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Europe Jewel - 14 Days

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Starts
London
Destinations
+15
Ends
London
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Highlights

  • Learn the traditional way of Dutch cheese-making
  • Discover the remarkable Eastern European cities
  • Take a gondola ride through Venetian canals
  • Learn the story behind the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Travel to Jungfraujoch, the highest train station in Europe
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 Jewel - 14 Days, you have a 14 day tour package taking you through London, England and 15 other destinations in Europe. Europe Jewel - 14 Days includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

142 Reviews

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  • HL
    Written on October 14, 2018
    3.5 - Good

    Lovee the itineraries but wished the hotel accomodations were a little bitbetter
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  • LL
    Written on October 14, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    If coach has Wi-Fi, it is better. 14 days goes to so many places, it is very tight. I will choose stay more days in one country next time.
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  • DR
    Written on October 14, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    Not enough time in Amsterdam, spent too much time at hotel which was located far from the city, for river cruise. By the time cruise was complete it was dark and coach was headed back leaving only the night to explore on our own. Windmill photo stop was a joke, could not touch it as it was someone’s residence. Definitely not a row of colourful row of windmills. Beware of false and misleading itinerary as museums are closed on mondays which means no visit to the David in Florence. This is an inexcusable scheduling flaw. Early morning breakfasts combined with very late evening dinners and gas station lunch stops wreak havoc on your body. Be prepared to use the bathroom and find a bite to eat within 15-20 minutes. Not allowed to use bathroom on couch , emergencies only. Free time was based on scheduling not on the amount of time needed to explore. Travelling on the bus was boring, no commentary was provided enroute and tour leader encouraged travellers to sleep. Commentary only provided as you approached attraction on itinerary. Some optional excursions were clearly upsold over others. Beware that optional is not on an individual basis and a minimum must be met to go. The most disappointing part was jungfrau. The mountain was clearly encased with a huge snow cloud but we were not offered our money back although it was clear st the station that they were still selling tickets . A 175 euro trip to see ice caves could have been avoided. Also , we were not informed about the effects of altitude and all of us were feeling nauseated , weak , and tired. The only thing to do was to shop on our day. A refund should be granted. I can understand having to book numbers in advance for meals but not for this experience because of the cost. The hotels were adequate but the one in Montcalini was especially of poor quality. It featured an outside pool but there were no towels available to replace your room towel and so you could not swim and shower. The front desk actually refused to provide a dry towel stating they did not have a key to the linen room. How absurd!! In montcalini we were sold on the Tuscan dinner as the only place to get a meal . “There is nothing else there ...” was a lie that we were told. Hotels are all away from city centres so any free time travel is your responsibility. The tour guides at the various citied were excellent and were considerably more knowledgeable and patient than our leader when she conducted yours in Venice and Paris. I would recommend for anyone taking the tour to ask plenty of questions , to seek out local sites and restaurants ahead of time, and to take time to meet and acquaint yourself with your fellow tour mates as they will make the long travel times better.
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  • A
    Written on October 14, 2018
    3.5 - Good

    Disappointed that museums were closed on days when we visited cities such as Florence and in Prague. Also jungfrau experience was a fraud , huge money for a trip to a white out. The habit of booking things ahead with the tour leader is fine for meals and other excursions that are not relaxant on weather. The jungfrau mountains were clearly encased in s huge snow cloud at the start of the day and there was no offer to return the 175 euro ticket while walk ons were purchasing tickets. The write up on the itineraries are purposefully misleading. Bathroom on bus is for emergencies only, and some options are only available if a set number from the group choose it. It is not an individual option. Most food was good but daily comfort stops require you to eat at gas stations and rest stops along the way. Most stops were 15 minute which meant you were having to use a restroom and eat quickly as Ther was no hot food allowed on it. You will experience long drives and late late nights . Early breakfasts and late evening dinners are the norm.
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  • Europe Jewel - 14 Days reviewer 5
    Written on October 10, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    Everything about the tour was awesome! Maybe just the Montecatini hotel needs to change. Elevators are too small and the staff is a little unhappy.
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  • Europe Jewel - 14 Days reviewer 6
    Written on October 10, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    Gus was truly amazing..........he’s the best.......a total natural talent working with people........ Also, Yannis, our driver was superb......not just an amazing careful driver but also so friendly and helpful with stacking and unstacking suitcases and giving assistance without being asked
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  • Europe Jewel - 14 Days reviewer 7
    Written on October 7, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    Great overview itinerary of Europe, hectic schedule some days,early starts,late finishes but get to see a huge area of Europe.
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  • MD
    Written on October 3, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    The Tour overall was fantastic. We got to see many places in a short time. Though bit hectic with early morning starts and some long hours on coach,in future maybe an extraday at Amsterdam and Budapest would be excellent to just soak in these beautiful cities. Our guide Gustavo was truely amazing and Bus driver Yannis very pleasant. The duo made a fantastic pair. It was really nice to meet others from various countries and spend time together. We truely are missing the tour.
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  • DG
    Written on October 2, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    We just did this Europe Jewel tour and absolutely loved it. There is so much to see and experience within this tour and gives you an excellent taste of each place visited. What we loved the most is that although it includes the highlights of Europe, it also takes you to those lesser known jewels like Ljubljana and other places you would not normally visit. We had the best tour guide (Gustavo), who was just amazing, very well organised, helpful, patient, caring and fun. Our driver (Paul) was also very professional, responsible, friendly and really looked after us. We strongly recommend this tour, specially if you are visiting Europe for the first time and would like to get a taste of the places you would like to go back and explore further. Thanks Expat for organising this tour! We hope we can do some more tours with you soon :)
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  • JH
    Written on October 1, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    As advertised the tour covered a lot of ground. That's the good news. The bad news is it covered a lot of ground which made it hurried much of the time. The tour leader did a great job in making the time as accomodating as possible.
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Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: London - Amsterdam
    Start point Outside Hotel Novotel at Greenwich station, 173-185 Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8JA 06:30
  2. Day 2: Amsterdam - Rhine Valley
  3. Day 3: Nuremburg - Prague
  4. Day 4: Prague
  5. Day 5: Bratislava - Budapest
  6. Day 6: Budapest - Vienna
  7. Day 7: Graz - Ljubljana
  8. Day 8: Ljubljana - Venice
  9. Day 9: Florence - Tuscany
  10. Day 10: Pisa - Swiss Alps
  11. Day 11: Swiss Alps - Free day
  12. Day 12: Swiss Alps - Paris
  13. Day 13: Paris - Free day
  14. Day 14: Paris - 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. Venice - Elite Residence Hotel

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

    5. Rhine Valley - Rheinlust

      Address: Rheinallee 27-30, 56154 Boppard, Germany

    6. Amsterdam - Hampton by Hilton Schipol Airport

      Address: Neptunusstraat 1, 2132 JA Hoofddorp, Netherlands

    7. Prague - Hotel Duo

      Address: Teplická 492, 190 00 Praha 9, Czechia

    8. Budapest - Ibis Budapest City

      Address: Budapest, Akácfa u. 1, 1072 Hungary

    9. Vienna - Fourside Hotel Vienna City Central

      Address: Grieshofgasse 11, 1120 Wien, Austria

    10. Ljubljana - Hotel Park Ljubljana

      Address: Tabor 9, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

    *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

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  • Flights

  • Insurance

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.

    • If you have a group, can you do this tour privately?

      We are unable to offer private tours however your party can book as a group by selecting 'book now' on the booking page and entering the number of passengers travelling with you. You would then be booked onto the tour with other travellers.

    • What are the pick-up and drop off locations for this tour?

      There are 2 different pick up points:

      Option 1:

      Outside Hotel Novotel at
      Greenwich Station
      173-185 Greenwich High
      Road, London, SE10 8JA 06:30 hrs

      Option 2:

      Hotel Lobby, Holiday Inn
      Express, Greenwich
      85 Bugsby Way, Greenwich,
      London, SE10 0GD 07:00 hrs

    • Does this tour include meals?

      Yes, it does! The meals offered on this tour are 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners. With the meals that are not included in the tour price, your tour guide may be able to assist you in locating specific restaurants. Because this is a tour of Europe, the meals are likely to be cuisine from the particular destination you are in at the time.

      Dietary requests can be added for the included meals.

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    • Leslie3rd September 2018
      It is too bad there is no 6 or 8 star rating available. 5 isn't really good enough for TourRadar. This enterprise surpasses even the most stringent, high-bar criteria for excellence of customer service. These people are consistently, constantly, on top of your tour itinerary, where you are are in the process, your current status and your situation, they answer the phone on the 2nd or 3rd ring, I'M NOT KIDDING, nd when they pick up they already know who you are, what your tour and status is, and they instantly produce precise answers and solutions to your questions or problems in a matter of seconds. I don't know who the competition is for this outfit but my advice to them is, give up. Go find another line of business. You will never catch up with the platinum customer service these people provide.

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    Vaccinations

    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    Tick-borne encephalitis
    Recommended for Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia and Switzerland. Ideally 6 months before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia. Ideally 2 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 23 December 2018 the full payment of $1,695 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 $1695 for Europe Jewel - 14 Days, but the deposit of 10% is non-refundable.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 3,805 km.
    • London (England)
    • 358 km
    • Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    • 315 km
    • St Goar (Germany)
    • 13 km
    • Boppard (Germany)
    • 265 km
    • Nuremberg (Germany)
    • 250 km
    • Prague (Czech Republic)
    • 291 km
    • Bratislava (Slovakia)
    • 161 km
    • Budapest (Hungary)
    • 214 km
    • Vienna (Austria)
    • 145 km
    • Graz (Austria)
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