Best Of Europe

Best Of Europe

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22 Days
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$5405

$3669

Best Of Europe

22 Days Starting and ending in London

Visiting: London, Paris, Champagne region, Luxembourg, Heidelberg, Black Forest, Lake Titisee, Rhine Falls, Lucerne region, Lucerne, Liechtenstein, Neuschwanstein Castle, Innsbruck, Modena, Siena, Pisa, Florence, Rome, Venice, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Prague, Dresden, Berlin, Amsterdam, Bruges

Tour operator:

Expat Explore Travel

Tour code:

EB

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

10 - 51

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

10-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Cultural, History

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

From:
$5405
$3669 (USD) Operator discount: -$1736

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Tour Overview

Experience one of our best European tours! See the highlights of western, central and eastern Europe over 22 incredible days. This European trip itinerary is packed with incredible destinations, sights and activities. You’ll experience memorable moments and iconic cities! See Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Venice, Berlin, Florence and Luxembourg. Travel east to Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Zagreb. Round off your trip with time in Belgium. Visit castles, say “cheers” in traditional beer halls, explore with local guides and slow down to discover cities at your own pace on free days. One of our best European vacations awaits!

Highlights

  • Free days to explore Paris, Lucerne, Rome, Berlin and Amsterdam

  • Visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany

  • See the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy

  • Locally guided tours in Rome, Budapest, Vienna and Prague

  • Taste champagne in France and cruise the canals in Amsterdam

Itinerary

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Day 1: Start Of Tour In London
Location: London
Meals Included: Dinner

Welcome to London! Meet the tour leader this morning and head out for your first experience of London on a city tour by bus! London is a bustling city full of historic relics, incredible art, royal landmarks and modern architecture! Keep an eye out for bucket list sites like Tower Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Next, enjoy free time for lunch in one of London’s central “foodie” markets. Afterwards, it’s time to delve into history on a tour of Westminster. Westminster is home to iconic London landmarks including Big Ben, the Palaces of Westminster and Westminster Abbey. Enjoy views of Buckingham Palace before hopping back on the coach. Admire more wonderful historic and modern sights as you see even more of London en route to a traditional English pub, where the group will enjoy an included dinner.

Driving tour of London: See London’s top sights and learn more about its history on a driving tour of the city! London is home to rich history, royal relics and buzzing modern areas! See some of the city’s most popular boroughs, keep an eye out for landmarks like Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Cutty Sark, and enjoy free time for lunch. Plus, enjoy an included tour of Westminser - this borough is home to London icons such as Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Palaces of Westminster. You’ll also get to tick “See Buckingham Palace” off you bucket list too! 


Dinner in a traditional British pub: Tonight enjoy an included welcome dinner at a historic local pub, where you can try typical British dishes like fish and chips, bangers and mash (sausages and mashed potato) or a seasonal vegetarian dish.

Day 2: London - Paris
Location: London, Paris
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Departing London, cross the English Channel and travel to 'The City of Lights and Love' - Paris! Your experienced tour leader will introduce you to all the key Parisian sites on a relaxing driving tour of the city. Keep an eye out for iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe. This evening, enjoy dinner with the group at a restaurant in the city. Finally, travel back to the hotel later tonight. Be sure to get some good rest as a full day of unforgettable Parisian adventures await tomorrow!


Enjoy a driving tour of Paris: Spot the Tuileries Gardens, The River Seine, l'Île de la Cité, the Louvre Museum, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Lovers Bridge, Sacre Coeur, Montmartre, Pigalle (the Red Light District) and the Moulin Rouge!


Day 3: Paris: Free Day
Location: Paris
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day to explore the French capital! The Seine River is the backbone of Paris and flows through the heart of the city. Enjoy a cruise along the Seine when you join the Paris+ optional! This excursion includes all things French! Enjoy a macaron tasting, a visit to the Arc de Triomphe, a tour of a famous perfume museum, a sightseeing lunchtime cruise, a visit to the Montparnasse Tower and more! Tonight, choose to spend an evening in the beautiful Montmartre neighbourhood with a local guide and complete the day with an optional cabaret show!

Day 4: Champagne Region - Luxembourg - Heidelberg
Location: Champagne region, Luxembourg, Heidelberg
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning depart Paris and make a stop in the Champagne region. Here, enjoy a tasting of one of France’s most famous and highly prized exports - champagne! Then, the journey continues on to Luxembourg, where there will be free time to explore the capital of one of Europe’s smallest countries. The final destination of the day is Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town which is renowned for its Altstadt (old town), ruined Renaissance hilltop castle and romantic riverside cityscape. Enjoy an orientation tour of the city centre and some free time to explore the old town before an included group dinner tonight.

Champagne Tasting in Reims: Savour the taste of one of France’s most important exports - champagne. Admire the bubbles and the colour of this highly-prized wine.


Orientation tour of Heidelberg: Your tour leader will take you on an orientation tour of Heidelberg’s Altstadt (old town), a medieval town with cobblestoned roads and infectious charm. See the ruined Renaissance hilltop castle and romantic riverside cityscape.


Overnight in Heidelberg: A university town with a beautiful Baroque old town and vibrant nightlife, Heidelberg is the capital of the Romantic road, a route that travels through the Romantic towns of Germany.

Day 5: Black Forest - Lake Titisee - Rhine Falls - Lucerne Region
Location: Black Forest, Lake Titisee, Rhine Falls, Lucerne region
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning head into Germany’s Schwarzwald (Black Forest), home of delicious Black Forest gâteau, cuckoo clocks and Hansel and Gretel! Visit an authentic German cuckoo clock-making shop in the heart of the forest before arriving on the shores of Lake Titisee to explore the spa town of Titisee and enjoy free time for lunch. Next, cross into Switzerland and stop off at the stunning Rhine Falls, the largest plain waterfall in Europe. Make the most of free time to explore, with the option to take a boat ride to the falls. Later, arrive in Lucerne and set off on an orientation tour which offers a great introduction to the city before travelling on to tonight’s accommodation.

Explore Germany’s Schwarzwald: Stop off at a family-owned cuckoo clock centre in the heart of the Black Forest, the perfect opportunity to pick up a souvenir and shop for Swiss and German brands like Swarovski, Victorinox and Goebel, and have a cup of coffee with a slice of Black Forest gâteau cake.


Stopover in Titisee: Enjoy some free time to explore the historic centre of the Titisee spa town on the shore of Lake Titisee, and grab some lunch from one of the many cafés and restaurants.


Experience the Rhine Falls: Enjoy some free time to experience the dramatic Rhine Falls in northern Switzerland and take in views of Wörth Castle. An optional boat ride is offered which will take you into the falls and allow you to climb onto Rheinfall Felsen, the large rock at its heart.


Orientation walk of Lucerne city centre: Your tour leader will walk you through the centre of Lucerne and point out some of the highlights you can explore further on your free day tomorrow, such as the Lion Monument, Church of St Leodegar and the famous Chapel Bridge.

Day 6: Lucerne: Free Day
Location: Lucerne
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is a free day to enjoy the Lucerne region. Renowned as one of Switzerland's most beautiful cities, Lucerne is a place you'll definitely want to have your camera ready to photograph! All the ingredients for the quintessentially picturesque Swiss experience are here - a cobalt lake and well-preserved old town complete with waterfront promenades, covered bridges and perfect plazas are surrounded by the natural skyscrapers of the Swiss Alps. It's no wonder that Goethe, Queen Victoria and Wagner savoured the stunning views that Lucerne has to offer! There's charm and grace around every corner, but it's not all about history - there's certainly enough of a pulse here to keep things current, with carnivals, concerts and exhibitions aplenty!

Day 7: Liechtenstein - Neuschwanstein Castle - Innsbruck
Location: Liechtenstein, Neuschwanstein Castle, Innsbruck
Meals Included: Breakfast

Get ready for four countries in one day! Depart Switzerland for today’s first stop: the Alpine principality of Liechtenstein, the sixth smallest nation in the world. Stopping in the capital Vaduz, take time to stroll around and enjoy the scenery. Then it’s time to visit Neuschwanstein Castle, a 19th century German hilltop castle built by Ludwig II of Bavaria, and the inspiration for Disney’s famous Sleeping Beauty castle! Entrance to the castle is included in the tour package price. Today’s final destination of the day is Innsbruck, Austria. Home to Austria's third-largest student population, there's no shortage of vibrant bars and beer gardens to enjoy. Enjoy an introduction to the city on an orientation tour of Innsbruck.

Comfort Stop in Vaduz, Liechtenstein: This tiny country may only be the size of Manhattan, but it's skyscrapers of a different kind that dominate the skyline!


Explore the famous Neuschwanstein Castle: Enter the incredible Neuschwanstein Castle interior and enjoy a tour of this magical structure! This castle looks like it's straight out of a fairy tale - which incidentally isn't far from the truth: Neuschwanstein Castle served as the inspiration for Disney’s famous Sleeping Beauty castle.


Orientation tour of Innsbruck: This historic Austrian city is famous not only as the birthplace of Albert Einstein, but also for having the tallest church steeple in the world! Your tour leader will introduce you to a few of the highlights of this city, and then give you free time to explore further.

Day 8: Modena - Siena
Location: Modena, Siena
Meals Included: Breakfast

It’s time to head south into Italy! As one of the most visited destinations in the world, Italy serves up centuries of incredible history, rich culture and, of course, fantastic food! En route to Siena, the tour will stop in Modena. While here, enjoy a tasting of balsamic vinegar which the region is famous for. Arriving in Siena this afternoon, your tour leader will guide a short orientation tour of the historic city centre, which is followed by free time here this evening.

Taste traditional balsamic vinegar in Modena: Enjoy a taste of traditional balsamic vinegar in Modena, which has been produced in Modena and Reggio Emilia since the 11th century.


Orientation tour of Siena: Enjoy an orientation tour of Siena with your tour leader. This historic Italian city is home to beautiful architecture, wonderful art and delicious food and wine. Siena is famous for hosting the Palio horse race twice a year!

Day 9: Pisa - Florence - Siena
Location: Pisa, Florence, Siena
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, explore two unmissable highlights of Tuscany: Florence and Pisa! Upon arrival in Florence, step into the world of Italian leather crafting and visit a local leather factory and shop. Learn more about famous handmade Florentine leather products before taking an orientation tour of Florence to see iconic sights including the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the Ponte Vecchio. Next, enjoy free time in the city and join the Taste of Tuscany optional excursion or explore at your own pace. Hop aboard the coach for today’s last stop - the Leaning Tower of Pisa! Now over 800 years old, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is a classic sight in Italy and well worth a photo! Return to Siena tonight.

Leather-making demonstration: Visit a local leather factory and shop to learn more about the historic art of leather-making!


Orientation tour of Florence: Your Expat Explore tour leader will take you on an orientation tour to introduce you to the main sights, including the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza Della Signoria and the replica statue of David.


Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa: Your chance to see the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, or even take some iconic pictures of you ‘holding up’ the tower.

Day 10: Siena - Rome
Location: Siena, Rome
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

More Italian adventures await today! It’s time to travel to Rome, Italy’s historic capital city. This European metropolis buzzes with activity, tradition, passion, and an energy of its own. Join a local Roman tour guide for a walking tour of the city. Look forward to seeing several historic sights, including the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Later, enjoy dinner with the group.


Walking tour of Rome: This city has so much to see and do that we can’t list everything here! Enjoy a walking tour of Rome with a professional local guide, a great introduction for further exploration of the city during the free day tomorrow. Visit the Roman Forum, Arch of Septimus Severus, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and the Spanish Steps.


Day 11: Rome: Free Day
Location: Rome
Meals Included: Breakfast

Rome boasts ancient ruins, historical landmarks, religious buildings and a buzz like no other, and today is a full free day to explore the city! Why not pay a visit to the Colosseum or the Roman Forum and drift backwards in time to when gladiators, chariots and lions dominated the arena? One of the best areas for sampling authentic Roman food is in Trastevere where restaurants, favoured by the locals, serve original and classic dishes you may not find elsewhere. Or, use this free day to travel to the Vatican City - the smallest country in the world! Explore St Peter’s Basilica, see the incredible displays in the museums and admire Michelangelo’s artwork in the Sistine Chapel.

Day 12: Rome - Venice
Location: Rome, Venice
Meals Included: Breakfast

Leaving the churches and basilicas behind, today the journey continues to Venice, the famous “floating city”! On arrival, embark on an orientation walking tour with your tour leader. Tick off Venice’s bucket list-worthy sights including the Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square. The rest of the afternoon is free to spend as you wish. Choose to see Venice the traditional way - from the canals on a gondola ride, which offers a completely different perspective and appreciation for the amazing structure of this unique destination! A water taxi trip is another great way to explore Venice’s winding waterways and grand canal.

Day 13: Venice - Ljubljana - Zagreb
Location: Venice, Ljubljana, Zagreb
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel towards Zagreb in Croatia today. Along the way enjoy a visit to Ljubljana, Slovenia’s picture-perfect capital city. Often thought of as a hidden gem of Europe, Slovenia’s castles, stunning architecture and natural beauty mean it packs a punch more powerful than its small size would suggest! Later, arrive in Zagreb. Get to know Croatia’s capital city on an orientation tour. This fascinating city is an interesting mix of Habsburg and Communist architecture. Learn more of Croatia’s history and cultural facts, and get a glimpse of everyday life in this charming city. Afterwards, check into tonight’s hotel with time to freshen up before an included dinner this evening.

Orientation tour of Ljubljana: Enjoy a visit to Slovenia’s capital city. Ljubljana is a compact destination filled with historic streets, impressive architecture, picturesque riverside neighbourhoods and a hilltop castle looking over it all. Embark on an orientation tour with your tour leader.


Orientation walk in Zagreb: Your tour leader will take you on an orientation walk of Croatia’s capital city. See the landmarks like the Museum of Contemporary Art, Maksimir Park, and the Mirogoj.

Day 14: Zagreb - Budapest
Location: Zagreb, Budapest
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, the tour will cross into Hungary and head for the capital, Budapest. Cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, it straddles the historic Danube River and boasts numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites - and the city’s natural geothermal springs are a highlight! Enjoy a driving tour of the city with a local guide to see the top attractions and learn more about Hungary’s history. Then, enjoy free time this evening to explore. Why not join the Danube Dinner Cruise optional? It’s a fantastic way to see Budapest at night - viewing the twinkling city lights and historic architecture from the water is sure to be unforgettable!

Driving tour of Budapest: Meet up with a local guide who will accompany us on a driving tour of the city and point out all the best-loved sights. Learn more about Hungarian culture and language and the city's fascinating history. Drink in incredible views from atop Gellert Hill and the Citadel, make a stop at Heroes Square and get an eyeful of other must-see attractions like Budapest Parliament, St Stephen's Basilica, the State Opera, the castle district, and more.

Day 15: Budapest - Bratislava - Vienna
Location: Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Depart Budapest and travel to the Slovakian capital, Bratislava! Surrounded by mountains, vineyards, ski runs and wilderness, Bratislava is a charming city. Enjoy an orientation tour and see if you can spot Bratislava’s castle in the distance. Next up is Vienna. Arrive and join a local guide for a walking and driving tour of the Austrian capital. As a centre for art and culture in Europe for centuries, Vienna was host to some of the world’s leading musical minds at one time or another – including luminaries like Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Along with its classical heritage, imperial history, magnificent concert halls, palaces and museums, Vienna is also a modern city, with a vibrant café, restaurant and nightlife culture.

Bratislava orientation tour: Join your tour leader on an orientation tour to see some of the landmarks and historic sights of the city, including a photo stop at Bratislava Castle, which overlooks the city.


Walking and driving tour of Vienna: Vienna is known as the 'City of Music’ due to its classical heritage and the prodigies that worked there including Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms to name a few. The tour starts at the Golden Mile on the RingStrasse (Parliament, City Hall, Burgtheater). Then, discover the courtyards and passages around the Hofburg (Imperial Castle) and St. Stephen’s Cathedral which is Vienna’s geographic and historic centre.


Dinner in a Viennese wine cellar: Enjoy dinner in a special location tonight! Tuck into a delicious meal in a historic Viennese wine cellar.

Day 16: Vienna: Free Day
Location: Vienna
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to explore Vienna! Awash with imperial splendour, Vienna was once the centre of the powerful Habsburg monarchy, which dominated central Europe from the 16th-18th centuries. History fans should check out the incredible palaces of the era - Schönbrunn Palace and the Belvedere. Classical music lovers can enjoy a concert by one of the greatest composers of the Viennese classical period, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with today’s optional excursion.

Day 17: Vienna - Prague
Location: Vienna, Prague
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, the tour travels to the Czech Republic! Prague is a beautiful city, boasting elaborate baroque, gothic, art nouveau and cubist architecture, and rewarding those who explore it with quirky bars, cobbled lanes and secluded courtyards. Known for its brilliant beer and abundance of history, any exploration of Prague will be a memorable one. A local guide will lead a walking tour and introduce the city’s must-see sights. Then, enjoy a free afternoon to explore more at your own pace. Tonight, choose to join the optional traditional Czech folk show for a night filled with music and dancing, including a traditional four-course meal.

Prague walking tour: A local guide will introduce you to the must-see sights of Prague including the Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Charles Bridge.

Day 18: Prague - Dresden - Berlin
Location: Prague, Dresden, Berlin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s first destination is the German city of Dresden. Virtually rebuilt from the ground up after bombing attacks in WW2 destroyed the city centre, Dresden is immaculate and stylish. Choose to try some of the local German food - such as Bratwurst, and have a wander around the beautifully paved streets. Afterwards, the journey continues to Berlin, the capital of Germany. With a mix of history and modernity and after stepping forward from a turbulent past, Berlin is one of Europe’s more captivating destinations! Arrive and set off on a driving tour of the city - stopping off to see poignant locations such as the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag and Checkpoint Charlie. Enjoy an included group dinner tonight.

Explore the streets of Dresden: Enjoy a lunch stop in Dresden. During WW2 the city was almost completely destroyed by bombing attacks. Luckily, most of its treasures were removed beforehand and today, Dresden has been carefully rebuilt. It is full of beautiful and striking architecture and is home to amazing museums, arts and culture. Take a walk through the city centre and choose a local spot to enjoy lunch.


Driving tour of Berlin: Your tour leader will explain the amazing history of this vibrant city and show you all the must-see sights, including Alexanderplatz, Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Berlin Wall and Reichstag. Take a note of those you want to explore further on your free day tomorrow!

Day 19: Berlin: Free Day
Location: Berlin
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to further explore the history of the German capital. The Berlin Wall stands as a sombre reminder of the controls imposed on Berlin during and after WW2, however, the bright street art that adorns it today seems to give it a peaceful purpose. Berlin also offers numerous free museums and galleries to visit, which all contribute to the understanding of this city's modern history. Enjoy an in-depth tour of the city on the Berlin+ optional excursion which includes the East Side Gallery, Hackescher Markt, the Berlin TV Tower and more.

Day 20: Berlin - Amsterdam
Location: Berlin, Amsterdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner


This morning, say auf wiedersehen to Germany as the tour continues onwards to The Netherlands, where the landscapes change to windmills and waterways as the coach approaches the vibrant city of Amsterdam. This evening, enjoy an unforgettable introduction to the city with a sightseeing twilight canal cruise! After seeing the bridges and city from the waterside, enjoy a taste of local cuisine at an included dinner. Afterwards, enjoy free time tonight to discover the cafés, bars and coffee shops that Amsterdam is famous for!


Amsterdam Canal Cruise: Sail along Amsterdam's stunning canals at twilight - a perfect introduction to Amsterdam as you cruise past famous landmarks from the atmospheric canals.

Day 21: Amsterdam: Free Day
Location: Amsterdam
Meals Included: Breakfast

Experience the delights of Amsterdam today! There are numerous museums and art galleries to choose from - why not visit Anne Frank House or the Van Gogh Museum, take a bicycle tour or simply wander the streets and canals? For a fantastic Dutch experience, join the Dutch countryside optional excursion. Visit a local farm to see how Dutch cheese and clogs are crafted and visit the historic villages of Volendam and Zaanse Schans. Back in the city, choose to join the MOCO Museum & House of Bols excursion to indulge in modern and contemporary art at the MOCO Museum followed by a history lesson on Dutch gin with a rewarding cocktail at the end! Finally, opt in for tonight’s Diversely Dutch Dinner.

Day 22: Amsterdam - Bruges - London
Location: Amsterdam, Bruges, London
Meals Included: Breakfast

After the Amsterdam adventure, there is one more stop before travelling back to the UK. The Belgian city of Bruges is small but picturesque, with breathtaking architecture and a wonderful atmosphere. Described as the ‘Venice of the North’, enjoy free time in the city to stretch your legs and indulge in a spot of sightseeing. Afterwards, hop back aboard the coach for the final leg of the journey back to London, crossing the English Channel on the way. This is the perfect time to exchange contact details with new friends and travel buddies as you prepare to disembark. We look forward to having you on tour with us again soon!


Visit Bruges: Make a stop in this beautiful medieval town with some free time so you could try the signature national dish of moules et frites, see or even climb the Belfry Tower, have a Belgian beer or buy some amazing Belgian chocolate.


What's Included

  • Accommodation

    21 nights in 2, 3 & 4* hotel accommodation in twin rooms with private bathrooms
    Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room (subject to availability)

  • Transport

    Modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and toilet onboard
    Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)

  • Meals

    21 Breakfasts, 9 Dinners*Vegetarian options available for all meals on request

  • Experiences

    Explore London’s top sights on a driving tour 
    Enjoy dinner at a traditional British Pub
    Head out on a driving tour of Paris
    Champagne Tasting in Reims
    Orientation tour of Heidelberg
    Overnight in Heidelberg, capital of the Romantic road
    Stop off at a cuckoo clock centre in the Black Forest
    Visit the historic centre of Titisee
    Spend free time at the Rhine Falls
    Orientation walk of Lucerne city centre
    Stop in Vaduz, capital of Liechtenstein 
    Enter and explore the famous Neuschwanstein castle
    Explore Innsbruck at your leisure
    Taste traditional balsamic vinegar in Modena
    Visit Siena; home of the famous Palio horse race
    See how Florentine leather is crafted
    Visit Florence; Italy’s famous Renaissance city
    Photo stop at the Leaning Tower of Pisa
    Explore Rome with a local guide
    Explore Venice on an orientation tour
    Visit Ljubljana; Slovenia’s capital city
    Discover Zagreb; capital city of Croatia
    See the best-loved sights in Budapest on a driving tour
    Visit Bratislava; Slovakia’s capital city
    Discover Vienna on a walking and driving tour
    Enjoy dinner in a Viennese wine cellar
    Experience a Prague walking tour
    Explore the historic streets of Dresden
    Driving tour of Berlin, capital of Germany
    Cruise Amsterdam's canals
    Visit Bruges, a medieval city in Belgium

What's Not Included

International flights
Travel to the start point and from the endpoint is not included. We recommend using Skyscanner to find the best deals on international flights.


Travel insurance
For a relatively small price, travel insurance provides you with the peace of mind so that you can enjoy your tour without any worries. 


All passengers travelling on an Expat Explore tour are required to have valid travel insurance cover and you are responsible for arranging your own insurance. Click here for more information.

Mode of Transport


  • Modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and toilet onboard

  • Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)

Accommodation


  • 21 nights in 2, 3 & 4* hotel accommodation in twin rooms with private bathrooms

  • Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room (subject to availability)

Traveller Comfort - *COACH* tours

We welcome all travellers on our tours but we would like to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible. In light of this, please ensure that you are happy with the below information and level of fitness required.


Expat Explore tries to be as accommodating as possible, however, our tours are unfortunately not designed for people travelling with wheelchairs or severe mobility issues.


Our tours are fast paced because they are designed for you to see the most a destination has to offer. We also want to ensure that you explore as much as possible, which may require long periods without stops on the coach as we drive to a new destination.


We offer walking tours in most cities (up to 3 hours), and a wheelchair is not always a practical option as there are often cobbled streets and stairs on these tours.


For travellers in wheelchairs, you will only be able to store your wheelchair under the coach with the other luggage. Thus, on the long drives between cities you will not necessarily have access to your wheelchair if we make a quick bathroom stop along the way. Please note that travelling with a wheelchair could prove difficult as our coaches don't have wheelchair lifts, as such you will need to be able to board and alight the coach on your own.


With regards to our accommodation, not all hotels have lifts and this means potentially having to carry bags up and down stairs.


For more information regarding traveller fitness please see our Terms and Conditions.

Check out our Q&As

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Certain nationalities may require a visa(s) for this tour.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Our tours are not suitable for young children, so we set a minimum age limit of 10 years old. However, at the discretion of Expat Explore we may consider younger children on certain tours if they meet certain criteria.

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No, visas are each traveler’s personal responsibility, and we recommend that plenty of time is allowed for visas to be applied for. When applying for your visa, please ensure that the proper research is carried out before you apply, and that you deal directly with the embassies or certified agents with regard to acquiring correct and timely information. We cannot take responsibility for customers

  • What is the maximum group size?

    It depends on how many other people book! There could be up to 51 other passengers, so you will have the opportunity to make lots of friends!

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    We have searched and invested in excellent accommodation options, either located in cities or well placed with public transport connections. Clean linen, towels is always included. Toiletries (shampoo, shower gel etc) and hair dryers are not always included, so you may wish to bring these with you. Accommodation is provided in twin share en-suite rooms. We use a mix of mostly 2, 3 & 4-star hotels.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    All travellers are required to carry their own bags, get on and off the coach, and use public transport. Our city walking tours can last up to 3 hours, and certain places involve walking up and down lots of steps. We want you to enjoy your tour, so read through the itinerary thoroughly and draw your own conclusions as to whether you feel fit and healthy enough.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Whilst we fully understand that some nationalities are not accustomed to tipping, this is a normal part of the culture in many of the countries we visit. Tipping has become an increasingly accepted practice in all areas of the service industry, but particularly in restaurants, bars and taxis worldwide.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    If you are travelling alone, there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travelers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our customer services team. Please note that the room provided may be a single room wi

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes, Full air-conditioning

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    Due to weight and space limitations, you are allowed to bring one main piece of luggage weighing no more than 20kg, and one small soft bag (such as a small daypack or backpack) for hand luggage weighing a maximum of 7kg. On all tours, you will have to carry your own luggage (e.g. into hotels and up to your room if hotels don’t have elevators). Please bear this in mind when you are deciding what to

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Our travelers come from all walks of life, with different backgrounds and interests.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No, you will need to make your own arrangements to get to the meeting point for the first day of your tour. Please see the meeting point information for details on how to reach the meeting point.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    On this tour, you will enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace. Free time gives you the opportunity to see more of a destination. This is a chance to embark on one of Expat Explore’s popular optional excursions or simply see aspects of a city, town or destination that interest you but are not included on the tour itinerary.

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    Euro

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    No, entrance fees are not included.

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    We are committed to curating excellent travel experiences, and to do so, we need all of our travelers to feel safe.
    In order to ensure the peace of mind and safety of our travelers and staff on board the coach, we are still requesting that all travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, produce a negative COVID test. This test can be a PCR test, an Antigen test

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    All our tours are conducted in English.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No, you will need to make your own arrangements to get to the meeting destination for the first day of your tour. Make sure you keep departure times and possible delays in mind when booking flights.

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Our tour leaders come from all walks of life, with different backgrounds and interests. They are all confident and well-travelled with an in-depth knowledge of the destinations they are working in, and a passion for helping you make the most out of your Expat Explore tour.

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    All of the hotels on this tour offer Wi-Fi, which is available free of charge as part of your Expat Explore tour. The coaches do not have Wi-Fi on board. If you intend to buy a local sim card to use while you are in Europe, please check with your service provider if your phone will work abroad.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our team.

  • Children on tour?

    Our tours are not suitable for young children which is why we have a minimum age limit of 10 years old. However, at the discretion of Expat Explore we may consider younger children on certain tours if they meet certain criteria and a request is received in writing via email. Minors (between 10 and 18 years of age) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who accepts full responsibility for them. Unaccompanied minors will not be accepted on tour. Expat Explore reserves the right to decline any booking at our discretion. Any minor (between 10 and 18 years of age) is priced the same as an adult.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    The health and safety of our travellers and employees are our top priority. Which means, when you travel with us, our enhanced hygiene protocols will ensure you do so in a safe and responsible way - ask for details of current policies.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 2005

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    At Expat Explore we value responsible travel and are committed to exploring the world consciously and kindly. We are proud to make responsible travel possible with a number of our sustainable travel practices!

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Relate is a South African based not-for-profit organisation that Expat Explore supports. The group aims to help those less fortunate create better lives for themselves through a variety of fundraising initiatives. On our South Africa tours, each passenger will receive an Expat Explore branded Relate bracelet. We donate the cost of these bracelets to our chosen Relate charity: the Nelson Mandela Sc

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Joelle  

10000% recommended

This is a fun and well organized experience. The b

This is a fun and well organized experience. The best way to learn about the culture and to enjoy the wonderful European countries that we visited! We of course had an outstanding team Luke and Damian to guide and drive us, they made the experience safe an.d fun

Theresa  

Whirlwind experience of a lifetime

Whirlwind experience of a lifetime Just what I ex

Whirlwind experience of a lifetime Just what I expected from the information given in terms of getting a really good overview or Europe and learning what you do and don't like for further travel, and a good balance between included activities and the freedom to do your own thing. Better than I could have hoped for in terms of the people I met on tour. Amazing tour leader and driver duo (Luke and Damian are rockstars) and fellow travellers too! Taking the time and effort to get to know people across different generations, cultures and life experiences made it an incredible, not just European, but worldly experience.

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  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of expat explore travel charges.

    Up to 45 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 44 days before tour starts: Forfeit 40% of booking price.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 70% of booking price.

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