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Ultimate Europe - 26 Days - Expat Explore Travel
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Robyn "The trip was good value for the cost of it so that was the major positive. However the tour leader left much to be desired. I was fit and healthy enough to keep up with the pace at all times apart from in Rome when I found the heat too excessive and opted out of the optional trips. The problem with the tour leader was that she ran the tour in Gestapo like fashion. She was a know it that made no e..."
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Starts
London
Destinations
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Ends
London
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Highlights

  • Explore European cities such as Bruges, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague and Vienna
  • Great value-for-money
  • Visit the Prag historic city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Guaranteed departures
Age range
10 to 90 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
50
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Start and end in London! With the in-depth cultural tour Ultimate Europe - 26 Days, you have a 26 day tour package taking you through London, England and 25 other destinations in Europe. Ultimate Europe - 26 Days includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals and more.

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  • Ultimate Europe - 26 Days reviewer 1
    Written on November 4, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    A wonderful experience that gave us an opportunity to visit some of the major cities of Europe. A tour that provided plenty of activity with non stop places to visit.
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  • GW
    Written on October 24, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    This was a very good tour. I would have given it a 4.5 but couldn't. This tour visits so many destinations and is offered at a competitive price which is great value for money. For the majority of the tour, there is plenty of time to explore the cities and take optional tours. My only negative is the stop in Barcelona was unnecessary and made the final leg of the trip rushed and exhausting. The drive on the coach to/from Barcelona was very long (over 10 hours each way). i personally believe this should be cut so more time can be spent in Avignon, Munich and the Rhine Valley which were quickly glossed over. they are beautiful cities that offer more than Barcelona. Despite this, the tour, the tour guides (shout out to Perci and Sean) were excellent and the optional extras were excellent. Tip for new players, get a 3 mobile sim card in England before you leave to 1. give you a contact mobile number 2. allow you to use google maps to quickly navigate around the cities and 3. avoid getting lost. Enjoy the trip, I highly recommend, it was well worth the money.
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  • IL
    Written on October 21, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Trip was better than I expected - so much history in sites visited. Walking tours great way to explore the destinations especially with the local guides.
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  • AH
    Written on October 18, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    It was hectic, a marathon, but we saw so many historic places, we learned history, we saw beautiful pieces of art in an very organized time & Percy was attentive & professional & understanding.
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  • Ultimate Europe - 26 Days reviewer 5
    Written on October 3, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    The Tour guide Laura was great, The Coach driver Sean was terrific, Both of them excelled in their roles & were most helpful throughout the tour. The locations were fantastic.
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  • N
    Written on September 29, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    What an amazing 26 days we had! Our group of 43 travellers bonded early and well and everyone was friendly and interested in getting to know each other. Our tour leader Laura and driver Sean were two impressive professionals who knew their work and provided plenty of information for us step by step, with no overload of what was happening too far down the track. I feel this was so helpful in assisting us to relax and trust that they had all in hand. Laura often said 'this is your holiday, let me do the work'. The itinerary was full on, but manageable with (mostly) 2 night or 3 night stays, with some 1 nighters. We saw so much of Europe and this has given us the confidence to return to areas we would like to spend more time in, and to also avoid those places we feel we have seen sufficiently. This itinerary has been carefully designed to maximise the number of cities and countries visited. Well done Expat Explore!
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  • Ultimate Europe - 26 Days reviewer 7
    Written on September 25, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    I enjoyed an amazing holiday with an incredible amount to see, experience and enjoy. Wonderful group on tour that bonded really well and quickly and all brought together with the incredible knowledge, assistance and fun loving attitudes of our tour leader Laura and amazing coach driver Sean. Top marks to them both. They did a wonderful job.
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  • Ultimate Europe - 26 Days reviewer 8
    Written on September 20, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    We had the most wonderful time. It was crazy busy and some of the accommodation was just to small for twin share. Overall we had the most wonderful experience with a fantastic group and the best tour leader Laura and bus driver Sean. Cheers Annie & Michael
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  • Ultimate Europe - 26 Days reviewer 9
    Written on September 4, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Ultimate Europe - 26 Days If you have never been to Europe then this is a perfect package. I like to call it a taste of Europe because it gives you a little taste of each place so you can decide which place you want to visit again and spend maximum time. Date of Travel: 01 July 2017 - Most of Europe was extremely hot during this period especially if you not used to the heat. I wished I had done this late September when the temperature subsides and it's not too busy with other tourists. If you are a photographer it's even harder to get good shots with hundreds of people always in the shot during this time. Value for money: This is debatable, Yes and No. No - Considering the number of people on this tour and the group discounts the company gets for the quality of hotels and meals provided then No the value was not seen. Yes - If you never been to Europe and don't want to plan the trip and don't want the hassle of driving yourself and hiring a car and all the hassle of doing things alone then Yes it is Value for Money considering everything is planned out for you and you get driven in a comfortable coach. Transportation: The coach was new, air conditioned, smooth and comfortable. The seats recline but have common sense and notify the person behind you as they may have something on their tray. The Coach does not have USB charger ports except for the last row. (not all expat explore coaches are the same, I have seen some really old ones so don't take this review as if I am speaking for all of them) This coach does not have WIFI. Accommodation: Most of them were great, some were not so great as they were really old with small outdated bathrooms. Some people had issues with bed bugs and I had a broken bed in Prague. Hotel staff were great at most places, some were rude but I guess it's just the culture of that specific city as it was the same service received in restaurants and bars. The rest of the hotel staff were very helpful and understanding. If you have any issues just speak with them directly instead of going to the tour leader as the hotel staff will sort out the issue. When arriving in Switzerland, I don't recommend paying for the lunch option is a total waste of money. Refer to my pic. There are grocery stores near the hotel that you can buy bread rolls and cold meats salads etc. I highly recommend making your own food and taking it up. Meals: If you have a taste for new and different food then you will enjoy the different types of included meals offered. Since I am not much of a traveller I have not enjoyed most of it. Tour Leader: Leisha Connolly - was absolutely amazing, she took care of us and was never down, always bubbly and willing to help. She had some good games to play on the couch to get everyone to interact and break the ice. There is nothing more she could have done to be a better Tour Leader, her years of experience has already made the best she could possibly be. Her itinerary upon arriving in a new country was always detailed and full of information compared to another Expat Explore Tour Guides Itinerary. (refer to pic) Coach Driver: Captain Josh - he is a fantastic guy, always cheerful, always smiling and nothing seems to get him down even when faced with a difficult turn in that coach with cars and people all around the couch watching him in amazement with the look on their faces as to say how the hell is he going to make this turn. His driving skills are top notch. Please pass on my comment to the coach company that he is employed by. Would I Recommend Expat Explore? It's hard to say, I've only been on one tour with them. If you are doing this exact same tour and you lucky to have Captain Josh and Leisha Con then yes I would recommend them because they made this tour fun and exciting. Expat Explore Travel: Overall my experience was great, comfortable coach, great Driver and amazing Tour Leader. The owner of Expat Explore has horrific customer service skills. His response to my vegetarian sandwich with a lack of filling in the mustard covered bread with few pieces of lettuce and tomato was that people were complaining that their sandwich was too full and they had the filling fall out? His response to the value of the meal was that staff had to wake up early to make the sandwiches? Like really? Zero customer service skills! I cannot stress this enough, don't go for the lunch option in Switzerland. Total waste of money. Refer to my pic.
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  • Ultimate Europe - 26 Days reviewer 10
    Written on July 14, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    The trip was good value for the cost of it so that was the major positive. However the tour leader left much to be desired. I was fit and healthy enough to keep up with the pace at all times apart from in Rome when I found the heat too excessive and opted out of the optional trips. The problem with the tour leader was that she ran the tour in Gestapo like fashion. She was a know it that made no effort to be helpful to the majority of her travellers. I heard many complaints about her and how many of my co travellers were often too embarrassed to ask her an important question as the answer would be in a condescending fashion suffixed by the word darling. I for one would never go on an Expat tour unless I could be guaranteed she would not be involved. I will be passing this information on to my fellow New Zealanders. I was also rather upset that Expat did not get their act together to sort out the error with my booking. I had book and paid for a single supplement but in the early stages of the trip I was told in a very rude fashion by the tour leader to sort it out myself.
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Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: London - Bruges - Amsterdam
    Start point Outside Hotel Novotel at Greenwich station, 173-185 Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8JA 06:30
  2. Day 2: Dutch countryside tour
  3. Day 3: Amsterdam - Berlin
  4. Day 4: Berlin - Free day
  5. Day 5: Dresden - Prague
  6. Day 6: Prague - Free day
  7. Day 7: Bratislava - Vienna
  8. Day 8: Ljubljana - Venice
  9. Day 9: Venice - Free day
  10. Day 10: Venice - Rome
  11. Day 11: Rome - Free day
  12. Day 12: Rome - Free day
  13. Day 13: Rome - Florence - Tuscany
  14. Day 14: Pisa - French Riviera
  15. Day 15: French Riviera - Free day
  16. Day 16: Arles - Barcelona
  17. Day 17: Barcelona - Free day
  18. Day 18: Barcelona - Free day
  19. Day 19: Barcelona - Pont du Gard - Avignon
  20. Day 20: Geneva - Swiss Alps
  21. Day 21: Swiss Alps - Free day
  22. Day 22: Liechtenstein - Dachau - Munich - Bavaria
  23. Day 23: Bavaria - Rhine Valley
  24. Day 24: Rhine Valley - Luxembourg - Paris
  25. Day 25: Paris - Free day
  26. Day 26: Return to London
    End point Greenwich train station, 173-185 Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8JA 14:00 – 17:30

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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

    9. Prague - Hotel Duo

      Address: Teplická 492, 190 00 Praha 9, Czechia

    10. Vienna - Fourside Hotel Vienna City Center

      Address: Grieshofgasse 11, 1120 Wien, Austria

    11. Barcelona - Ibis Meridiana

      Address: Heron City, Passeig d'Andreu Nin, 9, 08016 Barcelona, Spain

    12. Avignon - Ibis Budget Avignon

      Address: 8 Boulevard Saint-Dominique, 84000 Avignon, France

    *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
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Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • May 1, 2017

      Can you help us with our visas if needed?

      Unfortunately we are unable to give visa advice due to the vast number of nationalities which our customers represent. Some nationalities can travel freely over borders, where others require advance permission to enter. There are also changes in requirements from time to time. We recommend checking your local embassy or consulate's website for the latest up to date information.

    • April 1, 2017

      Is the single supplement mandatory?

      The single supplement is completely optional. You are not required to pay a single supplement to join the tour. The tour price advertised is based on a twin share basis, if you are a single traveller you will be roomed with a passenger of the same gender. The single supplement optional cost is if you would like your own room on the tour.

    • December 1, 2016

      Can you provide me with the names of all the hotels we would be staying on the tour?

      All accommodations are subject to change until 4-6 weeks before the departure date so Expat Explore will not issue the hotel names until that time. Your final trip documents with your specific accommodation would have your first meeting point and address listed. Expat Explore use 2-3 star accommodations in their hotel selection.

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    Tick-borne encephalitis
    Recommended for Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Slovenia and Switzerland. Ideally 6 months before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
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    Recommended for Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. Ideally 2 months before travel.

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    Start and end in London.
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    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 17 February 2018 the full payment of $3,010 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 $3010 for Ultimate Europe - 26 Days, but the deposit of 10% is non-refundable.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 15,521 km.
    • London (England)
    • 235 km
    • Bruges (Belgium)
    • 173 km
    • Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    • 13 km
    • Zaanse Schans (Netherlands)
    • 13 km
    • Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    • 577 km
    • Berlin (Germany)
    • 165 km
    • Dresden (Germany)
    • 118 km
    • Prague (Czech Republic)
    • 291 km
    • Bratislava (Slovakia)
    • 55 km
    • Vienna (Austria)
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