Western Europe Tour | Unitrips

WESTERN EUROPE TOUR (CHRISTMAS ED.)

Spend an unforgettable Christmas break exploring incredible cities and landscapes in the hands of Unitrips!

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10 COUNTRIES

France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Holand, Belgium and others

23 UNESCO

World Heritage Sites

The winter and Christmas holidays are starting! Can you imagine better way to enjoy it, than travelling around Europe? It’s time to rest and discover the world. You will explore the most important capitals of Europe together with other young people from all around the world. You will see a dream landscapes, snowed mountains, incredible villages, cities full of life and much more during these winter holidays. We will celebrate the New Year’s Eve in Prague. But that’s not all! Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Rome, Munich, Innsbruck and many other cities are waiting for you in this winter EuroTrip.

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OLD EUROPE TOUR

From 16th of December to 10th of January

1’ Day - Madrid - Barcelona

Enough of lessons! Prepare your luggage and take a coat, because a great winter Eurotrip through the whole Europe is starting. Leave the stress at home and set off to Barcelona, our first destination in this huge winter trip during Christmas holidays.

 

We will depart from Madrid at night so that we can arrive to Barcelona early in the morning and enjoy the beauty and all the corners that have converted this city in the world’s capital of tourism: from Sagrada Familia to Passeig de Gracias, walking down the legendary Ramblas and the gothic quarter with its impressive cathedral.

 

 

Recharge your batteries because Christmas Eurotrip with Unitrippers is starting! Are you ready?

Did you know that…

  •  The construction of Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia is endless. The builder stated  that “God had all the time on the planet to see it completed”. The cathedral is so big and complex that no one knows when and IF it will be finished someday.
  • There is a Statue of Liberty in Barcelona, in fact it’s one of only three originals. The most famous one is in New York, other in Paris and in Barcelona you can find it close to Arch of Triumph, in the Arus Library.
  • Passeig de Gracia is an avenue that hosts the main masterpieces of Gaudí, the idol of architecture of XX. century. Get amazed by his famous houses Pedrera and Battló.

2’ Day - Barcelona - Lyon

Today we will depart from Barcelona early, leaving Catalunya and Costa Brava behind. We will cross the borders, admiring Pyrenees and we will follow the course until arriving to Lyon.

Bienvenu a la France!

 

 

We will cross the region of Perpignan and next to it adorable university city of Montpellier and after crossing the half of southern France, we will take direction to Switzerland, until stoping in Lyon, where we will do a night walk to wake up and take an advantage of being in the third  biggest city of France.

Did you know that…

  • Lyon is the 3rd biggest city of France following Paris and Marseilles.
  • Lyon is the capital of french gastronomy.

3’ Day - Lyon - Interlaken (Switzerland)

Today, with Unitrips, we will enter beautiful Switzerland, a country famous for watch and cheese…but not only! We will go all over it’s lakes and the mountains of Alps, we will cross Geneva, the Leman lake and Bern, the capital of swiss confederation, until arriving to Interlaken, beautiful village situated between Thun and Brienz lakes, at the feet of Alpes. No doubt these landscapes will leave you with your mouth wide open, while admiring breathtaking snowed mountains, lovely houses and imposing lakes.

Did you know that…

  • In Switzerland, people speak four different languages: more than 60% of its population speak german, 20% speak french, less than 10% speak italian and a very reduced percentage speak a language that’s about to disappear: romansh

4’ Day - Interlaken

We will wake up in this beautiful village of Interlaken. Today is the day of winter activities, that this place has to offer. Many tourists choose this village for their vacation because of amazing landscapes, great offer of leisure activities and the quality of establishments.

 

During the free time, you will have a chance to visit and discover this authentic swiss village.

 

5’ Day - Interlaken - Milan - 5Terre

We will wake up early to get on the bus, leave Switzerland and enter Italy.

We will cross Lombardia, the region with the highest density of population, where the capital is Milan, the city of fashion, glamour and football.

In the afternoon, we will  arrive to Liguria, a curious coastal region of Italy, full of mountains that end in the sea Ligure.

We will follow until the end of this region to visit it’s most renowned area: 5 Terre.

 

6’ Day - 5 Terre

If the weather stays with us…today is the sea day! We will wake up to visit national park Cinque Terre, one of the most marvelous and a unique places in the world: Five villages of pure beauty, World Heritage by UNESCO.

 

You will feel like you are in a fairytale spending time in these villages with colourful houses, cliffs and hidden bays. A place, which hasn’t been harmed by pollution. There are hardly any cars and the way to move from one village to another is walking or by a train that follows the coastline.

 

*Entrance to the National Park 5 Terre + transport

* In case of adverse climate, we will propose an alternative plan

People who are not eager to participante in the excursion can spend the day in the charming town.

7’ Day - 5 Terre - Pisa - Rome

Leaving Cinque Terre we will turn the engines on to follow the coasts of Tyrrhenian Sea, to arrive to a small university city, Pisa. In this former medieval power of the sea you will have a chance to admire the most famous tower of the world, with the inclination that surprises the whole world since 1000 years ago:  The tower of Pisa.

 

As all the roads lead to Rome….later, we will take the direction to this city, which isn’t called “The eternal city” by coincidence.

We will arrive to the Italian capital in the afternoon, and as Rome wasn’t built in a day, we neither will be able to visit it in a day.  Sooo rest well, because tomorrow a busy day is waiting for us in this great city with monuments from different historical periods….more than 2000 years!

Did you know that…

  • Pisa has 3 leaning towers, but only one of them is famous and atrracts millions of tourists, just to take the typical picture “holding it”.

More to find out about the Tower of Pisa

All you need to know about the Tower of Pisa

8’ Day - Rome

Rome is known as the “Eternal City” and everything has an explication. Time appears to have ceased here hundreds of years back, given the large number of remaining monuments and rests of imposing buildings, which turns strolling through the lanes into a trip back so the capital’s golden age.

The capital of Italy and previous “caput mundi” awaits us with its vast history. There are a lot of reasons to visit Rome, an exciting city you will want to come back to. Gastronomy and lively atmosphere are one of those.

We start with the symbol of the city, the most visited landmark in Italy: the Colosseum, which, despite being half torn down, still oozes wonder. Yet, we don’t stop here, as we proceed to Venice Square with impressive Atlar of the Fatherland, the famous Trevi Fountain, we will follow the route until Panthenon, the Novona Square to finish with visiting Spanish Square.

Are you ready?

Optional Pack*: Guided tour around Rome +Entrance to Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums  + Colosseum and Roman Forums 

9’ Day - Rome

Rome is without doubt a city that requires the longest time to visit it, keeping in mind the density of monuments it has….Soo take an advantage of mild winter of this antique capital of Europe, because our tour leaders will take you to visit all that you couldn’t visit the day before!

Do you prefer to go on your own and buy Christmas presents? In Unitrips we will give you all the freedom, so that no one ends up disappointed.  But don’t return back to hotel late, because today we will have a Christmas Dinner with all your new friends from all around the world!

* optional Christmas dinner

Did you know that…

  • There are stars on the marble pavement of Catedral de San Pedro of Rome, just in the middle of hallway that crosses the central nave. These stars represent the lengths of diverse catholic temples in the world.
  • In Sta. Maria in Cosmedin there is the most renewned drain in the planet: la Bocca Della Veritá. As the legend says, the mouth will bite the one to put his hand in it, saying a lie!

10’ Day - Rome - Vatican City - Florence

It’s Christmas today, Buon Natale in Italy!!

What could be a better way of celebrating it, than saying goodbye to Rome and visiting the famous Vatican City? Especially today, when a blessing Urbi et Orbi takes place, and we will receive it from Pope Francis, from the biggest church of the world, San Pedro.

After the purification, we will put the GPS of the bus towards Florence, to explore it the next day. Florence is a city with plenty of nightlife, so you can enjoy its university parties in Santa Croce.

 

Did you know that…

 

  • The Vatican is a sovereign country with nothing more than 0,44 km2, and is the smallest country in the world. It only has borders with Italy, which completely surrounds it. It hosts the Basilica of San Pedro, which is the world’s largest church.
  • The Vatican Bank is the only bank in the world that allows users to select Latin as a language on an ATM to carry out its operations

11’ Day - Florence - Venice

We will wake up in Florence to enjoy this cradle of renaissance.

Thanks to Medici family, since the XIII. century, Florence became a artistic world’s model: here poets, writers, painters and sculptors wandered and left their footprints, geniuses like Rafaello, Miguel Angel, Leonardo, Donatello, Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio, Botticelli, Machiavelli, Galileo… ¡and we are naming just few!

The Tuscan cuisine has many typical dishes, so don’t forget to try out the T-bone steak! Or Lampredotto… always accompanied by Chianti vine.

You will have a chance to visit many art pieces of these authors in the museum Uffizi, if you are not eager of visiting a museum, you can walk around the hills of Florence, where from you will always be able to see the legendary dome Brunelleschi, which dominates the view of the city.

After an intense day in the capital of Tuscany, we will leave Florence, setting the GPS of the bus towards “City of Channels”, city that had the honour to be one of the most powerful,  richest and most populated cities during centuries, dominating mediterranean and oriental trade routes: Venice!

Did you know that…

  • Florence was the capital of Italiy between 1865 and 1871.
  • Puente Vecchio was the only bridge that survived the nazis bombings during the II.WW, a case similar to London’s Big Ben.

 

¿Do you want to know more? More info about Florence that you can’t miss:

Facts about Florence, the home of renaisance

12 ’ Day - Venice

Winter is the best time to visit Venice, the first european city turned into an open air museum which attracts so many tourists that almost don’t fit in. Don’t loose a chance to visit it! Because soon, limits will be set to control the traffic of tourists….Or the water can sank it! Get out your camera and search for the best angle to take best pictures of its bridges, “Vaporettos” and “Góndolas”.

 

We will enjoy the art with Byzantine influence that characterizes the San Marco basilica, and also how crystal in Murano is made and we will appreciate colorful houses in  Burano!

In the afternoon, we will give you an option of either continuing in Venice on your own or joining the excursion to islands Murano and Burano. You decide! ;)

* optional ride by Gondola

*optional excursion to Murano and Burano islands

Did you know that…

  • The last constructed bridge in Venice was designed by spanish architect, called Calatrava.
  • A phenomenon called “Acqua Alta” occurs in Venice from time to time. The water level increases considerably during 3 – 4 hours. Depending on the intensity, it can flood, with half metre of water, most of the old town.

13’ Day - Venice - Verona - Innsbruck

Before saying arrivederci to Italy, we will make the last stop in the city of lovers, so take an advantage, this is your opportunity! ;) Verona of Shakespeare, the lovers city is a myth known all around the world, thanks to those places where the eternal story of unfortunate lovers can be revived: Romeo and Juliet.

And that’s not all, Verona is World Heritage site by Unesco, where artistic elements of high quality belonging to different historical periods integrate harmoniously.

But let’s get back to mountains, because later on, we will discover another apline zone, famous in all the world because of its traditions: Tirol! You will surely be astonished by lakes with pure water, snowed mountains and green valleys of Heidi :)

 

In the heart of this paradise, we will enjoy the fresh air and architecture of Innsbruck, capital of the region, where  Swarowsky has its headquarters.

Did you know that…

  • During the II.WW. bombings destroyed all 9 bridges that this city had, many monuments were damaged and also 44% of homes were destroyed
  • Verona was part of Austria until 1866, the year when it incorporates to Italy

14’ Día - Innsbruck - Neuschweinstein - Munich

Another day….Another country, Germany! Driving through snowed mountains we will cross the boarders again, entering to Bavaria. This german region is famous for its traditions, for having headquarters of BMW, for beer and the Walt Disney castle….Ehm sorry, Neuschweinstein castle, also called castle of Crazy King.

We hope to be lucky and see it with the snow around, to take unforgettable pictures.

From there we will follow our route to Munich, the capital of Bavaria, famous for the biggest beerfest in the world: Oktoberfest.

Munich is not only a rich, modern and fun-loving city…it has a lot of history too. Therefore, we will stop to visit its cathedral at Marien Platz, with the famous gothic clock-carillon, which has 43 bells and 32 animated figures that will dance for us at 12 o’clock.

15’ Day - Munich - Prague

After visiting the historical centre of Munich, which was bombed throughout the II.W.W., we will hop on the bus again, to take the direction to our next destination, Prague!

Prague is the capital of Czech Republic and the most important city of Bohemia region.  It’s known for being one of the most beautiful cities of Europe, and for its privileged position in the centre of Europe and good connection with the neighbouring countries, it’s one of the most visited destinations in European continent.

Along the history, this city received many names, such as “Golden City”, “City of Hundred Towers” and “The Heart of Europe“.

Moreover, this city was born as a unification of five antique cities, and waters of river Vltava cross it.

Traditionally it has been the political, economical and cultural centre of Czech Republic.

¿Do you know its legends?:

The legend of the city of Prague

16’ Day - Prague

Put the coat on and have a hot drink because golden city awaits us!

Before celebrating crazy New Years Eve we will visit Old Town, the New Town, which also has medieval origins and old Jewish Quarter. You can go from Square of Republic with its Powder Tower and beautiful Municipal House to Wenceslas Square, universally known for being scene of “Spring of Prague”.

We will also see the State Theatre, where various Mozart’s opera plays had their premiere.  Later, it’s possible to walk around Clementinum, former association of Jesuits, to arrive to Charles Bridge with its 30 baroque statues. If we will have time…we can cross the old market square “Old Town Square” with its attractive astronomical clock.

We hope you aren’t too tired, because we still have plans….New Years Eve dinner and party with people from all around the world who come to Prague to celebrate it, because of its charm and cheap prices of beer!

*New Years Eve dinner and party: celebrate the New Years Eve with Unitrips

Did you know that…

  • The beer in Prague is almost cheaper than water! It’s because beer is part of their culture. ¡Impressive!
  • Prague is not the capital of fashion….You will still see some men wearing sandals with socks….explication? None. Just pay attention when you go!

17’ Day - Prague - Kutna Hora

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

After a legendary party, today we will give an option to get to know another jewel of Czech Republic: Kutna Hora, world heritage site, maybe because of picturesque old town, maybe because of the peculiar chapel made of human bones.

 

 

*Optional excursion to Kutna Hora

You prefer to sleep all day? Don’t do it! Prague has much to offer, from the Castle and the Golden Lane, to modern and very particular buildings such as dancing house.

18’ Day - Prague - Frankfurt

New year, new country… It’s time to visit Germany again, which we will cross from the east to the west.

If everything goes as planned, we will make a stop in Nuremberg, city where the Nuremberg trials were hold after the II.WW. judging nazi generals. Many books have been written about this process, recollecting declarations of those who survived the terror of concentration camps.

After crossing Bavaria, late in the evening we will arrive to Frankfurt, the financial capital of Germany, where the Central European Bank has its headquarters. City, where we will sleep, but which we won’t visit.

Well, at least….Prost!

19’ Day - Frankfurt - Cologne - Amsterdam

We will leave Frankfurt early, to put the direction to Cologne, where we will see the most impressive gothic masterpiece of Europe: The Cologne Cathedral. It took more than 600 years to finish it and when you’ll have it in front of your eyes, you will understand why.

 

This city is known for its museums, given that they offer all kind of art. From museum of chocolate making process to pieces of Picasso and Dalí.

 

 

In the afternoon, we will turn the engines on again, to arrive into the lowest country in the world with its liberal capital: Amsterdam.

20’ Day - Amsterdam

Culture and liberal politics have made Amsterdam a world reference for liberal people, especially those who push for the legalization of soft drugs (marijuana and hashish) and the legalization of prostitution.

But Amsterdam is not just coffee shops and red light district, there are many cannals to loose yourself! Fed up? Why don’t you take a walk through the Van Gogh MuseumRembrandt museum, the Moco or Rijksmuseum or visit the Anne Frank House, and if you fancy a beer, Heineken is your star choice!

 

 

*Entrance to Anne Frank museum (skip the line), optional

* Ride on the boat through cannals of Amsterdam, optional

Did you know that…

  • The facade of numerous houses that populate Amsterdam lean forwards. The explanation for this is that its architects built them feeling that, given their narrowness, the best way to get furniture into the house is through the top story windows. Therefore every house has a hook on its rooftop and furniture can be hoisted to prevent the it from crashing into the facade
  • Amsterdam is the most liberal city in the world, so we think. It was the first city in the world to legalize same sex marriage, marijuana and prostitution
  • Most men and women are tall in Amsterdam. Men measure an average of 184 cm and women 170 cm

More info regarding the coffee shops:

The Best Coffee Shops in Amsterdam

21’ Day - Amsterdam - Brussels

Don’t get lost in Amsterdam!! Because this morning we’re off to Belgium and specifically its capital: Brussels. You’ll get to know the heart of the European Union here, in all its dynamism and splendour.

 

 

You will fall in love with this modern and diplomatic city, with bars where you can try thousands of beer varieties, with chocolate shops and Grand Place. The night will leave you speechless. We will visit the centre and see the most characteristic and touristic places.

You will be captivated by the odour of chocolate and waffles which flows through its steets. If sweet is not your cup of tea, don’t worry, you can go with the beer…but beware it’s very misleading at 8-9% alcohol content!

Did you know that…

  • The famous Manneken Pis statue in Brussels, also known as meón child, is not the original. There have been silent replacements of the statue due to it being damaged and stolen by vandals repeatedly.
  • The three typical delights of Brussels are: frites, waffles and beer
  • There are  many types of beer in Brussels, and the Delirium bar is one of the most picturesque, collecting them all
  • There is a wellspring of hot water, cold water and sparkling water in the middle of the city, located at the Gare Central
  • Some of its universities follow the Flemish method of education, while others remain French

22’ Day - Brussels - Bruges* - Ghent*

Today, you will have two options!

The first is to stay in Brussels and enjoy the capital while recovering from your hangover…The second option is that you hang out with us and see 2 best conserved flemish cities: Bruges and Ghent!

 

Hop on the Unitrips bus and we’ll take you there. We’ll start the day visiting the beautiful university city of Ghent, and end it a little bit more on the north. The city of Bruges, where we will walk from bridge to bridge, among the fog of cannals.

 

*Optional trip (Bruges- Ghent)

Did you know that…

  • Bruges is the most visited city of Belgium….even more than the capital, Brussels.
  • Contrary to the popular belief that relates the name of the city to a story about witches, “Brugge” has its roots in the Old Dutch word for “bridge”.
  • Bruges had a port, which is now full of sand. Therefore, it isn’t the economical power anymore, as it used to be.

23’ Day - Brussels - Paris

We’ll leave Brussels today!

And It’s time to go back to France and after aprreciating the southern part at the beggining of the trip, we still have the north to discover.

The land of Ch’tis, which we will cross to arrive to the touristicaly most attractive city of the world: Paris.

During the night, you will have an opportunity to learn, why people call it the “city of light” ;)

 

 

 

*Optional excursion Paris by night

24’ Day - Paris

We’ll wake up in Paris and after having eaten a croissant and a hot drink, we’ll begin our route in Paris.

We only need to choose where to start! You don’t have to be in love to enjoy Paris. We’ll visit the most characteristic places in Paris, we’ll walk along the Senne river until we get to the Notre Dame, the most famous gothic cathedral in the world, covered with gargoyles. We’ll make our way towards the Louvre and snap a photo with the famous pyramids and continue onto the Place de la Concorde.

 

Of course, we’ll finish our tour at the most famous tower in the world, the Eiffel Tower, a massive structure of steel which was a result of a universal exhibition in the nineteenth century and since then has watched the people of Paris from above, covered in trillions of their little locks.

Not had enough yet right?! Well, recharge your batteries because things still wait to be seen in Paris that you can’t miss! What do you think about seeing the Sacre Coeur in Montmatre and making our way down Pigalle, where you can find Moulin Rouge?

25’ Day - Paris

Today will be your free day in Paris, and we’ve let you time to see any places you still have unchecked on the list. Of course we’ll give you some tips on what to do :)

Now is the time to go to the Louvre and enjoy its endless exhibitions, or at least wink at the Mona Lisa.

 

Perhaps if you prefer modern architecture you’ll find your place amongst the futuristic skyscrapers of La Defense.

Do you prefer the exotic and multicultural? There’s a very interesting area called Belleville where the Lord Malaussene used to live

If you want to see a bit of Italy in Paris don’t hesitate to visit the gardens of Luxembourg, which were owned by Maria dei Medici, and on the way appreciate the Pantheon, the Sorbonne (the top university in France) and stroll through the Latin Quarter and its thousands of pubs.

 

 

Make the most of your last day of the trip… because at night we will take the bus back to Madrid. (around 16 hours on the bus).

26’ Day - Madrid

In the morning we will cross Pyrenees, we will pass next to San Sebastian, Vitoria and Burgos to finish this macro tour in Madrid. Now you will have a right to say that you know the half of Europe and you will go home with the memories of the most beautiful corners of this old continent, with your new friends from half of the world.

 

 

The program could suffer unforeseen changes due to weather conditions, traffic… or the ability of the group to respect meeting times.

The cities where we will sleep are subject to availability, depending on the flexibility of the hotels or hostels. The quality of the establishment will not change.

The suggested programme doesn’t include optional/extra activities. You will have opportunity to book some of them in the reservation form, while the others will be proposed by the tour leader along the tour.

We don’t guarantee the availability of the optional activities, specially if the service is external to Unitrips. In case of the cancellation of the activity, paid amount will be reimbursed.

Meeting Point: Madrid-Barcelona

Madrid Meeting Points

The early morning of 16th Decemeber

  • 1:00am @ Atcha Train Station, in front of the Ministry of Agriculture
  • 1:30am @ La Plaza de Toros, metro: Las Ventas

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You will receive more information by email once reserved and before the departure.

For different departure points, please consult us.

If you have any problem regarding flights or schedules on the days you want, we can give you a hand. Before anything, we advise you to read this article

What’s included?

  • Transport in our comfortable Unibus to the cities mentioned in programme
  • 26 days and 24 nights in hotels/hostels/campings in Europe:
  • 1 Night in Barcelona
  • 1 Night in Lyon
  • 2 Nights in Interlaken
  • 2 Nights in 5 Terre (surroundings)
  • 3 Nights in Rome
  • 1 Night in Florence
  • 2 Nights in Venice
  • 1 Night in Innsbruck
  • 1 Night in Munich
  • 3 Nights in Prague
  • 1 Night in Frankfurt
  • 2 Nights in Amsterdam
  • 2 Nights in Brussels
  • 2 Nights in Paris
  • 24 breakfasts
  • 1 Night in Unibus
  • Multiple beded rooms with shared or private bathrooms depending on the establishment (single or double/twin room if you request)
  • All costs related to parking, transport and tolls
  • Group leader during the whole trip
  • Assistance throughout the whole trip
  • Guided walks in mentioned cities given by tour leaders
  • Welcome Kit
  • And other surprises…

What’s not included?

  • Everything that is not mentioned in “What’s included?”
  • Transport to the starting point
  • Travel insurance and cancellation insurance
  • Optional activities offered on the tour
  • Entrance fees for monuments and attractions
  • Visa fees or other administrative costs
  • Transport within the cities (metro, taxi etc.)

Extras, optionals:

  • Entrance to National Park 5 Terre + transport: 27 €
  • Rome Pack: Guided walk around Rome + Sistine Chapell and Vatican Museums + Colosseum and Roman Forum: 55€
  • Christmas dinner
  • Ride by Gondola
  • Excursion to islands Murano and Burano
  • NYE dinner and party
  • Excursion to Kutna Hora: 15 €
  • Entrance to house of Anne Frank (skip the line)
  • Ride by boat through canals of Amsterdam
  • Day trip Bruges and Ghent: 35 €
  • Paris by night: 12 €
  • More activities – you will by informed by tour leader along the tour

Book your spot for only €100…

…and pay the rest up till 30 days before departure

FAQ regarding tours around Europe:

Do you have any question? We recommend you to read this article to clarify all your doubts :)

Minimum number of participants:

As this is a group trip, a minimum of 40 people are required for the trip to be confirmed.

Language:

The main language on the trip will be Spanish, however all of our tour leaders speak both Spanish and English, and any written information you receive will be in English.

Hotels and hostels:

The multiple rooms are from 3 to 9 beds, according to the availability of the establishment. If you want a double/twin or single room, mark this extra in your booking form.

Additional Information

Date

16-12-2016

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