Give Queenie a wave, meet the crew and grab some supplies - we're hitting the road early to jump across the channel. Or catch up with us in Paris tonight. It's up to you. The home of Coco Chanel, the Mona Lisa and world's craziest roundabout - Paris deserves its rep as the European capital for all things culture, fashion and food. We'll get to know the City of Love better with a driving tour before tonight's first dinner together.
This is your day, your way. So, make every second count. Create a solid dent in your bucket list with a visit to the Louvre (get your tix in advance!). Snap a pic of the Arc de Triomphe. Wander the Champs Elysées. Or discover the hidden back-streets on your own. Walking not your thing? Stretch out those legs on an optional bike tour. Or jump aboard an optional river cruise down the Seine. Tonight, dress to impress for an optional cabaret show. Or head up the Montparnasse observation tower to see why they call this place the City of Lights.
Trade in Parisian streets for snowy peaks. Warm up those vocal cords, we'll be blasting some banging tunes on the ride into the mountains - stopping for a few pics on the way of course. Home to the 'Top of Europe', 72 waterfalls and one of the largest nature conservations in Switzerland - tonight we're bunking down in the lush valley of Lauterbrunnen. After dinner, sit back in the fresh Alpine air with a cold beverage. This is livin'.
If the Swiss Alps had a Tinder bio it would read: fun-filled outdoor enthusiast - looking for a fellow adrenaline junkie to share adventures with. And we'd swipe right. Hiking. Biking. Skydiving. Helicopter-ing. It's all here. If you're wanting something a bit more low key - strap on the Nikes and walk the valley floor. Or hop on board the Jungfraubahn railway for an optional visit to the Jungfrau Mountain summit. Expect plenty of fairytale villages en route! Haven't had cheese fondue yet? Go. Now.
Trade in your gruezi for bonjour as we head to the GLAM French Riviera. After dumping your stuff at the accommodation, this afternoon is totally up to you! Indulge in a bit of celeb spotting as you explore the world's most lavish waterfront property (no judgement here). Head to the beach for a dip. Or find a local haunt for some seriously good seafood. Tonight, it's happy hour with the gang (happiness guaranteed, discounted cocktails are not).
This morning, you do you! Sleep in. Laze on the beach. Go wild in the designer boutiques in Nice's Old Town. Try all the decorative pastries your elastic waistband can handle - then work them off with a walk up Castle Hill for alll the views. Later: roll with the jet set on a walking tour of Monaco and see how the 1% live (hint: it involves Ferraris and bathing in caviar). Feeling lucky? Hit the tables at the Monte Carlo Casino and make it rain (or not).
Squeeze in one last swim. Down your coffee. And wave goodbye to France - we're heading for the land of the long boot. First stop is Pisa, so think up a good pose for THAT photo. After, make your food baby sing as we roll into the capital of Tuscan cuisine and birthplace of gelato. Before our included dinner tonight, take a stroll along the Arno River and watch the sunset. Then: it's time to sample a scoop (or two) of the good stuff. Did someone say karaoke? If you're feeling it, join the gang in a battle of the classics at the bar later.
Before we hit the road, we'll delve deeper into this artistic capital with a local guide. Uffizi Gallery. Ponte Vecchio. Piazza della Signoria. The Duomo. See it all. Then? The history lesson continues - only this one isn't boring. Trust us. We'll pass by the Pantheon, throw our two cents in the Trevi Fountain, sit on the Spanish Steps and check out the mighty Colosseum before the day is done. Tonight, you're in Disneyland for foodies - so wear your fat pants to dinner tonight.
Time to live out those Roman Holiday fantasies - today is all about Vespas, espresso, two-cheeked kisses and pizza the way it's supposed to taste. Count your blessings on an optional tour of Vatican City (if that's your thing). Or head up to Capitoline Hill for awesome views of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. Then, do as the locals do and indulge in a little dolce far niente (delicious idleness) at a local cafe or piazza. Tonight, shake out those fat pants for round two.
Truth bomb alert: you've got a bit of a drive from Rome to Ancona today (where we'll swap the coach for a ferry). BUT once we're on board you're gonna' have a twin room with an ensuite for the ride. Plus you've got your awesome AF trip mates to keep you entertained. And when you wake up? You're in Greece - heck, yes!
After a short drive along the Greek coastline, it's on to our flotilla of yachts for three days of sun, sand and sailing on the Ionian Sea. By night, flaunt those European tan lines as we drop anchor and hop between authentic Greek tavernas for a mixed bag of feasting, table dancing and ouzo. You know the saying 'too much of a good thing'? It's a lie.
Sail. Swim. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.
This one is pretty straight forward. More diving. More splashing. More sunsets. More ouzo. Better make the most of it - tonight's your last night aboard our valiant vessel.
What happens when you paint a former communist capital in vivid colours? According to Tirana's artist-turned-mayor-turned-TED speaker Edi Rama, people start paying taxes and crime rates plummet. True story. Say hello to our local guide when we tick off the main sights on a driving tour. Then: make sure you check out the crazy number of old bunkers here. Later, we'll quiz each other's newfound historical knowledge at tonight's included dinner.
Press your nose to the window and soak up all the stunning views racing past the coach window as we make our way to the most famous walled city in Europe. Thanks Game of Thrones. This afternoon, we'll take a wander around Dubrovnik's tiny cobblestoned streets with a local guide - before tucking into an included dinner with the gang. Later, you can head to Buža Bar for some relaxed cliffside bevvies. Or check out the acrobatic antics at Revelin nightclub. Did we mention it's in a 16th-century fortress?
Don't be fooled. Dubrovnik is so much more than snapping a selfie on some steps. Although, you can totally get your fill of GOT with an optional Cersei-themed tour today. Rather take to the water? Sign up to a sea kayaking excursion - swim stops at the island of Lokrum included. Get your fix of awesome views with a stroll along the ancient city walls or take the cable car up Mt Sr?. Then tonight: hit the d-floor for round two. Or find a local wine bar to sample Croatia's delicious grape-juice.
Ready for something a bit...quirky? It's called the Sea Organ. And we'll discover this unique art installation - along with the Zadar's eclectic mix of Roman ruins and public art on an orientation tour with our Trip Leader. Bearings establish, the rest of the day is ours for the taking. Explore the Old Town, check out the city walls or sit back with a cocktail at the Garden Lounge. 100% up to you.
Starting to have gelato-shaped dreams, again? DW - you've got another chance to get your fill when we arrive in Venice later today. But first: an optional round of stalagmite spotting at the beautiful Postojna Cave. Fun fact: this all-natural maze of tunnels and caverns was hollowed out by the Pivka River around two MILLION years ago. When we get to Venice, it's time to see what all the fuss is about. Centuries old architecture. Inventive cuisine. And a bucket-load of culture. Dinner is up to you tonight but we've got the inside scoop on where to go.
You know it as The Floating City, but this place is actually sinking (slowly). Today we'll check out the who's who of Venice's usual suspects on a walking tour with our Trip Leader - ticking off the likes of St Mark's Square, Doges Palace and Accademia Bridge. Then: take an optional gondola ride down the Grand Canal. You're in Venice after all. Need some suggestions for your free time this afternoon? Insider tip: spend some time seeking out the epic Libreria Acqua Alta bookshop or head off the tourist trail with a trip to Guidecca Island.
Next up? A country where beer is officially considered an essential food group (right next to sausage and sauerkraut). Say hello to Germany! We'll kick things off with a walking tour of Munich then it's the moment you've been waiting for - an appropriate occasion to wear lederhosen. Head to the 428-year-old Hofbräuhaus for a royal Happy Hour experience or find the Chinese beer garden (or any beer garden for that matter) for a stein-sesh with your trip mates. Prost!
First today: a visit to former concentration camp Dachau for a lesson in the resilience of humanity. Then: on to Prague. Our Trip Leader will help us get acquainted with this picture-perfect city - complete with a quirky clock tower - and point out all the must-dos for our free day tomorrow. Tonight? We'll tuck into a delish dinner together before hitting the town to try some local Czech beer. It'd be rude not to.
How you spend your day is 100% up to you. And trust us, there's plenty to Czech out (ha!). Seek out the John Lennon wall. Soak up some history at the Communist Museum. Take the funicular up Petrin Hill for allll the views. Or grab a delish roast pork roll at one of the street vendors lining Old Town Square. Fancy yourself as a bit of a beer connoisseur? Don't miss the beer tasting optional this afternoon. 11 different Czech beers + tapas = good times all around.
Another day, another food-obsessed European city. But first: get acquainted with 800 year-old Dresden - a city virtually destroyed in WWII and then rebuilt - before we make tracks to Berlin. Prep yourself for currywurst and more hipsters per capita than anywhere else. We'll drive you around to see the main sights including (what's left of) the Berlin Wall, Zoo Gardens, the Holocaust Museum, Charlottenburg Palace and Alexander Platz. Then: another group dinner to test how far your jeans really stretch.
You've got 24hrs here. Make the most of it. Our advice? Opt in for a historic walking tour that's, you know - not boring. Get a local insight into what the city was like under Nazi rule and tick off the likes of the Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie and Brandenburg Gate. Or put those taste buds to the ultimate test on an awesome AF food tour. We're talking kebabs, pastries, currywurst, pierogi and local beers (you're in Germany after all). Tonight, it's time to see whether this city's nightlife really lives up to the hype.
The trip may be coming to a close, but it's not over yet! We've got our eye on Amsterdam today. It's time to hit the cobblestones and explore - check out the likes of the Dam Square, the Royal Palace and the National Monument. Then, this place is a foodie's haven - so you'll have no trouble finding somewhere to settle in for dinner. Later, there's an option to experience a show in the Red Light district. Or for a more local experience - head to a canal-side wine bar or brewery.
This is our last full day together. So, don't hang about - get on your bike! Check out Amsterdam's iconic canals, bridges and parks on an optional bike tour. Or for the culture fiends - delve a bit deeper with a visit to the Anne Frank House (don't forget to book in advance!) or the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum. Whatever you get up to, make sure you're back in time to toast the final night of our European adventure at tonight's group dinner.
After all the Amster-damage has been done, it's time to hit the road back to ol' Blighty. Blast the Trip Song one last time and swap Insta handles - you'll need them to organise next year's reunion trip!