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Scenic Europe Tour

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During this spectacular 9-day coach tour of Europe we'll be travelling through some of Europe's best-loved regions, including Bavaria, the Swiss Alps, Liechtenstein, the Italian Lakes region, Tuscany, Venice and more! Starting off in Munich, we'll spend 9 days experiencing the very best that the alpine regions of Europe have to offer - and then some!

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Day 1

1: Visit Munich. Welcome to the tour! After arriving in Munich, make your way to our hotel, where your tour leader will assist you with check in. If you've got time, explore Munich, a city which combines a sense of age-old tradition, folklore and a certain cosiness with sleek, modern aesthetics and high-powered industry. Tonight, join up with the rest of the group as we enjoy a traditional Bavarian beer hall dinner! Included: Dinner.

Day 2

2: Visit Neuschwanstein Castle & Innsbruck. Let's hit the road! Our first stop today is Neuschwanstein Castle, a 19th Century hilltop castle built by Ludwig II of Bavaria. This incredible castle looks like it's straight out of a fairy-tale - which incidentally isn't far from the truth: Neuschwanstein Castle served as the inspiration for the famous Disneyland castle. After touring the interior of this amazing building, we'll head to Innsbruck, Austria where we'll enjoy some free time. And that's just as well - Innsbruck has so much to offer! Home to Austria's third-largest student population, there's no shortage of vibrant bars and beer gardens to enjoy. But there are also medieval lanes to wander down, Habsburg palaces to explore, and a certain architectural masterpiece by Zaha Hadid, who left her mark on Innsbruck with the famous Bergisel ski jump. This is where the modern urban environment meets the outdoors - why not take our optional cable car excursion to the peak of Nordkette for stunning Alpine views? Alternatively, you can visit the town square and its famous Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof) or, for something a little different, the Swarovski Crystal Museum! Included: Breakfast.

Day 3

3: Visit Liechtenstein, Lucerne & Interlaken. We hope you're ready for a day of incredible scenery! First up is is the alpine principality of Liechtenstein, the sixth-smallest country in the world, governed by a monarch who lives in a Gothic hilltop castle. Stopping in the capital Vaduz, we'll have some time to stroll around and enjoy the scenery. This tiny country is only the size of Manhattan, but it's skyscrapers of a different sort that dominate the skyline. Next up, we'll head into Switzerland, driving passed stunning mountain vistas and four beautiful lakes as we make our way to the city of Lucerne, a city with all the ingredients that make for a beautiful Swiss city: sparkling lakes, a towering alpine skyline and an incredibly well-preserved Aldstadt (or Old Town). With covered bridges - check out the stunning Chapel bridge lined with flowers - brightly-coloured houses and delightful waterfront promenades, it'll be difficult not to fall head-over-heels for Lucerne. Continuing on to Interlaken, we'll spend the night in the Swiss Alps in preparation for a full day of adventure tomorrow! Included: Breakfast, dinner.

Day 4

4: Free day in Switzerland. Today you have the option of joining our excursion up to Jungfraujoch, the highest train station in Europe! The train journey itself is unforgettable, as you wind your way through some of the most picturesque mountain scenery in Switzerland. See quaint little villages nestled beneath the craggy peaks above, and look out for mountain streams cascading down the mountainside. The final stretch of the train-ride takes you literally through the mountain, and when you emerge, the view from the top is spectacular - provided it's a clear day of course! At this height, there's year-round snow, so you'll be able to have snow-ball fights and build snowmen even in the height of summer. This is one part of the journey that is definitely not to be missed! Included: Breakfast.

Day 5

5: Visit The Italian Lakes. Another incredible scenic drive is on the way, so keep those cameras at the ready. Today we leave the Swiss Alps and wind our way toward Italy's Lake District, stopping at 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. The afternoon is yours in the Italian lake district. Enjoy local food, go for a stroll or just find a comfortable spot to enjoy the view. Surely, this is the epicentre of 'La Dolce Vita'! Included: Breakfast, dinner.

Day 6

6: Visit Pisa and Florence. Leaving the jet-set life behind, today we indulge in some serious sightseeing! First off, we'll stop at the famous leaning tower of Pisa. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the neighbouring cathedral, cemetery and baptistry, this 56m, 840 year old Bell tower draws millions of visitors from all over the globe, namely for one thing...to have their picture taken pretending to push the tower back up! So get creative, get into position - these snaps are always the most memorable (make sure you share your favorites on our Facebook page!). It is then a short drive to 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! With some free time after the tour, why not visit Michelangelo’s masterpiece sculpture ‘David’, at Galleria dell'Accademia, or wander along the river? Check out the world famous leather markets if you want some high-quality Italian fashion! It is then time to wind down and give yourself a break from the buzz and noise of the big cities - tonight you will head to your accommodation in the beautiful Tuscan hills, where the soft afternoon light which 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? After checking in to your accommodation in the ancient spa town of Montecatini Terme, you will enjoy a traditional Tuscan dinner - if you love Italian food (and who doesn't?!) you are in for a treat! Included: Breakfast, dinner.

Day 7

7: Visit Verona & Venice. We continue with more Italian attractions today, leaving the hills of Tuscany behind us and stopping first in Verona, the city where Shakespeare set his immortal tragedy Romeo & Juliet. You will get a glimpse of Juliet's balcony, where Romeo is said to have wooed his lover. Your tour leader will also show you Verona Arena - this incredibly well preserved Roman amphitheatre was built in the 1st Century and is still in use today. With some free time in Verona, you can choose to go into the Arena, visit the famous street markets for a spot of souvenir shopping, or visit the many historic sights, including the ornate Romanesque San Zeno Maggiore Church, or the Ponte Scaligero and Ponte Pietra bridges. Then we're off to Venice! This unique city straddles 118 islands, and is known for its canals, gondolas, Venetian masks, piazzas, art, traditional glass and lace making. On arrival, your tour leader will escort you on an orientation walking tour of the city, so you can use your free time in the early evening to explore properly. Get your cameras ready for the world famous St Marks Square, Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge, and more! The whole of Venice is marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which indicates the level historical significance this city carries. The evening is yours to enjoy authentic Italian delights, with hundreds of fantastic local restaurants and bars to choose from. After an espresso, don't miss the opportunity to explore Venice the traditional way - from the canals. Relax and glide on a gondola ride - if you are lucky, the gondolier may sing to you to make the trip even more special! Included: Breakfast.

Day 8

8: Visit the Dolomit National Park, Andechs & return to Munich. Leaving Italy in our wake, we'll wind our way back to Munich today, but not before some more epic sights! It won't be long before we're back in the mountains, driving through the Dolomit National Park. We'll also have a comfort stop here, giving you ample time to take in the spectacular views. Our next stop is the monastery town of Andechs, something of an undiscovered gem, and a totally unique feature of our Scenic Europe tour! Home to a huge monastery, Andechs is also the best place to stop for Eisbein (shoulder of pork) - that delicious German delicacy that goes perfectly with a frosty German beer! You will have the chance to eat a hearty lunch in Andechs, enjoying the Alpine countryside views before returning finally to Munich for our final night of the tour. Included: Breakfast.

Day 9

9: Tour ends in Munich Today our tour ends after breakfast. We hope you've had an unforgettable time exploring some of Europe's most beautiful sights. We've certainly enjoyed sharing these amazing sights with you! Don't forget to exchange details with your fellow travellers before you make your onward journey. Included: Breakfast.

8 nights' accommodation in twin rooms. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners. 13 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences – please see Experiences tab for more information). Free Wi-fi in all hotels Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet. 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 Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days) Free Expat Explore tour souvenir – a memorable gift of your once in a lifetime trip. REMEMBER ALL TOURS ARE GUARANTEED DEPARTURES AND WILL OPERATE. Many other companies that operate tours of Europe cancel tours if minimum numbers are not achieved or will only guarantee some departure dates. All Comfort tours operated by Expat Explore are guaranteed departures and will operate.* * See terms and conditions for further details.
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