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Top Trip Memories

  • Drinking in the panoramic views while hiking the Swiss Alps, where all the trails are neatly marked.
  • Soaking up ancient history in the ruins of the Roman forum or the Acropolis in Athens.
  • Standing at the top of Europe in northern Norway, gazing out at the Barents Sea -- far north of the Arctic Circle.
  • Sipping an aperitif at a café with views of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
  • Sailing into Budapest at night aboard a Danube River cruise ship, with the Hungarian Parliament Building lit up like a huge birthday cake.
  • Biking alongside the canals in Amsterdam en route to the Anne Frank House or the Rijksmuseum.
  • Touring the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, one of the finest examples of Moorish architecture.
  • Visiting the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican to marvel at the work of Michelangelo.
  • Steaming in a sauna in Finland, then jumping straight into a cold body of water to get the juices flowing.
  • Quaffing brews and singing oom-pah songs with the locals at a giant beer hall in Munich.
  • Riding a gondola or water taxi through the canals of Venice after eating real Italian pizza.
  • Wandering Old Town Square in Prague or the Grand-Place in Brussels, two of Europe’s most distinctive public squares.
  • Watching the changing of the guard at London’s Buckingham Palace.
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Tour Tips

  • River cruises are an appealing way to tour Europe in a relaxed mode that offers sightseeing in both atmospheric villages and big cities.
  • Europe is about more than high culture; active Europe tours include cycling in Greece, hiking in the French or Swiss Alps, even walking across England.
  • Point-to-point walking or cycling tours through the countryside are a great way to meet locals along trails, in pubs, or in small town settings.
  • For the truly adventurous, consider tours that include running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain; “mud walking” in Holland; or glacier walking in Switzerland.
  • The “If It’s Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium” rush-rush-through-seven countries-in-a- week bus tours are mostly passé; consider focusing on one or just a few countries at a time.
  • Spain-Portugal; Denmark-Sweden-Norway; Czech Republic-Austria-Hungary; and Belgium-Netherlands are among those that make for nice regional tours.
  • While you can see something of Europe in a week, allowing at least ten days to two weeks for one to three countries is more satisfying.
  • Don’t be too concerned with language barriers when booking your tour, since many Europeans now speak English, and your guides can translate when necessary.
  • Many Europeans go on vacation for the entire month of August, so visiting in September or October can be ideal; the weather is cooler, too.

 

 

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Europe Travel Reviews & Ratings

4.6 out of 5

98%

recommend

4,502 Reviews

  • Excellent 3,602
  • Great 1,301
  • Average 221
  • Disappointing 59
  • Terrible 27

Rating Details

  • Value
    4.6
  • Guide
    4.6
  • Activities
    4.6
  • Lodging
    4.6
  • Transportation
    4.6
  • Meals
    4.6

Tour Reviews

1000% recommend traveling with EF

Berlin, Prague & Munich

5.0
February 2017
EF College Break
Recommend: Yes
I traveled solo for the first time ever to Berlin, Munich, and Prague. I had an amazing time. I met so many incredible people, from my fellow travelers to all of our tour guides.
We started in Berlin; we stayed at a boutique hostel which had a bar right across the courtyard, which is where we ended most of our nights. I got to play beer pong in a courtyard in Berlin, how surreal is that?! Our tour guide in Berlin was very knowledgeable, answered all questions well, and gave great advice on seeing the city in addition to/away from all the typical tourist traps. We had a great walking tour guide in Prague, who gave great information on the tour and was entertaining to boot. Prague was so pretty, much like everyone says. Definitely go to the Lennon Wall and Charles Bridge! My tour guide told us to avoid eating/drinking in Old City Square, which was excellent advice. He definitely saved us money with that tidbit. Our guide in Munich was similarly knowledgeable, and gave solid information about where to go. Munich was a little disappointing, solely because we were there on a Sunday and then Monday was a Catholic holiday. In a very Catholic area such as Munich, this means that most businesses were closed. I did, however, get to explore a couple museums, which I loved! I took some of my favorite photos in Munich; the architecture was incredible.
My tour guide Fillips was great. He added a lot to our trip. He was never overbearing, never over-scheduled or demanded too much, but he kept us on a great schedule, had great advice for bars and food, and was available to answer any and all questions. I 1000% recommend traveling with EF, and with Filippos if possible!!
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Tigers in Focus

Tigers in Focus

4.0
February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Just back from a very good trip but as someone who has been on other safaris and also India & Africa before I think useful to identify some points. Unlike other safaris this is only for the tiger. Do not expect other interesting species like in Africa. Chances of tiger are good, others rare. Game drives can become a bit repetitive if no tigers are about.
Waiting for and watching the tigers.

Good, very organised. Not overpowering and let the group relax.

Believe the notes - in December it is very cold before sunrise. You are in open jeep doing 40mph wrapped in hotel blankets. Take that padded jacket, hat and gloves.

Surprising little spare time to relax. Up at 5:30hrs, back at hotel 11:30hrs. Lunch then off 13:30hrs for next game drive. Back 18:30hrs, dinner 20:00hrs, bed 21:30hrs. Also consider booking some time in Niranta transit hotel at Mumbai.

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Tigers in Focus (REALLY?)

Tigers in Focus

1.0
February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: No
From the ' off ' when i did not receive an email back from a member of staff regarding questions about the trip, (I got it three days INTO the trip??)
This trip was a TOTAL DISASTER!
Looking around wonderful Dehli? We spent the day in Costa Coffee!
Last day sightseeing in Dehli? Not organised until LAST minute panic!
Optional game drives? NO plans for them at all! NO interest in trying to organise them.
Elephant rides? Exodus do not do them anymore?!?!
Visit the Exodus School? It was closed, we stared at the iron gates!!
The wonderful helpful local guides? (who incidentally we had to tip after every drive!) They where absolutely ABYSMAL!!!!! They never said ONE word to us on most of the drives. If we asked them questions, they ignored us, laughed between themselves, feet up txt-ing their mates/girlfriends.
The list goes on and on and ON....
The END

He was appalling
He basically told us in the first 30.mins of meeting him he didn't like The Americans or British,
He was not bothered about our enjoyment, We spent most of the first sightseeing day in Costa Coffee!!
He kept telling us to go through him in regards to any problems and don't inform Exodus.
When we did ask him or query a point, he took it personally, He wouldn't listen to us and got aggressive.
He was Rude to the wonderful staff where we stayed in Bandhavgarh.
He was VERY unhelpful throughout and unapproachable and made us feel uneasy.

DO NOT GO ON THIS TRIP!!!!!!!!!!

This really was a once in a lifetime trip for me, an avid wild life enthusiast.
I would like to point out that we didn't see ANY Tigers which in itself is very disappointing, But NOT
the reason for my accurate and damning verdict of this trip. Not seeing wildlife is all part of it, BUT...
I shall give you an example of WHY we where disappointed not seeing Tigers..
First Game drive was in the afternoon, we had already been told that the first hour-hour an half in the intense heat would not be tiger sighting times and that we would concentrate more on birds and other wildlife.
Excitedly we entered the park driving at a ridiculous pace we passed deer, monkey and a variety of birds that where NOT pointed out NOT stopped to allow photographs whizzed around the corner parked up and spent the next one and a half hours sitting looking at a bush, albeit there was a tiger sighting there the previous day, we asked the guides (sitting with there feet up laughing with each other) if we could maybe come back to this point as we had been told it was too hot for any tiger movement early on and if possible just see some other wildlife for pictures, The response was........ Not a word didn't even make eye contact with us!!!!!
Felt a very, very long way from home when your dreams of seeing a tiger in the wild is in the hands of 'people' like this! SO sad, SUCH a let down it is hard to put in words!

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Carpathian Bears review

Carpathian Walking & Bears

5.0
February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
A superb trip with a great hotel, lovely staff and a fabulous tour guide.
My favourite part really was seeing the bears it was truly magical, cute and cuddly. The heart did pound a little as we walked to the bear hide but knowing they are more scared of you than you are of them helped a lot. We saw many bears over 10 in fact including a mum with her two cubs, truly amazing.

Udi our group leader was fabulous, he was very knowledgeable and insightful with all that he shared. I particularly loved that he knew so much about all the flowers and birds it really added something to the trip for me.

If you get travel sick at all then take travel calm tablets with you. There's not much travel involved but if you suffer its really helpful to take them, once I did I didn't suffer at all. I travelled with KLM via Amsterdam from Leeds and they lost the luggage on the way out so make sure you have flights that allow at least 2 hours transfer otherwise they will struggle to transfer your bags for you.

Romania is a beautiful Country with so much to offer, I'd highly recommend this trip to anyone who likes to walk and see nature at its best. simply wonderful!

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Carpathian walking and bears

Carpathian Walking & Bears

5.0
February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
One of the best holidays we've been on, beautiful scenery, lovely walks, good food and company.
It was a privilege to see the bears, and we loved Brasov, but really just the valley we were in and the walks we went on were the best bits. And the horse and cart ride!

Udo was an informative and entertaining guide. What this man doesn't know about flora and fauna isn't worth knowing!

We found walking poles very useful, but there were plenty to borrow if you don't have your own. The walking is rated correctly in my opinion, the most challenging day had an option of a shorter walk anyway. Be prepared for the fact that dogs live outside in this area and it's pretty noisy at night, ear plugs might be useful!

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Europe Trips & Tour Advice

While it’s the second smallest in size, Europe packs the most punch per square mile of any of the seven continents. With 50 countries occupying a space smaller than Antarctica, its cultural and geographic diversity is remarkable. Travelers are presented with almost limitless options in what to see and do.

Will it be a tour of one or more of the classics: the British Isles, France, Spain, or Italy? Do Germany and the Rhine River beckon? Or does the sheer physical beauty of Switzerland and Austria? How about the hot new emerging destinations of Central and Eastern Europe – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia? Will Greece – with its classical heritage and wealth of sun-kissed islands – draw you in? Or will Turkey lure you to its ancient shores? And then there’s Scandinavia, where Norwegian fjords and Swedish canal boats compete with Danish castles and Finnish saunas for your attentions. Russian Europe includes the splendid Baltic city of St. Petersburg, while Estonia’s walled Tallinn is a mostly undiscovered Baltic gem. And don’t forget the nations of Eastern Europe that are now attracting adventurous visitors: Montenegro, Romania, Poland, Bulgaria -- even once-closed Albania.

Variety of Themes

You can focus a European tour around cities – Paris, Rome, Venice, Florence, London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Krakow, Munich, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, Athens or Istanbul – just to name a few. Or you can choose tours that concentrate more on small towns, villages, and the countryside. Or that include both. The same is true for tours that primarily take a cultural theme – art, history, archaeology, music, food and wine, etc. – or a more active focus: walking, cycling, sailing. It’s easy to combine them all, because distances are generally short in Europe.

Virtually every tour of Europe is active in the sense that the older (and typically most interesting) parts of European cities are compact and made for walking, even if you are just strolling from museum to cathedral to outdoor café; it all adds up. Even culinary and wine-tasting tours can work off the pounds if combined with walking or cycling.

Active Options

But there are plenty of options for more traditionally active vacations as well. Walking trips that cover an average of ten miles a day or so and often spend nights in local inns are popular in France, Italy, Ireland, England, and many other European countries; best of all, your main luggage goes by van while you carry just a daypack. Cycling tours are popular throughout Europe, whether it’s in mostly flat Holland or conquering more rugged terrain on a Greek Island. River cruise boats along the Danube and other rivers often bring bicycles for passengers to ride along the river banks or explore small villages (electronic bikes that provide a boost going up hills are a frequent and welcome perk).

One thing you don’t want on your European tour is the stress of worrying about whether you’ve overlooked some “don’t miss” activities or attractions. With Stride’s help, you can be sure to find tour providers that know all the highways and byways throughout Europe, so you won’t miss a thing.

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Countries:

ItalyFranceAustriaCroatiaGreeceSpainGermanyRussiaIrelandSwitzerland

ScandinaviaNorwayScotlandIcelandHungaryRomaniaBulgariaLithuania,Portugal

AndorraUkraineSlovakiaMaltaUnited KingdomCzech Republic

 

Attractions:

Colosseum, Rome; Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany;Grand Bazaar, Istanbul; 

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris;Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, France; and Many More

Top Activities:          

River CruisesHikingBiking & CyclingCulinary & Wine Tasting, & History sightseeing

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