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    European Escapade

    TRAVEL BETWEEN: 08 Jul 2018 - 22 Jul 2018
EARN From
104779
Prices From
R55,900.00

European Escapade

32 Days

Start Location
London, England to Paris, France

Destinations Visited

15

End Location

Amsterdam to London, England
  • Paris 'City Lights' Tour
  • Paris gourmet picnic beside the Eiffel Tower
  • French Riviera perfumery experience
  • Leather demonstration in Florence
  • Local guide in Florence
  • Dutch cheese & clogs demonstration
  • Bicycle tour of Amsterdam
  • 3 nights flotilla sailing in Greece
  • Local guide Tirana
  • Local guide Dubrovnik
  • Not Eligible for Early Payment
Forget slumming it. This epic combo trip (complete with your own Topdeck Chef!) promises an unforgettable adventure through Europe, without breaking the bank. Starting and ending in London, you’ll soak up the iconic cities and landscapes of the west, the alluring Mediterranean region and the vibrancy of the re-born Balkans. Kicking back in some of Europe's best campsites (and a selection of fun hostels) our European Escapade packs more punch than a heavyweight champ. Please note: this is a Gap Year trip and is only valid for travellers aged 17-20 years of age
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  • France
  • Switzerland
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Vatican City
  • Austria
  • Czech Republic
  • Spain
  • Croatia
  • Monaco
  • Slovenia
  • Greece
  • Albania
  • Montenegro
  • Leave London for dust as we jump over the Channel for a beauty smackdown. Prepare yourself to wrap your lips around your first real French meal with a picnic beside the Eiffel Tower. Dinner may leave you full but it's just an appetiser; see the City of Light at its best on a driving tour and play landmark bingo with the Eiffel Tower, Champs Élysées and Arc de Triomphe.



    Included today:

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



    Meals:

    -Dinner

  • A free day in Paris to partake in pastries, paintings and 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) and get your obligatory Eiffel Tower #selfie. 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



    Optional activities:

    -Traditional cabaret show in Paris

    -Bike tour of Paris

    -Seine river cruise in Paris

  • Tear yourself away from that baguette – fondue awaits! Driving through the Swiss countryside is pure scenic bliss. Thanks, nature. Get your comfort eating pants on for an included dinner.



    Meals:

    -Breakfast

    -Lunch

    -Dinner

  • Join the the optional Jungfrau Experience, which takes you to the highest train station in Europe. Want more adventure? Up the adrenaline by skydiving out of a helicopter, then head back down for some snow angels and hot chocolate. #HardLife.



    Meals:

    -Breakfast

    -Lunch

    -Dinner



    Optional activities:

    -Scenic excursion to Jungfrau ('The Top of Europe')

    -Scenic helicopter ride in the Swiss Alps

    -Skydiving in the Swiss Alps

  • Gawk at the impressive scenery during our drive to the South of France today. The ancient walled city of Avignon is full of fascinating buildings such as the foreboding Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) and the gold-topped Avignon Cathedral.



    Meals:

    -Breakfast

    -Lunch

  • First up today we visit the grand Pont du Gard, a remarkably well preserved Roman aqueduct which dates back nearly 2000 years. Then: viva España! We’ll drive south to Spain and visit one of Europe’s most lively cities, Barcelona. Enjoy a driving tour of Barcelona taking in the highlights such as Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia, Montjuic (home of the Barcelona 1992 Olympics) and the Christopher Columbus Monument. Tonight, we’ll feast on an included dinner at a local restaurant, after which we can watch an optional Flamenco show where flamboyant dancers will perform to the beautiful strains of Spanish guitar.





    Included today:

    - Driving tour of Barcelona

    - Visit Pont du Gard



    Meals:

    -Breakfast

    -Lunch

    -Dinner



    Optional activities:

    -Flamenco show in Barcelona

  • Discover what makes Barcelona tick with a day to explore at your leisure. Gaze at Gaudí’s bizarre works such as la Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló or Park Güell, check out the Gothic Quarter or wander Las Ramblas in search of a plate of tapas and a memento of Spain. Tonight, sample the Barcelona nightlife (if you choose).



    Meals:

    -Breakfast

  • Prep your shnozz this morning – there are loads of fragrances to be sniffed as we take a tour of a local French Riviera perfumery. Choose your signature scent, then onwards to our Nice campsite nearby to the glistening sea.



    Included today:

    -Tour of a local French Riviera perfumery



    Meals:

    -Breakfast

    -Lunch

    -Dinner

  • Laze on the beach, swim in the Mediterranean Sea, or stroll the Promenade des Anglais in Nice during our free day in the French Riviera. This evening we’ll make tracks to the glamorous principality of Monaco, where we’ll see the Royal Palace and sections of the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix track. We’ll also have time to visit Monaco’s famous casinos.



    Included today:

    -Guided tour of Monaco





    Meals:

    -Breakfast

    -Dinner

  • Onwards to Italy, where we have ample time to take in the wonderful countryside, culture, and cuisine of this bellissimo country. Visit Pisa and get our photographs with THAT famous tower, before heading to our superbly located campsite overlooking the magnificent city of Florence. An included dinner tonight gives us our first chance to taste the dishes that have made Italian cookery so famous. Dig in!



    Included today:

    -Visit Pisa & the Leaning Tower



    Meals:

    -Breakfast

    -Lunch

    -Dinner

  • Our day in Florence begins with a walking tour led by a local guide, which unveils treasures like the Duomo (Cathedral), Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and many more. We’ll soon get a sense of why Florence is considered an ‘outdoor museum’ as we get up close to the replica of Michelangelo’s ‘David’ statue. Afterwards, a visit to Florence’s famous leather goods, it’s free time. Perhaps check out the Renaissance art in the Uffizi Gallery or find somewhere to try a delicious Florentine steak. Yum.





    Included today:

    -Walking tour of Florence with local guide



    Meals:

    -Breakfast

  • Romeward bound, we make a stop in Orvieto for the chance to grab a wild boar sandwich so tender you can cut it with words. Then we hightail it to the Eternal City for a rendezvous with ancient architecture’s biggest players. Make like Caesar (the emperor, not the salad) and work up a colossus hunger as you pass by the Pantheon, throw your two cents in the Trevi Fountain and sit on the Spanish Steps.



    Included today:

    -Visit the town of Orvieto

    -Walking tour of Rome



    Meals:

    -Breakfast

    -Lunch

  • Create the ultimate Roman Holiday in one day with a whirlwind of espresso, two-cheek kisses and pizza the way it's supposed to taste. Pop in on the pope with an optional tour of the Vatican City to see how Michelangelo messed around and created the High Renaissance, then play eye 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

    -Dinner



    Optional activities:

    -Guided tour of Vatican City

  • We depart Rome and drive to Italy’s east coast today, taking in some gorgeous Italian scenery on the way. Once there, we board an overnight ferry bound for Greece. Take advantage of the restaurants, bars and communal areas onboard, plus private en-suite cabin accommodation to ensure a good night’s sleep.





    Meals:

    -Breakfast

    -Lunch

  • After disembarking we have a short drive along the rugged Greek coastline to meet up with our flotilla of sailing yachts. After instruction from our flotilla leader and skippers we head off into the wild blue yonder – sailing, sunbathing and swimming in the Ionian Sea awaits! In the evening we moor and visit an authentic Greek taverna for dinner, where the food is delicious and the atmosphere even better.



    Meals:

    -Breakfast

    -Lunch

    -Dinner

  • A full day of sailing in Greece with our Topdeck buddies – it speaks for itself! Relax and forget your troubles as we sail around the Ionian Sea, taking plenty of chances to stop and have a dip.



    Meals:

    -Breakfast

    -Lunch

  • After waking under the Greek sun we enjoy the final day of our Greek sailing adventure. As the afternoon wears on we return to our starting point and moor, then this evening we head for an included Greek dinner at a local restaurant. Savour every moment – we spend one final night sleeping on our yachts.



    Meals:

    -Breakfast

    -Lunch

    -Dinner

  • Bid a reluctant farewell to the sailing portion of our adventure and get ready to head north. We’ll cross into Albania and pass through dramatic countryside before arriving in the capital Tirana. Here, we meet a local guide who will give us a tour of the main sights, before we reach our accommodation overlooking the city.



    Included today:

    -Guided tour of Tirana



    Meals:

    -Breakfast

    -Lunch

    -Dinner

  • Today we continue our journey in the Balkans region and marvel at the enthralling Montenegrin coastline. Stopping briefly at the seaside town of Budva, we’ll then drive to catch a short ferry across the Bay of Kotor. Further north, we enter the quaint coastal city of Dubrovnik, nestled at the foot of towering hills at the southern tip of Croatia. Enjoy a walking tour led by a local guide, visiting sights such as Pile Gate, Stradun, Orlando’s Column and the Church of St Blaise. Hot tip: don’t miss the lively nightlife afterwards.





    Included today:

    -Walking tour of Dubrovnik with a local guide





    Meals:

    -Breakfast

    -Lunch

    -Dinner

  • What to do on your free day? In a city that’s as easy on the eye (it has been described as “paradise on Earth”) as Dubrovnik, you won’t have problems filling your time. Meander the imposing City Walls, which gives amazing views over the Old Town, and be sure to wander the alleyways in search of great cafés, restaurants, galleries and shops.





    Meals:

    -Breakfast



    Optional activities:

    -Sea kayaking in Dubrovnik

  • Another stunning drive day transports us northwards along the Adriatic coastline to the bustling old town of Zadar. A walking tour will take in some of the Roman ruins in this picturesque, ancient city, whilst a stroll along the promenade may just lead you to stumble upon the Sea Organ – part public artwork and part musical instrument, it produces harmonic sounds when it is ‘played’ by the ocean. #Wow. This evening we get the chance to try out one of the numerous local restaurants for dinner as we have free time to explore the city.



    Included today:

    -Walking tour of Zadar with a local guide



    Meals:

    -Breakfast

    -Lunch

  • This morning we leave Croatia and briefly head in to Slovenia, a country of outstanding natural beauty – not least the Postojna Caves, one of the largest and most beautiful cave systems in Europe. Opt to take a guided tour of some of the intricate underground galleries and chambers, Indiana Jones style. This afternoon we head back into Italy (Venice, to be specific!) and settle into our resort – made even better with a delicious meal cooked by our Topdeck chef.



    Meals:

    -Breakfast

    -Lunch

    -Dinner



    Optional activities:

    -Postojna Caves visit

    -Personalised Topdeck group shirts and hoodies

  • A free day to explore extraordinary Venice – a maze of canals, bridges, squares and incredible artworks. An included walking tour with your Trip Leader will unveil some of the city’s amazing architecture, including the striking St Mark’s Basilica in St Mark’s Square, while a vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal will enable you to view the sites from the water. Want to amp up the wow-factor? An optional gondola ride is the perfect way to see the city.



    Included today:

    -Walking tour of Venice

    -Vaporetto ride in Venice



    Meals:

    -Breakfast

    -Dinner



    Optional activities:

    -Gondola ride in Venice

  • Today we drive from the coast to the mountains as we pass through the Italian Alps on our way to the stunning Alpine region of Tyrol. At our traditional Gasthof, an included barbeque dinner awaits (which usually tastes better when washed down with a traditional Austrian schnapps, just sayin’).



    Meals:

    -Breakfast

    -Lunch

    -Dinner

  • A free day in the stunning Austrian Alps! We have the opportunity to partake in some adrenaline-fuelled optional activities today amid stunning Alpine terrain – options include canyon jumping, paragliding, or even skydiving (weather and conditions permitting). Tonight: we’ll drive to a traditional mountainside Austrian restaurant for a hearty optional dinner (the perfect way to round off our stay in the Austrian Alps).





    Meals:

    -Breakfast

    -Lunch



    Optional activities:

    -Skydiving in the Austrian Alps

    -Tandem paragliding in the Austrian Alps

    -Bike ride in the Austrian Alps

    -Canoeing in the Austrian Alps

    -Mountain-side dinner in the Austrian Alps

  • Today we wave goodbye to Austria and head for picturesque Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. A city tour with our Trip Leader will allow you to soak up Gothic masterpieces such as the Hradcany Castle District, Charles Bridge, and the stunning Tyn Church. Tonight, why not take the opportunity to sample some of the best nightlife in Europe?



    Included today:

    -Visit Mauthausen concentration camp

    -Walking tour of Prague



    Meals:

    -Breakfast

    -Lunch

    -Dinner

  • Channel your inner bohemian and seek out the John Lennon memorial wall to start your free day. Soak up some more Czech history at the National or Communist Museum or get a taste of the quirky local culture at a marionette puppet opera (you gotta see it to believe it). Snap a selfie at Prague’s own Eiffel Tower, visit a miniatures museum and eat roast pork from one of the street vendors lining Old Town Square.



    Meals:

    -Breakfast

  • Get acquainted with 800 year-old Dresden – a city virtually destroyed in WWII and then rebuilt – and ogle the Frauenkirche before making your beard all the more ironic in Berlin. Prep yourself for currywurst and more hipsters per capita than anywhere else. We'll drive you around to see (what's left of) the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building before making your food baby sing with a hearty German meal. Save some room to get your DJ groupie on.



    Included today:

    -Walking tour of Dresden

    -Driving tour of Berlin



    Meals:

    -Breakfast

    -Lunch

    -Dinner

  • Join the optional Third Reich walking tour for an insight into what the city was like under Nazi rule during WWII, go on a museum crawl (covering everything from the Ramones to DDR) or head to the zoo. More culture awaits on Museum Island, with creative types and memorable meals available in the Prenzlauer Berg and Kreuzberg neighbourhoods. Tonight, no curfew at clubs = all bets are off!





    Meals:

    Breakfast



    Optional activities:

    -Third Reich walking tour

    -Street art & nightlife tour of Berlin

  • Amster-DAM it's going to be a good day! Start dreaming of cheese, clogs and cheeky cafe stops as we roll through tulip and windmill dotted fields to Amsterdam. Get your bearings on a walking tour of the vibrant capital and see the Dam Square, Royal Palace and National Monument. End the night with a cone of hot chips with mayo. Mmm.



    Included today:

    -Walking tour of Amsterdam

    -Dutch cheese & clogs demonstration



    Meals:

    -Breakfast

    -Lunch

  • 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).





    Meals:

    -Breakfast

    -Dinner



    Optional activities:

    -Bike tour of Amsterdam

  • Our adventures ends here as we head back to London. Swap numbers, and prepare for the next adventure.



    Meals:

    -Breakfast



  • 31 breakfasts, 20 lunches, 18 dinners

  • 16 nights in European campsites in twin- share dome style tents with air mattresses, 1 night in a hotel, 8 nights in hostels, 2 nights in an Austrian Gasthof, 1 night on an overnight ferry & 3 nights on yachts in Greece

  • 1 free night in London before trip

  • English Channel crossings

  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi

  • Awesome Trip Leader + Driver + Chef

Start time: Meet at 6am in London.


Finish time: Approximately 9pm in London.

Your trip will mainly stay in campsites. Topdeck provides comfortable, twin-share dome tents to sleep in and every passenger will have an inflatable air mattress to sleep on. If you are travelling alone, you will be paired with a tent partner of the same sex. The tents have ventilation windows, zipped-up fronts and sewn-in ground sheets. They are light and easy to erect and you will be given a demonstration at the start of the trip. You and your tent partner will be responsible for pitching your own tent, and you will generally have the same tent for the entire trip. Our camping trips encourage passenger participation in all activities – social and otherwise!


 


The Camping trips feature some included accommodation upgrades in certain locations. On such occasions, the number of people in a room varies depending on the type of accommodation. Rooms in hostels usually four to six. When staying in multishare accommodation, our Camping trips operate a single sex policy and therefore couples should not expect to sleep together. The 'More Inclusions' section for each trip in our brochure details what type of accommodation is used for our overnight stops.


Campsites


Some European camping grounds are like small cities with supermarkets, bars, restaurants, swimming pools, hot showers and newsagents. Others, mainly in Eastern and Southern Europe, are of a more basic standard. Clothes washing facilities are usually adequate but don’t expect machines and dryers in all campsites. Hot showers are sometimes free and sometimes not, where not, you will have to pay a small amount to use them. On rare occasions some campsites do not supply toilet paper in the toilet blocks, so it is useful to carry a small toilet roll or pack of tissues with you, which can be easily purchased throughout Europe.

France - Paris
Paris cabaret €56.50
Seine River cruise €8
Paris bike tour €26


Austria - Kirchdorf - Tyrol
Canyoning half-day €65 plus €15 deposit
Tandem Paragliding €129 plus €24 deposit


Skydiving €249 plus €40 deposit


Mountain biking half-day €12
Mountain biking full-day €16
Mountain side dinner €23


Germany - Berlin
Third Reich walking tour €10
Berlin Alternative Tour and Nightlife Tour €18



Italy - Rome
Vatican tour €40



Italy - Venice
Personalised group shirts and hoodies
between €21 and €32
Gondola ride €20


Spain - Barcelona
Flamenco Show €10


Switzerland - Swiss Alps - Lauterbrunnen
Jungfrau Excursion CHF 161.80-189.60
Skydiving CHF 390 plus €30 deposit
Helicopter ride CHF 100 plus €20 deposit


Slovenia – Postojna
Postojna Caves €23.90


Netherlands – Amsterdam
Canal drinks cruise €30

Content Description:

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 Topdeck, nor do they form part of your contract with Topdeck for your trip. Topdeck 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.

Description:

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 Topdeck, nor do they form part of your contract with Topdeck for your trip. Topdeck 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.

Accompanying you on this trip will be a cook tent, fitted out with tables and gas burners, which will be erected upon our arrival in each campsite. You will have a Topdeck On-Road Chef travelling with you who is responsible for organising the included meals. Breakfast is included every day (except on the first morning). You will be provided freshly cooked evening meals and lunches as per your Trip Itinerary. All cutlery and eating utensils are supplied. Occasionally, some of the included meals may be in local restaurants or accommodation places.


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 Topdeck Trip Consultant when you book. But 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.


Your Topdeck crew never expect tips themselves and will not ask for any; that’s not what friends do! We also know how much tipping can cost you. So go ahead, spoil yourself with the money you will save by travelling with Topdeck (just don’t forget Mum’s souvenir).

Our travel app has landed! With a range of awesome features including a Currency Converter, Budget Tracker, Check-In tool and Social Timeline you can plan your trip like a pro. Think of it like your very own Topdeck Trip Leader, always on call with the latest info, weather, maps and city guides to give you the trip of a lifetime, all in the palm of your hand.


Please note: The Topdeck Travel App should only be downloaded once you have booked onto your trip. You will not be able to log in unless you have a Topdeck Booking Reference Number.


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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 Topdeckers 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.

Finances


Changing Money


ATMs/cashpoints are available all over Europe and are the safest and easiest way to access money. Major credit cards are also accepted and we recommend you bring yours along in case you see something special that you hadn't budgeted for.


Some nationals may have access to pre-paid cards that you can use at any ATM just like a debit card that you may want to consider as a viable alternative or addition to your bank card.


We recommend that you change approximately €100 in cash before departure and approximately 30 Swiss francs (if your trip goes through Switzerland). This will cover you for spending money until you have the chance to change more or find an ATM on the ground.


Please note credit cards cannot be used to pay for Optional Activities.


Spending Money


Based on experience, we recommend at least €50 – €60 per day. This is to cover daily expenses including sightseeing, small souvenir shopping and non-included meals.


Remember, this is a rough figure only and spending habits vary greatly between individuals according to their budget and habits!


Tipping


Although you may not be accustomed to tipping at home, in many European countries it is customary. In some countries a service charge may be added to your bill, in other countries it is usual to round the bill up to the nearest Euro or to leave an additional amount of between 5% and 10%. Your Trip Leader will be able to advise you further on the tipping customs in the countries you visit.


Topdeck Top Tip: it is a really good idea to hide away somewhere a small amount of cash and/or extra card; this will really come in handy in the unlikely event that you lose your wallet or any other kind of emergency.


European Currencies


While the predominant currency throughout Europe is the euro (€), there are still many European countries that sit outside the Eurozone for which you will need to use local currency (or rely on your credit/debit cards). It is generally always possible to exchange money into local currency after arriving in the country, but the easiest way is to make a withdrawal from a local ATM/cashpoint.


Below is a list of all the other currencies you will use on your trip:


Switzerland - Swiss Franc (CHF)


Croatia - Kuna (HRK)


Czech Republic - Koruna (Crown) (CZK)


Albania - Lek (ALL)


Insurance


It is compulsory for all passengers to take out comprehensive travel insurance before the trip departs covering cancellation, medical expenses including repatriation, loss or damage to baggage and personal belongings, money and personal liability.


For more information go to www.topdeck.travel/travel-insurance.


You must bring a copy of your travel insurance policy with you on the trip. Details of your policy must be uploaded into the Topdeck app before your trips departs, otherwise they will be requested by your Trip Leader on Day One


Passports and Visas


Please make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after the last day of your trip. Some countries will refuse entry if there is not at least six months validity remaining on your passport after your departure date from their country. Depending on your nationality, you may require a visa to enter certain countries.


It is your responsibility to obtain these prior to the departure of this trip. You can consult the government websites of the countries in which you will be travelling or your own government’s website to determine which visas you will require. We also have a visa chart on our website listing the visas required by some nationalities travelling on our trips. To check go to www.topdeck.travel/visas.


Remember that some visas can take up to six weeks to acquire, so don’t leave it until the last minute. Also bear in mind that the validity of the visa often runs from the date of issue rather than date of entry into the country. Please check with the appropriate embassies prior to departure as requirements do change periodically.


Transport


Coach Time


We try to spend as little time on the coach as possible so that you have more time to enjoy the places you visit. But do please remember that Europe is a large continent and it takes time to get around!


On driving days between cities you will be on the coach during the day, stopping off to visit places of interest where possible. Strict driving rules apply in Europe that limit the maximum number of hours your Driver can drive each day. They also limit the maximum number of days that can be driven before a day off must be taken. We have worked hard to make sure this does not affect your trip, but in some cities it means we will use public transport while your Driver has a well-earned rest day. The cost for this is included in your trip price and your Trip Leader will show you how to get around town as the locals do!


Please note: this doesn't cover your own local transport while in a city, only when the coach is not in operation


Wi-Fi


Free Wi-Fi is available for all passengers in Europe, this includes both coach and sailing trips. For more information about our Wi-Fi allowance and availability per country, please head to our website www.topdeck.travel/wi-fi.


Please note: Wi-Fi charges are subject to change. If you feel necessary, please enquire with us to ensure your particular coach has Wi-Fi availability.


Health and Safety


We want to make sure you’re having the time of your life while travelling with us. Therefore, if you suffer from any kind of medical condition or allergies, we will need to know at the time of booking, or at least six weeks prior to the departure of your trip.


If you require regular medication, you must have a sufficient supply before your trip departs, as it may be difficult to obtain while travelling. You must be able to administer your own medication, as Topdeck Road Crew will not be able to administer it, and there are no guarantees that there will be anyone with first aid training on board.


Vaccinations


There are currently no compulsory vaccinations required for any of the countries this trip visits. Please reconfirm this with your GP or health professional before you leave as conditions can change.


General Information


Public toilets


In most European countries you can expect to pay a small amount to use public toilets at service stations and in city centres. It is a common practice in Europe and should be regarded as a form of ‘tipping’, as the money goes to the people who clean and/or maintain the facilities. It is very rare that public toilets do not supply toilet paper, but it may be useful to carry a pack of tissues with you.


Power


All European countries (with the sole exception of the United Kingdom) use a CEE7/16 standard round, two-prong plug and a single adaptor will work in all countries.


Voltage


Throughout Europe the voltage is a uniform 220v. If the voltage is the same or similar in your home country your appliance will comply. If you have a 110v appliance you will need to use a transformer to avoid damaging your appliance.


In Cases of Emergency


While we hope you never have to use it, if for any reason you need to contact someone from Topdeck, whether it be that you have missed a trip departure meeting, have become separated from your trip on the road or any other unforeseeable problem, the following options are available to you.


Emergency Contact


Our Customer Service team is on hand 24/7 to help*


Please call 1300886332 from within Australia, 0800525366 from within New Zealand, 18006071399 from within North America, 0800982308 from within South Africa, 0362731786 from within Japan, 08452575212 from inside the UK or +44289873305 for the rest of the world. A Topdeck representative will be on hand to help.


* Please note our Customer Service team may be closed over bank holidays. Please check out www.topdeck.travel/about-topdeck/contact-us over these times.


What to Bring


We recommend soft bags, suitcases or frameless backpacks, plus a small day pack or carry bag. No external framed bags please, as they damage other bags on the coach. Please limit your luggage to a maximum of 20kg. Luggage must not exceed dimensions of 70cm in height, 45cm in width and 25cm in depth. Only one piece of luggage is allowed.


Please note that due to space and weight restrictions on our coaches, passengers with too much luggage on departure morning may be told that they cannot take their entire luggage with them. Luggage storage facilities are usually available at the departure point, if they are not available you will have to make your own arrangements to have it stored or shipped home. Any luggage left behind will be at your own risk and you will be required to pay any costs incurred.


Sleeping Bags


A sleeping bag will not be required for your trip.


Suggested Packing List


The golden rule is to travel as light as you can. Only bring what you really need and leave plenty of space for things you might want to buy. Don't forget you will have to carry your bag around yourself before and after the trip, as well as in and out of where you’re staying while on your trip!


The following is a suggested clothing list only, based on our experience:



  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes

  • 1 pair of smart casual shoes

  • 1 pair thongs/jandals/flip-flops

  • 2 pairs jeans/trousers

  • 2 pairs shorts/skirts

  • 4 shirts/t-shirts

  • 2 sweaters/jumpers

  • Smart casual evening wear

  • 1 rainproof jacket

  • 1 warm jacket

  • Underwear and socks!


Other things to pack:



  • Swimwear

  • Towel

  • Toiletries

  • Hat and Sunscreen

  • Basic medical kit (including plasters, aspirin etc.)

  • Washing powder

  • Insect repellent

  • Conversion plug


Optionals to consider:



  • Sewing kit

  • Pillow case

  • Torch

  • Travel pillow


Please note: entry into some religious sites, such as cathedrals and mosques, requires clothing to cover the knees, chest and shoulders.


Final Checklist



  • Passport (with visas if required!)

  • Airline tickets (where applicable)

  • Insurance Policy (you must bring these details with you)

  • Camera; batteries; chargers; conversion plug


That’s it – you’re now ready for your trip of a lifetime! If you have any further questions feel free to give our team a shout at any time. Happy travels!

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