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Grand Canal with gondolas at sunset, Venice, Italy
17 Days
8 Countries

England, France, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Vatican City, Monaco

18 Cities

London, Dover, Calais, Amsterdam, Boppard, Rhineland, Lucerne, Venice, Rome, Vatican, Florence, Pisa, Monaco City, French Riviera, Avignon, Lyon, Versailles, Paris

20 Meals

16 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 45
Tour brand Costsaver
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You won't be able to keep your eyes off the epic landscapes of the Rhine, Tuscany and the French Riviera as you journey from Amsterdam to all the main highlights of Europe. Explore Venice and Paris, encounter centuries of papal history in Rome and Avignon, and cruise down Europe's mightiest river. Don't miss a thing on this 14 day jaunt across Europe with new friends.

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Day 1

Arrive London

Your travel adventure starts in London, where old taverns sit alongside trendy cocktail bars and historic buildings rub shoulders with towering skyscrapers. Rush out and discover her many treasures during your free time today - from visiting one of the city's celebrated museums to paying your respects to Admiral Nelson in Trafalgar Square.

Tower Bridge in London, England
Accommodation Novotel London Excel

Day 2

London free day

Kickstart your grand European journey with a full free day to explore all the surprises London has to offer. There's no shortage of things to do as you'll come to discover yourself - from the tranquillity of the Royal Parks to the shopping frenzy on Oxford Street, the pomp and pageantry of the city's royal landmarks to one of London's locals for a pint or two.

Underground Sign in London, England
Accommodation Novotel London Excel
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 3

London - Amsterdam

This morning, meet your Travel Director and fellow travel companions, journey through the Kent countryside to Dover. Here you'll board your ferry to Calais, then wind your way through the flat expanses of Belgium and the Netherlands, reaching Amsterdam this afternoon.

Bike and Canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Accommodation Ibis Schiphol Amsterdam Airport
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Enjoy a private cruise in a glass-roofed boat that travels the historic canal ring in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam Discovery Canal Cruise

Your travel dreams are about to become a reality as you enjoy a private cruise down the iconic canals of Amsterdam with a Local Specialist, marvell...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Amsterdam Orientation

It won’t take long to fall in love with the Dutch capital. Your orientation tour will take you through the city’s historic center, then perhaps join an Optional Experience to Volendam where the Dutch traditions of cheese and clog making take center stage or on an optional cruise through the city's canals.

Bike by canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Accommodation Ibis Schiphol Amsterdam Airport
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Muiderslot Castle visit and drink in Muiden, Netherlands
Muiderslot, a Genuine Castle

We'll take a short drive with our Local Specialist to the imposing Muiderslot Castle, for a real taste of Dutch history. It's part of Amsterdam's D...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Cheese heads in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dutch Countryside Immersion

On this trip to the reclaimed polderlands around the former Zuider Zee, we start by visiting a cheese farm and wooden shoe-maker to get a taste of ...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner in a historic Dutch house, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dinner in a Historic Dutch House

You’ve seen the elegant mansions, houseboats and often-crooked homes of Amsterdam, but now it’s time to experience life inside one as we spend the ...

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Day 5

Amsterdam – Rhine Cruise – Rhineland

You won't want to blink as you head east into the lush landscapes of Germany and you'd be forgiven for wanting to jump ship and stay forever as you cruise down the Rhine River. With medieval villages, steep vineyards and storybook castles, the Rhine Valley has enchanted painters and writers for centuries. See it in all its glory as you board a leisurely river cruise on one of the best sightseeing tours in Europe, winding your way through romantic Rhineland landscapes.

View of Village by Rhine River, Germany
Accommodation NH Hirschberg
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Rhineland – Lucerne Region

Slice through the heart of Switzerland bound for Lucerne on your very own 'Grand Tour' of Europe. Take a step back in time when you join your Travel Director for an orientation tour, exploring the Old Town, the ancient wooden Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument. The mournful, mortally wounded lion hewn from rock commemorates the sacrifice made by the Swiss Guards who died defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution. This afternoon, you’ll have some time to explore the city your way, perhaps with some retail therapy. You could choose to ascend to the alpine heavens instead, joining an optional scenic cruise across Lake Lucerne to Stans, then traveling by railway and cable car up into the mountains for exhilarating mountain views.

Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland
Accommodation SwissEver Zug Swiss Quality Hotel Lucerne
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Visit Mount Stanserhorn, Switzerland
'Swisstainable' Mount Stanserhorn And Lake Cruise

Enjoy a scenic cruise across Lake Lucerne, making your way to the picturesque town of Stans before exploring the towering Mount Stanserhorn. Travel...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Lucerne Region – Venice (Oriago)

You'll touch the sky when you follow the St. Gotthard highway, winding past epic mountain scenery south to Chiasso, on the border of Italy. Cross the border and continue past Italy's enchanting Lake District and the Veneto Plains to the 'Queen of the Adriatic', Venice. You'll have some time to explore on your own or perhaps admire the beauty of Venice from its maze of canals. Join an Optional Experience to cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal and board a gondola, watching life unfold along the city's narrow calle and magical waterways.

Gondola on the canal of Venice, Italy
Accommodation LH Hotel Sirio Venice
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Cruise the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy
Gondolas & the Grand Canal

Join us for a breath-taking cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal, enjoying privileged views of impressive sights such as the Ca’...

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Optional Experiences

Day 8

Venice orientation and free time

Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. All the main attractions are within walking distance of the Piazza so you'll have easy access to view the famous Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark. Spend your time wandering the calle of Venice before we visit a glassblowing workshop, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Watch talented master craftsmen at work, engaged in the same craft as their ancestors from centuries ago. Witness them crafting the beautiful glass creations that are characteristic of Venice. This afternoon, consider taking an optional cruise across the lagoon to colorful Burano Island.

St. Marks Square in Venice, Italy
Accommodation LH Hotel Sirio Venice
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Cruise and meal in Burano, Italy
Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

Discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat, traveling to the heritage-listed fisherman’s island of Burano. Known for its picturesque, technicolou...

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Day 9

Venice – Rome

This Europe value tour just keeps getting better and today the 'Eternal City' beckons as you cross the Apennines through Tuscany to Rome. There's time to hit the streets on your own or go for a leisurely stroll to one of the city's thronging piazzas for a spot of people watching. Or consider joining an optional guided sightseeing tour of Rome. Whatever you choose, it’s all about embracing life lived the Italian way – to the fullest.

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Accommodation Raganelli Hotel Rome
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Piazza's and fountains walking tour in Rome, Italy
Piazzas and Fountains

Discover the most charming areas of the city as you explore quintessential Italian piazzas and fountains with a Local Specialist. Wander through th...

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Optional Experiences

Day 10

Rome sightseeing and free time

Meet your Local Specialist for a guided sightseeing tour that begins in the Vatican City. The dome of St. Peter's Basilica looms over the expansive St. Peter's Square - the impressive backdrop for time spent learning about the world's smallest country. The rest of the day is yours to explore. Perhaps join an optional light-hearted meal in the evening, revealing all the flavors that would make any Italian mamma proud.

Tiber River and St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome, Italy
Accommodation Raganelli Hotel Rome
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Evening with dinner in Rome, Italy
Roman Dinner in the Eternal City

Embrace the Italian way of living la dolce vita with a light-hearted evening out in the mesmerizing city of Rome. Relax and savor delectable Italia...

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Optional Experiences

Day 11

Rome – Florence

Set your sights firmly on Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and a city that has inspired poets, authors and artists for centuries. There are few cities in the world with an artistic legacy equal to that of Florence and now's your chance to experience it in all its glory. Head to Piazzale Michelangelo and see Florence’s signature skyline, then spend your time exploring the city, from the Baptistery and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore to Giotto’s Bell Tower and Ponte Vecchio. Delve into Florence’s Renaissance heritage by seeing Piazza Santa Croce and its famous church. Later, you can spend a lovely evening in the Tuscan hills by joining an Optional Experience dinner.

Duomo Santa Maria Del Fiore in Florence, Italy
Accommodation Starhotels Vespucci Florence
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy
Florence's Renaissance Treasures

This tour is all about exploring the jewel in Florence’s crown: its Renaissance heritage. Alongside your Local Specialist, you’ll wander the enchan...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner, wine and music in the Tuscan Hills, Italy
Dinner in the Tuscan Hills

This evening we'll take a scenic drive to experience a fun and relaxed evening at a friendly, typical restaurant in the countryside. The chef will ...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Tuscan dinner at Villa Machiavelli in Florence, Italy
Tuscan Dinner at Villa Machiavelli

Take a scenic drive through the Chianti Hills, driving past vineyards towards the ancient stone house of Machiavelli. Here, the great political the...

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Day 12

Florence – Pisa – Monaco – French Riviera

If you’ve always dreamed of visiting that famous leaning tower, we’ll take you to snap a few strategic photos featuring you and the extraordinary Leaning Tower of Pisa. Admire Pisa's Romanesque Square of Miracles in all its striped marble glory. Its structures are said to symbolise the three main stages of human life – the Baptistery (birth), the Cathedral (life) and the Camposanto (death). Next, head west to the stylish shores of Monaco. Keep your eyes peeled as you drive along its glitzy boulevards and take in all the sophistication that seems to ooze from every corner. Next stop, the glamorous French Riviera.

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
Accommodation Ibis Cannes Mandelieu
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13

French Riviera free time

What a treat! You have a full free day to do as you wish on the French Riviera. There's no shame in spending the day sprawled out on a sun lounger with a cocktail, but if you can tear yourself away from the beach, you may choose to join your fellow travelers for an optional exploration of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Life is rather idyllic in this enchanting walled hill-town and, like some of its famous residents, you'll want to linger here a little longer. You never know who you might spot seated in those sleek Ferraris and private yachts dotted around the French Riviera.

Promenade des anglais at sunset, Nice, France
Accommodation Ibis Cannes Mandelieu
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Chateau wine tasting on the Cote d’Azur in Nice, France
Saint-Paul-de-Vence and Nice

Travel into the Esteral Heights to uncover the quaint town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Walk through the winding streets of the village with your Local ...

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Day 14

French Riviera – Avignon – Lyon

Today you'll travel to the heart of Provence and the city of Avignon. A brief brush with the Papacy in the 14th century has gifted Avignon with one of the world's most incredible religious architectural legacies. While it may no longer hold the importance that the Vatican does today, views of its Palace of the Popes and St. Bénezet Bridge are just as inspiring. Later today, you’ll arrive in Lyon.

Lavender in Pont Saint Benezet, Avignon, France
Accommodation Ibis Styles Hotel Lyon Confluence
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 15

Lyon – Versailles – Paris

We've then got another treat in store for you today - our Optional Experience Palace of Versailles tour, where you’ll join a Local Specialist to explore the grand Palace of Versailles. Its splendor and beauty was created to reflect the self-proclaimed majesty of King Louis XIV, the 'Sun King'. See the exquisite sprawling gardens and the Hall of Mirrors with its impressive chandeliers and glinting mirrors. Carry on to Paris later to enjoy the city by night.

Versailles Garden in Paris, France
Accommodation Novotel Paris Pont de Sèvres
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit Versailles Palace and gardens in Paris, France
Versailles Palace and Gardens

Built for the Sun King, Louis XIV, the Palace of Versailles was the envy of every European ruler. Uncover the opulence of the palace as your Local ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Cruise River Seine in Paris, France
Seine Cruise and Paris Illuminations

Experience the world-famous 'City of Lights' as Paris transforms in the evening. Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the River Seine, taking in views of...

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Optional Experiences

Day 16

Paris sightseeing and free time

The Parisians know a thing or two about beauty, elegance and a life well lived - and you’ll see it all up close with your full day in Paris. Take to the streets on a sightseeing tour with your Travel Director, to see the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Élysées and Eiffel Tower. Then spend the rest of the day discovering the city on your terms. Don't resist the urge to tread in the footsteps of Picasso and Dalí during an optional visit to Montmartre this afternoon, exploring its maze of streets and Artist's Square. There's time to shop for artwork and savor some local specialties before a real highlight this evening – an optional dinner and cabaret performance.

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
Accommodation Novotel Paris Pont de Sèvres
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Montmartre Village and Artists Square in Paris, France
Montmartre Village and Artists' Square

Dominated by the soaring Sacre Coeur Basilica, Montmartre is a must-visit destination in Paris. Join a Local Specialist to explore the winding stre...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit Montparnasse and Latin Quarter in Paris, France
Montparnasse and Latin Quarter

Led by a Local Specialist, you’ll see the 'City of Lights' from a new perspective on the Panoramic Observation Deck. Later, you’ll visit the Latin ...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy a cabaret and dinner in Paris, France
La Nouvelle Eve Cabaret and Dinner

Nestled in the heart of Montmartre, Nouvelle Eve has been spotlighted by ‘Emily in Paris’ and has hosted events for high-fashion icons like Dolce &...

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Day 17

Depart Paris

This morning, after breakfast, say farewell to your fellow travelers. 

Arc De Triomphe in Paris, France
Included Meals Breakfast

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About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Many meals and daily breakfasts included
City orientation tours
Audio headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
Extensive variety of Choice Experiences
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

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
Amsterdam Discovery Canal Cruise

Your travel dreams are about to become a reality as you enjoy a private cruise down the iconic canals of Amsterdam with a Local Specialist, marvell...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Muiderslot, a Genuine Castle

We'll take a short drive with our Local Specialist to the imposing Muiderslot Castle, for a real taste of Dutch history. It's part of Amsterdam's D...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dutch Countryside Immersion

On this trip to the reclaimed polderlands around the former Zuider Zee, we start by visiting a cheese farm and wooden shoe-maker to get a taste of ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner in a Historic Dutch House

You’ve seen the elegant mansions, houseboats and often-crooked homes of Amsterdam, but now it’s time to experience life inside one as we spend the ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
'Swisstainable' Mount Stanserhorn And Lake Cruise

Enjoy a scenic cruise across Lake Lucerne, making your way to the picturesque town of Stans before exploring the towering Mount Stanserhorn. Travel...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Gondolas & the Grand Canal

Join us for a breath-taking cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal, enjoying privileged views of impressive sights such as the Ca’...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

Discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat, traveling to the heritage-listed fisherman’s island of Burano. Known for its picturesque, technicolou...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Piazzas and Fountains

Discover the most charming areas of the city as you explore quintessential Italian piazzas and fountains with a Local Specialist. Wander through th...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Roman Dinner in the Eternal City

Embrace the Italian way of living la dolce vita with a light-hearted evening out in the mesmerizing city of Rome. Relax and savor delectable Italia...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Florence's Renaissance Treasures

This tour is all about exploring the jewel in Florence’s crown: its Renaissance heritage. Alongside your Local Specialist, you’ll wander the enchan...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner in the Tuscan Hills

This evening we'll take a scenic drive to experience a fun and relaxed evening at a friendly, typical restaurant in the countryside. The chef will ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Tuscan Dinner at Villa Machiavelli

Take a scenic drive through the Chianti Hills, driving past vineyards towards the ancient stone house of Machiavelli. Here, the great political the...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Saint-Paul-de-Vence and Nice

Travel into the Esteral Heights to uncover the quaint town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Walk through the winding streets of the village with your Local ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Versailles Palace and Gardens

Built for the Sun King, Louis XIV, the Palace of Versailles was the envy of every European ruler. Uncover the opulence of the palace as your Local ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Seine Cruise and Paris Illuminations

Experience the world-famous 'City of Lights' as Paris transforms in the evening. Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the River Seine, taking in views of...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Montmartre Village and Artists' Square

Dominated by the soaring Sacre Coeur Basilica, Montmartre is a must-visit destination in Paris. Join a Local Specialist to explore the winding stre...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Montparnasse and Latin Quarter

Led by a Local Specialist, you’ll see the 'City of Lights' from a new perspective on the Panoramic Observation Deck. Later, you’ll visit the Latin ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
La Nouvelle Eve Cabaret and Dinner

Nestled in the heart of Montmartre, Nouvelle Eve has been spotlighted by ‘Emily in Paris’ and has hosted events for high-fashion icons like Dolce &...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Language(s) across Netherlands, Germany, Austria, France: Dutch is the official language of the Netherlands, German is the official language of Germany, Austria German is the official language of Austria, and French is the official language of France
  • Currency used in Netherlands, Germany, Austria, France: The Euro (€)
  • Capital City: Amsterdam (Netherlands), Berlin (Germany) and Vienna (Austria), Paris (France)
  • Time Zone(s) in Netherlands, Germany, Austria, France: Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

 

Passport, visa, and entry requirements for Netherlands, Germany, Austria, France for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Netherlands, Germany, Austria, France
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

The weather in the Netherlands is influenced by its maritime location and prevailing westerly winds. It experiences mild, wet winters with temperatures averaging around 2-6°C (36-43°F) and cool summers with temperatures averaging around 17-20°C (63-68°F). Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, with slightly drier months in spring and early autumn. The coastal areas are often slightly milder than inland regions due to the moderating effect of the North Sea. The country occasionally experiences strong winds and storms during the winter months, with the possibility of snowfall, particularly in the eastern regions.

Germany experiences a temperate seasonal climate with four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Summers are generally mild to warm, with average temperatures ranging from 20° to 30°C (68° to 86°F). Winters can be cold, especially in the northern and eastern regions, with temperatures often dropping below freezing and occasional snowfall. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year, although the summer months tend to be wetter. The coastal areas, such as Hamburg and Bremen, have a maritime climate with milder winters and cooler summers compared to the inland regions.

Austria has a diverse climate due to its varied topography, but it is predominantly characterized by a temperate continental climate. Summers are generally warm, with average temperatures ranging from 20 to 25°C (68 to 77°F). Winters can be cold, particularly in the mountainous regions, with temperatures often dropping below freezing and significant snowfall in the alpine areas. The western parts of Austria are influenced by the Alpine climate, with cooler temperatures and heavier precipitation, especially during the winter months. Precipitation is evenly distributed during the year, with slightly higher rainfall in the summer months.

France has a varied climate due to its size and geographical diversity. The northern regions, including Paris, have a temperate climate with mild summers and cool winters. Coastal areas along the Mediterranean, such as Nice and Marseille, have a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot summers and mild winters. The mountainous regions, like the French Alps, experience alpine climate conditions with cold winters and heavy snowfall, making them popular for winter sports. Western France, including cities like Bordeaux and Nantes, has an oceanic climate with mild, damp winters and mild summers. Overall, France experiences regional variations in temperature, precipitation, and sunshine hours throughout the year.

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:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • 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: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • 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.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

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

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. 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 European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

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 to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. 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.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific 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 abroad.

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 vaccinations for 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 equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per 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/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

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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Brilliant travel director, Kyle Olsen, and so the driver, Philllipe. Congratulations to the team of Tricon/Costsaver/Trafalgar, for amazing package and selection of cities, hotels, and logistics . It was an amazing experience, Omar Diaz.
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Brilliant travel director, Kyle Olsen, and so the driver, Phillipe. Congratulations to the planning, sales team of Tricon/Costsaver/Trafalgar, for the selection or organization of hotels, cities, and logistic. The travel experience was amazing.
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