Our holiday tours from Rome to London are popular all year round, and it's easy to see why with just a glimpse at the itinerary we've put together for this 17 day Western Adventure Tour. Whether you're looking for a little romance in the Italian capital, some time to relax in the sun, or even the chance to take in some snow in the Swiss Alps, there is something here for everyone.
Our travellers come from all over the world, so we make sure that our tour packages from Rome to London cater for all. You begin in the heart of Italy, and gradually work your way west and north as your trip takes you from Rome to London, stopping off in the French Riviera, Barcelona, Avignon, the Swiss Alps, Munich, Luxembourg and Paris, before concluding in London.
Optional outings include an excursion to the world's smallest country, Vatican City, as well as a train to the renowned Jungfraujoch in the Swiss Alps. The views here are spectacular, so be sure to have your cameras at the ready; you won't want to miss this stunning photo opportunity. And, if you enjoy the occasional adventure on your own, you can use these outings and other free days to explore whatever interests you most while you are on holiday.
We have guaranteed departure dates that allow you to plan your holidays far in advance, with massive early bird savings available. And best of all, we've got free Wi-Fi in our hotels in all of our tour packages from Rome to London.
Please note this tour forms the second leg of our Ultimate Europe tour.
Why this Trip
- All tour dates are guaranteed to depart.
- No minimum numbers required.
- FREE Wi-Fi in hotels.
- Massive early bird savings
- Only 10% deposit or minimum $80.00 required and no booking fees.
Itinerary PrintView full Itinerary here
DAY 1: Join in Rome
Arrive in Rome, and make your way to our starting hotel where you will meet up with the rest of the tour group (click here for more information). Later, a local Roman guide will introduce you to the locations which make this city so beloved and famous, on an evening walking tour of the city. The Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Roman Forum and the Coliseum...just for starters! Whilst at the Trevi Fountain, toss a coin over your shoulder; legend has it, that you will return to Rome again one day. On the way back to our accommodation for the evening, you can start to plan what to do with your free days.
DAY 2: Rome - Free day
Today is a free day for you to experience Rome's ancient history, exquisite culture and delicious food. The Colosseum is spectacular, offering an unbelievable feeling of drifting backwards in time, to when gladiators, chariots and lions dominated the arena. Your tour leader can organise a tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum with a local guide. Later this afternoon you'll also have the opportunity to visit the Vatican City - the smallest country in the world! Inside the walls, you can visit the Sistine Chapel and see for yourself the famous ceiling painted by Michelangelo, as well as numerous other famous art pieces dotted around the buildings.
DAY 3: Rome - Free day
Another free day in in the capital to explore as you wish. This is your opportunity to either catch up on what you have missed, head off on a day trip to somewhere like Pompeii, or simply enjoy a chance to catch your breath and take in the atmosphere of the city. The Italians believe in taking it easy, so why not chill out at a trattoria with some tasty morsels, a cold beverage and some good conversation. This is also the perfect opportunity to explore the city away from the large crowds. Research some favorite local hangouts, or maybe visit the catacombs for something different.
DAY 4: Florence - Tuscany
Today, we head straight to the heart of the picturesque Tuscan region, made famous for wine, great food, art, architecture and the birthplace of the Renaissance. Your first stop is the romantic city of Florence, where your local Italian guide can’t wait to show you around. The Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica all feature in this guided tour, as well as many other works of art - the street sculptures are amazing! This evening, you will head to your accommodation in the beautiful Tuscan hills, where the soft afternoon light radiates across the land and everyone looks good in a ‘selfie’ at this time of day - is it any wonder this region attracts and inspires so many famous artists?
DAY 5: Pisa - French Riviera
Under the Tuscan morning sun, you will depart Montecatini Terme, in search of stunning coastlines, the rich and famous, and a holiday spirit. Your destination? The French Riviera! However, before saying “ooh la la” to France, you will spend some time visiting one of the most iconic landmarks of Italy - the Leaning Tower of Pisa! A UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the neighbouring cathedral, cemetery and baptistery, this 56m, 840 year old Bell tower draws millions of visitors from all over the globe, namely for one thing...to have a picture taken pretending to push the tower back up! So get creative and get into position - these snaps are always the most memorable. (Make sure you share your favourites on our Facebook page!) After a scenic drive through the last of the Italian countryside, you cross the border into France. Bonjour French Riviera! You have arrived! Having made it to the South of France, you will see one of the most picturesque strips of coast in the world, where the ocean laps the shore, and it’s holiday season all year around. After dinner, head into town to join the locals in one of the many bars and restaurants.
DAY 6: French Riviera - Free day
Today, you can do whatever your heart desires! As the saying goes ‘It is always nice in Nice’ - so now is your chance to find out why. One thing is for sure though - this is the playground for the rich and famous. Keep your eyes open for celebrities and stars while you are enjoying the sights yourself! Today, we also offer an optional excursion to visit Monaco (which is also a principality, and the 2nd smallest and most densely populated country in the world!) If you choose to come with us, you will be taken on a scenic coastal drive from Nice in the afternoon, and have the rest of the day to explore. The city offers stunning views over an enormous private harbour, where super yachts and ships come to rest. The Grand Casino is particularly spectacular, and the castle district offers beautifully preserved architecture and views of the coast and city. In the evening, why not chill out in the ‘Old Town’ of Nice where the restaurants serve a range of tasty French cuisine and wonderfully fresh seafood? The night markets offer great choices in the way of souvenirs.
DAY 7: Arles - Barcelona
Time to brush up on your Spanish greetings - you will need them this afternoon! As you depart Nice and get back on the road headed for Barcelona, you will make a stop in the UNESCO Heritage Site of Arles, famous for its historical buildings and links to such artists as Van Gough (many of his paintings were inspired by this city). Don’t forget to check out the colourful houses and Roman Amphitheatre on this comfort stop. Barcelona is nearing, and you should be getting excited about exploring this cosmopolitan Spanish metropolis. Once you arrive, Expat Explore will acquaint you with its vibrant energy with a city coach tour, so you can decide where to start first on your free days. Keep your eyes open for the famous Sagrada Familia cathedral, and any of Gaudi’s spectacular examples of eclectic architecture. Then there is the lively La Ramblas - a pedestrian walk way down the middle of the city that is full of market stalls, cafes, restaurants and street entertainers, and is just brimming with life. The city comes alive at night, so, after dinner, head back into the heart of the action for some music and atmosphere.
DAY 8: Barcelona - Free day
Today is all yours to do with as you please! The best views of the city can be had from Park Guell, and you can take in the panoramic splendour and skyline of Barcelona. The park itself offers a very interesting design which is a product of Antoni Gaudi’s challenging architectural visualisations. Barcelona is home to many of Gaudi’s building designs and you could spend the whole day simply locating each one and recognising the signature design features. One of his most famous works is that of the unfinished Sagrada Familia - an interpretation of a gothic cathedral which is unlike any building you will have ever seen. You can’t miss it from Park Guell, or most other vantage points in the city. If you wish to participate in our optional excursion, we can organise tickets for you to see a traditional Flamenco show! The dance of passion is performed with style, flair and energy, and is a real experience not to be missed.
DAY 9: Barcelona - Free day
Hola! You have another free day in the Spanish city of Barcelona! Today you can make this your own, by continuing to explore the historical and cultural centres, indulge in some high end shopping and retail therapy, and much more. Football fans can use the extra day to visit Barcelona FC’s stadium - Camp Nou (there may even be a game on while you are here). Why not take advantage of the beaches and hit the shores? Ocean tours depart from the harbour and take you for a cruise up the coast to give you a unique perspective of the city. Barcelona is full of things to do, so there is no excuse not to get out and make the most of things. Fiesta, not siesta!
DAY 10: Pont du Gard - Avignon
Adios, Barcelona! You have been wonderful! Heading back into France, continue through the French countryside, and get up close and personal with a 2000 year old Roman Built aqua duct, at Pont du Gard. Walking along it, you will notice that there are no nails, cement or mortar holding the arches together. The Pont du Gard has been an attraction for centuries, primarily based on its immaculate three tiered construction, which carried over 44 million gallons of water a day to the local townships. A very important historical site, UNESCO have included it in their heritage listing - and rightly so. Your final stop of the day will be in Avignon - also known affectionately as ‘The City of Popes’. It is an amazingly preserved, fortified city commune with a long history, stunning architecture and religious significance. Another UNESCO Heritage Site; and you will see many more during your tour. Enjoy an orientation walking tour of Avignon, which will show you the Papal Palace as well as other significant structures, and, after dinner, your evening is free to explore as you wish.
DAY 11: Geneva - Swiss Alps
Today, you will head to Geneva - home of the United Nations and Red Cross headquarters, and then onto the spectacular Swiss Alpine region to fill your lungs with the freshest mountain air. After departing Avignon, we leave France behind in search of mountains and snow. On the way, we make a lunch stop in Geneva where you can wander the small city centre and marvel at Lake Geneva. There is also an Old Town to explore, and some great shopping to be had. Now you are mountain bound, and heading into the heart of the famous Jungfrau Region. We take you on a stunning mountain drive through the Swiss Alps, as we meander our way through rugged mountain faces, forests and Alpine lakes. Once in your mountain village, you can check in and then relax with a sunset view of the mountain peaks, and the grazing cows that are responsible for the wonderful milk that makes Swiss chocolate so amazing. After a hearty dinner, feel free to stroll the streets and breathe in that crisp, fresh air. Tomorrow will be a real highlight of your Europe tour.
DAY 12: Swiss Alps - Free day
Are you excited? Today is all about Swiss bliss! We have an optional excursion to blow your mind, which offers a guaranteed snow day! For 365 days of the year, Jungfraujoch is blessed with snow, and today you can visit the ‘Top of Europe’. The journey up the mountain is a highlight in itself, with unmatched views that will really make your Europe tour unforgettable. You will alight onto Europe’s highest railway station, and be able to view the 4000m glacier from un-obscured viewing platforms. The majestic combination of ice, snow, rock and epic views will stay with you for life - time to take a deep breath and have some fun! A snowball fight is a must, and for those artistic types, so is a snowman building competition. Snow angel anyone? Don’t forget those cameras... say “swiss cheeeese”! Alternatively, for those choosing to spend their free day exploring a local village, why not head to Interlarken, a short train ride away, and try a traditional fondue, pick up some Swiss souvenirs, or just enjoy a wander through the streets?
DAY 13: Vaduz - Dachau - Munich - Bavaria
So long, Switzerland; you will depart the Jungfrau region, and savour the last of the Alpine views as you head once more for Germany. A lunch stop is scheduled for Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein, and you will have time to eat, shop and see Vaduz Castle (the official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein) overlooking the city. We then travel on to Munich, visiting Germany’s first ever concentration camp on the way, Dachau. The museum houses photos and documents of the camps’ history from 1933 until it was liberated in 1945. We then arrive in Munich! Enjoy a guided walking tour of the city before dinner in a traditional beer hall. Enjoy a local beer on us...Prost!
DAY 14: Bavaria - Rhine Valley
This morning we board the coach once more as we make for Germany’s famous Rhine Valley! Relax on board a Rhine riverboat as we head to our hotel in the heart of the Rhine Valley. This is the most concentrated stretch of castles in all of Europe, and it also features vineyards, charming medieval towns and lofty cliffs. Learn the story of the castles, many of which are now in ruins since the river barons left long ago. Once the cruise is over we'll visit a local wine merchants for an included wine tasting - if the harvest has been good, you may even get to try eiswein (ice wine), a very sweet dessert wine that is produced in very small quantities as it can only be harvested when the temperature drops below freezing.
DAY 15: Luxembourg - Paris
It’s time to leave the Rhine... but there is no sign of slowing down - there is still so much to see! Heading back towards the French border on the way to Paris, you will make a short stop in one of Europe’s smallest countries - Luxembourg. Known as a global financial and banking centre, during your stop you may wish to view the spectacular Renaissance architecture of the Grand Ducal Palace or have an early lunch in Luxembourg’s central square. We then make our way to Paris, and take a driving tour of the French capital; get your cameras ready - you’ll be seeing some of the city’s most treasured landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe! After the driving tour we'll enjoy dinner at a restaurant in the Latin Quarter, an eclectic, bohemian and historic neighbourhood. We'll then travel back to the hotel on Paris' world famous metro system, ready to explore the city further on our free day tomorrow!
DAY 16: Paris - Free day
Bonjour! Whether it's culture, cuisine or cruising the city you crave, Paris will not disappoint. A Seine River cruise to the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, perhaps? Maybe a visit to the Louvre to see famous artworks and paintings? Tickle the taste buds with some traditional French delicacies in the bohemian Spanish Quarter (affordable frogs legs and snails are on the menu, washed down with a nice local wine - divine!). Not forgetting, Paris Disneyland is always popular choice for the ‘young at heart’!
DAY 17: Paris - London
The last day of you European tour already? Don’t worry. It’s not over yet. After breakfast, savour the French countryside, one last time and prepare for your final crossing of the English Channel. Once you are back on UK soil you only have a short way to go to complete your Europe tour. This part of your journey is a great opportunity to swap contact details with all of your new-found Expat Explore travel companions, and tag each other in all of your photos before you arrive into London. We can’t wait for you to share your favourite snaps on our Facebook page, so we can see the highlights of your 26 day Ultimate Europe experience! We hope you had the time of your life.
- 16 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.
- 16 breakfasts, 7 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.
- 18 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences)
- Free Expat Explore tour souvenir – a memorable gift of your once in a lifetime trip.
Optional ExcursionsOptional excursions are payable in cash currency to your tour leader whilst on tour.
- Vatican City guided tour
- White-Water River Rafting
- Flamenco Show
- Train to Jungfraujoch
- Montparnasse Observation Deck
- Cabaret Show
- River Seine Cruise
- Colosseum & Roman Forum Guided Tour
- Paris + Tour
- Swiss Dinner
- An Evening in Montmartre
- Lights of Monaco
- Barcelona Tapas Dinner
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On tour costs
Please refer to the tour itinerary above for full details of what activities are included, which meals are included and what is excluded. We would recommend budgeting €25-€40 per day (this excludes optional excursions).
Please note, 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 the remaining traveler will be roomed with another passenger of the same gender.
- Single Travelers: If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our customer services team. Please note that the room provided may be a single room with a single bed.
- Triple Room requests: We can generally provide a triple room on request; however it is not guaranteed to be available in every destination. Please contact our customer services team to request a triple room. Please note that in some hotels, the triple may be a double and a single bed, or the third bed may be a pull-out or bunk-bed. Where we cannot provide a triple room the rooming will consist of one twin room and the third passenger sharing with another single traveller of the same gender.
In some destinations you will have a full free day, where you can choose to join our optional excursions or explore on your own.
Your tour starts in Rome and finishes in London. Please have a look at our essential tour help page for detailed information.
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