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Boston, Cape Cod and the Islands

8 Day Tour from Massachusetts to Rhode Island

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8 Days
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United States

6 Cities

Boston, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Newport

11 Meals

4 Dinner with Wines, 7 Breakfasts

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations
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This 8-Day guided tour blends history with glamour as you travel from Massachusetts to Rhode Island. Follow the red-brick Freedom Trail in Boston to see where the U.S. took shape. On the shores of Cape Cod Bay, see Sandwich, a coastal town famous for its glassmakers; here, visit the Sandwich Glass Museum, where you can learn tricks of the trade. At Martha's Vineyard, a driver will take you past the former home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and to Oak Bluffs, an idyllic town with gingerbread-like cottages. Indulge in a sea-to-table feast filled with fish caught from local fishermen, fresh produce from nearby farms and delicacies picked by foragers. In the seaside city of Newport, board an 80-foot schooner to cruise the coastline, taking in views of historical buildings and the homes of the rich and famous — and learn about the area’s past as a pirates’ haven.

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Day 1

Boston, the Cradle of Liberty

Welcome to Boston, described by many as the most European city in the U.S., you can expect a thriving art scene, delicious variety of seafood delicacies and plenty of charm. Arrive to the Hyatt Regency Boston, just steps from Boston's most desirable area-attractions such as the Boston Common, Faneuil Hall, and Boston's famous shopping destination, Newbury Street. A 10-to-15 minute walk will bring you to the South End, Back Bay or the Charles River Esplanade. At 18:00, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner with wine and an opportunity to mingle with fellow guests.

Sailboats on the Charles River, Boston, USA
Hyatt Regency, Boston View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Hyatt Regency, Boston

About the Hotel

Boston, United States

Discover the city's downtown destination, Hyatt Regency Boston, where luxury and convenience collide. Steps from Boston's most desirable area-attractions such as the Boston Common, Faneuil Hall, and Boston's famous shopping destination, Newbury Street, the hotel sits at the edge of the city's excitement.

 

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool

Style

  • Contemporary
Authentic Dining Enjoy a Welcome Dinner
Dinner in Boston

At 18:00, join your Travel Director for a dinner with wine and an opportunity to mingle with fellow guests.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 2

Historic Boston

Explore the city with your Travel Director and learn about the city's transformative past. You’ll follow part of the red-brick Freedom Trail that brings the story of the American Revolution to life. Sights include Boston Common, the Old Corner Bookstore and the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown. View the colorful neighborhoods of Back Bay and historic North End, otherwise known as Boston’s Little Italy. Make sure you try the neighborhood's famous cannoli and grab yourself some of the best espresso in town. Later, choose to visit Fenway Park, America's oldest baseball stadium and home of the Boston Red Sox or tour The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum dedicated to the memory of the nation's thirty-fifth president. The rest of the day is free to pursue your own interests.

The George Washington statue, Boston, USA
Hyatt Regency, Boston View Hotel Details
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Hyatt Regency, Boston

About the Hotel

Boston, United States

Discover the city's downtown destination, Hyatt Regency Boston, where luxury and convenience collide. Steps from Boston's most desirable area-attractions such as the Boston Common, Faneuil Hall, and Boston's famous shopping destination, Newbury Street, the hotel sits at the edge of the city's excitement.

 

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Boston City Tour, Boston, USA
Historic Boston Freedom Trail

Explore the great city of Boston, with your Travel Director and learn about its transformative past. You’ll follow part of the red-brick Freedom Tr...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Insight Choice Fenway Park Tour, Boston, Massachusetts
Fenway Park Tour

Step through the hallowed gates and enter Fenway Park. Home to the nine-time World Series winning Boston Red Sox since 1912, Fenway is the oldest b...

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Included in Trip

Insight Choice

Insight Choice
Visit the Museum of Fine Arts

Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, renowned for its Impressionist paintings, Asian and Egyptian collections and early American art.

Included in Trip

Insight Choice

Optional Experiences
Historic Harbor Cruise

Boston’s inner and outer harbors are awash in legend and lore. Not to mention beauty. On this fully narrated 90-minute tour, we’ll regale you with ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Pilgrim Heritage and on to Sandwich

This morning, discover Plymouth's history at the first Pilgrim settlement. Visit Pilgrim Hall Museum, the oldest continuously operating public museum in the country and America’s museum of Pilgrim possessions. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you visit the Plimoth Patuxet museum. This living memorial is dedicated to preserving the histories of the Native and English inhabitants of this region and educating the public on early settlers and the Wampanoag People in an immersive and engaging environment. Later you'll get to know the Cape more intimately as you make your way to the coastal haven of Sandwich. This afternoon, discover the art and science of glass making at Sandwich Glass Museum where you can watch glassblowers in action and explore exhibits spanning over three centuries. Enjoy a dinner back at your hotel later this evening featuring local favorites.

Pilgrim Lake, Cape Cod, USA
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Dan'l Webster Inn and Spa

About the Hotel

Sandwich, United States

As the centerpiece of the oldest town on Cape Cod, The Dan'l Webster Inn & Spa in Sandwich has offered Cape Cod lodging for over 300 years. Today's visitors of the boutique Inn on Cape Cod are treated to the romance of the past with all the amenities of today's conveniences.

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Visit Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Visit the Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth

Visit Pilgrim Hall Museum, the oldest continuously operating public museum in the country and America’s museum of Pilgrim possessions. Meet a direc...

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Make Travel Matter Plimoth Patuxet Museum Plymouth, Massachusetts
Plimoth Patuxet Museum

Visit the Plimoth Patuxet (Puh – tux- it) Museum – which is really more like a living memorial dedicated to the lifestyle of the first English sett...

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Make Travel Matter

Top Rated Highlights Visit Sandwich Glass Museum, Sandwich, Cape Cod
Visit the Sandwich Glass Museum

View through the lens of the skilled craftsmen at the Sandwich Glass Museum, where you will learn the techniques of the English and Irish glass-mak...

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Day 4

Explore Cape Cod

Head out to Salt Pond on Cape Cod's National Seashore and learn about the natural wonder and human history represented on the Cape, from its First People and European settlement to modern lifestyles and communication technology. An optional experience on the Sand Dunes of the National Seashore may present itself later today. Roll through the Dune Shacks of Peaked Hill Bars Historic District, catching sight of Pilgrim Lake and the famed artists’ dune shacks while Local Experts share the history and ecology of these striking and inspiring dunes. 

Dan'l Webster Inn and Spa View Hotel Details
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Dan'l Webster Inn and Spa

About the Hotel

Sandwich, United States

As the centerpiece of the oldest town on Cape Cod, The Dan'l Webster Inn & Spa in Sandwich has offered Cape Cod lodging for over 300 years. Today's visitors of the boutique Inn on Cape Cod are treated to the romance of the past with all the amenities of today's conveniences.

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Cape Cod National Seashore, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Cape Cod National Seashore

Experience the natural wonder and human history emphasizing the cultural themes represented on Cape Cod, including the First People--the Wampanoag;...

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Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Travel through Cape Cod National Seashore Park on Art's Sand Dune Tours, USA
Art's Sand Dune Tours

Art’s Dune Tours provides an off-road tour experience to our family of visitors through the heart of the National Historic District of the Cape Cod...

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Day 5

Martha's Vineyard, a Presidential Paradise

Board a ferry this morning to Martha's Vineyard (seasonal). Home to pristine sandy beaches, outdoor attractions and heavenly harbor towns, this summer hangout is no stranger to presidential visits. The island has hosted the Clintons and the Obamas, while the former U.S. First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, maintained a home here. After disembarking, make your way to Oak Bluffs, known for its rainbow-colored, gingerbread-like cottages with gothic storybook decorations, high-peaked roofs, and dainty verandas. You’ll also find the oldest operating platform carousel in America here. Get acquainted with the island, before reaching your hotel. Tonight's dinner is sure to delight with the season’s freshest offerings from local farms, fishing boats, foragers and markets.

Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, USA
Harbor View Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Harbor View Hotel

About the Hotel

Martha's Vineyard, United States

A beloved fixture on the Vineyard since 1891, Harbor View Hotel offers luxury guest rooms and suites in the heart of historic Edgartown. The hotel closed for a top-to-bottom renovation under new ownership in 2018 that has elevated every aspect of the guest experience and firmly positions it among the region’s finest hotels.

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Bar
  • Gym

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Visit Oak Bluffs In Marthas Vineyard, Massachusetts
Visit Oak Bluffs in Martha's Vineyard

After disembarking from your ferry ride, visit the port neighborhood of Oak Bluffs and be transported to a different era. Known for its rainbow-col...

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Authentic Dining Bettini Restaurant Boston, Massachusetts
Dinner at Martha's Vineyard

Tonight's Sea-to-Table dinner at Menemsha Room is sure to delight with the season’s freshest offerings from local farms, fishing boats, foragers and markets.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 6

Nantucket Island

Depart Martha's Vineyard in style on a high-speed catamaran for the picturesque island of Nantucket. Not only has it retained the charm of a bygone era, it is one of the most exclusive coastal communities in the U.S. During your visit, take in the beauty of the antique cobblestone streets, lined with high- end boutiques and breathtaking architecture during a guided walking tour. The homes date back to its whaling days which also influenced much of the culture on the island. In the past, the style of home directly correlated to a whaler's ranking. Return to the mainland in the evening to relax at your luxurious hotel.

Nantucket Island, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Hotel Viking, Newport View Hotel Details
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Hotel Viking, Newport

About the Hotel

Newport, United States

Experience warmth and character at the boutique Hotel Viking, registered with the Historic Hotels of America. Combining our iconic Newport landmark with local focused events and exceptional service, a new era of hospitality awaits you.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Spa with pool
  • Gym
  • Room Service

Style

  • Heritage
Top Rated Highlights Nantucket Island, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Downtown Nantucket Walking Tour

Walk through historic downtown Nantucket and discover the unique history of the island. Journey through Nantucket’s past and hear about the rise an...

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Top Rated Highlights

Day 7

Newport, the Queen of Summer Resorts

This morning, you'll enjoy a visit to The Breakers, a Gilded Age mansion and summer residence of Cornelius Vanderbilt II. The 70-room estate is the grandest of Newport's summer cottages. Today, it is a National Historic Landmark that serves as a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial pre-eminence in the Gilded Age. This afternoon, sail around Newport Harbor aboard the Rum Runner II cruising by Newport mansions and former speakeasies, lighthouses, islands, and many other points of interest along the waterfront. Our journey through New England is almost at its end, but not before you join your fellow travelers for a Celebration Dinner at La Forge Casino Restaurant originally established in 1880.

Newport Bridge Sunrise​, Newport, USA
Hotel Viking, Newport View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Hotel Viking, Newport

About the Hotel

Newport, United States

Experience warmth and character at the boutique Hotel Viking, registered with the Historic Hotels of America. Combining our iconic Newport landmark with local focused events and exceptional service, a new era of hospitality awaits you.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Spa with pool
  • Gym
  • Room Service

Style

  • Heritage
Insight Experiences  Schooner Aldirondack – Sailing, Newport, USA
Visit Newport and Cruise Onboard the Adirondack II

Jump onboard the Adirondack II, an 80-foot schooner sailing ship and cruise around the coastline. You’ll sail out and pass nearby islands, old hist...

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Insight Experiences

Authentic Dining Celebration Dinner, New York
Dinner in Newport

Meet your new friends in the evening for a seafood dinner with wine, where you can share the highlights of your trip while savoring a freshly prepared meal.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Insight Experiences The Breakers and 10 Mile Drive, Newport, USA
Breakers Mansion Visit

Enjoy a visit to one of Newport's renowned landmarks, The Vanderbilt's Breakers Mansion.

Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Day 8

Back to Boston

It's time to say goodbye to your fellow travelers as you return to Boston. For those heading home there will be complimentary transfers to Boston Logan International Airport, arriving at 12:00. Alternatively, you may return to the Hyatt Regency Boston if you wish to extend your stay.

George Washington Monument, Boston, USA
Included Meals Breakfast

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Top Rated Highlights
Historic Boston Freedom Trail

Explore the great city of Boston, with your Travel Director and learn about its transformative past. You’ll follow part of the red-brick Freedom Tr...

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Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Fenway Park Tour

Step through the hallowed gates and enter Fenway Park. Home to the nine-time World Series winning Boston Red Sox since 1912, Fenway is the oldest b...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Visit the Museum of Fine Arts

Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, renowned for its Impressionist paintings, Asian and Egyptian collections and early American art.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth

Visit Pilgrim Hall Museum, the oldest continuously operating public museum in the country and America’s museum of Pilgrim possessions. Meet a direc...

See More
Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Plimoth Patuxet Museum

Visit the Plimoth Patuxet (Puh – tux- it) Museum – which is really more like a living memorial dedicated to the lifestyle of the first English sett...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the Sandwich Glass Museum

View through the lens of the skilled craftsmen at the Sandwich Glass Museum, where you will learn the techniques of the English and Irish glass-mak...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Cape Cod National Seashore

Experience the natural wonder and human history emphasizing the cultural themes represented on Cape Cod, including the First People--the Wampanoag;...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Oak Bluffs in Martha's Vineyard

After disembarking from your ferry ride, visit the port neighborhood of Oak Bluffs and be transported to a different era. Known for its rainbow-col...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Downtown Nantucket Walking Tour

Walk through historic downtown Nantucket and discover the unique history of the island. Journey through Nantucket’s past and hear about the rise an...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Visit Newport and Cruise Onboard the Adirondack II

Jump onboard the Adirondack II, an 80-foot schooner sailing ship and cruise around the coastline. You’ll sail out and pass nearby islands, old hist...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Breakers Mansion Visit

Enjoy a visit to one of Newport's renowned landmarks, The Vanderbilt's Breakers Mansion.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

4 Dinner with Wines, 7 Breakfasts

Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you'll enjoy on this tour.

Dinner in Boston

At 18:00, join your Travel Director for a dinner with wine and an opportunity to mingle with fellow guests.

Dinner at Martha's Vineyard

Tonight's Sea-to-Table dinner at Menemsha Room is sure to delight with the season’s freshest offerings from local farms, fishing boats, foragers and markets.

Dinner in Newport

Meet your new friends in the evening for a seafood dinner with wine, where you can share the highlights of your trip while savoring a freshly prepared meal.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Hyatt Regency, Boston
Harbor View Hotel
Hotel Viking, Newport

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Historic Harbor Cruise

Boston’s inner and outer harbors are awash in legend and lore. Not to mention beauty. On this fully narrated 90-minute tour, we’ll regale you with ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Art's Sand Dune Tours

Art’s Dune Tours provides an off-road tour experience to our family of visitors through the heart of the National Historic District of the Cape Cod...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Languages across USA: English the official language of USA.
  • Currency used in USA: The currency of USA is the American Dollar ($).
  • Capital:: The capital of USA is Washington, DC.
  • Time Zone(s) in USA: Several time zones are used across different regions of the USAs to establish standard time: Eastern Standard Time (EST), Central Standard Time (CST), Mountain Standard Time (MST), Pacific Standard Time (PST), Alaska Standard Time (AKST), Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST). It's important to note that some regions within each time zone may observe daylight saving time, which would result in a one-hour shift during the daylight saving time period.

 

The climate and weather in the United States vary greatly due to its large size and diverse geography. The country experiences a wide range of climate types, including temperate, Mediterranean, subtropical, arid, and alpine climates. In general, the eastern and central parts of the United States have a humid continental climate, characterized by hot and humid summers, and cold winters. The western coastal regions, such as California and the Pacific Northwest, have a more Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. The southern states have a subtropical climate, with hot and humid summers and mild winters. The southwestern and western regions, including states like Arizona and Nevada, have a desert or arid climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild winters. The northernmost parts of the country, particularly Alaska, have a subarctic and alpine climate, with extremely cold winters and cool summers.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Comfortable walking shoes. North and Central America, along with Canada, offer a vast range of terrains. To make the most of your trip, it is vital to pack shoes that can cater to all your activities, from strolling on Hawaii's beaches to dining at a sophisticated restaurant in Toronto.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: From the snowy peaks of the Rockies to the steamy jungles of Costa Rica, you’ll encounter a myriad of climates. To ensure you're ready for any situation, it's wise to pack adaptable, layered clothing. We advise you to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall. 
  • Modest attire: In some religious sites, modest clothing is required, so we suggest carrying a shawl or scarf to cover your shoulders or legs when necessary.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

As an American traveler going on a guided tour within the USA, there are a few essential things to know about electricity and adaptors to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience. Since you are traveling within the USA, you won't need to worry about voltage and plug type differences. Just pack your electronic devices as you would for any domestic trip, and you'll be all set to enjoy your guided tour in the United States!

  • Voltage and Plug Type: As an American traveler, you won't need a voltage converter or plug adapter for your electronic devices within the country.
  • Compatibility: Since you are traveling within the USA, your electronic devices, such as smartphones, laptops, and camera chargers, should be compatible with the standard voltage and plug type used in the country. You can use your regular chargers and power cords without any issues.
  • Hotels and Accommodations: Most hotels and accommodations in the USA provide electrical outlets compatible with American plugs. You won't need to worry about adaptors or converters within the country.
  • Airports and Public Places: Airports, train stations, and other public places in the USA will have outlets that match the American standard, so you can quickly charge your devices while on the go.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Since you don't have to worry about converting the voltage, you can bring a travel dryer or pack one from home. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in most hotels, restaurants, and public spaces in the USA, especially in major cities and tourist areas.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. 

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are not included or available on tours that operate in the United States and Canada. Guests will be provided local transfer options after booking so they can make their travel arrangements from the airport to the hotel and vice versa. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while traveling.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include COVID, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of $1.00-$2.00 USD per person/half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/day is listed in your travel documents.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Michael Tsu
Review date: Friday, October 22, 2021
Service
Very good and communicated well
Vacation
Good tour that was great and very informative. Trip was coordinated well
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, September 16, 2019
Service
Have more consistency in terms of quality of accommodations; offer more choices at hotel dinners than two; have people stay in nicer hotels for more than one night and do the rest of the tour around those accommodations; spend less time around lunch for shopping and see more things
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your suggestions and feedback. We will be sure to share them with our partners at Destination America for immediate review and follow up.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Vacation
Guests on the trip were fun and from all parts of the world. Tour director and bus driver were excellent. Tour itself, accommodations and meals were just okay.
Timothy O'Leary
Review date: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Service
Barb did a great job!
Vacation
A couple of the hotels on the tour didn't impress our group of 6 people. By the way we referred 4 of the people on this trip!
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