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Best of Poland

11 Day Poland Tour to Warsaw, Gdańsk & Kraków

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Wroclaw old town hall and plaza, Poland
11 Days
1 Country

Poland

7 Cities

Warsaw, Gdańsk, Toruń, Wrocław, Zakopane, Kraków, Częstochowa

15 Meals

1 Welcome Reception, 10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 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 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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Get stuck into Polish comfort food as you experience the Best of Poland. Discover Warsaw’s proud history, Kraków's enduring beauty and Gdańsk's glowing amber trade as you gain insight into the resilience of the Polish people.

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Day 1

Welcome to Warsaw

Connect with Warsaw’s steadfast spirit – a city rebuilt from the ashes of World War II. After checking in this afternoon, relax and unwind or take a stroll through the city. This afternoon meet your fellow travelers and Travel Director at the hotel.

Statue of Saint Anne in Main Square of Warsaw, Poland
Accommodation Hilton Warsaw City
Included Meals Welcome Reception

Day 2

Discover Historic Warsaw

This morning, embark on an in-depth guided sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. See the iconic and unexpected highlights of what has been the capital of Poland since the late 16th century. Gain a deeper understanding of how the city was rebuilt after the devastation of the Second World War. In your free time, you may consider an Optional Experience to Wilanów Palace.

Street in Old Town in Warsaw, Poland
Accommodation Hilton Warsaw City
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Statue of Saint Anne in Main Square of Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw City Tour

See the Old Town, Palace of Culture and visit the Chopin Memorial in the Lazienki Park before paying your respects at the Ghetto Heroes Memorial.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Wilanow Palace in Warsaw, Poland
Wilanow Palace

This splendid baroque palace was built in the late 17th century as a summer home for King Jan Sobieski III. On our visit, led by our Local Speciali...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Praga walking tour and vodka museum in Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw Five Senses Tour

Journey to the bohemian district of Praga, voted among the 10 coolest neighborhoods in Europe by the Independent, where our Local Specialist will s...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 3

Onwards to Coastal Gdańsk

Journey to Gdańsk, the amber capital of the world and one of the oldest cities in Poland, stop at a local farm and enjoy a Be My Guest lunch, filled with local and home grown produce.

Neptunes Fountain Statue in Gdansk, Poland
Accommodation Dwor Arche
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Be My Guest
Be My Guest Lunch

Visit a local farm and enjoy a Be My Guest lunch, made with local and home grown produce. 

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Old Town Gdansk, Poland
Gdansk City Tour

Spend the day exploring Gdansk, one of the oldest cities in Poland.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Harbour cruise and Westerplatte visit in Gdansk, Poland
Harbor Cruise and Westerplatte

Get the real feel of Poland's most-important sea port by taking a cruise with our Local Specialist. We'll also visit the Westerplatte peninsula, th...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 4

Gdańsk Your Way

Start the day with sightseeing of the old town with your Local Specialist. Dive Into Culture during a visit to the European Solidarity Center which reveals the history of Solidarity, the Polish trade union and civil resistance movement. The rest of your day is free to explore Gdansk on your terms. Admire the architecture in the historic Long Market and wander down Long Lane to Golden Gate, or consider joining an Optional Experience to visit Malbork Castle, founded by the Teutonic Order of Knights in 1274. Tonight, dinner is served at your hotel.

Boat in the Old Town of Gdansk, Poland
Accommodation Dwor Arche
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Dive Into Culture Visit the European Solidarity Centre in Gdansk
Visit the European Solidarity Center in Gdańsk and gain incredible insights into Poland's history

Gain incredible insights into a turbulent time in Poland's history and the importance of freedom, citizenship, democracy and solidarity at the state-of-the-art European Solidarity Center in Gdańsk.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Optional Experiences Visit Malbork Castle in Poland
Malbork Castle

Journey back in time with our Local Specialist to explore the breathtaking UNESCO-listed Malbork. Completed over 600 years ago as Europe's largest ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 5

Journey to Toruń and Cultural Wrocław

You’ll join your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour that will reveal the city’s Leaning Tower, the house of famed astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus and among other key attractions. Continue to Wrocław, a former European 'Capital of Culture'. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Medieval City Walls in old town Torun, Poland
Accommodation Novotel Centrum
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Window in Torun Poland
Torun City Tour

Step foot into the medieval town of Torun.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Historic tramway tour of old Wroclaw, Poland
Discover Old Wroclaw

Join our Local Specialist to step back in time to discover the 1000 year old Wroclaw. Learn about the ‘Battle of Breslau', one of the major and mos...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

Explore Wrocław

This morning, join your Local Specialist on a guided tour of the city. Discover its complex history and see some of its most important sites, including Wrocław Cathedral, the Main Market Square, Old Town Hall and Salt Square, a former medieval marketplace and today, a flower market. Dive Into Culture and visit the Baroque ceremonial hall of Aula Leopoldina at Wrocław University. Visit the oldest confectionery in Wrocław on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experience where tradition is cherished. This small and ancient bakery is home to a mouth-watering treat. In the afternoon, consider joining an Optional Experience to Książ Castle and UNESCO-listed Świdnica Church of Peace.

Aleksander Fredro Statue in Wroclaw, Poland
Accommodation Novotel Centrum
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Visit the Aula Leopoldina at Wroclaw University
Explore the Aula Leopoldina at Wrocław University

Visit the Aula Leopoldina at Wrocław University, the beautiful Baroque ceremonial hall of this ancient place of learning.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Sculptures for Wroclaw Poland
Wroclaw City Tour

Discover the rich history of the city of Wroclaw. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Make Traditional Doughnuts in a Local Bakery

Visit one of the last bakeries to make handmade Polish doughnuts, with traditional flavors like lavender and rose petals.

Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences Visit Ksiaz Castle and Church of peace in Walbrzych, Poland
Ksiaz Castle and Church of Peace

You won’t believe your eyes viewing Ksiaz Castle as it defies gravity, perched majestically atop a cliff. Testimony to its craftsmanship, the 13th-...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

Off to the Tatra Mountains and Zakopane

Your journey today takes you towards the foot of the Tatra Mountains, the highest mountain range of the Carpathians, which stretch across Central Europe. Spend some free time enjoying the town or consider taking an Optional Experience through lush countryside to explore the mountains and valleys for which this region is so famous. Tonight, you’ll warm up at your Stays With Stories accommodation, the Hotel Nosalowy Dwór, nestled right next to the stunning high peaks of the Tatra Mountains. You’ll soon discover why the resort is said to be the perfect place to rest and recharge as you soak up the breath-taking mountain views and a direct neighbor to the Tatra National Park.

 

 

Meadow in Tatra Mountains, Poland
Accommodation Nosalowy Dwór Zakopane
Included Meals Breakfast
Trafalgar Difference Stay overnight at Hotel Nosalowy Dwor, Poland
Stays With Stories

Learn more about Zakopane and the towering Tatra Mountains when you stay overnight at Hotel Nosalowy Dwór, the largest resort in the region.

Included in Trip

Trafalgar Difference

Optional Experiences Meet Poland's Goral Highlanders, Zakopane Poland
Zakopane Treasures & Adventure

Hear legends of Zakopane from our Local Specialist and immerse yourself in Goral culture. Discover the most famous examples of the traditional wood...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Magical Evening Around the Bonfire

Join us as we travel back to a simpler time We'll drive to an old rangers hut in the Tatra National Park, then gather round the bonfire and share s...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Continue to Kraków

Travel to Kraków where you will enjoy views of the Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill during your tour with a Local Specialist. Your walking tour through the Old Town includes a visit to the Cloth Hall and St. Mary’s Church. This evening, perhaps sample some lively Polish entertainment with dinner.

St. Mary's Church in Krakow, Poland
Accommodation Qubus Hotel Krakow
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Market Square in Krakow, Poland
Krakow City Tour

Walk around the beautiful town square, Rynek Glówny. See the famous Sukiennice Cloth Hall, St. Mary's Basilica and the many historic townhouses, palaces and churches.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Farmhouse dinner and polka party in Krakow, Poland
Farmhouse Dinner And Polka Party

Tonight, you'll have a chance to enjoy the typical Polka music and traditional dance of Poland's rich culture, while savoring a delicious meal of P...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Kraków Your Way

Consider joining an Optional Experience to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, renowned as the Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland and home to an entire chapel carved from rock salt, as well as dozens of sculptures. The rest of the day is yours to explore the sights on your own. Enjoy a slice of Polish Sernik Babci on the Old Town Square, or perhaps visit a traditional Communist era milk bar?

The Main Market Square of Krakow, Poland
Accommodation Qubus Hotel Krakow
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Nowahuta and ghetto visit in Kazimierz, Poland
From Iron Curtains to Ghetto Walls

Step back in time to journey into Poland’s communist past. Nowa Huta is an entire city built during the communism period. We’ll hear amazing commun...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland
Wieliczka Salt Mine Exploration

With our Local Specialist, we'll visit this amazing UNESCO World Heritage-listed site just outside Krakow and marvel at the unique sculptures and s...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 10

Venture to Auschwitz and Return to Warsaw

Our journey this morning takes us to the former concentration camp at Auschwitz, a poignant reminder of the horrors perpetrated during the Holocaust. Traveling to Jasna Góra Monastery, we rub shoulders with Catholic pilgrims, who have journeyed to the famous shrine for centuries. We'll Dive Into Culture and see the iconic Black Madonna of Częstochowa. This evening, we arrive in Warsaw, where we enjoy a Farewell Dinner with newfound friends.

Gate at Auschwitz, Poland
Accommodation Hilton Warsaw City
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Dive Into Culture Visit The Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa and see the revered Black Madonna
Discover the Black Madonna at the Jasna Góra Monastery in Czestochowa

Visit the Jasna Góra Monastery in Czestochowa and see the revered Black Madonna, a venerated icon recognised by several Pontiffs.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience The Auschwitz memorial in Auschwitz, Poland
Auschwitz Visit

Bear witness to the horrors/atrocities of the Holocaust at Auschwitz.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

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

The spirit of Warsaw and the music of Chopin go hand in hand. This enchanting recital of his music, performed for you by a celebrated Polish pianis...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 11

Farewell Warsaw

Say farewell to your travel companions and Travel Director at the end of a wonderful holiday.

Street in Old Town in Warsaw, Poland
Included Meals Breakfast

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Iconic Experience
Warsaw City Tour

See the Old Town, Palace of Culture and visit the Chopin Memorial in the Lazienki Park before paying your respects at the Ghetto Heroes Memorial.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Be My Guest Lunch

Visit a local farm and enjoy a Be My Guest lunch, made with local and home grown produce. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Gdansk City Tour

Spend the day exploring Gdansk, one of the oldest cities in Poland.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Visit the European Solidarity Center in Gdańsk and gain incredible insights into Poland's history

Gain incredible insights into a turbulent time in Poland's history and the importance of freedom, citizenship, democracy and solidarity at the state-of-the-art European Solidarity Center in Gdańsk.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Torun City Tour

Step foot into the medieval town of Torun.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Explore the Aula Leopoldina at Wrocław University

Visit the Aula Leopoldina at Wrocław University, the beautiful Baroque ceremonial hall of this ancient place of learning.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Wroclaw City Tour

Discover the rich history of the city of Wroclaw. 

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Make Traditional Doughnuts in a Local Bakery

Visit one of the last bakeries to make handmade Polish doughnuts, with traditional flavors like lavender and rose petals.

Included in Trip
Trafalgar Difference
Stays With Stories

Learn more about Zakopane and the towering Tatra Mountains when you stay overnight at Hotel Nosalowy Dwór, the largest resort in the region.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Krakow City Tour

Walk around the beautiful town square, Rynek Glówny. See the famous Sukiennice Cloth Hall, St. Mary's Basilica and the many historic townhouses, palaces and churches.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover the Black Madonna at the Jasna Góra Monastery in Czestochowa

Visit the Jasna Góra Monastery in Czestochowa and see the revered Black Madonna, a venerated icon recognised by several Pontiffs.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Auschwitz Visit

Bear witness to the horrors/atrocities of the Holocaust at Auschwitz.

Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Warsaw, Gdańsk, Toruń, Wrocław and Kraków with a Local Specialist
Discover Zakopane
Visit the Old Town in Warsaw, the European Solidarity Center, the UNESCO World Heritage town of Toruń, Aula Leopoldina in Wrocław, the Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Church in Kraków, the former concentration camp of Auschwitz and Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa
View the Cathedral, Salt Square and the Old Town Hall in Wrocław, Wawel Royal Castle and the Cathedral in Kraków

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
Wilanow Palace

This splendid baroque palace was built in the late 17th century as a summer home for King Jan Sobieski III. On our visit, led by our Local Speciali...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Warsaw Five Senses Tour

Journey to the bohemian district of Praga, voted among the 10 coolest neighborhoods in Europe by the Independent, where our Local Specialist will s...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Harbor Cruise and Westerplatte

Get the real feel of Poland's most-important sea port by taking a cruise with our Local Specialist. We'll also visit the Westerplatte peninsula, th...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Malbork Castle

Journey back in time with our Local Specialist to explore the breathtaking UNESCO-listed Malbork. Completed over 600 years ago as Europe's largest ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Discover Old Wroclaw

Join our Local Specialist to step back in time to discover the 1000 year old Wroclaw. Learn about the ‘Battle of Breslau', one of the major and mos...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Ksiaz Castle and Church of Peace

You won’t believe your eyes viewing Ksiaz Castle as it defies gravity, perched majestically atop a cliff. Testimony to its craftsmanship, the 13th-...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Zakopane Treasures & Adventure

Hear legends of Zakopane from our Local Specialist and immerse yourself in Goral culture. Discover the most famous examples of the traditional wood...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Magical Evening Around the Bonfire

Join us as we travel back to a simpler time We'll drive to an old rangers hut in the Tatra National Park, then gather round the bonfire and share s...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Farmhouse Dinner And Polka Party

Tonight, you'll have a chance to enjoy the typical Polka music and traditional dance of Poland's rich culture, while savoring a delicious meal of P...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
From Iron Curtains to Ghetto Walls

Step back in time to journey into Poland’s communist past. Nowa Huta is an entire city built during the communism period. We’ll hear amazing commun...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Wieliczka Salt Mine Exploration

With our Local Specialist, we'll visit this amazing UNESCO World Heritage-listed site just outside Krakow and marvel at the unique sculptures and s...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Chopin’s Warsaw

The spirit of Warsaw and the music of Chopin go hand in hand. This enchanting recital of his music, performed for you by a celebrated Polish pianis...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Flexible booking 30-day deposit refund guarantee + no change fees See flexible booking terms >

Best Value Why touring is the easiest way to travel Learn more >

Current Entry Requirements Check your destination View Entry Guide >

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Language in Poland: Polish is the official language of Poland
  • Currency used in Poland: The Polish Złoty is the currency used in Poland
  • Capital City:Warsaw
  • Time Zone(s) in Poland: Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

 

Passport, visa, and entry requirements for Poland 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
  • 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.

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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Michele was really a pleasure to work with. She is friendly and helpful in every way and her expertise was appreciated. We couldn’t be happier!!
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