Europe Taster - 7 Days

Europe Taster - 7 Days

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Europe Taster - 7 Days

7 Days Starting and ending in 51.497890,-0.049706

Visiting: London, Paris, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Latin Quarter, Burgundy, Beaune, Switzerland, Swiss Alps, Jungfraujoch, Rhine Valley Gmbh, Amsterdam, Bruges

Tour operator:

Expat Explore Travel

Tour code:

107

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
Activities:

Boat/Cruise Excursion

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Tour Overview

The perfect taste of Europe! Tick off your bucket-list of European hotspots as you set off on this iconic holiday of Europe. Travel through six European countries, including the UK, France, Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium. Visit all the Parisian sights you've always dreamt of. Travel to the top of Europe in Switzerland. Traverse the Rhine Valley in Germany. Explore the Dutch countryside and experience the best of Amsterdam! Round it up with a taste of Belgium in a beautiful medieval Belgian city! Want to explore Europe? This is it!

Highlights

  • Enjoy a free day to explore Paris, with optional cabaret show

  • Optional visit to Jungfraujoch during your free day in the Swiss Alps

  • Experience a Rhine River cruise in Germany

  • Visit Amsterdam and see the Dutch capital on an iconic canal cruise

Itinerary

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Day 1: London - Paris
Location: London, Paris, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Latin Quarter
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Welcome to Expat Explore’s Europe Taster tour! Leaving London behind, we make our way to Paris, crossing the English Channel on the way. Upon arriving in the ‘City of Lights’, enjoy 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 a welcome dinner at a restaurant in the Latin Quarter, which is an eclectic, historic bohemian neighbourhood. Afterwards, travel back to the hotel on Paris' world-famous metro system, ready to explore the city further on the free day tomorrow!

Day 2: Paris - Free Day
Location: Paris
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to explore Paris however you wish! Join the Paris + optional excursion to enjoy some classic Parisian experiences. On the excursion, join your tour to visit a famous French Perfumery, an authentic macaron shop, enjoy a lunch cruise on the River Seine and much more! Alternatively, explore on your own and see Paris’ world-famous Louvre Museum, take a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower, stroll along the Champs-Élysées or grab a spot at a local cafe and watch the world go by. There are endless great things to see and do in Paris! Tonight, why not enjoy the “Evening in Montmartre” optional excursion or experience an unforgettable cabaret show?

Day 3: Burgundy - Swiss Alps
Location: Burgundy, Beaune, Switzerland, Swiss Alps
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Leave Paris behind and travel to Burgundy where we’ll enjoy free time for lunch and get a taste of the French wine country! In the town of Beaune, you will have time to wander around and even try some delicious wine. After lunch, sit back and enjoy the drive to the border as we make our way to Switzerland and enjoy a scenic drive through the Swiss Alps. Welcome to your home for the next two days in the Swiss Alps! The Jungfrau Region is a World Heritage Site that is home to Europe's largest glacier. Enjoy an included dinner with the group tonight.

Day 4: Swiss Alps - Free Day
Location: Swiss Alps, Jungfraujoch
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

The splendour of the Alps is yours today – don’t miss the chance to join our optional excursion up to Jungfraujoch, the highest train station in Europe! The trip to the top is a real highlight; you might find yourself pressed up against the windows as the picture-perfect Swiss countryside rolls beneath you. Look out for quaint villages nestled in the valleys beneath snow-capped peaks and tumbling mountain waterfalls. Once we’ve reached the top, enjoy the year-round snow and breathtaking views of the surrounding glaciers and craggy mountaintops. Once you’ve had a chance to explore and capture as many photos as possible, it’s back down to lower altitudes for the rest of the afternoon. Take the chance to head into nearby Interlaken to see the lakes of the region, shop for chocolates and cuckoo clocks, or have a fondue!

Day 5: Swiss Alps - Rhine Valley
Location: Swiss Alps, Rhine Valley Gmbh
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, the tour travels to Germany’s famous Rhine Valley! Prepare for some incredible views as we leave Switzerland and enter Germany. Arrive and board a Rhine riverboat as we see a different side to the beautiful Rhine Valley during a cruise. This is the most concentrated stretch of castles in all of Europe, and it also features vineyards, charming medieval towns and lofty cliffs. Once the cruise is over we'll visit a local wine merchant 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 6: Rhine Valley - Amsterdam
Location: Rhine Valley Gmbh, Amsterdam
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Wave farewell to the Rhine Valley and Germany as the tour continues to the Netherlands today. Cross the border into a brand new country and enjoy free time for a lunch stop along the way. Once in the Netherlands, you can look forward to a variety of classic Dutch experiences! Snap photos at the historic Riekermolen Windmill before learning about how traditional Dutch cheese and clogs are made. Next up, Amsterdam is calling! Arrive in the Dutch capital city and enjoy free time before embarking on a cruise through Amsterdam’s iconic canals - be sure to have your cameras ready! Afterwards, sit down for a farewell group dinner at a local restaurant in the city before heading to the hotel for tonight.

Day 7: Amsterdam - Bruges - London
Location: Bruges, London
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, we bid farewell to Amsterdam and make our way back to London via Belgium. Famous for its beer, waffles, chocolate and Moules et frites, any Belgian town is a good place to be if you’ve brought your appetite! Today, the tour will make a stop in Bruges - a gorgeous Belgian city home to beautifully-preserved medieval architecture. With no shortage of cobblestone streets, historic old churches and lofty towers, this is a great city to explore and a good spot to pick up any last-minute souvenirs during free time. Once you’ve had a look around, it’s back to the coach for the final leg of our journey back to London.


What's Included

  • 6 Nights accommodation in twin rooms.

  • Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room.

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

  • 6 Breakfasts, 4 dinners.

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

  • Free Wi-Fi in hotels.

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

  • You can also book any of the optional excursions available during your tour with your tour leader.

  • All taxes and fees.

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

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What's Not Included

  • 1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Country Entry Visas

  • International Travel

Check out our Q&As

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    All our tours are conducted in English.

  • 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 currencies are required for this tour?

    Yes

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

    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 customer services team. Please note that the room provided may be a single room with a single bed.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    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 customer services team. Please note that the room provided may be a single room with a single bed.

  • 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.

  • What currencies are required 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 any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Yes

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    No, entrance fees are not included.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    A full list of confirmed accommodation names and addresses for your particular departure will be emailed to you around 1 week before the tour starts.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the 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 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 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

Sahar  

One of the best tour

02-Dec-2022

This tour is good if you want to discover each city mentioned. It says a taste of Europe. So you get the chance to discover more next visit. Defintly i would go to a trip like this next time to check the cities. Plus, the tour guide is social and helpful. The bus driver is very skillful.

Kerrie  

Amazing Tour

02-Dec-2022

We had an amazing tour, far exceeded my expectations! Antonio was knowledgeable, organized, kind and FUN! Florantin was an amazing driver, I always felt safe and that we were in good hands. He maneuvered that huge tour bus through narrow, busy streets like it was so easy. Did the tour with my husband and two kids, memories I will never forget. Thank you!

Elham Azadzamani  

Amazing experience ( Europetaster )

02-Dec-2022

We had a fantastic experience with this tour, luckily we had a great tour leader Antonio who was so caring and expert with a lot of experience in this field. We also had an amazing driver Ishti who drove us safely everywhere. We definitely choose this tour again if we want to travel around the world.

Sahar  

One of the best tour

02-Dec-2022

This tour is good if you want to discover each city mentioned. It says a taste of Europe. So you get the chance to discover more next visit. Defintly i would go to a trip like this next time to check the cities. Plus, the tour guide is social and helpful. The bus driver is very skillful.

Iyabo  

Wonderful first experience

02-Dec-2022

I had a great experience on the Europe taster tour. It was my first experience and I am already planning another. Our tour guide was superb, friendly and funny. No dull moment throughout. Our driver Florentine was fantastic. I felt safe everytime. Most of the hotel and meals were good. I'll d finitely recommend to friends and family. Actually I have recommended. It's great and I met some wonderful people. « Show Less

Alma and Bang  

Great trip!!!

02-Dec-2022

It was a great trip and was able to deliver what is promised. We were able to see and experience a lot of things in Europe with the help of our excellent tour guide and driver, Gustavo and Florentine. Gustavo patiently answered all our questions and Gustavo always kept us safe on the road. Both were very professional the whole time.

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