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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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Western Europe Trip Reviews


1,781
Western Europe Tour Reviews - Summary
98% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 1,354 Great 348 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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Misleading and often just plain dishonest. October 2018

1.0

European sojourn

  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 3.0
We paid for a 3 week luxury river cruise but received a large group bus trip across Europe with many days of packing and unpacking. I called our Viking representative when we received an email message just 2 days prior to departure that mentioned a possibility of problems with low river levels. I was assured that everything was "normal" In reality, as we learned later from ship personnel, nothing has been normal for at least 3 months. About 2 weeks prior to departure, we received by mail, lovely personalized booklets describing all the details of our voyage on the Viking Lif, which we were to board in Russe, Romania. Instead, we boarded the Viking Aegir but not at Russe, because the Danube was too low. Instead we rode buses upstream to a port on the Romanian side directly opposite our first scheduled stop at Nikopol, Bulgaria. We had a beautiful cruise through the Iron gate gorge, but after three more scheduled stops in Bulgaria, Serbia, and Croatia, our voyage was terminated in Mohacs, Hungary, an unscheduled place two days short of reaching Budapest. So we were herded into buses for a 1.8 hour ride each way to our scheduled stop at Kalocsa. The next day we retraced the journey to Kalocsa and continued an extra 1.5 hours to reach Budapest. We lost the entire morning in Budapest and spent the night at the Marriott hotel. The next day we lost the entire afternoon in that city because we had to take a 4 hour bus ride to Vienna. Where we were put aboard the Viking Embla. Our voyage on that ship ended two steps later at Passau Germany. After a day in Passau we went upriver for a short distance and it seemed that we had entered the canal to take us to the Main river. But much to our surprise, it was a dead end channel for an industrial port. We spent two days there with our balcony room moored tightly against another Viking ship so there was nothing to look at but the scenery at that site was even worse than looking at someone else's window and the balcony was unusable anyway due to the unpleasant odors at that site. The pattern continued with a long round trip bus ride the next day to our scheduled stop at Regensburg and a 3 plus hour trip the following day to Nuremberg where we finally boarded the Viking Lif. A crew member told us that the Lif had not traveled east of Nuremberg for 3 months. We sailed from Nuremberg to scheduled stops in Bamberg, Wurzburg, and Werthiem and then our voyage terminated for good at an unscheduled port in Mainz. Once again we endured a long round trip journey to our next scheduled stop at Koblenz, followed by a 10 plus hour bus trip (with lunch and a walking tour in Cologne) to Amsterdam and a night in a hotel. Despite a promise that our bags would be in our rooms (they did take great care to provide us with tags so they could easily keep our bags organized) all the baggage was dumped in the hotel garage and it took a good 15 minutes of searching to find it and then take it to our rooms ourselves. There is much more, but it would only be more descriptive of the misery of this trip. We know Viking didn't cause the low river levels, but they did not need to lie to us and make us suffer because of it. Read more

Operator Viking River Cruises

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Great trip! October 2018

4.0

Walking on the Greek Islands

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Very good in spite of unseasonable weather for September. High winds
cancelled ferries for several days. As a consequence we stayed only one night
on Paros and missed Santorini entirely. But we got to know Naxos very well,
and it is an island with plenty to do. it might have been frustrating, but
leader Cecile Deltreil made superhuman efforts to keep us well occupied.
Although we saw her frequently glued to her cell phone, she never seemed
stressed out and explained changing arrangements in a way that kept us calm
and happy. She was also an excellent guide on walks and in the towns we
visited. If Cecile is typical of Exodus quality of service, it is an
excellent company.

In general accommodation was good and food excellent. Cecile has friendly
relations with lots of good restaurants.

I would certainly recommend this trip, and will be investigating other Exodus
trips in future.
It was all good. I especially enjoyed exploring the small viliages, and the
museum in Naxos was a surprise - really good.


I praise Cecile Deltreil to the skies. She deserves a bonus for this trip and
a raise!


A word of caution about "leisurely," a word subject to interpretation. The
walks were not long, and there were stops for points of interest. But Greek
islands are up and down, and in some cases footing was rocky. So the walking
was easy for hikers of any level, but more challenging if you have any
walking difficulties. ( I had broken my leg 4 months prior, and found the
walks a bit hard. Again leader Cecile was wonderful in figuring alternative
activities for me as needed.)


Did I mention how wonderful Cecile was?


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Greek Islands Unplugged October 2018

5.0

Walking on the Greek Islands

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
A chance to see the parts of Naxos, Santorini and Paros that maybe most don't
see.

The trip ran smoothly, expertly organised by Cecile, and the weather was
beautiful, late 20's. I travelled on my own and joined a lovely and friendly
group of 15 (3 couples, and the rest of us single, aged between 40 and 70).
We chose to have most meals together. All hotels had a swimming pool, all 3
star and air conditioned.

My favourite hotel was on Naxos and it definitely had the best breakfast. A
lovely traditional island with lots going on, a good beach, excellent
restaurants and beautiful countryside. I would definitely go back to Naxos.

Santorini was beautiful with fantastic views, but very steep, noisy,
expensive and busy, especially when a cruise ship arrived! My knees
struggled a bit on the uphill parts of this, the longest, walk. I cheated
and left early for a bus back to the hotel. Definitely glad I went by cable
car both ways to the boat trip too! Most walked down and got the cable car
back up, which wasn't scary by the way, and avoided using the few little
donkeys still having to walk up and down the hundreds of steps.

Paros was delightful and relaxing, a sleepy traditional island with beautiful
beaches and countryside, lovely shops and restaurants. If you want to shop
wait until you get to Paros, especially for clothes, in the lovely and cool
sheltered streets.

I arrived home from this holiday pleasantly tired and very happy, definitely
one of my favourite trips.
Walking through the countryside in Naxos and Paros.


Cecile was lovely, friendly and attentive, she listened to what everyone
wanted and fitted in with us and what we wanted, always available and giving
advice when needed. Her knowledge and love of the Greek Islands and the
Greek people clearly showed.


Take a small, light and comfortable rucksack, good walking boots/shoes and
stick/s as you will need them, some of the hills are steep and can be slippy.
Get out walking before you go as slightly harder than I had expected of a
Level 1 Leasurely, although, to be fair, I have never been on a walking
holiday before (hats off to anyone going on a Level 10!).


Travel between the islands and mainland was by ferry. A time to relax, maybe
sleep, or chat. Your suitcase is stored down below. Don't forget to take
something warm upstairs to wear as the air conditioning can be extremely
cold!


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Waliking on the Greek Islands October 2018

4.0

Walking on the Greek Islands

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Excellent Guide, Scenery and organisation. Some of hotels were not of a
reasonable standard.
The walk along the Caldera, Santorini.


Excellent knowledge, very well organised and good personality.


Be prepared for the heat when you are walking at this time of year.
Keep luggage to a minimum as there are trips between the islands where you
have to manage your own luggage.


Some unplanned events occurred which the guide had to deal with and she
resolved the situations very professionally.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Vigorous. October 2018

5.0

Walking on the Greek Islands

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I rarely give ten out of ten, but this came close. The sun shone every day, I
slepped well and didn't put on weight. The walks were just right, leisurely
as it said, I didn't want a route march, I do enough of that. The group was
assorted, what more can I say ! J
Thanos eating my chips !


Thanos was a true professional with extensive knowledge of his job. Well
educated, kind,fit, just a great guy. For me he made the holiday, such a
pleasure when some one knows his job. I must thank Thanos for a happy Greek
Islands Trip.


Pack half what you think you need.


The breakfasts could be a little more substantial.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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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