Saturday Jun 23 Depart: Bon voyage! We depart from Cape Town on Flight QR 1370 to DOHA at 13:20
Sunday Jun 24 London: We arrive in London at 07:00 and we commence on a city tour immediately after our arrival. The goal of the tour is to see the most important sights from outside as well as to orientate ourselves in the city. We visit The Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the Royal Albert Memorial, Buckingham palace and Big Ben and many more. This will assist you in finding your way in the city.
Monday Jun 25– London:Today you will receive an underground pass that will assist you to travel through the city. We will obviously be available if you need any assistance. You are free to explore London on your own. We will suggest optional activities that you can do in London. We make pre-bookings and this will still be commutated through the course of the year.
Tuesday Jun 26- London - Ferry:London is yours today. Or maybe I should say most of the day. Madam Tussaud, Westminster Abbey, Harrods, Piccadilly, Carnaby Street ... You will have to move to see everything! You will receive a ticket for the underground and you will have the opportunity to travel on your own. If you prefer you can also do a tour with your tour leader.
At 20:00 we will depart from Liverpool Street station to Harwich. We will take the overnight Ferry to Hoek van Holland. We sleep in cabins and enjoy the atmosphere on the ferry.
Wednesday Jun 27 – Hoek van Holland- Amsterdam :We arrive at Hoek van Holland early in the morning. Today we will visit the small fisherman’s town, Vollendam. As well as the Cheese and Clog factory, The Windmill Town, Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. Prepare yourself for a busy day. Tonight we will visit the famous Red light district and you will experience Amsterdam by night.
Thursday Jun 28 Amsterdam: Today you will get your bicycle. You are free to explore Amsterdam on your own. Off course your tour leader will be there if you need any assistance. A lot off the young people visit the Heineken Experience and some of them see this as one of the highlights of the tour. You might want to visit the Flower Market or the Anne Frank Museum. If you want to visit the Anne Frank Museum please remember to book your entry in advance because the queues are very long. If you want to buy some gifts Amsterdam is probably the best place for shopping.
Friday 29 Jun Amsterdam – Paris: Vive le France! Today will say goodbye to Amsterdam and travel by bus to Paris. Tonight we will do a tour of the city of lights. We will see Notre Dame Cathedral, The Eiffel Tower and the river Seine. You will see for yourself why Paris is called the city that never sleeps.
Saturday 30 Jun - Paris:: Et aujourd’hui, Bonjour paris! Today we will do a walking tour of Paris. You will have enough free time, but you have to be prepared for a busy day. Entry to Notre Dame and the Louvre are included in the tour. Tonight we will eat under the Eiffel Tower. This is usually one of highlights of the tour. There are huge lawns and it is a nice and relaxed evening. Unfortunately, we have no control over the weather and the long queues at the tower might demotivate you. Most of the time there is enough time to see the inside of the tower and the beautiful city of Paris from the top of the tower.
Sunday Jul 1- Paris to Lucerne:: Au Revoir, Paris! Today we travel by coach from Paris to Lucerne in Switzerland.
Monday Jul 2 - Lucerne: The goal of our visit to Lucerne is to experience the Alps and the lakes within the Alps. A visit to Switzerland is not about history or shopping, it is about experiencing the wonder of the creation. If the weather permits, the sky is royal blue and the lakes and snow completes the storybook picture.
Today we will visit Pilatus (optional). For this excursion we first take a boat across Lake Lucerne. When we reach the foot of Mount Pilatus we will take a cog rail to the peak of the mountain. From there you will first take a big cable car down the first part of the mountain and a small cable car will take you the last leg of the journey. This afternoon you are free to find out if Swiss chocolate is really as good as everyone says it is.
Tuesday Jul 3 - Luzerne: Today we will visit the St. Gothard Pass. You will have the opportunity to experience the cold mountain air and to visit one of the most beautiful mountain passes in the world. It is a short journey with the coach and the breathtaking scenery makes this outing worth your while. We will return to Lucerne in the early afternoon so that you can visit attractions like the Lion Monument.
Wednesday Jul 4 to Saturday Jul 7 Lucerne - Nice: We travel through the world longest road tunnel, the St. Gothard Tunnel, into Italy. We drive through Italy along the Mediterranean coast until we reach the city of Nice next to the French Riviera. On our way we will drive through about 200 tunnels and across just as many bridges. This is probably one of the most exquisite routes you will travel during your lifetime.
For the next three nights we will stay in an Ibis Budget Hotel very close to the beach. You will be free to plan your days in any way you prefer. During your stay in Nice you will have only a few limitations. Our only fixed outing is a visit to Monaco. Here you will see the world famous formula 1 race track and for one night live the life of the world’s richest people.
The beaches of Nice are the playground of the world’s rich and famous. You can relax on the beach or explore the tourist attractions of this very old city on your own. We will also give you a booklet with lots of information about what you can do.
Nice offers the ideal opportunity to rest after all the walking in the bigger cities. Three people will be sharing a room and meals are not included!
Saturday Jul 7 and Monday Jul 09 - Nice to Venice:Our campsite is like nirvana for young people.
On foot we do a sightseeing tour of Venice. O sole mio – A romantic ride in a Gondola is optional. In the afternoon you are free to discover the streets and canals of Venice.
Monday 09 to Wednesday 11 Jul Venice to Rome: We travel from Venice to the antique city of Rome. Rome is a huge historical city with many important sights. We will do a city tour on foot after which you will be free to discover the city on your own.
Rome is one of the most important tourist destinations in the world. The history of the city stretches thousands of years. Despite the fact that Rome within itself is an important destination, our campsite is also one of the most popular campsites on the tour.
The campsite is host to a swimming pool and a club. On this tour you will have a lot of freedom and it is a specially in place like Rome where you will experience this freedom. With freedom comes responsibility. It is therefore very important that you understand limits. Those limits are written in the application form and we will not allow you to cross the boundaries. Needless to say, it is unfortunate that the socialization in the campsite in Rome can also lead to some conflict with your tour leader.
Wednesday Jul 11 - Rome - Sorrento: There is only a small distance between Rome and Sorrento and on our way we will stop in Pompeii. We will visit the world heritage site in Pompeii before going to our campsite in Sorrento.
Thursday Jul 12 Sorrento - Capri: The ferry to Capri is optional, but once you get to Capri you will realize why it is completely worth it. You can explore the Island on foot, with a scooter or a taxi, or you can rent a boat and go for ride around the island. You will have the opportunity to swim in the warm water of the Mediterranean Sea. The Blue Grotto in Capri is world famous and a visit to the Grotto is always an experience.
Friday Jul 13 Sorrento - Rome - Dubai: Our last day in Europa has arrived. We say goodbye to Sorrento and the entire Europe. At 09:00 we depart to the airport in Rome. At 17:00 we depart on board flight QR132 to Doha. We arrive in Dubai at 23:55.
Saturday Jul 14 Home: At 02:59 we depart on flight QR1369 from Doha and we arrive in Cape Town at 11:45. Here we take a final leave of absence from our new friends and the holiday of a lifetime.