Exploring Europe Travel Adventure

9 - 12 Days
TYPOLOGIES

AUTO

DIFFICULTY

Medium

MIN. AGE

10 Years

2190

Looking for an all-exclusive European delight tour package? This travel adventure gives you that and an extra scoop of awesomeness!

Wondering how to discover at least 6 European countries in a fast-paced and adventurous manner? Let’s help you with that! Our exploring travel adventure takes you to the Eiffel Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, delicious wine-tasting sessions, peaks of the Jungfrau Region of the Swiss Alps, the romance of Paris, and all the beautiful highlights of Europe in 10 days.

The extra scoop of awesomeness is our delightful treasure hunts that get you chasing down clues, answering funny questions, and the burst of excitement that flows through you from the start to the end of the trip. What’s more – you also stand a chance to get 100%, 50%, or a 25% refund of your participatory fee when you become our first-place, second-place, or third-place winner!

We can ensure you that you will have a terrific experience with our exploring Europe travel adventure!

Day by day

Welcome to the Expat Explore Europe Highlights tour! Take note of the scenery as we leave Rome behind and make our way to the city of canals and gondolas. Vineyards and orchards flash in front of a majestic mountain backdrop. The diversity of the Italian landscapes will continue to impress. And then...Venice. A unique city, perched across 118 islands, and known for its canals, gondolas, Venetian masks, piazzas, art, traditional glass and lace making. Your tour leader will introduce you to the city with an orientation walk so you can use your free time in the early evening to explore. See the world-famous St Mark’s Square, Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge. The evening is yours to enjoy authentic Italian delights, with hundreds of fantastic local restaurants and bars to choose from. After an espresso, explore Venice the traditional way - from the canals. Take a gondola ride which gives you a completely different perspective and appreciation for the amazing structure of this supremely unique location.

Arrivederci, for now till later on in the tour! Heading north toward Germany, you will encounter some of the most beautiful countryside in central Europe. The famous Brenner Pass will appear before you and simply take your breath away, as we make our way to Austria for a comfort stop to get a taster of Innsbruck and its dramatic mountain backdrop. Arriving in Munich in the afternoon, there is plenty of time for an orientation tour of the city centre. With much of the city having to be restored after WW2, the modern and ancient history of Munich is fascinating, and the appreciation of the effort to rebuild the German city is gilded with respect. Munich plays host to one of the most famous beer festivals in the world - Oktoberfest! To give you a taste, this evening you will dine in a traditional beer hall, and enjoy a local beer on us! Prost!

Your German adventure continues, with you heading to one of the most picturesque sections of the famous Rhine River. Once we arrive in the Rhine Valley, relax onboard a Rhine riverboat as we head to our hotel in the heart of this picturesque region. 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 merchant 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.

This morning you will say your goodbyes to Germany, and continue your Europe tour into the Netherlands. With your Expat Explore tour leader giving you a rundown on local traditions and culture, you will be given an opportunity to indulge three of the most iconic Dutch products - cheese, clogs and windmills! A very entertaining cheese and clog making display, will have you fascinated and wanting to taste and ‘klomp’ (klompen is the Dutch word for ‘clogs’). Checking into your hotel you have a chance to freshen up, and then whisked to the centre of Amsterdam for a twilight canal cruise. You will gain an alternative perspective of this eclectic and bohemian city whilst drifting past famous landmarks. Afterwards, you are free to explore the city to your heart’s content. The cafes, restaurants and bars will be buzzing with activity and atmosphere.

Today it’s Vaarwel to the Netherlands as we head to the Belgian city of Ghent. This picturesque port city is a cultural hub, and is known for its medieval architecture, which remains intact and is remarkably well preserved. Grab a waffle, stretch your legs and enjoy a stroll through the pedestrianized city centre. Leaving Ghent behind us, we make our way to Paris, the ‘City of Lights’. We'll take you on 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.

The wonderful thing about Paris, is that there is so much to experience, regardless of the time of day, or season. The Seine River is the backbone of the capital, and flows through the heart of the city. The banks are peppered with booksellers and market stalls if you wish to walk. But, why not choose a cruise, and cruise your way past the grandeur of the gothic Notre Dame cathedral, to the epic Eiffel Tower? The commentary from the riverboats will give you invaluable knowledge and information about the city. Famous architecture is scattered through the city, and ‘strolling’ is the best mode of transport for taking in every ounce of history. Paris Disneyland is perfect for the ‘young at heart’, and is only a short distance away. Your Expat Explore tour leader is brimming with ideas and local knowledge so that you can get the best out of your time here. Don’t forget to find out where you can sample such French delicacies as frogs legs and snails - not your typical garden variety...

Au revoir Paris! Today we sample a taste of small-town France with a lunch stop in Burgundy. In the town of Beaune, you can visit the beautiful Hospices de Beaune, or try the famous wine. After free time for lunch, we take a long scenic drive across the border into Switzerland. Welcome to the Swiss Alps, your home for the next two nights! You are now completely surrounded by nature’s beauty. Literally, you can turn in any direction and you will see snow-capped peaks, clear-blue lakes and perfect hiking trails. Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy your time in this idyllic place.

The Swiss Alps has some of the highest peaks in the world! Surrounded by these peaks and glaciers you have the opportunity to feel on top of the world… Take a train or gondola to the top for magnificent mountain vistas. You have picture-perfect beauty all around you and endless photo opportunities. For those wishing to spend their free day exploring the local sights, you can feast on Swiss cheese fondue or do a spot of sightseeing. If you’re looking for keepsakes, there are great local places for shopping Swiss Army knives and watches. Or wander through the villages and breathe in that crisp, fresh, Alpine air! What more could you want on your free day?!

Today, we leave the Swiss Alps and wind our way toward Italy, stopping for lunch at the famous Lake Como. An enormous expanse of water fringed by picturesque scattered villages, it's perhaps not surprising that one of the villages, Laglio, is where George Clooney has a luxurious villa. Next stop, Pisa! Capture your iconic shots at the Leaning Tower of Pisa! A World Heritage UNESCO Site, The Leaning Tower is visited by tourists from every corner of the globe and is one of the most popular cultural European landmarks. Onwards to the exquisite Tuscan region - famous for wine, food, art and architecture. You will settle in Montecatini Terme, a spa town north-west of Florence. Time for a local wine or two.

This morning we visit the enchanting Florence. Once we arrive, a local guide will take you on a walking tour of the city. History oozes out of every pore of this artistic and cultural centre - the city is home to Michaelangelo’s ‘David’. After some free time to further explore Florence, we make our way back to where this adventure began, because all roads eventually lead to Rome. Your tour ends upon our arrival in Rome, but you are welcome to join us for an optional farewell dinner tonight.

What's included

  • 9 nights' accommodation in twin rooms with private en-suite facilities
  • Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room
  • Hygiene Measures
  • 9 Breakfasts 5 dinners
  • Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet
  • Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)

Not included

  • Flights before and after the tour are not included in the tour price.
  • Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price.