European Wonder 2009
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Day 1 London to Paris France
Today our Topdeck experience begins! We cross the English Channel to France by ferry and then pass by the battlefields of World War 1 on our way to Paris. Tonight a city lights tour.
Day 2 Paris
Time to explore Paris. The Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees and Notre Dame Cathedral are ours to visit. Maybe a 'Fat Bike' bicycle ride around the highlights? Our Paris Gourmet Picnic beside the Eiffel Tower is special before an optional Seine River cruise or perhaps a visit to a cabaret show.
Day 3 Paris to Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Superb scenery as we head to the Swiss Alps and stay in our picturesque alpine valley at the foot of the Jungfrau Mountain. ?
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Day 4 Lauterbrunnen
An optional excursion to the summit of Europe's highest rail station anyone?
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Day 5 Lauterbrunnen to Florence, Italy
To Pisa, with its famous Leaning Tower and then to Florence. Tonight enjoy delicious Tuscan cuisine!
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Day 6 Florence to Rome, Italy
A guided tour of Florence by a local guide is a great introduction to the priceless treasures of this city. Enjoy the shopping before we head to Rome and embark on our walking tour.
Day 7 Rome
First a visit to the Vatican City and perhaps see the Sistine Chapel and its beautiful treasures. The rest of the day is free to enjoy Rome.
Day 8 Rome to Venice
To fair Verona, home of Romeo and Juliet before we reach enchanting Venice.
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Day 9 Venice
A vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal followed by a walking tour which is full of interest and includes St Mark's Square, Bridge of Sighs, and the Rialto Bridge. An optional gondola ride is a must!
Day 10 Venice to the Tyrol, Austria
Our next stop is the gorgeous alpine Tyrol region where adventure activities abound.
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Day 11 Tyrol to the Rhine Valley, Germany
Tonight we get to stay in one of the many castles located on the banks of the Rhine River. Ours dates all the way back to the 12th Century!
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Day 12 Rhine Valley to Amsterdam, Netherlands
On to Amsterdam, famous for its bikes, canals and liberal lifestyle.
Day 13 Amsterdam
Our bicycle tour is a great introduction to Amsterdam as is our walking tour which takes in all the sights. Tonight there's a farewell dinner followed by an optional cancl cruise.
Day 14 Amsterdam to London
Roll on Belgium and the city of Brugge, home to over 300 different beers and the finest Belgian chocolates! Then it's back to London where it all started.
Paradis Latin Cabaret Show €54
Fat Tyre Bike Tour €20
Seine River Cruise €8
Jungfrau Excursion Approx 137 Swiss Francs (more than 10 persons)
Jungfrau Excursion Approx 156 Swiss Francs (less than 10 persons)
Skydiving 430 Swiss Francs
Guided tour of the Vatican Museums €37
Gondola Ride around the Canals €19
Commemorative Trip T-shirt €18 - €35 (Price varies according to style)
Tandem Paraglide €99 (Approximate)
Skydiving €206 (Approximate)
Evening Canal Cruise (Incl drinks) €28
We recommend frameless backpacks, plus a small day pack or carry bag. No external framed packs please, as they damage other bags
on the coach. You will also need your own sleeping bag. Remember, if you take too much, you have to carry it around before and after the trip!
Please limit your baggage allowance to a maximum of 20kgs. Maximum allowable size for all bags must not exceed 70cm x 50cm x
**กระเป๋าหนักไม่เกิน ๒๐ กิโลนะคะ**
Please note that due to space and weight restrictions on our coaches, passengers with too much luggage on the morning of departure may
be told that they cannot take their entire luggage with them. If you are joining a Topdeck trip in a city other than London, please be aware
that if you have too much luggage you will be asked to leave the excess behind and will have to make your own arrangements to have it
Suggested Clothing List (เสื้อผ้า คอสตูมจ้า)
The following clothing list is suggested based on our experience. The basic rule however is “pack light”. Our passengers invariably state they wished they had brought half the amount of clothes and remember you are bound to find items to purchase on your trip so leave room for additional purchases during your holiday. Full coaches with heavy bags will render our coaches overweight and that will cause major disruptions to our schedules which will disrupt your journey. เพราะเค้าบอกว่าเดินทางด้วยรถโค้ช ถ้ากระเป๋าหนัก ก็จะทำให้รถช้า และไปเที่ยวไม่สนุก..ประมาณนั้น(โอ้ว เหตุผลร้ายกาจ)
Please therefore ensure your bag weight doesn’t go over 20kg at the end of the trip not the beginning!!
• Smart casual evening wear
• 1 pair sandals/thongs/jandals
• 2 pairs of jeans
• 1 pair of walking shoes (รองเท้านี่ท่าจะได้ใช้เยอะ เพราะเหมือนเป็นทริปเดิน)
• 2 sweaters/jumpers
• 1 warm jacket
• 4 shirts / t-shirts
• 1 rainproof jacket (เสื้อกันฝนด้วยหรือ)
• 2 pairs of shorts/skirts
• 1 pair of shoes (smart/casual)
• Underwear and socks
• Swimming costume
• Sleeping bag and pillow (ถุงนอนแหละหมอน)
• Washing powder (ผงซักฟอก เพราะที่พักมักจะมีเครื่องซักผ้าให้นะ)
• Basic medical kit (inc. aspirins, plasters)
• Insect repellent (ยากันยุงและแมลง..ด้วยหรือ)
• Sewing kit
• Sleeping sheet (optional)
• Toiletries inc. toilet roll! (เอาทิชชู่ไป...ด้วยหรือ)
• Pillow case (optional)
Please Note: Please be aware also, entry into some sights requires clothing to cover knees, chest and shoulders. (บางที่เช่นสวิสอาจจะหนาวนะคะ ก็เตรียมที่กันอกไหล่หรือเข่าไว้ด้วย เผื่อเล่นสกีมั้ง)
Visa and Passport Information ข้อมูลวีซ่า
ที่ทำได้มีสองประเทศคือ ฝรั่งเศส เพราะเป็นประเทศแรก กับอิตาลี เพราะอยู่นานสุด
Please make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after the last day of your trip. Some countries will refuse entry if there is not at
least 6 months validity on passports after your departure date from their country. Depending on your nationality, you may require a visa to
enter certain countries. It is your responsibility to obtain these prior to the departure of the trip. Consult your agent to determine which
visas you will require.
We also have a visa chart on our website listing the visas required by some nationalities travelling on our trips. To check go to our website
http://www.topdecktravel.co.uk, click on to Travelling with Topdeck and then Visa Information.
Remember that some visas can take up to six weeks to obtain, so do not leave it until the last minute. Also bear in mind that the validity of
the visa often runs from the date of issue rather than date of entry into the country. Please check with the appropriate embassies prior to
departure as requirements do change periodically.
Multiple Entry Visas
Certain trips may require multiple entry visas. Note that all trips departing and returning to London; under normal circumstances,
enter and exit Europe through Calais in France. Please check your itinerary for the correct port of entry / exit for your trip.
France, Italy, Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Portugal, Luxembourg, Greece, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway,
Sweden are all part of the Schengen Agreement, which means that one visa can be used to cover all of these countries. If you need a visa for any of these countries that your trip visits, you will require a multi-entry Schengen visa. The country you will be spending the most time in usually issues the Schengen visa.
It is compulsory for all passengers to take out comprehensive travel insurance before the trip departs covering cancellation, medical
expenses including repatriation, loss or damage to baggage and personal belongings, money and public liability. From 1 January 2009 there has been a change to the law in the UK which does not allow Topdeck to issue Travel Insurance, however please ask for details if you need Travel Insurance. You MUST bring a copy of your insurance policy with you on your trip.
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Use eKit’s travel vault and avoid hassles along the way. You can securely store all your important documents online, passport number, insurance and visa information and travellers cheques details. Refer to the eKit brochure or visit http://www.topdeck.ekit.com
Health & Vaccinations สุขภาถ
If you suffer from any kind of medical condition you must advise Topdeck at the time of booking, or at least six weeks prior to the departure of your trip. Be sure to have an ample supply of medication before your trip departs, as it can be difficult to obtain medication in some countries.
No vaccinations are currently compulsory for entry into European countries. Please reconfirm this before you leave as conditions could change.
Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are available all over Europe and are the safest and easiest way to have access to cash. Travellers’
cheques are also accepted in Europe and are an alternative to using ATMs. Euro is the main currency used in Western Europe.
เค้าว่ามีเอทีเอ็มนะคะ จะได้ไม่ตอ้งแลกทราเวลเช็ค ส่วนมากก็ใช้ยูโร ยกเว้นสวิส
We recommend at least €50-€60 Euros per day to cover your normal expenses. If you wish to purchase expensive souvenirs, you will need to budget for more, or use your credit cards for these purchases. เตรียมไว้วันละ 50-60 ยูโรก็ดีนะ เผื่อซื้อของฝาก
Most well known credit cards are accepted in Europe. We recommend that you bring yours along in case you see something special, which
you haven’t budgeted for. Credit cards CANNOT be used for optional excursions.
On all trips we have arranged extra activities that we think will enhance your travel experience, but you have a choice as to whether or not
you will participate. These are called Optional Excursions and are not included in the cost of your trip. They are usually organised on a group participation basis and should be taken into consideration when budgeting your spending money. (See the section called Optional Excursions on your trip itinerary to help you assess any extra personal expenses you may incur).
อันนี้เผื่อใครจะซื้อซิมที่โรมมิ่ง คือ โทรระหว่างประเทศได้ แต่เราแนะนำ
Vodaphone เพราะคุณหมูเพื่อนรัก บอกว่ามันไม่เสียคชจ.เพิ่มนะดีดี
FREE Topdeck Global SIM card with US$5 call credit included
This year we are giving all our travellers a FREE SIM card to use while on their Topdeck trip! Sort out
your mobile phone options before you leave home and stay in touch with family and friends while you
The Topdeck SIM is a “Roaming-free” SIM card which allows you turn your own mobile phone into an international travel phone. No roaming fees mean savings up to 90% on calls while travelling throughout Europe.
- You get your FREE global SIM card and US$5 of bonus call credit
- Coverage is good in over 130 countries and all of Europe is covered
- It also features the cutting-edge Online Travel Journal, an automatically updated daily record of your trip with your location displayed on Google Maps for friends and family to follow!
* Fast low -cost 1st class shipping to Australia, UK and Europe, USA and Canada
* You can upgrade your SIM card's calling plan for even better international rates:
- Passport Plus - International calls from just US$0.29 per minute
- Passport SIM / Home & Roam - Free to receive calls in over 60 countries
To redeem your SIM card before you travel visit - http://www.topdeck.ekit.com/freesim - and use your Topdeck “Booking Reference”. For more
information visit the above URL or phone or 24/7 Customer Service on 0800-376-2370 (UK), 1800-795-252 (Aus), 1-888-513-8804 (USA),
The Global Phonecard with more:
When you’re on a trip with Topdeck you’ll also receive your complimentary Global Phonecard on the bus. Your
phonecard comes with a FREE 5-minute phone call and is a great way to stay connected and let your family and friends
know how your trip is going.
It’s fully rechargeable; you’ll receive a $5 bonus on your first recharge and it can be used in over 150 countries – so all of
Europe is covered. An essential part of your European adventure, your Topdeck Global phonecard comes with easy to
use voicemail and a free email account! Visit http://www.topdeck.ekit.com for more.
Arriving in London
From London Airports
Directions: Your London trip departure point is from the Generator Hostel, 37 Tavistock Place, Russell Square, London, WC1H 9SE .
Here are a few directions to help you on your arrival.
Heathrow Airport to Russell Square - By Underground (For Generator Hostel)
Heathrow Airport is connected to the entire Greater London area by the capital's underground railway network. From passport control and
baggage reclaim follow the "Underground" signs to the underground station. Take the Piccadilly Line (colour coded dark blue) to Russell
Square station. When leaving the station walk straight across the road – Marchmont Street. At the bottom of Marchmont Street turn right at
the traffic lights, you are now on Tavistock place. The Generator is at number 37. Walking time is 5minutes.
Gatwick Airport is not connected to the underground system. By overland rail, the Gatwick Express train will take you to Victoria rail and underground station (£16.90) with departures every 15 minutes, travel time to Victoria station is approx. 30 minutes. At Victoria underground station take the District Line westbound two stops to South Kensington. Change to the Piccadilly Line to Russell Square. When leaving the station walk straight across the road – Marchmont Street. At the bottom of Marchmont Street turn right at the traffic lights, you are now on Tavistock place. The Generator is at number 37. Walking time is 5minutes.
Heathrow Airport to Bayswater – By British Rail and Underground (For the Umi Hotel)
Heathrow Airport is connected to the entire Greater London area by the capital's underground or the British Rail railway network. From
passport control and baggage reclaim follow the signs to the train station. Take the Heathrow Express to Paddington and change to the
Underground District or Circle Line towards High Street Kensington or Wimbledon then get off at the first stop, Bayswater. The journey
should take you approx 30 minutes.
Gatwick Airport travel by overland rail Gatwick Express train to Victoria rail and underground station with departures every 15 minutes,
travel time to Victoria station is approx. 30 minutes. At the underground station take the District or Circle Line westbound towards Edgware
Road to Bayswater station (approx. 15 minutes).
From Bayswater Station turn left out of the Station into Moscow Road. Walk 200 metres and turn right into Ilchester Gardens, straight ahead
up Princes Square, straight ahead up Garway Road and left into Leinster Square where the Umi Hotel is located.
Getting around London
If you are going to be in London for a few days, it will be cheaper for you to buy an Oyster Card on arrival. This will give you savings on all
London’s public transport for the length of your stay.
Departing on your trip from 1 April 2009
Trips depart from: Generator Hostel, 37 Tavistock Place, Russell Square, London, WC1H 9SE
By Underground: From Russell Square underground station walk straight across the road – Marchmont Street. At the bottom of
Marchmont Street turn right at the traffic lights, you are now on Tavistock place. The Generator is at number
37. If you have booked pre trip accommodation at the Umi Hotel, you will need to make your way to the
Generator Hostel to arrive there between 6.00 and 6.30am as the trip will depart at 7.00am precisely.
Departure times of European trips from LONDON:
Check-in time at the Generator Hostel 6.00 - 6.30am
Departure time by 7.00am
For trips departing from cities other than London, please see the check-in details on your itinerary.
If you miss the trip from London – What to do!
Firstly ring our emergency number +44 77 9277 5415
If you happen to miss your coach, the route taken by the trips that first go to Paris is via Dover and Calais.
For EuroClub trips going to Paris:
You can catch the Eurostar train direct from St Pancras Station to Gare du Nord station in Paris. From the Gare du Nord station, you must
transfer on to the RER Line E (direction Haussmann Saint-Lazare) for the one stop to Haussmann Saint-Lazare Station. There you need to
change to the Metro, line 13 (Light blue), direction Saint-Denis Universite, and get off at Marie de Saint-Ouen station. Directly outside the
station is a taxi rank. It will take you about 5 minutes in a taxi to the hotel which is; Sovereign Hotel, 54 quai de Seine, 93400, Saint-Ouen.
The phone number is; +33 (0) 40129129.
However, please check with our London office before travelling to the Sovereign Hotel as during peak season, some trips may be staying at
If you miss the trip from other start points – What to do!
Contact Topdeck in London on +44 20 8987 3300 to check details.
Finishing your trip
All trips finishing in London finish at the Generator Hostel, Russell Square. EuroClub trips should finish at approx 9.00pm. Please be aware
that delays often occur in summer either on the motorways coming towards Calais or at UK Immigration, which is now in Calais. If this happens and we miss our normal ferry from Calais to Dover, your arrival time back in London could be delayed by up to several hours.
Therefore we strongly recommend that you do not book flights out of London on the night your trip finishes.
Some European camp grounds are like small cities with supermarkets, bars, restaurants, swimming pools, hot showers and newsagents.
Others, mainly in Eastern and Southern Europe, are of a more basic standard. Clothes washing facilities are usually fair but don’t expect machines and dryers in all campsites.มีเครื่องซักผ้า แต่อาจไม่มีที่อบแห้งในทุกที่นะคะ
Hot showers are sometimes free and sometimes not; where not, they are paid for by you. เครื่องทำน้ำอุ่นอาจจะมีหรือไม่มีต้องจ่ายเพิ่ม
In most European countries you will have to pay to use the public toilets, and some do not supply toilet paper, so you should always carry some with you. ยุโรปมีห้องน้ำเสียเงิน และอาจไม่มีทิชชู่ให้เหมือนที่อังกฤษนะคะ
Your trip will use a mixture of hotels, hostels, bungalows, overnight ferries and chalets as part of the accommodation. There are no tents on this style of trip.
ทริปนี้มีหลายอย่างทั้งโรงแรม โฮสเทล บังกาโล เรือเฟอร์รี่แต่โชคดีอาจไม่ต้องนอนเต้นท์่ะ
The ‘What’s Included’ section for each trip in our brochure details what type of accommodation is used for each overnight stop.
On Euroclub trips the number of people in a room varies depending on the type of accommodation. When staying in hotels many of the rooms are twin and triple share. Rooms in hostels are usually larger being 4-6 bedded rooms. There may be limited occasions where rooms of up to 10 beds are used. Our bungalows are usually 2-4 bedded rooms. Euroclub trips operate a single sex policy and couples should not expect to share together.
ส่วนมากก็พักห้องคู่หรือห้องสามคน ถ้าโอสเทลก็ ๔ ถึง๖ คนบางทีก็ ๑๐ คนแต่ว่าทริปพวกนี้เค้ามีกฎว่าให้นอนแยกเพศ คู่รักก็อาจไม่ได้นอนห้องเดียวกันนะจ้ะ
Breakfasts are included every day (except the first morning and on ferries). มีอาหารเช้าให้ทุกมือยกเว้นมื้อเช้าบนเรือจ้า
Topdeck provide lunches and evening meals as detailed in the
‘What’s Included’ section of our brochure and on your detailed itinerary. Some of these meals will be prepared by our “On Site Chefs” and some by local restaurants and accommodation places.
For food on the Red Star Special and other Scandinavian trips you will have your “On Road Chef” on board.
If you have special dietary requirements e.g vegetarian or wheat intolerance, we will make every endeavour to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your agent or reservations when you book. Please be aware that it is not guarantee a variety of food when eating out.
* Airline tickets (Where applicable)
* Insurance Policy (You must bring this with you)
* Visas if required
* Camera, Batteries
* Conversion plug
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