Ultimate Europe | EF Ultimate Break

Ultimate Europe

35 Days  •  14 Cities //@ts-ignore//@ts-ignore 143

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Why Go?

If you’re going to do Europe, do it right. As in, travel for 35 days across 14 cities on our biggest and baddest Europe trip ever. Conquer the metro system in Paris, taste test tapas in Barcelona, and flood your Instagram with everything from Big Ben to the Colosseum to the picturesque beaches of Greece. This Europe trip is more fast-paced and epic than any lesson a history professor could give you. This month abroad will prove that things in the U.S. aren’t that old, maps are confusing, espresso is amazing, and travel is always the answer. This is your odyssey. This is Ultimate Europe.

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What are the top highlights?

  • Visit 10 countries and 14 cities in Europe
  • Meet Ben and Abbey in London, AKA Big Ben and Westminster Abbey
  • Experience architecture from medieval to modern in Madrid
  • Climb to the top of Athens’ ancient and famous Acropolis
  • Catch some rays at world-famous island beaches
  • Grab a stein in Munich’s lively beer halls (don’t forget your lederhosen)
  • Indulge in Italian food and wine while taking in the Tuscan countryside

Your trip includes

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers
  • Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
  • Private motorcoach
  • Internal flights, trains & ferries
  • 33 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 Acropolis & 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.

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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 to Madrid, the capital of Spain and the third largest city in the European Union. It’s a city with a rich history, an exciting culinary scene, and some of the best artwork and museums in the world. Now it’s time to drop off your bags and dig in.

Today's Highlights:

  • Land at the airport and meet a waiting EF representative.
  • Transfer to your hotel to check in and check out your room.
  • Get familiar with the area around your hotel with an introductory walk with your Tour Director.

In the evening, it’s time for your Welcome Mixer. Enjoy some appetizers over drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Then it’s on to wherever your new friends and the party takes you.

Day 3: Sightseeing Tour of Madrid + Optional Royal Palace & Rooftops Excursion

A nearly endless amounts of tapas, sangria, and Spanish Golden Age architecture will greet you in this city located at the very center of Spain. Discover many of the most popular destinations before getting regal by entering the Palacio Real (the Royal Palace). And remember, there’s always room for more tapas.

Today's Highlights:

  • Journey to the very heart of Madrid at the Puerta del Sol, aka the “Gate of the Sun.”
  • Shop, walk, and enjoy the outdoors and a bronze statue of King Phillip III at Plaza Mayor (Main Square).

Free Time Suggestions
Prado Museum: Get a ticket to this world-renowned museum and you won’t be disappointed. It features an astounding number of drawings, paintings, and sculptures from artists such as Rembrandt, Monet, Velázquez, and many more.
El Retiro Park: Once belonging to the Spanish Monarchy, this now public park contains a variety of statues and museums, the famed Rosaleda rose garden, the Palacio de Cristal, and Retiro Pond—a great spot for watching people and street performers alike.
Malasaña Park: This happening area is known for a large student population and streets filled with coffee shops, bakeries, and vintage clothing stores. Then at night, edgy dance and rock clubs come to life so you can dance the night away.

Royal Palace & Rooftops(extra cost)

The Royal Family of Spain will see you now. Keep an eye out for a duke or duchess as you stroll the Palacio Real at your own leisure. Once you’ve had your fill of grand, gilded, and gorgeous in the palace, indulge your appetite with included tapas and a drink at an authentic nearby spot. Save room for #views though—the final stop on this magical evening in Madrid is a rooftop bar. We got you covered on your entrance fee and your next drink, but it’s up to you to take the most awe-inducing panoramic pics of the city skyline yourself.

Day 4: Travel to Barcelona

All aboard! Today you’ll leave Madrid behind as you travel by bus to another amazing Spanish city. 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:

  • 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.”
  • Wind your way down the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter. Filled with trendy restaurants, bars, clubs, and an art market on the weekends.

Day 5: Sightseeing Tour of Barcelona + Optional Sagrada Familía Tour & Lunch

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 & Lunch(extra cost)

You ever just start something so ambitious it takes you 140 years to finish? That’s the story of Antoni Gaudí’s yet-to-be-completed Sagrada Família Basilica. Maybe the world’s most unbelievable church—it has been under construction since 1882, and won’t be finished until 2026 at the earliest. You'll go on a guided tour inside the breathtaking basilica, learn about Gaudí’s big plans, and see firsthand that slow and steady wins the race. After, enjoy an included meal, probably in silence, as you try—and fail—to describe its beauty in words.

Please note: This excursion must be booked at least 30 days prior to tour departure.

Day 6: Free Day in Barcelona or Optional Stand-up Paddle-boarding in Sitges

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.

Beach Town Vibes: Stand-up Paddleboarding in Sitges(extra cost)

Big cities are cool and everything, but you ever try spending the day in a supremely chill artist commune just outside of Barcelona? Sitges is exactly that: a laid-back beach town with quaint shops, coastline for days, and most importantly, plenty of wide-open space in the beautiful Mediterranean to stand-up paddleboard on. Work your core without even realizing it as you learn how to paddle around the bay from a professional instructor. Make sure to keep your GoPro handy to capture the amazing Spanish Riviera-esque backdrop behind you (and if you happen to catch your friends falling in the water, so be it). Afterwards, explore the trinket shops and beachside cafés at your own pace, pausing to Google “how to get Spanish citizenship.”

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

Day 7: Travel to Paris

Say adios to Spain and bonjour to France. Today you’ll take a short flight and travel to the City of Light, also known as the capital and most populous city in France. 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.
  • 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).

Day 8: Tour Paris + Optional Excursion to Versailles

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.

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.

Versailles(extra cost)

Spend the afternoon at the over-the-top palace of Louis XIV. Not far from Paris, this is where French royalty reveled in their extravagant lifestyle in the decades before the Revolution. At one point, a thousand nobles were attended by 4,000 servants inside the palace, while 15,000 soldiers and servants lived in the annexes. Walk through the landscaped gardens, tour the State Apartments of the King and the Queen, and see the Hall of Mirrors.

Please note: This excursion must be booked at least 45 days prior to tour departure.

Day 9: Free Day in Paris

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.

Day 10: Travel to London + Sightseeing

Next stop: London. Home of the Queen, tea, a wonderfully different form of the English language, and the largest city in Western Europe. Brimming with history and unique architecture, you’ll soon understand why it’s one of the most visited cities in the world.

Today's Highlights:

  • Travel by train beneath the English Channel on your way to London.
  • Climb aboard a bus for a guided tour that rolls past Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
  • Experience a royal ritual during the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace.

Free Time Suggestions
Tower of London: A ticket to this historic castle is worth the price of admission. Officially named ‘Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London,’ it has been used as an armory, menagerie, and home of the Crown Jewels of England.
Convent Garden: This popular marketplace in London’s West End offers a variety of entertainment options. Check out the Royal Opera House, fashion-forward stores, a bevy of street performers by St. Paul’s Church, or one of the many pubs and restaurants.

Day 11: Free Day in London or Optional Oxford & Windsor Castle Excursion

Use this free day to check out and check off anything you may have missed in one of the world’s greatest cities. Dive in and act like you belong with some local slang, try some famous fare (looking at you fish and chips), and explore until you’re too knackered (tired) to continue.

Free Time Suggestions
The British Museum: Discover over 2 million years of human history at this free museum. With over 8 million objects and counting, it is one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in existence—so don’t expect to see it all.
Westminster Abbey: This historic, royal church is the traditional place of coronation and burial for British monarchs. The mainly Gothic façade leads to a gorgeous array of paintings, stained glass, and artifacts. Get yourself a ticket and you’ll be treated to more than just a house of worship.

Oxford & Windsor Castle Excursion(extra cost)

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.

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

Day 12: Free Day in London + Optional London Eye & River Cruise

The world is your Oyster Card, aka the name of your included metro pass. Make the most of your final day and gallivant around London to get your fill of tea, red busses, oddly shaped cabs, and of course the social centers of every neighborhood—the pubs. Enjoy those last pints and until next time, cheerio!

Free Time Suggestions
Abbey Road: Want to walk in the literal footsteps of greatness? Head over to this famous thoroughfare and make your way to its southeastern end. There you’ll find the studio where the Beatles recorded their final studio album and the crosswalk they made famous with its cover.
Harrods: You don’t have to buy a ticket to get into the world’s most famous department store, but once you’re inside, all bets are off. At over a million square feet with 330 departments, its motto of “all things for all people, everywhere” makes complete sense.

London Eye & River Cruise(extra cost)

If you’re going to see London, see it properly: from air and sea. Fly high on the London Eye: Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel, providing panoramic views of all the iconic landmarks, including The Shard, The Gherkin & The Banana (okay, maybe we made that last one up). Afterwards, sail down the River Thames with tea & crumpets. Take in the local flavours & colours, and realize that you love London so much you’ve started spelling words the British way.

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

Day 13: Travel to Amsterdam + Sightseeing + Optional Chocolate & Spice Tasting

Trade those crumpets for canals, you’re on your way to Amsterdam. Arrive by train at the elegant Centraal Station and note its Renaissance Revival architecture as you leave. Then it’s off to explore more of the city home to the Van Gogh Museum, the infamous Red Light District, and a boatload of floating houses.

Today's Highlights:

  • Add another stamp to your passport as you arrive at the ‘Venice of the North.’
  • 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
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.
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.

Chocolate & Spice-Tasting Workshop(extra cost)

As the largest cacao harbor in the world, Amsterdam has been raking in money and spices for centuries—and has shaped the cuisine we eat around the world (including your mom’s meatloaf). During this workshop get ready for a sensory overload as you smell, touch, and, more importantly, taste four different spices from the Spice Islands. After you’ve had some spice, it’s time for something nice—chocolate! Try five types of chocolate (including 100% pure cacao) and four homemade chocolates made with some of the spices that are traded every day. Plus, take a bonbon or chocolate to take home to share with someone. Because sharing is caring, right?

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

Day 14: Free Day in Amsterdam or Optional Dutch Countryside Bike Tour

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
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.
Van Gogh Museum: Enter the world of Vincent Van Gogh at this museum dedicated to his life and work. The quintessential tortured artist and arguably the greatest of the post-impressionists, if you’re an art lover—buying a ticket is a must.

Dutch Countryside Bike Tour(extra cost)

Bike like a local through the streets and countryside of Amsterdam. You’ll start by pedaling through the city, then take a ferry across the North Holland Canal. On the other side, leave behind gleaming landmarks like the Amsterdam Tower and Eye Film Museum as you glide deeper into Holland. You’ll ride through rural landscapes (complete with cows-galore) and see the picturesque windmills and 17th century villages. Enjoy pancakes and a drink while soaking up the stunning Dutch countryside. Experience the quaint Waterland region by the sea before biking back to big city life.

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

Day 15: Travel to Berlin

Nine times bigger than Paris and with more bridges than Venice, Berlin is a city you could easily get lost in—and be glad you did. The capital of Germany is celebrated for a vibrant nightlife scene with parties known to go not just all night, but all weekend long.

Today's Highlights:

  • Take an introductory tour around Berlin with your Tour Director.
  • Try some currywurst (pork sausage served with a curry ketchup), a dish so popular it has its own museum.
  • Find your way to Hackescher Market, both an important transportation hub and the starting point for the city’s nightlife.

Day 16: Tour Berlin

Explore Berlin’s most iconic sites with a local guide, by way of bus and your own two feet. This is a city steeped in history, art, and boasts a culture as diverse as its citizens. See the sights, try the local version of sausage, and find a good bar to wash it all down.

Today's Highlights:

  • Walk Kurfürstendamm, the main boulevard, lined with high-end shops, bars, and theaters.
  • Visit the Rathaus Schöneberg town hall, where John F. Kennedy made his inspiring, “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech in 1963.
  • Stand beneath Brandenburg Gate, a symbol of European unity and peace.

Free Time Suggestions
Museum Island: Discover five unique, and internationally significant, museums wedged between the River Spree and Kupfergraben. Make your way through the archaeological collections and art galleries in this area of concentrated history.
Story of Berlin: Explore the staggering 800+ years of Berlin’s history at this centrally located museum. With 20 individually themed rooms, you’ll see exhibits on the two world wars and the Cold War before heading into the original fallout shelter hidden beneath the city’s streets.
East Side Gallery: Covered in murals and graffiti, this nearly mile-long section of the Berlin Wall is a grim reminder of what once was. Walk along this open-air gallery and think back to the time it stood between what was once East and West Germany.

Day 17: Travel to Prague via Dresden

En route to Prague, make a pit stop in Dresden, a city entirely destroyed by bombs during WWII before being built back up. You’ll have time for lunch and to explore the cool restaurants, cafes, and architecture. Then get ready to cheers the Czechs, as they are the #1 beer drinkers in the world.

Today's Highlights:

  • Hit the road on your way to the ornate castles and long history of the Czech Republic.
  • Stretch your legs during a stop on Dresden, and make sure to check out the gorgeous riverside architecture.
  • Arrive in the storybook city of Prague and try your best to keep your jaw off the ground.
  • Familiarize yourself with the area around your lodgings during a walk with your Tour Director.

Day 18: Tour Prague + Optional Beer Flights & Bohemian Feast

Today you’ll make your way along the cobblestone streets by foot as you follow a local guide on a tour starting at Hradcany Castle—the largest ancient castle in the world. From there you’ll continue on to the historic Charles Bridge that spans the Vltava River.

Today's Highlights:

  • Gather with the group before heading out on a walking tour with your Tour Director.
  • Enter the largest and most important church in the country and a beautiful example of Gothic architecture—St. Vitus Cathedral.
  • Traverse the magnificent Charles Bridge, a historic stone bridge that features an alley of 30 statues and statuaries along its length.

Free Time Suggestions
Prague Beer Museum: You won’t have to keep it down here because despite its name, this is actually a popular pub. Sample one of the 30 beers on tap, or better yet, order a flight and try a few at once. Best. Museum. Ever.
U Fleku: Want to get traditional and enjoy some beers while listening to some live tuba and accordion tunes? This is the place. In operation since 1499, the eight halls and outdoor garden provide plenty of places to get to the bottom of your beer.
John Lennon Wall: Since the 1980 assassination of Lennon, this once ordinary wall has been filled with Lennon-inspired graffiti and lyrics from Beatles songs. Located near the French Embassy, an unknown artist painted the first decoration, but you’re encouraged to leave your own mark on this monument to art.

Czech Yourself: Beer Flights & Bohemian Feast(extra cost)

Did you know that Czech Republic is the #1 beer-drinking country in the world? As they say: When in Czech, do as the Czechs do! Start with several samples of local beer as a guide teaches you about the subtle flavors, history and culture around this nectar of the gods. Then, it’s a short walk to your traditional feast, consisting of hearty, meaty dishes to compliment your perfect Pilsner.

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

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, and more.

Dachau(extra cost)

Once a typical German town on the outskirts of Munich, Dachau served as the first Nazi concentration camp during World War II. Visit this somber site, which has since been transformed into a Holocaust memorial museum that serves as a testament to the strength of the human spirit. You’ll be accompanied by a private guide for a 90-minute tour. This excursion also includes transportation to and from the site.

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

Day 21: Travel to the Lucerne Region via Neuschwanstein Castle

Get ready to roll out of Germany—but not before stopping by a castle so picturesque it’s rumored to be the inspiration behind Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Then it’s off to Switzerland, home to some of the finest chocolate in the world.

Today's Highlights:

  • Climb aboard the private bus for a scenic ride across the European countryside.
  • Take a guided tour of Neuschwanstein Castle before heading up to Mary’s Bridge for the best view of the day.
  • Check another country off your list as you arrive Switzerland.

Day 22: Tour Lucerne + Optional Trip Up the Swiss Alps

Breathe in fresh lake air with hints of fresh chocolate (it might only be your imagination) as you explore a charming city overlooked by the snow-capped peaks of the Alps. It won’t take long to see why so many people flock to Switzerland—and seemingly never want to leave.

Today's Highlights:

  • Get introduced to the city with a guided tour from your Tour Director.
  • Stand in wonder before Löwendenkmal, an impressive sculpture of a wounded lion carved into a sheer rock cliff.
  • Stroll across the Kapellbrücke, a covered wooden footbridge featuring a series of paintings dating back to the 17th century.

Swiss Alps Adventure(extra cost)

The Swiss like their fondue hot, their politics neutral, and their mountains high. And at over two miles above sea level—10,623 feet—Mt. Titlis is hella high. Ride a gondola above the tree line, and a cable car with panoramic views of the Alps to the summit. Once at the top, you’ll have plenty of time and space for activities: tubing, sledding, yodeling, ice tunnel spelunking, or just plain old view enjoying.

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

Day 23: Travel to Venice via Como

Benvenuto (welcome) to the Venice Region, otherwise known as Veneto. Once one of the richest and largest maritime trade empires in the world, the sheer number of canals, bridges, and boats should come as no surprise. You’ll drop off your bags, stretch your legs, then venture over to an authentic neighborhood on the western side of Venice.

Today's Highlights:

  • Take advantage of a short stop in Como and explore the charming lakeside town set against the towering Alps.
  • Get familiar with the area around your hotel with an introductory walk with your Tour Director.
  • Travel to the Santa Margherita neighborhood of Venice by boat for a walking tour.

Day 24: Sightseeing Tour of Venice

On your first full day of adventure, you’ll arrive at the gorgeous St. Mark’s Square after a short boat ride into the city. You’ll be met by a local guide who’ll show you the famous sights of the city, including the intricate artwork of St. Mark’s Basilica. Just remember to observe the local custom of covering your shoulders and knees before entering—but covering your mouth in awe is completely up to you.

Today's Highlights:

  • Arrive in true Venetian style at St. Mark’s square via the Giudecca Canal.
  • Skip the line and gawk at the golden ceiling of St. Mark’s Basilica.
  • Stand in the footprints of history on the Rialto Bridge, the oldest spanning the Grand Canal.
  • See for yourself why the 15th century Scala Contarini del Bovolo staircase literally means ‘of the snail’.
  • Watch a local artisan in action during a glass blowing demonstration.

Free Time Suggestions
Gondola Ride on the Grand Canal: What better way to experience a city known for its bridges and canals than with a gondola ride down the grandest of them all? Your Tour Director will point you in the right direction if decide you want a ride but finding the gondoliers yourself won’t be hard either—just look for their traditional uniform of black pants and striped shirts.
Libreria Acqua Alta: Calling itself the most beautiful bookstore in the world, this gem is absolutely worth the visit. Wander through charming rooms stacked wall-to-wall with books in this unique shop that battles the nearly constant flooding by placing some of its books in waterproof basins, bathtubs, and boats.

Day 25: Travel to Tuscany Region via Bologna

Head further down the boot that is Italy and add two more cities to your ‘been there, done that’ list. Watch the hills and trees of the countryside slip by out the window of your private coach before reaching your final destination for the evening and deciding what’s for dinner (pizza is never not an option).

Today's Highlights:

  • Break up your trip to Tuscany with a stop in Bologna for some lunch and time to explore.
  • Check in to your accommodations and see what the place has to offer.
  • Get the scoop on the area you’re staying on a short walk with your Tour Director.

Day 26: Sightseeing Tour of Florence + Free Time

Get up, board the private bus for a short drive, and then step out in the beautiful city of Florence. Join a local guide as you walk to some of the most famous sights in the city while taking mental notes of the best smelling restaurants you pass for later. After all, it is Italy and food is kind of a big deal.

Today's Highlights:

  • Take note of the Piazza della Singnoria, home of the Uffizi Gallery and the world’s most famous nude man, Michelangelo’s David.
  • March your way across Ponte Vecchio, a medieval stone bridge with shops built along it (formerly butchers, now jewelers and souvenir shops).
  • Visit the final resting place of some of the most illustrious Italians such as Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli at the Basilica di Santa Croce.

Free Time Suggestions
Pitti Palace: Pitti Palace once housed the dukes of Tuscany and their extensive art collections, these days the dukes are gone but the art remains. Be sure to check out the statues in Boboli Gardens out back.
Vivoli Gelateria: Would it really be a trip to Italy without gelato? The answer is no. Vivoli Gelateria is the local institution to go to for this frozen treat.

Day 27: Free Time in the Tuscany Region or Optional Italian Riviera & Cinque Terre Excursion

Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the Tuscany region is known for its landscapes, history, and artistic legacy. It is also an area known for its wine, notably Chianti, which is sure to come in handy later when you have plenty of free time on your hands.

Free Time Suggestions
San Miniato al Monte: Snap the perfect picture of Florence’s skyline after hiking up to San Miniato al Monte. No filter needed.
Shopping in Florence: The area between Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo is ideal for fashionistas and foodies alike.

Italian Riviera & Cinque Terre(extra cost)

Note: This excursion is seasonal and only runs from May through September. Availability is subject to your tour’s departure date.

Wake up and head for the coast on your way to Cinque Terre (Italian for “Five Lands”). There you’ll find yourself looking at some of the most beautiful coastal scenery you’ve ever laid eyes on. Discover villages nestled into the sides of mountains as you travel by train between them. Your fist stop is Riomaggio, home to the famous Via dell’Amore, or “path of love.” Next up is Vernazza, where you’ll get some of the iconic views of the colorful seaside buildings that Cinque Terre is known for. Then, spend the rest of your day enjoying the pebble beaches of Monterosso before heading back to Florence.

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

Day 28: Travel to Rome via Orvieto

Board your chariot (AKA bus) and head to the Eternal City: Rome. On the way, make a pit stop to the olive groves—get it? Pit stop!—of the rustic town of Orvieto. Take refuge from big city life among the relaxing vistas and winding streets, then continue on to today’s destination

Today's Highlights:

  • Say ciao to Tuscany as you head to Rome on the next leg of your odyssey.
  • Stop en route in Orvieto, to stretch your legs and snap your shutter at the never-ending Italian countryside.
  • Enter the arena that is Rome—you are the gladiator, and pasta is your lion—and get your bearings for the night.

Free Time Suggestions
Piazza del Campidoglio: Michelangelo didn’t invent the square, but he did revolutionize it when he designed this city meeting spot on top of the Capitoline Hill. Municipal politics never looked so Instagrammable.
Porchetta: You didn’t come all the way to Rome to not pig out. Ask your Tour Director where you can find an authentic spot for Porchetta—a delicacy of roasted pig with herbs and garlic served fresh from the countryside.

Day 29: Sightseeing Tour of Rome + Optional Pasta-Making Class

They say all roads lead to Rome, but once you’re there you quickly realize that all roads actually lead to restaurants. Take the morning to satisfy your cravings and sip some espresso, then experience perhaps the most staggeringly important building you can possibly see in Europe: the Roman Colosseum.

Today's Highlights:

  • Practice your “buongiorno”s as you mingle among the locals exploring on your own in the morning.
  • Learn where we get the word “colossal” from as a local guide shows you around the world’s most famous gladiator arena—the Colosseum.

Free Time Suggestions
Catacombs of San Callixtus: See dead people (or at least where they used to be) at Rome’s largest underground catacombs, nearly 2,000 years old.
Via dei Condotti: Stroll this “who’s who” street of high fashion shops, including Armani, Prada, Versace, and Gucci—all of which once charged entrance fees—ultimately culminating at the famous Spanish Steps.

Taste of Italy Pasta-Making Class(extra cost)

When in Rome, do as the Romans do best: cook awesome food. It starts with crafting the dough for homemade pasta, and finishes with a delicious meal prepared by your own hands. Along the way, you’ll get to taste some of Italy's finest local snacks with a local food guide while learning about Italian food traditions throughout the ages. This is truly the authentic cuisine experience you can’t find anywhere but Italy itself.

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

Day 30: Optional Vatican City Excursion

Cross another country off your bucket list, today you’re going to Vatican City: an entirely independent—and the world’s smallest—nation. The home of the Roman Catholic Church packs a wallop of beauty into a small area, though. Experience St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel (making sure to cover your shoulders and knees), then end the day with some free time back in Rome.

Today's Highlights:

  • Be blown away by the sublime collection of art and architectural feats in St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Look up (like, straight up) at the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel ceiling—Michelangelo’s greatest masterpiece.
  • Take some time to explore Rome as you see fit after your religious experience—shop, sightsee, make plans for the night, or just post up at a sidewalk café with a gelato.

Free Time Suggestions
National Roman Museum: Practice your Latin at this immense collection of Ancient Roman statues, frescoes, mosaics and more, housed across four different buildings throughout the city.
Campo de' Fiori: Veg out at the daily market held for centuries at this “field of flowers,” perfect for people watching and produce prodding.
Dancing in Testaccio: They don’t call it the Eternal City for nothing—keep the party going all night at one of the Testaccio Neighborhood’s many glamorous nightclubs.

A Visit to the Vatican(extra cost)

Hey MTV Cribs, welcome to the Pope’s house: Vatican City. Skip all the lines (you’re welcome) and take a guided tour of the Vatican Museum and get your Intro to Art History up close and personal. Make like Michelangelo and crane your neck in the Sistine Chapel to get a glimpse of the single most famous painting of two fingers touching ever made. Let the neck craning continue as you tour St. Peter’s Basilica and gawk at its iconic dome. A great excuse to go to church, and an even better excuse to make a massage appointment when you get home.

Please note: This excursion must be booked at least 60 days prior to tour departure.

Day 31: Travel to Athens

Kiss Rome goodbye (on both cheeks, the European way) and board your plane bound for Greece. Your destination is Athens—the cradle of western civilization—where breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea, ancient history, and fresh feta await.

Today's Highlights:

  • Hop a morning flight from Rome to Athens—continuing on the Mediterranean leg of your adventure.
  • Enjoy the incredible ancient ruins of the Acropolis with a local guide.
  • Pay your respects to the patron goddess of the city (and her namesake sneakers) at the Temple of Athena Nike.
  • Find yourself speechless in the presence of the Parthenon—at nearly 2,500 years old, it is undoubtedly one of the most iconic and storied structures in the world.

Free Time Suggestions
Psiri: Think of Psiri as the Brooklyn of Athens: impossibly hip, and filled with opportunities to dance, drink, or just hang out.
Loukoumades: Sample a food that sounds better with each word: a deep fried donut covered in honey and sprinkled with cinnamon.

Day 32: Travel to Naxos

Now that you’ve had a taste of the tzatziki that Athens has to offer, it’s time to wave bye to the mainland and see what the islands are cooking up. Today’s special? Sunshine and a side of paradise. Hop a ferry, and get to it!

Today's Highlights:

  • Breathe in the Aegean air on a relaxing ferry ride from Athens to Naxos—the perfect length for a recovery nap.
  • Check into your hotel then head out to explore island life in Naxos.

Free Time Suggestions
Ouzo: Sample ouzo, the local anise-flavored aperitif, at an authentic Greek restaurant, locally known as a taverna.
Naxos Beaches: Unwind the Naxos way—laying in the sun at the beach. Local favorites include Plaxos and Agios Prokopios Beach.

Day 33: Free Day in Naxos

Good morning, Naxos! In true island-life fashion, you have no obligations today. You are as free as a mermaid (or merman) to do as you please. Grab a bottle of wine and head down to the beach, up to the mountains, or if your Tour Director has something special planned: join them for a surprise excursion. Either way, do yourself a favor and don’t skimp on the sunscreen.

Free Time Suggestions
The Portara: The Portara, or Great Door, is all that’s left of the Temple of Apollo. This massive marble doorway is 2,500 years old, and faces Delos, Apollo’s birthplace. Legend has it, if you stand inside the doorway and make a wish, the energy of Apollo will move through you and grant your wish. There’s no explicit rule that you can’t wish for more wishes, but c’mon. Don’t be that person.
Beachside Bars: The nightlife in Naxos is low-key compared to the raging clubs of other islands. Enjoy this relaxing change of pace, and sip a fruity cocktail in a beachside lounge, or wander along the quaint streets of Chora in search of a local spot.

Day 34: Travel to Athens + Farewell Dinner

Your great, big, epic adventure is coming to an end. But not before you return to Athens for one more legendary night out on the town and a farewell feast with this amazing group of travelers you now call family.

Free Time Suggestions
Gyros: Go on the prowl for the beloved national sandwich of Greece, consisting of thin sliced meat, tomatoes, lettuce, tzatziki, onions and fries stuffed in a warm pita. Are you salivating yet?
Monastiraki Flea Market: Ah, the last day of vacation. The perfect time to remember you promised everyone back home souvenirs. Not to fear, Monastiraki Flea Market has you covered.

Farewell Dinner
Share some last laughs and revisit the best moments of the trip at this included farewell dinner with the group.

Day 35: Fly Home

Antio, filoi!
Translation: Goodbye, friends. Before you head to the airport, make sure to take one more group photo and grab that final drink. But this isn’t goodbye because you can always get the gang back together for another trip soon. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, we have a couple ways to keep your vacation going.

EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS

1. Double the fun
Many of our trips line up back to back. Give us a call and we’ll help you add another destination—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 a $30 fee. We’ll adjust your flights accordingly, but you’ll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside the tour.

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

Come with us to Turkey on our expertly crafted adventure in Istanbul.

Istanbul Extension(extra cost)

Don’t want the fun to stop? It doesn’t have to, with this 5-day adventure to Istanbul. Travel to this cosmopolitan crossroads—where Europe meets Asia, the Middle East meets the Mediterranean, and your face meets all the döner kebabs you can imagine. Join other Ultimate Break groups in the storied Turkish city for an exploration of all it has to offer—and then some. Go inside the world-famous Hagia Sophia, under the city into ancient caverns, and say yes to the full-sultan treatment that you deserve.

Note: This Trip Extension to Istanbul is available for purchase on select dates only. You will join other EF Ultimate Break travelers whose trips end in Athens at the same time as yours. We’ll update your flight info in your account if your flight itinerary changes as a result of purchasing the Trip Extension. Rooming upgrades come at an additional cost and are subject to availability. Trip Extension to Istanbul is subject to EF Ultimate Break Terms & Conditions. Please contact EF Ultimate Break Customer Service with any questions or concerns.

Please note: This extension must be booked at least 31 days prior to tour departure.

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Date: July 15, 2020
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