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Summary

A remarkably immersive holiday experience covering almost four full weeks of exploration and European highlights! Follow in the slipstream of passionate tour leaders through 14 European countries. Discover France, Italy, Switzerland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Monaco, Germany and more. Witness clog-making in the heart of the Netherlands. Learn about the age-old history of Rome, Venice and Florence in Italy. Follow the sun along the famous French Riviera, walk along the Gaudí trail in Barcelona, Spain, and visit the tiny countries of Liechtenstein and Luxembourg. With plenty of free time to explore, this tour showcases European travel at its absolute best!

Highlights

  • Enjoy three night stays in Barcelona and Rome to explore in-depth
  • Free days to experience Prague, Paris, the Swiss Alps, Venice, Amsterdam and Berlin
  • Walking tours of Rome, Prague, Vienna, Ljubljana and Florence with expert local guides
  • Visit Pisa, Monaco, Bratislava, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein

Start Point

Hotel in Amsterdam | 10:00 AM

End Point

Hotel in Amsterdam | 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Day 1: Start of tour in Amsterdam

Welcome to your 26-day tour of Europe! This aptly named Ultimate Europe tour travels to Europe’s most popular cities, sights and destinations in 14 countries. After checking in this morning, the first stop is a local farm to see cheese and clog-making in action! Next is the quaint fishing village of Volendam with free time for lunch. Then, enjoy a visit to Zaanse Schans which is known for its classic Dutch scenery. Later, return to Amsterdam and see the city’s top sights on a cruise along the idyllic canals. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers at a welcome dinner in the city. Make sure to get some rest tonight in anticipation of a free day full of Amsterdam adventures tomorrow!

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Day 1: Start of tour in Amsterdam

Welcome to your 26-day tour of Europe! This aptly named Ultimate Europe tour travels to Europe’s most popular cities, sights and destinations in 14 countries. After checking in this morning, the first stop is a local farm to see cheese and clog-making in action! Next is the quaint fishing village of Volendam with free time for lunch. Then, enjoy a visit to Zaanse Schans which is known for its classic Dutch scenery. Later, return to Amsterdam and see the city’s top sights on a cruise along the idyllic canals. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers at a welcome dinner in the city. Make sure to get some rest tonight in anticipation of a free day full of Amsterdam adventures tomorrow!

Experiences

Cheese and clogs demonstration: Visit a farm where you can see the traditional way of making cheese and clogs in action!

Visit Volendam: Enjoy a visit to this historic fishing village and take in the way of life for the locals. Enjoy free time here for lunch.

Visit Zaanse Schans: This is the perfect place to see the scenery that the Netherlands is famous for - windmills, wooden houses and green hills! 

Amsterdam Canal Cruise: Cruise along the iconic canals in Amsterdam and enjoy viewing the sights from the water. Learn more about the city’s top attractions, history and vibrant atmosphere - this is a great way to see the city!

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Day 2: Amsterdam: Free Day

Discover the delights of Amsterdam on this free day! Spend the day in the city. Wander through famous museums such as the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum. Browse the flower market, relax in one of the parks or explore the city by bicycle - just like the locals do! Or, join the MOCO and House of Bols optional excursion. The MOCO Museum houses modern and contemporary art from the likes of Banksy, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and much more! After the museum, head to the House of Bols to learn all about genever (Dutch gin). Choose to complete the free day with the optional Diversely Dutch Dinner!

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Day 3: Amsterdam - Berlin

The tour continues to Germany today. Admire the views as the coach travels through the Dutch and German countryside on the way to Berlin - Germany’s capital city which is full of history and a rejuvenated spirit. Having emerged from a turbulent and dark past, today Berlin bursts with positive energy and features lots to see and experience - including historic sights, intriguing museums, a vibrant cultural scene and exciting nightlife. Look forward to exploring the city’s mix of reminders of life during the Cold War and modern times on the free day tomorrow. Arrive in the city in the late afternoon. Enjoy views of Berlin during a driving tour before dinner this evening, which will be at a lively beer hall.

Experiences

Berlin driving tour: Enjoy a sightseeing driving tour of Berlin after arriving in the city this evening. Germany’s capital city is a mix of historic sights and modern neighbourhoods and boasts a rejuvenated spirit! Must-see sights include Alexanderplatz, Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall and Reichstag. Take note of those you want to explore further on your free day tomorrow!

Berlin beer hall dinner: Look forward to a taste of Germany in a traditional beer hall! Enjoy trying some great German food (vegetarian options are available) and sip on authentic German beer. Prost!

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Day 4: Berlin: Free Day

Look forward to a full free day to explore Berlin! Some of the city’s most famous sites include the Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, Alexanderplatz and the Reichstag. Joining the Berlin+ optional excursion is a great way to discover this vibrant German city with your tour leader - see the East Side Gallery, visit the Museum in the Kulturbrauerei, explore the hidden sites of Hackescher Markt, taste currywurst and view the city from the iconic Berlin TV Tower! Tonight, find a local restaurant in the city to enjoy dinner. Later, make sure to stroll along the city centre streets and to get a taste of the unique atmosphere of Berlin at night!

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Day 5: Dresden - Prague

Bid farewell to Berlin and travel onwards to the Czech Republic today. Along the way, make a stop in Dresden, a historic German town. After WW2 bombing destroyed most of the city, Dresden was carefully rebuilt from the ground up. Today, it is an immaculate and stylish German city. Enjoy free time in the city - check out the buildings and try some local German bratwurst! Next, it’s time to travel east to the Czech Republic and arrive in Prague. Join a local guide for a walking tour of the city. See the city’s most popular sights including Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square. Tonight, try authentic Czech cuisine at a local restaurant.

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Visit Dresden: Explore some of this historic German city during free time. Dresden was painstakingly rebuilt after WW2 bombing caused widespread destruction. Admire the reconstructed buildings and absorb the historic ambience of the city.

Prague guided walking tour: Enjoy a guided tour of this beautiful and historic Eastern European city. Overlooking the Vltava River, Prague is home to impressive castles, Gothic churches and charming Baroque buildings. Not to mention its lively pubs, bars and restaurants.

Prague dinner: Sit down at a local Czech restaurant for an authentic dinner in Prague! Enjoy trying Czech cuisine staples including meat, potatoes and dumplings. Finish it off with the chance to try some famous Czech Beer!

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Day 6: Prague: Free Day

The fairytale magic of Prague is yours to discover today! With centuries of history, castles, striking buildings and historic bridges, Prague combines old-world wisdom with an essence of youthful energy. Join the Prague+ optional tour and explore more of the city. Enjoy a sightseeing river cruise including lunch, plus a guided tour of Prague Castle. Alternatively, head out on your own. Visit the clock tower, leave your stamp on the city at the Lennon Wall, see Wenceslas Square, visit the Jewish Quarter or spend time in the Mala Strana district. Sip Czech brew in a beer house and try a traditional trdelnik! Later, enjoy an evening of folk music and dancing on the Traditional Czech Folk Evening optional excursion!

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Day 7: Bratislava - Vienna

More European adventures await today! Hit the road and visit Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia. Enjoy an orientation tour of the old town and free time to explore some of the city. Next, it’s time to travel to Vienna, Austria! This historic destination, known as the “City of Music”, boasts impressive architecture, a flamboyant cultural heritage and was once home to great composers including Beethoven and Mozart. Arrive and embark on a tour of Vienna with a local guide. See the UNESCO-listed city centre, as well as the Golden Mile, the Imperial Castle and St Stephen’s Cathedral. Enjoy an included group dinner in this captivating city this evening.

Experiences

Orientation tour of Bratislava: Surrounded by vineyards and rolling hills and located on the Danube River, Bratislava is a melting pot of numerous nationalities and religions. This city is a mix of medieval and Baroque architecture, communist blocks and futuristic creations. The 18th-century Old Town is open to pedestrians only and is bursting full of lively charm!  

Guided tour of Vienna: Join a local guide and travel into Vienna’s Inner City. See one of the best vistas from Belvedere Hill. Did you know that 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? Learn more about its heritage and traditions on the tour. Start at the Golden Mile on the Ring Strasse (Parliament, City Hall, Burgtheater). Next, discover the courtyards and passages around the Hofburg (Imperial Castle) and St. Stephen’s Cathedral - the geographic and historic centre of Vienna. 

Dinner in a Viennese wine cellar: Enjoy dinner in a special location tonight! Tuck into a delicious meal in a historic Viennese wine cellar.

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Day 8: Ljubljana - Venice

Wave farewell to Austria this morning as the tour travels onwards to Slovenia. Arrive in the capital city, Ljubljana, and join a local guide on a walking tour of the city. This fairytale-like destination is home to numerous bridges, a hilltop castle and well-preserved Baroque, Gothic and medieval architecture - truly beautiful! Afterwards, cross the border into Italy and take in the stunning scenery as the coach drives towards Venice. Welcome to Venice - Italy’s unique “floating city”! Venice is famous for its canals, gondolas, art and traditional crafts of glass-blowing and lace-making. Take it easy tonight and relax at the hotel or find a spot to enjoy dinner nearby. For a magical experience, join the “Venice by Night” optional excursion this evening!

Experiences

Guided tour of Ljubljana: Take a tour of this magical city with a local guide. Explore the cobble-stoned streets of Ljubljana which seem like they have come straight out of a storybook! See the city’s top attractions and learn more about Ljubljana’s culture, traditions and history. Highlights include the medieval old town, Preseren Square, City Centre, the Riverfront, Dragon Bridge and Cobblers Bridge.

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Day 9: Venice: Free Day

Venture into the heart of Venice with your tour leader this morning. Enjoy an orientation walking tour of the city and see highlights including the Rialto Bridge, St. Mark’s Square and the Grand Canal. Use the rest of today to explore Venice at your own pace. Join the optional excursion to the islands of Murano and Burano to see how traditional Venetian lace is crafted and watch glass-blowing in action. Keen on an authentic taste of Venice? Join the Venice Food Tour optional to experience the city’s most famous dishes and sights! Or simply while away the hours exploring the canals and historic buildings along the waterside. Complete your day in Venice with a classic gondola or water taxi trip along the canals!

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Orientation tour of Venice: Join your tour leader for an orientation tour of the city. Discover the heart of this unique floating city. Highlights include St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica, St. Mark’s Museum, Campanile, Doge’s Palace, Rialto Market and Scuola Grande di San Rocco.

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Day 10: Venice - Rome

Today, continue with the Italian leg of this Ultimate Europe tour. Swap the vibe of Venice for the richness of Rome! Enjoy a picturesque drive through the Italian countryside before arriving in the Italian capital. Rome buzzes with activity, passion, tradition and an energy all of its own! Join a local Roman guide who will introduce you to the city’s top attractions on a walking tour this evening. See the famous sights which make this city widely loved -  including the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Roman Forum and the Colosseum - before enjoying an included dinner with the group tonight.

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Walking tour of Rome: Join a local guide and explore Rome, the “Eternal City”! This walking tour will give you a great introduction to locations to revisit on your free day! 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.

Dinner in Rome: Welcome the group of travellers who will be joining the Western Adventure tour with a group dinner tonight! Enjoy a meal at a local Italian restaurant in Rome.

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Day 11: Rome: Free Day

Explore Rome on the free day today! Ancient history, exquisite culture and delicious food - Rome has it all! Hit the streets and explore the city’s historic attractions and ancient sights such as the Colosseum and the Pantheon. Alternatively, head to the Vatican City to visit the pope’s official residence and the smallest country in the world! Here, you can explore the Vatican’s museums and galleries as well as the exquisite Sistine Chapel where you can see Michaelangelo’s famous ceiling masterpiece. Bellissimo!

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Day 12: Rome: Free Day

Enjoy another free day in Rome to explore more of the city and surrounds. Why not head out of Rome for an adventure back in time? Join the optional day trip to Pompeii. Explore the ancient city which was destroyed nearly 2,000 years ago after Mt Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Layers of ash and pumice have preserved the city over the centuries, offering insight into life in ancient Pompeii. Enjoy an included dinner before returning to Rome. For those who remained in Rome, follow the Italian style of dolce far niente or “sweet idleness” and take it easy tonight. Find a local trattoria to enjoy a leisurely dinner.

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Day 13: Rome - Florence - Tuscany

Enjoy a last breakfast in Rome before the European journey continues to Florence - the capital of the Tuscany region! Arrive in Florence and join a local guide for a fascinating tour of the city. Florence is home to incredible Renaissance art and architecture. See highlights including the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and the replica of the statue of David. After the tour, step inside the world of Italian leather-crafting as you visit a local leather shop for a demonstration. This evening, choose to join the Taste of Tuscany optional before heading into the hills of Tuscany to tonight’s accommodation in Montecatini Terme.

Experiences

Guided tour of Florence: Discover the capital city of the Tuscan region! Florence is considered to be the birthplace of the Renaissance. Join a local guide and explore Florence. See Florence's Baptistery, Bell Tower, Gates of Paradise, Brunelleschi's Dome, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio.

Leather demo in a local shop: Step inside the world of Italian leather crafting as you watch a leather demo in a local leather shop and factory; Leonardo Leather and Gold. Italy has been famous for leather production for centuries, and Tuscany is one of the leading areas in Italy in terms of leather production.

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Day 14: Pisa - French Riviera

France is calling today! Before saying bonjour - enjoy a photo stop at one of Italy’s most iconic landmarks - the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Every year, this UNESCO World Heritage Site draws legions of visitors who come to see the famous building and have their picture taken with it! Enjoy the last few views of the Italian countryside before crossing the border into the South of France. Welcome to the French Riviera! Take a trip along one of the world’s most picturesque stretches of coastline and marvel at the sparkling ocean and charming French Riviera towns before arriving in Nice. Enjoy an orientation tour and free time in this gorgeous French city tonight!

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Photo stop at the Leaning Tower of Pisa: Enjoy a visit to one of Italy’s most famous monuments! Along with the neighbouring cathedral, cemetery and baptistry, this 56m, 840-year-old bell tower with its iconic  “lean” draws millions of visitors from all over the globe. Make sure to snap some fun photos - a popular pose is to take a picture of you ‘holding up’ the tower.

Visit Nice: Join your tour leader for an orientation tour of Nice! This gorgeous seaside city is located on the French Riviera and boasts beautiful beaches as well as sunshine almost all year round. Some of Nice’s most famous attractions include the Promenade des Anglais, several museums and the city’s Old Town.

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Day 15: Monaco - French Riviera

Revel in the glitz and glamour of the French Riviera today! Stroll the streets, check out the bustling towns and admire the exquisite views. This afternoon, take a trip to world-famous Monaco - the playground of the rich and famous! En route to visit the microstate, pay a visit to a local French perfumery. Arrive in Monaco and visit some of the top spots including the Prince’s Palace and the legendary Casino de Monte-Carlo where you will have the chance to win your fortune on the tables and slots! Please note, entrance is not included. During the Monaco day trip and time spent in the French Riviera, be sure to absorb the glamorous atmosphere and keep an eye out for celebrities!

Experiences

French perfumery visit: Enjoy a visit to an authentic French perfumery, where you will learn more about the science and history of these intoxicating French scents and fragrances!

Guided day tour of Monaco: Enjoy a guided day tour to Monaco and explore the tiny principality’s top sights. This microstate on the southern coast of France is a hotspot for royalty, high society, and the rich and famous. During the trip, see highlights such as the Prince's Palace, the Cathedral of Monaco, the Oceanography Museum and the Casino de Monte-Carlo.

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Day 16: Arles - Barcelona

Today, it’s time to hit the road to Barcelona! En route, visit the town of Arles in France. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for its historic buildings and connections to artists such as Van Gogh. Next, travel onwards to the captivating capital of Catalonia - Barcelona. Arrive in the city and enjoy a driving tour to see the highlights! Look out for top destinations including La Sagrada Família and Las Ramblas - keep a note of the spots to explore more tomorrow on the free day. Afterwards, travel to the hotel for the next few nights. Arrive, check in and sit down for an included group dinner tonight.

Experiences

Visit Arles: Enjoy a stop in the UNESCO Heritage Site city in the South of France; Arles is famous for its streets filled with historical buildings as well as its links to artists such as Van Gogh who had many paintings inspired by this city! Don’t forget to check out the colourful houses and Roman Amphitheatre while visiting!

Orientation tour of Barcelona: Barcelona is renowned for its art and architecture, such as the fantastical Sagrada Família cathedral and other modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí. This driving tour is a great introduction to a few of the city's top visitor attractions!

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Day 17: Barcelona: Free Day

Today is for fiestas, tapas and all things Barcelona! Enjoy a free day in the city. Explore the streets of Barcelona on foot and visit more of Gaudí’s fantastical architectural creations such as Park Guell and Casa Batllo. Stroll along Las Ramblas and see the market stalls, street entertainers, and roadside cafés. Alternatively, escape the city for the day and join the Montserrat optional experience. On the trip, travel to a monastery in the mountains north of Barcelona and explore! Be sure to seek out some delicious Spanish tapas and share a few plates with your new-found travel buddies this evening! There is no shortage of things to do in this magnificent city!

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Day 18: Barcelona: Free Day

Hola! Look forward to another free day to explore Barcelona in any way you wish. Wander through museums and art galleries in the historic and cultural centres. Indulge in some retail therapy - Barcelona boasts some of the best shopping in Europe! Football fans can visit Camp Nou, Barcelona FC’s stadium. Relax on one of the city's beautiful beaches or embark on an ocean tour along the coast. To explore more of the city join your tour leader for the Highlights of Barcelona featuring the Sagrada Família optional excursion. Tonight is your chance to get a real taste of Spanish culture with the optional Flamenco show and dinner excursion. Watch as this passionate dance is performed with Spanish flair and energy - a real fiesta and must-see experience!

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Day 19: Barcelona - Sète - Pont du Gard - Avignon

Say adios to Barcelona this morning as it’s time to travel back to France. Enjoy a trip through the French countryside, making stops in Sète on the coast and at Pont du Gard. This historic aqueduct is 2,000 years old and was built by Ancient Rome in the first century AD. Next, head to Avignon; a city known affectionately as the “City of Popes”. Avignon has a long history seen in its stunning architecture and fortification - much of which is amazingly preserved. Arrive and embark on an orientation tour of the city and see top sights including the Papal Palace and other sights of religious significance. Enjoy an included group dinner tonight plus free time this evening to explore Avignon.

Experiences

Visit Sète: Enjoy an orientation tour of this scenic coastal city in the South of France. Sète is famous for its canals and seafood!

Visit the Pont du Gard: The Pont du Gard is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been an attraction for centuries. Crafted by Ancient Rome nearly 2,000 years ago, this impressive aqueduct was created to transport water to the Roman colony of Nemausus. Take a walk along it and notice the lack of no nails, cement or mortar holding the arches together!

Orientation tour of Avignon: Enjoy a walking tour of this French city filled with incredible architecture and history. It is named the “City of Popes” due to popes taking up residence in the city in the 1300s. See highlights including the Palais des Papes, Notre-Dame des Doms, Pont d’Avignon and the old Avignon town walls.

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Day 20 : Geneva - Swiss Alps

It’s time for some Swiss bliss today! Travel towards the magnificent Swiss Alps making a stop in Geneva on the way. This bustling city is home to the United Nations and Red Cross headquarters and offers stunning views of Lake Geneva. Enjoy free time for lunch before continuing to the Swiss Alps region. The coach will drive through scenic mountains where incredible views abound - forests, alpine lakes and rugged mountains! Arrive in the Swiss mountain village and breathe in the fresh mountain air. Check into the hotel and look forward to enjoying a hearty included Swiss dinner tonight. Feel free to explore the village after dinner and be sure to get some rest for more mountain adventures tomorrow!

Experiences

Visit Geneva: Spend some time in Geneva and enjoy a lunch stop in the bustling city that is surrounded by beautiful lake and mountain views. Marvel at the views of Lake Geneva, wander the city centre, visit the Old Town and do some shopping!

Scenic Swiss mountain drive: Prepare to be wowed by the spectacular views as the coach drives through mountain passes and alongside lakes. On the mountain drive, enjoy breathtaking mountain vistas and scenic views of quaint Swiss towns.

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Day 21: Swiss Alps: Free Day

Ready for a snow day? Enjoy a free day in the Swiss Alps region! Join the highly recommended “Jungfraujoch: Journey to the Top of Europe” optional excursion where year-round snow, fun and unforgettable Swiss mountain adventures await! Enjoy a trip to the highest train station in Europe and be sure to have your cameras ready as the mountain scenery is breathtaking from every angle. For those who would like to spend their free days at lower altitudes, why not explore a local village for insight into the Swiss way of life? Join the optional Swiss dinner tonight for another delicious meal.

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Day 22: Vaduz - Munich - Bavaria

Savour the last of the Alpine views and say “so long Switzerland” today! This morning the tour heads towards Germany. Along the way, enjoy a stopover in a brand new country - Liechtenstein! Visit Vaduz, the capital city, where you can eat, shop and see Vaduz Castle which overlooks the city and is the official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein. Next, continue the tour to Munich; the capital of Bavaria and home of Oktoberfest! Arrive and set off on an orientation tour of the city. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a German beer hall and say prost with a local beer! After an adventure-filled day, head to the hotel in Bavaria for the night.

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Visit Vaduz: Enjoy a visit to a whole new country! Make a stop in Liechtenstein’s capital city and enjoy free time to see a bit of the city and grab a bite to eat.

Munich orientation tour: Explore Munich’s top sights on an orientation tour with your tour leader. Become acquainted with this wonderful German city. The city is home to centuries-old buildings, a historic Altstadt (Old Town), intricate Neo-Gothic architecture, modern designs and Bavarian beer halls - it is a great combination of old and new! 

German beer hall: Enjoy dinner tonight at a traditional German beer hall. Tuck into traditional German cuisines and sample German beer. Prost!

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Day 23: Bavaria - Rhine Valley

Germany’s beautiful Rhine Valley awaits this morning. Arrive and jump aboard a riverboat for a sightseeing cruise along the Rhine River. Take in the stunning views which include vineyards, lofty cliffs, medieval towns and the most concentrated stretch of Gothic castles in Europe! Back on dry land, it’s time to visit a local wine merchant for an included wine tasting - if the harvest has been good, you may be able to try eiswein (ice wine)! Enjoy an included dinner with the group in the Rhine Valley tonight.

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Cruise down the Rhine River: Take in the beautiful scenery along the Rhine River banks as you cruise. See Europe’s largest concentration of Gothic castles (including Sterrenberg, Liebestein, Katz and Fortress Rheinfels). Learn the story of the castles, many of which are now in ruins since the river barons left many, many years ago.

Rhine Valley wine tasting: This is one of Germany’s most famous wine-growing regions. Visit a local wine merchant and sample several types of delicious German wine. Riesling, Spätburgunder and Pinot Noir are some of the most popular varieties! Eiswein is also famous here - it’s a very sweet dessert wine made from grapes harvested in the freezing winter months.

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Day 24: Luxembourg - Paris

Auf wiedersehen Germany - it’s time to travel once more to France! Travel towards Paris, enjoying a stop in Luxembourg along the way. Did you know that Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in Europe? Next up, Paris! Arrive and say bonjour to the “City of Lights”! Hop onto the coach and enjoy a driving tour of the famous French capital. See some of the city’s most treasured landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc du Triomphe and the reconstructed Notre Dame. After the driving tour, enjoy an included group dinner in the city. Finally, after a delicious meal and an adventure-filled day, head to the hotel.

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Visit Luxembourg: Enjoy a visit to Luxembourg’s capital city. This tiny European nation is well-known as a global financial and banking centre. Enjoy free time to check out the spectacular Renaissance architecture of the Grand Ducal Palace, or have an early lunch in Luxembourg’s central square.

Driving tour of Paris: Embark on a driving tour and see the highlights of the “City of Lights”. See the Tuileries Gardens, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Lovers Bridge, the River Seine, l'Île de la Cité, the Louvre Museum, Sacré Cœur, Montmartre, Pigalle (the Red Light District) and the Moulin Rouge!

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Day 25: Paris: Free Day

Make the most of a free day in this beautiful city! Paris is world-renowned for its culture, fashion, cuisine and art! Join the Paris+ tour to discover the city in-depth - cruise the River Seine, take in the views from Montparnasse Tower and more! Or, explore on your own. Take a trip up the Eiffel Tower, visit the Louvre or even venture outside the city to Versailles. Try French delicacies like macarons and croissants or even frog’s legs and escargot! Top it off with a glass of French wine for the full Parisian experience. Tonight, choose to explore the romantic streets of Montmartre with a local guide on an optional excursion and finish the night off with an optional cabaret show! Magnifique!

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Day 26: Paris - Ghent - Amsterdam

After 26 incredible days and 14 countries, the final day of the tour has arrived! Enjoy the last few views of the French countryside as the tour travels back to Amsterdam. Along the way, it’s time to tick the final new country of the tour off your travel bucket list! Visit the medieval city of Ghent in Belgium and enjoy an orientation tour and free time for lunch. Finally, arrive back in Amsterdam later today where the tour comes to an end. We hope you have had the time of your life on this Ultimate European adventure!

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Visit Ghent: Marvel at the beauty of this Belgian port city on an orientation tour with your tour leader. Enjoy free time to wander around without any cars in the pedestrianised city centre! Find a local spot for lunch, sample some classic Belgian treats like chocolate, waffles and beer, and admire the Medieval architecture of this picturesque Belgian port city.

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What's Included

Accommodation

  • 25 nights in 2, 3 & 4* hotel accommodation in twin rooms with private bathrooms
  • Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room

Meals

  • 25 Breakfasts, 11 Dinners
    *Vegetarian options available for all meals on request

Transport

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

Tour Leader

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

37 Experiences!

  • Enjoy a traditional Dutch cheese and clog-making demonstration
  • Visit Volendam; a beautiful fishing village 
  • Visit Zaanse Schans; famous for its classic Dutch scenery
  • Cruise along Amsterdam’s iconic canals
  • See Berlin’s top sights on a driving tour
  • Say “prost” and enjoy dinner in a German beer hall
  • Visit Dresden; a German city rebuilt after WW2 bombings
  • Discover Prague with a local guide
  • Taste authentic Czech cuisine in Prague
  • Embark on an orientation tour of Bratislava
  • Explore Vienna with a local guide
  • Enjoy dinner in a Viennese wine cellar
  • Discover the magic of Ljubljana with a local guide
  • Venture into the heart of Venice
  • Enjoy a guided walking tour of Rome
  • Enjoy dinner in Rome
  • Discover Florence with a local guide
  • Watch a leather-making demonstration
  • Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa; an iconic Italian landmark
  • Visit Nice; a gorgeous French coastal city
  • Visit a French perfumery
  • Experience the glitz and glamour of Monaco
  • Visit Arles; a city that inspired many of Van Gogh’s paintings
  • Explore Barcelona’s top sights on a driving tour
  • Visit Sète in the South of France
  • See the Pont du Gard; an Ancient Roman aqueduct
  • Explore Avignon; known as ‘The City of Popes’
  • Visit Geneva and see spectacular Lake Geneva
  • Enjoy a scenic Swiss mountain drive
  • Visit Vaduz; capital of Liechtenstein
  • Discover Munich; the capital of Bavaria
  • Enjoy dinner at a traditional German beer hall
  • Cruise down the Rhine River
  • Enjoy a German wine tasting in the Rhine Valley
  • Visit Luxembourg; a tiny European country
  • See the highlights of Paris on a driving tour
  • Visit Ghent, a picturesque Belgian city

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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Moco Museum & House of Bols

Visit the Moco Museum in Amsterdam. This exciting and interactive space is dedicated to modern and contemporary art. It houses pieces by Banksy, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s famous pumpkins and polka dot paintings and much more! Next, visit the House of Bols - a museum showcasing the history of Bols Genever, a unique Dutch spirit. Enjoy a sensory tour through the exhibits and enjoy a delicious cocktail in the Mirror Bar.

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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Additional Information

For pre-departure and visa information, as well as frequently asked questions regarding preparing for and travelling on this tour, please visit our Help Centre.

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Reviews

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Mike Verified Buyer 2023-11-08
Ultimate Europe Tour was AMAZING
The tour was even better than I've ever hoped for. The memories I made with my fellow travellers will be cherished for a very long time. Our tour guide, Steve was very informant and charming. Our driver, Antonio was very funny and charming as well. This has been a roller coaster of a trip and I wouldn't ask for more.
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Tammy and Nthony Verified Buyer 2023-11-08
popular cities and food conditions
What an amazing and resilient tour leader Steve Martin, you've our hero for this whole trip and our best joker Antonio. Without these guys we wouldn't be able to enjoy and explore the beauty of Europe. The amount of hassles and headaches that they deal with the 26 days trip were too stressful and too much. We hope these two guys are looked after well by Expat, they well deserve it and they are the reasons why we enjoyed our every moments in this trip. Steve went beyond and above to make everyone happy through wet and dry days. We missed you guysXXX
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Jenny Verified Buyer 2023-10-22
Best experience I have ever had
Firo and alessandro gave our bus family a wonderful experience they couldn't have done enough for us with their tips guidance and friendship they truly worked very well together I would hands down travel with these two again we where also very lucky to have really wonderful fellow travellers was a wonderful trip
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David Verified Buyer 2023-10-16
Appreciate Expat's attention to detail
This I was our first trip to Europe and I can't express how incredible this journey was. The "Ultimate Europe package exceeded all my expectations. The tour highlights were numerous, from exploring the historic streets of Rome to witnessing the stunning beauty of the Swiss Alps and standing in awe of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. But what truly made this trip exceptional were the crew and their attention to detail in making sure that all of our comforts for taken care of. Accommodations were comfortable and well-located, and the logistics were seamless. Our tour leader Firo was not only knowledgeable but also passionate about the places we visited, making every city come alive with history and culture. The group dynamics were fantastic and Firo made sure we all interacted and be understanding of each other. I made friends for life. The tour leader Firo and Allessandro (coach driver) were absolute gems. Their expertise and enthusiasm were infectious, and they always went the extra mil
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Sam Verified Buyer 2023-10-12
Trip of a life time!
We never would have been able to organise a trip like this ourselves. We experienced places and saw things we never thought of. Our tour leader's knowledge and advice on each location was amazing. The tour leader and coach driver worked like a well oiled team despite not previously working together. They both brought humour, fun and a sense of adventure to each day. Our tour leaders ability to manage such a large groups needs, expectations and diversity was inspiring. We would definitely recommend this tour.

Why this tour?

Month long European tours are an excellent way to enjoy an immersive experience of Europe’s best spots. In just under four full weeks, you’ll be guided through 15 countries while getting to enjoy the ultimate Europe itinerary designed to showcase the top attractions, best things to do and off-the-beaten-track authentic experiences that these destinations have to offer. 

From bucket-list-worthy activities like seeing the sights of Paris and cruising through Amsterdam, to immersing yourself in the culture of countries like the Czech Republic, Italy, Spain and France. As it is one of the longer Europe tours, there is a well-balanced amount of planned itinerary activities and free time to explore at your own pace.

Highlights of the Expat Explore Ultimate Europe tour:

  • Be amazed by seeing iconic sights like the Eiffel Tower and the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person.
  • Enjoy time to do some in-depth exploration during 3-night stays in Barcelona and Rome. You are free to spend your time as you wish and make the most of the optional activities on offer. In Barcelona, see Gaudi’s masterpieces such as La Sagrada Familia and experience the energetic Spanish vibe. In Rome, dive into the culture and try the food, learn more about the history and even visit Pompeii on a  day trip! 
  • Join local guides in Prague, Ljubljana and Rome for tours of these amazing cities and enjoy a unique insight into these destinations.  
  • Stroll through the streets of historic cities with your tour leader. You’ll get to feel the magic of Berlin, Vienna and Venice on foot. 
  • Take it easy or live it up during full free days in Amsterdam, Prague, Berlin, Venice, the Swiss Alps and Paris. You’ll have your pick of what to see and do!  
  • Cruise along the iconic canals in Amsterdam and down the Rhine River in Germany where you can admire historic castles and fortresses along the riverbank.
  • Take the scenic route through the Swiss Mountains and along the coast in the French Riviera on a drive from Nice to Monaco. Travelling by a coach is a great way to see more of the destinations you are visiting! 
  • Treat your tastebuds with unique cuisine experiences; enjoy dinner in Prague, tuck into an authentic german dinner and visit a traditional German beer hall. 
  • Absorb the local culture during a leather demonstration in Tuscany and a tantalizing visit to a French Perfumery. 
  • Visit Arles, which was once home to Vincent Van Gogh and inspired many of his paintings!
  • Learn more about history during visits to cities Dresden and Bratislava as well as sites like Pont du Gard.
  • Make stops in two of Europe's smallest countries: Liechtenstein and Luxembourg.
  • Take your pick of amazing optional excursions including “plus” tours which give you a deeper insight into major cities, adventures like the Swiss Mountain Experience, and exciting evening excursions in Montmartre and Prague. 

Is this the right tour for you? 

  • The accommodation on tour is shared twin rooms in hotels handpicked by Expat Explore. If you are travelling solo you will be paired up with a traveller of the same gender. If you would like some privacy, you are free to opt-in for the single room supplement.
  • Wondering if you need to be fit to take on this tour? No high levels of fitness are required (unless you are embarking on some adventurous optional activities). As long as you are fit enough to enjoy the city walking tours, you will be good to go! 
  • Is there enough free time? This Ultimate Europe trip offers ample free time! Enjoy six free days in different cities plus three nights each in Barcelona and Rome to get a real feel for the cities. 
  • The weather will change according to the time of year you visit and your destinations. Summer can become super hot and the winters bring chilly weather. Spring is a great time to visit as the weather is pleasant and mild for sightseeing. 
  • If you would like to see more of Europe, there are a number of tours you can add onto your Ultimate Europe tour. Join a coach tour to Scandinavia, see more of Spain and Portugal, or visit the Greek Islands. Alternatively, try a different style of tour and embark on a European railway tour! See Italy, Switzerland, Scotland and much more! 

Spend 26 days on this Ultimate Europe tour for an unforgettable experience of the continent. There are experiences for all kinds of travellers, from history enthusiasts, outdoor lovers and foodie fans! Enjoy incredible included activities with accommodation, transport and most meals included. This is a fun, affordable and convenient way to see Europe!