European Explorer – Visit all highlights

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 10 customer ratings
(10 customer reviews)

£1,667.00

Departures: 

July: 2, 12, 17, 19, 23, 26, 30

August: 2, 6, 10, 27,

September: 4, 5, 10, 13

Description

 

Trip around Europe

Got two weeks to spare and want to see as much of Europe as possible? Then this is the tour for you! Two night stops in the big cities – Paris, French Riviera, Rome and Amsterdam – included sightseeing, walking tours, scenic drives…you’ll wish your holiday would never end.

This is the perfect loop from London, you will be partying in Amsterdam, you will be driving through scenic vineyards and you will explore the French Riviera our private chateau!

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You will visit: France, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Austria (in transit), Germany, Netherlands, Belgium (in transit)


ME Time Optionals

ME Time optionals will take your trip to a whole new level with unforgettable experiences unique to the places you visit. See more, do more, live more & go home completely regret-free. Costs for these aren’t included in your tour cost & are payable to your Trip Manager in local currency.

Inclusions

On our trips we don’t just take you to the destinations, we make sure you get under the skin of every place you visit. From amazing food & accommodation, to exclusive access to incredible experiences, with TATWT you’ll get unbeatable value & a completely unique travel experience.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: LONDON TO PARIS

Meet up with your TATWT team before we hit the road and take a ferry past the White Cliffs of Dover. We travel via World War I battlefields in the Valley of the Somme, to Paris.


After dinner we will depart for the ‘Paris by Night tour’, where the French capital transforms into the “City of Lights”. Lamp-lit bridges and cool little cafés give us a real taste of Paris’ romance. Your Trip Manager will fill you in on the world’s most recognised monuments, like the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. If you’re adventurous, get right into French culture and try out France’s national delicacy – escargot! You’ll also get to toast the start of your trip with French Champagne.

 

Hotel Dinner

  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • Exclusive ‘Paris by Night’ sightseeing tour with Champagne & escargot
  • See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral

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DAY 2: PARIS

This town is loaded with possibilities. Discover its many bistros, museums, tree-lined avenues and diverse quartiers (neighbourhoods).

Get a feel for French flair by window shopping on the Left Bank, step into the Notre Dame Cathedral or explore the endless galleries of the Louvre and get up close to the famous Mona Lisa. Try indulging in some delicious pastries and relax in one of Paris’ many green spaces. 

Tonight, treat yourself to a real Parisian night out, starting with an optional dinner in an atmospheric restaurant, where you can get to know your group. Then sign up for an authentic cabaret experience, complete with can-can girls and Champagne.

Hotel Breakfast

  • Parisian Dinner
    Euro 36.00
  • Nouvelle Eve cabaret show
    Euro 80.00

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DAY 3: PARIS – BEAUJOLAIS WINE REGION VIA FONTAINEBLEAU

Southbound, we stop off at the massive 16th century Château Fontainebleau. Walk around the imperial gardens and check out the château’s imposing, regal exterior.

We continue on through Burgundy’s wine country to Beaujolais’ green hills and vineyards.

Our team will make you feel right at home in their very own 16th century Château. There’s a wine tasting within the Château’s working winery, where our resident expert will teach you about Beaujolais wine as you swirl and sip on wines made in the area for centuries.

TATWT Special Stopover Breakfast, Dinner

  • Special Stopover: French Château
  • Wine tasting at the Château
  • See Château Fontainebleau
  • See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards
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DAY 4: BEAUJOLAIS WINE REGION TO FRENCH RIVIERA

Unwind on the coach, listen to your MP3 and take in the rustic beauty of Provence, known for its pretty landscapes of lavender, sunflowers and wild herbs.

Next stop is the French Riviera and home to the French perfume industry, where we visit Fragonard Perfumery. Learn about how perfume is made and some of its more surprising ingredients. It’s also a chance to pick up a bottle or 2 at great prices.

Then it’s back on the road to the rugged coast line of the stunning. Follow the beautiful sapphire waters past the movie-star glamour of Cannes (famous for its annual film festival), to Antibes.

Breakfast, Dinner

  • See the Papal Palace in Avignon
  • Visit a French perfumery
  • Scenic drive along the Côte d’Azur
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DAY 5: FRENCH RIVIERA

In your free time live a bit of the riviera lifestyle with a visit to one of the neighbouring towns like Cannes or Nice.

Try out the region’s produce like lavender honey, aioli (garlic mayonnaise) and mouth-watering rosé wine. Window shop the chic boutiques or choose a beach and catch some sun among all the bronzed bodies!

Tonight get a taste of the high life in Monaco, the glamorous principality packed into just 1.92km2 and home to the Formula 1. Get the inside story on the royal family and their place of residence from your Trip Manager. Try your luck at a casino later on.

Village Breakfast, Dinner

  • See the Royal Palace in Monaco
  • Rub shoulders with the rich & famous with a visit to a Monte Carlo casino
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DAY 6: FRENCH RIVIERA TO FLORENCE

Onwards to Italy, land of passion! Heading to Renaissance Florence, we stop by Pisa and get up close to the famous Leaning Tower.

The scene-stealing Duomo cathedral rises above Florence, which serves up frescoes, markets and priceless art. Tonight, there’s a choice of a group dinner – an authentic Tuscan feast. Try regional dishes in the heart of Florence, then keep it moving with a night out!

Village Breakfast

  • See the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Tuscan Dinner
    Euro 33.00

 

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7 FLORENCE TO ROME

Jump start the day uncovering this open-air museum. Our Local Guide gives you the inside track as the group learns about Florence’s cultural beginnings and explores streets crammed with artworks from masters like Michelangelo. Then learn from the masters how Florentine leather is made and understand this region’s traditional art.

Later, travel through Tuscany’s rustic hills, past the recognisable cypress tree landscapes of this olive oil-producing region, to vibrant Rome.

Stylish Rome oozes energy and overflows with relics from another age. Our special access coach tour gets you right into the thriving atmosphere of this living timeline as your Trip Manager shows you the Colosseum and Piazza Venzia. Continue on foot to check out the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Honour tradition at the Trevi Fountain and throw a coin in the fountain’s waters (it’s meant to improve your chances of returning to Rome!) or maybe hang out with your new friends at the Spanish Steps, sit back with a few slices of pizza and people watch.

Day 7: Village Breakfast
  • Discover the Secrets of Michelangelo’s Florence – see where his David was gifted to the Florentines, Ponte Vecchio, the Medici Palace & much more on our locally guided walking tour of Florence
  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria
  • Learn about Florence’s leather craft with a demonstration
  • Special access Rome sightseeing coach tour
  • See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
  • See St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City
  • Souvenir group photo
    Euro 11.00

 

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8 ROME

This morning, make the most of our Local Guide’s inside knowledge with an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Take off into the city and absorb the atmosphere, as Vespas flash past timeworn monuments that are surrounded by fountains, pizzerias, cafés and bars. Before you hit the shops, let your Trip Manager point you in the right direction with some tips on the best buys.

In your free time, live the local lifestyle by indulging in a long lunch on a paved piazza or knock back a shot of espresso at the bar, like the Romans do.

 
 
Day 8: Village Breakfast, Dinner
 
  • Vatican Tour
    Euro 34.00
  • Rome of the Emperors and Gladiators including the Colosseum
    Euro 29.00

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9 ROME TO VENICE

Crisscross the Apennine Mountains, pass wildflower fields, quaint hilltop villages and Umbria’s rolling valleys, to Venice.

Known as the “floating city” Venice is packed with character, crammed with hidden lanes and linked by a network of canals.

The group travels on our private boat through the waters of the lagoon to visit the city’s historical heart. The limestone Bridge of Sighs, the gothic arches of Doge’s Palace and the expanse of St Mark’s Square (pigeons and all!) show off Venice’s unique beauty and way of life.

Take some time to explore the floating city and lose yourself in the backstreets. There’s an optional walking tour where you can discover the labyrinth of interweaving lanes, waterways, palaces, piazzi and markets with our Local Guide. You’ll see historic monuments, hidden treasures and the Rialto market – a local favourite for food shopping.

Maybe grab a table on St. Mark’s Square and eat some delicious Italian food al fresco.

Cap off the day with an optional gondola ride & share this amazing experience with your friends – seeing Venice from on the water is unforgettable!

Day 9: Village Breakfast
 
  • Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice
  • See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Square
  • Venice walking tour
    Euro 11.00
  • Gondola ride
    Euro 22.00
  • Trip t-shirts
    From Euro 19.00 – 30.00

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10 VENICE TO MUNICH

Today, it’s northbound to the home of the world-famous Oktoberfest, Munich – a city that blends traditional Bavarian culture and modern lifestyle.

Explore the heart of Munich’s Old Town with the crew, and head to Marienplatz. It’s a central gathering spot famous for the Glockenspiel – a Gothic clock, complete with 32 dancing figures and 43 chiming bells.

Later why not give an optional bike tour a go and get off the beaten track and onto Munich’s side streets with our Local Guide.

Day 10: Hostel Breakfast
 
  • Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles
  • See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz
  • Mike’s Bikes Tour
    Euro 21.00

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11 MUNICH TO RHINE VALLEY

Leaving Munich behind, remember one of history’s darkest moments with a sobering stop at the Dachau concentration camp memorial. Learn more at the museum and walk through the remaining living quarters.

The coach follows the Rhine River, weaving through valleys dotted with castles and vineyards.

Next stop – the pretty, old-world village of St. Goar, complete with fairy-tale castle and even a free-hanging cuckoo clock! Learn about local know-how and get savvy on the craft of beer steins.

Then kick back with a glass of local wine and choose to find out more with the optional wine tasting in a candlelit underground cellar.

 
Day 11: Hotel Breakfast, Dinner
 
  • Visit the Dachau concentration camp memorial
  • See the Lorelei Rock
  • Learn how beer steins are crafted
  • Wine tasting
    Euro 9.00

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12 RHINE VALLEY TO AMSTERDAM

In an intro into Dutch culture, see how clogs are made and try some of the famous Dutch Edam at a cheese farm.

Cruise into the countryside and bike around like the laid back locals, past working windmills, to the world-famous cheese village of Edam.

Head into the buzzing capital of Amsterdam and check out the eye-opening Red Light District, where the creative and the wacky come together on narrow cobbled streets, 24/7.

 
Day 12: Hotel Breakfast, Dinner
 
  • See canals & a windmill on a countryside bike tour in Edam
  • Visit a cheese farm & clog maker’s house
  • See Amsterdam’s canals & gable houses by night

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13 AMSTERDAM

There’s free time to experience Amsterdam’s coffee shops, museums and quirky, cool boutiques. Wander along the canals and pass gabled houses or experience Amsterdam’s multi-ethnic cuisine. This cultural melting pot dishes up loads of affordable food.

With an optional evening canal cruise, there’s a chance to toast your travels with the group, unwind with a few drinks and uncover Amsterdam at water level as you drift past the city lights.

For your last night on the trip, treat yourself to a feast at a rice table dinner with the group in a popular restaurant. With this fun way to eat, you’ll be served loads of dishes from colonial times.

Get some pointers from your Trip Manager, dive into Amsterdam’s night action with your friends and finish up your travels with a night to remember.

 
Day 13: Hotel Breakfasttrip-to-amsterdam
 
  • Canal bike tour
    Euro 11.00
  • Canal cruise (1 hour)
    Euro 24.00
  • Sea Palace Dinner
    Euro 31.50

 


 

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DEPART AMSTERDAM
This morning after breakfast we transfer you to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10:00am) where your trip ends. Or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay.

What’s included? 

All of this & more, included as standard on your trip.

Accommodation

  • 13 nights accommodation: 1 night in a French Château, 6 nights in our Village cabins, 5 nights in hotel upgrade, 1 night in a hostel (4 share, always same gender).
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach with power points for charging
  • Ferry crossings

Team

  • An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team
  • Our exclusive on-site teams at our Villages & Special Stopovers
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations

Food

  • 20 meals included in Food Fund:
  • 13 breakfasts
  • 7 dinners

ON A BUDGET?

  • The average cost per day for this tour is €97
  • You only need a €100 deposit to book and pay in full 45 days before you travel.

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10 reviews for European Explorer – Visit all highlights

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    If you’re reading this, it’s probably to see whether or not doing this tour is the right thing for you; look no more! Trust me when I say it was the most AMAZING time of my life.

    This particular tour is draining in more ways than one, you see soo much of Europe in 2 weeks. Yes, there will be early mornings and yes, there will be LONG bus rides, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s most definitely an adventure of a life time.

    The bus is a second home, a place for recaps of the night before (or at least what you can remember). You will learn to love the bus. The one question I get asked is always about the optionals. My opinion – do them! Everyone else does and it’s something fun to do with the group. I skipped a few based on the short amount of period in each city and decided to prioritise my time elsewhere.

    All tour inclusions (accommodation and food) were perfectly fine – no problems at all. And finally, the people. I was a little hesitant, but I can happily say, I now have a bunch of amazing friends all over the world who made the experience 100 times better than what I imagined. Friendships form extremely quickly, and after two weeks with one another, we were more of a family. It doesn’t matter where you are from or how old you are, I guarantee you will have the time of your life.

    Smile at Europe, and it will smile back at you!!!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    First time ever overseas! It was the most amazing trip ever, cannot wait to go back and spend more time at all of these wonderful places!

    This trip is such a great way to do it, felt safe and made many new friends! Looking forward on planning a New Zealand trip with Tina for next year and a 6 week Trip through Euroupe in 2015 love it love it love it!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Best time of my life!

    This tour was amazing, saw some amazing sites and met some great people. I would recommend this to anyone!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Best Two Weeks Ever!

    European Highlights was honestly the best, most amazing two weeks of my life so far. It is crazy fast-paced, and you will see more in these two weeks than you ever thought possible.

    My group, TM (Clare) and driver (Mark) were incredible and definitely made the trip what it was. I wouldn’t change a thing. The company really knows whats good in all the places you visit.

    You will not regret doing this tour at all, and it will be one of the best decisions you will ever make!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    09 May 2016 – 31 May 2016

    This was the first trip I have ever done, and it won’t be my last. I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing experience! Everything was great. Our tour manager, Ryan H, was amazing. He was so funny and nice. Really easy to talk to and super friendly. Super helpful with everything and really invested his time into planning a good trip for us.

    He and Pedro did a lot of extra stuff that I know wasn’t required of them to do, like planning extra excursions for us and helping us plan our own stuff. Our driver Pedro was also awesome! Such a good driver. He can parallel park the huge coach into a tiny space with his eyes closed. He also socialized with us a lot and took his own time to help us too. Pedro and Ryan together were a great team. #pedroparksthings

    The parties were always awesome! The accommodations were usually out of town so it’s too much to try and go into town to party.

    The company’s villages and chateau’s have their own club/bar. There’s usually other tours staying the same time as your tour so you meet lots of people and it’s cheap drinks and sooo much fun haha. The bar in Rome has a dance pole 😉 When we did stay in town Ryan always took us to really cool bars and clubs, and we got free entry and usually a free shot with it too 🙂 I loved the accommodations.

    They may not be for everyone though, all 3 places in Italy are like log cabins and mobile homes. I never had an issue with them, no bed bugs, super clean, never ran out of hot water for the showers(except in Rome, your room doesn’t have hot water, you have to use the public shower if you want hot water) All the on site team members are great too!

    All the me time optional’s were amazing. Pretty much everyone on our tour did all of the me time optional’s! I would recommend doing all the ones you can, it’s worth it!

    By the end of your tour you form a ‘Take a Trip with Tina’ family and you miss them dearly when the tour is over. I can’t say enough good things about the people that were on my tour. We all got along so well and we still keep in touch on the facebook group we made. I could go on and on about all the amazing things about the tour, but my review is long enough. If you’re thinking about doing a tour; trust me, do it. You won’t regret it!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    European Highlights

    So i did this tour in July 2009, it was awesome. the night at the chateux, crazy….. we went to a random dodgy club in the rhein valley munich the beer hall totally rate it gosh there is sooo much to mention by far the best tour i’ve been on, would highly recommend this trip and if i can offer any advise, sleep on the bus as much as possible, i brought a pollow with me, people thought i was crazy but it was worth it!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Solo Trip turned Family Vacay!

    2016 wasn’t a walk in the park. I needed a change, a new experience, a new adventure, a new me. Talk to Tina! June 1st 2016, I joined my the group in Paris. I had never travelled alone before and I had no idea what to expect. One reason that I chose Tina to host my Europe Trip was the ease of everything. They took me to the places I wanted to go, they fed me, they found the best places to chill, eat, sleep and relax.

    European Highlights is a fast paced and extremely amazing tour. I literally got to tick off almost everything from my ‘Bucket List’. From selfies by the Eiffel tower, wandering the streets of Florence before a Tuscan Meal and enjoying the nightlife in Amsterdam, everything exceeded my expectations. If this is your first time to Europe, this is the tour for you. You’ll immerse yourself in the history and culture of every country you visit and never want to leave.

    You meet the best people, your Tour Manager will take care of your every need and you’ll get to stay in places you never imagined you could stay in. You’ll make life long friends, you’ll probably have more fun than you have ever had and you’ll come back completely satisfied with your choice. You definitely will not regret this tour. #tatwt

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    GO on this TRIP!!!!

    This is the best way to see some places of Europe!! This trip takes you to some amazing places and on many different activities. Make sure you do all the Optionals, they are well and truly worth the money.

    Our trip Manager (Aaron) was also the best person, he gave us so much extra information & showed us some great places to go. You meet so many amazingly different people from all over the world & will have lifelong friends and memories!!!

    Euro Highlights 2015 #tatwt

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    I can honestly say this trip changed my life.

    I always wondered if these reviews are from real people. But this one definitely is. Hi. I’m Jessica, and I live in Chicago. I was totally nervous about going solo on this tour…and, at first, it’s intimidating. It’s like going on 51 blind dates. But these people become your family. FAST. The Tour Managers (we had Amy, who is excellent) and your drivers (we had Ricky — again, AMAZING) are in your age bracket and are wildly knowledgeable, AND are not afraid to knock some beers back and dance on tables with you.

    This trip is absolutely what you make of it. Commit to learning everyone’s name. Stay out late. Let Venice take your breath away. See Paris from the Eiffel Tower at night. Save more money than you think you need and pack less clothes. Make room for souvenirs. I am absolutely happy to talk to anyone about this trip — any excursion in any city. What to do, what to skip. Give you my packing list (of things I brought and things I wish I had.) Just message me with any questions — no matter how weird you think they are.

    All you need to know now is that you totally made the right choice to do this tour. The rest will fall in place.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    See & Do It All

    This was such a phenomenal trip! My goal was to see all the sights and I certainly did that. You’re basically running from location to location! You have a little more time at some stops, though if you’re looking for a laid back vacation, this is not the trip for you. If you’re going, I recommend packing a lot of over-the-counter medications.

    Since you spend a lot of time on the coach sharing germs in a small space, and since your immunity is low from running around (and, if you’re like me, partying every night), a lot of people got sick. Also, the quick-dry towel was good to have. I went alone because I wanted the freedom to go where I wanted when I wanted and not feel obligated to do what my travel buddy wanted to do.

    I figured I’d be a bit of a loner and most travelers would have a buddy, but that wasn’t the case. There were a lot of people traveling on their own and I ended up making some AMAZING friends – I’m actually planning on seeing at least 2 of them when I visit Australia in 2013!! In short, I highly recommend this trip. Enjoy!

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