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Ultimate Europe

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The Eiffel Tower lit up at night with several pink airplane contrails crisscrossing in the sky
The Eiffel Tower lit up at night with several pink airplane contrails crisscrossing in the sky
A woman smiling while standing inside a red telephone booth in London
A view overlooking Park Guell which is a vibrant outdoor collection of gardens and architecture located in Barcelona. A red brick building with a white cross and white trim details is in the foreground with several trees. The city of Barcelona can be seen in the background with clouds scattering a blue sky.
A vibrant blue lake at the center of a lush green valley with a town located next to the lake and snow-covered mountains in the background
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Why go?

Discover your place in the world while immersing yourself in it on a 35-day adventure through Europe. From mountaintop castles and scenic canals to clear-blue beaches and picturesque piazzas, this is more than a trip — it’s an odyssey.

Planning a trip with a group? Rally a crew of friends and you could travel for free. Find out more

Please note that Paris, France is hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics in July and August 2024. All travel through Paris during this timeframe will be subject to possible itinerary and accommodation changes.

Picture yourself

  • Riding in a gondola through the canals of Venice

  • Gazing at the lights of the Eiffel Tower, sipping champagne

  • Feeling like royalty inside German and Czech castles

  • Looking out at Big Ben from high atop the London Eye

  • Raising a toast inside one of Munich’s legendary beer halls

What you'll get

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers

  • 2 overnight ferries, 1 Eurostar ride, private coach

  • 31 nights in handpicked accommodations

  • 33 breakfasts & 2 dinners

  • Expert Tour Director

  • 24/7 support from our travel gurus

  • 11 insider city tours with local guides

  • Seine River cruise in Paris

  • Admission to Park Guell in Barcelona

  • Tour of the Acropolis in Athens

Full trip itinerary

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 Barcelona + Welcome Dinner

    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.

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

    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.
    • 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 3: Sightseeing Tour of Barcelona + Optional Sagrada Familía Tour & Sangria

    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 Familia & 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 pintxos, which are small finger snacks popular in Spain.

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

  • Day 4: 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. *Ability to swim is a pre-requisite for this optional*

    While this optional runs year-round, prime beach season in Barcelona is May to September. If you’re traveling outside of this period, weather conditions may vary.

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

  • Day 5: 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 6: 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.
    • 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 7: 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.

    Please note: The Palace of Versailles is closed on Mondays. If Day 7 falls on a Monday for your departure, this optional will take place on Day 8.

    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.
    • Get the inside scoop on Parisian culture from fashion to snails for dinner, learn about it all.
    • Find inspiration from the local fashionistas, royals, revolutionaries, and intellectuals that shaped the City of Light.

    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)

    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.

    Please note: The Palace of Versailles is closed on Mondays. In the event that the itinerary day containing this optional lands on a Monday for your departure, the optional will take place the following day.

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

  • Day 8: 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 9: Travel to London + Sightseeing

    Next stop: London. Home of the royal fam, 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.
    • Dive into thousands of years of London’s secrets with a local guide.
    • Immerse yourself in London’s rich history at gorgeous landmarks from the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral to Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.
    • Experience a royal ritual during the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace.
    • Wave hello to Big Ben, the bell inside the famous clock tower. Though it’s under construction until 2021, rest assured that Ben says hello from behind the scaffolding.
  • Day 10: Free Day in London + Optional London Eye & Tea

    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.

    London Eye & Tea (extra cost)

    Fly high on the London Eye: Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel, providing panoramic views of all the iconic landmarks. Then, for a more traditional English experience, you’ll enjoy some tea & crumpets.

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

  • Day 11: Free Day in London

    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.

  • Day 12: Free Morning in London + Overnight Ferry to the Netherlands

    Enjoy a few final hours in London, and then trade those crumpets for canals—you’re going to Amsterdam. You’ll travel by land and sea to the home of the Van Gogh Museum, the infamous Red-Light District, and a boatload of floating houses.

    Today's highlights:

    • Spend one final morning exploring London.
    • Travel by bus to Harwich, a coastal town located in Essex, England.
    • Board your overnight ferry to the Netherlands.

    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 13: Arrive in Amsterdam + Sightseeing

    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:

    • Disembark the ferry in Hoek and finish your journey to Amsterdam by bus.
    • 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.

  • Day 14: Free Day in Amsterdam + 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

    Anne Frank Museum: 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.

    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 15: Travel to Central Germany

    You’re about half-way through your journey around Europe. This calls for a celebratory beer! Or as they call it where you’re going, a stein. Cross another country off your list and enjoy a relaxing stop in Central Germany.

    Today's highlights:

    • Travel via private coach to Central Germany.
    • Explore the area around your accommodations with your Tour Director.
  • Day 16: 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 17: Tour Prague

    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.

  • Day 18: Free Day in Prague

    Enjoy a full day in Prague to explore on your own and see what this magical city has to offer when you’ve got nothing but time on your hands.

    Free time suggestions

    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.
    Trdelník: From the moment you smell these chimney cakes, your mouth will water. It’s basically a bunch of dough topped with cinnamon sugar and then cooked on a spit over an open fire. Eat it plain or add some toppings—just make sure you have one.

  • 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 one of Munich’s famous beer halls 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, Dachau was the first Nazi concentration camp during World War II.

  • Day 21: Travel to the Lucerne Region via Neuschwanstein Castle

    Get ready to roll out of Germany—but not before making a photo stop outside a castle so picturesque it’s rumored to be the inspiration behind Cinderella’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.
    • Visit Neuschwanstein Castle and snap some epic photos.
    • Check another country off your list as you arrive in 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)

    Ride a gondola above the tree line of Mt. Titlis, then a panoramic cable car to the summit. At the top, there'll be plenty of time for 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

    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.

    Today's highlights:

    • Arrive in true Venetian style at St. Mark’s square via the Giudecca Canal.
    • 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 Florence + Guided Sightseeing

    Head further down the boot that is Italy and add two more cities to your ‘been there, done that’ list. In 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.

    *Note: There is no included entry to the Duomo during the guided sightseeing on this day, but you will have free time to return if you so choose.

    Today's highlights:

    • Stroll the Piazza della Signoria, home to Florence’s seat of power, the Palazzo Vecchio, as well as several intricate sculptures.
    • 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.
  • Day 26: Free Day in Florence + Optional Day Trip to Cinque Terre

    Enjoy a free day in Florence, or purchase an optional day trip to the Italian Riviera & Cinque Terre.

    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.

    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.

    Lay your eyes on the most beautiful coastal scenery anywhere, Cinque Terre. Discover mountainside villages, iconic colorful seaside buildings, and spend the rest of your day enjoying the pebble beaches of Monterosso.

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

  • Day 27: 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 28: Sightseeing Tour of Rome

    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 everything ancient Rome has to offer with a local guide.

    Today's highlights:

    • Practice your “buongiorno”s as you mingle among the locals exploring on your own in the morning.
    • Tour the city with a local guide who will show you the Roman Forum, Via dei Fori Imperiali, Piazza Venezia, Teatro Marcello, and the Roman Ghetto..

    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.

  • Day 29: Free Day + Optional Vatican City Excursion

    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.

    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)

    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 30: 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.

    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 31: Tour Athens

    Sure Athens is old, but it hardly looks a day over 25 (when you look past the historic structures and ancient statues). What we’re trying to say is, Athens is a beautiful city filled with art, literature, history, and about a million Instagram-worthy spots. Experience it all with a local guide today.

    Today's highlights:

    • 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

    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.

  • Day 32: Set Sail for Paros

    Set sail for Paros in the heart of the Cyclades Islands. With over 75 miles of golden sand beaches, Paros is one of the true delights of the Greek Islands. This is where locals go to vacation.

    Today's highlights:

    • Depart Athens in the morning.
    • Arrive in Paros and check in to your accommodation.
    • Join your Tour Director for a hand-picked a group activity, or plot your own adventure; you’re free to customize your day any way you’d like!

    Free time suggestions

    Sunset: Enjoy a legendary Paros sunset anywhere on the western coast of the island.
    Naoussa Nightlife: When the sun sets, everyone on the island heads from the beaches to the bars; Naoussa is where it begins and ends.

  • Day 33: Free Day in Paros

    Keep exploring the best of Paros. Recharge, relax and spend the days under the blue skies on one of the island’s best beaches. Bring a bottle of wine, a book and your personal playlist—you’re in a beach paradise.

    Today's highlights:

    • Free day! Your Tour Director may coordinate a group activity, but you’re welcome to experience Paros as you’d like.

    Free time suggestions

    Chill Out: Try a quiet meal or drink inland at the village of Lefkes, a serene and rustic village in the hills above the beaches.
    Go Back in Time: Stroll Parikia’s narrow, pebble-lined streets and the Frankish Castle built from the masonry originally used on an ancient temple.

  • 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.

Traveling with us helps the EF community plant trees, at no extra cost to you.

Reviews


Overall rating: 4.9 out of 5
Based on 280 authentic traveler reviews
  • Best. Trip. Ever.

      Sidney, traveled Apr.. 2022

    Taking 35 days off was the best decision I have made in a very long time. The friends I made on this trip will last a lifetime. You get to see and experience so much of the world without the stress of planning all of the details of a massive trip like this. Our tour guide, Serai, completely blew my expectations out of the water, and the excursions both on th... See more

  • Ultimate trip

      Anonymous, traveled Sep.. 2021

    My experience going around Europe for 35 days was so worth it. The people I met and the things I did were just life changing. And being so young at 18 years old you just felt so included in the group so you were never alone. I would say to anyone that is going to do this trip is to make sure not to cheap out on any of the experiences because you will regret ... See more

  • Best Trip

      James, traveled Sep.. 2019

    As an 18 year old going on the Ultimate Europe trip, I didn't really know what to expect, but I can now say it was one of the best decisions of my life. I had so much fun and the trip was even better than I ever imagined! I would highly recommend it to anyone. The trip is well planned and there is a perfect balance of planned activities/tours and free time.... See more

  • Most Amazing 5 Weeks!!!!

      Lilly, traveled Sep.. 2019

    If you love to travel, eat, laugh and make memories then this trip is for you. I have been wanting to travel Europe for awhile now and the biggest step for me was the planning of the trip, when I found this tour company and read through the itinerary I knew that this trip was for me!! It was hitting all the places I have wanted to go, or return to again!! I ... See more

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