Dance through your fall break with stops in the most epic cities in Europe. Start at the Amsterdam Dance Event, with over 2,000 artists in 115 venues around the city. AMF is the most popular concert featuring the world’s best DJs like Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, David Guetta and more!
During the day stroll the canals of Amsterdam and make sure to snap a picture at the IAMSTERDAM sign. Next head to Paris to get romanced under the Eiffel Tower and spend the night dancing in the Moulin Rouge District. Visit the expanisve gardens of Versailles before finishing your break in the city that never sleeps - Barcelona. You'll spend your days lounging on the stunning Mediterranean beaches and admiring Gaudi's innovative architecture, then dance until the sunrise at the infamous beach clubs.
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The trip meets at our accommodation in Amsterdam anytime after 16:00 (4PM) Thursday afternoon. Transportation to this destination is not included. Please plan your arrival accordingly. Your Bus2alps guide will be at the hostel to help check you in between 16:00 and 22:00. Luggage storage will be available for those of you arriving before 16:00. For those of you arriving after 22:00, you can check in at the reception desk and inform them you are with the Bus2alps group. Detailed information regarding your trip, including directions from all of Amsterdam’s different airports to the accommodation, will be emailed to you in the days leading up to your departure. For further information regarding this trip, or for help finding flights, please feel free to email email@example.com.
For those attending the weekend of the music festival, the weekend kicks off with The Amsterdam Dance Event Thursday night. If you are not attending the concert, the night is free for you to explore the various bars, clubs, and shows of Amsterdam, and your trip leader will be happy to direct you.
Friday morning is free for you to explore the city. After lunch, we depart for the included Sandeman’s New Europe Walking Tour of Amsterdam, which will take you by sites like the Red Light District and the Anne Frank House. The tour will cover historical and contemporary facts about Amsterdam, its people and its liberal culture. When the tour ends, a number of options are available to you. We’ll be able to guide you to the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, the “I Amsterdam” sign and more! If you need a snack fix, we’ll direct you to incredible pancake houses or the famous Van Stepele cookie bakery.
The rest of the day is free. You may also participate in another one of Sandeman’s New Europe tours like the Red Light District Tour or the Alternative Amsterdam Tour. If you have any other requests, your Bus2alps guide will be happy to help you; otherwise, feel free to navigate the canals and explore the various districts, stores, pubs, restaurants and coffee shops for the rest of the day. For those not going to the Amsterdam Dance Event, the night is free again to explore more of Amsterdam’s diverse nightlife.
Saturday gives you the opportunity to continue to explore Amsterdam and visit any and all of the sites you may have missed on Friday. Bus2alps will be taking our group to tour the Heineken Experience in the early afternoon. If you wish to join the group, you will get a discounted rate with Bus2alps. If you wish to do your own thing for the afternoon, your guide can point you in the direction of the museums and the Anne Frank House, or the Red Light District/Alternative Amsterdam Tours are also offered on Saturday. Renting a bike for the day is also a fun and exciting way to get around and see the city like a local.
For those not attending the Amsterdam Dance Event, the night is free to explore more of Amsterdam’s diverse nightlife.
Make the most of your last day in Amsterdam! This day is the last chance to check off any sights that you missed during previous days such as Vondelpark, the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, the “I Amsterdam” sign, Anne Frank House, etc. The Amsterdam Dance Event will also wrap up on Sunday.
We will check out of our accommodation and depart Amsterdam on Monday morning first, for an afternoon in Brussel and then on to Paris. Upon arrival in Brussels you are free to explore the magnificant Grand Place the focal point of downtown, Manneken Piss their famous statue, and grab lunch at Delirium - which holds the record for the longest beer menu in the world. Then we will make our way to Paris, upon arrival in the evening we will check into our accommodation right away to let everyone get settled. If you would like to stay with the group, we will take those who are interested to watch the Eiffel Tower light up at night and explore the city's bustling nightlife.
Tuesday morning we depart for the included Sandeman’s New Europe Walking Tour of Paris, including stops at the Notre Dame, Pont des Arts, Les Tuileries, and much more. The tour ends near the Lourve, where we will point out the entrance for all those interested in seeing its 70,000+ pieces of art. Afterwards, your trip leader will bring anyone interested to the Eiffel Tower or Arc de Triomphe. You will have time later in the afternoon to check out the museums, shop along the chic Champs de Elysee or hang out around the Eiffel Tower. The night is yours to explore Paris’ nightlife, spend sunset at Sacre Coure or relax at the hostel.
Wednesday is the perfect day to take a trip out of the city to the Palace of Versailles, the most notable palace in the world. You can meet your Bus2alps Trip Leader in the accommodation lobby at the designated time to head to Versailles with the group. You will have plenty of time upon return from Versailles to visit the Louvre, check out the Musee d’Orsay, climb the Eiffel Tower, see the Arc de Triomphe or head out for some last minute retail therapy. We will depart Paris for Barcelona late Wednesday evening and arrive in Barcelona first thing the following morning.
Thursday morning we arrive in Barcelona. After some breakfast, we will head out on an included walking tour of Barcelona. The walking tour will cover some of Barcelona’s most amazing sites, such as the Gothic Quarter, El Born District, Barcelona's Arc de Triomphe, and more. After the walking tour, the day is free to explore one of Europe’s most iconic cities. Your trip leader can bring you to check out one of the best lunch spots in Barcelona, show you how to get to the beach or help direct you to one of Barcelona’s famous neighborhoods.
Later in the evening, we will head out to one of the best pregame bars in Barcelona, followed by free VIP club entrance to a popular club.
After a likely late night at some of Barcelona’s best nightclubs, everyone can sleep in and recover. Late Friday morning we will organize an optional trip to Gaudi's Park Güell for some of the best views of the city. Afterward, your trip leader will inform you as to how to get to Barcelona’s top sites, including the Olympic Village, the Picasso Museum and the beach.
At sunset we will bring anyone who is interested to the Barcelona Bunkers look out point for arguably the most incredible view of the city. For those interested in keeping the party going, we will head to one of Barcelona’s most popular pregame spots, followed by a private bus transfer and free entrance to another famous club.
Saturday is our last full day of the trip. Everyone can take their time in the morning to sleep in and re-charge. In the afternoon there will be an optional trip to the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona’s most famous cathedral. Your trip leader will give you all of the necessary information ahead of time in order to be able to book your entrance into the Sagrada Familia. Afterwards, the rest of the day and night is yours to explore the city and see any sights you may have missed.
The tour ends Sunday morning and you will need to check out of the accommodation in the morning. If your flight is in the afternoon or evening, you will still need to check out and can speak with hostel reception about storing your luggage until your flight.
*Please check the schedule for the Amsterdam Dance Event and book this trip for the corresponding date if you are interested in attending.