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Eurotrip With a Splash of Egypt

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27 days, London to Cairo – Travel Europe and Egypt in one!

Visiting 8 countries: France, Spain, Monaco, Switzerland, Italy, Vatican City, Greece, Egypt

 

Say bonjour to the continent filled with amazing culture, history and grand architecture. Also, soak in the vibes and rays of the Mediterranean and the wonders of the ancient stories in Egypt with the pyramids and Valley of the Kings. This will truly be the trip of a lifetime.

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Day 1: London, England to Paris, France

We will make our way from London to Paris and start off with an awesome driving tour of the city where you can truly understand why it is known as the “City of Love and Lights.” Get yourself a selfie in front of one of the most iconic buildings in the world before enjoying a Parisian style picnic that may include baguettes, cheese, and wine right by the Eiffel Tower.

Day 2: Paris

Grab yourself a Parisian styled breakfast of a croissant or tartlet with coffee to start your day off right. The city is filled with charm at every turn, so make sure you tick everything off your bucket list. Admire the beautiful artwork at the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay, marvel at the architecture of L’Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees, take a scenic river cruise on the Seine, and maybe feel like a true Parisian and take a bike tour around the city. Once you’ve rested from all the exploring and feel like doing something fun, check out the famous cabaret, the Moulin Rouge.

Day 3: Paris to Bordeaux

Today, we head deep into wine country after we bid adieu and au revoir to the capital. We will first dip our toes into the heart of the Loire Valley and then head to the place of all things wine, Bordeaux. Sample the variations of le vin rouge and hear tales of grapes and love until you become a sommelier for a day.  Cheers to such a wonderful place!

After you’ve tasted some of the best wine in the country, you also have the option of visiting the Château de Chambord, which is the largest chateau in the country and was built by King Francis I.

Day 4: Bordeaux to San Sebastian, Spain

Today we bid au revoir to France and bienvenidos to Spain where the streets are filled with color and the food is muy delicioso! Once we get to San Sebastian, the day is yours to explore so why not grab a good glass of sangria and do some people watching! Y vamonos!

Day 5: San Sebastian to Barcelona, Spain

Today we make our way to Barcelona to experience Gaudi who is known for the Sagrada Familia and many other architectural wonders. Quieres bailar? Well, tonight you’ve got an option of seeing a flamenco show. Remember that girl emoji with the red dress? Well, you would be seeing lots of that!

Day 6: Barcelona

Today is the day to explore Barcelona, which truly has it all from crazy architecture, incredible cafes, and great museos to better understand the history of this city. There is no shortage of things to do.

Day 7: Barcelona to French Riviera, France

Adios Barcelona and Bienvenue to the lifestyles of the rich and famous. If you want to live the lush life and the wonderful sunshine, welcome to one of the world’s most incredible lavish waterfront properties where the waters are lined with yachts that you can only imagine in your dreams. You also have the option of visiting a traditional French perfumery to possibly create your own scent! For dinner, enjoy a hearty coq au vin or ratatouille to give your tummy a smile.

Day 8: French Riviera including Monaco visit

Want to experience what it’s like to be royalty? Well, you shall, as we make it through Monaco. Known as one of the richest countries in the world, it’s got glitz and glam and one of the most famous casinos in the world.

Day 9: French Riviera to the Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Embrace your inner Julie Andrews from Sound of Music as we head to the Alps. Think of the beautiful scenery and views you are going to see. Once we arrive, experience the local cuisine and if you aren’t too tired, hit the bar to grab a drink and take in the lights.

Day 10: Swiss Alps

Today, there are a few optional things to do. Do some frolicking around the mountain, hop on board the Jungfraubahn railway to the mountain summit where you can experience a fairy tale, or skydive out of a helicopter. Once you’re done feeling like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible, a nice hearty meal awaits.  (it’s not very clear that all the activities beside hiking are optional)

Day 11: Swiss Alps to Venice, Italy

Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Stand out on Juliet’s balcony in Verona to possibly find your true love before we head to the city of masquerades, Venice. Check out the main sites, even take a taxi boat over to Murano glass for a tutorial, and of course have a wonderful glass of vino and some hearty carbs. (not mentioned in original)

Day 12: Venice

Today we continue our walking tour of Venice, where you have the possibly to take a famous gondola ride through the canals. Later, head to St. Mark’s Place and experience one of the most famous and filmed cities in the world. Walk over the Rialto Bridge to find some of the best food in the world in one of the most iconic settings.

Day 13: Venice to Florence

Buongiorno to the birthplace of Renaissance art and architecture! Go on a walking tour of Firenze with a local guide where you can learn about the statue of David by the famous Michelangelo at Galleria dell Accademia, grab yourself a gelato as you wander the streets, walk across the Ponte Vecchio, and through the Palazzo Vecchio of the Medici family. We will also be stopping in the wonderful city of Pisa where we will see the famous Leaning Tower and understand the reason behind its tilt.

Day 14: Florence to Rome

And we’ve made it to the capital! Refuel on cannolis, gelato and espresso shots because we will be doing a walking tour of one of the most historical cities in the world. Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain, pretend to be a gladiator at the Colosseum, experience the Roman Forums in all its glory. Eat your heart out on pizza, pasta, and everything you’re allowed on vacation!

Day 15: Rome including Vatican City visit

Pretend you’re Audrey Hepburn from Roman Holiday as you wander the museums to see beautiful Berninis and Caravaggios, order your meals at a local osteria, and if you’re feeling adventurous rent a Vespa and drive around the city(not mentioned in original). There is also an option of taking a guided tour of the Vatican City where you can explore St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and other museums.

Day 16: Rome to Sailing in Greece via Overnight Ferry

Today, we will act like Achilles as he made his way to Troy on the overnight ferry to Greece; The land of ancient history, comfort food, and beautiful architecture. Sleep under the stars and admire the constellations and Greek mythology in the sky.

Day 17: Sailing in Greece

Today starts our three day epic voyage on the Ionian Sea. Understand where those tales truly come from, marvel at the beautiful islands and crystal clear water, and then lay on board like the emperors and gods of the time.

Day 18: Sailing in Greece

We continue our epic journey on the water where the only thing you need to worry about is the perfect tanning spot and where to find your next cocktail!

Day 19: Sailing in Greece

Today is our last day on the water filled with fun in the sun and diving off boats, something you will definitely miss after this trip!

Day 20: Sailing in Greece to Athens

I’m sorry little mermaids but it’s time to make our way back to land. Explore the birthplace of civilization on a guided tour of Athens. Visit the many temples like the famous Acropolis, the stunning Parthenon, and the architecture of the new and the ancient. Grab a gyro, munch on souvlaki, and savor some baklava as you make your way through the city.

Day 21: Cairo to Aswan via Overnight Coach

It is the time of pharaohs and hieroglyphs as we make our way into Cairo. However, we don’t have much time because we are jumping straight onto an overnight bus to Aswan tonight!

Day 22: Aswan

We are truly stepping into history today as we tour a Nubian village where we will sample the food of the ancients and take a traditional felucca ride. Travel through the beautiful desert and possibly find an oasis with an optional camel ride.

Day 23: Aswan

Today we witness some of the most epic statues in the world at Abu Simbel(entrance fees not included). We’ve got a full day ahead so prepare your walking shoes and your cameras because you don’t want to miss out! We will return to Aswan where you will have time to explore the city before the option of visiting the Philae temple and the Aswan High Dam.

Day 24: Aswan to Luxor

Luxor, once known as the capital of ancient Egypt, is now filled with souqs, temples, and wonderful history. We will visit two of the most famous ancient temples of Karnak and Luxor where you will truly learn the stories of the gods.

Day 25: Luxor to Cairo via Overnight Coach

Walk through the true burial ground of King Tut at the Valley of the Kings and find the burial spots of many other important people in Egyptian history. Head over to the Temple of Hatshepsut where girl power was alive and well and finally we will head to Colossi of Memnon before taking an over nighter to Cairo.

Day 26: Cairo

We have arrived at the capital. And we’ve got a plethora of famous sights to see; the epic Pyramids of Giza and tales of how it came about, the Sphinx protecting the pyramids, and King Tut’s treasure chest at the Egyptian museum! You will gain an insightful perspective on the past from a city that is a real life history book.

Day 27: Cairo

Today we say Shukran and goodbye to the rest in the City of a Thousand Minarets and head back to our real lives after having stepped into one of the most historical places in the world.

Additional information

Country

France, Greece, Italy, Monaco, Spain, Switzerland, Vatican City

Travel Style

IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL

Duration

3 Weeks +

Highlights

  • 3 nights sailing in Greece
  • French Riviera perfumery experience
  • Visit of historic Valley of the King’s (entrance fees not included)
  • Temples of Luxor & Karnak (entrance fees not included)
  • Gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower
  • Pyramids & Sphinx at Giza Plateau (entrance fees not included)
  • Vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal, Venice

Accommodation

6 nights in hotels, 8 nights in hostels, 3 nights sailing in Greece, 6 nights in bungalows at European campsites, 2 nights aboard an overnight coach & 1 night in a cabin on an overnight ferry

Hostel Plus trips host our most eclectic types of accommodation. While modern hostels make up the majority of your overnighters you could also stay in hotels (free upgrade – yeah!) or bungalows.

The number of people to a room on Hostel Plus trips will vary. For hostels you will have multi-share rooms and usually share with between 3 and 5 others (although in some circumstances you will share with more than 5) while in hotels there will be twin or triple-shares (and the odd quad-room). Bungalows can be up to 4 people to a room.

Please note: When staying on a Hostel Plus trip, multi-share accommodation is single-sex.

Meals

26 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 10 dinners

Breakfasts are included every day (except on the first morning). Included meals will be a combination of those prepared by On-Site Chefs, local restaurants and places in which we stay. If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your us when you book. However, please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs, particularly in Eastern Europe. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.

Inclusions

What’s included

  • 26 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 10 dinners
  • 6 nights in hotels, 8 nights in hostels, 3 nights sailing in Greece, 6 nights in bungalows at European campsites, 2 nights aboard an overnight coach & 1 night in a cabin on an overnight ferry
  • English Channel crossing
  • One-way flight from Athens to Cairo + airport arrival transfer
  • Modern air conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
  • Guided tours of all major cities
  • Awesome Trip Leader + Driver + On-­Site Chefs

What’s not included

  • International Flights
  • Extra meals & drinks

Additional Information

Worth Noting

You’ll travel with the Mega European (Greece option) – as far as Athens. Then, you’ll head to Egypt for days 21 – 27.

Group Size

Maximum 48

Transport

Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi, including powerpoints for charging electronics.

Start/Finish Times

Start time:
Meet at 6am in London (or 5pm in Paris)

Finish time:
Approximately 9am in Cairo

Age Restriction
Please note that this experience has a maximum age limit of 40

Passenger Safety

One of the best parts of travelling is experiencing the nightlife and entertainment each city has to offer. However, amidst the fun and excitement, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and personal safety as well. Before you hit the road with us, it’s important to be aware of the following:

When you’re on a night out, remember to avoid walking alone, particularly through deserted areas like beaches and back streets. Always stick together, take a taxi where possible, and keep a note of your accommodation details so you can find your way back to your fellow traveler if you become separated.

In some countries, alcoholic measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Try to keep track of what you’re drinking, and if you see one of your trip mates looking a little worse for wear, take them back to your accommodation. Be cautious when accepting drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended.

It’s also important to be aware that what you might consider harmless flirting may be interpreted differently in some countries. Be yourself and have fun, but don’t be naïve, and be mindful of the signals you are sending out so that you don’t find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.

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