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Christmas Markets of Poland, Prague and Germany

8 Day Tour to Prague, Krakow & Berlin

8 Days
3 Countries

Poland, Czech Republic, Germany

5 Cities

Kraków, Wrocław, Prague, Dresden, Berlin

11 Meals

4 Dinner with Wines, 7 Breakfasts

Comfortable

Mainly 2 and 3 night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations

Insight Vacations

If you typically fly business with extra legroom and appreciate 4 and 5-star hotels and one-of-a-kind experiences, Insight Vacations is a great fit for you. Get all the sights and insights, up close and personal on these premium guided tours and enjoy business class seating on luxury motorcoaches designed just for Insight Vacations, with double the legroom and personal space of a regular touring coach. Engage your curiosity with hand-selected experiences, immerse yourself in local culture with superior dining and stay in style at highly rated hotels. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

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Christmas Market Tours

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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Take your taste buds on a tour of the Czech Republic discover the food markets of Prague and explore the Krakow Christmas Market in the city’s Old Town district and indulge in Berlin. Setting out from Krakow, get a sense of Poland’s old-world charm with your Local Expert as you ascend Wawel Hill to the Renaissance Castle and cathedral—the final resting place of the Kings of Poland. Known as the Venice of Poland, Wrocław is a wonder to behold with its 150 bridges spanning five rivers and twelve islands, not to mention the Baroque grandeur of the Rynek Christmas markets. In the German capital, see what remains of the Berlin Wall, admire the painstakingly restored Reichstag and soak up the festive magic among the market stalls of Gendarmenmarkt square.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Kraków

Transfers for your hotel depart from Kraków airport. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers at 17:00 for a Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant. Afterwards, get your first taste of Polish old-world charm with a walk around the magnificent Cloth Hall in the Market Square. Wrapped in romantic gabled townhouses and Gothic spires, the festive Christmas Market stalls are a Disneyesque dream, offering all sorts of delicacies and delights - from Highland woollen slippers to amber jewelery from the Baltic. Maybe try the traditional oscypek cheese with cranberries, a delicacy from the Tatra mountains?

Krakow market square, Krakow, Poland
Vienna House Andel's Cracow View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Vienna House Andel's Cracow

About the Hotel

Kraków, Poland

The very trendy and centrally-located Vienna House Andel's Cracow is designed to provide luxury comforts with a home-away-from-home feel.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Old market square at Christmas in Krakow, Poland
Krakow Christmas Market Visit

Take in the ambience with a walk around the magnificent Cloth Hall in the Market Square to see the Christmas Market.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers in Krakow, Poland
Krakow Welcome Dinner

Enjoy getting to know your fellow guests over a fabulous Welcome Dinner.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 2

Kraków

Ascend Wawel Hill with your Local Expert to see the Renaissance castle and visit the cathedral – the final resting place of the Kings of Poland. Then cross the former Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz to Old Podgórze, the Old Town, to see Ghetto Square and remains of the Ghetto Wall. The rest of the day is at leisure or perhaps choose to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine? There is time to explore the traditional Christmas Market located in the Old Town's historic district. You'll find yourself immersed in festive spirit as you shop for authentic Christmas decorations, gifts, toys and tasty treats.

Wawel Cathedral in Krakow, Poland
Vienna House Andel's Cracow View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Vienna House Andel's Cracow

About the Hotel

Kraków, Poland

The very trendy and centrally-located Vienna House Andel's Cracow is designed to provide luxury comforts with a home-away-from-home feel.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Krakow market square, Krakow, Poland
Kraków City Tour

The medieval heart of Krakow is rich in legend, a kind of Polish Camelot. Join your Local Expert for an in-depth exploration of this historic Holy ...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Wawel Basilica, Krakow, Poland
Kraków Wawel Hill Cathedral Visit

Visit the cathedral atop Wawel Hill, see the castle and look for the iconic dragon, accompanied by your Local Expert.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Visit Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland
Salt Mine Excursion

Visit the 700-year-old UNESCO World Heritage listed salt mine, located on the outskirts of Krakow. On a guided tour, learn about the mine’s long hi...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Farmhouse dinner and polka party in Krakow, Poland
Polish Karczma Dinner & Polka Party

Enjoy a generous selection of traditional Polish cuisine and drinks in the countryside outside Krakow. A local, beautifully-dressed folk group and ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 3

Wrocław, the Venice of Poland

Journey to the city of Wrocław, known as the Venice of Poland, made up of five rivers, 12 islands and over 150 bridges. Rated as one of the finest in Europe, Wrocław’s Christmas Market offers a delightful, fairy-tale charm. Enjoy an orientation of the market, located in Rynek, the historic main square which is surrounded by Baroque splendor and adorned with thousands of twinkling lights. Enjoy a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you taste delicious gingerbread. Using only local ingredients, they are baked following the traditional recipes of Lower Silesia region. Spend time exploring the vast array of stalls bursting with local crafts and tasty treats.

Tumski Bridge Wroclaw, Poland
Radisson Blu Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Radisson Blu Hotel

About the Hotel

Wrocław, Poland

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Wrocław is conveniently located in the heart of this historic city. Spacious guest rooms are decorated with bright colors and classic furnishings.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Christmas markets Old Town Wroclaw, Poland
Visit Wrocław's Christmas Market

Rated as one of the finest in Europe, Wrocław’s Christmas Market offers a delightful, fairy-tale charm. Enjoy an orientation of the market, located...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Make Travel Matter Make Travel Matter, Poland
Local Gingerbread Tasting

Get a taste of the forgotten varieties of gingerbread, traditional from Lower Silesia region. Using only local ingredients sourced from the nearby ...

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Included in Trip

Make Travel Matter

Day 4

Onwards to Prague

This morning leave your hotel in Wroclaw and cross the Czech border, continuing your travels to the historic capital of Prague.

Prague, the city of a thousand spires Prague, Czech Republic
Hotel Royal Prague View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Hotel Royal Prague

About the Hotel

Prague, Czech Republic

The boutique-style Hotel Royal Prague is a short drive from Old Town Square, set across from the Vltava River.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Optional Experiences
Raclawice Panorama & The Treasures of Wroclaw

This morning, with our Local Expert, we'll visit Poland’s most famous battle scene painting, the Raclawice Panorama. It's the only cycloramic paint...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 5

Prague, City of a Hundred Spires

Explore Prague with Insight Choice. Choose to walk the courtyards of the Castle and visit the imposing St. Vitus Cathedral. Alternatively, join your Local Expert through the Jewish Quarter and hear about the history, traditions and legends of the Jewish people.  Then, down at the Old Town Square, Prague’s colorful Christmas Market contrasts with the Gothic skyline. Beneath a giant Christmas tree, draped in a blaze of lights, locals browse the decorative wooden stalls. Meet a local stallholder and savor a glass of Svařák, traditional mulled wine, along with the local Trdelník pastry.

Christmas market in the Old Town of Prague, Czech Republic
Hotel Royal Prague View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hotel Royal Prague

About the Hotel

Prague, Czech Republic

The boutique-style Hotel Royal Prague is a short drive from Old Town Square, set across from the Vltava River.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Insight Choice Star Of David in the Jewish Quarter of Prague, Czech Republic
Prague Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Stroll through the Jewish Quarter with your Local Expert to hear how the Jewish community has shaped the history of Prague.

Included in Trip

Insight Choice

Insight Choice St. Vitus's Cathedral in Prague, Czech Republic
Prague Castle District Walking Tour
Included in Trip

Insight Choice

Authentic Dining Trdelnik pastry at Christmas market, Prague, Czech Republic
Prague Mulled Wine and Pastry Tasting

At the Christmas Market, meet a local stallholder and savor a steaming mug of Svařák, traditional mulled wine, along with the local Trdelník pastry.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences
Magical Prague

A wonderful introduction to the 'Golden City'. Accompanied by our Local Expert, begin with spectacular views over Prague and the Vltava River from ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Traditional Dinner in Prague with Entertainment, Prague, Czech Republic
Traditional Dinner & Folklore Entertainment

Hearty and delicious, Czech cuisine borrows heavily from its Central European neighbors, but also boasts a few unique twists of its own. In a local...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

Dresden and Berlin

Cross the German border to Dresden. Gaze up at the Frauenkirche, risen once again from wartime ashes. Your guided exploration with a Local Expert will continue past the colossal 'Procession of the Dukes' mosaic, the cathedral, Semper Opera House and Zwinger Palace. During your free time perhaps seek out the delicious Christstollen, a Christmas cake recipe dating back to medieval times, or shop for a traditional Christmas pyramid. Then journey on to Berlin.

Semperoper in winter, Dresden Germany
Crowne Plaza Berlin City Center View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Crowne Plaza Berlin City Center

About the Hotel

Berlin, Germany

Only a short walk from the bustling boulevard Kurfuerstendamm, the Crowne Plaza Berlin City Center is in a perfect location for sightseeing. The hotel has been newly renovated, featuring comfortable rooms and a lovely terrace, an ideal retreat after a day of exploring.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Pool

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Frauenkirche church at Christmas in Dresden, Germany
Dresden City Tour

Your guided tour with a Local Expert shows you the Frauenkirche, the colossal 'Procession of the Dukes' mosaic, the cathedral, Semper Opera House a...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Twilight dinner in Berlin, Germany
Berlin By Night And Dinner

This evening you are treated to traditional Berliner cuisine in a lively local restaurant with live music and drinks. Guten Appetit and Prost! Afte...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

The Spirit of Berlin

Join a Local Expert to see the Brandenburg Gate, State Opera House, remnants of the Berlin Wall, Unter den Linden, and the beautifully-restored Reichstag building. Feel free to soak up the Weihnachtszauber, or Christmas magic, at the Gendarmenmarkt, which is Berlin’s most magnificent square.  In the evening, join your friends for a festive Celebration Dinner with wine and good cheer at a local restaurant.

Visit the Gendarmenmarkt Christmas market, Berlin Germany
Crowne Plaza Berlin City Center View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Crowne Plaza Berlin City Center

About the Hotel

Berlin, Germany

Only a short walk from the bustling boulevard Kurfuerstendamm, the Crowne Plaza Berlin City Center is in a perfect location for sightseeing. The hotel has been newly renovated, featuring comfortable rooms and a lovely terrace, an ideal retreat after a day of exploring.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Pool

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights The Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany
Berlin City Tour

You Local Expert provides a tour of this vibrant city. Drive along the Ku'Damm, passing the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and through Tiergarten t...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Dine at a local restaurant in berlin, Germany
Berlin Celebration Dinner

Enjoy a dinner with delightful German cuisine and wine at a local, family-run restaurant, complete with music and Grossmünster.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences
Highlights of Former East Berlin

Explore the shadows of the past with our Local Expert and visit the staggering Holocaust Memorial. Stop for a photo at ‘Checkpoint Charlie', locati...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Auf Wiedersehen Berlin

Your journey draws to a close after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Berlin airport.

Included Meals Breakfast

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

Top Rated Highlights
Krakow Christmas Market Visit

Take in the ambience with a walk around the magnificent Cloth Hall in the Market Square to see the Christmas Market.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Kraków City Tour

The medieval heart of Krakow is rich in legend, a kind of Polish Camelot. Join your Local Expert for an in-depth exploration of this historic Holy ...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Kraków Wawel Hill Cathedral Visit

Visit the cathedral atop Wawel Hill, see the castle and look for the iconic dragon, accompanied by your Local Expert.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Wrocław's Christmas Market

Rated as one of the finest in Europe, Wrocław’s Christmas Market offers a delightful, fairy-tale charm. Enjoy an orientation of the market, located...

See More
Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Local Gingerbread Tasting

Get a taste of the forgotten varieties of gingerbread, traditional from Lower Silesia region. Using only local ingredients sourced from the nearby ...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Prague Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Stroll through the Jewish Quarter with your Local Expert to hear how the Jewish community has shaped the history of Prague.

Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Prague Castle District Walking Tour
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Dresden City Tour

Your guided tour with a Local Expert shows you the Frauenkirche, the colossal 'Procession of the Dukes' mosaic, the cathedral, Semper Opera House a...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Berlin City Tour

You Local Expert provides a tour of this vibrant city. Drive along the Ku'Damm, passing the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and through Tiergarten t...

See More
Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

4 Dinner with Wines, 7 Breakfasts

Krakow Welcome Dinner

Enjoy getting to know your fellow guests over a fabulous Welcome Dinner.

Prague Mulled Wine and Pastry Tasting

At the Christmas Market, meet a local stallholder and savor a steaming mug of Svařák, traditional mulled wine, along with the local Trdelník pastry.

Berlin Celebration Dinner

Enjoy a dinner with delightful German cuisine and wine at a local, family-run restaurant, complete with music and Grossmünster.

Hand-Picked Hotels

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

Vienna House Andel's Cracow
Radisson Blu Hotel
Hotel Royal Prague
Crowne Plaza Berlin City Center

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
Salt Mine Excursion

Visit the 700-year-old UNESCO World Heritage listed salt mine, located on the outskirts of Krakow. On a guided tour, learn about the mine’s long hi...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Polish Karczma Dinner & Polka Party

Enjoy a generous selection of traditional Polish cuisine and drinks in the countryside outside Krakow. A local, beautifully-dressed folk group and ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Raclawice Panorama & The Treasures of Wroclaw

This morning, with our Local Expert, we'll visit Poland’s most famous battle scene painting, the Raclawice Panorama. It's the only cycloramic paint...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Magical Prague

A wonderful introduction to the 'Golden City'. Accompanied by our Local Expert, begin with spectacular views over Prague and the Vltava River from ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Traditional Dinner & Folklore Entertainment

Hearty and delicious, Czech cuisine borrows heavily from its Central European neighbors, but also boasts a few unique twists of its own. In a local...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Berlin By Night And Dinner

This evening you are treated to traditional Berliner cuisine in a lively local restaurant with live music and drinks. Guten Appetit and Prost! Afte...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Highlights of Former East Berlin

Explore the shadows of the past with our Local Expert and visit the staggering Holocaust Memorial. Stop for a photo at ‘Checkpoint Charlie', locati...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Poland, Germany, Czech Republic

  • Official Language(s) across Poland, Germany, Czech Republic: Polish is the official language of Poland, German is the official language of Germany, and Czech is the official language of the Czech Republic.
  • Currency used in Poland, Germany, Czech Republic: The Polish Złoty is used in Poland and he Euro (€) is used in Germany and the Czech Republic.
  • Capital City: Warsaw (Poland), Berlin, (Germany), Prague (Czech Republic)
  • Time Zone(s) in Poland, Germany, Czech Republic: Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Passport, visa, and entry requirements for Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Italy 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, Germany, Czech Republic
  • 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.

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

The Czech Republic has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are generally warm, with average temperatures around 20-25°C (68-77°F), but can sometimes reach higher. Winters are cold, with temperatures averaging around 0 to -5°C (32 to 23°F), and snowfall is common. 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. The climate can vary across the country due to its diverse topography, with the western regions being generally milder and wetter, while the eastern areas experience more continental influences.

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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Beth Luetschwager
Review date: Monday, March 13, 2023
Service
Questions answered promptly, and accurately. Worked with us regarding the flight times, to accommodate our preferences. Everyone in the office is helpful, not only one agent whom we booked with.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We so appreciate you taking the time to share your review. We love hearing about your great service and your wonderful experiences at the Christmas Markets. Thank you!
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Vacation
The Christmas markets in the cities we visited were great, each different, and one almost better than another, although Krakow is now a new favorite! Very special way to get in the holiday spirit. Our tour director was knowledgeable, friendly, funny, and kind- Thank you Tim Pendlebury, best person to introduce you to Poland.
Marco Calderon
Review date: Monday, December 10, 2018
Service
While all of the actual trip was delivered by Insight Vacations, working with GET as our travel agency was fabulous. They helped us book an extension to our trip which felt extremely seamless making it seem as if it was all part of the same trip. Every time I called with questions they were very professional, knowledgeable, friendly and seemed as excited as we were about our trip which made us feel great. All in all it was a very positive booking experience and will definitely book again if we find another great trip.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy we were able to provide you with a positive experience when booking your trip. We love helping people find and book their dream vacations. The European Christmas markets are amazing, and we're glad you were able to experience them. We look forward to working with you again. All the best!
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Vacation
Magnificent trip. It was simply fabulous. If I had to nit pick a bit I'd say it was bit disappointing that the xmas market in Krakow was not yet open. It would seem that after so many years Insight Vacations would have known that ahead of time. It was still an awesome trip.
John Fitzgerald
Review date: Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Service
Pretty good service overall. Fine hotels in general with good locations and excellent breakfasts. Generally good leadership but guidance and documentation of next events was not up to GET standards.
Vacation
Value was provided consistent with the cost.
Robert Graf
Review date: Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Service
Great Service! Dedicated Staff! Rob Rainwater (our GET agent) made the whole process very easy and pleasurable. He was extremely helpful in ensuring that the whole trip was fully planned; coordinated and that we had everything we needed in place. We didn't have to worry about anything. This was our first trip using GET and it won't be our LAST!! Good work Rob and GET! It was a great value on top of everything.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for taking the time to write. We will be sure to let Rob know that you appreciated his help and expertise and we hope to be able help plane your next trip very soon.
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Vacation
Great Value for the money. We really enjoyed seeing the Christmas Markets and the city tours. It was very will coordinated and our tour director was extremely knowledgeable; helpful and a great host!! Judith make the trip very worthwhile. The available side trip options such as the folklore dinners in Poland and Czech Republic were extremely enjoyable, entertaining and worthwhile. The food was local and delicious! Only wish the dinner in Germany were a more traditional type of meal reflecting more of the traditional recipes but it was still good.
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