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Western Adventure

Expat Explore
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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
17 days
From: $ 1,880 $ 111 / day
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Overview

Short Description

17 Days, 9 Countries. Explore the highlights of western Europe, including Rome, Florence, Barcelona, the Swiss Alps, Munich and Paris!

Trip Type N/A
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 N/A
Start City Rome
End City London

Trip Includes

  • 16 nights' accommodation in twin rooms with private en-suite facilities
  • Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room
  • 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
  • You can also book any of the optional excursions available during your tour with your tour leader – please see the 'Essential Information' tab for more details
  • 16 breakfasts, 7 dinnersAll taxes and feesAny public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days) Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet
  • 18 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: Join in Rome

Arrive in Rome, and make your way to our starting hotel where you will meet up with the rest of the tour group (click here for more information). Later, a local Roman guide will introduce you to the locations which make this city so beloved and famous, on an evening walking tour of the city. The Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Roman Forum and the Colosseum...just for starters! Whilst at the Trevi Fountain, toss a coin over your shoulder; legend has it, that you will return to Rome again one day. On the way back to our accommodation for the evening, you can start to plan what to do with your free days.

Experiences
Rome has so much to see and do we can’t list everything here but your walking tour of Rome with a professional local guide will give you a great start for further exploration in your free time. You will see the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Arch of Septimus Severus, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona (Fountain of the Quattro Fiumi) and the Spanish steps.

Accommodation
Hotel Cristoforo Colombo
Hotel Club House Roma
Other Foods to try
Typically based on seasonal ingredients prepared in a simple way, with lots of vegetables (peas, artichokes and beans), meat (lamb and goat) and cheeses (Pecorino romano and ricotta).
Extra Information
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner


Day 2: Rome - Free day

Today is a free day for you to experience Rome's ancient history, exquisite culture and delicious food - we offer an optional food tour and an optional excursion to the pope's summer residence. Later this afternoon you'll also have the opportunity to visit the Vatican City - the smallest country in the world! Inside the walls, you can visit the Sistine Chapel and see for yourself the famous ceiling painted by Michelangelo, as well as numerous other famous art pieces dotted around the buildings.
Attractions to discover in your free time
Roman Forum - Palatine Museum - Coliseum Various 08:30-19:30 € various
Castel Sant'Angelo Apr-Sep: 09:00-19:00 | Oct-Mar: 09:00-14:00 Adults €8, Children €6
Catacombs Thu-Tue: 09:00-12:00 & 14:00-17:00 Adults €8, Children (7-15 yrs) €5
Saint Peter Basilica April-Sep: 07:00-19:00 | Oct-Mar: 07:00-18:00 Free
Saint Peter Cupola (tower) April-Sep: 08:00-18:00 | Oct-Mar: 08:00-18:45 €6 steps / €7 elevator
Optional Excursions
Vatican City guided tour €50
Castel Gandolfo €70
Roman food tour €60
* Stated prices and availability are subject to change.


Day 3: Rome - Free day

Another free day in the capital to explore as you wish. You can accompany your tour leader on an optional excursion to Pompeii, or visit the spectacular Colosseum, which offers an unbelievable feeling of drifting backwards in time, to when gladiators, chariots and lions dominated the arena. The Italians believe in taking it easy, so why not chill out at a trattoria with some tasty morsels, a cold beverage and some good conversation this evening.
Attractions to discover in your free time
Roman Forum - Palatine Museum - Coliseum Various 08:30-19:30 € various
Castel Sant'Angelo Apr-Sep: 09:00-19:00 | Oct-Mar: 09:00-14:00 Adults €8, Children €6
Catacombs Thu-Tue: 09:00-12:00 & 14:00-17:00 Adults €8, Children (7-15 yrs) €5
Saint Peter Basilica April-Sep: 07:00-19:00 | Oct-Mar: 07:00-18:00 Free
Saint Peter Cupola (tower) April-Sep: 08:00-18:00 | Oct-Mar: 08:00-18:45 €6 steps / €7 elevator
Optional Excursions
Pompeii Day Trip €80
* Stated prices and availability are subject to change.


Day 4: Florence - Tuscany

Today, we head straight to the heart of the picturesque Tuscan region, made famous for wine, great food, art, architecture and the birthplace of the Renaissance. Your first stop is the romantic city of Florence, where your local Italian guide can’t wait to show you around. The Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica all feature in this guided tour, as well as many other works of art - the street sculptures are amazing! This evening, you will head to your accommodation in the beautiful Tuscan hills, where the soft afternoon light radiates across the land and everyone looks good in a ‘selfie’ at this time of day - is it any wonder this region attracts and inspires so many famous artists?

Experiences
Florene - the capital city of the Tuscan region of Italy and considered to be the birthplace of the Renaissance.   We will take you on a walking tour with a professional local guide where you will see Florence's Baptistery, Bell Tower, Gates of Paradise, Brunelleschi's Dome, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio.

Accommodation
Hotel Massimo d'Azeglio
Hotel Meridiana Florence
Other Foods to try
Lampredotto is a Florence street food, consisting of the fourth stomach of the cow cooked in a broth and then served with salsa verde or/and spicy sauce.
Extra Information
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner


Day 5: Pisa - French Riviera

Before saying 'bonjour' to France you will spend some time visiting one of the most iconic landmarks of Italy - the Leaning Tower of Pisa! A UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the neighbouring cathedral, cemetery and baptistry, this 56m, 840 year old Bell tower draws millions of visitors from all over the globe, namely for one thing...To have their picture taken pretending to push the tower back up! So get creative, get into position - these snaps are always the most memorable. After a scenic drive through the last of the Italian countryside, you cross the border into France. Bonjour to the French Riviera! Having made it to the south of France, you will see one of the most picturesque strips of coast in the world, where the ocean laps the shore, and it’s holiday season all year around.

Experiences
Visit to the Leaning Tower of Pisa: your chance to see the world famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and take some iconic pictures of you holding up the tower.

Accommodation
Kyriad Nice Gare
Ibis Budget Nice Californie Lenval
Other Foods to try
Bouillabaisse - a traditional fish stew originating from Marseille.
Extra Information
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner


Day 6: Monaco - French Riviera

Today you will have the morning free to explore the French Riviera. This is the playground for the rich and famous - keep your eyes open for celebrities and stars whilst you are enjoying the sights! This afternoon we'll experience the glitz and glamour of the world-famous Principality of Monaco, a microstate on the southern coast of France. On our way we'll stop at a perfumery, where you'll learn more about the history and science behind these fragrances. On arrival in Monaco we'll walk to the Princes Palace, the official residence of the Sovereign Prince of Monaco, which offers amazing vistas from a viewpoint overlooking the super yachts in the harbour. We'll then take you to visit the legendary Casino de Monte-Carlo, where you'll have some free time to try and win your fortune on the tables and slots (entrance fee not included).

Experiences
Visit a perfumery: dating back to the 18th century, this traditional French perfumery is one of the oldest in the region. Perfume making is an art that dates back to antiquity and during your guided tour you will learn all about the complex processes involved in capturing and bottling these exquisite scents. Afterwards you will have the opportunity to visit the gift-shop if you wish to take a keepsake home.
Monaco: visit this tiny principality and the second smallest and most densely populated country in the world! Take a scenic coastal drive from Nice, stopping first at a viewpoint for stunning views over the harbour, where super yachts are anchored. The Grand Casino (entrance fee applies) is particularly spectacular, and the castle district offers beautifully preserved architecture and views of the coast and city.
Extra Information
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner


Day 7: Arles - Barcelona

Time to brush up on your Spanish greetings - you will need them this afternoon! As you depart Nice and get back on the road headed for Barcelona, you will make a stop in the UNESCO Heritage Site of Arles, famous for its historical buildings and links to such artists as Van Gogh (many of his paintings were inspired by this city). Don’t forget to check out the colourful houses and Roman Amphitheatre on this comfort stop. Barcelona is nearing, and you should be getting excited about exploring this cosmopolitan Spanish metropolis. Once you arrive, Expat Explore will acquaint you with its vibrant energy with a city coach tour, so you can decide where to start first on your free days. Keep your eyes open for the famous Sagrada Familia cathedral, and any of Gaudi’s spectacular examples of eclectic architecture. Then there is the lively La Ramblas - a pedestrian walk way down the middle of the city that is full of market stalls, cafes, restaurants and street entertainers, and is just brimming with life. The city comes alive at night, so, after dinner, head back into the heart of the action for some music and atmosphere.

Experiences
A comfort stop in this fascinating city with colourful houses that you may have seen in many of Van Goghs’ paintings of Arles. You will have time to see the impressive Roman Amphitheatre.
A driving tour of this vibrant and diverse city that you can then explore further in your free time. You may see La Monumental Bullring, Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, Joan Miro Park, Fountain of 3 Rivers, The Venetian towers, Magic Fountain, Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village), Olympic stadium, Port of Barcelona, Christopher Colombus Column, Las Ramblas, and a photo stop with views over the city.

Accommodation
Ibis Meridiana
Ibis Santa Coloma
Eurostars Mitre
Other Foods to try
Tapas - Spanish finger food, consisting of small plates of delicious hot & cold appetizers.
Extra Information
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner


Day 8: Barcelona - Free day

Today is all yours to do with as you please! The best views of the city can be had from Park Guell, and you can take in the panoramic splendour and skyline of Barcelona. The park itself offers a very interesting design which is a product of Antoni Gaudi’s challenging architectural visualisations. Barcelona is home to many of Gaudi’s building designs and you could spend the whole day simply locating each one and recognising the signature design features. One of his most famous works is that of the unfinished Sagrada Familia - an interpretation of a gothic cathedral which is unlike any building you will have ever seen. You can’t miss it from Park Guell, or most other vantage points in the city. If you wish to participate in our optional excursion, we can organise tickets for you to see a traditional Flamenco show! The dance of passion is performed with style, flair and energy, and is a real experience not to be missed.
Attractions to discover in your free time
Basillica Sagrada Família + Gaudi House Daily 9:00 - 20:00 Adults €18.50, Children €17.50
La Pedrera by Antoni Gaudí Daily 9:00 - 20:00 Adults €20.50, Children (7-12 yrs) €10.25
Barcelona Football Club Museum Daily 10:00 - 20:00 Adults €23,Children €17
Museum of Catalunya Various times Tue-Sat 10:00 - 7:00 Adults €4, Children €3
Catalan museum of Archaeology Various times Tue-Sat 9.30 - 7:00 Adults €4.50, Children (8-25 yrs) €3.50
The Dalí Museum Seasonal daily 9:00 - 8:00 Adults €12, Children €9
Poble Espanyol de Montjuic / Spanish Village Various times Tue-Sun 9:00 – midnight Adults €12.00 , Children €7.00
Optional Excursions
Flamenco show & dinner €75
Montserrat €60
* Stated prices and availability are subject to change.


Day 9: Barcelona - Free day

Hola! You have another free day in the Spanish city of Barcelona! Today you can make this your own, by continuing to explore the historical and cultural centres, indulge in some high end shopping and retail therapy, and much more. Football fans can use the extra day to visit Barcelona FC’s stadium - Camp Nou (there may even be a game on while you are here). Why not take advantage of the beaches and hit the shores? Ocean tours depart from the harbour and take you for a cruise up the coast to give you a unique perspective of the city. Barcelona is full of things to do, so there is no excuse not to get out and make the most of things. Fiesta, not siesta!
Attractions to discover in your free time
Basillica Sagrada Família + Gaudi House Daily 9:00 - 20:00 Adults €18.50, Children €17.50
La Pedrera by Antoni Gaudí Daily 9:00 - 20:00 Adults €20.50, Children (7-12 yrs) €10.25
Barcelona Football Club Museum Daily 10:00 - 20:00 Adults €23,Children €17
Museum of Catalunya Various times Tue-Sat 10:00 - 7:00 Adults €4, Children €3
Catalan museum of Archaeology Various times Tue-Sat 9.30 - 7:00 Adults €4.50, Children (8-25 yrs) €3.50
The Dalí Museum Seasonal daily 9:00 - 8:00 Adults €12, Children €9
Poble Espanyol de Montjuic / Spanish Village Various times Tue-Sun 9:00 – midnight Adults €12.00 , Children €7.00
Optional Excursions
Catalan tapas dinner €30
Montserrat €60
* Stated prices and availability are subject to change.


Day 10: Pont du Gard - Avignon

Adios, Barcelona! You have been wonderful! Heading back into France, continue through the French countryside, and get up close and personal with a 2000 year old Roman Built aqua duct, at Pont du Gard. Walking along it, you will notice that there are no nails, cement or mortar holding the arches together. The Pont du Gard has been an attraction for centuries, primarily based on its immaculate three tiered construction, which carried over 44 million gallons of water a day to the local townships. A very important historical site, UNESCO have included it in their heritage listing - and rightly so. Your final stop of the day will be in Avignon - also known affectionately as ‘The City of Popes’. It is an amazingly preserved, fortified city commune with a long history, stunning architecture and religious significance. Another UNESCO Heritage Site; and you will see many more during your tour. Enjoy an orientation walking tour of Avignon, which will show you the Papal Palace as well as other significant structures, and, after dinner, your evening is free to explore as you wish.

Experiences
A stop to see Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct bridge that crosses the Gardon River. The bridge has three tiers of arches, stands 160 ft tall, and once carried 44 million gallons of water a day to the fountains, baths and homes of the citizens of Nîmes.
Your tour leader will take you on a short orientation walking tour where you will see the Palais des Papes, the old Avignon town walls, Notre-Dame des Doms and Pont d’Avignon.

Accommodation
Ibis Budget Avignon
Ibis Nimes Ouest
Residhotel Grand Hotel Avignon
MERCURE Orange centre
Other Foods to try
Provence - delicious wine, enjoyed simply with bread and cheese.
Extra Information
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner


Day 11: Geneva - Swiss Alps

Today, you will head to Geneva - home of the United Nations and Red Cross headquarters, and then onto the spectacular Swiss Alpine region to fill your lungs with the freshest mountain air. After departing Avignon, we leave France behind in search of mountains and snow. On the way, we make a lunch stop in Geneva where you can wander the small city centre and marvel at Lake Geneva. There is also an Old Town to explore, and some great shopping to be had. Now you are mountain bound, and heading into the heart of the famous Jungfrau Region. We take you on a stunning mountain drive through the Swiss Alps, as we meander our way through rugged mountain faces, forests and Alpine lakes. Once in your mountain village, you can check in and then relax with a sunset view of the mountain peaks, and the grazing cows that are responsible for the wonderful milk that makes Swiss chocolate so amazing. After a hearty dinner, feel free to stroll the streets and breathe in that crisp, fresh air. Tomorrow will be a real highlight of your Europe tour.

Experiences
The birthplace of the Geneva Convention and renowned for its place at the forefront of international diplomacy, it also has the largest lake in Western Europe, Lake Geneva. So maybe have lunch by the lake, or even a swim! Alternatively, you could walk towards the Old Town to climb the tower of St Peter’s Cathedral which offers gorgeous views of the city and the lake.
Spectacular views as we drive through this amazing country alongside lakes, breath-taking mountain vistas and scenic views of quaint Swiss towns.

Accommodation
Alpenrose Hotel & Gardens
Swiss Youth Hostel Interlaken
Hotel Baren Ringgenberg
Hotel Schonbhul
Hotel City Oberland
Das Hotel Sherlock Holmes
Other Foods to try
Cheese fondue - dip bread and meat into a pot of delicous melted cheese.
Extra Information
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner


Day 12: Swiss Alps - Free day

Are you excited? Today is all about Swiss bliss! We have an optional excursion to blow your mind, which offers a guaranteed snow day! For 365 days of the year, Jungfraujoch is blessed with snow, and today you can visit the ‘Top of Europe’. The journey up the mountain is a highlight in itself, with unmatched views that will really make your Europe tour unforgettable. You will alight onto Europe’s highest railway station, and be able to view the 4000m glacier from un-obscured viewing platforms. The majestic combination of ice, snow, rock and epic views will stay with you for life - time to take a deep breath and have some fun! A snowball fight is a must, and for those artistic types, so is a snowman building competition. Snow angel anyone? Don’t forget those cameras... say “swiss cheeeese”! Alternatively, for those choosing to spend their free day exploring a local village, why not head to Interlarken, a short train ride away, and try a traditional fondue, pick up some Swiss souvenirs, or just enjoy a wander through the streets?
Optional Excursions
Train to Jungfraujoch €175
White-Water River Rafting €108
Sky-diving CHF395
Paragliding €155
Swiss Dinner €25
* Stated prices and availability are subject to change.


Day 13: Vaduz - Munich - Bavaria

So long, Switzerland; you will depart the Jungfrau region, and savour the last of the Alpine views as you head once more for Germany. A lunch stop is scheduled for Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein, and you will have time to eat, shop and see Vaduz Castle (the official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein) overlooking the city. We then travel on to Munich. Enjoy a local beer on us...Prost! At the end of an action packed day we'll continue on to our hotel in Bavaria.

Experiences
Visit the smallest yet richest German-speaking country and the only one to lie entirely within the Alps.   So you will see fabulous mountain views and a lunch stop in the capital Vaduz where you will have time to eat, shop, and see the Vaduz Castle which overlooks the capital.  The castle is a palace and official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein.
Your tour leader will take you on an orientation tour of Munich, the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria. You will see Karlsplatz and Marienplatz, New Town Hall, Church of our Lady, and if you visit in the winter the traditional German Christmas markets.
We take you to visit a traditional beer hall and sample some German food and drink, including famous German sausages (vegetarian options available) and beer.

Accommodation
ACHAT Premium München-Süd
Atrium Im Park Regensburg
AZIMUT Hotel Munich City East
Econtel Munich
Hotel Dolomit
ibis Augsburg Hauptbahnhof
Ibis Muenchen City
ibis Nuernberg City am Plaerrer
Intercity Augsburg
Super 8 City West
Other Foods to try
Tonight you will enjoy dinner in a traditional beerhall. Dishes include typical German favourites, such as a sausages with sauerkraut, chicken with potato salad, and potato dumplings with sauerkraut (vegetarian option).
Extra Information
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Lunch
Dinner


Day 14: Bavaria - 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 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.

Experiences
Cruise down the Rhine and see the beautiful scenery and the largest concentration of gothic castles (Sterrenberg, Liebestein, Katz and Fortess Rheinfels).
Rhine Valley Wine Tasting: visit a local wine merchants in one of Germany's most famous wine growing regions, and sample several types of delicious German wine. Popular varieties from the surrounding area and neighbouring regions include Riesling, Spätburgunder and Pinot Noir. The region is also well-known for eiswein (ice wine), a very sweet dessert wine made from grapes harvested in the freezing winter months.

Accommodation
Rheinlust
Ibis Bonn
Hotel Weiland
InterCity Bonn
Other Foods to try
The Rheingau, one of Germany's distinguished wine regions, stretches along the Rhine between Lorch and Hockenheim. Try Riesling and Eiswein.
Extra Information
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner


Day 15: Luxembourg - Paris

It’s time to leave the Rhine... but there is no sign of slowing down - there is still so much to see! Heading back towards the French border on the way to Paris, you will make a short stop in one of Europe’s smallest countries - Luxembourg. Known as a global financial and banking centre, during your stop you may wish to view the spectacular Renaissance architecture of the Grand Ducal Palace or have an early lunch in Luxembourg’s central square. We then make our way to Paris, and take 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. We'll then travel back to the hotel on Paris' world famous metro system, ready to explore the city further on our free day tomorrow!

Experiences
A short stop with some free time to spend as you wish. During your stop in Luxembourg you may wish to view the spectacular Renaissance architecture of the Grand Ducal Palace or have an early lunch in Luxembourg’s central square, Place d’Armes, with its numerous cafes and restaurants. Luxembourg also offers excellent shopping opportunities from modern high-end fashion stores to traditional boutiques.
Driving tour of this famous city where you may see L’Opéra Garnier, the Tuileries Gardens, Place de la Concorde, Hotel de Ville, The River Seine, l'Ile de la Cite, the Louvre Museum, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Lovers Bridge, Sacre Coeur, Montmartre, Pigalle (the Red Light District) and see the Moulin Rouge.

Accommodation
Ibis la Defense
B&B Porte Des Lilas
B&B Paris Malakof
Ibis Paris La Villette Cité des Sciences
B&B Paris Italie Porte de Choisy
B&B Hôtel Orly Chevilly
Other Foods to try
It's not all fine dining - visit a boulangerie (bakery) and try simple but delicious baguette, croisants and Jambon-beurre sandwiches.
Extra Information
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner


Day 16: Paris - Free day

Bonjour! Whether it's culture, cuisine or cruising the city you crave, Paris will not disappoint. A Seine River cruise to the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, perhaps? Maybe a visit to the Louvre to see famous artworks and paintings? Tickle the taste buds with some traditional French delicacies in the bohemian Spanish Quarter (affordable frogs legs and snails are on the menu, washed down with a nice local wine - divine!). Not forgetting, Paris Disneyland is always popular choice for the ‘young at heart’!
Attractions to discover in your free time
Arc de Triomphe Daily, 1 October - 31 March 10:00-22:30, 1 April - 30 September 10:00-23:00 with a last entry 45 minutes before closing time, Closed on 1st January, 1st May, 8th May (morning), 14th July, 11th November (morning), 25th December Full price: 12 EUR, Reduced: 9 EUR
Eiffel Tower Summer - Lift: 09:00-00:45 with a last entry at 23:00 (top), Stairs: 09:00-00:45 with a last entry at 00:00; Rest of the year: Lift: 09:30-23:45 with a last entry at 11:00/10:30 (top), Stairs: 09:30-18:30 with a last entry at 18:00 Admission (lift): Adults: 25 EUR, Between 12-24 yrs: 12.5 EUR, Under 4 yrs: Free
Disneyland Paris Daily 10:00 - 19:00
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Musée d'Orsay Various times: 09:30 - 18:00 Adults €13 ; Students (18-25) €8.50 ; Children (under 18) Free
Sacré Coeur Daily 06:00 - 22:00 Free
Notre Dame Daily 07:45 - 18:45, Sat & Sun 07:45 - 19:15 Free
Rodin Museum Tue-Sun 10:00 – 17.45 Adults €6 ; Students (18-25 yrs) €5 ; Children (under 18) Free
Louvre Various times 09:00 - 18:00 (Closed Tues) Adults €15 ; Children (under 18) Free
Sainte-Chapelle Daily 09:30 - 18:00 Adults €8.50 ; Children (under 18) Free
Catacombes Tue-Sun 10:00 - 20:30 (last entry 19:00) Adults €13; Children (under 18) Free
Panthéon Daily 10:00 - 18:00 Adults €7 ; Children (under 18) Free
Place de la Concorde Varies Free
Jardin des Tuileries Various times 08:30 - 17:00 Free
Jardin du Luxembourg Various times 08:30 - 17:00 Free
Orangerie Museum Wed-Mon 09:00 - 18:00 Adults €11.00 ; Children €8.50
Optional Excursions
Paris + Tour €50
River Seine Cruise €12
Cabaret Show €70-90
Montparnasse Observation Deck €15
An Evening in Montmartre €40
* Stated prices and availability are subject to change.


Day 17: Paris - London

The last day of you European tour already? Don’t worry. It’s not over yet. After breakfast, savour the French countryside, one last time and prepare for your final crossing of the English Channel. Once you are back on UK soil you only have a short way to go to complete your Europe tour. This part of your journey is a great opportunity to swap contact details with all of your new-found Expat Explore travel companions, and tag each other in all of your photos before you arrive into London. We can’t wait for you to share your favourite snaps on our Facebook page, so we can see the highlights of your 26 day Ultimate Europe experience! We hope you had the time of your life.

Experiences
You arrive back in London late afternoon - by this point you will have enjoyed 17 incredible days exploring the very best of western Europe!
Other Foods to try
After an enjoyable tour through Europe, why not relax with some fish and chips?
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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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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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