Europe at Leisure
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This is a tour that slowly brews to perfection. Immerse yourself in some of Europe's top destinations at a leisurely pace. Savour the charms of Paris. Eat lunch on the river Seine and try French macarons. Scale the epic Jungfrau glacier in Switzerland. Encounter the authentic allure of the Dutch countryside. Accompanied by a seasoned tour leader, you'll eat where the locals eat and discover the true rhythm of life in Europe's finest cities. From cruises on the Seine to cheese-making in Amsterdam, you will do as the Europeans do. La vie est belle, no?
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Why this Trip
- All tour dates are guaranteed to depart.
- No minimum numbers required.
- FREE Wi-Fi in hotels.
- Services of your Expat Explore tour leader.
- Only 10% deposit or minimum $110.00 required and no booking fees.
Itinerary PrintView full Itinerary here
Greenwich train station, 06:30 hrs
Holiday Inn Express Hotel Greenwich, 07:00 hrs
Greenwich train station, 19:00 hrs – 22:00 hrs
DAY 1: London - Somme - Paris
Ready for the best 10 days in Europe, ever? Welcome to your Europe at Leisure Tour! Leave London behind and cross the English Channel bound for Paris. On our way we'll make a short stop in northern France in the Somme region. This area was the site of some of the bloodiest trench warfare during WWII. Arriving in the ‘City of Lights’ later this afternoon, join in on a driving tour to get a feel for the city. Catch the city’s highlights - the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and Arc de Triomphe, to name but a few! Next we're off to the historic Latin Quarter to enjoy a 3-course French feast with bohemian ambience. The end of dinner signals the end of your first day on tour. Jump on the city’s world famous metro system to head back to the hotel - a genuine local experience.
DAY 2: Paris - Free day
Paris is yours. Enjoy exploring it at your leisure. Enjoy a macaron tasting, visit to a traditional parfumerie or head out for lunch cruise on the River Seine. Even consider going up Montparnasse tower to snap iconic city views and the perfect selfie. Ever dreamt of watching a live cabaret in Paris? Your tour leader can organise all of these unmissable experiences for you! For the art lovers, galleries abound at every turn, including the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay.
DAY 3: Paris - Free day
Paris is vast and wonderful, so enjoy your second full day of exploring the French capital. If you missed anything on your first day, now is your chance to see it. Alternatively opt for a full-day optional excursion to one of France’s most famous regions - the Loire Valley. Visit some of the finest chateaux in the region and stop to taste delicious Loire Valley wines. The region is best known for dry whites such as Sauvignon blanc, Pinot noir and Cabernet franc.
DAY 4: Paris - Burgundy - Swiss Alps
Au revoir, Paris! Leave the city behind to experience small town France, stopping in Beaune in the heart of the Burgundy region. Enjoy some free time for lunch and to explore the town - why not visit the Hospices de Beaune or sample local cheese and wines. Leaving France, take a scenic drive across the border into Switzerland. Head to the Swiss Alps for a stay in a quaint mountain village in the heart of the Jungfrau region. This UNESCO World Natural Heritage site is home to Europe’s largest glacier. On arrival at our beautiful partner hotel the Alpenrose Hotel & Gardens, settle into your rooms before we enjoy an included dinner.
DAY 5: Swiss Alps - Free day
The splendour of the Swiss Alps is all yours today. Join our optional group tour to Jungfraujoch, the highest train station in Europe! The scenic beauty unfolds as soon as you board the train. Look out for villages nestled in the valleys beneath the snow-capped peaks and tumbling waterfalls. Revel in snow-capped mountain scenery and visit the magical Ice Palace and Sphinx Observation Terrace. The views from 3,466 metres are incredible, and at this altitude you are guaranteed snow 365 days of the year!
DAY 6: Swiss Alps - Free day
Another gorgeous day in the village of Wilderswil in the picturesque Swiss Alps. Take full advantage of your second free day and join your Expat Explore tour leader on an optional excursion to the elegant city of Lucerne. Stop over in Altdorf to find out more about the story of William Tell, Swiss patriot and national symbol. Visit a Victorinox Swiss Army knife visitor centre in Brunnen and cruise the spectacular Lake Lucerne. This afternoon enjoy free time to explore Lucerne at your leisure. Alternatively in Wilderswil, you can follow walking and hiking routes into the mountains, or get your adrenaline pumping with skydiving, paragliding and other active sports in Europe’s adventure capital Interlaken.
DAY 7: Swiss Alps - Strasbourg - Heidelberg
Embark to our next destination: Strasbourg, France. This historic town is brimming with German and French influences and is best explored on foot. Strolling through the streets, gaze in wonder at the Strasbourg Cathedral and sweeping Rhine River views. After stretching your legs, we're back on the road, bound for Heidelberg in Germany. Once checked into your hotel room, the evening is yours to enjoy as you wish in this beautiful Baroque town. Maybe find a traditional beer garden and try some of the local brews. Prost!
DAY 8: Heidelberg - Cologne - Amsterdam
Back on the road today and heading for Cologne. This 2,000-year-old city spans the Rhine River in Western Germany. The area is a landmark for High Gothic architecture, with the Cologne Cathedral a classic example, and boasts being the tallest cathedral in the world. Enjoy the rest of your free time exploring the local sights and delights. Then we're off to our next stop - Amsterdam. And what better way to experience the iconic capital of the Netherlands than an included dinner cruise on the canals? This is a wonderful way to experience Amsterdam, seeing its historic architecture and other sights from the water.
DAY 9: Amsterdam - Free day
Today is a free day in Amsterdam! Choose to relax and take in the sights at your leisure. Or join your tour leader for a fun-filled day exploring the Dutch countryside. We begin with an entertaining demonstration showing you how clogs are made. Do you like cheese as much as us? Watch our hosts make cheese the traditional Dutch way. Next up is the historical windmill village of Zaanse Schans. Here you will learn how vital these structures were to the industrial development of the country. Head to the historic fishing village of Volendam, which will show you what Amsterdam would have looked like centuries ago. Wander the streets, discover cafes and shop for local souvenirs. Once we are back in Amsterdam, the rest of the afternoon is yours. Choose to relax, or visit a local landmark like the Heineken Experience, Van Gogh museum or Anne Frank’s House.
DAY 10: Amsterdam - Bruges - London
Today marks the last day of your 10-day Europe tour. Before heading back to London, the Belgian city of Bruges awaits. This a picturesque town with a whole lot of charm. Stretch your legs and explore the meandering canals and walkways of the “Venice of the North”. Then it’s onwards to London, crossing the English Channel along the way. This is the perfect time to exchange contact details with your new travel buddies and start planning a new adventure. You know what they say - the best way to overcome post-travel blues is to start planning the next trip!
- 9 nights' accommodation in twin rooms with private en-suite facilities. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room.
- Services of your Expat tour leader, who will be on hand with advice and tips to ensure that you get the most from your trip. You can also book any of the optional excursions available during your tour with your tour leader – please see the 'Essential Information' tab for more details.
- 9 breakfasts, 3 dinners
- All taxes and fees
- Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)
- Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet.
- 8 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences)
- Free Expat Explore tour souvenir – a memorable gift of your once in a lifetime trip.
Optional ExcursionsOptional excursions are payable in cash currency to your tour leader whilst on tour.
- White-Water River Rafting
- Train to Jungfraujoch
- Paris + Tour
- Swiss Dinner
- An Evening in Montmartre
- Loire Valley Chateaux day trip
- Lucerne day trip
- Dutch countryside tour
- Heineken Experience self-guided tour and tasting
- Heidelberg Palace
Return customers get 10% off!
If you have traveled with us before you qualify for a 10% rebate. To claim your rebate, simply type your previous Booking Number in the "Special Notes" box at the final Payment step of the checkout.
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Detailed Info Pack
- Tour start & end points
- Pre-departure information
- Pre-tour accommodation
For more information on, starting points & times, emergency contact details, budgeting for your tour & much more you can download our information pack here.
Helpful Pre-Trip Info
On tour costs
Please refer to the tour itinerary for full details of what activities are included, which meals are included and what is excluded. We would recommend budgeting €25-€40 per day (this excludes optional excursions).
Please note, by default all rooms are twin bed rooms.
- Partners: When you book for more than one person, we will by default group you together in a room (unless you specifically request us not to). If you are unequal numbers (3, 5, 7 etc.) and we are unable to secure a triple room then the remaining traveler will be roomed with another passenger of the same gender.
- Single Travelers: If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our customer services team. Please note that the room provided may be a single room with a single bed.
- Triple Room requests: We can generally provide a triple room on request; however it is not guaranteed to be available in every destination. Please contact our customer services team to request a triple room. Please note that in some hotels, the triple may be a double and a single bed, or the third bed may be a pull-out or bunk-bed. Where we cannot provide a triple room the rooming will consist of one twin room and the third passenger sharing with another single traveller of the same gender.
In some destinations you will have a full free day, where you can choose to join our optional excursions or explore on your own.
Your tour starts and finishes in London. Please have a look at our essential tour information page for detailed information.
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