See Europe’s finest at your own pace.

Get the low-down on Europe’s best hotspots on a 15-day spirited adventure from Barcelona to Berlin. From Gaudi’s opulence to the poignant Berlin Wall art, you will be discovering more than just the lookouts and main squares of these places. Cruise through France’s canvas-perfect Provence region, stopping to admire Avignon before continuing on to the sophistication of Paris. Discover the cultures and cuisines of Belgium and Luxembourg, and weave your way through the canals of Amsterdam by bike. With plenty of time to choose what’s important to you, this European journey is ready for you to put your spin on it.


Start
Barcelona, Spain
Finish
Berlin, Germany
Destinations
Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain
Style
Basix
Theme
Explorer
Code
ZMRF
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why you'll love this trip

  • Barcelona is designed for all times of the day. Morning swim at Barceloneta beach? Why not! Midday market mosey? For sure. Afternoon visit to La Sagrada Familia? Tick. Late night drinks and tapas? Yes please.

  • Admire the panoramic landscapes and weaving coastline from Barcelona to France’s Provence region. With all transport arrangements taken care of, you can just focus on staring out the window.

  • The Eiffel Tower and the Louvre are acclaimed French sights, but there’s more to Paris than that. Spend plenty of free time in the city to see the major attractions, as well as its hidden gems.

  • Discover the less-visited but no less interesting Luxembourg and Brussels. Instead of just taking a picture and moving on, you’ll have time at each destination to see its authentic side.

  • Do as the locals do in Amsterdam by exploring the city by bike. By weaving through the lanes and beside the maze of canals, you’ll get a true feel of this laidback place.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a Basix trip. Please make yourself familiar with our Basix style of travel. Our trips are full of fun, flexibility and plenty of free time to explore each destination at your own pace. We will, however, take you on regular orientation walks, so you'll be on your feet quite a lot. While this may be tiring for some, it’s the best way to get your head around a place and to set yourself up for further discoveries.

  • It’s bunking season! As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, solo travellers will share a room with other travellers of the same gender. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it! Please note that a single supplement is not available on this trip. Space is at a premium in Europe and your hotel is no exception. Rooms are often small, but usually the central location makes up for that. For those travelling as a duo, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together. In some cases, bathroom facilities will be shared rather than ensuite.

  • Don’t let the heat keep you from exploring the world! Summer temperatures can be very high in the regions visited (over 40°C), which can make things uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat, and drink plenty of water. Please keep in mind that many European hotel rooms are not equipped with air-conditioning. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

  • Less time spent travelling; more time to explore each destination. The primary means of transportation on this trip is by train. Trains are a fast way to cross long distances, allowing you to avoid traffic jams and arrive right into the city centre. They are comfortable and all have toilets, however, can sometimes be quite busy. Please note that you'll have to carry your own luggage on and off the train, so make sure it doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations. You can find specifics under ‘Packing’ in the ‘Essential Trip Information’ section.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020.
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Hola! Welcome to Barcelona, Spain. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting around 7 pm today. If you arrive early, good for you – why not use this time to get your bearings of Barcelona. There are plenty of galleries, cafes and historic corners to keep you busy. Tonight is all about introductions, so perhaps head out for some tapas with your fellow travellers so you can get to know them – your group leader will know of some choice spots to go.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend the meeting. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
With some free time today, you could head on a food tour or explore the outskirts of the city with its sleepy villages and olive groves. Otherwise, unearth the city's ground-breaking art scene, Gothic architecture, amazing cuisine, Catalan identity, beach vibe and proud character. Visit the labyrinthine streets of the old Gothic Quarter, the Picasso Museum, wander the tree-lined pedestrian boulevard of La Rambla or take the funicular to the top of Montjuic or Tibidabo for panoramic views of Barcelona and the harbour. Gaudi's bizarre La Sagrada Familia Basilica is possibly the most iconic landmark, along with the Camp Nou. The best thing is that, today, you get to choose your own adventure!
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • National Art Museum of Catalonia - EUR12
  • Museum of City History - EUR7
  • Old Santa Creu Hospital - EUR10
  • Museum of Gaudi - EUR6
  • Andean-Amazonian Ethnographic Museum - Free
  • Guell Palace - EUR12
  • Contemporary Art Museum - EUR10
  • Cable car to Montjuic (one way) - EUR8
  • Picasso Museum - EUR14
  • Casa Batllo - EUR24
  • Cathedral visit - EUR7
  • Barcelona Tapas Tour - EUR70
  • Snapshots of Barcelona - EUR48
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
If you would like to visit La Sagrada Familia, it’s best to pre book your tickets before the tour. To do so, please check tickets.sagradafamilia.org for updated information on availability and times of the visit. On this tour, the best time to visit is today – your free day in Barcelona.
Take to the fields of Provence on the train to Avignon in southwest France (approximately 5-6 hours). This journey is quite spectacular, so make sure you have a camera ready and shotgun a window seat. With mountain hideaways and emerald vineyards, the Mediterranean coastline folds into tabletop mountains where fields of lavender and wildflower cover the landscape. On arrival into Avignon, check in to your hotel and then take a walk around this walled city that was once home to French popes for more than a century.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today, use your free time here wisely, as there are lots of sights and activities to keep you busy. Comb the city's impressive collection of art, visit the grand Palais des Papes (Pope's Palace) and cross the iconic bridge of Pont St-Benezet. Perhaps hire a bike to see more of this picturesque valley and head to one of the city's amazing bakeries. You can even put a baguette in your basket and have a quintessential French ride through the countryside! In the evenings, there are many small French bistros that serve up great regional cuisine – why not get some of your travel pals together for a French-inspired feast.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Bike hire - EUR15
  • Palais des Papes - EUR15
  • Wine Museum - Free
  • Roure Palace - EUR5
  • Pont d`Avignon (Bridge of Avignon) - EUR5
  • Museum of the Petit Palace - EUR6
  • Museum Calvet - EUR6
  • Collection Lambert Museum - EUR10
  • Museum Lapidaire - EUR2
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel north on the train to France's cosmopolitan capital – Paris – which should take around 3-4 hours. Rich in museums, art galleries, monuments, fashion and delicious food, Paris offers a wealth of major sights and things to do. On arrival into the city, check in to the hotel and then you're free to choose what you’d like to do. Wandering around the Champs-Elysees, the student-filled Latin Quarter and the bohemian Montmartre will give you a good feel for the city. There is so much to do in Paris that it might be a good idea to make a plan before you arrive, so you can get to see all you want!
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventures - Secret Paris: Cheese, Art, and Local Life - EUR59
  • Urban Adventures - Experience Bohemian Paris - EUR59
  • Urban Adventures - Gourmet Marais - EUR78
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
The Tuileries, Plantes and Jardin du Luxembourg are all excellent places to enjoy a simple baguette with cheese on summer days, or you could head to a cafe to have a coffee and watch the world go by. Explore the world-famous Louvre, where you can see the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. Join the Thinker in his eternal contemplation at the Rodin Museum. Visit the Musee d'Orsay – home to some of the most famous Impressionist paintings. Climb the Eiffel Tower – or take the lift – for some impressive aerial views of Paris. Study the Notre Dame Cathedral with its vast rose window and menacing gargoyles. The Paris restaurant scene and nightlife are also worth checking out. Marais is a great district for trendy bars and eateries, while Bastille is well-known for its clubs.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Louvre Museum - EUR15
  • Fat Tires bike tour - EUR34
  • Eiffel Tower - EUR19
  • Palace of Versailles Gardens - Free
  • Napoleon's Tomb & Les Invalides Army Museum - EUR11
  • Musee d'Orsay - EUR14
  • Palace of Versailles - EUR20
  • Picasso Museum - EUR12
  • Da Vinci Code walking tour - EUR25
  • Paradis Latin cabaret show - EUR65
  • Rodin Museum - EUR10
  • Arc de Triomphe - EUR12
  • Sainte Chapelle & Conciergerie - EUR15
  • Centre Pompidou - EUR14
  • Catacombs - EUR13
  • Notre Dame Towers - EUR10
  • Fragonard Perfume Museum - Free
  • Museum of Comparative Anatomy and Paleontology - EUR7
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
To avoid queuing at the ticket windows of the Louvre you can buy your ticket in advance, but pre-sold tickets can't be collected at the Louvre. The ticket is valid every day except Tuesday (when the museum is closed) and certain bank holidays. Book your tickets at louvre.fr.
Another day in Paris? Oui oui! There is still plenty to discover, so perhaps start ticking more museums or cathedrals of the list – you surely couldn’t have done them all yesterday. If you think you have, try Paris’ ‘other’ museums. The Museum of Comparative Anatomy and Paleontology provides an amazing look into the world of 19th century science. Within the Jardin des Plantes – where the museum resides – there is also a botanical garden, zoo and an array of other natural history museums. Otherwise, hit the streets for the best graffiti-viewing at Canal St Martin in the 10th arrondissement – one of the most exciting and up-and-coming areas in town. Full of wonderful restaurants, artistic shops and great graffiti, the area is a great place for leisurely strolling. In the evening, on warm summer day, you could visit the quai along the left bank of Port St Bernard, which comes alive with people strolling, picnicking and dancing.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Cross the border from France on the train into Luxembourg City, which should take just over 2 hours. As one of the smallest countries in the EU, Luxembourg has transformed itself into a busy, successful and historical centre, with a heap of natural beauty. Check in to the hotel on arrival and then head out into the city's World Heritage-listed Old Town, which is perched high above the narrow valleys of the Alzette and Petrusse rivers. Stroll along the promenade of Chemin de la Corniche – said to be 'Europe's most beautiful balcony'. The city is also full of old and modern galleries and museums to explore, such as the Musee d'Histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg (Luxembourg City History Museum). Perhaps take a guided tour of the 16th-century turreted Palais Grand-Ducal, which is home to the Grand Duke. In the evening, you may want to venture out with the group for an optional meal in this classic city.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Palais Grand-Ducal - EUR10
  • Musée d'Histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg - EUR5
  • MNHA (Musée National d'Histoire et d'Art) - EUR7
  • Luxembourg bike hire - EUR5
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Leave Luxembourg behind and jump on a train to Brussels, taking around 3.5 hours. Why not start your journey at the medieval, cobblestone square of the Grand Place. This area can only be accessed on foot and is surrounded by local markets, chocolate shops, cafes and restaurants. From here, wander down to the Manneken Pis (Little Man Pee) – an iconic symbol of Belgium. If you’re interested in music, a must-see place is The Musical Instrument Museum. Three floors of musical instruments coming from every corner of the world and hundreds of years of musical history in one place. An evening in Brussels wouldn't be complete without a huge portion of moules-frites (mussels and fries) and a glass of Belgian beer. If you like a night out, Ilot Sacre is a great place to find good food and fun bars.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Grand Place - Free
  • Manneken Pis - Free
  • Magritte Museum - EUR8
  • Mini Europe Attraction Park - EUR15
  • Cantillon Brewery visit (1 beer included) - EUR7
  • Museum of the Musical Instruments - EUR8
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy another free day in Brussels. Discover the town further, perhaps visit the mini-Europe theme park, featuring miniature replicas of European monuments and judge if they are similar to the original ones. Otherwise, you could climb inside an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times its normal size. The Atomium – a strange looking structure built in 1958 for Brussels World’s Fair – now has become a permanent part of city’s landscape. There is also an option to venture out of the city and discover medieval Bruge, or the port city of Antwerp. Perhaps finish off your day in Delirium Café – a cosy basement bar, tucked away on a cobblestone backstreet in the heart of Brussels.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Bruges Day trip by Train - EUR30
  • Antwerp Day trip by Train - EUR16
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
New day; new country. Cross another border, as you travel by bus to the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam (approximately 3 hours). The best way to get your head around this city is to do as locals do – cycle. Amsterdam, a network of canals, bridges and parks is also spoilt for choice when it comes to museums. One of its best is the Rijksmuseum, housing one of Rembrandt’s most famous works – 'The Night Watch'. Alternatively, head to the Van Gogh Museum, which comprises nearly every painting, sketch, print, etching, and piece of correspondence that Vincent van Gogh ever produced, including 'Sunflowers'. After seeing the painted variety, you could wander through the real thing at the Bloemenmarkt (Flower Market)!
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventures - The Original Amsterdam Beer Tour - EUR53
  • Urban Adventures - Bikes and Dykes - EUR38
  • Urban Adventures - Home Cooked Amsterdam - EUR51
  • Urban Adventures - Amsterdam Food by Foot - EUR50
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Another day in Amsterdam gives you the choice to explore at your own pace. You could visit Anne Frank's House – the former hiding place of Anne Frank and seven others during World War II, and the place where she wrote her now-famous diary is today preserved as a museum. Otherwise, there’s De Waag (weigh house) – a 15th-century building on Nieuwmarkt square. As many of Amsterdam’s historic buildings have enjoyed multiple uses through the centuries, Dee Waag is no exception. Constructed first as a gate for the city's fortified walls, it was later transformed into a 'weigh house' where goods brought back by ships from overseas were weighed. In later years, it served as a guild house for local professions and has also been a museum, fire station and more. In its most recent incarnation, the Waag houses a café-restaurant as well as an exhibition space.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Heineken Museum - EUR18
  • Royal Palace - EUR10
  • Bike Hire - EUR10
  • Oude Kerk - EUR10
  • Cycling tour - EUR30
  • Canal tour - EUR14
  • Rijksmuseum - EUR18
  • Anne Frank's House - EUR9
  • Van Gogh Museum - EUR17
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
With a free day, why not get to know the secrets of its food and drink? For a snack, pannekoeken will go down a treat – sometimes sweet, sometimes savoury, but always delicious! You could order some salty fries, taste some of the rich cheeses on offer, or discover their café culture. A popular activity is to bask in the glory of liquid sunshine – visit the best bars, breweries and beer halls of this brew-loving city. From a place where nuns used to brew ales, to the mothership of Dutch beer brewing – the original Heineken building – get out to see and taste the Netherlands’ strong beer history.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Leave Amsterdam behind and take the train into Germany, on your way to Berlin (approximately 6.5 hours). Berlin is a large place, and if you're a bit daunted by the size of the city, there are countless bus tours that operate throughout Berlin and they're an ideal way to find your feet. There’s also many unique memorials and sites holding significance in Berlin's more recent history. These include the Jewish Memorial, the empty shelves of Bebelplatz and the confronting Topography of Terror. There’s the Brandenburg Gate, remnants of the Berlin Wall, the dominating Reichstag building and popular Checkpoint Charlie. Berlin is also a hub for good food, with a mix of classic German, Bavarian and Italian influences. Consider spending an evening celebrating life as the locals do – at a bar or lounge listening to some live music, or with a night (and morning) to remember in one of their renowned nightclubs.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventures - Hidden Berlin - EUR51
  • Urban Adventures - Storyline of Berlin - EUR61
  • Urban Adventures - Food and Art in Funky Kreuzberg - EUR78
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
There are no activities planned for today and you're able to depart the accommodation at any time after checkout. As there is so much to do and see in Berlin, it is highly recommended to spend an extra couple of days in the city to check out all it has to offer. If you’d like to spend more time in Berlin, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).
Optional Activities
  • Museum Pass, 3 Day Ticket - EUR29
  • Berliner Dom - EUR7
  • Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz - EUR8
  • Schloss Charlottenburg - EUR21
  • National History Museum - EUR8
  • Pergamon Museum - EUR13
  • Checkpoint Charlie Museum - EUR14
  • Jewish Museum - EUR8
  • German History Museum - EUR8
  • Story of Berlin Museum - EUR12
  • Topography of Terror - Free
  • Berlin TV Tower - EUR16
  • Bike Tour - EUR28
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

12 breakfasts

Transport

Bus, Metro, Train, Tram

Accommodation

Hostel (2 nights), Hotel (12 nights)

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SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
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