Visit 10 Countries in Western and Southern Europe including: Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Luxembourg,
Switzerland, Italy, Vatican City, Monaco, and France.
Cover cities Rome, Amsterdam, Brussels, Cologne, Florence, Frankfurt, Milan, Paris, Pisa, Venice, Bonn, Cannes, Grasse, Koblenz, Luxembourg City, Reims, Trier, Vatican City
Visit Beethoven Haus and see Cologne Cathedral and its world-famous twin-spires
Tour historic and romantic Paris: Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower
Visit Fragonard Perfume Factory dating back to the 18th century
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This is my first time traveling with Take Tours, and I couldn't be happier with the service I received from Lex (Our tour guide) and Joseph (The bus driver). I booked the full Europe tour for 14 days and I was traveling with my baby son 6 months, but they both were very accommodating and extremely helpful when I needed them. Lex was very knowledgeable about the areas we were visiting and kept us entertained on the way there. Also, he was very honest and explained everything to us, so it makes you feel good about traveling with him, he also was very organized and his time management skills were 10 out of 10. Keeping the entire group on time and making sure everyone is enjoying their time. You can tell he loves what he is doing and enjoy his job. Joseph, our bus driver. He was a super nice polite guy, and very helpful. He always will get out of his seat to get the baby stroller ready for me to use it when we stop at any place. Also, he was very knowledgeable about the roads and he never got lost. Always willing to lend a helping hand when needed too. This was my first time traveling with Take tours, but definitely not the last because we really enjoyed our vacation and time!
Side note, this tour requires a lot of walking and full energy because it always goes go go, but the whole point is you get to see many places that you won't be able to visit in this short time. For some of the places we visited we could have had a little more time so can explore well, but again the timing was an issue, such as Switzerland, San Remo, Monaco, and Venis. On the other hand, taking the full 14 days, some places you almost visit twice because of the tour path. such as France, and Germany-Frankfurt, so there could be some adjustments made to the schedule to make better use of the time travel. Finally, the time spent sitting on the bus, especially when traveling between a few countries was extremely long, and end up spending couple of different days just sitting on the bus but that was due to the distance between the cities.
The tour guide was cheerful and willing to help in any way possible to ensure the comfort of each individual passenger - even when it came to purchasing extra days of the nearest hotel! The bus driver also bought us little knick knacks when we were in Paris, which i thought was very sweet.
The accommodation was between Hilton and Ibis hotels. Ibis is small but the staff were very friendly and the hotels are in central locations (i.e near the train stations or a short taxi drive away) from the main attractions.
The only problem i had with the transportation on the bus is that the toilet wasn't working at the time. However, the driver accommodated the passengers by stopping every 2 hours at a rest stop once we had a long journey ahead.
We were able to see so much in a short amount of time. It was also very budget-friendly, even with the addition of 5 euros/day, as compared to other tour companies.
Our tour manager, Sebastian was very knowledgeable and was very helpful! Our driver, Fred, was also exceptional! Both made sure that we were able to get to our destinations on time.
All accommodation were good as well, except for the one in San Remo (which we found really outdated and not up to par with other hotels). It was also quite far from the drop-off point. So if you're tired, you won't really bother going out unless necessary. Also, even though most of them are clean and well-equipped, they are really far from the city centre so if you wanna see other city centre attractions, you'd really have to purchase those offered by TakeTours.
Despite these, I wouldn't hesitate to purchase another tour from them! :)
I visited Europe a few times, but this time, I was going with a group of first time travelers who wanted to see a lot of places in a limited time; after extensive research online, only TakeTours seemed to offer what we were looking for.
We booked an 8-day tour on the Red-Green loop from Frankfurt, and I mentally prepared myself for an exhausting whirlwind tour where they say "you won't remember where the photos were taken" kind of trip. But I must say, this was one of the best trips I've ever had! We had a blast visiting six countries in 8 days! The tour took us to the most famous cities, and we took great photos in each of the tourist spots in our bucket list. Surprisingly, if you just align yourself with the schedule and instructions given by the tour guide, there was actually enough time to admire the scenery, take selfies, grab a bite, buy souvenirs and just take in the atmosphere. We did all that!
As someone used to booking everything myself, it's great to just sit back, relax and have someone organize it all for you at a great price. Our first guide, Daniel, was so systematic, informative, and funny! Our second guide, Florian, was very efficient, engaging, and knowledgeable- his stories made the places come alive! Both guides were very professional and seemed to really know what they were talking about.
The downsides were the long bus rides, with breaks every two hours; the hotels were okay but far from the city center. However, if you manage your expectations well, TakeTours is a great way to see a lot of Europe in a short time and for such a good price!
First time in Europe and this tour offered all the sights and experience I was looking for. I would do it again even if I had to pay more. Tour Manager was good and met a lot of nice people. One unforgettable moment, the lunch in Venice!