Ultimate Europe

26 Days, 15 Countries. The ultimate Europe tour allows travellers time to explore European cities such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague and Vienna
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A remarkably immersive holiday experience covering just shy of 4 full weeks of exploration. Follow in the slipstream of passionate tour leaders through 15 European countries. Discover France, Italy, Switzerland, Slovakia, Monaco and Berlin. Witness clog-making in the heart of the Netherlands. Learn about the history of age old cities of Rome, Venice and Florence in Italy. Follow the sun along the famous French Riviera and walk along the Gaudi trail in Barcelona, Spain. With plenty of time set aside to explore by yourself, this tour showcases European travel at its absolute best! Ready? Let’s go.





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Why this Trip

  • All tour dates are guaranteed to depart.
  • Only 10% deposit or minimum $110.00 required and no booking fees.
  • Pay the remaining balance off in instalments.
  • Services of your Expat Explore tour leader.
  • FREE Wi-Fi in hotels.
  • No minimum numbers required.

Itinerary PrintView full Itinerary here

Start in: London

Greenwich train station, 06:30 hrs
Holiday Inn Express Hotel Greenwich, 07:00 hrs
End in: London

Greenwich train station , 14:00 hrs – 17:30 hrs
Duration: 26 Days
Ages: 10 - 75+
Places: 15 Countries
31 Experiences

DAY 1: London - Belgium - Amsterdam

Welcome to your 26 day tour of Europe. Aptly named the Ultimate Europe tour, you're going to visit the most popular cities, sights and destinations. Goodbye, London! Cross the English Channel and stop off in a Belgian city - Bruges, Ghent or similar. Onwards to the Netherlands. Notice the landscape change to windmills and waterways as you approach Amsterdam. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish.  Amsterdam has a stunning canal district with an incredible dining scene with an endless list of restaurants and cafes, hundreds of museums. Take a bicycle tour or simply wander the streets and canals to explore the city further.

DAY 2: Amsterdam

Today is a free day to explore Amsterdam further. Design your own itinerary and go where you please, or 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 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 seaside 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. This afternoon we meet back up to enjoy an included dinner cruise of the iconic canals.

DAY 3: Amsterdam - Berlin

Today you continue your Europe tour into the German capital, Berlin. You'll find the city has a positive energy bursting in every direction. Enjoy an eclectic mix of different music styles and street art. This provides a stark contrast to when the city was divided during the Cold War. But, Berlin does offer a reminder of the oppression suffered. Tomorrow you will have plenty of time to explore the city in depth.

DAY 4: Berlin

Today, you will be introduced to Berlin on a local guided walking tour. You will visit a number of poignant locations. 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. After the walking tour you'll have the afternoon free to explore the city some more. Maybe join our optional excursion to Sachsenhausen concentration camp. A gloomy yet enlightening encounter with the injustices of WW2.

DAY 5: Dresden - Prague

Farewell, Berlin. Head for Prague this morning stopping off in the German city of Dresden. A city rebuilt from the ground up after bombing attacks in WW2. Today the grand buildings are no reflection on the pain they suffered. Try the local German food - such as Bratwurst - and wander the paved streets. Heading to the Czech Republic, it's time to get excited about what's ahead! Prague is an amazing city! The historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A locally guided walking tour will introduce you to many locations. Prague has a vibrant nightlife and a stunning silhouette. Watch the lights dance across the river as you cross the Charles Bridge. Marvel at the castles lit against the night sky.

DAY 6: Prague - Free day

Treat yourself to the fairytale magic of Prague. This city combines youthful curiosity with old school wisdom. Visit the majestic Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, the ‘Old Town’ and Jewish Quarter. There's even a ‘Secret Garden’ which leads to a man made grotto - go find it! Prague's history reflects in the architecture of it's churches, opera houses, concert halls and parks. Those wanting to put their stamp on the city, visit legendary Lennon Wall. A tribute to John Lennon and words of peace added by travellers. End the day with a visit to a beer hall and sample the local brew. Fun fact: beer in Prague is cheaper than water - Prost!

DAY 7: Bratislava - Vienna

Continue your tour of Europe towards Bratislava in Slovakia. The city is a melting pot of nationalities and religions. Your tour leader will take you on a tour to show you some of the highlights. We then travel on to the Austrian city of Vienna. The city boasts some of Europe’s most impressive architecture and a cultural heritage steeped in glorious flamboyance and style. This was home to Sigmund Freud and some of the world's most celebrated composers (...try Mozart, Beethoven & Brahms). The city centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. Catch a glance of the famous Schonbrunn Palace as you approach Vienna. Once you arrive, explore the centre on your guided walking tour of the city. Taking in the Golden Mile, Imperial Castle and St Stephen’s Cathedral. Let the history wash over you and marvel at Vienna’s significance in modern and ancient history.

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. Gaze at the many bridges and preserved baroque, Gothic and medieval buildings. Take in the scenery as you head south, crossing the border into Italy. Welcome to Venice - a city straddling 118 islands. An area known for canals, gondolas, art and traditional glass and lace making. In the evening you have free time to relax at the hotel.  Or join an optional excursion - Venice by water taxi.

DAY 9: Venice - Free day

After breakfast, your tour leader will escort you into the heart of Venice. Get oriented with Venice on a walking tour passing by all the major attractions.  Have your cameras ready for St Mark's Square, Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge! The rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you wish. Maybe revisit your favourite sights again or shop for local curios. Visit one of the many cafés to enjoy wine and the local cuisine. Maybe join our optional excursion to Murano & Burano islands. You'll learn how Venetian glass and lace art are created. Or opt for a dip with the locals at popular Lido Beach. Make the most of your day - you're in Venice!

DAY 10: Venice - Rome

Today we continue on the Italian leg of your Europe tour. We will be substituting the vibe of Venice for the richness of Rome! Enjoy a picturesque drive through the Italian countryside along the way. Approaching Rome, you'll start feeling the energy of the city. Rome is full of history, tradition, passion and activity. A local guide will introduce you to the locations that make Rome so unique. You'll visit The Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Roman Forum and Colosseum. Make sure to toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain. Legend has it that if you do you'll return to Rome again! We will head back to the hotel in the evening. Make sure to use this time to plan your free days.

DAY 11: Rome - Free day

Today is a free day for you to experience Rome. Marvel at the city's ancient history, exquisite culture and delicious food. Don't know where to start? Maybe join our optional tours. A food tour and excursion to Castel Gandolfo (the pope's summer home). You'll also have time to enter the Vatican City! Make sure you visit the Sistine Chapel and see the famous ceiling painted by Michelangelo.

DAY 12: Rome - Free day

Another special day in Rome to explore as you wish. We have two optional excursions for you to choose from if so wish. Either join your tour leader on a trip to Pompeii - an old Roman city and proclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or enter the spectacular Colosseum with a local tour guide. Go back in time when gladiators, chariots and lions ruled the arena. Italians believe in taking it easy - "Dolce far Niente". Follow suit by relaxing at the trattoria with some local food and wine.

DAY 13: Rome - Florence - Tuscany

After breakfast in Rome, journey to Florence, the capital city of the Tuscan region. Upon arrival head out for an orientation tour of the city. The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and the replica of the statue of David all feature in this guided tour. After the tour, step inside the world of Italian leather-crafting as you visit a leather demo in a local leather shop. Spend lunch time exploring at your leisure, and then head to your accommodation in the ancient spa town of Montecatini Terme.

DAY 14: Pisa - French Riviera

Before leaving Italy, we visit one more attraction - the Leaning Tower of Pisa!  It draws millions of visitors every year. All of them with the same goal in mind - to take the perfect selfie! Pretend to push the tower back up or maybe kick it down. Get creative, get into position - these shots are the most memorable. Leaving the Italian countryside, we cross over to the French Riviera. Bonjour! It's time to experience one of the most picturesque strips of coast in the world. On the French Riviera, it's holiday season all year round.

DAY 15: Monaco - French Riviera

Today you will have the morning free to explore the French Riviera. The playground for the wealthy. Keep your eyes open for celebrities and stars whilst enjoying the sights! This afternoon we'll experience the glitz and glamour of world-famous Monaco. A microstate on the southern coast of France.  On our journey, we'll learn about fragrances at a local perfumery. Arriving in Monaco, we visit the Prince's Palace - residence of the Prince of Monaco. Take in the amazing vistas from a viewpoint overlooking the harbour. We'll visit legendary Casino de Monte-Carlo. Have some free time trying to win your fortune on the tables (entrance not included).

DAY 16: Arles - Barcelona

Leaving Nice behind, we're back on the road bound for Barcelona! But first, we head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Arles. It's famed for inspiring Van Gogh's paintings and influenced the art displayed in Fondation Vincent Van Gogh. And it was a provincial capital of ancient Rome. Make sure to check out the colourful houses and Roman Amphitheatre! Arriving in Barcelona, get accustomed with its energy of the city. We take you on a city tour to catch all the must see sights. Look out for the Sagrada Familia Cathedral and Gaudi's eclectic architecture. Experience La Ramblas - a walkway full of stalls, cafes, entertainers and life. Following dinner, head to the heart of the city for some music and dancing.

DAY 17: Barcelona - Free day

Ah, a free day in Barcelona! We recommend taking in the panoramic splendour and city views from Park Guell. The park offers an interesting design typical of Anton Gaudi. Another Gaudi classic is the unfinished Sagrada Familia. Don't skip a beat there's so much to explore. Museums, the 'Old Town', art galleries and some of the best shopping in Europe. You can even consider catching a traditional Flamenco show. A dance of passion, style, flair and energy - not to be missed.

DAY 18: Barcelona - Free day

Hola! Another free day in the Spanish capital. Continue to explore the historical splendour of the city. Visit the sights, indulge in some shopping, watch a game at the Barcelone FC stadium! Maybe laze in the sun at one of the many beaches. Or take an ocean tour and cruise up the coastline. THis is sure to give you a unique perspective of the city. Barcelona is brimming with things to do so make the most of it. If you're really stumped for ideas, speak to your tour leader. They have plenty ideas and may even know of some off-the-beaten-track gems. It's time to fiesta, not siesta!

DAY 19: Barcelona - Pont du Gard - Avignon

Adios, Barcelona! Today we head back to France through the countryside to the historic Pont du Gard. Pont du Gard is a 2,000 year old aqueduct built with no nails, cement or mortar. It is truly magnificent. Our final stop of the day is Avignon known as 'The City of Popes'. The city has a long history, stunning architecture and religious significance. Enjoy a walk through the city taking in the sights of Papal Palace and other structures. Indulge in a delicious dinner before enjoying some free time. Feel free to explore the streets some more!

DAY 20: Geneva - Swiss Alps

Goodbye, France. Hello, Switzerland! Today we head to the spectacular Swiss Alps for fun in the snowy mountains. Departing Avignon, we make our way to the small city of Geneva. Home of the United Nations and Red Cross headquarters. This is a lunch stop, so grab some food and marvel at Lake Geneva. Or explore the old town, do some shopping and breathe in the fresh air. In the afternoon, we are mountain bound and headed for the Jungfrau Region. Enjoy the stunning scenic drive through the Swiss Alps as we meander through the mountains. When we arrive, the rest of the day is yours. Relax and watch the sun set over the mountain peaks. after a hearty Swiss dinner, feel free to stroll through the streets. Tomorrow promises to be a real treat.

DAY 21: Swiss Alps - Free day

Ready for a snow day? Today is absolute Swiss bliss! Join our optional excursion that takes you to Jungfraujoch - a 4,000m glacier offering stellar views. The journey to the "Top of Europe" is an experience in and of itself. For 365 days of the year, Jungfraujoch is blessed with snow. You board a train on the continent's highest railway and pass by small mountain villages we ascend. At the top, enjoy a host of activities. Perhaps snowboarding, skiing and a classic snowball fight. For those wanting to spend their day in lower altitudes, visit Interlaken. A Swiss village where you can observe the Swiss way of life, enjoy the cuisine and shop for souvenirs.   

DAY 22: Liechtenstein - Munich - Bavaria

Goodbye Switzerland. Today we head to Germany. Stopping in Liechtenstein for lunch, you have time to get food and do some shopping. Look out for Vaduz Castle, the official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein. After our stop, we head to the German city of Munich. On foot is the best way to explore the city so enjoy a walking tour through the city. Munich is home to Oktoberfest - the biggest beer festival in the world! But it doesn't need to be October to get a taste of the festivities. Tonight we dine in a traditional German beer hall - Prost! After a beer or two, we head back to our hotel.

DAY 23: Bavaria - Rhine Valley

This morning, we head to Germany's famous Rhine Valley. Relax on a riverboat as we cruise passed castles, towns and vineyards! The area is home to the highest concentration of castles in all of Europe. You'll learn the stories and myths of the castle, many of which are now in ruins. Finding our way back onto land, we visit a wine merchant for a tasting . If we're lucky, we'll get to sample the local eiswein (ice wine). A dessert wine harvested when the temperatures get below freezing!

DAY 24: Rhine Valley - Luxembourg - Paris

After breakfast, we make our way back to the French border - this time bound for Paris! For lunch, we'll stop in the smallest country in Europe - Luxembourg. Observe the Renaissance architecture of the Grand Ducal Palace. Or choose to have a lunch in the central square where you'll find cafes and restaurants. Next stop, Paris! Enjoy a driving tour of the City of Love. You'll see Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe and, of course, the Eiffel Tower! Have your cameras ready - there are photo stops along the way. Tonight we feast in the Latin Quarter, a bohemian and historic neighbourhood. It's then back to the hotel on Paris' world famous metro system.

DAY 25: Paris - Free day

Bonjour! Time for some French Couture to make Paris the perfect fit for you. A Seine River cruise to the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, perhaps? Or visit the Louvre to catch a glimpse at the famous Mona Lisa. Sample the alfresco cuisine in Montmartre while taking in the city views. For something different, sample some dishes the in the Spanish Quarter. You'll be able to find affordable frogs legs and snails on the menu. Wash it down with some wine and you're living like a local! For something different and for the young at heart, visit Paris Disneyland. Or simply stroll the streets as the locals do, checking out the bookstalls, cafes, fromageries and perfumeries. For anything else, speak to your tour leader - they can give you expert advice.

DAY 26: Return to London

Sigh. It's our last day on tour. Following breakfast, it's back on the coach. Au revoir Paris! We head through the French countryside towards the English Channel. Once we board the ferry, use this time to swap contact details with your new travel buddies. Feel free to talk to your tour leader about our other tours. The best way to cure the sadness following your holiday is to plan a new one! We hope you had the best holiday with us and look forward to welcoming you on a new adventure soon!

Tour Accommodation

* Please note that we do use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here


What's Included

  • 25 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.
  • 25 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 10 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.
  • 31 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 Excursions

Optional excursions are payable in cash currency to your tour leader whilst on tour.
  • Venice Gondola Ride
  • Vatican City guided tour
  • Tuscan Dinner
  • Paragliding
  • Sky-diving
  • White-Water River Rafting
  • Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial
  • Flamenco show & dinner
  • Amsterdam Dungeon
  • Heineken Experience
  • Train to Jungfraujoch
  • Montparnasse Observation Deck
  • Cabaret Show
  • River Seine Cruise
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Paris + Tour
  • Swiss Dinner
  • Traditional Czech Folk Music & Dance Evening
  • An Evening in Montmartre
  • Pompeii Day Trip
  • Murano, Burano & Venetian lagoon
  • Venice by night
  • Castel Gandolfo
  • Roman food tour
  • Hop on hop off bus tour
  • Montserrat
  • Dutch Countryside Tour
  • Medici's and the Renaissance walking tour

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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  • No intermediary: You book directly from the tour operator so you don't have to pay any travel agent.
  • As a Europe leading bus tour operator we have 11 years of experience finding the best hotels for your budget and continuously optimizing our selection based on customer feedback.
  • We book our hotels well in advance so we get great value rates that we can pass on to you!
  • Thanks to the great number of people who travel with us each year, we can negotiate great deals that would be quite impossible for you to find on your own.

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


Certain nationalities may require a visa(s) for this tour. Please see our visas page for more information. It is your responsibility to contact the relevant embassies to confirm your visa requirements. We can provide the support documentation upon request - please contact us

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).

Room Sharing

Please note, all rooms are twin bed as standard.

  • 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.

Meeting Point

Your tour starts and finishes in London. Please have a look at our essential tour information page for detailed information.


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Have a question?

Are children allowed?

Our tours are not suitable for young children, so we set a minimum age limit of 10 years old. However, at the discretion of Expat Explore we may consider younger children on certain tours if they meet certain criteria and a request is received in writing via email for consideration. Expat Explore reserves the absolute right to accept or decline a booking at our discretion.

Are international flights included in the tour price?

No, you will need to make your own arrangements to get to the meeting destination for the first day of your tour. Make sure you keep departure times and possible delays in mind when booking flights. Please click here to visit Skyscanner - a useful tool for comparing prices from the vast majority of airlines.

Are transfers included in the tour price?

No, you will need to make your own arrangements to get to the meeting point for the first day of your tour. Please see the meeting point information for details on how to reach the meeting point, and for booking a transfer through Expat Explore.

Can I access wi-fi on the tour?

All of the hotels on this tour offer Wi-Fi, which is available free of charge as part of your Expat Explore tour. In certain hotels this will be available in the hotel lobby only, while in others you will be able to get access in your room. The coaches do not have Wi-Fi on board. If you intend to buy a local sim card to use while you are in Europe, please check with your service provider if your phone will work abroad.

Can we start/finish the tour in Europe?

You can start and leave the tour at any point along the itinerary. For example, on a Europe multi-country tour, if you require a visa to visit London, you may wish to start at the first destination in mainland Europe (Paris or Amsterdam) and leave at the final destination (Amsterdam or Paris) so that you skip the UK and only need to apply for a Schengen visa. It is important to tell us when booking, or as soon as possible after, if you intend to do this so we can send you the relevant meeting point information. Please note that there is no discount for starting and/or finishing the tour in mainland Europe.

Can you cater for my dietary requirements?

Before the tour starts, you will receive an email from us requesting your dietary requirements. There is always a vegetarian option, which is a meal without meat. We try as much as we can to offer you the traditional local cuisine.

Can you provide a triple room?

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 room may consist of a double bed and a single bed, or a double bed and 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.

Can you send me a quote?

The price shown on the website for your departure date on the day you book is the price you will pay. If you would like to make a group booking for 10 or more people please contact us.

Can you tell me the name of the hotels I will be staying in?

On the tour page we have listed the hotels that we mainly use for our tours on our website, but this is not a definitive list. A full list of confirmed accommodation names and addresses for your particular departure will be emailed to you around 1 week before the tour starts. If you are not starting the tour at the designated start point, and are instead joining later on in the route, please email us to confirm the details of the hotel where you should meet the tour.

Do I get allocated a seat on the coach?

Your tour leader will implement a seat rotation policy, so that everyone on board the coach gets the chance to have a different view from their seats each day.

If you have any medical conditions that may be affected by where you sit, please discuss them with your Tour Leader, but note that the seat rotation policy will most likely mean that your request may not be honoured.

Do I need a visa to travel on this tour?

Certain nationalities may require a visa(s) for this tour. Please see our visas page and your pre-departure information for more information. It is your responsibility to contact the relevant embassies to confirm your visa requirements.

Do I need to change money before the tour?

Please make sure you bring with you for the start of the tour the local currency(ies) you will need for at least the first three days, as there may not be an opportunity to change currency at the very beginning of the tour. You should budget for any optional excursions you wish to do in this period (see 'Optional Excursions' tab above, these are paid in cash on tour unless stated otherwise) and non-included meals. We don’t recommend carrying large amounts of cash with you on tour; you are better off withdrawing enough cash to last you for the next 5-7 days, rather than carrying enough cash to last you for the entirety of the tour. Please refer to your pre-departure information for more information on the currencies you will require for your particular itinerary. When changing money please ensure that you are not given high denomination notes (for example €200 and €500 notes), as you will find most shops and restaurants will refuse to accept them, and your Expat Explore tour leader cannot accept them as payment for optional excursions.

Do you have storage/left luggage facilities?

No, we do not have these facilities. For security reasons, you will be required to keep your belongings with you at all times. Please bear this in mind when you are deciding what to bring.

How can I get the documents I need to apply for my visa?

Expat Explore can provide travellers requiring visas with visa support documents on a request basis. Please note that you are required to pay for your tour in full in order to receive the documents. This is an embassy/consulate requirement by law. Once you have received confirmation that your booking has been paid in full, you can request your visa support documents by emailing info@expatexplore.com - please allow up to 10 working days to receive these documents.

How do I book/pay?

You can book online through our website or call our customer service team to make a booking over the phone. You must pay a deposit of the greater of 10% or 50 GBP (or equivalent if booking in a currency other than GBP) via our online payment platform to secure your place. You can pay the remaining amount up to 60 days before departure, with a debit/credit card or with a bank transfer.

How many other people will be on my tour?

It depends on how many other people book! There could be up to 51 other passengers, so you will have the opportunity to make lots of friends!

How much luggage can I bring?

Due to weight and space limitations, you are allowed to bring one main piece of luggage weighing no more than 20kg, and one small soft bag for hand luggage. On all tours, you will have to carry your own luggage (e.g. into hotels and up to your room if hotels don’t have elevators). Please bear this in mind when you are deciding what to pack.

How much spending money do I need for my holiday?

This is up to you, of course, and will vary depending on how much wish to spend on snacks, drinks, souvenirs etc. We do not include entrance fees to attractions and museums. We do, however, provide you with free time to see everything you want, and our tour leaders will have all the information on pricing and locations so you can manage your own budget. Please refer to your tours specific pre-departure information and optional excursions guide for further details.

How much time will be spent on the coach?

Many of the countries are vast and varied, and there will be some long driving days on your tour. This gives you the opportunity to enjoy watching the changing countryside as it rolls past your window, to share music with your fellow travellers, watch a few movies or get involved in some of the games and quizzes hosted by your tour leader. Where possible, we have also included stops at points of interest.

How much walking is involved in your tours?

We believe the best way to get to the heart and soul of a city is on foot, surrounded by the people and the culture. For this reason, we do walking tours through most of the cities we visit. Many of the cities you visit are vast and old, often with steps and cobblestones. Our walking tours can last up to 3 hours with plenty of opportunities to take photographs and soak up the history of these fascinating places, but you do require a certain level of fitness to enjoy your tour to its fullest.

Is Europe a safe place to travel to?

Europe has a low rate of crime and corruption, and travelling here is generally considered safe and hassle free. Your tour leader will be on hand to offer local advice on each area you visit. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides travel advice for each destination we visit – each country has a summary and general information as well as advice on safety and security, local laws and customs, entry requirements and health.

Is my deposit refundable?

Your deposit payment secures your place(s) on the tour and the price you pay. Your deposit paid at the time of booking is non-refundable. Our full Terms and Conditions can be viewed online.

Is travel insurance compulsory?

Yes, and you are responsible for arranging your own insurance. Passengers and their personal property travel with Expat Explore solely at their own risk. A suitable insurance policy should provide adequate cover for medical expenses arising through illness or accident prior to or during the holiday, and loss of holiday monies through cancellation or curtailment of the holiday or other insurable reasons. Clients should ensure that there are no exclusion clauses limiting protection for the type of activities in their tour. When on tour, ensure you keep personal belongings on you at all times and that your suitcase/backpack has a lock on it, especially in tourist areas. It may be advisable to wear a money belt to store money, credit cards and passport.
For a relatively small price, travel insurance provides you with the peace of mind so that you can enjoy your tour without any worries. To receive a quote from one of our preferred travel insurance partners, please visit WorldNomads (for all nationalities) or Hollard (for South Africans).

Should I tip the tour leader and driver, and if so, how much?

Whilst we fully understand that some nationalities are not accustomed to tipping, this is a normal part of the culture in many of the countries we visit. Tipping has become an increasingly accepted practice in all areas of the service industry, but particularly in restaurants, bars and taxis worldwide. Expat Explore crew members (your tour leader and driver) will transform your trip experience from just good, to exceptional, and where this is the case a tip (even a modest one) is always highly appreciated. They will be travelling with you from just a few days, up to a few weeks, and you'll soon become good friends. It is sometimes easy to forget that they work hard to ensure that you get a once in a lifetime experience. At the end of your tour you will have the opportunity to thank your Expat Explore tour leader and driver by offering them a tip. We suggest somewhere between £3-5, €4-6 or $5-7 per person per day. Tipping is entirely voluntary and the above rate is offered as a suggested guide only. If you take a walking tour with a local guide, tipping these guides at the end of walking tours and excursions is always appreciated, but not expected.

The tour I want is unavailable, what does this mean?

If a tour is displaying as fully booked, then unfortunately at this point in time we do not have any available seats. However, we can sometimes add extra places, and we do occasionally receive cancellations, so if you cannot find an alternative tour or departure date, please contact our customer service team.

What about room sharing & single supplements?

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.

What happens if I forget or lose my passport?

Unfortunately, you will be unable to continue the tour and you should make contact with your closest embassy immediately to replace the passport. Your passport is an essential travel document, and should be kept safe at all times.

What happens if I miss the coach during the tour?

You will have to make your own way to the next destination at your own expense. Please ensure you are on time for all departures to avoid being left behind.

What happens if my visa gets rejected?

Please allow sufficient time to complete the visa process (at least 4 weeks). Should your visa application be unsuccessful, you will be able to change or cancel your tour, but standard terms and conditions (and therefore fees) will apply. Please refer to our Terms & Conditions for more information. Visa Deny Service: We now offer a Visa Deny Service for those passengers who have to apply for a UK visa or Schengen Visa. This service provides protection against the denial of these two visas which means that if your visa application is rejected, you will receive some of your tour money back. For more information please click here.

What is included in the tour price?

The tour price includes accommodation for the duration of the tour, transport by private coach, breakfasts and dinner as per your itinerary, ferry crossings (where applicable), and guided walking tours and excursions as per your itinerary. On top of this, you will have a tour leader to assist you along the way with great tips and handy advice! Please refer to the ‘Included’ section of the itinerary where a full breakdown is given.

What is the average age of your groups?

We have a very wide range of ages on our tours, and do not restrict our passengers to certain age groups or limits. A positive attitude and an open mind are more important than a number!

What kind of accommodation do you use on your tours?

We have searched and invested in excellent accommodation options, either located in cities or well placed with public transport connections. Clean linen is always included, so you do not need to bring a sleeping bag. Towels are always included; however you may want to bring your own for use at the beach, swimming pool etc, if applicable to your tour. Toiletries (shampoo, shower gel etc) and hair dryers are not always included, so you may wish to bring these with you. Accommodation is provided in twin share en-suite rooms. We use a mix of mostly 2, 3 & 4-star hotels, and some hostels.

What level of fitness do I need to participate in these tours?

All travellers are required to carry their own bags, get on and off the coach and use public transport. Our city walking tours can last up to 3 hours and certain places involve walking up and down lots of steps. We want you to enjoy your tour, so read through the itinerary thoroughly and make your own conclusions as to whether you feel that you are fit and healthy enough.

What time does each day start on tour?

Generally, we like to make an early start, so that you can spend more time at each destination. On your free days, you can have a lie in if you wish!

Where does my tour depart from?

Tours departing from London are usually scheduled to leave between 06:00-07:00 in the morning, please refer to 'Tour Start & End Points' for confirmation. You should arrive back in London at around 18:30-21:30 on the last day of your tour, depending on ferry crossing times (if applicable to the itinerary) and local traffic. For our guests travelling from other countries to join this tour, we strongly recommend that you arrive a day before the tour starts, and leave a day after the tour ends, to account for any travel delays.

Who will be my tour leader?

Our tour leaders come from all walks of life, with different backgrounds and interests. They are all confident and well-travelled with an in-depth knowledge of the destinations they are working in, and a passion for helping you make the most out of your Expat Explore tour. You will be emailed the name and contact details of your tour leader approximately one week before your tour start date. It is important that you keep a record this number so that you can contact your tour leader if you have any issues when joining the tour or during the tour.

Will I get confirmation of my payment?

As soon as your payment has been processed by our accounts team, we will send you a confirmation email. Please note this may take up to 5 working days, depending on your method of payment.

Will there be an opportunity to do laundry on tour?

For shorter itineraries most travellers are able to pack enough clothes to last them for the duration of the trip. For longer tours, you may need to plan for doing your laundry during the tour. Your tour leader will be able to recommend the best place for this. Hotel laundry services are less common in Europe and can be very expensive, so the tour leader’s recommendation will most likely be a local laundromat in a destination where you have at least a two-night stay. In bigger cities you may be able to use a laundry service, who will pick up from the hotel and then deliver the clean clothes back to reception. These services are operated by third-parties so your tour leader and Expat Explore will not be responsible for any issues - try not to bring any clothes with you that are valuable or sentimental in case of loss or damage. Alternatively, you could wash your clothes in the sink/wash basin in your hotel room, particularly if it's smaller items like socks and underwear. If you do, take care not to be too obvious when you hang them up to dry as most hotels do not like guests washing and drying their clothes in the hotel rooms. We suggest doing this in destinations where you spend two or more nights so the clothes have as much time to dry as possible.
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