Days
10
Price from
$2,095USD

Hit the road for an epic adventure through Paris, Bruges, Amsterdam and Berlin

Once upon a time, there was a magnificent adventure that took place through the most arty, edgy, stylin’ and rambunctious cities in Europe. This is no fairy tale, mon cheri – this is real life. From the tres romantic streets of Paris to the chilled-out canals of Berlin, chow down on chocolate in Bruges, guzzle a pint of pils in Amsterdam and get down with the true meaning of the word ‘gezellig’.


Start
London, United Kingdom
Finish
Berlin, Germany
Countries
Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom
Code
GELB
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18 , Max 29
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • See some of the coolest, most progressive big cities in Europe. Immerse yourself in Berlin's art scene, Paris' Metro system (it's like an art-nouveau Swiss watch!) and Amsterdam's bike-friendly utopia (just don't immerse yourself in the canal)

  • Taking the train from London to Paris through the Channel Tunnel is a bit like teleporting, only more romantic. And it means you get to spend even more time gaping at the Big Ben and posing in front of red telephone boxes

  • Bruges is like stepping into a fairytale from 1,000 years ago. It's also a wonderland of chocolate and beer, in other words very hard to tear yourself away from

  • You've read about it, you've seen it on docos, big deal right? But when you see the Eiffel Tower up close, just you try and stop yourself from taking a selfie and sending it to your mum

Is this trip right for you?

  • You'll mostly travel by train, which means you can avoid traffic jams and arrive right in the city centres. European trains are comfortable and often decked out with air-conditioning and toilets. But remember that you'll have to carry your own luggage on and off the train, so try not to exceed our weight and size recommendations (see the 'Packing' section of the trip notes).

  • This trip is for travellers who appreciate a bit of independence. You'll get plenty of free time in each location to make your own choices and do your own activities. Your leader will always be there to give you tips and suggestions.

  • Cobblestones are great, until you have to wheel a suitcase across them. It's an idea to bring a backpack instead.

  • As accommodation on this trip is multi-share, single travellers will share a room with (an)other traveller(s) of the same gender, mostly twin, triple and quad share. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can! Hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but two single beds that can be pushed together/apart. Please also note that most of the accommodations used on this trip offer shared bathrooms, rather than en-suite facilities.

Itinerary

Welcome to the Big Smoke! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Check with the hotel reception or the hotel noticeboard for where and when this meeting will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive at the hotel by early evening, you might want to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, just let the hotel reception know. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so be sure to have these ready for your leader. If you arrive early, why not board a double decker bus and see Oxford Street, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Tower Bridge, or the newest addition to the London Skyline: The Shard. If the sun's out, hit up Hampstead Heath for some people-watching or chillax with a pint in a beer garden.
Optional Activities
  • British Museum - Free
  • Natural History Museum - Free
  • Victoria & Albert Museum - Free
  • National Gallery - Free
  • Shakespeare Globe - GBP14
  • London Eye - GBP23
  • Madam Tussauds - GBP33
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Rise and shine – it's an early start this morning as you head to London’s St Pancras Station to catch the famous Eurostar Train through the tunnel to France (approximately 2 hours 40 minutes). Now you can cross the Channel Tunnel off the ol' bucket list. You'll be in France’s capital Paris before you know it. Put on your walking shoes and explore stunning Paris. Along with many, many pigeons, Paris is of course a city of beautiful architecture, beautiful people and all the cheese you can possibly handle.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Croissant, boulangerie, fromage, tres bon. See? Anyone can speak French. Don your beret and stroll the streets of gay Paree – ooh la la! You haven't lived until you've had a picnic by the Seine with a nice big chunk of Brie. And make sure you don't miss out on the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay, the Centre Pompidou or the Rodin Museum. Icons like the Eiffel Tower or Sacre Coeur need no introduction. Be prepared for some weird looks as you declare ‘Paris, je t’aime!’.
Optional Activities
  • Rodin Museum - EUR10
  • Centre Pompidou - EUR14
  • Musee d'Orsay - EUR14
  • Louvre Museum - EUR15
  • Urban Adventures - Experience Bohemian Paris - EUR49
  • Urban Adventures - Secret Paris: Cheese, Art, and Local Life - EUR49
  • Notre Dame Towers - EUR10
  • Urban Adventures - Gourmet Marais - EUR75
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Another day, another train. This time to the beautiful Belgian city of Bruges (approximately 3 hours 15 minutes). It's called Bruges because of the multitude of bridges that are found in this city. It also happens to be the epitomy of European gorgeousness, with cobbled lanes, meandering canals, a chocolate museum and plenty of beer varieties to taste.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Bruges is the place to be if you like beautiful medieval buildings, piano accordion music and hot chips. The awesome Groeninge Museum is highly recommended if you're the chin-stroking, art-appreciating type or a secret nerd for the Renaissance.
Optional Activities
  • Beer Tasting - EUR16
  • Beer Museum - EUR12
  • Bell Tower - EUR8
  • Bike Tour - EUR28
  • Choco Story Museum - EUR8
  • De Halve Maan Brewery - EUR8
  • Canal Boat Cruise - EUR8
  • Groeninge Museum - EUR8
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel to Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands (approximately 4 hours, depending on connections). Give your feet a break and see this city by bike. This is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world, so get involved! But watch yourself when cycling alongside those dreamy canals – an estimated 25,000 people end up going in each year.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today it might be time to discover some tasty Dutch treats. Practice getting gezellig (that means friendly, cozy and/or convivial) in a cafe with a little (read: big) pilsener and a bowl of bitterballen (deep-fried balls of yum). Make sure you make time for some of these great places while you're in Amsterdam: the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum, the famous Rijksmuseum and the Heineken Museum. Or, for a different look at the city, take a canal tour.
Optional Activities
  • Canal tour - EUR14
  • Heineken Museum - EUR18
  • Anne Frank's House - EUR9
  • Bike Hire - EUR10
  • Van Gogh Museum - EUR17
  • Rijksmuseum - EUR18
  • Urban Adventures - Amsterdam Food by Foot - EUR38
  • Urban Adventures - Home Cooked Amsterdam - EUR51
  • Urban Adventures - Bikes and Dykes - EUR38
  • Urban Adventures - The Original Amsterdam Beer Tour - EUR52
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Welcome to Berlin, where beer is cheaper than water. The train trip here is a little longer than the others (approximately 6.5 hours). Here you'll find one helluva nightlife, a thriving arts scene and festivals galore. If you can peel yourself away from the city's nocturnal party schedule, and for a historic perspective, make sure you check out the Checkpoint Charlie museum. It's got some seriously amazing tales (and photos) of high-stakes civilian escape missions during the Berlin Wall era (get there early though, as it can get a little cramped).
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Full of music and creepy old abandoned things (airports, theme parks, hospitals, a WWII listening post), Berlin is made to get your culture on. Today you might like to pedal through the streets on a cycling tour, or see the remaining fragments of the Wall and its many colourful murals. Or see some surviving pre-World War I attractions, like the Schloss Charlottenburg (the Prussian queen's summer palace) and the Prussian Victory Column. If you want to escape the hectic city streets (none of which are really that hectic, let's be honest), head to the Tiergarten, Berlin's largest green space with 23 kilometres of pathways. On the final day you're free to leave at any time.
Optional Activities
  • Story of Berlin Museum - EUR12
  • Reichstag (time slot must be booked online in advance) - Free
  • Jewish Museum - EUR8
  • Checkpoint Charlie Museum - EUR13
  • Berliner Dom - EUR7
  • Topography of Terror - Free
  • Berlin TV Tower - EUR13
  • Urban Adventures - Hidden Berlin - EUR50
  • Urban Adventures - Storyline of Berlin - EUR50
  • Urban Adventures - Stories From Friedrichshain: An Interactive Theatre Tour - EUR52
  • Urban Adventures - Food and Art in Funky Kreuzberg - EUR63
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)

Meals

4 breakfasts

Transport

Train

Accommodation

Hostel (9 nights)

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Important notes

You don't have a lot of time in London and Berlin at the start and the end of the trip respectively, so if you're keen to explore these spectacular cities in depth, we recommend you tag on a few days before and/or after the trip. Please ask a Geckos Travel Consultant for more information.

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