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Western Europe - Best Tours & Trips 2019

Western Europe typically refers to all the countries west of what was the Soviet Bloc during the Cold War. At the time, the connotation was one of modernity and prosperity vs backwards politics and poverty. Today both regions are eager to put that past to rest - though the terminology, while geographical too, remains heavily related to the political atmosphere of the time. Travelers to Western Europe will enjoy everything from the culinary delights of Italy to the scenic snow capped mountains of Switzerland. With so much diversity, going on a guided tour will help ensure you don't miss a thing.
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Trip Type Trip Type Classic Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Guided Experiences Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ocean Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Tour Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Independent Package A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package 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.
Large Ocean Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Top Western Europe Experiences and Attractions

Top Western Europe Experiences

  • Watching the evening light show on Paris’ Eiffel Tower
  • Climbing to the top of the Reichstag to look out over Berlin
  • Dining at some of Europe’s most highly-acclaimed restaurants in Copenhagen
  • Wandering the narrow side streets of Barcelona’s Las Ramblas looking for tapas and sangria
  • Being enchanted by half-timbered houses in medieval small towns along the Rhine river
  • Haltingly learning the words to beer-drinking songs in Munich
  • Perfecting your pronunciation for ‘pasta al pomodoro e Chianti’ in Rome
  • Getting around effortlessly using the world’s best multi-national rail network – and many of the best metro and subway systems too.
  • Soaking up the sun and views in picturesque Santorini
  • Riding the chair lifts up the Alps, to ski down or admire the views depending on season
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Western Europe Trip Reviews

1,712 Western Europe Tour Reviews - Summary 98% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 1,302
Great 331
Average 43
Disappointing 13
Terrible 23
Value
4.7
Guide
4.7
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.7
Meals
4.7

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FUNNEST GAP TOUR EVER!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This Topdeck was so much fun, with it being the leaders last trip the chefs first trip and everyone else on the bus being 18 on a GAP year it was one to remember!
Unfortunately we missed out on Nice as we were in Paris heading to Nice on Bastille day, the day of the drive through attack. Topdeck took a good step forward and moved us to Switzerland earlier and we had an extra day there and in Florence instead! They had the best facts and took us to the best places. Our leader Amanda would tell us the most important facts of the trip show us where to party and where to stay safe and let us do our own thing at night!
Would highly recommend!
Check out my Topdeck here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB_uiN6dOOc&lc=z221j1nhwkfwfjgeaacdp4302urkdwx33xmfi0u45j1w03c010c

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Operator Topdeck

Excellent coverage of major cities and Guizhou Province

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Road Scholar (also known as Elderhostel) offers hundreds of tours worldwide, using local tour companies, sometimes universities. I have taken RS tours to Africa, China, and France and look forward to more. This was my first "tour" of China, but my 20th visit, with the rest on business. Our guide, Mei Mei, was one of the finest I've seen on tours. We started with Beijing and continued to Xian and then to Guizhou Province for a week in this fascinating area, which was new to me. We were able to meet the people in the villages, thanks to our guide, and enjoyed the chance to see and photograph such a variety of places in China. Hotels were excellent and appropriate to this type of tour (usually centrally located and very fine). Meals were family style and always good. Road Scholar makes its tours educational and doesn't push shopping as so many commercial ones do. Touring in China is very safe. You do have a lot of walking and RS tells you this in the tour, but it seems that a great deal of the walking is in those huge airports! I recommend Road Scholar and always turn to their catalogs to choose my next trip.

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Operator Road Scholar

Wonderful tour!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Fabulous tour company. No detail overlooked in the planning. Just returned from the full Bernese Oberland trip. It was wonderful.

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Operator Alpine Hikers

The most amazing river trip in Europe

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Traveling from Belgium through 6 countries to Switzerland is one of the most amazing travel experiences in Europe, especially if traveling with Grand Circle Travel. The ship's crew and staff are the most professional and personable folks that I've ever had the fortune to travel with. Not only have I traveled European rivers with these folks once, but have done so several times. For a single traveler, traveling with Grand Circle is a great bargain, as there is very seldom an extra charge for traveling solo and if their is, the price is very modest. You can't go wrong with these folks.

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Operator Grand Circle Cruise Line

Excellent vacation, biking in Holland and Belgium, 6 days

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Excellent vacation biking around Holland & Belgium with Backroads. See my videos to get a flavor for the trip.
https://vimeo.com/97188922 Biking in Netherlands, May 2014

https://vimeo.com/97536546 Biking in Bruges, Belgium (May 2014)

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Operator Backroads

Best Trip Ever!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Crew and boat unreal!!! Best trip ever!

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Western Europe Tours and Travel Guide

Western Europe Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Western Europe typically refers to all the countries west of what was the Soviet Bloc during the Cold War. At the time, the connotation was one of modernity and prosperity vs backwards politics and poverty. Today both regions are eager to put that past to rest - though the terminology, while geographical too, remains heavily related to the political atmosphere of the time. Travelers to Western Europe will enjoy everything from the culinary delights of Italy to the scenic snow capped mountains of Switzerland. With so much diversity, going on a guided tour will help ensure you don't miss a thing.

The Far West of Europe

Western Europe, politically, doesn’t tend to include Spain, but geographically of course, Spain and Portugal occupy the westernmost coast of the European continent.

In Spain, you will encounter an extremely diverse group of dialects, sub cultures, and cultural influences. Including a town where bagpipes are a common instrument! Many tours loop in Morocco to their Spain itineraries, due to its close proximity and significance to Spain’s history.

The Center of Europe

Politically, Western Europe typically refers to France, Germany, and Italy, and the UK. These countries are among the more expensive to visit, so be aware of that. They also tend to be the more crowded, at any time of year, which is why going on a guided tour can help with special access and prices for attractions, as well as help you get a more unique experience.

The Northern European Countries

Northern Europe is a less common designation, and often countries such as Belgium, The Netherlands, and Denmark get roped into the Western Europe label. Alternatively, Scandinavia usually stands on its own as a region within Europe. 

Visiting these countries has grown in popularity, but they are still less traveled than lower Western Europe.


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