Mega European Egypt

Mega European Egypt
From £ 5479
Duration 49 Days
From £5479
Duration 49 Days

Introducing the heavyweight champion of Europe trips. Uncover this magnificent continent in all its glory as you spend seven fabulous weeks soaking up all the culture, cuisine, history and nightlife that you can handle. Experience the grand old capitals of Western Europe, the artistic allure and passion of the Mediterranean, the beauty of the re-emerging Balkans and the wonder of the ancient pyramids in Egypt. This is the Europe experience of a lifetime, and you’ll never want it to end. Seriously.

Tour Itinerary

London, England to Paris, France

Spot French poodles on an epic driving tour. Pinch yourself and Instagram your first selfie before we dig into a gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower. Food matters. A lot. In Europe, it comes alive. Kick back and watch Paris sparkle.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Paris & gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower

Meals:
-Dinner

Paris

Grab your baguette and go. Run, don't walk. With Parisian charm crammed into every nook and cranny, make sure you hit all of the iconic haunts. This morning: free time en Francais. From the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay to the l'Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysées, you'll be sure to make a solid dent in your bucket list. Later, if you are in the mood for an optional cabaret show, let us know - we'll sort it.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional Activities:
-Traditional cabaret show in Paris
-Scenic river cruise on the Seine
-Bike tour of Paris

Paris to Bordeaux

If you haven't gone fromage crazy just yet, grab a few wheels before we bid au revoir to Paree. Next, we make a quick stop in the heart of the Loire Valley. Later, enter Bordeaux, where vineyards rule. Drink the best drops of vin rouge and hear tales of how these fiery reds came to be. Raise a glass to the winemakers.

Included today:
-Visit to the Loire Valley

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Optional activities:
-Visit to Château de Chambord

Bordeaux to San Sebastian, Spain

Roll out of France and onwards to the top of Spain where the beaches are flawless and the food is to-die-for. Get your bearings and spend the night on the hunt for the best sangria this side of town. And, GO!

Meals:
-Breakfast

San Sebastian to Barcelona, Spain

Next up, rowdy Gaudí. Free day today to tick off Park Güell or La Sagrada Familia. At night, rumble with Las Ramblas. Who needs the snooze button when you've got a whole day in a city packed to the rafters with art nouveau, alluring accents and most importantly, tapas. Tonight: shall we dance? Prepare for an optional flamenco show.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Barcelona

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Flamenco show in Barcelona

Barcelona

Barcelona has it all, from wacky architecture to culture, food and buzzing neighbourhoods. You won't be short of things to do.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Barcelona to French Riviera, France

Bye bye, Barça. Hello, turquoise waters and lush stylings of the French Riv. Get that selfie stick out as we roll on north along the coast to rub shoulders with the rich and famous at the world's most lavish waterfront property. Swap your patatas bravas for hearty French cooking and get ready for tomorrow's adventures.

Included today:
-Visit a traditional French perfumery

Meals:
-Breakfast

French Riviera including Monaco visit

Picture life in the fast lane as we roll through dazzling Monaco (ticking off another country in the process). Glitzy and glam? You bet your fur coat it is. Feeling lucky? Hit the tables at the Monte Carlo Casino and make it rain (or not).

Included today:
-Walking tour of Monaco

Meals:
-Breakfast

French Riviera to Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Out of the Riviera and onwards to the Alps. Aim high and think epic peaks. The scenes outside your window today play like a documentary on 'world's sexiest views'. Upon arrival, chow down on local cuisine and hit the bar for a nightcap.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Swiss Alps

Scenic hikes and jaw-dropping views are on today's agenda. Go low key with a mountain walk or hop on board the Jungfraubahn railway for an optional visit to the Jungfrau Mountain summit. Fairytale villages en route, plus skydiving out of a helicopter (if heights don't scare you). A local feast awaits your return, regardless of how you make your way back down.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional Activities:
-Scenic excursion to Jungfrau ('The Top of Europe')
-Skydiving in the Swiss Alps
-Scenic helicopter ride in the Swiss Alps
-Schilthorn Cable Car
-Watch Shop

Swiss Alps to Venice, Italy

Seek out Juliet's balcony in Verona and wave before we push through to the canal-lined maze of Venice. Then, Venice - 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.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Verona

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Get yourself a trip T-shirt/hoodie

Venice

Keep dry with a walking tour of Venice's greats, before taking to the water on a vaporetto ride. Later, head into St Mark's Square, shoo pigeons and jump over the Rialto Bridge to find the best damn pizza before we leave tomorrow.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Venice
-Vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Gondola ride in Venice

Venice to Florence

Renaissance beauty meets Italian style. Explore the streets of Florence with a local guide today. Florence has more stories than Bilbo Baggins, more culture than a Shoreditch hipster, over 1,800 restaurants and it gave the world gelato. Say ciao to cheeky David and strut along the Ponte Vecchio, gelato in hand. Later, delve into a higher state of culinary consciousness.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Florence with a local guide
-Visit Pisa & the famous Leaning Tower

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Florence to Rome

Say hello to Rome. Handfuls of tourists flock here each year - with very good reason. First up: prepare yourself for THE ultimate walking tour (you'll become an amateur historian in no time). Cross off some red hot ruins, oodles of obelisks and of course, the big ticket sights. Refuel on pizza and espresso shots - you'll need them!

Included today:
-Walking tour of Rome

Meals:
-Breakfast

Rome including Vatican City visit

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. Shop 'til you drop on Via Condotti, head to Capitoline Hill for awesome views of the Roman Forum and Colosseum or just kick back in Piazza Navona for some dolce far niente (delicious idleness).

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Guided tour of Vatican City

Rome to Sailing in Greece via Overnight Ferry

A road trip today: we're off to meet our overnight ferry to Greece, the land of gyros and all things amazing. Play connect-the-dots with the stars or let the swell rock you to sleep tonight.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Sailing in Greece

Bring on three great days of sailing on the Ionian Sea. What's not to love? Learn the ropes, navigate through awe-inspiring islands then laze on board like the god or goddess that you are.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Sailing in Greece

Free day in para-para-paradise. Loving it? We hope so! Soak up those rays and make the most of 50 shades of blue. Spin the compass and watch the world go by - remember, you're on sailing time so float on and relax.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Sailing in Greece

Found your sea legs yet? Another day of turquoise water and diving off boats. You could probably get used to this.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Sailing in Greece to Athens

Back on land, stretch your legs and explore the cradle of civilization on a guided tour. Cue jaw drop at the Acropolis and Parthenon then grab some yiros or hit the sack.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Athens

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Cairo to Aswan via Overnight Coach

Time to walk like an Egyptian into Cairo. Pack yo' bags - we're going flying! Land in this crazy city then jump on an overnight coach - we're en route to Aswan tonight.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Aswan

Today, it's all happening. We've got the traditional felucca ride, visit to the Nubian village and an optional camel ride. You bring the wonder.

Included today:
-Felucca ride
-Nubian village visit

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Camel ride
-Traditional Nubian dinner

Aswan

We've got four statues at Abu Simbel. Not just any ol' statues, we're talking colossal statues, and these ones are like no other (seriously). It's a long day with an early start but it's definitely worth it! Explore Aswan this afternoon - the city is all yours. Later, take the option to visit the Philae temple and the Nile High Dam.

Included today:
-Egyptologist guided tour of Temple of Abu Simbel (entrance fees not included)

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Philae Temple & Nile High Dam

Aswan to Luxor

Once the capital of ancient Egypt, Luxor's now a history-strewn landscape of souks and temples. Today we'll visit two of the region's finest - Karnak and Luxor temples.

Included today:
-Egyptologist guided tour of Karnak and Luxor temples

Meals:
-Breakfast

Luxor to Cairo via Overnight Coach

Walk into the Valley of the Kings - aka the place everyone in ancient Egypt was dying to get into. Then, fly the flag for girl power at the temple of Queen Hatshepsut before gawking at the Colossi of Memnon. Then: an overnighter to Cairo.

Included today:
-Egyptologist guided tour of Valley of the Kings, the temple of Queen Hatshepsut & the Colossi of Memnon

Meals:
-Breakfast

Cairo

This is what you came for. And today, we visit the epic Pyramids of Giza. See Tutankhamun's treasure chest at the Egyptian Museum, then gain some perspective at the base of the 138-metre Great Pyramid of Giza. This hunk of ancient architecture could be remodelled into 30 Empire State Buildings. The Sphinx is its big-ass guard dog (or should that be lionman?).

Included today:
-Egyptologist guided tour of Egyptian Museum, and Pyramids & Sphinx complex at Giza

Meals:
-Breakfast

Athens

Say goodbye to the crew in The City of a Thousand Minarets - we're returning to the scene of the crime in Athens.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Athens to Meteora

Leave your fear of heights in Athens. We're driving to Meteora, perched on the nail biting cliffs of Thessaly (Google it). Visit one of six remaining 14th century monasteries (out of 24) then round up the day with good friends, good food and some Facetiming.

Included today:
-Visit the cliffside monasteries of Meteora (entry not included)

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Meteora to Tirana, Albania

What happens when you paint a former communist capital in vivid colours? According to Tirana's artist-turned mayor-turned TED speaker Edi Rama, people start paying taxes and crime rates plummet. True story.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Tirana with a local guide

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Tirana to Dubrovnik, Croatia via Budva, Montenegro

Pit stop in Montenegro en route to Dubrovnik. Lots more stunning scenery gets pushed past the window as we head up the gorgeous coast and make for the most famous walled city in Europe. Wander Dubrovnik's tiny cobblestoned streets and explore hidden cafés and shops before grabbing some dinner and checking out the glitzy nightlife.

Included today:
-Visit Budva
-Walking tour of Dubrovnik with local guide

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Dubrovnik

A free day in Dubrovnik for the win! Later, steal a cold beer on the wall as the sun sets over the Adriatic. This is the good life.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Dubrovnik

Are you a kayaker or a wall sitter? Today, you can do both. Jump on the optional kayaking day trip, or check out the residential homes further up in the old town for awesome views and a local perspective.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Sea kayaking around the Dubrovnik walls
-Game of Thrones tour

Dubrovnik to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Out of Dubrovnik and onwards to Sarajevo for a walking tour and a chance to get to know the A to Z of this town.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Sarajevo

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Sarajevo to Belgrade, Serbia

More of Eastern Europe's unique mix of glasnost and capitalism as we dig into Belgrade, capital of modern-day Serbia as well as the former Yugoslavia. Serbia's religious and political past has cultivated a diverse cultural landscape throughout the city. Today we visit the Srebrenica Memorial to pay our respects and for a sobering reminder of events past.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Belgrade
-Visit to Srebrenica Memorial

Meals:
-Breakfast

Belgrade to Budapest, Hungary

Hello, twin cities: Buda and Pest. Check out Hero's Square, Parliament House, the National Palace, Fisherman's Bastion and swanky Andrássy Ave. After gorging on cabbage rolls and dumplings, roll into bed.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Budapest

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Budapest

Free day = Put down your Rubik's Cube and take on a city with enough baroque, neoclassical and art nouveau architecture to keep you puzzled for hours. Top tip: goulash is a MUST. Hot and dangerous (in a good way) this dish is the definition of 'Hungary'.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Dinner cruise on the Danube

Budapest to Vienna, Austria via Bratislava, Slovakia

Today we move on to Vienna - but first, a pit stop at Bratislava, Slovakia. Later, pick your Baroque from Rococo as we slide into The City of Dreams (kudos, Freud!). The Vienna Orchestra provides the soundtrack (optional) while we check out Europe's classiest capital. Wave hello to the President as we go past the Hofburg Palace - and because one palace isn't enough, we also take a peek at the Schonbrunn. Top off your day with a search for schnitzels and apple strudel.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Bratislava
-Driving tour of Vienna

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-A night at the Viennese Chamber Orchestra (dinner optional at an additional expense)

Vienna to Krakow, Poland

On to gothic Kraków to devour all the pierogi. Legend has it a dragon had to be defeated in order for Kraków to be built (with a sulphur-stuffed lamb as bait).

Included today:
-Walking tour of Kraków

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Kraków pub crawl

Krakow

Miraculously untouched by the effects of war, this city boasts some serious Middle Ages swag and a quaint Old Town neighbourhood.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Krakow to Prague, Czech Republic

Learn more about the Holocaust at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Sombre, yes, but an important introduction to the region's history. Next: crack on to Prague. Welcome to a land of cheap beer and fairytale-like architecture.

Included today:
-Guided tour of former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau
-Walking tour of Prague

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Prague

Channel your inner bohemian at the John Lennon memorial wall, soak up some Czech history at the National or Communist Museum or get a taste of the quirky local culture at a marionette puppet opera (you gotta see it to believe it). Still have time to kill? Snap a selfie at Prague's own Eiffel Tower, visit The Museum of Miniatures or eat roast pork from one of the street vendors lining Old Town Square.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Prague to Berlin, Germany

Rock and roll over to 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, absinthe 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.

Included today:
-Walking tour of the restored city of Dresden
-Driving tour of Berlin

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Berlin

Berlin is yours. Shake off last night with a wander around. Optional: Third Reich walking tour and local insight into what the city was like under Nazi rule during World War II. Hackescher Markt is a hit for lunch. Afternoon suggestion? Have a picnic at the historic Tempelhof airport turned public park #picniconthetarmac. Tonight: hit the hotspots on an optional alternative and nightlife tour.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional Activities:
-Third Reich walking tour
-Alternative Tour & Nightlife Tour of Berlin

Berlin to Copenhagen, Denmark

Home of more Nordic 'cool' than you can poke a hipster's beard at, Copenhagen is sure to impress. If you think you've eaten it all, nuh-uh! Not even close. Uncover the food market gems scattered across the city and satisfy your inner gastronome. Try: the food markets on Paper Island for a luxe 'warehouse vibe' experience.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Copenhagen

Meals:
-Breakfast

Copenhagen

Romantic streak? Check out The Little Mermaid, a tribute to the fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen's pre-Disney masterpieces. Spoiler: his version has the lovestruck mermaid become foam on the sea after she fails to win the prince's affections (even back then, it seems, #thestrugglewasreal).

Meals:
-Breakfast

Copenhagen to Hamburg, Germany

On to Hamburg, aka the 'Gateway to the World'. Boasting more bridges than Venice and Amsterdam combined, plus the first zoo with no enclosures, Hamburg is one of the hippest cities in Europe. And if that weren't enough, Hamburg also boasts 3km of funfair AND Europe's biggest Japanese garden. If you hear "Hummel, Hummel" be sure to reply with "Mors, Mors". Don't ask. Later, check out the nightlife at the Port.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Hamburg to Amsterdam, Netherlands

Welcome to the most liberal city in Europe. Fun times ahead. 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. Culture fiends, delve deeper with a visit to the Anne Frank House or the Van Gogh or Rijksmuseum. Still thirsty for more? Check out the Heineken Experience for an interactive visit and tasting at the brewery.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Amsterdam
-Dutch cheese & clogs demonstration

Meals:
-Breakfast

Amsterdam

Did you sneak a peek at the Red Light District last night? Freshen up and make your own way around the city. Grab some Dutch fries and finish on a high at our farewell dinner cruise tonight. Start swapping those phone numbers.

Included today:
-Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional Activities:
-Bike tour of Amsterdam

Amsterdam to London, England

Phew! That. Was. MEGA! Love and leave Amsterdam this morning as we head back to London, where this trip of a lifetime ends.

Meals:
-Breakfast

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