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Christmas Markets of Croatia, Slovenia and Austria

8 Day Festive Tour of Austria, Slovenia & Croatia

Christmas Markets of Croatia, Slovenia & Austria Guided Tour
8 Days
4 Countries

Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Slovakia

6 Cities

Zagreb, Postojna, Ljubljana, Graz, Bratislava, Vienna

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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Experience the magical Christmas markets of Europe. Join the festive spirit as you visit iconic destinations like Germany, Austria, and France, exploring famous markets filled with handcrafted gifts, delicious treats, and a joyful ambiance. Let expert guides lead the way, ensuring a memorable holiday season surrounded by the charm of Europe's Christmas markets.

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Indulge in a winter escapade across Vienna, Ljubljana and Zagreb on this 8-day Christmastime tour. With attractions handpicked by Local Experts at every stop, this festive trip is packed with winter wonderland magic. In Slovenia, enjoy a lush Ljubljana tasting experience, replete with local delicacies and fine wine. In Croatia, shop the Zagreb Christmas Market—always abuzz with excited chatter and in Austria, take in a concert in Vienna, at the world famous Kursalon. Between the festive market stalls in Bratislava, be sure to breathe in the heady aromas of the sweet cinnamon infused drinks and sample the Slovakian Christmas delicacies to your heart’s content.

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Day 1

Welcome to Zagreb

Transfers to your hotel will be departing from Zagreb airport. Relax and settle in or perhaps head for the nearby King Tomislav Square and try ice skating. At 17:30, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner with the opportunity to get to know your fellow travelers over a pleasant evening with wine.

Church during Christmas in Zagreb, Croatia
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Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Sheraton Zagreb Hotel

About the Hotel

Zagreb, Croatia

Conveniently located in Zagreb's historic Old Town, the Sheraton Zagreb Hotel is perfectly situated for your stay. Spacious rooms are comfortable and traditionally-decorated, while the hotel's Piano Bar offers a trendy atmosphere, where you can enjoy a drink and reflect on your day of sightseeing.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Authentic Dining Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers in Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant with the opportunity to get to know your fellow travelers over a pleasant evening with wine.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 2

Zagreb Sightseeing

Join your Local Expert to explore the two-tiered capital of Croatia. Take a walk and see the art Pavillion, the academy of Sciences and Art and pass Zrinjevac Park. We then board the city's funicular to St. Mark's Church and the Lotrščak Tower, take a walk back down through the Stone gate and back to the Square. The afternoon is at leisure. Relax and enjoy your hotel's amenities or perhaps take an Optional Experience to the Zagorje region to learn about the local traditions and visit the house of Marshall Tito?

Christmas market in Zagreb, Croatia
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Sheraton Zagreb Hotel

About the Hotel

Zagreb, Croatia

Conveniently located in Zagreb's historic Old Town, the Sheraton Zagreb Hotel is perfectly situated for your stay. Spacious rooms are comfortable and traditionally-decorated, while the hotel's Piano Bar offers a trendy atmosphere, where you can enjoy a drink and reflect on your day of sightseeing.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Croatian National Theater in Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb City Tour

Your Local Expert guides you this two-tiered capital. Explore Donji Grad, the Lower Town, and see the Mimara Art Museum in Roosevelt Square, Ban Jo...

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights View of the Cathedral in Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb Funicular Ride to Gornji Grad

Ride the funicular to Gornji Grad, the medieval Upper Town, to view the former Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St. Mark's Church and the Lotrščak Tower.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Croatian countryside experience in Kumrovec, Croatia
Croatian Countryside Experience

Journey through the beautiful rolling countryside of the Zagorje region with our Local Expert to the charming village of Kumrovec. We'll visit the ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

The Postojna Caves and Ljubljana

Leave the Croatian capital and head to neighbouring Slovenia and visit the world-famous Postojna Caves. Step aboard the cave train and descend into a subterranean world of stunning stalactites, stalagmites, columns and curtains. Marvel at the five-meter tall Brilliant, the cave's most beautiful stalagmite. Later, arrive to charming Ljubljana and tonight enjoy a dinner of Slovenian specialties with wine. 

Postojna Cave, Postojna, Slovenia
Hotel Lev Ljubljana View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Hotel Lev Ljubljana

About the Hotel

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Hotel Lev Ljubljana is in a fantastic location at the absolute heart of the city. After seeing the sights, perhaps unwind with a walk through the gardens of nearby Tivoli Park, or reflect on the day with a drink in the trendy Lobby Bar.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Inside Postojna Caves in Postojna near Ljubljana, Slovenia
Visit Postojna Cave

Enter by mini-train into these world-famous cave systems, before walking through an illuminated fairyland of stalactites and stalagmites.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 4

Ljubljana Sightseeing

Your Local Expert will reveal the Baroque elegance of the Slovenian capital. The medieval castle stands as an ancient guardian, the City Hall and Cathedral of St. Nicholas testify to its historical importance, while the Triple Bridge spans the river adorned with cafes and restaurants. Spend time at the Christmas markets, rich with the heady aromas of sweet treats and drinks. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. 

A dragon statue on dragon bridge in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Hotel Lev Ljubljana View Hotel Details
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Hotel Lev Ljubljana

About the Hotel

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Hotel Lev Ljubljana is in a fantastic location at the absolute heart of the city. After seeing the sights, perhaps unwind with a walk through the gardens of nearby Tivoli Park, or reflect on the day with a drink in the trendy Lobby Bar.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights A winter cityscape of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ljubljana City Tour

Explore this elegant capital with your Local Expert, to see the castle City Hall, Cathedral of St Nicholas and Triple Bridge.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Lake Bled Cruise, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Excursion To Lake Bled

Drive through the pretty Slovenian countryside to the tranquil shores of Lake Bled. Surrounded by stunning views of the Julian Alps, an oarsman ste...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

The Slovakian Capital of Bratislava

Today’s journey takes you through Austria. In Graz see the Castle Hill and Town Hall in the well-preserved, UNESCO World Heritage listed historic city center on your orientation. Walk among colorful buildings, take a stroll along River Mur and explore the festive market stalls. Travel past the Foot of the Alps as you make your way towards Bratislava. Spend your night in the charming Slovakian capital and take a walk in the Old Town to sample the delicious offerings of the Christmas markets. 

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Crowne Plaza Bratislava

About the Hotel

Bratislava, Slovakia

The Crowne Plaza Bratislava is moments away from Slovakia's top attractions including the Presidential Palace and charming old town.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Laundry
  • Business Centre

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights
Graz Orientation

See the UNESCO World Heritage listed historic city center on your orientation with your Travel Director. 

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 6

Bratislava Sightseeing and Vienna

Bratislava might be one of the smaller capitals in Europe but it has a long and rich history influenced by various cultures and nations. Explore Bratislava with Insight Choice. Choose to join a Local Expert to see the main sights of the city. Enjoy the vistas form the Bratislava Castle then take a walk in the charming Old Town among 19th century palaces and see the Slovak National Theater, Michael’s Gate and the Old Town Hall. Alternatively, an avid foodie takes you around the market on a Christmas food tour. Enjoy time at leisure and maybe try some of the Slovakian dishes for lunch before traveling to nearby imperial Vienna. 

Old Street In Bratislava, Slovakia
Hilton Vienna Park View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hilton Vienna Park

About the Hotel

Vienna, Austria

The award-winning Hilton Vienna hotel is one of Austria's premier hotels. Set in the heart of the city, you are just moments away from the sights. Elegant and comfy rooms, combined with excellent service ensure a relaxing and refreshing stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Bratislava Castle in Slovakia
Bratislava City Tour

Join your Local Expert for an exploration of the city center. Enjoy the vistas form the Bratislava Castle then take a walk in the charming Old Town...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Traditional winter cabbage soup in Bratlislava, Slovakia
Bratislava Christmas Market Food Tour

An avid foodie takes you around the market on a Christmas food tour.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Viennese Concert & Glass of Champagne, Vienna, Austria
Gala Viennese Concert

Enjoy a wonderful concert of Viennese Classical music performed by highly acclaimed soloists and dancers. During this special evening, enjoy a glas...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Vienna sightseeing

At this time of year, the Austrian capital is a place of nostalgia and romance, with concerts, nativity displays and many official Advent Markets selling a vast array of seasonal gifts and mouth-watering treats. Tour Schönbrunn Palace and marvel at its frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded ornaments. Then ready your camera for a dazzling drive around the famous Ring Road. This grand boulevard is built along the lines of the old city walls and showcases many of the capital’s architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House and Hofburg Imperial Residence. You also see the City Hall and its surrounding parklands, festively decorated in a sea of lights – the perfect setting for the Viennese Christmas Market.

See the Christmas market stalls in Vienna Austria
Hilton Vienna Park View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Hilton Vienna Park

About the Hotel

Vienna, Austria

The award-winning Hilton Vienna hotel is one of Austria's premier hotels. Set in the heart of the city, you are just moments away from the sights. Elegant and comfy rooms, combined with excellent service ensure a relaxing and refreshing stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Inside the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria
Vienna Schönbrunn Palace Private Tour

A private, guided exploration of Schönbrunn Palace will have all your senses tingling. Stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gil...

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights The Town Hall of Vienna, Austria
Vienna City Tour

Walk through the first district, Inner Stadt, as your Local Expert reveals why this is the historic core of the city. You will also tour the Ring R...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Hidden Treasures Of Old Vienna Walk

A leisurely walk with an expert historian unveils the hidden squares and tucked-away corners of the old city. See the Hofburg Palace, which was the...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Depart Vienna

Your journey comes to an end in Vienna this morning.

Vienna Opera House Vienna, Austria
Included Meals Breakfast

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Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

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Zagreb City Tour

Your Local Expert guides you this two-tiered capital. Explore Donji Grad, the Lower Town, and see the Mimara Art Museum in Roosevelt Square, Ban Jo...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Zagreb Funicular Ride to Gornji Grad

Ride the funicular to Gornji Grad, the medieval Upper Town, to view the former Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St. Mark's Church and the Lotrščak Tower.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Postojna Cave

Enter by mini-train into these world-famous cave systems, before walking through an illuminated fairyland of stalactites and stalagmites.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Ljubljana City Tour

Explore this elegant capital with your Local Expert, to see the castle City Hall, Cathedral of St Nicholas and Triple Bridge.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Graz Orientation

See the UNESCO World Heritage listed historic city center on your orientation with your Travel Director. 

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Bratislava City Tour

Join your Local Expert for an exploration of the city center. Enjoy the vistas form the Bratislava Castle then take a walk in the charming Old Town...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Bratislava Christmas Market Food Tour

An avid foodie takes you around the market on a Christmas food tour.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Vienna Schönbrunn Palace Private Tour

A private, guided exploration of Schönbrunn Palace will have all your senses tingling. Stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gil...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Vienna City Tour

Walk through the first district, Inner Stadt, as your Local Expert reveals why this is the historic core of the city. You will also tour the Ring R...

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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.

Zagreb Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant with the opportunity to get to know your fellow travelers over a pleasant evening with wine.

Hand-Picked Hotels

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

Sheraton Zagreb Hotel
Hotel Lev Ljubljana
Hilton Vienna Park

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
Croatian Countryside Experience

Journey through the beautiful rolling countryside of the Zagorje region with our Local Expert to the charming village of Kumrovec. We'll visit the ...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Excursion To Lake Bled

Drive through the pretty Slovenian countryside to the tranquil shores of Lake Bled. Surrounded by stunning views of the Julian Alps, an oarsman ste...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Gala Viennese Concert

Enjoy a wonderful concert of Viennese Classical music performed by highly acclaimed soloists and dancers. During this special evening, enjoy a glas...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Hidden Treasures Of Old Vienna Walk

A leisurely walk with an expert historian unveils the hidden squares and tucked-away corners of the old city. See the Hofburg Palace, which was the...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Language(s) across Austria, Slovenia and Croatia: Austria German is the official language of Austria, Croatian is the official language in Croatia and Slovene is the official language in Slovenia
  • Currencies used in Austria, Slovenia and Croatia: Croatian Kuna (HRK) is the currency used in Croatia and the Euro (€) is the currency used in Austria and Slovenia.
  • Capital Cities: Vienna (Austria), Zagreb (Croatia) and Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  • Time Zone(s) in Austria, Slovenia and Croatia: Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

 

Austria, Slovenia and Croatia 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 Austria, Slovenia and Croatia.
  • 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.

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.

Croatia has a diverse climate, with three main regions: coastal, inland, and mountainous. The coastal regions, including cities like Dubrovnik and Split, have a Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot, dry summers with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F), and mild winters averaging around 10°C (50°F). Inland areas, such as Zagreb, have a continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. Summer temperatures can reach 30°C (86°F) or higher, while winter temperatures can drop below freezing. The mountainous regions, like the Dinaric Alps, experience colder and harsher winters with heavy snowfall, making them ideal for winter sports. Rainfall is generally higher along the coast and decreases inland, with the wettest months being October and November.

Slovenia experiences a diverse climate due to its varied geography. The coastal regions have a Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. Inland areas, including the capital Ljubljana, have a continental climate with cold winters and warm summers, while the Alpine regions have a mountainous climate with colder temperatures and significant snowfall during winter. The country's weather can be influenced by the Adriatic Sea, leading to occasional heavy rainfall and thunderstorms. Overall, Slovenia offers a mix of climatic conditions, making it suitable for various outdoor activities and tourism 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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Review date: Tuesday, January 2, 2024
Service
On several occasions I had to call GET with questions and/or concerns. Our travel specialist, Dorothy Martin, was always very helpful. If she couldn't answer a question immediately, she researched it and responded back by email.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate that very much and will share your feedback with Dorothy and the rest of the GET team. Thank you!
Tuesday, January 2, 2024
Vacation
The counties were beautiful, the tour director Sasha Rojnik was exceptional, but most of the Christmas markets were disappointing. The emphasis seemed to be on food and drink rather than Christmas-related items. They were our primary purpose for taking this tour. We had been on 3 previous Christmas Market tours with Insight, and the markets were much better. I wish that we had been dropped at several of the markets in Vienna, which were the best, and given some time to explore them. For the most part, we had to make our way to the markets on our own. We did enjoy the tour of the cave in Slovenia, the excurions to the countryside in Croatia and Lake Bled, and the concert in Vienna. The hotels were lovely and in good locations. All had excellent breakfast buffets offering many food choices. Besides Austria, I had never traveled to the other countries, so it was interesting to visit them and learn about their history. All the local guides were very knowledgeable.
Louis Blais
Review date: Thursday, December 7, 2023
Service
They did everything from booking me a hotel room a day in advance to arranging for a ride from the airport to the hotel
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for that incredible rating. We appreciate it and you very much.
Monday, December 11, 2023
Vacation
It was everything I expected and then some. The tour guide, Craig is with his weight in gold. Thanks
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