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8 Days
4 Countries

Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia

6 Cities

Warsaw, Vilnius, Trakai, Šiauliai, Riga, Tallinn

10 Meals

3 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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Set out on an all-encompassing adventure of the Baltic capitals—journeying from Warsaw to Riga and on to Tallinn. Join a Local Expert in the Polish capital for an insider’s take on the city’s sights before hopping the Lithuanian border to Vilnius. After exploring the Old Town and the Gates of Dawn, the Gothic Trakai Castle beckons—an island fortress and architectural masterpiece on Lake Galve, that can only be accessed by wooden footbridge. Get to grips with Latvia as you barter with local stallholders at Riga’s Central Market—located in the massive aircraft hangers that once housed Zeppelins. Across the border in Tallinn, take your pick with the Insight Choice of a town hall square walking tour or a stroll through the Old Town to discover Estonian artisans.

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Day 1

Arrive Warsaw

Welcome to Warsaw! Relax and settle in before joining your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner at an authentic local restaurant full of Polish charm that serves delicious traditional meals, accompanied by wine.

Welcome To Warsaw, Poland
The Westin Warsaw View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

The Westin Warsaw

About the Hotel

Warsaw, Poland

Centrally located in Warsaw's business district, The Westin Warsaw hotel is a convenient base to explore the city throughout your two-night stay. Spacious rooms with traditional-style furnishings will ensure a comfortable stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Authentic Dining Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers in Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw Welcome Dinner

Your Welcome Dinner is at Restaurant Zapiecek, an authentic local restaurant full of Polish charm and serving delicious traditional meals accompanied with wine.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 2

Exploring the Proud Polish Capital of Warsaw

A Local Expert will show you how well the Polish capital was restored after almost complete obliteration during World War II. This incredible restoration can be credited to the amazing detail of Canaletto's paintings! Pass the tiered Palace of Culture and stroll through Łazienki Park to the Chopin Memorial. Take a moment to reflect at the Monument to Ghetto Heroes, built in 1948 to commemorate the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943. Then walk to the Market Square in the Old Town. 
Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you visit the University Botanic Gardens with a biologist. The garden's main function is the protection of biological diversity and the conservation of endangered Polish wild species. 
The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure. Don't miss the chance to visit Wilanow Palace, the residence of Polish King Sobieski, known as Victor of Vienna, or perhaps attend an exclusive private recital of Chopin music by a celebrated Polish pianist?

Old Town Warsaw, Poland
The Westin Warsaw View Hotel Details
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The Westin Warsaw

About the Hotel

Warsaw, Poland

Centrally located in Warsaw's business district, The Westin Warsaw hotel is a convenient base to explore the city throughout your two-night stay. Spacious rooms with traditional-style furnishings will ensure a comfortable stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Make Travel Matter University Botanic Gardens Warsaw, Poland
Learn about Conservation at the University Botanic Gardens

Visit the University Botanic Gardens with a biologist. The garden's main function is the protection of biological diversity and the conservation of endangered Polish wild species.

Included in Trip

Make Travel Matter

Top Rated Highlights The Statue of Frédéric Chopin in Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw City Tour

Your Local Expert will show you the city's highlights. See the Old Town, Palace of Culture and visit the Chopin Memorial in the Lazienki Park befor...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Visit Wilanow Palace in Warsaw, Poland
Wilanów Palace

To the Polish people, Wilanów is more than just a palace – it's a national treasure, the embodiment of an era from which much has been lost. Join a...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Attend a Chopin Concert in Warsaw, Poland
Chopin Concert

The spirit of Warsaw and the music of Chopin go hand in hand. In a concert venue located in the center of Warsaw, enjoy an enchanting recital of hi...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Vilnius, Venerable Capital of Lithuania

Pass Augustów and Suwalki during your scenic journey through Masuria, a region rich in lakes and vast forests. Cross into Lithuania and continue to the capital city of Vilnius.

Baroque Church of St Peter and St Paul in Vilnius, Lithuania
Radisson Collection Astorija Hotel View Hotel Details
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Radisson Collection Astorija Hotel

About the Hotel

Vilnius, Lithuania

The Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel is located in the heart of Vilnius. All major sights are within easy walking distance and views of the Old Town Square can be seen from the on-site restaurant. 

 

 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Heritage
Top Rated Highlights Cathedral and bell tower in Vilnius, Lithuania
Vilnius Orientation

See the Baroque Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, the neoclassical cathedral and the pretty Old Town.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Folklore and traditional dinner in Vilnius, Lithuania
Lithuanian Dinner And Entertainment

Take your seats for a fun-filled evening of traditional entertainment and hearty Lithuanian cuisine. Expect delicious dishes prepared according to ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Vilnius and the Castle of Trakai

See the Baroque Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, the neoclassical cathedral and the charming Old Town. Walk along the streets of bohemian Užupis, a Vilnius neighborhood that proclaimed itself a republic in 2002. You Local Expert introduces you to its quirky history and artistic flair. A highlight of your travels will be a visit to the fortified island castle of Trakai. Originally built in the 15th century and now restored to all its glory, this red-brick castle is located on an island in Lake Galvė. Choose from a hand-picked selection of local restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.

Entrance to the Trakai Castle, Vilnius, Lithuania
Radisson Collection Astorija Hotel View Hotel Details
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Radisson Collection Astorija Hotel

About the Hotel

Vilnius, Lithuania

The Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel is located in the heart of Vilnius. All major sights are within easy walking distance and views of the Old Town Square can be seen from the on-site restaurant. 

 

 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Heritage
Insight Experiences Constitution Of The Republic Of Užupis Vilnius, Lithuania
Discover Užupis

Visit Užupis, a quirky neighborhood of Vilnius. Learn how a small community of artists created this self-proclaimed republic in order to revitalize post-communist Vilnius.

Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Top Rated Highlights Baroque Church of St Peter and St Paul in Vilnius, Lithuania
Visit the St Peter and St Paul Church in Vilnius

Visit the church of St Peter and St Paul and see the cathedral.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Cathedral and bell tower in Vilnius, Lithuania
Vilnius City Tour

Led by your Local Expert, explore the Old Town to see the Jesuit University and the Gates of Dawn.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Idyllic lake setting of Trakai Castle, Lithuania
Visit Trakai Castle

Take in the idyllic lake setting as you cross the wooden footbridge to the red-brick Gothic castle.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Guests dining at chosen restaurant
Vilnius Dine-Around Evening

Your Travel Director offers you a varied selection of charming restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening, a culinary experience not to be missed.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Visit a former KGB headquarters, the Museum of Genocide Victims in Vilnius, Lithuania
KGB Museum Visit

The former KGB headquarters are a grim reminder of the regime of terror that existed under Soviet occupation. A local expert takes you through the ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

The Votive Hill of Crosses and the Art Nouveau Nirvana of Riga

Head north to visit the unusual Votive Hill of Crosses near Siauliai, the symbol of resistance against the Soviet occupation. Tonight, our hotel is set in the most ideal location of the city, overlooking Riga's Vērmane Garden and just a short stroll from the UNESCO World heritage Site of the city's Old Town. 

Hill Of Crosses Siauliai, Lithuania
Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel View Hotel Details
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Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel

About the Hotel

Riga, Latvia

The Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel is set in the most ideal location of the city, overlooking Riga's Vērmane Garden and just a 5 minute walk from the UNESCO World heritage Site of the city's Old Town. Rooms are decorated in a traditional-style and with free WiFi you'll be able to stay connected to friends and family during your travels.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Room Service

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Hill of crosses in Siauliai, Lithuania
Siauliai Hill of Crosses Visit

Visit the unusual Votive Hill of Crosses.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Latvian Open Air Museum And Dinner

Situated in beautiful woodland beside a lake, explore nearly 100 buildings from the 17th to 19th century for a glimpse of rural Latvian life over t...

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Optional Experiences

Day 6

Riga Sightseeing and onto Tallinn

Explore Riga's Old Town with your Local Expert, including a visit to the old aircraft hangars that now house the Riga Central Market, one of the largest in Eastern Europe.
Enjoy the vibrant colors and flavors when sampling some of the local delicacies as you wander through the maze of stalls.
Your travels continue along the shores of the Gulf of Riga and across the Estonian border to reach Tallinn. Hailed by travel aficionados as the new Prague, Tallinn is a lively city, where history and modern culture merge. From its brightly colored architecture to its quirky art scenes, Tallinn is made for the curious and creative.

A traditional street with restaurants in Riga, Latvia
Swissotel Tallinn View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Swissotel Tallinn

About the Hotel

Tallinn, Estonia

Swissotel Tallinn is a luxury, five-star hotel conveniently located in the city center in Tallinn's tallest building, boasting impressive views of the Old Town and the Baltic Sea. The hotel features traditional design with a contemporary feel, while your elegantly decorated room features state-of-the-art modern comforts to ensure a comfortable stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights House of the Three Brothers in Riga, Latvia
Riga City Tour

Sightseeing of Riga's Old Town with a Local Expert includes a visit to the Domkirk and seeing the city walls, the House of the Three Brothers and t...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Snacks at Central Market in Riga, Latvia
Riga Central Market Visit

Wander through the maze of stalls in the Central Market and sample local delicacies.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 7

Surrender to the Magic of Tallinn

Explore Tallinn with Insight Choice. Choose to embark on a panoramic walking tour leading to the Town Hall Square. Alternatively, stroll the fairy-tale Old Town and hear about Estonian artisans.
Enjoy free time to browse Tallinn’s shops, famous for fine amber and silver jewelery.
Join your traveling companions at a local restaurant for your Celebration Dinner. Toast to your trip, as you savor a freshly prepared meal, rich with traditional flavors and accompanied with wine.

View of Tallinn Old Town, Eston
Swissotel Tallinn View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Swissotel Tallinn

About the Hotel

Tallinn, Estonia

Swissotel Tallinn is a luxury, five-star hotel conveniently located in the city center in Tallinn's tallest building, boasting impressive views of the Old Town and the Baltic Sea. The hotel features traditional design with a contemporary feel, while your elegantly decorated room features state-of-the-art modern comforts to ensure a comfortable stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights St. Catherine's Passage in Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn Old Town Arts and Crafts Walk

Walk through the fairytale Old Town with your Local Expert and hear about Estonian arts and crafts.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral at the Old Town in Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn City Tour

Join your Local Expert for a scenic walking tour of the city with panoramic views and a visit to the Town Hall Square.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Toast to your travels in Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn Celebration Dinner

Enjoy an authentic meal in a local restaurant surrounded by your newfound friends at your Celebration Dinner in Tallinn.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 8

Depart Tallinn

Your trip comes to an end after breakfast.

View of Tallinn, Estonia
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Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

Make Travel Matter
Learn about Conservation at the University Botanic Gardens

Visit the University Botanic Gardens with a biologist. The garden's main function is the protection of biological diversity and the conservation of endangered Polish wild species.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Warsaw City Tour

Your Local Expert will show you the city's highlights. See the Old Town, Palace of Culture and visit the Chopin Memorial in the Lazienki Park befor...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Vilnius Orientation

See the Baroque Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, the neoclassical cathedral and the pretty Old Town.

Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Discover Užupis

Visit Užupis, a quirky neighborhood of Vilnius. Learn how a small community of artists created this self-proclaimed republic in order to revitalize post-communist Vilnius.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the St Peter and St Paul Church in Vilnius

Visit the church of St Peter and St Paul and see the cathedral.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Vilnius City Tour

Led by your Local Expert, explore the Old Town to see the Jesuit University and the Gates of Dawn.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Trakai Castle

Take in the idyllic lake setting as you cross the wooden footbridge to the red-brick Gothic castle.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Siauliai Hill of Crosses Visit

Visit the unusual Votive Hill of Crosses.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Riga City Tour

Sightseeing of Riga's Old Town with a Local Expert includes a visit to the Domkirk and seeing the city walls, the House of the Three Brothers and t...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Tallinn Old Town Arts and Crafts Walk

Walk through the fairytale Old Town with your Local Expert and hear about Estonian arts and crafts.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Tallinn City Tour

Join your Local Expert for a scenic walking tour of the city with panoramic views and a visit to the Town Hall Square.

Included in Trip

About this trip

Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

3 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.

Warsaw Welcome Dinner

Your Welcome Dinner is at Restaurant Zapiecek, an authentic local restaurant full of Polish charm and serving delicious traditional meals accompanied with wine.

Vilnius Dine-Around Evening

Your Travel Director offers you a varied selection of charming restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening, a culinary experience not to be missed.

Riga Central Market Visit

Wander through the maze of stalls in the Central Market and sample local delicacies.

Tallinn Celebration Dinner

Enjoy an authentic meal in a local restaurant surrounded by your newfound friends at your Celebration Dinner in Tallinn.

Hand-Picked Hotels

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

The Westin Warsaw
Radisson Collection Astorija Hotel
Swissotel Tallinn

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
Wilanów Palace

To the Polish people, Wilanów is more than just a palace – it's a national treasure, the embodiment of an era from which much has been lost. Join a...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Chopin Concert

The spirit of Warsaw and the music of Chopin go hand in hand. In a concert venue located in the center of Warsaw, enjoy an enchanting recital of hi...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Lithuanian Dinner And Entertainment

Take your seats for a fun-filled evening of traditional entertainment and hearty Lithuanian cuisine. Expect delicious dishes prepared according to ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
KGB Museum Visit

The former KGB headquarters are a grim reminder of the regime of terror that existed under Soviet occupation. A local expert takes you through the ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Latvian Open Air Museum And Dinner

Situated in beautiful woodland beside a lake, explore nearly 100 buildings from the 17th to 19th century for a glimpse of rural Latvian life over t...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Language(s) used across in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia: Polish is the official language of Poland, Lithuania is the official language of Lithuania, Latvian is the official language of Latvia, and Estonian is the official language of Estonia.
  • Currency used in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia: The Polish Złoty is used in Poland, the Euro (€) is used in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia
  • Capital Cites: Warsaw (Portland), Vilnius (Lithuania), Riga (Latvia), and Tallinn (Estonia).
  • Time Zone(s) in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia: Poland uses Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST) and Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia use Eastern European Time (EET), Eastern European Summer Time (EEST)

 

Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia: passport, visa, and entry requirement information 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 Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia.
  • 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.

Poland has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are generally mild to warm, with average temperatures ranging from 20-25°C (68-77°F). Winters are cold, with temperatures averaging around 0 to -5°C (32 to 23°F), and snowfall is common, especially in the eastern regions. Spring and autumn offer mild temperatures, with blooming flowers in spring and colorful foliage in autumn. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, with slightly wetter months during the summer. Poland's climate can vary across regions, with the Baltic coast experiencing maritime influences, while the southern areas have a more continental climate with greater temperature fluctuations.

Lithuania has a temperate maritime climate with four distinct seasons. Summers (June to August) are mild and pleasant, with average temperatures ranging from 16°C to 22°C (61°F to 72°F). Winters (December to February) can be cold, with temperatures often dropping below freezing, and snowfall is common. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are transition seasons with mild temperatures and moderate rainfall. The country's proximity to the Baltic Sea moderates the climate, leading to milder winters and cooler summers compared to other inland areas at similar latitudes. However, weather conditions can vary from year to year due to the influence of weather systems coming from both the sea and the continent.

Latvia has a temperate maritime climate with four distinct seasons. Summers (June to August) are generally mild, with average temperatures ranging from 17°C to 20°C (63°F to 68°F). Winters (December to February) can be cold, with temperatures often dropping below freezing, and snowfall is common. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are transitional seasons with mild temperatures and moderate rainfall. The proximity of the Baltic Sea influences the climate, leading to cooler summers and milder winters compared to inland areas at similar latitudes. However, weather conditions can be variable and are affected by both maritime and continental air masses.

Estonia has a temperate maritime climate characterized by distinct seasons. Winters are cold and snowy, with temperatures often dropping below freezing and snow cover persisting for several months. Spring brings a gradual warming, with frequent rain showers and the melting of snow. Summers are relatively mild, with temperatures ranging from comfortable to warm, and the country experiences the "White Nights," where the sun sets for only a short time. Autumn sees cooler temperatures and vibrant foliage, but it also marks the transition to more rainfall. Estonia's climate is influenced by the Baltic Sea, which moderates temperatures and contributes to its relatively humid conditions.

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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Steven Lepage
Review date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
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Customer service rep did a good job listening and concisely answering our questions. He was friendly and professional.
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We had a great time in the Baltic States. Food was great, hotels were excellent, and the sights we visited on the tour gave us a good sampling of the areas.
Beatrice Szadokierski
Review date: Saturday, July 8, 2017
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The tour was our first organized tour of this type and it was wonderful. Every element was excellent including the bus, our tour leader, selected events as part of the tour and the organized extra events. Everything was on-time, went as expected, and was fun!
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Judith Allison
Review date: Sunday, May 28, 2017
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I certainly would recommend GET again. Land tours have improved so much since thirty years ago. The coaches are comfortable, hotels very good with lavish breakfasts and helpful English speaking staff; the itinerary is more realistic allowing for leisure time and exploration on own Optional tours are still expensive. In Warsaw the Chopin concert was 45 minutes long, for $60, where there had been a free concert earlier in the day. I especially appreciated the knowledge and helpfulness of our tour guides and also the interesting history the local city guides provided. All in all one of my best tours yet.
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I'd have wished to move on from Warsaw earlier but only because I had toured Poland 25 years ago - good to see the growth. Estonia seems a little behind the other sister states but still worthwhile.
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