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Europe in One Week:

Amsterdam, Alps, and Paris

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The one that experiences European highlights in a week, from the canals of Amsterdam to the dreamy streets of Paris

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  • Duration

    8 days

  • Countries

    4 Countries

  • Meals

    7 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 36 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Swiss Alps, Paris, Cologne

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About this trip

Want to experience European highlights in one week? This one brings you from the eclectic and charming canal city of Amsterdam to the glittering city of lights, Paris, heading through Germany and the Swiss Alps along the way. Expect iconic sites and more than a few surprises along the way, with delicious food, waterfalls, e-scooter tours and cabaret shows resulting in the most memorable week of your life.

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Map & Itinerary

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  • Via location
  • River route
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Nights spent per location

  1. 2 2 nights

    Amsterdam

  2. via via

    Cologne

  3. 1 1 night

    Frankfurt

  4. 2 2 nights

    Swiss Alps

  5. 2 2 nights

    Paris

DAY 1 - Arrive Amsterdam

Amsterdam

This afternoon we'll meet in the vibrant, eclectic and oh-so-pretty city of Amsterdam. Once you've bonded with your Trip Manager and new travel buddies, it's time to set off and explore this exciting city. The best way to see the charming gable houses is by taking a cruise on the winding canals, so an optional sightseeing cruise is the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with the city. The rest of the evening is yours to explore the red light district, eat some stroopwafels or enjoy Amsterdam's legendary nightlife.

Stay

Via Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Glide along the canals of Amsterdam with an evening sightseeing cruise and on-board bar

    EUR 24.00

DAY 2 - Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Today we've got a full day to enjoy Amsterdam! Luck us. Maybe visit some of the city's great museums, stroll the beautiful cobbled streets, head for the waters again, or take our optional exclusive access to the A'dam lookout swing, to get an an enthralling and unique perspective of the entire city. Tonight, there's an optional Dutch feast to enjoy, before we soak up some of the world's most vibrant nightlife.

Stay

Via Hostel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Feast on a traditional Dutch dinner inside a historic building

    EUR 35.00

  • Gain exclusive access to the A'DAM Lookout Tower & Swing and get an enthralling view of the city

    EUR 15.00

DAY 3 - Amsterdam to Frankfurt via Cologne

Amsterdam

Saying our sad farewells to Amsterdam today, we'll get ready for Germany.

Cologne

Cologne is a beautiful old town that was bombed heavily during the second world war but quickly returned to its former glory. It's the perfect place to stop for lunch as we admire the gorgeous Gothic masterpieces that adorn the town, including the famous cathedral. If you're feeling adventurous, try the traditional Himmel and Erde - heaven and earth - in which apple is heaven and mashed potato is the earth. With a side of blood sausage, of course. Tasty, ja?

Frankfurt

Then on to Frankfurt, Germany's thriving city metropolis with a big city scene by day and a vibrant nightlife in the evenings. Trust us, the Germans know how to party.

Stay

A&O Frankfurt (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Explore Frankfurt’s highlights on an orientation tour

  • Visit the richly historical city of Cologne, Germany

DAY 4 - Frankfurt to Swiss Alps

Frankfurt

Danke Germany, we're off to the Swiss Alps.

Swiss Alps

Then into the heart of the Alps where we spend two nights in Chalet-style accomodation. Once we've managed to re-hinge our jaw after drooling at all the scenery, the night is yours before we turn in for the night.

Stay

Mattenhof (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Ascend 1,900 meters to the top of spectacular Mt. Stanserhorn in Switzerland

    EUR 54.00

DAY 5 - Swiss Alps

Swiss Alps

We've got a whole day in the Alps! Where to begin? Start by opening the window of your room & drinking in the incredible view - if you can find words or photos that do it justice, we applaud you! If you're feeling audacious, opt to take a trip to a Swiss mountain with your travel crew, or feel free to explore this classic European adventure town. Go on a hike through one of the many gorgeous trails, breathing in that pure alpine air.

Stay

Mattenhof (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Breathe in the fresh mountain air as you hike & explore the Swiss Alps

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Swing through the treetops on an adventure high ropes course in the Swiss Alps

    EUR 37.00

  • Soar over the Swiss Alps on a paragliding experience

    EUR 150.00

DAY 6 - Swiss Alps to Paris

Swiss Alps

Our hearts truly stolen by the alps, it's time to head to the city of love.

Paris

Passing through the gorgeous Burgundy region, we'll reach Paris and enjoy an included dinner before a chance to explore the glittering city of lights.

Stay

Generator Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral

  • Take a dreamy nighttime tour of the 'city of lights', Paris

DAY 7 - Paris

Paris

Bonjour Paris! Today we'll check out the Eiffel Tower, the Arc De Triomphe, Notre Dame and more - you can even opt to see the sights from a unique perspective by whizzing around Paris on an e-scooter. On our final evening we'll have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Parisian dinner on the famous bohemian district of Montmarte, looking out on the heart-swelling city below as you enjoy one of the world's finest cuisines. Later, why not head to an iconic Cabaret show? Can you can can? Ooh la la!

Stay

Generator Hostel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Watch a succession of performers whirl by as you sip champagne at Nouvelle Eve Cabaret Show

    EUR 82.00

  • Eat a Parisian feast in the oh-so-chic district of Montmartre

    EUR 38.00

  • Glide around Paris on an E-scooter, touring the icons on two wheels with a local guide

    EUR 29.00

DAY 8 - End Paris

Paris

What better setting than the city of love for a heartfelt farewell breakfast? Today we say goodbye to our new friends, but we'll stay in touch, and we'll never forget our European adventure.

Where You'll Stay

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  • 7 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    7 nights in Hostel

    Our European selection of hostels will be your accommodation of choice for 7 fabulous nights. Sleep multi share or upgrade to a twin room if travelling with a friend.

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