Best of Western Europe - 10 Days

Best of Western Europe - 10 Days

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Best of Western Europe - 10 Days

10 Days Starting in 51.478790,-0.010680 and ending in 41.902783,12.496366

Visiting: London, Paris, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Eiffel tower, Champagne région, Luxembourg, Heidelberg, Black Forest, Titisee, Rhine Falls, Lucerne, Liechtenstein, Neuschwanstein Castle, Innsbruck, Modena, Siena, Pisa, Florence, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Rome

Tour operator:

Expat Explore Travel

Tour code:

181

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

12 - 51

Physical rating:

Medium, All Ages / Not applicable

Age range:

10-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Active, Budget

Activities:

Walking, Wine Tasting

This tour is no longer available

Tour Overview

Encounter the highlights and hidden gems of Western Europe on this fast-paced tour. Enjoy free days in renowned cities like Paris and Lucerne. Discover the allure of the Champagne region and the mystical Black Forest. Gaze in awe at the Rhine Falls in Switzerland and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Amble along the road less traveled and walk the shores of Lake Titisee. Along the way, your tour leader will introduce you to locals and hand-selected destinations that epitomise each region. An immersive tour that's tailor-made for foodies & history buffs. This tour forms the first-half of our full-length Best of Europe tour; consider the full tour if you'd also like to visit other top destinations in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Germany and more.

Highlights

  • Enjoy full free days to explore Paris, Lucerne & Tuscany

  • Experience the famous Champagne region of France and the Rheinfalls in Switzerland

  • Visit the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle, Pisa and Florence

  • Explore Siena, Innsbruck & Heidelberg

Itinerary

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Day 1: Start Of Tour In London

Location: London

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

Welcome to London and the first day of your tour! Meet your tour leader at the starting hotel before setting off on the first excursion for today: an orientation tour of the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Learn more about Greenwich’s UNESCO World Heritage Site status, stroll through the historic docklands and see the many beautiful buildings and gardens. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore at your own pace. Expat Explore recommends joining the London+ optional excursion as a great way to explore more of the city! The excursion tours the famous Cutty Sark ship, includes a cruise on the Thames Clipper from Greenwich to Westminster and visits Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. Tonight, enjoy an included group dinner at a traditional British pub.

Day 2: London - Paris

Location: Paris

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Departing London, you will cross the English Channel and travel on to 'The City of Lights and Love' - Paris! Your experienced tour leader will introduce you to all the key Parisian sites on a relaxing coach tour of the city. Keep an eye out for such iconic landmarks as the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and Notre Dame - take a mental note of what you wish to explore more further on your free day. This evening we'll enjoy dinner at a restaurant in the Latin Quarter, an eclectic, bohemian and historic neighbourhood. We'll then travel back to the hotel on Paris' world-famous metro system, ready to explore the city further on our free day tomorrow!

Day 3: Paris: Optional Free Day

Location: Paris, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Eiffel tower

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day to explore the French capital to your heart’s content! The Seine River is the backbone of the capital, and flows through the heart of the city. Why not choose a cruise, and sail past the grandeur of the gothic Notre Dame cathedral, to the epic Eiffel Tower? Paris Disneyland is perfect for the ‘young at heart’, and is only a short distance away. Your Expat Explore tour leader is brimming with ideas and local knowledge so that you can get the best out of your time here.

Day 4: Champagne Region - Luxembourg - Heidelberg

Location: Champagne région, Luxembourg, Heidelberg

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we’ll depart Paris and head east to our first stop in the champagne region of Reims, where we’ll taste one of France’s most famous and highly prized exports - champagne! We’ll then continue our journey to Luxembourg, where you’ll have some free time to explore the capital of one of Europe’s smallest countries; Luxembourg City features a charming Unesco-listed centre with plenty of restaurants and cafés. Our final destination of the day is Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town which is renowned for its Altstadt (old town). Your tour leader will take you on an orientation tour of the city centre and give you some free time to explore the old town before we meet back up for dinner.

Day 5: Black Forest - Lake Titisee - Rhine Falls - Lucerne Region

Location: Black Forest, Titisee, Rhine Falls, Lucerne

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we head into the heart of Germany’s Schwarzwald (Black Forest), home of delicious Black Forest gâteau, cuckoo clocks and Hansel and Gretel! For those travellers wishing to buy an authentic German cuckoo clock, we’ll make a quick stop at a local family business in the heart of the forest. Arriving on the shores of Lake Titisee, you’ll have some free time to explore the spa town of Titisee and grab some lunch. We’ll then cross into Switzerland and stop off at the stunning Rhine Falls, the largest plain waterfall in Europe. You’ll have some time to explore, with the option to take a boat ride on the falls. On arrival in Lucerne your tour leader will give you a quick orientation tour to introduce you to the city, before we travel on to our accommodation.

Day 6: Lucerne: Optional Free Day

Location: Lucerne

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today you’ll have a free day to enjoy the Lucerne region. Renowned as one of Switzerland's most beautiful cities, Lucerne is one place you'll definitely want to have your camera at the ready for! 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 really 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

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Four countries in one day! Our first stop is the Alpine principality of Liechtenstein, the sixth smallest nation in the world. Stopping in the capital Vaduz, we'll have some time to stroll around and enjoy the scenery. We’ll then visit Neuschwanstein Castle, a 19th Century German hilltop castle built by Ludwig II of Bavaria, and the inspiration for the famous Disneyland castle. Entrance to the castle is included in the tour package price. Our final destination of the day in Innsbruck, Austria. Home to Austria's third-largest student population, there's no shortage of vibrant bars and beer gardens to enjoy.

Day 8: Modena - Siena

Location: Modena, Siena

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning we head south into Italy. One of the most visited destinations in the world, Italy serves up centuries of incredible history, rich culture and, of course, fantastic food! As we make our way to Siena we'll stop in Modena, where you'll enjoy a tasting of balsamic vinegar. Arriving in Siena this afternoon, your tour leader will take you on a short orientation tour of the historic city centre, and you'll then have some free time to take photos and explore.

Day 9: Pisa - Florence - Siena

Location: Pisa, Florence, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Siena

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Visit and explore two of the undoubted highlights of the Tuscan region: Pisa and Florence! The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the first stop. It’s a classic sight in Italy that is more than 800 years old. Take a moment to explore the grounds and get that essential travel selfie with the tower. Afterwards, travel through the countryside to Florence, the capital of this region. Take an orientation walking tour of the city to explore its many iconic sights. These include the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and the replica of the statue of David. Then head to a genuine Italian leather factory and shop. Italian leather brands have dominated the fashion world for centuries and the quality of handmade leatherware in Tuscany is something to behold. Spend some time over lunch exploring the city at your leisure before returning to Siena.

Day 10: End Of Tour In Rome

Location: Rome

Meals Included: Breakfast

Your tour finishes today upon arrival in Rome; make sure that you have swapped numbers with your fellow travellers, before you part ways!
This tour includes no Rome hotel accommodation and forms the first half of the full-length Best of Europe 22-day tour, which starts and finishes in London.

What's Included

  • 9 nights' accommodation in twin rooms with private en-suite facilities. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room.

  • 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners

  • All taxes and fees

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

  • Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet.

  • Free Expat Explore tour souvenir – a memorable gift of your once in a lifetime trip.

  • 18 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences)

  • Accommodation

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

  • Fully Guided

What's Not Included

  • 1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Country Entry Visas

  • International Travel

Optional Extras

  • Lake Lucerne panoramic cruise

    Embark on a scenic boat trip on Lake Lucerne in Switzerland. Hop aboard and make the most of this sightseeing boat trip by admiring the stunning views of the surrounding mountain scenery during the hour-long trip. You’ll see Lucerne from a unique perspective while on the water so be sure to snap photos of the picturesque town on the waterside!

  • Parisian Cabaret with drinks

    Experience a fantastic show and the famous French Cancan at one of the top Paris cabaret venues, La Nouvelle Eve or Paradis Latin. The shows are lively, colourful, and tastefully produced. With striking decor, beautiful costumes and a variety of classic and modern choreography this is a show you will not want to miss. The price includes the show and a glass of French champagne.

  • An Evening in Montmartre

    Spend an evening in the beautiful Montmartre neighbourhood, affectionately referred to as the ‘last village in Paris’. See the Moulin Rouge, stroll the cobbled streets and visit the charming village shops and romantic terraces. Admire views of the spectacular Sacré-Cœur basilica before enjoying a three-course dinner filled with authentic French options (vegetarian options are available) finished off with delicious Crème brûlée for dessert!

  • London +

    See iconic landmarks and enjoy classic British experiences on a great afternoon out in London! Start in Greenwich with a visit to the Cutty Sark - a historic British ship. While here, you’ll enjoy a typical afternoon tea inside the ship itself! Next, hop aboard the Thames Clipper and enjoy a sightseeing cruise along the River Thames from Greenwich to Westminster. See the famous Tower Bridge, Tower of London and London Eye along the way! Arrive in Westminster for a locally guided tour where you’ll get to see Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and watch the intriguingly-named “Punishment Parade” of the Household Cavalry! Afterwards, return to Greenwich on the Thames Clipper or choose to spend more time in the heart of London.

  • Highlights of Westminster walking tour

    Join a local guide for a tour of the highlights of Westminster. This part of London is filled with important monuments and iconic landmarks. Admire the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. See Whitehall, St James’s Park and St James’ Palace. Watch the Guards dismount ceremony at the Horse Guard Parade before finishing off with a stroll up the Mall and amazing views of Buckingham Palace!

  • Paris +

    Join your tour leader on an experience-filled day in Paris! Begin with a photo stop at the iconic Arc de Triomphe and stroll down the beautiful Champs-Élysées. Next, taste macarons at Ladurée - the most famous macaron shop in the world! Then, admire the opulent architecture of Opéra Garnier during a photo stop before enjoying a guided tour of Fragonard Musée du Parfum, one of France's most renowned perfumeries. At lunchtime, enjoy a sightseeing River Seine cruise with food and drinks on board. This afternoon, visit Tower Montparnasse for panoramic views of Paris! Finish in the Latin Quarter with free time to explore and glimpse the reconstruction of the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Check out our Q&As

  • 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

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  • Free Date Changes

    Expat Explore Travel allows you to make 5 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 76 days before the start of the tour.

  • Low Deposit

    Expat Explore Travel requires a minimum deposit of 10% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 45 days before departure.

  • 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.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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