Winter Wonder 2021-22

Winter Wonder | Topdeck Travel
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Is this trip for you? MAGICAL. CAPTIVATING. MEMORABLE.
You did it - you managed to find a firecracker of a Euro trip that fits so perfectly into 14 days it's almost too good to be true. Starring the big-gun cities and some of those enchanting hidden gems; plenty of bucket-list items and alllll the heart-warming, inside-toasting, carb-loaded delights only Western Europe can deliver - this trip has got it covered. You don't get a better introduction to winter in Europe than this.

Highlights
  • Walking tour of Venice
  • Gondola ride in Venice
  • Driving tour of Paris
  • Walking tour of Salzburg
  • Walking tour of Rome
  • Orientation tour of Heidelberg
  • Walking tour of Florence with a local guide
Destinations
  • Vatican City
  • Austria
  • France
  • Germany
  • Holland
  • Italy
  • Switzerland
  • Europe
  • Europe
  • Europe
  • Europe
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • UK Coach Departures
  • Traditional Coach
  • Sightseeing
  • Photography
  • Ruins-Archaeology
  • 18-30 somethings
  • Youth

Location: Paris

Get ready to leave the routine behind and uncover Europe in all its wintery glory. We'll hit the road early and drive across the English Channel. Use the ride to brush up on your bonjours and s’il vous plaîts – and get to know your awesome AF trip mates. This is what it’s all about! The home of Coco Chanel, the Mona Lisa and world’s yummiest pastries – Paris has earnt its rep as the European capital for all things fashion, culture and drool-worthy food. Tick off all the showstoppers on a driving tour before wrapping your lips around a REAL French meal at tonight’s included dinner. Thank us later.

Meals: Dinner

Location: Paris

There's more here than over-priced handbags and unoriginal poses under the Eiffel Tower. And to prove it, we've given you a full 24hrs to discover the REAL Paris. Our suggestion? Spend your free day ticking off those bucket list items (and keeping those calves warm) on an optional bike tour. Then: explore the backstreets. Hunt down the best patisseries in town. Get lost amongst the shelves of history at Shakespeare and Co. Books. Or uncover the city's secret underworld at Catacombes de Paris. Want an alternate angle? Grab a takeaway chocolat chaud (hot chocolate) and settle in for an optional river cruise down the Seine. Or head up Montparnasse Tower for allll the views. Tonight, there's an optional cabaret show on the cards - just to really round things off. You're in the home of the Cancan after all.

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Paris

Disclaimer: today is a bit of a drive. But you already knew that, right? Strap in. Get to know your trip mates better. And bust out some bangers as the most jaw-dropping, snow-capped scenery whizzes past the window. They don’t have views like this back home. Cue the fairytale villages and romantic castles of your imagination – the oh-so-quaint Engelberg will be our base for the next two nights. Later, we’ll get stuck into a group dinner before heading to the hotel bar. Or sit back in the crisp (note: freezing) Alpine air with a steaming cup of glühwein. Yep, this is what you came for.

Meals: Breakfast ,Dinner

Location: Swiss Alps

There’s one word to describe Switzerland in winter: MAGIC. So, here’s a free day to discover exactly what that means. Our suggestion for a clear day? Take the revolving gondola to the top of Mt Titlis for all the unbelievable panoramas (without the effort). Or strap on your boots and explore the forest trails – ‘holy sh*t’ scenery guaranteed. Rather uncover the gastronomic wonders of this place? Head into town and sip on the world’s best hot chocolate by a crackling fire. Whatever you choose, you’re going to have views for days. Dinner tonight is on you – haven’t tried cheese fondue yet? Now’s your chance (unless you’re lactose intolerant, obvs).

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Florence

Pelt your Trip Leader with one last snowball and snap another pic of the dreamy frosted-peaks (it'll never do this place justice) – we're rolling on to the capital of Tuscan cuisine today. You packed your fat pants, right? Before our included dinner tonight, rug up and take a stroll along the Arno River for those this-is-what-I-came-for-vibes. Then: did someone say karaoke? If you’re up for it, join the gang in a battle of the ballads at a local bar. Or hunt down a gelateria for a scoop (or two) of the good stuff. Who said you can’t have gelato in winter? No one.

Meals: Breakfast ,Dinner

Location: Rome

Florence has more story lines than Game of Thrones, more culture than a Fitzroy hipster, AND it gave the world David. Delve deeper into this incredible city on a walking tour with a local guide. Later, la bella Roma is calling our name. Slip on your boots, grab your beanie and pack your camera - this afternoon's walking tour is one for the books. We're talking a solid few hours of non-stop sights, off-the-tourist-trail hidden gems and a run-down of almost 3000 years of history. Pass by the Pantheon, throw your two cents in the Trevi Fountain, (don't) sit on the Spanish Steps and wind things up under the shadow of the mighty Colosseum. One word, four syllables: INCREDIBLE. Tonight, you're in Disneyland for foodies - so shake out those fat pants and ask your Trip Leader where to find the best cacio e pepe. You won't be disappointed, trust us.

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Rome

Two-and-a-half millennia of history. Vespas. Espresso. Two-cheek kisses. Aggressive hand gestures. And pizza the way it's supposed to taste. There's a reason Rome is on the top of Europe's must-do list. And it's even better in winter (in our totally unbiased opinion). Here's a free day we prepared earlier. Don't just skim the surface, experience every moment to the fullest. Count your blessings and play I-spy with historical masterpieces on an optional tour of Vatican City. Check out Castel Sant'Angelo (aka Hadrian's Tomb). Snack on roasted chestnuts and stroll along the Tiber River. Battle the lunchtime rush for a slice at Pizzarium Bonci. Shop till you drop on Via Condotti. Or strap on the skates and hit the rink (depending when you're here, obvs). Tonight, order a pasta alla carbonara and prepare to have your mind blown.

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Rome

Wave goodbye to Rome – we’re heading to that famous sinking city today. After checking in at the hotel, it’s time to see what all the fuss is about. Acquaint yourself with the who's who of Venice's usual suspects on a walking tour – ticking off the likes of St Mark's Square, Doge’s Palace and Accademia Bridge. And then – this beautifully romantic city is yours for the taking. Our suggestion? Grab a macchiato overlooking the canal and watch the gondoliers guide their vessels through the fog. This place has romance written all over it. Later, score a cheap meal at Osteria Al Portego or fill up on alllll the drool-worthy Venetian pastries (no judgement here).

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Venice

Centuries-old architecture. Inventive cuisine. And a bucket-load of culture. Venice is just begging to be explored. And you’ve got the whole day to do just that, after an included gondola ride along the Grand Canal. Insider tip: spend some time seeking out the out-of-this-world Libreria Acqua Alta bookshop or head off the tourist trail with a trip to Giudecca Island. Go wandering. Chat to the locals in poor Italian (hey, you tried!). Get lost in the maze of canals and piazzas. Then seek out Café Florian for a piping mug of rich hot chocolate and zaletti biscuits. That’s what makes the memories.

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Venice

Today: we’re setting a course for Salzburg. So much more than strudel and The Sound of Music – this place has got elegance written on every grand Baroque building. Don your fave beanie and slip on your woolly socks – we’ll tick off the likes of the Mirabell Gardens, Mozart’s birthplace, Fortress Hohensalzburg and the Cathedral on a walking tour with our expert Trip Leader. Getting hangry? We got you – dinner tonight is on us.

Meals: Breakfast ,Dinner

Location: Salzburg

Down one last cup of Austrian coffee, we’re making tracks to fairytale Heidelberg today. This place is all about hilltop ruins, cobblestoned old quarters and Nobel Prize winners (casually). Get your bearings on a stroll with your Trip Leader, then the rest of the afternoon is up to you. Take the cable car up to the Palace for some unbeliEVABLE views. Or find a local haunt to chow down on a head-sized pork knuckle – this is Germany after all.

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Amsterdam

Our trip may be coming to a close, but it’s not over yet! We’ve got our eye on Amsterdam today. Dump your stuff and hit the cobblestones – Dam Square, the Royal Palace and the National Monument are waiting. For dinner tonight, you’re gonna be spoilt for choice – Dutch steakhouses, trendy vegan haunts, fancy à la carte menus and the best takeaway hot chips you’ve had in your life. Guaranteed. Later, there’s an option to experience a show in the Red Light District. Or for a realer Dutch experience – head to Proeflokaal Arendsnest for a selection of over 100 local beers and unique crowd.

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Amsterdam

This is our last full day. FFS don’t hang about – join the locals and get on your bike! Check out Amsterdam's iconic canals, bridges and parks on an optional bike tour. History buffs should pay a visit to the Anne Frank House (don’t forget to book in advance!). And for the culture fiends – the Van Gogh Musuem and Rijksmuseum. Then get lost amongst backstreets of the different districts – each with their own unique vibe. Just make sure you’re back in time to toast the final night of our wonder-filled adventure at tonight’s included dinner.

Meals: Breakfast ,Dinner

Location: London

After breakfast, it’s time to head back across the Channel to London Town. Get a warm piece of appeltaart to takeaway. Blast the Trip Song one last time. And get planning – that reunion trip won’t book itself! Where to next?

Meals: Breakfast

Included
  • 13 breakfasts 5 dinners
  • Accommodation
  • Transport
    -Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi, including powerpoints for charging electronics
  • Guide

Not Included
  • Game Drives on Safari
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  • Train Tickets
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  • Drinks with Meals
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  • Airport Transfers at Destination
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  • International Travel
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5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
This was our first trip of hopefully many with Topdeck. Our trip leader Aisling, was out if this world. She made our trip more amazing than I could have ever imagined! Without her, our trip would not have been the same. The only down side to the trip was the 1 night stop in Salzburg and Hidelberg. I would suggest, ditching these, and opting for a 2 night stop, maybe in Munich. These stops didn't give much time in the city and was mostly driving days. Our bus driver was amazing as well, Ross was just as amazing and informative as Aisling.
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Date: 20-Apr-2017

4* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Great way to see a lot of places in a short amount of time
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Date: 24-Jan-2018

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
great,smooth and so easy. great place. tour guide is so helpfull and lovely (ruth) and the driver is so nice as well (stefan).had an amazing experience.will do topdeck again and again and again!. so satisfied!!!
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Date: 14-Mar-2019

2* Winter Wonder 2021-22
I personally feel the trip was overpriced.
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Date: 21-Apr-2017

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Had an excellent time, all the hotels were great and food was great
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Date: 24-Jan-2018

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Excellent
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Date: 07-Oct-2016

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Excellent
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Date: 07-Oct-2016

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
It was great, everything about the tour was awesome, the only part I would criticise is the limit on lactose free meals.
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Date: 16-Oct-2016

3* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Our tour guide and driver were incredible, as were the destinations on the tour. Definitely a wonderful introduction to Europe and to these countries. Unfortunately the bride was under construction, so we weren't able to see Pisa. Top Deck should notify in advance the extent of the driving time. Some days you are spending 10 hours driving, and that would be nice to know in advance of the trip. Further, our hotel in Venice is not in Venice. This is a common theme across tour companies, but disappointing as it is not disclosed in advance. Included dinners are incredibly average. Vatican city is also not included in the tour, it is an additional cost (which should be more clearly noted and not included in the 'included countries'). The Vatican tour guide was drunk and as a consequence incredibly odd. I would have given this tour a 4 star, if not for the hotel outside of Venice. We were advised in advance that this hotel was notorious for having items and money stolen from rooms, and to ensure all our belongings were locked. This meant every time we left the room we had to ensure our suitcases were packed and locked. Very frustrating. Top Deck is well aware of the issue, so it is frustrating that they continue to use this hotel.
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Date: 03-Jun-2019

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Had a great time, more driving than I expected... but cannot complain about that.
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Date: 17-Feb-2020

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Great selection of places and loads of things to do
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Date: 10-Oct-2016

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Excellent
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Date: 24-Jan-2018

4* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Loved the places. Disappointing accomodation.
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Date: 24-Jan-2018

4* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Too many couples on the trip!
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Date: 20-Apr-2020

4* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Good
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Date: 07-Oct-2016

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Great trip, plenty of time in all the locations. Good accomodation. Lots of great things to do at a reasonable price.
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Date: 20-Apr-2017

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Although stops were quick in most locations, it was advertised this way and we had enough time if we crammed :) the walking tours the tour leader provided were a high light due to his knowledge and interesting stories.
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Date: 08-Feb-2018

3* Winter Wonder 2021-22
It was an easy way of travelling but we always traveled during the day and seeing as it got dark so early, some of our stops we only saw in the dark and then left first thing the next morning. My tour was also mainly all couples which I wasn't expecting as a solo traveler. It would be good if the hotel tours were labelled "perfect for couples" or something similar because I would have chosen a different tour if I had known.
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Date: 15-Feb-2019

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Travelling during winter months made for a unique and great experience. Our tour was a great way of seeing as much of Europe as possible in a limited time. Great tour to get a taste of European culture
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Date: 07-Oct-2016

4* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Great selection of destinations, accomodation, activities and meal plans.
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Date: 03-Feb-2018

4* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Good value holiday. Brilliant Accommodation.
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Date: 10-Oct-2016

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Being the first time travelling alone and being over in Europe it was the perfect way to introduce myself to the continent. It was a nice mix of bigger and smaller cities/towns so it has diversity and gave a good idea of where I would want to back to when I travel to Europe again.
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Date: 17-Feb-2020

2* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Places were great and trip leader was good, but the driver made it so unpleasant it was impossible to have a good time.
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Date: 23-Apr-2017

1* Winter Wonder 2021-22
You will definitely regret buying a topdeck tour. This is a waste of money. You can get a better experience else where. The only reason I booked topdeck was to have a tour guide with and not have to worry about my trip so much as there is someone there as well as making new friends however, just be warned, the tour guides on top deck are just taking the **** and aren't actually there to work or help you. They're just there for a free holiday and to bum around and avoid anything that might inconvenience them. If I were you I would just book it all on my own and you will be sure to have a better time and meet great people regardless. Don't book topdeck
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Date: 14-Oct-2016

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Por el buen precio a cambio de todo lo que pude conocer y la gente con la que pude compartir.
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Date: 24-Jan-2018

4* Winter Wonder 2021-22
it was Amazing I just wish we had more time in some of the shorter destinations.
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Date: 18-Mar-2018

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Excellent
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Date: 20-Dec-2019

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
The perfect amount of time around the seven countries! It does get very busy but you also get to see and learn so much along the way.
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Date: 15-Mar-2018

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
More people need to visit Europe in the winter!! I would go as far as saying you have not experienced Europe until you have seen it snow in Verona or had Gelato in freezing temperatures in Rome. Winter wonder was beautiful.
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Date: 03-Mar-2018

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Great value for money, seen so much in such little time! All he hotels were awesome!
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Date: 10-Oct-2016

1* Winter Wonder 2021-22
See previous comment .....
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Date: 30-Apr-2017

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
We had a great experience and it was amazing to see so many places in short amount of time, with everything organised for us! It didn't feel like we missed on much in each city, and was perfect for our first taste of Europe!! We met some amazing people on the trip and we are looking forward to meeting up with them again in future!
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Date: 14-Oct-2016

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Living in Australia we don’t get to see cities and countries preparing for a cold winter/Christmas so I thought it was excellent
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Date: 25-Jan-2018

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Loved it! Great experience with great people.
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Date: 24-Jan-2018

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
I thought the trip was a great price for all of the activities we completed and the places we saw! Great value
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Date: 14-Oct-2016

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Excellent
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Date: 15-Feb-2019

4* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Everything was incredible! A few hotels were very very small to share a room
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Date: 27-Apr-2017

4* Winter Wonder 2021-22
The tour was overall very well organised, with our tour guide, Rhiannon, being very engaging in all of our activities. We've been to most highlights in every city we visited. Our tour guide has dealt everything professionally and in a very casual manner, which is a positive thing for us. We felt the tour was rushed but then again we won't be able to see as much if the tour did not go at a rapid pace. Would definitely recommend to someone who's never been to Europe before. It's a good starter.
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Date: 15-Feb-2019

3* Winter Wonder 2021-22
As stated before, great staff, the tour was quite rushed.
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Date: 31-Jan-2018

4* Winter Wonder 2021-22
The trip was wonderful but I think some of the hotels should be reviewed as some weren’t very nice.
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Date: 15-Mar-2018

3* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Overcharged for hotels and excursions
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Date: 28-Jan-2018

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
We got to experience so much for such an afoordable price, the holiday couldn’t have been anymore perfect
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Date: 31-Jan-2018

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
It was absolutely incredible! The whole trip was just amazing! The trip leader and bus driver was amazing as well.
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Date: 15-Mar-2018

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Excellent
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Date: 07-Oct-2016

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Excellent
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Date: 15-Mar-2018

4* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Trip was great as a taster of Europe. It has let me see areas that I want to go back to. Although time is limited, Topdeck does a great job in maximizing the time in each location. We had bad luck with weather on this trip as it was mostly cold an miserable at every stop. But I’m Canadian so it was still better than home in February.
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Date: 15-Mar-2018

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Excellent
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Date: 07-Oct-2016

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Couldn’t not fault it!!!!!
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Date: 16-Mar-2018

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
I loved all of the stops on this tour. It was perfect for a first timer in Europe.
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Date: 14-Oct-2016

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Winter trip is beautiful specially Switzerland, Austria . Really enjoyed it .
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Date: 19-Dec-2019

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Loved my group, the tour guide and driver (Diarmaid and George) were absolutely fantastic! Generally the locations and accommodations and activities were good, Diarmaid did a great job with his historical intros to each place!
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Date: 24-Jan-2018

5* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Excellent
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Date: 12-Jun-2017

4* Winter Wonder 2021-22
Good
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Date: 25-Jan-2018

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Start:London
Finish:Amsterdam
Group size:10 - 48
Suitable for: 18-39
Accommodation:-13 nights in hotels (twin or double)
Physical rating:Low
Meals:13 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 5 dinners
Diets:Vegetarians, Please contact Topdeck with any specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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