Announcing My First Reader (UN)Tour: My Highlights of Europe

By Nomadic Matt | Published May 1st, 2013

nomadic matt europe tourI’ve been toying with the idea of running tours for a couple of years now but have never been able to really sit down and organize one. There’s a lot that goes into a tour and I wanted to really make the first one great. Over the last few months as I’ve been settling down in NYC, I’ve had time to plan and I’m happy to announce my first tour (with many more to come) will take place this September in Europe!

Nomadic Matt’s Crazy European Adventure

The basics:
When? September 15th-28th
Where? Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm
Why? I want to show you some of my favorite cities in Europe and what draws me back to them over and over again. We’ll be going to my favorite restaurants, bars, attractions, and more. This is my Europe, which is why I’m calling it an untour. We’ll be going off the beaten path quite a bit!
How many people? Maximum of 10

That’s the overview. Here are the details:

General Itinerary

Day 1 – Paris

  • Arrive in Paris
  • Welcome dinner

Day 2 – Paris

  • Walking tour through the city
  • Museum visits

Day 3 – Paris

  • Versailles
  • Picnic!

Day 4 – Paris

  • Morning food tour
  • Free time

Day 5 – Amsterdam

  • Train to Amsterdam in the morning
  • Walking tour with me

Day 6 – Amsterdam

  • Dutch pancake breakfast
  • Canal tour

Day 7 – Amsterdam

  • Museum hopping!
  • Night train to Copenhagen

Day 8 – Amsterdam

  • Free day! Travel is about exploration. Time to explore on your own! (Or hang out with me! Up to you!)

Day 9 – Copenhagen

  • Arrive in Copenhagen
  • Walking tour

Day 10 – Copenhagen

  • Canal tour
  • Sightseeing activities

Day 11 – Stockholm

  • Morning train to Stockholm
  • Walking tour with me

Day 12 – Stockholm

  • Boat tour around the harbor and a visit to some castles

Day 13 – Stockholm

  • Sightseeing, free time, and a bike tour
  • Good bye dinner

Day 14 – Stockholm

  • This is departure day! We say good bye here!

That’s the basic overview. I’ll be filling the trip with more events and activities as we get closer to departure. You will not be short on things to do in each destination. It will be a fantastic time.

What’s included?

  • 13 nights accommodation (We’ll be staying in my favorite hostels! See FAQ below!)
  • Inter-city transportation (We’ll be taking the train between each city. There is one overnight train between Amsterdam and Copenhagen; you’ll have a bed on the train.)
  • A welcome dinner in Paris, one breakfast in Amsterdam, and a goodbye dinner in Stockholm.
  • A 3 hour food tour in Paris and a 3 hour tour of the Palace of Versailles.
  • Walking tours and activities with me in each city.
  • The time of your life.
  • Plus, a lot of surprises to come!

What’s not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Optional activities
  • Meals not┬áspecified

How much?
This 14 day tour is $1,500 USD.

This tour is full. If you want to be on the wait list, e-mail me at [email protected] with the subject “wait list” and I’ll put your name on the list!

F.A.Q.

What kind of rooms are we staying in?
We will be staying in hostels and we’ll have our own dorms. There will be two 4-bed dorm rooms and one double room in each city. For couples, I’ll work to get you into the double room every time we change destinations. Rooms will be divided by gender (males in one, females in the other).

Is airfare provided?
No, you’ll be responsible for your own airfare to and from the tour.

Will I need travel insurance?
Yes, all guests will be required to have travel insurance for the duration of the trip. I’ll be asking for proof before departure. If you don’t have it, you won’t be able to come.

Will I need to fill out any release forms?
Yes, you’ll also be required to fill out and sign a liability waiver releasing me and Nomadic Matt Tours from any and all liability related to the tour.

What if I change my mind? What is your refund policy?
I’ll cry but understand. Plans change. If you cancel before July 15th, 2013, you will get 100% of your money back. Between July 15th to July 31st, 50% of your money will be refunded. Between August 1st to August 31st, 25% of your money will be refunded. After September 1st, 0% of your money will be refunded. Organizing a tour involves a lot of work and costs that can’t be reimbursed close to departure as money does get paid upfront.

Will I have any time to myself?
Of course! I hate the tours that book every minute of your day. While we will be busy, there will also be plenty of time for you to explore on your own!

Why only 4 cities?
My travel philosophy is less is more. I don’t want to be racing across Europe in two weeks. On this trip, we travel my way – slow – so we can know each destination better!

What about visas?
If you require a visa to enter Europe, you’ll need to get that in advance on your own.

How many tickets can I buy?
Reservations on the tour are limited to a maximum of 2 per person to ensure everyone gets a chance to go!

If you try to get in and there’s no more room, e-mail me at [email protected] with the subject “waitlist” and I’ll put your name on the waitlist!

P.S. – Not able to make this tour? I’ll be offering more in the future! March 2014: Thailand, August 2014: Eastern Europe, December 2014: Australia. You can stay informed by signing up to this list.

comments 21 Comments

Tahira

this sounds good, my summer plans made – maybe another time

Vee

You know, I have to say: that’s a very reasonable price for a 14-day tour!! I’m sure you will show them a good time. I like to travel by myself.. otherwise, I would have done it!

Man, if I would’ve seen this a few months ago I would’ve signed up on the spot! Oh, well. Next time maybe.

Oh, if I could I would totally go! Hope you run a tour again and I’ll be there!

Natalia

Dear Matt,

I’d love to sign up! However, when I click on the “Sign Me Up” button, a message pops up that reads, “This product is out of stock” :-/ Not sure if just a website glitch or enough people have already signed up for this lovely tour…

NomadicMatt

It means the tour is sold out! You can sign up for the wait list if you want.

kathleen mcgraw

What a great price!! I already have plans for two weeks aug/sept in Europe, maybe next time!!!!

Congratulations on selling out quickly. Can’t wait to read some trip reports!

Sounds like an awesome tour! If we hadnt already booked our summer we may have joined you – Maybe next time.

the type of stuff that shows travel dreams can come true, congrats Matt on your first tour, hope it’s all the success you want it to be :)

Valerie

Matt – How does one get on the wait list?

NomadicMatt

Send an e-mail to the address listed in the post.

Natalia

Congrats!!! That was a quick sellout!! December 2014: Australia – fingers crossed! :-)
Hope everyone has a great time on this year’s tour to Europe!

Looks like a great tour and a really good price! I remember my first backpacking trip to Europe was 2 weeks and just 4 cities: London, Paris, Madrid and Barcelona and I think I paid a similar amount going solo at the time.

That sounds amazing! I can’t make this one but I really want to do the Thailand or Australia one!

Wow, that seems a great tour, I wish I had 2 free weeks but unfortunatelly I don’t, anyway I hope everyone will enjoy this tour since those are some of my favorite places on the planet…

alison

aww…Congratulations Matt for fast sale of your 1st tour !! :)
Will be an amazing trip! .. sobs i can’t join this coming September..
but hoping to be able to join your next Aug 2014 Eastern Europe tour !! ^__^ yay!
Have lots of fun !!

Dustin Thomas

Hi, I was wandering how many people are on the waiting list. I would be interested in adding my self if its not too full.

Dustin

NomadicMatt

About 15 right now. I may add a second tour.

Crazy. Sold out in less than 7 hours!? Congrats Matt! Can’t wait to hear about how the trip goes. :)

NomadicMatt

Thanks!