When you’re looking for a well-proportioned taste of Europe, don’t go past a solid 20 day adventure. It doesn’t quite stretch to a full month but is longer than just two weeks making it the perfect amount of time to take a big bite out of Europe while leaving some $$$s left in the bank to cover rent when you get home.
One trip that comes well-recommended is Topdeck’s European Getaway which covers nine countries starting in England including France, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City (despite the name it is in fact a country), Austria, Czech Republic, Germany and the Netherlands.
Just walk this way. If you want to add a few extra days to your 20 day adventure then take some time to explore London before a day one departure headed straight for Paris. See the kicker itinerary below:
Jump across the English Channel to enjoy a guided tour of the City of Lights. Then settle into a gourmet picnic dinner by the Eiffel Tower. And that’s just day one. The next day you can explore the city on your own or take a bike tour, Seine River cruise or see a cabaret show in the Latin Quarter.
Trade in Parisian streets for snowy peaks. Home to the absolute highest point in Europe, expect to see out-of-this-world Swiss scenery and warm ‘n’ fuzzy alpine vibes. Besides the scenic hikes and jaw-dropping views you can hop on board the Jungfraubahn railway for an optional visit to the Jungfrau Mountain summit. Expect fairytale villages en route and sky-diving out of a helicopter upon arrival (if you dare).
Time to wine ‘n’ dine on the glamorous French Riviera. Try your hand at celeb spotting as you explore the world's most lavish waterfront property. Head to the beach or let loose among the designer boutiques in Nice's Old Town. In the afternoon you’ll head to Eze to step into the world of French scent making on a guided tour of a 16th century factory.
If you thought you were rolling with the jet-set before, you haven’t seen anything yet . Start off in Monaco with a guided tour and the chance to see how the 1% live (hint: it involves Ferraris and bathing in caviar). Feeling lucky? Hit the tables at the Monte Carlo Casino and make it rain (or drizzle).
It's on to the renaissance romance of Florence. Take THAT shot at the Leaning Tower of Pisa before trucking on to the Tuscan hills outside Florence to eat, sleep, repeat in the foodie capital of the world. Use an afternoon to meet a guy named David doing his best Blue Steel in the Accademia Gallery.
Southward and downward with a pit stop at the hilltop town of Orvieto to see the grand cathedral and dig into a wild boar panini. Then step back to 753 BC in one of the world's oldest open-air museums on an in-depth walking tour. Make like Caesar (the emperor, not the salad) and work up a colossus hunger as you pass by the Pantheon, throw your two cents in the Trevi Fountain, sit on the Spanish Steps and visit ancient history's version of the Hunger Games set at the Colosseum.
Create the ultimate Roman Holiday in one day with a whirlwind of Vespas, espresso, two-cheek kisses and pizza the way it's supposed to taste. Count your blessings on an optional tour of the Vatican City to see how Michelangelo messed around and created the High Renaissance, then play eye spy with two-and-a-half millennia worth of history.
You know it as the floating city, but this place is actually sinking (slowly). Check out St. Mark’s Square, Accademia Bridge and a who’s who of Venice’s usual suspects on a guided walking tour then jump on a vaporetto and explore the Grand Canal.
Austrian Alps, Austria
Prepare your retinas for the scenery playing outside the coach windows and yodel around the mountain as you make your way to the Alps. So much more than schnitty, strudel and The Sound of Music, this day should have been sponsored by GoPro. You can choose from canyoning, tandem paragliding, skydiving or biking here.
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Prague, Czech Republic
Fuel up on trdelník (pastry deliciousness) before a walking tour amongst the spires and cobblestone streets. Suss out the castle deemed worthy by Guinness World Records as being the largest ancient castle in the world, cross medieval Charles Bridge and watch 'Death' toll the hour on an astronomical clock that's over 600 years old.
Get acquainted with 800 year-old Dresden - a city virtually destroyed in WWII and then rebuilt - and ogle the Frauenkirche before making your beard all the more ironic in Berlin. Prep yourself for currywurst, pilsner and more hipsters per capita than anywhere else. We'll drive you around to see (what's left of) the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building before making your food baby sing with a hearty German meal.
Cheese lovers, rejoice. Your next stop is a local Dutch farm to see how cheddar (and clogs) get made. Get your bearings on a walking tour of the vibrant capital and see the Dam Square, Royal Palace and National Monument. Then explore all that this notoriously liberal city has to offer. Delve deeper with a visit to Anne Frank House, Van Gogh or Rijksmuseum. Final stop on this itinerary is a loop back to London. All aboard.