Here’s a modified version of my itinerary, so anyone who wants to can follow what I’m doing each day, since I won’t be able to post things often.

Friday, May 18

Tour: HTCX – 49 Day Mega European Brand: Topdeck

Meet your Top Deck Trip Leader and fellow travellers for an early morning departure from London to catch the ferry from Dover to Calais. You will have the opportunity on board the ferry to exchange some money into Euros and some of the other currencies you will need for your trip. Once on board the coach you make your way to Paris. This evening you head into “The City of Lights” for the spectacular night light tour. Paris is renowned for its beauty, which will be evident as you pass some of the many famous sights along the River Seine. The comprehensive city tour takes you past the Place de la Concorde, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower and much more! (D)

Saturday, May 19


Today you have plenty of free time to explore the sights of Paris at your own pace – Notre Dame Cathedral, the Georges Pompidou Centre, the Louvre or the impressive Musee D’Orsay. Why not spend the morning on a bicycle tour around this spectacular city. Wander through the shops on Rue de Rivoli or spend the afternoon in a sidewalk cafe. Tonight, after our famous champagne picnic dinner under the shadows of the Eiffel Tower, you can take an optional Seine River cruise or see the oldest cabaret show in Paris at the famous ‘Paradis Latin’. (B,L,D)

Sunday, May 20


This morning we say farewell to Paris and travel through the French countryside before reaching Switzerland. After the border formalities, we head on to our accommodation at Lauterbrunnen, a tiny village at the base of the famous Jungfrau and Schilthorn mountains. (B,L,D)

Monday, May 21


Time to lay back, relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the glacial valley of Lauterbrunnen. The options available to you are all equally unforgettable. A real highlight of your visit here is an optional trip up the awesome, snow covered, 4000m high Jungfrau mountain by railway. Here, you can view the Ice Palace, go glacial skiing (weather permitting) or take a husky ride. Hire a mountain bike and cycle to the famous Trummelbach Falls or there are numerous mountain walks to savour the stunning countryside – all are exciting options to consider. (B,L,D)

Tuesday, May 22


Today, drive back through the heart of France to Avignon in the wine-growing region of the Rhone Valley. This evening you will take a walk into the old town centre past the Palace of the Popes and the Pont St Benezet (immortalised in the nursery rhyme) and experience the peaceful ambience of this ancient walled city. (B,L)

Wednesday, May 23


Today you will travel to Spain and the Capital of Catalunya, Barcelona. (B,L,D)

Thursday, May 24


The highlights tour will show you the Columbus Monument, Sagrada Familia- Gaudi’s spectacular cathedral, Montjuic (site of the 1992 Olympics) and more! You’ll have plenty of time to wander around the lively Las Ramblas markets or visit Parc Guell. In the evening you can sample the local cuisine and watch (or maybe even join in) a boisterous Flamenco Dancing show. (B)

Friday, May 25


On to the French Riviera, home of the rich and famous. This afternoon we will visit a French Perfumery for a short, guided tour. (B,L,D)

Saturday, May 26


Today you have a free day to visit Nice, capital of the Riviera. Stroll the famous Promenades, go Roller Blading, or just lay by the Mediterranean. In the evening it’s on to the Principality of Monaco to make your fortune at Monte Carlo’s Casino. (B)

Sunday, May 27


This morning we cross into Italy, stopping to visit ancient Verona, where Romeo and Juliet played out their tragic love affair. Our walking tour will take you to see Juliet’s balcony, and the impressive Roman Forum on to our next stop, the captivating city of Venice, built on stilts, a city of canals and gondolas. (B,L,D)

Monday, May 28


Today you have a full day in this fascinating city built on an island. During the day you will have the opportunity to travel by motorboat along the Grand Canal. On the walking tour, discover the sights of St. Mark’s Square, Rialto Bridge, St. Mark’s Basilica and the Bridge of Sighs. There’s the option to cruise the canals in a gondola, explore the narrow streets, shops, markets, or sit in the cafes that line the canals. See a demonstration of traditional Venetian lace making. (B,D)

Tuesday, May 29


Driving south through the Tuscany region we stop at Pisa, home to the famous Leaning Tower. Then we travel on to Florence, home of the Renaissance. (B,L,D)

Wednesday, May 30


During the walking tour with our local guide of this beautiful city you will see the Ponte Vecchio, Duomo Cathedral, Uffizi Gallery and Santa Croce – burial place of Michelangelo. Florence is famous for its shopping, and you will go to a leather demonstration, visit Walter’s Gold and Silver shop, and there is also time to explore the markets and galleries. Discover Michelangelo’s “David”, and after dinner why not visit the ‘Red Garter’, one of Florence’s leading live music venues. (B)

Thursday, May 31


This morning there is time to visit the historic hilltop city of Orvieto on the way to Italy’s capital – “The Eternal City of Rome” – home of the Vatican City, St. Peter’s Cathedral, the Coliseum and many more archaeological treasures. The walking tour takes you to see the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the ancient Roman Forum, the massive Victor Emmanuel Monument and the Coliseum. (B,L,D)

Friday, June 01


This morning is your chance to visit the stunning Vatican Museum and St Peter’s Cathedral. Use your free time to explore the Palantine hill area (the ancient commercial and political heart of Rome) or treat yourself in some of the trendy fashion boutiques. (B,D)

Saturday, June 02


A morning drive to Pompeii, where you can take a fascinating tour of this city, buried by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly two thousand years ago. It’s then onto the campsite in beautiful Sorrento, set high on the cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples. (B,L,D)

Sunday, June 03


Today we include a day trip out to the Island of Capri. Whilst there, you can see the amazing Blue Grotto. After returning to Sorrento, there is time to wander around the narrow back streets of Sorrento with its craft shops and seafood restaurants. (B,L)

Monday, June 04


We pass through the olive groves of Southern Italy, to the port town of Bari where we board our overnight ferry to the Greek mainland. (B,L)

Tuesday, June 05


After instructions from the Flotilla Leader you set sail on the Ionian Sea for 2 fantastic days. You’ll join in crewing the yachts and between sailing, swimming, and sunbathing, you’ll have a chance to sample Greek food, drink and dance at the various Tavernas where you make your overnight stops. On the afternoon of the 2nd day, you return to Plataria for the night. (Bx2,Lx2,Dx1)

Thursday, June 07


After leaving your yachts this morning, we head to one of the local areas fantastic beaches for the day. Time to totally relax and soak up the sun. Tonight we will have dinner in a local restaurant. (Bx1,Lx1,Dx1)

Friday, June 08


It’s an early departure today for the drive to Athens. You will drive down to the Peloponese. A highlight of the day is a stop at the spectacular Corinth Canal, which separates the Peloponese from the rest of mainland Greece. (B,L,D)

Saturday, June 09


Your time in Athens is spent looking at some of the ancient wonders of this classical city – for example the Acropolis and Parthenon. You can wander through the “Plaka” markets, visit the National Museum and see the changing of the guards outside the National Palace in Syntagma Square. (B,D)

Sunday, June 10


The hustle and bustle of the city is left behind as you travel to the dramatic 14th century cliff top monasteries on the Thessaly plains, once numbering 24, there are now only five still occupied. You visit one of the Monasteries where you will need to cover up, as this is a religious site. Make sure you bring plenty of film for your camera – the scenery is breathtaking. (B,L,D)

Monday, June 11


Today you head to the beachside camp in Kavalla with time to work on your suntan or just relax on the beach enjoying the lovely scenery. Go for a walk into town, but get back in time for dinner. (B,L,D)

Tuesday, June 12


On to Turkey, and a stunning drive along the Gallipoli peninsular. Together with our experienced Local Guide, you will appreciate the experiences of the ANZAC Forces during the campaign in World War One. An unforgettable and moving experience. (B,L,D)

Wednesday, June 13


This morning we head for the exotic city of Istanbul. You have plenty of time in this amazing trading city where East meets West and all is for sale. (B,L,D)

Thursday, June 14


Today our local guide takes you to the Topkapi Palace, Saint Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Underground Cistern, Hippodrome and more. You can’t go to Turkey without visiting a leather or carpet shop to practice your bartering skills before heading into the Grand Bazaar. (B)

Friday, June 15


A free day today so take some time out and experience a Turkish bath. Why not take a cruise on the Bosphorus, where Europe meets Asia. Tonight you can spend an unforgettable evening of belly dancing in a Turkish nightclub. (B)

Saturday, June 16


This morning, an early start as you leave Turkey for Bulgaria, arriving late afternoon in historic Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. (B,L,D)

Sunday, June 17


Our city tour with a local guide will take us to St Alexander Nevsky’s Cathedral, St Georges 4th Century Church, St Sofia’s Church and more. There is plenty of time in the afternoon to enjoy this fascinating city, and at night make the most of the local atmosphere. (B)

Monday, June 18


This morning you will stop at Veliko Tarnovo, the medieval capital of Bulgaria. This afternoon you enter Romania, another of the former Eastern Block countries still undergoing massive changes, staying overnight in the capital Bucharest. (B,L)

Tuesday, June 19


During our morning city tour, your local guide will show you sights such as the Triumphal Arch commemorating Romania’s losses in World War One, Cretalescu Church and the main city square – site of the 1989 Revolution. From the capital you travel through the changing scenery of wooded hills and ski fields to the province of Transylvania – famous for its legend of Dracula. You visit Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle) today, before heading on to the quaint town of Brasov where you will be given free time to explore. (B,L,D)

Wednesday, June 20


Today, enjoy the scenery of northern Romania. You stop in the small town of Sighisoara, birthplace of Dracula, before continuing on to spend the night in Cluj Napoca. A welcome rest after a long day travelling through this former Eastern Block country, where the rural lifestyle remains as it has been for generations. (B,L,D)

Thursday, June 21


After leaving Romania, you arrive in Budapest, one of Europe’s most romantic cities, situated on both sides of the river Danube, which divides beautiful old Buda with the bustling district of Pest. (B,L,D)

Friday, June 22


See the Liberation Memorial, Roosevelt Square, Chain Bridge, St Mathias’ Cathedral, and Fisherman’s Bastion. There’s time to explore the Castle District with its cobbled streets and network of underground tunnels, visit one of the famous bathhouses for a massage and perhaps do some shopping in this wonderful city. (B,L)

Saturday, June 23


Following the Danube you travel on to Slovakia and the capital of Bratislava. This city has undergone rebuilding in the past few years and is an easy place to explore. Sights include the 14th century Cathedral of St Martins, the Michael Gate, Baroque Tower and Gothic structures, but if sightseeing is not your fancy today then just enjoy the local café’s and watch the world pass by. This afternoon we travel on to musical Vienna, capital of Austria. Tonight visit the Prater Amusement Park (see if you recognise it from a scene in one of the James Bond films). (B,D)

Sunday, June 24


This morning, on our driving tour you will see the Schonbrunn and Hoffburg Palaces; St Stephen’s Cathedral, the Opera House and Spanish Riding School. You have free time to enjoy this musical city, and there is an optional excursion to a traditional Schnapps Museum where you can sample the local product! Tonight you can visit a traditional Viennese Chamber Orchestra in one of Vienna’s many Palaces, followed by dinner looking out over the Palace gardens. (B,L)

Monday, June 25


On to Prague, the stunning city of a thousand spires nestled astride the Vltava River. Our city tour takes you to the Hradcany Castle complex, Wenceslas Square where the 1989 “Velvet Revolution” took place, and the beautiful Old Town Square where you will see the astrological clock display on the Old Town Hall, and Tyne Church. Cross the famous Charles Bridge with 30 impressive statue groups and climb the gothic defence tower for a superb view over the city. (B,L,D)

Tuesday, June 26


This city will amaze and captivate you, from the trams rumbling along the streets and the artists around Charles Bridge, to the old traditional Inns and had-made puppets. This city has it all! You have plenty of free time today to wander around the historic city centre, lunch in one of the local cafes, and enjoy the excellent (and cheap) local beer. Tonight, why not spend the evening in the largest club in eastern Europe, with 5 levels of different music (B)

Wednesday, June 27


Next stop is Krakow, the former capital of Poland. Krakow miraculously escaped the destruction of World War 2. The atmosphere of the city is concentrated around Rynek Glowny (the market square) and the old town. (B,L,D)

Thursday, June 28


You’ll have plenty of time to wander around the narrow streets, explore the Wawel castle hill, shop in the Cloth hall markets for great Polish souvenirs or visit one of the many cellar or courtyard bars. If you prefer, you may wish to take a trip out to the famous salt mines, or perhaps a Schindler tour of the Jewish ghetto. (B)

Friday, June 29


A sombre start to the day as you make your way to the memorial camps of Birkenau and Auschwitz. Then travel on to the modern capital of Poland, Warsaw, a city destroyed by the 2nd World War and lovingly reconstructed in the following years. (B,L,D)

Saturday, June 30


The highlights tour of Warsaw includes the Chopin Monument, Victory Square, Heroes of the Uprising Monument, sights of the Old Jewish Ghetto and the Old Town. In the afternoon you have plenty of free time to discover the colourful city of Warsaw in more depth. (B,D)

Sunday, July 01


Today we travel through the Polish countryside, then into Germany, travelling on to Berlin, the vibrant capital of Germany. On our driving tour of this fascinating city you will discover the outstanding sights and museums as you see the famous Victory Monument, Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag, Ku’Dam and the world renowned Zoo. You will stop at the Checkpoint Charlie Museum and travel down the Unter Den Linden in former East Berlin. (B,L,D)

Monday, July 02


Many years have now passed since the collapse of the Berlin Wall, once separating East from West. Today you have plenty of time to further explore this reunified city. In the morning there is an optional Third Reich walking tour with a local guide which will take you through some of the most important times during the Second World War. Tonight you could go for a tour of some of the more interesting local bars and nightclubs. The choice is yours! (B)

Tuesday, July 03


Today we head to Amsterdam, the party capital of Holland. On our way into the city, you will have the opportunity to watch cheese and traditional clog making demonstrations. Tonight is spent in the famous Red Light District. (B,L,D)

Wednesday, July 04


This morning you will have a bicycle tour of the Dutch countryside. See Amsterdam as the locals do. You’ll see the sights of Dam Square, the Royal Palace, Anne Frank’s House and also have a chance to spend some time in the Rijks and Van Gogh Museums. Why not visit the ‘Heineken Experience’ in the original Heineken Brewery before our farewell dinner. (B,D)

Thursday, July 05


You travel through the Belgian countryside to catch an early afternoon ferry from Calais to Dover ensuring that you arrive back in London by early evening. (B)