Three classic Western European countries. Some pretty sick optional activities. All the inclusions you actually want. And a mix of people as keen as you to experience every moment to the fullest. The next ten days? Unforgettable. Meet the crew in London. Or later tonight in Paris (we get it, international flights are a pain). The home of the Mona Lisa, pointy monuments and all your cream-filled, carb-loaded faves – Paris has earnt its rep as the European capital for all things culture, fashion and food. Tick off all the showstoppers on a driving tour before tonight’s dinner together.
You’re finally here. So, we’ve given you 24hrs to make every second count à Paris. Create a solid dent in your bucket list with a visit to the Louvre (book your tickets in advance!) and the Musée d'Orsay. Flash some plastic along the Champs Elysées. Discover the hidden gems down Paris’s back-streets. Get lost amongst the shelves of history at Shakespeare and Co. Bookshop. Cover more ground on an optional bike tour. Or skip leg day altogether and soak up the Parisian vibes on an optional Seine river cruise. Tonight, throw the sparkling-feather-covered-acrobatic cherry on top with a night at the cabaret. You’re in Paris after all.
No lies, today’s drive is long. BUT you’ve got banging tunes and scenic views to keep you occupied – not to mention your sick AF trip mates. Home to the ‘Top of Europe’, rushing waterfalls and one of the largest nature conservations in Switzerland – tonight we're bunking down in the lush valley of Lauterbrunnen. Hear that? It’s the sound of jaws dropping to the floor as we drive pass some EPIC scenery. After dinner, sit back in the fresh Alpine air and enjoy the moment. This is what you came for.
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. Swiping right? Hell yes. Hiking. Mountain biking. Skydiving. Helicopter-ing. This place has it all. More of a thrill-dodger? Slip on the Birks and go chasing waterfalls (TLC were wrong). Or hop aboard the Jungfraubahn railway for an optional visit to the Jungfrau Mountain summit. Whatever you choose – you’re not gonna be bored here.
The drive to Venice is your chance to share snaps with your new mates, catch up on some zzzzs and text the 'rents (trust us, you'll be too busy later). Who’s got the AUX cord? We'll park up in the birthplace of Vivaldi later this afternoon. Acquaint yourself with the who's who of Venice's usual suspects on a walking tour – ticking off the likes of St Mark's Square, Doge’s Palace and Accademia Bridge. Then, the rest is up to you. Our suggestion? Embrace the moment and enjoy a spritz or scoop (or two) of the good stuff overlooking one of Venice’s fuchsia-pink sunsets.
You know it as The Floating City, but this place is actually sinking (slowly). So get cracking! Do the obvious and take an optional gondola ride down the Grand Canal. Head off the tourist trail with a trip to Giudecca Island. Seek out the quirky Libreria Acqua Alta bookshop. Or hunt down the perfect gelato. Centuries-old architecture. Inventive cuisine. And a bucket-load of culture. Kudos if you get lost – that’s what it’s all about. For dinner tonight, score a cheap meal at Osteria Al Portego or take to the back streets – you’re bound to find something delicious.
Florence has more stories than you can poke a stick at, more culture than a Melbourne hipster, AND it gave the world David (putting dad bods to shame since 1504). We’ll get the lay of the land on an in-depth walking tour with a local guide. Then: you’ve got free time to stroll along the Arno River and watch the sunset, before dinner. Did someone say karaoke? If you’re feeling it, join the gang in a battle of the classics at the bar later. Or hunt down a gelateria for a scoop (or two) of the good stuff – we mentioned it was invented here, right?
Rise and shine! You’ve got this morning to tick those Florence A-listers off. Uffizi Gallery. Ponte Vecchio. Piazza della Signoria. The Duomo. You can’t see it all, but you sure as hell can try! Then: la bella Roma awaits. Strap in for one helluva walking tour. We’re talking a solid few hours of non-stop sights, off-the-tourist-trail hidden gems and a run-down of almost 3000 years of history. Pass by the Pantheon, (don’t) sit on the Spanish Steps, check out the mighty Colosseum and throw your two cents in the Trevi Fountain. Then, you're in carb-loaded Disneyland for foodies so go get it!
Vespas. Espresso. Two-cheek kisses. Aggressive hand gestures. And pizza the way it's supposed to taste. Here’s a free day we prepared earlier. Count your blessings on an optional tour of Vatican City, then get lost amongst two-and-a-half millennia worth of history. Head up Capitoline Hill for awesome views. Grab a bite at Lost Food Factory (arguably one of the best sandwich spots in town). Or do as the locals do and indulge in a little dolce far niente (delicious idleness) at a local cafe or piazza. Tonight, get the gang together for one last group dinner – we’re gonna give this adventure-of-a-lifetime the send-off it deserves!
Get down to breakfast and say your goodbyes – we’re outta here. Swap those Insta handles and pencil in next year’s reunion trip. What. A. Trip.