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Eastern Adventure - 13 Days

Start point: London
End point: Rome

DAY 1: London - Bruges - Amsterdam

Waving goodbye to London, we cross the English Channel and drive through France, then stop off in the ‘Venice of the North’ – Bruges. The Belgian city is a small but picturesque city, with breathtaking medieval architecture. Onwards to the Netherlands, you will notice the landscape change to windmills and waterways, as you approach the city of Amsterdam. Once everyone is checked into the hotel, we'll hop back on the coach and head into the city centre, and you'll have some free time to enjoy the city at your leisure this evening.



Experiences

Visit to Bruges: a stop in this beautiful medieval town with some free time so you could try the signature national dish of frites and moules, see or even climb the Belfry Tower, have a Belgian beer or buy some amazing Belgian chocolate.

Accommodation A selection of the accommodation we stay at in this destination.

Hampton by Hilton Schipol Airport
Holiday Inn Express Schipol Airport
Park Inn Plaza Amsterdam Airport
Crowne Plaza Amsterdam Schiphol
Lake land Hotel
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Other Foods to try

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Bruges is a chocolate hotspot, make sure you try some today!

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DAY 2: Amsterdam

You have a free morning to experience the delights of Amsterdam, or join us on an optional tour of the Dutch countryside. This excursion begins with an entertaining demonstration of how traditional Dutch clogs are made by hand, followed by a lesson in local cheese making. There is time to pop some clogs on, and taste the cheesy treats. Your next stop for the day is to the historical windmill village of Zaanse Schans, where you will discover how they were vital to industrial development to the Netherlands. This is a great chance to get some fabulous photos! A visit to the quaint sea side village of Volendam allows you to stretch your legs, wander the main street filled with cafes and local nick-nacks and admire the sprawling views. Your afternoon is free time to explore the city further. There are numerous museums and art galleries to choose from - why not visit Anne Frank’s house, the Van Gogh museum, take a bicycle tour or simply wander the streets and canals. This evening we meet back up to enjoy an included dinner cruise of the iconic canals.



Experiences

Amsterdam Canal Cruise: sail along Amsterdam's stunning canals and enjoy a delicious pizza as you cruise. Choose from six types of pizza, Ben and Jerry's ice cream, and you can also upgrade to include soft drinks, beer or wine.


Optional Excursions

Accommodation A selection of the accommodation we stay at in this destination.

Hampton by Hilton Schipol Airport
Holiday Inn Express Schipol Airport
Park Inn Plaza Amsterdam Airport
Crowne Plaza Amsterdam Schiphol
Lake land Hotel

Other Foods to try

Dutch Kroket, cheese, bitterballen and pastries!

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DAY 3: Amsterdam - Berlin

Today you continue your Europe tour into Germany. The city of Berlin has a positive energy which bursts in every direction. There is an eclectic mix of different music styles and street art - a stark opposite of the lifestyle which was reflected in times when the city was divided into East and West during the Cold War. Although there are constant reminders of the oppression suffered by the German people who were contained within the walls of the city, the modern day version is practically the opposite of this. If you have time before dinner take a short walk to the river and check out the Berlin Wall. Tomorrow you will have plenty of time to explore the city in depth.



Experiences

This evening enjoy a traditional German dinner, including sausages (chicken or pork) with sauerkraut or mashed potatoes. A vegetarian option is also available.

Accommodation A selection of the accommodation we stay at in this destination.

IBIS Berlin Ostbahnhof
Ibis Berlin City West
Grand City Berlin City East
Tryp by Wyndham City East
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DAY 4: Berlin

Today you will be introduced to Berlin on a locally guided walking tour of the city - visiting such poignant locations as the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Site of Hitler’s Former Bunker, Luftwaffe HQ, 17th June Street, The Berlin Wall, The Former SS Headquarters, and Checkpoint Charlie. Visitors to Berlin are fascinated with the history surrounding the division of the city in to East and West, and significant locations which featured in news bulletins and TV footage of the day. After the walking tour you'll have the afternoon free to explore the city, or join an optional excursion to Sachsenhausen concentration camp.



Experiences

Berlin walking tour: a local guide will explain the amazing history of this vibrant city and show you the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the site of Hitler’s Former Bunker, Luftwaffe HQ, 17th June Street, the Berlin Wall, the Former SS Headquarters, and Checkpoint Charlie.


Optional Excursions

Accommodation A selection of the accommodation we stay at in this destination.

IBIS Berlin Ostbahnhof
Ibis Berlin City West
Grand City Berlin City East
Tryp by Wyndham City East
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Other Foods to try

Must-try dishes in Berlin include currywurst (sliced sausages served with curry ketchup), döner kebab and senfeier (hard-boiled eggs and mashed potato covered in a creamy mustard sauce).

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DAY 5: Dresden - Prague

It’s time to bid farewell to Berlin, and ‘Czech’ out Prague, but not before stopping at the German city of Dresden. Virtually rebuilt from the ground up after bombing attacks in WW2 destroyed the city centre, Dresden is immaculate and stylish. Try some of the local German food - such as Bratwurst, and have a wander around the beautifully paved streets. Heading east to the Czech Republic, it is time to get excited about what lies ahead. Prague's historic centre was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992, and your locally guided walking tour will introduce you to many locations, which you will want to explore in more depth on your free day tomorrow. For dinner, experience authentic Czech cuisine at a local restaurant.



Experiences

A short comfort stop in Dresden in the East of Germany, also known as the "Florence at the Elbe" due to its location on the banks of the Elbe River. You will see excellent examples of Baroque architecture, the old palace, Zwinger complex, Martin Luther monument and some time to try some of the local food.

Local guided walking tour of the capital city of the Czech Republic. See the Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, St. Vitus Cathedral, Petrin Tower (Mini Eiffel Tower), Charles Bridge, Church of Our Lady before Týn, and a view of Prague Castle.

Experience authentic Czech cuisine at our local restaurant on your first night in Prague, the history of this restaurant dates back hundreds of years and it is a favourite place for locals as well as our Expat Explore groups. You will also have the option to try the famous Czech Beer, Budweiser anyone?

Accommodation A selection of the accommodation we stay at in this destination.

Hotel Duo
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Other Foods to try

Try svíčková na smetaně - a typical Czech dish consisting of beef sirloin in a cream sauce, commonly served with dumplings, cream and cranberries.

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DAY 6: Prague - Free day

Treat yourself to the fairy tale magic of Prague - an ancient city that has an essence of youthful inquisitiveness and old world wisdom. Highlights of the day might include the majestic Prague Castle, the famous Charles Bridge (you need to also see the views from the bridge at night - simply stunning...), the ‘Old Town’ and the Jewish Quarter. There is also a ‘Secret Garden’ which leads to a man-made grotto - see if you can find it! Prague's dramatic history is reflected in the beauty of the architecture of churches, opera houses, concert halls and parks. There are numerous beer halls in which to sample a local brew, and for those who wish to put your stamp on the city, why not visit legendary Lennon wall - a tribute to John Lennon and words of peace, which is added to on a daily basis by the thousands of visitors to the city.

Attractions to discover in your free time
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DAY 7: Bratislava - Vienna

Today, you will continue your tour of Eastern Europe towards the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. Located on the Danube River, the city is a melting pot of numerous nationalities and religions, and so explains the very relaxed and down to earth nature of its residents. After your Bratislavan ‘breather’, you are all set for the Austrian city of Vienna - boasting some of Europe’s most impressive architecture, and a cultural heritage steeped in glorious flamboyance and style. Home to Sigmund Freud, the Vienna Boys’ Choir, a clutch of the worlds most celebrated composers (including Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms), the United Nations, OPEC and Weiner Scnitzel, the city centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. Take a glance at the famous Schonbrunn Palace as you approach Vienna, and once you have arrived, explore the centre on your guided walking tour of the city. Taking in the Golden Mile, Imperial Castle and St Stephen’s Cathedral, allow the history to wash over you and marvel at Vienna’s significance in modern and ancient history.



Experiences

Orientation Tour of Bratislava: on your approach you will see Bratislava Castle. Bratislava is the capital city of Slovakia and your Expat Explore tour leader will take you on a orientation tour of the city where you will see the Old Town, Primatial Palace, Michael’s Gate, the Main Square, Old Town Hall, Slovak National Theatre and Reduta, and make a photo stop at Bratislava Castle.

Vienna Driving Tour. On the drive into Vienna, Austria’s capital city, you will see the Schonbrunn Palace before reaching the Inner City and one of the best vistas from Belvedere Hill. Vienna is known as the City of Music due to its classical heritage and the prodigies that worked there including Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms to name a few, as your local guide on your walking tour will tell you more.   The tour will take in the core section of the Golden Mile on the Ring Strasse (Parliament, City Hall, Burgtheater). Then you will discover the courtyards and passages around the Hofburg (Imperial Castle) and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, which is Vienna’s geographic and historic centre.

Accommodation A selection of the accommodation we stay at in this destination.

Fourside Hotel Vienna City Center
Courtyard by Marriott Wien Schoenbrunn
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Other Foods to try

Schnitzel - a boneless meat, thinned with a meat tenderizer, coated with flour, beaten eggs and bread crumbs, and then fried. Similar to the French dish escalope, it is typically made from chicken, beef, turkey or pork.

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DAY 8: Ljubljana - Venice

This morning we head for Slovenia, and the the small city of Ljubljana. A local guide will escort you on a walking tour of this fairytale city, pointing out the numerous bridges and brilliantly preserved baroque, Gothic and medieval architecture. Take in the stunning scenery as you head south, crossing the border into Italy. Welcome to Venice! This unique city straddles 118 islands, and is known for its canals, gondolas, art and traditional glass and lace making. This evening you will have free time to relax at the hotel, or join an optional excursion to experience Venice by night on a traditional water taxi.



Experiences

Walking tour of Ljubljana. Your local guide will take you on a walking tour of this city, the capital of Slovenia where you will see the medieval old town, Preseren Square, City Centre, the Riverfront, Dragon Bridge and Cobblers Bridge.  In your free time you may wish to see St. Nicholas Church built in the 13th century to honour St. Nicholas, patron of fishermen and boatmen and the present structure dates from 1701 and is a fine example of Baroque architecture.


Optional Excursions

Accommodation A selection of the accommodation we stay at in this destination.

Elite Residence Hotel
NH Laguna Palace
Hotel Complex Ambasciatori & Delfino
Hotel Venezia
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Other Foods to try

Pizza. Thin, crispy, fresh basil and delicious toppings!

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DAY 9: Venice - Free day

Your tour leader will escort you into the heart of Venice and take you on an orientation walking tour of the city, so you can make the most of your time here and plan for the rest of your free day. Get your cameras ready for the world famous St Marks Square, Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge and more! If you want to see how Venice's iconic glass and lace art is created, an optional excursion to the islands of Murano and Burano provides the perfect opportunity. Alternatively, if it is a warm day, why not head for a dip with the locals at the ever popular Lido Beach? There are hundreds of little cafés alongside the canals, offering a unique view of the waterways and a variety of food and wine options.

Attractions to discover in your free time
Optional Excursions

DAY 10: Venice - Rome

Continuing on the Italian leg of your Europe tour, the vibe of Venice will suddenly be substituted by the richness of Rome! After a picturesque drive through the Italian countryside, the Italian capital looms, buzzing with activity, tradition, passion, and an energy of its own. A local Roman guide will introduce you to the locations which make this city so beloved and famous, on an evening walking tour of the city. The Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Roman Forum and the Colosseum...just for starters! Whilst at the Trevi Fountain, toss a coin over your shoulder; legend has it, that you will return to Rome again one day. On the way back to our accommodation for the evening, you can start to plan what to do with your free days.



Experiences

Walking tour of Rome. Rome has so much to see and do we can’t list everything here but your walking tour of Rome with a professional local guide will give you a great start for further exploration in your free time. You will see the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Arch of Septimus Severus, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona (Fountain of the Quattro Fiumi) and the Spanish steps.


Optional Excursions

Accommodation A selection of the accommodation we stay at in this destination.

Hotel Cristoforo Colombo
Hotel Club House Roma
Hotel American Palace
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Other Foods to try

Typically based on seasonal ingredients prepared in a simple way, with lots of vegetables (peas, artichokes and beans), meat (lamb and goat) and cheeses (Pecorino romano and ricotta).

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DAY 11: Rome - Free day

Today is a free day for you to experience Rome's ancient history, exquisite culture and delicious food - we offer an optional food tour and an optional excursion to the pope's summer residence. Later this afternoon you'll also have the opportunity to visit the Vatican City - the smallest country in the world! Inside the walls, you can visit the Sistine Chapel and see for yourself the famous ceiling painted by Michelangelo, as well as numerous other famous art pieces dotted around the buildings.

Attractions to discover in your free time
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DAY 12: Rome - Free day

Another free day in the capital to explore as you wish. You can accompany your tour leader on an optional excursion to Pompeii, or visit the spectacular Colosseum, which offers an unbelievable feeling of drifting backwards in time, to when gladiators, chariots and lions dominated the arena. The Italians believe in taking it easy, so why not chill out at a trattoria with some tasty morsels, a cold beverage and some good conversation this evening.

Attractions to discover in your free time
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DAY 13: End of Tour

On the last day of your tour, ensure that you swap numbers with your fellow travellers, before you part ways. The tour concludes after breakfast.



Experiences

If you would like to extend your stay in Rome after the tour, please contact us to confirm the hotel. By this point you will have enjoyed 13 incredible days exploring the very best of eastern Europe!

Other Foods to try

After breakfast at the hotel, the tour ends

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