Our family traveled with Expat Explore (based in London), on their 12 Day Europe Escape coach tour this past April and we had a fantastic time!
The trip itinerary was just as outlined on their website http://expatexplore.com, leaving from London, England and traveling through France (Paris & Macon), Switzerland (Grund-Grindelwald), Italy (Pisa, Florence and Venice), Germany (Munich & Boppard), Holland (Amsterdam), and Belgium (Brugge) before returning to London. Three free days (in Paris, the Swiss Alps and Venice) allowed us time to explore the sites at our own pace. Hint: A trip up to Jungfraujock in Switzerland is a MUST especially if the weather is clear.
We traveled with our two teenage children (13 & almost 15 years) who managed to keep up to this fast paced tour (no sleeping in on this vacation!). It was a fairly demanding schedule with lots of walking each day. Hint: choose comfort over fashion when packing your shoes. In addition to seeing all the sites, I think one of the best parts of this tour was knowing that we didn’t have to do anything - just sit back and enjoy ourselves. We didn’t have to worry about finding accommodation or making travel arrangements in multiple cities; it was all done for us.
The tour guides and driver (Simone, Cris & Tommy) were very friendly and knowledgeable. Our fellow coach-mates ranged in age from their early twenties to mid-fifties (from around the globe) and made the trip all the more interesting; it was a fun group, but not too outrageous.
We found the modern coach to be comfortable and the accommodations clean and well located. There was a good mix of free time, guided tours and scenic driving (some days the drive was quite long, but it was broken up with rest stops and lunch breaks). All breakfasts and many dinners were included in the package price. This tour is excellent value for those with wanting to sample many of Europe’s major sites on a moderate budget.