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Northern Directions

Northern Directions
From £ 849
Duration 9 Days
From £849
Duration 9 Days

Point your GPS in one direction and set off north, as we explore some of Europe’s most iconic cities. Starting in Rome, you’ll have the chance to experience the canals of Venice, the storybook mountains of the Swiss Alps, charming Luxembourg, Amsterdam’s famed museums and some of the most lip-smacking food in the world. Gather around Topdeckers, this one is going to be a beauty.

Tour Itinerary

Rome, Italy

Rome is where the heart is. Gawk at the Colosseum, get your heart pumping with a race up the Spanish Steps and throw a coin in the famous Trevi Fountain. If your energy levels prevail, window shop along Via Condotti or simply mix with the locals before you meet with the gang in the afternoon. Espresso stops mandatory.

Rome to Venice

Today, we're off to Venice where public transport by boat is totally the norm. Get ready to experience one of those ultimate bucket list destinations. It's as good as everyone says it is, trust us.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Venice

100+ slowly sinking islands won't explore themselves. Get your bearings on this morning's walking tour before an action packed day. Soak up St Mark's Square and opt in for a quintessential gondola ride on the Grand Canal (optional activity). Corny smooching not included. This afternoon, snoop the Doge's Palace, cross Rialto Bridge and shop for Carnevale masks. There's so much going on here. Did we mention it's beautiful?

Included today:
-Walking tour of Venice
-Vaporetto ride in Venice

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Gondola ride in Venice

Venice to Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Off to the Alps, where the air is crisp, the views are storybook-worthy and fondue is totally acceptable at any time of day. Once you've settled in, get cosy in one of the cafés that line the main street and treat yourself to a hot chocolate and a spot of daydreaming.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Swiss Alps

Ski, sled, snow angel, or park yourself indoors to enjoy the views (from the warmth). Craving more altitude? Head to the 'Top of Europe', aka Jungfrau, on an optional adventure and test your pano skills. The view from up here is so beautiful, you'll probably cry. Seriously. With so much to get involved with today, the question is, where to start?

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Scenic excursion to Jungfrau ('The Top of Europe')
-Night sledding in the Swiss Alps
-Skiing in the Swiss Alps
-Skydiving in the Swiss Alps
-Scenic helicopter ride in the Swiss Alps

Swiss Alps to Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Welcome to Luxembourg, where the country's wealth is strong and its wine consumption is stronger. (Read: the good life). Notice the contrast between the capital city's historic and modern-day architecture before delving into the many restaurants, museums and galleries on offer. Let's do this.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Luxembourg City to Amsterdam, Netherlands

Say hello to Europe's most infamous city, where pretty tulips mask a touch of debauchery. Get the obvious out of the way (Red Light District, anyone?) then discover Amsterdam's charming canal-lined houses and open squares. Also, get all Dutch with a cheese and clogs demonstration and discover why these guys are the experts at both.

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

Meals:
-Breakfast

Amsterdam

Get on your bike and ride! Do as the locals do and join the 881,000 bicycles on an optional city bike tour to soak up the wintery canal vistas before retreating with hot chocolate, poffertjes and stroopwafels. Take on the city's 51 museums (must-dos: Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House). Still thirsty for more? Check out the Heineken Experience for an interactive visit and tasting at the brewery. Top it off with a dinner cruise on the canal.

Included today:
-Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Bike tour of Amsterdam

Amsterdam to London, England

Today it's back on the ferry as we journey back to London. Start planning the next adventure. Facebook friends?
Included today:
-English Channel ferry ticket
Meals:
-Breakfast

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