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Europe Taster

Expat Explore
4.2 . Great
84%
Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
From: $ 715 $ 102 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • A walking tour of the city of Amsterdam  
  • Sampling some of Belgium’s unique dishes such as frites and moules while visiting the city of Bruges.
  • Check out famous attractions such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre on your own
  • Board a Rhine riverboat
  • Visit to Eiffel Tower
  • Enjoy the scenery of Swiss Alps
  • Explore the canals and Dam Square

Short Description

Travelling from Paris to Switzerland and many other hotspots, this tour of Europe is ideal for first timers or those who want to fit a lot into 7 days. Paris, Bruges, Jungfraujoch and other iconic holiday destinations await! Climb aboard a coach in London as we set off for London, Paris, Amsterdam and more. See Europe in 7 days, enjoying optional and included experiences that enhance tours from London to Paris and other destinations. While spending your 7 days in London and other cities, you will also have free days to explore. However you spend them, you will have fun as you travel from Amsterdam to Switzerland and beyond.

Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Trip Type Vacation / Holiday Package
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City London
End City London

Trip Includes

  • 6 nights' accommodation in twin rooms. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room.
  • 6 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.
  • 8 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences)
  • Free Expat Explore tour souvenir – a memorable gift of your once in a lifetime trip.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Paris

Welcome to Expat Explore’s Europe Taster! Leaving London behind us, we make our way to Paris, crossing the Channel and arriving in the ‘City of Lights’ in the afternoon. Arriving at our hotel, you will have time to freshen up before we take you on a driving tour of this famous city. Get your cameras ready – you’ll be seeing some of the city’s most treasured landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower! Make a note of your favourites, as tomorrow you’ll be able to explore the city in far more detail. After dinner, why not travel to the hilltop region of Montmartre, a refuge for artists and bohemians in Paris’ glory days, an area whose cobble-stone streets have seen their share of famous faces over the years. Enjoy views of the city from the white stone steps of the Sacre Coeur, and take the chance this evening to explore the nightlife on the nearby Boulevard de Clichy, home to the world-famous Moulin Rouge!

Day 2: Paris - Free day

Today is all yours to explore as you wish. Take a look at our optional excursions – enjoy a cruise up the River Seine, and head up the tower of Montparnasse for exquisite views of the city, the perfect way to see Paris at its best. Visit L’Opéra Garnier, the Tuileries Gardens, Place de la Concorde, Hotel de Ville, the River Seine, l’Ile de la Cite or the Louvre Museum. Get a glimpse of that most famous avenue, the Champs Elysees, overlooked by the famous Arc de Triomphe. Feel like shopping? Why not head to the boutiques of La Marais? Or visit the graves of Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison at Père Lachaise Cemetery? Those with a taste for the macabre can even descend to the infamous catacombs! Alternatively, stay above ground and explore the museums, people-watch from a roadside café, or simply stroll the city, following in the footsteps of great painters, musicians and writers.

Day 3: Swiss Alps

It’s an early start this morning as we continue on to our next stop in the Swiss Alps. Arriving in the late afternoon, we’ll wind our way through dramatic Swiss mountain scenery – look out for quaint villages, snow-capped mountain peaks, delightful homesteads and rolling hills as we climb higher into the mountains. We’ll stop for the night in the Jungfrau region, one of the most beautiful regions in the Alps.

Day 4: Swiss Alps - Free Day

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: Rhine Valley

This morning we board the coach once more as we make for Germany’s famous Rhine Valley! Relax on board a Rhine riverboat as we head to our hotel in the heart of the Rhine Valley. 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, enjoy a traditional German dinner, then walk it off with a stroll along the riverside. The perfect end to the day!

Day 6

The Netherlands is our next stop, and we arrive first at the windmill. Following that enjoy a traditional cheese-making demonstration, and learn about how that most quirky and quaint of footwear choices – the clog – is made, before travelling onward to Amsterdam. We’ll check in to our hotel before joining a Amsterdam canal dinner cruise! Get on board and get those cameras ready; this is the best way to experience the city of Amsterdam, with its 17th century architecture, fascinating museums and cafes. Watch the city drift past as you sail by, and listen out for tips and interesting insights into the city from your tour leader. Later on, you have the option to join your tour leader for a walking tour of the infamous Red Light District! The evening is yours – explore the canals and Dam Square, and enjoy your time in this fascinating city.

Day 7

After breakfast, we bid farewell to Amsterdam and make our way back to London via the Belgian city of Bruges. Famous for its beer, waffles, chocolate and moules et frites, this is definitely a good place to be if you’ve brought your appetite. An extremely popular medieval city 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. Once you’ve had a look around, it’s back to the coach for the final leg of our journey back to London.

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Do not travel with ExpatExplore

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Customers beware especially if you are from Asia doing the Europe tour. Apparently the British tour leader had been very rude and operated like military commander making her customers suffer so much. She did not care if the elderly people can catch up and sometimes gave travellers 5 minutes to have a meal while she took 15 mins to have a drink! The group even missed lunch on the last 2 days!

The tour leader will tell you that it is safe to leave your belongings in the coach in Rome/Italy. Travellers have lost their passports and valuable belongings (most recent trip in July, this family lost the bag containing all the Swiss watches and passports!). The tour leader would not even help in any way at all and the company will not refund any tour that you will miss due to sorting your lost passports.

From other reviews, the same thing happened and in the same place (Rome) since 2012. The coach theft seems like it has been going for some time and looks like a scam between the tour leader and bus driver that the company does not even know.

Customers were also asked to pay more than the advertised price for gondolas and entry to places of interest. No receipt was given.
There are customer feedback forms at the end of the tour but I very much doubt that she will submit the forms after having a read.
I am publishing this info for your sake, so that you do not suffer the same, it is up to you to heed this advice not to travel with ExpatExplore.
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Worse holiday ever!

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The Taste of Italy tour was the worse holiday I have ever been to. Everything was rushed...The accommodation in Rome was far from the Colosseum. The guide in Rome was very soft spoken I couldn't hear a word. He should have used a microphone like the other guide. There was so much of walking to do..We couldn't even shop around in Rome. All the Hotels were a very poor choice. Breakfast and supper was pathetic..Food was bland, tasteless and not a wide variety to choose from at breakfast. First night in Rome we had salad for a started and a tiny piece of dry chicken we were not even offered a second piece. The hotel in Florence was better. What disappointed me is that the bus was not allowed to park next to the hotel. Instead the bus parked 1 block away and we had to rush with our luggage to the hotel. This was very unfair especially for my mother. Why were we not booked at a hotel where a bus was allowed to park. In Venice, why couldn't the hotel be more in the city centre. I feel the bus could have taken us to city and brought us back and public transport should have not been used. This is just some of the problems I faced. Lastly in the documents that I was sent I was promised a remembrance gift from Expat Explore, which I didn't receive.
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Had a really good time.

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I had a great time. The driver James was really friendly and drove in an extremely safe manner. Engaged with the group when not behind the wheel. Always appeared well rested and was ready to drive and assists people with their luggage.
Jamie the tour leader consistently demonstrated absolute commitment to the smooth operation of the trip and continuously made 101% effort in talking to everyone, good organizational skills and ensured that travellers were getting the best out of each destination. He never stopped yet never appeared tired, angry or frustrated. The coach was brand new although you couldn't really use the toilet on board unless it's an absolute emergency everything else about it was perfect. Most hotels were very very good and always clean. Breakfasts and included meals have all met or exceeded my expectation. We were constantly surprised with added value, many times. I have been provided with a transportation ticket for public transport even though it says in the brochure that we have to pay for that, at least one ticket was provided most times. See you next year for northern explorer expat. Expat is full of diverse passengers some young some old, some western some asian some South American, everyone gets along and we've had a really good time.
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Can't wait to book a next one.

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Did the Europe highlights tour on the 4th to the 13th of September. Had amazing time in amazing places. Our tour guide Steve was really good and our driver Paul was really good to.
Would definitely recommend booking a trip through expat to my friends and family. And can't wait to book the next trip .
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Exceeded my expectations!

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This was my first tour, Italian Delights, I booked a budget tour so was expecting a budget tour but it exceeded my expectations in all ways. Roma was a great tour guide, friendly, funny and full of information. Would book again. Thanks for wonderful memories.
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Impressed!

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So impressed it is my 1st time traveling with expat explore what an awesome experience, our tour guide Susan is great and has a lovely voice she sings and dance with us,love her. Our driver Kevin was awesome too he is concerned about our safety,time, cleanliness of our coach and he is there when we need him ..... Looking forward for another tour with you Guys
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Optional Activities

  • River Seine Cruise
  • Cabaret Show
  • Montparnasse Tower
  • Train to Jungfraujoch
  • White-Water River Rafting
  • Paragliding
  • Paris + Tour
  • Swiss Cheese Fondue Dinner

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Cancellation Policy:

If you or any other member of your party decides to cancel your confirmed Package you must notify us in writing. Your notice of cancellation will only take effect when it is received in writing by us at our offices or by email (when you receive an email response confirmation from us). Since we incur costs in cancelling your arrangements, you will have to pay the applicable cancellation charges up to the maximum below (the cancellation charge detailed is calculated on the basis of the total cost payable by the person cancelling, excluding insurance premiums and amendment charges which are not refundable in the event of the person to whom they apply cancelling).

  • If the cancellation is 35 days or more before departure, it is loss of deposit
  • If the cancellation is 19 to 34 days before departure, it is loss of 50% of holiday cost
  • If the cancellation is less than 18 days before departure, it is loss of 100% of holiday cost

Please note that certain arrangements may not be amended after they have been confirmed and any alteration or cancellation could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements, in addition to the charge above.

If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges. We will deduct the cancellation charges from any monies you have already paid to us.

Age Notes

Min. Age: 10

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Personal Expenses

Meals Included:

6 Breakfasts and 4 Dinners

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