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.
8 days – 4 countries
Netherlands – Germany – Switzerland – France
DAY 1 – ARRIVE 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. overnight in a hostel.
DAY 2 – 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. overnight in a hostel.
DAY 3 – AMSTERDAM TO FRANKFURT VIA COLOGNE
Saying our sad farewells to Amsterdam today, we’ll get ready for Germany.
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?
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. overnight in A&O frankfurt.
DAY 4 – FRANKFURT TO SWISS ALPS
Danke Germany, we’re off to the 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. overnight in balmers hostel.
DAY 5 – 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. overnight in a balmers hostel.
DAY 6 – SWISS ALPS TO PARIS
Our hearts truly stolen by the alps, it’s time to head to the city of love.
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. overnight in generator hostel.
DAY 7 – 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! overnight in generator hostel.
DAY 8 – END 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.
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.
Experiences that are included with your trip:
- See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night
- Orientation tour of Frankfurt
- Visit the richly historical city of Cologne, Germany
- Breathe in the fresh mountain air as you hike & explore the Swiss Alps
- 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
9 Free Time Add-Ons
Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip
- Glide along the canals of Amsterdam with an evening sightseeing cruise and on-board barEUR 23.00
- 1ste Klas DinnerEUR 35.00
- Gain exclusive access to the A’DAM Lookout Tower & Swing and get an enthralling view of the cityEUR 15.00
- Swiss MountainEUR 54.00
- Adventure ParkEUR 37.00
- Alpine ParaglidingEUR 150.00
- Nouvelle Eve Cabaret ShowEUR 82.00
- Eat a Parisian feast in the oh-so-chic district of MontmartreEUR 38.00
- Glide around Paris on an E-scooter, touring the icons on two wheels with a local guideEUR 29.00