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Europe Explorer - 18 Days

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Europe Explorer - 18 Days - Expat Explore Travel
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Suzy "The trip of a lifetime for our daughter and myself! We visited 8 countries in 3 weeks. We checked MANY items off our bucket list, experienced incredible culture, ate delicious foods, saw architecture and history I never thought I would see and made friends for a lifetime. We can't say enough about our driver Minty and our tour leader Shabby. Prior to arrival in each city Shabby would educate us al..."
Excellent
81 reviews
Starts
London
Destinations
+15
Ends
London
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Highlights

  • 18 days of stunning scenery, art, history and culture
  • Rewarding group tour experience
  • Stroll the vibrant avenue Las Ramblas
  • Experienced tour guides
Age range
10 to 90 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
50
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Travel style
Discovery, Coach / Bus
Start and end in London! With the discovery tour Europe Explorer - 18 Days, you have a 18 day tour package taking you through London, England and 15 other destinations in Europe. Europe Explorer - 18 Days includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • A
    Written on May 20, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    I had to leave early but stayed for 14 days steve was the best tour leader I’ve ever met and such help was a great experience I wish I got to stay and do it all
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  • R
    Written on May 7, 2018
    3.5 - Good

    Cam asked me to have sex with him on our last night after we went out for drinks and made it abundantly clear that it's the way his tours usually go. Sleezy.
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  • K
    Written on January 4, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    We did the 18 day tour back end of July to Aug and all i can say that it was fantastic. Expat take you to places and towns you wouldnt normally go to if you did it by yourself. Our group was a great group of all different ages and nationalitys that all got on well. Most of the hotels we stayed in were all ok -comfortable , clean and did the job- nothing flash - but for the money you pay for the trip we didnt expect 5 star. Our Tour leader Rose Brown was one of the best ive come accross , she was friendly, helpful- she knew her stuff and was a wealth of knowledge on just about any country we went to. Gary our driver did a great job also getting us around Europe safely , he was a friendly guy who also knew his stuff. Would totally recommend going on a tour with Rose & Gary as they are a great team .Over all i had the best time and would definately do another Tour with Expat Tours. Do yourself a favour and book with Expat and hope you get Rose & Gary as you wont be dissapointed. Kim Kim
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  • AJ
    Written on January 3, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    This was a really fun trip and we all really owed it to one person, our tour guide Rose! She was simply outstanding. She really made the experience fun and personal on what would have been a very touristy experience. If you decide to do this tour make sure that you pack some good walking shoes, a personal fan, a bottle for water, and mindset for adventure. Ask for Rose Brown to be your tour guide! You won't be disappointed! (And Gary the bus driver was a hoot, as well.)
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  • JQ
    Written on October 27, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    I enjoyed the tour with expat explore.
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  • GK
    Written on September 30, 2017
    1.5 - Rather poor

    This trip was 50%nightmare !Our guide was so rude !She actually tried to trow my spouse and I off the coach in the middle of nowhere in The Netherlands ! We're in our late sixties !I ask her to stop yelling at me and stop picking on us !She was so rude and she spent hours lecturing on her Openion of the second world war !Who wants to hear this in your vacation ?They let the toilets go uncleaned and not emptied for days and the Coach smelled so bad !!She gets angry if you stop to rest you basically have to Sprint through the sites you should be enjoying !N the beginning she wasn't so rude but half way through she just seemed to hate her job !She removed time and a scheduled dinner in Florence and that was so upsetting to me !Instead we went to a small village where it was a distance away to get dinner and we would have had to be out there looking late at night with no help !She ask the hotel worker to give her a ride to the Pizzeria yet didn't give any one else the Same consideration !We just went to bed hungry ! Worst travel experience of my life !Some of the accommodations were nice others horrible !!We had to drag our luggage for several blocks in Nice France !The traffic was heavy there !I would never have dreamed this would be so bad !Nice people on Coach tour made it more pleasant but a lot were saying never again !
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  • Europe Explorer - 18 Days reviewer 7
    Written on September 28, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    The trip of a lifetime for our daughter and myself! We visited 8 countries in 3 weeks. We checked MANY items off our bucket list, experienced incredible culture, ate delicious foods, saw architecture and history I never thought I would see and made friends for a lifetime. We can't say enough about our driver Minty and our tour leader Shabby. Prior to arrival in each city Shabby would educate us all on history, safety, public transportation, local attractions, a quick language lesson and let's not forget FOOD. They both were fun, cool and made our coach rides very entertaining. Shabby and Minty represented Expat very well. I would highly recommend and wouldn't hesitate to book again! Loved our tour!
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  • Europe Explorer - 18 Days reviewer 8
    Written on September 18, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    The 18 day tour was pretty full on but amazing. Got to see so many places in just a short time. Hotels were basic but clean and our tour leader Emma was amazing. Nothing was too much trouble for her. Dan the driver got us around safely.
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  • Europe Explorer - 18 Days reviewer 9
    Written on September 12, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    Our trip was excellent. Loved all the places we went. Some places would have been nice to have more time in but there is so much to see in just 18 days. Our tour guide Shabby was "da bomb" and Minty our driver "the best", the trip wouldn't have been without them. I would recommend Expat to anyone, they are a really professional company.
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  • Europe Explorer - 18 Days reviewer 10
    Written on September 12, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Whatever i write here cannot give justice to how truly magnificent this was.A massive thank you to our tour leader Shabby and driver Minty for all they did and the directions and guidance they gave
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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 - Beaujolais - Avignon
  4. Day 4: Pont du Gard - Barcelona
  5. Day 5: Barcelona - Free day
  6. Day 6: Arles - French Riviera
  7. Day 7: Monaco - French Riviera
  8. Day 8: Pisa - Florence - Tuscany
  9. Day 9: Tuscany - Rome
  10. Day 10: Rome - Free day
  11. Day 11: Siena - Venice
  12. Day 12: Venice
  13. Day 13: Bellinzona - Swiss Alps
  14. Day 14: Swiss Alps - Free day
  15. Day 15: Black Forest - Rhine Valley
  16. Day 16: Rhine Valley - Amsterdam
  17. Day 17: Amsterdam - Free day
  18. Day 18: 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. Rhine Valley - Rheinlust

      Address: Rheinallee 27-30, 56154 Boppard, Germany

    7. Amsterdam - Hampton by Hilton Schipol Airport

      Address: Neptunusstraat 1, 2132 JA Hoofddorp, Netherlands

    8. Barcelona - Ibis Meridiana

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

    9. Avignon - Ibis Budget Avignon

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

    10. French Riviera - ibis Styles Nice Aéroport Arenas

      Address: 127 Boulevard René Cassin, 06300 Nice, 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
  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Additional Services

  • Flights

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Videos

  • Expat Explore Travel | Comfort Tours Video
  • Western Europe Travel Guide
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Questions & Answers

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

    • What are the optional excursions?

      The optional excursions for this tour are:

      Venice Gondola Ride. Price: EUR 20
      Verona Evening Excursion. Price: EUR 45
      Murano, Burano & Venetian lagoon. Price: EUR 45
      Venice by night. Price: EUR 30
      Vatican City guided tour. Price: EUR 50
      Colosseum & Roman Forum Guided Tour. Price: EUR 35
      Tuscan Dinner. Price: EUR 22
      Paragliding. Price: EUR 155
      Sky-diving. Price: CHF 395
      White-Water River Rafting. Price: EUR 108
      Train to Jungfraujoch. Price: EUR 175
      Swiss Dinner. Price: EUR 25
      Flamenco show and dinner. Price: EUR 75
      Catalan tapas dinner. Price: EUR 25
      Amsterdam Dungeon. Price: EUR 21
      Heineken Experience. Price: EUR 18
      Madame Tussauds. Price: EUR 22
      Montparnasse Observation Deck. Price: EUR 15
      Cabaret Show. Price: EUR 70-90
      River Seine Cruise. Price: EUR 12
      Paris + Tour. Price: EUR 50
      An Evening in Montmartre. Price: EUR 40

      Please note that this list is a guideline only and all prices are subject to change.

    • Can you assist with booking additional accommodation?

      Unfortunately, Expat Explore can not book your pre/post accommodation for this tour but you are more than welcome to book directly with the hotel yourself.

    • Is there a hotel list available?

      Unfortunately, Expat Explore does not release the exact list of hotels that will be used on tour until 5 days prior to the departure.

      This is a list of hotels that they typically stay at, but please be advised that they are subject to change:

      - Paris - Ibis la Defense
      - Swiss Alps - Alpenrose Hotel & Gardens
      - Tuscany - Hotel Massimo d'Azeglio
      - Rome - Hotel Cristoforo Colombo
      - Venice - Elite Residence Hotel
      - Rhine Valley - Rheinlust
      - Amsterdam - Hampton by Hilton Schipol Airport
      - Barcelona - Ibis Meridiana
      - Avignon - Ibis Budget Avignon
      - French Riviera - ibis Styles Nice Aéroport Arenas

      Hopefully, this list will give you a better idea of what kind of accommodation you can expect while on tour.

      Expat Explore has searched and invested in excellent budget accommodation either located in cities or well placed with good public transport connections. They use mostly 3-star hotels for their different tours. On this tour, you will stay in twin share rooms and if you are a single traveller, you will be roomed with a fellow traveller of the same gender or you have the option to book a single room at an additional price.

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    Guides who have led this tour

    • Steve Martin
      "Worked in the industry for over 10 years now in various countries around Europe. Worked with Santa in..."
    • Rose Brown
      "Once upon a time, in a sleepy little village near Bristol, there lived a chubby, curly-haired girl called..."
    • Gayle Taylor
      "I love to travel, so this job is perfect. I get to meet passengers of all ages and from all over the..."
    • Holly Terrorhawk Clarke
    • Cameron Benson

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    What are people saying about TourRadar?

    • Elvio18th May 2018
      When our chosen tour date was full other dates were suggested. The staff was patient in guiding us with regards to our many questions related to dietary needs and other information related to the trip. The staff was friendly and respectful on every phone call.

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    About the countries

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    France , Spain , Monaco , Italy , Netherlands and Belgium
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    Visa

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    Vaccinations

    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Spain. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    Tick-borne encephalitis
    Recommended for Switzerland. Ideally 6 months before travel.

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    Location
    Start and end in London.
    Hold my space
    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 24 September 2018 the full payment of $2,470 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 $2470 for Europe Explorer - 18 Days, but the deposit of 10% is non-refundable.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 4,291 km.
    • London (England)
    • 343 km
    • Paris (France)
    • 276 km
    • Beaune (France)
    • 342 km
    • Avignon (France)
    • 357 km
    • Barcelona (Spain)
    • 325 km
    • Arles (France)
    • 212 km
    • Nice (France)
    • 13 km
    • Monaco (Monaco)
    • 240 km
    • Pisa (Italy)
    • 69 km
    • Florence (Italy)
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