Best of Europe: medieval castles, unforgettable cities & historic villages

5-country bucket list adventure

Photo Education
7 Days, 6 Nights
Matador Trips
Per Person
This trip includes everything but your flights and mid-day gelatos! Leave the details to Matador Trips and join us on a full-service overland adventure. All accommodation, transfers, activities, and guided tours are included.  
Dates & Guides
August 14th-August 20th, 2023
Flexible booking, 100% refund guarantee.

What you'll do

Photographic tour of Paris

Get your cameras ready! Paris, the ‘City of Light’ is one of Europe’s most treasured cities for good reason. Spend the day skipping from landmark to landmark, exploring world-renowned museums, or opt for a stroll along the river Seine. Of course, Parisian cuisine is another can’t miss.

The Swiss Alps

The journey from France to the Swiss Alps is unforgettable. This scenic tour will pass through mountain cutbacks, world heritage sites, Europe’s largest glacier, and quaint medieval towns. On this tour you will learn about the history of these remote areas as we stop to sample the local food and wine.

The Rhine Valley

Germany’s legendary Rhine Valley boasts the most concentrated stretch of castles in all of Europe, which we will tour by riverboat before making our way to Amsterdam, known for 17th-century architecture and fascinating museums and cafes.

Photo Education

Whether you are a pro photographer or just enjoy taking cool shots with your phone, our Matador photo instructors will work with you during informal photo walks and mini-workshops to take your travel photography to another level. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn about travel and nature photography.

A professional video of your epic adventure

Our professional in-house filmmaker will be documenting our adventure daily, and we will give you a video of this trip so that you can relive the adventure and share it with friends and family on social media.

The ultimate adventure with like-minded travelers

We curate groups of like-minded adventurers for the perfect vibe. Bring your friends and make new ones on this epic adventure.

Support local communities through sustainable travel

We aim to travel as consciously as possible, supporting local communities and environmental protection.

Where we’re going

Trip Details

What’s included?
  • 6 nights accommodation.
  • 6 breakfasts.
  • 4 dinners.
  • All land private transportation.
  • All activities, entrances, and transfers.
  • Amazing local guides.
  • Rhine river cruise.
  • Rhine Valley wine tasting.
  • Amsterdam cheese and clog demonstration.
  • Amsterdam canal dinner cruise.
  • Professional photography and videography training.
  • A video and photos of your epic adventure to take home. 
What’s not included?
  • Your flights to and from London, England (LHR).
  • Accommodation before and after the trip.
  • Some meals.
  • Alcoholic beverages (except wine tasting activity which is included).
  • Perfect weather.
How many people will be on the tour?
  • The tour can accommodate up to 14 guests.
What’s the sleeping situation?
  • Accommodation is provided in 3-star hotels and is based on 2-people per room.  For an additional fee, private rooms can be arranged or Matador Trips is happy to arrange same-sex solo travelers a shared room.
Who is the trip for?
  • We encourage a wide mix of people, from old-time adventurers to short-break professionals to first-time travelers – they all contribute to a memorable experience. 
Why is this trip so special?
  • Our small groups will visit some of the most incredible places in Europe, exploring the rich culture, history, and natural wonders of Western Europe.
When does the trip depart and return?
  • We will meet at your leisure at the designated hotel in London on departure day.
  • Depart at your leisure from our London hotel after a final breakfast on the last day of the tour.
How do I get there?
  • London, England (LHR) is easily reached from most places in the world. For assistance with flights just let us know, we are happy to help!
What’s my itinerary?

Day 1: London to Paris

Leaving London behind us, we make our way to Paris, crossing the English Channel. Upon arriving in the ‘City of Light’, enjoy a driving tour of the French capital; get your cameras ready – you’ll be seeing some of the city’s most treasured landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe!

After the driving tour, we’ll enjoy dinner at a restaurant in the Latin Quarter, an eclectic, bohemian and historic neighborhood.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 2: Paris

Enjoy a free day in Paris to explore the legendary city and it’s cuisine as you see fit.

Included Meals: Breakfast


Day 3: Burgundy- Swiss Alps

As we leave Paris behind, we head for Burgundy where we’ll enjoy lunch and a taste of small-town France. In the town of Beaune, you will have time to wander around and even try some delicious wine. After lunch, sit back and enjoy the drive to the border as we make our way to Switzerland and the Swiss Alps! Spend the night in the Jungfrau region – a World Heritage site that is home to Europe’s largest glacier. Welcome to your home for the next two days, the Swiss Alps!

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.


Day 4: Swiss Alps

The splendor of the Alps is yours on this free day. Look out for quaint villages nestled in the valleys beneath snowcapped peaks and tumbling mountain waterfalls. Or head into nearby Interlaken to see the lakes of the region, shop for chocolates or have a fondue.

Included Meals: Breakfast


Day 5: Swiss Alps- Rhine Valley

This morning we make for Germany’s famous Rhine Valley!. Prepare for some incredible views as we leave Switzerland and enter Germany. Relax onboard a Rhine riverboat as we head to our hotel in the Rhine Valley. This is the most concentrated stretch of castles in all of Europe, and it also features vineyards, charming medieval towns and lofty cliffs. Once the cruise is over we’ll visit a local wine merchants for an included wine tasting – if the harvest has been good, you may even get to try eiswein (ice wine), a very sweet dessert wine that is produced in very small quantities as it can only be harvested when the temperature drops below freezing.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.


Day 6: Rhine Valley – Amsterdam

The Netherlands is our next stop. Enjoy a traditional cheese-making demonstration, and learn about how that most quirky and quaint of footwear choices – the clog – is made, before travelling onward to Amsterdam. We’ll check in to our hotel before joining an Amsterdam canal dinner cruise. Get on board and get those cameras ready; this is the best way to experience the city of Amsterdam, with its 17th-century architecture, fascinating museums and cafes. Watch the city drift past as you sail by, and listen out for tips and interesting insights into the city from your tour leader. The evening is yours – explore the canals and Dam Square, and enjoy your time in this fascinating city.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.


Day 7: Bruges – London

After breakfast, we bid farewell to Amsterdam and make our way back to London via the Belgian city of Bruges. Famous for its beer, waffles, chocolate and Moules et frites, this is definitely a good place to be if you’ve brought your appetite. An extremely popular medieval city with no shortage of cobblestone streets, historic old churches and lofty towers, this is a great city to explore and a good spot to pick up any last-minute souvenirs. Once you’ve had a look around, it’s back to the coach for the final leg of our journey back to London.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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