10 Days Best of Western Europe
10 Days, 7 Countries. Experience the very best of Western Europe, including Paris, Lucerne, Innsbruck, Pisa, Tuscany & Florence on our one-way tour from London to Rome
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 Expat Explore 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!
Start in: London
Excel Hotel, 14:00-17:00 hrs
Ages: 10 - 75+
End in: Rome
Rome, 11:00 hrs
Places: 7 Countries
Duration: 10 Days
DAY 1: Arrive in London
Meet your Expat Explore tour leader at the starting hotel. This afternoon, we’ll head out to the Royal Borough of Greenwich. As part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site it’s a must-see with many historical buildings and gardens. Your tour leader will walk you through Greenwich park to a traditional British pub where we’ll enjoy an included welcome dinner. We’ll then wander through the historic Greenwich docklands, past the Old Royal Naval College and the famous Cutty Sark ship. After a short boat ride past the financial district’s skyscrapers, we’ll jump aboard the Emirates Air Line, a cable car across the river Thames which offers panoramic views of the east London skyline.
DAY 2: London - Paris
Departing London, you will cross the English Channel and travel on 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 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 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 region - 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 - Lake Titisee - Rhine Falls - Lucerne region
This morning we head into the heart of Germany’s Schwarzwald (Black Forest), home of delicious Black Forest gâteau, cuckoo clocks and Hansel and Gretel! For those travellers wishing to buy an authentic German cuckoo clock, we’ll make a quick stop at a local family business in the heart of the forest. Arriving on the shores of Lake Titisee, you’ll have some free time to explore the spa town of Titisee and grab some lunch. We’ll then cross into Switzerland and stop off at the stunning Rhine Falls, the largest plain waterfall in Europe. You’ll have some time to explore, with the option to take a boat ride on the falls. On arrival in Lucerne your tour leader will give you a quick orientation tour to introduce you to the city, before we travel on to our accommodation on the shores of 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: Modena - Siena
This morning 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! As we make our way to Siena we'll stop in Modena, where you'll enjoy a tasting of balsamic vinegar. Arriving in Siena this afternoon , your tour leader will take you on a short orientation tour of the historic city centre, and you'll then have some free time to take photos before we enjoy an included dinner at a restaurant on Piazza del Campo, the main public square.
DAY 9: Pisa - Florence - Siena
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 near Siena.
DAY 10: End of tour in Rome
Your tour today finishes upon arrival in Rome; make sure that you have swapped numbers with your fellow travellers, before you part ways!
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
Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)
14 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences)
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.
All taxes and fees.
Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet.
Free Expat Explore tour souvenir – a memorable gift of your once in a lifetime trip.
Optional tours are payable in cash currency to your tour leader whilst on tour.
Montparnasse Observation Deck
Paris + Tour
Rhine Falls Cruise
Taste of Tuscany
An Evening in Montmartre
Tyrol Folk Evening & Dinner
River Seine Cruise
Mount Pilatus & Lake Lucerne