Experience a truly magical Christmas in Great Britain, on our guided tours of England, Scotland and Wales.Taking place over the festive season, these tours offer an unforgettable winter vacation for families, couples and singles.

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xmas-toursIn addition to our usual festive favourites we are proud to offer a wide selection of weekend getaways, bank holiday specials and some new exclusive short trips from London.

All of our tours are ideal for independent like-minded travellers, students and young professionals

Spend Christmas in a way you will always remember!

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Posted by: StonehengeNews | September 26, 2016

5 Tips to Plan a UK Backpacking Trip

The kids are out of school, many businesses in Europe are closed, flights are packed in elbow-to-elbow. Ah, it must be August. I arrived in the United Kingdom in the late summer, and this is a rough time of year. Although it’s a beautiful time to visit, it’s also stressful for budget backpacking. Because my yearlong trip was only lightly planned, I learned the hard way that you have to be on your game if you plan travel around the country on a backpacker budget.

It’s possible, but it’s a lot of work!

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You see, tourists from the United States and from all over Europe head to Scotland from July through September; cheap accommodation is booked up quickly and tours and food are all at a premium. And although I had my trusty UK Lonely Planet, which had the budget tips, it only halfway works when you’re backpacking quickly during high season. Things like most of the sites in London and elsewhere are free. You can visit all the museums, and you can hike in the Lake District without spending a penny. But the accommodation and transport prices are brutal if you’re not prepared.

There are the five key points I wish I had known before planning a trip to the UK during the summer months. These ones helped me not only save money, but made it possible to find transport and affordable food everyday and somewhere to sleep every night.

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1. Book Ahead.

I’m definitely a fan of spontaneous travel and arely do I fully book my trips advance. When I land in a new place, my MO is usually to book the first two nights of hostels. The rest? I leave that up to whim, luck, and the advice of other travels. For traveling the U.K. during high season, that style of travel is extremely difficult. Budget accommodation is booked up, particularly on the weekends.

What’s more, even the cheapie beds are expensive. Some hostels in London raise the prices on the weekends. The only way you will find the affordable hostels is a bit of advance planning. For me, as an American, every price is then exchanged from my home currency into the dominating pounds sterling. If you’re traveling on a low budget, the difference of a few pounds extra stacks up quickly. When I first arrived in the U.K., lack of pre-booking meant I ate up a three-day budget in one heartbeat. All because I had to float myself for a few days until the hostel had openings.

All of the usual hostel sites work for pre-booking. I usually use Hostelworld orAgoda. Also consider local listing like the Scottish Independent Hostels site — it has heaps of highly tailored local information, as well as local accommodation. Using sites like Couchsurfing take a whole lot of time to make work, but if you are willing to invest the time into searching and requesting, you can find free couches too. If you still want to be spontaneous, consider just booking your accommodation for Friday and Saturday nights. For traveling families, hostels are still a great choice by the way. Independent hostels especially are family-friendly. Staying in a private room as a family not only costs less for the room, but your family saves money by cooking occasional meals (making breakfast at the hostel is one of the best ways to save money in your food budget!).

2. Take the Bus!

Citylink budget travel option for EnglandTrains are faster to be sure, but buses are the way to go in both England and Scotland if you have the time. The UK train system is both extensive and expensive. Seriously expensive. Buses, on the other hand, offer rock-bottom seats if you book in advance, as low as 1 GBP between cities. I never booked months in advance, so my seats were around 10 GBP.

The United Kingdom has a lot of bus options. Megabus is the cheapest by far. It’s also perfectly good if it run betweens the cities you’re visiting. But note that Megabus has has limited routes and runs mostly between the UK’s major cities. CityLink is more expensive but still cheaper than the trains. I found Traveline Scotland incredibly helpful in planning a route from one city to another. The site gives precise directions and timetables for taking public transport, and you can even select whether you want to include walking, buses, trains, and metro.

If you have the budget, or if you simply prefer the trains, use the National Rail site to plan out your train travel. It’s imperative that you book online, however, and book a month in advance if possible. If you don’t, the peak pricing can cost double or triple at the ticket counter.

And if you’re really going to do it right, then a rental car would probably be most ideal. This is actually a cost-effective option if you are traveling with friends. The cost of splitting a rental will equal out when split among you. If you’re solo, you can get that same experience in part by booking one of the hop-on, hop-off buses that run around Scotland.

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3. Plan Your Food.

Nearly all hostels have kitchens — and they are often surprisingly well stocked! With that in mind, I highly recommend cooking your own dinner at least a couple of times a week. Head to the nearest Tesco Lotus (it’s the most reasonable of the UK’s grocery stores). I found the easiest options for a good mix of eating out and eating in was to cook breakfast and often lunch. Pick up some fruit, yogurt, and muesli. Then you could even do sandwiches for lunch, or plan to eat while you are out exploring and cook pasta and veggies for dinner.

It’s also possible to eat affordably in the UK. Head to the pubs for the daily special, this is a great option for lunch or dinner as the specials run at a time of day where you can often use the meal as either one. I used this tip from London to Edinburgh, and I always found something tasty and hearty. As a vegetarian, eating out is a bit harder. The pubs always have vegetarian options, but it sometimes lacks much imagination beyond glorified pasta. For this reason, I actually enjoyed cooking for myself, at least in the tiny towns I backpacked through.

Also look for ethnic restaurants. In London, there are many Asian and African restaurants where you can find a meal for perhaps 6 GBP. Or if you do meat, fish and chips and kebabs are plentiful.

4. Bring an Umbrella.

It rains, it pours, in short: the country is wet. You’re shrugging right now and thinking, “Huh, of course it’s wet, this girl is crazy to recommend this as a tip.” It’s even wetter than you imagine. Budget travelers need a poncho, a rain cover for their packs, and a rain jackets. As a budget travel tip, this comes into play because you will be out in the elements waiting for the public transport. Though the big cities will have covered spots, there’s little chance you will find covered bus stops in the Scottish highlands. I met some travelers who had to abandon their travel plans because they had spent hours standing in the rain and were either sick or just plain tired. Plan ahead and you’ll be much more flexible and happy as you crisscross the UK.

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5. Plan to Spend More.

One of the beautiful things about exchange rates is that you just don’t know what’s going to happen. From the time that I started planning my RTW trip to the time I arrived, the exchange rate from the US dollar to Pounds Sterling fluctuated nearly 50 cents on the dollar. I a lot spent more money than I had initially anticipated. I also had a cushion in my RTW budget, and that meant that I was able to still enjoy my time and not spend the entire visit pinching pennies too closely. Plan for a budget trip, but then add in a cushion in case you go over-budget.

Think of it in terms of the range of fluctuation. In Asia, when the exchange rate fluctuates it makes on a tiny impact on the amount you end up spending on accommodation. In the UK though, a change of 20 cents easily mean $4 more a night just for accommodation. Stretch that change across several weeks and you could be grossly over budget going into the rest of your travels.


The United Kingdom is gorgeous — I do not regret for a second adding this place onto my itinerary for my round the world trip. It might have been, however, a poor choice as a budget traveler. I decided to visit the UK solely to attend the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I had visited during college and only remembered hemorrhaging money. I did better this time around, but I could have also stayed longer in other areas without the huge expenses associated with traveling the UK. It might have made more sense to save it as an isolated trip, rather than a part of my RTW trip. As an independent/shorter trip it would have been less of a financial strain. Without the worry about my budget holding out until the end, I might have more readily enjoyed a few more pints along the way. That being said, I learned a lot and will be back. Budget backpacking has a learning curve, but there are ways and resources and even budget backpacking books to help.

Inspiring UK Travel Reads

  • Round Ireland with a Fridge: A very entertaining book about a guy named Tony and his adventures around Ireland, with a refrigerator.
  • The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot: This is a fascinating and gripping read about one man’s journey. Robert shares his adventures as he walks from the chalk downs of England up to the Scottish northwest, as well as journeys in Palestine, Spain, and the Himalayas.
  • Notes from a Small Island: In this book Bill Bryson writes about his life and adventures after moving to Britain in 1973. A fun read that will have you searching for flight deals to the UK.
  • Lonely Planet Great Britain: Though I have tried all the guidebooks, I continue to use the Lonely Planet. I think it’s laid out the best and has the most thorough budget travel recommendations. Their transportation sections to and from cities are also what allowed me to visit the tiny towns in Scotland.

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Posted by: StonehengeNews | January 23, 2016

2016 Backpacker Adventure Tours

We offer Backpacker Adventurous Tours which cover the best of the England, Scotland, Ireland and Europe for a fraction of the cost. Are you between the ages of 18 – 35 years and looking for a fun filled holiday or just an exciting getaway with like-minded people?

Please visit our Backpacker Travel website for 2016 events and new tours including;

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Royal Ascot Race Day 
St Patricks Day in Dublin
Easter in Paris
La Tomatina  Festival in Spain
Pamplona Bull Running
ANZAC Day
Munich Beer Festival
Gap Year Adventures
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In addition to our usual favourites we are proud to offer a wide selection of weekend getaways, bank holiday specials and some new exclusive short trips from London. All of our tours are ideal for independent like-minded travellers, students and young professionals!

Choose from a wide selection of scheduled excursions including day tours to Britain’s top attractions, extended tours, jump on – jump off tours, short break weekend packages and activity /adventure tours PLUS exciting tours to some of Europe’s greatest cities in 2015. All of our tours are ideal for independent like-minded travellers, students and young professionals. Please take the time to view our ever increasing range of tours and our comprehensive travel links with free information for the backpacker in England!

 Would you like to do nothing else than travelling the world and experience it all? Than you should book one of the backpacker tours with Xtreme Gap Year. You can experience the best and coolest adrenaline loaded trips you will ever find! There are plenty of options available for you if you are looking for a backpacker tour, usually the first difficult decision is deciding where to go.

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Posted by: StonehengeNews | November 27, 2015

Christmas in Amsterdam – 4 Day Tour

Thursday 24th December – Sunday 27th December 2015

Join our special 4 day Christmas tour to Amsterdam. Travel by luxury coach with visits to both Brussels and Bruges. (book here)

A 4 day Christmas tour to Amsterdam, with visits to Brussels and Bruges also included. Accommodation options include the excellent Winston in the City Centre or a very good quality 3 star hotel less than 10 minutes tram from the main attractions.

Tour Highlights: A fantastic tour to Europe’s most unique city. See Van Gogh Museum, take the Red Light District walking tour, join the excursion to the Cheese and Clog makers, taste a beer at the Heineken Brewery, tour Anne Frank House or simply experience the cafe culture. On day we include a visit to Brussels, and on day 4 a visit to medieval Bruges.

Day 1 – Coach pick up points in London (Hammersmith, Great Portland Street, Embankment and Lewisham),  Cambridge, Canterbury, Ramsgate and Dover. From Folkestone we depart on the 09:20am train (Eurotunnel) to Calais. Our first major stop is the capital of the European Union – Brussels. During the Christmas period Brussels is home to a fantastic Christmas market. On arrival join the guide for short walking tour, followed by some free time in the famous Grand Place to enjoy the market. We arrive in Amsterdam early evening where we check in to one of the excellent accommodation options we have for you:

St.Christophers at the Winston –  A unique hotel in the heart of Amsterdam, located between Dam Square and the Red Light District, walking distance to the vast majority of major attractions the city has to offer. The Winston also has Amsterdam’s one and only Belushi’s bar with great food and drink promotions all year round and a funky nightclub ‘The Winston Kingdom’ where you can sample some great live entertainment.

Westcord Art Hotel – 3 Star Hotel  – Upgrade to our 3 star hotel for only £40 per person per night. The hotel is located in Amsterdam centre, a short 10 minute tram ride to the main attractions. All rooms are nicely decorated and offer all the comfort one can expect from a hotel of this standard. The hotel has a bar, restaurant and 24 hour reception.
After check in meet the guide for an optional evening walking tour of the Red Light District (included in tour cost).

Day 2 – After breakfast we begin the day with a morning coach excursion to Volendam. If it is typical of Holland you will find it here. Windmills, Cheese-makers, Clog makers and typical Dutch dress.
We then head back to Amsterdam in time for the canal cruise to see this amazing city with our local Dutch guide from the comfort of one of Amsterdam’s famous tour boats. then a free afternoon in the City Centre. Attractions open on Christmas day include Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House, and spend some time in the famous Dam Square. Rest of evening free to enjoy the nightife of this unique city.

Day 3 – A free day in Amsterdam centre. Enjoy a Diamond Factory Tour, enter one of the many fantastic museums (including Van Gogh Museum) and galleries, visit the Heineken Brewery or simply enjoy the famous cafe culture in this unique city.

Day 4 – We depart Amsterdam after breakfast for the drive to Bruges, the ‘Venice of the North’. One of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities, and your chance to buy some Belgian specialties, beer and chocolate!!! We depart Bruges late afternoon for our return train (Eurotunnel). Drop offs in Canterbury and Ramsgate between 19:30-20:00, in London 21:00-21:45 and in Cambridge 23:00-23:30

Your Accommodation
The Winston – click here to see the website – 129 Warmoesstraat, Amsterdam
Your accommodation is included in the price of your tour on a bed and breakfast basis. All rooms are multi bedded ensuite rooms. Single travelers will share a room with other travelers (of the same sex) form the tour group.

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3* Hotel option. All rooms 2 bedded ensuite, bed and continental breakfast basis.
If you have any questions on the rooming please contact our office staff.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 4 days use of executive touring coach plus return Folkestone-Calais Eurotunnel Crossings
  • 3 nights bed and breakfast in your chosen accommodation in Amsterdam. Ensuite rooms in the Winston (4-6 bedded) and the 3 star hotel (twin/double). Twin/double rooms available at the Winston for £25 per person per night supplement
  • Walking tour of Amsterdam highlights, including Red Light District Walking Tour.
  • Canal cruise in Amsterdam with guided commentary
  • Visits to Brussels and Bruges to enjoy the Christmas markets
  • Services of a professional tour guide for a walking tour in Brussels, 2 days in Amsterdam and walking tour in Bruges.

Departure Details

04.15am Cambridge from outside Police Station, Parkside
05.45am London, Hammersmith tube station
06.05am London, Great Portland Street tube station
06.20am London, Embankment tube station
06.55am London, Lewisham High Street (outside Police Station)
07.05am Ramsgate Train Station
07.45am Canterbury East Train Station
08:30am Dover Eastern Docks Bookings Hall

Before booking this tour, please check that you have a valid passport and travel visa (if your nationality requires one).

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Posted by: StonehengeNews | September 9, 2015

Christmas and New Year Hogmanay Tours 2015

No one celebrates Hogmanay quite like the Scots! From traditional fire festivals and torchlight processions to street parties with live music and fireworks, we’ve got it all.

  1. Hogmanay is the Scots word for the last day of the year and is synonymous with the celebration of the New Year inhogmanay-tour the Scottish manner.
  2. Nobody knows for sure where the word ‘Hogmanay’ came from. It may have originated from Gaelic or from Norman-French
  3. Historically, Christmas was not observed as a festival and Hogmanay was the more traditional celebration in Scotland. The winter solstice holiday tended to be at New Year when family and friends gathered for a party and exchange presents, especially for the children.
  4. ‘The Bells’ is the phrase used to describe the midnight hour when New Year’s Eve becomes New Year’s Day.
  5. Burns’ ‘Auld Lang Syne’ is sung to celebrate the start of the New Year at the stroke of midnight, not just in Scotland but in many English-speaking countries.
  6. The Guinness Book of World Records lists ‘Auld Lang Syne’ as one of the most frequently sung songs in English. The song is sung or played in many movies, from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ to ‘When Harry Met Sally.’
  7. To sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ a circle is created and hands are joined with the person on each side of you. At the beginning of the last verse, everyone crosses their arms across their breast, so that the right hand reaches out to the neighbour on the left and vice versa. When the tune ends, everyone rushes to the middle, while still holding hands.
  8. An important element of Hogmanay celebrations is to welcome friends and strangers, with warm hospitality and of course a kiss to wish everyone a ‘Good New Year’. The underlying belief is to clear out the vestiges of the old year, have a clean break and welcome in a young, New Year on a happy note.
  9. ‘First Footing’ – the ‘first foot’ in the house after midnight is still very common is Scotland. To ensure good luck, a first footer should be a dark-haired male. Fair-haired first footers were not particularly welcome after the Viking invasions of ancient times. Traditional gifts include a lump of coal to lovingly place on the host’s fire, along with shortbread, a black bun and whisky to toast to a Happy New Year.
  10. To first foot a household empty-handed is considered grossly discourteous, never mind unlucky!
    More Hogmanay facts here

Our usual choice of Christmas and New Year favourites and some new exclusives. All are ideal for independent like-minded travellers, students and young professionals.

Spend Christmas and New Year in a way you will always remember.
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Posted by: StonehengeNews | April 11, 2015

Jack-in-the-Green 2015

The Company of the Green Man

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Not long to go before the traditional Jack-in-the-Green awakens across Britain. Below are the most up to date details of this years events. Sadly a few Jacks won’t be going out this year but there will still be plenty of wonderful events taking place. Don’t miss out on this wonderful and magical annual tradition, go out and support your nearest Jack and please send us in your pictures and experiences of the event to share with others. If you know of any events I have missed please do get in touch.

2015 Jack-in-the-Green events

Blue Bell Hill (Rochester Sweeps) Jack-in-the-Green (Friday 1st May)

Jack is awoken by Motley Morris (the custodians of the Jack) and various other Morris sides at dawn on May Morning (approximately 5:32am) at the Bluebell Hill picnic area surrounded by twelve bonfires.

Motley Morris

Winchcombe Jack-in-the-Green (Friday 1st May)

The Winchcombe (Gloucestershire) Jack was revived in 2009 as…

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Posted by: StonehengeNews | January 15, 2015

Early Bird Deals: Save up to 40% on Europe tours

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As a large-scale seller of Europe tours and Adventures, we are able to offer you unbeatable prices and unparalleled value. Once you have found the discounted Europe tour of your choice, please call our tour consultants to book your vacation and save money with our first-choice personalised service! Book your Europe tour today with BackPackerTours.co.uk, your U.K discounted tour experts.

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Posted by: StonehengeNews | October 5, 2014

Backpacking Travel Tips: Top 5 ways to save money on your travels

We all love holidays and travelling, but our bank balances rarely thank us for it.

There are ways to cut costs, however, and still have a brilliant time, without compromising on your overall experience.

Here are a few handy tips to bear in mind when heading off on your travels, to save some of your hard-earned cash…

1. Drop a star or two

If you normally favour 5* luxury, consider searching for accommodation with slightly lower ratings. 3* and 4* hotels, villas and apartments will often offer a very similar experience for a fraction of the price of more luxurious boltholes.

Don’t let snobbery get in the way when booking holidays or travel, because the money you could save by being less picky could go towards your spending money and you can use it to create some fantastic memories.

2. Set a daily budget

 It’s all well and good setting yourself a spending budget of 10 Euros per day, but unless you want to starve in 30 degree heat, it’s not always the best idea. Be realistic and make sure your daily spending money budget meets your wants and needs. Unless those “wants and needs” are champagne excursions on a super yacht and lobster every night. That’s just daft.

3. Don’t be greedy

 Yes, I’m sure you would like to spend three weeks travelling around South America, but ask yourself whether or not you could see everything you wanted to see in less time. Careful planning and setting a daily itinerary may sound dull, but by allocating time slots to different trips and sights you’d be surprised how much you can get done in much less time.

So, if you carefully cram, you could well fit everything from that originally desired three week trip into two weeks or less. If your travels are about sightseeing rather than r&r, don’t expect to be able to kick off your flip flops and unwind. It’ll be tiring, but totally worth it.

4. Be a bargain hunter

 If you book your travels on a whim, chances are you won’t have got the best deal. Some people are put off trying to save money due to how time consuming it can sometimes be, but thanks to the wealth of comparison sites out there and discount codes on websites like VoucherCodesPro.co.uk, you can easily find a way to knock money off your booking. Let’s face it, not saving money when you actually have the chance to, is like not eating that free slice of chocolate cake that’s being handed to you. You just have to do it.

5. Get a group together

 Solo travel is the next big thing and you’re bound to look pretty cool posting actual “I’m all by myself on this mountain top” selfies on your Instagram account, but if you have no one to split the travel costs with then you end up forking out much more.

These great travel saving trips were brought to us my the fab TNT Travel Magazine: Top 5 ways to save money on your travels – TNT Magazine

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See the very best of England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Europe on a budget with our Backpacker Travel Network. Choose from a wide selection of scheduled excursions including day tours to Britain’s top attractions, extended tours, jump on, jump off tours, short break weekend packages and activity /adventure tours. Book our Bank holiday and 2014 tours now!!

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Posted by: StonehengeNews | November 13, 2013

Looking for great value Bank Holiday breaks in 2014?

UK Weekend Breaks

Whether you love short breaks, an Easter getaway, weekend breaks in England or cheap city breaks, we have them all, handpicked and selected by our expert backpacker team so that you can create the perfect break away.

What a difference a day makes. A bank holiday turns a weekend into something very different: an opportunity for a proper  backpacker adventure. Where better than Cornwall?

Newquay Weekend Party Tour

Spend three nights in the party town of Newquay, Cornwall and celebrate in style – Newquay -Europes surf capital – offers Newquay Surf beach partyone of the biggest street parties in England.Step this way. For those with the will and the stamina, Newquay never stops. The Radio One roadshow started here. There are fun pubs and great clubs; ten-pin and games arcades, fast food, fine weather and fabulous company. If you ‘re looking for the spot that’s hot for 2014 new Year celebrations, every summer, Newquay is IT!

Discover England’s best kept secret! Miles of sandy beaches, turquoise waters, dramatic coastline, pretty fishing villages and the best surf in the UK. Relax or party – we do both!

Newquay can be all adrenalin: frenetic, vibrant, action packed. But it can also be quiet, secluded and very romantic. If you want to, it’s easy to slip away from the crowd and enjoy a leisurely stroll, an uninterrupted drink or a candlelit dinner for two in a quiet restaurant. Whether your idea of a party is a twosome and a piano or two hundred in a disco, the word on the street is Newquay.

Why Newquay?
newquay-surfThe Jewel in Cornwall’s crown and an all round favourite party destination. Newquay boasts fantastic beaches, great surf, watersports and bustling nightlife.

Beaches are at the very heart of any holiday to Newquay. Infact there are 8 different beaches within walking distance of the town centre – all of them with golden sand and atlantic breakers offering a different beach experience for every day of your stay!

It’s easy to see why Newquay is such a firm favourite with backpackers. Added to the many attractions and of course the magnificent beaches Newquay is also a bustling town with pedestrianised shopping area featuring many high street names alongside the usual seaside stores. There is also abundant nightlife for all tastes whether it be a traditional seaside pub or the opportunity to dance into the small hours Newquay has the answer.

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Posted by: StonehengeNews | October 22, 2013

European Winter Express Trip: Early Bird Offer

Visiting 6 countries: France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium

Europe has so much to offer, so much to see and do and one of the best things about travelling Europe in winter is that there are far fewer crowds and you can fly through the queues! But that is not the only advantage; to travel Europe in winter also means to see this fascinating region in a whole new light as it wraps itself in season cheer to keep warm during the chilly months. And don’t forget the chance to see elegant old capitals under a blanket of snow!

Amsterdam Winter Tour

Book and pay in full by 15 January 2014, we’ll give you an ‘Early Bird’ discount of 10% off!

Day 1: Paris

Our Topdeck trip begins early this morning in London. We depart and drive to Dover, where we cross the English Channel to France by ferry. Upon arrival in Calais we drive to Paris, capital of France and the world’s most popular city break destination. After checking in to our accommodation we have an included dinner at a local French restaurant. Later we head into the city for a spectacular ‘City Lights’ driving tour with our Topdeck Crew. We’ll get to marvel at the renowned beauty of Paris as we pass many famous sights along the River Seine, including the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde and much more!

Travelling Europe in winter means no long queues

Day 2: Paris

Our free day in Paris gives us a chance to explore the city at our own pace. Among the city’s most famous attractions are the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, Pompidou Centre, Napoleon’s Tomb and the impressive Musée d’Orsay. For a different perspective of Paris, an optional ‘Fat Tire’ bicycle tour could see us cycling the streets of the French capital. This evening we enjoy a delicious French dinner in a local restaurant. Afterwards, we can complete our Parisian experience with a choice of two great optional activities – a Seine River Cruise or a show at one of the oldest cabarets in Paris, the famous Paradis Latin.

Day 3: Swiss Alps

A long but scenic drive today as we make our way to the stunning country of Switzerland and the gorgeous Swiss Alps. We pass incredible landscapes and fairy-tale villages as we draw closer to our accommodation. Our base in the village of Lauterbrunnen is set in a deep valley, flanked by towering cliffs from which waterfalls tumble, framed by the snowy peaks of Europe’s great mountain range, the Alps – we’re confident you’ll fall in love with it! Tonight we enjoy a fantastic Swiss dinner.

An unforgettable winter travel adventure…..

Day 4: Swiss Alps

A free day in the snowy Swiss Alps! This morning there is an option to ride the historic Jungfraubahn railway to the highest station in Europe, which sits atop the Jungfrau Mountain. At over 12000ft high it deserves its nickname, the ‘Roof of Europe’. For those who think that being 12000ft high whilst having your feet on the ground is too boring – why not throw yourself out of a helicopter instead?! An optional (weather permitting) tandem skydive over the Swiss Alps is truly memorable. The rest of the day is free to explore the numerous mountain walks. Later we enjoy another delicious dinner.

Day 5: Venice

Benvenuti in Italia! Our Topdeck adventure continues as we enter Italy. Today we take a long but beautiful drive to Venice, the city of canals and gondolas. Our accommodation is located on the mainland across the lagoon from Venice’s main islands. After checking in, tonight we enjoy a tasty Italian dinner.

Day 6: Venice

A free day to explore extraordinary Venice – a maze of canals, bridges, squares and incredible artworks. An included walking tour with our Topdeck Trip Leader will unveil some of the city’s amazing architecture, including the striking St Mark’s Basilica in St Mark’s Square. We also enjoy a ’Totally Topdeck’ included vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal, and our optional gondola ride is the perfect way to see the city.

Day 7: Munich

Our Topdeck adventure moves on to Bavaria in southern Germany. We drive to the brilliant city of Munich, where a walking tour with our Topdeck Trip Leader will take in the main sights including Marienplatz (Mary’s Square), the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) and the huge Frauenkirche (Cathedral of Our Lady). We’ll also have time to uncover the pretzels, roasted pork knuckles and the famous beer halls of Munich. Don’t leave Bavaria without sampling a German beer or two whilst being entertained by a traditional ‘Oompah’ band!

Day 8: Rhine Valley

We depart and make for the delights of western Germany and the famous Rhine Valley region, where we discover medieval castles, vineyards and the mighty Rhine River. The Rhine Valley is an area of picture-book towns and majestic views, and we can even take an optional cruise along the Rhine to savour its natural beauty and character.

Day 9: Amsterdam

This morning we visit a Rhine Valley beer steins centre and a cuckoo clock shop to find out more about these typically German products, and possibly pick up some souvenirs. Our drive to the Netherlands then gives us chance to conserve our energy for Amsterdam! The ‘Dam is a city of contrasts where bicycles, clogs, tulips and the infamous Red Light District live side by side in harmony. Just outside the city we stop at a traditional farm to see how Dutch cheese and clogs (wooden shoes) are made. After checking in to our accommodation, this evening we head into the heart of Amsterdam to see Dam Square with our Topdeck Trip Leader, and we can even investigate the Red Light District itself!

Day 10: Amsterdam

A full free day to enjoy Amsterdam. Our included ‘Totally Topdeck’ bike ride is the perfect way to tour the city, just like the locals. We’ll also have time to wander the canals or visit attractions such as Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum and the Heineken Experience. This evening we can look forward to an included dinner in a local restaurant, followed by an optional canal cruise on a private boat along Amsterdam’s waterways.

Day 11: London

We make our way to the Belgian city of Brugge this morning, where a walking tour with our Topdeck Trip Leader takes in the city’s excellent Gothic architecture. We’ll have free time here to seek out some Belgian specialities – chocolate, waffles and beer! Afterwards we drive to Calais in France to catch our ferry across the English Channel. Our trip finishes upon arrival in London this evening, when it will be time to say fond farewells to our  Crew and travelling companions.

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