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New Year's in Munich: Grand Tour of Europe

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Walk Kurfürstendamm, the main boulevard, lined with high-end shops, bars and theaters
    • Pay homage to the 6 million people who lost their lives during the Holocaust at the German Holocaust Memorial
    • See what remains of the Berlin Wall, which once divided East and West Germany
    • Visit the Rathaus Schöneberg town hall, where John F. Kennedy made his inspiring, “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech in 1963
    • Stand beneath Brandenburg Gate, which used to represent segregation between the East and West, but has since turned into a symbol of unity after the fall of Communism

    The rest of the day is yours to explore on your own.

  • Day 19: Travel to Amsterdam

    Board your morning train—you're headed to Amsterdam!

    Today's Highlights:

    • Chill out on your train to Amsterdam
    • Check in to your accommodation
    • Take a brief walk of the area with your Tour Director

    The rest of the evening is free!

  • Day 20: Tour Amsterdam + Tuk Tuk Ann Frank Tour & Van Gogh Museum (Optional)

    Today, you’ll experience the unique character of this city, guided by a local expert.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Meet your local guide for an in-depth tour of the city
    • Stroll through the upscale, picturesque Jordaan Neighborhood
    • Tour Nieuwmarkt, a lively city square, market and nightlife hotspot
    • Stop in the infamous Red Light District

    Free Time Suggestions
    Beer Me: Amstel and Heineken are rooted here in Amsterdam. Check out the Heineken Experience for a magical, behind-the-scenes look at one of the world's largest beer companies.
    Van Gogh Crazy: Enter the world of Vincent Van Gogh at the museum bearing his name. Dedicated to his life and work, he was the quintessential tortured artist, and arguably the greatest of the post-impressionists.

    TukTuk Ann Frank Tour & Van Gogh Museum (extra cost)

    Zip through Amsterdam on a Tuk Tuk motorbike. Drive by the most picturesque canals then skip the line like a VIP and take a guided tour of the Van Gogh museum. Finally, unwind with a complimentary pancake and drink.

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

  • Day 21: Travel to London

    It's time to head to London on your early morning flight. Then, you're off, experiencing London’s most iconic sites with a local guide for a walking and bus tour of the city.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Arrive in London via plane.
    • Take a brief walk of the area with your Tour Director
    • Acquaint yourself with the city by using the rest of the day to explore on your own.
  • Day 22: Tour London

    Experience London’s most iconic sites with a local guide for a walking and coach tour of the city.

    Today's Highlights:

    • See Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, all the while hearing about their unique stories from your local guide
    • Learn how to tell if the Queen is home at Buckingham Palace
    • Check out the medieval Tower of London juxtaposed against the modern cityscape

    Take the rest of the day to return to any of these sites or find some favorites of your own.

  • Day 23: Free Day in London or Optional Oxford & Windsor Castle Excursion

    Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind; join the group for an enchanting tour of Oxford's campus, or take a day to explore London on your own.

    Oxford & Windsor Castle Excursion (extra cost)

    **Please note this excursion is only available on 2019 departures.**

    See the countryside roll by as you escape to Oxford, the picturesque city that doubled as Hogwarts and influenced J.R.R. Tolkien and Albert Einstein. After a guided tour, enjoy free time to explore museums, grab a Covered Market lunch, or simply wander through a place as magical as the stories it inspires. Then, visit Windsor Castle, a timeless royal residence, and the site of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding. Tour the priceless objects in the State Apartments with a local guide, and enjoy strolling the grounds.

  • Day 24: Travel to Paris

    Board your train to Paris! Whether you consider it the City of Light, of Love or of Fashion, Paris is unparalleled in its visual splendor, amorous aura, and chic glamour.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Travel by train from London to Paris
    • Arrive and check in to accommodation
    • Walk around Pont Neuf and the Latin Quarter to get acquainted with the area
    • Get a quick tutorial and a pass for Mo, the Parisian Metro, directly from your Tour Director

    In the evening, take off on your Seine River Cruise. You'll float past Notre Dame Cathedral and under some of Paris’s famous bridges, then visit the most iconic tower in the world as its dazzling lights sparkle with the setting sun.

  • Day 25: Tour de Paris + Palace of Versailles (Optional)

    Enjoy a combination bus and walking tour of Paris’ top highlights. Your expert local guide will tell you all about the city as you see its most well-known sights. Then, join your group for a tour of the massive Palace of Versailles.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Visit Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Luxembourg Gardens and many other iconic Parisian places
    • Head to Versailles for an in-depth tour of one of history's most fascinating and dazzling works of architecture

    Free Time Suggestions
    Edit Sober: Visit the cafe haunts of literary giants like Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce and many others.
    Fall in Louvre: Paris is home to some of the world’s most incredible art collections. Head to The Louvre and Musee d’Orsay. The Louvre displays art from before the 18th century, and houses the Mona Lisa herself. The Orsay is your place for modern art.
    Latin Quarter: Around the Sorbonne, the bars and clubs here are open late and frequented by locals and travelers alike.

  • Day 26: Free Day in Paris

    Today is yours to explore! Paris is immense, yet intimate. While it can be overwhelming at first, there’s a bounty of hidden gems around every corner.

    Free Time Suggestions
    Go Subterranean: The Paris catacombs are dark, underground crypts where the city’s dead have been buried for centuries.
    Bon Appétit: French food is some of the finest in the world. Demanding customers, meticulous preparation and the freshest ingredients combine for an unparalleled culinary experience. Parisians eat dinner late between 8 and 10pm, so plan accordingly.
    C’est Magnifique!: Head to Montmartre, a neighborhood filled with street art, incredible views overlooking the city and the famous Sacré Cœur Cathedral. This is the perfect place to take a stroll, grab lunch and admire a more authentic side of Paris.

  • Day 27: Travel to Barcelona

    Catch your morning flight to Barcelona, a city of endless parties, wacky architecture and premium beaches.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Travel by train from Paris to Barcelona
    • Take an introductory walk of Barcelona with your Tour Director
    • Stroll Las Ramblas, the main pedestrian thoroughfare lined with bars, cafes, shops and street performers
    • Stop in Plaça de Catalunya, the city center where old meets new

    Enjoy the rest of the evening to explore on your own.

  • Day 28: Tour Barcelona

    Experience Barcelona’s unique architecture and atmosphere with a local guide by coach and foot.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Explore the Old Port with your guide
    • Visit one of Antoni Gaudí’s greatest works of modernist art, Parque Güell. This colorful park is adorned with tilework, dreamlike structures and not a straight line anywhere.
    • See the 1992 Olympic Park which lines the Mediterranean Sea
    • Check out the unfinished Sagrada Familia cathedral, where construction started over 100 years ago by Gaudí

    After your tour, enjoy the rest of the day to revisit any of the sights, hit the beach or explore on your own.

  • Day 29: Free Day in Barcelona + Farewell Dinner

    The day is yours to experience the best of Barcelona. In the evening, share one last memory with your group in the included, three-course Farewell Dinner.

    Free Time Suggestions
    Market Down: Visit La Boqueria, the famous market just off of Las Ramblas, with everything from fresh fruits to meats, flowers and sweets.
    Playa Long: Barcelona’s coast is lined with beaches, each with its own personality. Try party-centric Barceloneta, tranquil Caldetes or water sports at Mar Bella.
    Comer Little Closer: From paella, a traditional rice dish, to Basque-style tapas, Barcelona has gastronomy locked down.

  • Day 30: Fly Home

    ¡Adiós, amigos!
    Translation: Goodbye, friends. Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, enjoy your last few moments together. Take one more group photo. Grab that final drink. (Fine, maybe a couple of drinks.) But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?

    –OR–

    EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS

    1. Double the fun
    A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.

    2. Go ahead or stay behind
    Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.

    Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.

Reviews


Overall rating: 4.8 out of 5
Based on 117 authentic traveler reviews
  • Go, Go, Go! Seriously, this trip will change your life!

      Abigail, traveled Jul.. 2019

    My Grand Tour of Europe trip was everything I could've asked for and more! I honestly never thought when I booked this trip that it would be as magical as it was. Whether you're an experienced traveler or just starting out, this trip is perfect because you can make it whatever you want it to be. I signed up as a solo traveler and ended up making 14 new best ... See more

  • Do it for you.

      Annamarie, traveled Jul.. 2019

    Do it for yourself. Meet new people, eat new food, experience the culture, drink the wine, and the beer (there was a LOT of beer). Party with friends, sleep on the bus, plane, or train. Laugh, sing, drink more freaking beer (there was so much). Take so many pictures, and videos, and boomerangs. Go shopping, do the excursions, spend time alone, make connectio... See more

  • 2nd EF Trip - Loved it! Already booked my 3rd!

      Samantha, traveled Sep.. 2019

    With this being my second EF trip, I knew what I was getting myself into but also was incredibly surprised by many things along the way! My group size was particularly small - only 13 people. My last EF trip had 33 (Spain, France & Italy)! Within the first few days of the trip, we all got super close super fast. This definitely had its benefits, but as the t... See more

  • I fell in love with everything I saw

      Sarah, traveled Jul.. 2019

    I fell in love with everything I saw. A trip of a life time that I will never forget. Made new friends, learned new words, fell in love with the world and all that it had to offer. Switzerland, Prague, and Munich was so much fun, so much to do but not enough time to do it all. Pub crawl is a must in Prague!! Pizza in Rome is just amazing, and the French do ... See more

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