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Europe Escape - 12 Days

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Europe Escape - 12 Days - Expat Explore Travel
Europe Escape - 12 Days - Expat Explore Travel
Alisha "My fiancé and I just completed the Europe Escape tour and it was awesome. Shae, our trip leader, was fantastic, patient and knowledgeable. Our driver Gary was amazing in getting us to each destination safely and on time. They are both assets to the expat team. The Europe escape tour was fast paced with early mornings but we were simply blown away with the whole experience. The destinations/accommo..."
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Starts
London
Destinations
+14
Ends
London
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Highlights

  • Great value for money
  • Includes visit to Swiss Alps
  • Guaranteed Departures
  • Gondola ride in Venice
Age range
10 to 90 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
50
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Start and end in London! With the coach/bus tour Europe Escape - 12 Days, you have a 12 day tour package taking you through London, England and 14 other destinations in Europe. Europe Escape - 12 Days includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Europe Escape - 12 Days reviewer 1
    Written on December 7, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    I really enjoyed my trip. Rachel was an awesome guide and team leader. I wish to have a little bit more time in France. Definitely I will continue travel with Expat
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  • O
    Written on December 6, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

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  • RS
    Written on December 4, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    Absolutely enjoyable - a great way to gain insight into Western Europe. The pace is somewhat hectic (still getting over this) but the WOW factor was extraordinary. So much to take on board, Helen our Tour guide had so much information on what we were seeing and we had specialist guides for Florence and the optional tours of the Vatican and the Colosseum. Which one thing “stood out” (a question I’ve been asked a number of times) it was impossible to say so many stand outs. A great time had and I can only highly recommend to others.
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  • Europe Escape - 12 Days reviewer 4
    Written on December 1, 2017
    3.5 - Good

    Overall we had a great trip! Our tour guide and driver were great. Some things you should know before you go. 1. This tour is fast paced, know and remember this, you are on a the tour company/ driver's time schedule. You will follow it or you will get left behind and you have to pay and figure out your way back to the group. 2. This is NOT a vacation, this is a crash course on Europe, a taste, a tongue dip, not a full bite to enjoy the taste, a small taste (1-2 hours) stops in each city unless you have a free day. There is a lot to see and accomplish in a short amount of time. 3. You will get a list of hotels and addresses to those when you arrive. 4. There is a bathroom on the bus, but it is for severe emergencies only, in other words, you don't use it. 5. You get a 20-30 min restroom break and lunch break at gas stations along the way. If you are trying to rest on the bus because you stayed out late to get the most out of the tour, good luck, you get little sleep on the bus, will be awaken by loud music (every 2-3 hours) to alert you that you have 2 minutes to get your shoes on and get off the bus to rush to the bathroom and grab a lunch and inhale it at the stop (You can't eat on the bus, the food smells and disturbs those around you). 5. You will spend little or no time to shop or get souvenir's at stops. Unless you have a free day. 6. Expect to spend 10 minutes at the Eiffel Tower for a picture, Pisa (30 minutes), Tuscany 1 hour, Innsbruck 45 minutes, Burgundy 1.5 hours, Florence 2 hours (1 hour walking tour) ,Vatican City 2 hour tour (no time for shopping), Venice 1.5 hours on your own after a 45 min walking tour and 15 min gondola ride, Rome, 'Conquer the Capital' tour - my fit bit logged 23,000 steps for that day in 95 degree heat (everyone was drenched) in July, and 30 minutes to walk on your own to shop. Amsterdam picture stop for 15 minutes in front of windmill, 15 minutes in front of Amsterdam sign for picture, red light walking tour, 30 minutes on your own. Bruges, 1 hour stop, walking tour, 15 minutes to shop. 7. You will have an opportunity to get laundry service once but don't send any valuable clothing or name brands, we had several people have their name brand items taken. 8. No internet service on the bus 9. Expect to spend 4-7 hours on the bus everyday. 10. Many people had motion sickness during the bus ride so take something to help with that 11. Several people got altitude sickness on the mountain in the Swiss Alps, so make sure to hydrate before and while at the top. 12. You are expected to tip the tour guide and driver 2-5 euros per day, PER PERSON, not per party, so budget for this. 13.To use the bathrooms you have to pay .5 -1.5 euros throughout Europe. 14. You are expected to pay for excursions and optional dinners in cash on the bus the one of 2 days before. 15. you can purchase water bottles for 2 Euros a bottle. 16. Everyone will rotate seats, move two rows back every day. 17. You will carry your luggage up flights of stairs, on and off the bus everyday, so pack light. 18. The hotel owner in Switzerland can come across as rude. 19. There are charging docking stations under your seats on the bus, but many did not work. TIPS: 1. Take an umbrella for shade during heat during summer, or you can buy one. 2. Take a water bottle 3. Invest in a neck pillow for your cat naps on the bus. Those that had inflatable ones were miserable 4. Get rest before you leave 5. Take wipes or hand sanitizer to wipe down seats and windows. We had several sick people on board who coughed and sneezed all over, on the windows and then you rotate and sit in their germs the next day. I hope this review helps. I would have liked to have known these things before, I booked. I would have booked a different and longer trip and would not have been disappointed to only spend 1-2 hours at each city.
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  • PF
    Written on October 31, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    Trip was very well organized. Tour leader was patient and easy to get along with as was the coach driver. I would highly recommend this company especially for amateur travelers
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  • N
    Written on October 17, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    8 European countries in 12 days.. It gives one a taste of all the countries. Fun, but quite tiring. We had to wake up early in the morning to get going. We ride the coach bus to places, which was convenient as it is not a public transportation. We get to know everyone in the group as we are somewhat always together for 12 days.
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  • Europe Escape - 12 Days reviewer 7
    Written on October 9, 2017
    3.5 - Good

    Accommodation in Paris was not upto the standard we expected during the tour.
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  • Europe Escape - 12 Days reviewer 8
    Written on October 6, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    No complaints about this tour at all. All features of this tour will meet your expectation and maybe surpass them sometime. It is value for money. The basics on offer will give you a great overall feel of the countries you go through. The optional guided tours and experiences are thoughtfully designed to give you a deeper insight into the culture of the country. Its great, because you can chose what you would like to do and keep a check on your traveling budget as well. Though the tour could be hectic, it maximises the time spent in giving you the best experience. Just go for it, if you want a glimpse of Europe so that you can decide where you'd like to go back for a second time.
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  • Europe Escape - 12 Days reviewer 9
    Written on October 4, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    Trip was wonderful. Kevin, our guide, was amazing. He was full of knowledge on the country, customs and foot. Tour was fast paced early mornings and late nights (some days walking over 24,000 steps). Bus was comfortable and Craig the driver did a great job with keeping us safe and handling the luggage. Accommodations were ok- close to transportation even though they were located outside of the city- just wish we would of had double/queen beds instead of twins. Some meals were included with the tour and they were very good. We would book with Expat again. Great value!
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  • A
    Written on September 30, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    My fiancé and I just completed the Europe Escape tour and it was awesome. Shae, our trip leader, was fantastic, patient and knowledgeable. Our driver Gary was amazing in getting us to each destination safely and on time. They are both assets to the expat team. The Europe escape tour was fast paced with early mornings but we were simply blown away with the whole experience. The destinations/accommodation/food/tours were all fantastic. The value that expat provides for the cost of this tour is unbelievable. Each experience is simply amazing and we skipped all the queues. I highly recommend expat to anyone who wants to maximize their time in Europe and especially for first timers. We loved our group and everything was well organized. Thank you to Shae, Gary and the expat team for a wonderful experience.
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Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: London - Paris
    Start point Outside Hotel Novotel at Greenwich station, 173-185 Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8JA 06:30
  2. Day 2: Paris - Free day
  3. Day 3: Burgundy - Swiss Alps
  4. Day 4: Swiss Alps - Free day
  5. Day 5: Swiss Alps - Florence - Tuscany
  6. Day 6: Tuscany - Pisa - Rome
  7. Day 7: Rome - Free day
  8. Day 8: Rome - Venice
  9. Day 9: Innsbruck - Munich - Bavaria
  10. Day 10: Bavaria - Rhine Valley
  11. Day 11: Rhine Valley - Amsterdam
  12. Day 12: Amsterdam - Bruges - London
    End point Greenwich train station, 173-185 Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8JA 18:30 - 21:30

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  • Accommodation

    Rated Good by past passengers
    1. Paris - Ibis la Defense

      Address: 4 Boulevard de Neuilly, 92400 Courbevoie, France

    2. Swiss Alps - Alpenrose Hotel & Gardens

      Address: Kirchgasse 72B, 3812 Wilderswil, Switzerland

    3. Tuscany - Hotel Massimo d'Azeglio

      Address: Corso Matteotti 42, 51016 Montecatini Terme PT, Italy

    4. Rome - Hotel Cristoforo Colombo

      Address: Via Cristoforo Colombo, 710, 00144 Roma RM, Italy

    5. Venice - Elite Residence Hotel

      Address: Via Forte Marghera, 119, 30173 Venezia VE, Italy

    6. Munich - ACHAT Premium München-Süd

      Address: Perchtinger Str. 3, 81379 München, Germany

    7. Rhine Valley - Rheinlust

      Address: Rheinallee 27-30, 56154 Boppard, Germany

    8. Amsterdam - Hampton by Hilton Schipol Airport

      Address: Neptunusstraat 1, 2132 JA Hoofddorp, Netherlands

    *Please note exact accommodation and details are re-confirmed at time of booking and subject to change up to 6 weeks prior to departure

  • Guide

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Meals

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
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Questions & Answers

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    • May 1, 2017

      Where can I find more detailed information about this tour?

      A trip note - which contains essential information about your trip will be given to you. Information such as the daily itinerary, where to meet on the first day, what time the trip starts, how to get to the joining point hotel, included activities, visa information, etc will be mentioned in there. Please contact us for this.

    • May 1, 2017

      Can a pregnant woman join this tour?

      There are no terms which say you cannot go on a tour if you are pregnant. However, this is a tour that requires long travel time between destinations and is a very high energy tour. If you believe this will be fine for you then there shouldn't be any problems.

    • May 1, 2017

      I was wondering if I can get into Paris and join the tour there on the second day since I'm coming from Lourdes?

      Meeting the tour on the second day in Paris will not be a problem at all. The only issue is that we will not have the exact time and date of the meet up until the tour is confirmed and we have final documents through from the operator.

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    France , Italy , Vatican City (Holy See) , Austria , Germany , Netherlands and Belgium
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    Vaccinations

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    Tick-borne encephalitis
    Recommended for Switzerland, Austria and Germany. Ideally 6 months before travel.

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    Location
    Start and end in London.
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    TourRadar can request Expat Explore Travel to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
    Deposit
    TourRadar only requires a deposit of 10% to confirm this Expat Explore Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 65 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 16 February 2018 the full payment of $1,590 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 65 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $1590 for Europe Escape - 12 Days, but the deposit of 10% is non-refundable.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 3,381 km.
    • London (England)
    • 343 km
    • Paris (France)
    • 263 km
    • Dijon (France)
    • 239 km
    • Jungfraujoch (Switzerland)
    • 401 km
    • Florence (Italy)
    • 41 km
    • Montecatini (Italy)
    • 37 km
    • Pisa (Italy)
    • 265 km
    • Rome (Italy)
    • 3 km
    • Vatican City (Vatican City (Holy See))
    • 394 km
    • Venice (Italy)
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