Europe Escape - 12 Days

Europe Escape - 12 Days

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Europe Escape - 12 Days

12 Days Starting and ending in Rome

Visiting: Metropolitan City of Rome Capital, Metropolitan City of Venice, Innsbruck, Munich, Rhine Valley Gmbh, Amsterdam, Ghent, Paris, Burgundy, Swiss Alps, Lake Como, Pisa, Tuscany, Metropolitan City of Florence

Tour operator:

Expat Explore Travel

Tour code:

26

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:

Shopping, Wine Tasting

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Tour Overview

This is the flagship tour that started it all for Expat Explore! Journey to 8 of Europe's most popular countries. Start off by getting to know the Italian way of life in Rome and the romantic Venice. Explore the gem that is Paris, and meander through the countryside of France. Cross borders to the heart of the Swiss Alps and see castle-lined riverbanks in Germany’s Rhine Valley. Explore the vibrant streets and beautiful canals of Amsterdam. There’s so much in store for you!

Highlights

  • Enjoy free days in Rome, Paris, and the Swiss Alps

  • Visit Burgundy, Florence, Innsbruck, Munich and Ghent

  • Snap photos at the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa

  • Cruise the canals of Amsterdam and the Rhine River in Germany

  • Say cheers in a traditional German beer hall and enjoy a local German wine tasting in the Rhine Valley

Itinerary

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Day 1: Start Of Tour In Rome - Venice
Location: Metropolitan City of Rome Capital, Metropolitan City of Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: No Meals

Welcome to Rome! After meeting up with your tour leader and group it’s time to hit the road. Sit back and enjoy the scenery on the journey from Rome to Venice! Arrive in the “Floating City” known for its canals, gondolas, art and traditional glass and lace making. Join your tour leader for an orientation walk so you can use your free time later to explore. See the world-famous St Mark's Square, Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge. The evening is yours to enjoy authentic Italian delights, with hundreds of fantastic local restaurants and bars to choose from. Why not explore Venice the traditional way - from the canals. Enjoy the Gondolas & Water Taxis optional excursion to see Venice from a completely different perspective!

Day 2: Innsbruck - Munich - Bavaria
Location: Innsbruck, Munich
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Arrivederci, for now till later on in the tour! Heading north toward Germany, you will encounter some of the most beautiful countryside in central Europe. The famous Brenner Pass will appear before you, and simply take your breath away, as we make our way to Austria for a comfort stop to get a taster of Innsbruck and its dramatic mountain backdrop. Arriving in Munich in the afternoon, there is plenty of time for an escorted walking tour of the city centre. With much of the city having to be restored after WW2, the modern and ancient history of Munich is fascinating, and the appreciation of the effort to rebuild the German city is gilded with respect. Munich plays host to one of the most famous beer festivals in the world - Oktoberfest! To give you a taste, this evening you will dine in a traditional beer hall, and enjoy a local beer on us! Prost!

Day 3: Bavaria - Rhine Valley
Location: Rhine Valley Gmbh
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Your German adventure continues, heading to one of the most picturesque sections of the famous Rhine River. Once we arrive in the Rhine Valley, relax on board a Rhine riverboat as we head to our hotel in the heart of this picturesque region. This is the most concentrated stretch of castles in all of Europe, and it also features vineyards, charming medieval towns and lofty cliffs. Learn the story of the castles, many of which are now in ruins since the river barons left long ago. 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.

Day 4: Rhine Valley - Amsterdam
Location: Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning you will say your goodbyes to Germany, and continue your Europe tour into the Netherlands. With your Expat Explore tour leader giving you a run down on local traditions and culture, you will indulge in three of the most iconic Dutch products - cheese, clogs and windmills! A very entertaining cheese and clog making display, will have you fascinated and wanting to taste and ‘klomp’ (klompen is the Dutch word for ‘clogs’). Checking into your hotel you have a chance to freshen up, and then you’ll head to the centre of Amsterdam for a twilight canal cruise. You will gain an alternative perspective of this eclectic and bohemian city whilst drifting past famous landmarks. Afterwards, you are free to explore the city to your heart's content. The cafés, restaurants and bars will be buzzing with activity and atmosphere.

Day 5: Amsterdam - Ghent - Paris
Location: Ghent, Paris, Paris, Paris, Paris
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today it's Vaarwel to the Netherlands as we head to the Belgian city of Ghent. This picturesque port city is a cultural hub, and is known for its medieval architecture, which remains intact and is remarkably well preserved. Grab a waffle, stretch your legs and enjoy a stroll through the pedestrianized city centre. Leaving Ghent behind us, we make our way to Paris, the ‘City of Lights’. We'll take you on 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 neighbourhood.

Day 6: Paris: Optional Free Day
Location: Paris, Paris, Paris, Paris, Paris, Paris
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day to explore the French capital! 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 Notre Dame Cathedral, to the epic Eiffel Tower? You can explore on your own or join a full day of exploration in Paris! The Paris excursion will take you to all the iconic sights including the Tuileries Gardens, the Louvre Pyramid, and much more! 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 for you to make the most of your time here.

Day 7: Paris - Burgundy - Swiss Alps
Location: Burgundy, Swiss Alps
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Au revoir Paris! Today we sample a taste of small-town France with a lunch stop in Burgundy. In the town of Beaune you can visit the beautiful Hospices de Beaune, or try the famous wine. After lunch we take a long scenic drive across the border into Switzerland. Welcome to the Swiss Alps, your home for the next two days! You are now completely surrounded by nature’s beauty. Literally, you can turn in any direction and you will see snow-capped peaks, clear-blue lakes and perfect hiking trails. Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy your time in this idyllic place.

Day 8: Swiss Alps: Optional Free Day
Location: Swiss Alps
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

The Swiss Alps has some of the highest peaks in the world! Surrounded by these peaks and glaciers you have the opportunity to feel on top of the world… Take a train or gondola to the top for magnificent mountain vistas. You have picture-perfect beauty all around you and endless photo opportunities. For those wishing to spend their free day exploring the local sights, you can feast on Swiss cheese fondue or do a spot of sightseeing. If you’re looking for keepsakes, there are great local places for shopping Swiss Army knives and watches. Or wander through the villages and breathe in that crisp, fresh, Alpine air! What more could you want on your free day?

Day 9: Lake Como - Pisa - Tuscany
Location: Lake Como, Pisa, Tuscany, Tuscany
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, we leave the Swiss Alps and wind our way toward Italy, stopping for lunch at the famous Lake Como. An enormous expanse of water fringed by picturesque scattered villages, it's perhaps not surprising that one of the villages, Laglio, is where George Clooney has a luxurious villa. Next stop, Pisa! Capture your iconic shots at the Leaning Tower of Pisa! A World Heritage UNESCO Site, The Leaning Tower is visited by tourists from every corner of the globe and is one of the most popular cultural European landmarks. Onwards to the exquisite Tuscan region - famous for wine, food, art and architecture. You will settle in Montecatini Terme, a spa town north-west of Florence. Time for a local wine or two.

Day 10: Tuscany - Florence - Rome
Location: Metropolitan City of Florence, Metropolitan City of Rome Capital
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast in Tuscany, we head to enchanting Florence. Once we arrive, a local guide will take you on a walking tour of the city. History oozes out of every pore of this artistic and cultural centre - the city is home to Michaelangelo’s ‘David’. After some free time to further explore Florence, we make our way back to where this adventure began, because all roads eventually lead to Rome. This evening, you are invited to join an optional dinner with your tour leader and fellow travellers.

Day 11: Rome: Optional Free Day
Location: Metropolitan City of Rome Capital, Metropolitan City of Rome Capital, Metropolitan City of Rome Capital, Metropolitan City of Rome Capital, Metropolitan City of Rome Capital, Metropolitan City of Rome Capital, Metropolitan City of Rome Capital
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Explore the “Eternal City” to your heart's content today! Don't know where to start? Join one of the optional excursions on offer. Conquer the Capital with your tour leader to see the city’s most iconic sights, including the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon, and enjoy an authentic Italian pasta lunch. Alternatively, spend the day wandering the city on your own. Grab a gelato, do some shopping or simply soak up the buzzing atmosphere of Italy’s capital city.

Day 12: End Of Tour In Rome
Location: Metropolitan City of Rome Capital
Meals Included: Breakfast

Your Europe Escape adventure comes to an end after breakfast, so be sure to exchange details with your fellow travellers! A great way to stay in touch and to constantly relive the memories of the adventure with each other is to join your tour’s Facebook group.

What's Included

  • 11 nights accommodation in twin rooms.

  • Optional private room upgrade if single travellers wish to have a single room.

  • 11 breakfasts, 6 dinners.

  • 19 included experiences.

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

  • Free Wi-fi in all hotels.

  • Services of your Expat tour leader, who will be on hand with advice and tips to ensure that you get the most from your trip.

  • Book any of the optional excursions available during your tour with your tour leader.

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

  • All taxes and fees.

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Check out our Q&As

  • 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.Expat Explore crew members

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

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

  • 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 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!

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes, Full air-conditioning

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

    Yes

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    Euro

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    No, entrance fees are not included.

  • 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.

  • 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 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 pack

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    All our tours are conducted in English.

  • 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 travellers, regardless of their vaccination status, produce a negative Covid test. This test can be a PCR test

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

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

  • 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 make your own conclusions as to whether you feel that you are fit and healthy enough.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

Euro Jess  

Very Fast paced but gives you a great taste of Europe!

29-Sep-2022

If you want to sleep in, relax and do things at your own leisure this tour is not for you. If you want to see the highlights of these Beautiful countries in a short time this tour is perfect. We took so much away from joining this great tour.

Kim  

Europe Escape with Jemma & Alex 12 day your

22-Sep-2022

Jemma and Alex have been nothing but amazing. Love how Jemma has always been so patient and understanding to each one of us and she's been the sweetest ever. Alex is the chillest and most skilled ever! All those driving hours and the drive has always felt like were cruising.

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