This snow-packed wander through Europe’s wintery-wonders boasts everything we love about travel.
We’re supposed to love all our adventures equally, but we don’t. This snow-packed wander through Europe’s wintery-wonders boasts everything we love about travel. You get adrenaline highs from shooting down the slopes in the Austrian Alps, expand your mind by learning the startling history of Eastern Europe, and stuff your belly full of tantalising treats in the restaurants of Italy. Experience the sights, sounds, and secrets that made you pick up your passport in the first place, just don’t tell our other trips we called it our favourite…
We spend 26 days exploring Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Czechia (Czech Republic), Netherlands, Belgium, Slovakia. We visit Paris, Krakow, Venice, Florence, Bruges, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Zakopane, Budapest, Salzburg, Munich, Rome, Lauterbrunnen.
What Is Included...
Your fantastic Busabout crew
25 nights’ accommodation
All coach transport
Orientation walks in Amsterdam, Bruges, Berlin, Prague, Krakow, Budapest, Salzburg and Munich
Ultimate Winter Adventure Starts at 2:00pm at St Christopher's Inn Canal, Paris
The Tour Ends at 10:00am at St Christopher's Inn Canal, Paris
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26 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 to Krakow
Onwards from Prague, as we travel to one of Poland’s oldest cities, Krakow. Our drive will take us through the rolling countryside of Poland and a first view of snow-topped mountains. On arrival in Prague, your guide will take you for a walk through the massive Main Market Square and around the City Walls, which have been protecting Krakow for centuries. Tonight, you can try some of the delicious local pierogi and wash it all down with a shot of Zubrowka, the fiery local vodka. Krakow’s nightlife is electric and you can explore a few of its best spots on an optional tour.
Day 10: Krakow
Today you have the chance to explore some of Krakow’s most impressive sights. Choose to visit Auschwitz and Birkenau to learn more of the history of WWII and the destruction of the Nazi regime on the Jewish and Gypsy communities of Europe. Alternatively, a tour of the impressive Wieliczka Salt Mine, a city built a mile underground with cavernous chapels carved out below the surface and littered with incredible statues and various intricate artworks carved directly into the walls is also a great option. Tonight, a visit to the Kazimierz for zapiekanka, a true Polish delicacy, is not to be missed!
Day 11: Krakow to Zakopane
Enjoy a sleep in, as we depart mid-morning for our first alpine destination, Zakopane. We arrive at the base of the Tatra Mountains around midday allowing you plenty of time to explore your scenic surroundings. Spend your afternoon on the slopes enjoying the myriad of winter sports on offer including snowmobiling, ice-skating, sleigh rides, snowshoe walks, and plenty of slope side activities. If you’d prefer to relax and indulge in some retail therapy head down to the ever popular Krupowki street and get lost in the maze of cafes, boutiques, restaurants, and bars.
Day 12: Zakopane to Budapest
After our evening in the mountains, we depart for one of the most beautiful drives of the trip on our way to the “Paris of the East”, Budapest. En route, we stop for lunch in the scenic ski resort of Donovaly with snow peaked mountains surrounding all sides. We arrive into Budapest this afternoon and after checking into our new digs we have an orientation walk to highlight all of the fantastic sights in the incredible capital city of Hungary. Budapest’s nightlife is famous for a reason, so tonight, join your guide for a visit to some of the unique ruin bars.
Day 13: Budapest
Budapest is full of sights to check out today. Visit the Castle District and see the majestic spires or head down to the UNESCO-listed site of Andrassy and onward into Heroes Square. See the gargantuan neo-Gothic Parliament building, Hungary’s biggest building, and its many sights within. For a different view of the city, sign up for an optional bicycle tour of the city to ensure you don’t miss out on anything. Budapest is also home to Europe’s largest ice-skating rink or for those looking to chill out, a few hours in the healing thermal waters of Szechenyi Baths is a great to meet some locals and soothe the soul.
Day 14: Budapest to Salzburg
After breakfast we board our trusty coach, so kick back and relax as we make our way through the lofty snow-capped peaks of the Austrian Alps to the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and scenic setting of “The Sound of Music”, Salzburg. Upon arrival we have an orientation walk to help you get your bearings, see the baroque towers of Old Town and grab a delicious traditional bite to eat. Tonight you can choose from a number of traditional restaurants for schnitzel and steins, or check out a game of ice hockey at the Eisarena!
Day 15: Salzburg to Munich
For those of who grew up on Julie Andrews, you have the option of doing a “Sound of Music” tour to visit all of the beautiful locations used in this classic film. For the non-believers, a stroll along the Salzbach river for Instalicious shots of Salzburg is a great morning activity. This afternoon we’re back on the coach as we continue through Austria’s beautiful alpine scenery before arriving in the Bavarian capital of Munich. Join your guide for a stroll through the Gothic inspired Old Town, see the Marienplatz and Rathaus-Glockenspiel as well as the spires of the Frauenkirche. Bavarians are famous for beer and tonight you can join your fellow travellers for a stein and pork knuckle in one of Munich’s most atmospheric beer halls.
Day 16: Munich
Today is yours to explore the Bavarian capital. The sprawling greenery of the English Gardens (one of the largest parks in the world) is a Munich favourite, or you can climb the steps and see the impressive architecture of the Cathedral of Our Dear Lady. Today we offer an optional excursion to the majestic Neuschwanstein Castle (the inspiration behind the Disney Castle) or visit the sombre Dachau concentration camp and learn of the atrocious depths of human cruelty and the tremendous resolve of the human spirit during WWII.
Day 17: Munich to Venice
After breakfast we bid auf wiedersehen to Munich and begin our journey to “The Floating City”, Venice. Resting across the backs of 118 islands, this ancient architectural marvel is a UNESCO-listed monument teeming with rich history and beautiful sights. Upon arrival we check into our accommodation and the rest of the night is yours to relax after a tiring day's travel, head out into the town and immerse yourself in the vibrant Italian nightlife, or join us for an optional, authentic, delicious dinner at the home base.
Day 18: Venice
Venice is a magical city in winter and today you can explore this historic location. See the beautiful canals up close on an intimate gondola ride and if you’re lucky you may even be serenaded by your gondolier. Wander through St Mark’s Square and enjoy some of the world's tastiest gelato, or do as lovers have done for centuries and marvel at the Bridge of Sighs. For the foodies, grab a pizza at a canal side restaurant overlooking the Rialto Bridge before strolling among the boutique fashion stores that line the twisting alleys of the city. For the best Instagram shots, take a trip on a vaporetto to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello and witness the incredible artistry of the traditional glass blowing!
Day 19: Venice to Rome
All roads lead to Rome, as this morning we depart Venice for a trip through the rolling Italian Countryside. This ancient capital, home to empires and emperors, dates back more than 2,500 years and is one of the most historically significant cities still standing today. We arrive in the afternoon and check in before heading out to explore this city overflowing with history, art, and monuments. This evening we offer a delicious optional dinner, so relax with some incredible Italian food and rub shoulders with your fellow passengers over a few glasses of vino.
Day 20: Rome
This morning, head out to lose yourself to the glory of Rome! Join us on an optional walking tour of the city and see such sights as the world famous film location the Spanish Steps, make a wish at the picturesque Trevi Fountain, visit the Pantheon and see the ancient battleground of the gladiators in the Colosseum. Alternatively travel to the world’s smallest state of Vatican City and see the majesty of St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the various Vatican Museums and the incredible artefacts they house. Tonight, a trip to hipster Trastevere is a great way to sample some traditional Italian food, side by side with intimate wine bars and craft beer houses.
Day 21: Rome to Florence
After breakfast we say arrivederci to Rome and board the coach headed into wine country! Our destination is the Tuscan capital of Florence. Upon arrival you have the day to explore the birthplace of the Renaissance at your leisure or join us for a fantastic optional walking tour. See such sights as the Piazza Signoria, Duomo, Dante’s house, Uffizi Galleria, and the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze among others. Then we have an informative leather demonstration followed by a traditional Florentine dinner, before we head out for a lively night of karaoke.
Day 22: Florence
Florence has been home to artists for centuries and today is your opportunity to explore this Renaissance inspired city. See the largest brick dome ever constructed at the Florence Cathedral, visit the towering town hall of Palazzo Vecchio and the numerous sights located in its immediate surroundings, explore the Arno river and see the beauty of the old bridge, or spend the day relaxing with some great wine on your quest to find the perfect Florentine steak. Today we offer optionals such as horse riding, day trips into the heart of Tuscany, or a visit to San Gimignano to explore the vineyards and cellars and sample some delicious wine pairings.
Day 23: Florence to Lauterbrunnen
Today, we head for the Swiss border and the Alpine paradise of Lauterbrunnen. Sit back and relax, with your camera at the ready, as we spend the day making our way through the pristine mountain wilderness before arriving in our picturesque home for two nights, this valley nestled between the high mountains and dotted with 72 waterfalls. Get checked in this evening and join us for a delicious optional dinner, a traditional cheese fondue, and crispy potato rosti or spend the evening relaxing in the fresh mountain breeze.
Day 24: Lauterbrunnen
Today we will be spending the whole day in awe of Lauterbrunnen’s numerous majestic sights and crashing falls. For the adrenaline junkies why not get a bird's eye view of the region while paragliding or skydiving? Head to the slopes of the Jungfrau region and carve up some powder while snowboarding or skiing. Venture via the funicular to Jungfraujoch, the “Top of Europe” to experience life at nearly 4,000m. For the James Bond fan’s, a trip to the top of Schilthorn and the Piz Gloria, featured in 007’s “On Her Majesty's Secret Service” also boats spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
Day 25: Lauterbrunnen to Paris
This morning after breakfast we wave goodbye to the gorgeous Swiss Alps and make our way through the rolling countryside and back to our starting point, the glamorous French capital of Paris. We arrive in the late afternoon and get checked in before having one last group dinner, and enjoy some delicious French cuisine and drinks before heading out into the scintillating lights of Paris for one last night together. Head to Monmartre and witness the sexy spectacle of the Moulin Rouge or spend the night lost in the vibrant Parisian nightlife.
Day 26: Paris
Check-out is after breakfast, we hope to see you again!
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