Western Europe - Best Tours & Trips 2019

1,392 trips to Western Europe tours from 216 tour companies. 1,698 reviews. 4.7/5 avg rating.
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 ... Read More
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group 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 Tour 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 Ship 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 Guided 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.
Self Guided / Independent Tour 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 Ship 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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Great Cities of Eastern Europe

SmarTours
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15 days
$ 213 / day
$ 3,199
From : $ 4,319
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
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
Highlights
  • Visit the concentration camp at Auschwitz, now a museum honoring the victims of the Holocaust
  • See the 13th century Matthias Coronation Church and the Citadel on Mount Gellert.
  • See historical sights including the Monument of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
  • Voyage to the charming artist’s town of Szentendre
  • Enjoy a panoramic tour taking you along the Ring Boulevard, past Emperor Franz Josef’s Hofburg Palace and the ornate State Opera to a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the Cathedral of St. Stephen’s
  • Visit the quaint towns of Duernstein and Telc en route to Prague
  • See the 14th-century Charles Bridge and explore the charming Old Town in Prague
  • Helsinki Tour
  • Danube Bend
Visits:
Auschwitz, Budapest, Helsinki, Krakow, Matthias Church, Prague, Vienna, Warsaw, Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Poland
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The Best of Italy

SmarTours
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9 days
$ 355 / day
$ 3,199
From : $ 4,319
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
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
Highlights
  • Enjoy a tour to the Vatican which includes visits to St. Peter’s Basilica, the spectacular Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum
  • Explore Imperial Rome
  • Visit the Colosseum
  • Walk under the Arch and marvel at the ruins of the Roman Forum
  • See Michelangelo’s celebrated David
  • View the famous Piazza del Miracoli and the amazing Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Embark on a boat tour to the island of Murano
Visits:
Colosseum, Rome, St. Peter's Basilica, Umbria, Italy
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Magical Ireland

SmarTours
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13 days
$ 215 / day
$ 2,799
From : $ 7,177
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
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
Highlights
  • Merrion Square (Dublin)
  • Christchurch Cathedral (Dublin)
  • Guinness Brewery (Dublin)
  • Castle Ward House & Gardens (Northern Ireland)
  • Titanic Belfast Experience
  • Giant’s Causeway (Antrim)
  • Kylemore Abbey (Galway)
  • Cliffs of Moher (Clare)
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Dingle Peninsula (Kerry)
  • Blarney’s Castle
  • Medieval Castle Banquet
Visits:
Dingle Peninsula, Dublin, Galway, Killarney National Park, Ireland, United Kingdom
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The Best of Spain

SmarTours
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12 days
$ 250 / day
$ 2,999
From : $ 4,049
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
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
Highlights
  • Explore Madrid
  • Visit Prado Museum 
  • Admire El Greco’s masterpiece, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz in Santo Tome Church
  • View the Moorish architecture of the Giralda Tower overlooking the Guadalquivir River
  • Visit the splendid Alhambra Palace
  • Visit the famed Sagrada Familia, a large, unfinished Catholic Basilica
  • Visit Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter
  • Enjoy the scenic views of plazas when you drive along the La Rambla  Boulevard
Visits:
Barcelona, Córdoba, Granada, Madrid, Palace of Versailles, Seville, Sierra Nevada, Toledo, Valencia, Spain
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Scandinavian Explorer

SmarTours
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12 days
$ 333 / day
$ 3,999
From : $ 5,399
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
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
Highlights
  • Visit Stockholm Town Hall
  • Explore Gamla Stan (Medieval Town)
  • Visit Bergen Markets
  • See the spectacular Fjords
  • Visit the Voeringfoss Waterfall (Norway)
  • Enjoy Copenhagen City Tour
  • Visit Helsinki’s Senate Square
  • St. Petersburg Extension
Visits:
Bergen, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Scandinavia, Stockholm, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden
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Spectacular Greece with Island Cruise

SmarTours
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11 days
$ 273 / day
$ 2,999
From : $ 8,197
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
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
Highlights
  • Experience 4-night Greek Island Cruise
  • Visit Mykonos, Ephesus and Santorini
  • House of Virgin Mary (Ephesus)
  • Visit Patmos, Crete and Oia Village
  • Explore Olympia, Mycenae and Rhodes
  • Discover Parthenon (Athens) and Acropolis (Athens)
Visits:
Athens, Crete, Delphi, Ephesus, Heraklion, Mycenae, Mykonos, Parthenon, Piraeus, Rhodes, Santorini, Greece, Turkey
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Incredible Iceland & Northern Lights

SmarTours
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7 days
$ 314 / day
$ 2,199
From : $ 7,026
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
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
Highlights
  • Opportunities to See Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)*
  • Reykjavik City Sightseeing
  • Black sand Beaches (Vik)
  • Seljalandsfoss & Skogarfoss Waterfalls (Near Vik)
  • Gulfoss
  • Geysir
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Blue Lagoon (Near Reykjavik)
Visits:
Blue Lagoon, Gullfoss, Reykjavík, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
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England, Wales & Scotland

SmarTours
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13 days
$ 231 / day
$ 2,999
From : $ 7,297
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
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
Highlights
  • London City Tour
  • Stonehenge
  • National Museum of Wales
  • The Big Pit Museum (Blaenovan)
  • Worcester Cathedral
  • Ann Hathaway’s Cottage (Stratford-upon-Avon)
  • Liverpool City Tour
  • Lake District Visit
  • Edinburgh City Tour
  • Highlands/Loch Lomond Visit
Visits:
Cardiff, Edinburgh, Lake District, London, Stonehenge, England, Scotland, United Kingdom, Wales
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Iceland Summer Adventure

SmarTours
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8 days
$ 425 / day
$ 3,399
From : $ 4,589
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Have Reykavik city Sightseeing
  • Dramatic Eyjafjallajokull (Volcano)
  • Amazing Spectacular Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss (Waterfalls)
  • See the beautiful Westman Islands
  • Visit Thingvellir National Park
  • Gesyir (Hot spring)
  • Gulfoss (Waterfall)
  • Experience – the world-famous Blue Lagoon
Visits:
Blue Lagoon, Gullfoss, Reykjavík, Skaftafell National Park, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland
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Yolo Yachting - Santorini to Mykonos

8 days
$ 42 / day
$ 339
From : $ 529
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
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
Highlights
  • World famous clubs and wild parties (Mykonos)
  • Memorable adventures
  • Traditional vintage cruise ships
  • Experienced local tour leader
Visits:
Mykonos, Santorini, Greece
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Hiking Zagori & Meteora

7 days
$ 151 / day
$ 1,056
From : $ 1,426
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Hike through Vikos Gorge, one of the deepest canyons in the world
  • Explore the picturesque, untouched by time, stone – made villages of Zagori, wonder around their narrow cobbled streets and admire the traditional architecture
  • Cross historical arch stone bridges
  • Hike to the mythical alpine Dragon Lake at 2.100m!
  • Admire the panoramic views over Vikos Gorge and take beautiful photos from Beloi viewpoint (1.650m altitude)
  • Observe the rich flora and fauna of Vikos – Aoos National Park
  • Follow the paths of the ancient monks and hike to the top-cliff Meteora monasteries
  • Taste delicious local food and experience the hospitality and warmth of the local people
Visits:
Athens, Meteora , Greece
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The Switzerland - Heartland Untour

7 days
$ 188 / day
$ 1,319
From : $ 1,781
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
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
Highlights
  • Discover Basel, Luzern, Zürich, Geneva
  • Visit Ballenberg Open-Air Museum
  • Explore Montreux, St. Gallen, Locarno and Lugano
  • Visit famous Rhine River
Visits:
Alps, Basel, Bern, Lucerne, Mt. Pilatus, Zurich, Switzerland
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YOLO CRUISE - Santorini to Mykonos

8 days
$ 42 / day
$ 339
From : $ 516
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
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
Highlights
  • World famous clubs and wild parties (Mykonos)
  • Memorable adventures
  • Traditional vintage cruise ships
  • Experienced local tour leader
Visits:
Delos, Greece
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The France - Paris Untour

7 days
$ 228 / day
$ 1,599
From : $ 1,649
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
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
Highlights
  • Explore Paris and Rouen
  • Visit Eiffel Tower and Luxemburg Gardens
  • Discover Notre dame cathedral
  • Visit Giverny and Palace of Versailles
  • Explore Sacré-Coeur
Visits:
Eiffel Tower, Giverny, Notre Dame Cathedral, Palace of Versailles, Paris, Rouen, France
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The Uk - Scotland Untour

7 days
$ 146 / day
$ 1,019
From : $ 1,249
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
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
Highlights
  • Discover Edinburgh
  • Enjoy contemporary and arts at the Fringe Festivals in Edinburgh
  • Visit Gothic cathedral
  • Explore Doune Castle
Visits:
Doune Castle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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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

1,698 Western Europe Tour Reviews - Summary 97% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 1,286
Great 330
Average 43
Disappointing 13
Terrible 26
Value
4.7
Guide
4.7
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.7
Meals
4.7

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Overall amazing value. Food, particularly by Topdeck staff, excellent. Spontaneous/flexible; be prepared to pay for lots of extra excursions, on and off your itinerary, in cash.

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

Food was excellent. Accomodations were better than expected: hostels, but usually with in-suite bathrooms and always only with other members of your tour of the same gender. Don't try to overplan; trip is quite spontaneous and flexible and you won't know much about the schedule/optionals for each city more than a day or so in advance. Optionals will be plentiful and paid in cash. Only do those that are right for you, even if your trip leader really encourages them and most other people are going. These trips are great for solo travelers, but make sure you find people interested in the same things as you...it will probably be easy to find groups to go to bars and clubs with in the evenings, but harder to find people who prefer other evening plans. Driver was excellent and bus was very comfortable and clean, but be prepared to spend a lot of time on it as there is no driving at night. Trip leader extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and helpful. Overall, excellent value and a trip with plenty of time to see the bucket list highlights in each city.

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Operator Topdeck

Great value/itinerary

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

I was pleasantly surprised that in 9 days we fit in a lot of sightseeing in 4 countries. I ususally plan my own trips with a full itinerary but this was the first tour we've taken where I left the planning to the Gate 1. It did not disappoint. I feel like we saw everything that I would have planned for us to do on our own. I don't feel like I have to return to any location to see things we missed. Also the other people on the tour were fun and we all got along well even with the wide age ranges. I highly recommend this tour and Gate 1.

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Operator Gate 1

Sri Lanka Trip

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

Sri Lanka - fabulous trip but very poor Tour Rep
Just returned from a 12 day escorted tour to Sri Lanka (24 Feb - 8 March). The trip was excellent. The hotels were fabulous. Our guide Ravi was very good and very knowledgeable.

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Operator Riviera Travel

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

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

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

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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