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New Year's in Munich: Grand Tour of Europe

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Why Go?

Celebrate New Year's in Munich! With a mix of big and small cities; fast and relaxed cultures, this tour leaves no stone unturned (and no stein undrunk). History, nightlife and museums are balanced with a healthy dose of life on the Mediterranean, where they make lazy look stylish. One month just isn’t enough on this continent, but it sure is a grand place to start.

What are the top highlights?

  • Celebrate New Year's in Munich
  • Visit 8 countries and 11 cities in Europe
  • Raise your glass in Munich’s lively beer halls
  • Discover the fairytale magic of Prague’s Old Town
  • Step into the Renaissance in Florence
  • Experience Berlin, from its elaborate history to its beer gardens and eclectic citizens
  • Explore London’s boroughs and see where The Beatles and Sherlock Holmes began

Your trip includes

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers
  • Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
  • Private motorcoach
  • Internal flights & trains
  • 28 nights in hand-picked accommodations
  • Welcome Mixer with appetizers & drinks
  • Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
  • Metro passes in each major city
  • Entrance to the Neuschwanstein Castle, Duomo Cathedral & other select attractions

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.

Click here for examples of where you'll stay.

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

    Board your overnight flight, bound for Rome: home of democracy, the twelve-month calendar, and the newspaper. So that’s how the font Times New Roman came to be!

    Day 2: Arrival in Rome

    Welcome to Rome! Your adventure begins in the Eternal City, where enchanting architecture, fascinating history and a foodie paradise are waiting.

    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 the other travelers as they arrive

    In the evening, it’s time for our Welcome Mixer. Enjoy appetizers and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, take the party elsewhere.

    Day 3: Explore Rome + Optional Pasta Making

    Tour Rome with a local guide. Then, do as the Romans do and learn how to make authentic pasta by hand.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Join the group in the morning for an authentic pasta-making class and foodie experience.
    • Walk the Via Sacra, the ceremonial and public main street of Ancient Roman life
    • See the ruins of ancient Rome.

    Taste of Italy Pasta-Making Class(extra cost)

    When in Rome: cook pasta. Learn to craft the dough for homemade pasta, and enjoy a delicious meal prepared by your own hands. You’ll also get to taste local snacks and learn about Italian food traditions.

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

    Day 4: Free Day in Rome + Optional Vatican City Excursion

    Today you get to explore centuries worth of culinary perfection, unbelievable architecture, and local fashion on your own. And let it be said, Rome looks goooood for being 2,000 years old. (It must moisturize.) Shop, eat, drink, and talk like an Italian (with your hands) during your free day. Embrace the culture and indulge in carbs during your last day in the Eternal City. Plus, if you're up for it, join an optional excursion to the Vatican.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Explore the bustling streets and famous sights while enjoying a cone of gelato.
    • Take your carb overload one step further—by making your own pasta (Taste of Italy Excursion).
    • Soak in the history by exploring ancient ruins.
    • Act like a fashonista on Via del Corso, the main street in historical center of Rome lined with brand names and local eateries.

    Free Time Suggestions
    Trevi Fountain: Rumor has it, if turn your back to the Trevi Fountain and toss a coin over your shoulder, it guarantees you’ll return to the Eternal City. Throw in a second coin, and you’ll not only come back, but also find love. (Significant other not guaranteed by EF Ultimate Break.)
    Shopping on Vide del Corso: Walk down the longest pedestrian street in the city for some prime shopping. Populated by both locals and tourists, there’s room for everyone on the narrow store-filled street.

    A Visit to the Vatican(extra cost)

    Visit the Pope’s house: Vatican City. Take a guided tour of the Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica, and get your dose of art history up close and personal—viewing Michelangelo's famed Sistine Chapel frescoes.

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

    Day 5: Travel to Tuscany Region via Orvieto

    Board your private coach; you’re heading to Tuscany.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Depart Rome in the morning
    • Stop for lunch in Orvieto; check out the main plaza and other notable landmarks
    • Arrive, and check in to your accommodation
    • Take a brief walk of the area with your Tour Director

    Day 6: Tour Florence

    Join a local guide for a walking tour of Florence, the compact capital of Tuscany known for its famous Renaissance artwork.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Travel by coach for a day trip to Florence
    • Cross the Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence, home to many of Florence’s jewelers and art merchants.
    • Stroll the Piazza della Signoria, home to the Uffizi Gallery and Michelangelo’s David
    • Visit the Duomo Cathedral. Return during your free time and challenge yourself to climb the 463 steps to the top for stunning views of the city
    • Spend the afternoon free to wander Florence on your own.

    In the evening, you'll head back to your accommodations.

    Free Time Suggestions
    So Artsy: View the Medici Family’s art collection. Today, it’s known as the Uffizi Gallery, one of the best museums in the world.
    Picture This: Snap the perfect picture of Florence’s skyline after hiking up to San Miniato al Monte.
    Shop 'til You Drop: The area between Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo is our favorite.

    Day 7: Free Day in Tuscany Region

    Enjoy a full free day in Italian paradise. With medieval architecture, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the food and wine of Tuscany at your fingertips, the options are virtually endless.

    Day 8: Travel to Venice Region

    Next stop: the Venice Region of Italy! Situated on 118 islands, intersected by 175 canals and spanned by more than 400 bridges, this city has had more praise showered upon it from travelers, writers and artists than any other city in the world. Threatened by rising tides, you're going at the perfect moment.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Depart Tuscany via coach
    • Arrive in Venice region and check in
    • Take a brief walk of the area with your Tour Director

    Day 9: Tour Venice

    Head to St. Mark’s Square to begin your sightseeing with a local guide.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Enter St. Mark’s Basilica and bask in the mosaics inlaid in the golden ceiling
    • See several historic churches and amble through picture-perfect piazzas
    • Follow the winding Grand Canal through the heart of Venice
    • See the historic Rialto bridge, the oldest in the city

    After your sightseeing, you have the afternoon free!

    Day 10: Travel to Lucerne, Switzerland

    All aboard for a scenic bus ride through the European countryside! Watch as rolling hills give way to majestic, snow-capped Alps. You're headed to Switzerland.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Depart Venice in the morning
    • Sit back and relax as you take in some of Europe's most dreamlike landscapes
    • Arrive in the Lucerne region and check in to your accommodation

    In the evening, go out for a laid-back night with fellow travelers, or simply enjoy the serenity of this alpine retreat.

    Free Time Suggestions
    Louis Bar: Ride a funicular to the lobby of this “art deco” hotel, classier than Sir Ian McKellen sipping fine bourbon whilst reading leather-bound literature.
    Alpetizers: Try some hearty Swiss dishes, like rösti (potato cake), chügelipastete (veal with creamy mushroom sauce served in puff pastry), or weiner schnitzel (fried veal or pork; fun to say).

    Day 11: Picture-Perfect Switzerland

    Situated by a lake and nestled among the Alps, Lucerne is quintessential Switzerland. Today, you'll explore the area with your Tour Director before ascending to the most insane view you've ever seen. Ever.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Walk the narrow streets and take in the incredible mountain scenery
    • See the one-of-a-kind Löwendenkmal, an impressive and poignant rock carving of a dying lion
    • Cross the Kapellbrück, a mural-lined covered bridge that was built in medieval times

    Trip up the Swiss Alps(extra cost)

    Take an amazing trip to the top of a mountain in the Swiss Alps. Cross Lake Lucerne by boat, then ride a cable car to the summit. Take in the incredible panoramic views of Lucerne, its pristine lake, and the majestic Alps.

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

    Day 12: Travel to Munich + Neuschwanstein Castle

    Germany awaits! From fairytale castles to one of the richest beer cultures in Europe, Munich has something for everyone.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Board your coach, bound for Germany
    • Stop at Neuschwanstein Castle, the beautiful and iconic palace that inspired a familiar Disney design
    • Explore with your local guide for an in-depth look at King Ludwig II’s strange life
    • Hike the area surrounding Neuschwanstein for gorgeous views
    • Continue on to Munich
    • Arrive and walk through the heart of city, Marienplatz, with your Tour Director

    End your night at Viktualienmarkt, an extensive German farmer’s market and beer garden.

    Day 13: Tour Munich

    Explore Munich with a local guide. Though it’s a major city with a cultured, highbrow air, it still retains a walkable, small-town feel.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Stop at the Rathaus-Glockenspiel, which tells two stories from 16th-century Germany atop a giant cuckoo clock
    • Roam the English Gardens, the 900-acre greenway (the first of its kind) and home to Munich’s second-largest beer garden
    • Prost! Check out the original Hofbräuhaus, the acclaimed beer house whose recipe has remained unchanged for 500 years

    Day 14: Optional Excursion to Dachau

    Dachau(extra cost)

    Once a typical German town, Dachau was the first Nazi concentration camp during World War II. Now a testament to the strength of the human spirit and a Holocaust museum, tour this somber site with a guide.

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

    Day 15: Travel to Prague

    Up next: Prague! One of the most impeccably preserved cities, Prague's stunning architecture and complicated history make it an enchanting and awe-inspiring place to behold.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Board your morning coach, bound for the Czech Republic
    • Arrive in Prague and check in
    • Go on a brief orientation tour of the area, and check out famous sites like Charles Bridge.

    Day 16: Tour Prague

    Join an expert local guide for a walking tour of Prague. Then, the day is yours to continue exploring.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Czech out Central Europe’s largest castle, where you'll see architecture spanning from Gothic to Baroque
    • Learn about Prague's fascinating history, from centuries-old tales to World War II and the Velvet Revolution
    • Have the afternoon and evening to wander the charming city

    Day 17: Travel to Berlin

    Next stop: Berlin! This metropolis has a grittier, hip vibe; no wonder its own mayor called it "poor, but sexy."

    Today's Highlights:

    • Board your coach to Berlin
    • Stop for lunch in Dresden, a city completely destroyed in WWII bombings and rebuilt to its current state
    • Arrive in Berlin; take an introductory walk with your Tour Director
    • Visit Hackescher Markt, a huge marketplace of unique shops, courtyards and nightlife in Berlin

    Day 18: Tour Berlin

    Today, you'll tour Berlin’s most iconic sites with a local guide by bus and by foot.

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