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14 Day Camping Tour - London to London

If you’ve got your heart set on exploring the ‘real’ Europe, this two week tour packs in all the names and places you’ve always wanted to see. From the Alps to ancient Rome, cultural Florence to active Austria and along the famous canals of Venice and Amsterdam, this is essential Europe!

Arc De Triomphe ParisDay 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. (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 may be time for options like a famous cabaret or a cruise on the River Seine – a real must in Paris. (B,L,D)

Days 3-4 - 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. (Days 3&4 – B,L,D)

Day 5 - Florence
Leaving Switzerland we travel 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. 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. (B,L)

Days 6-7 - Pisa - Rome
Leaving Florence we travel to Rome via Pisa and its famous leaning tower – the beautiful bell tower of Pisa’s Duomo. Rome is the 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.
(Day 6 – B,L, Day 7 – B,L,D)

Days 8-9 - Venice
Next we come to magical Venice. Built on water and criscrossed 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!
(Days 8&9 – B,L,D)

Day 10 - Tyrol
Heading into the Austrian Alps we stay at Kirchberg in the stunning Tyrol region. Famous for its skiing and snowboarding, this area is also great for those who want to party! There are plenty of outdoor activities available whatever the season such as skiing, hiking, cycling. After dark the après-ski vibe kicks in and the real fun starts! (B,L,D)

Day 11: Heidelberg
We enter Germany and travel 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 with cobblestone streets and interesting little shops and cafés. (B,L,D)

Days 12-13: 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!
(Days 12&13 – B,L,D)

Day 14: Calais – London
We depart Amsterdam after an early 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)

Whats Included?

Camping 100% tents * Cabin upgrade (optional): 100% cabins – supplement: EUR 85* 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 11 dinners (shown as B, L, D in itinerary) * Transport: private fully equipped a/c coach * Crew: tour leader, driver & cooks * Bonus sightseeing: Buffet picnic dinner under the Eiffel Tower; glass blowing demonstration in Venice; leather work craft show in Florence; Taste cheese and watch clogs being made in Amsterdam * Driving Tours: Paris * Walking Tours: Avignon, Venice, Florence, Rome, Tyrol, Heidelberg & Amsterdam

Departures?
Selected dates from May to September. Please enquire for available dates.

Prices?
£470 GBP per person (plus local fund of 370 Euros) - BOOK NOW


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