternoon we set course onward to the windmill dotted countryside of the Netherlands and the glorious capital of Amsterdam. We have an orientation walk upon arrival to see the incredible Dutch architecture and culture. Keep your cameras at the ready as we pass the numerous canals, museums, monuments, house boats, and the Dam square, then promptly put them away as we head into the infamous Red Light District! Join us for an optional comedy show this evening before heading out to enjoy the numerous nightlife options in one of Europe’s most vibrant cities.
Day 4: Amsterdam
We’ve cleared the agenda for the day so you are able to soak in Amsterdam at your own pace. Dodge the bicycles as you make your way through the city and check out the impressive works of Vincent van Gogh in his namesake museum, visit the Heineken Experience to learn about the brewing process and try some of Holland’s favourite beer fresh from the tap, visit the sprawling Rijksmuseum, or just take it slow and relax in the laid back Dutch atmosphere. We offer an informative optional bike excursion today to the lush countryside and tour a traditional cheese and clog factory on the banks of the Amstel river. Tonight we head out for a night on the town in a city where the only limitation is your imagination.
Day 5: Amsterdam to Berlin
Say vaarwel to the Netherlands, as we continue our journey east into Germany and its mesmerising capital, Berlin. On arrival, your guide will take you for a walk of the city and former East Berlin as you learn of the area's sad history. Try out the diverse local cuisine of this eclectic capital including the famous currywurst and kebab before heading out into the night to experience the some of the absolute best nightlife Europe has to offer. Hipster Kreuzberg, with its multitude of hip local bars and super clubs, is a great way to party like the Deutsch!
Day 6: Berlin
Your day in Berlin is filled with choice! Explore the graffiti littered remnants of the Berlin Wall, see the opulent majesty of the 18th century Brandenburg Gate, visit Museum Island and spend the day lost in Berlin’s rich cultural heritage or do as the locals do, sipping coffee in one of the city’s many great cafes. You can choose an optional walking tour to learn of Berlin’s more recent modern history, or for those looking for something different, a street art workshop including visits to some of Berlin’s most famous artistic sights. Join with the group this evening and head out for another unforgettable night in Berlin.
Day 7: Berlin to Prague
We depart this morning after breakfast and make our way into the heart of Bohemia, the beautiful city of Prague. Shortly before crossing the German border we arrive in the “Florence of the North” and the capital of Saxony, Dresden. Stretch your legs with a wander through the Gothic Old Town and grab a currywurst with the locals. This afternoon we arrive in the “City of a Thousand Spires”, Prague. Your guide will give you an orientation of the city including the hilltop Castle District, winding Old Town and the John Lennon Wall. Join us tonight for an optional delicious meal in a traditional medieval style restaurant.
Day 8: Prague
Prague is a city littered with scenic views and hidden gems around every corner. See magnificent Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world, home to the Bohemian Crown Jewels. Visit the Old Town Square to explore the markets and sample the delicious local pastries and see the intricate Prague astronomical clock dating back to the 1400s. Today we offer an optional trip to Kutna Hora to explore the macabre Sedlec Ossuary, a chapel artistically adorned in the bones of over 40,000 people.
Day 9: Prague
We check out after breakfast. Hope to see you again soon!
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