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21 Day Camping Tour of Europe - London to London

Day 1: London - Ferry to Paris
Meeting in central London early in the morning, your tour leader will answer any initial questions and collect your ‘Local Fund’ payment in full in EURO€ cash. Departing London at 7am we head for Dover and board a ferry for France. From Calais we make our way across the French countryside to the capital of romance – Paris. After dinner at our campsite we have a dazzling city tour which will introduce you to Montmartre, the Sacre Coeur and the beautiful skyline dominated by the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower. There will then be plenty of time to go out for a few drinks and start to get to know your travelling companions. (D)

Day 2: Paris
This morning we enjoy a driving tour of all the most famous spots from the Place de la Concorde to the Champs Elysee, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Louvre. The rest of the day is free to choose which sights you wish to explore further before we gather at the foot of the Eiffel Tower for a sumptuous buffet picnic under this iconic monument. There’s also time for options like a famous cabaret or a cruise on the River Seine – a real must in Paris. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Avignon
A long day’s drive further into France takes us to the romantic medieval walled city of Avignon on the banks of the Rhone River. The popes arrived in Avignon in the 14th Century and the city became a second Rome. Full of history, life, art and music, Avignon is so charming you won’t want to leave. We have a walking tour through the narrow streets inside the fortified walls and past the Palace of the Popes and the Pont St. Benezet. In the evening there are plenty of options to sample traditional French nightlife. (B,L,D)

Day 4: French Riveria
Next we spend a night based in Antibes living the high life on the classy Riviera where ace beaches are the perfect place to flaunt (or top up) your tan. After a short driving tour we visit a perfumery to watch the art of fragrance production and have an evening trip to Monaco to visit the world famous Monte Carlo casino and see the famed road based grand prix circuit. Why not imagine you’re a big spender and take a gamble on the roulette wheel or craps table. If you want to spend more time in Monaco you can catch a train from the station close to our campsite earlier in the day. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Cinque Terre - La Spezia
Crossing into Italy we visit the World Heritage Listed Cinque Terre (five lands). The unspoilt villages of Cinque Terre are perched on the spectacular rocky eastern Liguarian coastline and offer a unique slice of Italian life. Pathways linking the villages weave through olive groves and vineyards and offer exceptional views of the coastline. (B,L,D)

Days 6-7: Venice
Next stop is magical Venice. Built on water and criss-crossed by canals, Venice is all about gondolas, romance, charm and a life never far from the water. We have a walking orientation tour of the highlights including the Rialto Bridge, St. Mark’s Basilica, Doges Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. We also include a glass blowing demonstration by Venetian craftspeople and then have plenty of free time to wander the backstreets of the real Venice, where baroque backstreet churches meet the waters edge and the tempting aroma of pizza and pasta will leave you constantly hungry. But if there’s one thing you must do before leaving, it’s grab a guy or girl, buy ice creams and serenade each other on a gondola! (2xB, 2xL, 2xD)

Days 8-9: Rome
Leaving Venice we travel to the Eternal City, home of the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain and some of the tastiest pizza you’ll ever try! However long you spend here it simply won't be enough so make sure you throw a coin or two over your shoulder into the Trevi Fountain – as it means you will return! On our walking tour you’ll see the Spanish Steps, the sprawling Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona and start to get an idea of the depth of history which seeps from every street. Take in some of the Michelangelo and Raphael’s remarkable art; stop in and see the Pope, St Peters and the brilliant Sistine Chapel at the Vatican City; lose yourself in the maze of backstreets; sit in grand open squares filled with entertainers and finish the day at a pavement cafe with a bottle of chilled Frascati or fruity Chianti. (2xB, 2xL, 1xD)

Days 10-11: Pisa - Florence
Leaving Rome we travel via Pisa and its famous leaning tower – the beautiful bell tower of Pisa’s Duomo – to the heart of Renaissance Italy. Florence swells with artistic and architectural treasures from the famous Duomo Cathedral to Michelangelo’s David. We have a walking tour taking in the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce Church and some of the city’s beautiful piazzas and include a visit to a leather work craft show. You can spend the rest of your time strolling amongst luxury shops, bargain hunting in the San Lorenzo markets and eating! There’s no shortage of small trattorias tucked down side streets where you can snack on Tuscan specialities and drink cappuccino while soaking up this stylish city. (2xB, 2xL, 1xD)

Days 12-13: Lauterbrunnen
Crossing into Switzerland our next stop is the alpine valley of Lauterbrunnen. Regarded as one of the most spectacular alpine valleys in Europe, the delightful Lauterbrunnen village is surrounded by the unspoilt snow capped Swiss Alps and has endless options for hiking and biking. Perhaps visit Switzerland’s highest waterfall, the cascading 300 metre Staubbach or jump on one of the many funicular railways which trace the mountainside. One of the most spectacular is the ride up to Jungfrau, the highest mountain in the area and the site of the highest train station in Europe. (2xB, 2xL, 2xD)

Day 14: Innsbruck (Tyrol)
Heading into the Austrian Alps we visit Innsbruck in the stunning Tyrol region. Famous for its skiing, Innsbruck has twice been host to the Winter Olympics. Naturally the area boasts plenty of outdoor activities from exceptional skiing and hiking to white water rafting, mountain biking and tandem skydiving. In town you’ll find many historic buildings and beautiful art – many a reminder of Innsbruck’s association with the wealthy Habsburgs. We enjoy a walking tour and see the Court Church, the Imperial Court Palace and Ambras Castle. (B,L,D)

Day 15: Vienna
We have a day in the elegant capital, Vienna. Home of ‘The Sound of Music’ and schnapps, Vienna assaults the senses on all levels! Filled with baroque architecture, lavish palaces with finely landscaped gardens, towering cathedrals, endless museums, art galleries overflowing with fine art and opera houses that come alive after dark, this is a city with much to experience - and some of the most delicious coffee and pastries you will ever taste! We have a driving tour taking in the Schonbrunn Palace, St Stephens Palace and the State Opera House before heading to the Schnapps Museum to sample a traditional shot of the hard stuff. (B,L,D)

Days 16-17: Prague
Crossing into the Czech Republic, we reach Prague, the charming city of spires. Sometimes a place that has been so talked up can prove disappointing but Prague really does deliver – just imagine everything you've heard and then double it! This city is simply beautiful from every angle and you can’t help but fall in love with it. We have a walking tour from the lofty heights of Hradcany Castle and St Vitus Cathedral (where you can get magical views over the city) to the bustling old town Square, enchanting Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square. There is no shortage of things to do in your free time whether you just want to sit in a café watching Prague go by, take a cruise on the beautiful Vltava River or visit the Jewish cemetery and synagogues in Josefov. By night there are many great bars and restaurants and plenty of pounding night clubs if you fancy a big night out. (2xB, 2xL, 1xD)

Day 18 - Heidelberg
We enter Germany and travel through the famous Black Forest to the historic university town of Heidelburg where we camp by the Neckar River. We have a walking tour to point out the highlights including the Altstadt (old town), the Church of the Holy Ghost, the students prison in Augustinergasse and the dominating Heildelburg Castle. The town has a bustling market with a traditional German feel and you can easily spend a few hours wandering the cobblestone streets of the old town where you’ll find plenty of interesting little shops and cafés. (B,L,D)

Days 19-20 - Amsterdam
Our final destination is the Netherlands and vibrant Amsterdam. Crammed with bicycles, museums, canals and cafés and infamous for its liberal attitude, Amsterdam has lots to offer. We have a walking tour taking in all the highlights including historic Dam Square, the National Monument and Anne Frank’s house. There are also many fantastic art museums to explore including Van Gogh and the Rijks Museum. Known the world over for clogs and cheese, it wouldn’t be right to visit the Netherlands and not learn a bit more about their skills for making both so we include cheese tasting and a visit to a factory to see how clogs are made! (2xB, 2xL, 2xD)

Day 21: Calais - London
We depart Amsterdam after breakfast and drive through Belgium to Calais for our ferry back to England. Arriving in Dover we drive back to London (usually arriving early evening) where the tour ends – but the party doesn’t have to stop here and there’s bound to be an opportunity for one or two farewell drinks! (B)

What's Included

Camping: 100% tents * Cabin Upgrade: 90% cabins; 10% tents - Supplement: EUR 100

Some of Europe's best campsites, in spacious 2 person tents, with air mattress supplied

20 Breakfasts, 19 Lunches, 17 Dinners.(heaps more than our opposition). Represented in the tour itinerary as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Includes driving tour in Paris, French Riviera, plus walking tours in Avignon, Venice, Rome, Florence, Innsbruck, Vienna, Prague, Heildleburg and Amsterdam

Also included in your tour is a picnic dinner under the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Visit a perfumary on the French Riveria, see glass blowing in Venice and a leather work demonstration in Florence. Sample schnapps in Vienna, taste cheese and see how clogs are made in Amsterdam.

Air-conditioned coaches with CD player, reclining seats and large panoramic windows

Most tours will have approximately 18-25 passengers with a maximum of up to 45. Professional tour leader, driver and cook.

Departures - Mid May to Late September 2007. Please enquire for available dates.
How much?
£590 (+ a local fund of 530 Euro's payable in cash when you join the tour) - BOOK NOW.
A sleeping bag is required for this tour

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