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May 16th, 2012, 11:09 AM
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winnie - I'm sorry. Jamikins has some great advice.

Don't feel bad. try to make the best of it by reading up on the places you'll be going to, finding out where your hotels are going to be and how to get to anything you might want to see from the hotel, etc. etc.
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May 16th, 2012, 05:31 PM
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Also, you will have enough of a taste of many places to know where you would like to go back to on your own and see thoroughly. Venice comes to mind.
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May 17th, 2012, 04:18 AM
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I want to try to change to another tour. Can anyone tell me which is better?
Tour 1
Day 1: London - Dover - Amsterdam
Check-in with your Expat Explore tour manager in London. We cross the English Channel for an early evening arrival in Amsterdam, where check in to our hotel and the rest of the evening is yours enjoy as you wish. Join us for an included dinner afterwhich we take you on a walking tour of the world famous Amsterdam "Red Light District", this leaves the night open to paint the town red.
Day 2: Countryside with cheese, clogs & tulips
After breakfast we start our day in style with a relaxing coach tour to explore the Dutch countryside. Our first stop of the day is at one of the very few cheese farms where the cheese is still made in the traditional way. Of course, the artworks are edible... Next, we continue on to the famous Dutch fishing village of Volendam, before heading to the windmill village of Zaanse Schans, renown for making wooden shoes, or "klompe". Our last and most spectacular stop of the day is at Keukenhof, stopping en route at a beautiful tulip field for once in a lifetime photo oppurtunity. The Netherland's largest flower garden, Keukenhof, where approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted annually, is an impressive sight and not to be missed! Tonight you have the chance to experience Koninginnenag (Queen's Night) so make the best of the party-mood in Amsterdam! Many celebrations begin tonight, with public music performances and street parties. Some events continue until daybreak when the actual Queen's Day events begin!
Day 3: Queen's Birthday Party - free day
In recent years, Koninginnedag (Queens Day) has become more and more of an open-air party, with many concerts and special events in public spaces, particularly in Amsterdam, which attracts anywhere from 500,000 to 800,000 visitors - this is your day to enjoy the celebrations with them![Please note, as this is a bank holiday banks, post offices and many businesses will be closed. Also bear in mind that due to the mass celebration, it may be slow to reach some areas of the city forms of transport]
Day 4: Amsterdam - Bruges - London
After breakfast it's back to London, stopping en route for a lunch-break visit in the ancient city of Bruges, famous for beer and chocolates and cherished for its architectural and artistic treasures. This is a quick stop before we board the coach to head to Calais for the channel crossing back to the UK.

Tour 2
Day 1: London – Cambridge – York
Welcome to your UK tour! Today you depart London, and head for Cambridge. Relax and enjoy the lush English countryside as it sweeps past you. Upon arrival, you embark on a College Backs Punt along the river, and savour the history and marvellous views of Cambridge from this traditional mode of transport. In the afternoon, you continue on to York, a stunning city steeped in history and culture. This evening, you are taken on a fascinating walking tour of the city. Tonight, why not head to a local pub to share a pint with some of the locals, if you wish.
Day 2: Hadrian's Wall – Jedburgh – Scottish Borders – Edinburgh
Prepare yourself for a day of history and scenic views. You have the opportunity to witness Hadrian's Wall at Chester's Roman Fort, the most popular tourist attraction in Northern England and a listed World Heritage site. Here you see what life in England was like under Roman rule. Next stop is Jedburgh, a centre famed for its links to Royalty and historical warfare. Feel free to wander and explore. The Jedburgh Abbey ruins are worth a look. Making our way to the Scottish border, we stop at Scott's View overlooking the River Tweed, reputed to be one of the favourite views of Sir Walter Scott. Arriving in Edinburgh, you complete your day with an evening guided walking tour of the city with your Expat Explore tour leader.
Day 3: Edinburgh – Free Day
Today you are free to explore as you wish. Edinburgh is stunning city, steeped in history, beautiful architecture, lively pubs and loads of shopping. Take a step back in time and wander around the cobbled streets of the Royal Mile down to the Grass Market, or check out the Botanical Gardens. The Edinburgh Castle is well worth the entry fee, and ensure you allow a few hours to really sink your teeth into Scottish history and admire the views. The National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo, the National War Museum of Scotland and Holyroodhouse Palace offer some alternative ways to spend the day. In the evening, enjoy a pint or a traditional whisky at one of the hundreds of pubs in the city, or undertake a Ghost tour, which will take you under the city and to some incredibly interesting graveyards.
Day 4: Edinburgh – Inverness – Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle– Scottish Highlands
Today you head north to experience some very famous and beautiful locations. As you leave Edinburgh, you have the opportunity to witness the National Wallace Monument, commemorating Sir William Wallace and the real story of 'Braveheart'. As we continue towards the highlands, prepare for your breath to be taken away by the stunning scenery of Inverness – the 'Mouth of the River Ness'. The drive is substantial but worth the effort, and there will be opportunities to stretch the legs and breathe in fresh Highland air along the way. Free time is yours to choose whether to embark on a 1 hour cruise at Loch Ness, probably the most famous loch in Scotland, (see if you can spot 'Nessie' the 'Loch Ness Monster') or visit the impressive ruins of Urquhart Castle. The day ends with a whiskey tasting at one of Scotland's oldest, licensed whiskey distilleries in Fort William, before continuing on to your hotel in the Scottish Highlands.
Day 5: Highlands – Loch Lomond – Liverpool
Our scenic coach tour of the Highlands continues through the morning. You will witness the grandeur of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain, and also Glencoe – a spectacular glen with one of the most fascinating yet saddest stories encompassing Scotland's history. As you prepare to leave Scotland, we have a photo stop at Loch Lomond, the country's largest fresh water loch. Across the border and into England, you have free time for a late lunch in Keswick, located in the beautiful Lake District, and home to the first pencil! From here we continue to Liverpool – a city known for its maritime history, music heritage, two premier league football teams and colourful local characters. After checking in at the hotel, why not head to one of the many local pubs, including 'The Craven Pub' – the cradle of British pop music, and where the identity of The Beatles was formed.
Day 6: Liverpool – Stratford-Upon-Avon – Wales
Your day begins with an Expat Explore 'Magical Mystery Coach Tour' of Liverpool, taking in the Albert Dock, Anfield Football Stadium and a myriad of locations which were significant to developing the world class pop act 'the Beatles'- which shaped modern music as we know it. Learn about Paul, John, George and Ringo, and the city which inspired such timeless classics including 'Strawberry Fields' and 'Penny Lane'. Or, you have free time to explore 'The Beatles Story Museum' if you so desire. Next stop is Stratford-Upon-Avon - the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and considered to be one of the most important historical locations in the UK. You will have time to wander the city and visit major Shakespearean attractions. We continue to Abergavenny, a relaxing, picturesque Welsh town nestled in the south eastern corner of the country. Contemplate the splendour of the Brecon Beacons, embark on a short orientation tour of the centre and then spend your evening as you wish.
Day 7: Wales – Bath – Stonehenge – London
Start your last day with free time to explore the sights of Abergavenny, and then it is off to Bath – a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring some of the finest architectural sights in Europe. A guided walking and coach tour of Bath will orientate you on the highlights of the area and then you have free time to explore at your own pace. Afterwards, you continue on to Stonehenge, an ancient and awe-inspiring structure, which has mystified scientists, tourists and historians for centuries, with regard to its purpose and creation. The last leg of the tour will take you back to your starting point in London, where we will say goodbye and look forward to meeting again soon.
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May 17th, 2012, 04:29 AM
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Hi Winnie,

Based on those itinerary I would choose the first one as it actually gives you time to experience Amsterdam.

The 2nd one is a whirlwind and would mean tonnes of time in the bus and not much time to see the places!
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May 17th, 2012, 05:33 AM
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Thank you a lot.
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May 17th, 2012, 06:46 AM
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the Amsterdam one will be next year as Koenigginendag has been and gone this year [it's in April].
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May 17th, 2012, 07:17 AM
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Now I see why they don't show the dates and rates.

Do you think which is better? I mean the tour 2 and the original 26-day tour which I have booked.
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May 17th, 2012, 08:14 AM
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Can't you just get (most of) your money back and plan something that actually makes sense?
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May 17th, 2012, 08:17 AM
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like jamikins I'd chose the first one.

Now you latest question is a bit rough but I think the tour 2 might be better rather than the 26 day tour as it is shorter
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May 17th, 2012, 08:47 AM
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"We start our Eastern European adventure in Dresden - try some of the local food like bratwurst over lunch time. Explore the sights off this former Eastern German city - restored after it's near complete destruction in the Second World War..."

While in Dresden, I beg you NOT to have a bratwurst for lunch; instead go into the beautiful Coselpalais and treat yourself to one of their wonderful pastries (better than Vienna, IMO), and a coffee, both served in/on Meissen porcelain. It's right by the Frauenkirche, in the heart of the old town. I recommend the Prater cake, a delicious confection of buttercream, raspberries and sponge.
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May 26th, 2012, 04:00 PM
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Thank you a lot. My schedule comes out now.

Taiwan ---- London and neighboring cities ---- Paris (as I have paid the tour) ---- Oxford ---- Lake District ---- Edinburgh ----- Highland (a five-day tour)---- back to london -----Taiwan
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May 27th, 2012, 04:43 AM
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winnie - this looks a lot better.
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May 27th, 2012, 05:07 AM
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Thank your earlier advices.
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