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Ultimate Europe

35 Days  •  14 Cities 181

From $5279 with flightsPayments as low as $197

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Why Go?

Become a student of Europe and an expert on awesome. Spend a month abroad and prove that things in the U.S. aren’t that old, espresso is your one true love, and travel is always the answer. This is your odyssey. This is Ultimate Europe.

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Top Highlights

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Visit 9 countries and 14 cities in Europe

What's Included

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Accommodations

You’ll stay at accommodations hand-picked by our team of local experts, in rooms only for EF Ultimate Break travelers. Each property is located in a safe, convenient area. You’ll receive your exact accommodations 30 days before your trip departs.

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Flights

Admit it, booking flights is the worst. Here's why you should let us do it for you:

  • Flight costs are included in your monthly payment plan, so you can pay over time
  • Airport transfers are included, so we’ll be waiting, sign in hand
  • Flights are booked with major airlines
  • 24/7 support no matter what time zone you’re in
  • One checked bag included on most flights
  • Option to make changes to your trip up to 99 days before departure

Booking with a friend? Let us know and we’ll do our best to make sure you’re on the same flight. Still want to book your own flights? That’s cool, simply select ‘No flights included’ instead of your departure city in the ‘Flights from’ dropdown.

Itinerary

Day 1: Overnight Flight

Pack your appetite for adventure (and tapas) and board your overnight flight to Spain. This is the time to rest up—more than a month of new countries, cultures, and cuisines await.

Day 2: Arrive in Madrid & Welcome Dinner

Welcome to Madrid! Spain’s capital is famous for its world-class art museums, live music scene, and never-ending nightlife. It seems people never sleep here (except for two hours after lunch). Madrid is a city that definitely knows how to relax and have fun. Get ready—your life is about to get loco.

Today's Highlights:

  • Meet an EF representative at the airport.
  • Transfer to your accommodation and check in.
  • Receive the latest schedule from your Tour Director.
  • Meet your fellow travelers as they arrive.

In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner of local cuisine with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, you’re free to take the party elsewhere!

Day 3: Tour Madrid

With a population of over 3 million people, Madrid is Spain’s biggest city. One thing you’ll notice walking around, is that Madrileños love soccer. Today you'll see all the best Madrid has to offer with a local guide on a tour of the city. Afterwards, take the rest of the day to explore on your own.

Today's Highlights:

  • Meet your local guide and experience the city's highlights by bus and foot.
  • Visit Madrid's Royal Palace for a guided tour of this elaborate, 9th-century building featuring over 2,000 rooms and plenty of stuff you can't touch.
  • Stop at Puerta del Sol, the epicenter of the city, where stores and cafes are by the dozen, and people dressed up as Spider Man want you to take their picture.
  • Head into the Plaza Mayor, the Renaissance hub that witnessed everything from bullfights to weddings to public executions.
  • Go out on your own, and walk through Parque del Buen Retiro, Madrid's biggest park, and keep a lookout for the trees that look like broccoli (you'll know it when you see it).

Day 4: Free Day in Madrid

Take the day to hit the town and continue exploring Madrid at your own pace.

Free Time Suggestions
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu: Tour the famous stadium home to Madrid’s fútbol (soccer) team, Real Madrid. Sit in the players’ seats, see trophies up close, and practice your goal celebration dance on the field below
Temple of Debod: Located in Parque del Oeste (Western Park), this Egyptian temple was donated to Madrid in 1968, and is one of the best spots in the city to catch a sunset.

Day 5: Travel to Barcelona

Older than Rome and the largest city on the Mediterranean—Barcelona’s influence on fashion, entertainment, and the arts extends around the world. Prepare for stunning architecture, friendly people, and an incredible variety of fresh seafood.

Today's Highlights:

  • Travel by train from Madrid to Barcelona
  • Transfer to your hotel to check in and check out your room.
  • Bask in the unique culture and style of the city during on introductory tour with your Tour Director.
  • Head down Las Ramblas, the central boulevard of Barcelona once described by a Spanish poet as “the only street in the world I wish would never end.”

Day 6: Sightseeing Tour of Barcelona + Optional Sagrada Familía Tour

Another day, another chance to see more of this wonderful city. Make sure your camera is handy because it won’t take long to see why Barcelona is the only city to receive a Royal Gold Medal for architecture—the buildings are basically art.

Today's Highlights:

  • Enter Park Güell, one of Antoni Gaudi’s greatest works of modernist art.
  • Check out the progress on the Sagrada Familia cathedral, an unfinished project by Gaudí that began construction in 1882.
  • Go for the gold at Olympic Park, the site of the 1992 Summer Olympics that offers spectacular views of the city.

Sagrada Família & Sangria(extra cost)

Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família Basilica is the world’s most unbelievable church—under construction since 1882, finished by 2026 at the earliest. Tour it with a local guide, then enjoy included Sangria and snacks.

This excursion is pre-book only; if your trip is less than 30 days away, please call 800-766-2645 to purchase.

Day 7: Free Day in Barcelona or Optional Barcelona Beach Day

New neighborhoods, restaurants, and sights beckon on this free day to explore in Barcelona. But if you can’t decide what you’d like to do, we recommend heading for the coast and enjoying some time on the beach before finding the largest plate of paella you can get your hands on.

Free Time Suggestions
Arc de Triomf: Built as the main entrance for the 1888 Barcelona World Fair, the intricate brickwork of this gate now leads to Ciutadella Park.
Castle Montjuïc: Gaze down on the Mediterranean from this old fortification that once guarded the harbor below and is named for the hill on which it sits.

Barcelona Beach Day & Paddleboard Lesson(extra cost)

When in Barcelona, go the beach. Head to Barceloneta, one of the city’s most popular sandy spots to have some fun in the sun learning to paddleboard with a professional instructor and chilling on the beach.

Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

Day 8: Travel to Central France

Say adios to Spain and bonjour to France, a country known for world-class art and gastronomical perfection. Your first stop is in Central France, where you are highly encouraged to start taste-testing local wine and cheese.

Today's Highlights:

  • Travel via private coach into your new favorite country: France.
  • Arrive in Central France and get acquainted with the area with your Tour Director.

Day 9: Travel to Paris

Today you’ll continue on to the City of Light, also known as the capital and most populous city in France, also known as Paris. Get ready to feast on croissants, baguettes, and any other deliciousness you can get your hands on while enjoying every moment as a temporary Parisian.

Today's Highlights:

  • Follow your Tour Director on a walking tour of the city and its sights including the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Day 10: Tour Paris

Take the best bus ride of your life on this guided bus tour around Paris. See famous sights like the Arc de Triomphe, explore on foot during a couple of planned stops, and hope that there’s enough time to stop by Le Marais—the trendiest shopping area in the city.

Today's Highlights:

  • Saunter along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Known for its theatres and cafes—you may also recognize it as the finish line of the Tour de France.
  • Find peace of mind at Luxembourg Gardens, a tasteful collection of tree-lined promenades, flowerbeds, statues, and the Medici Fountain.
  • Float down the River Seine during a scenic boat ride that makes its way through the true heart of the city.
  • Watch the world-famous lights of the Eiffel Tower sparkle (every hour, on the hour after sunset).

Free Time Suggestions
Moulin Rouge: The original version of this famed cabaret burned down in 1915, but the birthplace of the modern can-can dance lives on. Just look for the large red windmill on the roof, buy yourself a ticket, and then send your friends the pics to prove it.
Montmartre: Once an artists’ village and the stomping grounds of Picasso and Dalí, this charming hilltop district is now home to numerous nightclubs and the white-domed Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur. Walk its steep, winding streets for sweeping views of the city below.

Day 11: Free Day in Paris or Optional Excursion to Versailles

Oui! A free day to wander the city of love. Get inspired, get lost, and get your fill of new foods like coq au vin (chicken braised with wine). At over 40 square miles there’s always something new to discover, so keep your eyes peeled and your camera ready for whatever comes your way.

Free Time Suggestions
Catacombs of Paris: Dare to step through the “Gate of Hell” on your way below the city streets and you’ll be greeted by walls of stacked skulls and bones of past Parisians. Once only considered a novelty, this absolutely eerie attraction is now designated as an official museum.
The Louvre: Once the home of French kings and now the largest art museum in the world, this astounding collection of art from around the world is not to be missed. From the Palace to the glass Pyramid to the Mona Lisa itself, you’ll be surrounded by history and beauty at every turn.

Versailles(extra cost)

Walk through the landscaped gardens, and tour the living quarters of the famous over-the-top palace of Louis XIV. This is where French royalty reveled in their extravagant lifestyle in the decades before the Revolution.

This excursion is pre-book only; if your trip is less than 30 days away, please call 800-766-2645 to purchase.

Day 12: Free Day in Paris

At over 40 square miles, Paris offers endless opportunities to discover new sights, sounds, and smells of the crepe variety.

Free time suggestions

Shopping on Champs-Élysées: Make your way to the famous Champs-Élysées, which connects the Arc de Triomphe with the Place de la Concorde, and shop to your heart’s content.
Le Marais: Head to this vibrant LGBTQ+-friendly neighborhood for bar-hopping, restaurant-hopping, and boutique-hopping.

Day 13: Travel to Brussels

Say au revoir to France—you’re heading to Belgium, a country with three national languages: Dutch, French, and German.

Today's Highlights:

  • Travel by bus to Brussels.
  • Get to know the area around your accommodation with your Tour Director.

Day 14: Sightseeing tour of Brussels

It’s time to introduce yourself to a new country: Belgium. And yes, there’s much more to this country than waffles. Today, you’ll explore the streets of Brussels with the help of a local guide.

Today's Highlights:

  • Join a local guide for an insider tour of Belgium’s capital city, Brussels.
  • Drive by the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula, a stunning gothic church.
  • Stroll through the historic center of the city by foot.
  • Enjoy a chocolate tasting at Grand-Place, the city’s main square.

Day 15: Travel to Amsterdam

You’re off to the home of the Van Gogh Museum, the infamous Red-Light District, and a boatload of floating houses.

Today's Highlights:

  • Travel by bus to Amsterdam
  • Get to know the area around your hotel with your Tour Director.

Day 16: Sightseeing tour of Amsterdam + Optional Bike Tour

Amsterdam is one-of-a-kind. Seriously, how many cities do you know of with floating houses and hot waffles with caramel served anytime of the day? Today, you’ll experience the unique character of this city, guided by a local expert.

Today's Highlights:

  • Join a local guide for a walking tour of the city that includes stops at Damrak and Neumarkt Squares.
  • Find your way to the narrow canals and streets of the trendy Jordaan neighborhood for indie boutiques, hip eateries, and antiques galore.

Free Time Suggestions
Heineken Experience: Whether you’re a big beer fan or just thirsty, this is a stop you’ll want to make. Once the main brewery for this green bottled beer and now a museum, you’ll take a self-guided interactive tour to learn the history of this brew before getting to enjoy two of your own.
Poffertjes and Herring: You’ve heard of chicken and waffles, but what about pancakes and fish? No, not together, but we do recommend trying them both. Nibble small, fluffy pancakes called Poffertjes, try some fresh herring, served raw with onion.

Dutch Countryside Bike Tour(extra cost)

Bike like a local into the stunning Dutch countryside. Ride through rural landscapes past picturesque windmills and 17th century villages, then enjoy pancakes and a drink in the quaint Waterland region by the sea.

Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

Day 17: Free day in Amsterdam

Take advantage of your free day in one of the most diverse and bike friendly cities on the planet. Walk or ride across the countless bridges, wonder what it’s like to live in a houseboat, and maybe even stop by one of the coffeeshops that don’t just sell coffee.

Free Time Suggestions
Bloemenmarkt: Looking for flowers? Head to what was once the only floating flower market in the world. Today, you’ll find it bobbing on the city’s southern canal belt selling fresh flowers, gifts, and an assortment of the famously pretty Dutch tulip bulbs.

Anne Frank: Explore the life and times of Anne Frank in this preserved canal side house-turned-museum. See the secret annex where Anne, and her brave family, hid from Nazi persecution during WWII. But plan ahead, tickets have to be purchased months in advance.

Day 18: Travel to Heidelberg

New country alert! You’re headed to Germany, a country with a long, rich history, plenty of picturesque towns, and yes, beer.

Today's Highlights:

  • Travel by bus from Amsterdam to Heidelberg.
  • Get acquainted with the city whose university is the oldest in Germany.

Day 19: Travel to Munich

Make your way to a major center of German art, music, and innovation. Considered by many to be the greatest beer destination in the world, it’s no wonder that it was rated as the world’s most livable city. And even if you’re not there during Oktoberfest, the beer still flows freely. Prost!

Today's Highlights:

  • Follow a local guide on a tour of Munich’s main attractions including Frauenkirche, Marienplatz, and Glockenspiel.
  • Tempt yourself with the delicious array of food and drink in the massive farmer’s market and beer garden of Viktualienmarkt.
  • Stop by Hofbräuhaus, the most famous beer hall in the world, and have a stein on your own dime.

Day 20: Sightseeing Tour of Munich + Optional Trip to Dachau

Pull on your lederhosen and get ready to experience Munich. Let your Tour Director take the lead as you walk from the city center to some of Munich’s main attractions. But be sure to keep your eyes peeled for pretzels and your ears open for a live show from a traditional Oompah band.

Free Time Suggestions
BMW Museum: Pick up a ticket and discover an impressive collection of over 120 of BMW’s most valuable and attractive automobiles and motorcycles. The past, present, and future are all on display at this monument to German innovation and engineering.
Bike through the Englischer Garten: One of the world’s largest urban parks at over 900 acres, this English style garden has a lot to explore. Pedal your way by the Japanese teahouse, a stream with a standing wave surfed by locals