Western Europe- Best of Western Europe- XEBN1L
Number of Days: 10
Experience the highlights of western Europe over 10 incredible days on our Best of Western Europe London to Rome coach tour. Starting in London, you will enjoy your first night in the UK capital exploring the historic Greenwich neighbourhood and getting to know your tour leader and fellow travellers at the included welcome dinner. The next morning we cross the English Channel to begin our exploration of mainland Europe! You'll visit cities like Paris, Lucerne, Heidelberg and Florence, where you can experience the historic architecture, rich culture and vibrant nightlife. Foodies will also have plenty of opportunity to indulge their passion, as we travel through the Tuscany region in Italy!
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN LONDON
Welcome to the start of your tour! Your tour leader will meet up with you at our accommodation in London during the afternoon, just a subway ride from the must-see sights like Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace. This evening your tour leader will take you on an orientation tour of Greenwich. A historic Royal Borough, it is known for its maritime history and for giving its name to the Greenwich Meridian and Greenwich Mean Time. Your tour leader will introduce you to the sights, including the Royal Naval College and the Royal Observatory, and you’ll get an incredible view of the London skyline from Greenwich Park. You’ll have a chance to get to know the other travellers on your tour at the included dinner in a traditional pub.
DAY 2: LONDON- PARIS
Departing London, you will cross the English Channel and travel to 'The City of Lights and Love' - Paris! Your experienced tour leader will introduce you to all the key Parisian sites on a relaxing coach tour of the city. Keep an eye out for such iconic landmarks as the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and Notre Dame - take a mental note of what you wish to explore more further on your free day. This evening we’ll enjoy an included dinner.
DAY 3: PARIS- FREE DAY
Enjoy a full free day to explore the French capital to your heart’s content! The Seine River is the backbone of the capital, and flows through the heart of the city. Why not choose a cruise, and sail past the grandeur of the gothic Notre Dame cathedral, to the epic Eiffel Tower? 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.
DAY 4: CHAMPAGNE- LUXEMBOURG- HEIDELBERG
This morning we’ll depart Paris and head east to our first stop in the champagne region, where we’ll enjoy a tasting of one of France’s most famous and highly prized exports - champagne! We’ll then continue our journey on to Luxembourg, where you’ll have some free time to explore the capital of one of Europe’s smallest countries; Luxembourg City features a charming Unesco-listed centre with plenty of restuarants and cafés. Our final destination of the day is Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town which is renowned for its Altstadt (old town), ruined Renaissance hilltop castle and romantic riverside cityscape.
DAY 5: BLACK FOREST - RHINE FALLS - LUCERNE REGION
Our first destination today is the iconic Black Forest, where we’ll take a stop at the spa town of Titisee. Located on the shore of the lake of the same name, you’ll witness stunning views of the cobalt blue water bordered by a dark forest canopy. We’ll then cross the border into Switzerland and stop off at the stunning Rhine Falls, the largest plain waterfall in Europe. You’ll have some time to explore and get a view of the Wörth Castle, before we carry on to Lucerne. Adorned with covered bridges (including the famous Chapel bridge), brightly-coloured houses and delightful waterfront promenades, your tour leader will introduce you to the city before we travel on to our accommodation near Lake Lucerne.
DAY 6: LUCERNE- FREE DAY
Today you’ll have a free day to enjoy the Lucerne region. Renowned as one of Switzerland's most beautiful cities, Lucerne is one place you'll definitely want to have your camera at the ready for! All the ingredients for the quintessentially picturesque Swiss experience are here - a cobalt lake and well-preserved old-town complete with waterfront promenades, covered bridges and perfect plazas is surrounded by the natural skyscrapers of the Swiss Alps. It's really no wonder that Goethe, Queen Victoria and Wagner savoured the stunning views that Lucerne has to offer. There's charm and grace around every corner, but it's not all about history - there's certainly enough of a pulse here to keep things current, with carnivals, concerts and exhibitions aplenty.
DAY 7- LIECHTENSTEIN - NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE - INNSBRUCK
Four countries in one day! Our first stop is the Alpine principality of Liechtenstein, the sixth-smallest nation in the world. Stopping in the capital Vaduz, we'll have some time to stroll around and enjoy the scenery. We’ll then visit Neuschwanstein Castle, a 19th Century German hilltop castle built by Ludwig II of Bavaria, and the inspiration for the famous Disneyland castle. Entrance to the castle is included in the tour package price. Our final destination of the day is Innsbruck, Austria. Home to Austria's third-largest student population, there's no shortage of vibrant bars and beer gardens to enjoy.
DAY 8: TUSCANY
Today we head south into Italy. One of the most visited destinations in the world, Italy serves up centuries of incredible history, rich culture and, of course, fantastic food! This afternoon we’ll arrive at our accommodation in Tuscany, a region known for it’s beautiful landscapes, world-class art and superb cuisine, where you will have free time to explore.
DAY 9: PISA - FLORENCE - TUSCANY
Today we’ll explore the undoubted highlights of Tuscany; Pisa and Florence! Now over 800 years old, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is a classic sight in Italy and well worth a visit to get a few shots of one of Italy's most famous icons. On arrival in Florence, we’ll take a guided walking tour of the city accompanied by an expert local guide, who will introduce you to all the sights, including Ponte Vecchio, Florence Cathedral and the Basilica of Santa Croce. You’ll then have some free time to explore - why not see Michelangelo’s David in the Galleria dell'Accademia? This evening we’ll return to our accommodation in Tuscany
DAY 10: END OF TOUR
Your tour today finishes upon arrival in Rome; make sure that you have swapped numbers with your fellow travellers, before you part ways!
This tour includes no Rome hotel accommodation and forms the first half of the full-length Best of Europe 22-day tour, which starts and finishes in London.
- 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.
- 9 breakfasts, 4 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.
- 14 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences)
- From $2537. Single supplement $717