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Summary

Have you always dreamed of spending the Festive Season in Europe? Celebrate Christmas and New Year on the Northern Europe Christmas & New Year tour! Cruise canals in Amsterdam, visit Christmas markets and a historic national park. Explore fascinating cities like Copenhagen, Helsinki, Warsaw, Tallinn and Riga. Spend Christmas Day in Helsinki, for a festive Finnish experience. Taste Dutch cheeses, discover new cuisines and sip on hot glühwein. Explore medieval old towns, castles and royal palaces. Top it all off by ringing in the New Year in Berlin! This is the European trip of a lifetime! 

Highlights

  • Wander through Christmas markets in Europe and visit the Baltic states and Scandinavia 
  • Locally guided tours through Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn and Warsaw
  • Orientation tours of Copenhagen, Riga, Vilnius and Berlin
  • Experience Christmas and all the festivities in Helsinki, and ​Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Berlin

Start Point

Hotel in Amsterdam | 10:00 AM

End Point

Hotel in Amsterdam | 10:00 AM
DAY 1: Start of tour in Amsterdam

Arrive in Amsterdam and get ready for 18 days of festive adventure! Meet up with the tour leader at the hotel this morning. The Christmas tour adventures begin with a trip to the gorgeous Dutch countryside. Visit a local farm and learn how Dutch cheese and iconic Dutch clogs are crafted. Afterwards, choose to continue exploring the Dutch countryside on the Volendam & Zaanse Schans optional excursion or return to the city. This evening, set out on a canal cruise of the city! Drift along Amsterdam’s picturesque canals and drink in the sights from the water as you hear interesting stories and facts from the onboard commentary. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner before free time to explore Amsterdam’s festive atmosphere after dark!

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DAY 1: Start of tour in Amsterdam

Arrive in Amsterdam and get ready for 18 days of festive adventure! Meet up with the tour leader at the hotel this morning. The Christmas tour adventures begin with a trip to the gorgeous Dutch countryside. Visit a local farm and learn how Dutch cheese and iconic Dutch clogs are crafted. Afterwards, choose to continue exploring the Dutch countryside on the Volendam & Zaanse Schans optional excursion or return to the city. This evening, set out on a canal cruise of the city! Drift along Amsterdam’s picturesque canals and drink in the sights from the water as you hear interesting stories and facts from the onboard commentary. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner before free time to explore Amsterdam’s festive atmosphere after dark!

Experiences

Cheese and clogs demonstration: See how these famous shoes are traditionally made by hand, and taste a variety of fantastic Dutch cheese. Purchase some unique and authentic Dutch souvenirs during the visit!

Amsterdam canal cruise: Sail along Amsterdam's stunning canals at twilight and admire the top attractions along the waterside as you go. This is the perfect introduction to Amsterdam, as you take in the city's well-known and iconic sights from the water.

Welcome dinner: Celebrate the first night of the tour with a welcome dinner at a restaurant in the centre of town. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know more about your fellow travellers.

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DAY 2: Amsterdam - Hamburg - Northern Germany

Wave Amsterdam farewell and travel to Hamburg. Settle in for a scenic drive through the countryside of the Netherlands and North-Western Germany. Arrive in Hamburg and get ready to do some exploring! At this time of year, the city is filled with glorious Christmas markets. Take some time this afternoon to explore the inviting stalls along the Town Hall Square. Grab a mug of glühwein, spiced hot wine, to warm your heart and body as you explore all the sights. This is where German Christmas spirit comes alive! After a few hours in Hamburg, head north to our hotel for the night.

Experiences

Visit a Christmas Market in Hamburg: Stroll through a Christmas market in Hamburg’s Town Hall Square and soak in the festive atmosphere! Take a look at all of the items on sale, try out some German snacks and make sure you try some traditional German glühwein to keep you warm and cosy!

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DAY 3: Northern Germany - Copenhagen

Cross the border into Scandinavia and travel towards Copenhagen this morning. Drive through forested Denmark and cross over Øresund Bridge - Europe's longest bridge! Today’s final destination is Denmark’s capital city, Copenhagen. Arrive and check into the hotel for the evening. Then, embark on an orientation tour with your tour leader. See highlights like the Little Mermaid statue and Rosenborg Castle and discover what makes Copenhagen one of the world’s most liveable cities! Afterwards, enjoy some free time to wander around Copenhagen’s beautiful Christmas market. Marvel at the twinkling lights, pay Santa a visit and indulge in delicious local festive treats.

Experiences

Orientation tour of Copenhagen: Join your tour leader on an orientation tour of the Danish capital, Copenhagen which is colourful, charming and the definition of “Scandi Cool”. Tour the city and see top sights including the impressive Frederick's Church (popularly known as the Marble Church), Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen Town Hall, and the bronze Little Mermaid statue.

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DAY 4: Copenhagen - Helsingør - Gothenburg - Oslo

Farvel Copenhagen! Get ready to visit three countries today: Denmark, Sweden and Norway! Set off at dawn towards the port town of Helsingør. Enjoy views of Kronborg Castle, the setting of Shakespeare's Hamlet, from the water aboard a ferry to Sweden. Back on dry land, travel from the port of Helsingborg through beautiful rural Swedish scenery filled with lakes and forests towards Gothenburg. Arrive in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second city and enjoy an orientation tour with your tour leader before finding a lunch spot. Then, cross the border into our third and final country of the day, Norway! Arrive in Oslo, the capital city. Discover the stunning scenery, cultural attractions and unique architecture with a free evening in the city.

Experiences

Ferry trip from Helsingør to Helsingborg, Sweden: Hop aboard a ferry for a short trip across the Øresund (“The Sound”) to Helsingborg in Sweden. Admire the views of Kronborg Castle on the Danish side of the bay as your cruise! 

Scenic drive through the Swedish countryside: Admire the views of Sweden’s beautiful rural scenery during a drive from Helsingborg to Gothenburg. 

Visit Gothenburg: Enjoy a visit to Gothenburg. This is Sweden’s second-largest city and is well-known for its rich heritage, historical sites and for being the birthplace of Volvo cars!

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DAY 5: Oslo: Free Day

Grab some breakfast before joining a locally guided tour of Oslo! Norway’s capital city seamlessly blends modern city life with easy access to extraordinary nature. See some of Oslo’s top attractions such as Akershus Castle, the Royal Palace and the Oslo Opera House. Once the city tour is over, the rest of the day is free to spend however you wish! Get to know more about this captivating Scandinavian city on the Oslo+ optional excursion and see some of Olso’s top attractions including the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Fram Museum and more! Alternatively, wander around and admire the architecture and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Be sure to taste some local cuisine for lunch or dinner, Norwegian salmon anyone?

Experiences

Guided tour of Oslo: Join a local guide for a walking tour of Oslo. Explore the city and gain deeper insight into the Norwegian capital and its history. Highlights include the Oslo Opera House, Kvadraturen, the Parliament building, Akershus Castle and the Royal Palace.

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DAY 6: Oslo - Örebro - Stockholm

Say adjø to Norway as the tour returns to Sweden today! Travel through incredible natural beauty and diverse landscapes on the way. Drive through the city of Karlstad located on the shores of Lake Vänern, Sweden’s largest lake, before stopping in Örebro for some free time. Wander through the beautiful historic city centre, catch a glimpse of the stunning castle and grab lunch before hopping back on the coach. Next, the tour continues onwards to Stockholm, the capital of Sweden! Arrive and enjoy a walking and driving tour with a local guide. Tonight, enjoy an included group dinner in this incredible modern yet historic city.

Experiences

Visit Örebro: Enjoy a visit to Örebro, located in the heart of Sweden. This beautiful city is the sixth largest in Sweden and is steeped in history! The city centre and stunning Örebro Castle are well worth exploring.

Explore Stockholm on a driving and walking tour: Join a local guide to discover Sweden’s capital city which is located across 14 islands! Learn about Stockholm’s history and see some of its top sights!

Enjoy dinner in Stockholm: Sit down for a group dinner in Stockholm and enjoy the festive atmosphere of the city!

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DAY 7: Stockholm: Free Day

Enjoy a full free day to explore Stockholm! Choose to learn about Sweden’s nautical history and enjoy a winter cruise on today’s optional excursion. A visit to the fascinating Vasa Museum and a sightseeing cruise around Stockholm’s inner archipelago are included in the optional. Alternatively, soak up the history in Gamla Stan or wrap up warm and stroll through one of the city’s many outdoor spaces. Be sure to try the local cuisine today. You’ll find many delicious options at one of the city’s Christmas markets! Get into the Christmas spirit, do some last-minute Christmas shopping or simply enjoy the festive atmosphere. Warm up with a glass of glögg, Swedish mulled wine, and gingerbread!

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DAY 8: Stockholm - Sigtuna - Helsinki (Overnight Ferry)

This morning, it’s time to visit another fantastic Swedish destination! Travel through the countryside to Sigtuna, Sweden’s oldest town. Arrive and enjoy an orientation tour to see Sigtuna’s highlights including Stora Gatan, Sigtuna’s main street. Afterwards, make the most of free time to spend as you wish. In the afternoon, get ready to travel towards a brand new country, Finland! Take an overnight ferry, enjoy a buffet dinner on board and spend Christmas Eve admiring the views from the water. Arrive and wake up in Helsinki, Finland’s capital city tomorrow, on Christmas Morning!

Experiences

Visit Sigtuna: Enjoy a visit to Sweden’s oldest town! Founded by King Erik the Victorious in 970 AD, Sigtuna is home to the oldest Main Street in the country.

Overnight ferry trip to Finland: Travel from Stockholm to Helsinki and spend the night on the water! Hop on board and enjoy the stunning scenery while it’s still light out, as well as the onboard entertainment. Arrive in Finland the following morning.

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DAY 9: Helsinki (Christmas Day)

Merry Christmas or hyvää joulua! Wake up in Helsinki, Finland’s gorgeous capital city and get ready for a festive Christmas Day on tour! After arriving in the late morning, set off on a city tour with a local guide. Discover the many architectural and design delights of Helsinki and see top attractions such as the Helsinki Cathedral and Senate Square. The afternoon is free to spend as you wish. Finns are a festive bunch and there will be an abundance of Christmas spirit in the air! Wander around and admire the creative Christmas decorations or visit a local Christmas market. This evening, look forward to a memorable, included festive dinner with the group!

Experiences

Guided tour of Helsinki: Discover the highlights of Helsinki with a local guide. Visit the Havis Amanda, the famous Art Nouveau fountain features a lady in the nude. It is said to symbolise the birth of the city of Helsinki. Also explore the famous Senate Square and its buildings, a beautiful example of neoclassical architecture. In the city’s historic centre, visit Helsinki Cathedral - Finland's most photographed building and yet another neoclassical marvel. Set foot in Uspenski Cathedral, the largest orthodox church in Western Europe. Finish with a walk through Kauppatori Market, the ideal place to pick up some keepsakes and well-priced Finnish crafts.

Christmas dinner in Helsinki: Sit down for a traditional festive dinner with the group on Christmas Day in Helsinki! Join the group for what promises to be a memorable evening full of delicious food and festive memories!

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DAY 10: Helsinki - Tallinn

After making many festive memories, it's time to bid farewell to Finland and head to the Baltic States! Take an included transfer to the port, and board a ferry to Tallinn, Estonia. Cross the Gulf of Finland and arrive in Tallinn, Estonia’s magical capital. Transfer to your hotel and check in. Then, explore the city’s highlights with a local guide! Tallinn is one of Europe's most enchanting cities, with a strong medieval influence contrasting with its more modern buildings. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tallinn’s Old Town offers intriguing history while also managing to be a shopper's paradise. See top attractions such as Town Hall Square, St Olav’s Church and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

Experiences

Helsinki to Tallinn ferry crossing: Hop aboard and enjoy a cruise across the Gulf of Finland, from Finland to Estonia. Be sure to take in the scenic views as the ferry makes its way to Tallinn.

Guided tour of Tallinn: Join a local guide for a tour of Tallinn, Estonia’s lively capital! Filled with medieval churches, cobbled walkways and a vibrant, contemporary culture, Tallinn is a photographer's dream. Highlights include St Olav's church, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tall Hermann Tower, Town Hall Square and more.

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DAY 11: Tallinn - Pärnu - Latvian Military Cemetery - Riga

It's time to leave Estonia behind and travel to a new country - Latvia! Travel towards Riga, Latvia’s capital city. On the way, stop over in Pärnu in Estonia. Then, learn about a piece of tragic Latvian history at the Latvian Military Cemetery, dedicated to the soldiers who fought in WWI. Later, get ready to encounter all that the vibrant Baltic city of Riga has to offer! Drink in the buzzing atmosphere and energy of its citizens and admire its incredible Art Nouveau architecture. Embark on an orientation tour of Riga with your tour leader to seek out the city's most famous sights and landmarks such as its massive central market.

Experiences

Visit Pärnu: Enjoy a stop in the resort city of Pärnu in southwestern Estonia. Pärnu is a seaside city overlooking Pärnu Bay and is renowned for its street art, colourful houses and scenic beach.

Latvian Military Cemetery: Also known as the Brothers' Cemetery or Cemetery of the Brethren. This national monument commemorates the sacrifice of 2,000+ Latvian soldiers who gave their lives for their country during 1915 - 1920, fighting in World War I and the Latvian War of Independence.

Orientation tour of Riga: See the top sights of Riga, Latvia’s capital city, with your tour leader. Riga is a cultural hub that is home to destinations such as the House of the Black Heads, Freedom Monument and a captivating medieval Old Town. Admire Riga’s wooden buildings alongside the Art Nouveau architecture.

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DAY 12: Hill of Crosses - Vilnius

This morning, hit the road and travel to Lithuania. The first stop of today is the Hill of Crosses in northern Lithuania. This famous pilgrimage site features 100,000+ crosses, the first of which were placed here in 1831 after a local rebellion. Continue on towards Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital city. Arrive and enjoy a brief orientation tour of Vilnius with your tour leader followed by free time to explore the city as you wish. The Lithuanian capital offers plenty to see and do - castles, cathedrals, churches, artist ghettos, and more!

Experiences

Visit the Hill of Crosses: On our way to Vilnius, make a stop at the Hill of Crosses, an astounding site of pilgrimage. Containing more than 100,000 crosses, they were first placed here back in 1831 by the relatives of those who fell during the local rebellion.

Enjoy an orientation tour of Vilnius: Take a tour around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vilnius, which offers centuries of history, a medieval Old Town and Baroque architecture to explore. Our sightseeing tour will include attractions such as the Vilnius Town Hall, the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, Adam Mickiewicz statue and Vilnius Cathedral. Cross the river into the Užupio Respublika, a Bohemian neighbourhood of Vilnius and self-proclaimed republic, with its own constitution and an army comprising of 11 men.

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DAY 13: Trakai - Warsaw

Depart Vilnius and travel towards Warsaw in Poland today. Along the way, make a stopover at Trakai Historical National Park. Have your cameras ready to snap unforgettable photos of Trakai Castle, a 14th-century fortress in the middle of Lake Galvė. Afterwards, hop back aboard the coach and travel onward to Warsaw. Listen in and look around at the amazing sites as your tour leader guides a driving tour en route to Warsaw. Arrive in Warsaw, Poland’s cultural hub which is an enticing and eclectic mix of old and new. Check into the hotel before grabbing dinner with the group at the hotel. Tomorrow the group will explore the old town - it’s set to be another bumper day of inspiring exploration!

Experiences

Visit Trakai National Park: Make a stop at Trakai National Park, Europe's only historic national park. It is home to beautiful monuments, lakes and forests with the crowning jewel being Trakai Island Castle, located in the centre of a beautiful lake.  

Warsaw driving tour: Glimpse some of Warsaw’s most iconic sights on a driving tour of the historic city! Warsaw’s top sights include The National Museum in Warsaw, the Palace of Culture and Science, Piłsudski Square and the Warsaw Uprising Museum.

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DAY 14: Warsaw: Free Day

Explore Warsaw’s charming Old Town this morning with a local guide. The Old Town is the beating heart of Warsaw. See the market square which dates back to the 13th century, admire the Royal Castle, the Presidential Palace and more. After the walking tour, make the most of your free day in Warsaw. Make your way to one of the city's epic museums - there are almost too many to choose from! Visit museums that exhibit the history of this incredible city. Wander around the Chopin Museum or the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Marvel at the extensive collections of the National Museum. Visit the Royal Palace, and perhaps there’ll be a market or free music concert in Łazienki Park.

Experiences

Guided walking tour of Warsaw’s Old Town: Join a local guide for a morning tour of the Old Town. Over three hours, listen in as the local guide offers insight into the Old Town’s history and culture as well as the traditions of Warsaw and Poland. The old town is home to a bustling central square plus cobblestone alleys and medieval buildings, many of which were reconstructed after being damaged during WWII.

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DAY 15: Poznań - Berlin (New Year’s Eve)

Spend the last day of the year heading west to Berlin with a stopover in Ponzań, Poland. Take some free time to grab lunch in the historic old town of the coronation city of the early Polish kings. Continue on to Germany and bustling Berlin! Take an after-dark driving tour through the city upon arrival and see famous sights like the Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie. Settle in at the hotel and get ready for dinner at a Bavarian-style beer hall in the city centre. Tonight it’s time to ring in the new year, German style!

Experiences

Visit Poznań: Enjoy free time to sample some delicious Polish cuisine and explore the Old Market Square in Poznań. Faithfully reconstructed following the Second World War, this beautiful square is home to many of the city’s most famous landmarks and monuments, including the Town Hall, colourful townhouses and the Pranger, a 16th-century punishment device. Did you know that Poznań was once used as the coronation city of the early Polish kings?

Driving tour of Berlin: Enjoy a driving tour of this vibrant city with your tour leader. Learn more about the city’s history and see top sights, including the Berlin Wall, Alexanderplatz, Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, and the Reichstag. Take a note of those you want to explore further on your free day tomorrow!

Celebrate New Year in Berlin: Ring in the New Year in a Bavarian-style beer hall! Join the group and celebrate the start of a whole new year in a totally unique way! Enjoy dinner and drinks - make sure to try out some traditional German food like sauerkraut and bratwurst. Don't forget to try a pint of German beer if you’d like! Say Prost and celebrate!

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DAY 16: Berlin: Free Day

Wake up to a brand-new year in the heart of Berlin. Today is yours to explore as your wish. Lace up your walking shoes and go exploring on your own, or join the optional Berlin+ guided tour of the city. Your guide will lead you on a journey into the past to discover Berlin's most sought-after visitor destinations. Check out the Eastside open-air gallery along the Berlin Wall and make your way to the exceptional museum in the old Jewish quarter. There is so much to explore, and this guided trip of Berlin will make the most of your time in the city.

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DAY 17: Berlin - Amsterdam

Say Auf Wiedersehen to Berlin as the tour leaves Germany for the long trip back to the Netherlands. Enjoy the scenery as the coach travels through various landscapes. Later, arrive back in Amsterdam. After checking in to the hotel for the final time, choose to celebrate the last night of this magical and festive tour with an optional group dinner with all your travel friends around you.

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DAY 18: End of tour in Amsterdam

After an incredible 18 festive-filled days, your Northern Explorer Christmas & New Year tour comes to an end after breakfast today. Swap contact details with your new tour mates so you can share photos and memories after returning home! We hope to see you back aboard an Expat Explore coach soon!

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What's Included

Accommodation

  • 16 nights in 2, 3 & 4* hotel accommodation in twin rooms with private bathrooms, 1 night's accommodation in twin share cabin with private en-suite facilities
  • Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room/cabin (subject to availability)

Meals

17 Breakfasts, 7 Dinners
*Vegetarian options available for all meals on request

Transport

  • Modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and toilet onboard
  • Overnight ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki
  • Any public transport used as part of the tour days (excludes free days)

Tour Leader

  • Fully guided tour with experienced tour leader
  • Tour leader will accompany group throughout and manage all logistical details

30 Experiences!

  • Visit a local Dutch cheese farm and clog factory
  • Enjoy a cruise along Amsterdam’s iconic canals
  • Welcome dinner in Amsterdam
  • Feel the festive atmosphere at Hamburg’s Christmas market
  • Tour Copenhagen; the capital of Denmark
  • Cruise from Helsingør to Helsingborg by ferry
  • Enjoy a scenic drive through the Swedish countryside
  • Visit Gothenburg; Sweden’s second city
  • See the highlights of Oslo with a local guide
  • Visit Örebro in the heart of Sweden
  • Explore Stockholm with a local guide
  • Enjoy dinner in Stockholm
  • Visit Sigtuna; Sweden’s oldest town
  • Catch an overnight ferry to Finland
  • Discover the highlights of Helsinki with a local guide
  • Enjoy a festive Christmas group dinner in Helsinki
  • Helsinki to Tallinn ferry crossing
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Tallinn with a local guide
  • Sightsee in Pärnu; a resort city in Estonia
  • Learn about Latvian history at the Latvian Military Cemetery
  • See Riga on an orientation tour
  • See the Hill of Crosses; Lithuania
  • Explore Vilnius on an orientation tour
  • Visit Užupio Respublika; a self-proclaimed republic in Vilnius
  • Stop at Trakai, Europe's only historic national park
  • See Warsaw’s highlights on a driving tour
  • Explore Warsaw’s Old Town with a local guide
  • Explore Old Market Square in Poznan
  • Driving tour of Berlin, capital of Germany
  • Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Berlin

Accommodation

Hotels are chosen closer to departure date. We do use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here.

Amsterdam

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Volendam & Zaanse Schans

Explore more of the Dutch countryside and get a glimpse of local life! Start with a visit to the quaint fishing village of Volendam. Wander the main street filled with charming cafes and local souvenirs and admire the sprawling views. Your next stop is the historical windmill village of Zaanse Schans. Here, learn about how these iconic symbols of the Netherlands were vital to the industrial development of the country. This is the perfect opportunity to capture some classic Dutch photos! The coach will then take you back into the city centre.

Optional Excursions

Unless marked as “Pre-Book”, all optional excursions can be booked on tour and paid for in cash (in the stated currency) to your tour leader.
Prices and availability are subject to change

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Prasen Verified Buyer 2023-01-29
Amazing experience
Very nice tour leader Matt
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J Verified Buyer 2023-01-12
A memorable Christmas and New Year
The Christmas aspect of this tour was the cherry on top! Because there isn't much going on in a few of the countries the Christmas markets made each country even more interesting. The Christmas markets were amazing; we visited 11 Christmas markets, each country we visited had a Christmas market, extra on the Berlin because they still had their Christmas market open until Dec. 31st at 1 am. Also, being able to celebrate Christmas in the middle of the Baltic Sea on a ship with entertainment and dancing till 2:45 am in the morning was memorable! Overall tour leader and driver experience: Our tour leader Matt and driver Dennis were both impressive. Our driver Dennis was amazing! Everyone always marveled at how he maneuvered the bus and was impressed by his skills. I do get car sick and I usually can't sleep well on bus rides, but with Dennis driving, I never felt car sick and was able to sleep a majority of the time. And when we were in Berlin Matt talked about the Historical context and
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Ez Verified Buyer 2023-01-12
Explore some of the backroads of Europe
This tour is lovely to explore some of the less seen parts of Europe - looping through Scandinavia and the Baltic states before returning through Central Europe. There is a huge amount of history, culture, food, art, and architecture to explore - and Christmas Markets! Great time of year to visit Europe! There is so much booked in, and unfortunately only limited time to see it. It would have been great to have a bit more free time to explore. Due to the size of the group, it is difficult to have consensus on what should be seen in any area, but it would have been great to have a bit more free time to explore the city centres on our own, or the option to do so while the main group stays together. As long travel days between some locations it would have also been good to rise a bit earlier if possible to ensure we could arrive at the next location with some sun left at the end of the day to help orientate before we do a city tour or discovery. Due to limitations during the festive season
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Neil Verified Buyer 2023-01-11
Awesome Experience
Tour was awesome! Loved all the countries we went to. It was tiring at times because of freezing temps and we had to wake up very early in the morning most of the time but overall it was worth it.
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Toni Verified Buyer 2023-01-05
Amazing time, adventure of a lifetime
My hubby and I did this over Christmas time of 2022, bringing in the New Year in Berlin. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The only complaint is the long travelling times, that did get us down, but we understand that the more we see,the more we need to travel. So be prepared. The friends we made and places we saw was wonderful.