Ultimate Europe - 26 Days

Ultimate Europe - 26 Days


Ultimate Europe - 26 Days

26 Days Starting and ending in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Visiting: Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Bratislava, Vienna, Ljubljana, Venice, Rome, Florence, Tuscany, Pisa, Monaco, French Riviera, Arles, Barcelona, Pont du Gard, Avignon, Geneva, Swiss Alps, Liechtenstein, Munich, Bavaria, Rhine Gorge, Luxembourg, Paris, Ghent

Tour operator:

Expat Explore Travel

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Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

12 - 51

Physical rating:

All Ages / Not applicable

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Tour Overview

The ultimate Europe tour allows travellers time to explore European cities such as Ghent, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague and Vienna. A remarkably immersive holiday experience covering almost four full weeks of exploration and European highlights! Follow in the slipstream of passionate tour leaders through 14 European countries. Discover France, Italy, Switzerland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Monaco, Germany and more. Witness clog-making in the heart of the Netherlands. Learn about the age-old history of Rome, Venice and Florence in Italy. Follow the sun along the famous French Riviera, walk along the Gaudí trail in Barcelona, Spain, and visit the tiny countries of Liechtenstein and Luxembourg. With plenty of free time to explore, this tour showcases European travel at its absolute best!


  • Enjoy three night stays in Barcelona and Rome to explore in-depth

  • Free days to experience Prague, Paris, the Swiss Alps, Venice, Amsterdam and Berlin

  • Walking tours of Rome, Prague, Vienna, Ljubljana and Florence with expert local guides

  • Visit Pisa, Monaco, Bratislava, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein

Places You'll See

Ultimate Europe - 26 Days

Ultimate Europe - 26 Days

Ultimate Europe - 26 Days

Ultimate Europe - 26 Days


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Day 1: Start Of Tour In Amsterdam


Location: Amsterdam

Welcome to your 26-day tour of Europe! This aptly named Ultimate Europe tour travels to Europe’s most popular cities, sights and destinations in 15 countries. After checking in this morning, the first stop is a farm where you will see cheese and clog-making in action! Then, enjoy a visit to Zaanse Schans which is known for its classic Dutch scenery. Next stop is the quaint fishing village of Volendam for a delicious lunch. Later, travel back to Amsterdam and see the city’s top sights on a cruise along Amsterdam’s idyllic canals. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers at a welcome dinner in the city. Make sure to get some rest tonight in anticipation of a free day full of Amsterdam adventures tomorrow!

Day 2: Amsterdam: Optional Free Day


Location: Amsterdam

Discover the delights of Amsterdam on this free day! spend the day in the city. Wander through famous museums such as the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum. Browse the flower market, relax in one of the parks or explore the city by bicycle - just like the locals do! You could join the MOCO and House of Bols optional excursion. The MOCO museum houses modern and contemporary art from the likes of Banksy, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and much more! After the museum, you’ll go to the House of Bols where you’ll learn all about genever (Dutch gin).

Day 3: Amsterdam - Berlin


Location: Berlin

Today you continue your Europe tour into the German capital, Berlin. You'll find the city has a positive energy bursting in every direction. Enjoy an eclectic mix of different music styles and street art. This provides a stark contrast to when the city was divided during the Cold War. But, Berlin does offer a reminder of the oppression suffered. Tomorrow you will have plenty of time to explore the city in depth.

Day 4: Berlin


Location: Berlin

Today, you will be introduced to Berlin on a local guided walking tour. You will visit a number of poignant locations. Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Site of Hitler’s Former Bunker, Luftwaffe HQ, 17th June Street, The Berlin Wall, The Former SS Headquarters, and Checkpoint Charlie. After the walking tour you'll have the afternoon free to explore the city some more. Maybe join our optional excursion to Sachsenhausen concentration camp. A gloomy yet enlightening encounter with the injustices of WW2.

Day 5: Dresden - Prague

Location: Dresden

Farewell, Berlin. Head for Prague this morning stopping off in the German city of Dresden. A city rebuilt from the ground up after bombing attacks in WW2. Today the grand buildings are no reflection on the pain they suffered. Try the local German food - such as Bratwurst - and wander the paved streets. Heading to the Czech Republic, it's time to get excited about what's ahead! Prague is an amazing city! The historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A locally guided walking tour will introduce you to many locations. Prague has a vibrant nightlife and a stunning silhouette. Watch the lights dance across the river as you cross the Charles Bridge. Marvel at the castles lit against the night sky.

Day 6: Prague - Free Day

Location: Prague

Treat yourself to the fairytale magic of Prague. This city combines youthful curiosity with old school wisdom. Visit the majestic Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, the ‘Old Town’ and Jewish Quarter. There's even a ‘Secret Garden’ which leads to a man made grotto - go find it! Prague's history reflects in the architecture of it's churches, opera houses, concert halls and parks. Those wanting to put their stamp on the city, visit legendary Lennon Wall. A tribute to John Lennon and words of peace added by travellers. End the day with a visit to a beer hall and sample the local brew. Fun fact: beer in Prague is cheaper than water - Prost!

Day 7 : Bratislava - Vienna

Location: Bratislava, Vienna

Continue your tour of Europe towards Bratislava in Slovakia. The city is a melting pot of nationalities and religions. Your tour leader will take you on a tour to show you some of the highlights. We then travel on to the Austrian city of Vienna. The city boasts some of Europe’s most impressive architecture and a cultural heritage steeped in glorious flamboyance and style. This was home to Sigmund Freud and some of the world's most celebrated composers (...try Mozart, Beethoven & Brahms). The city centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. Catch a glance of the famous Schonbrunn Palace as you approach Vienna. Once you arrive, explore the centre on your guided walking tour of the city. Taking in the Golden Mile, Imperial Castle and St Stephen’s Cathedral. Let the history wash over you and marvel at Vienna’s significance in modern and ancient history.

Day 8: Ljubljana - Venice


Location: Ljubljana, Venice

This morning we head for Slovenia, and the the small city of Ljubljana. A local guide will escort you on a walking tour of this fairytale city. Gaze at the many bridges and preserved baroque, Gothic and medieval buildings. Take in the scenery as you head south, crossing the border into Italy. Welcome to Venice - a city straddling 118 islands. An area known for canals, gondolas, art and traditional glass and lace making. In the evening you have free time to relax at the hotel. Or join an optional excursion - Venice by water taxi.

Day 9: Venice - Free Day


Location: Venice

After breakfast, your tour leader will escort you into the heart of Venice. Get oriented with Venice on a walking tour passing by all the major attractions. Have your cameras ready for St Mark's Square, Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge! The rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you wish. Maybe revisit your favourite sights again or shop for local curios. Visit one of the many cafés to enjoy wine and the local cuisine. Maybe join our optional excursion to Murano & Burano islands. You'll learn how Venetian glass and lace art are created. Or opt to stay in Venice and go for a dip with the locals at popular Lido Beach. Make the most of your day - you're in Venice!

Day 10 : Venice - Rome


Location: Venice, Rome

Today we continue on the Italian leg of your Europe tour. We will be substituting the vibe of Venice for the richness of Rome! Enjoy a picturesque drive through the Italian countryside along the way. Approaching Rome, you'll start feeling the energy of the city. Rome is full of history, tradition, passion and activity. A local guide will introduce you to the locations that make Rome so unique. You'll visit The Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Roman Forum and Colosseum. Make sure to toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain. Legend has it that if you do you'll return to Rome again! We will head back to the hotel in the evening. Make sure to use this time to plan your free days.

Day 11: Rome - Free Day


Location: Rome

Today is a free day for you to experience Rome. Marvel at the city's ancient history, exquisite culture and delicious food. Don't know where to start? Maybe join our optional tours. A food tour and excursion to Castel Gandolfo (the pope's summer home). You'll also have time to enter the Vatican City! Make sure you visit the Sistine Chapel and see the famous ceiling painted by Michelangelo.

Day 12: Rome - Free Day


Location: Rome

Another special day in Rome to explore as you wish. We have two optional excursions for you to choose from if so wish. Either join your tour leader on a trip to Pompeii - an old Roman city and proclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or enter the spectacular Colosseum with a local tour guide. Go back in time when gladiators, chariots and lions ruled the arena. Italians believe in taking it easy - "Dolce far Niente". Follow suit by relaxing at the trattoria with some local food and wine.

Day 13 : Rome - Florence - Tuscany


Location: Rome, Florence, Tuscany

After breakfast in Rome, journey to Florence, the capital city of the Tuscan region. Upon arrival head out for an orientation tour of the city. The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and the replica of the statue of David all feature in this guided tour. After the tour, step inside the world of Italian leather-crafting as you visit a leather demo in a local leather shop. Spend lunch time exploring at your leisure, and then head to your accommodation in the ancient spa town of Montecatini Terme.

Day 14 : Pisa - French Riviera

Location: Pisa

Before leaving Italy, we visit one more attraction - the Leaning Tower of Pisa! It draws millions of visitors every year. All of them with the same goal in mind - to take the perfect selfie! Pretend to push the tower back up or maybe kick it down. Get creative, get into position - these shots are the most memorable. Leaving the Italian countryside, we cross over to the French Riviera. Bonjour! It's time to experience one of the most picturesque strips of coast in the world. On the French Riviera, it's holiday season all year round.

Day 15 : Monaco - French Riviera

Location: Monaco, French Riviera

Today you will have the morning free to explore the French Riviera. The playground for the wealthy. Keep your eyes open for celebrities and stars whilst enjoying the sights! This afternoon we'll experience the glitz and glamour of world-famous Monaco. A microstate on the southern coast of France. On our journey, we'll learn about fragrances at a local perfumery. Arriving in Monaco, we visit the Prince's Palace - residence of the Prince of Monaco. Take in the amazing vistas from a viewpoint overlooking the harbour. We'll visit legendary Casino de Monte-Carlo. Have some free time trying to win your fortune on the tables (entrance not included).

Day 16: Arles - Barcelona

Location: Arles, Barcelona

Leaving Nice behind, we're back on the road bound for Barcelona! But first, we head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Arles. It's famed for inspiring Van Gogh's paintings and influenced the art displayed in Fondation Vincent Van Gogh. And it was a provincial capital of ancient Rome. Make sure to check out the colourful houses and Roman Amphitheatre! Arriving in Barcelona, get accustomed with its energy of the city. We take you on a city tour to catch all the must see sights. Look out for the Sagrada Familia Cathedral and Gaudi's eclectic architecture. Experience La Ramblas - a walkway full of stalls, cafes, entertainers and life. Following dinner, head to the heart of the city for some music and dancing.

Day 17: Barcelona - Free Day

Location: Barcelona

Ah, a free day in Barcelona! We recommend taking in the panoramic splendour and city views from Park Guell. The park offers an interesting design typical of Anton Gaudi. Another Gaudi classic is the unfinished Sagrada Familia. Don't skip a beat there's so much to explore. Museums, the 'Old Town', art galleries and some of the best shopping in Europe. You can even consider catching a traditional Flamenco show. A dance of passion, style, flair and energy - not to be missed.

Day 18: Barcelona - Free Day

Location: Barcelona

Hola! Another free day in the Spanish capital. Continue to explore the historical splendour of the city. Visit the sights, indulge in some shopping, watch a game at the Barcelone FC stadium! Maybe laze in the sun at one of the many beaches. Or take an ocean tour and cruise up the coastline. THis is sure to give you a unique perspective of the city. Barcelona is brimming with things to do so make the most of it. If you're really stumped for ideas, speak to your tour leader. They have plenty ideas and may even know of some off-the-beaten-track gems. It's time to fiesta, not siesta!

Day 19: Barcelona - Pont Du Gard - Avignon

Location: Barcelona, Pont du Gard, Avignon

Adios, Barcelona! Today we head back to France through the countryside to the historic Pont du Gard. Pont du Gard is a 2,000 year old aqueduct built with no nails, cement or mortar. It is truly magnificent. Our final stop of the day is Avignon known as 'The City of Popes'. The city has a long history, stunning architecture and religious significance. Enjoy a walk through the city taking in the sights of Papal Palace and other structures. Indulge in a delicious dinner before enjoying some free time. Feel free to explore the streets some more!

Day 20 : Geneva - Swiss Alps

Location: Geneva, Swiss Alps

Goodbye, France. Hello, Switzerland! Today we head to the spectacular Swiss Alps for fun in the snowy mountains. Departing Avignon, we make our way to the small city of Geneva. Home of the United Nations and Red Cross headquarters. This is a lunch stop, so grab some food and marvel at Lake Geneva. Or explore the old town, do some shopping and breathe in the fresh air. In the afternoon, we are mountain bound and headed for the Jungfrau Region. Enjoy the stunning scenic drive through the Swiss Alps as we meander through the mountains. When we arrive, the rest of the day is yours. Relax and watch the sun set over the mountain peaks. after a hearty Swiss dinner, feel free to stroll through the streets. Tomorrow promises to be a real treat.

Day 21 : Swiss Alps - Free Day

Location: Swiss Alps

Ready for a snow day? Today is absolute Swiss bliss! Join our optional excursion that takes you to Jungfraujoch - a 4,000m glacier offering stellar views. The journey to the "Top of Europe" is an experience in and of itself. For 365 days of the year, Jungfraujoch is blessed with snow. You board a train on the continent's highest railway and pass by small mountain villages we ascend. At the top, enjoy a host of activities. Perhaps snowboarding, skiing and a classic snowball fight. For those wanting to spend their day in lower altitudes, visit Interlaken. A Swiss village where you can observe the Swiss way of life, enjoy the cuisine and shop for souvenirs.

Day 22 : Liechtenstein - Munich - Bavaria


Location: Liechtenstein, Munich, Bavaria

Goodbye Switzerland. Today we head to Germany. Stopping in Liechtenstein for lunch, you have time to get food and do some shopping. Look out for Vaduz Castle, the official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein. After our stop, we head to the German city of Munich. On foot is the best way to explore the city so enjoy a walking tour through the city. Munich is home to Oktoberfest - the biggest beer festival in the world! But it doesn't need to be October to get a taste of the festivities. Tonight we dine in a traditional German beer hall - Prost! After a beer or two, we head back to our hotel.

Day 23: Bavaria - Rhine Valley


Location: Bavaria, Rhine Gorge

This morning, we head to Germany's famous Rhine Valley. Relax on a riverboat as we cruise passed castles, towns and vineyards! The area is home to the highest concentration of castles in all of Europe. You'll learn the stories and myths of the castle, many of which are now in ruins. Finding our way back onto land, we visit a wine merchant for a tasting . If we're lucky, we'll get to sample the local eiswein (ice wine). A dessert wine harvested when the temperatures get below freezing!

Day 24: Rhine Valley - Luxembourg - Paris


Location: Rhine Gorge, Luxembourg, Paris

After breakfast, we make our way back to the French border - this time bound for Paris! For lunch, we'll stop in the smallest country in Europe - Luxembourg. Observe the Renaissance architecture of the Grand Ducal Palace. Or choose to have a lunch in the central square where you'll find cafes and restaurants. Next stop, Paris! Enjoy a driving tour of the City of Love. You'll see Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe and, of course, the Eiffel Tower! Have your cameras ready - there are photo stops along the way. Tonight we feast in the Latin Quarter, a bohemian and historic neighbourhood. It's then back to the hotel on Paris' world famous metro system.

Day 25: Paris - Free Day


Location: Paris

Bonjour! Time for some French Couture to make Paris the perfect fit for you. A Seine River cruise to the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, perhaps? Or visit the Louvre to catch a glimpse at the famous Mona Lisa. Sample the alfresco cuisine in Montmartre while taking in the city views. For something different, sample some dishes the in the Latin Quarter. You'll be able to find affordable frogs legs and snails on the menu. Wash it down with some wine and you're living like a local! For something different and for the young at heart, visit Paris Disneyland. Or simply stroll the streets as the locals do, checking out the bookstalls, cafes, fromageries and perfumeries. For anything else, speak to your tour leader - they can give you expert advice.

Day 26: Paris - Ghent - Amsterdam


Location: Paris, Ghent, Amsterdam

After 26 incredible days and 15 countries, the last day of the tour has arrived! Enjoy the last few views of the French countryside as the tour travels back to Amsterdam. Along the way we’ll make a lunch stop in the medieval city of Ghent. Arrive back in Amsterdam where the tour comes to an end. A complimentary airport shuttle is available for your onward journey. We hope you have had the time of your life on this Ultimate European adventure!

What's Included

  • 25 Nights accommodation in twin rooms.

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

  • 25 Breakfasts, 11 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.

  • All taxes and fees.

  • You can also 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).

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

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What's Not Included

  • International Travel

  • Tipping and Gratuities

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  • 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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Wonderful new addition


Great new country and addition by Expat. One of the most interesting and beautiful countries I've ever been. Great food, scenery and lovely people.

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Everything I had expected and more


It was my first time traveling to Europe so I was nervous about everything including finding my way around, speaking the languages, and finding lodging. It turned out to be an incredible experience, I couldn't ask for a better your guide. Luke truly is the best in the business and we were so lucky o have him on the last tour of the season. I am definitely going to recommend Expat to my family and friends when they want to travel to Europe. I am going to go as far as finding out when Luke will be the guide and have family/friends specifically book the tour with him.




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Good experience


Enjoyed the views of different places and learnt about the history of different places in UK/Ireland.

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Such a great trip and saw so many places, if we did this trip on our own I think we would only get half of what we did done in this time period. It definitely was busy with not much down time but we didn’t pay to go be bored. Beautiful and memorable trip!

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A great tour made even better by our tour leader Marty. She was so knowledgeable and helpful. Made us laugh, showed us amazing sites and always had great recommendations.


Really nice experience


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Totally exhausted


I need a holiday to recover from this full-on, insufficient down time, tour. Late hotel arrivals, late city tours, late dinners and excessive walking due to public transport use and then early morning starts. And to top it off, no seat rotation (tour leader advised on day 2 for covid reasons) which made sense on day 2 but not by day 3 or 4 when we had been grouped together at meals, on walking tours, and sharing rooms with people we had just met...merrily spreading our germs between our group anyway! This seating rule however was waived for a special few...those who insisted that they get travel sickness (and must sit in the front seat) and..those who think the rule is not for them and aren't challenged by the tour leader anyway. No seat rotation also meant not getting the opportunity to get to know everyone on the tour on an equal basis.

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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.

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

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