Can you hear that? It’s the sound of Christmas rushing around the corner! The big day will be here before we know it – and if you’re anything like us, you’ll be keeping your fingers crossed for Santa to drop a holiday-shaped prezzie down the chimney.

We know… wishful thinking, right?

But don’t despair – even if the jolly one doesn’t come up with the goods this year, there’s no better time to start saving up for the 2020 trip of a lifetime than Christmas. Got one of those aunties who always ends up giving you a card with cash inside? Perfect! Do your best Scrooge impression and stash those pennies away. After a few months of scrimping, you can treat yourself to a well-deserved holiday – which will leave you with memories that’ll last wayyy longer than your average stocking-filler.

Helpful little elves that we are, we’ve put together a list of some super-affordable Europe 2020 trips to give you a little Christmas wishlist inspo. Save money this Christmas, set out on your dream holiday in 2020. Seems like a fair trade to us!

Christmas in Amsterdam

Tower to Tapas (or towers of tapas – up to you)

Get ready to flex your culture muscle and treat your food baby to some of Europe’s most tantalisingly tasty cuisine on this purse-friendly 9-day trip that takes you from the chic French capital to passionate Madrid. Fill up your camera roll in Bordeaux, then fill up your belly with pintxos in San Sebastián. Summer can’t get here fast enough!

Get into the (Western) Spirit

Gorgeously refined cities, stunning natural beauty and more history than your nan’s attic: they say you can’t have it all – but yet, here we are! Kick things off in the Eternal City of Rome, where history lives around every corner, before fending off paparazzi on the glittering French Riviera and flouncing around Florence – with a stop in the jaw-dropping Swiss Alps for good measure. What’s not to love?

venice in summer girl eating pizza aperol spritz topdeck europe italy

Things get messy at La Tomatina

It can be hard to break the ice, we get that. Forget chatting about the weather though – how about lobbing armfuls of tomatoes at your fellow Topdeckers to get better acquainted?! Don’t worry, it’s not only allowed but encouraged at the world-famous La Tomatina Festival in Buñol, Spain: a city that comes to life at this time of year. Keep costs down by choosing the Hostel Plus option, or gift yourself a little luxury and opt to rest your head in a hotel! Food fight in 3,2,1…

Get struck by (Greece) Lightning

Ahh Greece, there aren’t enough ways to say “we love you”! Think: 7 days, beginning and ending in unique Athens, hopping over to the heart-stealing islands of Mykonos and Ios; soaking up the sun, swimming in crystal clear waters and filling up on gyros. Give yourself the gift of a Greek Island adventure on this whirlwind whizz round some of our fave islands. Can I get a “Go, Greece Lightning!”

Bounce your way round Europe on our Euro Hopper

You can’t beat a classic, and we reckon this Euro trip is just that: simple, refined, but oh-so special. Start looking forward to summer with this bucket-list busting tour! We’ll start the party right in energetic Amsterdam, before dosing up on culture (and Bratwurst) in magical Munich. Then, it’s off to check out the boutique-lined streets and waistline-increasing eats of inimitable Italy. Ciao bella!

Surf, sand and souks – superb!

Fancy trying something a little different? In the mood for exploring incredible scenery and delving into a fascinating culture? Allow us to introduce our Surf, Sand and Souks trip – we think you’ll get on like couscous and tagine! From the coastal retreats of Casablanca and Essaouira to the frenetic energy of Marrakech and the infinitely Instagrammable ‘Blue City’ of Chefchaouen – this journey around multi-faceted Morocco is one you won’t be forgetting any time soon!

photos of Morocco
Natalie Baker
Born in the USA but raised in London, Natalie is a lover of all things travel. Her favourite city is Paris – which isn’t surprising given her slightly OTT love of pastries. She is also an animal lover and proud mum to 5 furry babies.