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Avenues, Mountains and Beaches

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*This experience runs on selected Wednesday starting 01 May till 11 September, 2019   – (Prices may vary according to departure dates)
*Accommodation might vary between hotels and hostels (Check below for further info)

9 days discovering three unique countries on this Europe tour

Visiting 3 countries: France, Switzerland, Spain

 

From boulevards to beaches, this trip lets you experience three of Europe’s best countries. You’ll tick off bucket list experiences, one group selfie at a time.
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Description

Day 1: London, England to Paris, France

All good things start with Paris. Meet the crew, grab some supplies and hit the road early in the morning as we jump across the English Channel. Pinch yourself and Instagram your first selfie before we kick off the trip with a driving tour and picnic next to the Eiffel Tower. Home to Coco Chanel, the Pompidou Center and the Mona Lisa, Paris more than deserves its reputation as the European capital for all things culture, fashion and food. Now’s your chance to find out why.

Included today:

-Driving tour of Paris and gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower

Day 2: Paris

This morning: free time en Français. From the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay to the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées, you’ll be sure to make a solid dent in your bucket list. Later on, you can stretch those legs on an optional bike tour of Paris, or simply roam the streets on your own. End your day with an optional Seine River cruise or a #throwback bohemian cabaret show.

Optional activities:

-Traditional cabaret show

-Seine river cruise

-Bike tour of Paris

Day 3: Paris

Grab your baguette and go. Run, don’t walk. Another free day in Paris to soak up all those Frenchy vibes. Oui oui! Have you ticked off all the sights yet? If you haven’t gone fromage crazy just yet, hit up as many local food markets as you can. You can thank us later.

Day 4: Paris to Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Trade in Parisian streets for snowy peaks. Home to the highest point in Europe, 72 waterfalls and one of the largest nature conservations in Switzerland, Lauterbrunnen is where we’ll be spending the night. Upon arrival, chow down on fondue and hit the bar for a nightcap.

Day 5: Swiss Alps

Scenic hikes and jaw-dropping views are high on today’s agenda. Go low key with a mountain walk or hop on board the Jungfraubahn railway for an optional visit to the Jungfrau Mountain summit. Expect fairytale villages en route and skydiving out of a helicopter upon arrival (if heights don’t scare you). Another feast awaits your return, regardless of how you make your way back down.

Optional activities:

-Scenic excursion to Jungfrau (‘The Top of Europe’)

-Skydiving

-Scenic helicopter ride

-Tickets for the Schilthorn cable car

-Visit a Swiss watch shop

Day 6: Swiss Alps to Avignon, France

This afternoon we crack on to Avignon, home of the magnificent Palais des Papes (aka one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe). Tonight: hit up a local bistro or gather with your brethren for a makeshift picnic. Either way, be sure to pair your meal with some local Rhône Valley wine, one of France’s finest reds.

Day 7: Avignon to Barcelona, Spain

On our way to Barcelona, we’ll check out the Pont du Gard – a 2000-year-old Roman engineered aqueduct. When we get to the Catalonian capital, we’ll take you on a driving tour to see the likes of Montjuïc (where the 1992 Olympics were held) and Gaudi’s yet to be finished Sagrada Família. Later: let loose at an optional flamenco show.

Included today:

-Visit Pont du Gard

-Driving tour of Barcelona

Optional activities:

-Flamenco show

Day 8: Barcelona

Who needs the snooze button when you’ve got a whole day in a city packed to the rafters with art nouveau, alluring accents and (most importantly) tapas? Hit the side streets and alleyways of Las Ramblas, go boho in the Gracia neighborhood, go Gaudí at Parc Güell or give in to your inner football fanatic and kneel to the sporting gods at the Nou Camp.

Day 9: Barcelona

Our trip ends in Barcelona today! Swap numbers and plan the next adventure.

Additional information

Country

France, Spain, Switzerland

Duration

1 Week +

Travel Style

IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL

Highlights

  • Driving tour of Barcelona
  • Driving tour of Paris and gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower

Accommodation

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!), Austrian Gasthofs, canvas cabins, ferry cabins or bungalows.

The ‘More Inclusions’ section details what type of accommodation will be used for overnight stops on your trip.

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). The number of people sharing in bungalows, canvas cabins, ferry cabins and Austrian Gasthofs can vary.

Please note: When staying on a Hostel Plus trip, multi-share accommodation is single-sex. You will also need to bring your own towels with you as these are not provided by all of our hostels.

Meals

Your included meals are detailed in the ‘More Inclusions’ section of this document.

Breakfasts are included every day (except on the first morning). They are usually ‘continental breakfasts’, which are typical in most European countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yogurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink. It is rare to get a hot breakfast in continental Europe, though on some occasions there may be some hot food available as well.

Included meals will be a combination of those prepared by On-Site Chefs, local restaurants and places in which we stay. Included evening meals are in local restaurants or accommodations, and are either two or three courses. In most cases table water is provided with the meals, and if you wish to purchase additional drinks you can do so at your own expense.

If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent or Customer Service Consultant 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

  • 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • 6 nights in hostels, 2 nights in bungalows at European campsites
  • English Channel crossing
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
  • Guided tours of all major cities
  • Awesome Trip Leader and Driver

Additional Info

Worth Noting

This trip forms part of the 37 day European Pioneer trip.

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 Barcelona

Optional Activities

On all trips we have arranged extra activities that we think will enhance your travel experience, but you have a choice as to whether or not you will participate. These are not included in the cost of your trip. They are usually organised on a group participation basis and should be taken into consideration when budgeting your spending money.

None of the Optional Activities on your trip are operated by Drifters Guide, nor do they form part of your contract with Drifters Guide for your trip. Drifters Guide arranges the activity as an agent of the local supplier. Should you participate in any Optional Activities your contract will be with the local supplier and their conditions will apply.

Please note: while we make every effort to keep these prices as accurate and up-to-date as possible, they are subject to change and in rare circumstances the actual price may vary slightly to what is published here.

Paris, France

Traditional cabaret show: €65
Seine river cruise: €10

Bike tour of Paris: €28

Swiss Alps (Lauterbrunnen), Switzerland

Scenic excursion to Jungfrau (‘The Top of Europe’): CHF 161.80 – 189.60

Skydiving: CHF 390 (plus €50 deposit)

Scenic helicopter ride: CHF 100 (plus €20 deposit)

Tickets for the Schilthorn cable car: CHF 79

Visit a Swiss watch shop

Barcelona, Spain

Flamenco show: €13

Venice, Italy
Gondola ride: €20

Get a personalized trip T-shirt or hoodie: €21-32

Vatican City

Guided tour of the Vatican City: €45

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 fellows 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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