Europe Highlights


Day 1: London – Dover – Paris


Welcome to the tour! After leaving London, and crossing the English Channel (keep an eye out for the famous White Cliffs) we arrive in Paris, ‘The City of Lights and Love’. On your first evening, explore the city from the comfort of the Expat Explore coach on a guided coach tour, where you will be shown the sights of the city, by your tour leader. Take note of all of the places of interest you want to explore on your free day at your leisure; and afterwards indulge in the Parisian nightlife surrounding the Moulin Rouge and local bars! (Overnight 2* or 3* hotel)

Day 2: Paris free day


The whole day is yours! Why not cruise up the Seine River to the Eiffel Tower, see world famous artworks at the Louvre, head to Montmatre to see the Sacre Coeur, or go to Disneyland for the day. Ask your Expat Explore tour leader for more ideas and suggestions. The diversity of Paris means that you can admire famous artworks, visit historical landmarks, indulge in the finest French cuisine, check out the latest fashions, cover yourself in perfume or simply just relax in a café, all in one day if you wish! (Overnight 2* or 3* hotel)(Breakfast)

Day 3: Paris – Switzerland


‘Au revoir’ France! We head towards the Swiss Alps, and stay in a typical mountain village in the heart of the Jungfrau / Wilderswil region. One of the most-visited places in the Alps, it is also a World Heritage site.
(Overnight 2 or 3* hotel)(Breakfast, dinner)



Day 4: Jungfrau, Swiss Alps


Enjoy a free day to explore and take in the spectacular local scenery. One of the ‘must see’ highlights of this tour is to travel to the ‘Top of Europe’ – Jungfraujoch. The views will leave you breathless (and that isn’t because of the high altitude). This 4000m glacier has a beauty all of its own, and the combination of ice, snow, rock and epic views will stay with you for life. There is snow all year round, so you can make a snow man or have a snowball fight in the middle of summer!
(Overnight 2* hotel)


Day 5: Swiss Alps – Pisa – Florence


Today we head for Italy, and leave the Swiss Alps behind. The scenery on the mountain passes is truly spectacular as you head to the Leaning Tower of Pisa! Upon arrival in Florence, you’re treated to a walking tour where you will see the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, featuring Michelangelo’s ‘David’, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica. We spend our evening in the heart of Florence, where you can find lot’s of restaurants to try the local specialty – pizza!
(Overnight hostel)

Day 6: Florence – Venice

‘Arrivederci Firenze’ and ‘Buon giorno’ Venice. Today we travel to one of Europe’s most romantic cities. Stretching across 117 islands, you will spend the afternoon on an orientation with your tour leader learning about why Venice is a ‘must see’ destination. You will see the Rialto Bridge, St Mark’s Square, the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace. Afterwards, indulge in an espresso in one of many piazzas or relax on a gondola.
(Overnight 2* or 3* hotel)

Day 7: Venice – Munich


Onwards and upwards, you now head north on your European tour. We make a comfort stop in the Dolomites National Park and then continue onto Munich, we arrive in the afternoon and you may even get the chance for a beer in one of their famous beer halls before dinner. Prost!
(Overnight 2* hotel)
(Breakfast, dinner)
NOTE: Some tours have overnight stays in Nuernberg instead of Munich.

Day 8:Munich – Rhine Valley


There is only one way to see the Rhine Valley, and that is from the deck of a river boat! Enjoy a refreshing beverage as you cruise down the Rhine River to your hotel, from St Goar to Boppard. Sights along the way include some of the most concentrated stretch of castles in Europe, vineyards, cliffs and medieval German towns. After a tasty German dinner, why not take a relaxing stroll along the river, enjoy the hospitality of the locals, and take time out to recharge.
(Overnight 2 or 3* hotel)
(Breakfast, dinner)

Day 9: Volendam, Amsterdam


Continue into the Netherlands where we will visit the windmill village of Zaanse Schans, famous for the making of wooden shoes, or “klompe”. Then we visit the famous Dutch fishing village of Volendam for lunch, and see for yourself why Picasso and Renoir chose to spend time there. Next, say ‘CHEEEESE’ – you will experience the art of cheese making and have a nibble on the final product. After dinner a walking tour of the world famous Amsterdam “Red Light District” is the best way to begin the last evening of your European tour. You will see the canals, Dam Square and in your free time perhaps see Ann Franks’ house. Then, paint the town red as the locals do!
(Overnight 3* hotel)
(Breakfast, dinner)

Day 10: Amsterdam – London


The last day of your European tour already! After breakfast, it’s back to London with a stop for a quick lunch in Belgium. Bruges is a beautiful medieval city, which boasts many attractions, especially the famous Christmas markets every December. This last part of your journey is your chance to swap numbers and contact details with all of your new found friends and tour buddies, before you return to the UK.

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